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review 2018-03-20 02:07
YA space opera with a unique format
Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman
Gemina - Amie Kaufman,Jay Kristoff,Marie Lu
Obsidio (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

I read Illuminae back when it was released and really enjoyed. Then I bought Gemina when it was released, and held onto it in anticipation of the release of Obsidio, which came out last Tuesday. I read all three of them over the weekend.


The good: 


You know how lots of reviewers will use phrases like "COMPULSIVELY READABLE," in all caps, like they are yelling at you? I would say that these books qualify, They are fast moving, exciting and heart-pounding. There is a lot going on, and things happen fast.


The format is very interesting, and is best experienced reading the physical book. Each page is an individual design triumph. The style is sort of "found footage," with analyst notes, chat logs, schematics, and other such elements. It's fun to experience, and gave me, as a reader, a sense of strong engagement.


One of my favorite "characters" in the books was AIDAN, who is the AI that shows up in all three books - always learning, always protecting, and ultimately experiencing love of a sort. The arc of AIDAN is fascinating.


The meh:


There is a lot of YA romance in these books. Each installment has its primary couple, and those relationships, and the innuendo and banter that go along with them, frankly, grow a bit wearisome. This is a common failing, in my opinion, with YA fiction. I frequently find that the romance elements leave me cold, with or without the damned love triangle. Only Gemina has anything that approximates a love triangle, but even so, I found the cute sort of overwhelming.


While the format is a strength, it can also be a weakness. I did notice that the stories dragged a bit in the middle, before they really gear up for the conclusion, and some of the pages require a little bit too much work to read.




However, overall, I really liked this series, and I think that it has significant reread potential. The books are amazing physical objects and I am glad that I own them. They sustained my interest in the series through to a satisfying conclusion. I would definitely read more by Kristoff and Kaufmann. 

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text 2018-03-19 17:02
Reading progress update: I've read 249 out of 512 pages.
High Voltage - Karen Marie Moning

I feel like I've run a marathon, uphill, in the rain through thick clay mud. So much has been happening.. my brain, my hormones, my heart. Oh Dani what a power you've become. Omg that kiss, comando, the.... ARGH I hate real life time waisters like work

Ryo fans he has upped his game big time

Lor- omg that man has a history

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review 2018-03-18 14:27
#18 - The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
The Winner's Crime - Marie Rutkoski

I wanted to continue on with this series because I had enjoyed the first book and I thought it was quite a different YA experience. This one was not really my favorite though. Kestrel was really annoying sometimes; I was rolling my eyes at her stupid decisions. I was not captivated by the book and felt myself distracted a lot while reading.


However, the ending was really interesting and I was quite surprised by how fast it happened. I knew it was going to be bad because Kestrel was really careless and she put herself in really risky situations. Still, it was not expecting that and it was good.


I will read the last book in the trilogy because I really want to know what is going to happen. But I found this book a bit too slow and too long, some parts of it did not interest me at all and I was distracted a lot.


If you enjoyed the first book I still recommend you to read it because it was a nice continuation to the series, but it could have been a bit shorter in my opinion.

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text 2018-03-17 20:26
Reading progress update: I've read 91 out of 512 pages.
High Voltage - Karen Marie Moning

Holy Smoked Shitake ! Stuff is happening, massive stuff. Shazam has gone Pepe le Pew. LOL Earth dude is wicked and him vs Fae dude- eeekk and how about the kaboom power flare ! The dark that is spreading, the script... I have not even got a hundred pages in yet and i'm tingling with anticipation

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text 2018-03-17 03:43
Reading progress update: I've read 72 out of 512 pages.
High Voltage - Karen Marie Moning

Oh Shitake, the darkness is in the graveyard. Poor Dani, how many times can she be left alone

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