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review 2018-07-29 16:08
5 Out Of 5 "hacker-if-ic" STARS
This Mortal Coil - Emily Suvada

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~BOOK BLURB~

This Mortal Coil

Emily Suvada

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In this gripping debut novel, seventeen-year-old Cat must use her gene-hacking skills to decode her late father’s message concealing a vaccine to a horrifying plague.

 

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

 

That’s no surprise since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

 

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

 

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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This book is amazing, one of the best dystopian's I've read in a while and absolutely a new favorite.  For a book involving gene hacking, splicing, decoding and lots of technical terms and such this is completely comprehensible and seriously compelling.  It also depicts a plaque virus with walking dead-like creatures that will explode and then infect anyone in a certain radius, plus some crazy plot twists that will blow your mind.  This book is pure genius.  There is also some romance…but it is done well and does not dominate the story, at least in my opinion, but I like some romance.  Book #2, This Cruel Design, comes out at the end of October.  I totally recommend!

 

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~MY RATING~

5STARS - GRADE=A+

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ "to be continued"

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Book Cover~ I Love It!

Narration~ 5 for Skye Bennett, I really liked her voice, she made this a breeze to listen to.

Series~ This Mortal Coil #1

Setting~ A Futuristic United States & some in Canada

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-04-15 18:54
ALL THE STARS...
Obsidio - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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~MY SUPER QUICKIE REVIEW~

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If you haven't started this series yet, then you should.  Easily, one of my favorites of all time.  Fantastic ending to a fantastic series!!! I cannot wait for their next collaboration,  The Andromeda Cycle.

 

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~MY RATING~

5+STARS - GRADE=A++

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Plot~  5/5

Main Characters~ 5+/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5+/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5+/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ All the covers are awesomely done.

Series~ Illuminae Files #3

Setting~ Kerenza IV and the Mao

Source~ Own a Hardcover edition (but also read on a Kindle eBook from the Library)

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review 2018-03-25 15:10
I recommend reading the book before listening because not all of this story works in audio format.
Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Gemina

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

 

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

 

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair is struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

 

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

 

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I don't know that I would have gleaned everything that was going on in this if I hadn't previously read it.  I felt like the audio was difficult to follow in certain sections.  If I rated on the audio version alone my rating would probably be 4-Stars.  What follows here is my review of the book edition:

 

This series is the cat's meow and dog's bark and the ram's bahhhaah…all that shit and more…It's not going to be for everyone…but damn, it should be.  I think so, anyway.  The format is crazy, and it (for me) may be part of what makes it so good…that, and the amazing and intricate plot.  Nothing is off limits in this series.

 

I read this both from a hardcover book (that my daughter bought me for Christmas) and a Kindle eBook that I borrowed from the library at the same time.  I'm so glad that I did it this way.  Because…the eBook is good for low lighting and when I was at work, seriously though, that book is lug…and the actual lug of a book is perfect for those pages with small, teeny tiny pictures/documents and such on them.  I flipped back and forth between the two constantly.  I also used an Audible credit for the Audiobook of Gemina, which I plan to listen to right before Obsidio comes out in March 2018.

 

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~MY RATING~

5/5 STARS - GRADE=A+

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5+/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ "to be continued"

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Book Cover~  Awesome!

Narration~ Awesome! Full-cast is the best!

Series~ Illuminae Files #2

Setting~ Heimdall Station

Source~ Own Audible Audio

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review 2018-03-04 20:52
4.3 Out Of 5 "DNA Matched" STARS for The One by John Marrs
The One - John Marrs

 

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

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How far would you go to find The One?

 

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner—the one you’re genetically made for.

 

That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance, and love.

 

Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…

 

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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This one will inevitably have you thinking…what if???  I was fully engaged in this, just the idea that there is a certain someone out there, who is our perfect match…according to our DNA, alone has you thinking hmmm…and then you start thinking about all the different scenario's that might play out with this.  John Marrs delves into most of these what if's through the eyes of five different "couples", and I use the term couples loosely here. 

 

The One is something completely different, contained within this audiobook are some serious OMG moments, that I didn't see coming at all.  Overall, I highly recommend this, just for the sheer audacity and how completely different it is from almost anything else.

 

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4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.5/5

Pacing~ 4.3/5

Addictiveness~ 4.2/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ I love it…simplicity at its best.

Narration~ Clare Corbett, Vicky Hall, Simon Bubb, Jot Davies, and Sophie Aldred.  I had some issues with these 5 narrators (this is British English) but overall, not bad, at least there were separate narrators for each of the five stories.

Setting~ Mostly England…plus a bit of Australia

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-01-13 03:27
The world of "Pacifica" is reason enough to indulge in this series.
Shattered Minds - Laura Lam

 

 

 

Book Title:  Shattered Minds

Author:  Laura Lam

Series:  Pacifica #2

Genre:  Science Fiction | Thriller

Setting:  A Futuristic Los Angeles, CA (Pacifica)

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4.2/5

The Feels:  4/5

Pacing:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone:  4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style): 3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.7/5

Originality:  4.5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4.3/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope, but

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total: 4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

The world of Shattered Minds and False Hearts is Pacifica. This place is a fantastically imaginative futuristic world, I found it easily imagined and was engulfed in its seedy underbelly, it is a drug-induced, dream-freaky hell-of-a-ride.  

 

While still an interesting read, sadly, I didn't like this quite as much as the first book, False Hearts.  I think because I listened to that on Audio, as opposed to reading this, it was off-putting to me because it lacked a proofreader (I could totally do this, btw).  I'm thinking, maybe I didn't notice the errors in the prior book because someone read it to me (a fan-freakin-tastic narrator…January Lavoy).  I also felt it lacked character development.  I didn't really like Carina all that much.

 

If I've peaked your interest you should see Laura Lam's "Review" for Shattered Minds It's like her own synopsis for this book and it's filled with some really cool images, including this one...

 

Will I continue this series?⇜  If she writes more, than...yeah.  This world is so intriguing, after all.  I would prefer audiobooks, though…

 

 

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