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review 2018-02-21 22:54
5 Out of 5 Stars for Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
Waking Gods - Sylvain Neuvel







As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers—and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer now than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.


Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario made real, as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology. The greatest weapon humanity wields is knowledge in a do-or-die battle to inherit the Earth . . . and maybe even the stars.






This was a re-read/listen on audio as a refresher for my e-ARC of Only Human.  And also...because I love this series in Audio format. My eARC of Waking Gods review can be seen here. My review of Sleeping Giants (the first book in the Themis Files) can be seen here.


The Themis Files is freaking amazing...this pic kind of says it all.




An easily conceptualized science fiction series infused with mysterious alien elements and plenty of wtf and omg moments thrown in.  Seriously, that ending…I'm so psyched to see where this series is going with the 3rd installment.  I'm fairly certain I'll be starting it soon.










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~  YES!!!


Book Cover~ Love these covers!

Narration~5++  Absolutely amazing, full-cast narration rocks.

Series~  Themis Files #2

Setting~ Earth

Source~ Audible Audiobook



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review 2018-02-09 22:36
Dangerous - Shannon Hale

This was great. The setup is diverse science-geek kids become a Power-Rangers-style team of superheroes with mysterious alien-derived powers. Then it goes somewhere different.


Some cool things it included:

-caring parents that remain present and supportive
-kids with goals/girls w/ STEM goals they're pursuing
-decent representation across genders, races, abilities, nationalities & economic statuses
-everyone has a nuanced backstory
-it's not just another 'yay team' clone

-MC is homeschooled (but not a genius), multi-lingual & multi-racial, lost her hand at birth, designs her own prosthetics


There was a dizzying whirlwind of plot, and I think this could have been split into a duology given the amount of twists and developments. I inhaled it almost in a single sitting. Really entertaining and a lot of fresh takes on tropes while still checking all the boxes for thriller/SF/superhero story. So different than Hale's fairytale retellings, but just as excellent.

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text 2018-02-04 23:23
Five new releases in book series out tomorrow
Aliens Abroad (Alien Novels) - Gini Koch
Going Overboard (Anchor Point) - L a Witt
Three's A Charm - Robyn Peterman
Unlovable - Charity Parkerson
Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2018-01-25 12:12
This was an enjoyable read.
Stolen by the Alien (Chosen by the Alien Book 2) - Ally Enne

The story had a good flow, the world-building interesting.


It was "alien" enough to not feel like a green coloured human society.


The romance part was a bit too much "drawn/mated" themed for my taste. But it worked out in the end.

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review 2018-01-17 01:02
For Promise Yet Unbroken (No Man's Land #2) by Tygati
For Promise Yet Unbroken - Tygati

4 stars for the first 50%, 2 star for the off-planet disaster.

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