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review 2019-04-25 16:20
Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) - Sylvian Neuvel
Waking Gods - Sylvain Neuvel

I feel like I need to start this review by saying sci-fi is not my genre of choice. The vast majority of what I read is historical fiction with the occasional fantasy novel thrown in for something different. 

 

I read the first novel, Sleeping Giants, last August. For anyone interested in this series, I would recommend reading the two books a little closer together than I did. I ended up going to the library to check out Sleeping Giants because I had forgotten a few things. Keeping in mind that sci-fi is not my wheelhouse, I was surprised at the lack of sci-fi in the first one. Sure there was a giant robot and some big science-y words I didn't understand. Honestly, the giant robots aren't really that unbelievable and me not understanding science-y words is a fairly common occurrence. 

 

 

The second novel amped up the sci-fi. The novel follows the format of the previous one. The writer uses a series of transcripts and diary entries to take the reader through the series of events that follow the appearance of a second robot. If that style of writing/reading doesn't appeal to you, I would skip this series. 

 

Once the action started, I was a little concerned the writing style would take a little bit away from the plot. I was wrong. Once the action started, I didn't even notice. That second robot appeared in London (not a spoiler since it happens about two paragraphs into the book) and the book continues non-stop. 

 

Does this series have me convinced I should make sci-fi a regular part of my reading rotation? Not quite. Am I going to read the third book? Yup. I already have it on order from the library. However, I might end up owning the series before the library can get them from me. An internet search from my husband shows the writer has been involved in some Star Wars works. Naturally his interest is peaked and I will run the risk of never actually getting my copy when it comes from the library. 

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review 2019-03-27 22:56
☆4☆STARS For The Test by Sylvain Neuvel
The Test - Sylvain Neuvel
 
 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 
Novella/Short Story
Thought-Provoking
A Possible Future
 

With Audio Performed by Neil Shah

 
 
 
 
 
 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 
Wow, this one digs deep in short amount of time...and leaves you reeling.  It's only two and a half hours long...so a real quick listen.  One I hope never becomes a reality.   The Audio is actually quite superbly performed too.  
 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

4STARS - GRADE=B+

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝  3.8/5
Narration Performance⇝  4.5/5
Characters⇝  4/5
The Feels⇝  4/5
Theme or Tone⇝  4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝  4.5/5
Ending⇝  5/5
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Book Cover⇝ Sure...why not...
Setting⇝ UK
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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text 2019-02-04 01:16
January Re-Cap
Devils Unto Dust - Emma Berquist
Long Live The Beautiful Hearts - Emma Scott
You: A Novel - Caroline Kepnes
Sugar & Gold - Emma Scott
Only Human - Sylvain Neuvel
Bright Ruin - Vic James
Everything Unexpected - Caroline O'Nolan
All These Beautiful Strangers - Elizabeth Klehfoth
Sadie - Courtney Summers
Roomies - Christina Lauren

Plus...

 

The month of January was a decent reading month for me overall.  Lots of crappy/cold weather that kept me homebound, well, other than going to work.  I was able to get a decent amount of reading/listening in.

 

๏ ๏ ๏ A Bookish Obsession Monthly Reading Re-Cap ๏ ๏ ๏

 

 

{Audio} Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist

 

Highlights Include:  

Zombie-like Creatures

Alternate History

Young Adult

 

Finish Date:  01/01

2.5STARS - GRADE=D+

 

 

 

{Netgalley eARC} Long Live the Beautiful Hearts by Emma Scott

 

Highlights Include:

Contemporary Romance

Wonderful Characters

A Favorite Author

Part 2 Of A Duology

 

Finish Date:  05/05

5+STARS - GRADE=A++

 

 

 

 

{Audio} You by Caroline Kepnes

 

Highlights Include:

JOE

Mouth-Dropping Moments

Sex-Plicit

 

Finish Date:  01/06

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

{Audio} Sugar & Gold by Emma Scott

 

Highlights Include:

Adult Contemporary Romance

Sexually Explicit Scenes (possibly a few too many)

Splash of Supernatural Elements

One of my Favorite Authors

 

Finish Date: 01/10

4STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

 

{Audio} Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

 

Highlights Include:

Giant Robots

Science Fiction w/Aliens

Life On Another Planet

Existential Elements

A Satisfying Ending

Full-Cast Narration

 

Finish Date: 01/13

5STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

{Audio} Bright Ruin by Vic James

 

Highlights Include:

Alternate/Dystopian-ish Society

Magic

Fantastical Elements

Intrigue

Good Triumphing Over Evil

A Small Splash of Romance

 

Finish Date: 01/17

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

{Kindle eBook} Everything Unexpected by Caroline Nolan

 

 

Highlights Include:

Adult Contemporary Romance

Friends to Lovers 

The heroine has the same name as ME! 

My second book by this Author

 

Finish Date: 01/19

3.5STARS - GRADE=B-

 

 

 

{Audio} All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth

 

Highlights Include:

Young Adult Contemporary

Pretty Little Liars Vibe

Boarding School Secret Society

Multi-Layered Mystery

Psychological Thriller

Three different Narrators

Stand-Alone

 

Finish Date: 01/22

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

{Audio} Sadie by Courtney Summers

 

Highlights Include:

Full-Cast Narration

Mystery

Revenge

Substance Abuse

YA Contemporary

Unique Format

 

Finish Date: 01/24

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

 

{Audio} Roomies by Christina Lauren

 

Highlights Include:

Let's Get Married then Fall In Love

Irish Hero

Musically Influenced

Rom-Com

New-to-Me Author

Sex-Plicit

 

Finish Date: 01/27

4STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

 

{Audio} Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

 

Highlights Include:

Present Day Interspersed With Historical Flashbacks

Pilgrims of Plymouth History

Mermaids

Cursed Ghosts

An Evil Sea Hag

Doomed Romance

 

Finish Date: 01/30

3STARS - GRADE=C

 

 

 

{Kindle eBook} Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

 

Highlights Include:

Adventure in Deep Space

Diverse Cast of Characters

Dystopian-ish

Horror-if-ic

YA Romance

A Stand-Alone

 

Finish Date: 01/31

3.3STARS - GRADE=B-

 

 

 

 

Plus One DNf @ 75%

 

 

 

 

JANUARY'S TOTAL BOOKS READ IS 13

 

 

10 Audiobooks

2 Kindle eBooks

& 1 Netgalley eARC

MY TOTAL # of pages read (including Audio) is 4,743

 

With Best Cover Going To...

 

 

 

 

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review 2019-01-16 00:11
Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel
Only Human - Sylvain Neuvel

Book #3 in the Themis Files

 

๏ ๏ ๏  Highlights ๏ ๏ ๏

 

Giant Robots
Science Fiction w/Aliens
Living on another Planet
Existential Elements
A Satisfying Epilogue
Full-Cast Narration
 
 
 
Full-Cast Narration including, but not limited to; William Hope, Charlie Anson, Laurence Bouvard, Adna Sablylich, Laura Kirmen & Sylvain Neuvel
 
 
 
 
 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Thoughts ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 
Loved it on Audio, and I knew I would...With Full-Cast narration, it totally rocks.  If you've ever thought about trying out an Audiobook, this is good series to start with, the only issue may be that it could you spoil you for most books which only have one, maybe two, narrators.  I read an ARC of this earlier in 2018 and my review can be seen here.


 A Bookish Obsession Favorite 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

 
☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+
 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 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⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ Fantastic
Setting⇝ Earth and Esat Ekt
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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๏ ๏ ๏ Links ๏ ๏ ๏

 

Kindle eBook | Audio

Goodreads | Booklikes 



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review 2018-11-10 00:44
It would be hard to sit in a chair if your legs faced backwards
Only Human - Sylvain Neuvel

Believe it or not, this is my second time writing this particular post. The first one which was ready for publishing was accidentally deleted in its entirety by yours truly. Well, I guess after this many years I was due a massively huge screw up. IT WAS SUCH A LONG POST, GUYS. I'm afraid this is going to be missing some essential points as a consequence but I'll do my best to recreate what I hardly recall writing (even though it was earlier this week).

 

Today I'm going to be reviewing Only Human which is the third and final book in The Themis Files trilogy by Sylvain Neuvel. If you've forgotten (or never knew in the first place) this series began with Dr. Rose Franklin who found a giant robot hand when she was a little girl and from that moment a series of events led to a giant robot (definitely of alien origins) being pieced together. Things spiraled out of control pretty quickly after that especially once other governments outside of the U.S. discovered that this behemoth could be piloted and used as a weapon. Moreover, raising this robot from the depths of the earth alerted the alien race which left it here and prompted their return to reclaim their property with mass genocide being the result. Cut to Only Human which opens years after the conclusion of Waking Gods with 2 pilots inside huge robots killing civilians in a war being waged between the U.S. and Russia while thousands of others are being held in interment camps because of impure bloodlines (sound familiar?). (This is where the dystopian tag on this post comes in by the way.) Meanwhile on a distant planet called Ekt, Rose and her team (Vincent, Eva, & the General) are trying to acclimate/come up with an escape plan back to earth. They are essentially refugees on this world which is wildly different from anything they've ever known. The parts where Neuvel focused on describing the planet, its people, and their customs were by far my favorites of this book, ya'll. So original and engrossing. The most distinguishing factor of the Ekt (besides their backwards facing legs) is that they have a strict policy of governmental non-interference which forbids them from any further action against or for the people of planet earth (even though they were the cause of its current state of awful). This is sci-fi political angst at its finest. 

 

If I had to rank the books in this series it would be 1, 3, and then 2. A lot of the magic from the first book came from the total originality of the plotline and Neuvel's descriptive capabilities. A lot of that was lost in the second book which in my opinion was super dry. He got a lot of that oomph back with this book though. Taken as a whole, it's an excellent series and I wouldn't say no to checking out more of his work in the future. 7/10 for Only Human.

 

[A/N: To catch up with the first two books check out my posts on Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods.] 

 

What's Up Next: Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson

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