Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

9781101916629_c32d2Title: Illuminae

Series: The Illuminae Files #1

Authors: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Pub Date: October 20, 2015

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Format: Audiobook

My Rating: ★★★★★

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I don’t usually use copied synopses for my reviews, but in this case it is just too hard for me to present the story in a comprehensive way. So the synopsis from Goodreads must do.

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I DarkenAuthor: Kiersten White

Title: And I Darken

Pub Date: June 28th, 2016

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Rating: ★★★★☆


This book surprised me. I was expecting a fast-paced adventure filled with fights, wars and deaths. I got that, but it was not the core of the book, at least for me. It was more about the growing up and life with all the struggles of a sibling – Lada and Radu. They are total opposites; Lada says that she is ‘no woman’, she can and loves to fight. Radu is much more delicate, beautiful, loved by everyone, able to talk with everyone and be trusted by them. I love how this book explores the private lives of the characters. We are with them throughout the childhood and teenage years (that back then were considered adult years), and we get to see how they change. How they love each other changes.

The story is very realistic, all the decisions that are made by the characters are strongly backed by the previous life events, by this character’s personality and desires. There was not a single moment when I was thinking -‘Wait, why the hell are you doing this like that?’. It all made sense, and in a lot of books I read recently, the decisions characters made didn’t make sense for me.
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Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Vassa in the NightTitle: Vassa in the Night

Author: Sarah Porter

Pub Date: September 2016

Rating: ★★★★☆


‘[…]I suddenly understand, I do want to be Vassa – or technically I want to make Vassa into somebody worth being. The only way to become that somebody is to live in a real, substantial world: a world that doesn’t follow orders, that’s just as willful and independent as I’m going to be. I can only become a whole girl in a place that offers resistance; a place that makes me fight for what I want.”

Vassa is living in Brooklyn that she describes as the most ordinary and boring place on earth, the only thing that is making her days a bit more colourful are her dyed purple hair. This world might seem very dull for Vassa, but it’s not your regular Brooklyn. She lives in a world with magic, even if she’s not exactly calling it that way. At the beginning of the book we learn that something happened to the Night, she lost part of herself and now nights seem to last much longer than normal. Vassa and her two sisters can go to sleep, wake up when it’s still night, have breakfast, watch some old black and white movies, go back to sleep and finally wake up in the morning. Night hours seem to drag very slowly, and no one knows why. Vassa also has a very close, special friend – a wooden talking doll! It’s a gift from her late mother. What is even more bizarre about the Vassa’s Brooklyn is that there is a shop that is located on chicken legs! Yes. You read that correctly.There is a grocery store that is sitting on chicken legs and it’s dancing, and if you want to get in, you have to sing a particular song that will convince the shop to kneel down and let you in. Also, in front of the store, in its parking lot are pales with heads on them. Real human heads, some of them decayed. Those are heads of people that were caught stealing in the shop…. Continue reading