Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: 5/5 Stars

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review

Sequels are hard. They’re hard to write, they’re hard to read, they’re hard to enjoy. And it’s super hard to not compare them to their precursor.

Remember InsurgentCatching Fire, and Glass Sword? Case in point.

At first, Gemina was a little like that. After all, it’s only expected, right? I’m pleased to inform you that it didn’t stay like that for long. It was out of this world.

(…had to.)

I’ve had to wait a bit before writing a review for Gemina because I needed to calm down. And give myself some therapy. And ceremoniously return it to its place on my shelf. You know where I’m going.

So I present to you, The Review. Pray I make sense.

BEWARE, THOSE UNFORTUNATES OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT YET READ ILLUMINAE. YOU MAY BE SPOILED.

If you are one of those unfortunate beings, let me steer you over here instead, where we can chat without spoiling the series for you. You’re welcome.


Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: Science FictionAction/Adventure / Content: 16+ / Recommended

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 are 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.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: 5/5 Stars

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review

It’s been a few days now since I finished Illuminae. Maybe a week. I’ve been trying to write a review ever since I flipped the last page, and the words just don’t come.

I NEED SOME TIME, Y’ALL.

Illuminae blew me away.

It’s one of those books that leaves you slightly breathless, and well, speechless too.

I’m hoping a week is long enough to let the book settle and fade so I can write a mildly coherent review. Though it’ll probably just sound like vague screaming anyway. THIS IS GOING TO BE A MESSY REVIEW, JUST SAYING.


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: Science FictionAction/Adventure / Content: 16+ / Recommended

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.

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The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan: 5/5 Stars

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan – Review + Final Thoughts on the Percy Jackson Series

I loved The Last Olympian. It was my favorite book of the Percy Jackson series by a long shot, and was just the kind of conclusion the series needed, in my opinion.

In this review, I want to talk about the Percy Jackson series as a whole too, so at the end I’m going to share some of my final thoughts on it. ;) Savvy?

Let’s get into it!


The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Middle-Grade / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 12+ / Recommended

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

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Soul Keeping by John Ortberg: 5/5 Stars

Soul Keeping by John Ortberg – Review

First things first, happy Memorial Day. Today is an impactful day for me as I try to remember and honor the sacrifice of the incredible men and women who laid down their lives for this country. It also reminds me of the first war hero, Jesus Christ, who fought the battle of flesh and darkness for us. He has already won.

Second, you may have noticed it’s been quiet around here lately… Well, I have been all kinds of bloggish evil because I took a week off. GASP! I’ve been spending a lot of time getting my blog just right and reading (and writing reviews) like crazy to crank out three posts a week. It’s hard sometimes. I want every review I write to be a good one, so it can be stressful sometimes to stick to a (pretty ruthless) schedule. So I was lazy. I’m sorry. But I have been planning my next few months on The Bibliologist and creating some new content, and I’m so excited to share them with you in the coming weeks! So, it’s not all been for nothing. ;)

That was long. NOW THE REVIEW.

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The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan: 4/5 Stars

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan – Review

Before anything else, I apologize to my email subscribers who received a strange one sentence email saying only: “I read The Battle of the Labyrinth” a few hours ago. Like WHAT??? Uhhh good for you Marie!? You were confused, I was embarrassed, it was bad. REAL BAD. So here’s to no more accidents pushing the “publish” button before I’ve got a paragraph written up… May it last long!


The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★

Middle-Grade / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 12+ / Recommended

Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears at his potential new school, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.

In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth—a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer: 5/5 Stars

Heartless by Marissa Meyer – Review

First of all, I apologize for the late review. I’ve been trying to stick to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule and well, I totally messed that up this week!

With that out of the way, I’m so excited to vent my thoughts on Heartless with y’all, so here goes!


Heartless by Marissa Meyer: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Young Adult / Genre: RomanceFairytales/Retellings / Content: 14+ / Recommended

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan: 4/5 Stars

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan – Review

I struggled a little bit to get through The Titan’s Curse.

But what a strong ending.

At last, I felt emotionally invested in the characters and the plot finally got personal.

I love the books leave me a little breathless and a little incoherent. The ones that leave me reeling a little bit. While The Titan’s Curse didn’t start out anything like that, it certainly ended that way. It took me by surprise.

I’m so pumped for what’s next.

The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan: 4/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★

Middle-Grade / Genre: FantasyAction/Adventure / Content: 12+ / Recommended

It’s not everyday you find yourself in combad with a half-lion, half-human.

But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.

Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive….

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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: 5/5 Stars

A Gentleman in Moscow – Review

He can’t leave. You won’t want to.

What a charming reminder that “a life without luxury can be the richest of all.”

I savored every minute I spent reading A Gentleman in Moscow. It wasn’t anything like the book I was expecting. It was sweeter, softer, wittier, and way, way classier.

Take a bow, Amor Towles. You have created a masterpiece.


A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Adult / Genre: Historical Fiction / Content: 16+ / Recommended

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry: 5/5 Stars

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry – Review

Wow.

Wow.

This is by far one of the best children’s books I’ve ever read. Ever.

I hope you’re into kid-lit, because well. This is pretty much a masterpiece of children’s fiction.

Why?

Let me explain. *muhahahaha*


Number the Stars by Lois Lowry 5/5 Stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Children’s + Middle Grade / Genre: Historical Fiction / Content: 10+ / Recommended

Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It’s now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are “relocated,” Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen’s life.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: 4/5 Stars

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Review

This is not what it says it is.

The Night Circus was not a normal book. So of course it won’t get a normal review. ;)

I finished The Night Circus a few days ago, and have moved on to another circus-like book, which has only made appreciate The Night Circus more. (Because, well. The completion is slim.)

I had horrible misconceptions of TNC when I started it, so before I get into my review, here’s what it’s not.

The Night Circus is not a romance; it is advertised as one, and does have a love story, but it’s not the focus of the novel. (But more on that later.)

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