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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffIlluminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files#1
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Bought
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Rating: three-stars
<p style="text-align: justify">This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.<br /><br />This afternoon, her planet was invaded.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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 <em>swore</em> she'd never speak to again.</p>

Illuminae is probably one of the most hyped up releases of 2015, and I can’t really figure out why. Neither author’s previous works are that big, and the book itself really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Maybe I need to be enlightened. But I found the entire thing to be incredibly average and just simply “good”. There are little other ways to describe it. Continue reading

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Source: Bought
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Rating: three-stars

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

As someone who doesn’t read the blurbs of books before going into them, I am happy to say that my way is the best way to experience The Girl on the Train. I knew next to nothing about the book before I read it, and it meant that I was able to enjoy the book and suspect absolutely everyone, as well as having no clue as to what was going to happen next. Some people have mentioned that the blurb does help you narrow down who the culprit(s) could be, so you have been warned. Continue reading

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

Zeroes by Scott WesterfeldZeroes by Deborah Biancotti, Margo Lanagan, Scott Westerfeld
Series: Zeroes #1
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: September 24th 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

Don't call them heroes. But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart

Ethan aka Scam has a voice inside him that'll say whatever people want to hear, whether it's true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn't - like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren't exactly best friends these days.

Enter Nate, aka Bellwether, the group's 'glorious leader.' After Scam's SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. At the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.

Books about people with superpowers give me life, and this book was great for it. There was a nice collection of superpowers here, and a couple of them were different to anything I’d seen (or read about) before which made for a nice change. That said, I didn’t love Zeroes as much as I wanted to, although it was still easy to fly through and I will definitely be reading the sequel. Continue reading

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Boys by Abigail HaasDangerous Boys by Abigail Haas
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: August 14, 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

It all comes down to this. Oliver, Ethan, and I. Three teens venture into an abandoned lake house one night. Hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding. The other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder ...? Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece the story together - a story of jealousy, twisted passion and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful faces ...

I went into Dangerous Boys expecting Gillian Flynn, but it didn’t quite hit the mark. As someone who hasn’t read Dangerous Girls, it went against every fibre of my being to read this book first, as I normally prefer to read authors’ works in order of publication, if I plan on reading more than one book before starting. Therefore, I didn’t have much to go with when I started this book, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to get. But it certainly wasn’t Gillian Flynn.

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The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. MaasThe Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #0.5
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: March 13, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Source: Bought
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Rating: three-stars

Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins' Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.

Arobynn's enemies stretch far and wide - from Adarlan's rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate - and cut her heart in two forever...

Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine and find out how the legend begins in the five page-turning prequel novellas to the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.

While I’m not really a fan of short stories or novellas, and I rarely read them even if they are part of my favourite series or companions to my favourite books, I picked up The Assassin’s Blade before I read the masterpiece that is Queen of Shadows. I was told that The Assassin’s Blade is an essential read for the Throne of Glass series, especially if you’re about to read the fourth book. I 100% agree. The Assassin’s Blade provides backstory for Celaena and shows what her life was like before she was sent to the mines, and why she was enslaved in the first place. Continue reading