Friday Reads: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Friday Reads

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Reads! Today I am sharing  a few quotes from Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. This is the third book in The Illuminae Files and I am just about to start reading it.

Book Beginnings is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where participants share quotes (the first sentence, or so) of the book, along with initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice, and the rules are quite simple: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader. Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.

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Review: The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily

Review: The Twelve Days of Dash and LilyTitle: The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily (Dash and Lily #2)
Author: David Levithan, Rachel Cohn
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 8, 2016

two-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Dash and Lily have had a tough year since they first fell in love among the shelves of their favorite bookstore. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition.

With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends must take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the unique holiday magic of a glittering, snow-covered New York City in December.

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Review

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily is a really disappointing sequel to Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. This companion novel has far less adventure in and Lily’s character in The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily is so negative. The constant negativity doesn’t make the book seem Christmassy at all. Continue reading

Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)Title:  Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
Author: Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 20, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

BRIEFING NOTE: 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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Review

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is a fast-paced space survival/adventure story with so much potential to be a five star book. However, the e-ARC edition of this book is really lacking and I don’t think that I can properly review it. The graphics included are blurry and illegible and I feel like I missed out on a lot of the story. Since the edition I read seems incomplete, this review is only based on what I read. Continue reading

Review: Another Day by David Levithan

Review: Another Day by David LevithanTitle: Another Day (Every Day #2)
Author: David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 25, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person…wasn’t Justin at all.

In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.

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Review

Another Day by David Levithn is such a breathtaking book that everyone should grace their shelves with. It has a bit of an eerie concept, but mixed in with a contemporary, making this book an extremely believable magical realism book! One of my favourite things about this book is how it is told in Rhiannon’s perspective instead of A’s like in book one. This really makes Another Day a thrilling companion to Every Day. Continue reading

Book Review: All the Bright Places

Book Review: All the Bright PlacesTitle: All The Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 6, 2015

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
 
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. 

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Book Review: All The Bright Places

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is a hard book to review. It definitely took me on a roller coaster ride! I was a bit skeptical when I started reading this book because of all the comparisons to The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I sometimes caught myself comparing the aforementioned books to All the Bright Places as I was reading. These comparisons are a disservice to the book. It is a riveting story about friendship, mental health, and suicide. Continue reading