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Nevernight, by Jay Kristoff — November 19, 2018

Nevernight, by Jay Kristoff

51GGgNUKG0L._AC_US218_In a world where the suns almost never set, a woman gains entry to a school of infamous assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers that destroyed her family. Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she wanders a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and its thugs. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the hearth of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined. Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic-the Red Church. Deadly trials await her within the Church’s halls: blades and poisons, treachery and death. If she survives to initiation, she’ll be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and be one step closer to the only thing she desires. Revenge.

This book might be my favorite Kristoff book, to date. I was engrossed in it and couldn’t wait for the next juicy detail to appear, or for a little bit of action. Jay did an amazing job with this book and I was so stunned by his amazing characters and writing style.

Jay’s writing style was nothing short of superb. The notes at the bottom of each page really stood out and made Nevernight so much more interesting. Jay’s writing was very lyrical and easy to read. I loved it and hope that Godsgrave‘s writing style is as good as this. Jay Kristoff’s writing style blew me away and I loved that. I really enjoyed how Jay’s style wrote the thoughts of Mia and Mr. Kindly. It seemed to be very realistic and I really think that this was Jay’s best book yet. 

Mia, Mr. Kindly, and all of the other characters were amazing!!! I loved Mr. Kindly from when he was introduced, and I think that he is the narrator. Only he would know Mia that well. Mia was such a tough woman, and I loved how the narrator made it very clear that she was not a very nice person. All of the side characters were so well-written and I loved all of them. The villains were just characters that I loved to hate, but I won’t spoil anything by ranting about them. All of the instructors were very well-written, neutral, characters. But my favorite character, by far, is Mr. Kindly.

The Church of the Lady of Blessed Murder was a truly unique setting. A place where killing is not only tolerated, but encouraged. Suffice to say, I fell in love with it instantly. Mia enjoyed it as well, and I can see why. The Church was in one of the oddest settings I have encountered and wish that there were a few more settings like it. I hope that the other books return to The Church of the Lady of Blessed Murder. I think that this is one of my favorite settings in a fantasy novel.

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The plot was very very very intriguing. There was a lot of backstabbing, betrayal (all things that I love in a fantasy novel), and dialogue to die for. The conversations between Mia and Mr. Kindly were glorious!!! There was a lot of fighting and planning and drama. The one thing that I didn’t like about this book was all of the girl/girl hate. I understood it, but I still didn’t like it. I loved how all of the characters seemed to be able to understand their challenges and what they were getting into. But, seeing Mr. Kindly come in and do whatever he had to do was defintly my favorite part of the book.

I loved this book and I highly recommend it!!! I got the summasy from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Gemina, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff — November 9, 2018

Gemina, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

download (1)When the space station Heimdall is invaded, Hannah and Nik must work together to defeat the enemy.

This book was perfect!!! I was engrossed in it from the very first page and I cannot wait to read Obsidio. Gemina is basically about the leader of Jump Station Heimdall’s daughter and a criminal joining up to kick BiTech off of Jump Station Heimdall. So, as might you might imagine, this book blew me away. It is also the sequel to Illuminae, so that might explain it. I can’t wait to read more of Jay and Amie’s work, and I can’t wait to read more of their works.

When Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman write a novel together, you know that it is going to be amazing. And it lived up to my very high expectations. I was concerned that Gemina would fall into the bad second book trap, but it didn’t. When Amie and Jay work together, they create their own unique style that none of them have on their own. I was (as always) very impressed with Amie and Jay’s ability to make their characters realistic and their plot have all of the twists and turns that a book formatted as usual has.

Hanna and Nik were such amazing characters!! I also loved that Kady had a brief cameo. Hanna and Nik worked very well together and I wish that I worked that way with other people. All of the characters were very developed and I enjoyed reading about them. BiTech is the villain that I love to hate, and I can’t wait to read more about them in the next book. I can’t wait to see what Hanna and Kady do together, because whatever it is, it will be glorious. Wherever these characters go, I will be happy to follow them.

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I was amazed when I learned that Marie Lu had drawn Hanna’s journal entries. I didn’t even though that Marie could draw. I loved the style of her art and I wish that my artwork was as good as hers(because my art sucks). I loved how Marie could portray the feelings of Hanna through her art. It really emphasized the talent that she has. I was very impressed with Marie’s style and all of the sass that was conveyed through her art. I love Marie Lu’s art, and I hope that there will be more of her drawings in Obsidio.

The plot in this book was very straightforward. But that doesn’t mean that it was predictable. I was constantly on the edge of my seat. Some plot twists I could figure out, but some I couldn’t. That didn’t impact my opinion of Gemina in the least, though. The plot was also fairly unique, or maybe I’m just not reading very many sci-fi novels. I loved the way that Amie and Jay worked together to create this masterpiece. I still want to know how people can successfully collaborate and end up with something like this.

I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to read Obsidio. I highly recommend anything by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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LifeL1K3, by Jay Kristoff — October 22, 2018

LifeL1K3, by Jay Kristoff

This book wasn’t that bad, but it also wasn’t Illuminae good. I liked it a lot, but in the beginning, I mixed up a lot of the characters, but at about 50 pages in I had it all under control. The plot was amazing and I was so engrossed and the setting was super descriptive. 
The writing style was so different from Illuminae. I think that it was because Illuminae was coauthored and LIFEL1K3 was only written by Mr. Kristoff. His style is not what I am used to reading, but it’s amazing all on its own. I am addicted to his writing and cannot wait to read more of his work. I think that it is very interesting that Mr. Kristoff can write coauthored books and his own at the same time. I am always impressed when authors can do this, and I hope that I can do this when I am a published author as well.
The characters were so intense and I even though I didn’t match names to personalities and dialogue until 50 pages in, I understood them all and felt for all of them. I missed reading about hackers, but it was fine. I loved the way that all of them talked and the dialogue that they repeatedly said (and it didn’t get very annoying). I can’t wait to read more about the characters and I hope that all of them get the ending they deserve.LIFEL1K3 Quotes
The Gnosis Labs were super interesting and I wanted to read more about that group. More than I have already been told, that is. I also want to know more about BioMass and Deadlus Labs. They seem really interesting and I can’t wait to hear more about them in the next book. The only big tech company that we heard a lot about was Gnosis Labs, which was understandable, considering the circumstances. I cannot wait to read more about all of the tech companies in the next book.
The plot was very interesting and I was engrossed in it from page one. I loved how the book started off, with a bot fight. That was a good way to get readers hooked on LifeL1K3. I was so interested in this book and I can’t wait to see what else Mr. Kristoff digs up when the next book in the Lifelike series comes out. The book ended with a plot twist that makes everyone need the next book. Now. 
I liked this book quite a lot, and even though it’s not as good as Illuminae, I will pick up the sequel as soon as it comes out. I got the summary from the publisher’s website. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons
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Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff — June 27, 2018

Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

downloadThe planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship’s artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all.

This book was absolutely amazing!!!! I loved it so much!!!! I think that this book was perfect the way that it was. The way that the book was written, with the text files and the security records, made this book what it was. If it was written classically, I don’t think that it would have been as good. If you want to hear more of my thoughts then you should read the rest of my post.

The characters were beautiful!!! Even though they weren’t written classically, they were just like normal characters. There was a lot of development and the characters all became more likable as the book progressed, not that I didn’t like them in the beginning, I just liked them more as the book went on. I kept changing my opinion on who I liked more, which is odd because normally I have a favorite and I stick with it. The characters were all amazing and I loved them all with all of my heart.

My favorite character in this book was AIDAN. The insane AI. I’m sure that says some concerning things about me but who cares. This thing was amazing. I wanted to know how it worked and learn as much about it as I could. This thing also asked a lot of good questions and acted like a person. A mentally ill person to be sure, but still a person. I think that AIDAN was the most interesting character in the book, once again it’s not that the other characters are all boring, it’s just that AIDAN was that one that interested me the most.


The plot was intense. The story starts off intense and it doesn’t stop. I think that it gets more intense as the book goes on. I don’t read very many sci-fi novels but if they’re all as good as this I’ll definitely pick up some more. I loved how the action was portrayed through the formatting of the book. It was amazing that I could know what was happening and have feelings about it when the format was text messages and security camera records. It takes a good writer to do that. This book is lucky that there were two.

The setting was also very impressive. As I said above, it takes very good writers to write a setting through text messages and security cams. But by the end, I knew where I was and who was in charge and everything that I needed to know. And then I learned some more things that I would rather have not known and would be happy to live without. I don’t need to know so much about the plague, thank you very much. But all in all, the setting was very well written, just like the rest of the book.

I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait until I can buy the next one. I highly recommend it. The summary came from the Library of Congress. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find a link to it on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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