Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Another super late book review I’m finally posting. I don’t remember why I never posted this in the first place, but whatevs… It’s here now! 😊

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Original post from my IG @booksofthemuggleborn

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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 a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.

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

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

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— MY REVIEW —



⚠ WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS!



This was my second sci-fi book ever read (The first was The Martian, which I loved!) So I seriously hoping it would be similar to that book in the sense that the “science-y” stuff is going to be easy to follow, that there was a bit of humor to break up all the technical aspect and based off of the synopsis a bit of romance.

Well… this book didn’t fail. I loveeeeed it! 🙌 I’ve been saying to just about anyone who would listen that if all science fiction books were as amazing as The Martian and Illuminae are then I could be reading a lot more from the genre! 😉

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I think another thing that captured me with Illuminae is how quirky and different the book layout was. It wasn’t set out like your everyday typical book. Some of the pages were written to form images, some were written to make follow each line into a bigger picture. It’s hard to explain, all I can say is if you haven’t gotten a copy yet – do! Go to your local bookshop, look for it and just flip through it and you’ll see what I’m trying to say.

The book overall is set a journal/ records type format and put together into one big file, basically. So there’s emails between characters, logs recorded from certain days and interviews. It’s ridiculously jam-packed!

It’s very well created and it had me wanting to keep reading to find out what happened next. It was hard putting it down for the day.

I never saw full reviews on Illuminae prior to reading it so I wasn’t sure what people thought of it besides whether or not they liked it but I have to say halfway through the book I had a strong sense of Resident Evil-esque to the story line. Where the spaceship’s AI (aka AIDAN) is corrupted and pretty much turns evil and starts wanting to kill everyone on board but thinking he’s doing the right thing. Then you have half the crew and civilians on board infected with some kind of virus that’s also causing serious problems all over the ship. It’s one massive chaotic disaster that puts you on the edge of your seat.


“Am I not merciful?” — AIDAN


Reading about Kady and Ezra’s roller coaster relationship added a romantic touch to an otherwise sci-fi story line and it pretty revolves around them and wanting to keep each other safe. I loved reading their messages to one another. It’s probably the bits of the book I loved reading the most.

Besides the sci-fi aspect and the romance aspect – this book also provides us with comical relief in all the right places (usually involving Ezra because he’s a funny smartass). 😄

Downside to being introduced to super cool characters?

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That was me the further I read. As much as I loved reading Kady and Ezra’s exchange of funny but sweet banter-filled emails, I knew it wouldn’t have lasted forever and I was right. Why do authors love making us fall for characters just to take them away from us?

Spoiler Alert: Ezra died! 🙈

Yep… and just like Kady, you don’t find out til it’s too late. Unless you’re one of the clever readers who analysed every detail of this book and probably saw signs early on.

*Side Note: Jay and Amie actually said that if you really pay attention to the details in the book, it gives off little clues on who certain characters are that are still unknown to us or hints of upcoming events.

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Seriously, this book was one big fuuuuuuuck-with-your-mind type of story. It was so hard to put it down because I just didn’t know which direction the story is going.  I don’t know about other people who’ve read this but I didn’t see any of the plot twists happening. Not even a smidge! Maybe I need to reread it again and keep a lookout for those hints I mentioned earlier lol.

RATING: ♥♥♥♥½

Another highly recommended book. If you’re like me who usually only ever reads fantasy fiction, give this one a go. Trust me you won’t regret it and I guarantee you’ll love it enough to want to read Gemina (second book in the Illuminae series)!


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Happy reading, friends! Hope you’re all doing well. Catch you in my next one! Xo

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For Love And Honor by Jody Hedlund

Another old review I never posted. 🙈 But better late, than never!

This was one of the very first historical romances I ever read (before I even knew it was considered “historical romance” because at the time I was clueless about sub-genres). But anywho — I borrowed it at my local library on a whim. Glad I did too!

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— BLURB —

Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?

Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?

As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?

*** This is Book 3 in the An Uncertain Choice series (aka Noble Knights Series).

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— MY REVIEW —

As mentioned earlier, I borrowed this book from my local library on a whim liking how the blurb sounded. But I hadn’t realized at the time that this was part of a series… and the last book too (check the edit below)! What were the chances?!

(But note to self — Get onto Goodreads first and research before borrowing books!)

I’m usually not a fan of reading books out of order in a series, despite the fact that they can all be read as standalone. I’m obsessive compulsive that way, but I didn’t want it to go to waste before I had to return it so… I read it! 😄

Thank goodness each book in the series has different protagonists with completely separate story lines. The thing that connects each book is that the characters all know each other one way or another.

I feel like I’ve been reading YA fantasy fiction with so much detailed romance (that it should technically be in the NA category), so this was a nice, simple change of pace. This book was quoted as “clean” historical fiction and I absolutely agree. It has the cute, lovey-dovey, hallmark romance going for it that still makes you grin.

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Sabine is a spunky, strong-willed protagonist who has her moments of teenage rebelliousness. But you gotta love her for it. Her lighthearted banter between her grandmother and especially with Sir Bennet is what made this story all the more enjoyable. Yes, they were stuck in the middle of a dangerous battle with secrets up in the air but boy, I couldn’t help but swoon during the scenes where Sabine and Bennet were together and wondering how the other truly feels about.

There’s a little bit of magic and curses wrapped around Sabine that’s affected her ability to trust and open herself up to new people. Things are not what they seem.

An overall nice, steady developing romance with just a little bit of suspense and secrecy thrown in that’ll keep you engaged. There’s a simple little world-building here, enough to keep you picturing castles, pretty dresses, chivalry, and with it — seedy minions! 😜

RATING: ♥♥♥½

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This was an enjoyable read! 👍 If you have a few hours to kill and looking for a quick read, I highly recommend this one! Ooh and the rest of the series too!

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Side Note: After checking Goodreads, there’s apparently a fourth book; A Loyal Heart to be released sometime this year! I hope it does get released, I’m liking this series so far.

**EDIT: Since this is a super old review that I never got around to posting, my guess is the fourth book HAS been released. Although I can’t say for sure as I never did get around to finishing this series (and I hadn’t looked at on Goodreads since). 😅 But I still would recommend it though. It’s clean, adorably sweet, clean romance books. 


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Catch you guys in my next one. Happy reading! Xo

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The Carrero Effect by L.T. Marshall

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— BLURB —

Emma Anderson has everything in her life worked out, the perfect job in a Manhattan empire allowing her to live a quiet organised and safe existence. A necessity to her. That is until a promotion sends her straight into the presence of her young, super hot playboy billionaire boss and stuck as his right-hand man every waking moment of every single day. Like chalk and cheese, two people with no longing for love or complication this unusual pairing may either be just what she needs in her life or the absolute path to disaster. He is everything she is not, compulsive, confident, laid back, dominant and fun, with an ability to steamroller over her manicured ice maiden exterior. New love, overwhelming emotion and heartbreak. This tale will take you on a rollercoaster begging for more. Love-able sexy characters and deep emotional topics. Contains some mature, adult content and language.

Book one in The Carrero Series.

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— MY REVIEW —

*Please Note: This book contains mature content. 

**Trigger Warning: Please be aware that this book talks about harassment, sexual and physical abuse.

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I was lucky enough to receive an ebook copy of The Carrero Effect from the author (through Voracious Readers Only).

I received it a couple of months back and I’m seriously regretting not having read it then. I could’ve been consumed in the Jake and Emma swoonfest a lot earlier! 😜

But seriously… Where do I start?!

If I didn’t need sleep and.. you know.. go to work.. I would’ve read this in one sitting, it was that addictive!

Jake Carrero is just the sweetest guy! Forget the wealth, the sexy bod and the playboy traits.. this boy had me with his sense of humor! The constant banter between him and Emma is what made this book such a fun and easy read.

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They’re definitely made for each other… and I say that considering… (here it comes) I’m not the biggest fan of Emma.

Don’t get me wrong.. *quickly waves hands* I don’t dislike the chick but she does have some habits that annoyed the shit outta me. I wasn’t a fan of her whining — her CONSTANT whining! Ugh.

She was always thinking or saying one thing (which had me screaming “YESSS! DO IT! YOU GOT THIS, GIRL!”) only to read a second later that she does the exact opposite of what she was thinking. Double ughh!

But I don’t want you guys coming away from my review thinking I hate Emma. No no! There are deep issues as to why Emma behaves and reacts to situations this way. She had a shitty adolescents. Shitty is not even a strong enough word for what Emma had gone through. Crappy mother. A non-existent father. Multiple sexual, mental, emotional and physical abuse (most of which were from craptastic men that her mother brought into their lives at the time). I can’t even begin to imagine how anyone can live and even ‘move’ on from something so life changing, horrendous and deeply scarring.

I should also mention that Jake isn’t Mr. Perfect either. Sure he’s an Italian Adonis but even gods have personality traits that just make you wanna…

He’s got a hot/cold attitude towards Emma (and anyone in the near vicinity…poor office people) whenever things don’t go his way. Should I say typical man?? Hehe I kid, I kid. 😜

He does tend to use his power and wealth to his liking. Yeah, it’s cool when he uses it to go on lavish holidays with Emma and to help her out whenever she comes-a-crying but I couldn’t help but eye-roll (yes.. a major Emma eye-roll) whenever he decides to use it to push her away or to make her do something she feels she has no choice but doing.

(But if you’ve read the book… you’ll know no one can really make Emma do something she reaaaally doesn’t want to do — especially when it comes to Mr. Carrero himself.)

All in all — Emma is a nice, realistic protagonist (a little on the possessive side) but at the end of the day I can’t pick on her whining too much because honestly, I probably would be the same. Thinking one thing but not having the guts to follow through. Especially when a boy is involved. Haha *blushes*

I could do a little less of “drunk” Emma though (Sorry Jake). I found those parts a little lengthy and just plain annoying as it went on. It’s probably the parts I would skip over whenever I decide to reread this again.

Okay. Back to the happy!

I would say the main reason I ended up liking this book is because of Jake and the electric chemistry between him and Emma. You just have to accept that their relationship is one massive roller coaster. Full of banter. Full of arguments. Full of hugs. And a whole lot of sexual tension!

I did see a couple of predictable parts in the plot but it didn’t deter me from reading on.. (if anything I was pretty chuffed about knowing that certain things would happen. I had serious “I knew it! moments. Haha!)

Oh and I almost forgot. There was another thing I did enjoy from this book, something I thought was cute and unique was the exchange of emails between Em and Jake of songs with titles that pretty much say what they’re feeling at the time or what’s on their minds but can’t seem to say in person. Like I said, cute. 😊

After having read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne earlier in the month, I was really keen to read another office romance. This book was just what I wanted!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

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The Carrero Effect is in full force! (And it’s only book 1!) I’m completely invested in this series and I can’t wait to read them all. I’ve already started book 2; The Carrero Influence — So look out for a future review on that one. 😄

This is like 50 shades (but less racy) mixed with a bit of You’ve Got Mail type characters and a Two Weeks Notice backdrop. If you like contemporary romance/ chick-lit, give this one a go!


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As far as I know, you can only find The Carrero Effect and the entire series on ebook and paperback on Amazon.

I’ve never been big on ebooks and although I have these on my kindle app. I do wish the paperback editions were more easily accessible to purchase. I can only see them for sale on Amazon US, and for someone who lives outside of the US, shipping can be whoa pricey! So I do hope these became available with international retailers in the near future.


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Okay. Another review, done and dusted! Happy reading guys. Catch you in my next one! Xo

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Liebster Award Nominee

the-liebster-awardI have been nominated by Casey from adoptabookaus 😉

This Liebster award is a great way for other bloggers/ viewers to find new blogs or get to know smaller blogs that they wouldn’t necessarily have discovered on their own.

← (If you’re nominated, copy the Liebster badge/button and add it onto your blog/post).

Check out the rules below ↓

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
  • Answer 11 question that the blog gives you.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
  • Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

Question and Answer Portion Time:


** These are my answers to Casey’s (@adoptabookaus) questions **

1. What Author do you own the most books from?

That’s an easy one. J.K Rowling. I’ve got multiple copies of the Harry Potter series, multiple copies of the illustrated version of the Philosopher’s Stone and multiple copies of the HP “textbooks”

Yes I needed multiple copies! Stop it with the looks!

2. What started you reading?

My sister got me started reading when I was about 11 years old. We used to read Sweet Valley High, Dolly and Sweet Dreams books. You guys remember those? Then it’s probably no surprise when Harry Potter came out, I fell in love with reading even more and the rest is history 🙂

3. What started you blogging?

After having started with bookstagram and goodreads first, I felt it wasn’t enough lol I wanted to start a blog so I could really post my thoughts on books without having to limit how much I wanted to say so I started looking at different blogging sites until I found WordPress and thought that this was the perfect platform for the type of blog I wanted to make.

4. Your favorite fictional couple?

I’m sure there are a lot of fictional couples I will eventually love in the near future but just to be a bit different, my fave couple at this moment would have to be Anna and Etienne (from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins). Their relationship grew from friendship and for a fictional couple, they were very relatable, realistic and sincere.

Oh the feels!! ♥♥

5. A book you hate that everyone else loves?

I wouldn’t say I hate this book perse, I’ll just say that I didn’t like it compared to a lot of other bookworms out there. It’s The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. I had read so many positive, loving reviews on this book so I had high hopes going into it. But by the end I was seriously left underwhelmed. I won’t say anymore here coz geez..I already did a review on it. Go check it out later if want to read my full thoughts on it 😛

6. Books that made you want to throw them across the room (because of anger or feels):

Haha, this is another easy one. I read The Kiss Of Deception by Mary E. Pearson a little while back and let me tell you..Lia, Rafe and Kaden frustrated me to the max! I was stressed, anxious, giddy, irritated, beside myself.. you name it. I couldn’t sit still lol If I had the “don’t care” attitude I would’ve thrown the book multiple times whilst reading it but…it was too pretty and it’s a hardcover edition and it was prettyyy! You get the jist. I was throwing the book mentally haha 😉

7. Favorite book quote?

“Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it” – Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

8. Favorite underrated book?

Hmm..I been thinking about an answer to this one since yesterday. I seriously can’t think of any books that was underrated that I’ve read and liked.

9. If your house was flooding and you could only fit 5 books into your backpack to save them what would they be?

  • Harry Potter and Prisoner Of Azkaban
  • Throne Of Glass
  • Grimm’s Complete Fairy tales
  • Twilight
  • Anna And The French Kiss

10. Who do you like more? Batman or The Joker? Superman or Spiderman? Iron man or The hulk?

In general, Batman. But with all the Batman movies made, I’ve ended up hating how he’s portrayed so I’d go with The Joker. (I only liked Michael Keaton’s portrayal of Batman).

Superman or Spiderman?? Here are two more examples of characters that were ruined in the movies (except for Christopher Reeve’s Superman). But I did love watching Smallville with Tom Welling playing Clark Kent/ Superman in his younger years. Don’t get me started to the dud that is Spiderman… Superman wins this round.

Iron Man or The Hulk? Pffff..The Hulk of course!! Hulk SMASH!!

11. What is your favorite book? *evil cackles*

Oh man, you really think I’m going to answer this one? Begone, you wicked witch. You have no power here! 😛


Bonus Round: Random Facts About Me


  1. I’m left-handed. Which means I’m naturally creative and artistic 😀
  2. I still get asked for my ID because security guards/ bouncers don’t believe me when I tell them my age. Lol
  3. I’m a shorty at 5’1. I’m so short that I wouldn’t even get hired as a hobbit for one of Peter Jackson’s movies lol 😛
  4. When I’m not reading, I like to do origami. It has a calming, relaxing effect (kind of like the adult colouring books)
  5. I’m a photography enthusiast and I like taking trick perspective/ illusion photography.
  6. It’s not heights that gets to me, it’s the fear of falling that does
  7. I’m a scaredy-cat and will not watch a horror/ scary movie by choice
  8. I’ve always wanted a library like Belle’s from Beauty and the Beast
  9. I have a major sweet tooth. Always have since I was little and always will 😀
  10. I love lasagne possibly definitely more than Garfield.
  11. I prefer reading at night (before bed) than in the morning.

I nominate the following:


* Ashley → thenerdybookmark

* Kaye → annbibliocastro

* Catherine → escapebyreadingblog

* Jemima → jemimathebookaholic

* Casey → adoptabookaus (Casey nominated me and if I knew about this award earlier I would’ve nominated her ages ago 🙂 She’s already done the questions (twice) so there’s no need for her to do it a third time lol. Just wanted to put it out there that I nominate her too! 😀


My Questions for the Nominated:


1. What got you into blogging? (Typical question here lol)

2. What’s the first book that got you into reading? (Another typical question)

3. What’s your favourite and least favourite book genre?

4. Who would be your fictional bestie, mortal enemy and love interest?

5. Would you be a hero or villain and why?

6. If  a movie was being made about your life, which actor/ actress would portray you?

7. A book that exceeded your expectation?

8. If you could only be one of the following: A wizard, an x-men, a terminator or royalty – which one would you be?

9. If you had the chance to go back in time and change the course of one fictional story, who’s would it be and why?

10. When you’re not reading, what would you be doing instead?

11. If you had to ride on a public bus, where would you sit? At the front near the driver and a little old lady who can’t stop staring at you, at the back where it’s a little more crowded and the music is blaring or somewhere in the middle where people are gossiping?


Okay, phew I did it! Lol. Hope you guys liked it! Yes, I dodged a couple questions.. but let’s just overlook that 😛 Catch you guys later! 

 

 

 

Bobby Singer’s Guide To Hunting by David Reed

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My name is Bobby Singer. In twenty-four hours I’m gonna lose my memory. So here’s everything you need to know.

Monsters, demons, angels, vampires, the boogeyman under your bed: I’ve seen it, I’ve hunted it, I’ve killed it. I’m not the only hunter out here, but there aren’t as many as there used to be. Not near as many as there need to be. I’ve learned everything I can about every damned critter that walks, crawls, or flies, and I’m not gonna let that all be for nothing. I’m not going down without a fight. I’m not letting everything I’ve learned disappear. So that’s what you’re holding in your hands—everything I know. Anything that’d be useful for Sam, Dean, and the hunters that come after me.

It’s a guide to hunting…it’s a guide to me. My last will and testament. Ya idjits.

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— MY REVIEW —

I am a HUGEEEE Supernatural fan so it was only natural for me to get this “journal” and give it a read. 😁

Judging the Cover: I wish the publishers released a hardcover version of this book as well because I would have preferred a hardcover edition for my collection. It would have also matched (look-wise) with the John Winchester Journal too because that one is available in either formats. Paperback was the only option so I went ahead and still ordered it online. To my surprise when I received it, the quality of the paperback was a better quality than most out there. The cover was thicker than usual, doesn’t crease easily and has a textured feel to it. Not sure exactly how to describe it but if I was to accidentally spill water or whatnot on it, I could easily wipe it off without it leaving any residue or “wrinkle spot” from the spill, if that makes sense lol. Just trust me, it’s pretty nice (for a paperback).

A Look Inside: Just flipping through the pages, you can see illustrations throughout, some sketches, and “old” photos to give it that “journal” feel.

The Main Meat: I love love love reading it. David Reed definitely did this right. It’s like I was literally reading Bobby’s journal and that he wrote it himself. The smartass remarks and slangs Bobby usually says in the show where used throughout the book and written exactly how it would have been spoken (kind of like Hagrid in Harry Potter). For example: it took me a second to realize the first time I read the word “idjits” — He was actually saying “idiots”. Get what I mean? Hehe. 😄

I also like the fact that although the journal was telling you helpful life saving tips incase you find yourself against demons and monsters and spirits – there was the main story going on throughout to give you reason as to why the journal had to be written in the first place.

It’s a must for any Supernatural fan, specially if you are a fan of Bobby and miss seeing him on the show. 😞

RATING: ♥♥♥♥/5

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Are you a fellow Supernatural fan?

📕 Read my review for John Winchester’s Journal!

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Hope you enjoyed my review! Catch you in my next one. Happy reading! Xo

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