Review: Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20, 2015
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Genre(s): fiction, science fiction, young adult
Format & Pages: hardcover, 599
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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 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: Ensnared, by Rita Stradling

Ensared, by Rita Stradling

Ensnared by Rita Stradling
Published by Kindle Press on May 23, 2017 (expected)
Series: n/a
Genre(s): fiction, new adult, romance, science fiction
Format & Pages: e-book, 380
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A Near Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast 

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

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Review: Sister, Sister, by Sue Fortin

Sister, Sister, by Sue Fortin

Sister, Sister by Sue Fortin
Published by HarperImpulse on January 6, 2017
Series: n/a
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller
Format & Pages: e-book, 364
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From the bestselling author of The Girl Who Lied

Alice: Beautiful, kind, manipulative, liar.

Clare: Intelligent, loyal, paranoid, jealous.

Clare thinks Alice is a manipulative liar who is trying to steal her life.

Alice thinks Claire is jealous of her long-lost return and place in their family.

One of them is telling the truth. The other is a maniac. Two sisters. One truth.

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Book vs. Movie: Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Published by HarperCollins on March 2, 2010
Series: n/a
Genre(s): fiction, contemporary, young adult
Format & Pages: hardcover, 490
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What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

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Review: It’s Always the Husband, by Michele Campbell

It's Always the Husband, by Michele Campbell

It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell
Published by St. Martin’s Press on May 16, 2017 (expected)
Series: n/a
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense
Format & Pages: e-book, 320
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Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. They first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, even though they are as different as three women can be. Twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge . . and someone else is urging her to jump.

How did things come to this?

As the novel cuts back and forth between their college years and their adult years, you see the exact reasons why these women love and hate each other—but can feelings that strong lead to murder? Or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?

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Review: Lies, by TM Logan

Lies, by TM Logan

Lies by TM Logan
Published by Bonnier Zaffre on May 4, 2017 (expected)
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller
Format & Pages: e-book, 418
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WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS BASED ON LIES? 

A gripping new psychological thriller of secrets and revenge.

When Joe Lynch sees his wife enter an underground car park in the middle of the day, he’s intrigued enough to follow her down.

And when he sees her in an angry altercation with family friend Ben, he naturally goes to her defence – and doesn’t for a minute believe the accusations Ben makes against her.

It’s pure misfortune that, just as the clash becomes violent and Ben is knocked unconscious, Joe’s son has an asthma attack, and Joe has to take him to safety.

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April Reading Recap

April Reading Recap

When I first forayed into book blogging back in November of 2015, my original goal was to post a book review twice a month. Ha! That’s so funny to think of now, since in a rapidly accelerating cycle, the more I reviewed, the more and faster I read, which just led to more reviews, and so on. This past month I read and reviewed two books each week!

So, because I love lists and since I’ve seen many other book bloggers doing monthly recaps, I’ve decided to start doing so myself. Let’s just get into it, shall we?

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