November Wrap Up

November was a much quieter month than October. With Term 4 coming to a close I was definitely a lot busier and a lot more tired so didn’t spend as much time reading. That being said I got 4 books finished this month. Including: 

  •  ‘Renegades’ By Marissa Meyer
  • ‘Obsidio’ By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • ‘Wundersmith’ By Jessica Townsend
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ By J.K. Rowling 

October Wrap Up

November TBR

October Goals Update

Review: ‘Even the Darkest Stars’ By Heather Fawcett 

Review: ‘Renegades’ By Marissa Meyer

Books I’ve Read in 2018

Review: ‘Obsidio’ By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Audible Collection

Review: ‘Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow” By Jessica Townsend

Completing 3 Rick Riordan Quizzes 

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Blogmas 2018

How did your reading go in November?

Review: ‘Obsidio’ By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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‘Obsidio’
By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Book #3 in the Illuminae Files

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: March 2018
Pages: 615
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Science Fiction
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

 

Synopsis

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? 

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. 

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

 

Thoughts

both ‘Illuminae’ and ‘Gemina’ had me hooked! I picked this book up as soon as I had finished ‘Gemina’ desperate to see how the story was going to wrap up and where my favourite characters would end up!

Let me tell you, the writing, amazing! Do not get attached to anyone because you will cry at some point. At least I did… constantly.

In ‘Obsidio’ we follow the Heimdall survivors, the Hypatia survivors and finally those left on the Kerenza colony. I was so happy that we finally got to see who survived the initial invasion and the seven months since the Hypatia and Alexander fled Kerenza.

Honestly this book was action packed from the first page. Being the conclusion to a series its to be expected, but I still wasn’t ready for just how much was going on. It really sums up the series fantastically and makes you laugh and cry – well at least it did for me.

We see all our favourite characters from the first two books in the third and watch them navigate the final battle and complete the Illuminae files.

If you want to get into science fiction this is the place to start. The mixed media format is amazing and really lends its self to the story.

Rating

Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 7.5/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars:  5/5

November TBR

cropped-headerFirst of all WHAT IT’S NOVEMBER ALREADY!.. Ok, glad I got that out of my system. Down to what you actually came here for (which I’m guessing isn’t a freak out about how quickly 2018 is passing).

Books. Books. Books.

What am I going to read in November? As I am sitting here writing this I am beyond torn. Do I finally start the Throne of Glass series, seeing as I will not have the completed series (yay!) or do I start Renegades so I can actually read a sequel when its released?

So many options, so hard to choose! BUT I think this will be my plan…

First I will read ‘Wundersmith’ By Jessica Townsend, the very highly anticipated sequel to ‘Nevermoor’, because yes I preordered it – I know, how organised am I?! – and I really want to read it before my kiddos at school because you know they will accidentally spoil something in their excitement to share. Also it should be arriving on November 1st, so perfect timing.

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After I’ve completed ‘Wundersmith’ By Jessica Townsend, I think I will finally read ‘Renegades’ By Marissa Myer so I can hopefully be ready to read ‘Archenemies’ By Marissa Myer (which I also preordered) when it arrives on the 15th.

IF I finished both of those and I still have some November to spare I think I will jump into’All the Wandering Light’ By Heather Fawcett the sequel to ‘Even the Darkest Stars’ which I ended up reading in October. This sequel comes out on November 15th.

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While all this is going on I also want to listen to ‘Obsidio’ by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff on Audible.

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Busy! To say this is an ambitious TBR is an understatement I think, but I like a challenge.

 

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what books are you planning on reading in November?

 

Review: ‘Illuminae’ By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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‘Illuminae’ 
By Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Book #1 in the Illuminae Files

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: October 2015
Pages: 602
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre: Science Fiction
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

 

“Um.. because you are loopier than Flacky McPsycho, Mayor of Crazytown?”

 

Synopsis

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.

 

Thoughts

I decided to listen to this book on through Audible as I had heard amazing things about the full cast reading. Honestly its the best decision I ever made!

The full cast really lends itself to the format of this book (If you hadn’t heard or didn’t know, the Illuminae Files are told through exactly that format, a collection of files) and I’d say actually makes it easier to follow. I had been intimidated to pick up the physical book just from the sheer size of it (don’t worry I WILL be picking up the physical book as soon as I can), the audio really engages you from the first page.

I feel as though I haven’t so emotionally engaged in a story in quiet some time. I genuinely started crying on my way to work while listening to it. Yes, I am that crazy person on the train, but you know what… thats ok. So if you are ready for an emotional and utterly entangled in the story to the point where you don’t want to stop listening this book if for you!

After finishing it, I was honestly emotionally destroyed in the best way possible. The characters were developed really well and there were some plot twists that I didn’t see coming, which I always love.

Considering the different format of this book the world is developed particularly well. I’ve already jumped into ‘Gemina‘, the second book in the series.

I can’t really think of anything negative to say, maybe that there was at least one plot twist I kind of guessed but with so many unexpected plot twists I’m not that upset by it!

 

Rating

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars:  5/5