Review: ‘The Similars’ By Rebecca Hanover

‘The Similars’

By Rebecca Hanover

#1 in the Similars series

Publisher:Source Books Fire
Date: 2018
Pages: 381
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Science Fiction
Days to Read: 6
Purchase Locations: Amazon Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks

When six clones join Emmaline’s prestigious boarding school, she must confront the heartbreak of seeing her dead best friend’s face each day in class.

The Similars are all anyone can talk about at the elite Darkwood Academy. Who are these six clones? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? Who is the madman who broke the law to create them? Emma couldn’t care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and all she can think about is how to get through her junior year without him. Then she comes face-to-heartbreaking-face with Levi—Oliver’s exact DNA replica and one of the Similars.

Emma wants nothing to do with the Similars, but she keeps getting pulled deeper and deeper into their clique, uncovering dark truths about the clones and her prestigious school along the way. But no one can be trusted…not even the boy she is falling for who has Oliver’s face.

This was such a good read. We follow Emmaline Chance, a junior in high school at the very exclusive Darkwood Academy. When we meet here she is on her journey to school. Driving in a driverless car with a bot she named Misery. I was intrigued with the concept of this elite school right off the bat. I’m not sure why but anything to do with boarding schools or elite schools set in America I just love.

Emmaline as a character is someone who has experienced a lot in her life and seems to continue to during her year at Darkwood. I did get someone Twilight vibes while I was reading. Emmaline I feel has a similar view on the world as Bella does, however I found the more extraordinary sircumstances in the book with the school environment, the technology and well the clones. I was able to see past that pessimistic view. I also found it more understandable based on all she has experienced.

I was really intrigued by the idea of clones and I was not disappointed. It felt like something our society would be dealing with in the future and it was written with tid bits on the progression of cloning and all the human right and moral implications that come along with the concept of clones.

There is an aspect of mystery to the whole thing with an attack and the guardian of the Similars.

The story ends on a cliffhanger and honestly I cannot wait for the next book in this series.

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 10/10
Character Development: 7.5/10
World Building: 7.5/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Overall Rating:  4/5

ABC Book Challenge – C

‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ By Sarah J. Maas was my first introduction to Fae worlds. I absolutely love the way the Sarah J. Maas portrays Fae it is always a good read.

I read ‘The Cruel Prince’ By Holly Black after completing the Court of Thorns and roses series and these Fae are quiet different! The focus in ‘The Cruel Price’ is more politically based and I really enjoyed that mix of Fae and a somewhat political Drama.

‘The Confectioner’s Guild’ By Claire Luana made this list for a different reason. I really enjoyed the book, I loved the concept of guilds surrounding food but it took me forever to read. I still have no idea why.

‘Children of Blood and Bone’ By Tomi Adeyemi is one that I’ve had on my TBR for so long, I just haven’t picked it up for some reason. Hopefully I can get to it soon!

‘Children of Time’ By Adrian Tchaikovsky is a SciFi that I haven’t heard too much about but looks really interesting. Its another one that I am super keen to get too!

A to Z of TBR: Y & Z

My final post on the A to Z of TBR… YAY! I can’t believe I actually made it to the end!

Ok, no preamble this time! Lets get straight into it.

For ‘Y’ I have ‘York: The Shadow Cipher’ By Laura Ruby. I honestly have no idea why I haven’t picked this one up because it sounds super interesting and definitely something that I’d enjoy. Hopefully I can pick it up soon.

So the final book in this A to Z of TBR is the book for ‘Z’ which I only have one for and that is ‘Zenith’ By Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings.

I’m not sure how I feel about this one and am nervous to pick it up seeing as its gotten a lot of mixed reviews. I still hope to get to it and form my own opinion on it.

We finally made it to the end! I can’t believe it. Lets hope I don’t need to do another one of these any time soon and I keep up with reading books I own before purchasing to many more!

What book has just been siting on your TBR forever?

Books I’ve read in 2018

So if anyone was interested in the books I’ve read so far in 2018… this is the post for you!

I wanted a place where I could have all of the books I’ve read so far this year, all together incase anyone was interested in checking out reviews or seeing how my months have gotten along.

here we go…

January

‘Artemis’ By Andy Weir

‘Genesis’ By Bernard Beckett

 

February

‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ By Sarah J. Mass

‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ By Sarah J. Mass

‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ By Sarah J. Mass

‘The Cruel Prince’ By Holly Black

 

March

‘Marabel and the Book of Fates’ By Tracy Barnett

‘Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire’ By John August

 

April

‘Every Heart a Doorway’ By Seanan McGuire

‘Down Among the Sticks and Bones’ By Seanan McGuire

‘Beneath the Sugar Sky’ By Seanan McGuire

 

May

‘A Kingdom of Exile’ By S.B. Nova

‘The Wizard of Once’ By Cressida Cowell

‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ By Sarah J. Mass

‘The Apprentice Witch’ By James Nicol

‘The Isle of the Lost’ By Melissa De La Cruz

‘The Girl Who Drank the Moon’ By Kelly Barnhill

 

June

‘The Serpent’s Secret’ By Sayantani DasGupta 

‘Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian’ By Rick Riordan

‘The Demigod Files’ By Rick Riordan

 

uly

‘Mythos’ By Stephen Fry

‘The Lost Hero’ By Rick Riordan

 

August

‘The Son of Neptune’ By Rick Riordan

‘The Mark of Athena’ By Rick Riordan

 

September

‘House of Hades’ By Rick Riordan

‘The Blood of Olympus’ By Rick Riordan

‘The Hidden Oracle’ By rick Riordan

‘The Dark Prophecy’ By Rick Riordan

October

‘The Burning Maze’ By Rick Riordan

‘Illuminae’ By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

‘Yes Please’ By Amy Poehler

‘Gemina’ By Amie Kaufman and Rick Riordan

‘An Enchantment of Ravens’ By Margaret Rogerson

‘Even the Darkest Stars’ By Heather Fawcett

‘Renegades’ By Marissa Meyer

 

November

‘Obsidio’ By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

 

 

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: ‘Gemina’ By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Gemina

‘Gemina’ 
By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Book #2 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

“The sun always rises, unless you are on a space station I guess” – Nik

Synopsis

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

“Hey watch me haiku 
Sweet cuz speak of hate
Through his heart knows only wuv
Snow falls on cedars” 
– Ella 

Thoughts

Strap in for this one. There are twists upon twists upon twists. You will be on the edge of your seat from the get go.

We meet a new slew of characters beginning with Nik and Hanna. I wasn’t certain of this jumping into that I was going to like a while to get into this new setting with these knew characters because I was so attached to the characters we met in ‘Illuminae’ but I have to say by the end of the book I loved these characters just as much!

This portion of the collection of files/story picks up in Heimdall jump station where our characters from Illuminae are heading to get back to the core system and pass on news of what Beitech had done. However things at Hiemdall quickly turn sour.

I loved that the story continued in a different way and showed us all the moving parts. Its something I really enjoy about the series that one even on one planet has an effect on more than just them. I think its a great premise especially for a Scifi.

Overall I think the story is being developed really well through such a different format, I honestly cannot wait to see what the third and final instalment has in store for readers. But also emotionally I don’t think I’m ready…

 

“That feels weird, like someone threw a rainbow at my head” – Nik

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Have you read the series? What are your thoughts?

 

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