Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) Book Review

For the first time in my life I’m reading a book about space wars and I’m loving it…

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

by Amie Kaufman

and Jay Kristoff

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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.“

My Review:

Why the hell did it took me this long to grab this book?

OMG! I’ve never thought it possible for me to enjoy a book like this so much. I really loved it. Everything about this book is just so well done. The stile the book is written is so interesting, you just can’t stop turning the pages. I loved Kady’s stubbornness and Ezra’s everything lol. Their relationship is super fun to read. But I need to talk a little about the character that blew my mind, Aidan. That freaking psychopathic machine/AI or whatever, was so frustrating and entertaining at the same time.

I felt so many emotions while reading this book. It was crazy. Btw that ending… *sighs*

I want to talk more but I don’t want to give any spoilers. So if you read it email me or comment below and let’s talk about it.

I really recommend reading this book while listening to the audiobook. It’s way better.

The Shack top 10 Book Quotes

This book has got to be one of my favorites this year!

I’m not gonna write a review cause I already wrote one  Click Here to see it. So I’m just going to dive right in to my top 10 favorite book quotes.

But first here’s the description I case you haven’t read it.

The Shack

                by WM Paul Young

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Book Description:

“Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his “Great Sadness,” Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.

Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.

In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?” The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You’ll want everyone you know to read this book!”

-From GoodReads.com

So here we go…

1.

“Don’t ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak.”  

2.

“Forgiveness in no way requires that you trust the one you forgive.”

3.

“Sometimes honesty can be incredibly messy”

4.

“True love never forces.”  

5.

“Grace doesn’t depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors.”  

6.

“Relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to power is to choose to limit oneself- to serve.”  

7.

“Did I hear God call me an idiot? ” 

8.

“In some sense every parent does love their children. But some parents are too broken to love them well& others are barely able to love them at all..”

9.

“pain has a way of clipping our wings and keeping us from being able to fly, and if left unresolved you can almost forget that you were ever created to fly in the first place.”  

10.

“I am especially fond of you.”  

There are wayyy more quotes, but I hope this few will motivate you to read the book.

Beautiful Creatures Top 5 Favorite Book Quotes.

I read this book long ago. Right around the time the movie was coming out and I loved it. The sequels, well, that’s another theme for next time. (spoiler alert, couldn’t get through them. sorry) But I really loved this one. The first one…

Beautiful Creatures

                by Kami Garcia

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Book description:

“Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.”

-From GoodReads.com

I really enjoyed this book. It’s not a perfect book but it was entertaining enough. So, anyways, here are my top 5 book quotes from Beautiful Creatures.

1.

“Mortals. I envy you. You think you can change things. Stop the universe. Undo what was done long before you came along. You are such beautiful creatures.”

2.

“Teenagers. Everything is so apocalyptic.”  

3.

“Old things are better than new things, because they’ve got stories in them, Ethan.”

4.

“Darkness can’t drive out darkness only light can do that, Hate can’t drive out hate only love can do that.” 

5.

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future. Just ask Ray Bradbury.”  

A Man Called Ove: Book Review

A Man Called Ove

by Fredrik Backman

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Book Description:

A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

GoodReads.com

My Review:

Love. Love. Love!!!!

This book is soooo amazing. I’ve never thought that I would love a story about a grumpy old man as much as I did. Don’t get me wrong Ove is not a bad old man, he’s just the product of a hard live, and that might have left him a little grumpy but he does have a good heart.

The story goes back and forward between his young live and his present one. The book takes you through all the hardships and good things that happens through Ove’s life and it shows you how all those circumstances shape to the man he is later on.

The book is hilarious and sad at the same time. It’s a really beautiful book and the best part is, that you get to see everything through Ove’s eyes and that makes it soooo much funnier. I love this book I highly recommend it. This is the type of book you wished you could forget about it after you’ve finished it, just so you can read it again for the first time.

I think there’s a movie that came out last year about it. So, if you can go check that out too.

 

The Shack Book Review

Wow… that’s how this book left me… lets talk about it…

The Shack

by WM Paul Young

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Book Description:

“Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his “Great Sadness,” Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend.

Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.

In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?” The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You’ll want everyone you know to read this book!”

-From GoodReads.com

My Review:

OMG this book!!!

Yeap, this book hit me right on the feels….

I cried and laughed all trough this book and at the same time.

Okay, so there’s a lot of hate about this book, and I get it at some point, but again I think this book is really good for the purpose that it was made. And I appreciate how bold the author was about telling the story and not letting it be a theological thing. The book is a work of fiction. That’s something really important that people should keep in mind before they read this book.

Now, I really did enjoyed the book. I thought it was the type of book that you can’t put down. But it does have it’s flaws. The beginning of the book is not that strong (I know I just said that it’s the type of book that you can’t put down but stay with me) enough to keep you wanting more. What makes you pull trough is the description you read at the back of the book or in GoodReads.com that makes you want to know what happens next. Now Once you enter the actual story, it’s really hard to put down.

One of the things that makes me consider a book good and ignore some problems, are the characters. If the author has a character that doesn’t annoyed you and you get to fill his or her pain and you get to sympathize with them then the book served one of its purpose. And this book did just that. I cried with the main character I got to conclusions when he did, I laughed when he did. The book was written to make you ride with the character. That’s why I enjoyed this book so much.

It has many obvious mistakes, but if you can read a book and enjoy it for what the genre of the book is and not bombarded with theological accusations than this book is for you.

Read it is great, I loved it. It’s the type of book you’ll think about long after you finish it.

The Mortal Instruments City of Bones Top 5 Funniest Book Quotes.

The Mortal Instruments Book 1 City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

“Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt.”

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Book Description:

“When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?”

-From GoodReads.com

(I don’t like this Book Cover)

I read this book a while ago, way before the rumors of a TV series started (at least to my knowledge). And I actually enjoyed them. I’ve scene the first two episodes of the show, and well… I have no opinion…(Well, I do, but that’s for another post). For the record I think the movie was awesome.

I don’t remember making a review about this book. But you should know that I read those books in no time (meaning the whole series). I just loved them. I haven’t read Lady Midnight yet and I’m not sure I will, because I’m just not in the mood to get back on that series again. But maybe, someday, I’ll read it.

Anyways Cassandra Clare’s writing can be really sarcastically funny at times and that’s what this post is about. There are so many funny things the characters say in the books that I couldn’t help myself.

So here are My Top 5 Funniest Book Quotes from The Mortal Instruments City of Bones.

 

1.

“Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?’
Jace said, “Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself.”
…”At least,” she said, “you don’t have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland.”
“Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”  

2.

“Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?”
“If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.”  

3.

“You’re an idiot.”
“I’ve never claimed to be otherwise.”  

4.

“Don’t.” Clary raised a warning hand. “I’m not really in the mood right now.”
“That’s got to be the first time a girl’s ever said that to me,” Jace mused.”

5.

“Are you trying to get run over by a cab?”

“Don’t be ridiculous. We could never get a cab that easily in this neighborhood.”   

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There are wayyyy more, the book is full of them. If you haven’t read the books I highly recommend them.

Also if you have read it, send me any quote you think it should be in this list.

Caraval Book Review

“Remember, It’s Only a Game…”

Caraval

        by Stephanie Garber

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Book Description:


“Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.”

-From GoodReads.com

My Review:

For some reason I feel like I was brainwashed to read this book…

Okay, so Caraval is the story of two sisters, kind of like Frozen, now that I think about it. lol (not really)

I really, really wanted to read it and I had no idea why. The story felt interesting at first but then I read a review of the book that made me feel like someone had woken me up abruptly from  a weird dream. Anyways the book was easy to read (like I say in a lot of my reviews because apparently I always pick them like that lol) and the story was interesting enough that I couldn’t stop reading. Even though it had really bad lines like this one;

“… the color of late-night laughter, early-morning sunshine, and waves crashing around ankles.”

What the hell is that?..

The book has a lot of descriptions like this one, that made no-sense. But apart from that the story was really interesting and every time a chapter ended I wanted to know more.

The characters are alright although a little annoying at times, specially when the main character’s daddy issues surface (eye roll) (this makes me sound sooo mean, but if you read it you’ll get me). I want to say sooooooo much more but I don’t want to give spoilers.

Anyways when I was finishing the book, which in my opinion has a satisfyingly enough ending to be a stand a lone is part of a series. Apparently. That’s a commitment I didn’t want to make.

Not sure if I’ll read the next one, but this one was good. So if you can put aside the things that I mention above, go ahead and check it out, and then contact me so we can talk about it.

I’m pretty sure I’ll end up writing another post about Caraval…