Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) Book Review

I feel like I got served the same cake but with different frosting…

Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff



Book Description:

“The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”

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.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.”


My Review:

So basically we are back to the same ingredients that made the first one, (Illuminae) great… But you know what? I loved it anyways. There where times were I was like… “seriously”… cause it looked a lot like the first one. But apart from that I enjoyed the book. The reality is that Illuminae books are really fun to read. The structure of the book is so clever and interesting that even if the story wasn’t great you would probably still finish it. 

Btw, that ending. 

That plot twist at the end….

I have to admit I love the first book more. This book suffers a little bit from the second book síndrome. Not saying that is bad but, it was kind of predictable. I would say in what parts but for spoiler reasons I won’t. 

Anyways, the series is interesting and they are worth the time. Btw, if you can, try reading the book while listening to the audiobook. In my opinion that’s the best way to enjoy it. 

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Journey to Appleville: Book Review

Journey To Appleville

          by Veronica Appleton


Book Description:

What can six kids from a local neighborhood do when they have a goal in mind? Embark on a quest to Appleville, of course! Join Liu-Liu, Kenan, Tu-Tu, Lizzy, Pedro, and Cassie as they overcome their fears with the help of the Appleville Fairy. Can you help them earn their golden apples?”


My Review:

I love this book.  Is a really cute book. I think my niece would definitely love this one. I would love to read more about this story. I think it could be develop in to something more. But anyways is a really great book for kids.

This book was given to me by the author in exchange of an honest review.

Thirteen Reasons Why; Book Review

“You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.”


Thirteen Reasons Why

                         by Jay Asher


Book Description:

“Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.”



My Review:

First of all, I should say that I read this book in the worst moment of my life. (so far) Now, I did enjoyed the book but I’m not sure if I kept reading it for the interest of the story,  the allure of the mystery or if I just kept reading because a lot of parts felt so relatable in such a terrible way.

Thirteen Reasons Why its definitely a book that shouldn’t be read by everyone. Why? Because it feels too raw. If you’ve gone trough some of the stuff mention in it, like suicidal thoughts, rape, bullying, etc. you shouldn’t read it. (Not saying I went through all of that. We are not gonna get that real here. lol) I think this book should come with a lot of warnings.

Since the show came out last month I think, I don’t know, the show has gotten some heat for that. Because even though the book feels so raw, the show took it a little bit further. At least that’s what a friend told me. I only saw the first three episodes. And I don’t think I’m going to watch the rest. There are scenes in the book that I don’t want to see in the show. Plus to be honest, the first three episode kind of bored me. I think it’s because in the book everything happens in a day, and in the show it takes way longer. I know they do it for obvious reasons, but it was a little annoying.

Anyways this post is about the book not the show, so let’s get back to that. The writing was good but the book in general… I don’t know, maybe is just me… But I don’t recommend it. I gave it 3 stars on But I still wouldn’t recommend it.

Read it if you want, but remember that what we read shapes us and influence us in our daily life. So, be careful.


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A Monster Calls Book Review

*Looks around… sobs…*

A Monster Calls

           by Patrick Ness


Book Description:

“An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.”


My Review:

I love this book. I didn’t cry like I thought I was going to but tears and sadness came out of me. Now the book tells the story through the kid’s eyes. Every part of this book is just perfect. There are sooo many great quotes in it that I’m definitely going to make a quote post later on. You guys know how much I love those. I think. lol

I was a little skeptical when I first grabbed it because the only book I’ve read before this one from Patrick Ness was The Rest of us Just Live Here. And you know how I felt about that one. (Click Here if you haven’t seen the post)

Anyways if you haven’t read this one already, run to the nearest book store and buy it. You have to read it. And if you have read it comment below. Let’s talk about it. Please keep spoilers at minimum. Also I know I haven’t posted as much lately, but I guess I’ve just been going through a lot lately. Anyways I’m back and I’ll try to keep posting as regular as always. Btw, if you want to contact me to talk more about books, I’m on Instagram @cathymaldonado5 / Twitter @cmaldonado1989

A Powerful Secret Book Review

A Powerful Secret (The Worthington Destiny, #2)

by Kevin Leman and Jeff Nesbit


Book Description:

“Sean Worthington is shocked when he hears his older brother Will announce that he will not run for New York’s Senate seat. In fact, he’s angry. All of his efforts as Will’s campaign manager are now for nothing–and Sean is left to handle questions from the press while Will walks away without a backward glance. Throughout his life, Sean has felt like an outsider in his own family. And not being told about his brother’s plans is just one more piece of evidence that he’s right.

Tired of being the odd one out, Sean is determined to forge his own path. Little does he know that it’s not easy to escape your family–especially when a powerful secret from the past threatens to explode everything Sean ever believed.”

My Review:

Definitely worth reading. This book will keep you locked in. It’s full of drama, action, romance, danger. It has everything you could possibly want.  This book is the second one of a trilogy. I haven’t read the first one or the third one, but I’m definitely putting them on my tbr. If you like drama, action, danger, mixed with political stuff and billionaires, then you have to read this one. So, go check it out.

This book was given to me by Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group in exchange of an honest review.

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

23395680Book Description:

“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


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!”


So here we go…


“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.”  


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


“Sometimes honesty can be incredibly messy”


“True love never forces.”  


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


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


“Did I hear God call me an idiot? ” 


“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..”


“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.”  


“I am especially fond of you.”  

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