Well, hockey playoffs didn’t last too long in this house. More time to read:)
What I’m hoping to get to next week: to read
Books read it 2017: 69
Debut authors read in 2017: 21
Release date: April 4th 2017
She’s a soldier.
Noemi Vidal is a seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.
He’s a machine.
Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.
Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true.
I loved Claudia Gray’s Firebird series so I was really excited for a new Sci-Fi story from her. The story of Noemi and Abel intrigued me before I even started it and with each page, I found myself getting more and more invested in their stories, both separately and together. It was an interesting dynamic. For a lot of the book, it was just the two of them on the mission Noemi was hell bent on completing but they did meet up with some great supporting characters.
The book was a dual POV between Noemi and Abel. I always find it interesting when a dual POV has two such different characters and it was hard to get any more different than these two. Noemi was a soldier from a planet cut off from the rest of the galaxy and whose people had strong opinions about the technology the rest of the galaxy was using. Abel was a machine, a mech, with such advanced programming that it was almost impossible to tell he wasn’t human. These were two individuals with limited life experience who’d both been raised to believe one way of thinking and were learning that maybe their elders/creators weren’t telling the whole truth.
I was a little surprised that I didn’t miss the crew feel in this Sci-Fi book. Usually, that would be high on my list of loves when I read a book involving space and missions, but the dynamic between Noemi and Abel was so well done and so entertaining that they filled all the areas I would normally look for in a crew. I loved watching the relationship between them change and the little ways they realized they’d become to care for each other, much to their own confusion.
The plot was a mix between the type of action scenes one might expect(and hope) for in a space book and a slow build-up toward the mission’s end goal. It did a great job setting up for the second(and final?) book. It didn’t get too slow that I felt my attention wandering and it didn’t get too fast where I felt like I was missing pieces of information. I’m very excited to see where the travel takes us in book two.
*I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review*
Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten unique books I’ve read. Or, at least they were unique at the time I’d read them.
10. Challenger Deep – Neal Shusterman. This book is unique is many ways. It was one of the first books I’d ever read with a teenager character dealing with a mental illness and the use of the dual POV to portray the real world vs what the world was to the main character was fantastic.
9. Symptoms of Being Human – Jeff Garvin. I think this is still the only book I’ve read where the gender of the main character wasn’t stated as boy or girl.
8. Under the Never Sky – Veronica Rossi. I’ve read a lot of Dystopians now but this was one of the first series I read, is still a favourite, and I love the blending Dystopian and Sci-Fi.
7. The Last Time We Say Goodbye – Cynthia Hand. This one is unique for the way it affected me. Even when I find myself connecting with a book, it’s still rare that it affects me to the point where I’m shaking and my chest actually hurts.
6. Salt to the Sea – Ruta Sepetys. I feel like any of Ruta Sepetys’ books could make my list. I love that she takes lesser known parts of history and molds them into her stories.
5. Outrun the Moon – Stacey Lee. She’s another author I feel like most of her books could make this list. I love the blending of historical events with the culture of the characters.
4. Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton. There were a few westerns I could have chosen but this one stood out with the setting.
3. Burned – Ellen Hopkins. Her writing style is just so unique.
2. The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater. Everything about this book is so unique and I loved every bit of it.
Another month done, another month closer to Summer.
Royal Bastards – Andrew Shvarts. 4/5 stars. Review. I enjoyed this world and the misfit feel to the group of characters.
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett – Chelsea Sedoti. 3/5 stars. It took me a while to get into this one. Once I did, I thought it got better but it still didn’t pull me right in.
The Hidden Memory of Objects – Danielle Mages Amato. 4/5 stars. Review. I loved the twist with the main character being able to see memories attached to objects.
The Crown’s Fate – Evelyn Skye. 4.5/5 stars. Review. A great follow-up to one of my favourite books from last year.
The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli. 4/5 stars. Review. Another great follow-up to a favourite from last year.
Geekerella – Ashley Poston. 4/5 stars. Review. So cute and I enjoyed picking out the parallels between this story and Cinderella.
Blacklist – Alyson Noel. 3.5/5 stars. I missed the competition aspect from the first book but this one definitely upped the mystery factor.
The Lotterys Plus One – Emma Donoghue. 3/5 stars. It was a really cute story but it did feel like a MG-written story.
Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded – Sage Blackwood. 3.5/5 stars. Another cute story and I really enjoyed the magical world.
Starfall – Melissa Landers. 4/5 stars. Review. I did miss that the misfit crew from the first book was less present in this one but it was still great going back to this world.
Flame in the Mist – Renee Ahdieh. 4/5 stars. Review. I love Renee Ahdieh’s writing and this one already has me excited for the next one.
After the End – Amy Plum. 3/5 stars. I really enjoyed the Revenants series so I had high hopes but it took me a while to get into this one.
The Last Thing You Said – Sara Biren. 3.5/5 stars. The way the two main characters kept hurting each other out of grief was very realistic.
Maud – Melanie L Fishbane. 4/5 stars. Review. It was a little strange at first, reading a fictionalized version of LM Montgomery’s life when I grew up in PEI but it was good.
Wild Beauty – Anna-Marie McLemore. 4/5 stars. There’s something very magical about Anne-Marie McLemore’s writing and the characters she creates.
Metal town – Kristen Simmons. 3/5 stars. This was another one that was hard to get into. The pacing was a bit uneven.
The Midnight Dance – Nikki Katz. 3.5/5 stars. I really enjoyed the dark and twisted spin the plot took but there was a lot of things that could have been explained better.
Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday there’s a different topic. This week is Top Ten books I read in one sitting.
10. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han. This was a really cute book and easy to devour in one sitting.
9. Frost Like Night – Sara Raasch. I read the first two books in this series really fast as well but it was the conclusion that had me up all night.
8. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas. The super relevant story line had me unable to put this one down until I was finished.
7. The Crown’s Game – Evelyn Skye. The sequel was also addicting but it was the first one that had me completely sucked in.
6. Caraval – Stephanie Garber. Could. Not. Put. It. Down.
5. Starfall – Melissa Landers. I loved the first one but this companion focused on characters I fell in love with when they were supporting and they got a chance here to have their own story.
4. Goodbye Days – Jeff Zetner. Sad stories, or devastating stories, can be very, very hard to put down.
3. The Last Time We Say Goodbye – Cynthia Hand. See above. This one remains one of the books that I still think about since reading it.
2. A List of Cages – Robin Roe. I loved the focus on friendship over romance in this one.
Release date: April 11th
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.
I absolutely loved Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda so a companion novel to that was a must read. Even with completely different characters in a completely different city, it still had the same feel I remember from reading Simon. It had great family dynamics, a wonderful and complex sisterly bond, characters that were easy to relate to, and writing that flowed to make for a book I wanted to keep reading even if I really should have been asleep.
Molly was a character I could really find myself relating to. Her fear of rejection stopped her from putting herself out there too much, even when it seemed like the guy was perfect for her. It made her feel like her more confident twin was growing up and away from her, leaving her behind. She had many crushes but never any boyfriends. I liked the contrast between her interactions with Will, who her sister Cassie wanted her to date, and Reid, her co-worker who was fun and threw out geeky references mid-conversation. What got me the most though, was the whole family aspect, especially the relationship between Molly and Cassie. It was great, it was perfect.
I really enjoyed the slow burn relationship between Molly and Reid. Their banter was fun and natural and Molly felt more like herself around him, more relaxed, and she ever seemed around Will. Will was an interesting character as well, and definitely not a bad guy. I just preferred the scenes where Molly was having fun with Reid. I also loved the family aspect of the book. Molly and Cassie’s moms were amazing and fun, supportive and involved. And their little brother was too precious.
One of my favourite things was that so many of the issues in this book could have been solved by one of the characters taking a minute, taking a step back, and then speaking up about their feelings, but actually doing that was so much more difficult. For Molly, it would never be as easy as opening her mouth and speaking up or putting herself out there, and I thought Becky Albertalli did a great job conveying that.
This was definitely a great companion to Simon. It can be read as a standalone but I would highly recommend them both.
*I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review*
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