Review: Starfall by Melissa Landers

Starfall by Melissa Landers

Starfall is the second book in a series. I loved Starflight, so I was eager to read this book when it released a couple of months ago. Unlike the first book, Starfall isn’t focused on Solara and Doran. It picks up the story of Cassia and Kane, who were both minor characters in the first book. Cassia, a princess who’s been on the run with her best friend, is kidnapped and taken back to her home world of Eturia. Kane of course wants to go and rescue her. This book was fairly predictable. And while I loved Cassia and Kane’s banter in the first book, since they’re […]

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Review: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants was an amazing audiobook. The whole book is written as a case file, so it’s interviews and journal entries performed by a full cast audio (Audible version). It took about an hour for me to understand what exactly was happening in the story, but then I was hooked. Pieces of a giant metal robot have been found on Earth, and they’re suspected to be the remains of aliens on Earth thousands (or maybe millions) of years ago. The main players in the story are the lead scientist, a mathematician, and a couple of military pilots. And the un-named interviewer. It’s so interesting! I don’t […]

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Review: Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer

Wires and Nerve is a graphic novel spin-off of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series. You all know how much I love that series, so of course I had to read this book. It was my first graphic novel (well except the ones I read with my son). The main character is Iko, Cinder’s side-kick android friend. The story takes place between the battle on Luna at the end of Winter and the wedding story from Stars Above. Basically, it covers the clean up of all of the wolf soldiers on Earth. Iko is a bounty hunter of sorts. It’s pretty fun. I enjoyed this book because I’m a […]

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Review: Starflight by Melissa Landers

Starflight by Melissa Landers

Starflight is a mildly sci-fi-y, futuristic novel with great squad goals and a hate turned love romance. Solara has aged out of an orphanage, and she’s desperate to reach the outer realm to start a mechanic job. She convinces Doran, an enemy from school, to take her on as an indentured servant, so she can gain free passage on a huge tourist vessel. With a little trickery and a stun gun, she gets Doran to believe that he is the servant. They join up with an unlikely captain and his crew, thus beginning a wild adventure. The beginning of this book almost reminded me to Titanic […]

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Review: Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Endangered is a very different type of YA novel. I would have LOVED this book as a pre-teen. I was pretty obsessed with Jane Goodall and her work with chimpanzees, Gorillas in the Mist, and Matthew Broderick’s Project X. (I still love that movie!) Sophie lives in Miami with her father, but every summer she goes back to Congo, where she was born, to stay with her mother, who runs a bonobo sanctuary there. On her way to the sanctuary this summer, Sophie runs into a desperate man trying to sell a baby bonobo. Knowing it’s a bad idea to buy bonobos, but not knowing what […]

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

I made the mistake of thinking Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was written by J.K. Rowling. It is not. And even though it’s supposed to have been based off a short story by Rowling, and it appears she has sanctioned this play, I was very disappointed in this book. Some Background My husband and I are both HUGE Harry Potter fans. We read the series out loud together early in our dating life (and then later when the last book came out), and we’ve listened to the audiobooks numerous times since then – together and apart. (I’d previously read the first 3 books in the […]

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Review: The Last Star by Rick Yancey

The Last Star by Rick Yancey

The Last Star is the third and final book in The 5th Wave series. I loved the first book, I liked the second book, and I thought this book was a good conclusion. Although it was really confusing. The book alternates between many characters – some in first person, some in third person, and half the time I didn’t know what was going on. I knew it would be explained at the end, so I tried to just go with it. This book picks up 6 weeks after the end of book 2. Once again, I liked Yancey writing – short chapters, alternating voices, but the plot […]

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Harry Potter is my favorite series for one reason

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

There are many reasons to love Harry Potter… The characters The friendships The magic The worldbuilding The adventure The triumph of good over evil All of that is great. Truly, it is. But all of those things do not make the Harry Potter series my favorite books of all times. What does that? The details. I have read (mostly listened to) the Harry Potter series many, MANY times, and every time I do, I discover new details. Seriously, the planning that went into writing this series is insane. It’s clear that it was meant to be a 7 book series from the start. There are things revealed books […]

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