Review: Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Waking Gods is the second book in the Themis Files series. Like the first book it’s told completely in interview and journal format. I listened to the audio again, and the full cast was really good, only there was a new Kara. I was kind of bummed. She was my favorite character and the original narrator did an amazing job. Anyway…about the book. There is decent advancement of the plot in this book. We learn a lot more about the aliens and the Earthen characters. I enjoyed it, but not as much as the first book. Again, I think second books are hard. The first book blew […]

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Review: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes #2) by Brittany Cavallaro

I enjoyed The Last of August, but I just wasn’t as attached to the characters as I was in the first book, A Study in Charlotte. This book picks up right where the first book left off. Jamie and Charlotte are in England for the Christmas holiday. They spend most of their time with Charlotte’s family, and the mystery in this book centers around Charlotte’s Uncle Leander, who’s gone missing. Watson and Holmes travel to Berlin and Prague, getting wrapped up in the illegal art auction scheme. The plot in this book was a lot more complicated, but I didn’t find it as interesting. Also, Charlotte doesn’t […]

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Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Alienated by Melissa Landers

I loved the premise of Alienated: an exchange program for teens between Earth and a newly discovered planet, L’eihr. Cara has been selected to host one of three L’eihr students coming to Earth. And then next year she’ll take her turn on L’eihr. Of course Aelyx is gorgeous and feelings develop. Many humans aren’t happy with the presence of aliens on Earth. The next level of racism and discrimination abound in this book, from threatening notes to outward protests. I really disliked that part of the plot. Cara loses her boyfriend and her best friend over housing Aelyx. It was pretty realistic, but it was too painful to read. This […]

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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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