Extra, Fae Crate Unboxings, Uncategorized

Fae Crate Unboxing | Power Up (July 2019)

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Hello Lovelies! I’m back with another unboxing of my favorite subscription box, Fae Crate. These boxes are the highlight of my month and I could not love the items more! I hope you enjoy this month’s unboxing as much as I did!


July’s Theme:

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Let’s start off with this month’s theme which was Power Up! I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t really sure if I was going to like this month’s box. You see, the entire thing was based on Superheroes/Villains. Well, anyone that knows me knows that I have never been into that kind of thing so I was really leery of buying this box. Especially considering all of the fandoms listed to be in this box were ones that I wasn’t a part of.

Alas, despite my better judgement, I bought the box… and I am SOOOO glad I did! This box had some of my favorite items that I have ever gotten in it and one of the prettiest books I have ever seen!


The Box Itself:

For those that haven’t seen my previous unboxings, this is what the box looks like. It’s beautiful isn’t it?!

I just love everything about this book and the way it looks. The color and logo fit the company perfectly, the *CAUTION: magic inside* lid is absolutely adorable, and the sides that have the company slogan which say, “Let’s live a thousand lives together” just warms my heart.


The Items in the Box:

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Renegades Sorting Candle ~ Not only is this item great on its own, but it is extra special to me because it is the first ever bookish candle in my collection!! I was SO excited when I heard that this candle was going to be included, not only because of what it is, but because it is an extra special candle!

Based on the color of the candle when lit, it sorts you into either one of two categories: Blue for Renegades and Red for Anarchists. Unfortunately, because of the glare from the flame, my candle looks red, but it was actually blue!

The only thing better than it being a sorting candle was its scent! It is cherry and almond scented and let me tell you… I. AM. IN. LOVE!!! It just smells SOOOOO good!!!

The only thing bad is that I haven’t read this series yet! So I don’t even know what Anarchists or Renegades are… Which side is good and which side is bad? Please let me know in the comments!

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Steelheart Lanyard ~ If I hadn’t just got the prefect lanyard during Fae Crate’s past item sale, I would have definitely been using this item! I just love lanyards so much and the wording on it is so cool! It says, “WHERE THERE ARE VILLAINS, THERE WILL BE HEROES.” Ahhh!!! I just love that line so much!!!

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XL Lunar Chronicles Pouch ~ *sighs dreamily* Who wouldn’t love this pouch?!?! It is just so beautiful!!! And the saying on it just cracks me up! It says, “Still holding out for that reward money” which I am told is a Thorne quote in the book Cress. I haven’t gotten to that installment yet so I’m not sure, but that sounds like Thorne and I will love this bag regardless!

When I say extra large, I am not kidding! This is the biggest pouch I have ever seen! I mean it’s bigger than my purse! There are just so many things I could use it for that my head is spinning.

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Hero Pop Socket ~ If it wasn’t for the candle, this would probably be my favorite item in this box! Not only is it special because it is my first pop socket, but it is also a reversal of one of my favorite quotes ever, “Every villain is the hero of their own story”!! It is just so perfect!

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Mystery Hero Cord Protector ~ This is the only item in this box that I didn’t like. From my understanding, everyone got a random cord protector put in their box. I don’t know who mine is supposed to be, but I’m not going to end up using it either way. I ended up just giving it to my younger brother.


Monthly Polaroid and Coin:

For those that don’t know, each month Fae Crate has a monthly Polaroid picture that they include and (starting last month) a monthly coin. These are exclusive to each month and you cannot get them again. Fae Crate announces what the Polaroid is to look like and what fandom the coin is going to be from on their Instagram. I highly encourage you to check them out so you can decide if you want a box before they sell out!

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Carry On Polaroid ~ Anyone that is involved in the bookish community, regardless of if you have read this book (like me), knows about this ship. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen Simon and Baz mentioned on someone’s favorite ships list. And after seeing this Polaroid, I can definitely see why! Look how adorable they are together!!

Young Elites Coin ~ I might not be a part of this fandom, but this has got to be my favorite coin yet! It is just SOOOO beautiful and, for those that don’t know, the rose happens to be my favorite flower so I was kind of destined to fall in love with this coin!

August’s Polaroid and Coin have already been announced. For those that want to know, they are:

  • August ~ King of Scars Polaroid and Percy Jackson Coin

Monthly Ebook Download:

Each month not only does Fae Crate include a hardcover book, but they also include a code so you can download a free ebook! The ebook for this month was Deviation by Christine Manzari. While it didn’t seem like my kind of book, I appreciate Fae Crate and the author’s gift anyways.

However, the download code was included on the back of this card which is just SO beautiful and I will be adding it to my bookish art wall:

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Book of the Month:

The Book of the Month was Collateral Damage by Taylor Simonds. The hardcover included in the box for this month was a Fae Crate exclusive which means that you can’t get it anywhere else! The cover for this book was more than just an exclusive cover though! This Fae Crate edition has:

  • Reversible Dust Jacket
  • Embossed Naked Book
  • Author letter printed inside
  • Signed bookplate.
  • FREAKING SPRAYED EDGES!!!

So in conclusion… THIS BOOK WAS FREAKIN’ AWESOME!!!


Thank you for joining me today! I had so much fun opening this box and talking about all of the bookish items inside! What about you? Do you subscribe to Fae Crate? Do you subscribe to any other monthly book boxes? What do you think of my unboxing and the items in this month’s box? Please let me know!

~𝒜𝓊𝓉𝓊𝓂𝓃 💕

Favorites, Reviews, Romance, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Storm and Fury (The Harbinger #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…


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“A slow, heart-wrenching smile pulled at his lips. A real one, and it was the kind of smile that could break hearts and rebuild them.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
After reading The Darkest Star last year, I didn’t think that I could love a JLA book more or love a spin-off of hers as much as that one… BUT. HOLY. CRAP. I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! It has got to be Jennifer’s best so far! I just couldn’t put it down for the life of me and I was hooked from the very first chapter! I was practically fan-girling the whole time because I just love this universe and I have been hoping to get more books in it for years! It was just everything I was hoping it would be and much more!

Trinity- How can anyone not love Trinity? She is just such a badass while also having that emotional side that makes her so easy to connect to. Learning about her (and Jennifer’s) retinitis pigmentosa absolutely broke my heart to read about and it only made me admire her character more!

Zayne- OHHHHH…. Zayne… *sighs dreamily* I loved him in The Dark Elements series and this book made me (impossibly) love him more! He is just so kind and caring and sweet and loving and perfect and… you get the point. Where can I find a guy like him? Because I swear they just aren’t made like that anymore.

Misha- I have to say, I never saw the Misha twist coming… so bravo Jennifer! I really liked Misha right until the end and his betrayal was just that much more shocking because of it.

Peanut- I’m not gonna lie, Peanut kind of annoyed me at different points in the book BUT I did enjoy his banter with Trinity most of the time and I value his character. I’m really curious to see what role he will play in the future books.

Roth & Layla- I have to say, we got a lot more of Roth and Layla than I thought we were going to. I assumed we would just see them pop their heads in here and there throughout the series, but I was so wrong. They played a big role in this book and I am just so thankful for that. I loved seeing how they were and that scene where Roth saw Bambi again just gave me so many feels! I am looking forward to seeing more of them in the coming books.

The End/The Protector Switch Twist: About two pages before it happened, I realized where this book was going. I realized that this whole book was just a set up for the real story to come and that Jennifer’s signature forbidden romance was about to kick in to full gear… and that was when my heart was officially broke. I just ship Zayne and Trinity SOOOO much and I thought they had enough obstacles already, but NOOOO Jennifer just had to slap a Protector bond on top of everything else… Uhhhh… I’m in for a lot of angst, heart ache, and frustration in the future aren’t I?

SIDE NOTE: For those that don’t know, I had the wonderful privilege of meeting Jennifer last year and, at the time, I had no idea about her having RP. And let me tell you, I never would have known if she hadn’t said anything/released this book. She didn’t give any hint of it and, knowing what I know now, I could not admire her more. Jennifer doesn’t let her disease define her or make her less of a person, and I will always look up to her as a role model for that. I couldn’t love her or her writing more!

Overall, I highly enjoyed this book and I need the next one in my hands like yesterday!!! At least I have The Burning Shadow coming out in October to at least try to tide me over! *cries*

Fantasy, Reviews, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs

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Synopsis:

In this powerful entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Mercy Thompson must face a deadly enemy to defend all she loves…

My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.

And a coyote shapeshifter.

And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.

Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn’t stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.

The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.

But we are pack, and we have given our word.

We will die to keep it.


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“My old pastor liked to say that church is a hospital for the sick, not a mausoleum for the saints.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
This book was a giant let down. I don’t know if it’s because I had been hyping the book up in my head for the past two years, if I have just fallen out of love with this series, or if it was just not a good book, but for some reason or another, this book just fell flat.

While the plot moved fast, I constantly found myself bored and not attached to what was happening in any way. I think the main reason for this is because I am a very character driven person and this book was honestly 80% plot and 20% characters. There were very few moments where I was genuinely connected with what was happening. The only scenes that really made me smile or feel happy was the Adam and Mercy scenes which, to be honest, I have to say that I kind of prefer Adam’s character to Mercy’s?!

What I Liked- I liked the Elizaveta plot twist and her turning into a black witch was done really well. I also enjoyed the mini Paul redemption arc. That little scene really warmed my heart.

What I Didn’t Like- 1. Besides the stuff mentioned above, there wasn’t nearly enough Stefan in this book. I love him to pieces and Mercy’s problems with him right now is just overkill. 2. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve read so many of these books, but the villains aren’t even scary any more. I didn’t think for one moment that Mercy and her friends would lose while I was reading this. Plus, all of the villains are really one-dimensional. They are wholly bad and uninteresting. Can’t we get a morally grey/multi-dimensional villain for once? 3. The fae meeting was such a let down. It was hyped up the whole book and I was SO interested in seeing the humans interact with the Gray Lords but it was literally mentioned briefly in a paragraph at the end! What is that?!?!

Overall, this book just wasn’t for me. I don’t know if I will be continuing the series or not at this point. I guess it will just depend on what the next book is about.


Other Books in the Series:

 

Dark, Reverse Harem, Reviews, Romance

Stolen (Saving Setora #1) by Raven Dark & Petra J. Knox

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Synopsis:

It all began when the road warriors found me outside Hell’s Burning, lost and dehydrated. When the bikers took me into The Compound, I thought I was saved.

Especially when, as a Violet—a rare genetic anomaly prized above all—I’m taken in and raised by one of the wealthiest men in the world. Educated and groomed by the best teachers money could buy, I mistakenly thought he had a great future planned for me, one in which I’d be cared for and cherished.

I was wrong.

For centuries, women have been sold as slaves. In my 18th year, my benefactor reveals a truth that shatters my world. I’m to be put on display before the wealthiest of society at one of the biggest auctions this world has ever seen…as a slave.

But that night at the auction, something goes wrong. I am stolen by members of the infamous Dark Legion, a road warrior crew feared the world over. Torn from the only world I have ever known, now I have not one master, but four.

I shouldn’t want these dangerous, deadly men with their leather cuts and their growling bikes, but the deeper my captors draw me into their dark and twisted world, the more I crave what they do to me. They stole me from a powerful man who’ll stop at nothing to get me back. If I don’t find a way to escape soon, my new masters might just steal my heart.

***Stolen is Book One of the Saving Setora series, a dark, dystopian Reverse Harem romance with biker tones. There is no cheating, and the final book ends with an HEA for Setora and her four men. This full length novel contains triggering elements and four twisted heroes who know how to own a woman right.


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This book…. oh this book… It had SOOO much potential and the authors could have done so much with the story. Unfortunately, the way they decided to go was all wrong.

You see, I’m trying not to completely rant and be mean to the authors with this review. So with that being said, all I’m going to say is that I did not like this book. At all. I found the main male interests to be highly abusive, sadistic, and Setora’s relationship was unbelievably unhealthy. To illustrate how messed up her relationship with them was, I am going to share this quote:

“My masters were monsters, but they were my monsters, and they’d protect me from far, far worse ones.”

After reading that quote, do I really need to give any other evidence to show how wrong these men were for Setora? I am a hopeless romantic and I let a lot of things slide when it comes to morally grey male characters, but this book pushed even ME over the edge. I just can’t do it and I will definitely not be continuing the series.

Dark, Fantasy, Favorites, Reviews

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff

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Synopsis:

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?


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“You’ll be a rumor. A whisper. The thought that wakes the bastards of this world sweating in the nevernight. The last thing you will ever be, girl, is someone’s hero… But you will be a girl heroes fear.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
There are no words that I can use to describe the masterpiece that is this book. It enthralled me from the very first page and would not let me go. I would sit it down and I would find myself unable to concentrate on anything because all I could think about was this book! This is truly one of those books that haunts your every thought and you are never the same after reading. It is that remarkable and beautifully written.

Mia- I just love Mia so much. Every time I thought that she was doing something stupid or I thought she was falling for a clear trap, Mia would completely turn things around when I least expected it. There were many times when her plans were revealed and I was shocked to my core!

Mr. Kindly- I LOVE HIM SO MUCH AND I WANT A CAT LIKE HIM. WHERE CAN I GET ONE!!??

Tric- I really enjoyed Tric’s character and his relationship with Mia. I loved how he was always looking out for her and the banter between them was one of my favorite parts of the book. I will miss him very much.

Ashlinn- The plot twist with Ash and her brother was one of the most shocking reveals I have ever read. I just sat the book down and stared off into space for ten minutes trying to compute it in my brain because I was that thrown. I just don’t even know what to think anymore… Is Ash good or bad? She clearly didn’t want to kill Mia at the end until Mia forced her hand. And what about the obvious regret Ash feels at the start of that chapter in her POV? Does she have feelings for Mia?

The Red Church- I loved anything and everything about The Red Church. Their inner workings and the power structure just fascinated me and I’m really sad that it looks like that part of Mia’s life is going to end.

Overall, I obviously highly enjoyed this book and I will be continuing the series! I need to know what happens next like I need air!!!

**P.S. I just want to take a moment to thank the person that really convinced me to read this series: Piera Forde. Without her channel and her continuous praise of this book, I honestly don’t believe I would have read it and I wouldn’t have fallen in love with it like I did.**


Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff

Dark, Fantasy, Favorites, Reviews

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff

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Synopsis:

A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Set in the world of Nevernight, which Publishers Weekly called “absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness,” Godsgrave will continue to thrill and satisfy fantasy fans everywhere.


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“She’d grown up inside books. No matter how dark life became, shutting out the hurt was as easy as opening a cover. A child of murdered parents and a failed rebellion, she’d still walked in the boots of scholars and warriors, queens and conquerors.

The heavens grant us only one life, but through books, we live a thousand.”

WHAT JUST HAPPENED???? Can you tell me? Because I sure as hell don’t know! One minute, I was happy and I thought I had a tentative idea of what this story was about, and then Jay Kristoff just goes and writes this book… which rocked my entire world. I just can’t wrap my head around this book or any of the events that happened in the last 50 pages. My brain is just fried from that many plot twists back to back and my heart is in pieces…. Help me! I need the next book like yesterday and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?!?!


Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff

Favorites, Reviews, Romance, Science Fiction

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Synopsis:

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.


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“Every story needs its hero.

And its villain.

And its monster.”

This book… I don’t even have words. It is definitely one of the best finales I have EVER read and my favorite book in the series by far. It just combined all of my favorite elements from the previous books and made one hell of an explosive conclusion! I was constantly on the edge of my seat, my heart always felt like it was going to beat out of my chest, and I was all in emotionally. For the last hundred pages or so, I was crying ever five seconds because I was just that invested in the story and the characters in it.

I’m really sad that this was the final book because I have grown to really love these characters (even AIDAN) and I hate having to say good-bye. It seems like the Illuminae Group just found each other and I could read a thousand more pages about their upcoming journeys together. I’m going to miss them dearly and I really hope that Amy and Jay continue this story in some way, no matter how small!


Other Books in the Series:

3.5 🍁s ~ Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

4.25 🍁s ~ Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Favorites, Reviews, Romance, Science Fiction

Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Synopsis:

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.


4.25 🍁s

“Now, children, watch closely. Hold your breath. Listen. And I will show you the components of calamity.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
I really liked this book and I enjoyed it more than the first one. I found myself flying through it and, at one point, I sat down to read it and, what felt like an hour later, I looked down and had read 250 pages! There was plot twist after plot twist and so many times when my mind was completely blown. There is NO other book/series out there even remotely like this one and it is so incredibly unique!

Nik and Hanna- I loved these two so much and I just need more!

Ella- This girl had my whole heart in her hands from the beginning of the book until the end. I love her SOOO much and, when I thought she had died, I literally could not breath because I was sobbing so hard. Luckily for me and my heart, she is back now!

Jackson- Ewww. Did not redeem himself at the end. Still hate him. Period.

What I Didn’t Like- The alternate dimension thing. I felt like it was used solely so that the authors could rip my heart out by killing my favorite characters and then say “JK! Here is a perfectly “reasonable” explanation for us to play with your emotions and then take it all back.”

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and will probably be reading the next one. I just might want a break for a while because this series is so emotionally draining.


Other Books in the Series:

3.5 🍁s ~ Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

5 🍁s ~ Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Favorites, Reviews, Romance, Science Fiction

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Synopsis:

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.


3.5 🍁s

“You have me. Until the last star in the galaxy dies, you have me.”

MAJOR SPOILERS THROUGHOUT:
For those that don’t know, I have never been a big sci-fi fan. The genre has never really appealed to me and there are just certain aspects of it that I really don’t like. So, when I started seeing people talk about this book a few years back, I was curious about it, but when I found out that it was an epic sci-fi, I immediately went “Nope, no thank you”. Well after reading this book and practically flying through it, I can admit to myself that that was probably a mistake… because this book is great. As someone who isn’t even a fan of the genre, I can say without a doubt that this book is out of this world unique and imaginative.

Kady- I loved Kady and her whole attitude! How could I not?! She goes through so much in this book and I could not sympathize/connect with her more.

Ezra- I loved Ezra as well. His whole smart ass attitude constantly had me laughing and some of my favorites part of the book involved him more often than not.

AIDAN- I don’t know how I feel about AIDAN. All I do know is that I cried when the Alexander was attacked and Kady and AIDAN said goodbye.

What I Liked- This book was HIGHLY unpredictable. People were dying left and right and there were SO many plot twists that I wasn’t expecting!

What I Didn’t Like- Surprisingly, I didn’t really enjoy the romance of this book. Maybe its because Ezra and Kady don’t see each other face to face at all or maybe it’s because they were already in love with each other before the book started, but I just didn’t connect with them for some reason.

Overall, I liked this book. I will be continuing the series, but I might just take a break for a while because it is so huge and takes so much of my time to read.


Other Books in the Series:

4.25 🍁s ~ Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

5 🍁s ~ Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Extra, Favorites

Sunshine Blogger Award | Take Two

**My first take can be found here**

Hello Lovelies! I was nominated a couple of months ago for this award again and, at the time, my mother has just passed away from a heart attack and I took a break from blogging. Well since I’m back now, I decided to do this post because it meant so much to me to be nominated a second time by Ally @ Ally Writes Things and especially at the time that I was nominated. Here is the post where she nominated me if you wanted to check it out.


𝚃𝙷𝙴 𝚁𝚄𝙻𝙴𝚂:

  1. Thank the person/persons that nominated you and link back to their blog
  2. Answer the questions your nominator has provided
  3. Nominate 11 other people and give them 11 new questions to answer
  4. List the rules and display the award

𝙼𝚈 𝙰𝙽𝚂𝚆𝙴𝚁𝚂:

1. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would it be and why?

SARAH. J. MAAS!!! There could be no other answer for this question!!! I just love her books and her writing style so much and I would be honored to co-write a book with her.

2. If you could read a book for the first time again, which book would it be?

ACOMAF! It is my favorite book of all time and, while I love rereading it each year, it just isn’t the same as that first time. And there is truly nothing like reading your favorite book for the first time.

3. Are there any books you wish you didn’t read?

The Neighbor #4 because this book just made me so incredibly angry and was a complete waste of my time. I. HATED. IT.

4. What’s your dream job?

This probably isn’t too surprising, but my dream job would be an author. I would just love to walk into a book store one day and see my book sitting there on a shelf. It would just be a dream come true!

5. What was your favorite book you had to read for school?

Ohhh.. This was more of a tough questions because, let’s just be honest, I hated every book that I had to read for school… But I dug deep, and remembered I had to read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for school one year and I absolutely loved it! So that would have to be the answer.

6. Why did you start your blog?

About a year ago, I started finding other blogger’s website when I looked up book reviews. I had been watching BookTube for years and I never had the confidence to make a channel so when I found out that book blogging was a thing, I realized it would be perfect for me. I wanted to find a place to share my love of books and my opinions on them, so I started Autumn Book Reads and… here we are!

7. What’s been your favorite book of 2019 so far?

Probably Remember Us This Way by C.R. Jane because that book just grabbed me from the very first page and just combined so many of my favorite elements. I just couldn’t, and still can’t, get it out of my head for the life of me.

8. Who was your favorite childhood author?

I discovered Cassandra Clare and her enrapturing Shadowhunters universe when I was ten years old and I fell in love! If you have read my About Me page, you know that I dedicate my whole love for reading to her and, to this day, she is still one of my favorite authors.

9. What’s your phone background?

I’m not exactly sure what this question means… But if it is what I think it is, the most phone experience I have is answering them for my mom when her office was super busy.

10. If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be?

This question is SOOOOO hard because there are just SOOOOOO many that I want to meet!!! I just love them all and I would do ANYTHING to meet any of them! BUT if I had to pick one, I would say Will Herondale because I just love him so much and we could talk about books for hours and *exhales dreamily* it would just be perfect!

11. What fictional character do you aspire to be like, and why?

Probably Sang from The Ghost Bird. She just always seems to find the bright side in everything and, despite all that has happened to her, she is still so happy and just a great person.


𝙼𝚈 𝚀𝚄𝙴𝚂𝚃𝙸𝙾𝙽𝚂:

  1. What is the worst character death you have ever read?
  2. What book would you own a hundred copies of if you could?
  3. What two characters, from different series, do you think would make a great couple?
  4. Who was the first blogger you ever followed?
  5. What character do you wish you could swap places with for a day?
  6. If you could get an ARC of any one of your most anticipated releases, which would it be?
  7. What is your least favorite book you have read this year?
  8. What is a book or series that you feel is overrated?
  9. What is a series you have been wanting to get into, but keep putting off?
  10. What is a hyped book you have no interest in reading?
  11. What is your favorite female and favorite male character?

𝚆𝙷𝙾 𝙸 𝙽𝙾𝙼𝙸𝙽𝙰𝚃𝙴:

I encourage you to follow all of these wonderful people. They work really hard on their blogs and are always spreading love around the community. I am proud to consider many of them my friends 💕


Thank you for joining me today! I am so happy that I was nominated and got the opportunity to do this post. I want to thank Ally again for nominating me and thank you for reading this post! I hope you get nominated too!

𝒜𝓊𝓉𝓊𝓂𝓃 💕