Book Review: Obsidio

By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

My Edition:
Hardcover, 615 pages
2018, Knopf
ISBN: 9780553499193

The adventures of the Illuminae Files wrap up in the third book in the series. Familiar faces return as the surviving crews of jump station Heimdall and that other ship, whose name I forget, head back towards Kerenza, the illegal mining planet where everything began. There are survivors on the planet and there’s also a jump station, everyone’s only hope of getting back to the Core galaxy or whatever. Can the Illuminae Group defeat the remaining BeiTech troops and gather enough evidence to hold them responsible for the atrocities they committed? Does anyone care about the new couple that’s introduced? Can the evil AI Aidan be trusted? Can you tell I’m not really into the series anymore?

I’ll say it up front, because I’m sure my opinion will the minority for this popular, hyped series, but the conclusion was lackluster and I’m not impressed.

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Series Review (sort of): Artemis Fowl

It turns out nostalgic love isn’t always as strong as I thought it would be. I started this reread excited to be back in a world I absolutely loved when I was in grade school, but shortly after beginning the first book, the series wasn’t what I expected or remembered. Despite my fond memories of the characters and Sweetbeeps loving the series when he read it a couple years ago, I wasn’t compelled to read more than two books.

I was bored with the plot and characters and the writing wasn’t as strong as the middle-grade I’ve been reading recently. I was going to give the third book a shot, but after some thought, I realized I didn’t care about anything that was going to happen next and I was better off wasting my time. But I did write up brief reviews of the first two books, so I figured I’d share.

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Book Review: Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day

Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day
By Seanan McGuire

My Edition:
Paperback, 182 pages
2017, Tor
ISBN: 9780765391421

Jenna blames herself for her sister Patty’s death. She blames herself for her own death too. Now she works in New York City as a suicide prevention hotline rep, trying to help the living hold on to life a bit longer. Jenna is serving out her time, waiting for her haunting to end, when the ghosts of New York begin to disappear. She must tame up with a witch, despite the risks, and figure out who or what is behind her missing friends.

I bought this book with exactly zero idea of what it was about. Seriously. It was on Book Outlet and it had Seanan’s name on it, so I added it to my cart without even reading the blurb. I’m not the least bit disappointed.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Even More Middle Grade

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent – I created this feature to highlight and appreciate the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many wonderful editions!

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Book Review: Into the Drowning Deep

Into the Drowning Deep
By Mira Grant

My Edition:
Hardcover, 440 pages
2017, Orbit
ISBN: 9780316379403

Imagine Entertainment set out to “find” mermaids and film a documentary about it. But after the group of scientists, reporters, actors and film crew set sail on the Atargatis and fail to return, it’s clear they found something. Raw footage surfaces, revealing snatches of what appear to be mermaids murdering and devouring the crew. Imagine does their best to dodge the blame and frame the footage as a hoax, while prepping for another mission. Tory Stewart, whose sister has been missing since the first voyage, signs up to find out what really happened to her sister and get closure, and revenge, if she can. But the crew of the Melusine soon find themselves in more troubled waters than they ever imagined.

If I trust anyone to write a story about bloodthirsty mermaids it’s Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) and she didn’t disappoint.

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Book Review: Space is Just a Starry Night

Space is Just a Starry Night
By Tanith Lee

My Edition:
Paperback, 239 pages
2013, Aqueduct Press
ISBN: 9781619760318

A short story collection (from my queen) containing a prison planet that uses memories to manipulate its occupants, a woman released from deep freeze after over a century, a man’s relationship with his ship and a planet, a woman’s drastic transformation under the rays of the sun and more.

Shorts collections can be hit or miss whether the stories are from one or multiple authors. This is a solid sci-fi collection with a range of futuristic worlds and a few really stellar stories.

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Movie Review: Love, Simon

Anyone who’s read at least a handful of my posts knows I don’t have a great track record with YA. It’s definitely my least favorite age group, and while I keep trying, I seem to have very little success with the books I pick up.

Knowing that, you’ll probably be surprised to find that I went with a friend to go see Love, Simon, the new movie based off Becky Albertalli’s novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. The friend I went with is possibly one of the only people I would ever go see a contemporary YA romance movie with. At best, I was expecting to fall asleep fifteen minutes into the movie.

The verdict?

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Book Review: Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow
By Lauren Wolk

My Edition:
Hardcover, 291 pages
2016, Dutton Children’s Books
ISBN: 9781101994825

Annabelle’s town is a quiet one until Betty Glengarry arrives, staying with her grandparents and attending Annabelle’s school. Betty instantly dislikes Annabelle. Annabelle does her best to avoid the bully, but there’s a target painted on her back. But soon that target moves to Toby, the strange but quiet war veteran who lives the life of a hermit near Annabelle’s family farm. Annabelle might be the only one willing to stick up for Toby and she will need all her courage to stand up to the charges leveled against him.

I read this book because Danielle mentioned it on her IG feed. A Newbury Honor middle-grade that sounds like it could be depressing? Sign me up!

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