Saturday, 17 December 2016


Rating: <ERROR> ScAle Br0kEn

Illuminae Goodreads Book Description:
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.

Gemina Goodreads Book Description:
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.

My Review:
I picked up a signed copy of Illuminae in Sydney last year as it was very hyped up but I was quite hesitant to start reading it but WOW. This book surprised me a lot, both in the incredible format but also how quickly I flew through it. I don’t read much sci-fi as it’s not a genre I would see myself reading, but Illuminae and Gemina have both been out of this world!

I absolutely loved the way the novels have been told through a collection of computer files, data reports, instant messages, recordings, and so on. I will admit that it was a little difficult to comprehend at first glance but after the first 50 pages, I had become more familiar with the layout. Seriously though, for a 600 page book, it flew by so quickly!

The characters in both books are fantastic, Kaufman and Kristoff are amazing at creating characters with such sass, wit and pure confidence. Kady is such a fun character, she’s flawed, strong, clever and loving. Her relationship with Ezra was absolutely heart wrenching yet beautiful and yes, it was super cheesy in parts but I LOVE CHEESY.

Hanna is another standout character, she’s much like Kady in her strength, determination and love for Nik. Even though she has a disability, she didn’t let that stop her from being one hella bad-ass chick who I DESPERATELY want to be friends with.

When the beauty that is Gemina landed in my hands, I could barely contain my excitement! I was slightly nervous that it wasn’t going to live up the high standards of Illuminae because as they say, “the original is always the best”. But Gemina was on a whole other level to Illuminae. Yep, BIGGER and BETTER than Illuminae. Needless to say, I’m anxiously waiting the day that Book 3 comes out!

And if you think, Illuminae looks awesome with its format…wait til you take a peek at Gemina because OHMYGOD the illustrations by Marie Lu had me screaming and hugging my copy to my chest because THEY’RE SOOO BEAUTIFUL.

Every time I get asked by someone “what is Illuminae?” I genuinely struggle to find the right words to describe what these books are about and not spoil every single detail. It’s actually difficult to explain everything that goes on in these two books but I’ll tell you now that the plot twists will blow your mind and crush your heart.

If you haven’t already, you NEED to read Illuminae and Gemina asap! Jay and Amie have created these phenomenal crazy masterpieces sure to grip you from the first pages!

Gemina Launch – Adelaide:
This may have been one of the most memorable and amazing nights of my life.

The wonderful girls at The YA Circle – if you’re ever in Adelaide, you must come meet these angels and come to our monthly book club – were lucky enough to be one of the first stops on the Gemina Australian Launch Tour! Woo! Go girls! xx

Jay and Amie spent 3-4 hours whilst coping with jetlag to talk to us about Gemina and answer our burning questions about The Illuminae Files trilogy. BLESS THEIR HEARTS. They were so patient and kind, gave us each a chance to talk to them and take photos.

Thank you so much to The YA Circle, Allen & Unwin, Dymocks Adelaide, Jay and Amie for coming out to spend the evening with us. It was truly an honor to be in your presence and celebrate the launch of Gemina, something many of us won’t forget.

Think Lovely Thoughts xo

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