Book Review – Gemina

Title: Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Genre: YA sci-fi

Published: By Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 18th, 2016

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

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.

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Book Review – Illuminae

Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Genre: YA sci-fi

Published: By Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20th, 2015

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

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.

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Book Review – When Dimple Met Rishi

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi

Author: Sandhya Menon

Genre: Young Adult (Contemporary) [Bonus: #OwnVoices novel]

Published: By Simon Pulse on May 30th, 2017

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh.

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

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Book Review – The Hate U Give

Title: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Genre: Young Adult (Contemporary) [Bonus: #ownvoices novel]

Published: By Balzer + Bray on February 28th, 2017

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter navigates between the poverty-stricken neighbourhood she has grown up in and the upper-crust suburban prep school she attends. Her life is up-ended when she is the sole witness to a police officer shooting her best friend, Khalil, who turns out to have been unarmed during the confrontation – but may or may not have been a drug dealer. As Starr finds herself even more torn between the two vastly different worlds she inhabits, she also has to contend with speaking her truth and, in the process, trying to stay alive herself.

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Book Review – Dream Me

Title: Dream Me

Author: Kathryn Berla

Genre: Young adult (contemporary + sci-fi)

Published: By Amberjack Publishing on July 11th, 2017

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Zat is a dreamer from the distant future—a time when humans no longer dream and Earth is a desolate wasteland. He dreams of the beautiful Earth of the past, and a fiery-haired beauty named Babe. Against the wisdom of his peers, Zat decides to risk everything to travel back in time and live in Babe’s dreams.

Babe is the perpetual new girl in town. Her father’s job frequently moves the family around the country, and Babe just longs for a place to call home. As she settles into the sleepy town of Sugar Dunes, Florida, Babe begins to have strange dreams of a green-eyed boy named Zat. But the dreams come at the cost of nearly crippling migraines every morning. The more time Babe and Zat spend together in her dreams, the more Babe’s pain increases, and Zat begins to question the reality of his existence. Can a dream become a reality?

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Book Review – A Crown of Wishes

Title: A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2)

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Genre: Fantasy

Published: By St. Martin’s Griffin on March 28th, 2017

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

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Book Review – Roar

Title: Roar (Stormheart #1)

Author: Cora Carmack

Genre: YA fantasy

Published: By Tor Teen on June 13th, 2017

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

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