Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Book Review: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Title: Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3)
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publication Date: March 13, 2018
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 615
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Reviews for book 1 & book 2

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. 

So I have a lot of feelings about Obsidio. Just to recap, I loved Illuminae and thought Gemina was just okay. And now here we are with book three... I think my main takeaway from Obsidio is that this series has a very limited supply of tricks up its sleeve, which it used up in book one, leaving books two and three to pretty much be rehashes.

Obsidio, like Gemina, picks up with two new characters, Asha and Rhys. Honestly, it's been so long since I've read Illuminae that I can't remember how much I liked Kady and Ezra, but I can definitely say that I enjoyed Asha and Rhys more than Hanna and Nik. I actually wish MORE of the book had been devoted to them, because their story was infinitely more interesting than that of the older characters, in my opinion. I loved that they already had backstory, meaning no instalove! I found them both to be compelling characters with understandable motives and moral struggles. I enjoyed watching the people on Kerenza interact with each other and struggle through each day... and that's about where my enjoyment ends.

From here on out, this might be a little ranty and a lot spoilery. I am so upset with this book and the series as a whole! The rest of this review will outline my issues with Obsidio and will be in bullet points, which I know is different from the rest of my reviews, but it's the best way I can think of to do it without going off on twelve tangents. Shall we begin?

  • One of my biggest problems with this series is with the humor. Specifically, every single character has the same sense of humor AND they all use their annoyingly similar sense of humor literally all the time. At the most unnecessary times. Literally a life or death situation and these morons are bantering back and forth making jokes. Sure, it's fun to read, but it's not at all realistic and it got old quickly after book one (for me). 
  • Which brings me to my second problem: the way the military is portrayed. Let me get something out of the way - I am not a gung-ho patriotic person by any stretch of the imagination. I don't even own a flag. That being said, I did do four years in the Air Force, so I have military background. Yeah, there were times in those four years when I said or did unprofessional things around my supervisor or officers. But... you better believe I was reprimanded for it. Maybe so far in the future things will be super relaxed and people will be able to talk to their superiors with 100% sarcasm, cursing, and unprofessionalism. But unless something drastic happens between now and then, I can't imagine military personnel behaving the way they do in this series. Like I said, this isn't a "I love the military" thing, because I don't. It's just a "My god that's unrealistic" thing. 
  • And continuing the unrealistic relationships train of thought, I cannot buy the Kady/AIDAN relationship. While I can accept that Kady does become attached to AIDAN, he is not a HE. He is an it, which they discuss a tiny bit in this book. But towards the end of the book I had a very hard time suspending disbelief any further. There's a point at the end when AIDAN inserts himself into an enemy ship and decides to sacrifice "himself" for the good of the fleet. AND KADY TRIES TO TALK HIM OUT OF IT! Instead, she wants to sacrifice herself and everyone else on her ship. Instead of AIDAN. Who is not a person. Who is a computer program. I'm sorry, what? This is where they lost me. 
  • Venturing further into spoiler territory, let's talk about FAKE DEATHS. Remember when I mentioned that this series used all its tricks in the first book? This is what I'm talking about. There was a fake death in Illuminae and that one got me! I was totally taken off guard. But then the exact same thing happened in Gemina and I wasn't fooled. I felt nothing when the death happened because I was sure it wasn't going to stick. Then we have Obsidio... When I started, I even texted a friend and asked if there was a fake death. Well, let me tell you, friends! Obsidio has not one, not two, but THREE fake deaths! It's completely ridiculous. 
  • Welcome to my next point in which I expand upon the ridiculousness of the fake deaths. My problem with them in Gemina and Obsidio? They're predictable. Just like every single other big twist in this book. When Asha was arrested by Rhys and Co. I knew it was going to be a big twist and that he hadn't actually betrayed her. I knew because this series is so freaking predictable that I. Can't. Even. 
  • Which brings me to my last point: everything is so damn predictable that I was never for a single second worried about any of the main characters. At all. Because I knew they would all live. And guess who was right! Yep, all six of the main characters - all three of the main couples - lived. In this series about constant battle with literally thousands of deaths, the six main people who are at the center of every single major battle live. In fact, pretty much every single character that gets more than a few sentences of page time lives. Look guys, I don't need George R.R. Martin level killing sprees, but I do need some kind of realism in my books and this is just dumb. 

So here we are at the end of a series that started on a really high note. A series I was SO excited for, but that has been a massive disappointment. I'm not sure why it is that the authors decided to make each book so similar to the others and I have no idea why all the characters are almost carbon copies of each other. I know I'm in the minority on this one, but there were just very few redeeming qualities in Obsidio for me. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday #179: Spring TBR

Today's Topic: 
Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

Hi everyone! These are my topics to do because my TBR list is never ending, which makes it easy! XD These are my top ten Spring 2018 releases, not counting the ones I've already read and loved! I hope I can get some of them soon!!

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
Circe by Madeline Miller 
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Inferno by Julie Kagawa

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel
Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez
Winter Glass by Lexa Hillyer

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
Sunday, March 18, 2018

Weekly Recap: 3/11 - 3/17


Hi everyone! Man, what a week! We started off with some sad news that MC is having to leave us, at least for awhile. She has lots of important things going on in her life that need her attention, but I wish her ALL the best and all the happiness in the world! It's going to be weird around here without her! That being said, I am having searching for a co-blogger! You can check out the search and maybe apply here! Cornerfolds Candles also just announced our April box, which is ACOTAR themed to celebrate the upcoming release of ACOFAS! You can check that out here! Aside from all that, I honestly felt a bit drained this week, but I'm hoping for a better week coming up! I will be dog sitting for a few days, which I know can be draining, but hopefully it'll be amazing too!



Nothing read this week!


On Monday I posted a co-blogger search
The topic was books I'm surprised I hated for Top Ten Tuesday
Friday audiobook review of Everless
I was sad I waited so long for Saturday Screen Time


We're linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Saturday Screen Time #14: Why did I wait so long?

Happy Saturday! This week was pretty fantastic as far as movies go! I finally watched a couple that I've been dying to see and loved both! I also watched one that was fairly new to me. Nothing horrible this week, so hurray for that!


Call Me By Your Name - I never got around to seeing this in theaters because it was there for such a short amount of time, but I did grab it the day it came out on blu ray. Now I'm wishing I'd gone out of my way to see it sooner because man, what a fantastic film! I was a little skeptical of Armie Hammer in this role, but both actors just killed it. This is the kind of movie that sticks with you. It's a coming of age romance that's sweet and believable and absolutely spectacular. I still find myself thinking about it four days later and I'm probably going to be rewatching it soon! (5/5 stars)

Whiplash - Whiplash is a few years old, but I only just heard about it recently. Reviews said it was a movie that would keep you tense from start to finish and... I kind of felt that? This is a movie about a drummer who obsesses over impressing his instructor in order to secure the spot he feels he deserves. He goes from unsure to arrogant very quickly and is an unlikable, but sympathetic character. I think if I loved the music I might have cared more about this movie, but I just didn't. I liked it, but I didn't love it and it certainly wasn't the incredibly tense experience I was told about. (3/5 stars)

The Greatest Showman - And just like that, this is my new favorite movie of the year. As the movie started, I wasn't really sure what I was going to think of it, although I really hoped I'd like it. As soon as the first scene began, I knew I was going to love it! I know it isn't in any way historically accurate, but I loved every single character and every single song and every single shot. I guess this movie has flaws? But I thought it was perfect! I've already listened to the soundtrack twice and I'm definitely buying it on Tuesday! (5/5 stars)

Have you seen either of these? What did you think?
What movies have you watched lately?
Let me know in the comments!
Friday, March 16, 2018

Audiobook Review: Everless by Sara Holland

Title: Everless (Everless #1)
Author: Sara Holland

Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 368
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In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

Although it seems like Everless got a fair amount of hype, I didn't hear much of it before picking up a copy. Its gorgeous cover caught my eye and I thought the synopsis sounded interesting, so I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did because this is one of the more unique fantasy books I've read recently!

Jules was raised at Everless before she and her father had to flee for their lives. After spending years living in a small town, Jules returns to Everless to make enough money to support herself and her dying father. Once she gets there though, she starts to uncover secrets about herself and the Gerlings and things get twisty and amazing! I really enjoyed Jules and thought she was a fantastic heroine. Thank goodness for a MC who isn't irritating! I loved uncovering her past with her and trying to discover who was trustworthy and who was an enemy.

Speaking of which, I loved pretty much every character in this book! It's amazing when I can't figure out who to trust in a story and Everless really delivered! The Gerling brothers are both fascinating characters with complicated backstories (and current stories). I was concerned about a love triangle, but that never happened, thank goodness. Actually, I really liked that the romance was kept to a minimum, although I have a hunch that it might have a bigger part to play in book two (and I can't wait). I also liked the focus given to female friendships and the care that was given to not letting them fall into any of the ridiculous tropes we're all so used to.

Like I said, Everless is a pretty unique fantasy. It took me a few minutes to get my head around time being used as currency, but I thought it was pretty amazing once I got used to it. The world building and mythology surrounding this time-centric culture was really well written and I really can't wait for more magic and timey wimey stuff in the next book! I guess maybe I'm really dumb because I actually didn't guess any of the big twists! In fact, my guesses were pretty far off. Oh well, it makes for a more exciting read.

Let me go ahead and say I loved Everless! There were a couple moments when I felt the story might have dragged just a bit, but after a series of books that dragged A LOT, this was a breath of fresh air. I listened to the audiobook and had a hard time putting it away, which is saying something, since podcasts have been winning for the last few months. I definitely recommend Everless for fantasy fans and I absolutely can't wait for Evermore!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday #178: Books I'm surprised I hated

Today's Topic: 
Books I'm Surprised I Hated

Happy Tuesday! Since I've already done a list of books I was surprised I liked, today I'm going to share books I was really surprised I DIDN'T like! These are the books I picked up fully expecting to love, but ended up hating or couldn't even finish. 

The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Feed by Mira Grant
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

The Martian by Andy Weir
Reawakened by Colleen Houck
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Warcross by Marie Lu

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.