[ARC] Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen

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5stars

We’re weapons. They made us this way.

Title: Nyxia Unleashed
Author: Scott Reintgen
Series: The Nyxia Triad #2

Number of pages: 400 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: So many twists, such an intriguing story!
Bad things about this book: That ending left me wanting the next book now!! (not a bad thing, I know)
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course!
Rate: 5/5

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ARC given to me by NetGalley

I didn’t expect anything to go the way it went. Everything caught me by surprise. I’m speechless after those last chapters, and I need the third and last book like right now because I don’t think I can’t wait a minute longer. I love sci-fi novels, and I love when sequels are as good as the first books, or even better. Color me shaken and excited. But mostly shaken!

I started the book barely remembering all the character’s names and personalities. It’s been a year after all. By the first quarter of the book I was all caught up on the characters and I would’ve killed anyone who wanted to hurt them (all but Isadora. Also, yay for lgbt representation! Do not kill them, please, Mr. Reintgen, PLEASE). By the end I was so messed up by everything that was happening that I almost forgot to pray the alien gods for their safety. It’s not a YA contemporary, lives can be lost, the characters, no matter how important, could die at any moment. I was eternally on edge.

There’s absolutely no way I can write about this book without telling too much, giving up too much information that I got later on the story. The last book ended with Emmett having to fight for his place in a launching pod that’d have taken him to Eden. This book starts right inside the pod with Emmett on his way to the planet’s surface. All the rivalry is put aside as they team up to mine Nyxia, partner up with the Adamites, and sense that things aren’t the way they appear to be. They never are, right?

Emmett is like a living lie detector. He senses when things aren’t right, reading the little tells everyone have when they are not being truthful. Morning is no less; she is truly a force of nature. In the first book I thought their romance was forced because it really was, but now I love them as a couple. They are adorable and care for each other deeply. As much as I didn’t like the way their relationship started, I love how it blossomed to the way we see in this book. They are meant to be together, and I will fight whoever hurt them! I want them safe with their friends on Earth. It’s my wish and I demand it to be granted!

Book series are great and all, but you need to wait months and months for the next book to be published, right? And it’s not only the human memory (mine) that is weak and will make me forget about all the characters, it’s also the fact that I will imagine multiple scenarios in my mind about how this will end, and I will be worried about all the characters’ well-being until the day I’ll read the third and last book. I know some characters won’t make it; they are too many, too easy to sacrifice. How can I live with the knowing that all my babies won’t be happy and safe surrounded by the people they love? A reader’s life is a hard life.

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Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

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5stars

“We can’t just sit on our asses and not live our lives while we’re trying to expose a corrupt government.”

Title: Not Your Sidekick
Author: C.B. Lee
Series: Sidekick Squad #1

Number of pages: 283 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: I loved the superheroes and villains reality.
Bad things about this book: Too short? No, it was fine as it was.
Do I recommend it? Yes!
Rate: 5/5

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I love superheroes. I think I have watched every single superhero movie at least once and I remember to have loved almost every one of them. I’m more a movie/show kind of girl, but I have enjoyed a few comic books in the past.

I loved the idea of solar flares messing up the planet and activating the meta gene creating meta humans with all types of superpowers. The solar flares reminded me of the fantastic four with a dystopian twist; the flares hitting the Earth changed life as we know it and chaos and death was upon humanity. A lot of years later, cities are full of diversity due to migration caused by radiation and the search for habitable cities.

Cities have also their own superheroes, each of them with secret identities, heroes names and sidejobs. Everyone waiting for powers to manifest so that they can apply to heroes accademy and be part of a group of people with abilities to save citizens in danger.

Jess has two superheroes parents and a superhero big sister but her powers hasn’t manifested and they say that after you turn seventeen, there’s almost zero possibility of the gene activating. Of course she is bummed, who wouldn’t be? So when the opportunity presents to start an internship in the secret lair of her city’s villains, the Mischiefs, she accepts kind like an act of rebellion. Her crush, Abby, also works there, so it’s also an opportunity to get to know her better and maybe ask her out.

But there’s more to the heroes and villains situation that the government doesn’t want the people to see. Villains are disappearing and nobody seems to care. Jess will find herself involved in something more than a simple internship: fights, hidden truths, conspiracy, thrilling mysteries to solve. I needed to know more.

What is going to happen? Are Jess, Abby, Bells, and Emma going to be okay? I hope so! I have so many questions and I’m curious about a lot of things.

I loved the world building and the writing captivated me. I read it as fast as I could. It was seriously unputdownable. Highly recommended if you’re into superheroes like myself!

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A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

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5stars

“Are we going for an anchor or a compass? A memory to ground you, or a spark to guide you forward?”

Title: A Closed and Common Orbit
Author: Becky Chambers
Series: Wayfarers #2

Number of pages: 364 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: I loved how simply yet complex this book is written.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, really nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes! 10000% yes!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I don’t know how to describe it. It’s calm, it’s important, it’s original, it’s innocent, it’s beautiful.
I don’t know how else to say how I feel about it. I was a passenger in the characters’ journey, a witness of their lives. Nothing happened that left me angry, baffled or annoyed. Everything fit perfectly together even though the story took place in the past during a 9-year gap, and in the future with lots of things not described while in action but after they happened. Yet you didn’t crave the information because with everything that you knew, you easily placed things in the right place. I loved this about the book: feelings were important but they weren’t forced into you with dramatic events, you developed them by knowing these characters and “living” with them during their everyday lives.

Sidra, previously known as Lovelace, the AI in the Wayfarer, is having a hard time adjusting to her new body. Everything is so limited; she doesn’t have eyes everywhere and doesn’t know everything. Pepper and Blue are taking care of her but there’s only so much they can do; Sidra needs to take care of herself and find a way to fit or else she’ll be dismantled and her friends arrested.

Alternating from Sidra’s chapters, we also have Pepper’s past life chapters in which we know where she came from and why she is so determined to help Sidra. Pepper’s story is sad but hopeful even when the hardness of life made hope impossible in young Pepper’s eyes. She is an enhanced human, created to serve, and made believe there is nothing outside the factory’s walls where she is kept alongside other girls to work as slaves.

Past and present seemed unconnected, almost two different books read at the same time. But they weren’t and when you see the connection, you start seeing the big design and you love every bit of it.

This is a story about family and friendship. A family you make for yourself. Sidra and Tak’s friendship was adorable. Tak is an Aeluon, a silver alien with scales as skin and cheeks that change color depending on feelings. Tak is also a shon meaning he changes gender once a month. This is never up for discussion; it was simply accepted as something that happened and people changed pronouns accordingly. This kind of diversity was refreshing and seeing Tak as both male and female and understanding more about their culture and habits, made me like Aeluons more than I already did after the first book.

All the aliens are weirdly fascinating. I hope I can see more of them in the next book! I just have to wait until the end of July. I can do it, right? Only a little patience.

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Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

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5stars

I wanted to save everyone. I wanted it so bad. Maybe it’s because no matter how much I try, I can’t shake the thought that they’re dying because of me. I fell on a hand and I brought the world to the brink of war.

Title: Waking Gods
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Series: Themis Files #2
Number of pages: 320 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: I love the writing style and all the science!
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

What a rollercoaster of a book. I was left shaken and with my jaw on the floor. So many things happened. So many twists I should have taken into consideration but instead didn’t so I was genuinely surprised. And shocked.

The first book ended with Rose literally coming back from the dead without her memories of working with Themis and her team of soldiers and scientists. This book starts nine years after that, with Rose feeling out of place and like a fake, and with Kara and Vincent still being the Themis pilots going on tours around the world. A new organization for the protection of Earth has been founded and it has the giant robot as sole protector of the planet. But the feared alien invasion, even if later than anticipated, decided to arrive and one after the other, bigger giant robots than Themis start appearing on Earth in highly populated cities. People in power don’t know what they want, they are scared, and scared people make mistakes. Things weren’t looking very good for humanity.

I still love the writing style of this book: the dialogues, the journal entries, and the mysterious man behind it all. It felt like a movie was playing inside my head while I was reading. No long descriptions, just the characters interacting among themselves or involved in some mission that could be fatal. Sometimes this kind of narration is refreshing.

The third and last book of this trilogy, Only Human, is on its way and I will receive it soon. I have already put it on my may tbr list so I will read it as soon as it gets here. I’m really curious about what is going to happen after than ending! I didn’t really see any of that coming. These books would make a really great mockumentary movie.

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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5stars

I am the Reaper and death is my shadow.

Title: Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
Series: The Red Rising Saga #1
Number of pages: 382 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: I love the world building and the writing style!
Bad things about this book: Nothing. Maybe the names, they were weird. Good weird, though. Funny weird.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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I didn’t think this was going to be a genre I liked because I read people said it was like Hunger Games and I didn’t finish the first book. This was different. A page-turning marvel. Potential fulfilled, characters to love. I didn’t know I was really into it until I took my eyes away from the book after I started it and realized I was already halfway through it and many hours came and went unnoticed. I call it a success!

Darrow is a Red, living on Mars, in a society ruled by colors. Red being the lowest possible color, slaves, trapped in an illusion of life; and Gold being the overlords, perfect beings born to excel and rule all the lowest colors. Darrow, as a Red, has always been told that they are working non-stop so that the surface can be livable for future generations. Darrow doesn’t know that his life, and the lives of all the Reds, has been a lie. The surface is livable and is inhabited by all the other colors and is ruled by the Golds.

Driven by rage and a dream of someone he loved, Darrow is modified, carved, to be a full Gold, in order to infiltrate the Golds’ Institute and destroy them from within.

When I start a book I always think that the characters in it are invincible. I should never read a sci-fi book after some romance novels. I’m so used to expect a little drama and be heartbroken just for a few pages that when I read a sci-fi, I’m never ready to face the mortality of characters I have come to know and love. They are not invincible and I can’t believe I’m always taken by surprised by this. Heartbroken.

As much as I like Darrow, my heart belongs to that ugly handsome short psychopath called Sevro. What can I say? He howls and I cheer. It’s love. Sevro wasn’t much on page in this first book but, blame instagram and tumblr, I know he will be very important in the sequels. I live for it, for my Sevro being the weird Gold doing naughty stuff. I want to know him better, to love him more. I like Darrow, don’t think I don’t, and I like Virginia a lot, but the heart wants what the heart wants.

I will read the sequel next month because I usually don’t like binge-reading a series. I have done it and, as much as I enjoyed it, my brain was a mess after and I couldn’t put into words what was going on. I don’t want that to happen; I want to enjoy this series without overloading my brain. See you next month, Sevro! And Darrow as well!

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Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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5stars

“It only takes one pebble to start an avalanche.”

Title: Obsidio
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #3
Number of pages: 615 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Amazing ending with amazing characters.
Bad things about this book: That it’s the end? Yes, that’s the only thing that’s making me sad.
Do I recommend it? Yes, 500% yes.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

So I cried. I cried during those pages (if you’ve read the book, you know what pages I’m talking about!!), I was a mess. Then I rejoiced for other reasons. And finally I’m leaving these characters for good and I don’t know exactly how I feel. Am I happy? Of course. Sad? Certainly. Empty? A little bit. Did I love it? I MOST CERTAINLY DID ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? This was the perfect ending to a perfect series I thought I was going to have a hard time getting into because of its peculiar format.

This book follows the characters we’ve come to know and love in the previous books and a couple new characters essential to the case they are all building against those BeiTech goons. Kady and Ezra, Hanna and Nik, Asha and Rhys; all of them, along with people they trust and some maybe they shouldn’t have trusted, will join forces to put together the Illuminae Files and stop BeiTech from committing crimes against humanity. They are a nasty bunch!

Our footage opens on a tableau I like to call Portrait of a Bad Idea.

So many things happen and my beloved AIDAN is part of some of them. It is magnificent because it doesn’t have filters; it analyzes situations and opts for the best solution. Maybe not the human solution, but a solution nonetheless. It is the only one who can make hard choices and I’m glad it’s still there to help them make them. I was enchanted by how ADAIN acted with Kady. It amused me so much, AIDAN caring about someone so deeply it made decisions not entirely based on statistics, but maybe on a feeling so much similar to love.

I am clarity.
I am necessity.
I am inevitability.
But am I evil?

Of all the characters and the characters growth and development, I have to say that the thing I loved most about Obsidio was the bromance between Nik and Ezra. They were born to be besties and I want to imagine them having boys nights out (and maybe once in a while they will also invite Rhys). I feel like among the three boys, Nik is the one that got to my heart the most. He felt genuine and raw, a look that said he had nothing to lose but a heart that would do anything to save the ones he cared about. So much heart inside such a sassy boy: my feelings for him were sincere. Nik was such a surprise, from beginning to end.

“You know what they call me behind my back?”
Malikov shrugs.
“Lieutenant Babyface,” Mason growls.
Malikov laughs, smoke spilling from his nostrils. “You do have a certain cherubic quality about you, Flyboy. Just saying.”

It’s been a few days since I finished Obsidio and I still don’t know how to put into words how I feel and how this book made me feel. All I know is that once I started it I couldn’t put it down and once I finished it I had a big smile on my face and couldn’t stop giggling. I was satisfied with how things ended and nothing made me feel like I wasted my time reading it. This is a perfect young adult sci-fi series; yeah, even with teenagers being able to save planets and humanity while also finding a special someone to share romantic moments with. Not very plausible but a lot enjoyable and I wouldn’t have liked it in any other way.

Let’s wrap this up with the quote that, once I read it, broke my heart and made me feel feelings, so many feelings, feelings in the shape of big fat tears rolling down my face and stuff, those kind of feelings:

“Of all the things I have seen and the places I have been, you were the one who felt most like home.”

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Black Light Express by Philip Reeve

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5stars

He didn’t have a plan. He thought love and anger would be enough.

Title: Black Light Express
Author: Philip Reeve
Series: Railhead #2
Number of pages: 303 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: It’s the perfect sequel of Railhead with everything you didn’t think you needed.
Bad things about this book: The twists!!! How many can my heart take? (Not really a bad thing, I just like things being easy even when they never are)
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s a great sci-fi book and it’s worth a chance.
Rate: 5/5

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I’m glad I waited this much to read the second book of the Railhead series because maybe now I won’t have to wait long for the third and last book. It’s already the end. It’s never easy.

Zen and Nova took the new gate to an unexplored part of the galaxy and will meet quite a few interest characters. Their love is pure and adorable, never too much, never forced, just right for the kind of book we’re reading. There’s nothing wrong about two people loving each other even if the rest of the world may think it’s unconventional, with Nova being a machine and all. Their adventures in the Web of Worlds was fantastic and there’s so much they found out, so much that can change everything and maybe by changing everything, they will have to make sacrifices. I’m never ready for sacrifices.

Threnody Noon, new Empress of the Great Network, along with newly unfrozen criminal Chandni Hansa, will be forced to escape the Network to save their lives and their journey will intersect with the one of Zen and Nova. There’s only a tiny detail: Threnody was deceived by Zen in Railhead; he’s at fault for the death of her uncle, the previous emperor. She doesn’t like him and she wants him to pay for what he’s done.

While they are escaping, they found themselves in Desdemor, where the new gate is, and they go through it with a new character, one that will be my favorite from the time they met him, until the end of the book: the interface of Mordaunt 90. This guardian in the form of a magnificent golden man stole my heart. I was torn because guardians aren’t really trustful but there was something in him that gave me hope.

This book didn’t lack twists; right from the beginning things started to go wrong, everything seemed to fall apart very easily and I was scared because, if that certain thing happened, nothing could stop other bad things to also happen, right? I was on edge all the time.

I was scared for the humans, for the other beings, for the golden guardian, for the motorik, and for the trains! This is my first time being scared for trains but in this book they’re as important as all the other characters. They have personalities; they are smart and essential to the success of the various missions. The Damask Rose is as caring and witty as ever and there’s also a new entry: the Ghost Wolf. A black wartrain with fire in its engine! Not real fire, it’s only very enthusiastic. The trains are great and they also have villain counterparts in this book and you can’t help being afraid. You care for them as much as you care for the main characters. I just hope they’ll have a happily ever after!

This series is amazing and this book is even better than the first. I loved it. A lot of wth moments, lots of gasps, lots of “now what?”. Can’t wait to see how it all ends!

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