[ARC] Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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4stars

Title: Aurora Burning
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series: The Aurora Cycle #2
Release date: May 5th 2020
Number of pages: 512 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Kal!
Bad things about this book: A trope I really hate.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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*ARC from NetGalley*

I have words, and I have feelings, and I have anger. Yes, all three. And while I know this is typical behavior in Kristoff/Kaufman books, I’m still in this position nonetheless. I never learn, right? The writing as usual is full of sass, lots of banter, jokes, innuendos, and while it might seem too much sometimes, it gives the story the lightness it needs to balance the harder parts.

It’s a 99% action packed book, with only a few chapters of a sort of calm for both the readers and the poor characters. They can’t catch a break, and neither can we. Every chapter, with the different POVs is full of fights, blood, secrets, and mysteries.

I loved seeing and learning more about Kal, who is definitely my favorite character of the whole series. He is just the sweetest and it pained me being uncertain about things that have happened and are happening to him and his new friends. The story about his past was heartbreaking and I just wanted to hug him and make him better.

Not all characters were given the same space to allow us to get to know them better (I want more Fin in the next book, please), but the ones that we did get to know more of (Zila) gave the way they interact and grew from the previous book a brand new meaning. I love seeing characters grow into their better selves. It’s refreshing.

One thing I absolutely didn’t like was the use of one particular trope. Every time I see that trope used, my blood boils, and I get so furious! Without spoiling the trope is this one: blaming the children for the sins and crimes of their relatives. And everyone forgetting all the good things of a person because of that, like all their experiences are automatically fake, and now all they feel is hate, everything else cancelled. I really didn’t like that part and I’m still fuming because of it.

That’s why I’m not giving the 5 stars I initially wanted to give it. It’s my subjective opinion because I personally don’t like it, it’s unnecessary and the response of the other characters just ridiculous.

But the book has a lot of fulfilled potential and I can’t wait to have the next book in my hands because I need to know! That ending! They sure know how to leave the readers hanging.

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Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

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5stars

Title: Starsight
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Skyward #2
Number of pages: 461 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: So many things happened and it was hard to put down.
Bad things about this book: Nothing comes to mind.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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Where do I start? Where can I start? So many things happened in this book. Many new characters were introduced. I didn’t read the description before starting it so I didn’t know what to expect, and wow, my mind would never have expected what went down here.

Spensa is undercover at Starsight. We meet different kind of aliens, what goes through their minds, and exactly what the space alien politicians has been saying to everyone who would listen just how dangerous the humans are. Things got complicated easily. Spensa was very in over her head, but we can’t help but cheer for her, right?

She’s far less reckless than she was in the first book, thank goodness. I didn’t like much her attitude in Skyward. Rebel just for the sake of it. Here we have a Spensa who wants to save her people, putting herself at risk in a very suicidal mission. The things she finds out will either help her or doomed all of them. I’m very scared about what’s going to happen in the third book. But I need it right now!

The new characters!! I liked them! The kitsen, so cute and tiny and no, they don’t have a King, even if they serve this little poet Lord Hesho who sits on a throne and likes to give super long names to his ships. But nope, no monarchy here. So cute! Morriumur, an experiment being, a draft, half blue and half red, each part a parent. I can’t even begin to explain them to you so I won’t. Vapor, a figment, a scent in the air. Like wth? I need to know more! Brade, the brainwashed human. I hated her from the beginning. Cuna, the blue dione with the creepy smile. And Wiznik, the krell. All of them different and important to the story. I was a bit sad we only got a few chapters from Jorgen’s pov, but I love where the story is going.

I liked how the story went from months after the ending of Skyward, to Spensa going far away from home to Starsight, to her learning more about the enemies they all share, to understanding why the humans are hated so much, to seeing who the real enemies are. It’s hard not to be immerse in the story. Spensa is very charismatic and M-Bot is as usual hilarious, even with all that happens in this book. I can’t wait to know more. I need more!

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The Seep by Chana Porter

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3stars

Title: The Seep
Author: Chana Porter
Number of pages: 216 (ebook edition)
Good things about this book: Peculiar in a great way.
Bad things about this book: A bit rushed.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 3.5/5

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It was very interesting, very peculiar, and since it was short, we had to get used to the new reality of the aliens pretty fast. Many fast forwards through the story so we really didn’t see or were explained much about how the aliens started their silent invasion.

Trina has her world turned upside down not only because of the seep, this alien entity that it’s consumed through water and lives in you making you better, but because her wife decided she wanted to start over, to go back to being a child again, a newborn and grow up. Somehow resetting her life.

Of course Trina was devastated and she needed to move on, grief in a healthier way, and start seeing how to live her life without her wife. Took her a few years, a quest, a very nosy alien entity in the shape of a pamphlet (that Trina called Pam), and a random boy looking for trouble.

It was a very fast read and hopeful. I kinda liked the aliens Earth. No need for money, immortality, health. Nice!

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This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

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5stars

I have built a you within me, or you have. I wonder what of me there is in you.

Title: This Is How You Lose the Time War
Author: Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
Number of pages: 208 (ebook edition)
Good things about this book: Complex and so so sweet.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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This book messed with my mind in the most peculiar and magnificent way. I found myself smiling a sweet sweet smile. The letters made me swoon and cheer for them to have a chance.

A different kind of sci-fi from the ones I’m used to read, but a good different. A great different, even!!

Two characters, one war through time, letters written in unconventional ways. A recipe for confusion you might think, but the result is one of the sweetest and most heartfelt love story I’ve ever read.

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Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

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5stars

“I felt this would be the point where a human would sigh, so I sighed.”

Title: Artifical Condition
Author: Martha Wells
Series: The Murderbot Diaries #2
Number of pages: 104 (ebook edition)
Good things about this book: Murderbot is even more relatable in this one.
Bad things about this book: Too short, I need more ART.
Do I recommend it? Yes, please do.
Rate: 5/5

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“Young humans can be impulsive. The trick is keeping them around long enough to become old humans.”

I waited too long to read this second novella. I do this all the time. With series. All the time, and sometimes I really shouldn’t. This series with an antisocial murderbot is so interesting, funny, intriguing, and so very relatable, and I just don’t know why I keep doing this to myself. I don’t like binge reading. I really don’t!

I wanted a short book because I’ve been suffering from reading slumps for months, and I thought about this novella. Best decision ever. It can be read in a few hours, it was perfect for a lazy Sunday.

Murderbot (who I pictured more like a woman in the first, but now I pictured more with masculine constitution) is still one of the most interesting not human characters I’ve found in books so far. Very relatable; I don’t get how it doesn’t consider itself more human, seeing as it’s far more human than many. Fixated on tv shows and wants to be left alone. Seriously? Same, Murderbot, same!

The best sidekick a Murderbot on a personal mission might need was without a doubt ART.

“ART (aka Asshole Research Transport)”

A non corporeal AI, inhabiting a ship? I already loved it just after reading that. But then it reacted to tv shows the way we do, staring for minutes at a wall, just because something bad happened. Again? Same! How are these two the most relatable characters in the book and they’re not even human? This is one of the reasons why I love sci-fi so much.

“I didn’t care what humans were doing to each other as long as I didn’t have to a) stop it or b) clean up after it.”

After finding out about what happened to Murderbot when it killed those people, I want to know exactly what and who is behind all of this! I’m happy there are still more books to read and a whole novel is coming out in the near future!

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All Systems Red by Martha Wells

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5stars

“As a heartless killing machine, I was a terrible failure.”

Title: All Systems Red
Author: Martha Wells
Series: The Murderbot Diaries #1
Number of pages: 144 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: An antisocial murder robot in love with tv shows. LOVE.
Bad things about this book: It might seem short, and it is, but it doesn’t feel like it.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course.
Rate: 5/5

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“And in their corner all they had was Murderbot, who just wanted everyone to shut up and leave it alone so it could watch the entertainment feed all day.”

I love the bookstagram community because it recommends me so many new books I wouldn’t have known otherwise. There’s an account I follow that loves sci-fi just as much as I do, but knows so many more books that I do. It’s so perfect! I now have a lot of new sci-fi books to read and love!

The Murderbot Diaries was one of those recs. I dived into it as soon as I knew how short the books were. I’ve been in a reading slump the whole month so a short, engaging novella, was just what I needed. And it was exactly that; funny, intriguing, with an incredibly relatable Murderbot main character, and a very well built plot, not short of twists, even if the story was a short one.

I pictured Murderbot as a female even if it was stated that it was genderless. I tried real hard to picture it as it was meant to be, but my mind kept conjuring a female robot who really fangirled about her tv shows. The brain is hard to command!

I can’t wait to read the other novellas of the series. They will follow Murderbot in its adventured and misadventures in space, and I read the plot of this novella will be important to the following stories. What’s not to love about Murderbot and these stories? If you love sci-fi, then yes, read these novellas!

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The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

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4stars

The end justifies the means. But what if there never is an end? All we have is means.

Title: The Lathe of Heaven
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Number of pages: 184 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: An amazing sci-fi.
Bad things about this book: It started a bit slow, then it was great, though.
Do I recommend it? Yes, Le Guin’s books are beautiful.
Rate: 4/5

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You don’t speak of dreams as unreal. They exist. They leave a mark behind them.

Reading a book written a long time ago can often be hard because it’s written differently and things were not the same back then. I have to say that with Le Guin’s book this doesn’t happen. Her books are so easy to read; page after page, chapter after chapter, you are thrown into really convincing story and you can’t put down the book until the end.

This book had more than what I thought I was going to get. At first I thought I wasn’t going to like it because it was a bit slow but then BOOM, everything was happening and I was loving it. A well written sci-fi about a man who can rewrite reality with his dreams and another man who wants to use this ability to play god and made the world a better place. We all know things aren’t as easy as they sound, right? Well, they weren’t!

Amazing world building, magnificent execution, characters that grows within the pages, twists and an ending that surprised me and made me really happy.

The road to read all of Ursula K. Le Guin’s books continues with another win!

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Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

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5stars

Your past doesn’t make calls on your future. It doesn’t matter who you were. Only who you are.

Title: Lifel1k3
Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: Lifelike #1
Number of pages: 402 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The twists and the robots!
Bad things about this book: Eve isn’t the most likable character.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I do.
Rate: 5/5

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Dear, girl. You’re just a tad melodramatic, aren’t you? Everything could’ve been solved by just by, I don’t know, thinking before making rushed decisions.

I loved the world building. At first I thought they were on another planet, I don’t know why. The stories about past wars and why the world was the way it was, could’ve been more detailed but I liked them.

The Lifelikes were really interesting with their abilities; the backstory had some flaws, but then again, I could why those choices were made. I didn’t like Eve’s character much. She was just ready to jump to conclusions every single time! Every single time!! I was tired of her by the end of the book.

The romance was super cheesy, like a lot. A cheese fest! I’m always torn about romances when they are super cheesy. This time? I had mixed feelings about them!

Those last pages were a rollercoaster. For all the theories I had, that were a lot, I didn’t come out with how the book ended! Took me by surprised. It sure did.

Lemon was my fav character. Eve was a 50/50. Cricket wins everything, though!

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The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft

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5stars

“It’s possible, I think, to be so many things at once that you’re practically nothing at all. If you crush a mountain and spread it across a continent, it doesn’t make little mountains; it just vanishes into dust.”

Title: The Hod King
Author: Josiah Bancroft
Series: The Books of Babel #3
Number of pages: 624 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Great world building, amazing characters, incredible story.
Bad things about this book: That there’s still one more and I want to one how the story ends.
Do I recommend it? Of course!!
Rate: 5/5

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What a book!! What a story!! I loved that events were shown from different characters’ point of view. I enjoyed how the picture, at first with missing parts, just came together the more you keep reading.

The characters, as usual, were magnificent. Deep, raw, flawless in their flaws, if you know what I mean. Each of them essential to the story and for each other. People who played a part, who collaborate for the greater good whatever it may be. The Sphynx, forever mysterious showed us another piece of the mystery puzzle. But it’s not enough!!! I want to know more!

Cliffhanger!! I knew it was coming as soon as I read there were going to be 4 books, because I knew how the previous books ended. Mr. Bancroft seems to enjoy leaving us openmouthed and screaming for at least one more chapter!! The intricacies of the Tower, all the ringdoms, the politics, the good guys that are bad guys, who to trust, where to go. Everything is done with care and dedication and that’s really this story’s strongpoint: its world building. With a world like this, the characters shine!

Can’t wait for more!

“I think humanity peaked at the spoon, don’t you? A spoon can serve as a fork, a knife, a ladle… A good spoon is all you need, really.”

Yeah, Voleta, I’m also a fan of the spoon! Viva la spoon!!

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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5stars

“The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.”

Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Author: Patrick Ness
Series: Chaos Walking #1
Number of pages: 512 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The story was great and so very captivating.
Bad things about this book: Todd started being whiny but then he redeemed himself.
Do I recommend it? Always trust a Ness book!
Rate: 5/5

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I’ve had this book since forever because I fell in love with Patrick Ness so I bought everything of his I could find. So why didn’t I read it sooner? That’s a question impossible to answer. Impossible because I really don’t know, I just let it gather dust with no reason.

I have to start saying that I wasn’t really sold at the beginning. I found Todd pretty annoying and I was having a hard time with how the words were purposely grammatically incorrect; it bothered me UNTIL I got sucked into the story.

I didn’t know what to expect but it wasn’t certainly what I got! I felt all the feelings! All of them!!! I lost hope along Todd and Viola, I found it again, then lost it, the found it again, then lost it. It was a rollercoaster of a book, let me tell you!

I can’t wait to see how the movie turns out!

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