Audiobook Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

17333697Published: November 5th, 2013 by: Little, Brown BYR

Series: Finishing School #2

Genres: Young-Adult, Steampunk, Paranormal, Science-Fiction, Alternate History

Format: audio (9 hours, 30 mins) 

Narrator: Moira Quirk 

Source: Library My Rating: 4 Stars 4-stars

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

10194157Published: June 5th 2012

 By: Henry Holt and Co. BYR

Series: The Grisha #1 

Genres: Young-Adult, Fantasy

Format: Kindle

 Source: Purchased

 My Rating: 4 Stars 4-stars

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

23395680Published: October 20th 2015 By: Knopf BYR

Series: The Illuminae Files #1 

Genres: Young-Adult, Science-Fiction

Format: Hardcover 

Source: Purchased 

My Rating: 4-stars

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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 sheswore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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Top Reads of 2015

After lots of pondering, I’ve narrowed it down to 25 books. There were lots of books that I really enjoyed but only 25 made the cut; with 2 of them being 2016 releases.  *All links are to my reviews. Hovering over (or clicking) the covers gives you a little caption of why I chose the […]