Current reads

*Blurbs from amazon.com. (No links, again. Sorry.)

Let’s get on with it, then…

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. 

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. 

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction―if they don’t kill each other first.

Let’s start with the cover!

Nice crow drawing on there, fancy font. My favorite thing about the design has got to be the fact that the sides of the pages are all black. That’s definitely interesting.

I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book. My lovely friend said it was her favorite, so I thought I’d give it a try. Though I have heard some other people say it is not so good. We’ll see how it goes. 😉

I have read Shadow and Bone (I have a post about that somewhere) and I believe this takes place in the same universe. I did enjoy that book, so that is something to look forward to.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison―even though she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive if she does―in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother, or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana.

So, this is book two in the Lunar Chronicles. The first one is called Cinder, which is a Cinderella story. This one seems to be a re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood, which I haven’t seen often, so it looks cool.

I liked Cinder a lot, especially the fact that she’s a mechanic and not really into dancing and princes, which is fine, but it was refreshing to see a different take on the story.

Just so you know, it is set in the future. That was pretty cool to see, too.

Illuminae 

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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 a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.
     But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
      Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Let’s talk cover art:

BEAUTIFUL.

MAJESTIC.

INTRIGUING.

I’m reading the hardcover one, and when you take off the jacket there’s more text, all sorts of clear parts in the jacket and blocked off text. The profanity is censored (however, I’m sure older readers will be able to guess what goes where) which is something I liked. The book is a bit confusing at first. It’s made of emails, news articles, interviews, journal entries, etc, so it takes a while to get what’s going on.

But so far, I really like it. It’s not all “lovey-dovey” which I like too, but notice I said, so far. Something’s definitely going on with Kady and Ezra. At least, I think so.

What about you? What are you reading? Have you read any of these?

(Please, PLEASE, no spoilers!)

~ Lilou

 

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