Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of 29236299Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.
Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.
When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.
But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.
Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

I had been reading These broken stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner when my pre-ordered copy arrived. I feel bad for putting the other book down but I just couldn’t wait to dive into the world of the Illuminae files again. And OH. MY. FUCKING. GOD. WHAT A BOOK!!!! The first book was already amazing but gosh this is just as good.

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Lockwood & Co. – The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud

28501512Lucy has left Lockwood & Co. A freelance operative, she is hiring herself out to other agencies – agencies that might value her ever-improving skills.

But now Lockwood needs her help.

Penelope Fittes, leader of the well-renowned Fittes Agency wants Lockwood & Co. – and only them – to locate and remove the ‘Source’ for the legendary Brixton Cannibal.

It’s a tough assignment. Made worse by the tensions between Lucy and the other agents – even the skull is treating her like a jilted lover!

What will it take to reunite the team? Black marketeers, an informant ghost, a Spirit Cape that transports the wearer, and mysteries involving their closest rivals may just do the trick.

But not all is at it seems. And it’s not long before a shocking revelation rocks Lockwood & Co. to its very core . . .

As some of you may have read on my favourites page I am a big fan of Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co. series. I have loved and devoured all of the previous books and couldn’t wait for Book 4 to come out. And even though I’m probably already too old to see ghosts  (same damn problem with my Hogwarts letter)  I can’t and won’t stop wishing I was part of it..

Anyway here’s why I liked/disliked this book:

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Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia

Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a fourteenth story window, he woke23349675 up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Officially secret, some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. On the other side are the people who kill monsters for a living Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.
It’s actually a pretty sweet gig, except for one little problem. An ancient entity known as the Cursed One has returned to settle a centuries old vendetta.Should the Cursed One succeed, it means the end of the world, and MHI is the only thing standing in his way. With the clock ticking towards Armageddon, Owen finds himself trapped between legions of undead minions, belligerent federal agents, a cryptic ghost who has taken up residence inside his head, and the cursed family of the woman he loves. Business is good . . . Welcome to Monster Hunter International.

Okay oops. I know I said I was only focusing on my list of the “Youth Special” Event I would be doing with two of my fellow trainees. Well I guess I’m not good at following my own plans :/

Any way. After changing departments in June I’m now in the “Grown-Up” section of our shop, means I’m responsible for the Fantasy/Science Fiction part. On one of my first days a book caught my eyes, only later I found out it was Book 3 of this series, and I kept going back to it. But I wasn’t the only one interested in this book. The two trainees that had been in the department before me were also intrigued by it. A few weeks later we three got us each a copy of it and started reading. I was a bit late bc I had been reading Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng.

But enough of my bubbling now. Here’s my review.

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Between the lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer

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(German Cover)

Prince Oliver has never been brave, and yet he is supposed to go and save the princess. On his quest he has to outsmart mermaids, escape from scary pirates and fight the monstrous dragon Pyro. In the end he finds his courage and saves his princess. What a fairy tale-like Happy-End. Right?

But not for Oliver. He is sick of playing the same story all over again. He just wants to live a normal life. A life far away from mermaids, dragons and evil wizards.There’s only one problem. Oliver is trapped inside a fairy tale, a book called Between the lines.

And then, on the other side of the pages, there is Delilah. She wants to get as far away from her normal life as she possibly can and escapes into a fairy tale. But not just any fairytale. Oliver’s fairy tale. She had found it somewhere in the back of the school library and lost her heart to it. For hours she sat over the opened book, reading the story over and over again until she knew the words by heart. Oh if Oliver only were real. But wait, he is.

Oliver fell in love with the girl on the other side, just as Delilah fell in love with the boy on the pages. But how is she supposed to get him OUT of the book?

After several attempts, both creative and reckless, failed there is only one way for Delilah. She has to find the author and ask her to change the story. Only then she would be able to get Oliver out of the book and into her life.


Firstly, I loved the idea behind it. Who didn’t wish for their favourite book characters to be real. How it would be if they lived in our world. Or just simply to talk to them. However, the thought that characters had their own life once the book was closed fascinated me the most, being so completely different from the person they play in the book.

The story quickly had me under its spell, only occasinally I put that book down. Merely to eat and sleep. I loved how the original fairy tale was included in this book. We don’t get to read the whole thing (tho I’d love to), but from Oliver’s word we can pretty much figure it out. I also loved how they used different colours and fonts for Delilah’s and Oliver’s view. Just like for the fairy tale and the narrator. And don’t even get me started on the illustrations.

I also loved how Oliver wanted to be more than just a character in a book. He wanted to be extraordinary. He wanted to change something, make a difference. While on the other side Delilah couldn’t be normal enough. She feels like she doesn’t really fit anywhere, besides her world of books.

Alltogether, it’s an exciting story with some twists and an unexpected end. If you love romancic YA novels this is your book!

My rating: ★★★★

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The year is 2575 and two mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice covered speck.23395680

Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Ezra and Kady have to make their escape on the evacuating fleet. But their troubles are just the beginning. A deadly plague has broken out on one of the spaceships and it is mutating with terrifying results. Their ship’s protection is seriously flawed. No one will say what is going on.

As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her. Ezra. And the only problem with that is they split up before all this trouble started and she isn’t supposed to be talking to him.

A fantastically original, heart-stopping adventure where everything is definitely more dangerous than it seems. 

Before I start with my review I have to thank Gretchen from chicnerdreads. If you hadn’t been so excited about this series I would have a) never heard of it and b) never picked it up. So THANK YOUU because I would have missed one hell of a book.

ABSOLUTELYFUCKINGAMAZING. That’s the word I’d use if I had to describe this book in one word. And yes that’s one word. But now to my review.

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