Review | Aurora Rising Is The Breakfast Club In Space

Check out Read By Dev’s review of Aurora Rising, the first book of the Aurora Cycle, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

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By: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

“They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.”

It’s the year 2380, Tyler Jones finds a derelict space craft and manages to rescue one Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley from the wreckage. Auri is 200+ years old, has some freaky mind powers, and apparently, her only hope of survival is to hitch a ride with Ty and his crew. Ty’s crew isn’t the optimal squad. So, naturally, there’s in-fighting, tons of drama, sabotage, teen feels, and all the sarcasm one can possibly want in 400 pages.

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TL;DR:

When it comes to modern sci-fi stories, I didn’t think I would find anything that I loved as much as The Illuminae Files, but guess what? Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman knocked my socks off with Aurora Rising, and it’s my favorite read of the year so far. It’s sassy, humorous, fast-paced, full of amazing characters, and just 100% SPACE-TASTIC. If you love any of the following, you’re sure to love Aurora: The Breakfast Club, The Guardians of the Galaxy, Dramas/Soap Operas (BUT IN SPACE). Do yourself a favor and read this book as soon as humanly possible. And then recommend it to everyone you know!

The Good

Squad 312 – The Delinquents You Didn’t Know You Needed

THIS BAND OF MISFITS IS LITERALLY EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN LIFE. Okay, enough of the caps, but I needed to get my point across. Squad 312 is a mix of the Breakfast Club gang, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and every Star Trek crew out there. Which means one thing: they are the most sarcastic, lovable weirdos to fly across the galaxy. There is a character for everyone to root for (and mine are Tyler and Finian just so we’re clear.)

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Was I Actually Watching A Space Soap Opera?

This book starts off with a bang – literally – and does not slow down. It’s so action packed, I felt like I was watching a space drama. There are space battles, human vs. alien fist fights, squad drama, heists, and some glitzy intergalactic paaartaaayys. It had me on the edge of my seat from page one and I fell off said metaphorical chair multiple times.  Then I died at the end and was revived by thinking of book 2. If you’re looking for something to keep you reading into the early hours of the morning – you’ve got it!

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The Intergalactic World

The Milky Way is a big place and Kaufman & Kristoff make it their own. There’s a new first contact, new alien species (hallelujah for hot space Legolas), crazy space languages, and a fresh take on Warp Speed and space travel! To my fellow space nerds, be sure to keep an eye open for other Easter eggs I’m sure I missed.

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The Ending

Jay is notorious for not believing in happy endings and some of that shines through at the end of book 1 (Amie must be the ray of sunshine in this duo). The bittersweet cliffhanger gave me a heart attack and who knew it was possible to have ALL THE FEELS  in less than two pages.

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The Bad

Angsty Teen Romance

*Le sigh*. Am I getting too old for the angst?! I found myself not digging the romance elements of this story. I’m going to blame this one on me, though because everything else is just SO. GOOD. But, still. This would have been a 5-star read even without the bizarre love stuff.

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The Ugly Truth

I have one thing to say: READ AURORA RISING. It’s an amazing beginning to a sci-fi series and I need book 2 like yesterday!

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Have you read this book? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be adding it to your TBR?

Review | Queen of Air And Darkness Gave Me All The Feels

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By: Cassandra Clare

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

TL;DR:

This book was an amazing conclusion to a great series. It had it’s flaws, but even with these bumps in the road – it was still an intense and entertaining read. Clare knows her fantasy – I was feeling things I didn’t even know I could feel, and I’m still in shock over that ending! I’m excited for what’s to come in the Shadowhunter universe. The entire world is the literary version of Supernatural…which is also an amazing show about angels, demons, monsters, and all that jazz and everyone should watch it.

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The Good

THAT UNEXPECTED SETTING

Okay, lowkey Part 2 of Queen is EVERYTHING. This is when we get a look at a new place we’ve never seen in the Shadowhunter world before and I was here for it. Cassie Clare did. not. disappoint. This new place definitely sets up the future of the shadowhunter universe to have some unexpected villains (and possibly allies?) I’m trying to keep this review spoiler-free, so trust me when I say you’re in for a treat.

Was I Watching A TV Show In My Head??

The answer is yes, I was, and I was blown away. Cassie Clare will take you on a wild ride following different characters, separated by miles and magical realms, yet somehow everything pieces itself together. I felt like I lived through 10 different seasons of a show. There were multiple threats, unexpected events, happy times, sad times, character introductions, character deaths, character cameos, and THAT EPILOGUE. This leaves me with one question: WHY CAN’T ANYONE TRANSLATE THIS WORK OF ART INTO AN AMAZING TV SHOW OR MOVIE?!

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Let’s All Learn Some World History from Professor Clare

One thing I’ve always loved about Shadowhunter stories was the historical undertones. We’ve visited Hitler/World War Two in The Mortal Instruments, the aftermath of said war at the beginning of The Dark Artifices, and even more recent events (did someone say build a wall?) in this latest installment. All this to say, I hope the younger generation picks these books up and learns a thing or two about history repeating itself, and how to be an open-minded, decent person.

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Jace F***ING Herondale (And All The Other Amazing Characters)

I know, I know. He’s not the main character of this series…but come on. He’s my favorite and any time he shows up it makes my day. So yes, thank you Cassie, for making a perfect fictional character for me to obsess over and bringing him into the equation whenever you possibly can. Emma Carstairs and Mark Blackthorn get honorable mention for being my faves in the series, but let’s be honest, most of Clare’s characters are so adorable and precious and I love them all.

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The Bad

Annabel Who?

Is it just me, or was Annabel hyped up for no reason? Two of the three books in this series are named after her and she has her own freaking cover, but she is definitely not THAT significant. She plays such a small role in this book and I don’t think she’s necessary to this series…like at all. The plot could have been moved along without her or by giving her “important” pieces to literally any other character. And now I’m salty about her in general.

What’s With The “Curse”?

I felt cheated by the resolution of the so called Parabatai Curse. That’s all I can say without going on a rant and spoiling everything.

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The Ugly Truth

Queen of Air and Darkness had it’s flaws BUT even with the issues it was an amazing book. I loved it…probably more so because it wasn’t perfect. The characters are precious, the story is amazing, the fantasy is A+. DROP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND GO READ THIS SERIES.

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Have you read this book? Did you love it as much as I did? Do you love Shadowhunters as much as I do? Are you obsessed with Jace? Let’s be friends!