Review: Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang & Arrival

TITLE: “Story of Your Life” Image result for story of your life ted chiang
AUTHOR: Ted Chiang
SUMMARY: Dr. Louise Banks is hired by the U.S. military to communicate with the recent arrival of aliens on Earth.
GENRE: Short Story / Science Fiction
RATING: 5/5
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Review: Gemina (The Illuminae Files_02) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

TITLE: Gemina Image result for gemina book
AUTHOR: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
SUMMARY: When Jump Station Heimdall gets attacked by BeiTech, it’s up to Hanna Donnelly (the captain’s daughter) and Nik Malikov (member of a notorious crime family) to put a stop to it and save their home.
GENRE: Young Adult | Action | Sci-Fi
RATING: 5/5
NOTE: This is the second book in the Illuminae files trilogy Continue reading

Mini Reviews: “The Screaming Skull” and “The People of the Pit”

 

Related imageThis semester I have been taking a class that is focusing on the Horror / Weird genre, so I’ve been reading a lot of scary / weird short stories. Because I haven’t been able to read a lot outside of school, I thought I could tell you guys a bit more about some of the stories I’ve read this semester. Although, we’ve read over a dozen stories so far, I will only be talking about the ones that stood out to me, including the bad ones. Today, I have two of the very first short stories that caught my attention (whether they were bad or not)

The stories come from a collection called The Weird edited by the VanderMeers. It has about a 100 stories and over a 1000 pages, but most importantly, the cover is awesome.

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Review: Every Day by David Levithan

TITLE: Every Day Image result for everyday david levithan
AUTHOR: David Levithan
RATING: 4/5
SUMMARY: A 16-year-old literally changes bodies every day, never being the same person twice, and never staying longer than one day.
NOTES: This is the first book in a trilogy. The second book, Another Day, tells the story from another character’s point of view.

For today’s review, I want to start off with the one thing I disliked about the book before telling you all the reasons why you should definitely read Every Day by David Levithan. Continue reading

Mini Reviews: Fables Volumes 14 & 15

TITLE: Fables: Witches Image result for Fables witches
VOLUME: 14
RATING: 3/5
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: The witches of Fabletown have a change in leadership in the hopes of defeating the Dark One, meanwhile Flycatcher plays baseball.

QUICK REVIEW: This is still very much setting up the story for the upcoming volumes, as far as I could tell. I’m intrigued by the witches and the magic they’ve done for Fabletown. I liked the backstory for the Dark One and I like the general direction this is going in. I’m surprised the human fables and animal fables have gotten so well together since they’re all living together.

 

Image result for Fables rose redTITLE: Fables: Rose Red
VOLUME: 15
RATING: 4.5/5
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Rose Red and Snow White’s early childhood is revealed, while Totenkinder has one more trick up her sleeve to defeat Mister Dark

QUICK REVIEW: This has to be one of my favorite volumes from the series along with Volume 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers. (If I hadn’t already said I would never give a fables comic 5 stars because of how the unimportant side story comics and inconsistent art style, I would have given this one 5 stars.) I loved the two story arcs in this volume. The flashback to Rose Red and Snow White’s childhood was fun to see because of how they twisted and manipulated the original fairytales for Fables. I miss seeing these little differences from the traditional fairytales. As for Mister Dark, I enjoyed the extra information about these powerful immortal like gods and what they are. (I won’t say because spoilers.) Just when I think about giving up on the Fables, they do something like this and I can’t help but read more.

Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files_01) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

TITLE: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) Image result for illuminae
AUTHORS: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
RATING: 5/5
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: After their planet is attacked, survivors flee from their home planet in the hopes of reaching a safer destination while the Lincoln, a dangerous spaceship follows them through the cosmos.
NOTES: This is the first book in the Illuminae files series Continue reading