Book Review: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Book name: Illuminae 

Authors: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Number of Pages: 599 pages

Goodreads Rating: 4.32/5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

The Illuminae Files

My Review: 


First of all, this is a book that I believed was way overhyped. From all the booktubers to the bookstagrammers, you can’t go anywhere without seeing this book being hyped up. After reading Nevernight by Jay Kristoff last August, I started to believe that Mr. Kristoff has a great writing style, but I was still skeptical about spending my money on this book (Note: I also wasn’t a huge fan of Sci-Fi). 

One day in January, my cousin and I were in a bookstore looking for unique books and I told her about this one. She immediately bought both Illuminae and Gemina because she LOVED the format of these books. She then kept them at my house so I can read them. Little did I know that I’ll be a huge Illuminae fan later.

This book is written in different styles and from multiple perspectives. You have the perspective of Kady, Ezra, and and an intelligence defense system called AIDAN. It is a fast paced, cliff-hanger filled, highly addicting story about a chase between two space fleets where one of them is trying to get to safety while a dangerous disease spreads on board one of the ships  (but will they make it?).

“You have me. Until every last star in the galaxy dies. 

You have me.” 
― Amie Kaufman, Illuminae

I enjoyed reading this book immensely since it was written in a unique format including hacked emails, document, video files, and schematics. The amount of time it took for the authors must have been A LOT! Because the way the story is structured just blows away your mind. And, I found out that they used real people’s names while writing this series. How cool is that?

A sample of the book’s uniqueness

In the end, this book (and Gemina) has gotten me though a really tough time in my life when I read them in February. I still think they deserve a lot of love because they are great, quick reads which are beautifully written (and structured). After reading this book, I am now encouraged to read more of Amie’s books. And I am glad to say that I became a huge Sci-Fi fan.

Great job Amie and Jay.
Here is my favorite Aidan quote:

“Am I not merciful?” – JK & AK

And now I will leave you with a synopsis of Illuminae.

synopsis from Goodreads: “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 she swore she’d never speak to again.
BRIEFING NOTE: 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.”

Favorite books of 2016

Good afternoon everyone,
Since it’s the end of the year, it’s time to post my favorite books of 2016. Out of the 60 books I have read this year, I chose only 10 favorites. This was very hard since I read a lot of good books this year.
The below list consists of my top 10 of 2016. These are all 5 star reads which I absolutely love. Not all of the books have been published during this year but I have read them all in 2016. I have arranged them in the order of when (or the time) I read them during this year which is from first to last.

  • Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  • City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • Confess by Colleen Hoover
  • Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I would have loved to add Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng to the list, but I don’t own a copy of it for this post. It was such an emotional diverse read which will stay with me for a very long time.

Now I will leave you with each book and its synopsis: 

Unravel Me

Warner… *swoon*
Synopsis of Shatter Me (1st book in the serie) from Goodreads: ” 

I have a curse

I have a gift
I am a monster

I’m more than human
My touch is lethal

My touch is power
I am their weapon

I will fight back
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.”

November 9

My first New Adult read, and Colleen Hoover book as well

Synopsis from Goodreads:
 “Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.”

City of Glass

Was a bit disappointed in the first book but this book made it worthwhile

Synopsis from Goodreads
: To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.”

Me Before You

I won this on a giveaway, and really cried so hard. I love Lou’s personality.
Synopsis from Goodreads: “They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?”


A book that talks about artists? SOLD!
Synopsis from Goodreads: “Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…”

Anna And The French Kiss

This book really brought my morale up thanks to its hilarity

Synopsis from Goodreads
: “Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend. 

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?”


A school of assassins.. the best concept I have read this year.

Synopsis from Goodreads
: “The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?”

A Monster Calls:

This made me cry and cry and cry
Synopsis from Goodreads: “The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.”


Reading about Daemon while watching Vampire Diaries.. I guess you can imagine how I pictured Daemon

Synopsis from Goodreads
: “Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens. 

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 

If I don’t kill him first, that is.”

And Then There Were None:

A Murder MASTERPIECE!! Agatha shows us why she is the best!

Synopsis from Goodreads
: “First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.”

I hope that you have enjoyed all the books you read this year. Which books were your favorites?  

I wish that you all have a successful 2017 and that everyone can read more and more books in 2017!

September 2016 Wrap-up

Hey everyone!

So here is a mini post of my September wrap-up which I am VERY proud of. I was able to complete 4 HUGE books and 50% of the longest book out of those *Very proud* 😍

These books are:

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon which I started in August. I gave it a 4/5 stars.
  2. Fairy Loot’s August book Nevernight by Jay Kristoff which I gave a 5/5 stars.
  3. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare which got 4/5 stars.
  4. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare which got an AMAZING 5/5 stars. 

September 2016 Wrap-up

I am also halfway through City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare and I am loving it. Hopefully, I can finish it in October. 

Although I did love Outlander, I believe that I will not be continuing with the series as it takes a long time to read (I can’t spend 8 months reading this series alone!). However, my favorites were definitely both Nevernight and City of Lost Souls.
I think this was a great reading month. I hope everyone has a great reading month in October!

September 2016 Book Haul

After a successful book ban in August, I only got 4 books in September. One of them was received in Fairy Loot’s August box which I received in September.

These 4 books are:

  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff,
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas,
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas,
  • It Ends with us by Colleen Hoover.

My September Book Haul ❤️

Of course, I couldn’t keep my ban because my I went to a bookstore a couple of weeks ago with my cousins and just couldn’t not leave without any books 😅.

What did you get in September?