Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Illuminae Inside


Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Series no. #1 of 3
Series: Illuminae Files
Edition: First Edition
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Format: Paperback
Pages: 599
Publisher: OneWorld Publications
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2015
Source: Bought
Avg. Goodreads Rating: 4.32/5
Avg. Amazon Rating: 4.8/5

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So here’s the file that almost killed me, Director. You’ll find all intel we could unearth concerning the Kerenza disaster compiled here in hard copy.
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.

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 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.

In Brief

I think I might actually be in love with a book. It’s an amazing and exciting story told through the means of collated e-mails, chats, surveillance footage summaries, interviews and more.


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Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval Cover
Caraval Under the Dust Jacket
Caraval Map


Stephanie Garber

Series no. #1 of 2
Edition: Hardcover, top hat under the dust jacket
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 402
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: January 31st, 2017
Source: Borrowed from Mam
Avg. Goodreads Rating: 4.0/5
Avg. Amazon Rating: 4.2/5

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Welcome, welcome to Caraval! The grandest show on land or by sea!
Stephanie Garber


Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems.

Scarlett and Tella have never left the tiny island of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.

Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure.

When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is an elaborate performance. But she quickly becomes entangled in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak.

And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.

In Brief

Caraval has magic, mystery, and a squeeze of romance. If you’re looking for a book that will keep you guessing until the very end, then this is definitely worth a try. My mum said this was a good book when she gave it to me and I have to say it didn’t disappoint. In fact, I loved it way more than I expected I would.


What happens beyond this gate may frighten or excite you, but don’t let any of it trick you.
Stephanie Garber

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