Review: Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff.

Title – Godsgrave
Series – The Nevernight Chronicles #2
Author – Jay Kristoff
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 437 pages
Publication Date – September 7th 2017 by Harper Voyager UK
ISBN – 9780008180041
My Rating – ★★★★/5

Mia is now a Blade of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but not everyone in the Red Church thinks she earned it.

After a deadly confrontation with an enemy, Mia starts to wonder what the Red Church is really doing. So when an opportunity for revenge presents itself, Mia defies the Church and sells herself into slavery with the hope of fulfilling the promise she made the day she lost everything.

In the arena, Mia finds new allies, more rivals and even more questions about her connection to the shadows. As conspiracies unfold and secrets are revealed the body count starts to rise. And Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge.

I received a copy of Godsgrave from HarperCollins New Zealand to review. This is the second book in The Nevernight Chronicles. You can read my review of the first book, DNVuHM4VwAA5F-5Nevernight, here.

I really enjoyed Godsgrave. Mia is on a different path in this book but still has the same goal – vengeance for her family. There were so many things that came out this the book. Things about Mia’s family and the Red Church. Which has Mia going behind the Church’s back and trusting someone she isn’t sure she can actually trust.

Speaking of that person, I wasn’t really sure what to think of them helping Mia. Or if they were actually helping her and not just setting her up. I didn’t like what they did in Nevernight but at the same time they were helping Mia when they didn’t have to. Although I think they made some kind of deal at the start of the book but I’m not 100% sure…

I really liked the new characters in Godsgrave. Well, most of them anyway. There was one guy at this college place where Mia was who drove me nuts. But I liked all the other  gladiatii, especially Bryn, Bladesinger and Sidonius. Then there was this weird dark thing that Mia encountered at the start of the book. I didn’t know what to think about that thing… But what happened at the end of the book? What the hell was that? How can you just leave it there!! Oh my god.

I can’t do a review of Godsgrave and not mention the narrator. I actually love whoever’s telling this story just because of their sarcasm. I don’t care who it is anymore. I just love how they’re telling the story. I know some people don’t like the footnotes but I enjoy them just as much as the story.

I cannot wait for the next book to come out! That twist at the end was so good! Well, there was more than one twist at the end… But they were all so bloody good! If you haven’t read Nevernight and Godsgrave then you’re really missing out.

*Thank you HarperCollins New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

– Aimee.

 

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WWW Wednesday – [November 1st 2017]

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading – DNVuHM4VwAA5F-5
I started Godsgrave a few of days ago. I haven’t managed to read much because a cat that sort of adopted us (for now anyway) had kittens two days ago so I’ve been a little distracted. But I’m hoping to get back into it now that she seems more settled and has a somewhere to sleep. So we now have four new additions to the family. Not sure how long the mother will stick around but we won’t be keeping any of the kittens once they’re old enough to be re-homed.

Anyway, I think I’vee read around 60+ pages so far and I am enjoying it. I missed this narrator though. I love their sarcasm.

Recently Finished –  11 (4)
I didn’t post a WWW Wednesday last week because I hadn’t read much and I’d just be repeating myself. So I have finished The Wonderling by Mira Bartok. I think this book was a little too young for me. I do read middle grade sometimes but this was not the kind of book I usually read. It was a cute read and I loved the illustrations but I don’t think I’ll be reading it again.

I’ll talk about this more in my review though. I don’t know when I’ll be posting it because I am behind again.. The joys of adulting.

The other book I read recently-ish was Magus Chase and the Ship of the Dead. This is the third book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series. I really enjoy Riordan’s DMydKunVQAEvpKObooks. I still prefer the Percy Jackson and The Heroes of Olympus series but I love the diversity in these books. Which I’ll go into more in my review. I have actually written this one already.

Again, I have no idea when I’ll be posting the review for Ship of the Dead but I’m hoping soon. If you love Riordan’s books and haven’t read this series then I recommend picking the first three books up. Annabeth and Percy make an appearance at the start of Ship of the Dead so that’s always a plus for me. I love both Annabeth and Percy. There was also a short story at the end of this edition but I haven’t read it. 7

Reading Next –
I think I’ll be reading the Northern Lights graphic novel next. I’ve read the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy but I can’t remember what happened so this will better than re-reading Northern Lights.

What have you been reading?

– Aimee.

July Wrap Up.

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I’m going to be doing things a little differently with my wrap up this month. I normally add my TBR for the next month after I’ve given a list of what I read but as it’s still July I haven’t gotten much of a TBR yet, except for my ARC August TBR. So I’ll just mention that at the end for anyone who hasn’t read my ARC August TBR post.

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I read 10 books in July, two of them were re-reads. I had a bit of a reading slump and just couldn’t get out of it. Anyway, onto the ratings.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead – ★★★/5
Begin, End, Begin – A #LoveOzYA Anthology by Danielle Binks – ★★★/5
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (re-read) – ★★★★★/5
Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (re-read) – ★★★★★/5
When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – ★★★/5
The Huntress: Sea by Sarah Driver – ★★★/5
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel – ★★★★/5
The Moonlight Dreamers by Siobhan Curham – ★★★★/5
Countless by Karen Gregory – ★★★★/5
The Leaving by Tara Altebrando – ★★★/5

Obviously I love Illuminae and Gemina and they were still good the second time. I also really enjoyed Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index, The Moonlight Dreamers and Countless. The rest were just okay. I loved some of the stories in the LoveOzYA Anthology but most of them were just okay so I couldn’t give that more than three stars.

So, now for my ARC August TBR. I have made a post about this so if you’ve already read that then you can skip this part.

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These are the five books I plan on reading for ARC August. Well they were when I made the TBR post. But I found another ARC that I should have already read by now that I’m going to read as well. That’s The Student by Iain Ryan. It’s set in Australia.

If you want to read the full ARC August TBR post then click the link 🙂

I’ll be posting my full August TBR soon. When I’ve figured out what else I want to read.

What books did you read in July?

Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [July 12th 2017] –

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –
12I started When Dimple met Rishi yesterday and so far it’s okay.. This is not the kind of book I normally read, all the relationship stuff is not my thing and I can already tell how this will end despite what Dimple said from the beginning of the book.

I wanted to read this because I’ve never read a book with Indian characters and the culture being a main part of the story and I am enjoying that part. I just don’t think this is my sort of book. But I’m still going to finish it.

Recently Finished –
DEQBQX-VYAAjLQPI took a break over the weekend from review books, which I haven’t done in a while, and re-read two books I’ve been meaning to pick up again for months. I did push them back because the last book in the trilogy was pushed back until March next year (boo!) but I just couldn’t wait any longer. I blame Amie’s story in the LoveOzYA Anthology book. It was set in space and I was just like, no. I need Illuminae and Gemina now.

I can read both Illuminae and Gemina in one day. Each. Not both in one day. Which is why I just read them over the weekend. They are just so addictive and I never want to put them down when I’m reading them. DEK7JnfUMAA1lU6

If you haven’t read these books then I cannot recommend them more. When I first read Illuminae I didn’t know if I’d like it at all. I don’t think I’d read a sci-fi book before this but it was just so, so good!!

I cannot wait for Obsidio to come out next year. Even though I don’t want this trilogy to end I still want to know how it will end and what’s next for Kady, Ezra, Hanna, Nik, Ella and even AIDEN. I also want to know who’s behind the security videos because they’re funny. Anyway, if you haven’t picked up Illuminae or Gemina then you really should!DEBAkx7UwAAfS33

I also read Begin, End, Begin – A LoveOzYA Anthology. I always find these kinds of books hard to review (I think I said this in my last WWW Wednesday post?) because I never like all the stories in the book.

I’m just going to review this as best I can. I will not be reviewing every story though because that will take forever and I just can’t be bothered to be honest. I might mention the ones I really liked though. If I can remember what ones I liked….

Reading Next – 5
I think it’s about time I read this. I can’t even remember when I requested it because the book was sent to the wrong address and my old neighbour gave it to me. He said he’d had it a couple of weeks so I think this is a bit overdue.. 

All I remember about this is pirates and someone going missing. So I guess I’ll find out more when I pick it up.

What have you read recently?

– Aimee.

WWW Wednesday [July 5th 2017] –

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post and then put a link to that post in the Comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –  3
I started Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology this morning. I’ve only read one story but I liked it.

I find these kinds of books really hard to rate because I very rarely, if ever, like every short story. So I don’t know how I’m going to do the review yet.. I guess I’ll figure it out when I’ve read it. But I can already see I’ll be too lazy to review every story. I don’t have time for that.

Anyway, I’ve read books by three of the authors who wrote short stories for this book I think. So I’m looking forward to see what the other writers are like.

Recently Finished –
7I finished The Glittering Court yesterday and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I have read most of Richelle’s book (not the Vampire Academy anniversary edition or whatever it is) and I did like her Bloodlines series.

So this book follows a Countess (I think that was her title?) as she takes her maid’s identity and runs away to join the Glittering Court and then off to a new life in Adoria. There are some twists along the way but I’m not going to say much here. I’ll be doing a review of this soon so I’ll talk about it more in that. I will say that I did like it and I’m looking forward to reading Midnight Jewel soon.

I also read Beyond the Wall this week. This is set in the Roman Empire and follows Cassia

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as she flees from her master, Cassia is a slave, and runs to the north, where apparently people are living free.

I liked this more than I thought I would. I haven’t read anything set in the Roman Empire before I don’t think and I don’t really know what I was expecting but I did like it.

I’ll also be reviewing this eventually. I am behind with my reviews again but I haven’t been able to write any recently. I write them by hand and then type them up on the computer. I know, it’s ridiculous but that’s the way I’ve always done it.

Reading Next –
After reading Amie Kaufman’s short story in Begin, End, Begin I really want to read Illuminae… But I have so many review books to read too. Not that Illuminae actually takes long to read. I’ll have to see what happens when I finish my current read.

What have you read recently?

– Aimee.

Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.

Title – Gemina
Series – The Illuminae Files #2
Authors – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Illustrator – Marie Lu
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 672 pages
Publication Date – October 18th 2016 by Allen & Unwin
ISBN – 9781925266573
RRP – $24.99 NZD
My Rating – ★★★★★/5

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy would probably be the death of Hanna’s social life – but no one said it might get her killed.

Hanna is the captain of the Heimdall’s spoiled daughter. Nik is a reluctant member of a notorious crime family. No one knows that Kady, Ezra and the Hypatia are on their way to Heimdall with witnesses  from the Karenza invasion.

When an elite Bei-Tech team take over the station, Hanna and Nik are forced to work together to defend their home. But Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival, the fate of everyone on the Hypatia and probably the universe are in their hands. But no pressure..

I received a copy of Gemina from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review. I loved Illuminae when I read it last year. This was one of my most anticipated 2016 releases. 9

Gemina picks up after the events in Illuminae but before the conversation Kady had with Leanne at the end of the book. I didn’t re-read Illuminae before starting this but I did check the dates because I was kind of confused.

I love how different these books are to anything I’ve ever read. I love the way the book is set up, how the story is told in instant messages and summaries of security footage, it’s really a unique read. For me anyway. Both Illuminae and Gemina have been really addicting and so hard to put down. The stories are so good and so terrifying at the same time. Thanks for the nightmares about the giant parasite-things by the way! I don’t think I’ll get those images out of my head for a while.

Speaking of the security footage, I love the guy that narrates (that’s what the’s doing cvfppnrusaaptshright?) them. He’s hilarious and I’m hoping to find out more about him in the next book. I also loved Marie Lu’s diary illustrations. They were a beautiful addition to the story. I wanted to share one here without giving too much away and this little guy is just so cute!

I was surprised by how much I’d missed AIDAN until I read this. He was kind of frustrating in Illuminae but he grew on me by the end of the book. AIDAN made me laugh a few times while I read Gemina.

The twists in these books are so good! I really should have seen the ending of Gemina coming but I didn’t. While I was reading it my heart was broken and then a few pages later I was laughing. Amie and Jay are very good at what they do.

I cannot wait for the next book to come out! I’ve heard The Illuminae Files is going to be a trilogy but I kind of want it to be longer than three books. If you haven’t read Illuminae and Gemina yet then I definitely recommend picking up copies of them.

*Thank you Allen and Unwin New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*

 – Aimee.

October Wrap Up & November TBR.

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Time for my monthly wrap up and TBR. I think I’m finally out of my slump. I haven’t read as much as I did earlier in the year but I have been busier. And it’ll only get worse as the holidays get closer. Anyway, onto my October wrap up.

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Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina – ★★★
Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti – ★★★
Run by Kody Keplinger – ★★★
American Monsters by Derek Landy – ★★★
The Bronze Key by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black – ★★★
Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine – ★★★★
Replica by Lauren Oliver – ★★★★
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – ★★★★
Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – ★★★★★

My favourite book of October was definitely Gemina. I cannot wait for the next book!!

Now for my November TBR. I’m not sure how much I’ll get to read but these are all at the top of my TBR.

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I forgot to put This Savage Song in this photo but I was almost finished it when I put my TBR together so I didn’t think it counted.

I’m currently reading Holding up the Universe and will definitely be finishing it today. It’s such a good book and I love Libby and Jack.

What’s on your November TBR?

Aimee.