Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Non Spoiler Review)|TeenBookLit101

NON SPOILER: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files #2) 5/5 Stars

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR ILLUMINAE (THE ILLUMINAE FILES #1) (YOU’VE BEEN WARNED)

TITLE: Gemina

AUTHOR: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

PUBLISHING DETAILS: October 20th 2016 by Oneworld Publications

PAGES: 672 pages

STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Synopsis (Goodreads):

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.


Writing Style:

The writing style for this series is totally unique. The story is told through a series of hack database files consisting of emails IM’s video transcript and journal entries it definitely makes the whole experience unique.


Character Development:

In the second book we are introduced to a new set of main characters: Hanna and Nik. At first I was a bit reluctant about having new characters but they were highly developed and fun to read about. Once again like Illuminae we have a badass heroine Hanna who added so much action to the story.


Themes:

Sci-Fi: this time it’s set upon Jump station Heimdall which we know Kady and The Hypatia are heading towards, but if have the same sci-fi feel to it

Survival: Once again the maid characters have to battle it out to survive. There was a lot more intense action which got me holding my breath all the way


Overall thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book maybe even more than Illuminae. It was so much more intense and the plot twist(OMG). I am definably excited for the next book in the series which I know is a long away yet.


Top Quote:

“You might only get one shot. So shoot.”


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NON SPOILER REVIEW: The Thousandth Floor By Katharine McGee 5/5 Stars|TeenBookLit101

NON SPOILER REVIEW: The Thousandth Floor By Katharine McGee 5/5 Stars

TITLE: The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1)

AUTHOR: Katharine McGee

PUBLISHING DETAILS: (UK) 30th Aug 2016

PAGES: 437 

STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis

Set in the year 2118 New York is all within The Thousandth Floor Tower. The richest live near the top and the poor towards the bottom. The story follows 5 teen characters in a web of lies and secrets. The prologue begins with a girl falling off the tower and then flashbacks 2 months earlier to everything leading up to her fall whilst you’re left guessing who was the one who died.  

Writing Style:

The book is written following 5 different characters in third person narrative It was easy to follow and consisted on about 5 pages per chapter with a different perspective in every chapter. 

Character Development:

There was a lot of character development in this book. I found myself getting very attached to all 5 of the main characters. I does seem like a lot of characters but you get attached really quick. We get to see all the characters develop as they go through difficulties in their lives. Katharine McGee definitely adds a quirky and unique style to each character allowing their voices to stand out.

Themes:

Sci-Fi/ Dystopia: This book is set about 100 years into the future and we get to see so much new and cool tech explored. It has a slight dystopia feel to it although it doesn’t have the main tropes of a dystopia novel. It doesn’t have the evil dictatorship government but there is a huge difference between the poor and rich. 

Mystery: There’s a huge mystery element in this book and I think that’s what drives the story mainly. There’s just so much drama that keeps you hooked all the time.

Mental Health: Mental health is an underlying theme explored through the character of Leda. We get to see her after rehab and how the effects of her drug addiction really mess with her mind. 

Overall Thoughts:

This was a really different type of book genre for me but I loved it. Katharine McGee has done really well for her debut. Can’t wait for the rest of the trilogy. 

Top Quote:

“Apologies mean nothing when the person you trust the most has been lying to you your whole life” 

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The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (Non Spoiler Review)|TeenBookLit101

NON SPOILER: The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins 5/5 Stars

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TITLE: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay

AUTHOR: Suzanne Collins

PUBLISHING DETAILS: (UK) 2009-2011

PAGES: Approximately 400 each book

STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Synopsis:

Set in the future of America now known as Panem, an annual reality style game show is held to punish the 12 poor districts for uprising against the ruling government of the Capitol. 1 girl and 1 boy between the ages of 12-18 are reaped into the games from each district to fight to the death. 24 tributes, 1 winner. Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death.

When 16 year old Katniss Everdeen takes place and volunteers for her younger sister she sparks hope within the districts leading to grave consequences for her and her loved ones.


Writing Style:

The trilogy is written in first person narrative from Katniss’ perspective. Suzanne Collins’ writing style is extremely easy to follow and fast paced as it kept me turning pages. It reads really quickly immersing you full on into all the action.


Character Development:

Suzanne Collins’ doesn’t forget to develop realistic characters in the midst of all the plot. The trilogy if full of the character development of Katniss as she struggles to find her inner self amongst all the violence and threat of the capitol. We see her struggle emotionally but battle it out to become a powerful and strong female lead.


Themes:

Dystopian society is the main theme in the novel. We see a future America split into 12 poor districts each responsible for providing the rich Capitol with supplies e.g. district 12 specialises in coal mining.

Survival is a key, as with the games and the anger of the Capitol nobody is safe especially Katniss and her loved ones.


Overall thoughts:

I just love this trilogy. It holds a special place in my heart because it’s what really sparked my love of reading. I would recommend this to anyone really but especially if you’re looking to get into the YA age bracket of books. Thank you Suzanne Collins for writing this awesome trilogy, (I wish you would write more.)


Top Quote:

“May the odds be ever in your favour”


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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (NON SPOILER REVIEW) | TeenBookLit101

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (NON SPOILER REVIEW) | TeenBookLit101

illuminaeTITLE: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

AUTHOR: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

PUBLISHING DETAILS: (UK) 22/10/2015 Rock the Boat

PAGES: 599

STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads):

The year is 2575, and two rival mega corporations 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.


Writing Style:

I think Illuminae is really known for its unique writing style. The story is told through a series of hacked databases making it so much fun and unique. There is a lot of really cool art work in here which makes it so much enjoyable to read. Despite being 600 pages the writing style means you can fly through this book quickly.


Character Development:

I found myself instantly attached to Kady and Ezra praying for them to be ok. We get to see a lot more of Kady as it is her who hacks into the database but both characters are really realistic with their individual personalities. We see Kady as she becomes really brave when she is forced to risk everything due to the war. Even the Artificial Intelligence system AIDEN seemed so real and at times made me so emotional.


Themes:

The book is mainly a Sci-Fi book set hundreds of years into the future. This makes the book really technical which meant it can be a little hard to understand at first but once you get about 100 pages in it’s a real page turner. Survival is a huge theme. We see the extent the two protagonists go to save their loved ones in the midst of a huge interstellar war.


Overall thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book. This was the first time I ventured into the sci-fi genre and at first, I have to admit, it was hard to understand all the technical stuff but once I was into it I was turning pages like mad. So excited for the sequel.


Top Quote:

“Am I not merciful?”

Amie Kaufman, Illuminae


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November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) by Shannon A Thompson (Non Spoiler Review) |TeenBookLit101

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AUTHOR: Shannon A Thompson

PUBLISHING: Published July 25th 2016 by Clean Teen Publishing

PAGES: 262 (eBook)

STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

NOTES: I was sent an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank You so much


SYNOPSIS:

Bad Bloods is a two part dystopian novel that follows main characters Serena and Daniel. Both are bad bloods who possess special powers but they are seen as a threat the city of Vendona and upon exposure are executed. With the election coming up the fate of all the bad bloods is at risk…


WRITING STYLE:

The novel is written in dual narrative perspective of both Serena and Daniel in alternative chapters. This provides a deep insight into both of the main characters and I really enjoyed the style. The writing is quick paced and easy to understand.


CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:

I found myself really attached to each and every member of the flock. We see all the characters of the 2 flocks as realistic individuals. I love how Shannon has given each member of the flocks realistic personalities and has given real thought into each character giving them all individual powers.

By the end of the novel we see Serena and Daniel have both grown into stronger characters


THEMES:

Within the flocks we see a lot of responsibility and love/compassion between the members. We see them act as a family as they assure survival.

Survival is a key part as the bad bloods must keep their identity hidden from the rest of the city

The novel also includes some fantasy with the powers of the bad bloods and each bad blood has individual powers making it rally unique.


OVERALL THOUGHTS:

I loved part 2 much more than part one. It had so much action in making you anticipate what’s going to happen whilst on the edge of your seat. Oh the feels, I absolutely loved it!!


TOP QUOTE:

“He told her about her soul, and she told him about her dreams and stories. And everything began to unravel from there.”

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November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) by Shannon A Thompson (Non Spoiler Review) |TeenBookLit101

November Rain.jpgTITLE: November Rain (Bad Bloods #1)

AUTHOR: Shannon A Thompson

PUBLISHING: Published July 18th 2016 by Clean Teen Publishing

PAGES: 165 (eBook)

STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

NOTES: I was sent an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank You so much


SYNOPSIS:

Bad Bloods is a two-part dystopian novel that follows main characters Serena and Daniel. Both are bad bloods who possess special powers but they are seen as a threat the city of Vendona and upon exposure are executed. With the election coming up the fate of all the bad bloods is at risk…


WRITING STYLE:

The novel is written in dual narrative perspective of both Serena and Daniel in alternative chapters. This provides a deep insight into both of the main characters and I really enjoyed the style. The writing is quick paced and easy to understand.


CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:

The dual narrative gives a chance for the 2 main characters Serena and Daniel to really develop. A lot of detail has been put into emotions and character development. We also see all the characters of the 2 flocks as realistic individuals. I love how Shannon has given each member of the flocks realistic personalities and has given real thought into each character giving them all individual powers.


THEMES:

Within the flocks we see a lot of responsibility and love/compassion between the members. We see them act as a family as they assure survival. Survival is a key part as the bad bloods must keep their identity hidden from the rest of the city. The novel also includes some fantasy with the powers of the bad bloods and each bad blood has individual powers making it rally unique.


OVERALL THOUGHTS:

I was in love with this novel right from the first page. It’s such a page turner and definitely a unique concept. I haven’t read anything like it so far. I love how fast paced and intense it is.


TOP QUOTE:

  • “Bad bloods aren’t born evil or dangerous. We are taught to be, but only because we have to if we want to survive.”

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Tonight The Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales (Non Spoiler Review)|TeenBookLit101

tonightNON SPOILER: Tonight The Streets Are Ours By Leila Sales 5/5 Stars

TITLE: TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS

AUTHOR: LEILA SALES

PUBLISHING DETAILS: September 24th 2015 by Macmillan Children’s Books (UK)

PAGES: 344     STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

NOTES: Leila Sales is an American Author. She is has written many adult novels as well as her other YA novel This Song Will Save Your Life.


SYNOPSIS:

‘Tonight The Streets Are Ours’ follows Arden who is always been labelled as recklessly loyal. She is always there to support her loved ones in times of need but doesn’t seem to be getting any appreciation or love back. One night when Arden’s limits are crossed she and her best friend Lindsey go on a wild road trip to New York in search of a blogger Peter who’s blog Tonight The Streets Are Ours really captures Arden and her feelings, but when she meets Peter things aren’t quite as they seemed online.


WRITING STYLE:

Leila Sales writes this novel in third person perspective. It switched from present to past tense between chapters allowing you to get and a deeper understanding of the characters and the plot. This style was definitely different but really fun and enjoyable. The epilogue is written in first person perspective from Arden herself, as she talks about her future a while after the events in the book. The writing was really fun quirky and easy to follow yet deep and meaningful.


CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:

Character development plays a huge role in this novel. We really get to see Arden realise that the world isn’t perfect and not everybody is as loving as herself. She not only recognises this but allows herself to let loose a little on taking responsibility of people lives she is able to learn the true meaning of happiness.


THEMES:

I think this novel is mainly a coming of age novel as Arden explores the real world and also realises where her priorities really lie in life.

Also I think friendship in embedded nicely with the novel. I really did love Lindsey and Arden’s unbreakable friendship.

Romance doesn’t essentially play a huge part within the novel although the book starts with: “Like all stories, the one you are about to read is a love story. If it wasn’t, what would be the point?” I think love is explored but not necessarily romantic love but love for the people around you and the world in general.


OVERALL THOUGHTS:

Tonight The Streets Are Ours is a lovely heart-warming read. I absolutely didn’t expect the ending to end how it did but looking back I think it was perfect. It really shows how people you may consider as insignificant can have a huge impact on your life. I would really recommend this book to anyone looking a nice sweet story about general teenage life.


TOP QUOTES:

  • “But that’s the thing: when you swear to take someone’s side no matter what, sometimes you have to go to war for them.”
  • “Maybe loving somebody means simply they bring out the best in you, and you bring out the best in them – so that together, you are always the best possible versions of yourselves.”
  • “Hurting people, really, deeply hurting them – that isn’t something you do on purpose. It’s just a by-product of living.”

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Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard (Non Spoiler Review)|TeenBookLit101

NON SPOILER: Beautiful Broken Things By Sara Barnard 5/5 Stars

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TITLE: BEAUTIFUL BROKEN THINGS

AUTHOR: SARA BARNARD

PUBLISHING DETAILS: February 25th 2016 by Macmillan Children’s Books (UK)

PAGES: 322

STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

NOTES: This is Sara Barnard’s Debut Novel. She is currently working on her second novel A Quiet Kind Of Thunder.


Synopsis:

Set in Brighton, England, Beautiful Broken Things is a story that follows the friendship between 3 High School girls; Caddy, Rosie and Suzanne. What will happen to Caddy and Rosie’s friendship when new girl Suzanne moves in? This book is intense and will defo trigger all the feels.


Writing Style:

I loved the writing style for this book. Is split into three sections. Before, When and After. The book follows the whole school year of Year 11. The writing was simple and easy to follow. There were also parts in text message and email format which I always love in a book making it so much fun and enjoyable.


Character Development:

Throughout the novel we really see Caddy develop as a character she has just turned 16 and wants to be more noticed and popular like other girls. We see her discover the real important things in life throughout the novel and also as she comes out of her comfort zone to take risks.

Suzanne also develops in the novel as she learns to accept help and take control over her life.


Themes:

The main theme would obviously be friendship. We see such strong bonds between the three girls. This book doesn’t have any romance which is nice for a change as it focuses on important aspects of teen life.

Mental health is also a major theme in the novel and Sara Barnard really addresses both themes amazingly


Overall thoughts:

I absolutely loved this novel. It was so simple and fun yet emotional at the same time. It is definitely different to other novels about coming of age out there. I feel Sara Barnard has definitely captured teenage life perfectly.


Top Quote:

“But people we love come and go, Caddy. That doesn’t mean we loved them any less at the time.”
Sara Barnard, Beautiful Broken Things


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Divergent by Veronica Roth (Non Spoiler)|TeenBookLit101

NON SPOILER: Divergent By Veronica Roth 5/5 Stars

Divergent Series

Synopsis:

Set in a futuristic dystopian Chicago, the city is split not by religion or culture but personality traits called the 5 factions. Abnegation for the selfless, Amity for the peaceful, Candor for the truthful, Erudite for the intelligent and Dauntless for the brave. The story follows 16 year old Beatrice Prior as she has to make a choice either to leave her family behind or find where she belongs in society.  But as she ventures out she finds out secrets which threaten both her and those she loves.


Writing Style:

Veronica Roth uses a simple writing style which makes the book really easy to read and follow. The series is written in first person narrative from Beatrice’s perspective for the first two books and the final book in the trilogy is written in dual narrative from Beatrice and Four’s perspectives. The novella ‘Four’ is written in Four’s perspective and is set two years before Beatrice’s story. The trilogy has approximately 500 pages each but the book is very fast paced. You could even finish the book in a day.


Character Development:

Over the three books we definitely get to see Beatrice grow as a person from being uncertain as to what she wants in life to becoming willing to do anything for her loved ones. We see as a young confused girl attempting to make sense of life blossom into a grown and mature lady. We really relate to her as she grows throughout the books. Within the books ‘Allegiant’ and ‘Four’ we get a real insight and understanding to Four’s character. Veronica Roth really explores the characters deeply making them realistic and relatable.


Themes:

Roth explores the main theme of identity. Beatrice is trying to fit into a limited society and figure out where she belongs. Roth also explores the limitations of society and class with the 5 factions.


Overall thoughts:

I absolutely love this series. Veronica Roth has done an amazing job with her debut novel series. It is shocking that she was so young when she wrote it. Divergent is so deep and meaningful yet full of action and adventure. It’s everything you could ask for in a book. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. I can’t wait for more Veronica Roth books in the future.


Top 5 Fav Quotes:

  • “Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”
  • “I have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren’t all that different.”
  • “ Fear doesn’t shut you down, It wakes you up”
  • “Politeness is deception in pretty packaging”
  • “I am selfish. I am brave”

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