TRAPPIST-1 Star Geekout + You Are Now a Step Closer to Living in Your Favorite YA Sci-Fi!

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Before I even begin I just want to squeal a little bit about reaching 300 followers. Gah! Thanks you guys!


Anyways the world’s been abuzz about NASA discovering this new mini solar system that could possibly support life (water, plants, oxygen, the whole shabam!) and its kinda crazy how completely unexpected this news was. If you hadn’t heard this news; thanks for crawling out from under that rock to read my lil ol blog (lol)… Basically the news goes that around a star (40 light years away) named Trappist 1, seven [earth-sized] planets have been discovered and according to current investigations could possible support life. So we’re basically one step away from living in our favorite Sci-Fi novels right? The ones with the cool space ship battles and interplanetary wars (Guardians of the Galaxy, I’m looking at you…).

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Judging the New ZENITH Cover

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I’m back again with a new cover judge post rhing (these posts are really fun to do and you guys seem to like them so now we can all fangirl at pretty covers together!…)

Anyway! The Zenith cover just dropped a few hours ago (watch the cover reveal here) and I’m pretty much flailing with excitement! If you didnt, know Zenith is the upcoming full length book by booktuber Sasha Alsberg (Abookutopia) and Lindsay Cummings (Author of The Murder Complex). Wasting no time: The book cover is: *drumroll please*

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My initial reaction was: Wait… what? I don’t know why in my head I thought the cover would change completely from the original one below. I don’t know… I just figured Harlequin would want to start afresh with the look of the book since now it’s a full length novel. I guess I guessed wrong (I’m just a teenie bit disappointed because I didn’t know I was waiting for something new until we got something old….. I’m I even making any sense?!). Apparently the same designer who worked on the first cover was also a part of the team that worked on the new cover (which explains things).

29569157I guess it doesn’t really matter that they stuck with basically the same design and color scheme.

The new cover looks really clean and polished compared to the old one which is probably why my gut is making googly eyes at it. I like that the symbol (which I’m assuming is the Marauder ship’s symbol (?)) is now the focal point of the cover. The cover colors were a great choice because the book really stands out now. I would definitely be drawn to it in a bookstore!

Overall when everything comes together I feel that the result is a pretty awesome cover!


ABOUT THE BOOK!

Zenith (The Androma Saga #1) by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
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Release Date: August 1st 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings comes the first book in The Androma Saga, full of action, fantastical intrigue and steamy star-crossed romance.

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a p
owerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation—and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship—or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

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Do you love the new Zenith Cover or were you disappointed by it?
Are you looking forward to the book release?

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The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

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The Infernal Devices Trilogy
Author: Cassandra Clare
Total Pages: 1518
Overall Trilogy Rating:

★★★★☆

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 ✨SERIES OVERVIEW

Prequel series to The Mortal Instruments

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

Sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother. Her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

This was my first foray into the Shadowhunter world. I was not disappointed. Cassandra Clare’s writing is utterly addictive and I marathoned the whole trilogy in a couple of days.

THE BREAK DOWN✨

Book #1: Clockwork Angel

Tessa Grey goes to England in search of her brother. There she discovers shocking secrets about the world [gasp Shadowhunters exist!] and herself.

Solid intro to this new series. I love how C. Clare still took the time to set up the world for those who may not have read the Mortal Instruments (people like me). The pacing may have been a little slow but the budding love triangle just about killed me with frustration. Ugh!

Pages: 448
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book #2: Clockwork Prince

With the help of her new shadowhunter friends, Tessa Grey discovers even more shocking secrets all the while going through a serious identity crisis.

Omg the plot literally thickens! (lol) As book two steams ahead more mysteries and plot twists are introduced to the story, making this a fantastic sequel. Was still very much annoyed by the love triangle which at this point was practically a living breathing thing yelling in my ear.

Pages: 508
Rating: ★★★★☆

Book #3: Clockwork Princess [aka the book that destroyed me]

The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.
Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.
Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters (all the while the world’s greatest love triangle is played out!)

I can’t even.

Pages: 568
Rating★★★★★


OVERALL

The Infernal Devices

The very first thing I that comes to mind when I think of these books is: Love Triangles. Usually they’re frustrating as hell, and it this one started out that way but as the series neared the end  this one just blew my mind!

The start of the series was a little dull but I acredited that with the author setting up the story and the world. 1880s London is such a wonderful setting but the details of the world really impressed me. Cassandra Clare is an amazing world builder, she took this time period and somehow made it her own which is an incredible skill.

Getting into the second book the writing and story gets marginally better but the Will-Tessa-Jem love triangle still grates on the nerves a bit. Aside from that the pacing picks up as the gang tries to solve the mystery of Tessa and Mortmain and the Infernal Devices.

In the last book I finally come to terms with the fact that the Will-Tessa-Jem triangle would last till the end of the series. So it was about time to get over that and just enjoy the story. At first I was convinced Clockwork Princess wouldn’t affect me emotionally because I couldn’t seem to buy into the angst but then, like a brick wall slamming into me I broke.

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This book broke me so hard and put me back together. I don’t even know how it happened. One minute I was fine and the next I was a crying, blubbering mess.

To be honest the third book just completed the entire series for me. It was just such a satisfying finale, I wouldn’t have changed a single thing. It was almost too perfect the way everything wrapped up but I’m not complaining!

I’m not sure if Im ready to tackle The Mortal Instruments yet. Someday I probably will because I know at some point the two series imterwieve and then merge into Lady Midnight. It all seems so cool but 6 (?) book series is pretty intimidating…

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald [Yep, I’m actually doing this]

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Genres: Romance, Drama, History
Pages: 180
First Published: 1925

Rating: tricky but I think I’ll go for:

★★★★☆

190px-thegreatgatsby_1925jacketTHE GREAT GATSBY, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career.

This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

 

 

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There is probably nothing I can say about The Great Gatsby that I bet you haven’t already heard, so why I am I doing this discussion? I don’t know… But! It’s my blog so I can whatever the bloodydamn (😉😉😉) I want. *moving on (lol)*

I picked up this book for the first time ever because I couldn’t excuse the fact that while Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite movies of all time, I had never read a page of this book. It was about time. While a bunch of people have analyzed this books structure, writing and historical significance I’m basically just going to fangirl and flail around. Where some ok most people see a book about American history, I see a tragic love story.

If I could describe this book in one word it would be timeless. I don’t know what I was expecting but this wasn’t it. The Great Gatsby is such an easy to enjoy. Well at least for me it was because I picked it up for the simple pleasure of reading it. The story is captivating, mostly because like Nick Carraway we spend the majority of the book trying to figure out the mystery of Gatsby.

Obviously the very idea of a man like Gatsby is very romantic but digging deep it’s really kinda sad that this man was so stuck in the past. He built this perfect fantasy of Daisy in his mind and in all their years apart it just kept building into something that didn’t resemble Daisy at all.  And we all know you can’t possibly compete with someone’s perfect fantasy of you.

“No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.” ― The Great Gatsby

In the beautiful words of John Green:

“You can love someone so much… But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.” ― John Green

I’m not American so obviously all the symbolism and historical stuff just flew over my head but overall I loved the surface story. Aside from the hints of racism which – I guess – was normal 90+ years ago, the book was interesting enough. I’m sucker for tragic love stories so of course I fell in love with one of the best in the history of literature.

“He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man.” – The Great Gatsby.

P.S. Don’t be mad at me for “not taking the book seriously” but enough people do that already. I wanted to talk about this like it was any other book because that’s just what it is in the end.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this review old sport!

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