Monthly Archives: December 2016

Review: Take Back the Skies (Tellus #1) – Lucy Saxon

Take Back the Skies (Tellus #1) – Lucy Saxon

Take Back the Skies (Tellus, #1)

Title: Take Back the Skies (Tellus #1)

Author: Lucy Saxon

Release Date: May 28, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 384

Source: Friend Recommendation

Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.

So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all . . .

5 out of 5 stars

Holy goodness. Wow I have read some hecka good books lately. Maybe I just need to read some sci-fi more often! I LOVED this book. I flew through it, and I have no idea how it’s only a 3.47 stars on Goodreads.

Catherine, or Cat, escapes from her “perfect” government lifestyle in order to get away from an arranged marriage. Cat stows away on a skyship called Stormdancer and meets a crew that quickly becomes her new family. She hides in the wardrobe of a boy named Fox. They slowly become friends, and help out on the ship together. Cat and Fox help with some of the ship’s machinery, and help take from the rich and give to the poor. A little Robin Hood action going on. Cat learns something while she’s on the ship; the government of her society of Tellus have been lying. They’ve been lying for the past eight years. They’ve been taking children in order to create an army to help with the war effort. The war that hasn’t existed for eight whole years. Hmm. Cat, Fox, and the rest of the crew have to find out who is behind this mess, and avoid getting caught in the process.

I can’t recommend this book enough. Seriously, I loved it. This is a dystopian/sci-fi novel set in space. First off, it’s cool as it is, then you throw in an epic world, some awesome characters, a cute romance, and some action. It’s great.

Cat is such a strong main character, and I really loved reading her story. She runs away from home; she escapes from her abusive father and sick mother. She doesn’t want to leave her mom, but her mom tells her to run fast and far. So she does. She finds a new life and pretends to be a boy for a while so she’s not underestimated. Gosh she’s so cool. Then there’s Fox.

Oh my gosh he’s perfect. He has red hair and freckles, he’s strong, he’s a little older than Cat. His name is Fox. How cool. I thought it was ironic how they were both animal names, but that’s just me. Fox was just so cute, and you could tell he was reserved and didn’t want to talk about his past, but he trusted the crew and eventually Cat and it’s just so hecking cute.

THE ENDING. Oh my gosh. I’m pretty heartless when it comes to books, honestly. I don’t cry very often, so it didn’t surprise me when I didn’t cry, but I wanted to cry. My heart was so sad, but happy at the very end. Just… my heart is confused and I don’t know what to do with myself. So. I will read the second book almost immediately, then read the last book when it comes out in March.


The Almost King (Tellus #2)

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Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Release Date: October 20, 2015

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 600

Source: TBR Pile

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.

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.

5 out of 5 stars


Go read this book. Like right now.

I think this is the best book I’ve read in 2016. I’m so glad that I read this book when I did; I was feeling a reading slump about to happen and wow wow wow.

So this is a science fiction novel about a girl named Kady. She breaks up with her boyfriend Ezra the morning of her small planet getting attacked. She has to try and string things together with the help of her friend and her ex-boyfriend. Illuminae is told through files, documents, messages, and anything else you can think of. Holy geez.

“My group leader says it’s important to talk about my FEELINGS. I am stone-hearted and have none, of course.”

Same girl. I feel ya ;)

Okay so I don’t really know how to talk about this book because it was so different from anything that I’ve ever read before. If it’s saying anything, I read 261 pages of it today. It’s addictively amazing.

Gosh, hold it together.

This book is so interesting, and if you like science fiction I would HIGHLY recommend this book. There’s some romance, action, sci-fi. You name it, it’s in here.

So Kady has to try and shut down this system called AIDAN in order to save the love of her life. She’s a badass computer hacker who can reprogram electronics in 2 seconds. She is witty. She has pink hair. Oh my gosh she’s just so cool.

I don’t want to say too much because I think you should just go and read it. I can’t wait to read the second book. I’m asking for it for Christmas, so I might read it by the end of the year even. I AM SO EXCITED to see where the series takes the story. I also had lots of quotes that I loved, so I’ll just insert a bunch of them here…

“More than you deserve. You deserve every star in the galaxy laid out at your feet and a thousand diamonds in your hair. You deserve someone who’ll run with you as far and as fast as you want to. Holding your hand, not holding you back.”


“This must be why you spent all those walks kissing me in your head. It was practice for this moment. I’m imagining kissing you back, right now. I hear I’m pretty good.”


“I wondered at the futility of it. If it is the definition of insanity to repeat the same process and expect a different outcome, most of humanity must be insane.”


Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2)

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3)

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Review: Finding Lizzie – Karma Kingsley

Finding Lizzie – Karma Kingsley


Title: Finding Lizzie

Author: Karma Kingsley

Release Date: December 5, 2016

Publisher: NineStar Press

Format: eBook

Page Number: 213

Source: Author

Lizzie doesn’t know what she wants from life, but she’s sure it’s not the attention of her suffocating boyfriend, RJ. A chance encounter with a group of women on the day of the local Pride parade leads her to meet the wild, free-spirited Kerra. Lizzie begins to realise she’s crazy about Kerra, but how can she come out in a small town where prejudice is rife and even her own mother thinks being a lesbian is wrong? Can Lizzie find herself without losing everything else in the process?

3 out of 5 stars

Huge thank you to Karma Kingsley for sending me a copy of this book to read!

This story follows a girl named Elizabeth who finds herself breaking up with her boyfriend and meeting a mysterious girl named Kerra. Kerra is everything Elizabeth has always wanted, but never knew she wanted; she’s kind, powerful, and a woman. Elizabeth, or Lizzie, is battling with her sexuality at the beginning of the novel, and her mother and ex boyfriend don’t want to accept her for who she is. Kerra helps her find herself and who she wants to be through becoming her girlfriend and her family accepting her. This story is a self exploration story with a confused young adult and many different forms of character development.

“My point, Lizzie, is that loving someone changes who we are. It makes us capable of everything we didn’t think we were capable of. And I like to think that it makes us into who we are supposed to be. It gives us a reason to be better.”

This was my favorite quote of this whole book. I think that it rings so true, and it was beautifully written.

Overall I enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t my favorite. Lizzie was too emotional for me to get attached to her; I get that she was going through an emotional time in her life, but I didn’t really understand why she cried so much. Maybe I’m just heartless because I don’t cry that much and that’s why I didn’t connect, but who knows. I really enjoyed Kerra as a character, but she was so reckless. She got into fights that could have been so easily avoided, and it was so frustrating to read about her getting hurt when she could have avoided it. Kerra was a body painter, so that was cool to see the arts represented. I’ve always wanted to try body painting or get painted myself, so I liked it. I am still pissed off about Lizzie’s mom. She didn’t accept who she was just because she was a Christian woman. I have this conversation with people a lot. Christians are supposed to be accepting of everyone, and I don’t think that sexuality is any exception. Anyway…

There was a kind of explicit sex scene between Lizzie and Kerra. I wasn’t really expecting it, so it was surprising. I’m not opposed to intimate scenes in books, but it just felt rushed. They had basically just met, and I don’t know. Their relationship moved very quickly.

I think that this book depicted being scared of change and overcoming that fear very well. I think that there was a lot of character development throughout the course of this book, but the ending didn’t make a lot of sense to me. It was a kind of random string of events, but it wasn’t bad.

I think you would really enjoy this book if you like reading romance. I haven’t really ever read a specifically romance book before, so that might be why I didn’t love it. Just personal preference. If you do like romance though, check this book out! It came out today. Find it on Amazon. Find it on Barnes and Noble.

Again, huge thanks to Karma Kingsley!

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November Wrapup + December TBR


  1. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4) – Rick Riordan *review*
  2. Mercer Street (American Journey #2) – John A. Heldt *review*
  3. Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt *review*
  4. November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) – Shannon A. Thompson *review*
  5. What We’ll Do For Blood (The Almost Human Series #1) – C. L. Mannarino *review*
  6. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) – Rick Riordan *review*


  1. Class of ’59 (American Journey #4) – John A. Heldt
  2. November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) – Shannon A. Thompson
  3. Finding Lizzie – Karma Kingsley
  4. Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #1) – Iain Reading
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) – J. K. Rowling

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