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Mini Reviews Fall 2015: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Posted by Caitie F on December 17, 2015

Time for more mini reviews! In the next few days I will finishing reviewing everything I have read this year. Let’s get started with the book I cannot shut up about.

Title: Illuminaeilluminae
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Pub Date: October 20, 2015
Hardcover: 599
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Summary from goodreads:

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.

Mini Review:

This is the best book I read this year and is now that it is has been over a month, it is also in my top 10 books of all time. OF ALL TIME. A seemingly crazy AI! Swoon-worthy romance! Brilliant writing! Incredible format!

This is a long book, but it is a really fast read. I did take my time. I read AIDAN scenes more than once because the writing was breath-taking. There were so many little detailed throughout that made it so much more than anything else I have read.

Everything about this book is amazing and if you haven’t read it yet, stop what you are doing and read it now. SO GOOD!!!! I can’t stop talking about this book.

Title: Black Widow: Forever Redblack widow
Author: Margaret Stohl
Pub Date: October 13, 2015
Hardcover: 401 pages
Publisher: Marvel Press
Rating: +++++


It is a Black Widow YA book. That is all you really should need to know.


This is the Black Widow thing we have all been waiting for. Can it be a movie now? It should be a movie. It is fantastic – love all of the characters and the emotion. Stohl adds so much to this character and writes brilliantly.

Title: The Rose Societyrose society
Author: Marie Lu
Pub Date: October 13, 2015
Hardcover: 395 pages
Publisher: G P Putnam Sons for Young Readers
Rating: +++++

Summary from goodreads:

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?


The Young Elites was one of my favorite books from last year and the sequel is even better. The new characters were well-developed, the returning characters were even deeper. I could not put it down once I started. This is the perfect action-packed young adult fantasy book. Everyone should read it. I need the last book now please.

I will read every single book Marie Lu ever writes. She is that amazing

Title: Carry Oncarry on
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pub Date: October 6, 2015
Hardcover: 522 pages
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
Rating: +++++

Summary from goodreads:

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen. That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.


This book was just an absolute joy to read. It gave me all the warm and happy feelings that Harry Potter gave me. The magic, world building, characters, and romance were all absolutely incredible. If you want to escape for a while, this is the book to read!

Title: Six of Crowssix of crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Pub Date: September 29, 2015
Hardcover: 465 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Rating: +++++

Summary from goodreads:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


I love books like this – the characters are not necessary the good guys in the grand scheme of the world, but they are the protagonists and readers can’t help but love every single one of them because of their flaws. This is another book that was impossible to put down once I started. More REALLY cool magic in this book. I love that it was set in the same world as her other books, but you don’t have to read them to understand this.

Another one of my favorites of the year.





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