Cut Her Out in Little Stars by Daniele Kasper

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Book: Cut Her Out In Little Stars

Author: Daniele Kasper

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For…: sci-fi lovers, ya readers

Publication Date: January 11, 2021

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: 15+ (romance, gore, violence)

Publisher: Solstice Publishing

Pages: 419

Synopsis: Cara DeLeon is a woman lost in time. She’s stuck at a job she hates in a city she wants to escape. When tragedy strikes on a subway train, Cara awakens to find herself in the future, but not the one she dreamed of. Her old life is a distant memory and nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a future on the brink of war, she must learn how to navigate this strange new universe.

Commander of the Confederation Fleet Nikolas Caine is a man haunted by past sins as he defends the star system he has dedicated his life to protect. His ship is attacked by space raiders called Hostiles and Cara is discovered on board. Her arrival sets into motion a chain of events that will change his world forever.

Cara uncovers dark secrets that threaten to tear the star system apart and endanger her life. She must fight to survive if she wants to get home to her family. Battling a looming war and his growing feelings for Cara, Caine must finish his mission. Of course, Cara would end up falling for the one man dead set on sending her home. As the ghosts of his past catch up to Caine, Cara finds herself struggling to face her future.

Review: I really liked this book! I loved the banter and the character development. The world building was amazing and the amount of fun I had reading it was aw-inspiring! I loved the story and the plot intrigued me from start to finish. The book is a definite favorite of mine now and I can’t wait to buy a copy of it!

The only part I didn’t like that much is that the pacing was a bit slow and it took a bit for it to build up.

Verdict: A highly recommended read!

How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse by K. Eason

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Book: How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse

Author: K. Eason

Book Series: The Thorne Chronicles

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: sci-fi, fairytale retellings

Publication Date: October 8, 2019

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, dnf-ed

Publisher: DAW

Pages: 416

Synopsis: Rory Thorne is a princess with thirteen fairy blessings, the most important of which is to see through flattery and platitudes. As the eldest daughter, she always imagined she’d inherit her father’s throne and govern the interplanetary Thorne Consortium.
 
Then her father is assassinated, her mother gives birth to a son, and Rory is betrothed to the prince of a distant world.
 
When Rory arrives in her new home, she uncovers a treacherous plot to unseat her newly betrothed and usurp his throne. An unscrupulous minister has conspired to name himself Regent to the minor (and somewhat foolish) prince. With only her wits and a small team of allies, Rory must outmaneuver the Regent and rescue the prince.
 
How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse is a feminist reimagining of familiar fairytale tropes and a story of resistance and self-determination—how small acts of rebellion can lead a princess to not just save herself, but change the course of history.

Review: Had to DNF at 73%. The book is good, it has some great plot and world building. The book also sticks to some fairytales very well, but towards the end I guessed how the book would end (I skipped ahead and was right) and I just became uninterested in it after that point. It was a bit cliché and predictable to me.

Verdict: It’s good but not for me right now.

Amid Stars and Darkness by Channi Lynn Feener

Disclaimer: I bought this book based on my friend @aparanormalromance recommendation!

Book: Amid Stars and Darkness

Author: Channi Lynn Feener

Book Series: The Xenith Trilogy

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For…: Sci-fi, alien human romance, political intrigue

Publication Date: July 18, 2017

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Pages: 357

Recommended Age: 16+ (sexual content, bombing TW, language, kidnapping TW, slight violence and gore)

Synopsis: Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on Earth in order to escape an arranged marriage.

Kidnapped by the princess’s head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race.

No pressure or anything.

Factor in Trystan, the princess’s terrifying betrothed who is intent on unraveling all her secrets, and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head.

Review: I really loved this book! It was such a cool sci-fi romance and I instantly fell in love with the writing. The book did well with the character development and the world building. The book also was very well paced.

If I had to say a downside of this novel it would be that the book was a bit weird with the different time skips, but overall I really enjoyed it!

Verdict: Definitely recommend!

The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

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Book: The Sound of Stars

Author: Alechia Dow

Book Series: Standalone (so far??)

Diversity: biracial demisexual ace rep, the anxiety rep, the enby rep, and the bisexual rep

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For…: LGBT+, diverse reads, ownvoice readers, sci-fi lovers, dystopian lovers

Publication Date: February 25, 2020

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Pages: 419

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, death, hangings, suicide TW, racism, language)

Synopsis: Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world’s population.

Seventeen-year-old Janelle “Ellie” Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. Deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, humanity’s emotional transgressions are now grounds for execution. All art, books and creative expression are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. When a book goes missing, Ellie is terrified that the Ilori will track it back to her and kill her.

Born in a lab, M0Rr1S (Morris) was raised to be emotionless. When he finds Ellie’s illegal library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more. They’re both breaking the rules for love of art—and Ellie inspires the same feelings in him that music does.

Ellie’s—and humanity’s—fate rests in the hands of an alien she should fear. M0Rr1S has a lot of secrets, but also a potential solution—thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous road trip with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while making a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.

Review: Oh my goodness! This book combined two things I absolutely love: space vibes and dystopia. I loved the world building done in this book and honestly this seems to be a very plausible outcome for the world in dystopian terms (not like we’re not already in one but whatever). The book has well done characters and I absolutely loved Janelle. I loved the biracial demisexual ace rep, the anxiety rep, the enby rep, and the bisexual rep. I also felt the pacing was very even and the book kept me hooked from beginning to end! I definitely need a sequel!

My only issue is that the book was a bit confusing with the aliens, but that’s probably because between work and such it took me over a week to read and I forgot some details.

Verdict: Highly recommend!!!

Cut Off by Adrianne Finlay

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Book: Cut Off

 

Author: Adrianne Finlay

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 1/5

 

Recommended For…: sci-fi, ya, reality show

 

Publication Date: August 11, 2020

 

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

 

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, dnf-ed

 

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

 

Pages: 384

 

Synopsis: Each contestant has their own reasons—and their own secrets—for joining the new virtual reality show CUT/OFF that places a group of teenagers alone in the wilderness. It’s a simple premise: whoever lasts the longest without “tapping out” wins a cash prize. Not only that, new software creates a totally unprecedented television experience, allowing viewers to touch, see, and live everything along with the contestants. But what happens when “tapping out” doesn’t work and no one comes to save you? What happens when the whole world seemingly disappears while you’re stranded in the wild? Four teenagers must confront their greatest fears, their deepest secrets, and one another when they discover they are truly cut off from reality. Sci-fi, mystery, and romance converge in this high-stakes, fast-paced read that will leave you guessing to the very last moment.

 

Review: I had to DNF this book at about 32%. The book didn’t draw me in and it’s entirely too slow of a pace for what I would want in this type of book.

 

Verdict: Not for me, but maybe for you.

TrueL1f3 by Jay Kristoff

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Book: TrueL1f3

 

Author: Jay Kristoff

 

Book Series: Lifelike Book 3

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Recommended For…: sci-fi, ya, dystopian, robotics

 

Publication Date: June 30, 2020

 

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (sex mentions, language, gore, violence, death)

 

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

 

Pages: 480

 

Synopsis: Best friends have become enemies. Lovers have become strangers. And deciding whose side you’re on could be the difference between life and death. For Eve and Lemon, discovering the truth about themselves–and each other–was too much for their friendship to take. But with the country on the brink of a new world war–this time between the BioMaas swarm at CityHive and Daedalus’s army at Megopolis, loyalties will be pushed to the brink, unlikely alliances will form and with them, betrayals. But the threat doesn’t stop there, because the lifelikes are determined to access the program that will set every robot free, a task requiring both Eve and Ana, the girl she was created to replace. In the end, violent clashes and heartbreaking choices reveal the true heroes . . . and they may not be who you think they are.

 

Review: Overall, I thought this was a really good ending for the series. The book still had the POV switch, but it mostly focused on Lemon Fresh, which I’m not complaining about. I think the character development continued here and while I wish we found out more about Lemon Fresh’s backstory, why she was left in a box and stuff, I think it didn’t need to be explained. I think Lemon Fresh is for the kids and adults who don’t know where they came from and it showed them that they too are important. I also felt like the world building was well done and I literally sped through this book because it was that good and compelling.

 

However, I did feel like the pacing lulled in parts and the big fight scene was a bit chaotic. The book also has a lot of character deaths and it will break your heart.

 

Verdict: Well done series!

Dev1at3 by Jay Kristoff

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Book: Dev1at3

Author: Jay Kristoff

Book Series: Lifelike Book 2

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For…: sci-fi, robotics, dystopian

Publication Date: June 25, 2019

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: 16+ (sex mention, language, death, cults, gore, violence)

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages: 448

Synopsis: Lemon Fresh has seen better days.

After the climactic battle in Babel, she finds herself separated from Ezekiel and Cricket in the wastelands. Lemon’s abilities to manipulate electricity mark her as a deviate, and deadly corporate operatives are hunting her to use as a weapon in the war between BioMaas Incorporated and Daedelus Technologies. Instead, Lemon finds herself falling in with a group of fellow deviates—a band of teenagers with astonishing abilities, led by an enigmatic figure known as the Major, who may hold the secrets to Lemon’s past.

Meanwhile, Cricket finds himself in possession of the puritanical Brotherhood, a religious cult set for a head-on collision with the Major and his band. Searching for Lemon, Ezekiel finds a strange ally in an old enemy, and uncovers a plot that may see him reunited with his beloved Ana.

And inside Babel, a remade Eve hatches a plan to bring an end to the world.

Review: The second book did well to continue the momentum through the first book and in my opinion is much better than the first book. We have POV switches throughout the book, which helps the reader see what’s going on with the fractured group. The book has a lot of character development, especially for Eve, and the world building continued to be marvelous as the group edged further from The Dregs and Babel.

However, I felt like the pacing was a bit slow in a few places and the twist was a bit predictable.

Verdict: Worth the read!

LifeL1k3 by Jay Kristoff

Disclaimer: I bought this book! Support your authors!Book: LifeL1k3Author: Jay KristoffBook Series: Lifelike Book 1Rating: 5/5Recommended For…: sci-fi, robots, dystopian, yaPublication Date: May 29, 2018Genre: YA Sci-FiRecommended Age: 16+ (death, violence, animal death and violence, dog attack human TW, gore, language, sex)Publisher: Knopf Books for Young ReadersPages: 402Synopsis: It’s just another day on the Scrap: lose the last of your credits at the WarDome, dodge the gangs and religious fanatics, discover you can destroy electronics with your mind, stumble upon the deadliest robot ever built When Eve finds the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend and her robotic sidekick in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, battle cyborg assassins, and scour abandoned megacities to save the ones she lovesand learn the dark secrets of her past.Review: Overall, I thought this was a well done book! I loved the robotics aspect of the book and I’ve always loved books that incorporate the Three Laws of Robotics. The book has well done characters and all of them are compelling. The book is also a retelling of Anastasia’s story, which really threw me for a loop cause I didn’t see that coming (like really, I didn’t read the blurb before I read this book lol). The book also has well done world building and the pacing is on point.The only issue I had with this book is that the slang used by the characters takes a bit to get used to. It’s confusing and discombobulating sometimes.Verdict: A well done start to a new series!

The Colonel and The Bee by Patrick Canning

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Book: The Colonel and The Bee

 

Author: Patrick Canning

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Publication Date: June 1, 2018

 

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, slight gore)

 

Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC

 

Pages: 304

 

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Synopsis: The Amazing Beatrix works as an acrobat in a 19th Century circus, no home or family to speak of. When a daring escape from her abusive ringleader crosses Beatrix’s path with that of the daring adventurer Colonel James Bacchus, the unlikely pair team up, fly to safety aboard the Colonel’s miraculous four-story hot air balloon, and begin a grand quest to find the most precious gem in the world, The Blue Star Sphinx.

If the heroes can outmaneuver the deadly treasure hunters, escaped convicts, and double-crosses that await them, they may win the treasure they seek, or better yet, a sense of true belonging.

Witty banter, colorful characters, and exotic locations pack the fantastical, globe-trotting adventure that reads like Sherlock Holmes meets Around the World in Eighty Days.

 

Review: Overall, this was an ok book. The book had engaging characters and the book did well with the world building.

 

However, the book didn’t catch my interest that much. The book didn’t feel fun and I felt like I was having to slug through it. The pacing dragged and the story didn’t feel that well suited for young adults. The book’s plot was also not engaging and the world building, while good, did not feel realistic.

 

Verdict: It was an ok book, but not for me.

Glow Book 1, Potency by Aubrey Hadley

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Book: Glow Book 1, Potency

 

Author: Aubrey Hadley

 

Book Series: Glow Book 1

 

Rating: 1/5

 

Publication Date: June 16, 2020

 

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

 

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, DNF-ed

 

Publisher: Ruby & Topaz Publishing

 

Pages: 420

 

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Synopsis: The Sleeping Syndrome has returned after a six-month hiatus. This time, it’s popped up in New York, and it’s wiped out an entire homeless shelter. The same night of the outbreak — thousands of miles away — Harper, a seventeen-year-old girl, finds herself face-to-face with a glowing figure in the desert outskirts of her neighborhood.

As the world goes on high-alert from the Syndrome, Harper is kidnapped and taken to the Base of Ki, a massive dome with a sheening white city and fantastic technology … built by beings from another solar system.

There, she must form cross-species alliances to save her friends, family, and the human race before she loses all chance of returning to Earth.

 

Review: I had to DNF this one. These books is a good example of show and not tell, which is something you shouldn’t do in writing. There was so much that was not going on, that was just being told to me, and not being shown to me. The book was also very boring after Harper got picked up by the aliens and all of my willingness to read it left my body. The book was horribly slow paced and the characters didn’t make sense after awhile. It had a LOT of promise, so idk what happened after the first 100 pages, but I didn’t make it much longer than that. Also, I thought this book already came out but now it’s saying June 16, 2020 so maybe it’ll get better.

 

Verdict: Not recommend. Needs to be re-editted.