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March Wrap Up

I don’t usually do wrap-ups but as this month I didn’t manage to find the space for a monthly TBR post I decided to try one. Most of the books I’ve read this month have been reviewed here already so I won’t go into huge detail but just thought it would be nice to have it all in one place, in addition, I also wanted to include not just books but other forms of media I’ve enjoyed too. I’m not sure yet if this will be an every month occurrence yet or just a one-off for March but let me know if you enjoy it and we’ll see where it goes!

Books

The Near Witch by V.E Schwab XXXX (Spoiler free review here)
A brand new reprinting of V.E Schawb’s debut novel, The Near Witch is an absolute gem. It’s dark and spooky with the perfect amount of angst and a little romance. This debut, although not as polished as her later works it still very decidedly hers though and well worth a read even if you’ve read it before as this new version, in addition to being absolutely gorgeous also features an extra short story “Ash born boy” which was fantastic and well deserving of a XXXXX rating all of it’s own.

Firefly: The Magnificent Nine by Jame Lovegrove XXXXX (Spoiler free review here)
This was such a fun book to read, a fantastic tie in to the original TV series and although it certainly is an enjoyable book to read without any prior knowledge of the show its crowning glory is the brilliant way James has managed to really capture the whole feeling of the show and it’s world as well as it’s characters as well as giving us a deeper look into those characters in a way we weren’t able to get through the media of television but translates easily to the written word. A must for Firefly fans especially is Jayne Cobb is your favourite. I also did a Q&A with James which you can check out here.

Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy XXXXX (Spoiler free review here)
The only words to do this justice are ones I’ve already used in my full review…SWORDS, JOUSTING, SPACESHIPS, STRONG QUEER WOMEN, TEENAGE MERLIN, GORGEOUS FLUIDS AND NON BINARIES, MAGIC, ANGST, SEXUAL TENSION AND DID I MENTION THIS IS MOSTLY SET IN SPACE BECAUSE YES. Once and Future absolutely blew my mind, it riled me up, it crushed my heart then it brought me back, shoved a sword in my hand and it told me to go save the world. This is an absolute whirlwind of a book and despite the King Arthur type story, or even the reincarnation of King Arthur, Once and Future not only manages to feel new and unique, it feels damn well revolutionary. There is SO much fantastic rep to be found here and I honestly love it so damn much.

Currently reading: Summer Bird Blue By Dawn Akemi Bowman (Review to come soon!)
I’m SO close to finishing this book right now! I wasn’t sure how I would feel jumping from sci-fi into contemporary which isn’t my favourite of genres but Akemi has excelled once again, as with Starfish it explores complicated feelings and relationships and how her characters deal with those, in the case of Summer Bird Blue, Rumi loses her sister and is consumed by not only the sadness that we often associate with grief but also the anger and resentment we feel as well. A spectacular, moving story that I know is going to continue to break my heart.

Films

The Conjuring 2
The start of a slippery slope deciding to try out a horror film as I don’t ever really watch them at home but thought heck why not. This was actually really great. It had some great twists and a nice variety of different scares with the story actually being really interesting and making me really want to watch the third one now.

Don’t Knock Twice
Second horror film after the first one went so well, the trailer was pretty damn creepy and this one definitely had some moments and I actually screamed once but honestly, there was just too much talking for my liking and I did nod off a little once or twice.

The Lego Movie 2
My four year old has recently become obsessed with the first lego movie and it’s accompanying video game so we took a trip to the cinema together to check out the second film and it was fantastic, I really liked the first one and this sequel did not disappoint. It made fun of itself, there were some genuinely sad moments, some great twists and in the vein of the big twist/reveal at the end of the first one we got another great reveal that had been hinted at throughout the film and was done really well. I also have to say that I’m in love with the soundtrack and downloaded it the moment I got home, the catchy song is fantastic as is a slightly different version of “everything is awesome” towards the end of the film and the song that plays over the credits is just gold. Definitely, want to see this again.

Passengers
On my Sci-fi kick and when trying to decide on a film to watch this one really seemed interesting and was one we both hadn’t seen before and decided to try out. Really glad we did, I wasn’t sure what direction it would take and it definitely surprised me. Not to mention there was an android I got attached to. This film really went to places I wouldn’t have guessed and ended up being pretty thought-provoking and harrowing in places while also being sweet as well as having a good amount of action when the need called for it. Will be watching this one again as well.

TV Shows

Star Trek Discovery – Season 2 episodes 7-9
I have absolutely loved getting to see young, slightly crazy, hot Spock with a beard these past few episodes and it’s been super interesting finding out what really happened to him, not to mention we got to see parts that directly connect to the very first episode of the original series. Also I can’t help it but every episode I have to tell Chris (the husband) how much I just adore Captain Pike, he’s just so wholesome while also being a little damaged by his past and he’s just such a perfect character and Anson Mount has done an amazing job at portraying him, he’s an absolute gem.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this slightly different post from me, I enjoyed writing it and recapping my month. Where there any particular stories that you loved this month? Tell me all about them!

 

 

book reviews, spoiler free

Obsido Review

As with the review for Gemina I will do my best to keep this review as spoiler free as possible but there will more than likely be things like the mentioning of characters names etc that would be classed as spoilers for the first two books in this trilogy, Illuminae and Gemina. You have been warned, read at your own peril.

24909347Obsidio by  Amie Kaufman and  Jay Kristoff

Rating: XXXXX

Published: March 13th 2018 by Rock the Boat 

“But imagine what life would be like if it only gave us what we asked for? Wouldn’t that be grand?”

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

I needed a day or two break after finishing Gemina but dove right back into the Illuminae files trilogy with the last installment Obsidio. This being the final installment I had some concerns about how it would end and where it would leave my beloved characters. I was also worried about it not making an impact at all. The first two books had kept me on the edge of my seat with a very similar structure to each of the, both have quite big ‘fake outs’ as I would describe them and it worked well but I was one hundred percent I didn’t want that for this book. One of the biggest draws emotionally for me and final installments is that all bets are off, characters can die, things can go horribly wrong and so much more. It took me a lot longer to read this mostly because of that worry, a case of Schodingers Cat but with the ending of a book. If I don’t read the end then there are all these possibilities of things that could still happen but once I’ve actually read it then that’s the way the story ends no matter what. I was really worried I wouldn’t like it. Relatively good news though, Obsido may be my least favorite of the three if I was forced to choose but there are so many great moments and characters here.

Just like with Gemina I wasn’t overly keen on the new characters. Kady’s cousin Asha and her ex boyfriend Rhys. I warmed to them a little but nowhere near to the level of adoration I have for Kady, Ezra, Hana and Nik (also Ella and yes…even AIDAN) but this isn’t because they’re bad characters or badly written but more because they have to share narrative time with a lot of other stuff in this book. Kady and Ez were lucky and got pretty much a whole book to themselves, Nik and Hana got a good chunk of Gemina to themselves too but Asha and Rhys had to share so much more and as a result I don’t feel as much for them as the others. I often found myself wishing we were back on the Mao because that’s where everything felt more interesting.

Although I didn’t bond as well with the new characters, my love for some of the ‘older’ characters was solidified. The chemistry between the main four couples, Ella and even Issac grant are one of the best things about this book. I would happily read books and books of these guys, they make me laugh, they make me cry and they make me want to be better. We got a lot more insight into these characters and more, there are some absolutely great scenes that I’m so very glad we got and are some of my favorite in the series as well as some of my favorite lines. I cried a good couple of times and at one point I laughed so hard I choked on the biscuits I was nervously demolishing. I have so many feels about this book.

One important thing that I was glad was addressed in this book was a reminder of the fact that these characters are still just young themselves, Ella for example with all she’s been through is still only fifteen but they do no let their age dictate what they can and cannot do and this is the first time when there have been adults who really see them as nothing more than children and won’t even let them have a chance to prove them wrong. It makes my blood boil as I’ve been over looked so much in the past because I was young, because I was a girl/woman, because I didn’t have nice clothes or a fancy job so this resonates with me so much and really brought an extra dimension to it for me. My favorite part about this under lying theme though? When shit hits the fan they all day what they have always done and just got on with things. The adults in this series fall at the hurdles but these clever young people maneuver around them and help each other over them, no questions asked, no thanks given and without complaining. The way the world is today I’m starting to see more and more these kind of young people in our lives and how important it is that they are given voices and not over looked and I’m so pleased that was something that was touched on in this book.

This is a hard book to review while avoiding spoilers so I will most certainly be filming a spoiler filled book talk about all of these books in the super near future but I did want to say that I enjoyed the ending more than I though I would. It irked me a little in places as I closed the book but after a couple of days of reflection (which is why this review took a little longer to get out then the previous two) I realised that I did like the ending and that it felt right to end how it did which is the best I can say about a series I never wanted to end.

The acknowledgments were as grisly and awesome as always but it also announced that Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman would be working on another series together! The Andromeda Cycle coming out next year and according to Jay includes “hot space elves” and I am already so ready for this! Not to mention Lifel1k3 coming out in July also by Mr Kristoff. To finish off I gave this book an obvious five star rating, I toyed with a 4/5 but decided in the end it was more than deserving of the full five. If you haven’t check this trilogy out yet I highly recommend you do so, I’ve downloaded the audio books and know that I’ll be giving them a listen soon as I’m sure as hell not ready to fully let go of the Illuminae group just yet.