Iron Gold: Bloodydamn Brilliant

iron gold-3From the day that it was announced, to the day I had it in my hands, Iron Gold built up its own hype in my mind with little to no outside influence.  I was excited because obviously I loved the Red Rising trilogy, and returning to see some of my favorite characters was sure to be an adventure.  But also more than a little nervous because, well, have you read the Red Rising books?!  Pierce Brown has no issues with bringing unmentionable pain, or killing off his characters, beloved or not, and the odds of my favorites surviving another three books seemed slim to none.

Warning before picking up Iron Gold:  If you liked the ending of Morning Star, or if you would prefer a happy ending for your favorite characters, than it is probably best that you pretend that Iron Gold doesn’t exist.  Because some people will undoubtedly be uncomfortable with the way Pierce Brown makes them feel in this 600+ page monstrosity.  Pandora’s box has been opened, all hell has been unleashed, and picking up Iron Gold is most certainly a commitment to emotional pain.  Isn’t reading fun?

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Top 5 Tuesday

Good Morning everyone!  It has been so stinkin’ long since I have participated in a Top 5/10 Tuesday so I thought it would be fun to revisit a prompt I missed from a few weeks ago that I love!the martian

For those of you that are unaware, Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by  The Broke & The Bookish, where book bloggers get to highlight their top 10 choices for the topic that the lovely people at B&B choose for the week.  Yes, the meme is supposed to be Top 10, and yes, I only do 5.  WHAT ABOUT IT?

So, today the Top 5 prompt I wanted to revisit is: 5 most recent books from X genre that you have recently added to your TBR!  A couple of weeks ago I posted a picture of my sci-fi section of my bookshelf on Instagram, which I am immensely proud of.  But then I realized that for being one of my favorite genres, I definitely needed to add some more books to this collection.  Let’s get to it!

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Morning Star

Pierce Brown

Published February 2016

Red Rising #3

18966806I am doing it.  It is happening.  I am finally going to review Morning Star, after finishing this dang book over two months ago.

With the ending of Golden Son being the most bat-shit insane ending / cliff hanger to a book I have read possibly EVER, it wasn’t long before I picked up Morning Star.  And by “wasn’t long”, I mean it was approximately 7 and 1/2 minutes.

While this final installment in the Red Rising trilogy wasn’t my favorite of the three, it was a solid ending to a fantastic series, and I highly recommend the series to any fan of science fiction.  I think Morning Star left much to explore and possible situations unexplored, but for the most part, I finished the book satisfied, so it’s a weird line to walk.

Please, beware that while this review will not have too many spoilers for Morning Star individually, it is EXTREMELY difficult to review the finale in a trilogy without spoiling some aspects of the previous two books. You have officially  been warned.

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war.

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The Bone Season

Samantha Shannon

Published August 20th, 2013 by Bloomsbury

The Bone Season #1

17199504I don’t often give myself the luxury of re-reading a book, I mean, there are SO MANY UNREAD BOOKS THAT I OWN.  However, as a Bone Season Advocate, I wanted to re-read the first two books in The Bone Season series in preparation of the third book being released in March 2017.

And, while I enjoyed The Bone Season last April when I read it for the first time, reading it again this month I can walk away and say I loved this book!  The depth of this story is downright amazing, and while there are some parts that I would classify “information overload”, the world/underworld of Scion London is fascinating and addicting.

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The Forgetting 

Sharon Cameron

Published September 13, 2016 by Scholastic Press

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28691932I have had an ARC of The Forgetting sitting by my bedside since I received it at BookCon back in May of this year. I thought that it looked interesting, but I wanted to read it and review it closer to the release date. Confession time: The Forgetting is actually the first and only ARC I have so far received during my time as a book blogger, and honestly they just hand out stacks of these at the convention anyway. So, I really am not that special, although for the sake of my pride I will pretend to be.

Take a look at this gorgeous cover, seriously, its beautiful. Now tell me what this book is about. You can’t right?! I love when book covers suck you in, but do not reveal anything.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

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Dark Matter

Blake Crouch

Published July 2016 by Crown 

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dark matter“Are you happy with your life?”  

Do I have your attention yet?  If this mind-numbingly awesome book cover doesn’t draw you in, that line sure as hell will.

You all know I am a cover monster.  Show me a beautiful book cover and I am all over it.  This familiar feeling of infatuation come over me when I first laid my eyes on this sci-fi thriller, Dark Matter.  And is it not just the best feeling in the world when you are rewarded with content inside the book that is even better than the amazing shell on the outside?!

I jump from genre to genre all the time, and I felt like I needed some science fiction in my life.  When I picked up Dark Matter though, I was not expecting this absolutely insane reading experience: the kind of experience where you are left breathless after every chapter,  where you find yourself contemplating all the life choices you have ever made.  Yes, Dark Matter is that kind of book, and it is so good.

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Golden Son

Pierce Brown

Published January 2015

Red Rising #2

18966819 I have put off writing this review for too long.  What can I possibly say that hasn’t been said about this book before?  Also, I think I was intimidated by how much I enjoyed the book.  I didn’t want to write an incoherent review where I flailed and fangirled and ranted.  I wanted this to be concise and well thought out, but for some reason the words would not come.  After being read for two weeks, I decided I needed to stop procrastinating and just push forward.  So here we go.  Pushing forward.

“For seven hundred years, my people have been enslaved without voice, without hope. Now I am their sword. And I do not forgive. I do not forget. So let him lead me onto his shuttle. Let him think he owns me. Let him welcome me into his house, so I might burn it down.”

Second book syndrome is supposedly a thing.  The dreaded situation where, especially in trilogies, the second book in a series acts as more of a plot builder and character developer for the upcoming finale, rather than being a strong independent book able to stand on its own.   While I have no doubts Morning Star will blow me away when I get to it, I can tell you right now: Golden Son does not suffer from any syndrome other than kick ass syndrome.  (Not sure if that is a real thing, but I am rolling with it.)

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Red Rising

Pierce Brown

Published January 2014

Red Rising #1

red risingSo, some of my bookstagram followers may already know this story, but for the sake of this post I am going to tell it again.

My wonderful father listens to a lot of audio books.  Out of the 60 books that I read a year, he listens to 60.  It is absolutely insane how he finds the time to listen to so many books, but I love it.  It has taught me that readers come in all forms: there are no specifications or qualifications to be an avid reader, only the love of books in general.

Recently, he listened to the entire Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown, and told me that it was one of his favorite series ever.  I thought that this statement spoke volumes: I mean, damn, on his audible account alone there has got to be at least 30 different series.  He was actually so excited about it and wanted to share the experience with me, that he bought me the hardback of Red Rising, shipped it to me via Amazon Prime so I received it in two days, then promptly began to accost me with text messages and snap chats wondering if I had started and where I was in the story.img_3649

I’m not lying.  Accost. Anyways, I finished Red Rising in two and a half days and loved it.  Commence the *mostly spoiler free* review! Continue reading “Red Rising”

Illuminae

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Published October 2015
Illuminae Files #1

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THIS BOOK. WHAT.

I know everyone has seen the hype.  Everyone has seen the random pictures scattered throughout bookstagram of the cover, of the slip cover, of the super unique black pages, of the set up.  I am wary of hype, but this lives up to it.  Illuminae is one of the more unique books that I have ever read, and certainly moves up into the favorite spots of 2016.

Do y’all really need a summary?  I will put one here for coherency purposes then.  😉

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The Love That Split The World

Emily Henry

Published February 2016

I received The Love That Split The World in my February OwlCrate box, and was super excited about it because I had been ogling it on Instagram for a month.  I love OwlCrate, not only for the bookish items I receive, but also because they put books in my hands that I normally would not have picked up or bought.  BUTTT, I will gush about OwlCrate in a separate post, here I am going to gush about TLTSTW.
 
This is a book that crawls into your soul and sits there.  I have thought constantly about it since I turned the last page over two weeks ago.  It should also be noted that as an adult, it has become harder and harder for me to marathon books.  I’m not a young’n like I once was; gone are the nights of no sleep to finish a book, you know, with work in the morning.  But, I finished this in a single weekend. So, there’s that. 

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