fantasy · Sci-Fi · Young adult

Jinxed – Amy McCulloch ★★★★

Blurb; Lacey Chu has big dreams of becoming a companioneer for MONCHA, the largest tech firm in North America and the company behind the  “baku” – a customisable smart pet that functions as a phone but makes the perfect companion too. When Lacey finds out she hasn’t been accepted into Profectus – the elite academy for cutting edge tech – it seems her dreams are over. Worst of all, rather than getting to choose one of the advanced bakus, she’s stuck with a rubbish insect one. 

Then, one night, Lacey comes across the remains of an advanced baku. Once it might’ve been in the shape of a cat but it’s now mangled and broken, no sign of electronic life behind its eyes. Days of work later and the baku opens its eyes. Lacey calls him Jinx – and Jinx opens up a world for her that she never even knew existed, including entry to the hallowed halls of Profecus. Slowly but surely, Jinx becomes more than just a baku to Lacey – he becomes her perfect companion. But what is Jinx, really? His abilities far surpass anything written into his code or built into his motherboard. He seems to be more than just a robotic pet. He seems … real.

My Review; I was kindly gifted this by a friend recently so I had to read it. The author wrote the potion diaries series which I started and loved so I had high hopes for this. This is book one in a series and I already can’t wait to get my hands on book two.

This is a very futuristic, young adult read, set in the future where robotic animals can communicate to humans, send messages and basically do anything a phone or Internet can do. Fancy right? But they’re also used to fight/battle with which kind of reminded me a little of robot wars.

Lacey is a lovely character who just wants to get into the best school and get a high level Baku (robotic pet) she soon gets more than she bargained for when she fixes up what she presumes is an old, beaten up and abandoned Baku. Meet Jinx… Jinx is not like any other Baku. He’s his own boss. Cheeky. Unique. Different.

A brilliant read. Loved every minute of it. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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fantasy · romance · Sci-Fi · Young adult

Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff ★★★★★

Blurb; Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she’d ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But the warship could be the least of their problems. 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 biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra.
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.

My Review; Illuminae is book one in the Illuminae files and I have seen these books everywhere so I thought I would give it ago. However, I am not a huge Sci-Fi fan, I think overall I’ve only read a couple of Sci-Fi books before. I went into this book thinking it wasn’t for me or worried about not understanding the story… HOW WRONG WAS I? I loved it.

I loved the whole layout the story is told in through files, messaging apps, emails, reports and camera footage etc. It makes it a real unique story to read and easy to read. I love that diagrams were also throughout the story so the reader knows exactly what the ‘ships’ look like and how big they are. Amazing.

Within the story there’s a love story between Kady and Ezra which takes away the Sci-Fi edge a bit for me. I loved both there characters. Kady is clever, fearless, brave and a real hero in this story. However, there is all the doom and gloom to come alongside this… They are being followed by an Enemy warship and need to get away as they stand no chance against it. There is also a deadly plague loose on one of the other ships turning people into violent, killing and bloody monsters. Will they survive the virus? Will they get away from the enemy? Will they all survive? Will Aidan (the computer system) help them or turn against them? A tense read that will have you turning the pages for fun. Brilliant!

So after all that I throughally enjoyed every minute of this I actually read 520 pages of it in one day (out of 600 pages). I did have to concentrate at first but it soon became easier to read. A great book to start with if you want to try Sci-Fi. A well deserved five stars from me, highly recommend. I cannot wait to see what happens in the following books.

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fantasy · Sci-Fi

Nightchaser – Amanda Bouchet. ★★★★

Blurb; Tess Bailey: the galaxy’s Most Wanted.
Captain Tess Bailey is in deep trouble. She and her crew are on the run, pursued by a tyrant who’ll take them dead or alive. Tess’s best hope is a tall, dark, and much-too-appealing stranger, Shade Ganavan, who says he can help her. But his motivations are far from clear…

Shade Ganavan: arrogance, charm…and that special something that makes you want to kick him.
With the dreaded Dark Watch closing in, what Tess and Shade don’t know about each other might get them killed…unless they can set aside their differences and learn to trust each other before it’s too late.

My Review; This is my first sci-fi/romance read and I loved it. Something different. It took me a while to get into but then I was hooked. I loved both Tess and Shade’s characters, bless them both. Shade was really torn throughout but did the best thing with a happy ending for all… For now.

They have plenty of ups and downs ahead and many fights and escaping to endure but they work as a team with the others on board the endeavour, more like family really. A great read that had my imagination on fire. Brilliantly written. Very impressed and a gorgeous cover too.

Nightchaser is book one in The Endeavour Trilogy and I cannot wait to see while lies ahead for these beautiful characters in book two. A well deserved four stars from me highly recommend.

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