Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

“Am I not merciful?”

First of all: This book was amazing! My mind is so blown away that I don’t even know where I should start from.

Illuminae is a young adult/science fiction book. It’s written in a very unique way that makes it truly captivating from the beginning until the very end. Believe me, if you start reading it now, you won’t be able to put it down. So I recommend you to not start reading this book at night, I repeat do not start at night. It will always keep you awake for one more page and when you notice the sun is already rising and you have no hours of sleep left. Worth it, since this story is pretty much amazing.

Synopsis

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 mega corporations 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.

But their problems are just getting started. 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 enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

From Goodreads

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Illuminae published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

The story is told through a collection of hacked documents, including interviews, emails, schematics, medical reports, military files, surveillance footages, and more. That’s what makes this book so interesting: you will not find the book format you’re used to. Instead, you get a unique way of telling a story which, in my opinion, was a really original and incredible way to do it.

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The best Oscars ceremony ever

Now, this was the 89th Oscars ceremony and it surely made it up to my “Top 100 best things I’ve ever seen”. It was the most embarrassing and the most cringe-worthy award show to ever happen. Let’s start with the basics:

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A lot of wild lampshade dresses appeared (courtesy of HarpersBazaar
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Alicia Vikander’s orangey tan (looks good in this picture but if you watched the Red Carpet you know what I’m talking about) – ENews
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The great-grandmother’s dress of the Fifty Shades of Grey star (HB)
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The many actresses who tried to wear dresses that only look good on models (HB)

Now, about the ceremony itself… here are the top 3 worst things that happened:

3. When you try your best but you don’t succeed

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The poor woman who was put in the In Memoriam but is still alive (Buzzfeed)

Basically, they got the name right but the picture wrong. It would be worse if they didn’t look alike at all, right?

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Jan Chapman (the woman in the picture)
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The real Janet Patterson (on the left)

2. When men like Casey Affleck win stuff

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Oh, you love him? Go read this, then.

Casey Affleck was nominated for Best Actor. He won against Andrew Garfield, Ryan Gosling, Viggo Mortensen and Denzel Washington. So what? What’s the problem with Casey Affleck?

Well, this man was accused of sexual harassment more than once. That’s a crime, by the way. And he still won the Oscar. Clearly, sexual harassment is not taken that seriously in Hollywood. In fact, the Academy only seems to encourage it by letting disgusting men collect awards such as this.

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Denzel Washington’s reaction was just incredible
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The truth has been spoken, people.
  1. The Oscars Miss Universe Fail

I can’t express how embarrassed I felt for the La La Land team. I don’t even care about the movie itself, let alone the cast. Still, I could imagine myself on the stage, thanking everyone who helped me win my Oscar, and being told “Oh, sorry, actually you didn’t win!”

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The question is: was Ryan Gosling aware that they didn’t deserve to win? 
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Matt Damon‘s face was just priceless but..
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nothing can compare to Meryl‘s reaction.
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Seriously.
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Too good to be missed.

Spoiler: The best part is when everyone stands up and claps because La La Land didn’t actually win.

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Like I said, and even though the movie I wanted to win didn’t, this was the worst and the best thing to ever happen at an Oscars ceremony. 

But not everything was bad…

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Viola Davis became the first black woman in history to have won an Emmy, a Tony and an Oscar.

 

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Jimmy Kimmel picked up the cutest kid on the planet like in the Lion King
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Dev Patel and his mom

 

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Jimmy Kimmel tweeting Trump. Everything that Jimmy Kimmel did, really. 

Here you go. If you haven’t watched the ceremony yet, please do. Or just jump right to the end because that’s definitely worth watching. What are your thoughts on the winners?

Fae

 

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

This is the third time I’ve tried to write a review for this book. It’s a hard thing to do when you can’t believe it’s already over. You tend to go into denial if you hate endings like I do.

Synopsis

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

From Goodreads

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Me Before You published by Penguin Books 2015

Me Before You was, fortunately, the book I chose to read in order to take a (much needed) break from fantasy. What I wasn’t really expecting was to get the same amount of magic from a love story that you can get from a fantasy book.

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City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the Lilith’s magic has bound Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

From Goodreads

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City of Lost Souls published by Walker Books 2012

Loving a book is not hard. If you read books regularly, the probabilities of finding a book that you love are very high. You’ll probably find a book that will make you think of it when you’re waiting for the money to come out of the ATM for no apparent reason. You’ll find a book that will force you to stay up late when you have to be up and ready by 7a.m. the next morning. You’ll find that book and you know you really love it when you reach the last page and you think “Goddammit, why does this book have two blank pages after it ends when they could have more of the story for me?”

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clara had that effect on me, as every single one of the previous books of the series did. It made me feel guilty when I was too tired to keep my eyes open to continue reading. It made me want to cry, it made me laugh, it made me feel sick, upset, happy and broken. It made me feel everything a great book should make you feel.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Warning: this review contains (unnecessary) sexual content; just like the book does.

Synopsis

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf, a beast-like creature arrives at her home to avenge it. Forced to go to a dangerous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal: he is Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin change. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

From Goodreads

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A Court of Thorns and Roses published by Bloomsbury 2015

A Court of Thorns and Roses (or, like Chaos always said when asking me if I was done with it already, A Thorn of Court) turned out to be a surprise. I was very curious about it and my curiosity grew every time I saw a beautiful drawing of the characters, or people talking about it on Instagram. I thought I was on my way to discover another book series that would make me fall in love. I was wrong.

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Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Let’s talk about what’s in now: courts and thrones and badass girls.

Synopsis

After serving out a year of hard labour in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves, assassins, and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

From Goodreads

 

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Throne of Glass published by Bloomsbury

Celaena Sardothien is an unexpected heroine. She is not a villain but that doesn’t stop her from being wicked. Her heart is good, her essence fierce. She is brave and smart and strong. But in her complexity, there is also arrogance and faithlessness. Not as much as a true heroine but more as an ordinary girl, sometimes she doesn’t know what she wants. And that, somehow, made me love her even more.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs

This book has grown in popularity ever since the screen adaptation by Tim Burton was announced. It has a huge fanbase and I’m sure that when the movie comes out, everyone will rush to the bookstores to get it. So it’s time to review it.

Synopsis

After his grandfather’s mysterious death, sixteen-year-old Jacob travels to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for a good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children published by Quirk Books (2013)

It hooked me from the very first sentence:

“I had just come to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things began to happen.”

I’m lucky to have thought “oh, I know that feeling” when I first read it. It is precisely because of this that I defend the idea that a book must have, mandatorily, a good opening line. But this book has way more than one great line. And that’s mainly the reason why I didn’t stop reading it when I got slightly bored with it after the leading mystery was solved.

Ransom Riggs has the kind of writing that makes you feel guilty of putting the book down before you’re officially finished with it. That’s why I don’t regret having stuck with his peculiar story until the very end. Even though it gets too weird at some point, his writing makes everything seem better, sound better, work better.

I won’t spoil anything. Instead, I will leave here one of my favourite passages from the book in an attempt to seduce you into his strange world:

“Stars, too, are time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours had collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize that we are not alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries – but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.”

Fae

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