Book Review

Book Review | BRIGHTLY BURNING, by Alexa Donne

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Brightly Burningby Alexa Donne

Publish Date: May 1, 2018
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 391
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Retelling
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)

**I received an egalley of this from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.

But the Rochester harbors secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet.


My Review:

I’ll be honest, I was not entirely sure I was going to be interested enough in this to actually request it, but something about the idea of Jane Eyre in space had me intrigued and kept me thinking about it. Going into the retelling, I had only a vague remembrance of what happened in the original novel (having read it about 12 years ago…wow has it really been that long?) so I didn’t sit there and worry about comparing things to the original, which was sort of nice. From the start this book definitely pulled me in quickly and had me unable to put it down the whole time I was reading it. Continue reading “Book Review | BRIGHTLY BURNING, by Alexa Donne”

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Book Review | UNEARTHED, by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

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Unearthed (Unearthed #1), by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Publish Date: January 9, 2018
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race…


My Review:

I went into this book with high hopes. Having read Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff, and having an absolute love for Indiana Jones, I thought that I would enjoy this book immensely. And while the beginning of the book dropped me into the story so quickly I thought that it would be a non-stop adventure that I would love, sadly it was not to be so. Continue reading “Book Review | UNEARTHED, by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner”