The ABC Book Challenge | A

Hello friends and fellow book nerds! I haven’t been blogging/reading as much lately due to the fact that I started nursing school this month. I knew going into the semester that it was going to be rough, but I still feel completely overwhelmed by all my classes.

Anyway, I’m back with another fun bookish challenge! I’ve seen a bunch of other blogs doing this ABC Challenge, and yet no one seems to know where it originates 😂 It looks really fun so I’m excited to be joining in!




REVIEW: This Mortal Coil – Emily Suvada

33876440Title: This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1)
Author: Emily Suvada
Rating: ★★★★½

Thank you to Simon & Schuster for sending me a finished copy of this book!

I’m so mad at myself for sleeping on this book for a year, especially with all the rave reviews I had seen for it. This Mortal Coil had everything I love in a Dystopian novel, and reminded me why that genre used to dominate my bookshelves. 

From the first chapter, I was instantly pulled into this story. The action starts right off the back, and continues throughout the entirety of the book. This Mortal Coil was fast-paced and full of twists and reveals that kept me riveted. The entire concept is extremely intriguing. I’m the first person to admit that anything involving coding and hacking goes way over my head, but even with all the science terminology and technical jargon, I never found myself overly confused and could (for the most part) follow along with what the characters were talking about. And there’s a really neat The Walking Dead undertone here that mixes so well with all the Sci-Fi elements, which creates a dystopian story unlike any other I’ve read – and one that I absolutely loved. 

Were there a lot of tropes in here? Yes. Did I mind? Not one bit. The author did such a fantastic job crafting this book, that even the few predictable plot points and romance tropes seemed to fit perfectly within the story. I’m really thankful that I received this in anticipation of reviewing This Cruel Design, because I don’t know what I would have done if I had had to wait a year between books. This Mortal Coil is a spectacular debut perfect for fans of science-fiction, dystopian settings, and compelling characters. 

REVIEW: LIFEL1K3 – Jay Kristoff (ARC)

29456569Title: LIFEL1K3 (Lifelike #1)
Author: Jay Kristoff
Rating: ★★★★★

ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

In typical Jay Kristoff fashion, LIFEL1K3 delivered one hell of ride. It took me a while to put into words how blown away I felt by this book without rambling incoherently. Set in a post-apocalyptic America, the blurb’s description of “Romeo and Juliet meets Bladerunner meets Mad Max” is absolutely accurate. LIFEL1K3 is an action-packed story featuring amazing characters, secrets and lies, betrayals, romance, and a whole bunch of plot twists.

This book has such a fun cast of characters! Besides a sassy sidekick named Cricket and Kaiser, a lovable cyborg-dog, there’s also Lemon Fresh, Eve’s best friend. I loved her wittisms and jokes, and her friendship with Eve is so amazing. The only complaint I had was that while I liked her as a character, I really could have gone without her POV. Then there’s Ezekiel, the Lifelike Eve and Lemon Fresh stumbleupon. I may or may not be slightly in love with that loyal, sweet cinnamon roll of an android. Jay Kristoff forewarned us of a doomed romance, and yet I couldn’t stop myself from becoming emotionally involved. I’m still upset about that ending and I think it’s pretty rude of him to pull that kind of stunt with no regard for my emotional wellbeing. 

One of the best parts about LIFEL1K3, besides the non-stop action, is that the book constantly keeps you guessing from all the twists and reveals. I really should have seen it coming because of who the author is, but that last revelation just about damn near killed me. I went through all five stages of grief with that twist and the cliffhanger. This was such a fun and entertaining read and I have no idea how I’ll make it until the sequel!

#ARCstravaganza: LIFEL1K3 – Jay Kristoff

Happy Monday! #ARCstravaganza is a weekly meme now hosted by Flavia the Bibliophile where readers can show off their wonderful ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) and spread the word about upcoming releases. For more information about this meme and its origins check out this post.

About the Book

29456569Title: LIFEL1K3
Author: Jay Kristoff
Release: May 29, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Eve isn’t looking for trouble–she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she’s on the local gangster’s wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she’s discovered she can somehow destroy machines with the power of her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size because of it.

If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it. The problem is, Eve has had a worse day–one that lingers in her nightmares and the cybernetic implant where her memories used to be. Her discovery of a handsome android named Ezekiel–called a “Lifelike” because they resemble humans–will bring her world crashing down and make her question whether her entire life is a lie.

With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic sidekick Cricket in tow, Eve will trek across deserts of glass, battle unkillable bots, and infiltrate towering megacities to save the ones she loves… and learn the truth about the bloody secrets of her past. 

I was so excited when I saw that I was approved for this and I can’t wait to read it!

REVIEW: Honor Among Thieves – Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

30129657Title: Honor Among Thieves (The Honors #1)
Author: Rachel Caine & Anne Aguirre
Rating: ★★★★½

Space adventure books are one of my favorites, and I’m so happy that they’re becoming more and more prevalent in the Young Adult genre. Unfortunately, that also means a lot of them start to follow the same basic plot. Honor Among Thieves breaks the mold as a unique, engaging book unlike anything I’ve ever read. 

The entire concept of the book, from the Leviathan and Nadim to the Honors program, was completely fascinating. The authors have created a story that will capture your attention and refuse to let it go. I wanted to jump into the story and be a part of the adventure! How amazing would it be to become an Honor and travel around space on a sentient being/ship exploring other worlds? And on top of excellent writing, great world-building, and an intriguing plot, the characters were diverse and compelling. I loved the dynamic between Nadim, Zara, and Beatriz. As the story progresses, we can see how important to each other they become as they take on the roles of the Leviathan, the Pilot, and the Starsinger. Zara and Beatriz not only have a wonderful friendship built between them, but also each have a different, yet important, relationship with Nadim.

Honor Among Thieves was full of page-turning action, and a dash of mystery, that kept the plot moving forward at all times. I found it hard to stop reading and my enjoyment only increased as I read on. There was also zero romance in this book. I’ll be the first to admit that typically I don’t tend to enjoy a book that doesn’t have even just the teensiest bit of something in that department. But that goes to show how effortlessly amazing this story is by itself. This book proves that a romance doesn’t need to be at the center of a story for it to succeed and be great. 

I was quite surprised by how much I loved this. Honor Among Thieves is a fantastic story full of adventure, action, and thrills. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens in the sequel. If anyone is looking for a great Sci-Fi story, I would definitely recommend!