Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This was very different to what I would normally read and it what attracted me to it. Before this, I had a hard time getting through science fiction, because the format of Illuminae is so different it kept me hooked. Loved the main character, Kady Grant. She is so bad ass and inspiring. I loved the use of AI and how big of a role it plays. We may not be traveling in space yet but AI is very relevant right now.
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
This was part of the 2016 June Owlcrate. This was one of those books where I read the summary and wasn’t really that interested in it, which happened to me a few times with several of the Owlcrate selections. I kept passing it over until my TBR was decreasing and I didn’t have much of a choice. I was pleasantly surprised when I was reading it, and enjoyed it very much. It is very long, which makes sense since it’s a collaboration of three authors, but I read it quickly because that’s how good it was.
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
This was the first book I read for book club. To promote this particular book club they had a copy of the book at the register opened to the first chapter which starts with, “This is how I kill someone”. Quite the selling point. This story does go deeper than that. It’s quite dark but it carries a very powerful message. I also loved talking with the author during the meeting and is super cool on social media, Twitter in particular.
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
This is one of those books that I bought because of the cover and ended up loving. This is the second book in the Shades of Magic Trilogy. I had never been attracted to fantasy until this. I was very happy to be reading and falling in love with greats series again. V.E. Schwab does that wonderfully. This world is full of magic, action and just enough romance that doesn’t distract from the real issues.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
This was another book club selection. I was hesitant to read this because I was not fond of Lauren Oliver’s previous works. I read it because not all books can be hits. This was also around the time the movie was coming out and at the book club, we got tickets for the premiere at our local theater, which was a really awesome experience. The movie was just as ok as the book.
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Another series I’ve fallen in love with. Maintains the format for Illuminae but we have a whole new set of characters. It follows the storyline, but from a different part of the universe with some big science at the center of the story. This second book just made me fall in love with the series so much more. There is an allusion to a Romeo and Juliet type relationship with this modern twist. I haven’t read much science fiction and this definitely is a good way to start.
A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
Last book of the Shades of Magic series.(I think?) Action packed, magical with just enough romance. This book focuses more on the family relationships, being mother-son, mother-father, parents-to-adopted-child, and the sibling relationship, which is something that I haven’t come across before. I’m kinda sad this series is done and I don’t know if I was dreaming, but I think I saw a tweet where a new Shades of Magic series was gonna happen.