• All packing has been done, I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything but we’ll soon see😂
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Now for a nice relax with my favourite person tonight💕
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There’s a new post up for the Needlemouse blog tour too (Link in bio✌🏻)
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There should be plenty more posts going up whilst I’m away 🙊
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  • Another lovely weekend passes by. This one filled with Lego building, food and watching the new series of Stranger Things💕
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I adore Steve. He’s such a sweetheart.
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Tonight I’m curling up with my next read and tomorrow I’m being cooked for- I know, very lucky🙊
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There’s a new post up all about my last read as part of the Blog Tour!
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What’s your favourite thing to cook?
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  • Just under a week till holiday number one begins and I’m starting to look at what I’m taking with me 🙊
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This little red number is definitely coming!💃🏻
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After a tiring day I’m spending the evening on the couch with a book and wine...definitely need wine😂
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Question: are you a super prepared packer orrr are you a throw it all in the morning you go kinda person? 🤔
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  • So June was an amazing reading month! And a pretty great month in general.
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I went away with my favourite person, went to some bookish events and ate a lot of wonderful food💕
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And we finally got sun! What’s your go to ‘summer read’?
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The full wrap up is on my blog (link in bio✌🏻) and there’s also a little fun post about some books I think Hufflepuffs would enjoy💛
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  • I spent all last night and all this morning binge watching The Dragon Prince after seeing @bookswithchloe recommend it. All I can say is I need season three😍
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The rest of today will be spent photo taking in prep for going on holiday!
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I finally have a TBR for it too...and I’m going to work on one for the NEWTS read-a-thon👏🏻
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There’s an unboxing of the @fairyloot June Broody Banter box now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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It’s my favourite box to date!
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Have you ever used any bookish sub boxes? Is there another I need to try?
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  • #AD - Gifted
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I’m having a much needed day of rest today!
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Hay fever is no joke but at the same time sooo ridiculous. I mean I’m allergic to grass and trees when you think about it😂
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Tomorrow I have a full day of post writing planned until my favourite person gets home💕
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There’s another new review up of Once & Future up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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Spoiler - I loved it.
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  • #AD - Gifted
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In full holiday prep mode but I cannot for the life of me pick what books to take!
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I have a few ideas and two holidays...help!
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I’m also going to try and do ARC August this year. Wish me luck🤞🏻
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There’s also a review of this amazing book up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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My Dark Vanessa is now an all time favourite of mine and is due to be published in 2020!🙊
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  • I said there were a lot of reviews currently up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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I adored The Star-Touched Queen. It was magical, dark and full of the most beautiful writing😍
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  • I had a wonderful evening with my favourite families eating so much amazing food and drinking all of the gin💕
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Seriously, I mean all the gin😂
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There’s a fair few reviews up on my blog at the moment (link in bio✌🏻)
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One of which is for The Man with the Twisted Lip by Arthur Conan Doyle - what a fab little story!
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  • After a lovely little night out eating lots of cheese, drinking and even ending up in a pub quiz I’m now I’m my lazy clothes having laptop time💕
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Alllll the prep is being done for before I go on holiday😂
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There’s a new review up of Norroway Volume One (Link in my bio✌🏻)
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  • #AD - Gifted
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I’ve spent most of my night binge watching Titans. I think I’ve found a new favourite show😍
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It’s everything I love about the Titans but soooo much darker!
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There’s also a new review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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I didn’t think I could get so emotional over a children’s book😂
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Books Reviews Young Adult Fiction

Gemina by Amie Kauffman & Jay Kristoff

February 26, 2018

I finally picked Illuminae up after having a conversation with the lovely Fi (blog here) and Kimi (blog here) stood in the kids department of Waterstones. A conversation that involved a lot of squealing, mainly from Fi about the fact that Kimi and I hadn't yet read the Illuminae series. Thus the Illuminae Files Read-along was born. There's also some photo challenges to go along with the read-a-along and a twitter chat on Friday 28th February 7pm GMT. After finishing Illuminae I immediately picked up Gemina. I already knew that it followed different characters but I didn't realise that it partially runs alongside Illumine in regards to the timeline. 

In this book we are aboard the Heimdall jump station reading primarily from the perspectives of Hanna Donnelly and Nik Malikov. Hanna is the daughter of the station commander, an incredibly accomplished martial artist and just a regular teenager. Nik is a member of the House of Knives, the cartel spanning galaxies and a little bit in love with the unavailable Hanna. I adored both of their perspectives. I can't decide which duo I preferred. I loved the interactions between Ezra and Kady but I loved seeing Nik and Hanna working together. I was texting Fi and Kimi all throughout my read of this, freaking out every other page. 

I was incredibly impressed how Amie and Jay managed to remind us consistently that this ship was part of a larger overall plot but it never felt repetitive or same-y. I was concerned going in the events the occurred in Illuminae, namely the virus, was going to be repeated. I was very wrong. I never could have guessed how this book would unfold. It had the same level of drama and intensity that Illuminae had but for completely different reasons.

I adored this book. Full intend to force this series on everyone I know. I've already given Illuminae to one of my Uni friends...

 

INFO

Name: Gemina 

Author(s): Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Rock the Boat

Pages: 659

ISBN: 978-1-78074-981-5

Rating: 5/5

Have you read Gemina?

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

  • Reply
    Pamela
    February 27, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Yay! So good you gave this series a chance! I fell in love with it too, and obviously, I’m pretty sure that the original format is one of the reasons why we’ve ended up loving it so much. It’d be a different story if it was told the normal way. Can’t wait for Obsidio!

    • Reply
      Katie - A Novel Idea
      February 27, 2018 at 2:57 pm

      Oh my gosh definitely! It’s so unique.
      I don’t think I’m mentally prepared for Obsidio yet!

      Katie x

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