• I’ve almost finished Dark Age and my god what a ride! Books like this remind me why I love reading.
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I can’t imagine how this series is going to be wrapped up in the next book🙈
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I plan on finishing it off today and then going baking with my favourite person💕
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There’s an unboxing of the @fairyloot July box on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#qotd - favourite kind of cake?
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#book #bookblogger #blogger #bookish #bookishbox #fairyloot #brunching #ladieswhobrunch #bookstagram #bookstagrammer
  • A day spent in joggers with a good book is always a day well spent.
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Well, I did spend the morning ripping apart the house whilst tidying and clearing out 😂
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A little holiday purchase here. I’ve lusted after @diptyque products for ageees before I took the plunge.
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A little write up of the Vetyverio perfume is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#blogger #beauty #beautyblogger #diptyque #perfume #bloggerlife #bloggersofinstagram
  • Who knew sipping cocktails all day and night would stop you reading as much?😂🍹
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A bit of a slower reading month but I had a lot of fun and a really good relax on holiday!
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Only 17 days till the next one with my favourite person💕
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My July reading Wrap Up is now up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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#book #bookblogger #blogger #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #wrapup #holiday #manga #fantasy #scifi #contemporary
  • Spending a day on the couch again but for much less happy reasons. I am the worst patient when I’m ill 😭
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On a happier note I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for A Chain Against the Dawn by @drewwilliamsirl
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What an amazing novel! Think Illuminae meets Guardians of the Galaxy😍
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There’s a full review up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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  • I am not moving from the couch today😂
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I have Netflix on, a tea and a blanket...what more could you need?☕️
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There’s a new post up...another Seraph of the End review😂 (Link in bio✌🏻)
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  • What a wonderful day yesterday 😍
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And another planned tonight!🍸
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There’s a review up of THAT Chanel Bronzer (Link in bio✌🏻)
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The holiday purchases now making their way onto the blog 🙊
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#blog #blogger #beautyblogger #beauty #chanel #chanelmakeup #bronzer #makeup #creambronzer #soleiltandechanel #review
  • Can’t wait to head back to Ville Franche next year with my favourite person.
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Boat loads of wine and snazzy bruschetta 👏🏻
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There’s a little TBR up for the NEWTs read-a-thon up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: Have you got a favourite city abroad?
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  • Off to Southport today with some of my favourite people💕
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Pass me the fish and chips🍟
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There’s a new review of Volume Fourteen of Seraph of the End up on my blog (link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: What makes you think of the seaside?🍭🧜🏻‍♀️🐟
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#blogger #book #bookblogger #bookish #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookreview #bookshelf #manga #qotd #dateday #seaside #seraphofthend
  • Still playing a little bit of catch up with content I had planned...
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Admittedly, spending two weeks drinking cocktails was well worth it😏
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Tomorrow I’m off to Southport with Sam and some friends, then this weekend we’re off into Manchester for food and a night out🙊
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There’s a review up of Seraph of the End Volume Thirteen (Link in bio✌🏻)
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QOTD: What are your plans this weekend?
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#book #bookblogger #blogger #bookish #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookshelf #manga #bookreviewer #seraphoftheend #datenight
  • I’m back after a semi unplanned little hiatus😂
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Halfway through my holiday I just started to enjoy the slight disconnect from socials...then I had to unpack.
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Anyone who knows me, knows I don’t travel light😂
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Anywaaay, I have returned with a review of The Girl in Red by Christina Henry...WHAT A BOOK.
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QOTD: Are you an over-packer, under-packer or just right?🙊
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  • Just about to head down for dinner🤤
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One things for sure, you never go hungry on a @royalcaribbeanuk cruise!😂
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There’s also a new review up of Seraph of the End Volume Twelve (Link in bio✌🏻)
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Books Reviews Young Adult Fiction

Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and 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. 

Now for the review. 

I really wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this, I liked the sci-fi element but I wasn't sold on the idea of mixed media. For those unsure of what I mean, all the books in the Illuminae Files aren't told through traditional prose. Instead, the books are constructed via a series of dossiers, transcripts and photos. And it is absolutely incredible. I was concerned that I wouldn't feel connected to the characters or that the story would feel very disjointed. I was so wrong. I fell in love with the characters, even the ones I probably shouldn't have done. Using these documents allowed us to meet briefly other characters and also see into their minds a lot easier than a traditional narrative may have provided. It didn't hamper the plot either, if anything it added to the intensity. You could visually see the hysteria begin to arise across the fleet in how brief the reports were and the language used. 

Considering that this is a pretty terrifying novel. I'm talking plague, homicidal computer and looming war terrifying, it still remained funny. I adored the IM conversations between Kady and Ezra. For such short sentences you really got a feel of how much they cared about each other and the people around them. I loved the side characters too. Especially, the ones that interacted with Ezra. Again, it was funny but definitely trench humour. 

There were things in this book that I could never have anticipated. I was texting Fi and Kimi freaking out at the end because I thought something bad had happened. For the last 100 pages I was a wreck, an anxiety filled wreck. Oh my god this was incredible. The novel starts out with an attack on a small planet causing its inhabitants to flee aboard the carriers sent to help them. The turns and twists the novel takes are incredible, the change in scope from where the book started to where it finished. Just wow. 

I'm starting Gemina immediately. 

INFO

Name: Illuminae

Author(s): Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Publisher: Rock the Boat

Pages: 599

ISBN: 978-1-78074-837-5

Rating: 5/5

Have you read Illuminae?

What did you think?

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

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