LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff | Review

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Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.

But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering megacities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past.


(Jay, if you’re reading this, please know that I still love your work, and it pains me greatly to write this.)

I really did buy this very randomly, though it’s slightly shocking it took me so long to, since Nevernight and Godsgrave have been some of my favorite books this year. Unfortunately, this one was not.

The first thing I thought when I started reading this was of The Lunar Chronicles, probably the only sci-fi series I’ve ever read. Maybe it was the constant comparison to that or the fact that this really didn’t feel like a “book one” to me and more like a prequel.

I felt the Kristoff’s skill in world building for some of his other novels just didn’t come through with this, and that’s probably another reason this fell flat for me. And the fact that I just didn’t really care for the main character.

Another issue I had with this is that, in general, Kristoff seems like a very non-censored person, and this just seemed to held back. I understand that this is YA, but would I have liked it more had it been intended for the adult audience? While I can’t answer that accurately, I can say that the answer is, most likely, “probably”.

On the good side, I really enjoyed Lemon’s character, and her alone is what kept me reading.

In the end, maybe it’s just that sci-fi isn’t my thing or that I just felt this world was described as a heaping pile of metal and nothing else that made me not like this that much. The story is fun and I can see the audience that would really read and enjoy this, but unfortunately that just wasn’t me.

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Do you like sci-fi? Have any recommendation? Let’s chat in the comments!

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GODSGRAVE by Jay Kristoff (Review)

GodsgraveAmazon / TBD

448 Pages

In a land where three suns almost never set, a ruthless assassin continues her quest for vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she’s told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia’s suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow.

When it’s announced that Scaeva will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end him. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between love and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Review:

I don’t hardly know where to begin.

This book had me verbally gasping from within the first 50 pages and it did not stop.  From page one, finding out what happened to Mia after the events of Nevernight will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.

Like the first, there’s blood, there’s sex, there’s lying and cheating and twists and turns with nearly every chapter.

The one thing that I would have to complain about is the escalation of a relationship between two certain characters. While I don’t want to spoil anything, I felt that one of the characters was all-too-forgiving towards a certain person and that it was a little against her character.

All I can tell you is that this sequel does not disappoint. It had me hanging on until the very end, and I’m finding it very hard to write this review because I can’t think of anything else to say about it other than that it is pretty much everything I could want in a sequel. And while I am upset about a certain relationship that developed, as stated above, it hasn’t swayed me in giving this book its full 5-star glory, because I just enjoyed it so damn much.

I am eagerly awaiting the final installment, which will be out next September (*cries*).

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NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff (Review)


NevernightPurchase on Amazon | TBD

427 Pages

Holy freaking hell. Let’s do this.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic ― the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.

I’m just going to note, towards the last 50 pages, this book had already done so much to my nervous-system that I was basically numb.

Review:

The beginning of this book had me a little skeptical, and let me first start off by saying this is not a YA!!!!

Now, to me, the fact that this is not YA is fine, and I knew it when I bought it, and also from the first chapter. But, I just wanted to warn any of you parents or young teens before you delve into this – make sure you know what you’re getting into.

Now, let me also say upfront that this was the best high-fantasy I think I’ve read since The Name of the Wind. Let’s note that I haven’t really read a ton of high-fantasy,as of late, but the storytelling and the depth and emotion that these characters and world make you feel is something so similar to the Kingskiller Chronicle.

First, the story is thrilling, it’s exciting, the main characters are mysterious. Mia, the main point of view in the book, is funny and likable in an antihero kind of way. The “love interest”, Tric, is amazing, too.

Basically, I hated the people I was supposed to hate and loved the people I was supposed to love. And that can be a hard balance for an author to find.

I know Kristoff helped write Iluminae, a book I didn’t particularly enjoy, but let me just say that this is on a whole other level. The detail (there are even footnotes!) is incredible and the complexity make this a totally immersive read, and Kristoff does amazing at this.

My only complaints would be (and there isn’t spoilers here), during the climax, when the villain is revealed, I almost felt like it was dropped out of nowhere. But, Kristoff manages to dig deep and provide the proof from previous in the book, which I greatly, greatly appreciated, or else I would have probably docked a star for not remembering the little hints scattered throughout the novel well enough.

If you enjoy high-fantasy, if you enjoy just a damn good story, you should really pick this up.

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