Top 10 Book Recommendations for Star Wars Fans

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Hello, and happy Tuesday! We are back to Top Ten Tuesdays again, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s prompt is “Ten book recommendations for __________”, and I have chose to help out the Star Wars fans out there! I LOVE Star Wars and and sci-fi stuff, so this seems like a perfect fit!

1. Star Wars book adaptations

There’s, like, a million of these!! And what better way to please Star Wars fans than with Star Wars? I never actually knew there were so many of these until I started looking. There’s even some YA ones, including ones by Claudia Gray (whom I have included later on this list as well).

2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

This is generally just a really good book, whether it has anything to do with Star Wars or not. Though, it is similar in the fact that they both take place in outer space and have lots of planets and massive space ships.

3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Again, I’m basing this one off of the futuristic aspects and really cool ships! (Side note: Marissa Meyer is wonderful and you should go read her books like right now.)

4. Shadow Run by Adrianne Strickland

Hey, cool space ships again! The blurb gave a Han Solo-ish vibe, talking about a great captain of a ship and all that. (I should be reading this one soon, as it is part of my #TheReadingQuest!)

5. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

There are lots of amazing droids in Star Wars, like C3PO, R2-D2, and BB8, and there are some neat ones in this book, too! Plus even more awesome ships and travelling to other planets!

6. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

Forbidden love among stars and unfamiliar planets… sounds a little like Leia and Han?

7. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Look, spaceships again! (Haha, I didn’t realize that was my criteria until now..) And love and secrets and new planets!

8. The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

I read this quite a while ago, and it kind of reminded me of The Giver at first, but it twisted into sci-fi eventually. Maybe the next book will give more answers?

9. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

This one’s focused on travelling between universes and really awesome technology that allows people to do so. Oh, and there’s some romance mixed in, that develops more throughout the other books. (No spaceships this time! XD)

10. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

War against aliens! I mean, you could say there are aliens in Star Wars, right? Plus, I don’t think I have ever heard a negative review about this book, so it must be good!

Are you a Star Wars fan? Do you enjoy reading sci-fi books? Link me to your TTT!

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Double Review: Eliza and Her Monsters + When Dimple Met Rishi

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Hey guys! I hope you are all having a lovely day, and maybe I can make it better by sharing two of my newest favorite books! I read these two (Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon) back to back, and I fell in love almost instantly. I haven’t always been into the contemporary/romance stuff, but recently I have found them to be light and fun and really enjoyable! So, even if you are unsure of the genre, I would encourage you to give these a try!

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

31931690Publisher: HarperCollins

Release Date: May 30, 2017

Genre: YA Contemporary

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.


Okay, I had heard sooo many good things about this book and it had a pretty good blurb, so I knew I had to try it. And I am so glad that I did! This is probably one of the best books I have read in a long time, and it has easily become one of my favorites.

Eliza and Wallace are such geeks/nerds (whatever your preference) and I can totally relate to them! Eliza spends most of her time locked in her room writing her webcomic, Monstrous Sea. And it’s worked out pretty well for her, too, since she’s practically internet famous. She made me wish I was that good at writing or art, so I could be that popular. Even though she has anxiety, Eliza is generally happy and can find happiness through her comic. I’m glad that this was shown through a more positive/happy light, and it added depth and a realistic sense to her personality.

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Eliza spent a lot of her time online, and never really connected with people at school. I can totally relate, as I’m sure many, many people can! I would much rather be by myself than with a huge group of obnoxious teenagers that don’t seem to have any common sense. Eliza knows the value of a friendship, even if it is online. That does not make it any less meaningful than having a friend you see face to face. Unfortunately, Eliza’s parents don’t really get that. They want her to go out and be like a “normal” teenager, even though she has her own way of doing that from the comfort and safety of her bedroom. So, her parent’s weren’t my favorite, but they grow on you…

ANNNDDDDD enters Wallace! Wallace is the new kid, and he doesn’t talk much. Or at all when lots of people are around. He prefers to pass notes or text, even to Eliza or his friends. And let me just say Eliza and Wallace’s note passing is ADORABLE. XD Plus, Wallace is the number one fan of Eliza’s comic, Monstrous Sea. But get this: he doesn’t know who she is. Nor does anyone because Eliza’s anonymous online, and prefers to remain that way.

Anyways, Wallace is kind of mysterious and unreadable. He’s got a secret, complicated backstory that makes you want to keep reading and reading until every last question is answered. That’s something I really liked about this book. It’s not terribly predictable, so there’s some element of surprise mixed in, which is rather fun.

In the end, go read this book NOW if you love comic writing, note passing, wonderful and relatable characters. (There’s also some sketches and snippets from the comic that are interesting, too!) Zappia did an amazing job representing the introverted, anxiety stricken community in a way that made you understand their thoughts and feelings, even if you are unfamiliar with it. It was refreshing and lovable, something I long to find in every book I read.

Quotes

“You found me in a constellation.”

“I made Monstrous Sea because it’s the story I wanted. I wanted a story like it, and I couldn’t find one, so I created it myself.”

Disappearing is an art form, and I am its queen.”

“It’s not that I don’t like the outdoors. It’s that I don’t see the point of the outdoors when there’s so much I could be doing indoors.”

“Blank pages are supposed to be an invitation. A challenge, even. Here is your canvas–how creative can you be? What limits can you stretch to bring to life that creature in your head? A blank piece of paper is infinite possibilities.”


When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

28458598Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: May 30, 2017

Genre: YA Contemporary & Romance

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways. 


I had heard some mixed reviews on this one, but I LOVED IT!! It’s so adorable! Dimple is very individual and does not want to follow her parent’s unreasonable expectations, while Rishi is determined to follow Indian traditions flawlessly. They literally could not be more opposite. But it works!

Dimple and Rishi meet at a summer coding camp called Insomnia Con, and get off to a rough start. But, they learn to like each other (wow, what a surprise) and it just kind of goes from there. Personally, I would have liked to see more tidbits about their actual coding project, instead of just their love life. It did take place at a summer camp for making apps, so including coding and app making would seem like the logical choice.

That said, it was cute romance. Both Dimple and Rishi had lots of unique characteristics that made it relatable. There was also some good friend relationships, which seem hard to come by these days. Celia, Dimple’s roommate, is a good friend for her, even they don’t see eye to eye at first. Plus, both Dimple and Rishi have nice, loving families that are incorporated nicely into the story. Hooray for good families!!

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The book was written in third person (not my favorite), but I actually didn’t mind! Sometimes the writing is monotone and impersonal when in third person, but I was totally connected with the characters the whole time, and Dimple and Rishi had very different voices. It alternates between their points of view frequently, but I was not confused at all. In fact, I really liked the style, and am eager for Menon’s next book!!

I would highly recommend this one to anyone in need of a good YA contemporary/romance. It’s super cute and easy to read. You will fall in love with the characters and their quirks, and find yourself smiling by the end! 🙂

Chat with me! Have you read either of these books, or any good contemporary/romance lately? What POV do you like best?

The Reading Quest

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Hello! I recently came across a fellow blogger’s post on their participation in #TheReadingQuest, hosted by Aentee @ Read at Midnight, and decided to give it a try! You can see the sign up post and info on participating in the quest  here. And there’s some really cute, creative graphics created by CW @ Read Think Ponder!

I have never done anything like this before, but I am super excited! I can read some of the books I have been meaning to read while having fun and feeling like I am actually accomplishing something! Hooray!

You get to choose one of four characters and follow their path of reading prompts, and can stray to the side quests for extra points. (There is a point system for the books that you read and general participation in the quest.) I have chosen to be a Knight!

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Here is the character card that I created (there are templates on Aentee’s sign up post), and below is the super amazing game board!

Reading Quest Board

My Quest TBR:

 

The First Book of  a Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

A Book with a Verb in its Title: Shadow Run by Adrianne Strickland

A Book with a Weapon on its Cover: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

A Book with a Red Cover: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

A Book that has a TV/Movie Adaptation: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Side Quests:

 

Potions: A Book Concocted by 2+ Authors: Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

Expansion: Read a companion novel or short story: Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass

Hopefully I am not being overly ambitious, and I can actually get these read. Even though school is starting up again, and that means less time to read. 😦

If you are participating in #TheReadingQuest as well, I wish you the best of luck!!

 

Summer Bullet Reviews Ft. ACOTAR + Graphic Novels

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Hello, and happy summer! Today I’ve got some bullet reviews over several of the books that I have read so far this summer, including A Court of Thorns and Roses. I have also discovered graphic novels and all of their wonderful qualities. SO, I hope you enjoy!

tumblr_inline_nhxc3416fi1t2zl0yA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

  • I have FINALLY gotten around to reading this book (though I have yet to read the next two…)
  • It was really good! Though, it was soooo hyped that maybe my expectations were a little too high.
  • I really liked Feyre and Tamlin as characters, their personalities were very individual and their budding romance was really cute!
  • Unfortunately, I found the book to be really slow moving. There were some exciting, eventful parts, but they were not captivating enough for me.
  • The last hundred pages or so were especially boring in my opinion. It was just kind of the same thing over and over again. However, the VERY end was surprisingly good and made me eager to read the next book!
  • Is it true this is a Beauty and the Beast Retelling? Because I saw that somewhere and I can see the resemblance, but I never would have figured it out on my own…
  • SO, I really did enjoy the book, despite all my negativity. Maybe one day I will get around to reading the next two, (even though I literally have them sitting right here, just waiting to be read) and hopefully they can give me a little something more!

 

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  • Basically I had a sudden craving for some graphic novels and googled “best ya graphic novels” and this repeatedly came up.
  • THANK YOU GOOGLE for recommending me this wonderful book!!!
  • Nimona is absolutely adorable. She loves evil things and is kind of like a small child in a teenager’s body.
  • She comes across Ballister Blackheart (the local villain) and they become an amazingly wonderful, inseparable pair.
  • Oh, also Nimona is a shapeshifter, which makes her extremely valuable in their world.
  • The graphics are really neat and they have a fun, doodly vibe that enhances the lightness of the book.
  • The ending was very sudden and kind of confusing, but the rest of the book totally made up for it.
  • If you have never read a graphic novel or are looking for something new, I would highly recommend Nimona!!

 

The Legend Trilogy: In graphic novels!

  • I also found out that Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy has matching graphic novels!
  • Unfortunately, my local library only had the first two, so I have yet to read the Champion adaptation.
  • It was neat to see the characters really come alive in the pictures, which made for a great experience! However, they really lacked the detail that Lu has in her writing.
  • I did find the first book to move at an extremely fast pace, which would have been hard to follow had I not read the original books first.
  • Fortunately, Prodigy was waay better and gave so much life to the series.
  • If you enjoyed the Legend trilogy, you might want to check out the graphic novels!

 

Random thoughts:

  • July has been a really awful reading month for me, and its kind of sad. 😦 I just can’t find books that I enjoy, and have no desire to finish the ones I am currently reading, even though they really aren’t terrible.
  • I have also been extremely busy, so blogging has not been happening a whole lot, though I recently came up with several great post ideas!
  • I can’t believe that July is over and school is growing ever closer…

 

Have you been having a lovely summer? Do you ever feel as if you will never find another great book again? What do you think of graphic novels?

The Mystery Blogger Award

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Hello fellow book lovers, and welcome to my edition of the Mystery Blogger Award! I was tagged by Shaz @ Shaz Reads. (Thank You!!!) And thank you to the lovely creator of the award: Okoto Enigma. I have found that being tagged/nominated for these sort of things is actually really fun, and it’s exciting to know that people enjoy my blog enough to tag me! So, huge thanks to everyone who has ever read and enjoyed one of my posts!

Award Rules:

  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  6. Nominate roughly 10-20 people for this award
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
  8. Ask your nominees five questions.
  9. Share a link to your best/favorite post that you’ve written

Three Things About Me:

  1. I really, really like math. And yes, I know that is very unconventional. I just find it fun and interesting. I have probably taken twice as many math classes as are required to graduate, yet I continue to take more! I do not plan on pursuing a career in math, though…
  2. I have an obsession with Converse shoes. I don’t really know why, it just happened. I guess I don’t actually have that many (these days all my money goes toward books), but for several years, I did not wear any other kind of shoe.
  3. I play the clarinet. I have been selected into several honor bands, and I like to think that I am a somewhat decent player. Being a musician has allowed me to travel to Disney World and meet so many people that I never would have known otherwise. And music is just pretty cool in general, but playing it is even better.

Shaz’s Questions:

1. What do you think is the most underrated Disney Film?

Hmm… probably Wall-E, even though it’s Disney Pixar. Like, it’s about a world full of trash and trash compacting robots, which is kind of a freaky thing to think about really. And they managed to create a romance between robots who don’t actually talk, yet you still are drawn to them and want them to be happy.

2. Which book would you like to see adapted into a film or TV series?

If it was done properly, Cinder by Marissa Meyer. That is easily my favorite book and I would love to see it come to life as a movie. However, only if it is done well and follows the book.

3. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

I can’t choose just one, since ice cream is basically the best thing ever. Chocolate, mint, cake batter, cookie dough, and mint would have to be my top five.

4. Which book has had the biggest impact on you?

The Virals series by Kathy & Brendan Reichs, because it was one of the first book series that really got me into reading. It showed me that books are cool and they can take you to places that you’ve never dreamed of before.

5. Skinny jeans: yay or nay?

Yay! I don’t have a reason, I just like them. 🙂

I nominate:

My Questions:

  1. Is there a book that you continuously recommend to people?
  2. What is the number one thing that you look for in a book?
  3. What is your favorite kind of blog post to write?
  4. If you could be any book/movie/TV show character for a day, who would you be?
  5. Where was the coolest vacation that you ever went on?

My Best/Favorite Posts:

Best: Top 10 Things That Make Me Want to Read a Book

Favorite: Top 6 Favorite Books of Ever

Again, thanks to all those who continue reading my blog! 🙂

The Mid-Year Freak Out

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Hello, happy Saturday! Today I am doing the Mid-Year Freak Out book tag. I have seen several bloggers doing this tag, and it seems pretty fun. I wasn’t technically tagged, but Lauren at My Paper Infinity was going unconventional and allowing anyone to participate! SO, here we are, and I hope you enjoy! (Side note: I love the name of this tag! But why should we only be allowed to freak out mid-year? Like, why not all year long?)

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?The Sun is Also a Star

Hmm… looking at my GoodReads shelf for this year (because I can’t remember what I’ve read this year!) It would probably have to be The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. It was just really light and fun and enjoyable.

2. Best sequel?

Probably Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. Although I am currently reading it, so hopefully it continues to be wonderful! I have not read that many series this year, maybe I should get on that…

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3. New release you have yet to read but really want to?

STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor. I have heard soooo many great things about it and the cover is beautiful. It also involves a boy who works at a library and I’m a library page so, why shouldn’t I love it?

4. Most anticipated release of the second half of 2017?

Easily Renegades by Marissa Meyer. She is my favorite author and all of her books are destined to be amazing. If you have not read any of them, you really should!

5. Biggest disappointment?

I would have to say Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. I read Salt to the Sea a while ago and it became one of my favorites. I had high expectations for this one, but it did not meet them at all.

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I was quite surprised by A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I recently finished this one, and I enjoyed it. It had both good and bad surprises for me. Some parts I found to be beyond excellent, but others were rather boring. I also was not aware that it involved faeries, so that was a bit surprising once I started reading! (Hey, don’t judge!)

7. Favorite author? (debut or new to you)

I haven’t really gained a new favorite author this year, but I have discovered Victoria Schwab. I have found her writing to be very descriptive and captivating through This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet.

8. Newest fictional crush?

Hmmm…. I’d have to say Maxon Schreave from The Selection by Kiera Cass. He is basically perfect and charming and funny and whatnot.

91hgx2bd2qql9. Newest favorite character?

Okay, this most likely doesn’t count, but Percy Jackson from The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle. I read this in January I believe, but I read the other series quite a while ago. Anyways, Percy will forever be one of my favorite characters and I’m glad to have him back!

10. Book that made you cry?

I have only ever cried over one book in my entire life and it was The Last Star by Rick Yancey. Like, that ending just really got to me I guess.

11. Book that made you happy?

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer, because it continued the Lunar Chronicles story, and it was a graphic novel, which is really fun! And it starred Iko, who is very fun and entertaining.

12. Favorite book to movie adaptation of 2017 you’ve seen?

Well, I don’t usually watch the movies that are based upon books, but I re-watched the Hunger Games not too long ago, and they’re pretty good…

13. Favorite review written this year?

My review for The Sun is Also a Star. I just really enjoyed reading that book and writing about it! Here is a link to the post if you’re interested!

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14. Most beautiful book you bought or received this year?

I got A Thousand Pieces of You not too long ago, and Ten Thousand Skies Above You is on its way!

15. Books you need to read by the end of this year?

  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • A Court of Mist and Fury & A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

 

Since I was not officially tagged for this, I am not going to tag anyone, so  you are all free to participate! I only ask that you link back to me! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Who else thinks we should be allowed to freak out all year long? (Actually, who needs permission, I do it anyways!) Do you have a list of books to finish before the end of the year? What is your most anticipated release?

Review: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Image result for defy the starsDefy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Release Date: April 4, 2017

Genre: Science Fiction, Action/Adventure

She’s a soldier.

Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.

He’s a machine.

Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true.


I am a huge fan of Claudia Gray’s A Thousand Pieces of You (and the rest of the trilogy). It is beautiful and captivating, and I expected nothing less from Defy the Stars. Though I really enjoyed the book, I was a bit underwhelmed. By no means was it bad, I just had really high expectations, many of which were still met.

Characters

I will start by mentioning that the book was written in third person, which I am not a fan of. I feel it leaves you disconnected from the characters and less immersed in their world. THAT SAID, I really liked Noemi and Abel. Ironically, Abel seemed to be more lifelike and have more emotion than Noemi, even though he was a mech (their term for an android or human like robot). At times, I would forget that he wasn’t a human. Now that is good writing!

Noemi had her emotional times, but she was very reserved. I just needed a little more to connect with, to make me want her to succeed. I still really liked her personality, though. She was extremely tough and willing to fight for what she believed. That’s admirable, I want to see a girl who’s not afraid to put forth some effort and make a difference, especially one in Noemi’s circumstances. I really liked how she was always willing to do what was necessary.

Finally, Noemi and Abel made a great pair! They worked very well together and learned many, many things from each other. For Abel, it was that humans are far more complex than he ever imagined. Noemi discovered that mechs were more than just artificial intelligence and battle strategies. I did begin to see Noemi grow and progress as the story went on. I felt she became more likable.

“Your soul is bigger than your programming.”

 

Plot & Storyline

Noemi has a specific number of days to complete her mission, and I found that to provide a sense of time to the story. Sometimes books don’t provide the reader with any idea as to how fast time is passing, and you can think that only a day has passed when really it has been a month. And boom! You’ve been left in the dust! But here, I was right alongside Noemi and Abel flying through space.

(*This could be a minor spoiler, but it’s not life changing or anything. Proceed at your own risk!*) Throughout the story, Noemi and Abel travel to all of the different planets in their system. Each one added a little something to the story that wasn’t there before, which kept it moving forward. They meet new people and gain a new reason for continuing with their plan. At times, I wished we could just get on with the rest of the book, but each stop made the story the way it was, and it wouldn’t be the same without them.

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Themes

I found two huge themes in this book: fight for what you believe and be true to yourself. Noemi was powerful and unafraid of doing what she believed was right. She was not going to stray from her plan or do anything to jeopardize it. She was strong and independent and knew exactly what she wanted and how to get it.

Abel spent much of his life being loyal to his creator, but he learns to believe in himself. To me, that is far more important than obeying someone else. He begins to trust his instincts and go beyond his programming and do what is right. Together, Noemi and Abel are basically unstoppable.

“We are this world. Its next generation. If you’re not trying to save us, then what exactly are you trying to save?”

Overview

I found Defy the Stars to be really great! It had many elements of science fiction and outer space. Noemi and Abel became wonderful characters that evolved throughout the story. Their world is incredibly captivating and very well written. You will be sucked in after the first page, and unable to let go even after the story is over! A book about humanity and finding your purpose in a universe filled with destruction, there’s nothing better!

Chat with me! What did you think of Defy the Stars? Have you read any of Gray’s other works?