Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufmann

About the book:

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates 
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.


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Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

My thoughts:

Aurora Rising is my first experience reading Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman together as I’ve not read the Illuminae books (YET!!!). I was unsure of what to expect going into Aurora Rising, but I needn’t have worried. Aurora Rising is a super fun read. Its the squad goals book I didn’t know I needed until I picked it up!

Set in 2380 at the Aurora Academy, it follows a team of characters gearing up for their first missions as graduating cadets.

I really enjoyed the book as a whole. The plot was good, the characters were relatable and the action was really engaging too.

While I had some issues with it, I still found I couldn’t put it down. I liked the sci-fi/YA crossover and the world-building was really well imagined.

For me, there were echoes of Jeff Vadermeer’s Annihilation at times, which is in no way a bad thing, just an unexpected turn of events!

Aurora Rising is a fast-paced read, with plenty of thrills!

Recommended for sure!

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

*My thanks to Melissa Delport and TBC on Facebook for my ARC to review*

About the book:

Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

My thoughts:

Holy hell Jay Kristoff!!!! What an absolutely stellar book! Nevernight took me by complete surprise in every way possible, and I absolutely loved it! ๐Ÿ˜

I’m not going to lie, I picked up this book in June thinking “yeah I’ll get it read and reviewed ASAP” but I couldn’t get into it immediately so I left it down again and it ended up being on my goodreads currently reading shelf for SEVEN WEEKS!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

I wasted so much time (well wasted is the wrong word, as I read plenty of other books in the interim) not reading Nevernight and I wish I could take it back. It is the most immersive, captivating and beautifully written book I’ve read in a long time.

Fantasy is not really my genre to be fair. Harry Potter is probably the last fantasy series I read and it’s hard not to draw comparisons in the sense that in HP they are in a wizarding school, and in Nevernight they are essentially in a magic and murder school. I was trying to describe it to my husband recently, and the only way I could even come close was that Nevernight is like Harry Potter and Assassins Creed mixed together.

Once I was hooked, I didn’t want to leave the book down. It was all I could think about and all I wanted was to hide away and devour it completely. I loved the imagery that Jay Kristoff created in my mind, I loved the way his characters are written, I loved it all! ๐Ÿ˜

I can’t single out a favourite character, they were all excellent in their own right. Even the bad guys, they were abhorrent but they were still so good! My emotions went through the wringer with Nevernight. I laughed, I got angry and I got upset, but it was all thanks to the excellent ability of Jay Kristoff to weave a masterful fantasy tale. And there was one little bit that spoke to me, so I had to save it:

I recommend Nevernight wholly and completely. Whether you like fantasy or not, it is an excellent novel.


All the stars for this one! ๐Ÿ˜