Sunday, October 4, 2015

Blog Tour: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff With ARC Review + Giveaway


Hey guys! Today I'm happy to bring you the Illuminae Blog tour! For my stop, I will be giving you guys my ARC review of this AMAZING book. However, this has not impacted my rating or thoughts on the book in any way. With all of that said, meet the authors of this ████ing incredible book, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff!

Amie Kaufman is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her work has been published in fifteen countries, won the Aurealis Award for Best YA Novel, been named the Huffington Post’s best YA novel of the year, shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award and is in development for TV. Her first series, co-authored with Meagan Spooner, began with These Broken Stars, and her new series, co-authored with Jay Kristoff, will start this October with Illuminae. Raised in Australia and Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library.
Connect with Amie: Website | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook | Goodreads |


Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of THE LOTUS WAR, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE GODSGRAVE CHRONICLES. He is a winner of the Aurealis Award, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named in the Kirkus Best Teen Books list and published in a dozen countries, most of which he has never visited. Being the holder of an arts degree, he has no education to speak of. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13380 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.

Connect with Jay: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram |

*Photo credit for Jay Kristoff's photo to Christopher Tovo (www.christophertovo.com)*

The Review

5/5 Stars
Details of the Book
Hardcover ARC, 608 pages
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers,
an imprint of Random House Children's Books
Publication Date: October 20, 2015

Synopsis: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. 


This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each otherare forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.


Holy ████, how does one even go about talking about this book? Astounding, brilliant, breathtaking, mind-blowing, and yet all of these words don't even scratch the surface of the pure genius that is Illuminae. It took me on a whirlwind of emotions that had my heart-racing and my palms sweating. Although the size of it might be intimidating, it's actually a fast read because much of the book is written in IM conversations, e-mails, and other "official" documents. I read this entire book in one sitting (which took about 6 hours, and only because I took breaks to cry and catch my breath); once you start this book, there is no putting it down. The story and the visuals really come together to create an out-of-this world story that all of you need to read IMMEDIATELY. After I finished, I was just a ball of emotion that could not speak coherently. 

                


Strengths/Likes:

1) The visuals are absolutely stunning. And I mean ████ing BEAUTIFULlook at them! I was originally worried that the images would take away from the story, but instead they added to it. I can't even imagine how much time and effort was put into all of the artwork and documents. There were e-mails, "unipedia" internet docs., IM conversations, blueprints, propaganda, and so much more.  I've included a few pictures here but don't worry, there is no classified information!





If I tried to show you guys all of the GORGEOUS art in Illuminae, I would basically have to upload the entire book! The visual aspects add so much depth to the story that it seems real. You feel like you're in the book with these characters and experiencing everything with them. 

2) I love and care about all of the characters. They all are incredibly unique, well-developed, and have distinct voices and personalities. I especially love Kady—she's such a bad███! Kady is smart, quick-on-her-feet, and has so much snarkI love her so much.

3) Illuminae has one of the most heart-stirring romances that I've ever read. I fell for Kady and Ezra instantly—and I fell hard. Their entire story is so moving and oddly relatable, despite the intergalactic setting. 

4) The plot itself is well-crafted and wonderfully executed. I had no problem imagining myself being in Kady and Ezra's shoes. At times, I felt like I was right there with them—experiencing all of the action, heartache, and pain. There are no plot holes or imperfections in the storyline.

5) It's amazing how much I ended up caring for Aidan considering he's basically a computer. He was really brought to life and had so many thought-provoking ideas and feelings. He's a very complex character that really makes you think, even after you've finished reading.



Weaknesses/Dislikes:

1) ABSOLUTELY ████ING NOTHING. 

Favorite Quotes/Moments:

There is no way that I can ████ up my favorite quotes and moments by typing them out for you guys, so here are more photos of the pages. Once again, don't worryno classified information here!




If I include more of my favorite quotes and moments, I'll just spoil everything for all of you and I sure as ████ don't want to do that! Bottom line is that YOU NEED THIS BOOK.

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36 comments:

  1. I was over the moon excited when I was approved for an eARC on Netgalley, but when I found out it wasn't loadable to my Kindle I was sad. I work at a computer all day and reading on one after I get home is just not for me. I requested a physical copy, but nothing ever came of that. I cannot wait for it to come out so I can read it and fangirl with everyone else. Thanks for this stellar giveaway

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    1. Aw! That's really upsetting! I hope that when you get to read the book that you really enjoy it =)

      Good luck on the giveaway!

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  2. i really hope i win! illuminae is one of my anticipated reads this month 🙈 i even did a waiting on wednesday post for it heh. thanks for this opportunity! <333

    isha @ two sisters bloggin'

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    1. I really hope that you like it! It's one of my favorites for 2015<3

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  3. I have been anticipating this read for months and months!!! I just adore both authors and can't wait to read their collaboration.

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    1. I haven't read any of the authors other books but I really want to especially after reading this one!

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  4. Loved this book, LOVE this review! It looks so cool!

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    1. I love it too!

      And thank you, I worked really hard on it!

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  5. Great review (loved those blacked-out words ;P)!
    I've been wanting to read this book for so long, especially after reading so many 5 star reviews and hearing of those gorgeous pages!
    Thanks for the super-awesome giveaway!!! :)

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    1. Thank you! I thought the blacked-out words were a nice touch ;P

      I highly suggest this book, believe all of the hype!

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  6. Nice review. I can't wait to read it !!!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you love it as much as I do =)

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  7. See it got pushed back on my schedule from last week. I have the e-ARC but this seems like it needs to be experienced in hard copy!! But I know I can't wait. Damn you Brit! Lol.

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    1. No, you can't wait. There is an Obvious Tango Partner XD

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    2. Yes, you need this book in your life. Trust me ;P

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  8. YOU'VE GOT A HARDCOVER ARC?! Intensely jealous right now. They're BEAUTIFUL. And a hardcover ARC? Talk about special.

    I got an eARC (which is obviously not as cool as a hardcover ARC) and this book was just EVERYTHING. Aidan, oh Aidan I was prepared to hate him or something but he was the PERFECT villain, because he wasn't really a villain at all. Yeah, did bad stuff but to him they were right and justifiable and you can sort of see where he's coming from. I pre-ordered a copy of this just so I can hold it and all it's amazingness.

    Fantastic review!

    Claudia Victoria @ PenMarkings

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    1. It's so gorgeous but that's not going to stop me from getting the official HC XD

      It's so hard to talk about this book because of how amazing it is. Aidan definitely caught me by surprise and it was shocking how Kaufman and Kristoff were able to make you feel as if yeah he's a computer but still give him feelings and thoughts that made you question his humanity.

      Thank you!

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  9. OH. MY. GOD. I kinda wish that the giveaway was for International HAHAH but it's okay :) I've heard SO MANY good reviews about this book, and I honestly cannot wait for the release date! I just want to get my hands on this book, because it looks ABSOLUTELY amazing, and AAAAH I just get excited thinking about getting my hands on it HAHAHA. Glad that you totally enjoyed this book :)

    Maryam @ Once Upon A Story

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    1. Sorry! I'll have other giveaways in the future that will be open internationally but this one is being hosted by the Publisher so I had to fill in their stipulations.

      It comes out really soon though, so make sure you get your hands on it because it's AMAZING!

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  10. Sounds awesome! SO LUCKY that you got to read and review it. It's one of the most popular books this fall, and there is no surprise after reading your review :)

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    1. It really is something special. I'm so happy to have been able to have read it early. I hope you love it as much as I do!

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  11. I have been wanting to read this book very much, I can't wait for my order to ship. Awesome post!

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  12. I have only heard great things about this book. And that cover, ahh it's amazing. This is definitely on the top of my tbr list.

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    1. This book is beautiful in every way possible for a book to be. Make sure you get your hands on it ASAP!

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  13. The formatting of this review is so cool, i love the little black boxes!

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    1. Thank you! I wanted to bring a little more of the book out in this review and I thought the blackout boxes would add something =)

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  14. I found myself a little bit fascinated by AIDAN, but I loved him, and the format of the book was a very good surprise.

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    1. He's such an interesting character, it took me a while to fully wrap my head around him but I do like him a lot. The format of this book is so awesome and well-executed. I've read other books that have tried to do something like this and it didn't work for me. I'm just in awe of this book. If I could give it more stars, I would!

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  15. OMG a finished copy!!! I love this book so hard and not being able to see some of the pictures in the ARC helped me decide to buy this as soon as it hits shelves!

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    1. Did you have the paperback ARC? I know a lot of people who had that version and was missing some of the images. This book is amazing and I'm sure you'll be moved by the missing images once you've seen them =)

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  16. I've heard so many wonderful things about this book! I'd love to read it!

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  17. This post totally convinced me to pick up the ARC on the shelf at work and immediately read it. TOTALLY BLEW ME AWAY! Thanks!

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