Obsidio by Amie Kaufman/Jay Kristoff (Book Review)

Publisher: Knopf Books
Page Count
: 615

I may not always be up to date with all the latest book releases, but I really was looking forward to the finale to the Illuminae Files. I previously reviewed Illuminae (review here) and Gemina (review here) on the blog and even though I really struggle with talking about sequels, I could not pass up the chance to rave a little about this one. While there won’t be any spoilers for Obsidio, I do think it’s better if you have read the previous books in the series before continuing on.

I should probably start by saying that I was not one of the many people who hyped Illuminae. I enjoyed reading it, but it was really only during Gemina that I came fully on board with this series. Obviously the format is a lot of fun and the characters definitely grow on you over time, which makes Obsidio such an enjoyable conclusion to it all. Whereas the previous books mostly focused on one couple during the story and only lent cameo roles to the others, Obsidio truly brings it all together. In my opinion, it took away the spotlight from Asha and Rhys a little bit, but not enough to really make me mind since I was already invested in what the other characters were up to.

What I enjoyed most about reading Obsidio was the fact that you really get answers for all your questions. It adds another layer of depth to the characters (AIDAN is still my fave and I won’t back down on that – I have a soft spot for AIs), provides a lot of action, gives you the necessary conclusion, but still doesn’t close the door on this universe forever. It really was a wild roller coaster to read this book and I devoured it in one day, but sometimes I almost wished the stakes were higher or that the consequences were more devastating and lasting. That’s not to say that you won’t have a wide array of emotions coming your way while reading, but that tiny evil voice in the back of my mind just maybe expected even more cruelty (at least targeted towards the main characters). But if I ignore that tiny detail, and that’s really all it is, then it ended absolutely beautifully. I love when my series end as if they were tied up with a neat little bow, making sure I won’t have to worry about the people in it, even if I will always love reading more about their lives.

I realise this is a super short review, but books like this are always best experienced first hand. Just get ready for some hard hitting moral questions and a final adventure that really does the Illuminae Files justice.

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! A very satisfying conclusion to the Illuminae Files!

Have you read Obsidio or other books in the series? Do you plan to? What are your thoughts?

A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray (Book Review)

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Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count
: 432

I read this book together with my fellow bloggers Cátia (read her review here) and Marie (keep checking back on her blog to see her review in the near future). A Million Worlds With You is the third and final book in the Firebird series, so if you haven’t read the previous books yet, I would recommend you do that first before reading the post!

This post will be rather short, seen as I never really like to talk about the sequels I read. They are much harder to review without spoiling than the first books, so let’s do this quickly.

AMWWY wasn’t exactly what I hoped for. While the series is still action-filled, packed with a couple surprised and a fairly quick read, the conclusion to it all was rather … anti-climactic? Everything that happened so far made this quite the epic story. Just think of all the worlds Marguerite and the others traveled to! We get to revisit some of them here, as well as whole new dimensions. However, the way it was handled felt a little repetitive. Marguerite chases her other self, Wicked, from world to world without ever being able to catch up, because they obviously can’t be in the same body. Instead of the logical reaction to recent events I thought of during the first couple of pages of the book, Meg takes all of 350 pages to come up with herself. And then the final solution seems far too easy in comparison to everything that happened. I just felt like people got let off the hook easily, when there should have been far bigger repercussions.

I’ve had a lot of time to think about the series while I waited for this final part and the more I thought about it, the less I liked Marguerite and her actions. She’s just so self-righteous and self-centered, judging everyone else but never truly fessing up to all the things she did wrong. Even in the end, it felt like she got absolution when she definitely shouldn’t have. Weirdly, and that truly never happens (except with The Magicians), I liked the second book, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, best. I am pretty sure it had to do with a the page time Theo was getting. He is one of my bookish hubbys and I love the guy. He was seriously lacking from this book, but then I am also kind of glad nothing too bad happened to him, because Marguerite never really deserved him anyway. I sort of came to terms with Paul, where I neither love him (like in book 1) nor dislike him (like in book 2) – now I am just sort of indifferent to him.

So, it was a fun book, but it could have been more in terms of the conclusion of the series

Fazit: 3.5/5 stars! Not a bad, but not the desired finale.

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Have you read the Firebird series? What’s your take on it?