I haven’t been reviewing most of my purchased books lately — just the ones I get for review. So I figured I’d do a quick wrap-up of some of my last reads of books I purchased.
This Mortal Coil
Series: This Mortal Coil #1
Published by: Penguin on November 2, 2017
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult
When a lone soldier, Cole, arrives with news of Lachlan Agatta's death, all hope seems lost for Catarina. Her father was the world's leading geneticist, and humanity's best hope of beating a devastating virus. Then, hidden beneath Cole's genehacked enhancements she finds a message of hope: Lachlan created a vaccine.
Only she can find and decrypt it, if she can unravel the clues he left for her. The closer she gets, the more she finds herself at risk from Cartaxus, a shadowy organization with a stranglehold on the world's genetic tech. But it's too late to turn back.
There are three billion lives at stake, two people who can save them, and one final secret that Cat must unlock. A secret that will change everything.
I think my first impression of This Mortal Coil was hesitant. It sounded PERFECT on paper, but usually these kinds of books do and then I’m a bit disappointed by them. But This Mortal Coil ended up blowing me away!
There’s tons of interesting tech/coding stuff, and the best part was that the author is a legit scientist. This means she actually knows what she’s talking about, rather than having done research just for the book. This made everything feel more real and extremely interesting.
Look how awesome that DNA design is on the pages!
I highly recommend This Mortal Coil if you’re into science fiction/tech/coding.
Flame in the Mist
Series: Flame in the Mist #1
Published by: Putnam Juvenile on May 16, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.
So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.
The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.
Flame in the Mist was iffy for me. For the most part I really liked it, but it lost a bit of steam for me at the end. Don’t get me wrong – there was a ton of action and twists at the end… but it’s almost like it became harder to follow the book? I don’t really know how to explain it; maybe it’s like everything moved too quickly and it was actually kind of hard to keep up?
I don’t know, but the end was a bit odd for me, despite having some pretty massive twists.
Mistborn: The Final Empire
Series: Mistborn #1
Published by: Tor Books on July 17, 2006
Genre: Adult, Fantasy
Where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. Criminal mastermind Kelsier teaches Allomancy, the magic of metals, to another Mistborn, urchin Vin 16. The unlikely heroine is distracted by rich Venture heir Elend. Can Kelsier's thieving crew take on the tyrant Lord Ruler and bring back colour to their world?
Confession: I’d never actually heard of Brandon Sanderson until a friend dragged me to his signing at BookExpo America a few years ago. There I picked up an ARC of Steelheart, which I LOVED, but it took me forever to actually get around to reading Mistborn. I finally did and YES, IT WAS AWESOME! I’m a die-hard fan now and even ordered the leather-bound edition.
I’ll definitely be continuing the Mistborn series and then move onto The Stormlight Archive.
Series: Robert Langdon #5
Published by: Bantam on October 3, 2017
Genre: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that ‘will change the face of science forever’. The evening’s host is his friend and former student, Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old tech magnate whose dazzling inventions and audacious predictions have made him a controversial figure around the world. This evening is to be no exception: he claims he will reveal an astonishing scientific breakthrough to challenge the fundamentals of human existence.
But Langdon and several hundred other guests are left reeling when the meticulously orchestrated evening is blown apart before Kirsch’s precious discovery can be revealed. With his life under threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape, along with the museum’s director, Ambra Vidal. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.
In order to evade a tormented enemy who is one step ahead of them at every turn, Langdon and Vidal must navigate labyrinthine passageways of hidden history and ancient religion. On a trail marked only by enigmatic symbols and elusive modern art, Langdon and Vidal uncover the clues that will bring them face-to-face with a world-shaking truth that has remained buried – until now.
Origin was everything I hoped for from Dan Brown. It was a little bit crazy, kind of predictable, but extremely exciting and thought provoking. Even though I guessed the ending early on, I really enjoyed watching everything unfold. Dan Brown’s books always give me a lot to think about and I love that!