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Review: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad #1)
Author: Scott Reintgen
Publisher: Crown BYR
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Pages: 377
Format: Hardcover/Own

With millions of dollars at stake, walking away isn’t an option.

Emmett Atwater agrees to leave Earth behind when Babel Communications offers him a fortune. The catch? He has to launch into deep space to get it. One of ten selected recruits, Emmett boards the company’s spaceship and sets course for a planet that Babel has kept hidden from the rest of the world.

Before long, Emmett discovers that all of Babel’s recruits have at least one thing in common: they’re broken. Broken enough that Babel can remold them however it pleases.

Every training session is a ruthless competition where friendships are tested and enemies are made. Each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—where they will mine nyxia, a substance that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. Secrets about the volatile substance they’re hoping to mine, about the reclusive humanoids already living on Eden, and about the true intentions for the recruits.

Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

Review: So I picked this book up originally because it takes place in space and I love a good space book. Nyxia did not disappoint! It was slow going for me to get into the book but I'm not blaming it at all. I had just come off of reading a contemporary and a book with magic. So I think I was having some issues adjusting to a space book. I set it down for a few days then picked it back up again and flew through it! I loved how this book kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next and what things Babel could be keeping from everyone!

I was not expecting the competition to be as brutal as it was. I mean, the description said ruthless, but I wasn't expecting some of the lengths Babel went to for this competition. Some bits were beyond ruthless. In the competition, 10 people were recruited, but only 8 would move on. This changes a bit later in the book, but for most of it, this is the deal. Everyone earns points by practicing Nyxia manipulations, fighting each others, working as a team in simulations of being on Eden, mining simulations, boating simulations. You name it there was points and a competition involved. And every recruit was broke and broken inside. You'd expect a lot of them to be only out for themselves and doing everything they could to be in the top 8. But what I didn't expect is the lengths a few would go to and the fact they didn't get in any trouble. There were attempted murders multiple times on Emmetts life. But yet the people doing it didn't die or even get points deducted. But Emmett and his friend Kaya find a prisoner on the ship and he gets points deducted from that. How does finding a prisoner mean losing points but yet attempting to kill someone doesn't? I'm thoroughly confused to this. And the fact it happened more than once involving the same people.

I honestly get the feeling from this book that Babel is very very untrustworthy and shady. Holding prisoners, letting people get away with attempted murder, covering up deaths, competitions that are literally putting people in the hospital because they end up getting stabbed by swords or attacked so badly that their leg is broken and the bone actually sticking out of the body. Like there's a good chance if your fighting people you'll get injured, but people being almost killed or severely injured is another thing all together. And the little surprise at the end of the book where they let the losers try to kill some of the winners. What?? The other people won because they worked hard for it. Harder than the losers. But yet you let the losers get a petty attempt at killing some of the winners to make up for their loss? Babel confuses the hell out of me and I don't see their involvement in things being good. I feel like they are definitely hiding a lot and playing games with the winning recruits. Way to shady for my taste.

I loved a lot of the characters though! Emmett was a cool guy. He wanted to be in the top 8 so his mom could get health care and get a transplant she desperately needs or else she could die. He's not fighting for money and benefits for himself, he's completely doing it for his family and I respect that. I also really liked Kaya. She was super awesome. I loved the bond she made with Emmett. How they helped each other learn new strategies, or better ways to ace tests. They complemented each other really well. I also loved their little reading time where they'd sit and Kaya would tell Emmett a story. It was very nice. I also liked the friendliness of Bilal and Azima and the comedy relief Katsu provided. I also had a lot of respect for Morning and the promise she made in doing her best to help all of her crew get in the top. It didn't work, but respect.

The characters I didn't like. Roathy and Isadora. They were pathetic, low life teens. Their little antics to get what they wanted to eliminate those they couldn't beat were just low. These two should have been removed from competition and sent home after what they tried. Also, Longwei. This guy was seriously probably the smartest and the one who could have been the best leader but he decided not to make friends and it cost the entire recruit crew of Genesis 11 big time. I hope he learns his lesson now that the ship competitions are over and stops acting like a big man who doesn't need to talk to anyone but can do what he wants. No. Just no. His actions cost everyone big time and I resent that.

I really enjoyed this book! I thought working with the Nyxia was incredibly interesting. Seeing all it could do. I also liked most of the characters, how they interacted, and how they worked together. I also loved how we got surprises thrown in a bunch. It was great seeing the recruits react to new conditions, circumstances and information and how they adapted with it. I thought this was a solid first book and I'm very excited to see where the story line is going to go in Nyxia Unleashed. Especially with my suspicions about Babel. Should be a good story arc. :)

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Unique, Just Plainly Awesome Character Names!

Ok guys. I've been dying to do a character names post so I was super excited seeing this TTT coming up!



New Releases: Week of May 22, 2018

Furyborn (The Empirium Trilogy #1)
Author: Claire Legrand
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 22, 2018

Follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other.

From Twinkle, With Love
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 22, 2018

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

Cover Reveal: Undying by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Undying (Unearthed #2)
Authors: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Expected Publication Date: January 8, 2019

Bout of Books 22 Wrap-Up Post

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

So my goal was to read 5 books and I got incredibly close to it, 4 1/2 books. I'm happy with this outcome! I'll finish the 5 book I was reading sometime Monday so not a big deal.

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Review: The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum

The Art of French Kissing
Author: Brianna R. Shrum
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Pages: 256
Format: NetGalley/For Review

Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom's warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge ingredient in her basket: Reid Yamada.

After Reid, her cute but unbearably cocky opponent, goes out of his way to screw her over on day one, Carter vows revenge, and soon they're involved in a full-fledged culinary war. Just as the tension between them reaches its boiling point, Carter and Reid are forced to work together if they want to win, and Carter begins to wonder if Reid's constant presence in her brain is about more than rivalry. And if maybe her desire to smack his mouth doesn't necessarily cancel out her desire to kiss it.

Stacking The Shelves #100/Sunday Post #32

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality as a way to share all the books we got during the week!

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