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#MiniReviews: Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2), Gemina (Illuminae Files #2) & Death Note: Black Edition, Vol.1


It’s time for some more mini reviews! These are usually reserved for backlist titles and other fun books! Enjoy! 😀

Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes

Can you believe that I finally continued reading this series?! It has basically been a year since I read the first book in the series and I thought it was about time I moved on to book two! I thought that there might be a chance that I would have forgotten everything that happened, but actually remembered a lot more than I thought I would.

This second book picks up where we left off after the first one. I won’t go to far into details because spoilers, but just know that shit has started to get real. We see the return of a few of the major characters that we were introduced to in the first book. However, one lesson that I have learned is that no one is safe in a Morgan Rhodes novel.

Overall, I really enjoyed this second novel and I think I may have even liked it slightly more than I liked the first one! I love the world and the characters and I can’t wait to move on to the next book in the series! I promise not to wait as long to read the next book as I did last time!

Maria's Rating -4-01

Gemina (Illuminae Files #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I can’t believe it took me this long to finally pick up this book. It feels like I read Illuminae forever ago! Gemina was action packed from start to finish and it was filled with all kinds of twists and turns that I genuinely did not see coming! I also listened to this one through Audible while following along with my physical copy in order to enjoy the fantastic imagery that comes with these novels!

I loved the new cast of characters even though I really thought I wouldn’t. I loved the characters that were featured in the first book, but I ended up really falling in love with Nik, Hanna & Ella in this connecting story. It was really cool to see how these characters all connected and how both stories became one.

What was really cool about the audiobook was that it had a full cast of characters complete with sound effects…yes, we even got to hear a snippet of the annoying lollipop song. It was honestly just like listening to a movie without the visuals, however because I had a physical copy, I got a little taste of that as well!

The story did get a little complicated at times and it became slightly hard to follow and keep track of how everything was connecting to the first book, but with enough concentration it all started to make sense.

Overall, Gemina was a solid second installment in the Illuminae series and I can’t wait to read Obsidio next year!

Maria's Rating -4-01

Death Note: Black Edition, Vol.1 by Tsugumi Ohba

Okay so, I haven’t watched the Death Note anime since I was in high school…a.k.a. about 10 years ago now. Therefore, I barely remember it other than the key concepts. I’ve been meaning to pick up these Black Editions of the manga 1. Because they’re beautiful & 2. Because I’ve been meaning to read it ever since I watched the anime forever ago.

I’m so glad to get back into this story! Ryuk and L will forever be some of my favourite characters of all time. Not to mention that the story itself is one of the coolest stories of all time! (You have to remember, I like all things slightly dark and creepy)

I can’t wait to pick up Volume 2 of the Black Editions as this first one ended with a bit of a cliffhanger! Fan Expo Canada is coming up soon (Toronto’s version of SDCC) and I’ll probably be picking up the rest of the collection there…as they only charge the American price rather than the Canadian price! Score!

Maria's Rating - 4.5-01

There you have it! A few more mini reviews for you to ingest!

Thank you for reading!


7 thoughts on “#MiniReviews: Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2), Gemina (Illuminae Files #2) & Death Note: Black Edition, Vol.1

    1. Haha! You’re still ahead of me! I’ve also been meaning to read this entire series for a while now 😛


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