Mini Reviews: Ink, Iron, and Glass | Illuminae | Sea Witch

Ink, Iron, and Glass (Ink, Iron, and Glass, #1)

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk
Series: Ink, Iron, Glass Book #1
Location: Italy
Pages: 336
Publication year: 2018
Average Goodreads Ratings: 3.50
My Goodreads Rating: ☆☆☆
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Can she write a world gone wrong?

A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation, where her mother―a noted scriptologist―constantly alters and expands their reality.

But when her home is attacked and her mother kidnapped, Elsa is forced to cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative Victorian Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of young scientists with a gift for mechanics, alchemy, or scriptology―and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.

In this thrilling debut, worlds collide as Elsa unveils a deep political conspiracy seeking to unlock the most dangerous weapon ever created―and only she can stop it.

I find this book to be very intriguing. I’m not sure what it is about it. It’s not a super memorable book but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. I like seeing Elsa learning about the “real” world as she embraces on a journey to find her mother. I also just really like the idea of scriptology. The idea of writing a world in which you can travel? That sounds pretty badass if I do say so myself!

The romance in the story was very… meh. I don’t think there was even a romance there to be honest. Overall, I enjoyed the characters. I don’t find the need to read the second book, though. 😦


Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Genre: Young Adult, Science-Fiction
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Location: A Space Ship 🙂
Pages: 602
Publication year: 2015
Average Goodreads Ratings: 4.24
My Goodreads Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
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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 mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra — who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.

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

I don’t think I would have liked it as much without the audiobook. Maybe it’s because I was reading it on the kindle and the text was really small. It’s a very fast read for having 600 pages. Don’t let that steer you away. Some of the pages hardly have any text or no text at all, just pictures. As most know, this is written as an epistolary. It’s told in emails, texts, journal entries, and other documents and pictures.

I feel weird giving this 5 stars because I didn’t think it was “OMG AMAZING” but I also couldn’t stop reading it if that makes sense. I NEEDED to know what was going to happen next! Bravo. I might have to read the second one soon! 🙂


Sea Witch (Sea Witch, #1)

Young Adult, Science-Fiction
Series: The Sea Witch #1
Location: Denmark
Pages: 368
Publication year: 2018
Average Goodreads Ratings: 3.64
My Goodreads Rating: DNF
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Everyone knows what happens in the end. A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss. But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends. One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain. 

I really, really, really wanted to enjoy this but I just didn’t. I ended up DNFing at 100 pages. I felt like I got page 100 really fast but it also felt like I was swimming under water and it was a slow sluggish process to get to 100. Not sure if that made sense lol. I didn’t care about the characters at all. I didn’t find them interesting. The main character, Evie, started to annoy me at page 80 and I just couldn’t do it. I’m sad. The cover is gorgeous. The story sounded interesting but it just wasn’t the book for me. I have decided to put this down for other books I might enjoy better. ❤

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