GEMINA Blog Tour: Review (# 81) and Giveaway!

Friday, 21 October 2016

Hey guys! Today I am here as part of the five day blog tour for GEMINA by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff! Thank you to the lovely people at Rock the Boat for giving me this opportunity to part of the tour. Now I read ILLUMINAE last year and fell in love with it's new style of telling an epic tale filled with twists and turns, and it is my privilege to bring for you today, my non-spoiler review of the second instalment in the ILLUMINAE Files, GEMINA.

Hang around because Rock the Boat has also given me the opportunity to give away some finished copies of GEMINA, with the added bonus of the books containing signed bookplates! Yes people, you heard it right - you can be in with the chance of one of three SIGNED copies of the book, scribbled in by the lovely Amie and Jay themselves! I understand your jealousy, but read through the review and then to enter - fill in the form at the bottom of the page!

Please note that before you read this review that I am reviewing this publication for Rock the Boat. I received an advanced readers copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. In no way is my opinion influenced by the fact that I received this free of charge, now onto the review!


Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Rock the Boat Publishing
Format: ARC
Publication Date: October 20th 2016
Pages: 672
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Purchase: The Book Depository / Waterstones

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.
After becoming totally absorbed in the Illuminae Files world from ILLUMINAE, GEMINA was a refreshing reminder of just how epic this series is turning out to be. Amie and Jay are the total dream team who have crafted a fast paced and thrilling pair of novels, crafted in a unique way not yet explored in the YA industry. GEMINA spins it's tale in a similar way to it's predecessor, with it's use of audio transcripts, official documents, instant messaging conversations and many other notable mediums used to tell this journey.
The story contained within GEMINA's pages tells of the story on the space station, Heimdall, during the events of ILLUMINAE, and with it brings a new epic saga of events that drive the forefront of modern Science Fiction. After the worldwide success of ILLUMINAE, GEMINA brings its readers refreshing twists and turns that will leave them gripping the edge of their books in rapid anticipation. Kaufman and Kristoff definitely know the delights of their readers, bringing devastating delight that will cripple their readers with intense emotion and enjoyment.

GEMINA, similarly to ILLUMINAE, introduces us to two main focal characters. Hanna and Nik are both feisty and dynamic characters who are just as refreshing and kick-ass as their predecessor characters were. Whilst not unusual to expect new characters from Kaufman after the alternative perspectives found in her previous Starbound series, it was, dare I say it, illuminating to see a new twist in events in this epic new universe.

Whilst an enjoyable and pleasurable read, don’t take GEMINA for granted. Kristoff and Kaufman are masterminds in disguise, and provide GEMINA readers with thrilling new jump scares hiding around every turn. Leaving no victims living in their bloodthirsty trail, GEMINA takes a whole new twist of gruesome, providing it’s delicious readers with a slight element of horror, so much so that you feel your heart beating tenfold in your chest.

GEMINA shines bright in light of it's predecessor, providing interwoven storylines filled with endless wonder and surprise. Whilst I could easily ramble for ages on how amazing it is, it's only best that you discover it all for yourself. I easily award GEMINA by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff a 5 out of 5 on my classification scale - a truly magnificent piece of literature, told in a refreshing new style that will take the YA world by storm!


In order to assist in exposing you to the wonderful world of GEMINA, the lovely people from Rock the Boat have given me the opportunity to give away three signed copies. Yes, signed copies of GEMINA could be yours! (Bookmarks in the picture not included*)

All you have to do, is follow me on Twitter (@theblogbookshop) and keep your eye out for the giveaway post which will be posted at some point today! As soon as you see it, retweet it! You will be entered into my giveaway, which will last 2 weeks, and be in with the chance of winning a lovely signed edition of the book!

Good luck!

And that is everything we have time for here at The Blogger's Bookshop for this lovely review and giveaway of GEMINA by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff! If you haven't read ILLUMINAE and you're wondering what on earth we are talking about, then definitely go and check it out and enjoy your entrance to this phenomenal new series thats exploding into bookstores worldwide as a number one best seller! And heck, whilst you're about, check out Amie and Jay's previous series too, they're pretty amazing!

Thank you again Rock the Boat for letting me take part in the GEMINA Blog Tour - it's been a pleasure to host the final day!

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