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The Aurora Cycle

by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Aurora Rising Synopsis:

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the academy would touch . . .

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass tech whiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger-management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem–that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline cases, and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

NOBODY PANIC.

Brief Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved everything about this book. There was plenty of action, and the witty banter was snarky and fantastically done. I loved the relationship dynamics of this unlikely group, and how it all came about. Also, group heists.. yeah they are kind of my favorite. It has multiple POV’s and sometimes I am unable to connect to a single character that way, but this was not the case with this story. I fell in love with each character seperately enablin me to feel a connection to this story unlike many others. LOVE LOVE LOVED this one!

Aurora Burning Synopsis:

First, the bad news: an ancient evil–you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal–is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first.

Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces.

And the cadre of illegit GIA agents with creepy flowers where their eyes used to be, who’ll stop at nothing to get their hands on Auri.

Then there’s Kal’s long-lost sister, who’s not exactly happy to see her baby brother, and has a Syldrathi army at her back. With half the known galaxy on their tails, Squad 312 has never felt so wanted.

When they learn the Hadfield has been found, it’s time to come out of hiding. Two centuries ago, the colony ship vanished, leaving Auri as its sole survivor. Now, its black box might be what saves them. But time is short, and if Auri can’t learn to master her powers as a Trigger, the squad and all their admirers are going to be deader than the Great Ultrasaur of Abraaxis IV.

Shocking revelations, bank heists, mysterious gifts, inappropriately tight bodysuits, and an epic firefight will determine the fate of the Aurora Legion’s most unforgettable heroes–and maybe the rest of the galaxy as well.

Brief Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Excuse me you two… You both are jerk jerky jerks for that ending… Seriously how was I supposed to move on with my life not knowing what is in store for my favorite little sci-fi scooby gang. That was a unnecessary cruel way to end a book. However, you are also evil geniuses .. because that book was a masteriece. 2nd book syndrome in no way plagues this series. I enjoyed this book even more than the first and I gave Aurora Rising 5 stars! The action again was non-stop, and I am pretty sure I have gone through every emotion there is plus maybe some new ones that nobody knows about. Another fantastic read.

Aurora’s End Synopsis:

Is this the end?

What happens when you ask a bunch of losers, discipline cases, and misfits to save the galaxy from an ancient evil? The ancient evil wins, of course.

Wait. . . . Not. So. Fast.

When we last saw Squad 312, they working together seamlessly (aka, freaking out) as an intergalactic battle raged and an ancient superweapon threatened to obliterate Earth. Everything went horribly wrong, naturally.

But as it turns out, not all endings are endings, and the team has one last chance to rewrite theirs. Maybe two. It’s complicated.

Cue Zila, Fin, and Scarlett (and MAGELLAN!): making friends, making enemies, and making history? Sure, no problem

Cue Tyler, Kal, and Auri: uniting with two of the galaxy’s most hated villains? Um, okay. That, too.

Actually saving the galaxy, though? Now that will take a miracle.

Brief Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ok. Ok. ok. I know … how did I go down a whole star for this epic finale. Well… my reasoning is a simple reason. I love love loved the group dynamics so much.. that it was disapointing to me to have them separated almost the entire book. I was so incredibly bummed even while loving the story itself. I wanted to slip back into a pair of comfy pj’s and slippers that I know exactly how they will feel.. I will be warm and comfy in the familiar. Unfortunately,, with them all in different areas working out seperate problems most of the time I felt a disconnect to it. However, that being said, this story was still phenomenal. The sci-fi aspect was taken up about 300 notches … which left me with confusion but still awestruck. I laughed out oud, sobbed in disbelief, and squealed in delight while reading this book. If that is not a sign of a great story than I do not know what is.

Overall Series:

Highly highly recommend! An overall series rating of 4.5 stars is fantastic, and I definitely say READ IT! So sad to see it end, but so happy how everything turned out even if it feels I have ridden an emotional roller coaster that left me dizzy and nauseaus. LOL I think that is a positive thing. Anyway, Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman… great job.. just an amazing series and I am so thankful to have been introduced to it.

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