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Warcross by Marie Lu Book Review

I have been meaning to pick up a book by Marie Lu but always postponed it. You know how it is…you keep saying “Oh I will read it. Eventually” but then months go before you touch it. So, recently I went to the National Book Festival in D.C. and then got to see Marie Lu speak. She talked about her writing and her books. Marie Lu also talked about her latest book Warcross and this peeked my interest so much I knew I had to pick this one up when it comes out. This is sci-fi thriller is great for anyone interested in gaming and wanted to read a book that involves in that world.

  • Title: Warcross
  • Author: Marie Lu
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 368
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

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I have been meaning to pick up a book by Marie Lu but always postponed it. You know how it is…you keep saying “Oh I will read it. Eventually” but then months go before you touch it. So, recently I went to the National Book Festival in D.C. and then got to see Marie Lu speak. She talked about her writing and her books. Marie Lu also talked about her latest book Warcross and this peeked my interest so much I knew I had to pick this one up when it comes out. This is sci-fi thriller is great for anyone interested in gaming and wanted to read a book that involves in that world.

BOOK SYNOPSIS:

The world of Warcross takes place in the future where there is this new high tech popular game called Warcross. And this game takes you into the world of Virtual Reality. In fact, all you need is goggles and you can play the game. And in this game people battle each other into teams and win fame, prizes, and bragging rights. So in this book, we focus our attention on a bounty hunter named Emika Chen. Emika makes a living getting hired to hunt down criminals who use Warcross to commit a crime like gambling and so on. Despite this, Emika struggles to keep up with the climbing debt so in desperation she decides to hack into Warcross game in hopes to make money.

Things take a turn when Emika gets caught hacking the game but things get stranger when she gets a call from the main CEO of Warcross. Next thing you know she is hired to go undercover as a player in order to find the mysterious hacker Zero who is planning to do something malicious in the game. Will Emika find a way to stop Zero before his plan happens?

BOOK REVIEW:

This book is amazing. It takes you into high stakes world Warcross. Marie Lu creates this world and makes you feel like you are in it and want to try out this game. I enjoyed the gaming sequences through where the character is playing the game. The book also takes into the dark world of technically and makes feel like I’m in another world. This book also is fast-paced and will have you flipping the pages like crazy to see what is going to happen next. I also like the suspenseful feeling of not knowing what will happen next. This world of Warcross is so deadly.

As for the main character Emika Chen, I think she made this story. She has got to be one of my favorite female characters I read about this year. She is smart, a total bad ass that has a moment where she pulls the gutsy moves and I like how there are many layers to her. I see her grow as a character through the series and can’t wait to see her in the next book.

Overall, I was really amazed by the book and happy that I finally got to read a book by Marie Lu. And even though I might wait awhile till the next Warcross book to come out, I am still happy that there are other Marie Lu books that can keep me busy.

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Book Review

Recently I fell into the world Leigh Bardugo’s when I read the Six of Crows Duology. I fell in love the dualogy and just couldn’t get enough of the world and wanted more from the Grishaverse. So, in order to fill the need, I decided to dive into the Grisha Trilogy. This trilogy is a mixture of royalty, magic and a character who must believe in herself in order to defeat the villain that wants power.

  • Title: Shadow and Bone
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Page Count: 358
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

The first book in the Grisha Trilogy is called Shadow and Bone. This book is about a girl named Alina who lives in the country named Ravvak. And they are at war with many other countries but must fight against a hidden force called the Fold. Alina joins the military with her friend who she has strong feelings for. On a mission to the Shadow Fold things go wrong they get attacked. So, Alina ends up saving her friend which causes her to expose her power that she didn’t know existed. This gets the attention by the Grisha and the Darkling who takes her to the Palace to train to be a Grisha to help save the people of Ravvak. Soon, Alina learns secrets and how she must learn to believe in her self if she wants to save everyone.

BOOK REVIEW:

I will say that when I read Six of Crows I got a little taste of the Grisha elements and wanted to learn more. When I read Shadow and Bone, it was the focus on mostly the world of Grisha. There were people with magical abilities, strange creepy creatures that come out at night, a strong villain that you love to hate but can’t and a lovable main female character that makes you cheer you on. I really enjoyed the world Grisha from the magical aspects but also the world itself. It’s royal, glamorous and elegant. There is a lot of beauty but with the elements of secrets in every corner.

As for Alina, I really adored her. She isn’t the strong person in the book. She is pretty much your underdog, that wants to prove to herself and the world that she can do it. And I like how she keeps on trying to learn to be a Grisha. I also the moments when she is also funny and dorky. As for the Darkling. He is a very complex character with many sides. Someone you might want to watch for in the book who has loads of personality. He is dark, handsome, seductive but also someone who kind of catches you off guard. I won’t give too much away because I don’t want to spoil it.

Overall, I was happy I finally got the chance to read this last month and truly believe that Leigh Bardugo wrote a masterpiece. I loved it from the world to the characters that make me either tear up or want to get mad at. I can’t wait to continue this trilogy and see more. And if you are interested in checking out the book, I will have links below and until next time keep on reading.

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green Book Review

After the Fault in Our Stars, I become an immediate fan of John Green’s work. I even enjoyed Looking for Alaska. So, when I learned about his new book Turtles All the Way Down was coming out I was stoked. And now that I have to be marked on my calendar. And now I just finished reading it and in this review, I will be talking about my thoughts on Turtles All the Way Down.

  • Title: Turtles All The Way Down
  • Author: John Green
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 286
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

In Turtles ALl the Way Down, the book focuses on a teenage girl named Aza who goes on a mystery hunt along with her friend Dasy and try to find out what happened to the disappearance of a Billionaire. The Billionaire let say was supposed to go to trial and disappeared out of now one. But, he did leave two clues he left his sons behind to pick up the pieces. Aza and Daisy use that opportunity to dig up clues in hopes find out what happened and hope to get the reward in return.At the same time, the story also focuses on the friendship between Aza and Davis the billionaire’s son. As well, the story focuses on the struggles Aza has to go through when dealing with her mental illness.

BOOK REVIEW:

The book was actually better than what I thought. I really enjoyed the book. Maybe not as much as The Fault in Our Stars, which by the is one of my all-favorite books but its up there. I really enjoyed that fact that the book focuses on many subplots throughout the book and how they somehow connect in a way. For one the main focuses were on the mysterious disappearance of the billionaire and trying to see how it would unfold can’t me feeling suspenseful. I like the fact that the book mostly just made us the readers ask “what happened to him?”, “Why did he leave?” and “What’s happens next?”.

Another part of the story was two main characters Aza and Davis. I like how throughout the book seeing how the relationship between them develop. I like how they are some much alike and can relate. I also like the way they communicate and how they accept each other. I think one of my favorite things about Green’s characters is how they are so real and just really smart characters in their own way. But at the same time, they have their own flaws.

Lastly, the book lets you step inside the world of Aza who throughout the book deals her own mental illness. I also like how much it makes you think and how the book shows us on how the rest of the worlds reacts to that person.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Turtles All the Way Down and how easy, relatable it is. If you interesting in checking out this book I will have the links below and also near the picture above. And until my next post keep on reading.

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NaNoWriMo Day 1 and Day 2

I am probably late to announce this but this month I will participate in the 2017 Nanowrimo this year. I was really excited and just thrilled to be doing it this year. For years I had this idea in my head that I felt like needs to be a novel. And trust me I am one of those people who kept putting off writing a novel and had some unlucky attempts. But this year I know I wanted to be a part of it and ever since I joined Booktube I been willing to take on new challenges without fear.

During the last week of October, I took the time to prepare for the Nanowrimo. I know I should’ve started with Preptober at the beginning of the month especially for a fantasy novel but I been super busy with going to festivals and my ever-growing list of review requests. But, either way, I decided to start preparing for it regardless and when the day comes I will keep going either way. Ready or not I hear I come.

On the first day of the Nanowrimo, I jumped up from my sleep and rushed to get ready for the day. I even got my notes, my laptop, and a very comfy chair to sit on. “I am ready,” I said. And then was ready. Though sadly, I forgot to stock up on treats at least I got Halloween candy. Not my personal preferences but I made due with what I got. Note to self-prepare the snack prior to Nanowrimo.

For my first day of progress, I got so much done. In fact, I wrote more than what I thought I could. I thought I was going to struggle and not make it more than 1,000 words but I exceeded my own expectations and wrote more than 4,000 words the first day. I am feeling like proud of myself and feel like I had a great start for the Nanowrimo.

On the second day of the Nanowrimo, I was even more psyched to get to my laptop. Can say that Google Docs is awesome? I love it because it’s browser-based and I can use it on any computer. And it’s cloud based so you know easily accessed. That said, I decided to take my writing to the library and work there for a few hours. There I got a few chapters in until my laptop’s battery started dying on me and I got extremely hungry so I decided to go back home. There I was worked and drank tons of coffee. Colombian Coffee, please? By the end of that day I wrote about three new chapters and now I am feeling that this novel is doable.

So, are you enjoying the Nanowrimo so far? Well, if you are participating in it let me know how you are doing? Let know what kind of novel you’re writing? And until my next update keep on reading.

November 2017 TBR

Hi, guys welcome back to another monthly TBR. So, it’s getting close to the holiday season and close to the end of the year so I wanted to make this month count. So this month, I will be reading less than usual because I will be participating in the Nanowrimo and might now be able to read twenty books in the month. So get started with my TBR List…

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Starting off the month with the new John Green is back. Since the first time I read a book of his I knew I am an automatic fan of his work. And when I heard he was coming out with another book I knew I had to mark my calendar and put it on hold when it’s available. And now I finally got my hands on it ready to read.

Warcross by Marie Lu

I recently got the chance to see Marie Lu at the National Book Festival in D.C. and I really enjoyed her writing process and about what inspires. She talked about Warcross which got me excited to pick it up. So, now I will be reading. I will be honest this is my first book from hers and I can’t wait.

Warcross by Marie Lu

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

Another book I will be reading this month is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Originally it was supposed to be part of the TBR list for last month but I didn’t get to it so I will be reading it this month. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Ash and QUill by Rachel Caine

To end this list I will be read Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine. If you have read The Great Library Trilogy yet it is a great trilogy for anyone who loves books and libraries. I do have the review on Ink and Bone(first book in the trilogy) on this blog if you wish to learn more about the book. I am excited for this one because I been waiting all year for it.

Ash And Quill by Rachel Caine

That it for this month’s TBR List. Let me know in the comments what you will be reading this month. Until my next post keep on reading.

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Buy Warcross
Buy Ash and Quill
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Caraval by Stephanie Garber Book Review

When I saw the cover for Caraval I knew I had to read this. I also been wanting to read a book with a Carnival type of story and thought why not? Caraval is a book by Stephanie Garber and this is the first in the duology. This book has a combination of magic, and puzzles with an element of mystery to solve.

  • Title: Caraval
  • Author: Stephanie Garber
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 407
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Caraval focuses on the character Scarlet who lives with sister on an island. Scarlet and her sister Tella must grow up living with her very abusive father who just sees them as property. Scarlet dreams of one day going to the magical world of Caraval which is a fantastic show where people go and play a game in order to win a major price. So, Scarlet wants its so badly so she spends most of her life writing letters to the mysterious Legend who owns the Caraval.

Years later when Scarlet is seventeen her father wants to marry the mysterious Count who she hasn’t met. At the same time, Scarlet finally receives a letter from Legend. So, despite her father…Scarlet, Tella and with the help of a sailor named Julian to run off to the world of Caraval.

There at Caraval, Scarlet’s sister goes missing and in order to get her sister back, Scarlet must play the game that this world holds. Thinking it would be a simple task turns out to be more than just a game of risk, secrets, and consequences. Will Scarlet get her sister back?

REVIEW:

This book was really enjoyable to read. I really enjoyed the concept of Caraval and the combination of magic and puzzles. I also enjoyed seeing the world come alive. If you like books with magic, and whimsical elements than this is a book to check out. In fact, most of the book describes Caraval as magical, and colorful. It’s actually somewhat dreamlike.

I also enjoyed some of the mysterious elements throughout the book with all the clues. The clues that lead you closer to winning the major the prize. I also like the idea of being careful with your choices or you may face the consequences.That said, I would’ve liked to have seen more Carnival elements within the book. The fact that the book made it seem like some big show, the book lacked any Carnival elements. I would’ve liked to see more characters that would feel like you are at a Carnival. Maybe jugglers, clowns, or acrobat? I also have seen much of the actual competition. It felt like this game was more a passive MMORPG game that people just show up and have fun.

As for the characters, I am left with mixed feelings. On the one handle, I like seeing the main character go through a transformation in the book. At the beginning of the book, we meet a scary, shy, and broken Scarlet and see how she learns to find her strength in the book. I also like how she would do anything for the sister and would make the hard choices to get her back.

But even though I do like Scarlet, as a character she does have some flaws in the book. At times Scarlet can be naive and can be overly trusting at times in situations where she should have asked questions. I also didn’t really like the love interest in the book. I feel like Julian could’ve used more of a backstory and be developed more. I feel like Julian was half developed and just gave us more questions about who he was.

Overall, I did really enjoyed this story and loved all the magical element and the dark mystery throughout the book. Despite that, I hope some of the supporting characters and some of the questions that were present in the story could be answered in the next book. Well, if you interested in checking out the book I do have the link below. And until my next post keep on reading.

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman Book Review

When I first heard of The Magicians it was on TV. I saw the trailers and it was like “what is that?”. So, when I knew that it was based on a book and heard so much I knew that this must book a great book. Really was it? Well, after attending the Fall for Books Festival and seeing Lev Grossman(author) speak it convinced me that this was a must-read.

  • Title: The Magicians
  • Author: Lev Grossman
  • Year Published: 2009
  • Page Count: 402
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

BOOK SYNOPSIS:

The book is about a boy named Quentin who dreams of adventure and spends most of his time wishing to be in the same world that his favorite series takes place in…Fillory. Sadly, he is in Brooklyn and all he wants to do is leave his life. But how will he find happiness? Well, by taking an exam and getting into a college for Magicians. So, when Quentin gets enrolled at a college called Brakebills he must learn the world of Magic and that magical world takes him on an adventure he been waiting for.

BOOK REVIEW:

I didn’t think I would enjoy the book as much as I did. The book draws its inspiration from Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia like the part of a magical school and the magical doorways that take you into another world. Other than that the book is its own story. I like how the book despite it being about magic it makes you feel like what a really magical college would be like if you went to one. I also like how the book question is what magic is, and the laws behind it.

For the characters, I like complex and unique the characters were and how the story is driving by it. I like Quentin is relatable it can be defined as the depressed kid that struggles with finding his place in the world. But somehow he is learning about who he is and must decide how he must live it. Alongside Quentin, the other characters get their chance to shine and stand. I like how even though there was a lot of characters they don’t get totally forgotten or underdeveloped.

As the writing style, I get a sense of a C.S. Lewis and Tolkien influence and I like how the author can describe the world and make it feel real without getting to carried away with the long history of the world. I think he is probably saving it for the other two books.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and how real the world in the book feels. I like who each detail was thought out. So, if you are interested in checking out the book I do have links below the post and top. And until next time keep on reading.

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