When I got my hands on The Circle I was happy to get to read this month. In fact, at the beginning of the year, I was looking for book-to-movie adaptations coming out this year. The Circle was one of them and I had a good feeling of it. I even liked the trailer and being a Tom Hanks fan I knew I wanted to read it. So finally I finished and I will tell you that the book left me with mixed feelings. So let’s get to the review, shall we?
For those that don’t know what The Circle is about, I will tell you. This book focuses on a young woman in her twenties who gets a job of a life time and goes to work to the most powerful tech company. This company which is called The Circle is a combination of Google, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, Twitter and pretty much most well-known social media sites that continue to innovate. The main character Mae gets the job as a CE(Customer Experience) and must learn the ropes. She also learns about the value of being on social media and being part of a community. Later she learns the company takes sharing to the max and learns what it means to be under control of a tech company looks like.
Like I said from the top I was left with mixed feelings. There were many things I liked about the book. For starters, I like the fact that Dave Eggers built this whole utopian world of a company that rules the world with their innovation, and ideas. But I also like how he built the company’s community. Another thing I enjoyed about the book was how it makes you think. It asks great questions like what happens if a tech company has way too much power. It also covers how much should we be in each other’s lives. Lastly, the idea of transparency within a company, people, and even those in power.
That said I do have my problems with the book. And this is mostly aimed at the characters. When comes to main character Mae I felt she was the most irritating character in the book. She starts off as a quiet, private shy girl without tech skills and gets hired to a tech company. But towards the end of the book, she becomes a self-absorbed person that cares more about gaining an audience and is ok with just being brain-washed. I also did not like the fact she never questions anything about the company and just blinding goes along with everything.
I also think the rest of the characters were really flat and felt one dimensional. I think this is due to the fact that everyone disappears a lot throughout the book and appears when you least expect it. The book also never explains anything except leaves me with questions.
Overall The Circle had its great points to it. And even though I am not a fan of the characters I don’t find the book horrible or dislike it. I found the book very fast paced and it held most of my attention and I liked how it made me think. I also like Dave Eggers built the world that was run by a powerful tech company and showed us what could happen. This was more of a book before a dystopia happens. So that is it for the review on The Circle. Let me know in the comments below on what you think about the book. And what are your thoughts on transparency in the company and do you think there is a point where we draw a line? Until next time keep on reading.
This week I bring you the awesome world of The Shadow Cipher with the first book York by Laura Ruby. This book brings the combination of cipher puzzles, the beauty of architecture in New York and even some steampunk. York was a book that I had so much fun reading. For those.
In the Laura Ruby’s book York, we start off with the mysterious disappearance of the famous Morningstar Twins who were known for their vision of the buildings in New York City. Years later the Twin’s beautiful architecture slowly go away as well. In order to save the legacy of the famous buildings and solve the mystery, one must solve the cipher puzzle.
In modern day, twins Tess and Theo team up with their friend Jamie to solve cipher puzzle in order to save their building after it was bought by a real estate developer. Later do the kids know that this puzzle takes them on an adventure through the city of New York.
I had so much fun reading this book. The took me on an adventure through the city of New York. I also like the mystery surrounding the cipher puzzle which reminds me of National Treasure but with steampunk elements. The book also gave me a much greater appreciation towards architecture and how we must work hard to preserve old buildings.
The book also is fast pace and there is a ton of action throughout. I also liked the three main characters. The twins Tess and Theo are funny. Like there would be moments they will pick on each other in a sibling kind of way where they will say a ton of funny lines which made me laugh to the point where I was in tears. Literally in tears. I also liked how even though the twins pick on each other they still have this greater bond between them. I also liked Jamie because he is geeky, artsy and also smart. Despite not being an expert in cipher puzzles he also has a way of contributing to problem-solving.
Overall I really enjoyed reading York and didn’t find many things I didn’t like about. I personally enjoyed the cipher puzzles and the steampunk elements throughout the story. Lastly, I thought the characters were enjoyable and can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. If you are interested in this book I have links below in the link section. Until my next review keep on reading.
In the second book Wayfarer we continue where we left off. Etta who becomes orphan from time after the events of the last book and ends up meeting a man who claims to be her father. Should she trust him or does he have a hidden agenda? Back to Nicolas who must team up with Sophia after her betrayal and find Etta but also learns more secrets about the Astrolabe. All of the characters are forced to decide the fate of the time travel families and must find a way to save the world from the Ironwoods before its too late.
I was thrilled what I read and was sad to learn it was just a duology. Why? I want the fun to continue. Hopefully, there would be a spin-off or some short stories. The book was different from the first book which had more romance built into the story but in Wayfarer it was more about the adventure and action. This is something I liked about this book. As much as I enjoyed the love story because the first book got too steamy for me and I wanted more fast paced action. In Wayfarer I got what I wanted. There was time travel to different time periods and there was fighting. I also enjoyed seeing my favorite characters including some new faces as well. Overall the book was fun and I can’t wait to read more from Bracken.
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The book takes place in the alternative universe where everyone has what is called a Firstlife. Firstlife is considered the life you start out when entering the world. Than during your life you have to choose where you will end up in the afterlife. In the afterlife there is two realms Myriad and Troika. The both realms are at war and anyone who is entering the aft life must choose a side. Those that haven’t made a chance end up in the darkness of Many Ends. A place you wouldn’t want to end up.
In the story a girl named Tenly also known as Ten refuses to choose a side that her parents want her be so in order to teach her a lesson they send her to an asylum. There she must try to survive and fight for her right to make a choice on where she should end up. At the same time two agents from both realms are sent to convince her to chooses their side. Ten turns out to be a challenge and goes on the lamb. Throughout the story she learns more about the realms and about her safe.
The book turned out to be way better than I originally thought and got to be one of her best so far. After reading her other series “The White Rabbit Chronicles” I wanted to read more from her. Firstlife was super interesting to the point that I knew I should read this. One of my favorite parts of the books is the afterlife part having realms where you can go to. Usually afterlife in books is just heaven but Firstlife was unique twist. I also like the two male characters Killian and Archer who are the agents sent to convince Ten to join their sides. I like the interaction between both characters. From the bad boy Killian to self-righteous Archer who comes across as a knight in shining army.And Ten is a bad ass heroine that does whatever it takes to have the freedom to run her own life. This is something that many people can relate to. I totally recommend this book who like action dystopian type of books with an element of fantasy as well.
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Rachel Caine returned with the second installment from The Great Library series with Paper and Fire. If you haven’t read Ink and Bone and wish to learn more click here for my past review on the book. In this second book we return to Alexandria after the events that happened in the the previous book. Jess and his friends are assigned new jobs. Jess and Glaine is assigned as part of the guard. After his friend Thomas has disappeared after being caught for committing a crime, Jess and his friends must find a way to help save him. At the same time jess must deal with the consequences of turning Morgan in to the The Iron Tower. Throughout the book more secrets are revealed and Jess gets deeper and deeper with the world of the Library. Can anyone get out a live before they are found out?
Soon as the book came out I didn’t hesitated to put on hold at my library and couldn’t wait to read it. After the last book left me with awe and wonder I really couldn’t hide my excite for Paper and Fire. And if you are a fan of stories where characters go to a far off land and go to a school or a new world this is a book for you. Also the book is made for book worms like me. The book was filled with adventure, secrets, conspiracy, and some science fiction elements. I also like the fact that the book takes place in a different part of the world then mine.
On a great weekend like this, it’s great to enjoy some reading time. In fact, it’s a great excuse for keeping out of the sun. This weekend I was taken on a spaceship adventure in the book Zenith which is the first in the Androma Saga co-written by Booktuber Sasha Alsberg and author Lindsey Cummings. I was waiting a long time for this book and was excited to read on my Kindle reader in one sitting.
The book is science fiction book about a legendary Androma the Bloody Baroness who is the captain of the marauder a glass spaceship and rides along with her female comrades. One a normal mission the crew is interrupted by pursuers which including a bounty hunter who wants to capture her. Throughout the book, Androma and her female comrades try to outsmart her chasers but end up in deep water. Later she is forced to take a job in order to save her ship and her crew which forces her team up with the last person on Earth she would want to spend time with.
This is a fun book to read and I actually read it in one sitting. I loved it and can’t wait to read the next part to see how the story continues. I like how the book features strong female leads that can fight and know how to command a ship. The book also is fast-paced and full of action. I especially would like to ride a glass spaceship myself. Well, I hope you guys get a chance to read it and until then keep on reading.
If you are in the mood for a space adventure try picking up Casimir Bridge by Darren D. Beyer. This is a story with space galactic action, mystery, and science. This book was created by author name and this is the first volume in the series. The story revolves around a woman named Mandi who is a reporter who learns about a juicy story that could lead to answers to the mystery surround tragic incident revolving space ships. Soon she finds herself in an adventure after being saved the dashing Grae from her kidnappers. In this adventure, Mandi also gets a ride to space alongside the famous crew alongside the Dauntless ship.
The cover I really like. I am a picky person that can be guilty of judging a book by its cover. The cover for the book was colorful and shows an act of movement. It actually made want to read it and get started right away. I also liked the type treatment and could see it’s a science fiction novel.
For Casimir Bridge itself, I will be honest it has its downs and ups. For the things I liked about the book is that it has an interesting mystery, and the book held me interested to the end. I also felt the creation of the world was well-developed. My other favorite things are that despite have a love interest, the author didn’t rush through it and the romance in the book. I think if there is romance in a series than the author should take their time.
On the downside. The book did have a slow start and many other slow areas where I did dose off. I also felt like there were many things that happened in the book where answers weren’t explained in the book. I also don’t feel like the characters didn’t have much development in the story and were kind of flat throughout. The author didn’t give us enough backstory or show us what the characters were about enough for me to care what happens to them. There was a lot of parts that felt random as well.
The book has a mixture of science fiction, mystery, and action. If you are in the mood to take your summer to the next level with a space trip adventure that this is a book. Until my next book keep on reading.