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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas Book Review

If you are in the mood for fae than I got a book for you. I recently finished reading A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. This is the third book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses. If you haven’t read the first book, I have a book review for you to check out. This third and final book kept me at my seat every step of the way.

  • Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
  • Author: Sarah J. Maas
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 720
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
  • Goodreads: Here
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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

A Court of Wings and Ruin brings us back to the world of Pythian and continues the events from A Court of Mist and Fury. In this book, Feyre returns to the Spring Court and has to pretend she is in love with Tamlin. While pretending to be in love with Tamlin, Feyre must collect information in order to bring down King Hybern and Tamlin’s Spring Court in order to win the war against evil and save those she loves the most. But, will playing this dangerous game of deception go well? How much Feyre has to go before losing herself?

BOOK REVIEW:

This book was a roller coaster of emotions. I couldn’t stop reading it and in fact, when I finished it a few days ago I noticed that my clock read 2’o clock in the morning. Even though Sarah J. Maas already built the whole fairy world in ACOMAF, she wasn’t done and had more to add. I appreciated seeing new characters and the other part of the world I didn’t get to see.

As for the characters, I enjoyed seeing how much Feyre change throughout the whole trilogy. I enjoyed seeing how Feyre moved from her traumas and become stronger. She actually is now a force to be reckoned with. Watch out Tamlin.

Another part of the book that I enjoyed is the action and war scenes. I liked most of the fight action sequences between the characters. Just the let you know that the book mostly focuses on going to war and being in the war. I enjoyed that the war wasn’t glorified but the book should it’s ugly side and show how much it affects the characters.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and Sarah J. Maas didn’t disappoint me in any way. And I am also looking for to reading more from her and might even give Throne of Glass a try. Well, that is my review. If you are interested in picking it up I have the links below and until next time keep on reading.

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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

If you are someone looking for something that has a combination of time travel, magic, and characters that team up to take on a heist than continue listening. I recently finished reading The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. Lisa Maxwell is well-known books like Unhooked and Sweet Unrest.

  • Title: The Last Magician
  • Author: Lisa Maxwell
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 512
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Goodreads: Here
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Synopsis:

The Last Magician takes place in modern New York and where magic is slowly coming to extinction at the same time the city is surrounded by an invisible force field called the Brink.The Brink keeps anyone with magician inside and keeps it from leaving. And if someone with magic gets near this leads to a painful consequence. And this Brink was created by a dark secret society called The Order who hates anything with magic and wants to use the Brink to destroy magic forever.

While this is going on, we focus the story on Esta who is a talented thief. Esta has the power to time travel and to slow down time which helps her with taken dangerous jobs. So, int he stories she ends up taking a job that takes her to the year of 1908 where she must still an ancient text that could help destroy the Brink and take down the Order forever. Things go well until she gets stuck in the past and she must team up with a gang lead by Dolph Saunders(our other main character) and steal the text. At the same, Esta must keep it away from the mysterious man known as The Last Magician from getting it. Can’t Esta handle this one job? Well, check out the book to find out.

Book Review:

I had so much fun reading this book. Ever since I saw the cover months ago I knew that this would be a book that I would totally enjoy. And the cover didn’t fail me. The book was fast pace, held my interest and was just a burst of surprises. I loved the combination of magic, time travel, and groups of characters that go on a heist. If you like movies like Now You See Movie, The Prestige or The Illusionist along with books like Six of Crows than this is a book to check out. This book has magical illusions like the movies but the darkness of Six of Crows. Along with the fact that the book takes places in a grime city.

The book also had awesome characters two. I especially enjoyed the leading female protagonist who was both talented and funny at the same time. I also liked the fact that even if she has special abilities that she isn’t super dependent on them. Esta is pure smart and actually is good with just her smarts, and talents. Alongside that, she also adds comic relief throughout the book.

Lastly, the book also gives your a magical world alongside time travel which both has its own rules and limitations. I like that the author did that and added the element of alchemy and made this world feel realistic if it was in 1908.

Overall I enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see another installment. I really enjoyed the magic and the heist. As well as the characters that kept my interest going. And if you are totally interested in checking it out yourself the links will be below. Until next time keep on reading.

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare Book Review

I am back with another book review. I was happy to finally to get my hands on Lord of Shadows. For those don’t know this already I am a hardcore fan of Cassandra Clare’s books and I love anything Shadowhunter related. After reading Lady Midnight I was sucked into the world of Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn and now with the follow-up Lord of Shadows, I grew to love The Dark Artifices even more. If you haven’t read Lady Midnight I do have a book review on that book here for you to check it out.

  • Title: Lord of Shadows
  • Author: Cassandra Clare
  • Series: The Dark Artifices
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 720
  • Goodreads: Here
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Synopsis:

In the Lord of Shadows, we pick where we left off from the events of Lady Midnight. First Emma is deeply in love with Julian but because it’s forbidden for Parabatai to be together in that, Emma must pretend to be in a relationship with Mark. But, this is the least of their troubles when everyone finds out about the Black Volume of the Dead. In the process, Julian makes a dangerous bargain with the sneaky Seelie Queen which may have its out consequences. On top of this, a group of Shadowhunters called the Cohort who hates Downworlders wants to take over the Los Angeles Institute and spread their harsh laws. Lastly, to top the icing on the cake another threat arises when the Unseelie King wants the Black Volume of the Dead and will stop at nothing have himself.

Review:

I thought that most dangerous thing in the Shadowhunter world was Valentine, Sebastian, and just demons. But I was wrong, in fact, I think demons was the easiest thing to deal with for the Shadowhunters. There so much happening in this book, that I wonder how anyone goes to sleep at night knowing you have to watch your backs.

The book is a roller coaster ride of emotions, action, and thrills. Everywhere I turn there is something that keeps my attention and made it hard for me to put it down. I also enjoyed the world building in this book. I actually the fact that in this book we got to learn more about fairies and see more of their world because in the other series she has written we don’t get a lot of fairies scenes as much. Another thing that enjoyed about the book is the fighting combat scenes that add another punch.

I love the characters. I like the interaction between Emma and Julian and how they always have each other’s back no matter what. Even when they are having a fight or what not they are still Parabatai I also like Julian who will do anything to protect his family and to keep everyone together. Another character that caught my attention was Kit who was introduced in Lady Midnight who was also known as The Last Herondale. I like how he starts out as an outcast but then slowly finds his way. I hope in the next book he overcomes he struggles and gets a spin-off.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and had so much fun. And in fact, I wait so long to read it and now I have I know I have great hopes for what’s to come in the next book. Cassandra Clare’s books keep getting better and I hope the world of Shadowhunters don’t end.

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