Review

Warcross by Marie Lu >> Review

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Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA
Pages: 353

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

I’m back with another review, the only one for this month. But better one than none!

I’ve heard so many people talking about Warcross and it is a big thing over on Booktube. But I like books with nerdy theme. I bought it and decided to dive into it after finishing the trilogy I was reading. I was seriously amazed by the book. I’ve never read anything by Marie Lu before but yet, it was great. Her writing style is so good and I like the way she describes things.

I specially like nerdy books with main female character like Emika. Emika could be any of us, seriously. We could all end up struggling to pay the rent one day and then, we won’t really choose how to get money, specially if we live in a city like New York where she does. Emika’s way is to be a bounty hunter and a hacker. (Seriously, I want to learn how to hack *maybe I shouldn’t say this online*) When she hacks the Warcross game at the start of the Championship, she becomes a star over night. She is scared to end up in a jail because why wouldn’t she?! But when she gets the offer to go to the Tokyo, with all her debts payed away and her rent safe, she doesn’t think too much.

The book is fast paced and I could barely put it down (because I need to work). It is also addictive in a way. I would say – addictive just like the Warcross game itself is. Every one of us would probably enjoy living in the Warcross; you can be who you want to, have awesome friendships, dream job, dream house, perfect life. What I liked about the book is it’s futuristic part. Specially in Tokyo and the bigger cities where free Wi-Fi everywhere is a normal and common thing. The technology is going forward every day and maybe in few years, we will have something like Warcross.

There is romance happening in this book, yes, but that’s not the main theme which is nice. Sometimes YA books can be all about romance. Which would be a disappointment about this book. The main theme is Emika and her life and how she deals with balancing work, championship and a blooming relationship.

The characters are very diverse and everyone has a reason to be in the book. Our main character Emika is rainbow haired and tattooed, independent girl which I think is great. Not only it is showing girls that they can be different and independent, it also shows them that they could be something in technology field. We all know that the technology field is still mainly guys’ perspective.

I would recommend this book to everyone who is into Sci-Fi, strong girls, nerdy books and YA.

Rating: 4,5* out of 5

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The Harry Potter Tag

I’ve found this tag on Danielle’s blog and decided it could be cool to do it since I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. So, let’s give it a try.

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WHAT HOUSE ARE YOU IN?

I’m a Ravenclaw and proud one by that. I have always felt like one and I believe I am. Pottermore sorted me into Ravenclaw so let’s trust it.

WHAT IS YOUR PATRONUS?

Tiger according to the Pottermore

WHAT IS YOUR WAND?

Elm wood with unicorn hair core, 10 ¾” in length and unyielding flexibility

WHAT WOULD YOUR BOGGART BE?

Dead family and friends T_T I couldn’t stand that. That would be so bad for me

WHAT POSITION WOULD YOU PLAY IN QUIDDITCH?

None, I would watch it. I am so bad at sports that it is better just to watch it.

WOULD YOU BE A PURE BLOOD, HALF-BLOOD, OR MUGGLE BORN?

I am going to go with your familiarity with the series being the deciding factor for blood status.

Muggles: People who haven’t seen the movies or read the books
Muggle-borns: People who have only seen the movies
Half-bloods: People who have only read the books
Pure Bloods: People who have read the books and seen the movies
Deatheaters: Pure Bloods that look down on Muggle-borns

So, looking at this I’m a Pure Blood.

WHAT JOB WOULD YOU HAVE AFTER GRADUATING HOGWARTS?

I’m not sure; I like doing divination in private life (but with oracle cards) so maybe something with it? O.o

WHICH OF THE DEATHLY HALLOWS WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

The invisibility cloak!!

FAVORITE BOOK?

I will have to choose The Deathly Hallows

LEAST FAVORITE BOOK?

The Chamber of Secrets

FAVORITE FILM?

Deathly Hallows 2

LEAST FAVORITE FILM?

Order of the Phoenix; so much cut out.

FAVORITE CHARACTER?

Luna Lovegood; I love everything about her and her character.

LEAST FAVORITE/MOST HATED CHARACTER?

Dolores Umbridge with no surprise here

FAVORITE TEACHER AT HOGWARTS?

Professor McGonagall!

LEAST FAVORITE TEACHER AT HOGWARTS?

Dolores Umbridge. Was she even a teacher?

DO YOU HAVE ANY UNPOPULAR OPINIONS ABOUT THE SERIES?

I don’t think I do have some

IF YOU COULD SAVE ONE CHARACTER FROM THE FINAL BATTLE, WHO WOULD IT BE?

Fred Weasley! I.. Can we get Fred back? It broke my heart into pieces.

 

I tag my friend Dora over at Berries and Books

Thank you for Reading

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Review: The Princess and The Page by Christina Farley

THE PRINCESS AND THE PAGE COVER

Title: The Princess and The Page
Author: Christina Farley
Genre: Middle-grade, Fantasy
Pages: 227

A dark secret lurks in Keira’s family. She comes from a long line of Word Weavers who bring their stories to life when they use a magical pen. But Keira’s mom is unable to face the truth of the family’s history because the Word Weavers have been hunted for generations for their power. And so, she forbids Keira to write. Oblivious to the family’s secret ability, and angry at her mom’s rule of no fictional writing, Keira discovers her grandma’s Word Weaver pen and uses it to write a story for the Girls’ World fairy tale contest, believing it will bring her good luck. But when Keira decides to have her fairy tale reflect her family’s imperfect life, and has the princess in her story vanquished to a dark tower for eternity, she starts to wonder if anyone ever truly lives happily ever after.

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When Christina contacted me and asked me am I still willing to review her new book, The Princess and The Page, I was totally in for it. Last time I’ve read middle grade book was when I was actually in a middle grade myself so I didn’t know what to expect from the book. But I was pumped to read it. I admit, it took me some time to read it just because I’m currently not really in the reading mood but my goal was to read it before it got officially published (which is on 28th of March).

The idea for the book is on itself amazing and most of the plot is happening in the castle, in France. France as a country is not mine but castles are some other story. I love castles so much so when I’ve heard that plot is happening there, I was more than excited. Everything is going well until some things start happening, people have gone missing.. Keira starts wondering why has it all been happening because she doesn’t know a thing about her family history until one day her mom decides to tell her everything.

I won’t write much of a spoiler cause I know if I continue that I will probably spoil the book totally. I’ve loved Keira’s character. Even with her age she is a strong character and goes for what she thinks it’s right. She tries to make things better as well. I’m happy with how Christina made her character. Also, if the characters were a bit older and there was a bit more fantasy to it, this could’ve been an YA book as well I’m sure. For a middle grade book, it is awesomely written. And, a big plus for me was that it has to do with writing a bit (aside castle, of course).

I gave it 4 out of 5*.

Until the next time,

Ana

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A bit of updates

So, I know I’ve said that I will post more now in 2017 but I have been in slight reading slump and I’m dealing with headaches a lot recently. I will do my best to read more because I have some books on my bookshelf that I want to read and they are staying there for some time already. I also decided that in this year, I want to read more books written by POC, more books about feminist, more books with LGBTQ+ theme. I would like to discover historical fiction as well and continue with my love for chicklit/romance books. I love YA, I love fantasy (fantasy as in Sweep series, Gilded trilogy, Harry Potter..). I hope March will be better reading month and month in general. It is also my birthday month (I will be 25 this year).

With love,
Ana

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Best books read in 2016

The last year has been a bit of a roller coaster and I didn’t update that much but I have been reading. For the first post in 2017, I’ve decided to write what has been my favorite books I’ve read in 2016.

  1. Captive Prince trilogy (Captive Prince, Prince’s Gambit, Kings Rising) by C.S.Pacat
  2. The Job Blower by Melinda de Ross
  3. Love from Paris by Alexandra Potter
  4. None of the above by I.W.Gregorio
  5. Balefire by Cate Tiernan
  6. The yoga of Max’s discontent by Karan Bajaj
  7. Little shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan
  8. Girl hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe
  9. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  10. Meet me at cupcake cafe by Jenny Colgan

This is my list of my top 10 books of last year.

Captive Prince trilogy deserved the first place. I’ve read it more than once and I just loved the plot, the characters, universe it was set in. I was blown away by this trilogy; I’ve cried, I’ve laughed, I was angry. I will be re-reading this series again this year, I’m sure.

The Job Blower is the book that reminded me how much I love chick lit again. I’m sucker for a romance. I liked the main character and the way Melinda told the story was really interesting. It made me laugh so many times.

Love from Paris is awesome romance book with awesome cover. I know, we should not judge book by it’s cover but seriously. Alexandra described Paris so nicely that it made me want to visit it badly (even tho, I don’t like Paris or France).

None of the above was the first (and only) book I’ve read with intersex main character. It was eye opening. I am big supporter of LGBTQ+ people so I want to read more books on this topic this year (LGBTQ+ and intersex).

See you soon!

Ana

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Absence and lack of motivation

So, there has been some things going on. Mostly my depression that has been acting up past few months. I’m currently trying to look for help so that I can get better. Depression also meant lack of reading since I’m not in the mood to read. Depression also means lack of motivation to do things. I have a book review in draft but it has been so long since I have read a book and I will need to re-read the book but it doesn’t matter, maybe that one will bring me back my reading mood. I hope for that! And I totally hope that with holidays I will get more motivation to read and write on this blog. Because I want this blog to succeed. As well as my writing that I’ve been trying to do. I won’t go into details about it but it is most likely a YA project. ^^ Let’s hope for the best.

With love,

Ana

Review

Review: The Job Blower by Melinda de Ross

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Title:
The Job Blower

Author: Melinda de Ross
Genre: Romance, chicklit
Pages: 166
Camilla Jackson is an ordinary young woman with an extraordinary knack for attracting disaster. When she is fired from her job as a secretary at a law firm, she realizes she has no idea what she wants to do next. Every job she does land ends up tragi-comically.
But when she meets the drop-dead-gorgeous journalist, Carter Evans, her life seems to brighten. Until she discovers that he hides some very deep and painful scars.
It remains to be seen if she will be able to help him heal and, in the process, find her own path in life. That is, if she manages to overcome her accident prone nature, which gets her into serious trouble…
THE JOB BLOWER is a lighthearted, laugh-out-loud Romantic Comedy, the kind of book that you will keep in your bookshelf and reread to brighten your days and spice up your nights.

Review:
I am back with yet another review of Melinda’s books. I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to be the first one to actually get e-book version of this book because it sounded so funny. And trust me, when you give me funny, romance and chick lit book, I’m all about it. Knowing Melinda’s writing style, I knew I won’t regret it.
The book starts off with Camilla getting fired for something she did yet again. Oh well, being in your 20s, living on your own and losing a job is never a good combo. So she tried to find any job possible (and I mean any). Even if she has some success, she blows every job.
On the other hand, she meets Carter. Oh yes, that sexy Carter (hey, at least he looks sexy in my eyes/mind). They meet by accident but them falling in love is not accident. He helps her to deal with herself a lot as much as she helps him fall in love again and open up himself. I would love to tell you more about how they got close but I don’t think I could do it without spoiling a book and that’s something I wouldn’t like to do.
As much as this is a chick lit book to me it wasn’t like the usual ones. I don’t know, Melinda has some kind of effect on me that her books always keep me turning the pages (hell, I’ve read this book in like 2 and half hours and on my E-reader app it had around 280 pages). Her characters are well written and well detailed and you just meet them through the book. It is not like she gives you everything you will find out about the character all at once. You get hooked with the characters and their life and just the way they are. You get the know the characters slowly as if you are meeting an actual person. Which is what I really like. I like to get to know the character slowly, it feels like I’m meeting a friend. At least, that’s what I like about the books. What I also like about the way she is writing her characters is, you are not able to predict their moves and what they are going to do next. When I’m able to predict things, it just ruins everything for me.
Now, don’t think that there is huge action happening on the each freaking page as in; oh my god, they are travelling somewhere, they are having sex or something else. No, there is something else that keeps your eyes and mind on the book. I think that it is how Melinda is making characters so real life. Yes, there are some typical bookish elements but somehow and sometimes you are able to feel like it can happen to any person out there. It just keeps you going.
My last thoughts are that Melinda should have a lot more readers than she already has. She deserves it, trust me. So if you are looking for the new summer read or you like chicklit and romance genre in general, try out with this book. I don’t think you will regret it.

Rating: ***** (5 out of 5)

Best regards,
toyangi aka Ana