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Warcross by Marie Lu @PenguinTeenCA @PutnamBooks @Marie_Lu #Warcross

Genre: YA, Sci-Fi

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Every locked door has a key.

Every problem has a solution.

Sci-Fi is not a genre I typically read, but every now and then I like to read something out of my comfort zone. Aside from the pretty unicorn-coloured font, this book received a lot of hype on Instagram. Of course, I was curious and had to see it for myself.

WOW! This book was wild! It was full of action and beautiful scenery. At one point, I seriously wished it was a graphic novel cause I could only imagine how awesome the graphics would be.

I loved Emika and her style! I totally dug her rainbow coloured hair!!

I have to say, I had Zero figured out pretty early on, but it didn’t take from the excitement of the story. 🙂

I’m definitely going to be reading Wildcard! I can’t wait to see what happens next!!

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.

ADD IT TO YOUR TBR: Goodreads

Have you read it? What did you think?

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Book Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows @HarperTeen @CynthiaHand @BrodiAshton

Genre: YA, Historical Fiction

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What It’s About..
Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

My Thoughts..

Don’t eat the messenger.

I have to say, it’s hard to write this review without giving too much away! But I will warn you that I’m about to go in quote overdrive cause there were so many good ones!

Even though there were parts that were slow, this book was hilarious and a lot of fun to read. It was such a comedic take on Lady Jane & Kind Edward. If learning history back in high school was this entertaining, I would have definitely paid more attention!

At this point, G realized he’d just asked a ferret what the dog said

The Characters..

There were lots of strong female characters in this story! Made some of the men look weak
Jane

I love how strong-willed she was and her passion for reading!!

Who on earth could feel comfortable enough to sleep in a room with no books?

Edward

He was so innocent!

There was so much he wanted to do with his life. First off, he wanted to kiss a girl, a pretty girl, the right girl, possibly with tongue.

Bess (Elizabeth)

She was such a great sister! One with beauty and brains.
Gifford aka G

and by the way, the guy you’re marrying is actually a stud. Literally.

Horse by day, human at night. He was truly the perfect match for Jane. She liked books, he loved writing poetry.

Gracie

Omg..I loved her. From her black curls, to her fighting skills! She was my fave. 😊

THE VILLAINS

Of course, every good story has a great villain. In this case, there was more than one.
Mary

Her and the Queen of Hearts would make perfect besties.

The only time he ever saw Mary enjoy herself was when some traitor was beheaded or some poor Edian got burned at the stake.

Lord Dudley

He was such a two-faced bitch! I seriously wanted to chop his head off.

If you could be any animal (non-mythical), what would you be?

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber #YALit @SGarberGirl @Flatironbooks

“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world.”

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Genre: YA, Fantasy

Publication Date: Jan 31, 2017

Publisher: Flatiron Books

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What It’s About..

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

My Thoughts..

I know there are few that would beg to differ, but for me this book was dark and magical. Nothing like anything I’ve ever read! I felt like I was Alice in Wonderland, in a world that was splendid, yet didn’t make any sense.

“Remember, don’t let your eyes or feelings trick you.”

I do have to say that there was one character that bothered me, and it was Scarlett. While I don’t blame her for being secluded on an island & sheltered by her father, I found her rather annoying at times. She was incredibly naïve and hopeless..the opposite of the strong female leads I’m used to. But on the same note, it was very refreshing. Even though she was weak (in my opinion), her will and determination to finish the game and find her sister were admirable. I particularly liked Julian. He may have appeared to be a bit of a ladies’ man in the beginning, but he had a lot of redeeming qualities as the story progressed and quickly became my favourite character.

This story had it all in my opinion: adventure, tragedy, mystery & happy endings..

Personally, I loved this book and can’t wait to read the next installment!!

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think? Who was your favourite or not-so favourite character?

Any plans to read Legendary?