Monday, January 22, 2018

Warcross (Warcross #1) & Signed Copy Giveaway

                Hello happy readers.  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I know I did.  I got to go up and visit a fellow blogger friend, Bogdana the Booknerd, where we attended the Marie Lu event and then got to do out Christmas.  This is progress last year we didn't get to do Christmas until March so big steps!  We also got the chance to discuss our plans for revamping our reading group, Perpetual YA Bookworms and hope you will join us this year.  That said the Marie Lu event was one of the main reasons for the trip as she had the release of the new Batman:  Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) but also mid last year she also had the release of Warcross (Warcross #1) both of which I have read and very much enjoyed.  So having finished Warcross before the event and my Twitter poll on which one to get for a giveaway was at a tie I went with Warcross.  The giveaway will be at the bottom of the post with all the details.  First my thoughts on the book itself.

Rating:  5 Stars

                Warcross isn't just a game but a way of life.  The ten year obsession that spans the world is a place of escape from reality.  It's also a way to make a profit.  Hacker struggling to get by Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet illegally.  Like most things the world is competitive and not always easy.  Needing quick cash fast Emika risks a hack of the opening game of the international Warcross Championships, only she accidently glitches herself into the game and becomes an overnight sensation.  Not exactly subtle.  Convinced she's going to jail Emika is surprised when instead she gets a job offer and a wild card spot to this years tournament.  Warcross creator and young billionaire Hideo Tanaka wants her to play but also help discover a security problem, much like the one she exploited when she glitched in.  Swept up in the fame and fortune of this world she quickly uncovers much less glamorous plot that would have major consequences for all of Warcross. 

                Emika is in a difficult spot trying to make it in the world.  Things are not easy and despite how hard she tries her past has put a bit of a damper on her ability to make ends meet.  So after a series of disappointments she makes a split second decision to try and make a play to help herself.  And her anonymity goes out the window as everyone suddenly knows who she is.  So when the Warcross company contacts her….a lot….she isn't surprised.  What does surprise her is the offer to fly her to headquarters and offer her a job rather and punishment for her breach.  Even more amazing is that she gets to talk to, and is on the way to meet, Hideo Tanaka, Warcross creator and boy genius who she has had a crush on since she first started coding.  The job seems straight forward: she'll participate in the game and get all the perks of being a player in the tournament but she is also to work from within to try and find this security breach.  She is on a bounty hunt with much higher stakes and the prize is well over any bounty she's took on before.  But hunting in the shadows is a bit more difficult than she originally thought.

                Emika is really easy to like.  She has had a tough run at things and despite her less than legal actions at times she has a good heart.  But as amazing a character as I found her I say the biggest character in the book was Warcross.  It is not only a game but a way of life.  Glasses you wear all the time as everything comes up with a second layer.  This is so amazing and futuristic but at the same time something that we could end up with a version of in our lifetime which is kind of amazing.  The intricate world that is described just blew me away and for a book that isn't super long this is a huge thing.  One I think Lu manages so well in her books.  So yes all the different worlds within Warcross and what it is capable of just astounds me.  So it's almost like adding in fun and vivid characters like Emika and Hideo are just icing on the cake.  Hideo is a rather complex character himself as he is guarded and a bit closed off but we get to see more about him as we get deeper into the story.  He is very focused and likes to build and fix things. 

                Plus that doesn’t even mention her team in the game.  Because the game itself, her cover, is amazing.  All the press and parties sure but the games themselves.  Training to get up to the proper level with everyone being an unknown she is behind on many areas but while it is a cover she doesn't want to let her team down.  I loved that aspect.  That she was good at it but she did have to train, she wasn't just an instant know it all.  She had to learn the higher levels like others who have been playing on them have done.  Plus while I knew it was virtual and all it didn't take away a single moment of action in the games.  As the attacks happen I was just as invested and concerned if they were really injuring one another because the VR is that intense in the book and really pulls you into it.  Everything is very in the moment. 

                 Another thing I found really compelling in this book is the play on right and wrong.  Lu is great at having characters who are on either side but she also has this amazing talent for walking the grey line.  This is something the characters play with yes, but also the idea of technology.  When one side is fighting to destroy it to understand their actions you learn a different side of things than you normally would have.  I liked this back and forth on if technology was good or bad.  Can we as flawed humans really be in charge of something so powerful?  At the signing Lu mentioned something along those lines as well and I found that to be something the resonated in the book and I have no doubt will continue to be a factor in the sequel. 

                I really enjoyed this book and I think it is my favorite book by the author yet and that is saying something since I haven't disliked a single thing.  Still I am super excited for the sequel which at the moment doesn't have a title, cover, or release date, though I do have my suspicions.  That said I am thrilled to have a SIGNED copy of Warcross to giveaway.  All the ways to enter are in the option below and I'll leave it open until Friday 2/2/18.  Good luck! 


                Until next time…
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Saturday, January 20, 2018

~Stacking the Shelves #38~

                Welcome to Stacking the Shelves was created by Tynga and the full details can be found on her page.  Basically you showcase the books you bought or received each week.  Little, or not so little, weekly book hauls.  I finally got to do Christmas with my one friend and she has been hording my call in orders for some book events I couldn’t attend for me.  So lots of goodies!!!

Physical Books:
Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor
Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare

Now these are from events I missed but my friend Bogdana was awesome enough to get my copies signed for me!
Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco
Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

Belated Christmas Goodies:
The Last Magician  by Lisa Maxwell- this is perfect as this is the February book Bogdana, of Bogdana the Booknerd,  and I will be reading for our Goodreads read along group Perpetual YA Bookworms. We hope you'll join in! 
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Audiobooks:
Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

E-Books Review:
Clockmaker by Kristen Brand


                Still I got lots of goodies for my house which I am beyond thankful for.  Share a link below with what goodies you got this week.  Tomorrow I plan to announce my challenges and bookish goals for 2018 so check back by then!

Friday, January 19, 2018

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)

                Hello happy readers! So the event last night was amazing and so was my visit with my friend which is currently still happening. That said I will make this quick as I'm posting from my phone. I'm excited to share my thoughts on this first book in the Schwab book. I'll be hosting a giveaway next week so stay tuned for that. 

Rating:  5 Stars

                This Savage Song is a dark urban fantasy duology following a two young people who have to choose to become heroes or villains, friends or enemies, for their world at stake.  Kate Harker and August Flynn are children of rules of both halves of the divided city.  A city at war in a time where violence creates literal monsters.  Kate is trying to be as ruthless as her father who lets monsters roam to feed on those who don’t pay for his protection.  August ‘s father is on the other side protecting the innocent and he wants to play a bigger part.  He wants to be normal.  To be human.  But he is one of the monsters, a Sunai who can steal your soul.  When a chance comes up for August to play a larger role and go undercover at Kates new school he is ready to help keep an eye on the Harkers.  Until Kate is a smart cookie and figures things out, but not before someone tries to kill them making them flee together.  Neither knows the whole truth or who to trust.

                This is only my second Schwab book but I do enjoy her writing.  She has such a beauty to her writing and the words just flow I did enjoy this one via audiobook which made the almost lyrical aspect even more depth.  Music plays a very big part in the book as that is how Sunai use their power, stealing souls.  I enjoyed learning about the three different types of monsters the world has created with acts of violence.  The Corsai, mindless full of tooth and claw; the Malchai, vampire like, sharp and sly; and the Sunai who are most rare and most human who steal dark souls to survive.  This concept alone, three types of monsters born of violence; that is enough to fill many books. Add in a city at war and you have yourself a show stopper. 

                I liked going back and forth from Kate to August.  I liked how we could get to know each of our leads in their own environment.  Who they are as individuals and then how they interact with others of opposing views/incentives.  Kate is forced to reevaluate her views on monsters when she meets one who is more human than most humans she knows.  August is learning many new things in this world seeing how distorted the view can be from one side.  I liked the interaction between the two and how it had ups and downs throughout.  I enjoyed the push and pull of things and how trust was not instantly given but earned.  The whole idea of what is right or wrong really hits you. 

                I can’t really discuss much of the plot or I feel I would give away too much.  I went into this story mostly blind.  Just that it had music involved and it was about monsters.  The writing was so beautiful and made so many amazing quotes like the following:
               
“The beautiful thing about books was that anyone could open them.”

“It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human.  Living hurts.”
“It was a cycle of whimpers and bangs, gruesome beginning and bloody ends.”
“I’d rather be able to see the truth than live a lie.”

                These were just a couple that spoke to me.  The character development really made you feel for the characters both good and bad.  It had real depth to it.  Considering this is a rather short book compared to some and it packed a punch.  It had plenty of suspense, drama, and action going on.  Monsters are in the world after all and who knows where you might run into them.  Plus the different political sides of things with how Harker and Flynn choose to run their sides of the city in such drastic ways and what it means for the people.  This is the type of world that has so much potential I am curious to know what will happen next. 


                Until next time…

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

~Can't Wait Wednesday~ These Vengeful Souls (These Vicious Masks #3)

                Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Wishful Endings.  Waiting on Wednesday has been don for some time so I am switching it up for now!  Basically books that are not yet out that we are dying to get our hands on.  This week’s pick is:

These Vengeful Souls (These Vicious Masks #3) by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zakas
Out:  2/20

From Goodreads:
                England, 1883.  On the run with the grieving Sebastian Braddock, Evelyn wants two things:  to be reunited with her friends, and to get revenge on the evil Captain Goode.  Not only has he misused his and Sebastian’s powers to rack up a terrible death toll, but he’s also completely destroyed any hope of Evelyn or her friends regaining the life they once knew.

                Evelyn is determined to make Captain Goode pay for what he’s done, but is her revenge worth risking the lives of Sebastian and her friends? Or is it better to flee the city and focus on staying alive?  And with the Captain spreading lies about Sebastian in an attempt to flush them out of hiding and turn the populace against them, does she even have a choice at all?

Why I’m Waiting:
                 I have enjoyed the first two books in this series and with the ending of book two I can’t wait to see what happens next. 


                What are you waiting on?  Tell me below what you think of this title and leave a link to your WoW as well so I can check it out.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions / Goals

                Hello everyone!  Top Ten Tuesday is just how it sounds, a topic is picked and we put our Top Ten for that in a post and share and check out everyone’s answers.  Top Ten Tuesday is now being hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

The top ten today is:  Bookish Resolutions / Goals


Complete my Reading Challenges- I am doing several challenges this year, most repeats from the previous year that I didn’t complete and I want redemption

Finish open series that I’ve started- I have some that I am 1 book into and others I only have 1 book left to finish them.  Not only will this help my one of my challenges but it will let me put to rest some of the open stories in my head.

Review all the books as I finish them- I have a bad habit of sometimes finishing a book and diving right into another, specifically the sequel, and not reviewing it first.  That makes reviewing it difficult as I don’t want my thoughts on the next one to influence me.

Growing my blog- I don’t really know how to do this specifically just make sure that I am staying on schedule and making sure my posts are 100% uniquely me as always.  Oh and not forgetting to post my links over to social media would probably help too….

Work on Instagram- I have an Instagram but I don’t post much there.  I love to browse it and such and look at all the beautiful photos but I just never take the time to get that perfect shot or type in all the #’s (autocorrect kills me here)

Read more books I already own than new buys- Okay I have a library now.  I finally got to create a dedicated library and I love it but I have so many books I got and was super excited to read them but never got around to it.  I know some I have kind of moved away from but others I’m still eager about and just need to go through and pull them out!

Write- I used to write all the time from my own little stories, a couple books I have started and never finished, and fanfiction but in the last year or two I haven’t written anything that wasn’t a review.  I just always find myself doing something else and not putting my time towards it.

                   Tell me what you think of my list in the comments below.  Which would you recommend so I know which ones to get first?  Also please link back to your Top Ten as well so I can check out your list and see what I missed!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Busted

                Hello happy readers!  I am super excited to share with you todays review of a cute fun contemporary.  I missed the signing for this because I had to work and this transition to night shift has kicked my butt to the point I didn’t even get to call in to order a book to be signed to pick up next week.  Sigh.  After finishing this book I am even more disappointed because it was so much fun to read.  The book in question, Busted by Gina Ciocca.  I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this from NetGalley and the publishers for an honest review.

Rating: 5 Stars

                Marisa was just a normal girl getting some supplies on her way to see her bestie for a night in when she finds her besties boyfriend up to no good.  After some snooping she confirms he is a cheater and somehow she is now being asked to snoop on purpose for an ex-frenemy, Kendall, who has been back in town and might just have changed her ways.  Kendall wants Marisa to spy on her boyfriend, TJ, as he may have a mystery girl, only to find that as she gets to know TJ to try and get the dirt that she is crushing on him and she might be the mysterious girl….yikes.  There is a lot of snooping to be done and it might be more than a two-timing boy that ends up busted.

                This story first and foremost made me think of Veronica Mars which is a show I absolutely adored.  So win there.  Marisa starts out in a solid win from me because she not about to let someone hurt her friend if she can help it.  Her relationship with Charlie (BFF) reminds me in ways of my own relationship with my bestie.  All the characters really come to life as you read the story and find out the dish on each of them.  Digging into the lives and lies of others is not as fun as one might think and it leads to its own set of problems.  I love the dynamic between the different characters and how it is clear that each one has motives and personalities that make the decisions they make seem legit and true to them.  No one is perfectly blameless or flawless. 

                The story is very character driven and moved pretty fast for me.  I liked the drama that came with the story and I was eager to see how things would play out for everyone.  I had a good time reading this and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a light hearted contemporary or has ever dreamed of being a on the sly PI when in school. 

                Until next time…



Saturday, January 13, 2018

~Stacking the Shelves #37~

                Welcome to Stacking the Shelves was created by Tynga and the full details can be found on her page.  Basically you showcase the books you bought or received each week.  Little, or not so little, weekly book hauls.


E-Books Review:
Daughter of the Siren Queen(Daughter of the Pirate King #2) by Tricia Levenseller- I snagged one of my most anticipated reads!


Physical Books:
Midnight Hour (Shadow Falls;  After Dark #4) by C.C. Hunter
Night of Cake & Puppets (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2.5) by Laini Taylor- this one…is filled with illustrations and I LOVE it!


                Still I got lots of goodies for my house which I am beyond thankful for.  Share a link below with what goodies you got this week.  Tomorrow I plan to announce my challenges and bookish goals for 2018 so check back by then!