Sunday, August 20, 2017

Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

Been excited to read this book for ages. I have read almost every book by Marie, and I have loved them all. Was a little bit nervous about this one, because I wanted to love it so so much. And oh, I ended up enjoying it so much. Yess. Had a few small issues with it, but nothing big, and mostly this book was perfect.

I found this writing to be flawless. Yesss. It was such a joy to read this book. It's fast and easy to read as well, which I loved lots. And I fell in love with this creative world right away. I'm not sure how I will be able to describe it, so will only mention parts of it. I wish is that this book had been even longer. I needed more.

I don't know what to say about where this book takes place. In an alternative reality, maybe. Not much different from our world. Difference is the virtual reality. The glasses that everyone wears for most of the day, to take part in the games and all the different worlds. It was so exciting to read about. And a bit different. And I loved every moment of it. Not able to describe it well enough, but it's easy enough to understand while reading. And it is so much fun too. I wish we had this kind of virtual reality too. Hmph. How rude. Would have been amazing. I loved that it was possible to do almost anything in this unreal place. I loved how they are hosting a big game called Warcross each year, were young people compete in virtual games. Not sure what they win, though.

There is so much that I enjoyed about this book. The writing, the characters, the world. Everything about the virtual reality. All of it was just very interesting to read about. Eee. This book is told from the point of view of Emika. And oh, I adored this girl to pieces. Some parts of her bothered me a tiny bit, but most of her was perfect to me. She's fierce and badass yet sweet and a bit unsure as well. I loved reading her memories about her father. I loved how awesome she was at hacking. I just adored everything about her.

This book tells the story about how Emika ended up hacking the biggest game in this world. And how now everyone knows about her, even the most known person in this place, Hideo. Emika ends up getting a job offer, and ah, I just loved everything about that. I loved how she fangirled for Hideo. I loved reading about her taking part in Warcross, reading about all the games. I'm unable to describe it any better. And so I will just say that the plot in this book was unique and oh so exciting. Few small faults, but there weren't many.

What I loved the most about this book was the growing relationship between Emika and Hideo. They first meet in an interesting way, after she hacked his game. Then they spend more time together, while slowly getting to know each other. And slowly become friends, then more. Okay, maybe not that slowly, but still. It was so sweet to read about. I ship them like crazy. And they fit together so well. Sigh. Romance was the best part and I want more so badly. The sharing of the past was heartbreaking and sweet. Loved it.

There is a bunch of awesome characters in this book. I loved Hideo and Emika the most, but I also really enjoyed getting to know her teammates. They were interesting to read about, and seemed like they could all be amazing friends for Emika. Ahh, I hope so. And hope there will be more about them all in book two. Then there was the bad guy, aka the villain. A boy named Zero. A hacker that Emika is trying to capture. We don't get to read much about this Zero person at all, just a few glimpses. He did not seem nice. Hmm.

And here is the reason for why I'm not fully loving this book, for why it's a four star. I feel like there will be a love triangle in book two. Nothing at all about it yet. But, yeah. At the ending Emika is unsure what to do next. Once choice could end in a triangle. And god, I hope not. Please don't. Emika and Hideo are perfect together. Please don't ruin that with another boy. Sigh. And, the secret identity of this boy. Would be such a cliche if this ended up a triangle. Hoping it won't happen. Thinking it won't. But I fear that it might. Ahh.

Gosh. I just thought of something. Not a single person died in this book. Which is unusual these days in books that I read, lol. Someone always seems to die. But not in this one. At least, not so far. I hope no one ends up dead. Because this book is most about the virtual reality, and so people don't get hurt in real life. And this book wasn't all that dangerous, and so no deaths. It was pretty nice to not have anyone die. Yay. Just hoping it will continue to stay that way in book two as well, ack. Either way, I enjoyed reading it.

I'm super nervous about book two, for reasons I mentioned, but also dying to read it. I'm hoping it won't be as I fear it will. Either way, though, I'm so excited for the next book. And just wishing it was out already. Hmph. I have high hopes for it, to be honest. The romance in this first book was so stunning, but also too little. And I hope that there will be much more in book two. Yet with this ending, sigh, I'm not sure how that will be. I just, please, please don't make this into a love triangle. I couldn't stand it. But, I'm still so excited.

Huge thank you to the lovely Penguin Random House International for sending me this ARC for review. It's so precious to me. I also cannot wait to get my three different pre-ordered editions of this lovely book. Eee. You should really, really read this book. Simply because Warcross was amazing. Such an exciting and fun book to read. The characters were all amazing, and the world created was so so interesting and awesome. So glad that I read this lovely book. Please let the sequel be even more amazing than this one.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

In My Mailbox #302

This week has been pretty lazy for me. Well, okay, maybe lazy isn't the right word. I have just been exhausted all the time. And body hurts every moment. Because of this I'm a bit behind on some things, and only managed to read one book this week, days ago. Aw. Just haven't got the energy to do anything lately. I wish the medicine would work, like it always has before, for years. But yeah, not working any longer. Sniffs. I hope the blood tests agree, so that they may give me another medicine to try. But until then, my body feels awful. But hoping I'll feel up to reading shortly. I need for my mind to relax a bit too, in another world. Hmph. Anyway. A few blog posts this week. I shared the stunning cover for Obsidio. <3 I shared my review of Odd & True :D And this week I'm waiting on Beyond a Darkened Shore :) Didn't get all that much mail this week, but what I got was all so perfect. Eee. I love it all so so much. <3 I'm going to start Warcross tonight. I hope. I just need to make myself start a book, then hoping I will be well enough to read. Maybe. Will try it tonight. I do have so so many books to read, and my current reading list is very planned. Hope I'll be able to read more very soon :) Well, fingers crossed for that. Want to read so badly.

Percy Jackson. Eee, this coloring book is so gorgeous. I must re-read the first 9 books soon, to catch up.
Warcross. Eee! Thank you PRH International for this precious ARC :D Ahh. Reading it next; so excited.
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. YAY! Thank you Abrams for this lovely ARC :D Cannot wait to read this.
Simon Thorn. I haven't read book one yet, but I have an ARC of it, and wish to read them all together.
Wonder Woman. Sigh, I love this pop figure. Not the newest version of her, though. Must get that one too.

More Instagram photos here. <3

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #305

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Goodreads Description:

The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores.

The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn, but the entire world.

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle the two might have a chance to save their world.

With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love…even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by HarperTeen
Pre-Order here and here

This cover is so so beautiful. I love it tons. And so I simply cannot wait to read this book now, hih. I think that the summary sounds pretty exciting too :D But ugh, worried it won't have a happy ending.. sigh. I need a happy ending these days. But yeah, fingers crossed that this book will be an amazing one :D
What are you waiting for on this dark Wednesday?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Review: Odd & True by Cat Winters

I have been a huge fan of Cat for years now, ever since before her first book came out. She always writes such amazing and stunning books, full of awesome characters. Odd & True was no exception. This book was truly incredible. Like I knew it would be. But yes, I am beyond happy that I loved this book so much.

It ended up breaking my heart, though. Because this story was so good. And the most heartbreaking at times. I'm not sure how I'll find the words to describe how much I enjoyed it all. But will try my best. The writing was so good. And I loved the characters as well. I'm giving this stunning book five stars. As I loved it so.

This book tells the story of two sisters. Odette and Trudchen. Od and Tru. They are both such stunning characters to read about. Sigh. It's also told from both point of views, Tru is present time, and Od in past time. I cannot begin to say how much I enjoyed that. Because the past was just as exciting as the present. This book takes place over a hundred years ago, which I love reading about, but oh, some of the things these girls were ignorant about made my heart hurt like crazy. Some parts of the book made me angry, some parts made me sad. But for the most part I was so happy with how much I enjoyed this story. Because it's truly an amazing book with a stunning story and awesome characters. This book also has monsters in it. Real ones and human ones.

Not going to mention the plot of this book too much, just saying a little bit. It's about two awesome sisters going on a sort of adventure to hunt monsters that they have known about their whole lives. They have always known how to protect themselves from every horrible monster out in the world. And figuring out if these monsters were real or not was all kinds of exciting. And just reading about their adventure was all kinds of fun. And sad too. I only wish that this book wasn't a standalone. I badly need more of them both.

I think my favorite parts of the book was reading about Od's past. Simply because it was so heartbreaking and I was dying to know what would happen next. So many surprises. So much heartbreak. Was simply stunning and so perfect. A lot of her past was when she was almost four, and when she was six years old. And oh, I cannot even tell you how much it broke my heart to read about it all. I wish this precious girl had had a better childhood. Aw. So sad. But written so well that I couldn't help but love it. My poor heart.

Another thing I loved very very much was the sister relationship between Od and Tru. It was stunning to read about. I loved how much they loved each other and cared for each other. Though all of that mostly happened in the past, as in the present, I felt like Od kept way too many secrets from Tru. Hmph. Which wasn't very nice of her and made me a bit upset with her. But I also didn't really blame her, because all of those secrets were horrible and oh so heartbreaking and evil. But still felt that Od deserved to know it all.

I simply adored these two girls so much. What I loved most about Tru was that she had a broken leg, yet she was still so fierce and loving and trying her best to live her life the way she wanted to. I wanted all the best for her. Sniffs. And wishing there had been focus on her upcoming romance. How rude. But despite no romance, I still loved her to pieces and enjoyed reading about her so much. She was so brave and so full of love. I couldn't help but adore her. But yeah, I do sort of wish the romance had been in focus too.

And oh, Od. I cannot write too much about this girl. I simply can't. I'm not sure if I loved her or Tru more. But I do know that I loved them both like crazy. And getting to know Od was the best thing. But also the worst. Because getting her chapters broke my heart each time. More awful things got revealed, and it was so sad. Yet some good parts too, of course. I hated Cy, though. Like crazy. Awful boy. Hmph. Could not decide if I loved or hated Uncle Magnus. Think I did both. But oh, I loved Od an awful lot. So much.

There is so much happening in this book. About both sisters, together or not. Though they are together all the time in the present, they weren't always in the past. And oh, reading about their family life killed me a little. So sad, yet so interesting and exciting. I loved reading about all of it. So so many exciting moments. I'm having trouble thinking of anything to write, simply because I enjoyed this book so much. Sigh. And so I won't write much more, just that you really need to read this book. It is so good. But also very evil. Ahh.

Thank you so much to the lovely UK publisher for sending me this ARC to read and review. So happy to have my collection of books by Cat complete too, eee. And cannot wait to get my two pre-orders of this lovely hardcover as well. It's going to be so stunning. If you haven't pre-ordered this yet, then you really must. Because Odd & True was all kinds of perfection. It was everything I wanted it to be. Odd & True was full of mystery and monsters. Heartbreaking moments and a stunning sister relationship. Loved it so.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Cover Reveal: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Eee, I am SO excited about this book! It's going to be so good. Sigh. And I simply cannot wait to read it. I loved Illuminae and Gemina so, so much. And I'm dying to know how it all ends. Eee. I need to read more about all these lovely characters. Sigh. And get to know even more new ones too. Ahh. If my heart can handle all of it. Just wishing it was March 13th already. Hmph. Time is moving way too slow. I need this book noooow. But anyway. The cover for Obsidio is stuuunning. Ahh. I love it so so so much :D Pretty. And very matching with the other two. I cannot wait to own all editions of this beauty. Just, please don't kill any of the main characters. Hmph. That would not be okay. But still, I simply can't wait for this book.

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.