Semi-Spoiler Review of Warcross by Marie Lu

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Book summary from Goodreads:

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.

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This is the second book I’ve read by Marie Lu, the first being “The Young Elites.”  That trilogy easily topped my favorite trilogies that I’ve ever read, so I’m glad I picked up Warcross- and it didn’t disappoint.  Marie has this way of really making me feel like I’m actually in the book and going on adventures with the characters.  I have Legend sitting on my bookshelf, so I guess I’ll have to pick that up next!

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Warcross is the title of a game that has taken the world by storm in a future not so far away.  People log in using glasses that even work in the real world, showing names and rank if allowed.  The book follows Emika Chen who self taught herself how to code (cough, hack, cough) when Warcross first came out.  Her life is really sad, but she’s a bounty hunter! That’s how the story starts, she’s chasing someone.

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Fast forward, she’s out of money, out of time to pay her rent, and she accidently glitches herself into the the opening Warcross Ceremony games, causing the owner to take notice!  Hideo Tanaka is a like 18 or 19 year old billionaire who created Warcross.  He flies her out in his private jet to Tokyo to put her in the games as a Wild Card.  Flash forward to some romance, some training, some scary bad guys, Mario Kart, and a few twists and turns (cue “Eye of the Tiger”) and you have yourself a full-fledged story!

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I picked this up thinking it would be something similar to Ready Player One, but it went in a VERY different direction!  It was a bit less detailed for sure, but more current! I didn’t want to give any more away this time, because this was potentially my favorite book I’ve read all year, and if you’re reading this review, READ THE BOOK NOW!!  Seriously, drop what you’re doing, buy the book- check it out of your local library- whatever you have to do- GET IT NOW!

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Rating I gave on Goodreads: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆  

Until next time, dear readers!

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Spoiler Review of The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2) by Katharine McGee

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Book summary from Goodreads:

New York City, 2118. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible – if you want it enough.

Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a beacon of futuristic glamour and high-tech luxury… and to millions of people living scandalous, secretive lives.

Leda is haunted by nightmares of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’s afraid the truth will get out – which is why she hires Watt, her very own hacker, to keep an eye on all of the witnesses for her. But what happens when their business relationship turns personal?

When Rylin receives a scholarship to an elite upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being here also means seeing the boy she loves: the one whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

Avery is grappling with the reality of her forbidden romance – is there anywhere in the world that’s safe for them to be together?

And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who’s arrived in New York with a devious goal in mind – and too many secrets to count.

Here in the Tower, no one is safe – because someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, you’re always only one step away from a devastating fall….

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SPOILERS:  I am not kidding.  There are SO MANY SPOILERS in this review from not only The Dazzling Hights, but for The Thousandth Floor.  I couldn’t just NOT TALK ABOUT IT.  I only have a few girlfriends who would even be interested in reading these, so I don’t get to talk books often.  HENCE THE SPOILERS.

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After a quick re-read of The Thousandth Floor (see my review in a post below), I sped through The Dazzling Heights.  I mean SPED THROUGH IT.  AND I NEED MORE.  Like way more.  Like, seriously I need an Atlas POV ASAP.  (The author commented on my IG post about this book, and hinted there might be an Atlas POV soon- PLEASE LET IT BE SO!)  I have spent almost a week on this review at this point, because I just have so many emotions, and I wanted the review to be packed with my feelings, the book, etc.  I realize half the time I come off as rambling, but I hope you guys get this one!

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I would like to first mention, and I HATED HATED HATED Leda SO much throughout book 1, and at the beginning of this one she’s still the same awful person.  She’s trying to control everyone with their secrets.  She reminds me of Gretchen Wieners- secrets in her hair.  There is an entire transformation that goes on with Leda in the book, and it makes you not hate her so much.   It makes me very happy to see how Leda does progress in this book. I think you’ll see in the first book a lot of what Leda does is fueled by being an addict, something my family knows a lot about.  I feel like it’s very prominent and all her actions are really sad, drug induced, and downright evil.  When we are introduced to her in The Dazzling Heights, she has quit cold turkey- something that [Eris on the top of the building and being accidentally pushed] has woken something in her strong enough to make her quit.

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Leda starts blackmailing Watt SO HARD during this book, but they slowly fall for each other.  I think Watt has a lot to do with Leda calming down some- he has a good effect on her in my opinion.  I find it really interesting that Nadia starts to get very confused as Watt starts to get confused about the relationship as well.  I did find it weird that he went from Avery to Leda, but I think it’s good for both of them.

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Like the first book, the sequel starts off with someone dying.  I wasn’t sure if it was maybe another view of Eris’ death, but through hints you soon learn that it is someone else’s death.  This totally drove me crazy and had me tearing through the book so I could see who it would be.  In the end, I didn’t feel like it was clear who died.  Mariel got attacked at the very end of the book, and they made it seem like she drowned.  While this is totally doable, I could also see where there could be a twist in the last book. (someone saved her, it was someone else who died, etc.)  It just didn’t feel as crazy as Eris’ death, as we really didn’t get much from Mariel throughout the entire book.  We got a grand total of 2 chapters from Mariel.  It’s revealed that she’s low-key stalking the highliers towards the end of the book, when she tries to kill/turn in Leda.  It’s a bit unclear how Mariel got so much information.  As much as I don’t care for Mariel- I totally need more!

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This book also introduced a brand-new character, Calliope, who is a con-artist worming her way into the lives of our very complicated friends living in the Tower!  Calliope and her mom have traveled the world conning men all over to get expensive, nice things and hotels.  She had randomly met Atlas before in Africa or somewhere abroad, and he was the only one who would never kiss her.  She ponders on this before she realizes that Atlas lives on the 1000th floor.  (insert eyeroll here) She then sets her sights on him, wanting to get at least a kiss, if not more from him.  Aside from Avery, she is welcomed into their house by his mother and father who are very kind to her… going as far to letting her wear a VERY EXPENSIVE necklace to the last party in Dubai.  Towards the end of the book, her mom decides she will marry this guy who proposed her, landing them in the Tower- at least for a while.  Right after that Avery confronts her, and then of course she eventually sees Avery and Atlas kiss.  So much for happily ever after…

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Speaking of Avery and Atlas, they are still being sneaky about their relationship in the beginning of the book.  When Calliope comes into the picture, Atlas hangs around her to make things not as awkward to her parents- who are on to him and Avery.  This spins Avery into a bit of a downward spiral of jealously.  (I don’t blame her) There is one very uncomfortable scene when their dad almost walks in on them… and then we think he’s slowly figuring things out.  There is just a lot of drinking when we see Avery’s POV, as she’s bummed about the Atlas/Calliope relationship.  Atlas eventually breaks up with Avery a couple of times which is really sad for her.  He is realizing that as {adopted} brother and sister, it really won’t work for them.   His dad also low-key strong armed Atlas into moving to Dubai for a year or so, to get the brand new twin towers off the ground.

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Lastly, Rylin receives the scholarship that was set up in honor of Eris, so she moves to the same school as most of the other suspects.  It gets really awkward for her, as Cord is always lurking around.  No matter how much he acts cool and nonchalant, he totally still cares for her.  She has a few weird enough run-ins with Leda, ultimately starting a little friendship, however weird their circumstances are.  She also does really well in a film-type class, so I hope things get set up for both her and her sister.   For some reason, this story line was not as prominent to me during this book, as I was a bit more pushing forward thinking Leda/Avery/Calliope would be the ones to die in the end.

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I will probably do a re-read of this soon, and go through it a bit slower.  I totally tore through this book, wanting to see where our beloved characters/friends ended up, and saw how they got there.  Again, the background of this story was fascinating, being The Tower itself, although didn’t feel as prominent as in the first book.  The author did hint on my IG (@ocbookbabe) that there could be a potential Atlas POV (GIMME GIMME GIMME) and I really hope that she adds even more about The Tower and all the cool technology that comes with it!

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Rating I gave on Goodreads: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆   (Let’s be real, I’m easily entertained.. it has to be real hard to receive something less than 5 stars LOL)

Until next time, dear readers!

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Review of Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles 3.5 by Marissa Meyer

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Book summary from Goodreads:

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

 

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This book was a very interesting read. It was really hard to have any emotions or sympathy for Levana, just as she didn’t really have any emotions for any of her family as they died. She did have such an awful life, and I would pity her as well. It was such a terrible existence, she had. I guess it was a reign of terror, but I felt much more hate for her in the other Lunar books, whereas I really felt nothing for her in this book at all. It just didn’t seem as personal. Maybe that’s how it’s supposed to feel? I gave it 5 stars because I loved the backstory on why she is the way she is, even if it is a a bit confusing sometimes.

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Top Ten Favorite Books of ALL Time

Hey book loving friends! So it’s Goodreads 10th Anniversary (is it today exactly?) so they have all these “best of the decade” lists, which got me thinking about my own “Best of” list. So I actually sat down and wrote out my top 10 books. Mine seems pretty random to me – I’m curious as to what your list looks like!

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1. Harry Potter (entire series, counting it as one, MINUS cursed child)

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2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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3. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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5. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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6. Love & Decay (miniseries) by Rachel Higginson

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7. The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

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8. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman + Jay Kristoff

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9. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

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10. Firstlife by Gena Showalter

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That’s it! I’d love to know what your top 10 favorite books of all time are!  Let me know in the comments section! 🙂

Until next time, dear readers!

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Spoiler Review of The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

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Book summary from Goodreads:

NEW YORK CITY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.
A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.
A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose..
LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.
ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.
RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?
WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.
And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….

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Before I go any further at all, I found a few REALLY cool graphics online which shows how tall the building would actually be, and a connectivity chart of the main characters! I thought I would share 😉  Don’t forget, these have MAJOR SPOILERS in them!  Also, they are NOT mine, one I found on an Epic Reads site, and the other is a google image I found!

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After the prologue, it went back two months, and started slowly working it’s way to the day that the girl died. I will say, if you want a timeline it was a bit hard to keep track of days and when each moment was progressing.. A lot of it was, “the next day” or “a few days later” whereas I would have liked to see dates in addition to each character’s point of view at the beginning of each chapter. I kind of ignored this as I knew it was in a 2 month period, but looking back it would have been interesting to see what events happened on what days. I’m weird like that.

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So I’m about 2/3 of the way through The Thousandth Floor as I’m writing this review, for the 2nd time!  I decided to do a quick re-read, as I just purchased the 2nd book in the series, and I needed a refresher.  Reading this book the first time through got a little confusing as there are so many main characters and secondary characters to keep up with.  I think that’s the hardest part about multiple points of view.  However, as you keep going, it will get easier to read along.  I’m having no trouble the 2nd time through.

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First of all, this is basically a futuristic Gossip Girl.  (Let’s be real, I was totally obsessed with the show.   Blair Waldorf is possibly my favorite character, EVER, but I digress.)  I think the best part of the entire book is all of the background elements:  The Tower itself.  The transportation inside the tower, the technology, all of it was mentioned all throughout but just imagining it was fantastic!

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The first chapter starts off with a girl falling to her death from one of the upper floors.   I am pretty easily entertained, so I had no idea who would end up falling.  Throughout the book I expected it to be Avery, as there was so much jealously going around.  I thought there might be clues throughout, but re-reading it, I almost forget who it is.  It’s just such a tragic story.

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I also wanted to give you guys my quick opinion of each of the main characters, there are quite a few, and don’t forget- there will probably be some spoilers!!

LEDA COLE– Beyond crazy, however suffers from addiction.  This really makes me feel sad for her, because her life could be so perfect.  This hits really close to home, as I have close family members who are completely different people when they are doing drugs or drinking too much.  Leda’s interactions with Watt are totally cringe-worthy, as with Avery as well.  It makes me feel really sad that Leda couldn’t be more open with Avery about where she’d been and being with Atlas.  I felt really bad for Leda for a good portion of the book, until you get to the end.  She takes is too far and needs to be institutionalized and shouldn’t ever be allowed out.

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ERIS DODD-RADSON–  Eris’ entire storyline makes me feel REALLY SAD.  The dad she grew up with would not talk to her, she had to move into a lower floor, allthewhile people were gossiping behind her back.  I’m glad she made friends and a girlfriend, but it just makes the entire story all the sadder in the end.  Unfortunately Eris was doomed from the moment the story started, regardless that she was (kind of) and innocent bystander.  I hope she felt loved in the end.  Seemingly, that’s what she was looking for the entire time.

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RYLIN MYERS–  Her ex is a DOUCHE.  Once he gets slapped in jail, he turns into the biggest douchebag there is.  I realize Rylin isn’t perfect, but she’s just wanting to have some fun and be loved as well.  It’s just her sister and her, so she has everything to loose. She had a very sad card dealt to her.

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WATT BAKRADI– I want to like this guy.  He REALLY liked Avery so much.  IDK, the below GIF summarizes how I feel about him and his part of the story line:

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AVERY FULLER– Avery’s story is also really sad.  It shows how you can still be VERY unhappy, even when you have everything you could possibly imagine.  She seems really sweet and caring when she’s described from other people’s point of view, mainly Eris’.  Avery does nothing but try to be really good to everyone, but gets really mean people on her in the end.  Her and Leda’s relationship is really annoying.  Her (kind of) weird step-sibling relationship with her brother Atlas is really weird.  However it’s totally romanticized and I don’t want to think too deeply about it.  Let’s be real though, how is that really going to end?  I would love for Avery to end up with Watt, but that would be SUCH a Gossip Girl ending.  Speaking of Atlas, I need more of him and his background.  I HOPE there is his POV in the next book.  IDK HOW TO FEEL ABOUT THIS IN GENERAL.

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All-in-all, this is kind of a hard to read book, because it’s so sad.   Worse the second time around. Nobody seems truly happy, and that is a major bummer.  I hope things get a bit more resolved between everybody in the next book!  Even though it was so sad, it was a very good book and kept me hooked until the end!

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Until next time, dear readers!

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Spoiler Free Review of #famous by Jilly Gagnon

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Book summary from Goodreads:

In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price?

Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.

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This is going to be super short, but whatevs.

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#famous was such a cute read.  It was quick and adorable!  It reminded me (and who knows, maybe it is) of the story of Alex from Target who went viral and went on Ellen.   I loved that this story was from both his perspective, and from the girls’ perspective, who took the photo!  This is a super great book that can be used as a buffer in between heavy (or super crazy epic) books!  It was also very clean!  I give it two thumbs up!

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More 20th Anniversary Editions of HP!

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I FINALLLLLLY got the other 3 [hardback] house editions of the 20th Anniversary Editions of The Philosopher’s Stone!  Can we talk about how pretty they are?!

So you can see below, my FULL collection of The Sorcerer’s Stone/ Philosopher’s Stone! 10 total copies!  You can find the special anniversary editions on my last blog post about this!!  (Spoiler alert, gotta get them from the UK!)

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Spoiler Review of Lifeblood: Everlife #2

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Book summary from Goodreads:

My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning.

With her last living breath, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten’s competition is Killian, the boy she can’t forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she’s never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Love…or victory.

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DO NOT READ if you want Firstlife OR Lifeblood to be spoiled!

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I really enjoyed Lifeblood. With that being said, it read differently to me than Firstlife.  Lifeblood picked up a few hours, maybe after Firstlife ended and Ten died.  She choose Troika in, literally the final words of her Firstlife, and the book.  I personally had a feeling she was leaning that way, no matter how much she loved Killian, however I digress.  I picked up Lifeblood as soon as I finished Firstlife, so I didn’t have much time between reading both of the books.  Unless I really missed a lot in Firstlife, I never knew that Killian was Irish.  Gena Showalter really brings out his Irish side by having Ten comment on how sexy it is quite often.  While I thought it was a little cheesy, it worked for this book.  I was just confused on why that wasn’t in the first.  There were other small things like this I noticed throughout Lifeblood, but it didn’t change the overall story or feel.

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Ten really starts learning as much as she can about Troika, being one of their Conduits. This means she’ll eventually be one of the most highest ranking people in all of Troika, and is v important.  Of course there was one girl who hated her, because duh, conflict in a perfect place is obvi good reading material. However, I loved how Gena touches on this, and has Ten looking at the mean girls backstory seeing why she was the way she was.  

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The other thing that really stood out to me in this book is the right vs. wrong, good vs. evil (kinda?), and Troika vs. Myriad.  

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As I’ve been in church all my life, I saw a lot of similarities to Heaven and hell in this book pertaining to Christianity.  Once you have your second death as a Troikian, you go into the “final rest”.  In your second death as a Myridian (Or your first death as unsigned) it looks like you go to Many Ends- which is like hell, as you are tortured forever and ever.  It is not currently confirmed that Myridians go to Many Ends after their second death- but that is Ten’s suspicion.  I could make some assumptions about some of them living forever in that sense- as there is a way OUT of Many Ends into Myriad, making it alluring to some of the Myridian generals. BUT- that’s all my own speculation, and something that might come in the next book- as a major plot point to rescue all folks in Many Ends!!  Another similarity to christianity, is that all Troikians are REALLY good people.  They are told to forgive no matter what, which is what the Bible teaches as well.  I have to say that this books specifically showed quite a few cases where Troikians were forgiving, even to murderers- which spoke volumes.  It made me want to examine myself on another scale, to work on myself at being a better person and forgiving more.  If you’re a Christian or any other religion or not- I think it’s very important to forgive.  As I’ve forgiven people who have wronged me, it helps ME, even if they really are in the wrong.  They have to deal with that they did- and this book absolutely touches on examples of this.

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All in all, I did really enjoy this series.  I find it super fascinating and original!  It’s a clean book, however there is a LOT of fighting, so I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who can’t handle a bit of gore.  That stuff doesn’t bother me, but there isn’t anything else I would be concerned over.  

I HIGHLY recommend this book! Rating I gave on Goodreads: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

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SPOILER REVIEW- Firstlife by Gena Showalter

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Book summary from Goodreads:

ONE CHOICE.
TWO REALMS.
NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.

There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

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“Ten tears fall, and I call. Nine hundred trees, but only one is for me. Eight times eight times eight they fly, whatever you do, don’t stay dry. Seven ladies dancing, ignore their sweet romancing. Six seconds to hide, up, up, and you’ll survive. Five times four times three, and that is where he’ll be. Two I’ll save, I’ll be brave, brave, brave. The one I adore, I’ll come back for.”

I’ve had the hardback of Firstlife sitting on my shelf for a while now, and I picked it up based off the cover this time.  I mean, let’s talk about how gorgeous it is!!  The story sounded interesting, and I remember seeing a lot of Bookstagram posts about it, mainly based on the cover.  Let’s be real, any book with a beautiful cover is bookstagram worthy!  I love the detail inside of the hourglass on this one- it makes the book insides intriguing all on its own!

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Firstlife captivated me the moment I picked up the book. Ten seems to have a tragically accepting life, being trapped inside the Prynne Asylum all because she wasn’t choosing to sign with either side.  It seems really sad that her first life was spent preparing to be with Myriad, even if she didn’t know what she wanted.  When she vocalized that- her parents locked her up.  That world just seems super depressing to me.  Her dad- a JERK, BTW.  He was just using Ten to gain all the Myriad riches.

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Ten is inside the Asylum for a good portion of the book, with a new roommate (Bow) and a hottie (Killian)  that comes into the Asylum with eyes only for her.  The “warden” Vans is straight up cruel.  He will do anything to anybody if he gets paid for it.  In any way.   He is always watching on camera, and he’s just creepy in general.  I cringed everytime his name came up, at all.

The two different realms you could end up in after death are Myriad or Troika.  If you don’t sign with either, you would end up in Many Ends, where you’re tortured forever.  Both Myriad and Troika are at war, and Ten is the newest focus of both of them.  She is supposedly “fused” with a general on the Myriad side, so they will play dirty to get her.  Myriad is the “dark” side.  They fight dirty, but try and win you over with all the riches they can offer.  Troika is the “light.”  They forgive, fight fair, and I think peaks the interest more of Ten.

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The bummer to this book, is that there is 400+ pages of Ten not being able to decide which side to choose. I mean, she was in prison and a bunch of her friends DIE because she can’t make up her mind.  That super sucks, but at the same time she’s thinking about how she wants to spend the rest of her days.  Like, A LONG TIME.   It literally takes her *SPOILER ALERT* going to Many Ends 3 TIMES to even make a full decision.  Yeah, her life was so bad in the “pre” that she died 3 times.  HOW SAD IS THAT!??!  Seriously, this book is full of violence, which I don’t mind, but I would think twice before letting your pre-teen read about.  You never knew what horrible thing was going to happen to poor Ten, it totally kept me on my toes.  

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The ending ended up being such a nail biter, but I’m so happy it ended how it did.  If you really wanted to spoil the entire book, just go to the last page- the last words spoil the entire book!  I’m normally the type of person who will read a bit in the back, just to see how they get there, but I’m SO glad I didn’t this time around!

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All in all, I did love this book.  It took me several weeks to read, as I’ve been slower reading physical copies of books.  I’ve been so busy and exhausted before bed, I’ve just been going right to sleep.  Whereas at work, I’ve been able to read on my Kindle, so I’ve been going through those faster.  I will be picking up the 2nd book in this series on both Kindle and hardback.  Kindle so I can read it ASAP, and hardback because- DUH- it’s pretty and needs to go  on my shelf!

I HIGHLY recommend this book! Rating I gave on Goodreads: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

Until next time, dear readers!

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Semi- Spoiler Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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Book summary from Goodreads:

Anything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

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Geekerella was fantastic.  First of all, it was a modern-day geeky induced Cinderella retelling.  Secondly, I’ve been in the mood to read contemporary, light, easy, and feel good books lately.  I’ve been reading these kinds of books on my Kindle at work while it’s been slow, as I’ve been reading an epic hardback book at home!  It is told in multiple perspective form between the main two characters: Elle + Darien.  I’m not always the biggest fan of multiple perspectives, but this one worked really well.  I truly loved it!

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I loved that Elle has a blog, and that it randomly blows up overnight.  I also love that the author didn’t dwell on this, and Elle didn’t freak out and try and make it all about her.  I feel like people nowadays would try and turn a lot of blog hits around and try to make a name for their selves.  Elle is just totally chill about it and goes about her business.  She mentions a few times that she feels like she has post her reaction to different events to her readers, so maybe there was more underlying.  I, however, choose not to dig too deep into that.  Remember: quick, light read. 🙂

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I could really relate to Elle when it comes to her love of Starfield.  I totally feel this way, about Harry Potter.  It’s really cool to see all of the fangirls now days, and heck, now there are books about fangirls!  I appreciate that she totally stood up to Darien, without knowing who he was.

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The hardest part about this book was how Elle just feels like she’s a nobody and doesn’t put much faith in herself.  Her stepmother and stepsister have 0 interest in her or what she does, unless she’s not cleaning or cooking for them.  I can’t imagine how that would even feel.  I always forget that part of Cinderella, there’s not a lot of hope at first.  I think the only other time I’ve felt so deeply touched by what someone else was going through in a Cinderella retelling was in Ever After.  That movie makes me BALL to this day.  Back to Geekerella, Elle’s dad would tell her “Look to the Stars, Aim, Ignite,” and I really thought that brought a lot of hope to Elle.  I think it’s a wonderful catchphrase, and even made this little graphic for it, when I couldn’t find another!!

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Over all, this book was a 5/5 for me.  I LOVED the cosplay and the con aspect of this book- I’ve still never been to a con! I recently went to the Maynard sisters’ birthday bash, and we all had to dress up- so I went as Princess Peach!  (Maynard sisters= creators of Wizarding Wand Cosmetic Brushes; https://storybookcosmetics.com/)

I HIGHLY recommend this book! Rating I gave on Goodreads: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

Until next time, dear readers!

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