Written by: Marie Lu
Book #2 / 2 of the Warcross series
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
*Please don’t read unless you have already finished Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu.*
Summary:Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.
Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.
Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?
Disclaimer: I received this novel as part of a Goodreads Giveaway and my copy is an unedited, unreleased ARC.
Written by: Marie Lu
Book # 1 / 2 of the Warcross series
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Summary: 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.
Hey, y’all! Sorry I’ve been a little sparse with the book reviews lately, but life happens, and reading is (unfortunately) not always my #1 priority. To alleviate my time between reviews, I decided I’m going to jump on the meme train! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where I have to answer three simple questions: what am I currently reading, what I have recently read, and what I want to read soon. I did this for the first time last week and really enjoy this meme, as I am always reading multiple books at once and queueing my next choices right on my nightstand. So, here we go!
What am I currently reading?
- Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo: I loved the first installment in this series, as I did Bardugo’s previous Grisha Trilogy series. Pretty much right after I set down Six of Crows, I vehemently searched to see which library was the closest to me and had a copy of the book available. The one right by my house had it, which I believe to be pure destiny. I am excited to see how Kaz’s Dreg crew figures out how to save their missing member and their money at the same time.
- Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon: Good historical fiction is the bane of my existence – and by bane, I mean its biggest blessing. I’ve had multiple people recommend this book to me, although I am definitely beginning to see the beginning of what others don’t like about it: mentions into domestic abuse. So, definitely be warned if that triggers you; I am willing to keep reading the book to see if that improves, and because Gabaldon is an incredibly talented writer who transports the reader with Claire to the Scottish Highlands.
- Sabriel (Abhorsen #1) by Garth Nix: This is another YA fantasy novel series that I’ve had people recommending to me left and right, and I’ve just never had enough drive to pick it up. My understanding is that it is about a girl descended from a powerful sorcerer who can help prevent ghosts from haunting this world, but who struggles with her powers especially as her father and mentor disappear. I’m only about three chapters in and I’m already kind of lost, as it seems to be a complex new world and I’ve received little to no explanation of what’s going on. I hope this improves throughout the story.
What did I recently finish reading?
- The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu: Okay, so disclaimer – I don’t like Adelina, nor have I ever, and I think that really hurts the rating of this book since most of the book was just following her around and being angsty bordering on psychotic. I really learned to love the Daggers in the first book, and they’re basically never mentioned in this book; even the new characters in this novel are rarely mentioned, with the story focusing on Adelina almost the entire time. The plot seemed to take longer than it needed to, while the battle at the end seemed too rushed and easy. All of the humor and joy and strength that I liked about the first book is completely lost in the unnecessary darkness of the second. Considering how much I loved its predecessor, I was extremely let down by this book. Rating: 3 / 5 stars, review coming soon.
- When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett: This is another book that I had to read and evaluate for potential use in the University of Florida’s 2017 Common Reading Program for first year students and faculty. When I finished reading this book and met with the rest of the group, I automatically said no, absolutely not. Although Parrett’s style of writing is interesting, as it sometimes almost comes across as poetry, I’m still not really sure what this book is supposed to be about. The back makes me believe that the main character, Isla, is going to suffer some loss or face some turning point in her life… but I don’t think that ever really happens? I honestly am still confused. Rating: 1.5/5 stars, review coming soon.
- Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer: This is still one of my favorite series to date, because it is a truly unique idea. Although retelling fairytales isn’t anything new, the world that Meyer creates by the addition of the Lunar aliens and the combination of the different fairytales is incredibly interesting. Additionally, Meyer’s stories are fast-paced and entertaining on every page; there is humor and heartbreak, battle scenes and lengthy dialogues, and always the question of who is actually on the right side of things. Cress is a continuation of this and I love Cress as a character; I think she might actually be my favorite character out of the three heroines we’ve met so far, but we’ll have to see where Winter takes all of them next. Rating: 4/5 stars, review coming soon.
What do I think I’ll read next?
- The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3) by Deborah Harkness: This is a series that although it started off a little rough and I definitely still have some large transgressions with it, I’ve grown to love it in a very begrudging manner. This is the finale to a series in which a powerful witch named Diana works alongside vampires (including her husband), demons, and humans alike to determine the origin of the supernatural beings and find out why they seem to be decreasing in number. I’m butchering the explanation of this, but the plot line is only part of this book; Harkness is an incredible writer and is immensely intelligent, so her books are a bit of a more challenging but entertaining read than most.
- Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken: This is one of those books I’ve been seeing all over the Internet in the last year or so, and I decided to give it a try. Also, it sounds incredibly sic-fi, which is my kind of thing. After tragedy strikes, Etta finds herself transported from the world she knows into a different one, forced across time and space to find a long-lost object at the behest of a family she’s never known. This sounds so incredibly interesting and promising, and I am very excited to start this book and check it out.
- The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick: This book has been at the tippy-top of my reading list ever since Amazon started a TV series based off of it more than a year ago, but it has continuously been pushed back down by other books. I’ve been in a historical fiction kick, especially alternative history fiction, recently, so this seemed perfect to finally pick it up. I’m incredibly excited as my minor in school is in history and World War II specifically, so to see the aftermath of a world in which the Axis Powers won instead of the Allies is interesting indeed.
Written by: Marie Lu
#1 / 3 in the Legend Trilogy
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Summary: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
Written by: Marie Lu
#1/2+ of The Young Elites series
Rating: 4/5 stars
Summary: Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret and they are hunted by the King’s Inquisition Axis, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can, providing them a training ground to fight to protect other Young Elites. Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren, the leader of the Inquisition Axis, is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.