Ready Player One Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“. . . as terrifying and painful as reality can be, its also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.” 

Author: Ernest Cline

Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopian, YA

Published August 16th 2011 by Crown Publishers

Pages: 390

Rating – 4/5

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Finally. I can’t recall how long I had this book on my shelf and I am so happy I got to read this at the end. One of the reasons why this social isolation is not too bad for us book nerds! It gives us the opportunity to tackle our TBR! I finally came to understand the hype behind this novel and why it is so loved by people. And what better time to read it than now, when we are basically in the same situation as the society in the book!

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IN THE YEAR 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

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While it did take a few pages, for the the plot to thicken, it wasn’t long before I was HOOKED! In all honesty, I was not a huge fan of the romance aspect of the book. In fact, I was more intrigued with the games and how the characters were planning to overcome the challenges. I was a little apprehensive going into this since I did hear that there was a lot of 80s trivia which I was not sure whether I could relate to. But thanks to Google, I did not mind it a bit. In fact, I actually learned a lot!

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Wade Watts – Determined; Smart; Socially Awkward; Nerdy – Having had a rough childhood and with his early living circumstances, its clear that Wade is very closed off from the real world. In fact him and so many others find their only escape in the OASIS. What I really liked about him was the extensive character growth, when at the end of the novel he truly becomes the best version of himself despite having to overcome challenges and the fear of the real world.

Artemis – Clever; Intelligent; Friendly – I knew she was going to be an awesome character from the moment she made her first entrance. In a world where Video Games and VR are mostly male dominated regions, she never let it bother her and was mentally focused on using her skills in the games. I loved it! And how clever she was! There were times when she would decipher clues that the other characters could not even figure out and I was like YASSS GURLLLL

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AechHilarious; Witty; A Good Friend – I really liked the interactions between Wade and Aech. They do have their disagreements when it comes to their opinions and also certain challenges they face off in the book but I love the amount of support they have for each other. And eventually, it grows to an even stronger friendship after the trials they face. Its always so encouraging and supportive. I loved it!

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I really loved how Ernest Cline tackles the themes surrounding Video Games and Technology. While it can be enticing at first, there is a darker side to it. In fact, he describes the dangers of social isolation and that it can lead to depression, sadness and an overall unhappy life. So even though it is for these reasons that people reach out into the OASIS for comfort, it can end up hurting them if they fall too deep within it.

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Another reason I was apprehensive about going into this book was because it was a Standalone and I was not sure whether we would fully be able to immerse ourselves into this new world. But Ernest Cline made it happen! The way he described the Dystopian world and the OASIS was absolutely stunning. You could honestly picture the environment so well that you felt as if you were right beside the characters. And this is remarkable because there are different regions/ worlds within the OASIS but they are distinctly different from one another!

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As mentioned before, I really liked the characters and I appreciated all the snarky comments and witty wanter – despite some few moments which irked me. I am not going to lie, there were times when I actually starting scolding Wade actions in the book – Like Hello! Why are you off doing this when you should try focusing on X,Y, and Z? Do you not want to win the games? GAHHH the Frustration! But I can understand why his choices based on his motives and character. Sometimes there are occasions where you can lose focus and it takes time to reset and re-prioritize. Eventually, we find our way back 🙂 But overall, I really enjoyed this book despite the slow start. I found it the perfect novel to jump out of my reading slump!

Have any of you read Ready Player One? What were your thoughts on it? If you have reviewed it on your blog, let me know and I will check it out!

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Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another bookish post!

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Girls with Sharp Sticks ARC Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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Author: Suzanne Young

Publication: March 19th 2019 by Simon Pulse

Pages: 400

Rating: 3.5/5

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Thank you very much to Netgalley and the publisher for the free advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

When I first began to read a few pages of this book, I will admit that I wasn’t as hooked. It was probably due to the typical YA dystopian aura I felt from earlier books that it did not grasp me. However, it was not until the 80 page mark when I noticed a more mysterious and thrilling atmosphere looming within the pages. I grew curious and that made me more invested into wanting to complete the book. It wasn’t long before I found myself flying though the pages wanting to know what happens next. If you are a fan of dystopian/thriller novels, then I think this one is the book for you!

Summary:

The Innovations Academy prioritizes in providing the studies and activities for the girl students to be the best in society. However their curriculum is quite different from those offered today. Some of which include courses such as  “Growing a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden” to “Art Appreciation” and “Interior Design.” The main purpose is to ensure that the girls grow to be obedient young ladies – something that Mena and her friends realize is part of a darker scheme within the school. Together they hope to uncover the secrets of the school, their background and the purpose of their studies there no matter how ugly the truth may be. 

My Review:

Setting : Who doesn’t love a boarding school setting? Especially if it incorporates a thrilling atmosphere such as this one? While it is quite obvious from the first few pages that the Academy is not your typical High School, it still peaks your interests with the strange behaviors of the students and faculty.

“The roses. . . They’re alive, you know. All . of them. And if you listen closely enough, you can hear their shared roots. Their common purpose. They’re beautiful, but it’s not all they are.” 

Plot: I believe the main issue for me was the story line. Maybe it was because I read a lot of dystopians before but it felt a bit similar especially in the beginning. However, over time I noticed the story changing and when the elements of thrill were thrown into the mix, that was when I became invested into the story. I will admit there were moments which made my skin crawl! I didn’t expect that going into this book. And the amount of plot twists in this book too! These were the moments which the author handled very well since she cleverly weaves the threads of suspense and danger into the book where the readers would have no choice but be glued to the pages!

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Characters: We follow the perspective of Mena who in the beginning we see her venture through her school life one day at a time, but a sequence of events has her questioning the origins of the Academy and because of her experiences, she grows to be very dynamic. I really liked her as a character since she truly cares for the other girls around her and develops an intense bravery despite the odds. We also see her with her close friends, Sydney, Brynn, Marcella, Annalise, Valentine, and Lennon Rose. We also have a side character by the name of Jackson who is the romantic interest; however, it was not over bearing and it did not overshadow the main plot.

Themes: Definitely do not let the Girls Private School setting fool you! While some may expect to find a lot of toxic jealousy, I was so surprised to see the amount of female friendship in this novel and it was truly one of the aspects that made it a delightful read. The feminism in this book is worth noting and I love the spin the author took on this subject and I am sure it is something that the readers will find intriguing.

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Overall, I did find this to be a quick easy read and it is definitely something to get you out of a reading slump for sure!

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all in my next bookish post!

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Renegades by Marissa Meyer Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“One cannot be brave who has no fear.” 

Author: Marissa Meyer

Published: November 7th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

Pages – 556

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Rating – 4/5

Summary

The Renegades are a subdivision of prodigies who are humans with extraordinary abilities/powers that rose during the destruction/ruins of society in order to establish peace and justice. At present day, they are viewed as saviors and champions of the world except to the Anarchists, the villains they overthrew.

Renegades follows the perspective of two prodigies, Nova – an anarchists who is determined to bring the downfall of the Renegades – and Adrian – a renegade who believes in order and justice.

Characters

  1. Nova – Fierce; Resourceful; Alias Nightmare; I love the twist Marissa Meyer added to the plot to have the female lead be part of the Anarchist group. You generally do not see this within a lot of YA novels but is was refreshing to read from her perspective. As a reader, you do understand the reasons as to why she feels the way she does.
  2. Adrian – Selfless; Brave; Alias Sketch; Adrian’s character resembled a typical superhero but for his age he is very eager to prove himself and that he deserves to be a renegade who can take on complex missions. His team members (Ruby and Oscar) were also very fun to read about 🙂

Final Thoughts:

One of the main reasons I love Marissa Meyer’s work is because although she writes novels which are within the fun sci-fi/fantasy genres, you can always pick out the stronger message/subtext that she is trying to deliver and she does so within this novel as well.

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To begin with, there are a lot of characters within this novel so it helps that there is a character page in the beginning which breaks down the members of the two groups with their powers. You would have to remember both the real names as well as the hero/villain names but it gets easier as you continue reading. Regarding content, the first few chapters really do grab your attention as a reader since it is very intense and action packed but I will say that the plot did not thicken until 200+ pages into the book so I do think a lot of the novel could have been condensed since it is about 556 pages in total.

The world of the prodigies are split between the Renegades and Anarchist which is basically good vs. evil but everything is not as simple as it seems. I love how Marissa Meyer dives deeper within the two groups and adds layers to the branches of society. Not everyone who is a renegade are considered “good.” And there are times when you see some Anarchists operating within a gray line.

As you continue reading, a lot of secrets are dispersed throughout the novel which does help with engaging the reader. I also enjoyed reading about the various types of powers the prodigies had which included elemental manipulation, super strength, invisibility explosive generation etc. The romance was definitely a slow burn (which is the type I prefer in novels) and their relationship is still developing but the focus was more between the building tension between the renegades and the anarchists. Overall, I will definitely recommend this novel if you are a fan of Marvel/DC comics and movies or if you love a fun dystopian/superpower novel.

AND OMG! THAT ENDING THOUGH!

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How about you guys? Have you read Renegades? What did you all think of it?

Until next time, keep reading and I will greet you all with another bookish post!

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Restore Me (Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi) Cover Reveal

Hey Everyone!!! I’m back again with more bookish news!

We recently got an exclusive preview and cover reveal for the next book in Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series, Restore Me.

AND IT IS STUNNING 🙂

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EW just revealed the news yesterday with an exclusive preview as well! (I couldn’t help but giggle throughout it to be honest – It’s great to see the characters again) You can check out the full article HERE

And if you would like to see my full review of the series, you can check it out HERE

From the Tahereh’s small preview she revealed to EW, it looks like we will be getting dual POVs of both Juliette and Warner! Currently, this book is set to release on March 2018 and it terms of plot and content, we will probably be diving deep into the minds of both our characters so I am super excited to see how Tahereh will portray this. And having read her previous books to this series, I can definitely say that her writing is absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next installment.

HOORAY FOR MORE KENJI ❤ Are you guys excited for Restore Me??? Make sure to add this to your GoodReads!

And until next time, I will see you all with more bookish posts soon! 🙂

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