Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ready Player One Review

374 pages
In the year 2045, 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. 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.

Review:
I've been meaning to read this book for a while. A very long while. In preparation for the movie I decided to actually get started and see what all of the hype was about, and it didn't disappoint. The world created here is one in which the world is such a depressing place and the only way for the poor to escape that is to live in a virtual world called the OASIS. The creator of the OASIS decides to create a massive game within the OASIS upon his death, which will give all of his power and wealth to the one who can solve all of the puzzles and retrieve all three keys. Wade grew up in poverty and has devoted his life to solving and winning the game. His sole purpose in life is learning as much as he can about the greater of the OASIS and using that to solve the game. Along the way he forms friendships with unlikely participants and has a crazy adventure within the virtual and real life. I enjoyed the parallels between this world and our own. A major theme showed that you really don't know if the person you're talking to online is what they portray themselves to be in reality. This book was action-packed and filled with adventure. I definitely recommend this book if you like sci-fi novels and also if you plan on seeing the movie.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

To Kill A Kingdom Review

342 pages

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.
The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

Review:
A dark twist on what we know mermaids and sirens to be, this book does not disappoint. The story is fresh, original, and intriguing. The world created in this novel is one of beauty with each kingdom completely different and unique from the other. Princess Lira isn't a typical heroine and neither is Prince Elian a typical hero. Both have a dark side that creates an attraction between them different from the usual. I love that Lira is ruthless and wicked yet has a side that questions her actions and those of her mother, the Sea Queen. I also liked that Elian is completely different from your typical prince, wanting to live a life of freedom and danger instead of safe in his kingdom. This is a fairy tale story with a dark twist that makes it an irresistible read. I definitely recommend this book if you like dark mythological adventures.

Friday, March 9, 2018

A Wrinkle In Time Release Day!



Happy Release Day! I remember reading this book as a kid and while it had a lot of big terms I didn't understand, the story still transcended as one of wonder and timeless. I am so glad they finally decided to give this book the recognition it deserves and turned it into a movie. I hope everyone made to read this in their middle school years, decides to check this out!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Immortal Reign Review

400 pages


As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.
Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he's willing to sacrifice.
Lucia knows there's something special about her daughter and she'll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.
Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica's future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.
Magnus and Cleo's love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?
 

Review:
As the final book in this series, this does not disappoint. The journey that these characters have taken to try an destroy the Elementals reaches an epic conclusion worthy of the wait. Once again we view through several different eyes as we see all of the decisions being made to save all of the kingdoms. I enjoyed seeing how everyone progresses through love, getting to know themselves and their relationships with the other main characters. I don’t want to give to much away but the growth you see in each person brings choices you won’t expect.  I am sorry that the series is over but glad the author was able to bring it to such a decisive end. I would definitely not recommend starting this novel until you have read the other five. However, I would recommend you start the series if you have not especially if you love epic fantasy novels.