Thursday, 27 October 2016

'Ready Player One', by Ernest Cline

Title: Ready Player One
Author(s): Ernest Cline
Release Date: 5th April 2012
Publisher: Arrow Books
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Source: Audible (Audiobook)

Synopsis:
It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

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Friday, 21 October 2016

'As I Descended', by Robin Talley

Title: As I Descended
Author(s): Robin Talley
Release Date: 6th September 2016
Publisher: Mira INK
Genre: YA, Supernatural
Source: Publisher

Synopsis:
Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—even if no one knows it but them.

Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey.

Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily’s whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word.

But what Delilah doesn’t know is that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to make their dreams come true. And the first step is unseating Delilah for the Kingsley Prize. The full scholarship, awarded to Maria, will lock in her attendance at Stanford―and four more years in a shared dorm room with Lily.

Maria and Lily will stop at nothing to ensure their victory—including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school.

But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line.

From acclaimed author Robin Talley comes a Shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption, where fair is foul, and foul is fair.
 

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

'Holding Up The Universe' by Jennifer Niven

Title: Holding Up The Universe
Author(s): Jennifer Niven
Release Date: 6th October 2016
Publisher: Penguin
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Source: Publisher (ARC)

Synopsis:
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed 'America's Fattest Teen'. But no one's taken the time to look past her weight to get to see who she really is. Since her mum's death, she's been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby's ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too. Yes, he's got swagger, but he's also mastered the art of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a secret: he can't recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He's the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can't understand what's going on with the inner workings of his own brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don't get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game which lands them in group counseling, Libby and Jack are both angry, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world - theirs and yours.


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Thursday, 13 October 2016

'Three Dark Crowns', by Kendare Blake

Title: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1)
Author(s): Kendare Blake
Release Date: 22nd September 2016
Publisher: Macmillan
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: Publisher (ARC)

Synopsis:
Three sisters. One crown. A fight to the death.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn't solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it's not just a game of win or lose . . . it's life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Books I Read (and Loved) Because of Booktube


This week's Top Ten Tuesday is all about books we have read because of other people's recommendations, and I decided to do mine about booktube. Long before I joined the community myself, I often saw my TBR growing with each video I watched. I found on booktube a way to be updated about new releases on my favourite genres (and, sometimes, be intrigued by some that I thought I wouldn't!) and start eagerly awaiting novels way before their release.

In some cases I ended up reading books I otherwise wouldn't, and was often pleasantly surprised. So, without further ado, here is a list of some of the books I read because of the recommendations of booktubers, in the hope I can pass these along to other eager readers!

1. 'Afterworlds', by Scott Westerfeld

{Goodreads}

I don't remember who first introduced this book to me, but if I did I would be swarming their comment section with 'thank you's.

Having previously read some of the books from the 'Uglies' series, I wasn't too keen on giving Scott Westerfeld another try, but after seeing what this book was about I had to put that aside and read it. A book about a NaNoWriMo participant? I definitely needed in on that.

Needless to say, I immediately fell in love with it, binge read it, it is now one of my favourite books ever, and I always try to find the chance to recommend it to other people to spread the love.

Go read it. Now.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

My Favourite Book Villains


This week's Top Ten Tuesday is SO me.

If I have a weak spot for any type of character in books, it most certainly is the villain. A book with a bad villain can have everything else going for it but it will still fall flat on its face to me. Give me cringy, manic, calculatic villains any day of the week!

I didn't put this top in any sort of order, otherwise I would go insane trying to decide on my favourites. Also, this feels like a disclaimer I should be doing in the event of any of these magically coming to live and deciding to come after me...


1. Kylo Ren, 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

{Goodreads}      [Review]

Okay, I lied.

This is definitely my favourite.

Also, this counts because there is a book of it! (muahahah)

In all honesty, anyone that knows me in real life knows how obsessed I am with Kylo Ren. He's probably the best Star Wars villain ever (Darth Vader is on a whole other level of iconic), and there are so many layers to him that I rejoice with glee every time I see yet another theory related to him.

If he doesn't have some sort of redemption by the end of this trilogy, I will force choke a bitch.

Monday, 3 October 2016

September Wrap Up


September was, once again, a month with little to no reading... *sigh* I really need to step up my game, otherwise my TBR will never end!

I had one book that I gave up on, and then managed to finish two others. Crossing my fingers that October will turn out better!