Mar 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl in which we create bookish lists about everything from our favorite characters to love triangles and everything in between!
This Week's Topic: Books On My Spring TBR

Happy Spring book bloggers! It's finally spring (even though we're supposed to get 8in of snow tomorrow) and we can't wait for the warmer weather. Spring is one of my favorite times to read (especially outside) and my TBR is piled high. Here of some books at the top of my TBR!

1. The Prophecy by Jennifer L. Armentrout

2. Warcross by Marie Lu

3. Life Inside My Mind by various authors

4. All of This Is True by Lygia Day Penaflor

5. A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

6. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

7. Losing Leah by Tiffany King

8. If Only by Jennifer Gilmore

9. This is How it Happened by Paula Stokes

10. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

So these are some of the books I'd love to read this spring! Let us know what's on your TBR below!

Mar 19, 2018

Amber's Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

Title: Warcross (Warcross #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: Penguin Group 
Rating: 4/5 stars 
Kindle Edition, 366 Pages
Published: September 12th, 2017 

Read Jessica's Review Here!!

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. 

When I finished Warcross last night, I was kicking myself because when I first tried to read Warcross in December I DNFed it. I have no idea what I was thinking or why I had done that, but Marie Lu is a to-go-to author for me so I knew I had to give her novel another try. I am so glad I did! When news broke about this book I was still on my blogging/reading hiatus so I didn't get the proper opportunity to fan girl and talk about it with the rest of our blogger friends. I am also extremely behind on new releases and I'm eagerly trying to catch up. But can we please talk about that cover?! The colors and the design. It's beautiful and eye catching. 

I loved Emika's character. She felt extremely real to me. I don't picture this book taking place to far in the future, but far enough to have the technological advances that it did. To be completely blunt: Emika had the shitty end of the stick before Hideo hired her to be a bounty hunter for him (More on this further in my review!) With that being said though, she didn't have the "poor me. Look at how hard my life is. Feel bad for me" attitude and persona that some characters in other YA novels have had. Emika works hard to have a better life, her reputation is stained because she tried getting justice for someone who was deeply wronged, she works hard for her money to pay her rent and the last of her father's bills from before he died. Never once in all of that did she cry wolf about how hard and sucky her life it. Yes, she talked about her father and how she missed him. But she also a young girl who is basically an orphan. 

Emika is a skilled hacker, and in an attempt to get enough money to pay her rent for the month accidentally glitches herself into the Warcross championship game. Where Emika thinks she is going to be arrested for hacking into the game, the reverse actually happens. Hideo Tanaka, the creator of the Neruolink glasses that are used for Warcross and all the virtual benefits they have, contacts Emika with an interesting offer. There has been a security breach in Warcross and he needs help tracking down the hacker that is going to jeopardize the game. 

I fell in love with Hideo, there was just something about him that I completely adore. At first he is very closed off towards Emika but eventually we see him open up in ways he hasn't to other people. I loved the budding romance between Emika and Hideo, it wasn't too much to take over the plot. Meaning it wasn't the sole focus of the novel. But it was enough to keep me grinning. They are adorable. I can't help it. I want more. I hope there is more in the next book. I'm basically begging at this point. 

Warcross was heavy on the world building, which was necessary considering the virtual reality aspect and explaining the futuristic world. After you got past the first chunk of it in the beginning it was smooth sailing. I think that's where is ended up stopping the first time that I read Warcross, I am not a fan of heavy world building even though I love Science Fiction and Fantasy novels. Those worlds have to be built. It just comes with the genres. The world was interesting though, especially the fields they used for the Warcross games, futuristic Tokyo and New York. 

All in all I really enjoyed Warcross and I can't wait for the continuation of the series! (Last I checked there wasn't a date or summary on Goodreads yet, so I am going to try and patiently wait but I NEED MORE HIDEO!) 

Mar 18, 2018

Guest Review: This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter

Title: This Heart of Mine
Author: C.C. Hunter
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Hardcover, 384 Pages
Published February 2018

Summary: A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor? Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened. Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living, took more courage than dying?

Today on the blog we have a guest review from Mandi over at Brunette BiblioShe was kind enough to stop by and review This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter, a book that came out last month and sounds super chilling and interesting. So without further ado, let's get into the review!

It's been a while since I've read a damn good contemporary. But that all changed with this book. This Heart of Mine by C.C. Hunter made me laugh, it made me cry, but most importantly it taught me a lesson that is so easy to forget.

This book follows Leah, a high school student with an artificial heart. She carries her heart around in a backpack until one day she is fortunate enough for a transplant. Enter Matt, the charmingly handsome boy whose twin brother Eric's heart Leah was fortunate to receive after Eric committed suicide. After Leah gets her transplant, she starts to have dreams hinting that it may not have been a suicide after all. She and Matt bond over this unsettling notion, because like Leah, Matt is also having dreams and feeling's regarding Eric's demise. Leah promises to help Matt get to the bottom of what really happened to Eric...after all, she did get his heart, and the fact that she's falling for Matt doesn't hurt.

This book was way more than I ever hoped for. There's love and passion, mystery, fear, and above all else, hope. Hope to get to the bottom of what happened to Eric. Hope that Leah's body won't reject her new heart. Hope that Matt and Leah's relationship really is the real deal. And an underlying but ever present hope for tomorrow. This book teaches us to not give up that hope, and to take advantage of what time we are given. Life is too short to waste it worrying about what could happen rather than actually living our lives. I sound like a complete cheese ball, but really this book was incredibly cheesy and I wouldn't have it any other way. As a 28 year old, it takes a lot for a YA contemporary to touch me, but this one not only touched me but violently grabbed at my heartstrings and pulled until I was drained of all emotion after both laughing and crying my way thorough this book.

And to top it all off, not only is this just about the best contemporary I've ever read, but it's an own voices novel! The author's husband had a kidney transplant that saved his life, so all the emotions, both hope and fear, packed into this novel are 100% genuine. 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

A huge thank you to St. Martin's Press for allowing me early digital access to this book!

We'd like to once again thank Mandi for stopping by The Book Bratz today to post this guest review. You can read the original review over on her blog by clicking HERE!

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