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5 stars

The Game (The Game is Life #1) – Terry Schott

Synopsis:

The Game…
A virtual reality simulation played by over a billion children around the world. The best players are celebrities, adored and worshiped by countless fans. Zack is a superstar among players.
His final play may change the world, forever…

Review:

I loved this book.  I found it for free (as of 2-9-14) for Nook on Barnes and Noble, you can get it here.  I am always afraid of downloading books that are free just because I have been burned so many times but this one surprised me.  I could not put it down.  It only took me half a day to finish because I refused to leave that world and now I am left with a major book hangover.

I found the pace to be very well planned and even.  I fell for “Zack” easily, he doesn’t come across as arrogant or self righteous even though he is a superstar in the real world.  I can’t quite decide if his Patron is on his side or not yet…

I thought it would be difficult to separate when they were in the Game or in the real world while reading but it wasn’t.  It was relatively easy to follow.  The only hard time I had was keep straight the names of different people, especially when they referred to “Zack’s” past avatars.

There were some grammar errors but it was nothing to hinder the story which, to me, has been very well thought out.  There are twists and mysteries throughout and some do not get answered in this book like who exactly some people are in real life or in game life, making you WANT to read the second.

Barnes and Noble does not have the rest of these books so I will be ordering them from Amazon ASAP 🙂

I would recommend this for ANYONE who loves sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian.  There was no language that I can remember and no sex.

If I had to relate this to something else it would be a Matrix meets Ender’s Game meets [insert favorite dystopian novel].

List of Books in Order:

The Game

Digital Heretic

Interlude-Brandon

Virtual Prophet

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MUST Reads!

Posted: December 16, 2013 in Must Reads!

This is a list of “opinions” for books that must be read…these books may not have come out this

year (2013) but I read them this year and I believe they should not be missed.  This list, in my opinion,

is in order from 1 being the best to 10 being lowest but still a must.

#1. The Watchers Series By Lynnie Purcell

#2. The Kingkiller Chronicles By Patrick Rothfuss

#3. The Mortal Instrument Series By Cassandra Clare

#4. Ender’sGame (The Ender Quintet #1) By Orson Scott Card

#5. The Chosen Series By Denise Grover Swank

#6. Hunger Game Trilogy By Suzanne Collins

#7. The Time Keeper By Mitch Albom

#8. River of Time Series By Lisa Tawn Bergen

#9. Lux Series By Jennifer Armentrout

#10. Merry Gentry Series By Laurell K. Hamilton

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5 stars

Onyx (Lux #2) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis:

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies

Review:

I will say it again…I am in love with this series.  The characters are so easy to fall in love with.  I love the sarcasm and wit in the dialogue.  There were several times that I actually laughed out loud while reading.  That is rare for me.  I am the type to laugh internally and not call attention to myself by laughing aloud.

The relationships in the 2nd book are much more developed and the passion and denial between “Kat” and “Daemon” still give the butterflies in the tummy effect.

The pace of the book is still fast making it easy to read and hard to put down.

This is going to be another series that I will have to purchase for myself even though I have already read it.  My favorite quote by Oscar Wilde is “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”

I think this series is “multiple read” worthy 🙂

I would recommend this for older teens and young adults…there is some language and there is implied sex but nothing overt or detailed.

List of Books in Order

Obsidian

Onyx

Opal

Origin

Opposition (Lux #5) – To Be Release Oct. 2014

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5 stars

Obsidian (Lux #1) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Review:

I loved this book!  I have heard it being tossed about that it resembles Twilight but I have no idea since I have not read them (and never will) but I did notice some symmetry with the movies but I couldn’t care less.  Simply put, it is just a great story.

I love the love/hate relationship going on with “Katy” and “Daemon”.  It is highly entertaining.  Their arguing back and forth can be very witty at times.  “Daemon” is the kind of guy a lot of girls would kill to be the one who breaks through his asshat behavior and become the girl of his dreams.  Who wouldn’t want that.  I thought I would have a hard time with the alien angle but I really don’t, I really really don’t.

The pace of the book was fast (to me) and kept me engaged the entire time.  I didn’t want to put the book down.  I finished it in a day.  Luckily I had borrowed it from the library and checkout books 1-3 all at the same time so I don’t have to wait to continue the story.  It is a little dark, a little humorous, a lot of angst and very passionate (whether it be from actual passion or the heat of arguments).

I can’t see where the story is going, which is a good thing, not being able to guess what’s going to happen.  Just to be clear, that may not mean much seeing as how I have zero talent in being able to guess an ending.  That is a blessing for me seeing as how I NEVER seeing anything coming LOL, it’s always a surprise.

I would recommend this for teens and young adults but beware there is some language.  I curse like a sailor so that didn’t bother me 🙂

I would love to see this come to the big screen…

List of Books in Order:

Obsidian (Lux #1)

Onyx (Lux #2)

Opal (Lux #3)

Origin (Lux #4)

Opposition (Lux #5) – To Be Release Oct. 2014

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5 stars

The Keeper (Guardian Series #2) – Lynnie Purcell

Synopsis:

Clare has woken up in the desert with no memory of her past and no true direction, beyond the impulse to walk west.

With no clue to the trouble circling her, Clare is headed right where Odette wants her. To add to her a problems, an angel keeps trying to kill her, a Watcher named Jasmine wants to control her, and her only clue to understanding the future is to find a city that does not exist.

Review:

I can not begin to tell you how much I love this series and the previous Watcher series!  I have become obsessed with these characters!  Lynnie Purcell has such a great gift for storytelling.  I love every character she has created.

The wit in these books (as well as the Watcher Series) is just fantastic.  I have not felt that even one of these books has been filler.  Everything has had a purpose and the storyline has been very well planned and keeps your attention.

The only thing I have to complain about is that I wish there was more passion between “Daniel” and “Clare” and that really isn’t horrible for me.  I do however love the fact that the two characters do not feel the need to have to qualify/quantify their relationship every other page.  They are very comfortable and secure with each other and that is really refreshing.  A lot of books now-a-days seem to always have the two main characters who can’t trust the other to really be in love but Lynnie has managed to keep their relationship strong, independant, respectful of each other and never questioning.

I recommend this series for anyone who is a YA fan, Nephilim fan, supernatural romance fan or just a fan of great storytelling!  I can’t really remember any language so if there was it was minor and not pervasive.

I will say it again…SOMEONE SHOULD TAKE NOTICE AND MAKE THE WATCHERS SERIES AND THIS ONE INTO MOVIES!

List of Books in Order:

The Hunter (Guardian Series #1)

The Keeper (Guardian Series #2)

The Hunter Review

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5 stars

Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga #1) – Orson Scott Card

Synopsis:

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
Ender’s Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Review:

Let me first start off by saying that I originally thought this was going to be some kind of Stephen Spielberg type of book like E.T or Super 8 but I was wrong!

This is a fantastic book.  It is superbly written.  It is not necessarily fast paced but the story is extremely engaging.  I was hooked from the start.  I read it in one day!  It is a somewhat dark story because “Ender” is a very sad child/genius/creation who does not want to hurt anyone but it’s in him and he gives into it, not always unnecessarily, but he lets that helpless feeling rule him.  He is constantly bullied and tormented yet he goes on.  “Ender’s” character is very easy to have empathy and sympathy for whether you are a child or adult.  I think we all have a little bit of “Ender” in us.

It is an easy to follow storyline with only one exception: there are times when military personnel are discussing “Ender’s” progress and it was hard for me to tell who was speaking to who and when it occurred.  That was about the only complaint I had, well that and the fact that I was given this book for my birthday in June and my brother “conveniently” forgot to tell me that this book is apart of a quadrology so I do not have the rest of the books yet, BUT I WILL!

Think of it as a cross between, War Games, Hunger Games and Battlestar Galactica…the first book at least 🙂

There is a little bit of language but nothing too over the top and some of the fighting can get a little rough but it’s not too bad either.  I would recommend for pre-teen and up.

List of Books in Order:

First Meetings in Ender’s Universe (Ender’s Saga #.05)…Novella on Ender’s father

Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga #1)

War of Gifts (Ender’s Saga # 1.5)…Novella on forbidden religious holidays at Battle School

Speaker For The Dead (Ender’s Saga #2)

Ender in Exile (Ender’s Saga #2.5)…Novella on the lost years of Ender between the ages 12-35

Xenocide (Ender’s Saga #3)

Children of the Mind (Ender’s Saga #4)

Major motion picture to be release in 2013!

I know I usually read a book every two days or so but I have fallen a bit behind.  I have been trying to stock up my Etsy store 🙂

I am currently reading “Fallen” by Thomas Sniegoski and I am about halfway through the first book so hopefully I will have a review for you tonight!

I didn’t want anyone to think I dropped off the face of the Earth…which I tend to do sometimes.

OOOHHHH BTW…For those of you who are interested/obsessed with “The Name of The Wind” by  Patrick Rothfuss….It was optioned as a TV Show!!!

Check it out here: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/07/patrick-rothfuss-name-of-the-wind-television-show