Review of Warcross by Marie Lu (digital arc)

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Summary from Goodreads:

 

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.

 

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Review of Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows (digital arc)

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Summary from Goodreads:

Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

After

Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.

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Review of They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera (digital arc)

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Summary from Goodreads:

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

My thoughts:

Adam Silvera makes me cry.  Holy crap.  I hardly ever cry when reading, but I’ve cried twice this year and both books were by Adam.  They Both Die At The End is pretty different from History Is All You Left Me, but it had the same effect on me.  Maybe even more.  I knew they were going to die when the book ended, but it didn’t matter.  I cried.

It all started with the author note.  It was beautifully written and shows what an amazing human being Adam Silvera is.  He has a way with words that just makes you feel.  And the characters start to feel like real people, people you actually know and care about.

I loved the diversity in this book.  Another thing I enjoyed was the extra people.  The short little chapters about different people Mateo and Rufus met or people who had some part in their day.  It reminded me a bit of Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also A Star. That is one of the things I love about her story telling, too.  Deidre was one of the other characters and I really loved her idea on reincarnation. That you can find out when and where you’ll be reincarnated so that your loved ones can find you.  These little stories really added to the book for me.

But the real story was Mateo and Rufus.  The way they brought out the best in each other was so heartwarming.  I knew things would end badly, but I kept hoping that they would live.

There were so many incredible quotes from this book.  I’m going to add a few that really show how incredible and touching this book is.  Since this is an arc, the wording can change, but I hope these stay exactly the same.

“I may not be able to cure cancer or end world hunger, but small kindnesses go a long way.”

“Twelve hours ago I received the phone call telling me I’m going to die today, and I’m more alive now than I was then.”

“You may be born into a family, but you walk into friendships.  Some you’ll discover you should put behind you.  Others are worth every risk.”

“You didn’t just keep me alive, you made me live.”

I can keep going on and on.  This book is full of emotion and I hope you all get a chance to read it soon.

They Both Die At The End will be published September 5th (the end day) 2017 by HaperCollins.

Add it to Goodreads here.

Thank you so much to Edelweiss+ and HarperCollins for giving me a chance to read this book.

Adam Silvera will be touring this fall.  I am hoping to attend the event at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL on October 5th.   You can pre-order the book here to get in the signing line.

 

7 ARCs approved today through Edelweiss+

I requested these all at different times.  Before this, I had one approved (which I reviewed) and one declined.  I just received an e-mail with 7 approvals.  Harper must like me today.  I had to share it with others who would appreciate it, too.

 

I already have my next few books planned, but it looks like I’ll be busy reading these soon.  Thank you Edelweiss and Harper!

Review of digital arc We All Fall Down by Natalie D. Richards

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Summary from Goodreads:

Theo’s always been impulsive. But telling Paige how he feels? He’s obsessed over that decision. And it’s time. Tonight. At the party on the riverbank, under the old walking bridge, site of so many tales of love and death.

Paige has had a crush on Theo since they first met, but she knows her feelings are one-sided. She’s trying to move on, to flirt. A party at the river is just what she needs. Except a fight breaks out, and when Paige tries to intervene–Theo’s fist lands in her face.

All Theo and Paige want to do is forget that fateful night. But strange events keep drawing them back to the bridge. Someone, something is determined to make them remember…and pay for what they each did.

My thoughts:

We All Fall down was pretty hard to put down at times.  It was a strange story, but I just kept wanting to read.  The story is told by two people, Paige and Theo.  Both of them are pretty flawed and the book deals with a lot of mental health issues.  Paige had been in love with her best friend, Theo, for awhile, but he never seemed interested.  One night, they are heading to a party and Theo decides to tell Paige he loves her.  But Paige is at the party to see another boy.  Theo gets drunk, starts to fight with the boy, and hits Paige instead.  Paige loses teeth and has a small fracture in her jaw.

Time goes by and neither of them speak.  Paige goes to a summer program for science and Theo works with his uncle.  They are both right by the haunted bridge from that night.  Theo has to work on it and starts hearing voices.  That night keeps replaying over and over.  Paige starts receiving items she lost that night.  They run into each other and everything gets intense.

Paige is struggling with paranoia, anxiety, and sleepwalking.  She’s struggling to keep it together.  Theo meets a young kid, Gabriel, who starts studying to find out the history of the bridge and its ghosts.

Paige and Theo both still love each other, but they have to decide if their relationship can be healed and if it’s worth fighting for.

“We brought out the worst in each other before.  Enabled all the wrong behaviors.”

They need to relive that night and see if they can move past it.  Both need help that the meds they are on aren’t fixing.

“When are we ever ready to let go?  The past feels safe.  Sometimes you have to push past safe to get to healthy.”

I really enjoyed this book.  There were parts that annoyed me a bit, but overall, it was really good.  I gave this 4 stars.

We All Fall Down will be released October 3rd 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire.  I received a digital copy for review from Edelweiss+.