Ready Player One review

Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline                                                                                                    Source:Bought
Pages:372
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Synopsis

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.

My thoughts

i read this book because i bought this book a long time ago and heard about the movie. I wanted to read the book before i watched the movie.

I found this book to be an okay to kinda good read. I say this because it was quite slow in the beginning and nothing was happening plot wise, although it picked up later on.  It took me a long to get into it and actually enjoy reading it. I was going to dnf it at one point but didn’t. One aspect of the book I didn’t enjoy was the romance,which there’s not much of anyway. I found it to be too forced and too fast and weird for me. We didn’t get to see any development and just got a page or paragraph of what happened in a sort of past tense and that was it. I think they should have met sooner, which might have made me like it more. I was often confused by the 80s references,I did understand some of them.I didn’t connect to Wade’s character at all and liked Daito and Shoto the best. The ending is what I enjoyed most and is what I bumped up the rating for.

I’m still looking forward to watching the movie and see how well it’s adapted.

3.5/5

Have you read Ready Player One? What did you think of it?

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March Wrap-Up

Hey guys,

Here are the books I read in March

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

To Kill a Kingdom

I have a review up for this here.

4/5 stars

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)

5/5

Ready Player One by Ernist Cline

Ready Player One

3.5/5

What are the books you read in March? Which was your favourite.Obviously mine was Obsidio.

Clockwork princess review

Hey guys,

Here’s one of my old reviews I found.

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Source:Borrowed
Pages:567
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Danger and betrayal, love and loss, secrets and enchantment are woven together in the breathtaking finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING
 

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

My thoughts

I had waited a really long time to read this book and I really don’t know why. I loved the other two in the series and I knew that the last one had come out but I still didn’t read it. Because of this, this lead me to read a lot of spoilers about this book as I follow Cassandra Clare’s Twitter and Tumblr. But by me being spoiled, it made me want to read the story even more. It seemed that the book would be really interesting and that it would turn out better than the others. I was not disappointed!

In brief, I really loved this story and the characters. It seemed to me that it was a satisfying ending to the trilogy. The writing was magnificent and it seemed to flow really easily.

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! BE WARNED!

In the Prologue, we see Adele StarkWeather who is about to get her first rune marked on her. When the silent brothers are marking her, she is extreme pain.

When reading the prologue I did not understand what this had to do with the rest of the book but upon finishing the book, I realised the importance of it.

At the start of the book, you see Tessa trying on her wedding clothes when Jem comes in. Tessa has to hide as it is seen as bad luck for the groom to see the bride in her wedding dress before the wedding. I found this really cute and funny. Jem tells Charlotte that Gabriel Lightwood is downstairs.Everyone is informed and go to see what the fuss is about. Gabriel Lightwood calls his father a ‘worm’ which is quite funny and i thought that he finally realised that he was on the wrong side. Will seemed to be thinking the same and he said that it was great that he agreed with the others. Action was in the story right from the start and I really enjoyed reading it. It made me want to finish the story really quickly because normally when you read a book, the interesting part does not start until 100 or so pages in but in this the action was starting right from the start.

Throughout the book, I was left wondering what would happen next and how things would play out. One thing I really liked was the change in style. By this I mean is the letters that were written. We, as readers got to see and know things that others in the books did not know. For example, the readers knew about the back and forth between the consul and the council and we learnt early on that the Consul did not like Charlotte as much as she originally thought.

The songs that Bridget sang brought some humour into the story although she might not have been singing about happy events.It was fun to see the characters reactions to her depressing songs.

One thing I truly loved was that Will did not want to hurt his Parabatai, Jem, and that he kept his love for Tessa a secret. Not because he was selfish but because he truly cared about them both and that he wanted to see them both happy. He did not want to be the cause of their unhappiness. When Tessa was kidnapped and Jem ill, my heart went out for him. He couldn’t decide whether to stay with his Parabatai,or find Tessa which would be what Jem wanted. I cried when the emotional scene of Will leaving Jem to go and find Tessa.

When Jem returns as a silent brother i was shocked. Although, i knew that he was going to be one because of spoilers it still surprised me that he was fighting alongside them so quickly, like he was never ill at all. I felt the happiness that Will and Tessa must have felt.

When Tessa turned into the angel, and had all that fire surrounding her, that was the last thing i expected. That was a really good way to end the danger and kill mortmain.

The third person perspective was really effective as you were able to see their world from different view points and their was no biased view. Like the letters it gave you information that the characters did not know.

I feel like this is so long but that’s because I loved the story so much. It is definitely one of my favourites. The epilogue was so sweet and it seemed such a good way to give an insight to the lives of the others.

One more thing I forgot to mention was that I really like that Henry was appreciated in this book, especially by Magnus. I was devastated to learn that he was nearly dead and could never walk again. It was interesting to learn that he and Magnus were the ones that created the portal used in the Mortal instrument series.

Finishing thoughts

I really love this trilogy and it is definitely one of my favourites. I liked that all the characters had a solid relationship and i loved the mini love story for each of the characters in between the main plot, especially Gabriel’s and Cecily’s.I definitely recommend this book to others and it is quite worthy of 5/5 stars.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Do you like Cassandra Clare’s works? Which series is your favourite?

DNFing books

Hey guys,

I have a different sort of post today. A discussion post!

I wanted to dicuss DNFing books because I’m currently ‘reading’ Sense and Sensibility and I’m not really into it.

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I started it last month and I don’t even think I’m at the 100 page mark. I’m really disappointed that I’m not enjoying it because I absolutely loved Emma by Jane Austen in January and I also really love Pride and Prejudice. I don’t know whether I want to DNF it just yet. I keep thinking I’ll enjoy it more so I should keep reading. I think I will most likely DNF it because it’s stopping me from reading other books which can ultimately cause a reading slump. When I DNF books, I normally plan to try to read them again at a later date. For me, I’ve normally DNFed a book and then later on really enjoyed it. I tend to DNF the book and either completely remove it from my goodreads or change it back to ‘want to read’. I think books should get a second chance as sometimes I’m just not in the mood for that specific book. Unless I really hate the book and DNF it, then I won’t go back to it.

What are your thoughts on DNFing a book? Do you do it? Do you ever come back to the book?

Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda review

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli Source:Borrowed
Pages:402
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Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
My thoughts

I think this will be brief. I really loved this book and Simon! I normally don’t enjoy books that have aspects of an online relationship or communication. You can never really know who’s behind the screen. I enjoyed this because it was obvious there was no alterior motive behind the communication and it was just two gay boys who hadn’t come out to the world yet who didn’t want to know who the other was. They were connecting on an emotional level and could tell each other their feelings. I had fun trying to figure out who Blue was and didn’t really guess correctly. I kept thinking it was different people and couldn’t stick to one.The story was a quick read for me,especially because I read it as an ebook. One of the reasons I picked up the book was because of the movie coming out. It had been on my Tbr for years and I finally got the motivation because I wanted to read the book before I watched the movie. I watched the trailer after and I’m excited for the movie

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Have you read this book? Are you going to watch the movie when it comes out?

To Kill a Kingdom review

To Kill a Kingdom

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Source:*E-arc
Pages:342
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Synopsis

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?

My thoughts

I found this book to be a very enjoyable read. I heard a lot about it in the book community and knew that I had to read it. I liked all the different characters and seeing that there were many sides to them and that they weren’t just cruel. This was told in two different first person perspectives,Elian and Lira,I found it sometimes to be confusing on who was narrating,not because the characters were very similar but because there was no indication that the point of view had changed.I don’t know if this is the case in the physical books.Though, It was easy to distinguish after the first two sentences and didn’t take away from the story. I also really enjoyed the romance in this book and found it refreshing not to be the main focus. It was a really good slow-burn romance.I really liked the world that they were living in and the different kingdoms and how they interact with each other. Another thing I liked was how the sirens looked.They weren’t necessarily the most beautiful and some had tentacles but you could still like them.It’s what on the inside that counts,which is a very good message. One thing I disliked was that it  took a lot of time to actually get to the main plot,which made me take a bit longer to read and be not as interested in it but once the main plot was estabished,I was flying through it.Another thing is that it’s a stand-alone fantasy!  No waiting for another book to come out,although I think there might be potential for another book,i’m very happy with the ending,which doesn’t leave a lot unanswered.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

*Thank you to netgalley and hot key books for the e-arc.

All views expressed are my own.

If this sounds interesting to you make sure to check this book out as it’s in stores today!

Are you planning on reading To Kill a Kingdom? Have you read it? What did you think?

 

 

March tbr

Hey guys

I have my march tbr set out. It’s still a bit ambitious,but hey there’s 31 days in this month and not 28 like February.

So this is basically my february tbr because I only read 2 of the books.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

To Kill a Kingdom

The Mime Order and The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Harry Potter: a journey through a history of Magic

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

Hopefully I’ll be able to get to these books! I always get distracted by shows I want to watch.

What is your March TBR? Do you easily get distracted?