Saturday, July 30, 2016

Stacking the Shelves|July 2016 Book Haul

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly or monthly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where you can share your recent book purchases, giveaway wins, and books received from publishers.



Purchased:

I know I hauled Glass Sword a few months ago; however, my local BAM has been amazing these past few months and managed to obtain signed copies! 


My local library hosted their annual used book sale this past week, of course, I had to go. Unfortunately, they didn't have nearly as many young adult books compared to last year. Being the nerd that I am, here is what I bought:


NetGalley Reviews:



What books did you get this month?

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Firstlife By Gena Showalter|Review


Firstlife (Everlife #1)
Published by Harlequin Teen on February 23rd, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 480
Format: ARC
Rating:

ONE CHOICE. TWO REALMS. NO SECOND CHANCE. Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies. There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death. In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

My Thoughts

I definitely feel like this book is a hit or miss. And unfortunately, for me, it was most certainly a miss. I. Just. Couldn’t. Deal. With. The. Love. Triangle. 
I was so pumped when I first dove into the book. The premise sounded promising and seemed to guarantee an action-packed adventure. Though the story doesn’t like action, it does; however, lack adequate progression. The first half of the book was solely about Ten enduring the asylum and eventually leading up to her escape. This book this quite thick. I was defiantly hoping, and ultimately praying for Tenley to escape within the first few chapters. No such luck. 
Within the first few chapters, I realized that some aspects of Firstlife sounded awfully familiar to a duology that I adore. 
1) We find the characters in an asylum, similar to a faculty that breaths new life into the once living. 
2) There is something that makes the main characters different from all of the other inmates. In this case, one is known for counting EVERYTHING. And the other is known for their death number.
3) The main characters are cold hearted, shows little to no emotion, have serious trust issues, as well as many other afflictions. Whereas the secondary characters assigned to the main are seen as liabilities, weak, and helpless. That is until a turning point occurs and changes our thoughts about the characters completely.  
Any guesses on the series? 
Reboot by Amy Tintera
Overall, I think I would’ve enjoyed the story more if it had taken off sooner and if the love triangle has been dialed down. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Strange the Dreamer|Waiting on Wednesday

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Strange the Dreamer hits the shelves September 27th, 2016.

"Strange the Dreamer is the story of: 

the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.


Welcome to Weep."

Monday, July 25, 2016

New Releases, July 26th, 2016


Here are a few books that I am most looking forward to buying that are being released this week! There's quite a few this week.



"The Danék is a wild, treacherous river, and the Fobisher family has tended it for generations—clearing it of ice and weed, making sure boats can get through, and fishing corpses from its bleak depths. Wulliam’s father, the current Riverkeep, is proud of this work. Wull dreads it. And in one week, when he comes of age, he will have to take over.
Then the unthinkable happens. While recovering a drowned man, Wull’s father is pulled under—and when he emerges, he is no longer himself. A dark spirit possesses him, devouring him from the inside. In an instant, Wull is Riverkeep. And he must care for his father, too.
When he hears that a cure for his father lurks in the belly of a great sea-dwelling beast known as the mormorach, he embarks on an epic journey down the river that his family has so long protected—but never explored. Along the way, he faces death in any number of ways, meets people and creatures touched by magic and madness and alchemy, and finds courage he never knew he possessed."


"Katie and Eric Knox have dedicated their lives to their fifteen-year-old daughter Devon, a gymnastics prodigy and Olympic hopeful. But when a violent death rocks their close-knit gymnastics community just weeks before an all-important competition, everything the Knoxes have worked so hard for feels suddenly at risk. As rumors swirl among the other parents, revealing hidden plots and allegiances, Katie tries frantically to hold her family together while also finding herself drawn, irresistibly, to the crime itself, and the dark corners it threatens to illuminate. From a writer with "exceptional gifts for making nerves jangle and skin crawl," (Janet Maslin) You Will Know Me is a breathless rollercoaster of a novel about the desperate limits of desire, jealousy, and ambition."


"In a powerful and daring debut novel, Sonya Mukherjee shares the story of sisters Clara and Hailey, conjoined twins who are learning what it means to be truly extraordinary.

Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins Clara and Hailey have lived in the same small town their entire lives—no one stares at them anymore. But there are cracks in their quiet existence, and they’re slowly becoming more apparent. Clara and Hailey are at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys. As high school graduation approaches, each twin must untangle her dreams from her sister’s, and figure out what it means to be her own person.

Told in alternating perspectives, this unconventional coming-of-age tale shows how dreams can break your heart—but the love between sisters can mend it. "

What books are you most looking forward to reading this week? 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Wrath & the Dawn By Renee Ahdieh|Review


The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on May 12th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 388
Format: Hardcover
Rating:

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

My Thoughts

Oh. My. Goddess! I’m going to be raving about this book for months!
Okay, take a breath. Let’s just get everything out.
I’ve been meaning to read this book ever since I heard of its release date. The synopsis, the characters, the setting; everything was there to ensure my interests. Plus the rare bonus of diversity! We need more diversity in young adult books! I learned so many new and incredible things while reading this book. It definitely is a great fresh and unique take on an age old classic.
It is a little intimidating when you first go in. Numerous characters are introduced at once as is the world that they reside in. I did like the fact that the book included a glossary in the back. However, I just wish there was a character index as well. You could not ask for a better cast of characters. Genuine. Flawed. Independent. Shahrzad, in her own unique stubborn way, dazzles readers with her quick wit, determination, and weaknesses. There was never a dull moment with Shahrzad around. However, tense and honest, yes, there are quite a few of those. I really admire Renee Ahdieh’s character development, not only for Shahrzad but for everyone. The book couldn’t be as enjoyable as it had been without them. Speaking of enjoyable, Khalid was certainly a delightful treat. After everything he went through before Shahrzad arrived, I imagined a dark, tortured, brooding soul who would immediately allure Shahrzad with his sulking attitude. Thankfully, Ahdieh turned down the road less traveled and created a fantastic character. I was a little skeptical at first, I feared a love triangle would consume the book. Again, Ahdieh saved us from enduring that agonizing fate. In short, the characters are inspiring and realistic.
Renee Ahdieh’s painstaking attention to detail is phenomenal! I especially enjoyed the clothing and decor descriptions. Even her style of writing was very informative. So many new words! I love it! The multiple POV’s provided the readers with great insight towards each character.
But with the aged writing, I did find it a little hard to understand what exactly happened. There were many possibilities running through my head, I was hoping by reading further I would be granted a few clues in the dialogue or context. Unfortunately, I was left in the dark. As much as I hate to say it, there were a few things that I disliked about this book. I though some of the scenes were a little too predictable, foreseen, or even convenient. Let’s just say the timing could not have been any more perfect.
Honestly, the ending was a little bit of a letdown. After everything that had happened in the last few sections, I was expecting an earth-shattering plot twist. It may have been for some, but not for me.
Overall, I highly recommend this book!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Kingdom of Ash and Briars|Waiting on Wednesday

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Kingdom of Ash and Briars hits the shelves September 15th, 2016.

"Bristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, lands in a gritty fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she is an elicromancer with a knack for shape-shifting. An ancient breed of immortal magic beings, elicromancers have been winnowed down to merely two - now three - after centuries of bloody conflict in the realm. Their gifts are fraught with responsibility, and sixteen-year-old Bristal is torn between two paths. Should she vow to seek the good of the world, to protect and serve mortals? Or should she follow the strength of her power, even if it leads to unknown terrors? She draws on her ability to disguise herself as a man to infiltrate a prince's band of soldiers, and masquerades as a fairy godmother to shield a cursed princess, but time is running out. As an army of dark creatures grows closer, Bristal faces a supernatural war. To save the kingdoms, Bristal must find the courage to show her true form."

Monday, July 18, 2016

New Releases|July 19th, 2016


Here are a few books that I am most looking forward to buying that are being released this week! There's quite a few this week.



"A swashbuckling adventure with a dark side for fans of George R.R. Martin and Naomi Novik—when a ship captain is stranded on a deserted island by his mutinous crew, he finds a baby dragon that just might be the key to his salvation…and his revenge.

He only wanted justice. Instead he got revenge.

Jeryon has been the captain of the Comber for over a decade. He knows the rules. He likes the rules. But not everyone on his ship agrees. After a monstrous dragon attacks the galley, the surviving crewmembers decide to take the ship for themselves and give Jeryon and his self-righteous apothecary “the captain’s chance”: a small boat with no rudder, no sails, and nothing but the clothes on his back to survive on the open sea.

Fighting for their lives against the elements, Jeryon and his companion land on an island that isn’t as deserted as they originally thought. They find a baby dragon that, if trained, could be their way home. But as Jeryon and the dragon grow closer, the captain begins to realize that even if he makes it off the island, his old life won't be waiting for him and in order get justice, he’ll have to take it for himself.

From a Pushcart Prize–nominated poet and speculative short story writer, The Dragon Round combines a rich world, desperate characters, and gorgeous, literary fiction into a timeless tale of revenge."


"Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them.

Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption."


"Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him. So when his concerned parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth: that he’s actually attending Berkshire Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have "superpowers."

At Berkshire, Bo falls in love with Sofia, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility. Sofia helps Bo open up in a way he never has before. In turn, Bo provides comfort to Sofia, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young age. 

But even the strength of their love isn’t enough to help Sofia escape her deep depression. After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she's not actually dead. He believes that she's stuck somewhere in time — that he somehow left her in the past, and now it's his job to save her."


"In Puck's Gulch, sixteen-year-olds undergo a dangerous trial known as the Quest. During a time of magic, Fate hands out tokens and omens based on their behavior. Zander trusts Fate. Alexa only trusts herself. Now, Fate has given them each a special gift—Zander sees secrets he doesn’t want, and Alexa's thrilled to find she can control events through her embroidery scenes. After Zander and Alexa each earn a omen that makes surviving the quest nearly impossible, they must break the rules and challenge Fate together. If they don't, one will die. And Fate has made it clear—she won't be cheated."

What books are you most looking forward to reading this week? 

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Cold Stone and Ivy By H. Leighton Dickson|Review


Cold Stone and Ivy
Published by Tyche Books Ltd. on April 19th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 450
Format: eGalley
Rating:

Jack the Ripper gave her his heart. Now he wants it back. The year is 1888, the clockwork British Empire is crumbling, and young writer Ivy Savage has literally received a heart in the post. Terrified, her father sends her north to a strange sanitarium in Lancashire where the brilliant but unpredictable “Mad Lord of Lasingstoke” makes his home. Here, Ivy finds the dead are as dangerous as the living, and she is immediately swept into a world of manners, mystery, and supernatural intrigue, uncovering a secret that will lead both her and the Mad Lord back to London and the dark streets of Whitechapel.

My Thoughts

NetGalley Review
Victorian London. Automatons. Mysterious murders. What more could you possibly ask for? This steampunk and supernatural story will sure leave you on the edge of your seat. Immediately, you are transported back in time. Dickson’s diction creates vivid imagery and curious characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the snippets from Ivy’s story and newspaper articles woven in throughout the book. Very rarely do the readers actually get to see a fictional character’s work, especially if they are a writer. This creatively crafted tale surprised me, far exceeding my expectations. I curious to find out what awaits Ivy in her next mystery.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Forgetting|Waiting on Wednesday

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The Forgetting hits the shelves September 13th, 2016.

"What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn't written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her."

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Bookish Facts About Me|Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish! I love their amazing ideas and seeing how many people participate each week!

Today's Top Ten is:


1. I hope to attend BEA and BookCon in the near future.


2. I have over 200 books.
3. I am constantly growing my hoard- I mean my personal library.

4. My book slumps usually last for weeks, sometimes even months. It is very difficult to push my responsibilities away.

5. I cannot read a book in numerous sessions. Usually, I'll dedicate a day or read it in one sitting.

6. I'm a sucker for beautiful covers. (Aren't we all?)

7. Books help me connect with people. I'm terribly shy. Finding someone who loves LoTR just as much as I do is fantastic! 

8. I keep my deadly swords, enchanting magic, steampunk gauntlets, and mythological creatures and gods away from contemporary romance. The population of contemporary books on my bookshelves is sparse.

9. I am literally always writing every moment that I can spare.

10. I have never read Harry Potter. 
Wait, that's a lie.
I've read the first two chapters of The Sorcerer's Stone.

Monday, July 11, 2016

New Releases|July 12th, 2016


Here are a few books that I am most looking forward to buying that are being released this week! There's quite a few this week.



"A spine-chilling psychological thriller from stunning YA talent and author of THE DEAD HOUSE, Dawn Kurtagich.

When Silla and her little sister, Nori, escape London and their abusive father, Aunt Cath's country house feels like a safe haven. Leaving the smog and fear behind, the girls have the love and freedom they never had in their violent home. But slowly, ever so slowly, things begin to unravel.

Aunt Cath locks herself in the attic and spends day and night pacing; every day the surrounding forest inches slowly towards the house; a mysterious boy appears from the enclosing wood offering friendship, and Nori claims that a man watches them from the dark forest. A man with no eyes who creeps ever closer. . .

Psychologically sinster and creepily atmospheric, Dawn's second YA title is sure to grip fans of Stephen King, Kendare Blake and James Dawson."


"Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows knows all about the Thief. She’s intimately familiar with his hunting methods: how he stalks and kills at random, how he disposes of his victims’ bodies in an abandoned mine in the deepest, most desolate part of a desert.

Now, for the first time, Nina has the chance to do something about the serial killer that no one else knows exists. With the help of her former best friend, Warren, she tracks the Thief two thousand miles, to his home turf—the deserts of New Mexico.


But the man she meets there seems nothing like the brutal sociopath with whom she’s had a disturbing connection her whole life. To anyone else, Dylan Shadwell is exactly what he appears to be: a young veteran committed to his girlfriend and her young daughter. As Nina spends more time with him, she begins to doubt the truth she once held as certain: Dylan Shadwell is the Thief. She even starts to wonder . . . what if there is no Thief?"

What books are you most looking forward to reading this week? 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Nora & Kettle By Lauren Nicolle Taylor|Review


Nora & Kettle
Published by Clean Teen Publishing on March 15th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction
Pages: 352
Format: eGalley
Rating:

"What if Peter Pan was a homeless kid just trying to survive, and Wendy flew away for a really good reason?"

Seventeen-year-old Kettle has had his share of adversity. As an orphaned Japanese American struggling to make a life in the aftermath of an event in history not often referred to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the removal of children from orphanages for having "one drop of Japanese blood in them" things are finally looking up. He has his hideout in an abandoned subway tunnel, a job, and his gang of Lost Boys.

Desperate to run away, the world outside her oppressive brownstone calls to naive, eighteen-year-old Nora the privileged daughter of a controlling and violent civil rights lawyer who is building a compensation case for the interned Japanese Americans. But she is trapped, enduring abuse to protect her younger sister Frankie and wishing on the stars every night for things to change.

For months, they've lived side by side, their paths crossing yet never meeting. But when Nora is nearly killed and her sister taken away, their worlds collide as Kettle, grief stricken at the loss of a friend, angrily pulls Nora from her window.

In her honeyed eyes, Kettle sees sadness and suffering. In his, Nora sees the chance to take to the window and fly away.

Set in 1953, Nora & Kettle explores the collision of two teenagers facing extraordinary hardship. Their meeting is inevitable, devastating, and ultimately healing. Their stories, "a collection of events, are each on their own harmless. But together, one after the other, they change the world.

My Thoughts

NetGalley Review A roller coaster of emotion!!! Nora & Kettle is sure to melt your heart in every humanly way possible. I guarantee it. Both Nora's and Kettle's lives have not been easy. World War II has finally come to an end, but emotions and prejudices still obstruct people's view of others. Japanese Americans are free from the internment camps, unfortunately, they feel as if they'll be sent back at any given moment. For Kettle, this is his life. He and his 'Lost Boys' sleep on the streets and work wherever they are accepted. With little money, food, and respect, must do everything in his power to keep himself and the Kings safe. Meanwhile, Nora struggles with her own hardships. Her father. It's no secret that she is her father's own punching bag. After the death of her mother, Nora and her younger sister, Francis, now have to face his wrath alone. Vowing to protect her sister, Nora becomes what her mother once was. A shield. For several months, nothing seems to change. The hunger. The beatings. Their lives stagnant in an ever-changing world. Until tensions rise, sickness worsens, words are spoken, and punches are thrown. Nora's and Kettle's cross paths in the most unusual way. But unusual and unlikely are what they live for. Together, they fly. This book is truly one of a kind! I loved ever second of it. The characters. The hardships. The setting. The kindness. The writing. Everything about this book was perfect. Lauren Nicolle Taylor, your writing is flawlessly beautiful. You make writing look simplistically easy and effortless. I greatly admire your character development and ability to capture raw emotions throughout the book. It's been a while since a book has made me cry. Genuine characters shape the book into something more than just words on a page. Lauren Nicolle Taylor does a fantastic job at portraying each character through emotions, expressions, and dialogue. Now I neeeed to talk about Nora and Kettle before I explode!

"My heart aches for this girl. Aches and understands. We are more similar than I could have ever imagined."
First of all, Kettle, why can't I have you in my life! Throughout the entire book, is it obvious Kettle is a determined, kind, curious, and adorable, young gentleman. He is constantly look out for his friends, placing himself behind everyone. When Kettle meets Nora, nothing changes. He treats her with the kindness and respect as he would to Kin. He makes my heart warm. And then he gives Nora a King name! Honestly, I hadn't thought too much about the cover until Kettle finally mentioned Kite. Nora and Kettle. Kite and Hiro.
"He sits with his elbows resting on his knees, turns his head slowly. 'What?'"
Though Nora has the resources to bathe each night, wear numerous clean outfits, and go to bed with a full belly, she does endure something equally as bad as Kettle. I admired her strength and will to keep pushing forward. When she finally broke free, I felt as if a weight had been lifted off of my chest. Her innocence made Kettle's glares and responses even more adorable.
"'Wait'. I grab her hand and she stares at me, amber eyes melting. I lift my thumb to the corner of her mouth and rub away the red smudge. She blushes, lowers her eyes and again.. My heart."
Although Nora and Kettle don't officially meanwhile 2/3's of the way through, you still learn quite a lot about each of their characters. The last third of the book is where the story really picks up. Lots of drama and heart-pounding suspense. I was a little disappointed with the ending. It seemed a little rushed. Plus, I was hoping Nora would be reunited with Frances. With very a few complaints, I highly recommend this book.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Gamescape: Overworld|Waiting on Wednesday

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Gamescape: Overworld hits the shelves September 13th, 2016.

"The planet is dying. Centuries of abuse have damaged the earth beyond repair, and now all the authorities can do is polish the surface, make the landscape look pretty to hide the disease within. Two prominent yet mysterious businessmen couldn’t fix it, either, but they did something even better. Together, they invented Chimera, the most complex and immersive virtual reality video game the world has ever known. The Cubes in which Chimera is played quickly became a fixture of this landscape: part distraction, part hospital, and almost wholly responsible for holding up the failing world economy.

Miguel Anderson is also dying. He isn’t the only one who plays the game–everybody does–but Miguel has more reason than most: When players leave their Cubes for the day, the upgrades and enhancements they’ve earned for their virtual characters leave with them. New lungs to breathe poisoned air, skin that won’t burn under the sun are great and everything… but Miguel, born as broken as the earth, needs a new heart–and soon–if he wants any hope of surviving just a little longer.

Then the two Gamerunners announce a competition, with greater rewards and faster progression than ever before, and Miguel thinks his prayers have been answered. All he needs to do is get picked to lead a team, play the game he’s spent years getting good at, and ask for his prize when he wins. Simple, really.

At first, things seem to go according to plan. Mostly, anyway. Inside his Cube, with his new team–including his best friend–at his back, Miguel begins his quest. He plays recklessly, even dangerously, for someone whose most vital organ could give up at any moment, but his desperation makes him play better than ever. The eyes of the world are on him, watching through status updates and live feeds, betting on his chances. With greater rewards, though, come greater risks, and the Gamerunners seem to delight at surprising the competitors at every turn. As he ventures deeper into a world that blends the virtual and the real to an unsettling degree, Miguel begins to wonder just why the game was invented at all, and whether its stakes could be even higher than life and death."

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads|Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish! I love their amazing ideas and seeing how many people participate each week!

Today's Top Ten is:


Number of ratings: 319

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