Book Review : Warcross By Marie Lu

Warcross Book Cover Warcross
Marie Lu
Young Adult Fiction
Penguin
2017
368

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.

Book Review : Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows Book Cover Six of Crows
Leigh Bardugo
Juvenile Fiction
Macmillan
September 29, 2015
480

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price--and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone... A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first.

 

The Story: 

Six of Crows is based on the same world as that of the Grisha Trilogy series. I have not read that series yet, but basically what I understood about the Grisha is that they are supernatural human possessing special gifts like altering some one’s looks, taking control of some one’s body, and much more. Six of Crows doesn’t tell a story about the Grisha, but it does include them and is set in some places in the Grisha world. Kaz Brekker is a 17 yr old leader of the Dregs, a gang in the city of Ketterdam. He is offered a huge sum for breaking in to the most secure prison, the Ice Court in Fjerda, and getting a scientist out who is making a drug that can enhance the Grisha abilities dangerously. But Kaz needs a group of people he can trust and who are skilled enough to pull this heist off. So the group or the Six of Crows that he gathers are :

  • Inej : A young girl, trained acrobat, who walks without being noticed and can scale any walls with ease.
  • Nina : A Grisha (Heartrender) who joins the quest to save the Grisha from the drug
  • Matthias : A is a former Druskelle from Fjerda. he was caught in another prison in Hellgate, before he is rescued by Kaz and reluctantly joins the quest.
  • Jesper : A sharpshooter, who is part of the Dregs
  • Wylan : Son of the man who hires Kaz for the heist. He is used for his knowledge in demolitions and as a hostage against his father.

The Review :

Six of Crows is told from multiple perceptive, of all six members and some other characters. It is a long story, full of continuous twists and turns, each more shocking than the previous and everything happening at a very fast pace. At times, the reader is treated to a backstory as well, which helps to understand the characters but doesn’t necessarily help the story line at all times. What surprised and enthralled me most was how nothing was predictable in this book. When ever I felt that a particular thing will surely happen, something totally unexpected was thrown at me!

The character development of all main characters was the best. I especially adored Kaz and Inej. Kaz was a completely emotionless and highly witty with mastermind plans up his sleeve, and he has a limp. The only times he did show some emotions involved Inej. Inej is again a very strong character with a difficult past but with a dream to fulfill. I like how Ms. Bardugo hasn’t wasted too much time developing a love story aspect for Kaz and Inej, which would have been distracting to read in this fast paced story. I do ship them like several other readers of this book and I hope the second and final book does have some romance to swoon on.

I did take a hell of time to finish this book, which is not because of the book but because of me not able to dedicated enough time for it each day. Otherwise because of the pace of the story, you can easily finish it in a couple of days even though the book is a little big. It is an engrossing read! I recommend it to all fantasy, thriller genre lovers.

Have you read this? How did you find it? What are you reading currently?

Quick Review : The Sun Is Also A Star

By Nicola Yoon.
Grade A+

The Blurb:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

My Opinion:

This book amazed me.
I loved Nicola Yoon’s Everything Evrything but I loved The Sun is Also A Star more.
A simple story about two different types of immigrants in US.
The book brings out the harsh reality of not just how the undocumented immigrants face problems there but also about how decisions of one person can have unimaginable effects on people around them.
I loved the cynical, science loving, non-believer in love character of Natasha and how Daniel strives in the entire book to make her a believer.

I just had one problem. I couldn’t believe the whole book happens in a single day! They do too many things to logically think it would fit in the said timeline!

Detailed Review soon…. for now -> DO GIVE IT A TRY!

Review : Heartless

By Marissa Meyer.

Grade : Aheartless

Blurb:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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Quick Reviews

Here are two books I finally read recently: The Dominion and The Slip of Me. I received them in exchange of an honest review long back in April or May, but with my ever increasing pile of work, I couldn’t find time to sit and write the review 🙁 Here is a quick review of what I thought about the books:

The Dominion by Adarsh Ramesh

Grade : B+

Blurb :

As the beating on the door at Senator Vaughn Fletcher’s chamber intensifies, as the deafening, frightening noise of the law enforcement agents converging on all fours escalates, an unforgiving voice commands Nahiossi Griffiths to make an escape from the gory scene of murder and fly down to Amsterdam. However, oddly the Vice President of the United States, Jamie Edwards, is seemingly volunteering to fly with Nahiossi at La Guardia.
In the midst of a secluded mountain in Berghof, a warrior of the past who proclaims himself as The Führer, forges new alliances and nurtures a legion, of which the ignorant leaders of our structured world are either a part of or the sorry subjects of precariously crafted tweaks in the fabric of their debauched world that impels a gushing wave of chaos.

A government parallel to the White House, born out of hypocrisy and composed of so-called vindictive idealists has allied with the formidable Mafioso to enforce order within and beyond the frail borders that most unfortunately divide the citizens of the world. As their leader, the Wolf howls, his loyal pups unearth the buried, recover the hidden and right the wrongs.

When PiCorp intervenes into the case of Nahiossi Griffiths, the investigation deepens, hidden facts from the past are exhumed and minions from all fronts converge to fight the battle of the unforgiving and the unfathomable.

A blend of action, romance, war, vengeance, lust and a battle for power, this book will take you to the epicenter of what the world might turn into if all hell broke loose. Are you ready to plunge into it?

Review :

Blurb:

The story revolves around 4 friends viz Vikram, Raghu, Joe & Niharika. Vikram bumps into Jessica & love happens. Jessica is notoriously famous for having involved in too many relationships in the past.

Soon after spending good time with Vikram, Jessica break-ups with him.

The story brings out in a beautiful manner how after a break-up there may remain a longing for reunion.

Or in this case is this longing instant?

Will Jessica & Vikram shall reunite? Will the efforts made by Vikram’s friends will bring the two souls together? Or will the efforts of friends shall go in vain?
Or Vikram will find the love where it exists?

Review:

This is a book based romance in teenagers (not exactly Young Adult material though). As the blurb says, it is a story of how a break up leaves a yearning for a meeting with the girl the protagonist loved for one last time. The protagonist Vikram, who is portrayed as a shy and silent character, falls in love with Jessica, who is his Chemistry tuition teacher’s daughter. It portrays friendship and love and how it is interconnected. A simply written book with nice narrations that help in finishing the book quickly and leaves you with a smile.

I would recommend this book for romance lovers. It’s a nice contemporary novel.


Disclaimer : I received these book free from the publisher, LeadStart Media in exchange of an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.