Book Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

 

About the Author

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I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. 🙂

I graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.

 

My Review:

Marie Lu is such an amazing writer.  I love her books, and this one is no exception.  I really hope to read more of her books in the future.  Warcross held my attention from cover to cover.

 

I would love to here your thoughts on this book and maybe what your favorite Marie Lu book that you have read was.  Please comment below.

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Book Review: Iron Man by Fred Van Lente

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Heart of steel: Captured by terrorists, genius inventor Tony Stark must secretly develop an all-new technology if he hopes to escape.
Titanium trap: While investigating a string of thefts from a Stark facility in Brazil, Tony faces a rival with a suit of armor stronger than his own.

Seven rings hath the Mandarin: Spider-Man, Hulk and Ant-Man join Iron Man in an attempt to stop the powerful Mandarin.

There’s an ape for that: Iron Man teams up with Nova to stop the Red Ghost and his three super-powered apes.

Employee of the month: A rogue employee allows Spymaster and his team of villains to steal Stark technology, and, with Iron Man disabled, it takes the efforts of a very special employee to win the day.

 

About the Author:

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Van Lente was raised by a mystery-loving mother (who preferred Dorothy Sayers to Agatha Christie, but we won’t hold that against her) and a wisecracking Woody Allen-lookalike scientist father in what appears to be some kind of genetic experiment to write his first novel, TEN DEAD COMEDIANS, even though neither parent nor the son himself would know it for many years.

Van Lente spent his time between birth and authoring Ten Dead Comedians becoming the #1 New York Times best selling writer of graphic novels like Cowboys & Aliens (the basis of the feature film), Odd is on Our Side with Dean R. Koontz, and the gorily funny Marvel Zombies series.

He did some other things too, but they hardly seem worth mentioning.

 

My Review:

I loved every single one of these stories and the artwork was outstanding.  I really love anything that deals with one or all of the Avengers.  I can’t wait to go on many more adventures with them.

Book Review: Heart of Steel by Fred Van Lente

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Book Series Status:  Book 1 of 4

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Armored Avenger blasts into the newest title in the critically-acclaimed, best-selling Marvel Adventures line Who is Iron Man, the world-renowned symbol of mega-conglomerate Stark International? And what terrible secret from his past forces billionaire inventor Tony Stark to become the Golden Guardian?

 

About the Author:

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Van Lente was raised by a mystery-loving mother (who preferred Dorothy Sayers to Agatha Christie, but we won’t hold that against her) and a wisecracking Woody Allen-lookalike scientist father in what appears to be some kind of genetic experiment to write his first novel, TEN DEAD COMEDIANS, even though neither parent nor the son himself would know it for many years.

Van Lente spent his time between birth and authoring Ten Dead Comedians becoming the #1 New York Times best selling writer of graphic novels like Cowboys & Aliens (the basis of the feature film), Odd is on Our Side with Dean R. Koontz, and the gorily funny Marvel Zombies series.

He did some other things too, but they hardly seem worth mentioning.

 

My Review:

The story line was amazing and so was the artwork.  I love pretty much anything that has to deal with either one or more of the Avengers so this was right up my alley.  Can’t wait to read more about the Avengers and their adventures.

Title Reveal: A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas Book #4

YAY!!!!  The title of the fourth book in the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas is here.  Can’t wait for it to come and and read it.

 

 

 

 

 

Without further ado. . .here is the title for book #4 of the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas.

 

 

 

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What is your favorite ACOTAR book so far?

Book Review: Monsters Unleashed by Cullen Bunn

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The monstrous, gigantic comic event gets bigger with this special edition featuring a variant cover gallery, penicled pages, inked pages and more!

THE EPIC BATTLE MARVEL FANS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR, DRAWN BY TODAY’S GREATEST ARTISTS!!! It’s all hands on deck with the AVENGERS, CHAMPIONS, GUARDIANS, X-MEN and the INHUMANS as they clash with monstrous threats that threaten to destroy every corner of the Marvel Universe. Who are the LEVIATHONS? Who controls them? How can they be stopped before Earth becomes another tragic, barren world in their wake? Written by powerhouse writer CULLEN BUNN and drawn by Marvel legend STEVE McNIVEN, this issue is the beginning of something big that you just can’t miss!

 

About the Author:

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Cullen grew up in rural North Carolina, but now lives in the St. Louis area with his wife Cindy and his son Jackson. His noir/horror comic (and first collaboration with Brian Hurtt), The Damned, was published in 2007 by Oni Press. The follow-up, The Damned: Prodigal Sons, was released in 2008. In addition to The Sixth Gun, his current projects include Crooked Hills, a middle reader horror prose series from Evileye Books; The Tooth, an original graphic novel from Oni Press; and various work for Marvel and DC. Somewhere along the way, Cullen founded Undaunted Press and edited the critically acclaimed small press horror magazine, Whispers from the Shattered Forum.

All writers must pay their dues, and Cullen has worked various odd jobs, including Alien Autopsy Specialist, Rodeo Clown, Professional Wrestler Manager, and Sasquatch Wrangler.

And, yes, he has fought for his life against mountain lions and he did perform on stage as the World’s Youngest Hypnotist. Buy him a drink sometime, and he’ll tell you all about it.

 

My Review:

There is only one word to describe this graphic novel.  EPIC!  This is so awesome.  I really want to read the rest of this series to see what happens next.  The illustrations were wonderful and it had almost all of my favorite Marvel Characters.

Book Review: Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

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Series Status:  Book 1 of 3

Goodreads Synopsis:

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.

 

About the Author:

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Zoe Elizabeth Sugg is an English fashion and beauty guru and internet personality. She is best known by her fans and viewers on YouTube as Zoella. She has a secondary channel, MoreZoella, which is primarily for her vlogs. She has collaborated with a myriad of other Youtubers as well as appeared in numerous magazines and won a Teen Choice Award.

My Review:

OMG!!! I really loved this book.  It was a huge emotional roller coaster.  This book made me feel happy, angry,  sad, and hopeful all at different parts of the story.  I honestly think that if a book can make you feel that many emotions at almost the same time, then it is seriously worth picking up and reading.  I highly recommend that people read this book.  If you have read it I want to here your thoughts in the comment section below this post.

Where I love to buy books

I really love to by my books at Goodwill.  They always have them cheap and majority of the ones that I find are in good shape.  One problem with Goodwill is you may not find all of the books in a series at one time, you may have just to grab the ones that you find and continue looking for any others that you are missing.  I found a book that I have been wanting since I knew it existed there on earlier this week and I have been so happy about it.

(when you find a book that you have been wanting for awhile)

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What is your favorite place to shop for books?  Please let me know in the comments section below this post.

Man Crush Monday #3: Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz Edition

I honor of me reading Rise of the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz, for this edition of man crush monday I decided to choose Carlos De Vil from the Descendants book and movie series.  Cameron Boyce does an amazing job at portraying Carlos De Vil, Son of Cruella.

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Book Review: Descendants: Junior Novel by Walt Disney Company

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos are the offspring of some of the most terrible villains of all time. They’re offered a chance to leave the Isle of the Lost, where they have been imprisoned all their lives, and go to prep school in the idyllic kingdom of Auradon with all of the “good” kids. There, they must choose whether or not to follow in their parents’ evil footsteps. Watch out Auradon–here come the Descendants!

 

About the Author:

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Note: The decision was made to consolidate all Disney publications under the name Walt Disney Company. This profile is for Walt Disney, the characters he created, and the company he founded. Any questions, please ask in the Librarian’s Group.

Walter Elias “Walt” Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, international icon, and philanthropist. Disney is famous for his influence in the field of entertainment during the 20th century. As the co-founder (with his brother Roy O. Disney) of Walt Disney Productions, Disney became one of the best-known motion picture producers in the world. The corporation he co-founded, now known as The Walt Disney Company, today has annual revenues of approximately U.S. $35 billion.

Disney is particularly noted for being a film producer and a popular showman, as well as an innovator in animation and theme park design. He and his staff created some of the world’s most famous fictional characters including Mickey Mouse, a character for which Disney himself was the original voice. He has been awarded four honorary Academy Awards and has won twenty-two competitive Academy Awards out of fifty-nine nominations, including a record four in one year, giving him more awards and nominations than any other individual. He also won seven Emmy Awards. He is the namesake for Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks in the United States, as well as the international resorts Tokyo Disney, Disneyland Paris, and Disneyland Hong Kong.

Disney died of lung cancer in Burbank, California, on December 15, 1966. The following year, construction began on Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. His brother Roy Disney inaugurated the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971.

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) (commonly referred to as Disney) is the largest media and entertainment conglomerate in the world in terms of revenue. Founded on October 16, 1923, by brothers Walt Disney and Roy Disney as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, the company was reincorporated as Walt Disney Productions in 1929. Walt Disney Productions established itself as a leader in the American animation industry before diversifying into live-action film production, television, and travel. Taking on its current name in 1986, The Walt Disney Company expanded its existing operations and also started divisions focused upon theatre, radio, publishing, and online media. In addition, it has created new divisions of the company in order to market more mature content than it typically associates with its flagship family-oriented brands.

The company is best known for the products of its film studio, the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group, today one of the largest and best-known studios in Hollywood. Disney also owns and operates the ABC broadcast television network; cable television networks such as Disney Channel, ESPN, and ABC Family; publishing, merchandising, and theatre divisions; and owns and licenses 11 theme parks around the world. On January 23, 2006, it was announced that Disney would purchase Pixar in an all-stock transaction worth $7.4 billion. The deal was finalized on May 5. On December 31, 2009, Disney Company acquired the Marvel Entertainment, Inc. for $4.24 billion. The company has been a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average since May 6, 1991. An early and well-known cartoon creation of the company, Mickey Mouse, is the official mascot of The Walt Disney Company.

 

My Review:

I really loved this book as much as I loved the Descendants Movie.  Everything was spot on and if you haven’t seen the movie or read this book I highly recommend that you do both.  Carlos happens to be my favorite character.  If you have seen the movie and/or read the book please comment below what you thought of it and comment your favorite character from the movie.

 

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Book Review: Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

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Series Status:  Book 2 of 4

Goodreads Synopsis:

There’s no place like home. Especially if home is the infamous Isle of the Lost. Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay haven’t exactly turned their villainous noses up at the comforts of Auradon after spending their childhoods banished on the Isle. After all, meeting princes and starring on the Tourney team aren’t nearly as terrible as Mal and her friends once thought they would be.

But when they receive a mysterious invitation to return to the Isle, Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay can’t help feeling comfortable in their old hood—and their old ways. Not everything is how they left it, though, and when they discover a dark mystery at the Isle’s core, they’ll have to combine all of their talents in order to save the kingdom.

 

About the Author:

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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.

 

My Review:

I really loved this boo.  I loved the story of it too.  It was really fun to she what happened when Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos went back to the Isle of the Lost when mysterious messages told them to return.  I can’t wait to read the third book in this series. #Longliveevil