Warcross by Marie Lu

Summary:

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.

The Review: 

This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. I was always a fan of Marie Lu’s works, mainly The Legend trilogy and the Young Elites trilogy, so it is always good to see one of my favorite authors writing more series. I also like how Marie Lu isn’t afraid to write other genres. Warcross being a Sci Fi book.

Emika is a great character. She is a hacker/bounty hunter who is just scrapping by living in NYC. After hacking into a Warcross tournament she catches the eye of Hideo Tanaka, the creator of Warcross, and all of a sudden she is a player at the Warcross torunemant.

You can tell that she is a very independent character who had to live on her own for quite sometime and when she is going to Tokyo she is amazed how Tokyo is from NYC.

Hideo Tanaka, is also a great character. He has a good relationship with Emika and there is a reason behind why he created Warcross.

The world of Warcross is also amazing. It is basically a game in which two teams have to find an artifact before the other team through several levels based upon video games. You can tell that Marie Lu uses her background in the video game industry to come up with these grand ideas for levels and their design. Also the parts of the Warcross tournament is amazing. Everything about the scene when we see Warcross is action packed. Marie Lu is very good at writing action sequences that keeps the readers engaged.

There are some great supporting characters, mainly her teammates in the Warcross tournament; The Phoenix Riders. They all come from diverse backgrounds all chosen to compete in Warcross. While they didn’t really have a lot of development in this book, they still were great characters to have on her team.

This book also had some great twists. I really don’t want to give anything away but the ending did catch me by surprise. I always could tell that the Warcross tournament is a small aspect of a bigger picture. While some of twists could have been telegraphed throughout the book, is was still an amazing twist.

In the end, Warcross delivers in every way that I wanted it to. Much like Marie Lu’s previous work it is filled with engaging characters and a great world. It was ties into her love for video games which also ties into a great plot.

Grade: 5/5

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September TBR

Hello everyone,

I feel as if August wasn’t a good reading month for me I only read two books this month. Hopefully September I could get out of my reading slump and start reading some books again.

I hope to read these books in the month of September. It may be subject to change.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by: Leigh Bardugo

I was always a fan of the Wonder Woman comics growing up and I really loved the movie when it came out over the summer. So of course I am excited that one of my favorite authors has written a book about Wonder Woman. I never read a comic book hero in book form so this should be amazing.

Warcross by Marie Lu

Of course, Marie Lu being one of my auto-buy authors I am very excited to read this book. I loved her Legend trilogy and her Young Elites trilogy. I also like that she isn’t afraid to write new genres with every series she writes.

Beauty Queens by: Libby Bray

When news broke out of an all-female Lord of the Flies, my first thought was of course “why not adapt Beauty Queens?” This book was on my TBR for quite a while and the premise is really interesting. Hopefully if more buzz comes out about this book it could lead Hollywood into adapting this novel instead of remaking Lord of the Flies.

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

I remember reading Truthwitch, in the beginning of the year and loving it so of course I want to read the sequel. Especially since Truthwitch ended on a cliffhanger I want to know what happened next.

Those are my September TBR. What books are your reading this September? Let me know in the comments below.

Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

Wow, it is the middle of 2017, and it is very exciting. I see a lot of the other bloggers/Booktubers doing this so I decided to do it. I wasn’t tagged by anyone.

Best Book you read so far?

A book about a world in which death has been conquered, and Scythe’s are responsible for keeping the population in control. Here is my review.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A book inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, in which Starr sees a friend killed by the police and the aftermath of the shooting. Here is my review.

Best Sequel You’ve Read

This is a two for one deal because both of these sequels are amazing and it proves why she is one of my new favorite authors. Both books ups the stakes of the previous books, and Our Dark Duet was an emotional roller coaster.

New Releases You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want to

I have heard good things about both of these books, and I really want to read them very soon.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

If you are familiar with my blog, you should know that both Marie Lu and Marissa Meyer, are two of my auto-buy authors. Both of them are making new series so of course I am excited to read both of these books.

Biggest Disappointment

While I did enjoy the book, it just wasn’t at the potential that I thought it was. I also felt that the book was a little to short and I kinda wanted more from the story.

Biggest Surprise

This was a sort of random pick up, and I enjoyed it very much. It had me at Sailor Moon meets Pacific Rim and it was great. Here is my review.

Favorite new author

Earlier this year, I read More Happy Than Not and was completely blown away by it, and then I read History is All You Left Me which was also equally good. Now he is one my favorite YA contemporary authors.

Book that made you cry

Enough said.

Book that made you happy

This was a cute little high school story about a boy coming out and trying to find love. Really good read and I cannot wait for the movie to come out.

That is my Mid-Year Freak out Tag. If you are reading this consider yourself tagged. Also what are your favorite books you have read so far? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

Hype or Like Friday: My Most Anticipated Reads of 2017

Hello Friday everyone,

The Theme for Hype or Like Friday January is New Beginnings and the Book of the Month is The Serpent King

Hype or Like Friday is a meme created by Jillian, Larkin, and Britt to discuss about hyped books and see if they’re hyped up or not. There would be book of the month that you can read, and the post your review for it on the end of the month, then rate it whether it’s a hype it or like it.
January 13th Topic: Most Anticipated of 2017 – Which books are you most excited to get your hands on this year?

Another great topic, Wednesday I already did my debut authors I am excited about and this will talk about more books I am excited for.

Warcross by Marie Lu

When you find out that one of your favorite authors is writing another series, of course you would jump for joy. The premise also looks interesting. It looks like it will be a sci fi story. I am excited to see what Marie Lu does with that genre, as both a fan of Legend trilogy and Young Elites trilogy.

The Gatlon School of Vigilantes by Marissa Meyer

This already had me sold with superheros. It also had me sold with Marissa Meyer. I loved her Lunar Chronicles series, loved Heartless, now I want to see what she can do with the superhero genre. The premise also reminds me a lot of the movie Sky High with the school of superheros divided by heroes and sidekicks.

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)

I really liked This Savage Song, and I want to see where the story continues especially after how the first one ended. Victoria Schwab is slowly becoming by favorite author.

Now I Rise by Kiersten White 

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Another sequel to one of my favorite books And I Darken. I want to see how the story continues and what more twists and turns it will come up with it.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

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From the author of the Divergent trilogy. While I wasn’t a huge fan of Allegiant, I did like the other two books, I also like that this is set in space so of course I have to read it, and I hope it is a lot better than the Divergent series.

Those are books I am excited for for 2017. What books are you excited to read in 2017? Is there any books you would like me to add? Let me know in the comments below.