Wildcard

Wildcard

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

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Spoiler free Summary:

OH. MY. GOD. I don’t think I have loved a sequel this much since my all time favorite, A Court of Mist and Fury. I went into this expecting it to be good, but not amazing just like most every other sequel out there. Marie is Queen and blew me away!

Right off the bat you step right into the action and are sitting on the edge of your seat, never wanting to put the book down until the very last sentence! There were so many scenes where I had to put the book down and process what Marie had just put me through (have I said that I love her yet? Haha). She will make you think one thing and totally reverse things on you and I loved it!

The character development was amazing. I really thought that Emika had so much happen to her in the first novel, so there couldn’t be as much development in the second book. Then she is forced through so many new trials in this novel and grows and changes with the things thrown at her. You get to dive more into the lives of Hideo and Zero, aka Sasuke, Hideo’s younger brother, that left us hanging at the end of Warcross.

I can’t wait for everyone to read this and express their love with me. I can only hope that everyone agrees with me about how amazing Marie is. I am so sad that this series is over, but she had such an amazing ending to such an amazing series. I cant wait to see what she comes up with next.

Please go now and read this amazing second novel in the Warcross series!

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Warcross

Warcross

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Goodreads 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.

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Spoiler free Summary:

I have to start out saying this cover is the most beautiful thing that I have ever seen. I have been hearing a lot of good things about this book since it came out. Finally last month in a buying spree I bought it. Then decided to read it a two days ago and finished it so fast. I LOVE THIS BOOK!

This world that Marie came up with is so amazing and unlike anything I have read before. I mean if I had to guess it sounds a little similar to Ready Player One, but I haven’t read that yet so I am just going off of the description. The concept reminds me of a future that could be if someone is able to develop the next generation in virtual reality glasses and incorporate a way to further tricking the brain into thinking that world is real.

Emika Chen is my favorite character ever. Literally the girl is fearless. As soon as I read her description I went to google to find fan art. I mean rainbow hair and a colorful sleeve of tattoos, I had to know what that looked like. This was probably my favorite character since ready Sarah J Maas.

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Marie created a world that you can totally immerse yourself into and never want to leave until you are forced to at the end of the book. She even threw in someone awesome plot twists. Every aspect of this book BLEW me away. I need the second book now! I think I have found my new favorite series.

I really enjoyed Marie Lu’s everything that this book had to offer. You can tell that this was something that she was passionate about and spent many hours coming up with all the details. I would suggest this book to anyone who loves science fiction, coding, or gaming. I cannot wait to see where Marie takes us in the next book!

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Batman Nightwalker

Batman Nightwalker 

Author: Marie Lu

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Goodreads Summary:

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

 

Spoiler free Summary:

I read Wonder Woman back in September and was really excited that is was a whole succession of books by various YA authors. I decided to get the LitJoy crate batman box because it included a signed copy and some other goodies. I immediately packed the book to bring on my vacation to Mexico.

Just off the bat I was very intrigued with the book. The reason being that it started of with Bruce’s 18th birthday. When watching all of the batman movies they are always centered around once he is older and fully developed. So I like that Marie did not stick to the batman stereotypes.

Marie used the perfect combination of character that are always in the batman world and new ones to juice up the story. When I pick up a book I want it to be a story I have never read or seen before. On that aspect she completely amazed me. the character development helped make the story that much better. She also threw some curve balls into the story that I did not see coming, which I LOVE when authors can accomplish that.

I really enjoyed Marie Lu’s rendition on batman, it was definitely a new twist to a story that has been told over and over. You can really tell that she put a lot of thought into the making of this novel. I would suggest this book to any super hero junkie in look of their next fix.

**SPOILERS**

My only complaint with this book was the relationship between Bruce and Madeleine. I felt that Marie wanted some sort of love interest to be involved and decided to say they liked each other. I just feel that a guy and a girl can develop a friendship without it turning into a romance. I just seemed out of place. But that was the ONLY thing that I did not like!

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