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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Wildcard Blog Tour Favorite Quotes




Wildcard by Marie Lu (2nd in the Warcross series)
Rating: 5 out of 5

Description:
Return to the immersive, action-packed world of Warcross in this thrilling sequel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu
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?


Review:
(Disclaimer: All quotes are from an Advanced Readers Copy so they might not be 100% accurate.)
This has to be one of my favorite books of all time. It's as amazing as Warcross if not more so. Every time you think you have a grasp on the situation there's a new plot twist that you never saw coming. The characters are even more dynamic then they were in the first book and we get to know them on an even deeper level.

My favorite part of any book (besides the romance of course) are the quotes that hit you deep and pack a punch. Here are just a few of my favorites from Wildcard. A forewarning there will be spoilers, these are direct quotes from the book and most of them come from the end. Read on at your own risk.


4. "When the closing ceremony game starts, everything will either end or become a living nightmare."

        I love this quote! It's so ominous and enticing. It pulls you forward and makes you want to keep reading.

3. "'I'm terrified,' he whispers back. 'Of what you're capable of. Because you're here, walking on a razor-thin line. I've been afraid ever since I met you, when you looked me straight in the eye and broke down my system in a matter of minutes. I spent hours afterward studying what you did. I remember everything you've ever said to me...I'm afraid that every time I see you might be the last'...His voice is low and raw. 'Because every time I see you, it takes everything in me to turn away.'"

      I promise you I didn't just include this quote because it's romantic (although that might be part of it), I also added it because it shows so much depth in Hideo. He's typically emotionally vacant. Even with Emika in Warcross he's distant most of the time. This is one of those few rare moments where we get to see how deeply Hideo feels things. He feels so deeply but has gotten so good at hiding it. I appreciate how in this moment the author breaks down his walls, even to someone who he doesn't completely trust. And okay, it's stupidly sappy and romantic, the perfect combo for any hopeless romantic.

2. "Even though Sasuke isn't here, I can sense his presence in the room, as if the boy who had disappeared has finally, in Jax, found a voice for his story."

      This is perfect for anyone who has lost a loved one. The people we love are never really gone, they live on in us. Whenever we talk about them or stand up for something they believed in you're carrying on their legacy and keeping their memory alive.

1.  "Every problem has a solution. But after every solution, there's a new problem to tackle, some new challenge to take on. You don't stop after you solve one thing. You keep going, you find a new way and a new path, try to do better and create better. Tearing something down isn't the end; doing something great, or better, something right, is. Or maybe there isn't such a thing as an end goal at all. You accomplish something, and then you shift, ready to accomplish the next. You keep solving one problem after another until you change the world."

      It's so true! Life keeps moving and you're goals and motivations always shifting. It really gives you something to think about.

Guys, I totally recommend this book. It has action, romance, comedy. It's a great fit for people who love a variety of things.


AUTHOR BIO
Marie Lu is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Young Elites series, as well as the blockbuster bestselling Legend series. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry as an artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing games, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles with her illustrator/author husband, Primo Gallanosa, and their dogs.


BONUS QUOTE: "Hideo narrows his eyes. Through our link, I hear him send a quiet, unspoken command to Taylor.
DIE."




Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Game Can't Love You Back by Karole Cozzo

Title: The Game Can't Love You Back
Author: Karole Cozzo
Genre: Romance, Teen/YA
Rating: 5 out of 5
Bitter sports rivalries and swoon-worthy romance intertwine, in Karole Cozzo’s classic enemies to lovers story where two former nemeses blur the lines between love and hate.
Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school's baseball team, she knows exactly how to put sweaty, macho baseball players in their place, and she's learned to focus on one thing and one thing only—being the best pitcher she can be.
But when a freak accident forces her school to be absorbed by the neighboring town, Eve has to contend with a new group of guys who aren't used to having a woman on their team. And the new team's star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. He can't afford to give up his starting slot to a new pitcher—especially to a girl.
As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played?
Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, The Game Can’t Love You Back follows Eve as she is forced to join a new baseball team and contend with the insufferable (and cute) rival pitcher.
The Game Can't Love You Back is a perfect book that combines sports, romance, and competition. I love the characters in this book. Especially the two main ones, Eve and Jamie. 
Starting with Eve. I love how she doesn't play baseball instead of softball to prove that girls are just as good as boys or that she has what it takes. She plays because her brothers played and that's what she grew up with. Of course she has to prove herself to the boys on the team but so does every single new player that joins. Maybe her a little more then the others but she doesn't complain and she never backs down from a challenge. She's strong and fierce and not afraid to play a little dirty. Despite being fierce, on and off the field, she's not afraid to admit she needs help.
Now Jamie is your stereotypical jock, arrogant and narcissistic. Except that's only a front. There's so much more to him then what meets the eye. He's actually quite caring, sensitive, and kind. He does whatever it takes to protect those he cares about. Even if it means getting in a bit of trouble.
When you put them together you get some hilarious banter. Their back and forth has to be my favorite part of the book. Their both witty and clever and can crack a joke is even the most uncomfortable of situations.
The title fits the book perfectly. It's a major concept throughout the book although it's not necessarily said or mentioned until you get toward the end.
This is such an amazing and heartwarming book. It's easily one of my favorites.