Warcross **ARC Review** and Givaway!(Spoiler Free)

Author: Marie Lu | Published: September 12, 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers | Series: Warcross #1 | Length: 353 pages | Genre: YA Dystopian/Sci-fi | Source: I got this book through a trade on #booksfortrade on Twitter.

For the millions of people who log into Warcross everyday, it’s not just a game, it’s a way of life.  Created ten years prior, Warcross is now a global phenomenon in which people use it to escape their reality or make a profit.  For bounty hunter, Emika Chen, Warcross is a way to make ends meet. But the bounty hunting world is very competitive, and on a whim, Emika decides to try a hack to gain a little extra cash.  Something during the hack goes wrong and it glitches Emika into the opening match of the Warcross Championships-making her an international sensation overnight.  Dreading that she’ll get arrested, Emika is surprised when she gets contacted by none other than Hideo Tanaka, the creator of Warcross, who has an irresistible offer.  He wants her to act as his spy to sniff out a security issue in this year’s championships.  Emika is quickly whisked off th Tokyo, but as she delves deeper into finding the security breach, she uncovers a sinister plot that could ruin all of Warcross.

When I first heard that Marie Lu had another book coming out, I knew I just had to read it!  I’m so happy that I was even able to get my hands on an early copy of this book as well.  Not only was this one of my most favorite reads of 2017, but it was also my first time reading a book by Marie.  I know, I know.  Shame on me for not having read anything by her beforehand, and now I just want to binge read everything by her!  As of late I’ve been a little dystopianed out and I wasn’t sure how I would like this book as it has some dystopian themes, but once I started I just couldn’t put it down!  There was a crazy twist near the end that makes me so desperate for book two.  I could not wait for this book to come out so I could talk to others about how amazing it was.

Silly me accidentally preordered two copies of Warcross so I want to give one of y’all the chance to read this amazing book!  Please read all of the rules below to make sure you qualify!  Follow the link below to enter!!

I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads.


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November Wrap Up ’17

I guess I did fairly well reading this month.  Any reading is an acomplishment for me really.  With how busy I’ve been lately I’m happy that I’ve been able to even pick up books and read them.  This month I got to read a few of my anticipated books of late 2017/early 2018 plus a reread of a beloved book.

1) Retribution Rails by: Erin Bowman 5/5 Stars

When I finished Vengeance Road back in August of last year I was in desperate need of yet another YA western from Erin.  I only had to wait a few short months before she announced her plans to write this book.  I knew I would travel forward in time to get the blood of my first born to get my hands on an ARC of this book.  I couldn’t believe it when I was able to snag a copy through a trade.  This book was amazing!!  I don’t want to go into too many details as I’ll save that for my review.

2) Whichwood by: Tahereh Mafi 4/5 Stars

 I was able to get an ARC and read Furthermore last summer, and I really enjoyed how whimsical it was. I was so happy to see that I got an ARC of this book as I needed more adventures of Alice. I didn’t really like this book as much as I did Furthermore, but I’ll save all the finer details for my review. 

3) City of Bones by: Cassandra Clare 5/5 Stars

I have wanted to do a reread of this series for the longest time just for nostalgia. So after starting to date my boyfriend, I found out he was also rereading this series. So that was my sign that I needed to start. I’m not sure if I’ll write a review on the books as I finish them as they already have tons of reviews, but I just might to get all my thoughts out on them. 

4) The Cruel Prince by: Holly Black 4/5 Stars

I’ve read a few other books by Holly, but I have to say this one was by far my favorite out of them all. I couldn’t really connect with any of the other main characters, but I felt like I had more of a connection with Jude. Stay tuned for my review which should be up in the next few days.

I’m so happy about what I read this past month that I don’t really care if it has been a few books less than I have read in the past. I can’t wait to get into a bunch of January releases in December!

November Book Haul ’17

Holy ARCs Batman!!  I feel so blessed to have gotten as many books as I have this past month.  I was able to go to Yallfest again this year, and I never expected to walk away with as many books as I did.  A huge majority of this list are books that I got there or while in Charleston, SC.  On a side note, Yallfest is so much fun as you get to meet authors and converse with other book nerds.  I would highly recommend going if you haven’t already!  Anyways, let’s get to this list cause it’s a long one.

1&2) Renegades by: Marissa Meyer

This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017.  The day it came out, I rushed to my local Barnes & Noble and got their special edition and quickly packed it away for Yallfest.  When I was waiting in line for Laini Taylor on Friday evening, a girl ahead of me had a copy of Renegades, but it was blood-red under the dust jacket.  My copy on the other hand was blue.  I politely asked her how she got a red book, and she said she got the Target edition which was red with a foil stamped cover.  This book was GORGEOUS!  Later that night I drove to two different Targets just to get a copy so I could have it signed along with my Barnes & Noble one.  Best decision ever!

3) Into the Bright Unknown by: Rae Carson

This is the third and final book in the Walk On Earth A Stranger trilogy.  I don’t know much about this series other than it follows a girl who can sense gold in the ground and lives during the Gold Rush.  Now that I have the complete series, I may start it soon as I’m having major western withdrawals after finishing Retribution Rails.

4) A Darker Shade of Magic (B&N Special Edition) by: V.E. Scwab

I have not read this series yet. *Que the throwing of rotten tomatoes*  I get it, I get it.  This series is amazing, I just haven’t had the time to pick it up yet.  Even though I haven’t read it, I just had to have this gorgeous Barnes & Noble edition for my shelves.

5) City of Bones (10th Anniversary Edition) by: Cassandra Clare

When I first found out this book was going to be a thing I just about cried.  While it was the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy that got me seriously into reading, it was City of Bones that solidified my love of Young Adult books.  I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of this book/series.  My paperback copy of this book is very well-worn and tattered from having read and reread this book so many times.  Plus, because I got this book at Yallfest I was able to get it signed by Cassandra Clare!!  For your information, I fangirled is hard-core.

6) Ink by: Alice Broadway

This was the first ARC I got at Yallfest and it was totally by chance.  I had just gotten out of the Maggie Stiefvater signing and was frantically trying to pack my newly signed books away in a safe place.  I was doing this while standing next to the I Read YA booth where they were currently giving this book away.  I just happened to look up as a girl handed me a copy with a smile.  I took it in my rush thinking it was some kind of sampler that I may not really look at, but when I got to the next signing line I realized it really was an ARC.  And, man, does it sound good!  For every event, achievement, and failing in these characters lives is etched on their skin in the form of a tattoo.  I’m very excited to read this book and review it for y’all.

7) Between the Blade and the Heart by: Amanda Hocking

This is another ARC that I got at Yallfest, and I know next to nothing about it.  I may keep it that way as I’ve always loved going into books blind.  The cover looks really awesome though!

8) Naondel by: Maria Turtschaninoff

My mom was able to grab this ARC for me while I was waiting in line for Yallfest.  The only thing I know about it is it’s a prequel to another book by the same author.  I’m not entirely sure that I will read this book, but I will make sure to review it if I do.

9) American Panda by: Gloria Chao

I’ve heard a lot of people talking about this book and how they cannot wait for its release.  I was so excited to see that my mom was able to snag me a copy at Yallfest.  This book sounds so cute and heartfelt.

10) The Greed by: Scott Bergstrom

This is yet another ARC I got at Yallfest.  I don’t really want to know anything about this book as it is the second book in a series and I have not read the first one.  I will make sure to read and review both of those books for y’all though :).

11) In Her Skin by: Kim Savage

This book was one of my must-gets while I was at Yallfest.  I knew I just had to get it no matter what lengths I had to go through.  Back in May or June I read Here Lies Daniel Tate and this book sounds so similar to that, but the main character is a girl instead of a guy.  If this book is anything like Here Lies Daniel Tate, I’m gonna be one happy reader.

12) Not If I Save You First by: Ally Carter

A dad who is a Secret Service agent, the president’s son as your best friend, and the wilderness of Alaska makes this book so intriguing.  I really had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up at Yallfest, but after reading the synopsis I HAVE to read this book!  I think it will be a fun thriller to read over the winter months.

13) Bookish Boyfriends by: Tiffany Schmidt

What if you could date all the heroes from the story books?  When Merrilee, her best friend, and sister transfer to a different school, it seems like all the boys that attend are straight from the pages of her books.  But she finds out that some first impressions can be deceiving.  Another ARC that I got at Yallfest and it sounds so good!  There are so many bookish boys that I would date if I could.

14) The Accidental Bad Girl by: Maxine Kaplan

With her reputation in tatters going into her senior year of high school, Kendall also finds out her online identity has been stolen and shes been framed for stealing from a drug dealer.  Kendall must find out who she truly is, but not everyone is who the seem.  Yet another ARC I got while at Yallfest that has my interest piqued.  It sounds like another fun winter read.

15) Dating Disasters of Emma Nash by: Chloe Seager

I’ve heard this book is really funny so when I got the chance to get it at Yallfest I jumped on it.  After reading the synopsis and the first page I can already relate to the main character as I’ve had a similar situation happen to me.  I really think I’m gonna like this book!

16) Sky In the Deep by: Adrienne Young

This book has been on my radar ever since I first heard about it being published.  So many people have been talking about this book, and when I heard that they were going to be giving away some copies at Yallfest I made it a point to be waiting in that line.  Thankfully I was able to snag a copy!  The one thing that really drew me to this book were these few lines, “Eelyn’s world is war. Raised to fight in a generations-old blood feud, her life changes forever when she sees her brother on the battlefield, fighting side by side with the enemy.  The Brother she watched die five years ago.”  If those lines don’t get you interested in a book I have no idea what will.

17) Your Name Vol. 1 by: Makoto Shinkai

I saw the movie that this manga is based on this past April, and I absolutely loved it!  I knew that if they ever made a manga I just had to get it!

18) The Dire King by: William Ritter

As the conclusion to one of my most favorite Sherlock reimagining series, this book was another one of my most anticipated reads.  I was able to get an eARC through Netgalley , and was able to read the book prior to its release.  I had been meaning to buy the book once it came out, but I didn’t get the chance to until I was down in Charleston.  I’m sad that this series ended, but I’m happy that I now have this book on my shelf.

19) The Mortal Instruments Graphic Novel Vol. 1 by: Cassandra Clare Illustrations by: Cassandra Jean

It has to do with the Mortal Instruments, need I say more?  Seriously though, I had to have it because not only is it the graphic novel version of one of my all time favorite books, but Cassandra Jean drew the comic!  Her work is absolutely amazing!

20) Rosemarked by: Livia Blackburne

Zivah is a healer, but she cannot heal herself, so when she catches the  deadly rose plague she knows she doesn’t have long.  She’s forced into isolation until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.  She is thrust together on a high-stakes mission with a soldier seeking vengeance.  They must learn to work together and find a common ground to protect those they love.  This book sounds like such a good fantasy with a little bit of a political edge.

21) Ally by: Anna Banks

I got this book for free at the Charleston Library with the exchange of a ticket I got at Yallfest.  I was extremely happy that a library would have an event like this and I wanted to go to support it.  I love libraries and I really like to support them in any way I can so that others can have the chance to use them as well.  I didn’t want to read the synopsis though because this is the second book in the Nemesis series and I have yet to read the first book.

22) The Fate of the Tearling by: Erika Johansen

SO I have had the first two books in this series on my shelf for the longest time, but I have no idea why I had not picked up the third and final book until now.  Either way, now I have it and I can binge the series one of these days. 🙂

23) Godsgrave by: Jay Kristoff

People have been raving about this series for a while now and I figured I would at least start getting the series so I can read them down the line.  I’ve read some of Jay’s other books (Illuminae & Gemina) and I loved them so I’m hoping I love this series as well.

24) The Glass Spare by: Lauren DeStefano

I received this book in my November Owlcrate.  I have not read the synopsis yet, but I have heard some great things about Lauren’s writing, so I hope I like it.  Plus this book came with an Owlcrate exclusive cover that is drop-dead gorgeous!

25) Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by: Lynn Weingarten

What measures would you go through to prevent your best friend from getting back together with their cheating ex?  Sasha poses as a boy online to lure Ivy, the ex-girlfriend, away from her best friend Xavier.  But things go sickeningly wrong and Sasha must learn to be careful who you pretend to be because you might just become them.  This books sounds like it will be filled with some gloriously gut-wrenching twists and turns.  I can’t wait to read it!

26) Things I’m Seeing Without You by: Peter Bognanni

After Jonah’s suicide, Tess Fowler continues to write to him as a way to cope with her grief and confusion.  She also finds solace in working with her father in one place that you wouldn’t think could help, a funeral home with one of his prized clients being a racehorse.  As his clientele grows they both find comfort in each other and the clients they serve.  This book reminds me a bit of 13 Reasons Why and I Was Here, which is one of the reasons why I bought it.

27) City of Brass by: S.A. Chakraborty

I got this beautiful UK ARC copy in my November Illumicrate.  This book sounds like such an enchanting and adventurous read.  It sounds like the perfect winter read!

28) The Defiant by: Lesley Livingston

Last year I was able to get an ARC copy of The Valiant, and I’m thrilled that I was able to snag an ARC copy of the second book in the series!  I’m so ready for more adventures of the female gladiators!

29) Batman: Nightwalker by: Marie Lu

When I found out that a bunch of YA authors were writing some books about the DC heroes I knew I just had to try to get these books.  I’m so thankful that I was able to get this book through a trade on Twitter.  After reading Warcross a few months ago, I desperately need more of Marie Lu’s books.  Stay tuned for the review on this book!

30) The Traitor’s Game by: Jennifer A. Nielsen

I’ve seen this book on a few social media sites, but I still have no real idea what it’s about.  But when I got the chance to pick this up and get it signed by the author at Yallfest I couldn’t say no.  I can’t wait to get to this book and find out what it’s about.  The cover is drop dead gorgeous though.

31) Hope Nation by: Various YA Authors

This was one of those ARCs that I really thought it was a sampler when I first picked it up due to its smaller size.  Only on closer inspection did I realize that it was actually an ARC for an anthology where multiple authors write essays with messages of hope and inspiration.  I cannot tell y’all enough how excited I am for this as there are going to be some big name authors that contribute to this book.  The little bit that I’ve read is absolutely amazing.  I can tell that this book is going to be something special!

*Phew* *furiously rubs sweat from forehead* That was a LOT of books!  Thanks for staying with me to read all of this!  I never was expecting to get this many books in one month let alone not really have to pay for that many of them.  A huge thanks to all of the publishers and their staff members at Yallfest who put in a lot of hard work to bring a lot of these books into the hands of readers and reviewers.  Y’all can definitely expect a ton of reviews to come in the next few months!