A Review on Breaking

Breaking

(Thank you Bloomsbury for the chance to review this book)

TW: suicide

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Plot summary (as Goodreads put it):

Monsters lurk where you least expect…

Charlotte has always felt ordinary compared to her two best friends at the prestigious Weston Preparatory Institute. Not enigmatic and daring like Ariel or beautiful and brilliant like Devon, Charlotte has never quite met the standards of the school—or those of her demanding mother. But with Ariel and Devon by her side, none of that mattered. They became the family she never had.

Until the unthinkable happens—Ariel commits suicide. And less than a month later, so does Devon.

Everyone accepts the suicides as tragic coincidences, but Charlotte refuses to believe that. And when she finds mysterious clues left behind by Ariel, Charlotte is thrust down a path that leads to a dangerous secret about Weston Prep. There’s a reason Weston students are so exceptional, and the people responsible are willing to kill to protect the truth…

Breaking is another chilling thriller from Danielle Rollins. It was hard to get into at first (I think it would’ve survived without the prologue), but once the plot was set into motion, things escalated pretty fast with suspense and twisty revelations hooking you in. Because the book is mostly plot-driven, I couldn’t connect with Charlotte and didn’t care about the other characters, though Zoe was cool and I wanted to slap Charlotte’s evil mother.

I like my romances on the side, but the romance in this book – between Charlotte and Jack, Ariel’s ex – was mediocre and just not worth adding in. I found the treasure hunt set by Ariel and the whole investigation more romantic than Jack.

The last 20 pages or so were kind of a letdown. Things became predictable and rushed. The ending makes me reluctant to pick up the next book. Maybe it would’ve been better if this was a standalone.

Breaking has a cool concept and I enjoyed the fairytale references, but the execution especially towards the end didn’t live up to it.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

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A Concept: A Review on Warcross

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Warcross by Marie Lu

Publisher: Penguin Teen

Release date: September 12 2017

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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 Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. 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.

[SCREAMING] This book has hacked into my soul. I love the rich worldbuilding (Japan with actual Japanese people, yes please), the gaming concept (can Warcross be a reality right now?) and hell yeah, girls are awesome players. Those misogynstic elitists are trembling.

There are familiar sci-fi tropes but Lu twists them into something new and…ugh, mindblowingly amazing. The book is great at building up to major plot twists which I knew would happen (oh yeah, I knew about Hideo), but they still shocked me.

To be honest, I didn’t care much about Emika’s dad. Or am I just growing unresponsive to the already dead parents trope? Anyway, I love Emika’s squad and I didn’t mind Hideo as a love interest, a brooding one – even though some of the scenes where he and Emika canoodle slowed the book down a little and unhooked my attention.

Zero, the villain with a shielded identity, is so compelling that I felt like punching him, wanting to see him fall, and joining his side at the same time. Like most villains I’ve come across, I wish there was more of him.

Whether you’re a Marie Lu fan or love or want more diverse books, or you’re just a tad pissed off about Blade Runner erasing Asians but using their cultures, you would enjoy Warcross with its diverse cast, highly-charged plot and Asians embracing their Asian creations and cultures very much.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Bloody Good Halloween Recs

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Happy Monday! Halloween is coming, so I’m going to recommend some books that chillily resonate with anything spooky or heart palpitations.

Say Cheese and Die! – a favourite Goosebumps book of mine and because it’s one of the classics, it never fails to make you jump and glue your eyes to the page.

The Name of the Star – a present day story that revolves around a Jack the Ripper copycat or is he?

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – If you like anything peculiar with a group of life/power-sucking monsters on the side, you would enjoy this one.

Anything by Edgar Allan Poe is the best. Not only are his stories dark, twisty, and just heart clenching, they share a psychological theme.

The Passage – a book that takes vampires on a whole new level. Add in suspense, a girl who radiates an intimidating power and mysterious characters, you will get hooked. For more, here’s my review

IT – anything by Stephen King scares the shit out of me, but this one scared me the most because it revolves around an evil, demonic clown. It might be a thick book and mundane in some parts, but it still manages to keep you hooked. Suspense is a weapon.

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer – surprisingly this one makes me take it seriously. If you want to see/read the famous queen on an off with their head spree, then you would enjoy this book. Plus the attention to detail on places is amazing. Still creepy by the way.

Review: One Dark Throne

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Title: One Dark Throne

Author: Kendare Blake

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Release date: September 26 2017

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The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

One Dark Throne was better than its predecessor Three Dark Crowns. There was more action, plotting, magic,  tension and my favourite: plot twists. We get to see more of the island setting, cultures and the relationship between the sisters which plays a part in their character development.

But they’re the ones who get more development than the rest of the cast. While I thought Jules, Arsinoe’s best friend, having the powerful and cursed war gift was cool, I didn’t warm up to her because there wasn’t much about her to care. The same goes to the love interests who are pretty boring and I also kept forgetting who was who because there were a lot of characters.

Overall, the book was an enjoyable read and a page turner.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

BiVisbility Spotlight

Happy BiVisbility Day! My current book recommendation for bi representation is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.

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The 18th century story goes: Monty, a rake, embarks on a Grand Tour around Europe with his best friend Percy whom he harbours feelings for and his sister Felicity. Through an unexpected encounter and theft, the trio are snared into a chase to get a precious heart that does wonders.

Expect to meet witty and hilarious Monty, very touristy and pretty places that don’t turn out to be touristy, dangerous nobles, pirates, romantic tensions between Monty and Percy, smart girls, and pretty good research and respectful bi, disabled and poc rep. But look out for ableism, racist characters and crappy stuff of the 18th century.

Happy reading xo