| MEMES | THIS WEEK IN BOOKS #57

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Hello lovelies !!! It has been a long time since I posted a This Week In Books ! It’s a weekly meme hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found.

Back to business !

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I am currently reading The Spring Girls by Anna Todd. I am quite enjoying it but I was expecting something a little more… gripping !
Last week I was reading Prodigy by Marie Lu, the second book in the Legend trilogy ! I really loved that one and I can’t wait to read the final installment !
Next I plan on reading A Court Of Frost And Starlight by Sarah J. Maas. In fact, I’ll probably start it tonight, even though I haven’t finished The Spring Girls !

That’s it ! What are you currently reading ?

 

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| BOOK REVIEW | READY PLAYER ONE BY ERNEST CLINE

Ready Player OneReady Player One
author : Ernest Cline
series : Ready Player One
Genres : Dystopia, Science-fiction, Young Adult
Publication : August 16th 2011 by Crown Publishers

Synopsis : In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

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I really enjoyed this book. It has been sleeping on my TBR shelf for 2 years ! I can’t believe it !

Going outside is highly overrated.

Plot

We follow Wade aka Parzival in the OASIS. He lives in a very poor neighborhood with his aunt and her stupid boyfriend. During the day, he hides in a car in the middle of a garbage dump. He keeps all his most precious goods in it : his eletronical equipment he requires to log into the OASIS every day. He goes to school on Ludus and tries to earn credits whenever he can. It’s his only way to improve his search for the Halliday’s egg. The Copper Key mystery is onlythe beginning of an epic quest !

I had a hard time getting into the story, to be honest. It took me a little more than a hundred pages actually.
The beginning was  so slow paced but it was mandatory. The world building is so complex, it takes a lot of time to explain us how it works, to show us the tiniest parts of this huge virtual world !

One I was hooked, I was totally in ! The story is addicting. First, the Easter egg quest. You want to solve every enigma as much as Wade craves it ! You also want to know more about who’s behind the High Five. We don’t get to actually meet them in person (and not via their avatars) until the last part of the book !

I enjoyed the geeky and 80’s references even though I didn’t get all of them. This world is so amazing, really ! You want to dive into the OASIS too, trust me ! This book is tha good ! Everything’s possible, full of possibilites, more you can ever imagine !

That was when I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it’s also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.

Characters

  • Wade is a nice main character. He is your average teenager, all things considered. Except he is living in a post apocalyptic world.  A thing did disturbe me though : his way of stalking Art3mis.  But he changed so much during the book ! He learns to take his responsabilities, to stay focused on his mission and that this quest is way more meaningful than he ever thought.
  • Aech is such a great sidekick ! I was a little sad when his friendship with Wade was put aside for a little while. His story touched me !
  • Art3mis kicks ass in a wonderful way. She is badass, fierce and really smart ! She is a fierce ghunter fighting for a noble cause !
  • Nolan Sorrento is pure evil. I think he is a great bad guy to be honest. The kind you love to hate !
  • James Halliday is such an interesting character. His way of thinking is so complex. We don’t get to read about characters like him often enough ! He is a pure genius, with difficulties to interact in the real world.

Overall I really enjoyed this book ! I highly recommend it !

5 stars

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About the author

Ernest Cline
ERNEST CLINE is a novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. His first novel, Ready Player One, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, appeared on numerous “best of the year” lists, and is set to be adapted into a motion picture by Warner Bros. and director Steven Spielberg. His second novel, ARMADA, debuted at #4 on the NYT Bestseller list and is being made into a film by Universal Pictures. Ernie lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games.

| BOOK HAUL | MARCH & APRIL 2018 BOOK HAUL

Hello lovelies ! Today I’m gonna share my March & April book haul ! Why am I doing a combined post ? Well for the past two months, I onl bought a book per month ! Highly reasonable, right ?

So, in March I got Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder. It’s the second book in the Poison Study. I really can’t wait to start this series !

Now in April I got Everless by Sara Holland. This book is one of my most anticipated releases for this year so obviously I plan on reading this one very soon !

That’s it ! Which books did you buy in April ? Tell me in the comments, and I’ll probably add them to my To Buy List ! Hahaha !

| ARC TOUR | ALL OF THIS IS TRUE BY LYGIA DAY PEÑAFLOR

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Marie from drizzleandhurricanebooks invited to join this ARC tour ! Thank you so much sweetie ! Also, huge thanks to the author who provided us a copy of her book !
The book will be released on May 15th which means … tomorrow !

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All Of This Is TrueAll Of This Is True
Author : Lygia Day Peñaflor
Genres : Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication : May 15th 2018 by HarperTeen

Synopsis : Miri Tan loved the book Undertow like it was a living being. So when she and her friends went to a book signing to meet the author, Fatima Ro, they concocted a plan to get close to her, even if her friends won’t admit it now. As for Jonah, well—Miri knows none of that was Fatima’s fault.

Soleil Johnston wanted to be a writer herself one day. When she and her friends started hanging out with her favorite author, Fatima Ro, she couldn’t believe their luck—especially when Jonah Nicholls started hanging out with them, too. Now, looking back, Soleil can’t believe she let Fatima manipulate her and Jonah like that. She can’t believe that she got used for a book.

Penny Panzarella was more than the materialistic party girl everyone at the Graham School thought she was. She desperately wanted Fatima Ro to see that, and she saw her chance when Fatima asked the girls to be transparent with her. If only she’d known what would happen when Fatima learned Jonah’s secret. If only she’d known that the line between fiction and truth was more complicated than any of them imagined. . . .

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I really enjoyed this book ! It was such a unique read, I’ve never read anything like this ! We follow a bunch of teenagers living a sort of dream : they get to interact with their favorite author and become close friends with her !

This book is INSANE ! First, it’s pretty amazing because the story is told from different points of view. The story is told through Jounal entries, e mails, interviews and book excerpts.
It made it so easy to fly through this book ! It’s so original, really !

If you knew these kids the way you claim to have known them, then you should’ve realized that when they admire you there’s a responsibility in that.

Now for the story … The topic is not an easy one, far from it. At some point, I felt uncomfortable. It makes you question what you believe.

It talks about so many interesting topics. First, about the unhealthy fascination around Fatima Ro.
I mean, I get it, it musts be nice to become friend with someone you admire. I also admire my friends for many reasons. But the other way around, I truly think it can be dangerous. The friendship can only be biased. There is a limit that shouldn’t be crossed and they clearly did !

Another thing that disturbed me is how Fatima used these kids, making them her little puppets to creater the story of her next book. She is so manipulative !

There’s also the issue of what Jonah did. It’s awful and disgusting !! But people can change, at least I hope so !

You can’t hug a lion and be surprised when it bites you.

I have to be honest with you guys. I was totally hooked by the book, yeah, because the story was totally gripping.  But I guessed every plot twist or revelation.
I wished we had Fatima’s point of view, at least toward the end of the book. It would have been enlightening to get why she acted that way !

The ending kind of disappointed me, Fatima decided to twist it in her book. In my opinion, it’s her way to make penance but it’s not that easy, girl !

4 stars

Overall I really enjoyed this book ! Trigger warning though : there’s violence and abuse in it. I totally recommend this book though !

 

 

 

 

| ON SCREEN | READY PLAYER ONE

ready player one movieReady Player One
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Released in March 2018

plot : The film takes place in the year 2045, when much of humanity uses the VR software OASIS to escape the desolation of the real world. Orphaned teenager Wade Watts (played by Tye Sheridan) discovers clues to a hidden game within the program that promises the winner full ownership of the OASIS, and joins several allies to try to complete the game before a large company run by businessman Nolan Sorrento ( Ben Mendelsohn) can do so.

I finished the book a few weeks before watching the movie so the stor was still very fresh in my mind. (I still have post my review though… ahem !)
The main lines were well respected but there were a few changes, especially concerning the 3 quests for the keys. They changed it but it stayed faithful, close to the book nonetheless.

A change I didn’t appreciate is about the High Five. They totally changed the dynamic by making them allies from the beginning of the movie. In the book, only Aech and Wade are close friends at the beginning. And the whole High Five gang only team up at a certain time when they realize that they’re stronger together.

The casting was well chosen ! I didn’t know any of the actors, except Simon Pegg, of course. Which was perfect because I only saw Wade, Samantha, Aech and co.

Overall, it was pretty faithful to the book and I LOVED seeing all these references on screen ! Music, video games aaah it was so so good ! I just wished they had taken more time to show us the wonderful world that is OASIS ! We barely spent time there in the movie, compared to the book !

Have you seen it ? Did you like it ?

| BOOKSTAGRAM | APRIL 2018

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Hello lovelies ! I haven’t been blogging a lot lately, I know. But hopefully I’ll get back to my usual pace soon !
Anyway, today I want to share with you some of my bookstagram’s pictures, that I took last month ! It was difficult to take photos because of the weather. everytime I got a day off, it was either cloudy or raining… Seriously, it’s maddening !

 

That’s it ! To be honest, I’m pretty happy with these pictures ! I need to make a post about something that has been bothering the whole instagram community for months now : the algorithm ! But that’s for another time haha !

Talk to you soon !

 

 

 

 

 

 

| WRAP UP & TBR | MAY 2018 TBR

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Hello lovelies !  It’s time for me to share my May TBR with you guys ! I plan on reading 5 books this month ! Yeah, I know, there are only 4 on the pictures, but I’m waiting for the fifth one to be delivered !

Let’s start, shall we ?

  • Prodigy by Marie Lu. I read Legend at the end of April and I plan on marathoning this trilogy !
  • Champion by Marie Lu, the last and final book in the Legend trilogy.
  • The Spring Girls by Anna Todd.
  • Les Illusions De Sav- Loar by Manon Fargetton.
  • A Court Of Frost And Starlight by Sarah J. Maas. I am still waiting for my copy to be delivered. But I know I won’t resist reading it as soon as I get my hands on it !

That’s it ! What are you planning on reading this month ?