Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

Warcross by Marie LuWarcross
(Warcross #1)
by Marie Lu
September 12, 2017
368 pages

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.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #163

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews that lets us share what we've added to our shelves.

I received some fun books! Thank you PRHCanada and Thomas Allen & Son~

Pickles and Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Brooding YA Hero and etc.
I also received some goodies from a bookish Preview Event. Check out my recap post here to see what I got ;)

What did you add to your shelves this week?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Review: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1) by Julie C. Dao

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. DaoForest of a Thousand Lanterns
(Rise of the Empress #1)
by Julie C. Dao
October 10, 2017
384 pages

Goodreads Summary:
The Wrath and the Dawn meets Snow White and the Huntsman in this dark and mystical East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl's quest to become Empress--and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng's majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins--sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with both breathtaking pain and beauty, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns possesses all the hallmarks of masterful fantasy: dazzling magic, heartbreaking romance, and a world that hangs in the balance. Fans of Heartless, Stealing Snow, and Red Queen will devour this stunning debut.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

WoW #170: The Queen's Rising (The Queen's Rising #1) by Rebecca Ross

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted every week by Breaking the Spine which lets us showcase an upcoming release we are excited about! 

The Queen's Rising by Rebecca RossThe Queen's Rising
(The Queen's Rising #1)
by Rebecca Ross
February 6, 2018
464 pages

Goodreads Summary:
When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

*grabby hands*

What are you guys waiting on this week?

Monday, October 9, 2017

Event Recap: Raincoast Books present TeensRead Winter&Spring 2018Preview

TeensRead Preview Winter & Spring 2018 banner

Hi guys! Last week I got to attend the Winter & Spring 2018 TeensRead Preview hosted by Raincoast Books. Thank you so much for the invite! As always it was such a fun time filled with my favourite bookish talk <3

Lianne Oelke, author of Nice Try, Jane Sinner, was the special guest. Ever since I found out she's a local author I've been looking forward to her debut! I was so excited to have the chance to meet her! She talked about her publishing journey. From virtually meeting Becky Albertalli to getting an agent and having editors interested in her story, I found it all fascinating. It was a pleasure meeting her and getting to chat. I'm really looking forward to reading Nice Try, Jane Sinner!

Ms. Lianne Oelke talking about her publishing process!
I'm particularly excited for these titles (click on each cover for more info):
Here's a list of all the titles the ladies presented (click on the picture for a better view):

TeensRead Preview Winter & Spring 2018 twitter sheet

Which ones are you excited for?

Now here's my haul from the event! I'm so so so excited for all of these books! Special thank you to Melissa for finding an extra copy of Jane Sinner and giving it to me, thank you so much <3

Raincoast goodies!
Again thank you so much to Raincoast ladies for a lovely fun-filled morning/afternoon with all the bookish goodies! I already can't wait for the next one XD
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