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a guy who word vomits about books.

[Review] Warcross – Marie Lu (8 Criticisms To Warcross as a Game)

Book Title: Warcross (Duology)
Author:     Marie Lu
Number of pages:  368


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.

(re: Goodreads @ Warcross by Marie Lu)

Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr review:

– Vibrant settings with augmented reality and video gaming at the forefront
– Warcross as a game, although flashy, has so many moving parts that do not make sense in the grand scheme of the competition
– The pro-gaming community is diversely represented
– Plot is predictable; romance is rather bland

Initial Thoughts

I am transferring this review from Goodreads to my blog. I have many thoughts to share. Please be advised I write this from my own gaming experience.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of Warcross from PenguinTeen at an author breakfast 

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[Top Ten Tuesday] – #159 – Books That Surprised Me

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, which is now hosted on That Artsy Reader.


This Week’s Theme:
Books That Surprised Me

Initial Thoughts:

This week’s prompt looks at books that have either surprised me in good [expletive expletive expletive] ways, or surprised me for being bad. More of this list regards the former though.

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[Alternatives] – Movie Review – Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Alternatives is the tagline to discuss entertainment outside of literature. It may encompass television, movies, games, and music.

Movie Review –
Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age, Drama, Gay
Duration: 132 Minutes
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino

Starring: Timothée Hal Chalamet, Armie Hammer,
Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel

In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant.

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