Emily's Review: Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

Title: Warcross (Warcross #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: YA Sci-Fi 
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Rating: 5/5 stars

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.
Someone please tell me why it took me so long to finally pick this book up? I think there was so much hype around it that it just really didn't interest me, but boy was I wrong. After nagging from both Jessica and Amber, I gave it a chance and now I'm hooked. 

Like is says in the summary, Emika Chen is barely making ends meet as a bounty hunter. Days away from being evicted, Emika accidentally glitches herself into the Warcross opening ceremony, in an attempt to steal a rare power up for some quick cash. The glitch caught the eye of Warcross creator, Hideo Tanaka. Emika is sent off to Tokyo and given a job offer she can't refuse. Soon she is caught up in the world of Warcross and its world championship, tasked with uncovering a dangerous hacker. Emika soon comes face to face with a budding romance, new fame, and dangerous secrets that can potentially change everything Warcross and the NeuroLink has come to be.

Emika Chen, in my opinion, is a total badass. She dives right in to her task and doesn't let anything get in her way or stop her form accomplishing her hunt. 

Hideo Tanka, creator of Warcross and the NeuroLink, is a closed book. He always seem to have a cool, calm, and collected air about him, leaving his emotions bare and readable to the public eye. Something about Emika seems to drawn Hideo in and she begins cracking his hard exterior.

This book was a page turner. Every twist and turn had me holding my breath and screaming out when secrets were unveiled. I was immediately pulled into the world of Warcross and there was no getting out. Marie Lu did an excellent job of keeping the reader engaged and on their toes. There wasn't much I didn't like about this book and I kind of wish I could live in the world of Warcross. Just the idea of the NeuroLink makes me wish it was real and that I had one for myself.

So, my point being, READ THIS. 

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24 of Our Favorite Spooky Reads!

Happy Halloween! Looking for some scary, keep on the lights stories to keep you company this Halloween? You are in the right place! We love horror and thrillers (Well mostly Amber....) Here are of our favorite scary, spooky and chillings reads! 

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Guest Review: The Last Wish of Sasha Cade by Cheyanne Young

Title: The Last Wish of Sasha Cade
Author: Cheyanne Young
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Publisher: KCP Loft
Hardcover, 312 Pages
Published October 2018

Summary: The day Raquel has been dreading for months has finally arrived. Sasha, her best friend in the whole world -- the best friend in the whole world -- has died of cancer. Raquel can’t imagine life without her. She’s overwhelmed and brokenhearted. And then a letter from Sasha arrives. Has she somehow found a way to communicate from the afterlife? In fact, Sasha has planned an elaborate scavenger hunt for Raquel, and when she follows the instructions to return to Sasha’s grave, a mysterious stranger with striking eyes is waiting for her. There’s a secret attached to this boy that only Sasha—and now Raquel—knows. This boy, Elijah, might be just what Raquel needs to move on from her terrible loss. But can Raquel remain true to herself while also honoring her friend’s final wish?

Today on the blog we have a guest review from Arianna over at Bookish BanterThey were kind enough to stop by and review The Last Wish of Sasha Cade and share their thoughts on it, and we couldn't be more excited to have them here as our guest reviewer for today! So without further ado, let's get into it!

Ya’ll have no idea who excited I am for this book to come into the world. The Last Wish of Sasha Cade is definitely a book that anyone who has lost someone should read. First, let me remind you how this ARC came to me.

It started when I received a DM on Twitter, and it happened to be from Cheyanne Young. She had reached out on advice for dealing with a broken ankle. For those have dealt with broken ankles know how fun it is (not). At the time, I had no idea she was an author in the first place. Until I followed her on Instagram, where I entered the contest to win a copy of an ARC of her upcoming release The Last Wish Of Sasha Cade.  Did I think I even a chance? No. I didn’t. But as it turns out, I won.

This book…oh my. It honestly should come with its own box of tissues. I cried….a lot. This is a story that everyone needs in their lives. It is something that could actually take place (the scavenger hunt part at least, but who knows). I especially loved how relatable it is. The Last Wish of Sasha Cade follows the main character Raquel after the death of her best friend Sasha. We see Raquel (lovingly referred to as Rocki) try to come to terms with the fact that Sasha is gone.

It’s a beautifully written story about dealing with grief and how everyone’s process is different. There so many ways to deal with loss.  Rocki’s journey of dealing with her grief is so real. It falls into a contemporary category all it’s own. Yes there is a romance but it’s not an insta-love or some other trope, like some. In all honestly this book came into my life, in a time when I feel like I needed it most.

I was grieving for something, not someone. I’ve mentioned that I broke my ankle. Well there is more to the story there. I slipped and fell on ice while I was walking to class on my college campus. From that moment, I knew I wasn’t going to back to that school, and now I’ve been seeing people that I was classmates wit presenting their senior projects, and finishing classes. A few people that I thought were going to be my closet friends are graduating in a week. Have I talked to any of them since my injury? Not really.

And it sucks. But after reading this book, I know I can get through it. Because I have my best friend there with me. Thank god, she is a student at the school I’ve transferred to.

Hopefully this beautiful story will help someone find the hope they need, the way it did for me.

We'd like to once again thank Arianna for stopping by The Book Bratz today to post this guest review. You can read the original review over on their blog by clicking HERE!

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