Monday, October 12, 2015

Book Review : Armada

Title: Armada 
Author: Ernest Cline
Pages: 349 Pages
Publisher: Crown Publishing
My Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
Source: Blogging for books

This took me months to actually finish. No joke I started this book in July, its now October that has to be like a record for me. I don't have much to say about it either. 

Ehhh this wasn’t my favorite book. I really wanted to like it because I loved Ready Player One. This was about video games and that is just awesome. I started this book with way to high expectations and it really fell flat. 

The plot was boring and the characters made me yawn. I really didn’t care what happened to anyone. I just sort of wanted to stop reading. The main character almost made me stop reading. 

It screams I am really trying my hardest to be a “nerd” book. I could do with out the constant influx of pop culture references. So of them had me thinking “What is the point of all of this?” 

The editing and wasted potential did it in for me. I actually regret picking this book up. Sorry Ernest Cline.


Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer.

Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders. 

No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.

It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?

At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.

Note:  I received this book from blogging for books in exchange for my honest review!

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Book Review: Freedom's Child

“I am so sorry that I couldn’t save you, Rebekah, I think to myself as I fade out of consciousness. I am so sorry for everything I did and didn't do”

Author: Jax Miller
Release Date: June 2nd 2015  
Publisher: Crown
Page Number: 320 pages
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Freedom Oliver, a woman is hiding in Oregon in the wonderful witness protection program. Her own family is in a sense hunting her, they are bent on revenge. 

I honestly thought I would hate this book. I disliked Freedom the first few chapters. She's the kind of character you don't think you're going to like but, you end up loving. The twists and turns through out this book are incredible. You feel like your in the story, like you are riding the roller coaster of the characters lives. 

A fast paced story guaranteed to keep you flipping the pages. A story that has so many twists and turns it almost sickens you. I don’t read much thriller fiction, and I am pretty sure this was my first crime drama, but this book has me hooked. I read this book over the course of 3 days. I felt like I couldn’t put it down I had to figure out what would happen next. Unfortunately nothing could have prepared me for the ending. 

The characters are so interesting, you have the ones you love, Freedom an struggling alcoholic on the brink of committing suicide. Then there is her brother in law Peter, the only sane person in her in law family. Then there are the ones you hate, like Lynn the 600 lb sadistic drug addict mother of Freedom’s husband. 

The ending ties up the story nicely, without leaving any holes. At first I thought, “Wow this just ended all of the sudden” As you turn the last few pages you understand it more. All the little pieces of the story end up making a remarkable picture. 

If you are able to look past the predicability of the story, and the sort of outlandish situation it's a great book. Would it happen in real life? Probably not. It’s a book of fiction, not a true story documentary. 


Freedom Oliver has plenty of secrets. She lives in a small Oregon town and keeps mostly to herself. Her few friends and neighbors know she works at the local biker bar; they know she gets arrested for public drunkenness almost every night; they know she’s brash, funny, and fearless. 

What they don’t know is that Freedom Oliver is a fake name. They don’t know that she was arrested for killing her husband, a cop, twenty years ago. They don’t know she put her two kids up for adoption. They don’t know that she’s now in witness protection, regretting ever making a deal with the Feds, and missing her children with a heartache so strong it makes her ill.

Then, she learns that her daughter has gone missing, possibly kidnapped. Determined to find out what happened, Freedom slips free of her handlers, gets on a motorcycle, and heads for Kentucky, where her daughter was raised. As she ventures out on her own, no longer protected by the government, her troubled past comes roaring back at her: her husband’s vengeful, sadistic family; her brief, terrifying stint in prison; and the family she chose to adopt her kids who are keeping dangerous secrets. 

Written with a ferocious wit and a breakneck pace, Freedom’s Child is a thrilling, emotional portrait of a woman who risks everything to make amends for a past that haunts her still.

NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Bad Machinery (The Case Of Team Spirit) Review

Author: John Allison
Pages: 135 pages
Publisher: Oni Press
Publishing date: April 2nd 2013
Source:  Library (non review) 

So lately I have been in a graphic novel kick, and I think this book killed it. The first part of this book was decent, the best part was the funky interesting illustrations and graphics. After that though the book really goes downhill fast. I think I was on page 30 when I thought to myself, "uhhh whats the point?" to be honest I still don't really know what the point was. 

I also didn't realize that this was a web comic turned into a book. I guess that’s probably why the book felt sort of disjointed. I really liked the idea of this book at first a group of high school kids that meet at school and form a mystery solving team. Which quickly became a bad spin off of Scooby Doo, britsh edition. 

Overall it wasn't terrible but I am really glad I picked it up at the library

Goodreads Book Description: 

Tackleford, England is a town full of mysteries. Shauna, Charlotte, and Mildred just want to help the mysterious old immigrant woman keep her home. Jack, Linton, and Sonny just want to find out why the owner of the local football stadium has been plagued by a curse. If only the two groups could stop fighting with each other, they might realize there's a shared solution...

Of course, when you're just starting your first year at Griswalds Grammar School, nothing matters quite as much as football, friends, stylish jackets, trading cards, or your nerdy teacher's fancy wife. And when all of these things are competing for your attention, just how are you supposed to find the time to solve mysteries, anyway?

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Book Review : The Dunning Man by Kevin Fortuna

Author: Kevin Fortuna
Release Date: October 19th 2014 
Publisher: Lavender Ink
Page Number:  140
Source:  Lavender Ink 

This is a book that is a collection of six stories that make up The Dunning Man. It has characters from all walks of life—a rogue hip-hop star, a blackjack dealing mom, a middle-aged drunk plowing through his inheritance, and an empty-nester housewife trying to make peace with the past. The book is basically set in Atlantic City, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., the Hudson Valley and Manhattan. 

Before I go any further, I marked this book four stars because I think it deserves that much, but I very much disliked this book. I know for a fact that I am not this books intended audience. It was mainly a book filled with drug use, cat calling women, and drinking. The writing in this short story collection was breath taking. The characters to be well-rounded, the dialogue to be excellent and the scene to be very well laid out. I honestly could see the book like a stage in my head. I really enjoyed that. 

My favorite story in this book was titled “Flogging Maggie”, the main reason being I felt like this was the only story that I could connect with the main characters. I enjoyed the story being about a group of females and having a female narrator. I really wish this story was the entire book and was longer. I felt like I wanted to know more, and honestly it ended way to fast. 

My absolutely least favorite story was the first one. This one actually almost made me put the book down for good. I just couldn’t get it, and really was put off by all the drinking. I did have my husband read a few of the stories and he really seemed to enjoy them. 

Even with that I am still really glad that I got a chance to read this book. It was worth the effort to find the gems with in the story. (my review may not make it sound good). My favorite part of this book is the amazing cover. It is very visually pleasing. I also love the way it blends and speaks to what the book is about. I find often short story covers can be lacking relevance. 

Over give this book a chance, it’s a good read!

Goodreads Book Description: 

The six stories in The Dunning Man feature anti-heroes who reject society’s rules. Characters from all walks of life—a rogue hip-hop star, a blackjack dealing mom, a middle-aged drunk plowing through his inheritance, and an empty-nester housewife trying to make peace with the past. They each exist in the here and now, living for what’s possible and what’s left—not what they’ve left behind. Redemption awaits all, but only along the rutted, gut-churning path of honest self-examination. Age quod agis.

Set in Atlantic City, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., the Hudson Valley and Manhattan, Fortuna’s stories depict the violent clash between society’s expectations and the chaotic arc of individual destiny. These are powerful tales of truth seekers imbued with larger-than-life personalities and the all-consuming need to find something worth seeking.

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Disclaimer : I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review on here.