Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Book Review – Movie Trailer

I’m really late to the party on this one guys! I finally picked this up at Barnes a few weeks ago and couldn’t wait to read it. You can see my book review below and also the movie trailer! It’s scheduled for 2018

 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Blurb: In the year 2044, 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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My Review

This was my first buddy read with the one and only *Craig* and what a pleasure this was. I’d like to thank Craig for reading this one with me. Craig always makes me smile and this was fun!

I’m not even sure where to start with my review.  I was highly anticipating this book for some time after seeing so many 5 star reviews and awesome comments, but the book was just a “like” and I wasn’t overly impressed like I thought I’d be.

The story takes place in 2044 and the world is in a Grimm state. A man by the name of James Halliday has created a virtual video game world known as the OASIS which becomes an escape for people. He’s hidden something in the labyrinth that everybody wants to find, and a teen by the name of Wade wants to be the one to find it first. The person who finds the prize is promised riches and as more people come in to play, it becomes a fight to the end as the gunters hunt for the prize while making their way through game after game.

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The story fell a tad short despite some action and fast paced reading. I felt like there was a lot going on, maybe too much detail even, but the best parts in the book that really held my interest were all the ’80s pop culture references. Some of my favorite movies, music, and games from the ’80s were referenced and I found myself looking up old music videos like “The Safety Dance,” a fave. Oh, the memories. ♡

The music references really took me back and as a child of the ’80s I can still remember sitting on my mom’s harvest green carpet in front of the Zenith watching them on MTV, which is nothing like what it used to be. And the games! It took me back to the days of my Atari and my Amiga Commodore: jousting for hours, and Burgertime!  There were literally hundreds of references, even old Tv shows, and I almost want to rate it highly for that one reason. Sure, there were interesting parts in the book with Wade’s adventures in the OASIS and with all the competition, I continued to think it might pick up for me, but the book just kept me hanging on until the end with all the nostalgia.  I was yearning for a pick me up.

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I did think the story was unique and enjoyed the characters. I also thought it was very descriptive and I was extremely pleased with the ending. For me, I simply felt like the story maybe had too much added information which made me a little uncomfortable.

I’m still glad I read it and can’t wait to see the movie because the trailer looks awesome and I ♡ Tye Sheridan! 3.5***

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; 32089th edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307887448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307887443

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Unhinged by Logan Keys – UPDATED & Free Through 6/27!

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After discovering Logan Keys on Goodreads a while back and reading Barkley Five-Oh, I couldn’t wait to read more of her books. I saw Unhinged and after viewing the blurb and cover, I had to read it. I noticed it wasn’t available on Amazon any longer and nowhere to be found. I began to beg the author for it and I’m so glad I did. Now it’s been updated with more stories and it’s free through 6/27! You can read my original review and some information about Logan Keys below…

 

 

My review

Unhinged by Logan Keys is a collection of four short horror stories. From the moment I read about this book and saw the cover, I had to read it! Now it’s updated with four more new stories and a 17 chapter peek into The Last City, Logan Key’s Zombie Dystopian Novel. I enjoyed them all.tumblr_inline_msu8f7HXuu1qz4rgp.png

My favorite remains the very first story titled “Snowed.” As I continued reading on and got to “The Last Rainbow” I felt like I was reading The Butterfly Garden all over again. It was weird! I was thoroughly captured with the writing style and nothing about these stories is predictable so you have no clue what’s around the corner.

I had a small issue with one of the stories, but hey, that’s what horror’s all about and exactly what I asked for when I basically begged the author for this book!

If you’re a horror fan, go grab this on Amazon now.

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I’d like to thank the author for putting this back up for grabs. This is my second read by Logan Keys, and I’m thirsting for more…

4-stars

 

UPDATE: Unhinged has now been updated with NEW stories! I just finished reading the 4 extra stories that were added plus about 17 chapters of The Last City. Get your copy HERE FOR FREE.

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The Appointment: Lost and Found (Book 1): Volume 1 by Luke P. Narlee + Author Q&A and GIVEAWAY

Last week I read Luke P. Narlee’s new book The Appointment: Lost and Found Book 1. You can see my review below, my Q&A with the author, and enter the giveaway for a free copy of his new book!

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My review

 

I read Guest Bed last year and really enjoyed it, so I was super excited to see that Luke Narlee had written another book. This dystopian novel is totally unique and nothing like what I expected.

Everyone’s on lockdown and forced to remain inside a wall. Not only that, pretty much EVERYTHING has been taken away, even photographs. People are depressed with no emotion or feeling left. Jacob, the main character, is on the road to wasting his life away when he gets an invitation to an appointment. He’s quite reluctant, but with nothing to lose, he decides to take his friends advice and go. He’s been selected for a “special” project. This is where the adventure begins!

This story is different from any other books I’ve read with a dystopian setting. I couldn’t figure out  what was happening in the story and really didn’t get close until the end. Even now after reading it, there are mysteries. Jacob winds up in multiple different memories and places-it’s like Dark Matter meets déjà vu with not much down time at all. I had to find out what was going to happen with Jacob, Mara, and Lena. In a way, I feel like the only element I wanted more of was romance. It was there, but maybe too subtle for me.

I have to say that this isn’t one of my favorite genres, but overall, it was definitely intriguing. I was pretty involved in the story and it kept my interest. I could feel the emotions of the characters and their development was good. I got a tad bit distracted in the middle of the book during the different phases with everything going on, but was still able to follow along.

I really like the way this author writes and I can’t wait to read the next book. I’d like to thank the author Luke Narlee for sharing a complimentary copy of his new book with me.

4-stars

 

Blurb

Depression has swept across the nation since the initiation of the Lockdown. The public has been systematically deprived of anything that brings them entertainment, or allows them to express emotion.

When an utterly hopeless Jacob Johansen receives an invitation to attend a mysterious appointment at an anonymous facility, he agrees, considering he has nothing to lose. He takes this opportunity to peel himself away from the drab repetition of the day-to-day routine he’s come to know and reignite a sense of purpose in his life.

Jacob agrees to go forward with a series of tests in which he is immersed in a dream realm that reminds him of the man he was and shows him the potential of the man he could become.

As Jacob engages in his own self-exploration, he is met with the sober realization that his own actions, decisions or avoidances could have a ripple effect, deeper than any dreamer could have fathomed. – Goodreads

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