Book Review: Armada

Armada by Ernest Cline

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Author: Ernest Cline

Release Date: July 14th 2015

Genre: Science Fiction/Fiction/Young Adult

Pages: 349

Publisher: Crown Publishing

Buy it : Amazon

First Line: I was staring out the classroom window and daydreaming of adventure when I spotted the flying saucer.

Blurb from Goodreads:
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.

ReviewYES!! I loved this book. We are Zack Lightman, always staring off wishing something amazing would come sweep us away. We also keep in mind that our parents have always told us “Be careful what you wish for.” Of course, this book is probably one of the greatest examples as to why we should be careful what we wish for.

I was worried that Ready Player One was just beginners luck and that this book was going to be boring and just a job to hurry and finish so that I could review it. But I was also terribly excited to finally have my hands on this book because of the awesomeness that was (is) Ready Player One. Tell you what, it was just as good. Maybe it is my love for the 80’s and all the amazing reverences to all things that I love. I forgot to note it, but there was a reference to something that made my little nerd heart sing in joy at the mention of it. Don’t hate, the only reason I can’t remember exactly is because there was so much in this book.

I am not a gamer, so I did not go into this book thinking like a gamer, but it did make me question the truth behind gaming and the people who put in countless hours playing games. But as someone who lets her imagination run away with her, this book is everything I could ever want in life.

The only thing that I can say may be concerning is how much this book did put me in the mind of Ender’s Game, but really, I didn’t care. Ender’s Game was mentioned in the book…so I’m completely okay with it.

Honestly, I am glad that I didn’t read the reviews on this book before I read it. There seems to be a lot of hate towards the book and I for one loved it. Would I read it again? YES! Will I recommend this to my friends? YES! Actually, I will letting my brother borrow it.

I won’t lie, there were a few boring places, but what book doesn’t have a boring moment?

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What Are You Reading?

Paradise is a Library

Hello Friends!

Sorry for the late post today. Had a doctors appointment this morning and worked until midnight last night. I didn’t plan far enough ahead. Though, when it comes to Monday’s post, you can’t really plan ahead. Especially if you have finally found your stride and are reading a lot more!

Last week I finished two books! I’m so proud of myself. This week I plan on reading two more, but I will get to that in a second. First, let’s see what I am reading right now.

I am still listening to The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner.

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This book is so good! I listen on the way to work and on the way home from work. I end up sitting in my car for a few minutes, not wanting to turn the book off and go inside. I feel like if I were reading this instead of listening, I would have finished it within a day.

I am also still reading Armada by Ernest Cline

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Now, I added this in the mix last week, but in reality I didn’t start reading until later. I thought I had read the first chapter, but when I finally got back to it I realized that I had only read the first page. I was really tired the night I started reading it. My plan is to get a good chunk of this book read today. I am currently only 100 pages into it. But just like Ready Player One it has hooked me from the start. Such an interesting concept. So far it has put me in mind of Ender’s Game which is referenced in the book.

THIS WEEKS READING GOAL:

My goal is to first finish Armada. Then I will be moving on to a few other books.

The first Being Risuko by David Kudler

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This is only 230 pages and a middle grade book. I got it from Netgalley. Which I am so excited to finally be using. I have received a few books from the site to review. This is just next on the list.

I would also like to re-read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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This is just so that I can start the next book in the series Glass Sword. I am so excited to have the next book!

Hopefully I can at least get started on both of these books this week, after finishing Armada.

What are you reading??

What Are You Reading?

Too Much to read

Hello! I finally (FINALLY) moved on from what I was reading all of January. Thank goodness! They were really good books, don’t get me wrong. It’s just…I was ready to move on!

Speaking of moving on, let’s get on with this crazy list of books I am reading at the moment…

First the book I am listening too is The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner

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The first book was so good and I was excited to get started on the next. It’s such an intriguing idea. Let’s hope that the third book in this series doesn’t take a nose dive like the third book in the Maze Runner series. Look for the review of Eye of Minds this week!

The next two books I am reading on my Kindle

Beautiful  by Sarah Dawson Powell. The author that I will be interviewing this month.

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So far I am interested in the book. Though I was really tired the first night I started reading it. My goal is to finish this one this week so I can get my questions ready for the author.

Mosterland by Michael Phillip Cash

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This book was suggested to me by a friend on Goodreads. I found it on Netgalley and requested to read it.

Lastly is Armada by Ernest Cline

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I have been looking forward to this book since I finished Ready Player One. I love Ernest Cline’s writing and I can’t wait to really dig into this book.

 

I know it’s a lot to take on at one time. But I am hoping to really push myself to finish at least one book a week. I realize that it would be easier to finish a book if I would focus on one book…but I have this thing were I do too much at one time and burn myself out. It’s just what I do.

What are you reading this week??

What Are You Reading?

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**Late Post today because I had some kind of issue and set the schedule for posting wrong…**

 

I have a confession to make. I have not been reading much! WAIT! Don’t throw your stones yet! I have been dealing with a lot of stress this month and…well, I sleep more than anything. I know, sorry excuse, but it happens!

What that being said, what I am reading isn’t much different from what I was reading the last “What are you Reading” post. Yep…same ol’ stuff.

I’m almost done with The Eye of Minds by James Dashner.

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It’s such a good book. I’m listening to it, so I only listen when I am driving to work. I have like 20 minutes left of the book.I know I could have sat down for a few minutes and finished it already, but I have a ritual…I listen when I drive to work. It helps me get through the work day. So I try to drag out the books I am listening to for as long as possible. Especially seeing as I only listen to one book a month.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet(Almost) by Felicia Day…

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This book kind of took a back seat when I started reading another book. I was trying to power through as many books as possible and I just killed myself or something and haven’t been able to finish anything. Ugh! And this book is so good! I just need to sit down one day and finish it!

Lastly, I am reading Turn Coat by Jim Butcher.

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Again, this is a really good book! I don’t know what my problem has been this past month, but I plan on finishing all of these books this week and moving on to my next pile of books that I want to read.

Since I am reading the same stuff, I thought I might add a little extra this week and let you know what is next on my TBR list!

First is Armada by Ernest Cline.

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I have been so excited for this book and I have been taking my sweet time getting to it.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

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The next book in the series comes out February 9th. I wanted to have it re-read before the book came out, but I may be a little late finishing it to read the next book. Don’t worry, I plan to finish both in the month of February.

Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash.

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This was suggested to me on Goodreads and I got it free on Netgalley, so I want to read this this month and put up a review!

Beautiful by Sarah Dawson Powell

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Sarah is my author of the month and I need to read her book so I can get to interview her. Yep, I am a little behind in all my stuff for this blog! I sometimes hate myself, but I am getting back on track!

 

That is what is to come and what is…what are you reading? What is your TBR for February? Let me know in the comments.

 

Book Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

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Hello Nerds!

That time of the week again for another book review!

First the boring stuff.

Author: Ernest Cline
Release Date: August 16th, 2011
Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopian/YA/Fantasy
Pages: 374
Publisher: Random House
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: Everyone my age remembers where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the contest.
**Yes! You get the instant feeling this is going to be a great book! Something that everyone remembers? It has to be something exciting.**

Synopsis: Wade is a poor boy, living in the stacks with his ungrateful aunt who only has him around for the food the government gives her for him. The only good in his life is the online world, the OASIS, where he spends most of his time. There is also a little contest that has been in effect for years, a contest that could change Wades life forever if he were to win.

The contest consist of finding three keys hidden in the OASIS by one of the developers. In a moment of luck Wad finally figures out where the first key is and he becomes the first player to find the first clue. Now, there are people that want his help and others that want him dead. All for a chance to become the new owners of the deceased developers company and his fortune that comes with winning the contest.

Review: Warning: This review can and most likely will include spoilers. Should you want to avoid the spoilers, skip on down to the conclusion where it is safe. Our world has become the age of computers and internet and in Ready Player One we may be seeing the future. This could be what our world is coming to and it’s rather exciting if I do say so myself.

Wade is a underprivliged teen who finds comfort in the virtural reality world. He has studied everything from the 80’s just to have a heads up on the contest that, if won, could lead him to being the next person to control the OASIS. He spends every moment studying and looking for the first key, or at least every moment he is not in school. He hides in an old van where no one can find him, away from his home life. In the OASIS wade is known as Parzival and he soon becomes one of the most famous players.

Then a new company, who wants to control OASIS confronts Wade, they know who he really is, and they are willing to kill him to keep him from winning the contest. Between him and his friends he fights to concur the contest.

I am so in love with this story. This kid goes from being some random nobody kid to a leader. In the end he leads the whole lot of people in the OASIS into a battle against IOI, a company who wants the OASIS for themselves so they can charge people more for using it.

And then there is the love story between Wade and his crush Art3mis. She is probably smarter than Wade, she knows more about the 80’s than he does. She figures out most of the clues before him, he was just quicker at making it to the first key. There is a short little love story that she breaks off because she wants to focus on the contest.

The whole time I was shouting at Wade, Art3mis and Wade’s best friend, Aech, to just join together and figure it out. There was so much money to win that there would have been no issues splitting it! Which, in the end they did and it was amazing.

My favorite part of the novel was the final battle. It was so intense that I almost tore the book because I was holding on to it so hard!

Conclusion: This book is the perfect book for any nerd. I am so mad that I didn’t know anything about it until this year, when my brother got it in a subscription box. It is a story about finding comfort in a virtual world, something a lot of us do, but then realizing that reality can be so much better. It is about a boy, coming out of his shell and becoming a leader, stepping into a role he was meant to be in. It’s about friendship and hard work.

I loved this book so much, even if it did take me a little longer to read. It does start off a little slow, but that was my only problem.

Let’s talk about the cover though! At first I didn’t like the cover, but now I am in love with it. I tried to imagine what the stacks would be like, it took me a minute to realize that was what the cover was. It was Wade climbing up the stacks to his aunts trailer. It’s a crazy idea that people were living on top of each other.

If you have not read this book, please do before the movie comes out. I am so looking forward to seeing how the movie turns out!

Have you read Ready Player One? What did you think about it?

Toodles

What Are You Reading?

What Are You Reading

Another Monday, another week behind us. So, how many books did you finish reading this week? And what are you currently reading now?

For me…there are some books that I am still reading…like Ready Player One.

To be honest, I haven’t read much of this novel this week. I really want to. I do! But I was reading another book that captured my attention that I couldn’t put down. I know once I get further into this novel I will be captured by it. Actually, my goal this week is to finish this book.

I am still reading Shackleton’s Folly…

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Another honest moment, I just can’t get into this novel. I may not even finish it. But I will try to power through at least a few more chapters before I deem it unworthy of my time. I can’t waste too much more time on it.

Small Favor by Jim Butcher

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Another novel that I so badly want to read and finish but other books take over my mind.

I actually forgot one last week! I am listening to the audio book The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa.

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Not going to lie, I am in love with this story. Julie Kagawa is quickly making the list of my favorite authors!

Now to the books I started reading this week.

I love Disney so of course I had to go out and buy, then immediately start reading The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz.

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It’s about the offspring of the bad guys of Disney. It’s actually really interesting and I had to read it before the Disney Descendants movie aired this summer. I’m telling you, my inner child threw a tantrum until I bought this book…

Lastly, I started reading Forging Divinity by Andrew Rowe.

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This one was actually given to me by the author himself. He is a self published author that I will be interviewing next month for my Indie Author spotlight. I can’t wait to dive into this book because…the cover is amazing so I have high hopes. Shh…don’t remind me about the whole “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” I am a grown woman…I can do what I want!

I realize that I have way too many books going at once. I just can’t help it. I love reading and I don’t want to get bored with one book…so I read many at once. At some point, one book will take over all my interest and the others will sit in the sidelines again. And some days I just feel like reading everything.

The rest of my life is so busy, why not keep my reading life just as busy?

What are you reading this week?

Toodles

What Are You Reading: Speed Up

What Are You Reading

What I am reading this week is a lot more than last week. I picked up a few more books to read. Because I can’t just read one at a time. I have too many books to read, and I may need to learn how to speed up my reading…I am evidently a slow reader according to this thing here. Thanks Galit for sharing.

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Source: Staples eReader Department

According to this little test, I read slower than the national average and this…this doesn’t set well with me. It makes me feel like I have lost my edge or something. But I know what my issue is. When I read, every word is important. EVERY. WORD. So I don’t skim, I don’t skip. I read every last word, down to the very last “the.”

Moving on to what I am reading this week.

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Yes…I am still reading this one. I am sorry! It’s really good though. Like…really good.

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

I was reading The 5th Wave last week. Finished and jumped right into this one…because the story is amazing and this book is amazing. It’s also very frustrating, irritating, heart breaking…all the emotions that go along with love and hate.

Akarnae by Lynette Noni

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I have to say, I have been reading blogs by Lynette for a little bit and I have watched her journey from the moment she was signed with a publisher. I don’t know why I waited so long to read this book. I am not too far into it, but so far it looks promising.

Shakleton’s Folly by Todd Yunker

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This is one that I am reading for TRB for a review. To be honest, I haven’t made it too far into the book and it’s just not grabbing my attention. I will give it a little further into the story, but it feels like a chore trying to read this one.

Small Favor by Jim Butcher

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I love this series. I love Jim Butcher and Harry Dresden. But, because of all the other reading I have been doing, I am having to restart this book because I left it alone for so long. I will get back to it, and I will love it.

Yes, that makes 5 books that I am reading right now. So sue me. I can’t help it. I will be looking for ways to speed up my reading though. If I can speed up my reading I can read more…and who doesn’t love the idea of reading more??

Toodles

What Are You Reading?

What Are You Reading

Okay, I haven’t been doing a lot of crafts lately…due to work. I work a lot! Since Monday’s were set aside for my craft corner I decided I need a back up plan when there are no projects going on. So…what are you reading was born!

This is for all of us readers out there who want to share the amazing books we have been reading, or are in the middle of reading. So, tell me, what are you reading and what do you think about it so far?

I am reading two books, that are not part of my reviews for The Reading Bud.

The first one is The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I’m not going to lie, I have read this book before. And loved it. There are two reasons I am re-reading this.  1. I hadn’t realized that the second book was out, so of course I bought the second book and needed to read the first again to refresh my memory. 2. OMG!!! They are making this into a movie and Chloe Moretz is playing the main character.

I can not tell you how excited I am for this movie… and how bummed I am it won’t happen until January 2016.

The second book I am reading is Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

My brother read this, as I have mentioned before. If my brother was able to actually finish it, it must be a good book, because my brother doesn’t read often. And so far, though I am not very far into the novel, it’s really good. I love reading stories where the world is a bit different from the world we live in, but not so different that it’s completely unbelievable. I have high hopes for this book.

And from what I have seen…this book will also be turned into a movie. Directed by Stephen Spielberg. Umm…I’m in!

Your turn! What books are you reading at the moment?

Toodles

April Showers Bring May Books

I usually do Pin-It Saturdays, but it’s the beginning of the month and I need to set some goals for this month, so I will skip Pin-It Saturday this week. I have decided that I wanted to read a few more books this month than I have the past few months. I am consistantly staying at least 2 books behind my reading goal for 2015 and I want to rectify that.

First of all, how do you like the new look? I decided that what I was trying to do was making the blog look crowded and too busy. So I simplified it. It will probably stay like this for the remainder of the year at least. Unless I decide to buy a domain and get into more personalized customization. But the busy life that I lead, I may not have the time for all that.

So, what are my goals for this month? Let me tell you, I have a few books sitting on my bed right now that I want to get through this month. Though, I have a ton of books, so some of these may be pushed to next months list.

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Now here is a list and a little closer look at the books I have here.

1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I just re-read Cinder so that I could jump into this book. And there is a possibility that once I finish Scarlet I will go right into the next book Cress, just because I am in love with this series. The first time I read Cinder I almost squealed with excitement when I finished. I can’t believe I waited so long to read the next.

2 & 3 The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I have read this already, but the book next to it The Infinite Sea, is the second in this series and it has been a while since I have read the first. I do remember it was a fantastic book though!

4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass. I have been in love with this cover for a while. Not only that, I have heard many good things about the book. I am curious. It’s not like I am reading enough series already anyways…

5.Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I have looked at this book every time I have gone into any book store. I contemplate over it and always put it back down for another book. Then I found out that they are making a movie based on this book and Tim Burton is involved. Of course I had to read it then!

5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. My brother read this book and actually finished it. That is saying a lot because my brother does not read a lot of books. They really have to get his attention for him to finish them. So I have high hopes that this is going to be a good book. Also, I love a good book about gaming…even though I am not a gaming nerd…though I would be if provided time to do so.

Now, let’s talk about the two Kindles in this stack. One belongs to my mom who has let me borrow her Kindle to read Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. My goal is to finish the book I am in the middle of reading now. I am on book 10 and there are 15 books in the series, soon to be 16. I am reading them about one book a month because of all the other books I am reading. I really need to get a handle on these things.

The other Kindle is my own. I have so many books on there that I want to read, but the ones that I will be focusing on are the ones for The Reading Bud. I just got the list of books yesterday and picked out the ones I wanted to read. There are three, plus an extra that is a middle grade book.

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Two-Faced by Nia Davenport. OMG! That cover is gorgeous! I do hope the story holds up to the cover.

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Eliza Bluebell by A.J. York. Again…the cover got my attention. Also, the blurb sounded really good too.

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Shackleton’s Folly by Todd Yunker. I am reading a book right now similar to the story in this one. It also sounds a little post-apocalyptic and I love post-apocalyptic stories!

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Delilah Dusticle by A.J. York. This is the middle-grade book and I was super intrigued by the blurb. So…yeah, I want to read it. Also, I haven’t read a middle-grade book since I was in elementary school. Also, just noticed that A.J. York wrote two of the books I am reading this month. Ooo! I hope I like them so I can hit up the author for an interview!

So what do you plan on reading this month? I know I have a long list and I do hope very much to get through most of them. I know that I will at least make it through the 4 for The Reading Bud, just because I consider that a job.

I do have a few more goals for this month, but I will save that for another post. I did’t realize how long this one was going to be!

Toodles