Book Reveiw: Nameless Queen

Title: Nameless Queen

Author: Rebecca McLaughlin

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: Jan 7th, 2020

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

Coin, a thief and grifter from the lowest class of Seriden society, the Nameless, suddenly finds herself queen when she inherits a magical tattoo.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“When you tell the truth, don’t ever look down. Don’t be ashamed and don’t be afraid. The truth isn’t something you control. It’s something you live with, and if you want to let it make you stronger, it has to be something you own.”

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In Other Words #8

Hello, book lovers! It’s been a bit since I’ve done one of these. Mostly because I was recovering from the holidays, lol. It’s a new year and, so far, it’s looking to be a good reading year! Before I start rambling on, though, let’s take a look back at my posts from this past week.

Last Week’s Posts

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Book Blogger Hop: Jan 10 – 16

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

This Week’s Question

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Book Review: A Heart so Fierce and Broken

Title: A Heart so Fierce and Broken

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: Jan 7th, 2020

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Rating: ★★★★

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One Sentence Synopsis

In the sequel to A Curse So Dark and Lonely, rumors of a lost heir who can to the Emberfall throne who can also wield magic are causing chaos not only within the country but between former allies.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“These political games feel so unfair, when real people and true emotion sit at the center of it all.”

(There are others, but I had to pick something non-spoilery!)

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WWW Wednesday: Jan 8, 2020

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Current Reads

A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

I’m about halfway through my e-ARC and I am loving it! Mostly because we get to see Grey’s perspective and I’m really intrigued by Lia Mara. This just came out, so I’m trying to have it done by the end of the week!

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I’m reading this for an online book club and I am having a VERY HARD TIME sticking to the reading schedule. I love this book. I love Zachary. This is most definitely going to be a favorite of the year. But I also don’t want it to end! Uuuuuugh!

Recently Finished

The God Game by Danny Tobey

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My first read of the year and it was intense! This is a twisted story about a game that tests your morals. If you’d like to read my full review, click here.

What’s Next

Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin

This is an e-ARC that I really want to get to since the book came out *looks at wrist* yesterday… So this is definitely up next! It’s about a girl who is Nameless (which is the lowest class in this world) who suddenly becomes queen. So you know there will be political shenanigans!

The Tenant by Katrine Engberg

Another e-ARC that is coming out next week, so I really want to dig in and read this one. It sounds dark and twisty, which is right up my alley! A woman is found murdered in her apartment and the detectives discover that her murder was written in her landlady’s unfinished mystery novel. Hijinks ensue! Or so I assume.

Have you read any of these books? What are you diving into this week? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books Jan – Jun

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

We’ve entered a new year and a whole new crop of new books are on there way! Just today, three books released that I’ve been really pumped about reading. 2020 looks like it’s going to be an incredible year for new books! This week’s TTT is focused on picking out your top ten most anticipated reads for the first half of the year. So, in no particular order, here are the books I am most looking forward to from January to June!

Of course, there are tons more books that I’m really hyped for in that time frame, but these are the ten that have me the most excited. And I’m lucky enough to have an ARC for a few of these! If you’d like to know more about these books, just click on the titles to head to their Goodreads pages.

So what new releases are you most excited for in the first half of 2020? Are any of these books on your list? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Blog Tour: The God Game by Danny Tobey

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Last year, I got an email from St. Martin Press asking if people were interested in being part of a blog tour for a new sci-fi book coming out. I had recently started up my blog and I’d always thought being part of a blog tour would be an exciting opportunity. Then I noticed that the book was being compared to Ready Player One and I couldn’t sign up fast enough! Ready Player One is one of my all time favorites and I’ve been looking for something that could compare for awhile! So I want to say a hearty THANK YOU to St. Martin’s Press, Netgalley, and the author for sending me a free book in exchange for an honest review and for letting me be a part of this tour!

Synopsis

You are invited!
Come inside and play with G.O.D.
Bring your friends!
It’s fun!
But remember the rules. Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE.™ Lose, you die!

With those words, Charlie and his friends enter the G.O.D. Game, a video game run by underground hackers and controlled by a mysterious AI that believes it’s God. Through their phone-screens and high-tech glasses, the teens’ realities blur with a virtual world of creeping vines, smoldering torches, runes, glyphs, gods, and mythical creatures. When they accomplish a mission, the game rewards them with expensive tech, revenge on high-school tormentors, and cash flowing from ATMs. Slaying a hydra and drawing a bloody pentagram as payment to a Greek god seem harmless at first. Fun even.

But then the threatening messages start. Worship me. Obey me. Complete a mission, however cruel, or the game reveals their secrets and crushes their dreams. Tasks that seemed harmless at first take on deadly consequences. Mysterious packages show up at their homes. Shadowy figures start following them, appearing around corners, attacking them in parking garages. Who else is playing this game, and how far will they go to win?

And what of the game’s first promise: win, win big, lose, you die? Dying in a virtual world doesn’t really mean death in real life—does it?

As Charlie and his friends try to find a way out of the game, they realize they’ve been manipulated into a bigger web they can’t escape: an AI that learned its cruelty from watching us.

God is always watching, and He says when the game is done.

Book Details

  • Author: Danny Tobey
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Publication date: January 7th, 2020
  • Pages: 496
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Content Warnings: Suicide, violence

About the Author

Danny Tobey is a fifth-generation Texan. He went to Harvard College, Yale Law School, and UT Southwestern medical school. Harvard gave Danny the Edward Eager prize “for the best creative writing.” He wrote and edited the Harvard Lampoon and was anthologized in The Best of the Harvard Lampoon: 140 Years of American Humor.Danny’s first novel, the sci-fi fantasy thriller The Faculty Club, came out from Simon & Schuster. Danny is a noted expert on Artificial Intelligence. In 2019, the Library of Congress gave Danny the Burton Award for his work on AI and the law.

My Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Holy &*#%, this was a WILD ride! It was blurbed as a page-turner and it did not disappoint!

We start this story following a teenager named Charlie. Charlie’s mom has recently died of cancer, his dad has completely checked out, and he has completely checked out of school, going from top of his class to very near the bottom. The one thing that brings him any kind of solace these days is hanging out with his friends in the Tech Room doing “nerdy” things, like building robots and coding. One day, Charlie is introduced to an AI that calls itself God, which leads to an invite to a very interesting game…

Let me just say that this book did not have me sold at the very beginning. It had a slow start establishing who our main characters were and the entire premise of the G.O.D game. But, once the game aspect of the book really kicked in, I was absolutely HOOKED! The pacing afterwards was just spot on. It was high octane and engaging enough to keep me on the edge of my seat. And the game itself! Oh, I absolutely loved how the game was woven into the story. The details were magnificent, the science kept me thinking, and the action wasn’t too over-the-top. It was real and intense and terrifying at times and I LOVED IT!

The characters were a little less to my liking, though they definitely got better as the story progressed. They all felt like they were lacking depth, at first. Charlie was a kid who lost his mom and lost his way and… that was it. He was someone I’d seen in a million after school specials and I just wasn’t feeling it. As I got deeper into the story, however, and saw how Charlie grappled with some serious questions about morality, he started gaining depth and I found myself enjoying his character a lot more. The same holds true for his core group of friends. They all grew into far more interesting characters than they had been at the beginning of this book.

They were all terrible, but that’s neither here nor there. And, honestly, who wasn’t when they were a teenager?

I will say that the perspective shifts sometimes threw me off and the word choices were not always the best, but, in the end, this was an incredibly enjoyable read that I had a hard time putting down. Did it live up to the Ready Player One comparison? In a way, yes. The game aspect of this story definitely kicked in some memories of the Oasis from RPO. Beyond that, it had a very different feel, but this book definitely stands on it’s own two feet, as well.

Final thoughts: This was an amazing sci-fi adventure that had a bit of a slow start but was a gripping story once the game really got rolling. If you’re looking for a fast-paced thrill ride with morally grey characters, you can’t go wrong with this book!

Book Blogger Hop: Jan 3 – 9

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

This Week’s Question

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WWW Wednesday: Jan 1, 2020

Happy New Year, everyone! It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Current Reads

The God Game by Danny Tobey

I’ve started my first 2020 ARC! This has been billed as Ready Player One meets Stranger Things and I knew I had to read it. It was a slow start, but I’m really starting to get into it!

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