Summary: 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.
My Review: I loved this book. It was really non stop and I loved Emika. Her character was so well written. In fact, I would go as far to say every character was well written. What was fun about this book was you didn’t really know who is good or bad. You were investigating right along with Emika.
Plus I am gonna be honest, this book will make you want to go to Tokyo.
I will say I did predict one major event, about 25% into the book. It seemed so obvious to me I am pretty positive that is how Lu meant it, but don’t worry it doesn’t take away from the complexity of the sinister plot and guys the plot is good like so freaking good. I absolutely can’t wait until book 2. I love Marie Lu and just about everything she writes so once again I will spend the next year anxiously awaiting because it was a damn good ending that will leave you begging for more.
Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.
With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.
But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.
My Review: To be honest I don’t know if I would have sought this book out if it wasn’t for the Goodreads 2017 Awards, but man I am so glad I decided to read this one before voting closes because it is damn good and action packed from page one.
The premise is fascinating it is so good. What if you married a sadistic serial killer but didn’t know it? What if that killer was on death road and blamed you. What would you do? This book did not stop with the action and build up. The characters were so well developed and seriously complex.
I couldn’t imagine going on the run from a deranged lunatic and his followers. It was so good. This is a must read if you have not read it. This book also will keep you guessing until the end which doesn’t happen to often anymore.
by Mary Shotwell
Release Date: May 10th 2016
For fifteen-year-old Lason Davies, it all started with a text.
The last words of her murdered grandmother haunt Lason as she travels to England with her sheltering mother for the funeral. The crime is a sensation, but the clamoring reporters and news photographers aren’t the only ones interested in their arrival.
As her mother’s behavior borders on erratic (on a good day), Lason encounters a stranger from Weariland, a dreary world once known as Wonderland. He petitions Lason’s help in finding a secret family heirloom, a key to saving his land—and to Lason’s past. Lason is swept in an adventure through Weariland’s unpredictable realm, encountering colorful, fantastical characters and discovering her family’s elusive history. But if she isn’t careful, she may never return…
About the Author
Mary grew up in northeast Ohio, so it was only natural for her to pursue a degree in marine biology. After studying dolphin behavior and estimating great white shark populations, she earned her Ph.D. in Biostatistics in Charleston, South Carolina. It was there, during the arduous dissertation process, where she had the idea to write a book.
With Alice and the crazy characters from Wonderland staring her down from her bedroom poster, Mary envisioned what that fantasy realm would look like in current day. Creative writing served as a natural escape from technical writing, wedding planning, pregnancy, and job hunting.
Mary is excited to debut Weariland (Merge Publishing, 2016), a novel introducing Lason Davies, a teenager who learns about her family’s past in a world once called Wonderland. She currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and three children.