Book Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

Today I am reviewing “Warcross” by Marie Lu.

Date Started: 19 October 2017

Date Finished: 28 October 2017

Purchase Links: Amazon UK


When a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths. For the millions who log in everyday, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally.

When Emika hacks into the game illegally, she’s convinced she’ll be arrested, and is shocked when 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.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

About the Author:

Marie writes young adult novels, and has a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, she was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, she was an Art Director at a video game company and now she shuffles around at home and talks to herself a lot. 🙂

Lu graduated from the University of Southern California in 2006 and currently lives in LA, where she spends her time stuck on the freeways.

My Review:

I wanted to read this as I had heard so many good things about it and it was likened to “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline which is a favourite of mine. It was like it, but it wasn’t as good in my opinion, albeit it is aimed at a slightly younger reader I think.

The story line was good – I like that we spent a good amount of time with the MC before the action started (not normally something I like but this time it felt right). The twist was unexpected and not something that I had guessed and then the minor twist at the end when the ‘baddie’ was unmasked was also good, although I had guessed it once the twist was revealed.

The characters were likable, but not lovable. We really only got to know the 2 MC’s in any depth and it would have been nice to know the others a little more, especially the MC’s teammates in the Warcross Games.

I listened to the Audiobook so wanted to mention that the narrator, Nancy Wu, is good. She reads with a decent pace (although there were a few parts when she could have sped up a bit) and her voice fits the characters well.


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Book Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Today I am reviewing “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” by Mackenzi Lee.

Date Started: 23 October 2017

Date Finished: 24 October 2017

Purchase Links: Amazon UK


Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

About the Author:

Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Simmons College. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the historical fantasy novels “This Monstrous Thing” and “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” (HarperCollins), as well as the forthcoming “The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy” (in October 2018) and “Semper Augustus” (coming in 2019 from Flatiron/Macmillan). She is also the author of “Bygone Badass Broads” (Abrams, 2018), a collection of short biographies of amazing women from history you probably don’t know about but definitely should, based on her popular twitter series of the same name.

She currently calls Boston home, where she manages an independent bookstore, drinks too much Diet Coke, and pets every dog she meets.

My Review:

I listened to the Audiobook of this in less than 24hrs so that should tell you how much I LOVED this book! The writing is descriptive and hilarious, the characters easy to fall in love with and the story is great too!

I was gripped right from the off – the whole idea of the grand tour is one that fascinated me and the ‘will they, won’t they’ aspect throughout the book is also well handled.

I love the LGBTQ side to the book and I was rooting for the MC right from the start, and I loved that the main female, Felicity, was made to be such a badass in a time when that was frowned upon.

A special word about the narrator, Christian Coulson too as he is really very very good!!

I will be recommending this book to anyone that will listen and highly recommend they listen to the Audiobook version too!


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Book Review: Killer Game by Kirsty McKay

Today I am reviewing “Killer Game” by Kirsty McKay.

Date Started: 22 Oct 2017

Date Finished: DNF @ 100 pages

Purchase Links: Amazon UK


At Cate’s isolated boarding school, Killer Game is a tradition. Only a select few are invited to play. They must avoid being killed by a series of thrilling pranks, and identify the murderer. But this time, it’s different: the game stops feeling fake and starts getting dangerous and Cate’s the next target. Can they find the culprit … before it’s too late?

About the Author:

Kirsty is the author of two books for teens, UNDEAD and UNFED published by Chicken House, and also OGRES DON’T DANCE, for children 7+, published by Andersen Press.

Kirsty originally trained as an actor at the Guildhall in London. She co-founded and ran one of the UK’s leading children’s touring theatre companies and has written several plays and pantomimes which have been produced in the UK and North America.

Originally from the northeast of England and having spent most of her adult life in London, Kirsty is currently based in Boston, Massachusetts – which is much more difficult to spell. She lives with her husband, daughter and son, who give her all her best ideas.


My Review:

The premise of this book is so good – as someone who went to boarding school in the UK and a lover of ‘secret societies’ I was excited to read the book, but only got 100 pages through before giving up. I realise that this book is aimed at a younger audience and so the thing that let it down for me might not be something that the target audience notice / are worried about.

I liked that you start by being ‘thrown in’ to the story – you don’t have to wait for pages and pages to pass by with lots of backstory.

Speaking as an ex-boarding school pupil, the fact that they are allowed to wander around free as a bird (including being able to gain access to the shower rooms and dormitories of the other sex) is beyond my comprehension .. maybe my place was just really strict, but this was not allowed in any way when I was at school!

I also found that there wasn’t enough explanation as to WHY the MC would want to be in the Guild – there was no explanation as to what this thing is, how long it had been going / why it was started .. I realise this could have come later in the book but it is something I think that should have been covered within the first 100 pages.

Overall I feel that this had great potential but lacked character building and certainly need to grip me more to want to continue.

Rating: DNF

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About Emma

Hello! Welcome to my little bookish corner of the internet.


I’m Emma and I am in my very late 30’s living and working in Sidmouth in Devon, UK. I was always a really avid reader but somehow ground to a real halt for some reason. I have missed out on so many great books and have recently loved discovering and binge-watching BookTube so thought I would jump back into reading and make it harder to back out by starting a blog and having you all as accountability partners!!

I have a really eclectic taste for books, no really, I do! One moment you will find me reading Harry Potter (for the millionth time) and the next I will be devouring this years darkest psychological thriller, or the new Jodi Picoult .. or Dan Brown for that matter too! I will give anything a go and am not afraid to DNF (did not finish) a book if it is not gripping me!


My aim will be to post a review for every book I read from the day I start this blog (and perhaps some retrospectively if I feel they deserve a shout out); I am equal parts a mood reader and a planning reader so there will be some TBR (To Be Read) posts when I am planning certain books for certain times (think challenges mainly) and I will also try to state where the book came from and how much it cost me.

I am always open to hearing from and chatting with you in the comments or via email / social media so please do give me a comment, follow, subscribe wherever you find me!

I don’t have any qualifications in reading, writing, reviewing or literature in general – all thoughts, opinions and comments are my own and whilst I encourage debate and chatter, I won’t tolerate any hate comments (I hate that I even have to put that).

Grab a cuppa, sit back and dive in!

All the best,


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