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Warcross by Marie Lu

       Warcross is a young adult science fiction story that takes place in a futuristic world, where virtual reality has become the norm. You can experience all you desire when inside the neurolink, a device produced by Hideo Tanaka. A story of fast paced action, with imaginative worlds. It takes place during a world wide video game tournament, featuring players from all over the world.

      I couldn’t put this book down. I absolutely adored it. It was everything I wanted in a science fiction book. The author is one of my favourites and I’ve been following her since her first book, Legend. I have always loved everything about her writing but this absolutely tops it. The characters are vibrant with personalities that stand out and make them only seem more realistic. You fall in love with characters that don’t always do the right thing but always do what’s right for them.  The world is intense and incredibly developed.

      It brings up questions of what is right and wrong and who may decide what others do. how all morality isn’t just black or white and there are good and bad consequences to every action. People aren’t always what they seem and that is true in the case of Warcross where chracters take on online personas to battle it out in the game Warcross.

I adored this book, thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with an ARC.

Bren

Columbus: The most breathtaking and best film I’ve seen in 2017


Columbus is an earnst and breathtakingly vibrant exercise in independent filmmaking. The director, Kogonada, has an incredible eye for the banalities of everyday objects and breathing new life into them. As one of the characters during a discussion of video games, reading and attention span says, “Are we losing interest in everyday life?” Apparently not Kogonada. He takes these banalities and meshes them with the gorgeous architecture of this small town and creates something so beautiful and moving and powerful. This film was an absolute delight just to witness on the big screen, all that’s before we even dig into the story and performances.

Haley Lu Richardson who plays the main character, Cassy, gives an incredible vulnerable and emotional performance that is absolutely heart wrenching at times. He character seems to be on a the verge of breaking down emotionally at any second but is trying with all her might to hold it together and Richardson has to convey all these emotions on her face and she does with an incredible amount of respect for the character and never cross the line into cartoon territory. She is usually paired up with, Jin, played by John Cho and his subtle charm works very well with Richardson’s performance. In a movie where there the two leads have at a minimum of a decade apart, their relationship never feels disingenuous distressing. Instead it is filled with a feeling of honest and earnest care for each other.

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I received an ARC from PenguinTeen in exchange for an honest review - thank you Penguin!

5 out of 5 stars for Warcross by Marie Lu.

Once again – I hit the jackpot in science-fiction! I honestly could not put the book down!

Emika Chen, the story’s main character, and written from her POV, is a fresh take on the usual types of protagonists that we get. She’s been hardened by the world that shaped her, and certainly has her flaws, as any human being does, but it’s those flaws and her past mistakes that propel her into this adventure. This is a book that is full of rich imagery and a futuristic world that sounds both exhilarating and terrifying.

In this story the future becomes even more technologically advanced, and Warcross, the game that has swept across this future version of Earth makes me only wish I too could play this game. This book is definitely a page turner and that ending alone will keep me at the edge of my seat until the next installment comes out! You won’t want to miss this stunning new read by Marie Lu!

Reply 1988


Baru saja menamatkan Reply 1988 dengan rasa bahagia. Dramkor lama sih, saya aja yang telat nontonnya. Saya beberapa waktu lalu iseng membaca komen-komen dramkor recommended di salah satu postingan selebtweet anu, dan melihat Reply 1988 ini banyak disebut-sebut. Alhasil, saya memutuskan setelah merampungkan Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds, saya melanjutkan tontonan ke Reply 1988. Kelar dibikin kelepek-kelepek sama manisnya Park Bo Gum sebagai putra mahkota, saya kembali dibuatnya lumer sebagai pemain baduk yang lugu. Kyaaaa! Gemash. Memang benar, beberapa orang diciptakan se-loveable itu lah. Seperti saya ini lah. *dikeplak masal*

Oke melenceng, malah fokus sama Bo Gum.

Kembali ke Reply 1988.

Seperti pernah saya bilang; baru saja menjajaki episode-episode awal saya berani berkomentar bahwa Reply 1988 ini bukanlah drama gagal. Tidak seperti dramkor kebanyakan yang memilih tema cinta sepasang kekasih sebagai pokok cerita, Reply 1988 berbeda. Layaknya nasi timbel komplit yang ada karbohidrat, protein hewani, nabati, sayur, dan tentu peningkat cita rasa; sambal, Reply 1988 menyuguhkan hangatnya cinta keluarga; orang tua kepada anak-anaknya, anak kepada orangtuanya, juga sesama saudara, kepedulian antar tetangga, kekompakan persahabatan, juga tidak lupa problematika percintaan anak muda. Tsaaah~

Saya sangat dipuaskan. Rasanya 20 episode masih kurang. Padahal setiap episodenya memakan waktu rata-rata 1,5 jam, lebih lama, sekitar setengah jam dari dramkor biasa. Tapi tetap saja, namanya manusia tidak pernah puas, apalagi sudah terlanjur suka.

Menit ke sekian saya dibuat cekikikan, menit berikutnya saya dibuat menangis haru. Benar-benar paket komplit. Sepanjang adegan ke adegan saya seperti dihujani makna-makna. Mengenai hubungan berkeluarga, tentang menghargai persahabatan, menjaga hubungan baik dengan tetangga, meredam ego pribadi, menghargai perasaan orang lain, dan masih banyak lainnya.

Reply 1988 menjelma teh manis hangat buatan Ibu setiap saya pulang malam; rasanya hangat dan manis sekaligus dalam sekali teguk. Saya memberi nilai 9 dari 10. Dan mau ga mau Signal sebagai peringkat satu harus turun satu tingkat. Gapapa, mana tahu Signal Season 2 bisa menjadi juara pertama kembali.

Akhir kata, salam #TeamTaek :D

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”  ― Marie Lu, Legend

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

5 Star Review

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.   

I would just like to begin by declaring my love for Marie Lu. This woman and I should get married and I would watch her write and make her chicken. Okay creeping aside this book is incredible.

This is the first Marie Lu book I’ve read. The thing that I noticed right away is that Adelina, her main character, is FLAWED. I mean flawed in that wonderful way that makes us all human and keeps certain people loving us no matter what. Adelina is physically flawed (She only has one eye) and also emotionally flawed. There is a darkness within her that manifests itself in cruelty towards her younger sister and powers that she can barely control.

Marie Lu does not shy away from any sensitive topics either. All her characters (who are all under the age of 20) go through harrowing experiences. Adelina’s father tries to sell her within the first few pages, Raffaele is a male prostitute, and Enzo is in perpetual pain from his burned hands. An author who does not write as though her audiences are delicate little snowflakes is my favorite kind of author.

All her characters immediately take you in, even the ones you are supposed to hate. Marie Lu has created a world so precise that there is no doubt as to its possible existence. The beginning of each chapter begins with a poem, folktale or essay from various authors from this world. The religion is fascinating and I hope that more is explored in the subsequent novels.

No one is safe in Kenettra. Every page is a new danger for everyone in the book. You want everyone to like Adelina because only you as the reader can truly see her pain but alas the world is not like that.

Marie Lu writes in her acknowledgements that she set out to write a hero’s story and ended up writing the journey of a villain. I have never rooted for a villain as much as I cheered for Adelina throughout this story. I will be pre-ordering the next book (something else I never do). Do me a favor. Put down whatever you’re reading and get your hands on a copy of this novel. You won’t regret it.

-Khumbo

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The Rose Society by Marie Lu (@penguinteen)

5/5 stars

This book releases on October 13th 2015

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Official Synopsis:

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

My thoughts:

WOW. WOW. WOW. I am not sure I can even form coherent thoughts?!?!?!?!? I just finished this (at work… oops) AND I AM DYING. I loved The Young Elites SO much that I wasn’t sure that this book would be able to live up to my expectations, especially after the way TYE ended. I WILL NEVER DOUBT QUEEN MARIE LU AGAIN.

Adelina is in a much darker place in this book, which was to be expected after what she and Violetta went through at the end of TYE. She becomes so malicious that I felt sort of like just READING the book made me a villain. All of the evil that swirls in her mind is heartbreaking but the way that it feeds her power makes this book so interesting. Writing a character that can be so bloodthirsty all while allowing us to be emphatic is amazing. The feelings in this story were so intense that I would have to stop and digest what I read before I felt I should move forward.

The story building in this book is everything I have ever wanted and more. I was in suspense from the very beginning of this book. I found myself leaning forward while reading, just to get closer to the story. As always in a Marie Lu book, the character development was A+++++.  I also really loved all of the new characters that were introduced. Sometimes when more than a couple of new characters are introduced, they can start to feel superfluous. I didn’t feel that way with these characters at all. I enjoyed what each of them brought to the series.

NOW THE ENDING. WOW. I CANT EVEN REALLY GIVE MY HONEST FEELINGS BECAUSE THERE ARE TOO MANY AND I WILL UNDOUBTEDLY SPOIL IT AND THAT IS NOT WHAT WE ARE HERE FOR. BUT OH. MY. GOD. I NEED THE NEXT BOOK LIKE RIGHT NOW.

Quotes:

“Desperation brings out the darkness in everyone.”

Why feel guilty for something that isn’t your fault? Because I loved him. And now he is gone.”     

“Why can’t I be the one to strike first, to hit so early and with such fury that my enemies cower before they can ever think of turning on me? What is so great about being good?”    

“Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. They all betrayed her, so she destroyed them all.”

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