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Book of the Week: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Book of the Week

Every Saturday I will talk about my favorite book that I read during the week, whether it be a review or a spotlight, or maybe having the author over to talk about it. Who doesn’t want more happy bookish goodness? ^.^

This week I’m gushing about: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Released On: August 16th, 2011

Summary From Goodreads

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune–and remarkable power–to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved–that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt–among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life–and love–in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

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Well that is one of the longest summaries I’ve come across. o_o On the bright side that means you know enough about the book now so that I can just gush nonsensically and everything will be just fine. Right? Maybe? Well I hope so because…

I LOVED THIS BOOOOOOK!!! ^.^

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This book brought out all of my geeky/nerdy/gamer happy feels and made me want to do nothing but play some of my favorite classic games for approximately the rest of time. However, I’m kinda doing this book thing, so I’ll settle for that instead. ^.^

Ready Player One is about video games. There are dystopian feels to it, messages underneath it all about what is important and what not, but seriously, video games. Oh and the 1980s. That combination had me dancing around in my chair and loving every minute as more and more references to classic videogames and tiny details about stuff like Dungeons and Dragons were unleashed like a tidal wave of awesome.

OH, and it helped that the characters were fantastic, the romance was soooo cute, and it didn’t hurt that Artemis (the love interest) seemed like someone I would have fallen for myself. Darn my weakness for cute gamer girls. The humor and banter these two have too!

Plus this complex video game world that Cline created is nothing short of marvelous. I had no problem believing that a world could become obsessed with something like it, I know I would. It also gave me flashbacks to the world of Veelox in the Pendragon series which never hurts. So many different worlds to explore, the highest of stakes with your irl (in real life) future tied to the video game one you create, and a truly immersive feel? Yes please!

The writing style worked wonderfully for me, I couldn’t put it down, and there were enough twists to keep me guessing even at the very end! I loved every bit of Ready Player One and I know I’ll revisit this book as soon as possible, it’s just excellent. A sincere thank you to Kat at Katytastic for hyping this one up so much until I couldn’t ignore it any longer! Thanks as always for reading! ^.^

Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge #8/365; Mount TBR Challenge #7/200; 2014 TBR Pile #7/50; New Author Challenge #4/50

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Book of the Week: Bang by Lisa McMann

Book of the Week

Every Saturday I will talk about my favorite book that I read during the week, whether it be a review or a spotlight, or maybe having the author over to talk about it. Who doesn’t want more happy bookish goodness? ^.^

This week I’m gushing about: Bang by Lisa McMann

Released On: October 8th, 2013

Summary From Goodreads

Jules should be happy. She saved a lot of people’s lives and she’s finally with Sawyer, pretty much the guy of her dreams. But the nightmare’s not over, because she somehow managed to pass the psycho vision stuff to Sawyer. Excellent.

Feeling responsible for what he’s going through and knowing that people’s lives are at stake, Jules is determined to help him figure it all out. But Sawyer’s vision is so awful he can barely describe it, much less make sense of it. All he can tell her is there’s a gun, and eleven ear-splitting shots. Bang.

Jules and Sawyer have to work out the details fast, because the visions are getting worse and that means only one thing: time is running out. But every clue they see takes them down the wrong path. If they can’t prevent the vision from happening, lives will be lost. And they may be among the casualties…

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I’m officially in love with this series and Lisa McMann’s writing style. I’m already pining for Gasp, book three in the series, as I type this.

Let Me Love You

 

The banter between the family members (Jules – MC, Rowan – lil sis, Trey – older brother) and the love interest (Sawyer) is some of the best I’ve seen and I laughed almost to the point of tears throughout the book. The closeness that the siblings share is so touching and while it is explained quite clearly how they stay that way it still feels surreal at times.

Rowan is the best secondary character I’ve experienced in quite some time. She’s got attitude, she’s a darling little sister when she knows Jules needs it but uses it to her advantage when it suits her, and her witty remarks slay me every time. Trey manages to not be a cookie cutter older brother while still being there for Sawyer during the crap she has to go through. He’s her rock, but that doesn’t stop him from questioning some of the decisions she makes and calling her out when he thinks it’s necessary. He’s just a cool guy, someone you’d love to have as your best friend.

Then there is the romance between Jules and Sawyer and holy freaking crap if it isn’t the sweetest thing aaaaaaah.

I Love You So Much

 

They are so torn between having to deal with their family BS and wanting to be together and when Sawyer is dealing with the worst of the visions and all that goes with it…I melted into a puddle of happy goo by the way they helped each other. They both struggled so much, going through all kinds of ordeals, and even fights between themselves, but cared enough to talk it out and stay strong for each other. It wasn’t a “perfect” romance where everything just falls into place and that’s what made it so special and so REAL.

Oh and the STORY! There is action, and creepy vision-y things with a lot of mystery/amateur sleuthing going on which was so fun to read even during the rough parts (in the plot not the level of writing – to be clear). Plus SO MUCH DRAMA but like…the good kind, if that makes any sense at all. It all worked so well together and there was the perfect amount of tension and aaaaah so GOOD.

Well, now you know how I feel about Bang, and also this is a pretty good idea of what this feature will be like every week assuming I get at least one really good book/week which I think is highly likely. Thank you so much for reading and check out the Visions series if you haven’t already! ^.^

Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge #2/365; Mount TBR Challenge #2/200; 2014 TBR Pile #2/50; Seriously Series Reading Challenge #2/75

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