Mini Reviews: Androids, Hackers, Illusionists & Wonderous Women

Good evening you guys! Today’s post is going to show up in your readers a bit late because I am a bit off my blogging game and didn’t have a post ready for today. #ooops! But luckily I’ve just come out of a fantastic reading weekend (mostly thanks to Zoe’s 24 Hour Readathon!) and I figured I would share my thoughts on all the books I’ve read (and #spoiler: loved!).

This post might as well have been titled ‘Swetlana finally reads all the books she keeps talking about!’ but oh well!

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wires and neveThe very first book I read for the readathon was Marissa Meyer’s Wires And Nerve that I mentioned in my very first New Releases post back in January and I can’t believe it took me this long to actually read it? Especially because it was such a quick read in the end! I think I got done in under 2 hours? If even!

Most of you guys probably know that I am a big fan of The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa so I was really excited to be back in the world she created there and to be reunited with all of the characters – if briefly for most of them, as this graphic novel focuses on the android Iko! We follow her as she goes on a mission to hunt rogue soldiers who had been modified by Queen Levana and are ignoring orders to return to Luna. 

As this is a continuation of the Lunar Chronicles, I am doing my best not to spoil any of you guys and I definitely recommend you read the series before you head into this graphic novel! But it’s 100% worth it. This was a great read and I had a couple of laugh out loud moments with Iko and I can’t wait to see how the story wraps up in the next volume – which is going to be released in January! Wires And Nerve was an easy 4 star read that I highly recommend for any fan of The Lunar Chronicles!

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warcossYou guys. I did it. I read Warcross. And I loved it. A lot, actually. And I actually read it not too long after it was released which is seems to be something that doesn’t happen too often lately. But I did it. And I pretty much flew through it too!

In Warcross, we follow Emika (a bounty hunter and hacker in New York) who accidentally glitches herself into Warcross and then gets a call from the creator of Warcross, Hideo Tanaka, who asks her to come fly out to Tokyo and work for him. Which she does. We then follow Emika’s story over the course of the Warcross tournament. And yes, I realize that this sounds like the most boring synopsis ever but I can’t seem to sum this up properly. If you click the cover it’ll bring you to Goodreads where you can check out a proper synopsis. 

Marie Lu has definitely been a writer I was willing to read new books from because I really loved her Legend trilogy (I still haven’t read The Young Elites yet) and I am so glad that I picked up Warcross because it was fantastic. I loved the world that was created here but I was also quite terrified of it because everything could be accessed so easily with just a pair of glasses that everyone seemed to be able to get their hands on. That’s not the kind of world I would ever want to live in.

I had heard quite a few people mention how it was really easy to figure out where this story was going and I was just sitting here, listening to this unable to figure it out. Until really late in the book. But it was a great development and I am honestly so excited for the next book! I’m just sad that it’s probably not going to be released until September of 2018. 😦 But! If you haven’t read this book yet, please pick it up? This was a fantastic 4-star book – probably close to 4.5 stars! 

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daughter of the burning cityLook! Another book I wasn’t shutting up about wanting to read has finally been read! I had actually planned to read this leading up to the readathon but somehow I didn’t get it done, so I ended up listening to a big chunk of this while baking muffins on Saturday – which was fantastic because I was actually able to get some reading done while also doing something else. Seriously, audiobooks are the best. 

In Daughter Of The Burning City, we follow Sorina, an illusion worker at a moving festival, as she discovers that her illusions are being killed. Something that should be impossible seeing that illusions aren’t real. Sorina then starts investigating these murders with the help of her father Villiam and a boy named Luca who also introduces her to the more sinister part of the Gomorrah festival.

Luckily for me, I actually ended up really liking this book because I was a little bit worried I wouldn’t enjoy it for some reason and that would’ve probably had an effect on my excitement over Amanda’s upcoming release Ace Of Shades (which just had its cover reveal and I have to say, the cover is stunning!) and that would’ve sucked. But!!! That didn’t happen! Just as the other books that I read this past weekend, DOTBC was a really easy 4-star book too!

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wonder womanAnd last, but by no means least: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. Who I am just a little bit mad at right now. I don’t know why I didn’t expect her to trample all over my heart in this book but she did. And I should have known better. I’ve read all her previous books, for god’s sake. But anyways. Wonder Woman!

In this first book in the DC Icons series, we follow Diana as she rescues a girl, Alia, from a shipwreck and soon discovers that Alia is a Warbringer – someone who is going to bring about an age of war if they aren’t killed. Diana and Alia then embark on a journey to end the line of Warbringers by cleansing Alia in the spring where Helen Of Troy (who Warbringers are descendants of) was laid to rest. Joining Diana and Alia on this journey are Alia’s older brother Jason, her best friend Nim and their friend Theo.

I really quite enjoyed the dynamic between these characters and especially between the girls! There was never any real jealousy or cattiness between the girls – instead Nim pretty much embraced Diana from the beginning! Loved seeing that kind of female relationship!

If you’re worried that you wouldn’t enjoy this book because you’ve never read any of the Wonder Woman comics or seen the movie – there’s no need for that! I’ve only seen the movie and I was perfectly able to enjoy and follow the story! I feel like Leigh has a real talent when it comes to that! Wonder Woman: Warbringer was my highlight from this past weekend and a very, very clear 5-star book! Even though I am angry with Leigh.

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Have you guys read any of these books so far? And if so, what did you think of them? If you haven’t read them yet – was I able to convince you to read them in the future??? Or do you need more convincing? Maybe even yelling at? I can do all of that! Gladly, even! 😉

For any future reviews, do you guys prefer single reviews or do you enjoy mini reviews for multiple books in one post?

Did any of you guys join the readathon? If so, what did you read and how did you enjoy those books? Let me know in the comments below!

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18 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: Androids, Hackers, Illusionists & Wonderous Women

  1. I’m SO happy to see you enjoyed Warcross and Daughter of the Burning City! I took out Warcross from my library and bought DotBC recently and I’m hoping to get to them both soon. 😀

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  2. YAY, I’m so happy you loved Wires and Nerves – it was so fantastic to have Iko as the star of the book, she’s such an amazing character and I loved seeing everything come alive on the page with the drawings. I can’t wait for the next book to be released! 🙂 Same goes for Warcross, I JUST CAN’T WAIT, it was such a good book, right? Also, I didn’t predict that ending either, haha, I was shocked and wanted to scream ahah. Great mini reviews, I really like this format 🙂

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    1. I’m happy to find another person who loved Iko! I don’t think I’ve ever liked a character who wasn’t a human as much as I do with Iko! She has such a fun personality!

      Okay, I’m glad to hear I wasn’t the only one who didn’t see that ending coming! I mean, thinking about it after reading the book – it is more obvious but in the middle of reading? I did not see it coming. Can you imagine what the next book is going to be like? There is so much potential! Especially for heartbreak on the reader’s side! xD

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  3. YAAASSSS. Warcross and Wonder Woman were absolutely incredible! I gave both of them 5 stars because IT’S MARIE AND LEIGH—they don’t deserve anything less than that 😂 (and also I’m way too nice when it comes to rating books oops)

    I really want to read DOTBC but I want the physical copy bc it’s purple AND I LOVE PURPLE BOOKS. But I’m poor so I won’t be getting that one for a while! And same with Wires and Nerve – I have only read Cinder and I don’t know if/when I’ll get to the rest of the series sooo that one has to wait as well!

    Fantastic reviews, Swetlana! And I like a mix of mini and single reviews! Obviously, mini reviews are easier to read because they’re shorter and you can talk about more books in one post. On the other hand, I like reading loooong reviews if someone has lots to talk about (no matter if it’s good or bad)!

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    1. I hate when that happens! I really, really wanted to have the hardcover copy of Strange The Dreamer but it was so expensive but then I won a giveaway for an Amazon giftcard so I was like ‘NOW IS THE TIME TO GET IT’ and I did. And it’s stunning! Are you planning on getting the US hardcover of DOTBC?

      Oh yeah, that definitely makes sense! I do hope that if/when you continue the Lunar Chronicles series you enjoy it enough to want to read Wires and Nerve too because it was definitely a great addition to the series overall!

      Thank you, Jackie! I also find mini reviews easier to write because I haven’t really been feeling like writing long ass reviews lately. It’s too much work. xD

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      1. Hahahahaha YAYYYY. Did you get the US or UK edition of Strange the Dreamer???? And I think I’ll get the US hardcore of DOTBC! I just prefer the design of it a lot more than the UK one 🤷‍♀️

        And sameeee! I think I’ll continue writing mini reviews from now on because I prefer reading AND writing them!

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