The Hands of Men

When the sun expires to its peaceful sleep

the stars rise above all that lies beneath

when humanity falls at heaven’s feet

the prayer begins for hope and dreams

 

The devil grins at their dismay

when they cannot open heaven’s gate

the fallen angels meet their fate

what will they do trapped with their own hate

 

the masses of society underestimates time

they think the world ends with God

But I believe it ends in the hands of Men

For sometimes our faults outweigh our shine

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Before I tell you my thoughts on this book, I thought it to be useful if I posted the synopsis from good reads.

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12600138-ready-player-one

I give this book 5/5 stars. Here’s Why:

What I liked:

THE WORLDBUILDING WAS FREAKING AWESOME! For those of us who love video games, future technology, science fiction, and virtual reality elements, this book is perfect! The 80s references were great, and the way the book was set up was even better. I listened to the audiobook, and Will Wheaton was the narrator. He did a great job. I was hooked in from the very first page (I started with the physical book). Wade was a fascinating protagonist, and he had me laughing through the entire reading experience. Artemis displayed a great persona throughout the book, and I appreciated the insertion of such a badass female gamer! I just couldn’t get enough. It is definitely a book I will keep on my shelf for years to come.

What I Didn’t Like:

There is one thing I didn’t like about this book, and I didn’t think it warranted me docking a star from the rating. The ending could have been longer. It got super abrupt, and then it was over. Done. Finito.

Final Thoughts:

If you don’t like technology centered Science Fiction, video game references, 80’s references, obsessive relationships, or smart ass teenagers; you won’t like this book. However, If the thought of the synopsis above intrigues you, I recommend you pick up the audiobook and see how you like it. Wheaton does a fantastic job. though, I also recommend you listen to it at double speed. >.>

The Wayward Children Series by Seanan McGuire

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I gave this book 5/5 Stars. Here’s Why:

What I liked:

I flew through it in under 2 hours and needless to say, I couldn’t get enough. This book is full of wonders that you wouldn’t think goes together. It has LGTBQIAP+ representation in it which is absolutely awesome! This book is rather short, but You get a full story in these pages. From wonder to anger, to sadness, to laughter, you get it all in Every Heart a Doorway.

What I Didn’t Like: 

It ended too soon.

Final Thoughts:

I would recommend this book for ages 14+ for it has some violent and children inappropriate content, but, I do believe it is a book everyone should read at least once.

 

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I gave this book 5/5 Stars as well. Here’s Why:

What I liked:

Just when you thought it couldn;t be better than the first book, you are instantly shown up by Seanan McGuire’s fantastic writing and beautiful imagination. This book starts with the background story of Jack and Jill, the very strange twins you get glimpses of in the first book. I flew through this book just as quick as the first one and found myself aching for the next installment.

What I didn’t Like:

Again, it ended too soon.

Final Thoughts:

I felt for the characters, the world-building, everything. This story just keeps getting better and better. Read it!

 

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I gave this book 5/5 stars as well. Here’s Why:

What I liked:

Once again, we are immersed in a world of impossible things with characters that I have grown quite fond of. The creativity that appears in the world building blows my effing mind! I flew through this just as fast as the previous two, and now I hear there are 4 more coming out? YES PLEASE!

What I Didn’t Like:

Like the first two, it ended too soon.

Final Thoughts:

JUST READ THIS SERIES.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

 

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This book was absolutely magical. I loved it and think it should get 4.25/5 stars. Here’s Why.

Things I Liked: 

The pacing of this book was pretty excellent. I found myself flying through most of the book without being able to stop. It was engrossing from the first page! The story was different but still referencing some old fairy tales I have heard before. The dragon, the magic, the world building. It was great. Just, really, bloody great.

Things I Didn’t Like:

Okay, so even though the pace was great and I loved the story, some parts were a struggle to get through. Certain scenes were described so painfully slow, and I found myself accidentally skimming through these sections of the book. I didn’t think it was boring by any means, but the plot got lost a couple times throughout this book.

The relationship aspect of this book was a bit problematic. I can see it being a trigger for some people. There were parts where I was yelling at the main characters and other elements where all I could do is shake my head. I am sure this was done on purpose, but I figured I  would put a warning out there.

Final Thoughts:

If you love fantasy, dragons, castles, magic, and fantastic world building, this book is definitely for you. It brings you into a magical land of wonder, and it makes you want to stay.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Three words. I want more!

Things I liked:
This book started off a bit slow, but once you get past the first 80 pages or so, BOOM! You can’t put it down. Simon and Baz have this weird chemistry before you even seem them together in the book. Let me tell you though, once Baz enters the story, it’s like a fire was ignited. The humor of Penelope, self-involved and indifferent Agatha, overwhelming paranoia of Simon, the secretly sweet Baz and all the other quirky characters really make this book one of a kind. It’s soft banter and “below the radar” moral checks made me fall head over heels.

Okay. So yes. The Harry Potter references are astounding, but dude. That’s the endearing part of it all. And yes the spells are quirky, but the reference to Queen made my day. This was definitely a unique take on HP without being a total copycat.

I’d also like to point out that this is LGBT friendly and that’s awesome too! Diversity is so important in today’s literature. I’m glad it was included in this story.

Things I didn’t like:
As I stated. It starts off a tad slow. It’s hard to comprehend what’s going on at first with all the different perspectives.

I feel like some holes in the story could have been filled easily. Lucy? The Mage? There’s a lot left to the imagination, and the story didn’t end on a cliffhanger, so there’s no room for a sequel. Maybe I’m alone in feeling this way?

Final Thoughts
It’s a great book with excellent references and endearing character development. I give it 4.5/5 stars.

Did I mention I want more?

The Lonely Hearts Bar by Konni Granma

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I give this book 3.5/5 stars. Here’s why.

What I liked:
The pace was excellent and I could feel the characters every emotion. This was great. I thought Connie was quirky and ambitious and I definitely see future books with this character. For this, I kept reading and did enjoy the book. It was decently good.

What I didn’t like:
Grammar. Grammar. Grammar. I find myself stumbling through some of the sentences and having to re-read them several times to make sure my mind didn’t skip words. You know that DOES happen when you’re reading on occasion.

Maybe this hasn’t gone through the final stages of editing, which is fine. Maybe I’m alone in this.

I feel like the writer was trying to over complicate the wording. Words that wouldn’t normally go in a particular sentence were placed weirdly. Just something I noticed.

The book started in the middle of a scene that was supposedly a memory of some kind. I was confused and disoriented by this. I was confused a lot. It took me 40-50 pages to figure out what the hell was going on. It seemed choppy at times.

Final thoughts:
It’s a good story and I think it has tons of potential. It definitely could use a walkthrough. If there is a final copy of this, I’d love to pick it up.

** I did receive a free pdf copy of this book, however, there were no requests for a review. I reviewed with my own intent.**

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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4/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Okay, so yes. It’s a slow read. It took me about a week to get through it. It’s not slow because it’s bad, but rather because it’s so descriptive. The author emerges you into her world of magic, circus and the offices of book hoarders. You know exactly what everything looks like, you can feel it, taste it, hear it. It’s wonderful.

The story loses its point for about one hundred pages or so a couple times, which is maybe why it’s so slow. It drags. I can admit it.

What I liked….

Everything is so magical and memorable. I really felt like I was in the world. The character development is on par, and I learned to love Celia and Marco for the quirky people that they grew to be.

The characters were so weird and funny, and believable. I really enjoyed that about this book.

The story was unpredictable with some twists and turns. And everything connected at the end, which made all the waiting worthwhile.

What I didn’t like…

The story really lost me a couple of times. I think certain areas of the book didn’t need to be there, and it really dragged for that reason.

Overall. I give it four stars and I really think you should give it a go. What is the worst that can happen? You don’t like it? Not the end of the world, I’d say.