Armada

ArmadaArmada

Written By: Ernest Cline

Published By: Crown Publishing

Read: July 12- August 7, 2015

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥


Goodreads Synopsis

Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer.

Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.

No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.

It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?

At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.


I had heard a lot of really good things about Ernest Cline and his first novel Ready Player One but I had never read it. When I received this copy of Armada from Crown Publishing I wasn’t sure if I was going to be something that I would enjoy. I am so happy that I gave it a chance because I loved it! Armada is one of my favorite books of 2015 so far.

The characters were everything in this book. Each character was so well thought out. They each had a backstory that helped to better define who they were. They represented such a perfect cross section of the gamer world. They ranged in age, background, ethnicity, and sexuality etc. There wasn’t a single character that seemed underdeveloped or unnecessary to the story.

The relationships between the characters were perfect. The author was able to add just the right amount of romance that did not distract or detract from the story. There was the sweet and subtle romance between Zack and Lex but there was also the lustful relationships one might expect in an end of the world situation. The friendships between the gamers were wonderful. I loved how quickly they all bonded and the mutual respect that they had for each other.

The story itself was just as well developed and awesome as the characters. It was different from anything else that I have read. Armada is full of pop culture references that made the book fun and relatable. It was unique and fun and action packed. It kept a good pace throughout the entire book and I was interested from the first page to the last. I highly recommend this, even if you don’t normally read sci-fi books.

2015 Reading Challenge- A Book With A One Word Title

Recommended for Fans of: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Young Adult

Suggested to Read Next: The Martian

Say What You Will

Say What You WillSay What You Will

Written By: Cammie McGovern

Published By: Harper Teen

Read: August 6, 2015

Rating: ♥♥♥♥


Goodreads Synopsis

John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern’s insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.


I picked up Say What You Will when I was feeling really sick and just wanted an easy read. I hadn’t heard a lot about the book, so I didn’t really have any expectations. I have seen it compared to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. I honestly hate this comparison, the only thing that they have in common is that it has kids with medical issues. I thought this was very different from the Fault in Our Stars but it was still a good book.

Say What You Will primarily focuses on Amy and Matthew. Amy has Cerebral Palsy and is about to be a senior in high school. Her entire life she has had an aid that follows her around school each day. In an attempt to make new friends and prepare herself for college she decides that she wants to have peer aids. Her controlling mother takes over the project and after reviewing many applications and doing several interviews she picks five peer aids to assist Amy through the school year. Matthew is one of those aids. Matthew has O.C.D. that has been progressively getting worse over the past couple of years. He has not admitted to himself or others that he is sick or has a problem.

As the story progresses so does the relationship between Amy and Matthew. They both find it easier to deal with their own illnesses if they focus on helping the other. They become close friends and then they both begin to hope for more. It was definitely an unconventional love story. (And for many more reasons than their illnesses.)

Say What You Will was a very easy read. I flew through it and finished it in just a couple of hours. The character were so unique, totally different from the normal YA characters we always see. The author did a good job of portraying the supporting characters as well. The story was different from the average love story. There were times were I even felt uncomfortable, but I think that it added to the whole experience. This isn’t one of the great love stories of our time, and it isn’t going to go down in history as a great piece of literature but it is good. It was cute and fun and totally different from anything else that I am currently reading. It was a refreshing read and I do recommend it as long as you go into knowing not to expect greatness.

Recommended for Fans of: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance, and Young Adult

Suggested to Read Next: A Step Toward Falling

Book Haul July 2015

Book Haul

July was full to the brim with new books. I obviously have a problem, but I refuse to stop! This month my books came in the form of Kindle purchases, giveaway wins, and one awesome book from my secret sister! I am pretty sure that these are all of the books that I got in July, but I am posting this from work so there is a chance I am missing something.


Kindle Purchases

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Days of Blood and Starlight

Days of Blood & Starlight

Dreams of Gods and mOnsters

Dreams of Gods & Monsters

A Thousand Pieces of You

A Thousand Pieces of You

The Song of Achilles

The Song of Achilles

The Iron Daughter

The Iron Daughter

Liars Inc

Liars, Inc.

The Good Girl

The Good Girl

Where We Belong

Where We Belong

End of Days

End of Days

Bone Gap

Bone Gap

Giveaways/Book Mail

Armada

Armada

A Deadly Wandering

A Deadly Wandering

The Art of Baking Blind

The Art of Baking Blind

The Status of All Things

The Status of All Things

Happiness for Beginners

Happiness for Beginners

The Silver Witch

The Silver Witch

Gift From My Awesome Secret Sister

We Were Liars

We Were Liars


Have you read any of the books that I got in July? Which ones should I read first? Did you get any new books in July? Let us know in the comments!

We Were Liars

We Were LiarsWe Were Liars

Written By: E. Lockhart

Published By: Delacorte Press

Read: July 27-August 1, 2015

Rating: ♥♥♥♥


Goodreads Synopsis

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.


We Were Liars is one of those books that has been majorly hyped. Every review that I’ve read just made me even more intrigued. All of the reviews said that the twist was everything but refused to tell me anything! My amazing secret sister sent me a copy and I was so excited to read it. I was not disappointed!

The story primarily focused on Cadence Sinclair Eastman with the rest of the Sinclair family as supporting characters. Each year the rich and beautiful Sinclair family spend their summers on their private island. Life on Beechwood starts and stops with summer. Real life never bleeds into summer and life on the island never follows them home. At the end of summer fifteen Cadence is found barely clothed and soaked to the bone on the beach. She has no memory of what happened and suffers from severe migraines as a result of that night. When nobody is willing to give her any answers Cadence must struggle to find the truth on her own.

E. Lockhart was able to write a wonderful story that kept me guessing until the very end. I was anxious and edge throughout the entire book. The story was so much more than just the mystery revolving around that night, it was also about the turmoil and power struggle of a wealthy family. The cast of characters were funny and often times dark. The author wrote a story that was so well rounded. It had everything you can ask for and more.

I hate to say it, but I can’t tell you more or I would ruin the book! (I know, I am such a cliche.) The twist really is everything. 

2015 Reading Challenge-A Book That A Friend Recommended

Recommended for Fans of: Fiction, Mystery, Romance and Young Adult

Suggested to Read Next: Gone Girl

Water for Elephants

water for elephantsWater for Elephants

Written By: Sara Gruen

Published By: Algonquin Books

Read: July 25-26, 2015

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥


Goodreads Synopsis

Orphaned, penniless, Jacob Jankowski jumps a freight train in the dark, and in that instant, transforms his future.

By morning, he’s landed a job with the Flying Squadron of the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. By nightfall, he’s in love.

In an America made colourless by prohibition and the Depression, the circus is a refuge of sequins and sensuality. But behind the glamour lies a darker world, where both animals and men are dispensable. Where falling in love is the most dangerous act of all…


I read this book as part of #TBRTakedown as a book that has been on my TBR for more than one year. I will keep my review short since this book has been out for many years, and has already been read and reviewed many times.

Jacob is a man who has lost everything in the span of a week. When he accidentally joins a circus he will find so much more than he bargained for. The love of a forbidden woman, an unlikely group of friends and an entire cast of circus animals that he yearns to protect. Every character is so unique and well thought out. I loved every character!

This book was such a fascinating read, I enjoyed every single page. It was beautifully written and heartbreaking at every turn. I flew through it and I highly recommend it!

2015 Reading Challenge- A Book That Became A Movie

Recommended for Fans of: Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Romance

Suggested to Read Next: The Help