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GENIUS: The Game by Leopoldo Gout

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Goodreads Synposis:

Trust no one. Every camera is an eye. Every microphone an ear. Find me and we can stop him together.

The Game: Get ready for Zero Hour as 200 geniuses from around the world go head to head in a competition hand-devised by India’s youngest CEO and visionary.

The Players:

  • Rex– One of the best programmers/hackers in the world, this 16-year-old Mexican-American is determined to find his missing brother.
  • Tunde-This14-year-old self-taught engineering genius has drawn the attention of a ruthless military warlord by single-handedly bringing electricity and internet to his small Nigerian village.
  • Painted Wolf-One of China’s most respected activist bloggers, this mysterious 16-year-old is being pulled into the spotlight by her father’s new deal with a corrupt Chinese official.

The Stakes: Are higher than you can imagine. Like life and death. Welcome to the revolution. And get ready to run.

My Review:

This book grabs you in immediately and keeps you hooked throughout the whole story. Told through a three-character point of views, it is a intense and a fast-paced story. While this story focuses on coding and computer engineering, I always felt I understood what was going on.

The three main characters are complex, young and enjoyable. While I don’t profess to know anything about computer coding and engineering, these characters are easily relatable.

It’s fast-paced, gripping and at times heart-attack worthy. Gout weaves a complicated world of science, math and every day life into a nail biting story that is hard to put down. I really enjoyed how engaged I was to the book, something I thought would initially be difficult given the amount of coding and hacking he writes about. This isn’t normally a book I would have picked up on my own, but I’m glad I got the opportunity to read it because it was really enjoyable. 4/5 stars.

About the Author:

Leopoldo Gout is the producer behind many films including Days of Grace, which A.O. Scott of the New York Times called “a potent and vigorous film.” He is also a writer, artist, and filmmaker. Leopoldo is currently involved in various film and television projects including major adaptations of the Alex Cross series, with the author James Patterson and the upcoming film adaption of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.

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4 Purple Stars

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through SST. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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March/April Wrap Up

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Check out the books we’ve recently in our March/April Wrap Up.

Listen to Me by Kristen Proby – 3 out of 5 Stars

More than Music by Elizabeth Briggs-  3.5 out of 5 Stars

Paper Princess by Erin Watt – 3  out of 5 Stars

The Prince by Kiera Cass – 4 out of 5 Stars

True North by Kelly Collins – 3 out of 5 Stars

The Siren

The Siren by Kiera Cass

Goodreads Description

Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who’s everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger . . . but Kahlen can’t bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?

My Review:

I was really pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I thought Kiera Cass did a wonderful job creating a world and a story that was believable and enjoyable to read. The story focuses on Kahlen and the struggles she has as a Siren and I found myself reading this book in one sitting.

I really enjoyed the relationship that Cass created between the Ocean and Kahlen, it allowed an insight to a formidable force that you (or at least I was) terrified of. I thought the other Sirens were great characters and their backstories really added to the story and made their plight even more interesting.

The one thing that I had a hard time buying into was the romance. I felt it was really fast and I did not really see the love, so consequently the ending felt rushed and I was a little disappointed with how it ended.

Overall, it was a really quick fun read that I wish would become a series because it would be great to see what the other Sirens had experienced. 3.5/5 Stars

Published: 2015, 336 pages.

3 Purples Stars

The Night She Disappeared

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Goodreads’ Description:

Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part time as a delivery girl at Pete’s Pizza. One night, Kayla—another delivery girl—goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night. Gabie can’t move beyond the fact that Kayla’s fate was really meant for her, and she becomes obsessed with finding Kayla. She teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete’s. Together, they set out to prove that Kayla isn’t dead—and to find her before she is.

Review:

I am usually the worlds biggest scardy cat, but have recently gotten really into mystery and thriller reads. However, this is my first “true” YA thriller and I felt like it didn’t really work. That part that makes thrillers so great is the suspense aspect of trying to determine who the bad guys is and all the twist and turns that come along with it.

However, this book didn’t really allow for that as the “bad guy” had his own POV and therefore left no mystery as to his true identity. The entire book culminated to a less than exciting climax to the story. Gabie and Drew are ok protagonists but there really isn’t anything special about them

There were too many points of views and I wasn’t able to keep up! This made it difficult to follow the story or make a connection with any characters as the POV kept switching, because of that I give this book 2 out of 5 stars.

2 Purple Stars

October Wrap Up

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Happy Halloween! Hope you had a spooktacular October. Check out the books we read this month in our October Wrap Up. 🙂

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston – 2 out 5 Stars

City Love by Susan Colasanti – 3.5 out 5 Stars

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone – 5 out 5 Stars

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon –  4  out 5 Stars

Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca – 3.5 out 5 Stars

The Martian by Andy Weir –  4.5 out 5 Stars

The Night She Disappeared by April Henry – 2.5 out 5 Stars

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aquirre – 2.5 out 5 Stars

Trust Me, I’m Trouble by Mary Elizabeth Summer – 4 out 5 Stars

A Thousand Nights

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnson

Synopsis

This is a story about a leader who has killed three hundred girls before he comes to her village seeking another wife. Wrecked with fear and trying to save her older sister, she volunteers to be Lo-Melkhiin’s wife and is taken away to his village. Here she does what no girl has tried to do before, make it past their wedding night alive. Through the tales she weaves, she is able to keep her self alive, but something deeper and darker than anyone understands is also happening and soon she realizes what she can achieve with her stories.

My Review

A beautiful cover and an intriguing synopsis on Netgalley made me want to read this. This book turned out to be a little bit of a let down for me. I struggled with getting through this whole book. I often judge a book on how long it takes me to finish a book and this one took me a while. I just couldn’t get into the story and I didn’t feel invested in the characters. The biggest issue for me was some of the word choice she used, I know she was retelling a story and was trying to invoke the original story, but I often felt lost and confused with some of the word choices. Furthermore, the dialogue I felt was very flat and dimensional, it didn’t really add to the story nor did I feel it moved it along. However I found Johnson’s descriptions of details and locations to be absolutely mesmerizing. They were vivid and very imaginative. Overall this book was too slow for me to enjoy and that is why I’m rating it a 2/5.

Released: 2015, 336 pages.

2 Purple Stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.