Blog Tour: Warcross by Marie Lu: Review + Favorite Video Games

If you watch my YouTube channel, you’ll already know what a huge fan I am of Marie Lu’s Warcross.  I’ve been raving about it since June so I’m very excited to be part of the blog tour to celebrate this wonderful book! In this post, I’m going to share my in depth review of the book, my five favorite video games and a giveaway courtesy of Penguin Teen! But first, here’s a synopsis of the book:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

Review

Favorite Video Games

  1. Donkey Country 2 – This will forever be my go to comfort game. I could honestly beat this with my eyes closed at this point.  I love all the Donkey Kong games for Super Nintendo, but I’m especially partial to DK2- it might have something to do with pirates? (just a hunch!)
  2. Mario Party – I’ve always loved Mario Party! The board game style play just really works for me (and others since they’re up to Mario Party 11 at this point!) and I love that it was one of the first games that made it really fun to play with friends and to each have an equal turn (there was always that one friend who wasn’t great at games and then I would feel bad if it was mostly me playing!).
  3. Pokemon Y  – I don’t think I put down my 3DS for several days straight when Pokemon X/Y debuted! My (younger) cousin and I used to work together and on our lunch break one day she needed to stop at the grocery store so naturally I was glued to my 3DS and she kept making fun of me for making her feel like she was running errands with her child lol!
  4. Bioshock – This is the only game on the list that I personally haven’t full played but I have watched my husband play the majority of the first game.  I’m just so taken with the worldbuilding and the lore of the game that I had to include it.  Plus the graphics are beyond stunning and I love that the game is a bit on the creepy side while you try to figure out what’s going on.  I really want to read the book soon too!
  5. Super Smash Bros. – My husband and I got really addicted to Super Smash Bros for Wii U a couple of years ago! There were a good couple of weekends where we would order pizza and wine and just play until all hours of the night!

Giveaway

Enter for a chance to be one (1) of three (3) grand prize winners of a WARCROSS prize set (including hardcover of Warcross, shirt, keychain, and postcard). (ARV: $18.99 each).
 
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on September 4, 2017 and 12:00 AM on September 29, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about October 2, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
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Author Bio

Marie Lu is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Young Elites, as well as the blockbuster bestselling Legend series. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry as an artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing games, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and one Pembroke Welsh corgi.

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Turn of the Season: Goodbye, Summer! – Favorite Summer Reads

Turn of the Season is a week long blogging event being hosted by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books and I.  Alexa is a sweet Summer child and I’m an Autumn fox baby so we wanted to put together an event celebrating the end of Alexa’s season and the beginning of mine.  Throughout the week we’ll be highlighting some of our summer favorites as well as our autumn anticipations!

Favorite Summer Reads

Warcross by Marie Lu (Warcross #1) – Emika Chen is a bounty hunter in Warcross, an MMO that has taken the world the by storm.  When she glitches herself into the championship, she becomes an overnight sensation and gets an invitation from the game’s creator himself, Hideo Tanaka, inviting her to help control a security threat.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air #1) – Jude, a mere mortal, longs to be an important member of the Fae society but she is battling daily harassment from the Fae born royals in the court where she resides.  Chaos ensues when Jude inserts herself into Fae politics and no one is safe in this story.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices #2) – Lord of Shadows picks up after the events of Lady Midnight and follows the Blackthorn family through the world of the Fae.  I don’t want to give anything away since it’s a sequel!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer #1) – This beautiful masterpiece is a dual perspective story following Lazlo the Librarian on his quest to uncover the secrets of the lost city of Weep.  When Lazlo gets the opportunity to travel to Weep, we learn the rich history of the city and just how thin the line between heros and villains can be.

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella – This laugh out loud novel follows Katie, a country girl who moves to London and lands a job at her dream company, but she quickly learns that the perfect lives people portray on instragram are not always truthful.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao (Rise of the Empress #1) – This villain origin story follows Xifeng in her early days when she’s beginning to carve out her own path.  It’s an Asian fantasy novel inspired by the Evil Queen and it’s every bit as delightful as you might imagine.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin – Farway Gaius is an overconfident captain who’s born outside of time.  After being sabotaged in a simulation that’s supposed to result in Farway getting his own ship, he’s cast out of the academy but he receives an intriguing invitation to captain a black market ship which specializes in going back in time to steal expensive artifacts.  The quirky crew is a tight knit family and they’ll leave you with some serious Firefly vibes.

Frostblood by Elly Blake (Frostblood Saga #1) – Ruby is a Fireblood, a race that’s been wiped out by Frostblood’s by the corrupt King and she needs to conceal her gift in order to stay alive… so naturally her secret is revealed within the first chapter.  Frostblood is a fantasy novel with rich elemental lore that’ll keep you turning the pages.

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