Armada was easily my most anticipated read this year and when I saw that Ernest Cline was coming to Anderson’s Bookshop for a signing, I couldn’t resiArmada was easily my most anticipated read this year and when I saw that Ernest Cline was coming to Anderson’s Bookshop for a signing, I couldn’t resist pre-ordering a copy and reading it before I met him. Since Ready Player One has been one of my top favorite books, I dove into this one without hesitation. Zack is a troubled teenager who loses himself in a game called Armada, an MMO flight simulator that has you pitted against an alien race. When Zack sees one of the alien aircrafts near his school, he knows that he must be losing his mind. What he doesn’t know is that he’s about to become of the many people that will fight to save Earth and Armada has been preparing him for this day.
Zack is a character who feels real. His father passed away when he was just a small child, leaving him alone with his mother who works long shifts. He has a temper that gets him into trouble at school and he has an obsession with learning more about his father. In fact, he obsesses a bit over every bit of information he has about him and even goes as far as watching his father’s old movies and even wearing a jacket that his father wore as a teenager. I really liked Zack who was just enough nerd but with more edge and a more realistic feel of how teenagers act these days. I’m glad there weren’t a lot of cliche moments and he was a bit more of a badass than most geeks are.
I love that Ernest features strong female characters. Zack’s mother is described as “the kind of single mom who would strap on heavy artillery and mow down killer cyborgs, if that was what it took to protect her offspring.” I loved that part and it shows how much Zack respects and loves his mom. The love interest that Zack meets later is named Lex and she’s a cool girl who ends up haranguing him into dates and not vice versa. She’s pretty badass and saves his ass once or twice during the book as well.
And the plot, I don’t want to give any spoilers, so I’ll just say I loved the twists and turns and the somewhat conspiratorial nature of Armada. I felt like I was along for the ride of a lifetime and loved every second of this book. I think Cline has spoiled me and I need him to write me more books.. now!!
Every Breath is a book I got from my Aussie penpal and it took me a little bit to get into the lingo. I loved the characters right off. It screams SheEvery Breath is a book I got from my Aussie penpal and it took me a little bit to get into the lingo. I loved the characters right off. It screams Sherlock Holmes in a lot of ways. Rachel is a country girl stuck in the city and dealing with adjusting. The closest friend she's made lives two doors down and is a boy named James Mycroft. He's a genius and a bit on the edge at times. When a homeless man they know and talk to is murdered, they dive into finding out what happened.
I loved both Watts and Mycroft. I love the play off of Sherlock Holmes and the way they interact. Both are complicated messy characters. I loved the feel of mystery and clue-hunting. Also, there's some budding chemistry between the friends and I love seeing that develop and lead to some very intense scenes.
I'll definitely be looking for more books, I think there's more featuring these two. :)...more
The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw is the latest book in a series that keeps me coming back for more. I almost wish sometimes I would wait until theThe Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw is the latest book in a series that keeps me coming back for more. I almost wish sometimes I would wait until the book came out to read it, because I love the illustrations inside and end up glancing through finished copies as soon as I get them into my library. The beginning of this book does not take place much after the second, but suddenly our Princes are on the run, they are outlaws, wanted for the murder of Briar Rose. The only problem is, nobody killed her and although they may have had conflicts in the past, they wouldn’t wish harm on her, especially not death.
Obviously, there is something more going on in the different kingdoms and slowly the book reveals the evil plans of the man pulling all the strings to get the princes on the run and the kingdoms in his hands. I love the zany way of the princes, the various romantic plots that make me smile, and the strength of Lila, who is Liam’s younger sister. I love the role she plays in this book, with Ruffian the Blue and how often times the princesses have it more together than the princes. I love that Healy cleverly plays on the strengths of each characters and makes their weaknesses full of hilarious moments.
This is possibly one of my favorite fairy tale series, because it takes such a great spin on the princes and giving them life and personalities that we do not see in the fairy tales, or older Disney movies. I love that it’s such a thick book but it’s reads so fast that the 500 pages never feels like enough. There’s so much in these books that I love and I hope my students will enjoy The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw as much as the previous books. I hope this series continues on, as I cannot get enough of the characters and all the moments and hilarity in these books....more