Otherworld by Jason Segal and Kirsten Miller | Spoiler Free Book Review

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The Game But Not As You Know It!

Disclaimer: A big thank you to Bloomsbury publishing who sent me the ARC, and the finished copy upon release.

 

Otherworld has sat on my shelf for two years; it’s about time it was read and reviewed! Despite it being a middle-grade novel, I really enjoyed the story. It was a different concept to others that I’ve read, despite my constant comparison of it to the Mortality Doctrine Series and Warcross.


Blurb: 

The company says Otherworld is amazing — like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive — that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.

Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.

And it’s about to change humanity forever.

Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.

You all know I won’t get through this review without mentioning the parallels between Harry Potter. It’s a new middle-grade novel. Many clichés were included, but also many twists on the clichés. So I won’t directly reference Harry Potter, but y’all know that when I discuss the clichés and tropes I’m thinking of the famous series.

REVIEW!

I thought this book was average. So in my opinion, to best review it, I will be ‘comparing’ it against a book of similar genre and content as I cannot compare it against the likes of Warcross (not middle-grade) or Harry Potter (too highly rated). The only book/ series that I can think of that is the most similar to this novel is The Mortality Doctrine Series by James Dashner. I loved those books, finding the concept original and compelling. That series is the only middle-grade gamer novel I have read before and therefore sets the standards in my rating of this one.

Overall:

Right off the bat, we start off with a rich kid whose parents are lawyers and he thinks he can get away with anything because of it. He acts up and thinks it’s okay because his family is protected by whatever life his Grandfather’s had to lead. He has a love interest who is a smart girl – smarter than himself, though not in portrayed in a way that makes him look stupid – and a hacker ‘friend’ who owes him a few favours.

As much as I’ve been giving the “golden trio” trope a bit of a hammering, none of the aforementioned characters is in the “golden trio”, they’re totally different people. Totally irrelevant as per the actual story and their adventure took up the majority of the novel.

In my opinion, this book is really a set up for the next one but creates no anticipation or interest to read the next one, aside from actually wanting to know about the other characters, of whom are integral, though shared little page-time in the novel.

The Main Adventure (which could’ve been told in fewer pages):

Despite all of my complaining above, this section of the novel was enjoyable. I really enjoyed how the characters actively make allegations of the Chosen One trope and denyed it in the same sentence. My first thought was that this was probably done in an attempt to not have the trope in the novel. I’m glad it was funny and that the trope was most certainly avoided aside from the mentions.

There were also some positives, like the fact that the entire ‘Main Adventure’ had two settings – one in Otherworld and the other in the real world – and that one of the most over-powered characters, in terms of knowledge (because that’s the only power that matters in these situations) is a girl with a disability! Honestly, Simon would be dead without her.

Themes such as abusive parents and fatal accidents were prevalent but not expanded on, especially not in a way that teaches a middle-grade audience about anything beneficial. I feel that where themes such as obvious domestic abuse are present, the writer should be teaching the reader something in regards to this situation and showing the impact the situation has on a character, not just having it there for a plot twist!

I don’t have much else to say about this novel. It was a quick, fun read but I wouldn’t be recommending it to the next person I see but I enjoyed it, and I will be picking up the sequel out of curiosity.

★ Rating ★

I rated this book a ★★★☆☆ (3/5 stars) because it had elements of generic middle-grade fiction – i.e. this is not a unique book – but has an interesting storyline that differs from the usual magic and fantasy elements of a middle-grade novel. It made the three-star category as there was a lot of poking fun at the ‘Chosen One’ trope, which was heavily shunned upon, with supporting evidence.

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Percy Jackson and The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan | Spoilery Book Review

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The Last One!

Everything comes to an end. Some endings are far more realistic than others.


Blurb: 

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy's sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

Let’s see if I can get through this review without mentioning the very obvious parallels between Harry Potter. Like the end scene and all the realistic casualties… On with the review!

REVIEW!

I actually enjoyed this book. From start to end I really thought it had depth and even though it was the children that were destined to save the day while the Olympians were distracted and away, Riordan didn’t dismiss them.

I cannot hate this series and I’m really not sure anyone can. Along with Harry Potter, it has set the precedent for Middle-Grade novels universally.

It is very family orientated in a sense that the parents although absent and albeit sometimes not Percy’s own, are always always included in the storyline and, even if not a part of the plot or in a committed relationship, they play a crucial part in their child’s lives. It is obvious that it is the parents that shape the person that the demigod has become.

The best example of this is when Percy and Nico try to understand why Luke is the way he is and what lead him to allow Kronos to inhabit his body. They immediately make their way to Luke’s mother’s house without a second thought, showing an obvious connection between Luke’s behaviour, the state of his mother and the absence of his father.

I really liked how the characters didn’t like or agree with each other. This caused conflict which kept me on the damn edge of my seat. Of course, I’m talking about Nico here! My sweet little dark muffin. I think I’ve fallen into his dark trap of being all protective over him. How can you not?!

Somehow Riordan created so much mystery around Nico, yet so much intrigue and interest in his character; making him young yet powerful but also weak yet cunning. It shows from all of the flashes Percy receives into Nico’s actions, but also in the way Percy underestimates Nico’s well-thought-out plan that may have had some ulterior motives, but in all was cunning and worked perfectly.

The best part about the fight was the attention paid to who was present. If a character was mentioned, they were significant and came back into the picture, and Riordan didn’t dismiss any of the campers either. I find books that include a whole school/ community of people to paint the picture yet only focus on the main trio that saves the day. This book was unlike that, where countless times Percy checked on the location of each of his campmates, asking about them and actively going to protect them. This just highlighted his growth and leadership skills. Even at the end, everyone was given a mention. Tributes were paid to every camper who fought, and those who died, even those of whom were never claimed by their God parent (not to be confused with Godparent) were given the recognition they deserved.

Every element from the previous four books; and every learning that was given to the demigods, was brought back in this final book. For Annabeth used her computer gift from Daedalus and was able to make a monumental (see what I did there) contribution to the future of the Gods, and also the camp.

Once again, the incorporation of the myths was perfect and not at all like a re-telling, but very obvious easter-eggs you had to find in a book about Percy Jackson and his quests. I enjoyed the story from start to end, and I wasn’t mad about the character redemption at the end. Yes, I am very salty that Snape got a redemption arc in canon but not Draco.

I made it this far without a Harry Potter comparison, so be proud! There will be no middle-grade novel with a trio, that is safe from the Harry Potter comparison.

★ Rating ★

I rated this book a ★★★★★ (5/5 stars) because, well not only is it an epic finale, but it shows the importance of making decisions in life and the character development of Percy into a teenager!

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Ironheart by Jodi McAlister Book Launch!

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Yesterday (9 Feb 2018), my mother and I went to the book launch of Ironheart by Jodi McAlister!

The event was held in Readings Kids, a kids/ young adult bookstore the opened up on Lygon Street in Carlton, Melbourne mid last year. It sits beside its older brother store Readings, which sells all the big kids books such as non-fiction and all genres other than kids and YA.

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Popular Books To Read In The New Year

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I still cannot believe that Christmas is tomorrow! This year has been a rollercoaster for me, not just in school but aslo in trying to keep my blog up and running; but I can proudly come to the end of the year and say that I have accomplished much much more than I ever expected.

So I was watching YouTube one day – as one does to avoid doing anything productive – and I stumbled upon a video Kat from Katytastic made a while back about Popular books she hadn’t read, it was a funny coincidence because I was just thinking the same thing before I click onto the video. I watched it and nodded along with some of the books she had mentioned and felt what some would call ‘shame’.

I have now learnt that I am not alone in having not read many unpopular books, and other people have this problem as well, so don’t judge me when I say I haven’t read the following series;

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Harry Potter Mini Reviews

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Today I bring to you my first ever thoughts on the most talked about book series of all time in this week’s post:

Harry Potter Mini Reviews!

Quite sadly I have never ever read the Harry Potter series before this, but I have watched the movies a bagillion times and have heard spoilers upon spoilers about the content from the books that weren’t included in the movies.

So after completing my Harry Potter Book Collection I thought there’s no start the new semester (and the month of July) than to dive into the Wizarding World of Magic!

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The Adjustment Anticipation Post

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Just WOW! That’s all I can say for Suzanne Young’s most recent installment in The Program series, The Epidemic…

In my review of The Epidemic by Suzanne Young, I stated that The Epidemic was the second-last book in The Program series, which it isn’t. It is – from what I have found out on Goodreads – the second book in the third-last book that has been published in the series. There will be two more books to be published as the final installments in the series. These are; The Adjustment and The  Complication, and will both be from the point of view of a new character, Tatum, post fall of The Program.

The Adjustment is expected to be released on April 18th 2017 by Simon Pulse and is the third book (chronologically) in the series.

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Initiate by Laura L. Fox | Spoiler-Free ARC Review

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I have another review! Initiate is the second ARC I have read, received and reviewed on this blog. I was asked to review this book by the wonderful team at OfTomes Publishing Company and I would never have been able to read this book if the amazing Laura. L. Fox hadn’t written it, so I must thank her also.

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DISCLAIMER: I was sent this book in ebook format from OfTomes in exchange for an honest review. This book is to be released on November 15th 2016 and is the first book in a series.

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Goodreads Review

The only home Riga Garrison has ever known is the Tunnel, a subterranean research facility buried deep beneath Antarctica’s ice and snow.

Yet, while a safe haven for the last outpost of humanity governed by the Initiate, it is also home to a secret so dark that they will risk anything to protect it.

Surrounded by deceit and faced with exile to a frozen wasteland, Riga must defy not only the Initiate’s top biologists and loyalists but also her own mother, in an attempt to unearth the truth.

Buy The Book!                                        ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)

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The Epidemic by Suzanne Young | Review | *spoiler free*

WHAT DID I JUST READ?!

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Ever since I finished reading The Remedy – the third installment in The Program series – almost five months ago, I have been asking and quite literally begging (and bugging) the librarians at my school library to buy Suzanne Young’s newest release, and latest installment in The Program series; The Epidemic. 
The Epidemic is the fifth installment in The Program series. So far, this series consists of four books and one ebook (which I read quite recently).

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August TBR

I know it is a bit late (almost two weeks into the month), but here is what I have planned to read in the month of August.

I am trying to keep my TBR pile for this month small as I do not have much time to read, due to this month being a crazy month with school tests and organising my university preferences for next year.

This very short list features three books, one of which I have been begging the library to purchase for quite some time now. This book is The Epidemic by Suzanne Young, one that I have anticipated the release of since I finished the previous book The Remedy almost five months ago. I will be featuring a review for this book once I finish it, hopefully in a few days.

The second book on my list – working up the pile – is Library of Souls, the last book in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series and I powered through them with ease and anticipation; I can now understand why Jessie from Jessiethereader on YouTube is in absolute love with this series.

And finally, the last book that I need to finish this month is Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix! I recently -on impulse…- bought Harry Potter and The Cursed Child when it was released in Australia on Harry’s birthday. I have a post up about that, which can be viewed here.

Hopefully I will be able to finish all three of these books, and maybe more before the month is over. My fingers and toes are crossed tight.

 

QOTM: What books are on your August TBR?

 

Happy Reading,

BREE XOXO


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July Wrap-Up

The month of July was a crazy successful reading month!! I exceeded my average reading for the month and managed to knock out a whopping 6 books and half of 2 others!

The books I read were (in order of finish dates);

  1. Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)
  2. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)
  3. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)
  4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)
  5. Hollow City ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)
  6. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire ★★★★★ (5/5 stars)

 

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1. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone
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4 & 5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children & Hollow City
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6. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar  Children Series by Ransom Riggs

 

 

There will  be Mini Reviews for the Harry Potter series once I finish reading them – I only have 3 more to go – and I am excited to share my thoughts and feelings with you all!

I also have a few more pages of Library of Souls left to read, which is the last book in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs; and I will have a review up for that book once I have finished crying.

 

Love,

Bree xx


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