House of Teeth

House of Teeth by Dan Jolley

My rating: three stars

Genre: Middle grade, contemporary fantasy?

Edition: Audiobook

Goodreads summary: There’s more to the swamplands than meets the teeth. In this supernatural tale of magic and mysticism, Henry Lemarchand grew up in Philadelphia knowing very little of his family—his father disappeared when he was young, leaving behind only a strange pouch of animal teeth. When he is sent to the Louisiana bayou to spend the summer with his eccentric uncle and cousin in their decaying ancestral mansion, Henry learns about his family’s supernatural legacy—he is part of a long line of rootcrafters, folks who can absorb the powers and memories of anyone whose teeth they touch. In delving into his family’s strange legends, Henry soon discovers that some secrets bite back, especially in the swamplands. This tale of identity awareness and the need for belonging, is set in a world where everything is not as it seems.

This was one of my two free Audible originals for the month. I don’t know if I would usually pick up something like this, but I actually had a good time listening to it. It is a middle grade novel, so I took that as a factor when reviewing it. I didn’t expect this book to be super complex and deep, but it honestly took me by surprise.

Likes: The idea of rootcrafting was so cool!! Being able to gain powers by touching the teeth of animals is just insane! There are other things the teeth can do but I won’t say because it is a slight spoiler. The story was predictable to me in some parts, however, there was one thing in relation to the bad guy that I never saw coming. So that was a nice surprise, especially for a middle grade book. I also liked how the book went into the background of the different characters and the history of rootcrafting. A lot of books would usually gloss over that, and so it was nice to have some history in the story.

Dislike: I don’t like how the mom kept all these secrets, even after she knew that it was likely that Henry is a rootcrafter. She just sent her son to another state across the country without explaining anything to him. I am trying to be vague here so that there aren’t any spoilers, but something happens in the book to where they don’t have supervision for a long while. This thing that happened seemed to have no purpose except to get rid of certain characters which was annoying. I just thought there could have been a better way to do that. The character’s choices also seemed unrealistic at parts. Henry goes off on his own a lot, and I understand that he is an adventurous kid who would do that, but there are scenes where I doubt that he would. Other characters that you learn about later in the story also did things that just seemed unrealistic and like they chose those actions to make conflict.

Overall, I gave this book three out of four stars. I deducted one star because I just didn’t love this book. As stated in earlier reviews, the difference between a four and a five is usually just a feeling (unless there is actually something I didn’t like about the book). I took another star off because of the event that is unnecessary and because of the unrealistic character choices. I just feel like the mom wouldn’t keep that secret when she knew her son would need help, and I feel like the characters themselves wouldn’t have acted the way they did. It seems like a lot of the action characters took were simply to help the author take the story where he wanted it to go, instead of the characters doing something that seemed realistic given their personality.

Interview with the Robot

Interview with the Robot by Lee Bacon

My rating: four stars

Genre: Middle grade, sci-fi

Edition: Audiobook

Goodreads Summary: Fugitive. Criminal. Robot.

Eve looks like an ordinary 12-year-old girl, but there’s nothing ordinary about her. She has no last name. No parents or guardian. She’s on the run from a dangerous and secretive organization that will stop at nothing to track her down.

And most astonishing of all: She’s a robot, a product of Eden Labratories.

When she discovers the truth, she realizes everything she thought she knew about herself is a lie. Eve manages to escape, fleeing the lab, the only home she’s ever known.

After being arrested for shoplifting, Eve is interviewed by Petra Amis from Child Welfare Services. Her incredible story unfolds during the interrogation, with flashbacks to her life inside Eden Laboratories, which has a dark secret.

Exploring a range of topics that drive our society and our lives – topics such as artificial intelligence and human nature – Interview with the Robot is a story told by a startlingly original protagonist, a story that explores the vast potential of technology and the deep complexities of humanity.

To be honest, I listened to this book because Audible was having a deal where they would give you $20 if you listen to three books in two months. However, I did think that this story sounded interesting and looked forward to listening to it.

Likes: This book truly fooled me. One of the things that I pride myself in (but is slightly annoying) is that I can figure out where a book is going. It is fun to be able to guess correct, but at the same time it is really annoying to know what is going to happen the whole time. I honestly had no clue what was going to happen in this book though and that was such a nice surprise. There were quite a few twists and I did not guess any of them. That really blew me away since it was a middle grade novel. The way that Eve grows and becomes more advanced was awesome to read about, and I found it interesting the ways that they taught her how to do things. I also enjoyed how the story was told in Eve’s POV in an interview setting. It made it interesting and I don’t read books like that very often, if at all!

Dislikes: It was a short story and I wasn’t super happy with how it ended. There was some character progression that seemed to turn a full 180 degrees and there was never really any resolution to that. It seemed like a rushed ending and I would have loved for it to be more flushed out. Those are really the only things that I did not like about the book, I enjoyed the rest completely!

Overall, this was a fun, quick read. The concept was fun and even though it was a middle grade novel, there were twists that surprised me! I did take off a star because the ending was so abrupt and there was some character digression that did not quite make sense. I still had a great time reading it, I only wish there had been some changes to the ending.

Warriors Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice (Warriors #2) by Erin Hunter

My rating: five stars

Genre: Middle grade

Edition: paperback

Goodreads summary: Fireheart could hear a roaring around him, like wind in tall trees. The acrid stench of the Thunderpath stung his nostrils, together with a new smell, sharper and more terrifying. Fire!

Book Two of WARRIORS continues Fireheart’s quest to be a true warrior, when he finds new danger lurking in the woods as the chill of winter sets in.

WindClan is missing, and hostilities between the remaining three clans place all the cats in peril. Illness and tragic accidents weaken the camp, and ThunderClan needs all its warriors to defend itself – but Fireheart suspects that certain cats may not be as loyal as they appear.

 My goal for 2019 was to re-read this series. I ended up only reading one… So my goal for this year is to just read one a month. This was my January Warriors book read, and though I don’t know if I like it as much as the first one, I still love this story so much.

Likes: I feel like I am going to say this about every single book, but this is seriously so nostalgic to me. That alone makes me love it, but I won’t talk about that any more than I have already. I love the pacing of these stories, there always seems to be something exciting happening. Sure, there are some parts that aren’t crucial to the plot, however, they are still fun. I like how even though Fireheart and Graystripe are going through stuff, they still have each other’s backs when it comes down to it. They fight each other and ignore each other, but when they are in danger, they help each other. That shows true loyalty that I appreciate.

Dislikes: The character drama between Graystripe and Fireheart is just a little much. I honestly feel like Graystripe wouldn’t have done the things that he did. Sure, he is a character that tends to get swept up by his emotions. However, he loves his clan and his best friend. By doing the things he did, he was putting both in danger, and this was out of character for him. He is extremely loyal and so I do not believe he would do this. It is also hard to believe that Bluestar wouldn’t have believed Fireheart at all when he tried to tell her about Tigerclaw. Sure, she believes Tigerclaw is a great warrior, but there were many things going against him, and Fireheart is such an honest character, I don’t believe she would have just dismissed the whole idea. She is so much smarter than that.

Overall, though there were some character discrepancies, I still loved this book. It was a quick read, and a fun one. A lot of my love for it is my nostalgia and my love of cats, so I know this story is not for everyone, but I still would recommend it. I think that it has good themes and fun characters.

Loveboat, Taipei

Loveboat, Taipei (Loveboat, Taipei #1) by Abigail Hing Wen

My rating: five stars

Genre: YA, romance, contemporary

Edition: hardback

Goodreads summary: For fans of Crazy Rich Asians or Jane Austen Comedy of Manners, with a hint of La La Land

When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.

Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.

Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?

This book was the January Barnes and Noble YA Book Club pick. Honestly, I pre-ordered it forever ago though, so that was the greatest coincidence ever! I have been interested in this story for a long time and was so happy to have an excuse to read it immediately after getting it.

This time I am going to do the dislikes first because the likes have to do with the dislikes.

Dislikes: I swear, at the beginning of this story I was so frustrated. I was complaining to my boyfriend. I was texting my friend complaining to her. I honestly didn’t know if I could do it. The characters were SO FRUSTRATING! The best friend was terrible, the main character was interested in someone she shouldn’t be, the love interest needed to get his life together, and the second love interest wasn’t even a love interest. Just thinking about it right now is making me upset! Anyway, so the only thing that I disliked were the characters themselves and their interactions with each other, but I disliked it A LOT. I was not sure if I could read the book, but since it was for the book club I pushed on. The characters were driving me insane, but I am glad that I stuck through it because it was worth it, I believe.

Likes: If you read the fact that I rated five stars, you are probably wondering why, since I clearly had a hard time with the beginning half of the book. The reason that I ended up loving it so much was the character development. As the book goes on you learn more about all of the characters and why they are the way they are. Sure, that doesn’t justify the stuff that they did, but it does give a background as to why they are hurting so much and why they are lashing out or not going for what they want. I would actually love to read the book again to see if I have a different perspective on how the characters act now that I know why. Along with the information came growth. I saw so much growth in almost every single character. They weren’t the same people that they were at the beginning of the story which was beautiful to watch. It was so lovely to watch their growth, and though I would have preferred a different ending, I was still awed by it. Besides the character growth, I loved how realistic this book is. I have several friends whose parents act very similar to Ever’s parents. The guilt that they feel that their parents gave up so much for them, and the strictness and suffocation they feel because of this were direct parallels of each other. This story was a heart-wrencher and I loved the fact that this story could make me feel so connected to the main character.

Overall, I gave this story five out of five stars because I could go on and on saying good things about it. It is a book that I would love to re-read several times just to unpack the story and discover things I may have missed the first time. The beginning of the book did almost make me put it down, but the descriptions, the character growth, the explanation of the culture, and much more made me stay. This book gave me insight into a hardship that I can never experience and that made me understand and feel more sympathetic toward people that do go through that. I recommend this book so much, it really opened my eyes and made me feel more compassionate towards people – because who knows what someone could be going through. Let’s try and make the world a little less judgmental.

Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo

My rating: five stars

Genre: YA, fantasy

Edition: paperback

Goodreads Summary: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

I have heard so much about this series (and the Six of Crows duology) for so long, I can’t believe I am just picking it up now. One of the reasons why is that I found the box set on sale for pretty cheap, and so of course I bought it. Also, with the show coming out soon, I figured I should read it! All I have heard about the book is concerning The Darkling. So many people are in love with the Darkling and that certainly made me intrigued. One of my friends personally doesn’t see what the hype is about him, and I am very interested in seeing what my thoughts are after reading the series so we can talk about it! Unfortunately, I believe I have heard some spoilers and that has been making the whole reading process not as exciting because I think I know what is coming.

Likes: I really enjoyed the magic system and how Leigh describes the use of it. How someone grasps at their magic is such a personal and obscure thing to think about, but because of Leigh’s descriptions, I can picture it vividly which makes the story lifelike. The magic itself is also interesting. The different groupings of magic users, and what each of them can do was fun to learn about. Leigh can make characters so lovable and then make you hate them in the next sentence, and vice versa. It is kind of frustrating but at the same time I love it. The fact that she has the ability to do this is truly unique and makes this story full of twists and turns.

Dislikes: So, the Darkling is supposed to be this all-powerful figure. Everyone is terrified of him and he is basically the boogie man. However, when the main character meets him, she doesn’t act like she is scared of him at all! If I suddenly met someone who I (and everyone else) was terrified of, I most definitely would not be joking and flirting with him! That just seemed a little unrealistic. Another negative was that it was predictable. Most of this is because I had already heard huuuge spoilers (which I will not say here). I could guess some of the things that were going to happen on my own, but the spoiler that I heard gave a ton of it away which made the book frustrating to read. So most of it is not Leigh’s fault at all, however, other parts that were not spoiled for me were still predictable.

Overall, I gave this book five out of five stars. I had such a fun time reading this – minus the spoilers that ruined some of it. It was lighthearted at parts and dark at others. The contrasting elements really drew me in, and the magic and characters added to that. I am not going to take off a point for the interactions between the Darkling and Alina, simply because I thought it was cute and fun. Was it unrealistic? Yes. However, I still enjoyed it. I am also not going to take off points for it being predictable because a lot of it was because of the spoiler, and the other parts weren’t that big of a deal. I would definitely recommend this book and I can’t wait to read the rest!

Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: five stars

Genre: YA, fantasy

Edition: paperback

Goodreads Summary: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

I have been meaning to read this book series for SO LONG. One of my new year’s resolutions for 2020 is to read the entire series, and so I have finally started it! The series is still daunting to me because those last few books are enormous, but I feel ready to tackle them!

Likes: I love how the main character is this bad-*** woman who everyone is terrified off and who can kick anyone’s butt, but at the same time she is witty and for the lack of better words – human. In so many fantasies, if the main character is an assassin or fighter of some sort, they tend to take themselves too seriously. They seem to just be all about being strong and scary, and it can seem unrealistic. Celaena, however, has hobbies and likes that have nothing to do with killing and that is so refreshing. She loves reading and fashion, she cares about animals and people, and she has a sense of humor that leaves me laughing out loud. I also like the trials that she goes through to become the King’s Assassin. I won’t give any of them away, but there are quite a few of them and they truly seem like a test of a skills that assassins should have – I enjoyed how realistic it was. The build up and tease of magic makes me want to read the second book immediately to see if there will be more in it. Also, very little was told about Celaena’s backstory and though that was frustrating, it also made me excited to read the next in the hopes that they will explain more. Lastly, Captain Westfall (Chaol) was so adorable! I love his personality and how he can be so soft sometimes when most of the time he tries to be the tough Captain that he is supposed to be.

Dislikes: I know I just talked about how I love Chaol, but I really don’t really care for the love triangle in this story. How Celaena treats both of the men is annoying. Especially at the very end, I was just so confused. I also had problems with how un-assassin-like she was. I know that I discussed how I liked how she had hobbies and she was down to earth, and that is all great, but she didn’t exhibit qualities I would expect her to have as an assassin. For example, people would just go into her room all the time while she was sleeping without her realizing it. They wouldn’t even be quiet about it! I’m not a light sleeper and even I wake up most times if someone comes into my room! I just expected her to exhibit more skills. Also, after a year in one of the worst jails in the world; after a year of being whipped and tortured; I expected her to have some type of sign that all this had happened to her. Sure, she had scars, but I expected her to mentally have some sort of sign that it had happened to her. I understand she is strong willed, however, no matter how strong willed you are, I feel like after an experience like that she would exhibit some sort of symptoms.

Overall, this was an incredible book. It had quite a few strong female characters which was refreshing, the character’s personalities were fun and creative, and the storyline itself was enjoyable. I love the style of writing, it is easy to read and yet really descriptive and fun. Though there were some negatives in regards to the love triangle and her assassin abilities, I still had a great time reading this book! I honestly think that all of the positives overshadow the negatives and that is why I am still giving it five stars. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Warriors Into the Wild

Into the Wild (Warriors, #1) by Erin Hunter

My rating: five stars

Genre: middle grade

Edition: paperback

Goodreads Summary: For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their warrior ancestors. But the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger, and the sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying– and some deaths are more mysterious than others. In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary house cat named Rusty . . . who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.

This book series is my childhood. I have been reading this series since I was little and stopped when I went to college and had no time to read. Now that I am out, I would love to re-read and get caught up on the entire series because I am dreadfully behind. I believe I have read somewhere up to the Power of Three series, but I know there are lot of new books since then and will hopefully get caught up in the next few years (there are over 50 books in the series so there is no way that I am going to get caught up soon).

Likes: This story brings so much nostalgia back to me. Re-reading this was like going back to my childhood and reliving reading it for the first time. That in itself made me love the reading experience. Then, the fact that it is a book about cat clans is just so fascinating to me. I love stories that have non-human characters, and the fact that all the characters in this series are non-human is just wonderful! I honestly wish they made more series like this for young adults or adults. As for the story though, I love the whole world and background of the story. The fact that there are these four clans who try and live in peace with each other while surviving the harsh environments is so cool. The “laws” and “government” that they have created is interesting and I love seeing how they have adapted to living together. I love that there are a few plots going on at the same time. Rusty is thrown into this new world which is a whole storyline, but at the same time there is a threat to ThunderClan that they must try and solve. It is just more complex than I would have thought from reading the synopsis. I love the characters, they seem distinct and realistic. Each character has a different personality and I love this uniqueness with them.

Dislikes: I understand why a lot of people in the clan were mean to Rusty – he was an outsider and they didn’t think he should be there. However, I don’t think that it seems realistic that other characters of authority wouldn’t say something. High up characters just let him get bullied and don’t say anything about it. I know that Bluestar isn’t his mother, but not only are they disrespecting Rusty, but they are also disrespecting her decision. It just seems out of character and like something that she would not put up with.

Overall, I loved this book when I was younger, and I still love it now. I gave it five stars because I truly do think it is a high-quality middle grade book and it brings so much joy to me when I read it.

Eragon

Eragon by Christopher Paolini 

My rating: five stars

Genre: Fantasy

Edition: Audiobook

 Goodreads Summary: One boy… One dragon… A world of adventure. When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.

This year I reread Eragon which is what I am basing my review on. I originally read it when it first came out in 2002 and just recently decided that I want to read the whole series. I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I absolutely loved the movie. I have seen it more times than I can count and I am not ashamed to say it. I think this is because I first watched it when I was a lot younger and I was immediately awe-struck by it, so now, as an adult, it reminds me of my childhood and the childlike fascination I had with it. 

I actually really like the audiobook. The reader was okay, a little slow, but I liked his voice and the tone in which he described scenes and actions. I am listening to the second one and it is a lot harder to follow. I think the audiobook for the first one was good for me because I have seen the movie so many times and so I basically know what is going to happen. Whereas, in the second book it is all new to me so the reader is a little hard for me to follow. 

Likes: I love the cast of characters in Eragon. Each character has such depth to them and are all different and unique from each other. Brom was so harsh but humorous, he was a great contrast of a character and definitely one of my favorites. I also really like the magic system and how it is based off of words and their meanings. There is more of that in books now, but I feel that was a relatively new magic system back then and I found it to be unique. 

Dislikes: I guess I was a little confused when it kept going back to the cousin’s point of view. It seems oddly random and like a plot that doesn’t have a purpose. Maybe I am just not seeing why we follow him, and maybe in the later books it starts to make sense, but in this book it just seems to be filler which wasn’t enjoyable. 

Overall, I gave this book five stars. Honestly, I probably shouldn’t rate it that high, but I just have  a love for this world and it brings me back to my childhood when I first read it. And though the movie wasn’t great, it was one of my favorites growing up and so the book brings a sense of nostalgia to me when I read it. The writing of this book was wonderful, the characters were deep, and the story line was complex. With the only negative being the alternate POVs, I am giving this five stars.  

Thunderhead

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman 

My rating: five stars

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Edition: Audiobook

Goodreads Summary: Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.

Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?

I listened to this book on audiobook and I think this might be the most satisfying audiobook that I have ever listened to. The voice of the reader was so calming yet they were somehow able to make me feel as if I was really there – to where I was sitting on the edge of my seat towards the end.

Likes: I don’t know how Neal came up with a world like this, it is such a unique but logical idea. I feel like so many people want immortality but don’t realize the negative effects that would take place and the fact that we would have to somehow control the population. Though the idea of Scythes is dark, I love it. The twists and turns in this book were so surprising and disarming, the direction that it went wasn’t a direction that I saw it going at all – though that’s not a bad thing. There was a lot of political intrigue in the book which adds another layer to the world and the book expands upon the effect the end of the first book has on the story. 

Dislikes: There were a few confusing and slower parts when a third character’s point of view comes into play. This character does some things that I didn’t necessarily understand, though I realize that it was most likely on purpose. That is honestly the only negative thing I can think of for this book. It would say that it was too long but the pacing and the different plots with multiple POVs kept it entertaining the entire time.

Overall, I gave this book five out of five stars because I would honestly read it over and over again. I thought Scythe was complex and well-thought out, but I was definitely not ready for Thunderhead. This book blew me away with the beautiful writing, intricate plots, and jaw-dropping plot twists. I would recommend this book to everyone, just make sure to brace yourself!

Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
My rating: Four stars 
Genre: Sci-fi, YA
Edition: Audiobook

Goodreads Summary: IN THE YEAR 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. 

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

I initially became interested in Ready Player One after seeing the movie. For me, the movie was so much fun. I love gaming and the OASIS truly seems like the perfect game. The world building and nerdy references sucked me in and I am not ashamed to admit that I have watched it several times since it came out. After my boyfriend told me that he enjoyed the audiobook, I knew that I had to listen to it. 

First off, Wil Wheaton did a great job reading this audiobook. Sometimes that can make or break a story and I was not disappointed – and I am relatively picky about these things. 

Likes: The OASIS is such a beautiful place, I would honestly pay so much money to be able to join in the game! The thought process that went into each of the trials was so intricate, I can honestly tell how much time the author took thinking of them. I also liked how the school system was transferred into the OASIS to show how much the OASIS truly affected their everyday life. The author showed unique ways that the game could be used that I would not have thought of but made sense – schooling, working out, etc. 

Dislikes: The relationship between the main character and love interest happened so quickly and honestly seemed a little forced. The back and forth nature of it seemed to just be added for drama and left a whole segment of the book that was a little boring. There were also some really important scenes in the book that happen but the author made the scenes so long and so boring – seemingly to offset how important it is supposed to be so that it would be a surprise. 

Differences between the book and the movie: I know that many people were annoyed that the movie was so different from the book, and I don’t know if it was because I read the book after or not, but I enjoyed both. They were extremely different but I understand there are only so many scenes that can be put into a movie. The book still had the nerdy references that I loved, however, they were older references so I did not get as many. The references in the book were more about old games that am not familiar with while the movie had newer references that made me geek out. 

Overall, I gave this book four stars because, while I would definitely read it again, the book did have some issues and slow points that would stop me from wanting to read it often. I loved the world and the humor but there was a whole section of the book towards the end (I don’t want to discuss because spoilers) that I don’t know if I would want to dredge through again.