Bite-Sized Reviews | The “Wonder Woman, Warcross, Genuine Fraud, Oh My!” Edition

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Look at me, I read ARCs!

So, I got a lot of ARCs at Bookcon, and earlier this month, I finally dived into them! I still have all of my October and 2018 releases left, but just one September release, and I thought it’d be a good idea to just review all of some of my anticipated releases in one big post! So here are five positive reviews of some books coming at you in August and September!

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wonder woman

Genre: Fantasy, YA 

Series: DC Icons #1

Rating: 4 STARS

Release Date: August 29, 2017

Synopsis:

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

My Thoughts

I actually wasn’t really planning on reading this one, but then the hype reached me and I ended up getting a copy at Bookcon, so I caved – and I’m so glad I did! The cast of characters in this book were absolutely fantastic, especially Aila, who I found so relatable as a heroine and a character. I also loved learning more about Wonder Woman; I hadn’t watched the movie yet when I read the book, so this was my first exposure to anything about her, so it was really interesting getting to know more about her background and seeing her as a teenager. It’s pretty much impossible to not fall in love with her. This story was a journey-type story, and even though I’m not a huge fan of those types, I actually really enjoyed it in this case! Also, this book was hilarious, and I rarely find books funny, so that was definitely a treat! The ending was also really sweet; I actually teared up a little. Overall, I think people will really enjoy this one!

(Also, this book had the plot twist of the century. That’s all I’ll leave it at.)

In Summary:

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Genuine Fraud

Genre: Thriller, YA

Series: None 

Rating: 5 STARS

Release Date: September 5, 2017

Synopsis:

The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.

Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. 

An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. 

A bad romance, or maybe three.

Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. 

A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.

A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

My Thoughts

I didn’t really expect anything from this novel for two reasons: I’ve never read We Were Liars, and the summary is extremely vague. I’m so glad I had zero impressions, because I absolutely loved this book with all my heart. It was a genuinely good, mature YA thriller that seemed to be written just for me: an unreliable narrator, backwards story-telling, an addicting fast pace, a twisted female friendship. I literally could not stop raving about this book in my head while I read it. Also, to top it all off, the ending was absolutely perfect for this novel. Overall, I’m almost happy I trudged through so many meh and just plain terrible YA thrillers to get to this one – it was so worth it.

In Summary:

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they both die at the end

Genre: Contemporary, YA

Series: None

Rating: 5 STARS

Release Date: September 5, 2017

Synopsis:

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

My Thoughts

Well, this was probably the most anticipated release of the second half of 2017 for me, and BOY, it did not disappoint. Adam Silvera has done it again. Like his first two books, I binged the entire thing in less than a day and left me completely ruined. Honestly, you can’t help yourself; it’s an addicting and intense read because you just need to know – will they both die at the end, and if so, how? I absolutely loved Rufus and Mateo as characters; both have completely different lives, and seeing them meet and watching their bond grow from being tentative acquaintances to close friends that (slowly) blooms into a beautiful romance made my heart ache. We also get to see other people’s POVs of those that personally effect them and those whose lives they have effected. The ending was so, so good, and, yep, I cried. I finally cried at a book. Overall, a powerful book that if you haven’t added to your TBR yet, you absolutely must.

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Warcross

Genre: Sci-fi, Thriller, Dystopian, YA

Series: Warcross #1

Rating: 5 STARS

Release Date: September 12, 2017

Synopsis: 

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 players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing 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.

My Thoughts

As soon as I heard the concept for this book, I was set on getting it into my hands and reading it, so when I managed to meet Marie Lu AND get an ARC signed at Bookcon, I basically died. And, boy, did Marie Lu not let me down whatsoever. WHERE DO I BEGIN? First off, I want the Warcross game to exist in real life. I WILL FIGHT FOR IT. As per usual, Lu’s writing was absolutely terrific and was so fantastic at transporting the reader into the story. The characters were all diverse and well-rounded, and really made this story shine, even the background characters. Honestly, the concept could not have been carried out better, and I absolutely LOVED the direction Lu took it at the very end. This book actually didn’t have a cliffhanger, but it was left so open and I have so many questions! Overall, what do I have to do to get the sequel again?

In Summary:

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Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, YA

Series: None

Rating: 4 STARS

Release Date: September 19, 2017

Synopsis:

Adam Thorn doesn’t know it yet, but today will change his life.

Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam’s life is falling apart.  At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn’t he?) and his best friend, Angela.

But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam’s life into chaos. The bindings of his world are coming untied one by one; yet in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release. 

From the New York Times-best selling author of A Monster Calls comes a raw, darkly funny, and deeply affecting story about the courage it takes to live your truth.

My Thoughts

Look at me, I’ve finally read a full Patrick Ness book! After finally reading A Monster Calls last year and loving it, I told myself I’d read more of his work, and I’m so glad I did! I absolutely loved Adam and was so sympathetic to his situation since terrible thing after terrible thing kept hitting him. I could totally feel for his really crappy day, especially since I know I have those days as a teenager myself where it just seems like the only place I could go is down. This was quite the fast-paced book, especially since it was so short, and I really liked the frank way the book dealt with sex, especially since I feel so many YA books can deal with it in the most unnecessarily cheesiest way possible and it seems completely unrealistic to boot. This book has an open ending, so if you don’t like those types of endings in contemporary novels, you’ll probably hate this book. My one complaint was probably the magical realism. It follows a character mentioned in passing in the beginning of the novel, and, unfortunately, the parts were just so boring and didn’t make any sense until the end of the novel. I ended up skipping over them since Adam’s story was much more compelling then hers. Overall, I need to read all the Patrick Ness books!

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44 thoughts on “Bite-Sized Reviews | The “Wonder Woman, Warcross, Genuine Fraud, Oh My!” Edition

  1. Oh gooood. That was my big sigh of relief at the fact that all these books are actually good. They are also some of my most anticipated releases and I was pretty nervous for the reviews. I know only have to wait until I can actually read them myself.
    You are one of the first persons I’ve seen that has actually read and reviewed the arcs from Bookcon, it’s impressive that you managed to read all of them.

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    • Ah, I hope you enjoy them once they come out! These were all some of my most anticipated releases as well, and I was hoping I wouldn’t be disappointed, especially with the fact that I had to wait in line for a large majority of them! 😂

      Ah, thank you so much! I literally do nothing but stay home during the summer, and I can read quickly, so that’s basically it! I still have my October ARC stack to go through; can’t wait to read and review those as well! 😄

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  2. You’re so lucky to hanger gotten ARCs of all of these! I’m excited for all of these releases! The one I was a little worried about is Wonder Woman but all if these good reviews are making me excited!
    You should really check out We Were Liars! I’ve read it twice now and it’s one if my favorites! It’s really quick and a great read!

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  3. THE ARCS!! Bookcon looked like so much fun, I wish I could have gone! I’m so glad all of these books were good reads, I’m excited for the release of all of these especially Warcross and Wonderwoman! I’ve actually never read an e. lockhart book but I’ve seen such great things so I may have to pick one up soon!

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  4. Awesome post! You’ve made me so excited for all of these! I was really anticipating Wonder Woman, but now I’m also very intrigued about Genuine Fraud. I’m not one for thrillers, but your review made me really want to read it!

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  5. I had to skim through most of these reviews because they’re really anticipated releases of mine and I want to go into them blind, but I saw your ratings and I am so glad you enjoyed all of these books Mikaela. I especially can’t wait to get my hands on Wonder Woman: Warbringer, Warcross and They Both Die at the End.
    I know the last one will break my heart but I love Adam Silvera’s writing so I’m willing to have my heart broken by that book.
    Again, really glad you enjoyed this books, and you’ve just made me more excited to get around to them now! 😀 ❤

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  6. I really, really need Wonder Woman and Warcross in my life RIGHT NOW and I can’t believe they come out within two weeks of each other?? Are Marie and Leigh trying to kill us with their books??? I can’t deal with that.

    I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed all of these books! Let’s hope the rest of your ARCs are as good!

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    • CLEARLY THEY ARE! Have you seen September book releases??? I swear to God, every Tuesday, at least 5+ amazing books are coming out. I think publishers are clearly playing us! 😂

      I hope so, too! I have a stack of October ARCs, but I’ve been taking a break from reading to binge A LOT of TV lol.

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  7. Oooh great reviews! I am SO excited for Warcross, too! I read 3/5 of these, so I shall comment on those 😉 They Both Die at the End… YEP. Agree, agree, agree. It was so incredibly well written, well done in general, and just like… such a good book because I feel like it could be applied to every human being ever?

    Genuine Fraud… I am glad you loved it. I… still don’t get it, tbh. I think maybe the author’s books and I just don’t connect? I get the appeal of it and everything, I think it might be me, not the book.

    As for Release, I wholeheartedly agree with you- and another friend of mine who read it said the same thing- the Adam parts were awesome, but the magical realism parts were kind of out of place? Or felt that way, anyway. I skimmed too haha. (Also, read more Patrick Ness! Even though I liked this one, it was actually my least favorite of his books- which is not to bash this book, just to say that his other books were THAT phenomenal!) Great reviews!

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    • It was done so well! I made me think so much about everything! I know that if this existed in real life and I got a call, I’d be the “stay in my house” type as well. 😝 Someone would have to force me out!

      I haven’t read We Were Liars yet (SO LATE), so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it as well! Thrillers are definitely my thing, and this one hit all the buttons! 😂

      Yeah, I loved reading about Adam’s day, and it totally had me on the edge of my seat since some parts ended in cliffhangers, and then I was slammed with three pages of “WTF?” 😂 Close to the beginning of the novel, I just stopped reading them and skimmed, and I don’t think it mattered! I know; I must! I have the entire Chaos Walking trilogy sitting on my shelf that I need to read! 🙈

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  8. AAAAAGGH LOOK AT ALL THESE HYPED ARCS YOU READ!!! 😂 I’m super glad you enjoyed Wonder Woman and Warcross — those are two of my most anticipated releases for the fall! I just finished More Happy Than Not today and AGH it was beautiful and heartbreaking, so I’m hoping I like TBDATE! (That’s a weird acronym. 😂) Oh and I could’ve met Silvera, Lockhart, and MARIE!!! LU!!! at a book festival but I’m leaving for Cali on that day. 😭 Great reviews!

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    • Ah, I’m so glad you loved More Happy Than Not! ❤ I met E. Lockhart and Marie Lu, they’re so sweet, so I hope you get the chance to meet them someday! I haven’t met Adam Silvera – I could’ve at Bookcon twice, but I chickened out. 😂 I’m hoping he’ll be at Yallfest this year! Thank you! ❤

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  9. OMGEEEEE Everyone is reading Wonder Woman and I’m just sitting here crying BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE IT and I’m on a buying ban for August so I have to wait.
    *cries*
    Also everyone is loving Warcross? What is this??? I want to read it but that cover just makes me cringe so badly.
    *cries some more because #priorities*

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  10. Warcross sounds so good, but I didn’t like Young Elites at all 🙈 Though maybe I was just unlucky with that one? I hate when the first book of a new (to me) author is a let down because then I’ll never know if it’s the author or just that particular book and it makes it so much harder to pick up another book ahhh
    All the others sound really good too! I’m especially excited about Wonder Woman 😀 Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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