WildcardAll bets are off. This time the gamble is survival.

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems—and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

Wildcard by Marie Lu is the second book in the Warcross duology. It was published by Penguin on September 20th 2018.

Trigger warnings; child experimentation, mentions of suicide.

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Valentine’s Day Write Tag

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone reading this post.

Can you believe I was tagged in this a whole year ago and I’m only just getting around to posting it now? (I ask like half the tags in my queue aren’t nearing a year old as well). Still this is a tag that can only be posted once a year, so at least I’m getting around to it now rather than waiting until Valentine’s Day 2020.

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I was tagged by Kat at Life and Other Disasters who also created this tag. I always love taking part in Kat’s Write tags, and this one was no exception, so thanks so much for tagging me Kat.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favourite Couples in Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature that was created by The Broke and the Bookish and hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Born from a love of lists and a love of books each week there’s a new topic for bloggers to list their ‘top ten’.

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Top Ten Favourite Couples in Books

When it comes to bookish OTPs I have a lot (honestly, who doesn’t?) and because I’ve taken part in Valentine’s themed Top Ten Tuesday posts for three years running now instead of focusing on my all-time favourite couples in books I’ve chosen my top ten from the books I read sometime in the past year. I tried to draw my focus away from re-reads, but there was one that ended up making the cut just because I couldn’t resist featuring this bookish couple.

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January Recap

January seemed to pass in a flash, and I can already tell the rest of this year will go by just as quickly, but I’m getting ahead of myself now. Overall January was a busy month work and life-wise, but I’m back reading and blogging again, even if I am taking it a little slower than I was last year.

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I got through nine books in total; four of which were re-reads, but luckily they still count towards my goal because I’m hoping to do a lot of re-reading this year. Asides from reading most of my January has been spent catching up on blogging and re-organising my life. New year, new start after all.

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The Playlist Shuffle Tag

I’ve taken part in the Playlist Shuffle Tag a couple of times before, but I love music almost as much as I love reading so I’m not complaining about being tagged again.  I was tagged by Meghan at Meghan’s Whimsical Explorations & Reviews. Thanks so much for the tag Meghan, I had a lot of fun with this one.

The Playlist Shuffle Tag


  • Put your music on shuffle and list the first 15 songs to play (no cheating!)
  • Tag 10 others to do it as well

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Title: Sadie

Author: Courtney Summers

Series: N/A

Publisher: MacMillan Audio

Release Date: September 4th 2018


Five Stars

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial-like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray – a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America – overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Recent Additions to my TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Most Recent Additions to my TBR List.

I recently did an overhaul of my Goodreads ‘to-read’ list and I got rid of all the books I was no longer interested in reading, but ended up adding even more (some of which I was surprised weren’t already on there, because I’ve been saying I want to read them for ages). The ten I picked for this week’s list aren’t necessarily the ten most recent books I added to my TBR list, but the ten most recent books I discovered and added (for me there is a difference).

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Title: Vengeful

Author: V.E. Schwab

Series: Villains, #2

Publisher: Titan Books

Release Date: September 25th 2018


Four Stars

Eli Ever and Victor Vale were only medical students when their mutual discovery that near-death experiences can, under the right conditions, manifest extraordinary abilities.

They were best friends, and rivals, and then enemies. They were dead, then alive, and then—Eli killed Victor, once and for all.

Or so he thought—but Sydney Clarke felt otherwise, and used her own superpower to tip the scales. Now, a trio hides in the shadows, while another takes advantages of post-death life to take over the city of Merit.

If there can be life after death—will there be calm after vengeance, or will chaos rule?

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.

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Discussion Time: Does Your Opinion on Books Change Over Time, and Does This Affect Your Reviews?

Nine times out of ten when I finish a book the first thing I do is head over to Goodreads so I can mark it as ‘read’ and add my rating. I don’t give myself a lot of time to think about it, I normally go with whatever my instinct is telling me to rate it. I’m not sure if that what’s most people do, but over the nearly three years I’ve been blogging I’ve noticed sometimes my opinion has changed.

There have been books where, the more I think about them after I’ve finished, the more I’ve realised they weren’t as good as I remember them being. Once the high of finishing a book has gone I started remembering some of the little things I didn’t really enjoy that much, the plot holes which, while reading I may have been able to brush past, but looking back I’ve realised bugged me more than I thought.

Does Your Opinion on Books Change Over Time

Does Your Opinion on Books Change Over Time, and Does This Affect Your Reviews?

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