Armada – Ernest Cline | Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Hi guys,

Having read and loved Cline’s Ready Player One, I am so glad to be a part of Armada’s paperback release tour! Enjoy the post and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a copy at the bottom, along with a copy of Ready Player One (which you should read, like right now).

Book | Armada

Genres | Science Fiction / Young Adult

Date of Publication | April 12th, 2016 (Paperback)

Cover |

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Blurb:

Since Ready Player One’s publication, Cline’s fans were anxiously awaiting his next endeavor—and he delivered another inventive, heartwarming, and completely nerdtastic adventure with ARMADA (Broadway Books; April 12, 2016), his second New York Times bestseller, which is now in paperback.
ARMADA opens as high-school student Zack Lightman glances out his classroom window and spots a UFO. At first he thinks he’s going crazy. A minute later he’s sure of it, because the ship he’s staring at is straight out of the video game he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting Earth from alien invaders.

Zack is sure he’s lost his mind. But what he’s seeing is all too real, and his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save Earth from what’s about to befall it. Yet even as he and his new comrades scramble to prepare for the alien onslaught, Zack can’t help thinking of all the science-fiction books, TV shows, and movies he grew up reading and watching, and wonder: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little too . . . familiar?

Called a “must-read summer blockbuster novel” by Mashable and a “a thrilling coming-of-agestory” byEntertainment Weekly, ARMADA is at once an adrenaline-fueled, surprising thriller, a classic teenage adventure, and an alien-invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with Cline’s trademark pop-culture savvy. The book is already being adapted into a film by Universal Studios, with the author himself writing the screenplay.

 Excerpt:

I didn’t remember unzipping my backpack, or taking out the tire iron, but I must have, because now I had the cold steel rod clenched in my hand, and I was raising it to strike.

All three of my opponents stood frozen for a moment, their eyes wide. The Lennys threw up their hands and started backing away. Knotcher’s eyes flicked over to them, and I saw him registering that his simian pals had bowed out of the fight. He started moving backward too.

I looked at the curb a few feet behind him, had a nasty thought, and followed through on it by lunging at Knotcher with the tire iron. He lurched backward and—just as I’d hoped—caught a heel on the concrete rise and landed flat on his back.

And then I was standing over him, looking down at the tire iron clutched in my hands.

Off to my left, someone screamed. My head snapped around and I saw that an audience had gathered— a handful of students on their way in to first period. Among them one girl, too young and deer-in-the-headlights to be anything but a freshman, slapped a hand over her mouth and flinched backward as I looked her way. As if she was terrified that I—Zack the school psycho—would choose her as my next target.

I glanced back at the Lennys, who were now standing among the students who had gathered to watch the fight. All of the onlookers seemed to be wearing the same expression of horrified anticipation, as if they believed they might be seconds away from witnessing their first homicide.

A wave of cold shame washed over me as the intensity of my rage faded away. I looked down at the tire iron clutched in my hands and let it clatter to the pavement. I heard a chorus of nervous laughter behind me, along with more than one relieved sigh.

I stepped away from Knotcher. He slowly got to his feet. We stared at each other for a moment, and he looked as if he was about to say something when his gaze shot upward, focused on something in the sky behind me.

When I turned around, I saw a strange-looking aircraft approaching from the east, moving at an incredible speed. The closer it got, the more familiar it looked. My brain still refused to accept what my eyes were seeing—until a few seconds later, when the craft braked to a dead stop and hovered directly over us, close enough for me to make out the Earth Defense Alliance crest stenciled on the side of its armored hull.

“No way,” I heard someone whisper. A second later, I realized it was me.

It was an ATS-31 Aerospace Troop Shuttle, one of the ships used by the Earth Defense Alliance in both Armada and Terra Firma. And it was about to land in front of my high school.

I definitely wasn’t hallucinating this time: Dozens of other people were staring up at the shuttle in amazement, too. And I could hear the rumble of the shuttle’s fusion engines and feel the heat from their exhaust buffeting my face. It was really up there.

As the shuttle began to descend, everyone in my vicinity scattered like roaches, heading for the safety of the school.

I just stood there like a statue, unable to look away. The ship was identical to the troop shuttles I’d piloted while playing Armada, right down to the EDA crest and identification bar code stamped on the underside of its hull.

The Earth Defense Alliance can’t be real, Zack, I assured myself. And neither can that shuttle you think you’re looking at right now. You are hallucinating again, only it’s much worse this time. This time, you’re having a full-on psychotic break.

Reprinted from Armada Copyright © 2015 by Dark All Day, Inc. Published by Broadway Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC.

Praise for Armada – 

“…a thrilling coming-of-age-story.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Ernest Cline’s follow-up to Ready Player One, proves he has the ability to blend popular culture with exciting stories that appeal to everyone…Cline’s voice for Zack makes the reader believe a high school senior with a love of video games and sci-fi television and films is narrating the story. And love of popular culture isn’t necessary to enjoy this amazing novel.” —Associated Press

The GIVEAWAY:

A signed copy of READY PLAYER ONE, a signed ARMADA poster  AND a copy of ARMADA in paperback! 

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

About The Author – 1035x1298-Ernie-Cline-Official-Author-Photo

ERNEST CLINE is a novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. His two novels, Armada and Ready Player One, were both New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, and Ready Player One is currently being adapted into a film by Warner Brothers and director Steven Spielberg. Ernest lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic videogames. You can find him online at www.ernestcline.com, on Twitter @erniecline, and on Facebook at Ernest Cline.

Carry On – Rainbow Rowell | 3.5 Stars

Book | Carry On

Genre(s)| Fantasy / Young Adult

Date of Publication| February 25th, 2016

My Rating| 3.5 Stars

Cover:

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Review:

Book(s) – Carry On

Feels– All the Bazimon Feels.

Tears – None

-I received a free e-ARC of this book from Netgalley but this did not affect the review in any way-

Carry On was Read Now when I downloaded it off Netgalley and I jumped on the opportunity to read this highly recommended (to me by others) and beloved book.

I went into it expecting a book similar to Harry Potter, with roots that had been laid in Fangirl and I got exactly that. Somewhere along the way I also found out that this was meant to be a spoof? of Harry Potter, and I think to some extent it does.

Carry On is the story of a boy mage (magician) who is the Chosen One. Here’s the summary off Goodreads:

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.

I quite enjoyed this book, even though it took me about 25% to actually get into it and read it with appropriate enthusiasm. Simon and Penny were my favourite characters, especially because of their actions and their morals. Agatha on the other hand (Simon’s girlfriend) bugged me from the start. But I think that’s how she was written, to be the thorn so we’d fall more in love with Bazimon like we all inevitably did.

This book was mediocre, to be honest. And I didn’t really feel it deserved all the hype it got – but then again that was because Rowell’s books have always been in the spotlight. Don’t get me wrong, I read the book and I liked it, but I don’t think it was great or anything even remotely close. The big twist everyone told me to look out for? I called it out fairly early – and now I wonder how they didn’t – it seems like the most obvious thing. And that particular character gave me the creeps early on.

Also, was it only me or was the book a bit too long? I think it was being unnecessarily being dragged out over five hundred pages and I was ready to have it end at maybe 250 or 300. Some things were just not needed and bored me to death. Not the Bazimon, that was important for my heart.

About things I liked about the book- Bazimon action! – Baz and Simon were the cutest couple! And I loved everything about them, from their enmity to them falling in love and oh my god, someone hold my shipper heart. I gave the book an extra half star because of Baz, he was the best thing about the novel for me. Snarky hero, with a heart of gold, how could anyone not love him? And I’m so happy the author didn’t choose the easy way and make Simon and Penny end up together –Harmony was never my ship and it’s never going to be, not if it’s romantic. They’re best friends, brother and sister and just that. They’re family.

The book is basically what Harry Potter would be if the pairing was Harry-Draco with some other twisted stuff. I’m all for Dramione when it makes sense like Bazimon, hallelujah!

Pick this up for a light read, with some lovely romance bits with queer characters and WOC and some quick and witty banter. My review is nothing but Bazimon shipping, and that’s all you can expect from a girl who thrives on fangirling.

Until next time,

Nia Carnelio.

 

 

 

Mini Book & Film Reviews – The Martian | Fight Club

Hi guys, I’m back from a mini-hiatus, I’ve been battling a writer’s block coupled with bouts of laziness and the realization that regular blogging is really hard work. I’m working on it, I swear. I’ve got a couple mini-reviews (book and film) for you today:

Book | The Martian

Genre(s)| Science Fiction / Humour

Date of Publication| February 11th, 2014

My Rating| 4 Stars

Cover:

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Review: [Edited from my immediate GR review.]

Well, this is quite a book. I mean, it’s pulling fiction to the ends but I still immensely enjoyed reading it. Mark Watney is an amusing protagonist and he mercifully takes the time to walk us through all the sciencey-spacey stuff he does. I mean, a good lot still flies over my head but I had fun reading it. It’s not the most action packed novel, but it has enough suspense and twists to keep you hooked. The book was kinda unputdownable like that. Is that even a word? Probably not. This book had me laughing out loud at several points and I really liked the plot as well, because there was always something happening to keep me interested. Took me a few to get into it, but then I blew through it.

This book was part of my buddy read with Christina back in January. And I sped past while she took her time. We both read the books on Salonie (a mutual good friend)’s recommendation and god, it was SO WORTH IT.

For like a lot of the book I wondered if we were going to be introduced to aliens or Martians or whatever, didn’t happen but can you blame me? I’m a Whovian through and through.

Film Review – The Martian

I watched the film a couple days later and here’s what I thought:

I really liked the adaptation. They did cut some chunks but I guess that’s to be expected when you want to compress an entire novel into a couple hours. And that happy ending at the end was cute, I mean I didn’t need it, but I know that’s standard Hollywood formula for a good film. All in all, from the shit-crop-growing to the touching-interspace-hugs, I loved the film.

3.5 Stars for the movie, even though Matt Damon made a good Watney, he just didn’t have that sense of gallows humour going for him (I think my imagination was better there.) And for some reason, I didn’t even realize that was Damon until I checked IMDB for the same.

My advice: Read the book, and then watch the film. It’s a good experience.

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Book | Fight Club

Genre(s)| Thriller / Classic / Mystery

Date of Publication| October 17th, 2005 [The edition I read.]

My Rating| 5 Stars

Cover:

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Review: [Edited from my immediate GR review.]

I read this as part of my Literature assignment (we had to pick two American Lit novels and analyse them) and as it happens, Christina also picked the same book for one of her books. This book is one of the few I’ve actually loved reading for my Lit course. And now, for my review after finishing the book:

OH MY GOD. THIS BOOK.

Until 60%, this was a strong 3.5 Stars, and then shit hit the fan with the plot twist I did not see coming at all. And then things happened, and now I want to re-read the book again. I’m downloading the film and I can’t wait to watch it this evening.

What a great book. I have so much to write about for my paper. This book. Everyone needs to read it once.

FIVE STRONG STARS AND A B FOR THE MASSIVE BOOK HANGOVER I’M GONNA BE FACING. FUCK.

“The first rule about Fight Club is that you don’t talk about Fight Club.”

Film Review: Fight Club

SPOILERS PAST THIS POINT:
The movie is pretty good, I like how they stuck to the major parts, although what was up with Brad Pitt dressing so flashily? Anyway, I went to check out some trivia and on the wiki page I found out that the narrator isn’t dead, but actually in a mental hospital. I’m quite the idiot to think it actually WAS heaven. I also had to go read up on why he was still standing when he’d shot himself in the head – only the cheek, as it turns out. Other than that, I think the casting for The Narrator and Marla was spot on. Jared Leto as Angelface was pretty cute too. I liked Bob as well, I relived his death. Sigh.

The book is better (as it often is) but yes, this is a movie one needs to watch.

“The second rule about fight club, is that you do not talk about fight club.” 

I immensely enjoyed reading and watching Fight Club, the twists really screwed with my head. I really liked analysing the book against the backdrop of the American Dream and oh my god, I learned so much. I am also wary of eating in restaurants now, so there’s that too.

Until next time,

Nia Carnelio.