Sunday, 29 October 2017

Otherworld, by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller || Why I Loved It and You Will Too

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.

Why is it always so hard to articulate how much you loved something? The more I like something, the less comprehensive my reviews are so today I'm going to just go back to the basics and write a list of reasons I loved Otherworld. (And hope that you just take my word for it because this book is amazing).

1. The Otherworld

Otherworld is the name of a virtual reality "game" that Simon enters during the book. He sticks on a visor thing and gloves and boots and then suddenly he feels like he's in the middle of a game. At first I imagined it as getting dropped in the middle of nowhere but it turns out you get to create your avatar and then everyone starts in a city and can do whatever they want there. Explore the other realms, fight the creatures that live in the Otherworld or take part in the underground orgy.... I wish I was joking.

I was fascinated by Otherworld. An alternate reality in a game that's so real... It raised some interesting thoughts. A world where you can do anything you're too afraid to do in the real world? It sounds insanely cool, but obviously it comes with a lot of problems. People become addicted to the "fake" world and in this particular case, Otherworld came with all sorts of bugs (literally) including the AI in the game being a little too good and self aware.

2. Simon

CBS shocked vr surprised virtual reality GIF
Simon was the most fascinating protagonist. He was flawed and he was slightly crazy and messed up, but he was loyal and funny. He was human. It's been a while since I've read a book with a character that has so many layers like Simon did. I may be slightly obsessed with him.

3. It was a journey

 an unexpected journey GIF
Otherworld was full of twists and turns and ups and downs. I could not stop reading. It was fast paced  and I almost felt like I was there with Simon and his friends. That's how you know it's really good book, when you feel like you're right there experiencing the action with the rest of the characters and you can't turn the pages fast enough.

4. There were some truly evil characters

In Otherworld you could do whatever you wanted to do and be whoever you wanted to be with pretty much no consequences which brought out some pretty evil characters. Is that what would happen to people if there were no consequences? Would it really bring out the filth in humanity like that? I don't know, I hope not, but probably. Anyway, my point is that evil characters are sometimes the most interesting characters.

5. I read it in one day

This book hooked me.... I felt almost like the players of Otherworld... I read this book in a day and didn't do much else during that time. Luckily I was able to get up during that time to eat and do other things so I didn't wake up in a pile of my pee (and poo) like Simon often did.

But seriously, just take my word for it! Buy this book ASAP! It comes out on the 31st of October and you need to read it!! The only problem I have is how long I'm going to have to wait for the next book... I hate waiting.

Final Thoughts

Have you read Otherworld? Do you plan on it? What do you think of virtual reality games like this... Do you think it's a good idea or..? Let me know! (Also, how cool would this be as a movie?!)


Monday, 16 October 2017

I Am Drowning in my TBR Pile

A huge part of being a book blogger is struggling with the mountain that is your TBR (to be read) pile. Sooo what better way to celebrate that than to complete this tag. Thank you to Rose over at Tea With Roses Tomes for tagging me in this. You can check out her post here.

How do you keep track of you TBR pile?

I don't?

Kidding. (kind of)

I used to exclusively use Goodreads to track my TBR, but recently I haven't actually updated it that much and my TBR is now mainly in my head... So before I write this post I'm just going to head off to Goodreads and add my mind TBR to my Goodreads TBR to make this post a little more accurate (and also because my TBR pile is not out of control enough so I don't feel like a proper book blogger).

There we go, I got slightly carried away and now I feel the stress of my TBR pile... That's better.

Is your TBR mostly print or eBook?

I mainly use the library to read the books on my TBR so print I guess?

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

ARCs are usually a top priority (at least they should be), but at the moment I don't really have a system for how I choose what to read next and that's proving slightly problematic as I'm now currently reading six books... SOMEONE HELP!

13497818 A book that's been on your TBR longest?

The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling. That reminds me, I still need to read that! Somebody please tell me what they though... I'm afraid I won't like it.

A book that you recently added to your TBR?

I just added Invictus by Ryan Graudin because I saw it on NetGalley and remembered how much I loved The Walled City so I'm sure this will be just as good.

23308087 A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

I judge books by their covers so probably all of them? But especially Flame in the Mist, by Renee Ahdieh. It's so pretty!!! So so pretty.... It's the sort of book that I'd buy and then get a copy from the library to read so that I wouldn't ruin my copy.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading?

There are many series in my TBR list that I never plan on finishing (and I feel guilty about that, I hate leaving series unfinished).

An unpublished book on your TBR that you're excited for.

Um, Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas! Actually that whole DC Icons series! So exciting....

29749085A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you?

Speaking of the DC Icons series, I still haven't read Wonder Woman: War Bringer by Leigh Bardugo and I feel like everyone around me has read and loved it so I need to get onto that.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

I don't know! I've been off the blogging grid for a while so I haven't talked books in a long time.. So tell me, what book does everyone recommend to YOU and then I can add that to my TBR and pretend it was the answer for this question.

18798983 A book on your TBR that you're just dying to read.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. Anything by Renee Ahdieh. I just desperately want to read one of her books. I've heard so many fabulous things and I still haven't read The Wrath and the Dawn... What is wrong with me??????

The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf.

I fake organisation with my TBR by splitting it up into multiple lists...

General books TBR: 34
New series TBR: 27 (that's only including the first book in any series)
Novellas TBR: 5
Unreleased TBR: 4

Total: 70

Is it bad that I'm slightly ashamed by how low this number is... I want an out of control TBR list otherwise I don't feel like a proper bookish blogger. That's what book bloggers have, right? TBR piles that drown them.

Who do I tag?

How many books are on your TBR list? What should I add to mine ASAP so I can finally feel like a proper book blogger who's being crushed by her TBR pile.


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Why Am I Currently Reading Six Books?

My life is slightly very disorganised at the moment. And that is pretty well reflected by the amount of books I'm currently reading.... According to Goodreads that number is six. Whoops! I didn't realise it was that high, but I guess during my grand reading slump of 2016/2017 I picked up and started a bunch of books without actually bothering to finish them. I'm slowly starting to pull some order back into my life so I had better assess the damage and start to fix the problem of the excessive amount of books on my currently reading list.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling

Started on the 31st of October, 2015 

Wow, that's almost two years ago. I have actually read the Harry Potter series before (multiple times) and this is a reread I've been doing of all the books. Progress is slow and it's taken me a lot longer than I thought it would, but my excuse is that because I've already read the series so many times I just go back to it and read a couple of chapters when I feel like an old favourite.

Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams, by Sylvia Plath

Started on the 11th of November, 2015 

This is a collection of short stories and poetry written by Sylvia Plath and if you know Sylvia Plath you'll know that her work isn't always light reading and that's my excuse for still not having finished this. I honestly thought I had finished it and maybe I have and just forgot to update Goodreads, but I'll have to double check because according to GR I still have a third of it left to read.

Lips Touch: Three Times, by Laini Taylor

Started on the 22nd of February, 2016

Laini Taylor is one of my favourite authors so of course I had to read her collection of short stories! Unfortunately I only got through one of the three stories before I had to return the book to the library and I still haven't bothered to get it out again. Maybe I should just buy it since it's such a pretty book... somebody please talk me into buying it

Empire of Storms, by Sarah J. Maas

Started on the 15th of September, 2016

I know, I know... How is this even possible? I bought this on the day it came out... I went to two different book stores because the first one didn't have it... So why is it sitting on my shelf with less than two chapters read?! I DON'T KNOW! Welcome to the horror and the terror of reading slumps. I LOVE Sarah J. Maas and I love this series so I need to get my ass into gear and actually get reading (instead of just talking about reading).

To All the Boys I've Loved Before, by Jenny Han

Started on the 26th of August, 2017

I'm listening to this as an audiobook so progress is slow, but I am making steady progress. I'm about halfway through and now that I'm spending more time on public transport I should be finished within a week. Sidenote: I love audiobooks, it feels kind of like I'm cheating, but it's been so helpful for getting out of this slump.

Otherworld, by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

Started on the 10th of October, 2017

I just got approved for Otherworld on NetGalley (why am I requesting ARCs when I have five other unfinished books? I don't know). So now I have to read it. I'm pretty confident that it won't take me two years so you can expect a review for that within the next few weeks. Hopefully

How many books are you currently reading? Please tell me I'm not the only one with a problem... Also which books should I read ASAP and are there any that I should just ditch and at to the DNF pile? Let me know!


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Nerve, by Jeanne Ryan || When the Movie is Better than the Book


Vee doesn't know if she has the guts to play NERVE, an anonymous online game of dares. But whoever's behind the game knows exactly what she wants, enticing her with lustworthy prizes and a sizzling-hot partner. With Ian on her team, it's easy to agree to another dare. And another. And another. At first it's thrilling as the Watchers cheer them on to more dangerous challenges. But suddenly the game turns deadly. Will Vee and Ian risk their lives for the Grand Prize dare, or will they lose NERVE?

A game where players are paid to complete increasingly dangerous dares by a mysterious organisation. Sounds good, right? Wrong! I had high hopes for Nerve, but it really fell short for me.

What went wrong?

Where to start?

Nerve was slightly(ish) interesting(ish) at the start, but from there it just went downhill. I wanted to like this book. I wanted to love this book, but no... I didn't.

The main character Vee (Venus) was seriously annoying. She was the typical shy girl to begin with (cool, that's fine) and then she became an "I'm not like the other girls" kind of girl to prove that she wasn't a typical shy girl (hm.....) and then I don't even know what happened. She liked one boy (theatre geek/arsehole whose name I have already forgotten) and was clueless about another boy that liked her (fellow backstage crew member Tommy) and then met a third boy (Insta-love-Ian). SPOILER ALERT (highlight to reveal) I thought he was going to be the one to turn around and stab her in the back (which would have been more interesting and more realistic than Tommy), but alas, I was wrong. It was a mess and it all felt very forced.

Things just didn't add up. Maybe I've lost the ability to understand subtleties in books during my loooong reading slump, but was Vee using sign language with her best friend.... Did I miss something? How do they know sign language? Or when it said "I signed to her" was it one of those "she's my best friend and we've known each other forever so we can communicate without talking" moments. I found that very confusing and I kept getting really caught up on it. It is likely that I just completely misunderstood something though so if somebody could clear that up... Thanks :)

And how did the secret mysterious organisation actually make this work. How did they get hold of so much personal information like medical files? How did they remain secret? Why did Vee get through to the next round with such a boring dare (pouring coffee over her head)? Why did I read this? So many questions.

One last thing that drove me crazy was that throughout the book, Vee's parents are super strict for some weird unexplained reason and she's constantly grounded and has early curfews. But it turns out that the reason for all this is... SPOILER ALERT (highlight to reveal) that Vee was sitting in her car in the garage with the car running and accidentally almost killed herself and her parents think that she did it on purpose so obviously they ground her and never let her out of the house again. Yeah, everything about that makes sense. Not.

What went right?

This book created the basis for a pretty okay movie that has Dave Franco in it.

That's it.

Just watch the movie.

If you've read Nerve, what did you think? I know that some people have loved it. Has a book ever fallen seriously short for you and then the movie turned out okay?