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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Title - Ready Player One
Author - Ernest Cline
Published - April '12
Publisher - Arrow 
Pages - 384
Price on Amazon - Paperback - £4.00 Kindle - £4.99
ISBN - 0099560437

Its the year 2045 and the world is an ugly place, the only escape for people is inside a virtual utopia known as the oasis. Wade Watts has devoted his life his life to finding the hidden easter egg inside the oasis, with everyone out to find the egg and some willing to go as far as to kill for it. Can Wade survive long enough to win?

We chose to read this book for my book club read because the film is due to come out this month and we thought it would make a good read and then a field trip to the cinema to watch the film and then compare the two. 

I really enjoyed this book. Being a big techy myself  I found the idea of being able to hide inside a virtual reality a fascinating concept. There have been many times where I have taken to hiding inside a virtual world. 

This book has a great plot, at a steady pace keeping you gripped throughout. The characters develop well throughout the story. There are good guys and bad guys in the story giving you someone to root for and someone to hate, drawing you into the story even more. 

A really fun and interesting story. 


Rating -  Four out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
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Interview with Jamie Foley

Interview with Jamie Foley
Author of Sage
1. What got you into writing?

I've always had stories and characters and worlds bouncing around in my head. I won the 'Storyteller' award in second grade. Although I'm not sure if that was for creativity or creative lying.

2. Who is your biggest inspiration?

My co-author, Angela Castillo. She has 4 kids, is an amazingly successful indie author, and brings me enchiladas every time I get sick. I have no idea how she does it.




3. Who was your favourite author as a child?

Frank Peretti probably takes the cake. But I also loved Ted Dekker, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Jedi Apprentice series by Dave Wolverton and Jude Watson.




4. If you couldn't be a writer what job would you do?

Well, I was just able to quit my job a few months ago to begin full-time writing. If I couldn't write anymore, I would probably go back to helping other authors indie publish, and helping with their marketing, websites, and email newsletters. I also enjoy designing my own book covers (like Vanguard), so I would probably take a shot at offering that to others as well. :)




5. Do you believe in writers block?
Oh yes, writer's block is very real. But that's no excuse to not write, if that's what one does professionally.
For me it's just running out of creative juice. When I hit that wall, I need to either work on a different writing project for a day or switch into to-do list mode, or mom/wife/homemaker mode. If I can get enough mental rest, my batteries will recharge and I can get right back in the saddle.




6. How did you get into writing and first get published?
I have a complicated relationship with writing and publishers. I wasn't exactly an ace in English class, so I never believed I could become a writer. I ended up working for a publisher on the marketing side of things.

It sounds odd, but a few years ago I suddenly felt called to quit my job and start writing. Well, actually, it felt more like God told me to, and when I told him he was crazy, he beat me over the head until I obeyed. Boy, I'm glad I finally did!

Since I'd worked for one of the Big 5 publishers, I knew that things were turning south for the industry as a whole with the rise of ebooks (Thomas Nelson was acquired by HarperCollins during my time there). Many bestselling authors were indie publishing on the side. The 'hybrid' author became a thing.

So, as a new mother who wasn't interested in stressful deadlines, I decided that I had the professional training (and industry connections with awesome cover designers and editors) to indie publish my own books. It's hard work, but I thoroughly enjoy it, and the rewards are plentiful!




7. If you could be an animal what would you be?



A mountain lion. Rawr.

A huge Thank You to Jamie Foley for inviting Lu's Reviews on her book blog tour. Also A big thank you for taking the time to answer questions in an interview.








Sage by Jamie Foley


Sage by Jamie Foley

Title - Sage
Author - Jamie Foley 
Published - March '18
Publisher - Fayette Press
Pages - 386
ASIN - B0789PX7BQ

Sage is the third book in The Sentinal Trilogy by author Jamie Foley. 
Tera is charged with leading the army, with the ability to see into the future being a high advantage, Tera didn't foresee being thrown into the physical realm though. With a city at war, Aleah soon learns she's not a free as she thought she was. Who can survive this war?

I was invited to join Jamie Foleys book blog tour. I found this book a bit confusing to start with, this could be due to the fact I had not read the first two books in the series yet. 

I found the book to be a bit of a slow starter but once it got going I found myself drawn in. I enjoyed watching the characters grow throughout the book. This book takes you on a whirlwind of emotions, it will have you laughing and crying. A fantastic emotional journey. 

Another thing I enjoyed about Foley's work is how clean it was, books these days are full of foul language and violence. This book was void off all that. Violence is not entertainment in my opinion and Foley has been able to entertain without the overuse of excessive violence and bad language. Which in itself is a refreshing change.

Thank You to the author for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank You for having me on your book blog tour. 

Rating - Four out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
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Goodreads,
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Guardian Angel by Mark Edwards

Guardian Angel by Mark Edwards 

Title - Guardian Angel 
Author - Mark Edwards
Price - Free on https://www.markedwardsauthor.com/

Laura is your average women, each day she catches the train to work, whilst on the train, she reads the missed connections section on the newspaper, she finds it fun and interesting that is until one of the missed connection posts is aimed at her. Does she have a stalker? Is she in danger?

This is another one of Edwards short stories and yet again I found myself wishing it was a full novel. It kept me completely hooked and I couldn't put it down. Edwards is an amazing author and has very quickly become one of my favourite authors. I cannot wait to read more of his books. 


Rating - Five out of Five Star
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
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Sage Book Blog Tour

 

About the Book

Ancient elementals awaken, fracturing a dying world to its core. Teravyn Aetherswift returns to the land of the living, but everything seems unfamiliar… including her little brother. Zekk offers help, but can an alluring Lynx be trusted? Sorvashti finally has everything she ever wanted, so the last thing she wants to do is run after traitors. But she won’t leave Jet’s side—unless the horrifying truth about his mother tears them apart. Darien is sick of being used and lied to. But if he stands up for what’s right, he’ll pay the price with his life… or the lives of those he loves.

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About the Author

Jamie Foley loves strategy games, home-grown berries, and Texas winters. She’s terrified of plot holes and red wasps. Her husband is her manly cowboy astronaut muse. They live between Austin, TX and their family cattle ranch, where their hyperactive spawnling and wolfpack can run free.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Saturday, March 10th Monday, March 12th Tuesday, March 13th Wednesday, March 14th Thursday, March 15th Friday, March 16th Saturday, March 17th Monday, March 19th Tuesday, March 20th Thursday, March 22nd Friday, March 23rd Sunday, March 25th

Sage Blog Tour Schedule

Blog Tour Schedule

Saturday, March 10th
-    Blog Tour Kickoff – Unicorn Quester
Monday, March 12th  
-    Interview – Siren & Solider Book Reviews
Tuesday, March 13th
-    Book Review – The Left-Handed Typist
Wednesday, March 14th
-    Book Spotlight – Backing Books
Thursday, March 15th
-    Interview & Review – Lu’s Reviews
Friday, March 16th
-    Book Spotlight – Laura VanArendonk Baugh
Saturday, March 17th
-    Book Review – Lands Uncharted
Monday, March 19th
-    Interview – Musings of an Elf
Tuesday, March 20th
-    Book Review – The Page Dreamer
-    Book Spotlight – Gillian Bronte Adams
Wednesday, March 21st
-    Book Spotlight – A Little Southern Grace
Thursday, March 22nd
-    Interview – Unicorn Quester
Friday, March 23rd
-    Book Spotlight/Book Review – Liv F. Fisher
Saturday, March 24th

-    Blog Tour Wrap-Up – Unicorn Quester


Consenting Adults by Mark Edwards

Consenting Adults by Mark Edwards

Title - Consenting Adults 
Author - Mark Edwards
Price - Free on https://www.markedwardsauthor.com/

Edward Rooney is a struggling private investigator with little money coming in, he's in need of new clients preferably rich ones but be careful what you wish for. Rooney is hired to find a missing girl and soon uncovers a terrible secret. 

This is one of Edwards short stories and my days do I wish it was a full novel. I love everything I have read by this author and this short story is no different. Beautifully written, suspenseful and completely attention-grabbing. 

Rating - Five out of Five Stars
Would I Read Again? - Yes
Would I Recommend? - Yes
Would I read other books by the same author? - Yes

Reviews for this book can be found on:
Amazon under Lu's Reviews
Goodreads,
Net Galley (If a NetGalley Book)
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www.lusreviewsblog.wordpress.com
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