Before I Go to Sleep
Right? I feel so celebratory right now with it. I mean, I only realized that HEY IT’S AN INTERCEPTOR when I got to my office and saw my copy of Armada. Anyway, enough of my babbling, today, I’m reviewing ARMADA!
Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.
But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.
And then he sees the flying saucer.
Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.
No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, 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 the earth from what’s about to befall it.
It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?
At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.
Today’s poem is a haiku made by my colleague at work. We‘re both into poems and I gave him a list of the books I own (if I can only organize other aspects of my life as well) and asked him to make a poem. Here it is!
The beloved and bestselling author of Inkheart brings imagination, adventure, and humor to a swashbuckling full-color chapter book!
Who needs a treasure map when you have a pirate pig with a nose for gold? Stout Sam and his deckhand, Pip, find a pig washed up in a barrel on the beach. They want to keep her as a pet, but they soon realize Julie is no ordinary pig. She can sniff out treasure! What happens if Barracuda Bill, the greediest and meanest pirate who ever sailed the seas, hears about Julie’s special talent?
Cornelia Funke’s charming and fun chapter books are available to an American audience for the very first time.
He wants to win. She wants to win him back.
Keyboardist Kyle Cross may look like a bad boy with his tattoos and piercings, but he’s really the good guy who’s always stuck fixing his band’s problems and never gets the girl. His band is competing in a college Battle of the Bands, but when their bassist doesn’t show, Kyle must track her down with the help of the person he least expects: his ex-girlfriend Alexis Monroe.
Kyle hasn’t seen Alexis since she dumped him in high school, and she’s dropped her preppy image for fiery red hair and a bold new attitude to match. With only hours before his band goes on stage, Kyle has to be a little bad if he wants to win both the Battle and the girl he’s never gotten over. But when their old problems resurface, the good guy might just get his heart broken all over again.
A stand-alone novella that launches the Chasing The Dream series!
*** New Adult romance suitable for 17+ due to mature content. ***
Thank you to Elizabeth Briggs and NetGalley for the review copy! Having received one did not affect my views of the novella.
OHMYGOD THIS NOVELLA. The only problem I have with it is I WANT MORE KYLE AND ALEXIS. Guys, Elizabeth Briggs just kills it! More Than Exes had the perfect balance of character development, swoon, and steam. And it’s JUST a novella. Liz just packed this with so much amazing that I can’t pinpoint a single thing that did not work or that I did not love.
This is a prequel novella but it can be read as a standalone. So for those who haven’t read the “awesome doesn’t even cover it” More Than Music, fear not! But for those who’ve already read More Than Music, you’re in for such a treat! I loved Kyle in MTM so I was so excited to get to know him better in More Than Exes. And I did and I loved him even more. Moreover, I wanted to know the story behind Kyle and Alexis as they spent most of More Than Music making out and not caring who sees. They’re so confident in their love and their relationship. Getting a look into how that came up to be was such a treat! Thank you, Liz, for giving it to us.
Kyle is your textbook badboy, tattooed, wears black all the time, and edgy. But here’s where Liz subverts the common, he’s not a bad boy. Sure, he looks like one but Kyle is so sweet and nice! He always plays mediator in his band Villain Complex and he keeps them in check. Before they went to college, his girlfriend Alexis broke up with him and went to Princeton. She was your quintessential good, rich girl who’s expected to go to an Ivy League, while Kyle didn’t want to leave Los Angeles for his brother and his band. He was devastated and never really moved on.
Then here comes Alexis at the Battle of the Bands his band joined, looking fierce and completely different from before. She’s now edgy and very punk rock. And she’s back in LA as she transferred to USC. Now, she wants to get back together.
You can see that Kyle and Alexis are perfect for each other but they just have to resolve some issues they had. And I was in glee the whole time they were resolving their conflict. Set in the backdrop of the Battle of the Bands, everything was also heightened. Kyle was dealing with so much pressure and problems with the band. Alexis broke Kyle’s heart and really wants to prove to him that she was absolutely wrong and that they can make it work.
Let’s talk about the steam! Elizabeth Briggs certainly knows how to make me feel hot! More Than Music did that and More Than Exes too! So sexy! I am still floored by how packed this novella feels like and how it completely satisfied me, while making me want more. Isn’t that an indication of a story well-told? I highly recommend More Than Exes for those new to the Chasing the Dream series and to fans especially!
Jack and his half-brother Parker have no time to mourn the loss of their father, Daniel Chipp. With an attack by the body-stealing Takers imminent, the pair must put aside their grief and track down the ingredients of Daniel’s formula—one that will rein in the power-hungry Takers—to keep their family and friends out of danger.Their only hope lies in a puzzle their father left behind, a riddle where each brother unknowingly possesses a piece of the solution. The puzzle sets them on a deadly path, spiraling between reality and the world of dreams where nothing and no one can be trusted entirely. And when Parker finds himself deep in the fray between the Takers and the other Night Walkers, it’s up to Jack to complete the formula and save his brother’s life.