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review 2018-01-22 02:05
The Hating Game: A Novel - Sally Thorne

I kept hearing great things about this story so I decided to give it a try.  Boy am I glad I did.  This author has a great career ahead of her if this book is any indication!

Lucy Hutton is the executive assistant of Helene Pascal, who is now the co-CEO of Bexley & Gamin after the two companies merged.

Joshua Templeman is the executive assistant to Richard Bexley, and a general pain in the butt to Lucy.

The two of them hate each other and find different ways to piss the other off by playing games.  But other times, it's as if they want to like each other, but won't.  These games were pretty funny and laugh out loud at times!

When a newly created position of COO is up for grabs, Lucy and Joshua both apply and the competition is on!  Suddenly, Lucy is seeing Joshua in a new light and things take a very interesting twist.

I really loved both of these characters and diving into what drives them.  I just adored the path they took to get to their happy ending....it was just perfect!  I really loved this book and can't wait to read more by this author.

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review 2018-01-15 05:21
Low Point
Steed and Mrs. Peel: The Golden Game - Ian Gibson,Anne Caulfield,Grant Morrison

Wasn't a fan of the art in this volume. It made some of the panels hard to follow, and the bad guys seemed comically cartoonish. 

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text 2018-01-10 06:31
Sword Art Online, Come and Start a World of Battle

However, it is yet to be explained how specifically it will work on the latest entry or if changes will be implemented in the first place seeing that there are a lot of new elements added to the upcoming game. InstantFuns site has released a new set of Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet screenshots revealing a new Kirito Mode, Asuna's Clothes Quests, and more for the upcoming third-person shooter action RPG.

So fans worried whether or not the new arc would end after its first cour, much as the other seasons of the series had done, should feel better off with the upcoming season as there seems to be a ton of cohesive story to draw from. Threats come from all angles as players manage their time damaging boss character while also denying the other team from scoring points.

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The trends in this list skew toward a few things. The post-credits scene got fans buzzing, and it looks like the fans' reactions were enough to convince A-1 Pictures to move forward with more anime. It is set in a fantasy world full of magic, and Natsu Dragneel is a fire breathing wizard with the powers of a dragon, and is in search of his missing foster father, the dragon Igneel.
Sword Art Online H5: Fatal Bullet will be released on Feb. Since then, the franchise has branched out to comic titles, telling its dinosaur-involved survival horror story in several incarnations since. Reki Kawahara's re-imagining of the series has been slow going as of late, but readers will get some more soon enough. Her older sister, Zeliskam, is an even more seasoned player than Kureha herself. But which anime girl is actually the best?
An anime has to be announced a season or two in advance, Gsimenas claimed. Recently, Japanese audiences gathered to poll their favorite anime films of the last year, and Sword Art Online went over very well with everyone. The trailer features the game's theme song, Thrill, Risk, Heartless, which is sung by LiSA.
Are you excited to this next installment of Sword Art Online? It was later adapted into an anime by A-1 Pictures, Dentsu Inc. The series follows a boy named Kirito after he and thousands of gamers get trapped in a virtual reality video game known as Sword Art Online. This can be done by collecting costume recipes as rewards and handing over the necessary materials to Asuna.

View more details at http://sao.instantfuns.com

 

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review 2018-01-06 14:07
Interesting Idea that Fell Apart
The Lying Game: A Novel - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

So Ruth Ware keeps doing this. She has an interesting idea that she can't quite get off the ground floor when it comes for the full book. "The Lying Game" is about a group of four friends who used to play a game that involved lying with rules. 

 

Rule 1: Tell a Lie

Rule 2: Stick To Your Story

Rule 3: Don't Get Caught

Rule 4: Never Like to Each Other

Rule 5: Know When to Stop Lying

 

Ware divides up the book with parts around these rules. Too bad that's pretty much the only interesting thing about the book. I thought we would get a book showing a group of teens and how they played this game. You don't get to see that. It's referred to and you hear about how the girls were considered outsiders by the boarding school girls they loved with. And honestly who would blame people. They keto to themselves and told huge lies about people. If Ware was trying for sympathy it didn't work. 

 

Told in the first person, we follow Isa Wilde who befriends two girls on the train heading to a place called Salten. Meeting Kate and Thea she ends up telling a lie soon after she meets them so they allow her to join their weird twosome. Isa's new roommate Fatima is included too cause she backs up Isa's lie.

 

Ware does not do a good job of developing Isa or anyone else. Isa comes across as mean and just not very bright. She starts taking things out on her partner Owen and man if Ware was going for readers to sympathize with Isa it didn't work. 

 

It also doesn't seem believable that a group of women who have been spoken in a decade or longer would come running when one of them texts. Ware should have shown more of them as teens hanging out and being close to each other. Instead we don't get much dialogue between them as teens. Just Isa describing events and feelings. She gets into her crush on Isa's brother Luc and it didn't even seem believable. It felt like they barely spoke in this book. 

 

Isa as an adult also doesn't seem smart. She has a baby (6 month old Freya) who she is overly fixated on. Hope you enjoy reading about her breast feeding every two seconds. Freta didn't do much but scream the whole book. But Isa later on keeps taking her daughter with her to stay in house that's sinking, leaves her with a babysitter she doesn't know, takes her back to a house that's sinking, etc. But she treats her partner Owen like an interloper when he finally starts calling her on lying to him.

 

There is a long winding road before you even figure out what event led to this group of teens to be separated. What did they like about which haunts them still. The reveal to that was a letdown and oh so stupid. I am going to chalk it up to teen logic, but now I feel bad, cause most teens would not be this stupid. 

 

The writing was repetitive and not great. The town the girls were at for a year which is dealing with a downturn that may push the long time residents out was the only piece I found myself caring about. 

 

The only reason why I gave this two stars is that the idea behind "The Lying Game" sounded cool, it's just Ware couldn't pull it off. When we get reveal after reveal nothing really had a chance to sink in yet. And the ending with Isa and her nonsense didn't make it any better. 

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text 2018-01-06 00:51
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
The Lying Game: A Novel - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware

So far it's not setting my socks on fire or anything. Perfectly okay, just boring.

 

The game of lies between old friends when they were teens sounds lame as anything. I'm not moved by any of the characters so far, everyone just seems flat. Probably because Ware has the book going back and forth between the main characters memoires and present. 

 

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