Eve 2.0 The Ultimate Gaming Experience ARC Review

Eve 2.0 The Ultimate Gaming Experience by Winter Lawrence is a LitRPG novel about a girl named Gwen and her friends getting stuck in a new VR game. Gwen’s online boyfriend Pete sent her the game, saying that it was his father’s new project. Gwen was planning to meet up with her boyfriend for the first time inside the game, but Gwen’s ex’s little brother Ben takes the package so he can try out the game for himself. Pete was supposed to be meeting up with Gwen in the game and he also goes into a coma. Now, it is up to Gwen and her ex Ryan to try to go into the game to get Pete and Ben out of the game and the coma.

I loved how this book had little bits of “gamer knowledge” thrown in throughout. Pete and Gwen play video games together quite often and so they know what they should do when they are in a sticky situation inside of the Eve games. Ben is young so he is always overly optimistic about everything, but he still knows quite a bit about games. Ryan doesn’t play games at all, so he knows absolutely nothing about what they should or should not be doing while inside the different games. Gwen has to explain everything to him, from items that will most likely lead to unnecessary side quests to how to fight monsters. Even though this game is an entirely different experience than anything else that they have played, Gwen and Pete still generally know what to do to lead their small team to victory.

At home, Pete’s father finds out that his son took this new game from him and that it has been placing its users into comas. Even though Pete’s father just wants to focus on making sure that his son is safe, his son didn’t really know what kind of game that he stole. The government has to be involved, and Gwen and her friends might be in for a rude awakening if they ever escape from Eve. This was another cool arc in my opinion, as you got to see the characters have some real repercussions for what they do. It isn’t resolved by the end of the book, but I hope it will be in the next installment of the series!

The only thing I didn’t like was the love triangle. If you have read my previous reviews of books with love triangles, you will know that they are one of my biggest pet peeves. It was annoying to see the banter between Pete and Ryan constantly in this book, but I hope that it will die down in the sequel. Hopefully Gwen will finally make up her mind!

Overall, this was a great YA LitRPG! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new unique YA adventure to enjoy. I will definitely be letting you guys know when this one is published!

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

Webtoon Wednesday: No Scope First Impression / Review

I’ve read the first three episodes of the No Scope Webtoon. I’m not exactly sure what to make of it, but I am definitely interested in dedicating my time to read a few more episodes!

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The story is about a Korean kid named Suho who is amazing at this FPS game called No Scope. He sneaks away in the middle of school to play it in the computer lab, and meets this other mysterious Korean kid doing the same thing. This kid is a far lower level than he is, so Suho believes that he will easily beat the new kids in a few rounds. When he loses 0 to 10, he knows that there is something special about this kid named Doyoon. The more he learns about him, the more he wonders how Doyoon got to be so good at the game!  He doesn’t have a gaming computer, he was playing on laggy American servers and still managed to beat everyone, and he barely knows anything about the game. But Suho still trusts him and decides to enter the both of them into a gaming competition.

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Again, I’m not sure what to feel about this webtoon. I don’t even know if they are going to go with the route that Doyoon is somehow a natural gaming genius or he’s just a massive cheater. Will he even succeed in this gaming competition, who knows? I just have to wait until the next episode to find out.

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The one thing that I know I dislike in this Webtoon is the character Juri. She somehow has a big crush on Suho and will do anything to hang out with him, but he keeps blowing her off for Doyoon. She is literally the most popular girl in the school but she is remaining hung up on Suho, it doesn’t quite make sense to me. Many webtoons have this “annoying unwanted girlfriend” trope, and after reading quite a few of them, the trope gets kind of old. I hope that Juri finds someone who really likes her and stops nearly stalking Suho to hang out with him!

Overall, this webtoon seems interesting, but I am not sure if it is my favorite yet. I would still recommend it to anyone looking for a new Lit-RPG type of Webtoon to read.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 paintbrushes

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Protecting His Priest ARC Review

Protecting His Priest (Looking For Group #2)Narissa is a physician, considered a major pioneer of cybernetics. She lives to help people, allowing her love of gaming to help her unwind after a long day.
Outside of work, she keeps herself busy with her favorite addiction–a popular massive multiplayer online role-play game her friend and client Ajax immersed her in. After a disastrous marriage that almost destroyed her, she’s good with keeping her life simple. Work–play–no need for love. But the more time she spends with Ajax, the more she wonders if she should give romance a second chance.
Only one problem–the past has a habit of rearing its ugly head.

Ajax’s life revolves around gaming, and his passion paved the way to the revolution of virtual reality gameplay. With his looks and money, he could have any woman he wants, but he’s got a new addiction. Narissa is sexy, intelligent, and so not interested in a relationship. When he finds out the truth behind her divorce, rage and a primal need to protect her takes over, and he vows no one will hurt Narissa again.
But will his resolution be enough?

I almost forgot how much I had loved the first book of this series, but this book definitely reminded me!

Ajax and Narissa have had chemistry, something both of their mothers had seen, but Narissa wasn’t sure if she was ready for another relationship. Her ex-husband Nolan had hurt her so badly that she wasn’t sure if she could trust anyone ever again. Ajax is determined to make her trust them, but he doesn’t know if she will open up. When her ex-husband is about to get released from prison, he decides to take her on a trip to get her mind off things, and hopes to get closer to her in the process. Narissa hopes that she will be able to open herself up to Ajax and finally be able to rely on someone again after all these years.

One of my favorite parts of this book was that even though Ajax did the typical “I can pick you up with one hand” type of flirting, it made sense because he had the cybernetic arm. He WAS able to pick her up without straining himself! It ended up being really cute. But he wasn’t invincible in every way because once his arm was damaged it was up to Narissa to fix it.

Narissa is definitely my current favorite female character of this story. She has the most unique backstory in my opinion, and she is an absolute genius. Without her, the cybernetics world would not be near where it is, and Ajax wouldn’t have the quality of life he now has with her technology. She needs him, but he needs her just as much. She basically help him save his own life.

There was a lot of character development, especially on Narissa’s part as she had to get over her ex-husband. She might be 30 years old and 8 years out of the relationship, but he still has control of her mind. Ajax also has to open up to Narissa about his past after his accident, which is painful for him too. This makes for an engaging plot that moves smoothly from the office to the trip and then back into normal life.

Even though this was an advanced copy of the novel, I did not notice any grammar errors. Nothing took away from my experience reading this book.

The only thing that I have to say I disliked was the typical “argument” that each couple in a romance novel has before they decide that they were made for each other. I thought that it was rather weak and could have been settled without the lengths that the two went to in order to cause drama.

I would recommend this book to lovers of both LitRPG and romance novels.

I received an advance copy of this novel and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Fortress of Shadows ARC Review

Fortress of Shadows (Stonehaven League, #2)Devon has been spending a lot of time in Relic Online, and she found a way to limit in-game pain so that she doesn’t have to be as careful as before. She has created a home with her little jungle village, and the villagers basically work for her. She hadn’t ever seen any other players, but then she saw some of her friends from a previous game she had been invested in. Hailey is the girl who streamed their last battle of the game even though she promised not to, and Chen was one of the youngest members of the group who was still restricted by homework and school times.

At first, Devon is worried about inviting them to her spot. She doesn’t want other players finding out. Then, they realize that they will need each other to complete some quests. They get even closer when strange things start happening, such as the village’s food supply being restricted and demons attacking. This game definitely hasn’t had all the kinks worked out yet, and more errors are to come.

I have loved this series so far! Even though this book was a little slower than the first, it still moved along at an engaging pace most of the time.

My favorite part of this book was definitely seeing Devon’s old friends being involved in the story. Both of them have their own unique backstories, and one really surprised me. I wanted Devon to finally have real people to spend time with and not just have to spend her time in this world with the NPCs in her village. I also thought that it was important to see how the other characters started the game, and

I think that while the characters were trying to figure out what was going on in the village that I lost focus. I struggled through those 100-200 e-pages, even though the storyline was fairly interesting. I can’t exactly pinpoint what was making me struggle like this, but once I got through that middle portion I was really excited.

Some of this story was also told from the POV of Devon’s boss. Even though they aren’t usually connected, Devon still has to catch up with him to let him know how the game is working. There were a lot of spoilers in this part, so I can’t say too much, but just know that you will learn a lot of things from his storyline.

I have to say that the character development was pretty intense. Devon had ended her relationship with her friends on the other game on a very bad note, as Hailey was caught streaming and then they failed to defeat the boss. She has to get over the issues that she still may have with them, and work together to solve a common problem. The other characters start to realize their own errors as they grow together in Devon’s village.

I would recommend this book to fans of adventure novels, and fans of LitRPG novels. If you are looking for an adventure novel with very little romance, this is definitely for you. There weren’t even any hints of romance in the series until a little bit in this novel, but it still wasn’t the main focus. Definitely very refreshing.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl!

1)Off & Away

This picture book was colorful, adorable, and had a wonderfully diverse storyline! I re-read it often, just to sit and enjoy the art.

2)The Forest Beyond the EarthThis was, by far, one of the most unique dystopian novels that I have read in a long time. Even though Wisp was 12, she was mature for her age (in most ways), and the book had YA to NA levels of action and suspense.

3) Temple of Sorrow (Stonehaven League #1)This was the first LitRPG novel that I had ever read, and I am currently working my way through the second in this series. Some LitRPG novels are cringy or have boring storylines, but this one had just enough action and adventure to keep me engaged while simultaneously maintaining an intricate and delicate storyline.

4)Soraya: A Wielders of Arantha PrequelThis was one of the longest prequels that I have ever read, and I instantly fell in love with the characters. I have been slacking on my reviews of the actual Wielders of Arantha series, and so I aim to tackle that soon!

5) EnlightenedThis book created a unique world where souls have to attend school before they are allowed to continue in the afterlife. Earth is a school for these souls, and the humans on earth are just the reincarnations of the same souls. The souls do not remember their past lives while they are on Earth though, only regaining the memories when they die and go back to school. I loved this book and even finished the second novel in the series, even though I haven’t gotten the chance to write the review yet.

6) The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

This is a sad but true nonfiction novel about girls who suffered horrible, painful deaths after working in the “safe” factories that painted the faces of watches and clocks with radium to make them glow. It made me think about what other dark secrets industries might be currently hiding about how safe their facilities or products are.

7) The Hate U GiveThis was my second time reading the novel, and I plan to read and review it again before the movie comes out. It is powerful and entertaining simultaneously, and I would recommend it for all.

8)Warcross (Warcross, #1)

This could count as a LitRPG novel as well, which is why I think I liked it so much. I won’t say too much about it, but I loved the world-building and the characters. I can’t wait for the second series installment!

9)Soulbound (Engineered Magic, #1)This book tells the events of Freya Snow’s Kingsguard from Damon’s point of view. It is full of spoilers for that novel so I would suggest that you read the Freya Snow series first.

10) The Gnosis MachineI typically don’t like science fiction, but this one was really enjoyable for me. I don’t really know how to describe it, there is just so much going on in this universe. It’s sort of a story about a machine going out of control, but at the same time, it’s not. I just have to say that you should read it for yourselves!

Spellbinding His Ranger ARC Review

Spellbinding His Ranger (Looking for Group, #1)Mercedes loves fixing cars with her father and their employees in her family shop, but even she needs a little bit of downtime with friends. She spends most of her free time in an MMO with her guildmates, and they go on crazy adventures together. One of her closest friends is her guildmate Takashi. Mercedes wants to give up on love, as the 7 dates she’s had in the past 5 months have ended after the first date, stood her up, or flat-out admitted that they don’t date people with cybernetic. She believes that no one will be able to look past her arm and actually see her. Takashi wants to show her that he can and that her arm doesn’t mean she isn’t able to be loved completely. Can Mercedes learn to trust him?

I love LitRPG, but I have never read a LitRPG novel with a plot focused on actual romance. The romance kept me interested in the story when the RPG portions started to die down from time to time. Then, when the romance got to be a bit much, I was able to see Mercedes chatting in-game with her friends or questing with Takashi for fun. This type of plot kept me engaged throughout the story, and I read the whole 500 e-page story in about two sittings.

Also, I liked the fact that this book was on the longer side! I hate romances where it seems that the two almost immediately go from being friends to being lovers. The length of this book allowed for the two to really be able to learn about each other’s personalities and lives. Some of my favorite scenes were Mercedes and Takashi just sitting and talking to each other, telling stories about their lives.

The character development and description in this novel were crazy. I loved reading about the different friends that Mercedes and Takashi had, and I even enjoyed hearing about Mercedes’ employees! Most of the time I was focusing on their growth just as much as the main characters. Pemrick truly pays attention to everyone in her stories, and no one was just thrown to the side as a “side character.”

The world-building was also incredible. Little details such as the history of the destruction caused by one boy’s girlfriend in Mercedes’ shop, Mercedes’ advanced AI in her car named Tasha, and the kind owner of a restaurant that Mercedes’ frequents come together to form a very detailed and unique world. I wanted to visit it as I was reading it, just to spend some time in the game and ride around in a car with a virtual personal assistant in real life.

There were no editing errors that I noticed in my advance copy, which meant that no small errors removed me from the story.

I saw that this book is one in a series, and I can’t wait to read the next story! I hope it focuses on one of Mercedes’ friends and their love lives.

I would recommend this book to lovers of romance, LitRPG, or both. If you are also into science-fiction/fantasy, this book does take place in the future with a lot of new technology and it might interest you.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6/5

April Wrap-Up!

Wow, April is over! This has been a bit of a wild month, but things went fairly smoothly once I was done with the yearbook at my school. That’s a whole ‘nother story and was probably one of the most stressful things of my life. Now I can focus on blogging again, but I am slowly starting to burn out as I get closer and closer to AP tests. Once the middle of May is over, I will just have fun senior activities and a few finals left. Until then, I will be reading at a snail’s pace and getting reviews done the day before they are due :\ . Either way, now that the life update is out of the way, I will get onto the actual Wrap-Up!

The Outcasts - The Blood Dagger: Volume 1A Brush with Vampires (The Clan-Vampire Clash: Book One)Snow on CindersAssassins (The Fourth Age: Shadow Wars, #1)The Inventor's Son (The Inventor's Son, #1)The Leopard Child (Kadogos #1)Superhighway (Superhighway Trilogy Book 1) by [Fayman, Alex]The Duke's SecretsTrouble In Glamour TownMade By Design: A Vampire Paranormal Romance (Blood Bound Series Book 2) by [Myers, J.L.]The AlchemistThe Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining WomenLife with My Idiot Family: A True Story of Survival, Courage and Justice over Childhood Sexual Abuse by [Picard, Kathy and Gary]FINAL NOTICE: What would you do if you knew – for certain – that you had 10 days to live? by [Fleisher, Van]Traveler (Traveler #1)Enlightened by [Kowalewski, Billie]Bethany's SalvationDragon School: InitiateSoraya: A Wielders of Arantha PrequelMistress of Thieves (Chronicles of a Cutpurse #1)Queen (Freya Snow, #11)No Sad SongsEmergence (Project Emergence, #1)The Sleepwalker (Cherub, #9)Love's Chance: Mail Order Bride Romance (Brides and Promises)The Paris Portal (The Compass Series Book 1)If at First (Crimson Cove, #1)Second Nature (Crimson Cove, #2)Third Time's a Charm (Crimson Cove, #3)Four Crimson Corners (Crimson Cove, #4)Hang Five (Crimson Cove, #5)Goliath (Leviathan, #3)The Mermaid's Journey: A Reverse Harem Romance (The Siren, #2)Electric Gardens (Electric World #1)Fire and Bone (Otherborn, #1)The Ancient Tripod of Peace: A Teen Thief-Catchers NovelThe Dylan DilemmaThe Lowdown (Dale Conley Action Thrillers #3)Serpents and Saviors (Project Emergence, #2)

So I read 46 books in total this month! Won’t be anything like this in May, as I have no spring break to binge read on. I haven’t even finished the reviews for the last 4 books on this list!  I feel rather burnt out, and I don’t really want to read right now, but I have a bunch of blog tours for you guys in the next few days/weeks. Hopefully, things will start to relax soon, and I will go back to reading books purely for pleasure, not for reviews or anything. Remind me not to book my schedule so tight next time, I need some breathing room XD.

Nevertheless, this crazy amount of reading has done wonders for my stats! I got my highest number of views in one month ever this month, 2500, and I’ve gotten about 85 views a day! However, it’s not really about the views for me, but the interaction. With 423 of you guys following me, I am able to have constant comments flowing in to cheer me up after a long day of school, and I have been able to have amazing conversations with you all. Keep the comments coming, I love to read them!

I’ve also been getting more into gaming. I’ve been thinking about starting to live-stream for a while. Not because I’m some pro-gamer, but because playing alone is boring while playing with viewers is a lot of fun. Nothing’s going to come of this until I graduate high school, but we will see what happens this summer. It all depends on what type of job I get, if I get a job at all.

That’s all for now, and I will see you guys tomorrow!