For our Armada review we had the wonderful and fashionable Meli from Melificent as our guest reviewer. Thank you Meli for stopping by! <3
Let me start of with, I loved Ready Player One, Ernest Cline’s first novel. Why am I starting with his first book? So I don’t feel like such a d*ck for crapping all over Armada. It’s not a terrible book, but after such an amazing debut novel, Ready Player One, you can’t help but feel disappointed with Armada. The characters weren’t very well developed so I felt no emotional connection to them. I also had a hard time getting into the story. The whole book just felt rushed. However, it is well written and there were a couple of times that I chuckled out loud. I personally liked how he described the invading alien’s speech/language.
“…addressing the camera in its grating native language, which sounded sort of like a whale song, if the whale in question was into death metal.”
Armada was chock full of videogame and 80’s references but without the charm of Ready Player One. The references just fell flat in Armada and felt more like a gimmick. Maybe if you’re a hardcore video gamer you will get more out of this book. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to.
New romance novel by Penny Reid has a southern, bad boy twist to it.
Jessica has known the Winston twins since childhood. She has been hopelessly in love with one twin, Beau, the nice and endearing one. Meanwhile, the more serious and mean looking twin, Duane, is hopelessly in love with her. When Jessica finally comes back to her childhood town and mistakenly hooks up with the wrong twin, her whole crush belief system comes crumbling down. Dilemma ensues.
For me it was a fun, quick read with just the perfect amount of sex scenes. It had a couple of storyline holes which I could get past. I like how Penny Reid’s main characters are smart independent women. There are also several funny bits, like her psychotic cat named Edmund Hillary that is constantly trying to kill her. However, the whole Southern bit was laid on a bit thick and Jessica’s wonderlust/should I stay in town dilemma was tiresome. This being said, I still found the book charming and will most definitely read the next book in the series. Also, I think the cover is quite cute. Kudos on the design 😉
p.s. We mentioned a great historical romance series in the video called Maiden Lane series and mistakenly said the author was Courtney Milan. The correct author is Elizabeth Hoyt. Both are great authors we highly recommend you check out!