Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! How are you all today? I hope you’re good.
Today I’m back with yet another review for you guys. I’m slowly making some progress with my reviews. Nevertheless I have still so many reviews left from last year that I feel so ashamed. I’m a bad blogger 😂😅
This is the second book in the Warcross Duology and my review of the first book was published recently. You can find that review here.
Unfortunately as this is the second book there will be spoilers in the synopsis. But the review willl stay spoilerless. Before continuing be sure that you’ve already read book one.
And now without further ado let’s start with the main information.
Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.Add the book to your Goodreads to-read shelf
Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.
Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?
Title – Wildcard
Auhor – Marie Lu
Series – Warcross #2
Publisher – Penguin Teen
Publication day – September 18t, 2018
Genre – Young Adult/Science-Fiction
Trigger Warning – violence, betrayal, gun violence, experiments on human, child abuse
Language – English
Pages – 346
Edition – Paperback
And now without further ado let’s start with the actual review!
I honestly don’t know where to start with this review. Especially after having loved the first book (Warcross) so much. This read disappointed me a lot in the beginning and I honestly thought that I would have to DNF it. Which I hate to do with physical copies. Because what to do with it afterwards? I’m living in Luxembourg and so giving away my copy to another reader in a foreign country is hell of expensive. At least expensive for me as I’m only a student and don’t earn any money. So I prefer to read the book til the very end and then? Well then I still don’t know what to do with my copy if I didn’t like the book. (By the way to my european readers do you know any inexpensive ways to give away books that you didn’t like besides selling the books which I don’t really like doing?) BUT the book got better during the last parts of the story which still made me give it a 3 star rating. Don’t get me wrong, 3 stars is still great for a book but writing reviews with 3 star rating is so difficult! I didn’t love the book but I also didn’t hate it that much. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. I guess that I should stop with all the talking and dive right into the review.
What I liked
I still really liked the worldbuilding. Well nothing much changed from book 1 in terms of the world but I thought that I was worth mentioning. I‘m always a sucker for a well written and built world.
Another thing I liked was unfortunately only the last part of the storyline. The action that we had in the first book finally came back and I found myself reading the book without even putting it down. The time just flew by.
I also enjoyed the friendship that was again a huge part in the second book of this duology. I think that it‘s amazing to read about great friends. Wildcard definitely shows you the meaning of true friendship.
What I didn’t like
A thing I hated in the book was the romance. I hated it so much but I can‘t even go into details why because then I would spoiler the whole thing for you. But please, for those that‘ve read the book, please tell me you hated it too! I don‘t want to be the only one.
I found Wildcard to be annoying as hell, from the beginning until the last part of the book. Don‘t ask me why I continued reading the book because I don‘t even know myself. There was a lack of action. I even think that book one would have been sufficient enough. At least in my eyes. I‘m pretty sure that other people enjoyed it way more than I did. And that‘s good! It really is. Unfortunately Wildcard wasn‘t my thing and the reason why I still gave it a 3 stars is because of the end.
Jax & Emika. But I liked Emika a bit less than in the first book.
Overall, read the book if you enjoyed the first one and make yourself an own opinion. But honestly the first hundred pages were unneccesary!
And this was everything for this review! How about you? Have you read Wildcard or do you plan on reading it soon? Please let me know in the comments below!
The cover and information about the book all come from their respective Goodreads page.
The buying links are no affiliate links. Meaning that I DON’T get a commission if you buy from these links.
Other books in the series: