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Cake Conversations: Wrong Address

March 14, 2015 books, miscellaneous 20

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Hello cake enthusiasts! Let’s see what happened this week, shall we?

The Week

I handed in my presentation paper that was due on Monday on… well, Monday, and then proceeded to catch up on all of my tv shows. I actually need to write two more term papers, but the pressure of approaching deadlines is something I have a lot of practice in ignoring. I discovered some good music, checked my social media sites about one million times and wrote one page. As you can see, it was a very eventful week so far.



Almost all legitimate comments people left on my blog all suddenly went to spam, and I didn’t notice until Shannon kindly pointed it out to me. I might or might not have fixed the issue by deactivating some plugins (the next couple of days will show), but it was VERY upsetting. On the positive side, I got a really nice surprise seeing all the comments at once. It also seems that a lot of my comments are disappearing from blogs that use Disqus for comments, because they keep getting marked as spam, which is almost more annoying because there’s little I can do about it.



If anyone has had similar problems and has ideas on how to fix them, please let me know in the comments! In non-bloggish news, I’m going to my cousin’s birthday today, and then I’m Doing Stuff next week, but as of right now I have nothing more interesting to tell you, so let’s watch this beautiful video together instead, savvy? Savvy.


The Shiny

I showed great restraint the past couple of weeks, but I have space on my shelf again, so I ordered a couple of books this week. Two of them already arrived, but in my post-The 100 finale emotional breakdown distraction, I had them sent home instead of to my grandma’s, where I am currently residing, because the disadvantage of living in a university town is that it turns into a ghost town during the lecture-free times.



Points if you can tell me what movie that bag is from. Anyways, these are the books that I technically now own, but won’t hold in my hands until next week:



Motocross me is a contemporary about a girl in Texas who’s working at her father’s racing track. The blurb sounds like there’s going to be a love triangle, but… racing track. I think that pretty much settles it. Night Broken is the eigth book in the Mercy Thompson series, which is an urban fantasy series that I really like. I haven’t reviewed the books on the blog, because I first read them a couple of years ago, and then I reread and caught up on the rest of the series last year, but I’m very much enjoying them, so check the series out if you’re into urban fantasy and you haven’t heard of it yet.

On the Blog

  • I finally finished reviewing the books I read during my wifi-free time! Read my opinions on In the Afterlight and Eleanor and Park, and tell me what you thought of the books or whether you’re planning on reading them!
  • I discovered The 100 two weeks ago, marathoned all the episodes and then reviewed the show and wrote an essay talked about the season 2 finale. It seems like a weirdly high percentage of book bloggers are watching the show (which is GREAT), so come and talk to me about it, so we can support each other emotionally
  • I reblogged a post from my old travel blog on the Seven Annoying People You Will Meet On Trains and people seem to think it’s funny, so check that out if you’ve ever been frustrated by public transportation (by which I mean if you’ve ever taken it)
  • I also did the Cake Book Tag, because how could I not? It features cake and books, and there’s no reason for you to deprive yourself of that, is there?

I’m linking up with Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, which is a great way to see what everyone’s reading, and the Sunday Post hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, which gives us all a chance to recap what happened during the week!

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How was your week? Did you read any good books? Do you happen to be an expert on transcendentalism and want to write my term paper for me?

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Eleanor and Park (Or the One With The Great Beginning)

March 13, 2015 books, reviews 12

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Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn’t stick out more if she tried.

Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book – he thinks he’s made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor… never to Eleanor.

Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.

It has now been several weeks since I’ve read Eleanor and Park and I STILL can’t decide how I feel about it. Some parts of the book were phenomenal and others were… not. Let’s break it down!
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In The Afterlight (Or The One With All My Favorite Characters)

March 6, 2015 books, reviews 8

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Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the “rehabilitation camps” housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

If you’ve read my reviews for The Darkest Minds and Never Fade, you know I think very highly of this series. I love that it dares to be dark, but has some light moments as well. I’m always a sucker for books with a focus on friendship, and The Darkest Minds does it very well. So as you can see, I already had high expectations of In The Afterlight. But did it live up to them?
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Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire (Or The One With Deja Vu)

February 25, 2015 books, reviews 4

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Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned. Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments.

This review might contain spoilers for the previous books in the series.

Guys! I FINALLY read this book. I read the first three books years and years ago. I loved them back then, and I knew there was going to be a spin off series, but then the series just randomly continued, which threw me a little. I didn’t love City of Fallen Angels to be honest, and I struggled a lot with the first half of City of Lost Souls (books 4 and 5 in the series, if all the City titles are confusing you too). It felt like the story was past the point where it should have naturally ended, and the writing bothered me a little as well. At one point I took three sample pages from City of Lost Souls and counted how many times the words “gold” and “silver” were used to describe random body parts of Jace or Sebastian. Trust me, it was a lot. HOWEVER, I did care about the characters and the story enough to want to finish the series. Little did I know there were going to be 18329 more books in the Shadowhunter world, but let’s not digress.
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Book Review: Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (Or the One That Surprised Me)

February 12, 2015 books, reviews 8

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Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tag-along ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

I’m not sure how to describe this book. It’s like some bizarre mixture of Vampire Academy, St Trinian’s and Winx. To be honest, I almost gave up after the first couple of chapters. The writing felt immature, the story borrowed and the characters flat. Maybe I’m spoiled after reading The Darkest Minds, but I expect more from YA. But then something happened. I started to really enjoy it and time flew by as I read until I got to the ending – and boy, was that an ending. It exceeded my expectations by far. Some aspects were predictable, sure, but all in all the book went places I didn’t think it would go and I loved it.
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Talk to Me: Blogging Communities

February 9, 2015 books, discussion, movies 10

Talk To Me

is a no-nonsense discussion feature on this blog. No-nonsense means I’m too lazy to make it look pretty. It’s exactly what the title suggests: I’m going to pose a question or tell you my own opinion about something, and I want to know what you think about it! Obviously feel free to write up your own post on the topic and link it in the comments.


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Today’s post is about different blogging communities! Okay, so if you follow this blog or have stumbled upon it before, you might have noticed that, while I mostly post about books, I also post about movies and random stuff I like. If I’ve posted about something that is not book related several times in a row, I wonder whether I can still say I’m a book blogger. It doesn’t really make much of a difference, but since I feel most at home in the book blogging community, it’s worth consideration to me. I think I do consider myself a book blogger, but who says you only have to be one thing? Which brings me to my actual question: What kinds of blogging communities are there? And do most people just keep to one of them, or are they part of different communities?

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New Bookshelf!

February 7, 2015 books, fun, miscellaneous 18

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The Acquisition

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I moved into this place about a year ago, and ever since then, there has been a wide, sad expanse of wall above my couch. I always meant to hang up a big picture there, but I never quite found the right one. Then I visited a friend, and she had a shelf full of books up on her wall. You might be able to guess what my next Christmas wish was. After a trip to hell Ikea and some near misses with the wiring in my wall, the shelf was finally up. I expected to have a lot more space for my books now, but somehow my other shelf is still almost as full as before (bottom right).
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Book Review: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (Or the One With Nonstop Action)

January 27, 2015 books, reviews 4

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Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

No spoilers in the review, can’t make promises for the comment section.

Remember how much I loved The Darkest Minds? After I read the first chapter of Never Fade (it was included at the end of my copy of The Darkest Minds), I was a little worried that it would focus more on EPIC LOVE OMG and less on all the awesome people and the interesting plot from the first book. Well. That was SO not the case.

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Couch Potato Edition

January 25, 2015 books, fun, miscellaneous, movies 10

Heeeello internet.

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I’ve been dreadfully sick all week, but I decided to crawl out from under my blanket for long enough to let you participate in my misery. Sound like fun? Yes, I thought it did.

Story time!

Okay, let me paint a picture here: After several nightmares in which my tongue is stuck to my gums, I wake up to find out my tongue is actually stuck my gums because my mouth is so dry it might as well be the fucking sahara. I have a massive headache and my floor is a sea of snotty tissues (as in they were actually full of snot, not as in they were stuck-up).

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This box of tissues is not amused.


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Featuring: Actual Cake

January 15, 2015 books, discussion, fun, miscellaneous 15

You know those weekly wrap ups and update posts? Well, I’ve been wanting to do something like that for a while, so here it is!

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I feel like I’m introducing a new feature every other day, but hey, I’m still in the learning process; cut me some slack. Cake Conversations gives me a chance to show off my new books STS style and tell you about exciting things happening in my life. Basically, it’s just rambling in disguise.
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Date the Character! Who would YOU take out on a date?

January 9, 2015 books, fun, miscellaneous 11

I just played Guess the Book Character in all possible variations of the game with my roommate, and it got me thinking. The game is so much FUN, why not play an internet version so you guys can participate? So without further ado I bring you:

DATE THE CHARACTER!

(I really hope this is not a totally popular feature on someone else’s blog because that would be embarrassing haha)

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I just thought of this, so bear with me. My first idea was to do a quick monologue from the POV of each character, but I didn’t want to spoil any major plot lines. Then I thought I’d do a Q&A kind of thing, but I wasn’t sure about what questions to include. BUT THEN I thought how much fun would it be to do dating profiles instead?

I researched extensively (for five minutes) to isolate some of the most common questions dating websites ask their members to answer in their profiles and filled them out for each character.

If you think you know the character, just comment below.

Winner gets to win. Visit another blog if you want free books; I’m just a poor student who invested all her money in blog hosting and chocolate. I’ll reveal the answers on Saturday.

Okay, let’s start with some really easy ones! Here are the dating profiles of several well-known characters from the bookish world (as I imagine them):

The Breadwinner

Age: 16
Gender: female
Relationship Status: it’s complicated
Children: I’d never consider it, not under these circumstances. What if I lose them?
Fitness/Body Type: fit
Education: don’t have a lot of time for it
Income: We don’t have much, but I can provide for my family. Most of the time.
Occupation: huntress
Addicted to: that thrill when your arrow hits the mark
Looking for: I never really had a lot of time to think about it. Someone who gives me my freedom and understands that family comes first, I guess. I need someone who has my back and can hold their own.
Pet Peeves: Reality TV, Roses

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Link up! How do you read?

January 7, 2015 books, discussion, fun 10

I was going to do a post on reading habits, but since it would have only consisted of me going on and on and on, I decided to do this survey-style thing instead! I’ll answer the questions myself, and if anyone feels like doing the same, I included the questions and a link up at the end. Just link back to the post, or tag someone or whatever else floats your boat. I’m sure there are tons of memes and tags about the exact same thing, but I’m bored so humor me. ‘Kay? Kay.


1.) When do you usually read? Before bed? During long bus rides? Whenever possible?

These days, I usually read before I go to bed. After my reading slump, I got into the habit again because it’s a nice way to wind down and relax my eyes after looking at artificially lit screens for too long. The only problem is that I’ll keep reading “just until the end of the chapter” when a book is good and… well, you know how the story ends. I almost never read when I’m in a moving vehicle, partly because it can cause me nausea and partly because I like to get comfortable when I read and public transportation just doesn’t compare to my bed. If I’m in a café, a restaurant or even the university cafeteria all by myself (cue power ballad), I’ll also get out a book.

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Stacking the Shelves #6 (New Year, New Books)

January 3, 2015 books, fun 10

Let’s start the new year off with some new books!

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I got The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken after I read and loved the first book in the series, and I’m excited to read the rest! I also FINALLY bought Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve been going back and forth on whether to buy it for ages now, and I’m already almost through and loving it.

Then there’s Rebel Belle: I was GOING to wait until the paperback comes out, but you know how it is. It’s about to fall over in this picture because Fangirl apparently wasn’t content with its allotted space and knocked it over. I also bought Angelfall because I’ve heard great things, and I love me some dystopian.

All in all, I’d say I put that Amazon gift card (and my own money) to good use!

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New Laptop and Windows 8(.1)

December 30, 2014 books, fun, miscellaneous 4

I got a new laptop!

I party like Iron Man

I didn’t even plan on buying a laptop, but my old one has been sounding like a lawn mower on ecstasy for the past couple of… well, years. It was basically broken from the start, and I was too lazy and too broke to get it fixed, sooo. Yes, I’m one of those people. #sorrynotsorry What do you mean there are no hashtags on WordPress? WELL THERE SHOULD BE.

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I thought you might want to know what a lawn mower on ecstasy looks like.



This laptop is so much quieter than my old one. Whenever the screen goes black because I haven’t done anything in too long, I freak out because I think it has shut itself down because I can’t hear it anymore. I realize that I’m still in the honeymoon phase, and this one will probably develop annoying issues at some point but OH BLISSFUL SILENCE. Now I’m thinking of the Silence in Doctor Who. No marks on my arm (I did actually just check), so we’re good.

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Unfortunately, buying a new laptop means buying a new laptop with Windows 8(.1 if it makes any difference) on it. I have been avoiding Windows 8 for years after trying it out for two minutes on a friend’s laptop a couple of years ago. Let’s just say the experience was frustrating. I was determined to make it work though (mostly because I was too lazy to attempt a downgrade – what, I did mention I was one of those people earlier, were you not paying attention?). There were a few times I grew frustrated (WHY Windows WHY), but now I’ve figured out (read: Googled) how to start it in desktop mode and basically ignore every new feature there is. What? I’m afraid of change okay.

Of course now I’ll have to show my grandma how to use my old one. It’s stripped of all of my data, so there’s nothing potentially embarrassing on there, but I quiver in fear of the day she decides to get facebook.

I got something else that’s new today: books! My Darkest Minds trilogy finally arrived and I’m expecting some more books tomorrow (my cousin and her boyfriend gave me an amazon gift card for Christmas, so obviously I had to cash that in right away). I haven’t started reading Never Fade yet, but so far I’ve been entirely content staring at the trilogy in its perfection. I kiiiind of resolved not to read Never Fade until my essay for uni is done, but… I haven’t even started researching it yet, so I probably won’t keep that resolve.

She needs to sort out her priorities


I know, Ron, I know. But first let me get back to marathoning old polandbanana videos on youtube.

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End of the Year Book Survey 2014

December 28, 2014 books, fun, miscellaneous, psa, recs 6



I love filling out surveys, so I figured this is as good a reason as any. If you want to do it yourself, you can follow the link to Jamie’s Blog or click on the picture above and link up your own post. And now, let’s see what I read this year!


Number Of Books You Read:

According to Goodreads, 39. I think it was a couple more, but 40 give or take should be correct.

Number of Re-Reads:

Four.

Genre You Read The Most From:

Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, but scifi and contemporary are strong contenders as well.
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Book Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (Or the One With All the Friendship)

December 25, 2014 books, reviews 2

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When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control. Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

This book, guys. Okay, let me attempt to bring my notes into a coherent review, so I can convince you to read it. The Darkest Minds is one of those books that stands out from the mass of dystopian YA books in a way so few manage to accomplish. It has great characters, an interesting story and beautiful writing.
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Talk To Me: Followers and Give-Aways

December 17, 2014 books, discussion 8

Talk To Me

is a no-nonsense discussion feature on this blog. No-nonsense means I’m too lazy to make it look pretty. It’s exactly what the title suggests: I’m going to pose a question or tell you my own opinion about something, and I want to know what you think about it! Obviously feel free to write up your own post on the topic and link me up.


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FOLLOW MEEE! Give-aways are almost ubiquitous in the (book) blogging scene. In a lot of give-aways, you have to follow the blogger on various social media sites to have decent chances of winning. Sometimes there’s a free entry, but if there are ten more possible entries, you’ll probably want to enhance your chance of winning that cool book you’ve been waiting for for ages. But do you stay subscribed or unsubscribe when the give-away is over? Are give-aways worth it in the long run – for bloggers and for subscribers?
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Book Review: Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle (Or the One With Carla the Car)

December 16, 2014 books, reviews 2

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An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under multiple feet of snow and causes quite a bit of chaos. One brave soul ventures out into the storm from her stranded train and sets off a chain of events that will change quite a few lives. Over the next three days one girl takes a risky shortcut with an adorable stranger, three friends set out to win a race to the Waffle House (and the hash brown spoils), and the fate of a teacup pig falls into the hands of a lovesick barista.

A trio of today’s bestselling authors – John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle- brings all the magic of the holidays to life in three hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and kisses that will steal your breath away.

If you want to get on your holiday cheer with an easy read, then this is the book to enjoy while curled up in front of the fireplace.

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Book Review: Orla’s Code by Fiona Pearse (Or the One With the Anonymous Lover)

December 14, 2014 books, reviews 0

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“If you want to get ahead, get noticed,” is Orla Hanlon’s motto. New to London and the first female programmer at CouperDaye, a global investment bank, she takes on a high-profile but controversial project.
With her new luxury apartment and a work-romance quietly on the side, Orla thinks she has everything under control.
Until a bug in her code causes chaos on the trading floor and Orla finds herself a scapegoat in a corporate game, fighting to save her new life in London.

I bought this book mainly because of the programming aspect and because the blurb sounded intriguing. I’m not an expert on coding, so I can’t tell you whether the author got it right or not, which is why I’m only going to talk about the story itself.

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