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The God Game by Danny Tobey

The God Game reminded me a lot of the movie Ready Player One. The God Game is about a group of teenagers, Kenny, Alex, Vanhi, Charlie, and Peter who start to play the virtual reality game G.O.D. that they found on the dark web. G.O.D. sets each individual on tasks that they must complete, very similar to what other role playing video games have you do to earn prizes, tokens, etc. However, the tasks that G.O.D. asks them to do go from easy to more difficult and darker in nature. The tasks pit them against themselves, each other, and the community.
As I previously mentioned, The God Game reminded me of the movie Ready Player One, so if you liked that movie or the book (which I have not read) than you will most likely like this book. It dives deep in the role playing video game G.O.D. and uses some technical coding language. Although, I struggled a little bit with the coding language, I was still able to follow it. It also takes some time to remember what some of the games names are…
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The Witch Elm by Tana French (Audiobook, narrated by Paul Nugent)

Toby is sleeping in his own home when he awakes to a noise in his living room. What is it? He goes to check and finds that he is being robbed by two individuals. He attempts to protect himself when he is knocked out. He is seriously injured. After he is released from the hospital with some serious injuries and long recovery time, he is asked to take care of his Uncle Hugo who is has been diagnosed with a serious illness. Toby goes to Uncle Hugo with his girlfriend Melissa. While they are their and family is visiting two of children discover a body in the witch elm in the backyard of Uncle Hugo's home. Could it be that Toby's robbery of his home is connected to this murder of Dominic, a classmate of Toby's and his family members? Could Toby have killed Dominic back in high school and not remembered it? 

I have to be honest that I was not too fond of this story. I initially picked it up because the back of the book sounded interesting, it had an interesting cover, and a…

Notorious (Max Revere, #1) by Allison Brennan

Max Revere returns back to her hometown per a request of a friends wife. Max is planning on doing a favor for this individual and look further into her friends suicide. However, Max starts to wonder could this suicide possibly be connected to another case. She has also been asked to look into the case of by his mother and father who spoke to Max about the case when she first landed. 

The story line at times can be hard to follow as there are multiple cases/murders that Max is looking into. There is the death of her friend which was ruled a suicide by local police, there is the case that she was spoken to about at the airport, then there is the murder of her friend when she was in high school at Atherton Prep, and then the murder that occurs as the story continues. It can be hard to keep track of each these until you get to the end of the story. 

There is some good character development, although, I did find it to be a bit slow when it came to Max. I also found that the story devel…

Letter from 21st Century Reviews

Hi Readers,

I want to first apologize for the delay in posting book reviews. There has been a lot going on that has caused me to put reading books on hold for a short period of time. I do have some great books in the works, including two reviews that I just need to write up. See below for my upcoming reviews and for a list of the books that I am currently reading.

Upcoming Reviews

1. The Witch Elm by Tana French
2. Notorious by Allison Brennan

Currently Reading

1. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
2. I Will Make You Pay by Teresa Driscoll
3. Trace of Evil by Alice Blanchard
4. The God Game by Danny Tobey

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Closer Than You Think by Darren O'Sullivan

The book starts with a prologue that draws the reader in and creates a fair amount of suspense as it is from the perspective of the Blackout Killer. The prologue describes the Blackout Killer, his thoughts, and one of his murders. The book then goes to start with Chapter one. The move from the prologue to the first chapter is a confusing one. There is no identification that the perspective is changing from that of the Blackout Killers to that of Claire Moore, his one and only survivor. The change between the Blackout Killers perspective and Claire Moore's is one that continues throughout the story. The chapters all identify the current date and location, but do not identify whose perspective that chapter is based off.
Once you read the prologue and move into the first few chapters of the book, it is somewhat disappointing. The prologue was filled with suspense and was fast paced, however, most of the book afterwards is slow moving and really hard to get into. The relationshi…

Something Hidden (Andrew Hunter, #2) by Kerry Wilkinson

This is the first book that I have read by Kerry Wilkinson, so I was unsure what to expect. The story starts out strong and introduces you very quickly to the background story of what will eventually become the primary case that is being investigated by Andrew Hunter. Andrew is hired pro bono by Fiona Methodist to look into her father's case. Her father is deceased, but she refuses to believe that her father was responsible for the death of two young college students who were witness to a jewelry store robbery.
In addition to Fiona Methodists' case, Andrew is also hired to look into the theft of two highly awarded Bengal cats. This case adds a bit of humor to the overall story, as Andrew does not like cats.
The complicated relationship dynamics that Kerry build into the story help to provide some airiness to what other wise is a sad story, when thinking of Fiona Methodist. There is the complicated and yet romantic relationship between Andrew and his ex-wife Keira, who he…

The Healthy Pregnancy Journal by Martha Sears RN, Hayden Sears MA

This journal is filled with a ton of information that is broken down by month and then week. It provides you information on what is currently going on with you and your baby. It has a very nice introduction that explains how they start counting, it is definitely a part of the journal you should not skip.
It is filled with multiple different activities that are related to the month/week that you are currently experiencing. It includes activities such as taking a picture of you bump, writing down your thoughts, drawing, etc.

As previously mentioned, it is a very informative book and is a great read. I highly recommend it and give it a 5 out of 5. 
Rating: 5 out of 5
The Healthy Pregnancy Journal will help you navigate the beautiful chaos of your journey into motherhood with a safe space to reflect and prepare, work through all you’re experiencing, and stay on track for a healthy pregnancy.

Highlights include: Creative and inspiring journaling prompts about everything from food…