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The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm (World of Warcraft #8) by Christie Golden [BOOK REVIEW]

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The The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm by Christie Golden is the eighth book in the World of Warcraft series. The series covers the lore of the characters that are featured in the popular video game World of Warcraft. This is the first book of the series I have read, as they can be read as standalones too. After reading it, I definitely want to read the rest of the series as well!

I received this book as a Christmas gift from my boyfriend, as we both enjoy the World of Warcraft video game. We played together for a while, but then stopped playing retail and started to play again when the Classic WoW came out. I am familiar with most of the lore in the game, but reading a full book about something that happens during this game (in this case – Cataclysm) is a whole new level of epic!

The Shattering has a focus on the events that happen before the Cataclysm, and the events that actually lead to it, from various character’s perspectives, from both the Horde and the Alliance. We get to see the character’s perspectives, choices and how even small things have a big impact on what’s about to happen.

Get ready to meet some legendary characters: 

Thrall, the Shaman

When Thrall discovers the elements no longer heed the Shaman’s call, he has to travel back to his birth place to seek answers, while leaving the leadership of the Horde with the orcs. 

“Nature has its own rhythms and reasons. It does not adapt to suit us – we must change to accommodate it.”

Garrosh, the Orc

Great warrior with a fiery attitude, Garrosh is now in charge of the Horde while Thrall is away. Then the hostility with the Alliance starts to grow. Garrosh’s approach is different that what Thrall would have done, and things are about to get more heated. 

“But it is a work of a leader to hold all possibilities, even the unpleasant – even the unthinkable.”

Prince Anduin

Anduin finds himself conflicted about who he is and what his purpose is, when a new adventure starts for him. With the help of Jaina and other amazing characters, he slowly begins to realise where he truly belongs.

The story was amazingly written and very powerful! From the very first chapter, I was invested in the characters and the plot. I kept turning page after page until I finished the book. The characters are very much alive and real. They were all different in their own way which is quite hard to accomplish with so many characters involved. I think what I loved the most was how each character had their own purpose, choices to make and a lesson to learn. Even when wrong choices were made, the characters had their own valid reasoning behind their choices. 

I highly recommend The Shattering if you are a fan of World of Warcraft, but also if you love adventure books and stories that tackle the battle between good and evil. 

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Valentine’s Day Surprise in the Blizzard’s Overwatch Theme

A day before Valentine’s day, I thought I should show you what I have been preparing in the past few days for my Valentine.

As you might know, we both enjoy playing video games, especially the famous Overwatch!

I have printed out some heroes art and some famous quotes, and I though this might give you an idea of how to surprise your loved one if they love playing video games!

I will have to be honest, when I saw these printables, I knew I was going to make them a surprise, but at the same time I was hoping that I might get those as well.. awwh how exciting. That is, of course, not going to happen 😀

Thanks to the Instagram Post from @dragonofdawn, I have found out these lovely printables below.

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And thanks to my favorite Facebook Overwatch Fan Page – OverMeme – Overwatch Memes, I have found out those cutsies!

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How do you plan or surprising your loved one for Valentine’s day?

Do you play video games, and what is your favorite game?


Ready Player One – Ernest Cline [BOOK REVIEW]

“Everyone my age remembers where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the contest.’’

We are in the year 2045, where while Earth is deserted and almost destroyed, people don’t realise because they are too busy living in a virtual world – the Oasis!
The Oasis is a place where you can create an avatar for free, you can level up, you go to a school and you work inside the Oasis. This virtual world is filled with references from the 1980s. Cities are built in such a way, video games and books and movies still go on.

When the famous creator of the Oasis, James Halliday, dies, it turns out that there is a contest, and the person that will manage to find the ‘’egg’’ would inherit ownership of the Oasis.

We see the story from the point of view of the young Wade, that calls himself Parzival in the Oasis. He is in love with everything from the 1980’s, you name it – video games, pop culture, movies, shows, books. He is also amazed with Halliday’s work and life.

When five years from James Halliday’s death pass, people seem to have forgotten about the contest, and that’s when Parzival’s courage and knowledge will help him find the first key that unlocks the first of the three gates for the contest, putting him on the top of the scoreboard, and after five years, people start talking about Haliday’s ‘’egg’’ again.

Making friends along the way, and maybe finding the love of his life, Parzival faces millions of challenges, adventures, dangerous, funny and adorable moments. This is a book that will reveal a whole new world for you, and make you love Parzival while you follow his adventure into winning the contest.

With time running out, danger surrounding from all sides, and suddenly finding the ‘’egg’’ becoming a life or death game, Parzival and his friends have no choice but to win this contest. But will they make it, with the IOI Corporation behind their backs, following them both in the real and in the virtual world, endangering their lives?

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