Book Review: Code by Carolyn McCray (Book three of the Robin Hood Hacker series)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Thriller

Age Recommended: 14 and up

As I’ve mentioned briefly in the reviews for the first and second books of these series, each book has its own mini prequel where they introduce the scenario. Zeroes is the one for this book.

Code was a great finale to this story but it still had the same general theme as the other books. I wish the author had done something different, because the only distinction I saw in the third book was the technology being used.

Code

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Ronnie has been sentenced to life in prison. She’s been in there for only a few months, but it already feels like it’s been too long. Zach and Quirk are on their way to help her escape, and when they do, she is briefed about the current crisis.

Remaining members of the Hidden Hand that have not yet been eradicated have now released a virus similar to small-pox all over the world. Except it’s much more lethal. Black-pox shouldn’t be that hard to cure because its genetic makeup is similar to that of small-pox and vaccination companies already have ways to vaccinate against small-pox.

However, when the Hidden Hand destroys all locations that carry information regarding the small-pox vaccine, and the vaccine itself, Ronnie and the others must find a way to recreate the vaccine and stop the Hidden Hand before it’s too late.

Will they be able to do it?

if you would like to read this book, you can purchase the trilogy here: Robin Hood Hacker Collection – The #1 Techno-Thriller Series (Robin Hood Hacker Techno-Thriller Series)

Book Review: Cipher by Carolyn McCray (Book two of the Robin Hood Hacker series)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Thriller

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This book was a little disappointing because the story was very similar to that of the first book. However, the author still did a great job of narrating an exciting tale.

I would recommend reading Binary (book cover at end of this review), a short story prequel, before Cipher because it provides a decent backstory to the current scenario.

Cipher

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Ronnie and Zach are back in town, and for basically the same reason. They have to stop a plague from being released through “vaccinations” to all military organizations. The Hidden Hand is behind this attack as well, because the plague seems to be a genetically engineered one.

However, this time, Ronnie manages to apprehend one of the members of the Hidden Hand and must attempt to extract information from him before its too late. When their leads take them around the world, Ronnie and Zach start to doubt the legitimacy of the leads they are getting.

Will they walk straight into a trap?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Cipher

Binary cover:

Binary

Book Review: Encrypted by Carolyn McCray (Book One of the Robin Hood Hacker series)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Thriller

Age Recommended: 14 and up

I would highly recommend reading Hacked (cover at bottom), the prequel / short story, before reading this story because it gives some insight into the character’s situation and sets the scene for this book.

I really enjoyed this book and I think the author did a great job of writing the story with just a handful of characters. The only criticism I have is that the antagonist wasn’t developed as well as the other characters, which made him seem mentally unstable rather than intelligent because we never really saw the reasoning behind his actions.

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Ronnie, also known as the Robin Hood Hacker, is a girl who takes money from large businesses and gives it to other organization, and of course keeps some for herself too. Ronnie has never been caught, even though Zach, a policeman, has been on her case for a very long time.

One day, Zach and Ronnie decide to meet up, but Zach is kidnapped by his fellow officers who claim that Ronnie is the only way to stop the release of a huge plague that was created by a group of people called The Hidden Hand, who believe that everything they do is orchestrated by God.

Ronnie and her assistant manage to save Zach, but now that the virus has been released, they must find The Hidden Hand and attempt to retrieve that vaccine.

When some unusual alliances develop, and the people they least expect betray them, will Ronnie and Zach be able to find the vaccine in time?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Encrypted: An Action-Packed Techno-Thriller

Hacked cover:

Hacked

Book Review: The Favorite by Kiera Cass (A Selection novella (Book 2.75))

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

This book was a little too short, hitting barely 40 pages in eBook format; I felt that it was the opposite of some of the other novellas which were too long and regurgitated the plot. This book, however, showed us events in a new perspective and I really enjoyed reading it.

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Marlee has committed a crime. She has fallen in love. With someone other than the prince.

Marlee is at the Selection, an event that occurs when girls compete for the prince’s hand in marriage. However, Marlee has fallen in love with one of the guards and doesn’t know what to do. When someone catches Marlee, she is scared because she knows that treason is not to be taken lightly at the royal palace.

Marlee only hopes that she’s brave enough to handle whatever punishment the King hands out.

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Favorite (Kindle Single) (The Selection Novella)

Book Review: Fire by Kristin Cashore (Book two of the Graceling series)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Supernatural Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

I am still amazed at how this author manages to write novels that are almost five hundred pages long while still keeping them exciting and capturing the reader’s interest!

Fire

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Fire is a girl who has the power to make people think what she wants them to. She can make them do simple things like turn around and avoid her, or even do extreme things such as make them kill themselves. In her world, she is regarded as a monster- her beauty and words are her greatest weapons.

But Fire never misuses her powers. Her sole mission is to kill the raptors who threaten her life and the lives of the people around her. Until one day, Prince Brigan, comes to visit where she lives. He is the only one so far who can resist her words and put up a wall against her beauty.

Moreover, he hates her. Prince Brigan would take any opportunity to kill Fire, and she knows it. Fire gives him as wide of a berth as he wants, but when he is forced to escort her back to his brother, the King, Brigan is forced to spend time with Fire.

The King wants to exploit Fire’s powers to make criminals confess to crimes, or to even arrest innocent people just to appease the public. However, Fire has never used her powers to intentionally harm others.

Will she give in to the demands of the most powerful person?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Fire (A Companion to Graceling)

Book Review: The Prince by Kiera Cass (A Selection Novella)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

This book was extremely short and I felt that a lot of the content was the same as the Selection. I don’t understand why the author would copy and paste scenes from her book to make a novella. Nevertheless, it was an interesting read.

The Prince

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Prince Maxon must choose a wife from 35 eligible girls. This process is known as the Selection.

When a heir to the kingdom comes of age, it is customary to hold a Selection to choose his future wife. However, Maxon isn’t open to this idea. He thinks that it’s too early for him to get married and that it isn’t the right time.

However, the king, Maxon’s father, is desperate to form new alliances and if this is how it must be done, then so be it. Maxon must choose a wife from the 35 girls, or his parents will do it for him. Moreover, Maxon is convinced that the girl he chooses must be one that he loves, but how can he make himself fall in love?

Will it all work out?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Prince: A Novella (Kindle Single) (The selection)