First Impression Friday – Wildcard

Hey ya’ll! I am coming at ya with a “weekly” meme thanks to my friend Joe over @ Storeys of Stories! I really liked this idea because it is less commitment on my part (I don’t have to do it EVERY week, only when I start a new book) and gets me talking about books I have just started (or want to start very soon).

Straight from the horse’s mouth (if you will):

First Impression Friday will be a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little farther.  Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.  Did you think you’d love it and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you exactly right? I think what will really make this meme a lot of fun, is linking back to it from your review to say, “Look at how wrong I was!” OR “See? I knew it all along!”

This week I started:

Wildcard by Marie Lu (Warcross #2)

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Soooooo here’s the thing. As you might recall, I supposedly started Stalking Jack the Ripper last week (no, I did not finish it already). Unfortunately (or fortunately) when Wildcard finally came in the mail, I immediately put it in one of my Book Beaus* – which is a sign that I plan to read that book almost immediately; BBs are what I carry my current reads in. When packing my bag for work this week, I accidentally packed the wrong Book Beau, and ended up with Wildcard instead of Stalking Jack the Ripper. And since my evenings have been slow now that children are back in school, I tend to read quite a bit while I am at work, which means, I have gotten a pretty good chunk of Wildcard read already.

I am currently about 100 pages in and man does Marie Lu just throw you into the action! I will say that if you haven’t had the chance to reread Warcross recently, you might want to study up on the details of what happened and who the characters are. I had a hard time remembering who was who and the exact sequence of events for Warcross, so I had to put Wildcard down and refresh my memory. There is no pause, no brief recap in Wildcard so you better be prepared when jumping into it.

What really stinks is that I have seen a handful of reviews for Wildcard already and they all seem pretty bleh. After figuring out who everyone was again, and refreshing my memory on what exactly is going on, so far (for me anyway) Wildcard seems to be pretty good though. So I suppose we will see what happens. Based on the reviews and my current experience with the book, I am predicting a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I will say this- I am getting through it, and reading it much faster than Stalking Jack the Ripper- I don’t know exactly what that means for that series but I am really really hoping to hop back into it and be able to get through it.


*Book Beaus are protective book sleeves made in America. They come in various sizes and patterns. You can shop their store here: Book Beaus. Quite honestly, I have one in every size, and have given two as gifts. They are super convenient, are durable, and come in the most adorable patterns. I cannot wait for their Harry Potter themed one (which I think they are releasing to Amazon this October).

6 thoughts on “First Impression Friday – Wildcard

  1. I’ve seen this one appear on a couple of bookblogs that I follow, and you are right: a lot of reviews do seem to be pretty bleh. The book looks interesting to me though, and I am glad you are enjoying it so far. Looking forward to reading your full review for it! 😊😊

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  2. Yet another book I really want to get to, but can’t because I haven’t read the first one yet! I just had this exact same experience over at Once Upon A Spine. I’ve had Vicious and Warcross on my bookshelf since December. Can’t seem to get to them. The ARCs won’t allow it!

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    1. Well at least you can binge the duology now instead of reading book one and then forgetting the entire plot and characters before jumping into book two a year later….
      I think you will like Warcross. It gave me some serious Ready Player One vibes. Wildcard as a slightly different feel to it though…
      I wouldn’t worry about not getting to it though. They are good, but not my all time fav, you know? I still think RPO was better.

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