Monday, September 22, 2014 13:56

The GIF tag.

I was tagged by Reviews of a bookworm to do this tag. I tried to hunt down who started this tag, but I couldn't find it.. Please let me know if you know the creator! The tag is very simple. I got a list of 10 books from Reviews of a bookworm and I had to find a GIF to describe my feelings. At the end I will tag other people with a list of 10 books I came up with.

GIF TAG.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
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I was very late with this series; this is the time where I tell you I saw the movie before I read the book *hides* It was the first movie that made me curious about the series and after that, I fell in love. I think these movies are one of the best adaptations I’ve seen so far and I can’t wait for Mockingjay part 1 (although I’m still not sure why they cut it in half.) I picked this GIF, because I thought it was an impressive scene with a lot of meaning to the story. This is the moment where she started to gain loyalty and where I really admired her character.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling.
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I had the hardest time trying to find a GIF to match my feelings.  I decided to pick a GIF with one of my favorite characters and this one made me laugh. Thinking about Harry Potter makes me happy & smile. I also think about this emotion, because despite the horrors that happened, there was always hope. I still can’t believe there was a time in my life where I decided I didn’t want to read HP. I’m grateful that my aunt & uncle bought me the book anyway and introduced me to one of the best fandoms there is.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
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It was so easy to identify with Cath and how she’d rather stay in her room writing than going to a party. Her friendship with Levi was heart-warming and she reminded me immediately of this scene from Frozen. Catch was shy and a bit awkward around people too.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
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I haven’t read the book and thinking about it, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the complete movie. I’m not sure what it is. I’m planning to see it soon though, because I do like watching classics – and I have the book somewhere on the shelves.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
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This series slowly destroys me (and not only because I have to wait for the fourth books) It’s making me feel all these feelings and sometimes it’s too much to handle it. I have so much love for these characters. I also found another very appropriate GIF I had to include, because I definitely prefer to use that term. 

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.
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This movie *double facepalm* I have NO idea that they were thinking. Most of the scenes made me cringe, Rose and Dimitri had zero chemistry and what was going on with his hair? But if we talk about the book, I must say I felt very underwhelmed. 

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.
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I mentioned this book in my TBR tag as one of the books I feel everyone has read but me; I hope I’m soon one of those people too. It’s high on my TBR pile and I hope to read it before the end of this year.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
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I’m pretty lonely when it comes to my opinion about this book, but I disliked it. I don’t get the appeal of Étienne and why everyone loves him so much and I didn’t like all the drama.

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.
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I saw the movie and I liked the concept, but I’ve never bothered with the books.. I might need to change that soon. Has anyone read the books? Are they worth it?

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
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For some reason, I’m just not interested in this book. Almost all my friends on Goodreads loved it, but there is something about it that doesn’t speak to me.


I tag all my followers, so if you feel like doing this tag, go ahead! Here are my 10 books:

1. Leigh Bardugo - Shadow and bone.
2. Marissa Meyer - Cinder.
3. Markus Zusak - The book thief.
4. Rae Carson - The girl of fire and thorns.
5. Robin LaFevers - Grave Mercy.
6. Kristin Cashore - Graceling.
7. Maggie Stiefvater - The raven boys.
8. Julie Kagawa - The immortal rules.
9. Marie Rutkoski - The winner's curse.
10. Laini Taylor - Daughter of smoke and bone.
Saturday, September 20, 2014 11:32

Review 288. Shannon Hale – series: The books of Bayern.

This series came highly recommended by Emily from Reverie Rhapsody (and if you don't know her, you should check out her beautiful blog!) This is one of her favorite series and after devouring a book every day, I understand why.

179064The goose girl. 383 pages. May 13th 2005 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt's guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani's journey to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her. Becoming a goose girl for the king, Ani eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny.
RATING: 4 STARS. This was by far my favorite book from the series (so far, I haven’t read Forest Born yet) and I think it’s because it’s based on a fairy tale. Ani – short for Anidori – is send away to a foreign country to get married to the prince. Her mother arranged everything to get more ties with Bayern. Ani grew up under her aunt’s guidance and that’s how she learned to speak with animals; a skill that isn’t appreciated by most. When she is on her way to Bayern, Ani is betrayed by her lady-in-waiting and she managed to escape. She takes the job of goose girl for the King until she finds a way to tell the truth.

Ani was a strong character. I liked how she embraces being different and how she uses her gifts. She becomes a goose girl without whining or feeling sorry for herself. Better, she starts to enjoy her new life and the freedom it gives her. There are no twists or unexpected turns, but that's not what this story needs. It was magical.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 00:58

MIM #1. Into the storm.

Welcome to my new feature, where I will be coming books and movies! I bet you can guess how I came up in the name, but in case you aren’t; Alice in Wonderland. You can find my inspirations in this post Fairytale news: other content.

MV5BMjMwODI2ODc3Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDQwNjkwMjE@._V1_SX214_AL_Here is it! The first movie review I've ever written. I was planning to talk about music too, but to be honest, I wasn't paying attention to that aspect.

Information:
Release Information.
Director: Steven Quale.
Writer: John Swetnam.

Storyline (IMDB):
In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Rating:
3 lemondeBased on the fact that I don’t feel the need to buy it on DVD or to watch it again any time soon. It’s a good movie and I recommend watching it if you enjoy disaster movies, but it’s not the most memorable movie I’ve ever seen.

Monday, September 15, 2014 09:52

7 Deadly sins tag.

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I was tagged by Aylee - Recovering Harry Potter addict and Micheline - Lunar Rainbows to do this Deadly Sins Questionnaire Tag (created by BookishlyMalyza)

1. Greed - What is your most inexpensive book? What is your most expensive book?
1001004010441543If I don’t count free books, I would say 0.50 cents. I used to go to the second-hand bookstore all the time until it was shut down. I only buy new books now and my most expensive one has to be one of my school books. I would say Campbell – Biology with 84 euros. (I’m lucky enough that my parents paid for my books)

Other expensive ones; I think all the Dutch books I bought for 20 euros when I bought them in the store, before I knew TBD and switched to English YA.


2. Wrath - What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
Lauren Oliver. I absolutely adored her Middle Grade books Liesl & Po and The spindles, but I hated Panic and the Delirium series. I’m very curious how I feel about her upcoming adult book.

3. Gluttony - What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?
I would say Markus Zusak – The book thief, J.K Rowling – Harry Potter and Juliet Marillier – Wildwood Dancing, Heart’s blood and the first three books from her Sevenwaters series. These are a couple of my favorite books in the world and I often reread them. I also reread quite some books this year, like Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph, Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, The girl of fire and thorns, The crown of Ember so I could finish all the conclusions. I hope to reread Tiger Lily soon.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 11:00

Review 287. Kat Zhang – Echoes of us.

17352960Title: Echoes of us.
Author: Kat Zhang.
Pages: 638.
Expected publication: September 16th 2014 by HarperCollins.
Sort: (Conclusion) Hybrid Chronicles #3.
Review #1. What’s left of me.
Review #2. Once we were.
Source: ARC from HarperCollins international.
To change the world, I may lose everything
All Eva ever wanted was the chance to be herself. But in the Americas, to be hybrid—to share your body with a second soul—is not tolerated past childhood. Now Eva and Addie, her sister soul, are constantly on the move, hiding from the officials who seek to capture them. But the tide is changing. A revolution is brewing, and people are starting to question the hybrids' mistreatment. Then Marion, an ambitious reporter, offers Eva and Addie a daring proposal: If they go undercover and film the wretched conditions of a hybrid institution, she will not only rescue them, she'll find a way to free Jackson, the boy Addie loves. It's risky, and Eva will have to leave Ryan and her friends behind, but if she succeeds, it could also tip the scales forever and lead to hybrid freedom. As Eva and Addie walk into danger, they cling to each other and the hope of a better future. But the price they might pay is higher than they ever could have imagined.

Rating:


A good conclusion to a solid Dystopian series. It’s not the most memorable story ever, but if you want an interesting story that delivers constant quality, you might want to give this series a shot. There are no hard spoilers for any of the books.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 06:00

Review 286. Maria Snyder – Fire study.

6114921Title: Fire Study.
Author: Maria V. Snyder.
Pages: 441.
Published: January 16th 2009 by MIRA Books.
Sort: Study #3.
Part 1. Poison study.
Part 2. Magic study.

Warning: spoilers in the blurb if you haven't read the other books.
The apprenticeship is over
Now the real test has begun

When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder — able to capture and release souls—spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena's fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before. Honor sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself—and save the land she holds dear.
Rating:

I’m glad that this book returned to the old charm from Poison Study. I was a bit underwhelmed by Magic study, but in the end, I found this one so much more enjoyable. There is more Valek time, Yelena has settled down and I liked the tension of the rise against Ixia.

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