Wednesday, April 23, 2014 22:49

Early Review 253. Kimberly Derting – The taking.

17838475Title: The taking
Author: Kimberly Derting.
Pages: 368
Expected publication date: April 29th 2014 by HarperTeen.
Sort: The taking #1.
Source: Edelweiss & Publisher.
Link: Goodreads.
A flash of white light.. and then.. nothing. When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day. Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men. Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken… and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

I’m not a huge fan of Aliens, but I always like to try new things and this sounded interesting. I really want to read the sequel to this book, because Derting managed to end it exactly how I like it: most of the story from this book is wrapped up and there is a big revealing that makes me anxious for more. That being said, this book wasn’t without flaws.
Monday, April 21, 2014 12:20

Fairytale News 35. Spoilers.

'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.

Spoilers, one of the things I hate with a fierce passion. A spoiler can ruin everything for me. A book (or a movie) is a journey for me. When I start the first page, I have no idea what I’m starting. The story builds up, the plot is thickening and finally I will reach the end and hopefully will be surprised when they reveal the conclusion. If I already know what is going to happen, I have the idea I’m reading the book for nothing. Why would I care about the story if it’s obvious that Y is going to die? Or if the killer is the MC’s best friend? It takes all the surprise, pleasure and fun out of the story.

Saturday, April 19, 2014 16:06

Review 252. Anne Blankman – Prisoner of night and fog.

17668473Title: Prisoner of night and fog.
Author: Anne Blankman.
Pages: 416.
Expected publication: April 22nd 2014 by Balzer + Bray
Sort: Prisoner of night and fog #1.
Source: Edelweiss & Publisher.
Link: Goodreads.
In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet. Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command. Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews. As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

What an impressive story! I was immediately blown away by the historical accuracy of the story (as far as I can tell) and I loved reading about the real people at the end of the book. It appears that Anne did a lot of research and it’s noticeable throughout the story. From the moment the book started I was hooked to Gretchen and the story didn’t let me go after that.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 22:25

Review 251. Maggie Stiefvater – The raven boys.

13449693Title: The raven boys.
Author: Maggie Stiefvater.
Pages: 409.
Published: September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press.
Sort: The raven cycle #1.
Source: My friend Christina, an early birthday present!
Link: Goodreads.

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little. For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

It's my birthday today and I've been saving this review for it. THANK YOU Christina! She got me this book a while back and it was great. I’m hooked to Maggie Stiefvater now (and I'm very happy that I also received Dream Thieves today!) I read this one when I had a lot of 'meh' reads and this was exactly what I needed.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 21:48

Mission impossible: Tackling series (update 2)

It’s time for an update (thanks to Siiri for reminding me!) If you don’t know about this mission, you can read all the details in my Tackling series introduction and my first update. With this mission I'm trying to cut down the huge amount of series I'm reading.

Sunday, April 13, 2014 10:48

Let it go #1. Talker 25 & Tease.

Let it go is my new feature, where I will spotlight all the books I DNF and the ones I read, but don’t want to review. I don't DNF often, but it does happen every now and then. I sometimes have books from my TBR pile I don't review, because I don't have much to say about it. This is where I will highlight them. And yes, the name is based on the wonderful song from the movie Frozen, hence the snowflake and the reindeer. This feature is based on several other DNF features.

Today I have two books for you. One dragon book gone wrong and a bully book I wish I could lit on fire. I don't think there has ever been a book that made me feel that way. There are books you don't like, there are books you can't connect with and this is a book I hated with a fierce passion.

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