Friday, August 22, 2014 13:26

Let it go #5. Alias Hook, Eona and Adorkable.

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. 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 a DNF review for a fairytale retelling that just didn't work for me.  It's a shame, because it's about my favorite character from the TV show Once upon a time and I was hoping to get some interesting background story; Alias Hook. I also review the second book in the duology about Eon/Eona, which disappointed me and I was surprised by Adorkable. I liked it more than I thought I would, because I don't read many fluffy contemporaries.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 14:41

Review 282. Libba Bray – The diviners.

7728889Title: The Diviners.
Author: Libba Bray.
Pages: 578.
Published: September 18th by Little, Brown books for Young readers.
Sort: The Diviners #1.
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

First of: this book is creepy! Don’t let the thickness of this book stop you from reading this one, because it’s a great story with interesting characters. I’m happy we decided to pick this book up for our book club, otherwise I wouldn’t have read this one any time soon.
Monday, August 18, 2014 10:09

Bout of books Updates.

Here you can find all the details about my Sign up post and goals. You can also follow my progress on Twitter with the hashtag #dailyboutofbooks. You can find some of my photographs on my instagram: Mel_1704.

Today I'm starting this pretty book, Laini Taylor - Days of blood and starlight.
-Pages read: 352.
-Total number of books read: 0.
-Goals achieved: I visited around 40 blogs today and unfortunately I forgot about the Twitter chat (and I must admit I fell asleep when I was reading on my bed, haha)

I finished Days of blood and starlight this morning. It was even better than Daughter of smoke and bone. I was blown away by the story and how dark it was. Right now, I'm reading Dreams of gods and monsters.

-Pages read: 161, so I finished my first book, and 191 pages in Dreams of gods and monsters.
-Total number of books read: 1. Days of blood and starlight.
-Goals achieved: I visited around 30 blogs today and as you can see, I participated in one challenge:

One True Paring challenge on Infinite Ink.
One of my favorite pairs can be found in Robin LaFevers - Dark Triumph. Sybella and 'Beast' are my example of true love. When they first meet they don't like each other. Beast knocks her unconscious and takes her away from her mission. Sybella isn't ready to let someone into her life.

He is often described as ugly, but he has such a warm, loyal and loving heart. Sybella is a broken character, but under his watch she develops and starts to love herself. She can accept her past. They understand each other and that makes it such a beautiful relationship, based on mutual respect. And not to forget: they have a sizzling chemistry!

-Pages read: 422 pages, so I finished the epic Dreams of Gods and monsters.
-Total number of books read: 2.
-Goals achieved: I think I visited around.. 70 blogs? But I didn't comment on all of them, perhaps.. 35? Not really important, it's just fun going around, finding new blogs and seeing everyone's progress!

-Pages read: 358, finished The Jewel. *rage*
-Total number of books read: 3.
-Goals achieved: I did the challenge and had a day off from visiting blogs :)

Like this, try this Challenge on
Writing my own fairytale.

Both have strong female MC's. Both feature Angels in a different way than we know them. Both series are dark and gritty. Both of them feature interesting love-interests (with no insta-love or love-triangles) Both of them have other important relationships. DOSAB; Karou and her best friend Zuzana. Angelfall: Penryn and her little sister.

-Pages read: 298 pages in The winner's curse, it's really good! Also 40 pages in The catcher in the rye for the book club and I can't stand it.
-Total number of books read: 3.
-Goals achieved: I didn't keep track of how many blogs I visited, but it was fun to hop around. If I would guess I would say about 30. I've been thinking about the challenge, but I couldn't come up with anything good.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014 13:15

Review 281. Kristin Cashore – Bitterblue.

17623976Title: Bitterblue.
Author: Kristin Cashore.
Pages: 608.
Published: September 17th 2013.
Sort: Graceling Realm #3.
Graceling Realm #1. Graceling.
Graceling Realm #2. Fire.
When Queen Bitterblue took the throne of Monsea, she was a child, and her advisers ran the kingdom for her. Now she is beginning to question their decisions, especially how they handle the legacy of her father Leck, who who ruled through his Grace—a special talent for mind-altering—and his taste for darkness and violence. Bitterblue needs to know Monsea’s past to lead it into the future, so she begins exploring the city sreets at night, disguised and alone. As she does, she meets two thieves, who hold a key to the truth of Leck's reign. And one of them, with a Grace that he hasn't yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

A very solid conclusion to a good series. Bitterblue wasn’t my favorite character from the series, but I liked how she developed and it was interesting to see the mystery reveal piece by piece.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 16:55

Review 280. Kristin Cashore – Fire.

FIRE_JKT_1.inddTitle: Fire.
Author: Kristin Cashore.
Pages: 461.
Published: October 5th 2009 by Dial boks.
Sort: Graceling Realm #2.
Graceling Realm #1. Graceling
It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men. This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own. Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there's more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom. If only she weren't afraid of becoming the monster her father was.

This is such a powerful story about a broken girl who starts to discover her own possibilities. I loved seeing Fire grow and how she begins to accept herself. Sometimes it was on the line of becoming whining, but at the same time it’s not strange she had such a hard time.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:05

Top 10 Tuesday 36. Books I’m not sure I want to read.


Today’s topic is all about books we’re not sure we want to read for different reasons.

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