Wednesday, January 28, 2015 14:52

Review 211. Samantha Shannon – The mime order.

17901125Title: The mime order.
Author: Samantha Shannon.
Pages: 528.
Published: January 27th 2015 by Bloomsbury
Sort: The bone season #2.
TBS #1. The bone season.
Source: I borrowed an ARC copy from sweet Debby. Thank you!
Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London. As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.
Rating:

I enjoyed this book much more than the previous book. The bone season felt a bit overwhelming with the information-dumps in the beginning, but I had no problems with The mime order. The details are spread throughout the story and instead of being lost, I felt wrapped inside this world and its characters. Spoiler-free if you haven't read both books.

Monday, January 26, 2015 23:04

TBR pile tag.

TBR pile
I was tagged by Sana from artsy musings of a bibliophile to do this tag a lot time ago, so you can all laugh at me and my methods to tackle my never-ending, always growing TBR pile. I tried to find the creator from this tag, but I couldn’t find anything.

HOW DO YOU KEEP TRACK OF YOUR TBR?
I use a Goodreads shelf called ‘owned-tbr’ and when I finish a book I move it to my ‘owned’ shelf. Lately I’ve been using my boyfriend’s apartment to stack most of the books from my TBR pile. Here are some of the books I plan to read soon:

IS YOUR TBR MOSTLY PRINT OR EBOOKS?
Print. I don’t like to buy a lot of ebooks, because I always want a print if I love the book and that’s more expensive than buying the print right away. E-books also don't end up on my 'owned' list, because I don't feel I truly own them. Does that make any sense?


HOW DO YOU DETERMINE WHICH BOOK FROM YOUR TBR TO READ NEXT?
That is a very random process. I read several books at the same time. For my TBR pile: I’m a mood reader, so first I decide what genre I want to read (which is most of the times fantasy/fairytales anyway) and then I look at my stacks and pick the book I want to read. For my review TBR pile I try to look at my Excel file, but I don’t always stick to my schedule. Here is a sneak peek for 2015;

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A BOOK THAT HAS BEEN ON YOUR TBR THE LONGEST?
According to Goodreads: Joy Preble – Dreaming Anastasia


A BOOK YOU RECENTLY ADDED TO YOUR TBR?
The Scholastic box set from Harry Potter and Fairest by Marissa Meyer (both are on their way to me)


A BOOK IN YOUR TBR BECAUSE OF ITS BEAUTIFUL COVER?
Amanda Sun – Ink. I really like the soft colors.


A BOOK IN YOUR TBR THAT YOU NEVER PLAN ON READING?
To be honest, there are several books that I never plan to read. I gave a lot of them away already, because my book taste has changed over time. There is one that really surprises me though. I have no idea why I bought it. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor – Incredibly Alice. It’s also book 23 in a series I’ve never heard of? So this one is on my pile for the secondhand bookstore.


AN UNPUBLISHED BOOK IN YOUR TBR THAT YOU’RE EXCITED FOR?
I can’t answer this. Do you know how many books I’m waiting for? I have an Excel file to keep track of all the books I want to add to my  physical TBR pile and I pile all the unpublished books in my 'not-published-yet' Goodreads shelf.


A BOOK IN YOUR TBR THAT EVERYONE RECOMMENDS TO YOU?
P.C Cast & Kristin Cast – Marked. HAHA. Just kidding. I’ve heard a lot of good things about These broken stars.


NUMBER OF BOOKS IN MY TBR?According to Goodreads: physical copies: 343. Woops? TBR one day: 2717.
Friday, January 23, 2015 00:10

A court of thorns and roses movie casting.

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Title: A court of thorns and roses.
Author: Queen Sarah J. Maas.
Expected publication: May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children's
Source: Judith was kind enough to let me borrow her copy <3
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
I started this book the moment I got it in the mail and I couldn’t put it down. Don’t ask if I like it more than Throne of glass, because I have an equal love for both series for different reasons. My review will be up closer to the publication date (okay, let's be real here: it's more the rambling of a raving fangirl trying to sound reasonable), but I already want to show you my ultimate cast in the hope to make you even more excited. I know I can't wait to get a published copies in my hands so I can re-read this. The prose, the world-building, the hot chemistry.. Okay, I'm drifting off. Here we go:
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 22:02

Review 210. Megan Shepherd – A cold legacy.

16182308Title: A cold legacy.
Author: Megan Shepherd.
Pages: 400.
Published: January 27th 2015 by Balzer + Bray.
Sort: The madman’s daughter #3.
The madman’s daughter.
Her dark curiosity.
Source: Edelweiss & Publisher.

After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls. Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.

Rating:

To say that I disliked the second book Her dark curiosity would be an understatement. I absolutely LOATHED the sequel to The madman’s daughter. There was nothing about the book I liked, but based on the first book and the promise of A cold legacy I decided to give this series another shot. It’s not only a good feeling to cross another series of my list, I’m also happy to announce this was much more enjoyable.

Warning: don’t read the blurb from this book if you don’t want to spoiler yourself. It’s safe to read my review if you haven’t read any of the books.
Sunday, January 18, 2015 21:24

Review 309. Paul Durham – The luck uglies.

18635085Title: The luck uglies.
Author: Paul Durham.
Pages: 395.
Published: April 29th 2014 by HarperCollins.
Sort: The luck Uglies #1.
Source: Edelweiss & Publisher.
Strange things are happening in Village Drowning, and a terrifying encounter has Rye O'Chanter convinced that the monstrous, supposedly extinct Bog Noblins have returned. Now Rye's only hope is an exiled secret society so notorious its name can't be spoken aloud: the Luck Uglies. As Rye dives into Village Drowning's maze of secrets, rules, and lies, she'll discover the truth behind the village's legends of outlaws and beasts...and that it may take a villain to save them from the monsters.
Rating:

This charming middle grade is compared to Stefan Bachmann – The peculiar and I can see why. It has the same tone to it, with it’s mystery around the notorious group that is called ‘The luck Uglies.’ and the appearance of a dangerous beast. I think this book has a lot to offer to both adult as children.
Friday, January 16, 2015 14:57

Fairytale News 45. Originality.


This is something I struggle with. I’m always busy with my content and trying to come up with new ideas, but sometimes I’m stuck. It’s hard to be original and unique, especially when you have the feeling almost everything has been done. I enjoy writing my discussion posts, but at the same time I don’t want to use popular/overused topics all the time.

While I’m very proud of my blog, there are moments I’m a bit jealous of the endless posts from people. I admired them for coming up with things I wish I thought of – and I wish I could be as inspiring as them. At the moment I’m busy with real life, like you might know I started my internship, and I’m still trying to figure out a good balance between reading, life and blog posts. I feel a bit empty when it comes to discussion posts.

Most of my inspiration comes from things I see on the internet, my own personal experiences or things people around me say. Examples of this posts are when I talked about bullying and the wrong use of the word, my life growing up as a reader and my love for Disney. But there are moments I’m scared to fall into repetition or the worst thing I’m afraid of: that people get bored of my content.

I'm happy that I came up with my movie feature, because I can spread my Disney love, and I have some posts coming up about things like popularity, the 'best' posts and second reading chances. My question is, how do you come up with new content? And are there certain topics you want to see here, like more personal things?


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