Thursday, June 25, 2015 20:04

Cinderella book tag.

cinderellabooktagI was tagged by Rosie from Rosie Reads and this is perfect for my blog!

Cinderella is not my favorite fairytale, but I always admire the message in this story. Some people think she is weak and spineless, but I think she has bravery in her own way. You have to be strong to hold on to kindness if people always try to put you down. And I don’t think it’s hard to understand why she suffered through her treatment; she just wanted to be loved.

Enough rambling, on to the tag!
EVIL STEPSISTERS.
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A book with characters you hate.
This question can go both ways: I hate the main characters and the book or I just hate some characters. I could think of Harry Potter and then point out Umbridge, but in this case I go with Katherine Ewell – Dear Killer. I hated her clients (‘please kill off my husband, I love him, but I need the money’) and the unrealistic Killer who tries to act like she is a freaking Angel. 

PRINCE CHARMING

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A book with a gentleman.
I thought long and hard about this question and I’m going with Dane from Stitching Snow by R.C Lewis. He has fallen in love with Essie, but she is not yet on the same level and he takes a step back to give her time. If that isn’t the perfect gentleman move (at the same time also something normal you would expect, but we have our fair share of assholes in stories), I don’t know what is. 

CINDERELLA
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A character that is graceful, kind and defiant.
I’m going with Agnieszka from Uprooted by Naomi Novik. She had the right amount of sass. She is clumsy, always messy and she always manage to get on the Dragon’s nerve. So she might not be graceful, but definitely kind and defiant. 

FAIRY GODMOTHER

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A character that always has someone looking out for them.
I think Lucy from Not a drop to drink is a good example. Mindy McGinnis wrote a perfect Dystopian duology about a world where people fight for water. Lucy comes into the protection of Lynn and these two have such a strong bond at the end of the book.
 

HELPFUL CREATURES
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Something that makes you happy when you’re sad.
I could go a different way and surprise you with something unexpected, but I think it’s save to say that Disney and fairytale retellings always manage to cheer me up. There is something magical about both of them and no matter how bad I feel, a Disney movie can brighten my day.

ASHES
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A book you didn’t care for.
I have a few books I read this year that I didn’t care for, but the first one I could think of is Emancipated by M.G Reyes. Instead of the promised mystery I got stuck with clichéd characters and too many switching POV’s with the same voice.

PUMPKIN
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A character with a transformation.
Gia from The fill-in boyfriend showed a lot of development. She started out as a pretty shallow girl; desperate for likes on social media and attention from her friends. She was terrible to people who were ‘different’, so overall a bit of a mean girl. This all changes and suddenly she is aware of her horrible behaviour. I thought it was great how she slowly changes and becomes someone she can be proud of.  

IMPOSSIBLE
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A book with an ending you didn’t see coming.
Elizabeth May – The falconer. One word: CRUEL. SO CRUEL.

JUST BREATHE

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Something that inspires you to be courageous.
I’m not going with something, but with someone and that is Amy from Say what you will. Cammie McGovern wrote such an inspiring story about a girl who has to deal with cerebral palsy. It opened my eyes.

HAPPILY EVER AFTER
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A book with a perfect ending.
This book not only had the perfect ending for the story, but also for one of my all time favorite series. Robin LaFevers is a genius and Mortal Heart rocked. All the stories, from Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph, finally came together in a mind-blowing conclusion and it was all I could have ever asked for.

I tag:
Christina from Christina reads YA.
Debby from Snuggly Oranges.
If you are interested.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 20:28

Review 232. Kasie West – The fill-in boyfriend.

18660447Title: The fill-in boyfriend.
Author: Kasie West.
Pages: 352.
Published: May 5th 2015 by HarperTeen
Sort: Stand-alone.
Source:  I received an ARC from the publisher. Thanks HC International!
When Gia Montgomery's boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she'd been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley. The problem is that days after prom, it's not the real Bradley she's thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn't even know. But tracking him down doesn't mean they're done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend's graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.
Rating:

Yes. That is correct. I gave this book, a contemporary, 5 glowing flowers. If you are a frequent visitor you might be aware that I don’t read many fluffy contemporaries. I never thought I would ever find one I enjoyed so much that I would give it 5 flowers, but leave it up to Kasie West to change that. I first devoured her Pivot Point series and then I really enjoyed On the fence. With this book as prove, I can easily say she is now on my auto-buy list.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 10:38

Review 231. R.C Lewis – Stitching snow.

20706656Title: Stitching Snow.
Author: R.C Lewis.
Pages: 328.
Published: October 14th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion.
Sort: Stand-alone.
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Princess Snow is missing. Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all. Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines. When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.
Rating:

I think all the comparisons to The Lunar Chronicles are doing this clever story an injustice. Fairytale retellings and books are bound to have similarities. Sure, the sci-fi setting and certain elements could be connected with Marissa Meyer’s series, but Stitching Snow is a story on it’s own and it’s a damn good one.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 20:22

TTT 42. Summer TBR list.

The last time I did a Top Ten Tuesday was March 10th, so I figured it was time to join again. I always like to make TBR lists (and I always suck at completing them) and I really want to succeed this time. I decided to pick books with certain themes, so here is what I came up with:

The everyone loves them so I MUST read them as soon as possible books.
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I love The Raven Boy cycle by Maggie Stiefvater and I’ve heard good things about The scorpio races. I bought this book not too long ago and I can’t wait to pick up this pretty edition. Elizabeth Wein – Code name verity sounds like such an interesting story and I am ready for all the feelings. You can’t go around the blogosphere without stumbling on Renée Ahdieh – The wrath and the dawn. It is a retelling of A thousand and one night, so this sounds right up my alley.

The I can finally finish this series conclusion.
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Susan Ee surprised me with her bloody series, featuring Angelfall and World After. I have heard mixed things about ir, but I can’t wait to see more of Penryn in End of days. Victoria Schwab can’t do anything wrong. I was blown away by A darker shade of magic, I liked Vicious and I fell in love with The archived. It’s about time I start The unbound (I just found out this is not the last book, but she will self-publish a third book at some point. Thanks to Debby for making me aware of that). A.C Gaughen hooked me with Scarlet and destroyed me with Lady Thief. My body is ready for Lion heart.

The gimme all the fantasy books.
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My friend Christina has been raving about this book, so I knew I had to buy it. The glass sentence has an interesting promise and I can’t wait to dive into this world. The storyspinner talks about magical abilities, a quest and a princess. You don’t have to say any more words to make me excited.

The you can’t have enough fairytales in your life tales.
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The glass casket is supposed to be a loose retelling of Snow white and I’m all in for darker fairytales. Valiant uses a less-popular fairytale and I wish we got more of those too. This one features gender bending and I can’t get enough of that!

What are you planning to read this summer?
Sunday, June 14, 2015 12:41

Unpopular opinion book tag.

I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but saw this tag floating around the community and I like the questions. If you haven’t done this tag, consider yourself tagged right now. The tag was created on Youtube, but I couldn't find the source.

1. A Popular Book or series that you didn't like.
imageFinnikin of the rock by Melina Marchetta. I was bored to death. Everyone is raving about the characters, but if she would have killed every single character I would have been fine with it. The writing-style was also nothing special to me. I thought the world-building was okay, so that counts for something I guess?

2. A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.
imageI think R.C Lewis - Stitching Snow. It’s a good thing I didn’t give up on this book, because of my love for fairytales. It’s one of the best books I’ve read this year. Many people compare it with Cinder and say it's a copy, but I never got that idea. The only thing they have in common is the genre (sci-fi retelling) Saying it's not unique should not be a reason to dislike a book, because good luck with finding something unique (especially with retellings)

Thursday, June 11, 2015 17:43

Review 230. Danielle L. Jensen – Hidden Huntress.

21851568Title: Hidden Huntress.
Author: Danielle L. Jensen.
Pages: 427.
Published: June 2nd 2015 by Angry Robot.
Sort: The Malediction trilogy #2.
Part 1. Stolen Songbird.
Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.
Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation. Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high. To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted.
Rating:

I had high expectations for Hidden Huntress after falling in love with Stolen Songbird and Danielle did a great job. This book doesn’t suffer from the dreaded second-book-syndrome. I didn’t love it as much as Stolen Songbird, but it was an engaging story . There are mild spoilers for Stolen Songbird.
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