Friday, November 21, 2014 20:10

Review 302. Kasie West – Pivot Point series.

18090000Title: Pivot point.
Author: Kasie West.
Pages: 384.
Published: December 31st 2013 by HarperTeen.
Sort: Pivot point #1.
Source: Debby gave me her ARC copy.
Addison Coleman's life is one big "What if?" As a Searcher, a special type of clairvoyant, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she is able to look into the future and see both outcomes. So when her parents tell her they are getting a divorce and she has to pick who she wants to live with, a Search has never been more important. In one future Addie is living with her mom in the life she's always known and is being pursued by the most popular guy in school. In the other she is the new girl in school, where she falls for a cute, quiet artist. Then Addie finds herself drawn into a murder investigation, and her fate takes a darker turn. With so much to lose in either future, Addie must decide which reality she's willing to live through . . . and who she's willing to live without.

My first experience with Kasie West was her contemporary On the fence (which was adorable) Right away I knew I had to read more from her, so when Debby offered her copy I decided to go for it – and I’m so happy I did. This book blew me away and after finishing it in one sitting, I immediately ordered the second copy. You can read both reviews, they are spoiler-free.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 19:13

Top 10 Tuesday 39. Sequels.

What a difficult topic. You can see at my last post about my Mission Impossible about finishing series that I’m in the middle of a lot of series. A lot of them are special to me and I want to read the sequels like yesterday, but these are the ones I could think of right away:

1. Untitled Throne of Glass #4 by Sarah J. Maas.
ALL THE FEELINGS. After reading Heir of fire I need more. I still haven't written a review for HOF, it's so epic I can't find the words.

2. Untitled Red Queen #2 by Victoria Aveyard.
The first book will be published February 2015 and I already can’t wait for the sequel. I was impressed by the story.

3. The pirate code by Heidi Schulz.
Hook’s revenge is the first book and it was ADORABLE. If you like spunky MC's and fairytale retellings, you definitely need to check it out. My review will be up soon.

4. The winner’s crime by Marie Rutkoski.
The winner’s curse was a great book. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen. I still need to post my review though.

5. Ensnared by A.G Howard.
The dark twist to Wonderland is fantastic and the ending from the second book was brutal. I need to find out how it’s going to end.

6. Lion Heart by A.C Gaughen.
GIVE IT TO ME PLEASE. Scarlet was great, Lady Thief destroyed me.

7. The vanishing throne by Elizabeth May.
Look at the kick-ass cover! And after the ending from The Falconer I need more.

8. Winter by Marissa Meyer.
I don’t think this is a surprise. I’m in love with the creative twist to the original tales and one word: Thorne. Cinder, Scarlet and Cress are amazing.

9. End of Days by Susan Ee.
The story gets more gory and bloody with each sequel, I need this in my life.

10. The invasion of the Tearling by Erica Johanson.
The Queen of the Tearling was by no means perfect, but there was something about her storytelling that makes me hungry for more.

What are some of the sequels you are waiting for? Link me up with your TTT.

Sunday, November 16, 2014 12:23

Mission impossible: tackling series (update 4)

I thought it was time for another update! If you don’t know about this mission, you can read all the details in my Tackling series introduction - my first update & second update & third update. With this mission I'm trying to cut down the huge amount of series I'm reading.

These are the series I hope to finish this year:
1. Gail Carriger - Parasol protectorate (Heartless & Timeless)
2. Rae Carson - The bitter kingdom (novella's optional)
3. Juliet Marillier - Seven waters (Flame of Seven Waters)
4. Veronica Roth - Divergent (Allegiant)
5. Adam Gidwitz - A tale dark and Grimm (The Grimm conclusion)

6. Dan Wells - Partials sequence (Ruins)
7.Marie Lu - Legend (Champion)
8. Leigh Bardugo - Grisha (Ruin and Rising)
9. Mary Pearson - Jenna Fox chronicles (Fox Forever)
10. Lauren DeStefano - Wither (Fever)
11. Kendare Blake - Anna dressed in blood (Girl of nightmares)12. Julie Kagawa - The forever song (Blood of Eden)

These are the series I already finished:
1. Juliet Marillier - Seven Waters (6 books)
2. Dan Wells - Partials sequence (3 books)
3. Julie Kagawa - Blood of Eden (3 books)
4. Veronica Roth - Divergent (3 books)
5. Amy Tintera - Reboot (2 books)
6. Rae Carson - Girl of fire and thorns (3 books)
7. Leigh Bardugo - Grisha (3 books)
8. Alison Goodman – Eona (2 books)
9. Robin LaFevers - His fair assassin (3 books)
10. Kristin Cashore - Graceling Realm (3 books)
11. Laini Taylor - Daughter of smoke and bone (3 books)
12. Kasie West - Pivot Point (2 books)
13. Kat Zhang - Hybrid chronicles (3 books)
14. Mindy McGinnis - Not a drop to drink (2 books)
15. Megan Shepherd - The madman's daughter (3 books)
16. Kendare Blake - Anna (2 books)

As you can see, I’m not the type of person that sticks to lists. I’m a mood reader, so it’s always hard for me to predict what I’m going to read. Luckily I made my list as a guideline. I’m happy that I made such a progress this year. I’m definitely going to challenge myself again next year, because it’s motivating to see that I can finish series if I want to.

Here are the statistics so far:

Let me know how you are doing with your series!

Thursday, November 13, 2014 20:51

Review 301. Claudia Gray – A thousand pieces of you.

17234658Title: A thousand pieces of you.
Author: Claudia Gray.
Pages: 368.
Published: November 4th 2014 by Harper Teen.
Sort: Firebird #1.
Source: Edelweiss & Publisher.
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him. Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

This was a hard review to write, because I don’t have much to say about A thousand pieces of you. This is a typical 3-star book for me. It was good, but nothing spectacular and I think I will forget about this soon. But for now, let us stare for a while at the beautiful cover *stares*
Monday, November 10, 2014 21:31

Review 300. Miriam Forster – Empire of shadows.

18716722Title: Empire of shadows.
Author: Miriam Forster.
Pages: 496.
Published: November 4th 2014 by Harper Teen
Sort: Bhinian Empire #2.
Review part 1: City of a thousand dolls.
Source:  I received an ARC from the publisher.

Cast out of her family three years ago, Mara turned to the only place that would take her—a school where students train to protect others. But Mara is stunned when guarding a noble girl in the Empire’s capital turns out to be more dangerous than she could’ve imagined. More shocking still, she finds the boy she thought she had lost forever outside the gates of her new home. Mara knew her life in the dizzying Imperial city would hold dangers. How could she have known that her heart, as well as her life, would be at stake?

There is something about Miriam’s writing-style that really works for me. I love the way she creates the world and how she slowly unfolds the plot.
Friday, November 07, 2014 18:33

Fairytale News 43. Reviewing series.

'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.

Writing reviews is something I love to do. It’s fun to write down all my thoughts/feelings and talk about everything I liked and disliked. I always take care to post warnings about spoilers, because you know how much I hate spoilers. This is the reason I always have problems with reviews for series and installments.

It is SO hard to talk about a book in the middle of a series without giving too much information. I want to say enough to make people curious so they pick up the first book, but how on earth do you write such a review? The sequel is a continuation of a storyline and (hopefully) shows the development from characters, but you can't say too much about it. I feel like I'm walking in circles: trying to show you that it's a good book without actually coming to the point, because that might be a spoiler.

That's why it’s difficult for me to find a good way to review those sequels and they always seem to get less comments. I’ve been trying to write them in another format and you might have seen my first experiment where I reviewed the books of Bayern from Shannon Hale. I’m also saving reviews, so I can publish my reviews right after each other like with Mindy McGinnis duology Not a drop to drink and In a handful of dust.

The downside of these methods is, that some reviews have to wait until I’m done with the sequel(s) – and we all know from my mission impossible that there are a lot of unpublished series I’m reading. Sometimes I have no choice but to publish my review, especially when it's a review copy.


I’m very curious to see how you handle these sequel-reviews?
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