Thursday, May 31, 2012 13:53

Review 39. Diane Zahler - The thirteenth princess.

Author: Diane Zahler.
Pages: 256.
Published: February 2nd 2010 (first published September 9th 2009).
Publisher: HarperCollins.
Sort: Stand alone.
Zita is not an ordinary servant girl--she's the thirteenth daughter of a king who wanted only sons. When she was born, Zita's father banished her to the servants' quarters to work in the kitchens, where she can only communicate with her royal sisters in secret.Then, after Zita's twelfth birthday, the princesses all fall mysteriously ill. The only clue is their strangely worn and tattered shoes. With the help of her friends--Breckin the stable boy, Babette the witch, and Milek the soldier--Zita follows her bewitched sisters into a magical world of endless dancing and dreams. But something more sinister is afoot--and unless Zita and her friends can break the curse, the twelve princesses will surely dance to their deaths.
Rating:

Short.

This story is all about Zira, who finds out that she is the thirteenth princess. She is the one who can save her sisters when the princesses all fall ill. Together with Breckin, Babette en Milek, Zira must try to find a way to break the curse before it is too late. This story has great characters in it. Zira is a lovely, young girl with a big heart. Milek is the strong, older brother from Breckin.

Long.
Zira is raised in the kitchen by Cook, until she finds out that she is no servant girl. In fact, she is the thirteenth princess and that's a nice suprise for her.

Aurelia is the first born child. After that, the King made sure that there was no magic in his Kingdom. The nurse said it could be dangerous for Aurelia. Soon after that, the other sisters arrived: the twin Alanna and Ariadne. Althea, Adena, Asenka. Another twin Amina and Ailima. Akila, Allegra, Asmita and Anisa. The King was done with daughters, he wanted a son. But when his wife dies giving birth to another daughter, he is devastated. He doesn't want the child, so he calls her Zira and she must be raised by the kitchen staff.

That is a horrible thing to do. Even in the end, I never felt any sympathy towards the King. He is harsh for his daughters and he blames Zira for something that isn't her fault. What I did like was the fact that Zira and the princesses are so nice to each other. Zira can sleep in their room every sunday. There is a secret passage between the kitchen and their sleeping room. And sometimes a princess leaves a hidden note for Zira, telling her that they miss her.

Zira feels wonderful and she even makes a new friend. Breckin, a boy who works in the stables. What a sweetheart! He sounds so cute and I liked how their feelings are developing. It's not that the author speaks about never ending love and passion - keep in mind that they are twelve - but it's real. It's the kind of feeling everybody had when you were around that age. Together they find out that there is still a witch in their Kingdom. Her name is Babette and it's a nice old woman. She always bakes cookies and other tasty stuff. Jummy! She comes in handy when the trouble is coming:

Something is terribly wrong. Her sisters are becoming very sick. They are tired all the time; they can't get out of bed anymore. Zira discovers that they are cursed. Zira must find a way to break the curse before it is too late. But how? And who is behind the curse?

Oh, how I loved this twist on the original story! It really sticks to the story, but I love the addition of another sister. Zira is such a fun character! She is very nice, but stubborn at the same time. She knows what she wants and she is brave. I like the fact that, even when she finds out that she is a princess, she stays the same. I already knew who did it halfway, but it didn't spoil the story :)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 17:11

WoW 14. Snow white Sorrow & Dust.


Snow White Sorrow (The Grimm Diaries, #1)The real Snow White... living in the ruins of an ancient castle in a small town. She is described as horribly beautiful, terrifyingly enchanting, and wickedly lovely.

What he finds instead is a beautiful monster girl filled with rage and hurt, who has an epic untold story to tell of things such like why the Brothers Grimm altered the fairy tale, who the Evil Queen really is, where the mirror came from, and who possessed it.

Snow White has killed every person who has dared come near the castle where she once lived with the queen. Mysteriously, she lets Loki live.
To read the whole synopsis, you can click on this  link to Goodreads. I've found out about this book today and there's a lot going on. You can find out by going through the reviews. Expected publication: October 30th 2012.

Dust4. The number of times my delicate wings have been broken and clamped behind my back.
68. The number inked upon my skin marking me the sixty-eighth pixie to be stolen.
87. The number of days I’ve been wrongfully imprisoned by the fairies.
88. The first day the faeries will regret stealing me.

So, that's it for today! What is your pick this week?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 15:34

Top 10 Tuesday (12)


Top Ten Books Written (In The Past 10 Years) That I Hope Are Still Being Read In 30 Years.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)1. J.K Rowling - Harry Potter. This will always be my big love in my book collection. When people stop to read these books, the earth will split open and the sky will drop down on the earth :p
2. Markus Zusak - The book thief. Yep, there it is. Again. There is no way I can leave this book out of my top 10 Tuesdays. This is such a wonderful story. No more words needed.

3. Brothers Grimm - Grimm's Fairy Tales. I know that this book is much older than the past 10 years, but these are just classics. What will become of the world when people stop to remember the fairytales? That's when a Dystopian time will begin, so be aware!
The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales4. Stephen King - Salem's lot. I had to include a title from Stephen King. This author is so famous - I think everybody knows him - and I love his works. This might be one of my favorites from him. It's about vampires :D

5. Philippa Gregory - The books about the Tudor period. Because they are awesome!

6. Hans Christian Andersen. Another classic author from fairytales. You just have to love his work.

7. Carrie Ryan - The forest of hands and teeth 1-3.  My first zombie love. I haven't read the last book (I'm re-reading the second one right now), but I believe it will be as good as the other two. It's not only about zombies ripping people apart and ruling the world, but it's about friendship, loss, love and moving on. It's so well written!

8. Fairytale retellings. Yeah. That's no author and no title, but I want to include each and everyone of them. The ones which are already written and the ones in the future.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)9. Juliet Marillier - The Seven Waters. And this is also an author I can't keep away from my top 10 Tuesday lists. I won't bother you with my never ending fangirl talk. You alraedy know I love her books.

10. Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games. They aren't my favorite books, but I did like them enough to include in my list. I think this is just another book that will become a 'classic', like Harry Potter. A book everybody knows.

There are a lot of books I wish people would read - and kept reading, but I'm going to keep it to this selection :)

Let me know what your selection is!


Monday, May 28, 2012 12:21

Review 38. Victoria Schwab - The ash-born boy.

The Ash-Born BoyTitle: The ash-born boy.
Author: Victoria Schwab.
Pages: 61.
Published: May 15th 2012.
Publisher: Hyperion.
Sort: Prequel to 'The Near Witch.'
Before he came to Near...
Before he met Lexi...
Before they faced the witch...
Who was the boy named Cole?
Follow us to Dale, a city on a hill, where in a matter of days fire will devour everything. Meet the Lord and Lady, and their son, the boy destined to inherit all...until everything turns to ash. It's time to learn the truth behind the stranger's story.
Rating: 3 out of 5.

Robert’s fingers dug in. “I will bleed this temper out of you one cut at time if I have to. Do you understand?”

Before Cole met Lexi, he was William Dale. Robert isn't his real father and it's a monster. William is capable of using the wind, but according to Robert it is something dangerous and it must bleed out of his body. His arms are filled with scars from the cuts he has to make. His mother doesn't agree with this method, but she accepts it silently. It made me wonder why she cares so much about Robert, but the two of them seemed to love each other very much. That's also something William doesn't understand.

When his mother dies, Robert blames him for her death. That's when William's rage finally comes out and it destroys the complete village. It turns everything to ash and that's when he comes to Near.

It's a short story, only 61 pages, but I wished there was more! It was a wonderful story about a troubled boy, especially when he destroys the city. I really like Victoria's writing style, so for me, it was a shame that the story ended so soon. I definitely can't wait to read more books from this gifted author.

Sunday, May 27, 2012 10:21

Showcase Sunday 4.


Showcase sunday is to highlight our newest books or book related swag and to see what everyone else received for review, borrowed from libraries, bought in bookshops and downloaded onto eReaders each week.

Library.
Liesl and PoThe Thirteenth PrincessReckless

Liesl and Po.
Liesl lives in a tiny attic locked away by her stepmother. She is very alone, until she meets a ghost called Po. The night they meet, there is also Will. He is an alchemist's apprentice and he accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with a less remarkable one. This has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po.
This story has a fairytale feeling to it. The cover is so pretty and full of details. The synopsis gave me a little 'Cinderella'-ish feeling, with the evil stepmother part. I'm really looking forward to this one.

The thirteenth princess.
A retelling from the popular 'The twelve dancing princesses.' This time, the king has enough of his daughters and he wants a son. His wife dies giving birth to his thirteenth daughter, Zira. He abandons her to the kitchen staff. When Zira finds out about her real father, she is thrilled! From that moment, she and her sisters are pretty close. That's when she finds about a curse, which is making her sisters very ill. Is Zira, with the help of her friend Breckin, capable of breaking the curse?
I've read a couple of books about this subject now and each of them has been very original. This book, I'm almost done, surprises me again. The twist with another sister is nice and I like Zira.

Reckless.
It's about a boy Jacob who found a portal which transports him to another magical world. When his younger brother follows him and gets infected, Jacob must fight to save him. Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell—before it's too late.
This book reminded me a bit of Narnia, with the portal to another world. I haven't read any books from Funke before, but I saw the movie from Inkheart and I liked the concept.
Won.
Thanks to The secret writer

Changeling (Order of Darkness, #1)Italy, 1453. Seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is brilliant, gorgeous—and accused of heresy. Cast out of his religious order for using the new science to question old superstitious beliefs, Luca is recruited into a secret sect: The Order of the Dragon, commissioned by Pope Nicholas V to investigate evil and danger in its many forms, and strange occurrences across Europe, in this year—the end of days.

Isolde is a seventeen-year-old girl shut up in a nunnery so she can’t inherit any of her father’s estate. As the nuns walk in their sleep and see strange visions, Isolde is accused of witchcraft—and Luca is sent to investigate her, but finds himself plotting her escape.

Despite their vows, despite themselves, love grows between Luca and Isolde as they travel across Europe with their faithful companions, Freize and Ishraq. The four young people encounter werewolves, alchemists, witches, and death-dancers as they head toward a real-life historical figure who holds the boundaries of Christendom and the secrets of the Order of the Dragon.
I'm so thrilled about this one! I adore her writing style, especially the two books about The Tudor era, so I was very happy when I found out that I won!

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Friday, May 25, 2012 17:41

Review 37. Keary Taylor - What I didn't say.

Author: Keary Taylor.
Pages: 326.
Published: April 30th 2012.
Publisher: CreateSpace.
Sort: Stand alone.
Source: provided to me by the publisher and Netgalley.
Getting drunk homecoming night your senior year is never a good idea, but Jake Hayes never expected it all to end with a car crash and a t-post embedded in his throat. His biggest regret about it all? What he never said to Samantha Shay. He's been in love with her for years and never had the guts to tell her. Now it's too late. Because after that night, Jake will never be able to talk again. When Jake returns to his small island home, population 5,000, he'll have to learn how to deal with being mute. He also finds that his family isn't limited to his six brothers and sisters, that sometimes an entire island is watching out for you. And when he gets the chance to spend more time with Samantha, she'll help him learn that not being able to talk isn’t the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Maybe, if she'll let him, Jake will finally tell her what he didn't say before, even if he can't actually say it.
Rating:

“She was smarter than all of us. And it only made me want her more.”

Jake is in love with Sam. They used to be friends, but their contact is almost gone now. When he and his friends are drunk at a party, he decides it’s a clever thing to go to her and tell her that he loves her. Being drunk and driving a car doesn’t work that well. They crash and Jake loses the ability to speak. It’s hard to get used to the fact that never get another chance to tell Sam that he loves her, but the accident did bring them closer to each other. Jake is taking sign language in an attempt to move on and Sam becomes his teacher. They communicate a lot via his notebooks and they are attracted to each other. Sam is a bit scared of calling it a relationship. She doesn’t believe in love.

Jakes has a wonderful, big family. His mother is a second mother to everyone on their little island. She is caring and he gets a lot of support from her, his father and his brothers and sisters. I especially liked Jordan, his sister who is a big help to him, and James, his little brother.

“You look like a mime or something when you do that,” James said, his tone totally serious. “Your body tries to laugh, but nothing comes out.”

These situations makes the story lighter and shows us that losing something in our lives, doesn’t have to mean that our lives stop. We can move on. Things can change and yes, you can feel sorry for yourself, but their must come a moment you just stop whining. That’s something he learns when Sam is yelling at him.

“Your friends might not ‘get it,’” she made little quote marks in the air. “But they’re still trying to be there for you. And all you can do is shut out the world and feel sorry for yourself.”

That’s when Jake finds out what Sam has been hiding. The reason why she is tired all the time and why she is becoming so skinny. She has been living on her own for a while now. With the little money she has and the few stuff she gathered, she is living in a small boathouse in the woods. That’s when her father shows up to get her and their world start falling apart. It means that Sam has to move. How will that change their future?

I really liked this story about standing up and moving on after losing something precious. It seems horrible to lose your voice and become mute in one silly moment or losing someone you love. Jake is a sweet boy. He takes care of Sam when she needs him the most and he can cope with her strange moods. His whiny behavior is understandable, but I was glad that Sam told him the truth. Sometimes, he had too much self-pity. Sam was a delightful character. Strong, smart and brave. I like her input in this story, but I wished several times that we got to know more about Jake. After all, it’s his story, told from his POV. I wanted this story to be based on his accident, instead on his insecurity about Sam. Overall, a nice story which makes you think about life and moving on.

Thursday, May 24, 2012 14:56

Review 36. Debbie Viguié - Midnight pearls.

Author: Debbie Viguié.
Pages: 208.
Published: June 17th 2008 (first published June 1st 2003)
Publisher: Simon Pulse.
Sort: Stand alone in the Once upon a time series.
In a quiet fishing village seventeen years ago, one lone fisherman rescued a child from the sea. He and his wife raised the girl, Pearl, as their own daughter, never allowing themselves to wonder long about where she came from -- or notice her silver hair, usually pale skin, and wide, dark blue eyes. Pearl grows from a mysterious child into an unusual young woman, not always welcomed in the village. As all the other girls her age find husbands, she has only one friend to ease her loneliness. One very special, secret companion: Prince James. But their friendship is shaken when trouble erupts in the kingdom -- a conspiracy against the royal family combines with an evil enchantment from beneath the sea. Now, just when Pearl and James need each other most, bewitching magic and hints about Pearl's past threaten to tear them apart...forever.
Rating:

"Besides, who's to say what's normal anyway?"

Another great story in the 'Once upon a time' series. This time, we have a very original retelling from The Little Mermaid, a story I love dearly.

A fisherman finds a little girl - around the age of four - during a storm. His wife can't get pregnant, so they decide to keep the girl and they call her Pearl. That's because this little girl has a pearl tightly clenched into her hands. It feels like a gift from heaven. That's not how the village feels about Pearl. When she grows up, she is an outsider. Her legs are too long for her body and she is pretty clumsy. The only friend she has is James, the prince. There meetings are a secret, until someone asks for Pearl's hand. James is confused about his feeling and he reveals himself to her parents. He takes her to row on the sea and he wants to ask her something.

That's when we swift to another pair of eyes. We get to meet Kale, a mermaid, and his sister Faye. Kale is still searching for his lost Arianne, when he finally sees her: it's Pearl! There is a hole in the boat and his sister recues James. She is instantly in love with him.

"How does the whale know when to swim to warmer waters for winter? How do the fish know when a predator is near? How do you know when love is real? You just know."

That's when the trouble really starts. Faye visited the Sea Witch and she is transformed into a human. Kale does the same thing, but it comes with a price. Faye lost her voice, Kale his sight and they must marry the person they love within seven days or they die. The race against the clock beginns, will they make it?

It was a wonderful story, filled with romance and some suspence. Yes, there is instant love and yes, it's crazy that Faye does something like that. But isn't it great sometimes to dive into a romance, knowing that it will work out? And honestly, it never bothered me in this story. There is something about fairytales and the magic surrounding it, that makes everything feel right. I loved Pearl. She has her flaws. It's great that she acts so nice towards the people who are so unkind. Kale is just perfect as the mermaid prince who never stopped searching for his true love.

I'm going to read Debbie Viguié's other book, because I liked her writing style.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 10:52

WoW 13. Adrienne Stoltz – Lucid.

    
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LucidTitle: Lucid.
Author: Adrienne Stoltz.
Pages: x.
Expected publication: October 2nd 2012.
Publisher: Razorbill.
ISBN: 1595145192 (ISBN13: 9781595145192)


What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?
Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn't be more different--except for one thing. They share a secret that they can't tell a soul. At night, they dream that they're each other.
The deeper they're pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever.
Dream your way into a different life, sounds fascinating. I think almost everybody had a moment where we wished we could be someone else. I know I did, but in the end, you just don’t want that. But what if you have the chance to live another life and you end up in a blur? Sounds scary.

                                         What’s your pick? :)

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Monday, May 21, 2012 14:41

Review 35. Carolyn Turgeon – Godmother: the secret Cinderella story.

Godmother: The Secret Cinderella StoryTitle: Godmother: the secret Cinderella story.
Author: Carolyn Turgeon.
Pages: 288.
Published: March 3rd 2009.
Publisher: Three Rivers Press.
ISBN: 0307407993 (ISBN13: 9780307407993)
Sort: Stand alone.
Lil is an old woman who spends her days shelving rare books in a tiny Manhattan bookstore and lonely nights at home in her apartment. But Lil has an intriguing secret. Tucked and bound behind her back are white feathery wings–the only key to who she once was: the fairy godmother responsible for getting Cinderella to the ball to unite with her Prince Charming. But on that fateful night, something went terribly and beautifully wrong. Lil allowed herself the unthinkable: to feel the emotions of human beings and fall in love with the prince herself, going to the ball in place of Cinderella in her exquisitely gorgeous human guise. For her unforgivable mistake, she was banished to live among humans, far from her fairy sisters and their magical underwater world. But then one day she meets Veronica–a young, fair-skinned, flame-haired East Village beauty with a love of all things vintage and a penchant for falling in love with the wrong men–and suddenly it becomes clear to Lil that she’s been given a chance at redemption. If she can find a soul mate for Veronica, she may right her wrong and return to the fairy world she so deeply longs for..
Rating:

I have read the other book from this author called ‘Mermaid’ and I loved that story. That’s why I was so disappointed in this book.. This review has spoilers, so be aware.

This story tells about an old woman called Lil. She lives in New York and she works at a local bookshop. She works for George, a strange man in my eyes. He's always whining about the fact that he'll never find someone new (he divorced last year), but he doesn't give anyone a chance.

Lil meets Veronica, a bright, young girl and she decides that she and George are destined for each other (something I didn't really see, but okay). She wants to right her wrong, so she can return to the fairy world. She was kicked out, because she took Cinderella’s place. Cinderella was sad, depressed (and I thought she was very annoying) and she didn't want to meet the prince. Lil was in love with him the first time she saw him, so she promised Cinderella she would go - and she would return to help her. After the ball, she finds Cinderella on the floor. Dead. Her wrists cut with a glass shoe.

Then everything becomes a blur for me.. Veronica goes with George to the ball and a day later she comes to Lil to tell her everything about it. Instead of a happy conversation, it goes a really other direction. Veronica shows Lil pictures of her sister (the one Lil always talk about. And she wants to go back to the fairy world for her). Apparently, Lil did go to a ball and she did met her prince. But her sister was (I think) raped and murdered. That's the Cinderella she keeps talking about. So, Lil is a crazy, old woman who has made up a story in her head.. Is it because of the trauma? Or just because she's old?

I hated this ending. I really, really hated it. Lil dies, because she believes she's going back to her fairy world. Why didn't the cover said anything about a old woman losing her mind? I didn't understand the ending at first.. I still believed she was a fairy, but then I thought about the pictures and it all became clear. It sucks! Fairytales should be about romantic events, happy endings and brave guys. So, that’s why I was so disappointed in this one.
Sunday, May 20, 2012 11:42

Showcase Sunday 3 & Sunday recap.



What I bought on a secondhand sale: (but they look like they are totally new! I'm very picky at buying those books.) It was so much fun. They sold these books in an English church, because they are raising funds to repair the roof. I'm glad that I could help with buying some great books :D


THE ULTIMATE QUEST FOR REDEMPTION

On his eighteenth birthday, Aaron begins to hear strange voices and is convinced he is going insane. But having moved from foster home to foster home, Aaron doesn't know whom he can trust. He wants to confide in the cute girl from class, but fears she'll confirm he's crazy. Then a mysterious man begins following Aaron. He knows about Aaron's troubled past and his new powers. And he has a message for Aaron: As the son of a mortal and an angel, Aaron has been chosen to redeem the Fallen. Aaron tries to dismiss the news and resists his supernatural abilities. But he must accept his newfound heritage — and quickly. For the dark powers are gaining strength, and are hell-bent on destroying him....
I added this book once to Goodreads, because I thought it sounded like a good book. So you can imagine that I was very happy to find this one for such a cheap price!

Jonas (Beautiful Dead, #1)Something strange is happening in Ellerton High. Phoenix is the fourth teenager to die within a year. His street fight stabbing follows the deaths of Jonas, Summer and Arizona in equally strange and sudden circumstances.
And then one day Phoenix appears to Darina.
Ecstatic to be reunited, he tells her about the Beautiful Dead. Souls in limbo, they have been chosen to return to the world to set right a wrong linked to their deaths and bring about justice. Beautiful, superhuman and powerful, they are marked by a 'death mark' - a small tattoo of angel's wings.

I wasn't so sure about this book, but I've read another book from her and that was okay. For this price, I could try it out.

Rogerson Biscoe, with his green eyes and dark curly hair, is absolutely seductive. Before long, sixteen-year-old Caitlin finds herself under his spell. And when he starts to abuse her, she finds she's in too deep to get herself out...
This is going to be my first book from Dessen, but I hear so many great things about her! Almost every review I read is positive, so I have high expectations from this one.

 
The Demon King (Seven Realms, #1)Han takes an amulet from one of the wizards, Micah Bayar, to prevent him from using it against them. Only later does he learn that it has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. And the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna has her own battles to fight. As heir to the Gray Wolf throne of the Fells, she’s just spent three years of relative freedom with her father’s family at Demonai Camp—riding, hunting, and working the famous Clan markets. Now court life in Fellsmarch pinches like a pair of too-small shoes.
I made the synopsis shorter, so if you want to read the whole synopsis, you can click on the name and it will bring you to Goodreads. This book sounds amazing and I love the cover! It's full of details :)

Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie (Books of Faerie, #2)James Morgan has joined his best friend, Deirdre, at a private conservatory for musicians. James' almost unearthly gift for music has attracted the dangerous attentions of Nuala, a soul-snatching faerie muse who fosters and feeds on the creative energies of exceptional humans until they die. Composing beautiful music together leads James and Nuala down an unexpected road of mutual admiration ...and love. Haunted by a vision of raging fire and death, James realizes that Deirdre and Nuala are being hunted by the Fey and plunges into a soulscorching battle with the Queen of the Fey to save their lives.
I've read this book before and I quite liked it, but I wanted to buy it because of the cover! Haha. It's a great addition to my collection.

Tiger LilyBut what I'm most excited about is: I won a pre-order from Tiger Lily! I am the international Spring Blog Carnival Bouncy Castle Winner at Stalking the shelves! I jumped when I read my email! Especially since I've featured this book a couple of blogs ago, with my top 10 of awesomeness. So this baby is going to be mine (but I have to wait, oh, the torture)


Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

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My sunday recap.

Posted reviews:

Books I read:
Alyson Noel - Riley Bloom 2: Shimmer.
Victoria Schwab - The ash-born boy.
Debbie Viguié - Midnight pearls.

Books I'm still reading:Philippa Gregory - The white queen.
Annaliese Evans - Night's rose.

Books I've started to read:
Keary Taylor - What I didn't say.
Jessica Spotswood - Born wicked.
Carrie Ryan - The forest of hands & teeth (re-reading before The dark and hollow places arrives :D)


Reviews coming:
Tim Conrad - The hunchback of Notre Dame.
Victoria Schwab - The ash-born boy.
Debbie Viguié - Midnight pearls.
Carolyn Turgeon - Godmother.
Eden Maguire - Dark angel.


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Review 34. Alyson Noel - Radiance & Shimmer.

Radiance (Riley Bloom, #1)Title: Radiance.
Author: Alyson Noel.
Pages: 183.
Published: August 31st 2010 (first published August 24th 2010)
Publisher: Square Fish.
ISBN: 0312629176 (ISBN13: 9780312629175)
Sort: Part one of 'Riley Bloom.'
Riley has crossed the bridge into the afterlife—a place called Here, where time is always Now. She has picked up life where she left off when she was alive, living with her parents and dog in a nice house in a nice neighborhood. When she’s summoned before The Council, she learns that the afterlife isn’t just an eternity of leisure. She’s been assigned a job, Soul Catcher, and a teacher, Bodhi, a possibly cute, seemingly nerdy boy who’s definitely hiding something. They return to earth together for Riley’s first assignment, a Radiant Boy who’s been haunting a castle in England for centuries. Many Soul Catchers have tried to get him to cross the bridge and failed. But all of that was before he met Riley.
Rating: 3 out of 5.

Funny, short story about a girl named Riley. She died in a car accident and she's now in 'Here & Now'. She feels trapped and she longs to live on the earth again. Instead of that, she gets a new role in Heaven. A job. She must catch souls that are trapped on earth, because they refuse to go over the bridge to Heaven. Her assistant is 'a dorky guy' who is actually pretty cute when she looks closer.

I like how she get's mad. She really throws everything she feels out of her body. It was clear that this book was meant as a Young Adult book. The writing style is a bit simple and we look through the eyes of a twelve year old girl. Don't expect her to be very mature, although she is really good with words. She has spunk.


Shimmer (Riley Bloom, #2)Title: Shimmer.
Author: Alyson Noel.
Pages: 196.
Published: March 15th 2011.
Publisher: Square Fish.
ISBN: 0312648251 (ISBN13: 9780312648251)
Sort: Part two of 'Riley Bloom.'
Riley Bloom is back. She is on a vacation with Buttercup - her dog - and Bodhi. That is until she is run over by a vicious black dog and she decides that she must cross him over. When she follows the dog, she meets the young ghost Rebecca. Despite her sweet appearece, Rileyn soon learns that there is more. The girl is furious about being murdered during a slave revolt. Her father was a plantation owner. Rebecca is still lashing out by keeping the ghosts who died long ago, trapped in their worst memories. Hunting them with their mistakes and forcing them to re-live the moments.
 Rating: 3 out of 5.
When Bodhi is trapped by Rebecca, Riley must find a way to get inside the bubble. She meets a prince and he speaks in mysterious ways. Still, they manage to find a way and Riley is capable to rescue Bodhi from his worst memory. Together they must find a way to release Rebecca and the haunted ghosts. But are they clever enough to find a way for this angry, haunted girl, filled with hatred? And what are the consequences of Riley's own planned mission? Will the council accept such a behavior?

I thought it was a nice, quick read. Riley is a funny girl. She knows how to annoy Bodhi - they are so sweet together! - and she is still very stubborn. I also pity her. She longs to become thirtheen years and I always hate it when people die very young. It seems so unfair to take their future away.. But the fact that Bodhi tells her it might be possible to become thirtheen in Here & Now made me smile!


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Q: Summer Break is upon us! What would be the perfect vacation spot for you to catch up on your reading & relax?

For one, I would love to go on a cruise! Just floating around on the ocean, burning sun in the sky and then reading on a comfortable relaxing chair on the side by the pool.
And we (my family, me and my boyfriend) are going to France this summer vacation for three weeks. We always have a big house with a garden and I love reading there. The house is most of the time near by the forest, so you have a nice view and the sun is hot. Just reading there in the garden, I really look forward to it. This time, we're going in the middle of France, but my favorite part is down below by Spain. It's a hell of a ride! We made a trip there and it took us more than 18 hours to get there. My father and a friend of our family drove and it wasn't very pleasant you can imagine.. 18 hours in a car is a bit too long for me, but the beautiful scenery made everything alright.

Other places where I would like to read are warm countries like Hawaii! I would go sight seeing and shopping, of course, but those destinations are the ultimate reading spots for me. I love a warm climate, especially since The Netherlands doesn't have such a thing. I imagine myself right here: in the hammock, with a hot sun, a soft breeze, a cold drink and a fantastic book :D

And wouldn't this be amazing?
I love swimming, so this might be my ultimate destination: just taking a dive from your balcony!

So, what is the perfect vacation spot for you?

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