Sunday, June 29, 2014 01:15

Review 269. A.C Gaughen – Lady thief.

16181630Title: Lady thief.
Author: A.C Gaughen.
Pages: 304.
Published: February 11th 2014 by Walker Childrens.
Sort: Scarlet #1.
Part 1. Scarlet.
Source: I won a copy from Christina - A reader of fictions.
Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed, but her future is uncertain. Her forced marriage to Lord Gisbourne threatens Robin and Scarlet’s love, and as the royal court descends upon Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, the people of Nottingham hope that Prince John will appoint their beloved Robin Hood. But Prince John has different plans for Nottingham that revolve around a fateful secret from Scarlet’s past even she isn’t yet aware of. Forced to participate at court alongside her ruthless husband, Scarlet must bide her time and act the part of a noblewoman—a worthy sacrifice if it means helping Robin’s cause and a chance at a future with the man she loves. With a fresh line of intrigue and as much passion as ever, the next chapter in Scarlet’s tale will have readers talking once again.
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This book destroyed me. She stomped on my heart and completely shattered me. It contains all the feelings and this is a book where the inside is just as pretty as the outside.  I do need to warn you for spoilers if you haven’t read Scarlet or the blurb for Lady Thief. I know some of you guys don’t read blurbs. If you did, it’s okay to read this review :)

Thursday, June 26, 2014 14:13

Let it go | Once we were, Stepsister's tale & Finnikin.



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 I feature three completely different different book. I start with Once we were, a sequel to What's left of me, by Kat Zhang. This is a dystopian book about a world where hybrids exist, but they are hunted down by the government. The second book is a failed attempt to a fairytale retelling with a refreshing POV and lastly, a very hyped fantasy book that just wasn't meant to be.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 10:52

Top 10 Tuesday 34. Cover love/hate.

Admit it: we all like to buy books with pretty covers. Today I'm sharing you all kinds of covers that make me want to buy a book - and two that make me want to run the other way. I forgot to include links to Goodreads, but I will update it later on.

My number one covers: artwork/illustrations! I love looking at detailed covers with pretty drawings.
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I also love kick-ass looking girls on the cover. Swords, cross-bows, fierce faces, yes!
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But I also always fall for covers with pretty dresses. I just.. like it.
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The minimalistic covers.
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Fairytale covers (surprising huh?) ALL OF THEM, haha.
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Creepy looking covers.
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Colourful.
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Fantasy covers. I love almost every fantasy cover. There is just something about them..
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Two trends I really don’t care for are faces from girls and New adult covers.
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That's it. What are your picks this week?
Monday, June 23, 2014 20:08

Mission impossible: Tackling series (update 3)

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I was talking on Twitter with Jasprit, Siiri and Aimee about their list of series and 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. 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. Jenni James - Fairy tale collection (Rumpelstilskin, Cinderella, Jack and the beanstalk, Snow white, The frog prince & Twelve dancing princesses)
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. Veronica Roth - Divergent (Allegiant)13. 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)

I have a list of not published, published, maybe & DNF series in Words, but I’m planning to transfer it all to Excel. I already made a start with my stats of finished series: (it's hard to track down all the series I've ever finished! It's fun though)

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And since I love making lists so much, I’m also going to make a list with series I definitely need to read (soon/someday)

What about you? Have you finished any series lately? Any recommendations for series I definitely need to read?

Saturday, June 21, 2014 23:29

Review 268. Sarah Strohmeyer – Smart girls get what they want.

15821260Title: Smart girls get what they want.
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer.
Pages: 368.
Published: March 26th 2013 by Balzer + Bray.
Sort: Stand-alone.
Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren't the most popular girls in school, they aren't too worried. After all, real life will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. But when an unexpected event proves they're missing out on the full high-school experience, it's time to come out of the honours lounge and into the spotlight. The trio makes a pact: They will each take on their greatest challenge and totally rock it. Gigi decides to run for student rep, but she'll have to get over her fear of public speaking—and go head-to-head with gorgeous California Will. Bea used to be one of the best skiers around, until she was derailed; it could be time for her to take the plunge again. And Neerja loves the drama club but has always stayed behind the scenes—until now. These friends are determined to show the world that smart girls really can get what they want—but that might mean getting way more attention than they ever bargained for.
Rating:

I was getting tired of disappointing books about two months ago, so I thought it would be good to switch up genres. After seeing a positive review of this book on Debby’s blog Snuggly Oranges, I wanted to give it a try. I’m very happy I did, because it was exactly what I needed. Cute romances and a wonderful friendship, it was all I could ask for.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 17:33

Review 267. Cat Winters – In the shadow of blackbirds.

13112915Title: In the shadow of blackbirds.
Author: Cat Winters.
Pages: 387.
Published: April 2nd 2013 by Amulet Books.
Sort: Stand-alone, historical + paranormal.
In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?
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When I began this book I had high expectations. I love everything that has to do with diseases – even if it’s just a small element-  and the author knows what she is talking about. It was such a well-written story with an amazing protagonist and a scary mystery.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 13:06

Top 10 Tuesday 33. Summer TBR pile.


My spring list was a big fail, like I expected, but I’m really going to take this summer TBR pile serious. Some of the books I wanted to read in spring are therefore back on this list – and this time I will get them done! I even made a vlog about the 18 already owned books I want to read. *clickedieclick if you are interested for my Summer TBR pile vlog* For the people who don’t like to watch vlogs, I’m going to list my top 12 here – with a little cheating of course. But hey, it’s less than the 18 in my vlog.

Top 12 books on my summer TBR pile

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And a book I’m planning to buy, because everyone is raving about it: Brandon Sanderson – The final empire, part one of the Mistborn series. I’m always in a fantasy mood in the summer and I love the covers from this series.
 
What books are you planning to read? Leave a link in the comments!

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