Monday, February 13, 2017

Book review: Cress!

Title: Cress
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release date: february 2014
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 550 pages

Expectations
I'm so excited to see how this story unfolds!  Check out my previous reviews on the first two books in this series:
Cinder
Scarlet


Review
This was an amazing read! My favorite in the Lunar Chronicles so far :)

I really adore this book. It's full of action, fun conversation and lots of big plans. I liked to read from the different perspectives within this book. So much happened in this book, let's talk :)

We get introduced with some new characters. Cress is adorable. She dreams about a handsome boy coming to rescue her. But in reality, this doesn't really go the way she thought it would..

Thorne is one of my favorite characters! I already liked him in Scarlet, but after reading this, he is even more fabulous! I like him so much! I also thought that even though Thorne loosing his eyesight was really sad, this made it possible for him and Cress to really get to know each other.

I was scared for Scarlet when she was taken and it was so sad to see Wolf like that, like he couldn't live without her.

Thorne bringing Iko a new body was so nice of him, and Iko's reaction was priceless!

I did think Cress was very naive, but she had been in stuck in a sattellite for 7 years so what can you really expect..
I didn't see the plot twist coming about Docter Ehrland and Cress!

Cinder really got more confidence in this book. I loved her converstation with Kai at the end. I was a bit surprised Kai couldn't figure out that Cinder was who she was. She really had to spell it out for him.

This was definitely the best book in the series so far, I really enjoyed it and recommend reading the Lunar Chronicles!


Rating


Monday, January 16, 2017

What I read in 2016!

Happy new year everyone! 💛💛

I can't believe 2016 is over, it went by so fast!
I wanted to share with you the books I've read in 2016. I will also share my 2017 reading goals soon!
Here's an overview of the books I've read in 2016 in reading order :)

Spellbound
Author: Cate Tiernan
This is the sixth book in the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan about wicca. It's a series aimed at the younger audience, but it can still  beenjoyable for other ages.

Rating: 3 stars




I've reviewed all previous books:
Blood Witch
Dark Magick
Awakening



City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
This is the third book in the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
I 've also reviewed the previous books in this series:
City of Bones
City of Ashes
Rating: 4.5 stars


Old Greek Stories
Author: James Baldwin

I've listened to these stories and really enjoyed them. I was Always interested in mythology, so it was nice to hear a few stories that I didn't now of.  
Rating: 3 stars



The Jungle Book
Author: Rudyard Kipling
I did enjoy listening to the Jungle Book, even though I thought it was gonna be about Mowgli, there were also other stories that were told in this book.  
Rating: 3 stars



Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare

I must say I really prefer this trilogy to the Mortal Instruments series. The characters, the historical elements, the story. All were really interesting! I definitely recommend this trilogy!
Rating: 5 stars



Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
This trilogy only gets better with each book! Loved reading it!
Rating: 5 stars





Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Normally I don't really like last books in a series, but this one didn't disappoint! Really loved the epilogue as well!
Rating: 5 stars




City of Fallen Angels
Author: Cassandra Clare
This was an enjoyable read, although some parts really dragged on.
Rating: 3.5 stars





City of Lost Souls
Author: Cassandra Clare

This book was similar to CIty of fallen Angels, but the last part was action packed!
Rating: 3.5 stars





Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: Jack Thorne, John Tiffany & J.K Rowling
I don't really see this book as a book written by J.K.Rowling. It is totally different and not that great. I guess it was okay.
Rating: 2.5 stars


Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Bronte

This book was amazing! I've read it in the summer and loved it! I definitely wanna read more classics this year :)
Rating: 4.5 stars






The Calling
Author: Cate Tiernan


It not a very inspiring book, just a fun book for in between big books. When I want something quick and easy to read, I'll go for books like this.
Rating: 2.5 stars
Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer

Loved the beginning of the Lunar Chronicles! Very interesting take on fairytales in the future!
Rating: 4.5 stars





City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
It was a nice ending to a 6-book series. Full review is coming soon!
Rating:





Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer

I liked reading scarlet, although it had some parts that weren't that interesting.
Rating: 4 stars





Cress
Author: Marissa Meyer


Cress is the favorite of all the books in the Lunar Chronicles I've read so far! Love Thorne & Cress!
Rating: 5 stars




So in total I've read 16 books in 2016. Considering that 2016 was a very busy year for me, with lots of studying, I'm pretty pleased with the amount of books I've read.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Book review: Scarlet

Title: Scarlet
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release date: February 2013
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 464 pages


Expectations
I really enjoyed reading Cinder & I'm looking forward to see how this story continues. I've heard that the stories of all the characters will intertwine, and I really like that idea!

Review of Cinder

Review
Scarlet is loosely based on Little red riding hood. 

I loved the fact that Scarlet is French. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did a really good job with all the accents, including this one!

In this book we get to meet a lot of great characters. Thorne is definitely one of my favorites! He is such a great character. He is funny, charming, full of himself and loyal. He is hilarious! I laughed out loud a couple of times!

I really liked the interactions between Thorne and Cinder. So funny!

Scarlet is a nice character, she is feisty (with her gun ;p) but I missed really getting to know her. It felt like all we really got to see from her was her worrying about her grandmother and her interactions with Wolf. Maybe this will come later :)

Some parts dragged on a bit, especially the parts were Scarlet was trying to find her grandmother.

Can we just adore Iko for a moment. She was so disapointed when she discovered she was a ship! She is so much fun to read about. 

I really loved the intertwining of the stories! Marissa Meyer did a great job with this!

I'm really curious to see what Cress is all about! So excited to read that one!

Rating
4.0 stars

Monday, October 10, 2016

Book review: Cinder

Title: Cinder
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #1
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release date: January 2012
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 395 pages


Expectations

I've heard a lot of great things about The Lunar Chronicles. This series is loosely based on fairytales.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11235712-cinder?ac=1&from_search=true

Review

I really enjoyed reading this! I especially loved listening to the audiobook!

The story takes place in the future, where Cyborgs and Androids are part of society. Everyone is looking for a cure to the plague, brought to earth by the Lunars, the people who live on the moon! Lunars are ruled by their Queen Levana, who can manipulate almost everyone to get what she wants.

Cinder is loosely based on Cinderella. With the emphasis on loosely, because Cinder is a kick-ass main-character. She is a cyborg & a very likable character. I was pleasantly surprised when she wasn't portrayed as a girly girl!
Also, she's a mechanic, and a very good one too.

Cinder lives with her stepmom and two stepsisters. I loved that one of the stepsisters was actually kind to Cinder! In the beginning, the stepmother and other stepsister tollerated Cinder, but as the story continues, they treated her very poorly.

Now let's talk about Kai. Marissa Meyer did for sure turn the prince into a very charming, cute, caring, funny and kind person. I loved him!

This futuristic world was very well developed and therefore easy to follow. Characters were very well described. This wasn't a cute, fairytale kind of story, which was one of the reasons why I liked it so much. The writer really tried not to be very cliché, and I think she succeeded!

The only problem I had with this book was that the big plottwist was very predictable.

I would really recommend reading or listening to this book! I've heard that the following books also intertwine the stories of previous characters, really love that idea. I can't wait to read the rest of this series!

Rating

I'll rate it 4.5 stars!


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Book review: City of Lost Souls




Title: City of Lost Souls
Series: The Mortal Instruments #5
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release date: May 2012
Pages: 535 pages

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8755776-city-of-lost-souls?ac=1&from_search=true

Expectations
I'm curious to see how this story will continue.




Review

This book entails the mission of our gang trying to save Jace. Clary decides to follow Jace to try to discover what Sebastian(Jonathan)'s plan is. She also gets to know her brother a bit more, which is very weird for her. She finds him very hard to read. What is real and what isn't ? 
Meanwhile the rest tries to come up with a plan to break the bond between Jace and Jonathan without killing Jace.

The beginning of the book was similar to the fourth book, City of Fallen Angels. It was enjoyable, but not very spectacular and very slow.  However, the last part was so fun to read, action packed and very suspenseful!

My love for Simon and Izzy is growing more and more! They are such an awesome couple. 

I also liked Clary (most of the time), her character has really developed and she is much more mature now. Although she still makes some stupid decisions now and then..

I'm reading the last book, can't wait to see how this series is going to end!


Rating

I'll rate it 3.5 stars.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book review: Harry potter and the Cursed Child!

Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
Series: The '8th' Harry Potter book ( not really though)
Release date: July 31st 2016
Genre: YA fantasy
Pages: 327 pages

Expectations


I cannot tell you how excited I was when I first heard this would be a real thing! I read it the day it came out (just writing a late review..)


Review

First of all, I think we should really look at this play as a separate book, not as the 8th Harry Potter book. It is a totally different book, not a continuation of the story. 

Because of the script-form of writing, it reads very different. I felt like big chunks of information were missing, but maybe that's just because I'm not used to reading a script. 

So ,besides from the different format, what did I think of this story?

Characters were not themselves. Ron was just added for comic relief, Hermione was strange and Harry would have never said what he said to his son Albus. Draco was described the most realistically from all old characters.

Scorpius was by far my favorite character! So sweet, so funny & a really good friend to Albus. I also liked the friendship between them. 

The use of the time turner was interesting, as well as the alternate realities they created ( I was secretely hoping for a Hermione & Draco relationship in one of the alternate realities..)

Also, the were a lot of plot holes! 

I'm very curious to know how they will actually perform this play on stage, knowing there are a lot of magical elements described. 

It was an enjoyable read, but not comparable to the rest of the series. Maybe I also had unrealistically high expectations.

Rating

I'll give it 2,5 (maybe 3) stars.




Friday, September 23, 2016

Summer Wrap up & Fall TBR

Hi!

So I haven't been posting anything all summer.. I was on a holiday driving through Italy and Greece, such lovely countries!

But now I'm back, so let me give you an update on what I've read during the summer!


Summer Wrap Up

I didn't read a lot this summer, but I tried to read a variety of books. So lets start, here are the books I read this summer:


Title: City of Lost  Souls
Author: Cassandra Clare
Short review:
I enjoyed reading this, even a little more than the previous book, City of Fallen Angels. Full review: City of Lost Souls.
Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: Jack Thorne, John Tiffany & J.K. Rowling
Short review: This is not even a bit comparable to the rest of the Harry Potter series, but I did enjoy reading it. Read my full review here
Title: Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Brontë
Short review:
Loved this book! This is a true classic! 
Review is coming :)






Title: The Calling
Author: Cate Tiernan
Short review:
Just a continuation of the previous book in the sweep series. It was enjoyable, but not very interesting.





Title: City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
Short review:
Great last book! Review is coming soon!






Fall TBR

I'm so happy it's fall! This is really my favorite season, with the leaves falling & the pumpkin spice latte :)

So what books do I plan to read this fall?
I'm not very good at sticking to my TBR, so I've only listed a few books. I'm gonna try to stick to it this time :P



Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I've heard only good things about this series! I'm so curious, 
I wanna read it this fall!








A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
I wanna finally get started on the second book in The Song of Ice and Fire series. I've read the first book a while ago and I've only watched the first season of game of thrones. But.. this one is gonna take a while for me. 





Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare.
I recently finished the last book in The Immortal Instruments. 
I'm curious about these Shadowhunter Academy books :)






What books are you planning on reading this fall? Any recommendations I can add to my TBR  list? Let me know!

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