Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday; Scariest Looking Book Covers


Top ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday we make up a top ten, answering the question or theme on their website. To see were this is all about, just click on their website and it will take you to the website and the Top Ten Tuesday post. I only have a couple of covers, not ten.

This week my list is about:
The Scariest Looking Book Covers
 
There's just something creepy about this little kid all by himself in some kind of woods. This book is by Unni Lindell , a Norwegian writer. This is the dutch-cover edition I own.
 This is such a disturbing cover. To me, it looks like some spooky sonogram of an alien baby..
 

 You can tell me what you want, but I wouldn't go inside that house.. even if they SAY its a safe house. This is a psychological thriller by Nicci French. It looks very thriller-like to me..















 
Another Nicci French cover. This cover seems to be beautiful and scary at the same time. The dark nightfall looks nice and creepy to me.





That's all for this list, not much I know. Maybe next Tuesday I'll have a list with actually ten things on it!
Tell me if you agree on these covers and don't forget to check out the original blog to see were top ten Tuesdays are all about!

Review: Shadow Kiss

Title: Shadow Kiss
Series: Vampire Academy #3
Author: Richelle Mead
Release date: November 2008
Age group: Young Adult
Pages: 443

If you haven't read this series, I recommend reading my review on the previous books;
book 1: Vampire Academy
book 2: Frostbite
book 3: Shadow Kiss
book 4: Blood Promise
book 5: Spirit Bound

You can also check out my post about the movie: Vampire Academy, the movie!

Expectations
I would like to see more Dimitri in the story and I would also like to know more about Adrian. He's a mysterious character which I liked in Frostbite. The ending of Frostbite could lean towards a different Dimitri-Rose relationship. I'm really curious to see how this will all work out.

Review:
I don't even know were to start with this one..
So many things had happened in this book and it is written in an amazing and beautiful way. I'll try to describe this without giving anything important away(which is really hard).

Our main character Rose slowly notices more dark feelings within herself instead of Lissa's. She has a lot of outbursts and she doesn't understand why she reacts like that. She's really glad Lissa has become her happy self again and doesn't show signs of darkness within her.

I've always liked Rose, however in this book she managed to get me to like her more than I already did. She's really growing up in this book, she learns more about herself and handles every situation as best as she can. I was glad to find a lot of humor coming from Rose. I caught myself laughing out loud at times. She can be very sarcastic, which I really like about her!

I'm finding myself liking the Adrian commentary now and then. I can just imagine his face all cocky and confident. He represents guys who has this kind of demeanor as some kind of shield and have a vulnerable and fragile soul underneath.

Dimitri really opened up to Rose at moments in the book. Sometimes he would say the sweetest things and she just didn't know what to do with it. I was like: SAY something NICE Rose. But often, she couldn't really get anything good across. They grew closer together and throughout the book you can see their relationship changing.

This book shows more dark moments than the previous ones did, which really contributed to the story.About halfway into the story it becomes much more darker than I'm used to in this series. This really startled me for a chapter or two. Although I'm not into scary stories, I think this part added a seriousness to the story and helped to create more depth.

Near the end of this book I was involved emotionally and read the last 100 pages really fast.
The ending was somewhat shocking to me. If you want to know what happened, you should READ THIS SERIES!

I thought I liked this series after the first two books, but now I realize I'm falling in love with this story. It's an amazingly creative outlook on vampires, a very detailed world, a kickass main character, a beautiful written story..what more can I say?

O, I know, I'll give it 5 stars! But really, if I could I would give it 10 stars!

Favorite quote:
There are a lot of favorite moments in this book, but which most of them it's hard to stay away from spoilers. So I chose the next quote:

'When we were almost to the other campus, I felt the weird nausea hit me again. I called a warning to Christian, just as a Strigoi grabbed him. But Christian was fast. Flames wreathed the Strigoi's head. He screamed and released Christian, trying frantically to put the flames out. The Strigoi never saw me coming with the stake. The whole thing took under a minute. Christian and I exchanged looks. Yeah. We were badasses.'


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Review: Cursed

Title: Cursed
Series: The Devil's Roses #1
Author: Tara Brown
Release date: December, 2012
Age group: New Adult
Pages: 287

Synopsis from Goodreads:One tragic event can change everything in a life.
It can change the way we see the world around us.
Sometimes it can change the worlds we see.
Worlds we didn’t know existed.

When she slips into the In-Between for a few seconds she sees him. He's more beautiful than anything she has ever seen before.She's drawn to him in a way she's can't explain.

Between the popular girls being poisoned and loves first kiss, she hardly has time to chase down a mystery man.
As the poison that sent her to the In-Between wreaks havoc on her body, the man she met there is equally damaging on her heart.


 
Expectations
I've got this book of Amazon for free and I really hope I like it. The synopsis sounds exciting, although a little familiar, like the twilight story. I like the cover, it looks mysterious and beautiful at the same time.

Review
The books starts out with a short look into the future, two years from the actual story. It was an action-packed and intriguing start. The first 60 pages or so really got to me. I got a clear view of the main character Aimee and sympathized with her very quickly. It felt like a honest story, in which she shares the tragic event. After that I liked the love-interest she had and I could understand how she must be feeling. I really liked this story so far.

Then things became weird and I slowly started to care less about the plot. Some things were really predictable and other things just didn't make any sense. Some moments were nice, but most of the last 100 pages were just not for me at ALL. I really needed to make myself finish the book.

The sympathy I had for Aimee started to fade with her making decisions I couldn't understand.I liked the Shane-character. To me he was the best character in the book. The other characters had no realness and I couldn't really relate to them.

The portrayal of her sister really annoyed me. She was such a stereotypical girl who cares about nothing but boys and clothes. At first I thought she was going to develop in a more meaningful character, but she just stayed the same, even when bad things happened. To me it seemed very unrealistic.

Maybe it's me, but I didn't like the angel and the relationship between Aimee and him. It just all felt very weird to me, and sometimes the plot seemed rushed. A lot of sentences were just not right and I found myself checking if I missed a page quite often.
I'm not interested in the rest of this series and I wouldn't recommend this book, although on Goodreads there are quite some people who really liked this book. If you like the synopsis, you should try reading it yourself.

For me, this book was a good start with a disappointing finish. Therefore, I give it two stars.

Did you read Cursed? What are your thoughts on it?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Review: Frostbite

Title: Frostbite
Series: Vampire Academy #2
Author: Richelle Mead
Release date: April 2008
Age group: Young Adult
Pages: 327

Expectations
Because I really enjoyed the first book (Vampire Academy) in this series, I expect a fun and entertaining sequel. Looking at the cover I think I can expect some interesting moments! If you didn't read the first book, I recommend not reading this review.

Review
Richelle Mead really knows how to get my attention right away. The character development throughout this second book is realistic and doesn't develop too fast. 
I like the close friendship between Rose and Lissa.

Rose is very aware that her needs come after Lissa's (As she said: They come first).
She knows the importance of keeping Lissa save no matter what.
I adore the relationship between Lissa and Christian, they are such a cute couple!

When Roses mother visits the Academy you'll get to see the kind of relationship they have and the way Rose feels about it. It's a very believable and real relationship and you can really feel what its like for Rose to see her mother again. She often doesn't really know what to do or say and get's in arguments with her mother. It's all very understandable given their history.

I truly LOVE the main character in this series. Rose, she's just amazing. She's definitely not shy, has a lot of humor, is a very loyal friend and tries to do things right (doesn't always work out, but she tries). Her personal character development is remarkably written, in a way that we can see the changes in her and really understand them as well.

And can we just talk out Dimitri? I don't know how she did it, but he became such an amazing character that I find myself smiling every time he's in the story. When he's absent for a while I start wondering, when is he coming into this story again!?! He struggles with his feelings and always tries to stay in 'guardian mode'. But with Rose, well it's kind of hard for him to do that.

This sequel had more action moments than the first book did and I liked that.  There are some dark moments in this book when Rose needs to deal with heavy things. This also made the story more believable and realistic.
It's amazing how fast I got familiar with the world Richelle Mead created. The Moroi, the Dhampirs, the guardians etc. It all makes sense and it's not hard to follow the story. 

We also get to meet Adrian, which is an interesting new character. I would like to see more of him in the next books.

I got a little frustrated in the end when the solution seemed so obvious and it took Rose a long time to come up with it. I would've wanted her to figure that out sooner.

 Favorite quote of the book:
'Dimitri was on first name basis with one of the most badass guardians around. Of course, Dimitri was pretty badass himself, so I shouldn't have been surprised'  - Rose Hathaway

It was an amazing, incredible read, so I'm rating it 5 stars!
What did you think of this?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Review: Vampire Academy

Title: Vampire Academy
Series: Vampire academy #1
Author: Richelle Mead
Release date: August 2007
Age group: Young Adult
Pages: 332

Synopsis from Goodreads:
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger...

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.


Expectations
My expectations are pretty high for this series because I heard so many good things about it. A lot of booklovers are calling this the best vampire series (and there are a lot of them). I would like to be drawn inside the story really fast and like to see some good world building along the way.

Review
My first impression
Within the first 40 pages or so I was already drawn into this world Richelle Mead created. I truly loved the world building in this book. I think it's amazing when a writer can portray a world the reader can imagine and see in front of them. If you can do that, the story is already good.

Things I loved:
- I immediately liked the main character Rose. She's fierce, full of confidence and not afraid. I liked her humorous ways.
- This isn't a story were the main character doesn't know that vampires exist or anything like that, and I did like the fact that she new this world already. This aspect made it very different from other vampire related stories I've read.
- I like the realness of the characters. Richelle made most of them really easy to relate to and understand their emotions.
- The friendship of Rose and Lissa is discribed very relatable and real (exept for the fact that she can look inside her head from time to time).
- Dimitri is a very interesting character... I would like to get to know him better in the next book!

Because I liked a lot of things in this book, I'll give it five stars out of five!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Review: The Last Olympian

Title: The Last Olympian
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5
Author: Rick Riordan
Pages: 381
Release date: May 2009
Age group: Middle grade

Expectations
As I mentioned in the review of the fourth book in this series, I expect an epic ending to this series and I hope I will be very content with it!

Review
This last installment of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan was everything I could hope for. I can't get into much detail without spoiling some important moments.
It was action-packed with a lot of fights and I liked that.
There were some of the humorous moments I'd gotten so used to in the previous books, but this one was a lot darker and (understandable) less humorous. We finally get an answer to the Percy- Annabeth friendship-questions.

I literally can't think of something that I didn't like in this book. This series always makes you think of what could happen while reading and often I'm wrong because of the surprise elements Rick Riordan puts in them. I like the fact that it isn't a predictable story.

I'm really curious about the Heroes of Olympus series Rick Riordan wrote and will definitely read that one!
Did you read the series? What did you think of it? Do you have a favorite book in this series?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Review: The Battle of the Labyrinth

Title: The Battle of the Labyrinth
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4
Author: Rick Riordan
Release date: May 2008
Age group: Middle grade
Pages: 375 pages

Expectations
As you've probably read in my reviews of the previous books in this series, I love this story! Before this series, I've never read anything by Rick Riordan, and now I'm becoming a big fan of his work. The mythological aspects really intrigue me and makes me want to read more and more about it. I expect this story continues it's awesomeness!

Review
I like the fact that Percy is growing up. Just can't stop loving the writing style of Rick Riordan. He makes this series very interesting to read, due to the remarkable twists and action-packed moments in the story. 

In this book we get to meet some new characters (again) which makes it
even more excited to read. I really like the way Percy and Annabeth's friendship exists and how this grows from the Lightning Thief to were it is in this one and I hope their friendship will intensify in the last book .

I'm sure I would've loved these books when I was younger! I hope the last book will make an epic conclusion, because this series really deserves that!
I don't think it's any surprise that I'm rating this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Did you read this book? Was it one of your favorites?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Review: The Titan's Curse

Title: The Titan's Curse
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3
Author: Rick Riordan
Release date: May 2007
Age group: Middle grade
Pages: 304

Expectations
This is the third installment of the Percy Jackson series. I wrote reviews about the first book, The Lightning Thief and the second book The sea of Monsters.
I'm so excited to be in the middle of this series!!
I liked the mythological aspects of the first two books and can only hope for more in this one!

Review
I think I loved this book even more than the first two.. The story is simply amazing, with a plot that keeps you alert and eager to know more. New elements keep it very interesting. The first two books contained surprises, but this one had a lot of twists which made it even more enjoyable to read.

This book gives us more insight to the story of the gods and titan's and there are some new characters introduced, such as goddess Artemis and god Apollo.

We keep following our main character Percy (which is a great character btw). I really liked the character development, it contributes to a great story.
I always liked mythology and this series just makes me a very happy reader!

If this series continues like this, I would definitely count it as one of my favorite series! 5 out of 5 stars!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Review: The Sea of Monsters

Title: The Sea of Monsters
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2
Author: Rick Riordan
Release date: April 2006
Age group: Middle grade
Pages: 279

Expectations
I really loved the first installment of this series which made me very excited about this one.
I hope it will be a page-turner as much as the first book in this series, The Lightning Thief, was for me.

Review
I think I need a moment to consider everything that has happened in this book.
This book was a little overwhelming. So many events took place, I have trouble looking back. 
 

I loved the surprising elements. Just when I thought I figured it out, the story went an entire different direction. Rick Riordan is such a great writer!

This book contributed on the character development for the main character Percy, but also other important characters, such as Annabeth.
We also get to meet some new characters like Tyson (He is so great by the way!!). In this book we get a little more info on the Prophecy and with that it gets more confusing for Percy. I liked that Rick put a lot of humor in this series so far, which created a sort of lightness to the story in the midst of all the adventure. The end is almost unbearable and that's why I couldn't wait to start the third book right after this one!

You guessed it, this book receives 5 stars out of 5!!
 Have you read this series? What did you think of this book? If you haven't read it, are you planning on reading this series? (you really should!)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Review: The Lightning Thief

Title: The Lightning Thief
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
Author: Rick Riordan

Release date: June 2005
Age-group: Middle grade
Pages: 375


Expectations

I've already seen the movie.
I know, I'm not supposed to do that, but I did. I thought it was a decent movie, with enough action and I liked the mythical features.

The synopsis from Goodreads:
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
Review
Oh my, I loved this story. In the beginning I really needed to put the movie out of my head and I tried to see it a different way. I really like the writing style of Rick Riordan. The story has a lot of plot twists and it gives me a Harry Potter-like feeling (which I love). 

It's a very fast-paced story and within a 100 pages or so you're entirely inside the story.
I liked the main character, Percy(who sometimes reminds me of Harry). He seems to be a very normal kid and is easy to relate to. This book was an amazing read and I really enjoyed the mythological aspects, which make me want to read about myths again. 

So I just loved this story, everything about it. I give it 5 out of 5 stars!!

What did you think about this book? Did you read it?

Welcome!!

Hi!
Welcome to this brand new blog!
My name is Myra and I'm a booklover, what about you?
I will post book-related stuff on here from now on!
Every week there will be a new post, which can be a book review, a cover-release, a bookhaul etc. Anything like that.
What I like about the book community is that we are all booklovers and we like to talk about the books we just read. I like to share all of that as well and I'm gonna start bij blogging about it.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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