Thursday, December 24, 2015

Review: Fostered and a christmas giveaway!!

Title: Fostered
Author: Vanessa Marie
Genre: YA
Release date: November 2nd 2015
Pages: 292



Synopsis
Here we go again.
A new set of foster parents to make my life a living hell.
What number is this? Oh, that’s right, fourteen.
This dump will be no different than any of the rest.
They don’t care about me. No one does.
I wonder what it’ll take to get me kicked out this time.
Only six months left until I age out of this godforsaken system…
Everyone wants to adopt little babies they can mold into replicas of themselves.
No one wants a seventeen-year-old black kid with a rap sheet.
I’m damaged goods

An easy paycheck.
I know there’s an ulterior motive here.
There has to be.

There always is…

I've received this book from the author in return for an honest review

Expectations
Reading the synopsis, I was immediately drawn to this story. I'm a teacher and I'm always very interested in helping children the best way I can. I'm very curious to see how this book tells the story from this 17-year-old perspective.

Review
You should read this!

Fostered is about Dante who has to meet yet another foster family. It is pretty clear from the synopsis that he is not very excited about that. He has no hope for any positive experience. He is very suspicious about anything remotely good or nice.  There always has to be a catch, because that's how it has always been for him.

I couldn't stop reading it.. after each chapter I felt the need to read the next one.  I finished it in a few days!

Loved the theme of the foster child. I found the story realistically written. The characters were very clear and well described, which made it easy to picture them in my head.

It was very interesting to read about the thoughts of Dante. You can really see the damage that has been done to him. He doesn't have much faith in people, mostly thinks of the worst case scenario,  he doesn't have much self confidence either. He is just a kid who wants to  be loved and wants people to accept him.
It was a very addictive book. Like I said before, I couldn't stop reading. It made me tear up more than once, knowing that there are children who are damaged like that and truly think like Dante does.

This is a fantastic book, I think everyone should read it, because it gives an unique insight in what it's like growing up in so many different foster homes, like Dante. Beautifully and realistically written, great story with incredible character development. Definitely a recommendation!

Rating

If you're interested, check out the giveaway!

Interview with Vanessa Marie
I've recently interviewed the author Vanessa Marie, she shares some great tips! check out the Q & A!

Wanna read Fostered? Enter the giveaway below and you might win a copy!







GIVEAWAY!


Monday, December 7, 2015

Q & A with Vanessa Marie

Let me introduce you to the author Vanessa Marie!

Vanessa Marie
'Always the cause of shenanigans, Vanessa is a heavily tattooed, sarcastic motorcycle enthusiast who started her career as a Jeep tech at the age of sixteen. The happily married mother of three little monsters—oops, children—lives in Kentucky by way of Las Vegas, Nevada. Once her life took a different direction—sidelined by Heart Disease at 26 and becoming a pacemaker recipient—she decided to write as a creative outlet, and Heartless was born. She realizes life can be dark clouds and acid rain at times, but her outlook on life puts a positive and sarcastic spin on it all.' - information belongs to the author's website.



Q & A

Why and when did you start writing?
I've always written. My sister and I used to make up stories and pass a spiral notebook back and forth to each other when we were younger. However, I got serious about it when I had to have my pacemaker put in and needed an outlet.


What or who inspired you to write?Books have been such an important part of my life. I've lived and traveled to so many places through reading. This creative spark has always lived inside of me. No matter what I was doing I would make up stories and decided I needed to start writing them down.
What is the hardest part of writing a book? The structure and following the rules. Knowing which rules you can ignore, which ones you have to follow to the letter and which ones you can bend for your voice to come through. Writing means rewriting and then rewriting some more. I've learned so much from my first book to this one and I think it's important for future writers to know you're always learning and honing your craft. 
Can you describe a typical work day?
My life is a little different from a lot of writers. I have a chronic illness and it rules my everyday tasks. Some days I can work for an hour or two, some I can't work at all. My body has the final say on what it will allow and what it won't. I tend to write a lot slower than most because of this, but I also make sure I use the time I do have productively. I refuse to let an illness I can't control dictate ever facet of my life, especially my creativity.

What would you like to accomplish in the next 5 years?
To hone my craft more and continue to grow as a writer. I want to push the boundaries of topics and subject matter that need to be talked about. I love flawed characters that are true to life. Those are the kinds of stories I want to write over the next five years.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? 
That's like asking me which of my kids is my favorite! I can't answer than question. I've been influenced by so many authors from Penny Reid, Jenni Moen and Colleen Hoover to Anne Rice and Charlaine Harris. They've all shown me having a unique style and voice is what will help you stand apart from the rest.

Do you have any advice for other writers? 
Become a sponge. Learn everything you can. Network with other authors. Make friends with bloggers and build relationships. Check your ego at the door during the critique progress and when someone offers you advice on your work, even though it will sting at first (because we want everyone to love it) take a step back and look at it objectively. Do their comments have merit and will it make your story better?! Writing means rewriting. You will probably have 10+ drafts before it's ready for an editor. Yes, you need an editor. I don't care if you're the best self proclaimed grammar nazi there is, you cannot see the things in your own work someone else can. Most importantly, so it because you love it. Because without it you wouldn't know what to do with yourself. Never lose that passion. 

What are your current projects?
I have a few projects in the fire. I need to finish thehird book in my series but those characters aren't currently talking to me. I have a couple of stand alone's that have popped up and are demanding attention. Whoever speaks the loudest will be the next story  out.


I want to thank Vanessa for participating in this Q & A. I've just read her book Fostered and it is amazing! My review of Fostered will be up soon.
Check out Vanessa Marie on social media:


Website            Goodreads       Facebook      Twitter


Have a great day!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Book review: City of Ashes

Title: City of Ashes
Series: The Mortal Instruments #2
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release date: March 2008
Genre: YA fantasy
Pages: 453 pages


Expectations

If you haven't read the first book yet, check out my review on City of Bones!

So after reading the City of Bones I'm very curious to see how this story continues. I'm hoping for more character development for Clary. 




Review


This review contains spoilers, if you haven't read the series, I suggest reading my spoiler free review of the first book: City of Bones 


The second book in The Mortal Instruments series was definitely an improvement compaired to City of Bones. I loved this book and read it a lot faster then City of Bones.

In this book Clary discovered her ability to draw runes, very cool. I liked her more than in the first book!

The relationship between Clary and Simon was just awkward and uncomfortable.. just no.. It was so sudden too! They kissed and he called her his girlfriend. And then Clary was like..okay, I guess that's fine. This was very strange..

The brother and sister thing is keeping things awkward and complicated between Clary and Jace. There is a lot of tention. 

I liked Magnus, he is an interesting character. We also get to see a little bit more of Alec, not much of Isabelle though. I missed her in this book! I'm starting to like Alec more as well. Many of the characters we met in book 1 get more depth and become more real in this book, which was very interesting to read about. 

Poor Simon. He died a lot of times in this book! To be honest, I wasn't sure if he would make it to book three.

Overall, this was just a great read, lot's of action, plot twists, great interactions and an interesting story. It was very well written. I couldn't wait to read the next page.
I wasn't bored for one minute.


Rating


I'm very happy I finally got on with reading this series, I've already started reading the third book, City of Glass, I hope the writing will continue this way, now I can imagine why people love this series!


Sunday, September 6, 2015

August Wrap up & September TBR

Hi guys,
Here's my (late) August Wrap up and September TBR. 

August Wrap Up
I didn't read that much in August, I've only read two books.. but they were entertaining! 
I finally started the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I've started City of Bones a couple of times now, but this time I read the whole thing. I immediately read City of Ashes, the sequel to the City of Bones after that.





Monthly Posts

Check out my monthly posts:

July wrap up & August TBR

Book review Paper Towns

Book review City of Bones

Book review Dark Magick


September TBR

In September I'll started at university again, so I won't be able to read a lot. But I've planned the reading for the evenings. I want to continue with the Mortal Instruments series. Especially because the TV-show is coming in the beginning of 2016! I wanna be ready!


This month I want to read City of Glass and Clockwork Angel.
I also heard great things about the Infernal Devices trilogy, I'm very excited to start that one too!


What are your reading plans? Share them below!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Book review: Dark Magick

Title: Dark Magick
Series: Sweep (or Wicca) #4
Author: Cate Tiernan
Release date: June 2001
Genre: Young Adult, witches
Pages: 186

Previous books in this series:
1. Book of Shadows
2. The Coven
3. Blood Witch

Expectations


I've been trying to keep interested in this story, but somehow I've been putting this book down a lot. I don't know why, maybe it's because the story-line is a little dragging without something really happening. So far, the spells aren't that interesting. I hope the rest of the book is more action packed with a better plot development.

Review


So I will try to describe my feelings about this book. I tried reading it many times and each time I decided there was a more interesting book to read first. Each time I read about 30 % of the book before quitting. 

The strange thing is I did enjoy reading about Morgan and her journey. Obviously I got a little bored reading the first part of the book multiple times.

So this summer I decided, no matter what, I will read this book! It's not like it's a long book!

So after reading the first 30% (again) it got interesting. The story builds and builds and we get to see Morgan grow into a more powerful witch and she also becomes more confident. I really like Morgan, she's a great protagonist of this series. The relationship with Call is very nice until it gets complicated..

The last 20 pages were so suspenseful, with plot-twists and intrigue. While reading this I couldn't understand why I didn't read this earlier! It is very entertaining to read! After reading Dark Magick I am so motivated and excited to read the other books in this series!  

Rating


I'm so glad I finally finished this book! When I finished, I immediately started the next book, Awakening.



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Book review: City of Bones

Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Release date: March 2007
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 485

Synopsis
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? 


This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know... 


Expectations

I've heard so many good things about this series and I'm really curious to see what this is all about. Especially now that there's a TV-show coming up in 2016! I have tried to read this a couple of times before, but I never got very far. This time I will finish the first book of The Mortal Instruments series.


Review


Now I understand the popularity of this book, I really enjoyed reading this. 

The beginning was a little slow for me, but because I had read the first chapters before, the world-building made much more sense to me. The start of the story can be a little confusing because a lot of new elements are introduced. 

This book is an introduction into a new fantasy world. The story is adventurous and action-packed. I liked the set-up, the world and especially the characters. I think most of the characters, if not all, are very well described and are portrayed realistically within this fantasy world. The character development is just great. 

I loved reading the plot twists. I just love it when a book gets you thinking about the possibilities within the story. 

My favorite character at the moment is Jace, but I also really like Simon. He is so funny! I must say I prefer the boys to Clary. She's a nice character, but (for me) not as great as Jace. But this is only the first book, so I hope for more character development on her side in the next books! 

Once I was invested in the story I couldn't put the book down. Now that I'm finished I really want to start City of Ashes. 


Rating


I will start the next book VERY soon. 3.5 stars for City of Bones :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Book Review: Paper Towns

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Release date: October 2008
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 305

Synopsis
Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew... 


Expectations

I'm very excited to start reading Paper Towns, it will be my second book by John Green. The Fault In Our Stars was an exceptional read, so special. I liked the writing in TFIOS and I'm curious to see how John Green wrote this story. I'm planning on buying the entire box set of John Green, but first I wanted to try one more book to be sure. 

Review

So I was happy to discover I still like the writing style. It isn't very difficult to like the main character, Quentin. He's an average high school senior. He is described very realistically. Quentin has always admired Margo. She's such an awesome and interesting person to him. 

The book evolves around this mystery of Margo's disappearance and Quentin's journey to try to find her and also discover the real Margo. During the book Quentin is wondering if his view of Margo is accurate. Does he know the real Margo like he thought he did?

Quentin's has two great friends. Ben is absolutely hilarious, such a great character. I liked reading the developments around his friends.

It's interesting to see the story develop and witness Quentin's change in perspective. I don't wanna spoil anything, but I especially loved the ending. It made the book even more realistic. 

The book has portrayed a great message. Quentin realizes that everyone is also just a person. I love the following quote:

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”

And it is, treacherous to believe that. Great quote and great realization too.

I thought it was a very interesting book. Very different than TFIOS, but it still got me thinking, just like TFIOS did. This book stays with you for a while and you will think of this story now and then. I love when that happens, when a book really sticks with you. 

Rating

I liked it a lot, it was a fast and interesting read. 
After reading this I definitely wanna read the other John Green books. If you have a John Green book to recommend, let me know!


Have a great day,

 ~Myra~

Thursday, August 6, 2015

July Wrap up & August TBR !

Hi!
I've been absent for some time because I was enjoying my holiday in Italy, but now I'm back :) Let me give you an update:

July Wrap Up


I've read some great books this month!


Paper Towns
I really wanted to read this book by John Green because the movie just came out. It was an interesting read, I like reading the writingstyle of John Green. Review is coming soon!






 Dark Magick
I've been trying to read this book for quite some time now, but every     time a different book grabs my attention and I quit on this one. This is the fourth book in the Sweep (or Wicca) series by Cate Tiernan. This month I really wanted to finish it and I did! I will tell you my thoughts in a review soon!




Awakening
I just finished this at the end of the month, it is the fifth book in the Sweep series and it was interesting! I'm liking this series more and more. Review is coming up!






August TBR

So for August I'm planning on reading the following books:

Dubbel Feest by Madeleine Wickham

I've been trying to find the English title for this book, but somehow I can't find it. Please let me know if you know it! This book is written by Madeleine Wickham (which means Sophie Kinsella wrote it ;). I'm excited to read this one, it looks like a perfect summer read. Here's the synopsis if you're interested:

Synopsis: 
At eighteen, in that first golden Oxford summer, Milly's best friends were Rupert and his American lover Allan. When Rupert suggested that she and Allan should get married, just so that Allan could stay in the country, it all seemed just a bit of fun -- and to make it seem real she dressed up in cheap wedding finery and posed on the steps of the registry office for photographs.

Ten years later, Milly is a very different person. Engaged to Simon -- who is wealthy, serious, and believes her to be perfect - she is facing the biggest and most elaborate wedding imaginable. Her dreadful secret is locked away so securely she has almost persuaded herself that it doesn't exist -- until, with only four days to go, her past catches up with her.

Spellbound by Cate Tiernan

This is the 6th book in the Sweep series following Morgan on her journey to become a witch. I cannot tell you much about it because it's the 6th book, but if you're interested, you can check out my review of the previous books:






I'm not sure what I will read next once I've finished those books, it will depend om my mood. If you have any summer books suggestions, let me know :)

Upcoming posts:


- Book Reviews of Paper Towns, Dark Magick and Awakening.
- Book to Movie review of The Fault in Our Stars
- Many other things :D


Have a great day everyone!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Review: The Rosie Project!

Title: The Rosie Project
Author: Graeme Simsion
Series: Don Tillman #1
Release date: October 2013
Pages: 295

Synopsis from Goodreads:

An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

Expectations

I've heard so many good things about this book. I'm very excited to start reading it!

Review

What an amazing read!
I enjoyed reading every single page of this book. If I had the time, I would have read it in one sitting.

In a way this book reminds me of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Obviously because the resemblance is that the main character has Autism. Both books are very interesting to read.

It was so interesting to read the thoughts of Don, the main character, and just follow him with his day to day routine.So interesting to experience someones thoughts who thinks so differently. 

There were so many moments which made me laugh out loud(which is always a great). Don is so funny without knowing it.

I really liked the other characters in this book as well. Rosie was just amazing, I really liked her character. It was very nice to see the connection between Don and Rosie grow and change. 

The writing was amazing! Like I said, I loved reading every page and just flew through the book. It is a beautiful story about self-reflection and self-development and trying to grow as a person. 

It was a super addictive read and I can't wait to read the sequel, the Rosie Effect!

Rating


I will recommend this to everyone, really, you should read it!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

May Wrap up & June TBR

May Wrap up:

I'm pretty happy with what I've read in the month of May. I finished reading A Game of Thrones (which took me months too read). After that you can imagine I needed a short, light read. I chose to read Oath of Servitude by C.E. Wilson, which was exactly what I needed. I read the Oath of Servitude during the Bout of Books 13.0 Readathon. I love readathons, but I wish I had more time to read during that week. 

I also heard many good things about The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and I was excited to start reading this in May.

Books I read


A Game of Thrones









Oath of Servitude









The Rosie Project








May posts

April Wrap Up & May TBR

Review A Game of Thrones

Bout of Books 13.0 Readathon: Goals

Top Ten Tuesday: Actors I would really like to meet

Bout of Books 13.0 Readathon Wrap Up

Review Oath of Servitude


June TBR 

So I'm thinking about starting A Clash of Kings, but I'm not sure yet. I mean it's such a big book and it took me a LONG time to finish A Game of Thrones. I'm also behind on my 2015 reading challenge on Goodreads because I've spend so much time reading the first book of the Song of Ice and Fire series. 


Maybe I'll start to read this in a few months.


I would really like to start The Rosie Effect, the second book in the Don Tillman series? duology? I don't know if there will be a third book. Anyway, I would like to read what happens next :)

I'm also looking forward to reading  The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith. Look at the cover, it's so gorgeous!! I'm very curious about this book, maybe it will be my first read in June.


What are you reading in June? Let me know!


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Review: Oath of Servitude

Title: Oath Of Servitude
Author: C.E. Wilson
Series: The Punishment Sequence
Release Date: September 2012
Genre: fantasy
Pages: 159 pages

I've received this e-book in exchange for an honest review.


Synopsis

This is the story of Teague and Cailin, two teenagers who have been brought together by fate. Teague, a human, struggles to come to terms with the consequences of a recent accident that has destroyed the happy life that he had once enjoyed. Cailin, a pixi, is trying to stay true to herself while fighting against forces beyond her control that have exiled her from her home into this strange world of humans. She fears the darkness. He cannot escape it. But when the two of them are thrown together, they begin to discover the light inside of themselves.


Expectations


I've never actually read a book with a pixi in it, so I'm very curious about this one. The synopsis sound interesting.

Review:

I really liked the beginning of the story and immediately liked the main character Cailin (she's a pixie).

Cailins character is well described, she's a stubborn girl with her own ideas and style, which isn't always appreciated. Even though this bothers her, she keeps being unique and sticks to her own opinion. I really liked that about her. 

Teague was not that likable in the beginning, but his behavior was understandable considering the accident and the consequences it had for him.

I thought Teague bonded with Cailin too quickly. For me it was hard to believe that Teague, who is depressed and is drinking lots of alcohol every day, stops drinking and starts laughing with Cailin this fast. This took away a bit of the credibility of the story. 

I did like the way the growing relationship between them has been described and the focus on their friendship.

The writing was nice to read, I flew through this book :) Sometimes there were changes between first and third person writing, which could be a little confusing. And there were some edit errors, but that didn't bother me much. 

The pixie-world was so fun to read about, and very well described. It was easy to imagine this world. I also really liked it when more pixies were introduced. 


Rating


I really enjoyed reading this book, it was a quick read for me.I'll give it 4 stars!


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