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!


Monday, May 18, 2015

Bout of Books 13.0 Readathon ended

Readathon Bout of Books 13.0!


Bout of Books

So yesterday the readathon Bout of Books 13.0 finished. I participated in this readathon which started on May 11th  and ended on May 17th. Check out Bout of Books! 
I shared my reading goals on the first day of the marathon, and here's how my reading has been going.


Starting Point
I'm started by reading Oath of Servitude by C.E. Wilson. I was on page 124, about halfway through the book.

Monday: 11/5
Book I'm reading: Oath of Servitude
Number of pages I've read: 21 pages
Finish a book: X
Thoughts: I only had time to read before going to bed. I was very tired so I only read 21 pages.

Tuesday 12/5

Book I'm reading: Oath of Servitude
Number of pages I've read: 24 pages
Finish a book: X
Thoughts: Only 24 pages.. this is not going so well. I'm too tired to read, keep falling asleep..

Wednesday: 13/5

Book I'm reading: Oath of Servitude
Number of pages I've read: 19 pages 
Finish a book: X
Thoughts: I'm getting there, I hope I can finish this one tomorrow

Thursday: 14/5

Book I'm reading: Oath of Servitude
Number of pages I've read: 43 pages
Finish a book: Yes! Finally..
Thoughts: I finally had some more time to read, it is too bad I couldn't read this book in one sitting, because it would have been a perfect book for that. I finished it! Review will come up soon :)

Friday: 15/5
Book I'm reading:  The Rosie Project by Graemie Simsion
Number of pages I've read: 10
Finish a book: X
Thoughts: I'm liking it so far. 

Saturday: 16/5
Book I'm reading: The Rosie Project by Graemie Simsion
Number of pages I've read: 23 pages
Finish a book: X
Thoughts: I'm very interested in this book, I'm curious to see what happens next.

So this was my reading for this readathon, not that great. I'm really not that happy with my results, but at least I finished a book, which is something, right?

Did you participate in this readathon? Did you read a lot? If you want you can tell me in the comments :) I would love to hear about that. 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Seven Authors I really Want To Meet!


This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, they always think of the most fun Top Ten lists we can create!

Today the list is the Seven Authors I Really Want To Meet!
Are you ready?

1.  John Green
I've watched his youtube videos for a while now and really became a fan. He has so much humor and his videos are always interesting to watch. Besides that,  of course he writes awesome books! I've read The Fault In Our Stars and absolutely loved it. I'm planning on reading more books by John Green very soon!
How cool would it be to meet THE John Green?

2. J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter, do I need to say more? She is just an awesome person and a great writer! I've read the Harry Potter book multiple times and will always love them :)

3. Rick Riordan
I've read the Percy Jackson series and really want to read the Heroes of Olympus series too. I love mythology so you can imagine I love his books too! He's another amazing writer I would love to meet!

4. Jane Austen 
We are dreaming right, why not dream big? Jane Austen was an amazing writer and I would love to travel back in time and meet her ;) This would be sooo awesome :D I've read Sense and Sensibility and want to read Pride and Prejudice soon.

5. Richelle Mead
I've read the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead which is the first vampire series I love :) Would just love to meet her!

6. Stephanie Perkins
Stephanie Perkins has a great writing-style. Her books are perfect for a feelgood, summer read. I loved Anna and the French Kiss so much!!

7. Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games, amazing right? I definitely think so. Would love to meet her :)

This is my list, I would love to read which authors you really want to meet!

Have a great day :)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Bout of Books 13.0 Readathon: Goals

Readathon Bout of Books 13.0!


Bout of Books

I'm participating in this readathon which starts on May 11th (today!) and ends on May 17th. Wanna participate too? Check out Bout of Books! 
I'm a pretty slow reader, so I thought I would share my goals  to motivate me even more to get some reading done.

Time Devoted to Reading

I will try to read as much as I can this week, but I also have to work, I will probably read the most during the evening.

My Goals

  • My goal is to finish at least one book, maybe even two;
  • I want finish Oath of Servitude;
  • Start a new book and finish it;
  • read at least 150 pages.

Books to Read

  • Oath of Servitude by C.E. Wilson











I'm still thinking what to read next. Maybe I will read Dark Magick by Cate Tiernan, or Lola and the boy next door by Stephanie Perkins. I don't know yet.


Starting Point
I'm currently reading Oath of Servitude by C.E. Wilson. I'm on page 124, about halfway through the book.

Updates


During this week I will write down which book I'm reading,how many pages I've read that day and if I managed to finish a book. At the end of the week I will look back at this readathon and see if I achieved my goals.

Example:

Monday: 
Book I'm reading: 
Number of pages I've read:
Finish a book:


I hope some of you will join me in this readathon, let me know if you do!

Have a great day!

Review: A Game of Thrones

Title: A Game of Thrones
Author: George R.R. Martin
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #1
Release date:  August 1996!
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 835

Expectations
So obviously I've heard nothing but great things about this book and the Song of Ice and Fire series. I'm very excited to finally start reading this for the first time. I didn't watch the TV-series yet, because I wanted to read it first.

For everyone who doesn't have a clue what I'm talking about(were have you been??) here's the synopsis:

Synopsis
Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.



Review


Well, I finally did it, I finished the first book of a Game of Thrones!  It took me a while, but I did it! Here are my thoughts.

Yes people, it is true:
A Game of Thrones is the first book of an epic, amazing fantasy series within an amazing fantasy-world, with fantastic characters and great storylines.

I could shut up after that, but that would make for a very short review :p

The first few chapters immediately grabbed my intention and made me want to read more. I also really LOVE the map on one of the first pages of the book. While reading I continued to check the map to see were the adventures take place.

So the story starts of with Eddard Stark who is called to be the Hand of the King. He cannot refuse so he goes to Kingslanding(the Capital) to assist the King. It all starts there.

The writing
I cannot tell you how much I love his writing. It is epic and with such detail you can really imagine little thing he describes. 

I wouldn't think I would like to read from the perspective of many different characters, but it was really nice. I also love that most of the chapters are pretty short, it keeps the pace up. 

I also think the writer is very unpredictable, which is scary at times. I really think I'll have an idea were a story-line is gonna go and then suddenly it totally turns around! This aspect of his writing also makes it a very exciting read :)

It is also a read for adults, because there is some mature content in it. I did have some trouble reading this because some of the characters are still 14/15 years old when they go through intense things. 

I am happy the characters are aged up for the TV-series, but I will talk about that more in my seriesreview for A Game of Thrones.


The world-building
The world building is simply epic. How a writer can imagine this all and writes it down so perfectly, amazes me. There are so many different cities! I also really like the mystery of the Wall and what could be behind it. It's just amazing!

The characters
There are so many! I really want to share my favorites with you, so here we go:

Jon Snow - He is the bastard child of Eddard Stark. He is about 14 in the book. He is a lot like his father. Honorable, honest, kind. I really love his character!! 

Arya Stark - She is the daughter of Eddard Stark and his wife Catelyn. She is 9 years old. Everyone wants Arya to act like a lady, but she wants to learn how to use a sword instead. I love because she is not the typical girl you read about.

Daenerys Targaryen - One of the last Targaryens left alive. Her brother wants to be King because his family used to rule the Seven Kingdoms. Her brother uses Daenerys to get what he wants. Throughout the book you get to see her growing stronger and becoming her own person.

Tyrion Lannister - He is the brother of Cersei and Jaime Lannister. His nickname is the Imp, because he's a dwarfsize man. He can be very funny and sarcastic. I like reading his chapters.

The Character development is greatly described with all of the characters I described earlier. 

So, did I like reading A Game of Thrones? I loved it :) You do have to take some time reading it, but every page is worth reading. There is no boring moment.

Rating

Would I recommend reading this? YES!! You haven't read it yet? Go and read it NOW!



Sunday, May 10, 2015

April wrap up & May TBR

April wrap up


So March and April were all about reading A Game of Thrones. I finished it and I'm so happy I read it, it was an amazing read. My review will come up very soon :)


I also finished reading The Morrow Secrets by Susan McNally and did a review on that.



Posts in April:


Top Ten Tuesday: Characters you'd like to check in with

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 inspiring quotes!

Review: The Morrow Secrets



May TBR


Recently I started reading Oath of Servitude by C.E. Wilson and I'm really enjoying it so far! 




After that I'm not sure what I will read. I might read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, I've heard many good things about that one. 

Or I'll read Dark Magick, the fourth book in the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan.

Help me decide, which one should I read first?
The Rosie Project or Dark Magick??

Posts in May:


These are the things I'm planning to post in the month of May. 

Review: A Game of Thrones
Series review: A Game of Thrones season 1
Review: Oath of Servitude
Top Ten Tuesdays

Have a great day everyone!


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