Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Book review: The Giver

Title: The Giver
Series: The Giver Quartet #1
Author: Lois Lowry
Genre: classics
Release date: first published in April 1993

Pages: 180 pages




Expectations
I never had to read this for school and  I've heard this is an amazing book, very excited to listen to the audiobook!

Synopsis
This haunting story centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he's given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.


Review
I loved listening to the audiobook, which was done really amazing. I couldn't stop listening!

I really enjoyed Jonas as a character. Loved to see the relationship with the giver grow into grandfather-grandson like relationship. 

The writing was so lovely, beautiful and captivating.
The dystopian world Lowry created was very interesting, especailly considering it was written before all the dystopian books we know now. 

Loved the entire idea of this world. It really makes you think about evetything we see as normal, and if it is supposed to be like that. It really gets you thinking.

The only negative thing I have to say about this (warning, spoiler!) is about the ending. I was in shock that it ended so abruptly. What happened? Did Jonas die? I need to know! And I thought there was a sequel, but the next book tells a totally different story and doesn't continu this one. 
It left me totally speechless, but I guess there is some beauty in leaving it open like that.

Have you read this ? If you have, let me know your thoughts on the ending!!

Rating 
4 stars


Monday, May 8, 2017

Bookreview: The Summer I Turned Pretty

Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty
Series: Summer #1
Author: Jenny Han
Release date: May 2009
Genre: contemporary
Pages: 276 pages




Expectations

I've heard a lot of praise about this series, so I'm curious to read what it's all about.

Synopsis
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along. 


Review
This was a quick summer read, which I enjoyed reading, although I think I would have loved it when I was younger.  I kept thinking that the way the main character Isabella thinks is just the thing that gets girls in trouble with guys. She has this fairytale kind of story in her head about this boy. 
At the same time, I totally understand this can be very relatable for young girls. 

It was an easy read and I enjoyed the flashbacks to the different ages. The  dialogue was written well, which made the story flow nicely.

I really disliked her nickname Belly. I also found it pretty weird that even though Isabella really disliked the nickname too, people kept calling her Belly. I also disliked the idea that now that she 'turned pretty' the boys are more interested in her. Which suggests that they only care about her looks and not the person she is inside. 

I think my opinion of this series depends on how the story continues. For now it was an enjoyable, quick and easy summer read.

I am curious to see what the next book will contain, especially because of what happened near the end of the book.

Rating
2.5 stars

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bookreview Little Women!

Title: Little Women
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Series: Little Women #1
Release date: first published in 1868
Genre: classics
Pages: 449 pages


Expectations

I'm excited to listen to the audiobook of Little Women. If you haven't read this, I would advise you to listen to the audiobook!

Warning: this review will contain spoilers!

Review

I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. 
The first part of the book was definitely my favorite. 
I already new that Beth was going to die (because the tv-show friends spoiled me for that in the episode that Joey is reading this book). I think it was good that I already new this, because it would have destroyed me otherwise.

I loved reading about the christmas early in the book. It really showed the characters of all the girls. I actually loved the friendship between Jo and Laurence. I also like that they didn't end up with each other. Jo just didn't feel that way about Laurence. I do wonder how Laurence thinks he can just be friends with the girl he fell in love with. 

I think what I liked the most was reading about the personal development of the girls. Amy's personal development was clear and nice to read about. She grows so much . Also really enjoyed Mary's growth, how she tries to balance her life with her children and husband. 

I loved all the advice the mother gives to her daughters.

I enjoyed listening to it, but I have to confess, the last part of the book was getting a bit dull for me. I think it would have taken me a lot longer if I read it in stead of listen to the audiobook.


Rating: 3.5 stars

Monday, March 13, 2017

Bookreview The Queen's Army & Carswell's Guide To Being Lucky!

Hi!

Recently I've reviewed the first two companion novels/novella's of The Lunar Chronicles. Now I'm back to review the other ones!

Did you miss my previous post? Here's my review of Glitches & The Little Android :)


The Queen's Army
The Lunar Chronicles #1.5
18 pages


I think  I would have enjoyed Ze'evs character in Scarlet more if I had read this before reading Scarlet.
Poor little  12-year-old Ze'ev,, saying goodbye to his family . I really felt for him, my heart goes out to him while reading this. 
The first time the thaumaturge manipulated his mind.. ugh so awful.

Although this wasn't a happy story, it was very interesting to read and it felt too short.  I think I would have liked to read more about his growth from that 12 year old to an adult. still, I enjoyed reading about him. 

Rating: 3.5 stars


Carswell's Guide To Being Lucky
The Lunar Chronicles #3.1
42 pages
This story is about young Carswell Thorne growing up. 
Really enjoyed reading this short story. It was so funny to read.  Honestly, I wanted to continue reading his story and get to know him even more! I would have loved to see how he ended up in Beijing Prison!
Rating 4 stars 

Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bookreview Glitches & The Little Android!

Hi everyone!

After reading The Lunar Chronicles, I wanted to read all the companion novels/novella's written by Marissa Meyer, starting with these two!

Glitches
The Lunar Chronicles #0.5
32 pages
A very short book! It felt more like a chapter to me, but nevertheless I was happy to read more about this world Marissa Meyer created. Glitches tells the story of young Cinder arriving at the family for the first time.  I enjoyed reading this. It was so nice and sad at the same time to read about Peony. She's such a lovely girl.. I would have liked to see more Iko!

Rating 3.5 stars
I was an enjoyable read :)




The Little Android
The Lunar Chronicles #0.6
35 pages

The Little Android is a short story and a retelling of The Little Mermaid. The android has a glitch in her programming, which makes her more human than all the other androids..
I enjoyed it, although I was a little disapointed this wasn't about Iko!


Rating 3 stars




Monday, March 6, 2017

Free ebooks this week!

Dear readers,

I got some good news!

Smashwords is having a special offer this week.
From sunday March 5th until March 11th Smashwords has the ninth annual Smashwords Read an Ebook Week. Which means that during this week, thousands of books are offered for FREE ebooks or with a lot of discount!
As soon as I read this, I wanted to share this with my readers. You can search on author, genre, price, amount of words etc.
I've been scrolling through all the free books and there are so many I don't know which to choose!

I'll tell you about a couple books you can get for free:

The Last Man
by Tobias Wade

This fantasy book sounds very interesting, first book of a trilogy, and you can get the second book for free as well! 

Summary
Farris did not believe in the old stories. Grandmother Rochette spoke of such strange things: monsters and magic and impossible heroes who could only exist in legend. But when Tom, her little brother, is kidnapped by the same monsters Grandmother spoke of, Farris is forced to change her view of reality in order to save him. 




Prince of Wolves
by Quinn Loftis
This is a pretty popular book with a goodreads average of 4.06 stars.

Summary:
Jacque Pierce was just an ordinary 17-year-old girl getting ready to start her senior year in high school in Coldspring, Texas. When a mysterious foreign exchange student from Romania moves in across the street, Jacque and her two best friends, Sally and Jen, don't realize the last two weeks of their summer are going to get a lot more interesting.











So, if you're interested, check the free ebooks out HERE


Have a great day everyone!



Saturday, March 4, 2017

Bookreview Winter!

Title: Winter
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4
Release date: november 2015
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 823 pages

Reviews of the previous books in this series:
#1 Cinder
#2 Scarlet
#3 Cress

Expectations
I loved reading Cress and am so excited to see how this story comes to an end! If you haven't read this series yet, do not read this review, because it will contain some spoilers. I would definitely recommend reading this series! 

Review
It was a satisfying ending to a great series! I really liked this book. It was so action-packed! I loved the writing ( like all her books), although this book was very long, 823 pages!

Winter is an intriquing character, she was pretty unpredictable, I loved reading about her. I would have liked her to play a bigger part in the ending. She should have at least been there, at the last battle in the throne room! 
Queen Levana was horrible to her too, so she should be there.

I loved the communication between Thorne and Cress! So cute, they are definitely my favorite couple! Although I love Cinder and Kai too. Thorne is so funny, he made me laugh out loud more than once.

It ended a bit too perfect for me, everyone survived and got their happy ending, but then again these are fairytale retellings so..

If I have to compare the four books, Cress would stille be my favorite, then Winter, Cinder and lastly Scarlet.

I would definitely recommend this series! Enjoyed it a lot. I haven't read the novella's yet, I will read those soon :)

Rating  4.5 stars

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.


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