Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: Let the Dead Speak (VIDEO)


Hello!

I'm back with yet another video review, this time reviewing Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey. I got this book from free from the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinions on it.


Even though I am mostly doing video reviews at the moment, I will still be doing some written ones as well. However, that might be of the books that I want to go more in depth on, and not just quick, short, spoiler free ones.

I hope you enjoy the video!

Have you read Let the Dead Speak, or any other books, by Jane Casey?

Until next time! x

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

September Wrap Up & October TBR (VIDEO)


Hello!

So September is finally over, and October has arrived! Though this means that the weather where I live is absolutely abysmal where I live, it also means that we are getting closer to CHRISTMAS!

I filmed two videos, one wrap-up and one TBR, and I think I might have been a bit ambitious when it comes to my October TBR. I have been reading a lot the past week, which I absolutely love. However, my uni-work isn't as happy with that as I had hoped, so I might need to focus a bit more on school this month.

The fact that the weather here is horrible is great for one thing, and that is reading. I don't need to feel guilty about snuggling up with a book and a cup of tea when it's pouring down outside, and there's nothing better than reading inside under a blanket when it's cold, wet and dark outside.




I hope you enjoyed both of my videos, and I am still having a lot of fun making them. 

Have you read any of the books mentioned in one of the videos? If so, which one, and what did you think about it?

Until next time! x


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Review: The Border (VIDEO)


Hello!

As you may, or may not, know, I usually do my reviews for books in a written format. However, I've been meaning to film some as well, and I ended up posting my first review on my YouTube-channel today! It's a review of The Border by Steve Schafer, which I got as an arc from the publisher.



I will continue to write reviews as well, though I haven't been reviewing a lot of books recently. I haven't been reading as much, and what I have read haven't been anything I felt like writing a review for. I will be back, however! As soon as I read a book I really want to talk about, or I feel like reviewing, it will definitely be posted on my blog.

Until next time! x

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Reading Quest Wrap Up - VIDEO


Hello!

So as you may, or may not, know, I recently participated in The Reading Quest. It's a readathon based on video games, and you can read more about it HERE


I talk more about my experience and my reading in the video, but just to sum it up: I had a lot of fun during this readathon, and I really hope that the creator, Read at Midnight, does something like this again, because I will definitely be participating!

Did you participate in The Reading Quest, and if so, how did you do?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hello!

The theme this week is the top ten books on my fall TBR, so this was actually pretty easy for me. My TBR is way too long, but I, fortunately, only had to pick my top ten for this post.


The Shining by Stephen King

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood


The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson



The One by Kiera Cass 

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

The Betrayals by Fiona Neill

Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey


The Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas // I KNOW, I can't believe I haven't read this one yet, but I am really looking forward to it!

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab


What books are on the top of your fall TBR?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Struggled To Get Through

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Long time, no see! I'm sorry that I've been super absent, but I will try to get back into blogging more now. I am still posting on my YouTube channel, but I will do my best to stay active on this blog as well. 

The theme this week is books I struggled to get through, or didn't get through at all. I didn't manage to come up with ten different books, but I did my best. I usually don't have that much problem getting through books, and I don't like to DNF books either, so I didn't have that many to choose from.


I'll start by mentioning the one book on this list that I didn't finish at all, and that is Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder. I picked this up because we were having a production of the musical at my school, so I wanted to read the book before performing the play. However, the philosophy sections were so long and hard to get through, that I ended up putting it back before even getting halfway.



The rest of the books I'll just mention in a list-format, as I don't really have much to say about each individual one. The main thing they have in common is that they were hard to get into, and had sections which I found hard to read. I did end up finishing all of them, and even enjoyed some of them quite a bit. And with some I might enjoy a lot more now, given that there's been some time since I read a few of them.


1. Carry On - Rainbow Rowell

2. After You - Jojo Moyes

3. All Our Wrong Todays - Elan Mastai


4. De Usynlige (The Invisible) - Roy Jacobsen

5. The Host - Stephenie Meyer

6. The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter - Henri Murger


What books did you struggle to get through?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Review: The Devil's Prayer



Title: The Devil’s Prayer
Author: Luke Gracias
Publisher: Australian eBook Publisher
Year published: 2016
How I got this book: I got this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
My rating: 4,5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognizes that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago.

In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul.

As  Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors.

And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it.

Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction?

Explicit Content Warning: «The Devil’s Prayer» is a historical horror thriller that contains brutality, rape, sex, drug abuse and murder. Readers may find its content offensive and confronting.

My thoughts:
I had no idea what to expect when starting this book. I’s only read a short description, as  it was the cover that really drew me in. The first-ish chapter was a bit heavy, and it made me a bit nervous that the rest of the book was going to be a bit boring. It was definitely not boring. The first part is important, as  it really sets up the rest of the story.

In short, this book starts with a nun, Denise, who commits suicide in Spain. A very public suicide. The rest of her family finds out, and her daughter, Siobhan, travels from Australia to Spain, to get answers. She then learns that she’s not safe in Spain, and gets hold of a book her mother write to her before she died, which tells the story about her life, and everything that led to her suicide.

Once I got really into this story, I didn’t want to put it down. Which was a bit unfortunate, as  I was on holiday in England whilst reading this, and therefore didn’t have a lot of time to read. It’s faced paced, and we move back and forth between the present and Denise’s story. Eventually, Denise’s story catches up to the present, and we understand a lot more. 

have to mention, as  a warning, that there are a lot of gruesome details in this book, so it’s definitely not for everyone. Without spoiling too much, there are rape, torture and murder scenes there are quite detailed. The author has a way of describing things in a way that makes you feel like you’re there, which is both great, but can also be a bit much in certain parts of the book. 

As previously mentioned, this is not a book for everyone. But if you don’t mind detailed gore, you should pick this up. There are a lot of interesting theories and such included, which made it unlike anything I’ve ever read before. 

This is a thrilling page-turner, that you’ll want to finish in one sitting. There are so many questions throughout the story, and it’s hard to know what to think and expect. I will absolutely recommend that you pick this up if it sounds interesting at all to you. You won’

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Review: Indian Summer



Title: Indian Summer
Author: Marcia Willett
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Published: 27th of June 2017
How I got this book: I got this as an arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
My rating: 3 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
Some memories can be forgotten… Others won’t ever go away. From internationally adore author Marcia Willett comes the magnificent new novel, Indian Summer.

For renowned actor Sir Mungo, his quite home village in Devon provides the perfect retreat. Close by are his brother and his wife, and the rural location makes his home the ideal getaway for his old friends in London.

Among those is Kit, who comes to stay for the summer, bringing with her a letter from her first and only love, Jake, and a heart in turmoil. Years have passed since they last saw each other, and now he has written to Kit asking to meet again.

As  the summer unfolds, secrets are uncovered that will shatter the sleepy community, and even tear a family apart. But those involved soon realize that the only way to move forward might be to confront the past…

My thoughts:
When the publisher first contacted me about this book, I wasn’t sure I would like it. I am glad that I gave it a chance, as  it ended up being an enjoyable read, though not something I’d normally pick up.

We follow a handful of characters, and their stories all intertwine at some point during the novel. Because there are so many characters, it took me quite a while to really get into the story, and to start caring about the characters. However, I did get there eventually, and when I did, I was able to really enjoy the book.

I would say that this book is definitely more character-driven, than plot-driven. I don’t have a preference either way, so I didn’t really mind, but it is something to keep in mind if you have a preference for plot-driven books. The setting is a small village in England, where the characters find themselves for a lot of different reasons. There really isn’t much action during the book, only a few things here and there. 

The first half is mostly getting to know the different characters. It’s not boring, not exactly, but it’s not a page-turner either. It is totally worth getting through it in the end, though. Most of the characters are extremely likable, and none of them are perfect. They all have flaws, which is how it’s supposed to be. 

This is a great book to read during the summer, especially outside during a sunny day, when you can really relax and get into a book. It’s heartwarming, and you are able to connect with the characters, despite the fact that there are a number of them. This is a good read for when you want a light-hearted book that’s easy to read, that has just a little bit of action.

If you’re a big fan of YA, this probably won’t be the perfect book for you. However, if you’re in the mood for something new, I would suggest picking it up. This is not a book for everyone, but if it sounds like something you might enjoy, you should give it a chance.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Books I Want To Read This Summer! [VIDEO]



Hello!

Today I posted another video on my YouTube channel, all about the books I want to read this summer. I hope to read more than the ones I've mentioned, but these are my priorities.



I also want to apologize as I feel like I've only posted videos lately. The truth is that I enjoy making them a lot, and it's something new and different to me. I will continue to write actual blog posts as well, but I will also share my videos on this blog, as it's just another way of talking to you.

If you have a preference between reading my posts or watching my videos, please let me know in the comments down below! I'm curious to see what you think, and I will also, of course, take your opinions to heart and listen to you as well.

Question: What book is your number one priority this summer?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Want to Finish [VIDEO]

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hello!

I finally did another Top Ten Tuesday today. I really want to do them every week, but I don't always feel inspired by the theme, and sometimes I just forget to do it. This week, I made a video of my TTT, which I really enjoyed. I'm really enjoying making videos at the moment, so expect to see a lot more of them!



I really hope you enjoyed it, and I'll talk to you next time!

Which series are on your list this week?