Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to read if you like this author/book

If you like John Green                                       

1. The One Thing - Marci Lyn Curtis
2. All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven
3. Dreamland - Sarah Dessen
4. See You At Harrys - Jo Knowles
5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe - Benjamin Alire Saenz
6. If I Stay - Gayle Forman
7. None of the Above - I. W. Gregario
8. Extraordinary Means - Robyn Schneider

If you like the A Song of Ice and Fire series                                            

1. Throne of Glass series - Sarah J. Maas
2. Graceling - Kristin Cashore
3. A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

If you want to buy any of these books, or any other book, you can buy them here, through my Book Depository affiliate link!

If you have any other suggestion of books people might like if they like John Green or A Song of Ice and Fire, please let me know! And have a wonderful day :)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Review: The Sea of Monsters

*This will contain spoilers, as it is the second book in a series*

Title: The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Year published: 2007
How I got this book: Borrowing from the school library
My rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
Percy Jackson's seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get... well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of Percy's friend Annabeth brings more bad new: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.

In this fresh, funny, and hugely anticipated follow up to The Lightning Thief, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters, to save their beloved camp.  But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family - one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon's son is an honour or simply a cruel joke.

My thoughts:
I loved this just as much the second time around, if not more. Yes, I know what's going to happen, but it's just so fun that it doesn't really matters.

I love how the friendship between Percy and Annabeth evolves in this book, and that they become closer and can trust each other more. And they both grow as characters as well, especially Percy after visiting C.C. resort, and I just love that. They're still only children, and I can't get over how brave they are, doing all these things. 

Percy isn't the hero in this book, at least not for the camp. Clarisse get's the quest, and Percy and Annabeth sneaks out of the camp, and help Clarisse on her way. 

I honestly don't really know what to say about this book, besides the fact that I absolutely love this series. It's so light hearted, and as I'm currently reading The Odyssey as well, I recognise things that Riordan has incorporated that I wouldn't have noticed if I wasn't reading The Odyssey. It's so obvious that the man knows what he's writing about, and it's so nice. That way you know that pretty much everything he says is true, and you learn a lot whilst reading the books.

I recommend this series to everyone, no matter what age and gender. Everyone should at least try to read this, it's so amazing.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week the list is which books are on my TBR for this fall, and while I'll probably end up not reading all of them, or reading different ones, these are the books that I want to read whilst writing this. And yes, there are more scary books during fall than any other season, obviously.

1. Carrie - Stephen King      2.Frankenstein - Mary Shelley    3.The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger   4. Horowtiz Horror: Stories You'll Wish You Never Read - Anthony Horowitz
5. It - Stephen King      6. Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King    
7. The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness      8. The Final Descent - Rick Yancey

As you probably can tell, yes, I do love Stephen King. Even though he gives me nightmares and makes me terrified of clowns. I've tried to read It before, but I had to put it down because I thought it was too scary. BUT, that was a couple of years ago, and hopefully I'm a little bit thougher now.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Review: Saga, Volume 1

Title: Saga, Volume 1 ( contains Saga issues #1-6)
Author: Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Fiona Staples (artist)
Publisher: Image Comics
Year published: 2012
How I got this book: BookDepository
My rating: 5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

When two soldiers from opposite ides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

My thoughts:

This was my first comic book, so don't have anything to compare it with, but I absolutely loved it. I didn't have high expectations going into this, simply because I didn't know if I would enjoy reading a graphic novel er not, but I definitely did. It was funny, and moving and everything you could ever want.

The main characters, Marko and Alana, are so amazing. They're relationship is amazing. Everything about them is amazing. They are completely different, with Marko being against war and Alana being such a hot-head and no against fighting at all. Alana has so many comments throughout the issue that I laughed out loud at, she's so sarcastic and that's my favourite kind of humour.
This was just from the first couple of pages, and Alana has comments like that throughout the entire novel. Definitely a character I'm looking forward to reading more about.
 This novel is for mature readers, no doubt about that. I didn't have any problems or reacted to anything, but I know that some people probably will. There's sex, violence and a lot of swearing here, so keep that in mind. 

I went into this without really knowing anything about it, and I really liked that. I'd only heard a lot about it on booktube, and bought it because of that. I'm definitely looking forward to continuing this!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday Freebie: Favourite Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week, we got a freebie! I'm terrible at choosing what topic to write about, so I just read through the list of previously done Top Ten Tuesdays and chose this one!

Graceling // Harry Potter and the Sorceres Stone // The Assassin's Blade // Butter // Half-Blood

Wicked Lovely // See You At Harry's // Shades of Grey // The Near Witch // Wintergirls

I chose to only include books that I've actually read, but there are so many other covers out there!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Review: The Lightning Thief

Title: The Lightning Thief ( Percy Jackson & The Olympians #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Year published: 2006
My rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse - Percy could hace sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth abouth where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She send Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends - one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena - Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (lovated in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

My thoughts:

Honestly, I wasn't actually going to review this book. I don't really like reviewing book when I reread them, but here I am. I'm currently rereading the whole series for school, so I figured that I could review the books as well, that way I have to focus more whilst reading. 

I will try to keep the review as spoilerfree as possible, but I can't promise anything, because I know the books too well. I'll try, but perhaps you shouldn't read them if you haven't read the books as well.

Percy Jackson is on of my absolute favourite series, I can't get enough of them. I finished the Heroes of Olympis series this year, and I'm so happy to be back in Percy's world again. The writing is so clever and witty, and the books are just fun. 

Even though these books are quite repetetive, I don't mind at all. They are just lighthearted, fast-paced books where you also learn a lot about Greek Mythology.

I felt so sorry for Percy til book. He's just a kid and he's going through so much, and this is just the beginning. Percy is such a strong and powerful boy and everytime he accomplishes something, my heart fills with joy.

This book and this series is something I recommend to everyone I know. My love for Percy is gigantic, and I want everyone else to love him as well.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

The Monstrumologist Series by Rick Yancey. In my defense though, it's because I'm planning on reading the last one in October. I want to save it for the month of Halloween because I already know that I will want to read plenty of scary books.

I don't really have an excuse for not finishing the Graceling Realm companion novels by Kristn Cashore yet. I read Graceling during summer vacation, but for some reason I haven't continued on yet. I own the two other books as well, so I don't really have a reason for not having read them yet. But I will. Someday, I will continue.

The If I Stay duology by Gayle Forman. So I don't actually think of this as a series, since there's only two books, but I needed some more series on my list and that's why I'm counting it. I've read If I Stay and I absolutely loved it, and I sort of want to read Where She Went as well. Honestly, I think If I Stay works as a stand alone, but I love the characters so much that I have to find out what happens to them.

Fourth on this list, we have the Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia. I've only read the first book in this series, and I don't really know if I can be bothered to read the rest. The reason I have them on this list is because I hate not finishing series, and hopefully this might motivate me to actually get it done. I own all four books in a box set, and they don't take that long to read, so should just get it over with.

Last on this list, the Soul Seekers series by Alyson Noel. I actually do want to finish this series, and I own 3/4 of it, and have read two of the books. I don't really remember what they are about, just the basic and the fact that I enjoyed them a lot. Unfortunately, it's gotten to the point that if I want to finish this series, I have to start at the beginning again, because I don't remember enough to just continue. We'll see, maybe someday!

What finished series have you not finished reading?

Monday, September 7, 2015

Review: The One Thing

Title: The One Thing
Author: Marci Lyn Curtis
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Year published: 2015
How I got this book: I got this as an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
My rating: 5 stars

NetGalley synopsis:

Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won't invite anyne to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago. Maggie's rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn't interested in rehabilitation, not when she's still mourning the loss of her professional-soccer dreams, and furioius at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

Then Maggie's whole world is turned upside down. Somehow, incredibly, she can see again. But only one person: Ben, a precocious ten-year-old unlike anyone she's ever met. Ben's life isn't easy, but he doesn't see limits, only possibilities. Agter awhile, Maggie starts to realize that losing her sight doesn't have to mean losing everything she dreamed of. Even if what she's currently dreaming of is Mason Milton, the magnetic lead singer of Maggie's new favorite band, who just happens to be Ben's brother. 

But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future...before she loses everything she has grown to love.

My thoughts:
I don't even know how to start this review, I have so many feelings about this book. I absolutely loved it, and read it all in one day, staying up late even though I had school the next morning.

This book was everything I wanted it to be, and so much more. The characters were so well written and realistic, especially Maggie. I felt like I could really relate to her, even though I've obviously never been blind. I felt sorry for her, and I feel like I'm somewhat closer to understanding what it's like to not be able to see.

I would love to write page after page about this book, but it can all be summed up quote shortly: Read this book, it's amazing. It's funny, hearbreaking and heartwarming. I loved it so much that I'm probably going to buy a copy, just so I can have the physical book. And I'm definitely recommending this to all of my friends, and you as well!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

August Wrap Up


First of all I want to apologize for the lack of content on the blog lately. School as started again, and it's completely crazy right now. Fortunately, it'll get better in a few weeks - and I'll settle into a routine - which means that I will be able to read more. I'm hoping that I'll be able to write more on the blog as soon as possible, but I don't want to pressure myself into doing so either, because that'll just make it feel like a chore. This month I only read two books, one of them being a children's book I was sent for review.

The first book I read was Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider which got 5 out of 5 stars, it was so amazing.

The second, and last, book I read was Aoleon; The Martian Girl by Brent LaVesseur. This got 2 out of 5 stars. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't for me.

YOu can of course read more about what I thought of these books in my review of them, if you want to.

I hope you had a great reading month, and that September will bring plenty of new, lovely books!