Saturday, December 31, 2016

Review: This Savage Song

Title: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
Year published: 2016
How I got this book: I bought it at BookDepository
My rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
There's no such ting as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains - and friends or enemies - with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city - a city where violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as goodhearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent - but he's one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chances arises to keep an eye on Kate, who's just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August's secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair myst flee for their lives.

My thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book. It took me a while to get into everything, but once I did I was really immersed in the story and setting.

We follow two main characters, Kate and August, and get to read from both of their perspectives, which I really enjoyed. They see the world in such different ways, and it was interesting to learn what they thought of the world they lived in, and each other. 

I have never read a book like this before, and the plot is so intriguing. I love the fact that there are three types of monsters, and they are all breed from different kind of evil. August is a sunai, and I found them so interesting. It might have something to do with the fact that August uses his violin, and I have played violin for several years, so I'm not completely subjective. However, the fact that they use music to kill is so amazing, and it really captivated me.

The first third of the book I could not get into it, but it did pick up. I stayed up until 3 in the morning to finish it, because I was not able to put it down. It was just too good. 

I am really excited to see what happens in the next book, and the story will progress. This is definitely a book I will recommend if I think someone will like this.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Review: Mr. Miracle

Title: Mr. Miracle (Angelic Intervention #10)
Author: Debbie Macomber
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Year published: 2014
How I got this book: I listened to it as an audiobook through the app Storytel
My rating: 3 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track - and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store.

After trying to make it on her own, Addie has returned home to Tacoma for the holidays, but this time she plans to stay for good, enrolling in the local community college to earn her degree. What she doesn't plan to do is run into Erich Simmons.

Addie and her next-door neighbor, Erich, are like night and day. Growing up, he was popular and outgoing while she was rebellious and headstrong, and he never missed an opportunity to tease her. Now she intends to avoid him entirely, yet when they're suddenly forced to spend Christmas together, Addie braces for trouble.

Perhaps it's the spirit of the season or the magic of mistletoe, but Addie and Erich soon find they have more in common than they thought - and that two people who seem so wrong for each other may actually just be right. With a little prompting from a certain angelic teacher, the two are in for a holiday miracle they'l never forget.

My thoughts:
This book was just okay. I picked it up because it's Christmas, and it was nice enough, but nothing memorable. I have read a few books by Macomber this season, and this was, unfortunately, my least favourite of them. It is, however, quite short, so you fly through it.

The plot was enjoyable, and the characters as well, but it wasn't anything special. I didn't connect with any of the characters, but the setting was easy get into. I listened to it as an audiobook, so you might experience the story in a different way if you read a physical book, but I don't know how much that would have changed my opinion of this.

I will not be recommend this to people, but I won't tell people not to read it either. If it sounds nice, and you just want a short, and enjoyable, book this is something for you. It's a good story to read around Christmas, and might bring a little bit of holiday cheer.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Books I Read In 2016

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Me Before You - Jojo Moyes

Wrecked - Maria Padian

A Year and a day - Isabelle Broom

I Am Pilgrim - Terry Hayes

The Leaving - Tara Altebrando

The Passenger - Lisa Lutz

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) - Marissa Meyer

Sleeping Giants - Sylvian Neuvel

A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) - Sarah J. Maas

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) - Sarah J. Maas

What is the best book you read in 2016?

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Review: The Leaving

Title: The Leaving
Author: Tara Altebrando
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Year published: 2016
How I got this book: Bough it online at BookDepository
My rating: 5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
Six were taken. Even years later, five come back -- with noe idea of where they've been.

Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.

Until today. Today five of those kids return. They're sixteen, and they are... fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn't really recognize the person she's supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they're entirely unable to recall where they've been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn't come back. Everyone wants answers. Most of All Max's sister Avery, who needs to find her brother - dead or alive - and isn't buying this whole memory-loss story.

My thoughts:
*this is a spoiler-free review, so I will not be able to say that much abut the book*

This is my first book by Tara Altebrando, and based on this one, I want to read more! 

We follow three characters; Scarlett, Lucas and Avery. Scarlett and Lucas are two of the missing children, and Avery is Max's brother, the one who doesn't return. They were all written differently, and I especially enjoyed reading Scarlett's chapters as they were written with a bit of poetic prose, not just as a novel. I felt that this really captured her thoughts and emotions. 

Without spoiling anything, I have to say that I did not like Avery at all. I could not understand her thought process, and how she reacted to things. She was, to me, extremely unlikable, and she ended up just annoying me. I have read several reviews, and it seems that I am not the only one who feels this way. However, this did not really ruin the book for me, as I still gave it five stars.

This is not extremely fast paced, but it kept my interest nonetheless. I could not put it down, and could not read it before going to bed. I would have stayed up all night. It was never boring, and the characters were interesting enough that it did not really matter.

I will definitely recommend this book to several of my friends, and my mum. Though this is a YA-book, I feel like older people can enjoy it as well, if they like mysteries. If this book sounds interesting, you should give it a try!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

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Heartless - Marissa Meyer

Girl Online: Going Solo - Zoe Sugg

Stars Above - Marissa Meyer

Fairest - Marissa Meyer

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

The Shining - Stephen King

Harry Potter à L'ecole des Sorciers - J. K. Rowling

Eat Smart - Niomi Smart

Le Petit Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition) - J. K. Rowling

What do you hope Santa will leave under your tree this year?

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Review: The Hammer of Thor

*This is the second book in a series, and will contain spoilers for The Sword of Summer. You can find my review for that here*

 The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2)

Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Year published: 2016
How I got this book: Bought it at BookDepository
My rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon - the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki - and the price he wants is very high.

My thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book. I have always enjoyed Riordan's writing, and this is no exception. Although he writes middle-grade books, I always enjoy them. You just have to be aware of what they are, and not expect  anything else. 

There is something about Riordan's writing that I just love. His writing is funny, but not over-the-top. The main character, Magnus Chase, isn't perfect, and he knows it. He is sarcastic and jokes about himself a lot, and a way I can really relate to. 

The gods are portrayed over-the-top in this series, but I love it. Riordan has taken their personalities and made them bigger, and more fitting to the modern world. I have grown up with Norse mythology, so I am quite familier with everything, but this book is still really entertaining. In this book, Riordan has also included Scandinavian - and especially Norwegian -  folklore, with the presence of nøkk (neck) and hulder. Being familiar with those as well, I was thrilled when they showed up in this book. Though they weren't exactly as they are in folklore, it was still nice seing them in the story.

I can't wait for the next book to come out, I am really curious about what's going to happen, and how things will develop with the people Magnus met at the end. If you enjoy Riordan's writing, this is definitely a book you should pick up. It's funny, entertaining and action-packed. It's diverse and relatable. 

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Review: Starry Night

Title: Starry Night
Author: Debbie Macomber
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Year published: 2013
How I got this book: Listened to it as an audiobook through the app Storytel
My rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
'Tis the season for romance, second chances, and Christmas cheer with this new novel from Debbie Macomber.

Carrie Slayton, a big-city society-page columnist, longs to write more serious news stories. So her editor hands her a challenge: She can cover any topic she wants, but only if she firt scores the paper an interview with Finn Dalton, the notoriously reclusive author.

Living in the remote Alaska wilderness, Finn has written a mega-bestselling memoir about surviving in the wild. But he stubbornly declines to speak to anyone in the press, and no one even knows exactly where he lives.

Digging deep into Finn's past, Carrie develops a theory on his whereabouts. It is the holidays, but her career is at stake, so she forsakes her family celebrations and flies out to snowy Alaska. When she finally finds Finn, she discovers a man both more charismatic and more stubborn than she even expected. And soon she is torn between pursuing the story of a lifetime and following her heart.

My thoughts:
This is my first Debbie Macomber book, and I am definitely picking up others as well. She has written plenty of Christmas novels, and I am planning on reading a few of them before Christmas this year. If they are as good as Starry Night, I am in for a treat.

Though this is a great holiday read, I expected it to revolve more around Christmas. It takes place in November and December, with Thanksgiving being the holiday that gets the most attention. There are a few "christmasy" scenes here and there, which I really enjoyed, but I would have liked more. However, it has a great wintery feel, and is great this time of year.

I really enjoyed the characters in this book, especially Carrie, the main character. She is so determined to get what she wants, and she is willing to work really hard for it. The other characters were also enjoyable, and I could relate to Finn in many ways.

One thing that confused me at times were the different POVs. Throughout most of the book we see everything from Carrie's perspective, and I enjoyed that. Suddenly, though, we would be reading from Finn's perspective, and it didn't really make sense to me. It wasn't a lot, it felt like a bit random. I listened to this as an audiobook with the same reader throughout, and didn't help my confusion. It might be easier if you are reading the actual book.

I did generally enjoy this book, as you can tell by my 4 stars. It is more of an adult book, and I don't normally read that, but I did enjoy this one. It was cheesy and sweet, exactly what you would expect from a book like this.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: books I'm looking forward to in the first half of 2017

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A Court of Wings and Fury (ACOTAR #3) - Sarah J. Maas
May 2nd

Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
February 17th 

The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) - Rick Riordan
May 2nd

The Book of Mirrors - E.O. Chirovici
January 26th

Caraval - Stephanie Garber
January 31st

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) - Victoria Schwab
June 13th

Wintersong - S. Jae-Jones
February 17th

The One Memory of Flora Banks - Emily Barr
May 16th

The River at Night - Erica Ferencik
January 10th

My Husband the Stranger - Rebecca Done
April 6th

What is your most anticipated book for the first half of 2017?

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Review: Carrie

Title: Carrie
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Doubleday
Year published: 1974
How I got this book: Bought it at Waterstones in Colchester
My rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed... But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction...

My thoughts:
I am so glad that I finally got around to picking this up. I've wanted to read it for a long time, as I haven't read a lot of King novels, just his short-stories. 

This is a story I was already familiar with before picking up the book, as I saw the 2013 movie with Chloe Grace Moretz, and absolutely loved it. The great thing about this book, is that it's not as scary as many of his other books, which meant that I could actually read this at night before going to bed.

It took a while to get into, but I was expecting that, so it didn't bother me. There are no chapters in this book, which I've never experienced before. Instead of chapters, the book is divided by the story and articles from after the ending of the story. I didn't really mind, the articles weren't my favourite, but it gave an interesting perspective to everything. 

I would definitely recommend this book to my friends, especially those who, like me, likes horror, but get scared easily. 

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Review: A Year and a Day

Title: A Year and a Day
Author: Isabelle Broom
Publisher: Penguin
Year published: 2016
How I got this book: I got it as an arc through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review
My rating: 5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
A heartwarming and heartbreaking story about love and life in one of Europe's most romantic cities, Prague.

Welcome to a city where wishes are everywhere.

For Megan, a winter escape to Prague with her friend Ollie is a chance to find some inspiration for her upcoming photography exhibition. But she's determined to keep their friendship from becoming anything more. Because if Megan lets Ollie find out about her past, she risks losing everything - and she won't let that happen again...

For Hope, the trip is a surprise treat from Charlie, her new partner. But she's struggling to enjoy the beauty of the city when she nows how angry her daughter is back home. And that it's all her fault...

For Sophie, the city has always been a magical place. This time she can't stop counting down the moments until her boyfriend Robin joins her. But in historic Prague you can never escape the past...

Three different women.

Three intertwining love stories.

My thoughts:
This book is amazing. I am seriously considering visiting Prague because of this. I fell in love with the story, the characters and Prague.

We follow three main characters; Megan, Hope and Sophie, who happen to be visiting Prague for different reasons, but at the same time. The POV's are in rotation, and we never have the same POV for two chapters at the time. 

The descriptions and imagery in this book was amazing. It really felt like I was there, in Prague, with the characters. I could visualize everything, and I felt calm reading this book. And it definitely made me excited for Christmas, though that is not the main point of the story.

I am not going to spoil anything, but this story is so intriguing. There was something that made me relate to all of the characters in different ways, and it was easy to understand their actions. 

I don't really have much more to say about this book, because I don't want to spoil anything. It is definitely a book I would recommend picking up, it is an amazing read, and the author is incredibly talented.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 New-To-Me-Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Debbie Macomber

Carrie Hope Fletcher

Jojo Moyes

Zoe Sugg

Marissa Meyer

                Erica James                                                                                                 Giovanna Fletcher

     Brandon Sanderson                                                                                                    Eliza Freed
Paula Hawkins

Who is your favourite author that you read for the first time this year?

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Review: Seraphina

Title: Seraphina (Seraphina #1)
Author: Rachel Hartman
Publisher: Random House
Year published: 2012
How I got this book: I listened to it as an audiobook on the app StoryTel
My rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons int he kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as amassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. 

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered - in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

My thoughts:
Seraphina spent a long time on my TBR before I finally got around to reading it. And I'm so glad that I did. This is a book I really enjoyed, and it was easy to get into.

Despite this being a fantasy book, I didn't feel like I had to try to get into the setting. It just came naturally, and the world opened up as you read. I really liked the dragons in this book, and the fact that they can take human forms. I haven't really read a lot of books with dragons, so I don't know if this is anything new, but I found it interesting and it really made the story something special.

We only follow Seraphina's perspective in this book, which works wonderfully. We discover her own secrets as she uncovers them all, and we learn about the world with her. 

Though I found this to be a light-hearted book, I also think it brought up injustices we have in our own society. Especially racism towards each other, depending on how we look and come from, and not how we are as people.

This is a book I will recommend to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy book, because I really think they'll enjoy this. Even if you're not a big fan of fantasy, I suggest you give it a shot. It's not going to be for everyone, but you'll never know unless you try it. 

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Review: Wrecked

Title: Wrecked
Author: Maria Padian
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication date: October 4th 2016
How I got this book: I got it as an arc through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
My rating: 5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
Everyone has heard a different version of what happened that night at MacCallum College. Haley was already in bed when roommate, Jenny, arrived home shell-shocked from the wild Conundrum House party. Richard heard his housemate Jordan brag about a cute freshman he hooked up with. When Jenny formally accuses Jordan of rape, Haley and Richard find themselves pushed onto opposite sides of the school's investigation. But conflicting interests fueling conflicting versions of the story may make bringing the truth to light nearly impossible - especially when reputations, relationships, and whole futures are riding on the verdict.

My thoughts:
This book brings up a really important topic, especially with everything happening at schools right now. 

We don't read from the victim's perspective in this book, but her roommate, Haley. We also read from Richard's perspective, the roommate of the accused rapist. I found this as an interesting twist, because as readers, we don't ever know more than what Haley and Richard know. 

The story is gripping, and I found it really hard to put down. I wanted to keep reading, find out what happened and how everything was going to turn out. Though the main focus in the book is about the case, and finding out what happened, we also get to know Haley and Richard, and how their relationship evolves, despite being on two different sides.

I found the characters in this book to be really relatable, and likeable, most of the time. I really connected with Haley, and yes, she was selfish at times, but she's only human. We meet plenty of characters, and most of them felt like real people that you got to know.

Between each chapter we are also told what really happened, but only in small parts. We don't really know everything until the end of the book. 

I felt like this was a realistic story about sexual assault at colleges, and it was heartbreaking. The book is called Wrecked for a reason. We see how much resistance the victim gets through both the school, and the other students around them. It's great that authors are writing about it, and encourages the debate. This is a topic that needs to be addressed, and it's amazing that authors like Padian does it in such a wonderful way.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Wrap Up: September


This month was my last one with no school and no worries, so I fille expect to read a lot less in October. I managed to read 17 books in September, and even started an 18th. I'm super pleased with myself, and I am so grateful that I was able to read as much as I was during the summer. 

Gravbøygen våkner (Alvetegnet #1) by Sigbjørn Mostue - 3,5 stars
Nissedreperen (Alvetegnet #2) by Sigbjørn Mostue - 3 stars
Krakens gap (Alvetegnet #3) by Sigbjørn Mostue - 3,5 stars
These are all Norwegian books, and they have not been translated to English, and therefore don't have any English titles. Roughly translated, Alvetegnet means "the sign of the elves"

Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan - 3 stars
Paris for One by Jojo Moyes - 4 stars
The Muse by Jessie Burton - 4 stars

Honeymoon in Paris by Jojo Moyes - 4 stars
The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes - 4 stars
Photographs from the Edge by Art Wolfe - 3,5 stars - REVIEW

You're the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher - 4 stars - REVIEW
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman - 4 stars - REVIEW
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas - 5 stars - REVIEW

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson - 4 stars
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien - 4 stars
On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher - 4 stars

1984 by George Orwell - 4 stars
Wrecked by Maria Padian - 5 stars - REVIEW