Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle): 4 out of 5

This was as good as the first book. And almost as slow...
I love Maggie Stiefvater's books. Truly. But the speed in which the stories develops on all of her books usually gets to me half way through. Nonetheless, great read.

The Dream thieves focuses mostly on Ronan. It explains and expands on what we find out about him and his raven Chainsaw at the end of the first book.
It also tells us more about Adam and his character grows (or changes, depending on ones point of view).
Don't expect it to be like the first book, where there is an equal amount of care given to almost all characters. Here Ronan takes center stage. If you didn't like Ronan, you might learn to like him as you get to know more about him. If you already did like him, you might fall in love. He is taught character to get used to, it took me a while on the first book. But I like him, I really do. He is charismatic and loving on his own way. And your heart might just melt with one little line from Adam to him at some point (I will not tell you what it is, I simply say: we all though Gansey did it! Like this, when you read it, you will know what I am talking about)

The story is rather straight forward. Not many twist and turns. No complex story lines... I think the biggest twist is the very last line. That being said, it is still somewhat intriguing.

Blue's family is still my favorite thing on this series. I really like them. Maggie Stiefvater did a great job on creating fun, complex and caring characters with unique personalities.
Oh, and the Gray man... how epic! Hit man's are not supposed to be that charming. It is rather hard to talk about him without giving spoilers. I will have to leave it at charming! I was annoyed whenever I read about him at first, and then, all of a sudden: boom! I like this guy! haha

We see a lot less of Noah here. But the one chapter were we get a lot of him is awesome! Blue goes to Gansey's house while everyone is out, it is just Noah and her... it is so sweet, so funny, so cute... there is no way in hell you are not going to love it.

There is very little romance here. That annoyed me tremendously. Either have romance, or don't. The middle of the road thing drives me nuts. This more than the pace of the book is why I have to give it a 4. You are there enjoying your mysteries and action and friendships... and then there is the phone call and later the drive (you will know when you read it). What?! So so out of place. Either there is romance, or there isn't. I don't even know what on earth that was. As you can tell, I am still annoyed about it! haha

Anyways... if you liked the first book, chances are you will like this one too! I know I did!





Friday, October 28, 2016

The Stonefire Dragon series by Jessie Donovan- 5 out of 5

The plot on each of the books in the series is slightly different from the other, each book new characters appear but old ones are never forgotten. I am only on book 3 (it is a series of 8) and I am already in love with it.

The first books is about Melanie Hall and Tristan Macleod. Melanie offers herself as a sacrifice to the dragon in exchange for a vial of dragons blood. Dragons blood cure any illnesses and her brother is really ill. The Dragonman she is assigned to hates humans, and with reason. Dragon hunters -humans- killed his mother and tortured his sister. I wont say more not to spoil it to anyone...

The second book in the series is about the dragon clan leader Bram and the Department of Dragons Affairs inspector (and human) Evie Marshall. Contrary to Tristan, Bram does not hate humans, but that does not mean he is not suspicious of them, And Evie has ulterior motives to be inspecting the clan. Her life is at risk, her only choice -or so she thinks- is to seduce the clan's leader and have him take her as his mate.

The third book is about Melanie and Tristan again. but I haven't finished the book myself...

Now, before I tell you what I think of the books, a little warning (not one I was given, I was completely taken by surprise!): this is not just a supernatural, shape shifting book. It is an adult book. If you are under 18, don't read it... the sexual references are very strong. I am almost fell of my chair... It is a romance story though (possibly one of the most romantic paranormal books I read in a long while). Not erotica- I would not have finished the first book if it was, not my thing. It just happens to be rather explicit.

Now, if you can put that aside (or happens to like it), the story on these books are awesome. It moves at a great pace! There is always something happening and you are never left guessing for too long. And the endings are all satisfactory! There are a few things unanswered, which give room for the next book, but they are good endings. No massive cliff-hangers.
The characters are clever, strong, sassy... I found myself laughing with them and them a few times.
There are strong friendship and trust themes running through. I rather like that. The interaction between the members of the clan is entertaining and beautiful to read.

The main female characters are fierce! although they are human, they give the dragman a good run for their money. It is super entertaining reading their interactions and thoughts.

All in all, a great contemporary paranormal romance! GO read!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle) : 4 out of 5

Be prepared for a very very slow start.
I enjoyed the book, but it took a long time for the story to get going. I had to fight my inner desire to skim through. Luckily, I was told by a wonderful bookstagrammer before I got into it that the first book takes a while to get going, so it wasn't an unwelcoming surprise.
And that my friends, is the ONLY reason this book gets a 4. Had it been an easy read from the beginning it would have been a 5.

The Raven boys is about a girl called Blue, her psychic family, and 4 boys from the local rich boys school.

GoodReads: "For as long as she can remember, Blue has been told by her psychic family that she will kill her true love. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she is not sure anymore."

It sounds form that little synopsis that the book will be full of romance, but it is not. It is very cleverly written and clearly purposefully left out. There are mentions of it, little teasers, but it is never right there out in the open. Maybe on the next book.

Blue's family is epic! They are amazingly well created characters and I hope there is much more of them on the next books. They are funny and loyal.

The Raven boys are all quite different from each other, and all have their certain appeal. I struggle to find a favorite between them. They are unique and all great in their own way.
Adam is brave and weak all at once, hard not to love; Gansey is a smart ass who also happens to be a softie; Ronan is tough but at the same time thoughtful; and Noah is a sweetheart. For rich boys from a school of not-so-great personalities those four are epic friends with an epic friendship! And Blue simply completes the circle.

The book has many mysteries and secrets to be unfold to keep you on your toes. Although the beginning may be slow, one it gets going there is no way you will be bored!

Go read!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Girl in Pieces: 3.75 out of 5

This is a hard book for me to review. I really liked it, so it has a special place in my heart. But I really struggled with it as well.

Girl in Pieces synopsis (from GoodReads): "Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At 17 she's already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she's learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don't have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie's heart a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge."

Girl in Pieces is a very dark novel on self harm and alcoholism. It is written in a somewhat fragmented text. Imagine getting a glimpse at someone's journal but never being able to fully read it. That didn't bother me, but I can see how it will bother some readers. It made it hard to follow but I came to appreciate it more after a Q&A with the author and understanding the thought behind it. It is meant to be the way Charlie thinks, the way someone hurting so much and so confused and trying to forget so much thinks. It makes perfect sense now. In a way, I wish I knew that before reading the book, it is easier to appreciate the writing style now. Clever!

Here is the thing I struggle the most in this book: there are depressing books that move the reader, and there are depressing books that are just...well... depressing! There is no light in the end of the tunnel here. It is as realistic as it can be. Someone who has been through all that may get better, but fully heal? forget? You will NOT have a good feeling when you are done reading. You will be in a place as dark as the author must have gone in order to write it. And that is a good thing, shows how good the writer is. But it is also a hard thing to come to terms with.
When I finished the books I was completely speechless. 'That's it?' 'That's the ending?' 'But what about Riley?' 'What about Charlie?' I felt in the end as fragmented as the story. Not complete. There is no sequel, this is it. But I can help but want more, I can't help but be my selfish self and desire a happier ending.



Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Fault in Our Stars- 5 out of 5

5 out of 5 is not enough praise for this wonderful book!

"That is the thing about pain, it demands to be felt" -Gus-

The synopsis (taken from the book): "Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named August Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Suppor Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten."

So so many tears were shed during and at the end of this book. I loved it so much that the very next day I was getting the film and sitting down to watch it. Can't say I liked the movie quite as much as the book, but it was good too.
A warning though for those who have not read it yet: you will not just cry, you will have your soul crushed, destroyed, in pieces... this book gets to you in a way no other has or probably ever will.

This book goes way deeper than teenage romance. Yes, there is romance, but it is not a 'wishy-washy' over dramatized romance. The book is about much more than that. The book is about life, death, friendships, hardships... It does not turn any of the terminal characters into martyrs or depressed individuals. As Hazel says herself in the book, this is not a cancer book. It deals in a very realistic way with how a 16 year old with a terminal illness might actually feel in real life, beyond the cancer and together with the cancer.
It also does not pretend death to be an easy thing. Cancer is ugly and unpleasant and it is portrayed accordingly. So is the pain of loss. And so is the pain of knowing you will loose.

Beyond the tears there are also fun and witty moments through out.

The other main character, Gus, is as interesting as Hazel is. He wants to leave a last impression in the world, he has grand views of heroism. His life is dictated by metaphors (trust me, you will laugh at almost all of them!)

John Green did an AMAZING job! When the characters cried, I cried. When they laughed I laughed. When they were angry, so was I...
You will hear this a lot from me: if an author can make you feel what his characters feel, his/her book is a winner! 10 out of 5! :)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Vassa in the Night- 1.5 out of 5

How terribly disappointing...

It was originally a 1 out of 5, but after I slept on it I decided that was way too harsh, there were good things about the book, even if only a very few...


The book is about a girl called Vassa and her magical doll. 

They get 'trapped' in the local store one night. The problem is, to start anyway, that the store beheads shop lifters, even innocent ones. 
As the book progresses Vassa discovers a curse in the store, and with her doll, Erg, Vassa tries to break the which's curse and free her neighborhood. 

It sounds mighty interesting and I was very excited to read it. I was hoping for some crazy odd and bizarre book that pushes the boundaries of one's imagination. Sadly, instead of being an exciting read, it was a rather gory read. Ok, I get it uppercase (I got the book from my subscription with them), its October, Halloween and all that... but just no! That did not work for me!


The world building makes no sense whatsoever. Where does the magic come from? what does her dad disappearing to become a dog (yes, you read that right) has to do with the story? Bea's role is almost pointless, her mother's role is futile... The only interesting character is Night and he doesn't get enough attention at all. 


And the book is also so gory... none of the killings make sense though, which makes the gory part somewhat disgusting and extremely unpleasant.

If you like horror just for the gruesome part, perhaps you will like it. But I am a reader and I love character building and background stories. Without that it becomes savage for savage's sake and therefore pointless.

So, what good do I have to say about it? One: Night! The idea that night is alive and everywhere. The idea that night can be trapped and the consequences of it. That alone could have made it for a great book. It saddens me that wasn't the case. Two: Erg! The doll's character is funny and clever. If it wasn't for Erg this review would not even have 2 stars...


I know I am being harsh, and trust me it hurts being so harsh. I have been an avid reader for a long time, and in all my years I have only left low scores like this once or twice. This is sad, very very sad. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Forgetting

There is nothing to forget!
4.5 out of 5
I thought this was a great book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
The book makes one ponder on life, on our human history, our greed. What if every 12 years you could forget all the wrongs?
To some I guess that would be great. But I would like to believe we are made of our memories, we are made of our mistakes and our victories.
I like how the book explore that part in us while at the same time, providing the reader with action, some scify, and some romance. All an ya reader could want!
My only criticism, and that's due to personal preference is that it at times explains things too much. I am not one to seat and read the details of everything.
All in all, a very exciting read... highly recommended it!

In The Beginning

In the Beginning there was fallen...

I thought I should start things by sharing the Book Series that got me into all the other book series :)

Fallen was the first book series I ever got seriously invested in. I was looking for an easy read and bought the book on offer. Who would have thought that this little happy accident would turn into years of love for ya and fantasy?!

It breaks my heart going to GoodRead and seeing how many negative comments have been left on this wonderful series. I am sorry Fallen haters, but I am a NOT_GUILTY_AT_ALL Fallen lover :)

The first book starts a little slow, I will give the critics that much. But it eventually picks up and turns into an epic story! There are a good number of characters in this series and they are well very well rounded. As the story progresses the characters grow and as you learn more about them you start to see that not everything and not everyone is as it seems. There is much more to each character than it appears when you first encounter them.

Luce, Daniel and Cam are the main characters of this epic love story between angels and humans. They are each lovable on their own way. I personally love Cam and I am very much looking forward to reading the book Lauren Kate wrote specially for him!

Go read guys!
Ps- I will try to give reviews that are spoilers free, so at times they may come on the short side. Please feel free to message me and ask me any questions you may have!