The First Date Book Tag

Well colour me surprised, is Gerta doing a tag?

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I haven’t done a post like this in ages. I saw the tag on Youtube and Thrice Read and felt like I should give The First Date Book Tag a go. It seemed like a really fun tag with really good questions/points.

1. The awkward first date – a book where something felt off. It wasn’t a bad book, but lacked that spark for you.

A book that I read not too long ago called Hot Toddy felt a bit weird to me. It wasn’t necessarily a bad book, I read it quite fast and did enjoy some of it. But there were a few things that just weren’t that nice.

2. The cheap first date – book that turned out less than you expected.

Night Owls was a book that I was hoping would totally blow my socks off. I had heard so many amazing things and everyone was always recommending it. So I read it and….not at all what it was promised to be.

3. Well-prepared first date – better than expected.

I’ll Meet You There was such an amazing surprise. I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads and stayed up all night to finish reading it.

4. Hot but dumb – pretty book, not so hot on the inside.

Chasing Spring is such a gorgeous book, but I didn’t like it at all. It was a really big disappointment, especially since a lot of people on Goodreads have given this really great reviews.

5. Blind date – book you picked up not knowing anything about it.

I read Never Let Me Go last year and didn’t know a lot about it, just that a movie had been made based on it. It was a really great, haunting story and the movie was surprisingly well done.

6. Speed dating – book you read super fast.

Between the Notes is one of the many contemporaries I have managed to read in one sitting. I really loved this book. It was so cute and well-written and also looks absolutely beautiful.

7. The rebound – a book you read too soon after a book hangover and it kind of ruined the book for you.

I don’t even know. I’ll go for a book I am currently having trouble with because of the reading slump I am in: Wayfarer. I decided to read the ending to the duology and am now having a lot of trouble with it, I have been reading for like three days now and have managed to get 80 pages in.

8. Overly enthusiastic date – a book that felt like it was trying too hard.

I think Red Queen is the book I’ll go for. I read it and did not like it at all. I tried to read the second book as well, but it became a DNF. It was just too much and yet too little in a way I can’t explain. I didn’t like it. It really tried to be the newest YA hit, and sure it actually was, but it was too much.  I don’t know if it makes sense.

9. The perfect first date – book that did everything right for you.

Well, can’t really write this without mentioning my favourite book at least once, right? The Shadow of the Wind in every sense of the word, was perfect. It did everything right for me and then some.

10. Humiliating first date – book you’re embarrassed to admit you liked/ embarrassed to see reading in public for whatever reason.

The Deal probably. It was good, but it was such a guilty pleasure read.

 

What are your answers to the tag? Leave a link if you’ve done this already and if not then link me and I’ll get to read it 😀

 

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Book review: ”Hole in the Middle”

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Book title: ”Hole in the Middle”

Author: Kendra Fortmeyer

Publication year: 2017 (July 6th 2017)

Number of pages: 368

Format: paperback, sent for review, proof copy

Amount of stars I gave on Goodreads: 4☆

Blurb:

How do you know who you are when part of you is missing?

Morgan, a Raleigh teen who’s spent her life concealing the eerie hole in her torso, confronts a world obsessed with body image, internet celebrity, and unlikely love stories.

Review:

This book was sent to me by Hachette UK. This is the very first proof copy of a book I have read and I was really excited to read something a few months before it is supposed to come out.

”Hole in the Middle” is a YA novel about a 17-year-old girl who has a hole in her body. Anyone could literally put a fist through her body…not that she would let that happen of course. Then one day she is told there is a way to help her, as well as a teenage boy. It was quite an original and quirky book.

I liked this book for the sassy characters and the fact that they very well depicted what friendships are like, including all the ups and downs. Morgan as a main character at times seemed annoying but did make up for it. Caro was such an amazing girl, she was very positive towards life and towards her and everyone else’s bodies. She was there for Morgan and Morgan was there for her.

This book, of course, has romance in it and I didn’t mind it at all. It was sweet. One thing that bothered me about the novel was the timeline. It was so confusing because it moved between two days and then suddenly weeks had passed and I sort of felt like maybe I was missing something.

Morgan had a very strange relationship with her mother and it seemed to me like it wasn’t really solved and I would have liked for that to have happened. There were also a few strange mistakes within the story regarding some details, but it could be my mistake for maybe not noticing some things.

It was fun and I do think readers have a lot to look forward to in July.

Check the book out on Goodreads here.

Book review: ”Passenger”

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Book title: ”Passenger” (Passenger #1)

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Publication year: 2016

Number of pages: 496

Format: paperback

Amount of stars I gave on Goodreads: 2☆

Blurb:

In one devastating night, Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has travelled not just miles but years from home.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods – a powerful family in the Colonies – and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, his passenger, can find.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveller who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to their target, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home forever.

Review:

The first book in a duology and a book with a promising premise. It was disappointing.

I had such high hopes for this book and sadly have to say that I was underwhelmed.

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The aspect of time travel seemed so great and since I haven’t really read any books that have time travel in them, I was intrigued. The book has great reviews on Goodreads, but there were a few that aren’t that happy about the book. Here I am now, one of those who has to say the book fell short of what it promised to be.

“It’s our choices that matter in the end. Not wishes, not words, not promises.”

First of all there was so much left unanswered or things that weren’t described and were left vague. I had so many questions at the end of the book. Also I hoped it would be a lot more action-packed and more circled around the time periods that were used in the book. I would have liked to see the history a bit more. As for the action it was all very soft and mild. The whole business with the one family trying to get control and conflicts between all the characters could have been so exciting.

The main character, Etta, was sassy and that is something I always respect. Other than that she wasn’t really that memorable. I did like that she walked into danger without overanalyzing everything.

“Good ideas had in the dark were generally best left there.”   

The book was told from two perspectives, one was Etta’s and the second Nicholas’. His one was rather boring. He wasn’t a well-rounded character and he wasn’t in my opinion very 18th century…which is where he was from. The romance between her and Etta was nonexistent in my opinion, no chemistry whatsoever and it was just too far-fetched. I think, they were good buds, definitely not more. There just wasn’t any real reason for them to be so head over heels in love with each other.

Things got interesting in the end when Etta’s mother appeared and teamed up with Nicholas. I am going to read the second book, mainly because I bought it with ”Passenger” and don’t want to let the money go to waste. But I also know that people liked ”Wayfarer” better. And I would like to see where everything and everyone ends up.

“There are rules, but rules may be rewritten if only one hand holds the ink.”   

I do hope the conclusion is better with the detailing and building of the world. The time travel aspect in this book was great, don’t get me wrong. A lot of things were well thought out and explained, but it did feel incomplete in a way.

Check the book out on Goodreads here.

Book review: ”Crooked Kingdom”

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Book title: ”Crooked Kingdom” (Six of Crows #2)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publication year: 2016

Number of pages: 536

Format: paperback

Amount of stars I gave on Goodreads: 5☆

Blurb:

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn – and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.

As gripping, sweeping and memorable as the Grisha trilogy – SHADOW AND BONE, SIEGE AND STORM and RUIN AND RISING – this novel is perfect for fans of Laini Taylor, Kristin Cashore and GAME OF THRONES.

Review:

This book gave me a serious hangover. I just don’t think any book could be as good as this one…at least not right now. One thing that is certain is that I loved this book a lot more than the first one.

“Fear is a phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return.”   

The plot just like in  ”Six of Crows” was absolutely amazing. It was intricate, interesting, fast-paced and it was really hard to put it down. I was again amazed by the logic behind all the plans and schemes, just when I thought I was catching onto something, it all changed.

Wylan and Jesper are probably one of my main OTPs and I freaked out when they finally had their moment. They are just too precious. Matthias and Nina were the same bickering couple and it was just really cute. The duology actually, I guess,  has three OTPs, even though the one that is Kaz and Inej wasn’t exactly the best…I feel like Inej deserved better. But I did like Kaz, he is a total anti-hero.

“I don’t hold a grudge. I cradle it. I coddle it. I feed it fine cuts of meat and send it to the best schools. I nurture my grudges, Rollins.”   

This book made me cry, which just shows how much I love the characters and the story. I don’t want to say too much, because maybe someone hasn’t read this, but just know that one character died and it broke me. I cried for like a solid half hour.

“I don’t like this.”
“To be fair, Matthias, you don’t like much.”   

It is so hard to review books that I love, because I never have the words to put my feelings out there for everyone to read. Leigh Bardugo has created the best world full of magic and political intrigue and deceit. I have to get around to reading the Grisha trilogy, which came before the ”Six of Crows”.

“Suffering is like anything else. Live with it long enough, you learn to like the taste.”   

I seriously have no idea what else to say. A cunning story that will make every reader hold their breath, waiting for the next twists and turns. Highly recommend reading this ❤

Check the book out on Goodreads here.

 

Top 5 Wednesday

I haven’t done a T5W post in ages. I really am a bad person and I don’t even have a good explanation. I am just way too lazy.

Anyways, the topic for today is Books That Would Make Good Video Games and this is really cool because I do like video games. I play some occasionally…never really finish them, but who cares, right?

Okay, the books I would like to see as video games:

1. ”Illuminae” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I think it would be really great to play a game about space and political conflicts. The characters are really great, but I don’t really know how they’ll manage to give on the amazing plot and format of the story.

2. ”Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo

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A game where I can be one of the six AMAZING characters and be a part of the plots and deceit and everything?!?!?!?!?! Yes, please.

3. ”What Angels Fear?” by C. S. Harris

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This book is about a murder mystery in 19th century England. I think it would make a great game in which people can take a shot at solving the mystery.

4. The Lumberjanes comics by Stevenson, Ellis, Watters, Allen

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These have a really great storyline. There is friendship and diversity, interesting little mysteries and magic. These would make a really fun game.

5. ”Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline

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This is already being turned into a movie, but I think it would be great as a video game…it is necessarily about them, in a way. The book is one of my favourite sci-fi books and I would really like to play a game with the same plot.

This was actually a lot tougher than I thought it would be. What books do you think would make great video games?

Book review: ”Hot Toddy”

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Book title: ”Hot Toddy”

Author: T. C. Collins

Publication year: 2016

Number of pages: 330

Format: paperback

Amount of stars I gave on Goodreads: 2☆

Blurb:

Everyone is talking about Hot Toddy. Who is LJ? Does she even know? Growing up in the heartland of America, LJ didn’t learn what the world was really like outside the boundaries of her family farm until she left for college in Southern California. She immediately falls head over heels in love with a hot surfer and his sun-and-surf laid-back lifestyle. She picks up modeling and acting gigs to pay down her student loans.

After a few unbearable twists of fate, LJ abandons her Midwestern values for the temptations of Hollywood—and that’s only the beginning. Caught in the pressure of balancing a lie and reality, and with her seemingly new best friend, Sidney, becoming more viperous at every turn, LJ can no longer escape the fall down the rabbit hole into a dark world of money and power, where sex sells and everything is for sale.

Hot Toddy is for every young woman who’s ever let her foolishness consume her. Part naughty thrill ride, and part serious take on coming of age in a time when wealth and celebrity seem to be the only things that matter, Hot Toddy promises to be this year’s best read, with big belly laughs, engaging women characters, and an unexpected finale that will leave you wanting more.

Review:

I received a copy of the book from the author and this is my honest review. I am very thankful that I got the opportunity to read this book and review it. There were a few things that took down the rating.

The writing seemed a bit rushed, most of the dialogue seemed forced. And speaking of the dialogue, the author used a lot of slang and tried to make the text as ”fresh”, I guess, as possible. It definitely had a lot of the language that has formed thanks to the Internet.

Furthermore the main character made a lot of ill-advised decisions and gave all her actions the most childish excuses. She was also a character with very bad luck apparently. But she did in the end turn her life around and end up in a better place.

The novel did build up a nice picture of someone who doesn’t know how to let go of toxic people. LJ just kept going back and fell into the wrong crowd one too many times. Made some decisions just because everyone else was making them and wanted to believe that everything that was good for others, was good for her.

It was fast and did entertain me. This book is definitely one that is great for a certain audience but I am not a part of it. I do not often find myself liking New Adult fiction though, so it could mainly be because of that.

Check the book out on Goodreads here.

March Wrap Up

It is time to talk about the books I read in the month of March. It was a pretty good reading month for me, mostly because of spring break which I used as much to my advantage as possible.

This month I read a total of six books and most of them I liked a lot. So I think it is time to talk about the books.

Paperbacks and hardcovers:

1. ”Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Saenz

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This book was a reread for me and I loved this book just as much as I did when I first read it. I love my friend so much for finally getting me my own copy of this book. This book is a real heart mending book for me. I felt so good and at peace reading this. I of course left my rating on Goodreads the same- 5 out of 5 stars.

2. ”Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe

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I would very much like to do a post on all the books I hate one day and you can bet your money on the fact that this book will be the very first on the list. I have nothing good to say. I gave this 1 star on Goodreads.

3. ”Raudrästiku aeg” by Indrek Hargla

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An Estonian book that I wish would be translated into English really well, because this was good and people deserve to read it. I was pleasantly surprised since I didn’t really like the other book I read by Hargla a few years ago. I wrote a review on this book so you can go read it and know a bit more about what I thought exactly. I gave this book 4 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

4. ”Caraval” by Stephanie Garber

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I liked this story a lot and can say that the hype in a way is worth it. There were a few things about this book that I didn’t really like and if you want you can go and read my review. All in all I am excited for the sequel to come out so I could see what happens next. This book got  4.25 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

5. ”Night Owls” by Jenn Bennett

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I didn’t write review for this one. I wanted to at first and I even started writing it, but gave up. It was an okay book in the end. There were things I liked, things I didn’t. It definitely surprised me with how ”smutty” it got, it wasn’t actually smutty but just a lot more explicit that I at first thought this book would be. One thing that I am positively crazy about is the cover. IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL! I gave this book 3.75 stars on Goodreads.

Ebooks:

1. ”Eternal Darkness Oblivion” by J. F. Johns

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This was sent to be by the author so that I could review it and my review is up and ready to be read, so go do that if you haven’t already. I read the first book last year and can definitely say that this series is a really interesting outlook on the future. I recommend these books for people who love fast-paced and easy to read dystopian trilogy. I gave this book 3.5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

My favourite book of the month is: ”Caraval” because I have read Ari and Dante before and I feel like I should pick something else:)

The least favourite book of the month title will go to: ”Robinson Crusoe” because I. HATE. IT.