May Wrap Up

May was a busy month and I found short amounts of time to read while doing everything that had to get done. Because of that I read quite a lot of the books as ebooks, which made it easier for me to get some reading done.

Ebooks:

1. ”The Mistake” by Elle Kennedy (Off-Campus #2)

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The second book to the Off-Campus series was a lot of fun to read and in a way better than the first book. It was a fast-paced story with a lot of great one-liners. It is definitely very explicit, so if that sort of thing freaks you out, don’t read these books. I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads.

2. ”A Court of Wings and Ruin” by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

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This book was so much more than I expected it to be, but then again I always knew this was going to be amazing. I took my time with this book and reading it was just such a roller coaster. I fell in love with Nesta and I seriously hope there will be a spin-off book with her (there probably will be). I gave this a 5 star rating on Goodreads.

3. ”Kindred Spirits” by Rainbow Rowell

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A really cute and short book for fans of Star Wars. It was great, but nothing exceptional. Rainbow Rowell is really great at writing cute characters…that’s what they were, CUTE. Something one could read while on the bus or train. Gave this 3 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

4. ”Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli

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This book was amazing. I can’t believe I put off reading this for such a long time, like I seriously can’t believe I was that stupid. The characters were so funny and well written, the storyline was fun and easy to follow. I really enjoyed reading this book and laughed out loud so many times. Becky Albertalli has a really nice style and I can’t wait to read more books written by her. This one I have 4,75 stars on Goodreads.

5. ”The Mark of Athena” by Rick Riordan (The Heroes of Olympus #3)

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Once again in the world of demigods. I finally got back on my Rick Riordan wave and I just need help, because the ending was just…nope. I have to move on to the next book and see what happens soon, SOON! Again the adventure, characters and writing style was just A+ material. The character arcs in this book were so good, they all came so far and I can only see things getting even better from here. 5 stars to this beauty on Goodreads. Once a demigod, always a demigod.

6. ”Always and Forever, Lara Jean” by Jenny Han (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3)

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A really nice way to end the Lara Jean trilogy, however it was a tad disappointing. I liked it, but felt like it lacked something seriously important but I can’t put my finger on it. It felt like the story was hacked into all these tiny pieces and the ending was really sudden and unsatisfying. But one thing that still needs to be mentioned is that Peter Kavinsky is probably one of the coolest boyfriends, he sets the bar way too high. I gave this book 3,25 stars on Goodreads. It was good, but not great.

Hardcovers:

1. ”Pisuhänd” by Eduard Vilde

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I had to read this play for school again. It made ma grin every now and then, but it isn’t the best I have read. It is a really short comedy, but as the case is- often- with older books, the characters were just silly. 2 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

My favourite book of the month is: ”Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” because it was such a nice surprise and a really refreshing book to read.

My least favourite book of the month: ”Always and Forever, Lara Jean” because I was quite disappointed with how this turned out.

 

Top 5 Wednesday

Another week has gone by and now it is time for a new T5W post. This week the topic is Favourite Minor Characters.

I couldn’t really think of all the minor characters I have liked, so I just put down the ones I thought of first. Of course, I am not sure if I got this right, but I hope you like it anyway 🙂

1. Death from ”The Book Thief”

I have always loved the narrative of the novel. A story from Death’s perspective during World War II should be enough to get everyone hooked. Death was a really sassy and interesting character and I loved how Markus Zusak brought him to life.

2. Simon’s dad from ”Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda”

He was really funny, okay? And I love funny characters a lot. Simon’s dad gave the story a really great extra speck of sarcasm and him together with Simon was the best comedic duo.

3. The Suriel from the ACOTAR books

Feyre’s main B. The Suriel was such a great being…literally a being. I was quite sad reading ACOWAR though, but no spoilers. But the Suriel is great and lovable.

4. The analyser from the Illuminae Files

The character who writes the video footage analysis parts in the books is my absolute favourite. The sense of humour and the fact there are literally no boundaries is just the greatest cure for a sad day. I cannot wait to read the third book and get more of the analysis chapters.

5. The Gods and Goddesses in the Percy Jackson books

I cannot pick just one! They are all so well written and scenes with them always make me laugh. Rick Riordan is a master when it comes to writing, seriously, he is my favourite author.

Top 5 Wednesday

I haven’t done this in such a long time. I am a horrible human being.

It is a real problem for me to keep up regular posts for some reason and I have no way to explain it. I’m just sorry. Did I already mention I SUCK AT CONSISTENT BLOGGING?

Anyway, it is time to write a T5W post for you and today the topic is Summer Reads. And to be quite honest, I think most of these are going to be contemporaries…because nothing says summer like a good old YA romance.

Here are all the books I think are a necessary part of summer:

1. Sarah Dessen’s books


Seriously love her books. They are really easy to read, have great characters and storylines. My favourite is “Just Listen” , so I recommend reading that.

2. “The Lightning Thief” and other Percy Jackson books


Percy Jackson all the way! Funny, adventurous and highly addictive. The best camp ever is Camp Half-Blood and nothing is better than summer and camps, am I right?
3. “I’ll Meet You There”


This book is probably going to be my favourite contemporary of the year. It was amazing! It made me cry though so beware, get some tissues just in case.
4. “Between Us and the Moon”


This is, I feel, a mandatory summer read. It is all about having a fun summer and figuring out who people are and what love is. It was such a beautiful story and it is really fast-paced. Are people tired of me talking about this book? HA! Don’t care.
5. “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”


I cannot not include my second favourite book of all time. That would not make any sense at all. This books is a beautiful story about love and friendship as well as family. It is also about two boys who fall in love, so taste the rainbow!

Here’s a final Yay to me writing a T5W post!

April Book Haul

Alright, this is coming quite*cough cough* late, but I did write it so yay. I got four books and most of them- 3 of the books- are ones I have already read before.

1. ”Hole in the Middle”

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A proof copy sent to me from Hachette UK. This book comes out July 6th 2017, so keep your eyes open and get your hands on this book as soon as you can! It was really good. I have a review up, so you can read more about my thoughts on it 🙂

2. ”A Court of Mist and Fury”

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I am so happy that I have this book now, I really want to read this again. I got this from a girl in my sister’s class, she had two and wrote to me saying she’ll give one to me. I was ready to cry, no lie there I love this book so much.

3. ”Cinder”

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I got this from my sister’s friend as well, again she had two. I want to read this again before I try to finish ”Winter” because I haven’t yet read the last book in the series. And I absolutely adore the Lunar Chronicles.

4. ”Vampire Academy”

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Got this from the friend as well 🙂 I haven’t read the last two books of this series I believe. I might read it again so it’s good to have this book on my shelf.

Book review: ”A Court of Wings and Ruin”

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Book title: ”A Court of Wings and Ruin” (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publication year: 2017

Number of pages: 707

Format: ebook

Amount of stars I gave on Goodreads: 5☆

Blurb:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

Review:

Absolutely speechless. I waited a few days to write this and still I don’t think I have words to explain how amazing this book was.

“It is a new world, and we must decide how we are to end this old one and begin it anew.”   

Sarah J. Maas has done it again with the great characters and a gripping plot. I will try to keep this short and keep all the spoilers to myself.

This book made ma laugh, cry and smile and it made my heart stop and it made me angry. In the end the book ended on such a beautiful note and I couldn’t have been happier.

“It’s a rare person to face who they are and not run from it – not be broken by it.”

Feyre and Rhysand were a total power couple. The one thing I loved the most was the way Feyre took a stand for herself and sassed everyone. It was beautiful. Rhysand was a sweet murderous High Lord as always and of course the Inner Circle was absolutely wonderful.

“I see all of you, Rhys. And there is not one part that i do not love with everything I am.”   

This time Feyre’s sisters were also in the Circle and Lucien as well. They were all really great, well-rounded characters and I think Nesta is now my favourite out of all the characters. I just liked her so much.

“And death at Nesta’s hands … I wondered if they’d have to invent a new word for killing when she was done with Graysen.”

The plot was fast-paced and the twists just never ended. I loved the battle scenes and how well written they were. They were not too long or too descriptive which is something I don’t like about battle scenes, so these were really good. The scheming and plans were really exciting, the characters that came to aid…everything was perfect.

“My goal was bigger than revenge. My purpose greater than personal retribution.”   

Also, I  really enjoyed that we got to see the other High Lords in this book and get to know them a little bit as well, since in the first two they weren’t really around that much.

As I understand there will be more stories set in Prythian and I cannot wait to read them. These books have definitely slithered into my heart and will stay there until the end of time.

If you haven’t read this yet, you have a lot to look forward to!!!! An amazing novel and conclusion ❤

Check the book out on Goodreads here.

 

April Wrap Up

This month I read 9 books, none of them were ebooks and I had one DNF. It was a great month and I am very excited about May because school will end in a month!!!

At the end of April we had our research paper defense and I passed with flying colours, I was so happy when I finished.

Paperbacks and hardcovers:

1. ”The Last Wish” by Andrzej Sapkowski

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This book was an introduction into the Witcher story and kind of gave a sense of what would be coming in the next books. It wasn’t the best book ever, but it was good and I’d like to get my hands on the next books. This book got a 3.75 star rating on Goodreads.

2. ”Hot Toddy” by T. C. Collins

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This was sent to me for review. I wrote a review, so the only thing I’ll say is that it was enjoyable, but definitely not something I absolutely loved. I gave this one 2 stars on Goodreads.

3. ”Põlev lipp” by Karl Ristikivi

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This was assigned reading for school and at first this book seemed kind of boring, but when I finished I figured it was actually quite good. It was a Medieval story and talked about historical figures during the 13th century in Europe. This one got 3 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

4. ”Crooked Kingdom” by Leigh Bardugo

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I LOVED THIS BOOK! I LOVED THIS SO MUCH MORE THAN THE FIRST ONE! THIS BOOK MADE ME UGLY CRY FOR HALF AN HOUR! I DON’T REMEMBER IF I WROTE A REVIEW, SO IF I DIDN’T JUST KNOW THAT THIS DUOLOGY WAS THE DEATH OF ME! OBVIOUSLY GAVE THIS 5 STARS AND A THOUSAND MORE!

5. ”Passenger” by Alexandra Bracken

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This was an okay book, kind of disappointing because a lot of people made this out to be amazing. It lacked a lot of things, but mostly it just dragged on and wasn’t at all exciting. I really liked the premise with the whole time travel and family drama, but it could’ve been better. This I gave 2 stars on Goodreads.

6. ”The Star Wars Trilogy” by George Lucas

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It was great to read the story, I finished the first book ”A New Hope” out of all the three. It wasn’t sensational or anything like that, but as a fan, I can say that it was good to get into the world in written form. It made me feel like watching all the movies again. #starwarsmarathon who’s with me?! I gave ”A New Hope” 3 stars on Goodreads.

7. ”The Archived” by Victoria Schwab

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My first Schwab book and I wasn’t disappointed. I have heard so many good things about her and her books. Now, after having read this novel, I feel a very strong pull towards her other books. This book got 4 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

8. ”Hole in the Middle” by Kendra Fortmeyer

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This was a proof copy sent to me from Hachette UK. It will come out in the beginning of July. It was a very interesting story and definitely something new. I liked it and thinks people will have a lot of fun reading this in summer. I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads.

9. ”Goodbye Stranger” by Rebecca Stead

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A cute middle grade book about friendship and getting through hard times. It was a really fast read for me, I read it in one sitting. I liked the characters and storyline, but of course I would’ve liked this book a whole lot more a few years ago, when I was younger. Gave this 3 stars on Goodreads.

This month my favourite book of the month is: ”Crooked Kingdom” and there is no doubt there. This book wrecked me and I am so sad the gang is done, I’ll have to read these books again soon.

My least favourite book of the month: ”Passenger” was quite boring and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was hoping to.

Speaking of the Passenger sequence, I started reading the second book, but I was in a reading slump (still am) and put it away so that I could read it again later. The second book, from what I managed to read, seemed a lot better than the first book. So ”Wayfarer” was a DNF for me this month.

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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