Top 5 Wednesday

So…I am finally uploading a T5W post…two days late, but still. I am horrible with blogging, like gosh, someone give me motivation or whatever it is I am lacking.

The last topic for July was Series that got better. I didn’t have too hard a time figuring out which series to mention here, so at least this went quick :’)

1. The Illuminae Files

The first book was amazing and the second one was even better. I cannot wait to read the third book when it comes out.

The format of the books is unique and really fun to read, the characters and the plot are absolutely superb. I love this sci-fi trilogy so much!

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses

Thr first book was okay, and I didn’t have high hopes for the next two, but the second one was so good as was the third one. Out of all three books the second one is my favourite.

3. Six of Crows

I liked the first book a lot and I honestly thought it couldn’t get any better than that, but the second book blew me away.

It was such an adventure reading it, I cried and laughed and clutched the book to my heart tightly…it was the ultimate roller coaster of feels.
4. His Fair Assassin

This historical fantasy trilogy is one of my favourites. I really love the characters and plot and the books definitely got better. Out of all three, the second one is the best just like with ACOTAR.

5. Lunar Chronicles

I think a lot of people agree with the fact that the Lunar Chronicle series got better with each book. I have yet to finish the last one though, but I have read half of it and it is action packed and funny just like all the other books.

Book review: “Geekerella”

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Book title: ”Geekerella”

Author: Ashley Poston

Publication year: 2017

Number of pages: 320

Format: paperback

Amount of stars I gave on Goodreads: 4☆

Blurb:

Anything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Review:

I read this book for a group that I am a member of on Goodreads, called Crush that TBR.

The book, just like I thought it would be, was cute and adorable.I am a huge sucker for anything and everything that is a ”remake” of the Cinderella story. All the movies that have been made are honestly such guilty pleasure movies and when I first heard about this book I was more than excited to read it.

It was told from two POVs: that of Cinderella or Geekerella and the Prince.

The main character Elle was sassy and confident, but still doubted herself from time to time and it was really easy to actually like her. I found her quick friendship with Sage really endearing. They worked really well together and it was a really nice take on the Fairy Godmother situation.

“-Elle, we might not know much about each other, and I might not be there, and you might not be here, but I’m glad I share this sky with you.
-Maybe we should start looking up together, ah’blena” 

The ”prince” was a famous teen actor named Darien, and his point of view was entertaining to read. There were a few moments when the things he thought made me feel like skipping his chapters, but I made it through them and all of them were not as silly as I thought they would be.

The relationship between Darien and Elle was very instantaneous. I mean it was so in the Cinderella story as well, but I wished it had been dragged out a bit more or seemed a bit more special. But it was great that it wasn’t just one night and BAM! love. They texted first and that way it didn’t seem that unimaginable.

“My dad said that the impossible is only impossible if you don’t even try. So I want to try.”

The evil stepmother and sisters were, just as always, very unlikeable, although Cal did have a nice side and, her and Sage was a really nice twist in the story. The way the book was written was fun and easy to read, there were some great one-liners and overall I enjoyed the whole book a lot.

“She wears life like Elvis wore sequins, with no apology laced into the seams.” 

Because I myself am a crazy fangirl, then the whole atmosphere of the book and the emotions of the characters towards their beloved show was something I could relate to a lot.

“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.” 

This was a very short review on ”Geekerella” just to give an overview of my thoughts and to prove to everyone I am still alive and well 🙂 It might take me some time to get used to writing reviews again, I had such a hard time writing this, because I have been procrastinating like hell. I have some serious consistency problems, people.

Check the book out on Goodreads here.

June Wrap Up

I read two books in June. It was a busy month, I had an exam and work to do, a trip with my family…also I chose not to read. I suddenly felt like taking it slow and not making myself read just for the sake of reading a lot of books. I wanted to take my time and read when I felt like it and as you can see, I did not feel like it for most of the month.

Besides the two books that I did finish I also got about halfway through with ”Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë. I am thinking of finishing it in July, but that remains to be seen.

The books I read:


1. ”The Sound of Us” (Radio Hearts #1) by Ashley Poston

18619593.jpgAshley Poston is the author of a book that everyone has been loving this year- ”Geekerella”. That book has been on my TBR ever since it came out, but quite sadly I haven’t got around to reading- let alone buying- it. I did do some research and found out that she has written two books in a trilogy (?) called Radio Hearts and both of the books had great reviews. So I decided to read the first book. Now I was not as impressed with this as a lot of other people had been. It was good, and funny, but it just lacked something and that’s what let me down. Maybe it was the fact that the relationship in this book was just absolutely ridiculous, too fast in my opinion and built up on a few fun nights out??!?!?!?. There was a lot about the characters and plot overall as well that seemed silly and just unbelievable, but I am not planning on writing a review for this, so let’s leave it at that. It was an okay book to read and I gave it a 2.75 stars on Goodreads.

2. ”Armastuskirju teatrile” by Jim Ashilevi

E9789949587292I am not going into too much detail here, because I want to leave all the good stuff for the review that I am working on. I took this on our family vacation and read this during the time we spent in the car and finished it when we got home. It was a great book to have on vacation, because it was really relaxing and entertaining to read. The concept of the book is really fun- Jim Ashilevi, who is an actor and author and much more, writes love letters to the theatre and in those letters expresses his many emotions and feelings towards acting, plays and the very essence of theatres. It gets sappy and it gets violent, funny and absolutely beautiful and I just loved it so much. I gave this 5 stars on Goodreads and I will write a lot more about what I thought in my review 😉

How did June go for you guys and what are the coolest books you managed to read?

June Book Haul

I have been gone for such a long time, I am so sorry. But to be fair, I have had a lot on my plate lately and so haven’t been able to write or read as much.

I think maybe now I’ll get around to reviewing more and just giving updates on my blog. There is still one book that was sent to me for review and I.HAVEN’T.READ.IT. I am a horrible person.

Just because I didn’t feel like reading this month, does not mean I didn’t visit the book store a couple of times. Here are the few books I got in June.

1. ”Armastuskirju teatrile” by Jim Ashilevi

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I listen to a podcast that Jim Ashilevi is a co-host of and I really love it. So after listening to their show and also hearing about Jim’s career as an author, I decided it was about time to read one of his books. I picked this one up, because it was the one that seemed the most interesting to me. The concept is that he writes love letters to the theatre, because he is an actor as well as an author, and in those letters he has a one-sided discussion with the theatre and everything that he thinks about it. I will have more in-depth thoughts in my review, which I am working on, but just know that this has been one of the coolest books I have read in 2017 so far.

2. ”Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

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I have wanted to read this book again for a really long time, I read it ages ago and don’t remember much. Also, when I first read it I read it in Estonian, and now I really want to read the English version of it.  We talked about this book in English Lit and it made me want to drown myself in English classics and I think this is a good book to begin with. I bought the Penguin English Library edition, because I absolutely love it and I think it is safe to say that this is my absolute favourite cover out of the collection.

3. ”Sword of Destiny” by Andrzej Sapkowski

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I got the second Witcher book in Poland, because I decided it was about time to go on with this series and also the book was cheaper there than in Estonia. The second book is also a collection of short stories that lead up to the events in the full novels and I am really excited to see what happens next with Gerald. I don’t remember much from the first book actually when it comes to details, I do remember the overall plot of the short stories, so it might be a good idea to also read that one again or at least do some research to jog my memory.

 

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!