Review

Book review: “Edith & Oliver”

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Title: ”Edith & Oliver”

Author: Michele Forbes

Published: 2017

Number of pages: 320

Format: paperback

Received for review from Hachette UK.

Blurb:

From the author of Ghost Moth, one of the most acclaimed debuts of 2014, a stunning second novel which will put Michèle Forbes in the league of Colm Toíbín, Anne Enright and Sebastian Barry.

Edith was born into a different world. But her rebellious nature brought her to the seedy glamour of the music hall, where she plays the piano by night.

Oliver is an illusionist of moderate repute. But he is a man of ambition. He wants to tour the world, to pioneer ground-breaking illusions.

History and fate have other ideas.

When Edith and Oliver meet they fall headlong in love. But their children arrive as the world begins to change, as cinemas crowd the high street and the draw of the music hall wanes. What follows is a struggle: against the entropy of marriage, against the march of time, and against Oliver’s flaws-flaws that may cost them everything.

Review:

This book ended up being a DNF for me, which is sad since it was a book I was so looking forward to reading. I am very thankful though, for having received this book from Hachette UK ❤

I am very sorry for taking so long with this review, I haven’t posted a review in months (I believe ._. ) and it is so hard to get back on track with everything. Someone should just hand me the award for worst blogger of all time. Seriously. I suck at doing this, big time.

Now onto the review!

The book itself has a very promising premise, from the blurb it sounds like something that I would normally enjoy a lot. But the thing with historical fiction (and me) is that it might sound good and it could even be good in the beginning, but it can end up being a total flop really fast. I am just very sensitive (is that the right word?) towards historical fiction and the novels that I like in the genre.

This book was one that I didn’t enjoy. I started reading it as soon as I had it out of the package it was sent in and read it for a couple of days, and then things went south. I put the book aside and in no way felt inclined to pick it up again and continue reading it. The same thing happened when I tried to read it again during my summer vacation, I started from the beginning and then got about a hundred pages in… and just didn’t feel like reading on. To be honest the feeling to stop came much sooner than that.

I think the very problem that kept me from finishing and enjoying this was the writing style. There were things about the way the novel was written that didn’t click with me and made the story lose value in my eyes. Everything progressed really fast in the book and was in a way so half-heartedly written that the story felt incomplete and unfinished, sort of like a draft.

Besides the writing, the characters in the book were also ones I didn’t sympathize with. I didn’t like the characters, and if possible I liked them less than the writing style. There was no real depth there and I just… feel like it could have been more special, you know?

There are reviews for this book that are really positive and say that it is really good and I think my mistake was to trust just those few reviews that I read. This book does sound good and I don’t doubt there being people who like it and who will like it, it just wasn’t for me and I will now just set this book aside for the time being (that being probably forever). But who knows, maybe one day I’ll need a book to read and then I can take this off my shelf again.

Check the book out on Goodreads here.

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Top 5 Wednesday

This week the topic is Books from Before You Joined ________. I have chosen to with my favourite books from before Goodreads. So here are some of my favourites from before I joined Goodreads aka before the year 2015.

1. ”The Iron Butterfly” by Chanda Hahn

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This book doesn’t have a lot of good reviews, but it was one of the first fantasy trilogies I read back to back, and I absolutely loved it then. Now thinking about it…yeah, maybe it wasn’t the best, but it was entertaining and fast-paced.

2. ”City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare

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I believe I also read this, like, a year before joining Goodreads? I definitely loved this a lot and well the whole series is actually really good. I still like the series a lot and I am quite interested in reading the new books ”Lady Midnight” and ”Lord of Shadows”.

3. ”Etiquette & Espionage” by Gail Carriger

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I believe this was also a pre-Goodreads book for me. This is such a kick-ass series. I haven’t read the last two books though, but I will, just you watch. It was an enjoyable mix of fantasy and paranormal, also 19th century finishing school setting?! Yes, please.

4. ”The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey

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I really loved this book when I read it, but I never read the sequel and probably never will. This was from the time when I was just getting into reading more books in English, back when I was young and impressionable…I loved everything the library had to offer.

5. ”Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell

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I think I read this one a bit before making my Goodreads account. A book I thoroughly enjoyed and loved. I read it through in one sitting as well, I believe, and I remember feeling quite proud of myself.

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July Wrap Up

Let’s not pay attention to the fact that this was uploaded in the middle of August :’)

I read three books in July and I liked them all quite a lot. I am seriously hoping to get around to reading more in August, I have so many books that I am dying to read.


1. ”Geekerella” by Ashley Poston

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This was my pick for the Crush That TBR group’s July theme, which was Book with the most beautiful cover. I wrote a short review on what I thought and posted it a little while ago. Overall the book was a sweet take on Cinderella’s story and it was a great take on fandoms. I feel like this is a book that could become a big guilty pleasure read for me, one that would help me get out of reading slumps every now and then.

I gave this book 4 stars out of 5 on Goodreads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. ”American Gods” by Neil Gaiman

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Holy goose, this book was amazing! I have the review drafted…still need to edit it and upload it. It’ll happen soon I swear! I need to get my feelings and opinions out there, because this book was just mind-blowing. I have always heard so many great things about Gaiman’s books for adults, but for some reason they have always intimidated me. I finally faced one of my fears…which was reading this book. I was so afraid that this would be too big a bite to take, but honestly, I am so proud of myself.

Had to give this one 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, too good for words.

 

 

 

 

 

3. ”The Girl in 6E” by A. R. Torre

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This was a delightfully messed up story to read. Way too realistic and that is what made it even scarier. I have never been one to read thrillers, this was my first one, and now I am quite interested in reading more books like this one. I have the sequel for this book on my phone now and might read it in August to see what Deanna gets up to next.

Gave this book 4,25 stars on Goodreads.

 

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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.

Review

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.

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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?

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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.