Oi! I’m back with a review! I haven’t done a review in SO LONG. I am sorry. I’m still struggling if you read the post where I break my hiatus (here) then you’ll know with what and I am having a hard time staying motivated. Still here I am because I am excited about this post. I have two fun facts: First is that I had planned to review The Perfect Girl, but I was so excited after just finishing the book that I knew that I had to write this one instead. The second fact I spent hours taking pictures and editing of a book that for some random reason I though was the one that belongs to this post. I thought that THAT book was this one. Yeah… I haven’t slept more than 4 hours in a while. ANYWAY, let’s get started.
“She was a diamond in a quarry full of quartz.” ― Evelyn Skye, The Crown’s Game
Original Title: The Crown’s Game
Author: Evelyn Skye Amount of pages: 399 pages Does it have a sequel? Yes, this is the first in the Crown’s Game duology Does it have a movie: Not at the moment but I would not be surprised if we see one in the future. Genre: Young Adult, Historical fiction, fantasy, and romance.
“Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.
And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.
As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.”
I will admit the reason I got this book because it’s my favorite bookstore’s book club book of the month, that’s a mouthful, and because the cover is so freaking beautiful. The hardcover version not only has a beautiful dust cover but the book without is gorgeous. I’m in love! So beautiful that I did not want to touch because I was afraid it would get dirty and I was scared of taking the dust cover because I could lose it. I did indeed get it slightly dirty, and I did, in fact, lose the dust cover but I have hopes that it’s at my sister’s house.
Now let’s talk book. I had a hard time starting the book because I feel like all YA are starting to sound the same. It took me ranting about it on a bookworm Facebook group and seeing I wasn’t the only one feeling this way to get myself to read more than 5 pages. I needed to read it because I thought the book club discussion was this past Wednesday and I started it on Monday. So I powered through the first 30 pages and then I was hooked. I LOVE when a book leaves me hooked. After I realized that the book club was the next week I told myself, I would slow down and really enjoy it. This book was one of those books where you want to read it, but you also don’t want to read it because you want to savor it really. I tried to, but I was already a hundred and thirty pages in and I needed answers. I stopped, but I could not stop thinking about it. I was analyzing
that book the way Professor dream we do in class. My literature professors would be so proud of me. I even TRIED to go to bed early so I would not be tempted but I could not. I ended binge reading until I finished it all in one night. Shame on me. It was incredible, though. Now I have the worse book hangover. I went to a bookstore yesterday, and I couldn’t even find a new book to read because my mind was still on The Crown’s Game and the fact that The Crown’s Fate comes out in May 2017.
The characters were slightly different to most YA characters which are refreshing. I loved
Nikolai’s magic and all the possibilities. I saw my childhood dream reflected on his magic and I really enjoyed reading him. I loved his humanity, his humbleness yet proudness, I enjoyed his friendship with Pasha, I enjoyed how he treated everyone else and just him in general. I also enjoyed how he did whatever was necessary to satisfy his thirst for knowledge. I could imagine it all in my head like a movie. He is such a good character.
Vika is stubborn, powerful, driven, humble, human, amazing, and just a really great character. I love how unlike most YA she’s not the chosen one. In a way, she is chosen, yes as an enchantress, but the whole book is not about how she’s the chosen one. It’s not about how she is the one and has everyone fawning over her but how she must fight to be the one. The winner! This is not a spoiler it’s all in the synopsis. Her relationship with her father and Ludmila is such an interesting and beautiful one. I love her relationship with everything that surrounds her. I just loved the characters so much, and I don’t even know how to put them in words.
I am Pasha. I am the curious Pasha, the self-conscious Pasha, the I want to travel the world and believe in things that seem impossible. I love Pasha. I don’t love him more than anyone else, but he reminds me of well me. I know I mentioned how humble all the character are but I just loved how humbled he was without forgetting his place. He is the prince, yet he is such a humble person.
I like humble, down to earth characters. I love strong characters that know their flaws and strength. Characters that know how powerful they are but are still humble, down to earth and close to their roots. I just cannot stand overly proud, brag, snobbish characters. I have my exceptions, but I just can’t handle it. I like my characters to be like the people I surround with.
This book is a fairly light read. It doesn’t go into real deep explanations about how their magic work, how everything works and how life is in Russia. This will not bore you to death, nor it will feed you with information about magic. It assumes you know that magic is just magic. It cannot explain you just have to believe. The book is the story; it’s pretty light in details and mostly straight to the point. I tend to like that in a book because it makes it easier for me to keep the movie in my head rolling instead of focusing too much on how it looks and missing the point.
Honestly, I thought the book was going to be another of the same YA that are so popular but even though it share certain things it was also very different. I love that is set in Russia because it gives me a window into Russia’s history and culture. Normally I’m not into historical fiction, but this one worked. Honestly, it was just so good. I don’t even know what else to say except YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK.
It’s sad the terrible rating it has on Goodreads which is why I don’t read Goodreads’s review. I have hope that since this book is fairly new that with time the rating will get better. I really enjoyed the book which is the most important thing, and I am surprised how good it is for a first book. It makes me motivated to write as soon as I find a story good enough. I predict this will become one of those famous books that everyone loves and that has movies, novellas, books and a big fandom. MARK MY WORDS!
Would I recommend it? YES. 9/10 would recommend.
Now it’s time for me to rate this treasure. This rating is hard because I loved it, but at the same time, I know there are better books. This is the struggle of rating feelings because the book is a 4 to 4.5 star, the story is a 4, but the characters are 5 and the enjoyment of the book is a solid 5. Okay let’s leave this in math’s hands or well the math I kind of remember. Okay, math don’t make me look bad. The final score is: 4.5
I don’t like to read Goodreads’ book reviews. I love Goodreads it is a fantastic platform that I enjoy using, but I don’t like reading the reviews. This doesn’t mean I don’t do it but I rather not. If I want to read the reviews of a book I try to do it after I read the book and have formed my opinion on it. Why? I feel like Goodreads’ review are so negative. Most Goodreads’ review I see like to nitpick the books and taking stars away for some reasons that I don’t agree. This affects the rating of the book and the amount of people that read them. Honestly reading reviews WILL change the way you look at a book. So if you don’t want other’s opinion affecting how you see, then I recommend you to do the same.
I have said no to many books and stopped books because of these reviews before but not anymore. Most of my favorite books don’t have the best ratings and some of the books I dislike have a high rating; I like to rate on how much I enjoyed reading a book and when I used to read Goodreads’ review I noticed that I would try to imitate them. I didn’t want to give 4 stars or 5 stars on a book that has 3.5. Reading a book is a personal experience, and I believe you should rate on how much you enjoyed the book.
Ignore the tiny little details of a book and just enjoy it. Unless these small details bother you or aren’t tiny at all. I have been very vocal how the handling of certain topics in Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless bothered me to the point where I didn’t enjoy it, and it affected me. In that case, I gave the rating I think it deserves but just because it has some grammatical error or it doesn’t seem realistic enough I won’t remove stars. Again there are some cases like Hopeless.
I think Goodreads’ reviews are some of the meanest and harshest review on the internet and when you first click to see the meanest and cruelest are also the first one. If I want to read a review, I rather read Amazon’s review but even better book bloggers and book tuber’ reviews. When I commented this to a friend she asked why and I told her that it was simple. Booktubers and book bloggers focus more on if they enjoy the book and if the book was good or was a guilty pleasure versus Goodreads’ reviews. I care the book and essence of it. I care about how much the author worked on it, how good it must have felt to write it, to publish and what a religious experience was to read it. I care about the story and If I enjoyed it or if it made me forget about the outside world. I care about the book.
The rating should only indicate how it felt having the experience of reading it. How the book made you feel, if you couldn’t stop reading, if it let you experience a night full of dreams and thoughts and if you would recommend it. The same friend told me she expected me to be harsher as an aspiring writer but honestly being an aspiring writer just gives me a whole lot more respect for books and writers. I can be. Some things make me cringe but I rather not be harsh because I, as an aspiring writer, know how hard it is to write a book or a story at all. I know how hard is not to have plot holes, to have round characters and a story that attracts the reader. I respect writers even if they wrote the books I hate the most because it may not have given me the experience I wanted and I’ll rate accordingly, but to other people, it might have. So in conclusion to this rant-like-post. I don’t like to read the Goodreads’ reviews, and I know I have sometimes fallen into the habits of reviewing like those as a way to try to fit in that world, but I decided to continue as myself. Expect slightly different reviews from now on, and well I hope you enjoyed this post.
PS I will be starting to do some miniature blog post but on my Instagram. These will include reviews of places I went, Month’s TBR and so on. Be sure to follow me on Instagram @J.B_William
I AM BACK! I know, I know months has passed since I last wrote a post. The reasons were many: finals, the death of family members, traveling, summer classes, and just not having time or inspiration in general but I´m back. Yes, the Harry Potter giveaway is still valid. I thought of canceling the giveaway, but I decided that is better if I do not. Invite your friends and family! I feel like the giveaway is a lovely gift for my followers for when I reach 100 followers, hopefully soon, so it is still on even though I might have to change some details.
READING CHALLENGE UPDATE
Let´s forward to what we came here for the *2016´s reading challenge update. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here. I have read 16 books so far. I am slightly disappointed because I haven’t been able to read more but also my Goodreads lie to me telling me I had read 18 by repeating two books. I noticed when writing this post and that made me feel slightly less motivated. Still, 16 in 6 months is around two and a half book a month and considering I’m a full-time student who’s trying to get all As I think 16 is pretty good. I know not all of them are lengthy, but the point is enjoying the book not bragging the length.
Okay. Let’s start reviewing which of the books challenges I have completed.
I listened to a lot of audiobooks these past six months. I like listening audiobooks while reading the books or switching in between the book and the audiobooks but one book I only listened was Binge by Tyler Oakley . Yes, him as the hilarious and famous youtuber.
Aren’t all dystopian novels set in the future? I choose Cinder by Melissa Meyers because why not? I’ve wanted to read this book, and this book challenge was the perfect excuse. This book lived up to its hype.
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. This book was my first, and I think only, Colleen Hoover’s book I have read. I am ashamed of this book and the way it doesn’t accurately represent particular topic I won’t discuss because of spoilers. I will give Colleen Hoover a second chance because I have heard she is a brilliant writer.
It’s hard to find a book written by someone under thirty, so I decided to go for the most obvious book. I choose Once Upon A Chat by Darlene Smith. This book was published on Wattpad. The author is 20 years old and even though compared to other books, including fanfictions, is it not that long it still deserves a space on this list. This book a fanfiction of Once Upon a Time and develop in chats that will make you laugh out loud. If you read it, comment Jane sent you. 😉
9. A book that was written by someone who is not from the United States of America.
I choose F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher because she was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. This book is fantastic, full of quotable moments and words crafted so perfectly that you will be sucked in. 12/10 would recommend
10. A nonfiction book
This book challenge was probably one of the easiest ones. This book hooked me in, open my eye to a culture that is not my own and is a topic that is getting a lot of hate: feminism. The book We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I sometimes wish I had the money, or just money at all, to buy these and give away to every single person who said we don’t need equality or feminism.
11. A book from an author from your country or island.
I’m from the enchanted island of Puerto Rico and for this one, I decided to use Mundo Cruel by Luis NegrónMundo Cruel by Luis Negrón. I read this book this month and had the opportunity to discuss it with the writer, which was an amazing experience, he is a very talented writer, and this book is getting attention all over the world. My favorite story, The Garden, is going to be produced as a musical, and I’m so excited!
12. A book with less than 200 pages.
This one is easy! The book I chose is a book I was surprised at how much I loved it. The book I choose is Memorias de mis putas tristes by Gabriel García Márquez. GGM is one of the best writers in the history of Latin-American. I remember studying him in school but when you are forced to read a book you end up detesting it and but I decided to give his book a chance. I am so happy I did because I enjoyed it.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas was inspired by Cinderella or so the author said. Well, I can totally see it and therefore I used it for the book challenge. It is also an excellent book by an amazing author.
As much as I do not see this book as just a romantic book, I chose the book Me Before You by Jojo Mayes. This book is much more than a romantic book, but since what is known is the very obvious love story I decided to use it. I LOVE this book, and I’m slightly disappointed how over simplified was the movie.
15. A book you said you were going to read for a while but hadn’t.
For this one, I choose a book I kept saying I was going to read but would always leave it for later. That book is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. RR is one of my favorite writers, and she did not disappoint with this book. It his right home.
16. A book recommended by a friend.
For the last book challenge, I choose a book that my friend recommended to me as soon as I told her I was going to read Throne of Glass, and that is The Assasin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas. If I said, I loved Throne of Glas I was a fool. Throne of glass is poop compared to the amazing collection of novellas that is this book. I recommend it.
Well, guys, that is all of the books I have read. I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Please like, share and comment. Let me know which of the book challenges have you completed. Also, comment down below what kind of post would you love to read from me.
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HAVE AN AMAZING WEEKEND!
*Yes, I do the picture said 2015, and it was a typo, but since it took me so long to edit the image to my taste, I decided to kep it.
I felt like wattpad book needed their own star rating so I decided to make one. Why? Simple, because even though Wattpad’s Book are real books it wouldn’t be fair to be rated the same way as any other book. Wattpad book don’t usually have an editor, they’re not written by persons who their only job is only to write, and are usually written by people who are not professional writer. They are still good, but they won’t have the quality and the professionalism that books published by publishing houses have.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This books needs to be published.
★ ★ ★ ★ This book just need a little fixing and it would be fantastic.
Hello! It has been so long since I last posted something book related, but I know why. You know those books that send you into reading slump? Well, I have some books reviews that are sending me into reviewing slump that combined with this semester coming to an end (just 29 more days until class end and after that 9 more until finals end) and I’m going crazy. You know when you’re so stressed that you get sick of the stupidest thing? Yes, that is me right now. I´m supposed to be in college studying for this German dialogue test on Friday and giving in the papers, but instead I´m stuck in my house feeling too sick or tired to move. Well, enough about me. Since these two reviews are making it hard for me to review I decided to power thought them. Today I will be doing the review of How to Be Queen.
Title: How to Be Queen
Amount of pages: 51 Part Story
Available thought: Wattpad
Author: Alyssa Urbano aka AerithSage on Wattpad
Series or stand alone: It doesn´t have a series per se of the same characters but it’s part of the Myths Finding Love series.
#62 Fantasy on Wattpad
” What if Hades never met Persephone? What if he has been alone for millennia now, lonely and ruling the underworld on his own? What if since the dawn of time the god of the Underworld still hasn’t discovered love? Well, that’s where I come in. The three Fates wove it into their looms for me to be born destined as his queen and rule the Underworld by his side.
My name is Aerith. All my life I believed I was mortal: a
terribly unlucky and cursed mortal. Klutz, uncoordinated, sloppy, unfashionable, nerd, geek were only some of the words used to describe me. I’ve always been an outcast, always bullied, never had a boyfriend, never even been kissed. Definitely far from being queen material.
Join me as I get tutored by Olympian gods and goddesses themselves and the best teachers throughout history whose souls now belonged to the Underworld. Join me on my journey as I fall in love with my great king and learn HOW TO BE A QUEEN…”
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I read this story after I got a massive book hangover because of Me Before You. This book really helped my book hangover, it’s one of those fluffy books that you knew that it was going to make you feel good and have a happy ending. I really enjoyed it. I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I found myself reading this book nonstop. I couldn’t stop, I couldn’t stop talking about and I wanted to force everyone to read it. You knew how it has gone to end from the beginning, but it really didn´t stop me from reading it. This is one of my favorite Wattpad books!
The characters. I liked the characters, most of them, even though the characters were a little on the flat side I enjoyed them. There were some characters you hated, characters
you loved, characters you hate to love and love to hate. I think everyone that reads this book understands my hatred for Aphrodite. I like Hades, even if he was a grumpy impatient god, I like Aerith (I LOVEEE HER NAME) even if she’s a stubborn young woman who I wanted to punch half of the book. The book was really good and like I mentioned before it’s a fluffy book that really helps with book-hangovers. I mean, what´s better than a free book? Nothing! I believe that it could have been a whole lot better, but I think it just deserves a publishing house to pick it up, the writer to go a little deeper in the story, round characters, an editor to polish it and me to get a copy of it.
I told myself I was going to start training for a 5k. It lasted a day. It all started when I couldn’t go running because of rain and then I got sick and was sick for like two weeks. After that, between appointments, college and just my life in general, I forgot about that goal. While looking for motivation I remember what helped me train last time, what made my time fly and made me actually enjoy: I listened to Binge by Tyler Oakley. I love Audiobooks and I love to use them when I clean because I don’t like cleaning and it makes cleaning not boring and tedious.
I want to train for the 5k and just exercise in general. Exercise just puts me in a better mood and really gives me the energy and relaxation I need for college. Being active is hard when you’re a full time student, reader and blogger. I walk a lot during the day, but I also spend a lot of time sitting on my butt. The problem? In the morning I don’t want to wake up early and in the night I’m too exhausted, mentally, emotionally, and physically to do it. But while listening to Cinder without wanting to stop I realized what better way to motivate myself to do it than with a book so good that I won’t want to stop. Imagine actually wanting to exercise just so you can listen to the book sounds like what I need. Since I am, still, lacking motivation I made a challenge for myself and decided to share it here.
The audiobook exercise challenge.
Instructions aka how to:
Write down your goals.
First, you need to think and write down what are your goals. How many days a week you want to exercise, for how long, minimum of time, ideas of what exercise and so on. In my case I want to exercise at least three times a week and of those times I want to run at least three times a week. See where I’m going?
Set some groundrules.
Mine is very simple and I recommend them.
– I will only listen to the audiobook while I’m exercising. I will not listen to it on my way to college or my way to the gym. I will not listen to it while I clean, but only, ONLY while I exercise.
*The only exception is if I take the stairs. In college, Iuse to always take the stairs no matter how heavy my backpack is but this semester I’ve been too lazy and mostly used the electric stairs. Then in that case if I take all the stairs all day, then I’ll allow myself to
listen for 15 minutes at the end of the day but only 15 minutes. It might seem silly, but it makes a difference, especially for a book lover like me. This also motives me to keep reading, which motivate me to exercise.
* My other exception is if I exercised without them for the amount of time I exercise I allow myself to listen to it afterwards, forexample, I wouldn’t use one while I do yoga, aerobics or if I have to listen to someone talk.
-If I don’t exercise, then I don’t listen to the audiobook and won’t allow myself to start another audiobook or book.
Set a reward system.
If the idea of listening to an audiobook is not enough or you’re looking for an extra push of
motivation set a reward system. If you finish an audiobook of 8 hours, then you get a new book (apart from the new audiobook), a movie, a day off to binge watch Netflix, new
clothes and so on. For mine, I’ll let myself buy a book, an audiobook or just spend a day reading nonstop or watching Netflix nonstop without doing homework or studying. Maybe a home spa day.
Look for an audiobook
You can get one on a library, maybe someone can lend you one or you can buy it. I like to use audible. The libraries where I live only have 5 or 6 encyclopedias and whatever dictionaries or book people donate so that’s a no no to even hope for good books much less Audiobooks. If you’re blessed with good libraries full of Audiobooks then go ahead. I like the audible because buying a credits its usually A LOT CHEAPER than buying the audiobook without. The good thing about audible is that they have 4 plans to choose from whether monthly or annually. The one that I have is monthly I pay 14.95 and get a credit, but you can pay 22.95 and get two. The other reason I love audible is because I can download it on my phone, my tablet or my mp3 and it will sync.
Make sure to look for highly engrossing but not too complicated audiobooks because those will need more concentration that you’ll probably be able to give it. What I also like to do is look for the best, longest books with the best narrators because I want my money to be well spent, make that credit worth it and because who wants to listen to an amazing story with a cringe worthy narrator? Not me.
As you can see I like light, funny books for when I exercise there are exceptions of course but I enjoying the feeling of a good funny book and a good exercise.
Buy and download the audiobook
If you’re using audible try to download it all before leaving the house because unless you have unlimited data it is annoying having to spend data downloading the chapters. If you have the CD then pass it to your device.
Start listening, exercising, and enjoy.
This is the moment you were waiting for you can now exercise and enjoy the books
* Write down your goals, days you exercise, for how long and so on.
* Also write down the book you listened, authors, genre, narrators, which you liked, loved, dislike, hate and so on. This will help you choose your next audiobook.
*Write your ever changing goals, when you completed them, and what was you rewards. This will motivate you and since is ever changing is good to keep track
*Buy wireless headphones and wear clothes that let you carry you the device where your audiobook is stored. Nobody wants be all tangled up with cables that limit you.
Let me know how it went. Did it help?
*all gifs from giphy
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Today is the national book day! I was planning to write a February’sfavorite, but then I found out today was National Book Day so I decided to do something different. I am doing the Goodreads book tag. I had seen this a while ago on the blog Contando Historias… by Richelle Delgado and been wanting to do it since then. I know the tag is about 3 years too late but why not? Let’s start.
I actually have a list on my calendar of the books I plan to read next and on which kind of order which I always cheat on. The next book I have to read depends how long I take reading The Price of Salt. If I take too long then I’m going to read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins because is what we are reading on my book club, but if I don’t take too long, which I probably won’t, I think I’m going to read Moth to a Flame by Ashley Antoinette or Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Either way I’m reading both in these next couple of weeks.
Yes and no. I sometimes use it, but I’m never sure what to give it. I use the star rating
the way it’s supposed to be its about how much I enjoyed the book and not the quality of a book. But yes, I use it just not as much as my blog star rating.
Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine.
I’m so excited to read this book. I don’t have any plans of reading it yet because I don’t own it, but if I decide to buy it (or someone gives to me in exchange of an honest review *wink wink*) then I will definitely read it. Still, I definitely want to read it, but as you can probably see since I’m always catching up on my to read list I’m usually late. I always read the books when the hype is over. No shame.
5. Have you signed up for the ?
Yes! I signed up for this year’s reading challenge to go with my blog reading challenge. I want to read 30 books and listen to 5 Audiobooks. I’m using this as a way to make me feel challenged enough to make time to read and blog. I love reading, but sometimes it’s hard to take the time off to college and everything but since I love the challenges this challenge makes me take time for myself and read. After all, reading relaxes me.
Yes, I do have a wishlist but it is not on Goodreads. I did not know you could make a wish
list on Goodreads. So unless you count the to be read shelf and my amazon wishlist then no, I don’t have a wish list. Can someone teach me how?
8. What book are you planning to buy soon?
Uff. I just have so many books to read that I’m not planning to buy any books soon, like that has actually stopped me before, but if I were to buy one I think I would get The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh .
9. Do you have a favorite quote?
I have way too many favorite quote, but my favorite is a spoiler so I will mention it, but I will not mention the author or book so I won’t spoil it. Okay. My favorite quote is:
“I set off, off to kill the man I love.”
10. Who are your favorite authors?
You never I don’t ever think about it. I mean for many years I used to love this author but then I grew up and found it weird that he published so many books a year and most with a another writer so I did a little searching and found out he uses ghostwriter. I felt so betrayed that I never thought of favorite author. Still if I have to answer I would have to say Richelle Mead because she wrote my favorite series ever.
11. Are you part of any group
I am a part, and admin, of a book club for this blog. We are so few that we haven’t even been able to choose a book. Join here. Apart from that I have joined like 4 groups today, but since I just joined I rather not mention them until I’m sure.
Well that is everything for today. I hope you enjoy it and don’t forget to follow and subscribe so you can know when my next post is up.
*All images of books cover and authors that were used came from Goodreads.com. The gifs came from Giphy.com. All other images were obtained by screenshot or are mine.
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“Some mistakes… Just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let the result of one mistake be the thing that defines you. You … have the choice not to let that happen.” — Jojo Moyes
Title: Me Before You
Amount of pages: 369 pages
Published: December 31st, 2012
Original Title: Me Before You
Literary Awards: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (2013)
Author: Jojo Moyes
“Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s
pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?”
I read this book as part of my book club. Honestly, at first I didn’t want to read it. I voted for the other books that wasn’t this and when this was chosen it took me a LONG time to the motivation to read it. I ended up reading it a week before the due date. The synopsis I read wasn’t the one that made me read it, but the trailer of the movie. I was surprised how good the movie seems and then I thought “Hmm, if the movie seems good, then the book must be even better” and I decided to read it.
The first few pages, the prologue, got me slightly interested. The prologue is in Will’s point of view. Then we switch to the first chapter and it’s kind of a slow start. I understand that we have to understand some background to be able to fully understand the story and the reason I’m letting you know is so if you decide to give this book a try then you need to ACTUALLY give it a try. After those introductionaries pages you WILL get pulled in.I got so hooked on the book that I use one of my audiobook credits to listen to it while cleaning because I didn’t want to stop reading it. I read in two days with college and everything.
That being said I can say I loved the book, but oh my… This book gave me a massive, severe case of book hangover that I couldn’t read, concentrate or think of anything but the book. It was killing me. I found the cure and I feel better now, but oh my was the book hangover severe. This was one of the books that changes your life. I’m not exaggerating! The same way Still Alice changed my life, this book changed my life. I saw the world and life in a whole new perspective. It gave me so much to think about hence the book hangover.
I’m not a person to reread the book. I mean there are always exceptions, I’m looking at you two frostbite and shadow kissed, but this book was so good that I would read it again. I feel like this book is the kind of book that anytime you read it you find more things in it, appreciate it more and react to it differently. It definitely caught me off guard. I am the type of person that usually predicts things and this book was hard to predict because my soul was divided between two predictions. I would sometimes stop and force my parents and boyfriends to hear me rant about it. They would have to hear me nonstop discussing both theories. I loved it.
The characters are fascinating and all too human. I loved the Lou more and more as the book developed, the same with Will. I loved that we could see things from a different perspective from time to time making it hard to decide how you felt about certain characters. This book. Most characters are 3D and that’s something I love. I detest flat, one sided character. This book was plain amazing and now belongs to the shelf in my heart of books that I loved and that changed my life.
I think this rating is one of the easiest I have ever rated.
Hallo guys! I’m back and on time this week with my first ever book haul. I love books, but as a college student whose full time job is her blog, I don’t have a lot of money. I’m also really into being as nice to the planet as possible so when it comes to books I try to buy used books. What I love about used books is that they’re cheap, and I don’t feel bad about how many trees were cut down for that book because it’s used. Also, it gives the book character and how can you say no to hard cover books for under 5$? I also love ebooks because they’re usually cheaper, they’re right there on my Kindle so I don’t have to worry about it arriving and there’s no pages in it so no hurt tree. Also with the money I got for Christmas I got a kindle and I’m in love. On Tuesday when I went to check my mail, obsessively, I got the last three books I ordered. It was like the angels were singing because after one painful month, where I would go check my mail all the time, I finally got my precious books. Also, I had been dying to do a book haul. So let’s get started.
This book has been in my to buy and to read list for a couple of months and I finally gave in to temptation and go it for myself as a Christmas present. Now it’swaiting for me to read it, but it might take a while since I have so many new books.
“Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home―and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.
Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia’s origin―a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.” via Goodreads
This book was one of the first books from my favorite author Richelle Mead and I’ve been excited for the longest time to read. I just started and I’m excited it. The only thing is that I’m disappointed that is not set up in the same world as Vampire Academy.
“When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical?
But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid’s life is far less exotic. At least there’s her day job at a local bookstore–free books; all the white chocolate mochas she can drink; and easy access to bestselling, sexy writer, Seth Mortensen, aka He Whom She Would Give Anything to Touch but Can’t.
But dreaming about Seth will have to wait. Something wicked is at work in Seattle’s demon underground. And for once, all of her hot charms and drop-dead one-liners won’t help because Georgina’s about to discover there are some creatures out there that both heaven and hell want to deny. . . ” via Amazon
I absolutely love the movie of this book and I have been searching for this book for the longest time. I had honestly been searching for this book for around 10 years and I finally have it and I can’t wait to read it. Most books are WAY better than the movies and this movie was really good, so I’m expecting an amazing book.
“Vivian Gandillon relishes the change, the sweet, fierce ache that carries her from girl to
wolf. At sixteen, she is beautiful and strong, and all the young wolves are on her tail. But Vivian still grieves for her dead father; her pack remains leaderless and in disarray, and she feels lost in the suburbs of Maryland. She longs for a normal life. But what is normal for a werewolf?
Then Vivian falls in love with a human, a meat-boy. Aiden is kind and gentle, a welcome relief from the squabbling pack. He’s fascinated by magic, and Vivian longs to reveal herself to him. Surely he would understand her and delight in the wonder of her dual nature, not fear her as an ordinary human would.
Vivian’s divided loyalties are strained further when a brutal murder threatens to expose the pack. Moving between two worlds, she does not seem to belong in either. What is she really–human or beast? Which tastes sweeter–blood or chocolate?” via Amazon.
I’m going to be honest, I only got this book because of the title because the title is quite interesting. Still, I feel like to read this I should first become an expert in The Wizard of Oz. So it might have to wait a while.
“I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know? Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a road of yellow brick—but even that’s crumbling.What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas. I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I’ve been trained to fight. And I have a mission: Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart. Steal the Scarecrow’s brain. Take the Lion’s courage. And—Dorothy must die.” via amazon.
I already read this book like 6 years ago and I also misplaced it. Since I misplaced I’ve been obsessed with getting another one so I did. I can’t wait to reread this because I remember little about this book, or any book that I have read more than 3 years ago. Of all the books, this one is one of the one I remember the most and I’m excited to see if is as good as I remember.
“My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.
All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost—and the ghost saw me.
Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House . . . before its skeletons come back to haunt me.”
I got this book because I read Where The Rainbows End and I absolutely loved it. I also have read/heard good things about it. If this book is as good as Where The Rainbows End then I should definitely read it when I don’t have too many classes because I first read Where The Rainbow End, also known as Love, Rosie, I found myself reading in the middle of class because I couldn’t stop.
“A wonderfully warm and heartfelt debut from a stunning new talent. Everyone needs a guardian angel! Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry. Childhood sweethearts, they could finish each other’s sentences and even when they fought, they laughed. No one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other. Until the unthinkable happens.
Gerry’s death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms, Gerry comes back to her. He’s left her a bundle of notes, one for each of the months after his death, gently guiding Holly into her new life without him, each note signed ‘PS, I Love You’. As the notes are gradually opened, and as the year unfolds, Holly is both cheered up and challenged. The man who knows her better than anyone sets out to teach her that life goes on.
With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing–and being braver than ever before. Life is for living, she realises–but it always helps if there’s an angel watching over you.” via amazon.
The next three books I got them because they sounded interesting and were by an author very well known. His novels are read in school and college but when you force students to read a book they usually end up hating it at least I know I do. I saw these books and they caught my attention so I got them. Those books are:
This book I have already read so I will save the comments for the reviews that will come very soon. All I can say is that this book changed my opinion that Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s books are boring.
“On the eve of his ninetieth birthday a bachelor decides to give himself a wild night of lovewith a virgin. As is his habit–he has purchased hundreds of women–he asks a madam for her assistance. The fourteen-year-old girl who is procured for him is enchanting, but exhausted as she is from caring for siblings and her job sewing buttons, she can do little but sleep. Yet with this sleeping beauty at his side, it is he who awakens to a romance he has never known.” via amazon.
“In 1990, fearing extradition to the United States, Pablo Escobar – head of the Medellín drug cartel – kidnapped ten notable Colombians to use as bargaining chips. With the eye of a poet, García Márquez describes the survivors’ perilous ordeal and the bizarre drama of the negotiations for their release. He also depicts the keening ache of Colombia after nearly forty years of rebel uprisings, right-wing death squads, currency collapse and narco-democracy. With cinematic intensity, breathtaking language and journalistic rigor, García Márquez evokes the sickness that inflicts his beloved country and how it penetrates every strata of society, from the lowliest peasant to the President himself.” via amazon.
This book was recommended to me by a couple of people, including a classmate who only reads Young Adult. There’s nothing wrong with YA. I prefer YA, butwhen someone who only reads YA recommends a book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez then is definitely a good book.
“On her twelfth birthday, Sierva Maria – the only child of a decaying noble family in an eighteenth-century South American seaport – is bitten by a rabid dog. Believed to be possessed, she is brought to a convent for observation. And into her cell stumbles Father Cayetano Delaura, who has already dreamed about a girl with hair trailing after her like a bridal train. As he tends to her with holy water and sacramental oils, Delaura feels something shocking begin to occur. He has fallen in love – and it is not long until Sierva Maria joins him in his fevered misery. Unsettling and indelible, Of Love and Other Demons is an evocative, majestic tale of the most universal experiences known to woman and man.” via amazon.
This book was actually a Christmas present from my best friend. I had been wanting to buy this book for a while, but I try to limit my books to cheap, used or kindle not over 4$ since I’m a college student on a budget and I like to be as ecological as possible. This one didn’t fit any of those categories so it brought me a huge happiness getting it as a gift.
“Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?” via amazon.
This book I bought it because it was on special for $. 99 for a kindle and I had heard good things and the rating wasexpectacular. I also have read this book therefore I will reserve my comments for the review, which is going to be posted very soon.
“Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust—and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.
Sky, a senior in high school, meets Dean Holder, a guy with a promiscuous reputation that rivals her own. From their very first encounter, he terrifies and captivates her. Something about him sparks memories of her deeply troubled past, a time she’s tried so hard to bury. Though Sky is determined to stay far away from him, his unwavering pursuit and enigmatic smile break down her defenses and the intensity of the bond between them grows. But the mysterious Holder has been keeping secrets of his own, and once they are revealed, Sky is changed forever and her ability to trust may be a casualty of the truth.
Only by courageously facing the stark revelations can Sky and Holder hope to heal their emotional scars and find a way to live and love without boundaries. Hopeless is a novel that will leave you breathless, entranced, and remembering your own first love.” via amazon
This book I got because it seem really interesting. I had wanted the book for a while and when I saw on special at $.99 I couldn’t hold myself from getting it.
“Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.” via amazon.
At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read the book, butthen my book club decided to read it so I gave in and decided to read it. I’m glad I did because I’m currently reading it and I’m enjoying it. Also, I just found there’s a movie coming. I’m so excited guys!
“They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.”
The reason I got this book was simple EVERYONE WAS TALKING ABOUT IT. As you can probably notice I don’t usually follow what everyone is reading until it’s too late. I usually read the book when the hype is over. I don’t do it on purpose, it’s just I’m always so focus on college and my life that I never know what’s going on on the book world. I know, I know, shame on me. Since I keep reading and hearing how good the book was, I caved in and got the ebook. I’m so excited to see what the hype is all about. Also the cover is so pretty that I couldn’t resist.
“Helena Conway has fallen in love. Unwillingly. Unwittingly. But not unprovoked. Kit Isley is everything she’s not—unstructured, untethered, and not even a little bit careful. It could all be so beautiful … if he wasn’t dating her best friend. Helena must defy her heart, do the right thing, and think of others. Until she doesn’t.” via amazon.
If you read my blog, then you must surely know how much I loved Throne of Glass so it wouldn’t come to a surprise that I got the book of novellas that take place before the Throne of Glass. I’m excited to read it and I think I’m going to read it in little by little instead of all at once.
“Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom’s most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin’s Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.
When Celaena’s scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes―and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn’s orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn’s clutches―and if they fail, they’ll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives . . .
A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers readers a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling―and deadly―world.
Included in this volume: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord The Assassin and the Healer The Assassin and the Desert The Assassin and the Underworld The Assassin and the Empire”
Going in the same direction it is also not surprise either that I got the second book in the Throne of Glass series. OH YEAH! I’ve been stopping myself from reading because I know I will want to read it all in one day but college must come first.
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!
Do not read any further if you have not read or finish Throne of Glass.
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“She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But does she have the heart of a killer?
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade – while pretending to do the king’s bidding – will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn’t the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she’s made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple…”
This book I also got it because it seem interesting and it was a pretty good deal. It seems really interesting and it is different to the usual kind of book I read.
“The isolated town of Beldon, Wisconsin, is shocked when a high school freshman’s body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, sixteen-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jackson’s death was accidental. But at her funeral, when he has a terrifying vision of her, his world begins to rip apart at the seams.
Convinced that Emily’s appearance was more than just a mere hallucination, Daniel begins to look carefully into her death, even as he increasingly loses the ability to distinguish fantasy from reality.
What’s real? What’s not? Where does reality end and madness begin?
As Daniel struggles to find the truth, his world begins to crumble around him as he slips further and further into his own private blurred reality.” via amazon.
This book is one of those books that you just don’t remember why you bought it, apart from the fact that it looked interesting, but I’m glad I did because it honestly looks like a really good interesting story. I got the ebook and audiobook for a really good price so I can’t complain. I actually think that’s probably one of the reasons I got because it was the day’s deal. As you can see when I got my new Kindle I got excited and bought a lot of books that were less than 4$.
“Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?
Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life. . . . She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.
Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart. . . . He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who had kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing, and his thoughts swirling.”
Well, that was all for today’s post. Which book from my haul would you read first? Which book gets your attention? Comment below.