Sunday, January 14, 2018

10 BOOKS ON MY 2018 TBR

Hello!

It's been such a long time since I've posted anything on this blog, or just been active on my social media in general. I took a break during exam season, as I needed to focus on school, but it ended up lasting the entire Christmas break as well. However, I am now back at school, and ready for my routines again, and I will try to make my blog one of those routines.

As you can see from the title, this post is all about the books I want to read in 2018. My goal is to read 50 books, though I'll hopefully be able to read quite a lot more than that. In this list, however, I have picked 10 books that I really want to try to get to during the year. The list is split up in two parts, with part one being books that are coming out in 2018, and that I don't own yet. Part two has the books that I already own, that I really want to get to.

Books coming out in 2018, that I don't own yet

Untitled (Throne of Glass #7) - Sarah J. Maas
This book doesn't have a synopsis yet, but I am still super excited! I just want to know what's happening to all my beloved characters.

A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.1) - Sarah J. Maas
Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated - scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

The Hazel Wood - Melissa Albert
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice's life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice's grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away - by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: "Stay away from the Hazel Wood."
Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother's cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Haze Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began - and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

Everless - Sara Holland
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency - extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one's own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.
No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings' palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.
But going back to Everless brings more danger - and temptation - than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she's caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between to people she thought she'd never see again. Her descisions have the power to change her fate - and the fate of time itself.


Books I already own

Geekerella - Ashley Poston
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad's old costume, Elle's determined to win - unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons - before he was famous. Now they're nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake - until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) - Victoria Schwab
The world is breaking. And so are they. Kate Harker isn't afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And She's good at it. August Flynn once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost. The war has begun. The monsters are winning. Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting - one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims' inner demons. Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?

Caraval - Stephanie Garber
Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett's father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval - the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show - are over.
But this year, Scarlett's long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval's mastermind organizer, Legend. it turns out that this season's Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Furyborn - Claire Legrand
When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.
A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. now, she believes herself untouchable - until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic was that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world - and of each other.

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie
First, there were ten - a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal - and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes likes Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...



These are some of the books that I really want to read during 2018. I'm sure that I'll think of more later, or discover some new ones as the year goes on, but this is my TBR for now! 
What do you want to read in 2018?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Review: I See You (VIDEO)


Hello!

I started, and finished, I See You by Clare Macintosh when I went home to visit my parents last weekend, and I finally got around to filming and reviewing it on my channel!



Have you read I See You, and if you have, what did you think about it?

Until next time! xx

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: Let the Dead Speak (VIDEO)


Hello!

I'm back with yet another video review, this time reviewing Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey. I got this book from free from the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinions on it.


Even though I am mostly doing video reviews at the moment, I will still be doing some written ones as well. However, that might be of the books that I want to go more in depth on, and not just quick, short, spoiler free ones.

I hope you enjoy the video!

Have you read Let the Dead Speak, or any other books, by Jane Casey?

Until next time! x

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

September Wrap Up & October TBR (VIDEO)


Hello!

So September is finally over, and October has arrived! Though this means that the weather where I live is absolutely abysmal where I live, it also means that we are getting closer to CHRISTMAS!

I filmed two videos, one wrap-up and one TBR, and I think I might have been a bit ambitious when it comes to my October TBR. I have been reading a lot the past week, which I absolutely love. However, my uni-work isn't as happy with that as I had hoped, so I might need to focus a bit more on school this month.

The fact that the weather here is horrible is great for one thing, and that is reading. I don't need to feel guilty about snuggling up with a book and a cup of tea when it's pouring down outside, and there's nothing better than reading inside under a blanket when it's cold, wet and dark outside.




I hope you enjoyed both of my videos, and I am still having a lot of fun making them. 

Have you read any of the books mentioned in one of the videos? If so, which one, and what did you think about it?

Until next time! x


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Review: The Border (VIDEO)


Hello!

As you may, or may not, know, I usually do my reviews for books in a written format. However, I've been meaning to film some as well, and I ended up posting my first review on my YouTube-channel today! It's a review of The Border by Steve Schafer, which I got as an arc from the publisher.



I will continue to write reviews as well, though I haven't been reviewing a lot of books recently. I haven't been reading as much, and what I have read haven't been anything I felt like writing a review for. I will be back, however! As soon as I read a book I really want to talk about, or I feel like reviewing, it will definitely be posted on my blog.

Until next time! x

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Reading Quest Wrap Up - VIDEO


Hello!

So as you may, or may not, know, I recently participated in The Reading Quest. It's a readathon based on video games, and you can read more about it HERE


I talk more about my experience and my reading in the video, but just to sum it up: I had a lot of fun during this readathon, and I really hope that the creator, Read at Midnight, does something like this again, because I will definitely be participating!

Did you participate in The Reading Quest, and if so, how did you do?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Hello!

The theme this week is the top ten books on my fall TBR, so this was actually pretty easy for me. My TBR is way too long, but I, fortunately, only had to pick my top ten for this post.


The Shining by Stephen King

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood


The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson



The One by Kiera Cass 

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

The Betrayals by Fiona Neill

Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey


The Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas // I KNOW, I can't believe I haven't read this one yet, but I am really looking forward to it!

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab


What books are on the top of your fall TBR?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Struggled To Get Through

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Long time, no see! I'm sorry that I've been super absent, but I will try to get back into blogging more now. I am still posting on my YouTube channel, but I will do my best to stay active on this blog as well. 

The theme this week is books I struggled to get through, or didn't get through at all. I didn't manage to come up with ten different books, but I did my best. I usually don't have that much problem getting through books, and I don't like to DNF books either, so I didn't have that many to choose from.


I'll start by mentioning the one book on this list that I didn't finish at all, and that is Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder. I picked this up because we were having a production of the musical at my school, so I wanted to read the book before performing the play. However, the philosophy sections were so long and hard to get through, that I ended up putting it back before even getting halfway.



The rest of the books I'll just mention in a list-format, as I don't really have much to say about each individual one. The main thing they have in common is that they were hard to get into, and had sections which I found hard to read. I did end up finishing all of them, and even enjoyed some of them quite a bit. And with some I might enjoy a lot more now, given that there's been some time since I read a few of them.


1. Carry On - Rainbow Rowell

2. After You - Jojo Moyes

3. All Our Wrong Todays - Elan Mastai


4. De Usynlige (The Invisible) - Roy Jacobsen

5. The Host - Stephenie Meyer

6. The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter - Henri Murger


What books did you struggle to get through?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Review: The Devil's Prayer



Title: The Devil’s Prayer
Author: Luke Gracias
Publisher: Australian eBook Publisher
Year published: 2016
How I got this book: I got this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
My rating: 4,5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognizes that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago.

In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul.

As  Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors.

And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it.

Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction?

Explicit Content Warning: «The Devil’s Prayer» is a historical horror thriller that contains brutality, rape, sex, drug abuse and murder. Readers may find its content offensive and confronting.

My thoughts:
I had no idea what to expect when starting this book. I’s only read a short description, as  it was the cover that really drew me in. The first-ish chapter was a bit heavy, and it made me a bit nervous that the rest of the book was going to be a bit boring. It was definitely not boring. The first part is important, as  it really sets up the rest of the story.

In short, this book starts with a nun, Denise, who commits suicide in Spain. A very public suicide. The rest of her family finds out, and her daughter, Siobhan, travels from Australia to Spain, to get answers. She then learns that she’s not safe in Spain, and gets hold of a book her mother write to her before she died, which tells the story about her life, and everything that led to her suicide.

Once I got really into this story, I didn’t want to put it down. Which was a bit unfortunate, as  I was on holiday in England whilst reading this, and therefore didn’t have a lot of time to read. It’s faced paced, and we move back and forth between the present and Denise’s story. Eventually, Denise’s story catches up to the present, and we understand a lot more. 

have to mention, as  a warning, that there are a lot of gruesome details in this book, so it’s definitely not for everyone. Without spoiling too much, there are rape, torture and murder scenes there are quite detailed. The author has a way of describing things in a way that makes you feel like you’re there, which is both great, but can also be a bit much in certain parts of the book. 

As previously mentioned, this is not a book for everyone. But if you don’t mind detailed gore, you should pick this up. There are a lot of interesting theories and such included, which made it unlike anything I’ve ever read before. 

This is a thrilling page-turner, that you’ll want to finish in one sitting. There are so many questions throughout the story, and it’s hard to know what to think and expect. I will absolutely recommend that you pick this up if it sounds interesting at all to you. You won’

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Review: Indian Summer



Title: Indian Summer
Author: Marcia Willett
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Published: 27th of June 2017
How I got this book: I got this as an arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
My rating: 3 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
Some memories can be forgotten… Others won’t ever go away. From internationally adore author Marcia Willett comes the magnificent new novel, Indian Summer.

For renowned actor Sir Mungo, his quite home village in Devon provides the perfect retreat. Close by are his brother and his wife, and the rural location makes his home the ideal getaway for his old friends in London.

Among those is Kit, who comes to stay for the summer, bringing with her a letter from her first and only love, Jake, and a heart in turmoil. Years have passed since they last saw each other, and now he has written to Kit asking to meet again.

As  the summer unfolds, secrets are uncovered that will shatter the sleepy community, and even tear a family apart. But those involved soon realize that the only way to move forward might be to confront the past…

My thoughts:
When the publisher first contacted me about this book, I wasn’t sure I would like it. I am glad that I gave it a chance, as  it ended up being an enjoyable read, though not something I’d normally pick up.

We follow a handful of characters, and their stories all intertwine at some point during the novel. Because there are so many characters, it took me quite a while to really get into the story, and to start caring about the characters. However, I did get there eventually, and when I did, I was able to really enjoy the book.

I would say that this book is definitely more character-driven, than plot-driven. I don’t have a preference either way, so I didn’t really mind, but it is something to keep in mind if you have a preference for plot-driven books. The setting is a small village in England, where the characters find themselves for a lot of different reasons. There really isn’t much action during the book, only a few things here and there. 

The first half is mostly getting to know the different characters. It’s not boring, not exactly, but it’s not a page-turner either. It is totally worth getting through it in the end, though. Most of the characters are extremely likable, and none of them are perfect. They all have flaws, which is how it’s supposed to be. 

This is a great book to read during the summer, especially outside during a sunny day, when you can really relax and get into a book. It’s heartwarming, and you are able to connect with the characters, despite the fact that there are a number of them. This is a good read for when you want a light-hearted book that’s easy to read, that has just a little bit of action.

If you’re a big fan of YA, this probably won’t be the perfect book for you. However, if you’re in the mood for something new, I would suggest picking it up. This is not a book for everyone, but if it sounds like something you might enjoy, you should give it a chance.

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