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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Friday, June 23, 2017

Books I Want To Read This Summer! [VIDEO]


Today I posted another video on my YouTube channel, all about the books I want to read this summer. I hope to read more than the ones I've mentioned, but these are my priorities.

I also want to apologize as I feel like I've only posted videos lately. The truth is that I enjoy making them a lot, and it's something new and different to me. I will continue to write actual blog posts as well, but I will also share my videos on this blog, as it's just another way of talking to you.

If you have a preference between reading my posts or watching my videos, please let me know in the comments down below! I'm curious to see what you think, and I will also, of course, take your opinions to heart and listen to you as well.

Question: What book is your number one priority this summer?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Want to Finish [VIDEO]

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


I finally did another Top Ten Tuesday today. I really want to do them every week, but I don't always feel inspired by the theme, and sometimes I just forget to do it. This week, I made a video of my TTT, which I really enjoyed. I'm really enjoying making videos at the moment, so expect to see a lot more of them!

I really hope you enjoyed it, and I'll talk to you next time!

Which series are on your list this week?

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Rapid Fire Book Tag [VIDEO]


Yesterday I posted my Rapid Fire Book Tag video on my youtube channel. I recently started a booktube channel, and I'm having so much fun with it so far. I'm still writing posts on this blog as well, but I'll also share my youtube videos here.

Without further ado, here's my video:

I really hope you enjoyed this video, and that you're prepared for more tag videos in the future.

Q: Do you have a youtube channel? If so, leave it down below and I'll check it out!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: Everything but the Truth

Title: Everything but the Truth
Author: Gillian McAllister
Publisher: Penguin Group
Published: March 2017
How I got this book: I got this as an arc through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
My rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
Just how much can you trust the person you love?

It all started with the email.

Rachel didn't even mean to look. She loves Jack and she's pregnant with their child. She trusts him.

But now she's seen it, she can't undo that moment. Or the chain of events it has set in motion.

Why has Jack been lying about his past? Just what exactly is he hiding? And doesn't Rachel have a right to know the truth at any costs?

My thoughts:
This is a great thriller, with plenty of twists and turns. I never knew what to expect from the characters, and I didn't realise what Jack's secret was until Rachel found out.

We see Rachel develop throughout the book, and her relationship with Jack changing. We also get flashbacks from a year before this takes place, where she worked as a doctor with a young patient. Throughout the story I felt like I really got to know her, and though I didn't connect with her that well, I was able to see things from her perspective.

Another thing I enjoyed about this book as the setting. It was set in Newcastle and in the highlands of Scotland. I've actually been to Newcastle before, so it felt familiar. And I absolutely adore Scotland, and enjoy reading stories that are set there.

I won't give away any of the twists or the ending, because that will ruin the book for you, if you want to read it. All I will say is that I was a bit disappointed with how things ended, and especially Rachel's reaction to everything. That's mainly because I view everything different from her, but it still felt a bit weird for me.

Though I wasn't a big fan of the ending, I still enjoyed this book overall, and would definitely recommend it if you like reading thrillers. I only started reading a bit of thrillers this year, and I am loving it so far. This book isn't for everyone, but if you enjoy thrillers and the plot seems exciting, you should pick this up and give it a try.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Edinburgh Book Haul [VIDEO]


I recently went to Edinburgh with my family, and though it was a short trip, I managed to buy quite a few books, which I want to share with you! You can either watch it down below, or you can click here to see it on youtube.

I really hope you enjoyed this video, as I enjoy making them. It's nice to be able to both write and film, having variety on my blog.

Do you have any videos you want to see on my blog?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Recently Added To My TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Nineteen Minutes - Jodi Picoult

What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty

They Both Die at the End - Adam Silvera

The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane - Ellen Berry

Caraval - Stephanie Garber

Alex & Eliza - Melissa De La Cruz

The Girl in 6E - A.R. Torre

The Vegetarian - Han Kang

Flame in the Mist - Renée Ahdieh

The Star-Touched Queen - Roshani Chokshi

What book did you most recently put on your TBR-list?

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Review: My Sister's Wedding

Title: My Sister's Wedding
Author: Vicky Pattison
Publishing date: June 15th 2017
How I got this book: I got this as an arc through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
My rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsis:
For better or worse, two families are about to become one...

The Ashworth sisters couldn't be more different. Becky is focused, driven and about to marry her lovely fiance, Daniel Balfour. Lizzie, on the other hand, bounces from one temp job to another, keeps falling for the wrong man and is a whirlwind of chaos in Becky's otherwise well-ordered life. But they love each other fiercely and the Ashworth way has always been family comes first.

As preparations for Becky and Daniel's wedding get underway, it soon becomes clear that the Ashworth way is not the Balfour way. Daniel's family have never thought Becky was good enough for him, but he loves her and that's always been enough for the happy couple. But when Lizzie gets caught in the crossfire between Becky and the Balfours, Becky and Lizzie find themselves drifting apart at a time when they need each other the most. Will they be able to repair the damage before Becky walks down the aisle?

My thoughts:
My Sister's Wedding is the first book I read by Vicky Pattison, not having heard of her before reading this book. I'm glad I didn't really know who she was before picking this up, as I was able to go into this with no expectations or opinions. 

This is a fast read, perfect for warmer weather. We follow two sisters, Becky and Lizzie, who are as different as can be. It was clear that Pattison had put a lot of thought into these characters, and the differences between them. They had a sister-dynamic going on, with Becky being the over-protective older sister. Both characters developed as the story went on, and I felt they both grew from what they experiences.

We have one main plot in this story, but Pattison added a few smaller stories that weave nicely into the larger picture, and they add a layer of depth to the story. Everything is wrapped up nicely in the ending, with the different characters getting what they deserve in the end.

A perfect chick-lit book to bring with you to the beach or travels, as it is easy to get into. The chapters all have a nice length, not too long or too short. If you don't like chick-lit, you'll probably not enjoy this book that much, but if you do, you should definitely give this one a shot.

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