Book Traveling Thursdays:

Book Traveling Thursdays is created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. This weekly meme consists in picking a book related to the weekly theme that is announced in the group Goodreads page (if you want to join click here) at the beginning of each month. After that you can write a blog post where you explain why you choose that book and choose different covers from different countries. To make it a little bit easy you are going to choose different editions of the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover.

– Because in Spring time we tend to read more contemporary… Choose your favorite contemporary read

I’m going with The Perks Of Being A Wallflower! I haven’t read a lot of contemporary books yet, but I’m getting there 🙂

Original (and least favorite) cover:

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I’ve got to admit, I really don’t like this cover. The yellow/green is kinda ugly and it’s just too much of one color on the entire cover 😦

Cover from my country (The Netherlands):

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I actually really like this cover, surprisingly enough.

Favorite cover:

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The first one is a lot like the Dutch cover, and the blue one is the one I bought. I really like it 🙂

Buy this book here!

Do you agree with my choices? Have you read this book?

-Luci


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Top 5 Wednesday: authors you want to read more from

The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

–Talk about some authors that you’ve only read one or a few books from, and you NEED to read more!

 

1. Rainbow Rowell

I really enjoyed Fangirl and Eleanor&Park so I’m definitely planning to read more!

2. Julie Kagawa

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I know, I’ve read almost everything (from the entire Iron Fey series to the Blood of Eden), but the Talon saga is something I haven’t read yet. It seems to me like an amazing series, although I do not exactly have the money to buy them now 😦 In my country, the books have texture and I don’t know if the English books have it too?

3. Terry Pratchett

I’ve started reading the Discworld series a while ago, but I loaned the books from a guy and I don’t have a lot of contact with him any more so I’ll have to find another way

4. Rick Riordan 

I’ve read the Percy Jackson series, but after that he has written the Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, and if I remeber it right, another series, which I all haven’t read yet

5. Maggie Stiefvater

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I’ve read The Wolves of Mercy Falls and the Scorpio Races but I really want to read the Raven Cycle too. The books sound amazing (and honestly those covers are gorgeous)

And that’s all already! I have a lot more authors I really want to read more of, but maybe I’ll list them all sometime in another post 🙂

Have you read anything from these authors? What authors do you want to read more of?

-Luci


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Book Traveling Thursdays: blue covers

Book Traveling Thursdays is created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. This weekly meme consists in picking a book related to the weekly theme that is announced in the group Goodreads page (if you want to join click here) at the beginning of each month. After that you can write a blog post where you explain why you choose that book and choose different covers from different countries. To make it a little bit easy you are going to choose different editions of the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover.

– Choose a book that has originally a blue cover.

The book I’m going with today is A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I have yet to read this seris, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it!

Original cover:

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I already do really like this cover to be honest. It makes me want to have it on my shelf ❤

Cover from my country (The Netherlands):

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Basically the same but translated to Dutch!

Favorite cover:

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Look at those! I either am into a lot of colors, or the soft cover of the German version. They’re both so pretty!

Least favorite cover:

SURPRISE I don’t have one for once! Isn’t that great? 🙂

Have you read this book? What did you think of my choices?

-Luci


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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite LGBTQ+ books

The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

–Talk about your favorite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters or are by LGBTQ+ authors.

I love books that feature LGBTQ+ characters, especially if they’re main characters. I hope we’ll get more books to feature those!

1. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Oh I loved this book so much! Not only the LGBTQ+ part but also everything else because it’s amazing. I wrote a review here if you’re interested!

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I also really loved this book, yet I do not have a review. The movie is actually really amazing too, you should watch it!

Now, that’s all the books I’ve read so far, but I do have a few on my TBR which I’ll list!

1. Aristoteles and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

2. Simon vs. the Homo-Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

3. More Happy than Not and History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

4. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

5. We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

And that’s all for today!

Have you read any of these books? Do you have any receommendations for me?

-Luci


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(ARC) book review: Rose Petal Graves

It’s been a long time, but I’m back on track (kinda)! I managed to (finally) finish Rose Petal Graves, and not finally because the book was so horrible (it absolutely wasn’t), but because I only had the e-book version. And I can honestly admit that I do not like reading from a screen. However, I do have a review for you! 🙂

(This is also the first book of the very ARC-ish readathon! Little late into the readathon but hurray! Details on this readathon here )

Title: Rose Petal Graves

Author: Olivia Wildenstein

Goodreads link: Rose Petal Graves

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Summary: Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.

Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.

As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.

Buy this book HERE on Book Depository! 

Note: I was provided a digital copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to NetGalley and Olivia Wildenstein for this opportunity!

First of all, would you just look at that cover! It makes me want to have it on my shelf even more than usual, just because it’s so pretty. I might have a thing for pretty covers.

This book was fast, something was happening at all times, and yet this book managed to have everything happening within a relative short time! I was never bored, and always seeking answers throughout reading.

Catori is everything and nothing you’d expect. She makes quite some impulse decisions, and not always the right ones too. However, when it comes to handling things like the death of her mother, she is pretty mature. She and her dad have a very close relationship, which I adore. Her dad really cares for her and it’s the same the other way around. Her relationship with the other characters, however, had me thinking a few times.

Cruz is not who he said he was when she first met him -which is quite obvious, but he’s lied a lot throughout this book. And he and Catori had some “moments”, but they didn’t really evolve in anything. Which, to be fair, didn’t bother me. I was actually happy this wouldn’t be some “love is the main story and all the others are just side stories” book. I just thought they’d get on to something sometime, but when later in the book, it got explained, it did clear that part up.

The other characters are all really different from each other, and by that, I mean really different. I didn’t think I’ve read a lot of books where so many characters of one story were as much different from each other, as from other characters from other books. It was truly amazing to have an entirely new personage to read about.

The only thing that slightly bothered me about this book is how some certain deaths were handled, and acted about,  but that might just be me. Everyone handles death different, and I’m actually quite sure that it’s just the way it is in this series.

While reading this book, most “plot twists” were revealed and solved quickly, and that’s what really kept the pace going. I didn’t think it was going to be the first book of a trilogy, until the last chapters, when I realized this story was far from over. I am looking forward to the next book in this series (which will be published December 2017)!

Overall this book was really awesome, and I definitely recommend it if you like magical books with faes and evil.

Did any of you read the book? What did you think?

-Luci


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Movie review: Logan (2017)

SPOILER ALERT AT THE END (I’ll put borders between the spoilers so you can skip them)

Soo, as you all may know, I am a huge Marvel fan, and when I saw the trailer for Logan I was excited from the first second!

 

Summary: It’s 2029, and mutants are now almost extinct. The X-men no longer exist and Logan (Hugh Jackman) takes care of Charles (Patrick Stewart), who lives hidden across the Mexican border. Other than that, he spends his days chauffeuring and drinking. When one day, a Mexican woman asks him to take her daughter Laura to the Canadian border, Logan denies the request at first. However, the Professor tells him he has been waiting for her for a long time. She has powers, much like the ones Wolverine has. This is because of a sick experiment in a hospital. They messed with DNA and created mutants. With Charles and Laura, Logan sets off, while wondering if this is really all worth it.

IMDB link: Logan (2017)

 

While this is another superhero movie, it’s also shown the everyday life: struggles with aging and money. Logan is definitely a lot older than the last movie, and while that’s of course obvious, it seemed weird seeing him so.. weak sometimes. The storyline is amazing though, and at first I was a bit confused, but after a few minutes, I got to enjoy the fun that is Marvel movies.

Logan, who made his appearance as Wolverine a lot of times, has weakened a lot and is surrounded by alcohol. His ability to heal infinitely does still work(just not as well as usually), but that doesn’t mean he’s not aging like any other person would do. Once so invincible, and now almost living a regularly human life, he really has been brought down.

Charles Xavier, also known as the Professor, is a lot worse. He’s dying -and he knows it, but besides that, he has attacks, deadly for mutants and non-mutants (making him the most powerful weapon alive), and needs medicines. A lot of them. However, since everyone believes he’s been dead for years, Logan is the only one who can get them and bring them over.

Laura is a little girl, however, really stong. She has powers like Logan, metal claws coming out of her hands -and toes. She is a troubled girl, who thinks fighting is the way to solve everything. Logan has to teach her that’s not the way life works sometimes. She is to be brought to “Eden”, a safe place at the Canadian border.

Meanwhile, the “bad guys” are after them, not only for the Professor, but also for Laura and Logan.

This movie was everything, the way Logan, Laura and Charles travel and work together was amazing. The character development of Laura and Logan was really well done, especially towards the end of the movie. What I also liked a lot was how this was one of the movies where fighting and the “end of the world” but more personal and daily life. This helps with showing Logan’s feelings.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!

When Charles died, it was quite emotional, he’s been like a father for Logan ever since the beginning, and it must be really hard to bury him. I like how Laura tried to comfort Logan when they were standing at his grave, but Logan just had to get it out like you’d expect: a lot of anger.

The saddest part was, of course, the ending. I know Hugh Jackman said this was the last time he’d ever play Wolverine again (source), but I didn’t exactly expect it to end like this. While accepting his own death, Laura suddenly realized what that meant for her. The only father figure in her life, the only one like her, is dying and she’s got to go her own way from then on. It was really emotional, not only because of what happened in the movie (Logan giving his life to save his “daughter”), but also because I knew it was really over for Wolverine, and the X-men in general.

THAT’S ALL, CONTINUE READING BELOW!!!!

I’m not sure whether it would happen, but it’d be really awesome if they went on with Laura, since she is in fact a mutant. She and the other kids could make a few awesome new movies in the MCU!

Did you watch this movie? What did you think?

-Luci


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Series review: Lucifer season 1 (TV show, 2015 – )

{SPOILER FREE}

Heya! It’s been a while since I reviewed anything TV related, so I thought it’d be time for that again.

I’ll be honest with you, I haven’t really watched anything, until a while ago I rewatched all of Once Upon A Time (which I’ll review later, probably), and a week ago, I watched Lucifer. I did watch a few episodes somewhere last year, but since I couldn’t remember them, I just started from the beginning.

I’ve seen people review some series episode per episode, that’s not something I’ll be able to do. I’m the one who just binge watches everything in a week, and by then, it’s all a big story that I can’t review per episode. Besides, I hate spoilers and this is one way to avoid telling those! Also, I used to watch 20 shows and I am planning on watching them all (and maybe reviewing them) and there’s no way I could possibly keep up with all that 😛

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Lucifer is a TV show on Fox, currently ongoing and during it’s second season. For this post, I’ll review only season 1, since season 2 hasn’t finished yet (currently waiting for the midseason premiere and it’s killing me!)

About: The devil takes vacation from hell and ends up in Los Angeles. The city of angels, and he isn’t one. He goes by the name of Lucifer Morningstar, owns a nightclub named Lux, and has the ability to have people tell him their deepest desires. When he meets detective Chloe Decker, he teams up with her, ending up as an LAPD consultant, helping Chloe to give the people the punishment they deserve. Together, they work out the most rare and supernatural crimes.

IMDB link: Lucifer (TV show)

While Lucifer (Tom Ellis) is the actual devil himself, Chloe (Lauren German)won’t believe him -and maybe that’s a good thing. His humor and cheekiness is fantastic, and Ellis does a wonderful job at playing him. The way Lucifer and Chloe talk, work together, and everything else is amazing, and even though there is some sexual frustration between them, it doesn’t get in the way of the plot. Throughout the episodes, you can see Lucifer change, and admittedly, Chloe too.

Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt), the demon who got out of hell with Lucifer, is the bartender at Lux, but more importantly, his only real friend in LA. She is one badass woman, a role model for all bad things.

Linda Martin (Rachael Harris), the psychologist he met while solving a crime, also seems to think everything Lucifer tells her about hell and himself is a metaphor. Lucifer however, seems to be needing their sessions even though she can’t see the truth.

In the meantime, Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), Lucifer’s brother, tries to get him back to hell, where he belongs.

Overall this series is amazing, and the next episode couldn’t come soon enough (just another month of waiting…)! If you like a little bit of supernatural, lots of humor and a good plot, you sure as hell need to watch this show.

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(oh and if that’s something you care about: Lucifer is amazingly hot, and the jokes he makes, the way he grins after making them, his interactions with Chloe… they only make it better)

What shows are you watching? Any recommendations for me? Would you like me to review more TV shows or movies? Tell me!

Until next time!

-Luci


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A very ARC-ish readathon TBR

Heya! It’s Friday, hurray! Tomorrow I have a free day and Sunday I’m working again, but that doesn’t keep me from reading! (Actually, it does, but I don’t want to admit it)

Now, a while ago I found this post over at Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews, and I immediately thought it was a great idea. The readathon comes from Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks  . I requested quite some ARC’s in January and February, and then I suddenly got my own apartment (that I share with my sister), and I was really busy moving, and just about everything got thrown off schedule. My blogging schedule is going well again, but reading… not so much.

I also requested all my ARC’s via NetGalley and while I’m not really liking reading on devices, I don’t have another choice. However, I haven’t really found the one good reader that I like, so I’ll keep searching for that too.

Why is this readathon so amazing? Because there is no specific goal, no pressure, no anything. Just read as much ARC’s as possible!

When is this readathon? From April 1st (whoops I’m really late) to April 30th!

Social media? You can use the hashtag #AVAreadathon on social media, and of course share the readathon as much as possible!

And if that’s already not amazing enough, she’s hosting a giveaway for everyone who entered! If you need any more posts, you can look them up in her own post here!

And now, my TBR

These are the books I’ve already started reading, so I’ll finish those first.

I’m one of those few people who haven’t yet read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, but I did really like the blurb of The Upside of Unrequited, so I’m excited to read it! True Blue is the first one of a trilogy, and I hope it’ll be amazing because then I can read the other two books as well!

Would you just look at that beautiful cover of Ashes To Ashes! The cover itself makes me want to have it on my bookshelf already haha

Look, more first books in bookseries! 😀

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I hope I’ll get to read all of these books, but I’m not sure I can do that. 3 of my colleagues left work, so we’re left with a team of 9 people over 2 shops, and that means a lot of hours for me. That is a good thing, because, more work means more money, means more new books, but it also means I’ll be working a lot and reading a little 😦

However, I will keep you all updated on my ARC’s and I told myself not to start another book this month until I’ve read at least half of these!

Do you have any ARC’s you’re dying to read? Or would you recommend me some (for next month haha)? Let me know!

-Luci


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Book Traveling Thursdays: Spring is here!

Hello! Today I’m here again with the Book Traveling Thursdays 🙂

Book Traveling Thursdays is created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. This weekly meme consists in picking a book related to the weekly theme that is announced in the group Goodreads page (if you want to join click here) at the beginning of each month. After that you can write a blog post where you explain why you choose that book and choose different covers from different countries. To make it a little bit easy you are going to choose different editions of the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover.

April 6th – Spring is here! Choose a book you want to read this Spring.

I’m going with The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time, and I’ll admit it, once it came in the mail I kind of already started, but I have already too many books that I’m currently reading so I stopped myself. The other reason I chose this book is because it just has a gorgeous cover!

Original (and favorite) cover:

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Just look at it! The colors flowing and prettiness, it’s an amazing book to photograph in just any picture to be honest. It’s also one of the few original covers that is just so pretty, I almost don’t want to search up any other covers to ruin my mood haha

Cover from my country (The Netherlands):

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IT”S THE SAME OH MY GOD it makes me so happy! I don’t really read any Dutch books these days, but for my fellow Dutchies, I’m just happy the cover is as pretty as the original one 😀

Least favorite cover:

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Honestly, this is just plain bad. Not even more than one color on the cover and so much white space too 😦

Honorable mentions:

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Not as pretty as the original one, but I do love the first one too. The second one kind of looks like the one time I tried a nail art look that went a little wrong haha. Still, they have the flowing colors and they’re pretty nice to have on your bookshelves!

 

Tell me I’m not the only one obsessing over this cover? I’m so excited to read it!

-Luci


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Top 5 Wednesday: Top SFF Books on Your TBR *Booktube SFF Awards Babble Crossover Topic!*

Hello there again! It is Wednesday again, the first one of April. And, as usual, I bring you the T5W. The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

–Talk about the science fiction and fantasy books you want to read ASAP!

Unfortunately I already talked about that already last month, when we had to name our favorite science fiction and fantasy books. You’ll find it here

What I can say, is that I most definitely want to read more science fiction and fantasy books this year, so if you have any recommendations, let me know!

-Luci


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