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Book review: The Sun Is Also A Star

Hey there! Remember when I said I’d post a review at least once a week…. hahahahahahaha yeah anyways. I keep saying a lot happens in my life, and it does really. I broke up with my boyfriend, was a lil sad about it, worked 13 days in a row had one day free and got back to working 6 days a week (which is actually my regular schedule, I work 40 to 50 hours from Monday to Saturday and I’m free every Sunday), and there’s A LOT of drama at work. Also, since it’s been summer vacation, a lot of my friends wanted to meet up, which we did and I kind of didn’t have a lot of time to read or be active on WordPress?? Bad excuses, I know, but at least I read quite some books before all that, which means I can schedule reviews for the next weeks yay! Now I’ll just have to write them.. xD

HOWEVER, on with the review!!

Title: The Sun Is Also A Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

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Summary: Natasha is a Jamaican girl who’s about to get deported back at 10pm this day. Daniel is a Korean boy, poet, and hopeless romantic, who is on his way to an interview of a job he doesn’t want. When they meet each other, Natasha doesn’t care about Daniel much. She has all the scientific proof that she shouldn’t care for him. Daniel, however, desperately wants her to fall for him, as he is falling for her. They end up spending the day together, Natasha trying to find a way to stay in the US, and Daniel trying to live the life he wants for himself instead of what his parents want for him.

First of all, would you just look at that cover? This is one of the books I bought because I just wanted to see that cover on my shelves (me, cover buying? Absolutely not, where’d you get that idea? *hides behind pile of books with really pretty covers*). I can tell you, it’s even more beautiful in real life.

This book honestly already started out great, with Natasha and her family who had to leave that night. Her feelings and her family’s feelings felt so real, I could almost imagine how it feels like. Almost. 

Daniel’s life was completely different from Natasha’s. He wanted to live his life, do what he wanted to do, but his parents wanted another thing for him. And since he couldn’t really stand up against them, I understand it must suck.

I loved the way Daniel and Natasha met, and how different they continued to be during the book. Daniel kept convincing Natasha that they were meant to be, while for Natasha nothing actually mattered because she was going away anyway. Not that she told Daniel anything about that. Another thing I really liked was how it’s usually the girl falling in love, and the guy either ignoring it, or playing along, or something like that. With this book, Daniel was the hopeless romantic, believing in love and everything around it.

What makes this book so strong, I think, is the fact that even though their lives are so completely different, both Daniel and Natasha were trying to escape their current lives. And while that’s a thing that happens a lot in YA books, this one felt a little too real with Natasha’s situation.

The ending is something I didn’t expect (don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil anything), but that honestly made it even better. There is one thing in the ending that I was thinking about throughout the whole book, and I’m so glad that part was included too!

I’ve seen some reviews of people who absolutely hated the other POV’s throughout the book. For me, I thought it was amazing. A story isn’t just about two people, there’s everyone around them too, and this book really showed that.

Overall I loved this book, and I’d really recommend it. It’s a somewhat light and cute read, while it made me think about things at some parts too.

Next up is Everything Everything, by the same author. Heard a lot of hype for it so I’ll see (read)!

-Luci


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Book review: The Thousandth Floor

*standing ovation for writing the title perfectly in one try!* (that’s not true, I kept trying and then I gave up and copy-pasted it from Goodreads)

 

Title: The Thousandth Floor

Author: Katharine McGee

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Summary: It’s the year 2118, and New York has become one tower building. The tower has thousand floors, and everyone lives on the floor based on their wealth. Avery is a girl who seems to have everything, except the one thing she really desires. Leda is struggling with an addiction, and not only that. She seems to have everything under control, but deep down she knows she doesn’t. Eris’ life seems so carefree and perfect, until her family, and with that her whole life, starts falling apart. Rylin has a simple cleaning job on one of the highest floors, which brings her a lot of new good things. The question is whether the old good things will survive. Watt knows everything about everyone. When he’s hired to spy on an upper-floor girl, he wonders if knowing everything is really worth it sometimes. The lives of these four get intertwined with a destiny – and not a good one.

Okay, let’s just say that I’m usually not great with multiple POV’s. Like, a few I can handle but five can be quite hard sometimes. Especially in this book, where their lives get intertwined and I just don’t know who I’m reading about. However, I survived and this book was really good!

It starts well, with the ending in fact. Yes, it’s one of those books where something happens and then you get the “[insert time] earlier” and I quite like those. Together with the multiple POV’s, it felt a bit like This Is Where It Ends and The Silence Of The Sea

Avery is someone I didn’t like at first, and I’ll be honest, she kept being my most annoying person to read about. I mean, I get it, when people think you are perfect, it’s easier to just keep trying to be that than to change their minds. And the thing she wants is not exactly easy to get, so there’s that. She still kept being mostly whiny and not true to herself and others, and I really disliked that.

Leda is a character I didn’t entirely understand at times, but that’s okay. I can imagine what she was going through and she could’ve done a lot of things different, but it’s hard. She was trying to keep everything under control, even when she actually couldn’t.

I liked Eris. She wasn’t too snobby, and was just living a good life. Until everything went to shit and then she got confused and I understood her. She kept trying to act like everything was okay while she should have just trusted someone to tell them her story. It would’ve made a lot of things easier (but then again, when is a main character’s life ever easy?). I loved how she found herself eventually.

Rylin was another great personage, everything about her just fitted into her story. She tried her hardest to stay true to herself, even when she got the job at the upper-floors and the benefits that came with it. She had great character development and I just really liked it.

Watt was a bit weird at first, but I understand him though. If I had the techniques like he had, I would probably snoop on some people too, and he did earn a lot of money with what he did. He should’ve stopped earlier when the requests had gotten too personal though, but that’s my opinion. He was an idiot for using his techniques for everything, but he too had character development somewhere at the end of the story.

Overall, there was a lot of character development, which I absolutely loved. I’m all in for that. There was a lot of drama going on too, with all the characters and honestly, it’s impossible to avoid with a book like this. The writing was really well done and I could feel myself living together with each of the characters. Of course, I kept wondering what would happen at the end, and the closer I got to it, the less I wanted to read further 😛

This book was so good and I’d hope for a sequel, but sadly, there is none. Which is quite logical after you’ve read it, but I’d love to read what happened after. I think I can only imagine..

Have you read this book? What did you think? Tell me!

-Luci


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Book review: Heartless

Oh wow! I’ve read this book such a while ago, I forgot I hadn’t reviewed it yet! Such a shame, because I absolutely loved this book.

Title: Heartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

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Summary: Catherine Pinkerton lives in Wonderland, a land where anything is possible. Anything, except what Cath wants for her own future, it seems. She wants to open her own shop and bake pastries every day. Too bad, the unmarried king has his eyes set on her, and Cath’s mother would nothing more than for her daughter to be queen. Then, Jest comes along. He is a simple joker, arrived for entertainment, but as it turns out, he is so much more than that. No matter how much Cath wants to choose her own destiny, fate has other plans for her.

I LOVE LOVE LOVED IT! Now that that’s done, I can humanly write the rest of this review. This book was hyped up a lot – another story about Wonderland? About the origins of the Queen of Hearts? Written by Meyer, famous for the Lunar Chronicles? Would it live up the hype? Yes. Yes, it did.

I must admit, while I usually wouldn’t trust other people’s reviews as much, this time I checked them. The only thing about Wonderland I ever known of was about the Alice in Wonderland movie (which is so good by the way), and the latest movie, Alice Through The Looking Glass (review here) and that was about it. A lot of people had read books and more books about it, so they knew a lot more about the whole Wonderland world. I must say, the reviews were mixed, and it scared me a little. Of course, not everything could be in perfect harmony with the original created world, but some people were really negative.

However, when I started reading myself, I was hooked immediately. I had actually been in a tiny reading slump, and this book just encouraged me to keep reading. In fact, it’s been the first book in more than a year that I was willing to give up my sleep for (I used to be a huge insomniac but now I prefer sleep over basically anything).

Cath is a character I sometimes loved, and sometimes just couldn’t stand. I read Cait’s review (you can find her over here at PaperFury!), and I’ll just quote this line of her review on Goodreads:

The entire plot of Heartless is: a spineless whiney girl tries to avoid marrying the king but not by doing anything active, just by whining about it in her room a lot.

Which, I sadly agree quite a lot with. Cath is someone who knows what she wants, she has planned it for as much as possible, but she simply doesn’t do anything after that. Now, I don’t fully agree with said line above, because it can suck when your parents have an entire different future planned for you, but she honestly didn’t say anything until it was already too late!

Mary Ann, Cath’s handmaid and best friend is a whole other thing. She is as encouraged to start the shop with Cath, but still is only a handmaid. She tries to keep Cath away from danger a lot too, but sadly, it doesn’t always work.

The King of Hearts is a kind hearted man, looking for a wife, and who would be better than Cath? (Well, I could name a few people, personally) He tries to woo her, and even though it;s not working quite as well as he hopes, he keeps trying. Which, in one way touched me a little and on the other hand annoyed me a bit. When someone is not interested in becoming your wife, you should just stop trying in my opinion. Then again, Cath didn’t show it that well either, she was just way too busy with Jest to pay any attention to the king, and the king was probably way too busy imagining their future together to pay attention to how Cath was really feeling.

And then there’s Jest. The Joker. The oh so charming guy who just seemed to come along at the right moment. Okay, I’ll admit, if someone like him came to me in Wonderland, I’d go with him too. He seemed incredibly nice, caring, and of course funny (how else would you become a Joker?). He was secretive about where he came from for a long time though, which I understand but it’s also a bit unfair. He also should’ve cared more about what would happen if anyone found out what he and Cath were doing (that sounded worse than I meant, oops), but he was also probably too busy fainting over Cath and at the same time wondering how he’d get his own plan to work out.

The Mad Hatter was someone I loved so much, especially after the Alice Through The Looking Glass movie. He seemed so okay (for Wonderland standards) in the beginning and then it became really clear how he went to be the Mad Hatter. I felt sorry for him a lot, actually.

Last but not least, Cheshire Cat, most likely to be my favorite character in the entire book. And not just because he’s a cat (but maybe a little 😛 ), he was actually a smart (person? cat? I have no idea what to call him) character, and thought longer before doing anything stupid (except sneakily trying to eat an entire cake at once). He gave Cath a lot of advice (which she ignored nonetheless) and besides being sarcastic, he did care.

photo_2017-06-25_00-32-31 This is me right now, enjoying a huge cup of tea while writing this review. Simply for the purpose of finishing it, and then diving into bed all warm and fuzzy yay! It might be a liiiitle after bed time for me (I’m kidding, I moved out a few months ago I don’t have a bed time any more).

Overall I just simply loved this book, even with Cath annoying me. The entire story, the not knowing what would happen till one of the last chapters, it just all did it for me and I cannot tell you enough how much I want this book to be on my shelf. Sadly, I really dislike the paperback cover(s) and the hardcover is so expensive 😦 But maybe one day!!

Did you read this book? Do you think it lived up to the hype? Why (not)? Is it just us who were annoyed by Cath? Please tell me in the comments, I love to chat with you!

-Luci


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Book review: The Novice

Hey there! I recently finished The Novice, and it was so good! I had joined a giveaway and won this book, and though I’d never heard of it, I was excited. The person holding the giveaway said it was one of her favorite books, and now I see why. Find her here on Instagram!

Title: The Novice

Author: Taran Matharu

Goodreads link: The Novice

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Summary: Fletcher is just a regular blacksmith apprentice until he discovers to have the ability for summoning demons. After being accused of a crime in his hometown, he runs away to the Adept Military Academy. There, he is put through heavy training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against the orcs. Surrounded with friendships and betrayals, the only one he can really trust is his own demon, Ignatius.

When I started this book, I was immediately hooked. Fletcher, who is just a simple boy, turning into a summoner, I love that kind of thing.

Fletcher himself is someone I really liked, even though some of his decisions could’ve been made better of course. He grows stronger throughout the book, and at the end, he really does believe in himself.

The friendships he makes along the way are another thing, at first I really liked Othello, and then towards the end, it seemed like he was betraying Fletcher and for a moment I thought I had it all wrong. Same goes for Sylvia to be honest. The writing is so well done that sometimes I didn’t know what to think and who to trust any more, which really makes reading a lot more fun. There’s a new surprise in almost every new chapter.

The ending made me immediately want to read the second and 3rd book, but sadly I don’t have those (yet). I might buy them soon, but I’m not sure because I’ve bought a lot lately and after the festival and with my holiday coming up soon I am quite broke haha 😛 I will, however, update you as soon as possible when I got them!

Overall this book was really good, and I’d recommend it to anyone of any age. It’s kind of like Percy Jackson and Ranger’s Apprentice, because The Novice is a really enjoyable adventure book, but also appropriate for any age to read 🙂 As far as I’ve read, there is also little to no romance, which makes it even better! Sometimes I just want a book without all the lovey-dovey but with the action and this book is exactly that!

Buy this book here on Book Depository!

Have you read this book? What did you think?

-Luci


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(ARC) Book review: Geekerella

Hey all! I’m back with a book review this time, and I’m really excited to share this one with you! I heard about Geekerella a while ago, and I immediately felt the need to read this book. When I got approved for an ARC I was really honored wanted to start reading right away. Sadly, I was really busy, but I read it anyway! Just over a longer period of time haha 🙂

Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Goodreads link: Geekerella

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Summary: Elle is a geeky girl who belongs to a fandom from a show called Starfield. Her dad used to be a huge fan too, before he died. He set up ExcelsiCon, a con for all Starfield lovers, with cosplay contests and more. Sadly for her, she now lives with her stepmom and sisters, who think very less of her. She wants to enter the contest, but the only money she can get is from the tips she gets from her work at The Magic Pumkpin, a fast food truck. The main character in Starfield, Federation Prince Carmindor is played by Darien Freeman. He is not so thrilled with it, since for him, everything is mostly just smiling for hours and hours and awkward meet-and-greets. He does not want to go to ExcelsiCon. That is, until he meets a girl who convinces him through a whole different way to go. Both of them find their way to get trough days and some interesting friendships are made.

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

Gosh, I loved everything about this book. From the way everything planned out to the tiny details.

First of all, Elle is amazing. I was hesitant at first because there are already so many retellings of Cinderella, but this geek version was just everything my heart was hoping for. She tries her hardest, but nothing is ever good enough for her stepmom, and to top it off, her stepsisters aren’t exactly her best friends either. The fandom she’s in shows her the love and respect she wants, and it portrays really well what fandoms can do to you.

Darien Freeman is kind of the typical young, arrogant actor you find in books. The only thing that really bothered me is that he doesn’t seem “real”. I’ve heard so many stories from people meeting actors in real life, and also actors themselves sharing some things about the fandom of their show. They care a lot about their fans, and sure, sometimes it is hard to be an actor and to be famous, but I’ve never heard about someone who was as bad as Darien Freeman.

The Magic Pumpkin is another great thing, because it doesn’t seem to fit in the story, yet it’s one of the best things in the entire story. The fact that Elle works in a greasy food truck with someone she doesn’t even know that well, just kind of finishes it for me. Might just be me, though.

The ending is a little bit of what I expected, but at some points I was also just really pleasantly surprised. If you have read the book, please drop me a comment because I need to talk about it!!!

I loved this book a lot, and it reminded me a bit of Fangirl (review here). I like books where fangirls aren’t portrayed as “weird” or “out of place”. I mean, maybe we are a little weird sometimes, but to me, it’s the same as going to a football (or soccer) game. I couldn’t care less about the entire thing, but to some people, it’s the world. Well, for us, that’s fandom. Things such as cons are places where all of us are the same and nothing is too weird or strange. For some people, the fandoms are the only places they can truly be themselves, and I think that’s a beautiful thing.

Overall, apart for Darien’s moody side, this book was so good and I’d recommend it to anyone. It’s really cute and it definitely belongs to one of my favorite books now!

Have you read this book? What did you think? Please let me know because I’m dying to talk about how good it was!!

-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.

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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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Book review: The Map of Bones (The Fire Sermon 2)

Hey! I said I was going to review this book as soon as I finished reading, and well, that’s not true. I literally finished this book a month ago and I haven’t had any time to write a review until now, so let’s get on with it!

Read my review of The Fire Sermon here

Title: The Map of Bones

Author: Francesca Haig

Goodreads link: The Map of Bones

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Summary: The Island has been destroyed by the Council and the Resistance is being systematically dismantled. Cass, Piper and Zoe are on the run after a deadly confrontation at the Silo. While Cass’ visions continue to plague her, she now also has to manage survivor’s guilt: guilt over the actions of her twin brother Zach, guilt over the deaths of the people on the Island, and guilt over the death of Kip. However, life goes on and there has a lot to happen before Cass can finally stop Zach in his actions.

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This book was more of the running away/running toward, just as in the first book and somehow, it’s still awesome. A lot has happened in the last chapter of the first book, Cass now has to live on without Kip and her brother is still out there, murdering people. Just as in the first book, every time Cass meets someone new my mind goes like “will this be a possible friend or a possible murderer?”

Cass has mentally grown a lot, where in the first book everything already sucked, the second book was even worse. Kip is dead, and something happened to all the Omega kids she and Kip used to care for while on the run too. Her visions are not away, and overall, it seems to be hard living the life she is.

Piper is supportive as always, mostly where Zoe is not. I didn’t understand Zoe at all in the beginning, I mean, I know Cass’ screaming is annoying when you want to sleep, but she didn’t choose to have those visions either. However, later in the book Zoe explains a lot about her (and Piper’s) past, and it does clarify a lot of things.

While I didn’t particularly like the part of the book where they were just on the run and I didn’t know where to yet, I must admit that once I got through, I couldn’t stop reading any more. This book is awesome where most of the time, second book in trilogy’s are a bit off, a bit of a time killer. This book isn’t any of that, because, again, a lot of surprising things are revealed, some also concerning things that happened in the first book.

The third book will be done somewhere this year, and I hope to read it soon after. I’m curious as for how this trilogy will end and what more will happen in the third book.

Have you read this series, or planning on reading them?

-Luci


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Book review: The Silence of the Sea

Hello! I hope you all are doing well this Friday. I am ready for the weekend! But, before that, I will talk to you about this book I read a while ago. I mentioned it before in my July wrap-up, but I never actually made a review post about it, while it does deserve a full review. So here it is 🙂

 

Title: The Silence of the Sea

Author: Yrsa Sigurdardóttir

Goodreads link: The Silence Of The Sea

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Summary: When an abandoned yacht that came from Lisbon crashes in the haven of Reykjavik, no one knows what happened. The yacht was supposed to come with the crew, and a family: mother, father and twin daughters. Their other, younger, daughter stayed with her grandparents in Reykjavik, too young to go on such a holiday. The grandfather hires in Thóra Gudmundsdottir, a lawyer, to investigate it, and soon she finds herself coming across more mystery than she expected: the yacht was told to be cursed, what happened to Karitas, the former owner? And whose body is it that drove in near the yacht?

I usually don’t really read any thrillers, not because I don’t like them, but because I can never seem to find the right ones. My father brought this one back from the library and while he was reading another book, out of curiosity I started reading this one. And man, it took my breath away.

Thóra is a really strong character, and she knows how to do her work. I loved her work-relationship with Bella, and Matthew made it even better.

The chapters went logically, one with what happened on the boat, and one in the present where Thóra has to find all the answers somehow. What didn’t happen, however, is that the chapters that took place on the boat didn’t spoil it for the chapters in the present, which is satisfying. I hate to read a book where I already know how it ends but the characters in the book do not.

The ending was a little bit expected, but still so damn good. It had a twist that I didn’t see coming, and I absolutely loved it. The ending finally explained all my questions throughout the book.

This book is apparently part 6 of a series about Thóra Gudmundsdottir, so I hope to be reading the other books too!

Overall I just love thrillers, and especially the Scandinavian, and now also Icelandic, writers are really good at writing them. The only problems I had were the pronunciations of the names 😛

Do you read any thrillers, or anything in the not-young-adult genre? 

-Luci


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(ARC) Book review: Don’t Stop Me Now

Heya all! I’m feeling slightly better now, let’s just see how I’ll survive work today.. However, I signed up for NetGalley a while ago, requested a lot of books, got quite some denials (sadly), but also some approvals! One of which I’ll be reviewing here today.

Title: Don’t Stop Me Now

Author: Colleen Coleman

Goodreads link: Don’t Stop Me Now

Pub. Date: 22 March 2017

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Summary: Poppy Bloom has her whole life planned out: a PhD in psychology, research job at her university, and a further life with her current boyfriend Gregory. But when she finished her PhD, she has no job offer, and as it turns out, no longer a boyfriend, and on top of that, no place to live. So, she ends up in her vampire-themed bedroom at her mom’s house. Being all miserable and searching for a job, Poppy runs into Leanne, an old childhood friend. Who might have a gorgeous brother Tom, whom Poppy used to crush on. Things get better from then on, and suddenly Poppy gets an internship at a radio station, a boyfriend, and, thanks to Leanne, a complete netball team of wonderful friends. But when life seems to go perfectly, Poppy suddenly has to choose where her priorities lie. Will she manage to keep everyone happy with her new career, new romance and new friends?

Note: I was provided a digital copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and Colleen Coleman for this opportunity!

Don’t Stop Me Now is an absolute feel-good book, and I loved it for that reason! Poppy is a really strong main character, not giving up even when everything and everyone seems to be against her. She just keeps pushing, and eventually has everything under control. And when things go bad again, she still doesn’t give up, she pushes on and eventually makes everything happen alright.

Leanne is one of those friends that everyone just wants to have. She seems great, pushing Poppy into something she know she’ll enjoy. She and Poppy hadn’t spoken for years, and yet, she’s there for Poppy right when she needs it.

The friendship between Poppy and the other girls from the netball team was also really precious, everyone had another kind of friendship, but they were all together as one.

This book showed really well that when life seems to go down, to the point where it can’t get down any further, that it means that better times will come, and there’s always an opportunity to jump at for better chances. I think a lot of people will relate or have related a lot to Poppy, because it’s almost impossible to find a job right after graduation these days.

Overall, I laughed a lot during this book, and I absolutely loved how it was written. The characters were amazing, and there were even some twists that I wasn’t expecting. I’d recommend this to everyone who wants a light read, but also one that sends a message!

Do you think you’d enjoy this book? Do you feel or have you felt like Poppy once?

-Luci


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Book review: The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines 4)

Heya all!

Just a fair warning: I am going to move out within a week, and right now, half of my stuff is packed into boxes, the other half is still in my mom’s house, also in boxes, and a lot of things I usually need (my books) are not with me. (Fun fact: I have 2 and a half boxes full of books) This means that I don’t have a lot of time to read, or to update. I hope you will stay with me, and I think that this all will be over in two weeks. I’m sorry!

Anyhow, on to the review!

I’m still (slowly) continuing the Bloodlines series, and god, I want to scream..

Read my review of the Vampire Academy series here

Read my review of Bloodlines here

Read my review of The Golden Lily here

Read my review of The Indigo Spell here

 

Title: The Fiery Heart

Author: Richelle Mead

Goodreads link: The Fiery Heart

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Summary: Sydney Sage has a regular busy life, as is expected of her. She is still making sure the Moroi and Dhampirs stay out of trouble, and all the other regular chores her Alchemist job has given her. And besides that, she’s maintaining a (secret) relationship with the Moroi Adrian Ivashkov, which is highly forbidden, and on top of that, she practices magic. She views the Alchemists in a completely different way than before, and that shouldn’t be a problem, except that her sister Zoe looks highly up to her and the Alchemists. Zoe doesn’t realize what life she could have instead of this one, and how great that would be. Everything seems to go well, and she finally discovers what she’s been wanting ever since Marcus showed up, but at the same time she is getting less careful with hiding her secrets…

Okay, this time it was not the last sentence that got me, but still… THAT ENDING. I feel like this book was a lot “calmer” than the others. Nothing really big happened (except for Sydney discovering that ink if course), and it seemed that she had her life back in order. And then, the ending. Oh boi.

I loved Sydney and Adrian’s relationship, I loved how he treated her and I loved how she let go of her old beliefs and gave into what her heart told her. Adrian was a complete different person, still charming as always, but so careful now. He even gave up his alcohol for her (something he didn’t do for Rose).

Zoe was one person I was excited to read about, since I haven’t read a lot about her in the first three books. I sometimes wanted to murder her, but I did understand her. She was exactly like Sydney was in the beginning, obeying her fathers will, and nothing but that. But she started to see that maybe, maybe those vampires weren’t so bad after all, and it made my heart happy.

This book didn’t feature Jill, Eddie and the others as much as the first books, but I didn’t really mind. When they were involved, it felt good.

This book is also the first one with Adrian’s POV, and that’s one of the things that made this book so amazing. It was great to see things like Adrian sees them. I’ve wondered how Adrian ‘worked’ sometimes and this book explains a lot of those things, so that was pretty cool. Besides that, the spirit from the user’s POV is never really explained since the Vampire Academy books were about Rose while Lissa was the spirit user.

Overall I loved this book (as I expected) and yet again, with an ending like this, I immediately wanted to dive into the next book!

Have you read this book? What did you think? Let me know!

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-Luci


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