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Book Traveling Thursday: a summer read

Hey there! I’m back with another Book Traveling Thursday this week! Sorry I missed last week, I was crazy busy with packing my bag for the festival I had last weekend, and I worked till 9pm so I didn’t have a lot of time left 😦

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.

June 22nd – Summer is here! Choose a book you want to read this Summer.

I chose the Summoner book 2: The Inquisition. I finished the Novice last night, and this book was so good. I’ll be writing a review soon! I really want to read the Inquisition and the Battlemage soon, but I’ll have to buy them haha.

 

Original (and favorite) cover:

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Cover from my country (the Netherlands):

(This book isn’t translated into Dutch yet??? Man shame on my country)

Least favorite cover:

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I chose these two because they look like the 1st and 3rd covers from the original editions and it confuses the hell out of me. Not that these aren’t pretty though!

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Have you read this book? What did you think? I personally love all three of the book’s covers, I’ll include them all here because they’re simply beautiful!

-Luci


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Top 5 Wednesday: Side Ships

Hello, here I am again with the T5W! The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

— Tell us your favorite relationships that don’t involve the protagonist! 

I’m really excited for this theme, because most side ships don’t get their own story, yet sometimes I love the side ship more than the main ship haha 😛

 

1. Lissa and Christian – Vampire Academy

Of course one of my side ships would be from this series (spoiler alert: next one will be too), I love it too much. Now, to be fair, this isn’t exactly a side ship, but Rose is the main character so I think this counts as side ship :’)

 

2. Jill and Eddie – Bloodlines

I did warn you, didn’t I? Sorry, I’m way too much in love with anything Richelle Mead writes. Jill and Eddie are the cutest side ship, but also the most frustrating one because they can’T SEEM TO GET TOGETHER. Struggles of a book addict…

 

3. Alec and Magnus – The Mortal Instruments

In the series, this ship is portrayed as one of the main (I think, I haven’t watched it yet), but in the books, this is more of a side ship. They’re really cute together though!

 

4. Simon and Izzy – The Mortal Instruments 

Gosh, another one from the same series.. However, Simon and Izzy are amazing, and I’d love to read a book from Simon’s POV. Not only with Izzy, but also how he became a vampire and all that. *Pokes Cassandra Clare*

 

5. Cress and Thorne, Scarlet and Wolf – The Lunar Chronicles

While Cinder is seen as the main character throughout the entire series, I really love Scarlet and Cress ❤

 

And that’s all for this week! What are your favorite side ships? Do you like them more than main ships?

-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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Book Traveling Thursday: Reread

Hello there! Since I’ve planned on staying up to date with tags and memes, here’s my BTT for this week!

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.

June 8th – Choose a book you want to read repeatedly.

I’m going with…. Percy Jackson! I’ve read this series for the first time when I was 13 years old, and I immediately loved it. It’s also the first book/series I’ve ever read in English haha 🙂

Original cover:

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Cover from my country (The Netherlands):

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Unlike most Dutch covers, I actually like this one, it displays very well what’s going on inside the book!

Favorite cover:

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I have this cover myself and in real life, it’s so sparkly and beautiful!

Least favorite cover:

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It just simply doesn’t speak to me, sadly

And that’s all for today! Have you read this series? If English isn’t your native language, what was the first book you’ve read in English and when?

Until next time!

-Luci


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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 🙂

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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.

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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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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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