Top 5 Wednesday: Books without romance

Hey there! I’m here again with a T5W!

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

— A few (very, very few) people complained about the “shipping” topics lately, so I thought it would be good to talk about books that don’t have a romantic subplot! This is a really hard one, so if you can’t find any, you can talk about some where the romance is super super minor. Like barely mentioned… at all…

Whoo! I’m excited for this one, although I can say I haven’t really read a lot of non-romance books so far haha. I’m gonna do my best though!

1. The Novice – Taran Matharu

Of course I’d include my most recent discovery in the bookworld: The Novice! This book is really good and has everything I need, minus the romance. I don’t really need romance to like a book so that’s good :P) You can find my recent review here

 

2. The Riyria Revelations- Michael J Sullivan

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One of my favorite series from years ago! I stopped reading them once, and recently found out more books had been published 😀 Now, I don’t know if the latest books have no romance too but as far as I remember, the first books in this series do not!

3. Ranger’s Apprentice – John Flanagan

 

I’ve only read the first three books so far (my library didn’t have the other books…) but they also had no romance at all and it was glorious.

4. It’s Kind Of A Funny Story – Ned Vizzini

I’ve seen the movie (yeah I know, saw the movie before I read the book but in my defense, I DIDN’T KNOW THERE WAS A BOOK TILL I WATCHED THE MOVIE), and there is a girl around Craig, but there’s no romance. It’s basically a book/movie about recovering from/learning about depression, and usually with something like that, there’s not really any romance involved. I reviewed the movie here if you’re interested.

5. The Knife Of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

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A series where there is a girl, and a boy, and they’re basically the main characters but they’re also fourteen years old and trying to have a life and it’s great. Some may say that this is a kid’s book, but I really enjoyed it too!

And that’s all already! Do you like books with or without romance more? Have you read any others than the ones I named here? Recommend me some!

-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

Goodreads link // Book Depository

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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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top 5 Wednesday: hate to love

I’m back with another T5W! The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

— Ask and you may receive. By request, a topic all about your favorite hate to love romances! 

Ahhhh I love hate-to-love romances so much sometimes. When they’re well written, it can easily fit into my favorite kind of ship!
1. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

One of my favorite series as a small reader! Back then it was my basic introduction of a hate-to-love and I just really liked all the tension and how much they attracted they were to one another. I should reread them again soon tbh

 

2. Angelfall by Susan Ee

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I read the first two books in this series last year and I still haven’t gotten my hands on book 3 yet :((( Penryn and Raffe are really complex characters and I want to know how it ends so badly (don’t tell me though!!). Reviews are here and here

 

3. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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I finished this book a few weeks ago (thanks for the ARC!) and it was so good! Without saying too much, let’s just say the hate-to-love is a real thing here! If you’ve read the book you’d understand it 🙂 I reviewed it here

 

4. Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa

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One of my all time favorite series. It’s been a while since I’ve read them (time for a reread, right?) but if I’m right, Meghan and Ash didn’t always like each other so much…

 

5. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

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Ah yes, how could I possibly not include this series in a post…? 😛 However, Sydney and Adrian are one of my ultimate fav ships because they are just so different in the beginning. And, of course, from book 3 (right?) on, we have chapters in Adrian’s POV which only makes it better! reviewed here, here, here and here

Have you read any of these books? Do you like hate-to-love relationships? Why (not)?? Tell me! 

-Luci


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CD Sunday

Hey all! After last weekend, I felt the need to talk about music. Now, I was thinking, how would you all feel if I did some kind of CD Sunday? Meaning every Sunday I’ll post about an album, one that just came out, or just simply one of my favorites.

I’ve seen [name] do it with Musical Monday, but I don’t know if you guys would like it. Mainly because while I love fantasy books and sometimes a little romance too, my music taste is “slightly” different… I absolutely love metal and rock haha 🙂 (No worries, I do like Nickelback and The Script and another few of those bands too)

However, I was thinking, I could either leave my blog as it is now, add a CD Sunday.. OR

I could change this blog’s name (which is what I’ve been planning to do for a while, since my bookstagram and twitter are also lunar_luci, I thought I’d change my blog name too), and leave it like this. Maybe make a new blog for all my music stuff. I’ve noticed that my music posts never get a lot and sometimes no attention at all. Which honestly doesn’t surprise me since this is after all a book blog 😛

But I need you to tell me! What would you rather have, or do you have any other improvements for this blog? TELL ME!! I’d love to chat with you all in the comments 🙂

-Luci


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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!

Buy this book here on Book Depository!

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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Movie review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Hey all! I’m back with another movie review, one that recently (to be fair, it was recently when I wrote this post) hit the theaters. I saw it Thursday right after it came out, and I was so excited! I could’ve gone to the prerelease Wednesday night, but those tickets were a lot more expensive… Nevertheless I really enjoyed this movie!

Quick add: I had written this entire post but then my laptop fucked up and deleted it 😦 I’ll write it again, but I had added some details I cannot remember any more so I’m sorry if this kinda sucks. I’ll probably watch it again sometime and give you all a proper review!


Imdb link: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Here’s the trailer:

Summary: The Guardians of the Galaxy are viewed as heroes since saving the planet Xandar. While they continue their guarding, they try to find out who Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) dad was. Once they do, everything seems fine, but once they realize this might be the biggest problem they’ve ever have encountered, it’s already too late. However, it’s not stopping them for trying to save the Galaxy a second time.

This movie was one of the few I was really looking forward to, ever since watching the first movie! And, not so surprisingly, it lived up to my expectations. Although I must add that I’m a huge fan of anything Marvel, so I might have it wrong.

However, this movie started out great already, and only got better. I laughed a lot of times, was surprised a lot, especially after finding out who Peter’s dad is. I expected something bad would happen, but it was worse, and it was amazing. Peter Quill hasn’t changed a bit, except he now lets out his feelings for Gamora a bit more. Gamora however, doesn’t respond to them, which isn’t anything new.

Drax and Rocket are even more hilarious in this movie, and every time Peter and Rocket had an argument, I found myself shaking with laughter.

Baby Groot was a character I was really looking forward to seeing. I loved how the first movie ended with Groot, and Baby Groot is just so cute!

Basically, it’s another epic story about the Guardians saving the Galaxy and fighting their own personal battles, with the Awesome Mix Vol. 2 as playlist. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend that you do! (but please watch part 1 first)

Have you seen this movie? What did you think of it?

-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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