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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Book Traveling Thursdays: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was a couple of days ago…

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.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was a couple of days ago… Choose a book with a POC as a main character .

I could’ve gone with The Hate U Give, a book I desperately want to read, but instead, I’m going with You’re Welcome, Universe. And yes, I know it only has one cover yet, but it’s just so pretty that I have to share it with you!

Original (and only) cover:

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I just love colorful covers, they always make me want to buy it and put it on my shelf, even if I won’t read it. This one, I’ll probably want to read though! The story seems interesting, and one review on Goodreads even said that Julia is deaf, which makes it even more awesome somehow 🙂

Have you read this book, or want to read it? And do you love pretty covers so much too?

-Luci


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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Angsty Romances

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

–This topic has been much requested! Talk about your favorite ships that have a healthy side of angst. (definition: adj.: describes a situation or literary piece which contains dark, depressing, angry, and/or brooding emotions from the participating characters.)

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Tris and Four both had their fears and their past against them, and especially those fears made it really dark sometimes.

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2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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With both Peeta and Gale (#teamGale) it was angsty, mainly because of the conditions they lived in, but also the conditions in which they were together. With Peeta it was the darkness of the Games and everything around it, and with Gale it was the way they lived, had to hunt for their meals, and never sure whether the other would survive it. The surviving part was also really angsty during the Games.

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3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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I must say, with Valentine in the mix, Jace and Clary’s love had always been kind of dark. Especially in the book City of Lost Souls where Jace and Sebastian were bound together and Jace had become a servant of Evil. And yes, a lot of people absolutely despise this series, but I actually really liked them!

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4. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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This book has been kind of dark from the beginning with Eleanor’s situation at home. Their relationship also isn’t exactly something you can call “light and happy” at times… I reviewed Eleanor and Park here if you’re interested 🙂

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5. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Ah yes, any chance to talk about this series and I will do it (are you guys sick of me yet haha). However, the romances in this series have been quite dark, with Lissa and Christian where Lissa uses spirit and becomes pretty depressed (which she later “gave”to Rose through the bond they share), and Christian with his aunt. Rose and Dimitri aren’t the perfect happy couple either, since Dimitri became a Strigoi and Rose got after him to murder him. I reviewed this series here 🙂

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And that’s it for my top 5! Do you guys agree with me? Do you like books with angsty romances like this? I personally love it when everything isn’t sunshine and rainbows, it makes me want to read faster even more to see how they end up!

-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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Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Felt Betrayed by

Heya! I’m so sorry for not posting for so long, but things have been hectic. We do now have an internet connection, but I’m currently lying in bed with a fever. And why is that my excuse now for not posting like, a week ago, you ask? Well, because I’ve been feeling ill all week,  just thought that if I ignored it, it’d go over soon. Which didn’t happen, by the way. So, that’s why I’m only now posting this T5W. Reviews and such will be typed out and scheduled for next week 🙂

The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.
–Beware the Ides of March! What books (or characters) did you feel betrayed by, for whatever reason…big or small.

Sadly, I only could think of 2 books (or rather series) for this Top 5 Wednesday 😦

1. The Selection by Kiera Cass.

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Yes, I know, I have mentioned it a thousand times, and yet I’m going to mention it again. I had such high hopes for this series, and everyone seemed so excited about it and then I read it and I was like… meh. I reviewed them here and here, if you’d like to know more of my reasons for not liking them.

 

2. Teardrop and Waterfall by Lauren Kate

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While Teardrop had a quite interesting story, Waterfall absolutely did not. Teardrop seemed pretty okay, and with an ending like that, I had gotten curious for the next book. I was hoping it would answer the questions I had. And then there was Waterfall, where half of it was about a love-triangle (which I hate by now), and the other half was… I don’t even know what it was? It was actually so bad, the only thing I remember is closing the book somewhere, and never opening it again. And that’s something I rarely do with books.

Am I the only one who thought these books were just awful? 

-Luci


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Book Traveling Thursdays: International Woman’s Day

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.

March 9th – Yesterday was International Women’s Da.y. Choose a book with a strong female MC.

I’m going with the Millennium series, because I love it and if there’s one strong female in a book series, it’s Lisbeth Salander.

Original cover:

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This book is originally Swedish, the title translates to “Men Who Hate Women”, and I honestly think that’s the best title for this book. You’ll understand why if you’ve read it 🙂

Cover from my country (the Netherlands):

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Also the literal translation from the original title.

Favorite cover:

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The reason this is my favorite is because they’ve used a frame from the original movie and I loved it so much, I can’t not like this cover to be honest. Besides, this was one of the few movies where the actors really looked like what I imagined them when I read the books!

Least favorite cover:

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The reason why this is my least favorite cover is not because there’s real life people on it (not this time, haha). The point is, that these are the actors from the American movie, and I honestly don’t even want to see it. Maybe if one day, I’m really bored I’ll watch it, but my experience with non-America movies and series so far is that when they make an American remake, it almost always worse than the original. And because I loved the original movies so much, I’m afraid to watch the America remakes haha

If you are interested, you can read my review of the books here 🙂

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Did you read these books? Or watch the movies? Please tell me you loved them as much as me!

-Luci


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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy books

Heya!

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

In collaboration with the BooktubeSFF Awards, talk about your favorite science fiction and fantasy books of all time

I haven’t actually read any science fiction & fantasy books, or at least, not that I remember. So, instead of my favorites, I’ll list 5 SFF books that I’d like to read!

1. A Conjuring Of Light by V.E. Schwab 

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To be fair, literally everyone seems to be talking about this series, and I’ll admit, they sound quite awesome to me! Maybe I’ll read them somewhere this year (but my TBR pile is as big as a mountain already though…)

 

2. The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

I’ve seen it on Book Depository a while ago, but I wasn’t sure whether to buy it or not (as I’ve spent 60 euros on books already this month -oops!). However, this book is part one of a series that seems highly interesting to me so I’d definitely want to read it! Also, look at those covers ❤

 

3. Mask Of Shadows by Linsey Miller

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Sadly, my request for this book on NetGalley was declined, but I’d really like to read it so maybe I’ll try requesting it another time soon 🙂

 

4. Empress Of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belezza.

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Like a lot of other people, I’d love to read this book and I did request it, maybe they’ll grant me a wish! *fingers crossed* This book just seems so awesome I need it

 

5. Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett

As Goodreads tells me, the Discworld novels also fall in this category, which makes me incredibly happy! I love the Discworld and everything about it, and my dream is to one day have an entire shelf with all the 41 (?) Discworld books on it 🙂

 

Would you recommend me any Science Fiction & Fantasy books? Do you agree with what I want to read? Let me know!

-Luci


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I’m a Book Depository Affiliate!

Hello all! Good news, my wifi is installed so I’ll be back online 🙂 I’m going to be catching up with reviews this week and weekend and after that, I hope I can finally go back to my (kind of) regularly posting schedule. And now on to the actual news…

I can now proudly call myself a Book Depository Affiliate! 😀 I filled in the forms a while ago, but with my internet gone I didn’t exactly have time to post it. But yay!

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I buy about 90% of all my books at Book Depository and I just love the site. I’d recommend you all to buy your books there, and another great thing: they have free shipping 

So, take a look around the site here, and enjoy yourself! 🙂

-Luci


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T5W: Fictional jobs you’d want to have

Heya! I am a day too late with this (almost a whole one, since it’s 11pm actually) and I’m sorry but the moving has been REALLY hectic. I hope to be back on track around next week, but I’m working full days from Sunday till next Friday (meaning my only day off to unpack is Saturday), so I can’t promise anything, sadly.

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

–Any fictional career you’d want to have? Remember, T5W is always open to movies, tv, and video games as well.

Supernatural: Hunter 

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I’d love to tag along with Sam and Dean Winchester (and Castiel of course!) ❤ Although there are some really scary things going around, it’d be awesome

 

Doctor Who: Companion

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I really love Doctor Who (and yes, I still have to start my rewatch and this time, actually finish the series for as far as possible!!) and it’d be amazing to travel with the Doctor!

 

X-Men: Teacher 

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I am generally not one to love teaching or anything but Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters is just wayy too awesome to not be part of it 😛

 

Avengers: Avenger

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Fighting for my life -and my friends too, to save the world?! Hell yes! Except the part where Civil War happens (just thinking about it hurts me again aaahhh) it would be amazing.

 

Vampire Academy: Dhampir

Yes, I am obsessed with this series, but being a Dhampir sounds awesome. You get to learn how to protect someone at all times, and yes, it may suck a little because love isn’t really possible, but honestly, it would be really cool.

Did you agree with the jobs I chose? What jobs would you like to have? Tell me!

I am only writing my Book Traveling Thursdays post after posting this and then going to sleep! Tomorrow, I gotta wake up at 7 again, move the last things to my own apartment, then work from 12 to 8.30 pm and then I’ll finally be able to enjoy an evening in my new house! 🙂

-Luci


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