T5W: Debuts you’re excited for

Hello there! Back again 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.

–There is already a ton of hype for well established authors, but here is an opportunity to discuss some debut (new) authors and showcase their books. There are plenty of debut author challenges and lists you can find if you are having trouble with this one 🙂

  1. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

history-is-all-you-left-me-silveraSummary: When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course. To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart. If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

This seems like something I wouldn’t usually pick up, but most of the times I did actually pick up something I usually wouldn’t, it went great. Besides, the storyline seems interesting


2. Empress Of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belezza

empress-of-a-thousand-skies-rhodaSummary: Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a holo-vision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation—and his life.

With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.


Okay, this seems awesome, and it said you’d love it if you loved Game of Thrones and the Lunar Chronicles so… The idea of space is awesome enough too though. Besides, the cover is really pretty!


3. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

wintersong-s-jae-jonesSummary: All her life, 19-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

Aaahhhh more fantasy, action and love, I may hate it sometimes, but when it’s written well I can’t not love it!


4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

the-hate-u-give-thomasSummary: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could endanger her life.

I would choose this book just because the summary seems so accurate with what has been happening to the world lately. I really hope I won’t be too sad while reading this…


5. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Summary:  Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own

Apparently this is part two of a series, and just LOOK AT THE COVERS. This is one of those series I want to buy just because the covers look amazing already. The storyline seems super interesting too, so I think I’ll see if I can get This Savage Song anywhere!


I actually never read anything from all these authors before, so I’m hoping this will be awesome! I’ll also admit, I got most of them from this list, and some off Goodreads, and can I just mention how much LGBT+ books are coming? I love it!

What debuts are you excited for? Do we have the same taste in books? 


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Book review: The Indigo Spell

Back again with the third book of this series! 😀 This book took me somewhat longer to finish, but that’s mostly because I started it on December 30th, and then came the New Year, and then I immediately had to work again, and I didn’t have a lot of time for reading. But now I’m done!


Find my review of Vampire Academy here

Find my review of Bloodlines here

Find my review of The Golden Lily here


Title: The Indigo Spell

Author: Richelle Mead

Goodreads link: The Indigo Spell


Summary: After finding out about the secret group Trey was in, Sydney Sage makes a decision to search up Marcus Finch, who used to be an Alchemist. However, the Alchemists deny his existence, making Sydney even more curious. With Marcus’ help, she finds out the Alchemists are lying to her -making her seriously doubt to let Marcus remove the lily tattoo on her cheek, the tattoo that bonds her with the Alchemists. In the meantime, Sydney is “forced” to use her magical powers (which she never even knew she had) to track down someone evil: someone is targeting young witches like Sydney herself. Using magic goes against everything she ever believed in, but it’s the only way to protect herself.

Okay, I still screamed at the ending but this time it was a good kind of scream. And then not. Just when I thought things were gonna be okay, Zoe showed up and I’m just kind of… I don’t even know. Sydney and Adrian can’t be together, especially not in front of Zoe. And Sydney just removed her tattoo, and that too is not going well. I swear to god this better be ending good. Something I really loved about this book were the small details, like Sydney and Adrian playing games in “their” dream. It made me all fuzzy on the inside!

Sydney using magic is awesome, even though she didn’t want it at first. throughout the book I thought her teacher pushed her too much but at the end I realized why she did it. I never thought she was actually gonna remove the tattoo though, it didn’t seem like a Sydney-thing to do. Or maybe she’s finally realizing things and becoming herself. Just like she did with Adrian. I hope that’ll become a real thing, but I fear for Sydney denying Adrian all over again, because Zoe has arrived though.

Adrian doesn’t change a lot throughout the books. He seems to have stopped smoking, which is a good thing. I love how he stood by her, even when he was clearly pissed off at her. I also love how he supported her with her magic, he knew it was hard for her, and letting her know he was there for her just did something I think.

I didn’t know what to think of Marcus, and I still kind of don’t. I mean, he seems nice, and he’s clear on what he believes. However, he keeps pushing Sydney to remove her tattoo, and then when she finally did, he immediately pushed her to paint it over too. I think removing her tattoo was a big enough step for her, why push her all over again? On the other side, I understand why he did it. I mean, the Alchemists are clearly lying to Sydney about a lot of things, and staying with them doesn’t end up well, especially if she bonds with the vampires more.

Overall this book was really cool, there were a lot of things I didn’t see coming, which made it even better. I really wonder what will happen now that Zoe has arrived. I’m gonna order the English versions now because my library only has the first three books in Dutch. Really stupid, I know haha

Have you read this book? What did you think?


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Library Haul #1

Well, this is a new thing (yes I know it already existed but this is new for me), but I’m actually really excited to let you know what I got at the library because this time, it’s a particularly awesome pile 🙂

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson


This is a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while (and it even fits in my 2017 reading challenge!) and now I finally have it 😀 I’ve already started reading, so a review should be up soon!


This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp


A book I’ve seen a lot lately, so I’m glad my library has it. It was a little bit weird because in Dutch, this book is called 54 Minuten (translating to 54 minutes) so yeah, took me a while to find it on Goodreads haha


Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard


This is the second book of the Red Queen series, and unfortunately, my library’s site is being stupid so I can’t find if they have the first book too 😦


The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson


Since I’ve read the entire Mortal Instruments series, and only have the third book of the Infernal Devices left on my TBR, I was so happy I’ve found this book too! Really excited to read more about Magnus


Angelfall by Susan Ee


A book I started a while ago and somehow never got further than the first few pages. Hoping this time I’ll fully read it, since I’ve heard a lot of good things about this series


Cinder by Marissa Meyer


I’ve started this series, like, two years ago. And forgotten half of it, so I’m gonna reread it! Besides, the other books sure as hell seem interesting too so I’m gonna read the entire series.


As I said, pretty awesome, right? I really hope I’ll be reading them all but that should be not so much of a problem. I usually don’t really do anything besides work, and the few people I do see regularly are all busy with school (oh yes school’s started again HURRAY). That should mean I have time for reading… Here’s to hoping I’ll get to it 🙂


Have you read any books of my haul? What did you get at your last library haul? 


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Book review: The Golden Lily

Hello all! How are you enjoying this month so far? I’m pretty well on track with my reading (not so hard, it’s only January yet 😛 ), and even blogging on schedule seems to go well!

I read the second book in December, but I didn’t have enough time to review it here on time, so here it is 🙂

Find my review of Vampire Academy here

Find my review of Bloodlines here

Title: The Golden Lily

Author: Richelle Mead

Goodreads link: The Golden Lily


Summary: The more Sydney Sage is around Jill, Eddie and Adrian (especially Adrian), the more she questions her old beliefs. Apart from the blood-drinking, they seem harmless. When Sonya and Dimitri find out her blood might be the cure for a lot of Strigoi deaths, she’s asked to give up some blood for research, and it makes her world fall apart. Brayden appears in her life, and it’s everything she’s ever wanted: he’s smart, he’s a good talking partner, he prefers the logical things over everything else… But if he is so perfect, why does Adrian always make like seem more fun? While still struggling with that, they discover a secret that may destroy the entire vampire world, and Sydney’s loyalties are tested like never before.

Okay, so WOW, about how to end a book….. If there is ever one book from Richelle Mead that doesn’t make me scream at the ending, I’ll bake y’all a pie haha. Seriously though, this book was (again) amazing. The story flowed through and there were so much storylines, I usually find it a little hard to keep up with them, but this time I didn’t. The storylines were connected to each other, but nothing like each other, which made it a lot easier. Like Brayden, who doesn’t know anything about the whole vampire world, her teacher, who doesn’t really know anyone from her “family”, and of course the thing with Jill, Eddie and Adrian. I was kind of sad I didn’t read more about Dimitri, but on the other hand: I’ve been reading 6 books about him already and I have Adrian now!

Sydney was again, awesome. I am loving how she keeps discovering things when she follows her heart instead of her rules. She’s actually nothing like Rose from the Vampire Academy series, who went head in and thought of everything else later. The funny thing is, as much as I love Rose, I love Sydney too. The way she handles things is amazing and it actually gets her really far. Except from Adrian, but that’s just a thing she still has to discover, I think (I hope).

Off to Adrian and his charming self. In the first book I noticed a little bit that he may like Sydney, but I didn’t know it for sure. This book however, he made it clear enough. The moment where Sydney wears the dress and Brayden only had comments on how it “didn’t fit the style they went in”, Adrian just outright told her she was beautiful. That is the moment my heart went straight to Adrian. He may be bold, but at least he knows how to charm a girl.

Jill and Eddie didn’t play a role as huge as in the first book. Sure they were there, but this book was a lot more about Sydney and her own things to deal with. The annoying thing about Jill is how badly she wanted to model, but she really couldn’t. I mean, I understand it seems really cool when you’re asked to do it, but damn girl, realize it is not possible, please?

Overall this book was awesome, as I kind of expected. I love the things Sydney discovers, and especially how she deals with them. I hope Sydney and Adrian won’t be too much in a problem because I would cry haha 😉

Did you read this book? Tell me what you think! 


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Book review: Bloodlines

Since you all know I have read the Vampire Academy series, review can be found here, and I absolutely loved it. So, I had only one wish: to read the Bloodlines series. I knew they weren’t about Rose and Lissa any more (sadly), but on the other side, Sydney’s story is something I was curious to know too!

Title: Bloodlines

Author: Richelle Mead

Goodreads link: Bloodlines


Summary: Sydney is an alchemist, she and the other alchemists know of the vampire world. The only difference is that they are trying to save humanity from every kind of vampire, even the Moroi. In their eyes, all kinds of vampires are bad. Ever since Sydney came back from helping Rose Hathaway escape prison, her family and the other alchemists think she’s become friends with the vampires -something highly disloyal. When Sydney’s sister Zoë gets called up for something she isn’t ready for, Sydney takes her place. It means living with Lissa’s sister, Jill Manestro on campus of a private school, and making sure she stays hidden from anyone. Together with Keith (another alchemist, someone she really hates), Adrian (a Moroi) and Eddie (a dhampir), she tries to keep Jill off the radar -which is harder than it seems.

Ahhh how I missed this world in the few weeks that I haven’t read about it. I wonder what I’ll do when I read the last book of this series too. Oh well, before that happens I still have 5 more books to go 🙂

This story was off to an interesting start, since I only read about Sydney in the Vampire Academy series, and those were mostly about Rose so Sydney is kind of a whole new person for me. I was really curious about the alchemists and what they do exactly.

First of all, I love Sydney. I already loved her when she was helping Rose through the books, but now I love her even more. She was being all about rules and such, and still bonded with vampires (of which dhampirs and strigoi) to help Rose escape prison, and off with all the rules she had. Now, it’s kind of the same. She is helping Jill, but at the same time befriending her and Adrian, and to be honest, Eddie too. I haven’t read much about the both of them, but I hope I will in the next books

Keith and Lee are assholes. There. I said it. But they are, and I am glad they got what they deserved at the end of the book. I wonder if I’ll see Keith again in the next books, that would surely be interesting to read!

Jill seemed really naïve sometimes, but then I remembered she is technically still a child. She may be princess, but she’s still underage, which explained a lot of her behavior. I think she’ll grow a lot in the books, or at least, I hope so. She is really cool and I think she’ll make good decisions.

Adrian is everything you’d expect from him if you read Vampire Academy. His relationship with Rose is over, so he’s back to smoking, he still drinks a lot (too much, even), and his is charming self. I see something growing between Sydney and Adrian, which is obviously not possible but love overcomes everything in the end, right? 😛 I felt really bad for Adrian at the end of the book (of course, with the last line, Mead strikes again) when Dimitri came in, I wonder how that’ll turn out.

Overall I thought this book was amazing, the story is intriguing, and, of course, it has a lot of plot twists. I wouldn’t expect anything else from Richelle Mead. I’m starting the next book right after I’m done writing this so yay! This will be an interesting series to read 🙂

Did you read this book or the Vampire Academy series? Tell me what you thought!


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Book Traveling Thursdays: New Beginnings (#70)

Hello there! New year, new me, right? Nah, I’m kidding I’m not totally changing. I did, however, mention I want to finally keep up with weekly memes and posts, so here I am!

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.

This week’s theme is New beginnings… Choose a book you would like to read for the first time again. Now I kind of want to read every book for the first time again, but I’m going with Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. That book is just too cute

Original cover:


My country’s cover:


Least favorite cover:

nick-and-norah the idea is really cool, but the yellow just doesn’t do it for me 😦

Most favorite cover:

The purple one is just so simple, I love it. And the heart made with earbuds is too cute. The one with the blended city on the background is just something I love 🙂

And that’s the first Book Traveling Thursdays of the year! Here’s to hoping I will be able to keep this up because it’s really fun. Also hoping I did it right 🙂

What do you think of these covers? Tell me!


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T5W: 2017 goals

Hello! I’ve decided I’m gonna try this thing again, the Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

–These do not need to be reading goals specifically, they can be any goals you want to talk about. Reading goals, blog/channel/instagram goals, personal goals…anything!

  1. Keep a blogging schedule (or at least sort of)

As you all may know, blogging schedules aren’t exactly my thing but I really want to try and keep it up this year. Since I only really started blogging more halfway through 2016, so far it hasn’t been easy. But I’m willing to try again! (and again, and again, and again…)

2. Keep up with weekly posts/memes

With this, I’m saying posts like these, or the Book Traveling Thursdays, or the Top Ten Tuesdays, all those kinds of posts always seem really cool but I never have enough time left to think about what books I want to talk about that week and write a post about it. It may sound like an excuse, but work actually takes up a lot of my time 😦

3. Stick to my 2017 Goodreads Challenge

In 2016, I set the goal for 50 books and ended up reading 51. I had a huge reading slump during the summer and read a lot in the last months. So this year I’m not pushing myself, and setting the goal again for 50 books.


4. Try to read my entire 2017 TBR

This may be the hardest of them all, because I’m almost completely dependent on what my library has for me. Besides, I do have way too long lists as for what I want to read…

My 2017 series TBR

My 2017 standalones TBR


5. Write the fanfiction I’ve been kind of working on for a few months

Something not related to my blog or reading, but writing. I have about 3 fanfictions that I started and I just can’t find the motivation or the time to write them. However, I’m so excited with the plot I thought of that I really want to write them, which makes it suck when I don’t have any inspiration

(If you are interested in other works I have already written, here are links to my Wattpad and Ao3 accounts. I write Destiel, Captain Swan, a little bit of Sabriel)

What goals do you have? Anything we have in common? Let me know!


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2017 standalones TBR

Find my 2017 series TBR here

Besides series, there are also a lot of standalones I really want to read in 2017. Most of them have been recommendations from friends, and some of them I’ve been wanting to read for a while already

  • Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven


  • All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


  • I’ll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson


  • This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp


  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell


  • Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon


  • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon


  • November Nine by Colleen Hoover


  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover


  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


As you may notice, I have a thing for pretty covers… Also the last two are English classics, and I’ve bought them already. Now I just need to read them!

Do we have any books in common? Or have you read these already? What did you think?


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2017 series TBR

So, while I don’t usually do these New Year’s Resolutions, I do have a few (read: a lot) books I want to read in 2017. I also want to blog more frequently -but I’ll see how that thing will go.

Find my 2017 standalones TBR here

  • Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin (reread)


  • Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (reread)


  • Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead (I’m currently halfway through already 😀 )


  • The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon) series by Christopher Paolini (reread)


  • Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer


  • Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas


  • Talon series by Julie Kagawa


  • Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard


  • The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater


Here’s to hoping I’ll be able to read all these amazing series! I’ll also have a post with the standalones I want to read, which will be up shortly after this

Do we have any series in common? Have you read one of these series? what did you think?


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Book review: The Boy From The Woods

After all the dystopian and action books, this is a whole other read. It wouldn’t be something I’d pick up, but I found it at the library and it seemed interesting so I thought why the hell not and read it.

Title: The Boy From The Woods

Author: Jen Minkman

Goodreads link: English version // Dutch version


Summary: Julia has a super crush on Michael, the hot guy from school. She’s been pining after him for 2 years, so when they spend the night together after the last school dance, it feels like heaven. However, after that, he seems to have lost interest in her and she feels broken and used. Until he gets into a serious accident. When he wakes up, he seems like a complete different person. He and Julia eventually get together, and he seriously cares for her. Meanwhile, Julia’s sister Anne is hiding a secret, a secret she can’t even tell Julia.

Okay, I’ll admit, at first I thought this was gonna be a really weird book. Since my library doesn’t have a lot of English books I usually read everything in Dutch, but there’s a difference between translated Dutch and original Dutch Young Adult, and usually the originally Dutch Young Adults somehow can’t bring me to like them. This book, however really intrigued me. It took me a while to realize it takes place in Austria, which explains why I couldn’t place the names for anything.

I’ll also admit that I first was convinced Michael had done something to Anne, but that’s because it usually goes like that. I had a hard time trusting him, because of what he had done. What was really wrong with Michael came as a pleasant surprise.

This book was originally Dutch (which is why I’ve added the Dutch Goodreads link), but it’s published in both Dutch and English.

Julia’s age is not mentioned in the book, but the fact that she drinks beer and even blowed one time makes her at least 18 or older (yeah, we still have the 18+ rule and not 21+).

As for the cover, I like the Dutch cover more, because it doesn’t have any real-life people on it. My experience with those kind of covers is that the person on it is supposed to be one of the characters in the book, yet I hardly find myself agreeing with ow they look based on what I read.

Overall this book was surprisingly awesome, and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy 🙂

Have you read this book? What do you think?


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