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Book Traveling Thursday: 1st book in a series

Hey y’all! Back again with another Book Traveling Thursdays, and it seems to be all about TBR’s these weeks! *silently cries over my huge TBR while avoiding the real world*

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.

July 27th – Choose the first book in a series you want to start soon. 

I’m going with the Shadow and Bone trilogy because I miiiight just bought them….

Original (and favorite) Cover:

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Cover from my country (the Netherlands):

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Least favorite cover:

Can you believe I don’t have one? All covers from this book look so amazing! 😀

Have you read this book?

-Luci


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Book Traveling Thursdays: TBR

And another 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.

– Sometimes our TBRs are too big… choose a book you still want to read this year.

I’m going with This Savage Song, which I bought on my vacation (there was a discount and the cover was pretty, that’s my excuse) and I can’t wait to read it!

Original cover:

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Just the cover itself made me want to buy it!

Cover from my country (the Netherlands):

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Favorite cover:

I love both of these covers so much! I bought the white cover (and the sequels are also equally pretty oh my god)

Least favorite cover:

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After all the pretty swirls, this one just doesn’t do it for me, sadly.

Do you like these covers? Have you read the book? 

Buy this book here on Book Depository!

 

-Luci


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Book Traveling Thursdays: Best read so far

Hey there! Book Traveling Thursdays from last week is here 🙂

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.

– We’re halfway through 2017. Choose your favorite book of the year so far.

AHHH I CAN’T CHOOSE! I haven’t actually read a lot of books, so the books I did read were all so amazing!

However, I’m going with Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman because the cover is just too pretty and I want it to be mine forever. Sadly, I can only take some pics with it now because I’ve borrowed it from a friend 😦

Original and only (and favorite!) cover:

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This is just too pretty for words! I really liked this book, and I’ll be reviewing it soon! What did you think?

Buy this book here on Book Depository!

-Luci


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Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Aren’t Set In/Inspired By The Western World

And now for the t5w for this week!

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

–I know this is a long title, but I couldn’t figure out how else to word it and still get the point across. Talk about books that are set outside of the Western World (so outside of North America and Western Europe) or if they are SFF, books that aren’t inspired by those places (so no medieval setting fantasy!) 

1. The Lunar Chronicles

Of course I’d start with TLC because I LOVE the series! This series starts in New Bejing, and the second book is set in France, and between France and China there’s some flying in outer space 🙂

2. The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner takes place in Afghanistan, and I have yet to read it but I don’t have it at home so yeah. I will read it, I promise. 3. Any Scandinavian Thriller

3. Any Scandinavian thriller

I have no idea if Scandinavian books are set in the Western World  actually, which is why I named it like this. I love these books though, they’re a lot better than American thrillers (in my opinion!)

 

I can absolutely not think of any other books that aren’t set in the Western World, so if you have any recommendations, let me know!

-Luci


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Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books

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

–This can include Middle Grade (but try to recommend more than just Harry Potter and Percy Jackson!) Feel free to talk about your childhood faves or more recent reads. 

1. Percy Jackson!

This is actually the first series I read in English (which is not my native language) when I was… 14 years old, I think? I had been getting English classes for only a year and a half by then, so I basically always recommend this series when someone wants to start reading in English xD The puns are quite understandable, and I’ll say, I also read the translated version and the puns were still there, so there’s that 🙂

2. Anything by Roald Dahl

This was basically my childhood, reading Mathilda and the Big Friendly Giant and James and the Giant Peach. I remember them all, loved them all

3. The Century series by Pierdomenico Baccalario 

I will include the Goodreads link here, because it took me way too long to find it and I don’t want y’all going through that trouble 😛 This is one of the series I really enjoyed reading when I was younger. I do not remember a lot of it, but the books were big and that’s what was important to me (I’ve always been a fast reader, going through 15-20 books a week at that time).

Unfortunately, that’s about it.. I absolutely don’t remember all the books I’ve read in my childhood. I do have one honorary mention though, for the Dutchies here.

Honorary mention: De Schippers van de Kameleon 

This series was absolutely my entire childhood. It consists of 69 books and I have read all of them, and they were wonderful. They’ve never been translated, which is why I didn’t add them in my original Top 5, but I think almost everyone from the Netherlands has heard of/read this series 🙂

And that’s it! Do you have any favorite children’s books? 

-Luci


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Book review: The Thousandth Floor

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

 

Title: The Thousandth Floor

Author: Katharine McGee

Goodreads link // Book Depository

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Luci


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Book Traveling Thursday: A Favorite

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.

– We’re halfway through 2017. Choose your favorite book of the year so far.

AHHH I CAN’T CHOOSE! I haven’t actually read that many books yet, so most books I did read were so good haha I’m gonna go with Geekerella though, because that book was seriously amazing and I need it!

Original, only and favorite cover:

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Have you read this book? What did you think?

-Luci


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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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