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Book Traveling Thursdays: blue covers

Book Traveling Thursdays is created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. This weekly meme consists in picking a book related to the weekly theme that is announced in the group Goodreads page (if you want to join click here) at the beginning of each month. After that you can write a blog post where you explain why you choose that book and choose different covers from different countries. To make it a little bit easy you are going to choose different editions of the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover.

– Choose a book that has originally a blue cover.

The book I’m going with today is A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I have yet to read this seris, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it!

Original cover:

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I already do really like this cover to be honest. It makes me want to have it on my shelf ❤

Cover from my country (The Netherlands):

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Basically the same but translated to Dutch!

Favorite cover:

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Look at those! I either am into a lot of colors, or the soft cover of the German version. They’re both so pretty!

Least favorite cover:

SURPRISE I don’t have one for once! Isn’t that great? 🙂

Have you read this book? What did you think of my choices?

-Luci


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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite LGBTQ+ books

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

–Talk about your favorite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters or are by LGBTQ+ authors.

I love books that feature LGBTQ+ characters, especially if they’re main characters. I hope we’ll get more books to feature those!

1. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Oh I loved this book so much! Not only the LGBTQ+ part but also everything else because it’s amazing. I wrote a review here if you’re interested!

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I also really loved this book, yet I do not have a review. The movie is actually really amazing too, you should watch it!

Now, that’s all the books I’ve read so far, but I do have a few on my TBR which I’ll list!

1. Aristoteles and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

2. Simon vs. the Homo-Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

3. More Happy than Not and History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

4. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

5. We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

And that’s all for today!

Have you read any of these books? Do you have any receommendations for me?

-Luci


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(ARC) book review: Rose Petal Graves

It’s been a long time, but I’m back on track (kinda)! I managed to (finally) finish Rose Petal Graves, and not finally because the book was so horrible (it absolutely wasn’t), but because I only had the e-book version. And I can honestly admit that I do not like reading from a screen. However, I do have a review for you! 🙂

(This is also the first book of the very ARC-ish readathon! Little late into the readathon but hurray! Details on this readathon here )

Title: Rose Petal Graves

Author: Olivia Wildenstein

Goodreads link: Rose Petal Graves

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Summary: Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.

Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.

As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.

Buy this book HERE on Book Depository! 

Note: I was provided a digital copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to NetGalley and Olivia Wildenstein for this opportunity!

First of all, would you just look at that cover! It makes me want to have it on my shelf even more than usual, just because it’s so pretty. I might have a thing for pretty covers.

This book was fast, something was happening at all times, and yet this book managed to have everything happening within a relative short time! I was never bored, and always seeking answers throughout reading.

Catori is everything and nothing you’d expect. She makes quite some impulse decisions, and not always the right ones too. However, when it comes to handling things like the death of her mother, she is pretty mature. She and her dad have a very close relationship, which I adore. Her dad really cares for her and it’s the same the other way around. Her relationship with the other characters, however, had me thinking a few times.

Cruz is not who he said he was when she first met him -which is quite obvious, but he’s lied a lot throughout this book. And he and Catori had some “moments”, but they didn’t really evolve in anything. Which, to be fair, didn’t bother me. I was actually happy this wouldn’t be some “love is the main story and all the others are just side stories” book. I just thought they’d get on to something sometime, but when later in the book, it got explained, it did clear that part up.

The other characters are all really different from each other, and by that, I mean really different. I didn’t think I’ve read a lot of books where so many characters of one story were as much different from each other, as from other characters from other books. It was truly amazing to have an entirely new personage to read about.

The only thing that slightly bothered me about this book is how some certain deaths were handled, and acted about,  but that might just be me. Everyone handles death different, and I’m actually quite sure that it’s just the way it is in this series.

While reading this book, most “plot twists” were revealed and solved quickly, and that’s what really kept the pace going. I didn’t think it was going to be the first book of a trilogy, until the last chapters, when I realized this story was far from over. I am looking forward to the next book in this series (which will be published December 2017)!

Overall this book was really awesome, and I definitely recommend it if you like magical books with faes and evil.

Did any of you read the book? What did you think?

-Luci


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A very ARC-ish readathon TBR

Heya! It’s Friday, hurray! Tomorrow I have a free day and Sunday I’m working again, but that doesn’t keep me from reading! (Actually, it does, but I don’t want to admit it)

Now, a while ago I found this post over at Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews, and I immediately thought it was a great idea. The readathon comes from Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks  . I requested quite some ARC’s in January and February, and then I suddenly got my own apartment (that I share with my sister), and I was really busy moving, and just about everything got thrown off schedule. My blogging schedule is going well again, but reading… not so much.

I also requested all my ARC’s via NetGalley and while I’m not really liking reading on devices, I don’t have another choice. However, I haven’t really found the one good reader that I like, so I’ll keep searching for that too.

Why is this readathon so amazing? Because there is no specific goal, no pressure, no anything. Just read as much ARC’s as possible!

When is this readathon? From April 1st (whoops I’m really late) to April 30th!

Social media? You can use the hashtag #AVAreadathon on social media, and of course share the readathon as much as possible!

And if that’s already not amazing enough, she’s hosting a giveaway for everyone who entered! If you need any more posts, you can look them up in her own post here!

And now, my TBR

These are the books I’ve already started reading, so I’ll finish those first.

I’m one of those few people who haven’t yet read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, but I did really like the blurb of The Upside of Unrequited, so I’m excited to read it! True Blue is the first one of a trilogy, and I hope it’ll be amazing because then I can read the other two books as well!

Would you just look at that beautiful cover of Ashes To Ashes! The cover itself makes me want to have it on my bookshelf already haha

Look, more first books in bookseries! 😀

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I hope I’ll get to read all of these books, but I’m not sure I can do that. 3 of my colleagues left work, so we’re left with a team of 9 people over 2 shops, and that means a lot of hours for me. That is a good thing, because, more work means more money, means more new books, but it also means I’ll be working a lot and reading a little 😦

However, I will keep you all updated on my ARC’s and I told myself not to start another book this month until I’ve read at least half of these!

Do you have any ARC’s you’re dying to read? Or would you recommend me some (for next month haha)? Let me know!

-Luci


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Book Traveling Thursdays: Spring is here!

Hello! Today I’m here again with the Book Traveling Thursdays 🙂

Book Traveling Thursdays is created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. This weekly meme consists in picking a book related to the weekly theme that is announced in the group Goodreads page (if you want to join click here) at the beginning of each month. After that you can write a blog post where you explain why you choose that book and choose different covers from different countries. To make it a little bit easy you are going to choose different editions of the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover.

April 6th – Spring is here! Choose a book you want to read this Spring.

I’m going with The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time, and I’ll admit it, once it came in the mail I kind of already started, but I have already too many books that I’m currently reading so I stopped myself. The other reason I chose this book is because it just has a gorgeous cover!

Original (and favorite) cover:

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Just look at it! The colors flowing and prettiness, it’s an amazing book to photograph in just any picture to be honest. It’s also one of the few original covers that is just so pretty, I almost don’t want to search up any other covers to ruin my mood haha

Cover from my country (The Netherlands):

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IT”S THE SAME OH MY GOD it makes me so happy! I don’t really read any Dutch books these days, but for my fellow Dutchies, I’m just happy the cover is as pretty as the original one 😀

Least favorite cover:

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Honestly, this is just plain bad. Not even more than one color on the cover and so much white space too 😦

Honorable mentions:

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Not as pretty as the original one, but I do love the first one too. The second one kind of looks like the one time I tried a nail art look that went a little wrong haha. Still, they have the flowing colors and they’re pretty nice to have on your bookshelves!

 

Tell me I’m not the only one obsessing over this cover? I’m so excited to read it!

-Luci


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Top 5 Wednesday: Top SFF Books on Your TBR *Booktube SFF Awards Babble Crossover Topic!*

Hello there again! It is Wednesday again, the first one of April. And, as usual, I bring you the T5W. The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

–Talk about the science fiction and fantasy books you want to read ASAP!

Unfortunately I already talked about that already last month, when we had to name our favorite science fiction and fantasy books. You’ll find it here

What I can say, is that I most definitely want to read more science fiction and fantasy books this year, so if you have any recommendations, let me know!

-Luci


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April TBR

Heya all! It’s a new month again, which means it’s time to have a more specific TBR. Let’s hope I stick to it this time 🙂

ARC’s TBR – I requested a lot of ARC’s in February, and then suddenly I got my own apartment, which means I had a lot less time to read in March. Hurray, daily chores 😦 However, this means I’m behind on my ARC’s, but I heard about an ARC challenge in April (gotta search it up!) to catch up on them, so I’ll probably be joining that one!

Rose Petal Graves

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A Life Without You

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Geekarella

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Definitions of Indefinable Things

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The Upside of Unrequited

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Other books – I ordered a lot of books online, but I forgot which ones. They’ve started delivering to my house, so every time I get a book it’s like opening a present! 🙂

  • The Lunar Chronicles. I’ve started this series, but since my library only has book 1 and 2, I ordered the complete series online. Really excited to finally read the 3rd book
  • Bloodlines. I have them on my phone, but I’d rather read actual books than ebooks, so I think once they deliver, I’ll finish the series, which is amazing and saddening at the same time… I don’t want this series to end!
  • The Sun Is Also A Star. This book came in last month, and I peeked inside and accidentally read the first three chapters and now I want to read it so badly! But I told myself I need to read the books from my currently reading-pile first before I can start another

And that’s it so far! There are probably more books for my April TBR but as I mentioned, I literally do not remember what books I ordered, so it’ll be a surprise!

I am also back to working 6 days a week in April, so let’s see how well my reading will go 🙂

What does your TBR look like at the moment? 

-Luci


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Top 5 Wednesday: Future Classics

And it’s Wednesday already! Almost April too 🙂

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

–Let us know the books you think will be considered classics one day!

I do not know a lot of books that would be considered classics, but I do have a few that I’d like to see as classics one day:

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Ever since The Hunger Games have been published, a lot of hype as been around it. And while this is “just a regular Young Adult book”, this series has a message from within. My mom once said that she could see something like this series happening in a few years. It could easily be our future, and that’s the creepy thing about it. It’s so realistic and accurate even to this day…

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I couldn’t find the image I was looking for, but you get the idea

 

2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

This book is great at representing how the “black” people used to live, and one white woman who thought she’d make a tiny difference actually changed everyone’s lives. I love this book so much and I hope it’ll be considered a classic one day.

 

3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseni

This book is about a friendship between Amir, the son of a wealthy Afghan businessman, and Hassan, the son of his father’s servant. This book had many feels, and I can see this becoming a classic (if it isn’t already, since I had to read it for my literature class).

Sadly, I absolutely can’t think of any more books, so that’ll be it for today. I read that people thing A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R. R. Martin will become a classic, which would be awesome. I understand it however, since it displays the differences between the rich and the poor really well. However, I do not exactly see this becoming a classic. Of course a lot of people are going to choose Harry Potter for this T5W, but since I haven’t read the books (yes, shame on me), I didn’t mention it. With the popularity around Harry Potter that’s still going on for years and years, this might actually become a classic.

Have you read any classics? What books do you think will become or want to become future classics?

-Luci


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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.

Buy The Map of Bones here!

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 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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