Sunday, 30 November 2014

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Pages (format): 422 pages (hardcover)
Publication Date: October 14th 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Want it? Get it here: BookDepository
Summary: Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since. Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own”.

In this story we follow eight survivors of Winter, one of the Season Kingdoms that was overpowered by Spring 16 years ago. These eight survivors have been trying to steal back Winter’s magic from Spring’s hand in order to rebuild the kingdom. 

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Hearts to Follow by Dana Burkey

Title: Hearts to Follow
Author: Dana Burkey
Pages (format): 137 pages (e-book)
Publication Date: October 2014
Publisher: Self-published

I received this book from the author, Dana Burkey, in exchange of an honest review. Heart to Follow contains three novellas and I have to say they were cute and highly enjoyable. They were very fast-paced, as novellas normally are, and I honestly had a terrific time reading them. Oh, the three novellas are connected, which I didn't know at the beginning but I loved it anyhow =)

Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Title: The Diviners
Author: Libba Bray
Pages (format): 578 (hardback)
Publication Date: September 18th 2012
Publisher: Little Brown
Summary: Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened”.

Well, well, well… I’ll simple put it out there and be done with it: this book disappointed me. There, I said it and you don’t even know how hard it is for me to say this. I remember buying this book last year (yes, last year!) but instead of picking it up I wanted to wait. I don’t know if my opinion or my reading experience with this one would have changed if I had read it when I bought it but know we will never know, sadly.

I was trying to write a coherent review when I just realized it was gonna be impossible. So, instead I’m gonna make a “list”, to try and explain all the things I liked and disliked about The Diviners and at the same time, making sense. I had a few problems with the book that I’m gonna talk about first and then, I would tell you what I liked. I hope this turns out well at the end. 

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Top Ten Tuesday # 13 (Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR)

TOP TEN TUESDAY is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Okay, so the topic for this week has been a difficult one for me mainly because I had a hard time choosing only 10 books. I assume we are talking here the entire Winter time (from Dec 21st to March 20th, right?) and so I hope I would read more than 10 books but you never know because January is my exam month and reading will not be a priority, more like a reward.

So, intead of just making a list I decided to insert a picture of the books ^^

Saturday, 22 November 2014

How I Rate Books

For quite a while now I’ve seen loads of people talking about how they rate the books they read. And so I thought about doing my own post because it is true the way I rate books has changed and so I wanted to discuss it with you guys. The main thing that inspired me to do this post is Helene’s Jeppesen video about it.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Top Ten Tuesday # 12 (Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get)

TOP TEN TUESDAY is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week is all about those sequels we can't wait the get (but I'm positive you knew that already with the title, duh? LOL). Anyways, today's post is gonna be short and not very much explanatory about why I chose these ten mainly because I'm doing this in a rush but for a few I will fangirl all over. I wasn't planning on doing TTT this week because Uni is getting quite extreme but then again, this is the only post I do no matter what so yeah, here it is!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

'Project 10 Book' Recap!

A month ago I decided to join ‘Project 10 Book’, created by Lauren over at A Blonde Librarian. It was all about trying to reduce our TBR piles by reading 10 books before buying more. I thought it would be a realistic goal and it was. Here are the books I’ve read:

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Top Ten Tuesday # 11 (Ten Characters I Wish Would Get Their Own Book)

TOP TEN TUESDAY is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

How many times do we read books and find the side characters more endearing than the protagonists? I do, quite a few times. I don't know why but sometimes they are awesome and you just wish there could be more pages dedicated to them. I tend to daydream about their history before what happened in the books and about their fates later on. And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who does this, right? RIGHT? You should know by now that I’m weird #SorryNotSorry

So this week’s topic is all about those side characters you wish would get their own book. While making this list I had a few problems because saying the initial list was long will be quite the understatement. But, I managed to reduce it to ten! Without further ado, here it is:

Saturday, 8 November 2014

The Gif Tag!

Jess over at My Reading Dress – seriously, go follow her! – tagged me a while ago to do the Gif Tag and I haven’t been able to post it earlier because I have no clue about technology and I couldn’t make the gifs work so I had to investigate a bit. Also, I haven’t read most of the books of the list. I really hope this works out alright so without further ado, let’s get started! Oh, I might have used more than one gif for some of the books...

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Pages: 206 (paperback)
Publication Date: March 12th, 2013
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Want it? BookDepository
Summary:  “At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting-- he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth”. 

A Monster Calls follows the story about Conor, a 13 year-old boy who is trying to come to terms with her mother’s illness. One night a monster calls to him, demanding something from Conor: the truth. This story is extraordinary, is not just about grief and loss; with a beautiful and poetical writing Patrick Ness crafts this tale about coming to terms with and accepting the aforementioned grief and loss.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Top Ten Tuesday # 10 (Ten Books I Want To Re-Read)

TOP TEN TUESDAY is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Re-reading is, personally for me, one of the greatest pleasures of reading. Some don’t do it because why would you re-read something when there are so many books out there waiting to be read? However, it’s true as well that I don’t re-read every single book I read; only those that are special to me. Crafting this list was difficult because there are so many I wanted to feature here but only these next ten made it.