Wraping Up 2016!

Well that’s it everyone! 2016 is finally over! Honestly I have to say that I am not sad at all to let 2016 go and I am hoping for a better 2017! 2016 basically had everything: (horrible) political decisions, the death of many beloved celebrities, we had terror attacks and natural catastrophes… All in all this year’s had its highs and lows but I have to admit that I think the lows predominate a little.

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In my personal life there were a lot of ups and downs as well which I am still trying to deal with. So two of my biggest highlights of 2016 were

  • me turning 18 in September! Now I can finally vote this year and am free to do whatever I want!
  • starting this blog! I know it might not seem that way since I often don’t post for a while but I love this blog! And even more than that I love the community and every single one of you guys reading ❤

Concerning this blog there is also something I am very proud of. I was brave enough to post a poem on this blog for the first time! I am really shy and don’t have much confidence so posting this was a milestone to me!

Now on to the bad things. I have advanced into my second to last year of school in Germany which already counts into my Abitur (graduation in Germany) and is part of the qualification phase. The idea of how much I should work for school stresses me a lot and combined with the way my brain was already thinking I have kind of slipped into anxiety – which sucks… That is also the reason for me not posting for so long, but I am trying really hard to get my life in order so I can post regularly again! Let’s hope for the best y’all!

But let’s get back to the fun part! 😊 Since I haven’t posted in quite a while there are a lot of books that I haven’t talked about on here, so I’m just gonna go ahead and tell y’all which books I have read since my September Wrap-Up!

5 Stars:

A Veil of Vines by Tillie Cole – This is one of my favorite authors and the book is just absolutely beautiful! It isn’t about heartbreak; it isn’t sad; it’s just a beautiful book about love in a beautiful setting!

Midnight Hour by C.C. Hunter – As above this is one of my favorite authors and her Shadow Falls series is terrific and this book is the perfect conclusion for it!

Lucas (Preston Brothers #1) by Jay McLean – I have been waiting for a series about the Preston brothers since I learned about them in the More Than series. I fell in love with Lucas almost immediately and all the characters are amazing (by that I mean well written, not good people 😉)

Fire in You (Wait for you #5) by J. Lynn – Again: Favorite author, great series, wonderful sequel. There’s really not much more to say than: It’s a great book!

4 Stars:

The Mistake (Off-Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy 

The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy 

Dream of You (Wait for you #4.5) by J. Lynn 

Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey 

A Love like Ours by Micalea Smeltzer 

3 Stars & 3.5 Stars:

Rock Candy Kisses (3:AM Kisses) by Addison Moore

Chaosherz (Die Chaos Reihe #2) by Teresa Sporrer

Him (Him #1) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds #1) by J. Daniels

Dirty Shots by Marissa Farrar

The Score (Off-Campus #3) by Elle Kennedy

2 Stars:

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer – About this one I just want to say that it has a great story and meaning but I did not like the writing style at all as it is a prolonged newspaper article, and that is just not my style. But other than that it is a great and meaningful piece.

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Books I didn’t finish:

Hit The Spot (Dirty Deeds #2) by J. Daniels  

Aced by Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine 

 

So this was a little something about my 2016 and y’all should be up-to-date now again! 😉👍🏼 Thank you guys for reading and again: Good Luck for 2017!!

How was your 2016? Did y’all read these books? What did y’all think about them?

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Midnight Hour (Shadow Falls After Dark #4) by C.C. Hunter

Short Description:

Being a dyslexic witch is a curse in itself, but Miranda Kane’s time at Shadow Falls has helped her harness her magical powers. Now, just as she’s finally mastered them and is preparing to graduate with her friends, a near-death experience threatens to ruin it all.

Miranda awakens in the hospital with a mysterious tattoo that no one can explain. As she struggles to make sense of it – and questions her feelings for a certain irresistible shape-shifter and a hot new guy – the strange markings begin to spread all over her body, leaving her desperate to find answers. But before she can solve that problem, a new one arises: her sister is missing.

Has her sister been kidnapped? Miranda will risk her life to find out. Will she live to share the day she’s worked so hard for with her friends? When the clock strikes midnight, will Miranda make it to her graduation at Shadow Falls?

C.C. Hunter brings The Shadow Falls saga to a spectacular conclusion in this thrilling finale: Midnight Hour!

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

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What’s it about?

First off some main info:midnight-hour-cover

Author: C.C. Hunter

Title: Midnight Hour

Published: October 25th, 2016

Series: Shadow Falls After Dark #4

Version: St. Martin’s Griffin (416 pages)

Would I recommend it: I can very much recommend both book series she has written and advise any fan of supernatural things to read them!

Rating: 5+ Stars

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This book is the final installment in the Shadow Falls After Dark series, the Shadow Falls series and at the same time a Standalone novel – at least in my opinion. The female protagonist in this novel is Miranda, a dyslexic witch who is a loyal companion to the protagonists of the earlier mentioned series. Now it is here time to find out who she really is and what’s important in life! As this is the last part of two series (basically) you should have read the series before reading this book!

My Opinion:

Just let me tell y’all I loved this book and I hated it at the same time! I loved it for what it was – amazing – but hated that it was the last installment in one of my favorite series – I think y’all know that feeling 😉 The book was everything I could have wished for to end this series and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! It has funny scenes, really emotional ones and it makes you get mad at people – Perfect mix!! 😉Luckily I have another AMAZING book lined up otherwise I’d have a major book hangover!!

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One majorly appealing factor about this book is the author’s writing style! Some authors might have a good writing style but keep that one throughout the whole book even in scenes where a different one would be suitable. C. C. Hunter doesn’t do this though, she can adapt her writing to several situations and therefore she can give her books scenes where you have to hold your breath, ones that make you snort and laugh out loud, but also romantic ones without using graphic language. These changes between styles keep you very interested and make the book a quite fast read that stays in your mind after finishing it! The distribution of POVs is quite nice as well, as I like to know a little more than either one of the protagonists and C.C. Hunter placed them really effectively! I love it! Also the author often creates “inside jokes” between characters, which you can find multiple times within her books and those are another aspect that causes A LOT of funny and memorable moments in the novel! Just saying:

“She had boob sweat. She hated boob sweat.”

Of course one of the most important elements in this/a book is the story. This one is really well thought through and the steps it takes make sense, I also never had the feeling that anything was cut short or unnecessarily prolonged, which, if it does happen, is one of my biggest pet peeves in books!!!! I absolutely hate it when I feel like the author takes away quality time with my characters from me! I love the way this book introduces a new “kind” of supernatural, as all the other books did as well,  and makes this side story fit perfectly in with the rest. The author has a great way of combining all the different aspects of the protagonists’ lives without it being awkward or anything like that, contrary the author even combines every single story, or even story element (like a person for example), into one organic plot – again without awkwardness 👍🏼 Good job C. C. Hunter… Good job. What I, personally, liked very much was that the love story, which was essential for the whole story, didn’t seem like it was made out to be too important – it was just really low key, but not too low key. Does anybody get me?? I hope y’all do! The storyline also had many different facets that were all done very well, like romance, suspense, friendship, bravery and all that jazz, which I already mentioned when talking about the writing style!

Now let’s get to the essence of the book – the characters! I just have to say again how happy I am that Miranda finally gets her own book! She is a wonderful person with amazing abilities and a matching character! Sadly she often doesn’t think too highly of herself and questions her abilities without having a reason to and I can connect with her on that level, so to me she is a really relateable! She is also extremely loyal and mostly very honest, and she always treats people the best she can, which uses A LOT of patience! We see her loyalty and characteristics like that in her relationship to her best friends, who still play a big role in this book even though there aren’t really any new facets of their characters introduced! One thing that I admire a lot about Miranda is how she finds her strength in hard situations and how she can make great choices under pressure even though she might hurt people by doing so, which is one of her biggest fears because of how deeply she loves/cares for others!

Of course there are many interesting side characters that add a lot to the story but lastly let’s focus on the male protagonist! I have loved Perry since he was first introduced as a minor character in the first series by this author, and my love has grown ever since! He really is a perfect match for Miranda as he shares a lot of her traits and values, like love, friendship, honesty, but he has a horrible self-perception! He thinks so horribly low of himself that it makes me sad to read about. He doesn’t feel like he deserves Miranda which causes him to hurt her a lot on  his quest to become “worthy” *cough* Which he already is *cough, cough* One aspect that I love about his character in this book is how we get to explore his deep relationship to Burnett some more – which I honestly forgot ab out until I started reading this book… 😅 I’m thoroughly ashamed of myself!   I also like his sense of responsibility and justice, and that he stays fair even though he is emotionally involved in the matter!

Overall I want to say once again how much I love these book series by C.C. Hunter and that I can definitely recommend them to any YA Fantasy fan …. or just YA fan, who doesn’t hate Fantasy 😉, in general!!

August Wrap-up

Hi Guys! Today is the second to last day of August so I’ll write my monthly Wrap up post! This month has been a horrible reading month for me – absolutely horrible! And this is not because I’ve read a small amount of books, but because I fell back into old habits!

Before blogging I had this habit of reading a lot of ebooks quite fast without thinking too much about them after finishing them. I hoped that this would change after starting my blog and having to think about books for reviews – and it mostly did – but this month I didn’t have much time for blogging, but I did have for reading…So, yep, old habits it is! Another part of this is that I didn’t really post reviews that were any good.

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I want to try to catch up on the reviews but just thinking about it stresses me out and honestly I am thinking about just making all of the books short reviews with my basic opinion about them because I have also neglected taking notes which makes writing a decent review hard. And I really don’t want to post crappy reviews just for the sake of posting! Now let’s move on to the actual Wrap-up part! 🙂

I read a total of 12 13 books this month!

 What I’ve read this month:

English:

  • Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer – I gave this 5+ Stars and you can find my review here!
  • Oblivion (The Lux series #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I gave this book 5 Stars and you can find my review here!
  • Unexpected Reality by Kaylee Ryan – I gave this book 3.5 Stars and you can find my mini-review here!
  • Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I gave this book 5  Stars, a short review will be coming soon!
  • Taming Chloe Summers by Anna Katmore – I gave this book 4 Stars! *BTW I absolutely hate the cover!)
  • Ravage (Scarred Souls #3) by Tillie Cole – I gave this book 5 Stars and a review will definitely be coming!
  • All Broke Down (Rusk University #2) by Cora Carmack – I gave this book 5 Stars and this was a re-read (first time 4 Stars)
  • Fall With Me (Wait for you #4) by J. Lynn – I gave this book 5 Stars!
  • Forever With You (Wait for you #5) by J. Lynn – I gave this book 4 Stars!
  • Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan – I gave this book 3 Stars!

 

German:

  • Abendsonne – Die Wiedererwählte der Jahrezeiten (Geschichten der Jahreszeiten #2) by Jennifer Wolf – I gave this book 3.5 Stars
  • Tagwind – Der Bewahrer der Jahreszeiten (Geschichten der Jahreszeiten #4) by Jennifer Wolf – I gave this book 4 Stars

I tried reading After by Anna Todd but I just couldn’t pull trough! I might write a rant about it at some point, I hate it THAT much!

Currently I am reading:

  • I am STILL reading Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer and I love it but I just can’t find the time to sit down and actually pick up a paperback book. I hate myself!giphy7

 

  • When Stars Collide (Light in the Dark #2) by Micalea Smeltzer – I am at 41% right now and I absolutely love it so far! *Update: I finished this book on the 31st of August*

 

Thank you guys for reading my post! 🙂 What are you currently reading? Was your reading month good or bad?

Netflix and Books Tag

Hi Guys! Today I am doing another Tag and I am so excited for this one be because it combines two of my favorite things: Netflix and Books! I was tagged by the wonderful Laura @ Reading Lust to do this tag. She posts great things, I especially love her daily quotes, and y’all should definitely check out her beautiful blog!

Now let’s just move on to the Tag:

The Rules:

  1. Choose a book  or book series that best matches the prompt provided
  2. Feel free to change the TV show if you’d like it to reflect YOUR preferences!
  3. A blank set of the prompts is located at the very bottom.
  4. Link back to the creators, Christy @ Novel Ink and Lauren @ Bookmark Lit, and tag some friends to join in!

 

It’s always sunny in Philadelphia ~ Unlikable Character

(After #1 by Anna Todd)

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I attempted reading this book a few days ago but I absolutely hate the main characters!! I couldn’t stand them from the very beginning and it continuously got worse. Harry/Hardin is just a plain asshole, who doesn’t care about others at all, but I could get over that. Who gets me is Tessa! She cheats on her boyfriend multiple  times, doesn’t acknowledge her cheating, blames her behavior on others, and is just not likable – at least not to me!

Friends ~ Best Cast of characters/friends

(The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer)

This series has quickly become one of my absolute favorites and the characters have, of course, played a major role in this development! The characters by themselves are already absolutely amazing, but when put together they become even better! Their interaction and relationships are jut incredible to witness and I can’t get over how much I love them! ❤

The Simpsons ~ Long series that you love

(House of Night by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast)

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This was one of the series that started my Read-One-Book-A-Day kind of reading love so it will always hold a special spot in my heart! Also with its 12 books in the series, I thin it does qualify as pretty long 😉

Grey’s Anatomy ~ All the feels

(A thousand boy Kisses by Tillie Cole)

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First off let me admit that I don’t watch Grey’s Anatomy and I am also not interested in
starting tbh…BUT I definitely wanted to mention A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole!! This is one of my favorite books and also one of the most emotional one’s I’ve ever read! I absolutely love the book, even though I cried throughout the whole second half basically!

Supernatural ~ Favorite Paranormal/Fantasy

(The Supernaturals Series by Kelly Oram)

I have a lot of Paranormal/Fantasy series that I love, but since I’ll mention a few of them in  other “categories” I will choose this one as the favorite! It really has everything a great paranormal story needs and I fell in love with it on the first few pages! I am still waiting for the 4th book in this series and it can’t come out soon enough!

Girl meets World ~ Should have a spin-off

(Shadow Falls Camp by C.C. Hunter)

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This series I actually read in German and I enjoyed every second of it! While this series already has a spin-off, Shadow Falls After Dark, I think it deserves to have some more and also has great characters that deserve and would make a great spin-off!

 

Orange is the new Black

(Couldn’t stop reading)

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Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my favorite authors and when I found out that this book would come out I knew I would love it without even reading it! When I finally got my hands on it, it was one of the most incredible books I had ever read and by now I count it to one of my favorite books ❤

One Tree Hill ~ Favorite Book Boyfriends

(The Dark Elements by Jennifer L. Armentrout)

There have been a lot … A LOT! But currently I am totally obsessed with Roth from The Dark Elements! CROWN PRINCE OF HELL! Yes please! And of course there’s his snake familiar Bambi, that can basically devour anything! I am absolutely in love with them!

I tag:

Thank you guys for reading my post and I hope you enjoyed doing so! Do you agree with any of my choices?

Here are all prompts:

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: unlikable character(s)
Vampire Diaries: your ship sank or didn’t happen
Friends: best cast of characters/friendships
Gossip Girl: hate that you love or guilty pleasure
Doctor Who: long series you loved
Grey’s Anatomy: all the feels
How I Met Your Mother: bad ending
Supernatural: favorite paranormal/fantasy
Freaks & Geeks: left you wanting more
The OC: series that should have ended earlier
Girl Meets World: should have a spin-off
That 70’s Show: set in a different time period
Orange is the New Black: couldn’t stop reading
Parks and Recreation: made you laugh out loud
One Tree Hill: favorite book boyfriend
Breaking Bad: favorite villain
Modern Family: best family or parents

Top 5 Wednesday – Favorite First Lines

Hello Guys! After being absent in this department last week, today I’ll take part in the Top 5 Wednesday once again! I am sorry for not being a part of T5W last week but I just couldn’t find enough books/authors to write a post for last week’s topic (Authors you’re waiting on another book from)! This week’s topic  is pretty easy though and I am excited to share some of my Favorite First Lines with y’all!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and if you want to join in, check out their Goodreads group, where you can find topics, rules and other bloggers, who joined in!

1.The Fault in our Stars

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“Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.”

2.Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) 
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“The screw through cinder’s ankle had rusted, the engraved cross marks worn to a mangled circle.”

3.Remember Jamie Baker (Jamie Baker #3)

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“I am not a patient person.”

4.White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1)

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“There was a demon in McDonald’s. And it had a powerful hunger for Big Macs.”

5.A thousand Boy Kisses

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“Jeg vil dra! Nå! Jeg vil reise hjem igjen!”

(I want to go! Now! I want to go home again!)

So these were some of my favorite first lines, thank you for reading this post! 🙂 Most of these I chose because they represent the tone of the book, a character, or an opinion perfectly and that’s what I like about them!

Have you read any of these books? What do you think of these first lines?

 

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

Short description:

In this third book in Marissa Meyer’s bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she’d ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

(This is a Synopsis from Goodreads)

You can find the book on the Book Depository!

What’s it about?

First off some main info:13206828

Author: Marissa Meyer

Title: Cress

Published: January 27th, 2015

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3

Version: Square Fish Paperback (592 pages)

Would I recommend it: YEEESS guys, YES!

Rating: 5+ Stars

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As we continue following the adventures of Cinder and Co. we get to meet a new main character along the way – Cress! Cress is a Lunar shell who was locked in a satellite for the majority of her life, having to spy on the Eastern Commonwealth for thaumaturge Mira. A rescue mission, carried out by the Rampion crew, goes wrong leaving Cress and Thorne stranded in a dessert and separated from their friends/allies. This story loosely follows the plot of the classic fairytale “Rapunzel” and has you watching out for the next similarity!

My Opinion:

Once again Marissa Meyer did not disappoint with her third book in the The Lunar Chronicles series! Reading this book was just amazing, as was getting to know Cress, and it was one of those books that you want to finish reading, but at the same time you don’t because it’s just too good!! THE STRUGGLE!! What do I want more?

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My overall opinion about the story is completely positive and I absolutely loved it, which is not a surprise to me at all! Not only my beloved characters made this book amazing but the storyline did as well! Once again the author perfectly balanced the fairytale components with the futuristic setting of this book and I absolutely love that about her writing style! She has this great ability to draw her readers in by doing exactly what I just mentioned as well as creating amazing and deep characters and giving all of them a lot of “screen-time”. I am just absolutely in love with this author! 🙂 ❤

One thing that was a little different in this book, compared to the others, was the distribution of POV’s. In the first two books Meyer kept the main attention on the main character but in this third installment she changes up this pattern. If you didn’t know who the lead was you wouldn’t necessarily think that it was Cress – judging from the POV’s. At first this kind of bothered me, since I really enjoyed the way she handled this in her first two books, but as soon as I got a little further into the story I noticed that the change was necessary and it really matched the plotline! Now more characters got their own chapters and also more than one at a time. This also made it possible for the readers to find out more about what’s going on in the others’ minds.

One more thing I should really mention about her writing style is that you always notice who she is writing as at the beginning of every chapter! She doesn’t achieve this by mentioning the character at the very beginning of a chapter, but by having really uniquely written characters that you just have to recognize! Obviously she mentions the names at some point since she writes in 3rd person, but still…

About the story there’s really just to say that it is as well thought through as the others but it contains a little more action and suspense and at the same time more romance than the first two books and I really enjoyed this as well! As said before, the group gets ripped apart and therefore it is needed to let more characters  have their own chapters so the reader will still know what is going on. Because of this we were able to find out a little bit more about Captain Thorne which I absolutely loved because he is one of my favorite characters – well… they all kinda are – and I am completely in love with him!!

One of my favorite parts about the story itself are any scenes involving Lunar control! They often are really confusing, because you never really know what is free will and isn’t, but also they are as awesome as they are confusing! Now, while talking about Lunars, I should also mention that I enjoyed the insights into Lunar customs and such, that were gained through Lunar POVs and also through Scarlet’s sidestory. It was amazing to experience more of this complex, though cruel, society that Marissa Meyer has built for us to read about. Scarlet’s story and the way she was treated throughout the book has basically destroyed me!

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It was horrible to read but great at the same time and a major advantage of it was, that it brought the Lunar culture and also their cruelty closer to the readers!

Now let’s talk a little more about characters!

Cress is the major character that was newly introduced in this book and *I know I’m repeating myself* I absolutely love her! She is such a great and different character, compared to the others, and I admire  a lot of her character traits. Cress definitely is a dreamer and her whole character is just lovely! I feel like, in real life, she would be the kind of person that never has anything bad to say about anyone and always tries to see the best in people. I also find it very relatable how childlike her wonder is when she discovers new things after she was broke out of her satellite. The description of her wonder is just as amazing as her wonder itself and it’s brought to the reader’s attention  very well!

Sadly, I have to admit that Cress probably has better social skills than I do – and that after spending her whole life trapped in a satellite! Kinda embarrassing…                                              While reading this series I also got the feeling that the three female main characters were leading up to one another. But that might be just me:

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Of course there was also Carswell Thorne as the male “lead” who is just as great as in the second book, but we do get to know him a lot more and, as I said earlier, I loved that part about the book. But there is a male character whose development I found even more interesting!

Kai! I have loved Kai from his first appearance in the first book, but reading about him in this third book has brought him even closer to me. In the first two books we got glimpses of his personality but in this one we got a more in-depth look at the young emperor. I think Kai has an astonishing character and he is an amazing emperor considering his age and experience! It was also great to see how deeply Kai really cares about Cinder even though he tried to ignore it, or at least not act on it.

~ I absolutely love THEIR ending!~ 

So this was my third review in the Lunar Chronicles and I hoped you liked hearing my opinion on this book! I really enjoy writing these “reviews” and I hope y’all enjoy reading them! Thank y’all for reading this one and have a wonderful night! 🙂

 

The Pokemon Go Book Tag

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Okay guys, so before I even start with this post I have to admit that I do not play Pokemon Go! I’m sorry guys but reason number 1 is: My GPS on my phone does not work AT ALL! Reason number 2: All the hype around it has kind of killed my wish to play it! But apart from all that I was still really excited to do this Tag because I do really like other Pokemon games and other Pokemon stuff in general! I was tagged by Laura @ readinglust and I want to thank you so so much for that since I was really hoping I could do this Tag at some point! 😀 Y’all should definitely check out her blog!

This Tag was created by Aentee @ Read at midnight and you should check her blog out as well! I think it’s really awesome how she was able to create a Tag for something that really doesn’t have anything to do with books but that has a huge fanbase. So now let’s just get into the world of Pokemon Go!

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There have really been two book series that started my love for reading. In elementary 30183school I read Eragon by Christopher Paolini and started the rest of the Inheritance Cycle, which started this phase of liking reading but in a way that a kid can love reading. So of course I didn’t read a lot a lot! Then when I was a little older (I think in 8th grade) I read the House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast and that really started the kind of love for reading where you read a book a day for multiple days in a row and where you spend WAY too much money on books!

 

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I really don’t think I read a lot of Classics but one that I really loved was Pride and Prejudice 1885by Jane Austen! I read the German version but even tough it was very different from all the other books I usually read I enjoyed it a lot! I also like some German Classics but Pride and Prejudice is my absolute favorite!

 

 

 

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626F6F78747265616D=7474747474727576707<7473Okay what I am going to say now will probably make the rest of the blogging community hate me… a lot. I kind of lost interest in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. PLEASE don’t sue me! I mean I really understand people being excited about it, but since I am not the biggest Harry Potter fan myself (don’t get me wrong, I read some of the books and really liked them, but I don’t live for Harry Potter) it kind of annoyed me at some point!

 

 

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13722513This would probably be The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I love this series incredibly much and a few of y’all probably know that by now, but one element of the story is obviously the fairytale retelling. So, obviously it will have things in common with other retellings of fairytales! But most of the retellings that I’ve read were so unique and took interesting spins on the original fairytales and Marissa Meyer is the Queen of doing that!

 

 

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The Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin! But I have to admit that its size isn’t the only reason why I haven’t read/started the series yet and probably never will. I am also not interested the series itself…

Well with this one I have two books for different reasons.

23357071Number 1: Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell. This one kept me up because it was just so damn creepy and I totally had nightmares because of this book! I don’t like dolls as it is, but reading a book about weird killer dolls has definitely not raised my love for them one bit!!

 

 

13722513Number 2: Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This one kept me up because I loved it SOOO much and couldn’t stop reading it until I was through! It didn’t keep me up all night but a good part of it!

 

 

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I am ABSOLUTELY in love with Layla and Roth from the The Dark Elements series by Jennifer L. Armentrout!! From the first time those two met I was excited to see how their relationship would develop and COME ON!!! Prince of Hell?!? Yessss!

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22020052I’m not really good with judging the pacing of a book but I guess I could choose the The Hades Hangmen series by Tillie Cole. I really like a lot of the story elements and I think it qualifies as a fast-paced read! I love this series!!

 

 

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15745371A series that I love a lot is the Shadow Falls Camp series by C.C.Hunter and I also absolutely love its spin-off the Shadow Falls: After Dark series. I definitely wouldn’t mind having another spin-off of this series! It’s absolutely amazing and I can never get enough of these books’ characters and storylines!

(BTW I chose this cover because it’s my favorite in the series!)

 

 

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Once again I have to mention the House of Night series in this post! I really don’t care much for anything concerning Twilight and this franchise has completely ruined my opinion of vampires! In my mind everything that had anything to do with vampires was bad! I don’t even remember why I started reading the House of Night series in the first place but it just drew me in and didn’t let me go! – also it changed my opinion of vampires! I really liked the premise of this series and also that it didn’t have clichéd vampires but some good and original ideas! And by now vampires are some of my favorite supernatural characters! Another thing that makes them great is the fact that they can be so different from story to story!

 

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160968241I don’t know if it qualifies as overhyped but I am really excited to read the A Court of Thornes and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas! I have seen this series a lot on other blogs but I am still very very VERY excited to read it!

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I’m not really a collector of books so I don’t have any that I would like to own.

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I am actually not really in the loop when it comes to debut novels because I always go sample shopping on Amazon to find new authors that I don’t know yet. So I can’t mention one for this one! Sorry Guys!

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Well I have a few of those, so let me mention some: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Tillie Cole, Micalea Smeltzer, Kelly OramJay McLean, and James Dashner! Oh have I mentioned Jennifer L. Armentrout?

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Priestess (Supernaturals #4) by Kelly Oram!!!!!! I have been waiting for this book for what feels like FOREVER! I absolutely love this series so I want to finally get my hands on this book – I’m getting impatient!

I tag:

I hope y’all enjoyed reading this post, since I sure enjoyed writing it! Also I want to thank y’all for reading this post and consider yourself tagged! 🙂

What Book have you been waiting on forever? What started your love for reading?

 

Oblivion (Lux series #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Short description:

Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

(This is a Synopsis from Goodreads)

You can find the book on Amazon)

What’s it about?

First off some main info:25209521

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Oblivion

Published: December 1st, 2015

Series: The Lux series #1.5 (I guess)

Version: Amazon Kindle Version  (352 pages)

This is actually a bundle of books. Both, the second and third book, were in the Amazon version as well! So amazing!

Would I recommend it:  Yes

Rating: 5 Stars

5 Stars Rating

 

This book has the same basic storyline  as Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout, but this time it is told from the point of view of Daemon, and therefore presents a lot more facades of the story. If you haven’t read the first book in this series you should check out Sasha’s review of this book!

 

My Opinion:

I am a HUGE fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books (she is currently my favorite author) and this one was no exception! I loved Obsidian a lot, but due to the POV there are inevitably things that you don’t really understand *cough* Daemon’s behaviour *cough* and that give you a wrong image of a character’s personality. Since this book is written from Daemon’s POV it opens up some new story elements, it also uncovers all those mysteries of his behavior and this is an element that I enjoyed very much because I just love to know what’s going on in all the character’s heads! I also love this book (and the entire series) because of its genre! I am a sucker for all things paranormal and alien!

This brings me to my first point, which is Daemon as a character. I already loved Daemon in the “original” Lux series and my love for him only grew – enormously – in this book. Through his POV in this book it becomes even clearer what a loving person Daemon is. He cares so incredibly much about his little sister that you just HAVE to forgive him for being a complete dickhead towards Katie! And this is so understandable as well! Come on, his brother “died” because of a human and they’re a huge liability to the Luxen – Also, we all know that humans suck, just look at the news… But through this POV you start to understand Daemon’s struggles and why exactly he is so hot and cold towards Katie. He believes it is necessary, and with any other person it probably would be. Also Daemon is just as sarcastic as Katie, and who doesn’t like sarcasm? Furthermore you also realize on several occasions how much Daemon cares about Katie, even though he doesn’t want to and how this tears him apart!

Another thing that I liked a lot was how Daemon always commented conversations! The things he said were hilarious due to his sarcasm and I had to laugh so much while reading this book! Also: BATTLE SCENES! When reading the story from Katie’s perspective you only read about the fighting in an observant way. But when reading as Daemon you are actually part of the battle and get more out of the fighting scenes with the Arum! Fighting scenes were actually some of my favorite parts in this book.

I don’t really have to say much about the writing style of this book. Except letting Daemon’s character be part of the writing style it is just Armentrout’s typical writing style and that is awesome! I love her writing style because it has a good flow and is just over all great! I love it!

 

I am sorry that this is such a short review but I hope you enjoyed it anyways! I am on an american time schedule for the next five weeks so my posts are going to be posted later, since I always post them in the evenings. That plus the time difference could result in T5W on Thursday 😀 Well, hopefully not!! Have a great time you guys and thankyou so, so much for reading! 🙂

July Wrap-Up and Personal Update

Hi Guys! So today is the last day of July which conveniently falls on a Sunday and it’s time for this month’s Wrap-Up and a little personal update! I haven’t been able to read a lot this month – I honestly don’t know why!

 

What I’ve read this month:

  • The Game that Breaks Us by Micalea Smeltzer
  • Rae of Sunshine by Micalea Smeltzer – I gave both of these book 4 Stars. Micalea Smeltzer is one of my favorite authors in the New Adult genre and I also love her Willow Creek series that shifts from Young Adult to New Adult. I was really excited for The Game that Breaks Us and I enjoyed most of the book, which is a given when reading Smeltzer’s books. Rae of Sunshine was actually a re-read and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time I read it.
  • Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer – I gave this book 5+ Stars and you can find the review here!
  • Deep Redemption (Hades Hangmen #4) by Tillie Cole – I gave this book 5 Stars! This author is my absolute favorite when it comes to New Adult novels and she is also the one who got me into that genre. I have basically loved every single one of her books and I can’t wait for the next one to come out!
  • Saving Tatum (Trace + Olivia #4) by Micalea Smeltzer – I gave this book 5 Stars!
  • Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers – I gave this book 3.5 Stars and you can find the review here!
  • Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer – I gave this book 5+ Stars and you can find my review here!

 

I also attempted to read Josh and Hannah by Lynda Chance but I absolutely hated it and couldn’t finish it! I don’t want to review this book since it would be negative all the way, but I appreciate the authors effort and I don’t just want to bash her book. I think it was probably just meant for a different audience.

I am sorry for reading only these few books and for posting even less reviews, but this was my first month of real blogging and I’ll try to do better for the following months!

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Currently I am reading:

  • the absolutely amazing Cress by Marissa Meyer which is part of the ABSOLUTELY AMAZING series The Lunar Chronicles!
  • Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This is Obsidian re-told from Daemon’s POV!

 

Now let’s move on to the updatey part:

In Bavaria the summer holidays just started two days ago and from tomorrow on I’ll be spending the next five weeks in the USA!! YAY!!!! I am so freaking excited, because I am going to see my family again, that hosted me during my High School Year over there. Since I don’t get to spend time with them often, I might not be able to post a lot during that time, but I’ll try to keep posting one review per week and keep up the Top 5 Wednesday, at least! When I come back I will definitely make a bookhaul post and after that I’ll make one for my birthday (that is soon after) as well!

Also, due to the whole seeing my family thing, I probably won’t be able to read a lot during my time in the States…Which is also going to make the 26 Books Challenge, which I was tagged in by Lara, pretty hard! But I’ll do my best and it sounds like SO MUCH fun!!

Thank you guys for reading and I hope y’all had a good month of July! Good luck for August!! 🙂

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

Short description:

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

As usual you can find the book here.

What’s it about?

First off some main info:18139931

Author: Marissa Meyer

Title: Scarlet

PublishedFebruary 4th, 2014

Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2

Version: Square Fish Paperback (452 pages)

Would I recommend it: Absolutely!!!

Rating: 5+ Stars

5+ Stars Rating

This book is the second installment in The Lunar Chronicles and therefore takes place in the same world as Cinder did. (You can find my review for that one here) But in this book the main action takes place in France, more specifically in Rieux and Paris, and follows the adventure of Scarlet Benoit and the street fighter know as Wolf as they try to find out more about the disappearance of Scarlet’s grandmother. Well … some more than others, I’d say.

This review contains spoilers about the first book!

My Opinion:

OMG guys! This book was exactly everything I could’ve ever dreamt of for the second novel in this series. It was an amazing read and I am still so happy to have started this series in the first place! SO HAPPY!!

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Obviously, and luckily, the fairytale theme continues in this second book of The Lunar Chronicles and this time the retold fairytale is Little Red Riding Hood. Once again Marissa Meyer has left me speechless with her subtle, but beautiful, way of incorporating the main points of a fairytale into the futuristic world she has built for this book series. I am a huge fan of that! Another thing that was done just as well as in the first book, was how she combined the main and the “side” POVs and how she timed the meeting of Cinder, Scarlet and their companions. Well, the second part was exclusive to this book obviously, since in the first book the POVs are connected from the beginning. Another thing that I really enjoyed about the storytelling was, that the connection between Scarlet and Cinder became pretty clear, very soon. This gave the reader a little more knowledge than Scarlet and it drove me crazy to combine all the clues from the different storylines but I absolutely loved it!!!

Also the author once more incorporated the image of an opinionated society, that likes to pick on and exclude those who are different, which is a continuation from the first novel, but I was still astonished with her ability to build this realistic society in a future world. I found very good that, in Paris, she included real buildings (e.g. the Louvre) and mentioned what happened to them during the war. That helped a lot with the description of the surroundings that I also liked a lot.

Now let me tell you some of the main story elements that I really enjoyed. Firstly, compared to the first book there is a lot more romancy stuff going on. It’s still not a lot (which is pretty nice every once in a while) but, once again, it’s really subtle and fits into the storyline perfectly. I feel like the book just wouldn’t be the same with too much romance in it and I think it’s – I’m definitely overusing the word – perfect the way it is. I also found an element of the “sidestory” very well done and very interesting. Cinder learning more about herself and her powers. I loved Cinder almost as soon as I first met her, so I was really excited when I could continue reading about her and following her struggles with getting to know her abilities as well as finding out about her past. The things she finds out often are kind of traumatizing – at least for me it would be – but she deals with them really well.

One of my absolute favorite plot parts were The loyal soldiers to the order of the pack. I totally am a fan of secret societies and even though those guys turned out to be something else, they seemed like one in the beginning. Well, even though they weren’t a secret organisation they were one of my favorite part of the story, probably because the were the evil guys in this book…

So now I want to talk a little bit about the characters. Scarlet Benoit is a hardworking girl, that lives a very down-to-earth life and is happy with it as long as she has her grandmother. She is very loyal to this woman who has been a constant in her life for most of it and who has taught her to be open-minded towards others. This differentiates her from the rest of the provincial citizens who are very narrow-minded. As said earlier, Scarlet is very down to earth which makes her a really likable and, to me, relatable character. Scarlet also sticks to her opinions and tells people when they’re wrong – desperately needed in her hometown. The male main part is taken by the street fighter Wolf who appears to be a mysterious, but still lovable character with mad anger issues. As the book continues one learns about the reasons for both, his mysteriousness and his anger issues. In contrary to Wolf’s anger issues he is also very shy and he behaves in a way that made him pretty trust worthy until….I love how Wolf changes throughout the story even though we only learn about that after it has already happened. Now about the side characters. For one, there aren’t really as many as in Cinder but the ones that are there are awesome. Four words for you: I LOVE CARSWELL THORNE!! ❤ He has so many amazing character traits and I can’t wait to learn more about him in the third book, Cress, which I am currently reading. In this book there aren’t really many characters that I hate, except the Order of the Pack. Which is funny, since I like the part they play in the story.

Lastly I can just day that I would absolutely recommend this book as well as the entire series to anyone, as I think that anyone can find something to enjoy in these books. They have already become some of my favorites, which I can’t say to often, even though I already said it PRETTY often!!

Thank you guys for reading!! Have you read this book? And if yes, what did you think of it? I’d love to hear y’all’s opinion and I hope y’all will have a great week and day (depending on your time zone) 😉