Book Traveling Thursday #2 | January 12th 2017

Hello and welcome back to my blog! 😁 It is time for another Book Traveling Thrusday, which is a weekly meme where choose a book fitting the topic. This meme has been created and is hosted by Catia and Danielle and you can find more information, as well as topics in this Goodreads group. Please check out this meme, I find it really interesting and I think it’s a lot of fun finding fitting books! 😊

The topic this week is The First Book I have read in 2017 – so it’s a no-brainer! The book I chose is Under the Lights (Field Party #2) by Abbi Glines and it sadly doesn’t have a lot of covers so there aren’t gonna be a lot of different options.

Original Cover:

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I like this cover just fine. It has nice lighting, colors, and the image represents the setting of the story quite well. I love the font used here it reminds me of my High School year in the US, so that’s great. 😉

(Kindle Edition by Simon & Schuster UK, 320 pages)

Cover from my country (Germany):

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This German cover I like a lot. Which is surprising as usually I hate German covers since they kinda always mess beautiful covers up. This is such a typical German YA cover and usually I don’t like those but I am fine with this one. I like the color scheme even though the cover overall doesn’t really fit the story.

(Paperback by Piper Taschenbuch, 368 pages)

Least Favorite Cover:

I actually do not have a lest favorite cover her. The third cover that exists is just a version of the original cover with a slightly different lighting.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!! ❤

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Beauty and The Beast | Book Tag |

Today it’s time for another Tag y’all! I was tagged to do the Beauty and The Beast Tag by Gretchen @ ChicNerdReads! Thank you Gretchen!! ☺ Please check out Gretchen’s blog, I am a big fan, especially of the poetry she writes! I know people are probably bored by me saying this all the time but …. I do not care at all, her poetry goes straight to the heart!!

 

1. “TALE AS OLD AS TIME” – A POPULAR THEME, TROPE OR SETTING YOU WILL NEVER GET BORED OF READING.

For one I totally agree with Gretchen on the Bad Boy Trope, but I also love “Girl/Boy falls for Best Friends older Brother” situations! I’m a sucker for those books and I don’t think I’ve ever come across one that I didn’t like!!

2. BELLE – A BOOK YOU BOUGHT FOR IT’S BEAUTIFUL COVER THAT’S JUST AS BEAUTIFUL INSIDE TOO

Oh goodness… Usually I do not buy books solely based on their appearance but one I mainly bought for its cover was – I think – Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, maybe… Of course I liked the Synopsis as well but when I bought the book I found it’s cover really cool and pretty!

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3. BEAST – A BOOK YOU DIDN’T EXPECT MUCH FROM BUT PLEASANTLY SURPRISED YOU.

I honestly think that one might’ve been Cinder by Marissa Meyer! I think y’all know by now that this is one of my favorite series, but when I picked it up I thought that I might not like it as it’s Sci-Fi but…. we all know how that turned out 😉😁 The book is absolutely incredible and you can check my review out here!

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4. GASTON – A BOOK EVERYONE LOVES THAT YOU DON’T

You know…. I don’t think I have one of those. I usually don’t read the books that are currently “in” because my reading plans are always all over the place 😅 The only one I could mention here is After by Anna Todd but since a lot of people hate this one as well I gotta stick with not having an answer for this question 😅

 5. LEFOU – A LOYAL SIDEKICK YOU CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE MORE THAN THEIR COUNTER PART.

BAMBI FROM THE DARK ELEMENTS!!! I mean Bambi is basically just a demon snake that can turn into a human – she’s a familiar – but I loved her so so much!! I wouldn’t necessarily say I loved her more than the two leads, but I liked her at least just as much…..which is a lot!! 😅 She’s this sassy tattoo/animal/human that brings across so much emotion, irony, and fun without saying a word – for most of the time at least – and her eating a whole person (or a few) helps with liking her a lot as well 😅

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(Art Credit: Maria Trepalina)

 6. MRS POTTS, CHIP, LUMIER & COGSWORTH – A BOOK THAT HELPED YOU THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME OR THAT TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING VALUABLE

Usually books don’t help me through difficult times as I am the type who uses music for that, therefore I don’t have a book for that aspect. I do have a book that taught me something valuable though! Sweet Soul by Tillie Cole! The Female lead in this book is strongly hearing impaired and since she couldn’t afford a proper hearing aid her speaking abilities have suffered as well. Due to that she was bullied a lot which led to horrible things and history will repeat itself…..

I feel like I am not a judgmental  person at all, and “actively” I am not. I would never just go ahead and talk crap about a person without knowing them, but subconsciously I do judge people and I find it horrible!! This book has strengthened my desire to control those subconscious thoughts and keep them from coming out! I personally know how it feels to be judged by people who don’t know you so I found it horribly ashamed when I did it myself! I’m doing a lot better now and I am proud of that!

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7. “SOMETHING THERE” – A BOOK OR A SERIES THAT YOU WEREN’T INTO AT FIRST BUT PICKED UP TOWARDS THE END.

Once again I don’t have a concrete example but I think for this one I can go ahead and “judge” 😅 a whole genre…. For me Thrillers are usually pretty slow and in the beginning I’m not really into it but oftentimes that changes after a few murders or psychological torture 😅😉

8. “BE OUR GUEST” – A FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU’D LOVE TO HAVE OVER FOR DINNER

Winter from Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer! I mean come on, she’s a princess therefore has great manners and she is one of the kindest people I have ever read about! And she would probably say the food tasted great even though it was horrible 😅 and then she’d scream at the bleeding walls and I’d freak out – perfect dinner!

I tag:

If you have already done this tag feel free to decline, if not I hope you’ll enjoy it!!! 😁

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?

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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!!

Three Micro Book Reviews ~ YA Contemporary

Well, y’all…See I’m kinda sorta in a reading slump, so I can’t provide y’all with a full book review today – BUT! I have decided to at least update y’all on the last few books I’ve read by writing micro reviews. In those I’m basically just going to give y’all the basic info about the books and write a few sentences about what I thought of them! For this post I chose three YA Contemporary novels that, I bet, a lot of you know and have read!

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Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

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Author: Abbi Glines

Title: Until Friday Night

PublishedAugust 25th, 2015

Series: Field Party #1

Version: Amazon Kindle Version, Simon Pulse (336                          pages)

Would I recommend it: Yes

Rating: 4 Stars

4 Stars Rating

 

 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

My thoughts:

So far I have read a few other series/books by Abbi Glines and I quite enjoy her writing style, as she brings the feelings of her characters across very well! I found the premise of this story very interesting because on the one hand I can understand Maggie for not speaking but on the other hand I can’t imagine what it must be like to never speak. I imagine it must be very lonely and this feeling is mentioned a lot in the first part of the novel. I really liked Maggie a lot and think she is an awesome character, who just needed a little help to help herself! Actually I could relate better to West though – not in all aspects of course but I had to watch a person that was very close to me die from cancer as well, so I can understand that part of West. He tried to close this part of his family of from everyone else and therefore got lonely on the inside as well! The story of this book is nicely timed and the forming of Maggie and West’s relationship was well-timed and had really interesting elements in it. Those combined with the everyday craziness of teenage life made a really nice contemporary book that I rated 4 Stars and which I can definitely recommend for YA Contemporary fans as a nice read in between!

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Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman

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Author: Cookie O’Gorman

Title: Adorkable

PublishedMarch 31st, 2016

Series: Standalone novel

Version: Amazon Kindle Version (214 pages)

Would I recommend it: Yeah, for fun between other reads

Rating: 3.5 Stars

3.5 Stars Rating

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz.

Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she’s done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There’s only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take.

Her solution: she needs a fake boyfriend. And fast.

Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around-hottie, and Sally’s best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He’d do anything for Sal–even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she’s “more than pretty,” and expertly kissing her at parties.

The problem: Sally’s been in love with Becks all her life–and he’s completely clueless.

This book features two best friends, one special edition Yoda snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses and begs the question:

Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun?

My thoughts:

So this book ventures more in the funny direction of YA Contemporary, therefore the book has a very light tone and doesn’t deal with serious issues except for the typical High-School things like first love, friendship and such! I like the main characters Sally and Becks a lot, even though both of them are a little dense at times 😅 I liked the writing style, as the book is fast paced and a quite fast read in general! As you see I liked most of the book a lot but there’s one thing – person- that I can’t stand at all: Hooker! I cannot stand that girl’s personality AT ALL! I don’t think that it’s in any way okay to not accept you best friend’s (!) request to stop setting her up and I feel like Hooker completely ignores her best friend’s feelings! In my opinion Hooker puts her own “hobby” of matchmaking above her best friend, even though she is the one suffering from this ridiculous hobby, and I don’t recall her ever feeling sorry for this behavior at any point in the book. Sally’s mom doesn’t help either… I give this book 3.5 Stars because I had my issues with some characters and the book didn’t make up for that constant annoyance! I’d still recommend it though, because apart from two characters it’s still a fun read!

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P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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Author: Kasie West

Title: P.S. I like you

PublishedJuly 26th, 2016

Series: Standalone novel

Version: Amazon Kindle Version by Point (336 pages)

Would I recommend it: Yes

Rating: 4 Stars

4 Stars Rating

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Signed, sealed, delivered . . .

While zoning out in Chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk, and added a message to her.

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters— sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery, and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out . . .

Kasie West brings irresistible wit, warmth, and sparkle to this swoon-worthy story of love showing up when you least expect it.

My thoughts:

This was my second favorite from these three books. While this book didn’t cover topics as serious as those from “Until Friday Night” it also wasn’t as easy as “Adorkable” and still dealt with family issues, just not as intense as in the first book. This was a great median with not too much but also not to little drama! One of my favorite story elements was the music incorporated into the story! Not only is the female lead very interested in songwriting and “weird” music but the leads also bond over this interest in unusual music. I love that because music also plays an important role in my live and since I suck at songwriting (believe me, I’ve tried) I like reading about others that actually might have a talent for it. I could relate to the female lead very well, even though I don’t have a big family, and could mostly understand where her actions where coming from. I had a few problems with the make lead at first but those kinda disappeared when I started seeing the character through the letters and other people’s eyes, because the Lily is definitely biased… The story line in this book is just an everyday High-School story but is made more interesting through Lily’s charming family and of course the letters exchanged between her and the male lead! I can definitely recommend this book if you want some YA Contemporary that’s not too light but doesn’t make you bawl out your eyes either and I rated it 4 Stars!

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Thank y’all for reading and I hoped you enjoyed doing so, even though those reviews were very short! I hope I can get a “real” review out again soon but I’m sorry if I can’t – I am in a reading slump, have mercy!!

Book Shuffle | September 2016

Hi Guys, today it’s time for this month’s Book Shuffle! The Book Shuffle is a monthly meme created and hosted by Shannon @ Clockwork Bibliophile and if you want to find out more about it just check out her first post about this meme explaining it and such! 🙂 This is just going to be a shortie today, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless! 🙂

This time my shuffle button spit out Overtime by Hoodie Allen and I matched it with All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack!

The Song

Hoodie Allen my favorite rapper along with Drake, so it’s no wonder that I really like this song 😅 I really like about this song that it’s pretty chill and listening to it relaxes me a lot actually! And another think that I like about it are the lyrics – well the way I understand them at least, which might be utter bullshit! I understand the song to be about putting hard work towards your goals and not giving up however hard it becomes…. Is that about right? If not I’m screwed because that is my reasoning for my choice of book 😅

 

The Book

I chose All Lined Up by Cora Carmack mainly because of my interpretation of the song’s lyrics! Carson, the male lead in the book, used to go to a junior college and has just transferred to Rusk University. There he has to work very hard to show his dedication to the football team and how good he is at playing the game! A lot of the teammates don’t take him seriously so he really has to fight for the acceptance of him and his skills. So I think the motto of working your ass off to achieve your dreams connects the song and the book! As you can see I don’t have too much to say about this book since, while I did like it, I don’t have really big emotions towards the characters in this first book. The series is definitely worth a read though!!

 

Do you know this song? What book would you match it up with? Thanks for reading y’all!

My First Unboxing! | Fairy Loot |

I am so very excited for this post! I have wanted one of these subscription boxes for FOREVER, and finally I got to order one! I chose to order the FairyLoot Box for this first experience and I think this was the best decision I could have made! First off let me explain a little something about FairyLoot! FairyLoot is a monthly, Young Adult Fantasy subscription box based in London, UK. You can either order a single box, a three month subscription, or a six month subscription. It the box you’ll receive there will be a newly released YA book and 4 – 6 goodies matching the month’s theme! You can find out more about FairyLoot here.

Now let’s get to the good part! This month’s theme was Magic and Mayhem and it  was created with fans of The Grisha Trilogy, The Six of Crows series, and the A Shade of Magic series in mind. Here’s what I thought of this box:

I knew I loved this box as soon as I opened the flap, as, first off this box is just beautiful with all the black and the FairyLoot logo on the front, and secondly when you open said flap there’s a quote from Coraline by Neil Gaiman on the box:

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

 

The first thing I saw when opening the box (after the awesome design) was a card with the month’s theme picture on it and information about the contents of the box on the back – Of course I didn’t read that until after unboxing! I really liked the design of this picture and it matched the theme very well, and I like the way they describe the little goodies as well!

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Then came all these freaking cute paper stuff zigzag things in this beautiful lavender shade and – I am sorry for saying how cute and beautiful everything is – they give this box a pop of color that works very well with the black! Here are the real goodies:

  • Candle by Castle of Fables: These exclusive candles were created to represent the three different Grisha orders. I have to admit that I haven’t read The Grisha Trilogy yet so I had no clue what the  Etheralki on my candle meant 😅 But I did know that it smelled really good and it has a really pretty color! After I read that it was all about the Grisha orders I looked it up online and found out that my candle represents “The Order of Summoners, who are Grisha, whose power focuses on different elements”. I am happy that I got this order, as I really like powers that include use of the elements, so please don’t tell me they are the assholes of the story!! Please!!

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  • Bookmark by Behind The Pages: Next thing was a beautifully designed bookmark matching the book that came in this box – which…I kinda spoiled just now! So sorry, guys! I really like the dark design and it matches the book cover perfectly!

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  • Buttons/Badges by BookOtter: These are four badges/buttons created for fans of A Shade of Magic (which I also haven’t read yet) and exclusively for this box! I love these exclusive things, and even though I don’t even know the basic storyline of A Shade of Magic I think they’re pretty cute and I love the quote on the first one!

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  • Sticker by BookOtter: Next thing was a Felis Felicis sticker that was exclusively designed for FairyLoot! I immediately stuck it to the back of my laptop so maybe I’ll have some more luck with writing reviews 😅

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  • Necklace by Pastel Clouds Jewelry: This is my favorite goodie from this box!! The necklace has a little Matrjoshka doll charm on it, that again fits the books topic! I am absolutely in love with the necklace, it is just so beautiful and I can’t wait to wear it! It has a really nice length and feels like it’s of quite good quality!
  • Poster by GoodNightKittens: Again, I haven’t read the Grisha Trilogy yet and I don’t know anything about it, but I really like the dark color scheme and the design. It’s a Grisha Second Army mini poster and I’m probably going to decorate one of my notebooks with it 😊

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  • Notebook by Literary Emporium: Again this is Grisha themed and also exclusively designed for this box! I think it’s awesome that FairyLoot is able to provide so many exclusive items and they all are a very great match for the theme of this month! And – I can never have enough notebooks!!

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Bonus Item:

  • Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom postcards: Again these were exclusive and I think they have really great designs and these books are definitely on my TBR  list!

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The Book: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to 28220892parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair. . . .

Inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful and Sarah Porter’s years of experience teaching creative writing to New York City students.

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

The Synopsis of this book seems really interesting and what I’ve read so far is promising, I can’t wait to read it, but I am pretty busy right now so it might take some time! I love the cover and – I can’t count how many times I have already said this – I love books that are based on fairytales, mythology, folklore and things like that so that is an extra plus point right there!!

 

Summing up my experience with FairyLoot I can say that I totally loved my box and I am planning on ordering the November box as well – I am ALREADY excited for that one!

What are your experiences with subscription boxes? Have you ordered a FairyLoot box before?

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger | Book Tag |

For starters: I AM NOT DEAD! 😅 I’m sorry for this mini hiatus, but I had to work through some issues so:

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Today it’s time for another Tag, y’all! This time I got tagged by Taylor @ Taylor Reads Books to do the Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag! Thank you Taylor, and you others please check out her blog! I am really excited to do this Tag – I’ve seen it around and I think it’s a great way to share a few things about the blog!

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How long have you been a blogger? 

I started this blog in April 2016, but I only published 5 posts that month and then quit for two months, so the real blogging started this July!

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At what point do you think you will stop? 

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Well, maybe not never, but this is such a great hobby and it’s so much fun, so I want to try to continue for as long as possible!

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What is the best part? 

Y’all are! I really think that this amazing community is the best part about blogging! Everyone is so supportive and you can basically always find someone to talk to about anything! 😍 Also I love that I get to talk about my interests – books -, my favorite things – books -, and that people are actually interested in the same things!

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What is the worst part? 

Sometimes blogging can be quite stressful and I often feel like my posts aren’t good enough and don’t compare to others’…

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How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

As the quality of my cover pictures shows I don’t spend too much time on them… I do my best, try to be creative but constant, but I’m just really not good with creating pictures! The GIFs I take from Giphy.com, so I don’t own any rights of them. I get the pictures of book covers from Goodreads.com.

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Who’s your book crush? 

I think we already established that 😅 Roth, Crownprince of hell from the Dark Elements series by Jennifer L. Armentrout! A close second is Ethan Dunn, son of the archangel Michael from the Supernaturals series by Kelly Oram.

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What author would you like to have on your blog? 

Definitely Jennifer L. Armentrout! I love her books, she’s one of my favorite authors and it would just be amazing to have someone like her on my blog! Another author that I would find really interesting is Emery Lord. Her book When We Collided had a really big influence on me and I think that she must be a very interesting person!

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What do you wear when you write your blog? 

Adidas running pants and loose shirts or Hoodies 😁 I dress down for my favorite hobby  😅
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How long does it take you to prepare a post?

It depends… Some posts I write within an hour or two and for others – mostly reviews – I need a few days, or a few hours!

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How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture? 

I absolutely love it! The community (at least from my experience) is very supportive and absolutely lovely! As for the blogging culture… Well I guess I have to like it since I decided to be a part of it, right?

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What do you think one should do to have a successful blog? 

Just be yourself! Try to be unique and stand out, show who you are and, again, be yourself! Also, it’s perfectly alright to make mistakes! This is your space in the internet, do it your way, no one  has the right to say anything about it!

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That’s it for today and I hope you liked finding out some more about my opinion of blogging 😄

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Top 5 Wednesday – Books you want to see as TV shows

Hello Y’all! This weeks topic for Top 5 Wednesday is Books You Want To See As TV Shows and I am very excited for this topic – basically I’m excited for the topics this month 😅 😁 For the ones that don’t know what it is, T5W is a weekly, bookish meme which is hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and that anyone can participate in! Just check out the Goodreads group and you can take part in the Top 5 Wednesday as well!

 

The Worldwalker Series by Josephine Angelini

First off: These covers are fucking gorgeous!!!! They are perfect! I think that there is already a lot of really great stuff happening in these books, therefore a TV series would have a great basic story line. Also I think a TV series could add a lot of interesting elements that the books can’t cover, so I’d definitely watch the show!

 

The Smoky Barrett Series by Cody McFadyen

~I chose the German book covers here because I like them a lot more~

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I don’t think that this series has enough crime to make its own show but I do think that each of these books would make an amazing Criminal Minds episode! I would love that! One of my favorite TV shows combined with my favorite Thrillers! Heaven on earth, I’m telling y’all!

 

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Did anyone really think I wouldn’t mention the Lunar Chronicles?! This book series has everything! Having this as a TV show would be the best thing that has ever happened to the world of TV!!! I don’t think I have to say much else, as it’s just obvious why I chose this series!

The Shadow Falls / After Dark Series by C. C. Hunter

I don’t really know a lot to say about this. Like the Lunar Chronicles it has amazing characters, amazing plot, cool setting and creatures, and all in all it’s just a great series! This series in on the Top 5 of my all time favorite series and it has everything a TV show needs…They should really get started on doing this – what are you producers waiting for?!?!

BTW: Does it bother anyone else as much as me, that they changed the style of the covers for the spin-off series?? The German covers carry on the style of the original covers and I love that because they just go on seamlessly!

 

The Mortality Doctrine Series by James Dashner

I actually think that movies would work a little better with this series, but I think a TV show would be great too! I would love to see how they make the whole technology come true and what other story elements they would think of to make it a long enough show! I loved how the producers of The Maze Runner made the Grievers come true, so I think it’s be interesting how the would design some of the creatures in these books!

 

These are my Top 5 for this week! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and thank you for doing so! ❤

Do you agree with any of these? What are your Top 5?

When We Collided by Emery Lord

Short Description

Seventeen year old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he’s not. Now Jonah must numbly take care of his family as they reel from their tragedy. Cue next change: Vivi Alexander, new girl in town.

Vivi is in love with life. A gorgeous and unfiltered hurricane of thoughts and feelings. She seems like she’s from another planet as she transforms Jonah’s family and changes his life. But there are always consequences when worlds collide …

A fierce and beautiful love story with a difference, When We Collided will thrill fans of All the Bright Places and I’ll Give You the Sun.

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

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What’s it about?

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Author: Emery Lord

Title: When We Collided

PublishedApril 7th, 2016 (First Published April 5th, 2016)

Series: Standalone Novel

Version: Bloomsbury Children’s Paperback (344 Pages)

Would I recommend it: Yes, but if you are sensitive to topics concerning mental health you might want to be cautious!

Rating: 4 Stars

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In this review I will not mention who has what mental illness because I think that this could be seen as a spoiler if you were able to get around them so far! 

If you have already read this book, know that I am aware of the mental illnesses and why certain people act a certain way!

 

My Opinion

WOW! That was my very first thought when I finished this book (along with some tears)! This book gave me so many impressions and I am going to admit right here that I did go back and forth between loving and (not quite) hating this book! There were so many different topics, situations, moods and such made into one book and I believe that if that is the case you can’t have one single opinion on a book. Also the lessons this book teaches are so important and also show that you can work through anything, you just have to start working through it! The author’s note at the end of the book also made the point to mention how important it is to seek help and let people help you deal with your problems, and I think it is vital for authors to talk about these issues themselves without the barrier of having a character do it!

This book is definitely character driven and contains incredible character development, that I haven’t seen in many books so far! In this novel the story seems secondary and I don’t mind that for a change, as the story is an instrument to emphasize on the main characters’ issues, their healing process and their characters in general. Due to this the story is kept quite simple and if it wasn’t for the extraordinary characters it would just be a light summer romance story with slight turbulences, but even though this was the case the story was not predictable at all! I loved that! There was not one thing that I knew would happen except for the rough outline – Of course that’s thanks to the characters as well!

The author has a really great writing style and she is able to put each character’s personality into their POV’s. Talking about those, it’s very great that we don’t only get to read Vivi’s thoughts and the way she sees the world but Jonah’s as well and therefore how the outside world reacts to Vivi and her character, how they perceive her!

Finally let’s talk about the characters! I guess I should start with the easier one of the two leads – Jonah! Jonah is a very calm, caring, and loving teenage boy. Despite his age he does a lot for his family, he holds them together, works in his late father’s restaurant, and seems to be carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders! Even with all these problems in tow Jonah is still just a normal teenage guy who wants to put himself first every once in a while, but doesn’t, because he is cares too much for his family, and feels a little obligated, to not help them get through their grief. Jonah is at a point in his life where he feels stuck, like he’s not able to change the situation his family is in, like he doesn’t have control over his life anymore, but still he loves his family more than anything and I admire that about him – sometimes you have to be selfish though! I continuously liked him throughout the book and having him as a character was very pleasant and calming when you also read about / “as” someone like Vivi!

Vivi…Vivi is something else! I loved her, then I hated her, I thought she was a whore, then I felt sorry for her! So, my first impression of Vivi was this loud, lively, a little hyper girl, who is in love with life and tries to live it to the fullest! I admired a lot of her qualities, most of all probably her confidence and, as I said, her love for life and her willingness to learn new things all the time! Reading about her interacting with others was just delightful and lovely, especially seeing how easily she fell in love with Jonah’s family!.  At first I thought she was totally awesome and, even though she was a little too hyper for me at times, I fell in love with her personality, but things change! As the story progressed my feelings towards her changed. The way she sometimes treated others was unacceptable to me. Her selfishness, especially towards her concerned mother and Jonah, made me hate her at times! In addition her actions and her past make her seem a little whorish every now and then – sorry to say that – and it seems like she got around a lot so far and thinks of Jonah accordingly…. Only sometimes of course, but still, I feel protective of ma boi! As the novel went on a lot of things happened that kept on making me change my opinion on Vivi and as an important aspect about her character was revealed I started to understand why she was like that. It also made me think. To me “Vivi” is a made up character to an extend. She chooses who she wants to be and then ignores anything that would stop her from being that person, even if it defines her!

Another character that left an great impression was Ellie! She is such a sweet girl and I enjoyed every single scene she was in, she’s so amazing 😄

I can definitely recommend this story if you want a summer story that’s a little different! I really enjoyed reading the novel even the parts I mentioned above, when I didn’t like one of the leads, because I always loved at least one person!

 

The Entertainer Blogger Award

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Soooo, today I have another award post for y’all that I am really late for! I’m so sorry but, I don’t know, I guess I just didn’t get around to doing it up until now! I got nominated for this Award by Lara @ The Heathen and Jasmine @ How Useful It Is and I think y’all know my opinion of those two by now! I absolutely love their blogs, they are very supportive and if you have question you can count on them! Please check out their blogs – it’s definitely gonna be worth your while!

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The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Add these rules to your post.
  • Answer all the questions below.
  • Display the award picture in your post.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

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The Questions

Q1. Why did you start a blog in the first place?
Well… For one I have a pretty sucky memory and I wanted to have an outlet to write down my opinions on books so I will remember how I felt when reading them! Also I don’t have any friends that enjoy reading as much as I do, so I was also hoping to find people with the same interests!

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Q2. What is your favourite book?
How DARE you ask such a question!!!!

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Nah just kidding, but I really can’t give you an answer to that question! What book-worm can? Some of my favorites are The Shadow Falls Series, The Lunar Chronicles, A Thousand Boy Kisses and so, so, so many more!!

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Q3. What do you dislike the most?
Inequality, Oppression, Prejudice, Hate

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Q4. What is your favourite food item from the mall?
Well in German malls I don’t really eat anything, but in American malls I love Taco Bell or any kind of Pretzel resembling thing!

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Q5. What is your favourite pastime?
Apart from the usual things (Reading, Music, Blogging) I love spending time with my animals and learning new things – therefore I like studying! Also I used to do Hip Hop dancing which I still like to do by myself and without the pressure of competitions.

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Thank y’all for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it! I am not going to nominate anyone today! I’ve been doing a lot of tagging these last few posts so I decided that I want to tell everyone that they should do this award if the feel like it! I know that all the blogs I follow fulfill all the criteria for this award so just go ahead and do it – YOU DESERVE IT!  ☺