My 2017 Young Adult Reading Challenge

Let me just start this of by saying that I am not a good social person. I suck at anything including contact with other people. I don’t have a reason why, I try my best, but whatever. Well, to get to the point, I have been seeing all these other bloggers talk about their reading challenges and I never really knew how to be part of one, except for the Goodreads Reading Challenge of course 😅

Well this year I finally gonna do another reading challenge: The A – Z Young Adult Reading Challenge!! For this challenge you just have to find a young adult book for each letter of the alphabet and you may also choose adult books, if there are still more than 50% YA books. You can find out more about the challenge on Goodreads!

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So today I just want to tell y’all my plan for this challenge so far. These are a few books I definitely want to read and the rest I still have to fill in. I am totally open for recommendations!

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  • Q –
  • U –
  • X –
  • Y –
  • Z – 

I know there are still a lot of gaps, but I hope to fill them soon and maybe y’all could help me with that! 😉

Thank y’all for reading and have a great week! ❤

Have you read or are you planning on reading any of these books? What reading challenges are you participating in? Do you have any recommendations for my list?

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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?

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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!!

New York Times “By the book” Tag

It’s Tag time!! I’m sorry for not putting any reviews out lately but I’m honestly not reading books that I necessarily want to write a review about…. Still a sucky type of reading slump! I really can’t get trough the books that I really enjoy, that have been on my shelf for weeks and I don’t know why!! Well I guess I’m gonna have to keep doing tags until I get over this fucking reading slump! I got tagged to do this by Reg @ She Latitude, so go check out her post and her blog in general – you won’t be disappointed!!

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rosesWhat book is on your nightstand now?

I generally do not keep my books on my nightstand, so in my case it’s on a little side part of my desk 🙈There I have 3 books currently and those are Winter by Marissa Meyer, Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, and Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe! Well… and the few hundreds on my Kindle 😅 Those literally are on my nightstand and I count them, since I basically read my favorite scenes from a random one (whichever one I feel like) every day!!

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What was the last truly great book you’ve read?

It was a while ago that I’ve read this book, but it was absolutely amazing and since that
one I just haven’t read a book that left me speechless and touched. This last book was When We Collided by Emery Lord! (Here is my review for this book) It had a very big impact on me that none of the books I’ve read afterwards could top – so far!when-we-collided-emery-lord

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If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?

There are SO many!! But currently I think it would be Johann Wolfgang von Goethe or Friedrich Schiller. We have to read so many of their works in school, interpret and analyze them, and we talk about them non-stop! I would find it really interesting to hear from them what they thought about their literature, I mean maybe we got it all wrong, right? Also I would like to know what they think about their importance and presence in German-class!

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What books might we be surprised to find on your shelf?

Maybe the Manga books that I have?! I really don’t know 😅 Also all the required reads for German-class as well as some law books… Never know when you might need those 😉

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How do you organize your personal library?

I’ve had my bookshelves organized so many different ways so far, it’s not even funny..😅

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I pretty much went trough every kind of order you can imagine but currently I chose to organize it in a Goodreads type of way… You know: TBR, Read, Currently Reading and so on 🙂

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What book have you always meant to read and haven’t gotten around to yet?

A LOT! For example I’ve wanted to read “To Kill A Mockingbird” but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I really really wanna read it though!!

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Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t?

Honestly, the only one I can think of right now is “After” by Anna Todd! I usually like most of the books others like, because usually they’re good books so there aren’t many popular ones that I dislike 👍🏼

Ohhhh but there are also those like “The Hunger Games Trilogy” that I originally liked, but that were ruined for me by the hype😅

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What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

Drawn to:

  • Anything Supernatural (Especially creatures and how they’re unique in each story)
  • Fairytale Retellings
  • Stories with good world-building and authentic characters (therefore I love the first books in series 😉)
  • Books that talk about real, important issues
  • Dystopias of which the way it came to be is relatable

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Stay away from:

  • Books were cheating is made out to be alright (I’m looking at you After)
  • Completely unrelatable characters
  • Non-Fiction
  • Post/Pre/Whatever War literature
  • Books supporting idiotic stereotypes

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If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

I have no clue at all! I feel like I don’t really read books that’d be relevant for the leader of a country…

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What do you plan to read next?

I’m gonna follow Reg’s example here! Help me decide! It might take a while until I can get to it but who cares 😁😁

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Thank y’all for reading and I hope you enjoyed it ☺

I Tag:

I know, when someone say “I tag everyone” you never feel like they also mean you – at least I don’t – but seriously just do if you feel like it! I’d love to get a link to your post in the comments if you feel like doing this tag!

September Wrap-Up and October TBR

Guys I suck!!! I know the title says October TBR but that is just to tell y’all that I’m not even going to attempt planning a TBR! I still haven’t read the books on my Septemer TBR list – heck, I haven’t even finished Winter(!!!!)- so it’s basically going to be the same books for October. I currently have a really busy schedule and school, for example, has to come before blogging! 😖 But even though I’m in a reading slump and can’t find the time to pick up an actual book, my ebook reading game is going strong – well, kinda! And while I might not have read a lot of books I didn’t read anything So here we go with my Wrap-Up!

I’ve read 8 books this month! (Nevermind,  not even my ebook game is going strong!)

What I’ve read this month:

  • When We Collided by Emery Lord – I gave this book 4 Stars and you can find my review here!
  • A Hundred Thousand Words by Nyrae Dawn – I gave this book 4 Stars as well!
  • Neighbour Dearest by Penelope Ward – I gave this book 4 Stars!
  • Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines – I rated this book 4 Stars and you can find a short review here!

(Dang! A lot of 4 Stars books so far 😅)

  • Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman – I rated this book 3.5 Stars and you can find a short review here!
  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – Once again I rated this book 4 Stars and have a short review for y’all right here!
  • The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy – I gave this book 4 Stars!
  • The Score (Off-Campus #2) by Elle Kennedy – I gave this book 4 Stars as well!

(I’m even boring myself with all these 4s right now…)

I hope y’all’s reading month was better than mine and let’s hope for a better October!! 😉

To end this little post I want to mention 5 cool things that happened in September! Well…to me or my life cool obviously 😄

  1. I had my 18th birthday, so now I can do anything I want! (Except of course go to casinos – but who’d want that when you can spend your money on books instead?!?!)
  2. I received my first subscription Fairyloot Box!
  3. I got Beats Studio Headphones which I have wanted for years and I am so so happy!!
  4. I made a milkshake myself for the first time and it was freakin amazing!!
  5. I went to see Finding Dory with a bunch of friends – Yes, it just came out in Germany! – and it was so much fun!

 

What books did you read? Did you read any of the ones I read (this month or 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

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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!!

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?

Top 5 Wednesday – Characters you wouldn’t want to trade places with

Top 5 Wednesday Time, y’all! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly (bookish) meme for anyone interested in books, that is hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes! You can check out the Goodreads group for this meme to find out more about topics, fellow bloggers, rules and such! Go check it out 😁

This weeks topic is Characters you wouldn’t want to trade places with! Partly this is a no-brainer, but for some of these I had to think for a while!

 

Anyone from The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Seriously this is the biggest no-brainer ever!! In this series you are either a killer, being trained to be a killer, you are an arrogant, self-concerned asshole, or your life sucks – if you put it bluntly! I did enjoy reading these books and of course a lot of people are fighting back, but until the end of the books everyone is still miserable or one of the above…😅

 

Emperor Kaito from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Kai is so young when his father dies and it must be incredibly hard to deal with this loss, while also having to take care and rule a country! I think the position of the leader of a country is always a hard one, but adding Kai’s father’s death makes it even harder and I don’t know how Kai manages to still be such a great person!

Vivi from When We Collided by Emery Lord
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I just want to say at the very beginning that I don’t think Vivi has a bad life or anything, or that having a mental illness makes your life worse than others’! But I know from experience that I probably wouldn’t be a person who’s able to deal with such an illness well! A lot of people have the ability to come to terms with this kind of disease and have a great life anyways – I, sadly, wouldn’t be one of them!

The Victim in any Thriller

No-brainer número dos! Who wants to get killed by a psychopath? No one? Figured!

 

Gally from the Maze Runner series by James Dashner

When reading the books I hated Gally at first but,

*Spoilers*

at some point it came out that he was really one of the people who were manipulated the most! He did horrible things that he didn’t have any control over and feels horrible for that! I have compassion for him and I would not want to be in his shoes – like, seriously, NO!

Which characters would you not want to trade places with?

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!

 

Top 5 Wednesday ~ Books you will never read

*All books are linked to Goodreads.com*

Hello Y’all 🙂 It’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday you guys! I love being a part of the T5W because the topics are always so different  and they always make for some fun posts! The Top 5  Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme that is hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. In the Goodreads group the weekly topics are posted and you can get in touch with other Wednesdayers! This weeks topic is “Books you will never read” and there’s probably gonna be a few series in my list as well 😉

1.The Game of Thrones Series by George R. R. Martin

I have multiple reasons for never reading a single book in this series with one being the most obvious – The sheer size of the series and each of the books! Also I am really not interested in the story and I don’t think I’d like the writing style, as I’ve heard that it has A LOT of Pov’s, which I couldn’t deal with. I won’t even watch the TV shown because it’s just too much. Sorry Game of Thrones!

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2.The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

This is a book that a lot of teens loved and that started reading for a lot of them, but I absolutely hate it! I don’t like the story and the author’s view of vampires – Actually it even ruined my opinion of vampires in book! By now, luckily, they’ve redeemed themselves with the help of other authors and i really enjoy having vampires as a part of my books! And the movies have made all this even worse for me so that I can savely say: I will never read Twilight!

 

3.It by Stephen King

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This book! 😭  First off I am scared of Clowns – Well, maybe not scared, but I strongly, STRONGLY dislike them. Also, I read the first few pages of this book in a book store and then had to walk home – Alone, in the dark! It was horror and I know for sure I won’t read this book because I probably could never leave the house afterwards!

 

4.The After Series by Anna Todd

I feel really bad about how I talk about this because it’s great how far this author has come! But this series just isn’t for me. I attempted reading it (so I hope it still counts) but I could not, for the life of me, finish the first book. I hate the two lead characters who both are just all kinds of messed up and I don’t like the story itself either, so I will never pick this book/series up ever again!

 

5.Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

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For this book I really don’t have any complaints when it comes to the story, but I haven’t finished the original Harry Potter books (and don’t plan to in the near future) so it wouldn’t really make sense for me to read this sequel. Another reason for not reading this book is that it is written in play form! I really don’t enjoy books written in this format and I believe that books written in play form belong on a stage and not in our hand… It’s just not my thing!

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Thanks to all y’all for reading, I really enjoyed writing this post!

Do you agree with any of my picks? What are some books you’ll never read?

 

 

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?