2014-07-31

Read This Month

July

1. Through the Zombie Glass
2. Percy Jackson and the Titans Curse
3. Lola and the Boy Next Door
4. Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth
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5. Cardturner
6. Perfect Scoundrels
7. Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian
8. Naturals (TBR)
9. Imposter
10. Legend
11. The well-wishers
12. The One
13. The Iron Daughter
14. Little Women (CotM)
15. Iron Queen
16. Never Fade 1/2

Hugs,
Sally

2014-07-30

Top 5 Wednesday

July 30th
Made You Cry

1. If I Stay
By Gayle Forman
2. Where she Went
By Gayle Forman
3. The Fault in Our Stars
By John green
4. Allegiant
By Veronica Roth
5. Survive
By Alex Morel
Love,
Sally


2014-07-26

Info

thing-majic...
It has come to my knowing that not all of you have been able to vote on the poll  I put about what classic to read next. (I read Little Women) so I will be trying to figure out those things before doing another one.
And thank you to those who sent me messages about this problem!
Hugs,
Sally

Heist Society : review

by: Ally Carter

As you might know from an old review I really like her writing style, from the Gallagher Girl series, and after getting this from my TBR jar I was very excited! I've been meaning to read this and the next two befor ethe fourth book comes out, this year, and now I have. Well what did I think about it? I loved it!
I really enjoyed reading the Gallagher Girl series as well, can't say which I liked better, but I found it SO fascinating on seeing both sides of things. You will see what I mean in a moment.


What is it about? Goodreads says this:
6574102When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.

Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.

For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family's history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

What was I on about both sides? Well see if you've read Gallagher Girls you know they are about a girl spy school where they train to be well agents. Fighting the bad all in all when Heist Society is the opposite about burglars and robberies. Both have teenage girls in the lead and a crew behind them but they have different goals for their lives. Cammy, from GG, is so happy to be in the family business of spies when Kat, From HS, desperately wants out of it. Both have their struggles with their families, what they do and with boys. Sigh... Oh the drama after boys... Yet I still enjoy some in books :)

So yes I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced, I loved the characters (exept one...), it was descriptive text and I loved how the chapters were divided into days (since Kat had a deadline).

Have you read it? What did you think?
Love & Hugs,
Sally

2014-07-23

Top 5 Wednesday

July 23rd
Wished you read earlier

1. Darkest Minds
2. Shades of Earth
3. Heist Society
4. If I Stay
5. Fangirl
Love,
Sally

2014-07-22

How I Rate Books


Some were wondering how I give ratings since I can say many negative things and give a 3.5 or many positive things and still give the same rating. So I decided to do this kind of system for you to check from.
So first criteria I want from a great book, and of which I think about when rating a book:

>Plot
>Characters
>World building
>Language
>Pace
>Overall: If part of a series would I continue it?

And if you were wondering I don\t give 5 stars easily but neither a 0. So usually a 3 and at times a 2 or a 4.
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          0.5 stars- Couldn't even finish!
1- Blech
        1.5- Meh
2- Not sure if I would recommend
         2.5- Okay
3- Good. I'm happy to have read it
         3.5- Good stuff!
4- This was SO great!
        4.5- You gotta read this book!!
5- Sqee!! I can't contain myself! Rare-ish
Hugs,
Sally

2014-07-16

Top 5 Wednesday

July 16th
Covers Bought, Solely for the Cover

1. Little Women
The penguin classic edition with the fabric and the book army strings and stuff…

2. Alice in Winderful and Through the Looking Glass
Same edition as little women

3. Never Fade
Hard back!

4. Across the Universe
I bought it without knowing what it was about, I liked the stars in the cover

5. Catcher in the Rye
A penguin edition without any pictures. Purple cover and gold letters
Hugs,
Sally

2014-07-12

Ruby Red : book vs movie


Rubinrot (2013) Poster
Ruby Red vs. Rubinrot 
Book vs. movie (Pt. 2)

This is a book I LoVe! And i was a bit scared to see the movie and seeing changes they might have made. But even so I still finally watched it. Because of these opinions, a bit later.
So the  movie is in German but I watched one with subtitles so that was fine.



So my first thoughts after finishing the movie was pleasantly surprised. I really liked the movie too, although as usual the book was better. They did make quite a lot of changes, more than I thought, but it might have been hard to fit it all in and for the person watching to still understand things.
The ending had drastic changes, which I really liked, when then again the smaller changes I didn't like that much.
I loved the actors and actresses, sceneries and adaptions of the scenes from the book.
I loved the book and I loved the movie, a bit less, but I don't think of them as one story. Does that make sense?
I don't think they will make a movie for the next books but  I would have have loved to see them :) Yet I still haven't read Emerald Green, third and last book, since I'm afraid of ending the series... I love the first two books and the story line So much I can't imagine it ending for me.
Yeah I hope any of this is making any sense for you guys...
So overall I like both but think of them as not one.

Love & Hugs,
Sally

2014-07-09

Top 5 Wednesday

July 9th
Books Booktube made you read

I'm sure most, if not all of you, already know what Booktube is but if not: it is a YouTube 'community' about all things bookish :)

1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone
2. Fangirl
3. Seriously… I'm Kidding
4. Darkest Minds
5. Eon

All of these I read as recommendations from booktubers. Some I bough without knowing what they were about and just trusting those couple booktubers. And I loved most of them! That is what is so great about this thing!
Hugs,
Sally

2014-07-05

Darkest Minds : review



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So as you know I got this book from my TBR jar, and so I read it. And really enjoyed it. I wont say I loved it (I'll explain later) but I think I will love the second book Never Fade. I am glad I got this book now since the last book will be coming out this year, and I wanna read the first two before the last one comes out and let me tell ya: I'm excited!

So, what is it about? Well Goodreads starts off by saying this (I left out the spoilery bits):
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that's killed most of America's children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby needs to fight for survival and for the survival of the ones she learns to trust.

In the Afterlight is the last book in this trilogy and it will come out this year! Excitement is overflowing!
Anyway on to thoughts. As I said I didn't LoVe the darkest minds. don't get me wrong I ReAlLy enjoyed it but it had some points I didn't like. So 3.5 stars out of 5 maybe... I'm sure i'll like the next ones more though :)
So I liked its fast pace, slow at times but overall really great.
I liked the language it used but I didn't like the way they were "factioned". The idea was great but the colors threw me off and I was having a hard time remembering them. I ended up writing them on as paper and using it as a bookmark, as I did with Divergent. Yep I have undoubtedly the BeSt memory.
I also had a hard time with the ending. At the same time I liked it and not. It was a bit clich├ęd but it was still heart breaking, so I liked it. But I found the characters choices a bit iffy. They were um, I don't know what to say or even think about it... I guess It'll get sorted in Never Fade and I'll understand if I liked it, or not.


Hugs,
Sally

2014-07-02

Top 5 Wednesday

July 2nd
Books you've read this year

1. Ruby Red and Sapphine Blue
2. Statistical Prob.
3. Alice in Zombieland
4. Heist Society and Uncommon Criminals
5. Shades of Earth

As you can imagine this was a hard one to do… I Needed to constantly be taking some books out of the list to get only 5, and so it took its time. :)
Hugs,
Sally

2014-07-01

Read This Month

June

So this month I took two papers from my TBR jar since I had already put Heist Society onto a shelf of  "maybe most of these I'll read this month", so I picked another one :) also I will do this next month to catch up for not taking one in March.
I haven't read that much this month since I've been gone and doing all kinds of stuff (gone to Spain for one week and then two weeks helping someone move) but here are what I did manage:

1. Eon 1/4? I kinda stopped reading it…
2. Heist Society (TBR jar)
3. Strange Angles
4. Leaving Poppy (TBR jar)
5. Wonderful wizard of Oz (CftM)
6. Shades of Earth

Also as for my reading goal for the year, 100 books, in 10 days we are half way through the year. This is why I decided to count how many books I have read to see if I can truly make it. And so ten days to go I have read 47 books out of the, half, 50. So 10 days three books? I think I'll manage :)

So do you guys have goals? If so are you anywhere near?
I think I did a realistic one with a bit of an stretch though. I think that's how it should be so you don't think you've failed at the end :)
Dear,
Sally