2016-07-31

Read This Month

July

1. Just Ella
2. Wuthering Heights, (CftM)
3. Catcher in the Rye, (CftM)
4. Unexpected Everything REVIEW
5. Wonderlost
6. Airman
7. Killer Spirit
8. The Crown REVIEW
9. Six of Crows
10. A Monster Calls

11. Anna and the French Kiss, Re-Read
12. Harry Potter #1, Re-Read

2016-07-30

The Crown : review

(book 2(5))
Kiera Cass
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This is the last (can we actually keep it the last one this time?!) book in the Selection series' sequel duology thingmagic, with America's daughter now having her own selection.

+ there won't be any spoilers in the main review, but I added some to the end with a warning right before!
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Goodreads'link to the book
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>I gave this book 2.0 stars and decided to continue on with the way I do:
So I'll tell 2 things I liked about the book and 3 things I didn't like.
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But what did I think?
+1 | I liked the writing style. It just keeps you reading, I mean I did read ALL 5 BOOKS...

+2 | Entertaining. Though a big part of the book is a Bachelorette kind book, but it had a good amount of battles (and in the case of the predecessores - deaths).

-1 | The characters! And I thought America was the most frustrating one! Oh how I was wrong.

-2 | The character development was non-existent, though at times it actually did go backwards... And especially romatic-wise with that octagon? I guess triangles are overused...

-3 | Decisions. I mean sure it COULD all kinda come to be, but really? 


EXTRA:
>Happy with the ending & choise? Yes. Though predictable, and as I loved someone else as a choice more, I was very happy and

>As a native Finnish speaker though, oh my! It sounded like the translations were put through Google Translate. It is a dystopian world, so in this country of Swendway (Sweden, Finland, Norway) I would have understood that there is a Finnish-type language that slightly resembles the one we have, but nope!
           Omenal√∂rtsy.
   Finnish is a very hard language and if you wan't it to just bring something extra and little to the book sure, but if you don't know it why would you put in Finnish LESSONS. I liked the effort, but I don't think the author intended those parts to be read while laughing...
     And from the depths of Google Cass ended up with Henri Jaakoppi & Eikko Petteri Koskinen. Oh, and fish soup and the famous apple "doughnuts"  that ain't actually doughnuts.
   Henri was a very sympathetic character socializing even though the lack of a common language, so at least Cass didn't Google those aspects of Finns and socializing!


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Point -3 situations: And if all the suitors she had weren't enough, you brought another one of Marid!
Point -3 situationswould you just hand the throne just like that... And the ending thing? Really there is NO-ONE you contact with ideas? And you can't just change how a country is ruled like that!
Extra point situations: If you want some examples of the Finnish sentences used, here you go:
You is nice girl. How to get to know the other? 
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Overall rounding everything up, I was happy with all of the aspects coming together, but I mean the main character...
Read on lovelies,
Sally

2016-07-23

Unexpected Everything : review

Morgan Matson
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This is the newest book by Morgan Matson,
and there won't be any spoilers in the main review, but I added some to the end with a warning right before!

Goodreads' Link to the book
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>I gave this book 2.5 stars  and decided to continue on with the way I previosly did (link!)
So I'll tell 2.5 things I liked about the book and 2.5 things I didn't like.
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Originally I was drawn to this book because:
a) from time to time you really need a sweet contemporary
b) I've read another book by the same author, and liked it (Amy and Rogers Epic Detour)
c) the book is 500+ pages, which is not that usual for contemporary books. So I had hoped for lots of development, rounding up all thoughts and loose ends, and getting enough of the characters
d) I'd heard lots of good things - no sappy love-at-first-sight for example

But what did I think?
+1|  I really liked the writing style and the sweet little things that lined up (I always appreciate the work. Example contemporary movie endings "aw she brought a brick cause on the first date they...")

+2|The character development was good, though more with some, none with some. (You'll notice from my next point why I really appreciated this fact)

+/-0.5|Characters. From the start I wasn't sure what to feel about the main character or the love interest. They grew on me, so the half plus of this point came later so it was more like a consolation... I disagreed with so many decisions they made, and truly some of them were just a no-no.

-1 |Unexplained things. (Sure sometimes this can be a good thing that I want to know more, but then again if so much is unanswered, what actually happened in the 500 pages?)

-2 |Not invested, personally that is. And half way I wanted to dnf it. (Not language wise - so just not my cup of tea, though I thought it would be right up my alley.)

I've had problems previously with contemporary books (like My Life Next Door), and when I don't like one I can't exactly put my finger on why. I can't review the fantasy world or arc of action etc. so I don't really review them, but I made an exemption for this, since I was really looking forward to it.

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Point +1 situations: the story of the statue, finding out about the painting the mother did as a whole
Point +/-0.5 situations: - for Toby & the dynamics of her drama and friendships, + for carter, and at the end I'm still between +/- for the main character
Point -1 situations: she didn't confront her dad about the old house, she didn't talk to Carter about Topher of latest developments
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Overall rounding everything up, I was disappointed. But I do think that lots of people would enjoy it, it just wasn't my cup of tea.
Read on lovelies,
Sally

2016-07-09

Mid Year Book Freak Out

Tag

I am having a break from blogging, because of school work, but I'll be back :)
I saw this tag last year but didn't do it for some reason, but here it is again

Questions:1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2015.
Um, no I really don't know. I have given 10 4.5s and 5 5s so far...
   ?I'd say All In (third in a series and it just blew my mind unexpectedly) and Hyperbole and a Half (I had never read anything by her and was blown away)

2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2015.
All in is one of those 5 star books, and it was so good!

3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to.
Heart of Betrayal and Dream On.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
P.S. I Like You, A Torch Against the Night, Bad Blood and Heartless.

5. Biggest disappointment.
Most definetly not the worst! But I was kinda disapointed by Stars Above (though I only ended up reading some)...

6. Biggest surprise.
Pennyroyal Academy (4.5)

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Nelou Keramati

8. Newest fictional crush.
I don't think I actually have one currently! Hm...

9. Newest favourite character.
I really loved Shahrzad, from the Wrath and the Dawn

10. Book that made you cry.
Me Before You

11. Book that made you happy.
Hyperbole and a Half

12. Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received)
Everything, Everything

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
The only book(s) I have left from the list I made in the beginning of the year (link) is The Knife od Never Letting Go series books 2-3

14 Favourite Book Community Member (Blogger, Booktuber and Bookstagrammer)
 I really don't know, but I did love TheGalaxialWorld's review for Unexpected Everything!
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I did also love PaperFury's 30 Bookish Facts About Me

2016-07-01

Read This Month

June

1. Stardust
2. Boy in the Striped Pajamas
3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
4. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
5. Thing Explainer, graphic novel-ish
6. The Fray-Theory: Resonance REVIEW
7. Geek Girl
8. The Book Thief
9. Sense and Sensibility, (CftM)
10. Sense and Sensibility, graphic novel
11. My Life Next Door
12. Diabolical Miss Hyde, ebook
13. The Squad: Perfect Cover
14.-19. Gallagher Girls 1-6, Re-Reads