THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini | Review

Title: The Kite Runner

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Book #: Standalone

Genres: Adult, Historical Fiction

Publication: April 2004, by Riverhead Book

Pages: 372

Author’s Website

Rating: αρχείο λήψης (7)

The Kite Runner of Khaled Hosseini’s deeply moving fiction debut is an illiterate Afghan boy with an uncanny instinct for predicting exactly where a downed kite will land.

Growing up in the city of Kabul in the early 1970s, Hassan was narrator Amir’s closest friend even though the loyal 11-year-old with “a face like a Chinese doll” was the son of Amir’s father’s servant and a member of Afghanistan’s despised Hazara minority.

But in 1975, on the day of Kabul’s annual kite-fighting tournament, something unspeakable happened between the two boys.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.”

Review

So, I knew that this book has received a gazillion positive reviews, everyone loves it and it has 4.20 stars on goodreads. Still, I had it on my shelves since my birthday on 2009 when my mother had given it to me as a present saying that it was the best book she’d ever read. And I left it on my shelf for 4 years. 4 whole years it was sitting on my shelf and I didn’t even care about it. Why am I telling you this? Just to show you that I was almost positive I wasn’t going to like this book. Why? I don’t f-ing know! I thought it was going to be a melodramatic (which it was), heavy (which it also was) and boring (which it wasn’t AT ALL) story.

The story of two boys, two friends whom life brings apart. I never thought this could make for such a book. Touching. Sad. But also motivational and hopeful. This book was everything I didn’t expect it to be. It blew me away and it’s a book I will remember for a long time.

The highlight of this book is definitely the author. His writing style. His talent. Above all I admire his ability to write all these things, that must include a lot of personal experiences and trigger many feelings, with such political neutrality. There wasn’t any point in the book where I could feel the author taking a stand. Choosing who the good and who the bad guys are. It must take a great deal of strength to be able to do that. To be able to write about something that has affected your own life so much and still watch it as if you’re on the outside, looking in. I can’t do anything, but admire such strength and self-control.

It’s one of few books that made me feel all these kinds of different emotions and all of them very intensely. So here’s how I feel after having read the book:

I am angry.
Because of all the injustice. Because of everything that shouldn’t be happening, but still happens. Because of everything that people among us have to go through. Because it’s not fair.

I am horrified.
By everything that humans are capable of doing. Being capable of hurting so many people just to achieve a certain goal – usually money. Being willing to destroy thousands of lives, children, families, just to earn more money. And, what’s even more scary, being capable of transforming all those things under the mask of “the greater good” or even “self-protection”. It’s unbelievable how far humans can go.

I am sad.
Of all the things that can tear two people apart. Nationality differences. Skin-color differences. Religion differences. Why do all of these even exist?

I am in awe.
Of the author. Of his writing style. Of how he managed to make everything seem so real. To describe everything in such detail without making the story boring. To be able to use such long narrations and monologues, but keep the story direct and alive. He has an incredible talent.

I am moved.
By everything that is happening in this book. It’s happening all around us in the real world and we just choose to close our eyes to it. Even though the story is so sad and could even be described as depressing, I feel motivated.

I am hopeful.

I am different.
I feel like this book has changed me. I feel like it’s my responsibility to do something. To change something. To help someone.

I don’t what else there is left to say. I hope I convinced at least one of you to read this book. It’s something I truly believe everyone should read and everyone would be able to admire and respect.

If there is one phrase that will stick with me for a long, long time it’s this:

“Amir and Hassan, the sultans of Kabul.”

First Line

I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.

Mini Review

One of the best books I’ve ever read.
A powerful story and a beautifully written book.
The power to forgive, forget and move on could not have been depicted any better. 

Recommend it for…

  • Everyone over the age of maybe 15, due to violent content.

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WWW Wednesday #1

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

It’s very good so far! Hosseini’s writing is truly magnificent. I still have less than 100 pages to go and I can’t wait to see how it’s going to end. I recommend it to anyone!

What did you recently finish reading?

The last book I finished reading was Carrie by Stephen King.

I finished it about a week ago, but didn’t enjoy it as much as I was hoping I would. I have a full review about it, which you can find here.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The next book I’ll probably pick up is P.S. I love you by Cecelia Ahern.

Just because I’m at my parents’ place and have a few unread books on my shelves here that I want to tackle. I’ve also watched the movie a couple of times and really loved it, so I hope the book will turn out to be good as well!

CARRIE by Stephen King | Review

Title: Carrie

Author: Stephen King

Book #: Standalone

Genres: Adult, Horror, Fantasy, Thriller

Publication: November 2002, by Pocket Books

Pages: 253

Author’s Website

Rating: αρχείο λήψης (1)

Stephen King’s legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates.

Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift. Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to be a normal and go to her senior prom. But another act–of ferocious cruelty–turned her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would never forget.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“People don’t get better, they just get smarter. When you get smarter you don’t stop pulling the wings off flies, you just think of better reasons for doing it.”

Review

Well… How can I say this? I just didn’t like this book. And I’m quite upset about it because I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time and it really disappointed me.

Honestly. When you think about Stephen King and especially Carrie what are some of the first things that come to your mind? Because for me it’s: really scary, creepy, weird unexplained things happening, more scary, great writing, extremely scary, un-put-downable. Well from all these things the only one that was accomplished for me was the “weird unexplained things happening”.

For the first half of the book everything was going okay. Not really good, but acceptable. And then, when I thought “now the real thing will start”, it started becoming worse and worse! First of all, the whole book was revolving around one single event. When I realized that I thought “Okay, at least it better be good!”. And it so wasn’t. The event in itself was quite big, to be fair. But the way it was described and the feelings of Carrie during that event where very unemotional and just lukewarm. When you’re writing a whole book around one thing and building anticipation and excitement and curiosity about how it will all go down, you can’t describe it almost with no emotions at all. And you can definitely not describe it from a secondary character’s point of view.

But that’s exactly what happened. Even worse actually, because the point of view was not from only one secondary character, but from so many! Some of them were actually not even mentioned in the book before that. They just randomly appear towards the end of the book and we’re stuck reading from their perspective. Quite frankly, I don’t freaking care what a random person / character has to say about what happened! I want to experience what’s happening first hand from the perspective of Carrie or some other important character and not some stranger who doesn’t even know what has been going on! Not to mention that they weren’t even there when everything went down, so we learn everything from these secondary characters talking to some of the main characters and asking them what had happened. I mean, WHAT? WHY? This really frustrated me to no end.

The only positive thing I could find about this book was the dynamic between Carrie and her mother. Her mother is an obsessively and extremely religious person who makes Carrie go through a lot of different punishments in order to pay for her sins. Of course this plays a major role to how Carrie evolves as a person and pretty much shapes her personality. So I really thought that Carrie’s reactions and her relationship between her and her mother was a very well described part of the book. Also the scenes with the punishments ended up being the most emotionally hard, but also exciting scenes in the whole story.

In general I was very disappointed by this book. I had really high hopes for it and expected to read something truly scary and twisted, and it ended up being anything but that. I’ve heard quite a few things about this book, so obviously others have seen something in it, but I really cannot see it. I might try watching the movie, though. I have a feeling I might like it better.

First Line

It was reliably reported by several persons that a rain of stones fell from a clear blue sky on Carlin Street in the town of Chamberlain on August 17th.

Mini Review

Completely disappointed in this book.
The story wasn’t what  I expected it to be.
I had some serious issues with the writing style.
Generally, not my cup of tea.

Recommend it for…

  • fans of classic thrillers

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Book Blog News {Buttons, GIFs and more…}

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Hi guys and welcome to book blog news! This is a feature I post every Sunday in which I tell what has happened in the book blogging world in the past week. It was inspired by Elizziebooks‘ “Booktube News”.
So grab a cup of coffee and let’s see which were some of the most interesting things going on.

Rachel over at Parajunkee wrote a post on how to create the perfect “Grab my Button”. From designing to formating to giving tricks, everything you need to create your own “Grab my Button” is there!

Lucy from Queen of Contemporary wrote about how she has an obsession of having the same books ore than once. As she says, she has multiple copies of the same book sometimes, but still they’re all important to her. Hop over to her blog to see how she analyzes herself.

Charlotte over at Gupsy Reviews wrote a post about her photoshop story. She is using photoshop for a long time now and shows us how her pictures have changed throughout those years. Really good motivation if you’re starting with photoshop now and feel like you can’t do a descent picture yet!

There’s a really funny post on Verbosity Book Reviews about rating books. Kelsey uses some GIFs to show us what book ratings mean!

Speaking of GIFs, Adam Silvera from the Pub(lishing) Crawl wrote a post comparing GIF reviews and normal reviews. He definitely prefers reviews without GIFs and explains why he thinks those actually have a stronger impact.

P.E. over at the Sirenic Codex found some researches showing that half of the people who buy Young Adult books are actually adults. Which triggers the question ?why don’t more teens read YA?”, that is exactly the subject of her post. Go over there to read more on the subject.

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HarryPotter-a-thon

Hello lovely readers! And more importantly hello lovely Harry Potter fans!

If you’re following my blog or my youtube channel for some time now, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. Like really huge!

I’ve read the first 4 Harry Potter books about 5-7 times each and the rest of the books about 3-5 times each. Of course that isn’t nearly enough, because I can never get enough Harry Potter! Seriously, I’m obsessed!

Which is why I decided that I will do a read-a-thon of the Harry Potter books and try to read all of them again!
And it would be completely amazing if any of you guys wanted to join me!

So, the rules are pretty simple:

  • The HarryPotter-a-thon will run for one month and specifically from March 1st to March 31st.
  • During that period of time try to read as many Harry Potter books as possible. I’m aiming for all of them, but we’ll see how it goes. You can set your own goals. If you haven’t read the Harry Potter books yet you could just try to read the first two for example. Challenge yourselves!
  • You can also watch as many Harry Potter movies as you want. I’ll definitely watch all of them! I love the movie adaptations.
  • And you can also do any other Harry-Potter-related activity you like, for example playing Harry Potter video games.
  • The main goal is to read as many Harry Potter books as possible. Everything else is just to add a bit more to the Harry-Potter-craze!

If you decide to join me in this read-a-thon let me know in the comments!

I will probably post a weekly update on my progress every week of March, so we can stay in touch! I’ll also use the #HarryPotterAThon hashtag on twitter, so if you decide to take part make sure to use that too!

Here’s also the video I uploaded on this read-a-thon yesterday, in case you missed it:

Feature & Follow Friday

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Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme all about getting new followers and making new friends! It is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison can read, so hop over to their blogs to find out exactly how this works.

What was the last book that made you cry?

You might already know this… I’ve mentioned it a couple of times… I don’t cry with books. Ever. It has never happened to me. I could, though, tell you what the last book that almost made me cry was and that would have to be:

Looking for Alaska by John Green | Goodreads

I loved this book in general and at one particular point (if you’ve read the book you’ve probably guessed it) I almost cried. I have heard a lot of people saying that they bawled their eyes out reading this book, so if you’re looking for an emotional book this one is definitely a safe bet. I also have a review of this book, so you can check that out too if you want!

WORLD AFTER by Susan Ee | Review

 Title: World After

Author: Susan Ee

Book #: 2 in the “Penryn and the End of Days” series

Genres: Young Adult, Apocalyptic, Paranormal

Publication: November 2013, by Hoddor and Stoughton

Pages: 439

Author’s Website and Twitter

Rating: αρχείο λήψης (7)

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“You’re naming your collector’s-item, kick-ass sword that’s made to maim and kill, specifically designed to bring your ginormous enemies to their knees and hear the lamentation of their women – Pooky Bear?”
“Yeah, you like it?”

Review

I freaking love this series! Seriously! It’s now definitely on my favorites list. It has everything, from a fast pace, to an interesting storyline, to an amazing love interest and all of it written in an extremely fascinating and capturing way. I could not put this second book down.

But first things first. World After starts exactly at that moment where Angelfall ended. Exactly at that moment. Like 2 minutes after Angelfall’s ending. That threw me a bit off in the beginning, as I had finished Angelfall a few months ago and didn’t 100% remember exactly at what point of the story we were left. I got over it a few pages later, though, and after that had no problem orienting myself and getting back into the story. The positive side of that was that we were thrown back into the middle of action again.

If you thought the first book was fast paced and action packed, you have seen nothing yet. The second has much more fighting scenes, terrifying creatures and anguishing moments. It also has a lot of gore. Like, really a lot of it. Those creatures that I mentioned? They are described in every detail, as is every fight scene and knife-cutting-through-flesh moment. If you are not really into that, then I wouldn’t recommend reading this book. I, however, had no problem with it. Okay, maybe it wasn’t my favorite part of the book, reading how exactly a person looked with parts of his/her body missing, but it definitely added to the story. I can’t imagine reading this exact story without all those gory details, it would be too different.

I really liked where the story went and by the end of the book I could start seeing some mysteries getting unfolded, though not yet completely. I also liked seeing more of Penryn’s sister, Paige, as she was completely absent in the first book. We can now get to know her a little better, or rather get to know the new Paige after the whole cutting and stitching and monster-izing procedure happened to her. She’s quite different now, but still the dynamics between her, Penryn and their mother are very strong. Speaking of which, I loved that we had a few moments with the girls’ mom. I always thought she added a creepy, yet fantastic edge to the whole story. Definitely looking forward to reading more scenes that involve her!

The one thing I was a bit disappointed about, was that there was not a lot of Raffe! The witty little dialogs between him and Penryn had been my favorite part of the first book and we didn’t get enough of them in the second. I’m also very excited to finally start seeing some romantic action between those two! I ship them so much! I do like that the relationship is going slowly, because it actually makes sense if you think about the whole “forbidden” thing and all, but I can’t help but want to see those two together as soon as possible! That being said I have to admit that I didn’t REALLY mind him not being there, just because there were a million other things happening to keep me busy. So that’s a huge thumbs up for the writer for making me love the story even without Raffe in it (who is actually my favorite part of the book).

But, we do get at least some smartass dialog towards the end of the book that honestly made me laugh out loud. I was seriously sitting on my sofa, reading the book and laughing all by myself. Thank you so much dear Susan Ee for making this book so funny and pleasurable and un-put-downable and awesome-tastic! I cannot wait for the third book to come out! I seriously cannot wait!

First Line

Everyone thinks I’m dead.

Mini Review

A perfect sequel to the first book
Love where the story is going and how some mysteries are getting unfolded.
Would have loved to have some more Raffe scenes!

Recommend it for…

  • a fast paced, action packed read
  • people who don’t mind gore

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Top 10 Reasons I Love Being a Blogger

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Top 10 Tuesday is a feature/weekly meme created at the broke and the bookish

This week’s topic is to name 10 reasons I love blogging! So here we go!

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Connecting. And by that I mean connecting with you guys. Reading and answering to comments is one thing I love about blogging. Also going on other book blogs and commenting, or participating in blog tours and read-a-thons, which I haven’t done yet, but I really want to!

2Finding out about books. Blogging is a great way of discovering new books. This happens mostly by visiting other blogs and reading reviews and posts about new books. Seriously, before starting this book blog I would go to a bookshop and spend hours trying to find a book that I’d like and now I have about 200 books I want to read on my to-read list!

3Interacting with authors. I remember when I was younger I wanted to write a letter to J. K. Rowling and tell her how much I loved her book. I never did that. I thought she must be getting tons of letters and would never read it. Well book blogging has made talking to authors possible. Maybe not J. K. Rowling, but other authors especially newer ones, who always respond to tweets and are happy to hear that someone liked their book.

4Discussing books. I love that I now know people who love reading just as much as I do! It’s just nice that when I finish a book and am like “Oh my God! What just happened?”, I can write a review or just a tweet about it and someone will answer and we can actually talk about THAT ending or THAT guy and fangirl about it together!

5Goodreads. I seriously love goodreads. And if it wasn’t for blogging and booktube I never would have found out about it! I actually used to keep a list of all the books I’d read in a notebook, but it’s much easier and nicer and more organised on goodreads. It’s awesome!

6Reading more. Ever since I started blogging I’ve also been reading so much more that in the past. It’s just the fact that I now have so much more books I want to read, which gives me motivation to read more and more!

7Saying my opinion. It’s so nice that I can just write what I thought about a book, or what I think about some topic that has to do with books and someone might actually read it. I also love how everyone seems to accept and respect that opinion, even though they might disagree. Readers are the best!

8Writing. It has always been in the back of my head to try and write a book. I’ve even tried it a couple of times, but never got much further. Blogging is for me something in between. I’m not writing a book, but at least I’m writing something!

9Helping others. If I’ve helped even one person find a book they might like I’m happy. I’m always really grateful to other book bloggers for that and I hope I can do the same for someone else.

10 Just because. Because I love spending my free time writing a blog. I love the idea of being a blogger. I love talking about books. I love that I can talk to people from all around the world. I love being accepted in this community. I love being a book blogger.

 

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Interview with Justine Erler, Author of Starcrush

About Starcrush

Title: Starcrush by Justine Erler
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon

What if the best things in life were on the verge of ending? What if a single thought — or a single kiss — changed everything?  What if you realized that everything you knew — everything you believed — was suddenly wrong?

The emotionally-captivating debut novel of Justine Erler’s Starcrush series introduces Genna Savoy, a psychically-gifted high school senior who finds herself torn between rival aliens who look… spectacularly human.

In the first half of Starcrush, Genna meets Byron, deliciously aloof and rock-god cool. The second half unleashes Elon, drop-dead gorgeous with a killer smile. Each represents the opposite ends of extreme, scary-wonderful in their own way. In the aftermath of these encounters, conflicted anti-heroine Genna Savoy struggles to accept her own feelings as the reality of her perfect boyfriend … slips away.

About Justine Erler

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Justine Erler is a business consultant with a background in health care management. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband and daughter. Starcrush is her first novel of the series, combining Books I and II, and was written while in search of the perfect vampire-alternative novel.

 Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook | Pinterest

Interview

Can you describe your book in about five words?
Bungee jumping without the cord.

How did you come up with the idea of writing a book about aliens?  What triggered it?
The genre is super-saturated with vampires, werewolves and angels. The time for a new character had come, but like other authors, I wanted to break-out of the stereotypical mold that traditionally defined the supernatural character. I wanted my extraterrestrials to be more than creepy monsters on a late night movie. So I deliberately played down the sci-fi elements and brought the characters into the context of a suburban neighborhood, having them do extraordinary things while into all the typical young adult stuff: school, dating, rock concerts, frozen yogurt bars, etc.

The idea of writing about aliens developed from my own natural interest in the subject. I follow the more credible accounts of UFO sightings and alien encounters. Behind them all, I have to believe that the truth is more than what we think or what we’re capable of imagining. In Starcrush, the most interesting scenes emphasize the gap between what we think we know … and what we actually do.

Genna is between two guys.  Do you think you could choose if you were in her shoes?
Absolutely not! I wouldn’t want to choose. Each guy is extraordinarily different and worthy of my undivided attention. They would just need to be patient because I can’t be in two places at the same time.

Can you tell me something about the next book in the series? (Title, cover, expected publication, etc.)
The sequel, Starcrush: Beyond Perfect, will likely be released in early Summer. The unfolding story focuses on the relationship between Genna and Elon. The idea of the love triangle persists throughout the series although I think readers will be surprised to see how the triangle develops, allowing for unconventional possibilities. The cover for the book is already designed and is posted on my website. It’s an atmospheric beachscape cover, not unlike the first book, but with bolder, more surreal color enhancement.

What was the most amazing part of writing this book?
Cutting and pasting previous relationships into my own personal version of the perfect boyfriend. The way it was put together is fiction of course, but the individual components are straight from the heart.

Are you working on anything else at the moment?
Two additional projects are already churning … a Vampire series (because I have to) and a paranormal historical romance set in Italy, inspired by The White Queen.

What are the difficulties of being a self-published author?
Well, let’s start by saying that the decision to be self-published was a deliberate choice from the onset. I never pursued a traditional publishing contract because I wanted to control all aspects of the creative process … including the product. That being said; book promotion is labor-intensive and time-consuming, and diverts valuable time away from writing. It’s also expensive to front the costs for a book launch and get it out there for the world to see. I’m surprised that everyone’s sister or cousin seems to have written a book … which means that exceptional books get buried under the weight of books that are of lesser quality.

What are some of your favorite authors?
Let’s see … they span time itself.  Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters are a constant source of inspiration.  Colette is a personal favorite … and I absolutely love Stephenie Meyer and Anne Rice.

What are a few books that are on top of your to-read list?
I haven’t read 50 Shades, which I would like to when there’s enough time. I also want to read John Green’s books because my daughter likes his work … and Edgar Allen Poe again.

Are there any other books that you would recommend to people who enjoyed Starcrush?
Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga and Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire.

And some getting-to-know-you questions:

Coffee or tea?  Depends on my mood … I’m known to switch between the two at any given time.

E-book or physical book?  Physical book because I like the way the paper absorbs the moisture from my fingertips when I turn the pages. That kind of immersive interaction has a visceral quality as potent as the content, which is why the paperback version of Starcrush will be released shortly.

Writing at home or outside?  I definitely prefer writing at home in my own private writer’s cave in the basement, surrounded by my creature comforts.

Sweet or salty?  They ask those questions on Italian trains between Florence and Venice or Rome and Florence.  A “sweet” train snack usually means cookies and “salty” means peanuts or pretzels. My daughter will usually get one while I ask for the other. The lesson holds for romance as well: never choose when you can have both.

Aliens or humans?  If the love interests are anything like my otherworldly characters — aliens please!

Thank you so much Justine for answering my questions! I had lots of fun reading your answers!

Book Blog News {Designs, Love-a-thon and more…)

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Hi guys and welcome to book blog news! This is a feature I post every Sunday in which I tell what has happened in the book blogging world in the past week. It was inspired by Elizziebooks‘ “Booktube News”.
So grab a cup of coffee and let’s see which were some of the most interesting things going on.

There are a couple of posts talking about Blog Designing! Stephanie from Hopeless Romantics is sharing some tips on how to make custom share icons, while Say it With Books has a Q & A with some awesome book blog designers! Make sure you check those two out!

As you probably have noticed already there’s a book blogger Love-a-thon, hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Kate’s Tales of Books and BandsIt seems like everyone is taking place in this Love-a-thon, so you’ll be probably see a lot of those posts in many different blogs.

 

 

Iris over at Irisjexx talked about how she often avoids talking about books in her real life, because no one seems to be really interested. It’s a problem I think a lot of booklovers have. If you want to read what exactly she has to say, don’t forget to stop by her blog!

 

 

The Broke and the Bookish wrote had an interesting post about series being cancelled. It has become quite an isuue these last days since Victoria Schwab announced that her Archived series might get cancelled. It is definitely an important issue so much for the writers as for the readers who can not read the end of the story.

On Oh, Chrys there’s a post called “5 signs he’s a bad book boyfriend” and it’s about some of the not-so-good characters and personalities that some of our favorite book boyfriends actually have! It’s a really intersting post, so make sure you go take a look!

 

That was it for this week! I’m sure there are a bunch of other blog posts that are just as interesting so feel free to tell me about any of them in the comment section.

Greek Mythology Survey

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Hello!

Today I decided to do the greek mythology survey created by Jasmine from Flip That Page. I was really excited to see that survey because I really love greek mythology! Apart from that Jasmine always creates the most fun quizzes, so double yay! The survey consists of two parts actually, but I decided to do only the first one. Here it is!

 

GODS OF OLYMPUS

 

Zeus

God of the Sky and Thunder / King of the Gods

Favorite book (choose your own category): I think I’m going to go with dystopian and I will choose Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. I read this recently and still am in a book hangover! I seriously loved this book, especially since Jodi Meadows managed to avoid pretty much every young-adult stereotype. It was very original and I always love that in a book!

Poseidon

God of the Seas and Earthquakes

Book that drowned you in feels: I have said before that I’m not really the person who cries with books. So I’m going to go with a possitive “feel” and pick Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I was definetly drowned with feels for Edward when I read this book! I still love him, by the way!

Hades

God of the Underworld

Favorite book with a dark / ominous plot: I have to admit I haven’t read a lot of books that could fit in this category. So I’m going to go with Flowers in the Attic by Victoria Andrews. This is a quite old book (from the 80s’ I believe), but I only read it a few months ago. It was quite good, although not very dark. According to me, at least. I really want to read more dark / creepy books!

Hera

Goddess of Marriage and Family

Cutest fictional couple: I feel like the protagonist couples in books always have a passionate dramatic relationship, so I will pick a couple with a secondary role: Lissa and Christian from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. Not that they’re not passionate about each other, but they’re also so cute together!

Athena

Goddess of Wisdom, Handicraft and Strategic Warfare

Series with the best world-building: This is hands down Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. I know, I’m sorry… I keep mentioning Harry Potter in almost every single meme / survey / everything! But, it’s true. I read Harry Potter for the first time when I was abut 13 and I had absolutely no problem understanding the world. Everything made sense and I wasn’t at all confused, which for me is the whole point of building a good world. Making it so that the reader feels like everything is “normal”, like he could understand everything if he/she was suddenly thrown into that world. Which would be totally cool, by the way!

Aphrodite

Goddess of Love and Beauty

Most beautiful cover on a 2014 release: There are actually a lot of them! I think I will pick Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke.

I love the colours of this one and the kind-of-mysterious walking effect. This is going to be released on July and I hope I can get to read it soon!

Ares

God of War and Bloodshed

Most violent book you’ve ever read: Oh, I know this one! It’s the one I’m currently reading: World After by Susan Ee. I absolutely love this so far, but man does it have blood! Weird creatures and teeth and slicing and everything. Wouldn’t reccommend it if you don’t like gory stuff. Otherwise it’s amazing!

Hephaestus

God of Blacksmiths and Fire

Scorching hot, swoon worthy characters: Boy are there a lot of those! Hmm… I’ll go with Bloodlines by Richelle Mead because ADRIAN. Do I really need to say anything else? If you’ve read the Vampire Academy and haven’t gotten enough Adrian yet, definitely pick this one up!

Artemis

Goddess of the Hunt and Virginity

Favorite Kick-Ass heroine: I’m going to pick Tris from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. I really enjoyed how Tris’ character evolved throughout the books. She starts off being kind of scared and unsure of herself and by the end of the trilogy she is completely fearless and simply kick-ass!

Apollo

God of Light and Healing

Sequel book that redeemed its series: I don’t think I have any of those, because if I don’t like the first book in a series I usually don’t continue with it. I liked City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare more than the first book, but I can’t say that it really redeemed its series. It was just a littl bit better. Not a huge fan of the series as you see…

Hermes

Messenger God of Thieves and Commerce

Book with the best message: This is definitely the Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It really is a story about love and sickness and hope and overcoming fears and going after your dreams. A really good book. I’m still trying to get my mom to read it, but haven’t had any success yet. Any tips?

Hestia

Goddess of the Heart and Home

Book with the most relatable story: This is quite a hard one. My life isn’t really that interesting as the stories in books. If I had to pick one maybe Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn? Not really, actually, but it’s the only one that I even have a very slight possibility of maybe doing in true life? That probably sounds weird. But I found the idea of leaving a note in a book and waiting for someone to find it pretty cool actually. I even thought of doing it. What do you think?

Demeter

Goddess of Fertility and Agriculture

Favorite bookish setting: I’ll pick Anna and the French Kiss by Stephenie Perkins. Simply because it takes place in Paris, which is a city I really want to visit someday!

Dionysus

God of Wine and Celebration

2014/2015 release you are most anticipating: I’m really anticipating a lot of books, but the one that stands out is The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I’ve only read the first book, because I heard that the second has a really big cliffhanger and the third doesn’t come out until November. WHAT? I can’t wait to marathon the whole series!

The Sound of Reading

Hello there!

Let me start by saying that I’m not usually the person that likes to listen to music while reading. It mostly distracts me and I end up not being able to pay attention to neither the music nor the book I’m reading. I just like to read in quiet with no noices distracting me whatsoever.

That being said, I just recently stumbled upon a website called Kasetofono (which in greek means tape player) that has many playlists with hundreads of songs on each playlist. One of those playlists is called The Sound of Reading. It has literally hundreads of songs without lyrics that are perfect to listen to when you’re reading! Trust me. If I was able to enjoy listening to music and reading a book simultanouesly you will be able too.

The only problem (for most of you, I guess) is that the website is in greek. No! Don’t leave just yet! There is a way you can still use it even if you don’t speak greek. First of all, you can directly go to “The Sound of Reading” and just click on play, or scroll down and take a look at the music that is on the playlist. No need to be able to speak greek for that! You can also access all of the other playlists that are in english by going to the Mixtapes page. They have a bunch of amazing playlists like winter, world music, relaxing afternoon etc. It’s really quite fantastic! And the last thing you can do if you don’t speak greek is go to the Categories page and browse playlists according to feelings mostly (e.g. happy, sad, relax).

So, all in all there are many different possibilities. Oh and the best thing about it is that it’s totally free and without ads! What more can you ask for? Trust me and go take a look. And if you get obsessed don’t blame me! 😉

“Waiting on” Banished by Liz de Jager

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m waiting on

 

Banished by Liz de Jager

Publication date: February 27th 2014

Sworn to protect, honour and slay. Because chaos won’t banish itself…

Kit is proud to be a Blackhart, now she’s encountered her unorthodox cousins and their strange lives. And her home-schooling now includes spells, fighting enemy fae and using ancient weapons. But it’s not until she rescues a rather handsome fae prince, fighting for his life on the edge of Blackhart Manor, that her training really kicks in. With her family away on various missions, Kit must protect Prince Thorn, rely on new friends and use her own unfamiliar magic to stay ahead of Thorn’s enemies. As things go from bad to apocalyptic, fae battle fae in a war that threatens to spill into the human world. Then Kit pits herself against the Elder Gods themselves – it’s that or lose everyone she’s learnt to love.

Synopsis from goodreads.com

Why I can’t Wait

  • It’s a debut novel from an author from South Africa! How cool is that?
  • It’s about fae, which I’ve read absolutely nthing about!
  • Once again, I love the cover!

What are you waiting on this week?

Top 10 Books that Will Make you Swoon

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Top 10 Tuesday is a feature/weekly meme created at the broke and the bookish

This week’s topic is to name 10 books that will make you swoon. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but I’m going to list books that have boys that will make you swoon!

  

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer | Goodreads (This is a double swoon because you can swoon over Edward and Jacob! Totally worth reading!)

Divergent by Veronica Roth | Goodreads (There’s a reason why everyone is so crazy about Four. Trust me.)

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare | Goodreads (Admittedly I’m not a huge fan of the book, but Jace is totally hot!)

  

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead | Goodreads (ADRIAN!!!!)

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead | Goodreads (Another double swoon: Dimitri and Adrian)

The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons | Goodreads (Another Dimitri that is absolutely hot and swoon-worty!)

  

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins | Goodreads (St. Clair is pretty cute!!!)

Angelfall by Susan Ee | Goodreads (A badass angel! Everything a girl wants!)

The DUFF: Deignated, Ugly, Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger | Goodreads (A bad boy that ends up falling for the girl? Swoon!)

Which books have made you swoon? 🙂

I’d really like to know! I definitely need more swoon-worthy books in my life!

INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows | Review

Title: Incarnate

Author: Jodi Meadows

Book #: 1 in the “Newsoul” trilogy

Genres: Young adult, Dystopian

Publication: January 2012, by Katherine Tegen Books

Pages: 374

Author’s Website and Twitter

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NEWSOUL
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

NOSOUL
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

HEART
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“Music overwhelmed me, soaked into my skin like water. I didn’t have words for the squiggles and dashes across the pages, or the way his fingers stretched across the keys to make my heart race. If I could hear only one thing for the rest of my life, this was what I wanted.”

Review

The first thing that caught my attention in this book was of course the cover. I really love the colors of this cover and then I also heard a few people mention it and saying that it’s really good, so that’s why I decided to read it. Having read the book I can now say that the story is even more beautiful than the cover (What?). Yes! It was absolutely fantastic

The world of Incarnate is really original. I have read a lot of dystopians in the past month, but nothing quite like this. The world building is so amazing. I didn’t have any questions from the beginning. Maybe because the world was also new to Ana, we would always have the same thoughts and she asked the same questions as I would if I were in this situation. Thanks to Jodi Meadows I had a blast discovering this new world with Ana.

I really liked Ana. The first thing that made me think “Oh my God, yes! Finally!”, was the fact that she is 18 years old in the beginning of the book, instead of the YA-typical age of 16. I’m just kind of tired of reading about 16-year-olds. If I can mention one little thing that was a bit off for me, it was that I felt like I missed a couple of things from the evolution of her character. In the beginning she was so scared of everything and felt like she couldn’t trust anybody. She would get scared and just automatically assume that everything everyone did was either to harm her, or to just get something out of her. Then she slowly started trusting Sam (the love interest) and suddenly she was more open to everyone. I guess it can be normal that when you open yourself up to one person it then becomes easier to do the same with others, but still. I kind of feel like I missed a few things.
Nevertheless, I really loved her character and I think it’s the kind of character that everyone can relate to. Everyone feels like they’re different in one way or the other and I know I have felt like no one really understand me at times (especially when I was a teenager!).

Another thing I loved was the lack of any teen angst! Finally! A book about a mature young girl that doesn’t involve her being all about guys or having any friends that are all about guys etc. Not that I don’t like those books, but this was such a refreshing break from all that drama. I wish there were more young adult books like this one out there!

Sam is the cutest thing ever. It’s actually been a long time since I last read a book where the love interest is just a genuinely nice guy. Because I think that is exactly what describes Sam best. He was a really good guy that cared about Ana and was not being a jerk, was not a “bad boy” and was not always making witty, snarky comments.

I also loved the relationship between Ana and Sam and especially the passion they shared for music. It was just incredible to read about how much Ana loved music, it was like she was breathing it. Which made me feel like I was listening to a song and the pictures I created in my head while reading this book were all full of music and dancing and colors! It was just incredible.

Another little thing I loved about this book was the butterfly theme. It’s on the actual cover of the book, on the cover of the hardback version, in the beginning of every chapter, at some points inside the book and it also plays a role in the story. It was just an extra something that made me love the book even more!

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Thank you to Jodi Meadows for creating this amazing story! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

First Line

I wasn’t reborn.

Mini Review

An amazing story!
I fell in love with Sam, he was sooo cute!
Ana is such a sweet and relatable character.
You should definitely read this book!

Recommend it for…

  • Everyone wanting to read an original dystopian book
  • Everyone who wants to read a different young adult book

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You can also check out my video review of the book!