3 IN 1 MINI REVIEWS books #29-31 – Station Eleven, American Street, Stalker

This is the first post in my new category 3 in 1 mini reviews. Instead of doing a monthly wrap up with thoughts on all the books I have read that month, I’ll write a blog post every 3 books read. I will still do a monthly wrap up, but it will be more like a overview and not a big post with all my thoughts. I hope you enjoy this new idea, and I hope it will be easier for both you and me. 


station-eleven-by-emily-st-john-mandelStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I had really high hopes for this book, since I have heard great thing about it and the synopsis sounded intriguing. I really thought this would be a great book for me. Unfortunately this book wasn’t what I thought it would be. I liked some part of it and found them interesting, but overall it wasn’t my favorite. What really throw me off was all the different point of views and stories. It just felt messy at times and not cohesive, even though everything connects at the end. I wished we got to see more of The Traveling Symphony and The Museum of Civilizations, and not all of the focus on Arthur and his life. 3 stars

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American Street by Ibi ZoboiAmerican Street by Ibi Zoboi

This is a great diverse 2017 release that I think every YA contemporary reader should read, or at least know about.

17 year old Fabiola is moving with her mom from Haiti to Detroit USA to live with her aunt and her cousins. The move doesn’t go as planned when her mom is detained in the airport, and isn’t allowed into the country. Fabiola is now on her own without her mom and it cause a lot of stress. She has to get used to living in a new country, with family she doesn’t know well. This book is a really good book about immigration, family, race, a community full of drugs and violent, and the journey to get settled in to a new place far from home. I love this book, and I fell in love with all the characters. It definitely made my emotions rise in me. 4 stars

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Stalker (Joona Linna #5) by Lars KeplerStalker by Lars Kepler

Book 5 in the Joona Linna series

This is the 5 book in a popular Scandinavian crime series. I don’t read a lot of Scandinavian crime books, this was the first in many years. One day I randomly wanted to pick one up, so I choose the most popular one on a list, and this was it. I have previously read the first book in this series many years ago, and I wasn’t over the moon with it. So my expectations wasn’t the highest. To my surprise I really liked this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, and I devoured the 14h long audiobook in under one week. If you are looking for a Scandinavian crime book, I recommend this one. I will read other books by the author in the future.

Even though this is book 5 in the series, you don’t have to read the previous ones to read this. I have only read book 1 and 5. 4 stars

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April 2017 Monthly Wrap Up – What I Read in April

After my blogslump last month, I’m very behind on my monthly wrap ups. I was debating on if I should write and publish monthly wrap ups from April and May since it is old now. I decided on writing them, not just for you guys, but for myself too. Even though I was in a blogslump I didn’t take a pause from reading. I have read a lot the last months.

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#famous by Jilly Gagnon

This is a YA contemporary romance, where the story is highly similar and must have been inspired by Alex from Target (yes the meme, or whatever it is). I didn’t like this book that much. The characters wasn’t anything special or memorable, and I didn’t care for the story or romance. The whole book was just meh. 2/5 stars.

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Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Book 3 in The Dresden Files

I have heard so many people rave about this series. This is the 3rd book in the series and I’m still waiting and wondering when the story is going to as awesome as everybody says. I didn’t love this book, and it is a shame because I really like the idea behind it. I love the world and the main character. A wizard detective who is fighting supernatural crimes, how awesome isn’t that? There is so much potential. Someone told me that the series will be better after book 4, so I’ll give it one more chance.  3/5 stars

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The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Book 1 in the Mistborn 

This is also a series that everybody raves about, and I totally get why! The story was so good and addictive, I couldn’t put the books down. I also loved the world building, the magic system and the characters, everything about it was amazing! I can’t wait to start the next book, because this was a good ride to say it mildly.  4.5/5 stars

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Yet again a book that I have heard great things about. I’m sorry to say that this book and the story didn’t grab me in the same way it did for a lot of other readers. I can see why people loves this book though, because the writing is beautiful and the story is heartbreaking. My favorite part and one thing that I found very interesting about this book was the narrator. It was interesting to read a story told from death’s perspective. 3.5/5 stars

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Blankets by Craig Thompson

Not my absolutely favorite story, but I enjoyed reading it. I liked the drawings. 3.5/5 stars

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō

I picked up this book because a lot of people was recommending and talking about it, and I’m starting to get interested in minimalism and decluttering my house. I think this book was really helpful and gave me a lot of ideas on how to purge and tidy. Some of her views on things was a bit weird, and I don’t think I will be following the book 100% in the future. I don’t think this book is for everyone, but I enjoyed reading it. It is pretty short, so you should give it a try if you are interested.  4/5 stars

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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

DNF at 46%. This story wasn’t for me. I thought it was boring af. The snow child (the child in the story) was pretty interesting but not enough for me to continue and finishing the book.  1/5 stars

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April 2017 To Be Read – HUGE TBR!

My TBR for this month is HUGE! I’m going to continue the 4 books that I didn’t manage to finish last month, 4 books that I want to start and 4 books that I’m planning to read for the Tome Topple readathon. That is 12 books. 12 BOOKS! Help me! Why am I always so ambitious with my TBR lists? Haha, I’ll try to read them all, but I can’t promise that I will succeed. 

1 of the books I have received from Netgalley

6 of the books fits the Beat The Backlist Challenge

3 of the books first the Dystopian Bingo

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The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

I’m halfway through this book, and I’m loving it so far. It has taken me a while to read because it is the kind of book that takes longer to read. I can only read 30 pages an hour in this book. It is really good though. 


The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I’m not enjoying this book, and I don’t know if I want to continue reading it. I’m going to give it one more month, and if I don’t finish it I’m going to DNF it.

#famous by Jilly Gagnon

I’m listening to the audiobook version of this book, and I’m almost finished with it. The book is just ok so far, nothing special. Probably a 2 or 3 star read.


Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Book 3 in The Dresden Files

I’m almost halfway through this book, and I like it so far. It is not my favorite, but enjoyable. I hope that the series will get better, because I have heard great things about it.

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Every month I’m going to randomly pick one book from my Beat The Backlist Challenge list, that I have to read. This month I randomly generated the letter M, and I picked Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel to read.

I wanted to read this book for the longest time. Finally I’m going to pick it up, and I’m really looking forward to reading it.


Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Sadly I didn’t manage to get to this book before March was over, so I had to add it to this month’s TBR as well. I received this book from Netgalley as an eArc, and I’m so happy about that. Her other book, Simon V.S. The Homo Sapiens Agenda was one of my favorite reads of last year. I’m really pumped to read and review this book.

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Book 2 in Shatter Me

I read Shatter Me last month, and I liked it. I think the series will get better with book 2. I’m going to borrow a copy from the library, and hopefully get to it this month.


Gilded Cage by Vic James

Book 1 in Dark Gifts

This is  the audiobook I will be listening to after the Tome Topple readathon. 

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From April 7th to April 20th I’m going to participate in the Tome Topple Readathon. Click HERE to get to my Tome Topple Readathon post. 

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

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Sunday Weekly Update #3

week in books

Currently reading:

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber – On page 246 of 500.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – On page 167 of 385.

Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3) by Jim Butcher – On page 148 of 378

#famous by Jilly Gagnon – 04h15m of 6h18m

Recently finished:

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi – 3 stars

The Magicians (The Magicians, #1) by Lev Grossman – 3 stars

Reading next:

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week in blog posts

Sunday: Sunday Weekly Update #2 | Makeup – Reading Slump – Party

Monday: Tome Topple Readathon – To Be Read

Wednesday: Review: Red Seas Under Red Skies – The Gentleman Bastards #2 by Scott Lynch | Fantasy |

Friday: March 2017 Monthly Wrap Up – What I Read This Month

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Monday: Today I had an appointment in town. It has been a lot of appointments lately. Hopefully this will be the last one for a while. After the appointment I met my mom at a cafe, and when we finished our coffee we went shopping. I bought myself a spring jacket. I really needed it because it was sunny and hot outside, and my winter jacket was killing me in the heat. Plus the jacket looked really cool. In the evening I have been writing and posting a blog post, and been watching the latest episode of Big Little Lies. Omg that show is good! Can’t wait for the next and final episode, I need to know what happens. Before bed I read and finished Shatter Me. The book really grew on me, and I actually think I might continue reading the series. I’m not 100% sure yet if I’ll give it 3 or 3.5 stars.

Tuesday: Today I went to my weekly Thursday appointment. When I came home my energy level was still good, so my BF and I went to the library. I borrowed Blanket, a graphic novel for the Tome Topple readathon that starts April 7th. I can’t believe that going out twice in one day would go so well. Just a few months back I would get really exhausted and fatigued. Since the drive to the appointment takes around 45 minutes each way, I like to have a book with me. I needed a new book since I finished Shatter Me yesterday, and I choose to pick up Grave Peril by Jim Butcher. I own almost every book in the Dresden Files series. It was about time to continue with the series.

Wednesday: All I have done today is watch YT and Girls. I hate the character Hannah, she is so incredibly unlikable. But the show itself is good. It took me several hours of procrastination to finish up my review and post it. Not the most productive day. I’m on page 108 in Grave Peril. I like it so far. The books are supposed to get better, so I hope that this one is better than the previous books. I also finished The Magicians. It was ok. I haven’t figured out how many stars to give it yet. I also started a new audiobook, #famous. I needed a short audiobook that I can finish before the Tome Topple readathon.

Thursday: Today I met one of my best friends Fredrik in town and, we got a coffee together. It feels so great to finally be able to meet my friends again, and go out to a coffee place. I have been very isolated at home the last years because of my illness (M.E.). Since I don’t have a driver’s license my mom picked me up, and on the way home my brother and his girlfriend arrived with the train. It was really nice to see my brother again, I haven’t seen him in a while. Before bed I read a few pages in Grave Peril.

Friday: In the evening I went to an open brewery at my dad’s brewery. The open brewery means that people can come and buy their beer at the small pub inside the brewery, you can also get a tour where they show how they brew. I went with my BF, mom, aunt, brother and his girlfriend. It was a fun evening.

Saturday: Today the whole family + my aunt and cousin went out to eat at an Indian restaurant. The food was excellent, I think I ate too much. It was a really nice evening and we need to do it again soon.

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Sunday: Today I haven’t done much. My brother, his girlfriend, my boyfriend and I played a board game together. After that I went for a walk, and now I’m writing this blog post. I haven’t been reading a lot this week, so I want to pick up a book and read for some hours later in the evening.

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Favorite Books I Read in 2016

This blog post should have been up in January. Stuff happened and time flew by so fast, and I never managed to finish this post before now. This is my favorite reads of 2016, and I hope you love my recommendations.


Fantasy & Sci-Fi


The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

REVIEW

This was my absolute favorite read of 2016, and my new favorite book of all time. I LOVE the story, the world-building, the setting, the atmosphere and the characters. Everything in this book is so incredible good. I highly recommend this book, especially if you like thieves, the underground world, heists and Morally grey characters.


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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This is a nerve wrecking, action packed book set on a spaceship full of several dangers. What makes this book so special and incredible cool, is the use of mixed media and the format the story is told through. It is told through: emails, chat logs, military files, interviews and other files. The story is also really good and interesting.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This is a really fun and fast paced read. The majority of the story in this book is set in a Virtual Reality world/game, where everyone including the main character are on a hunt for a hidden Easter egg. An Adventure hunt in a VR world/game, packed with 80’s pop culture references, makes for a really fun read. I guarantee you, you will not be bored reading this.


Winter by Marissa Meyer

This is the last book in The Lunar Chronicles, a  YA sci-fi series I absolutely adore. This series has a great group of characters and a really engaging story. I thought Winter was a great conclusion to the series.


Vicious by V.E. Schwab

This book is about two brilliant and intelligent best friends, who are on the search to find out how to get extraordinary abilities. This is a really interesting and exciting read, with darker and twisted characters.

The Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

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This is a really exciting, intense and action packed dystopian trilogy. I especially like how the dystopian society in this series is put together, and the world building is very interesting and complex. The story had me sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time.

A Series Of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket

Even though this is a children’s book series, I had so much fun reading the 3 first books in the series for the first time last year. I found the books to be fantastic, and this series is now one of my favorites of all time. The story gets really dark, and horrible things happens to the main characters. Although the story is not fun for the Baudelaire children (the main characters), the book cracks me up, especially the narrator’s voice. It is written really funny and very different from other books I have read.


Contemporaries & Historical Fiction


Simon V.S. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

REVIEW

This is a lighthearted and adorable LGBTQ YA contemporary book, about Simon who is chatting with the mysterious and anonymous boy at his school who goes under the alias Blue. I had butterflies in my stomach the whole time I was reading this book.


More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

The second LGBTQ YA contemporary book on my list. Even though this book also is about a gay teenager, the book it very different from the book above. This isn’t lighthearted story at all, it is very serious and emotional. Be prepared to cry.


Between Shades Of Grey by Ruta Sepetys

This is a very impacting and heartbreaking story about loss, survival and hope. During world war 2 in Lithuanian, 15 year old Lina and her family gets deported to a Siberian working camp. Long away from her home and her country, she is fighting for survival. Reading this book I learned about the devastating and lesser known story of the Lithuanian people during World War 2.

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March 2017 To Be Read – Huge TBR

I have a huge TBR for this month because I couldn’t contain myself, all of these books just sounds so amazing. I don’t know how I will manage to finish all of these books in only 31 days. I don’t understand how some people can read 15+ books in just one month. 

2 of the books I have received from Netgalley

4 of the books fits the Beat The Backlist Challenge

1 of the books first the Dystopian Bingo


BOOKS I WANT TO CONTINUE READING


The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

I just about managed to start this in February. The premise of this books sound really interesting.


The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I’m 43% into this book. I find this book a bit Boring, the story just don’t grab me. There is something about it though that makes me want to continue reading. It’s very easy to read, so I think I might just skim through it.


BOOKS I WANT TO START


Grave Peril by Jim Butcher

Book 3 in The Dresden Files

Every month I’m going to randomly pick one book from my Beat The Backlist Challenge list, that I have to read. This month I randomly generated the letter B, and I picked Grave Peril – book 3 in The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher to read.

Oh, I don’t know, I’m not in the mood for this book. I have to at least start it this month.


Starflight by Melissa Landers

Book 1 in Starflight

This is the new book club Underrated Book Club’s first book. I have had my eye on this book for a while, so I choose to join the book club. It is fun to read books with other. I’m also buddy reading this book with Rine from RineReads.wordpress.com, go check her out!

 

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Book 1 in Shatter Me

I have owned this on my Kindle for probably over a year now. It was very popular a couple of years ago, but I never picked it up. This will be my pick for a girl with a dress on the cover, for the Dystopian Bingo.

 

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

I received a review copy from Netgalley, and I’m so happy about that. I’m really pumped for this book, and can’t wait to read it. I LOVED Simon v.s the Homo Sapiens Agenda when I read it last summer. Since I loved her fist book, I have really high hopes for this one.


One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

This is also a review copy I received from Netgalley. This premise of this book sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to read it. I don’t think I have ever read a ya mystery novel before.

 

The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket

Book 8 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket

Book 9 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket

Book 10 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket

Book 11 in A Series of Unfortunate Events

Last month I read book 4-7 in this series. I want to finish all of the books this month, or at least read book 8-11. 

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Top 5 Wednesday February 22: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

-Winter is a hard season for a lot of people and many of us are slumpy. Let’s talk about some books that are great for getting you out of a slump!

Starting on a long and intricate fantasy or sci-fi series can be daunting when you are in a reading slump, even though you usually love them. That is why I’m recommending some fun and fast paced standalones, that I really enjoyed reading.

Continue reading “Top 5 Wednesday February 22: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump”

January 2017 Monthly Wrap Up + I’m back

This month started out really well, I read a lot and posted 3-4 posts to my blog every week. I also participated in the Biannual Bibliothon Winter 2017 Readathon, and had a lot of fun with that. Halfway through the month I started not feeling well. I didn’t have the energy to post anything on my blog or read books, so I had to take a break from everything book and blog related. This is slowly getting better now and I hope I’m back 100% soon. This blog hiatus totally killed my posting plan so I’ll be posting topics in February that should have been out earlier, like: Favorite Reads of 2016, Dystopian Bingo and Reviews.

Over to what I did manage to read in January. I read a total of 4 books, one essay and one book that i DNF. I have read 3 books that fits the Beat The Backlist Challenge.

I read a total of 1621 pages this month.

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What I Read


Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh

Book 2 in The Faceless One

FULL REVIEW HERE!  I really liked this book. It was fun to read about two men in their 70 fighting supernatural cases. 3.5 stars

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We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This essay is such a great introduction to feminism and it is very easy and quick to read. I recommend everyone to read it. 5 stars

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Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Book 1 in Stalking Jack the Ripper

I love the premise of this book and I had high hopes for it. The story started out really good and exciting, but after a while it got a bit boring. This book was just ok, not great and not terrible either. You can read more of my thoughts about it in my Biannual Bibliothon Wrap Up HERE. 3 stars

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Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

This is now one of my all time favorite Young Adult Contemporaries. I devoured this book, it was so incredible good. I LOVE the character Libby, she is AMAZING! I really connected with her. Jack’s face blindness was interesting to read about as well. I really want to read the author’s other book asap. 4.5 stars

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Sense And Sensibility by Jane Austen

This is my second try to read a Jane Austen book. I DNF this book at 30%. I found the book to be really boring, it just didn’t grab me. I want to like it because it is a well known classic, but I just don’t find it fun to read.  1.5 stars

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I love Marissa Meyers other series The Lunar Chronicles, so I highly anticipated this book. This book is a fun read, I really love the Alice in wonderland world and some parts of the story. I also really love her writing. I just didn’t cared for the romance. If you like ya romance book with fantasy elements, and you are interested in another story set in the Alice world I highly recommend this book. 4 stars

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Books I didn’t manage to finish in January: Morning Star 28% read – The Republic Of Thieves 80% – Final Girls 16% read


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Kindle eBook Haul

I have bought some books for my Kindle the last months. All of them minus one was on sales. I can’t contain myself when a book I want to read is only 1-3 dollars on Kindle. Even if I’m not planning on reading them any time soon. I guess I can call myself a Kindle hoarder. If you are looking for kindle deals follow me on Twitter LINK ❤ , I always post a link there whenever I come across a good deal.


The Queen’s Poisoner (The Kingfountain Series Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler

Goodreads Synopsis: King Severn Argentine’s fearsome reputation precedes him: usurper of the throne, killer of rightful heirs, ruthless punisher of traitors. Attempting to depose him, the Duke of Kiskaddon gambles…and loses. Now the duke must atone by handing over his young son, Owen, as the king’s hostage. And should his loyalty falter again, the boy will pay with his life.

Seeking allies and eluding Severn’s spies, Owen learns to survive in the court of Kingfountain. But when new evidence of his father’s betrayal threatens to seal his fate, Owen must win the vengeful king’s favor by proving his worth—through extraordinary means. And only one person can aid his desperate cause: a mysterious woman, dwelling in secrecy, who truly wields power over life, death, and destiny.


The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

Goodreads Synopsis: A wondrous and redemptive debut novel, set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, The Enchanted combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King.

“This is an enchanted place. Others don’t see it, but I do.”

The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries magical visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs, with the devastating violence of prison life…. more on Goodreads


If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Goodreads Synopsis: Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

And then she meets Grant Everett. Grant is unlike anyone she’s ever met—open, honest, kind—and Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself…including her past. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.

Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew.



The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Goodreads synopsis: Dash and Lily have had a tough year since they first fell in love among the shelves of their favorite bookstore. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition.

With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends must take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the unique holiday magic of a glittering, snow-covered New York City in December.


Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Goodreads Synopsis: Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.


The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards 1) by Scott Lynch

Goodreads Synopsis: In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part “Robin Hood”, one part Ocean’s Eleven, and entirely enthralling… more on Goodreads



The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

Goodreads Synopsis: Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin.

And a cold-blooded killer.

His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world.

But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good. . . and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.

The international hit that inspired the video game: The Witcher.


My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand & Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

Goodreads Synopsis: The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.


The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Book 1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Goodreads Synopsis: Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.


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The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily – Dash & Lily #2 by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan |Young Adult-Contemporary|

26258306Series: Book 2 in Dash & Lily

Piblished: October 18th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Pages: 215

Language read: English

Format read: Ebook

Rating: 2.5 stars 2-5stjerner

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily synopsis: Dash and Lily have had a tough year since they first fell in love among the shelves of their favorite bookstore. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition.

With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends must take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the unique holiday magic of a glittering, snow-covered New York City in December. –Goodreads


My Thoughts


I red the first book, Dash and Lily’s book of dares Christmas 2015. I really enjoyed it, I thought it was fun and cute, and I loved the diary hunt that is in the beginning of book one. It also had this magical Christmas atmosphere that is perfect to read to get into the holiday spirit.

Because I loved book one so much, book two was a disappointment. Even though I still like the characters, the story didn’t have the same fun as book one. It still had some hilarious parts though, like the gingerbread making and the accident on the ice.

“It was Chaos on Glitter Ice. A massacre of librarians.”

The book has some more serious and less happy themes. That is ok and all, but I miss the fun of book one. Especially the fun and excitement of the beginning with the diary hunt when Dash and Lily found each other.

One thing in this book that really irritated me, is how the authors wrote the character Boomer. I understand that he isn’t supposed to be the sharpest tool in the shed. But come on! Don’t do the same joke over and over that he doesn’t understand references. Was it supposed to be funny? To me it was just too much, irritating and cringy.

Example from one of the pages with Boomer:

““If you want,”Boomer offered, “I can talk to that girl Amber in my chem class and see if she can put out an alert.”“I don’t think it works that way,”Sofia said. “But it’s a nice thought.”“It’s my pleasure,”Boomer said. Then he looked at me and his face fell. “Not that I’m taking any pleasure in this. I’m not, I swear.”“I’m sure she’ll be back soon,”I assured him. “I think she just needed some space.”“So maybe she’s at the planetarium!””

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2-5stjerner

❤ -Rakel

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