Thursday, August 28, 2014 09:42

Review 283. Amy Ewing – The Jewel.

16068780Title: The Jewel.
Author: Amy Ewing.
Pages: 358.
Published: September 2nd 2014 by HarperTeen.
Sort: The lone city #1.
Source: Edelweiss & Publisher.
The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring. Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life. Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

*stab, stab, stab* was my initial reaction when I finished this book. I just wanted to break something out of frustration, because this book features one of those dreaded insta-loves – and it’s really, really bad. The other aspects of the book weren’t amazing either, but I could deal with those until I reached the ending. The story just fell apart after the introduction from the ‘romance’ and it’s just not okay to finish a book like that. The more I think about this book, the more I start to hate it. I initially gave it 2 stars on Goodreads, but after finishing my rant I have to give it 1 stars.
Sunday, August 24, 2014 23:11

Fairytale News 41. Other content.

'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.

Lately I’ve been thinking about something I want to change about my blog – or add, it’s just how you want to see it. My main hobby and passion is reading, but something else I love to do is watching TV shows and movies. I’ve had a couple of blog posts about this, like my top 10 favorite movies/TV shows, my favorite TV shows or my explanation on why I love Disney so much and this made me think: I want to highlight this. I’ve added a ‘watched’ section to my monthly recap posts, but what if I give it a more prominent place on my blog?

This idea was inspired by Celine’s move from Nyx book reviews to her new blog Irresponsible cactus. I could never leave this place and start something new, but I’d love to branch out some more like Celine. There are also blogs I follow like Nerdette reviews and Reviews from a bookworm who often post reviews from movies or Rinn Reads with her Turn off the TV feature and Amber recently started her Books in motion feature. I love to read them and I've found some great recommendations there.

My blog will always be mainly about books and everything that has to do with reading, but why would I restrict myself to only that if there are so many other things I like? Now, my main reason for this post is asking you, how do you feel about that? Would you be interested in more different posts? I have the idea that would show more of my personality, because I’m not only a reader. I know this is my place and I can do whatever I want, but at the same time I don’t want to post content you aren't interested in.

Things you could expect are topics like: best animation movies (according to me), posts with short reviews from movies I've seen that month, if you like X you would like Y, book/movie combinations, mood recommendations and hopefully a lot of Disney/book comparison posts. I don’t think I would post them very often in the beginning, just to see how it works out.

This also brings me to a discussion topic. Is a blogger only a book blogger if their content is solely about books or can they still carry that name if they post about different things too? I feel you could post about more things if at least 50% of your posts is based on something bookish. It doesn’t have to be a review, but discussion posts, bookish confessions or tips count as well. I like the diversity!

Friday, August 22, 2014 13:26

Let it go #5. Alias Hook, Eona and Adorkable.

Let it go is my new feature, where I will spotlight all the books I DNF and the ones I read, but don’t want to review. And yes, the name is based on the wonderful song from the movie Frozen, hence the snowflake and the reindeer. This feature is based on several other DNF features. 

Today a DNF review for a fairytale retelling that just didn't work for me.  It's a shame, because it's about my favorite character from the TV show Once upon a time and I was hoping to get some interesting background story; Alias Hook. I also review the second book in the duology about Eon/Eona, which disappointed me and I was surprised by Adorkable. I liked it more than I thought I would, because I don't read many fluffy contemporaries.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 14:41

Review 282. Libba Bray – The diviners.

7728889Title: The Diviners.
Author: Libba Bray.
Pages: 578.
Published: September 18th by Little, Brown books for Young readers.
Sort: The Diviners #1.
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

First of: this book is creepy! Don’t let the thickness of this book stop you from reading this one, because it’s a great story with interesting characters. I’m happy we decided to pick this book up for our book club, otherwise I wouldn’t have read this one any time soon.
Monday, August 18, 2014 10:09

Bout of books Updates.

Here you can find all the details about my Sign up post and goals. You can also follow my progress on Twitter with the hashtag #dailyboutofbooks. You can find some of my photographs on my instagram: Mel_1704.

Sunday, August 17, 2014 13:15

Review 281. Kristin Cashore – Bitterblue.

17623976Title: Bitterblue.
Author: Kristin Cashore.
Pages: 608.
Published: September 17th 2013.
Sort: Graceling Realm #3.
Graceling Realm #1. Graceling.
Graceling Realm #2. Fire.
When Queen Bitterblue took the throne of Monsea, she was a child, and her advisers ran the kingdom for her. Now she is beginning to question their decisions, especially how they handle the legacy of her father Leck, who who ruled through his Grace—a special talent for mind-altering—and his taste for darkness and violence. Bitterblue needs to know Monsea’s past to lead it into the future, so she begins exploring the city sreets at night, disguised and alone. As she does, she meets two thieves, who hold a key to the truth of Leck's reign. And one of them, with a Grace that he hasn't yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

A very solid conclusion to a good series. Bitterblue wasn’t my favorite character from the series, but I liked how she developed and it was interesting to see the mystery reveal piece by piece.
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