Thursday, April 17, 2014 22:25

Review 251. Maggie Stiefvater – The raven boys.

13449693Title: The raven boys.
Author: Maggie Stiefvater.
Pages: 409.
Published: September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press.
Sort: The raven cycle #1.
Source: My friend Christina, an early birthday present!
Link: Goodreads.

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little. For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

It's my birthday today and I've been saving this review for it. THANK YOU Christina! She got me this book a while back and it was great. I’m hooked to Maggie Stiefvater now (and I'm very happy that I also received Dream Thieves today!) I read this one when I had a lot of 'meh' reads and this was exactly what I needed.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 21:48

Mission impossible: Tackling series (update 2)

It’s time for an update (thanks to Siiri for reminding me!) If you don’t know about this mission, you can read all the details in my Tackling series introduction and my first update. With this mission I'm trying to cut down the huge amount of series I'm reading.

These are the 12 series I decided to finish this year:
1. Gail Carriger - Parasol protectorate (Heartless & Timeless)
2. Rae Carson - The bitter kingdom (novella's optional)
3. Juliet Marillier - Seven waters (Flame of Seven Waters)
4. Jenni James - Fairy tale collection (Rumpelstilskin, Cinderella, Jack and the beanstalk, Snow white, The frog prince & Twelve dancing princesses)
5. Adam Gidwitz - A tale dark and Grimm (The Grimm conclusion)
6. Dan Wells - Partials sequence (Ruins)
7.Marie Lu - Legend (Champion)
8. E.D Baker - The wide-awake princess (Unlocking the spell)
9. Mary Pearson - Jenna Fox chronicles (Fox Forever)
10. Lauren DeStefano - Wither (Fever)
11. Kendare Blake - Anna dressed in blood (Girl of nightmares)
12. Richelle Mead - Vampire academy (Shadow kiss, blood promise, spirit bound, the last sacrifice)

These are the series I already finished:
-Juliet Marillier - Seven waters (Flame of Seven Waters)
-Adam Gidwitz - A tale dark and Grimm (The Grimm conclusion)
-Dan Wells - Partials sequence (Ruins)
-Julie Kagawa – The forever song (Blood of Eden).
-Veronica Roth - Allegiant (Divergent)

The only problem is that, according to my statics, I started 14 new series. 4 of them are DNF series though and there is one series I can finish because it’s already completely published: Kristin Cashore – Graceling Realm.

Looking at all these series and the different lengths, I wonder what is your favorite amount of books in a series? Do you prefer the new trend of duologies, the always existing trilogies or do you prefer more books? For me, it really depends on the story and the characters. Sometimes I have a feeling a story can't be told in just two or three books. A perfect example is Harry Potter: it wouldn't have been the same without those 7 books. Sometimes I have a feeling authors are spreading too little plot and story in too many books. I think that's why the second-book-syndrome exists. It's only there to make it a trilogy, but it has no value for the story-line. Sometimes I've grown too attached to characters and I don't want to let them go - or I hate them and I can't wait for it to be all over. So, it's hard for me to pick a favorite amount of books. I just want it to be right for the story.

Sunday, April 13, 2014 10:48

Let it go #1. Talker 25 & Tease.

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. I don't DNF often, but it does happen every now and then. I sometimes have books from my TBR pile I don't review, because I don't have much to say about it. This is where I will highlight them. 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 I have two books for you. One dragon book gone wrong and a bully book I wish I could lit on fire. I don't think there has ever been a book that made me feel that way. There are books you don't like, there are books you can't connect with and this is a book I hated with a fierce passion.

Friday, April 11, 2014 12:14

Review 250. Abby Grahame - Wentworth hall.

12747188Title: Wentworth Hall.
Author: Abby Grahame.
Pages: 276.
Published: May 1st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Sort: Stand-alone.
Link: Goodreads.
The prettiest people often have the ugliest secrets.
Eighteen-year-old Maggie Darlington has turned into an entirely different person. The once spirited teen is now passive and reserved. A change Lord and Lady Darlington can't help but be grateful for.
It's 1912, and the Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall have more than just the extensive grounds to maintain. As one of Britain's most elite families, they need to keep up appearances that things are as they have always been - even as their carefully constructed façade rapidly comes undone. Maggie has a secret. And she's not the only one - the handsome groom Michael, the beautiful new French nanny Therese, the Darlingtons' teenage houseguests Teddy and Jessica, and even Maggie's younger sister Lila are all hiding something. Passion, betrayal, heartache, and whispered declarations of love take place under the Darlingtons' massive roof. And one of these secrets has the power to ruin the Darlingtons forever. When scandalous satires start appearing in the newspaper with details that closely mirror the lives of the Darlingtons, everyone is looking over their shoulder, worrying their scandal will be next. Because at Wentworth Hall, nothing stays secret for long.

Welcome to Wentworth hall, where the Darlingtons have lived for generations. There is only one problem: they are completely broke and Lord Darlington knows one solution. He must marry his oldest daughter Maggie to a rich guy. Maggie just returned from a vacation in France, where she harbored a secret which can ruin her life. She is trying to ignore her feelings for Michael, the groom, in order to trick Teddy into a marriage. Teddy and his sister Jessica are recently orphaned and they must wait for their inheritance until they turn eighteen.

I had some troubles with Maggie, especially before I knew her secret. She is snobby and unpleasant to be around with. She acts like she cares about nothing and she is so emotionless. It’s hard to connect with her and the old stories about how spirited she was meant nothing to me. I did warmed up for her in the end.

Teddy and Jessica are the perfect example of rich people. They truly believe they are better than anyone else and they are mean to everyone below their station. There is also the overlooked daughter Lila, who is lonely now Maggie changed. She is out shined and tries everything to get attention from Teddy. I felt sorry for this girl and her constant hunger for attention and love.

The return of brother Wesley brings new tension, because someone is spreading their secrets by writing a story about ‘Worthless hall’ in a newspaper. Can they discover the culprit before it is too late? I liked this bit of mystery and how the articles are included in the story. It was funny to read about them through the eyes of someone else. I had two suspicions and it was nicely done.

Overall, not a bad story. The setting was good, the characters were interesting and I like how everything wrapped up.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 11:23

Early Review 249. Julie Kagawa – The forever song.

17883441Title: The forever song.
Author: Julie Kagawa.
Pages: 416.
Expected publication: April 15th 2014 by Harlequin Teen.
Sort: Blood of Eden #3.
Part 1. The immortal rules.
Part 2. The eternity cure.
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
Link: Goodreads.
VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS. Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer. MONSTER. Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie. In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

It was a rollercoaster of feelings. I was frightened, disgusted, terrified and happy all at the same time. I’m sad to say goodbye to this stories and the characters I’ve grown to love, but Kagawa did it again. A fantastic ending to one of the best vampire series I’ve ever read. It was hard finding the right words to do this story justice, but I hope I can convince you to read this series if you haven’t read the first book yet. This review is therefor completely spoiler-free.
Sunday, April 06, 2014 16:16

Fairytale News 34. Early reviews.

'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.

There are two sides when it comes to review copies. It’s a privilege to read books early, but it can also be stressful to read them all in time. There are also all the books in our TBR piles. It’s very important for me to have a good balance. I’m a mood reader, so I need to be able to read whatever I want. The reason I don't get burned out on review copies is because I’ve found a system that works for me, so I thought I should share it with you.

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