Kory Merritt – The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York: A Yarn for the Strange at Heart | Review

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Discover the horrible fate of Jonathan York as he sets out on his journey through a spooky forest with an alarming party of travelmates!
Jonathan York has led a boring life – a pointless degree from the community college, a lackluster job at the General Store, and never any desire for something more exciting. But when fate leaves him stranded in a sinister land,
he finds himself seeking an adventure of his own. Along the way he encounters ghoulish thieves, ravenous swamp monsters, a dastardly ice cream conspiracy, and a necromancer bent on human sacrifice.
In this beautifully illustrated, four-color novel, Jonathan York’s life takes a decidedly spooky turn!

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I was provided with an e-ARC  of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Andrews McMeel Publishing for letting me read this!

I’ve been wanting to get into graphic novels for quite a while now, but I was always kind of delaying it. So in July I finally got my first graphic novel from NetGalley and read it. The only reason I’m posting this review now, and not in July when I finished it, is because this book comes out on October 6th, which is now in a few days.25363432

First, I need to say that I absolutely love the art in this book. It’s so beautiful, I love the colors used in each part of this book and how pictures went beautifully with the story. The font used in this graphic novel was very pretty and I like it, but sometimes it was a bit hard for me to figure out which word was written, but other than that, I think it went really well with the whole style of this book. The way this book is put together is very good and I really like all the creepy monsters that made an appearance throughout the book.

I found it interesting that the main character is an adult, since I really did not expect that (guess I didn’t read the synopsis very carefully). Jonathan York was a very relatable character and I liked how he was actually very afraid, but he made some clever decisions later in the book, However, I think the character development was a bit rushed and it just happened all of a sudden, but I definitely like a person Mr. York became. I also really like the old man who wanted to hear stories of his guests (forgot his name) and I really love the point he made at the end of the book. You’ll always have your story. So freaking beautiful!

I didn’t enjoy this graphic novel as much as I thought I would and that’s quite disappointing, but it was still a relatively good book. The plot was a bit weird and for me it didn’t always make much sence, but what confuses me the most is the targeted audience. Is this a children’s book? Or an adult book? The writing style is very juvenille, but there are also a lot of creepy and just weird stuff which I don’t think children would like. Something just didn’t work with that. And because of that, I have no idea to who to recommend this book. I guess if you’re interested in reading this, you can try it, but it definitely is for everyone. And I would not recommend it to children.

Mean Girls | Tag

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Sarah Jane, who’s both BookTuber and BookBlogger (TheBookLife) created this awesome tag, but I first saw it on Rachel’s blog (Confessions of a Book Geek). I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I love Mean Girls and I immediately knew I had to do this tag.

1. It’s Pronounced Like “Cady”. – Which fictional characters’ names did you get completely wrong?
Sybill Trelawney. I had a ton of problems with pronouncing her name when I was younger, but now I finally know how to say it correctly. Also, I have no idea how to pronounce the name Micha (from The Secret of Ella and Micha).

2. She Doesn’t Even Go Here! – Pick a fictional character that you would like to place in another fictional character’s world.
I would love to see Joffrey from A Song of Ice and Fire in The Hunger Games. I’m pretty sure he would die immediately and that’s why it would be such a pleasure to read about it.

3. On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink. – Repetition, repetition. Which book gave you déja vu of another book while reading it? 
The Selection really reminded me of The Hunger Games. There were a ton of simmilarities, but I didn’t really mind.

4. You all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores. – Which book gave you the complete opposite of girl power feels? 
Girl Online. Penny was just too whiny and she was self-pitying the entire time so even when she decided to become stronger, I didn’t really buy it.

5. You Go Glen Coco! – Name a character you felt like you wanted to cheer on whilst reading.
Eleanor (from Eleanor and Park). She isn’t the happiest character and I really wanted her to just be happy and cheer up.

6. Get in Loser, We’re Going Shopping! – How long do you typically spend at a book shop? 
Not as much as I’d like to. If it’s up to me, I’d never leave.

7. It’s Not My Fault You’re Like In Love With Me Or Something! – Which character would have to get out a restraining order on you, if they were real?
Oh, so many. But the first one that came up in my head was Jace (The Mortal Instruments). Also, Simon (The Mortal Instruments), Micha (The Secret of Ella and Micha), Adrian (Vampire Academy), Bellamy (The Hundred), Christian (Unearthly), Tamani (Wings), Draco (Harry Potter), Augustus (TFIOS), Travis (Beautiful Disaster)… These are just the ones that I could remember in the moment, but there are so many more.

8. I Can’t Help It That I’m Popular. – Which over-hyped book were you cautious about reading? 
Divergent. I read it last month and I was so sure I wouldn’t like it because it’s so hyped, but I ended up loving it.

9. She’s A Life Ruiner. She Ruins Peoples’ Lives. – We all love Regina George. Name a villain you just love to hate. 
Valentine Morgenstern. He’s awesome villian and I just love to hate him. Also, Sebastian. But I don’t hate Sebastian, so I can’t really pick him for this question.

10. I’m Not Like A Regular Mom, I’m A Cool Mom. – Your favourite fictional parents. 
Parents from If I Stay. I really like Mia’s parents and I think they’re very cool.

11. That Is So Fetch! – Which book or series would you love to catch on? 
A Song of Ice and Fire series. I read only the first three books in the series, and there are rumors that the sixth book is coming out this year, so I need to catch up.

12. How Do I Even Begin To Explain Regina George? – Describe your ideal character to read about. 
It really depends on my mood, but I always like to read about confident, sarcastic character with an attitude. I like characters who are determined and fight for what they believe in, are not too pathetic and are funny.

13. I Just Have A Lot Of Feelings. – What do you do when a book gives you a bad case of ‘the feels’? 
I just stop everything and get completely overwhelmed with the feels. There is no way to stop that from happening. Eventually, I get over it.

14. Nice Wig Janice, What’s It Made Of? – Your Mom’s Chest Hair! – Which character’s one liners would you love to claim for your own? 
Jace (The Mortal Instruments) for sure. He’s the most sarcastic and the funniest character I could think of. I just love him!

15. Boo, You Whore. – Name a time a characters decision has made you roll your eyes. 
There were many times like that. But the most recent one was in Girl Online. Penny made some very stuoid decisions that made me roll my eyes.

While doing this tag I got this huge urge ro watch Mean Girls again. I think I may do it. This was so much fun and I apologize if I got a bit repetitive, but I don’t have much inspiration today. Do you like Mean Girls? What’s your favourite line from the movie?

I tag: Kacie (Kacie’s Bookshelf), Catia (The Girl Who Read Too Much), Michelle (A HalfBlood Fangirl) and Hazuki (Panda’s Books). I don’t know if you guys like Mean Girls, but if you don’t, just ignore the tag. If I didn’t tag you and you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged as well.

Booktube-a-thon 2015 | Wrap-up

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I still can’t believe that Booktube-a-thon is over and that I survived it again. Oh my God, this week was fun! I read more than ever in one week, I finished 7 books! I read whenever I could and it was really amazing. It helped that I’m currenty on a vacation and have no internet most of the time, so I have pretty much nothing to do, except reading. Unfortunately, I didn’t watch all YouTube videos of all the booktubers, but I believe it was a lot of fun like last year. However, I plan to catch up with that once I come home. I also have to say again how much I admire Ariel (go check her channel) for making this all happen. She did an amazing job with all the challenges, giveaways, discounts and twitter sprints. You’re absolutely amazing!
Now for what I read during Booktube-a-thon… 5MJCU12s

DAY 1 (327): I started and finished The Girl on the Train by reading all 327 pages of it. It was for the challenge a book you really want to read.

DAY 2 (244): I started and finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower by reading all 203 pages of it. I also started Death in the Clouds and read 41 pages of it.

DAY 3 (250): I finished Death in the Clouds by reading the rest of 210 pages (I completed two more challenges: someone’s favourite book and a book you last obtained) and I started Water for Elephants, from which I read 40 pages.

DAY 4 (210): I read only 210 pages of Water for Elephants.

DAY 5 (200): I finished Water for Elephants by reading the rest of 82 pages. Challenge completed is author whose last name starts with the same letter as yours. I also started Paranormalcy and read 118 pages of it.

DAY 6 (300): I finished Paranormalcy by reading the rest of 136 pages and I started Easy and read 164 pages of it.

DAY 7 (320): I finished Easy by reading the last 119 pages of it. That way I completed a challenge to read a book with blue on the cover. Also, I started and finished Clarity by reading all 201 pages of it. I didn’t let go of it the entire time while I was reading it so that completes another challenge. It was also my 7th book so I completed the last challenge as well, which was to read 7 books.

That all makes my total 1851 pages, which is 130 pages less than last year but this year I managed to complete all the challenges, and last year I didn’t, so I’m happy with how I did this year. My average per day is 264 pages, which is very good for me. I’m proud of myself. How did you do in this read-a-thon? Which books have you read? Did you manage to complete all the challenges? Tell me in the comments!

P.S: Reviews on all of these books are coming soon.

Book Buying | Tag

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I saw Kacie (Kacie’s Bookshelf) doing this tag and it seemed like a fun tag to do, so I decided to do it even tough no one tagged me. This tag was originally created by Megan Olivier, so make sure to go check out her channel as well.

1. Where do you buy your books from?
I buy books in bookshops, grocery stores and newspaper stands. If I buy books in the bookshop, it’s either Algoritam, Tisak Media Centar or APM bookstore. For grocery stores it’s either Konzum or Kaufland, and with newspaper stands it’s always Tisak. I know you’ve never heard of these places, but these are just Croatian stores (aside from Kaufland, which is German, I believe).

2. Do you ever pre-order books, and if so do you do it in-store or online?
I never preorder books because it’s just too expensive for me.

3. On average, how many books do you buy a month?
Not much. Sometimes I don’t buy any, or I buy one or two, but if it’s a good month I can end up with 6-10 books. It really depends about a lot of factors.

4. Do you use your local library?
Yes. I love it! Majority of the books I’ve read are from my library.

5. If so, how many books can you/do you borrow at a time?
My library has a policy that you can get 3 books at a time on one card. Now, the thing is, I have to membership cards because my parents like to read as well and during summer time, 3 books at a time are not enough. However, I rarely have more than 3 books out because I try not to be very greedy.

6. What is your opinion on library books?
Most of the time I think they are great, but sometimes it really pisses me off that some people don’t take care of books. I hate finding dirty or ripped pages, broken spines, dog-eared pages etc. It breaks my heart. I always try to be extra careful when I’m not reading my book.

7. How do you feel about charity shop/second hand books?
I think these are great. Unfortunately, I don’t have any near the place I live so I never actually bought a book there. But I wish there was something like that in my town. I think I’d be there every day.

8. Do you keep your read and TBR pile together/on the same book shelf or separate?
Currently all my books are together, but only a month ago I had them separated on TBR and read. I reorganize my shelves very often so that constantly changes.

9.  Do you plan to read all of the books that you own?
Yes. There are a few book I’m not particularly interested in at the moment, but at some point I will get to them and read them. Also, I’m kind of doing 0by16 and Project TBR.

10. What do you do with books that you own, but feel you will never read/didn’t enjoy?
I just keep them on my shelf and hope one day I’ll be interested in them.

11. Have you ever donated books?
Unfortunately, in my town there is no place where you can donate your books, but if there was something like that, I would.

12. Have you ever been on a book buying ban?
Since I’m broke quite often, book buying bans are not really neccesary. If you don’t have money for books, you can’t buy them.

13. Do you feel that you buy too many books?
Nope. But my mom does.

I hope that you enjoyed this tag as much as I did. It’s quite old tag, but I really ike the questions, so whatever. I’m not going to tag anyone this time because I have no idea who did and who didn’t do this tag already, but if you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged.

3 Days 3 Quotes – Day 3 | Challenge

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I was tagged by Kacie (Kacie’s Bookshelf) for the 3 Days, 3 Qoutes Challenge and it sounded fun and different, so why not. Also, make sure to check out Kacie’s blog, she awesome. And again, thank you for the tag, Kacie!


The Rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.


230e9bc0-8252-448f-9ee5-f27abf16b15eFor the last day, I decided to go a bit crazy. I will share with you not just one quote, but the entire book. I know that’s cheating, but I don’t care.
I knew half of these quotes before I even read the book because everyone have been talking about this book and all the social medias were full with quotes from TFIOS. However, when I actually read the book myself, I grew really attached to all these quotes. Even now, when I was trying to find the most beautiful pictures of these quotes, I almost started crying. Most of these are very depressing, but I live them because they are also very real and very, very beautiful. John Green is an amazing author and I really love his sentences. This guy just knows how to use words.
The Fault in Our Stars is, in my opinion, one huge quote everyone should know and that’s why I’m sharing all of this with you today.


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Today, I nominate: 1604348b06fe830b3ba29f637b4b436c
Anastasia (Read & Survive)
Stefani (Caught Read Handed)
April (Bookishly Speaking)

If you did this challenge, leave a link to your post in the comments, I love seeing what are other people’s favourite quotes.

I can’t believe that’s it. These three days flew and I’ll be back to normal posts. I think this challenge was an amazing idea (I just can’t find the creator of it) and I would love to do another round of it in a few weeks.

3 Days 3 Quotes – Day 2 | Challenge

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I was tagged by Kacie (Kacie’s Bookshelf) for the 3 Days, 3 Qoutes Challenge and it sounded fun and different, so why not. Also, make sure to check out Kacie’s blog, she awesome. Thank you again for the tag, Kacie!


The Rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.



images If I cannot reach Heaven, I will raise Hell.
– Cassandra Clare
I don’t know if you’re aware of my love for Sebastian Morgenstern. Well, you are now. I love him so much. Yeah, he’s a terrible person, the best villian ever and often very weird and creepy, but I love him so much. It’s not just that I appreciate his character, but I actually like him. I know, I’m weird. However, this is my favourite quote of his and I find it really empowering and cool. And it describes him so well.  If you were wondering, this quote is from City of Heavenly Fire and I remembered it the moment I first came across it. Also, I have this quote written on a piece of paper and it’s hanging over my desk. Yup, I’m opsessed.


Today, I nominate:
Amy (Read What I Like)
Saba and Hafsa (BookMates)
Kay (The Desert Bibliophile)

If you did this challenge, leave a link to your post in the comments, I love seeing what are other people’s favourite quotes.

3 Days 3 Quotes – Day 1| Challenge

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I was tagged by Kacie (Kacie’s Bookshelf) for the 3 Days, 3 Qoutes Challenge and it sounded fun and different, so why not. Also, make sure to check out Kacie’s blog, she awesome. Oh, and thank you for the tag, Kacie!


The Rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.


At first I though it will be easy to share some of my favourite quotes with you for three days, but when I had to decide which quote to share, I had some problems. I just couldn’t decide! What I decided to do was to share a quote that first comes to my mind. Also, with the qoute you’ll get the story behing it.

fa1abfefae78dbfa21106706c523ea2a So many books, so little time. – Frank Zappa
I keep saying this whenever I don’t have time to read, or want to read multiple books at the same time, or when I’m in a reading slump. However, this quote describes my life perfectly. It really pisses me off that I will always have a huge mental TBR and there will always be thousands of books that I want to read, but probably never will. But then again, it would suck if one day you just realized that you’ve read all the books in the world, right? It’s nice to have so many options and so many unexplored worlds. But choosing what to read next is sometimes really, really hard.


Today, I nominate:
Rayna (Reader Rayna)
Hazuki (Panda’s Books)
Rachel (Confessions of a Book Geek)

If you did this challenge, leave a link to your post in the comments, I love seeing what are other people’s favourite quotes.