July 2015 | Wrap-up

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I read only one book from my July TBR. Yes, only ONE. I’m a mess, I know. However, I have an excuse. Kind of. I was supposed to go on a vacation at the beginning of July and that’s when I’d do most of my reading. However, our vacation got pushed back because of mom’s work, so we’re going on a vacation in August. That’s why I didn’t read any of the books that I planned – I was saving them for when I actually go at the seaside. The good thing is: I got to read some other books!

1. Brenna Ehrlich – Placid Girl   ★★★★★
This was my first e-ARC ever and I really enjoyed it. It was messed up and weird, it’s definitely not for everyone, but I loved it. Since it’s an ARC, of course I reviewed it.

2. Kory Merritt – The Dreadful Fate of Yonathan York: A Yarn for the Strange at Heart    ★★★☆☆
This was my first graphic novel ever. I also got this book as an e-ARC for a review, but I’ll post a review on it closer to the release date (it comes out in October). I did not enjoy it as much as I wanted to, but it was okay.

3. Sally Green – Half Wild (Half Life #2)   ★★★☆☆
This book was a bit of a disappointment because it did not live up to the first book. However, I still enjoyed it and I’m glad I read it. I also did a review on it, so you can see all of my conflicted feelings there.

4. Thomas Hoobler – Come Sit by Me   ★★★★☆
This one was another e-ARC. I loved it. I had a few problems with it, but overall, I really enjoyed it and I would recommend it. Make sure to check out my review if it sounds like something you’d like.

5. George R. R. Martin – A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)   ★★★★★
Finally! It’s done. This one was a re-read for me and I’m so glad I did it. I’m not re-reading the next two books because it’s a huge commitment, and I’ll jump to the fourth book straight away. Do I even have to say I love this world and how complex characters and plot are? I don’t think so. If you haven’t yet, go read these books!

6. Rick Riordan – The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #4)   ★★★★★
This is the only book from my July TBR that I actually read. I listened to it via audiobook and in my opinion, it wasn’t the best choice. I prefer reading a physical book when it comes to this series. However, I still really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to read the final book. Though I’m still debating which format should I use.

7. Kiera Cass – The Selection (The Selection #1)   ★★★★☆
I highly enjoyed this book. It’s fun and easy to read, full of romance and drama, but very quick and entertaining. Definitely recommend! Also, I did a review on it.

8. J. R. Ward – Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1)   ★★★★☆
I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. It’s definitely for a bit more mature audience, but it was very fun and captivating. I’m so glad I finally started this series and I know I’ll be continuing with it next month. However, this series is not for everyone, so keep that in mind. I also reviewed it.

9. Zoe Sugg – Girl Online   ★★★☆☆
This one was fun, cute and entertaining, but so damn unrealistic and ridiculous. I did enjoy it, but I had a lot of problems with the writing style and characters. However, I’d recommend it if you want something fun and quick. Make sure to check out my review as well.

10. Jessica Sorensen – The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret #1)   ★★★★☆
I adored this book. It was so cute and amazing and I am still not over it. I have a huge book hangover from it. I highly recommend. I also found some great music thanks to this book. Oh, I’m overwhelmed with feels again… For more information, there is, of course, a review.

11. Kiera Cass – The Elite (The Selection #2)   ★★★★☆
This series is so addicting and fun, of course I had to read the second book as soon as it was available in the library. These books frustrate me a lot when it comes to America’s love life, but I still love them so much. You know, there’s also a review.

12. Benjamin Alire Saenz – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe   ★★★★★
I love this book so much. It’s an amazing, beautiful story which everyone should read. Definitely recommend! Surprise, surprise – I also wrote a review.

These are all the books I’ve finished this month, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have a list of currently reading books. Let’s get to these. First, Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson is still there. I know I should’ve already read it, but I always find something else I want to read more. However, I did enjoy what I read of it, it’s a good book. I’m just lazy. Then, I started A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin. I read a prologue and I didn’t pick it up since then, Again, I’m lazy. I should really get to it. And lastly, I started reading Erebos by Ursula Poznanski and the story behing that one is that I didn’t have time to finish it before August 1st. But I am definitely finishing it soon.

If you’re wondering about how I did in TBRTakedown and 7in7 Readathon, I didn’t do very well so that’s why I didn’t do a separate wrap-up for that. I managed to read 2 novels (The Secret of Ella and Micha and The Elite) and finish another one, which I had started before the readathons began (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe). As you can see, I really failed. However, I hope Booktube-a-thon will go a bit better.

That would be it for this month. I’m happy with the amount of books I read, but at the same time I’m a bit disappointed because I know I could’ve read more. I was just lazy and spent way too much time procrastinating. That needs to change next month!
What did you read in July? Have you read any of these books? If so, make sure to tell me what you thought about them in the comments.

Benjamin Alire Saenz – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe | Review

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A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

5I’ve heard so many good things about this book, but I have never expected it to be this good. I absolutely loved it. This book definitely deserves all the hype it gets and even more. If you haven’t yet, go pick it up!

There is no much plot in this book, but surprisingly, it works very well anyway. It’s a self-discovery story about friendship and family and accepting who you really are. I loved that this book was mostly character-based and that we saw how certain moments in Ari’s life affected him and made him who he is now. ANother thing I really appreciated was the family aspect and Ari’s relationship with his parents. They were far from the perfect family, but they all loved each other. I have to admit, I liked Dante’s family a bit more, but I guess that’s because they were more outgoing and had less problems.
The whole LGBTQ aspect of this book was done very well and I really lke the direction it took. It wasn’t forced, everything seemed very realistic and I loved it (though it sometimes frustrated me) that Ari took so long to accept his emotions for Dante, even though Dante himself was very open about who he is and what he wants. 12000020

I really liked Ari as a protagonist. At some parts, I could totally connect with him and I found a bit of myself in him. He is far from perfect, but he’s great the way he is. He’s insecure, doesn’t know where he belongs, doesn’t have the best relationship with his parents, but he is also very caring and a great friend to Dante. I love it that he didn’t judge Dante and that he accepted him for who he is and still wanted to be his friend. That probably why I like him the most. He was not a jerk.
Dante was another amazing character. I love how open he is about how he feels and also how he can make Ari talk about everything. I loved all the letters he sent to Ari when he was away and how he didn’t give up on writing to him even though Ari didn’t write him back. Dante didn’t care what other people thought of him, he always said what was on him mind and that’s why I love him so much.
Ari and Dante’s relationship is beautiful and I ship them so, so hard. They’re just a perfect match. It was killing me that Ari didn’t want to admit his feelings for Dante (though it was quite obvious to everyone), but when he finally did, I melted. IT. WAS. SO. CUTE. Great, now I’m overwhelmed with feels all over again.

The writing style is amazing. I love the short chapters and simplicity of dialogues. It worked perfectly with the story. I also really like the bits in Spanish (I was so happy that I could understand it), it just added another layer to the story. The ending sentences in chapters are so amazing! You just have to continue reading.
I just realized that Benjamin Alire Saenz never used the word gay or homosexual in this book. Instead he used different terms and that was so new and refreshing, and also very original. Loved it!

I love the message this books sends and I think everyone needs to read this book. Also, I recommend listening to it via audiobook. For me, it was an amazing experience because the narrator is just awesome. Just go read this book! It’s truly amazing.

P. S. I know I used word loved way too many times in this review, but I don’t care. I LOVED this book.

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

I got nominated by Hazuki (Panda’s Books) for this award, so thank you, Hazuki.sisterhoodoftheworldbloggers

Rules:
1. Thank and link the blogger who nominated you.
2. Insert the award logo in your blog post.
3. Answer the questions the nominator has provided.
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers
5. Create 10 questions for your nominees and notify them of their nomination.

Hazuki’s Questions:

1. What is your second favourite book of all time and why?
I’m terrible at picking favourites, and I’m even worse at picking second favourites, but the first book that came to my mind was Eleanor and Park, so I’ll go with it.

2. Tell us your favourite last-day-of-school memory.
It hapened this year and it wasn’t anything special. As last days usually go, we didn’t do pretty much anything through the entire day and the atmosphere was so relaxed and everyone was happy. At some point during the day someone had made a group chat on Facebook and the entire class had acces to it so everyone started randomly sending emabarrassing pictures of other people in class they had. We laughed so hard, everyone was online, even though we were in class and we were just waiting for coments from people whose picture showed next. We all just had a ton of fun and everyone were involved, which was very nice.

3. What’s your favourite musical and why?
I don’t really watch a lot of musicals, but I really love Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of the Fleet Street. Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Jamie Campbell Bower. What else do you need? Oh, and TIm Burton is a director. It has to be amazing, right?

4. Do you sleep with a cuddly toy? What’s the story?
Even though it’s quite embarrassing, I do. It’s a puppet made only out of fabric and his name is Bobo. I have it since I was only 6 months old and my dad got it for me in Austria. When I was little, I went everywhere with it and I couldn’t sleep without it. Now I can sleep with out it, I just refuse to. My bed is it’s home and I can’t kick him out, right? My mom said once that I’ll get rid of him when I find a boyfriend, Guess he’s staying with me forever, then.

5. Do you use your local library? Why?
Yes, because books are expensive and I can’t afford buying every book I read. And libraries are cheap!

6. What’s your favourite subject at school?
English!

7. What’s the one thing your most looking forward to in the holidays?
Two week vacation at the seaside. Beach and books. Isn’t it perfection?

8. If you could live in any city (real) in the world, which one would you choose?
I have never actually thought about that. I know I’d like to live in either US, Canada or UK, but I never thought of a particular city. But let’s say LA, because I’d love to be in California right now.

9. What was your favourite picture book as a child?
I don’t remember. I know there was this series of picture books about that one dog, but I have no idea what’s the name of that one. But I know I really liked it.

10. Can you lick your nose?
I just tried and failed. So no, I can’t.

I nominate:
Rachel from Book Reviews & Stuff
Stefani from Cought Read Handed
Rayna from Reader Rayna
Kacie from Kacie’s Bookshelf
Rachel from Confessions of a Book Geek
Amy from Read What I Like
Chantal from CK’s Reading Corner
Saba and Hafsa from BookMates
Ashley from saidthestory

My Questions:
1. What is your favourite TV show?
2. Did you ever travel out of your country? Where?
3. Why did you start your blog?
4. Tell us a story about how you became a reader.
5. Do you play any instruments? If you do, which one?
6. How many languages can you speak? Which ones?
7. Would you rather live without your favourite food or without your favourite drink?
8. What you like the most about yourself?
9. What’s the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
10. Is there a person in your life you just can’t stand? Say something about him/her.

And this is it. I hope you enjoyed reading all of this and if you want to do this, and I didn’t nominate you, feel free to do it and consider yourself nominated. When you answer my questions, please leave a link to your post in the comments so I can easily find and read your answers.

Kiera Cass – The Elite (The Selection #2) | Review

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The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?
America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

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I just read my review on the first book in the trilogy, The Selection, and I can’t stop laughing. My opinions changed so much after I read the second book. The Elite was not particularly better or worse than The Selection, which is a good thing because that means we have a constant. It was a very satisfying sequel and I was in the perfect mood for the book like this.  16248068

There was a lot more plot in this book, but that also means a lot more drama. We finally got to some more serious topics than just America’s love life (this is a dystopian trilogy, after all), but I think that potential could’ve been used a bit more. The Elite was even more fast-paced and even more fun than The Selection, but the way America’s relationships developed was not my favourite thing. However, I couldn’t expect her to choose immediately, since we still have one more book to go, right? And even though I know who she’s going to end up with (damn you, spoilers), I’m still excited to see how that is going to happen.

I know that in my last review I said that I don’t find America that annoying. Well, I was wrong. In this book, I just wanted to slap her and I was rolling my eyes whenever she changed her mind (which was on pretty much every single page). Just decide, woman! It’s pretty obvious who she likes better and who she really wants, but her reasons for not being sure are the most stupid thing ever. Now I can totally see why is everyone so frustrated with her.
My opinion on both Maxon and Aspen changed quite a bit as well. In the first book, I was rooting a bit more for Aspen, but in this book my feelings dropped. He was not really there and I have a feeling like he came up only when America needed to change her mind again so she can annoy me even more. I don’t see their connection anymore and now I feel like he’s just pushing too hard, instead leaving her alone.
I grew to love Maxon, though my feelings for him constantly changed throughout the book. But let’s say I understand him. Mostly. What I don’t understand is why is he dealing with America’s shit. He’s doing everything for her, but all she does is whining and complaining and being indecisive. If I was him, I’d just send her home and go after someone who would appreciate me more. However, I can’t not ship them. I want them to end up together, if America ever makes a decision.
I hate the King. That’s all I’m going to say about him because he doesn’t deserve anything else. If you read the book, you’ll understand.

The writing is still average and I still like it.  I still think it fit perfectly to the story and I appreciate that the author didn’t push it too hard and didn’t try to be lyrical or sound too smart when that was completely unneccesary. Dialogues in this book were equally not perfect as in the first book, but I learned to ignore that and just enjyoy the story.

To wrap it all up, I flew through this book. It was really entertaining and I would definitely recommend this trilogy if you’re looking for something fun and not very realistic. I’m definitely reading the last book in this trilogy very soon.

August 2015 | TBR

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I am going crazy with the amount of books on my TBR again, but whatever. August is my last free month this year and I’m not going to waste and. I’ll read a ton! Booktube-a-thon is happening in the first week of August and I hope that later in the month there will be more readathons that I can take part in. I will also be on a vacation for two weeks at the beginning of August which means I’ll read all day, every day (because there will be no internet, probably, but don’t worry, I’ve already scheduled some posts so I’ll still be here). So what do I want to read this month?

First we have books that I plan to read during Booktube-a-thon:
1. Kiersten White – Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1)
2. Sara Gruen – Water for Elephants
3. Henryk Sienkiewicz – In Desert and Wilderness
4. Stephen Chbosky – Perks of Being a Wallflower
5. Paula Hawkins – The Girl on the Train
6. Kim Harrington – Clarity (Clarity #1)
7. Tammara Webber – Easy (Contours of Heart #1)

Then we have some books that I’m just dying to read and I’m sure I’ll be reading this month:
8. Veronica Roth – Insurgent (Divergent #2)
9. Josephine Angelini – Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1)
10. Lauren Kate – Teardrop (Teardrop #1)
11. J. R. Ward – Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2)
12. Kiera Cass – The One (The Selection #3)
13. George R. R. Martin – A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and FIre #4)

And lastly, ebooks that I need to review:
14. William Sutcliffe – Concentr8
15. Matt Fraction & Christian Ward – ODY-C Vol. 1

Knowing me, I probably won’t get to all of these books, but I’ll definitely read a lot. As long as I’m having fun and enjoying reading, I don’t really care if I complete my TBR or not. What do you plan to read in August? Have you read any of the books I’m going to read? I’d love to know, so tell me in the comments.

Jessica Sorensen – The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret #1) | Review

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Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.
Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it’s summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home.
Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.
Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes.

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I randomly found this book in a store and since it was pretty cheap, I bought it. Yesterday I was trying to find what to read next and the moment I saw this book on my shelf, I knew I had to read it. I would have probably read it in one sitting, but I had to stop halfway through, so I ended up reading it in two sittings. Also, this is the first book this summer that kept me awake until I finished it.

I was sucked into the story from the very beginning and I just flew through this book. The whole setting was very different from what I usually read, but it was very cool and refreshing. Even though this is just another NA book, I highly enjoyed it and this book was definitely much more than two people having sex. Secrets from the past gave another layer to this story and made it very emotional and beautiful. My heart was broken a few times while reading and I wouldn’t say this is the happiest book to read, but there were definitely a lot of moments when I smiled like an idiot. The romance is the big part of this book, but I would say that it’s more character-driven and self-discovery is very important part of it. Also, this book reminded me a bit of Beautiful Disaster, but that’s the only other NA book I read, so I assume all of these books are more or less the same. Which is great, because that means I’ll never run out of fun and quick books. 15717876

As I said, characters are very important in this book and I really liked that. Each and every one of them has it’s own story and it’s own problems, but the way their stories intertwine is just amazing.
I have mixed feelings about Ella. I love the ”old” Ella and I admire her, but the ”new” Ella just went on my nerves. I wanted to slap her and yell at her that she can’t just run away from problems and keep everything inside. Other than that, she was pretty cool and I liked her.
Micha is my bae. I love him so much and I was rooting for him through the entire book. I love him for not giving up on Ella and being there for her even though he knew all her secrets. Also, he’s a hot musician, he fixes cars, participates in car races, has problems with his father, is very determined to get back the girl he loves… isn’t that enough to fall in love with him?
The romance between the two was very interesting. It wasn’t insta-love and I really appreciate that, but it wasn’t really slow-burning either, since the sexual tension was very obvious from the very beginning. However, I ship them very hard, they’re just so cute and amazing together.
Lila was really annoying at the beginning because she was all princess-y and naive, but later I started to appreciate her character a lot more when we found out her story. Though I think it could’ve been a bit more developed. Her relationship with Ethan was a bit forced and I didn’t really buy it, but it was fun to read about, anyway.
When it comes to Dean, I’m not really sure what’s his problem. He’s a total douchebag and I couldn’t care less about him.

Now you’re probably thinking why I gave this book four stars when I didn’t say anything bad about this book. Well, I haven’t mentioned the writing yet. It was the biggest disappointment of this book. It just sounded so cheesy and dialogues were very weird and sometimes I had to go back and read these last few lines again because I got confused. I also realized I like Ella’s POV a bit more because when I was reading from Micha’s POV everything sounded so unrealistic and super-cheesy. The whole book was very fast-paced and that didn’t always work well because at times I just wanted to know more about that particular moment, but the author was already on another chapter. Another thing – I think this book would’ve been a lot better without the sex. Or at least, if characters just stopped thinking about sex for a second. Also, it bothered me how Ella and Micha always acted like they’re alone and didn’t really care that trere are people around them. But that’s just my opinion.

So, the final verdict. I really enjoyed this book and even though the writing is not the best, I managed to ignore that while reading and just enjoy the story. It was a lot of fun and I would recommend it if you’re into NA and all that stuff. I am just discovering New Adult and I think this is a great book to begin with. Definitely give it a try if it sounds like something you’d enjoy.

Booktube-a-thon 2015 | TBR

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It’s that time of the year again and I’m super excited. I really enjoyed Booktubeathon last year and I hope this year will be even better. I will try to complete all the challenges, and since I’ll be on a vacation during the readathon, I’ll have plenty of time to read. Oh, and one more exciting thing! This year, I convinced my mom to also participate so we’ll be discussing books and have fun together. I may even post her wrap-up and tell you how she did at the end. Would you be interested in that?

For all the other informations about the readathon you can go check out the official BooktubeAThon YouTube channelTwitter account and Instagram account5MJCU12s

The challenges:
1// Read a book with blue on the cover
For this one, I have so many options, but I decided to go with Paranormalcy by Kiersten White because it seems like a fun and quick read – perfect for the readathon.
2// Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name
I went with Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, since my last name starts with a G as well.
3// Read someone else’s favourite book
For this one, I asked my mom for her favourite book and she said A Game of Thrones. Then I told her it has to be a book that I haven’t read so she chose In Desert and Wilderness by Henryk Sienkiewicz because that was her favourite book when she was in middle-grade. It’s not something I would pick myself, but that’s what this challenge is all about, right?
4// Read the last book you acquired
For this one I’ll read either The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky or The GIrl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, because I bought these two on the same day and I really want to read them both.
5// Finish a book without letting go of it
This one is my favourite challenge and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. I decided to go with a very short book, Clarity by Kim Harrington. It’s only 200 pages long so I should be able to read it in one sitting on the beach. Also, if I have to carry it around, it’s a light paperback so it won’t be heavy.
6// Read a book you really want to read
For this one I picked Easy by Tammara Webber. I’ve been hearing so many good things about this book lately and I want to read it so badly and I will.
7// Read seven books

And there you have it. These are the books I decided to read during this year’s Booktube-a-thon. Are you participating in Booktube-a-thon this year? What are you reading? Have you read any of the books on my TBR? Let me know in the comments.