Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Mid year book freak out tag.

Hallo! I've seen this book tag floating around the internet lately. I figured it would be fun to see what I think about my reading so far into the year. Not sure how we ended up being here, but we are already halfway through 2019.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019. Becoming I bought this on my audible app and have listened to it on and off in recent months. I loved Becoming by Michelle Obama so much. She is a wonderful woman. Her story is so honest, delightful and heartwarming to read.
2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2019.
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)
I finally completed The raven cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. I loved this series so much, it made me both sad and so happy to finally read the ending. I would say the series is not for everyone. If you do like supernatural and crazy magic, you would absolutely love this series. The characters is reletable and the romance stories so sweet and adorable. I love the magic, it's strange and make no sense a lot of times, still so fascinating and very interesting. 3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to. The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1) I wasn't a big fan of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Still, I found something good in the series that I loved. Alec and Magnus or Malec, which is the shipper name for the couple. I can't wait to read a book about them :-)
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
Duh… Call Down the Hawk of course. I love Ronan Lynch from The raven cycle so much and I can't wait to read more about him ( and hopefully Adam). Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer #1)
5. Biggest disappointment.
Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)
This was a book I thought I would give 5 stars when I heard about it, it seemed like a perfect book for me. Unfortunately, it was only a 3 stars read. I'm still unsure if I want to read the last book, it's only a duology. You like to read my review? Click here.
6. Biggest surprise.
Birthday Girl
I don't read much of new adult/contemporary/romance books.  I bought it cheaply on my kindle and didn't have big hopes for Birthday Girl. Thought it would be some easy-to-read cliché mess. I loved the book so much. I loved the characters and I loved the weird love story. Which is usually not my cup of tea. You like to read my review? Click here. Would this kind of love story be something I would like in real life, probably not. But in this book it works very well. Love is love, right?
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Penelope Douglas without a doubt. I hope to read more of her in the future.
8. Newest fictional crush.
Pike Lawson from Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas. I loved Pike so much.  He was very responsible and caring type, his personality really melted by heart. 

9. Newest favourite character.
Elodie Winslow from The clockmaker's daughter by Kate Morton. She was one of my favorite characters in the book. I loved her personality and I wanted to be her in the story a lot of times. Specially when she meet Jack <3
10. Book that made you cry.
Some part of Becoming by Michelle Obama made me cry. Specially when she talked about the hard times in life. It really was emotionally.
11. Book that made you happy.
Fangirl I re-read recently Fangirl and annotated the book for the first time. Fangirl is one of my favorite contemporary/young adult books and Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors in that genre. I always feel so happy when I read Fangirl. I love Cath. The main character. I love her love interest Levi. He made me smile and giggle like a teenage girl again. I love her roommate Reagan so much. I love her rough-around-the-edges personality. She was fantastic and made me laugh a lot of times. I need friends like Levi and Reagan in my life.

12. Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received) I've been a good girl this year and haven't bought many new books. I've only bought two or three books so far, I've only read one of them. The raven king by Maggie Stiefvater. The raven king ( or the entire The raven cycle series) is a very beautiful series. I loved it so much. I can't say that enough. One of my favorite series :-)
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I hope to read some more of my TBR list. It's not a problem for me having many books on TBR, but I hope to read more of them. That's why I bought them in the first place. My TBR is around 40 books. So not too many books. Some of my books on my TBR list: The Scorpio RacesPrisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1)A Million JunesLibrary of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)Renegades (Renegades, #1)Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)The Last Magician (The Last Magician, #1)The Storyspinner (The Keepers' Chronicles, #1) Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)This Shattered World (Starbound, #2)Their Fractured Light (Starbound, #3)Vicious (Villains, #1)A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)All the Light We Cannot SeeZenith (The Androma Saga #1)The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1) Hope you all have had a good reading year so far :-)

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Book review: Strange the dreamer by Laini Taylor.

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

From Goodreads:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.
My thoughts:
I did enjoy reading about Lazlo Strange. He felt like a breath of fresh air, I love his personality. He was sweet and humble, he loved reading and learning about life. Lazlo is a different kind of hero, I love that about him. I still wish we could have learn more about him. I felt in a book, where his name is in the title, we didn't learn much about him. Apart from his fascination and love for Weep. Which was good, don't get me wrong. I just wish there was more. Sarai was a character it took me a while to like. I found her ability very interesting and I loved reading about her life. I felt sad and heartbroken for her when you found out about her mother and specially her father. It didn't come as a surprise who her father was. But I wish I had loved her more. The Godslayer is a character I didn't have much thoughts about when I first read about him. Then you heard the crazy story about what he had done in the past and it seems unreal that someone would do those things. I understand the story needed someone to blame and some to be the reason for the enemy to be born. But I still think the enemy would have been released anyway, I felt the character just needed someone to blame. Sarai and Lazlo was not a suprise couple. When you read about a girl and a boy, chances are that they will meet throughout the book and fall in love. I didn't dislike their love story, it just felt okay to me. Nothing special. I didn't feel anything special about their relationship, because everything happened so fast and suddenly. I'm more a slow burn romance kind of girl. Minya: Holy moly she was crazy. I love when I have a love/hate relationship with a character. I think she was my favorite character, after Lazlo. Just because she made me feel things, which I didn't felt many characters did in this book. I understand some of her anger, but at the same time she was so misguided from young age. I felt if she only had someone - an adult in her life to help her out. Things would been a lot different for her. Ruby, Sparrow and Feral: I love Sparrow and how she use her powers to take care of other people and give them gifts. She is very forgiving and understanding, perhaps too forgiven sometimes. I wish Sparrow would have fight back. Not let everyone treat her as a doormat. Sometimes I felt like I was reading about my self ;-) Ruby is a very passionate and impulsive characters, she never think about consequences. She is not very perceptive of how others feels, specially Sparrow. Feral is the character I felt least familiar with when the book ended. I felt as the only male of the godspawn he ended up in a love triangle unwillingly. They where all teenagers and I understand all their young feelings and actions in a world like they had. Nevertheless, they should have stood for what they believed in and been on Sarai's side, not let the enemy control the whole ship even if they where afraid. In all it was okay. I did like some of it. Strange the dreamer is a book I read a few months ago, so it took me a while to review it. I don't want to say I disliked the whole book, I gave it three stars. My biggest problem with the book was the first half. I loved the detailed description of the world and it was often beautifully written, I still felt that the book was too slow and nothing happened for a long time. I think I would have liked the book better if the book was more faster and things have happened sooner. I'm still not sure if I should read the continuation. Since this is only a duology, I kind of want to know what happened to them in the end. I have some mixed feelings about it. Have you read Strange the dreamer? Did you like it? :-)

Can't wait wednesday: Call down the hawk ( The dreamer trilogy # 1) by Maggie Stiefvater.

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to talk about the books we are most exiting about. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

I'm a little late this time, but decided to post it anyway. Even though it's thursday today.

Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer #1)

The dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming – they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives – they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.

And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.
Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.

Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.

Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed. . . .

I love Ronan Lynch so much from The raven cycle series and I can't wait to read more about him in The Dreamer trilogy. I cross my fingers that we also get to see a bit more of Ronan and Adam's relationship. I love and adore them so much.  There is no other couple like them, before they become canon in TRC, it seemed both strange and weird that these two would like each other ( they are very different characters), but then they came together and everything gave so much sense. Ronan is one of my favorite characters because he is so different from any other character I read about. His inside and outside of his personality is so different. He seems so hard and tough, but at the same time he is so tender and caring to the people he love. Specially Adam <3

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Can't wait wednesday: The Magnolia sword by Sherry Thomas.

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to talk about the books we are most exiting about. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan

Expected publication: September 10th 2019

CHINA, 484 A.D.

A Warrior in Disguise
All her life, Mulan has trained for one purpose: to win the duel that every generation in her family must fight. If she prevails, she can reunite a pair of priceless heirloom swords separated decades earlier, and avenge her father, who was paralyzed in his own duel.

Then a messenger from the Emperor arrives, demanding that all families send one soldier to fight the Rouran invaders in the north. Mulan's father cannot go. Her brother is just a child. So she ties up her hair, takes up her sword, and joins the army as a man.

A War for a Dynasty

Thanks to her martial arts skills, Mulan is chosen for an elite team under the command of the princeling--the royal duke's son, who is also the handsomest man she's ever seen. But the princeling has secrets of his own, which explode into Mulan's life and shake up everything she knows. As they cross the Great Wall to face the enemy beyond, Mulan and the princeling must find a way to unwind their past, unmask a traitor, and uncover the plans for the Rouran invasion . . . before it's too late.

Mulan (the Disney movie) has always been my favorite movie. I love everything about Mulan. I love a good kick-ass heroine. One of the reason why I love Mulan so much ever since I was a child, is how she decided to dress as a man and take her father place, without hesitating. She did it all because of the love of her father. It really did something with me as a kid. I've always been close to my father and I understand why she did it. I would have done the same for any of my parents. Thank God, I live in a country without war. Let's be realstic here. I would have died pretty fast. I can't ride a horse and how do you use a sword? It looks heavy. Ha ha.This sounds like a epic, fantastic and amazing retelling of Mulan, I can't wait to read it.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Top Ten tuesday: Books From Your Favorite Genre.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Thatartsyreadergirl
This week topic is Books from your favorite Genre. I have two favorite genre, so this will be a mixed between historical fiction and fantasy books. 

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)The Infernal Devices-series by Cassandra Clare. This is my favorite series by Cassie. I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of The Mortal Instruments, I only read the series because of Malec  ( Magnus and Alec). I still bought the books ( again because of Malec, lol). I'm planning on reading Lady Midnight, so I'm interested to see if that is a series I would love. Or if I need the historical setting to love her books. Which is the case in The Infernal Devices. Anyway, this is my absolute favorite series. I love it so much. I love Jem, Will and Tessa so much <3 I love when we get both fantasy and historical genre in a book series. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) The lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer. When I read the first book I was very unsure if I would love this series. Since it's in both fantasy and dystopia genre. I'm not a huge dystopia fan..I read it and I did love it so much. I love the retelling of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White. Cress ( Rapunzel) was my favorite character in the series. I love her and I love her love interest Thorne. He made me laugh so much with his devilish charm. Together they where so sweet and adorable. The one reason I fell for Thorne was is personality. He was like Flynn Rider from Tangled. I think that's why I love him so much. This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1) The Monsters of Verity by Victoria Schwab. I love when a book series ( duology) is all about epic friendship, not love. Don't get me wrong, I'm very girlish when it comes to romance. I love both Kate and August, I love how different they are as characters. Some may say there is a little romantic in the last book, but there is very little and it does not change anything in the story itself. Fantastic book duology and I wish it was longer. I love the world, the characters and everything in both books so much. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) The raven cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. I love all of them so much. Gansey, Ronan, Adam, Noah, Henry and Blue. They all was so amazing and adorable written. I love my beautiful raven boys and their favorite girl. All I want now is to read the series again as soon as possible. The Book Thief The book thief by Markus Zusak. The second world war is one of my favorite time periods to read about. My grandmother and grandfather was young people back then, my grandfather was a soldier. I always loved hearing stories from that time from my grandmother. The book thief is one of my favorite historical books I read so far in my life. I love Liesel and her story. It so beautiful written. I need to reread this book soon. Jane Eyre Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. When I was in my early twenties ( and now I sound really old haha), I decided to read this book. I had seen the movie version a lot of times through my childhood and in my teens. My mother almost never read books ( apart from health books), but while she was pregnant with my older sister she read Jane Eyre and loved it. It felt like I needed to read it and I finally did. I loved it so much, it was beautiful and lovely. Just like my mum said it was. Jane Eyre will for always be one of my favorite historical fiction books. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. I couldn't make a list without mentioning Harry Potter. I love Harry Potter so much. I read the first book when I was ten or elleven years old. I still remember the feeling of waiting for the next book to come out and how sad I was when I read the last book in the series.. Without Harry Potter I would not have been a book lover today. This was the series that got me interest in both reading and writing my own stories. J.K Rowling made me see the world in a different way through books. The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1) Magnus Chase and the gods of asgard by Rick Riordan. My favorite gods is the gods of Asgard, the norse gods. I love reading about them and see them in movies. Magnus is a funny, smart and adorable guy. I love reading about his adventures with his friends. It's hilarious, sarcastic and awesome. I love this series so much. I love Percy Jackson, but Magnus is my all time favorite from Rick Riordan's world. Stalking Jack the Ripper Stalking Jack the ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. First I will say: Thomas Cresswell <3<3<3 I love him so much. He is so funny, charming and arrogant. Through the entire book he flirt with the main character, Audrey Rose and I approve.. This book is so predictable, but it's still one of my favorite historical fiction books. I love it so much because of Audrey Rose and Thomas, and their adventures together. It's like a Sherlock Holmes and Watson story. Atonement Atonement by Ian McEwan. This is a story about a girl who witnesses something between her older sister and a young man. She misunderstands the situation and well...that's how this chaos of this story begin. I love this book, it was sad, heartbreaking, wonderfull and good at the same time. I love the love story of Cecilia and Robbie.