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Booklikes-opoly: Update + 4th dice roll

Bank: 38$

 

Let's do this again! 

 

 

I got a 9 which landed me on...

 

 

Ok so this is something I'm not familiar with! Which is good! For this I decided to read a classic, which is The Time Machine - H.G. Wells,Greg Bear  I've been meaning to read this book for ages, so let's do this! 

 

 

Booklikes-opoly: Update + 3rd dice roll

Bank: 28$

 

I finished Lady Midnight which was 633 pages long, so I gained 5$! Yaaay!

 

I'm ready for my third roll, I was going to wait untill tomorrow but I saw that you could roll anyday now (as long as the book you read took you more than two days.. mine definitely did) so I can finally make my third dice roll! 

 

 

I was on "Cars Land 16" and so I'm now on...

 

 

That is great. I have to roll again...

 

And that is another five (seriously?!)

 

which is:

 

 

Well, that is amazing. I felt like I was really behind because I was reading slowly... So I just got 10$, yaaaay! I also have to give 10$ to another player and I'm going to choose Hol. I know she just started playing, so it seems fair to me to help her :)

 

My bank is now 38$.

 

Well, I'm not sure what to do next. I have not picked up a book. Should I roll again? Wait for next roll day? I'm a bit lost. LOL

 

#27 - The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

The Midnight Star - Marie Lu

Although, this series was not really one of my favourite, the ending was beautiful. Adelina is not a great character, I don't particularly like her, but I don't dislike her either. I just do not really care. However, her development was really well done, we can see a lot of changes in her.

 

The plot was not that interesting, not that it was bad, but I just could not feel invested. I did not really care what was happening and I could not connect with any of the characters.

 

But the ending really did something for me. That is why I rated it 4/5 stars! Not a bad series, but not one of the greatest.

 

(The Legend series by Marie Lu was awesome, just wanted to mention that, I case you wanted to give it a try).

 

Reading progress update: I've read 112 out of 688 pages.

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices) - Cassandra Clare

No dice roll for me today, I'm still reading Lady Midnight. It is great (and kind of massive).

 

If you are looking for me, I'll be reading.

 

#26 - The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Emerald City of Oz - L. Frank Baum

Dorothy’s Aunt and Uncle are in trouble at the farm. They do not have enough money to pay everything and they might be expulsed. Dorothy says to them they could go and live in Oz with her and Ozma agrees to that. So, once again, we found ourselves in the beautiful Land of Oz where Dorothy is going to live some great adventures and meet some new people.

Like every time I read an Oz story, I’m amazed at how funny it is. This seems like it was the last story about Oz but I know there are many others, so I am not sure about what happened here, I guess I will see when I read the others.

I had a lot of fun reading this book and I think Oz is one of the greatest story ever, I’m totally fond of this world.

Booklikes-opoly: Update + 2nd dice roll

Bank: 23$

 

I finished The Emerald City of Oz which has 295 pages (= 3$). 

 

I'm so ready for my second dice roll !! Here it comes...

 

 

I got 8. I was on space 9 and I'm now on space 16, which is:

 

 

For this one I decided to read Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices) - Cassandra Clare  , which takes place in Los Angeles. I'm pretty excited about reading another Cassandra Clare book, I hope it will be as good as everyione says it is.

 

 

Booklikes-opoly: 1st dice roll

Ok, I got 9!

 

Which is: 

 

 

I'm really happy because it is an easy one to start with!

 

For this one, I will read The Emerald City of Oz - L. Frank Baum   (Fairy Tale). 

 

But before that, I'm going to get some sleep, I'm too tired to even enjoy this (even if I'm really excited!). Have fun!!

 

Bank: 20$

 

#25 - The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die) - Danielle  Paige

It was a nice continuation to the series. Some parts were weird and I could not really understand what the author was trying to do... but the story is not over, so I guess I will have some answers in the next books.

 

I love seeing new characters, and I love the fact that I could identify them. I'm not done with the original Oz books yet, I still have a bunch to read. But it was nice to meet the daughter of the Rainbow and Button Bright. I really, really love this retelling (almost as much as I love the original story... almost)!

 

This second book was not as great as the first one though (and was also way shorter), but it was still really pleasant. I'm excited about the rest of the series!

#24 - Magnus Chase and The Sword Of Summer by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer  - Rick Riordan

This is the first book in the Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard series which is Rick Riordan's series about Norse mythology.

 

Rick Riordan’s books are always such pleasant reads: they have great characters, a lot of humor and some great but crazy storylines about Gods and stuff.

 

This series is about Norse mythology, and after reading and really enjoying the Percy Jackson series, I wanted to start this one. I will probably read all of Rick Riordan’s series (if you don’t know, he has a bunch of books about Greek and Roman gods and he also wrote a series about Egyptian mythology) but I really wanted to read this one first because I feel like we don’t know a lot about Norse mythology. In school, I learned about Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, but Norse mythology was not part of the deal. It is such a shame because it is as interesting as the other mythologies and I found it fascinating (listening to a lot of Folk Metal kind of introduced me to the subject. I actually listened to some great bands about Norse mythology while reading this book. Maybe I could do a post about some of those bands... would you be interested?)

 

I love how the author addressed the subject; it is pretty accurate with a lot of real facts but it is set in today’s world and Gods are doing crazy stuff, like using smart phones or watching television while still being their god selves. I think it is such a great idea and the author always does it with a lot of humor. His series also overlap: in this book for example, we meet Annabeth again whom you will remember from the Percy Jackson series.

 

It was thus not surprising because Rick Riordan's books always follow the same pattern, but I knew what I was going to get, and it’s exactly what I wanted. I'm really looking forward to continuing on with this series!

March Wrap-Up

I read 7 books during the month of March (when I finished The Silkworm it was April already, but as my review is already posted at the time of doing this wrap-up, i'll just include it here).

 

5 stars:

 

Riquet à la houppe - Amélie Nothomb  Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher  

 

4 stars:

 

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) (Paperback) - Common - Laini Taylor  Tales of the Peculiar - Ransom Riggs,Andrew Davidson  

 

3 stars:

 

Mindspeak - Heather Sunseri  King's Cage (Red Queen) - Victoria Aveyard  The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith  

 

Not too bad. But not so good either. I do have 3x 3 stars... which is not a good rating to me. So that is kind of sad. But the other books I read were really great.

In terms of quantity, I did not read that much. I had a lot of things to do, March is always the busiest month of the year and I also just bought a car, which means less reading time in public transport (I also have to say I watched a lot of Netflix this month... oops).

 

You can find all my reviews here on my blog and on Goodreads as well.

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

#23 - The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith

I have no idea how to rate this book. I gave it 3/5 stars because it was not really my cup of tea. Doing this, I feel like I don't do it justice because I only rate it based on my apreciation and not based on the book itself. I always have difficulties reviewing genres I'm not used to reading. I enjoyed the story and I liked the writing. But I was not hooked, it took me quite a long time to read it and I don't like that when I feel like I'm not progressing on a book. it means I'm not really into it. 

 

Anyway, the book may be really great, I cannot say. I was too focused on the fact that it was not the type of book I usally read and it got me stuck. That's a shame, really. I don't know if you experience the same thing while reading things you're not used to. I feel like I have to do it so I don't enjoy it. I kind of force myself actually. And I could like the book a lot, but because I feel obliged to do it, I don't. That is stupid, I know (because nobody forced me to read it, obviously). 

 

Have you read it? What did you think?

#22 - Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

Tales of the Peculiar - Andrew Davidson, Ransom Riggs

This book of short stories was really lovely. All the tales were creepy and really great and the illustrations were stunning!

 

A short and pleasant read.

 

#21 - Thirteen reasons why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher

This book was hard. Not as hard as I though it would be, but definitely hard. What you do matter to other people, it can influence their lives. Even insignificant events, maybe those are not that insignificant to everyone.


Reading this book, I thought a lot about high school and primary school and I remembered all the little things I did that now make me feel like an asshole. I also remember what other people did that make me feel like shit. I would not want to live these years over again, teen years are the hardest.


This book has to be read, I think it should be read and discussed in class. It matters.

The format is also really great, I love how Hannas' story is shown through the tapes.
I really recommend this !

#20 - Days of Blood and Starlight

Days of Blood & Starlight - Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight is the second book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. This book has all the ingredients needed for me to love it: impossible love between two enemies, badass female characters (can’t seem to get tired of that) and good against evil where the good is not that good and the evil can also be good. I always love this concept.

 

In this book, you get to know more chimaeras and their ways of life. But you also meet more seraphim and you see how they live as well. That was great to have an insight on both people. You also get to see more of your favourite humans… Just saying!

 

This book was a bit darker than the first one; some things were indeed hard to read and gave me the chill. Karou, our strong female protagonist, has some vulnerability and can also experience some real troubles like any other girl. I think that was really clever, even if it was a hard moment (if you’ve read it, I guess you can see what I’m talking about).

 

The plot, the world building, the characters were great. The best thing about this book though is the writing. I love how the author managed to write in different styles while it seems so fluid and natural. I absolutely adored it!

 

I already have the next book in the trilogy and I can’t wait to read it (probably next month!)

#19 - Riquet à la houppe by Amélie Nothomb

Riquet à la houppe - Amélie Nothomb

Again, 5 out of 5 stars for this author. I just can't seem to get tired of her. All her books are really similar, and while the plot is never that important to me.. the way she writes is. It's amazing. She is one of the first author I was introduced to as a teenager and she gives me the love for words. Amélie Nothomb showed me how important words can be. And what you can make of them.

 

I read this book at the book fair in Bruxelles while waiting to meet her. The reading experience was thus so much beter (even if I was standing, hot and thirsty. I waited almost 3 hours, but it was worth it!). Meeting her was such a great experience. She is kind and takes the time to speak to every single person that wants to meet her. She also compliments people a lot and told me I was ravissante and that I seemed way much younger than I was. She also ALWAYS writes back if you send her a letter. She is a great writer but also seems like a great person.

 

(I guess it's also the first time I show my face here, hello)

 

As usual, this book was fanstastic. I cannot review any of her books, first of all because I won't be impartial, but also because I don't know what to say, except that her writing is extraordinary and that I loved every single word of it.

 

 

#18 - King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard

King's Cage (Red Queen) - Victoria Aveyard

When I read Red Queen, I enjoyed it whereas a lot of people had issues with it. Then, I read Glass Sword and I was not that enthusiastic about the book. Still, I liked the story and the world created by the author so I picked up King’s Cage. And I was so disappointed.


The book starts right where you finished Glass Sword, which is good because I was dying to know what was going to happen (boy, this scene was such a disappointment). You then have what seems like a million pages of Mare complaining (ok, this time she has the right to do so. Still, she annoyed me. I was the one defending here in Glass Sword, but that’s over. I don’t like her in this book. At all).

The plot was slow, too slow for my taste. I was expecting something big to happen, but nothing really did. I felt like I just read 500 pages of basically nothing. That is a bit sad, but I still found myself having fun reading this book and wanting to know what was going to happen. Why? I can't say. I liked the series, so I kept on reading.

 

Don’t get me wrong, this book was not all bad, some elements were actually great; having Eveline’s POV was amazing, I feel like I got to know here a little bit better and I liked her a lot, actually. Cameron also has her own POV, I don't particularly like this character, even if she is strong and fierce, totally the kind of female characters I like, but no. I did not work for me and her POV was unnecessary. Apart from her complaining about Mare and saying how selfish and annoying she is, it did not add anything to the story. There is one particular event I was looking for (as far as Cameron is concern), but it was also a disappointment when it happened.

 

I love Maven and I hate him at the same time: this is what makes a great villain for me. But sometimes, he just seemed flat and not developed enough. I liked seeing a bit of his vulnerability though, that was good.

 

I do not know what more to tell without any spoilers, but the book was not that good. I still gave it 3/5 stars, because I think it is a great series and I still want to give it a chance. I will definitely read the next book to know what is going to happen. And I hope it will be better

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