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#67 - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rowell, Rainbow (2014) Paperback - Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl is one of the first book I heard about when I started watching Booktube videos back in the day, but it took me a lifetime to decide to purchase it and read it. I finally found the motivation to read this and I kind of liked it. But I was not such a fan; I thought I would like it way more than that. Maybe I should have read it when I started university 5 years ago, it would have made me feel closer to Cath I guess. Reading it today made me feel so far away from these characters, which is weird because I read a lot of YA contemporary and never have this feeling.

 

I love the idea of Cath and her sister Wren. I have a bigger sister and we have never been really close. I mean, we like spending time with each other etc. but we never talk about our problems. Reading about Cath and Wren was weird for me, I’m not used to such strong sister relationships and it was cool to see how they interacted with each other.

 

The romance was so realistic, I totally adore it. It shows how difficult it can be when you are kind of shy and “socially awkward”; it was not the perfect romance you find in most books. It felt so real. Cath is really nerdy and Levi is kind of insecure even if it does not show. I love how their relationship develops throughout the book.

 

I think the thing I like the least about this book (and I guess many people will disagree because it is kind of the point of this book) was all the little stories about Simon Snow. I love the whole concept of Cath being a real fan and needing this fictional world to escape the real one, but I did not really care reading about Baz and Simon, it was not a pleasant experience for me. I guess I will not read Carry On, but I understand why everybody is so excited about it and I think it was a great idea to write it. But it just did not work for me.

 

This book was a really interesting about leaving your comfort zone, meeting new people and struggling with life in general. I really wish I had read this book sooner, I think it would have make a big different in my rating.

#67 - Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rowell, Rainbow (2014) Paperback - Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl is one of the first book I heard about when I started watching Booktube videos back in the day, but it took me a lifetime to decide to purchase it and read it. I finally found the motivation to read this and I kind of liked it. But I was not such a fan; I thought I would like it way more than that. Maybe I should have read it when I started university 5 years ago, it would have made me feel closer to Cath I guess. Reading it today made me feel so far away from these characters, which is weird because I read a lot of YA contemporary and never have this feeling.

 

I love the idea of Cath and her sister Wren. I have a bigger sister and we have never been really close. I mean, we like spending time with each other etc. but we never talk about our problems. Reading about Cath and Wren was weird for me, I’m not used to such strong sister relationships and it was cool to see how they interacted with each other.

 

The romance was so realistic, I totally adore it. It shows how difficult it can be when you are kind of shy and “socially awkward”; it was not the perfect romance you find in most books. It felt so real. Cath is really nerdy and Levi is kind of insecure even if it does not show. I love how their relationship develops throughout the book.

 

I think the thing I like the least about this book (and I guess many people will disagree because it is kind of the point of this book) was all the little stories about Simon Snow. I love the whole concept of Cath being a real fan and needing this fictional world to escape the real one, but I did not really care reading about Baz and Simon, it was not a pleasant experience for me. I guess I will not read Carry On, but I understand why everybody is so excited about it and I think it was a great idea to write it. But it just did not work for me.

 

This book was a really interesting about leaving your comfort zone, meeting new people and struggling with life in general. I really wish I had read this book sooner, I think it would have make a big different in my rating.

#66 - Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Morning Star - Pierce Brown

This is the third (and final) installment in the Red Rising saga. But a new book is coming out in January (Iron Gold), taking place ten years after the events of Morning Star. 

I don’t know why I did not pick this up earlier. I’ve read Golden Son in January 2016 and absolutely loved it and was so excited about Morning Star. But I have no idea why I did not buy it straight away and it took me a whole year to decide to buy it (then almost another year to decide to read it…). Anyway, I finally picked it up and this book was a hell of a ride. 

 

I have to admit that I was a bit confused at the beginning and had to read recaps of Red Rising and Golden Son. I still had difficulty with character’s names; I often read the book with the Red Rising Wiki open on my phone. But as soon as I was a bit more comfortable with all the names, I could not stop. So many things happened here and it gave me all the chills. 

 

This book is full of amazing complex characters; you cannot hate all the "villains", nor like all the "good people". They all have so many qualities and as many flaws, I just can’t pick one favourite. I love them all.  

 

I love how war is depicted, it not the utopist thing I’m used to in most (YA) books. War is cruel and it takes many sacrifices when you want to rebuild a society. I loved how the author handled this whole concept in the book. 

 

So many things surprised me, I cannot count the times I thought “I did not see that coming!”. Especially towards the end of the book, there is this ginormous plot twist when I almost banged my head on the wall (true story, I had to stop reading for at least 10minutes). 

 

I definitely recommend this series to anybody who loves science fiction and YA. It is a bit more complex than most YA books I’m used to, but not as complex as “non-YA” sci-fi books. It’s really an amazing series where friendship finds all its meanings. It is full of brutality and raw emotions that will leave you speechless.  

 

(THE ENDING!!! :o ) 

#65 - Rumor Has It by Elisabeth Grace

Rumor Has It - Elisabeth Grace

This book was sitting on my kindle and I decided to give it a try. I probably got it for free on Amazon, I’m not sure how it ended on my Kindle but I thought, let’s go for it.

 

It was not a bad read at all. I definitely enjoy the plot and the romance was cheesy, but I’m not saying it was bad. Just a lovely love story!

 

My problem was that I did not like the main female character. This book is told through two pov’s; Mason, a hip hop star, and Ellie (I actually had to search her name, don’t remember it right now), a boomerang girl trying to figure out what to do with her life. I really did not like her, especially the way she thought of herself. She just could not get the fact that the guy loved her and did not want to mess it up. Every little obstacle, she thought she was not good enough and he did not love her and blah blah blah. It was annoying. Still, I was really rooting for this love story and I was sad every time something bad happened to them.

 

I was expecting more sex scenes (there was definitely a lot of sex talk though, even too much) but I was not disappointed.

 

This book was enjoyable and I had fun reading it!

September Wrap-Up

So, October is here. It will soon be colder and at the end of the month, it will be dark when I go to work in the morning. I'm not really looking forward to it. But the leaves are going to be so beautiful and I can't wait for cold and sunny afternoons. It also means Halloween, but it nos such a big deal where I live. There will be some kids getting candy at the door and some (older) kids getting drunk at parties. I'm not fitting any of those categories so I'll just enjoy the fact that the day after is a bank holiday.

 

In the month of September I read a total of six books, including one audiobook and one e-book. I did not give 5 stars to any book this month. Seeing the rates I gave, I think I might become a little bit more strict in my rating. It may not be a bad thing!

 

I really had fun with my reading this month because I just read what the hell I wanted and it was really positive.

 

4 stars:

 

The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon  Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas  

 

3 stars:

 

Lock and Key - Sarah Dessen  (3.5/5) Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass) - Sarah J. Maas  (3.5/5) Three Dark Crowns - Kendare Blake  

 

2 stars:

 

Moonstroke - Blaine C. Readler  (2.5/5)

 

 

Have you read any interesting book in September? Are you excited for Halloween? (I know you are!)

#64 - Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns - Kendare Blake

It was weird. I loved this book; it was really macabre and gloomy. I was not expecting that at all but it was a great surprise.

 

Three Dark Crowns is the story of triplets Queens, one poisoner, one elemental and one naturalist. They live apart until they turn sixteen, when each Queen will have to kill her sisters to become the one true Queen (and then have triplets as well.)

 

The idea of this book was really unique and I love this strange Island full of magic. The story begins when the triplets are almost sixteen and you do not know anything about this world. I love that we discover the world bit by bit but I think it would have been better to just have a little more context at the beginning , I felt a bit lost.

 

I love all the characters and all the Queens are really different while being similar as well. Queen Katharine was definitely my favourite! The other characters were nice but really clichés, but in a good way.

 

As for the pacing, what a race! It was really easy to read and I did not want to put it down, I think I could have read it in one sitting if I had had the time at the moment.

 

The sequel is already out and I can’t wait to put my hands on it, the ending left me hanging…

 

I definitely recommend this book is you are in the mood for something different.

SPOILER ALERT!

#63 - Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass) - Sarah J. Maas

I think I can say that this one is my least favourite in the series. Maybe because it does not feature Aelin and Manon? I don't really know, but I preferred the other books in the series. I still enjoy reading this book, it was great to learn more about the Southern Continent.

 

I love the new characters, Yrene is really great, another strong independent woman (just like any other female character in this book). I also love the royal family of Antica, we do not get to know all of them but it was still great to learn more about how they rule their land.

 

I found the pacing a bit too slow, the relationship between Yrene and Chaol is really great, but too slow at the beginning and then too fast towards the end. I don't know if other people had the same feeling but it felt a bit too forced. Still, I love that they ended up together, they are really perfect for each other.

 

I also liked the fact that Aelin is the one who found Yrene when she was younger and that it is thanks to her that she became who she is today. It was a beautiful detail to add.

 

I really enjoyed the fact that we got to see what happened to Chaol during the event of Empire of Storms, I love that they take place at the same time. We understand so many things in Tower of Dawn, I think I could not keep track of everything. The biggest revelation is of course the one about Maeve, I really did not see that coming. I knew there was something wrong about her but I could never have predicted that... I am always really happy when this happens.

 

In general, I think this book was just a bit too long considering what happened. It could have been shorter in my opinion, so that the pacing could have been faster.

 

I still really enjoy this book, don't get me wrong! I just preferred the other heroes of this story who are currently on the Northern Continent and I really miss them in this book.

 

I can't wait for the next book in the series, I missed Manon!

#62 - Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas

 

I read this book for the first time when it came out last year and I remember really enjoying it. The second read was as good, I really liked this book and all its characters.

 

I don't really know what to say without any spoilers, this book is the 5th in the series and a lot have happen to our main character since she started her journey. She has grown so much and yet, she is still the same. I remember really disliking her the first time I read Throne of Glass, but now, I think she is amazing.

 

I just think some romances are a bit forced and do not feel really natural. As if all female characters needed to be with a male character just because he is around. It is the feeling I got out of this book, but I still kind of enjoyed those "romances". 

 

This book is full of adventure and revelations and once again, I'm impressed how the author reveals some part of the story to the other characters as the same time as to the reader. Aelin is scheming and nobody knows it, not even the reader, until one of the characters discovers what she did. I think it really add something to the book.

 

The ending left me on edge, just like last time, but I had Tower of Dawn to help me get over the book hangover. I just finished Tower of Dawn and will post my review really soon!

 

 

 

 

12 September new releases and bloggers' book reviews

Reblogged from BookLikes:

Are you reading the right September books? Make sure the following titles find their way to your September reading schedule, and if you're in doubt check out the reviews from BookLikes bloggers below.

 

Happy reading!

 

 

Girls Made of Snow and Glass - Melissa Bashardoust Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust 

Out: September 5, 2017

Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale. At sixteen, Mina's mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone―has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother... more

 

Review: 

Pitched as a feminist retelling, "Girls Made of Snow and Glass", doesn't disappoint in the least. Told in the alternative pov's of Mina, the stepmother Queen and Lynet, the snow Princess, this is a story that most surely will stay with the reader long after its read... What if there was more to the "tale" of the "evil" stepmother and her "naive" stepdaughter? What if there was a story of trying to break with one's past and one's sorrow? What if you only wanted to be loved, but never quite achieved that? How would you turn out with people trying to make a puppet out of you? This is the story of two women both trying to find out their true natures in a grey world . A world of snow and cold. And of bitter family ties... continue reading on the Susana "Lost in Fantasy Land" blog

 

 

The Golden House: A Novel - Salman Rushdie The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

Out: September 5, 2017

A modern American epic set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture—a hurtling, page-turning mystery that is equal parts The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the Vanities.

On the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in the architectural jewel of “the Gardens,” a cloistered community in New York’s Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is a bubble within a bubble, and the residents are immediately intrigued by the eccentric newcomer and his family. Along with his improbable name, untraceable accent, and unmistakable whiff of danger, Nero Golden has brought along his three adult sons... more

 

Review:   

This is some serious, epic Greek tragedy. At its heart is the question of “Can a man be both good and evil?” and yet it is also about the role of the storyteller and the unmasking of America. As always, his wordplay is a twisty, tangled delight, filled with a myriad of literary and cinematic references that gladdened the heart of this lifelong reader girl and degree holder of a Masters in Film Theory.

This is a long book, over the top in many ways, but so so clever. I was totally caught up in the lives of the Golden family – Nero and his three sons all cloaked in mystery that the intrepid Réné is hellbent on unraveling for his own artistic pursuits. And so, the narrator becomes part of the story... read more on the author Tellulah Darling's blog ->

 

Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel - Jesmyn Ward Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward  

Out: September 5, 2017

Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie’s children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise... more

 

 

A Legacy of Spies: A Novel - John le Carré A Legacy of Spies: A Novel - John le Carré  

Out: September 5, 2017

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications... more

 

Review:

What surprised me most about the book was how beautiful the language is. Le Carré writes with clarity and precision, capturing nuances of speech, thought and culture with deft touches that are evocative without being obtrusive. He moves skillfully from past to present, from lie to truth, from regret to rage, in a way that fully engaged my mind and my emotions. The premise of the book is a present day investigation into British security operations during the Cold War. It is told through contemporary interrogations by a rather loathsome lawyer, extracts from official, secret but not necessarily truthful records and intensely intimate memories of the retired spy from whose point of view the story is told. This is a strong spy story, full of intrigue and deception and betrayal but those are really just the vehicle for the true heart of the novel... continue reading on the Audio Book Junkie blog ->

 

 

Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation - Teri Schnaubelt,John Freeman (Editor),Tantor Audio,Corey M. Snow Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation by Teri Schnaubelt, John Freeman...

Out: September 5, 2017

Thirty-six major contemporary writers examine life in a deeply divided America—including Anthony Doerr, Ann Patchett, Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, Hector Tobar, Joyce Carol Oates, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Russo, Eula Bliss, Karen Russell, and many more.
America is broken. You don’t need a fistful of statistics to know this. Visit any city, and evidence of our shattered social compact will present itself. From Appalachia to the Rust Belt and down to rural Texas, the gap between the wealthiest and the poorest stretches to unimaginable chasms. Whether the cause of this inequality is systemic injustice, the entrenchment of racism in our culture, the long war on drugs, or immigration policies, it endangers not only the American Dream but our very lives... more

 

 

Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Out: September 12, 2017

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community... more

 

Review:

Celeste Ng just raised the bar for everyone else. Litte Fires Everywhere upended my expectations - not with a plot twist or anything so flashy, but about halfway through the story she's writing suddenly becomes clear. In talking about books with friends, or with people at the store, I realize I can be overly critical about the things that I read. Even with a book I enjoyed I'll find a nagging fault, whether its overuse of certain words, a clunky character, convenient plot devices, a problem with pacing - something - to the extent that I wonder if I can even find a book that is simply a pleasure to read. Reading Little Fires Everywhere was like finally getting a good night's rest. The perfect read does exist, for me this was it.... continue reading on the Books Read, Not Necessarily Well blog ->

 

 

A Column of Fire (Kingsbridge) - Ken Follett A Column of Fire by Ken Follett  

Out: September 12, 2017

International bestselling author Ken Follett has enthralled millions of readers with The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, two stories of the Middle Ages set in the fictional city of Kingsbridge. The saga now continues with Follett’s magnificent new epic, A Column of Fire.
In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England...more

 

 

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad) - Scott ReintgenNyxia by Scott Reintgen  

Out: September 12, 2017

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family. Forever. Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden... more

 

Review:

OHMYGOODNESS this book was 10/10 and I am so in love and I need the sequel now and you need to read it now. It's kind of like Divergent meets Ender's Game, and if anyone loved the Remnants series as much as I did, I have a feeling the sequels could have the same amount of philosophy.

And I could not put it down.

So nyxia is a substance found on another planet that can be manipulated in many ways, and that gives this book a fantastical element. But a realistically fantastical element. Like sci-fi with a bit of magical realism thrown in. It makes for a really unique plot that, though it incorporated elements of other books I've loved, was different to anything I've read before in many ways... continue reading on The Dilemma of Reading blog ->

 

 

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye - George Goulding,David Lagercrantz

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz 

Out: September 12, 2017

Lisbeth Salander is an unstoppable force: Sentenced to two months in Flodberga women's prison for saving a young boy's life by any means necessary, Salander refuses to say anything in her own defence. She has more important things on her mind.

Mikael Blomkvist makes the long trip to visit every week - and receives a lead to follow for his pains. For him, it looks to be an important expose for Millennium. For her, it could unlock the facts of her childhood.

Even from a corrupt prison system run largely by the inmates, Salander will stand up for what she believes in, whatever the cost. And she will seek the truth that is somehow connected with her childhood memory, of a woman with a blazing birthmark on her neck... more

 

 

Warcross - Marie Lu Warcross by Marie Lu  

Out: September 12, 2017

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy... more

 

Review:

A sci-fi book about a game that is part of everyday life AND written by Marie Lu, sign me in! I was way too excited about this book and I almost broke my phone when I get the e-mail saying I got the galley. Warcross is more than just a game, it is a way of live and is part of everyone's daily life. Emika Chen is an orphan with rainbow hair (that detail was too cool not to be mentioned) who is trying to earn some money by tracking down illegal players. But her life is about to change completely. The idea of Warcross is amazing, not that it has never been done before, but I liked how it was handled. I am almost sure that this kind of game will happen someday and we may be closer to it than we think... continue reading on the Line Bookaholic blog ->

 

 

Autonomous - Annalee Newitz Autonomous by Annalee Newitz  

Out: September 19, 2017

When anything can be owned, how can we be free. Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane. Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand... more

 

 

Release - Patrick Ness Release by Patrick Ness  

Out: September 19, 2017

Adam Thorn doesn’t know it yet, but today will change his life. Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam’s life is falling apart.  At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn’t he?) and his best friend, Angela. But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam’s life into chaos... more

 

Review:

Once upon a time I read a Patrick Ness book, and it pissed me off so much I threw it across the room. In the years that have followed he has since published numerous books that have sparked my interest, but I always ended up giving them a pass - first impressions matter. When I managed to get my hands on an advance copy of this book (Thank you, Harper!) I was dubious, but curious. I'm so glad my curiosity won out - this is one of my favorite reads so far this year... continue reading on the Folding Paper & Spilling Ink blog ->

 

 

And what are you September picks?

Reading progress update: I've read 584 out of 688 pages.

Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas

My favourite and least favourite part of this book at the same time. Am I ready for this? It's going to hurt...

 

 

 

 

#61 - The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

Another book by Nicola Yoon that made me cry (well, I did not really cry unlike in Everything Everything where I was almost sobbing!). I listened to it as an audiobook on my way to work every day and it was a great experience. 

 

This book is about (impossible) love, but for me, it was more about immigration. It made me think about it in a way I had never before. I think it is really positive, I love books that made me think and I love even more books that I had not suspected would make me think.  

 

My great-grandfather arrived from Italy 60 years ago to work in the mines. This is why today, I live in Belgium and I am a Belgian citizen. I never really thought that deeply about it, I'm born in Belgium so I am a Belgian citizen, it's something I've always taken for granted. Until I read about Natasha, a teenager living in the USA since her childhood until she is being deported to Jamaica because her family is undocumented (what does it even mean?!) As if someone could come to my door one day and tell me I have to go live in Italy. That seems totally unrealistic and impossible. And yet, it happens in some other countries, something I had never suspected before (well, I have never thought about it thoroughly) 

 

Belgium is my home and it has always been. Just as the USA is Natasha's home. Why does she have to move in a country she does not know? 

 

This was for me the most important part of the book. I did not really care about the romance because it felt too unrealistic for me, I find it unbelievable to fall in love so fast. Then again, the story was beautiful so I did not particularly care about the unrealistic part of it. It was enjoyable and also really funny. 

 

I loved the fact that there was no "happy ending". It's sad, but it's also what life is made of. The very end was the part that made me almost cry.  

 

Another thing I really enjoyed was that you got the stories of other people, the "extras" who are just there to fit a purpose for the MC. It was so great and so unique, I had never seen that in another book. 

 

If you are searching for a book about love that is also full of diversity, this one is for you. I will read anything this great author will write in the future, she is totally amazing.

#60 - Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Lock and Key - Sarah Dessen

This book was really pleasant to read! It approaches many interesting subjects that could be helpful for a lot of teenagers (and not only teenagers). It is so simple yet so true and full of important lessons. I strongly recommend this book.

 

It's the story of Ruby, a teenager who lives on her own after her mom left, until her landlord discovers it and she has to go live with her sister. We then follow her journey, where she will meet new people and discover new things, especially about herself.

 

I particularly enjoy the romance which feels like a real life teenager relationship. It was authentic, like you do not really know if you are dating or not, it is a bit awkward etc. Real life experience! It was not cheesy at all.

 

I also really enjoyed seeing Ruby’s evolution throughout the book; it was well done and again, felt real.

 

The other characters were well developed as well. You do not get as much of them as you get of Ruby, but it was nice and refreshing to also get to know them through Ruby’s eyes.

 

In brief, I enjoyed reading this book. I gave it 3.5/5 and not 4 because I’m not sure I will re-read this book one day. I liked reading it, but not enough to feel the need to re-read it in the future.

 

Have you read it? What is your favorite Sarah Dessen book (I need recommendations)?

Reading challenge completed

 

 

I completed my reading challenge! Ok, so my number of books to read was low this year because I did not want to put too much pressure on reading, but I'm still happy I managed to complete it. 

 

However, I had other goals for 2017, let's see how it went.

 

Post more reviews: I would love to be able to write a review for each book I read (or each series). I completely failed at that last year and it's such a shame. I really hope I will be able to do that: COMPLETED! I posted a review for every single book I read! (except the last one which I finished yesterday, the review will be posted soon). And I will hopefully continue to do it for the rest of the year.

 

 

- Read books that have been sitting on my shelves (/Kindle) for ages and that I should really read: I almost read all of them. I still have to read Pride and Prejudice though (I know, I know!!)

 

 

- Finish some series: these are series that are already completed and that I should finish this year before starting new ones (already too late but hey...): I only managed two in this category... but the year is not over!

 

 - Start some series: these are series I've been wanting to read for ages! I only started the Mistborn trilogy. 

 

 

I'm quite glad at how I managed to respect what I had planned. But I'm also happy I was able to just read whatever the hell I wanted and also re-read some things I wanted to. It's a good reading year so far!

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

Reading progress update: I've read 274 out of 422 pages.

Lock and Key - Sarah Dessen

Going kind of slow with this one... But I LOVE IT! My first Sarah Dessen read (I know, I know) and I have to say I'm impress at how simple but how beautiful and true this book is.

 

I'm reading slowly because I have a million things to do these days (changes at work, planning my short trip to the States next week, starting to plan my wedding... I'm also secretary for a basket club and president of a youth club so with the return from the summer holidays I have a lot of my plate right now but I love it).

 

Anyway, I'm definitely going to read more Sarah Dessen books in the future.

#59 - Moonstroke by Blaine C Readler

Moonstroke - Blaine C. Readler

***Copy provided by Full Arc Pressand Netgalley in exchange of a honest review***

 

I requested this book a long time ago because I was really into space books and wanted to read more of them. I had not heard about this one but the synopsis seemed great so I requested it. I finally took the time to read it this month and I did not particularly enjoy it.

 

I was confused about the world the characters evolve in, I like it when books begin in a universe you know nothing about and you learn it bit by bit, but I did not understand anything of what was happening for the first half of the book. I think it was lacking world building. Maybe it was a bit too complex or I was not focused enough but I really was confused and I did not enjoy that.

 

The characters were not bad at all; I just feel they were not developed enough for me to recognize them. There were a couple of characters with different nicknames and I did not always notice they were the same person.

 

The idea behind the book was great, I love the fact that these people live on the Moon without knowing what happened on Earth, they have no contact with it and are alone up there. It was interesting to see how they managed to create a new society and how challenging it could be.

 

In the end, I enjoyed the concept of this book but it was too confusing for me. I think if it was handled differently I could have enjoyed it more. It was not a bad book, but just not really easy to follow.

August Wrap-Up

I just realized I totally forgot to post my August wrap-up. I came back from Spain yesterday, I had a really great week, it was really short and went way too fast but I had so much fun with my familly. Well, the only thing is, I did not spend a lot of time reading. 

 

In August, I read a total of 7 books (including two re-reads).

 

5 stars:

 

Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo  Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas  Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) - Laini Taylor  

 

4 stars:

 

The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh  Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas   The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan  Seven Ways We Lie - Riley Redgate  

 

 

Well, it seems like it was a good reading month!

 

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

 

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A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

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