Wednesday, August 20, 2014 14:41

Review 282. Libba Bray – The diviners.

7728889Title: The Diviners.
Author: Libba Bray.
Pages: 578.
Published: September 18th by Little, Brown books for Young readers.
Sort: The Diviners #1.
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

First of: this book is creepy! Don’t let the thickness of this book stop you from reading this one, because it’s a great story with interesting characters. I’m happy we decided to pick this book up for our book club, otherwise I wouldn’t have read this one any time soon.
Monday, August 18, 2014 10:09

Bout of books Updates.

Here you can find all the details about my Sign up post and goals. You can also follow my progress on Twitter with the hashtag #dailyboutofbooks. You can find some of my photographs on my instagram: Mel_1704.

Today I'm starting this pretty book, Laini Taylor - Days of blood and starlight.
-Pages read: 352.
-Total number of books read: 0.
-Goals achieved: I visited around 40 blogs today and unfortunately I forgot about the Twitter chat (and I must admit I fell asleep when I was reading on my bed, haha)

I finished Days of blood and starlight this morning. It was even better than Daughter of smoke and bone. I was blown away by the story and how dark it was. Right now, I'm reading Dreams of gods and monsters.

-Pages read: 161, so I finished my first book, and 191 pages in Dreams of gods and monsters.
-Total number of books read: 1. Days of blood and starlight.
-Goals achieved: I visited around 30 blogs today and as you can see, I participated in one challenge:

One True Paring challenge on Infinite Ink.
One of my favorite pairs can be found in Robin LaFevers - Dark Triumph. Sybella and 'Beast' are my example of true love. When they first meet they don't like each other. Beast knocks her unconscious and takes her away from her mission. Sybella isn't ready to let someone into her life.

He is often described as ugly, but he has such a warm, loyal and loving heart. Sybella is a broken character, but under his watch she develops and starts to love herself. She can accept her past. They understand each other and that makes it such a beautiful relationship, based on mutual respect. And not to forget: they have a sizzling chemistry!

-Pages read: 422 pages, so I finished the epic Dreams of Gods and monsters.
-Total number of books read: 2.
-Goals achieved: I think I visited around.. 70 blogs? But I didn't comment on all of them, perhaps.. 35? Not really important, it's just fun going around, finding new blogs and seeing everyone's progress!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014 13:15

Review 281. Kristin Cashore – Bitterblue.

17623976Title: Bitterblue.
Author: Kristin Cashore.
Pages: 608.
Published: September 17th 2013.
Sort: Graceling Realm #3.
Graceling Realm #1. Graceling.
Graceling Realm #2. Fire.
When Queen Bitterblue took the throne of Monsea, she was a child, and her advisers ran the kingdom for her. Now she is beginning to question their decisions, especially how they handle the legacy of her father Leck, who who ruled through his Grace—a special talent for mind-altering—and his taste for darkness and violence. Bitterblue needs to know Monsea’s past to lead it into the future, so she begins exploring the city sreets at night, disguised and alone. As she does, she meets two thieves, who hold a key to the truth of Leck's reign. And one of them, with a Grace that he hasn't yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

A very solid conclusion to a good series. Bitterblue wasn’t my favorite character from the series, but I liked how she developed and it was interesting to see the mystery reveal piece by piece.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 16:55

Review 280. Kristin Cashore – Fire.

FIRE_JKT_1.inddTitle: Fire.
Author: Kristin Cashore.
Pages: 461.
Published: October 5th 2009 by Dial boks.
Sort: Graceling Realm #2.
Graceling Realm #1. Graceling
It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men. This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own. Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there's more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom. If only she weren't afraid of becoming the monster her father was.

This is such a powerful story about a broken girl who starts to discover her own possibilities. I loved seeing Fire grow and how she begins to accept herself. Sometimes it was on the line of becoming whining, but at the same time it’s not strange she had such a hard time.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:05

Top 10 Tuesday 36. Books I’m not sure I want to read.


Today’s topic is all about books we’re not sure we want to read for different reasons.

Monday, August 11, 2014 10:32

Bout of books sign-up + goals.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team.

I'm not sure what I want to read, but I hope to finish at least 4 books. My idea is to finish 2 TBR pile books and 2 review copies:

I want to visit 10 new blogs every day and leave some comment love. I hope to join at least two challenges and you can follow my progress on Twitter with the hashtag: #dailyboutofbooks

Are you participating? Leave a link to your sign-up/goal post!

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