Book Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Title: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication date: October 7, 2014
Pages: 355
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Dystopia

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I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

2017 Challenges

Dystopia Reading Challenge Dystopian Challenge
 Host: Cornerfolds
 Goal: Leader Badge (16+ books)
 Progress: 0/16


Audiobook Challenge Audiobook Challenge
 Host: Hot Listens & Caffeinated Book Reviewer
 Goal: Socially Awkward (15-20 books)
 Progress: 0/15

 1. These Broken Stars

New Release Challenge New Release Challenge
 Host: (un)Conventional Book Reviews & Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!
 Goal: New Release Pro (31-60 books)
 Progress: 0/35

 1. Geekerella

Alphabet Soup Challenge Alphabet Soup Challenge
 Host: Escape With Dollycas
 Goal: Complete the whole alphabet (26 books)
 Progress: 0/26

A. Air Awakens
D. Dirty Bad Wrong
G. Geekerella
I. Illuminae
T. These Broken Stars

Waiting On Wednesday #8: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
written by Mackenzi Lee
Publication date: June 20th, 2017

Where do I even begin? This book has it all: magical artifacts, historical setting, two boys in love and there's supposed to be pirates involved! I am so excited for this one, because I have never found anything like it. The only thing I really don't like: I have to wait six months to read this one. Mackenzi, you're breaking my heart over here.
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Top Ten Tuesday #12: Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind

Today's Topic; ... Santa Leaving Under My Tree

I can't believe that Christmas is this Saturday (we celebrate Christmas on the 24th here in Norway, and I seriously have no idea why we even do it). I will be honest, the Christmas spirit has not struck me - yet. I plan to get in the mood this Thursday, since my Christmas break starts then! But over to the topic again. There are so many book's I'd love for Santa to leave under my tree this year, so this was definietly a hard one.

Book Review: Jackaby by William Ritter

Title: Jackaby (Jackaby #1)
Author: William Ritter
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication date: September 16, 2014
Pages: 299
Genre: Mystery, Fantasy, Young Adult

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“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

Top Ten Tuesday #11: Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To

Today's Topic; ... For The First Half Of 2017

It's less than three weeks until 2017 kicks off, and that means only one thing: New books! I am so excited and ready to dive into all the amazing books that are coming out next year. Many of these books you've probably already seen in my weekly memes "Waiting On Wednesday", but that just emphasises how much I'm looking forward to those books.

Waiting On Wednesday #7: Long May She Reign

Long May She Reign
written by Rihannon Thomas
Publication date: February 21st, 2017

Everything about this book screams fascinating. I love how unique the idea is, and the fact that there is a labratory involved makes me ten times more excited. This book gives me the impression that we will see a character that grows into something magnificent, someone who is a born leader. And if that doesn't intruige me, I don't know what will.
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Top Ten Tuesday #10: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors

Today's Topic; I Read For The First Time In 2016

This year has been a great year author-vise for me. I have focused on looking for different authors, not getting stuck with just one. In doing so, I have discovered great new authors that I'm looking forward to reading more from.  

Waiting On Wednesday #6: Avenged

Avenged (Ruined #2)
written by Amy Tintera
Publication date: May 2nd, 2017

Earlier this year I read the first book in the Ruined series, and I was pleasantly surprised. It's one of the better books I've read so far in 2016. So to say that I'm looking forward for the second book is an understatment. I'm excited to dive back into Amy's amazing fantasy world and to get back to Emelina's story.
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Top Ten Tuesday #9: Holiday Gift Guide Freebie

Today's Topic; Books To Buy If You Are New To New Adult

I am fairly new to the New Adult genre, but it has easily because one of my favorite genres to read. Even though I still have much to explore, these are the ones I enjoyed reading the most this year. So if you are a newbie (like me), you should definetly give these a go.

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Title: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication date: January 3, 2012
Pages: 395
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction

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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Waiting On Wednesday #5: Rebellion

Rebellion (The Hundred #4)
written by Kass Morgan
Publication date: December 6th, 2016

IT'S FINALLY HAPPENING! I'm a huge fan of both the books and tv-show, so when I found out that Kass Morgan was writing a fourth book in The 100 series, I squealed. I can barely hold back my excitment. The 100 is one of my favorite science fiction series - in both books and tv-show. I just really hope this book does as well as the other three.
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Top Ten Tuesday #8: Thanksgiving Freebie

Today's Topic; Books I Am Thankful For

We don't actually celebrate Thanksgiving here in Norway, but that won't stop me from bringing up a few books that had a huge impact on my life. Without these books I don't think I would read as widely as I do know. Which is something I'm really thankful for.

Book Review: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan

Title: Mary: The Summoning (Bloody Mary #1)
Author: Hillary Monahan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication date: September 2, 2014
Pages: 245
Genre: Horror, Young Adult, Fantasy

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There is a right way and a wrong way to summon her.

Jess had done the research. Success requires precision: a dark room, a mirror, a candle, salt, and four teenage girls. Each of them--Jess, Shauna, Kitty, and Anna--must link hands, follow the rules . . . and never let go.

A thrilling fear spins around the room the first time Jess calls her name: "Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary. BLOODY MARY." A ripple of terror follows when a shadowy silhouette emerges through the fog, a specter trapped behind the mirror.

Once is not enough, though--at least not for Jess. Mary is called again. And again. But when their summoning circle is broken, Bloody Mary slips through the glass with a taste for revenge on her lips. As the girls struggle to escape Mary's wrath, loyalties are questioned, friendships are torn apart, and lives are forever altered.

A haunting trail of clues leads Shauna on a desperate search to uncover the legacy of Mary Worth. What she finds will change everything, but will it be enough to stop Mary--and Jess--before it's too late?

Waiting On Wednesday #4: Hunted

written by Megan Spooner
Publication date: March 14th, 2017

Hunted is a retelling of our beloved Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast. I am so excited for this book, especially because Belle is a huntress. I think the whole concept is really interesting, and if I'm not mistaken you also get to see things from the Beast's view.
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Top Ten Tuesday #7: Ten Books I've Added

Today's Topic; ... To My To-Be-Read List Lately

It turns out that I got the Tuesdays mixed up, so I'm doing the previous topic today! I've added loads of new books to my TBR list lately, but these are the ones I'm looking forward to read. 

Book Review: Feed by Mira Grant

Title: Feed (Newsflesh #1)
Author: Mira Grant
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: May 1, 2010
Pages: 599
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Fiction

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The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new,  something terrible that no one could stop.

The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives—the dark conspiracy behind the infected.

The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

Waiting on Wednesday #3: The Upside of Unrequited

The Upside of Unrequited
written by Maria Lewis
Publication date: April 11th, 2017

Becky Albertalli has become one of my favorite authors after reading Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Yes, I have only read one book from her but it was a book that I will remember forever. She is a magnificent author, and she knows perfectly well how to capture her audience. I hope that one day I'll write just as good as she do.
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Top Ten Tuesday #6: Movie Freebie

Today's Topic; ... Movies Every Horror Junkie Should Watch

Here's the thing: I love horror movies - good or bad I still love them. I just enjoy a good scare, and that is exactly what I get. I'm not there for the good plot or the great actors, I'm there for the tension and exitement. I'm not joking when I say I'm pretty sure I have watched every horror movie out there. And this year has been a good year for the horror genre.

Waiting On Wednesday #3: Who's Afraid Too?

Who's Afraid Too?
written by Maria Lewis
Publication date: January 10th, 2017

After reading the first book in the Tommi Grayson series, I just knew I had to read the second one. Let's just say there is no doubt in my mind that this book will be my most anticapated read in 2017.
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Top Ten Tuesday #5: Top Ten Books To Read

Today's Topic; ... If Your Book Club Likes Books With A Post-Apocalyptic Setting

Sci-Fi is my drug. If there is one thing I'm addicted to, it's Sci-Fi. I love to read about the different "futures" for our world. Which is why I'm even more in love with Sci-Fi's subgenre: Post Apocalyptic. The damage is already done. Something major happened, and now we readers get to jump into a world that is nothing like ours. A world we might live in ourselves one day (hopefully not anytime soon).


This is just so you all know that from beyond this point I'm using a different blog design.

Top 5 Tuesday #4: REWIND

Topic I Picked; Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time

There are so many times I wish I could erase a book from my memory just so I could read them again. The feeling you get after reading an amazing books is so much better than getting high (which I have never been but I guess it's one way to describe it).

Waiting on Wednesday #2: Carve The Mark

Carve The Mark
written by Veronica Roth
Publication date: January 17th, 2017

Even thought I never finished the Divergent series by Veronica, I still want to read this book. I loved her writing style, but the last book (Allegiant) just wasn't it for me. This book itself is enough for me to pick it up. First of all, the cover. Yeah, I do judge a book by it's cover. But when a book has a synopsis that makes you want to buy it even more you just know you have to pick it up. Actually thinking of pre-ordering it. 
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Top 5 Tuesday #3: Ten Books You'd Buy Right This Second

Today's Topic; ... If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card

This is one dangerous topic, because it makes me want to go an purchase my own gift card and hand it to myself. 

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Girl Heart Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe
Sanctum by Madeleine Roux
Catacomb by Madeleine Roux

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The Shadowhunters Codex by Cassandra Clare & Joshua Lewis
When We Collided by Emery Lord

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Audiobook Review: Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

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Title: Stuck-Up Suit
Authors: Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Publisher: C. Scott Publishing Corp
Publication date: April 11th 2016
Pages: 245
Format: Audiobook, bought
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Humor

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It started out like any other morning on the train.
Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle.
He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world.
Who did the stuck-up suit think he was...God?
Actually, he looked like a God. That was about it.
When his stop came, he got up suddenly and left. So suddenly, he dropped his phone on the way out.
I might have picked it up.
I might have gone through all of his photos and called some of the numbers.
I might have held onto the mystery man's phone for days―until I finally conjured up the courage to return it.
When I traipsed my ass across town to his fancy company, he refused to see me.
So, I left the phone on the empty desk outside the arrogant jerk's office.
I might have also left behind a dirty picture on it first though.
I didn't expect him to text back.
I didn't expect our exchanges to be hot as hell.
I didn't expect to fall for him―all before we even met.
The two of us couldn't have been any more different.
Yet, you know what they say about opposites.
When we finally came face to face, we found out opposites sometimes do more than attract―we consumed each other.
Nothing could have prepared me for the ride he took me on. And I certainly wasn't prepared for where I'd wind up when the ride was over.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn't see coming.

I am always a little sceptical whenever I come over a book that is written by two different authors, but by now I have learned that I should even be one bit nervous if it's Vi and Penelope writing together because they have done it again. The first book I read by them was Cocky Bastard and I loved every moment of it. It was an absolute pleasure to read, and that is why I decided to purchase Stuck-Up Suit on Audible since I was going on a road trip and had way too much time to kill. So when I first pressed play, I could not stop. Everything about this book is captivating. I was immediately pulled into Soraya and Graham's world and there was no way I was leaving until the ending.

The first character we meet is Soraya, a sassy young woman with an attitude that makes you want to snap your fingers and shake your hips. She is the kind of woman you'd like to have your back. She was all in all a great character and I loved that she had so few insecurities. A bold women with a confident you couldn't get enough of. I loved that she wasn't afraid to speak her mind and call out on the other main characters bullshit. That brings me to Graham, her complete opposite. When I was first introduced to Graham, I hated him. I didn't like the way he acted or talked. There was no doubt he was a stuck-up suit with his arrogant and mean side. I had way to many hair gripping moments of frustration. He just wasn't my type of main character, but of course I was proved otherwise. As things progressed, he grew on me.

If you've read any of Vi Keeland or Penelope Ward's books, you know that they contain hot, steamy romance. And let me tell you: neither of them let me down. But here's the thing I love about these woman: they don''t just focus on the hot and steamy parts. They also include storylines that will make you angsty, moments that will make your heart swoon and tears stream down your face. There is just so much more to their books and they made sure to put every single thing of that into Stuck-Up Suit. They included problems that could happen to anyone, moments that were so vivid you could almost see them happening in front of you. The drama was never exaggerated and they always knew when to throw you off guard.

If you are looking for a book, filled with hot, steamy romance and a storyline that will make you question everything then this book is definitely something for you!

Waiting on Wednesday #1: Stalking Jack The Ripper

Since my blog lacks variated content, I have decided to add another "weekly event" to my batch.
And for my first "Waiting on Wednesday" I have chosen:

Stalking Jack the Ripper
written by Kerri Maniscalco
Publication date: September 20th, 2016

There are so many things to look forward to when it comes to this book. The cover is stunning, the synopsis is intriguing and the first chapter that was realised for free really made me want to pick it up because of the way the author writes. Everything about this book screams "read me". ______________________________________________________________________________
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Book Review: Odinsbarn by Siri Pettersen

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Title: Child of Odin (Odinsbarn, original title)
Author: Siri Pettersen
Publisher: Gyldendal
Publication date: September 9th, 2013
Pages: 621
Format: Paperback, bought
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

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(translated from Norwegian to English by me)
Imagine missing something everyone else has. Something that proves that you belong in this world. Something so important that without it, you are nothing. A plague. A myth. A human being.

Fifteen winters old Hirka learns that she is a Child of Odin - a tailless rottenness from another world. Despised. Feared. And hunted. She has no idea who she is anymore, and someone will kill her for it so that it remains a secret. But there are worse things than a Child of Odin and Hirka isn't the only creature that has broken through the gates. Child of Odin is an original fantasy based on Norse Mythology. A settlement with xenophobia, blind faith and the right or the will to lead.

I was a real sceptic at first when it came to this book. I had seen it in various book shops, but I never got around to pick it up because I thought it wasn't something for me. The main character was to young for my taste and I didn't really feel like reading about a girl who was tailless. I just imagined a whiny main character and her "oh feel bad for me" moments.
The one thing that actually made me buy it, was the word "Norse Mythology". I am a real sucker when it comes to Norse Mythology. So I spontaneously bought it while I was in town and I do not regret it one bit.

What I think shocked me the most was Hirka, the main character of this book. I had imagined her to be a whiny and attention seeking character that was on a mission to save herself for all I know. Hirka is far from that! She is a person that cares for those few people she has around her. She also has a good side, even though her badass side is portrayed most in this book. I loved how Siri made Hirka come alive as I read. I swear, at some points I got a really strong picture of how she looked. She actually reminded me of Merida from Brave at some points.
Another character I fell in love with was Rime. I think I had a few swooning moment. He is just the perfect male character. His attitude was spot on, and I adored him for not being a jackass because I am really growing tired of those. There are many positive sides about him, and he was also made alive. I think it has a lot to do with the realness of Siri's character. She knows how to bring them to life.

The world building. I just have one thing to say: WOW! It's been ages since I have been sucked into a fantasy world like I was when I read Child of Odin. I could imagine myself being there with the characters as the scenes were "acted out". I imagined beautiful Norwegian nature, thick forests and high mountains. I always knew where I was.

Another plus is that there was almost no romance drama. It didn't overwhelm the book at all, and that made it shine in all it's glory. Even thought I wish there could have been some action between a certain two, I did not crave it. The book managed just fine without all those romance sequences that you usually see in Young Adult books. It's clear that the author did not need romance to suck her readers into an amazing world.

Now, the reason I didn't give it a full 5 star review is because of the beginning. I was struggling real hard to get into it at first and had to put it down multiple times to even have a chance on reading it. It was just too slow for my taste since it lacked action. I liked the fact that we got to know the environment and characters better, but I wish it was done it a way that made me intrigued - not bored.

All in all, an amazing book! I'm already looking forward to read the second one. If you are into Norse Mythology with tailless, badass women that has a great side kick and an amazing friend that is just as badass as her, well then this book is without doubt something for you!

(4.5/5 stars)

Book Review: Restless by Tina Trovik

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Title: Restless (Hvilelös, original title)
Author: Tina Trovik
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Publication date: May 31st, 2016
Pages: 220
Format: Hardback, sent for honest review
Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Mystery

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(translated from Norwegian to English by me)
"What about those who exist between the living and dead?"

On her way to school, Emma notices a boy hanging around outside the metro. It turns out that none of Emma's friends can see him, only she can. Alex is a ghost. He doesn't remember who he is or how he got here. There is only a raw memory of something that went really, really wrong. Emma starts investigating, and soon it shows that there's more to the mystery ghost than she thought.

This book was sent to me for review by the author, but it will in no way affect my opinion of this book.

I rarely read Norwegian books. Why? I like English better because it's usually the language the books are originally written in. English books translated to Norwegian is just not my thing, and I don't particularly like to read in Norwegian either, which is why I was afraid I'd end up giving this book a bad rating. Let's just say I was wrong and that I will never think badly of a Norwegian book again (not that I ever have).

If there is one thing I know, it's that 15-year old me would have absolutely loved this book. That doesn't mean that 18-year old me didn't, it's just that I would have enjoyed the book more if it was published when I was younger. It sent me kind off back in time, to when I first got into reading and started to read paranormal/horror books. I really liked that.

At the beginning, something felt off. I couldn't get into it. At first I thought the was the writing, but it was really just the book itself. I got this "childish" impression (which is a great thing) and I couldn't shake it off until I dove further into the book. I'm used to read thick books with a lot of information, so it ended up being an easy easy read for me.

As I got halfway through the book, I got hooked. The story itself was just so fascinating, and Emma's stubbornness grew on me. She turned out to be this rather amazing character and I liked how independent she was, even though I do wish someone would do something with that mother of hers. All in all, Emma was a great character and I'm so glad I didn't end up hating her. I really wish I got to know her and Alex a lot better. I really liked their chemistry, at some points they actually reminded me of Sherlock & Watson. A perfect match.

All in all, this was a captivating book. There is some great characters we get to stumble over, the storyline is magnificent and I just love the whole concept. The reason I'm not giving this book a full star review is because of the ending. I felt that is was rushed and I wish there had been a little more mystery at the end. Everything just happened so fast, you barely had time to think twice and make up your own ideas which is something I enjoy doing while ready mystery novels.

Book Review: Anyone? by Angela Scott

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Title: Anyone?
Author: Angela Scott
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Publication date: December 1st, 2014
Pages: 326
Format: Paperback, bought
Young Adult, Dystopian, Horror

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The end of the world? That’s the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters and deep philosophical exercises in school. No need to sweat it. So when sixteen-year-old Tess’s doomsday-dad builds a bomb shelter in their suburban backyard, everyone thinks he’s gone crazy….

…Until fire rains down from the sky, sinking whole cities into colossal craters and setting much of the world ablaze.

Tess’s dad gives her a few short minutes to gather her emergency bag and her freaked-out kitten, then leads her outside and into the underground shelter. Terrified, the last thing she expects is for him to leave her there all alone, but he has no choice—he must find her missing brother.

Before leaving, he makes Tess promise to keep the hatch door shut, not to open it for anyone but him, and to stay put until he returns.

But he forgot to tell her one thing: What is she supposed to do if he never comes back?

Recently I have been craving books in the dystopian and post-apocalyptic genre, so when I stumbled over this one while scrolling through the Science Fiction section over at Goodreads I just knew I had to buy it. The synopsis was intriguing enough for me to not even think twice about purchasing it.

If you have scrolled through some of my few reviews, you will notice I don't give a full star rating on most of my reviews. And the reason to that is almost always the same: things go buy way to quickly. This was something I did not mind while reading Anyone?. If the fast forwarding had not been included, the book would have ended up being a drag which was something the author managed to prevent. I also enjoyed the fact that the author knew when to skip ahead of time. It felt natural and I didn't end up feeling lost and confused.

I really enjoyed was the author's writing style. I will be honest and say I fell in love with it. The way she worded herself made me want to read more. It was simple but at the same time beautiful. She knows how to captivate her readers simply by writing and that is a really good trait to have.

What I loved most about this book was the fact that it always had me thinking. I started making assumptions, didn't know what to believe. I ended up question myself (and sometimes the book) because there was just too much going on. But not so much going on that it gave me a headache. Everything was just so intriguing and I knew that if I didn't keep reading I wouldn't get the answers I needed. I started going back and forth, and at some point I actually yelled at the book. It was a fun and exciting read.

The reason I didn't give this book a full star rating was because the book dragged at some parts. I felt like it took way to long to get some action in and I kind of lost attention which almost sent me into a reading slump. I also had moments where I wanted to talk some sense into the heroine. She seemed way younger than 16 years and there were some parts that made me rather frustrated.

All in all, it was a great book and I'm already itching to get my hand on the second book. Also, if you are a cat person (like me) you really should give this book a shot. It's not every day you come over a book where the heroine has a cat companion.

Book Review: Enrule by Holly Sparks

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Title: Enrule
Author: Holly Sparks
Publisher: unknown
Publication date: December 20th, 2015
Pages: 214
Format: Paperback, bought
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian, Young Adult

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I remember waking to the scream. 

I remember calling my sister's name. 

I remember seeing the blood smeared along the staircase. 

I remember the creature's green eyes. 

They say there's a cure. They say there's a way to stop this madness, a way to stop the hunger.

I think they're lying.

My name is Ella, and this is my story.

I will be honest: I expected more from this book. After reading a more detailed description of the book, I just knew I had to get it - especially since it seemed like a perfect dystopian book for me to read. It was exactly what I was craving - zombies and swords. When I first dived into the book, I knew something was off. I couldn't quite get into the book. I was trying really hard to find out what it was, and as I got halfway through the book I realized what it was - Holly's writing style.

Understand me right. I'm in no way judging Holly's writing or saying that she is a bad writer. There's just something that is off about her writing. Something that I did not enjoy. For example(no spoilers), one part in the book someone says: "I don't know, Ella." Then, three sentences later: "I really don't know, Ella." There were a lot of repetitions that really wasn't necessary. But there was one part that sent me straight out laughing. And that was when Ella thought/said "Oh no he doesn't!" and I imagined the finger sapping and her head going to side to side. It was just hilarious.

Another issue I had with this book was how fast everything went. This is an issue I run into with almost every book I read, the authors seems in such a hurry to get to the good stuff and that is totally fine. I get that. But for me, it ruins the reading experience. I feel like I don't get enough time to know the characters and the world that surrounds them. Everything was so rushed. Things happened on almost every single page, there was no time to breath, no time to really get to know the characters. I wish there was more pages to to get to know Ella and how great (but reckless) she really is. I want to see her and a certain character's relationship evolves. I want to get to know her friends more. There is just so much more I wish I could have gotten out of this book.

But then again, this book is filled with potential. The story is great and really catchy, which makes me crave for more. I'm really looking forward to read more and I hope I get to know the characters a lot better, get to learn more about the outside world and the zombies. I really liked the fact that Holly came up with her own type of zombies. It was really interesting to read that there was way more too them than they thought. All in all, it's a really great book even though it has it's flaws!

Book Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan

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Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: September 3rd, 2013
Pages: 323
Format: Paperback, bought
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance

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No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents -- considered expendable by society -- are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life...or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves -- but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.

When I first dived into this book, my expectations were pretty low and I wouldn't think I'd enjoy one bit because of my strong love to the TV-Show and that it didn't have the best rating on Goodreads. So it's not shocking that I thought this would end up being a slow and boring read. Kass Morgan couldn't have proved me more wrong.

The 100 is about a group that consists of one hundred juvenile delinquents who are being sent down to Earth almost a century after a nuclear war wiped most of the human kind away. Those who survived was sent up into space, to an orbital home called The Ark. There they were suppose to live for at least a few centuries (not sure how many centuries, but certainly more than one), but because the life support on the Ark was failing they had no other choice but to send down a group of kids who was expandable to society because of the crimes they had admitted, according to the Council. What neither the Council nor the kids knew, was if The Hundred was given a second chance or if they were sent on a suicide 

There are four main characters in this book: Clarke, Wells, Bellamy & Glass - each of them with their own P.O.V. Reading multiple P.O.V's can be quite difficult at some times (especially for me since I get easily confused), but Kass Morgan handled that pretty well. It was easy to distinguish the characters from each other. If I had to choose a favorite between those four, I'd have to say Bellamy. It's weird for me to actually admit that because I don't like the Bellamy we see in the TV-Show at all.

All in all, a really good read for me. Kass is good at describing environment devolving around the characters, the way she portrays the relationships between the characters but what I liked the most was the fact that she didn't rush anything. I know way to many books that are eager to get to the highlight and barely spends any time on building up to the highlight itself. That is something I believe Kass Morgan mastered.

Throughout the book we see how The Hundred manage down on Earth, what surprises and obstacles they face, how they have to depend on each other and the importance of friendship.

Top Ten Tuesday #2: Ten Books I Really Love

Today's Topic; Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven't Talked About Enough

I don't think I've ever talked about books I really like. I talk way to little about them, when I should be telling you guys every single thing about them! I do not have many favorite books, even though those who get's 5 stars goes straight to my favorite shelf. I try to keep my favorite shelf limited and only those who has really left a mark in me get's included in that list.

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Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Divergent by Veronica Roth
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

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Top Ten Tuesday #1: My Spring TBR

Today's Topic; Ten Books On My Spring TBR

I've been adding all kinds of books to my "want to read" pile these last couple of weeks, doing my best to catch up. The ones I really want to read this spring while trying to get a tan in the sun is:

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Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow
Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys
The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

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#Junkie by Cambria Hebert
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender
Welcome To The Dark House by Lauria Faria Stolarz

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The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Confess by Coleen Hoover

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