Friday, 31 July 2015

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

From the much-buzzed-about author of THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB (already blurbed by Stephenie Meyer, Lauren Myracle, and Jen Calonita), a prom-season delight of Jane Austen proportions.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date.
After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn't interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be - especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.
Lizzie is happy about her friend's burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles's friend, Will Darcy, who's snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn't seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it's because her family doesn't have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk - so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?

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Prom and Prejudice is a modern teenage retelling of Jane Austen's classic, Pride and Prejudice. I've seen various modern film adaptation of P & P but I've never read one. I liked the description of Prom and Prejudice but I didn't really want to spend money on it, luckily I've found a way to read it online.

I don't need to tell you that Pride and Prejudice is my favourite Jane Austen novel. I've written a blog post on the various movie adaptations in existence, and found that my list still lacks a lot of adaptations that are inspired by the original. I've always felt a bit curious of fanfiction and ultimately I decided to just read it.

There is no question that no fanfiction no matter how good can ever be better than the original story. However, Elizabeth Eulberg made a good attempt. I liked the story, but I didn't love it.

In itself, Prom and Prejudice is a cute story and you will probably enjoy it if you are interested in reading it but if you haven't read the original you shouldn't go anywhere near it. My advice? Read the original first and if you can't get enough of it, read the fanfiction later.

3 out of 5 stars.

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) by Gail Carriger

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. 

First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire--and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

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This book is all over Booktube, so I decided to buy the entire series, which wasn't an easy thing to do, I might add. I have mixed feelings about this book, at first, I had to get used to the writing style and then I had some trouble getting invested in the book. It definitely wasn't bad, but I somehow expected way more of it. I'm writing this review after finishing the second and third book in the series as well. I'm going to continue the series but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. If you want to read it, you should borrow it from the library or from a friend rather than buying the entire series. 3 stars.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

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Colleen Hoover is a very popular author at the moment. I wanted to understand the popularity but most books didn't really catch my attention; except Ugly Love. Now, most people recommend starting with other Colleen Hoover books but I decided if I'm ever going to read one, it will be Ugly Love. After searching the internet for a cheap copy or e-book, I gave up on it for a while, because they were all priced more than 12 euros and in my opinion that is a lot of money for a book that has been released for a while. Finally, my curiosity for Ugly Love won out, and I bought my copy on the

Once again with a popular author, I had to adapt to the writing style. The book is divided into two perspectives: Tate's in the present day, and Miles' in the past. The perspective of Miles was written in a kind a verse that I really hated. Not because of the content but because the way it was written felt immature and stupid to me. It even made me feel stupid for reading the book. 

However, I liked Tate's parts and since the majority of the book is composed of her perspective, I continued reading it. Slowly I got over my issues and started to like the book. And by the end, I fell in love with it. 

One warning, though, this is a very sexy book and definitely not for younger readers. But if you are an adult, I would say, you would not have any problems starting to read Colleen Hoover with Ugly Love.

The last thing that added to my rating is the gorgeous cover, until you have seen and felt it in real life, you simply cannot understand the beauty of it! All in all, I give Ugly Love 4 out of 5 stars!

Song of the Lioness Series by Tamora Pierce

From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight.

And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Though a girl, Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Thom heads for the convent to learn magic; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page.
But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies.

Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna's first adventure begins - one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the magical destiny that will make her a legend in her land.
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This series was very entertaining! I loved every part of it! Alanna is such a good role model for girls and women everywhere. At first, I was hesitant to read this series by Tamora Pierce because I thought I was too old already. But I didn't bother me at all. I believe that if you're interested in this book you should read it no matter how old you are, just go for it! This doesn't mean, however, that I didn't have problems with this series. Most books I gave 3 out of 5 stars, the second and my favourite book got 5 stars and the last one only got 3 stars. But still, this is an amazing series everyone needs to read! The main problem with the last book was its length, by then, I was ready to be done with the series although it did need an end like this, I still felt it dragged a little. This might be because the other books were very short. Still, I definitely recommend this series!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now. 

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

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The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite young adult series. So, I was very excited to read Fairest, which is a novella situated after the third book and before the last one. Since I loved the previous books, I couldn't help feeling disappointed by the newest addition to the series. It's not like I hated it, but I didn't love it either. I actually couldn't care less. There was new information about Levana's past and that is kind of all of it. I don't really believe you need to read this if you want to read Winter but since the last book isn't out yet I have no right to say that. In the end, I gave this novella 3 out of 5 stars, because, let's face it, I couldn't care less about Levana. The book wasn't even interesting.