Saturday, 18 November 2017

Stacking the Shelves: Netgalley Book Haul

Stacking the Shelves is a meme co-hosted by Reading Reality and Tynga's Reviews. Each week bloggers share the books they got. These are the books I got from Netgalley this semester. I've gotten a lot of pdf files in the beginning and some more now as well and I have to say that I have a lot of trouble reading those. Which is why I am behind on my Netgalley ratio. My ratio is now about 63%. I've been incredibly busy with my teaching practice lately and it seems it will only get worse. I barely have the time to read, let alone blogging... Can't wait for Christmas to have a break (break meaning time to study for exams).

1. Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel 

Pdf file, sooo I still need to read it. If it had in another format, I would have read it already.

2. Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel by Mariah Marsden and Brenna Thummler

This graphic novel was wonderful! You can find my review here5 stars! And Brenna Thummler actually tweeted me back twice! 

3. The Ghost of Gaudi by El Torres

I love Gaudí, so when I saw this graphic novel on Netgalley, I just had to read it! 3 stars. You can find my review here.

4. Taproot by Keezy Young

3 stars, you can find my review here.

5. Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story by Debbie Tung 

Loved this graphic novel! 4 stars! Highly recommend it! You can read my review here.

6. How to Be Perfectly Unhappy by Matthew Inman

Hmm, still not sure about my rating... Check out my thoughts here.

7. Disney Manga: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas by Jun Asuka

Love the movie, hope to read the manga soon!

8. The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais

Really excited to read this one! The illustrations look gorgeous!

Which books did you recently get? Have you read any of the ones mentioned above or are you planning to? Leave your thoughts down below!

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

October Book Haul

Stacking the Shelves is a meme co-hosted by Reading Reality and Tynga's Reviews. Each week bloggers share the books they got. These are the books I got in October! 

1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brönte

This is my third copy of Jane Eyre!

3. Hunted by Meagan Spooner

I heard really good things about this one! Can't wait to read it!

4. Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers

5. The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo and illustrated by Sara Kipin

These are stories set in the Grisha universe, which I love! Can't wait to read this!

6. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1) by Julie C. Dao 

I'm currently reading this one!

7. A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell #1) by Deanna Raybourn 

I have already read this one! 

8. The first four novels in the Bridgertons series by Julia Quinn

The Duke and I, The Viscount Who Loved Me, An Offer From a Gentleman and Romancing Mister Bridgerton. I've already read the first two books in the series. They are not special but have the ability to relax me in very stressful moments.

Which books did you recently get? Have you read any of the ones mentioned above or are you planning to? Leave your thoughts down below!

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Friday, 3 November 2017

Review: The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

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I got this book from my Broke and Bookish Secret Santa last year, so first of all I want to thank her again for this wonderful gift!

I didn't know more than the blurb at the back of the book when I picked it up and I believe that's the best way to read it. On Goodreads it's classified as horror and I really don't care for horror movies or books so I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I wouldn't describe it as horror at all but it's definitely a thriller. 

We follow Melanie, a very smart 10-year-old, who was just a fantastic protagonist. We do get a lot more perspectives than hers alone. All the characters are well developed and relatable to some degree (some more than others). I understood the drive and meaning of every character even though I couldn't stand some of them. It makes this science fiction story very realistic.

The world was crafted really well. Carey uses a lot of scientific explanations to describe the world and the changes which occurred. This gives it depth and once more makes the story more believable. 

I don't want to give any spoilers and since it's best to read it without knowing too much, I'm going to say more. Just read it!

The only remark I might have is that the ending felt quite sudden to me and I just wanted more!

I highly recommend this novel! If you are expecting a real horror book, you might be disappointed but if you read it as a science fiction thriller, you won't be disappointed! 5 stars!

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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

October Wrap Up

These are the books I read in October!

1. Warcross (Warcross, #1) by Marie Lu 

I started this at the end of September and finished last month. I really enjoyed this book! Probably my favourite Marie Lu book, highly recommend it! 5 stars!

2. How to Be Perfectly Unhappy by Matthew Inman

I got an arc of this comic/graphic novel from Netgalley and I would like to thank the publishers for this opportunity. You can read my review here. 3 stars.

3. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

This book was amazing! I loved every single page! Can't wait to read the next one! 5 stars! Highly, highly recommend! My absolute favourite read this month! 

4. Faking It (Losing It, #2) by Cora Carmack

4 stars. Nice romance story.

5. A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1) by Deanna Raybourn 

3 stars. Mystery was okay but I felt there was something missing throughout the whole story. Veronica is a good character but did annoy me at times.

6. Death Note, Vol. 2: Confluence (Death Note, #2) by Tsugumi Ohba

4 stars. Really enjoying this manga series! I have to pay my library 3 euros for each volume, so I'm considering buying the boxset. What do you guys think?

7. Death Note, Vol. 3: Hard Run (Death Note, #3) by Tsugumi Ohba

4 stars!

8. The Duke and I (With 2nd Epilogue) (Bridgertons, #1) by Julia Quinn

3 stars. There is one scene in this book which I really hated, otherwise I would have given it a higher rating. In addition, I didn't feel like the second epilogue added anything special. It spoil some of the following books as Daphne is visited by her brother and his wife. But romances are usually predictable in that regard, so you might be fine with that.

9. The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2) by Julia Quinn 

3 stars.

10. Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1) by Renee Ahdieh 

3 stars. I really enjoyed most of the book but I do have some problems with the writing style and I had trouble to connect with the characters. Ultimately, I didn't like the ending at all, so much so that I'm in doubt to whether I'll read the sequel. I think the vibe of the second book will be completely different and the atmosphere of Flame in the Mist and Black Clan members were my favourite things of the book.

11. The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1) by Marie Lu

I started this after finishing The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue but I struggled so much I had to put it down for a while. At the end of the month, I pushed myself to finish it instead of not finishing it all. I'm glad I did because the end is original and the best thing about The Young Elites. It actually made me interested in picking up the rest of the series but because of my lack of interest before and my struggles to finish it, I have to give this book 2 stars.

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