Friday, 27 April 2018

The infinity stones book tag.

Hi booklovers

It's been a very long time since I did a tag, but I recently saw this tag on Noveltea Corner's channel.

It's called 'The infinity stones book tag' and you can find her video here. She also created this tag, btw!
*SPACE STONE (TESSERACT) - A book that transported you 

This literally transports you to a different world.

*MIND STONE (LOKI’S SCEPTRE) - A book that made you think 

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
This is a book every high school pupil should read!
*REALITY STONE (AETHER) - A book with an altered reality 

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
This book takes places in different universes in which the main character's reality is often very different from the original universe.
*POWER STONE (ORB) - A book with a character that has great potential (for good or bad)

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson 
In this book you can already tell that both Vin and Elend have great potential to do good.
*TIME STONE (EYE OF AGAMOTTO) - A book set in a different time (past or future) 

This is the collection of diary entries Anne Frank wrote during World War II. Living in Belgium, this is a book that always really spoke to me.

*SOUL STONE - A book that stole your soul 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 
This one ripped my soul out both times I read it.
I tag:
- Lisa from lisaswestcoastreads 
- Irina from Beautiful Pages 
If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged :-)
Bye for now

Friday, 20 April 2018

Book hauls revisited - April 2016 - 2017.

Hi booklovers

Let's see if how I've done with reading the books I bought in April 2016 and 2017.

April 2016 

*Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard.These are two novellas.

*Stars Above by Marissa Meyer. This is a collection of stories about all the characters in the Lunar Chronicles.

*The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Book two in the Tearling trilogy.

April 2017 

*Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. This was a Fairyloot book.

These are the ones I've actually read.
Even though I didn't buy that many books, I've only read Cruel Crown. I only liked one of the two novellas.

I really want to continue the Tearling trilogy, but I'll have to reread The Queen of the Tearling before reading this one.

Have you read any of the these? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments.

Bye for now



Friday, 13 April 2018

Book hauls revisited - March 2016 - 2017.

Hi booklovers

I'm playing catch-up so let's take a look at my March 2016 and 2017 book hauls.

March 2016
*Written in Red by Anne Bishop. After accidentally buying the second book in January, I finally got the first book in the series.
*Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard.

March 2017
*Wintersong by S. Jay Jones. If I'm honest, this was a cover buy.
*Hunted by Meagan Spooner.
*Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. This has a STUNNING edition: the cover, the sprayed edges!! The book was included in the anniversary box from Fairyloot.

These are the ones I've actually read.
*Written in Red. I read this series over the summer last year and I loooooooved it. I alternated between reading the physical book and listening to the audiobook and it was great. I highly recommend the audiobook as well, btw. The humor is so on point, it's wonderful.

*Glass Sword. To be honest, I can hardly remember what this book is about. I'm still unsure if I'll be continuing with the series or not. Maybe I'll get the e-book or borrow it from the library.

*Hunted. I read this for the #OfWonderlandBookClub on Goodreads and the theme was 'New to me author'. I really liked this beauty and the beast retelling. Unfortunately, I was also a bit underwhelmed and even disappointed by the ending.

I'm actually really proud of myself, because not only did I not buy as many books as in February, I've actually already read 3 out of these 5.

I know everyone and there mother has read Strange the Dreamer by now and I really want to pick it up soon. But on the other hand, I want to postpone reading it until closer to the release date of the second book. We finally have a release date, which is October 2.

Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments.

Bye for now


Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Anticipated releases - April 2018

Hi booklovers

I am again late in posting this, but here are the books I'm looking forward to in April.

Unlike the previous months, there are only two books I'm looking forward to this month.

10th: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
I really enjoyed Daughter of the Burning City and since that was her debut, I'm curious to see how this one will hold up.
Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn't have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne's offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi's enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.
24th: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian 
If nothing else, this would be a cover buy :-)
Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she's not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can't keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser's warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn't expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who's been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart's sister, Cress.

Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she's willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she's willing to sacrifice to become queen.
Ace of Shades is the book I'll most likely order - if not this month, then probably soon.
Which books are you looking forward to in the month of April? Let me know in the comments.
Bye for now

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Try a chapter tag #2.

Hi booklovers

I finished The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson back in March and I absolutely loved it. However, at that time I had no clue on what to pick up next. 

So, I did another 'Try a Chapter' tag (but I totally forgot to post it). Note: I've already read two more books after finishing the book I chose here, but I'm going to post this anyway :-D

1) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
I'm actually cheating a bit with this one, because this was a reread. However, I have forgotten a lot and I want to prepare for Restore Me. Needless to say I really enjoyed it.

2) Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
The first chapter was really intriguing, especially the last line. I am, however, hesitant to pick this up because it was supposed to be a trilogy, but the third one never got published.
3) Frost Blood by Elly Drake
It was intriguing, but the premise sounds a lot like Red Queen. I think it has a typical YA storyline: the protagonist is 'different from everyone else', something bad happens to him/her and he/she wants revenge.
The cover is stunning, though!
4) Gilded Cage by Vic James
The first chapter gave me 'Everless' vibes, which is weird, because Gilded Cage was published first. I'm not sure about this one yet...
5) Scythe by Neil Shusterman 
This really intrigued me. At school, I've been teaching my pupils about different creation stories and how it's important to respect the environment. We've also been talking about global warming and what we can do to slow down the climate change. To then pick up a story in which all of these problems plus more have been solved and no one dies anymore, was really fascinating. What would happen if others decide who dies and when...
Needless to say I continued reading Scythe. Like I said, I have since finished it and I really enjoyed it. I found the concept of the scythes deciding who gets gleaned (killed) interesting. People think all of their problems have been solved and everyone is just and fair but of course there are 'corrupt' scythes... I'm going to order the sequel soon.
Have you read any of the books in this tag? Let me know in the comments.
Bye for now