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review 2018-06-02 17:18
Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Vanishing Girls - Lauren Oliver,Justice Folding,Saskia Maarleveld,Joel Richards,Elizabeth Evans,Dan Bittner,Tavia Gilbert

Not my first book by Lauren Oliver, and probably not the last either. I loved Before I Fall, and the two books that I read in the Delirium trilogy. So I anticipated this one to be decent. 
It was decent. There were a bunch of twists and turns. The story took the reader deep into these two sisters, and their lives. It centered on PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder. A topic that is different for each individual, based on their traumatic circumstances. The plot around the sisters, leading to the PTSD is a whirlwind of emotions. Frankly, if you don't read the whole book, you may not get the story, even if you know what happens. There's a sort-of six degrees of separation here. It's not so blatant though.
Yup, I was lured in, and I liked it.



Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2018/06/vanishing-girls-by-lauren-oliver-24.html
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review 2018-03-31 16:34
2.3 Out of 5 "WTF" Stars
The Vanishing Girl - Laura Thalassa





The Vanishing Girl

Laura Thalassa



Every night after Ember Pierce falls asleep, she disappears. She can teleport anywhere in the world—London, Paris, her crush’s bedroom—wherever her dreams lead her. Ten minutes is all she gets, and once time’s up, she returns to her bed. It's a secret she’s successfully kept for the last five years. But now someone knows.

A week after her eighteenth birthday, when frustratingly handsome Caden Hawthorne captures her, delivers her to the government, and then disappears before her eyes, Ember realizes two things: One, she is not alone. And two, people like her—teleporters—are being used as weapons.

Dragged off to a remote facility where others like her live, Ember’s forced to pair up with her former captor, Caden, to learn how to survive inside until she can escape. Only Caden’s making escape seem less and less appealing.

But even as Ember falls for the boy who got her into this mess, she knows that she is running out of time. Because the government has plans for those like her, and those plans might just cost Ember her life.






I could go on and on about all the things I didn't like about this, and there's quite a few.  There are also quite a few reviews on Goodreads that explain it all very well. 


I just want to say that this had the potential to be not only unique but also completely engaging.  Unfortunately, it was spoiled by hella-insta-love with a side of love-triangle…plus a little jealous-b*tch thrown in.  I also thought this was going to go in the direction of a supernatural vein, maybe, because her other books are usually that genre but this was something completely different and regrettably, it wasn't always explained in a believable manner.




2.3/5 STARS - GRADE=D+







Plot~ 2.5/5

Main Characters~ 2.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 2/5

The Feels~ 1.5/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~ 2/5

Theme or Tone~ 3/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 2/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 2.8/5 Cliffhanger~ Yes!


Book Cover~ It's kind of pretty…

Narration~ Rachel Vivette ☆3.5☆-not my favorite…not my least favorite.

Series~ The Vanishing Girl #1

Setting~ I'm not really sure…

Source~ Audi0book (Scribd)



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text 2018-03-31 16:08
March Recap
The One - John Marrs
Never Never - Colleen Hoover; Tarryn Fisher;
Forever Right Now - Emma Scott
You Look Different in Real Life - Jennifer Castle
The Queen of Hearts - Kimmery Martin
Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman
Only Human - Sylvain Neuvel
Tarnished City - Vic James
The Vanishing Girl - Laura Thalassa

Wow...this month was a long one.  I went on vacation (which was so needed), and then a week later I had surgery on my foot.  I have super bad plantar fasciitis, from working on cement floors for so many years.  So they cut me in my arch on the bottom of my foot and in my calf, to stretch the tendons, and hopefully, when I'm more stretchy I won't have this problem anymore.   Right now, I'm basically on bedrest because I can't put any weight on it, yet.  After my surgery on the 20th, I managed to listen to a few more books and boost my reading, it was way down from my usual.  My April reading should be phenomenal though...I don't go back to work until at least the middle of May.





(Audiobook) The One by John Mars

Finish Date:  03/03



(eBook) Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Finish Date:  03/09



(eBook) Forever Right Now by Emma Scott

Finish Date:  03/15



(Audiobook) You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

Finish Date:  03/15



(Audiobook) The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin

Finish Date:  03/22



(Audiobook) Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Finish Date:  03/23



(eARC) Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

Finish Date:  03/26



(Audiobook) Tarnished City by Vic James

Finish Date:  03/27



(Audiobook) The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa

Finish Date:  03/30



9 Books Total, 6 of those are Audiobooks, 2 eBooks, and 1 Netgalley eARC.

For a total of 3,364 Pages (including Audio)


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review 2018-03-04 11:45
Beter om te reizen dan om te arriveren
Het Gouden Ei - Tim Krabbé

Dit book vertelt het verhaal of zowel een stel die een autoreis maakt, als een enkele man die een beetje griezelig is en die zich vreemd gedraagt. Geleidelijk leren we meer over alle personen.


Ik heb het meest genoten van het boek als het over de stel gaat. Met name de man in het paar voelt als een echte persoon, met hopen en dromen maar ook met kwetsbaarheden. De beschrijvingen daarover zijn zeer goed. Maar het verhaal ontbreekt niet nog steeds een gevoel van beweging. Het voelt altijd dat het verhaal ergens gaat. De reis van de stel op de snelweg ervan helpt.


Helaas vond ik het einde erg telleurstellend. Volgens mij gebeurde het zo snel en voelde zinloos. Misschien miste ik iets. Dit was het allereerste book dat ik heb in het Nederlands gelezen, en het duurde enkele maanden voordat ik had hem op, ook al het is een best kort boek.

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review 2018-02-18 03:01
Acts of Vanishing: A Novel - Fredrik T. ... Acts of Vanishing: A Novel - Fredrik T. Olsson

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley


This is more of a guy book.


This does not mean it is a bad book. It’s just more male oriented than female.


William Sandberg has a few problems, the least of which is the fact that he has lost his job. The most pressuring is that the lights have gone out in Stockholm and no one knows why. This also concerns his wife Christina Sandberg and his daughter, Sara.


Yet, the book focuses greatly on William’s reactions to certain things, and there are a few places where Christina’s reactions would also be called for. But no one is really talking to each other because of family drama. You know how it is. But Olsson makes the family drama believable so it does work. The family must solve an international conspiracy and save Stockholm from a black out where nothing works. (Though I was wondering about back up generators, nothing is said about hospitals for instance).


The best parts of the book are the descriptions of a powerless Stockholm during nighttime. Quite honesty, the power that Olsson has in describing the various reactions and dangers when the lights go out. The family drama is less interesting. In part this is because Sara serves as little more than a plot point, a push as it were. Yet, both William and Christina are real characters, and while William and his reactions take center stage (to be fair, it his series), Christina is not a maiden in distress. It would make a good movie and is a good thrilling read.

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