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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-01 11:04
February 2017-- A Wrap Up
The Hobbit (Graphic Novel) - Chuck Dixon
X-Men: Magneto Testament - Carmine Di Giandomenico,Greg Pak
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu
Outtakes from the Grave (Night Huntress Book 8) - Jeaniene Frost
Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction - John Byrne,Mike Mignola
Asimov's Science Fiction: Hugo & Nebula Award Winning Stories - Sheila Williams
Night - Marion Wiesel,Elie Wiesel

 

 

Old Faves in New Flavors

 

The Hobbit Graphic Novel

The novel stayed true to the book. However, I wasn't too impressed with the artwork. It could have been more attractive. Given that I've just finished reading Monstress, it is no surprise that everything else looks almost dull in comparison!

 

 

 

Words that have always made me sad and touched my heart:

 

 

Outtakes from the Grave

 

This book is solely for the readers who have loved the Night Huntress series. It contains deleted scenes and different versions that were scrapped for various reasons. It was a good way to revisit the duo that we'd all miss now that the series has ended. Since I have added books from the two spinoff series to my TBR recently, I'm guessing I'll come across Cat & Bones there too.

 

 

 

Holocaust Horrors

 

X-Men: Magneto Testament

 

Since I read this first, I didn't realize how heavily inspired it was by the book, Night by Elie Wiesel. Even so, I loved it, both for the content and the art. A scene that stayed with me was about the girl Magneto is trying to save. She is found among dead bodies and is found to have survived because she remembered what he had said to her & had hidden herself in the pile.

 

 

Night

 

What I liked about this book was that the author wasn't interested in getting people to feel sorry for them. Instead, their objective was to prevent such a catastrophe from happening again. That is one of the reasons why the book felt much more authentic to me than The Book Thief ever did. Of course, the fact that the author lived through the events has a lot to do with that, as well.

 

I think this quote from the book says it all:

 

 

Eye-Candiliciousness

 

Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction

 

Find my mini-review here.

 

 

Monstress, Vol 1: Awakening

 

 

 

Everybody has been talking about this, so I'll just say that you might wanna check it out for yourself.

 

Asimov's Science Fiction

 

Detailed review here.

 

February was a good month. I read more graphic novels than I usually read and it is always good to try new things.

 

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text 2016-01-31 16:15
January wrap up

I think January was a great reading month for me, because I managed to read 7 and a half books. 

 

 

I started this month with a "Bout of books 15" readathon and reached my tbr goals, that I've set for that week. If you want to know my thoughts of certain book, just read previous posts. 

Now on to the books that I've read after this week long event. Firstly I've finished a book, that I've started during readathon.

 

  

Title: Uncle Montagues's Tales of Terror

Author: Chris Priestley

Pages: 243

Edition: paperback

Published: 2011 by Bloomsbury UK

Edition language: English 

My rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

 

Here are some of my thoughts... It wasn't scary at all, during few stories I fell asleep. That's how boring they were. I didn't find it enjoyable or gripping, just plain and uninteresting. I was expecting so much more, but was very disappointed. It had so much potential to be great book, but...

 

Title: The Ghost files

Author: Apryl Baker

Pages: 275

Edition: kindle edition

Published: 2013 by Limitless Publishing 

Edition language: English 

My rating: 4 stars out of 5

 

This book pleasantly surprised me. I didn't expect to like it so much. There were places in this book, that made chill run through my spine and sometimes made me regret my decision to read this at night.
The main character was a strong female, who fought for her self and defended her opinion. She was likable and believable. Definitely recommend.

 

Title: The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts

Author: K.C. Tansley

Pages: 256

Edition: paperback

Published: 2015 by Beckett Publishing Group

Edition language: English 

My rating: 4 stars out of 5

 

It was another pleasant surprise to me. I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. I was gripped by this story from the beginning until the end. I enjoyed the atmosphere, that author created with that old castle and secrets from the past. Of course, there were some issues with it. Firstly, the ending was a little bit too rushed for my taste. Secondly, I preferred characters from the past more, than characters from the present. Actually, main character felt a little bit boring to me in comparison with a heroine from 19th century. But these few issues won't stop me from reading other books in this series.

 

That's it for now.

Happy reading :)

 

 

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text 2016-01-11 11:33
Bout of Books 15 Read-a-thon wrap up

 

Bout of Books readathon 15 is over. Sunday was the last day to reach our goals and I definitely did that. On the last day of readathong I've started "Uncle Montegue's Tales of Terror" by Chris Priestley and read 82 pages. In total 1070 pages.

 

And now just review what I managed to do until Sunday:

 

Monday

Pages I read: 314

 

Firstly, I finished reading last 138 pages of "The Green Mile"  by Stephen King. This book was one of the best books from Stephen King, that I've read so far. It was like riding a roller coaster of feelings. This gem made me feel sad, mad, happy and frustrated, it made me feel all the feels. It will definitely stay with me for a long time. I have no complaints for it, it was pure perfection to me.

Then I started and finished "Akis" by Rimvydas Stankevičius. I hated it from the beginning until the end. I'm glad it was only 82 pages long. I felt like I was reading a text from a person, who looks around him and writes list of the things, that he sees around. It convinced me, that poetry is not for me. The only thing, that I took from this book was the headache. 

And finally I started rereading "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by J.K. Rowling and managed to read 94 pages that day. 

 

Tuesday - Friday

Pages I read: 123 + 107 + 102 + 174

 

During the week I couldn't force my self to read more than I usually do, actually I felt a little burned out after Monday. So I decided to relax and enjoy what I read instead of thinking about page count. And on Friday my reading slump was over. I finished rereading Harry Potter and like usual felt all the feels. It was a great conclusion to this epic series and I loved it as much as did reading it the first time. 

 

Saturday

Pages I read: 168

 

On Saturday I started "Mano norų sąrašas" by Gregoire Delacourt and read it in one sitting. I have to admit I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. The writing style was quite interesting, it felt like I was reading a diary, except it wasn't one. Main character was relatable and down to earth. Just a simple woman with her feelings and experiences. And I have to say, that the ending was quite unexpected. 

 

And that was my week in reading. I'm already waiting for May and another round of this event. 

 

Bout of Books
 
 
That's it for now.
Happy reading :) 
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review 2015-12-29 11:04
Last wrap-up of 2015

How is this possible that it is already last days of 2015 ? As I get older, it seems, that time flies faster and faster every year. But I'm glad that I still find time to read. 

 

This month was, actually, not bad reading vise:

Books I've read: 4

Pages in total: 1750

 

I began December by finishing a book, that I started in November.

 

  

 

Title: Winter 

Author: Marissa Meyer

Pages: 823

Edition: paperback

Published: 2015 by Puffin 

Edition language: English

 

That was an amazing conclusion to the series. After few pages, I knew that it will became one of my favorites. It was action packed from beginning to the end, and I couldn't put this book down. The interaction between characters were on point and I will miss them dearly.Of course I wish there were a prologue or something in the end, because the end was a little bit rushed, but still I loved it. Of course I gave it 5 stars out of 5. 

 

Next on my list was children book, that I also started in November.

 

 

Title: The Twistrose Key  

Author: Tone Almhjell

Pages: 368

Edition: hardcover

Published: 2013 by Little, Brown UK 

Edition language: English

 

I didn't expect to like this book, but it was such a refreshing read. The idea of this book was interesting and unique, main character was likable, courageous and compassionate. However it took me long time to finish it, because I had to force myself to pick it up, even if I knew that the story will be good, there were some points where I caught myself thinking about something entirely else, while reading, it just couldn't hold my attention all the time.
Non the less I recommend this book too all middle grade kids, it can teach you some lessons about friendship :) I gave it 3 stars out of 5.

 

Next was a book, that I won i Goodreads giveaway.

 

 

Title: Beautiful Country  

Author: J.R. Thornton

Pages: 320

Edition: paperback

Published: Expected publication is April 19th 2016 by Harper Perennial

Edition language: English

 

I've already wrote a review for this book, so I just remind you, that I liked it and gave 3 stars out of 5.

 

I just realized, that December was I month, when I finished all books that I've started way back in November or even October.

 

Title: A Granny Is For Life Not Just Christmas

Author: Maureen Reil

Pages: 156

Edition: ebook

Published: 2014 by Maureen Reil, via Amazon

Edition language: English

 

I wrote a review for this book also, so I don't want to repeat myself. I'll just say, that I hated this book and gave it just 1 star out of 5.

 

And last one that I finished this month was a children book in Norwegian. I found that it helps me to learn new language if I read a book written in it.

 

 

 

Title: Uhyret i skogen

Author: Tore Aurstad, Rikke Fjeld Jansen (illustrator)

Pages: 83

Edition: hardcover

Published: 2009 Cappelen Damm

Edition language: Norwegian

 

Because I read it in new to me language, I wasn't that invested in it. I still have to use dictionary sometimes, to see the meaning of the words. However the story was pretty good and I enjoyed reading it, also the ending caught me by surprise. So I definitely recommend it. I gave it 3 stars out of 5.

 

That's it for now. 

Happy reading :)

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review 2015-12-10 14:36
November wrap up
Half Bad - Sally Green
Let it Snow - Lauren Myracle,John Green,Maureen Johnson
Doctor Sleep - Stephen King
Kaulų ir dūmų duktė - Laini Taylor

November went so fast and look it is almost Christmas! Where time flies ?! However I am a little bit late with my wrap - up and I am sorry about that.  So....

Books I've read: 4

Pages in total: 1596

 

I've came in to November with a book I've started in October for "read a book written by an author with your same initials" challenge. 

 

Title: Half Bad 

Author: Sally Green

Pages: 286

Edition: ebook

Published: 2014 by Penguin

Edition language: English

 

I was absolutely disappointed with this book. I wasn't fan of a writing style, main character was annoying and finally I expected more magic stuff considering it was a book about witches. I have to say the second half of the book was better than the first one, but still I had to force myself to finish it. I don't know if I will continue with this series. I gave it 2.5 stars out of 5 (and only because I feel bad of giving a lower ratings). 

 

Next I chose a book for another challenge "a book set during Christmas or similar holiday".

 

Title: Let It Snow

Authors: John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

Pages: 368

Edition: paperback

Published: 2013 by Penguin UK

Edition language: English

 

I have mixed feelings about this book, but I'm certain about one thing...It didn't live up to my expectations. I gave:

1. "The Jubilee Express" by Maureen Johnson - 2 stars out of 5. The main character made some decisions, that made me doubt her sanity. Who goes with a stranger guy at night in the snow storm to his house ? Or I will brake up with my boyfriend who I dearly love threw the phone and stay with this guy who I just met few hours ago and it is totally fine... Oh come on! And that instalove thing was too much even for me. 

2. "A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle" by John Green - 3 stars out of 5. I liked it, but didn't love. The story was cute and fluffy, but nothing exceptional. John Green followed the same pattern like in all of his books: unpopular guy/girl meets cute, quirky and desired girl/ boy and blah blah blah.

3. "The Patron Saint of Pigs" by Lauren Myracle - 3.4 stars out of 5. Also fluffy, also cute, but nothing over the top.

And one more thing. I don't know what happened between cheerleaders, Maureen and John, but wow!!! they went too far with that hate for them at times. 

 

And then I was finished with all my challenges for this year. So I picked up what I was craving for. and that was darkness and horror.

 

 

Title: Doctor Sleep

Author: Stephen King

Pages: 485

Edition: Paperback

Published: 2014 by Hodder Paperbacks

Edition language: English

 

Firstly I would like to say, that I likes this book a little bit more, than "The Shining". But like with all S. Kings books, that I read, the first part of a book dragged a little too much for my taste, but for the second part I have no complaints. At that point the story gripped me and I couldn't put "Doctor Sleep"down. 

 

After that I decided to read whatever book, that was unread on my first bookshelf. 

 

 

Title: Kaulų ir dūmų duktė (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)

Author: Laini Taylor

Pages: 457

Edition: Hardcover

Published: 2012 by Obuolys

Edition language: Lithuanian 

 

One of the worst books I've read this year. The writing style was too dramatic and sweet and over the top, at some points I thought I will start vomiting rainbows. The decisions, that was made by main character drove me mad... to bring home the guy that tried to kill you ? Are you insane ? Girl! He tried to KILL you. What romantic is about that ? Great lesson for young girls "love your man, who abuses you and tries to kill you, because that is true love"... I don't recommend this book to anyone, it is just the waste of time. I gave it 1.5 stars out of 5. 

 

That's it for now. 

Happy reading :)

 

 

 
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