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text 2017-09-07 08:29
Reading progress update: I've read 22%.
Duel in the Dark: Blood on the Stars, Book 1 - Audible Studios,Jay Allan,Luke Daniels

The audiobook did not captured me. I found it slow even if I am already listening to 1.5x speed. I can't stand listing twice the speed though.

 

I still find the story interesting so I will revisit reading the ebook in the near future.

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text 2017-07-30 23:05
Booktube-A-Thon wrap-up
Written in the Stars - Aisha Saeed
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna & the French Kiss 1) by Stephanie Perkins (2014) Paperback - Stephanie Perkins

Booktube-A-thon was great! I did not participate in a lot of sprints and I did none of the Instagram challenges this year (Pokemon Go was definitely in the way, I spent most of my time trying to catch Articuno), but I still managed to read more than I usually did, and that was my goal so I'm pleased with myself. 

 

I managed to finish two entire books and I am a bit less than halfway though the third one. I read a total of 815 pages, which is not that good but not too bad either. For the challenges, I managed to complete quite a lot of them, with only twoo books!

 

#1 – Read a book with a person on the cover: The Wrath and the Dawn (430p)  Written in the Stars V

#2 – Read a hyped book: Anna and The French Kiss V

#3 – Finish a book in one day: Saga vol 6 (152p)  Written in the Stars V

#4 – Read about a character that is different from you: Written in the starsLes âmes grises (280p) 

#5 – Finish a book completely outdoors: Saga vol 6 (152p)/ Three Dark Crowns 

#6 – Read a book you bought because of the cover: Written in the stars V

#7 – Finish 7 books: Journal d'hirondelle

 

Written in the Stars fitted many challenges so, that's great. I will definitely finish The Wrath and The Dawn, because it is realyl great so far, and then I will go on with my two currently reading books, which are The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Heir of Fire.

 

Thanks for reading,

 

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review 2017-07-30 20:17
#50 - Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
Written in the Stars - Aisha Saeed

I saw this book in the new release section on a website one day and decided to give it a try, honestly, just because the cover was pretty. I was not so sure what it was about, but it seemed great so I put it on my Amazon wish list, then I got it for my birthday. I read this for Booktube-A-Thon because it fitted different challenges. I read it in one day, it was so great and so captivating I could not put it down.

 

It was not at all what I expected. It was way better. If you are searching for a nice and beautiful book, do not read it. It is a really dark book but such an important one. I definitely recommend this.

 

This book is about Naila, a girl from Pakistan who lives in the US with her family. Her parents let her choose many things, but they won’t let her choose who she dates (= her husband). Naila is in love with Saif, who is also from Pakistan but there is a scandal surrounding his family and Naila’s parents do not agree with their daughter dating him (or dating anyone in that matter). They then decide to fly to Pakistan to visit their family because they think Naila lost herself. Naila enjoys Pakistan, she finds it great to learn a new way of life, to meet her family and she is having a great time. But she wants to go back home because she misses Saif and her friends.

 

Things will not go as plan during these holidays in Pakistan and Naila is trapped, scared and she cannot believe what her parents did to her, even if they keep on saying it is for her own good.

 

Naila’s story is not unusual, and I loved every page of it. The beginning of the book is so light, I was expecting a book with some teenage drama, but it was not the case at all. It was so dark and so hard to read. I was feeling more and more anxious, and trapped just like Naila. It was scary and made me open me eyes about this reality I’m not familiar with.

 

There was also the question of the parents, are they so bad? Is it a “cultural thing’? Could forced marriage be justified by a culture? Really, I’m not so sure about it. In my opinion, nothing can justify what they did and what is still done every day in some regions of the world. But who are we to judge and to make decisions for other people? It is actually what they do, making decision for other, because they think it is best. Aren’t we doing the same thing? It is a bit confusing and a really hard and complex question. Naila’s relationship with her parents was contentious because of this and you can’t just not hate them for what they did. However, they think they are doing what’s best for their daughter…

 

I definitely recommend reading this book, it will raise many questions in your hear, I’m sure of it.

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text 2017-07-19 21:31
Booktube-A-Ton TBR
The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna & the French Kiss 1) by Stephanie Perkins (2014) Paperback - Stephanie Perkins
Saga, Volume 6 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
Written in the Stars - Aisha Saeed

If you don't know, Booktube-A-Thon takes place from Monday 24th till Sunday 30th. You can check the Youtube channel for any information. Just know that you do not need to be a youtuber to participate.

 

I really love this readathon and I love readathon in particular, so I decided to join!

 

Here are the challenges as well as the books I chose to read to complete those:

 

#1 – Read a book with a person on the cover: The Wrath and the Dawn (430p) 

#2 – Read a hyped book: Anna and The French Kiss (384p) 

#3 – Finish a book in one day: Saga vol 6 (152p) 

#4 – Read about a character that is different from you: Written in the stars (304p)/ Les âmes grises (280p) 

#5 – Finish a book completely outdoors: Saga vol 6 (152p)/ Three Dark Crowns 

#6 – Read a book you bought because of the cover: Written in the stars (304p) 

#7 – Finish 7 books: Journal d'hirondelle

 

The books not in italic are the optional one. I'm almost sure I won't have time to read 7 books, so I chose books that fit multiple challenges, then add one when required to complete all the chalenges, we will see how it goes!

 

Are you participating in Booktube-A-Thon? 

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

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review 2017-06-30 05:00
Dragon In Blood
Dragon in the Blood (Vale of Stars Book 2) - Juliette Cross

Title:  Dragon in Blood

Author:  Juliette Cross

Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services LLC

Services"  Vale of Stars # 2

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating:  Five

Review:

 

"Dragon in Blood" by Juliette Cross

 

My Thoughts....

 

I enjoyed this second series of the Vale of Stars #2.  It was lovely fantasy romantic read featuring Valla Moonring and Conn Rowanflame where you will get a wonderful adventurous 'Dragon' read.  With them both being so stubborned it will be of most interest in how this author gets them together.  The way the story reads it's like getting two stories in one as the reader is presented in more than one POV. There was a lots of characters old and even some new ones bringing on a well developed and well portrayed read as the readers learns more about this  'intelligence gathering mission, Blood King and his followers, the Larkosians, the kidnapped women and learning what the 'prophecy' really means.  Many of these characters will have some very 'unique talents' that will definitely keep your attention as one reads through this story.  I will say I enjoyed the game called 'Truth or Lie' and I definitely plan on playing game! This author really know to tell a story with such heart felt details that the reader will not want to put down the story until the very end and will leave you wanting more.

 

I know this is a standalone read however, to fully understand it all  I would definitely recommend you read the first story 'Dragon Heartstrings' to get the a little bit more in the 'Vale Star fantasy series.

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