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text 2017-11-10 10:20
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The List - Siobhan Vivian

Pancha Ganapati, is a modern five-day Hindu festival in honor of Ganesha that comes to an end on the 25th. The festival was created in 1985 as a Hindu alternative to December holidays like Christmas by Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (born Robert Hansen), a Westerner who embraced Hinduism.

 

 

Book themes for Pancha Ganapati: 

Ok, it is kind of lame but I read The List which has blue on the cover. It could also qualify for the need for forgiveness because obviously, writing the list or mocking people on the list is not really nice and most of the characters could have a need for forgiveness, but it is not expressly said.

 

Tasks for Pancha Ganapati: I wanted to post a picture of those books but 2 of them are e-books and one of them an audiobook, so I will add the pictures here. Those are my 5 favourite books (so far) that I read in 2017:

 

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomasan amazing book about racial issues in the US (review here)

  Warcross - Marie Lu Marie Lu + video games... nothing to add (review here)

 A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas  One of my favourite series of all time (review here)

Traitor to the Throne - Alwyn Hamilton This book was amazing and will probably be one of my favourite book of 2017 (I wrote this in January and have not changed my mind! Review here)

 The Final Empire. Mistborn Book One - Brandon Sanderson  My first Brandon Sanderson book ever, but not the last (review here)

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review 2017-11-09 10:31
#74 - The List by Siobhan Vivian
The List - Siobhan Vivian

Every year at Mount Washington High School, a list is published with the four prettiest and the four ugliest girls of the school, one for each grade. This book shows how the list affect every one of these girls.

 

I really enjoy the concept because it is so realistic. It also shows how important the opinion of other matters to teenagers. I think it is scary because it is so true. What other people think of you will always affect you, but even more so as a teenager. Even if you think it does not matter to you (like Sara in the story), you know it does.

 

All these girls know each other in some way and I like the fact that you get to know every one of them. My only complaint is that with eight characters, it can get confusing and it also did not go as deep as I wish it would. Also, I listened to it as an audiobook and it was even more difficult for me to understand who was whom (I have a visual memory so it is easier to remember names when I read).

 

I enjoy this book but it could have been even better in my opinion, I was expecting more.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-07-14 11:30
Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian Review
Ashes to Ashes - Jenny Han

Goodreads Synopsis: New Year's Eve ended with a bang and Mary, Kat and Lillia may not be prepared for what is to come.


After Rennie's death, Kat and Lillia try to put the pieces together of what happened to her. They both blame themselves. If Lillia hadn't left with Reeve... If Kat had only stayed with Rennie... Things could have been different. Now they will never be the same.


Only Mary knows the truth about that night. About what she is. She also knows the truth about Lillia and Reeve falling in love, about Reeve being happy when all he deserves is misery, just like the misery he caused her. Now their childish attempts at revenge are a thing of the past and Mary is out for blood. Will she leave anything in her wake or will all that remain be ashes?

 

 

Review:

 

I really liked this book but hated the ending! (we’ll get to that).

 

So at the end of the last book Reeve and Lillia were fine and happy but suddenly in this book they weren’t together and were avoiding each other. We never found out what happened between them! I can see how finding out about Rennie could have put a spanner in the works but why did they not just agree to be friends? I guess we’ll never know.

 

It was really sad what happened to Mary but messing with Kat getting into college was just plain mean. I know she’s a ghost and wasn’t really thinking straight but she then became the bully. What she was doing to Reeve was awful!

 

I enjoyed this book but what was that ending?? They literally could not have summed up the rest of the story any worse! So Mary spends the whole book hell bent on getting revenge on Reeve, but then she sees him bleeding out and suddenly has an epiphany that her killing herself was actually her fault. Okay I would get over that sudden change in attitude but then she just disappears! no apology for nearly killing them all or even a heartfelt goodbye, just poof!

 

Thats not even the worst part, they then give us a glimpse into the future and not only are Lillia and Kat not even really friends anymore but her and Reeve aren’t together!! He didn’t get to play football and she settled for Alex, what?! How does that in any way make sense? This has to be one of the most unsatisfying endings to a book ever! I just can’t wrap my head around how the authors thought that was a good idea.

 

Overall I really enjoyed the series but I have to admit that ending left a sour taste in my mouth. Not cool.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-07-12 11:25
Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian Review
Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn) by Han, Jenny, Vivian, Siobhan (2013) Paperback - Jenny, Vivian, Siobhan Han

Goodreads Synopsis: When sweet revenge turns sour… Book two of a trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn’t exactly go the way they’d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.

Not even close.

For now, it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there ever was a pact. But it’s not easy, not when Reeve is still a total jerk and Rennie’s meaner than she ever was before.

And then there’s sweet little Mary…she knows there’s something seriously wrong with her. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure that someone will get hurt even worse than Reeve was. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, burn for a burn. A broken heart for a broken heart. The girls are up to the task. They’ll make Reeve fall in love with Lillia and then they will crush him. It’s the only way he’ll learn.

It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn...

 

 

Review:

 

Okay this book was WAY better than the first! There was definitely a John Tucker Must Die vibe that I really enjoyed.

 

First things first, we all knew that Lillia was going to fall for Reeve, am I right? Yup saw that coming a mile away! Haha. I felt sorry for Reeve, he could be a real jerk but he was actually a good guy once you got to know him, so of course i fell for him too.

 

I was kind of confused about Alex and his relationship with Kat. Yes he was pining over Lillia but i thought from the first book that he also had feelings for Kat but nothing came of that? It was like the authors were going in that direction but changed their minds.

 

Things really hit the fan at the end…there was the big reveal, *spoiler* Mary was dead! I kind of suspected as much but I thought maybe I was jumping to conclusions as I couldn’t understand how Kat and Lillia could see her. That explains the powers though. And Rennie!! That was one turn of events i did not see coming!

 

This story is definitely out there but I really enjoyed reading it and can’t wait to see how things turn out in the next book.

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review 2016-06-06 13:57
Nur eine Liste von Siobhan Vivian
Nur eine Liste (Ravensburger Taschenb├╝cher) - Siobhan Vivian,Claudia Max

Worum geht es und wie war es?

Jedes Jahr taucht am letzten Montag im September eine Liste in der Mount Washington Highschool auf, auf der für jeden Jahrgang das hübscheste und auch das hässlichste Mädchen vermerkt ist. ein Schulstempel scheint diese Tradition zu legitimieren und Jahr um Jahr zerbrechen Träume, werden Vorurteile weiter befeuert und innere Ängste mit reichlich Nährboden versorgt. Jahr um Jahr schaut die ganze Schule auf diese Liste...

So auch in diesem Jahr und zusammen mit den Mädchen auf der Liste erlebt der Leser, was diese Liste so alles bewirkt, auslöst und verändert. 

Das Buch ist ein Jugendbuch, aber eines mit einem sehr interessanten Themenmix: Schule, Schönheit, Mobbing, Vorurteile, Magersucht, Selbstzweifel, Pubertät. All diese Themen werden behandelt, werden aus jugendlicher Perspektive geschildert und geben Einblick in die Welt der Protagonistinnen. Die Sprache ist einfach, aber nicht zu banal und lässt sich flüssig lesen. Es ist keine Hochkultur, aber dennoch ein gut geschriebenes, interessantes und lesenswertes Buch, das mich bis zur letzten Seite nicht langweilte. 

Eine klare Empfehlung für alle, die Jugendbücher mögen und sich vom Themenmix angesprochen fühlen. 

von mir gibt es 4 Sterne!

 

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