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review 2016-08-04 09:46
"A lovely girl gazing at the stars, and the stars who gazed back"
Throne of Glass - Sarah J Maas

I have lots of friends who love these series and I was a bit reluctant to try them as sometimes things work out differently for some of us. Boy was I wrong.

Because I have found my new favorite obsession!

I only knew that this was a book about an awesome female assassin. And that's it.

I think it was better that way. Dive into the unknown.

And Celeana was indeed awesome! She was strong and sweet, witty and clever. I honestly can't get enough of her.The cast around her was memorable as well, and I am so glad that there are more books in the series!!!

 

So, expect strong female characters, fantasy, mystery and of course subtle romance with a hint of a love triangle.

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text 2016-05-08 12:37
★★★☆☆ Review: Anathema - K.A. Tucker
Anathema - K.A. Tucker

Anathema by K. A. Tucker
Series: The Casual Enchantment #1
Published by Papoti Books on 25 May 2011
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 284
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Purchase
Reading Challenges: 2016 HW Challenge
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Evangeline has spent her teenage years in obscurity. Her foster parents have the emotional aptitude of robots and her classmates barely acknowledge her existence. About to turn eighteen and feeling like a social pariah, she is desperate to connect with someone. Anyone.
When Evangeline meets Sophie after literally stumbling upon her café, she believes she’s found that connection. Willing to do anything to keep it, she accepts a job as Sofie’s assistant and drops everything to fly to Manhattan, where she is thrust into a luxurious world of Prada, diamonds, and limitless cash.
With such generosity and kindness, it’s easy for Evangeline to dismiss certain oddities... like Sofie’s erratic and sometimes violent behavior, and the monstrous guard dogs. She’s even willing to dismiss her vivid dreams of mob-style murders, beautiful homeless people living in caves, and white-eyed demons that haunt her each night as figments of her imagination—especially when one of those figments is the gorgeous Caden. When she wakes up with bite marks on her neck, the fairy tale quickly turns into a nightmare. She slowly unravels the mystery surrounding Sofie and friends, and the reality of the bites and the “dreams.” What she discovers is far more mysterious and terrible than anything she could have imagined.
In a world where everyone has motive to lie for personal gain, Evangeline must decide which deception is least likely to get her killed.

 

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Anathema is very different from the stories I had already read by Tucker, and while her paranormal story is a bit different, I found the main character, Evangeline, to be very naïve and too trusting.

Review - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Now, I feel the need to say that Anathema was published five years ago, and I think it’s among Tucker’s first book. And I might have enjoyed her take on vampires and witches more if I had read it when it was first released rather than now. The reason for that is all on me – I have read a lot of inventive and original paranormal series, so I am possible a bit blasé when it comes to stories like this one. That being said, the writing is really good, and the pace is, too. I think it was really Evangeline and her trusting personality that got to me. I found myself shaking my head at her and asking her to please think a bit more for herself more than once. Especially because within 24 hours of meeting Sofie, she went across the country with her, only to have a lot of strange things happen as soon as they left for New York.

 

You know that saying ‘if it seems to be too good to be true, it probably is’? That’s how I felt about what happened to Evangeline. Being offered a job after breaking something, then going on a private plane to New York, and being set up in a luxurious villa on fifth avenue, plus getting a bag full of thousand dollar bills so she could go shopping… definitely too good to be true! And it took a while for Evangeline to question Sofie, Viggo and Mortimer, which made her seem borderline stupid! Why was she in this house? She did’t do any work, and yet, she didn’t act like it was strange that she was set up with beautiful clothes, anything she wanted to eat, and being taken to see Romeo and Juliet in a theater at night.

 

I did enjoy some aspects of Anathema, though, especially the fact that vampires here couldn’t turn humans anymore after a spell gone wrong. And so, a counterspell had been casted in order to find vampires on another plane – ones who still had their venom intact. Some of the interactions Evangeline had with these other vampires were great, she showed that she had a sense of adventure, even if she didn’t have much of a sense of self-preservation. There is also a big case of insta-love, and while I can get the ‘beautiful, strong, brooding vampire’-thing, I don’t think it furthered the story that Evangeline became so infatuated with Caleb after meeting him only once.

 

Because how the ending, I’ll definitely continue reading the series, even if I wasn’t completely enchanted, I’m hoping that Evangeline will grow as a character and that she will become a bit more perceptive when it comes to the people she’s with. Written in first person point of view, past tense and with plenty of dialogues, the pace was well done, and the whole story unfolded from Evangeline’s point of view.

 

Fave Quotes - (un)Conventional Bookviews

The three of them, fawning over me, a socially awkward stranger with no friends, giving me gifts and kindness… I should have known something was not right. I sighed. I wasn’t Nancy Drew – not unless Nancy Drew was blind and deaf.

 

“As long as there are no more lurking animals, I’m feeling pretty fragile right now.” Fragile, but unbroken, somehow – though by all counts I should have fallen apart. Any normal person would have by now, wouldn’t they?”

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews
Source: unconventionalbookviews.com/review-anathema-k-tucker
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review 2016-04-30 13:20
The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

I picked this up when I read the comparisons with Gone Girl and all the praising reviews I read over at goodreads. While it was a fast paced, suspense story, I wasn't left feeling that dread, that gutted feeling like I did after my Gone Girl reading. I wouldn't have compared the two myself, if the comparison wasn't there in the first place.. But if you, like me, love Flynn's twisted mind, you won't love this one. But you will enjoy it. Like I did.

(I will mark spoilers,don't worry)

 

The plot

You have three women who narrate the story in different timelines. At some point the narratives connect and the story ends. What's the story? It was the story of Rachel, who is trying to cope with her drinking problem, her divorce and her empty life in general. Rachel takes the train every day for work even though she was fired. She doesn't want her roommate to know that. On her way,she passes the house she used to live with her husband. A couple of houses next to hers, there is a couple, who in her head have the perfect marriage. Of course, things are never what they seem...

 

The writing/The Characters

I enjoyed the shifting between the narratives, as it was flawlessly done and it kept the quick pace. The characters were truly horrible. I wasn't rooting for any of them and I had little sympathy for one of them specifically. Also, they didn't feel very multi-dimensional to me. More about that on the next section marked with the spoiler tag.

 

My thoughts SPOILERS!

I usually read these kind of books with the idea that everyone is guilty, until proven otherwise. I keep reading and keep guessing, questioning the motives and the stories. This one was no different. However, there was a mark about half way through that I was pretty certain of who was the killer and why. The clues were there from the very beginning. It was cleverly done I admit: the lack of naming was there to throw you off. But the unstable husband, the one who never was a true shoulder for his wife to cry on, stunk of guilt..

 

As a side note, I hated the way Tom was speaking to Rachel:

"You are like one of those dogs, the unwanted ones that have been mistreated all their lives. You can kick them and kick them, but they'll still come back to you, cringing and wagging their tails. Begging. Hoping that this time it'll be different, that this time they'll do something right and you'll love them."

This brings me to my problem with the female characters. They felt like they were driven by their desires and how men perceived them. You have Rachel who has that awful drinking problem and all she can see is herself through Tom's eyes. Her friend, Cathy could have helped her more. They never had a meaningful conversation and they lived together for what? two years! Come on...I have a friend whose life is shattered, she keeps drinking herself to death and all I do is provide a roof under her house and that's it? This is why they didn't feel real...For the sake of the plot moving, I get that the author didn't waste time expanding on her minor characters but I felt that was taking away from the plot.. Maybe that was just me though. Because I have read others praising the character development...

Then we have the other two women, Megan and Anna.

Megan is the neighbor, whose narrative is scarce over the book and she has a dreadful secret, a troubled past and a problem feeling complete with her life. Her husband is abusive, she fells in love with her therapist, she screws her neighbor. Again I thought it was like there was so much left out of it.

Anna is the other woman. The woman who was so desirable that made Tom leave Rachel for her. I liked her the least of all of them, but this was the only character that I felt satisfied as to her development. There was even a point when I thought she was even considering of staying with him, helping him cover the whole thing. You know make Rachel go away and stage the whole thing as her little perfect family was attacked by Rachel, the unstable ex-wife. I almost wished that she did. That would make her more..I don't know...interesting? (I know, I know I have a twisted mind...)

(spoiler show)

I enjoyed reading this, I really did.. But it wasn't as twisted as I expected.

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review 2016-03-28 16:48
The 5th Wave
The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey

Note: I just started reading the Infinite sea and remembered that I never got around of reviewing the 5th wave. So there you go:

 

I both did and didn't like this one. The plot was engaging after some point and the writing style was just too confusing in the beginning, as it kept shifting narrations without making it clear who was speaking.

 

The story is simple: Aliens have been watching humans for thousands of years and at some point they decide it's time to take our planet. The problem? Us. So, in four consecutive "waves", they wipe out a large portion of humankind. There are few left. Confused. Not knowing who to trust.

 

There is one main character on the story: Cassie. A teenage girl, who has only one family member left: her brother. Unfortunately, at the beginning of our story they get separated. Cassie begins her mission of recovering her  brother and on that journey she will find out where her limits are. There are few other narrators in the story: her brother and her former crush.

 

As I said above the story is engaging and the writing is very good, but I guess it just wasn't my cup of tea. It was around 70%, that I decided to continue with the series.

❝We are the clay, and you are Michelangelo. And we will be your masterpiece.❞

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review 2016-02-16 17:51
George
George - Alex Gino

This is one of those books that makes you think. At least it made me think.


'George' is about a girl trapped in a boy's body. She knows it, but no one else seems to notice that she is a girl. All she wants to do is play Charlotte in her school's theater production, but her teacher tells her that she can't though, because she is a boy.

 

This is the dedication page:

I really liked George and her narration reveals a really sweet child trying to figure out who she is.

You should keep in mind that this is a children's book, so it is meant to be read by children. Don't expect long pondering sessions of self doubt, world standards, etc..

 

I think the ultimate goal of the author was to teach children that it's okay to be different and you should accept others for being different too.

 

If you have children, I recommend this. I believe it will spark a nice discussion about gender equality.

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