Started: October 30, 2016
Finished: December 10, 2016
Rating: 3/5 stars
Alright, so, first; this was better than book #2 in my opinion, but not as good as book #1. The first half of it was quite boring. It picked up in the second half, but I still felt like I could predict what was going to happen. I did, however, find myself enjoying the dialogue a lot in this one – a good gang having constant bants with one another. And yes, that made me enjoy quite a few parts of it and helped me with the rating of it.
But, in the end, I’m mainly glad I managed to finish this series as, after book #2, I was almost about to drop it completely.
Happy New Year, everyone! As you might have noticed I had to lower my reading goal for 2015 from 100 to 95 – which is still a lot of books. Basically grading and final exams and all of that took too much time. Because of this I won’t set 100 books as the goal for 2016 – work will be even more intense this spring because of national exams. I will, in short, have to correct about 150 exams in English (~50 of those are essays) and 45 exams in Swedish (15 are essays). And then there are regular exams in other subjects to correct as well and grading once again. But I am going to try to read as much as possible when I have some free time!
I will post a full year report on Sunday, most likely, but for now I’ll just write down the December report (and later also the TBR Pile for January). Format is inspired by C.R.M Nilsson – link in the description!
BOOK REPORT FOR DECEMBER 2015
Continue reading Book Report: December 2015
Started: December 17, 2015
Finished: December 25, 2015
Rating: 3/5 stars
I was so in love with the first book that I think I had a bit of a Hunger Games situation – I went into this next book with slightly too high expectations. Don’t get me wrong; it’s still a hell of a good book! But the first one was definitely better and less predictable.
Alright, the book was not 100% predictable. But once I got past 50-60% it was, which was a shame and the reason why I liked this book less than the first. The first half of the book was just as exciting as the first, with tensions riding high between the characters and you were just waiting for someone to rip someone’s head off. But if I had been the writer of this book I would probably have pushed some things that happened quite early on towards the end of the book or even to the next book – the amount of problems that were solved in this book were a tad bit too many.
The characters and this dystopian world definitely make up for a lot of the plotline faults. Most of them are characters that you either want to punch in the face or hug – or both. And then there are some that you’re not quite sure about yet that you can’t wait to read more about. The politics of the vampire society are complex and interesting – Prince Salazar is now a new favorite character of mine, though he is the kind of guy you just want to punch in the face.
Quite a messy review, this, but anyway; I liked the book, though not as much as the first one, but enough to make me want to read the final book in the series in 2016!
So November’s been a stressful month for me. We’ve been doing National Exams in school – or my students have and I have been grading them. And at the same time we’ve also had some issues with the kids’ parents and teachers who have left because they could not handle being treated like shit anymore. So definitely a month I’m glad to leave behind.
Because of all of this happening I haven’t read as much as I hoped I would have done and I am still behind on my reading schedule thing. More about that in the December TBR Pile!
Monthly Report format is inspired by C.R.M Nilsson – link in the description!
BOOK REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 2015 Continue reading Book Report: November 2015
Started: October 31, 2015
Finished: November 11, 2015
Rating: 4/5 stars
Alright, so this is definitely one of the better “classic” vampire stories I’ve discovered in years – probably since I found Vampire Academy in 2011 (counting the Bloodlines spinoff to that series as well). And I’m so surprised (in a good way) that it’s a Kagawa book because I’ve not been that big of a fan of her work before.
The Immortal Rules is a post-apocalyptic story where the vampires have emerged from their hiding places and, basically, taken over what’s left of the world. There are vampire cities where the vampires rule and the humans are their cattle. And cattle is registered – but there are also people who refuse to be registered and live in poverty and fear of being killed by hungry vampires. Main character, Allison, is one of these people. During the days she hunts for food in a walled city. During the nights she fears vampires and the Rabids – people who survived a terrible plague but were changed into zombie-like creatures whose only instinct is to kill. Allison hates the vampires, but then, during a food search, she is mortally wounded and changed – into a vampire.
Allison – or Allie – is a really interesting character to read about, both as a human and as a vampire. The setting is creepy but feels incredibly real, as if this could be something that could happen very soon. And Allie’s fight against her new, vampire instincts are much realer than, for example, Bella’s transformation into a vampire in Twilight. Here bloodlust is not something that is trained away in a day, no matter if you have strong connections and feelings for various humans or not. It’s constant – and, after a certain time without fresh human blood, uncontrollable. Vampires are dangerous beings – and this book emphasizes that point. The ending’s phenomenal and I’m currently very, very glad that I have the second book standing on my shelf already.
Hello, sorry, I was unable to post this yesterday but here it is; the books I bought from this year’s grand book sale!
For those of you who don’t know; the grand book sale happens every year in Sweden in late February and, unlike other book sales, this one happens in every store that sells books. Including grocery stores with a very limited supply of books. Every. Single. Store. And no one is allowed to start the sale until a certain set date – although nowadays you can also pre-order books from online stores (but you won’t get them until the sale’s start date at the earliest). Some stores chose books from their stock that they put on sale and those are usually not the newest ones – or maybe they put the newer books on sale for a couple of days only while the rest are on sale for weeks – while other, smaller stores might organize events like “2 for 3 on everything but only for these three days”. As long as they do not start the sale before the set date they are fine.
As I’m not someone known for spending money on a lot of things I have come to allow myself a treat during this time of the year and buy as many books as I can find. This year the final count ended up being 23 + 2 books that weren’t on sale but I had to buy them anyway. You can find them all below – just click the link! Continue reading Event: Grand Book Sale Batch (2015)