Book Report: February 2017

February was a roller coaster of a month for me personally, so even though I didn’t have much work time I didn’t get much reading done. Which has ended up in me going into March quite far behind regarding my reading goal. But fingers crossed I can deal with that this month!

As always, this format is inspired by C.R.M Nilsson – link in the sidebar!

 

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Blood of Wonderland (Queen of Hearts Saga #2)

Started: February 12, 2017
Finished: February 16, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 3/5 stars


If she could not quench the fire burning within her , she would set Wonderland ablaze.


Yes, I decided to continue this series even though I had my doubts about it – mainly because I was a bit “meh” about the first novel but also because Alice in Wonderland was never my favorite fairy tale as a kid and retellings of this story have not suited me very well. So what made me continue this story? Actually it has to do with the fact that it’s one I can get as audio books and the one reading it is quite good. And the ending of the first novel got me thinking that I could actually – finally – find a retelling of Wonderland that I liked.

How did it go? A bit “meh” again.

I’m still not a fan of Dinah. Even though she had spurts of interesting character development situations in this novel it felt a bit “two steps forward, one step back”. I like the overall writing style and the version of Wonderland that Colleen Oakes creates, but I’m just not connecting with the main character, which is a problem. Once again the ending makes me interested in finding out what happens next and, as it is the last book in this trilogy, I’ll most likely read/listen to it once it’s out. But it won’t be a priority book.

The Siren (Laments of Angels & Dark Chemistry #1)

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Started: January 28, 2017
Finished: February 12, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 3/5 stars


His scent was like a wild river rushing under the summer sun, making her blood wild.


I voluntarily reviewed a copy from the “Rachel E. Carter YA Book Club” on Goodreads

Alright, so I received a recommendation to read this quite a while ago (unfortunately the recommendation is no longer listed among the ones I’ve received so I’m guessing whoever recommended it to me has left Goodreads). When it was announced as one of the books that would be available for a Read & Review through the Rachel E. Carter YA Book Club I was very, very happy because I had not been able to find it anywhere.

First, let’s go through the things that I enjoyed with this book:
— The main character, Lucienne. The definition of girl power, I’d say – especially since she’s, genetically, not supposed to exist as her line (the Sirens) can only breed males. She has her faults – such as being a bit impulsive at times – but I still found her to be a really good main character.
— The fact that the story has a modern setting. When reading the synopsis I was 100% sure it was set in some historical past – and I found it really interesting that it was, in fact, a modern, technological Earth that I faced when I read the first chapter.
— The technology. The Sirens have a lot of impressive technological inventions at their disposal – and the best scientists. Back in school I hated the subject of physics (honestly, it was the only subject that I only got a good grade in because I was good at studying in general, not because I enjoyed what I was studying), but I’ve found that – as an adult – the subject of quantum physics is incredibly intriguing. This book had quite a bit of that, which I liked a lot.

As you can see, however, I only rated this 3 stars. A medium rating. Which means that there were things I did not enjoy that much as well.
— What the synopsis describes does not even begin to happen until half-way through the book. Which means that, until I got to that point, I felt as if I was reading a completely different story and was incredibly confused.
— The world-building was somewhat lacking. I was already confused because of the synopsis-thing mentioned above and I felt that the world-building did not help lessen that confusion. At times it was incredibly difficult to understand what was going on, where it was happening and between which characters.
— The love-triangle itself. This isn’t such a big thing, really, because it’s in the synopsis and I’m not that against love-triangles – and this one had some logical reasons for being a thing – but whereas the romance bits were good before the love-triangle was introduced, afterwards everything in this area felt a bit “meh”. I would have loved to have some more details in every romantic situation the characters found themselves in (you know I’m a sucker for details).

All in all, a medium rating and I will most likely try to read the next book in the series as well.

Brass Automaton

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Started: February 13, 2017
Finished: February 14, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 2/5 stars


“Let me know when Snow returns to the castle.”


I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating: 1.5 stars

This was, in short, confusing as heck.

I think that the original idea of this is intriguing; Snow White mixed with steampunk and some time travelling magic, but the execution of it was not quite there. Most of the time I had no idea what was going on and where in time this piece of the story was taking place. Still giving it two stars, though, because I think if this was looked into a bit more and developed a bit further, the story could actually become quite an interesting one.

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1)

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Started: February 5, 2017
Finished: February 10, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 3/5 stars


She didn’t do people, dammit. She did books. A world of difference.


Alright, so this isn’t a bad book. It’s quite entertaining once you get to the sort of mid-way point. What makes it a bit dull from time to time is that there are so many POVs to keep track of and not all of them are interesting to listen to. I have a feeling that if I had not listened to this as an audio book I might have skipped some chapters dealing with POVs that did not interest me.

At least until we grew closer to the end, because that’s when they all start to weave together. It’s sort of like… okay, I’m going to use a likeness I read somewhere and I don’t remember exactly where but anyway; imagine looking at one of those old tapestries you see in castles and the like. If you look at it from the back it’s really, really difficult to understand the picture; it just looks like a big mess. But then you turn the tapestry over and suddenly that mess of threads on the back of it makes sense. And that’s how I felt with this book; until I got to the point where all threads suddenly wove together it felt like several different stories to me – and then they suddenly became one.

I am, however, going to leave this rating at 3 stars because I still felt like there were POVs that were unnecessary to add and that I didn’t really connect with. But I am still going to read/listen to the next novel when it comes out (in September, I believe it is).

The Christmasaurus

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Started: January 22, 2017
Finished: February 4, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars


‘I’m pretty sure the elves can’t make real dinosaurs.’


You should have seen my face when Tom Fletcher announced this book on his YouTube channel last year. I’ve been a fan of Tom’s since McFly begun (I blame my sister, who introduced me to the band) but I haven’t read any of his previous books – mainly because they are aimed towards younger kids and by the time they started appearing on the shelves all of my younger cousins were too old for bedtime stories (according to them). This book is different. It works for both adults and children, as a book you read by yourself or aloud to others. And it is amazing!

Not only does this book have fabulous writing, but it also has some amazing characters and deals with a lot of personal things. The main character, William Trundle, is wheelchair bound after an accident that killed his mother. This has never really bothered him until, one day, when there’s a new student in school – Brenda – who decides to make William’s life miserable. And gets the whole school to side with her instead of remaining friends with William. For the first time in his life William realizes that he is different – and he hates it. Despite not really believing in his father’s stories about Santa and the North Pole anymore (did I mention William’s father loves Christmas?) William writes a letter to Santa asking for the one thing that might make him happier: a dinosaur.

And it turns out that that is exactly what Santa has.

In short: prepare for the most Christmas-y adventure of your life!

Book Report: February 2016

Okay, so February was stressful as heck for me despite the break and the leap day. I honestly spent most of my free time sleeping/lying on the couch binge-watching anime on Netflix (I have become obsessed with anime lately) – or playing Pokémon on my new Nintendo DS, which is also a new thing in my life. I just had no energy to read as much as I wanted to read. I still read several books, but I know I could have read more if I hadn’t been so tired.

Anyhow; monthly report! Inspired by C.R.M Nilsson – link in the sidebar!

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