Make Me Read It Readathon – TBR

First; thanks to everyone who voted on the poll! 726 votes in total, that’s amazing!

I’ve posted the results of the poll behind the cut below. I don’t know yet how many books I’ll try to read – last year I got through 6 or 7 but then I had a couple of audio books at the top to help me out. Which I don’t have this year X) But I will read the books in the order they have been listed behind the cut!

If you’re curious to find out more about the Make Me Read It Readathon, check my previous post about it and also visit our hosts – Ely and Val!

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Make Me Read It Readathon 2017 (time to vote!)

It’s readathon time! I’m so excited to see that this readathon is back this year as well – it’s definitely one of those that just makes me want to read as much as possible. Just as last year it is hosted by Ely @ Tea & Titles and Val @ The Innocent Smiley. Below you’ll find the official information (directly from their pages) as well as some information about where to find my poll and what books you can choose from this year.

What is the Make Me Read It Readathon?

Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.

Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers/bookstagrammers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.

When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.

This year the readathon takes place between the 6th and the 13th of August – which is perfect for me because that’s right before I start working again after the summer (I start on the 14th). It does mean that I won’t be able to use all of the last day for reading, as I will have to prep some stuff, but I will hopefully be able to read quite a lot.

Anyway; just like last year I’ve added quite a few books to the poll, just because I have quite a few to choose from. The poll is open from today (12th of July) to Monday (17th of July) and I’ll most likely add use the Top 10 as my TBR.

The poll is available here. You need to be a member of the group Polls for our Souls on Goodreads, but that is nothing but a quick click away 🙂

To read more about the books in the poll, check below the cut!

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Prince’s Gambit (Captive Prince #2)


Started: July 15, 2016
Finished: July 16, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

All of my slight issues with the first novel were gone with this one and I’m very happy – plus the hotness of this is to die for!

I can hardly say anything more about this – I just loved it so much and it was a very addictive read and I’ll probably re-read this and the rest of the series soon.

Also; the little extra story (“Chapter 19.5”) that was included in this was swoonworthy as heck.

This book was read for the Make Me Read It Readathon 2016.

The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1)


Started: July 12, 2016
Finished: July 15, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Kind of disappointed in this after liking the Percy Jackson series a lot. I still love the writing and the mythological aspects and overall story, and the fact that this series will delve a bit more into Roman mythology and divinities older than the gods intrigues me. However I’m not yet a fan of the three new mains – except for Leo – and I miss the first person POV and the quirky chapter titles featured in the Percy Jackson books. Never thought I’d say that, but yeah, that’s a thing.

I also felt like this book was really, really long and drawn out and not as intense and fun as the Percy Jackson books. Not sure if I’m a fan of that yet – I usually do enjoy longer books but for this series I almost felt like the shorter format was better. Might change my mind once I get into The Son of Neptune – and yes, I will read (listen to) it, but might take longer until I get around to it than it did between the Percy Jackson books.

This book was read for the Make Me Read It Readathon.

Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1)


Started: July 13, 2016
Finished: July 15, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

So this book surprised me!

When I read the excerpt I liked the tempo and the characters, but I was very confused about all the witchtypes and felt that it might make my head spin once I read the full thing.

Luckily that was not the thing, because once you get into the book you forget all about witch types and just sit back and enjoy the characters and the world building. So enjoyable! I wasn’t even disturbed by all the POVs and intriguing storylines, which might have been a problem in a less enjoyable book, but now I was just “well, if they don’t solve it in this book then I’m going to have a good time reading the next one”.

The romance was a bit… predictable, I’d say. Still enjoyable and cute, but predictable. Not a major disturbance. I do, however, hope to see some LGBT+ pairs in this because for some reason I felt that it fit with the world? What do you guys think?

Looking forward to continuing this series!

This book was read for the Make Me Read It Readathon 2016.

Legend (Legend #1)


Started: July 11, 2016
Finished: July 13, 2016

Language: Swedish
Rating: 4/5 stars

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Alright, so this was quite a good dystopia, actually. I was afraid it’d be a lot like The Hunger Games or Divergent, but it actually found its own little niche somewhere between those. The plot was interesting and the world building was good – and it wasn’t as dark as The Young Elites in my opinion, but that might change later on in the series.

However the romance felt rushed and undeveloped and could just as easily have been left out. I think I would have enjoyed the story more if there was no romance, just friendship that may or may not turn into a romantic relationship in later novels. But now it was like “hey, we met like two chapters ago and now I love you”. Don’t know if that was partially due to the translation, but swift confessions of love felt out of character for both mains. So that was quite a let down and the reason why I can’t give this more then 3.5 (rounded up to 4) stars. Still going to read the rest of the trilogy, but I’ll probably wait until next year.

This book was read for the Make Me Read It Readathon 2016.

Red Queen (Red Queen #1)


Started: July 9, 2016
Finished: July 11, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 3/5 stars

NOTE! This review contains spoilers!

So this was me after reading this book:

I’m just… I don’t know. Except for me being able to predict that Maven would turn out to be the villain there’s nothing superbly wrong with this book. The characters are interesting, the back story is interesting, the world is interesting – even though I kept wondering if it was a dystopia set on Earth or in a different world – but there was still something that just made it impossible for me to fully enjoy it.

I think it is the fact that it is extremely similar to other YA novels of the recent years. I remember thinking – when I read the excerpt – that it reminded me a lot of the Hunger Games. And I still think that it does; the two are very similar in structure. If I’d read this before the Hunger Games trilogy I might have enjoyed this more, but it’s impossible to tell.

However I still love the cover of this novel – such a gorgeous 3D effect! When you hold the book it actually feels like you could just reach out and grab that bloody crown 🙂 So bonus points to the cover artist aaaand…. yeah, I’ll probably read the next novel. I just don’t know when that’ll happen.

This book was read for the Make Me Read It Readathon 2016.