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.

Make Me Read It Readathon – TBR List

I decided to close the poll early as I need to plan my reading for the upcoming weeks, as I found out yesterday that all of the readathons I’m participating in this summer are right after one another.

As I wrote in this post, the Make Me Read It Readathon is a week long readathon – 9th of July to 16th of July – where others decide what books you shall read. The best way to do this is to create a poll somewhere and list the books that are available to you – i.e books that you already own but haven’t yet read. You decide yourself how many books you can read during this week, but you have to follow the results of the poll.

I think that I’ll be able to read quite a lot during the readathon week as I have nothing else scheduled for those days, so I added quite a lot of books to my poll. In the TBR below I’ve listed the Top 10 books from the poll. I should be able to get through most of those if I work really hard X)

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*In the poll I listed Captive Prince instead of Prince’s Gambit, but I ended up reading Captive Prince earlier this month. Hence why I added the sequel to this roundup instead.

Make Me Read It Readathon

Yes, it’s readathon time!

The Make Me Read It Readathon is all about letting others deciding what you read during a weeklong readathon (all information can be found through this link). To do that I’ve created a poll over at Goodreads – in the group Polls for our Souls. I’m not sure how many books I’ll be capable of reading during that week, so I added quite a few of the books I own to the poll and will go by the results of it when it comes to the readathon 🙂

You have to be a member of the group to vote, but as long as you’re a part of Goodreads it’s really easy to join. The poll will stay open until the 3rd of July, giving me a few days to finish the books I’m currently reading before the readathon starts. Poll is located right here!