Book Report: June 2017

First summer month passed by in a rush! Didn’t read as much as I thought I would, but I think I had pretty good reasons for this. First my youngest sister graduated high school and we had a big party for her – which we prepped for for like a week – then it was the Midsummer celebrations aaand then I got sick and lay in bed with fever for a week. And then it was July! I’m quite behind on my reading goal right now, but I know some readathons are coming up so hopefully I’ll get things back on track soon.

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The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2)

Started: June 5, 2017
Finished: June 20, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars


Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, so she destroyed them all.


Actual rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I’m definitely not as enamored with this series as I would like to be. I like it in general, but I do not love it. And I do not really understand why I feel like that.

Looking at the individual elements of this novel, I should have loved it. I should have been extatic about the twists and turns in the story, the characters – old and new – and the magic displayed. But somehow, combined, that didn’t happen. Throughout the majority of the story I found myself thinking “medium rating, this is medium rating, somewhere around 3 stars”. Some of the twists in the end – and the final revelations and cliffhanger for the next novel – where what pushed the rating to change into a 3.5 – rounded up to a 4.

I hope that, once I’ve read Midnight Star, my opinions of this series might change to the better. I do want to like this and I can’t see why I do not. Bear with me until then!

A three month book report

First of all I want to apologize for not posting for so, so long on this blog. The last month has just been… hectic is almost too small of a word to describe it, but yeah. I started working at a new school mid-August and even though I’m really enjoying it it always takes a while to get into the rhythm and routines of a new workplace. There have been some conflicts that needed to be solved in my class, some conflicts in other classes that I needed to deal with, injured children rushed to the ER (luckily it wasn’t as serious as it first looked) and, yeah, a lot of things.

I also haven’t posted a book report since June. The one I was supposed to post for July never went up because first I was up hiking in the Swedish mountains and right after that I started at the new school and everything about it just got pushed to the back of my mind. The one for August was, similarly, ignored because of the ton of things I had to deal with at work.

The tempo of both August and September have forced me to not read as much as I would have liked, but I haven’t gotten behind on my reading plan because I read so much in July thanks to the triple readathon I did back then. So I’m still on route to completing my goal and if I get my reading back on track now that I feel a bit more comfortable with work and stuff I might actually be able to read more than I thought I would this year.

Because of the length of this book report I won’t add any comments to the Book/Worst/Surprise/Disappointment of the Month.

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Legend (Legend #1)

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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.

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.

Book Report: March 2016

March was my best reading month so far this year. Definitely allowed myself to take time and read more often than previously – which I think has a bit to do with me deciding what I want to do next year (I’ve been debating if I should quit my current job and start working at another school and once I’d made up my mind everything just felt so much better). Also going on a trip to China gave me quite a bit of time to read as well (not as much as the England-trip last year but quite a bit).

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The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)

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Started: February 21, 2015
Finished: March 5, 2015

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

Okay, I had been warned prior to starting this that this book could be quite dark – and it did not disappoint!

So a lot of YA-books with female main characters have a tendency to try and make the woman complex and with just as many dark and bloody desires as male characters are given, but then they fail at this because of that they at the same time want to write her as someone who is “traditionally female”. A few authors, however, do succeed in making a woman dark and Marie Lu is one of them! The main character of this book – Adelina – is deliciously dark and I have a feeling that this might be something that continues and becomes even more noticeable in the next book.

In comparison I found several of the male characters to be slightly underdeveloped, which is why I didn’t rate this novel with 5 stars. I hope, however, that this will change in The Rose Society.

Also, as I listened to this as an audio book, I have to say that this adaption had some really amazing readers! Always love when that happens 🙂