Started: October 29, 2017
Finished: October 29, 2017
Rating: 4/5 stars
Death itself is no match for you. The day you were born, it shrank away in fear.
Wil is the fourth child of the royal family and has grown up nearly invisible. Few outside the castle know what she looks like – which means she can sneak in and out to collect objects from the black market for her brother’s experiments without anyone realizing they’re trading with a princess. One night, however, something goes horribly wrong as a vendor tries to kill her – and Wil, in turn, turns him to ruby with a simple touch. When she, by accident, turns this power on someone she loves, she is forced to flee the kingdom – and try to figure out a reason for her curse. And a cure.
The world building in this book is amazing! Wil’s kingdom is steampunk/medieval/modern and – no lie – I want to live there. I also enjoy the characters immensely. Wil in particular; she’s a true tomboy princess with a lot of attitude and spunk, who’s also trying to deal with the fact that she might be cursed and cannot touch anything living without turning them or it to gemstones. Loom, a character she meets while on the run, is also really interesting, with an intriguing backstory and family of his own.
What I did not like as much was the romance between those two characters. At times, it felt a bit forced – and I actually wouldn’t have minded leaving the romance part be. The story would have worked perfectly well with them as friends – or as people who fall in love in future novels of this series. But other than that this was an entertaining story and I’m looking forward to the sequel.
Started: October 22, 2017
Finished: October 28, 2017
Rating: 4/5 stars
“I’m very clever,” said the Doctor. It was a good line, and he was determined to use it as much as possible.
One cannot have too many Doctor Who short stories! Loved reading all these little pieces and meeting all these Doctors once again – along with several companions whom I’ve missed dearly. Some stories affected me more than others, so those I might actually read again. I especially enjoyed the 8th Doctor’s story Spore – and you honestly can’t go wrong with a story like Nothing O’Clock by Neil Gaiman. The Nameless City (2nd Doctor) wasn’t my cup of tea, though. Sadly.
- A Big Hand for the Doctor by Eoin Colfer (4 out of 5 stars)
- The Nameless City by Michael Scott (2 out of 5 stars)
- The Spear of Destiny by Marcus Sedgwick (4 out of 5 stars)
- The Roots of Evil by Philip Reeve (3 out of 5 stars)
- Tip of the Tongue by Patrick Ness (5 out of 5 stars)
- Something Borrowed by Richelle Mead (4 out of 5 stars)
- The Ripple Effect by Malorie Blackman (5 out of 5 stars)
- Spore by Alex Scarrow (5 out of 5 stars)
- The Beast of Babylon by Charlie Higson (4 out of 5 stars)
- The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage by Derek Landy (4 out of 5 stars)
- Nothing O’Clock by Neil Gaiman (5 out of 5 stars)
- Lights Out by Holly Black (3 out of 5 stars)
Started: September 16, 2017
Finished: October 22, 2017
Rating: 4/5 stars
Karma was a bitch and a half.
Actual rating: 3.5/5 stars
First of all; this was a very good ending to this series. Not everything turned out peachy-perfect – and it was written in the same fun and sarcastic way as the previous books. With a lot more gods that needed to be brought down to Earth.
What lowers my rating is that I felt like I yawned myself through half of this book. It wasn’t boring, per say, but I felt like I was just waiting for things to happen. Like everything was just this far too long build-up to the final battle. Don’t get me wrong; the battle was awesome! But I would have liked if some other interesting and unpredictable things happened before that…
Started: October 14, 2017
Finished: October 15, 2017
Rating: 5/5 stars
True terror isn’t being scared; it’s not having a choice in the matter.
Have I ever told you guys that when I finished The Fault in Our Stars I actually threw it into a wall?
If this had not been an audio book… I probably would have done the same here. JESUS BLOODY CHRIST MY FEELS!
In this book, we follow Aza Holmes, a teenager who suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder. Her best friend, Daisy, urges her to help solve the mystery of a missing billionaire – as there is a hundred-thousand dollar reward at stake – and suggests that the best way to solve the mystery is to get close to the billionaire’s son, Davis, whom Aza once met at summer camp as a kid. As Aza and Davis grow closer while no solution to the mystery is in sight, Aza’s compulsive thoughts get worse. And worse. And worse. In an ever tightening spiral.
As John Green suffers from OCD himself, this is certainly a topic he is well-equipped to write about. Getting into Aza’s thoughts, following her thought spiral down, feels just as real as if it was my own thought spiral. And thanks to this, the story is, in a way, split into two separate story lines. One follows Aza’s internal struggle and, as the novel progresses, this becomes the main story line. The other story line follows the mystery of the missing billionaire and Aza and Davies’ slight romance – which, in turn, diminishes and does not become as important as Aza’s internal story. As you near the end, you’ve almost forgotten the external issues and focus only on the internal, which is the way with many mental health problems. You get stuck inside your head and everything around you becomes less and less important. From car accidents to missing billionaires.
Turtles All the Way Down is another amazing John Green novel – and perhaps it’s his best one, as it deals with such a different topic than his previous ones. And because it feels very, very personal.
Started: October 14, 2017
Finished: October 14, 2017
Rating: 4/5 stars
Now it’s not very nice to use little girls as live bait to catch monsters, but, if you do ever have to, then it’s always best to use an annoying little sprog like Ella, just in case they do actually end up getting snatched.
One morning, Lucy wakes up to find that all the grown-ups in the world have gone missing.
Terrific! is what all the other kids in town seem to think.
But Lucy wonders why. And how. And when. Soon, she discovers that there are creatures appearing in her room at night – and wonders if they are perhaps responsible for taking the grown-ups. These creatures? They are the Creakers.
Just like The Christmasaurus, this novel is a fun and entertaining children’s novel that is sure to make many kids all over the world peek under their beds in search for the Creakers themselves. Lucy reminds me a lot of myself when I was that age, although I do believe she’s a tad bit braver than me, and the side characters that also show up are equally entertaining. I did laugh out loud when two kids named Buzz and Buddy had taken their dad’s car out for a drive (if you didn’t know, Buzz and Buddy are Tom Fletcher’s kids… and now you know what he suspects they would do if him and his wife ever disappeared) – and you’ll also, briefly, meet the kids from The Christmasaurus, so the stories seem to be set in the same universe. Sort of.
I did feel that it was a bit odd that only Lucy and her friend Norman seemed to be responsible kids. I’m quite sure there would be others as well – and it would have been interesting to see their take on how to solve the problem. I also would have liked a bit more mystery regarding Lucy’s father. I felt like I solved that way too soon – but that might be because I’m an adult and, well, this is a children’s story.
I do highly recommend you guys listen to the audio book for this, as Tom reads bits and pieces himself, adding warnings before scary chapters and such, which is really fun!
Well, I finally had a month where I read more than 3 books again. Didn’t read as much as I would have liked, though, so I’m still slightly behind on my reading schedule. Not that far behind – and I know I’ll have a bit of time for reading around Christmas this year because I have a longer break than I’ve had before, so I’m not worried.
Anyhow, here’s the report for October. As always it’s inspired by C.R.M Nilsson – link in the sidebar!
Continue reading Book Report: October 2016
Started: October 24, 2016
Finished: October 29, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars
I received this book as an ARC from Doublet Press on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Considering all of the fairy tale retellings that have appeared over the last few years I was pretty excited to see this appear on my NetGalley feed. A Shakespeare retelling? Count me in! And yes, this was a pretty cool book to read.
It draws you in, this little novel. I started it earlier this week and read through five-six chapters in less than forty minutes and the only reason why I didn’t continue the day after was that I was hosting a theme week at school and it drained me (seriously; I fell asleep before nine every night). But I had a feeling that once I actually had time to read I would be able to get through it pretty fast because of the writing style and what I’d picked up from the story line in those first chapters. And I did – and I liked it!
This book follows Robin, more commonly known as Puck. She’s a troublesome teenager who’s been moved from foster home to foster home. At the start of the book she is jerked awake by two strangers – Nick and Barb – who take her away from her current foster mom, Paula, to a place called DreamRoads. DreamRoads is essentially a program for kids with issues. The people there – teenagers and counselors alike – spend 99% of their time out in the wild, doing various tasks in an effort to let nature change who they are. Puck, being the rebellious girl she’s always been, decides to not let this “hippie thing” get to her and basically keeps her shield up. Question is how long she’s capable of doing that and if her past will actually catch up with her.
The story’s funny, brutal and honest, but at times it seems that the authors have taken the easy way out. When you meet Puck you get the impression that she has a lot of baggage to deal with and you get really interested in finding out how she’ll deal with all of it once it comes back to the surface – but then the authors opt out of it by letting a lot of it be lies that Puck told people to keep herself safe. That did disappoint me a bit; if the authors had not taken the easy way out, this story could have been longer and even more in-depth when it comes to teenagers with a bad family background.
Overall, however, the story is a really good read and a novel that you can easily snuggle up with during a rainy October/November day.