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.

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

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Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)

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Started: September 9, 2016
Finished: September 30, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

Excuse me, Sarah J Maas? Yeah, I have something to say. You cannot kill me twice in the same year. Alright? That’s not fair.

Honestly, though, HOW GOOD WAS THIS BOOK??!!

Definitely a lot better than QoS – the story line here felt more solid and the characters more settled into who they are. I’m still not that into the Rowan/Aelin ship, but there were other ships in this book and I ship them all. And I’m terrified for their future because that ending basically broke all of them apart.

I’m not even sure how much I can write here because, let’s face it, it is the fifth book, everything I say is probably going to spoil some small piece of what’s going on. So I’ll settle for these words; old favorites returning from Assassin’s Blade, lots of interesting new places and characters, magic, starting to feel that this series is a prequel/sequel to ACOTAR, EPIC ending and WHERE THE HECK IS CHAOL???!!!!

Everyone alright with that? Good, because I’m not going to be okay until I have the final novel in my hand. Next September.

Help.

Amanzimtoti: The Ridge (Amanzimtoti #1)

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Started: August 4, 2016
Finished: September 6, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from author Carmen-Shea Hepburn in exchange for an honest review.

Oh.
My.
God.

This book. This book! Gods, it f*cked me up.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but I liked the brief summary I got and I was like “yeah, cool, this will be a good book to read after work, just relaxing, an easy read”. Boy, was I wrong – and in a good way!

This book follows Wayne, who lives in Amanzimtoti in South Africa with his family. He has a girlfriend, a best friend (who happens to be the twin of the girlfriend), loves to surf, does not enjoy school… sounds like your average feel-good novel, right? And the first chapter or two might make you think that it is. Then all hell breaks lose as Kyle, Wayne’s childhood friend, suddenly comes back into his life – and with this arrival, the hell that was his childhood comes back to the surface. Warning! If you get triggered by self-harm, homophobia or family abuse, this is not a good book for you. Because there’s a lot of it.

The characters feel real, the situations they’re in feel real, and I found that I could not just speed read through this book because after every second chapter or so I just had to stop and process what had just happened. And that’s what makes it such a good novel; it makes you think. It makes you reflect, it makes you want to go smack something, or cry, or hug someone. Absolutely mind-blowing and superbly awesome.

Kingdom of Ashes (A Wicked Thing #2)

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Started: August 14, 2016
Finished: September 5, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 3/5 stars

So this was a bit “meh”. It felt a bit like the sequel that the author realized she wanted to write when she had almost finished writing the first book. Even though the first book ended on a real cliffhanger and you wanted this book, it did not live up to the expectations. In my opinion a lot of the lose threads from book one were wrapped up and finished about a third into this book and then it was just mini-stories to fill the time until we got to the final bit.

There were good bits, mind, and I still like the characters and the world, but it could have been further developed. A lot of the details were blurred and skipped (and gods, I love me some details) and more focus was put on the romance. Yes, it’s a fairy tale, but what I liked about the first book was that Aurora was very much not the fairy tale’s Sleeping Beauty. She’s still cool, but honestly; when you have a girl who can talk to dragons I would prefer to focus on that and make her into a badass dragon rider warrior princess/queen instead of the fact that she has three boys that she cares about.

The ending was good; it wrapped up the story and put an end to it all, and I’m glad that it was a duology and not a trilogy.

Book Report: September 2015

Been living in my apartment for 1 month now and today I bought my bookshelves – 6 of them! Unfortunately I can’t put them up myself because they weigh too much and are too tall so it will take a while before I can post actual bookcase photos. But things are progressing!

Anyway; managed to read a surprising amount of books this month, considering work and the fact that my books are still in boxes so every time I start a new one I have to look through them to find the right book. And I’ve continued with the audio books because I’ve realized that’s a really good way for me to relax while correcting homeworks and such 🙂

As usual; format is inspired by C.R.M Nilsson. Link in description!

BOOK REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 2015

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Splintered (Splintered #1)

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Started: 5 September, 2015
Finished: 26 September, 2015

Language: English
Rating: 2/5 stars

So while reading (or listening) to this and another Alice in Wonderland retelling, I discovered something; I am not that into the story at all. In fact most Wonderland adaptions or retellings creep me out a bit and this was, unfortunately, no exception. Which is a shame because I like the characters in this story; Alyssa, Jeb, even Morpheus – even though he definitely creeped me out for about 90% of the story. The story also contains lots of twists and turns and it is very hard to predict what’s actually going to happen, which should have made me enjoy it a lot. But I didn’t – I just felt really uncomfortable and found myself refusing to listen to it (audio book, remember) for longer periods of time. And because of this I cannot give it a higher than 2 stars. In fact I was close to marking it as DNF, but forced myself to push through and I have to admit that I did enjoy the last 2 hours (roughly 20%) of the story a bit more, which is why I don’t give it a lower rating than 2. But I’m not sure I will continue this series. Sorry!

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1)

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Started: September 22, 2015
Finished: September 24, 2015

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

This book is incredibly unique in several ways; the heroine is a plus-sized girl who eats a lot, main characters are not white and the desert setting. Amazing! There are definitely not a lot of books that meet all of these criteria – perhaps one of them, but not all three.
The writing is really good as well and it’s really hard to predict the outcome of various twists and turns. I’m actually a bit surprised that I’m not giving this a 5 star rating, but for some reason it did not feel right. Might update this review once I figure out why I feel this way, because the book’s really good and I’m definitely going to continue this series!