August Wrap-Up

Hey everybody!

August is over which means that it’s time for my August wrap-up. It was my last full month of summer break and I managed to read 10 books with a total of almost 3.5k pages and on average I gave them 3.65 stars. I’m really happy with that and also found a couple of books I really, really liked. If you want to read the synopsis of any of the books, just click on the corresponding picture.

I hope you will enjoy this blog post!

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo // 5 Stars

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The first book I read in August was ‘Six of Crows’ by Leigh Bardugo which I absolutely fell in love with. It was a really gripping read and I literally flew through it because it was so good. SoC was also the first of Leigh Bardugo’s books I read and I immediately fell in love with her writing style!

Click here to read my full review of the book!

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo // 4.5 Stars

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After finishing SoC, I had to immediately read the conclusion to this amazing duology and really loved it as well. It was a great read and just as well written as the first part. The only problem I had with CK was that it took me a little to get into it at first but the rest of it was absolutely great.

Click here to read my full review of the book!

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han // 2.5 Stars

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‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ was a cute and quick read. Unfortunately though, I just didn’t like the main character and overall felt like I was a little too old for this book.

Click here to read my full review of the book!

Chasing Daisy by Paige Toon // 4 Stars

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‘Chasing Daisy’ is a book I was really excited for and it definitely didn’t dissappoint me. I love Formula One and was absolutely thrilled when I found out that one of my favorite authors has written a book set in the Formula One ‘circus’. It was a great book and the perfect novel to read by the pool or at the beach.

Click here to read my full review of the book! 

A Darker Shade of Sorcery by William Collins // 2.5 Stars

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William Collins was kind enough to send me a copy of his book earlier this month and I was very intrigued by the synopsis of ‘A Darker Shade of Sorcery’. But even though I really liked the idea of the book and think it has a lot of potential, there were many things that bothered me and spoiled my reading experience.

Click here to read my full review of the book!

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo // 5 Stars

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‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ was one of my most anticipated releases of this year and the fact that I somehow got my copy 10 days before publication only made me even more excited for it. This was definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year so far and I completely fell in love with it. It was so well written and featured amazing female characters that kicked butt! Such an amazing read!

Click here to read my full review of the book!

Her Book Boyfriend by K. R. Grace // 4 Stars

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The publisher of this book was kind enough to send me an arc of it earlier this month and I really enjoyed ‘Her Book Boyfriend’. It is a great and quick read that you can get lost in for a couple of hours and it’s definitely a perfect book for bookworms!

Click here to read my full review of the book!

Dear Delilah by Tamsyn Bester // 1 Star

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‘Dear Delilah’ is another arc I received earlier this month and I was very intrigued by its synopsis. Unfortunately though, I just absolutely didn’t enjoy this book. It was badly written and also had a very boring plot. If I hadn’t received an arc, I would’ve definitely DNFd it.

Click here to read my full review of the book!

Slammed by Colleen Hoover // 5 Stars

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I absolutely love Colleen Hoover and ‘Slammed’ was one of the last few of her books that I hadn’t read yet. I really enjoyed the book and it’s definitely one of my favorite books I read this month. It made me laugh and cry and then absolutely broke my heart.

Click here to read my full review of the book!

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon // 3 Stars

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‘Everything, Everything’ is a book that had been standing on my shelves for several months now but I just kept forgetting about the fact that I still hadn’t read it. I really enjoyed the first 70% of the book and think it was a cute and very quick read. I just didn’t like the ending of the book because I just think it was a little unrealistic.

Click here to read my full review of the book! (THIS REVIEW INCLUDES SPOILERS!)

How many books did you manage to read in August and which of them was your favorite? 🙂

 

 

 

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Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

 

My Review 

“I am done being careful. I am done being quiet. Let them see me angry. Let them hear me wail at the top of my lungs.”

I’m sitting here right now, trying to write a review for this book and I literally just can’t think of a fitting first sentence because I’m still so overwhelmed by how amazing this book was. ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ is one of the books you pretty much fly through, that absolutely absorbs you right from the beginning and then leaves you sitting there at the end of it, staring at the last page because you can’t believe that it’s already over. It’s definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year so far and my high expectations for it were definitely not disappointed.

‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ is a very gripping read and there wasn’t a single scene in this novel that bored me. It was full of plot twists that absolutely took me by surprise and left me sitting there with my mouth agape. The book was also very well written though that shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s read at least one of Leigh Bardugo’s novels prior to picking up this little masterpiece. I absolutely adore her writing style and she’s slowly but surely becoming one of my all-time favorite authors. She’s just amazing at writing fighting scenes that are realistic and varied so that you won’t feel like you’re reading the same thing over and over again even if there are several action-packed scenes in her books. Another thing she’s really good at is slipping in funny moments when you don’t expect anything like that to happen and my book is once again full of green sticky notes that I use to highlight funny things.

But one of the best things about ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ were definitely the amazing characters Leigh Bardugo has created. Especially, the strong female characters were amazing and kicked butt which I absolutely loved.

All in all, ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ is a book that definitely deserves 5 out of 5 stars. I absolutely loved it and I’m probably going to guard it like gold. It’s a novel I would recommend to pretty much everyone and I absolutely can’t wait for Marie Lu’s book because I just love the idea of this entire series.

Have you already read ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Dear Delilah by T. Bester

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Synopsis

It has been said that boys and girls can never be ‘just’ friends, and until Nathan Penn barged into my life, I thought it was complete and utter nonsense. But one night changed everything, and what I thought was the defining moment in our friendship turned out to be more than either of us were ready for.

When my boss tasks me with writing the University’s new sex advice column, Dear Delilah, I make it quite clear that I’m the least qualified person for the job – my experience is limited to one sexual encounter that taught me about love and loss all at once.

So what makes me say ‘yes’?

Simple.

A distraction.

Something to take my mind off Nathan.

But once I start, I find myself wanting to be the voice of the girl who’s to afraid to ask for advice, the girl who wants to own her sexuality but doesn’t know how. Sounds easy enough.

Except it isn’t.

It’s complicated, and messy and awkward, and when Nathan offers to help, I’m caught between a rock and his hard place. Literally.

It’s only when my identity is threatened that I realize I might be in over my head. With all of it.

 

My Review


*Thanks again to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

When I first read the synopsis of ‘Dear Delilah’, I was excited for this book and was hoping it would be a quick read that would allow me to forget about my everyday stress for a bit. But instead, I ended up having to force myself to even finish this book because I unfortunately didn’t enjoy it at all.

‘Dear Delilah’ is a book about Savannah, a college girl who is interning at the college’s newspaper. One day she is asked to take over the newspaper’s sex advice column and even though she doesn’t have a lot of experience when it comes to sex, she says yes. But why? Because she needs a distraction from an incident with her male best friend that took place a couple of weeks prior to the start of this book.

Like I said, I liked the synopsis and thought it would be one of those new adult reads that you just fly through and that allow you to relax for a bit. But ‘Dear Delilah’ was absolutely boring and if I hadn’t received an ARC of this book, I would’ve definitely DNFd it.

The book starts a couple of weeks after something has happened between Savannah and her (ex) best friend Nathan that made them stop talking to each other. While I’m usually someone who prefers it if the author doesn’t straight out tells you what exactly happened and gives you a chance to figure it out yourself, I would’ve preferred it if the author had just been a little more straightforward this time because it took me the first quarter of the book, to even understand what had caused their falling-out. There were two or three flashbacks that were supposed to tell you how everything had gone down, but I felt like I had no background information that I might’ve needed to even understand how they had suddenly gone from being friends to sleeping with each other, and what Savannah’s problem was.

Another thing that bothered me a little was the female main character herself. While Nathan was your typical new adult male main character that you see in a lot of books similar to this one, Savannah acted like a 14-year-old even though she was already in college. She was embarrassed when anyone even mentioned the word ‘sex’ and could barely even talk about it to anyone. She wasn’t a virgin when the book started and later on you even find out that she has pierced nipples which made her entire behavior seem very unrealistic. It was cringy and made me roll my eyes quite a lot.

Furthermore, I also thought the main subject of this book would be the sex column Savannah took over which was called ‘Dear Delilah’, just like this novel. But instead she didn’t start writing the column until the second half of the book which really disappointed me.

There was one more thing that bothered me, but won’t influence my rating, which were the spelling mistakes in this book. You can always find spelling mistakes and grammatical errors in ARCs because they’re uncorrected proofs which is totally fine. But I genuinely felt like no editor had even looked at this book before. It was not only full of spelling mistakes that could’ve easily been corrected by the spell checker on your computer, but there were also a couple of things regarding the content that just didn’t make sense. Like him saying that they hadn’t had sex since their first date even though they’d just had sex again a couple of pages before he said that which was just one of the textual errors that kind of spoiled the reading experience for me. But like I said, I didn’t let this influence my rating because I really hope this will be different in the finished copy of the book.

All in all, I just absolutely didn’t like this book. It was poorly written and I didn’t feel like I had any connection with the characters which is why I also didn’t really enjoy their ‘love story’. I still think you can enjoy the finished copy of this book if you really like college romances, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea which is why I unfortunately can’t give ‘Dear Delilah’ more than 1 out of 5 stars.

Have you already read ‘Dear Delilah’ and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Her Book Boyfriend by K. R. Grace

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Synopsis

She believes the secret to love is in the tropes of her favorite romance novels. He’s the best friend prepared to prove her wrong. Then comes the bet.
If she can’t land a boyfriend for prom by recreating the ten popular tropes in her favorite romance author’s books, she has to go to the prom with her. The glitch?
They’ve been close their entire lives. He’s the rock god and school legend, while she’s the brainy sidekick who does all his dirty breakups. Thus, finding a guy who doesn’t think they’re already an item is going to be a lot harder than she thinks.
Will she land the book boyfriend of her dreams? Or will she be forced to go to prom with her best friend. The truth is in the pages.

 

My Review

*Thanks again to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

‘Her Book Boyfriend’ tells the story of Macey who desperately wants to find a boyfriend she can take to prom with her. Unfortunately, that proves more difficult than she thought. But Macey loves reading and so she decides to go through her favorite author’s books and write down 10 steps, she think will most certainly help her find the perfect book boyfriend in time for prom.

I was very intrigued by the synopsis of this book because, let’s be honest here, don’t we all sometimes wish our favorite book boyfriends were real people? That’s why I was very excited for this novel and was really hoping I would end up liking it.

It definitely turned out to be a very cute and romantic story which made me smile a lot. ‘Her Book Boyfriend’ was also a very quick read, and I finished it within a couple of hours. Due to the fact that it was such a short book, I also feel like a couple of things that would usually bother me in young adult romance books, didn’t really bother me at all while reading HBB. One of those things was the fact that the female main character was sometimes a little too naïve. I usually don’t like it when teens that are almost of age, act like twelve-year-olds in certain situations. But like I said, since this book was only about 150 pages long, I could easily ignore things that might’ve usually bothered me and was able to really enjoy the story nevertheless.

There were also a couple of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors in my copy of the book but I think that was because I was reading an ARC and I’m sure that will be different in the actual finished copy of this novel which is why I won’t let this influence my rating.

All in all, ‘Her Book Boyfriend’ was a cute and quick read and I really enjoyed it. It’s one of those books that will just make you smile a lot and will make you happy which is why I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

The Goodreads Tag

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Hey everybody,

since I’ve only been posting book reviews for the last couple of weeks, I thought it would be good to do something different again and I was in the mood for a bookish tag. Just like many other people, I love Goodreads and it’s the first website I turn to when I need to know if a book I’m interested in is worth buying or not. That’s why I decided to finally do the ‘Goodreads Tag’ which I’ve stumbled upon quite a few times during the past couple of years.

This tag consists of 12 questions and I’m excited to answer them.

1: What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ by Leigh Bardugo.

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I absolutely loved this book and I still can’t really believe that my copy came early. It’s definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year so far.

2: What are you currently reading?

I just started reading ‘Her Book Boyfriend’ by K. R. Grace which I’ll try to finish and write a review for before it will be published on Friday.

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I’m also still listening to the audiobook of ‘The Siren’ by Kiera Cass. But even though I love that I can just listen to a book while doing other things, I just never seem to get through them because I actually just prefer holding a book in my hands. So I really don’t know how much longer it will take me to finish this audiobook or if I’ll even ever finish it or just get myself a physical copy instead.

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3: What’s the last book you marked as ‘to read’?

‘Batman: Nightwalker’ by Marie Lu.

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Like I said, I absolutely loved ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ and so of course I’ll have to read the next book in this series.

4: What book do you plan to read next?

‘Dear Delilah’ by Tamsyn Bester.

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I was sent an ARC of this book and it came out last week. So I really need to read it but I’m also very excited for it. I think it’s gonna be one of these books I’ll just fly through and that’ll just allow me to forget about my everyday stress for a bit.

5: Do you use the star rating system?

Of course I do, I just wish they would finally add the option to give half stars and not just full ones.

6: Are you doing a 2017 reading challenge?

Yes, I am. I originally set myself the goal to read 40 books but then upped it to 50 earlier this summer. I’m now at 46 books read this year and I’m very happy with that.

7: Do you have a wishlist?

Nope.

8: What book do you plan to buy next?

I still need to preorder ‘Without Merit’ by Colleen Hoover and ‘Tower of Dawn’ by Sarah J. Maas.

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9: Do you have any favorite quotes? Would you like to share a few?

One of my favorite quotes that I’ve also liked on Goodreads is one that really made me laugh when I first read it.

‘When life gives you lemons, make sure you know whose eyes you need to squeeze them in.” – Colleen Hoover, Ugly Love

But there are still a lot of other quotes I really liked and you can find all of them here.

10: Who are your favorite authors?

J. K. Rowling, Cassandra Clare, Leigh Bardugo, Paige Toon, Colleen Hoover, Sarah J. Maas and a couple more. I just can’t narrow that list down to only two or three authors 😀

11: Have you joined any groups?

Yes, I’m part of 5 groups. Goodreads Librarians Group, Keep it Diverse, Polls for our Souls, Goodreads Feedback and Forgotten YA Gems.

12: How many shelves do you have on Goodreads?

Too many 😀 I have a total of 24 shelves.

And that’s it for the tag! If you decide to do this tag as well, leave a link to it in the comments because I’d love to check it out. And don’t forget to add me on Goodreads 🙂