Review: Too Late by Colleen Hoover

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Synopsis:

Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.

Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.

Nothing will get in her way.

Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn’t approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan’s disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.

Nothing will get in his way.

Nothing except Carter.

 

My review:

“He hugs me. That’s all he does. He hugs me tightly without a word, yet I can feel everything he’s saying.” 

The first one of Colleen Hoover’s books I read was November 9. I read it a few months ago and I immediately fell in love with her writing style. That’s why I just had to put all of her novels on my TBR which is how I stumbled upon “Too Late” which is available on Wattpad. And guess what you have to pay for it? Nothing.

I couldn’t even believe what I was seeing there. An entire Colleen Hoover novel for free, I had to be in heaven and so I immediately started reading it.

First off I have to say that Too Late is a book you shouldn’t read if you have a problem with detailed sex scenes or violence. It’s clearly a book for a mature audience and I want to make sure you know that before you consider reading it.

The book is dealing with sexual assault and domestic violence. I actually had goosebumps at some points of this book and even had to cry (a little) once. Thankfully I’ve never been sexually abused and have also never had a violent boyfriend. But this book showed me how easily something like this can happen to everyone and how ignorant others can be even when they know about the things you’re dealing with.

Even though the topics of this book are very sad, I think it’s great how it raises awareness for sexual assault and violence in relationships and may encourage victims of both to speak up and seek help.

Due to the topics of this novel, it was necessary to use explicit language and Colleen certainly did that. I have read books before that also dealt with violence and sexual assault but the authors didn’t use any explicit language and no swear words at all. It just wasn’t real because if things like this happen in real life, I’m completely sure explicit language and swear words are used a lot. Colleen didn’t sugarcoat anything in this book and I have to admit that even I was shocked about some of the insults and the potty mouth of some of the characters even though I tend to swear quite a lot myself.

Since I felt sorry for the female protagonist Sloan, I immediately felt connected to her. But even if she hadn’t gone through all of that, I would’ve probably still felt connected to her because she was a great character and sometimes even reminded me a little of myself. I loved her and I also loved Carter/Luke, one of the male protagonists.

Asa, the other male protagonist, was the character I probably hated the most, mainly because of all the things he did to Sloan. But even though I hated him, I have to admit that he was a perfect character. He was a complete psychopath but his background story, his actions and everything about him just fit perfectly into the story and just made him the person he was supposed to be.

The story was written from the POVs of those three main characters and Colleen changed the POV after each chapter. I usually hate it when authors do that but when she’s doing it, it’s completely different. Once again it worked perfectly with the story because you got a perfect image of all the protagonists. It was especially interesting and “entertaining” to see what Sloan thought about the things Asa did to her and then see what Asa thought about those things and her reactions and how he turned everything around so that there was no way it could ever seem as if she would think badly of him.

All in all this was a perfect book with a topic that made me think a lot and showed me that everyone could be in Sloan’s position. It’s scary but that’s how it is and it’s important that people are talking about it and don’t just ignore it. I just have to give this book 5 out of 5 stars and can’t wait to read the next one of Colleen Hoover’s books.

Have you already read this book and did you like it? 🙂

If you haven’t read it yet, you can read it herer for free! ♥

 

August Wrap-Up

Hello fellow bookworms,

August is over and I feel like it’s only just been the 1st of August yesterday. Time is just going by way too fast and I’m actually going to start college this month. I still can’t believe it. Anyway, it’s time for my monthly Wrap-Up and I have to say that August has been a pretty amazing month because I managed to read a total of ten books. It brought me a lot closer to reaching this year’s reading goal (I have now read 24 out of 35 books.) and I also read two books that are now on the list of my all-time-favorite books because they’re just the definition of awesomeness. But now I’m just going to start with the first book I read this month.

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*The first book I read this month is a book that’s only available in German, so all of my English readers can immediately skip to the second book I read this month!*

Liebesfluch von Beatrix Gurian – 3 von 5 Sternen

Das Buch Liebesfluch stand schon seit einigen Jahren in meinem Bücherregal, doch ich muss zugeben, dass ich bisher nie wirklich Lust hatte es zu lesen. Doch da ich momentan keinen Platz mehr für all meine Bücher habe und ein paar aussortieren muss, habe ich mich entschieden nun auch mal ein paar Bücher zu lesen, die ich sonst nicht anrühren würde, sodass ich sie aussortieren kann falls ich sie wie befürchtet wirklich nicht mag. Liebesfluch war eines dieser Bücher und obwohl ich es nicht schrecklich fand, war ich auch nicht davon begeistert. Es war schnell gelesen und auch recht interessant, nur fand ich, dass vieles schon von Anfang an zu erwarten war und es eigentlich nichts gab was mich wirklich überrascht hat oder Spannung erzeugt hat. Auch die Bezeichnung als Thriller hat es meiner Meinung nach nicht wirklich verdient, da es alles andere als Thriller war. Trotzdem hat das Buch von mir drei Sterne bekommen und muss nun aber trotzdem weichen, da mein Herz nicht an ihm hängt und ich es wohl auch nicht nochmal lesen würde.

*And that’s been it for the German part, back to English.*

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November 9 by Colleen Hoover – 5 out of 5 stars

November 9 was definitely one of the best books I’ve read this month. It was a great story and if I hadn’t been on vacation to Sweden I would’ve probably managed to read the entire thing in one go without any breaks. I loved the plot of the book and Colleen’s writing style is amazing. I immediately put all of her books on my TBR list.

You can find my detailed review of this book here.

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Girl Online by Zoe Sugg – 3 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love Zoe’s YouTube channel and have been subscribed to her for quite a few years now. When I first heard that she had published a book, I immediately knew that I’d have to read it and now I finally found time to do so. I liked the book and it was a nice and quick read. I basically felt like it was kind of describing her life, but that’s what they always say: only write about the things you know. So she definitely knew what she was talking about but it wasn’t really something I would’ve usually enjoyed reading about. It’s more of a book for people between the ages of 12 and 15. There were lots of things that bothered me but I talked about them in a detailed review here on my blog. Still, I’m definitely gonna read the second book because many have said that it’s a lot better than the first one. I really hope that’s true; I’ve already bought a copy of the book and now I just have to find time to read it.

Click here for my detailed review of Girl Online.

Lucy in the Sky by Paige Toon – 4 out of 5 stars

Lucy in the Sky was the first Paige Toon book I’d ever read and I’d never heard anything about it before, I only bought it because I liked the synopsis. But the book didn’t disappoint and it was great. I really liked it and at some points I couldn’t even put it down because it was so gripping. It was the perfect summer read with the perfect amount of romance and drama. The only thing I didn’t really like about it was the end because it was quite abrupt but I still gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger – 3 out of 5 stars

This book had been standing on my bookshelf for quite some time and the only reason I ever bought it was because I loved “The Devil wears Prada” (which was written by the same author). This book was nice and it was interesting to see that life in Hollywood isn’t as great as everyone thinks it is. I enjoyed reading LNACM but I probably wouldn’t reread it. I didn’t really feel connected to the characters and it also wasn’t one of those books you can’t put down because they’re so gripping. I’m still giving this book 3 out of 5 stars because it’s nice and well written but I probably won’t reread it.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – 5 out of 5 stars

Next to November 9, this was the best book I read this month. I mainly picked it up because I love watching Sasha (@abookutopia) on YouTube and Outlander is her favorite book. I’ve heard her talk about it so often that I finally had to read it and it definitely didn’t disappoint me. This book is awesome and I just want to have my own Jamie like right now! I’m not really fond of history but this book finally made me enjoy reading about historical stuff. I absolutely loved this book and just had to immediately watch the TV series. I can’t wait to read the second part of this series and I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Click here to read my longer review of Outlander.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling – 4 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love Harry Potter!! I grew up with these books and it’s my all-time favorite series. I was so happy when I heard that there would be an eighth book and I loved how it was the script of the play because I don’t know if I’ll go back to London any time soon (not because I don’t want to but because I don’t really have time at the moment). I managed to read this book within a few hours because it was a script and I must say that I really liked it. It certainly wasn’t as good as the first seven books that included all our favorite characters but it was still great. I really liked the new characters except for Albus Potter who annoyed the hell out of me. What I loved about it the most though was how you got to learn more about what happened to the characters after they had finished school. It was great to read a little about their future and reading this book made me want to reread the entire HP series which I’m probably gonna do soon. 4 out of 5 stars for this book.

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New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson – 5 out of 5 stars

I was sent a copy of this book by the author and I couldn’t have been happier about that. This book was great and really gripping. I love Jennifer Wilson’s writing style and the world she created in these books. I can’t wait to read the next part of this series and just had to give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Click here to read a detailed review of New World Rising.

*Now it’s time for another book that’s only available in German.*

Küsse und Café au Lait von Susanne Fülscher – 1 von 5 Sternen

Dies ist auch ein Buch was seit Jahren in meinem Regal stand und nun weiß ich warum. Ich hab’s leider nur geschafft die ersten 20 Seiten zu lesen bevor ich einfach aufgeben musste. Das Buch war nicht wirklich schön geschrieben und der Inhalt hat mich auch wirklich null interessiert. Ich muss sagen, dass es etwas wie „Herzklopfen auf Französisch“ von Stephanie Perkins war, nur dass das Mädchen diesmal auf Deutschland kam, Etienne haben wir aber auch in diesem Buch finden können. Ich konnte das Buch also einfach nicht weiterlesen und das ich es nicht mochte kann vielleicht auch daran liegen, dass ich mit 19 einfach zu alt dafür war. Trotzdem kam ich nicht umher dem Buch nur 1 von 5 Sternen zu geben.

*From German back to English.*

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After You by Jojo Moyes – 5 out of 5 stars

I finally felt ready to read the sequel to Me Before You and this book was awesome. It was very different from how I thought it would be but really interesting and gripping. I just love Jojo Moyes’s writing style and I loved how connected I felt to the characters. It’s an excellent book and I just had to give it 5 out of 5 stars.

You can find my detailed review of After You here.

 

And those were all the books I read this month. 10 in total and I’m really happy about that. I’m sure I’ll not manage to read that many books next month since I’m starting college but my September TBR consists of the Selection series. I have not yet read the fourth and the fifth book in the series and so I decided to reread the first three books to make sure that I haven’t forgotten any of the things that have happened.

How many books have you read this month and which of those were your favorites?

xoxo, Nina

 

 

Review: After You by Jojo Moyes

 

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Author: Jojo Moyes

Pages: 352

Genre: Fiction, Romance

Series: Book 2

Published by: Pamela Dorman Books

Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

Synopsis:

Lou Clark has lots of questions.

Like how it is she’s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places.

Or why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home.

Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago.

And will she ever get over the love of her life.

What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.

Then, one night, it does.

But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for – or just more questions?

Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe.

Open it and she risks everything.

But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she’s going to keep it, she has to invite them in . . .

 

My review:

**DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVE NOT YET READ “ME BEFORE YOU”**

 

“You never know what will happen when you fall from a great height.”

I never even thought it was possible to write a good sequel to a book with an ending like “Me Before You” but Jojo Moyes managed to write an excellent one.

After having finished MBY, I was devastated. I rarely ever cry, especially not when reading books. It’s not like I’m never affected by the events, it’s just that I don’t weep easily. But MBY made me sit on my couch at three in the morning, bawling my eyes out because life is so unfair.

That’s why I was reluctant to start “After You” at first. I had been such an emotional wreck after MBY that I didn’t think I would be capable of reading about everyone’s life without Will in it. I just thought it would be too much for me and so it took me two months to pick up this book. But let me just tell you that I definitely don’t regret having picked it up.

“After You” is an awesome book and completely different from how I expected it to be. I had read the synopsis before starting AY and already had an idea of what it might be like. But then I actually started reading it and after Chapter 1 I already knew that it wouldn’t be how I had imagined it to be.

There were quite a few plot twists in this book but close to the beginning of AY there already was a major plot twist that shocked me so much, it could have been part of Pretty Little Liars. And that’s when Jojo Moyes had once again proven that she’s an awesome writer.

I still felt really connected to the characters, especially to Louisa. Whenever she was feeling sad, I was sad as well. And whenever she was angry, I was angry as well. Whenever I read other books, I usually feel connected to the protagonist but never enough to actually always feel the way they’re feeling. Especially not when they’re angry.

When a character is angry I usually just read the scene and am like: “Yeah that sucks.” But when Louisa was angry I was literally like: “WTF! HOW COULD THEY HAVE DONE THAT? TELL ME I’M DREAMING. THIS IS A NIGHTMARE, IT CAN’T BE REAL.”

It’s crazy how connected I felt to some characters but I loved it! And since I felt so connected to them (especially to Louisa and Will), AY also managed to bring tears to my eyes quite a few times. It didn’t make me cry the way MBY did, but I reckon there’s never gonna be a book that will manage to make me cry as much as MBY.

 

All in all, I loved this book and I’m definitely giving it 5 out of 5 stars. Jojo Moyes is an awesome writer and I love how both books from the series teach you something. MBY shows you that life isn’t fair and that it can end faster that you expect it to be over. You have to make the most of it and if you wanna do something, you should go for it. We have to stop thinking so much about everything and have to just start living our lives. And AY teaches you that even after having lost someone important, life goes on and things get better. You shouldn’t give up on yourself but you have to give yourself some time. Because losing someone you’ve been close to is an incisive experience and you won’t be able to get over that overnight.

Have you read After You and did you like it?

Review: New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson

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Author: Jennifer Wilson

Pages: 350

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction – Dystopia

Series: Book 1

Published by: Oftomes Publishing

Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

Synopsis:

Since witnessing her parents’ murders at the age of eleven, Phoenix’s only purpose in life has been to uphold her mother’s dying words- to be strong and survive. But surviving outside of The Walls- outside of The Sanctuary- is more like a drawn-out death sentence. A cruel and ruthless city, Tartarus is run by the Tribes whose motto is simple, “Join or die.”

Refusing to join and determined to live, Phoenix fights to survive in this savage world. But who can she trust, when no one can be trusted? Not even herself.

 

My review:

*Thanks again to the author for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

 

“If we keep punishing people for what their parents or their ancestors have done, the world as a whole can never move forward. Society will never grow.”

New World Rising was probably only the fourth or the fifth dystopian novel I’ve read in my life. I never thought I’d like this genre but I must admit that it’s slowly becoming one of my favorite genres, especially now that I’ve read this book. I just love how creative authors of this genre are. They always create a new version of the world and invent so many new things. Like the different fractions in the Divergent series, the Reds and Silvers in the Red Queen series or the different tribes Jennifer Wilson invented for this series. I simply love reading about these different worlds and trying to visualize them in my mind.

Probably due to the same genre, New World Rising reminded me a little of the Divergent series (at least at the beginning of the book). But it was still something completely different and not the exact same as anything I’ve read before. I loved Jennifer Wilson’s writing style and how she described everything so perfectly. While reading the book, I always felt like I could see everything in front of me and as if I were a part of the story.

New World Rising featured some very interesting characters. I especially loved Triven and Mouse but I also really liked Phoenix, the female protagonist. The development of the characters was great and I particularly loved to see how Phoenix went from being someone who only cared about themselves to being someone who knew what it feels like to also care about other people’s safety.

New World Rising was a quick and enjoyable read and the ending is a freaking cliff hanger …. Like what the hell is going to happen next? I just have to get some answers and so I’ll definitely read the second book in the New World series which is called New World Ashes.

This book was awesome and I’m definitely giving it 5 out of 5 stars. If you like dystopian novels, you should definitely check this one out. You won’t regret it.

 Have you already read New World Rising? And if you have, did you like it? 🙂

xoxo, Nina ♥

 

 

 

Review: Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

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Author: Zoe Sugg, Siobhan Curham (Ghostwriter)

Pages: 352

Genre: Young Adult

Series: Book 1 – Girl Online Series

Published by: Penguin Random House UK

Rating: 3/5 Stars

 

Synopsis:

I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has – I can’t believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! – and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes…

Penny has a secret.

Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family – and the panic attacks she’s suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love – and capturing every moment of it on her blog.

But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover – and her closest friendship – forever.
My review:

“Sometimes you have to face up to your fears to realize that they aren’t actually real.”

 

I love Zoe and I love her YouTube channel. I’ve been watching her videos for a couple of years now and I instantly knew that I’d have to read her book when she talked about it for the first time.

For some reason it took me almost two years to finally pick up the book but now that she’s already announced her third book, I knew that I had to finally get myself a copy.

Since the book has been announced, I’ve heard lots of negative things about it which, next to the book having been ghostwritten, made me be really skeptical about actually being able to like this book.

It took me about two days to get through Girl Online and it definitely wasn’t one of these gripping reads that glues you to the book. But even though I didn’t absolutely love the book, I also didn’t hate it and I’m giving it 3 out of 5 stars.

Penny, the female protagonist, was a character I really liked. She was a sweet teenage girl and I liked how she wasn’t one of these perfect characters, but more of a clumsy one with some flaws. But even though I liked that, I was also felt like she was a character I had already seen many times before. She was not only clumsy, but extremely clumsy and embarrassed herself in like every situation possible. In some situations I felt like there was just too much clumsiness and she turned into one of these overly clumsy characters you see in so many Young Adult books.

The male protagonist was Noah, an eighteen-year-old guy from New York City. Many said that they would want to have him as a boyfriend, but I must say that I don’t belong to that group of readers. It’s not only because he’s 18 and I’m 19, I would be okay with that. But my problem with him was that he doesn’t act like an eighteen-year-old boy. He was very innocent and also a little childish; he did things and said things guys his age wouldn’t usually do or say. I’m not saying that there’s a specific way you should act when you’re 18, but he’s an adult after all and was still acting as if he was Penny’s age, who’s only 15. From personal experience I know that there’s a big difference between being 15 and being 18 and you change a lot throughout that time. I just felt like he should’ve acted a bit more mature and I was genuinely surprised when I read that he was 18. I thought he was 16.

Penny was a character that also seemed to be very similar to Zoe which means that anxiety also played a big role in this book. That`s what I really liked about Girl Online, I thankfully don’t have a problem with anxiety and panic attacks but I know that lots of people out there are struggling with both. It was really interesting to learn more about it and kind of get to know what it may feel like to live with anxiety.

I also loved to be able to read her blog posts and how all the text messages she received and sent were displayed in little bubbles, the way you also see it on your phone. But there was also one thing that really annoyed me. I liked the writing style of the author of the book. I might not have loved her style and her writing style won’t become one of my favorite one’s ever, but the book was easy to read and there weren’t too many repetitions or other things that annoyed me. But like I’ve said before, there was something that really got on my nerves. It were the “OKs”. Yes, you read that right. The OKs. Whenever one of the characters said that something was okay, it was spelled “OK”. And even when the author described something as okay, she wrote: “It was OK.”

Maybe I’m the only one who was driven crazy by that but it was just getting on my nerves to see this on every page. She used OK so often and whenever I got to the next page of the book, several OKs immediately caught my eye. I made notes while reading the book and I realized the OKs at around the 15th page and from then on, I was about to go crazy whenever I saw another OK (you can open the book at some random place and you’ll definitely find one to 6 OKs). It’s weird how two capital letters managed to get on my nerves so much.

But all in all this was still an enjoyable and sweet read. Girl Online definitely has its flaws and it definitely didn’t manage to get on the list of my favorite books ever. But I’ll still read the second book from this series because many said it’s already way better than the first one.

3 out of 5 stars for Girl Online.

Have you read Girl Online? And if you have, did you like it?

Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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Author: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 310

Genre: Romance

Published by: Simon & Schuster

Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

Synopsis:

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.
My review:

“When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.”

 

This book was awesome, like really awesome. I was obsessed with this book from the beginning till the end of it. Usually I always need some time to get into a book, but with November 9, it was completely different. I just started reading it and suddenly I was on page 50, then on page 200 and suddenly I was done with it. I read it on my way to Sweden and back home and I guess I spent a total of 5 to 6 hours reading it, so it was a quick and enjoyable read.

I was really excited for November 9 before reading it. I had never read any of Colleen Hoover`s books before but I had heard lots of great things about the book and also about her as an author. But I was also a bit scared that I wouldn’t like it. A few years ago I read (or tried to read) One Day by David Nicholls which has a concept that is kind of similar to November 9. I just couldn’t get through that book and didn’t enjoy it at all, and I was scared that it would be the same with November 9. But like I’ve said before, this book was awesome and my concerns were groundless.

The difference between the two books was even explained at some point of November 9 (which actually made me laugh out loud because I thought I was the only one who had thought of One Day while reading this book). In November 9 the two protagonists, Ben and Fallon, don’t communicate throughout the year, so every time a year is over and they meet again, the reader can actually guess how their lives have changed. I loved that and always tried to guess what both of them have done throughout the year. And guess what! I was never right. What had actually happened, was always different from what I thought had happened.

There were lots of plot twists in this book (especially at the end of it) and I didn’t see any of them coming. I just didn’t even think about the possibility of some of the things happening but I loved that. The book just never got boring.

This might have been the first Colleen Hoover book I ever read, but it definitely wasn’t the last one. I did not only love the plot but I also loved her writing style. It might sound stupid, but I especially loved how she described all the “physical stuff”, if you know what I mean. It`s not like I always need a detailed description of everything that happens but I just hate books that are like: “And then he kissed me. End of the chapter. The following morning I woke up next to him and our clothes were on the floor next to the bed.”

Like, how did that small kiss suddenly lead to you guys having sex?

I think those are just things that are really important for a relationship and not only change the relationship of a real-life couple and make it more “special”, but the same applies to fictional couples.

Since Ben and Fallon didn’t see each other that often, everything that happened while they spent time together was really important for their relationship, including the physical stuff. And I was glad that Colleen Hoover described those things a little more detailed than many other authors (don’t worry it wasn’t NSFW).

I don’t know if what I just said sounds stupid, but I basically just wanted to say that these things are important parts of every real relationship, and I just prefer it when those things are also talked about in books that mainly revolve around the relationship of two people.

All in all, I recommend this book to everyone who’s looking for a great romance novel. This book is awesome and just makes you happy.

Definitely 5 out of 5 stars.

Have you already read November 9? And if you have, did you like it? 🙂

 

 

July Wrap-Up & August TBR

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog!

Another month has gone by and it’s time for another wrap-up and a new TBR. July was actually a great month. I did not only read 6 books but I also graduated school. I can’t believe how fast time went by, for 12 years I’ve been complaining about not wanting to go to school anymore and now that I’ve graduated, I feel like time has gone by way too fast.

I’m only eighteen and I already feel old. In my defense, I’m turning nineteen tomorrow, so maybe that’s the reason I’m feeling old. But anyway, most people are saying that the time of my life is going to begin now, so let’s see how things are going to go now that I’m not going to school anymore. I hope I’m going to have lots of fun and am going to experience lots of things I can later tell my kids and grandkids about.

August is one of my favorite months of the year, not only because I was born on August 1st, but also because I usually always go on vacation during August. This year I’m going to Sweden with a friend for a few days and then my family and I are going to visit some friends up in Norway. I also plan on reading six books this month because I feel like I might have some free time to read while travelling to Norway and Sweden and I also won’t have to go to college until September or October and so I’ll still have lots of free time during this month.

But I’m just going to stop talking now and will start telling you about the books I read this month and plan on reading next month.

July Wrap-Up

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Like I’ve said before, I managed to read six books this month which is actually a lot for me. The first five books I read, were books that I had put on this month’s TBR and the sixth one was the autobiography of a German celebrity called Daniela Katzenberger which I got for 2€ at a book store about 4 years ago. But that’s a book which is only available in German, so I’m only going to talk about five of the books I read in July.

 

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – 4 out of 5 stars

Click here to read the synopsis.

Eleanor and Park was the first book I read this month. I was really excited for it and had high expectations for it which unfortunately weren’t fully met. But I still liked the book and did enjoy it even though it didn’t blow me away.

I wrote a full review about this book earlier this month which you can find here.

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings – 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis

Zenith was a book I usually would’ve never picked up because Science-Fiction is a genre I actually don’t like. But I love Sasha’s BookTube (@abookutopia) and knew that I just had to read her very first book. It was only 62 pages long and if I have understood it correctly, it was actually just the first part of the first book of an entire series.

Anyway, now that I’ve read the book I have to say that I actually really liked it. The story was interesting and made me want to read more. I’m definitely going to read the second part of the series as soon as it is released.

You can find a longer review of the book here.

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The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris – 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis

The Boyfriend Thief was a very quick and enjoyable read and there’s actually not much I can say about it. It was one of these books that just make you happy and make you feel good about yourself.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis

This book was AWESOME!!! I loved it so much and it was definitely my highlight of the month. I was so glad I had already bought Glass Sword before I began reading this book because I had already fallen in love with this series after having read the first hundred pages of Red Queen.

You can find my review of this little gem here.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – 4 out of 5 stars

Glass Sword was the fifth book I read this month and I basically started reading it like five minutes after having finished Red Queen. I already love this series even though Glass Sword wasn’t as awesome as Red Queen. But I still loved it a lot and I can’t wait for King’s Cage, the third part of the series, because that ending was just crazy and unexpected.

I only just posted my review of Glass Sword yesterday and you can find it here.

That’s it for July, now it’s time for my August TBR.

 

August TBR

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Liebesfluch by Beatrix Gurian

Synopsis (for those of you who speak German)

Liebesfluch is the first book I plan on reading this month. It’s a German thriller that has already been standing on my bookshelf for a couple of years. It only has an average rating of 3.63 on goodreads so I’m curious to see if I’ll like it more than most others. I don’t know why I bought the book in the first place but it was probably because I liked the synopsis when I saw it at the book store. I’ve never read anything by this author before, so I’ll just see how I’ll feel about this book.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Synopsis

I’m so excited for this book! I’ve been wanting to read it for months but for some reason I always decided to read other books first. But now it’s time to finally read my first ever book written by Colleen Hoover. I’ve heard so many good things about this book and it has an awesome rating on goodreads (4.48). I can’t wait to see if I’ll like it as much as most others.

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Synopsis

I heard so many mixed things about this book and many people were also saying really negative things about it. I’ve always refused to buy this book but then I got it for 3€ earlier this month and decided that it was finally time to give this book a go. Let’s see what I’ll think about it, I’ll definitely put up a proper review of this book as soon as I’ve read it.

Lucy in the Sky by Paige Toon

Synopsis

This is one of the many second-hand books I own by now and I got it earlier this month. I just really liked the synopsis and thought that it might be a perfect read for summer. Maybe it’s another one of these books that just make you feel good about yourself.

Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger

Synopsis

The Devil wears Prada is a book I really loved and have already reread a few times. I really hope that I’ll like this book as much as I liked TDWP even though I already doubt that that’ll actually be the case. But this is one of the many books that have been standing on my bookshelf for years and I remember that I have already begun reading it some years ago but never actually finished it.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Synopsis

Like I’ve said before, I really like Sasha Alsberg’s BookTube and she’s constantly talking about Outlander. As far as I know, it’s her all-time favorite book and I just want to find out if it’s actually as good as she always says. Also, my mom absolutely loves Diana Gabaldon and is currently obsessed with the Outlander tv show, so I just have to finally read my first Diana Gabaldon book.

And that’s it for this post. What are the books you read in July and which books do you plan on reading in August?

xoxo, Nina 

Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

 

51791fac06ad83b1f20c93afe76b15dbe0df3b81Book: Glass Sword

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Pages: 444

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Series: Book 2

Published by: Harper Teen (Harper Collins)

Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

Synopsis:

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

 

My review:

“Anyone, anything, can betray anyone. Even your own heart.”

One thing this series has taught me by now is that anyone can betray anyone. It’s a statement that I’ll forever associate with these books. Victoria Aveyard teaches you that by making you trust characters that then betray not only Mare, but also the reader. And there have been lots of times at which I trusted characters that then turned out to be evil. But I’d already gotten used to that after having read “Red Queen” and this time I was slower at trusting newly introduced characters. But I still wasn’t slow enough; so next time I just won’t trust anyone anymore.

Anyway, Glass Sword was a really good book and almost as good as Red Queen which is why I’m giving it four out of five stars. Many said it’s kind of a boring book but I actually didn’t think it was boring at all. It mainly revolves around Mare’s search for other newbloods, so it mainly describes what she’s experiencing while traveling around. Until around page 350, it was a little slower than the first book. Since she was traveling around there wasn’t as much action as there was in the first book of the series. But I have to say that I still didn’t think that it was boring because I found it really interesting to learn about the abilities of the other newbloods. Since they weren’t part of one of the big silver families, they all had abilities that had never been heard of before and I loved finding out what they were capable of doing.

Another interesting thing was the development of Mare, the protagonist of this series. During the first book of the series, I could still really identify myself with her but while reading Glass Sword, there were more and more points at which I couldn’t really see myself in her anymore. You could actually see how much the events of the two books have changed her and towards the end of Glass Sword she made lots of decisions that she would’ve never made at the beginning of Red Queen. But even though I couldn’t really identify myself with her anymore, I actually liked that you could see that everything she’s experienced has changed her. Because what she had to go through would change anyone, me included.

A lot of heartbreaking things happened in this book but there were also a few things that just made me say: “Finally!”

There was actually one specific thing that happened in Glass Sword that almost made me celebrate along with the Scarlet Guard. Those of you who have already read the book probably know what I’m talking about.

All in all, this was a really good book and I can’t wait for the third part of the series. Victoria Aveyard is still the queen of plot twists and cliff hangers for me (along with Cassandra Clare). The ending of Glass Sword was probably the best, and also the worst part of this book. I already did expect this book to end with another cliff hanger but I didn’t think the book would actually end the way it did end. I still can’t really believe what happened in the end and I also can’t believe that I have to wait till February 2017 to finally read King’s cage which will probably end with another cliff hanger.

I love Victoria Aveyard’s writing style and I’m so glad that this series is not over yet!

Four stars for this awesome book!

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Have you already read Glass Sword? And if you have, did you like it?

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Author: Victoria Aveyard

Pages: 383

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Series: Book 1

Published by: Harper Teen (Harper Collins)

Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

Synopsis:

 

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

 

My review:

 

„Anyone can betray anyone.”

Red Queen is a book I’ve been meaning to read for a long time and I was really excited to finally start reading it. I had heard lots of great things about the book and I was really hoping I’d love it as much as everyone else and was almost scared that I would hate it.

One of the reviews I read before starting Red Queen was saying that it is a little like a mixture of The Hunger Games, The Selection and Divergent. I personally loved The Hunger Games and The Selection and also really liked Divergent which made me be even more excited for this book.

Now that I finished devouring Red Queen (yes I’m saying devouring because you cannot say that I simply read it), I have to say that I agree with the review and I loved how there were some things in the book that were similar to these other stories. But even though there were similarities, Red Queen was still something new and completely different and I absolutely loved it.

It took me about fifty pages to really get into this book. Those first pages weren’t boring and I was really interested in learning about this new world that Victoria Aveyard has created. But at around the fiftieth or sixtieth page the story began to pick up and from one page to the other I was glued to this book. I just always wanted to know what would happen next and on every page you learned new things about this world or something unexpected happened, Red Queen just wasn’t boring at any part of it.

Mare (the female protagonist) is a character I really liked and since the story is a first-person narrative written from her point of view, I quickly felt as if I were inside of the book and lived her life. I already feel very attached to her.

I also liked some of the other characters but what I liked the most about the characters from this book is how you could never know what kind of a person they really are.

It wasn’t only because all of the silvers have their special powers and my first impression of them usually completely changed as soon as their powers (and their real characters) were revealed. It was also because of the ending of this book and all the plot twists I never would have expected. Suddenly characters I actually liked became characters I deeply despise and characters I hated became characters I feel sorry for.

The end was definitely the most interesting and the best part of this book. The last fifty pages were extremely gripping and almost made me snap at some people because they wanted to talk to me instead of letting me finish this book and find out if everything would be fine in the end.

I always thought Cassandra Clare is the queen of plot twists and cliff hangers but after having read Red Queen I have to say that she now has to share her throne with Victoria Aveyard. Not only were there like a hundred plot twists in this book but it also ended with a freaking cliff hanger and I just can’t wait to read Glass Sword.

I’m so glad someone told me to get the second book of the series before starting to read Red Queen because if I didn’t own it, I’d probably go crazy right now!

 

Anyways, I’m off reading Glass Sword now and if you love Fantasy and Young Adult novels and enjoyed The Hunger Games, The Selection or Divergent, you should definitely read Red Queen.

Definitely five out of five stars for this book!

 

Have you read Red Queen? And if you have, did you like it?

 

 

Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Book: Eleanor & Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Pages: 328

Genre: Young Adult, Romance

Published by: St. Martin’s Press

Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

Synopsis:

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
 

My review:

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

 

I’ve heard lots of great things about this book before I finally decided to read it. Because of the synopsis and all the good reviews, I was really excited for this book and was hoping that I would love it as much as almost everyone else.

Now, after having read it, I can say that “Eleanor & Park” didn’t completely blow me away but I still really liked it.

 

Right at the beginning of the book you find out that both Eleanor and Park are what we would refer to as “outsiders” today. Park is the “Asian kid” that never really fit in. And Eleanor is the new kid that is struggling with her weight, her bright red, curly hair and her clothes that never really fit together because she doesn’t have money to buy something new.

They’re not like the protagonists of the majority of the books I’ve read in my life and that’s why I was so excited to read this book.

Eleanor and Park have problems that most of us “ordinary mortals” are struggling with as well and I was interested in seeing how their “problems” would affect their everyday life and their relationship.

 

Their relationship is basically what the book revolves around. Slowly but surely the two fall for each other and it was killing me that they didn’t get together faster than they did. But on the other hand, I also loved that it took them longer to become a couple because I loved how small gestures made them grow closer and closer from page to page.

 

I loved the background of Eleanor and Park and how they managed to make their relationship work even though anyone would’ve said that their relationship is a hopeless case. And I also loved that the book was very easy to read. I’m not a fan of changing POVs and I usually always stop reading as soon as I realize that an author is changing the POV. But Rainbow Rowell just made it work for me even though the POV probably changed up to ten times per chapter. Changing the POVs just kind of fit the story and something would’ve been missing if it had been written only from either Eleanor’s or Park’s point of view.

 

But unfortunately I have to admit that there were also some things that really bothered me while reading this book.

Eleanor is a very self-conscious character and has trust issues which is completely understandable, considering her story. But even after having known Park for months and having gone through so much with him, she still freaked out because of unnecessary things like the girl he kissed in sixth grade.

Even Park was frustrated at some points of the story but he loved her and so he managed to deal with it. But I don’t love her and can’t see her through his eyes which is why she really annoyed me at some times. Maybe I’m being ignorant right now and just can’t put myself in her place, but I just felt like she could’ve trusted him more, especially towards the end of the book.

Next to that I also didn’t like how she was dealing with her siblings. She complained about their behavior quite a few times but instead of helping them with the situation at home, she spent most of her time with Park at his place. Now she didn’t have to be home all day anymore but her siblings were still stuck in that hell hole.

 

***SPOILER***

 

After having returned home at the beginning of the book, she has often said how sorry she was for not having been there for her siblings while she was gone. But after having fled to her Uncle in Minnesota, she didn’t ask them to get her siblings when they were talking about helping the rest of her family. She should’ve stood up for them in that moment and should’ve helped them get away from Richie. Who knows what happened to her siblings after she had left them again? Who knows how angry he was about her disappearance?

 

***SPOILER***

 

Because of all these things, I just didn’t really like Eleanor and didn’t feel a “connection” to her. But I loved Park which is why I could still enjoy the book even though I didn’t like one of the main characters.

Especially, at the end of the book I felt sorry for him and he seems to be just the kind of person everyone should have in their life.

 

All in all, I’m giving the book four out of five stars because I loved the story and also most of the characters but I just have to deduct a star because I didn’t like Eleanor and also because I didn’t really feel like the story had a proper plot. The book started at some point of their lives and was over a few months later. There wasn’t some big event they were working towards to if you know what I mean. Like Harry Potter who knew that he would have to face Lord Voldemort one day, or Louisa Clark who knew that Will would have to make his decision on a certain day or Katniss who knew that she would have to survive the Hunger Games if she wanted to see her family again. Eleanor and Park were just living their lived and there were no plot twists or any other unexpected things that happened. I also wasn’t surprised about the ending of the book because I completely knew that it would probably end like that.

But even though I was a little disappointed about that, it’s not a reason to only give the book two or three stars because I still really enjoyed reading it.

So if you like Young Adult and Romance books, I would say that you should definitely give this book a try. But if you don’t really like Young Adult books and are looking for a book that will make you like the genre again, I would suggest reading a different book first.

 

What did you guys think about Eleanor & Park?

xoxo, Nina