Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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Synopsis:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with a new heart-wrenching love story.

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

 

My review:

“When life gives you lemons, make sure you know whose eyes you need to squeeze them in.” 

Colleen Hoover did it again, she made me completely fall in love with one of her books. She now is officially one of my favorite authors ever and I just love her writing style so much! She could probably write about diarrhea and I would still read it and love it. (I know that’s the worst example ever but I just couldn’t think of anything better.)

Ugly Love was heartbreakingly beautiful. I was grinning like an idiot at so many points of this book and then there were the sad parts of the book that kinda broke my heart and almost made me cry. It was a rollercoaster of emotions. I felt so connected to the lovely protagonists Tate and Miles and even though I wanted to know how their story would end, I also didn’t want the book to end and wanted their story to go on forever.

Without creating a new world, inventing new creatures or starting World War 3, Colleen managed to write a book that was so incredibly gripping that I read it within a few hours and just couldn’t put it down anymore. Like I’ve said before. her writing style is awesome and she’s also the queen of changing POVs. I kind of hate it when authors change the POV but Colleen has done it in all three of her novels I’ve read so far and she just always makes it work so perfectly. She always manages to give you a great and interesting insight into both characters’ lives and no one else manages to change POVs as well as she does.

I actually don’t have anything else to say about this book. This review isn’t very long but I just realized that there’s usually so much more to write about a book if I have something to criticize. But there’s nothing negative to say about Ugly Love and so I don’t have anything else to add to this review. This book was perfect and I would recommend it to everyone who likes romance and contemporary.

I just have to give Ugly Love 5 out of 5 stars and I can’t wait to read another one of Collen Hoover’s books!

Have you already read ‘Ugly Love’ and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg

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Synopsis:

Penny’s bags are packed.

When Noah invites Penny on his European music tour, she can’t wait to spend time with her rock-god-tastic boyfriend.

But, between Noah’s jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming bandmates and threatening messages from jealous fans, Penny wonders whether she’s really cut out for life on tour. She can’t help but miss her family, her best friend Elliot . . . and her blog, Girl Online.

Can Penny learn to balance life and love on the road, or will she lose everything in pursuit of the perfect summer?

 

My review:

“Sometimes the hero of the fairy tale isn’t a handsome prince. Sometimes it’s you.” 

After having read Girl Online, I already knew that I’d definitely have to read Girl Online On Tour. Not because I absolutely fell in love with the first book in this series but because many people said that the second book is a lot better than its predecessor. Girl Online had many flaws and some of them were still present in this book but it was definitely a lot better than the first book.

Just like the first book, GOOT was a very quick read and I managed to finish the book within a few hours. But it wasn’t very gripping and I didn’t feel like I just had to know what was going to happen next. It was just one of these books that are very easy to read and make you feel like you don’t have to think about anything at all and can forget about your real life for a second. You just read the book and suddenly you’re on the last page. There also weren’t any proper plot twists in this book and nothing that happened really surprised me.

Even though the female protagonist Penny was a year older in this book, she was still very childish and extremely naïve at some points of the novel. She literally just trusted everyone and any normal person would’ve realized that some of the people were just pretending to be nice and didn’t actually mean what they said. But Penny didn’t realize that and had to learn it the hard way. She also still was very clumsy, unrealistically clumsy in my eyes, but I have already criticized that in my review of Girl Online and I’m not going to talk about it again now.

But one positive thing when it comes to the characters was that Noah wasn’t as childish as he was in the first book. Finally, he acted a little more like an 18-year-old and I was honestly very glad about that.

I also really liked the writing style and I almost leaped for joy when I saw that there weren’t that many “OK”s in this book. Yes, there still were some of them and I would’ve preferred it if they had been changed to okay, but it was a lot better than it was in the first book and it didn’t drive me crazy anymore.

All in all, this was a nice and quick read that still had some flaws. But GOOT was a lot better than GO and so I just have to give it 4 out of 5 stars because I gave GO 3 stars. The Girl Online Series will probably never be one of my favorite book series in the world but I think I’m still gonna read the third book, Girl Online Going Solo. Even though Penny is quite an annoying main character, almost as annoying as America and Eadlyn in the Selection series, I’ve still grown fond of characters like Elliot, Noah or Alex, so I definitely won’t give up on this series and I’m hoping that GOGS will be even better than this book.

Have you already read Girl Online On Tour and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

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Synopsis:

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created ‘perfect’ life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

 

My review:

 “We’re actors in our lives, pretendin’ to be who we want people to think we are.”

Perfect Chemistry was a cliché love story and quite unrealistic but it was still a cute and quick read. You have the golden high school couple. She doesn’t feel ready for sex even though they’ve been together for 2 years and then there’s her boyfriend who just wants to finally get into her pants. But then there’s the bad boy whom the girl feels so much more attracted to and whom she could even imagine sleeping with (no those weren’t spoilers, you basically already know that after having read the synopsis).

But even though it wasn’t anything I’d not read before, I still enjoyed reading the book. I really liked the author’s writing style and I also liked how the male protagonist was Mexican and not white like most protagonists in other books. I also thought that I’d already forgotten all the Spanish I’d learned at school but this novel showed me that I was wrong about that. I’ve definitely not forgotten everything … yet.

It took me some time to get into this book and the first few chapters were a little boring. But after about 100 pages it actually started to be really interesting and I was hooked. Still, a lot of things were very predictable and none of the things that happened actually surprised me that much.

The book featured some interesting characters, but the one I liked the most was definitely the female protagonist, Brittany. At first sight she was the typical blonde high school Barbie that only cared about other peoples’ opinion. But a few chapters into the book you get to know her better and there’s actually a lot she hides behind her perfect façade which I was really glad about.

All in all this was a cute book and I enjoyed it even though it wasn’t anything special. I’m giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars and if you’re looking for a well written cliché love story, you should definitely read this book!

Have you already read Perfect Chemistry and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Smut by Karina Halle

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Synopsis:

What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

 

My review:

“Writing is hard…It gets harder when it becomes your career, your job, because it’s no longer a hobby, it’s no longer a manuscript hidden in your desk drawer. It becomes a platform from which the world can judge you. Your soul becomes target practice, and the critics hold the arrows.”

Yes I admit it; I sometimes like reading a little smut, as many would call it. But even though I like doing that, I don’t like the erotica books that only consist of sex and don’t really have a proper plot and an interesting story around all the sex. So when I found “Smut”, which is described as a romantic comedy with some heat between the sheets, I just knew that I had to read this book. It was just what I expected it to be and just what I needed.

Smut is one of those books you can read in one sitting if you have enough time (which I unfortunately didn’t have). As you might have already guessed from the synopsis, a big part of this book is about writing. I’ve been looking for a book about some writers for a long time and now I finally found a great one. I love writing and I’ve already written a book myself and am currently working on the next one which is why I could relate to so many things the author described in this novel.

Smut is the first one of Karina Halle’s novels I’ve read and I think I’ll read some of her others in the future. I really liked her writing style and she made me laugh out loud or grin like an idiot quite a few times while I was reading this book.

I loved the two main characters Amanda and Blake. At first sight they seemed to be complete opposites, but as you get to know them better, you can see how well they actually fit together which I really liked. Another thing I really liked about their relationship is the way it evolved. I absolutely hate insta-love and it drives me crazy every time I read about it. When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was scared that things might be rushed and that the author might want to “get to business” as quickly as possible. Thankfully, I was wrong about that and their relationship evolved slowly at a really good pace, so if you were scared about this being insta-love, I can tell you that you don’t have to worry about this any longer.

Like any other book, this one ended with “Acknowledgements” and even though I always try reading them, I’m usually not that interested in what the author has to say about the people that helped them. But Karina Halle used that one sentence in her author’s note that got stuck in my head and is a sentence many people should read and take to heart.

“No one should be judged for what they read, nor should authors by what they write.”

I really liked this sentence and there are many people out there who should realize this. I know that many people still think that reading erotica is horrible and everyone who reads it will rot in hell. But we’re living in the 21st century and it’s time for that to stop. Everyone is allowed to choose what they want to read and it’s literally nobody’s business. If I want to read some smut I do it and when I’m in the mood to read some classics I’ll read them. Just because I sometimes like reading smut, doesn’t mean it’s the only thing I ever read and it’s the only thing I can think about all day long, but some are really good at writing it and it’s nice to read it.

The same applies to writing erotica. If an author wants to write it, let them do so. Just because they write erotica, or smut as you can also call it, doesn’t mean they’re bad writers or just in it for the money. Of course there are also authors who can’t write and only want to make some easy money because so many people are buying these books at the moment, but you just can’t color everyone with the same brush.

Anyway, all in all this was a great book and a very enjoyable read which is why I’m giving Smut 5 out of 5 stars!

Have you already read “Smut” and did you like it? 🙂

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: 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