November 30, 2016

Series: Creekwood #1
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320 Pages
Published: April 7th 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 0062348671

4 out of 5 stars.

I don’t even know where to start this review and make clear how much I loved this book in the end.

For me, the beginning was very tough. I’m not very into the American pop culture (who was Kim Kardashian again??) and this made it a very “meh” book for me. I, however, decided to just deal with it and keep reading in case it picked up (the good reviews had to come from somewhere), and boy am I glad I did.

It was a very quick and extremely cute read that left me feeling warm and fuzzy for quite a bit. The twist at the end was something I caught on to due to some small hints but is still a surprise.

Definitely don’t let the LGBT theme steer you away from this book if you’re normally not into it, but just see it as a contemporary, it’ll be worth it I promise you

November 2, 2016

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 307 Pages
Published: September 1st 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0553496646

4.5 out of 5 stars.

I loved this book! It’s been a long, long time since I’ve read a book in a single day and it was an 8-hour long workday! I loved its messages (“live your life!”, “nobody is perfect”, & “some things are worth risking something for”) and its characters.

The romance and cute and well developed. It’s not a case of instalove where the characters meet and instantly become a couple and get married. They meet and notice each other and that is where all the development all begins.

Maddy is a very believable and to some point (I’ve never been stuck in my house) relatable character. She is a bookworm and lives her life through the books she read until Olly finally comes around and everything changed. I loved the pace of their relationship developing with Maddy realizing she wants a life more than just the house she’s been stuck in for her entire life. They take risks, they have, get and make love and everything just added together perfectly. You can feel Maddy’s frustration, fear and love throughout the book perfectly which gets strengthened by Olly loving her and wanting to protect and save her life for all costs.

I take 0.5 stars away because of the slightly rushed ending, I feel like that if the book was just a little bit longer this twist could have been foreshadowed more and not be as sudden as it is (which of course is a plot twist, but you don’t want one of these in the last 5th of the book).

October 26, 2016

Format: Paperback
Pages: 111Pages
Published: November 29th 2012 (first published January 5th 1886)
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 0141389508

3.5 out of 5 stars.

The story is well known and re released and replayed a countless number of times by practically everywhere and everybody, and I’m glad it was. It is more interesting than that it is a horror story and is realistic to the point where it feels like this book could actually be non-fictions (yes, unlike popular belief this book is actually fiction!)

And despite being written this well it was very hard to read because of the extremely old English throughout the book. Yes, i know this book was released in the 1880’s and that the old English was to be expected, but I feel like this book was written in advanced English at the time.

It’s a short book, but it delivers a message with an amazing punch. Definitely recommended to read, but only if you’re very confident in your English because this book (especially as someone that doesn’t have English as a mother language) will be a harder read.

October 19, 2016

Series: Miss Peregrine #1
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352 Pages
Published: June 7th 2011
Publisher: Quirk
ISBN: 1594744769

4 out of 5 stars.

I loved this book and its uniqueness with incorporating already existing photographs into the story. However the photo thing sometimes worked out, and sometimes it didn’t. Especially in forming a view of the children and their peculiarity it worked out fantastic, but the ones incorporated into conversations or settings usually failed to do what they had to do and ended up in a slightly awkward sentence that was obviously written so the photograph could be included into the story.

Despite its appearance at first, it’s not a horror story or a thriller, but rather a fantasy novel with some thriller elements. This is something I liked and was pleasantly surprised with because I’m not that much into the horror or thriller genre.

The characters were lovable and very unique, but I feel like they could have been fleshed out a little more. However, this book is the first book of a trilogy so I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt that this will be solved in the later installments of the series.

It’s a book like no other, and I’d definitely recommend to give it a try. If you give it a try keep in mind that in a lot of cases it’s an either love or hate story and if you don’t like it halfway through don’t push yourself any further.

October 10, 2016

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 438 Pages
Published: September 10th 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
ISBN: 1250030951

4.5 out of 5 stars.

I loved this book. I tried to pick up Eleanor and Park before, and frankly didn’t like the writing style of Rowell in that one, because of that I picked up fangirl with doubts if I was going to like it or dislike the writing style again.

It was a quick, funny read. It was fun, it made me laugh, but at the same time it was sad at times and dealt with some really deep subjects like alcoholism. I loved Cath, she was very relatable and imperfect like most humans are. Cath grew a lot as a human during the book, eventually realizing the most important things and having to pick priorities between things you love.

Cath is an awkward introvert like most fangirls are and is deeply involved in the community around Simon Snow which she loved so much. I feel like Rowell found a perfect spot where the community is present, but not to an extent it became annoying and obnoxious like “Cath got home and opened the laptop on her lap to go to Tumblr. She found a cat post, and another cat post, and 10 more of those before she finally found something of importance”.

I sadly can’t say anything about the college experience as my country doesn’t have colleges in the way the United States (and thus Fangirl) has. However I still really could find myself in Cath’s situation and how I would act myself when living in a dorm room with everyone my age and having to share my room with a roommate. The descriptions of the layout of the rooms were great and made it easy for me to imagine what a dorm and living in a dorm would be like.

I reduced 0.5 stars from my total score for the Simon snow passages which really became annoying towards to end. These are safe to skip and won’t really influence the story in a negative way if you do skip them. In the beginning, it’s fun to see some parts of Cath’s fandom, but after a while, you realize it’s basically Harry Potter with some name changes and they become way less fun to read.

All in all, Fangirl is a quick, witty and fun book that deals with some serious issues in a great way and I’d recommend this read to everyone that has been or is into a fandom in any way.

October 3, 2016

Series: Harry Potter #1
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320 Pages
Published: June 26th 1997
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0747532699

5 stars out of 5 stars

What is there left to say about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone? This is a book from my childhood (I was 5 when this book released in the Netherlands) and a series that I’ve reread many times since. It’s a magical journey that grabbed me as a kid and made me want to discover things that would shape my imagination for the rest of my life.

Harry, Ron, and Hermoine are all incredibly relatable characters despite their situation of being wizards and witches and written in a way that everyone has a character to relate to because of how vastly different they are. Harry being the in the beginning slightly insecure orphan that grows to be a hero, the nerd and incredibly bookish Hermoine and the dorky Ron all bring something fun to the table without falling into repeating clichés or becoming boring.

The world build upon Hogwarts (the boarding school Harry attends) is amazing, but sometimes irresponsible and conflicting (don’t go in the woods! it’s dangerous and you’ll be punished for entering. oh? you went into the woods? go into the woods as punishment!). The world speaks to your imagination and is explained in such amazing detail you can’t help but feel adventurous.

These are the books I’ll be reading and giving to my children when the time comes to pass them the amazing stories that created my world as a kid. Everyone deserves to experience a part of Hogwarts.

September 22, 2016

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352 Pages
Published: April 5th 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
ISBN: 1619638452

3 out of 5 stars.

I honestly am really conflicted about this book. In one way I loved it, but on the other side I really didn’t like it as a love story at all and would treat it as a story about mental health issues, grief and how to deal with them myself.

I feel like this book would have been so better if it was written out of only Vivi’s point of view. Vivi is the one character dealing with a lot of issues and feelings and actually feels meaningful and adds to the story so much, while the chapters written from Jonah’s point of view tend to feel a bit as filler.

I honestly didn’t like the characters. Jonah felt like a character that would just go with everything and is never going to think himself. And I thought Vivi was very egocentric and all over the place, tho this is a representation of bipolar disorder I feel like she was written very over the top even on the moment she just was her normal self.

The book felt very rushed to be, especially in the ending. Out of nowhere, Vivi makes a decision and you learn everything about her in the last 50 pages of the book if even that.
I feel like it’s a lost opportunity of the reader getting to know Vivi and making them realize this themselves instead of just telling readers everything about mental illnesses in so few pages.

September 2, 2016

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 359 Pages
Published: February 21st 2012
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 1442408928

4 out of 5 stars

I loved this book, It has a plot that very slowly unfolds in front of your eyes realizing things about the characters as they discover them about themselves as well.  I feel like the book could profit from more thoughts of Dante, everything is told from Ari’s point of view and I feel like some important points and feelings was a bit vague due to it.

Sadly, I did have some other issues, mainly in the ending of the book, with this book as well. which caused this one-star penalty.  Though the entire book Ari makes clear he hates being told what he should do, and what he should be. but at the ending, instead of easing Ari in realizing the ending of the book himself and acting on it, he once again gets told what his own feelings are and what he should do with them.

Loved the book. It has some plot issues but definitely, pick this up when you can for its great story. It’s a nice, quick read with an amazing message

August 4, 2016

Series: Harry Potter #8
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 343 Pages
Published: July 31st 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0751565350

1 out of 5 stars.

I have been a fan of the Harry Potter series ever since I was 12 years old. I went into this book knowing it would be a script and some things just wouldn’t come across as well as it would have on stage because a script simply isn’t meant to be read like a novel.

Even though I went in with this mindset I was disappointed by this release.
Even when setting the problems it has because it’s a script apart (humor and characters sometimes fall flat, no surprise sets because of the fact it’s simply not acted out), I had a lot of problems with this book.

It created plot holes regarding the Time Turners because it contradicts with the description of the Time Turners in the original series. Some character’s personality like Ron Weasley’s got changed in the book and because of this feel like a completely new character instead of a returning one. another character I had a lot of problems with in this release is Hermoine Granger. while her actions are pretty similar to what I imagine what the Hermoine would be like, she made some mistakes that the Hermoine of the original series would never make. it’s almost Hermoine forgot what she was like and did as a child.

This book is not all bad though, I loved Scorpius to dead and could also really understand respect and like Albus.

It was clear this release was not written by J.K. Rowling and some parts were downright amusing because of how bad they were. I would not read this one again or recommend it to anyone

They were great men, with huge flaws, and you know what – those flaws almost made them greater.