Thursday, 4 August 2016

The Ruler of Books Tag

Hello, everyone! Today I thought I`d do something different, so I googled a bunch of book tags and the one that appealed to me the most was the Ruler of Books tag.Created on Youtube by Ariel Bisset, this tag is everything you could hope for and more. Because let's be honest, what bookworm does not love the idea of ruling a kingdom? One where you get to decide what books are in and what books are out.

1. What book would you make everyone read?
The easiest question I had to answer: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It`s my favourite book, I have read it multiple times, and I think it`s a book that stays with you. What made this book so unique for me was the fact that it dealt with racism, prejudice and hypocrisy, all seen through the eyes of a child. Atticus Finch is one of the most memorable characters in literature and one of the few fictional characters I consider real role models. 

2. What would you abolish in book construction?
I don`t know if I would remove anything, but I would make floppier paperbacks. Some are extremely rigid, and after I finish reading the book, I notice cracks in the spine.

3. What author would you commission to write you any book?
Haruki Murakami. It`s no secret that he is my favourite author, the man can do no wrong. I love all of his books and storylines, but I would enjoy if, for once, the story was from a female`s POV.
Or I might get George R.R. Martin, to finally write the ending for A Song of Ice and Fire.

4. What book would you demote to the library basement to make room for new books?
If you share my love for the masterpiece that is To Kill a Mockingbird, then you must hate Go Set a Watchman. This is the original manuscript and not the sequel like many thought, but it should have never been published. There, I said it! Not only they changed the ending to Tom Robinson`s story, but they made Atticus a racist, a supporter of segregation The very man that represented an ideal, who stood against prejudice and supported the outcasts. 

5. What artist would you commision to make a mural?
Huge D`Andrade, who made the illustrations for this gorgeous edition of Alice`s Adventures in Wonderland.

6. What charactes face would you put on a coin?
The one and only Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. She is smart, just and loyal, traits I would love the people in my kingdom to have. 

7. What book would you award the "Ruler of Books" 2016 Prize to?
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I was a bit late to the party, but it`s been a while since I loved a book as much as I loved this one. The characters were amazing, the writing style was simple, but poetic and it`s full of memorable quotes. You can check out my review here.
Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Me Before You book review

Hello, everyone! After a long break, I`m back, and I couldn`t be more excited! I have some great books on my summer TBR, and I can`t wait to share my thoughts on them. Today we`ll be talking about Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, a book that has been on everyone`s radar now that the movie is in cinema. Usually, I stay away from romance books, but this one sounded promising and so many people raved about how it changed their life, I had to read it. I also got the movie tie-in edition and who can say NO to Sam Claflin`s gorgeous face? I know I fancast him in all of my books.

The protagonist of the book is Louisa Clark, a 26-year-old woman who lives in a small town and has an ordinary life. Despite her quirky outfits and playful personality, Louisa is one of the most relatable characters I have ever come across. She is smart, funny, caring and tries her best to please everyone. One day though Lou loses her job and it feels like her world is falling apart. Because even though she is bright, she does not have many "real life" skills. Eventually, she is hired to take care of Will Traynor, a quadriplegic. Before his accident, Will was a man that lived a full and adventurous life, so now he feels stuck. He resents his situations and pushed everyone away.

Despite a rocky start, soon Lou and Will develop a beautiful friendship, which changes the way they view life. It`s one of those cases when the title fits perfectly with the story. Before Lou, Will was shallow and egocentric. Before Will, Louisa was content with her boring life and never thought about what she wants to do in the future. While in the end, their friendship develops into a romance, that`s not the primary focus of the book. Or at least, for me, this book was more about finding your path and trying to live your life to the fullest.

'' You only get one life.It`s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.''

There is a major plot twist, which I obviously won`t reveal. I will say though that it`s a great one, which will leave you with lots of questions. I personally understood Will`s decision, so that`s why I did not find the book so heartbreaking. The topic is quite controversial, one of the reasons which will set this book apart from other romance books. I always love it when a book makes you think and after reading it, all I wanted to do was check other reviews and see what other people thought about it.

I gave this book 4.50 out of 5 stars because I loved the characters and story. The writing style was simple and straightforward, which makes it an easy read. The main reason I did not give it 5 stars though is that it did not live up to the hype. It was a beautiful story, but it did not leave me sobbing. Everyone was saying how they cried for hours, and it just wasn`t the same for me. Like I said earlier, maybe it`s because I understand Will`s decision, but it did not break my heart. Nevertheless, a fantastic book, which should be on your 2016 TBR.

'' Push yourself. Don`t settle. Just live well. Just LIVE''

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass book review

This review comes as no surprise because April was dedicated to The Mortal Instruments series. The beginning was slow and bumpy; I did not understand the hype surrounding the books. Things got better in the second book and the third made me a Cassandra Clare fan. I love the world she creates the relatable characters and the shocking plot twists. I finished this book in a couple of days; I enjoyed the story and it had the perfect mix of action, drama and romance. I did find some passages a bit too long and descriptive, but there was a good balance. 

Following the events of the second book, Clary is getting ready for her trip to Idris. But Jace does not want her there because her special powers might make her a target for the clave. He tries to enlist Simon`s help, but a demon attacks them and they have to go to Idris without Clary. Furious, she creates her own portal and drags Luke along with her. Simon soon becomes a captive of the Clave and the others have to think of a plan to set him free. Some other things happen, but the main event is Valentine`s demon attack. That leaves the Shadowhunters with a big question: accept the help of Downworlerds or surrender to Valentine?

I talked about my dislike towards Clary multiple times. In this book, she gets more special powers, but she is just as selfish, shallow and immature as before. However, people start calling her out and I enjoyed that. Everyone tells her that she always does what she wants without thinking of the consequences and she feels guilty for a few seconds, but that`s it. Jace is Jace, but his sarcasm and witty lines make the book more enjoyable. The one that suffers a big character development is Simon; he finally accepts that he`s a part of the Downworld and takes action. The Lightwoods were not that present in the book again, but their chapters were great as usual.

As far as the ships go, this book is a feast. The whole incest thing is cleared and Jace and Clary can finally be together. Alec makes his relationship with Magnus official and this book also marks the beginning of Sizzy. Despite the tragic events, the book ends on a happy note, but the question is: how long will it last?

I gave this book 4.5 out of 5; I cannot wait to see what happens next!
Saturday, 23 April 2016

Top 10 trilogies on my TBR

Hello, everyone! I recently did a series TBR, where I talked about some of the most popular series that I plan on reading this year. It was a fun post and writing/ publishing your TBR makes things easier because you can see your progress. So today I`ll talk about 10 series that I want to read this year. These are all from different genres, most of them are dystopian, but there are some paranormal and Sci-Fi in there. So let`s get started:

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I am a big fan of the movies and I just know the book will be even better if that`s possible.

2. The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
I have read the first two books, but thanks to spoilers I know how it ends, so I was delaying the heartbreak.

3. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
It`s a book about a girl with special powers, who is sent to a government ``rehabilitation camp``.

4. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Another dystopian trilogy, where people can`t fall in love and are paired with a ``perfect`` partner.

5. Legend by Marie Lu
Surprise, surprise, a dystopian book set in the future divided America. Quite similar to The Hunger Games from what I understood.

6. Uglies by Scott Westerfield
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, where at the age of 16, people have surgeries to resculpt their bodies, to match the ideal of beauty. 

7. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Only positive reviews on Goodreads, this is a fantasy trilogy about a kingdom in danger, who`s fate rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice.

8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (just started the third book)
If you haven`t seen the movie, this is about a boy that wakes up in a Maze, along other teenager boys. While others have built a life there, Thomas is looking for a way out.

9. Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness
In a town where everyone can hear everyone else`s thoughts, young Todd stumbles upon an area of complete silence. He finds out a terrible secret; that will change his life forever.

10. Miss Peregrine`s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (currently at book 2)
A paranormal trilogy, about a group of kids with special powers, which have to hide from the world and are being haunted by an evil group.

These are my trilogies for 2016. Have you read any of them? Which one was your favourite?

Friday, 22 April 2016

We Were Liars by E.Lockhart book review

I decided it was about time I take a break from fantasy books and show a bit of love to my contemporary ones. I wanted something that is easy to read, but also makes me think and the first book that popped into my mind was We Were Liars by E.Lockhart. I read only good things about it and everyone was saying how amazing the plot twist was, so I had high hopes for it.

The book certainly did not disappoint; it was an easy read and I finished it in a couple of hours. You might think that this is another typical YA book, but some things make it unique. For instance, the book starts with a family tree and a map. The main character, Cadence, uses fairy tales to describe real situations. The writing is charming and poetic, quite different to what I expected.

Cadence Sinclair is the first grandchild of Harris Sinclair and daughter of Penny, his youngest child. The Sinclairs are a privileged family and beautiful family, but rotten on the inside. It`s a patriarchy, where Harris controls every move and everyone has to obey him. When she falls in love with the wrong person, Cadence starts to see how broken her family is and decides to take action. The ending is mind blowing and tragic, it will totally mess with your brain. However, there are subtle hints throughout the book, so for some, it won`t be that shocking.

The characters are a bit flat, but their portrayal is realistic. Despite their effort to look like the perfect family, the Sinclairs are a mess. Harris loves power and not only does he control his family, but he instigates the family members again one another. His daughters don`t have sustainable jobs; their marriages are a failure and they drink too much. The ones that might break the vicious circle are the kids, but is youth and ambition enough?

I gave this book 4.5 out of 5 stars; I enjoyed the story a lot and even hours after reading it, I was still thinking about it. If you have not read this yet, definitely put it on your summer TBR.