It’s All About Books

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It’s all about books.. Well, at least books have an important role of my life. They form a way to escape reality; for me to enter a different world. A place where everything is possible, only limited by the imagination of its writer. Like someone famous once said: ‘Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body‘.

I’ve been reading ever since I was three years old, devouring books by dozens at my hometown library. I continued reading all the way through high school, and later decided to study Spanish Language And Culture and read some more. A few years ago I started travelling, and that’s when the idea came up to start keeping track of the books I’ve read… Hence this blog It’s All About Books was born, with reviews of all the books I’ve been reading since November 2012.

Before I leave I would like to say that I’m always looking for new books to add to my TBR list, and I would love any recommendations you might think of. I’m trying to broaden my literary horizon, so I’m open to practically any literary genre… :)

Listing The Reading

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Below you can find a complete list of the books I’ve been reading since November 2012 in reading order… Some found at the library, others found on the internet and a few preciously owned by my own person. Please note that I’m in the process of improving my blog and reviews, and only reviews with link and rating are to be considered up-to-standard. I’m hoping to finish the improvements this month…

>>>For easy browsing, also check out the lists of reviews by
AUTHOR, RATING and TITLE.<<<

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Friday Finds – October 24th

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during, in this case, the last two weeks and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. Limited blogging and reading time means not a lot of new book discoveries, but below you can find some of my newest additions:

My finds:

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ARC: Hope’s Rebellion – by Jade Varden

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Title: Hope’s Rebellion
Author: Jade Varden
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Fantasy
First published: December 30th 2013
Finished reading: October 16th 2014
Pages: 169
Rating 4,5

“Drexi made it very clear that she thought allowing a machine to decide their futures was very silly. Rinna thought choosing by hair color was much, much worse.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly given to me by the author through Ethereal Book Reviews in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
(Guest Reviewer Program) ***

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When I first heard about Hope’s Rebellion, I wasn’t sure I would like the novel. It might have been the cover (I normally don’t like faces on a cover, especially when they are too photoshopped), it might have been the fact I needed a break from all those YA dystopian novels. But I’m glad I decided to read this ARC by Jade Varden anyway, as I absolutely loved the story. Unfortunately some of the characters and actions are close to becoming cliche at certain points (I hate love triangles!), but I did enjoy the various plot twists. I definitely didn’t see the ending coming! Hope’s Rebellion is in a way a criticism on the superficiality of deciding the future of children based on their looks. Being blonde myself, I could definitely relate to Rinna; I would have hated to live in Godenor (the dystopian world the story takes place) and being used as a ‘breading cow’ just because of the color of my hair. The other characters are easy to relate to as well, and I like that none of them are ‘perfect’. It’s an easy and entertaining read and definitely worth your time!

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When you are living in Godenor, your faith is sealed as soon as you are born based on something simple as the color of your hair. There are not a lot of blondes left in Godenor, and those few who are born with this precious gift are treated like kings and queens. Unfortunately, not everyone born with the golden hair wants the special treatment they receive. Rinna hates that people only stare at her golden locks and don’t  judge her for who she really is. She doesn’t want to be the next ‘breeding cow’ as she phrases it, and feels nothing but envy for her two not-so-fortunate friends. Drexi and Prelly have only escaped slavedom by accident and are now schooled to become useful members of the Godenor society. The teachers don’t feel Rinna needs the same education as her friends, as she is destined to become a Mother. Her role: giving birth to precious blonde babies. Rinna is desperately searching for a way to escape her faith…

Prelly and Drexi have their own problems. Prelly is incredibly shy and doesn’t believe she has any talents, while Drexi is in love with a boy she can never have. Only Mothers can have relationships, something Drexi will never be. And Wren is destined to become a soldier and future ‘mate’ of one of the golden girls. When they finally graduate fate is cruel and soon friendships are started to fade and a love triangle is born. There is a rebellion taking place, and while Drexi and Wren are trying to catch the rebel leader, Rinna has some secrets of her own…

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Hope’s Rebellion is without doubt worth reading if you like the YA dystopia genre. The plot twists, interesting characters and easy-to-read prose makes this novel a perfect read for a nice afternoon or evening off. It’s short, sweet and good, but be warned: don’t become too attached to the characters like I did!

WWW Wednesdays – October 22nd

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

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7020181I’ve started reading The Dead Zone by Stephen King last weekend, but then realized I needed to finish reading some other books I promised to lend out first. I’m crossing my fingers I will be finishing One Day by David Nicholls later today or tomorrow, because I promised to give it this Friday… It’s an interesting read so far and I definitely want to finish it before I lend it out.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

hopesrebellionamatterofhonourI finished Hope’s Rebellion, an ARC written by Jade Varden, last week, and I’m in the process of writing a full review. I’ve also finishing A Matter Of Honour by Jeffrey Archer the other day, which I will post a review of before the end of the week… It seems like I have been reading quite a mix of genres lately.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

21964071To be honest, I have no idea. Did you ever had that feeling you have too many books you want to read at the same time? I guess that’s the problem I’m having at the moment…  I will probably settle for some pending ARC’s first, and read Elemental Rancor: A Chronicle Of Consequence by Charles Lominec… To be followed by something creepy to celebrate Halloween.

Top Ten Tuesday: October 21st: Top New Series I Want To Start

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The Broke And The Bookish presents us every week a new top ten with a different theme. And this Tuesday’s theme is the Top New Series I Want To Start. There are quite a few series I still have to start on my TBR, but these are the ones I want to start reading soon. In no particular order:

Teaser Tuesdays – October 21st: One Day

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I know it seems like I have fallen of the radar for the last week or so… Life has been busy lately and with that reading time is reduced to the minimum; blogging time being almost non existent. I have been able to finish two books though, and I’m currently reading the third: One Day by David Nicholls. It’s nothing like my typical reads and quite refreshing… It’s about what happens to the two main characters Emma and Dexter on each July 15th during twenty years. The way their lives and friendship evolve makes it an interesting read, although the fact that they have the friends-who-are-sexually-attracted-to-each-other thing going on makes the story a bit cliche. I’ve read about 150 pages so far, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

7020181“Dexter adjusted his face into an expression of larky self-deprecation and marched on past he pavement taverna, eyes fixed forward, ignoring the wolf-whistles. They headed into the town, and coming up a narrow alley they suddenly found themselves facing the couple from the beach, red-faced with booze and sun, clinging to each other drunkenly as they tottered down the steps towards the harbour. They stared, bemused, at Dexter’s blue sacking mini-skirt.”

What are you reading right now?

Black Roses – by Jane Thynne

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Title: Black Roses
(Berlin Series #1)
Author: Jane Thynne
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery
First published: February 2013
Finished reading: October 14th 2014
Pages: 471
Rating 1,5

“Perhaps, he thought, there was some strange satisfaction to be derived from confining savage animals here, given that the savagery outside this place was the kind that couldn’t be confined.”

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I am SO disappointed with Black Roses. I even came to the point that I was about to DNF it, and I practically NEVER leave a book unfinished. I guess I probably decided to continue because the book was a gift and it just didn’t feel right not finishing it. But it sure felt like a waste of time. I normally love historical fiction novels. Especially when they are set during or between WWI and WWII. But this novel by Jane Thynne just couldn’t convince me. Sure, it shows she investigated the topic thoroughly and I don’t think she got the facts wrong. But the characters were so cliche and boring that I just couldn’t be bothered with what happened with them. And that for an English girl who is spying on the German female Nazi elite. Not recommended, unless you need an alternative for sleeping pills…

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The story is set in the Berlin of the year 1933, and Hitler is gaining power and influence. People around Europe are becoming worried and so is the English government. The young English actress Clara Vine is not aware of the dangers of Berlin. She decides to escape to Germany to follow her acting dream and unwillingly gets involved with some of the elite Nazi wives. Among them is Magda Goebbels, and she seems to fully trust Clara. Just as the English actress doesn’t want to continue seeing the Nazi wives, she meets an undercover agent working for British intelligence. Leo sees the true potential of her ‘friendship’ with Magda and the others, and asks her to become a spy.

Clara is not convinced at all, since it will not only ask for all of her acting skills, but also means that she will have to continue dating the Nazi Officer Muller. But when she finds out that her grandmother is actually a Jew, she is determined to do whatever she can to help the British intelligence. Soon she is in more trouble than both Leo and herself would have hoped as Magda Goebbles reveals an enormous secret… Magda asks for her help, and even though Clara knows that was is asked of her is extremely dangerous, she agrees to do it. And those actions do have consequences…

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Like I said before, I expected so much more of Black Roses. The entire novel has been a huge disappointment, and I definitely don’t recommend it. There are a lot of great historical fiction novels out there, and this is not one of them. It is such a shame, since the story had so much potential…

WWW Wednesdays – October 15th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

hopesrebellionamatterofhonourI have started Hope’s Rebellion and since it doesn’t have that many pages and it’s good, I will probably finish it soon. It’s an ARC written by Jade Varden. I’m also reading A Matter Of Honour by Jeffrey Archer, mostly because I have to finish it before next week…

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

divinefallblackrosesOf Divine Fall I have already uploaded my review. Like I said before, this novel by Kathryn Knight is surely an entertaining read and definitely worth it if you like paranormal/fantasy romance novels. I’ve also finished Black Roses by Jane Thynne yesterday, and it was a huge disappointment. A full rant/review will be posted tommorrow.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

11573479309Probably The Dead Zone by Stephen King or Naked In Death by J.D. Robb… I’m in need of a good horror/thriller/mystery story, and either of the two seem a good choice. I will probably go with The Dead Zone though, just because I know Stephen King mostly delivers with his stories.