BOOK REVIEW: The Death Cure – by James Dashner

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 Title: The Death Cure
(The Maze Runner #3)
Author: James Dashner
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopia
First published: October 11th 2011
Finished reading: August 20th 2015
Pages: 325

Rating 2

“I don’t think there is a right or wrong anymore. Only horrible and not-quite-so-horrible.”

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To be honest, I mostly read The Death Cure because I want to start finishing series and not because I was actually looking forward to it. I didn’t really enjoy the first two books and now I’ve read the last one I can’t say I was impressed by it either. I felt The Death Cure lacked a proper plot and I wasn’t a big fan of the ending. It just felt too forced and it kind of came out of the blue; I guess The Maze Runner series is yet another one that suffers from the disappointing-third-book-syndrome. James Dashner‘s prose was still filled with the annoying slang that bothered me in the previous books. The pace is pretty fast, but due to the lack of plot it took me longer than usual to finish The Death Cure. I’m glad I’ve finally finished this series (although still have to read The Kill Order), but I can’t say I would actually recommend reading it. I just feel there are way better dystopian series out there…

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WARNING: do not read this summary if you haven’t read the first two books of the series yet! It will most likely contain spoilers, even though I’ve made sure to keep it short.

WICKED has been playing with Thomas his mind ever since he woke up in the maze; slowly taking away everything from him. His memories, his life, his friends… But they promised the trials would be over, just one final test and Thomas and his friends would be free to do as they wish. What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers quite a few things; enough for him not to trust them at all. But who can he trust? And can he really afford to keep escaping the truth and save his friends at the same time? Things are about to get even more complicated…

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The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials were still somewhat enjoyable despite the problems I had with them, but The Death Cure is definitely my least favorite of the bunch. In addition to the annoying slang and characters I don’t really like, the third book also doesn’t really have a clear plot and the ending doesn’t actually make sense. I’m not sure I will start another James Dashner series any time soon: there are too many series out there I still want to read and the prose, plot and characters of The Maze Runner series have never fully convinced me.

The Random Question Tag

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I saw this tag over at A Kernel Of Nonsense yesterday and considered myself auto-tagged. 😀 Somehow answering weird random questions with a mild hangover on a Sunday morning seemed like the right thing to do. 😉 Here we go!

Do you like blue cheese?

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I love LOVE cheese, but blue cheese isn’t one of my favorites. I mean, it’s not exactly tasty looking or smells delicious, right?

Do you own a gun?

Ehm no. My dog will have to do the job… Although he’s tecnically still a puppy. 😉

What flavour of Kool-Aid was your favourite?

I don’t think I’ve ever tried Kool-Aid; I guess they don’t sell it in the countries I’ve visited so far…

Do you get nervous before a doctor’s appointment?

Hmm doctor no unless I know something might be wrong. But I hate going to the dentist!

What do you think of hot dogs?

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Only if there really isn’t something else to eat… I don’t mind the sausage but there tends to be too much sauce and dry bread involved to my taste. I prefer the Argentinian choripan as a snack!

Favourite Christmas movie?

Home-Alone

I used to watch Home Alone 1 and 2 over and over when I was little. 😀

What do you prefer to drink in the morning?

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I normally drink a cup of tea when I wake up, but I also drink a lot of mate (Argentinian drink) if my hubby is at home… It’s very strong when you first try it, but I’ve learned to love it! 😀

Can you do push ups?

If you mean me trying a few and then collapsing straight after, I might.

What’s your favourite piece of jewellery?

I don’t use a lot of jewellery, but I always wear a silver heart shaped necklace my hubby gave me for my birthday two years ago.

What’s your favourite shoe?

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Definitely my Converse All Stars. I normally don’t care much about brands, but I have been wearing these in all kinds of colors for years now. The ones above are the ones I currently use a lot. 😀

Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?

This tag is making me huungryyy. I need to prepare lunch. Why does my cat always follow me around?

Name 3 drinks you regularly drink?

Tea, water, mate.

Do you own slippers?

I have some I only use when it’s really cold outside.

Favourite Colour?

That’s an easy one: blue! I love everything blue and I’ve even painted part of the walls and the door blue at home. 😀

What song do you sing in the shower?

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I don’t sing in the shower, because that will probably make the windows break. I’m a terrible singer and proud of it haha. They don’t ask me to sing during karaoke events for nothing… 😉

Do you love where you live?

I love Argentina; it’s really become my new home… The town I live in is small and quiet, but it’s really easy to go to Buenos Aires if I want to. And I love the fact that there are so many different things to see in Argentina!

 

You want to answer some random questions too? Consider yourself tagged! 😀

BOOK REVIEW: My Heart And Other Black Holes – by Jasmine Warga

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Title: My Heart And Other Black Holes
Author: Jasmine Warga
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
First published: February 10th 2015
Finished reading: August 19th 2015
Pages: 320
Rating 4,5qqq

“Life can seem awful and unfixable until the universe shifts a little and the observation point is altered, and then suddenly, everything seems more bearable.”

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I’ve had my eyes on My Heart And Other Black Holes ever since I first heard about it last year, and not just because of the beautiful cover. Depression and teenage suicide is a hard topic both to write about and to get right. I’ve read various raving reviews in the past that made me really look forward to this read despite the heavy subject… And now I’ve finished it I can say this novel was just as good as I was hoping for. The story has interesting characters that are well developed and feel ‘real’. Jasmine Warga was able to describe depression really well with the help of both main characters Aysel and Roman. They want to end their lives for different reasons and especially Aysel gives you a really good idea of what depression really feels like. The prose is simply beautiful; I have so many quotes highlighted on my kindle! I really enjoyed the plot as well, and all in all I would definitely recommend My Heart And Other Black Holes to those who enjoy reading realistic fiction and don’t mind a ‘heavy’ read.

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After her Turkish father committed a terrible crime and was sent to jail, Aysel was left to deal with the consequences. The whole town wants to blame her for what her father did and even her own mother can barely look at her…  Her mother has remarried after leaving Aysel’s father a few years ago and Aysel now has to live with her stepfather. Aysel is depressed and feels that most of her ‘new’ family doesn’t really want her there… And when she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, she decides it’s time to say goodbye to this world. Aysel replies to a message and meets the second half of her suicide pact: Roman. They don’t have anything in common and Aysel doesn’t understand why someone like Roman would want to end his life… But it turns out that both have their own reasons why. Will they really go through with their plan?

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My Heart And Other Black Holes isn’t a light read and will definitely make you think. Lately there have been published a lot of books about teen suicide, but this one without doubt stands out from the rest. It’s an original story, the characters are interesting and well developed and I loved both the plot and prose as well. All in all a very interesting read if you like the genre and don’t mind the heavy subject.

BOOK REVIEW: Fairest – by Marissa Meyer

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Title: Fairest
(The Lunar Chronicles #3.5)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling
First published: January 27th 2015
Finished reading: August 19th 2015
Pages: 222
Rating 4

“She cried for the girl who had never belonged. A girl who tried so hard, harder than anyone else, and still never had anything to show for it.”

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A lot of people probably have realized by now I love The Lunar Chronicles. This series is easily one of my favorite reads this year and I can’t wait for the fourth book Winter to be published. To make the wait a little less painful, I decided to finally read Fairest. I haven’t been enjoying the novellas as much as the main series so far and this one isn’t an exception. Don’t get me wrong: I still love the prose, setting and everything, but I just feel something is missing. The fact that Levana isn’t one of my favorite characters might be a problem, although I still enjoyed learning more about how she became the person she is in the main series. Fairest also gives you a little sneak peek of the Winter character… Which made me wish it was November already. If you enjoyed Marissa Meyer‘s series so far, you will like this one as well. Just make sure you don’t read it before you finish Cress

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WARNING: do not read this summary if you haven’t read the first three books in the series yet! It will most likely contain spoilers, even though I’ve made sure to keep it short.

Most people already know Queen Levana uses her glamour at all times to hide her true face. But what they don’t know is why she feels she has to. In Fairest, we learn all about Levana’s past and her cruel sister Channery… The past that damaged her and made her into the person she is today. Because Levana wasn’t always the evil person she seems to be today and she does have feelings after all…

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Even though I’m not a big fan of Levana’s character it was nice to learn more about her past; it makes her more human and it’s easier to understand the current situation. Maybe I didn’t enjoy Fairest as much as the main series, but Marissa Meyer‘s prose is just as magical as ever and I would definitely recommend reading this one. Plus, it includes an excerpt for Winter; a huge bonus for those who want to know what happens next!

BOOK REVIEW: The Martian – by Andy Weir

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Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller, Adventure
First published: February 11th 2014
Finished reading: August 18th 2015
Pages: 369
Rating 5

“I need to ask myself, ‘What would an Apollo astronaut do?’ He’d drink three whiskey sours, drive his Corvette to the launchpad, then fly to the moon in a command module smaller than my Rover. Man those guys were cool.”

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The Martian has been all over the blogosphere lately and it sounded like a very interesting read, so I thought it was about time I finally read it. In general I’m a bit hesitant towards overhyped books and I normally don’t read a lot of books set in space either… But I’m glad I decided to read this story by Andy Weir anyway, because The Martian was definitely an exception to the overhyped books rule. This book was simply brilliant. The main character, the plot, the prose… Everything was perfectly done and there were so many quotes marked on my kindle! The story of the main character and astronaut Mark Watney is one of extreme survival, but it’s also full of technical/scientific details I loved and funny moments that made me laugh out loud at points. It’s the perfect mix of science, adventure and humor that will speak to a very broad public… Even to those who normally don’t really like stories set in space like me. The Martian is without doubt one of my favorite reads this year and I would recommend it with my eyes closed!

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A few days ago, astronaut Mark Watney was just one of the first people to set foot on Mars, but things have gone terribly wrong since. A mayor dust story forces the crew to evacuate, but Mark never made it back to the ship… The rest of the crew thinks he’s dead and leave him behind. Mark is now stranded and completely alone on the foreign planet, but his resourcefulness helps him survive the first crucial days. He takes a crash course in Surviving On Mars 101 and soon he found himself a daily routine. He has no way to contact Earth to tell everyone he’s alive, but Mark is working on that. He will have to succeed to survive; there are a lot of things that can kill him on Mars and he is slowly running out of supplies and time…

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I can definitely understand why The Martian has won already so many awards, because this book is simply brilliant. Even if you aren’t into the whole space genre, you cannot help but enjoy this story, feel for the character and be amazed by his resourcefulness while surviving on Mars. The plot keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time and I loved the prose and character development. This book has made it straight to my favorites list and I would love to read more of Andy Weir‘s work in the future. 110% recommended!

Friday Finds #51 – August 28th

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at A Daily Rhythm and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads.  Below a selection of my newest additions; click on the book descriptions to go to its Goodreads page! 😀

My finds:

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BOOK REVIEW: Never Never – by Colleen Hoover

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Title: Never Never
(Never Never #1)
Author: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
First published: January 7th 2015
Finished reading: August 17th 2015
Pages: 159
Rating 3,5

“How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you’ve never met.”

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I’ve had Never Never on my wishlist ever since I first heard about it last year. I’ve never read anything by Colleen Hoover before because I’m not really into romance… But Never Never sounded like an interesting read so I decided to give it a go to get an idea of her work. I have to say I’m not disappointed. Colleen Hoover wrote this novella with Tarryn Fisher and together they created a very interesting story with an even more painful cliffhanger ending. I’m so glad I have part two on my kindle as well so I can find out how the story continues! I sure hope the cliffhanger at the end of the second part won’t be as bad, because it will be a long wait for part three… That said, I’m not sure if I’m a big fan of the main characters and some of their actions don’t make a lot of sense (why o why don’t they hide the papers in their pockets for easy access?!). Still, I can’t deny Never Never is an entertaining read that will leave you wanting for more. Recommended!

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Charlie and Silas have been best friends since they could walk and in love since they were fourteen… But since this morning they cannot remember anything of their past. Suddenly they are complete strangers, but they decide to stick together to find out what is wrong with them. They seem to be the only two affected by memory loss and the couple is determined to find out why. Charlie and Silas will have to work undercover to find out the truth about what happened to them… But the truth isn’t always what you want to hear.

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Never Never is short, entertaining and very well written. I’m not sure I like the main characters, but the whole mystery around their memory loss sucked me right into the story. I can’t wait to find out more about what happened to them! Warning: Never Never ends with a huge cliffhanger, so it’s best to have a copy of the sequel ready before you start this one. 😉 I will definitely try more of Colleen Hoover‘s work in the future!