Teaser Tuesdays #157 – September 19th: It

TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme hosted at The Purple Booker. 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’m sure I’m not the only one doing this, but I thought the movie coming out was a good excuse to finally tackle this monster. Plus, I still needed a 800+ pages book to complete a challenge and this one seems to be doing the trick abundantly. xD I’ll be honest I have not a clue what It will exactly be about and I like it that way… I’m only a few pages in, but I’m definitely hoping to finish it within the next month or so. Stephen King, bring it on!

My teaser (1%):

“Smells of dirt and wet and long-gone vegetables would merge into one unmistakable ineluctable smell, the smell of the monster, the apotheosis of all monsters. It was the smell of something for which he had no name: the smell of It, crouched and lurking and ready to spring.”

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BOOK REVIEW: Our Dark Duet – by Victoria Schwab @veschwab

Title: Our Dark Duet
(Monsters Of Verity #2)
Author: Victoria Schwab

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Dystopia
First published: June 13th 2017
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Finished reading: September 12th 2017
Pages: 533

“The world was complicated. Life was hard. And so often, living hurt. So make it worth the pain.”

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It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Victoria Schwab‘s books and my review might sound a bit biased or like a typical fangirl blabbering about how awesome this particular book was. Because I’m not going to lie and say that even though I finished Our Dark Duet quite a few days ago, I still haven’t recovered. I read the first book of this duology, This Savage Song, last year and completely fell in love with the worldbuilding, writing and characters. It’s true nothing can quite replace or outshine the Shades Of Magic series, but I like to see them as two completely separate stories and worlds to love and cherish. I reread the first book before starting the sequel, and this has definitely reconfirmed my love for this duology. The worldbuilding is actually quite simple and the strength of this story is in both the brilliant writing, the main characters and the constant threat of danger and monsters hiding in dark corners as well as on the next page. Our Dark Duet adds a whole different level and a new monster to the equation, and I quite liked this addition. I just loved seeing my favorite characters evolve and react to the dangerous situations they find themselves in… And even though the ending crushed me, I realy admire Victoria Schwab for her courage to do what she did. This story set in a dystopian world where monsters are real has never been a happy story, and by no means can be called just another sappy YA fantasy story. Because Monsters Of Verity is anything but. Sure, there is a dash of romance included, but there’s no love triangle, no cheesy romance scenes, no all-consuming romantic plot. No, instead you get a double dose of suspense, action, monsters and a whole lot of awesomeness in general. To say that the writing is excellent is an understatement, but then again it is Victoria Schwab we are talking about. Don’t compare this duology to Shades Of Magic, because you will most likely end up being disappointed. Instead, see Monsters Of Verity as something new and completely different, and let the characters and their dystopian world full of monsters enchant you.

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WARNING: Possible spoilers! Please don’t read this summary if you haven’t read the first book of this duology yet. I’ll keep the summary super short but it’s impossible to keep it completely spoiler-free…

There is no way back after what happened… Nearly six months after Kate and August first met, the war between monsters and humans has become very real. August Flynn has always wanted to be human, but knows he will always be a monster in the end. He will have to make some difficult choices now he is seen as a leader during the battle agains the other monsters. Kate Harker on the other hand is far away in Prosperity hunting the monsters the people living there don’t even know that exist… Doing what she does best until a new monster shows up and messes up everything. What will happen to the two characters and Verity in general? Will the monsters finally win?

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Error, page not found… Excuse me while my mind recovers from the blow. Because WOW. Victoria Schwab wasn’t kidding when she said this wasn’t a happy story; I admire her all the more for it even though this book kind of broke my heart… Bulldozer or not, I loved this story and how things developed after the first book ended. I’m not saying this Monsters Of Verity duology can compete with the Shades Of Magic trilogy, but I like to see them as two completely separate series that both deserve all the love. Because both have deserved a well earned place among my other all time favorite books and characters. I’m having a feeling Kate, August, Kell and Lila would make a very interesting group indeed! 😉


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Bookstagram Sunday #11 – September 17th

I’ve recently decided to create a separate place to share my recent Bookstagram photos rather than squeezing them all into one huge wrap up post every month. I’ve only started using Instagram for my bookish photos back in January but I have quickly fallen in love with the Bookish community there. And while I don’t think my photos come even close to the many gorgeous accounts and photos there, I’m having a lot of fun adding my own photos to the mix!

As at of my 5 Step Plan to beat my reading/blogging slump, I’ve decided to limit my social media time… Which also means I’ve been posting on my Instagram a lot less than normal. These photos below are actually of the last three weeks instead of one. All four featuring my kindle, and some of them with some bonus photos of my kitties. 😉 My favorite photo this time is without doubt the second one!

Feel free to add me at @yvo_about_books if you want to! I will always follow back bookstagram accounts.

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Stacking The Shelves #30 – September 16th

Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I’ve been behaving really well with my ARCs and I’m actually below the magical number of five pending ARCs right now! *happy dance* That’s the only reason I gave in when Bookouture posted not one, but FOUR of my most anticipated releases in the last two weeks!! I already read half of them and will start The Mistake soon… Plus, I’m still at only four pending titles so no real damage done right? 😉

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I hope everyone is having a great weekend! ❤


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10 More TBR Jar Picks: The Numbers

I have been using my TBR jar for a long time now, although I only started keeping track of them just before the end of 2014. I have had mixed results with the ‘official’ rules, and therefore decided that I would create my own more relaxed rules and a shiny new TBR jar as well. I have been reading a lot of randomly chosen books since, and last year I finally made it to magic number of 25 TBR jar picks. It took me way longer than expected to read the next ten titles though, but now it’s finally time to present the following ten TBR jar picks to the world.

First of all, let me introduce you to the 10 books that have made it to this list:

26. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (May 13th 2016) (4 stars)
27. The Opposite Of Loneliness by Marina Keegan (June 11th 2016) (3,5 stars)
28. The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz (July 23rd 2016) (2 stars)
29. Secret Letters by Leah Scheier (August 21st 2016) (3 stars)
30. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (November 2nd 2016) (3,5 stars)

31. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (November 22nd 2017) (5 stars)
32. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (June 30th 2017) (2,5 stars)
33. The Five Stages Of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson (February 14th 2017) (3,5 stars)
34. Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard (August 2nd 2017) (2,5 stars)
35. The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson (August 20th 2017) (4,5 stars)

Let’s review my TBR jar choices, shall we? On to the numbers…

First of all some quick facts. The 10 books on this list have a total page count of 3.384 pages; an average of about 338 pages per book. The average rating is 3,4 stars, which is actually quite low considering 2 books had a 4,5 or 5 star rating and only 3 books received a rating below 3 stars. Still it seems like my TBR jar in general gives me pretty good choices.

And now some graphics for those who like them as much as I do. 😉

This graphic is actually quite surprising since I have been reading a lot of Adult books this year, but I guess my TBR jar wants me to read mostly YA? The MG number isn’t all that strange because I hardly read books belonging to that age group in the first place.

I somehow seem to read a lot more books written by female authors in general, so this graphic isn’t all that surprising. I still do wish to balance this number more in the future, but with the TBR jar making the choices it won’t be easy. xD

The main genre is basically the most dominant genre I think each book belongs to. I’m actually surprised so many books were contemporary romance, because it’s not my favorite genre… Historical fiction isn’t a surprise, but what was unexpected is the fact only one of the books belonged to the mystery/thriller genre.

I have been reading less series in general, so I’m not all that surprised most TBR jar picks were stand-alones. I do have a few series I really want to get to, but in general it’s not the TBR jar that makes me pick them up. 😉

Most books that belong to my list of TBR jar picks are recently published, which is no surprise since I’m guilty of reading a lot of recently published books in the first place. It did surprise me books were published in 2014 or before! And one of them was a classic published in the 19th century.

Last graphic: unsurprisingly most books I’ve read have between 300 and 399 pages, which seems to be the norm with the books I’ve read so far this year as well. No short and very long reads here, although two titles did have 400 pages or more.

Tired of numbers yet? I know I am! That’s it for this TBR jar picks review; I’m looking forward to the next 10… Do you have a TBR jar and does it work for you? Feel free to comment. 🙂


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WWW Wednesdays #154 – September 13th

WWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

At the time I’m writing this WWW I’m still reading The Dollmaker Of Krakow by R.M. Romero, but most likely I will already have finished it by the time this post goes live. Because I’m flying through this middle grade historical fiction/fantasy read. Very unique and intriguing so far… I’m also starting Beartown by Fredrik Backman; A Man Called Ove is one of my all time favorites so I still don’t know why it took me this long to pick it up. Straight after I will continue with A Different Blue by Amy Harmon, because it’s been too long since I last read one of her stories. Gotta love finally reading my own books again. ❤

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

1. The Surrogate by Louise Jensen (4,5/5 stars) REVIEW
If you are looking for your next psychological thriller, you have just found your story. Because The Surrogate is perfect for any fan of the genre and will leave you both speechless and mindblown by the last page. The story starts out rather conventional and gives you that false security that you have already figured out what is probably going to happen… And then the plot twists bombs start falling and you will discover you were SO wrong about everything. Oh yes, The Surrogate will mess with your mind and you will love every single minute of it. Because this is one brilliantly executed psychological thriller.

2. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab REREAD (5/5 stars) OLD REVIEW
This one was a reread in preparation of the second and final book of the duology and I loved it just as much the second time around. But then again, it’s Schwab we’re talking about and everything she touches seems to turn into gold in the first place. BRILLIANT.

3. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (5/5 stars) REVIEW 15/09
Error, page not found… Excuse me while my mind recovers from the blow. Because WOW. Victoria Schwab wasn’t kidding when she said this wasn’t a happy story… I admire her all the more for it even though this book kind of broke my heart… Bulldozer or not, I loved this story and how things developed. I’m not saying this Monsters Of Verity duology can compete with the Shades Of Magic trilogy, but I like to see them as two completely separate series that both deserve all the love.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

I’m pickin up The Mistake by K.L. Slater next even though it’s recently due next month… I loved her previous books so I can’t wait to dive into this one! ! I also want to read Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin as well as Heartless by Marissa Meyer. Both have been on my TBR for way too long now. And my latest TBR jar pick is still Flowers For Algéron by Daniel Keyes, a modern classic that I can conveniently use for one of the challenges as well and hope to read before the end of this month.


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Teaser Tuesdays #156 – September 12th: The Dollmaker Of Krakow

TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme hosted at The Purple Booker. 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’m currently reading one of my last pending Netgalley ARCs: The Dollmaker Of Krakow by R.M. Romero. This Middle Grade story set during WWII has been compared to The Boy In The Striped Pajamas (one of my all time favorites) and not only has a stunning cover but also sounds wonderful. I’m not that far into it yet, but I’m having a feeling it’s going to be a fast read!

My teaser (3%):

“ It took only a single touch for her to realize that the crack that had raced up her cheek in the Land of the Dolls was gone. When she lowered her arm, her fingers were smudged with blush-pink paint that smelled fresh.”

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