Friday Finds #121 – February 17th

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FRIDAY FINDS 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 Always Sometimes – by Adi Alsaid

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Title: Never Always Sometimes
Author: Adi Alsaid
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
First published: August 4th 2015
Finished reading: January 10th 2016
Pages: 320
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“Human beings are more or less formulas. Pun intended. We are not any one thing that is mathematically provable. We are more or less than we are anything. We are more or less kind, or more or less not. More or less selfish, happy, wise, lonely.”

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For a novel that has been mentioned a lot last year, Never Always Sometimes has quite a low goodreads rating. I have been doubting whether to read it, but curiosity won over and I picked up a copy of this novel by Adi Alsaid anyway. I have to say that after reading it, I’m having mixed thoughts about this story. At first glance it’s a fast read and quite entertaining. The ‘playful’ friendship between Dave and Julia makes for quite a few funny moments and I like the fact that they decide to fight the high school cliches by actually doing every single one of them on their Never list. BUT. And now comes the big but: what is supposed to be them fighting cliches and being original actually turns out in quite a cliche plot and character development. And then I’m not even talking about the love triangle OR the ending. The love triangle is annoying and kind of ruins the original chemistry between the two main characters. And the ending… I don’t want to spoil things, but let’s just say it was completely unsatisfying. Would I recommend Never Always Sometimes? Maybe, but only as long as you like the genre, don’t set your expectations too high and aren’t allergic to crappy love triangles.

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Dave and Julia have been best friends for years. Before starting high school, they vowed to never end up as cliche high school kids and made a list of Nevers: things they shouldn’t do during their high school years. Never sit at the same lunch table, never dye your hair a color of the rainbow, never hook up with a teacher… Some of these rules are simple, but what about never pining secretly after someone or never dating your best friend? Dave has a secret Julia doesn’t know anything about: he has been in love with her for as long as he can remember. So when Julia suggests to do every Never on the list, Dave sees a chance to maybe finally confess his feelings to her. And not only that: they both discover they might actually have been missing out on high school by not doing all those cliche things…

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I liked the general idea behind Never Always Sometimes and the friendship between the two main characters Dave and Julia. Their interactions in the first part of the book are quite funny, especially Julia who doesn’t have a clue Dave is in love with her. But as an overall this book was too much of a cliche for me, the love triangle was really annoying and the ending was not satisfying at all. Slightly original, yes, but I don’t think I’m the only one who wished the story would have been over after the roadtrip.

WWW Wednesdays #73 – January 13th

wwwwednesdaysWWW 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?

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I finally picked up Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and so far I’m absolutely loving it. I can’t wait to continue reading it later today! Looks like this is one of those books that is actually worth the hype around it…

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* The first book I finished since last week is Serafina And The Black Cloak by Robert Beatty. A very good middle grade story that has a good mix of fantasy and scary elements and I really liked the prose.
* I then finished All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry. I was more than pleasantly surprised by this historical fiction novel. Such an original, beautifully written and emotional story!
* I was in the mood for another crime read so I picked up Confessions Of A Murder Suspect by James Patterson. It’s the first time I read a Patterson YA novel, but I flew through the pages and it was a really entertaining read.
* Afterwards I decided to read Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl since it has become a tradition to reread at least one or two Roald Dahl books a year. He is one of my favorite childhood authors and I always love rereading his work. This is not my favorite, but still good.
* The last book I finished during the read-a-thon was Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid.  I can’t say I was impressed by this one. It wasn’t terrible but there were some parts that really bothered me…
* The last book on this list, Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, was not as great as I would have thought either. It’s definitely a dark, twisted and disturbing read with many crazy plot twists and a somewhat surprising ending, but it took me a long time to actually finish it and I didn’t like the characters…

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I have a new ARC waiting for me: Eternal War Armies Of Saints by Livio Gambarini. This book set in the 13th century is a mix of historical fiction and fantasy and I’m really looking forward to it! I really should read The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings as well, so I can at least start finishing all those poor neglected series… Although I will probably read Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng first. Last but not least, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is still my newest TBR jar pick.

Friday Finds #5 – July 18th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading FRIDAY FINDS showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered this week and added to my readinglist. I’m an ‘adding junkie‘ and my TBR list at Goodreads is already exploding, but I still love to find new potential treasures. This week has been quite busy and I’m finally almost up-to-date with recent reviews (a review of The Glass Castle will me posted later tonight)… I squeezed in some time for book hunting though and I found a few interesting ones; they are listed below.

My finds:

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