Musing Mondays 4

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme created by booksandabeat that asks you to answer one of the following questions as well as a bonus question that changes every week.

Questions:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

Bonus Question:

What was the last book you didn’t finish? Why?

 

Up next I think I’ll read…

A Monster Calls

 

A Monster calls by Patrick Ness

I have been hearing so many great things about this book and am eager to read it.

 

 

 

What was the last book you didn’t finish? Why?

The last book I didn’t finish was Winterspell by Claire Legrand. The reason is that I did not enjoy it at all. I did not like the characters or the story and I just could not get over the weirdness.

What are your answers to these questions? 🙂

Luna.

 

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February book haul

February is almost over so I figured I would show you all the books I bought this month. I did not buy quite as many books as I did in January but I still bought A LOT! 22 to be exact. I have a problem….

Here is a picture of my haul:

IMG_2951I bought 11 hardbacks, 3 paperbacks and 8 kindle books.

 Did any of you go crazy with your book buying this month? What books did you buy? 🙂

Luna.

Reign of shadows review

Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows, #1)

Reign of shadows by Sophie Jordan

Publisher: Harper Teen

Publication date: February 9th 2016

My rating: 4.5

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.

I loved this book. It was such a fantastic fairy-tale set in a richly imagined, dark world.

The story is about a girl named Luna, who is living her life hidden away in a tower in the woods. She is a princess, on the day she was born a curse of darkness descended upon her parent’s kingdom and an evil chancellor saw his chance to cease the throne, and assassinated her parents. Her mother’s ladies-maid Perla managed to get her to safety whit the help of a palace guard named Sivo. Luna has lived her entire life in the tower and although she’s had a safe, comfortable life whit Perla and Sivo, she craves adventure. She wants to be out in the world, experiencing it for herself but Perla and Sivo feel it would be too dangerous because the king can’t find out she’s alive.

Luna gets her adventure when the tower is attacked and she flees whit the help of a young man named Fowler who is on his way to a city called Allu, which is rumoured to be monster free and have actual daylight. I can’t say anything about their journey without spoiling something, but wow these two face a lot of danger.

The book is told in alternating pov’s between Luna and Fowler. I personally preferred Luna’s voice because I liked her better and found her more interesting, but I enjoyed Fowler’s voice as well. I thought the dual point of view worked really well in this story because Fowler and Luna have led such different lives and if we only had one of their stories, we would not get such a strong impression of their world.

The world in this story was bleak not to mention dark. I mean there is no daylight ever, and only one hour of moonlight every night. This would not be that bad were it not for the Dark Dwellers, who I imagine look like weird, brown mole people whit red eyes, even though their looks are never specified. These creatures only go underground to sleep for the one hour of moonlight, making that the only time anyone can safely go outside. People also need to have deep stone floors or treehouses to be safe, because Dwellers come out of the ground. Then there is the hunger, the evil ruler and the dwindling population not to mention giant bats, that give you bat fever if you eat them.

I really liked Luna; she was strong, smart and never whined. She did what she had too and could hold her own in most situations. Fowler was a different story. I did not like him much when he was first introduced because he whined a lot. He also had a stupid attitude and was mean to Luna because he felt like she was a burden, even after she saves him. He did grow on me throughout the book though, and by the end, I liked him a little.

I gave this book 4.5 stars because it had a richly imagined world and characters that felt real. It did not get five stars because I did not like Fowler that much and there were some things that could have been better, for example the fact that Luna turns into a bit of a damsel in distress and only fights if Fowler can’t even though she is a great fighter.

In conclusion, I loved this book and need book two right now. I recommend it to fantasy fans, people who like retellings and everyone else. 🙂

Have any of you read this book? What did you think?

Luna.

The friday 56×4

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Fredasvoice.

Rules:

Grab a book, any book.

Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader

Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)

Post it.

Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

The Book:Proof of ForeverProof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer

Synopsis:

Before: It was the perfect summer of first kisses, skinny-dipping, and bonfires by the lake. Joy, Tali, Luce, and Zoe knew their final summer at Camp Okahatchee would come to an end, but they swore they’d stay friends.

After: Now, two years later, their bond has faded along with those memories.

Then: That is, until the fateful flash of a photo booth camera transports the four of them back in time, to the summer they were fifteen—the summer everything changed.

Now: The girls must recreate the past in order to return to the present. As they live through their second-chance summer, the mystery behind their lost friendship unravels, and a dark secret threatens to tear the girls apart all over again.

Always: Summers end. But this one will change them forever.

The 56:

“Zoe this isn’t a sci-fi TV show,” Luce says rather harshly. Zoe can see that her whole body is shaking. “This is real and it’s our lives. And we need to figure out how to fix it.” “We need to get back to reunion night,” Tali says, growing semihysterical. “I had plans!”

Luna.

Waiting on A drop of night

“waiting on” wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by  Breaking the spine, that spotlights  upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. A Drop of Night

A Drop of Night

By: Stefan Bachmann

expected publication: March 15th 2016 by Greenwillow Books  

Genre: YA, Mystery.

Goodreads

Goodreads description:

Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she’s been looking for—she’s been selected out of hundreds of other candidates to fly to France and help with the excavation of a vast, underground palace buried a hundred feet below the suburbs of Paris. Built in the 1780’s to hide an aristocratic family and a mad duke during the French Revolution, the palace has lain hidden and forgotten ever since. Anouk, along with several other gifted teenagers, will be the first to set foot in it in over two centuries.

Or so she thought.

But nothing is as it seems, and the teens soon find themselves embroiled in a game far more sinister, and dangerous, than they could possibly have imagined. An evil spanning centuries is waiting for them in the depths. . .

A genre-bending thriller from Stefan Bachmann for fans of The Maze Runner and Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods.

You cannot escape the palace.

You cannot guess its secrets.

why I’m waiting

  1. It sounds thrilling.
  2. I love good mystery stories.
  3. It takes place in an underground palace in Paris.

What are you guys curently waiting on? 🙂

Luna.

 

Musing Mondays 3

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme created by A Daily Rhythm that asks you to answer one of the following questions as well as a bonus question that changes every week.

Questions:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

Bonus Question:

How do you choose which books you read?

I’m currently reading…

The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1)

 

The Dark days club by Alison Goodman

I just started this book today and am only 50 pages in but so far, I’m enjoying it. 🙂

 

 

Something Like Fate

 

Something like fate by Susane Colasanti

I am almost finished whit this one and it was exactly what I wanted a light, fun contemporary.

 

 

How do you choose which books you read?

I mostly choose books that i see on booktube and other blogs and find interesting. I also just look at listopia on goodreads and pick books from there.

What are your answers to these questions? 🙂

Luna.

 

 

Siblinghood (Sisterhood) of the world blogger

siblinghood-awardFirst a big thank you to Allison @ allisonthereader for tagging me! I apriciate it. 😀

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their blog
  • Put the award logo on your blog
  • Answer the 10 questions sent to you
  • Make up 10 new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Nominate 10 blogs

Allison’s questions:

1 Do you ever wish to publish your own book?

Not really. I don’t think I’m a great writer and I prefer reading books. 🙂

2 What is your current read, and how far into it are you?

My current read is Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton and I am 109 pages in. So far, it is a good book.

3 If you could only read one author for the rest of your life, who would it be?

I have to go with J.K Rowling because I need Harry Potter in my life.

4 What book character reminds you of yourself and why?

Luna Lovegood from Harry potter because we have the same name, big blue eyes and blond hair. In addition, my nickname in school was Luni same as her and we are both often looked at as weird.

5 How many bookshelves do you have and what colour are they?

Right now, I have two black and grey bookshelves but next month I will be switching them out for three white ikea billy bookshelves.

6 Why do you read?

I read because i love going on adventures and getting lost in other worlds.

7 Least favourite book and why?

Immortal by Gillian Shields because the protagonist was so stupid. It also has the worst instalove ever. Just ugh!

8 Your number one book OTP?

I guess Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter I just love them together. I also ship Rose and Dimitri from Vampire academy! 🙂

9 If you could pull a character out of a book, which character would you pick and why?

I honestly have no clue. In fact, I don’t know if I would want to pull any character out of their book because it feels wrong.

10 What is your number one bookish goal for this year?

To read more books that are not YA. So far, I’m not doing great.

My questions:

  1. Would you rather go to Hogwarts or camp half-blood?
  2. Do you prefer hardcovers or paperbacks?
  3. What is your favourite YA fantasy book?
  4. What is your goodreads reading goal for 2016?
  5. What is the best bookish item you own?
  6. What is the scariest book you have ever read?
  7. Do you own a reading tablet?
  8. Where do you buy your books?
  9. Do you prefer vampires or werewolves?
  10. What is your favourite YA contemporary?

I tagg:

Ashley @ constantlywithabook

Raven and Beez @ ravenandbeez

Lizzie @ acciopadfoot

Cath @ trustinthewords

And anyone else who want’s this award 🙂

P.S sorry if you already have this award. 🙂

Luna.

 

 

Assassin’s Heart Review

Assassin's Heart (Assassin's Heart, #1)

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication date: February 2nd 2016

My rating: 4.5 stars

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.

I was expecting this book to be Meh because it is described as having shades of Romeo and Juliet and I tend to dislike books whit that kind of storyline but I did not dislike this story, in fact, I thought it was great. I can admit that it may not be the greatest story and the writing may not be fantastic but it sucked me in and I could not put it down.

Let me start of by saying that I did not feel like I was reading a Romeo and Juliet story. Sure, the book starts out by our protagonist Oleander (Lea) Saldana having a secret relationship whit Val Da Vias whose family happens to be her family’s competition. That is where the Romeo and Juliet stuff ends though.

The book takes place in the kingdom of Loverne where everyone worships the goddess Safraella who in reward protects the kingdom from ghosts. Lea is a Clipper, which essentially means she is a disciple of Safraella and delivers people to her so that they can be reborn. There are nine clipper families and they each have their own territories. Leas family the Saldanas who is the first family share a territory whit the Da Vias and after losing most of their Family to the plague, they know they have to be extra careful because the Da Vias who is the second family would murder them to become nr 1. Despite the animosity between their families, Lea is in love whit Val Da Vias and believes he would never hurt her, until her entire family is killed in a fire by his Family that he more than likely knew about. After the fire Lea only has one goal, to make the Da Vias pay no matter what. She sets out on a journey to find the only person who knows where the entrance to the Da Vias’s home is, her exiled uncle Marcello who lives in Yvain a city that does not worship Safraella.

What I liked

• I thought Lea was a great character. She was strong and badass but not afraid to cry and be vulnerable, which I loved. After the fire she knows Val had something to do whit it but she still has a hard time believing he could do that to her because of their relationship, which I feel is a natural reaction. After all, who wants to believe their boyfriend was a part of killing their entire family? No one that’s who.

• The assassin system in this book. I especially liked how each clipper family had their own colour, every clipper had a mask where half the side was white, and the other was their family’s colour whit an etched in design unique to the individual clipper. I also enjoyed the fact that the clippers was outside of the kings law because the serve Safraella and that there was hardly any crime in the kingdom because people know that if they do something wrong, someone will hire a clipper to dispose of them.

• The goddess Safraella. I found the concept of a kingdom worshiping the goddess of death and rebirth fascinating. People who were sick or poor in this kingdom would hire clippers to kill them so that they could be reborn to a better life. Safraella also protects the kingdom from ghosts, which are souls of people who don’t worship her, which brings me to my next point.

• The ghosts. These ghosts were angry and violent. They attack people who venture outside the borders of the kingdom and drag their soul from their bodies leaving the bodies to wander around aimlessly. Scary.

What I did not like

• I really did not like Mateo Da Vias. I won’t say why because spoiler but he was just horrible and it made me angry that Lea who is so smart and strong actually fell for him. I guess he did love her in his own twisted way but wow he was an ass.

• I felt like Lea is described as this badass assassin and yet there were times in this book where it almost seems like she can’t fight at all, which really annoyed me. One example is how she lets this sheriff in Yvain capture her without even trying to fight. It did not feel true to her character to give up.

• Her uncle. He was mean and refused to help her revenge the Family or even just to tell her where the entrance to the Da Vias’s home was. Sure, he says he just doesn’t want to be responsible for her death but still. Annoying uncle.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to people who love assassin stories.

Have any of you read this book? What did you think? 🙂

Luna.

 

The Friday 56×3

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Fredasvoice.

Rules:

Grab a book, any book.

Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader

Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)

Post it.

Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

The Book: Assassin's Heart (Assassin's Heart, #1)Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Synopsis:

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.

The 56:

From the hidden entrance, I slipped into the alley. I spent the entire day traveling shadow to shadow, searching the hatches for signs of my Family. The first I checked was the entrance the attackers had used, the one hidden by the church. I didn’t get too close. Someone would be watching, waiting to se if anyone would appear. I wasn’t stupid.

Luna.

The Libster award!

the-liebster-award

I got nominated by Lizzie @ Acciopadfoot. Thank you so much for the nomination! 😀

The rules:

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
  • Answer 11 question that the blog gives you.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
  • Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer.

Lizzie’s questions:

1.How long does it take you to write posts?

It depends on what kind of post I’m writing. Posts like Waiting on Wednesday take about 30-60 min and book reviews and longer posts take between two to four ours.

2. Do you have a set number of posts per week?

I try to write one post a day. I participate in three memes every week so I at least have three set posts each week.

3. Which item could you not live without?

I’m going to say my IPhone because I recently went a day without it and it was horrible.

4.Favourite childhood book?

Harry Potter!!! 😀

5. Tea or coffee?

Tea. I can’t stand the taste of coffee.

6. If you were on a desert island what 3 things would you take with you?

I would take a survival kit, a knife and my phone.

7. Hogwarts or Shadowhunter Academy?

Hogwarts! I want to be a witch.

8. What is your biggest fear?

I am terrified of al bugs, but especially wasps. I am so scared of being stung that I run away whenever I see a wasp.

9. How do you start your day?

With a cup of chocolate milk. I am very addicted and if I don’t get my morning cup, I am cranky the rest of the day.

10. How do you get out of a reading/blogging slump?

I have never had a blogging slump but I get out of reading slumps by reading harry potter.

11. If you had to pick one Marauder to be friends with, who would it be?

Pick only one? :O Hmm I guess if I have to choose I would be friends with Remus Lupin. I think he seems like a good friend and he’s awesome.

11 random facts about me:

1. I am near-sighted and need glasses to se.
2. I have never watched a star wars movie.
3. I love swimming.
4. I’m allergic to dogs and cats. 😦
5. I have a boyfriend.
6. I am completely tone deaf.
7. London is my favourite place to travel.
8. I am extremely stubborn.
9. Christmas is my favourite holiday.
10.I never unhaul books.
11. I read Harry Potter at least once a year.

I feel like everyone already has this award so I’m not nominating anyone. Sorry. 😦

Luna.