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The ABC-Book-Challenge: O

If you’ve read any of those titles, please tell me your thoughts! I don’t have a lot of titles for the letter O, I realized, so if I missed any, please let me know as well!ย 

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Hi all! I’ve decided to do the ABC-Book_-Challenge too! I have been thinking for a while to find something to write next to my weekly reviews and I thought this might be fun ๐Ÿ™‚

I got the idea from Sofii @ A Book A Thought, so thank you! Like her, I don’t know the original creators so if you do, please let me know!

Memorable titles that start with the letter O

  • The Ocean At The End Of The Lane: I read this one as an audiobook by Gaiman himself and it was really great. He knows very well how to make something seem like just a childish story but it’s so much more than that. Review hereย 

Books on my TBR that start with the letter O

If you’ve read any of those titles, please tell me your thoughts! I don’t have a lot of titles for the letter O, I realized, so if I missed any, please let me know as well!ย 

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Yes, yes, I know. We’re in the 9th month and it is way past 6 months for this tag, but I just completely forgot I wanted to do it so here I still go!

1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2019?

I think it’s got to be Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte, that book just blew me away!

2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2019?

Does A Gathering Of Shadows count if I read it on December 29 last year..? Because I have read a total of one (1) sequels this year, which is Glass Sword. But I also read Heartstopper II so I think that one counts as well!

3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

Besides a lot of sequels to books that I haven’t yet read either, I did buy Priory of the Orange Tree, Enchantee, Spin The Dawn, Soul of the Sword, King of Fools, and The Princess and the Fangirl. There’s so many other new releases I want to read, but these are the ones actually waiting on my physical shelves haha
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4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2019?

FIVE DARK FATES and SUPERNOVA. I need them so badly

5. Biggest Disappointment?

Probably Alice by Christina Henry.. I liked the idea, but the book was going to places that I don’t particularly enjoy reading about, sadly. Also, the character Alice seemed written really young, but those places were either really really bad or she’s a lot older than she seemed like.

6. Biggest Surprise?

I think Rite of Passage by John Passarella. I haven’t watched any Supernatural in years, but his book was written so well, it immediately brought me back to the world of Supernatural!
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7. Favourite New Author?

Anna-Marie McLemore, since that’s the only new author I’ve read and really liked.. But I enjoyed When The Moon Was Ours a lot as well, so that’s good! Her other books are still on my wishlist!

8. Newest Fictional Crush?

I don’t really get crushes on fictional characters, but I got to say, I’ve read about a lot of awesome people this year.

9. Newest Favourite Character?

Hmmmmm…. I think either Farley from the Red Queen series, or Jax, from The Mechanical.

10. Book That Made You Cry?

I think none? I don’t cry at books easily..

11. Book That Made You Happy?

Honestly, not specifically a certain book. I think I’ve read too little books to say I’m more happy about one book next to the others..

12. Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?

Not movie, but we watched Good Omens (and then I watched it another two times) and absolutely loved it!

13. Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year?

I haven’t written a lot of reviews so far, but I think Four Dead Queens was quite well ๐Ÿ™‚

14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?

So, so many. But we did buy the illustrated edition of Good Omens, so that one is amazingly beautiful on the inside as well!
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15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

ALL OF THEM. But for the serious, I hope to have read both new releases I’ve talked about earlier this post, and other than that I have no specific list ๐Ÿ™‚
Sooo now that I’ve done that tag, I can do the autumn tag ^^; shame on me xD
Did I list any favorite books of yours? Or do you have some good recommendations for me? I’d love to hear them all!
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Book review: Four Dead Queens

Hey all! Today I bring you a review of a book that I’ve been looking forward to read ever since I read the first few chapters as a preview! I am glad I read this after the last semester was done because it would have definitely kept me up all night!

Title:ย Four Dead Queens

Author:ย Astrid Scholte

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Summary:ย The kingdom of Quadara was once one kingdom, but after the king died, four Queens took his place. For each quarter of the kingdom, one Queen is responsible

  • Eonia, where the scientists are. Eonists are never to show emotions.
  • Archia is most known for their agriculture, where no technology is used. The Archians provide the food for everyone
  • Ludia is known for entertainment en culture. Ludists are seen as extravagant and joyous
  • Toria is where the exploration happens. Torians are known for their curiosity

 

Besides the ruling, each Queen represents her own quadrant. The borders between the quadrants are permanent. However, to Keralie, borders donโ€™t mean anything. Keralie is an originally Torian smuggler, working for Mackiel. Anything she smuggles can be sold at the auction. Sheโ€™s been working for Mackiel for quite some years, and sheโ€™s his best. One day, he sends her to steal a comm case, with chips in it. Comm chips are used to recorder memories on, and she needs to get them off of a messenger. The messenger is from Eonia, and when he shows up at the auction, she knows something is wrong. When they end up in a situation where the only possible option for her seems to be to swallow the chips. From the moment she sees the memories recorded on the chips, everything changes. The memories she sees are the deaths of the Queens, all four of them. Together with Varin the messenger, she has to find out who did this, and why the palace hasnโ€™t told anyone yet.

 

This book was honestly AMAZING. I got to read a preview on Netgalley earlier this year, talked about it, and I preordered the book as soon as I was done. Now, I finally had time to read it and good gods, this was one hell of a ride (in the good way of course)!

Most books, as Iโ€™ve mentioned before, have a โ€œtwistโ€ that you can see coming or not. Most times, I can guess the twist somewhere halfway and sometimes even before I start reading, and luckily this doesnโ€™t take away a lot of fun. This book, however, is full of twists and honestly, none of them did I see coming! At some point I really thought I had it, and even then I was pleasantly surprised to find it was absolutely not the thing I thought it would be.

The plot is quick in the beginning, slows a little in the middle, and just leaps towards the end, and I flew through most of it in one afternoon. The story is told from Keralieโ€™s point of view, and the Queens have some chapters as well. I came to care for the Queens more than I thought, and the story they tell is how they deal with the murders, how the rules affect them in the palace, and how well they know each other. It was amazingly frustrating to read the things about the Queens and then read a chapter from Keralie in which she just has to guess the same things!

The characters are all well-evolved. Keralie is a smuggler, and she knows how her job, how her life works more than anyone. Working together with anyone, let alone a messenger from Eonia, is difficult. Trusting anyone is not something happening at all, not the way sheโ€™s learnt it. She is from Toria, always on the lookout, always wanting to know everything, and Varin just seems like a stone-cold brick from Eonia, not showing or telling anything. Throughout the book, they get to know each other, a little, and learn how the other works as well. I liked that itโ€™s not immediately love at first sight, because it definitely isnโ€™t.

The Queens are very well representing their own quarter, each one exactly as their own land should be. However, there are a lot more secrets underneath, and finding them out was like discovering hidden candies in the store. Each chapter brought me more and more information and more interest to read on.

The ending came together really well, at some point I had no idea how this was ever supposed to end well, and I canโ€™t say a lot without spoiling, but this book really had me at the edge of my seat at most times.

All in all, I loved it, and I really look forward to reading more of this author’s work!

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On The Horizon: Loveless by Alice Oseman

Heya! This is the second “official” post for my “On The Horizon” feature, in which I will be talking upcoming releases that I’m excited about! ๐Ÿ™‚

This week I will talk about the new book from Alice Oseman: Loveless

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Blurb from Goodreads:ย The fourth novel from the phenomenally talented Alice Oseman โ€“ one of the most authentic and talked-about voices in contemporary YA.

Georgia feels loveless โ€“ in the romantic sense, anyway. Sheโ€™s eighteen, never been in a relationship, or even had a crush on a single person in her whole life. She thinks she’s an anomaly, people call her weird, and she feels a little broken. But she still adores romance โ€“ weddings, fan fiction, and happily ever afters. She knows sheโ€™ll find her person one day โ€ฆ right?

After a disastrous summer, Georgia is now at university, hundreds of miles from home. She is more determined than ever to find love โ€“ and her annoying roommate, Rooney, is a bit of a love expert, so perhaps she can help.

But maybe Georgia just doesnโ€™t feel that way about guys. Or girls. Or anyone at all. Maybe that’s okay. Maybe she can find happiness without falling in love. And maybe Rooney is a little more loveless than she first appears.

LOVELESS is a journey of identity, self-acceptance, and finding out how many different types of love there really are. And that no one is really loveless after all.

As someone who identifies as asexual, this book means a lot to me. As Oseman herself has said before, it’s a book she wishes she had read when she was younger, so now she’s writing it for everyone who needs it now. And while I know my identity, I know there are lots of people who are still struggling with either coming to terms or just are just generally in the unknown and I’m very happy that there are more books for those now.

I already do have her other books, and read all of them within a day (sometimes two because you know, sleeping is a thing), and loved them all so much. I’m really looking forward to reading this one as well!

Loveless comes out in April 2020 (yes I know, that’s a long time waiting ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ) and if you want to preorder the book, find it in the links below!

Are you as excited as I am to read this book? Did you read Alice Oseman’s other books? Let me know!

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The ABC-Book-Challenge: N

Hi all! I’ve decided to do the ABC-Book_-Challenge too! I have been thinking for a while to find something to write next to my weekly reviews and I thought this might be fun ๐Ÿ™‚

I got the idea from Sofii @ A Book A Thought, so thank you! Like her, I don’t know the original creators so if you do, please let me know!

I know I said I could post more regularly, but I also said my schedule for summer break would be crazy, and I wasn’t wrong.. Specifically this month is very hectic. From September 1st to September 4th was Castlefest, a lovely festival we go to. September 6th to September 8th was our treehouse mini-vacation with the kid, packed with activities during the journey to and back home. On September 11th, my boyfriend and I will be on the plane to the United Kingdom at 8am (meaning alarm goes at 3am.. RIP), and we’ll fly back on September 21st. Then, we have a few more days to do ALL THE LAUNDRY, finish everything, and then on September 26th, the “normal” life starts again… who ever said vacation was meant for not-being-busy..? ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

Memorable titles that start with the letter N

  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist: a book that I read when I was younger and loved so much, I actually read it another few times. I’ve seen the movie 3 times too.
  • The Night Circus: This book totally astonished me, I really loved how everything was described although some things were overexplained and I didn’t understand the relationship that was going on. Review here
  • Night Watch: another Discworld, yes I know. But this one is special because it’s about Vimes and it really is a beautiful book. I’d recommend it to anyone, but only if you’ve read more Discworld books, specifically The Watch subseries. It makes the book a lot more understandable and better โค
  • Norse Mythology: I really like mythology books and I read this one within an evening. I loved how the myths were told, and it got me into Neil Gaiman’s writing. Review here

Books on my TBR that start with the letter N

If you’ve read any of those titles, please tell me your thoughts!

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