August 31, 2011

Nuts.



Just went nuts, ordered some stuff from Amazon..
Now all I got to do is to wait for the package. That's not hard, not at all.


August 29, 2011

Cover Crazy #2



My second Cover Crazy! Hosted by The Book Worms.




If I Stay by Gayle Forman




In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces - to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.



I actually have no idea, why I like this cover. Everytime I'm about to order this book, I always end up choosing this cover. I don't get it. So, I can't really say anything about it. So this next part is kind of useless..


I love this cover because :
* No idea!

Dislike?
* Umm.. Something in the text, maybe..?


August 27, 2011

On My Wishlist #1



Yet another meme I found, through The Bookish Brunette, hosted by Book Chick City!







hex hall



Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
From Goodreads:

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.



if i stay



If I Stay by Gayle Forman
From Goodreads:

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...

A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make -and the ultimate choice Mia commands.


Book Review: Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James




Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James
Released : July 13th 2010
Publisher: Bantam
Format : Hardcover
Pages: 272
Source : Library
Buy : Amazon UK / Book Depository



synopsis




Who is Katherine Patterson? It is a question she hopes no one can answer. To erase her past, Katherine has moved to a new city, enrolled in a new school, and even changed her name. She’s done the next best thing to disappearing altogether. Now, wary and alone, she seeks nothing more than anonymity. What she finds instead is the last thing she expected: a friend.

Even more unlikely, Katherine’s new friend is the most popular and magnetic girl in school. Extroverted, gorgeous, flirtatious, and unpredictable, she is everything that Katherine is not and doesn’t want to be: the center of attention. Yet Alice’s enthusiasm is infectious, her candor sometimes unsettling, and Katherine, in spite of her guarded caution, finds herself drawn into Alice’s private circle.

But Alice has secrets, too—darker than anyone can begin to imagine. And when she lets her guard down at last, Katherine discovers the darkest of them all. For there will be no escaping the past for Katherine Patterson—only a descent into a trap far more sinister . . . and infinitely more seductive.



thoughts




*SPOILERS*
I truly hesitated starting this book. Backcover promises some chilling moments, and I usually empathise too much. This book did make me anxious most of the times, but it didn't stop me reading and appreciating it.

Book is written in Katherine's point of view and consists three different timelines - when her sister was murdered, when she met Alice and when she has a daughter. This did confuse me a bit in the beginning.

Story was revelader little by little, which did make me quite anxious at the times. It also made me unhappy to see, how much unhappiness was in Katherine's life. Though many times I was just annoyed, 'cause Katherine just dwells on her misery, year after year.

Katherine's friend Alice plays a big part. Alice is a devious and disturbed girl. Unfortunately, I could totally relate to this kind of relationship, since I've had few of my own. Through the whole book I was screaming to Katie "don't trust her, she's a total whack job!!!!" So yeah, Alice truly annoyed me. But can't say that Katie hadn't had too. Most of the time she's paralyzed by her own fears and is totally playing Alice's game. When she finally decides to be "brave", her boyfriend gets killed! Why couldn't you just let that idiotic girl get drowned by her own stupidity? I totally blame Katie. There's braveness, but this was just plain dumb, that's what got her boyfriend killed.

The book is mostly about Katie doubting herself in. At least she decides to call Robbie, Alice's old boyfriend, in the end. Maybe she finally decides to take some risks and enjoy life.

This book truly raised some feelings, unfortunately they were rarely positive ones. Of course, that doesn't mean, that this hadn't been a good read.



Rating:

+ ½


August 26, 2011

Book Review: Lucian by Isabel Abedi




Lucian by Isabel Abedi
Released : September 9th 2009
Publisher: Arena Verlag
Format : Hardback
Pages: 553
Source : Library
Buy : Amazon UK / Book Depository



synopsis




It feels like …

… a tear, a tiny tear deep inside Rebecca as if someone had pulled out a hair with tweezers. What remains is a strange sensation of emptiness and fear. But then Lucian appears out of nowhere. A boy without a past, someone who cannot remember who he is or where he came from. Yet Lucian gives Rebecca the feeling of not being lonely any more.

“Are you following me?” The boy examined me with his eyes.
“No.“ I glared at him. “No! Who are you anyway?”
Again the boy did not answer; this time he looked unsure of himself.
“Tell me, will you,“ I demanded. “What’s your name?”
The boy lowered his head. “You tell me.”
“Tell you what?“ I took a step back. “My name?“
“No. My name.“

A young girl falls in love with a young man, who looks to be homeless, but who turns out to be her guardian angel (except he doesn’t know it due to amnesia). The only thing they know for certain is that every dream Lucian has about Rebecca, comes true. And Lucian has just dreamt that Rebecca is
going to die.



thoughts




I didn't have a clue, what kind of book this would be, when I borrowed it from my library. I just checked the frontcover and thought that it looked nice and simple, black with one white feather flowing. Though I was scared, that since it has 553 pages, I would never actually read the book. Luckily, this isn't what happened.

As I said in my earlier post, I was reading Finnish edition, and had to start this book twice. First time I only read first 16 pages, and was exhausted. I thought that this book isn't for me, that it's just way too slow. The second time I jumped to where I left first time, and it took only two more pages to turn _really_ interesting. After that I couldn't stop reading. Seriously. The story really took me over. It's truly wonderfull to find this kind of book, these are rare and just.. worth reading.

The main character is a girl named Rebecca. Occasionally she's a little silly and/or childish, but that doesn't really bother me, which is nice for a change. Usually I'm just rolling my eyes and thinking "man, aren't you a silly one..". I could just feel her pain, when she was apart from Lucian. Only thing, I didn't like so much, was the ending. It was really really short, only few pages, and I could've just kept reading. But then again, if I love a book, I don't want it to end ever. Because I feel like I'm losing a friend when the story ends. I'm also a sucker for happy endings, so I did actually cry in the end, when Lucian wasn't human anymore. I need that Cinderella-ending "and they lived happily ever after".

Overall, I need to buy a copy for myself. I need this book to my bookshelf. My bookshelf isn't perfect without this book. I could go on and on about this book, so it may be best, if I just give the rating now.



Rating:






p.s. I actually thought that I wouldn't give 5 cupcakes, but there it is. Maybe a little minus from the end, but there you go, 5 cupcakes!


Giveaway!

My keeper shelf is having international giveaway, check it out!


August 25, 2011

The Time Will Come #3

via Books for Company!


The Rules
* Pick a book from your bookshelf that you've had for a while and really can't wait to read, but haven't managed to get to yet.
* Put the details on your blog and head back over to Jodie's blog to fill in the Mr Linky.
* Go and visit some other bloggers who are joining in.



Reckless by Cornelia Funke







Beyond the mirror, the darkest fairy tales come alive….
For years, Jacob Reckless has enjoyed the Mirrorworld’s secrets and treasures.
Not anymore.
His younger brother has followed him.
Now dark magic will turn the boy to beast, break the heart of the girl he loves, and destroy everything Jacob holds most dear… unless he can find a way to stop it.


Borrowed this from library, one of the many books I still need to read before returning them. I didn't even read the back cover, just borrowed it. I'm convinced it's good!


WWW Wednesday #1

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Should be Reading, found it through My Cute Bookshelf.
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?


My answers:



What are you currently reading?
Beautiful Malice
by Rebecca James
I've actually read only like the first line in the book, but seems interesting!







What did you recently finish reading?
Lucian
by Isabel Abedi
This was amazing book. The end could've been happier, but over all, great book. Will be posting review soon.







What do you think you'll read next?
Reckless
by Cornelia Funke
Unfortunately haven't had chance to start this book. Have to read this!





August 23, 2011

My Rating System

Guess I need to come up with some sort of rating system, since everyone else has too, right?
I've seen stars, flowers, hearts, can't even remember them all. Now my blog is cupcake-kind of blog, so wouldn't it be perfect, if I'd use cupcakes in my rating system too!




= Just not my kind of book, something wrong with the story and/or characters





= It's okay. Quite good, but could've been better, things I liked and didn't like





= I enjoyed this!





= Just couldn't get my hands off, truly amazing!


August 22, 2011

Some changes

Someone may have noticed that much is happening here. Just can't decide the template for my blog, so please, be patient! I'm sure I'll decide soon. Hopefully.


Cover Crazy #1

My first Cover Crazy, hosted by The Book Worms, and I'm excited! There's one cover, that I've been in love with for a while now:




Hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick




For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.



I really love this cover. The cover was made by James Porto, and I really liked some of his other stuff, too.


I love this cover because :
* Just.. Wow. Love the posture of this guy.
* Love how the light comes, and how part of the feathers are red
* Love the feathers
* Just love it.

Dislike?
* The wings could be puffier and fluffier!
* The pants. Those are just.. wrong. But guess I can live with them.


August 18, 2011

The Time Will Come #2

In with this again! And, again, there's the same rules, and the idea belongs to Books for Company, again!

The Rules
* Pick a book from your bookshelf that you've had for a while and really can't wait to read, but haven't managed to get to yet.
* Put the details on your blog and head back over to Jodie's blog to fill in the Mr Linky.
* Go and visit some other bloggers who are joining in.



Here I go again, and the book is...


Lucian by Isabel Abedi




It feels like …

… a tear, a tiny tear deep inside Rebecca as if someone had pulled out a hair with tweezers. What remains is a strange sensation of emptiness and fear. But then Lucian appears out of nowhere. A boy without a past, someone who cannot remember who he is or where he came from. Yet Lucian gives Rebecca the feeling of not being lonely any more.

“Are you following me?” The boy examined me with his eyes.
“No.“ I glared at him. “No! Who are you anyway?”
Again the boy did not answer; this time he looked unsure of himself.
“Tell me, will you,“ I demanded. “What’s your name?”
The boy lowered his head. “You tell me.”
“Tell you what?“ I took a step back. “My name?“
“No.
My name.“

A young girl falls in love with a young man, who looks to be homeless, but who turns out to be her guardian angel (except he doesn’t know it due to amnesia). The only thing they know for certain is that every dream Lucian has about Rebecca, comes true. And Lucian has just dreamt that Rebecca is
going to die.

Here you can download sample


I borrowed this book from library and started to read this at one point. I borrowed Finnish translation, and oh the language. There's just something wrong, when German is translated into Finnish. It's not fluent and usually it kills my joy to read in the beginning. I guess I should buy English version, 'cause I really liked what I read in the sample I downloaded. Or I just read the book in Finnish, and then decide, if it's good enough for buying. Don't know yet, we'll see :)


Edit. Need to add some edit in here, since I continued reading this book yesterday after work, and gotta say.. The first 20 or so pages are slow, but after I got through that, man it's good! Now I'm on page 190, only ~380 pages to go!


Hate being ill

Yeah, I really hate being ill. Been ill for a week now, today I drove myself to work, but still don't feel so good.
When I'm ill, I hardly ever read ever anything. The reason for that is very simple; when I'm ill, I got fever, and when I got fever, I have no brains. Seriously, no brains! So it would truly be a waste of good books if I read while ill.


Instead, I watched two first seasons of Criminal Minds and boy, do I love dr. Reid!

What's your favorite thing to do when ill, besides sleeping, of course?


August 05, 2011

The Time Will Come

Through Narratively Speaking, I found a week meme hosted by Jodie @ Books for Company.

It's really easy to join in. Here's what you have to do:

* Pick a book from your bookshelf that you've had for a while and really can't wait to read, but haven't managed to get to yet.
* Put the details on your blog and head back over to Jodie's blog to fill in the Mr Linky.
* Go and visit some other bloggers who are joining in.

And the book is..


Clockwork Angel by Clarissa Clare




Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.



I bought this book at the same time with the Mortal Instrumets- and Hush, hush- series. For some reason, I forgot all about it, and it's still in my bookcase, untouched. But then again, it's a trilogy, and only the part one has been published, so maybe it's a good thing to wait? For some reason, I prefer urban fantasy, so I'm not sure if this is actually "my kind" of book. But there's only one way to find out, so.. Guess I gotta read it :)


Looking for great book related blogs!

Any good book-/ book review blogs out there? Please leave a comment if so! :)

Just visited Narratively Speaking- blog, and man, there's so many reviews it's gonna take me only few weeks to read them all! Found her blog while browsing through books in Amazon, my favorite place to shop!


August 02, 2011

Anthony Horowitz: The Power of Five: Raven's Gate (Book 1)


He always knew he was different.
First there were the dreams.
Then the deaths began.


When Matt Freeman gets into trouble with the police, he’s sent to be

fostered in Yorkshire.

It’s not long before he senses there’s something wrong with his

guardian: with the whole village.

Then Matt learns about the Old Ones and begins to understand just how

different he is.

But no one will believe him; no one can help.

There is no proof.
There is no logic.
There is just the Gate.
source



Spoiler alert!

According to Wikipedia, The Power of Five series is based on ideas from a series written by Anthony Horowitz in 1983-1989, Pentagram. It also shares similarities to the Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper (which I've read when I was a kid, have it on my reading list now, too).

The new series significantly expands and modernizes the original books, with greater focus on character and on building a sense of impending doom. Oh, the doom. Because of that I gotta say, this book is kind of a boy book. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but the times I just couldn't help feeling there's just way too much happening way too fast and it's just too dark and oh the doom! Most of the times I was thinking "Let that poor boy just sleep or rest or something! Why are you torturing him!?"

Throughout the book so much is happening, yet I felt the plot wasn't really going anywhere, until I had read half the book. I didn't know, what's the thing with Matt, or with the old creepy lady, or with anything! How annoying can that be. Yes, I'm quite ms. Know-It-All, so yeah, I have to know everything and fast!

At the times I felt there was too much violence and it was just too depressing. Maybe I'm just too puppies, pink elephants and unicorns kind of girl. I just got soooo anxious, when Matt was trying to get out of the village, but always ended up in the same place he started. Whenever someone tries to help him, they get killed! And nobody else believes him! That's just so... annoying. I may have screamed "Why don't you believe him!?! This is fiction, not real life, you should believe him!".

Yet another annoying thing: Matt can't control his powers. It's as if his powers has the life of their own. So, occationally, I almost get the feeling, that Matt's just not that special after all. It's as if he's used as some sort of a vessel for these huge powers I hear everyone talking, yet the boy is mostly.. useless. That's sad, 'cause I like to see characters, that are in control and are important because of themselves and for what they are, not because someone else's power. You know what I mean..?

I read the Finnish version of book, borrowed from library, and haven't yet read the English version. I do have the feeling, that there might have been some language barrier issues in translating, which I feel is a common problem among translated books. Usually reading is more fluent, if read in original language, but this might be just my own problem. I'm always looking for little errors in translation, that's my dirty little secret. Okay, little errors in everything, to be honest..

Overall, good book! I couldn't stop reading, 'cause I was too anxious to know what will happen to poor little Matt. Luckily, he survived, from the first book at least. I'm actually reading the 3rd book at the moment, always have to read every published book in a serie. Even when it's too violent and dark for my taste.


As you can notice, this is my first review ever, so I'm having quite a hard time trying to put my thoughts together. If you have any thoughts, hopes or dreams, just send me a message!

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