Thursday, 19 January 2017

Review: Four: A Divergent Story Collection (Divergent #0.1-0.4) by Veronica Roth

18126198Title: Four: A Divergent Story Collection
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: July 8th 2014
Pages: 208 (paperback)
Source: own it






Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the worldwide bestselling DIVERGENT series, told from the per-spective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included here—THE TRANSFER, THE INITIATE, THE SON, and THE TRAITOR—plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers an electrifying glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the DIVERGENT trilogy.
 


It had been a couple of years since I had read the Divergent trilogy and I really loved the series, especially the first two books in the trilogy. Up until now I had never read any of the novellas but this year my mom gifted Four to me for Christmas. And immediately I got excited to read and emerge myself again into the Divergent world.

This compilation of short stories don’t really deliver any new information, most of it you already found out by reading the Divergent trilogy. It is more like an extra; you got to experience some of the things from Four’s point of view. But it wasn’t the same thing repeated just from a different point of view. It showed how he experienced some of the events, for example how he made the decision to join Dauntless and how he found out about the attack on abnegation. I also loved that we got to see more of his personality, of his friendship with Zeke and Shauna.

I always used to love Four while reading Divergent; he’s such an interesting and complicated character. And this collection of scenes proved again why it is that I liked him so much.
Four is a fun collection of scenes and if you like the Divergent world than I would definitely recommend it that you read it.

Elien

Friday, 13 January 2017

Band of the Month January: The Gospel Youth



Music has always been a huge part of my life. I love going to music concerts and to music festivals. My iPod is next to my ereader my best friend. I never go anywhere without my music. So I figured that it was about time that I introduced some music in my blog. From now on I will feature one of my favorite bands each month. Maybe you know them, maybe you don’t. Maybe you’ll like them, maybe you’ll hate them. But anyway I think that this is going to be lots of fun! 

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The Gospel Youth is a pop-rock band from Brighton, UK, that was formed in 2014 when they released the EP Kids. From that moment on they shared with some pretty good bands like Mallory Knox, Deaf Havana and Hands Like Houses. In 2016 they released 12 singles as part of their ‘Team TGY’ singles club. And I highly recommend that you go check out those singles because they are really good.  What I like so much about this band is that they put so many emotions in their songs, they are not afraid to tackle any topic. But the most exciting this is that they got signed to Velocity/Rise records at the end of 2016, and that record label is probably one of my favorites. 





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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Review: The Gilded Cage (A Canary Club Novella) by Sherry D. Ficklin

32929429Title: The Gilded Cage
Author: Sherry D. Ficklin
Series: Canary Club 
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Publication date: December 1st 2016
Pages: 80 (kindle)
Source: Netgalley






Masie, the flaxen-haired daughter of notorious boot-legger Dutch Schultz, returns home from boarding school to find her family in crisis. Her mother is dangerously unstable, her father's empire is on the brink of ruin, and the boy she once loved has become a ruthless killer for hire. To keep her family's dangerous secrets Masie is forced into a lie that will change the course of her future - and leave her trapped in a gilded cage of her own making. As she watches her world fall apart, Masie must decide whether to take her place in the hierarchy, or spread her wings, leaving the people she loves, and the life she despises, far behind her.

Two worlds collide in Gatsby era New York, in a time of dazzling speakeasies and vicious shoot-outs, of gritty gangsters and iridescent ingénues, where not everything that sparkles is gold.

*This is the first of the Canary Club series and is a short story introduction into the forthcoming novels.


In general I am a big fan of historical fiction and lately I got really interested in the roaring ‘20s and The Gilded Cage is set in that time period so I had to read it.

The Gilded Cage is a fun short read, normally novellas don’t really interest me since the characters never achieve their full potential in it but this novella got me pretty excited for the full novel.
Masie gets whisked away from boarding school in the middle of the night because of a family emergency.  Masie is the daughter of bootlegger Dutch Schultz but she doesn’t have a real place in the family since she’s females and what can they do in a world that revolves around smuggling alcohol and other illegal activities. The 1920’s what an exciting time but also a dangerous one and the novella portrays that really well.


The Gilded Cage is an introduction to the full novel so the direction that the story line will follow is still a bit vague and there is not much character development. But it definitely gets you interested in the remaining of the story. So I believe that it achieved its goal and I cannot wait until the full novel gets released.


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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #140: Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights books that have not yet been released, but ones that you should pre-order today! This week's book that I am anxiously awaiting is:

Traitor to the Throne
by Alwyn Hamilton

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This is not about blood or love. This is about treason. 

Nearly a year has passes since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed-Bandit, and the Rebel Prince's message has spread across the desert - and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruelest manner possible.

Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl's instinct of survival. For the Sultan's palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper's nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive... But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani's past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart.

Goodreads

Why I Can't Wait

I read Rebel of the Sands last week and I really enjoyed it. Amani is fun character to follow and the world this series is set in is pretty great. I am excited to find out what will happen next to all of them. And I want to find out who it is that betrayed Amani. 

Expected publication: February 2nd 2017

Elien

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #101: Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Broke and Bookish. This weeks topic is Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn't Get To (But Totally Plan To)

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1. The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater's Daughter #2) by Melinda Salisbury
2. The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1) by Richelle Mead
3. The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1) by Roshani Choski
4. The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh
5. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
6. The Unexpected Everything  by Morgan Matson
7. Chasing Impossible (Pushing the Limits #5) by Katie McGarry
8. Defending Taylor (Hundred Oaks #8) by Miranda Kenneally
9. Night Study (Soulfinders #2) by Maria V. Snyder
10. Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1) by Kerri Maniscalco

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Monday, 9 January 2017

Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

31458203Title: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Publication date: February 9th 2017
Pages: 464 (paperback)
Source: Netgalley






Long before she was the terror of Wonderland - the infamous Queen of Hearts - she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. 

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland - the infamous Queen of Hearts - she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her own terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.


Alice in Wonderland is such an amazing story and one of the most complex characters is probably the Queen of Hearts.  So of course I wanted to find out what exactly made her become her so twisted. So when Heartless got released I knew that I had to read it, especially since Melissa Meyer is such an amazing author.  And Heartless did deliver, it had the right combination of everything, romance, action, drama and of course a lot of weirdness how else can it be set in Wonderland.

You do not need to know Alice in Wonderland to read this book; it stands completely on its own. It is not a retelling of the story, it has an own unique and amazing plot with a great set of characters. Heartless follows Catherine, daughter of the Marquess of Turtle Rock. The King of Hearts took a liking to her and every girl in Hearts would want to be in her shoes but not Catherine. Becoming the Queen of Hearts would mean giving up her long life dream of opening her own bakery. That is all she has ever wanted to do but when you are the daughter of the Marquess you cannot make decisions of your own and you have to follow the rules of society. All Catherine can do is feel frustrated and angry and hope that the King will shift his attention to someone else.

At first I could not see how Catherine could ever turn into the Queen of Hearts that we know. She is good hearted and cares about the people in her life. But bit by bit you can see the changes in her and to be fair I cannot blame her entirely. So many things happen to her. She falls in love with the court joker, and I was rooting for Jest. He is such a great guy and couldn’t help but love him. But at the same time that I was rooting for them I knew that their story would not be one with a happy ending.  But what happened to them still makes me sad and that is why I cannot blame Catherine for turning in the person she is as at the Queen of Hearts.


Overall, I really enjoyed this story and I completely get what the buzz is all about now. The book throws you back to your childhood with all the feeling of a fairytale but at the same time it keeps you on edge since you know what will happen but you just do not know how exactly it will happen.  It was really hard for me to put this book down and I cannot wait to read more of Marissa Meyer’s books.


Elien


Friday, 30 December 2016

EOM Wrap Up December

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I have read 3 books this month:

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Secrets We Kept by Lily Velez


I have reviewed 6 books this month:

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The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan
The Sea of Monster (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan
The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Secrets We Kept by Lily Velez

Other Posts:

Top Ten Tuesday #97Top Ten New-To-Me Authors That I Read For The First Time In 2016
Top Ten Tuesday #98Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017
Top Ten Tuesday #99Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Leaving Santa Under My Tree 
Top Ten Tuesday #100: Top Ten Best Books Of 2016

Waiting On Wednesday #136: The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury 
Waiting On Wednesday #137: Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
Waiting On Wednesday #138: Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion #1) by Rosalyn Eves
Waiting On Wednesday #139: Caraval by Stephanie Garber



New Book Releases in December
Author Interview: Fred Holmes author of The Ugly Teapot

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