Saturday, November 28, 2015

"Christmas Bookathon" tbr

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Hello fellow readers and christmas lovers!
Today I present to you: my TBR for the month of December!
As I will participate in the Christmas Bookathon, an event of the same-named group on Goodreads, I'm not only going to have a normal TBR but have to choose the books after some challenges:


#1 Read a book with red AND green on the cover 
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For this one I chose Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer! I think you all know what this is - the gender-switched retelling of Twilight! And it has two covers basically: the original Twilight cover with the red apple and the new cover with a green apple! So that works out perfectly!! :-)


#2 Read a book set during Christmas or a Christmas classic
-> #7
#3 Read a hardcover or paperback with either WHITE, GOLD or SNOW on the cover
http://www.cjdaugherty.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Legacy-Cover-FINAL-for-website.jpgI am going to read Legacy by C.J. Daughtery. It's the second book in the Night School series and I have not read the first book yet but it's on my way and I'll read it asap! I read the first few chapters on Wattpad and Amazon and OMG it is SO. GOOD. No joke! It literally won me over at the first few pages.



 #4 Read a book set in winter
-> #7
#5 Read a book that you recently got as a Christmas present or a book that was recommended to you by a friend
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This was not exactly recommened to me but I know I will get Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout for christmas! And I am SO EXCITED!! I've been waiting for this book for, let's say, quite a long time now. If you do not know, Oblivion is Deamon's POV of the first three books in the Lux series.




#6 Read an author you've never read before
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#7 Read a children's book set in Christmas
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I'm going to read Holly The Christmas Fairy by Daisy Meadows. This is one of the first books I've ever read if not the one so it has kind of has a sentimental value for me. Plus it is set during christmas and in winter so it totally covers challenge #2 and #4!




#8 Read a book thats been on your TBR since last Christmas
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https://weltbild.scene7.com/asset/vgwwb/vgw/silber-trilogie-band-3-das-dritte-buch-der-traeume-117718740.jpg?$styx-list-m$For this I choose the Silver trilogy by Kerstin Gier which has been on my TBR pretty much since the first book came out but I just recently started it this month and am currently reading the third book which I actually hope to finish before December but I'm just counting it anyway because I don't know any other book that has been on my TBR for so long.
#9 Read a summer/holiday romance
This one is covered with Twilight or Life and Death for me! I know it doesn't take place in summer or holiday but it's a romance. Well, kind of... I guess at some point almost every book is because every novel has a romanic aspect. So yeah, I take the same as #1 here!
#10 Read a book that has a different cultural or religious aspect to your own
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9w4GM975SnQ/VXNO3YNGNFI/AAAAAAAAD7o/5FBBunkzDmU/s1600/banner-frame.pngP.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han will be the one. If you haven't read the To All The Boys I've Loved Before series you probably don't know that the protagonist Lara Jean is Korean which is reflected in the story every now and then.




#11 Read a book with the word Snow, Red, White, Green or Christmas in the title
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http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/519zoXpVVbL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgI cheat a little here: instead of reading a book with snow in the title I will read one with the word "frost"! And this one will beee (you probably guessed it already) ... Frostbite! The sequel to Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead! I've been wanting to read it forever and I loved Vampire Academy so now I have a perfect excuse to read it:-)
#12 As Christmas is the season of giving - Donate a book/books to your local charity, goodwill or secondhand bookstore and if you can find a good book there buy one in return and read it.
This is kind of hard because I don't think we have anything like this where I live... at least not for books so I'll have to see how I do this challenge.. Any ideas? :D



Okay, this is going to be my TBR for next month! In total I'm planning to read 8 - 9 books... Not sure if I'll be able to manage that but I keep you guys updated!! Actually I thought I might write short weekly updates for the readathon. They would be about what and how many books I've fnished already, what I'm currently reading and which ones I still have left :-) So, if you would be interested in that, comment down below! And also tell me if you want to participate and if you'llll do such updates!
And YES, you can still participate: just join the group on Goodreads and try the challenges:) I think it's going to be a lot of fun especially because the group isn't really that big (under 100 readers) so it's easier to communicate. Just try it out!

Thanks a lot for reading!

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Movie Review & Talk: Mockingjay Part 2

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Hey mockingjays! :P
Yesterday I watched Mockingjay Part 2, the long-awaited last movie of the Hunger Games series.
So I thought I must review it and talk about it on here because, you know, I CAN'T HANDLE MY FEELS!!!
Also, the review is going to be spoiler-free and you will notice the spoiler section for those who have seen the film already as well and have the urge to chat a little bit about it;-)

Unlike the last movie in this one there was a whole lot more action, and by that I mean for example there was this szene in the underground (that's not really a spoiler, so don't worry) and crap went down for Katniss and her team and holy shit! I sat at the edge of my seat with one hand on my mouth (you know, in case I might scream or something :D) and (I couldn't see that obviously but I'm pretty sure) with wide eyes.
So, there were some pretty intense scenes as you might've guest by now ;-). I  also really liked the character dynamics. Especially between Katniss and Peeta. I was so glad that they didn't alter how Peeta "changed" in the Capitol and all the struggles he goes through. Actually, the whole movie was very accurate to the book which made me so happy. It's like the book actually comes to life and that's how it should be with book-to-movie adaptations but sadly that's not always the case (*cough*Allegiant*cough*)
The cast did a fantastic job. Seriously. Their characters experience and suffer a lot in the story and that was shown very well in the movies. As I already wrote Peeta is a completely different person in the beginning and Josh Hutcherson represented that amazingly. 

Since this is the finale of the saga people (especially those who have not read the book) are having quite high expectations and, honestly, I am 99.9% sure they will be full-filled! In the end you get all the feels, you get action-packed szenes, you get an ending that satisfies you - what more could you want? 


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Movie Talk (w/ spoilers)

So, I just wanted to chat and fangirl with you guys a little so I thought this would be a good idea! :-)
Okay, as I already said in the review there's this szene when they're in the underground and those creatures that look a little like zombies are hunting them and then Finick gets killed by them. OH MY GOD, first of all this was all fast-paced like hell and I really thought I would cry about Finnick because he was one of my favorite characters - but I didn't! I mean, I was upset but I wasn't like
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Do you ever have this feeling when you're watching a movie and you know it's sad that you should cry? Or that you wanna cry? Or that you fear you might not cry even at the end? Because I do and in this moment this is exactly how I felt. But then I told myself that I need to believe in the film makers and that Prim's death would get to me. And let me just tell you
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I WAS RIGHT!










And even more right than I thought I would be because at the end I literally could not stop so I went out of the cinema with a completely tear-strained face but you know what? I am okay with that, I am fine with crying over fictional characters and ending movie series because this is what fangirls (and -boys!) do (or over-emotional people... also like me).
So in the end 
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Alright, I really hope you enjoyed my rambling about the movie, crying and everything else and maybe you can relate to that (even a little bit...) and leave me a comment!

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Thanks for reading!!
This is my first movie review so I hope you are not to harsh with criticism:) and if you liked it and you would like to read more book related movie reviews then you can tell me that also down below!

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Aleep Cover Reveal!!!


Today is the cover reveal for Asleep by Krystal Wade, a YA horror that will have you on the edge of your seat with every page turn. This is the debut novel from Blaze Publishing, set to be released February 16, 2016. Pre-orders are available now from Amazon. Mark your calendars, and be sure to add the book to your Goodreads list! Share the cover on social media using our Rafflecopter entry below for a chance to win the awesome prizes listed, or come join us at the Cover Reveal Party on Facebook. Or do it all!


"To cure fear, you must use fear."

Rose Briar claims no responsibility for the act that led to her imprisonment in an asylum. She wants to escape, until terrifying nightmares make her question her sanity and reach out to her doctor. He's understanding and caring in ways her parents never have been, but as her walls tumble down and Rose admits fault, a fellow patient warns her to stop the medications. Phillip believes the doctor is evil and they'll never make it out of the facility alive. Trusting him might be just the thing to save her. Or it might prove the asylum is exactly where she needs to be.

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AUTHOR. CHICKEN (AND DOG) LOVER. MOTHER. WIFE. DREAMER.

I’m happily married to the love of my life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. We live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day I wake up to find myself stuck in traffic trying to get there.

The horrid commute gives me plenty of time to zone out and think about my characters in full, brilliant details (I’m a safe driver; don’t worry). Stories give me a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to me on the fifty mile trek into town (I pick up hitchhikers every day. True story. Check out www.slug-lines.com if you don’t believe me).

I’ve been a part of organized hitchhiking for nearly fifteen years, but that’s just one small aspect of my oh-so-large life. When I’m not working, commuting, or chasing after my three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find me outside talking to my chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training my amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).

I hope you love my stories (or just like them a little; that would be okay, too). And I hope that one day you find your passion, because there’s nothing in life better than doing what you love while surrounded by people you love.


<3 Krystal

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Book Review: Charming by Krystal Wade

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Hello booknerds!
FINALLY finally I'm able to write a post again! Thank god! First I was sick and then school killed all my time :( But now my review of Charming, an amazing horror/thriller book is here! I've been wanting to review this book for so long now:

Sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine had it all: top-notch school, fantastic family, and a bright future, but all of that changed when an accident tore her family apart. Now, an alcoholic father, a bitter younger sister, and a cold headstone bearing her mother’s name are all she has left.

Chris Charming has it all: a powerful CEO for a father, a prestigious school, and a fortune at his fingertips, but none of that matters when he lands a reputation as a troublemaker. Struggling to follow in his father’s footsteps, he reaches out to the one person he believes truly sees him, the one person he wants: Haley.

Little do they know someone's determined to bring the two together, even if it means murder.
(from Goodreads)

Charming is a Cinderella retelling with horror elements and holy hell, did Krystal Wade do a fantastic job writing it!
There are so many emotions in this book: Basically the whole time I felt genuinely sorry for Haley - like she goes through so much shit in her life: her father treats her and her mom horribly, then her mom dies and the situation with Haley's dad gets worse and her sister doesn't even see it! And still these two people are the only ones Haley has left in her life so she does everything for them; she cleans after them, she sacrifices all of her free time and her own goals in life and in the end all she gets is maybe a day without getting hurt by her father and dealing with her sister's mood swings. And what happens after that, I'm not going to spoil anything, but it is just unfair.
And then there's Chris, a (very, very ;-)) good-looking guy who shows interest in Haley. But she is really unsure what to make out of that because on one hand she wants to like and trust him but on the other hand she fears he might just mess with her. I think at one point she even says "I have enough assholes in my life, I don't need another one" and, honestly, that really describes her situation pretty well and you feel the exact same way; I mean, her life is hard enough as it is and Chris might either be her lifebelt or will crush her completely. And also getting to know him means risking her secret that she gets hit by her father. So it's a really complex situation but very well handled in the story and fits perfectly into the rest.

In the end, I loved this book. It's great written, there's a lot of character development, the plot is so interesting and fantastic. 5 out of 5 stars. Charming is definitely worth a read and the only thing that "bothered" me is that it was so short! I WANT MORE!!!


Thank you for reading! If you put this on your TBR list or already have read or know a book similar to this one, definitely leave a comment and tell me about it! (I always respond!)


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