Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Off the subject, but not so off

The 5th Wave, Movie

Based on a book: The 5th wave by Rick Yancey 


In the new film The 5th Wave, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie (ChloĆ« Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope – if she can only trust him.

Chloƫ Grace Moretz
Liev Schreiber
Nick Robinson
Alex Roe
Maika Monroe
Maggie Siff
Maria Bello
Ron Livingston

Coming in Theaters : 2016 

Friday, July 3, 2015

The 5th Wave Review

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey 

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
(Source: Goodreads)


My review

This book is as mind blowing as it is heart wrenching. It messes up with your head until you don't know what is and what is not. I've been reading it since yesterday and couldn't put it down until few minutes ago when I turned the last page. And what the heck?! I thought I still have few pages to read and when I turn the page Acknowledgements comes up. 
I don't know what to say without spoiling anything. Let's see... I guess The 5th Wave is your typical Aliens came to our Earth to destroy everything we hold dear and yada yada yada. But every now and then when you are discovering the truth along with the characters, that's where it gets interesting. The plot twists are so refined and casually slipped in between the lines you have to stop and read the whole damn page again if you don't want to miss something. And the clues are out in the open, but you still miss them. You probably have no idea what I'm talking about right? Well, you gotta read the book and you'll see for yourself. 
There's a different story told by different characters. Each of them tells their version of the story, how they got to the point they did and what they did. The main two characters are Cassie and Ben and their promise to little Sammy. I like it how the story built up to this peak when their stories intertwined. It was nicely written. 
But still, the whole story is about uniting together and defeating the evil forces but at the same time it tells you what is happening in the background, in people's heads when they do unimaginable things when they are forced to decide.

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Raven Boys Review

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.
His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.    (Source: Goodreads)


My review

Let me just start by saying - the cover is to die for! It was partially why I picked this book out. And because it was promising a mystery and adventure. I just hoped it wouldn't be filled with this lovey-dovey crap because I get a lot of that from other fantasy books.
I admit that at first I didn't really understand what I was reading, I mean I had to get used to Maggie's writing style - it's a very special one and feels so fresh to be reading like that. It almost feels like you're reading poetry. Almost, since you still get the feeling you are reading a book. Just not an ordinary one.
I liked the characters, every one of them was unique in their own way and had a personality which defined them. The names she picked were also kind of poetic and extraordinary. I just couldn't identify myself with Gansey sometimes, although he is a very interesting character. But it seems so unusual for him to behave like he is 70 and not 17. Ok, now that I think of it, we all behave sometimes like we are older/younger than we really are. And others did say, that he is an old soul trapped in a young man's body. The person I could identify myself with the most, was Adam. Not so much because of the abuse, but because he was, to me, such a strong character. At home he was constantly abused and being around the Raven boys he felt like he had to try so hard and he could still not fit in. Not because of his personality, but because of his family, his struggling, and the part about having little to no money did not help at all. He was always trying to be his best, not just around Gansey or Blue, but at home too. It's so wonderful to read about the characters who struggle so much and they still have in them to be strong for themselves, and for others too. And the part, when he did what he did, I understand it. I understand that need to do everything by yourself and not be dependent on anybody. And, the most important, having your own free will.
All in all, the story did deliver mystery, adventure, little-to-no romance and a lot about friendship.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

City of Heavenly Fire Review

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother.
Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.
The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?
When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned...

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!  (source: Goodreads)


My review

After week and a half I was finally finished with the book at 4 in the morning. I must say, after the last page I just looked at a wall. Seriously. If someone came in to my room, they would have definitely thought I was high and hallucinating. 
And listening to Trey's Slow Motion (I do not know why, don't ask me this) I really did feel a bit high. And, it was after all 4 in the morning. But mostly sad. And happy too. Happy, because this part of my life (my teenager self adored this series, but as I grew up I moved to other books and authors) was finally over. When I was 17 and discovered this series I knew I was in serious trouble because all the time I was thinking about it and was re-reading my favourite scenes. And I legit cried at THE part with Jace in City of Glass, if you know what I mean. But, again, as I was growing up I really didn't like Clare's writing style anymore, it was so annoying at times that I just had to put the book aways and pick it up sometime (day) later. I feel sad, because part of me will like this series always. Ok, maybe because when you've been reading a series for so long it does feel like you died a little inside? I don't know... Probably.
On to the book review we go. I didn't like many things about the last book if I'm honest. 700+ pages? Really? I was scared when I started reading because knowing Clare, I knew there's going to be so much drama. And well, she delivered. A hell of a lot drama *wink wink* - which was too much. We could compare Clare to George R. R. Martin - she too likes her characters to suffer and the only difference between those two is that Clare doesn't let many of her characters die. She just likes to see them in pain. And us, oh and mostly us. Cassie if you're reading this - why the hell are you doing this to us? Are you, like a demon or something? That kind that feeds on humans emotions, mostly pain?
The second thing that bothered me were the long ass descriptions at the wrong moments. Who has time to think about the scenery when he/she is about to die? I love long ass descriptions, don't get me wrong, but if they are at the most ridiculous times I'm not going to like the book. And they were in this book. If she cut out the long and exhausting portrayal of so many freaking d e s c r i p t i o n s, the book would probably be lighter for 200 pages. Just saying.
Ok, if you haven't read the book yet, do not read this paragraph!!! I think, the most ridiculous thing that happened in this book was when Jace brought a condom to hell. Are you kidding me? Who, when he is about to go to defeat the greatest enemy Shadowhunters ever faced, would bring a condom to hell? A condom. I just can't get past this.... I'm so sorry, but it really was that ridiculous. I gotta give it to Jace though, that kid came totally prepared. 
Ok, you can open your eyes again. I'm going to stop with the bad things, because then it would be really ridiculous why I give CoHF 3.5 stars, since I did, in general, enjoy reading it. It was quite enjoyable, filled with happy and sad moments. Lot's of new characters were introduced and I liked that it was jumping from one POV to the other. Especially liked the ending, with all of them gathered together and having good time. And I did shed two or three tears. Ok, maybe 102.

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Friday 56 (4)

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice.

Here are the rules:
  1. Grab a book, any book.
  2. Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
  3. Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
  4. Post it.
  5. Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.
Week number 4 choice:

"And what does it take to protect the things we hold dear?" he asked. His voice sounded like someone else's. He ground his teeth together to keep them from chattering. Something was wrong with him. Powerfully wrong.
"Sacrifice," Marcus said, steady as rock.

Friday, January 30, 2015

An apology letter

Hi. Just wanted to stop by and explain why we're not posting anything these days. We're currently studying for our exams, since it's exam month at uni. 

Just two more weeks and then it's back to relaxing :)

Hope you're having a good night, evening, day!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Author's Corner

Stacey Kennedy

STACEY KENNEDY is the USA Today bestselling author of the CLUB SIN series. Growing up, Stacey's mind wandered the path less traveled and that path most often led to love. She has always broken rules and she continues to feed off emotion – staying true to her heart. Those traits are now the bones of her stories. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame, and their two young children. If she's not on mom duty or plugging away at a new story, you'll find Stacey camping in the summer, hibernating in the winter and obsessing over Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones and Outlander.

(source: Goodreads)


Club Sin Series

             Claimed #1                                                                            Bared #2

             Desired #3                                                                              Freed #4

Source Goodreads: ClaimedBaredDesiredFreed

 Tamed #5

Porter Marshall has nearly achieved his goal of becoming a Club Sin Master, but his new sub poses a much bigger challenge than he anticipated. Despite their mutual attraction and red-hot dungeon sessions, Kenzie Hart plays her own games. Her bratty, you-can’t-break-me attitude masks terrible personal hurt—pain that only the exquisite touch of a skilled Dom can release. But when Porter suggests taking their connection to the outside world, Kenzie denies him . . . which only makes him want her more.

Kenzie can’t ignore the raw, fierce bond she has with Porter. But she can’t give in to his dangerous demands, either. Is the passion they share real, or is he using her to solidify his status at Club Sin? And yet, who else can she trust with the shattering secrets she holds within? As Porter expertly brings her to the point of no return, Kenzie surrenders her body—and, piece by piece, her heart.
Tamed is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

Expected publication: March 10th 2015 by Loveswept

(source: Goodreads)

Commanded #6 
Cover Reveal

A dedicated cop, Sawyer Quinn blows off steam by immersing himself in his role as a Master at the hottest club in Las Vegas. But when Sawyer goes after the perp who brutally beat his sister, he teams up with Chloe Nash, a sexy private investigator who awakens a sweet new need: to keep her to himself, away from the dungeon of Club Sin. Chloe is beautiful, smart, and too innocent for the BDSM lifestyle. Sawyer’s never wanted a woman like this before. Is her love worth swearing off the one thing that keeps him sane?
There’s something different about Sawyer: a commanding strength that pulls Chloe into a vortex of heady desire. But when she learns about his double life as a Dom, she’s shocked—and afraid she could never complete him. Then he saves her life, and just like that, Chloe knows she will be able to give him anything he desires. She is his—wherever and however he wants to take her. 
Expected publication: July 7th 2015 by Loveswept
(source: Goodreads)

Waiting on Wednesday (6)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: An Amber in the Ashes
Authors: Sabaa Tahir
Genre: YA, High Fantasy, Dystopia, Romance
Release date: April 28th 2015
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.
LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

I need this book. Like it physically pains me that it's not tucked neatly on my shelf. I love the cover and I love the synopsis and I think it won't disappoint me. Well I hope not.

Tell me what are you waiting on this fine Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays (1)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
 Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  1. Grab your current read
  2. Open to a random page
  3. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  4. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  5. Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I'm currently reading the second book in the Silo series by the amazing Hugh Howey and am on the 33rd chapter so you are getting the quotes from earlier pages of the book because I too wanted to avoid spoilers. Hope you like them.

    ‘Get through the next six months,’ Merriman said. ‘It goes by fast. It all goes by fast.’
     Troy nodded. The doctor shooed him away with his eyes while Merriman began tugging off his boots. Troy turned, gave the heavy door down the hall one last glance, then headed in the other direction for the lift.
     He hoped Merriman was right. Jabbing the button to call the express, he tried to imagine his entire shift flashing by. And the one after that. And the next one. Until this insanity had run its course, little thought to what came after. 
   ‘It’s the bad stuff,’ Hal said, staring off towards the lifts. ‘Have you noticed that? It’s just the bad stuff that slips away. All the unimportant things, we remember well.’
   Troy didn't say anything. He jabbed his beans, even though he didn't plan on eating them.
    ‘It makes you wonder, don’t it? Why we all feel so rotten inside?’
   Hal finished up his food, nodded a wordless goodbye and got up to leave. Troy was left alone. He found himself staring at the screen, a dull ache inside that he wouldn't name. It was the time of evening just before the hills disappeared, before they darkened and faded into the cloud-filled sky.
I picked these two quotes because I think they can attract a reader to start reading the Silo series, because it is unlike any other, unique in it's own way. But that is just my opinion. 

If you'd like more information about Silo series click the Goodreads button below:


Top Ten Tuesday (3)

TOP TEN TUESDAY is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This week is a freebie week. That's why I decided I'm going to share my Top 10 Favourite Books of all time.

(source: GR 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

And what are your favourite reads of all time?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (5)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Never Never
Authors: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, YA
Release date: January 11th 2015


Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen. Complete strangers since this morning.
He'll do anything to remember. She'll do anything to forget.

This looks like a potential heart-breaker. I think I'm going to love it. 
What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Wool Omnibus Review

Wool Omnibus (Silo #1) by Hugh Howey

This Omnibus Edition collects the five Wool books into a single volume. It is for those who arrived late to the party and who wish to save a dollar or two while picking up the same stories in a single package.

The first Wool story was released as a standalone short in July of 2011. Due to reviewer demand, the rest of the story was released over the next six months. My thanks go out to those reviewers who clamored for more. Without you, none of this would exist. Your demand created this as much as I did.

This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

(source: Goodreads)


My review

First of all, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year. May it be full of happiness and love and many many books. 

Now, to the review. As I said in one of the reviews before, I love books who make think about them long after I read them. I love books that shook me to the core, that keep me wishing there was more to it. The Wool series is one of them. Maybe it's because it's the first science fiction/dystopian series I read or maybe it's just that good. 

I've seen a lot of people on Goodreads are confused as to why name the book Wool. They think it's stupid, because the knitting is mentioned one time and there are several mentions of Cleaners with the wool patch. I understand that it's called Wool because it is about the Cleaners, the people who are sent out to die, but before the air leaves their lunges, they have one last job to do; they have to clean the sensors for the people who are still inside, who depend on them. And there is one mystery, why are all the cleaners smiling and waving frantically in the cameras? What they see and want others to see is one big lie. A lie you have to discover for yourself.

I want more people to read this series. It's not just about people stranded somewhere on the world deep under the earth of the silos, but it's also about humanity surviving because of the lies they are told and about the impact of little slips of words that are taboo.