2017/03/18

Rapid Fire Book Tag

Hello my lovely bookworms, today I'm going to do rapid fire book tag. This tag is original from booktuber GirlReading and I'll put the link to that video down below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-46EzDWdSY&t=8s
I just randomly came across of this tag on youtube and it sounded fun, so I decided to do it.



So here goes:

1. E-book or physical book?
I like physical books more because then I have my own copy of it in my bookshelf but I like e-books more while traveling. When I'm traveling I always try to take as little stuff as possible with me, so carrying e-books is easier and lighter.

2. Paperback or Hardcover?
I own more paperback that hardcovers, so I'm going to go with paperbacks. Although, I like more how hardcovers feel and they are more long-lasting but paperbacks are cheaper, so I buy them more.

3. Online or In-store book shopping?
I do more online book shopping because it's cheaper but sometimes I like to go wondering into book stores. Also, in Finland you find very little new international books that are in English, so it's easier to buy them online.

4. Trilogies or series?
I choose series because then I have more books to read and more time to spend with the characters.

5. Heroes or villans?
I enjoy reading stories about heroes but I have also read few books about villains that are really good. I like stories about villains if they have great backstory and if they aren't just plain psychopaths.

6. A book you want everyone to read.
I want everyone to read  A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas because it's so fantastic and amazing.














7. Recommend an underrated book.
I am going to recommend book called A Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor. I feel like not many have read this book and it is great.














8. The last book you finished?
The last book I read was Truthwitch by Susan Dennard and I cave it 4/5 stars and I really enjoyed it.

9. The last book you bought?
The last book that I bought was The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. I bought this while I was shopping with my little sister few weeks ago in Helsinki.

10. Weirdest thing you've used as a bookmark?
This was a while ago, but I think weirdest thing would be spoon or hair accessory. Nowadays, I try to put real bookmarks between the pages.

11. Used books: yes or no?
No because I don't buy them so much, although I know they are cheaper but I never come across of them.

12. Top three favorite genres?
Fantasy, science fictions and contemporary. I read these genres the most but I also enjoy other genres.

13. Borrow or buy?
Buy because then I have my own copy of the book and I can read it when I want to. I also want to own copy of the books because I want my own library in my home. I sometimes go to library to borrow books but not often.

14. Characters or plot?
Plot because something has to happen in the book. I get really bored if I read a book that is only character development and the book doesn't have action.

15. Long or short books?
Long books because then I can be with the characters longer, although I do enjoy short books that are easy read.

16. Long or short chapters?
Short chapters because then the book is faster to read and it doesn't feel so heavy to read.

17. Name the first three books you think of...
City of bones by Cassandra Clare, Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, Six of crows by Leigh Bardugo. All of these books are great and I loved them.

18. Books that makes you laugh or cry
There are many books that make me laugh and cry, so it's hard to say one or two books to this question.

19. Our world or fictional world?
I'm going to cheat little pit on this question because I don't want to live in a single fictional world but it would be amazing if I would travel to different fictional world.

20. Audiobooks: yes or no?
Yes. I don't listen to them often but I do sometimes. Although, I can't just sit around and do nothing while listening to audiobooks, so I normally listen to audiobook while cleaning or walking a dog.

21. Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
Yes sometimes. When I'm in book stores the covers are what catches my attention but I don't buy books just based on the cover.

22. Book to movie or book to TV  adaptations?
I would love more book to TV adaptations because in TV shows you could fit more details from the books that to the movies.

23. Series or standalone's?
Series because then you can spend more time with the characters and with the world.


So here is all of my answers to these questions. I'm not going to tag anyone special but if any of you want to do this then you can. If any of you do this or have done this please tell me down on the comments I would love to read or watch them. Or you can also answer to these questions down below.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I wish you all have a great day. I will be posting something new next week. 

2017/03/12

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Half Bad By Sally Green




Hello my lovely bookworms, today's post is going to be book review. I'm going to review Sally Green's Half bad. I read this book while ago but I didn't have time to review it until now. Half bad is young adult fantasy book that was published March fourth, 2014, and is the first book of the trilogy.

Half bad is a novel that is set in modern-day Europe. In this book witches and humans live together but humans don't know that witches exist. There are two types of witches, black and white, black witches are normally considered as evil and white witches as good. White witches are the main population in this world.

This novel follows 17-year-old Nathan Bryn. Nathan is half white and half black witch, they call him half code. His mother is dead and his father is hunted because he is the most powerful and most cruelest black witch in the world. Nathan is kept in a cage and abused.  He has to escape before his seventeenth birthday and find his father, or he will die. The first part of this book starts as Nathan is in the cage and how his days go. Then the second part in the book, is Nathan's childhood from very young age to about when he is sixteen, and how he ended up in the cage. In the fourth part, he escapes the cage. After that the story goes how he tries to find his father and stay alive.

Nathan is black sheep of the family and he is the only half code in this world. Almost everyone hates him, and he is shunned because of this. This book left many questions unanswered and I hope that in the following books they are answered. Main question that is in my mind after the book is, how they decided that all black witches are bad, and what is so different about white and black witches.

The first part is written from second person narrative and it feels like the reader is the protagonist. After that the book is written from first-person point of view, Nathan's. This book is mainly character development and there is very little action, in the end there is some action scenes when Nathan is trying to escape the cage, and when he is looking for his father.

I will give this 2/5 stars.
I didn't really like this book and I think that is mainly because it was pretty slow read and not much happened. The ending was interesting enough that I might continue the story.
I recommend this book to people who like books that are mainly character development and don't mind that there is very little action.
Please comment below if any of you have read this book and what did you think of it, I would love to know. Also you can recommend some great books to me that I can read.

So I hope you liked this post and I wish all of you have a great day and wonderful following week. I'm going to post something new next week, so I hope you all come check that out then.
Also go check out my other blog, I'll leave link below.
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2017/03/05

Book Haul! (January and February)

Hello my lovely readers, today I decided to do book haul. So, this is all of the books that I have bought since Christmas and most of them are from book depository. Book depository is this really amazing web site that sells books. Most of the time there are really great sales and the shipping is free. The free shipping is great for me because I live in Finland and normally shipping something here costs really much.
But here is all of the books that I have bought recently:


1. Uprooted By Naomi Novik


This is the first book that I have for you today. I believe that this book is retelling about beauty and the beast but I'm not quite sure because I don't know much about this book. This book follows the story of a young girl, who lives in this village. Near this village is very dangerous forrest and the villagers need help from wizard. The wizard helps them but with a prize. The prize is that every ten years one girl from the village must come to his castle and serve him for ten years, this year it happens to be the main character. 
Tell me if any of you have read this book, and if so what you thought about it.


2. Snow like ashes By Sara Raasch


I believe this is part of a series but I'm not quite sure. This is tale about a kingdom called Winter which was conquered by this other kingdom. All but eight of its citizen were killed, among the eight was the prince and his friend Meira. When scouts discover location of ancient locket that could restore Winter's magic, Meira decides to go find it to help the kingdom. 
I have heard great things about this book and I hope it's good. 


3. Milk and honey By Rupi Kaur


This is the first poetry book that I'm ever going to read. I haven't read much poetry before but decided to try some. I picked this because one of my friends recommended this to me and it seemed interesting enough, so I bought it. I believe this book is divided into for parts, the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. I hope, I like this book and maybe in future I will read more poetry.
If you have some great recommendations about poetry, please tell me down on the comments so I can check them out.


4. Obsidian By Jennifer L. Armentrout


This book is the first book in the Lux series and I decided to only buy the first one and look if I like it. Then maybe if I like it I buy the rest of the series. I believe this tells about this girl who moves to a different town just before her senior year. In this town, she meets siblings, a girl and a boy. Soon she finds out that they are both alien. After that many things start happening. 
I believe this is some sort of love story, I'm not sure yet but I hope I like it. Have any of you read this book before?


5. Cruel beauty By Rosamund Hodge


I don't know much about this book. My friend recommended it to me and I just decided to pick it up. I believe this is also retelling about beauty and the beast. I know that the main character has been betrothed to this evil ruler of her land since birth. Her job is to kill this ruler. I believe this is the main idea and I don't really know more about this book. I kind of want to just read it without knowing much. 
If any of you have read this book what did you thought?


6. The kiss of deception By Mary E. Pearson


This book is first in the series and I don't have the rest but if I like this I will buy them. The first one is about this girl who runs away on her wedding night because she doesn't want to marry a prince. She runs to this distant village hoping no one would find her, although soon after two men arrive to the village, one is the prince and the other one is assassin that was sent to kill her. But we don't know which of the men is the prince or the assassin. 
This book sound really interesting and I'm excited to read it. Have any of you read it?


7. Six of crows By Leigh Bardugo


This is the first book of the series. This book is about six dangerous outcasts who gets this impossible job. They have to break in to the Ice court and rescue prisoner. Ice court is military strong hold that has never been broken into, so it seems to be suicide mission. 
That's all I know about this book but I have heard some very great things about it and that it is supposed be good. For what I know about the book it has gotten my attention and I can't wait to read it. Have any of you read it and did you like it?


8. Crooked kingdom By Leigh Bardugo


This is the second book and the final book of the six of crows series. I don't really know anything about the second book and I don't either want to know because I still haven't read the first, I don't want to be spoiled.


9. Falling kingdoms By Morgan Rhodes


This is a book that I don't know much about but I believe this is series. I have heard that this is kind of like game of thrones but for younger people...I hope it's good. What are your thoughts about this book?


10. The young elites By Marie Lu


This is the first book of the series. It tells about this girl called Adeline who has survived blood fever and due that she got some abilities. She has to learn control her abilities. She also finds out that she isn't the only one with abilities and there are others, they are called the young elites. Adeline's abilities are the strongest and she may be danger to them all. 
This book sound really interesting and I hope it's good. I haven't read the other series by Marie Lu but I intend to do just that in somewhere near future. Have any of you read this series? If so what did you think? Did you like it? Have you read the Legend series? If so did you like it?


11. The rose society By Marie Lu


This is the second book of the young elites series and I don't know literally anything about it because once again I don't want to spoiled.


12. The midnight star By Marie Lu


This is the third book of the young elite series and I don't also know anything about it.


I hope you all like this post and I wish all of you great day and a new coming week. What are some of the books you guys have recently bought. Also, tell me if you have read any of these books and what you thought of them.
I'm also sorry I haven't updated in a while but I have been kinda depressed since my grandfather passed away and also I have had some big school things to worry about. But now I'm going to try update more frequently. Yeah, have a great day you all.

2017/02/12

Valentine's Day reads

Hello my lovely readers. I decided to do Valentine’s Day post, so in this post there are books that would be great to read on Valentine’s Day. In these books there are some great love stories but few of these are books that have adventure also. Tell me will you be home reading books on Valentine’s Day or doing something else. If you stay home tell me what book you will be reading?
So here I go:

These broken stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick


Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.
Nora finds herself right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen.

The Fault in our stars by John Green


Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.


A Court of mist and fury by Sarah J. Maas


This is the second book of the series but I find the love story in this one more beautiful.

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.


Across the universe by Beth Revis


Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship —tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

Me before you by Jojo Moyes


Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.


A Discovery of witches by Deborah Harkness


Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.
Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos.
An Ember in the ashes by Sabaa Tahir


Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do. But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

The Selection by Kiera Cass


For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


Anna and the French kiss by Stephanie Perkins


Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Lola and the boy next door by Stephanie Perkins


Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
A Totally awkward love story by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison


The summer before college, Hannah swears she’s finally going to find The One. And for five perfect minutes, Hannah does find him–in the master bathroom at a house party. She just wishes she’d caught his name, because Toilet Boy Cinderella really lacks sex appeal.
For Sam, the summer is off to a bad start for a million reasons. But for five minutes his luck changes: Sam falls head over heels for some strange and hilarious girl who he meets inside a fancy purple restroom. Of course, he doesn’t get her name. And with his luck, he’ll never see her again, and he’ll remain a girlfriendless, moony-eyed virgin. Forever.
But another chance meeting brings them together, only to have a chance misunderstanding drive them apart . . . and then the cycle starts all over again. Madcap mishaps, raunchy hilarity, and deep romance follow these two wherever they go. For two people so clearly destined for each other, they sure have a hell of a lot of trouble getting together. 

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home... forever.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and I hope you all have wonderful day.

2017/02/04

Red queen by Victoria Aveyard


Hello my lovely bookworms, it’s been a while but I have had really much going on the past few months, but now I decided to start posting stuff here again. Today I am reviewing Red queen by Victoria Aveyard. I have heard many good things about this book but I haven’t just read it earlier. Last week I went to a book store and saw it there and decided to just buy it. I started reading it and it was so good that I finished it in a day.
Red queen is about seventeen-year-old Mare Borrow who her whole life has believed that she is normal red blood girl but after she gets a job in the king’s palace she discovers that she is anything but normal. She finds out she has abilities like people with silver blood only possess. After that Mare is in more danger than ever. She is told to lie rest of her life so the world doesn’t find out that she has red blood and silver abilities. She has to pretend to be silver blood girl and learn court rules to survive her new life.

The world in the book is divided by blood. There are people with silver blood and red blood. Those with red blood are common people. They live in poverty and serve the silver blooded people. Many of the red people are send to war when they are 18. Those with silver blood are the elite. They are gifted with supernatural abilities and they rule the world.

In this book there are three possible love interests, Kilron (Mare’s best friend since forever), Cal (the crown prince) and Maven (the second prince). When the king finds out about Mare’s ability, he engages Mare and Maven. First neither one of them is happy about this but when the story goes on you see how their relationship grows, it would seem like they would end up together and be happy. But then every time Cal and Kilron are in the scene, you see that they also have feeling for Mare and you really can’t tell who Mare will end up in the end. Although, Mare’s thoughts and decisions don’t involve around her love interests and guys, this is refreshing because in many young adult books the girl’s life involves around the guy. It’s shocker that Mare is engaged to the second prince, I like expected this to be really cliché moment and Mare would have been engaged to Cal, but the writer surprised me. Although, I get why the king didn’t engage Mare and Cal. That’s because it wouldn’t be good thing considering that Mare is red.

 Mare and Maven decides to join the Scarlet Guard group and this puts everything into action. After this the story just gets more interesting and there is more action scenes. Scarlet Guard is a group that is against the separation between red and silver people and they want to stop the silver elites rule. They also wants to stop the war that is going on because many red people die in vain in the battle field.

There was this one great plot twist in the book and I really couldn’t guess it. I was like omg what the f**k just happened. You seriously couldn’t guess that this character would betray everyone and would be the ‘bad guy’ for this series. This character also broke my heart because he and Mare would have been cute together, but no the writer wanted to crush this OTP.

It’s also amazing how Mare’s view of the silver elite changes through the book. First she comperes them to gods and think they are invincible. In the end, she says that they are more like normal people and they are also afraid many things.

This book brings my mind Divergent because there are some similarities, like there are these people that are different from everyone and some people want them killed. But I still liked red queen, I just put past the idea that these books were similar and decided to enjoy the story. Many people don’t like this book just because it has some similarities to other YA books but in this world no book idea is entirely new one. Most important thing is how the book is written, if it is believable and enjoyable, and this book really was.

 Victoria Aveyard is great writer, there are many great plot twists and the world was amazingly built. I’m so excited to read rest of the series. I already have the second book but I have to wait a while until I get the third in my hands. I have already pre-ordered it but it’s going to take few weeks until it gets to me.

I will give this book 4/5 stars.

Tell me what you think of this book and did you like it? Will many of you read King’s cage when it comes out? You can also recommend other great books to me, I’m always looking new books to read.

2016/10/06

An ember in the ashes review



Hello there fellow bookworms, today I’m going to review book called an ember in the ashes by Sabaa Tahir. An ember in the ashes is a fantasy book that is set in this ancient Roman type of world and it is about orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom.

Laia is a scholar who must become slave at the Martial Academy so that the Resistance can break her brother out of prison. Elias is a student in the Martial Academy but he wants to escape. He is also sympathetic to the harsh conditions in his country. Elias is chosen as one of four aspirants to compete to replace the current Emperor. He survives three task but in the fourth he chooses Laia’s life over winning, so he is sentenced to death. Laia gains courage and helps Elias escape his execution. They agree that together they will try to release Laia’s brother.

This novel was little bit of cliché. In the book there was this broken society and resistance whom was trying to enslave the slaved ones and, of course, the darkness is coming. There is also this vibe that it is the main characters against the world which is very common in these type of books. In the book there is this typical hero, Elias Venturius, who loathes what he has been raised to become and the fate of Empire lays on his shoulders. 

The book was written from two points of view, Laia’s and Elias’. It was really good because you got to see both slave and soldier’s mind sets and how they thought about the world and how their raising affected to that. I really liked the character development in this book. In the beginning at the book, Laia was this really scared teenage girl but as the story goes on she becomes braver and more independent.

I also liked that one of the characters, Laia, wasn’t this magical creature, like witch, or super soldier, it is so used in this kind of books. She was just a normal girl who wanted normal life and didn’t even want to part of the Resistance, she was forced to do all of it.

In the book there was many things that weren’t explained and it kind of a bothered me. Like there wasn’t any explanation why the Augur, the Commandant or Marcus acted the way they did or did things they did. Also it was really poorly explained to me why only one woman per generation was allowed in to the Martial Academy. Like it was said that women aren’t good soldiers and the status of women is not good, so why then is the Army’s commandant woman and why allow one woman per generation to train? I hope they explain it in the next book.

The book was really action filled and fun. There was times when you feared the characters were going to die but overall it was good book. I would give 3/5 stars.