Maand: februari 2016

Book Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Hi, everybody!

I have my book review for Carry On by Rainbow Rowell for you today. I hope you enjoy!

Titel: Carry On

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publishing Date: October 6th 2015

Pages: 522

Rating: 5/5


SYNOPSIS (Goodreads)

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

WRITING

As always Rainbow Rowell’s writingstyle is just fabulous. This book was very different from her other books since this is a fantasy book which is not something Rainbow Rowell has written before. But just like her contemporaries it has great romance and it is a great story. We explore every character and they’re all very different and unique and just great.

CHARACTERS

Simon is the Chosen One to safe the World of Mages. The only problem: he sucks at being a magician. He’s a likeable character in my opinion but quite naiv. He cares a lot about his friends and he’s quite obsessed with his roommate, Baz, who’s always plotting to kill Simon. Or so Simon thinks.

Baz is a vampire and hopelessly in love with Simon. But since they’re actually enemies there’s no way he’s going to tell anyone. Baz is extremely sassy and dark. His sarcastic comments always make me laugh.

Agatha is a rather difficult character. She was Simon’s girlfriend until she broke up with him. I thought she was quite selfish in how she handled the situation she was in. I can understand her but she really didn’t handle it correctly.

And they there’s Penny. Oh, I loved her! (Just like I absolutely love Simon and Baz, btw!) She’s always there to help Simon and she’s very intelligent. She reminded me of Hermione from the Harry Potter series.

SETTING

In the beginning I kept comparing the world with the one of Harry Potter (Like I compared Penny to Hermione.) but after a while I stopped doing that. Rainbow Rowell really made this world her own. I didn’t expect a lot of the worldbuilding and stuff like that but it turned out to be really great! Rainbow Rowell can do anything, right.

PLOT

I loved the story so much. The development of relationships was so well done (you know which relationship I’m talking about) and, ugh, it was all just so well done. I loved the end. It all happened how I wanted it to happen and it was nicely wrapped up. It was mostly based on romance and I didn’t expect anything different from Rainbow Rowell but she did surprise me with the exciting things that were going on.

OVERALL

I loved, loved, loved this book. I can’t say it enough. I loved it like I love every other book Rainbow Rowell writes. The characters were great and I loved them all (although I’m not sure about Agatha.) And, man, that romance! *-*


Did you read this book? What did you think of it? Comment below or send a link to your review if you have one. I’d love to read it!

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

 

This or That? Challenge #29

Hi, everybody!

Wednesday means a new This or That? Challenge! This challenge is created by Bookmarkchronicles and if you want to know more about this challenge just click the link and it will you bring right to her post of the week.


This week’s topic is…

Do you prefer to read short

OR

long novels?

Well, this actually really depends. Short novels are much quicker and lighter but with longer books you can get more depth, world building, character development, …

I mostly read longer books, I think. There are also more bigger books than short ones, I think and I really do enjoy reading the big books. Sometimes it can get a little too much but then I just pick up and shorter one and after that I can continue reading the big books.

So I guess I’m going for the big books. I like big books and I cannot lie, right? xp


What about you? Long or short novels? Make sure to check out Rae’s blog (linked above) and comment your choice. 🙂

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Hi, everybody!

This weekend I have a book review for The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Enjoy!

Titel: The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

Publishing Date: March 14th 2006

Pages:552

Rating: 4.25/5


 

Synopsis (Goodreads)

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

WRITING

I loved the writing of this book. The story is told by Death and it makes it so much more interesting. When I read the first couple of pages and I realised it was narrated by Death I was so intrigued. I also really like the format the book was writen in. Throughout the book there were these kind of “notes” added and they made it a lot of fun to read.

CHARACTERS

Liesel is the main character. She lives with a foster familie because her mother couldn’t take care of her anymore. As a little girl living with strangers she feel very uncomfortable but after a while she connects with her new Papa and they build a strong relationship. It’s different with her new Mama. They do care for each other but her Mama just isn’t a very loving mother. Liesel herself is a usual girl with a big love for books. I love her relationship with Ruddy.
Rudy is a funny and sweet boy who immediatly falls for Liesel. From the first time they met they become friends and stick together.

PLOT

A plot twist didn’t accure in the book. But still it was an amazing end. There wasn’t supposed to be a plot twist. Death already told us throughout the book what would happen but that didn’t make it less heartbreaking. The plot might’ve been heartbreaking but I loved everything about it. Especially the very end.

OVERALL

I enjoyed reading this book very much. The story was beautiful, the writing was unique and the book made me feel things. But I can’t help but notice that it didn’t leave that of a great impression on me as it does on others. I don’t know but I think I expected a little bit more of it.
Nevertheless I did enjoy it.


Did you read this book? What did you think of it? Comment below or send a link to your review if you have one. I’d love to read it. 🙂

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

This or That? Challenge #28

Hi, everybody!

It’s Wednesday so that means a new This or That? Challenge created by Rae over at Bookmarkchronicles. If you want to know more about this just click the link and it will bring you to Rae’s post of this week.


This week’s topic is…

Would you prefer to write a stand alone novel that turns into a movie

OR

Write a series that turns into a TV show?


I think I would rather write a series that turns into a TV show. Just like Rae said, if books turn in a movie a lot of the time everything is so crammed together. There are some book to movie adaptations I really did enjoy (The Hunger Games and Harry Potter were quite good).

But if you have a TV show it’s all more explained AND you can enjoy it for a longer amount of time. So yeah, TV show for me. 🙂


What about you? Make sure to check out Rae’s blog and I will see you in the weekend. 🙂

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

Book Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Hi, everybody!

As  I told you in my last post, my book review will be slightly different and I hope you’ll like it!

Titel: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publishing Date: September 1st 2016

Pages: 320

Rating: 5/5


SYNOPSIS (Goodreads)

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

WRITING

Nicola Yoon has got a great writingstyle. Everything is so beautiful explained and she could make characters so real and living. Another thing I really liked was the format this book was written in. There were these really nice drawings that fitted the story very wel and it was fun to have them added. Some chapters were just Maddie’s and Olly’s conversations when they were IMing and in some way I thought Nicola did those conversations feel like you were just reading a normal book and I really liked that (That really didn’t make any sense XD )

CHARACTERS

Let me start with the main character. Madeline may be one of the strongest characters I’ve ever met. She deals so well with her situation and makes the best of everything. She made me realise how lucky I am to be able to go outside everyday and to meet new people. I’ve never felt so connected to a fictional character. Not because I can relate to Maddie’s situation (Definitely not) nor because I can relate to her as a character but just because she felt so very real. This is probably why I loved this book so much. I felt so sorry for her and I know she wouldn’t like that but I really did. Maddie also was a likeable character; she and her nurs, Carla, were like real friends and she had a great relationship with her mom. I did find it quite rude though how she treated her mom after she met Olly but I could understand why she acted as she did and why she did what she did.

And so we come to Olly. Oh, Olly. He has his problems at home himself but they’re very different from Maddie’s. He’s dark, funny, strong, handsome, … What else do you want? I really loved Olly. He helped Maddie to step out of her comfort zone and he let her explore things that she probably shouldn’t explore in her situation and maybe it was reckless and really not smart but it did help the both of them.

Further on there’re Maddie’s mom and Maddie’s nurse, Carla. Her mom is a very comforting mother. She does everything she can to make Maddie’s life bareable. That also counts for Carla. Maddie can tell her everything and she always did what she thought was the best for Maddie.

PLOT

Let’s say that it was a very interesting plottwist and I really didn’t expect that. At first I had no idea what to think of it but after I finished the book and I thought some more about it I just realised I was very happy. I was happy for both Maddie and Olly.

OVERALL

This was a great book and it was very different from all the other contemporaries I’ve read. It opened my eyes and it was one of my favourite romances ever.


I hope you enjoyed this new structure and I will see you again on Wednesday! Happy Valentine, btw! ❤

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

This or That? Challenge #27

Hi, everybody!

New This or That? Challenge created by Bookmarkchronicles! If you want to know more about this click the link and it will bring you to Rae’s post.


This week’s topic is…

Do you listen to audiobooks?

Yes

OR

No?


Actually I don’t.

I really want to, though. It’s impossible for me to read in the car because I get sick and I feel like I really waste reading-time then. If I had an audiobook I would be able to listen to a book and the car trip would be much more fun.

But I never buy one. I’m not sure why but I just don’t. :p Maybe I will buy one soon or I won’t. No idea. :p


That’s it! What about you? Make sure to check out Rae’s blog (linked above) and participate in these challenges!

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx

Book Review: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

Hi, everybody!

As promised I have an extra book review for you. When I’ll post a book review in the weekend you will see that it has changed a little but that’s just because I didn’t like how my book reviews are now because there’s barely any structure in it. But you’ll have to wait till the weekend to see that. 🙂 For now I have a book review of The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater.

!!! This is a sequel so there are spoilers for the first book !!!

Titel: The Dream Thieves

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publishing Date: September 17th 2013

Pages: 439

Rating: 4.5/5


Synopsis (Goodreads)

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…


My review

The world in this series is so interesting and intriguing. I already thought that when read the first book and now it even become more magical.

I still find it quite difficult to describe all the characters. They’re all different and unique but it’s just hard for some reason.
We get know some more about Ronan, Adam sees more and more of his father in himself, Gansey’s still searching, Noah dissapears from time to time and Blue’s wondering if she’s in love with Gansey.
At the end of the first book we discover that Ronan can get dream out of his dreams, literally. In this sequel we read about him coping with this ability and it’s a very important aspect of the book.
Maura, too, the mother of Blue, get’s her own story and I’m excited to find out how that will develop in the next books.

The book was really good and the end was very thrilling but in the middle there were about 50 or 70 pages where I really didn’t get through that easily.
Exclusive that it was great! Can’t wait for Blue Lily, Lily Blue.


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Comment below or comment the link to your review if you have one, I’d love to read it. 🙂 I will see you on Wednesday!

Love

Katniss Potter Booklover xxx