June 2016 Wrap-Up

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This month was like the month from hell in many regards that I really don’t want to get into now. Let’s just say that NOTHING went according to plan and there were very few pleasant occurrences, however, the reading (if less than usual) wasn’t so bad. I had literally every rating from 2.5 to 5 stars. So, there’s always that.

Not on the initial TBR:

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)   Video Rage: A Novel   Gambit   You Before Anyone Else   Children of Icarus   This is What Goodbye Looks Like

As always, click on the titles above to get to the reviews (or on the name of the people I read the books with, to get to their reviews if they are up yet) and on the covers to be redirected to Goodreads!

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I don’t even know what else to tell you. This month was honestly quite a blur of being sick and working, reading and watching TV and doing virtually NOTHING productive whatsoever. It’s okay though and I see all the good things happening in July for sure! (Hopefully … keep your fingers crossed!)

Now, I have found a good rhythm blogging for me, posting 4-5 times a week seems like a good amount without burning out. Also, I celebrated 3 years of blogging, which is SO AMAZING. Thank you so much for sticking around! I still can’t believe I’ve been doing this for so long, but I cannot imagine life without it anymore. So, here are the posts from June:

TOP TEN TUESDAY

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

TRAILERS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

ALL KIND OF TAGS AND OTHER POSTS

How was your month? I hope it was better than mine. Tell me all about it in the comments! Tell me random happy things!

T5W: Settings I Would Like to See More of

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. Today’s topic is Settings I Would Like to See More of, which was both difficult and easy at the same time. Here are my setting-wishes.

Contemporary Vienna

Authors either seem to associate Vienna with it’s imperial time or during WWII, but I just want a nice and normal (not typical Austrian-sadness and cynicism) contemporary novel, best case also YA. And I mean targeted at 17 year-olds and not 12. I want people to find a good medium and represent my hometown.

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Underwater World without Mermaids

Does this sound weird? I like water and the ocean … maybe I just want something Atlantis-ish? I don’t even know, but I don’t want to write it myself, so I expect someone else to come up with it.

Cut off Civilization Living In Forest

Whenever scientist find a group of people living somewhere in the wild, cut off from everything, I am just so fascinated with how they live. Why not make up a whole book about them?

Greek Mythology Inspired

Everything that has a touch of Greek mythology is just awesome!

Oregon

Oregon has stolen my heart and I love it and people don’t use it enough as a backdrop, but it is gorgeous. I shall always squeal if it is mentioned!

What are some settings you would like to see? Tell me all about it!

TTT: Favourite LGBT+ Books!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we get a freebie and since it is Pride month, it is simply not acceptable that I haven’t done anything on the topic yet. So, here we are with a little list (in no particular order) of my favourite LGBT+ books and/or books that feature LGBT+ characters.

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1. Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

The main character from this book works in film and that totally spoke to me! Also, I think I didn’t even knew that she was lesbian when I bought the book, so that was a nice change for once, because I actually think I have more books with gay characters.

2. Wide Awake by David Levithan

This is such an idealistic story, it sends a great message. It is about all kinds of diversity (skin colour, religion, sexuality) and even though it is not my favourite Levithan book, it is still one that inspires.

3. Blue is the Warmest Colour by Julie Maroh

Blue is the Warmest Colour always makes me kind of sad. It’s a movie and because of that I was lucky and got a free graphic novel of the story at work. It’s in German but still a beautiful story.

4. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

We already talked about all the cuteness that is Simon and Blue, right?

5. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Another great Simon character! But I always loved Baz more. He showed up and the story instantly became even better!

6. Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List by David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

I might be impartial about this one, because the movie has erased my memory of the book … which was confusing because of the use of many emojis as far as I can remember.

7. Any Shadowhunter book by Cassandra Clare

The Bane Chronicles are probably the most obvious example, but you can really pick up almost any book from the Shadowhunter series and find a member of the LGBT+ community there.

8. Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

I think this was the first book with a pansexual main character … he was one of seven, but still! That was definitely interesting.

9. This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin

This book featured an asexual character in a relationship, so that was definitely something new to read about as well and I really enjoyed it.

10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

There was definitely a lot of sexual exploration featured here, even if it wasn’t the main theme of the book.

Which topic did you choose for your freebie? Any LGBT+ book recommendations? (And don’t say You Know Me Well, because that’s already on my physical TBR!)

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (June 20-26)

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It is Sunday and you all know what that means – IT IS TRAILER TIME! I, again, can’t really offer you anything from the TV world, but I got loads of interesting movie trailers for you today. Enjoy everyone!

Movies

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

This does not look like the book AT ALL. I wasn’t even a fan of the book, but this changes a lot and I don’t know if it’s for the better. I guess I can only judge after actually seeing the whole movie. I still want a Hollow pet now … can’t believe I was once scared of them. I am weird like that.

The Girl With All the Gifts

I’ve seen the book for this one around, but I had actually no idea what it was about … not sure I want to read it … not sure at all …

Keeping Up with the Joneses

I LOVE THIS! It’s like the comedy movie from the POV of the neighbors of Mr and Mrs Smith or something.

A Street Cat Named Bob

It looks adorable, but I never know – is this the actor who played Victor Frankenstein on Penny Dreadful or is it his twin? That’s what happens when twins both start an acting career. It’s so confusing!

Inferno

I had no idea they would continue this series. I actually really liked the first movie, but the second one was already seriously lacking even with continued great casting … I don’t know

Mechanic: Resurrection

Jason Statham action movies, even if they do end up benig pretty much all the same, are quite enjoyable. So, why not?

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

Uhm … I think I didn’t even watch the first one …

War on Everyone

I am finishing this off with a bit of a WTF kind of trailer. Really, what were they thinking?

So, same question as every week: What would you like to watch?

T5W: My Own Posts That Made Me Feel Awesome

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. Today is all about self praise by spotlighting our own favourite posts. This is a little difficult for me, because 1.) I am a perfectionist and 2.) I have a terrible time choosing anything, so when I post something, I know it’s not perfect and I always wonder if I could have put more effort in it. At the same time, I have less and less blogging possibilities due to my busy schedule and am quite happy with what I do manage to put out there and it’s a lot too. I am not fishing for compliments here (although they are always welcome), I am just saying that is why I took such an incredibly long time to write this post … and intro too, I guess.

Discussion Time: Interaction on Reviews

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This is my one and only discussion post, at least so far. I think discussion posts are some of the most engaging and well thought through posts out there, but that’s just it – they need a lot of time and that’s not been a thing I had a lot of lately. But I will write one again at some point.

TTT: What Is Love?

I did something unconventional and my work completely paid off for this one. Your reactions were unbelievably kind and that was the most amazing feeling out there.

TTT: Reasons I Love the Red Rising Trilogy

This is legit one of my favourite series of all time! Getting to write a whole post about it and actually sort of making sense while doing so was extremely satisfying. And what is a list of any kind without me mentioning Pierce Brown (sneaky way or not)?

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I’ve mentioned it before that WWII is a difficult topic for me and I especially addressed it in this post. The review therefore turned into something way more personal and I think that was why it turned into such an engaging one. And it’s definitely a plus point that I absolutely loved the book!

Vienna Comic Con 2015

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I just like reliving that experience. It’s not often that I get to just glory in all the geekiness WITH OTHERS. I guess I can do that quite regularly here, but there is something special about doing that in person.

What are your favourite topics? Do you like my picks or did you expect something else?

TTT: Favourite Releases of 2016 so far!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Last week was all about upcoming releases and this week is about the releases of the year so far that we liked most. I took a look at my Goodreads stats and it’s astounding how many recent releases I read these days. I think the “oldest” book I read this year came out in 2012. That’s nothing! But I am rambling, so let’s focus back on 2016 and my faves.

1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)I finished this book and I simply couldn’t get enough. Maas took everything from ACOTAR and turned it upside down – it was brilliant! She introduced a bunch of new characters and we got to know some older ones better. It had a lot of depth that I didn’t expect, especially concerning depression. I just can’t even! That book makes me want to gush for hours.

2. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)Cassandra Clare just gets better and better with almost every book and she managed to introduce a fantastic cast with Emma Carstairs and the Blackthorns. I love that we get to experience a parabatai-focused story, because that is seriously one of my favourite aspects of Shadowhunter-dom.

3. Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Morning Star (Red Rising, #3)Who would have thought this would be on the list? Everyone? Good! I trained you well. Morning Star was the perfect, heart wrenching and backstabbing conclusion to the Red Rising trilogy. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

4. Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers

Tone DeafHaving a deaf MC isn’t something everyone can pull off, but I loved this book (and not just because it reminded me of some Shadowhunters). It dealt with so many different and difficult topics, but managed to be entertaining and engaging all the way through!

5. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2)People know that I did not love ADSOM, but the character development of EVERYONE in AGOS was just amazing to read. I still have issues with the pacing and the focus of the story sometimes, but I am all in by now. I want the next book!

6. The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn, #2)I binge-read the whole series, so unlike many others, I didn’t have to wait for this book for months and I am so happy about that. It was a great book and Shazi and Khalid are real life relationship goals! That’s how awesome they are!

7. The Siren by Kiera Cass

The SirenSometimes I just have this melancholy trip and The Siren catered to my needs during that time perfectly. It even put me in this sort of sad funk, but I wanted it that way, so I relished in it, deeply. However, I could see why it is not a fit for everyone. I, nonetheless, loved it.

8. Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach

Anything You WantThis book  – totally took me by surprise. I never thought that it would turn out to be so emotional in the end and I still think that all the people who DNFed that book on Goodreads missed out on the best part of the story. This is like a prime example of why you should stick to finishing a book sometimes.

9. With Malice by Eileen Cook

With MaliceThis one was a book I wouldn’t usually pick up right away, because Thrillers are not a genre that I seek out. But I think it paid off. It was a very twisted and fast paced read, I just couldn’t stop myself. Also, I am still a little in love with the cover.

10. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Kindred SpiritsI need my regular dose of Rainbow Rowell story telling and even though Kindred Spirits was way too short, I am glad I got to experience this tale of geekiness. I just felt so connected to it all!

 

 

What are your favourite releases of the year so far? Tell me all about it in the comments below!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (June 13-19)

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It’s Sunday and we all know what that means – TRAILER TIME! Let’s see what I found and because I once more wasn’t very successful in the TV department, I am just going to show you some music for movies instead! Let’s do this!

Movies

Storks

SO CUTE! “This tiny thing is now a wolf everybody!”

Moana

THAT PIG (or whatever it is) IS SO ADORABLE! NEED. TO. SEE!

Pete’s Dragon

I remember watching a way more kid-like version of this when I was younger now! I totally didn’t realise that when the first teaser came out. I think I liked my film better, but I will maybe still watch this.

Closet Monster

I have to stay this looks like a powerful coming of age piece!

Denial

This seems really intense. I had no idea there was a case like this, but I was all of 1 year old when that happened. Still, people in denial can be the worst.

Undrafted

Hmmm … usually I like sports movies … but this just looks a bit ridiculous.

Outlaws and Angels

I guess that’s what today’s Westerns look like … doesn’t seem like my thing, but Chad Michael Murray might persuade me.

Music

Hozier – Better Love (The Legend of Tarzan)

Twenty One Pilots – Heathens (Suicide Squad)

What are you going to watch? What are you excited for?

T5W: Fathers and Father Figures!

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. Today is all about our Favourite Fathers and Father Figures! Let’s dive right into it.

Hans Hubermann – The Book Thief

I have definitely a soft spot for people who treat children like their own flesh and blood even if they are not. Hans Hubermann is like a prime example for that and such a major part of Liesel’s journey to true self.

Mr. Garrett – My Life Next Door

My Life Next DoorMr. Garrett is just a really good dad. All his children (and he sure has a lot) love him and he would do everything and anything for them. He’s a real family man!

Taylor’s Dad – Second Chance Summer

Second Chance SummerNow we are at the point where I can’t actually remember the names of the dads … it was bound to happen. Taylor’s relationship with her dad was just so special and got even more intensified because of the circumstances. It was so heartbreaking!

Will’s Stepdad – Claire

Claire (Hart University, #2)Will’s stepdad is actually also his uncle, but he has been there more than his biodad ever was and that’s what counts. He has supported him in his Football career and in life, being a confidant when he needed one.

Mr. Schell – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

His father meant so much to Oskar and their relationship was a deep one. Oskar isn’t like other kids and his father never tried to pressure him into anything, instead he found ways to get Oskar out of his shell by embracing who he is.

Honorary mentions:

  • Julian Blackthorn (Lady Midnight)
  • Lola’s dads (Lola and the Boy Next Door)
  • Simon’s dad (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda)
  • more people that I can’t name because of Spoilers …

Who are some of your favourite father figures in literature? 

TTT: Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. As the bookish creatures we are, it is our duty to know all about the upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on! There was already a TTT with anticipated books for the first half of the year, so naturally, now is the time to talk about the remaining months!

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year (since we did a topic about the releases we were excited about for the first half of 2016 back in the beginning of the year) Feel free to tweak it how you want to — like most anticipated fantasy for the second half of 2016 or debut authors. Whatever you want!

1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

HeartlessRelease Date: Novemeber 8th

I haven’t even read the Lunar Chronicles yet, even though I really want to at some point, but I am definitely intrigued by the idea of this one. And it’s common knowledge that I am a sucker for Alice-inspired stories, so there’s also that!

2. A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Grey

A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3)Release Date: November 1st

Months later and I am STILL mad at what happened at the end of the second book. This one better have the conclusion I want and a perfectly great future for Theo, because let’s face it, I care about him the most! #TeamTheo

3. Witch’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini

Witch's Pyre (The Worldwalker Trilogy, #3)Release Date: September 20th

The Worldwalker series is one of my all time favourite series and I am so happy I discovered it. This will be the final installment and I cannot wait to get some answers. Also, I ADORE the covers. I was so certain that the final one would be green, but the violet suits it quite well. The excitement is real!

4. Furthermore and Tahereh Mafi

FurthermoreRelease Date: August 30th

I am usually not into middle grade schools, but when the author is Tahereh Mafi I AM READING THAT BOOK. End of discussion really, because I adore her writing style and I would never purposely miss out on one of her books.

5. Did I Mention I Miss You? by Estelle Maskame

Did I Mention I Miss You? (The DIMILY Trilogy, #3)Release Date: December 1st

Another finale to series and one that I have really been waiting for for a while now. DIMILY and DIMINY are both super fast reads, yet very different because the characters are always in such a different place in their life. I am intrigued where it will all end up (especially because Estelle tends to be quite cruel with her comments about the progress on the book sometimes).

6. Gemina by Amy Kaufman/Jay Kristoff

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)Release Date: October 18th

I just read Illuminae this year, so I am glad I didn’t have to wait as long as some other people. It’s one of the few books where I will make sure to get the hardcover and I will glory in its beautiful art again!

7. Unscripted Joss Byrd: A Novel by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Unscripted Joss Byrd: A NovelRelease Date: August 23rd

A contemporary book about acting and the movie business – NEED. TO. HAVE. Also, it seems like the perfect light summer read! Just look at the cover – it basically screams SUMMER!

8. Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

Blood For Blood (Wolf By Wolf, #2)Release Date: November 1st

Never could I have imagined how much I would enjoy Wolf by Wolf! It wasn’t the most cruel cliffhanger in the end, but I do NEED to know how it continues. (If you haven’t noticed, I am really bad with not knowing what happens)

9. Mind Games by Heather W. Petty

Mind Games (Lock & Mori, #2)Release Date: December 6th

Gaaah, this is still way too far away from now. Mori and Lock were so adorable as teen characters and I wonder if they will mature in this sequel and how Mori will generally deal with everything that is thrown her way. The world sure has it out for that girl!

10. The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn/David Levithan

The Twelve Days of Dash and LilyRelease Date: October 18th

I don’t read all that many festive books, but Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares was one of the most fun christmas-y reads ever. I loved their characters and I always wondered if their blossoming romance would survive beyond the first book. It seems like I am getting my answer soon!

 

So, that’s it from me! A lot of earthy and/or violet covers and many, many sequels! By clicking on the books, you’ll be redirected to Goodreads for the synopsis or in case you want to add them to your TBR! What are you excited for?

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Book Review)

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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Page Count
: 624

Ever since A Court of Mist and Fury came out, there has been a lot of buzz (and unfortunately spoiling) going on on social media. Still, that made me realise that it was probably better to buddy read this book, even if we weren’t always on the same page, sometimes you just need to say “OMG!” to someone. And those people, as so many times before, were Cátia and Cristina.

It’s no secret that I really enjoyed ACOTAR when it came out, but ACOMAF is on a whole new level in comparison. We start by getting dunked into this infinite pool of sadness, as it should be after the traumatic events Feyre had to endure in the previous book. She is not happy and neither are you when you see how the people who should care about her most let her waste away. You’d think now it would be time for the hero to enter and save her life and while there was someone who helped Feyre get out of the darkness, ultimately she saved herself, because she is still strong and a survivor.

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Everything just felt so raw and real, it made my heart ache. Maas pretty much took the world we got to know and CHANGED EVERYTHING. It’s no secret that I was never the biggest Tamlin fan, simply because Lucien and Rhys fascinated me more, and this book definitely proved why the latter had every right to grab my attention. Rhys was everything you could have possibly wanted from him and even more. His previous behaviour was explained and there was a complete role reversal with him and Tamlin. But sometimes, really not all that often, but sometimes I wished that there had been some sort of anchor from the previous book to hold on to. An unchanging person to trust, who gives you that air of familiarity. Not even my beloved Lucien could fill that role …

However, I did love the new additions, especially Rhys’ Inner Circle. I seriously fell in love with Cassian, Azriel, Mor and Amren. They all have so much history and I cannot wait to further explore that. Even in the light of some events, I still really liked Tarquin, High Lord of the Summer Court and I even overcame my anger towards Feyre’s sisters. It’s difficult to not just ship everyone with everyone at all times.

Ultimately, ACOMAF just gave me ALL THE FEELS! It was adventurous, steamy (I am serious on this one! The steaminess was REAL!), sad, scary and hopeful all in one. It broadened the knowledge we had on the fae world so far and expanded it to magnificent places and powers unimaginable. By the end, I was just in despair, screaming “Nooooo!” at every other page and afraid for all of my beloved characters. It will be torture to wait for the next book, but at least there is enough fan art to gorge on during that seemingly endless wait.

Fazit: 5/5 stars! An exhilarating read that changed the game for sure! My favourite new release of the year so far!

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Did you read ACOMAF? Who is your favourite character? Which one is your favourite Court and character? Tell me all about it!