Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 25-31)

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Hello there, you all know what day it is today – Trailer Sunday! I cannot top the glory of last week, but I tried to find some decent stuff again and I am not sure I succeeded. It’s all a little on the depressing or scary side, not that much fun, but here we go with my findings of this week!

Movies

The Great Wall

There has already been a lot of talk about this movie because WHY did they cast Matt Damon as the MC instead of a POC? And then his best friend is played by that guy from Game of Thrones? I am pretty sure there are enough Chinese actors out there, but then you wouldn’t have the star appeal and oh my – the studios can’t have that of course! Look, I like Matt Damon. I have nothing against him, but there better be a good explanation as to why he is in charge over there.

Split

This is SUPER creepy, but hands down to James McAvoy for being so versatile. I might watch this one day … when I am not alone, so my thoughts won’t go crazy.

Hacksaw Ridge

I don’t like war movies and it’s so weird to have Andrew Garfield talk like a Southerner. I have no words for this right now.

Masterminds

I’ve seen some footage of that movie before, so maybe I just double posted it. It’s not really my kind of humour and it’s even weirder that this is supposed to be a true story … but Jason Sudeikis. I like Jason.

Blood in the Water

Now comes the Indie movie section I guess. Those are low budget movies, but they always have that one actor or actress you know from somewhere else (e.g. Willa Hollan) that sparks your interest. I don’t think I want to see the movie though.

Natural Selection

I really don’t know what to say about this one. I still don’t like Kat McNamara’s acting at all … but it’s like the guy from Teen Wolf and the girl from Shadowhunters … but the topic? Nooo …

Maximum Ride

Is it weird that I think this looks decent? I might check out the book (if I EVER have the time) to see if I want to watch it.

Emily & Tim

I just included this because it has Alexis Beldel and they stole the Gilmore Girls font with the blue background.

TV Shows

Gilmore Girls Revival

They are acting as if it hasn’t been years of waiting for us, which is cool but also maddening. I NEED MORE! But at least the air date is in the foreseeable future.

The Originals (Season 4)

I think I forgot this last week? Not even sure, but why was everyone so surprised about the time jump? They did that on TVD, so they sort of had to do it for this as well, because they are crossing over a lot of the time.

Van Helsing (Syfy)

I quite like Syfy. They attempt great things with limited budget and even though the lack of money sometimes shows, they have great stories nonetheless. To name just a few Syfy shows I like – Being Human, Dark Matter, Killjoys, Haven, …

American Horror Story (Season 6)

I don’t watch that show for copious reasons, foremost because I don’t like to be freaked out/scared. However, I know it’s popular … (the suggested videos should include the 5 or so other teasers)

As always, what are you going to watch?

T5W: Most Unlikable Characters

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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. This week is all about unlikable characters, but here’s the official prompt:

NOT VILLAINS! These are protagonists or side characters that are unlikable! (These should lean more towards characters who aren’t intentionally unlikable. Not villains, or mean girl/guys, etc.)

Eadlyn Schreave (The Heir)

I admit that Eadlyn got SO much better in The Crown, but I could not stand that girl in the first book she appeared. She was entitled and cruel and lacked empathy on every level. And when people pointed out why something she did wasn’t nice, she didn’t even understand it and sulked instead that no one understood her. I call bollocks on that one!

Lehna (You Know Me Well)

Lehna is supposed to be Katie’s best friend, but she is just terrible. She doubts her and makes her feel small and as if she weren’t good enough and that’s just sad. You are not supposed to treat anyone that way, but especially not your own bff.

Naomi (Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List)

Ugh … that book had so many issues, but Naomi was probably the main reason I didn’t like it. I am not condoning what Ely did either, because I can see why that hurt Naomi, but she was mean too. And she was shallow and superficial – not my kind of person.

Carson Phillips (Struck by Lightning)

I only remember this in a bit of a haze, so don’t hold me accountable too much, but I think we were supposed to really feel with Carson and instead I was just annoyed with him the entire book. In the end, I just didn’t feel anything for him … which just showed that he wasn’t the best of MCs to connect with. Although, maybe other people felt differently about that.

Crash (Zeroes)

That girl drove me nuts because she felt so righteous and as if she were better than the other Zeroes, but a lot of the time she was the one out of control and causing the most damage. I was really angry with her on several occasions.

Who are some non-villain characters you didn’t like? Tell me in the comment section!

TTT: Things Books Made Me Want to Do

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week it’s all about the things books made us or inspired us to want to do/learn. I don’t really know if only realistic things are meant by this (like learning to play the guitar) or more impossible stuff as well (like shapeshifting). I think we are pretty free to interpret the theme whichever way we like to, but I want to stay more in the realm of what’s actual possible.

Learn Archery (Hunger Games/TMI/ACOTAR/TWATD)

What’s up with that? Can someone explain the appeal of archery to me, because every dystopian/fantasy heroine ever seems to be a pro at it. Granted, most had training or had to learn it out of necessity, but still … how are there so many? I’ve done archery before, not professionally or anything like that, but I can more or less hit a target with bow and arrow – yay! But all those books, they made me want to pick it up as a series hobby … which I still never did. I always keep saying that I might do it one day though.

Get Enchanted at the Circus (The Night Circus/Water for Elephants)

The circus has always had a certain appeal to me. I was the first to point out a poster when they came to town and I always made my mum go with me when I had the chance. I even wanted to work at a circus at some point in my life … you know, before I understood the whole animal cruelty aspect of it and my utter lack of gymnastic or magical expertise that would have qualified me as some other kind of artist. Still, I love the idea of the circus and those books always rekindle that.

Ride a Motorcycle (Nowhere But Here)

I am a complete wuss, okay? I got my driver’s license super late and I absolutely hate driving fast with it. However, there is something appealing about motor cycles. Maybe I wouldn’t even want to drive it myself, but rather hold on tightly to the driver? That’s a nice image, right? Then again, it would probably be more badass to drive yourself.

Go on an Adventure with a Stranger (Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares)

There’s something incredibly tempting about striking up a conversation with a stranger. The thing is, I can’t actually imagine something like that ever happening in real life, meeting a person and getting so randomly tangled up in each other’s lives. Well, I did meet a complete stranger on my way home once and he keeps popping up all the time. It took us like five encounters to even find out each other’s names, even though I knew a bunch of other (weirdly not very credible but actually true) stuff. At first I thought that was cool, but now he has become one of the most annoying people in my life and I try to avoid him if possible. See … that’s what I would probably be afraid of by making this a real life situation.

Live Boldly (The Serpent King/Me Before You)

Life throws you curveballs all the time and you mostly have no or very little control about what’s happening to you. However, you do have a say in the way you handle things. I want to be able to handle things in stride, to not give so much thought to everyone else and to just live my life the way I want to. To take a risk more often and to use all the amazing chances that I get, instead of claiming that I am too tired.

Write a Book (The Unexpected Everything)

Possibly with the help of others? Just start a story with a friend and then spin and spin it into something way bigger. Also, I always wanted to be this young and famous author, but I don’t actually have the commitment. I am terrible that way. The Unexpected Everything just reminded me of how much of a dream job that would be.

   

Go on a Trip to Find Myself (Eat, Pray, Love/Wild)

I think these things and instantly all my responsibilities and duties come flooding into mind. Very often when I wish I were rich, I don’t even want to buy all that many things (except for books, there’d be so many books), but the money would allow me to have the time as well as the means to go anywhere I want to. I don’t actually think that money is all that big of an issue for me, but time … I don’t know how people just up and go for months. I want to do that, but how? I’ve been drilled at how important jobs are my entire life and I like working, but sometimes I just wish I had a little time and change of scenery to really come clear about some things concerning me.

Learn to Play the Cello (If I Stay)

There’s something about that instrument that just makes me swoon so much. I have never shown any kind of capability with music, but this is an instrument I would love to learn how to play. That and the violin. I don’t even know why, but string music just makes me feel all the feels sometimes.

Road Trip! (Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour/How to Be Bad)

Kind of similar to the travel point above, but majorly different in so many ways, because you don’t just road trip alone. I guess you could … but wouldn’t it be so much more fun with friends? Imagine all the playlists and fun photos. All the different snacks and weird occurrences that only ever seem to happen on the road. If I could just be a passenger and not drive, I would be so in.

Find that Person/Group of Friends That Just Gets Me (Every Book Ever)

I’ve found some lovely people here in the blogging community that I adore and am so glad to have in my life. Yet, there is something different about seeing people in person every day. Whenever I pick up a book, I am baffled at the friendships that have lasted for years and years. The people are always so close knit, they can walk into each other’s homes and the parents treat them like their own kids. And not just the amazing circles of friends, but also the love interests. It may sound silly, but I have never felt a connection like that with “real” people and I am not sure if it’s because I am closing myself off to that or because there was just no one there. Point being, somehow I would have liked that in my years as a kid and younger teen.

Wow, this was all a lot more personal and even a tad therapeutic than I thought it would be, which was probably also the reason why it took me so long to write the post. What’s some stuff books made you want to do or be? Tell me all about it!

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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I guess we are officially over the halfway point of the year, but since I am late with my tags (as always), I am doing the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag just now. Major thanks to The Orang-Utan Librarian and Joey @Thoughts and Afterthoughts for tagging me. I am really looking forward to recap my reading so far and to freak out because WHERE IS ALL THE TIME GOING?

 

Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016

My Lady JaneThis is a tough question, because I never like just choosing one favourite, but My Lady Jane is definitely very high up there. It was just so funny and even though it was quite hyped, it was still such a refreshing read, not perfect, but amazing nonetheless.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2016

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)I am very tempted to say Morning Star, but I think ultimately I have to go with A Court of Mist and Fury. Maybe it was the fact that unlike any of the Pierce Brown books, I actually got to read this with friends and discuss things right as they were happening. It totally turned everything upside down.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)Simply because it is staring at me from my shelf, I am going to say This Savage Song. I think it looks amazing and even though I haven’t read that many Schwab books yet, I know she can do some incredible world building and therefore I am really excited to dive into this new world filled with monsters.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

Unscripted Joss ByrdI’ve said it before and I am going to say it again and again and again until I have the book and can form an actual opinion – Unscripted Joss Byrd. I don’t know what it is about this book that has me so excited, but I suspect it has something to do with the movie-ish setting. I always love those!

Biggest Disappointment

Anne & HenryUnfortunately Anne & Henry was a vast disappointment for me. I thought there’d actually be an enjoyable twist to the story, but instead they made it even worse. That story did not translate well into this century teenage-hood.

Biggest Surprise

Anything You WantThere’s no way I wouldn’t go with Anything You Want for this one. It had so many bad reviews and a lot of people even DNFed it (and I still believe they missed out on the best parts because of that) and I braced myself for an unpleasent read, but it wasn’t bad at all – quite the opposite in fact. I loved it!

Favourite New Author

Technically I didn’t read any Pierce Brown books up until this year, so he is my legit answer, simply because he is “new” to me. I would read anything he writes … maybe even his grocery list.

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Newest Fictional Crush

Weirdly, this is a bit of a tough one. I haven’t been all that passionate about anyone lately, however, I do adore Clark from The Unexpected Everything. He is geeky, adorkable and really sweet. I know that there are more exciting choices out there, but I like him and his job (even though that probably shouldn’t be a reason to like a person – fictional or not – but I think it contributes to his character in this case).

Newest Favourite Character

I don’t want to go for someone all too obvious, so maybe Alucard Emery from A Gathering of Shadows? (written this and then realised that Joey said the same, but apparently I am too lazy to think of someone else now) What is even up with that guy? He’s shady, fabulous and pirate-y. If you know me, you know how much that last bit weighs into my decision-making-process. (Btw, the picture is not how Alucard looks like AT ALL, but I just thought pirate … let’s put a picture of one of my favourite pirates there, because why not!)

Book That Made You Cry

The Serpent KingThe Serpent King brought upon this deep sadness. It also gave me so much hope, but the despair came first and I may have almost started sobbing silently at lunch because of it one time … my eyes were definitely teary, but I tried to contain myself in public.

Book That Made You Happy

You Know Me WellYou Know Me Well made me so ridiculously happy. It may have some weaknesses in the plot-department, but those characters were amazing and are squad goals for sure!

Favourite Book to Film Adaptation

Can I say book-to-screen-in-general-but-not-necessarily-movie? Because then I would go for The Shannara Chronicles *cough* which I still haven’t read, even though the book is sitting on my shelf *cough*. I just completely fell in love with those characters and the setting and the fact that it was from MTV but had absolutely amazing production value made it like double as great. But now the wait for Season 2 is absolute torture …

Favourite Post You Have Done This Year

I want to say something other than the posts I mentioned for T5W, so I am going to say the first OwlCrate unboxing, simply because it was such a fun experience as a whole. Click here to read the post.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

I think the cover of Lady Midnight is absolutely gorgeous! I am not sure it is the most beautiful, but it sure is among them. And it really helps that I love the inside as well.

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year

These are some books that are on my physical TBR, so I need to get to them. I hate having them stare at me accusingly for not reading them sooner.

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I Tag:

EVERYONE! Seen as I am rather late and a lot of people have already done it, just consider yourself tagged if you want to do it!

You can click on the titles to get to my reviews! What have been some of your reading highlights so far?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 18-24)

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This week we have a sort of SDCC edition of trailers and promos because that is where most (but not all) of them come from. In fact there was so much to choose from that I may have cut it down a little so that the post wouldn’t be too overwhelming … which it will probably still be. Now, before we get started, I just want to give a shout out to all the people who send me links for trailers (like for example you, Rami) because I really appreciate the thought behind that, but you need to trust in me that I will bring the best trailers to you! I have a pretty good network of getting them myself and I get confused if I end up with too many notifications and links. But if I ever do end up missing something essential, please feel free to make me aware of that in the comments!

Movies

Suicide Squad

So, this is probably my least favourite of all the Suicide Squad trailers, but I may just be a little bit in love with the editors nonetheless. Seriously, who is cutting those trailers? THEY SHOULD BE CUTTING EVERYTHING, THEY ARE SO ON POINT!

Justice League

I am more or less excited about this. More, because it packs more humour than the dreadful Batman vs. Superman did, and less because even though they have great casting they completely disregarded the already existing TV universe. I’ll get over it eventually … probably once I can actually see the movie.

Wonder Woman

I know this is a movie about a powerful woman and I don’t want to diminish the awesomeness of that AT ALL, but I do love any movie with one of the Chrises in it (Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Chris I-don’t-even-know)

Doctor Strange

It’s still the comic book adaptation I am least excited about in the near future, but it does look so much better than the first promo we got! It’s just that houses that fold into themselves keep reminding me of Inception, I can’t shake that.

King Arthur

I love the Arthurian legend, usually really enjoy Guy Ritchie’s vision and CHARLIE HUNNAM – I need no further convincing!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

MAGIC! YAY! (Is it weird that I just want the Newt Scamander Pop Figure?)

Kong: Skull Island

Ever since the whole HiddleSwift fiasco, I can’t take Tom all that serious anymore … it’s just weird that this really made him loose some of his credibility in my eyes. However, Brie Larson is awesome, so this is a maybe for me.

The Girl on the Train

Still wondering if I should read the book …

xXx: The Return of Xander

I was honestly not expecting them to make another movie in that franchise.

The LEGO Batman Movie

I guess the first Lego movie was so successful, they have to keep banking in on it. It does look funny though.

Moana

I don’t understand a word BUT CUTENESS!!!!

TV Shows

Sherlock Season 4

I have no words other than FINALLY!

American Gods

It’s a Neil Gaiman adaptation, so I know the hype around it will be big no matter what!

All the Marvel Stuff

(including The Defenders, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Agents of SHIELD, …)

All the DC Stuff

(including Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow …)

Once Upon a Time (Season 6)

They are showing Jafar, but THERE ALREADY IS A JAFAR!!!! They made it very clear that Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland belong together and share characters, so WHY is this a different actor now?

The Vampire Diaries Forever

I think it’s about time this is ending. Better go out with a bang though!

Lucifer Season 2

I need to know more about Mum!

The 100 Season 3

Teen Wolf Season 6

Why do they always put Stiles through the emotional torture?

High Maintenance

I just finished Looking by watching the absolutely fantastic movie they ended with and then I stumbled upon this little promo. HBO always has great content, so I am pumped for this!

Sorry this got so long, but as always, what are you going to watch?

Pokémon Go Book Tag

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Ever since I saw the Pokémon Go Book Tag created by Aentee at Read at Midnight, I was hoping someone would one day tag me AND TODAY IS THE DAY! Dee @Bookish Khaleesi has done me the favour and therefore here we go with the tag. I will be using Aentee’s graphics as well, because they are simply amazing and perfect. Don’t forget to check out the original posts of those lovely ladies!

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As far as I can remember I have always been a reader. Even in school, I loved to do the reading homework, but I think the first book that really fascinated me and made me emotional about the characters was Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I mean … Dustfinger! He is still one of my favourites.

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My favourite classic is and will always be The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I don’t know what it is about this book, but I have a strong feeling that the 1920s setting has something to do with my love for it.

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Hmmm … I don’t know. I kind of lost interest in Truthwitch and Passenger because I saw it EVERYWHERE. But that doesn’t mean I will never read them at all. I’ll just wait until the hype has died down and then pick it up in a year or so … or when the whole series is released.

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The Shatter Me series at some point just really reminded me of the X-Men (which isn’t a book series, but comics count too when I can’t think of a different answer), however, it was still so uniquely written, I absolutely adore those books!

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Vampire Academy! Whenever I see the movie or the books on other people’s posts, I want to read them … but there are so many books already. And then there are all those new releases and I can’t help but wonder if I should just let it go and keep to the new stuff instead. Keeping up with reading can be so tough sometimes.

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Many a book has accomplished that, but I think one of the last one was Gambit, because that book was awesome and I wanted to know what happened next like all the freaking time!

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Whaaaat? How am I supposed to choose? I am just going to name one random ship that I ship, because I am known for shipping all the ships.

Rhys and Feyre! There you go! I said somthing …

 

 

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I really liked Dee’s answers, but I am going to go with the Thunderoad series. They are quite steamy and action packed and I like that.

 

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Definitely the Red Rising series. Technically the first spin off isn’t even out yet, but it will be soon and then I am sure I will be of the same opinion, because Pierce Brown can do no wrong with the books he’s writing. I am wholeheartedly convinced of that.

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Over the course of time, I have changed my mind about The Magicians like a gazillion times. I am still not a major fan of the first book, but as a whole, that series was really good. It still hasn’t really left my brain, so that sure means something.

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I don’t even know. I think The Lunar Chronicles would probably be a solid choice for that. I really want those books and I am going to get the book box when it comes out this fall for sure. All the raving blog posts did not scare me off!

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There are so many! I think if I ever were to get the Harry Potter books, I would want the glow in the dark ones. They look so cool!

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I’ve mentioned this about a gazillion times now, but I CANNOT wait to read Unscripted Joss Byrd! I am so excited for this book, I am even considering getting it as a hardcover.

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Again, there are quite a few: Tahereh Mafi, Pierce Brown, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Morgan Matson, David Levithan and many mooooore.

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The sequel for Gambit? It’s not even been all that long that I’ve read it, but since there is no release date for the second book, it feels like forever! WHEN IS IT COMING OUT!? I NEED A DATE!

Now it’s time for you brave pokémon trainers to go out there and do the tag:

July “Good vs. Evil” OwlCrate Unboxing!

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A couple days ago I’ve received my second OwlCrate box. In case you don’t know what that means, OwlCrate is a monthly book subscription box. There is a different theme for each month, but you neither know which book you are going to get, nor which 2-3 awesome goodies it will include. You can find out more details by clicking here.

This month was especially exciting because you could receive one of two boxes. Either the good or the evil one and I have joined the forces of GOOD! (Not that I had much of a choice, as with everything, the box you got was a surprise)

The Book

I’ve been right about the book for the second time in a row, which just makes me incredibly happy! We got This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, which I totally would have ordered if I didn’t have the feeling it would be in this box. The constant mention of monsters and human and where the line is drawn just made me feel really sure that this would be the book. I haven’t started it yet, but will fairly soon. The chapter headers remind me of the Silence from Doctor Who, which is already a good sign that I will like it.

The Goodies

So, here are the amazing things that were included in this month’s box:

  • Full size Funko Pop figure – if you received the good box, you had a 50/50 chance of either receiving Luna Lovegood or Dobby to remind you to always be yourself and be kind. Although I would have loved to get Luna, I am happy with my Dobby. He looks so desperate and cute with his little sock in his hand.
  • Millennium Falcon necklace by Vector Engraving – it is so beautiful guys! I love things that are made of wood, so this is brilliant. The only downside is that the clasp is not really working, which is a real bummer. It’s sort of stuck, but I’m going to try and see if I can fix it.
  • Alice bookmark by Jane’s Tiny Things – it’s a really cute magnetic bookmark and I don’t think I have to tell you how much I adore all things Alice. I also think that it’s actually prettier than the Queen of Hearts the evil box had in it, so I am double happy.
  • Illuminae sticker by Drop and Give Me Nerdy – it hasn’t been too long that I’ve read Illuminae, so that was a nice treat. I don’t know if I will ever use the sticker, because I am scared of putting it on something and then not liking it there, but not being able to ever get it off without ruining it. I guess I will just leave it like that.
  • A letter, signed book plate and little coloring book – all of those things are amazing and I’ve been thinking about getting one of those adult coloring books for a while now, so getting a sample with YA covers is just brilliant. I can test it and see if I really want a whole book for that (because those things are expensive).

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I will most likely post more pictures on my Instagram account soon, but as you might have been able to see from my lack of posting, life has been rather busy lately. As much as I love getting these amazing boxes from Owlcrate, I do feel the urge to check out something else. For September I’ve already set my eyes on a Fairyloot box, but I will have to see what I’ll do for August. And I better do it quick before everything is sold out!

What do you think? Have you ordered one before? Which one did you get?

TTT: Books Set Outside the US

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Just like in movies, a ton of the books are usually set in some version of America, so this week is all about different settings. And I am assuming Fantasy settings would be accepted as well, but for the sake of this post I am going to try and keep it real.

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

The Hundred-Foot JourneyThis book is partially set in India, the UK and France, although the latter one takes up the most part as far as I can remember.

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1)We are going from Germany to Japan … sort of like a competitive road trip if you like. (and none of it is near the US)

Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer

Love VirtuallyIt’s set in my home town! Vienna! YAY! It even mentions one or two places I have been to, even though I suppose it mostly takes place in the home of the people the book is about.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book ThiefSeen as this is a WWII book that everyone knows about, I doubt it is a surprise that this book is set in Germany.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)Khorasan, the setting of both TWATD novels, is somewhere along the lines of where Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and countries in that area are today. At least I think so … oh boy … I really hope so. I was never really good with geography.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite RunnerThis one is partially set in Afghanistan as well. I don’t know why it isn’t the first book on this list though, because it sure is one of the first ones that comes to mind when I think of foreign settings.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)The first book was mostly set in Wales if I remember correctly, after that it got a little wobbly … a lot of UK settings and a bit of the US as well I suppose since the main character is from there.

With Malice by Eileen Cook

With MaliceOkay, technically I am cheating because the Italian setting is kind of minor here, but I was slowly running out of ideas.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand/Brodi Ashton/Jodi Meadows

My Lady JaneEngland! Oh glorious, alternate universe England. I couldn’t pass up the chance to finally use that book in a list!

The Martian by Andy Weir

The MartianSee! I even went off planet for you! So far, that we ended up on Mars … with an American … well, guess you can’t cut them out entirely.

 

 

What are some books not set in the US that you can think of? Tell me in the comments!

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (Book Review)

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Publisher: Crown Publishing
Page Count
: 370

I bought The Serpent King because I saw many (really, oh so many) good reviews for it, but I didn’t actually have a clue what it was about. The only thing I did know was that even though it has a title that 100% screams Fantasy at me, it’s a YA contemporary and apparently a brilliant one at that. Well, after reading it, I certainly cannot disagree!

I did not fall in love with this book headfirst. Set in a religious small town in the deep South of the US, you are immediately confronted with the sad reality of Dill, Travis’ and Lydia’s life. They are passionate, funny but also different, which makes them instant outsiders in their world. The whole thing was laced with this kind of inherent sadness that I just wasn’t prepared for. Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading the book, but I didn’t love it, yet slowly and gradually it won me over.

Dill, Travis and Lydia are such strong characters and this book will push you down to the ground until you sob about their fate and then be the helping hand that guides you up again and shows you the better side of things. Whenever there was a truly happy instance, it got crushed immediately or vice versa. It didn’t feel like made up drama though, they may not have been conventional circumstances for all of us, but they definitely felt honest, raw and real.

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The beauty of it all was that you could easily find a piece of yourself in each of the characters. I designated Lydia to be my personal spirit animal. She’s a blogger too (even though she talks about fashion which I know virtually nothing about – that’s really only semantics) and she is so confident and quick and smart, she is the kind of person I wish I had been in high school. Travis is this incredibly sweet and darling guy, who is completely lost in the fictional world of his favourite books and seriously, who cannot relate to that? And Dill … Dill feels stuck and as if everyone is leaving him behind after graduation. They all have their hardships to face, even though I think the guys have it much more difficult than Lydia, who at least has the most amazing, present and caring parents (which is ever so rare in YA these days).

I feel like there is so much to say about this book, but I simply don’t know how to express it! A couple of unexpected things happen, especially one big twist. It felt so very twisted in the faith department and it showed so much injustice. That’s a thing I can never handle very well, because it’s so unfair and all you can do is just watch … This book definitely crushed my feelings, but it also gave me so much hope and inspiration. I will gladly pick up the next book by Zentner.

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! Broke my heart into a million pieces and then mended it again.

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Do you feel like picking up this heartbreaker? Have you read it already? Tell me all about it!

The Crown by Kiera Cass (Book Review)

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Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count
: 278

I was debating whether to write a review for this book or not, since I haven’t written one for the rest of the Selection series (which I read kind of before all of this turned into a book blog), but here I am. I think this will be rather short though, because it’s the finale and I don’t want to spoil anyone and I don’t think this will make all too much sense for people who haven’t read any of the books at all.

First things first, I hated Eadlyn in The Heir. I kid you not, she was selfish, arrogant and didn’t have an ounce of empathy in her little finger. How could such a cold person be the main character we were supposed to root for? I didn’t want any of those sweet suitors to win, simply because I didn’t want any of them to suffer living next to her side for the rest of their lives. And then The Crown came

I don’t know what happened … well, I guess I do know a little bit of what happened, but Eadlyn has changed so much. She is compassionate, considerate and truly listens to others, which I just didn’t expect of her. It felt like she was too good all of a sudden, which was entirely confusing at first. However, it did help with the whole me-wanting-her-to-find-the-right-partner-and-lead-a-happy-life. It’s been a while since I had read the prequel to this book, so it took me a little to remember all the guys and who’s who. What felt off the entire time was that Eadlyn, unlike her parents, had no clue who she should choose. She went on several dates with all those guys and there was no discernible feeling as to who she liked best. In the end, I am very glad she chose the guy I had already sort of rooted for in The Heir, but of course I am not going to tell you who that is, just that I think it was a brave choice.

All in all, Eadlyn made A LOT of good choices in this book. Up to a point where she was so selfless, she would have lead a miserable life herself just to do the best for her people, which is just too much. I think the political situation could have been addressed a little more, but it was handled decently. Ultimately, I just can’t give it a super high rating because I really just read this book to finish the series. It could have been so much worse though, which is a happy consolation!

Fazit: 3/5 stars. A nice conclusion for the series I suppose.

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Have you read the entire Selection series as well? What did you think of the finale?