We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (Book Review)

Publisher: Dutton Books
Page Count
: 240

This is my third Nina LaCour book and by now she definitely qualifies as an auto-buy author for me. I realise that some of her books are pretty hit or miss for a couple of people, but so far she hasn’t failed to capture my heart with her stories. We Are Okay is a really low-key tale about relationships, grief and forgiveness. You definitely cannot call it a plot-driven story, because barely anything happens. Instead Marin takes you on a journey through the past year of her life and how everything got turned upside down.  I tried to figure out what happened for quite a while, but I think I blew the whole thing up in my head. The reveal was way simpler than that, but it didn’t make the betrayal sting any less.

Something I really appreciated about Marin and Mabel’s relationship was how simple and complicated their love for each other was. Throughout life, they were friends, lovers and sisters – the lines were blurred, but it did not diminish their feelings for each other. Even as their relationship towards each other changed, they wanted nothing but the best. They worried and cared, even when it did not always seem that way. I just love when there is no malice between girls, they get pitched against each other or show signs of toxic friendships way too often in books for my taste. So here’s an example of just how beautiful and full of good will a relationship can be:

I look at her. I wish her everything good. A friendly cab driver and short lines through security. A flight with no turbulence and an empty seat next to her. A beautiful Christmas. I wish her more happiness than can fit in a person. I wish her the kind of happiness that spills over.

I always have troubles expressing myself when I loved a book, because I want to say more than what you can clearly see – that I enjoyed it. This book was not just about romantic relationships, in fact, that was the smallest and most insignificant part of it. Much more it dealt with family, knowing where you come from and who the people really are who are by your side all the way. It was about grief, and how everyone deals with it differently. And finally there’s the forgiveness and learning how to move on, which wraps it all up in so much hope. I loved all of those parts, the quiet, simple and real way it was told, which is why there were tears rolling down my cheeks by the end of it all.

Fazit: 5/5 stars! A slow and extremely moving story about grief.

Have you read We Are Okay? Have you read other books by LaCour?

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Book Review)

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Publisher: Penguin
Page Count
: 448

There is so much hype around this book and there has been for a while, but I feel it has intensified ever since the Trailer for the movie came out. It’s as if that had been the final nudge for all the people out there who hadn’t read the book yet, including me, Cátia and Cristina as we once again attempted a buddy read together.

I was prepared with some tissues by my side and quite honestly a little surprised when it turned out to be a really easy and fast paced read. Lou’s voice is relatable and the few chapters that were thrown in from different POVs were a nice change as well, even if they weren’t always strictly necessary. I enjoyed it right from the beginning, the only thing that kept nagging me were basically all the side characters except for Nathan. I was able to get and even like some of them more by the end, but overall they were a selfish and nonsupporting lot.

The book gets more difficult as you get from page to page, asking some tough questions you will probably be glad not to have to answer for real. When I finished Me Before You, I felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest, however, I did NOT cry all that much and here’s why:

Lou’s and Will’s story is heartbreaking. There is no denying that. You get to see their relationship develop over time and you want them to be happy. But the thing is, their life will never be sunshine and rainbows and glitter bombs, that’s just not how it is. And even though you might wish for it to turn out differently in the end, a part of you always knew what this whole story would lead to. So, I shed that single tear when it was over, but I also recognised what the story was about – being granted the right to make your own choices. Something that, in my opinion, many people take for granted these days. It also encourages one to live boldly, a message that I always appreciate and try to embrace as much as possible.

Finally, I am glad I picked up the book before going to watch the movie. It looks great from the Trailer and as if they stuck really close to the original story, but I am still struggling with some of the casting (not Lou and Will – they look awesomepants!). I bet it will be fun either way and not only because of the bumblebee tights moment!

4stars

Fazit: 4/5 stars! A story that will target your heart viciously with main characters that are compelling until the final page.

Have you read Me Before You? Are you excited for the movie? How many packs of tissues did you need?

The OTP Book Tag

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Okay, I am terribly behind on my tags and I am sorry for that, so it has occurred that I wasn’t just tagged by one person, but by two people to do The OTP Book Tag! Thanks to Jordyn @J. Bookish and Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions for giving me the chance to talk some more about bookish love! ❤

1. AN UNPOPULAR OTP THAT YOU SHIP

So difficult! I can’t believe I am even saying this after Glass Sword, but Mare and Maven? I wouldn’t even know how to explain it and it’s not that I don’t like Cal, because I do, but … Maven. I think I might need help …

2. AN OTP THAT YOU DIDN’T SHIP BUT NOW YOU DO

Well, I definitely couldn’t see what all the fuss about Juliette and Warner was when I first started the Shatter Me series. By the end I most certainly got it and wouldn’t have wanted it any other way! Go Warner!

3. YOUR MOST HATED OTP

Is that a thing? Do people really hate couples? … hmm, I know something! Whichever poor chap ends up with Eadlyn Schreave from The Heir has my pity. She’s more than just a piece of work.

4. AN OTP THAT TOOK WAY TOO LONG TO GET TOGETHER

Almost every book couple ever? Well, Lila and Kell from the Shades of Magic series sure are taking their time. We are on book two and they are clearly meant for each other but they are nowhere near that stage of getting together. I wouldn’t say it’s frustrating, but it definitely would be easier to just see them happy together.

5. YOUR FAVOURITE NON-CANON OTP

The Magicians are very different in their book-form than they are on TV, but then they are very similar again as well. I’m probably not making much sense to you right now. I just feel like Eliot loves Q more in the books and I kind of shipped them in a weird way, even though I know Q never really considered it. Doesn’t mean I can’t, right?

6. YOUR FAVOURITE BROTP

Ugh, my answers are so darn repetitive. I am going to think of someone other than Will and Jem from TID. I CAN DO THIS!

*15-30 minutes of thinking later* AAAAH! Why didn’t I think of that faster? Darrow and Sevro from the Red Rising trilogy belong together forever. They are bros for life and probably even after that, because let’s face it, not even death could really sever their connection.

7. AN OTP YOU ADORED IN THE BOOKS BUT NOT AS MUCH IN THE MOVIES OR TV ADAPTATION

I wouldn’t say I “adored” Clace during The Mortal Instruments, but I liked them. Obviously! They were the main characters and I stuck with them through 6 books. However, they don’t really work on Shadowhunters for me. Both, Dom’s and Kat’s acting improved over the season, but they are still not there for me. The looks they give each other and whenever they kiss … I am just scared that Kat is going to smear Dom’s runes because they look like bad make-up to me.

8. A POPULAR OTP THAT NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY YOU JUST CAN’T SHIP IT

Totally have to steal Jordyn’s answer here, but I simply don’t feel Emma and Jacob from the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children at all. They were children, that wasn’t love! It was just ridiculous. And the fact that she already unsuccessfully dated his grandfather should have been a serious red flag as well.

9. YOUR FAVOURITE LGBT+ OTP

I hope you are not getting bored of this answer, but it is still Malec. Those two just have the biggest room in my heart and they will stay there for a whole lot longer.

10. YOUR ALL TIME FAVOURITE OTP

That’s like asking me to choose a favourite child and I don’t even have children! Currently reading Lady Midnight makes me really like Emma and Jules together, but to say they are my favourite of ALL TIME would be the overstatement of the year.

I TAG:

This tag has been around for a couple of months and I have lost track of who has done it or not. That means, I tag EVERYONE who hasn’t done it yet!

The Love Tag

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Remember back around the time of Valentine’s Day when all the love-related tags swarmed the blogosphere? Well, that’s when Lashaan and Trang @bookidote tagged me for The Love Tag and I can’t believe that it has been sitting around in my drafts until now. Sorry for taking so long and thank you so much for tagging me, here we finally go (better late than never)!

Books Other People Love But You Haven’t Gotten Around to Read

I feel like someone is going to punch me for this answer, but I still haven’t yet read the Harry Potter books and I don’t think I will anytime soon. However, I am not saying it won’t ever happen. Maybe … someday …

A Book That You Love But No One Else Talks About

I still feel like not enough people talk about Trial by Fire or the Worldwalker series in general. What’s up with that? It has a super intriguing world, an interesting love story, humour and magic! Like elemental, kind-of-scientifically-explained-magic! Read it!

Stand Alone Books You Love

There are way too many books for that category … here are just a few:

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Favourite Book Couple

MALEC! Okay, I am not even sure that’s true. I love them to bits, but I’ve been heavily reminded of my love for them because of Shadowhunters, because otherwise I am not sure I really would have chosen them. There are just so many great couples out there in the bookish world, but just look at that gif …

Series That You Love

I can never choose just one … it’s just way too difficult!

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The Perfect Song

There is no such thing as perfection! I am just going to share one of the latest songs on my never ending earworm list:

A Cute DIY

Wow! This is hard! I used some leftover felt bits to make these little minions. I guess if you don’t make them 3-dimensional and flat instead, you’d get some monster-y bookmarks? So in the end it’s just cutting and gluing some felt … I am sorry, that was terrible! Just be glad I don’t have anything like a tutorial channel!

I TAG

*If you’ve done this already or don’t feel like doing it, just ignore that I tagged you!*

Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers (Book Review)

tonedeafHis world is music. Her world is silent.
Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century—until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.
When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.

Publishing Date: May 3, 2016
Page Count:
 310

**I was provided with a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review!**

When I find out about a book, I read the blurb, but to be honest I mostly only skim over it. That often leads to me being way more surprised about what happens than I would have been if I had read the summary in detail – this is basically what happened with Tone Deaf! I only knew it was about a former musical prodigy turned deaf and a boy from a band and that I wanted to read it. So, I don’t even want to talk about the content all that much, I want you to find out what it is about yourself. I can only say that it was funny, more intense than I thought and really heartfelt.

The thing I was most intrigued about was how language would work. Dialogue is such an important part of the books I read and I didn’t quite know how it would be executed here. I can only say that Olivia Rivers did it perfectly! ASL is a language of it’s own, comprised of a different kind of vocabulary, but it was incorporated in a way that made sense to me.

Also, Ali, the main character, was great at reading lips but it was also made clear that she couldn’t just follow any conversation, especially not if people talked quickly or turned their face away from her. Tone Deaf also worked with texts and even Twitter, so I thought that was such a clever way to incorporate modern day technology into the story.

I tore through the book within two days and I think I would have made it in one if it hadn’t been for work. The thing that made the book so enjoyable were the characters – they simply felt real! And I am not even talking about the main characters only. Arrow, Killer and Jon (the bandmates) are some of my new favourite people, even though I wish Jon had gotten some more page time. And I would definitely love a dog like Cuddles!
Also, the romance between Ali and Jace was lovely. Yes, they were physically attracted to each other even when they didn’t like one another, but their connection was something way deeper. And I honestly think that they could never find that with anyone else.

If I had to complain about something in this book, there really isn’t much I can find. However, I did not like that Jace didn’t appreciate his fans or how the storyline fit together a bit too conveniently sometimes, but those were minor details. Jace definitely struggled with a lot of things and I just have a feeling that he couldn’t fully glory in the love of his fans, because deep down he still felt broken and not like he deserved it. I am going to keep telling myself that in order to not see him as a jerk so much.

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! A super sweet read about taking your life into your own hands, while realising that there is no shame in accepting help. Also, definite plus for the Doctor Who references!

5stars

Are you interested in reading this book? Have you heard of it before? Have you ever read a book about a deaf MC?

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Bloggers Who Brighten My Day

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, if you want to know more about it, you can just click on the name! This week’s theme is easy and basically celebrates book enthusiasts of all kinds:

Ten Bookish People You Should Follow On Twitter/Instagram/Youtube/Snapchat/Facebook — you pick the platform of your choice to talk about all the interesting bookish people to follow!  If you don’t use social media much you can pick your favorite bookish blogs or new blogs you’ve come across to follow.

I’ve definitely been showered with love today as everyone kept posting their TTT’s and so many of you mentioned me. I simply had to participate as well, wanting to give a shout-out to some of the bloggers who constantly brighten my day! I wish I could just put you ALL on this list, but then we’d still be sitting here in a couple of days time. I appreciate all of you, so, I hope you understand that I had to narrow this down a little.

1. Cristina @My Tiny Obessions

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I am at a point in my life where I can say that I’ve known Cristina for years and that I don’t even remember how life was without her. And with that I don’t just mean the blogging life – I mean my life! We talk every day and I wouldn’t want to miss her for the world. When she enjoys a TV show or a book, I can be 99.9% sure that I will like it too.

2. Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much

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Just like Cristina, Cátia has become a fixed part of my life and I love it! We are weird together and we talk books and TV and obsession with Malec gifs. We can talk about pretty much anything there is and it never feels uncomfortable – I love our little trio!

3. Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books

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She called me pure gold, I call her a shining diamond! She is just so precious! Marie is seriously one of the kindest and funniest and sweetest people out there and blogging has been even greater with her there. Whether it be our buddy reads, WIPs or something completely unrelated, she is there with a thoughtful comment and all the love to give.

4. Astra @A Stranger’s Guide to Novels

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I can’t even really remember how we found each other, but ever since then, we’ve found a lot of things that we have in common. I barely ever miss a post of hers, and neither does she miss mine and we always seem to find something to talk about. If all else fails, flailing over the events of Red Rising will always do!

5. Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff

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Michelle is just awesome! For one, she coined the term Alec Baewood – credit where credit is due! But this is just part of her blogging genius. Her writing always manages to capture me and is often sprinkled with a ton of humour that is perfectioned with some really strong gif-game.

6. Josie @Josie’s Book Corner

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Josie is the kind of person who never seems to run out of insightful wisdom to give. She is such a positive person and generally just makes me feel hopeful and fuzzy inside when I talk to her. And of course she has great taste in books! I feel like she’s the kind of person that you always want in your corner, at least I do.

7. Joey @Thoughts and Afterthoughts

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If I am ever undecided whether I want a Margollum or not, he’s the kind of guy I go to. Don’t get that? Probably not a lot of people will, don’t worry about it. (Seriously, maybe even he’ll need a minute to remember what show that from. I just felt like mentioning a Margollum) What it boils down to is that Joey and I watch almost all the same shows and I am simply in awe of his witty and succinct TV show summaries. I know that he is a book blogger and his reviews are awesome, but to me, talking TV with him is even more fun.

8. Flo @Flowless Books

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I love talking to Flo! She’s so sweet and funny and I am glad that we can brood over inconsistencies with WordPress together. (As much as I love the platform, it is also really weird sometimes) Also, she keeps tagging me for tags on Instagram, which I am ever so grateful for, because otherwise I am afraid I would neglect that even more than I already do.

9. Regina @The Bibliothèque

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Out of all of these people, I might talk to Regina the least often, but when we do talk, I am sure to walk away with a smile. First of all, her blog is absolutely beautiful and second, we have such similar taste. It is easy to gush about something!

10. Liam @Liam’s Library

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Liam and I haven’t known each other for very long, but that just means that there is still a lot to discover about each other and so far we definitely share a similar taste in books, but also differ in opinion on some of them – which is good! I really enjoy our little talks in the comments!

So, if you don’t follow these people already, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? I don’t even have the words to express myself properly at this point anymore. So, thank you to everyone who stopped by, to everyone who has become a part of my life! I LOVE YOU ALL ❤

Who are some people you feel this strongly about in the blogosphere?

The Siren by Kiera Cass (Book Review)

thesirenA girl with a secret. The boy of her dreams. An ocean between them.
Throughout the ages, the Ocean has occasionally rescued young women from drowning. To repay their debt, these young women must serve for 100 years as Sirens, remaining young and beautiful and using their deadly voices to lure strangers into watery graves. To keep their true nature secret, Sirens must never speak to humans, and must be careful never to stay in the same place for too long. But once her century of service is over, each Siren gets a chance to start over – a chance to live the mortal life that was almost stolen from her.
Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny… and Kahlen doesn’t want to.

Publisher: Harper Collins
Page Count:
 327

I don’t know why, but I had all the wrong ideas about this novel. First, I thought it would take place in any other time than the present tense and second I thought it was part of a series – oh, how wrong I’ve been! The Siren is a lovely modern day, mythological standalone romance and so far my favourite Kiera Cass book.

The life of a Siren is isolated with nothing but her Sisters to talk to – and I mean that. Sirens really cannot talk to anyone else or they would kill them. The Ocean is their mother, employer, friend and provider all at the same time. I loved how big of a part She was of the story and how beautiful, yet also cruel and almost godly She seemed, without me ever being able to fully understand everything that encompassed Her. She is definitely not human and it shows sometimes. The Sirens live to serve Her, but 100 years are a lot and everyone takes to the burdens differently. Yet, them having to share this duty, lead to them creating this very deep bond with each other. There are not many books with female friendships that are prominent and work, but here the individuals all had their part to play in forming their lovely little sisterhood. And they were truly all their own person, with different interests and characteristics, yet all strong in their own way.

I liked Khalen. Her style, her old-fashioned way of thinking – it just worked for me. I truly felt like she was the one who took her “job” serious, but who simultaneously was weighed down by it the most. She felt responsible for everyone and I could see how that dragged the others down but also made her necessary for the group. However, I am a little torn about the love. It wasn’t exactly insta-love, but she did fall for Akinli incredibly fast! I tried to justify it with her not being able to connect with other humans in forever, but it still was a rather otherworldly bond they had. Then again, that is exactly what made it so great, because sometimes it’s just nice to see people clicking with each other like that. My heart tore for Khalen, especially because I could see her pain so clearly in front of me.

One thing I kept wondering about was the language the Sirens spoke in. Was it English? Because how could that be possible with all of them coming from different parts of the world. There were little holes in that and also in the mythology itself, but I was willing to overlook it. The only thing that really bothered me was something I can’t say or you’ll be spoiled, but it had to do with a new Siren.

I feel like there is still a lot to say about this book, but I want you to experience it yourself. In the end, I really enjoyed the melancholy, the sadness as well as the cheesiness of it all. It is weird to think that it was Kiera Cass‘ first story and no one wanted to publish it back in the day and only the persistence of the fans made it possible. This is clearly a love story, but somehow it was also about guilt, duty, friendship, family and motherhood, sometimes even more so than romance. I am both sad and glad about the fact that this is only a standalone, because the ending was perfect. If it ever got turned into a movie, I think it would be very The Age of Adaline-ish and I’d love that, too.

Fazit: 4.2/5 stars! Despite minor flaws, this was a perfectly melancholic tale about love and the Ocean.

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What’s your take on the story? Would you pick it up? If you’ve read it already, do you like it better than the Selection series as well?