Monday, April 21, 2014 12:20

Fairytale News 35. Spoilers.

'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.
Spoilers, one of the things I hate with a fierce passion. A spoiler can ruin everything for me. A book (or a movie) is a journey for me. When I start the first page, I have no idea what I’m starting. The story builds up, the plot is thickening and finally I will reach the end and hopefully will be surprised when they reveal the conclusion. If I already know what is going to happen, I have the idea I’m reading the book for nothing. Why would I care about the story if it’s obvious that Y is going to die? Or if the killer is the MC’s best friend? It takes all the surprise, pleasure and fun out of the story.

Saturday, April 19, 2014 16:06

Review 252. Anne Blankman – Prisoner of night and fog.

17668473Title: Prisoner of night and fog.
Author: Anne Blankman.
Pages: 416.
Expected publication: April 22nd 2014 by Balzer + Bray
Sort: Prisoner of night and fog #1.
Source: Edelweiss & Publisher.
Link: Goodreads.
In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet. Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command. Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews. As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

What an impressive story! I was immediately blown away by the historical accuracy of the story (as far as I can tell) and I loved reading about the real people at the end of the book. It appears that Anne did a lot of research and it’s noticeable throughout the story. From the moment the book started I was hooked to Gretchen and the story didn’t let me go after that.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 22:25

Review 251. Maggie Stiefvater – The raven boys.

13449693Title: The raven boys.
Author: Maggie Stiefvater.
Pages: 409.
Published: September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press.
Sort: The raven cycle #1.
Source: My friend Christina, an early birthday present!
Link: Goodreads.

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little. For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

It's my birthday today and I've been saving this review for it. THANK YOU Christina! She got me this book a while back and it was great. I’m hooked to Maggie Stiefvater now (and I'm very happy that I also received Dream Thieves today!) I read this one when I had a lot of 'meh' reads and this was exactly what I needed.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 21:48

Mission impossible: Tackling series (update 2)

It’s time for an update (thanks to Siiri for reminding me!) If you don’t know about this mission, you can read all the details in my Tackling series introduction and my first update. With this mission I'm trying to cut down the huge amount of series I'm reading.

Sunday, April 13, 2014 10:48

Let it go #1. Talker 25 & Tease.

Let it go is my new feature, where I will spotlight all the books I DNF and the ones I read, but don’t want to review. I don't DNF often, but it does happen every now and then. I sometimes have books from my TBR pile I don't review, because I don't have much to say about it. This is where I will highlight them. And yes, the name is based on the wonderful song from the movie Frozen, hence the snowflake and the reindeer. This feature is based on several other DNF features.

Today I have two books for you. One dragon book gone wrong and a bully book I wish I could lit on fire. I don't think there has ever been a book that made me feel that way. There are books you don't like, there are books you can't connect with and this is a book I hated with a fierce passion.

Friday, April 11, 2014 12:14

Review 250. Abby Grahame - Wentworth hall.

12747188Title: Wentworth Hall.
Author: Abby Grahame.
Pages: 276.
Published: May 1st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Sort: Stand-alone.
Link: Goodreads.
The prettiest people often have the ugliest secrets.
Eighteen-year-old Maggie Darlington has turned into an entirely different person. The once spirited teen is now passive and reserved. A change Lord and Lady Darlington can't help but be grateful for.
It's 1912, and the Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall have more than just the extensive grounds to maintain. As one of Britain's most elite families, they need to keep up appearances that things are as they have always been - even as their carefully constructed façade rapidly comes undone. Maggie has a secret. And she's not the only one - the handsome groom Michael, the beautiful new French nanny Therese, the Darlingtons' teenage houseguests Teddy and Jessica, and even Maggie's younger sister Lila are all hiding something. Passion, betrayal, heartache, and whispered declarations of love take place under the Darlingtons' massive roof. And one of these secrets has the power to ruin the Darlingtons forever. When scandalous satires start appearing in the newspaper with details that closely mirror the lives of the Darlingtons, everyone is looking over their shoulder, worrying their scandal will be next. Because at Wentworth Hall, nothing stays secret for long.

Welcome to Wentworth hall, where the Darlingtons have lived for generations. There is only one problem: they are completely broke and Lord Darlington knows one solution. He must marry his oldest daughter Maggie to a rich guy. Maggie just returned from a vacation in France, where she harbored a secret which can ruin her life. She is trying to ignore her feelings for Michael, the groom, in order to trick Teddy into a marriage. Teddy and his sister Jessica are recently orphaned and they must wait for their inheritance until they turn eighteen.

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