Non-Review: The Hypnotist by Laurence Anholt

The Hypnotist by Laurence Anholt

I am not able to give this book a proper rating, as I didn’t finish it.
However, from the parts I did read I can tell you:

– It is well written. Fx. I sometimes struggle when writers decide to write out drawls and accents, but in this book it was just alright.

– The Main Characters are all really interesting. Every one from the Caucasian Irish Neurology Professor, to the Black Orphan teenager, and the Mute Native American girl. Together, they all have interesting back stories, and I really liked all three of them.

– The story is set in the 60’s, and features the fight against racism.

I just couldn’t read it. The scenes made me uncomfortable. As in, they were hard to read without getting too affected.

Basically, I’m one of those people who lives through all the slightly scary things by saying: “It’s not real, it’s just fiction.” But with this book, I couldn’t do that. In fact, the few scenes I did read wasn’t hard to imagine happening right now, today.

So, do I recommend this book? Definitely. It’s been said to be great for people who liked The Book Thief. (Haven’t read that yet, so I wouldn’t know)

I will most likely attempt to read this another time.

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Yalc Haul? YALC HAUL!

Some of you may share this particular dreadful fate where you live in a country where you can only watch through Social Media as our bookish friends enjoy several Literary Conventions.

It quite sucks, to be honest. Alas, not much we can do about it. You know, except save our money and go next year. And while that sounds easy in theory, not everyone has that opportunity.

This is why the bookish community is the absolute BEST, though.

In August there was the Young Adult Literature Convention in the UK. (Aka YALC) I couldn’t go, but my very lovely and fantastic friend Moon, decided to go, and she was so sweet to snag a ton of amazing swag and goodies for me ❀

Here’s my (very long) unboxing video:

THANK YOU MOON. I love you so much, you’re the best. ❀

Unboxing Illumicrate August 2017

The August Illumicrate 2017 was my fifth box from this subscription box, and quite possibly my favorite.

I’ve uploaded a small unboxing video on Youtube, but if you’re short on time, just scroll past the video to see the unboxing picture + content.

This box included:

  • – Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo w. Exclusive pin
  • – Red Church tea from T-ology
  • – Shakespeare Zip Bag designed by Miss Phi
  • – Wisdom Journal by Hey Atlas Creative
  • – Alethiometer Coaster designed by Hannah Hitchman Art
  • -Book Money Jar and Sticky Bookmarks from Blossom Books
  • – Nyxia ARC, Moxie Pins, promo bookmarks

The next box will be a special Grisha Edition box, and I’ve already preordered. Supplies are limited, so you should definitely hurry on to http://www.illumicrate.com if you’re a fan of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha World.

When life gives you books…

Okay, so… My life technically didn’t give me books. I kinda sorta maybe happened to order them myself.

Alas, despite the increasingly lack of space, I’ve concluded that I probably won’t want to stop any time soon. Yeah. #SorryNotSorry πŸ˜†

So what’s been going on over here? Well…

Apart from the 21 books I’ve hauled in the first week of September (I know, right? The restraint I have is astonishing), I’ve also finally gotten my August Fairyloot box. It was kinda late, but I’m certain they’ve learned from this experience.

What else…?

Right! πŸ˜ƒ I also got my hands on the GORGEOUS UK harback of Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. I’m so ready for the Mark.the.page box to arrive so I can properly celebrate.

Speaking of boxes… I’M SO EXCITED, because both my very first book loot and my very first owlcrate has shipped. Unfortunately, one of them is stuck in customs so… That sucks. But I’m sure it’ll be worth it. ❀️

And how am I doing with the reading challenge? SO glad you asked. I’ve just now finished Graceling by Kristin Cashore, which means that next up: Hero by Perry Moore.

Have you read it? I found it on a list of LGBTQA+ reads, so how could I resist? Excited is an understandment.

Oh. And also: MY TILL & DILL BOOKMARK COLLECTION IS COMPLETE. I now claim the title of their Über fan. πŸ‘‘

I will show it to you soon enough.

So… That’s what’s been going on here. I’m still waiting for a ton of bookmail, including signed Julie Esbaugh books that I bid on in an auction. Exciting, right? πŸ™ƒ

How’s you? Any hauls? Latest read? A recommendation? Don’t be a stranger. ❀️

Book Review: This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rating: 5/5 = ALL the fricking stars.

This book was described as “Romeo and Juliet meets Sin city–without the romance.”

I’m a huge romance fan, so I didn’t think this would be a hit with me. But boy, was I wrong.

August is a monster. Kate is a human.

They’re the heirs to the two most powerful forces in their divided city, and they are on opposite sides.

Then they meet. While this could have been a setup for an amazing romance, it wasn’t needed.

Just… if you’re on the fence with this because of the lack of romance, try it anyway.

You might be surprised. I was.

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Book Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rating: 5/5

Amy left everything behind and joined her scientist parents on a journey across the universe. But, 50 years before she’s supposed to arrive to her new planet, she’s victim of a murder attempt that forces her awake.

Elder is a precious bean, and you can’t convince me otherwise. He’s supposed to be the next leader aboard Godspeed, but he isn’t sure why yet. While helping Amy solve who tried to kill her, he starts to question how Eldest does things.

I really liked this book–and the entire trilogy in fact. It’s cute but also makes you think about what freedom truly is. It poses a lot of questions of right and wrong, all while taking you on a trip through space.

Read this if you enjoyed the plot in Illuminae Files.

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Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard My rating: 5 of 5 stars Rating: 5/5 In a world divided by the colour of your blood, Mare is the exception to the rule. While her blood runs red, she has powers just like the silver-blooded. Really, my initial thoughts after reading this was all: MAVEN! AQWSKFJFSKSULLLSDKN! ^That pretty much sums up my feelings with this book. Mare is… kinda naive. Maven is perfect, but oh so wrong. And Cal is… well… indecisive. Together these three makes up a sort of love triangle that isn’t a love triangle, but then still is? Ugh. feelings. I would recommend this for people who wants a YA dystopian that’s less mature than Red Rising and more magical than The Selection View all my reviews

Book Review: Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rating: 4/5

Jam’s boyfriend died. Unable to cope, she’s sent to the Wooden Barn were she’s entered into Special Topics English. And there, she discovers Belzhar.

Okay, wow. So, I bought this book late 2014, but for some reason never got around to reading it. So when I got a duplicate book in the Quarterly box curated by Beth Revis, I was once again reminded about this book and why it intrigued me so much and now I finally got around to it.

So what’s to like about this story? Everything It’s about Jam and about the friends she meets at the Wooden Barn. With rep for both disabled people, people of colour, lgbtqa+, and mental illnesses, it should have been a heavy book. But Meg Wolitzer somehow makes it work for the YA crowd. Don’t get me wrong, it still tackle these problems, but through adolescent eyes. Without the judgemental undertones that sometimes peeks through in other books about disabilities.

So why only four stars? Because I’m unfortunately not a teenager anymore, it was hard to succumb to the hormone-induced thoughts and feelings of the main character.

I would recommend this to people who enjoyed Everything, everything and All the Bright Places

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September TBR

You might remember my last post about the alphabet reading challenge. Since I’m still very much doing that, I’ve decided to share what I think I’ll be reading here in September + some of October.

So far, the list looks like this (the crossed out are already read):

A: And I Darken by Kiersten White

B: Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

C: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

D: Diabolic, The by S. J. Kincaid

E: Edge of Everything, The by Jeff Giles

F: Frostblood by Elly Blake (ARC)

G: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

H: Hero by Perry Moore

I: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

J: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

K: Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

L: Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor

M: Mazerunner by James Dashner

N: New Guy, The by Amy Spalding

O: One memory of Flora Banks, The by Emily Barr

P: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Q: Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

R: Rest of us Just Lives here by Patrick Ness

S: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

T: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

U: Undone by Cat Clarke

V: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

W: Witch’s Tears by Katharine and Liz Corr

X: X Files origins by Kami Garcia

Y: You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Leviatan

Z: Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

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This list might change with a few books, but for now. This is the plan.

Have you ever done an alphabet challenge? Have you read any of these books? Lemme know, below.

Book Review: The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rating: 4/5

Imagine a life without scents, stars in the sky or even dreams and nightmares. This is the reality for the people of Sterling. Every 7 years something else disappears. It’s a curse, they say. But who caused it? And more importantly, who can break it?

This book was…. not what I expected at all. It’s a tale about grief. About love. About the power of friendship, and the importance of family. And it’s about the little things you won’t miss until they’re gone for good.

It started off a bit slow, but once you get into Sterling and meet the characters, it quickly takes off.

I would recommend this for people who enjoyed books like Bone Gap or The Raven Boys.

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