Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday Post #8

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.












Thursday, September 12, 2019

Review: Heart of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles #1)

Author: Helen Scheuerer
Started reading: August 13th 2019
Finished the book: August 24th 2019
Pages: 487
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Published: August 31st 2017
Source: Digital copy from author
Goodreads score: 4.07
My score:
Synopsis
In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.

Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.


But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers.

The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.


Sunday, September 8, 2019

Two Short Stories #5


Today I will be highlighting two short stories.
Both of them are picture books and both of them have beautiful illustrations!
Let's dive right in.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Review: Second Coming: Elvis. Extraterrestrials. Dogs.

Author: D.B. Borton
Started reading: August 2nd 2019
Finished the book: August 6th 2019
Pages: 274
Genres: Adult, Science-Fiction
Published: June 6th 2017
Source: Physical copy from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:
Synopsis
Hank Jones isn’t your typical alien abductee. There were no tractor beams, probes, or government conspiracies involved—no, Hank met his kidnappers at a bar. They weren’t exactly hard to miss—Elvis, a seven-foot tall Elvis clone, and Lawrence, a grounded European gent, were the only UCLA supporters in a bar full of Hoosiers.

Still, Hank has nothing better to do. It’s spring break, there’s a pile of freshman essays on his desk, and his thesis is going nowhere. Worse, his ex is sleeping with his dissertation director. He needs a friend, and these aliens will do.

Besides, Elvis and Lawrence could really use a hand—they haven’t visited Earth since the 1950s, and now they’re lost in Indiana, not realizing that things have changed. They need to get to Washington: if they don’t warn the president about a coming nuclear arms race, the planet will be destroyed.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Review: The Skin Room

Author: Morgan Fleetwood
Started reading: August 10th 2019
Finished the book: August 10th 2019
Pages: 300
Genres: Thriller, Horror
Published: June 29th 2017
Source: Physical copy from publisher
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:
Synopsis
The Skin Room is an unnerving suspense thriller narrated by Alex Melville – multi-lingual translator and multiple murderer. The blood-stained document that comprises the narrative of the novel is his claustrophobic, unreliable account of the murder of Valentina, and the incarceration and death of his drug-addicted sister, Sonia. This is no ordinary confession, however. In a unique and distinctive style, Alex gradually reveals his secret: this story has only one reader, the police inspector he holds responsible for his beloved sister’s death, and that while he writes in the flickering candlelight, he has one last grotesque secret to share that is his ultimate revenge.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Review: The Rosie Result (Don Tillman #3)

Author: Graeme Simsion
Started reading: August 6th 2019
Finished the book: August 9th 2019
Pages: 376
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary
Published: February 5th 2019
Source: Kindle Copy
Goodreads score: 4.07
My score:
Synopsis
Don and Rosie are back in Melbourne after a decade in New York, and they’re about to face their most important project.

Their son, Hudson, is having trouble at school: his teachers say he isn’t fitting in with the other kids. Meanwhile, Rosie is battling Judas at work, and Don is in hot water after the Genetics Lecture Outrage. The life-contentment graph, recently at its highest point, is curving downwards.For Don Tillman, geneticist and World’s Best Problem-Solver, learning to be a good parent as well as a good partner will require the help of friends old and new.

It will mean letting Hudson make his way in the world, and grappling with awkward truths about his own identity.

And opening a cocktail bar.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

August Wrap up - Book Haul & What to Expect Next Month

Welcome, welcome my dear readers.
Welcome to the blog!

August is almost over, and so is my summer break.
I started working two weeks ago and the kids started school this Monday.
This year I'm teaching 5th/6th grade and I had SO MUCH FUN during the first week.
I'm also taking an extra day off this school year, because last year I had some trouble with my energy levels. So now I have a 3-day weekend, yay!

I've been reading a lot this summer, and I've not posted all reviews yet. Much more reviews are to come! So stay tuned.

Have a splendid September! The month of my birthday ♡


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Review: Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles 0.5, 0.6, 3.1, 4.5)


Author: Marissa Meyer
Started reading: August 8th 2019
Finished the book: August 8th 2019
Pages: 369
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Retelling
Published: February 2nd 2016
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.23
My score:
Synopsis
The enchantment continues....


The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.


Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sunday Post #7

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.












Friday, August 23, 2019

Review: The Devil's Apprentice (The Great Devil War, #1)

Author: Kenneth B. Andersen
Started reading: July 29th 2019
Finished the book: August 2nd 2019
Pages: 311
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Published: September 30th 2005
Source: Got a digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.10
My score:
Synopsis
Philip is a good boy, a really good boy, who accidentally gets sent to Hell to become the Devil’s heir. The Devil, Lucifer, is dying and desperately in need of a successor, but there’s been a mistake and Philip is the wrong boy. Philip is terrible at being bad, but Lucifer has no other choice than to begin the difficult task of training him in the ways of evil. Philip gets both friends and enemies in this odd, gloomy underworld—but who can he trust, when he discovers an evil-minded plot against the dark throne?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Review: Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars #1)

Author: Sara Shepard
Started reading: July 29th 2019
Finished the book: July 30th 2019
Pages: 286
Genres: YA, Mystery
Published: October 1st 2006
Source: Books2Door
Goodreads score: 3.88
My score:
Synopsis
Three years ago, Alison disappeared after a slumber party, not to be seen since. Her friends at the elite Pennsylvania school mourned her, but they also breathed secret sighs of relief. Each of them guarded a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins receiving anonymous emails and text messages, panic sets in. Are they being betrayed by some one in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back?

Sunday, August 18, 2019

GIVEAWAY: Signed Paperback - Star Child

Welcome, welcome to the blog. I hope you're having a splendid day.
I do hope to make your day a bit better, by offering this Giveaway for a signed paperback of Star Child by Petra Landon.

Yes, I'm still having contact with Petra Landon and she is still pumping out GREAT books. You can read my review for Star Child here.
This book is so different from anything else she has written and it just amazes me. Petra Landon proves that she is developing as an author and is not afraid to do different things.

This Giveaway is open worldwide! Read this post to get all the necessary information.







Friday, August 16, 2019

Review: The Horror Writer

Author: Jerry Jay Carroll
Started reading: July 22nd 2019
Finished the book: July 27th 2019
Pages: 282
Genres: Fiction
Published: March 2rd 2017
Source: Physical copy from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:
Synopsis
Horror writer Thom Hearn runs a fiction factory that pumps out bestsellers like Jimmy Dean does sausages. He’s got fame and fortune, but where’s the respect? He’s a sensitive guy and it hurts nobody admits they read the books or see the movies. Then he gets invited to a conference for big shots. His ego is soothed until he’s told somebody made a big mistake. And then characters from his books begin showing up. The homicidal maniac wants to kill him…slowly.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

GIVEAWAY: 5 Ebook Copies - The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi

Welcome, welcome to the blog. I hope you're having a splendid day.
I do hope to make your day a bit better, by offering you a chance to win an Ebook Copy of a book I recently reviewed. 

My review of The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi can be found here.

I did get a few comments of people who were curious about this book, so with this Giveaway I hope to give you all a chance to read this book.

I want to thank Kelvyn for offering me the book to review it, and for offering 5 Ebook Copies to the winners.

This giveaway is open worldwide, so read this post to get all your necessary information!



Monday, August 12, 2019

Review (ARC): The Art of Taxidermy


Author: Sharon Kernot
Started reading: August 11th 2019
Finished the book: August 12th 2019
Pages: 240
Genres: Poetry, Fiction
To be Published: August 13th 2019
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 3.91
My score:
Synopsis
Lottie collects dead creatures and lovingly cares for them, hoping to preserve them, to save them from disintegration. Her father understands—Lottie has a scientific mind, he thinks. Her aunt wants it to stop, and she goes to cruel lengths to make sure it does.


And her mother? Lottie’s mother died long ago. And Lottie is searching for a way to be close to her.


The Art of Taxidermy is a heartbreaking verse novel exploring love and death, grief and beauty, and the ways we try to make sense of it all.


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Review: Ollie Oxley and the Ghost: The Search for Lost Gold


Author: Lisa Schmid
Started reading: July 27th 2019
Finished the book: July 28th 2019
Pages: 184
Genres: Children's book, Fantasy, Mystery
Published: June 18th 2019
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 4.46
My score:
Synopsis
Twelve-year-old Ollie Oxley is moving — again. His mom is starting another new job, this time at the Bingham Theater in Granite City, California. Moving all the time means Ollie has struggled in the making friends department, but he quickly connects with a boy named Teddy. To Ollie's surprise, though, his first friend in town is a little more... unique than those he's made in the past. Teddy is a ghost.

Befriending someone who lived during the famous California Gold Rush sure does make things interesting for Ollie. But when the school bully, Aubrey, targets Ollie, and it looks like the Bingham Theater might close, the stakes couldn't be higher. Can Teddy and Ollie work together to take down Aubrey, save his mom's job, and solve a mystery years in the making?

Thursday, July 25, 2019

July Wrap up - Book Haul & What to Expect Next Month

Welcome, welcome my dear readers.
Welcome to the blog!

July is almost over and I'm a bit early, but I will explain that later.
I've been having my summer break for two weeks now. Somehow I always manage to be sick the first week, so that's what I did this year as well.
I've been feeling better for 4/5 days now and have been enjoying my time off.

The Netherlands have been breaking weather records, because it's so warm here. I've never seen these temperatures over here, so I'm trying to not do too much because of the heat.

I have been reading and enjoying all kinds of books. I just love how I have all the time to read during the summer. 

The reason that I'm writing my wrap up now is that I'm leaving for a Croatia-road trip with my boyfriend! I won't be answering any comments or emails but will do that once I'm back.

I hope you'll enjoy the next month! 😎



Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Review (ARC): Star Child: Awakening (The Zenkoti Fables #1)


Author: Petra Landon
Started reading: July 13th 2019
Finished the book: July 23rd 2019
Pages: 223
Genres: Science Fiction, Adventure
To be Published: August 8th 2019
Source: Got a digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.63
My score:
Synopsis

On a mining outpost in the Inner Worlds, a young woman dreams of the stars. When she falls in with a motley crew of bounty hunters seeking to avenge an injustice, Novi believes her dreams have come true. But her journey has just begun.

Led by the only man to bring the mightiest army in the sector to its knees, the crew is engaged in a wily cat and mouse game with the powerful Guild Coalition. With her new shipmates, Novi dodges space outlaws and greedy corporations, mingles with Synths and settlers, jumps the Star Portal Labyrinth and discovers a mysterious legacy bequeathed by the Gods. But each exhilarating adventure raises terrifying questions about her. Can Novi find the answers she seeks before time runs out for her?

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Review: End of Watch (Bill Hodges Trilogy #3)

Author: Stephen King
Started reading: June 21st 2019
Finished the book: July 21st 2019
Pages: 432
Genres: Horror, Fiction, Thriller
Published: June 7th 2016
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.09
My score:
Synopsis
In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Review (re-read): The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)

Author: Suzanne Collins
Started reading: July 14th 2019
Finished the book: July 21st 2019
Pages: 374
Genres: YA, Dystopian
Published: October 2008
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.33
My score:
Synopsis
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before - and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Review: The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books #2)

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Started reading: June 14th 2019
Finished the book: July 12th 2019
Pages: 522
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Historical
Published: June 16th 2009
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 3.90
My score:
Synopsis

The whole of Barcelona stretched out at my feet and I wanted to believe that when I opened those windows — my new windows — each evening its streets would whisper stories to me, secrets in my ear, that I could catch on paper and narrate to whomever cared to listen…

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martin, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city’s underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Review: The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi Volume I: Homecoming

Author: Kelvyn Fernandes
Started reading: June 17th 2019
Finished the book: July 10th 2019
Pages: 273
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure
Published: December 14th 2018
Source: Got a digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.32
My score:
Synopsis
Follow Peter and Fi as they work together, each searching for something uniquely special to them through the four kingdoms of their known world. It’s a tale of fantastical beasts, peculiar characters, remarkable settings, and a unique brand of biochemistry-based magic. A story that focuses on meaningful character interactions, delicate world building, and intense action battles.


Friday, July 5, 2019

My Blog Name in Books - Tag

I saw this Booktag @ Elgee Writes and it looked like so much fun, that I decided to join in, and do this booktag as well.

I hope you enjoy, and have a nice weekend!



Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sunday Post #6

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.












Friday, June 28, 2019

June Wrap up - Book Haul & What to Expect Next Month

Hi there, dear blog reader.
Welcome to the blog!

The first half of 2019 is over and the school year is over in two weeks.
I'm totally having the summer-feeling already, but I'm also tired all the time.
That's how it works for teachers, they're just done at the end of the school year.

Don't feel like reading at all when I come home from work, I just want to lay down and sleep all day, LOL.
I am on track with my Goodreads Challenge. I've read 41 / 75 books so I'm doing fine!

I can't wait for the summer break, I'm going to Croatia with my boyfriend and I'm so excited!

What plans do you have for this summer?!

Have a GREAT reading/chilling month full of sun 🏖


Sunday, June 23, 2019

Review: Finders Keepers (Bill Hodges Trilogy #2)

Author: Stephen King
Started reading: May 12th 2019
Finished the book: June 18th 2019
Pages: 431
Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Horror, Mystery
Published: June 2nd 2015
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.04
My score:
Synopsis
John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Review: The Rosie Effect (Don Tillman #2)

Author: Graeme Simsion
Started reading: June 10th 2019
Finished the book: June 16th 2019
Pages: 368
Published: July 21st 2015
Source: Kindle Copy
Goodreads score: 3.58
My score:
Synopsis
The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they're about to face a new challenge because - surprise - Rosie is pregnant.

Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he's left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, getting Gene and Claudia to reconcile, servicing the industrial refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business, and staying on the right side of Lydia the social worker, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him the most.