What? To give who?

Wazzup, bookworms!

May is my favorite month of the year. The weather finally gets warmer, school starts to chill out a bit, and (most importantly!) my birthday is in may! I’m going to be turning fifteen this year , so that, and a few ideas scribbled in my blogging book, inspired me to write this post. I’m going to list the best YA books to give to certain people, varying from the younger YA reader, to the dystopian lover, and even your dad. This post is for those who simply don’t know which books to treat your friends to, but if you are looking for some awesome YA recommendations you are in the right place as well . Also I kind of hope my parents will draw some inspiration from this post, you know, since my birthday is coming up and all.

The dystopian lover

Okay, so there is this one kid you don’t know much about besides the fact they carry a bow and arrow everywhere they go, and frequently shouts ‘IF ONE OF US BURNS, WE ALL BURN’. I can tell you now, that kid (or adult) is probably a dystopian lover. Chances are they already have read similar titles to The Hunger Games, like Divergent, the Shadowhunter chronicles, and maybe even Twilight. If you want to go with a book as present, I recommend you get him/her Cinder by Marissa Meyer, or if he/she is a little older 1984 by George Orwell may make an interesting read. If you don’t feel like giving them a book, you could always go with a weekend glamping in a forest, and if they fit the description above even a little, I’m sure they’ll love it.

Your dad

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We’ve all been there, it’s the day before father’s day, and you forgot to get him a gift. Ultimately you want give him a book, but the only genre you know much about is YA, and you don’t think your dad is waiting for a book about lipgloss, paladins, and teenage girls. I recommend you get him Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, it’s one of my favorite books ever, and it’s a sci-fi about virtual reality and the eighties (so everyone who’s into tech and older than 30 will definitely dig it). Also recommend by my own dad, who suggested I’d add this category when he saw what I was writing, thanks dad.

The younger YA reader

Let’s say you have a younger sister (or brother) who only recently hit YA age, and doesn’t know that much about the genre yet. This is your chance to get them into reading and join your favorite fandoms, so use it! One of the first YA books I read (and reviewed) was Rooftoppers, by Kristine Rundell, and I remember really liking it. Looking back it’s definitely more a middle grade book than young adult, but I loved it all the same. Another good read for the youngsters under us, is the Selection series. I’ve read that series way to many times, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the last part. It’s kind of my guilty pleasure, and was a very popular read in my little sisters friend group a while back.

That was the post for today! I hope you bookworms enjoyed reading it, since I’ve thought of way more categories than the ones listed above, so a second installment is coming soon (including the seasoned YA fanatic, The uncle in the midst of his midlife crisis, and your cat).

See you later alligators, Sophie

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The BFF Book Tag.

Hello, bookworms

Have you ever wondered who’d make a better friend, Hermione or Ron? Me neither, so today I decided to do The BFF book tag. I was tagged by Jocelyn over at @52lettersinthealphabet, and I definitely recommend you go and check her blog out! She is a book blogger and besides the regular book reviews she also posts things like tags, and her series ‘Breaking down the trilogy’ which I really enjoyed (if you are looking for an amazing book blogger to follow, you now know where to go!).  So, without further ado, let’s get crack lacking.

Setting the example: A Pair/Group of book BBF’s that you love

Usually I mention one of my favorite books ever, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, at least once in every blog post I write. I’m trying to constrain myself from answering every question with the same book, so instead of Simon vs., I’m going to answer this question with The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson. I’ve recently read this book and I really liked it, also it has one of the cutest friend groups ever. You wouldn’t ever really expect Essie, Felix and David to befriend each other, but it works. (I almost forgot to mention this, but if I wouldn’t have been allowed to answer with The Art of Being Normal, I’d totally would have gone with the Famous Five series, nobody would help me get out of a tight spot as often Timmy).

Childhood bestie: Which book character would you have liked to grow up with?

I’d have loved to grow up with Harriet from the book Geek Girl. She seems like such an awesome and cool person to be around, and she always has little facts to cheer you up (Also I admit I might be a little of a geek myself, so I think Harriet and I would have been a pretty good match).

Frenemy: Which book character would bring out your competitive side?

I hate to admit this, but I think Hermione would bring out the competitive side in me. I mean, she is smart, funny, she loves to read and is insanely pretty as well, she has it all. And no matter how much I’d try to deny it, I might get a teeny tiny bit competitive if she was a real person in my circle of friends (but when the whole competitive thing is sorted and over with, we’d probably get an ice cream, and after that go chill in the library.)

Fashion guru: Who would be the bestie whose closet you’d want to raid or you would want to go on a shopping spree with?

Sloane from Since You’ve Been Gone. According to Morgan Matson, Sloane has an amazing sense of style, and always wears the cutest vintage clothing. That, together with the fact that she seems like a fun friend to have, would make her the best companion for a shopping spree.

The bad influence: Which character would you want to commit a small act of rebellion with?

Ezra from Illuminae, honestly, I’d give anything to hear him say ‘chum’ in real life.

Blood brothers: Which character would you want to be your surrogate big brother/sister?

I instantly thought of Alice from Simon vs., but because I’m trying really hard not to answer with that particular book right now, I’m gonna go with Puck from the Scorpio Races (sorry for copying you, Jocelyn! 🙂 ).

Mother hen: Which character would you want by your side when you’re having a bad day to cheer you up?

I’m going to go with Ezra from Illuminae again. Partly because he is such a nice guy, and partly because the scenes in the book with him and the interviewer just crack me up every time.

The counselor: Which character would you go to for relationship advice or confide a secret to?

Cress from the Lunar Chronicles, because she seems like a very kind and honest person to me, and because she is pretty in love with love, so I’m sure she could give good relationship advice.

More than friends: Who would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend

Ollie from Everything Everything (and every other male love interest from every YA contemporary novel ever).

Okay guys, this was The BFF Book Tag! I’m going to tag

Niccolie Junsay @Drowned with Stars and Books

Poppy @Poppy’s Best of Books

Melanie @Books Are My Children

Feel free not to accept if you have a lot going on at the moment! (and if you haven’t got anything planned for your next blog post just yet, consider yourself tagged 🙂 )

I hope you enjoyed this post, and I’ll be back Wednesday with a special announcement! (can you guess what it is?)

Bye, Sophie

Who is your book bestie? And who do you think would make a perfect boy/girlfriend? Leave it in the comments down below so we can fangirl over fictional people together!

Book review: Faceless

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Damnnnn bookworms,

I’m back at it again with the blog posts, it’s been way to long. Today I am going to write a book review on ‘Faceless’ by Alyssa Scheinmel. The book follows Maisie, who after waking up from an induced coma, discovers half her face has burnt off in an electrical fire (Yup, this isn’t some light and easy contemporary novel). Her nose, cheeks, and chin have completely disappeared, together with the rest of her life. She used to be a runner on the track team, and now she can barely walk. As Maisie discovers how much her looks shaped her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what ‘lucky’ really means.

I picked this book up after browsing my local (and only) bookstore for 45 minutes. Too awkward to leave without buying anything, I grabbed this book of its shelf because the cover looked amazing and the title stood out. The blurb was short but intriguing, and after seeing the amazing rating on Goodreads, I walked to the till without hesitating once (and I’m glad I didn’t, because boy, this book is a very special snowflake). The second I came home I started reading the book, only to finish it two days later. Needless to say, I enjoyed it.

I liked Maisie as a protagonist, she was cool and very honest. I also liked the fact that she was angry after she had her accident, instead of grateful that it was her and not one of her loved ones. She didn’t want to be one of those super inspiring people who pick their lives up merrily after almost dying, and she wasn’t. All of this made her seem very real, because I don’t think most people would be of the inspiring kind, at least, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be. After reading all of this you wouldn’t think Maisie would be a drama queen, alas, the opposite is true. Some scenes and situations were unnecessarily complicated and messy because of this. But, she earned the right to be dramatic, I mean, her face got burned off, what did you expect?

The side characters were good too, in exception of one (but he only popped up at the end of the book and didn’t have a very prominent role, so you’re good). Nearly all the side characters were yer big olde stereotypes. The worried and overbearing mother, the depressed, silent father, and the supportive best friend. This was something I didn’t really mind, since they were written well anyways. I also liked her boyfriend, he was a complex character. All in all I enjoyed this book, but it didn’t have that special factor what makes me give a book four stars. It was an unique tale and I kept thinking about it for quite some time, but it didn’t blow my mind like Illuminae or More Happy Than Not. So, 3.5 stars for Faceless it is. I recommend to everyone who’s into contemporary books, or is in the mood for something a little different. I hope you enjoyed this review!

Bye, Sophie

P.s We hit 150 bookworms recently, a fact which makes me incredibly happy. This blog is growing so quickly, it’s only months since there were only a mere 100 of us crawling along cyberspace. I’d like to thank everyone (including you, yes, you) for reading my blog, and I am very excited for the posts to come!

 

The intergalactic book tag

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Hello bookworms,

The blogging community has gone a little space-crazy lately (me included), with books like Illuminae and the Martian. I decided to join the hype by doing ‘The intergalactic book tag’. This is a pretty new tag, it was created a few days ago by Reagan, one of my favorite booktubers. I think the video itself was sponsored by one or other business, but I don’t really care, since the questions are original and good. So, without further ado, let’s start the tag!

The questions:

1. Space: Name a book that is out of this world – that takes place in a world different from our own.

For this one I’ll have to go with More Happy Than Not. The world in the book isn’t very different from the one we live in, but I really wanted to include it anyway since I read it recently and liked it a lot. I think everyone should read this book, and I wanted to grab the chance to give it it’s well deserved shout-out.

2. Black Hole: Name a book that completely sucked you in.

This Is Where It All Ends definitely sucked me in, I finished it three hours after I picked it up. To bad it was complete and utter shit (review coming soon!).

3. Lightspeed: Name a book you are anticipating so much that you wish you could travel at lightspeed to get to it.

This book hasn’t even got a title yet, but I have been checking the progress of it every other week, that’s how bad I want to read it. The book I am talking about is the upcoming novel of Becky Albertalli, which will be released in the latter half of this year (probably). I don’t really know much about it except that the main character is called Molly and that it will have loads of Simon vs. crossovers. However, I do know it’s going to be great.

4. Nebula: Name a book with a beautiful cover.51-T8A-XIgL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

Do I have to explain this one any further? ♥

5. Multiverse: Name a companion set or spinoff series you love.

I couldn’t really think of any companion series besides those of the Lunar Chronicles, which I haven’t finished yet. So instead I am picking the novella’s of the Chaos Walking trilogy, they’re awesome, especially the first.

6. Gravity: Name your favorite romantic pairing that seems to have gravitational pull to each other.

Because I trying to avoid answering with Simon vs. for every damn question, I will choose Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon, the chance that those two could get together was close to 0, so it’s pretty awesome they succeeded in the end.

7. The Big Bang: Name the book that got you started on reading.

I always loved reading, so I haven’t really got an answer for this one. But if I had to pick a book it would be Rooftoppers, the first book I ever reviewed on my blog.

8. Asteroid: Name a short story or novella that you love.

I already subconsciously answered this question earlier, so I guess I am going to skip it, on to the next one!

9. Galaxy: Name a book with multiple POVs.

I know this isn’t really a popular opinion, but I love multiple POVs in books if it’s done well (the story I am writing has them too!). But I am going to answer this question with Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, which was one of my favorite books of 2015.

10. Spaceship: Name a book title that would be a great name for a spaceship.

Okay, so this one was kind of hard, because as it turns out loads of book titles are great spaceship names as well. Just imagine having a giant fire-engine red spaceship called Red Queen, or a tiny grey ship named the Shadow of the Wind.

Wow this tag turned out way longer than I originally expected, but it was very much fun to do. I am going to tag Jocelyn @52lettersinthealphabet and Kat @bookboxbykat , but if you’d like to complete it the tag too, feel free to do so. This was it for today, hope you enjoyed!

Bye, Sophie

P.s What would you name your imaginary spaceship? Let me know in the comments down below!

GotMC: Top five books to read in 2016

guestofthemonth clubHello, bookworms

I’ve got a rather special post for you today, since I decided to join the Guest of the Month Club for the first time. The Guest of the Month Club, or GotMC for short, is an initiative by Emily where she pairs you up with another book blogger to do a post for their blog and vice versa. If this sounds like fun to you (it is), you can hop on over to her blog and sign up! (If you click on her name here above, it will take you straight to it). I got paired up with Jocelyn this month, who runs a reading and writing blog, and this is her post:

 

2016 will be an amazing year for books, I’m sure. My favorites of the year will probably end up being the ones I don’t expect, the ones I pick up on a whim—that’s how I find my favorite new authors. However, here are the five books I know that I’ll love. They are mostly sequels, and all from authors that I love. If you haven’t read anything from these authors—fix that! You won’t regret it. And if you’re like me and you’ve read these authors’ other books, you’re probably just as desperate to read these books as I am!

1. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #4, releases April 26, 2016)

The Raven Cycle has been steadily destroying my heart for the last few years. I am obsessed with the characters, in love with the subtle world-building, and head-over-heels desperate for my ships to sail. The Raven King is the last book in this series and I know that it will probably ruin me, but I’m ready for it. I need to know what happens!

2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (ACOTAR #2, releases May 3, 2016)

Over the last years, I’ve steadily fallen more and more in love with Sarah J. Maas as a writer. Her Throne of Glass series is incredible, and her A Court of Mist and Fury series promises to be just as great. I love the fairytale elements, the romance is swoon-worthy, and I want to see Feyre’s character develop even more than she already has.

3. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (The Diviners #2)

This book came out last year, the sequel to The Diviners. Libba Bray is one of my all-time favorite authors, and this might be her most ambitious and complex story yet. I meant to read this book in 2015, but both books are incredibly long and I didn’t have the patience for it last year. I want to know what will happen, I want to know where the characters will go, and I want to spend more time in the amazing historical world.

4. Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson (The Alloy of Law #2)

Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series remains one of the most mind-blowing series I’ve ever read. His spin-off series has a Firefly-esque feeling that brought out all of my fangirl squeals. Heartbreak wasn’t a major part of the first spin-off (The Alloy of Law), but I doubt that that trend will continue in the second book. I already own this book, I’m just waiting for the right moment to crack it open.

5. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Ryan Graudin is a new favorite of mine. I read The Walled City a few weeks ago and it blew me away with its gritty realism. Wolf by Wolf promises to be a fascinating alternate history, and I can’t wait to experience more of Ryan Graudin’s story crafting.

Thank you to Sophie for being my partner this month! She’s honestly one of my favorite book bloggers—we started blogging around the same time and I’ve always felt a special connection with her—and I’m so glad that we got to join together for January!

 

Thank you so much Jocelyn for writing this awesome post! You can go follow her by clicking on her name (I have just learnt how to link things and I am enjoying technology very much right now 🙂 ). I hope you guys enjoyed today’s post, I will be back with a Monthly Must soon. That’s it for now,

Bye, Sophie

My Ultimate Christmas Wish List

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Hello bookworms,

Today I am going to put together my Ultimate Christmas Wish List book wise. I am going to list seven Christmassy stories that (in my opinion) go together perfectly as gift for this holiday season. Basically, this is just a big pretty please with a cherry on top for my parents, placed on the internet.

Let It Snow by John Green

This is the number one book I want to read on Christmas day, the premise sounds amazing: Three short love stories by a number of writers famous for writing romance, set in a winter wonderland? Sign me up!

The Hogwarts Library box set by JK Rowling

I know I already own this series on my e-reader, and I know it is thirty euros. But come on, it is a hardcover box set by JK Rowling set in the Harry Potter universe. Who wouldn’t want that?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

I have heard so many good things about this book, and I have very high expectations for it (especially since it is being compared to Ready Player One). From what I have heard it’s a pretty long and complicated book. Something I want to get into having loads of time on my hands, and can finish in one long three hour session. All in all, a perfect book for the holidays (and let’s just take a moment to admire the beauty that is the hardcover edition).

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Another Romance (yay)! This book is very hyped, and even though I didn’t like the Simon Snow excerpts in Fangirl, I did enjoy Eleanor and Park very much, making me want to give this book a chance. Also the I love the quote ‘The worst chosen one ever chosen’, what reminds me of The Rest Of Us Just Live Here, which premise I liked, but sadly didn’t live up to the story.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Yeah, I know I listed two books, but I really want to dig into a good fantasy series, and the blurbs of both of these sound great, making me not able to choose.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Yes, you misread the title, I meant Between Shades of Gray. From what I’ve heard this is a very sad book, nonetheless, I want to read it. And (this may sound kinda weird) it seems more of a winter than a summer book, making the Holidays a good time to start it.

Rebelle Belle by Rachel Hawkins

This book has a pink cover, and I expect there to be a very pink story inside (metaphorically, that is). And I can imagine after reading Between Shades of Gray I will be in the need for a pink story, actually, I am always in the need for a pink story.

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

I saw this book laying in my local and only English bookstore, and was instantly sold. The cover is gorgeous and the premise fantastic. I don’t know much about this story and author, but either way I am excited to read it.

Oof, this list turned out to be way more serious than I intended it to be (‘The Book of Nutella’ didn’t make the cut), once I started listing books, I could hardly stop! So, mum and dad, let’s just say that after all this I will be very disappointed if I’ll be gifted socks.

Bye, Sophie

\Have you read and/or reviewed any of these books, let me know, I would love to know your opinion before I mail this list to Santa (dad).

The Creatures of the Night: booktag

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Hello, bookworms

I know, I know, I have been doing A LOT of tags, but they are so much fun and this one in particular I couldn’t resist. I found it over at Beatrice’s blog, and it is called ‘the Creatures of the Night book tag’. The tag lists a number of fictional and supernatural creatures, and you’ll have to choose a book with that particular creature in it. Also, I have been lagging behind on my fantasy lately, and this tag woke up the hunger for fairies, werewolves and the like again.

Vampire

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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Am I the most unoriginal book blogger ever if I go with Twilight? It’s just that it is like a classic in the paranormal genre, and needed to be featured (even though I kind of hate it).

Werewolf

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The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater

I read this series over the period of two years, so even though I am not very fond of them, the series are kind of wedged in my long term memory.

Zombie

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The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

I read this book when I was slightly too young for it, and it creeped me out. The book contains the deadly combination (for a twelve-year-old) of being gruesome and catchy at once.

Ghost

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Does this book count, I am not sure it does. I mean, the kids should technically be dead in 2015 but time travel and such. This book is a perfect showcase of that I should start reading Fantasy again.

Witch

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HARRY POTTER!

The one and only true book about witches and wizards.

Fairy and Demon

I am going to leave these out because I can’t think of any *silently sobs in a corner*.

Angel

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Hidden by Marianne Curley

I absolutely hated this book, and I vowed to never read an angel book again, meaning that this is the only book I could pick.

Alien

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The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness

Because Spackle are amazing.

Human with superpowers

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I finished Scarlet a while ago(my first fantasy book in a long time) and I LOOOVED IT! I liked Cinder a little better, but I am very excited to see where the Lunar Chronicles is going.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this post! I am going to tag:

Ariana @The Quirky Book Nerd

Raisa @bookersblogger

Lockiegirl @The Teacup Library

But feel free to do this tag if you feel like it.

 

Bye, Sophie

P.S Somebody please recommend me a good fairy or demon book, I am in a desperate need for one!