Thursday, November 24, 2016

Gilmore Girls Book Tag #2

It's time for part TWO of the Gilmore Girls Book Tag, so get ready! I can't believe they'll air the revival tomorrow - I'm so excited!! Let's get started!

1. 1000 yellow daisies
- favorite romance -

I have so many favorite romances that I can't even choose one ... I really enjoyed the 3 romances in Stephanie Perkins series - Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door & Isla and the Happily Ever After - they were just too cute and I'm always smiling so much when I think of them.

2. Jess
- an unpopular opinion / most swoon-worthy book boyfriend -

As of the unpopular opinion ... well, I don't like Chaol Westfall? I'm not exactly sure why but he and Celaena just don't fit. Apart from that I also couldn't stand him on his own - maybe that changes? I'm currently reading Heir of Fire so maybe I'll change my opinion on him ... who knows.

And the most swoon-worthy book boyfriend? Seriously? I have to go with Rhysand for this one. HE IS BAE. He's simply amazing and did such great things ... and terrible things but when you know all the details and why he had to do certain things you just can't be mad at him, nah. I WILL FOREVER LOVE HIM, OKAY?! ♥

Also, a little side note on Jess - I LOVE HIM. I ship Rory and him so much that it actually hurts ... they've been my favorite couple all along and I really, really hope they get a second chance in the revival!

3. First snow
- snowy or holiday read -

A really snowy read was Let it Snow by John Green and some other authors ... I enjoyed the book but it was nothing special. Other than that I can't stop thinking about Harry Potter when I think of the upcoming Christmas time ... don't know why, haha. :D

4. HEP Alien
- book centered around music -

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. This book is fantastic. I loved it so, so much even though looking back at it now maybe I wouldn't love it as much anymore? Either way, it's about music and a beautiful romance and even has its own soundtrack and lyrics in the book! Sounds awesome, right?

5. He'd better have a motorcycle
- your book crush -

As of right now it's probably Rowan Whitehorn from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I'm not 100% in love with him yet but trustworthy recourses assured me that I will definitely fall in love with him sometime soon ... I'm counting on it, haha.

6. It's repetitive and Redundant
- a book that could have been shorter -

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken - don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book but I had a hard time getting into it. It was a bit boring in the beginning but once it picked up on pace and the author brought back the characters from the first book I really, really liked it.

7. Kirk
- the weirdest book you've ever read -

Once again I have to pick Creed by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie.That one was just so bad. I'm sorry but I can't tell this in a gentle way. It was boring and definitely not horror-like - well at least not in the common way -, it had the weirdest "villain" I've ever read about and such a confusing and ridiculous plot that didn't even make any sense ... for me, at least. Such a huge disappointment.

8. Sookie
- a character that makes you laugh -

SO. MANY. How shall I choose? I really liked Kenji from the Shatter Me triology - he always had some "wise" words to share - Ben from The One Thing is one of the greatest kids ever with his intelligence and brilliant humor and let's not forget of Ron Weasley! So much love.

9. It's a lifestyle. It's a religion
- one book that means more to you than any other -

I have a couple of books that are immensely important to me ... The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis because it's the first signed book I ever owned. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas because of my love Rhysand, obviously. Ignite me by Tahereh Mafi because of my baby Warner and and and. ♥

10. Rory
- a favorite character who is a bookworm -

I think I'd like to go with Katy from the Obsidian series by Jennifer L. Armentrout - she's not only a huge bookworm but also a book blogger! I loved her for that - and various other reasons, haha. Ohhh and Hermione! Of course, how could I forget her - she's another important one, yeees.

And this is it! Feel free to do the tag, I'd love to read your answers! Also, be sure to chat about Gilmore Girls in general with me - I'm always ready to fangirl! <3

Thursday, November 10, 2016

{REVIEW} Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Title: Bone Gap
Author: Laura Ruby
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction
Publication: March 3rd, 2015
Rating: ★★★★☆

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps.

So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. But Finn knows what really happened to Roza. He knows she was kidnapped by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap, acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a tale of the ways in which the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.
To be honest, I had no clue what this book was about when I first picked it up. I saw some people talking about it on Twitter and was immediately enthralled and curious to find out more about it. Let me just tell you ... one of the best decisions I've ever made. Really.

Bone Gap is a mysterious, utterly confusing but highly enjoyable book that will keep you guessing about what's actually going on throughout the whole book. No boring moments, no plot holes (at least not obvious to me) and no cringe-worthy romances or anything like that. Instead it captivates you with brilliant, well fleshed-out characters that are all so different and weird/funny/sweet in their own way so by the end of it you'll love (almost) everyone.

The beautiful writing is another huge bonus because, seriously, I couldn't get enough of it. Laura Ruby definitely knows how to write things so they sound beautiful and lyrical. I loved it! The characters and plot line were both incredibly interesting and just felt whole to me ... you know what I mean? Yes, I was confused most of the time and had no clue what's actually happening but that's exactly what I needed. It's what this makes a great book! And in the end everything makes sense. You get this "Ahaaa!" moment when it clicks and every puzzle piece finds its place - which feels amazing, by the way.

But speaking of characters ... let's start off with Finn. He's seen as the weird guy, a bit crazy and no one really takes him seriously but actually ... he knows a lot of things. It's just that no one believes him and if everyone thinks you're crazy ... maybe it's true? Finn is a brilliant character - the way he changes throughout the book made my heart swell with pride and happiness because HECK YES! I knew he's the brave and clever guy no one wanted to see. And our beloved Petey? Oh man, where do I even start? She's an "ugly" girl, tough and brutally honest with a sharp tongue which I loved. Also, she's raising bees and while I do hate all (buzzing) insects I was so fascinated and intrigued by her.

Then there's Sean, Finn's bigger brother, who's quiet and composed and so in love with Roza. Speaking of Roza ... she's probably one of the most important things of this book. She's been kidnapped - which Finn saw but no one believed him - and is an incredible character on her own. I loved her right from the beginning. Her story, her background ... she's just great.

To not spoil anything, I won't go into more detail. Are you curious? You wanna know more about speaking corn, horses, honey and bees? You want to read a book with characters that you'll love and a storyline so confusing (in a good way!) but interesting which will keep you hooked till the very last page? Then go pick up Bone Gap IMMEDIATELY. It's worth it, trust me.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Gilmore Girls Book Tag #1

A short while ago I started rewatching Gilmore Girls from the very beginning and I AM IN LOVE. Again. I've already seen it once in German and now I've become obsessed with it all over again - yes, it's that addictive! I found 2 tags and because I liked them so much, I combined them but only took the questions I wanted - so without further ado, here's PART ONE of the Gilmore Girls Book Tag!

1. I just got hit by a deer! 
- character having the worst day ever -

That could be Calla Ann Stone from Pintip Dunn's Forget Tomorrow. One of her shittiest days ever was probably the one she received her so-called "memory" from her future self. It showed her that she'll kill her little sister Jessa and so the government imprisons her. Sounds like a rough day, right?

2. Stars Hollow
- wildly eccentric cast-

I've never seen a cast as diverse and unique as the one from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo where I absolutely adore each and every person. They're all so different, have their own opinion and therefore don't always agree on certain things but I think that's what makes them so likeable.

3. Kim's Antiques
- a world you'd be afraid to enter -

Any world of a YA Horror book. Most Dystopian books ... well, unless I've got an awesome crew that protects me. And I think I'd be useless in a zombie apocalype - apart from becoming the zombies' snack to cause a distraction.

4. Coffee
- a book you're addicted to -

How am I supposed to just list one book here? There are so many I'm addicted to and in love with so I'll name a few, ha! The Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead, the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas (although I'm only at book 3), the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and also let's not forget ACOTAR/ACOMAF by Sarah J. Maas again because ... duh.

5. Lorelai & Luke
- a book about best friends who fall in love -

Does Aline & Mal from the Grisha trilogy count? I'm not sure anymore but I think they were best friends before they fell in love with each other? Huh. I'm not saying that I'm a huge fan of those two (my heart will always belong to someone else!) but I remember liking them at the beginning because of the things they've been through as friends and right now I can't even name anyone else.

6. Mr. Medina
- an illicit affair -

An Illicit affair? Like whaaat? I don't even know ... maybe Rose and Dimitri from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead? Is that alright? Their love was forbidden so I guess that's a correct answer, haha. Other than those two I wouldn't know who to pick ...
7. Dean
- first book love -

This one has to be Twilight by Stephanie Meyer! Yes, I admit it, I was all over Twilight when it came out (in german) and devoured the book as fast as I've never read before. It's what initially got me into reading so it'll forever hold a special place in my heart.

8. Luke's Diner
- a comfort read -

I don't think I have one? Oops? No seriously,  I barely reread any books - I did reread Shatter Me once but it wasn't the same -, so I don't even know. I guess for a lot of people Harry Potter is a comfort read so would I really need to pick one I'd choose Harry & his friends!

9. Am I crying or laughing?
- a book that messed with your emotions -

Colleen Hoover does the trick for me. The (good) books I've read so far - Ugly Love, Maybe Someday & Confess - were amazing and made me cry and laugh and go "awww" more than once. I can't help it, I just adore her stories and characters. There's also When It Rains which was such a heartbreakingly beautiful book ... definitely worth a read!

10. I pushed him in the lake!
- a book you'd throw in a lake -

Basically any bad book I've ever read? One that came to my mind immediately is Creed by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie - it was so boring and bad and even though it had a promising premise and start I couldn't wait to finish it - one of the worst books I've read.

That was part 1 of the Gilmore Girls Book Tag! The second one will be up in a few days so stay tuned if you're interested!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

4 books I wanted to read this Halloween/October

You know, I absolutely love October and Halloween. I usually have a set TBR for this month because I love to be in a creepy mood this time of the year. I read really good and awesome YA horror books last year so I planned on continuing with even better ones this year but - oh, surprise - a nasty reading slump let me fail all my reading/blogging goals. Sigh. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to share what books I wanted  to read!

1. Under My Skin by James Dawson

So, last year I read Say Her Name by the same author and really liked it! It gave me the creeps and definitely spooked me a few times. Sure, it wasn't the best book I've read and also not the scariest but I had a good time with it and therefore wanted to check out his other YA Horror book as well - and also, it has pink stained pages, gaaah!

2. The Dark House series by Laurie Faria Stolarz

I. HAVE. BEEN. WAITING. FOR. SO. LONG! My version of the second book of the series - Return to the Dark House - only recently released and so now I'm super excited to get to this as soon as possible. The first book was very inrtiguing and I still remember this cruel, cruel cliffhanger ... oh man. I'd definitely recommend this series!

3. The Girl from the Well series by Rin Chupeco

I actually finished the first book - The Girl from the Well - of this series a few weeks ago and loved it! It was great and reminded me a lot of those old well-made horror movies that still managed to scare me. If you liked The Ring and/or The Grudge you should definitely check it out - I'm already excited for the second book - The Suffering -, which I heard is supposed to be even better than the first!

4. The Shining by Stephen King

Sigh. This book has been on my TBR for ages and every Halloween I set myself the goal to finally finish it. I started it last year (I think?) but still haven't continued yet. Don't get me wrong, what I've read so far was really good but the font is so damn small and there are so many pages and it's kinda intimidating, haha. I'd say it's still a good book for some great and creepy nights.

And if you want to know more about my favorite YA Horror books, be sure to check out Tanya's Feature A Blogger post @ A Book Paradise where I shared them with all of you!