Disappointing & Worst Books / 2017

1. Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

★★★

This NA had a promising synopsis but the story and characters fell flat. It was supposed to be a Cinderella-inspired romance, a 24-year-old waitress and single-mother saves a hockey icon called Brett Madden from a car accident. Catherine is trust into the spotlight but wants everyone to forget what happened and doesn’t want to reveal her identity because she had her fair share attention in her little town in the past. Their relationship only starts after 70% into the book. Catherine obsesses over the media and their relationship was suddenly rushed at the end. This has such a strange pacing that didn’t fit the story at all. Very disappointed because this could have been a new fave.

 

 

 

2. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

★★★

I had the same expectations for this book as Until It Fades. It was pitched as a YA Cinderella-retelling and I felt underwhelmed after reading it. A relationship can feel only natural if the characters have real contact. The “communication” between the 2 characters are through 80% of the book based up on text messages. It’s one of my pet peeves. I feel like an author is ‘lazy’ when they only use text message as a means for communication. It doesn’t give a lot of depth to the characters. I liked other parts of the story but the story began way too late for me.

 

 

 

 

3. The Summer Garden by Paullina Simons

This was supposed to be a magnificent conclusion to the “great” romance between Alexander and Tatiana. This conclusion ruined to whole trilogy for me. There are some problematic aspects in the first 2 books but this book was riddled with problematic stuff. I don’t understand how this was published, honestly I am baffled.

Alexander cheats on Tatiana and blames is on her. He verbally and physically abuses her and constantly tries to get her to quit her job so she could have more kids. He pushes her to do things that she doesn’t want to do. Alexander was horrible in this book and I was disgusted and felt very uncomfortable reading the book.

 

 

 

 

4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

★★★

There was so much for this book so I placed my expectations pretty high, of course. The story and characters were bland and interchangeable. Not one of them stood out for me. The story and the magic were only on the surface and nothing had any depth. Very lackluster!

 

 

 

 

 

5. Fairest by Marissa Meyer

★★

This novella left a bad taste in my mouth. Levana is horrible character with no redeemable qualities. She has a crush on her guard so she decides to manipulate with her power her guard after his wife death. It made me very uncomfortable and there is also a ‘rape’ scene which is not properly addressed. I couldn’t belief that Marissa Meyer wrote this book so I hope she redeems herself with Renegades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

★★★

I overall really liked this book but the hype gave the readers way too high expectations. My main problem is Monty, the main character. He was very egocentric and only complains about his problems. He was so blind to his friends’ problems. His self-centered attitude ruined a little bit the story for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

★★★★

It wasn’t a horrible conclusion but it was a pretty big disappointment. I didn’t like a few things happened. Some character development felt forced and it seemed like she forced some diversity into her book. Some battle scenes were a little lack luster and overall I didn’t feel a lot chemistry between the characters like in the previous book.

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Finally Fall / Book Tag

1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!

★★★★★

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo has such a vivid setting (it’s also one of my favs). Six of Crows has a vivid setting inspired by Venice and Amsterdam. I also speak Dutch so I enjoyed how Leigh played with Dutch words and places. When you read Six of Crows, you can not imagine yourself there with the crew.

2. Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

 

★★★★★

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, explores grief and loss with its complicated layers. Adam doesn’t pretend to have the “remedy” or “solution” to grief. He shows in a realistic way how dealing with grief can be messy. How people are complex and not perfect while dealing with their conflicting emotions. He doesn’t try to sugar coat anything and makes you feel every emotion with the main character called Griffin. Griffin has to deal with the death of his ex-boyfriend. Griffin makes a lot of mistakes along the way but that makes him real and relatable. Silvera successfully managed to explore the heavy topic, grief.

3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, is a book I read on my own when I was 13 years old. Her autobiography is in every Flemish library on display. So one day with school I decided to read her biography. I don’t know if I grasped every detail but I do remember learning a lot of WW II (in Holland) and how her family was affected by it. I read almost every famous WWII biography after that and taught myself a lot by reading books, watching documentaries. I became obsessed and still am to this day. I am currently watching a 6 episode series on Canvas about kids from the collaboration. I would highly recommend it for my Belgian readers out there.

4. In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

The Blackthorn family from The Dark Artifices, is one of my favorite fictional families and I would love to be part of it! (from the Shadowhunters)

5. The colourful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!

sorry guys, I am lazy to this shit.

6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

I had a hard time finding a book for this but I finally found something that could fit this question. The Saga series by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples is narrated by the couple’s newborn.

7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.

I had to change this question so I could answer this question with one of my favorite book. Elle s’appelait Sarah or also known as Sarah’s key. This book follows 2 story lines that intertwine with each other throughout the story. The author talks about a dark & taboo subject : France’s collaboration with the Nazis. It’s a dark part of France’s history that isn’t talked about often because it’s so well hidden. Sarah is a ten year old girl leaving in France, one day she is brutally arrested by the French police but before the event, she manages to lock up her brother and hide him from the police. She gets deported and separated from her parents. This story is not for the fainthearted out there but definitely a story I recommend. The movie is also amazing!

8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

9. Fall returns every year: name an old favourite that you’d like to return to soon.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is an old favorite that I would like to reread in the future. It’s also the perfect fall read!

10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favourite cozy reading “accessories”!

  • a fire
  • burning candles
  • coffee/tea
  • a warm & cozy blanket

If anyone has done this tag, please comment it down below so I can check it out!

Original creator’s video

Tombé du ciel – Nikki Godwin / eARC (MM)

  • ★★★★

    Romance: M/M (gay)

  • Maison d’édition: MxM Bookmark
  • Young Adult
  • Goodreads
  • Amazon.fr (ebook) & (broché)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Résumé & mini update lecture

J’ai adoré la relation entre Micah et Ridge. J’ai beaucoup apprécié comment le deuil est abordé. C’est une romance toute douce mais qui traite d’un sujet difficile.

Ridge est un ado complètement paumé suite au décès de son père lors d’un crash d’avion. Le camp et les poneys est une échappatoire à son quotidien pour Ridge. La rencontre entre Ridge et Micah, va sortir Ridge de son petit cocon.

Micah va séduire Ridge lentement et il vont commencé une relation adorable.

J’ai vraiment bien aimé ma lecture parce que la relation se construit doucement et elle est basée sur des sentiments (il n’y a pas de scènes de sex).

Une lecture que je recomande aux personnes qui veulent commencer avec le M/M.

Reading wrap up / October 2017

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Reading wrap up / September 2017

From my least favorite to my favorite book of the month

 

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