Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Book review: Murder on the Orient Express!


Murder on the Orient Express

Author: Agatha Christie
Series: Hercule Poirot #10
Release date: first published in 1926!
Genre: Murder mystery
Pages: 322 pages











Expectations
I've heard great things about the writing of Agatha Christie and the many Murder Mystery books she has written. I am always fascinated by books that have been written a long time ago and are still good in our time. Can you believe this was first published in 1926!!
I  am very curious to see if i will like her writing. I've never read a murder mystery so I'm also excited to see if this is a genre I would like to read more of.

Synopsis
'What more can a mystery addict desire than a much-loathed murder victim found aboard the luxurious Orient Express with multiple stab wounds, thirteen likely suspects, an incomparably brilliant detective in Hercule Poirot, and the most ingenious crime ever conceived?'

Review
I listened to the audiobook. Really loved the narrator, he did so many accents so well!
I must say I really enjoyed thinking about all the possible murderers and going with Poirot on this adventure! I loved the different characters and the entire investigation
Poirot is such a fun character. He really made me laugh out loud a couple of times. 

I also liked the doctor and the boss of the traincompany. Their astonishment with Poirot's thinking was so much fun to listen to.
Even though I tried to figure it out, I didn't expect that ending at all, which is always good in a murder mistery.

I must say this book has made me interested in the genre and I am definitely reading more books in this genre in the near future!
There has been several movies made about this story, one back in 1974 and a recent movie that came out in 2017. I am planning on doing a movie review on both of them! 


Rating
Really enjoyed it, 4 stars :)


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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Book review: Stars Above


Stars Above


Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #4.5
Release date: February 2016
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 400 pages








Hey guys, I am back! I have had a very busy study period but am excited to give my blog some new life! Thank you so much for reading and sticking with me! Now on to the book ;)


Expectations
If you haven't read the previous books in this series, I would highly recommend to check out my review of the first book in the series: Cinder. I've really enjoyed the Lunar Chronicles, you can read my reviews of the other books here:
Book 2 Scarlet
Book 3 Cress
Book 4 Winter

I'm very excited to read about my favorite characters in this collection of short stories!

Review
I enjoyed reading this and I would definitely recommend listening to the audiobook, the narrator is amazing! (she also voiced the other books in the Lunar Chronicles series).
The book consists of multiple short stories within the Lunar Chronicles world. Every story is about one of the characters we've got to know in the series. Most stories are about the past, some are about the future.

First of all, I already read a couple of the short stories and reviewed them, like Glitches & the little AndroidThe Queens Army & Carswell's guide to Being Lucky , so this time I skipped over those. When you click on the titles above you can read my thoughts on those stories there.

I enjoyed some short stories more than others. My favorite short story was definitely the last one. which was so perfect to me. It really moved me (don't worry, I won't spoil you).


If you like fairytales and science fiction, I will definitely recommend this series. The writing style is very easy to read and the stories are so interesting! Also Marissa Meyer is great at showing character development and creating amazing characters you want to love (or hate). 


Rating
I give this book 4 stars!


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Book review: The Giver

Title: The Giver
Series: The Giver Quartet #1
Author: Lois Lowry
Genre: classics
Release date: first published in April 1993

Pages: 180 pages






Expectations
I never had to read this for school and  I've heard this is an amazing book, very excited to listen to the audiobook!

Synopsis
This haunting story centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he's given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.


Review
I loved listening to the audiobook, which was done really amazing. I couldn't stop listening!

I really enjoyed Jonas as a character. Loved to see the relationship with the giver grow into grandfather-grandson like relationship. 

The writing was so lovely, beautiful and captivating.
The dystopian world Lowry created was very interesting, especailly considering it was written before all the dystopian books we know now. 

Loved the entire idea of this world. It really makes you think about evetything we see as normal, and if it is supposed to be like that. It really gets you thinking.

The only negative thing I have to say about this (warning, spoiler!) is about the ending. I was in shock that it ended so abruptly. What happened? Did Jonas die? I need to know! And I thought there was a sequel, but the next book tells a totally different story and doesn't continu this one. 
It left me totally speechless, but I guess there is some beauty in leaving it open like that.

Have you read this ? If you have, let me know your thoughts on the ending!!

Rating 
4 stars


Wanna buy this book? Check it out on amazon or bookdepository!



Monday, May 8, 2017

Bookreview: The Summer I Turned Pretty

Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty
Series: Summer #1
Author: Jenny Han
Release date: May 2009
Genre: contemporary
Pages: 276 pages




Expectations

I've heard a lot of praise about this series, so I'm curious to read what it's all about.

Synopsis
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along. 


Review
This was a quick summer read, which I enjoyed reading, although I think I would have loved it when I was younger.  I kept thinking that the way the main character Isabella thinks is just the thing that gets girls in trouble with guys. She has this fairytale kind of story in her head about this boy. 
At the same time, I totally understand this can be very relatable for young girls. 

It was an easy read and I enjoyed the flashbacks to the different ages. The  dialogue was written well, which made the story flow nicely.

I really disliked her nickname Belly. I also found it pretty weird that even though Isabella really disliked the nickname too, people kept calling her Belly. I also disliked the idea that now that she 'turned pretty' the boys are more interested in her. Which suggests that they only care about her looks and not the person she is inside. 

I think my opinion of this series depends on how the story continues. For now it was an enjoyable, quick and easy summer read.

I am curious to see what the next book will contain, especially because of what happened near the end of the book.

Rating
2.5 stars

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bookreview Little Women!

Title: Little Women
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Series: Little Women #1
Release date: first published in 1868
Genre: classics
Pages: 449 pages


Expectations

I'm excited to listen to the audiobook of Little Women. If you haven't read this, I would advise you to listen to the audiobook!

Warning: this review will contain spoilers!

Review

I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. 
The first part of the book was definitely my favorite. 
I already new that Beth was going to die (because the tv-show friends spoiled me for that in the episode that Joey is reading this book). I think it was good that I already new this, because it would have destroyed me otherwise.

I loved reading about the christmas early in the book. It really showed the characters of all the girls. I actually loved the friendship between Jo and Laurence. I also like that they didn't end up with each other. Jo just didn't feel that way about Laurence. I do wonder how Laurence thinks he can just be friends with the girl he fell in love with. 

I think what I liked the most was reading about the personal development of the girls. Amy's personal development was clear and nice to read about. She grows so much . Also really enjoyed Mary's growth, how she tries to balance her life with her children and husband. 

I loved all the advice the mother gives to her daughters.

I enjoyed listening to it, but I have to confess, the last part of the book was getting a bit dull for me. I think it would have taken me a lot longer if I read it in stead of listen to the audiobook.


Rating: 3.5 stars

Monday, March 13, 2017

Bookreview The Queen's Army & Carswell's Guide To Being Lucky!

Hi!

Recently I've reviewed the first two companion novels/novella's of The Lunar Chronicles. Now I'm back to review the other ones!

Did you miss my previous post? Here's my review of Glitches & The Little Android :)


The Queen's Army
The Lunar Chronicles #1.5
18 pages


I think  I would have enjoyed Ze'evs character in Scarlet more if I had read this before reading Scarlet.
Poor little  12-year-old Ze'ev,, saying goodbye to his family . I really felt for him, my heart goes out to him while reading this. 
The first time the thaumaturge manipulated his mind.. ugh so awful.

Although this wasn't a happy story, it was very interesting to read and it felt too short.  I think I would have liked to read more about his growth from that 12 year old to an adult. still, I enjoyed reading about him. 

Rating: 3.5 stars


Carswell's Guide To Being Lucky
The Lunar Chronicles #3.1
42 pages
This story is about young Carswell Thorne growing up. 
Really enjoyed reading this short story. It was so funny to read.  Honestly, I wanted to continue reading his story and get to know him even more! I would have loved to see how he ended up in Beijing Prison!
Rating 4 stars 




These stories and more are now available in a book called Stars Above, check it out!








Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bookreview Glitches & The Little Android!

Hi everyone!

After reading The Lunar Chronicles, I wanted to read all the companion novels/novella's written by Marissa Meyer, starting with these two!

Glitches
The Lunar Chronicles #0.5
32 pages
A very short book! It felt more like a chapter to me, but nevertheless I was happy to read more about this world Marissa Meyer created. Glitches tells the story of young Cinder arriving at the family for the first time.  I enjoyed reading this. It was so nice and sad at the same time to read about Peony. She's such a lovely girl.. I would have liked to see more Iko!

Rating 3.5 stars
I was an enjoyable read :)




The Little Android
The Lunar Chronicles #0.6
35 pages

The Little Android is a short story and a retelling of The Little Mermaid. The android has a glitch in her programming, which makes her more human than all the other androids..
I enjoyed it, although I was a little disapointed this wasn't about Iko!


Rating 3 stars




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