Stacking the Shelves #2





Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and it's about the books that you recently add to your collection. They can be phyisical ou digital.
All but the 'An Abudance of Katherines' was bought by me.Now I can say my John Green Collection is almost complete. I'm missing a book which is written with some other authors but to be honest I have no big interest in that one.



On top of getting new books I also got a new bookshelf... Excited!!

Review - Asylum



Title: Asylum
Author: Madeleine Roux
Series: Asylum
Book #: 1
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: August 20th 2013

My Rating:



Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-novel perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it's a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.




My Thoughts




After reading 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' I got this book as a recomendation because appearantly it fits under the same subject, or theme.

At first this book was quite exciting, with all the suspense and mystery surrounding Dan and the Asylum, but after a while, most specifically towards the end, it got a bit disconnected. Something was missing from this book, a little explanation on why Dan and the others could be 'possessed' by the people that used to live in the Asylum, should have been considered in order to keep the integrity of the book, in my opinion. Asides from the 'they were related' to eachother there was no explanation on why this could happen.

It was almost like 'Asylum' went from a suspense book to a paranormal with no warning what so ever.

Don't get fooled though, I rated it 3 stars for a reason. 'Asylum' is not a bad book, it was quite interesting still and the photos that were connected to the plot gave it a little kick, making it even more mysteryous and creepy. The characters were nice, and there was the ability to connect to the main character Dan, since he was a bit of an outcast.

All in all, I am still looking forward to read the next book on this series, mostly to see if there is a little more insight on how and why the situations in the first book came to be.

WWW Wednesdays


WWW Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Should be Reading and it consists of answering three little questions every wednesday. So here it is...

1. What are you currrently reading?



Right now I am reading two books at the same time, something I haven't done in a while. I'm reading Splintered by A.G. Howard and This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl.










2. What did you recently finished reading?



I just finished reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth and it was AMAZING. I absolutely loved it and I cannot wait to get my hands on Allegiant.











3.What do you think you'll read next?


I will most likely read Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. I have had my eyes on this book for a while now and since I have gotten it, I can't stop thinking about reading it. So it shall be...

Review - Insurgent



Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent
Book #: 2
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

My Rating:



One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.



My Thoughts



Veronica Roth's ability to makes us experience Tris' life as our own and forget about everything else, surpasses all human understanding. 'Insurgent' is bound to make you escape from reality and live in a whole new and dangerous society.

When I finished 'Divergent' I had this enormous feeling that the author was trying to kill me by making me wonder what was going to happen in the next book. Well, that feeling is now intensified by 100000.

Filled with action, surprises, heartbreaking moments and deaths, 'Insurgent' brings a whole new perspective to the 'Divergent' world. In this book we get to see Tris' growth from a Dauntless initiate to a full on war machine with nothing to lose except her own life.
There were some new additions, when it comes to characters and also some old faces showed up to make their contribution to this amazing story, and not all of them end up making it to the end.
Actually this is someting that I very much enjoy about Veronica Roth, she's not afraid of taking chances when it comes to killing characters or changing them to the point of which you will be flabbergasted. This fact though, in my opinion, enriches the book, mostly because it diverges (AH!) from most YA books that we are used to. This author will always catch you off guard.

When it comes to the plot itself, it was simply amazing. I absolutely enjoyed seeing Tris' evolution, and the way her relationship with Tobias (Four) changes into something more real, other than the commom young adult love story, made me change my opinion on their relation (on the previous book I was a little concerned that they fell for eachother a little too fast).
We also get to see a little bit of a more sensitive side to Tris in the way that she refuses to use guns due to a previous situation that scarred her (seriously go read 'Divergent') which to me shows that even the most brave can still fear.

The way this book ended though... Sweet Jesus, it was AMAZING. I will need 'Alllegiant' like right now, but I'll have to wait around 3 weeks to get it. My heart cannot take this but I will try to survive.

Musing Mondays




Musing Mondays is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading and it asks you to muse about one question each week.


• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!



This week I decided to answer the following:


What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 


So this one beautiful day I was searching the web for new books and I ended up on Epic Reads and I saw this one particular book that sounded so awesome that I literally yelled at my mother 'OH MY GOD MOM' to which she responded 'I know where this is going... What book is it?' and I couldn't really answer back because I just stared at my computer with a stupid smile on my face. The book is:


Title: Dorothy Must Die
Author: Danielle Paige
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 1st 2014



I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas. I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I've been trained to fight. And I have a mission: Remove the Tin Woodman's heart. Steal the Scarecrow's brain. Take the Lion's courage. Then and only then—Dorothy must die!


Doesn't this sound like the most awesome thing you have ever heard in your entire life (when it comes to Oz of course)? To me it does!
I absolutely love retellings and what not, and this is right up my alley. This book just sounds way too interesting for me to pass it.
I will pre order this book, like RIGHT NOW and read it sometime next month... I can't wait for it.

Stacking the Shelves




Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and it's about the books that you recently add to your collection. They can be phyisical ou digital.

At the end of last month I decided it was time to add some new books to my collection. It took me some hours to decide which books I was getting this month, especially since I have limited resources when it comes to spending money. I did alright though.

I ended up getting

  • 'Insurgent' by Veronica Roth, the collector's edition... Omg this edition is so perfect and beautiful it almost made me tear up. It comes with the 'free four' short story, a poster, faction tattoos and some other extras.
  • 'Splintered' I just needed to have this one. I got hooked by the cover alone.
  • 'Alice in Zombieland'. Have you looked around my blog? Is it obvious that I have a Alice addiction?
  • 'Delirium' because why not? It has a fantastic idea to it. 



I must admit that getting these books made my day. I got home for lunch and found a box on my desk... My heart skipped a bit I swear. Aren't they beautiful?

Review - Emily and The Strangers

*This comic was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review*


Title: Emily and The Strangers
Author: Rob Reger, Mariah Huehner & Emily Ivie
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: May 27th 2014

My Rating:



In order to win a legendary haunted guitar, Emily is determined to create the most rockin' song the world has ever known!

But can she do it solo?

Emily isn't known for playing well with others, but she's going to have to rely on the help of some strangers if she's going to succeed on her musical journey to the true heart of rock 'n' roll!

Emily the Strange creator Rob Reger teams up with co-writer Mariah Huehner (True Blood, Angel) and artist Emily Ivie (The Locked Maze, Rotsterarsil) for a brand-new, full-color Emily the Strange mini-series full of troublemaking cats, mad science, new friends, and killer guitar riffs!




My Thoughts



I've read comics from 'Emily The Strange' a few years back and I must say that I absolutely loved them. This comic on the other hand was different from what I've read since it gave Emily a test... work with others.

It was really funny to see her try to work with other people and not be in control all the time.

As I have said before I read some of the 'old' Emily The Strange comics and I noticed that the art in this comic was a bit different from the previous ones. It had a softer feel to it and it looks amazing.

As most comics do, 'Emily and The Strangers' has a pretty objective plot. Emily must learn how to work with other people in order to win a band show, and that's exactly what happens. It does not have any weird twists on it nor any dramatic moments. But then again, this is a comic and it's directed to kids/young adults.

This comic provides a positive message to kids or anyone really. You can be strange and not be afraid to show it and you also must accept others in their own way. Give them a chance and you may be surprised with the results.

Funny and beautiful I think I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good comic.

Review - The Accidental Time Traveller


*This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review*


Title: The Accidental Time Traveller
Author: Janis Mackay
Publisher: Kelpies
Release Date: February 21st 2013

My Rating:



Saul is on his way to the corner shop on a seemingly ordinary day, when a girl appears suddenly in the middle of the road. She does not understand traffic or the things she sees in shops, and she’s wearing a long dress with ruffled sleeves. Her name is Agatha Black.

Agatha Black is from 1812, and Saul needs to find a way to get her back to her time. With help from his buddies Will and Robbie, he tries to figure out how to make time travel happen.

This face-paced, time-traveling adventure from Janis Mackay (author of the Magnus Fin books) is full of funny misunderstandings and gripping action.




My Thoughts




This book was on my 'to be reviewed' list for a really long time (since last year) and I decided it was time to ge to it.

'The Accidental Time Traveller' was a funny surprise to me. It started quite slow, but then it picked up really fast and I did not want to put it down until I found out if Agatha Black managed to get back to the past or not.

When it comes to the characters of this book, Agatha was most certainly my favorite. Her old fashioned way of speaking along with her fascination with everything that we now find commom was incredible. Actually this was probably my favorite part of this book, how the author was able to capture this innocence and fascination with the new century - our century - and put it down to words in a way that allowed you to almost experience it like it was new to you too.
Also, Janis Mackay was able to write this book from the perspective of an eleven-year-old boy with such perfection that I was completely amazed. Saul was a young boy with a huge heart, and the way he risked his friendships to help a girl he didn't know much about was beautiful.

This book is kind of perfect for children, since it covers dealing with what some may consider 'strange' people, bullying and how being able to look past our differences may come in our favor.

I will most certainly have my niece read this book... once she learns english of course.


Musing Mondays




Musing Mondays is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading and it asks you to muse about one question each week.

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!


This week I decided to answer the following: 

Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).

I recently bought some books that I was incredibly eager to read and decided that this month I would purchase them. So I ordered them through 'the book depository' and I am still waiting for them to arrive but still, they are already mine.

I got:

  1.  'Insurgent' by Veronica Roth. After reading 'Divergent' and loving it so much I decided that I needed to have the next book in my hands ASAP, and I was lucky enough to find a Collector's Edition, so this book comes with some extras that I will share once I have it.
  2. 'Delirium' by Lauren Oliver. Since I have heard so much about this book I decided that I should give it a go.
  3. 'Splintered' by A.G. Howard. It is a retelling of 'Alice in Wonderland', enough said.
  4. 'Alice in Zombieland' by Gena Showalter. I think the title says it all really.
  5. 'The Book Thief' by Marcus Zusak. This book is on my to be read list for a while now and since I was going to buy a book to celebrate an achievement, I thought this would be perfect.

Review - Divergent



Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent
Book: #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: February 28th 2012

My Rating:



In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.



My Thoughts



After hearing about this book for so long and how great it was and that it was coming out as a movie this month, I decided to go for it and buy it. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

I believe I have never read such a dystopian kind of book. Divergent brings a whole new concept, in my opinion, and it can pull you into its world in a heartbeat.

Right from the start we are presented with Beatrice (later on known as Tris) and her struggle to come to terms with the upcoming test that will define the rest of her life. Since the whole book is narrated by this character it was incredibly easy to experience her feelings as your own, and I absolutely loved this about 'Divergent'.
Once she gets into 'Dauntless' things start getting way more interesting. She gets beat up, she falls in love, she becomes a fighter and she becomes acquainted with the loss of a loved one.
Through out the book, and mostly due to these situations, Tris grows from an oppressed girl to a free, brave young woman who will not stop at nothing to save the ones she loves and defend her beliefs.

One thing that I did not particular liked or agreed with was how fast she fell in love with Four, yes I do understand this happens in the majority of books and that maybe because it is a book, it seems to happen faster than if it was real, but it still annoys me a little. I cannot help it.
This being said, I ship 'em really hard.

My edition of this book, came with a few extras like 'Author Q&A', 'Discussion Guide', 'Faction Manifestos', 'Quiz Questions', etc. I found this extras extremely helpful to the book itself, since for instance, the interview with Veronica Roth, allows the readers to understand how she came up with the concept for the book and how facing your fears through exposure therapy became such a part of 'Divergent'.

Also, I took the faction quiz and if I was ever in the 'Divergent' world I would be from...Erudite.