Gone Wild by Jodi Lundgren (Arc Review)

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Publisher: Lorimer
Page Count
: 176
Publishing Date: September 1, 2016

**I was provided with an eArc by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

This book is extremely difficult to review in my opinion. I read it together with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and we honestly finished this within a couple of hours, it was so short! Definitely watch out for her review in the next couple of days!

Both main characters are relatable in terms of their lives being tough and you feeling bad for them almost immediately. However, that does not excuse for some of their stupidity. They had their reasons for running away from home, but they went so utterly unprepared. You cannot simply go into the woods without food, water or proper attire. Brooke was a little more prepared than Seth, but it took them forever to meet and there were some really dangerous situations they couldn’t even handle together.

My mediocre rating is not based on me not enjoying the story, but more on the fact that there was little to no development. Of course the characters had some epiphanies and knew that they had to change their lives, but I am not really sure they made the right conclusions.

This was a short review for a short book. If you are up for something like a novella about two teens trying to figure out their lives in the woods, this might be for you, but don’t expect too much of a conclusion. I preferred Seth’s ending to Brooke’s, simply because he got something, while we just left her wherever and did not get to see how she dealt with her family and her boyfriend.

Fazit: 2.5/5 stars! I did not hate it, but it was too short to really treat the topics with the attention they deserved.

3stars

Have you heard of Gone Wild? Would you read it? 

Player by M.L. Sparrow (Arc Review)

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Release Date: September 1, 2016

**I was provided with an eArc by the author in exchange for an honest review**

This is my second book by M.L. Sparrow (you can check out my review for Ghetto here) and it was a complete change of genre, going from dystopian to NA. I’ve actually already posted a cover reveal for Player, which you can find here, but I hadn’t read the book by that time. Now, if you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll have noticed that I have read some NA books, but I am far from being an expert on the topic. I like trying new things though, so when I was asked to review this one, I took the chance and said yes.

In my opinion, the set-up was fairly standard for Player. We have the beautiful, bookish girl, who knows that she’s pretty, but sometimes lacks confidence nonetheless and the rugged, popular boy with commitment issues. What was interesting though was the fact that Chloe was from England and Parker was a real Southern boy with a drawl. It took me forever to get that image in my head and to hear their distinct voices in their separate accents, but it was a still cute and sexy. Their relationship in general was amazing. Barely any unnecessary jealousy, but a lot of protectiveness and fierceness towards intruders. There was a bit of a rocky start, but then, to me, everything just seemed easy.

And that is the point where I struggled a little. There definitely were conflicts, but I never felt like the stakes were that high. To me, their issues either didn’t seem to be an irremovable obstacle or where placed at a part of the book that didn’t make me fret for their relationship status. Generally the story was fast-paced and covered a lot of ground quickly, but the balance of what happened when was just a tiny bit off for me.

However, I did get invested a little and there are a lot of open storylines for the side-characters that I would like to explore further. Player is only the first installment in the “What Happens on Campus”-series and at the end there was already a little tease for the next book, which seemed interesting as well. I can see about three more love stories unfolding before my inner eye already, so even though I didn’t fall head over heels for this one, I will definitely check out the rest of the series!

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Fazit: 3/5 stars! A good start to the series!

3stars

Do you intend to read Player? Have you dabbled in NA as well?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Aug 15-21)

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I hope you all had a great week! Here we go again, you know the drill, it’s time for some trailers! The movies are a wild mix of everything (with weirdly a lot of psycho-stuff), but the TV shows are basically the same as in the past weeks, just with longer promos. Enjoy!

Movies

Hidden Figures

I really love the idea of this movie and I like stuff about space programs? So empowered women AND space – sounds good to me!

Same Kind of Different as Me

I am always really suspicious of those so called “true stories”.

Arrival

I find this extremely fascinating! Those are non-humanoid aliens with their own language, they really thought about this intensely.

Hands of Stone (Red Band Trailer)

I have to admit that I am no fan of boxing … therefore I am probably not going to watch this.

Generation Startup

“When you buy 3, you get a free hug” – such a good selling point! I am totally neglecting documentaries in this feature, so I am trying to put at least one in every week. Here you go with this one, because I think it’s inspiring.

Priceless

I was sure I put this in last week, but apparently I didn’t.

Better Off Single

I just read Aaron Tveit and clicked on it … not sure about the movie though. I mean … what even is this about?

Girl Asleep

That movie sure was some kind of experiment …

Broken Vows

Uhm … so Cam is the good guy in this scenario, which I really didn’t see coming.

When the Bough Breaks

Another stalkerish scenario …

TV Shows

Poldark

THEY LIED TO ME AND I AM HAPPY ABOUT IT! (To clarify: they said Aidan wouldn’t be shirtless again, but that trailer showed something different) However, seriously stop with Elizabeth, just big nope!

Our Girl

CANNOT. WAIT!

Blacklist Season 4

Hmmm … Lizzy is so badass. That guy can’t just waltz in there and say he’s her father and think it’s all good.

New ABC Thursday

This sounds like they are trying to sell us something real bad! Look at that tasty burger, blablabla … I won’t be convinced by anything until I have seen the show!

Honestly, I would only really watch Arrival and Hidden Figures from the movie department this week. I feel kind of meh about the rest … what about you? Anything caught your attention?

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (Book Review)

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Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Page Count
: 450

The Dream Thieves is the second book in the Raven Cycle. If you have missed out on my review for the first one a couple days ago, you can click here to check it out!

I thought that after The Raven Boys, I had an inkling of an idea as to how this book would go down. Well, turns out I didn’t. Of course, it did still talk about Glendower, which was the main plot in book one, but only very loosely in my opinion. It focused on different things instead, but you definitely won’t hear me complaining. While the first book was very Gansey and/or Blue focused with a bit of Adam, I felt that this one really showcased Ronan and Adam in a more detailed way.

I am not going to lie, I had my troubles with Ronan in The Raven Boys. He was arrogant and mean, not exactly the lovable kind of characteristics I am looking for. However, and this in no way means that he has changed much, I actually feel like I begin to understand him now and he’s grown on me so much since then. Basically everyone has! I love all the different POVs. It’s the perfect way to show the workings of all the characters, even the “villains”, which makes it all extremely engaging.

The plot … I guess I could talk about it, but there is something about the series that makes me want to keep everything secret so that no one gets spoiled. It’s such an intricately and beautifully written series that always manages to surprise you and pull you in. I already feel like I have known all of the boys and Blue forever, like I am meeting up with old friends as soon as I open the book. You sort of become part of their circle, seeing all those relationships unfold right in front of you. Again, this was so brilliant to read because of the characters and not what was happening.

There sure is a ton more to say, but I just don’t have the proper words to express it, so here is a quote:

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Fazit: 5/5 stars! I wish I could continue with the series right now, but duty calls.

5stars

Did you read The Dream Thieves? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? I heard this is the one that split quite a few opinions.

T5W: Favourite First Sentences

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. This week’s topic is “Favourite First Sentences” and I love it when a book simply manages to suck you in right away, but I can also tell you that I very, very rarely remember what the first sentence of a book was. Without my bookshelf and the time to page through some of my most beloved books, I doubt I would have manged to even make this list.

The Martian

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This perfectly captures the hilarity and casual writing of The Martian, which is one of my favourite things about the book. I always expected it to be science-heavy and really boring due to the limited amount of human contact in this book, but NO! Mark Watney is my spirit animal, I love the guy so much!

The Raven Boys

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I am right in the middle of the Raven Cycle right now and only thought it fitting to include it in the post now. I knew virtually nothing about this series when I started, but what about that first sentence? Doesn’t it immediately peak your interest?

The Night Circus

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You can tell that this is an ominous circus, right? THIS BOOK IS SO FREAKING MAGICAL!

My Life Next Door

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Technically I am cheating because it is 2 sentences, but I am sure you can forgive me. I just liked how mysteriously the start of MLND sounded. I mean, this book is so much more than just a plain summer contemporary!

Wolf by Wolf

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To me this always sounded like the beginning of some sort of twisted fairy tale, which it maybe also kind of is? I simply enjoy the writing so much in Wolf by Wolf, this reminds me of how I cannot wait for the sequel to come out!

What are some memorable first lines you liked? Tell me all about it! Also, have you read any of my books?

 

TTT: Books Somewhere Along the US West Coast

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I struggled a bit with today’s topic, because having “books in Setting X” is so super vague, I just drew up a blank. But then I thought that I really wanted to pick something that was near and dear to my heart. Well, ever since my semester abroad in Oregon, I have had this weird affection for the US West Coast. Whenever Orgeon or Washington (the state not Washington DC) is mentioned, my heart seriously skips a beat. I couldn’t find enough books for those states though, so I threw in quite a bit from California as well.

Since the topic is pretty straight forward, I am just going to leave the picture here and not explain anything about the books. If you have questions though, please feel free to ask!

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Which setting is near and dear to your heart? Have you read any of the books above?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Aug 8-14)

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It’s Trailer Day and on Sundays where I have to work they always come a little early. I hope I didn’t forget anything and that you have fun with what I found!

Movies

Moana

I still want a longer trailer, because there is a lack of the cute pig, but I am happy because LIN IS SINGING! That’s always good!!

The Great Gilly Hopkins

I am going to cry watching this, I know it already! It’s from the author of The Bridge of Terabithia and with the girl from The Book Thief after all.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

I am still not very happy about the main new trilogy only being released every other year, but this looks good.

Complete Unknown

I find it kind of creepy to think that a person sheds personalities like clothes.

Allied

Just imagine she pretended their whole life together!? That would be a shocker …

Arrival

I usually don’t like to post teasers, because a lot of the time they are pointless, but I want to know how the aliens look like so bad right now!

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

I’d be lying if I told you that I’ve seen any of the previous movies, so I have absolutely no idea if this is a good thing or not …

Dancer

The dancing seriously gave me chills!

TV Shows

The Blacklist (Season 4)

This show is going places I never thought it would back in season 1. CANNOT WAIT!

Chicago Med (Season 2)

If you know me, you know that I love my Chicago shows! I am still waiting for Chicago Fire info, but also a release date for Chicago Justice!

Blindspot (Season 2)

I still haven’t finished Season 1 but this teaser makes me want to binge it before the new episodes come out.

Quarry (Cinemax)

I don’t think this is my kind of show, but maybe one of you wants to check it out.

Eyewitness (USA Network)

I am just not into crime shows … it’s really difficult to convince me to watch those.

Is there something you would watch? Something you are excited about? Tell me in the comments!