The One by Kiera Cass // Reviews

The conclusion to the Selection trilogy that has now been extended into a five book series.

the-one-k.cassGenre: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

323 pages, paperback

series: #3 in the Selection series

Synopsis: Goodreads

As this the last book in the originally planned trilogy, there probably will be spoilers for the previous books. So if you haven’t read The Selection or The Elite yet, then I advise you not to continue so spoilers can be avoided. If you’d like to see what I thought of the first two books in the series as well as the first and second published novellas, then you can find my reviews here, here, here and here.

At the end of The Elite America decided not to leave the Selection, but to stay put to finally get her emotions in order and decide who she wants to be with.

The rest of the story should be pretty obvious. There was no part where I was surprised by anything that occurred throughout the novel. Everything was predictable and some things that happened didn’t really make sense (e.g. character development-wise: characters changed their personality almost completely and went from unlikable to America’s best friend).

America herself was still so indecisive. I wanted to shake her because she got from hot to cold in various situations although practically everyone (i.e. the reader) knew from the beginning how this story would end. That made the whole journey rather painful.

I liked that there was some action in form of rebel attacks and how there was some scheme planned all along. That was one of the more interesting plot lines.

Still, I enjoyed the ball gowns, the attitude of the characters, the drama and the entertainment. These books were all highly entertaining and I knew that’s what I would get out of reading them. It is also very addicting to read these books. Although I, as the reader, already knew what the conclusion would be, I was anticipating to get to the end and finally finish this book to see how the author put everything together.

The ending was very neatly wrapped up. Maybe too neatly. But nonetheless, it was a fun read.

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The Guard by Kiera Cass // Reviews

This novella is from the perspective of Aspen, America’s first love, with scenes that play out in the last quarter of The Elite.

the-guard-k.cassGenre: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult, novella

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication Date: February 4, 2014

90 pages, paperback

series: #2.5 in the Selection series

Synopsis: Goodreads

As this is a novella that is set in the middle of a series, there probably will be spoilers for the previous books. So if you haven’t read The Selection or The Elite yet, then I advise you not to continue so spoilers can be avoided. If you’d like to see what I thought of the first two books in the series as well as the first novella, then you can find my reviews here, here and here.

This novella was quite interesting because of the background that we were given on Aspen’s life. His family is back home, he works in the palace and tries to provide for them somehow. There are also glimpses into the lives of the other soldiers working in the palace which I really enjoyed.

Now comes the part that decided for me why I don’t like Aspen and also why I have lost any respect for him. Every time he speaks of America, he sounds obsessed and talks about her like she is an object that belongs to him. Either America has somehow turned his brain to mush (because otherwise he seemed like a rational thinking human being) or I don’t even know. I was disgusted by Aspen’s behaviour and saw him in a completely different light from then on.

The writing was, as in the previous books, easy to follow and understand. The flow of the story was great.

Although the depicted scenes were already shown in The Elite through America’s eyes, I didn’t think of the story as boring. It was fast-paced and interesting and I kept on reading, wanting to know what would happen next from Aspen’s point of view.

All in all, a nice read. Unfortunately Aspen’s obsession and love for America had a rather bitter aftertaste.

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Slammed by Colleen Hoover // Reviews

Girl moves to a new town, falls in love with the boy next door and then there is something that holds them back from being together.

slammed-c.hooverGenre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Publication Date: February 14, 2013

352 pages, paperback

series: #1 in the Slammed trilogy

Synopsis: Goodreads

Being active on Instagram for the last few months, I saw a lot of Colleen Hoover fans who raved about her works and how romantic and tearjerking her books are. I wanted to hop onto the bandwagon and decided to read her first published novel, Slammed.

Layken moves from Texas to Michigan after her father dies suddenly and her mother finds a job in the state of Michigan. She hates it at first. She hates that she has to go away from the only home she has ever known. But then she gets to know Will, her neighbor from across the street and everything seems to get better. He shows her slam poetry and she is fascinated by it and especially fascinated by Will. Then something happens that keeps them apart and both Layken and Will have to avoid each other.

I loved the family dynamics of both Layken’s and also Will’s family. The mother-daughter relationship between Layken and her mother as well as the sibling relationship between Layken and Kel as well as Will and Caulder. Although the siblings were age-wise about ten years apart, there were still very close.

The relationship between Layken and Will simply made me cringe the more I read about it. First it was a mutual and strong attraction to each other. That was fine with me. They went on a date and then there was a kiss and both felt so happy about everything.
Then this thing happens that keeps them apart (by this point they have known each other less than a week) and the whole world falls apart for Layken. It was just so unbelievable and instalove-y, I couldn’t stand it. This ruined the whole book for me.

Although there were some scenarios where I would get teary-eyed, I still couldn’t get over the instalove and it was such an addicting read that I just couldn’t stop reading it. The author sure knows how to keep her readers glued to her books.

The writing was easy to follow and beautiful at times. I especially loved the slam poetry. This is something I heard about here and there but never experienced live. As this was part of the book, I really enjoyed every slam session that there was. It was a really cool idea that brought more emotions and depth to the characters.

All in all, I was quite disappointed with this book. I thought this would be a passionate romance that was authentic and felt real, but unfortunately it didn’t feel that way for me.

I will definitely check out more of her books (as I have already purchased them prior to reading any of them) and see whether her other other books are something more for me than her first novel.

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Dewey’s 24-Hour-Read-A-Thon // Updates

Guys, Dewey’s 24-Hour-Read-A-Thon has finally begun! But before I dive into my first book of the day, I will post updates in this post throughout the day, so if you are interested in these kinds of posts, then please check this post throughout the day. I don’t want to post several blogposts, so a big one it is.

I will post updates on my Instagram and on my Goodreads page. I’ll even use my Twitter for once.

Opening Meme

1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I will be reading from Germany today. It’s shortly after 2 p.m. and it has been raining since I woke up at 9 a.m. Bummer :/ But hopefully the reading will cheer me up! 😀

2. Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I picked mostly books that were on my April TBR pile and were fairly short (the list of the books can be found here) so that I knew that it would be manageable. The book I’m most excited for is definitely The Humans by Matt Haig. I have heard so many great things about this book and I cannot wait to finally read this!

3. Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I haven’t bought anything specifically for the read-a-thon. But I have potato chips here as well as chocolate and wine gums. So it is unlikely that I will die of starvation today ;D

4. Tell us a little something about yourself!
Hola! My name is Rita and I have been reading books since I was a child. I have finally created this blog to share my thoughts on books and spread the love for them in the beginning of this year.

5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
This is my first time doing this specific read-a-thon and I am beyond excited to have time to read and to get to experience almost 24 hours of constant reading. I hope that this read-a-thon will for once be successful for me. I haven’t been able to read through a read-a-thon as much as I wanted to; whether it was for 24 hours, a weekend or even a week. But I feel like this time it will be different and much better!

It is already 2:17 p.m. It is now finally time to go ahead and read!

I will check in later! 🙂

Hour 20

So far I have read a total of 65 pages. I read those pages in the first hour of the read-a-thon and then I got so sleepy because I was cleaning the apartment the whole morning. I thought one hour less reading won’t be too bad. Well, it kind of is. After I woke up I ate and then my boyfriend came home from work and I had to get ready and we then went to a birthday party. I didn’t think we would be there too long, but we ended up being at home at about 1.30 a.m. and then going to sleep at about 2 a.m. It’s now 9 a.m., which means I still have five hours left to read.

I think I have to plan this event out a bit more for the next time. Let’s see how much reading I’ll get done in the next few hours.

End of Event Meme

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
Unfortunately I only managed to read for one hour after the read-a-thon started and then picked up again at Hour 20 and read until the end. As I only read for a total of six hours, there was nothing daunting about it.

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
Graphic novels and manga are very fast-paced and I get through them quickly. It’s refreshing looking at pictures for a change and not having to read too many words on a page and also the feeling of accomplishment is highly motivating.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
I think I’ll have to participate in the next read-a-thon more properly to be able to say anything about improvement. But I was really a fan of the mini challenges. Next time I’ll be sure to do some as well!

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
Usually, when I start in read-a-thons I fail quite miserably and that mostly in the beginning. I’m motivated, something comes up so that I cannot read and I give up. This time I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted to, but I still read at the times that I could. So that’s definitely an improvement!

5. How many books did you read?
I read one novel, one manga and one graphic novel which sums it up to three read books.

6. What were the names of the books you read?
• Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
• Daytime Shooting Star by Mika Yamamori
• Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Brian Lee O’Malley

7. Which book did you enjoy most?
Daytime Shooting Star by Mika Yamamori

8. Which did you enjoy least?
Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Brian Lee O’Malley (but only because it was so similar to the movie and I already knew the plot of it)

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
I was a Reader.

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
Very likely! Next time I want to be able to read the whole 24 hours and not just 6 of it. I will be probably a Reader again.

This concludes the updates for the read-a-thon.

Although I didn’t manage to read all of the books that I wanted and didn’t have time to read a lot, I still did well enough. Next time I want to invest more time and preparation in it as well as dedicate my whole day to reading.

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂

Dewey’s 24-Hour-Read-A-Thon // Read-A-Thons

Hello everyone!

I decided on participating in Dewey’s 24-Hour-Read-A-Thon. It is a read-a-thon that takes place twice a year, once in Spring and also once in the Fall. This time it will be held on April 25. What makes it really interesting and different from other read-a-thons is that everyone starts at the same time depending on their time zone. The starting time for every time zone can be found here.

April 25 fits perfectly fine with my schedule as it is a Saturday, where I have time to read. Also, my boyfriend has to work that day so I can focus perfectly on reading. It also starts at 2 p.m. in my time zone so I don’t have to start at midnight and then get sleepy at 2 a.m. and then sleep half of the day. I plan on reading quite a bit. I will go to a birthday party in the evening, so there will probably not be any reading done then. But other than that I’m free to read as much as I can.

These are the books that I plan on reading during these 24 hours:

1. Angelfall by Susan Ee
I have bought this book over a year ago and as the last book in the trilogy will come out in May it is time to finally read it.

24-hour-read-a-thon-tbr2. The Humans by Matt Haig
This book has been praised by so many people. I know nothing about this book and I cannot wait to see for myself what exactly is so great about this book and what it’s about.

3. Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Brian Lee O’Malley
I loved the movie Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World and later found out that it’s a book or rather graphic novel to movie adaptation. I bought the complete box set of the graphic novels at the end of last year and it is finally time to read it. Also, I’ve read Seconds by this author and I absolutely loved it!

4. Daytime Shooting Star, Vol. 2 by Mika Yamamori
I’ve read Vol. 1 back in March and enjoyed this cute shoujo manga (review can be found here). It is time to continue with this series!

5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
It’s been so long since I have read a classic. The premise sounds very promising and the book itself is very short, so it shouldn’t be a problem to get through this! 😀

I picked out fairly short books and also a graphic novel and a manga. These won’t be a problem to go through, I think. I will be posting updates here as well as on my Instagram and on my Goodreads page. Maybe I’ll even use my Twitter for once.

Will you be participating in the read-a-thon? Or are there other read-a-thons in the near future that you will take part in? Please tell me! I want to participate in a lot of read-a-thons this year!

Until next time: happy reading! 🙂