Double Review: Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen

Dear readers,

today my boyfriend and I will be reviewing Sense and Sensibility! Woohoo! He’s a bookworm too, as you guys might know by now, and we both like Jane Austen (I think… or so he tells me), so I thought it’d be fun to do a double review!

Naty’s Rating: ★★★★

Genres: Classics, Romance

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Mini-Review: The Extinction Trials, by S. M. Wilson

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Fantasy, Thriller, Young Adult

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This book came out on January 1st, but it might already be one of the coolest books of the entire year! The best thing? The sequel is already out! I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

The blurb about this book says that it’s a mixture of Jurassic Park and The Hunger Games. And it kind of is! Stormchaser decides to take part in the contests for going to Piloria, the land where dinosaurs live. Her own country is heavily overcrowded, and the people who pass the contest must survive for a whole week in Piloria. Not many people returned the years before. But Stormchaser is sure that this is her chance to change her life for better and to have an adventure. Continue reading

ARC Review: The Girlfriend, by Michelle Francis

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Thriller, Contemporary

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I have received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I read quite a lot of thrillers, and most of the time it’s easy to tell who’s the “evil” character right away. The same goes with The Girlfriend – the answer is on the title already, after all – but I found myself cheering for her a lot of times. Which is such a cool thing about this book!

The Girlfriend is a crime thriller focused on two women: Laura, a successful woman who has it all and is very devoted to her son Daniel; and Cherry, his beautiful girlfriend. At first, Laura hopes to hit it off with Cherry who, who knows?, might become her daughter-in-law one day, but it soon becomes clear that Cherry doesn’t want to let her in – and that she has lied constantly to them. Continue reading

ARC Review: Furyborn (Empirium #1), by Claire Legrand

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Furyborn reads like a classic fantasy story, with elemental magic as many fantasy books go. If you read lots of fantasy, you’ll see many common elements with other books. BUT. This one is so, so good!

Furyborn follows the story of two girls centuries apart. Rielle has the ability to control all seven elements and must go through trials to determine if she is the prophesized Sun Queen who will bring light to the Kingdom, or the Blood Queen, who will bring destruction. Eliana is a bounty hunter with a secret – her body heals itself almost instantly and her bones are stronger than a human’s. She works for the Empire, but the kidnapping of her mother forces her to join the rebels in the hope of rescuing her. Continue reading

Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Mystery

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So, it seems that this book is titled “The 7 1/2 Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle” in the US, and that was the version I had requested on Netgalley and got approved for. Then, because somehow I had convinced myself that 7 1/2 was a sequel, I bought The Seven Deaths myself as soon as it came out in my bookstore. By the time I realized my mistake, I had no regrets – the book is incredible and I’m glad I own a finished copy! Continue reading

ARC Review: My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #1), by The Lady Janies

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult

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I have received this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

When I read My Lady Jane, I immediately wanted to pick up this book!! Since I hadn’t read Jane Eyre yet, I made it my goal to read first the classic novel, and then read this book. So, literally one day after finishing Jane Eyre, I immediately started it.

My Plain Jane tells the story of Jane Eyre, but with a few twists. For one, Jane can see ghosts and this ability has gotten her into much trouble in the past, so she hides it. But, when a society that gets rid of troublesome ghosts finds out about her powers, they’ll do anything to hire her. There’s just one problem… Jane is in love with Rochester and doesn’t want to leave him.

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eARC Mini-Review: Vanishing Girls (Detective Josie Quinn #1), by Lisa Regan

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Thriller

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I’ve been on such a mood for thriller lately! I love reading those when I’m travelling or ill, they keep me focused and interested.

In Vanishing Girls, Detective Josie Quinn is suspended from the police force for misconduct. Now, with a girl missing and the Chief refusing to let her go back to work, she takes matters into her own hands – but the truth is much more complex and darker than she expected. Will she be able to save Isabelle and other girls who went missing?  Continue reading

How my “The Raven Cycle” Readathon went!

Hello readers!

So this last weekend had 4 days because of a holiday plus bridge day in Germany, and I used the opportunity to be constantly fed coffee by my boyfriend while reading The Raven Cycle series. Really, I don’t think I’d drunk this much coffee in such a short time in months!

This is the fantasy YA series I cannot stop hearing about and a lot of people whose tastes in books are very similar to mine simply adore it, so I knew I had to read it immediately to see what the hype was about!

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First of all, I’d like to say that all these books looked to be about 300 pages long, but somehow they were all around 430 pages long, which is WITCHCRAFT and messed up my careful planning of how much time I’d need for each. Meaning I got nothing else done in the weekend but reading. I’m glad there was no need to go to the supermarket, otherwise I’d have starved. Continue reading

Review: A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'EngleRating: ★★☆☆☆

Genres: Classics, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

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So I read A Wrinkle in Time, which I wanted to do for a while now! This is such a beloved classic in children’s sci-fi and fantasy literature, I was very excited to read it and bought it in one of my trips to Brazil as a hardcover.

Synopsis: Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?

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Game of Thrones Walking Tour + Escape Room in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Hello bookworms!

As you may know, I was on vacation for the last two weeks of April, and we went to Croatia, a country that I have been dreaming of going to for many years. I wanted to see the beautiful, epic natural landscapes (and the food… I’m a big seafood and fish fan) for a long time and this year I finally got to see a bit of the country!

As this is not a travel blog, I will not go into detail about the trip itself, but if you are a Game of Thrones fan, then you probably know that Dubrovnik was the landscape of King’s Landing and some other places too! I have watched only once the series and haven’t read the books yet (I’m waiting for all of them to be out… I know I’ll be waiting a while).

Disclaimers: I do not receive money or any other means of compensation for writing this post. I payed for the experiences myself, really enjoyed them, and thought it’d be nice to blog about them. Most of the pictures I took myself, and where I have gotten the pictures elsewhere, I have noted right below it. My pictures are touched only where I have blurred people’s faces to preserve their (and my) privacy.

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