Review: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

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Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Series: Rebel of the Sands #2

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Published February 2nd 2017

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Pages: 512

Format: paperback

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This is not about blood or love. This is about treason.

Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince’s message has spread across the desert – and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruellest manner possible.

Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl’s instinct for survival. For the Sultan’s palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper’s nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive… But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani’s past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart.

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Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Series: Rebel of the Sands #1

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Published February 4th 2016

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Pages: 358

Format: paperback

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“Tell me that and we’ll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand.”

Dustwalk is an unforgiving, dead-end town. It’s not the place to be poor or orphaned or female. And yet Amani Al’Hiza must call it ‘home’.

Amani wants to escape and see the world she’s heard about in campfire stories.

Then a foreigner with no name turns up, and with him she has the chance to run.

But the desert plains are full of dangerous magic. The Sultan’s army is on the rise and Amani is soon caught at the heart of a fearless rebellion…

An epic story of swirling desert sands, love, magic and revolution.

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Review: Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop by Jenny Colgan

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Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop by Jenny Colgan

Series:  Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop #2

Publisher: Sphere

Genres: Womens Fiction – Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

Pages: 432

Format: Paperback

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Rosie Hopkins is looking forward to Christmas in the little Derbyshire village of Lipton, buried under a thick blanket of snow. Her sweetshop is festooned with striped candy canes, large tempting piles of Turkish Delight, crinkling selection boxes and happy, sticky children. She’s going to be spending it with her boyfriend, Stephen, and her family, flying in from Australia. She can’t wait.

But when a tragedy strikes at the heart of their little community, all of Rosie’s plans for the future seem to be blown apart. Can she build a life in Lipton? And is what’s best for the sweetshop also what’s best for Rosie?

Treat yourself and your sweet-toothed friends to Jenny Colgan’s heart-warming new novel. The irresistibly delicious recipes are guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit and will warm up your Christmas celebrations.

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Review: Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan

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Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan

Series: Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop #1

Publisher: Sphere

Genres: Womens Fiction – Chick Lit, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

Pages: 465

Format: Paperback

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Were you a sherbet lemon or chocolate lime fan? Penny chews or hard boiled sweeties (you do get more for your money that way)? The jangle of your pocket money …the rustle of the pink and green striped paper bag …Rosie Hopkins thinks leaving her busy London life, and her boyfriend Gerard, to sort out her elderly Aunt Lilian’s sweetshop in a small country village is going to be dull. Boy, is she wrong. Lilian Hopkins has spent her life running Lipton’s sweetshop, through wartime and family feuds. As she struggles with the idea that it might finally be time to settle up, she also wrestles with the secret history hidden behind the jars of beautifully coloured sweets. Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams – a novel – with recipes. *Winner of the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013*

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Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

 

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Series: Divergent #3

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Pages: 526

Format: Paperback

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The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningliess. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, ALLEGIANT, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the DIVERGENT series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in DIVERGENT and INSURGENT.

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Let me start by saying that I read the Portuguese version of this book because when I started the series I bought in PT and wanted to continue that way for the books to match. 😛

So, I was totally not liking the beginning of the book, I took me more than it should have to read it, I couldn’t make myself read it faster, it just didn’t make me so connected to it like the others did and believe me when I say that because Divergent (and Insurgent) are among my favorite books and it totally is (yes, it still is) one of my favorite series.

I don’t know why, but I certainly wasn’t a fan of the beginning or a lot of parts in the book, but I really loved other parts so… that’s why I am giving 3 starts to it…

The writing in Allegiant is still very amazing although I found a large chunk in the middle to be really slow and difficult to get through. I did NOT like the dual POV – their voices weren’t different enough for me not to get utterly confused from chapter to chapter; I still liked the characters, though Tris just could not stop pissing me off. (no shame in saying that I have a love/hate relationship with this one). I really liked the new world also.

I felt that the story itself was really nice but too stretched, I don’t really care for the end that everyone seems to dislike, I actually liked it, it was a big step for a ya book!
So the ending was actually the one thing that I approved of in this book. In a way, which I will explain soon. Some things were interesting to read about. I wasn’t bored. But I wasn’t very interested in it either. Not a nice feeling.

 

!WARNING: SPOILERS ahead!!

 


I adored Tobias in this book. He just gets better for each book. But I also feel miserable for him. Is anyone ever going to care for him? To love him, and to think of him first? …
Tobias deserved more. Which he did not get, like always. And that breaks my heart. He is not made of stone, can’t they see that, he also has feelings! …But even so, I adored reading about him and he will always be one of my favorite characters.

Then there is Tris. My god, I could not stand her in this book (I was already not that much of a big fan of her but I liked her still). I did not approve her choices. She doesn’t talk enough with Tobias. She does not seem to trust him. She does not comfort him at all. And she has done so many mistakes, is she the only one who can do that? After how much she hurt him, and he survived that, shouldn’t she already know him better, know herself better? She is a person that cares a lot about others okay, but I don’t think she cares enough about him. She acts like a hero but in the daily basis she is so arghhh….

There is just so many things in this book that I disliked. We get to know why there are factions, why they live alone. It was interesting, but not exciting, it just felt a bit flat. And not enough to know the characters, you know the world but a lot of the characters should have appeared more…

One of the worst things about this for me was that Marcus was not punished not even a bit  for all the wrong things he did. He didn’t even get shot or tortured or anything. I am so Not happy about it.

Like always, Tris had to put her life in risk and not think about the ones that lover her… Everything for the bigger cause yeah yeah, but still… She didn’t care a bit about the ones that actually cared about her. Is that a hero?
So in a way I’m happy she died. It made my heart break for Tobias, because he deserves more than anybody to be happy. So I am oh so happy that Tobias didn’t die. That would have just been.. unforgivable.

Anyway after all she passed she died why to easily… But anyway. Tobias was the bright point in this book. His point of view was the very best of it all.

Anyway I did like this book but it’s totally not even near the other ones. But Tobias! ❤

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What’s your favorite book?

Which one did you like better, movie or book?

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Series: Divergent #2

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Pages: 592

Format: Paperback

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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.

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After re-reading this book I still love it as much as the first time!! I just couldn’t put it down.

So, the story picks up right where Divergent left off, Tris, Tobias (Four), Caleb, Marcus and Peter have managed to escape from the Erudite attack on the Abnegation and are headed to Amity to regroup and decide what to do next.

Tris is devastated by the loss of so many of her family and friends and she feels guilty about Will’s death. So she is becoming more and more reckless in her behaviour and is putting her life at risk.

As the first time I read I felt that the principal character here was Four and not Tris, not to mention that Tris was awesome, she was strong-willed, smart, enduring. She was truly dauntless. And of course Divergent! But that was in Divergent… In this one she was destroyed… (what you can’t totally get after what she is being thought but she always forgets that she is not the only one with problems). But Four. He is amazing in this book! Tris made loads of stupid and irrational decisions, that could have cost her life and Four’s.

Tris and Tobias have this incredible chemistry that is impossible not to see. They belong together. But Tris always decides that only she exists… That she is the one that has to face all obstacles alone and to put her self at risk and for Four to act like a dog trying to protect her because she is stupid. But I do like them together, I just do like her irrationality and stupidity…

One of my favourite things about Insurgent was learning more about the different factions, Amity in particular was one we knew very little about from the first book… You get to see the positive side to each of the factions but you’ll also see all the flaws they have. We also learn more about the factionless and the divergent. It’s an incredible world!

Everything I loved about Divergent was multiplied in Insurgent! It has loads of the action and suspense. Loads of twists and it’s oh so awesome!!!! For sure I loved to re-read this book; it’s a lot different from divergent and still completely blows me away! I learned to love some characters and to really hate others that I wouldn’t expect I would, and I  want to kill them as much as I did before!

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What is your favorite character so far?

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

Series: Divergent #1

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Pages: 487

Format: Paperback

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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, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

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After all the time I read this book… It still has a special place in my heart and it always will. I’m glad I finally decided to re-read it, because I needed to, before reading Allegiant. Which I am now very worried about. But I still cannot wait, because I do have high hopes for it. And I just want more of Four. ❤

Since it’s a re-read and probably everyone already read them by now I will just talk about what happened that I loved and so on.

Divergent is told from the point of view of Tris. I really liked her. She’s strong and weak. She’s kind and cruel at times. She changes a lot in this book and I loved that. She’s an amazing person and I loved reading about her.

There are five factions in this book. Dauntless, Abnegation, Candor, Amity and Erudite. I loved reading about all of them, especially Dauntless although all of them have many flaws, and the fact that you can’t talk in between them is just stupid… I would never be able to live in this world, but if I had to I would love to choose dauntless although I don’t know if I would survive).

The character I love the most in this book is Four. He is amazing. He is a broken person that only needs some love. He is soft but strong and I think that’s why I like him so much! I loved getting to read about his life; and how he ended up being Dauntless. Though I wish there had been even more. I loved reading about him and Tris together, because I think she can show her the love he needs since they are so alike.

Tris’ friends are awesome. Especially Christina, but she can also be kinda bitter sweet. But I loved reading about her and Will together. Then there are the mean people, Peter, Molly and Drew, and of course Eric. I hated them so much. Molly is just a boyish girl that thinks to much of herself. Peter is just awful but even so Eric is probably more. And Drew his stupid. They are the rotten apples of the book.

There is so much I loved in Divergent. It’s such a touchy book!! I’m not sure how I felt about Tris’s brother yet, he seems distant and reserved but I guess thats the Abnegation way.

There is a lot of amazing things happening in this book. The dauntless type of living is just catchy…

I’m happy super happy that I re-read Divergent. I still love it like crazy!! Totally one of my favorite trilogies!!

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What’s your favorite faction? Why?

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

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Isla and the Happily Ever After

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 375

Format: Paperback

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The café is boiling. The atmosphere is clouded with bittersweet coffee.
Three years of desire rip through my body and burst from my lips: “Josh!”
His head jolts up. For a long time, a very long time, he just stares at me.
And then…he blinks. “Isla?”

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Set against the stunning backdrops of New York, Paris and Barcelona, this is a gorgeous, heart-wrenching and irresistible story of true love, and the perfect conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

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Isla’s book is awesome, but comparing to Anna and Lola’s book I think it’s not as good at least half of the book anyway.
Anna and Lola build the relationship and it has tension and drama and awesomeness, this one, okay – we already knew about Josh and Isla but still… It was too easy, too predictable… So that’s why I like the others more.

Although after 50% (or a bit more) of the book it starts to have some stresses and heartbreaking moments that make the book not so dull. Not that it’s nice to have fights but… in the case it was just too boring of a romance, no basis or friendship, they basically didn’t know each other when they started right?!

But after that some parts turned it much better, I cried, I laugh, I was angry and I was happy… It was a mix of emotions just like I was expecting to have during all the book… but it was worth it! I loved the end and I love the build-up of the characters around Isla and not only the couple.

I love Stephanie Perkins’ writing, it’s one of the best I’ve read. It’s smooth, easy and just lovely. It makes me smile all the way till the end always!

I love these books because they’re easy to read and at the same moment they’re just so damn good. You just don’t notice the time passing while reading them! I just can’t get enough of these books. For sure one of my favorite “trilogies”.

The settings are perfect. The characters are once again perfect and the story lines are just extremely lovely.
This are dream stories that you just can’t forget. And if you could have you wouldn’t let that happen 😛

 

!WARNING: SPOILERS ahead!!

 

Some artwork find on Pinterest for the lat book ❤

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Which one was your favorite???

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

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Lola and the Boy Next Door 

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 384

Format: Paperback

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Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion… she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit – the more sparkly, more wild – the better. And life is pretty close to perfect for Lola, especially with her hot rocker boyfriend.

That is, until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket return to the neighbourhood and unearth a past of hurt that Lola thought was long buried. So when talented inventor Cricket steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally face up to a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. Could the boy from Lola’s past be the love of her future?

Fall in love with the international bestseller from queen of young adult fiction, Stephanie Perkins.

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When I started reading this book, I saw a looooot of people saying that they love this one even more than Anna and the French Kiss… Of course I didn’t believe 😛 how could it?? …

Well this book is amazing!!! Because it not only has a new principal awesome character, Lola, it also had Anna and Etienne! And of course a new boy hihihi. But this book??? It as an AMAZING storyline, dialogue, everything! And of course the writing is once again spectacular.

When I started reading about Lola and Max I actually liked him… And it actually looked well with Lola since she is super unique. But than Cricket happens. And I was oh so wrong!

Cricket! That story! Lola! Ahh they are perfect!! Lola is wow… I love her!! She is so cool and she has the most perfect style ever!! And Cricket? Well he is so damn perfect! >.<

This book is touching and it made my heart melt and cry and explode.
I love that we have all the characters joining, it’s just perfect!
It’s super easy to read, flowing story that you just can’t stop reading!
These books are so sweet so perfect!

Highly recommend!!!
LOVED IT!!

!WARNING: SPOILERS ahead!!

Look at this cuties that I found in pinterest! ❤ ❤

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Have you read this books?

What’s your favorite character so far?

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 400

Format: Paperback

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Anna has everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?

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AHH I loved it so freaking much!!!!
It’s so cute so easy to read and it really causes so many feelings!!

I loved the characters, they were amazing, super realistic, super different from each other!
I loved the building of Anna’s and Étienne’s relationship as friends first and cute moments in between and some tough times also. It was nice to see them as more than boyfriend and girlfriend, I loved that they didn’t start dating right away, made it much more interesting.
They had to fight to be together and it was something many people would be able to relate to.
Even the friends’ moments are super relatable, I saw myself a lot in Anna with her friends. Not so much for the “Étienne” part, sigh 😛

I love Stephanie Perkins writing, it’s beautiful and her words all flow so easily that time just flies and you end the book… I loved it, I just don’t know why I didn’t read this before!

 

!WARNING: SPOILERS ahead!!

 

Let’s sum up this in two images I found in pinterest, shall we?

So this is Anna and her life…

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And this… is Anna’s new life. Meet Étienne St. Claire!

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The best sentence in this book was definitely:

For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It’s a person. And we’re finally home.

 

THINGS I LIKED

  • Anna and Étienne! Duh…
  • Their friendship. It’s perfect, magical!
  • The writing is truly beautiful.
  • That END. I LOVED IT!!! ❤

THE THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE

✘ What things? ahhh….

 

FINAL WORDS

I loved this book super much and I am terribly excited for the next ones!! It was amazing!

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QOTD: What’s your favorite type of book to read in summer?? 

Mine is for sure contemporaries now, butt before I didn’t even notice that 😛 They are just so cute and simple, it’s perfect!!