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[ENG/GER] Review: Battle Island by Peter Freund

REVIEW

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Hallo Leute,

hier folgt nun eine Rezension über Battle Island von Peter Freund, ein Buch welches mir freundlicherweise von Bloggerportal zur Verfügung gestellt wurde. Wie üblich vertrete ich hier meine eigene Meinung.

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Buchinformationen
Titel: Battle Island
Autor: Peter Freund
Seiten: 542
Veröffentlicht am: 25.07.2016
Verlag: Random House
Preis: Taschenbuch: 14,99€ (D) / 15,99€ (AT) / CHF 20,50

Klappentext 

Louisa Lou Harder, 17,  ist einen Schritt näher, um das Leben ihrer Mutter zu retten: mit der Teilnahme bei der höchstumstrittenen Show Battle Island hat sie die Möglichkeit eine Million Euro zu gewinnen und so die Krebsbehandlung ihrer Mutter zu finanzieren. In der Show muss sie innerhalb von zehn Tagen auf einer Insel eine Schatztruhe finden, in der das Preisgeld in purem Gold versteckt ist. Mithilfe der Battle of the Day Herausforderungen können die Kandidaten Hinweise gewinnen, um den Schatz schneller aufzuspüren. Doch als wäre es nicht schon schier unmöglich einen Schatz auf einer riesigen Insel zu finden, muss Lou auch noch gegen brutale Mitspieler ankommen und gegen die Tatsache ankämpfen, dass hinter der Show viel mehr steckt, als der Produzent Michael Mannings verraten will.

 

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Zum Autor Peter Freund

 

Für mich wurde das Buch auch interessant des Autors wegen. Vor rund 10 Jahren (es könnten auch schon mehr sein) ist mir Peter Freunds Buchreihe Laura in die Hände gefallen und ich habe diese Bücher verschlungen. Deshalb war es nicht umwegig Battle Island lesen zu wollen, besonders um zu sehen ob ich von diesem Autoren noch Geschichten lesen kann.

 

Cover und Aufmache

Bei dieser Ausgabe von Battle Island handelt es sich um ein Taschenbuch. Das Cover erinnert mich an eine Film/TV Show Ausgabe, was einerseits zum Buchinhalt passt, andererseits könnte es so wirken als ob es wirklich einen Film oder eine Fernsehserie dazu geben könnte. Der Schriftzug selbst deutet auf einen eisernen Kampf hin. Persönlich bin ich kein Fan von Fotomontagen dieser Art, da es rasch billig wirken kann, weswegen ich eigentlich alleine der Inhaltsangabe und des Titels wegen aufmerksam auf das Buch wurde.

Gut fand ich bei dieser Taschenbuchausgabe, dass es einen Klappentext gab, wie es so oft nur bei Schutzumschlägen von Hardcover-Büchern üblich ist. Pluspunkt hierfür.

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Erstes Durchblättern

Ich habe mich sehr gefreut als ich gesehen habe, dass es eine illustrierte Karte auf den ersten Seiten zu finden gab.Sie ist im etwas futuristischen Stil gestaltet worden, was ganz gut kommt, da die Geschichte im Jahr 2022 spielt. Ich finde die Karte auch deshalb toll, weil man sich so wieder orientieren kann, wo sich die Charaktere zum jeweiligen Augenblick der Geschichte befinden. Manchen Menschen könnte so etwas stören, ich hingegen mag es sehr, wenn man sich hin und wieder orientieren kann.

Zur Handlung

Es lässt sich nicht abstreiten, dass jeder, der Die Tribute von Panem gelesen oder gesehen hat, Verbindungen zu diesem Buch ziehen wird. Verbindungen können gut oder schlecht sein, je nach dem wie die Geschichte aufbereitet wird. Wenn die Idee ähnlich ist, wen kümmert es dann, dass man dabei an eine weltberühmte Geschichte zuerst denkt? Wenn aber Punkte darin vorkommen, die doch verdammt ähnlich sind, fragt man sich schon, wie viel Originalität in der Geschichte steckt.

Die Geschichte beginnt damit, dass wir mitten in die Geschehnisse von Battle Island geworfen werden. Verwirrung, Panik – was geht hier vor und was ist passiert, dass es so kommen musste, wie es nun ist? Doch kein Verzagen, das alles wird noch aufgeklärt, denn es passieren markierte Zeitsprünge, welche langsam aber sicher aufklären, wie es zu Battle Island gekommen ist und wie der Hintergrund von Louisa aussieht. Dadurch bleibt die Geschichte frisch und hält auf Trapp.

Zeitsprung

Der Schreibstil selbst passt meiner Meinung nicht zur Geschichte und zu den Charakteren. Es handelt sich um ein Jugendbuch und es wird auch zu hundert Prozent wie ein Jugendbuch mit Charakteren geschrieben, welche unzählige Metaphern und Sprüche auf Lager haben, die keiner seit fünf Jahren mehr benutzt, schon gar nicht mehr im Jahr 2022. Dadurch wirken die Teenager verweichlicht und trotz badass Attitude sehr schlaff. Selbst als es zu bedrohlichen Ereignissen kam, habe ich nicht wirklich gedacht, dass es wirklich ernst und bedrohlich sein könnte. Ebenfalls waren immer wieder Anglizismen gestreut, die nicht wirklich nötig waren.

“Wie soll ich denn jetzt Kaffee oder Tee kochen? Und Bacon und Eier braten? Es hat doch noch keiner gefrühstückt!” Battle Island, S.444

Außerdem machte Lou für mich immer einen leicht bipolaren Eindruck. Damit wären wir auch bei den Charakteren angelangt. Einerseits wirkte der Hauptcharakter wie eine 13 Jährige, andererseits hatte sie dann plötzlich kurze Momente 17-jähriger Züge, es war zum aus der Haut fahren. Und mehr Tiefe als Lou bekam man sowieso nicht, drei weitere Charaktere mit dem Namen Sophie, Jean-Luc und Daniel hatten noch recht prominente Auftritte, waren aber auch nicht sehr tiefgründig. Die restlichen sechs Teilnehmer waren auch nur gefühlte Statisten, die hätten sterben können und niemand hätte sich um sie gekümmert.

“Sorry, Lou.” Rowan sah sie fast bedauernd an. “Aber manchmal tust du so naiv, dass es fast schon wehtut!”Battle Island, S.476

Dieses Zitat fasst das Buch auch ganz gut zusammen und es ist fast ironisch, dass es von einem Nebencharakter ausgesprochen wurde. Denn ziemlich alle Charaktere stellten immer Fragen, die ziemlich dumm und naiv wirkten, nur um den Handlungsstrang fortzuführen. Das habe ich ziemlich früh in dem Buch bemerkt und fand es bis zum Ende hin etwas lästig, da es so wirkt als ob der Autor seine Leser für dumm hält.

Meine Kritikpunkte zur Seite geräumt, habe ich mich dann gefragt, was ich an dem Buch gut fand. Einerseits fand ich die Geschichte von Grund auf interessant, sonst hätte ich das Buch auch nie angefragt. Peter Freund mochte ich früher ganz gerne, könnte mir aber heute nicht mehr vorstellen, seine Bücher zu lesen. Womöglich bin ich doch alt geworden (haha). Eigentlich habe ich das Buch auch schnell weitergelesen, deswegen kann ich auch behaupten, dass es ziemlich rasch und flüssig zu lesen war. Die Atmosphäre, auf einer größtenteils verlassenen Insel eine TV-Show zu veranstalten war auch sehr angenehm zu lesen.

Es bestehen also sehr wohl Punkte, die für das Lesen des Buches sprechen. Ich kann mir auch vorstellen, dass es viele Leute geben wird, denen das Buch sehr gut gefallen wird, weswegen ich auch nicht behaupten kann, dass es unlesbar ist. Ist es nicht, es trifft nur nicht mehr ganz meinen Geschmack.

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Fazit

Battle Island von Peter Freund bekommt von mir trotz alldem 3 von 3 Sternen, da es ein ganz solides Buch mit guten Ansätzen war, die Umsetzung meiner Meinung nach dann doch etwas in die Hose ging.

xo Annina 

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REVIEW

Hi guys,

here’s a review about Battle Island by Peter Freund, a book I got sent from the german website Bloggerportal. As usual, it’s only my opinion I’m writing about.

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Book Information
Title: Battle Island
Author: Peter Freund
Pages: 542
Published on: July 25th 2016
Publisher: Random House
Price: Paperback: 14,99€ (D) / 15,99€ (AT) / CHF 20,50

Summary

Louisa Lou Harder, 17, is a step closer to safe her mother’s life: with participating at the most controversial TV Show Battle Island, she got the chance to win one million euros to finance her mother’s cancer therapy. Within the show Lou has to find a treasure full of gold worth of one million euros to win the money. With the help of daily Battle of the Day challenges the participants are able to win clues whereas the treasure might be hidden to find it faster. But as if it wouldn’t be difficult enough to find such treasure on a huge island, Lou has to compete with violent competitors and consider the fact that there are more secrets about the show than being lead on by producer Michael Mannings.

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About the author Peter Freund

Personally, the book got interesting because of the author. About 10 years ago (it can be more, though) I started reading Peter Freund’s book series Laura and I basically have eaten up those books. So it isn’t far fetched for me to read Battle Island, especially to see if I still like the stories written by Peter Freund.

Cover and Make-Over

This edition of Battle Island is a paperback book. The cover reminds me of a movie/TV series tie-in, which fits to the story of the book, yet might look like it is supposed to be a book based on either media. The font hints an iron fight happening in the story. Personally I’m not a big fan of photo montages of this kind, since it’s possible to make a book cover seem cheap when it’s not a cheap story. Good thing that I’m not a person who judges a book on it’s cover.

What I liked about this paperback book as well is the fact that it had a blurb folded inside the cover, which often is just being seen with hardcover books and it’s book jacket. Plus point for that.

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First browsing

I was so happy about the fact that there has been an illustrated map on the first pages. The map is done in a futuristic style which appears to be good considering the story is set in the year 2022. I think that the map was cool because the reader is able to orient him/herself of where the character is currently standing in the story. Some people might not like that detailed knowledge of knowing how the island looks like, I for myself like it just because like that.

The plot

Someone who has read The Hunger Games can’t fight the feeling that the story of Battle Island has some connections to the previously mentioned trilogy. Connections to hugely successful stories can’t be prevented and be either good or bad, depending how the other story is developed. If the idea of a story is similar – who cares? But if there are events in the plot that are damn similar, someone might ask how original the newer story actually is.

The story starts towards the end of the TV show Battle Island. Confusion, panic – what is happening here right now and what has happened that we’re in this problematic scenario right now? But don’t worry, everything gets explained by marked time jumps, which slowly but steadily discovers how Battle Island actually happened and how the back story of Louisa, the main character, looks like. With these marked time jumps, the story keeps itself fresh and exciting.

Zeitsprung

Personally I think that the writing style doesn’t fit to the story and its characters. It’s a Young Adult novel and gets treated one hundred percent like a Young Adult book for younger Teenagers. The characters use about a hundred metaphors and sayings that were not even cool anymore in 2010, not to mention in 2022. Because of these sayings the teenagers feel very soft and although there are some badass characters, very limp. Even when there are very dangerous occasions, I wasn’t thinking that there might be some danger since the dialogues and actions were so very uneventfully written. Also there’s a thing I have to mention but isn’t really exciting to know for english speakers: since I’ve read the book in German, there is a certain use of english words in the dialogue. English words are a daily use nowadays, but if they are badly placed, it just is awkward. And that happened in the book, badly placed english words.

(Following quote is roughly translated. The italic word is the word that is in actual english – the rest is originally written in German)

„How am I supposed to cook coffee or tea now? And fry bacon and eggs? Nobody has had breakfast yet!“ Battle Island, Page 444

The main character Lou always felt like a little bipolar for me. Now we’ve reached the character section. On one hand the main character acts like a thirteen year old girl, on the other side she shows some seventeen year old impressions. It was madness for me. There wasn’t very much depth for Lou, as well for the other main three characters who only got upgraded from the Extras section because they had more dialogue than the others. Sophie, Jean-Luc and Daniel hat some memorable appearances, but still there wasn’t much depth. The other six competitors felt as if they were Extras with little dialogue because if they had died, nobody would care about any of them.

(Following quote is roughly translated)

„Sorry, Lou.“ Rowan looked at her almost regretfully. „But sometimes you act so naive, it almost hurts.“ Battle Island, Page 476

This quote pretty much summarizes the whole book and it’s ironic that it’s spoken by a secondary character. Because pretty much all characters ask questions that are very much stupid and naive – just to describe information in a very obvious way. I realized this pretty early while reading the book and found it annoying since it seems as if the author thinks his readers are stupid.

Pushing my critics on the side, I started asking myself what I actually liked about the book since it’s always easier to criticizes things. On one hand the idea of the story was very appealing, else I would never have asked if this book could be sent to me. I liked Peter Freund’s Laura series a lot, but now that I have read Battle Island I recognized that I got too old for his writing (haha). I read this book pretty fast actually, so I can say it was easy and fluently to read. The atmosphere of being on a pretty much deserted island for a TV show has been a pleasant one.

So there are very much points that are speaking for reading the book. I can imagine that there are a lot of people who would like the book so I can’t really say that it’s unreadable, because it’s not. It’s just not exactly my taste anymore.

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Conclusion

Battle Island by Peter Freund gets, even after all this criticism, 3 out of 3 stars since it has been a solid book with nice ideas, but a failed execution.

xo Annina

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REVIEW

Review: The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

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Hi guys,

who would have guessed that I liked a book that has been co-written by Cassandra Clare after all she has done with the City of Bones series? And yes, this is the book everyone was ripping apart because it was basically a weird Harry Potter one. Kind of true, but let’s read here more about it!

The Iron Trial

Book Information
Pages: 304
Publisher: Scholastic Book Services
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Price: 7,49€ (Paperback)
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Plot

Callum Hunt is just an ordinary boy with a very unordinary twisted, bad leg. Well, he is not that unusual since he has some magic in his genes and on his way to the trials to test for the Magisterium, a magic school to educate wizards and witches to become soldiers in the Great War agains The Enemy. I’m capitalizing it because it doesn’t have a better name.

Callum’s father Alastair hates the Magisterium because it basically killed his wife and Callum’s mother. He doesn’t want Callum to attend the school and therefore challenges him to fail the trails. Much to Callum’s bad luck, he manages the Trials and has to attend the Magisterium, since untrained magic can be dangerous for literally everybody.

Not having heard a thing about the Wizarding World since his father hated it so much, Callum realizes that there is a big dangerous enemy who needs to be defeated, Constantine Madden. He has been a student at the Magisterium, the best of all, but turned bad and to the fifth element, Chaos. Nobody has seen that wizard in ages, but everyone keeps going on how dangerous it is. While Callum tries to figure out more about him, magic and making friends, while the greater enemy lurks around the school grounds.

Opinion

Well I liked this unexpectically loads and loads. I was biased on opinions that this might be a Harry Potter rip-off. Yes, it has without a doubt major similarities, but the characters and the Magisterium world were so nicely done, I simply couldn’t hate it. I probably liked it so much because it was similar to Harry Potter and then kind of not.

The Magisterium, the wizard school, is located underground and I just imagined it very cozy even if it has no windows. Although the masters, that teach a certain group of students each, seem to be very strict, that school looks a lot like fun unless you consider the fact that the students learn to be sent to a wizarding war – fun times.

Callum is a bad student, a bad magician and on top of that one of his legs had been broken when he has been a baby and nobody got to fix it. So he seems to be good at nothing except his witty, snippy humour and an attitude that might lead wanting to kill him. Not really, he’s super adorable. He’s becoming slowly friends with Tamara Rajavi and Aaron Stewart, both top students of their year and together they are adventuring around although Tamara really hates it. Not really. Man, this book is twisty.

So yeah, back to that: very similar to Harry Potter, even the villain – COME ON. I mean, okay not so much, because you will see. Like I said, it’s a twisty book that twists itself out of Harry Potter accusations! So the characters are adorable, the setting is nice and atmospheric and I want to read more about Callum, Aaron and Tamara because the end of that book just demands to be continued. The story builds itself up nicely, it has some exciting, some fun and some sad moments, so everything is really balanced. I really can’t complain much.

Okay, I’ve said it a million times already that it’s similar to Harry Potter. BUT – it’s a kind of similar you want it to be after being addicted to Harry Potter and you need a similar but not so similar story to get over your first addiction. Get me? Good.

4 out of 5 stars for The Iron Trials by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black because it positively surprised me.

xo Annina

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BOOK TALKS

Read in July 2016

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Hi guys,

wow it’s already August and thankfully I can say that I have read a few books this month thanks to Book-Tube-A-Thon. I was on vacation, so blame that for my late post!

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  1. Girl Online on Tour by Zoe Sugg (Full Review)
  2. Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (Full Review)
  3. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
  4. Erebos by Ursula Poznanski (Full Review)
  5. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King (Full Review)
  6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  7. The Walking Dead, Vol.26: Calls to Arms by Robert Kirkman
  8. Zenith Part 1 by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
  9. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  10. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  11. Gossip Girl 5: I like it like that by Cecily von Ziegesar

I really had to check if there weren’t a few books from June, but nope.


 

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Girl Online on Tour by Zoe Sugg
Buy on Amazon

3 out of 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Read my full review here! It has been a cute, fun summer read. If you liked Book 1, you will like this one as well.


The Hidden Oracle

Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
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3 out of 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology

Read by full review here! It’s been an okay-ish book, I won’t read the sequels of this one though. Too much work for something not being worth my time to be honest.


The Geography of You And Me

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
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4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

There hasn’t been a Jennifer E. Smith book I didn’t like. They all are so cute and nice to read, same with this one. It follows the story of Lucy and Owen who get stuck in an elevator after a citywide blackout and what happens after the blackout. Owen starts a roadtrip with his father to find a place for finally settling down while Lucy moves to the UK with her family. Will they find back to each other or has the connection they have made in the elevator been a spark that had to fade eventually?
It’s been a really cute and light read, a book I can imagine reading on the beach or simply at home for relaxing. Other Jennifer E. Smith books are also highly recommended.


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Erebos by Ursula Poznanski
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5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery

I loved this one SO MUCH! Please read it, it’s so worth it. For more convinction, read my full review here on how I love it so much because it’s such a fresh story and it has such an compelling writing style.


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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
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3 out of 5 stars
Genre: Horror, Thriller

Read my full review here! I love Stephen King, so it might not be a surprise that I loved this book as well, although it has not been as action-packed as other novels by him. The story follows nine year old Trisha who gets lost in the woods on a hiking trip with her mother and her brother.
And yes, I loved this one as well as the other Stephen King books I have read so far. It might not be as action packed as all the other novels by him, yet it has been a very compelling read.


Brave New World

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia

Set in the close future, humanity is completely planned and organized. People get produced to certain society standards to life for the rest of their lives. When one person starts to lash out and rebel against those standards, he becomes a cast-out and treated in the worst way.
This book has been a little bit difficult to read for me, not to forget hard to focus on. The writing style and English took it’s toll. Although it has it’s very interesting ideas and views on society that can easily be transfered into today’s society.


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The Walking Dead, Vol.26: Calls to Arms by Robert Kirkman
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5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Graphic Novels, Horror


In the newest The Walking Dead issue, Rick and his crew have to struggle against the Whisperers and how to deal with people who step out of line by sucker punching the group leader. Neagan is totally back in the game and seeking trouble, as it is his natural behaviour.
I liked this bundle, although it has been more of a filler. It is building up it’s story and action for Volume 27 to explode in epicness. At least I hope so.


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Zenith Part 1 by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
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3 out of 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

The first part of Zenith follows space pirate Androma and her crew who flee from the space police and eventually get captured to do a mission to pay for their freedom.
The writing was good but the story just seems like every other young adult story so far, I can’t help it. Personally it also sounded like one. So I either will read into the book as soon as it comes out, since the book will be published at Halequin TEEN next year, or I’m not.


Frankenstein
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
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4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Gothic Horror

Frankenstein tells the story of a young doctor who turns his studies upside down to create a human out of dead body parts. The monster isn’t as good natured as Victor Frankenstein believed it would be and gets scared of him. The monster unleashes and roams through the country, leaving only a trail of death and destruction behind.

 This book was rather complicated for me to read since the sentences were so fully twisty descriped and filled out. So it hasn’t been a breezy, but definitely interesting read. A lot of questions that can be still asked for today’s society were mentioned.


The 5th wave 

5th Wave by Rick Yancey
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4 out of 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Sciene Fiction, Dystopia

Aliens invade the earth and clean out humanity wave by wave. It starts harmless, almost not recognizable, until the waves grow stronger and more effective. Teenager Cassie is in search for her younger brother to keep him safe and sound from the aliens. During her journey she discovers things that might help her fight the aliens.

I really liked reading this book, it seemed somehow refreshing and a nice concept to use aliens as villians in a young adult book. Cassie seemed very badass and independent, so this has been a pro too.


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Gossip Girl 5: I like it like that by Cecily von Ziegesar
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3 out of 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

The 5th installment of the Gossip Girl series leads Blair and Serena to Aspen, as Blair falls head over heals for Serena’s brother Erik and Serena discovers that she still might have feelings for Nate, who is in a relationship with crazy and crazy rich drug addict Georgina.

This has been a light read and it made be wonder what will happen next, since the books are very different from the show. If you were able to watch the Gossip Girl series, you as well can read it since it is very similar to the show in it’s atmosphere.


 

Popsugar Reading Challenge
Read Books: 22/29
Checked off Challenges: 31/40 

So this has been my monthly overview of what I have read in July. Have you read any of these books? See you next month!

xo Annina

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REVIEW

Review: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

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Aaaaand I did it again,

I probably can swear a thousand times not to buy another book by Riordan, but it won’t help anyways. And I must say The Hidden Oracle has been kinda good. What?

Warning, this book is set after the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series!

The Hidden Oracle

Book Information
Pages: 432
Publisher: Puffin
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Price: 7,99€
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Plot

Not again! The god Apollo got turned into a mortal teenager by Zeus as punishment. If that wouldn’t be horrible enough, Apollo gets ganged up in his most vulnerable state in New York and gets saved by street-living twelve year old Meg McCaffrey, who enslaves him for a year. Gods and their silly promises. In despair and since Apollo believes that Megan is a demigod, both travel to Camp Half-Blood, not to forget to make a stop at Percy Jackson’s home.

At Camp Half-Blood Apollo realizes not only how mortal he actually got but also how bad the world turned after Gaia almost woke up. A new dangerous enemy rose and doesn’t only endanger demigods, but also gods and seals off the connection between gods and demigods. How will Apollo deal in a fight he usually watches from the sidelines?

Opinion

The reason I liked it was probably because it is set in the Percy Jackson world, a world that is already known and settled. While with the start of the Magnus Chase series, it just seems as if it’s a cheap Camp Half-Blood wannabe series. Saying, different names, pretty much the same storyline.

Thank gods that hasn’t been too much of a case with The Hidden Oracle. Truth is also that I start to get bored with the Percy Jackson world, because it’s always so similar. Kind of forced, try-hard jokes, super bad enemy that will get defeated in one way or another and no surprises. At least Rick Riordan had the decency to be a little original with Apollo and add a little bit Percy and other familiar characters into the mix to make it likeable.

Apollo has been fun to read, yet he has been a little bit exhausting. At one point he was this fun, all jokes, narcissistic and light-caring person and on the other hand he suddenly majorly cared for his children. As in, he never seemed to care about someone else than him and out of a sudden he acted like this super caring father just because he got mortal. That was a little bit too fast and unbelievable for me, but okay.

Meg McCaffrey was a cool twelve year old who had to live on the streets in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan. I liked her much more than Apollo, but personally that is not a very hard thing to do. She kicked butt and was cool and stayed in her character form. Gold stars for her!

And that’s pretty much what I have to say about the storyline and the characters. I wasn’t really impressed, a litte bit bored too but still surprised that it didn’t suck so much. For me. That’s an important thing to mention. If you adore Rick’s books, go on and read it, you will love it. If you’ve given hope a while ago, just like me, you might consider reading this book at all.

I give 3 out of 5 stars to The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan because it has been decent and hasn’t sucked that bad.

xo Annina

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REVIEW

Review: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

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Hi guys,

it might not be that obvious here, but I’m a really huge Stephen King fan. So it should be no surprise that I loved this one as well!

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Book Information
Pages:272
Publisher: Pocket Books
Price: 5,99€ (Paperback)
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Plot

Trisha is lost in the woods because she couldn’t take her fighting brother and mother anymore. As a child with a divorced mother and an angry father it’s not easy to keep up and be acknowledged if you got to pee when you got to pee. And if you lose your sense of direction you either might find this horribly funny and die or you gotta try and find your way back and mabye die trying it. Following a nine year old through the most horrible thing that can happen to you as a kid, the reader gets a sense that maybe, just maybe, Trisha is not alone in the woods and something horrible, even dark, is following her.

Opinion

It’s a pretty solid book, not a horror genre though. You might get scared when you think what would happen if you were in Trisha’s shoes and what she has to do to survive. How she keeps walking in the wrong direction while she senses that something is following her.

You get to know Trisha and her family since being this isolated in the woods make your thoughts wander a lot. And you get to know Tom Gordon, Trisha’s favorite baseball player of the Red Sox. A little light always keeps Trisha going since she has her walkman with her and keeps listening to a Red Sox game just to hear voices and feeling not that alone. To keep going.

The nine year old seems a lot older for her age when you get to know her thoughts and willingness to survive. How she is treating the divorce of her parents far better than her brother and reflecting on her times with her father.

I also mentioned this book to be pretty solid since not a lot is happening there plot wise. It keeps going and suddenly it’s over. I thought: “What, this has been it?” as in “well that wasn’t action packed but definitely a nice read”. On the other hand, it is exciting because you simply hope that Trisha finds out of the woods alive, so you keep reading. Just as Trisha keeps going and her hopes high up.

People who have read Stephen King before and liked his writing style should read this, people who want to start with Stephen King – rather read Carrie or The Shining. I know, these are the basic Stephen King books but good ones to start with.

It’s been a nice thing that although you were reading from Trisha’s perspective in third person, you also got an insight of people who weren’t Trisha which was uplifting the plot and literally giving it a fresh perspective.

3 out of 5 stars for a very solid Stephen King book.

xo Annina

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REVIEW

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K.Rowling and Jack Thorne

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Hi guys,

oh how long I have been waiting for this and I was so eager not to see spoilers. Which I didn’t. Technically. Because I thought they were wrong rumors. But more about that later!

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Book Information
Pages: 343
Publisher: Little, Brown
Price: 19,99€ (Hardcover)
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Plot

It’s been 19 years since the Battle of Hogwarts took place and it’s time for Harry Potter’s middle child Albus Severus to board the Hogwarts Express for the very first time. We basically read the last chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in play form. Albus struggles with the peer pressure that Harry Potter is his father and got a huge legacy to live up with. He befriends himself with Scorpius Malfoy, son of Draco Malfoy and former nemesis of Harry. Either Harry or Draco want these two to become friends, which both boys can’t really understand.

Years pass and Albus gets angrier and more frustrated with his father. He can’t connect with his father and fails to understand him. The same is going on with Harry since he never had parents and therefore has problems with his difficult son being, well, difficult. If having an angry son wouldn’t be hard enough on Harry, a time turner appears after a raiding lead by Harry. Time Turners were destroyed after the Battle of Hogwarts so people wouldn’t be able to go back in time and try to resurrect Voldemort.

Amos Diggory, father of Cedric Diggory, hears of this rumor and begs Harry to bring back his son. After all, according to Amos, it has been Harry’s fault that Cedric was even killed. Albus eavesdrops on that piece of information and decides to do something good, being better than his father who refused to cave in, steals the Time Turner and starts an adventure with Scorpius to bring back Cedric.

Little did they know what kind of effect changes in time can have.

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Opinion

Wow that has been some kind of plot overview. And what kind of story that has even been. I wasn’t expecting anything, I tried to keep myself out when it came to Cursed Child, to read as neutral as possible. Of course I can’t stay neutral when it comes to Harry Potter, so yeah.

Although I can’t say that I loved this book. Constantly I was thinking Well did I really need to know that piece of information and This is changing the whole Potterworld and my view on it completely! I’m serious, if you loved your childhood heroes, don’t read or watch Cursed Child. If you want to stay in your beautiful Harry Potter bubble, don’t read Cursed Child. If you want your world turned upside down, read about your beloved characters as they have been never that raw before, do it.

I’m still making my mind if I liked this book. At the beginning I seriously hated it because it was so different. I hated it because it was an official Harry Potter book which means, all the things that are happening in there are official. The fact that characters in there behave like I would have never expected it was surprising and to be honest, very difficult for me. It still needs to sink in.

There are some awesome twists in it and some parts where you just want to say “woah” to no one particular because there are parts that lead back to the original Potter parts.You can’t possible hate that. It changes the view on how you were viewing Harry Potter all these years, but in a good way. At least that was my feeling because I also think that these parts were the reason why so many people hated it. That or because they thought they were reading a novel.

Yeah this has been my opinion on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K.Rowling and Jack Thorne. Have you read the script yet or seen the play? What is your opinion on the story? Stay as spoiler free as possible, thank you 🙂

5 out of 5 stars to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child because I’m a sucker for Harry Potter. Take that, Haters.

xo Annina

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REVIEW

Review: Girl Online on Tour by Zoe Sugg

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Hi guys,

one of my first posts here has been a review of Girl Online by Zoe Sugg and so far I have read Part 2 as well, Girl Online on Tour! And I’m sure going to read the last part, part 3 Girl Online: Going Solo. Sounds promising, if you ask me.

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Book Information
Pages: 368
Publisher: Penguin
Price: 7,99€ (Paperback)
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Plot

It’s been months since Penny Porter has been with her famour rockstar boyfried Noah Flynn who she has met on her vacation christmas trip in glorious New York City. Of course the media has found out about these two, as well as Penny’s blog “Girl Online”, so she had to shut it down and decided to continue writing it offline and publishing the posts only to a few close friends.

Now, Noah is going to an European Tour with a world famous boyband group and Penny should tag along the summer. Sounds fun for Penny, although she has her doubts about being the tour girl and “girlfriend of Noah Flynn”. Is this tour changing things between Noah and Penny? Suddenly it sounds a bit scary, but Penny wants to try it anyway.

Turns out, the tour doesn’t only bring the good things out of people, but also the bad ones. Penny starts to doubt herself and the people she think she could trust. Has it been a mistake to accompany Noah on his tour?

Opinion

SO. You know, if you watch Zoe Sugg’s youtube videos you simply have to know which audience she is attracting and if you know that, you know how this book is written. Right, for teens who are fangirls and have unrealistic boyfriend crushes. If you mix in the drama, you got my perfect book *whispers* oh Gossip Girl. I’m a sucker for major drama as long as the drama is well written and not super unrealistic. Which might not be Gossip Girl or any kind of these books, but you get my point.

Such as a conflict between Noah and Penny, which I’m not going to get into because well, that would be a spoiler. It outraged me because it was suddenly there and no one expected it to be there because that drama was so out of character. Not to forget too fast resolved conflicts. When I was hoping for a MAJOR blow out, it vaporized into nothing. It was a simply dull moment and that was boring.

Of course there have been nice scenes as well and super atmospheric ones too because this book is about European Tour and ALL the major cities. Well, Paris and Rome. Who needs other cities? CERTAINLY NOT ME! *tries to promote Vienna but so fas it hasn’t really worked out*.

The book was nicely written, easy english and not too many ups and downs. A okay-ish summer read for the beach, that’s for sure. I wish I had read it at the beach but instead an overcrowed, far too hot train had to be there. Next time, maybe. The reason I’m going to read the next book, Going Solo, is because maybe Penny Porter is finally the less scared, more independent girl we all wanted to have since book 1! I dare you Zoe to mess up my hopes.

3 out of 5 stars for Girl Online on Tour by Zoe Sugg.

xo Annina

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