BOOK TALKS

Read in August 2016

Hey guys,

okay August has passed really quickly. Maybe I was mainly on vacation in this month (not really true) but here’s a new blogpost on which books I have read in this month. Here we go. Also my blog will turn one year old this month, so watch out for a birthday blogpost! (Or don’t, who knows if I will do one)

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1.) The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (Full Review)
2.) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K.Rowling (Full Review)
3.) The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Anne Brashares
4.) Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
5.) UnWholly by Neal Shustermann
6.) Battle Island by Peter Freund (Full Review)


 

My favorite books of this month have been:

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K.Rowling
Genre: Young Adult, Screenplay
Stars: 5 out of 5
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Read my full review here. This installment is about Harry’s middle child Albus Severus who feels the need to find a place in the world and safe a person by traveling back in time with his best friend Scorpius Malfoy.

I enjoyed this book a lot although I had troubles with it while reading it. I guess I needed some time to work out my feelings for this book.


Salem's Lot

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Stars: 5 out of 5
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Ben Mears travels to Jerusalem’s Lot, long name for Salem’s Lot, to write a book about the haunting house that’s sitting on the hill of the small town, watching it’s citiziens. The author wants not to only finish off with his past but an event that is still haunting him. Strange things start to occure in town and Ben is forced to start to believe in the myth of Vampires.

Well, I’m Stephen King biased but I hope you will stay with this review until the end. Yes, this book is long and it can get scary, but it’s such a nice and well told story. You get details of the characters and the town by the end the reader really doesn’t feel like something is missing. It’s a nice whole story that doesn’t need ten sequals to finish off something that could have been told within a book.

Okay, Stephen King is the master of telling a story within a 1700 pages book, I will shut up now.

But really, if you want to read a vampire story that has Dracula character with a mix of violent, bloodthirsty (yet classy) vampires, try this one. The vampires won’t be actively there but they’ll roam around and be present anyways. They are a real threat and non-stoppable. It’s refreshing, coming from the age of Twilight flood stories.


 

The Iron Trial

The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Stars: 4 out of 5
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Read my full review here. This book is about Callum Hunt who gets accepted to the Magisterium, a magic school to train wizard and witches for fighting a century old war.

Loved this one although it’s comparable with Harry Potter, so it only got four stars. But if you liked Harry Potter, this one might be enjoyable for you.


And here’s my opinion on the other books:

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Anne Brashares
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Stars: 3 out of 5
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Plot
Tibby, Bree, Carmen and Lena are best friends since birth and have been never apart. Now that summer is coming up and each of them are traveling to a whole other part of the country – USA – and the rest of the world, they invent the Traveling Pants. This one particular pair of second-hand jeans fit each girl perfectly, so it’s a given that each girl has to wear them during summer, no matter where they are.

The fifteen year old girls send each other letters about their daily lives, thoughts and worries as well as send the pair of pants off after a maximum of a week. What will the pants experience and is this the summer of change for the four best friends?

Opinion
As mentioned above, this has been a nice and light summer read with heartfelt twists and insight of the four girls lives. Each girl seems to be so different and yet they are friends. Thank the book the girls are different, else I think this would be kind of boring to read. Things happen, you can connect with those events in any way and in the end…you learned a thing or two. It’s been cool that the reader had an insight on each girl as well as each girl was writing a letter to one another. I wish that I would have read this when I was a bit younger, would have loved this anyway for sure.


Unwholly

UnWholly by Neal Shustermann
Genre: Young Adult, Post-Apocalypse
Stars: 4 out of 5
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Plot
This is the second book of the Unwind series. This book continues following Connor, Lev and Risa as their lives after the drastic and life changing events in the Happy Jack Unwind camp. New enemies within their circles arise and new dangers get created. Still in the fight against unwinding kids, it seems more and more impossible to actually rebel against the mights.

Opinion
I actually started to enjoy this series again, since some changes arose and made the book exciting again. Some new plot lines got opened which I really liked and I am excited to read more about it in book 3, UnSouled. The characters have depths I really like and they are multi-layered and pretty much are real. Good for them and good for me.


 

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Battle Island by Peter Freund
Genre: Young Adult
Stars: 3 out of 5
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Plot
Read my full review here. The story is about seventeen year old Louisa who gets the chance of winning one million euros in a casting show called Battle Island. Ten competitors battle each other in games on an island to win clues for finding the one million euros worth of treasure chest gold. When the battle gets out of control, Louisa sees no other way than finding the treasure chest to finance her mother’s cancer therapy.

Opinion
It’s been an okay book with nice ideas, but a not as good executed plan. The characters seemed shallow and childish, sometimes bipolar.The plot itself seemed okayish, yet not too exciting.


 

Popsugar Reading Challenge
Read Books: 27/29
Checked off Challenges: 38/40 

So what have you read in August? What are you planning on reading in September? I’m for sure have some exciting books on my list.

xo Annina

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(i) The Amazon Links are affiliated Links. I guessed this was the easiest way to establish a store where you can go and buy a book if you are interested in it plus it makes me literally just some cents. Yes I got greedy and I’m gonna bath in my ten 5 cent pieces. You’re welcome.


The covers are from goodreads.com

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