REVIEW

July Wrap Up 2017

Hi guys,

July has passed really quickly thanks to work, Book-Tube-A-Thon and vacation. Also I’ve managed to write at least one full review. That’s something I want to get back into.

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Books I’ve read in July

1. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (Full Review)
2. Emma by Jane Austen
3. Fallen (Fallen #1) by Lauren Kate
4. Little Bee by Chris Cleave * read for Book-Tube-A-Thon
5. The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through The Madness Industry by Jon Ronson * read for Book-Tube-A-Thon
6. You’re the One That I Want (Gossip Girl #6) by Cecily von Ziegesar* read for Book-Tube-A-Thon
7. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K.Rowling* read for Book-Tube-A-Thon
8. The Favorite (The Selection) by Kiera Cass* read for Book-Tube-A-Thon
9. Die Suche beginnt (Die Chroniken der Seelenwächter #1) by Nicole Böhm* read for Book-Tube-A-Thon

9 books raised my average of read books by far. Also I’ve been on vacation, so I naturally read more then. Since I haven’t written reviews on the other 8 (just yet), here are short review versions!

Mini Reviews on…

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Emma by Jane Austen
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
4 out of 5 stars

Emma is a story about a young, independent woman who loves nothing more than match-making. Living with her father, she gets aquainted with Harriet Smith, a rather simple girl with a parentage unknown. Since Emma loves to help her friends having the best life possibly imagined, she wants to set Harriet up with Mr. Elton, a rich young man who rather wouldn’t mind to be married to Emma. But Emma doesn’t see Mr. Elton’s intentions and the confusion begins, when more parties enter the game.

I watched the webseries by Pemberley Digital on Youtube first, so I had a rough idea about the plot of Emma. Naturally, the book is far more exaggerated and goes into a depth that was almost too much for me. For the language, it’s not hard to read yet it is hard to read. Sometimes I drifted off in thoughts and had to re-read it. There are a lot of metaphors that make you stop and let you think about them. I enjoyed Emma as a character though, being strong and independent and not thinking about marrying as soon as possible.

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Fallen by Lauren Kate
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
4 out of 5 stars

When Lucinda has to go to Sword & Cross High School, a high security boarding school for dangerous and troubled kids, she meets mysterious Daniel. But Daniel has a secret Luce tries to find out and finds nothing but more trouble and a whole new world.

To be honest, I just found out about this book because the movie came out in July. The trailer looked interesting enough (while other differently cut trailer made it look kind of lame again) – so I decided to buy the cheaper eBook version of it and gave it a try. Usually I love boarding school stories and the beginning of the story made the whole angel business not as sucked out as before. I have read a few angel stories so far, so it’s hard to make me like another one (City of Bones, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Angelfall, Unearthly).

Here, Fallen was far too cheesy (for my taste) and Luce was caught up in a weird love triangle. It’s hard to make love triangles work and this one didn’t. Or Luce wasn’t a strong character at all. She constantly jumped between them and once one boy was in sight, it was her favorite one, then the other, then the first one again – it’s continuing like that. It got boring and the real interesting story, the actual angel story at the end is still left in the dark and will be resolved in the other four books.

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Little Bee by Chris Cleave
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
5 out of 5 stars

Little Bee is a story about a young refugee woman calling herself Little Bee, having arrived in the UK and imprisoned at the refugee prison. When she gets released her plan is to travel to a family in the suburbs of London, knowing them from a beach of her country Nigeria. But when she arrives, the father of the family has committed suicide and mother’s life, Sarah’s, of a kindergarten child is in shards. But Sarah decides to focus her energy on Little Bee and tries to help her stay in London. Else the young refugee woman has to go back to Nigeria, the country she fled because she was hunted down.

I really enjoyed this book because it is from a whole other point of view and makes me break out of my bubble. This book is fiction, yet if felt so real – especially nowadays with several real life world crises – and it’s refreshing and horrible at the same time to read from Little Bee’s point of view. The voice and writing style were unique and simply spellbinding. Little Bee fought through everything that happened – she learned a lot on the way – yet she survived everything and keeps strong until the very last second we read about her.

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The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through The Madness Industry by Jon Ronson
Genre: Nonfiction, Psychology
5 out of 5 stars

The Psychopath Test tells the journey of journalist Ron Jonson who tries to find out how to identify psychopaths and what exactly makes a person one. Also there are different kinds of psychopaths and far more not identified as ones in the plain open.

I probably would need to learn far more about Psychology than reading this book. Having had Psychology for one semester in school didn’t exactly help either to tell if this book is scientific right, somewhat right or completely wrong. Lots of it reads pretty logical, some of it read itself like a fiction book – but I guess this is pretty much the writing style of the author. It also makes the book read itself far easier than I thought in the first few moments. This book was entertaining and a little bit of shocking. It provided a little bit of history to back up the writing and discoveries in the book.

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You’re The One That I Want (Gossip Girl #6) by Cecily von Ziegesar
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult
4 out of 5 stars

It’s time to receive college acceptance letters! Upper East Side Seniors get anxious when they have to decide what to do with their future. Will Blair get accepted to her dream university Yale? Does Serena even want to go to college? Dan and Vanessa might finally move in together and Jenny is about to start her modeling career. And Gossip Girl is everywhere.

Gossip Girl books are these kind of books you can breeze through whenever you feel like continuing reading the series. A friend said the books were popular when in middle school, yet I have no memory of them. I pretty much was more invested in Harry Potter back then anyways. So just to mention it which target group is targets and how the writing style is – very raw and pretty gossipy. Being that kind of person who had watched the show first, it still feels like the characters are pretty similar, even if the storyline is not. These books also feel like a glimpse of the teenagers lives. After you’re done with the book, it feels like not a lot has happened – yet you rate them with 4 stars because they’re entertaining and you miss watching Gossip Girl.

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
4 out of 5 stars

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of fairy tales tailored for witches and wizards inside the Harry Potter universe. There are four tales, The Tale of the three Brothers being the most famous one being told at last. Other there are stories called The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,The Fountain of Fair Fortune, The Warlock’s Hairy Heart and Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump. To each of the tales are comments by Professor Dumbledore included, explaining each tale a bit.

Basically it’s been a nice light read and to finally not see and hear, but read about The Tale of the three Brothers. Else it got 4 stars because it hasn’t been extraordinary, yet it still has the Harry Potter spark and I loved that.

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The Favorite by Kiera Cass
Genre: Fiction, Dystopia, Romance
3 out of 5 stars

The Favorite is a short story accompanying The Selection series. It tells the story of America’s best friend Marlee and her secret relationship with one of the castle’s guards, Carter.

It has been a nice, quick read with not a lot of new information if you have read The Selection series beforehand. But even if you haven’t, there are some small cute insights and brings more understanding to these side characters.

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Die Suche beginnt (Die Chroniken der Seelenwächter #1) by Nicole Böhm
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
2 out of 5 stars

A legacy from the deepest past pushes the life of Jess into chaos. When a magical ritual ends differently than expected, she is confronted not only with the dangerous shadow demons , but also the Secret Lodge of the Caretakers. As if that were not enough, their family history seems directly linked to the eternal struggle between light and shadow. Magic, mystery, dangerous puzzles and a dramatic love define the eternal struggle between the Caretakers and the shadow demons (roughly translated from German to English. Blurb in German is from Goodreads). 

It was so hard to concentrate on this book because a) the writing style wasn’t my cup of tea and b) it has such a similar concept to The Mortal Instruments that I lost interest in the story pretty soon. But since I can’t put a book down once I’ve started reading it, I went through it anyways and decided that I won’t pick up any of the sequels. I can’t tell enough of the plot to say more about it since I don’t remember much, but please go and make up your own mind about it.

 

Reading Challenges

Popsugar Reading Challenge: 19/30 + 0 books
Popsugar Reading Challenge Advanced: 8/12 +3 books
Personal Challenge: 10/13 +2 books
Goodreads Challenge: 31/60

Book-Tube-A-Thon Result

Regarding this challenge, I didn’t manage to complete it by 1 book (Quidditch Through the Ages would have been my last one to complete the last challenge – Read 7 books). I finished the challenge two days late though…

Last but not least

I wanna wish everyone a happy August! Who knows when my next blogpost will come, haha.

xo Annina

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