22 February 2017

Pucked Off - Helena Hunting (intense romance, not as funny/entertaining as expected)

Pucked Off
part of the Pucked series
can be read as a stand-alone
even though it's better
if you know the previous books
so far I have loved the series
because the novels are sexy, a bit crazy, very funny and so entertaining
Pucked Off is a bit different compared to the other books
it's less funny and light-hearted
more intense
the mood of the book reminded me of the Clipped Wings novels
another series Helena Hunting is writing
a series that didn't work for me
Pucked Off offers an intense love story
one I enjoyed reading
but didn't love
I missed lough out loud moments
which I'm used from this series
I didn't smile and laugh as often as expected
I missed sexy and absurdly funny + crazy moments
the scenes with Violet were my highlights
but there just weren't enough of them
I wanted everything to be a bit more light-hearted
couldn't completely believe in what happened to Lance in the past
especially with Tash
Lance was my least favourite hero in this series so far
I'm not saying that I didn't like him
however I couldn't warm up to him completely
couldn't connect to him
always felt as if I was missing some important facts about him
I still enjoyed reading "Pucked Off"
but expected something else from my reading experience. 

21 February 2017

Gemina - Amie Kaufman + Jay Kristoff (so good, even better than Illuminae)

#2 in the Illuminae Files
young adult + scifi
"Illuminae", the first book in the series,  was surrounded by a lot of hype
and after reading the book myself
I agreed with most of it
the books in this series take you on breathtaking space adventures
and mesmerise through all the different text formats and illustrations
which are used to tell the stories
"Gemina" continues the story of "Illuminae"
the story focuses on what happens on the space station
the survivors from "Illuminae" are trying to reach
the book introduces a whole new set of main characters
characters I was fascinated by
characters I loved reading about
from the first pages on it was easy to reconnect with the world the authors created
once again their special way to tell a story was perfect for me
this time all the different formats worked even better for me than they did in "Illuminae"
"Gemina" tells a story of great loss, strength, betrayal and hope
it tells the story of a group of teens
who fight with everything they have to win against the bad guys
it's a story that made me laugh and grieve
that entertained me very well
that left me completely satisfied
I'm not sure if all of the science makes sense
and I honestly don't care about it
because I loved everything "Gemina" gave me
and I can't wait to read the third and final book
in this extraordinary series.

You can find my review on "Illuminae" here. 


18 February 2017

The Chemist - Stephenie Meyer (mixed feelings)

The Chemist
romantic suspense
years ago I read the Twilight series and The Host
to this day "The Host" remains on my book shelves
because I love the book
so I decided to give Meyer's new book a chance
even though the plot
ex-agents on the run and their fight to stay alive
is one I usually don't go for
in the end "The Chemist" managed to entertain me
however the book came with a plot that should have been better
that needed to be tightened up through a good editing process
there were too many plot holes
too many moments when I had to shake my head
and the characters were missing some depth
overall I still had a good time with the story
because I didn't take things too seriously
and liked reading about most of the characters
if you are looking for a cunning suspense book
then this is not the book for you
if you are looking for an easy to read romantic suspense novel
then "The Chemist" might work for you.



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