Morgan Matson – The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected EverythingThe Unexpected Everything

Author: Morgan Matson
Publishing date: 5 May 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s
Pages: 528
Status: completed

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby — pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.

So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too.

Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all — working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?

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I’ve heard a lot about this book through BookTube and one day while browsing at Book Depository, just added it to my list and bought it. I didn’t expected it to be that large – 528 pages for a contemporary book is a bit much, right? And as always, it took me some months to get into it. This time, it was because of Valintine’s Day – I wanted to read some romantic book. I thought that it will take me lots of time to read it, considering the fact that it’s English and it’s a large book, but surprisingly it took me just 3 days.

The story is interesting, for sure. But it’s kind of a book, that I’m not planning to re-read. It’s about a girl, which have always under her control, but everything changes quite too fast and there isn’t even a spot from her plan for the summer. And here comes the trouble.

Andie is not my very favorite character. I doubt lots of her decisions, she was annoying at times and I wanted just to get into the book and stop her. But she was also cute, even thought. I tried to understand. On the other hand, I didn’t liked her friends as well. They are all teens, I know, but some of their conversations and things they do was… “no comment”. I liked Palmer the most, because she was the normal one.

Clark is actually my most favorite character from the book. I liked that Morgan Matson wrote a book, including main character being a writer. It was exciting to see what kind of a life a writer can have. But he was also kind, understanding and sweet clumsy. Can I have him, please? xD

I also liked the writing. This is the first book that I read by Morgan Matson and I do plan buying some of her other books. It’s funny how I was able to go through such big book for 3 days only. It was interesting to read that chats and emojis used in the conversations.

Overall, it’s a nice book, preferably read during the summer. I like it, because it’s easy-going. Give it a try!

Rating: 4 stars

Most Anticipated April Releases

Here I am with my most anticipated releases for April 2017!

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Alex, ApproximatelyAlex, Approximately

Author: Jenn Bennett
Series: no
Publishing date: 4 April 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 400

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex… Approximately.

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Girl in the Blue Coat

Author: Monica Hesse
Series: no
Publishing date: 4 April 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320

Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. She likes to think of her illegal work as a small act of rebellion.

On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, Hanneke is shocked by the older woman’s frantic plea to find a person-a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room. Hanneke initially wants nothing to do with such dangerous work, but is ultimately drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations that lead her into the heart of the resistance, open her eyes to the horrors of the Nazi war machine, and compel her to take desperate action.

Beautifully written, intricately plotted, and meticulously researched, Girl in the Blue Coat is an extraordinary, gripping novel from a bright new voice.

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The Upside of UnrequitedThe Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli
Series: no
Publishing date: 11 April 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 352

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness — except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

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Given to the Sea

Author: Mindy McGinnis
Series: no
Publishing date: 11 April 2017
Publisher: Putnam’s Childrens
Pages: 352

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

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Spindle Fire

Author: Lexa Hillyer
Series: Spindle Fire #1
Publishing date: 11 April 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 351

It all started with the burning of the spindles.
No.
It all started with a curse…

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood – and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape… or the reason for her to stay.

Spindle Fire is the first book in a lush fantasy duology set in the dwindling, deliciously corrupt world of the fae and featuring two truly unforgettable heroines.

Fresh new beginning!

Hey, hey!

I kind of decided to come back here and write more about books. Being honest, I have blog for books, but in my mother language, so practice is real when I try to write more in English! And I decided that I can do this here again, but with new concept.

I plan to post not only description of the books, but more book reviews, some recommendation post and so on. I hope that this will work better than before. Will see!

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Review: Sarah J. Maas – A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses

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I finished this book few hours ago. What I must say? Why I hadn’t read it earlier?

I have this book on my shelf for about 2 months and I knew I’ll start it sooner or later. I was really tempted, but I have few boos to read before, so as I know that I have it, I was able to postpone the day I will start reading it. Anyhow, it came and now I can’t stop. I want the second book.

What I liked in this one? In the first pages I was able to see a map of the world from ACOTAR and I pretty much love maps of different worlds. The main character Feyre was described in an interesting way and her reason to kill the wolf was missing, or at least for me. I won’t hide that I didn’t liked her family and I was waiting to see who Tamlin is.

And talking about Tamlin… I like his character, but there was something that make me feel strange about him, I have no idea what. And probably this is the reason that I liked Rhysand way much more than Tamlin.

The story is very interesting. I like the plot and how the story line goes, but it was like pain to reed how stupid is Feyre and how she makes some wrong choices. But in the end of the book I somehow knew that it was for good.

The book ends very open and makes you want to take the second book right after to finish this one, but publishing date for Bulgarian version of „A Court of Mist and Fury“ is 28th May.

All in all, I liked the book a lot and I recommend it for the wide audience and fans of YA and fantasy.

General note: 9.5/10

April Wrap up

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And so, April is gone and I’m here to write what I was able to read this month. It was a long month, in which I had a certain goal to read “The Infernal Devices” trilogy. Also I managed to read some other books, which I had a deadline for (must return them to the library). Anyhow, here comes my list for April.

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clockwork angel and princeClockwork Angel

After I bought “Lady Midnight” something was telling me that I have to read “The Infernal Devices” first, so I got it digital and started reading. It was an awesome first book and the first book that made me read so fast on a tablet.

Clockwork Prince

The second book from the trilogy. It was awesome as well and I really fell in love with Jem. That’s all I can manage to write now, but you can read more in my review of the book.

On The Bridge

This is a short story about Will and Jem, the night when everything started. It’s placed right before the story begins in Clockwork Angel. It was interesting.

branded and every day

Branded

This is the first book from the series “Fall of Angels”, and as I wrote in my review very difficult book, which I read too slowly. Anyhow, I’m glad that I was able to finish it, but I’m not really sure if I’m going to follow the series and to read the other books.

Every Day

It’s the first book from David Levithan that I read. I was tempted by the overview, so I took it from the library. It took me 6 days to read it and I’m still not sure why I did it. it was strange for me. I’ll probably write a review about it some days later.

the one and cinder The One

The third book from “The Selection” series. I obviously didn’t gave up on the series. I took the book from the library as well as the previous books. Read my review about it to know more about what I think.

Cinder

I was reading about this book so much, so when I saw it on the shelf in the library, I grabbed it and decided to give it a chance. And I wasn’t disappointed – it was awesome. Will write more about it soon.

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All in all, 6 books and a short story. It’s a good count, considering the fact that I’m always at work. Not sure how many books I’ll manage to read in May, but one is for sure – “Lady Midnight” by Cassandra Clare will be on the list.

Read in March

March officially has ended, so I’m here to write my monthly read books. This month I was able to read only 5 books, but you know… sometimes you must go to work, mostly 5 days in a week. xD

I’m glad I finished Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. It surely is one of my favorite series so far. ^^

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bloodlines 4-6

As I wrote, I finished reading the Bloodline series. I’m in love. This is my second favorite series after Vampire Academy and Richelle Mead is officially my most favorite author. This woman is a genious. I’ll soon post all the books from both series and will write my 5-stars reviews for them. I promise! ^^

Lover RevealedI also managed to finish “Lover Revealed” by J.R. Ward. I love Black Dagger Brotherhood series and I know I read the books slowly, but I take them from the city library. I hope one day I’ll be able to buy them all, but currently I can’t.

“Lover revealed” was full of surprises and twists I didn’t expected, but it’s really breath-taking book. And the scenes between Butch and Marissa – oh my… xD

I finished it for 8 days – I know it’s long, but workdays are more than the free days unfortunately.

 

Forever Too Far“Forever Too Far” is the 3rd book from Rosemary Beach series. As I’m a fan of Abbi Glines, I managed to buy her books. I finished it for a few hours – it was just too interesting.

I really hope that Bulgarian published will continue releasing the books from this series or at least the 4th book as well.

I’m going to write reviews for this one book and the book before it as I skipped it due to site’s maintenance. With both books my list with books awaiting reviews is really big. I think it will took me a some more time to write all reviews, which are the average number of 30 ~ 40…

With this said, I can start organize the books for April. I already finished one and I’m reading 2 books at the moment. One of them is very boring, but I’ll do my best to read it.

February reads!

February is almost over. As I’m not really publishing these months, I decided to create this monthly article for writing what I read recently. And I hope that this is going to become weekly article instead of monthly.

So let’s see what my Goodreads shows!

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Read in February:

The Queen of the TearlingThe Queen of the Tearling

Author: Erika Johansen
Release date: 8th July 2014
Series: The Queen of the Tearling, book 1
Edition read: Bulgarian edition, published on 25th May 2015 by “Bard Publishing”.
My raiting: 5 stars

Synopsis:
Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom’s haunted past… or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.

Kelsea’s quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun. Riddled with mysteries, betrayals, and treacherous battles, Kelsea’s journey is a trial by fire that will either forge a legend… or destroy her.

 

Paper TownsPaper Towns

Author: John Green
Release date: 16th October 2008
Edition read: Bulgarian edition, published on 2013 by “Egmont Bulgaria”.
My raiting: 5 stars

Synopsis:
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge — he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues — and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…

 

The Golden LilyThe Golden Lily

Author: Richelle Mead
Release date: 12th June 2012
Series: Bloodlines, book 2
Edition read: Bulgarian edition, published on 17th July 2012 by “Ibis”.
My raiting: 5 stars

Synopsis:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. Alchemists protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California – tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formorly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and her sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi – the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that – special, magical, powerful – that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Braydon, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else – someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists – or her heart?

 

The Indigo SpellThe Indigo Spell

Author: Richelle Mead
Release date: 12th February 2013
Series: Bloodlines, book 3
Edition read: Bulgarian edition, published on 4th July 2013 by “Ibis”.
My raiting: 5 stars

Synopsis:
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. Alchemists protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she struggles to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do.

Then she finally tracks down the elusive, enigmatic Marcus Finch – a former Alchemist who the organization denies exists, and who lives in shadows, on the run. With Marcus’s help, Sydney realizes that the group she’s been loyal to her whole life has been hiding the truth from her. Is it possible that her golden lily tattoo might have more power over her than she thinks?

As she struggles to come to terms with what that might mean, Sydney is compelled to use her magical powers to track down an evil magic user who is targeting powerful young witches. Using magic goes against everything she always thought she believed, but she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her special blood – or else she might be next.

Forging her own way is harder than Sydney ever dreamed. Maybe by turning off her brain – and following her heart – she’ll be able to finally figure out where she belongs.

 

Adrian's Lost ChapterAdrian’s Lost Chapter

Author: Richelle Mead
Release date: 3rd August 2011
Series: Bloodlines, book 0.5
Edition read: On Scribd
My raiting: 5 stars

Synopsis:
When Richelle first sat down to write Bloodlines each chapter was narrated by a different Character.

This is Adrian’s lost story.