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

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

Murakami Haruki – After Dark

After Dark
After Dark
Original title: アフターダーク
Author: Murakami Haruki (村上春樹)
Publishing date: 2004
Publisher: Kodansha
Status: completed

A short, sleek novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn, and every bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami’s masterworks The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore.

At its center are two sisters—Eri, a fashion model slumbering her way into oblivion, and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Denny’s toward people whose lives are radically alien to her own: a jazz trombonist who claims they’ve met before, a burly female “love hotel” manager and her maid staff, and a Chinese prostitute savagely brutalized by a businessman. These “night people” are haunted by secrets and needs that draw them together more powerfully than the differing circumstances that might keep them apart, and it soon becomes clear that Eri’s slumber—mysteriously tied to the businessman plagued by the mark of his crime—will either restore or annihilate her.

After Dark
moves from mesmerizing drama to metaphysical speculation, interweaving time and space as well as memory and perspective into a seamless exploration of human agency—the interplay between self-expression and empathy, between the power of observation and the scope of compassion and love. Murakami’s trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery.

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My impression:
I started reading this book for real last night. Expected, I finished it today.

I don’t have much to say as always when it comes about Murakami’s book. His stories always makes me think about many things about my life – what was before, what is now and what can be in the future.

The plot showed the life of different people, strangely connected with each other. Mari & Takahashi, Eri, Kaoru etc. – all of them have different lifes, but they find each other through one night.

Short book, but interesting. Thoughtful. Give it a try!

General note: 7/10

Edition read: След мръкване (Bulgarian edition)
Publisher: Colibri
Translation: Vladimir Germanov
ISBN: 978-954-5299-49-0

Abbi Glines – Fallen Too Far

Fallen Too Far
Fallen Too Far
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: Too Far #1; Rosemary Beach #1
Publishing date: 14 December 2012
Publisher: Abbi Glines
Status: completed

To want what you’re not supposed to have…

She is only nineteen.

She is his new stepfather’s daughter.

She is still naive and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

Blaire just may have fallen too far.

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My impression:
As I really do like Abbi Glines and her style, I was absolutely tempted to read her books. And when I understood that this book is going to be published in my language I decided that I must have it for sure. Of course, 2 days after it was released I pay a visit to the book store and bought it for my collection.

I started to read it right after I left the book store and sat down in the city center. It is absolutely easy-going book, with interesting story and nice dialogues. This is a book, which when you start reading, you just can’t stop it.

Blaire is sweet, good girl, falling for the wrong guy. Rush, of course, son of a rock star, falls for her, and – of course – he shouldn’t be with her. He is gourgeous and have a secret. Kind of a story with awaited good end. But everything turns down and the end is unexpected. It makes you want to start reading the next book right after you finish the current one.

General note: 9/10

Edition read: Твърде далеч: Пропадане (Bulgarian edition)
Publisher: Егмонт (Egmont)
Translation: Gergana Decheva, 2015
ISBN: 978-954-2715-45-0

Julie Kagawa – The Immortal Rules

The Immortal Rules
The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #1
Publishing date: 24 April 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Status: completed

To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend — a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for… again.

Enter Julie Kagawa’s dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

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My impression:
To start with… Julie Kagawa is an awesome author. When I saw that there is Bulgarian publisher, that published this exact book I knew that I must read it. And I’ve got it the first time I saw it.

I’m fond of books about vampires, so I was tempted to read this one book, even though the synopsis showed me that this is going to be some very different story than the other books about vampires.

I liked that it’s separated into defferent parts and showed Allie’s life in different perspectives – a human, new-born vampire – alone and with the new found group of people, looking for Eden, and of course – nomad.

Julie Kagawa draws a world, in which you can lost yourself while reading, imagine different places and a whole different world – possible world, if the people continue to live such live with this pollution of nature. Anyhow, very interesting book, good story and absolutely must read for all vampire books’ lovers.

General note: 9.5/10

Edition read: Законът на безсмъртните (Bulgarian edition)
Publisher: ProBOOK
Translation: Boryana Darakchieva, 2014
ISBN: 978-954-2928-70-6

Rachel Schurig – Lovestruck in London

Lovestruck in London
Lovestruck in London
Author: Rachel Schurig
Series: Lovestruck #1
Publishing date: 19 May 2013
Publisher: Rachel Schurig through CreateSpace
Status: completed

Lizzie Medina went to London to reinvent herself. Tired of being the quiet baby sister, and in no hurry to settle into a boring existence in suburbia, she escapes from home at the first opportunity. When she settles in London for a year of post-graduate studies, Lizzie is sure she’ll be able to start a whole new life. Immerse herself in the books she loves. Explore a new country. Work on her dream of writing a novel. She might even be able to find a little bit of excitement for once.

But falling unexpectedly in love with up-and-coming actor Thomas Harper causes Lizzie to re-think… everything. Just as she’s convinced herself this small-town girl from the Midwest can handle this great adventure, Thomas’s career suddenly explodes to superstar levels, and Lizzie finds herself forced to navigate the fame game of red carpets, catty co-stars, gossip magazines, and paparazzi. When she wished for a new life, she had no idea it would be anything like this!

Lizzie must now determine if her love — and her confidence — are strong enough to get her through the complications of dating a movie star. Even if she and Thomas are able to pull through before she has to leave London, how will she deal with the inevitability of returning to a life at home that no longer feels like her own? Will she follow her family’s wishes or follow her heart? Will the Lizzie she discovered in London be strong enough to help her pursue her dreams?

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My impression:
This book is a nice love story…

I bought this book in September last year and it was stored in my Kindle for lots of time, until one night while waiting for somebody at the airport to come back from London, I suddenly discovered I have it there. And as London is one of my favorite cities and I was there before 2 years and already miss the city, I decided to to start this book.

It started very interesting for me as I love to read such stories and the whole book was pretty nice. I enjoyed the walks and touristy explanations, even though some of the crossing sounded impossible.

The story is sweet. Lizzie at first looked like it can never exsist, because she had no idea of the celebrities, but later I reminded myself that I’m in the exact current situation, knowing only Japanese celebrities, so why not… Lizzie…

Thomas Harper is a movie star, who liked a normal girl. That so expected thing when it comes to such books. He plays in the movie adaptation of the Darkness series, which for me is absolutely Dark Angel series by Keri Arthur. And he is gorgeous.

Anyhow, if you want to read sweet love story, little bit travel guide and celebrities – this is your book.

General note: 5.5/10

Ryan Attard – Firstborn

Firstborn
Firstborn
Author: Ryan Attard
Series: Legacy Series #1
Publishing date: 13th December 2013
Publisher: AEC Stellar Publishing, Inc.
Status: completed

There’s a war raging between the forces of Heaven and Hell; and, as if he didn’t have enough to deal with from his own issues, his sister has chosen the wrong side.

“I was in control of this Armageddon-level spell. I willed it to life and I gave it purpose. The sky swirled and grey clouds condensed into a swirling mass. Thunder and lightning resounded all over the place. I dropped my gun and focused entirely on the spell. The shadows coalesced inside my right hand as I squeezed it into a fist. The sky swirled.”

Meet Erik Ashendale, wizard.
He solves all kinds of problems of a magical and freaky nature. And he’s usually up for hunting down the supernatural, especially when his rent’s due.
In his first full length novel of The Legacy Series, Erik and his unlikely companions have to square off against angels, demons, and an ancient Japanese monster.

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My impression:
I started this book long ago, this January. Other story is that I received it even more long ago, but you know what’s the issue when you don’t have the correct program/app to start reading. So I started it in January, but unfortunately my reader crashed and I was finally able to fix it just before 2 weeks. So the moment for reading this book had come.

At the beginning the book is little bit messy, but when you adjust with writer’s writing everything flows natural. The book is catchy and the story grabs you very fast. There is lots of unexpected moments and twists. Moments, which makes you try to read even faster to understand what will happen. I read when I wake up in the morning, when I’m at work (in where is absolutely forbidden to use phone), at breaks, even in the bathroom (xD). I even slept with the phone one night…

The main character Erik Ashendale, a wizard – I totally imagined he is looking like the author of this book (Ryan) and the story was even funny for me. All the conversations between Erik and Amaymon were absolutely hilarious.

Another plus for me was that I learnt a bunch of new words. As you may know, English is not my mother language and I had to check the meaning of some words while reading. But it was fun.

All in all, very interesting book, with a good story, easy going and funny at times. Absolutely recommended!

General note: 9.5/10