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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday (8)


This Meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which are officially fond of lists. Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten List on something and want other people to join in. They also do have a list of all past Top Ten Tuesdays and the ones which are coming up soon.

This week's topic is: Top Ten Book Endings That Left Me With My Mouth Hanging Open

1. Catching Fire/Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
I was so glad that I waited to red this series until all three book were out, otherwise I'm not sure how I would have dealt with the waiting. The ending of Catching Fire was so shocking and I was glad to read on in Mockingjay, which itself has an awfully sad, depressive, but at same time hopeful ending. And I seem to be part of a minority but I do like the epilogue, it's fitting. I just fish it would be longer.

2. My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
WTF! I was completely devastated, shocked, uber sad. And I was asking: Why? WHY???

3. A Beautiful Dark - Jocelyn Davies
This ending came as complete surprise to me. There were a few more twists than expected and now I have to wait for the next book, which isn't even announced yet :(

4. Abandon - Meg Cabot
Already in my review I was complaining about this ending. First I thought that I missed a page or even more than one. There was definitely something missing.

5. Forbidden - Tabitha Suzuma
I knew there couldn't be any way this book could end happily but as usual: Hope springs eternal. But I still didn't see this ending coming. Well done and devastating.

6. The Rose Garden - Susanna Kearsley
I have read almost all of Susanna Kearsley's books and she still manages to surprise me. Once again I wasn't expecting what was happening in the end.

7. The Bronze Horseman - Paullina Simons
I was a puddle of tears after finishing this book. One of the most emotional beautiful romances ever. And I read this book when it wasn't part of a trilogy yet. I was so glad when years later I stumbled over book number 2.

8. City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare
Ok, we all know that Cassandra Clare is the Queen of Chliffhangers, she already proved herself in the first 3 Mortal Instruments books. But she really pulled it of here, I couldn't believe it. What was happening! And at least 1 year to wait for the next book. NO!!!

9. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
I'm sure this book will show up one others peoples lists as well. As descreet as J.K. Rowling was promoting her book, I knew someone would die or may be more than one. But I still wasn't prepared for this ending. I was so shocked and sad and .... the ending was amazing, especially in contrast to the rest of the book.

10. Demonglass - Rachel Hawkins
That was one hell of a cliffhanger! I just wanted some facts and nope, wasn't happening. This is already a long wait and there are still some months to go...

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Once again it's Monday (9)

It's Monday what are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. She wants us to share what we read last week and what books we intend to read this week or already reading.

I'm currently reading:
Books I read last week:
+ Enchanted by Ryka Mennen (picture wouldn't load)
Books I'm planning to read:


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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Winner: Banned Books Week Hop

The Banned Book Week is over and and so is my giveaway.
Thanks for all the entries!
The Winner is:

Lady McFly (entry 55)

Congratulations!

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In my Mailbox (7)


In my Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren since 2008. This event is about sharing the books we received this week, real ones or e-books, from whatever source: library, purchase, loan, publisher...
After being sooo good last week, I indulged in buying book. Quite a lot of books. Now I need some free time to actually read them. What did you get last week?

Books I bought:
- Between by Cyndi Tefft
- Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- Jenny Pox by JL Bryan
- Sexiest Vampire alive by Kerrelyn Sparks
- Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
- Flawless - by Carrie Lofty
- The Guardian's Wildchild by Feather Stone
- An Unexpected Bride by Shadonna Richards
- Unveiled by Trisha Wolfe

Books I received for review (publisher/NetGalley):
- Fifty Shades Darker by EL James (thanks to the publisher, Book tour coming)
- The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson (NetGalley)
- Bulletproof by Mary Calmes (NetGalley)
- Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder (NetGalley)

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Review: Matched by Ally Condie


Author: Ally Condie
Titel: Matched
Publisher: Puffin
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Series: Matched #2
Published: 30th November 2010
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Goodreads Summary
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
This is one of the books which was patiently waiting in my TBR pile and finally I picked it up. I'm not a huge fan of dystopian literature and was kind of skeptical about this book. After reading it I can say though there a re a few things which don't work for me I love this story. And what's maybe even more important I love the main characters; Cassia, Ky and Xander.
It took me a a bit to get into the story as we are dealing with a dystopian society in the not-defined future. So the rules are different. The story is told from Cassia's point-of-view. At the beginning of the book she is just celebrating her 17th birthday, the age you also get matched with a boy, if you are eligible. She is quite happy because something very rare happened, she got matched to her best friend Xander. But when she is looking into the additional material about her mate, provided by the Society, not Xander's face shows up but the face of another boy. And even more weird, she does not this boy, Ky, as well.
Until this point Cassia's life was perfectly normal, she went along with all rules and even more important she believes in the rules, set by the Society. As the Society doesn't make mistakes Cassia is a wee bit insecure what exactly happened. And in a completely monitored society where ever misstep can lead to a notation in your file, you don't openly discuss or question unusual events.
But Cassia is very bright girl and the moment Ky's face showed up on her screen, is the moment she can't close her eyes any more and starts to see her life in different view.
I like the pace of the book. There was a more introductory part, so that the reader can get used to Cassia'a world, then the life changing event happened and Cassia is starting to change. I like how gradually she is coming to terms with what the Society does to indiviaduals. Sometimes there a few rash conclusions but overall it's done very well.
Obviously I hated the world crested by the Society, but I guess that's the point! A totalitarian rule with more rules than you can imagine. The only free decisions to make are about your, very limited, free time, everything else is regulated: job, housing, life partner, food, age. Personally, I think Ally Condie did a good job creating this world, even though it's quite scary.
As I already mentioned I likes the tree main characters. Although I'm getting more and more upset about love triangle in young adult books, it wasn't that bad here. The decision between Ky and Xander is also the decision between safe and against the rules. At least that's what it look like in the beginning. After finishing the book, I'm pretty sure Xander has some ace's up his sleeves. Which makes me very eager to read the second book, Crossed, coming out in the beginning of November 2011.
I really liked Ky. He was a mystery. So many unknown things about him and then Cassia and the reader get to know him more and more. He is very clever , with an amazing survival instinct and at the same time he values Cassia very much, as does Xander. That makes both guys so special.
The ending is very good. Quite a few twist, new facts are revealed and Cassia makes some very important decisions. And there is enough closure that I can still sleep. Though I'm glad I didn't read the book months ago, because now I only have to wait 1 months for the sequel!

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On my Wishlist (5)

I'm a big fan of the Book Chick City blog. On Saturday's the girls there host a meme called On my Wishlist, where we post books we urgently want to own but don't have yet. It doesn't matter if this book are not published yet or they are already older.

This week I wish for:

Author: Jodi Meadows
Titel: Incarnate
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Series: Newsoul #1
Release Date: 31th January 2012
Get it: Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones
Goodreads Summary
NEWSOUL
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
NOSOUL
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
HEART
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.
I am very much intrigued by this blurb. A fantasy world, reincarnation, a mystery and a romance. Great stuff, at least for me. And as a bonus the  publishers created this amazing cover. January can't come fast enough!

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