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The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

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★★★★

I am probably the last person posting a book review for The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

When the book came out, the movie followed shortly after. In that time, I decided to watch the movie rather than reading the book. The movie was amazing and I loved it. But a few years later, when this book found its way to me again, I needed to read it and solve the ultimate battle – movie versus books. As it usually happens in my case – the book version won – without any doubts.

The Hunger Games is a story about Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District 12, who lives with her mum and little sister in the poorest district of them all. She hunts in the woods with her friend/crush Gale in order to provide food for her family.

Surrounded by all twelve districts, there is the Capitol, the shiny city where all the rich and popular people live. A long time ago, the districts tried to go into war and lost. As part of the surrender, each year the Capitol organises a live TV show, called The Hunger Games. Every year, a boy and a girl from each district are randomly chosen to battle in an arena until the last man standing.

When Katniss’s little sister is chosen as the girl tribute from district 12, Katniss volunteers to take her place without even thinking. Both her and Peeta (the male tribute) are then headed over to the Capitol and the preparations for the games can begin.

In a world where people like watching children kill each other, it can be pretty upsetting to see this as a reality. I can’t help but think that unfortunately, people have some instinct left in them and are unconsciously enjoying watching other people suffer. Think of the gladiator fights, ultimate fighting matches and other events similar to these.

Putting that aside, what I love about this book was the attention to details. From the descriptions of the districts, to the preparations for the games. And the game itself was so well written that I kept turning page after page, desperate to see what will happen next.

I love Katniss, her bravery, her love for her little sister, all the sacrifices that she has made. Starting with her volunteering instead of her sister, to her love with Gale. Her spirit to make things right can be felt throughout the whole book. Her rebellion and her stance with all the people that are not treated fairly by the Capitol.

Even though presented as a Young-Adult, I am convinced this is a book every adult should read as well, and have a few thoughts about their surroundings. I loved the first book, and I can’t wait to start reading the second book of the series as well.

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The First Time Lauren Pailing Died – Alyson Rudd

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★★★★

The First Time Lauren Pailing Died is a beautifully-written novel that opens your eyes about life and its meaning. A very powerful novel with interesting story. I have read books that have a few similarities to this one, but I haven’t read anything like this before.

The main character in this book is without a doubt, Lauren. In the first chapters, we learn more about her and her parents. Lauren is an intriguing child, able to stare in the distance for a long time and able to see a different mummy that doesn’t exist. When Lauren dies as a teen, the story splits into a few parts and we have parallel universes and different story lines happening.

In one of them, Lauren hasn’t died at all. She wakes up and continues life as normal. In another, her parents have a little daughter and are coping with Lauren’s death while raising the little girl. The third would represents Lauren’s mum who can’t cope with the pain and commits suicide, leaving Lauren’s dad on his own. With all of the story lines, one thing stays the same – a mysterious disappearance of Lauren’s dad’s boss – Peter.

In every life Lauren lives – she feels like she needs to find out what happened to Peter. In all honesty, this mystery was supposed to be the centre of the story in the book, but to me it just didn’t make sense at all. Once we got all the answers, all I could think of was that these two stories could have easily been made into two separate books.

While I had mixed feelings about the mystery of Peter, I definitely loved the parallel universe theme in the book. There were so many alternatives in Lauren’s life. It puts into perspective how one choice in your life can make a difference in the long run. If you only change one decision, you could end up somewhere completely different.

I cannot recommend this book enough, if this is a genre that intrigues you. If you are planning to read it, I would suggest to avoid reading reviews and synopsis and go with a blank page of expectations. The less you know – the better your experience will be. Keep your mind open and enjoy. Happy Reading! <3

Thank you to the team from HQ for sending me a hardcover ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Down The TBR Hole #40 | Down The TBR Hole Tag

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Welcome to the 40th edition of my Down The TBR Hole Posts.

This weekend I have interesting selection to go through with you…

How Down the TBR Hole works: 

❤ 1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ 2. Order on ascending date added.
❤ 3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ 4. Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ 5. Time to Decide: keep it or should it go

Here’s the next patch:

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Lost Library (Lost Library, #1) by Kate Baray

I am not sure about this series to be honest. It’s the first time I am aware of it now, I don’t remember when or why I have put this book on my TBR.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Crush (Crush, #1) by Lacey Weatherford

I am not sure I will keep this. Seems like a great YA Romance, but I don’t own it, so no point in me keeping it if I am not planning to buy it anytime soon.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Just the Essentials by Shari L. Tapscott

Again, a YA Romance, and to be honest, this one reminds me of The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. Have you read it?

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow, #1) by Rachel Morgan

I am pretty sure I own this on my Kindle – but not sure I will read it in the near future. I will remove it…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

A Demon’s Promise (Soul Savers, #1) by Kristie Cook

Not sure how or why I have it on my TBR list – but it’s been there long enough. It’s time for this book to go away, because I don’t think I will ever read it.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Forbidden (Arotas Trilogy, #1) by Amy Miles

Okay, it seems I have added all of these books in one day, while I was in a YA Romance mood.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

See Me (Zombie Love, #1) by Susan Halter

A YA Zombie Romance – talking a bit of diversity here. Not sure about this one…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Chased by Fire (The Cloud Warrior Saga, #1) by S.K. Holmberg

Not this time…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Love Undercover by Ellie Spark

The only reason I am keeping this one is because I already own it on my Kindle. It also happens to be a short read as well.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Parlez-Vous Murder?(Stranded in Provence #1) by Susan Kiernan – Lewis

I am not usually the type for chick-lit, but I will keep this one, probably only because of its title 🙂

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantI removed 8 books this time. It seems that I am getting better at recycling. This is how my TBR list looks like now.

Which books would you keep or remove? Let me know in the comments.

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Down The TBR Hole #39 | Down The TBR Hole Tag

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Welcome to the 39th edition of my Down The TBR Hole Posts.

This weekend I have interesting selection to go through with you…

How Down the TBR Hole works: 

❤ 1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ 2. Order on ascending date added.
❤ 3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ 4. Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ 5. Time to Decide: keep it or should it go

Here’s the next patch:

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Art of Kissing From Head to Toe – How to Kiss by Nikki Leigh

I have added this on my TBR back in 2013, so I think that explains everything…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

How He Lied to Her Husband by George Bernard Shaw

There is not even a synopsis on Goodreads, but let’s be honest – do you even need one?

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Bare Necessities by John David Harding

I am not sure about this one, but I know I have it on my Kindle. Do I keep it – probably not…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Intermediate Spanish Short Stories: 10 Captivating Short Stories to Learn Spanish & Grow Your Vocabulary the Fun Way! (Intermediate Spanish Stories Book 1) by Lingo Mastery

If you want to read a bit of Spanish – pick this one up. I added it at the time I was learning Spanish, but never got to it – I think the stories will be plain, so I will remove it.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Hearts Under Fire by Antonie Scotto di Carlo

Again – I don’t think I will even enjoy this one…

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

The Death Series: Volume One (Death, #1-3) by Tamara Rose Blodgett

This might be an interesting read – so I will keep it for now.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Magno Girl and the Beast of Brooklyn by Joe Canzano

I got this book because I read Suzy Spitfire Kills Everybody by Joe Canzano, and I did enjoy that one. Magno Girl was free at the time on Kindle, and I thought – why not.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Graveyard Shift (Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc., #1) by Angela Roquet

I love the synopsis and I think it seems promising.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

Branding Her – Bundle 1 (E01 to E06) by Alex B. Porter

A lesbian romance that doesn’t seem to deliver anything else but steamy erotica? I might pass.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Blank Space: A story in concrete poetry for striving readers by Beth Bacon

I believe that this book is deep – I think I might enjoy it – maybe. I will keep it.

Verdict: KEEP ☑

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantI removed 6 books this time. It seems that I am getting better at recycling. I currently have 370 books on my TBR list. This is how my TBR list looks now.

Which books would you keep or remove? Let me know in the comments.

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Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare – Blog Tour

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I was lucky enough to be approached by LoveReading to review and join the blog tour for The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare. Starting today, and posting every Wednesday, you will get to see what I thought about this series.

Series: The Dark Artifices

  1. Lady Midnight – Click to see my review
  2. Lord Of Shadows – Click to see my review
  3. Queen of Air and Darkness – Scroll Down

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★★★★

We made it to the finish line. After three weeks of me into the shadowhunter world, I am now back in reality, wishing I could never leave from that amazing world. Queen of Air and Darkness was the lovely desert after such a tasty appetiser and main course. A perfect way to leave a restaurant.

The finale of The Dark Artifices was everything I was hoping for. Full of adventure, emotions and wisdom from a lot of characters. Development like I have never seen before… I found myself attached to so many characters, genuinely feeling for them and being with them in all their adventures.

Don’t get me wrong, I do get attached to characters quite easily, but it’s usually two at best in one book. This book had me loving so many characters in different ways, with different strengths and such strong emotion.

Queen of Air and Darkness finishes off where it starts, and without spoilers it’s quite hard to say what goes on in this book. A forbidden love, unexplainable sadness and the best romance I have read in quite some time. Danger and faerie battles all over again. Love and betrayal, love and loyalty…

During the first couple pages, I was a complete wreck. I cried so hard and felt so sad. And after that, I had my favourites in this book and they didn’t disappoint. I loved every moment of this book and I can’t recommend this series enough.

Read this series, get into the world of power, magic, angels, beauty and danger. Get into a world of adventure, love, betrayal and excellent character development. The series was so satisfying, even though the ending didn’t seem like a proper ending and I am sure there are many new books coming.

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