9/30/2014

Ten Book Challenge




I was tagged to do this book challenge by Anna @ Enchanted by YA.
Thank you sooo much for tagging :*

Rules
List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Do not take more than a few minutes, and do not think about it too hard. They do not have to be the "right books", or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Paste these instructions and tag 10 friends, including me, so I can see your list!


The Mortal Instrument by Cassandra Clare
I love this series just so much and it's one of my favourties right now and will always be. The characters are awesome, the plots are amazing and even though the fourth book in my opinion wasn't that great because of too less plot twists every book is just OMG. 

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
This was my first mythologic read and I loved it! The concept of this book is fantastic and it's one of these series where the love triangle isn't such a big deal.

Shadow Falls Camp by C. C. Hunter
An awesome paranormal maybe supernatural series with amazing characters. And aswell one of those series which are set in an unhyped place, here a summer camp.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
Need I to explain? First : It's a Cassandra Clare series. Second : It has a very awesome and sarcastic male protagonist. And third : It's set in London. And well.. for all of you who don't know : London is my favourite city! :D

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
One of the few fantasy series I've read so far and that really hit me. I was facintated from the first page and the series just gets better with each book. And the friendships and relationships are just adorable.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
A children's book series which is just amazing even though I read it for the first time with 14 years. And Camp Half-Blood and tha campers :D You just have to laugh in the most unfunniest moments :D

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
A fantastic facinating dystopian series with such an enormous plot twist in the second and especially in the third book yout just wondering and then loving. And the loving part really hard! :D

If I stay by Gayle Forman
The first book I ever cried in and so it is right in my heart (amazing book too :D).

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
A book with an adorable, funny realtionship and a bookblogger as the protagonist. So hell yes! This book influenced me a lot (:

Since you've been gone by Morgan Matson
My first ever really contemoraryly read with a cute romance which started as a bromance. And a setting you could think could probably happen to you aswell.


 I tag :

 Jackie @ Jackie's Book World
Amelia @ YA Bookologists
Princess @ Paperback Princess

9/25/2014

Bookhaul #3 / Summer Months and Londontrip

So. I hadn't done a bookhaul in a while since I hadn't bought that much books at once so that it would be enough for a bookhaul but now after I had been in London last Saturday I thought : I may should do one now (:

In July I got a total of 5 books (excluding my the books I bought in London (London Bookhaul))
And it's the box set of the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan with the new covers (:
I got these from my mom as a report gift.


Don't they look beautiful ? Anyway.. I already read those and the were fantastic ! (reviews: #1 , #2 , #3) Can't wait to start the Heroes of Olympus series *-*


In August I bought, this time with my own money, two books, one in Berlin and one in Hannover when I was on vacation.
If I stay by Gayle Forman I already read and reviewed (review here) but Unwind by Neil Shusterman I haven't yet. Probably'll read it around Halloween :D





I think the movie cover of If I stay is soooo stunningly beautiful *-* Don't you think?


Then in September I bought 8 books, 7 English and 1 German (:
3 of those I bought here in Germany and these are:
- Elixir by Hillary Duff
- Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini (On my Shelf here)
- Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (review here)





And then I bought 5 other books in London :D
And those are:
- Where she went by Gayle Forman
- The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black
- Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson 
and two copies of
- Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

 

Well.. I think every one of you know thinks : Ehhh, Anne? Why the hell do you need to own 3 copies of Heir of Fire?
Here's my answer: The one I bought in Germany I preordered on Amazon. Then in London I went to Waterstones and there I saw Heir of Fire with an exclusive Waterstones shortstory about Celeana and Nehemia (!!!) (see pic below), so I needed it :D And the third wasn't planned at all but as I went to Hatcherd's on Piccadilly I saw a sighned (!!!) copy (see pic below) of it and well, what does a bookblogger with a bookbuying problem as me do? Of course buy it ! :D
So that's why I have 3 copies.

And I'm really happy about having the matching Where she went cover to If I stay! (:
And isn't the UK cover of Steelheart amazing? For those who follow me on Instagram (@annebooks_) they already know how obsessed I am with this cover :D

Anyway, here is the proof of the exclusive shortstory and the signature (for those who didn't believe me).

The shortstory

The signature



And now at the end and overview of all books :3




Ohh gods, how much I love new books *o*

Haha :D Anyway, hope you enjoyed this bookhaul (:

What books did you buy over the summer?

xo Anne

9/23/2014

REVIEW : Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

WARNING: If you haven't read this book yet, please don't read this review because of spoilers!


  Synopsis

Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?






  Review

I started this series in August and loved the first two books and since that I had high expectations for Heir of Fire.
And guess what :D all of them were fullfilled !
This book was awesome and you can really say that this series gets better and better with each book.
I liked that the book was written from many different POVs and I think you could see that better as in the other two books.

I loved Wendlyn. It was an awesome place to settle a fictional world into.
All the new characters you get to know through the Mistward are lovely and I already loved them after a few pages.
Okay. Rowan is an explanation for himself but he's gorgeous.
This ice cold outside-warm inside charcter of him you can just love and how his relation with Celeana or better Aelin develops is just so lovely as well because they have no love interest but only great friendship.
Maeve is shit but yeahh :D When she threatened Rowan I was just like : Do that again and if you'd ever stand in front of me I punsh you!
And what Aelin did then : Holy Gods! (but that's too muvh spoiler)

Okay. Not just the Mistward people were awesome, Aedion, Ren, Sorscha and all the others too.
And the development Aelin makes throughout the book is gorgeous!
She finally acepts her role as Queen of Terrasen and want to fight for it! (:
And her Fae powers have got a WOW effect at the end of the book.

At the beginning it really upset and confused me when there were those scenes from the POV of Manon Blackbeak, an Iron Teath Witch. But when there was more plot in it and the witches went to this mountain where the wyvern where, from that point I enjoyed reading about them.

I really dont want to write about the last 30 pages because of grand spoilers but it really breaks my heart that Aelin doesn't knows what going on in Rifthold.

And it rips my heart OUT that I have to wait a full year for the fourth book because the end was kind of a big cliffhanger ! -.-
I really don't understand why authors do that to us ...
 
★★★★★

If you have read it,  what yout opinion on it?

xo Anne

9/15/2014

Bookish TMI Tag !

So I recently saw a video on YouTube from about the Booktuber TMI Tag and thought the questions were really cool, but despite I'm not a Youtuber, I just name th Tag instead Bookish TMI Tag.
Anyway I leave here the original tag video.
And aswell, the original video says I should try doing it in 7 minutes but because I'm writing it, it would possibly be very messy if I'd try so I won't do it (:

Let's start!

1)Who's clothes style from a book character do you like?
I really like Warner's clothing style from the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi because, well, I can't remember any other book character who cares about his clothes and generally about fashion as Warner.

2)Your book boyfriend/ fictional crush?

Will Herondale! Because : Helloo? It's Will Herondale you duck!

3)Ever loved a character but than started hating him?
Probably the same answer as everyone else: Adam from the Shatter Me series.

4)Biggest/Longest book on your shelf?
Let me have a quick look. *browses shelf* So from the height and the thickness of the book City of Heavenly Fire (:

5)Heaviest book on your shelf?
*goes to kitchen and graps scale; puts books on it* It's City of Heavenly Fire aswell :D

6)Do you have any book posters?

Nope. If you don't count my wardrobe dor with all the covers of books I want to buy.

7)Do you have any book themed jewellery?

Unfortunaltely not..

8)Book OTP?
Uhhhh.. hard one.. but probably Wessa, Percabeth or Warnette (sry but ONE is really hard to pick :D).

9)Favorite book series?
The Mortal Instruments or Percy Jackson if trilogies don't count.

10)Favorite Book-to-movie soundtrack?
Divergent.

11)A book story you miss/ wish would continue?
The Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi.

12)Favorite stand-alone?
If I stay (review here) by Gayle Forman or Since you've been gone (review here) by Morgan Matson.

13)Since when do you read books?

Since I can hold a book in my hands.

14)Which Hogwarts house are you in?
Pottermore says in Ravenclaw.

15)Quality you look for in a book?


It should be entertaining and aswell make me to not want to put the book down.

16)Favorite book quote.
One of my favourites is :
"People aren't born good or bad. Maybe they're born with tendencies either way, but it's the way you live your life that matters. And the people you know." It's by Simon Lewis in City of Glass.

17)Favorite author?
Cassandra Clare, Rick Riordan and Sarah J. Maas.

18)Favorite book cover?
From the ones I own probably all of the Shatter Me series because they're stunning!

19)Action or Romance?
Action.

20)Where do you go when a sad moment happens?

I don't go anywhere. Just be at the place I was reading at.

21)How long do you need to finish a book?
Depends on how much time I have: In the holidays it can be a day, while school sometimes one or two weeks.

22)How long is your mourning period?
I don't have one in particuilar..

23)Least favorite book?
I need to say the Divergent trilogy even though I liked Divergent but the other two weren't that fanomenal..

24)Turn on in a character?
Humour.

25)Turn off in a character?
Arrogance.

26)Reason I joined the blogging community?
(changed that question a little bit)
To share my opinions over bookish things with people and aswell to communicate with people who are obsessed with books as I am.

27)Name a scary book?
To be honest, I haven't read a scary book yet.

28)Last book that made you cry?

Take back the Skies (review here) by Lucy Saxon.

29)Last book that you gave 5 stars?
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

30)Any favorite book titles?
Not in particuilar.

31)Last book you read?
Take back the Skies (review here) by Lucy Saxon.

32)Book you're currently reading?
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas.

33)Last book adaptation you watched?

Would be the Divergent DVD.

34)A book character you always wanted to talk to?
Tessa Gray from the Infernal Devices trilogy because she's aswell a booklover.

35)An author you always wanted to talk to?

Josephine Angelini.

36)Favorite book snack?
Cookies :D

37)Book world you want to live in?
Shadowhunter World *-*

38)Least world you want to live in?

Take back the Skies's even thought it's really cool with all of those skyships but I'm afraid of heights -.-

39)Last time you smelled a book?
Ehmmmm... today.. (:

40)Weird insults used in books?

Don't know any..

41)Favorite romance book?
Since you've been gone (review here) by Morgan Matson if you count that as romance.

42)Do you write?
I used to. But at the moment not. But I have an idea and won't to start at that soon (:

43)Favorite magical item?
Steel :D But only if I'm a shadowhunter!

44)Your Quidditsch postion?
I would say beater.

45)Name a song you connect to a book.
Warrior by Beth Crowley to the whole TID trilogy.

46)Favorite book related chat up line?
Surely something of Percy or Jace :D

47)Have you ever used it?
No, I don't use any chat up line.

48)Favorite book fandom?

Many! Too many! :D

49)How many books do you own?
Inclusive my manga collection (and yees. I read mangas) exactly 150 :D I know that isn't much if you see other shelves but for me (and my very small room) it's a lot (:

50)Who do you tag?
Everyone who feels free to do it! (But they should, of course, say that I've kind of tagged them :D).


So I hope you liked this post!

See y'all soon :*

And leave a comment with a link, if you did this tag !

xo Anne

9/13/2014

News about me #1

Hey guys !
Today I felt like doing a post a bit personal and so I decided I just inform you what's going on right now (:
Hope you like post like this (and if not, damn you ! no. just fun :D they won't be often).

Well. As you probably know by now, school started for me about 3 weeks ago and because of that in about one and a half weeks exams will start -.- I know, I'm not glad about it either but what could I do?
So I hope you'll understand that I won't be able to post that reculary thanks to studying.. and aswell since I couldn't figure out yet, how to schedule my post ._. So if you know how to, please tell me in a comment !

I'm going to on a one-day trip to London Saturday (September, 20) and therefor you can look forward to a book haul, which will probably include any other book I purchased/received from the beginning of July (excluding my London Book Haul). But for you to know, it isn't that much (:

And I'll be from October 3 to 15 on vacation and won't be able to post anything (not if I know how to schedule post by then). So please be patient ! :D

Today I got from my mom a pair of Nike Airmax (:
I wanted some for a while now and today was the day.
What do you think about Airmax or generally Nike?

Aswell I'm now saving money because i want an Apple MacBook so hard ! As a result of that I won't be able to buy so many books the next year .. -.- I know: shame on me as a book blogger but my computer is such shit (sry for that) and I wanted a MacBook for really long now.
But before you ask : I'll require books for my birthday (which is November 26 btw) so that I have books to read :D

Oh ! And I have Skype now! If you want to chat (not videochat) with me, you can find me under the username : anne.books .
I'd really like to chat with you about books and stuff :D

So I think that was all for now and I hope you aren't bored :3
Because my review of Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas will be up soon!

xo Anne

9/11/2014

DISCUSSION : Books of TV Shows?

Hey guys !

Today I've got a little dicussion about TV shows and about the books most of them are based on.
And aswell I googled and haven't found any website with a topic like this and so I just thought: Why not do it when it interests you? And so here I am.

Let's take me as an example:
I'm watching Pretty Little Liars (PLL) and I really love it!
(That isn't the only show I'm watching but it's for me the best to discuss about :D)



I know that this series is based on books (by Sara Shepard) but I won't read them ever. Reading a book before the movie adaption comes out? Fine! I mostly do that. But before watching the show? I don't know..

First of all there are mostly about 8+ books out, which is pretty much to read before beginning to watch, but there is the probelm of knowing the ending too.
Let's take PLL: The question of the series/show is who "A" is. But what if you already read the books and you know who it is? Would you bother watching the TV show anyway?
Me definitly not, because where's the fun if you already know the answer to the question?

I think that's with most TV shows since probably about 80% of them are based on books..
Even so I think the majority of the people just watch the shows on TV than reading the books and to be honest, and even though I'm a book lover and reader, I prefer watching shows on TV rather than reading the books.
I don't mean series like The Mortal Instruments or Percy Jackson because they are great but I mean series like Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries or Gossip Girl!

And thirdly there is the problem that in the books the charaters are different as they are in the TV show and that, I think, is for someone who reads the books and watches the TV show really confusing.
For example my friend, who aswell watches PLL, recently bought a book of the series and started reading it but it was totally different from the show. Hanna has on the one hand in the books short, red hair (I think that's right) but on the other hand in the TV show long (afterwards short), blonde hair. Another example is that Aria is in the books together with Sean (and Ezra doen't exist (to the point my friend read)) but in the TV show it's Hanna (and Ezra exists!).
And I would say these can be really annoying things ..


So what's you opinion?
And what TV shows do you watch?
If you watch some, did you just watch them or read the books too, and why?

Would love to read about your opinions!

xo Anne


 

9/08/2014

On my Shelf #4 / Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Synopsis

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily's other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.




This book came today in the mail and I'm so pumped to read it!
It sounds soooo good and Josephine Angelini's Starcrossed trilogy is one of my favourites, which I now think about re-reading soon.
I think it's a very unique topic, which I haven't heard of being in any other book yet.


Do you want to read it?
And if you already have, what were your thoughts on it?

xo Anne

(Btw guys : We hit 1.000 blogviews yesterday! I'm really happy about that *o*)

9/07/2014

REVIEW :Take back the Skies by Lucy Saxon

Synopsis

Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.

So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all . . .




Review

This book was great. It wasn't one of my favourites but an enjoyable and fast-pasted read and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. And I think that Lucy Saxon is a talented new author!

Cat was a great character and she knew for what she was standing even if it's against her own father.
Fox was a lovely man. I liked him from the moment Cat met him and the realtion between him and Cat was so wonderful.
And the whole Stormdancer crew was awesome. They were, as it was said in the book, a family and a family holds together. 

The whole concept of the book was great aswell. And when you know it was created by a then 16 year old girl you are just stunned. There were of course some scenes I didn't like that much but that's with every book.
I manly loved the scenes just with Fox and Cat :D

And the world aswell was unique even though this rebelion thing is in most fantasy (I think it's the genre of this book) books I've read so far.

And the cover ! It's absolutly stunning *-*

The only thing what I really did not like was the ending. I sobbed ! And I do that normally never !
I don't know how an author can do that...! 

I gave this book






Want to know why I sobbed? Then go and read the book! (:
If you have read it, did you like it or not, and why? 

xo Anne

9/04/2014

TALK / Books and Blogging

Today I thought I do another post than I usually do.
I just want to talk with you guys (: About books (of course) and blogging.

First first. I recently got my copy of Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas in the mail and I did kind of an unboxing, or more specific : I took photos of each step I did while I was unboxing my little package.
And with these photos I did a litte slideshow by using Flipagram.
And here it is :


video

Sorry for the bad quality but I took the photos with my mobile phone..

But back to Heir of Fire. Unfortunately I couldn't pick it up yet because school was busy and I had lots of homework to do but I hope I can get to it this weekend or even tomorrow (:


Another book related topic I want to talk about is, that I don't know which book I should pick up next (excluding Heir of Fire because that'll be the next one)!
Did you had this too? Not knowing which book to read next? Because I have this most of the time I look at my TBR-shelves in my bookcase. If you did please give me an advise how I can look at them KNOWING which book I'll read next ! It would be so helpful for me (;


And now to the blogging part.

Like I said before, school started for me two weeks ago and you'll maybe, but hopefully not, see this in the regularity of my posts. So I thought about scheduling them so that, when I have time, I write two or three posts so I can have posts up regulary. But the important question for that is : How often do you want me to post in a week?
I thought about three times because that's what I can handle. Do you like this idea or have you another proposal for me? Please let me know!

And aswell : Do you like my memes or should I add/delete one? And yes, I know that this should be my decision what memes I have on my blog but I want my readers to like them too and if they are bored or whatever by one, I wnat them to let me know.

The last topic about blogging is, if you would like to see a side with all of my favourite book blogs?
I've thought about it but I didn't know, if I should do it or not. So what's your opinon?


Oh! And before I forget : Do you have any request of book reviews, tags or what so ever for me to do?

But for that you must know, I won't do any requested book review because maybe I don't own the book at the moment (and I really want to slow down my book buying) or I'm not interested in the book.


I would be happy about your answers to my questions! 

 Do you want posts like this sometimes?

xo Anne




9/03/2014

My Wishlist #3

Synopsis

Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong.







 This book sounds so intiguing, I want to read it ! 
I don't know why I've put it off for so long, maybe because the release date of the third book was always pushed back and I love marathoning trilogies/series.
But it is on my birthday/christmas wishlist and I hope I'll get it (:


Have you guys read it?
If so, did you like it or not, and why?
If not, would you like to read it?


xo Anne

9/01/2014

REVIEW : Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

 Synopsis

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.




Review

First of all : I loved this book.

Characters
Celeana was such a kick-ass character and also a lovely person.
And Dorian and Chaol are so damn sweet guys *-* I falled in love with both I think :D
Both their relationships with Celeana are wonderful.
On the other side I didn't like Lady Kaltain and especially the king at all. They were and are horrible people.

This whole champion thing was numb but through that Celeana got new friends like Nox and Princess Nehemia.
Those two are both very handsome and even though they knew at the end that Celeana was Celeana they didn't change sides and were against her.

Plot
The story was awesome. The plot was so well written and good, I just couldn't lay that book down and read it almost on one sitting :D
Even though this book wasn't a comical one, some scenes were so funny I just had to laugh :D
And I hope you won't be disappointed that I don't write that much about the plot but that's because I think you should go into this book not without knowing anything but with knowing not too much.


So I gave this book (and now I see that I give this number of stars every book I review) 





Have you read it?
If so, did you like it or not, and why?


xo Anne

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