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[Monthly Wrap Up] April 2017

How is it already May? Time flew by again in April and today I’m finally writing last month’s wrap up (very late, I know)! April was a very good reading month for me as I’ve read a total of 7 books and enjoyed the majority of them a lot. I did some traveling over Easter break and had a lot of school work to do, but miraculously I still managed to squeeze in some reading time. If you want to know more about my past month, keep reading!

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April Books

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

I finished the audio book very early in the month and so far it is probably my favorite out of the whole series. The first book was pretty terrible in my opinion, but I have to admit that I got more interested in the story with each book. I will say that I just finished Empire of Storms today and was so disappointed in it, so sadly this series will never receive any love from me.

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

I’m participating in the Lord of the Rings Readathon hosted by Anabelle over on her blog  Stehlblüten the goal of which it is to finish all three books until the beginning of June. I finished the first one very quickly and am now ashamed to say that I’ve fallen off track and haven’t really gotten any further since. These books are very heavy high fantasy (obviously, Larissa :P) and I just needed a break. I do want to continue reading but at this point, with having to study for exams, I’m just not sure I’ll be able to finish in time.

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Contemporary, English Books, Posts in English, Reviews

[Review] The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I finished The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas a couple of weeks ago but I’ve been hesitant to write a review. This book has blown up all over the Internet before it was even released. When something is already being talked about by so many people I usually find it a little difficult to put my own opinion out there. I had to let it sit for a while and think about it but I still find it very hard to put my thoughts into words. This review will probably turn out a lot shallower than the book deserves but there’s only so much you can write down. Part of what I’ve been hesitant about is that it approaches such a heavy and difficult subject. What I have now realized is that the message in The Hate U Give is really quite simple. Keep reading to find out more about it.

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| Published: 2017 by Walker | Paperback Edition | Price: 8,09 € |
| 448 pages | ISBN: 9781406372151 |

The Story

16-year-old Starr is black and lives in a pretty bad neighborhood. The thing she wants to avoid the most is getting judged because of that and being reduced to “that black girl” because of her background. To give her a better education and keep her out of trouble her parents are sending her to a private school that mostly white kids go to, where she’s built herself a group of friends that she likes to keep separate from her “other life” in her neighborhood. When her childhood best friend gets killed by a police officer although he is unarmed and Starr is the only witness, the wall she’s built between her two worlds begins to crumble. Suddenly she’s the only one who can help bring justice to her friend and expose the shooting for the crime it is by revealing what really happened that night. While this difficult decision might endanger her and her family, she also has to decide on what she believes in and who is really important to her. 

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English Books, Historical Fiction, Posts in English, Reviews

[Review] My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

Today I am reviewing a book that has made me laugh like no other before. I first heard about My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows from Regan over on her YouTube channel PeruseProject. A historical re-telling of a sort of forgotten figure in British history that’s also really funny? Sign me up! I was instantly intrigued by the premise of the story and ultimately really not disappointed. Keep reading to find out why I enjoyed it so much.

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| Published: 2016 by HarperCollins | Hardcover Edition | Price: 16,99 € |
| 512 pages | ISBN: 9780062391742 |

Dearest Jane, sorry I made you marry a horse. Your father-in-law is trying to kill me. Send help.

The Story

This book is about the (not entirely true) story of Lady Jane Grey and how she became the Queen of England for nine days. Jane, who definitely likes books better than people, is the cousin and best friend of Edward Tudor, King of England, who’s very, very sick. When it becomes clear that he hasn’t got much longer to live and neither of his sisters would be suitable to inherit the throne, he arranges for Jane to marry Gifford Dudley (call him G), his advisor’s son, in order to produce an heir and secure the line of succession. Jane agrees only because she loves and wants to help her cousin, however, there’s a small, insignificant problem: Gifford is a horse. Keep reading, there’s more!

Contemporary, LGBT, Posts in English, Reviews

[Review] Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

While I’m reading quite a lot of different books at the same time right now, I was really in the mood for some contemporary and since I just talked about Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli in my last post I thought it was time to finally give it a shot. Keep reading if you want to find out what I think of it.

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| Published: 2015 by HarperCollins | Paperback Edition | Price: 8,99 € |
| 303 pages | ISBN: 978-0-06-234868-5 |

The Story

16-year-old Simon Spier is gay but no one knows about it. No one except Blue, his mysterious email friend who he’s been writing with for weeks. They go to the same school but neither of them knows who the other one really is. When the bond between Simon and Blue gets stronger and he starts feeling attracted to Blue, Simon wants to find out who’s really behind the only guy he can be completely open with. But then, when someone not so friendly accidently comes across their emails and starts blackmailing him, Simon faces the danger of him and Blue being outed before they’re both ready for it. 

The Superficial

The title is a really funny word play on the of course non-existent but by certain conservatives much talked about “gay agenda”. It’s kind of like “Simon against the world” so it’s very fitting and definitely unique. I like the cover for its simplicity. The book is pretty short and I almost read it in one sitting, which basically never happens to me, but is definitely doable here.

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English Books, Fantasy, Paranormal, Posts in English, Reviews, Urban Fantasy

[Review] The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

After several weeks, I’m finally back with a review! I haven’t had that much time to read this past month but I’m so glad to say that I really enjoyed the books that I did read, especially the second book in the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. I sometimes find it a little challenging to type out a review on a book I adore as much as I do this one, simply because all the feelings I have for it are so overwhelming and jumbled that it can be hard to put into words. Down below I will do my best to describe what’s going on in my head in an orderly way, instead of just gushing on and on about the sheer awesomeness that is The Dream Thieves, but please bear with me at points where I just can’t help myself 😉

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| Published: 2013 by Scholastic Inc. | Hardcover Edition | Price: 15,39 € |
| 439 pages | ISBN: 978-0-545-42494-3 |

There are three kinds of secrets. One is the sort everyone knows about, the sort you need at least two people for. One to keep it. One to never know. The second is a harder kind of secret: one you keep from yourself. Every day, thousands of confessions are kept from their would-be confessors, none of these people knowing that their never-admitted secrets all boil down to the same three words: I am afraid. (page 1)

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