Bookshelf Tour #24 // The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

theunbecomingofmaradyer

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.

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I bought this book some time ago. Back then I heard and read a lot about this book. I thought it sounded interesting an would be a good read.

Well .. I still think it sounds interesting but it also still sits on my bookshelf.

And it’s most likely going to stay there until I’m back at my own “library” in my room in Germany.


Have you read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer? What are your thoughts on it? Did you like it?

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Bookshelf Tour #23 // IT by Stephen King

IT

It was the children who saw – and feel – what made the small town of Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread.

Time passes and the children grow up, move away and forget. Until they are called back, once more to confront IT as it sirs and coils in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

Around Halloween I finally got to watch the movie IT. Now I’m not really into Horror movies, like not at all, but this one I wanted to watch. It wasn’t as scary as I was expecting it to be, but I thought it was pretty atmospheric.

In fact, I liked the movie so much that I wanted to read the book.

So here it is. It is sitting happily on my bookshelf for a week now and I’m trying to get to it as soon as possible.


Who has read IT already?? How have you liked it??

Bookshelf Tour #22 // The beginning of the world in the middle of the night by Jen Campbell

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‘These days, you can find anything you need at the click of a button.
That’s why I bought her heart online.’

Spirits in jam jars, mini-apocalypses, animal hearts and side shows.
A girl runs a coffin hotel on a remote island.
A boy is worried his sister has two souls.
A couple are rewriting the history of the world.
And mermaids are on display at the local aquarium.

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is a collection of twelve haunting stories; modern fairy tales brimming with magic, outsiders and lost souls.

I got was really excited when I heard about this book. I’ve read a few of Jen Campbell’s books and absolutely loved them. So hearing that she was going to write a collection of fairytales got me super hyped.

Bookshelf Tour #21 // Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistake.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the “Wilds” who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

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Bookshelf Tour #20 // Wonder Woman : Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo

Warbringer

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

When I read about Leigh Bardugo’s new book I was super excited. But I was worried at the same time. This could have gone so wrong.

But luckily it didn’t.

This book was amazing! The story was so powerful and empowering. And omg the characters. You just got to love them. And Diana in the real world .. that was hilarious.

‘‘Sister in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine.’’

Bookshelf Tour #19 // Godsgrave – Jay Kristoff

Godsgrave

Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she’s told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow.

When it’s announced that Scaeva will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end him. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between love and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

When I finished Nevernight earlier this year I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue with Mia’s story. A part of me thought about leaving it at the first book and not touching the series again. But another part was curious and wanted to know where Mia’s story is heading.

Thank god my curious side won.

Thanks to NetGalley I got a copy of this book and am currently reading it. And so far I’m really liking it.

Bookshelf Tour #18 // Ninefox Gambit – Yoon Ha Lee

Ninefox Gambit

Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris’s career isn’t the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next.

Cheris’s best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos Jedao. The good news is that Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one who can figure out how to successfully besiege the fortress.

The bad news is that Jedao went mad in his first life and massacred two armies, one of them his own. As the siege wears on, Cheris must decide how far she can trust Jedao–because she might be his next victim.

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Bookshelf Tour #17 // Northern Lights – Philip Pullman

Northern Lights

“Without this child, we shall all die.”

Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world…

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Bookshelf Tour #16 // The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit

The Hobbit is a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves in search of dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving unambitious hobbit, who surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and skill as a burglar. Encounters with trolls, goblins, dwarves, elves and giant spiders, conversations with the dragon, Smaug, and a rather unwilling presence at the Battle of Five Armies are just some of the adventures that befall Bilbo. Bilbo Baggins has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals of children’s fiction. Written by Professor Tolkien for his own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when published.

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Bookshelf Tour #15 // Perfume – Patrick Süskind

Perfume

In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift — an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs.

But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the “ultimate perfume” — the scent of a beautiful young virgin.

I still remember when I read this book. It was a few years back, I was still in school and had just seen the movie on TV and liked it.

Obviously I had to read it.

Now, usually I wouldn’t pick up a book that doesn’t take place in our time. A book set in the 19th or 18th century? No way. But this book … Damn this book was so freaking good. The writing was excellent. The characters were amazingly written. And the story was just as unique and original as it was creepy and sick.