TAG: Summertime Madness

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Summer has finally arrived in the Netherlands! Now all we have to do is hope and pray the weather will stay this good, since that’s not really a given in the Netherlands. The weather can be really great, but it can also be raining for days during the summer. But now I’m sitting in my shorts in the backyard, trying to get a little color on my white legs. I was just browsing the Internet for a bit, and watching some booktube videos, when I came across the Summertime Madness tag, created by JackEatsBooks. I am totally in the mood for everything summer-related, so I decided to do this tag!
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REVIEW: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

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Click to check out the page on Goodreads


Title: Rebel Belle
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: Rebel Belle #1
Published: April 8th 2014 by Putnam Juvenile
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Ebook
Pages: 352
Rating:

Plot

Harper Price is a typical Southern girl and the queen of her High School. She is president of every board, she has a lot of friends, and she has a lovely boyfriend. Her life is perfect, until it all changes at the night she was supposed to be crowned homecoming queen. When she goes to the bathroom to check on her makeup, she runs into her history teacher who is fighting with the janitor. They are not just in a disagreement, but they are fighting to death. And when the janitor dies right before his eyes, he passes on his abilities to Harper without any explanation. After a while, Harper finds out that she has to use her abilities to protect David Stark: her least favorite person. But after she gets to know him better, she starts to fall in love with him (not a spoiler) and everything gets even more complicated.

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VIDEO: Book Haul Boekenfestijn May 2014

So, I just made a video. I just love watching other people’s book hauls, so I thought I’d make one myself. I’m sorry if I look a little awkward in this video, but I need to practice a little more. (: But on to the haul! I went to a large, Dutch book sale called Het Boekenfestijn, which is basically a really large room full of tables with a lot of books. A lot of cheap books. And I bought 12 books. If you want to see all of them, you can either watch the video or click on ‘continue reading’, because there are all the photo’s that I made of these books, and I also added the prices there. Enjoy!

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TBR: Bout of Books 10.0 Read-a-Thon

So, as I already let you know a few days ago, I will be participating in the Bout of Books read-a-thon which will take place from Monday, May 12th until Sunday, May 18th. I said that I didn’t have a specific TBR for this read-a-thon, but that I wanted to read for at least one hour a day. I still want to read at least one hour each day, and maybe even more if my schedule allows it. But on top of that, I changed my plans and I made a TBR list for the coming week! I have no idea how much I’ll be able to read since I have several papers due at the end of next week. But I plan on being extremely anti-social next week and get as much reading done as possible. I think that finishing the book that I am currently reading, plus reading 3 more books might be doable for me. I know I don’t usually read this much, but I have never dedicated myself to reading this much either. So we’ll just have to see and I’ll let you guys know how it went in a wrap up! But first, my TBR list:
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REVIEW: A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

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Click to check out the page on Goodreads


Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author: Libba Bray
Series: Gemma Doyle #1
Published: December 9th 2003 by Simon and Schuster
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 403
Rating

Plot

It’s 1895, and Gemma Doyle lives in India, together with her parents. One day, Gemma is walking with her mother and a servant on the markets of Bombay, when Gemma and her mother get into a fight. Gemma runs away into the streets of Bombay, but while she is there, she gets a vision. She sees her mother commit suicide, and a little later she finds out that this actually happened. After this incident, Gemma is sent away to Spence, a boarding school in England that promises to turn her into a proper lady. But when Gemma gets there, she finds it hard to find her place. She has to deal with her dorky roommate Ann, popular girls Felicity and Pippa, her strange visions that keep coming back, and on top of that there is an Indian young man that is following around.

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Shatter Me Trilogy ~ Fan Art and Quotes

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Last Sunday I posted a review on Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, and I gave it infinite stars. I just love this book so much! And I also love all the other books in this series. Besides reading, I also spend a lot of time on tumblr, looking for pretty, book-related posts. And I found that there are so many talented people on there that make some really beautiful fan art. I would like to show you some of my favorite shatter-me pictures that I found there. If you haven’t read the Shatter Me trilogy yet (which is hard to imagine, since it’s so popular), you definitely should because I think everyone would love this book! And then, after reading it, you can join the amazing fandom on Tumblr. 🙂 Warning, this might contain some spoilers for all the books in this trilogy
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REVIEW + DISCUSSION: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Title: Ignite Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #3
Published: February 4th 2014 by HarperCollins
Format: Paperback
Pages: 408
Rating: ()

YOU GUYS, I finally read this book. And can I please give this infinite stars? I absolutely love this book! I am having a really hard time reviewing this book without spoilers, so I will just write a very short part without spoilers, but if you click on the continue reading button you’ll be able to see all my thoughts on this book with all the spoilers.

So, my spoiler-free thoughts on this book. I don’t think I have to tell you again that I absolutely loved this book. After reading Unravel Me, I was a little insecure about how Tahereh Mafi would wrap all this mess up in just one more book. Because the entire world is ruined and she couldn’t just fix that in one book. But luckily, the focus in this book wasn’t on tying all the loose ends together, but on the characters. This entire series has been more character-driven that plot-driven, I think, but Ignite Me topped it all. I think Tahereh managed to write such diverse and developed characters, that I didn’t really care how it was going to wrap up, as long as the characters were happy. The main thing that I absolutely loved was the relationship between Juliette and Kenji. There is finally a book in which a guy and a girl are best friends without falling in love with each other. Although I did fall in love with Kenji. 🙂 I am scared that if I write more about how much I liked this book, I will spoil it for you. So please continue reading if you want to see all my spoilery thoughts, but GO AWAY IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK YET!

WARNING: THE REMAINING OF THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS!
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