Book Review : And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Edition : Masterpiece Edition, Paperback (317 pages)
Publisher : Harper Collins (March 2013)
First Published : November 1939
Genre : Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Classic, Fiction
Source : Hugendubel Buchhandlung
Date Read : August 2015
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First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

My Thoughts

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetTen strangers were invited to visit Soldier Island in Devon. Later that night, a recorded message was played saying that each of them are responsible for a crime. One by one, the ten strangers begin to die. The question is, “Who is the murderer?”

I’m so glad to finally read an Agatha Christie book. I chose “And Then There Were None” after searching for Christie’s best-selling novel.

This book is brilliant!

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Book Review : Cinder and Glitches by Marissa Meyer

13722513Series : The Lunar Chronicles #1
Edition : Paperback (387 pages)
Publisher : Square Fish (January 2013)
Genre : Young Adult, Fantasy, SciFi, Retellings
Source : Amazon.de
Date Read : June 2015
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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

My Thoughts

A fairytale retelling story set in a scifi/dystopia world with a female cyborg as the main character. Unique and interesting storyline plus incredible writing style. The worldbuilding in this book is astonishing and I can’t wait to learn more about the other people and their continents.

Cinder is a very likable character. I like that she’s tough, independent and a little sarcastic. I love her relationship with her sweet step-sister Peony and her hilarious best android-friend Iko. The characters feel so real especially Queen Levana. She’s a great villain and she gave me goosebumps. I’m not really that sure with Prince Kai so I hope I’ll know him more on the next book.

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Book Review : Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

My Thoughts

This was a great and refreshing read. I like that the dialogues are so natural and the characters are relatable. The scenes are also hilarious.

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Book Review : Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.

I won this book in an Instagram giveaway hosted by El (@bookishnessandcoffee) in January this year. I chose this book because I’ve been wanting to read (and collect) Colleen Hoover’s books.

My expectations on this book were so high (because of the hype) that’s why it made me sad that I was quite disappointed even before I finish reading it.

I can totally say that I love her writing style. It’s simple yet captivating.

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Book Review : Ugly People Beautiful Hearts by Marlen Komar

25168753Edition : Kindle (96 pages)
Published on : March 11, 2015
Genre : Poetry
Source : Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
Date Read : May 2015
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Ugly People Beautiful Hearts is a poetry book with over 70 poems that explores loneliness, quiet sadness, bursts of happiness, and contentment over the fact that everything you have, will eventually go okay. But that’s sort of beautiful in its own right.

It has verses moving between the feelings of loving someone, feeling loss, trusting the night sky, losing your light, resolving that hurt is beautiful, and finding compassion in a stranger’s smile.

My Thoughts

I was glad and thankful that Marlen Komar emailed me and gave me an opportunity to read and review her poetry collection. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a poetry book and reading Ugly People Beautiful Hearts made me feel nostalgic. I used to write poems for our school newspaper and most of my poems were about love and heartaches.

Over 70 poems about life, love, and finding beauty in sadness and heartaches. Exactly the type of poems I love. Also, the dedication is sweet and it made me feel like the author is whispering the words in my ear.

Simple yet heartfelt. This book is not a simple collection of poetry. The poems tells a story of how two persons, madly inlove with each other, ended up being strangers. A story of how love can hurt a person deeply and how that pain feels wonderful.

“Falling in love with you has been the most unkind thing I’ve done to myself, by far.” (Thoughts Folded Into Morning Light)

I cannot say more about her works so I’ll give some of my favorites and it’s up to you to decide. I’m pretty sure you will also end up loving this talented author and her works whether poetry is your thing or not.

I felt lost and I lost the map on how to find myself. The moom said he would tell me who I was, but I told him no. No, there was something wonderful in the not knowing. Every step forward was terrifying, uncertain. Uncomfortable. But every step forward brought closer limitless possibilities. (When I Go Missing)

Some of the other poems I loved:
There We’ll Wait
And I’m
A Rather Cold Tuesday Afternoon
In Here, I’ll wait
Passed Notes
Have Courage, My Love
To Think There Was a Time
Why We Live in Kitchens

My Rating4stars

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Book Review : Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Edition : Paperback (327 pages)
Publisher : Hot Key Books (May 2014)
Genre : Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Source : Amazon.de
Date Read : May 2015
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It begins as an assignment for English class: write a letter to a dead person – any dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain – he died young, and so did Laurel’s sister May – so maybe he’ll understand a bit of what Laurel is going through. Soon Laurel is writing letters to lots of dead people – Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, River Phoenix, Amelia Earhart… it’s like she can’t stop. And she’d certainly never dream of handing them in to her teacher. She writes about what it’s like going to a new high school, meeting new friends, falling in love for the first time – and how her family has shattered since May died.

My Thoughts

Me and my reading buddies (Joyce, Leigh and KL) chose this book for our May read-along.

I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this book but I know that it’s not a light read because the title contains the word “dead”. I had no idea about how this book was written until I read the first line, which is “Dear Kurt Cobain”. I got excited and thought that I would love this book.

A simple assignment gave Laurel a chance to express all the emotions she’s been carrying and hiding before and after the day her sister died. We get to know her fears, experiences, struggles and grief. I sometimes had a hard time understanding her actions but I thought that it’s normal especially with her age and with all the things she’d been through. While reading her letters, we also learn the stories of the celebrities she’s writing to. Despite of their popularity, they’re also like us. They’re not perfect and they had painful experiences too.

I love the idea of writing letters to someone who is dead. I personally want to write a letter to Anne Frank right after reading “The Diary of a Young Girl”. While I’m reading Laurel’s letters, I felt like I’m the one who wrote them. Just like her, I also have the same questions to Kurt, Amelia and Janis. (I sometimes imagine how it feels like watching Nirvana performing live.)

There are some revelations in the story and although they are quite predictable, it didn’t matter to me that much because I liked the development of each and every characters throughout the story. I liked how family and friendship play an important role in this book. The writing style is simple yet captivating. I totally enjoyed reading this book and I highlighted quite a lot of quotes I loved.

“Maybe what growing up really means is knowing that you don’t have to just be a character, going whichever way the story says.  It’s knowing that you could be the author instead.”

I thought that this book is somehow similar to “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, just in a female POV, and now I know why. Because I don’t read even the book descriptions, I didn’t know that Ava Dellaira is Stephen Chbosky’s protege. I just knew it after reading the Acknowledgement. So if you are a fan of Chbosky, you will definitely love this book.

This book is touching and powerful. It reminds us that there are things or events that we can no longer change and we have to accept that. We have to move on and continue living our lives and appreciate the things and people that we have right now.

*Heads-up! They are working on the movie adaptation of this book. Ugh.

My Rating
4stars

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Book Review : Never Never : Part Two by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

24422492Series : Never Never
Edition : eBook (111 pages)
Published on : May 17, 2015
Genre : Contemporary, Fiction, Mystery
Source : iBooks
Date Read : May 2015
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“Never forget that I was your first real kiss. Never forget that you’ll be my last.
And never stop loving me between all of them.
Never stop, Charlie.
Never forget.”

Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can’t imagine, beckons to be found.

“Where are you, Charlie?”

My Thoughts

Good news when I woke up yesterday in the morning : “Your pre-order is now available.”

I put down Love Letters to the Dead and started this much-awaited sequel of Never Never. It took me almost three hours to finish this book even it’s just a short one. I’m a slow reader and someone is disturbing me (in a good way) a lot.

The story gets more and more interesting and mysterious. Some sort of clues (or hints) on what is happening with Silas and Charlie were given but these just added more mysteries in the story. Like with the first book (here’s my review), I love both of the main characters, especially Silas. I love the suspence and the additional character roles. I honestly don’t have any idea on what will going to happen or where the story will take me but I’m totally okay with it.

I gave four stars because I felt like this one is shorter than the first book. All in all, I enjoyed reading it even the cliffhanger (again) is killing me. I hope they will release the third (last) part soon.

My Rating
4stars

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Book Review : Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

Edition : Kindle (274 pages)
Publisher : Mira Ink (October 2012)
Genre : Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Source : Amazon
Date Read : May 2015
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“I’ve left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

My Thoughts

I seriously don’t have any idea that this is a christmas-themed book. I have a Kindle edition and the cover don’t have any signs on it.

The concept of this book is brilliant and entertaining. The bookstore, the red moleskine notebook, and the exchanging of clever and exciting dares. Not to mention the chocolate pizza!

I always love reading books with different POVs especially if they’re from the main character/s and this book is one of them. Dash and Lily are both intelligent and daring. They are quite different from each other but they perfectly fit together. The other characters are also lovable and funny. I personally like Boomer because he is really a good friend, Langston for being a cool brother, and Greant-Aunt Ida for being simply awesome.

I was glad that I’ve read the Kindle edition because it made easy for me to check the definitions of those big words. There are a lot of them. It was my first time reading Rachel Cohn’s work and it’s impressing. I will definitely read their other collaboration (“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” and “Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List”) in the future. This book proved that Cohn and Levithan can work totally good together.

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is a fun, sweet, and fast read. It reminds me that it is okay to step out of the box once in a while and experience new things.

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