After – Anna Todd

You know when a book is hyped so much that you just roll your eyes and leave it be? Yeah? That’s probably one of those reasons, why I was late to the After – party. Next to that, One Direction isn’t exactly my kind of band but then again, 1 billion reads on Wattpad cannot like, or can they?

Like mentioned before, I was ignoring that book for a long time, but now I gave in and finally jumped onto the train. My thought on the book will follow in this review, so please read on! You can find my German review here.

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Title: After (After #1)
Author: Anna Todd
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 582
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published: 21st of October, 2014
Rating: 3 Stars

 

 

 

 

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?

Unless…could this be love?

Now newly revised and expanded, Anna Todd’s After fanfiction racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated readers across the globe. Experience the Internet’s most talked-about book for yourself!

There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER … Life will never be the same.

First of all, I have to say that I don’t get the hype! The book isn’t bad, but then again, it’s nothing too special either. It’s the regular new adult college book.

!!!This review may include spoilers!!!

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Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

17878931Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Dystopia
Pages: 382
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: February 10th, 2015
Rating: 3,5 STARS
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This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.
The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…

Ugh, it’s been a few months since I actually did read this book but better a late review than never a review. The opinions about this book vary so much and often it seems that you either hate or love it. More than once I have read that the book copies others such as The Selection Series by Kiera Cass. Personally I can’t say this since I haven’t read this series but I had some moments when I thought about some other books like Throne of Glass (being the champion), behaving super bitchy and childish at times, having abilities she needs to learn to control (TOG & The Young Elites), being attracted to the prince, etc.

Basically, the book is fulfilling all the Young Adult Fantasy clichées but altogether I rated it with 3,5 Stars. The writing wasn’t bad and I’m curious how the story will continue but to me it doesn’t live up the hype made about it.

 

The Rose Society – Marie Lu

“Why feel guilty for something that isn’t your fault?
Because I loved him. And now he is gone.”

25388015Title: The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2)
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: FantasyYoung Adult, Dystopia
Pages: 395
Publisher: Putnam Books for Young Readers
Published: October 13th, 2015
Rating: 3,75 (???) STARS
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Synopsis*:
Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

“When you’re all alone in a world that hates and fears you, you want to find others like yourself. New friends. Elite friends.” 

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The Young Elites – Marie Lu

“I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside. It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.” 

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Title: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: FantasyYoung Adult, Dystopia
Pages: 336
Publisher: Putnam’s Books for Young Readers (Kindle)
Published: October 7th, 2014
Rating: 4 STARS
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I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

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September Wrap-Up, Currently reading & October tbr

My god, how can it be October already? To where did this month vanish? It’s horrible that time passes so quickly.

Well, over September was a pretty OK reading month. I read 5 books all together and that’s a good amount of books I’d say.

Reviews:

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5 Stars

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Queen of ShadowsSarah J. Maas 
Review on my blog.

All The Light We Cannot SeeAnthony Doerr 
Review on my blog.

Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) – J.K. Rowling 

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4 STARS

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The Young ElitesMarie Lu 

All Of The AboveJames Dawson 

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All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

“How do you ever know for certain that you are doing the right thing?” 

This book was kindly provided by Netgalley and HarperCollins UK, HarperPress/4th Estate/The Friday Project. Thank you so much!

18143977Title: All The Light We Cannot See
Author: Anthony Doerr
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 544 (Kindle Edition)
Publisher: Forth Estate
Published: May 6th, 2014
Rating: 5 STARS
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Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

 

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