Blog design

HEEEELLLLOOO!!
Okay so I’ve been blogging for quite a long time now and every time I log into my blog there’s something bothering me.. And that’s my design/ background/header.
I blog here at wordpress and I use one of the free ones they have but let’s be honest.. There’s nothing unique about that.

So my question is, is there a kind soul out there who knows how to do these things for free? I could give your blog/instagram/ twitter or whatever you want a shoutout on ALL my social media platforms (including my blog).
But unfortunately I’m a student which means I’m poor so I can’t pay for that so it needs to be for free :/

Or if you know someone who does these kind of things PLEASE comment the link so I can contact that person.

Pleaseee help me. It’s christmas, if you help me maybe santa will come to you with gifts 😉

Advertisements

Review: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

3123874

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 369

Rating: 4/5

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

This review is going to be vague because I do not want to spoil anything. This book is not one where you can go in to it knowing something ahead of time because it may ruin your reaction for the end. Yes, it’s one of those books.

tumblr_mq8tf9mNbF1snx1r0o1_500

(This is me being mysterious)

I’m…wow. This book will be a huge treat for Jennifer Armentrout fans. I’ve always loved everything she wrote, and this book was no exception. But I quite literally couldn’t put this book down!

So be prepared for that…don’t start it when you’ve just gotten in bed. You won’t sleep until it’s over.

I wasn’t just gripped by the story, I felt like I fell headfirst into Sam’s life and was right there through everything! I’ve read plenty of books where I’ve been captivated by characters, but nothing like this. I swear I thought I was going crazy right along with her! I had a million theories about what happened that night, and every time something happened, I was quick to 1. question my sanity and 2. dissect every word the other characters said…almost like a trust no one, including yourself type of situation. Hell of a trip.

Another thing I will warn you about . . . I cried like there was no tomorrow. I was not expecting the waterworks to be turned on like they were during this book but let me tell you, what the main character goes through, it breaks something inside of you. All of this, the whole book, the whole story, it feels so real and you just break for her. You break because of her. I have never had this with any book. I will admit, I’ve cried while reading books but it’s usually when a main character gets killed or there are two characters saying goodbye to each other because they may never see each other again. But that’s it. I cry for a few minutes and go on my merry way. But this time I cried for different reasons.

And before you say anything…

tumblr_mpdkiftYza1s7tme3o1_500

The characters are phenomenal. I love how we get to discover who Sam was before she woke up with amnesia together with her. We get tiny glimpses of who she was before and let me just say she made the word “bitch” seem tame. And as I Armentrout lover, I’ve read all of her books. This is the first time the MC isn’t too sarcastic..? It’s nice, really. Well it might have something to do with her waking up with no memories whatsoever, but you know, still.

What dragged this book’s rating was that I knew who “it” was from the first chapter. I knew it immediately. I hate it but I usually do know what’s going to happen before it does in book and movies. Horrible.

But guys! Seriously!! Go buy this book as soon as possible! Trust me when I say it’s worth every single penny.

Book Questions Tag

I saw this one on another blog and thought why not do it too? So here we go!
  1. What is your favorite book?
    Just one? Oh, God. NO, I CAN’T CHOOSE.
  2. Who is your favorite author?
    John Green & Jennifer L. Armentrout. No, I can’t pick just one.
  3. What genre do you prefer?
    I read just about everything within the YA genre. Dystopian, contemporary, horror, fantasy… But if I have to choose then I’d choose Science Fiction.
  4. What is your favorite book series?
    There’s a lot, actually.  But I can’t write down all of them so I’ll go with the one I love the most. The lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
  5. What books did you hate reading in school?
    Everything, really. I like the books I pick out, but the ones I have to read for school, are boring, uninteresting, and slow.
  6. What is the first book you remember reading as a child?
    I have seriously no idea. But I think it’s Harry Potter. I might be wrong though.
  7. Bookstores or libraries?
    Bookstores!
  8. How many books do you own?
    I’m not at home right now so I can’t count them. Roughly 150.
  9. Do you read before bed? 
    Yes.
  10. What is your most comfortable reading position?
    Sitting (on my bed, preferably).
  11. What is the most recent book you read?
    Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.
  12. What quote from any book will you never forget? Why is it significant?
    There is one quote I’ll NEVER forget. And that is “I would rather share one lifetime with you, than face all the ages of the world alone.” It’s in Lord of the rings an I LOVE it so so so so much! It’s so beautiful.
  13. Science Fiction or Fantasy?
    Science Fiction.
  14. What books do you regret reading?
    None of them. So far, I haven’t read any extremely bad books, even the worst books I’ve read were entertaining in a way.
  15. How large is your bookshelf?
    I have two normal-sized Billy bookcases from IKEA, and they’re not full yet, so large enough!
  16. On average, how many books do you read per year?
    That’s hard to tell, because It depends on what I do that year. If I travel a lot and have a lot of school work I’ll read less than a year when I’m home. But approximately 100 books.
  17. What book can you read hundreds of times and never get tired of?
    Harry Potter.
  18. Do you like to read outside?
    No. I hate when it’s either too cold, or too warm, or the sun shines on my book or in my eyes and it’s too bright to read.    I just prefer to read on the couch or in bed.
  19. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a book?
    That life is a wonderful adventure you don’t want to miss out on.
  20. Of the past year, what is the greatest book you’ve read?
    2014 wasn’t a very good book year for me. I’ve been in a major reading slump so I haven’t read so much. But probably City of Heavenly Fire. No spoilers please! There are people who still haven’t read it and I don’t want them to be spoiled on my blog 🙂

That was fun! Consider yourself tagged! Answer these questions in a blog post and make sure to leave the link in the comments so I can check it out!

9IZZAWs

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

cinder-book-one-in-lunar-chronicles-marissa-meyer-hardcover-cover-artAuthor: Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Pages: 390

Rating: 4.5/5

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.

Let me sum up the whole book for you in 4 words

Star Wars meets Cinderella

107

You might be thinking “What is she talking about? Does that even work? Star Wars? Cinderella?” Don’t worry my friends, I’ll turn all those question marks into exclamation marks.

When I first heard of Cinder before it’s release, it was gaining quite a bit of buzz known for the retelling of Cinderella. Marissa Meyer, my hat’s off to you because a cyborg Cinderella in New Beijing, China? Badass. But then shortly before I read it, another blogger informed me that not only is it a Cinderella retelling, but also had Sailor Moon elements. OMG… someone had answered my prayers!  I don’t think you can understand my excitement for that. But for some forsaken reason I kept procrastination. I don’t even know why? Oh wait I do! I BOUGHT THE PAPERBACK!!!!!! HOW could I?!?!? Yeah I know why… I wanted to buy more books so I bought the paperback to have more money to buy more books… BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER. UGH.. I have a hard time to read books in paperback. A really hard time.

I wasn’t sure about Cinder at first. As soon as the book started I noticed on every obvious downfall: Predictability. Seriously, the plot twist ran up to me and sucker punched me in the face at only 10% in. This concerned me, but it quickly became a non-issue as I continued to read. Why? Because the story was interesting. It was engaging. It was just plain old fun! And I haven’t had this much fun reading a book in a while.

The plot was brilliantly done. Cinder is a mechanic, under appreciated by her mother and one of her step-sisters. The other step-sister adores her. As a cyborg she doesn’t have the same rights as a normal person and her step-mother goes out of her way to remind Cinder this whenever she can. One day Prince Kai (*swoon*) requests her services to fix his android. And in true fairy tale fashion he begins to fall for her not knowing she is a cyborg. But this isn’t just a love story. Oh no! The world has been suffering from a deadly disease that kills in a matter of days and it starts to become painfully obvious that Earth’s only hope for a cure depends on an alliance with the evil Lunar Queen, Queen LeBitch oh sorry I meant Queen Levanna.. no I didn’t… And as you may have guessed it, she has plans for Earth. Dun, dun, duuuunnnnnn!

I loved the setting! Not many dystopian books I’ve read take place in places other than North America but this book took place in New Beijing. I thought it was very creative and unique. The only thing I was a bit confused about was the language. I wasn’t sure if EVERYONE was speaking English, or Beijing’s national language (which I think is Mandarin – I might be wrong) and we were reading the translated version. Cinder did mention different accents, but I wasn’t sure. Aside from that, I loved the setting.

I thought Cinder made a great female MC. She’s someone you’re constantly rooting for and sympathizing with. While I would have lost my head, Cinder knew when to choose her battles. Which makes her much smarter than me because I would have been six feet under . . .
Despite her circumstances, she never struck me as weak. She was incredibly strong and resilient and managed to keep a good sense of humor, which always goes a long way with me.

Prince Kai and Iko were amazing characters as well. I found myself going swoony over the prince and Iko was like the android best friend I never had.

Prince Kai! Check my fan, I think I’m overheating.”

You and me both, Iko, you and me both..

swooning

These three wonderful characters perfectly complimented the deep-seated hatred I now have for Adri and Queen Levana.

Queen Levana *Cough* LeBitch *Cough* can ship her ass back from where she came from (which is the moon!!! How cool is that?!) and keep to herself. Adri . . . you can go with her. They tried my patience every single time they showed up. But not in a ‘what poor characterization’ kind of way. More like ‘what amazing villains,’ you know what I mean? The type of characters you love to hate.

Not 5 because I DIDN’T HEAD OVER HEELS LOVE IT, but i’m super excited as to where this series is going,

I’m halfway through Scarlet which is the second book and this time it’s the little red riding hood we’re going to read about..

So book 1. Cinderella, 2. Red riding hood, 3. Rapunzel, 4. Snow white.

Book trailer

Review: Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

It was July when I said I would post a review about Doon and then never did.. Well we already covered that up, no need to repeat ourselves. You might think I would have gone on and reviewed another book but like i said i have written about it and I want you guys to have a review. When I first read it, I was on vacation and I thought it was absolutely amazing. But on the flight back I read it again and I noticed flaws I hadn’t when I first read the book. I took time to reflect and have summoned a review I hope you’ll enjoy.                                                                                                                                                                        Okay, let’s begin!

Doon Author: Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

Publisher: Zondervan

Pages: 368

Rating: 4 /5

DOON… Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months. But the Scottish countryside holds other plans. Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for…or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

2i974ec

One of the most important aspects of this book is the building of the world of Doon. It’s a very interesting place. It’s time travel, but it’s not. It exists as a real place in some capacity, but it’s completely fictional. Bits and pieces of many societies are mashed together in this perceived to be perfect slice of cloaked Scotland. Doon is beautifully drawn up and did not distract me from becoming emotionally invested in the story line. It was enchanting to discover this new world and it’s darker secrets.

The characters in Doon were very memorable and so real. The relationship between Mackenna and Veronica was strong and I loved their interactions with one another. Their relationship reminded me of the one I share with my best friend and I could really relate to them. Through thick and thin they stuck it out together and didn’t back down when things got rough.

Throughout the book I found myself drawn more to Veronica and her story with Jaimie, but I still enjoyed seeing the different points of view. Mackenna’s story picks up a bit towards the end and I cannot wait to find out what happens with her and Duncan in the next book

The world of Doon itself was magical. It really felt like I’d stepped into another world, trapped in time. I thought it was very interesting how the people of Doon would selectively introduce parts of modern culture to the kingdom whenever the bridge opened, while maintaining the integrity and authenticity of the kingdom. It was things like this that had me wishing I could just spend the day exploring Doon.

There was only one thing that bothered me. And that is that’s the side characters. They are completely unoriginal, absolutely lacking in dimension and complexity. The villains, the good guys, the wise woman, the love rivals. None are remotely believable as real. Everyone is black or white. That’s the only thing that drags this book down.

So if you are a fan of Scotland, attractive guys in kilts ( 😉 ), bestfriends, romance, action and mystery then this is definitely the book you should check out.

The girl you see on the cover is actually also the actress starring in the book trailer! And let me just say I LOVE BOOK TRAILERS!! If you have seen one that you think I should see, please leave the link in the comments because I really really love them. I think there should be much more book trailers than we have. 

Maybe I’ll make one of my favorite book just for fun..?

nod

Anyway here’s the book trailer

Quick message

HELLLLLOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Guys I am here!!

I am not dead!

Haha, I’m so sorry for not publishing a single post when I did promise I would last time I wrote something. I was on vacation and when I came back I started school again. I’m going in a school who has the best (but also hardest) math/science program in the country so you can guess how much freetime I have.. Which is none.

In two weeks the school is out on winter break for 3 WEEKS!! I’ve gathered a pile with books that I’m just waiting to get to and then slay them with a killer review just for you guys ❤

So stay tuned because you DON’T want to miss this 😉

Currently reading

Today I`m going to tell you what I am currently reading.

DRUM ROLL PLEASE

drumroll 

Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

17745703

DOON…

Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for…or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

I`m LOVING this book so far!! Like, oh gosh! It`s amazing. It has princes, castles, witches and it has gotten me obsessed with Scotland. I haven`t finished this book yet but I do know a way to also get you hooked without having written the review yet. Let me put it this way.

What if you, as a modern young woman at the cusp of adulthood, had the opportunity to step into a misty Scottish fairy tale? Would you take it–even if it means that there might be no going back? Such is the dilemma facing Veronica & Kenna, two best friends who go for a post-high school graduation trip to Scotland, only to find that the mists in this lovely country hide secrets far beyond their imagining.

I LOVE the way the two authors of this novel deftly weave the contemporary worldviews of their heroines that are juxtaposed with the fairy tale realities that they encounter.

I only have a couple of pages left and when I am done I will write the best review ever that will make you run to the nearest bookstore and buy a copy.

Just wait and see…

Review: Tithe by Holly Black

titheAuthor: Holly Black

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Pages: 331

Rating: 2/5

Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could very well mean her death.

This book…

tumblr_n4kc2ffJui1txb8sho1_500

At the beginning of reading Tithe, the weaknesses far outweigh the strengths. Kaye, her mother, and her friends are neither likable nor identifiable—Kaye’s mother is a struggling rock vocalist, Kaye is a high school drop out, Janet is a superficial teenager, Corny is an unattractive gas station attendant; everyone drinks too much and smokes too much. Maybe I just lived a sheltered life, but wouldn’t have identified with any of these characters as a young adult. They are not likable, nor are their flaws realistic—instead, they are exaggerated and simplistic. Along with difficult characterization, the writing style is inconsistent and immature, replete with adverbs, repeated gestures, and dull dialog and episodes. This is clearly a first novel, and accordingly it feels unfinished and unpolished. The book would have benefited from a rewrite, to tighten the language and unify the style.

Unfortunately, this world of Faerie is not very likable or easy to read. First and foremost, I found the book difficult to read due to the writing style and lack of editing. The writing is unclear in many places, with disjointed sentences and weak dialogue. Transitions between scenes were abrupt, and it was sometimes difficult to gain a coherent understanding of what was happening. Though some settings were described well, the characters were not. Character development was limited, and the relationships between characters seemed weak and unimportant. As described, the love connection also didn’t seem believable.

Overall, I didn`t like this book but whenever I became too frustrated, another new aspect would shine: a banquet scene in a faery court, a new plot development, some measure of character growth. So while I can’t rate this book very highly on account of its many faults, I do recommend it. Less critical readers may not find it so frustrating as I did; no matter the reader, the magic and imagination make this a book worth reading. There is great potential here, and where it is realized, Tithe is a truly enjoyable read. I look forward to reading more of Black’s published work—I expect that as she matured as a writer, her books became more readable and less frustrating

 

I`m alive

Hello everyone!

I`m so terribly sorry for not being so active these past days! The truth is i`m not in Sweden anymore, I`m actually in Macedonia. I know right, so exotic. Here the internet connection isn`t the best and I`m doing my very best to post as much as I can.

So here I am, giving you an update about how things are. Although I haven`t posted I have read books! So I haven`t been completely MIA. I have tons and tons of reviews just waiting to be posted! On top of that I have alot of book tags that I`ve done which I think is very fun. Not to mention the book hauls and what not.

Once again, I`m so sorry, and I hope you guys don`t hate me but actually understand what goes on.

Macedonia is lovely by the way. It looks like something taken from a book. I`m telling you people, it`s magical.

I will be posting more, don`t worry, I`ve found a computer with internet (YEEY) so I can do my blogging everyday 🙂

Until later – DFTBA and byee.

Books I received today

Hello everybody!

I’m so sorry I’ve been MIA but I’ve got a valid reason  (or so I keep telling myself so I don’t feel guilty).

I’ve been to camp with my class – I know! Nature… Ugh *shivers* – and then I’ve been getting ready for prom which was a few days ago. Aaand theeeen my class and I went to an amusement park which is a few hours away from where we live so I’ve been occupied the whole week. It isn’t all sad though, I got to do some reading while I didn’t blog (silver lining there people). What I want to say is that you’ll be getting alot of reviews within the next couple of days 😉

Enough with the boring stuff because now I’ll show YOU what books I received today.

I ordered two books before I went to camp and those books were Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon and Don’t look back by one of my favorite authors Jennifer L Armentrout. I got them today and I can’t wait to dive right into them.

 

17745703          DOON…

Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for…or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

I ordered this book because the premise promises originality. A Scotland-based setting with time travel and fantasy elements? Are you kidding me? Gimme that immediately.

 

 3123874

 

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

 

Okay the actual book cover doesn’t move – if it did it would be awesome – it’s frozen where the mirror is broken, but I loved that it moved so I picked this one to show you. Doesn’t it sound amazing? I will be reading this one first since I’m in the mood for mystery and the synopsis is really good. As soon as I’m done, I’ll write and post the review.

What books have you recently bought?