Time for… SPAIN!

Tonight I’m flying to Calella, Spain! It’s my first vacation abroad without my parents and I’m really excited! Three of my best friends are joining me! The next eight days will be: sleep, beach, eating, drinking, partying and… SOME READING!

I made a list of the four books I’m taking to Spain! Usually I take a whole saga with me, one I just bought, but this vacation, I’m not. First of all, because I’m going with my friends, so I won’t have a lot of time to read. And second, because I hadn’t been able to finish “The Soul Seekers” by Alyson Noël (I’ve been sick). So I decided to take three books with me, plus a book I just bought an hour ago :D

Here’s the list!

1. “Mystic (The Soul Seekers #3)” by Alyson Noël – I don’t think this book needs a lot of introduction because I’ve been writing about Alyson Noël a lot lately :) Here’s the synopsis:
Since arriving in the dusty desert town of Enchantment, everything in Daire Santos life has changed…and not always for the better. While she’s come to accept and embrace her new powers as a Soul Seeker, Daire struggles with the responsibility she holds navigating between the worlds of the living and the dead–and her mission to defeat the evil Cade Richter.  But Cade’s soul is inextricably entwined with that of her boyfriend Dace, putting their love to the ultimate test.  How can she defeat Cade if it means destroying Dace too?  And is their love strong enough to survive death—and what lies beyond?
MYSTIC is the third book in The Soul Seekers, a magnificent new series about a girl who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël.

2. “Memoirs of a geisha” by Arthur Golden – Ever since I’ve seen the movie, I wanted to read the book so badly! I went to a thrift shop a few weeks ago and bought the book there for only €2,50! I mean: what’s money? Here’s the synopsis:
Sayuri, one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha, is both performer and courtesan, slave and goddess. At nine, in a 1929 poor fishing village, she is sold to a geisha house, the buyer attracted by the child’s unusual blue-grey eyes. In Gion, the pleasure district of Kyoto, she works to pay back the price of her purchase, while learning music, dance, elaborate costumes and cosmetics, and maintaining a fragile coiffure with a special pillow. With a magnanimous tutor and a venomous rival she survives the intrigues of her trade and the upheavals of war.

3. Wuthering Heigths by Emily Brönte – Yes, classic English literature! I LOVE it :) I bought a 50 year old copy at the same place as “Memoirs of a Geisha” and was glad to finally own this book (I borrowed it from the library about 8 times but always forgot to return it). It wasn’t easy to find a synopsis but here’s one:
Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.

4. “Fuse (Pure #2)” by Julianna Baggot – I never planned on taking (or even buying) this book, but I did. I went to the mall to get some food for today when I saw this book in the bookshop. My mom doesn’t like it I spend my money on books, so she told me: don’t buy it! (That was two days ago). But hey, she wasn’t with me today! In fact, she’s already on her way with my father and sisters to France. This is the second book in a stunning post-apocalyptic trilogie and I read the first book months ago. FINALLY! I bought the second part! (Unfortunately the third part will be released in 2014 :( Hear my crying?) Here’s the synopsis! (Wanna read the synopsis of “Pure” first? Click here.)
We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.
Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it’s his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.
When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

‘Whoops, this post became much longer than I planned it to be. Anyways, what book are you guys reading this vacation? I really want to know! :)

Enjoy the sun! Adiós!

Review: “Echo” (The Soul Seekers #2) by Alyson Noël

Wow. Just wow.

I just finished Echo 5 minutes ago, and all I can think is: wow. The ending is one big shocker. The book was so good!

[Only read this review if you have read Fated]

Lets start with a small synopsis about “Fated”. Daire en Dace have saved Paloma’s (Daire’s grandmother) soul but weren’t able to stop Cade, Dace’s dark twin brother. He and his brother are both different parts of one soul: Dace is the good part, Cade is the bad part. Dace and Daire found out they are Fated BUT one of them is going to die. At least, that is what the prophecy says.

Fated left me a bit restless: it was well written, romantic and super interesting. But the action was nowhere to be found. Only the last few chapters were really exciting. I was eager to read Echo, and all of my hopes came true.

Echo kicks of with some action and bad news. The story starts right away, no introduction needed. Echo gives us some answers about Cade and Dace, about Daire but also about the Lowerworld and the way they are all connected. Also; the relationship between Dace and Daire deepens, which makes Cade in some weird way stronger.

No, I’m not going to spill anymore.

Echo was a moving forward book, with new and old obstacles. Daire is less naive in this book and finds out that anger is not the only way to overcome her fears. She must learn how to connect with the dead Santoses and nature. The elements are making her stronger everyday and Paloma (together with Chay) make a great team to get Daire in good shape.

Cade somehow manages to get stronger every chapter in the book. Everytime, he almost gets defeated by Daire or Dace, but always gets away. When Daire and Dace are growing stronger, Cade is always one step ahead of them.

It’s frustrating.

The end of the book left me without breath. Everything was one big mess: lots of questions, a new person, Phyre, who has a lot of history, just bust into the storyline as if Daire and Dace don’t have enough problems. They love eachother and maybe that’s a problem. Phyre knows things they don’t know, but she keeps the secrets all to herself, causing even more problems.

At the end of the book, one thing was clearer to me: I think I know what a Soul Seeker is. My description last time lacked a lot of information, but I think I know the answer now. A soul seeker is a person who must keep balance between the different worlds, sace souls from the Richters and take care of nature. A soul seeker has strong bounds with her ancestors and gets help by his or hers spiritual animal.

That’s as far is I can get.

I think this book has a lot more action than Fated, which makes the book way more fun to read. Daire and Dace face some relation ship troubles, but they never give up on eachother. The book is fast pacing, moving forward but also a bit vague. But vague in a way you just want to keep reading; find out everything there is to know.

Just to warn you: the end of Echo is one BIG CLIFFHANGER.

I think Echo has all the good things Fated has, plus some more excitement, love and action. Good job Alyson! I can’t wait to read Mystic (The Soul Seekers #3)!

Allegiant: What do we already know?

Today is July 15th, it’s still 98 and some hours until Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth is released on October 22nd! But I wanted to put together a list of what we know about Allegiant! So, here’s the list!

1. The cover, yes, we have the cover! The cover was release on May 9th, during the Today show! The cover is bright orange with a huge water like circle. Joel Tippie is the creative force behind the cover. Veronice Roth gave us a clue: the water symbol is not a faction symbol! Because that was something a lot of people were thinking. But, what was also said, is that it IS a symbol that will be featured in the book. Also, yes that is O’Hare at the bottom. Makes me really curious!
Click HERE to read Veronica’s post about the cover.

2. Allegiant is done! On July 8th, Veronica blogged  that Allegiant is done and it’s heading to the printer! Aah!

3. Veronica Roth will tour the USA to promote her book! She’ll visit New York, Dallas, San Fransisco and Downers Grove!

4. The meaning of Allegiant. MTV talked to Veronica about the meaning of Allegiant. This is what she said: ” It means “one who is loyal or faithful,” and I think it changes in the context of the novel depending on who you apply it to. That’s as specific as I can be.” As you can read, she doesn’t spill much about the book and keeps it all a really big secret. Argh, I’m so excited for this book and the meaning of Allegiant really applies to a lot of characters. It could be about anyone!

5. No cliffhanger! There, she said it! There will be no cliffhanger. Allegiant will have a pretty solid resolution.

6. In Allegiant, we will learn more about the past, but there will be no flashbacks because the story is moving-forward.

7. New places will be discovered in Allegiant! Maybe the new places can be linked back to the cover: O’Hare at the bottom. What do you think?

8. There will be a new male character! But… who will that be?

9. The book (paperback) has 496 pages.

10. Synopsis: “What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?”

Well, I think that’s it… If there’s more, I’d like to know! I can tell you I’m wayyyyy to excited for this book. I felt so EMPTY after finishing Insurgent! It only took me 2 days to read both books, so it felt like being kicked back into reality after closing Insurgent, it was so unreal!

AAAAH, hurry up October 22nd!

 

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First impression: Aberrant (Ruth Silver) and The Academie (Amy Joy)

Tonight I wanna talk about two books I haven’t read yet. I’m really excited about these two books and they both have had good/great reviews on both Twitter and Goodreads. One of the books is brand new, the other one is a bit older.

I’m gonna start with the newest book: Aberrant by Ruth Silver. The book is a YA dystopian book. It’s the first book in a series that (hopefully) will be bigger in the future! Aberrant was released on April 17th this year and has 240 pages.

Synopsis:
In the future Dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government’s match in marriage and “The Day of the Chosen”, a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn’t existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she’s arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from “The Day of the Chosen.” The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system.

With Joshua’s help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.

First impression:
When I read the synopsis, I kept thinking about the book Matched by Ally Condle. I haven’t read Matched (nor did I read Aberrant) but both books are about a perfect world in which people are forced to be matched with somebody else (either to marry or get kids with). That’s also where the comparison ends. The part where Olivia is put in prison because of her ‘ existence’, made me think of Divergent by Veronica Roth. In Divergent, Tris is in danger because she is divergent (also something she can’t help). And the part that Olivia is looking for rebels, is also seen in books as The Hunger Games (mostly Catching Fire, The Hunger Games #2 and Mockingjay, The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins and also in Legend (mostly Prodigy, Legend #2) by Marie Lu.

So, as far as I can tell, the storyline includes everything we, as YA readers, need in a book! I have no idea how Ruth Silver writes: I’ve never read anything from her. But I think this book will rock! I’m really eager to read this book and I can’t wait until the moment I have time enough to read this!


The second book I wanna talk about, is The Academie by Amy Joy. I only found out about this book today, but I was totally surprised I’d never heard of this book before, since it was released in 2011, exactly today! (Happy 2 years anniversary!). Amy Joy actually followed me on Twitter, so I searched her up on Goodreads and was instantly interested and followed her back. I also promised her to write about The Academie on my website, which I will gladly do!

Synopsis:
When Allie Thompson graduated, she thought she’d put high school behind her. But when a series of violent outbreaks by teens sends panic surging through the nation, high school is right where Allie finds herself again. Now remolded into what the government calls The Academie, what was once the public school system is now the permanent home of everyone 22 and under.

After a year away at college and a lifetime as a model student, Allie doesn’t take well to The Academie’s militaristic nature or its 16 foot perimeter fences. Remembering all she’s left behind, including the boyfriend she’s now years away from seeing again, Allie plummets into depression. But when strange things begin to happen and her brother disappears, Allie realizes she must unravel the mystery that is The Academie–before it’s too late.

First impression:
Lets start with the fact that I’ve never heard of Amy Joy or her book: how is this even possible? I’m a YA dystopian addict and I have never seen this book anywhere. This book deserves more publicity! As you can read in the synopsis, the book is way more realistic than all the other dystopian books I’ve ever read – I didn’t read The Academie YET – which is something this genre might be needing :) A cool fact is that the main character, Allie, is older than other main characters in the normal dystopian books. Those girls are usually 15, 16 or sometimes 17 years old. This girl, Allie, has already finished high school and has already finished one year of college. I’m not sure how old people are in the US when they have finished their first year of college, but in the Netherlands that about 18 or 19. I think the cover is really cool: it gave me chills and made me feel sorry for Allie the instant I saw the gate. I would hate it to be locked up. I think every teen / young adult would feel that way. I think that because Allie’s brother disappears, the story will go deep with emotions. I’m not sure; it’s just a feeling.

Concluded: the synopsis keeps the book vague, but also illustrates how real this book is gonna be. I’m really looking forward to the book, even though the cover still scares me. I hope more people will find out about this book, not only because it probably rock, but also because Amy Joy sounds like the sweetest author ever and totally deserves it!

 

So, I hope you guys like my thoughts (and if not, that’s okay, it’s just MY opinion)! If you have read one of those books, please comment in the section below whether my thoughts about the books were truth! I LOVE to hear about what YOU guys think about these book! :)

Review: “Fated” (The Soul Seekers #1) by Alyson Noël

Totally mesmerized by its cover, and the great “synopsis” at the back, I decided to buy the book (accidentally bought the second book first) and read it! I read some mixed reviews online, but was determined not to be influenced by it :)

The story takes place in Enchantement, where Daire is sent to by her mom – who is a Hollywood make-up artist – because Daire was having strange dreams and seeing things nobody else could see. Her mom, Jennika, sends her to Paloma, her long lost grandmother (her dead fathers mom). First, Daire thinks they’re all crazy. But after a while, she finds out there’s more than just a beautiful view in Enchantment.

Paloma tells Daire about her legacy: she is a Soul Seeker. She has powers and can mix herself with the spirits of nature. Also, she can travel to different worlds and  connect with the death. She meets new people, and finally, falls in love.

I think, Alyson Noël, is first of all, an amazing author! Before reading Fated, I read a James Patterson book. He is not really into describing surroundings, so I needed to get used to Alyson’s writing: took me 10 pages. That was the moment I saw the beauty of it: all the things Daire experienced, are put on paper so well! Alyson Noël created a magical and mythical world, I started to admire more and more every page.

The fact that I was looking forward to Dace, was because Diare did too. Not so much, it wasn’t obsessed like, but it was enough for me to wanting to read about those two. I hope the romance between the two of them will get more to the foreground of the story in the second book, ’cause that would make it an even more fantastic story.

If you are really into action books, with lots of things that make your heart beat faster, this book isn’t something for you. It took a while before the book got ‘exciting’. But after that happened, I was hooked until the last page!

I think Chay is one of those persons that stays on the background, but who actually is one of the moste reliable persons in the whole book! I’m really looking forward to learning more about Xotichl, I just adored her! Just like her boyfriend, Auden.

The coolest part about the book, was the fact that Daire had a special bond with animals. Not only normal animals, but also Spirit Animals. This was one of the special touches that only Alyson could have thought of :)

With that in mind, I’m still not sure what a Soul Seeker is. Basically, they can travel between worlds, connect with animals and get powers from nature. And there’s something with saving and seeking for souls, but I have a feeling Alyson is saving all of this for her next three books?!

I think the ending of the book was epic! I’m going to read Echo (The Soul Seekers #2) today and hope to get a dazzling story like Fated, but also a bit more action :)

Alyson, thumbs up! I loved this story and will read all your the books, that’s for sure!

‘ALLEGIANT’ is heading to the printer!

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Out of all the books that are being released this year, I’m most excited for Allegiant!

Originally posted on Divergent Faction:

The highly anticipated final book in Veronica Roth Divergent Trilogy, Allegiant, is now headed to print. Allegiant will be in stores on October 22nd.

Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers shared a photo of the book in final stages of before heading off to print on their tumblr:

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Caption: The final pass of the galleys for ALLEGIANT. The files will go to the printer today, so you’ll have the book on 10/22/13.

Look at how thick the book is! This is the conclusion to our favorite series. Initiates are you ready? I know I am. October 22nd can’t get here any faster.

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