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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 😀

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)!