The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson | A perfect dystopian tale for a middle-grade audience (and not only!)

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Have you ever thought that a middle-grade novel could have the perfect plot of a dystopian world? Neither did I! And I was pleasantly surprised by the world created by B.A. Williamson in this book. If someone decides to make a movie based on this story, I will be the first buying cinema tickets! Continue reading “The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson | A perfect dystopian tale for a middle-grade audience (and not only!)”

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All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire | Did I enjoy more the love story or the creepy settings? Or maybe THE twist?

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Who would have thought that the popular hit Titanium would sound so amazing in music box version? I surely didn’t. But now I am completely in love with the tune. And I have to agree that the Spotify list for All the Little Lights that I found on Jamie McGuire’s website is spot on! Listening to it as I am writing this review, brings back all the feelings.

Make sure to turn this playlist on and get to know Elliott Youngblood and Catherine Calhoun.

Continue reading “All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire | Did I enjoy more the love story or the creepy settings? Or maybe THE twist?”

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi | 20 Things you should know before venturing into Furthermore

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No matter how inviting magical worlds might be, one should never go unprepared and under-informed into the unknown. Especially when the unknown is a large world filled to the brim with mischief, treachery and magical secrets.

But DO NOT FEAR!

It is my job and duty to prepare curious boys and girls like you to the uncontrollable magic of Furthermore, as it is a far more dangerous place than you might let yourself to believe. Continue reading “Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi | 20 Things you should know before venturing into Furthermore”

The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale | The most magical story I’ve ever had a pleasure to read

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No matter how many books I devour every year, it is incredible to see that there are still books out there that are able to amaze me with beautiful, emotional writing, magical settings, and touching events.

This was my first book by Robert Dinsdale and it definitely won’t be the last one! I am still battling with my inner self whether I should add this book to my 2018 favorites list or not. If I would have a “2018 most memorable reads” shelf, it would automatically earn its place there. Continue reading “The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale | The most magical story I’ve ever had a pleasure to read”

Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls | A must-read YA, introducing the suffragette movement to the younger generation

«’It isn’t just about me,’ she said. ‘It’s about us all! All women! How can women live like this? How can women like Mother just go on – not caring?’»

You know how sometimes we read this, seemingly an amazing, book. It covers so many meaningful subjects; has great characters and plot, but for some reasons you are just not feeling it. I’m not sure if that happened to you before, but it certainly is a rare occurance for me and makes my “blogging” life so much more complicated!

I will try to dissect my feelings as thoroughly as possible and maybe we can actually find a reason behind my “low enjoyment level” for this novel. Continue reading “Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls | A must-read YA, introducing the suffragette movement to the younger generation”

Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume | Incredible writing, unfortunately, was not enough

There is probably not a single person out there who read and didn’t like «Harry Potter». J.K. Rowling created one of the most innovative fantasy stories of her time. When it was first released, I was only 6 years old and it was much later, when the story was finally translated to Russian and I was of age to read it that I picked it up.

Everyone talked about it, everyone watched the movies and waited years for the conclusion of this epic adventure. Continue reading “Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume | Incredible writing, unfortunately, was not enough”

Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success by Angela Duckworth | Where I found out that I wasn’t gritty enough to finish this book

We have gathered here tonight (today? depending on where you are at) to talk about Non-fiction!

Usually when I see non-fiction book stands at the stores I automatically turn away and go look for genres I am more interested in, i.e. everything else. But when I saw this book on NetGalley many many months ago, it instantly caught my attention. Who doesn’t want to get into an inner circle of successful people and learn their secrets? I surely did! Continue reading “Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success by Angela Duckworth | Where I found out that I wasn’t gritty enough to finish this book”

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley | A beautifully written novel about love and loss

This is probably one of the most beautiful contemporary books I’ve ever read. And if this is not enough to make you instantly pick up this book, I intend to praise it for another page or two – no matter how long it takes for me to convince you that THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER AND YOU NEED TO READ IT! (Did it work???) Continue reading “Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley | A beautifully written novel about love and loss”

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh | The new series (trilogy?) I already added to my TBR list!

The first time I heard about «Flame in the Mist» by Renée Ahdieh, and I have to be honest here, it did not catch my attention at all. The only thing that interested me was the fact that Renée Ahdieh was already an author to another successful fantasy series (that I unfortunately haven’t read yet! When do I find time to read all of the series I want to read?? When??? )

After a careful thought on the subject and pushing away the terrifying idea of not being able to connect to the Japanese culture, I decided to give it a try. Thank you NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Penguin Young Readers Group for the free ARC of this wonderful novel! As always, it in no way affected my opinion on this book. Continue reading “Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh | The new series (trilogy?) I already added to my TBR list!”

3 Days, 3 Quotes – Day 3

I got so much into the “quote making process” and all photoshop features, that I am feeling quite sad that this tag will be over today. Thank you (once again), Martin @  A Pretty Wonderful Book for tagging me!

I definitely would love to post more amazing quotes and pictures (even though it does take a fair amount of time to create them…).

The Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you,
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day),
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

For today’s quote you all have a privilage to look at my wonderful back on the picture! (just kidding! It is me though).

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For the final three tags!

With Love,

Alex

3 Days, 3 Quotes – Day 1

I was tagged by Martin @ A Pretty Wonderful Book to participate in an amazing tag and share some wonderful quotes from my favourite authors with all of you!

The Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you,
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day),
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

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Fangirl is by far my favourite book I read in 2016! Actually it is one of the reasons why I started and kept writing my blog!

Tag time!

 

With love,

Alex