23 June, 2017

REVIEW: EVERNIGHT by Claudia Gray


Title: Evernight
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Evernight #1
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: 2009
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 327

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Bianca wants to escape.

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him.

"I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.


22 June, 2017

REVIEW: THE LAST VAMPIRE BY CHRISTOPHER PIKE



Title: The Last Vampire
Author: Christopher Pike
Series: -
Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Supernatural
Publisher: Hodder Chrildren‘s Books
Release: Ocbother 6th, 1994
Th, Source:  Paperback
Pages: 193

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Alisa Perne is the last vampire. Beautiful and brilliant, she hunts alone, living among humans, living off humans. But someone is stalking her. Someone wants her dead. And Alisa has a choice to make - to keep a long held promise or protect the mortal she seems to be falling for.


21 June, 2017

20 June, 2017

REVIEW: THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL by Anne Frank


Title: The Diary of a Young Girl
Author:  Anne Frank
Series: -
Genres: Nonfiction, Classics, Holocaust
Publisher: Bantam
Release: 1993
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 283

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Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annexe" of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death.

In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short. 


19 June, 2017

18 June, 2017

REVIEW: TALON by Julie Kagawa


Title: Talon
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Talon #1
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Dragons
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release: 2014
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 449

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Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons. 


17 June, 2017

BLOGGING 101: Should you follow trends and hypes?

I think all book bloggers at some point had a discussion with themselves whether they should follow current trends and hypes of book community. I am no exception. To be completely honest I am not as much involved in community as I used to be so I only catch the biggest things right now. But that is mainly because before I have seen horrible things happening in this generally lovely community and that kinda makes me want to distance yourself a little bit. Whether it is a good idea or not is a discussion for another time, but today I want to talk if you should follow current trends and hypes as a blogger. 

16 June, 2017

REVIEW: GONE by Michael Grant


Title: Gone
Author: Michael Grant
Series: Gone #1
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: 2008
Source: Audiobook/Physical copy
Pages: 560

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In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young.

There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your 15th birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...


15 June, 2017

REVIEW: SLATED by Teri Terry


Title: Slated
Author: Teri Terry
Series: Slated #1
Genres: YA, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release: 2012
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 439

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Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.

She’s been Slated.

The government claims she was a terrorist and that they are giving her a second chance - as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?


14 June, 2017

13 June, 2017

READING DIVERSE: Biracial families and culture


What I learned about biracial families, depression and culture differences.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I must make a confession, when people started to ask for more diversity I kinda thought they don't look around first. I had for some reason an impression that we already had many diverse books. That, however, turned out to be not true. The more I look for diversity in books the more shocked I get. We can find any kind of book with white straight characters. But what if I want to read a fantasy story with a non-white trans character? Even if I look for non-white gay character, it is as difficult to find as a needle in a haystack. When it comes to diversity, there is a lack of it, and it's not just that we have only few, some genres have almost none whatsoever diverse stories. 

And yes I am white straight female and as for representation there is a huge amount of books with characters like me but I do not care for white straight females. I want to learn from books, I want my view and understanding to broader and I want to correct my mistakes. And for that I need diversity!

Everything I Never Told You is a book written by a wonderful author Celeste Ng and was a huge influence on how I see diversity and so I am eager to share my experience with you!

12 June, 2017

11 June, 2017

REVIEW: GRACELING by Kristin Cashore

Title: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
Series: Graceling Realm #1
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Harcourt
Release: 2008
Source: Physical copy/Audiobook
Pages: 471

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SYNOPSIS: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight - she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug.
When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po's friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace - or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...

10 June, 2017

BLOGGING 101: How to read more

Often complain I head whenever people are asked why they don't read is I have no time. However, as a book bloggers we all have to find that time for our lovely books no matter our schedule. You all know I have full time job in the lab as a researcher as well as part time job in different lab but despite this 60-80 hours of work per week I still manage to go to gym/dance practice, film videos and most importantly read. How? That is exactly what I am going to talk about today!

09 June, 2017

REVIEW: THE FIXER by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


Title: The Fixer
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Series: The Fixer #1
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Mystery
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release: 2015
Source: eBook
Pages: 372

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This thriller YA is Scandal meets Veronica Mars.

Sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick has spent her entire life on her grandfather's ranch. But when her estranged sister Ivy uproots her to D.C., Tess is thrown into a world that revolves around politics and power. She also starts at Hardwicke Academy, the D.C. school for the children of the rich and powerful, where she unwittingly becomes a fixer for the high school set, fixing teens’ problems the way her sister fixes their parents’ problems.

And when a conspiracy surfaces that involves the family member of one of Tess's classmates, love triangles and unbelievable family secrets come to light and life gets even more interesting—and complicated—for Tess.

Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Heist Society, readers will be clamoring for this compelling teen drama with a political twist.


08 June, 2017

Martyna's Book Haul!


Hi guys! It's been such a long time since I did a book haul, so today, let's dive in one and see what books I received and got and cannot wait to read!!!


BOOK HAUL

07 June, 2017

06 June, 2017

REVIEW: THE BRONZE HORSEMAN by Paullina Simons


Title: The Bronze Horseman
Author: Paullina Simons
Series: The Bronze Horseman #1
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, War
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Release: 2009
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 810

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The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler's armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.

Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander's impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.


05 June, 2017

MONDAY TRAVEL: OUR FRIENDSHIP WAS TENDER by Paulius Širvys



Happy Monday friends! I hope you are feeling like traveling, cause today, finally we are diving into my native countries poems, literature and my favorite folk stories! I will introduce you to some of my favorite authors, my favorite songs, books, poems and stories!

So today we are in  Lithuania and we will explore:

OUR FRIENDSHIP WAS TENDER



04 June, 2017

REVIEW: CARRIE by Stephen King



Title: Carrie
Author: Stephen King
Series: -
Genres: Horror, Fiction, Supernatural
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release: 2007
Source: Paperback
Pages: 242


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Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed... But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction...


03 June, 2017

02 June, 2017

REVIEW: WINDS OF SALEM by Melissa de la Cruz


Title: Winds of Salem
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Series: The Beauchamp Family #3
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Witches
Publisher: Hyperion
Release: 2013
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 288

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Freya Beauchamp is trapped in 1692, in Salem of all places, with no recollection of her past. A powerful enemy spell has sent her spiraling away so that she is separated by centuries from her mother, Joanna, and sister, Ingrid. This is not good news for a twenty-first-century witch. Not to mention the immediate threat she faces from the wealthy and influential Putnam family. When little Annie Putnam is one of the first to make accusations of witchcraft, her landowner father jumps at the opportunity to consolidate his power and expand his holdings in Puritan Salem Town. If Freya is caught using magic, she will be forced to relive the witch trials, and this time, her immortality will be in question. Meanwhile, twenty-first-century North Hampton has its own snares. Joanna and Norm consult the Oracle for advice, and Freddie and his pixie allies search for a missing totem that could reopen the passages of time and help bring his sister home. When Ingrid bumps into an old flame, she finds that her new love for Detective Matt Noble is in doubt. Moving between past and present, with dizzying plot twists and page-turning suspense, Winds of Salem is sure to bewitch fans old and new.


01 June, 2017

REVIEW: SERPENT'S KISS by Melissa de la Cruz


Title: Serpent's Kiss
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Series: The Beauchamp Family #2
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Witches
Publisher: Sphere 
Release: 2012
Source: Audiobook
Pages: 384

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Just as things have settled down in the off-the-map Long Island town of North Hampton for the magical Beauchamp family, everything gets turned upside down once more when Freya's twin brother Fryr, or "Freddie" as he's called now, returns from Limbo with shocking news - that it was none other than Freya's fiancé, Killian Gardiner, who set up his downfall.
He begs Freya to keep his presence a secret, even from their own family, but somehow the irascible Freddie is still able to conduct many affairs with the town's young lovelies from his self-imposed exile. Until he falls for the wrong girl.

While Freya tries to keep her brother from exacting revenge on the man she loves, Ingrid has her own problems. Her human boyfriend, Matt Noble, becomes entangled in a complicated investigation, and when the magical creatures at the center of it come to Ingrid for help, she has a difficult choice to make.

To top it off, a dead spirit is trying to make contact with Joanna - but does it mean to harm or warn the witches? All hell breaks loose at the family reunion over Thanksgiving, and much mayhem ensues, but when the culprit behind Freddie's imprisonment is finally revealed, it may already be too late to staunch the poison that's been released by the serpent's kiss.