Review : The Ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman

“Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.” (Goodreads)

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I had no idea what i was getting into when i first opened this book. The only thing i needed to know was that Neil Gaiman wrote it. So far, everything i have read by Neil Gaiman was a magical ride. Magical. That’s the perfect word to describe this book. Not only is the writing beautiful (like always, Gaiman is a wonderful writer!), but the story was such a fun adventure! It was full of interesting ideas and great moments. I love the way he talks about dreams and fears using the point of view of a child.
This book is like a small legend. The story is full of mysteries and questions. We don’t have the answers and we don’t need them. All you need is a bit of imagination and to open your mind to a world of magic. Enjoy the ride.

The Ocean at the end of the lane : 4.5/5

Review : Carrie by Stephen King

“An unpopular teenage girl whose mother is a religious fanatic is tormented and teased to the breaking point by her more popular schoolmates and uses her hidden telekinetic powers to inflict a terrifying revenge.” (Goodreads)

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I’ve forgot how much i love Stephen King. So, from the very start of the book you know something bad is going to happen. I like it when a book does that, it makes you want to keep on reading. I knew already how the story would end, i’ve seen the movie, but i was still curious about King’s ending. Loved it. it’s told from multiple point of view and i found that to be very interesting. I also really enjoyed the excerpts from articles written about the incident, the parts of books and interrogations of some of the characters after the prom night. All this made Carrie a very suspenseful book. The storyline was great and original. Very dark. The characters were okay, you mostly feel really bad for all of them at the end.

Carrie : 4/5

Updates

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Hey guys, just wanted to say i’m sorry that i’m pretty quiet lately. I’m back to Uni and i work a lot, so i’m super busy. I also don’t really feel like posting reviews of books i’m reading for school. I don’t think it would be that intersting.
I’m still posting a lot on my instagram and twitter. And you can always check out what i’m currently reading on goodreads. my username is ZombiieeX on all 3

I’ll try to post reviews of books i have read in the past (before i started the blog). I also want to watch more book to movie adaptations.
Don’t worry, i’m still around, just a bit busy.
Also, thanks to all of the new followers. It makes me really happy.

Movie : The Maze Runner (2014)

“If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.” (Goodreads)

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First, i have to say that i am not the biggest Maze Runner fan. I didn’t hate the book, i just didn’t enjoy it that much.
I think same goes for the movie. I liked it more than the book, but it wasn’t flawless. I still think the characters are a bit empthy and that Thomas is really annoying.
Some parts of the storyline are a bit weak, but i think they did a good job with this adaptation. The movie is well done and interesting.

The Maze Runner : 3/5

Review : The Drop by Michael Connelly

“Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter possibility could compromise all of the lab’s DNA cases currently in court. Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving’s son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch’s longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation. Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown in the city for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department.” (Goodread)

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This is a book i had to read for Uni annnnnnd i thought it was pretty boring. First of all, the main character was awful. I hate how he thinks he is better than all the other cops. Most of the other characters were pretty dull. I didn’t care at all about them.
The storyline was okay. I felt like everything came a bit to easily and some were kind of obvious.
Maybe it’s only because it’s not my favorite type of book, but The Drop didn’t made it for me.

The Drop : 2/5

Review : Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.
This is not that world.
Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is–and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.
While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.
But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?” (Goodreads)

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GOSH Karou is such an amazing character. She is badass and a very stronge heroine. I looooove her so much! Oh, and we need to talk about Zuzana! She is so great and fun. Her friendship with Karou is A+. Also, the villains in this book are excellent. I love how there is no good and no bad sides, both Karou’s and Akiva’s sides are not perfect. The story is super intense. It’s fast-paced. I LOVE Laini Taylor’s writing!

Days of Blood & Starlight : 4/5

Wrap-up : summer 2014

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I’m going back to Uni tomorrow. So, i guess summer is really over now 😦
But i have read some pretty good books and i wanted to share with you some of my favorite!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer : “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.”

Alienated by Melissa Landers : Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.
Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket. Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking. But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.”

Don’t look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout : 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?

hexed by Michelle Krys : Indigo Blackwood has it made – a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?
But when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world, she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. The fate of every witch on the planet is in her hands. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.
Forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.

daughter of smoke and bone by laini taylor : Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out. When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?