Wrap-up : July

  
11 books this month!!! Very proud of myself 😀 

🌟A Little Something Different : 4/5

 🌟Since you’ve been gone : 4.5/5

🌟We All Looked Up : 3/5

🌟It’s kind of a funny story : 4/5

🌟This is where it end : 4.5/5

🌟Don’t Ever Change : 2.5/5

🌟Not a Drop to Drink : 4/5

🌟Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1)  :4/5

🌟Siege and Storm (The Grisha trilogy #2) : 4/5

🌟Fairytail Vol 5. and Vol 6. : 4/5

Friday’s recommendation…

… a science-fiction novel.

Title : Proxy by Alex London

My Rating : 5/5

My review : Proxy

Goodreads description : “Knox was born into one of the City’s wealthiest families. A Patron, he has everything a boy could possibly want—the latest tech, the coolest clothes, and a Proxy to take all his punishments. When Knox breaks a vase, Syd is beaten. When Knox plays a practical joke, Syd is forced to haul rocks. And when Knox crashes a car, killing one of his friends, Syd is branded and sentenced to death.

Syd is a Proxy. His life is not his own.
Then again, neither is Knox’s. Knox and Syd have more in common than either would guess. So when Knox and Syd realize that the only way to beat the system is to save each other, they flee. Yet Knox’s father is no ordinary Patron, and Syd is no ordinary Proxy. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test both boys’ resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay. Some debts, it turns out, cannot be repaid.”

The cover :

  

Friday’s Recommendations…

… a classic!

Title : The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

My Rating : 5/5

Goodreads Description : “Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”

The cover :

  

Review : Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

“Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all. Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand. But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….”
  
i have read many, many dystopian books in the last couple pf years, but this one still felt pretty original to me. it’s not like most of them. I absolutely love the concept, i think because it is way more realistic than others. The lack of clean water is something that could easily happen and this is why that book seems more real. Over all, it’s a quiet but fierce little story. Not full of action and horror, but mostly a story of survival. it’s very atmospheric too, you feel alone, you feel lost, you feel isolated. McGinnis way of creating those feelings and this picture of our world was really well done. Her writing style is beautiful, i enjoyed it very much. I also found this story to be very emotional, my heart broke a couple times while following Lynn and her hard life and because of the fate of some people in the story. The characters are interesting. We get a small cast of people who all bring a little something to the story. It was wonderful to see the relationships building between all of them. Lynn was the most fascinating of them all. The way she changes during the story is fantastic. You get to see so many different sides of her. I love how strong she is from the start, but also how she learns to live and not just fight. 

Captivating, fast paced, emotional, this book is so good!

Not A Drop To Drink : 4/5

Review : Don’t Ever Change by M. Beth Bloom

“Sometimes the only way to learn about yourself is to try to change everything about you.
Eva has always wanted to write a modern classic—one that actually appeals to her generation. The only problem is that she’s starting to realize she can’t “write what she knows” because she hasn’t really lived. So the summer before heading off to college, Eva is determined to live a life worth writing about.
But soon Eva’s story starts to go in unexpected directions, like growing apart from her best friends, working at a job she is completely unqualified for, and even falling for the last person she would have ever imagined. Like anyone, though, it will be up to Eva to figure out how she wants this particular chapter in her story to end.”

  
i was so excited about this book, it sounded great and fun, but oh my god, it was annoying…

My biggest problems with this book is Eva, our main character. she is awful. Awful, awful, awful! She is so full of herself, it’s like she’s the queen of the world and everybody else is not important. She’s also very, very judgemental. She thinks pretty much all the people around her are stupid and that she smartest people…… but she is not, she’s just annoying. Even her best friend can’t take it anymore. You know you are a terrible person when even you best friends are sick of your attitude! She is a bad friend too, I don’t understand why they kept her around for so long.

The story itself is ok. nothing really happens, we just follow this terrible girl around during the summer. She don’t do much. The romance was bad. She dates 3 boys during the summer. A bad boy full of clichés, a way too perfect good little boy and the EX of one of her friends, i got bored very fast by all of them. The ending was a bit weird to be honest. it just felt like the story stop without any conclusion. It was the end before anything good could happen.

Overall, this is a book i will fast forget. nothing extraordinary…

Don’t Ever Change : 2.5/5

Review : This is where it ends by Marieke Nijkamp 

“10:00 a.m.

The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
10:02 a.m.

The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
10:03

The auditorium doors won’t open.
10:05

Someone starts shooting.
Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.”

  
-I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

-This book comes out in January 2016

I have so much love for this book. I was not expecting to care so much, or to cry like a baby at the end. but it happenned and it was glorious. The story is simple, a student decides to bring a gun and shoot people at his school, but it is also so much more. This story focus on the relationship of the characters. Family, friendship, lover, it’s all in it, all beautiful and absolutely well done. Nijkamp is capable of making those relationship feel so real. That is one of the reason why I cared so much about the characters, i knew their life, i knew their dreams and feelings. We also get those mini biographies of side characters that made me like them… right before they die. We get to know small parts of some of the victims history and I like that, made it way more interesting and heartbreaking. Yes, my heart was broken in so many ways while reading this book. It was such an emotinal read and it was really well done, i’m so glad i’ve read it. The epilogue was too beautiful to handle, a perfect ending to a fantstic book. The characters are all wonderful. I enjoyed all four POVs, they all bring a little something interesting to the storyline. All of them had their own voice, own fears, own goals, i love them. I think those characters are going to stay with me for a while. The writing was great too, poetic and beautiful with a little bit of sadness. 

Powerful, haunting and heartbreaking, a must read.

This is where it ends : 4.5/5