Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Get To Know Me Tag #2

Hi there!
Thanks for stopping by again.

Doing the Get To Know Me Tag last month was so much fun!!
I'm going to try and do this regularly.
I chose 8 new questions to answer about me, so you can get to know the person behind the blog.
I'll end this post by telling you the next physical book I'm going to read.

If you have questions for next time, leave them in the comments!!

Thanks for reading and have a nice day 💛

  • What is your favorite perfume?
    I like sweet sentences a lot. Bruno Banani, Jimmy Choo with Flash or Britney Spears are very nice. There is one perfume that totally fits me. There is a funny story behind this one; I got a sample for a perfume once and I put it on. I LOVE to bake, and this perfume has all kinds of vanilla extracts in it, so my boyfriend said: "You smell like the stuff you bake, this fits you." I was like; YES! This is my new favorite one so I bought it. It's called Want from Dsquared.
  • What sports do you play/have you played?
    I've been playing handball for 14 years with swimming and running next to it. I quit next year and went to the gym with running next to it as well, but I quit the gym. I got back problems from the machines and I'm planning on picking up handball again after summer break! I miss it so much!!
    (It's me in green on the photo.)

  • What is your favorite movie?
    It's like asking my favorite book, but I didn't want to do that to myself. Movies I can do.. I was asked this question a couple of days ago as well and I noticed that I really like Disney movies! I really like Brother Bear, Beauty and the Beast, Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Pirates of the Caribbean. Paranormal Activity was pretty creepy as well, but only the first movie. I slept with the lights on for 3 months after that... And I totally love Silent Hill, watched that one maybe 80 times already! (I like to exaggerate).
  • What is your favorite restaurant?
    I'm a pretty big sushi fan. I love it so much. I try to eat it once a month and totally fell in love with it when I was in Chicago. Fortunately I have friends who also LOVE sushi, so we can share this passion pretty often. Yay!
  • What do you do for a living?
    I'm a fulltime teacher, usually 40 hours as week. I'm teaching group 4 and 5 in The Netherlands. That would be 2nd and 3rd grade in the American School System. I have 29 kids in my classroom right now and in The Netherlands you teach them all the subjects they need all year long. The kids in my classroom get the following subjects: Maths, Handwriting, Grammar, Gymnastics, Reading, Dutch (speaking and writing), Technical Reading, Geography, Biology, History, Music, Drama, Drawing and Arts. I also teach them about the Catholic believes, traffic and speaking for a group of people.
  • What are your hobbies?
    I like working out, but I'm lazy as F... So usually I tell myself to work out and don't do it. I had so much more fun playing handball, so I really want to play again! I like to bake, especially a nice warm pie in winter, but also cupcakes and cookies. Traveling is my one big passion. Exploring and finding beautiful places is great! And reading of course.. I also like to go out, go out as in; Do fun things with people. Go to a movie, theater, restaurant, a park or something like that.
    (This is a picture of me camping in Sweden).

  • What are some of your favorite TV-shows?
    I've watched EVERYTHING from Desperate Housewives, 24 and Sons of Anarchy, so sad those series ended. Definitely not gonna watch the 24 spin-off, by the way. Gonna miss Jack Bauer too much! I LOVE Grey's Anatomy and Game of Thrones. The Walking Dead is a series I like as well. Broadchurch is great too!! Vikings is a series I also follow pretty active as well as Suits. Can you keep up?
  • What is your favorite holiday?
    CHRISTMAS!! I love it so much. I would love it if every day was Christmas!

And the book I'm about to pick up..
Detective Helen Grace has never seen such destruction. Six fires in twenty-four hours. Two people dead. Several more injured. It's as if someone wants to burn the city to the ground...
With the whole town on high alert, Helen and her team must sift through the rubble to find the arsonist, someone whose thirst for fire - and control - is reducing entire lives to ashes.
One misstep could mean Helen's career - and more lives lost. And as the pressure mounts and more buildings burn, Helen's own dark impulses threaten to consume her...

Do you have a question for me to answer in the next Get To Know Me Tag?
Leave it in the comments!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Review (re-read) (SPOILERS): A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Started reading: June 9th 2017
Finished the book: June 17th 2017
Pages: 626
Genres: Fantasy
Published: May 3rd 2016
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.73
My score:

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

My thoughts
YES! I love this series so much, it's my favorite ever. I'm a total fangirl and don't EVER tell me something is wrong with this series. I turn into that girl that grows fangs within the second. I can't even write about this book without spoilers. So if you haven't read this second book, DON'T keep reading, just... Go into your reading corner and read this book. NOW! And then come back to fangirl together with me, please.

  • Rhysand: I'm so dayum much team Rhysand. He's definitely my book crush and he's such a great character. Totally putting himself aside for all the people in his life he loves and wants to protect. This whole tough guy, shattering minds is one big mask and he is great at keeping the mask on. But when this mask comes of.. Ooh dayum YES! He's so sweet, funny, sexy, loving, caring, strong.. Do I need to keep going? 
  • Build up to final chapters: The story build-up is SO STRONG. You get to know the Night Court, get to know Rhysand and his inner circle. There are problems, big problems coming. The story is never dull for a moment and it builds up to some great final chapters. The first book left me crying, this second book left me LAUGHING LIKE AN EVIL PERSON. The final sentence. "And so Tamlin unwittingly led the High Lady of the Night Court into the heart of his territory." Hell yeah give me MORE.
  • Feelings: So many many feelings. Having Feyre shattered, sacred and full of terror at first. Being pushed and loved by Rhysand and his inner circle, Feyre gets to know herself much better. She is loved for who she is, so she can love again as well. The feelings that go with this transformation, and the feelings between Rhysand and Feyre are so strong and well written.
  • Feyre: Feyre is my HEROINE. She is fierce and strong without herself even knowing it. She's smart, loving and she has this foul mouth which has me laughing every time. She is the best.
  • Feyre AND Rhysand: Two of my favorite characters ever, teasing each other, provoking each other. Writing notes and being smart together. Reading each other's minds.. I NEVER want those two to break up, EVER. Don't do it to me please. I'm so scared to read the third book.....

Go. Away.

I'm sure I will read this book again. It's so well thought through with characters that feel alive, that have personalities with such depth. The endings of these books leave me shattered, crying or laughing like a maniac every time. I'm so scared for the third book. So scared to lose my beloved characters...

Other opinions about this book
"The erotically charged lead-up to the romantic storyline's climaxes (pun intended) adds stakes to the cliffhanger. Hits the spot for fans of dark, lush, sexy, fantasy."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Maas lets the relationship dynamics change organically, and her talent for creating chemistry between her characters (including some fiery sexual encounters) is as strong as ever. Maas gives Feyre the space to regain her agency and prove herself the equal of any High Lord, resulting in an immersive, satisfying read."
- Publishers weekly.

Memorable quotes from this book
"He thinks he'll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out."

"When you spend so long trapped in darkness, Lucien, you find that the darkness begins to stare back."

"To the stars who listen - and the dreams that are answered."

Did you read this series already? What is your opinion? Do you plan to read it if you haven't?


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review: A Temporary Thing

Author: Gil Miller
Started reading: June 8th 2017
Finished the book: June 9th 2017
Pages: 180
Genres: Crime, Fiction
Published: January 21st 2016
Source: Got a digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough reviews
My score:
When Lyle Villines learns his daughter has leukemia, he searches for a way to pay the huge medical bills that come with the condition. In desperation, he takes a well-paying, under-the-table job driving a delivery van. He doesn't know what the cargo is, but the pay is enough to make him ignore that for the sake of his child. Lyle questions his decision when he's hijacked on the interstate and left alive only so he can deliver a message to his employer. Turns out the load wasn't exactly legal. Nor was it insured, meaning he will have to pay for the loss by taking on a new job-cooking meth. Not only does it pay better, his boss says, it keeps him off the road. When Lyle objects, he's given a simple choice. He can either take the opportunity, or his family will suffer. Faced with no other option, the only thing to do is follow orders... and hope he can get out alive.

My thoughts
I didn't really had expectations when started this book. It felt like Breaking Bad pretty quickly. Lyle is a nice main character who can make you understand what he feels and why he makes certain choices. I found the story to be pretty predictable and the end felt rushed for me. I did read this story within a day, so it got me hooked and it was a nice, short read.

  • Final sentence: The title of this book totally snapped in place with the final sentence. That was such a strong part of this book that left me fulfilled and pleased with this final sentence. I totally believe first sentences and last sentences can be pretty important for a book. This book finished with a great one!
  • Fast paced: The story starts right away and keeps going at a nice fast pace. There is never a dull moment and it feels like Lyle is actually telling you about this time in his life. For me the book could even use more length, I'd love to read more, that's a good thing!
  • Reflective character: Like I said above, Lyle can make you understand what he feels and why he makes certain choices. He is great at reflecting on his own behavior and other people's behavior. Sometimes he's maybe a bit naive and impulsive in the way he does things, but the strong thing is that he knows this about himself and is not afraid to say so.
  • Spoken language: The story is written as a spoken language. It's like Lyle is talking; instead of nothing, it says "nothin". I get that this is probably the way Lyle pronounces his words and I totally understand that it should add to the story and maybe was a choice of the author, but it distracted me. Every time a word was written in spoken language I was thinking it over and I looked up different words on the Internet, because English is not my native language. So I kept wondering; "Is this how you spell this word?" And then I would look it up and got distracted.
  • Rushed story: I felt this book could use more pages. At some point in the story it felt rushed. Things go so fast that you can't adapt to the new situation. The story was enjoyable and I'm sure that a couple of chapters extra would still make this a nice and quick read. I love the fast paced way the story is written, but at some point, after 50% things started to feel rushed.
  • Abrupt ending: The book ends very abrupt for me. I don't want to spoil anything so I can't say too much, but the ending deserved more, except for the nice final sentence.
A nice crime story for fans of Breaking Bad. A great reflective and caring character. A fast paced story that will not be dull for a moment. And if you like crime, you should give this short story a try!

Memorable quotes from this book
"People are funny sometimes, and that includes me. Every now and then we do or don't do something and we can't explain it, not even to ourselves. But do it anyway."

Do you have a favorite sentence at the beginning or end from a book?