Monday, August 14, 2017

Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4)


Author: J.K. Rowling
Started reading: July 27th 2017
Finished the book: July 30th 2017
Pages: 617
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Adventure
Published: September 28th 2002
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.53
My score:
Synopsis
"There will be three tasks, spaced throughout the school year, and they will test the champions in many different ways... their magical prowess - their daring - their powers of deduction - and, of course, their ability to cope with danger."
The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!


My thoughts
YAY! Another Harry Potter review. I LOOOVVEE these books. The movies are actually pretty good, but the books are even better (as usual). So many funny moments, little remarks and extra storylines that the moviemakers are not capable of putting in the movies. Also; If they'd tried, the movies would probably be 5 hours long.
I read the last part of the book together with my boyfriend, it's so much fun to read together with someone and share my Harry Potter love.

Pros
  • Actual danger: So the previous books contained a younger Harry and in this book he's really growing up. Being in love and asking girls to a ball are totally happening in this book. The fact that Harry is growing up, also means that the book starts to contain actual danger and not only in the form of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. His followers are a pretty big part in this book as well, times are getting darker...
  • Ready for next book: The final chapter is called; The Beginning. This is enough information for me. SO READY FOR THE NEXT BOOK! Things are just getting started...
  • Great plot, again: It's something you're getting used to when reading a Harry Potter book. I already knew about the plot before reading it but I actually couldn't remember some parts of the plot because it was so genius. I remembered little parts, but the book creates even more layers to it, even if you have seen the movies!
  • More spells, creatures, teachers: More, more, more!! More spells, creatures and new teachers. Every book I'm more excited to get to know new teachers, learn new spells and learn more about different creatures, especially from Hagrid!
  • Shit gets real, dude: So yeah.. Pretty important characters actually DIE in this book. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named felt like a bit of a danger in previous books, but darker magic is totally happening now and it makes me STOKED for the next books. That's what I'm talking about; SHIT GETS REAL! (Pardon my French).

Cons
No mischief managed.

Overall
I still hope to persuade the people who haven't read Harry Potter to read the books! Just do it, just pick up the first and you'll be hooked! After this fourth book, things get real and you just want to know what is coming.
Even if you've watched the movies, the books add even more to fangirl over. More creatures, more characters, little extra storylines. You will not be disappointed!

Did you watch any movies, read any books? Plan to read them?!

  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review: The Mercenary (The War Chronicles, #1)


Author: Petra Landon
Started reading: July 24th 2017
Finished the book: July 27th 2017
Pages: 175
Genres: Science Fiction, Romance
Published: August 25th 2017
Source: Got a digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:
Synopsis
In a far corner of the galaxy, a deadly war rages on. The Budheya people are one of the worst affected. Once the most advanced civilization in the quadrant, they now struggle under the cruel yoke of Ketaari occupation.

Saakshi, a Budheya girl imprisoned by the Ketaari Imperial Forces, is sent to a distant space station to work as a server girl in an alehouse. For a girl who has known only hardship in her short life, things could be worse. Until an old foe from the past walks into the alehouse. Alone, friendless and far from home, desperation forces her to turn to an unlikely source for assistance. Zoran is Hadari’Kor, notorious across star systems for their prowess in battle. Their reputation as nomadic mercenaries who owe allegiance to none and only fight for hire make people wary of tangling with them.

The fallout from this improbable alliance between a Budheya rebel and the Hadari’Kor mercenary reverberates across space. Old assumptions are broken and new partnerships between unlikely allies forged. Through the minefield of shifting alliances, Zoran must fight to protect Saakshi from a relentless enemy. When passion flames amidst the embers of a smoldering war, will one warrior’s quest for justice being a mighty Empire to it’s knees…

My thoughts
So glad to have my hands on another Petra Landon book! Her first book The Prophecy was a great book and I had high expectations for this book as well. I have to say; Petra Landon did not let me down! The Prophecy is categorized as Fantasy and this one is in the Science Fiction genre and I'm blown away on how well Petra Landon can handle both these genres. The worldbuilding in her books are amazing! Don't forget to check back on August 27th, when I will organize a Giveaway for The Mercenary!

Pros
  • Couldn't put it away: I read this book WAAAAYYY past my bedtime. I was on vacation when I took this book with me and I remember one evening when I was reading this book in front of my tent. It was around 11 PM and I was exhausted so I told my boyfriend that I was going to bed. I took the book with me and decided to read some pages. I remember my boyfriend also going to bed, falling asleep and when I checked the clock it was 2 AM! I did not want to put the book down.. But yeah.. Bedtime was calling for me! I love it when a book just pulls you in, makes you forget time and makes you read past your bedtime.
  • Great world building: I expected great worldbuilding after reading The Prophecy and I was not disappointed. This whole world, all the races and tribes and language, it all comes from Petra Landon's mind. It's incredible and believable at the same time. It's so nice when a book introduces you to a whole new world that you're eager on exploring!
  • Is there more to come?! Since the book is called War Chronicles #1, I'm pretty sure there is more to come and I NEEEEDDD more to come. I was kinda sad that the book was over already and I don't feel ready to say goodbye to this new world with all its inhabitants.
  • Listened to advice: I have to give Petra Landon a lot of credits. The way she handles feedback, positive remarks as well as criticism is admirable. After my last review for The Prophecy we just kicked it off and had a lot of contact, but I can tell that she took my criticism by heart and actually did something with it. I'm not telling you that every author should listen to the things I have to say, but some authors don't even thank you after writing a review and the way Petra Landon handles her contacts is very professional and not like any I have seen before.
Cons
  • Liked more background: I would have LOVED to learn more about the history in this world. The little bits and pieces of history left me craving for more and I got very curious, especially about the rebellion. I would've loved to know more about Saakshi's life before being imprisoned. I really hope I'll get even more background stories and history in the next book(s).
  • No flaws in main characters: I sometimes felt like Saakshi and Zoran were (too) perfect, both as individuals but as well in their relationship. (Sorry that I won't stop comparing this book to The Prophecy). But, in The Prophecy, for example, I felt like the Alpha Protector did have flaws in his personality, which made him even more realistic. I hope to learn more about Saakshi and Zoran's personalities in next books, not only the good things, give me the flaws as well!
Overall
If I'm honest... I can't imagine Petra Landon NOT becoming a bestselling author one day. I highly advise anyone who likes Fantasy/Sci-Fi to pick up one of her books and keep your eyes open for her new books. This is a very professional author whose strength is the worldbuilding which totally comes from her imagination. If you're a sucker for some good romance, action and great worldbuilding you should pick up this book.
I will not stop reading these books, talking about these books, promoting these books. Petra Landon deserves huge audiences reading her books, so I really hope to persuade some people to just try one of her books!


Hope I convinced you to read one of Petra's novels!?


 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Review: No Time To Say Goodbye


Author: Bill Adler Jr.
Started reading: July 27th 2017
Finished the book: July 27th 2017
Pages: 50
Genres: Science Fiction, Short Story
Published: April 1st 2017
Source: Got a physical copy from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:
Synopsis
Yesterday, all Dennis Tanner wanted was to love his wife, Rachel, and to be the best doctor he could. Today, all Dennis wants is to stop traveling forward in time, before the woman he loves, his friends, and his entire world are gone.

Will Dennis discover the answer to why he’s been traveling into the future? Will he finally be able to stop or will he continue to travel, alone and bereft, until time itself ends?

No Time to Say Goodbye is a gripping novella about one man’s desperate attempt to hold onto love and life no matter what happens, no matter where—or when—he is.


My thoughts
It's pretty hard to rate a book that only took you an hour to finish. The story is short, but very enjoyable! I wanted to give the book 3 apples, but I just really enjoyed it, so it will be 4 apples. If the book was longer, I would've given it 5 apples, because the main character is likeable and the story is written pretty well!

Pros
  • Characters: The story is mainly about Dennis Tanner, who all of a sudden starts traveling through time without him knowing it. He is living together with his wife Rachel. Dennis is a rational person and I like the way he is trying to solve his problem. I love both Dennis and Rachel as individual characters, but their chemistry together is awesome as well!
  • What is happening!? I really had no idea what was happening and let myself just be sucked right into the story. I couldn't think of a rational explanation for what was happening and I really like the mysterious vibe that plays along the whole book. The ending was pretty satisfying as well!
  • Getting thrown right in: There is no stalling, you get thrown right in from the beginning of the book. It's build up in a great way. The time traveling starts with small bits and pieces but spins out of control pretty fast as well. I really like the build-up!
  • Needed more: 50 pages is just too short.. I want more, in this book and others after this as well!
Cons
  • Wish it was longer: This story easily could have been longer. At some point in the book Dennis just skips from time to time and keeps traveling into the future. It would've been nice having him longer in between the time traveling, just to explore the world he's in right now. This is not my decision to make, of course, but 50 pages are finished pretty quickly.
  • Gaps are too short: Like I just said; at some point Dennis just keeps traveling and the time in between is so short, too short to my opinion. I would've loved to know where in time Dennis was and what the world looked like at that point. It got me a bit frustrated, because Bill Adler Jr. proves himself to have enough fantasy to tell me more about the time and place.
Overall
If you have the time; just pick up this book! It will take you maybe an hour to finish, but it's pretty awesome. It's creative and fast paced and full of mystery! I just wished it was longer and I hope that maybe a sequel will be written...

Other opinions about this book
"Adler writes a compelling sci-fi narrative, with the reader as eager as Dennis to figure out what's happening."
- Kirkus

"A great read for fans of time travel."
- Books a Plenty

What's your opinion on short stories?

  

Friday, August 11, 2017

Cover Reveal: The Mercenary by Petra Landon

Hi there,
So.. This is the first ever Cover Reveal here on Bite Into Books.
I don't plan to do a lot of those, but there is this one author that I can't refuse!
I'm talking about the awesome Petra Landon.
Her new book, The Mercenary will be published on August 25th!


I've first read her book The Prophecy and after that I hosted a Giveaway.
Since then I've been having contact with Petra and her next book The Mercenary is just what I expected after The Prophecy; A great book with the necessary romantical vibes!
My review for The Mercenary will be online this Sunday and a Giveaway will be hosted August 27th, here on Bite Into Books, where you can win 1 physical copy, and also 4 e-books are ready to be given away!

So.. About the book!

Author: Petra Landon
Genres: Science Fiction, Romance
Published: August 25th 2017
Synopsis
In a far corner of the galaxy, a deadly war rages on. The Budheya people are one of the worst affected. Once the most advanced civilization in the quadrant, they now struggle under the cruel yoke of Ketaari occupation.

Saakshi, a Budheya girl imprisoned by the Ketaari Imperial Forces, is sent to a distant space station to work as a server girl in an alehouse. For a girl who has known only hardship in her short life, things could be worse. Until an old foe from the past walks into the alehouse. Alone, friendless and far from home, desperation forces her to turn to an unlikely source for assistance. Zoran is Hadari’Kor, notorious across star systems for their prowess in battle. Their reputation as nomadic mercenaries who owe allegiance to none and only fight for hire make people wary of tangling with them.

The fallout from this improbable alliance between a Budheya rebel and the Hadari’Kor mercenary reverberates across space. Old assumptions are broken and new partnerships between unlikely allies forged. Through the minefield of shifting alliances, Zoran must fight to protect Saakshi from a relentless enemy. When passion flames amidst the embers of a smoldering war, will one warrior’s quest for justice being a mighty Empire to it’s knees…



Check out this hot sci-fi romance and don't forget to return for my review this Sunday or for the Giveaway on August 27th!

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review: We Are All Made of Stars


Author: Rowan Coleman
Started reading: July 23rd 2017
Finished the book: July 24th 2017
Pages: 432
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Published: January 28th 2016
Source: Borrowed from library
Goodreads score: 4.09
My score:
Synopsis
Stella Carey has good reason to only work nights at the hospice where she is a nurse. Married to a war veteran who has returned from Afghanistan brutally injured, Stella leaves the house each night as Vincent locks himself away, unable to sleep due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

During her nights at the hospice, Stella writes letters for her patients, detailing their final wishes, thoughts and feelings – from how to use a washing machine, to advice on how to be a good parent – and posts them after their death.
That is until Stella writes one letter that she feels compelled to deliver in time, to give her patient one final chance of redemption...


My thoughts
This is a book where you just... *sigh* when you've finished it. I loved the book. Have been near to tears at various points. It's full of feelings and love. It's highly unique with all the letters in between. It's so inspiring to read what a person would tell a loved one when he/she died.

Pros
  • The Feelz: If you like a book with, so called, ALLTHEFEELZ you should definitely read this one. It was heartbreaking and tear jerking but gave me a warm feeling as well. What we people are willing to do for love...
  • Ending: The book has 3 different storylines and the ending was satisfying for me, in every storyline. It's always a great feeling when a standalone ends in a way that you are content with it.
  • Letters in between: The unique part about this book is all the different letters that are in between the chapters. Some letters are actually relevant to the story, but others are from people who died in the hospice were Stella works. It's a pretty emotional ride, to read the last thing someone wanted to tell their loved ones.
  • Stella: This woman is STRONG and KIND. She is ready to fight for what she's worth. I loved her. She has all those great characteristics, but Rowan Coleman made her human as well. Stella makes mistakes, cries, get's frustrated, but is still willing to do everything for love. She is definitely a character that will stick with me!
Cons
You tell me.

Overall
A great feel-good story including the not-feeling-so-good parts. I rushed through by the way, finished it within a day. The letters in this book are unique and this book is definitely an emotional rollercoaster ride. I totally recommend this book if you like romance, fiction, and allthefeelz.
So satisfying...

Other opinions about this book
"A beautiful web of a book that reminds us of how we are all connected, and how to die - and live - without regrets. Is that a tear in my eye? No, that's a tear in your eye."
- Jody Picoult

"Coleman uses several voices and perspectives to turn a potentially dark story into one filled with light. Fans of Jojo Moyes will love this beautifully written, deeply engaging novel that understands death and celebrates life."
- Booklist

"Coleman has written a poignant story that examines the value of life, love, and forgiveness... A tear-jerking but ultimately uplifting story."
- Kirkus Reviews

Memorable quotes from this book
"The feeling of how much I loved you almost drowned me - it was like I couldn't catch my breath."

"And that's what it's about, isn't it? Love? Love's about making it last, making it stick, making it count - even when it hurts, when times are hard, when people change, when life changes them. If you love someone, then you have to want to love them, whoever they are."

"You can't worry about the rest of the world, never mind the rest of the universe. All you can do is look to your left and your right and try to be kind to whoever is there."

Did you already read this book, or do you want to read it?

  

Monday, August 7, 2017

Review: Little Boy Blue (Helen Grace #5)

Author: M.J. Arlidge
Started reading: July 18th 2017
Finished the book: July 23rd 2017
Pages: 368
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Published: March 10th 2016
Source: Received from a friend
Goodreads score: 4.23
My score:
Synopsis
In the darkest corners of the city, there is a thriving nightlife where people can let loose and cross the lines of work and play, of pleasure and pain. But now that sanctuary has been breached. A killer has struck and a man is dead.
In a world where disguises and discretion are the norm, one admission could unravel a life. No one wants to come forward to say what they saw or what they know—including the woman heading the investigation: Detective Helen Grace.
Helen knew the victim. And the victim knew her—better than anyone else. And when the murderer strikes again, Helen must decide how many more lines she’s willing to cross to bring in a devious and elusive serial killer...


My thoughts
This series definitely gets better with the books to come. This book is so different from the other books, especially the ending... Won't spoil anything, but I highly recommend reading this series! I also have to mention that BDSM is involved in this book, so you know what you're getting into. Also; DON'T read the synopsis for book 6, totally contains spoilers.

Pros
  • Genius plot: This was AWESOME. Can't describe it any other way. The plot is the best and I love the way this books ends. A lot of authors would probably be scared to "go there" but M.J. Arlidge totally does it and is not scared to put his main character through a lot of stress and hardship.
  • Need to read previous books: People read series to follow up on the characters they start to love. This series needs you to read the books that came before, because events from the past are very important. I like the way an author "rewards" you for reading the previous books by involving important people and events from the past.
  • Helen Grace: This book shows a more human Helen Grace. It felt like she was a superstar in the previous books and nothing could harm her, but in this book she goes through a tough time. I loved to experience her other, more vulnerable side. I didn't always think she made the right decisions, which made her even more human.
  • I need the next book: THIS ENDING. One of the best endings ever. So sad that I read the synopsis of the sixth book, before ending this one. I already knew how it was gonna end, but it gave me goosebumps anyway. Such a clever plot. You're like: "It's not gonna end that way, right? It's gonna be okay, right?" And then... WHAT HAPPENED THERE?! The final sentence, so good, again. GIVE ME THE NEXT BOOOKK!
Cons
Only the fact that I have to wait for the next book until November...

Overall
This is a great series that makes you care for Helen Grace, her friends and her co-workers. This book is very different from the other books in this series, which makes it refreshing to keep reading this series. The endings in these books are some of the best that I've seen. The fourth book had a great ending, but this one is even better. I crave those books that destroy you in the end...

Other opinions about this book
"Helen, who bears both physical and emotional scars, emerges as one of crime fiction's most compelling detectives."
- Publishers Weekly

"Expertly pulled off. It has a devious premise. DI Helen Grace is fiendishly awesome. It's scary as all hell. And it has a full cast of realistically drawn, interesting characters that make the thing read like a bullet."
- Will Lavender

"A fast-paced, twisting police procedural and thriller that's sure to become another bestseller."
- Huffington Post

Did you read anything from this series? Let me know!

  

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Review: How Ornithology Saved My Life

Author: Michael H Bernhart
Started reading: July 16th 2017
Finished the book: July 21st 2017
Pages: 232
Genres: Action, Fiction
Published: June 17th 2016
Source: Got a physical copy from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:
Synopsis
Life doesn't seem to get any easier for Maxwell Smythe Brown IV. He thought he could settle down with his soul mate, Sally, but the thugs who once worked for Indian intelligence are on his trail with both money and mayhem on their minds. Set on a pleasant resort island off Holland's coast, this, the second installment chronicling Brown's travails, finds him questioning his value and his values. Drawing on rusty skills - and a trick he learned from a bird - he tries to protect himself and those he loves from a determined and vengeful gang who torture and behead for sport.


My thoughts
I liked reading a book about The Netherlands from another person's point of view. The way the things go in The Netherlands were very recognizable. I liked to read some of the language and about the landscape as well. The setting is what made the book for me.

Pros
  • Sally: Sally is one badass woman! She is fierce, witty and knows exactly what she wants. I liked her better than the main person, Maxwell, who has a bit of a temper. Sally was the rational person and I like how she adds to the personality of Maxwell.
  • Action: This book is full of action. A lot is happening and going on and I do think that the book is exactly as long as it should be. Around 200 pages is good, this makes it not too long and not too short for everything to happen.
  • Netherlands: This is my country and I've lived there all my life. The research that had to be done to write this book, was properly done! The language, the police forces and the way the government works, as well as the landscape, everything matches! If you're curious about The Netherlands or if you're from The Netherlands; this is a nice and unique setting!
  • Clever plan: The end of the book was a surprise for me. Maxwell and Sally were in a situation that was a hard one to get out, as far as I could see. Maxwell proves himself clever and has a great plan that slowly clicks into place!
Cons
  • Death's so easy: Right at the beginning of the book, Maxwell's parents are involved in a tragic fire. The way Maxwell copes with this felt very weird to me. He lacks feelings whatsoever towards his parents and at some point has to make tough decisions about his father who is in the hospital.. Where were the feelings?! It was all so easy and almost forgotten after those first few chapters..
  • Mom's notes: At the beginning of each chapter, you read Mom's notebook about Native Americans. I don't get the relation with Maxwell, his family or The Netherlands and I felt like this didn't really add anything to the story. Maybe I didn't interpret it right..?

Overall
Finally a book that takes place in my country, written in a different language than Dutch, yay! The setting is what made the book for me. I love that I can see that this author has done research and knows what he's talking about. The action, fast pacing and clever plot made this a nice read.
Spread The Netherlands Love! 

Other opinions about this book
"A deceptively enjoyable book."
- Adam Robinson, author of Adam Robinson and Other Poems

"This book is the pony you were promised, but don't deserve."
- Jim Ruland, author of Forest of Fortune

"I always felt Dr. Bernhart was too good looking to write something this brilliant."
- Michael Fitzgerald, author of Radiant Days

Have you read something about The Netherlands?

  

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Summervacation!

Hi there!

As a teacher, my summer vacation is the period of 100% relaxing.
Everything in my classroom is cleaned out. No reports need to be made, no test scores that need to be analyzed, no need to write lesson plans.
I can just do NOTHING for a while.

I'm leaving for Germany/Switzerland/Italy/Austria. I'm just going to drive around with a tent in the car! I love it.



This means that I'll be offline until August 8th (don't pin me on that date, it's possible that I'm away longer!) and won't be responding to comments or emails and I won't visit other blogs.

Hope to see you after my trip!
Have a lovely summer. 🌴🌴🌴

Friday, July 21, 2017

July Wrap up - Book Haul & What to Expect Next Month

 Hi there!
Yep, I'm totally writing my wrap-up for July!
I'll be packing my suitcase for a 2 week camping trip somewhere in Germany/Switzerland!
So ready to relax :)



Thanks for stopping by, I'll see you in two weeks.

Enjoy 💛

   

 


PHYSICAL BOOKS
(either from Celebrate Books, friends, authors, giveaways or self-bought)

   
   

   
   

Did you read any of the books above?!
Let me know!