Wednesday, October 12, 2016

{REVIEW} The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

Title: The Girl from the Well
Author: Rin Chupeco
Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Paranormal
Series: The Girl from the Well #1
Publication: August 5th, 2014
Rating: ★★★★☆

You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night.

A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.

Because the boy has a terrifying secret - one that would just kill to get out.
I haven't really been in the mood for reading anything at all lately ... however, I do wanted to get back into reading again and because it's October already (Halloween, yay!) and the only genre that remotely interested me was (YA) horror, I just had to start this book. I devoured the first 50% in one sitting and read way past into the night - actually it was morning already, oops - and even though I took a break of a week or so before I continued, I was as fascinated and excited about it as at the beginning.

I've already read a few YA horror books and have a few favorites and The Girl From The Well is definitely gonna join this list! It's creepy and scary and feels like a really well-made movie back when they still scared the crap out of me, oooh yes! How about I share what I liked most? Sounds good? So here we go!

1. Okiku

She's such a great character and even though she did terrible things, I adore her. Maybe I shouldn't but in this case I can't look at it any differently - I'm like Tark here. #sorrynotsorry I liked that she's not this typical ghost that just seeks revenge or is just friendly and good. She's both of this and I liked the balance between being good and evil.

2. Okiku being "bad"

I have to mention this seperately because I really ... liked? enjoyed? - that sounds so wrong - those scenes. I don't wanna spoil anything in case you want to read the book too but they just felt satisfying. They deserved it.

3. The mind games

Like, there's so much I didn't understand at first - I assumed I know what's going on but most of the time I was wrong and fooled, which I liked a lot! Yes, sometimes it really is predictable but there are definitely a few things you won't see coming.

Anyone who's familiar with the movies The Ring and The Grudge and actually liked them will love this book! It's equally frightening and has brilliant characters that handle all of this "ghost stuff" accordingly, in my opinion. I would freak out, to be honest, but I'm a whimp so that's to be expected. I'd definitely recommend reading it and already can't wait to dive into the second book!


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Bookish time capsule to the future - what to "save"?

Hello, friends! On my hunt for blog post ideas - I'm kinda uncreative, bear with me - I stumbled upon this great idea* and thought it would be fun and interesting! So, you've all heard of time capsules, right? I'm sure you have! Wikipedia, can you please take over for a second and explain what these are?
time capsule;
A time capsule is a cache of goods or information that is intended as a method of communication with future people. It can contain photographs, letters, every day items, food seeds and and and - basically everything you can think of that might be important in the future.

Thank you, Wikipedia. Our bookish time capsule will hold 8 books/series that I think are worthy to save and preserve. They don't necessarily have to be historically important books or ones that really mean something - my list contains books that I loved and would want other people to read. Let's get started!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This book, ladies and gentlemen, is brilliant. I loved it with all my heart because it was amazingly well written and unique in its own way. Books about World War II / Holocaust aren't a rarity but having heard so much about it already ... it kind of got, oh I don't know, I don't wanna say "boring" - because it definitely isn't; it's incredibly important - but I was growing tired of it. However, Markus Zusak took a fantastic turn on it and made this book one of my alltime favorites. Definitely a must-read!

"Like most misery, it started with apparent happiness."

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

It's been a while that I read this book but I still remember how much I loved it. It's such a sweet book with many great messages - it'll make you think and appreciate who/how you are and what you have a lot more. Also, the main character is such an inspiring and brave young boy - we can definitely learn a thing or two from him!

"What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful."

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A book, I think, everyone should read. Patrick Ness created this little masterpiece and with his words he'll make you feel all the feels. Really, there's no way around it. It's beautiful, heartbreaking and holds so much truth in it ... I adored every second of it; maybe because it made me think about so many different (but important!) things while reading the book. Not an easy read but so worth it!

"You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do."

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

It's hilarious, thrilling, exciting, magical and just really, really cool - obviously I have to include the Harry Potter series. Just imagine future children growing up without them. Can you? I mean, I grew up without them as well but at least I got to read them now, ha! I would never deny anyone the pleasure of going to school at Hogwarts and diving into the fascinating world of Harry Potter. 

"We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are."  

When It Rains by Lisa de Jong

This one is a rollercoaster, trust me. I cried my eyes out while reading this book because it was beautiful and had brilliant characters, a great storyline and everything I could've asked for in a book. All the crying will be worth it in the end ... you just need to let the author piece your fragile heart together again. Slowly. Carefully. And just so you know, it'll take time to get over this gorgeous book.

"Love is a powerful emotion. It has the ability to get you through anything. But you have to let it."

Obsidian (Lux series) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Of all the books, you ask, why would I include the Lux series?! Well, we don't know how far into the future my time capsule will go, so who knows, maybe there'll be aliens? Maybe humans were able to contact them or vice verca? How cool would it be for a human being that may or may not have encountered real aliens to read about the ones Jennifer L. Armentrout came up with! Maybe they're similar or it's a completely ridiculous imagination of how they look like and they can laugh about it. Either way, it would be fun!

"Well then, it’s time to introduce the world to a little bit of extraterrestrial awesomeness."

The Wrath & The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

I wanted to include a retelling because I think they're really important and most of them turn out to be great. It's not the same as original stories but at least there's a little bit of truth in it anyway. I really liked the writing of this one and the amazingly well-written & fleshed out characters were so fascinating to read about. I had so much fun discovering the world and this story through their eyes. There are also some side-stories and lots of beautiful metaphors that I couldn't help but fall in love with. I just adored this book!

"Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky."

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

That was to be expected, right? I mean, if you know me a little bit and if you've read the lastest blog posts you will know how obsessed I am with Sarah's writing and - more specifically - Rhysand himself. Just ... OH MY GOD. I need future people to know that someone like Rhys exists (in books) and that this guy is loved by so many people because of his actions, because of how he treats Feyre and his friends and because of so many more reasons. I should probably print my spoiler-review and put it into the capsule as well ... just so they really understand.

"There are different kinds of darkness. There is the darkness that frightens, the darkness that soothes, the darkness that is restful. There is the darkness of lovers, and the darkness of assassins. It becomes what the bearer wishes it to be, needs it to be. It is not wholly bad or good."

So these are the books I'd like to stuff into my time capsule and send off to the future - which would yours contain? Do you agree with some of my choices? 

* idea for this post is by

Thursday, September 29, 2016

FairyLoot: September Unboxing

I feel like I keep repeating myself ... every unboxing I mention how amazing and in love I am with month's box and guess what? It's no different this time! :D

What even is FairyLoot? It's a bookish subscription box from my awesome friend Anissa where you get "a monthly box of stolen treasure". Besides a recent release there are also some hand selected goodies inside. A single purchase box is around £26 with pretty decent shipping costs, so be sure to check it out!

September's theme was Magic & Mayhem - which at first I had no clue what it could be about - so naturally I was very excited and curious to finally open the box. My favorite box was actually the one from June but right now I'm not so sure about that anymore ... I mean, September's freaking awesome and kinda hard to beat now. Let's start with the one book series I guessed after thinking long and hard.

postcards, Second Army poster, notebook and Etherealki candle
The first thing I noticed as a gorgeous candle from Castle of Fables. They sent off 3 editions: Corporalki, Materialki and Etherealki - the three Grisha Orders. I got Etherealki and while I can't quite describe what it smells like (really, what is this?!) I do like it! Then there's a Grisha Second Army poster designed by GoodNightKittens, a gorgeous exclusive Grisha notebook from Literary Emporium and Six of Crows post cards!

ADSOM buttons, Felix Felicis sticker and a Russian Doll necklace
You know what? As soon as I saw those stunning buttons and the Felix Felicis sticker by BookOtter I was offically and 100% in love with this box (not that I wasn't before or anything, pah). THEY ARE GORGEOUS. I haven't read the Darker Shade of Magic series yet but hell, if this doesn't make me wanna start it I don't know. There's also a Russian Doll necklace by Pastel Clouds Jewellery and, as usual, the unique hashtag for my FairyLoot reading buddy. #FairyLoot2008

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter, handwritten letter + signed bookplate and bookmark
And lastly, THE BOOK. For September's Magic & Mayhem theme we got Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter along with a handwritten letter and a signed bookplate. Gina from Behind The Pages also created a foiled bookmark exclusively for FairyLoot. Isn't it beautiful?

the complete box + FairyLoot bonus items (the little bag & FairyScoop)

As usual, I'm gonna rate this box super highly because ... I can't give it any less stars. It gets 5/5 stars because I'M IN LOVE. I'm guessing the book will be amazing and I really like all the items included in this month's box - there's not ONE I wouldn't use - also, the FairyLoot bag and the FairyScoop are awesome extras! October's theme is Steampunk Rebellion (didn't get that one) and November's (which I'll definitely get) will be Royals & Rogues!

What are your thoughts on this month's box? Have you got one yourself? Will you get a future box of FairyLoot? Which other subscription boxes are you interested in?

Saturday, September 24, 2016

{REVIEW} Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski

Title: Sword of Destiny
Author: Andrzej Sapkowski
Series: The Witcher #2
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction
Publication: May 21st, 2015 (first 1992)
Rating: ★★★★☆

Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.
It's no secret that I'm into videogames and that The Witcher 3 is one of my favorite games of this year (and of alltime!), so as soon as the new DLC (downloadable content) Blood & Wine was released a a while ago I was hooked again. Finally I was in the mood to continue the book series as well, wohoo!

I started listening to the audiobook before I got the book and was a little bit overwhelmed at first. I mean, it's good! The narrator used different voices for different people so it was quite easy to tell them apart (I love that!) but he was simply too fast. Once I got the book though and read while listening to it, it was almost too slow for me ... very weird. Still one of the coolest audiobooks I've listened to!

As with The Last Wish this book contained short stories about Geralt and his life. I critizied that in the first book but didn't mind it as much in this one - it had loads of characters in it that I now knew, I was familiar with most of the monsters and different creatures and even knew a bit about the storyline itself. The characters were probably the best thing; to read all the background stories, how they met and how they became companions and friends was so interesting and great!

Have I mentioned that I'm such a huge fan of Dandelion? I mean, he's kinda silly at times but I just love him so, so much. He brings fun into every situation and with his comments and the ones he receives from others ... well, it made me grin and laugh more than once! Without him this would've been half as much fun and I'm so happy there was more about/with him in this book. Also, the story about Villentretenmerth was great! I knew this name from the game (mainly from Gwent) and always wondered who or what he/it is - well, now I know! And I love it! I didn't expect the outcome but looking back at it now ... I should've guessed it but actually I'm very pleased that I didn't because it wouldn't have been a surprise anymore, haha. And indeed ... "He is the most beautiful."

I'm also really excited to finally have met Ciri - I know her story from the videogame and would've expected her to be/act a little bit different but ... well, she's young so I can forgive her. I'm super curious to find out more about her in the next books.

So all in all, I enjoyed Sword of Destiny A LOT more than the first book. I knew many more characters, had a clue of what's going on and even didn't have as much trouble with the terminology anymore. There are so many different creatures and monsters which makes this book a fantastic adventure and I couldn't wait to discover EVERYTHING. I just love this universe. ♥