What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

what happened to goodbyeWhat Happened to Goodbye
Sarah Dessen
Published 2013 by Speak
4.5 stars

Goodreads synopsis: A new day. A new place. A new life.

In the past few years, Mclean has pretended to be so many different people that she hardly remembers who she really is anymore.

The adorable guy next door might be able to help her figure it out.

But is she ready for it?

When I started reading this book, I didn’t realize I was going to like it that much. I thought it would be a cute, romance story but actually there wasn’t that much of a romance and more of Mclean’s growth story. I loved reading about how she bonded with people from her school. Only thing I really couldn’t understand was Mclean’s name. Mclean Sweet, really? .D

I could relate well with Mclean and how she felt after the divorce. My own parents also divorced right before I started in senior high school and I thought for a while about changing my personality for a little while.

Because of the romance was only a small part of the book, there wasn’t that much about the love interest, Dave. I liked him but I could have read more about them too because now it just felt a bit sudden when they started dating. Overall this book was really cute and fast to read.

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The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

the colour of magicThe Colour of Magic
By Terry Pratchett
Published 1985 by Corgi Books
4 stars

Goodreads synopsis: On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There’s an avaricious buy inept wizard, a NAIVE tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course THE EDGE of the planet..

I don’t know why I haven’t picked up this series before. I have heard only fantastic things about it, most of the books are in my local library and are short and fun reads. Still I hadn’t picked them up before this year. I’m glad I finally decided to read this because it’s everything it promises.

I loved the world building, it was so bizarre and interesting. There was a lot of it but it never really bothered me because the story was so well written. I was surprised a little bit that the book was more like an collection of short stories than a one, whole story. That didn’t bother me for long and I really enjoyed reading these different stories of Twoflower’s and Rincewind’s adventures.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

thegoldfinchThe Goldfinch
By Donna Tartt
Published 2013 by Little, Brown
3.5 stars

Goodreads synopsis: It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

This book is really hard for me to review. I liked it a lot but it took me so much time to read (or it felt to me as a long time). I think that I have recently read so many short and fast paced books that a book that takes a little bit longer time to read weird’s me out. Definitely going to work on that because it shouldn’t matter that how long the book is if it’s well written and interesting. And this definitely was that.

The writing style in this book was really beautiful and the way Tartt writes her characters made them feel so alive and genuine, like I was supporting Theo at one point and then hating him for the choices he makes throughout the book. At points the book was bit slow, for example when Theo is at Las Vegas it felt so slow but after that it picked up again and the ending was full of action. The side characters also were really interesting. Like Theo’s love interest, Pippa, we actually do not get to know so well because most of the time she is away and Theo’s just pining for her. Still Tartt’s writing makes Pippa seem really alive and interesting person. This is what made me like the book while reading it, the way Donna Tartt describes people and their flaws felt so real that I couldn’t stop reading this book.

Have you read The Goldfinch or her other books? Which should I read next?

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

the alloy of lawThe Alloy of Law
By Brandon Sanderson
Published 2011 by Gollancz
3.5 stars

Goodreads synopsis: The Mistborn trilogy has become a firm favourite with fantasy fans the world over. The imagination that Sanderson brought to the series and his skill at marshalling epic storylines and dramatic action, his ability to create vivid characters made him a natural choice to complete Robert Jordan’s epic wheel of time sequence. But with Mistborn, his standalone fantasies and his new series, The Stormlight Archive, Sanderson has shown his bountiful talents in his own fiction. Now he returns to the series that made his name with a new story set years after the events of Hero of Ages. In a world recovering only slowly from evil, a world where allomancers wield immense power through their ability to unleash the magic bound up in common metals someone who can burn metals that no-one has burned before can tip the balance…Sanderson has the knack of giving the epic fantasy reader exactly what they want. This ability has thrown him to the forefront of the genre and the dramatic story within The Alloy of Law shows off this skill to its very best.

I really wanted to love this book. I loved the first trilogy on the Mistborn-series and I really wanted my love to continue to this book too. Don’t get me wrong, I liked this book but it just wasn’t as good as the other three. I think that the biggest and maybe only reason that I didn’t feel as strongly of The Alloy of Law was because it reminded me so much of western fiction. Western fiction is one of the genres that I just don’t connect with and even though this had lot of fantastical elements too I just didn’t connect with it so much.

There were also so much things that I loved reading about. Like Wax and Wayne and their relationship. It was such a pleasure to see them talking together and I can imagine them becoming and awesome detective trio with Marasi. These three were the reason I liked reading this book along with seeing what had happened after the first trilogy. I’m really interested seeing what happens with Steris and the other three in the future. It was also interesting to read from the bad guys view point because he wasn’t just your typical bad guy, his reasoning’s for the things he did actually sounded pretty solid. And like Wax thought at one point, 300 years before the bad guy might have been viewed as a hero, not villain.

Even though I didn’t like this book so much I still want to read the next books because I liked the characters in this book so much. Have you read The Alloy of Law? What are your thoughts on it?

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

the immortal rules julie kagawaThe Immortal Rules
By Julie Kagawa
Published 2012 by Mira Ink
4 stars

Goodreads synopsis: My Vampire Creator Told Me This:

‘Sometime in your life, Allison Sekemoto, you will kill a human being. The question is not if it will happen, but when. Do you understand?’

I didn’t then, not really.

I DO NOW.

This book was so good! I read her book Talon a little while ago and while it was good it didn’t blow me away like this one did. I actually was little worried that I wouldn’t like this book because vampire books have been so over hyped last couple years and I have tried to stay away from them. I loved Allie from the moment she was introduced to us. She is independent, can take care of herself well and takes care also other people in her “family”. I was little bit taken back of her life changing decision but understood why she did it after reading on.

It was also really interesting to read the struggles of being vampire and not wanting to be one and then coming to terms with it. This was the part I really enjoyed in the book, because I haven’t really read any books where the supernatural being struggles with herself/himself and I think Kagawa executed this very well. I loved reading how she came to terms with what she was and how she didn’t have to be a monster she thought she was. This of course took out of the other characters and some of them felt a little bit flat like the old lady who believed in the angels and Allie’s “rival” Ruth as an example.

Luckily the love interest in this book was little bit more developed than some other characters. Still I feel like Zeke was your basic, romantic hero, who takes care of every one, is self sacrificing and so on. But he was well written and I liked when I read about them and there wasn’t that much romance in this book which was a good choice from the author in my opinion.

This time I only added a teaser of the book trailer rather than the book trailer itself because I thought this was a cooler video. There’s a link to the full trailer too on the video if you are interested in seeing it.

I am really excited to read how the series continues in the next book. Have you read this or other books by Julie Kagawa? What are your thoughts on them? Tell me down on the comments!

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

C360_2014-12-14-14-02-43-748The Hero of Ages
By Brandon Sanderson
Published 2008 by Tor books
5 stars

I try not to spoil this book here but there might be some spoilers for the previous novels.

This book. THIS BOOK. I loved it all the way through, couldn’t let it go and still over a week after finishing it I feel little bit hangover by it, not really certain of what to write. This was definitely my favorite book in the trilogy because all the moments we could see happening between Vin and Elend, how Sazed is dealing with all the things that happened to him and all the other characters that we get to see in this book.

I’m still broken over the ending. I can’t say much about it without giving away something but I say that it was epic. The whole time I was reading the last chapters I was on my toes, crying about it. I actually little bit spoiled myself about the ending, I wanted to see how many chapters I had left and by a mistake read what happened to Vin.

I love this series and all the characters and I really want to go back and read the series again. Luckily the fourth book in the series,The Alloy of Law, is out already and I hopefully read it before the end of this year. I didn’t find a book trailer for this book but I found some videos on the series and the video below displays artworks inspired by the trilogy.

Have you read Mistborn-trilogy? What are your thoughts in it? Please, share your thoughts down on the comments.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

IMG_20141203_142340All the Light We Cannot See
By Anthony Doerr
Published 2014 by Fourth Estate

4 stars

Goodreads synopsis:  The epic new novel, set during WW2, from Sunday Times Short Story Prize-winner Anthony Doerr.

Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret.

Werner is a German orphan, destined to labour in the same mine that claimed his father’s life, until he discovers a knack for engineering. His talent wins him a place at a brutal military academy, but his way out of obscurity is built on suffering.

At the same time, far away in a walled city by the sea, an old man discovers new worlds without ever setting foot outside his home. But all around him, impending danger closes in.

Doerr’s combination of soaring imagination and meticulous observation is electric. As Europe is engulfed by war and lives collide unpredictably, ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ is a captivating and devastating elegy for innocence.

First of all, I want to say that I haven’t actually read that many novels based around WW2. The only one that comes to mind is actually a Finnish classic The Unknown Soldier by Väinö Linna. I don’t know if All the Light We Cannot See portrayed the war correctly but I was really immersed in the story and the things that happened to the characters.

The book is told mainly from two different perspectives, Marie-Laure’s and Werner’s. It starts from their childhoods, before the war, how things changed slowly, but surely at Germany and how when the war came to France, everything changed so fast around Marie-Laure.

The main theme on the book is clearly radios and how people could connect with them to  other people around the world. It was interesting to read how people viewed radios, when they are not that important anymore in today’s world and how they affected the world then. The best moments on the book for me were when Werner is small and listens with his sister to this French man, telling about science and teaching kids and at the end of the book when Marie-Laure reads her book in the radio her grandfather has hidden and Werner hears her.

I loved the main characters, especially Marie-Laure. She was such a brave girl and she never gave up, even though her blindness gave her sometimes serious disadvantages. I liked also some of the side characters even though they didn’t feel that well fleshed out but that didn’t really bother as I was reading the story. I would have loved to hear more of Werner’s sisters point of view too, it would have been really interesting to read what happened to her when she stayed at the orphanage.

I loved this book and the ending was so sad. Also it made me want to read more books about the WW1 and 2 so if you have any suggestions on books I should read, leave them down below! Also comment if you have read this book and tell me your thoughts on it!

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

IMG_20141204_131854Station Eleven
By Emily St. John Mandel
Published 2014 by Picador
5 stars

Goodreads synopsis: DAY ONE

The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the earth like a neutron bomb.

News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%.

WEEK TWO

Civilization has crumbled.

YEAR TWENTY

A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe.

But now a new danger looms, and he threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

STATION ELEVEN

Moving backwards and forwards in time, from the glittering years just before the collapse to the strange and altered world that exists twenty years after, Station Eleven charts the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people: famous actor Arthur Leander; Jeevan – warned about the flu just in time; Arthur’s first wife Miranda; Arthur’s oldest friend Clark; Kirsten, a young actress with the Travelling Symphony; and the mysterious and self-proclaimed ‘prophet’.

Thrilling, unique and deeply moving, this is a beautiful novel that asks questions about art and fame and about the relationships that sustain us through anything – even the end of the world.

I loved everything in this book. I didn’t really know what the book was going to be about (till I read the inside flip) but had heard a lot of good reviews of it. First of all, I fell in love with the cover. I got the book from my library but I seriously thought about buying a copy because it was so beautiful!

Now I am seriously considering buying this books because it’s even more beautiful from the inside! I loved how the writing had this magical feeling to it throughout the book when we get to know these different characters before and after the pandemic which killed most of the human population. I loved how all these different lives intertwined with each other. I just couldn’t stop reading this book and read it almost on one sitting.

The only bad thing that I can really say about this book is that it was too short! I want to know of what happens in the future and get to know all the members of the Travelling Symphony. I feel that we were introduced so many cool characters that had their own story to tell. Actually I really want to join the Travelling Symphony. Do you?

Ps. I decided to try with this review something new and put here the book trailer for the Station Eleven. I feel that there so many great book trailers on Youtube and I want to share my love for them to you guys too! So tell me down on the comments what do you think of this new feature on my reviews. Yay or nay?

Scorch Trials by James Dashner

IMG_20141203_142327Scorch Trials
By James Dashner
Published 2013 by The Chicken House
3 stars

Goodreads synopsis: Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.

In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety… until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated—and with it, order—and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim… and meal.

The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Thomas can only wonder—does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?

I finally got around reading the second book in the Maze Runner-series, Scorch Trials. It begins from where the first book left us, when the group who escaped wakes up and finds the people who helped them out hanged in the next room and no trace of Teresa anywhere. They must cross Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world.

I didn’t like this as much as I remember liking Maze Runner.  I like the premise of this book, how they think they are safe but then they realize that actually they are not. It just that everything happened too easily for them, even though it should been this really hard, exhausting journey. At the end it still seemed that it wasn’t that taxing on them, especially with Thomas who seemed to be the target for killing through whole book.

I would be interested to know that is there actually a resistance against WICKED or was it just a clever way to make them feel safe. I hope that Dashner tells more about it because we still don’t know so much about the what happened, and what is happening right now at the world.

The other thing that I didn’t find believable enough was how the girl group treated both Teresa and Thomas. With Teresa it might have been because we didn’t really see them together, they were just thrown at us at one point but it still seems little unbelievable that they would treat her as a boss, especially after what they went through in the Maze. Then there was the reaction for Thomas. He just has to say few words for the girls and they are already like oh, we like you, you are at all like Teresa said. You didn’t stop to think that he might be playing nice because of the situation?

Overall I had some problems with this book, but I also enjoyed reading it. I didn’t like so much Brenda (she insulted Minho ;^;), because it felt too much like Teresa is away so lets give Thomas other girl who right away wants him (also the thought came to mind that Dashner wants there to be a cat fight over Thomas in the future).

I liked the dialogue a lot, reading how the characters communicated with each other was fun and I could really feel and sympathize with how Thomas was feeling. This book actually concentrated a lot on how Thomas felt about things and it was nice to read about it even though it took away from the other characters.

Minho was still my favorite, even though we didn’t get so much from the side characters. He is just so snarky and fun to read and I would love to read more about him. I am also sad that there wasn’t that much of Newt, he was almost completely forgotten.

I’ll be continuing with the series, hoping that it gets better  on the next book. Have you read Scorch Trial? What did you think of it? Tell me down on the comments!

Red Seas Under Red Skies


Red Seas Under Red Skies
By Scott Lynch
Published 2007 by Gollancz
4 stars

Goodreads synopsis: Thief and con-man extraordinaire, Locke Lamora, and the ever lethal Jean Tannen have fled their home city and the wreckage of their lives. But they can’t run forever and when they stop they decide to head for the richest, and most difficult, target on the horizon. The city state of Tal Verarr. And the Sinspire.

The Sinspire is the ultimate gambling house. No-one has stolen so much as a single coin from it and lived. It’s the sort of challenge Locke simply can’t resist…

…but Locke’s perfect crime is going to have to wait.

Someone else in Tal Verarr wants the Gentleman Bastards’ expertise and is quite prepared to kill them to get it. Before long, Locke and Jean find themselves engaged in piracy. Fine work for thieves who don’t know one end of a galley from another.

This book. Oh, this book played with my feelings of love, sorrow and happiness. I wasn’t that impressed with the first book in the series, The Lies of Locke Lamora, I thought it was good but this book was excellent. I cried and laughed and loved with it the whole time and now I am so sad that it’s over. One of the reasons that I liked this much better than the first one was because we already are familiar with Locke and Jean so the writer could use more time to introduce secondary characters and the circumstances better.

We got so much Jean on this book. I just loved to read from his viewpoint, how he tries to survive after the happenings in Camorra. The way he starts to make a new gang when Locke is drinking himself away to deal with the sorrow of their friends deaths was just so heart jerking to read. There’s also strain between Locke and Jean because after escaping Camorra, Locke gave in for his sorrow and after two years and in a new job that still strains their relationship. And of course the things doesn’t go so easily for them and the complications to their plans starts appearing.

My favorite moments  in the book was when they were out at the sea, first as the captain and after that working for Zamira Drakasha. These were really happy moments for them, especially Jean who made closer contact with one of his shipmates. Also the kitten in The Poison Orchid, Regal, it was so cute! I just loved the scenes where Locke was telling it that he doesn’t get attached to him and still he takes him with them when they leave the ship. I really wanted them to continue be happy but it seems that the writer, Scott Lynch doesn’t want that.

I can’t really say anything bad about this book. There were times I got little bored of the descriptions of the landscapes but overall this was really fantastic book and I can’t wait to read the third one and see what Locke and Jean are up to. Also I heard there was going to be more Sabetha in that book than just two sentences. (Really, Lynch, are you just going to tease with this romance in the books but never actually show it!?)

Have you read Read Seas Under Red Skies? Tell your thoughts on it below on the comments. 🙂