Sanctuary’s Fiend by A. Lynch

I read this book in the end of January and just haven’t gotten around writing a review.
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised!
I received the ebook from the author in exchange or an honest review. That in no way affects my opinions which are entirely my own.

So this book is a coming-of-age vampire edition story. It’s about Rel, 16 year old girl, who lives in a very unusual environment – her parents are succubi, her best friend is a siren and there’s a lot of other crazy stuff going on in her town. On the other hand, she goes to high school and tries to be as normal as possible. Oh and there is a new guy in town, guy that she is attracted to – and that’s when her powers finally manifest. And there’s a monster on the loose. You know, regular stuff.

I have to say that I enjoyed this book quite a lot. It was a light, fast read. It did take me a bit to get into it, but I believe that’s because I’m little over the high-school setting (but that’s just me, it doesn’t really hurt the story in any way). I feel like the 14-15 year old me would be completely in love with this book, but even now it managed to make me laugh and to keep me occupied. It’s one of those books that you can’t put down because you really need to know what’s going to happen next.

I particularly enjoyed the writing style and the dialogues. Aside from the beginning, which was a little slow for me, it was nicely paced. I really loved the multiple points of view, I think that it was really well done.

I liked most of the characters, Rel was an interesting protagonist. I really liked her parents, I feel like they are refreshing change in YA books, because they were really super-supportive but actually acted like parents. I liked Mr. Anderson, I think he added a lot to the story. The only character I kinda was indifferent about is Rick. I didn’t care much about him as the main love interest. I don’t have a good reason behind this, except that we didn’t really get to know him and actually understand why Rel liked him so much. I just couldn’t really connect with him as I could with the other characters.

Overall, I did really enjoy this book. It was fast, light, funny and I would sure be picking up the sequel! (there’s gonna be a sequel, right?)

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun and addictive book 🙂

Love,
Angie xx

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13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad

Rating: 1/5 stars

Guys, if I could give this book 0 stars, I would. Believe me. I wasn’t this pissed since.. Probably never.

Okay, this book is about a girl named Lizzie, who doesn’t like the way she looks. This book consists of 13 stories, 13 moments in time. Starting in her high school years to later in her life when she is married. She meets and dates guys online. Guys that are older, guys that are bad news, a highly inappropriate bunch. And then she starts losing weight. Pound after pound. Dress size after dress size. But does it feel as good as it should? Will she ever be anything but the fat girl she once was?

This is a debut novel. It’s described as “hilarious” and “shocking”. I’m deffinitely going to agree with shocking.

Don’t get me wrong, I think that Mona Awad is very talented. But I could not find it in me to like this book. This book is utterly shocking, devastating, and at times very graphic.

This is going to get a bit spoiler-y.

First of all, Lizzie brings home a crapload of very suspicious guys, and her mom is very well aware of that – and does nothing. I feel like this book is taking the worst stereotypes and combining them into the one character we see. Lizzie is fat, depressed, does poorly at school, her parents mistreat her (mom gives her backhanded compliments all the time, dad complains about her weight all the time). She has friends that she doesn’t really like, she just waits for them to feel worse than she feels and then gloats about it. She dates all these guys that don’t respect her or care about her at all, and then pities herself when it goes down in flames. And no one, not her parents, her friends, her lovers, thinks about helping her. Everyone acts like everything is perfect.

And then she decides that her misery is done, and starts losing weight. And then she hates on her skinny co-worker. Why, you ask? No apparent reason.

I even enjoyed first half of this book. Well, enjoyed in a way you enjoyed a really sad book. Mona Awad got the self loathing, self doubt and depression on point. But I though that this book would have a point (which it kinda does, but it’s really badly incorporated, I’ll get into it in a second). And it just gets worse.

She gets skinny, her mom is happy, she can pity her friends who are not as skinny as her, she got into the dress she wanted, she even meets a guy who cares about her. Who actually cared about her even before she lost all the weight. And you think she’s going to be happy now. Or at least, happier. But, nope.

She then gets even more self-conscious, she doesn’t eat in front of other people, she spends all the time at the gym. Her husband is very sad seeing what she’s turned into, but still he does nothing? This. This is my problem with this book. Everyone, literally everyone sees that she has problems and no one does anything!

Also, she finds the only person in this book that seems happy – a girl who does her nails, a girl who is happily married, and then pities her because she has extra weight.

She also decides she wants to be called differently through the course of the book. They are all versions of her name, Liz, Lizzie, Elizabeth, Beth.. and then if people around her don’t adjust momentarily, she gets so worked up you just want to slap her.

And of course as the ending of the book nears, she is still skinny and still unhappy. And yes, I understand that the moral of the story is unless you change the way you think you can change the way you look, but nothing will really change.

But this moral could have been presented in a much better way. I feel like this book is supposed to shock you into realizing that, but it only shocks you. All the prejudice, and stereotypes, and characters, and the main character make you so pissed off that you need a couple days to cool off and then see the moral of the story.

There were a lot of really graphic scenes, and a couple of plot lines which I found really unnecessary, and again, only shocking.

I expected so much more of this book, the summary was really promising. I, personally, wouldn’t recommend this to anyone because I found it really offensive.

But if you still plan on reading this (or you already have read it), feel free to discuss it with me 🙂

 

Love,
Angie xx

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

This was a really weird book. But in the best possible way.

Explaining this book is really difficult, so I’m not gonna go into too much detail.
We all know that life can get pretty hard. But life gets really hard when you find a passage to a different world, a world where you belong, where you feel like home, and then that world kicks you out. Then, on top of the fact that you are back in this world where you don’t belong, your parents go overboard trying to make you feel alright again. That’s when they send you to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.
“No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Guests”

What I really loved about tI his book is the fact that it’s so quirky and original, and yet you can see the inspiration for some of the worlds we see in this book.
It took me a moment to understand the “compass” logic, but when I did, oh boy, is this book amazing.

Eleanor West is a woman who as a child found her own door, but she left voluntarily so her door is still open. Her school is a place where despairing parents send their children as a last resource. As she knows the pain of returning to the real world, she offers the children a safe haven, a place where they don’t have to hide, when they are almost at home.

This book has an eerie feel to it, and the writing style is really beautiful. It’s witty and so diverse, including an asexual protagonist (which makes me really happy because I, at least, haven’t seen a lot of) and a trans character. I enjoyed the way that one book could interpret so much, although I wish that it was a little longer. It had some really interesting insights on human behavior that I enjoyed very much.

I wanted to give it 4 stars, because the ending confused me so much, but I ended up giving it 4.5 and rounding it up to 5, because while I was writing this I realized that the ending was actually brilliant, I just failed to see it before.
It’s very hard to live in this cruel world especially when you know you are just a doorway from your real home, but as Nancy finally realizes “Nobody gets to tell me how my story ends but me.”

I really look forward to rest of the books in this series 🙂

You can also find this on goodreads -> https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1889486353?book_show_action=false

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Rating: 5/5 stars

I’ve been wanting to read this book for soo long!
But I’ve been putting it off, thinking it’s going to be just a typical dystopian book. But no. Trust me. It’s amazing. I seriously did not expect this.

This is a story about a not-so-far future with alternate history. There we have Clairvoyants (people with different mental powers) and amaurotics (people with no powers). Voyants are pursued as criminals, and live as such. Their gift is treason, and in London citadel they form a strong underground. Paige Mahoney, a dreamwalker, works for a very powerful mime-lord Jaxon Hall. One day she is discovered, and kidnapped, and wakes up in Oxford, city hidden for two centuries, inhabited by a non-human race called the Rephaite. She is to train and work for them for the rest of her life. By trying to find a way out Paige uncovers many secrets, and some of them might kill her, and some of them might help to survive.

I just loved the writing style, I though it was so exquisite.
I loved the world, I loved the characters, I loved how everything was broken down to details.
I think that Paige is such a strong character, and that she is amazing. I could read a thousand stories with her as the main character. She is such a fighter, and she never gives up. And at the same time, she is so level-headed. I love her.
And I loved Warden. I mean how can you not.
I hope that in the next book we find out more about Jaxon, because he seems like a really interesting character.

I’m really, really looking forward to reading the next book 🙂

You can also find this on goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1893612293?type=review#rating_104456394

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

This book. ohmygod
My friend recommended it to me a while ago, but I never found time to read it, until now.

First, I want to add a sort-of disclaimer. I scoured through the reviews for this one when I finished it because I was so astounded by this. And I want to say something to the people who didn’t like the book for its “dark” matter.
No one likes violence, or cruelty or death. But not everything in life is fair. There is injustice, and sadness and hurt in this world. And there always will be. I would agree with you if this novel was promoting that, but it was simply describing it. So if you’re still offended, well, what can I do?

This book left such a strong impression on me. When I finished the last page I sat for like half an hour trying to comprehend everything that I read.
This was a story of Coralie who worked as a mermaid in her father’s museum of oddities. This was a story of Eddie, who was trying to find a purpose. This was a story of a scarred maid who dared to love a beast. Of a cruel, twisted man who used his daughter. Of a search for truth. And finally this is a story of two people finding each other in the vast sea of darkness that overtook their lives. 

The writing style seemed magical and that’s the first thing I fell in love with while reading this book. I thought that the characters were well developed and you could definitely notice some growth in all of them (well except for Coralie’s father). I like the story a lot. I noticed a lot of people comparing this to The Night Circus but I have never read it, so this book (for me) held a completely new, undiscovered theme. I loved how it seemed that the characters could step out of the pages any time they wanted. I loved Maureen, and I loved how relatable the characters were even though I have never been in even a remotely similar situation before. My heart was breaking so many times, I just don’t know how to move on with my life.

But the ending just warmed my heart and put it back together. ❤

 

Have you read The Museum of Extraordinary Things? If you did, what are your feelings about this book?

If you haven’t, I hope that my review makes you want to pick it up ASAP. 🙂

 

Review also posted on goodreads.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1805055753

The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon

Rating: 3/5 stars

I’ve got to admit- I had no idea that this was a sequel (it didn’t feel like it was anyways), and I bought this on a whim because I thought the cover was gorgeous.
I don’t think you need to read the previous book to understand this though.

I had hopes for this one. It sounded like a story with a nice twist on whole gods-immortality theme. This is a story about a Norse goddess of the Underworld, Hel. In this story she’s a teenager, angry at gods, and pretty much the entire universe. You see, she never wanted to rule the Underworld. I mean, seriously, who would? Hel tries to make the best of it, creating gleaming halls in her dark kingdom and welcoming the dead who she is forced to host for eternity. Until eternity itself is threatened.

I think the younger me would’ve enjoyed this much more, though I did enjoy it as it is. I think it is a fun story to pass time. It got only three stars because I, personally do not think it’s one of those stories that stay with you after you finish it. I liked the writing style, but I just was detached. I rooted for Hel, trust me. But it just seems to me as if it could’ve been more. I felt like I was missing out on something all the time. It was fun, just not spectacular.

My biggest problem with this, I think, was the fact that Hel was such a drama queen, I couldn’t stand it. Yes, I see her point, and yes, she’s a teen and everything, but to me it seemed as though she was overreacting ALL-THE-TIME.

This was enjoyable enough, I would maybe recommend it to younger audience, or even someone who just needs something light to read 🙂

 

Hi there again c:

First, I must say that sometimes I’m just mind-numbingly lazy. I let this blog sit for almost two years! Meanwhile I was rating books on goodreads. Oops.

This time, I promise I will actually do something useful. I changed the blog’s name to Ocean-soul Bookworm because it suits me better and I feel more at home with it. But still, feel at home here. I still intend for it to be a reader’s utopia.

Some facts about me:

I’m a 19-year-old architecture student.
My hair colour changes very often.
Coffee is love. Coffee is life.
Favourite color is teal.
Always starry-eyed, looking up at the sky.
I write and draw.

I’d love to make this blog into something really special, and I’m gonna give my best at succeeding.

Love, Angie

xx

Hi there c:

Hello, I’m Angie, and I’m highly functioning sociopath. Just kidding, I’m a fangirl, book worm, reader, call me as you will. I called this blog “Reader’s happy place” in hope that it will become just that, a reader’s utopia.
On my blog I’ll review books, book to movie adaptations, recommend books, whatever you like and wish to see.

The thing I love about books, is that they themselves represent a happy place. They work like a closet to Narnia. As a reader you surely know how book can drag you in it’s world. You know how it makes you feel, laugh, cry, how it can make reality fade away.

“Books are proof that humans can do magic.”

Love, Angie xx