5 Apr 2015

[Review] Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

Author: Rainbow Rowell
Original title: Fangirl
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release date: Januray 1st, 2013
Finished date: February 25th, 2015
Pages: 445
Read in: English

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
Source: GoodReads

Final Rating: ★★★

Honestly, this is way overhyped. I was expecting much more of it.
It was sweet and funny in a quirky way but it was not a 5★ book.

"I still wish you'd get a dog," she said.
"I'd never remember to feed it."
"Maybe we could train it to feed you."

I also loved the fact that it portrayed mental illness in such a realistic way.
I'm a huge fan of fanfiction, I read it often and I've even written a bit. It was refreshing to see such a big part of many teenagers lives portrayed in a book - it's the first book I've ever read about fanfiction.

The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

2 Apr 2015

[TBR] April

Hello, everyone!

Okay, so I don't usually like to plan ahead what I'll be reading, because I'm kind of a moody reader - I'll most likely read what I feel like reading in that second. Sometimes, I read books for their covers, titles, and because I've read and liked something else by the same author or I'm intrigued by that person and wish to explore their writing. But mostly, I read what I'm recommended.
Out of the millions of books on my TBR, very few are independent choices.
I decided I'd pick 5 books per month from now on that I really should read - this way, I make myself read the already existing books on my shelves, but it still gives me some space for new books that might come up.
This month I'm hoping to finish some of my already started series. I am always picking up new series and I very seldom finish them - it is getting out of hand.

So here are my 5 picks for April:

Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

These are the second and third volume of the Precious Stone Trilogy. I read the first instalment in March, and I really liked it - it felt like a well developed story with much room for improvements and plot building. I have actually finished reading Sapphire Blue today, and I can already tell you I am a little bit disappointed - I will be reviewing it soon, so you can read the causes for this disappointment then. I still decided to read Emerald Green, mostly just to see how Ms. Gier would end all this mess. I am praying that the ending of this trilogy will surprise me - I really hope it won't be what I'm imagining.

The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

The final two volumes to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. And yes, before you can begin to wonder, I had no childhood and was forced not to read these AWESOME books until my twenties. The world is a cruel place.
I do love this series, but I can't help but wonder how much more I would love it had I read it sooner. I think it might have rivalled Harry Potter.
Anyway, the only reason I have not read this yet is because I was trying to savour it. But honestly, after the ending of The Titan's Curse, I just want to see how it ends. This is one of those series that keeps getting better with every instalment - I have very high expectations for these last two.

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

I loved the first volume of the trilogy. I'm not exactly sure why I didn't jump right into this one as soon as I finished Daughter of Smoke & Bone - I think it might have had something to do with studying. I got so immersed in the first volume, I read it in one sitting. And it is not a very small book. I have such high expectations for this one, it's not even funny. I'm still hoping that final revelation about some of the characters of Daughter of Smoke & Bone was a mistake, or that I simply misunderstood. Because if it is true, I don't think I can deal.

If you have any suggestions or recommendations for me, please leave a comment.