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This Week In Books (September 28th 2016)

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This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

This week again, there were changes of plan regarding my reading schedule. When I was told Carry On was 500 pages long, I knew I had to start it early enough to save a day to review. It turned out it was useless, but I did not know it at the time!

∧ Then ∧ Carry On, Rainbow Rowell/ The Fire Child, S.K Tremayne

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Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

21%. I reached 21% before I decided to give up and erase this book from my Kindle. You cannot say I did not try. Boy did I try. It would have been fun to write a review of why I DFN’ed it but I don’t believe I have enough material except for “why does a bad Harry Potter fanfiction have such a good rating?” I opened the book (virtually of course, I am so glad I did not by a physical copy) not knowing a thing about the story. Maybe I should have read the synopsis before! Nothing convinced me – neither the million Harry Potter parallels, not the characters. The writing itself could not save the book. I am aware I am on the very unpopular side of the general opinion right now, but I just did not see the point of finishing a book that bored me to death. Really, I literally fell asleep reading it. That never happens to me. Never.

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When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie.

But then Jamie’s behaviour changes, and Rachel’s perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the spectre of his late mother – David’s previous wife. Is this Jamie’s way of punishing Rachel, or is he far more traumatized than she thought?

As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie’s outbursts? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife’s untimely death, less than two years ago? As summer slips away and December looms, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie’s words:

‘You will be dead by Christmas.’

What is best to fight a slump than your most anticipated story of the year? I cannot believe I waited three months to read this. I’m amazed at my willpower! (Well, it has more to do with the numerous ARCs I needed to read than pure willpower, but shush, let’s keep it a secret.) Unfortunately, I was slightly disappointed with the story.

≈ Now ≈ Manipulated Lives, H.A Leuschel

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Five stories – Five Lives.
Have you ever felt confused or at a loss for words in front of a spouse, colleague or parent, to the extent that you have felt inadequate or, worse, a failure? Do you ever wonder why someone close to you seems to endure humiliation without resistance?
Manipulators are everywhere. At first these devious and calculating people can be hard to spot, because that is their way. They are often masters of disguise: witty, disarming, even charming in public – tricks to snare their prey – but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy for their victim.

In this collection of short novellas, you meet people like you and me, intent on living happy lives, yet each of them, in one way or another, is caught up and damaged by a manipulative individual. First you meet a manipulator himself, trying to make sense of his irreversible incarceration. Next, there is Tess, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision, then young, successful and well balanced Sophie, who is drawn into the life of a little boy and his troubled father. Next, there is teenage Holly, who is intent on making a better life for herself and finally Lisa, who has to face a parent’s biggest regret. All stories highlight to what extent abusive manipulation can distort lives and threaten our very feeling of self-worth.

Starting this one today!

∨ Next ∨ Queen of Shadows, Sarah J. Maas

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The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

It is time to meet Celaena again and hope she does not annoy me as much as she did in the last book. And the book before. And the first book. A girl can hope.

Have you read any of these books? What is on your list this week?
Do share in the comments:)
Happy reading
!

31 thoughts on “This Week In Books (September 28th 2016)

  1. I am sorry to hear about Carry On. I have never read any book by Rainbow but I keep seeing them around especially Fangirl, Carry On and Elanor and Park. If I decide to read her books then I won’t start with Carry On:-) I hope that you will enjoy your current and next reads better than the last books that you read. Happy reading:-)

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    1. Eleanor & Park is on my bookcase because my hubby wanted to read it, but after Carry On, I guess I won’t be picking it up. I was really bored and I don’t feel like giving the author another chance for the moment! I keep thinking I must have missed a clue because everyone loves those books! I hope you get a better experience with RR stories than I did 🙂 Happy reading!

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  2. I’ve read another of Rainbow Rowell’s books, Fangirl and I didn’t like it either. It was a weird story and I didn’t read all of the Harry Potter books so this did nothing for me either. I don’t get all the high ratings. Even the romantic interest in the story never lifts off. The Fire Child sounds so good though, it’s one that I would have requested myself if I didn’t have still so many books to read. Manipulated Lives sounds quite heavy that requests the right mood.

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    1. Why does everyone love her stories? What are we missing? I feel the same as when I was reading Me Before You! I don’t get the hype and the love. The Fire Child bore too many parallels to The Ice Twins, the author’s first book, and I had a harder time warming up to the characters, so I would recommend The Ice Twins rather than this one. I have started Manipulated Lives and I really enjoy the writing. I hope I won’t be disappointed 🙂 Happy reading!

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  3. That sounds like HP hahaha
    Ouch, did you read The Ice twins? Because I liked that one but didn’t love it and everyone said this one’s better… but if you didn’t like it that much… haha I need your opinion!

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    1. I LOVED The Ice Twins. It’s a favorite of the year! It’s brilliant, gloomy, with a chilling setting described as a character itself. The Ice Twins is definitely better than The Fire Child for me. I just adore that story, the characters, the writing, everything ❤ I want to reread it! Marry it and have its babies. Did I make myself clear enough? 😂 The Fire Child is good, but it fell a bit flat for me.

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  4. A little from each genre I see, that’s how I read in order to take mental breaks from whichever one is just not doing it for me lol. Manipulated Lives looks hella innnnneresting! just added it to my TBR, I’ve come across one too many manipulative characters in my real life. I’m afraid Celeana doesn’t get any less obnoxious/arrogant in QOS & especially not Empire of Storms. However, Queen of Shadows is overall a much better book that EOS. I read this series strictly for the supporting cast at this point lol. This week I am tackling my Netgalley ARCS, books that I requested way back when I signed up, have all of a sudden been approved & my ratio has been sabotaged smh lol. So I have Wrecked by Maria Padian & The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang before I can even think of touching Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (this will take much strength) 😉

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    1. I love mixing genres, it makes it easier to keep a fresh and open mind to write reviews 🙂 And I would go crazy if I only read my favorite genre, one can only take so much creepy in one week, haha! Psychological thrillers can be so heavy. Manipulated lives does sound great, right? I’m only at the beginning but I really enjoy the writing. Haha, I only read the ToG series to snark at it, so I understand! Oooh, that hurts the ratio so bad when requests get approved all together! I need to start Six of Crows soon 🙂 Happy reading!!

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  5. Ohmygod, you actually erase books from your Kindle?! Isn’t that like…blasphemy?! O_o Or is it just being organised? 😉 Okay, so Carry On sucked, but…you fell asleep while reading, WHOOOOOHOO! Now that surely deserves some praise! 😀 Let’s hope The Fire Child either gets better or worse (so you can fall asleep again 😉 )

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  6. I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy Carry On Donna, but like you said you gave it a try and at least you can say that even if it was a DNF one for you! Also I agree it would have been fun to see your rant review for this, I always enjoy reading rant reviews even if they are for books I really enjoyed myself, but I guess if there’s not much you can say about a book you can’t really give a decent review for it you know?
    Hopefully Celaena will improve in Queen of Shadows although if she hasn’t by now do you have much hope for this book?

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    1. Ranting about Carry On would be awesome, it gives so much ammo for that, haha. I am sure Jill will come up with the most brilliant review for it! I usually write rants very easily, but I do think I need to get to the end of a book before I can lash out all of the things I have to say. I don’t feel allowed to do so when I DNF a book.
      I am not expecting much from Queen of Shadows except for fun snarking and an encounter with a knocker! 😀 Celaena is beyond hope anyway!

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      1. I do love books where there’s so much to rant about in reviews, I’ve read a couple like that and it’s always so easy to write the reviews just because of that!
        I can’t wait to see Jill’s review either actually! And, well, if you ever do decide to go back to this book and read it all the way through I’ll be looking forwards to your rant review of it!
        Maybe going into it with lower expectations will help but if it hasn’t with the previous books in the series I doubt it will with this one either! 😀

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  7. Good for you for giving up on Carry On! I forced myself to finish it, and it doesn’t get any more interesting, so you aren’t missing anything. I never connected to any of the characters, and I was so surprised to see how large the book was when I got it from the library. I did enjoy the writing though, so will go on to read more from Rainbow Rowell at some point. My review of Carry On will post Friday 🙂

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    1. It must have been difficult to make your way through the book! I have no idea how you did it! I don’t usually feel indifferent towards a book, but Carry On left me dead cold and bored. I wonder what can fill the 400 pages I did not read! I don’t get how this book got so big. I hope you get more luck with the next Rowell book you’ll read! 🙂 I’ll make sure to read your review, I’m curious!

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  8. OMG I am the same with Celaena – I keep picking up the next book and the next book because it’s SUCH a popular series and I have a huge, terrible case of FOMO, but honestly my irritation is just not worth it any longer. I’m skipping EoS entirely and dropping the series, haha. I hope you like QoS though! CoM was when the book was best to me, and the before/after that is just… not. 🙈

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