Review: The Crystal Cave


◆ The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
◆ Read july 2012
◆ English Edition
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❝  Born the bastard son of a Welsh princess, Myridden Emrys -- or as he would later be known, Merlin -- leads a perilous childhood, haunted by portents and visions. But destiny has great plans for this no-man's-son, taking him from prophesying before the High King Vortigern to the crowning of Uther Pendragon . . . and the conception of Arthur -- king for once and always. 
No matter how long ago this book was published, it is far from being outdated and I don't suspect it will ever be. The Crystal Cave is a great read to guide readers - both new to the legend and those already familiar with it - through the world of swords and sorcerer's, enchantment and battles with Merlin as narrator.

Review: The Angel Experiment


◆ The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
◆ Read july 2012
◆ English Edition
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❝ Six unforgettable kids—with no families, no homes—are running for their lives. Max Ride and her best friends have the ability to fly. And that's just the beginning of their amazing powers. But they don't know where they come from, who's hunting them, why they are different from all other humans... and if they're meant to save mankind—or destroy it ❞
I had good expectations of this book, especially because it is a bestselling series. But damn, what has this been a dissapointment!

Review: Anastasia's Secret


◆ Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap
◆ Read july 2012
◆ English Edition
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❝ For Anastasia Romanov, life as the privileged daughter of Russia's last tsar is about to be torn apart by the bloodshed of revolution. Ousted from the imperial palace when the Bolsheviks seize control of the government, Anastasia and her family are exiled to Siberia. But even while the rebels debate the family's future with agonizing slowness and the threat to their lives grows more menacing, romance quietly blooms between Anastasia and Sasha, a sympathetic young guard she has known since childhood. But will the strength of their love be enough to save Anastasia from a violent death?
After having written a huge paper for history about the Romanov family and their execution, I really got into their story. Yet most of the books I consulted for information were dull and quite boring, until I came across Anastasia's Secret. Despite the fact that it was fiction, I wanted to give it a try anyway and it has been a fun read.

Review: The Perks of Being A Wallflower


◆ The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
◆ Read july 2012
◆ Dutch Edition
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❝ This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.❞
The Perks of Being a Wallflower has gotten a lot of media attention ever since it was first released, and it had been on my to-read list for a long time. When the trailer for the film came out I decided to give it a go because I wanted to have read the book before I would watch the film.

Review: The Nine Lives of Chloe King


◆ The Nine Lives of Chloe King: The Fallen; The Stolen; The Chosen by Liz Braswell
◆ Read july 2012
◆ English Edition
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❝ Chloe King is a normal girl. She goes to class (most of the time), fights with her mom, and crushes on a boy...or two. But around her sixteenth birthday, Chloe finds that perhaps she isn't so normal after all. There's the heightened night vision, the super fast reflexes - oh, and the claws.
As she discovers who she is - and where she comes from - it is clear she is not alone. And someone is trying to get her. Chloe has nine lives. But will nine be enough? 
Like so many others, I started reading The Nine Lives of Chloe King because I saw the show, which I really enjoyed. Unfortunately, this turned out to be one of those situations where the show is actually better than the book. When I first opened the book I was immensely excited. It started out okay, not really as good as I expected but introductions are hard so I continued reading because I hope for more. Around 50 or 100 pages I was struggling so hard to get through it that I put the book away for a while. Needless to say, the dissapointment was huge.

Review: Skeletons at the Feast


◆ Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
◆ Read june 2012
◆ Dutch Edition
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❝ In January 1945, in the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives: an attempt to cross the remnants of the Third Reich, from Warsaw to the Rhine if necessary, to reach the British and American lines 
This book got my attention because it seemed different from other historical novels about World War II. Seldom have I come across a book that describes the events from the point of view of German people who had no influence or contribution whatsoever to the war. Skeletons at the Feast offers you this, aswell as the stories of a Scottish man who has become a prisoner of war, a young Jewish woman struggling to stay alive and a Jewish man who has taken on the identity of German corporal. This combination of varied characters makes for an intense yet touching storyline and you come to love each of them despite their flaws. 
 

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