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Month: January 2014

Review for The Great Wall Of Lucy Wu

Review for The Great Wall Of Lucy Wu

The Great Wall Of Lucy Wu I am not sure if I liked the book or hated it. So 2 stars for now.

Sorry, but Lucy was for most of the book a whiny, conceited little brat. She started to change around halfway, but sorry, that won’t save the book any more for me.

I really wanted to slap Lucy and tell her to just look at the good things instead of focussing on everything that is OH SO BAD, boohoo.

Sure her parents also aren’t that great, not telling Lucy about things, or having high expectations of her. And Regina, gosh I was so happy she was out of the picture soon. I can’t imagine a whole book with miss know-it-all and miss I-am-sooo-much-better-than-you. I really hate that kind of character.

And we still didn’t have any conclusive in regards with Harrison and Lucy. I would love to know if they got a bit further then the whole shuffle-around-each-other-phase, which was just awkward.

So yeah, nice book at times, but mostly I was just annoyed with most of the characters.

2 Stars

Review for Nodame Cantabile 25 – Opera-hen

Review for Nodame Cantabile 25 – Opera-hen

Nodame Cantabile 25 - Opera-hen Meh, it was ok. The ending was sweet, but I had expected more from it. After all they have been through, and the fact they have a serious relationship, I expected at least a proposal (I wouldn’t call what happened at the end of chapter 10 that). But no…

It was mostly Opera, Opera and Opera. sighsI guess we will never get the romantic ending/marriage for Chiaki and Nodame. 🙁

2 Stars

Review for Het geheim van mijn moeder

Review for Het geheim van mijn moeder

Het geheim van mijn moeder I read this book in Dutch, but since I loved it so much, I will write my review in English, so that all my friends might be able to read the review and read this wonderful, special book.

This book isn’t big, it is a short book with only around 200 pages, most of the chapters are only about 1 to 4 pages long, but the whole thing, the whole book is just wow, it is beautiful and special.

It switches perspectives, starting with Helena, the daughter. She tells her story, about before the war, and how everything soon escalates and she and her mom hide people in their house. We then switch to those hidden people. 2 Jewish families and 1 German soldier. They tell us their stories, how their lives began, and how it all ended when they went hiding, and how they feel while hiding. And then we circle around and back to Helena and how the war proceeds.

I loved Francizka, she and her daughter were really really brave. In a time like that, in a house so small, they kept 2 families and 1 German soldier hidden and safe. They didn’t even care that they got people from both sides in their houses. They did their best for them, trying to feed them and make them feel at least a bit comfortable.

And when they (Helena, Francizka and the families and the soldier)finally are free, and they finally meet each other, then you hear how much they are connected. It was really special.

I also loved Casmir, how much he knew, and how much he loved Helena to keep it all secret. Ah, I was sooo happy they could be together at last.

It was a sad, but hopeful book, and I would truly recommend it to everyone I know. Read this, I am sure you will love it.

5 Stars

Review for Sidelined

Review for Sidelined

Sidelined Just a short review to express my thoughts.

This book was pretty awesome. I didn’t always like the main character, while I understood why she acted like she did, I felt like she shouldn’t think so negative of herself, of her future and everything. Everyone was trying to help her and she mostly pushed them away, some even worse than others. I can imagine, her whole future is shattered and she has to find a new future, but she doesn’t take anyone’s hand, she tries to everything herself, and you can see where that led her, into drug use/using pills. And that again led her into problems with the police/judges.

It was a really sad thing, but I felt like the author did it realistically. How one gradually goes from just using the pills for pain, to using them because you think you need them and doing everything to get them. And also shows how fast that can happen.

I really liked the ending though, how hard she is fighting to get everything back on track, but also knowing that she will be stuck with an addiction problem, how she knows that no matter what, she can always revert back to that state.

I really hope the MC will find happiness and finds a wonderful new future for herself. 🙂

4 Stars

Review for Where You’ll Find Me

Review for Where You’ll Find Me

Where You'll Find Me First of all, while I can understand the reasons why you kept a hot boy in your garage, I still find it very stupid to do so. You don’t even know what he did, why he is running, if he is safe or if he is dangerous.
I would have called the police. Sorry for the guy and all, but just no.

Other than that, the book was quite decent. I loved how slowly they grew to like each other, even ending up loving each other.

It was really nice to see how the secrets they both had were revealed. Hers faster than his, but nonetheless, well done. They both were running for a past, for something that happened, and both learn to seek each other instead of running away.

I would recommend this to people, but only to those who can live with the whole she-is-keeping-a-boy-in-her-garage part.

3 Stars

Review for Jubelientje wil winnen

Review for Jubelientje wil winnen

Jubelientje wil winnen Wat een leuk boekje was dit weer van Jubelientje. Dit keer hebben we geen stripjes, geen brieven, maar recepten. Recepten voor thee, omeletten en meer.

Ook was het leuk om Jubelientje en Oma zo hun best te zien doen om alles, maar dan ook alles wat prijsvragen bevatte mee te nemen van de supermarkt. En ook van andere plaatsen. Want Jubelientje wil winnen, en het liefst alles!

Natuurlijk gaat dat gepaard met veel hilarische situaties.

4 Stars

Review for The Little Android (The Lunar Chronicles, #0.9)

Review for The Little Android (The Lunar Chronicles, #0.9)

The Little Android (The Lunar Chronicles, #0.9) This was a short story, and it was very cute/adorable.

I felt sorry for our little android, she saves a life and what does she get? That her behaviour is strange, that she should be scrapped/re-programmed. Poor thing, luckily she escapes.

And she meets Linh Cinder. *cheers* I really liked the exchange between Mech6.0 and Linh, though I wish it would have gone differently.

It had a lot of similarities with the Little Mermaid story, girl falls in love with a guy she cannot have, she saves him, loses her voice and trouble arises, though it doesn’t all go as that story. Sadly. 🙁

The ending was a bit confusing, but soon becomes clearer. For some reason I liked the ending, though I had expected differently and I am a bit sad.

3 Stars

Review for Portrait of a Donor (Starters, #1.75)

Review for Portrait of a Donor (Starters, #1.75)

Portrait of a Donor (Starters, #1.75) Since it been quite a time since I last read Starters, this story was very very confusing. Even know when I read the ending I still can’t think who they all were.

But other than that, it was a really good story, and it fits so perfectly between book 1 and 2. And makes me want to check out book 2. 🙂

3 Stars

Review for Zwart water

Review for Zwart water

Zwart water Een mooi, zielig maar ook langzaam verhaal, ik moest me af en toe echt door het verhaal heen slepen.

Ik had echt een hekel aan Oom Louis, wat een griezel is dat zeg. Rijk en dan maar denken dat hij alles maar mag doen. Vieze oude man, die zijn handen en gedachten bij zich moet houden.
En Hugo… ik dacht misschien is hij anders, helaas door het hele boek heen is hij twee gezichten, 1 kant aardig, de andere kant zo duidelijk zijn vader. Achter de vrouwen aan zitten en verwachten dat ze dat maar leuk vinden.

Arme Mattias, hij deed zo zijn best, en alles ging zo goed voor hem, hij was bijna thuis en dan gebeuren er dingen als dat. Ik hoop zo dat zijn moeder, zus en broertje het eten hebben gekregen, dat alles goed is gekomen voor die 3.

Het was echt een trip die niemand meer wilt doen. Kakkerlakken, ongelukken, windstilte en meer. Het was wel interessant om te zien dat, zoals in de meeste boeken, het weer wordt geschoven op iemand/op bijgeloof, angst voor het onbekende.

Het was een goed boek, maar het feit dat het gewoon te langzaam ging af en toe, en ik ook hoopte op een goed einde, geef ik het 2 sterren.

2 Stars