The distant hours

Hey everyone,
This time I’ve a book review about a book I’m less enthusiastic about, which is okay! Not every book you read has to be perfect. Everyone has a different taste, so what might be your favorite book can be somebody else’s least favorite book.
The book is called: The distant hours. I read the book cover and it sounded so mysterious, I decided to buy it. (Also have you seen the cover? It’s so beautiful!)

The story: (no spoilers)
One day a long lost letter arrives, send from Milderhurst Castle. The letter is addressed to Edie her mother. Her mother is shocked when she receives the letter. Her mother doesn’t want to talk about it to Edie, like always. Edie and her mother have never been close. She thinks this might have something to do with the letter.

Edie her mother lived in Milderhurst Castle with the 3 sisters Blythe and their dad. Edie doesn’t know.
When Edie drives past Milderhurst Castle she decides to stop. Many memories come to the service. How can one get memories from a place they’ve never been to?

Edie doesn’t only find her mothers buried secrets In Milderhurst Castle, also the deep secrets which are hidden in the stones of the castle. What the sisters Blythe have been through in their lives, is more than you can imagine.

My opinion
This story raises so many questions, so you keep on reading. In my opinion it took a little too long for the questions to be answered.
The last paragraphs were really interesting, because everything falls into place. If you’re a pacient reader (which I am not) I would recommend this book.

I give this book 2 out of 5 stars.

New books

Hey everyone,
A while ago I went to a so called “book market”. Most of the books have a big discount, which is nice when you don’t have a large budget. I must say that you won’t find new books here. Most of the books come from a surplus.
This doesn’t mean that you won’t find nice books here, because I found some!

I’m currently reading Soul Beach and I quite like it. It’s such an original story! I’m glad I bought the sequel, so I don’t have to wait to find out how the story continues. I’m really glad I like Soul Beach, because I would’ve bought the second book for nothing if i didn’t.

Agatha Christie is one of my favorite writers. Her detectives are so well written, I can’t stop reading them. There’s always that big plottwist which I didn’t saw coming. They make the story super interesting. I can’t wait to read these!

I’ve already finished this book and I LOVED IT! Dan Brown is a great author. If you’ve never read a book of him I recommend you do!

Broken Soup

Hi love,
Today I’ll give you a book review from a book with a somewhat funny title: Broken Soup. I bought this book combined with another one, which I have yet to read: Finding Violet Park. Both are written by Jenny Valentine.
I hadn’t heard of the book before. I was just making my way through the bookstore and read many book covers, which is something I like to do. When I read it I knew I wanted to read it!

Don’t get confused by my picture, I bought the book in Dutch

The story: (No spoilers)
Rowan her life is not average. Her brother passed away, her parents split up and she’s more of a mother than her mother is. She’s constantly taking care of her little sister and the household, while she tries to do well in school. She makes sure no one knows what’s really going on with her mother, who’s depressed.
One day something weird happens. A boy hands Rowan a photo negative, which he said she dropped. Rowan is sure it isn’t hers. Things get even more bizarre when she finds out her dead brother is on the picture. How does a photo negative suddenly emerge? Or does this boy know more than he’s telling her?
Join Rowan on her adventure to find out more about what happend to her brother.

My opinion
I enjoyed reading this book. It’s really easy to read and I feel like Rowan could have been my friend. She’s such a sweet character and you’ll love her. The story isn’t predictable, which I like. It’s more adventurous than I expected it to be.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I really liked reading it, but it wasn’t as tensive as I expected it to be.

Books I’ve yet to read

Hey you all,
Do you know that feeling when you buy something new and you’re really excited about it, but you end up not using it? It’s not that I don’t use the things I buy. It just takes longer to finish a book than to buy a new one. Here are some books from my bookshelves I have yet to read.

How Kirsty Jenkins stole the elephant
Kirsty Jenkins adores the allotment her grandfather lovingly tends and, just before he dies, he asks Kirsty to look after it for him. But when horrible Mr Thomas from the council insists it must go to the next person on the waiting list, Kirsty is determined to find a way to keep her promise.
All the bright places
A compelling and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die.Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
It’s kind of a funny story
An ambitious new student at Manhattan’s prestigious Executive Pre-Professional High School, Craig Gilner suddenly discovers that he has become an average kid among a group of brilliant students, a discovery that leads to increasing anxiety and a battle with clinical depression, during which he encounters a motley crew of fellow patients battling their own problems.
Our chemical hearts
Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her.
The long way to a small angry planet
Somewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.
A close and common orbit
Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who’s determined to help her learn and grow.

I wish I had more time to read, because I can’t wait to read all of these books.
Also, wouldn’t it be great if it was possible to read more books at the same time? Sometimes I just can’t choose…
Hope these books will inspire you!

And then there were none

Hey fellow readers,
I have a new book review for you today. I’m so excited about this book, because it’s such a good one! I’m talking about the book: And then there were none. It’s written by Agatha Christie, who’s well known for her detective stories.

The story (no spoilers)
10 People have been invited by someone they think they know, to come and visit. They meet each other on a private island, isolated from the rest of the world. What they thought would be a fun time, turned out entirely different. All of these 10 people have something to hide and it starts to haunt them.
And then someone gets killed, and after that someone else…
Will the rest survive? Who can be trusted? Are there others on the island?

The more of the story you read, the more confused you get. Agatha Christie is playing with your mind and you don’t even know it’s happening. What a great writer she is.

My opinion
I enjoyed reading this book so much! I was desperate for the answers the book wasn’t giving me. I couldn’t stop reading it. I never had this happen to me before, but sometimes I actually got scared to flip the page. I didn’t know if I could handle what the next page would reveal.
I think this is a great book if you love adventurous detective stories. It’s also easy to read and understand.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. The story is really original and well written.

Poem from a book

This is a poem written by an older sister, to her younger sister.

To Cecy

If I were a bird
And you were a bird
What would we do?
Why you should be little and I would be big,
And, side by side on a cherry tree twig,
We’d kiss with our yellow bills, and coo-
That’s what we’d do!

If I were a fish
And you were a fish,
What would we do?
We’d frolic, and whisk our little tails,
And play all sorts of tricks with the whales,
And call on the oysters, and order a “stew”,
That’s what we’d do!

If I were a bee
And you were a bee,
What would we do?
We’d find a home in a breezy wood,
And store it with honey sweet and good,
You should feed me and I would feed you,
That’s what we’d do!

– Book: What Katy did, by: Susan Coolidge

The sun is also a star

Let’s talk about books today! The sun is also a star is a book by one of my favorite authors, named Nicola Yoon. She’s the one who wrote the bestseller Everything, everything, which turned out to become one of my favorite books! I just knew I HAD to read her next book.

The story (No spoilers)
Natasha is someone who believes in facts. She wants nothing to do with fantasies or fairytales. Especially not in this time, when her whole life is turned upside down. With everything she has in her, she’s fighting against a decision the government made concerning her family. In 12 hours Natasha and her family will be deported to Jamaica.

Also, there is Daniel. He’s a dreamer, who apart from facts, also believes in faith. It’s not like he’s following his dreams though. He’s too busy trying to be the perfect son.

2 Completely different people, from 2 different worlds. They’ve been living in the same city, but their roads never crossed… up until this moment.
What will happen when 2 totally different worlds become one, while every second counts?

My opinion
I really enjoyed reading this book. At the beginning of the story, I thought this was going to be a typical lovestory, but Nicole Yoon proved me wrong. I love the way she writes. To me it feels like I’m living the story instead of reading it.
A beautiful love story where time is running out and every moment counts.

I give this book a 4 out of 5, because I don’t like it as much as I liked Everything, everything. But I really do love the way Nicola Yoon writes. Plus the story is original.


Hey my fellow readers,
Today I have a new book review for you. I was in the bookstore and someone recommended this book to me. When I went to pay for the book the guy from the store got all excited: “This is my favorite book! It’s so good.” Two other girls who also work at the store joined the conversation, telling me it’s also their favorite book. Expectations were set high at this point.
The book I’m talking about is Uprooted, written by Naomi Novik. It’s a high fantasy novel.

The story (without spoilers)
Agnieszka lives in a beautiful valley, but on the border stands the corrupt Woods. Nobody dares coming near to the evil Woods, filled with scary shadows.
The people from Agnieszka’s valley rely on a wizard, better known as the Dragon. He only asks for 1 thing in return for his help: a young woman, who’ll serve him for 10 years. After those years, he’ll come back to take another one.
Nobody knows what happens to the girls in his castle, just like nobody truly knows what’s up with the woods. Agnieszka is here to find it out and she’s not a quitter.

My opinion
High fantasy novels are not the kind of books I normally read. But sometimes it’s good to shift between different genres. To be honest, I expected more of this book. Possibly because a few people pointed it out as it being their favorite book. I liked the storyline and the characters, but I think it was too predictable.
The beginning of the book made me think of a Beauty & the Beast and Cinderella mixture. Later on in the book this is mostly invalid.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I loved the idea behind the storyline and I really liked the main character. I just feel like it should’ve been less predictable.

I was here

Hi loves,
Today I have a new book review for you! The book is called: I was here. The author is Gayle Forman.
I bought this book during my trip in South Africa and it only took me 3 evenings to finish it.

The story (no spoilers)
What if your best friend commits suicide? Cody is completely shocked when her best friend Meg was found dead. How did this happen? How COULD this happen? They were best friends, weren’t they supposed to tell each other everything?
Cody wants answers and is determined to get them. Was it Meg her own choice, or did someone push her to commit suicide?

You will live this whole adventure through the eyes of Cody. There’s lots of pain, sadness and hurt in the people Meg left behind. While Cody is looking for answers, she finds a whole different world where Meg used to live in. She knew nothing about this and it seems like nobody else did… or were there people who knew?

My opinion
It’s weird to say that I liked this book and enjoyed reading it, because it’s such a sad story. It’s really touching to read what Megs death did to the people who loved her.
In some weird way I find this book empowering. It shows you the reason why you have to keep going.

I give this book a 3 out of 5. It’s a lovely story to read and it touched my heart.

Extremely loud and incredibly close

Hey hey,
Today is book review day! This time it’s about the book: Extremely loud and incredibly close. What a beautiful story this is! It’s been written by Jonathan Safran Foer and filmed in 2011.
I own the little pocket version, because I wanted to take the book with me on vacation.

The story (no spoilers)
You mostly experience the book through Oskars eyes, an autistic 9 year old boy. He has many hobby’s and even has his own buisiness cards!

His dad used to be his favorite person, until he lost him due to the terrorist attack in New York, on the 11th of September 2001.
Oskar finds a little key when he goes through his fathers things. He wants to find out into what lock the key fits.
This is where his “quest” starts. He travels all the way through New York and meets many people. He gets into situations other 9-year-olds probably wouldn’t.
His quest will make you laugh, wonder and confused.

Another important character in this book is Oskar his grandma. They both have a walkie-talkie next to their beds, so they can always talk to each other. During Oscars quest you’ll also learn about his grandma and his granddad, who share a special story, because his granddad is quit odd.

My opinion
There’s lots of humor in this book, which I appreciate! Oskar loves to invent things. Here’s an example:
A “Nature Hike Anklet” which would leave “a trail of bright yellow dye when you walk” preventing people from losing their path.
I sometimes would laugh out loud while reading this book, because of Oskars inventions and ideas.

I think the storyline is very original and neatly finished. I like the surprising twists in the story, which made it more interesting.
It’s not a very easy book to read, because it gets you thinking. I think I will read it again, so everything that happens in the book will add up in my head.

I give this book a 4 out of 5 for it’s jokes, originality and interesting story line.