The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – Non-Spoiler Review

Βιβλίο: The Fault In Our Stars
Συγγραφέας: John Green
Σελίδες: 316
Είδος: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Ημερομηνία Έκδοσης: 10 Ιανουαρίου, 2012
Αξιολόγηση: ⭐⭐⭐

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The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon – Non-Spoiler Review

Βιβλίο: The Sun Is Also A Star
Συγγραφέας: Nicola Yoon
Σελίδες: 348
Είδος: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Ημερομηνία Έκδοσης: 1 Νοεμβρίου, 2016
Αξιολόγηση: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams  that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story. Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true.

Ξεκινάω την συγκεκριμένη κριτική δεσμεύοντας τον εαυτό μου και λέγοντας ότι το βιβλίο αυτό είναι ένα από τα αγαπημένα μου. Και να πω την αλήθεια δεν υπάρχει και κάποιος συγκεκριμένος λόγος. Ή ίσως υπάρχει.

Το βιβλίο είναι ένα κλασσικό ρομαντικό βιβλίο που τους περισσότερους θα τους φαινόταν κλισέ και προβλέψιμο. Συμφωνώ στο κλισέ.

Η Natasha και ο Daniel συναντιούνται για πρώτη φόρα έξω από ένα μαγαζί που πουλάει δίσκους (πόσο υπέροχο;) και παρά το γεγονός ότι η πρώτη σε λιγότερο από 24 ώρες και ο δεύτερος πρέπει να δώσει συνέντευξη για να περάσει στο πανεπιστήμιο των ονείρων των γονιών του, αποφασίζουν να περάσουν λίγες από αυτές τις ώρες μαζί.

Χαρακτήρες:
– Ο Daniel λίγο υπερβολικά ονειροπόλος αλλά δεν μπορώ να πω όχι σε ένα αγόρι που για πρώτο ραντεβού σε πάει για καραόκε.
– Η Natasha εξαιρετικά απαισιόδοξη αλλά κάνω relate όσον αφορά τις αρνητικές σκέψεις οπότε why not.
– Προφανώς υπάρχουν και άλλοι οι οποίοι μου περνούν αδιάφοροι γιατί δεν συμπάθησα κανέναν τους. Θα μου πεις γιατί έβαλες 5 αστέρια; Θα δεις.

Πλοκή (ποτέ δεν ήξερα τι να πω σε αυτό αλλά κάτι θα βρω):
– Όχι όσο προβλέψιμη όσο θα περίμενε κάποιος.
– Ίσως το γεγονός ότι υπήρχαν POVs από διάφορους χαρακτήρες της ιστορίας, να βοήθησε ακόμα περισσότερο την εξέλιξη.
– Το τέλος εμένα προσωπικά μου αρέσει παααρα πολύ

Γενικά, πέρα από το ρομαντικό στοιχείο που προφανώς και έχει η ιστορία, ο κύριος στόχος του βιβλίου, για μένα τουλάχιστον, είναι να δείξει τις διαφορετικές πτυχές της ζωής δυο ανθρώπων και πως αυτές τελικά συνδέονται με κάποιον ανεξήγητο τρόπο και δεν μιλάω απαραίτητα για ένα ζευγάρι αλλά και για δυο αδέλφια ή δυο φίλους.

Μέσα λοιπόν από την απόφαση του Daniel να δείξει στην Natasha ότι μέσα σε λιγότερο από μια μέρα μπορεί να τον “ερωτευτεί” (αδύνατο), βλέπουμε και τις διαφορετικές ιστορίες του κάθε παιδιού. Και ενώ οι όμορφες εφήμερες στιγμές τους εξελίσσονται σε κάτι παραπάνω, το βιβλίο δείχνει ότι τελικά ο χρόνος είναι πολύτιμος και ότι η ζωή δεν είναι μια ταινία ή στην δικιά μας περίπτωση ένα βιβλίο με αίσιο τέλος. Ή και όχι.

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ΚΟΥΟΤΑΚΙΑ ΝΑ ΘΥΜΑΣΤΕ
“The universe stops and waits for us.”
“Maybe part of falling in love with someone else is also falling in love with yourself.”
“There’s a Japanese phrase that I like: koi no yokan. It doesn’t mean love at first sight. It’s closer to love at second sight. It’s the feeling when you meet someone that you’re going to fall in love with them. Maybe you don’t love them right away, but it’s inevitable that you will.”
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Όταν το διάβαζα άκουγα:
– stop the world i wanna get off with you – arctic monkeys
– through glass – stone sour
– liability – lorde
(προτείνω ανεπιφύλακτα)

Ο Ρε Βου Αρ,

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Lilac Skully And The Halloween Moon by Amy Cesari – Review

Book: Lilac Skully And The Halloween Moon (provided by the author)
Author: Lilac Skully
Pages: 175
Genre: Middle Grade, Children, Fantasy < Paranormal
Publication Date: September 28th, 2018
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis

Lilac Skully wants nothing more than to go to the Seaside Fun Park on Halloween night. But when she discovers a dark and sinister plot, she’s torn between the world of the living and the world of the dead.

Can’t she just be a kid for once and enjoy Halloween? Or will she sacrifice costumes, candy apples, and Fun Park rides to help her otherworldly friends?

If you like spooky, fun, middle grade books, check out Lilac Skully and the Halloween Moon!

So this is the third book in the series and I have to say it’s my favorite so far.

I really enjoyed Lilac’s journey during Halloween. I think her having fun with her friends but also being a heroess by saving the ghosts.

A lot of things went on during this story. And even though this isn’t a non-spoiler review I won’t mention them since I think that you definitely have to read the book to find them out.

The only thing I can tell you is that someone is trying to sabotage someone else and capture all the ghosts that live in the Halloween amusement park. (I think we can all understand who)

I loved meeting the new ghosts of the story. It was such a beautiful add to the whole plot.

I also really enjoyed meeting Lilac’s friends and finally seeing her trying to blend in the world outside of the Skully Manor.

All in all I really enjoyed this book and I just can’t wait to read the fourth one when it comes out.

xx,

Georgia

Lilac Skully And The Carriage Of Lost Souls by Amy Cesari – Review

Book: Lilac Skully And The Carriage Of Lost Souls (provided by the author)
Author: Amy Cesari
Pages: 200
Genre: Middle Grade, Children, Fantasy < Paranormal
Publication Date: January 17th, 2018
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis

Will Lilac Return from the Realm of the Dead?

When her life alone begins to feel desperate, Lilac comes up with a daring plan.

But when she travels to the world of the dead, she realizes it may have been a bad idea. A malevolent ghost is following her . . . and Lilac finds herself facing grim consequences. How will she ever get home?

Join Lilac on a courageous adventure as she leaves Skully Manor, makes unexpected friends, and discovers dangers far worse than she feared.

This is getting better and better.

Reading the first book was one this but this one was the one that intrigued me the most. Even though I found some slight issues that I will talk about later, I really enjoyed this book.

In the book we continue on following Lilac Skully while she tries to find her father and at the same time save the ghosts she’s come to adore.

I love how the connection between Lilac and the ghosts is getting stronger and stronger. It’s such a beautiful friendship. One that you don’t get to read in most books out there.

I really enjoyed getting SOME of the answers I deserved after reading the first book. So someone is trying to capture the ghosts and they have Lilac’s father because he’s an expert at ghosts and he’s helping them because they’re blackmailing his family. THAT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE. WHO ARE THEY? AND WHY ARE THEY DOING WHAT THEY’RE DOING? Strange.

By this point I’m getting annoyed cause I wanna know but that’s what the series is for.

Anyway. Back to the review.

I loved getting to meet the Blue Lady in this book. I had kind of figured out that she’s still somewhere and after they took her, she didn’t disappear completely.

That’s was such a cute element of the book.

I completely fell in love with Titan since I love horses. The Carriage Of Lost Souls was a great part of the book. The witch-y vibes were really cool as well.

I have to say that the only issue that I had was Lilac’s sudden change of character. Even though it started from the first book, the main character went from hating ghosts to risking her life for them. I found her behavior in both books really excessive.

All in all, this book is definitely a very fun and quick read. The creepy, ghost-y vibes are still there and they make the book even better.

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FAVORITE QUOTES
“She inhaled slowly and deeply, her eyes nearly closed as she tried to sense a rooty, darker note from the usual pale, sweet, haunted scent of her home. But it wasn’t there.”
“Don’t let your guard down, little girl.”
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I still recommend this book series to everyone out there who is in need for a quick, fun and at the same time mysteriously scary (not too much) read.

xx,

Georgia

Lilac Skully And The Haunted House by Amy Cesari – Non-Spoiler Review

Book: Lilac Skully And The Haunted House (provided by the author)
Author: Amy Cesari
Pages: 180
Genre: Middle Grade, Children, Fantasy < Paranormal
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2017
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis

Home alone in a haunted house. What could go wrong?

Lilac Skully is afraid of ghosts. And a lot of other things, too. After her father’s mysterious disappearance, Lilac must find a way to deal with the notorious ghosts that haunt her home—or better yet—get them to leave.

But when intruders break in, Lilac realizes there’s a danger far worse than her spooky old house. No longer safe, Lilac will need to face her fears, trust herself, and make new friends that will change her life forever.

Lilac Skully and the Haunted House is the first book in the Supernatural Adventures of Lilac Skully, a series of fun, spooky stories with a lot of heart. If you like books about ghosts and awesome little girls—you’ll love this imaginative, haunted tale!

I knew that I’d love this book from the moment I began reading it. Even though I really enjoy Middle Grade books, the fact that it contains some Halloween and creepy vibes, made me enjoy it even more.

In the book we follow Lilac Skully and how she deals with her father’s disappearance that has something to do with ghosts and how some people are hunting them. Cool right? I know.

Lilac Skully is adorable. Her appearance is so strange and I just love that. Also how can she live in a haunted house? I mean, congratulations! Bonus for that.

I started the book and I loved Lilac and her fear of the ghosts and how she dealt with it. Even though it’s not a situation to find funny, I did and that’s definitely okay if you did as well.

I love how the author gave the ghosts that hunt in the Skully Manor character and personalities. I loved all of them. Milly, Archie, Bram and even Mr. Fright. The play such a big part in the book’s plot and plot twists so getting to know them has been a pleasure.

The book’s plot hides more than it makes you think. It definitely has the mystery and kind of creepy vibe that it must have and it contains beautifully written scenes. There are parts of the story that are left un-answered and that just makes you want to pick up the sencond book and read it right away.

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FAVORITE QUOTES
“It was her heart. It was more like a thump, but she could hear it quite loudly.”
“…formed in a barely visible apparition.”
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I don’t know if I can keep something from this book, since it’s the beginning of a series, but I definitely will remember Lilac Skully because she’s an unforgettable character.

If you’re looking for a fun but at the same time spooky story, then this one is for you.

xx,

Georgia

Cherry Blossoms by Kim Hooper – Non-Spoiler Review

Book: Cherry Blossoms (eARC provided by Turner Publishing)
Author: Kim Hooper
Pages: 336
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Cultural < Japan
Publication Date: October 30th, 2018
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐,5

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Goodreads Synopsis

Jonathan Krause is a man with a plan. He is going to quit his advertising job and, when his money runs out, he is going to die. He just has one final mission: A trip to Japan. It’s a trip he was supposed to take with his girlfriend, Sara. It’s a trip inspired by his regrets. And it’s a trip to pay homage to the Japanese, the inventors of his chosen suicide technique.

In preparation for his final voyage, Jonathan enrolls in a Japanese language class where he meets Riko, who has her own plans to visit her homeland, for very different reasons. Their unexpected and unusual friendship takes them to Japan together, where they each struggle to make peace with their past and accept that happiness, loneliness, and grief come and go―just like the cherry blossoms.

Haunted by lost love, Jonathan must decide if he can embrace the transient nature of life, or if he must choose the certainty of death.

That was such a good read and I am so excited to be finally reviewing it.

In the book we follow Jonathan’s journey to Japan in order to kill himself becuase the love of his life, Sara, died (that sounded kind of rough). But then he meets Riko in his Japanese language class and their friendship brings some light into Jonathan’s dark life.

I got so many emotions from this book. The loss and the pain in the beginning. And then the light and the hope through all this darkness.
They’re so powerful.

I love the connections in the book. Jonathan and Sara and then Jonathan and Riko. The friendships and the realationships. The loves and the hates. I loved them. I felt them. I got experience them cause they felt that real.

I love how the story jumps back and forth from the present to his past life, the one including Sara. Both types of chapter are so not relatable to each other and at the same time so connected to one another. The idea of chapter with the present AND the past were so interesting as well.

I really enjoyed getting to know a little bit more of the Japanese language, culture and history. This educational add is actually really interesting because you don’t get to see that in every book. But when I get to experience the educational side that a book can provide, I love it.

I do have to let you know that the book contains the contents of sucide and miscarriage that might be triggering to some people out there. I feel like I have to mention this because the topics are included in the book so if you’re not comfortable with them, then this book isn’t really for you.

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FAVORITE QUOTES
“Let’s swim out there. Let’s go.”
“Age is all relative, I suppose.”
“I am sure you were good for her, and to her.”
“It is dark one inch ahead of you.”
“Do you believe in a thing called love? I don’t know.”
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What I am keeping from this book is how we can always find light in the darkness that life sometimes throws at us. And how we can always find a way out or a way in.
And also I am keeping Japan. I got to see Japan through Jonathan and Riko’s eyes and I loved that. The book made me search and learn and it educated me and it also made me really want to visit this beautiful country in the future.

If you’re looking for a deep, fun (at times), educational book to love and connect with, then this one is for you.

xx,

Georgia

Book Of Unstranslatable Things by Esther Ra – Non-Spoiler Review

Book: Book Of Untranslatable Things (provided by the author)
Author: Esther Ra
Pages: 58
Genre: Poetry
Publication Date: July 5th, 2018
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Goodreads Synopsis

Esther Ra explores the conflicting forces within and across culture, history, and memory in this luminous collection of poems.

That poetry collection was just WOW.

It’s like the author’s memoir. A girl with a light skin colour that is standing between two continents. She mourns about Korea and the bad things that have happened and are still happening. She is torn between two worlds and she is hurting.

Her writing is incredible.

The feelings that the reader can get from it are so beautiful. The sadness that you can feel by just reading those poems is stunning. Every part makes you pause and think.

I love the concept that this book poetry collection has. The story and the fear and the pain that is behind it makes me want to read it again and again and you should as well.

It’s definitely not an easy read, but if you do read it then it will change your life. It’s barely 60 pages long but the content is so sensitive and I am so happy that the author decided to address situations like the ones mentioned in the book.

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FAVORITE QUOTES
“But here we are,
Sinking
Instead.”
“Will you run to me again,
Arms wide open,
Kiss me once more
Goodnight?.”
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I recommend this poetry collection to literally everybody. By reading it you will learn a lot and you’ll be motivated and it will bring out emotions and I bet you’ll love it.

xx,

Georgia