Book loot for the end of the year

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Last month I’ve been to a book fair and lately I’ve been hoarding unusual number of new books. Some were gifts and some I bought for myself. Most I just grabbed and wouldn’t let go…

I swear I’m like a bear getting ready for hibernation!

Here are the books that are new on my shelves!

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Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1) by Sally Green

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 Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy, #2) by Sally Green

Both of them I’ve read earlier this year and I’ve even bought a Croatian edition. Third book in this trilogy Half Wild in English I’ve gotten in April as a gift.

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 The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Also Croatian edition. This is one of the books I bought at the book fair in Zagreb. This book is relatively hard to come by. I was very happy to have found it. Yesterday I’ve seen the first photos and stills of the new miniseries based on this book and I’m even more glad to have gotten it!

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 The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

  This is one of the books I’ve heard from my friend. She read the copy from the library and I was intrigued because it totally missed my radar when it first came out. Again Croatian edition. It has a dark and twisted feel to it and I hope I get to reading it soon.

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 Saga Omnibus by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

Croatian edition is a chubby omnibus that collects first three volumes. It is really heavy and not cheap but I love it anyway! I was thrilled when I first read this graphic novel and hopefully next year t this time I’ll have the second omnibus as well!

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A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L’Engle

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 A Wind in the Door (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #2) by Madeleine L’Engle

These are Croatian editions of a children’s classic I’ve been eyeing for years now. Sadly it is a five book series and there probably won’t be translations for the last three books A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.  😦  I also found English edition of a second book A Wind in the Door hidden in my shelves o.o

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  Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2) by Rick Riordan

I loved the first book and when I’ve seen this one finally arrive I just grabbed it and wouldn’t let go. This is one of the few books I’m getting in hardcover editions as they come out. There are tons of pictures with American edition covers but not many with British edition covers I’m getting. I will try to snap a few good pictures when I do the review.

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The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

Only Rick Riordan’s books that did not sit well with me were Kane Chronicles. As for the rest of them I plan to get them all eventually.  I love the feel of adventure they bring to life in me when I read them! Maybe I’ll even give Kane Chronicles a new chance as well!

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Half a King (Shattered Sea, #1) by Joe Abercrombie

For the purposes of a book gifting in my book club I asked my boyfriend to take his Croatian edition of this book. I promised to replace it with a pretty English edition and I did. I’m actually hoping to get the whole trilogy eventually and read them as well!

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The Witch with no Name(The Hollows #13) by Kim Harrison

Last book of The Hollows series. I still have to read one book before it but wouldn’t start before I got this one. I ordered this one online and it is in the mail as we speak!

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Staked (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #8) by Kevin Hearne

This book series I need to catch up as well. Boyfriend read all before this book and will be happy to read it too. Ordered online and also in the mail!

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Monthly reading review – April 2016

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Monthly reading review – April 2016

This April I have read:

La sombra del viento  (El cementerio de los libros olvidados #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón ★★★★

Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs ★★★

Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones, #3) by Helen Fielding ★

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1) by Sally Green  ★★★★★

Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy, #2) by Sally Green  ★★★★

Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy, #3) by Sally Green  ★★★★

The Mean Seasons (Fables, Vol. 5) by Bill Willingham ★★★★

And the Mountains Echoed by  Khaled Hosseini ★★★

Drawn Together by Z.A. Maxfield ★★★★

My American Duchess by Eloisa James ★★★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

I have finally reached the double digit monthly score that I’ve been trying to since last year. I’ve read 10 books up to making this post. Even though I’ve finished My American Duchess just am hour ago I’m counting it to April reading! This calls for some happy dancing 🙂

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2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in April? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

The only book I’ve rated with five stars in April was Half Bad by Sally Green. I’ve made the review on it and quickly went on a reading spree trough the whole trilogy! I enjoyed it immensely. Nathan was a compelling character and I loved reading his slightly removed perspective. I also loved reading Shadow of the Wind for RL bookclub. 

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3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

Mad about the boy was a real let down. The book was frustrating and at times insulting. I could not understand what author wanted to convey with the book and the main character was completely aggravating. 

On the side note Dead Heat was OK but I expected more from a long time favorite author and UF genre series. I still rated it with three stars and adore the concept and art.

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4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I had no grand plans for April and just went with what I felt like reading mostly. I think it helped that I now have one one RL book club assignment per month and I’ve read ahead with And the Mountains Echoed by  Khaled Hosseini which is due at the start of May actually. That took some presure off and gave me a bit more leeway in my reading plans and posting in May.

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

I actually started and finished a whole series in April and that felt really good to achieve. I finished all the borrowed graphic novels with Fables vol 5. I have closed the chapter with last Bridget Jones novel and hope to never venture that way again. I will probably not continue The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series by Carlos Ruiz Zafón even though I liked it. I even got a Patricia Briggs Alpha & Omega series up to date!

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6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

I would love to recommend Half Bad trilogy and I’m adding it to my wishlist. It is a book series I would like to own and read again sometime in the future. I’m also interested in two available novellas. Eloisa James was a great author to finish April with and to start May! 

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Final thoughts on April reading:

There were more than enough happy reading moments in April and I think I will have to go back and make more posts in May! With more reading done I’m having much more happy reading moments and it gives me more to write about! I’m satisfied with my April reading and hope to show it with more posting in May.

Half Bad – Book Review

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Finished reading:

Half Bad (Half Bad trilogy book 1)

by Sally Green

★★★★

Expectation

I’ve mentioned before that this book was picked up out off guilt trip I had after getting the third book of the series as a gift. I had it on my reading list for a while. When it first came out in Croatian translation I did not respond to the promo hype. I just put it on TBR and moved on. I had very low expectations.

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Summary

This book speaks to the reader in a very direct way. At first I was a bit tilted by the straightforward tone of the book. Most of the descriptions at the very beginning deal with some disturbing imagery. It took me a while to comprehend the concept and the whole hate toward the main character Nathan.

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There is something about that wild and those desires that made Nathan intriguing. I’ve always loved stories about underdogs and this one was no exception – how can you not root for a character that everybody keeps trying to step on?

What I really love about this book is the way how the author uses labels and terms of black as bad and white as good. As the story progresses the lines blur and we get to see lots of grey in between.

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Seriously though, some parts of this book were more than just mildly disturbing to read about. The parts where we see a little boy starved for love and affection made me teary eyed. How the story progresses we see his inner maturation and reasoning.

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I also must mention that I enjoyed thew change of scenery and characters travelling all trough Europe. There are only so many books that happen in USA or English speaking territories and it gets boring pretty fast…

A bit of spoiler alert:

I liked the interaction between Gabriel and Nathan, especially the yaoi parts. I’m happy to report that this is one of the aspects of the books that progresses trough the books and gives validation for character growth.

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Conclusion

I’ve finished this book in a record time and wolfed the second book Half Wild as well. I’m rethinking of buying the series and reading it again sometimes. What I would like to go trough at a slower pace is Nathan’s growing up and transformation from a child to a strong minded individual.

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Reading in progress – April 2016

For the first time in a long time I have found myself clearing all the reading and finishing all the books I’ve started. giphy

I gave myself a pat on the back and proceeded to pick some books from my big TBR pile with renewed fervor. In doing so I tried picking some books that were on the list for a while but for some reason I haven’t gotten to them just yet.

Here are the books I’ve picked out for April

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The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

45 out of 368 pages

I liked this book since I saw her last year. It was presented as a refreshing, no sequel underdog story in a rich imagined world. So far I’m a bit tired with all the strange names and kinda Old English language that the characters use. The story is intriguing but if I’m not really concentrated I have a hard time imagining all the wondrously strange races, technology and scenery. I hope I get into it soon.

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Drawn Together by Z.A. Maxfield

45 out of 368 pages

I found out about this book ages ago when I was reading a lot of fan fiction and Kindle freebies. I knew there was a small chance that I would ever get my hands on a copy to read it. It is a cute story about most unlikely characters – southern boy Rory and an anime artist Yamane. It started out a bit weird and I hope it gets better soon.

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Half Bad (Half Bad Trilogy book 1) by Sally Green

212 out of 369 pages

A while ago when the translation to Croatian came out I’ve add this book to my TBR quite casually. I was in no hurry to read it. What served as incentive was a gift I got – third book from Half Bad series – Half Lost. I felt bad about having the last book in the series since I haven’t even started on the first. I just got sucked in this book and read half of it in two sittings. I’m seriously thinking of buying it and the whole trilogy!

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I’m thinking of starting a few more and making April a very busy reading month! I will be soon adding the graphic novel  The Mean Seasons (Fables volume 5).

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