December 29, 2015

Purple/blue lipstick | Tutorial

If you were wondering how I made my lipstick in my Rogue review, here's a little tutorial:

Products:
-HD Photogenic Concealer Wand by NYX, in the colour: Medium
-Sheer crème eyeshadow by Calvin Klein, in colour: gold velvet tempting glitter (21306)













Steps:
Step 1: use the concealer like a lipgloss




Step 2: dip your finger in the eyeshadow and smear it all over your lips, until you become this:

And that's it!








Rogue | Review

Title: Rogue
Series: Talon #2
Author: Julie Kagawa
Pages: 459 pages
Version: Paperback
Publisher: Harlequin
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Rogue is the amazing sequel to Talon. It continues the story of a dragon called Ember. She has feelings for Riley/Cobalt, a dragon, and Garret, an ex- St. George soldier.

Ember could never forget the sacrifice Garret made for her, so she's determined to save him from St. George. Because of those events, Ember is on the run for St. George and Talon with Riley/Cobalt, Garret and Wes (a hacker). They're going to Vegas to find a safe place to rest and think about a new plan.

There's obviously a love triangle in Talon and Rogue and it's not annoying. I even love it and I don't know who Ember will pick. Riley/Cobalt is a dragon so that would be the obvious pick, but Garret makes her nervous and gives her butterflies.

Like in Talon, there's a multiple perspective, only this time it's not just Riley, but they also use 'Cobalt'. Those chapters are about  the past, so you actually get to know more about Riley/Cobalt, when he wasn't rogue yet and when he met Wes. (And there are chapters in Ember, Dante and Garret's perspective)

The way Rogue ended was so mean! I need to read Soldier but unfortunately it's not even published.

Made my own lipstick so my lips would match the cover.

December 27, 2015

Talon | Review

Title: Talon
Series: Talon #1
Author: Julie Kagawa
Pages: 461 pages
Version: Paperback
Publisher: Harlequin
Rating:★★★★★

Review

There are a dozen soldiers hiding in that maze. All hunting you. All looking to kill you.

Ember Hill and  Dante Hill aren't normal twins, the two redheads are dragons. They can shift into human and shift back to dragon. Ember and Dante are sent to Crescent Beach to observe and blend in, to live like humans. They have to make friends and learn how the act like them. But they may never forget that dragons aren't prey, humans are prey.

Ember Hill is our protagonist and she's amazing! But the problem is that she falls in love with a human and doubts the system of Talon.

Garret is the human Ember likes but he's not just an ordinary boy, no he's a St. George soldier. St. George is an organisation that is determined to kill all the dragons without question. Garret was like that until he met Ember. She made him smile and enjoy himself, which rarely happens. But will he kill her when he finds out that she's a dragon?

Riley/Cobalt is a rogue. A dragon who ran away from Talon and does not live by Talon's rules. When Ember sees him her dragon feels attracted to him. He gives her information about Talon which was unknown to her and he asks her to run away with him. Will she run away or stay with Dante?

In Talon you have a multiple perspective, there are chapters in the perspective of Ember, Garret, Riley/Cobalt and Dante. The multiple perspective makes it interesting to read and you can figure out what the character is feeling.

Talon is such an amazing book, I think it's so far my favourite one about dragons. It was really fast paced and the characters were enjoyable. I cannot wait to read Rogue!

Matching lips and my cool Talon Saga T-shirt.


December 22, 2015

Platform boots | Review

Store: H&M
Price: €34,99/$39.99
Colour: Black
Size: 39/8.5
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

I'm in love with Jeffrey Campbell's boots and when I found these platform boots in H&M I was immediately hooked! I had to buy them because:
1. Look at them!!!
2. They're cheaper, Jeffrey Cambell shoes are always above €100 and these shoes were €34,99
3. Look at them again!!

They fit really nice! Most of the time I wear size 39 but sometimes 38 (7.5) and I picked size 39 and they fit perfectly! The material is good, the heel is steady and the laces are good, the only disadvantage is that they are hard to untie when you double knotted them. I have other shoes by H&M with the same laces and I had difficulties with untying them.

Here's a little video of me showing my new boots:


December 19, 2015

Ignite Me | Review

Title: Ignite Me
Series: Shatter Me #3
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Pages: 409 pages
Version: Hardcover
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Her touch is lethal.
Her touch is power.

I remember when I started this series two months ago. I remember hating Warner and loving Adam.. But oh so much has changed. I want to thank Tahereh Mafi for being the first author who could change my mind about which team I loved. I've never been team Jacob (Twilight), never been team Puck (Iron Fey) and never been team Gale (The Hunger Games). I've always loved Edward, Ash and Peeta. It's always been the first guy our protagonist fell in love with. But in Shatter Me I was team Adam and in Unravel Me I wasn't so sure who I loved and now, after finishing Ignite Me, I know I love Warner. Sigh...

I had been shackled, a prisinor in my own mind.

Ignite Me is the last book in the Shatter Me series. After figuring out what Warner's true intentions were, everything changed. Not only for Juliette but also for her friends. They decide to kill Anderson and destroy The Reestablishment. But will they succeed?

Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures. No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry in te future, all the time digging and failing rip their skeletons from our flesh.

I loved Ignite Me and I secretly hope that Tahereh Mafi will write another book about Juliette and Warner. I really don't want this series to be over!!! This is definetly one of my favourite series ever and in the future I will re-read the books!

December 17, 2015

Sevenster | Recensie

Titel: Sevenster
Serie: De Laatste Wachter #1
Schrijver: Alexandra Penrhyn Lowe
Pagina's: 335  pagina's
Versie: Paperback
Uitgeverij: A.W. Bruna Uitgevers
Score: ★★★★★


Recensie
Wow, dit was echt een supermegagoed boek! Het was moeilijk om het neer te leggen, zo leuk vond ik het om te lezen.

Het hoofdpersonage Evaline heeft een leuk karakter en het was leuk om haar verhaal mee te maken. Ze heeft veel meegemaakt en dat maakt het eens zo interessant om verder te lezen!

Haar vriendin Cleo is hilarisch en in het echt zou ze voor mij echt een leuke vriendin zijn met haar humor.

Daniel is het nerdje van de groep, maar hij is eigenlijk ook tof, als je hem beter leert kennen zoals Evaline en Cleo hebben gedaan weet je ook hoe hij is.

En dan heb je nog Azer Azer... hij had al een connectie met Evaline en dat maakt het eens zo leuk om er achter te komen of ze nu gingen kussen of niet. Hij is eerder haar beschermengel dan een Engel der Wrake maar dat is mijn mening.

Ik ben benieuwd naar het volgende boek, ik kan niet wachten totdat ik het kan lezen!

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close | Review

Title: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
Pages: 326 pages
Version: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Rating: ★★★★★

Review
I think Jonathan Safran Foer is an amazing writer. He can describe things so beautiful and can give you so many things to think about. I think he could even write something silly and still make it beautiful. He has this beautiful way of writing things down. “The silence overtook me like a cancer”
I had heavy boots while reading this novel. It was so hard for Oskar to go visit all the Blacks and actually it was for nothing. There were even moments when I had tears in my eyes and after finishing the novel, very late (1:43AM), I kept thinking about it. Thinking about what 9/11 caused, what wars can cause: “It doesn't matter what uniforms the soldiers are wearing. It doesn't matter how good the weapons are. I thought if everyone could see what I saw, we would never have war anymore.” Or in my case if everyone could read what I read, we would never have ware anymore. And thinking about what if this all was real, what if Oskar never knew his grandfather and had to visit all the Blacks.

This novel is just amazing, beautiful and heartbreaking. And for those who haven’t read Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, go to the library, a bookstore or borrow it from a friend!

Paper Towns | Review

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Pages: 305 pages
Version: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Rating: ★★★★★

Review
I think the way Green writes makes the reader fascinated. He can write in a special and easy way. I had no troubles reading Paper Towns, because there are no difficult words and the book is fast paced. We read in a male’s perspective, which is not new for me. I have read a few books in male perspective, but I think this one was one of the best books.

One thing I like about Green’s books is that I can always find something, even if it’s very small, of another character (from another book he wrote) in a character in Paper Towns. For example, in Margo I can find some few characteristics from Hazel (The Fault In Our Stars) and Alaska (Looking For Alaska) and in Quentin I can find some characteristics from Miles (Looking For Alaska) and Augustus (The Fault in Our Stars).
But one thing I think is a bit strange is that most of the time you get to know more about your protagonist, but in Paper Towns you actually get to know more about Margo than about Quentin.

There were some slow parts, parts that actually didn’t mean something important throughout the book. And this was the only weakness I could find. I think I will never dislike a book written by John Green.

Overall I enjoyed reading Paper Towns and I can’t wait to read another book written by John Green.
If you have never read a book by John Green, you have missed something.

Matched | Review

Title: Matched
Series: Matched #1
Author: Ally Condie
Pages: 369 pages
Version: Paperback
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Rating: ★★★★★


Review
Recently there are a lot of books about futuristic societies like The Hunger Games, Divergent,... and Matched . I liked THG and Divergent, so obviously I liked Matched.

This society controls EVERYTHING. The citizens their food, work, ideal mate, how many children they may have and when they die.
Matched is about Cassia Maria Reyes. She has her first Matching ceremony and her ideal mate is her best friend, Xander Thomas Carrow. It's a relief for her that she already knows him and likes him.
They get cards with all the information about their ideal mate, but when she uses her card, not Xander's face appears but Ky's face. Ky Markham is a friend of Cassia and Xander, he's adopted and he doesn't come from the place he currently lives in.
Cassia freaks out but one of the persons of her society reassures her that it's just a fault they've made. But she can't get Ky out of her head.
Meanwhile her grandfather turns 80, so he has to die, she needs to make a test to see which job she'll get and as summer activity she chooses hiking, which is a sport Ky also picks. They are a team and they fall for each other, more and more. He learns her how to write and I just love Ky. Sigh, when Ky appeared on the screen I was thinking like he's way better than Xander. And he's been trough a lot and he just tells everything about his past, even though it's hard... It's just so beautiful and sad! A lot of things happen in this book and you just have to read it.

So when I was reading I wanted that Cassia would choose Ky instead of Xander and my wish came true!! The ending was stupid, not in a bad way, but in a way like I have to read the sequel!! So I can't wait to read the sequel!  

December 12, 2015

The Long Road Home | Review

Title: The Long Road Home

Author: Alec John Belle
Pages: 227 pages
Version: Kindle (Beta)
Publisher: Booktrope
Book rating: ★★★★★

Review
First of all, I want to thank Alec for giving me a beta copy, you truly are an amazing person!

The Long Road Home is a book about Brooke. Brooke isn’t your average happy girl in high school, no Brooke is depressed and struggles with a lot of issues. Every time Brooke falls in love with a boy, it ends terrible. It ends deadly. It all started with Ian, and there were other guys too, but Jason triggered her suicidal thoughts.

"Love is a vile thing. It’s a disease, catching you by the throat, suffocating you until there’s no air left inside. As you gasp for air, it pulls you down, further into the abyss of your heart."

After Brooke's suicide attempt, she had to go to a mental hospital. And her first day at the mental hospital already starts bad when she sees her bully, Jennifer. Jennifer is your typical popular girl and she made Brooke's life miserable. But it must mean something that she's staying there, right?

And if it wasn't already bad enough that Jennifer is there, the next day Brooke meets Matt.

"He was feeding the desire, the darkness inside me; the monster waiting to become unleashed. He was the madness in me."

Will Matt be like Ian and Jason? Or will he be different?

I  L O V E D The Long Road Home, it's raw, emotional and so so beautiful. There were times when I was reading with a smile but there were also times when I was on the verge of crying. The Long Road Home is an emotional rollercoaster and I cannot wait for another book written by Alec John Belle!

December 11, 2015

The Hobbit | Review

Title: The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R.Tolkien
Pages: 388 pages
Version: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins

Book rating: ★★★ 1/2
Movie Rating: ★★★★★


Review

I loved the movies so much that I wanted to read the book too.
I've marked this book as to read a very long time ago and I wouldn't have seen the movies if my boyfriend didn't love them so much. I watched the first and the second movie in January and February 7th, my boyfriend and I went to the cinema to see the third movie. I loved all of them and I'm kind of sad that the third movie is the last movie. They were so beautiful, funny and emotinal. The landscapes were so beautiful, the characters were funny and I loved Tauriel. She's so pretty and when I went to the cinema I did my hair like hers.

When I started reading The Hobbit I had high expectations because the movies were so good. I kinda didn't like that some of the characters were a little bit different. For example Kili and Fili are both blonde in the book and in the movie Kili had brown hair?!
I did like that in the movie they used quotes from the book and I liked the fact that Tolkien sometimes wrote things to us:

I imagine you know the answer, of course, or can guess it as easy as winking, since you are sitting comfortably at home and have not the danger of being eaten to disturb your thinking.

Something I kinda didn't like is the fact that Tauriel didn't excist in the book. I loved her so much and I loved the thing she and Kili had and it just didn't happen in the book. So many things are different and it was a bit annoying.

But the names, they're really funny
The dwarves (yes, I use the word 'dwarves' like Tolkien used it): Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur and Thorin.
The hobbit: Bilbo
The wizards: Gandalf and Radagast

In the beginning you have this part where you can read the lyrics of a song from the dwarves. It's so beautiful. And on YouTube I found a cover from someone who sang the whole song. I read the lyrics while listening to the cover and it gave me the shills. It was so beautiful and deep.

Overall I liked the movies more than the book. If I first read the book, I'd probably liked the book more than the movies, but I'm not sure.
And I won't read the LotR books because I think they will also be different.
(Sorry for those who loved the books, but I love the movies and I just don't want to be in a reading slump again. It was hard for me to read The Hobbit because I loved the movies and the book was different.)

Junk | Review

Title: Junk
Author: Melvin Burgess
Pages: 328 pages
Version: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin
Rating: ★★★


Review

I don’t think Junk is powerful. Okay, it gives us the reality of being a junk and what the consequences are, but I don’t think the story is that great. There were many times that the characters were so annoying and were talking about things that weren’t even important. BUT it did affect me, even though it was in a negative way. In the beginning and in the middle of the book, when they didn’t talk about the negative parts of all the drugs, I felt the urge to do it myself. I felt the urge to run away, smoke some pot and get high. I don’t know why, but the feeling was there.

About the characters, we get to know the most about Gemma and Tar, but because of the multiple perspective we get to know things about Rob, Lily, Richard, Vonny, Gemma’s mom and Tar’s dad. I would’ve liked the book more if it was just Gemma and Tar. Some of the chapters, for example, when Richard was talking, weren’t even necessary. It hadn’t any important information about the book, just some random information.
Also the characters were annoying. For example Tar, he kept being pathetic and when he was on drugs, he was a jerk. And Lily, she was just insane, who nurses her baby while injecting smack in your breasts?! That’s not human!
But besides the fact that the characters annoyed me, they were so real. These days addicts like them exist and it’s getting worse. The book gives you a glimpse of their world, who they are, how they act, how serious this all is. That’s something I liked, it’s not fake it’s realistic.
And there was also one thing I really liked, something Gemma said:

“Maybe you think your mum and dad love you but if you do the wrong things they’ll try and turn you into dirt, just like mine tried to turn me into dirt. It’s your punishment for being you. Don’t play their game. Nothing can touch you; you stay beautiful.”

I loved this quote because sometimes, when my parents are angry at me, I often think like that. That my parents want me to be like they want me to, and not myself.

Do I think YAs will devour this book? Maybe. It depends. If you’re not that into reading and you’re reading this book, you’ll like it. But if you’re into reading, you’ll see the errors (annoying characters, unnecessary chapters/p.o.v,…) and there’s the possibility that you won’t like this book, or think it’s not that great.

Overall I think this book was okay, I liked the plot and if the characters were a little different and the p.o.v. too, I would’ve liked it more.

Something I want to mention is the cover. I’ve borrowed a copy with just a white background and a syringe, but you also have a cover with a dandelion, which, I think, suits better. You still have the syringe which refers to their junkie life and you have the dandelion which refers to the love between Gemma and Tar. I think the cover with the dandelion suits the book better than the one with the white background and syringe.

“She wrote, 'Dandelion, I love you.' And I thought that was magic. It's not in you, it's between you. It's bigger and stronger than you are”

Datumloze Dagen | Recensie

Titel: Datumloze Dagen
Schrijver: Jeroen Brouwers
Pagina's: 190 pagina's
Versie: Hardcover
Uitgeverij: Atlas
Score: ★★★


Recensie
Datumloze dagen is een roman geschreven door Jeroen Brouwers in 2007. Het is een roman over een vader-zoonrelatie waarin liefde, schaamte, seks en dood in voor komt.
Jeroen Brouwers is een veelbelovende schrijver met een gevarieerd aanbod. Zijn aanbod bestaat uit verhalen, essays, brieven, memoires, biografieën, polemieken1 en toneel.

Toen ik in de bibliotheek het boek ging halen zag ik de cover. Meestal is het de bedoeling dat de cover mensen aantrekt tot het boek, maar daarin heeft dit boek gefaald. De cover zou mooier zijn geweest als de bloemen haar vrouwelijk deel ook verborg.
Het tweede wat me aansprak was de manier waarop Jeroen Brouwers alles beschreef.

“Soms glipt een hatelijke herinnering daaraan opeens je hersens binnen, als een insluiper die een pianosnaar over je hoofd gooit en aanspant tegen je keel.”

In de eerste paar pagina’s beschreef hij heel veel en vergeleek hij ook dingen met elkaar, zoals de stilte in een bos en de stilte in een ziekenhuis. Een van de mooiste vergelijkingen was de vergelijking dat ons hoofdpersonage en Mirjam monsters zijn.

“Het lag niet aan Mirjam, het geduld en begrip in een persoon, ze was heus een lieve vrouw en ik hield ook wel van haar, in het begin, maar ik had afgrijselijke visioenen waarvan mijn adem stremde en ik het koud kreeg tot in mijn ziel, dat zij en ik door met elkaar te trouwen in een monster waren veranderd, zoals ik er jaren terug een had gezien in het geheime rariteitenkabinet van een medische faculteit. Een menselijk lichaam uit het middenrif waarvan een ander menselijk parasietlichaam zich had ontwikkeld, dat viel niet weg te snijden zonder doodsgevaar voor het lichaam waar het uit tevoorschijn was gebarsten.”

Maar toen kwamen de beschrijvingen over seks en vrouwen en die vond ik minder aangenaam. Sommige beschrijvingen vielen nog mee.

“[…] en wel met juist die plek van haar lichaam waar we dikwijls vreugde-, zelfs geluksmomenten hadden beleefd in tederheid en opwinding, geilheid en devotie, aandacht en galopperende drift, de baai tussen haar dijen, voorheen het oord van leniging en verzachting van alle verdriet.”

Maar dan had je ook andere:

“[…] Mirjam met opgetrokken knieën waar ze haar armen omheen had geslagen en haar kin op liet rusten, starend, stralend. Zilverige spermasporen in haar schaamhaar, ik zag het vocht dun en kleurloos uit haar wegsijpelen tot ze er een prop beddengoed tegenaan drukte.”

Het was zeer vervelend om deze beschrijvingen te lezen en tegelijk proberen te concentreren op de verhaallijn van dit boek. Ik vond ook dat er veel fragmenten in het boek voorkwamen die onnodig waren.

Het verhaal zelf gaat over een man, ons hoofdpersonage, die verliefd is op Mirjam. De man studeert en Mirjam heeft een kinderwens. De man is er helemaal tegen, hij wilt helemaal geen kinderen en daardoor hebben hij en Mirjam geen seks. Alles veranderd wanneer ze op reis zijn in Italië. Hij kijkt naar haar en hij voelt zijn gevoelens van vroeger terug en ze belanden samen in bed. En hierdoor is Mirjam zwanger.
Door de tijd heen is de man geen goede vader geweest voor zijn zoon, Nathan. Hij is Nathan hier en daar wel eens tegengekomen maar ze kennen elkaar niet zo goed. Totdat Nathan dodelijk ziek is door een speciale ziekte. Hierdoor is de man altijd aan Nathans zijde en zorgt hij voor Nathan. Hij heeft terug contact met Mirjam en met haar nieuwe man Oscar en zijn kleindochter Amber.
Op het einde van het boek is de man een echte vader, hij geeft Nathan wat hij het liefste wilt: de dood. De man knipt alle buisjes door en legt een kussen op het gezicht van Nathan waardoor hij niet meer kan ademen.

“Vijftien, veertien, dertien, Nathan, jongen, het spijt me allemaal zo, mijn hele leven, alles spijt me, voor jou, voor mij, twaalf, elf, tien, negen, had toch een andere vader gezocht.”

Het einde heeft heel mijn mening veranderd over het boek. Ik vond het boek vervelend en seksistisch, maar toen ik het gedeelte las wanneer Nathan in het ziekenhuis lag, vond ik het boek vele beter. Hier kon je de emoties aflezen en was de man eindelijk een betere vader.

Als het boek vol stond met de beschrijvingen en vergelijkingen die ik zo mooi vond en er minder seksistische beschrijvingen in stonden, zou het boek vele beter zijn.

The Maze Runner | Review

Title: The Maze Runner

Series: The Maze Runner #1
Author: James Dashner
Pages: 375 pages
Version: Paperback
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Rating: ★★★★★


Review
Remember. Survive. Run.

After reading the first sentence I knew I would fall in love with this book.

James Dashner has a beautiful way of writing and I love how he describes everything so well. One of the main reasons I fell in love with this book is Dashner's writing. It immediately got me hooked.
The story itself is also AMAZING. Wow... I don't know where to start. I began reading this book with some expectations because it's turned into a movie and I read good reviews. And to be honest, this book blew me away. It was way better than I expected. I read and read and I thought it couldn't get more interesting, even in the beginning of this book I was surprised/shocked with some things. I think this book has a great story, beautiful characters and it keeps you at the end of your seat.

I think this book is one of my favourite books at the moment. I highly recommend it to those who hasn't read The Maze Runner yet! I cannot wait to read the sequel and I'm really excited to watch the movie!

Some beautiful quotes:
"If you ain't scared, you ain't human."
-page 9.
"Emptiness ate away at his insides, quickly replaced by a sadness that hurt his heart."
-page 11
"Thomas felt an icy terror blossom in his chest, expand like a tumor, making it hard to breathe."
-page 39
"It wasn't a smile, exactly. Not quite a happy expression. But almost. And for now, almost was good enough."
-page 372

Will Grayson, Will Grayson | Review

Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Author: John Green & David Levithan
Pages: 308 pages
Version: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is such a good book. It’s fast paced, funny and there are strong characters. There were times when I had tears in my eyes and times when I was laughing out loud. John Green and David Levithan are really good writers and I cannot wait to read another book written by them. There were so many beautiful quotes and there were times I could relate to the characters – which I think is really important when you’re reading a book.

You like someone who can’t like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot.

Sometimes when I was reading, I couldn’t stop thinking about quotes I read in Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I think Green and Levithan can create this amazing world and enjoyable characters where you cannot stop thinking about. And when I’m thinking about a book in my free time, that means that the book is really good.

The story is about two Will Grayson’s who meet in an unlikely place in Chicago, they’re two different guys, but they have one thing in common: love drama. Will Grayson 1 (the first person you read about) is in love with Jane and Will Grayson 2 is in love with Isaac and then Tiny. But it's not that easy. I really really loved the story and Jane and Will Grayson 1 are my favourite characters!

If you haven’t read a book by John Green or David Levithan, go read one!

The Selection | Review

Title: The Selection

Series: The Selection #1
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 336 pages
Version: Paperback (UK version)
 Publisher: HarperCollins
 Rating: ★★★★★

Review
In a palace of rivals, only one can win his heart...

The Selection is a book about 35 girls who will enter the selection to be the wife of prince Maxon. They all get this oppurtunity to become something more than they are, to be a one. Those 35 girls are from different castes (one until eight), and America Singer is one of the only girls from 5, and she is our protagonist.

America is a girl in love with Aspen, a guy who is a caste below her, but she doesn't care about that. She loves him unconditionally and she even breaks the rules for him. Everything was fine between them until the selection showed up. America's mother wanted that she entered it, but she did not. She had Aspen and that was all she needed. But Aspen also said she had to enter, so she thought about it. Her mother even sugested she could keep half of the money she earned by singing or playing an instrument and that's when she knew she had to enter. She could save money for her and Aspen and everything would be fine at the end because she wasn't going to be eleceted for the selection.
She saved money and made a dinner for Aspen, she thought he would be so happy, but he wasn't. He knew he could never give that to her, so he broke up with her... And then on the tv her face showed up, she was elected, she was going to be on the selection.

Her heart was broken and when she met prince Maxon she knew she could never love him if Aspen was on her mind. But in the time she spent in the palace, she made some friends, some enemies, and she got a little homesick. But then there was Maxon, the one she could laugh with, the one she could tell everything to. They became friends. And the more she got involved with him, the more she cared about him, and she even started to like him. And she could fall in love with him, if Aspen didn't show up as a guard. It's a difficult choice for her, Aspen or Maxon? The guy she knew for so long, but broke her heart or the guy she met not so long ago, but fixed her heart (a bit)? Who is she going to choose?

A while ago I read this sampler where there were a few chapters of The Selection and it made me
wanted to read the book. But I forgot a little about the book and never bought it until there was a book event 1,5 week ago. Kiera Cass was going to talk about The Selection, you had the oppurtunity to go on the picture with her and get your book signed. I immediately bought the book and listened to her. I was so intereseted and she was so funny, I couldn't wait to read the book. And I loved it. It's such a good book!

At first I heard a lot of bad things about America herself, that she was so annoying and irritating, but I actually liked her. It's special that she's a five and enters the selection at the same time, and even more special that Maxon likes her. I love good dystopian books, and this is one of favourites!

The One | Review

Title: The One

Series: The Selection #3
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 323 pages
Version: Paperback (UK version)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Rating: ★★★★★ 

Review
Only one girl can win the crown...

A lot happened in this books. Rebel attacks, fights between America and Maxon, some people died, but on the bright side the 4 girls grew closer to each other.
It was really beautiful how Celeste turned out, she was nice and open to America (and the others) which made me love her.

They also discovered a lot of things: America's dad was part of the Northern rebels and so was Kriss, Kato doesn't care about his family only his fame—acutally we knew that already but I just wanted to tell you guys again that he's an ass.

And the one thing that was most important: the love between America and Maxon can survive everything. My dream came true!

This was a perfect end for America and Maxon. I'm so glad that The One ended that way and I cannot wait to read more about them in the future (luckily there'll be a fourth and fifth book in The Selection series). May they love each other for as long as they live. 

The Heir | Review

Title: The Heir
Series: The Selection #4
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 342 pages
Version: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

35 suiters, 1 princess. A new selection has begun.

The Heir is the fourth book in The Selection series and it follows the story of princess Eadlyn, the daughter of Maxon and America. She's the rightfull heir of the throne because she's the oldest of four children (she has 3 brothers: Ahren, Kaden and Osten). Ahren is her twin, but she was born 7 minutes before him.

After Maxon and America became king and queen, they threw away the caste system. A brilliant idea, but a lot of people don't agree. But to get their attention onto something else, the king and queen deciced to throw another Selection. The first female Selection ever!

But what does Eadlyn think of it and how will she react?

For that, you'll need to read The Heir!

But... Maybe I could find something. Maybe there would be one person who'd still want to kiss me when I had a runny nose or would run my shoulders after a long day of meetings. Maybe I could find someone who didn't seem so scary, who made letting him past the wall seem natural.By the way... I just knew that Eadlyn would 'love' Kile. I just knew it when I read about him for the first time. I just knew!

I give The Heir a 5 stars, even though Eadlyn was such a brat sometimes.

The Elite | Review

Title: The Elite
Series: The Selection #2
Author: Kiera Cass
Pages: 323 pages
Version: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: ★★★★★

Review
35 girls came to the palace. Only 6 remain.

First of all I want to say that I bought te wrong version of The Elite. I bought the first and the third in the UK version because I like those covers but I bought The Elite in the US version. It's bigger, the cover is different and it feels weird... But of course I bought it online and my parents won't return it... So I'll have to read this stupid version.
But I will stop complaining and will start about the book:

I'm kind of team Maxon, okay Aspen is a really nice guy but in my opinion Maxon is better. Not because he's a one or a prince, but he's sweet and does everything for America. Like the Halloween party, I thought that was so nice and sweet.
But I get that America can't choose that easily. She loved Aspen for a long time and he's a guard now at the palace. And what's that thing between Maxon and Kriss? Does Maxon likes her like he likes America? Or even more? And what the heck was that with Celeste?
Okay I overrated Maxon, I never expected that he would do such things with Celeste, but I kind of get why he did that what he did.

I loved the ending. I'm glad America will finally do what I told her to do a long time ago: fight for Maxon.

Shadow People | Review

Title: Shadow People
Series: The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles #2
Author: Alec John Belle
Version: Kindle (beta copy)
Publisher: Booktrope
Rating: ★★★★★


Review
First of all I want to thank Alec John Belle for giving me a beta copy of Shadow People, the second book in The Forbidden Darkenss Chronicles!

When I started reading Shadow People I could not not love it. The characters are just amazing and the story is fast paced and easy to read.
(I even finished Shadow People in one day!)

The story itself made me smile and laugh out loud. Those moments between Heather and Philip, oh God... You should've seen my face... And that one moment that they made out on someone else's driveway...

''And by the way'', he said, ''next time you wish to make out with your boyfriend, do it on your own turf. It's not really appropriate to do in someone else's driveway.''

The story goes about Heather, who recently found out she's a Monster Hunter. She's in love with her best friend's ex, Philip. He's also a Monster Hunter and her trainer. But being in love with Philip isn't the only problem she has on her plate.

A lot happens and there are huge plot twists!

Shadow People is written with a double perspective, you read in Heather's and Hayden's perspective. I loved reading in both perspectives, especially because Alec wrote them in first person.

I love Shadow People even more than Forbidden Darkeness, and I freaking lovedForbidden Darkness! If I wasn't laughing with this book I was either looking shocked or almost crying. This book is just mindblowing!

Seeker | Recensie

Titel: Seeker
Serie: Seeker #1
Schrijver: Arwen Elys Dayton
Pagina's: 384 pagina's
Versie: Paperback (ARC)
Uitgeverij: Van Goor
Score: ★★★

Recensie
Eerst en vooral zou ik graag Van Goor willen bedanken om mij Seeker, geschreven door Arwen Elys Dayton, te geven!

Wanneer ik begon te lezen in Seeker had ik best wel hoge verwachtingen. Vooral omdat iemand in mijn promoteam zei dat ze het boek echt goed vond en dat ze het niet kon neerleggen. Bij mij was het niet zo. Ik kon zowiezo al niet veel lezen doordat ik examens had, maar na mijn examens moest ik me altijd pushen om verder te lezen. Niet perse door het verhaal want het was wel interessant, maar ik had zoveel vragen en de personages waren soms echt vervelend.

Het verhaal gaat over Quin, John en Shinobu. Ze willen alledrie een Seeker worden, dus moeten ze hun training afmaken. Als ze goed genoeg zijn om een Seeker te worden moeten ze een eed afleggen. Maar een Seeker worden was niet wat ze hadden verwacht...
Dan heb je ook nog Maud, de Jonge Vrees. Ze leeft samen met de Oude en de Middelste Vrees, maar samen leven met de Middelste is nooit gemakkelijk geweest…

Toen ik Seeker aan het lezen was merkte ik op dat ik nooit echt wist in welk tijdperk het verhaal zich afspeelde en dat ze niet uitleggen wat een Seeker is. Het verhaal gaat over Seekers, dus begrijp ik niet echt waarom ze het niet uitleggen. Het was wel frustrerend.

Er is een meervoudig perspectief en de schrijver schrijft in de derde persoon. Ik kon me ook moeilijk inleven met de personages en er was, natuurlijk zoals bijna in elk boek, een driehoeksverhouding. Vaak is het spannend en leuk om te lezen, maar in Seeker vond ik het gewoon vervelend. En dan heb je ook nog het gedrag van John… Kan hij niet gewoon begrijpen dat hij die stomme athame niet krijgt? Ik werd echt gek van zijn gedrag…

Ook al irriteerde ik me aan de personages en aan de vragen, toch ben ik benieuwd naar het vervolg.

Seeker | Review

Title: Seeker
Series: Seeker #1
Author: Arwen Elys Dayton
Pages: 384 pages
Version: Paperback (ARC & Dutch)
Publisher: Van Goor (Dutch), Delacorte Press (English)
Rating: ★★★

Review
First of all I want to thank Van Goor for giving me a physical copy to read and review Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton!

When I started reading Seeker I had pretty high expectations. Especially since someone in my promo team said that she liked the book and that she could not put it down. For me it wasn’t like that. I couldn’t read much because of my exams, but after my exams, when I had plenty of time, I just had to push myself to read further. Not necessarily because of the story, ‘cause it was interesting, but I had so many questions and the characters were sometimes annoying.

The story goes about Quin, Shinobu and John. They want to become Seekers so they have to finish their training and, if they're good enough, have to take an oath. But becoming a Seeker wasn't what they expected...
Then you also have Maud, the Young Dread. She lives together with the Old and Middle Dread, but living together with the Middle has never been easy ...

When I was reading Seeker, I noticed that I never really knew in which era the story took place and they never really explained what a Seeker is. The story is about Seekers, so I don’t really understand why they don’t explain what a Seeker is. It was frustrating.

There is a multiple perspective, and the author writes in the third person. I had difficulty with empathizing with the characters and there was, like in every other book, a love triangle. Often it's exciting and fun to read, but in Seeker it was just annoying. And then you also have the behaviour of John ... Can’t he understand that he doesn’t get that stupid athame? I became mad because of his behaviour…

Even though the characters and the questions irritated me, I'm looking forward to the sequel.