Friday, 30 May 2014

Feature & Follow Friday #13

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Question of the Week: How important is good writing to you? In an ideal world, a book would be beautifully written AND have great character development, plot, etc. But in the real world, which do you prefer: (1) Great characters and plot with lousy writing or (2) Middling character development and plot but gorgeous writing?

This is very difficult question, however I would much rather read book with amazing characters with superb plot than one that’s lacking in good writing. Of course, there are people who would prefer better writing to developed characters, but that’s not me. Even though I like well written books, and it’s always easier to read them; if the book doesn’t possess me with its amazing story, I won’t be hooked.

I feel like that lately in the YA and NA literature there has been many great books with superb plots and characters, that might have been lacking a little in the writing style. But who cares! If the book is convincing enough for you, and you can’t put it down, I don’t think the grammatical correctness and style of writing are the first thing you would judge.

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Have a magical weekend,
Xoxo Maria 

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Friday, 23 May 2014

Feature & Follow Friday #12

                           Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Q:Have you ever convinced someone to read a book, a series, or a whole genre? What book(s) and who was it? Did they like it?

I must proudly admit that I'm the queen of persuading people to read books or even the whole series, if I think they will undeniably enjoy it. My friends often tell me that I remind them of Alice Cullen haha, with the exception that I don't use puppy eyes technique ;)

Anyway, I think I had most success persuading friends to read The Healer series Maria V. Snyder, which I love immensely (the review of book 3 is in the making atm). I remember I made my 2 best friends to read the whole series, and then when I moved to UK, I introduced some of my course mates and some other friends to this series as well. 

Another really good book that I showed to my friends is Just Don't Fall by Josh Sundquist. Now, this book is completely different to what I usually read, however it was so funny and interesting read. I definitely challenge all of you t give this book a go :)

Have a magical weekend, and don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin, if you don't already! 
PS: Leave a comment with your blogs, therefore I can check your blogs out ;) 

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Thursday, 22 May 2014

I did it again!

I know I posted that I'd start posting again in February and such, however I just got so busy again with school. I never though it would be this crazy at uni. So many exams and assignments, and on top of it I was trying to balance part time job and sports. 

Anyway, I just finished all my exams, and I passed year 1 at university. Huraaaay! :) So now, I still have some time before I head home for summer, so I figures, let's get back to blogging! Such a bright idea, I know, hahaha.

I hope you will all forget me for not posting, and still follow my latest reviews. I just posted review of Hidden by Marianne Curley, so go check it out. 

I was also planning to start this new blog (for at least a year or two) about healthy lifestyle and recipes. I don't know if any of you would be interested in such topic, bu I just thought, why not mention it. Let me know if any of you, and don't be shy ;), would like to read something about my experiences with healthy cooking on budget (and I mean quite a small budget, since I'm a student), exercise, juicing and lot more. 

I love you, and thanks for all of your support. Have a magical day everyone! 

xoxoxo Maria <3

Review: Hidden by Marianne Curley

Hidden (Avena, #1)
Hidden by Marianne Curley (Avena #1)

Genre: YA Paranormal
Released: June 25th, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 325
My Rating: 3 Stars


For as long as Ebony can remember, she's been sheltered. Confined to her home in a secluded valley, home-schooled by her protective parents, and limited to a small circle of close friends. It's as if she's being hidden. But something is changing in Ebony. Something that can't be concealed. She's growing more beautiful by the day, she's freakishly strong, and then there's the fact that she's glowing

On one fateful night, Ebony meets Jordan and she's intensely drawn to him. It's as if something explodes inside of her--something that can be seen from the heavens. Ebony still doesn't know that she's a stolen angel, but now that the heavens have found her, they want her back.

What I Liked:

I bought this book in a little charity shop, thinking that it could possibly be a good read. However, I didn't realize how great it is until I began reading it. I found this book unbelievable catching, and I have definitely struggled to put it down. Now, I'm not huge fan of angel stories, but this book was a positive surprise. 

I really liked Jordan's character. I think Jordan's personality really came through in the book, and so did his charm. He is very easy to warm up to, and I would definitely prefer him to be with Ebony. I found, that Ebony is your typical, super powerful, not in control, but "must save the world" character. However, that doesn't have to be necessarily a bad thing. 

I'm definitely a fan of the "heart-attack" moments in this book, and it definitely helps the book flow more smoothly. I was very excited with the whole plot of the book at the beginning, however it was a bit of let down near the end. 

What I didn't Like:

Why, oh why has this book turned out from super exciting to quite boring towards the end? I have really enjoyed the beginning, as I said earlier, however when the whole "love triangle" between Jordan, Thane and Ebony started, it just went downhill. Ebony and Jordan had this romantic "thing" going on at the beginning of the book. Their relationship looked so promising and exciting, but then Thane came and it was all over. Ebony and Thane shared this insta-love right away, which I'm not such a fan of. Also, I didn't really like Ebony's behaviour towards Jordan after Thane appeared.

Overall Thought:

This was first book from Marianne Curley that I have ever read, however I recently bought The Named, so I'm hoping that The Named will uplift my feelings towards this author, and make me fall in love with the book. However, back to The Hidden, I felt like Marianne took this quite intricate plot from the beginning, and then decided to mix it with this classic Young adult style of writing, and that just didn't work for me. Now, I know this may sound silly, but you know how sometimes with a characters you feel like it could happen in the real worls, and it just leaves you wondering "what if...", but this one didn't do it for me at all. Which is quite disappointing. Nevertheless, I have still enjoyed the book, and even the same old insta-love love triangle. I don't know if I will read many angel books, but hopefully one day I'll find one that really catches my attention, and leave me wondering that maybe, just maybe it could possible be real :)