Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Books I Read and Liked: Part 2

This post is basically about books that I have read and enjoyed. Some of these I recently read, and others I read a little while ago. I read all of these books before 2015, so if you want to see what books I've read this January then check back here next week. 

Carry On
Rainbow Rowell
I really enjoyed this book. I mean, Simon and Baz. Need I say more.

Girl Online & Girl Online: On Tour
Zoe Sugg
Obviously these weren't the greatest books of the year, and some people really hated them. But I thought they were a fun, short, cute read. A feel good, everything-works-out-in-the-end story.

Red Queen
Victoria Aveyard
Can't wait to read the sequel when it comes out. A great YA Fiction novel.

The Throne of Glass Series
Sarah J. Maas
In my last "Books I Read and Liked" post, I included Throne of Glass. Since then, I have read Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, and The Assassin's Blade. This is easily one of my favorite book series. 

The Maze Runner & The Scorch Trials
James Dashner
I posted a book review of The Maze Runner, and I will probably be posting a review for The Scorch Trials soon. I am really loving this series!

Bram Stoker
I read this book for my english class this past semester, and I really enjoyed it compared to other books I usually read in English. Parts of it made me want to bang my head against the wall, but I definitely enjoyed it.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson
I also read this book for my english class. It's a very fast read, and definitely much better than most books you're forced to read for school. 

The After Series
Anna Todd
People have very strong feelings about this series, some good and some bad. Once again, obviously this isn't the greatest or most creative or original book series out there, but I did enjoy reading it. I got very invested in the characters, which is always a good thing. 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

OwlCrate January Unboxing

I'm trying desperately to stay active while I'm at college, and I'm doing a pretty good job so far. Follow my twitter (@maevereads) if you want to see much more of me. Now on with the unboxing! The theme of this months box was Magic, and of course when I heard magic I immediately hoped there would be some Harry Potter themed items, and I wasn't disappointed.

The first thing I saw when I opened the box was a Pop! Vinyl Figure of Hermione Granger! My brother got a Han Solo figure a few weeks ago and I've been in love with them since, and Hermione has always been my favorite Harry Potter character! 

Next were two pieces by Evie Bookish. First, a Throne of Glass print which I love! It's probably my favorite item from this month's box. The Second was a bookmark from the Raven Cycle series, which I haven't read yet. I didn't take a picture of the bookmark, but if you look on Instagram under the hashtag 'owlcrate' you can find pictures of it. 

Next was Patronus Lip Balm from the easy store Geek Fire Labs. I'm not exaggerating when I say this is probably my favorite chapstick ever. The flavor is mint and white chocolate, and it doesn't feel sticky or thick on your lips like some chapsticks can, and it also gives your lips a nice sheen. Favorite. Chapstick. Ever. 

And finally, the book. This month's book is Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley. This book is a retelling of the lives of the Brontë siblings. The siblings have the ability to escape into their fictional worlds that they write about. This novel sounds so interesting and I can't wait to read it. 

The box also came with a paper doll set that goes along with the novel, but honestly I will probably never do anything with it, so I didn't bother to take a picture of it. Also included was a note from the author, Coakley. 

This month's box was great, and I can't wait till next month!

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Maze Runner Book Review

Book Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I decided to read this book after my younger brother read the book, loved it, then forced me to see the movie with him. I absolutely loved the first and second movies, so I gave the book a shot. 

I really enjoyed reading this, and I can't wait to read the next books in the series. I was nervous going in that because I saw the movie before I read the book, I might find the book boring and predictable. The Maze Runner was not boring at all, and I couldn't put it down! The second half of the book was high speed and intense, which was a good change after the slightly slower paced first half.  

I thought that the boys' reactions and attitudes to being stuck in such a situation was very accurate. It was also very interesting for me to see how a large group of boys would function together. As a female, I can kind of picture how a large group of women and girls trying to work together would be, so it was interesting to see how the boys worked through the situation and dealt with each other. 

I also enjoyed Dashner's writing style, even though he did repeat some things a few too many times. This was probably to emphasis certain points, and ultimately it did not really impact my reading of the book. 

I would highly recommend this book to people who are fans of The Hunger Games, and books set in a dystopian, dangerous world.

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