Review: Graceling

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
◆ Read January 2014
◆ English Edition

❝ Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight - she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po's friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace - or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...
I had really high hopes for this book, mainly because all my Goodreads friends loved it.  While it really is a good read and in some aspects different from other YA novels, it did not dazzle me quite as much as I expected

Review: The Maze Runner

◆ The Maze Runner by James Dashner
◆ Read January 2014
◆ English Edition

❝ When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade-a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up-the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. 

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.❞
There is something about this book, this series even, that has left me completely mesmerized. I've seen people compare The Maze Runner to the likes of The Hunger Games and Divergent. Such a comparison does not do the book justice though because it's completely original and exciting in its own way. 

Review: Eleanor & Park

◆ Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
◆ Read January 2014
◆ English Edition

It's 1986 and two star-crossed teens are smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you'll remember your own first love--and just how hard it pulled you under.

 A cross between the iconic '80s movie Sixteen Candles and the classic coming-of-age novel Looking for Alaska, Eleanor & Park is a brilliantly written young adult novel.❞
I have a bit of an issue with Eleanor & Park: one month after reading it I still can't really get my thoughts in order. This book is a real pageturner and I thought it was really cute while not losing the serious, controversial undertone. At the same time though I wanted to claw my eyes out at how much I hated some parts , which is exactly why this is a hard one to review.

February Update: Starting Recommendations!

Hello fellow booklovers!

First of all, let me apologize for my lack of reviews in the past month. I have been reading a lot, and am in fact ahead of my reading challenge, but could not really find the time to just sit down and write reviews about the books I read. I'm trying to make up for it by writing my reviews for Eleanor & Park, Graceling and The Maze Runner in one sitting.

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