Review: Unwind

◆ Unwind by Neal Shusterman
◆ Read January 2015
◆ English Edition
◆ Purchase: The Book Depository
❝ Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.
Unwind is one seriously disturbing book. In a good way though! It paints a dystopian world where pro life and pro choice movements have come to a 'effective' solution to their problems: abortion is forbidden but children over the age of thirteen can be send to a harvest camp to be unwound. Their organs and body parts are given to other people, but somehow the soul remains.... How creepy is that?

Recommendations: If You Like The Hunger Games...

Many of you are a fan of Suzanne Collins' trilogy, but with the last film coming up, we're almost out of material. If you like The Hunger Games, you will surely like these recommendations!

Review: How To Fly with Broken Wings

◆ How To Fly with Broken Wings by Jane Elson
◆ Read January 2015
◆ English Edition
◆ Purchase: The Book Depository
❝  Twelve-year-old Willem has Aspergers Syndrome and two main aims in life: to fly and to make at least two friends of his own age. But all the other boys from the Beckham Estate do is make him jump off things. First his desk - and now the wall. As his toes teeter on the edge, Sasha Barton gives him a tiny little wink. Might she become his friend?

Bullied by Finn and his gang the Beckham Estate Boyz, Willem has no choice but to jump. As he flies through the air he flaps his arms, wishing he could fly and escape into the clouds. Instead he comes crashing down and breaks his ankle.

Sasha, angry with herself for not stopping Finn and his Boyz, is determined to put things right. And soon, while the gangs riot on their estate, Willem and Sasha form an unlikely friendship. Because they share a secret. Sasha longs to fly too.

And when Magic Man Archie arrives with stories of war-flying spitfires, he will change the lives of the kids on the Beckham Estate for ever. And perhaps find a way for Willem and Sasha to fly ...

Touching on themes such as friendship and bullying, this is a charming tale about overcoming obstacles and finding friendship in unlikely places.
Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. The book cover and synopsis drew me in, but the story did not live up to it. I think it will be enjoyable for children, just not great

Fanmix Friday: Fangirl

In Fanmix Friday, literature and music are combined. Some particular scenes in books make me think of certain songs. I collect these ideas and incorporate them in a fanmix for a particular piece of literature. In this case, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

Top Ten Tuesday Freebie: Top Eight Characters I'd Name My Children After

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish. Want to participate? Head over to their blog and find out how it works!  This week's Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie, but I simply could not come up with anything. That's why I've decided to do an old one: Top Eight Characters I'd Name My Children After.

Around The World

You may have read in this post that I'm participating in the 2015 Reading Challenge from Popsugar. However, I've gotten it in my crazy head that one challenge isn't enough, so I'll also be participating in Around The World 2015.

Review: Once Upon an Ever After

◆ Once Upon an Ever After by Angela J. Blount
◆ Read December 2014
◆ English Edition
◆ Purchase: The Book Depository
❝ When Angeli left Minnesota on a post-high school road trip, all she wanted was to see the East Coast and finally meet some of her online friends. She didn't expect to end up in a long-distance relationship with a computer-savvy Southern boy. Yet Vincent seems determined to defy the odds. To prove his intentions, he sets off on his own quest to visit Angeli and win her family's approval. But along the way he’ll have to contend with her offbeat friends, trigger-happy father, and a few questionable run-ins with Northern hospitality. 

South meets North this time around, and "normal" isn't anywhere on the map.

With a thousand miles and radically different upbringings between them, can Angeli and Vincent forge a forever-worthy bond? Or are the roadblocks they face too much for either of them to overcome?
The author provided me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. I did not read the first book because of a tight reviewing-schedule, hence the reason why I can't compare the two. 

Giveaway: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

I'm giving away one paperback copy of Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan. I ordered this book by mistake and since Steampunk isn't my cup of tea, I've decided to give it to one of my followers! 

Review: Cruel Beauty

◆ Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
◆ Read January 2015
◆ English Edition
◆ Purchase: The Book Depository
❝ Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.
I wanted my first read of 2015 to be a good one, which is why I chose Cruel Beauty. It seemed so promising and I was in a fairy tale-mood that day (if that even exists). I tried really hard to love it, heck, to like it even, but I did not succeed. While the book certainly had its good parts, it was also incredibly confusing and frustrating.

2015 Reading Challenge

I came across this 2015 reading challenge on Tumblr and it seems to be the perfect way to read different things and challenge myself! 

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