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My favorite books of 2014!

Hi! This is my first post in 2015! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and New Year’s Eve. For me, 2014 was a good year. Nothing bad happened. This past year I found out that I love reading books and watching movies. From the title you already know that this post is going to be about my favorite books of 2014. Let’s begin!

The Maze Runner series

I’m kind of sad that I first watched the trailer and then found out that it’s based on a book. Gladly I didn’t watch the whole movie first! I saw this book on sale one day and just bought it. Oh, how I want to read the second book, I read just one!

Description:

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.

Unearthly series

Probably every fantasy lover would like Unearthly series. Personally I’m not a big fantasy lover, but these books were really good. If you’re wondering, I grabbed them from library. I think yours will have them too. Below you can see the description of the first book.

Description:

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees…
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

The Book Thief

A must read. Words cannot describe it how much I loved this book. The Book Thief is just a wonderful story full of emotions. I also grabbed it from my library. At first I was kind of confused and thought “should I read this book?” I’m so so so proud I did! The Book Thief can change the way you think, but this book is not for you if you want a fast read and a lot of action. There is also a movie based on this book. I recommend reading the book first of course.

Description:

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery.

So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.

If I Stay

Another awesome book. There is also a second book called Where She Went. I’m going to read it soon and I can’t wait. These is a movie based on If I Stay. But first read the book!

Description:

Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

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I can’t forget these three perfect books – The Fifth Wave, Anna And The French Kiss and Delirium trilogy. You can read descriptions and my reviews here.

I hope you’ll read at least one of these books. If you already read some of them you can leave a comment below! 🙂 See you,

Odeta

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Book reviews: Delirium, The Fifth Wave, Anna And The French Kiss

Hello girls! I hope you didn’t forget to read a book or more in the summer. I didn’t, because I love reading books in the beach. We all actually need to read some books, even if just one in the year. 🙂 These three books that I’m going to write about are perfect. If you like YA (young adult) books, I’m sure you’ll like these.

1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

This book was brilliant.

I love how Lauren Oliver described every moment in this book so perfectly. I can even call her a poet actually! Sometimes I felt like I was Lena, I felt her emotions – love, hate, happiness. Delirium was a roller coaster to me. It touched me deeply.

I love the idea of a society where love is a disease. That makes Delirium different from other YA books. That makes Delirium special for me!

The beginning was kinda slow till Lena met Alex. When they met, oh my God. Everything, everywhere, every moment was brilliant.

Alex and Lena. They are perfect together!

“Everyone is asleep. They’ve all been asleep for years. You seemed … awake.’ Alex is whispering now. He closes his eyes, opens them again. ‘I’m tired of sleeping.”

“Lena: I just want to be happy. I just want to be normal, like everybody else. Alex: Are you sure that being like everybody else will make you happy?”

The ending was so heart-breaking. Me while I was reading it:

To everyone – read Delirium! You won’t regret it.

“Life isn’t life if you just float through it.”

“I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.”

Delirium description:

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing.

They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

2. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

I never thought I would like a book about alien apocalypse so much. I’m so happy that I bought this book. I grabbed it the last minute without even thinking – just read the description and fell in love.

I liked this book from the very beginning to the very end. It’s almost impossible to put it down – you read one page and just need the other one, then the other one and so on – it’s just addictive.

The characters and their situations were nail-biting and so interesting. Rick Yancey makes an atmosphere dangerous, creepy and I love it! Cassie Sullivan, Evan Walker, Ben Parish, Sammy Sullivan and so on – every character was different and also necessary for the story.

“But if I’m it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I’m going to let the story end this way. I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.”

 “I had it all wrong,” he says. “Before I found you, I thought the only way to hold on was to find something to live for. It isn’t. To hold on, you have to find something you’re willing to die for.”

I can’t wait for the second book called “The Infinite Sea”. I want it right now!

The Fifth Wave description:

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

3. Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

After this book I want to go to the France so bad! I wanted to go there before reading, but after … I want to travel there even more!

*Sigh* This book was so perfect and funny. Sometimes I even laughed loudly. And, let’s be honest, when something funny happens in the book, we laugh just in our mind.

I really like Anna’s personality. She’s sensitive, protective when need, friendly, has a great sense of humor. She likes movies so much just like me and also has a website! 🙂

This book is not just about love, happiness, luck, no way. Something happens (I’m not going to spoil anything) to Etienne’s (Second main character) mom. His dad is such a bad person. Anna’s life is far from perfect too. She faces happiness and also sadness.

“French name, English accent, American school. Anna confused.”

“The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”

This book was such a nice read!

Anna And The French Kiss description:

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

I really hope you liked this post, I worked hard for it! 🙂 See you,

Odeta