Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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Hello, as you may have noticed, this blog is not active anymore. I might still be posting reading/writing, but only on my lifestyle blog: www.handmadedreamsofmine.com

The posts from this blog might be transferred to the active one, but this one will be closed during next year.

Thank you for all your love and support!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Book Review: L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad

Hi guys!

Sorry for not posting here in quite a while, somehow it's been hard to start writing. Anyways, it's time for another book review, and this time, it is:

L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad

Personally, I love anything by LC, so I was excited to pick up a copy of her novel and to start reading it. I was a bit concerned about whether she actually could write a believable novel with readable language. But I put my doubts aside, and started reading the book.

Many of you surely know the concept of the L.A. Candy series, but those who don't: The series tells about Jane Roberts, who moves to L.A. to follow her dreams, gets a great job at an events management company. Pretty soon after that she and three other girls will become the stars of a reality show, and the series is pretty much an inside story about the reality shows and the whole industry about them.

I think it really shows that LC herself has been in a reality show herself, having to think about the consequences of your every action in front and behind of the camera. Even though the books are fiction, the story is quite believable - at least in L.A. - so I was pretty impressed about miss Conrad's work.

The first book of the series totally got me to want to read the rest of the books in the series - and to buy the style guide she has written. (and that'll be the next review, trust me)

The thing I love about these books is that they are such a light read, which fits my current lifestyle perfectly. Probably I'll get to more serious reading once my life isn't so hectic, but these are books you can read bit by bit, even in a hurry. And that's so amazing! 

As I'm typing this review, I've already read the two first books of this series. And I loved them both - I wish that during Christmas break, I'll be able to read the third one. ;)

Have you guys read L.A. Candy series? What do you think about it, yay or nay? ♥

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Book Review: The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver

Hi guys,

Time for another book review. :)

This has been hanging there for a while now, due to my mountain of school work. I'm sorry about that.

Anyways, the book I wanna talk about today is called The Post-Birthday World and it's written by Lionel Shriver, who's also written the novel We Need to Talk About Kevin (which I haven't read yet, but sure will). I truly admire her style of writing, even though for me, it's pretty hard to absorb everything as the English used in the novel is a bit more complicated than what I've used to.

I mean, look at the other reviews, you'll get the point. :D

The Post-Birthday World tells the story of Irina, a woman who's in a long-term relationship with a stable, trustworthy man, Lawrence. Lawrence has Ramsey Acton, the famous snooker player as his close friend. The three of them have a tradition of celebrating Ramsey's birthdays together, but then one year, Lawrence has a work trip he can't cancel. So, Irina is forced to spend the evening alone with Ramsey, and that evening determines a lot in Irina's life. Should she stay with Lawrence, or go with Ramsey?

That's the part when the book splits in two stories, each one telling about Irina's life with a different man. I love how the both stories are so different, yet so similar, and in some ways totally entwined. That's amazing writing, I  can tell you. It kind of shows how in life, every choice brings you something good, but also, something not-so-good. It's a fresh way to write a story - in my opinion - because we always wonder how things would've gone, had we chosen differently.

I strongly recommend reading this book, if you like a good book with a little more insightful writing with a grown-up touch. I was pretty surprised how much I loved the book, considering that English isn't my native language, and the book has pretty big words in it and also, because it's clearly written for more grown-up readers than I am. Nevertheless, I got a lot out of the book, and I'm sure you would too.

So, go on, read it! ;)

My next review will be L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad, stay tuned! ♥


xoxo 


Johanna

Monday, November 7, 2011

Book Review: Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Hey there,

I wanted to share with you my latest finished reading experience, which was reading the novel Mini Shopaholic, which is the sixth book in the Shopaholic series, written by the talented Sophie Kinsella. I've loved the books from the first one, and I certainly can't get enough of the wacky main character, Rebecca "Becky" Bloomwood. Now IF you haven't read the previous books of the series, stop reading now, as I might spoil the story for you too much. ;)

Like probably many readers of this blog, I can easily relate to many things in Becky's life, especially on her views when shopping, "it's a great bargain...". :D On the other hand, the lovely naïveness (or what's the right word?) of her sometimes just drives me crazy when reading. I wanna shout to her and tell her to think before acting, to stop spending so much and so on... If you've read, you know what I mean.

I love the work Sophie Kinsella has done with the series, her style of writing is nicely light, so the whole series is a great read for holidays or even lunch hour. You don't have to have that much time to get on with the story, as it isn't that deep-thought - one of the things I love the most about these books.

The novel Mini Shopaholic tells about the time that Becky and Luke's little girl is already three years old, and begins to show quite a character. That turns out to be a problem to some, and Becky starts to think whether she should admit there's actually a problem with her own daughter. But you know Becky, she never goes down without a fight. ;)

The plot also centers around Becky arranging this huge birthday bash to her lovely husband Luke Brandon, and how she tries to keep it as a secret while doing everything on her own - in a low budget! It's such a fun read! I totally recommend this to all of you who enjoy shopping, find a little shopaholic inside them, or just want to find a great read that's light one.

I know this review isn't quite thorough, but I'll try to improve by time. :)

Until next read,

xoxo

Silvertigo

Friday, September 23, 2011

Book review: House of Night series

Heya people,

Today I felt like writing about books. It probably has something to do with the cold, rainy and windy weather that has gone on for days. I would love to just crawl into the corner of our couch, took my Moomin blanket on and start reading until it's sunny again.

Too bad I can't.

But what I can do is recommend you books I like. So, if you like to read, check this out.

The House of Night series (by P.C. and Kristin Cast)

Being 21 apparently doesn't stop me from liking books written for teens. After reading the Twilight saga, I wanted to find an easy-read vampire series, a replacement fot Twilight, in a way. I've read Sookie Stackhouse novels (few of them) and there's absolutely nothing wrong in them, but I wanted something a bit lighter. So, one day when I was hanging in a local bookstore, I saw the first book of the series. I loved the design of the paperback, and the description got me interested, and I decided to give it a go.

I was a bit surprised that I liked the series. It's written in a kinda young style (which I like), so it's an easy read. The little dislike... well, I'll analyze it a bit later.


The series tells a story about a young girl named Zoey. Zoey is a sixteen-year-old girl who gets marked by a Tracker, and after that her life changes completely. Zoey needs to learn her "Vampyre 101" and all things related to it, to make it as a grown vampire. The story could be described as Twilight meets Gossip Girl story, which means that it includes a vampire high school. (Now do you get why it's an easy-read?) So if you like either of the better-known series mentioned above, I recommend you try this series out.

The series has a colourful range of different characters, which is a great achievement for the authors. The series, for example, has one of the loveliest characters I've found in books; a teenage gay vampire Damien, who's a lovely little bookworm (in the most positive way) with a sense of style. Never have I ever heard of greater character in a book. Love it.

The thing that bugs me about characters though, is the way the main character Zoey is written. I mean, of course you try to make that character perfect in a sense, but he/she also has to be relatable for readers (especially teenage girls) to have a chance to relate to them. And take a note, I've loved every main character in the books that I've read. And that's many books, you know. However, I found Zoey growingly unrelatable when I got further in the series. Zoey is described beautiful, powerful, attractive, wise, popular... and she gets every guy just like that. Seems very Mary Sue to me.

For those who haven't grown up reading fan fiction, here's quote from Wikipedia:

"A Mary Sue (sometimes just Sue), in literary criticism and particularly in fanfiction, is a fictional character with overly idealized and hackneyed mannerisms, lacking noteworthy flaws, and primarily functioning as a wish-fulfillment fantasy for the author or reader. It is generally accepted as a character whose positive aspects overwhelm their other traits until they become one-dimensional. While the label "Mary Sue" itself originates from a parody of this type of character, most characters labeled "Mary Sues" by readers are not intended by authors as such. Male Mary Sues are often dubbed "Gary Stu", "Larry Stu", "Marty Stu", or similar names."

You get what I'm saying?

Well, of course now some of you read the book and like Zoey and might even come here telling how wrong I am. Not that I don't like exchanging thoughts, but let me remind you: this is just my humble opinion. I don't care much for too perfect characters, and was actually very delighted when I found out later in the series that Zoey can also be very morally questionable at times.

And no, I'm not trying to say that the authors don't know how to do their job. From what I've seen, they know exactly what to write to get people to read - even me when I don't like the main character that much.

I don't know how much to tell without spoiling the series too much, so I'll just wrap this up already by saying: All in all, the series is nicely written entertainment for (mentally) young readers, as it reaches them with the style and the themes. I feel that the characters in their diversity reflect well the young American population, which is a big pro for me.

So if you're in need of a light book to read, try this series out. But if you like to read something that makes you think, gets very deep in thought or anything like that... well, just choose something else. ;)

(Currently, I'm reading 'The Post-Birthday World' by Lionel Shriver. Good choice for the little older readers here ;) If any of the things I said here raises questions, you can just ask. I'll answer as soon as I can.)

Until next read,

xoxo

Silvertigo

Friday, August 12, 2011

Coming Soon...

So, this is my new writing spot. I'll post here - well, anything I see as somewhat readable to anyone. They're not necessarily always stories, they might be poems, book reviews, links to stories, book-related blogs and sites... Basically anything possible.

As long as it is about reading, writing or such.

Wanna know what's coming?

The first story to be posted is "Snowy Love", a somewhat cliché story about young adult's lovelife. But it's a start. I'll tell more about the story when posting it, so be patient.

But now, I'm off to rewrite the story to a better shape.

'Til the next time,

xoxo

Silvertigo