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Because You Are Mine Part I: Because You Tempt Me

Because You Tempt Me - Beth Kery It's short and bad and if rest of the series are the same I don't know why aren't they published as one book. I doubt I'll continue reading, nothing about this book made me want to.

My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands

My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands - Chelsea Handler This one is better than the previous one, fun, easy to read and quite funny. It could be a good summer read or something that you want to read just for fun

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green I must say that I expected so much more, since I only heard good things about the book. But somehow it didn't do too much for me, maybe part of it was because I read the translation (not that translation is bad necessarily I haven't seen the original) and of course part of it were the expectations. It's a nice story and there are some wonderful quotes, but all together it could have been a much better book. I would like a bit more of the character development that hey we are Hazel and Augustus and we are sick and that is practically the only thing that defines them. I shed a few tears in the end but I didn't feel that I connected really well with the book. Do I recommend it? I don't know, read some of the other reviews and then decide I'm undecided.

Walking Disaster: A Novel

Walking Disaster - Jamie McGuire A whole book for friggin' 20 new pages, the first one wasn't a masterpiece so why write another one. It seems like the writer doesn't have enough story ideas so we had to hear the same story in few different words. Another problem with this there is not enough distinction in style to mark the female and male POV. If you are doing it well you could at least do it right. Do I recommend this book, no read Beautiful disaster and last 20 pages of this one and you'll be good.

Allegiant (Divergent, Book 3)

Allegiant  - Veronica Roth So a review, of this book and this trilogy in general. If you haven't read it and want to it might be a good idea to skip this review to avoid spoilers. This book and the trilogy was easy to read, which is good if it's what you are looking for. Thing I didn't like about Allegiant is that it introduced another point view, Tobias's. Since I've read that the book won't have a conventional happy end I was already suspicious at that point of Tris's survival and as the book progressed I was more and more convinced that she won't make it, turns out I was right. I just hoped that she would have a more meaningful and powerful death, not oh I'm immune to death serum, but yeah I was stupid and left my gun outside because I didn't think I'd need it anymore. I think that Tris's death was just a way for Roth to provoke emotions and tears at the end of the book. I don't mind killing off characters (even main ones) but give me a good reason for it. Another thing that bugged me about two points of view was inconsistency with the other books (she should have done it from the beginning) and the fact that I constantly had to think, oh whose point view am I reading now, if only there was more differences in the style of writing between point views it would have been much better. So there are many comparisons with this and Hunger games trilogy, I would say they are pretty different and the only thing that connects them is that both are YA dystopias. Do I like this or Hunger games better, well I must say my vote goes to Hunger games. But I enjoyed reading Divergent and I don't regret it, it just isn't as good some other books.

Insurgent (Divergent)

Insurgent - Veronica Roth The second book of the trilogy, also a good one :) In the first one we had the introduction, to learn something about the world we are reading about, and in this one it's more questions, things to be solved and in the end the revelation that will lead to the end. This one also is an easy and quick book to read. I found pacing myself because I don't want this trilogy to be over too soon. Onto the third book :)

Divergent

Divergent - Veronica Roth Fast paced, interesting and quick to read. I'm immediately continuing with the second book. The reason this didn't get five stars is that it didn't sweep me off my feet, and for five stars I expect that in a book, something new and exciting what will leave me with permanent feeling of joy for reading it. This was really good but similar to some other stuff and the style of writing could be a little more complex. For now I like where the storyline goes, onto the second book :D
The Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss I've meant to write a review right after reading but I didn't have the time and now I'm struggling with what to write. I liked the second book also and now I can't wait for the third one. I thought that the story will be a little bit quicker, we found out some important pieces of the puzzle but nothing concrete. I've read that there might be a second trilogy and if we continue at this pace it will definitely be necessary. I think that my theories about some of the characters are pretty similar to the ones I managed to read on the internet. We will see what happens when the third book comes out (so in forever ^_^).
The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss It starts a little slow and I started to read it casually. I thought it would continue that way but magic happened and the book gripped me tightly and I was the usual "just one more chapter" until 5 in the morning XD description

Why not 5 stars, well it didn't sweep me off my feet that much but I still think it's one great book and you should read it. I already started The wise man's fear and I hope I'll like it at least as much as this one :)
Paradise Postponed - John Mortimer Nothing special, quick beach read when you don't want to think about anything. Writing is fluent and the story-line keeps you interested but nothing special about this book.
A Study in Scarlet -  Arthur Conan Doyle I'm not the one to read the crime books but I wanted to read the main source after watching and loving the British series Sherlock. And the book didn't disappoint me, it is short but I like the flow of writing and character descriptions. I will definitely read more Doyle :)
On the Road - Jack Kerouac Finally finished this one too, I really don't know what rating I will give to it, maybe one or two stars, because it was a long and not particularly interesting book. I watched the movie too and I liked it much more. By the end of the book I was really tired of their journeys just by reading it. Too much description and too little real action and character growth.
Moby Dick - Herman Melville I am finally finished *wooooohooooo* :D It's been a year and I don't want to hear about this book anymore. I really hate leaving books unfinished so I had to finish it and now I feel completely competent to go whaling XD Do I recommend the book, if you are interested in whaling then yes in all other cases NO. I admit this book was a trial for my patience, but now, finally it's over and I can go on and read something else on the beach :D description
Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns - Lauren Weisberger Writing a sequel was a mistake and I think most of the people agree with that. Title also doesn't reflect the content properly because there is no revenge going on. It was a quick read as most of the chick lit books are and it wasn't completely terrible but it didn't have the spirit that the first book had.

Friendship that Andy and Emily suddenly have is not very believable and a wedding magazine? Not really the important stuff Andy really always wanted to do. I was disappointed with the fact she divorced Max, I feel like the author did it just so she could go back to Alex and have the "always meant to be" moment where the main character always ends up with the big love she has at the beginning of the book/movie.

It's not bad to spend a day or two reading this, but if you don't want to ruin the first book which was good stay away from it.
Mockingjay - Collins Suzanne I'm writing a review for the whole trilogy and the only reasonable place to put it, I think is here. I've given all three books a four star rating but I think if there could be half points this would be a four and a half but since there isn't I settled on four because I didn't think it was that amazing even though I really enjoyed reading it.

Do I recommend this trilogy, definitely yes, I was reluctant to read it at first because I usually try to avoid hyped up books, but this one was a nice surprise :)

Spoilers ahead!

I love dystopian books and this one was no different. The cruel world of Panem and lack of sympathy for kids and human life in general is astonishing. Katniss Everdeen is not your regular heroine, she is strong, smart, stubborn, she is a survivor above everything. She would willingly sacrifice herself only for a few that are closest to her. What was refreshing about this trilogy is that there is no obvious and in your face love story, surely there is love but since Katniss doesn't put any emphasis on it, it's just something that is integral to the story, like pretending with Peeta that they are star crossed lovers to stay alive in the arena and beat the system.

This last book itself is a slightly slower read than the first two books but I enjoyed it as much as the others. End game was for me slightly expected and more natural since Katniss and Peeta did survive two arenas together and only they could understand how the other one feels, Gale would be my pick but even though he was Katniss's best friend being in the arena changed her and broke her in ways that he could not help her heal those wounds.

I won't write much about whole arc with the rebellion and the final victory but to me that was the real interesting part of the books since it could have ended up in many different ways, I like the one Collins chose.
Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea - Chelsea Handler It wasn't very funny to me, maybe it's not my type of humor. it's a collection of little stories that only have in common the main character (and her parents, but they are kind of a background)and they are supposed to make you laugh, and then I did't laugh. If you are a fan of her show you might like it I'm not, I watch only episodes if they have a really interesting guest.