Book Recommendations: Seven underhyped books I think everyone should read!

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you’ll all have a great week! I’m so sorry for not being active lately. My college exams are coming up, which means I’m super busy studying. They end June 21st so I probably won’t be that active next month either, but I’ll try to post at least once or twice every week, I promise! And I’m also working on a few reviews so hopefully I’ll be able to post those next month, too.

So for today, I decided to do another recommendations post since it’s been a while since my last one. There are some books that I have read and loved that I’ve noticed don’t get much hype on Instagram and other social media or are not too popular with readers. I really wanted to share these books with you, so here they are!

18812362Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

In the near future, Justin March lives in exile from the Republic of United North America. After failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims, Justin is surprised when he is sent back with a peculiar assignment—to solve a string of ritualistic murders steeped in seemingly unexplainable phenomena.
 
Justin’s return comes with an even bigger shock: His new partner and bodyguard, Mae Koskinen, is a prætorian, one of the Republic’s technologically enhanced supersoldiers. Mae’s inexplicable beauty and aristocratic upbringing attract Justin’s curiosity and desire, but her true nature holds more danger than anyone realizes.
 
As their investigation unfolds, Justin and Mae find themselves in the crosshairs of mysterious enemies. Powers greater than they can imagine have started to assemble in the shadows, preparing to reclaim a world that has renounced religion and where humans are merely gamepieces on their board.

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I absolutely loved this book and in my opinion it deserves much more recognition than the one it’s getting so far. It might have nothing to do with Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series but it is equally amazing and I have no idea why it isn’t more popular. It was flawlessly written and it had everything I’m looking for in a good read. A charming, witty, unconventional hero, a badass heroine, plenty of action and strong elements of the mystery-thriller genre. And it was also set in an amazing world in the future. I’m honestly not making this book justice with what I’m writing in this blog post because it was seriously brilliant! And if you’re looking for a clever, fast paced, semi-dystopian and semi-mystety read this is definitely the book to pick up!

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Book Traveling Thursday #9

168709Hey guys! I’m finally back with another BTT! I’ve skipped a couple of weeks due to a very hectic schedule but I’m finally back on track! Book Traveling Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Danielle at Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia at The Girl Who Read Too Much and it’s really fun to do! Check out the rules and themes in the Goodreads page here! This week’s theme is:

“Choose a book that features your favorite LGBTQ couple.”

Boy, that was a tough choice! I had such a hard time deciding between my two favorite LGBTQ couples but in the end I decided to go with Baz and Simon from Carry On. I literally couldn’t get enough of these two! They were both so awesome individually but together… I absolutely loved their relationship and how it evolved during the course of the book and the ridiculous banter between them made me laugh quite a lot. And there were some pretty cute scenes with them, too! I fangirled so hard when they finally got together and I honestly thought they wouldn’t stop kissing! I really hope Rainbow Rowell will decide to write more about these two because one book honestly wasn’t enough. I want more! No, actually I need more! But let’s get to business! Covers. Let’s take a look. This is the part where I realize that this book actually only has two different covers but I’m going with it anyway. I just have to.

Original cover:

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Dragon’s Loyalty Blog Award

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This wonderful artwork belongs to Anne Stokes. Click on the image to check out her website!

A huge thanks to Yasaman @ Following Muses and Peculiarb @ The Book and the Bone for nominating me for this award! Go check out both these blogs because they’re seriously awesome! I’m very excited to do this one, because I absolutely love dragons! They’re amazing creatures, aren’t they? Here are the rules:

  • Display the award on your blog.
  • Announce your win with a post.
  • Link the blogger who awarded you.
  • Present six deserving blogs with the award.
  • Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
  • Write seven interesting things about you.

So here we go! Seven interesting things about me:

  1. I’m left handed but I can do pretty much everything with my right hand as well, apart from write.
  2. My latest fictional crush is Liam from The Darkest Minds.
  3. I’ve probably mentioned this already, but according to Pottermore I’m a Slytherin which I’m totally okay with. Slytherin House pride!
  4. I absolutely hate Coca Cola and have never managed to drink it no matter how much everyone tries to make me to. I prefer Fanta or Dr. Pepper even though you can’t find the latter in Greece. Unfortunately.
  5. I watched Captain America: Civil War yesterday and absolutely loved it. I’m team Iron Man, what about you?
  6. Keeping with the super hero theme, my favorite one has always been Batman. Probably because he wears black which I find totally cool.
  7. My favorite city in Italy is Venice. I’m completely in love with it and really want to go back one day.

I Nominate:

Jacquie @ Rattle The Stars

Jaymee @ Bookciology

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Jen @ Reader In A Reverie

Nat @ An Aussie Bookworm

Sara @ Freadom Library

Cover Reveal: Empire of Storms

It’s finally here you guys! The cover for Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas was just revealed and it is absolutely stunning! I’ll get to it shortly but first let’s do a cover comparison for the series, shall we?

Here are the US covers:

And here are the UK covers (the ones I own):

I honestly can’t tell which ones I like best, because they are both absolutely beautiful in my opinion! I love the clean, white look of the UK covers that makes the colors stand out but the background for the US covers is also pretty amazing. And plus, the hardcovers! I need these in my shelves! And I will get them at some point, I promise you! As far as the individual covers go, I think my favorite one of the four is the cover for Queen of Shadows. I love Celaena’s outfit in it and how badass and determined she looks! Although, truth be told, she looks pretty badass in all these covers. And the back covers are equally stunning! I don’t know if you can tell, but I’m going through a slight obsession with everything that has to do with Sarah J. Maas. She’s the queen of high fantasy!

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13 Books and Movies that Totally Creeped Me Out

It’s Friday the 13th you guys! Which means it’s time for us to lock our doors, bolt our windows and spend our hours until midnight staying away from anything remotely dangerous and hoping that the unluckiness of the day won’t get to us personally. No, I’m kidding of course. I’ve never been a superstitious person and Friday the 13th has always been a normal day for me. In fact, I already have plans to go out for coffee this afternoon and I just got a big package of books today, which I consider anything but unlucky. But it does give me a great opportunity to watch one of my favorite horror movies (I’m gonna conclude my day by watching Friday the 13th with a bunch of friends) and it also gives me an excuse to write this blog post about one of my favourite book and movie genres. So here we go! 13 books and movies that totally creeped me out! Kinda…

The Conjuring

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I’m a horror junkie. I’ve watched so many horror movies in my life that I’ve actually grown immune to them. In fact I usually laugh when I watch one, instead of being scared. And let’s face it. Horror movies are rarely scary. Most of them are just stupid. *cough* Cabin in the Woods *cough*.

But The Conjuring was definitely an exception to that rule and it did manage to creep me out not only a little but actually a lot. Maybe it was those disturbing little letter on the movie poster stating that it was ‘based on a true story”. Or maybe it was James Wan’s undoubtedly brilliant directing skills. Or the subtle and for once not exaggerated special effects that are even more effective in my opinion. But the fact is that when I walked out of that theater (I have no idea what on earh possesed me to watch that movie on the big screen) I vowed to myself that I was never getting close to a wardrobe from then on. Hard to do so since there is a wardrobe in my room and I did sleep next to it that same night but still… If you ask me what scared me the most about this movie, I honestly can’t tell you. The story wasn’t even that original – the usual ‘family moves into a haunted house’ stuff – but it had some pretty disturbing stuff in it and unlike other movies in the genre, it actually felt real. But I can honestly tell you this. The Conjuring is one of the best horror movies I’ve watched in a long while and if you’re a horror junky like me and haven’t watched it yet, you totally should! You might even be surprised!

The Shinning

Ah, The Shining. That terrifying book about that hotel in the middle of nowhere, a five year old that spells murder backwards and Jack Nicholson. Er, Jack Torrance. I meant Jack Torrance. This one qualifies for both a book and a movie actually, and I still can’t decide which one of the two was more disturbing. I mean sure, the book is always better. And Stephen King’s writing is always spookingly brilliant. But we all have to admit that Jack Nicholson did a wonderful job portraying Jack Torrance in the movie (they even share the same name) and I still get shivers every time I think about it. I actually read the book after I watched the movie, so I was imagining Jack Nicholson’s crazy stare while doing so which made the whole reading experience much more creepier. And I’ll say it again. Stephen King. The master of horror. I’m  actually not sure how many of you would call the Shining terrifying – because I wasn’t terrified by it either, more like creeped out – but we all have to admit it’s one of the best horror movies and books of all times and one of Stephen King’s best works, in my opinion.

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WWW Wednesday #2

wwwwednesdayHappy Wednesday guys! I’m having a lazy day so hopefully I’ll be able to get some blog post writing and reading down! I should start studying for my exams soon since they’re starting in a few weeks but I decided today is procrastination day! And I’m going to start it by posting my second WWW Wednesday! This a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking on a World of Words  and you should all give it a try because it’s really fun and easy! The three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

He we go!

What are you currently reading?

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. I started this a couple of days ago and I’m very excited to finally get to it! I’ve wanted to read it for a while but unforunately I couldn’t find it in my country so I had to order it and wait for it to arrive and when it came last month, I was really busy to read it so I knew it was definitely going to be on my TBR this month! I haven’t read more than a few chapters but I’m really enjoying it so far, so hopefully it will be a new favorite! And I’m also rereading City of Glass, which is my favorite book in The Mortal Instruments series.

What have you recently finished?

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I finished Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief this weekend! That’s right, I finally got around to reading Rick Riordan! Yay! I absolutely loved this book, it was so much better than the movie! And Percy is so funny in this! His sarcasm is goals! I have no idea why I waited that long to start this series and I really really want to read the second book now, but unfortunately I don’t have it yet. I got ever enthusiastic and ordered the boxset though, so I can’t wait to get my hands on it and keep reading!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m planning on reading A Darker Shade of Magic next which is another book on the top of my TBR that I didn’t get to last month. I can’t wait to delve into the world of the Antari! And I also got The Raven Boys and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in a mini book haul recently, so I know I’ll be reading either one or both of them soon! I can’t wait!

That’s a wrap for today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with another post! What are you guys currently reading? Have you read any of these and if so, did you like them? Let’s chat in the comments! 🙂

Review on “The 5th Wave”

16101128Series: The 5th Wave #1

Genre: Science Fiction, YA

Format: paperback

Publisher: Penguin Books

Published: May 7th, 2013

Pages: 460

 

Goodreads summary: 

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.

My thoughts:

“We’re here, and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with the time.”

Finally got around to writing my review of this book, which I absolutely loved! Well, it wasn’t as mindblowing as other books in the genre I’ve read but maybe that was just because I’d watched the movie before reading it and already knew what was going to happen, and it was still a great read! The story was thrilling and exciting, with plenty of action, suspense and snarky humor in it and above all, it never got boring. There was a lot of tension in those 500 hundred pages and I found myself constantly compelled to read further to discover what would happen next. Which says a lot, since – like I said – I technically already knew how the story was going to end.

The book was also extremely well written and I thought the story was very carefully planned. The plot wasn’t really something special but it made for a great science fiction story. It reminded me a bit of Falling Skies and as a huge fun of the show, I deeply enjoyed it. Even though the multiple point of views could be confusing at first, after a while I got used to the different voices of the characters and was anxious to read the different chapters and move on from character to character and from location to location. Also, the final chapters! Things happened a bit differently in the movie so I didn’t really know what to expect when I got to the final climax and I was constantly on edge when reading the last few pages!

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The Star Wars Book Tag

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What is this? Another tag? On a Wednesday? But how could I pass on doing this one today, since it’s Star Wars Day and Stars Wars is one of my favorite movie franchises ever! This amazing tag was created by Joana and Elizabeth over at booktube (you can check out their videos here and here) and was expanded by the lovely Bia and Cass at B&C Books. Check out their post here! So Happy Star Wars Day everyone and may the 4th be with you! 😉

1.R2-D2

The lovable droid filled with sass: Name a series that made you laugh.

It’s actually one book and not a series but I’m gonna have to go with Carry On. I loved this book so much and there were so many funy scenes in it! For not mentioning the hilarious dialogue between Simon and Baz, and Baz’s snarky sense of humor that makes me laugh every time!

2.Padme Amidala

Even though she’s not a Jedi, she sure does kick some butt: Name a badass female character.

Well, of course I have to go with Celaena Sardothien for this! She’s the first character that comes to mind when I think of the word badass and I absolutely love her!

3.Leia Organa

This girl gets herself into a rather strange love situation: Name your favorite of least favorite love triangle.

I’ll have to say Aspen, America and Maxon in The Selection series. I just never saw the point of this love triangle at all, especially since it was pretty obvious who she was going to end up with from the start. And besides, I’ve always been on team Maxon, so Aspen getting in the middle got in my nerves a lot.

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Totally Should’ve Book Tag

Tag time! It’s Tuesday and not Monday today, but since I already posted yesterday and I had nothing planned for today, I figured it would be nice to do a tag. So here we go! The Totally Should’ve Book Tag! Enjoy!

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1. Totally should’ve gotten a sequel
Definitely Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I absolutely loved everything about this book and especially Simon and Baz, and I wouldn’t mind reading more about their adventures, romantic or otherwise. Actually, I don’t care if it’s a prequel or a sequel or a short story, I just need more with these two! Rainbow Rowell please consider writing the entire Simon Snow series! I would totally read it!

2. Totally should’ve had a spin off series
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. There are so many great characters in this series and so much potential for more amazing books! I would totally love to read a spin off series about Thorne and his adventures before he met Cinder in that prison.

3. An author who totally should write more books
Christopher Paolini. He’s a writer I deeply admire and respect and The Inheritance Cycle is one of my favorite fantasy series ever! Christopher has created a truly brilliant and epic world, full of magic, dragons and adventure and I would be very excited to read more stuff written by him! He’s actually finished the first draft of a new sci-fi novel, so I can’t wait to know more about it!

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April Wrap Up + May TBR

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Happy May everyone! I can’t believe April’s gone already! Last month has been so busy! And we just celebrated Easter yesterday, here in Greece, which means May started off pretty great! I managed to read four books and one Ebook this month, so I did a bit better than the last two! I still need to catch up with my reading challenge (I’m currently five books behind schedule), but that’s what summer’s for, right? And now it’s only a month away, so I’m very excited about it! Although, I’m gonna have college exams in June but July and August will definitely be devoted to reading and spending time at the beach. I can’t wait!

But let’s get on with my April Wrap Up! Here are the books I finished last month:

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Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman

My rating: 5 stars!

I absolutely loved Illuminae! In fact I was mindblown by it! It was the coolest book I’ve ever read and the unique format made for a very unique reading experience! I also listened to the audiobook and it was freaking amazing! The sound effects really make you feel like you’re on the Alexander yourself and don’t eve get me started about AIDAN, the ship’s artificial intelligence! It was my favorite character in the book and I loved the interactions between all of the characters in general. I can’t wait to get my hands on Gemina!

Read my full review here!

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