My dear followers and readers,

I write to tell you that I am going to be away for a while. I need a long break because of some personal stuff. Sorry.

Read a lot,

xoxo,

Jane.

WELLS, Dan: I Am Not a Serial Killer

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As I’ve promised now I’m going to write about Dan Wells’s novel, the I Am Not A Serial Killer. To be honest even the title was interesting enough to draw my attention to it. I am pretty much interested in Psychopathology since I’ve studied it for a while and some serial killers are strongly connected to this field of study. (I want to say that I am not a sociopath or something like this, I am not fascinated by reading about serial killers as John is, I am more into mental disorders and addictions, and you know, sometimes subjects intersect, that’s all.)

So… there is a teenage boy, John Wayne. He got his name after the actor, but you know, there’s also John Wayne Gacy and John Wayne Glover with the same first name as well and somehow our John Wayne is more interested in the last two than fascinated by the Duke. One may think this isn’t something strange, but there is another fact which emphasizes the scary side of John: he is diagnosed as a sociopath. Having trouble with empathy, with feelings, being antisocial and so on. Although he sees regularly a psychiatrist and has his own guidelines to have an almost normal life. He is a realistic character, and lovely in his own way too. He is my favourite character from this book.

The story? I have to admit that it isn’t as good as I’ve been waiting for. I think that in third person it could be more mysterious and scary, but yes, I know, that so the reader cannot really see what happens in John’s mind. It was interesting, but not something fascinating. I’ve thought at the beginning that it may be something real, like Criminal Minds or Those Who Kill, but it has a taste of Supernatural. Yes, I am thinking at the series. I have to admit that the name Crowley is something perfect with demons having a human side too, but my expectations still seems to be pretty much so I can’t say that it has become one of my favourite books. It is good, it is worth to be read, but it isn’t the one I want to reread again and again.

As I’ve said before, my favourite character is John Wayne. What about favourite scene? I liked the Halloween party very much. I also have to mention that there is some relevant information if one is interested in psychology and psychopathology or even in criminology, and I also liked the psychiatrist, he is a good character too. Hm, even if I have my problems with it (I can be too critical sometimes) I can recommend it. Read it, because it is interesting enough to be read once in a life.

Summary of past weeks

I am so sorry about being gone for weeks again without a word. I’ve been a bit down emotionally wanting to stay in my bed and just read one book after another, so I can say I’ve read a lot in the past few weeks. At the moment I try to make order in my life and to get used to my new schedule because school year has started too. I’ve also moved in another flat so things lately have been a bit crazy, but I am returning, I swear.

I’ve read the following books:

  • Jus Accardo: Touch
  • Jennifer Ashley: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie
  • Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
  • Marni Bates: Decked with Holly
  • Marni Bates: Awkward
  • Kendare Blake: Anna Dressed in Blood
  • Meg Cabot: The Princess Diaries 10.
  • Gayle Callen: No Ordinary Groom
  • Cora Carmack: Losing It
  • Cora Carmack: Faking It
  • Cora Carmack: Keeping Her
  • Sarah Dessen: This Lullaby
  • Christina Dodd: One Kiss From You
  • Louisa Edwards: Can’t Stand The Heat
  • Rachel Gibson: Rescue me
  • Beate Teresa Hanika: Rotkäppchen muss weinen
  • Colleen Hoover: Slammed
  • Eloisa James: A Kiss at Midnight
  • Marie Lu: Legend
  • Sarah MacLean: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
  • Marissa Meyer: Cinder
  • Dwana Nyrae: Charade
  • Lauren Oliver: Delirium
  • Kelly Oram: The Avery Shaw Experiment
  • Cynthia Parker: Látni sem akarlak (I don’t even want to see you)
  • Jennifer Probst: The Marriage Bargain
  • Jennifer Probst: The Marriage Trap
  • Jennifer Probst: The Marriage Mistake
  • Jennifer Probst: The Marriage Merger
  • Emily Snow: Devoured
  • Emily Snow: Consumed
  • Dan Wells: I Am Not a Serial Killer
  • Maryrose Wood: The Poison Diaries
  • Smanatha Young: Dublin Street

And I am reading:

  • Douglas Adams: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
  • Rebecca Donovan: Out of Breath
  • Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose
  • Alex Flinn: A Kiss in Time
  • Gillian Flynn: Gone Girl
  • Melissa Hill: All Because of You
  • Marie Lu: Prodigy
  • Stephanie Meyer: Twilight
  • David Mitchell: Cloud Atlas
  • Anne Rice: The vampire Lestat
  • Lori Nelson Spielman: The Life List
  • Maggie Stiefvater: The Raven Boys
  • J. R. R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings

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Only a brief side note, my dear readers… I’ve decided to write about the Luxen-series after reading Opal, but I’ve already got the fourth novel, the Origin, so I am going to leave over a bit this review. Others are coming as soon as possible.

xoxo,

Jane.

What about now

In the past weeks I’ve been reading a lot beside working. There are still some problems with my computer, but I come back slowly. Let’s see what I’ve done in these days I’ve been away.

I’ve read twelve books:

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  • Jennifer L. Armetrout: Opal
  • Cyn Balog: Fairy Tale
  • Jenny Downham: Before I die
  • Katie Fforde: A Perfect Proposal
  • Rebecca Hamilton: The Forever Girl
  • Coleen Hoover: Hopeless
  • Robin LaFevers: Grave Mercy
  • Melissa Moretti: Bella, drága Bella (Bella, dear Bella)
  • Kat Patrick: Forgotten
  • Jennifer E. Smith: The Statistical Probability of love at First Sight
  • Tamara Ireland Stone: Time Between Us
  • Delphine de Vigan: No et moi (No & me)

And I am still reading the following novels:

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  • Douglas Adams: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
  • Rebecca Donovan: Out of Breath
  • Marie Lu: Legend
  • Anne Rice: The Vampire Lestat
  • J. R. R. Tolkien: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Dan Wells: I am not a serial killer
  • Marie Wood: The Poison Diaries

I try to read and write more about books in the next weeks, I promise.

BROWN, Dan: Inferno

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Do you remember Robert Langdon, main character The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol or the Angels and Demons? In this mystery thriller our beloved Harward professor wakes up in an Italian hospital, in Florence with a head wound and no memory of the last days. He already has to run because of a female assassin, Vayentha and one of the doctors, Sienna tries to help him finding out what has happened in the past days. While searching for answers they find a lot of pieces in connection with Dante and his Inferno. Meanwhile on the Mendacium The Consortium tries to carry out the wishes of a crazy genius, and the woman with silver hair wants to stop this process. Who wins this battle?

A few weeks ago I’ve chosen it as the most gripping story of the week. It is an amazing story, full of tension, secrets and interesting facts mostly about Dante, his Inferno and the black death. I am still reading Dante’s Inferno, which appears as a specific research area of Langdon, and I also want to write a paper about it. Why not? It is such a vivid depiction of the medieval hell-conception. This Inferno somehow is built upon that writing, because a crazy genius wants to create another hell to make life livable on Earth. It is a crazy and in the same time a genial idea as well, and it cannot be stopped its realization. Somehow the initial idea and the further possibilities are more frightening than the real outcome (in my opinion, of course). I like it pretty much how Langdon and Sienna are working together for a while to find out where is every little piece of the puzzle and what they mean, and there  is also the Consortium, the WHO and the crazy villain too. It is fascinating from the first word until the last one. Ok, the characters are scary at a point, especially the villain but he is one of the best villains I’ve ever met. Sienna is another surprisingly good character, I like how she manages to be who she has to and to do what she has to. It’s hard not to like this story, it is so gripping, interesting, fascinating. I recommend it if you want to read something enjoyable and full of action.

My dear readers and followers, 

at the moment my computer isn’t working properly,  and without it I hardly have got any opportunity to write. The blog is going to be closed for a while, but I’ll be back as soon as possible. 

Read a lot.

xoxo,

Jane. 

Up to the moon and back again

I spent ten wonderful days with fantastic people and although I decided before the camp that I’d read as much as I could I spent my time with them instead of keeping my promise. It was worth. I put away the bookaholic in me for a while and I made some friends, but yeah, yeah, back to the books now. I’ve arrived home about a week ago and without my computer, my dear Zeno I’ve had also a few hours to read, so let see the summary for the past three weeks. I haven’t wrote any post during this period either, sorry, but maybe next week I am going to have finally the means for it too. I hope so.

In the last three weeks I’ve read ten books:

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  • Rebecca Donovan: Reason to breath (most touching story of the week)
  • Rebecca Donovan: Barely breathing
  • Katy Evans: Real (good music, interesting psychological references)
  • Richelle Mead: Vampire Academy (interesting villain)
  • Richelle Mead: Frostbite
  • Richelle Mead: Shadow Kiss
  • Richelle Mead: Blood Promise
  • Richelle Mead: Spirit Bound
  • Richelle Mead: Last Sacrifice
  • Tamara Webber: Easy (dream-guy of the week, motivational story)

And I am still reading four other novels:

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  • Jennifer L. Armentrout: Opal
  • Rebecca Donovan: Out of Breath
  • Anne Rice: The Vampire Lestat
  • J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

That’s all Folks. 

 

What about last week

Another crazy week is gone. I hardly had  any access to the internet, so I was reading like a fanatic beside housework. To be honest, somehow I like the life without internet and computer, it was like in my childhood. We bought our first computer when I was eleven years old, and first time I met internet in the high school, and I have to say life was fun without it too.

This week I’ve read eleven books :

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  • Libba Bray: Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle 2.) (most annoying character of the week)
  • Cassandra Clare: Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices 2.) (dream-guys, cover &  most fascinating story of the week)
  • Cassandra Clare: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices 3.) (dream-guys, cover  & most fascinating stroy of the week)
  • Eloisa James: When Beauty Tamed the Beast
  • Jamie McGuire: Beautiful Disaster
  • Jamie McGuire: Walking Disaster
  • Jamie McGuire: Beautiful Wedding
  • Heidi Mclaughlin: My Unexpected Forever (Beaumont 2.)
  • Heidi Mclaughlin: Finding My Forever (Beaumont 3.)
  • Terry Pratchett – Neil Gaiman: Good Omens (the funniest story of the week)
  • Markus Zusak: The Book Thief (most touching story & loveliest characters of the week)

and I’ve started and still reading three other ones:

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  • Jennifer L. Armentrout: Opal (Luxen 3.)
  • Libba Bray: The Sweet Far Thing
  • Anne Rice: The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles 2.)

I wrote posts about:

  • Libba Bray: Gemma Doyle
  • Cassandra Clare: The Infernal Devices (cover, series)
  • Cover-mania (The Infernal Devices)

 From now on I am going to be in a camp so I won’t have internet, not even computer for the next two weeks. But… I have the e-book reader and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, so I am reading during this period as well and when I arrive home I write as much as I can.

CLARE, Cassandra: The Infernal Devices

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I’ve just finished reading the third novel and I already miss this world full of shadowhunters, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other strange creatures placed in the Victorian era. The story has simply absorbed me and I cannot get rid of it. I don’t even want to. I think I am going to reread it because books are my escape.

The story is a spectacular one with excitement and amazing adventures, fight, love, intrigue, pain, death and everything you need for a good story, and it takes place in a fictional world of mythological creatures. I fell in love with the shadowhunters’s way to live  again. usually the first thing I want to see in a book is the last sentence of it, and when I started to read the Clockwork Princess I saw a genealogical tree of Lightwoods, Herondales and Carstairs. It was interesting. I loved it when I discovered already well-known names, but until then… it happens a lot of things. There’s William ‘Will’ Herondale who chooses to be a shadowhunter against his parents’s will and is hateful with almost everyone, the only exception is his dying parabatai, James ‘Jem’ Carstairs, who was poisoned by a demon and that’s why has to use a drug which slowly kills him. And there’s Theresa ‘Tessa’ Gray, a half walrock, half shadowhunter girl from New York, with an Eidolon demon as her father so she can change (shape-shift), and the Magister has plans with her. And the Lightwood brothers, Gabriel and Gideon, Sophie, Charlotte, the head of the London Institute and her husband, Henry and his experiments, Magnus Bane and some others too, and the villain of the week, Axel Mortmain. At the end of the first book you’ll understand that how intelligent and cruel can be a man who wants to get revenge. However my favorite character… characters are Will and Jem, who are parabatai and as important to each other that they can give up even love to see the other one being happy. No wonder that they easily became dream-guys too. I also liked Cecily for being so stubborn, passionate and lovely, and after playing a role to get back his brother her role becomes reality. My favorite couple is Sophie Collins and Gideon Lightwood, the wise mundane maiden who later underwent Ascension and the attractive and kind-hearted shadowhunter. It is kind of a tough love because of the differences between them, so I was glad when Gideon finally proposes to Sophie and she sais yes. Oh, and I knew that Alec has Cecy’s eyes and Izzy has her necklace, but back to this story.  My favorite book is the third, even if I liked every book, in this one every little piece of the story finds its place and that is so good. I found sort of peace while I was reading it, and here is my favorite scene too – when Cecily while hiding has a talk with Gabriel.

So, finally I can say that this trilogy is worth to be read as well as I’ve said it about The Mortal Instruments, whether you want to read some fantasy full of interesting characters, funny manifestations and exciting adventures or to escape reality entering a mysterious and gripping other world reading this beautiful story.