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What you might expect and currently reading

15:49, 9/8/2014 .. 0 comments .. Link

Hello dear readers or future readers..,

On this not so sunny sunday afternoon, I will write about what books I have to review for you and what I am currently reading. Maybe also about the books I plan to read this month. I will have a very busy month up ahead, but I will try to at least write an entry once a week. I want to get my blog fully updated on all the books I have read during the summer vacation, so that once school starts again, I can update as soon as I've finished a book. My TBR (to-be-read) for this month is: The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long, which is a fey book. I am currently on page 211, but I didn't really enjoy it so far and that's a shame because I usually love fey/fae books or fairytail books. If you like them as well, I recommend The Iron Fey serie by Julie Kagawa or The Trylle serie by Amanda Hocking- I loved them both!! I am also currently reading (I am only 30 pages in so far) Invisibilty by Andrea Kremer and David Levithian. I also don't really like this one so far.. but I will finish both books soon.. I hope. I am also planning to read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (my very first John Green book) because I am going to the cinema with my friends to watch it. I am looking forward to reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern as well- the cover of the book is epic! This book is the booksplosion of the month (I follow this group on Goodreads and most of them on YouTube). I am planning/hoping to read those four books this month. 

I also have compiled a list of books that I have read but I have yet to review for you guys. If you follow me on Instagram (@bookishmarjolein) you will have seen a picture of this list already, which I posted yesterday. Here's the list for you:

- The Elite by Kiera Cass 4,75 stars

- The One by Kiera Cass  5 stars

- Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday   4 stars

- Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday 4 stars

- Earth Girl by Janet Edwards 3,75 stars

- Earth Star by Janet Edwards 4 stars

- Switched by Amanda Hocking 5 stars

- Torn by Amanda Hocking 5 stars

- Ascend by Amanda Hocking 5 stars

- Princess of the Midnight Ball 2,75 stars

 

That's the list. Which book or books would you like me to review first? 

I hope you will all have a great sunday and I will write some reviews soon!!

You can follow me on twitter : https://twitter.com/MarjoleinViel  (I also have Snapchat under the same username)

 or on pinintrest : http://www.pinterest.com/marjoleinviel/ (not really using that though)

So I recommend that if you want to follow me- use twitter, goodreads or instagram. 

 

 Lots of love and happy reading. I would love to hear what you're reading and your thoughts about my blog., 

 

Marjolein 



Bookreviews:Touching Juliette serie, Shut Out, The Art of Lainey and Lola and the boy next door.

13:53, 4/8/2014 .. 0 comments .. Link

Hello dear readers and fellow booklovers,

I am sorry, I promised I would upload an entry sooner but... well I didn't get to it. It's already August, time flies when you're free from school. I NEED MORE TIME!! I went to England/UK for a week with my parents and Aimee (friend). So while I was there I couldn't pass up the opportunity to buy some English books l ; sooo... my bookcase/booksheleves are really full right now, I need another bookcase. I read five books while I was away book 2, 2,5 and book 3 of the Touching Julliete serie, The Art of Lainey and Lola and the boy next door. Last night I also finished Shut Out by Kody Keplinger. So I will review these books for you right now. You can also find me on Goodreads, but my reviews there are really short.

This time I won't tell you anything about the book, like the synopsis. Please chech that for yourself- preverably on Goodreads.

I am gonna start with the Touching Julliete serie. I read the dutch version-which is a great translation. The writer is Tahereh Mafi. The serie consists of five books. Three books from the main character's, Juliette, point of view, one book from Warner's point of view and one book from Adam's point of view. I loved reading these books. All the covers are so gorgeous (the covers with the eyes on it). When I started it, I was intrigued. The writing is unique and you really get into the skin of Juliette. It is a somber/sad serie though. Juliette's mind is a really dark place. Some words are crossed out in the book, I haven't seen this before-which is unique as well. I was really overwhelmed. In the first book, I thought Warner was horrible, but then book 1,5 from his point of view- no no longer team Adam after that. I ship Warner and Juliette all the way. The serie really focuses on feelings; deep and uncontrollable, friendship, hate and love. You see the characters grow and get to know more of there personallities. The book is really deep. Also half way Juliette changes, big change of personality, and I was like- yes it can be like this as well, why didn't I think of this and I like her better this way.

SPOILER: she's no longer that small girl, she can change the world and she will. And I really don't think a book from Adam's point of view was necessary. It was really thin.

SAVE TO READ AGIAN: I really had a book hangover after I finished the last book. The ending isn't completely closed, it think it has room for another serie starting from that moment on. But hey a girl can hope right? The book is deep, sweet, realistic writing, good character development, deep characters, sudden changes, suspense and romance. Dystopian, romance and fantasy are some words I would use for the book. Really go on and buy the first book Shatter Me, you definetely won't regret it. I give the serie five stars out of five.

So that's that. Next up is The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes and Shut Out by Kody Keplinger. Did you ever have like that feeling that a book is just an 'easy breeze' book? Yeah well I had that feeling about Shut Out and then I began reading and I was like wooowww what a minute- what, serious topics here. I loved the fact that Kody put in serious issues in a YA book. I am gonna be blunt here- it's about stereotypes and well yes let's just trow it in the open , sex. The girls are wondering if you're weird if you're a virgin, weird if you don't like it and well they are afraid to talk about it. People such as Lissa's (main character) friend, Chloe comes right out and says she likes it- therefore people call her names. During this book it's more than just a fun read- it's about serious stuff and getting to know that there is no such thing as normal and everybody is different and makes different decisions. Everybody most decide for themselves. The book is about love, friendship and all sorts of unexpected things. I loved the main character- though at one point, I was ready for her to make an another decision (singing window scene). But hey, the main character makes mistakes too. The book is realistic and cute. I definitely recommend it. Especially if you're in high school. I give it a 4,25 out of 5.

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes (cute cover and nice colours). This book was cute and really captures the idea of wanting back your ex. Lainey wants her ex back-that's how the story starts. She will need to make him jealous. And her coworker Micah would fit perfectly in her plan. And then... well you can guess. But not everything goes smoothly. Some things remain unsaid and friends get in the way. I loved Micah as an character and loved the way Lainey changed, or better said-found herself, when she was with him. And her ex..... &^**@$^&* not a nice guy. Don't go back to him!!!! I was reading it and was like "NOOOO, you don't need him-you want Micah .. tell him how you feel". I loved the entire book and the writing. It's romance, cute and sort off coming of age story (because she needs to know who she is without her ex). I recommend it and give it a 4 out of 5.

Last but not least- Lola and the boy next door by Stephanie Perkins. First off, I would recommend reading 'Anna and the french kiss', which I didn't do- because I didn't think it was necessary and now I regret it. Because Anna and Etienne's story continues in the background of Lola and Cricket. Soo .... okay this book was so cute and adorable. Cricket is like the sweetest boy ever (and literally the boy next door).. he's clumsy (a bit) and short of shy I would say. Lola is dating this other guy (which I don't like at all!) when her old neighbours return. And yes Lola has a history with them. The book has an happy ending. All the characters are well rounded and come to an end- and the change. I loved and now I will have to read Anna and the French Kiss and Isla and the Happily ever after (which just came out I believe). I recommend it. It truly captures the feeling of first love. Also her parents are just soo.. well you have to make your own opinion about them. I liked them though, and orginal-haven't read of a family situation like that before. Hihi I didn't spoil anything like this I hope. I give the book 4,5 out of 5.

Well that sums it up for today. A big review =)

I am currently watching Arrow season one. anybody else? I like it, it's fast paced and has romance and suspense as well. I will write an other review soon- because I have read so many books that I haven't reviewed yet..... I also have an new Instagram account. I made it so that I can post pictures of books and reading and stuff. It's bookishmarjolein. I probably won't post pictures of books on my other Instagram account.

You can follow me on twitter :https://twitter.com/MarjoleinViel (I also have Snapchat under the same username)

or on pinintrest :http://www.pinterest.com/marjoleinviel/(not really using that though)

So I recommend that if you want to follow me- use twitter, goodreads or instagram.

Lots of love and happy reading. I would love to hear what you're reading and your thoughts about my blog.,

Marjolein



This Lullaby and The Murder Complex review

12:31, 21/7/2014 .. 0 comments .. Link

Hello dear readers, 

I have read many books these past weeks and so I must review them as well. I also bought several books, well more like a pile of books. But I am gonna write several reviews before I will allow myself to read a new book. Today I will review The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings and This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. As different as these books are they have two things in common. The firstly, they both have an beautiful cover and secondly I didn't like them that much. I will tell you about This Lullaby first. Sarah Dessen has written many books and is well know for her romance YA novels. This Lullaby came out in 2002 and has 345 pages.

Since I am horrible at explaining a book without giving spoilers, here is the synopsis on the back of the book: When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn't mess around. After all, she's learned all there is to know from her mother, who's currently working on husband number five. But there's something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy's rules. He certainly doesn't seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can't seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy's starting to understand what those love songs are all about?

Okay that wasn't the synopsis on the back hihi. Here it is: Remy always knows when to give a guy "the speech"- right after the initial romantic rush, but before anything gets to serious. She's had her fair share of boyfriends , and she's learned all there is to learn from her mother, who's currently working on husband number five. So why is it that Remy can't seem to dump Dexter? It can't be his name. It can't be that he's messy and disorganized. And it certainly isn't that he's a musician-just like Remy's father, a man she never knew because he left before she was born. Could it be that Remy's romantic rules to live by don't apply anymore?

After reading that, I just had to buy it. I expected an easy, romantic summer read. Yes well the story wasn't what I hoped for. It is a slow book. I don't like the characters.  Although the writing is good, I just couldn't get in the story. The concept however is good. A girl who doens't believe in love will learn that it does excists after all. However I didn't expect it and I didn't enjoy the book. In the beginning I thought it was a bit depressing. And it has an open ending! I hate those, especially when they are an stand-alone. So no I don't recommend it and after reading this book I doubt I will buy another Sarah Dessen book. Maybe I will, but I probably won't. Overall I give it 2,75 stars out of 5.

Allusions to Other Books
  • Scarlett, who is the manager of Jump Java, was Michael Sherwood's girlfriend and Halley's best friend in Someone Like You.
  • In Just Listen, Annabel meets Remy and Dexter while she goes backstage when she goes to Bendo to watch Truth Squad.
  • When Owen first drives Annabel home in Just Listen, there are Truth Squad CDs in the back of his car.
  • In The Truth About Forever, Macy notices that Stella, the woman who gives her the directions to Delia's house, is reading a book by Barbara Starr. Barbara Starr is Remy's mother.
  • In The Moon and More Spinnerbait is playing a gig while Emaline is on a date with Theo.

 

Next up: The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings 

This book has a gorgeous cover as well, in red and black with white letters. On the side, on the pages is an barcode. Barcodes are essential in this book, so therefore a nice reverence and it looks pretty as well. I bought the book because Epic Reads on Youtube spoke highly of it. I had high expectations for this book. It is write from a dual point of view, from Zephyr and Meadow experiences. The chapters are relatively short and the book has 398 pages. The writing is good, there isn't s single moment when you think : 'Nah I am gonna put the book down now.' It is fast paced and easy to read. The characters are shallow. Not in the way that they care about superficial things but I found it hard to find real emotions or better said deep emotions, it stays on the surface. It tells you more about the events that are happening than explaining the characters. This however is partly necessary in the book. No, no spoilers- I ain't gonna tell what I spefecially mean. O and hereby sorry for my grammar mistakes and all the others that I make. This book is about survival, even if you have to kill someone so your family can survive. That is the part that is dislike. I don't like to read about how Meadow kills someone or how Zephyr finds an deadbody. I think that's gruesome and disgusting. So yes I dislike that part and mostly the concept of the book. Lindsay Cummings however is really nice on Twitter and Instagram. So it's a shame that I don't like the book. You may have noticed that I didn't put a synopsis above, about this book. That's because there isn't any. The back of the book reveals nothing, except that the death rate is higher than the birth rate and that survival is very important. Overall I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Last week I read the entire Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking (AWESOME!!!!) and the Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George. So that's a total of four books, I think that's much considering I was away on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I had a great time, it was really encouraging and I saw many friends. 

I don't know what I will read next. This Thursday I will leave for England with my parents and Aimée on holiday for a week... so then I won't upload any entries. I will try to post two or three more entries this week. 

You can follow me on twitter : https://twitter.com/MarjoleinViel  (I also have Snapchat under the same username)

instagram :http://instagram.com/marjoleinviel

or on pinintrest : http://www.pinterest.com/marjoleinviel/

Lots of love and happy reading. I would love to hear what you're reading and your thoughts about my blog., 

Marjolein 

 


BookTubeAThon 14 July- 21 July

14:17, 16/7/2014 .. 0 comments .. Link

Dear readers, 

It has started again: Booktubeathon. Yes a week full of reading, watching booktubers and reading challenges. The booktubeathon is from 14 July till 21 July. You can check out this site (Youtube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JauBxxVGa24. This years Booktubeathon is hosted by Ariel Bisette (sorry if I misspelled her name...). I am very excited, because this is the first time I am participating. Well sort of - I am trying to complete most of the challenges but I am away Friday, Saturday and Sunday so I doubt it. 

The reading challenges are:

1. Read a book with pictures

2. Start and finish a serie

3. Read a book with read on the cover (Yeah completed this one already)

4. Read a book that somebody else picked out for you. (completed)

5. Read a book in the genre you've read the least this year (completed)

6. Read and watch a book to movie adaption (completed)

7. Read seven books.

Very exciting isn't it? Well I won't participate in all chalenges. This is a list of what I am gonna do. I hope this will be an inspiration for you to start reading more or go and watch Booktubers. 

1. I don't have a book with pictures expect for my cooking books.

2. I will read the Trylle Serie by Amanda Hocking, which consists of Switched, Torn and Ascend. 

3. Switched is entirely red and I have read the entire book already- so I completed this challenge =)

4. Epic Reads picked out The Murder Complex for me (hey this one also has red on the cover.. double points for me =P) and I have read it.

5, I haven't read much contemporary so I read This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen .. very pretty cover if you ask me =)

6. I have watched The Hunger Games this morning and I will reread The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. 

7. I don't have enough time to do this challenge. I will be reading 6 books and I have read 4 of them already.. so you might think what's one more? Well tomorrow my friend Iris will come over and well

I am not gonna read while she is here. We will probably talk about books (she loves reading as well)

 

That was all for today. What are you reading? Please leave an comment.

One last thing. This year the BooktTubeAThon is sponsored by Book Deposit  (http://www.bookdepository.com/ ) You can get a discount on a 100 books!!!! And shipping to the Netherlands is free !!!  I bought some books already hihi. Here's the video with all the books in it : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lA8Tka-RbiY 

You can follow me on twitter : https://twitter.com/MarjoleinViel  (I also have Snapchat under the same username)

instagram :http://instagram.com/marjoleinviel

or on pinintrest : http://www.pinterest.com/marjoleinviel/

Lots of love, 

Marjolein

 



Book Haul: June and July 2014

12:31, 13/7/2014 .. 0 comments .. Link

Hello dear readers,

I ordered many books recently and therefor an entry about the book haul seemed like an good idea (Sorry for all my English mistakes...). The book haul consists of all the books I bought in June and July.  In June I started watching videos on Youtube about books, so I got hooked and am now officially a fan of several Booktubers. I want to do that as well... but you have to have books that recently came out or at least English books because well that's THE language at the moment .. so I bought several books, followed booktubers and started a blog. I hope I can make Youtube videos as well.... (working on that ) Any tips for making videos??? But enough about that, here comes an list of all the books I bought in June and July and if I have read them already (if I have read them, I will rate them in stars for you, the maximum is five stars). I will all review the books later- so this is an very short  'review'.

1 The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings: 3 stars out of 5 (very good writing, but didn't like the concept/story)

2 This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen: 2,75 stars out of 5 (writing nice, story different than I expected and an open ending)

3 The Selection by Kiera Cass (trilogy): 4,5 stars out of 5 (loved the story, the writing but could have had more about the world in it - I already reviewed this book)

4 The Elite by Kiera Cass (book two): 5 stars out of 5 (I simply loved it)

5 The One by Kiera Cass (book three): 5 stars out of 5 (great ending to the series, had an twist and simply loved the characters and the writing)

6 Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki: To Be Read

7 Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday: 4,75 stars out of 5 (exciting, cute characters, easy read)

8 Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday (book two): 4,75 stars out of 5 (picked up where book one stopped, an third book would have fit in just perfect, unexpected murderer)

9 Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George: To Be Read (retelling of the twelve dancing princesses)

10 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: To Be Read (the hardcover version is an really tall book!)

11 Shut Out by Kody Keplinger: To Be Read (I expect an cute summer read)

12 Earth Flight by Janet Edwards (third book in the Earth Girl trilogy): To Be Read (comes out in August, I pre-ordered it 'cause I loved the first two books)

13 Sever by Lauren DeStefano (third book in The Chemical Garden trilogy): To Be Read (I bought the Dutch version, I have to read book two as well and will reread book one)

14 The Trylle serie boxset (trilogy) by Amanda Hocking: To Be Read (yes you have read that correct, three books at once in an boxset) (and maybe they should count as three books??)

15 The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes: To Be Read (I expect a cute and perfect for summer book)

So those are all the books I bought in June and July so far, and yes it's a lot. If you count the Trylle serie as three books, I bought an total of 17 books--- yes shocking me as well. So those will be on my TBR pile. I will write reviews about all the books I have read as soon as possible. So if you have nothing to read... above are several options =P. I hope everyone will read a lot, explore new worlds and make new friends as well.

You can follow me on twitter :https://twitter.com/MarjoleinViel (I also have Snapchat under the same username)

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Lots of love and enjoy the rest of your Sunday (preferably with an book and a cup of tea)

Marjolein



Movie night; Maleficent and Walking on Sunshine

21:29, 12/7/2014 .. 0 comments .. Link

Hello dear readers, 

Thanks for at least starting to read this. This time I will talk about three movies-which are totally a suprise. I don't think I mentioned them at my list last time. I wanted to post an entry but I couldn't decide about what book (I am reading way too much) so I thought why not about two of the movies I saw in June and July (I saw more movies,  but I am talking about movies that just recently came out). Let me apology for my English once more. You know by now that it isn't really high quality soo... well just ignore my mistakes or point them out to me so I can fix them. So my school is finally over .. for now.. I had my last test on Thursday and I passed it... so next year of social studies coming up. But at least I can be an intern at a daycare each Friday now =) I am looking forward to that. And finally the weather is summery.. yeah that totally isn't a word .. hihi . Sun shining and sitting in the backyard reading a book or listening to music.. ..

Okay but let's get to the movies... because I could use a good night's rest. I watched the movies in the following order: Walking on Sunshine and Maleficent. Let's start with Walking on Sunshine. 

Walking on Sunshine

This movie made me think of Mamma Mia with all the ABBA songs... and it kind of has the same concept- people randomly starting singing and dancing during the movie. Yes that makes it a musical.  The movie was a perfect start to the summer and made me all happy and smiley... well I am smiling most of the time anyway.. =P . Ahem let's get serious. The movie is about two sisters.. who look very different and have different personalities and views about love... but they share a love interest.. The younger finds out that her old summer boyfriend (who she broke up with btw) is going to marry her sister-shocker! She still likes him and he totally didn't expect her to be THE sister of his future wife. This movie is about family, love, friendship, being yourself and finding yourself and sometimes someone needs to confess their love from rooftops Yes that just happens sometimes. I think the storyline is great, I almost knew all the songs so It is definitely a sing-along movie (well not if you're in the cinema obviously) It has an happy ending- And I love those. It has also some deep parts and well just face it THE GUY in the movie is pretty handsome (if I most say so myself). Five reasons why you should watch this movie: love, summer, beach, family and singing! So everyone check this out (it is also funny as well). It get's 3 stars out of 5. 

Maleficent

I have been wanting to go see this movie ever since it came out,... wait no ever since I heard of it. It has Angelina Jolie in it, so obviously it should be a good movie, right? The movie was great! It took an old fairy tale and totally turned it around. I totally got why Maleficent did things and the concept is very interesting. GO WATCH IT NOW! Check out the trailer and go watch the movie. The actors are great, storyline as well, amazing effect and costumes and it tells you about love as well and nobody is lost forever. The world that is build by the writers is really fantastic, creatures of all sorts and even talking trees (did anybody think about Narnia right now?) Well what's more to say? I give it 5 out of 5 stars (and if you watch it-wait for the crow to appear!!) 

Well that is all for tonight (I am very tired). I will try to write something very soon! 

Sweet dreams or maybe the day just started for you- then have a nice day!

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Off to bed, 

Lots of love from me =) 



Second entry : The Selection (first book in the Selection serie)

14:20, 6/7/2014 .. 0 comments .. Link

Hello dear readers,

Firstly thank you for reading my blog and I will once again remind you that English isn't my first language so bear with me will you =)  My day so far has been very nice. I got to sleep in a bit and I am now enjoying the sun in my backyard, that whoever makes it really difficult for me to write this because well yeah the sun and a laptop just don't go well togehter... so pinching my eyes together here. As you may have guessed by the title today I am writing about The Selection serie and I am writing about the first book: The Selection. The second and third book are titled The Elite and The One. I must say each book has a very fitting title. The Selection serie is written by Kiera Cass. This is her twitter : https://twitter.com/kieracass and this is her instagram : http://instagram.com/partylikeawordstar so you can follow her if you want. http://www.kieracass.com/the-selection/ This is the official website (I think). The Selection is published by HarperCollinsPublishers and came out in 2012. So no it's not a very recent book. The third book however came out in 2014 (May) so the serie is recent. The book has 327 pages and an awesome dedication on the first page : Hi Dad! *waves* .. cute isn't it? I bought all the books at once at bol.com , the Dutch readers know this website, and made it a reading marathon. I have heard a lot about this serie, especially about the first book but I won't bore you with other people their opinion after all you are reading this for my opinion... so I hope I ain't boring someone to dead while reading this =/  =P 

I will give you more information about the story (for the ones who have read it already - great job!) and then I will give you opinion about the stuff I liked and what I didn't like. 

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined (this is from Goodreads).

America Singer is the main character. She's a five, which means she is born to be an artist .. to paint, sing or play an instrument. It doens't mean she is born with the ability to excel in this. She's is born as a Five because her father is a five. However America is (from here on not spoiler free anymore) an excellent singer and plays the piano and the violin (maybe even more instruments). In total there are eight castes. Well number eight isn't really one there beggars (can't find an other word). They haven't got a job, so no income (at least a steady one). Seven are the manual laborers such as gardeners and farm hands. Sixes are workers such as waitresses and store clerks, Aspen Leger is a six (America's secret boyfriend). America and her family are fives, they are artists and performers. America's older sister, Kenna, was formerly a Five before marrying a Four, and becoming one herself. America was also formerly a Five before entering the Selection and becoming a Three (yes that was a spoiler.. sorry). Fours are business man and woman, owners of shops and construction managers. America's older sister and her husband are factory workers. America's friend during the Selection, Marlee, is also an four. Three are 'great minds' like teachers, philosophers, scientists and doctors. As I said before America became a three when she entered the selection as well as all the other girls who where fours, fives, sixes or sevens (there where no eights or seven ... as far as I remember). Two's Celebrities; including athletes, singers, actors/actresses, models, politicians, police officers, firefighters, guards, and military members.  SPOILER: Aspen , formerly a Six, is also a Two and is a guard at the palace. At last the Ones: Royalty and religious figures. Maxon and his family (King Clarkson and Queen Amberly,  are Ones). That was the entire caste system... yes I know it's a lot. 

I really America. She cares about her family and is a fighter. She doesn't just go along with things , she wil question them. She doesn't like the caste system.... and she makes Maxon aware of what is going on outside the palace. She cares for her maids and doens't treat them as slaves but more as equals. SPOILER: She reacts fiercely when she first meets Maxon and doesn't treat him as a prince at all. She does have problems with her own feelings -who should she choice? Maxon or Aspen?  One broke her heart and the other has 34 other girls to choice from, so how real is his attention...  And best of all she LOVES FOOD.. I really liked that first time in the palace when she got 'palace food'. It made me grin.

I like the concept (it reminded me slightly of Esther otherwise know as Hadassa). The book made me think about love- what's real love and what makes you chose someone out of 35 options. The things I liked and disliked about this book: 

- the concept/idea (like)

-the characters and their development (not only in this book but in the entire serie) (like)

- the conversations taking place (like, more deep conversations in book 2 and 3) 

- this story has depth but more in book two and three (dislike .. would have liked more about the castes in book one)

- the world building is very nice and smooth (like)

- the first book is more about America and her feelings than the world around (dislike, though necessary because this completes the characters)

Encouraged by Epic Reads (they are on Youtube... check out Tea Time!) I will now look at page 69. According to them you should read that page and if you like it, you will like the entire book. ... yes I liked the page. Here an quote from page 69 of the Selection : " If it hadn't been for his eyes, I would have thought it was a joke, not an insult." Leave you favorite quote in the comments.

That's all about The Selection.. tell me what you liked about the book and what you didn't tell. Tips and advise are welcome. Questions are welcome as well , personal or otherwise. My next entry might be on : The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings, The 100, This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen, Earthgirl by Janet Edwards or Walking on Sunshine (movie).  

 

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Lots of love and enjoy the rest of your Sunday, 

Marjolein 

 



First entry - Nice to meet you

21:28, 5/7/2014 .. 1 comments .. Link

Dear readers (well I am happy if it's just one)

First of all it's very nice to meet you... well I don't really see you or anything like that but hey... I am just being polite here.

So my name is Marjolein Viel, I live in The Netherlands otherwise know as Holland and I just turned eightteen. I recently saw a video from Epic Reads on Youtube (you should check them out) and thought to myself .. I wanna do that as well, be a booktuber as they call it. So I started to think about all the things that were necessary to start a videoblog and well I just thought it would be a smart thing to start an blog first. So here I am typing this for you to read at 22:34 ... I hope I ain't boring you already ... that's the reason why I am starting this blog ...now I am hoping at least someone will read it... but enough nagging from me. So I like the colour green, English isn't my first language (keep that in mind) ,, I absolutely love to read, English and Dutch books as well.. This blog will be about books, books, series, movies and anything else I want to write about.  O yeah and maybe about stories on Wattpad as well. Wattpad is a site where aspiring authors can post their stories for other people to read, there are some great and fantastic stories on that site .. check out ELatimer - I like almost every story she wrote so far! 

Possibilities for the next entries:

Books: 

- The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings 

- The Selection series ( three books in total) by Kiera Cass 

- This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen 

- Eartgirl by Janet Edwards

Movies and series: 

- The 100  (fangirl  *enter squal here*) 

- Walking On Sunshine 

- Divergent (only the movie- I haven't read the entire series yet ... I know I am a bad person.. I am so gonna read it!!! pinky promise )

 

So I might write about that next.. I hope people will read this! 

You can follow me on twitter : https://twitter.com/MarjoleinViel 

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So what do you think so far tweet me or leave a message here (if that is possible). Any tips are welcome or questions or suggestions.. well pretty open to anything right now. 

Lots of love, 

Marjolein (anyone got a nickname for me .. in English because well can you pronounce Marjolein? )



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