Posts

Es werden Posts vom 2018 angezeigt.

The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1)

Bild
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan
Blurb:
Jason has a problem. He doesn't remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she's his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they're all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for "bad kids." What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea-except that everything seems very wrong.
Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he's in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn't recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?
Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What's tro…

Turtles All the Way Down

Bild
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Blurb:
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Review:
"Oh, sweetie," she said. "You didn't go crazy. You've always been crazy." Now I laughed, and she reached over to squeeze my wrist.
I had a hard time with this one. Actually, I still have a hard time with it. I've been gone for a week and I intended to read this before I left but, alas, whenever I picked this book up I started feeling weird so I only read a couple of pages before putti…

What Girls Are Made Of

Bild
What Girls Are Made of by Elana K. Arnold
Blurb:
When Nina Faye was fourteen, her mother told her there was no such thing as unconditional love. Nina believed her. Now she'll do anything for the boy she loves, to prove she's worthy of him. But when he breaks up with her, Nina is lost. What is she if not a girlfriend? What is she made of? Broken-hearted, Nina tries to figure out what the conditions of love are.
Review:
"Love for a woman," my mother said, "is always conditional on her beauty. That," she said, my fingers grazing hers on the final fold, "and sex."
As I finished reading the last couple of pages, goosebumps started growing down my back and spread all over my shoulders and arms. Yeah, it's one of those books. And, honestly, the ending is the most upbeat part of What Girls Are Made of. The beginning kind of pretends to be upbeat and happy but it's twisted and uncomfortable and really not happy at all. And the middle doesn't even tr…

Throwback: April - June

Bild
Oh, God. I have made the mistake of waiting too long to write another one of these. There are so many books and, although I would like to write a little bit about all of them, I'm sure it would be a total overkill to actually do so. Thus, I'll just go into a little detail about the books I deem worthy of further attention. Most of the books I've written reviews for anyway so you should be able to just look those up.  Books (Books I read for university)Absolom, Absolom! by William Faulkner - 2 stars
Urgh, Absolom, Absolom was such a pain to read. Yeah, I know there are a couple of people who actually enjoy it's writing style and stuff but it wasn't my cup of tea - it wasn't most people's cup of tea as far as I can tell from talking to fellow English students. Thus, I want to tell you (as I've told other students who weren't sure whether to finish it or not): if you ever have to read this book and you can't deal with it's style, just read the …

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Bild
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Blurb:

Born poor and with life-threatening hydrocephalus, Arnold "Junior" Spirit shocks doctors by surviving brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, huge feet, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures make the brain-damaged lad the target of much abuse on the Spokane Indian reservation where he lives.
Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then—convinced his future lies of the rez—the bright 14-year-old enrolls in Reardan High School 22 miles away, where the only non-Caucasian is its Indian mascot.

Review:
"Well, life is a constant struggle between being an individual and being a member of the community."
This book was, somehow, both a hit and miss for me. I've heard about it because of a lecture I attended last year (great lecture, btw, which is why I'm interested in almost all of the books the professor discussed) and, thus, my expectati…

Fermats letzter Satz

Bild
Fermats letzter Satz von Simon Singh
Zusammenfassung:
Als Andrew Wiles von der Princeton University 1993 eine Lösung für Fermats letzten Satz verkündete, elektrisierte er die mathematische Welt. Nachdem ein Fehler in der Lösung gefunden wurde, musste Wiles ein weiteres Jahr daran arbeiten – er hatte bereits sieben Jahre lang in Abgeschiedenheit gearbeitet – um nachweisen zu können, dass er die 350 Jahre alte Aufgabe gelöst hatte. Simon Singhs Buch ist eine lebendige, verständliche Erklärung der Arbeit Wiles' und der star-, trauma- und narrenbestückten Geschichte von Fermats letztem Satz. Fermats letzter Satz beinhaltet einige Aufgaben, die eine Kostprobe der Mathematik geben; es beinhaltet aber auch Limericks, die einem ein Gefühl für die alberne Seite von Mathematikern geben.
Rezension:

Ich habe hierfür einen wahrhaft wunderbaren Beweis, doch ist dieser Rand hier zu schmal, um ihn zu fassen.
Es ist schwer, ein Buch zu empfehlen, in dem es um Mathe geht - vor allem in Anbetracht der Ta…

Our Chemical Hearts

Bild
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
Blurb:
Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can't-eat-can't-sleep kind of love that he's been hoping for just hasn't been in the cards for him - at least not yet. Instead, he's been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything's about to change. Grace isn't who Henry pictures as his dream girl; she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys' clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the schoool paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It's obvious there's something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back tog…

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1)

Bild
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Blurb:
Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law – risking exile – to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.
Review:
"What's a supermodel?" Diana asked.
Nim stared at her.
"Uh, Diana's homeschooled," said Alia.
"Under a rock?" asked Nim.
Confession time: I'm not a particular fan of Wonder Woman. I don't have anything against her but I also just don't think she's that interesting. Maybe it's seeing images of her comic as a kid and thinking that she looked useless compared to all the awesome female warriors I had read about in fantasy books (and also compared to her male companions - a Lasso of Truth? how stupid that sounded to me especially because she …

The Foxhole Court (All for the Game #1)

Bild
The Foxhole Court (All for the Game #1) by Nora Sakavic
Blurb:
Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He's short, he's fast, he's got a ton of potential—and he's the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.
Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn't need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.
But Neil's not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil's new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can't walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he's finally found someone and something worth fighting for.
Review:
This was a weird book for me. Really weird. The kind of weird where I finished it and I wasn't sure whether I like…

Tonight the Streets Are Ours

Bild
Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
Blurb:
Recklessly loyal.
That's how seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley has always thought of herself. Caring for her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But lately she’s grown resentful of everyone—including her needy best friend and her absent mom—taking her loyalty for granted.
Then Arden stumbles upon a website called Tonight the Streets Are Ours, the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter, who gives voice to feelings that Arden has never known how to express. He seems to get her in a way that no one else does, and he hasn’t even met her.
Until Arden sets out on a road trip to find him.

Review:
Likeall stories, the one you are about to read is a love story.
If it wasn't, what would be the point?
These are the opening words to Tonight the Streets Are Ours and they certainly don't lie. But, as one might expect from the way they are bluntly put in the beginning of the bo…

By Your Side

Bild
By Your Side by Kasie West
Blurb:
When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.
Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Review:
"There should be no rules in our world," he said.
"You're right. That will be rule number three."
Honestly, there is nothing much left to say about any Kasie West book that I haven't already said. Especially, because this is a perfect example of her run-of-the-mill and perfectly fine…

Trouble Never Sleeps (Trouble #3)

Bild
Trouble Never Sleeps (Trouble #3) by Stephanie Tromly
Blurb:
No one makes getting into trouble look as good as Philip Digby—and he looks good doing it. Now that he's back in town, he's plunged Zoe (and their Scooby Gang of wealthy frenemy Sloane, nerd-tastic genius Felix, and aw-shucks-handsome Henry) back into the deep end on the hunt for his kidnapped sister. He's got a lead, but it involves doing a deal with the scion of an alarmingly powerful family, not to mention committing some light treason. Zoe and Digby are officially together now, and she's definitely up for whatever closure this new caper might offer, even though this mystery will come with a twist neither expected.

Review:
When we walked in, mom said, "Hello, Digby. Welcome to dinner. I made your favorite." She waved at the dining table. "Food."
If you are anything like me and you've been in love with this series and have been dying for this last instalment to hit (your) shelf, then I ha…

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Bild
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
Blurb:
Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That's how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it's how she'll get into Stanford. But she's never had a boyfriend. In fact, she's a disaster at romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It's a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her "K Drama Steps to True Love," Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is…

Human Acts

Bild
Human Acts by Han Kang (translated by Deborah Smith)
Blurb:
In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed.
Review:
You look around at the old man. You don’t ask him if this is his granddaughter. You wait, patiently, for him to speak when he’s ready. There will be no forgiveness. You look into his eyes, which are flinching from the sight laid out in front of them as though it is the most appalling thing in all this world. There will be no forgiveness. Least of all for me.
My opinion is split when it comes to Human Acts. On the one hand the writing style is absolutely beautiful and I was in awe all the while reading it, on the other hand I struggled a lot to connect with this story.

The story this book tells is an important one. I hardly know anything about Korean history - frankly, I still hardly know anything about the events described - thus, this book seems like an important wake-up call or at least reminder of the fact that ther…

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Bild
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston
Blurb:
Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn't mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don't cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team – the pride and joy of a tiny town. The team's summer training camp is Hermione's last and marks the beginning of the end of … she's not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black.
Review:
I didn't used to overthink my choice quite so much. Then someone made what I've always been told is a very important choice for me, and now I tend to overthink everything else. 
In a central plot point Exit, Pursued by a Bear is similar to What We Saw (both are about rape) but, when it comes down to it, both books are completely different. What We Saw treated rape from an outsider's perspective, here we follow the v…