Sexy Books: Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

Just read: Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

This book. It made me wince in disgust; so much in fact, that the guy next to me on the train asked whether I was in pain. And then I almost got up and told Carrie Fletcher to stop laughing so noisily. But that’s another story.
Hello me, Queen of awkward social encounters!

No, really. That book. There is so much wrong with it. So. Bloody.Much.

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Hades ist he sequel to Halo, and that I liked. It’s cute and innocent and it actually made my heart melt a little bit. But here we have a couple that is clingy beyond compare. It seems that the first five chapters or so of the book only try to prove why Beth and Xavier should not spend any time apart at all. As soon as they do terrible things happen. As in, the devil comes and drags Beth into Hell, and because she’s an angel this is sort of spectacular.

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So throughout the entire story Beth sits miserably in hell an misses her boyfriend.

Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in love was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is undeniably strong. But even Xavier’s love, and the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can’t keep Beth from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn bargains for Beth’s release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly, her loved ones, as well.

First of all, Beth is disturbingly obsessed with Xavier’s beauty and the fact that he is perfect in every way. He doesn’t drink or do drugs or drive too fast in a car, and he’s the smartest kid at school, and the list won’t ever end! I get that in YA novels the guy has to be hot and smart, that’s what we’re here for, right? But who finds that attractive? Geez, I actually started fancying Jake, because at least he goes to parties and is funny, and he has a motorcycle. Jake’s hot, okay? Sadly, he’s also incredibly stupid. To break Beth he tries to upset her by telling her that Xavier is now dating her best friend – really, Jake? Isn’t that, like, the easiest trick in the book? But hey, luckily enough, Beth is just as stupid. She bursts right out that she’s drunk some sort of water that enables her spirit to visit Earth. You had one secret to keep, woman! One! And you fell for a silly old trick!

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Then there is also the strong morale that is just too present on every page. I am religious, and I think I am fairly open minded to other people’s beliefs. But when you try to tell me that some teenage girl is going to hell because her ex-boyfriend was a hit-and-run driver, I am definitely not okay with that. What’s good and what’s bad is presented in black and white. There is no in between at all. The concept of hell is actually quite a cool concept for a story, whether you believe in it or not, there is so much potential! But nope. Beth just sits there sulking. Or stalking her boyfriend in her dreams.

And lastly, can we talk about the fact that Jake forces Beth to sleep with him, and not once is it mentioned that this is rape? We get pages of delirium from Beth why she doesn’t want to do it and how it’s a sacred ritual meant to conceive babies – we get it, woman! You don’t want to have sex with him, it’s non-consensual, and him calling it «making love» doesn’t stop it from being rape.

Ugh, I still cringe when I think back. Really, all I wanted was some snogging and a few cheesy lines. Is that too much to ask?!

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Lots of love from the roots of my heart!
xxx

Sexy Books: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (Part 2)

Just read: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Caution: MINOR spoilers in this review – the biggest one, however, is about Cassandra Clare’s The Clockwork Princess (for some odd reason) – so don’t say I didn’t, say I didn’t warn ya!

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Finally being able to talk about this book in full length feels like peeing after holding it back for a very long bus drive. * awkward chirping in the background * ANYWAY!

Last time I wrote about The Raven King I could only talk about half the book (because I hid it in the wardrobe after 200 pages, so it wouldn’t stop me from passing my exams), and ended up fangirling over Ronan’s and Adam’s relationship – which I’m still not over, btw! But that really doesn’t do the book any justice AT ALL!

For years Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a life; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.
Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.

I’m recently finding endings to YA-series’ to be a bit of a let down. I feel like most authors are too attached to their characters to kill their heroes off or to have any character feel disappointed with the outcome of things. I mean, Cassandra Clare can’t be for real when she has Tessa end up with both Jem AND Will! Geez, that ending annoys me to this day! The thing about Maggie Stiefvater, however, is that she can make an ending cheesy, yet not unrealistically so. I cried at the end (as did Ronan), because it was so tragic and beautiful, and it cut my heart into tiny little pieces, and I NEED MORE OF THAT!

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The reason why pretty much every book written by Maggie Stiefvater, but this one especially, makes you feel so crushed by the time you turn the last page is her sincere observation of characters. The characters in the book are so unbelievably well developed,  they don’t just each play a part like characters in video games, they feel like actual people talking to you. And what’s more is that they develop further as the story goes on. This is the first book in which Blue actually remains decent throughout entire dates with Gansey (as opposed to her yelling at him for a) wearing boat shoes, b) lending a phone to his friend, c) trying to tell her that his parents are nice, loving people.) And that is also why everyone’s so in love with Adam and Ronan. It’s not because they are gay, it’s because seeing Ronan in love makes him likeable! You spend so much time with this bunch, they just grow on you, and it’s impossible to say good-bye!

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And then there’s the MOST DEVASTATINGLY GORGEOUS THING EVER, namely that Gansey and Blue aren’t allowed to kiss because her kiss would kill him. And it doesn’t make the romance between them any less endearing or sexy, in fact, when they finally do share a kiss it’s not the best part oft he story at all. It’s not a dramatic showdown, it’s just «a girl softly pressing her lips to a boy’s.» And then shit happens. But even though this is the moment everyone’s been waiting for (you didn’t seriously think Blue would die an old, unkissed spinster, did you?), every Blue-Gansey moment before that is so much more cherishable! Their secret late-night phone calls, their drives in Gansey’s car, their shared looks and their almost-but-not-quite-kissing, all that makes their relationship and their love for each other very real.

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To summarise: You will feel A HELLUVA LOT when reading this gem, starting with the cover! Every sentence is a bit of poetry and every word has a heartbeat.

Lots of love from the roots of my (still crushed) heart!
xxx

Blogmas (Day 4) – The Stress-Detox

December can be a very tough time with Christmas approaching and all the things to be done before the year ends – who doesn‘t get stressed out, right? Fortunately there are a few easy tips which I‘m going to present to you today as to how you best get de-stressed in December.

First, don‘t do Blogmas! Blogging every day just overdoes it when you have a busy schedule at hand.

Second, don‘t work at a gift wrapping station in a popular book shop. Eight hours a day dealing with unhappy customers who want everything to be their way – who does that to themselves?

Third, read a book that doesn‘t challenge you to think too much. A vampire romance perhaps. Anything but titles such as Multiculturalism in Latin America. Your brain‘ll get all fuzzy and weird.

And lastly, eat healthily. Avoid stuffing yourself with porridge and TimTams for days on end.

Okay, I suppose I‘m not doing so well myself on the whole de-stressing issue – but honestly, I‘ve tried this Christmas themed porridge and now I just can‘t stop! And it‘s not like I have the essential time to cook between work and uni and homework. God bless the microwave!
For me to actually take care of myself when times are rough is quite the challenge. I get a bit into a crazy Hermione Granger mode where I spend nights on end reading and revising my notes, and I actually get up super early sometimes, just so I can be at the library when it opens. And this doesn‘t even have anything to do with Christmas, this is just the exam season alone!

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However, what I have found to be incredibly helpful is to take some time out when I really have no time at all to take out. When I realise that I need to rearrange my thoughts and just breathe for a bit I watch Harry Potter or take my dog for a walk. There are a lot of things that can be done in three hours, but then again it‘s just a couple of hours. If I fail an exam because of half an afternoon spent restoring my mental health, then maybe I‘d have failed anyway.

Last night my brother and I went to see Bodo Wartke in Bern. It was brilliant and funny and it really took my mind off things. And when we came back home close to midnight I actually found the energy to sit down at my desk and work for another two hours – something I might not have done as effectively had I stayed home all night.

This whole topic for today‘s post was Anna‘s idea by the way – as if I‘d ever come up with the idea of not stressing about! Not to blame her, just remember to have a look at what she has to say (probably less rambling, more sound advice – she‘s very wise!) – www.tinytrinket.wordpress.com.

I hope everyone‘s holding up fine and enjoying the festivity of the month!

Lots of Love from the Roots of my Heart!
xxx

And btw! Multiculturalism in Latin America is a brilliant book, do not read the latest Twilight novel instead, okay?