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Review: Pure

Title: Pure

Author: Julianna Baggott

Pure trilogy – First Book

Summary:

After the catastrophe, the Earth is almost destroyed. People who survived are damaged and are trying to survive. One of the survivors is Pressia, the girl who lost her parents and everything else during Detonations. She lives with her grandpa and she has to take care for both of them. When she’s out there in demolished word she’s thinking about the Dome where privileged and protected people live. People who escaped Detonations, who are unmarked and that’s why called Pures. Not like her and everyone else out there who are damaged, burned and marked forever. Pures found shelter in Dome before Detonations and are waiting that Earth will recover and they could go out again.
But in Dome lives Jereb who is one of the Pures. He wants to escape from Dome and find his mother because he thinks she’s still alive and out there somewhere. He manages to escape and he meets Pressia. They decide that they would find Jereb’s mother together but during the search they discover that things are not as they seem. Things they believed were true are not and they will discover a dreadful truth.


The first half of the book was really slowly for me. Not that I didn’t like it but there was not a lot of action. It’s not that it was boring in the way that I would want stop reading it but the whole point was on presentation of the situation and conditions. I must say that although it was a slow read I still think that author made a great work. The world is presented really realistic and while I read I could imagine everything so lively. But in the second part of the book is a lot of action and situation becomes complicated.

I also liked how realistic all characters are. When I started reading I couldn’t get used to them – for me, at the start they were unpleasant in their behavior but then I got used of them. I didn’t like Pressia at beginning because she was so unapproachable and unpleasant, but later I figured out that’s not unusual that she’s like that – she became like that because of the world she’s living in. Her life and lives of others were and still are hard and if they want to survive they can’t show their weakness. But after a while Pressia shows (and again others too) her soft part and desire for better life and living.

I found out that at first this book was intended for older readers but then also younger readers were reading it and now it’s marked as a young adult book. I understand why younger readers love it so much – it’s full of action and it’s interesting. But I still think that there are many other books which are more convenient for younger people. My opinion is that this is not such a quick read full of action, but readers have to show some patience. That bothered me the most.

But surely I will continue with reading this trilogy. Probably not immediately but soon. Another thing why I liked this book is, that it has nice and completed ending. There is no cliffhanger at the end and you don’t have to pick up the sequel as soon as you finish the first book. But it was interesting enough that I want to find all the answers to questions that are still uncovered.

Rating: 4/5

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Fall Cozy Time Tag

My secret obsession is watching videos on Youtube. But I only watch videos related to books. And sometimes I don’t have enough time to do other things because I have so many videos on my watching list.
Today I saw great Book Tag and decided that I would do it. Nobody tagged me, but I don’t care – I still can answer to those questions. I saw this tag on Between Chapters channel. So, here we go.

Crunching Leaves. The word is full of colors. Choose a book that has reds/oranges/yellows on the cover.
I chose The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I bought this book a long time ago when I was on vacation and it’s in English. My cover is orange and whenever I see the cover I get the association to Fall.
Cozy Sweater. It’s finally cool enough to don warm cozy clothing. What book gives you the warm fuzzies?
I thought that I will have more problems with answering to this question. But the first book that popped on my mind was the book I read this summer – To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han. I was trying to remember any other book that would fit here, but I couldn’t remember any. So this one is my first and only choice.
Fall storm- The wind is howling and the rain is pounding. Choose your favorite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day.
Of course, I will choose a genre. I don’t have a favorite book or a book that I would love to read on moody days. When rain is falling and it’s cold I love to seat on my couch, wrapped in a blanket and read any book. But the books that I love most on that kind of days are crime or mysteries. They just go with that kind of mood.
Cool Crisp air. What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?
Ugh, I had troubles with this question. There are many books that I would love to be in. But at the end I would go with book Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren. And of course, I would trade place with Ronja. I read this book so many times as a child and I just had to buy it last year when I saw it in a bookstore. It’s just such a great book, full of adventures and I really like the friendship of Ronja and Birk.

Hot Apple Cider. What under-hyped book do you want to become the next biggest, hottest thing?
I usually read books that are all hyped. It’s logical because I watch Youtube videos and usually all people are reading same books. But the answer would be – any Slovenian book. I wish that people would see how many great books we have here in Slovenia. But there is a particular book that I wish it would become the hottest thing and this is Alamut by Vladimir Bartol. This book is already translated to English language and it’s just so good. The story is amazing, the topic is always actual and the book is really well written.
Coat, Scarves and Mittens. The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up. What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?
LaToya. My boyfriend got this book for a present and it was actually some kind of joke. But we put it on our bookshelves and whenever somebody is searching through our books I want to die because I’m so ashamed that we own it. Probably you’re interested what this book is about – it’s a biography of Slovenian porn star.

Pumpkin Spice. What’s your favorite Fall time comforts food/foods?
Apple pie. Or anything with Apples. Because during the Fall we have a lot of Apples and I think that Apple pie is easiest to bake. And it’s so delicious. And I never have enough of it.

Warm, cozy Bonfire. Spread the cozy warmth. Who do you tag?
Because I’m new here and I have a feeling that I still have a lot to learn about blogging and I’m not familiar yet in this sphere I will leave this question unanswered. But feel free to do it if you want to have fun answering questions.

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Book Review

American Born Chinese

Author: Gene Luen Yang

It’s been a while since I put this book on my to-read list. I actually wanted to buy it while I was in China this year. When I saw it on bookshelves of one of Beijing bookstores I wanted to buy it so badly. But after a thought or two I decided that I will buy some other books instead. So the book stayed there, on that shelve and also on my to-read list.

Yesterday it crossed my path again and because I was in a mood for a graphic novel I decided to give it a chance. And I was not sorry because this book was just fantastic!

There are three different stories in this book and at the end they all connect. First is a story about American born Chinese Jin Wang, who moves into another place with his parents and starts to attend a new school, where he’s the only Asian. The second story is about Monkey King – Monkey King is also figure from famous Chinese fable. The third story is about Chin-Kee who represents a typical Chinese stereotype. I had problems when I started reading this book because I didn’t know how all three stories are connected and it was disturbing a little bit. But like I already said, they all connect at the end very well and make a fantastic ending.

This is a story about identity issues and how hard is (sometimes) to combine two different cultures. It’s especially hard for young people like Jin who is in a particularly difficult period of his life – he’s a regular teenager with all the problems teenagers have. And he has one more – he’s different because he’s Asian. Everyone in his school is making fun of him and he has no friends. Because of that he isolates himself and he’s ashamed of who he is. But after a while he tries to fit in in the worst way possible – he tries to be/become somebody else.

But the whole story is written in such an amazing way. It’s funny but in the same time it’s sad because of seriousness of the topic. It’s also worth to think it over and the best thing is that author succeeded to pass the story without moralizing. But not only the story, illustrations are also really nice. I read this book in one sitting and I would say that it’s appropriate for all kinds of readers. Because anyone can find himself in this story.

5/5

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Book Review

The Walled City

Author: Marget Belani

This is a book from Slovenian author which probably will never be translated to English. All the names and particular phrases were translated by me and don’t mean that they are translated correctly. I just wanted to make a review and for that I have to use my version of translation (with a great help of the dictionary, haha).

Kara lives in Walled City, which is watched over by guards and it’s full of secrets. The lives of people are guided by Statues of Wise and people are still resourcing to a wisdom of ancestors.

Once, Kara’s father was an important man in the City because he was Guardian of the Secret until the night he mysteriously disappeared. Since then Kara’s life changed completely. She and her mother were saved by Lias-Nas, the elder with big influence in the city. He married Kara’s mum and with that saved Kara from becoming The one, without a name. Despite all Kara doesn’t like her stepdad. Her wish is to find out what happened to her dad and reminder to that is the amulet her father gave her.

Some day Kara almost stays trapped outside the City Walls. Mysterious boy helps her. Kara knows that boy belongs to Those, without names and that she’s not allowed to talk with him. Despite this they became friends and boy, Felias, becomes her only friend. Felias was once a grandson of important Shaman, who also mysteriously disappeared.

On the day of the biggest Feast in a city happens something unusual. One of the Statues of Wise mysteriously disappears. Kara and Felias are determined that they would find it because they suspect who hid it. They get in conflict with Lias-Nas and their only solution is to get out of the City where many dangers waits and where great adventures begin.

I liked this book a lot. Despite a book being written for a young audience, I would say it’s also a great read for older readers. I was thrilled when I found out it was written by Slovenian author and that now, we also have fantasy trilogy in Slovenia. The story is tensed and I couldn’t put it down because I wanted to know what happens in the end. Maybe in some parts it’s obvious that it’s written for younger readers but that didn’t bother me that much.

Some things could be better written. I’m not talking about all details but about main characters and how some things happened. Sometimes I got feeling that everything was just too smooth and that author wrote something just that story would continue. I understand that story must go on but you don’t need to push it too fast.

But I still think it’s a great book and I would recommend it.

4/5

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Book review

Marilyn Désossée (Marilyn Deboned)

Isabelle Wery

The book talks about Marilyn Turkey. It’s divided into tree parts. The first part is about Marilyn when she was 6-8 years old, the second part when she was 25 and a third part is about Marilyn now, when she’s 40.
In every part reader can see how Marilyn tries to find herself, how she’s growing up (mentally) and what her views are on different relationships that she has. She’s trying to find her sexual identity and identity in the world. Relationships are central ideas in book because Marilyn really wants to find a love of her life and she’s asking herself how will she know that love is real. This question is bothering her when she’s younger and later when she finds someone she’s having doubts if this is really it.

This book was really strange. Marilyn has a lot of random thoughts which are also written that way – totally random. It’s not hard to read this book (it’s also really short) but still it’s hard to understand it. Or maybe I felt that way. But I didn’t understand some parts, didn’t know what author wanted to say and I was lost.
I picked this book because I read about it in some magazine and synopsis was great. And I was actually really disappointed after finishing it. Continue reading

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I usually get my books from a library. Because it’s easiest and cheapest way. I buy just those books that I’m sure I would totally love and probably read them more than once.

When I visited library last time I got pretty nice pile of books. Some of them I want to read for a long time and some I picked random.

Library book haul

All books are in Slovenian language and I will translate titles in English and why I picked them up.

From the top:

Marilyn désossée (Marilyn Deboned) by Isabelle Wery. I don’t think that this book was translated to English (I didn’t find anything). I read about this book in magazine and was attracted by it’s description.

Bone season by Samantha Shannon. I want to read this book for a long time because I think that everyone is reading it :)

Pure by Julianna Baggott. Just like Bone season everyone is reading it. And, like I don’t have enough trilogies to read I will start with another one, haha.

iBoy by Kevin Brooks. Blue cover and I heard that’s pretty good. Enough for me.

Obzidano mesto by Marget Belani. Marget Belani is Slovenian author and book is not translated. It’s part of a trilogy (yes, another one!). I will definitely make a review for that one so I will not write a description here. Sorry :P

And last one is Little Bee by Chris Cleave. I have this book on my reading list for a while and now it’s translated and of course I had to pick it up.

So, those are all the books that I will be reading in next few weeks. Probably I will also add some extra from my Kindle. I’ll see :)

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I wanted to start writing a blog a long time ago. But I guess, I never had courage for that. Probably, because English is not my first language and I’m not confident in writing. But now I decided that I would give it a try. Maybe with some mistakes, probably not perfect grammar but still… Maybe in that way I will improve my writing and become better in time :)

I will write about books. Because I love reading and I want to talk about books. This blog will be for reviews and my thoughts about what I have read.

I read a lot of English books on my Kindle. But I also read books in my native language if they are translated.

I hope that we could talk about fantastic books and share opinions! :)