Monday, 18 September 2017

- 35 - Every Day


Author:
David Levithan

Published:
2012

Genre:
young adult, novel, romance

394 pages [German Edition]
322 pages [English Edition]




I inhaled this book. I ate this book. I climbed into this book. I LIVED in this book for two days. If you think about reading ‘Every Day’ be well aware of the fact that the same could happen to you! xD

Content

Every day, ‘A’ wakes up in a different body, lives a different life with different family and friends, different schools and jobs-
-and every evening he has to leave again.
G E R M A N   C O V E R

‘A’ has arranged himself with his special way of living. He made rules and learned how to get along with no one really knowing him as a person. 


One day, he falls in love with Rhiannon, the boy’s girlfriend in whose body he lives in for a day.
Even after changing the body he can’t forget her and he decides to break all his rules for staying in touch with that special girl.


Is a steady relationship possible with one of the partners changing his body every day?!
Will Rhiannon even believe ‘A’s’ crazy story?!

My Review

I am not a big fan of romance books… 
… I decided to read this book nonetheless because the plot seemed very interesting and fascinating to me and not like the plot of an ‘ordinary’ romance book and because I currently want to leave the genres I always read in order to ‘discover’ new ones. :3

In addition to that, I had already read another book of ‘David Levithan’ in the past and that one really touched me.

I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.

As I already mentioned at the beginning of this review, I read this book in one sitting. I just couldn’t get myself to putting it aside. It is very captivating and you, as the reader, HAVE to know how A’s story continues!

The core of this book isn’t finding answers to why A’s life is like it is. This is a fact the reader AND the protagonist himself just have to accept.

‘Every day’ actually is a quiet, philosophical book that treats topics like what really makes you fall in love with a person, who we as humans are, what really defines us and much more. The reader feels with A and hopes that he and Rhiannon have a future with each other in sight!

I myself thought a lot about what it would mean for ME to wake up in a different body every day and if you can fall in love with a person without taking account of his appearance at all.

David Levithan keeps this book’s language short and simple.
It seemed to me like he didn’t want to make his books seem more “intelligent” or “philosophical” by burying the reader under a pile of complicated, technical terms. He decided on writing how things really are in a short, capturing way instead.

The last thing I want to say about this book might the best thing about it.
‘A’ wakes up in a different body every day. All the persons he ‘visits’ are about the same age but except for that all of them are completely different.

Gender, sexuality, illnesses, family issues, depression, being drug addict, all those things are shown out of the perspective of the person effected. Especially the fact that ‘A’ has not sex and that he doesn’t understand why love is supposed to be bound to a certain gender is very interesting!

All those mentioned aspects aren’t the main problem of this book.
They don’t seem like being put in it in order to make it seem more “intelligent” or “educational”. The main topic of ‘Every Day’ is ‘A’s’ love to Rhiannon and nothing more.

But especially the fact that all those things only are mentioned shortly and aren’t put in the main focus of the book make them seem more normal and that’s why especially touching.

Kindness connects to who you are, while niceness connects to how you want to be seen.

Recommendation and Stuff

I would recommend you to read this book if you search for something to make you think and not if you want to read something filled until the edge with action and suspense.

You should only read this book if you are in the mood for something like that and if you have enough time for it because you probably are going to want to read it as fast as I did and because you should probably take some time for thinking about it on your own.
H A R D C O V E R

[I read some other reviews on this book on the internet and literally every single one of them said that they had to read ‘Every Day’ in one sitting; irrespective of whether or not they liked it in the end.]

There is a second part of this book in which the same story is described out of Rhiannon’s perspective… I am not sure if I am going to read it, or not; but if I finally decide to do so, I will definitely review it on here. :D

In general I really want to read another of David Levithan’s books because I was pleasantly surprised by every single book of his I read so far. :3

Virtual Hugs,
leonie
=^.^=

Saturday, 9 September 2017

- 34 - Game Of Thrones 'Season 7'


Actors you might know:
Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Lena Heaedey

Published:
2017

Genre:
Series, Fantasy

Episodes:
7

Episode duration:
~ 1 hour

Content

*I wrote a review of the first ‘Game of Thrones’ book some [actually a very long] time ago. I inserted the summary I wrote for that post in the following, so that you know what the series is about in general, if you don't know yet.
If you don't need this piece of information and you only want to read about the content of the seventh season which this review actually is about; you can skip the beginning and only read the part that follows after the quote.*
‘A Game of Thrones’ mainly revolves around the Stark family. 
 This is an old house which has ruled over the north of the seven kingdoms for decades. Now as winter is coming and the Starks are needed most, the head of the family Ned Stark is forced to go south to serve the king. 


In Kings Landing Ned is confronted with intrigues, betrayal and deceitfulness. On top of it there is a lavish, brothel visiting king who ignores the problems of the realm and prefers giving feasts and going on hunts. 

Meanwhile dead men are coming to live again at the protecting wall in the north and ‘the others’ are approaching. The whole Stark family is confronted with lies, secrets, plots and counterplots, treason and fairy tails coming true. Will the Stark family be able to survive these conflicts or will the Lannister family gain the iron throne at the end?


"
This isn’t about living in harmony. It’s about living.'-Jon Snow
"

The main focus of the seventh season of this TV series is on the story of Daenerys Targaryen and her dragons getting stronger in order to take the throne, while the current queen Cersei is getting weaker.
Between those two dangerous women stands Jon Snow who desperately is trying to convince them that they should all unite and fight against the so-called white walkers together. Because if they don’t do so, there probably won’t be a kingdom left that any of women could rule.


My Review

This season was very surprising, thrilling and just so ‘Game Of Thrones’!

The seventh season has fewer episodes than the ones before, but every episode takes more than an hour, which balances that.
D A E N E R Y S
The previous seasons sometimes seemed a bit boring to me because there were several episodes in a row without anything actually happening. 
This wasn’t like that at all during this season. Every episode seems to matter and be important for the ongoing of the plot.

Another very positive aspect of this season for me are the dragons.
I love dragons incredibly much and Daenerys ‘children’ are massive, amazing creatures that occur a lot in this season!

In comparison to the previous seasons the amount of characters dying is very low in this one. There is a single death you never would have expected to happen, but except for that, only ‘unimportant’ characters die. I think this is the calm before the storm.
The inescapable fight between humans and White Walkers is going to be massive, brutal and horrible. The corpses will tower above the Wall I suppose! No one of us could ever be ready for the gigantic storm that is about to come with the next season. 

W H I T E   W A L K E R
Apart from the fact that every character dies, ‘Game Of Thrones’ is well-known for another thing… the incest. xD

There have been very well-known brother and sister that are in a romantic relationship since the very beginning of the show *which I am not going to name here in case that you don’t know them*. In this season there is added a new ‘incest couple’. This kind of was predictable but I was very shocked nonetheless because I didn’t want it to happen! :o
*A very big part of the Fandom is shipping the two mentioned characters even though [or maybe especially because] they are realated! xD*

Recommendation and Stuff

If you watched all [or some of] the previous seasons of this series, you should definitely keep going!
This season is better than the two, or three last ones and it definitely is worth watching.

‘Game Of Thrones’ gained a lot of popularity over the last years and incredibly many people are watching it at the moment! Not only ‘young people’, but also adults. 

I really like this one the one hand but on the other hand I am a bit disturbed to hear my friend’s mum talking about a series I currently am watching. xD
-> So, if you have already watched it, or you plan to do so; maybe ask your parents to join you?! Probably not. xDDDDD

Q U E E N   C E R S E I
Sooo, as always.
Thank you very much for clicking. :D

I tried to keep this review a bit shorter because literally the entire internet is spilling over with ‘Game of Thrones’ memes, blogs, posts, articles, … right now and you all probably are annoyed by it and don’t want to hear anything else about it. xDDD

Hugs, and hopefully see you next time
leonie
=^-^=

Friday, 8 September 2017

- 33 -Too Good At Goodbyes

I don’t usually review music on my blog.
Some time ago I made an exception and reviewed Ed Sheeran’s new album ‘Divide’, because he is one of my favourite singers.

Well, what can I say.
Sam Smith is my favourite singer of all time and that’s why I must celebrate the release of his new single ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’ on my blog!


I listen to a lot of different genres of music, my taste of music is changing with every passing day and there only is a very little amount of artists or bands that I massively am fangirling about… but Sam Smith definitely is one of them.

I love his voice, the lyrics, the topics of his songs, him as a person, the sound of his music, literally everything! ❤

His first album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ is from 2014. I had to wait so long for some new music to come; I thought that I was losing my mind during that time. xD
Sam Smith was taking a year off for finding new inspiration and spending time with family and friends; but finally he is back and he looks better than ever!


Soooo, now to the actual song this review is supposed to be about: ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’

The very first time I listened to it, I was a little bit disappointed because I didn’t find it that good.

Buuuut, as soon as I listened to it a second time, I fell in love with it!
The lyrics are amazing and so touching! I find it really brave of Sam Smith to share his emotions and feelings with us through his songs! His music just seems honest and true because of this.

This song is calm, sad, touching, quiet and loud at the same time and, and, and.
The sound of it isn’t something completely new / completely different from the last album; but honestly, I don’t mind. 

I love this song, I love Sam Smith and I love my life! <3

I am so looking forward to the entire album to be released and I hope that I will be able to go on a concert of his new tour! This would mean so much to me; I can’t tell you how incredible that would be!

Pardon me.
I have to leave now, listen to all of Sam Smith’s old songs and of course this new one over and over again and silently cry in the corner. ❤

Hopefully you STAY WITH ME and I will “see” you again when I publish my next post when I emotionally am stable again. xD

Hugs and lots of love from
leonie
=^-^=

If that “review” *cough-emotional breakdown-cough* made you want to listen to ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’, I will link it for you down here. ↙  :D


Bye! <3