Blogsterdam: The Amsterdam Book Tag

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This month’s Blogsterdam will combine Amsterdam and books (actually just like last month’s since then I talked about my favourite bookstore) in a tag I created!

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Seriously guys it’s not funny how many cheese stores there are in the same street. DEFY THE STEREOTYPES AMSTERDAM. Anyway, my choice for this category is The Selection series, which can be quite cheesy but still ‘delicious’. Well the first three anyway, since I still haven’t read the rest.

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I’m torn between Carry On and Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda.

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Since I’m very emotional, a lot of books make me cry, so let’s just go with the most recent one, which was my reread of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Yep, that book does make me very emotional so a good choice for this one.

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That awkward moment you realise THEY SHOULD’VE BEEN HORIZONTAL BECAUSE THIS IS THE FRENCH FLAG And the idiot of the year award goes to…

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For this category you can go with fiction or non-fiction, I’m going with non-fiction since I want to choose De Kunst van Het Woord: Zijn Mooiste Brieven (literal translation: The Art of the Word: His Most Beautiful Letters), which is a book about Van Gogh and contains, like the title says, his most beautiful letters. I haven’t finished this yet since I haven’t been in the mood to read non-fiction lately, but I love Van Gogh so I’ll continue soon. It hasn’t been translated into English I believe (at least I can’t find an English edition on Goodreads), but it might be in the works.

PIGEONS

I have a love-hate relationship with pigeons. On one hand I find them cute, on the other I find them annoying, especially at Dam Square where they tend to accidentally almost fly at your face. I found pretty much every main character in The Crown’s Game annoying to be honest (Pasha was bearable until the end). Review to come soon!

I TAG

Marie | Em | Anne | Kat | Cristina | Cátia | Alex | Whoever wants to do this!

Don’t feel obligated to do this!

Have you ever been to Amsterdam? I hope you had a good time! Also: do you like cheese? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: The One by Kiera Cass

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Genre: Young adult, dystopian, romance
Series: The Selection #3
Goodreads rating: 4.21
My rating: ★★★★★

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The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants (Goodreads).

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While I knew how this was going to end (and not just because of The Heir), I still immensely enjoyed this book and I have to say this is my favourite in the series (so far, as I haven’t read The Heir yet). I definitely didn’t expect the book to go in certain directions and there were plot twists that I did NOT see coming at all.

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The girls became really close in this finale which really warmed my heart. I absolutely love friendship (a lot of the times even more than romance) and to see them all finally trust each other and have fun- I LOVED IT.

Here’s a list of things that I loved:

  •  Things being resolved. Highlight for spoiler: I loved that most characters got happy endings. You know, the ones who survived and were nice and all. I still don’t really care for Aspen and I think Lucy could do better but oh well. As long as Lucy is happy.
  •  The plot twists (there was one plot twist that I did think of during the first two books, but I didn’t think I was actually right!)
  • The action (more than in the previous two books, and I loved it)
  • As always the writing style. Kiera Cass’ books just read so easy and fast!
  • The rebels were finally really part of the plot. In the previous two books the rebels were just… Well, they were just there. They didn’t add much except a bit of drama.
  • Finding out more about the rebels
  • Minor spoiler: Celeste. Highlight: During the first two books I was so hoping that there would be more to her and YES THERE WAS.

Short list, because I don’t want to spoil too much (and I waited way too long to write this oops). Again, The One is in my opinion the best one in the series and I can’t wait to read The Heir to see what happens next. I really hope we’ll see some of the old characters besides the obvious ones make an appearance.

Have you read The One yet? If so, what did you think? I’ve heard mixed reviews about The Heir, which makes me a bit nervous (I haven’t read/heard any details, as I didn’t want to know anything, especially not having read The One yet, but I do know people who loved the original three books were disappointed), so what are your opinions on The Heir? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

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Genre: Young adult | dystopian | romance
Series: The Selection #2
Goodreads rating: 4.01
My rating: ★★★★

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The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away (Goodreads).

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Going into this book I expected to hate America, as a lot of people do. I don’t know if the hate maybe started in The One instead, because I didn’t end up hating her. Is she the best protagonist in existence? Definitely not, but she isn’t the worse either. Does it get a bit annoying that she can’t choose between Maxon and Aspen (who in my opinion is a manipulative jerk)? Yes. Epic Reads ‘The Elite (with Dolls)’ is very accurate in this: ‘my heart is confused’. Click on the link, please, if you’ve read the book. Because it’s hilarious.

I wish Kiera Cass had ended the love triangle by now, because it felt a bit unnecessary. Aspen is barely in the picture, and it really feels like he’s America’s second choice. Whenever she’s mad at Maxon, she suddenly realizes: ‘Aspen is home’ and then when she talks it out with Maxon she just completely forgets about Aspen.
I know that Aspen himself is necessary to the plot. He’s her first love, he broke her heart, so of course she needs time to get over him and to commit herself to Maxon. If it wasn’t for him, The Selection would’ve been over already. But to have Aspen show up again in the palace and to turn it in the love triangle, seems to add, well, not much.

All in all, it was an enjoyable read. I do feel like not much happened in the book (except some spoilery stuff), but I finished it in one day. Kiera Cass has a nice writing style, so that you can just fly through the book with ease. Maxon is still a cutie and we find out a bit more of his flaws (hallelujah).

How do you guys feel about The Selection’s love triangle? Do you think it’s really necessary for the plot?

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