[Book Tag] The Unpopular Opinion Book Tag

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I think I was tagged before for this particular tag but since I’ve lost my bookmarks I don’t remember. If you’re the one who tagged me please let me know so that I can link your post to mine and thank you!

Yesterday, Analee [Book Snacks] was as sweet and kind as always and tagged me to do The Unpopular Opinion Tag and I am thrilled cause you all know how much I enjoy expressing my opinion. Coming up next as always is Rant Tuesday so it’s a great day to just say what I think.

Let’s do this!

♚ A popular book or series that you didn’t like.

Please don’t kill me or hate me but my answer is…

Yes yes yes I know you all love this book. It’s not that I hate it cause I don’t. I just didn’t like it… at all. BUT I finished it and this has to mean something, right? I usually dnf books I don’t like.

Not going to apologize to those who liked it but I hope you all understand that I am allowed to have different taste and opinion!

♚ A popular book that everyone hates but you love.

My first YA paranormal book ever… has a very special place in my heart!

 A love triangle where your ship did not sail.

Oh don’t let me start with this!! Two series came in mind and I have to talk about both please cause I feel the need.

I really really really really really really liked Adrian, ok? I was shipping him with Rose so hard and my feelings were hurt when Rose went after Dimitri anyway. Poor Adrian… even though he got his own series, I still can’t get over how disappointed I was. I didn’t even read the final book of VA because I was spoiled that she really ends up with Dimitri. Oh what a surprise!

Calla was supposed to mate with Ren… Ren was absolutely the best! Calla falls in love with a human boy I don’t even remember his name. Why Calla? Why? You had Ren and you just gave him up. Dnf-ed the series of course. I won’t spoil you at all but I didn’t like what happened next.

♚ A beloved character you didn’t like.

America drove me crazy. Even though she is one of the most lovable characters, I just don’t like her at all. Especially after reading ‘The Heir’.

♚ A popular genre that you hardly reach for.

Dystopia. I think dystopian books are pretty much the same story with some differences. All about a girl who’s about to change the cruel world she lives in.

♚ A popular author you can’t get into.

Hm I don’t think I have one I can’t get into.

♚ A popular books series you have no interest in reading.

I’ll go the same as Analee.

I’ve watched the movie since it was a bit more romantic but just that. I am not really into erotica and especially BDSM. I have no idea why the series went viral but I don’t really want to know either.

♚ An adaptation you like better than the book.

That would be Maze Runner but I haven’t read the book. So I guess I’ll go with Divergent. Yes yes I loved the book but I liked the characters so much more in the movie. Book’s characters were a bit childish for me but in the movie they were badasses.

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Want to say your opinion? Let me know and I’ll officially tag you. I was away for too long and I don’t know who has done this tag or not. Don’t be shy. I was tagged that way by Analee~

[Top 5 Monday] Recommended by friends

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Hello my darlings! Missed me?

I know I am an awful person and I gave up on blogging for a while but if you were close enough to me, you know why and you forgive me, right? I promise to be a really loyal blogger and make it up to all of you because you guys are awesome. I am going to spam your lives and your comments section! You will see my name everywhere and you’ll say ‘not again’ all the time! Hahahaha!

Ok, this Monday is full of books suggested by dear friends on goodreads. I’ve read many books that were recommended to me but these five were the best! Well only the three first had actually good rating but the rest were not that bad either.

Let’s see!

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Not really a fan of the book but the potential is here and there’s room for improvement and I hope the next books will be better. I will definitely read them.

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Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

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This was recommended by a friend who’s opinions are so respectful. She said that Kelley Armstrong was amazing and I agree she really was. The book was so full of action and mystery and romance in such a great balance. The only reason I gave it three stars was because of the way the flashbacks were confusing me.

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[Review] Dark Hope by Monica McGurk

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For years, Hope Carmichael, survivor of a shocking child abduction, has lived a sheltered existence under the protection of her fanatically religious father. Now, liberated by her mother, Hope prepares to start life over as a normal kid in an Atlanta, Georgia, high school.

Normal, that is, until Hope meets Michael, a gorgeous emancipated teen with a mysterious past and a strong interest in Hope. Soon, Hope’s life is filled with questions. What’s behind the angry looks Hope gets from Lucas, leader of a gang of students? Who’s responsible for sending Hope strange valentines inscribed with Bible quotations? How does this relate to the sinister business of human trafficking that operates on the periphery of Hope’s suburban world? And is Michael really a protector, or something more sinister—and just why does he seem so familiar?

In an epic narrative that takes readers from the back streets of Atlanta to the height of Vegas penthouses and beyond, Dark Hope introduces The Archangel Prophecies, a saga of vast mythological scope and great moral urgency.

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3stars

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Arc kindly provided by the publisher, via netGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

The idea was unique and the book had a lot of potential. Not bad but not thrilling either.

Writing Style

Just like I’ve said before, not bad. The book begins with a prologue and a third person POV. Then there’s a transition to Hope’s mother’s POV described in third person and then we have Hope’s POV in first person. I would prefer if the book was completely in third person POV since the author wanted us to know about many character and not just one. The transition is confusing and tiring. Other than that I had no problem following the story and understanding. Feelings weren’t fully described but I was satisfied. Mona’s feelings were described better and she was easier to relate. Even though Hope was the main character I was puzzled because her thoughts were confusing me a lot.

Plot/World Building

Even though I was excited at the first half of the book, I was completely disappointed with the second half. I loved the way the author built the world and added so much mystery and excitement. Who was the person who saved Hope? What’s his connection with the male lead? What about that awesome tattoo in her neck? Why is her dad so overprotective and obsessed? So many questions and so many things to look for while reading. Suddenly, close to half of the book, all things were revealed and I was so so so turned off. I wanted more of the mystery and more action. Plus I didn’t really liked how the story evolved. Mona had just found her daughter and she lost her in days again. Then her father gets framed for kidnapping and Michael transforms into Hope’s father in most scene’s of the second half. Nooo, this is so weird. I wanted to have in mind the hot hero of the book and not an overweight, middle-aged man. It’s creepy.

Characters

Hope is the female lead character of the book. She is a 16-year-old girl who was through a kidnap, a weird mark on her neck and an overly protective and obsessed father. She was motherless most of the time and completely cut out of the world. That means no friends, no normal high-school days and no boyfriend. At the beginning she is so determined to change all that so she tries to go back to her mother and start a new life. I was so proud to read about her. She did good till she met Michael. That’s the end of my proud feelings because she suddenly turned to one of the classic weak characters that allow a guy to affect their whole lives. No more explanation needed.

Michael is an ancient archangel. Yes, he is THE Michael. I was so excited. He has the form of a teenager and he falls for our precious Hope. There’s a connection between them that Michael can’t explain so he tries to protect her. To be honest he was so charming and mature at first but I didn’t know he was an archangel. I just thought he was too mature to be a teen. When I found out his age I regretted feeling that way because there’s no way a creature with thousands of years experience to act that way. He was treating Hope badly and he practically forced her to do things that made her feel uncomfortable in order to ‘keep her safe’. He was rude and he was snapping at her all the time and then he was back at being kind and sweet. He confused me a lot and I didn’t feel like I could trust him. Maybe that was the point anyway because Hope didn’t really trust him as well. I don’t know, he was weird.

Overall

There were things I did enjoy and things I didn’t. I can’t say that the book was awful because it was not. The plot was cliche and overused but it had a lot of potential to make a difference even though it didn’t.

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[Monica McGurk]

Monica McGurk loves nothing better than to craft thought-provoking, multilayered stories, showcasing strong girls and women overcoming big challenges.

Already a fan favorite, she received the 2013 TwiFic Fandom Undiscovered Gem award for Morning Star, her alternate ending to the Twilight series, written before the release of Breaking Dawn.

Her first novel in The Archangel Prophecies trilogy, Dark Hope, was published in 2014. Dark Rising is the second novel in this series. The final installment, Dark Before Dawn, is expected in 2016.

[Rant Tuesday] Rude Authors

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Previously I’ve ranted on book haters and rude reviewers but there’s always the scenario that the rude person is not the reviewer but the author.

A very well known greek author, Chrysa Dimoulidou was the excuse for this post. She has written many books and she is famous enough but nothing gives her the right to be rude to reviewers.

Let me talk to you a bit about her in order to make an example out of the situation. Someone wrote a negative review for her book and apparently she found it unacceptable because she can’t comprehend the fact that someone didn’t like her book. She asked from the editorial manager to stop posting such reviews. She claimed to be an amazing author because of the number of her books and the amount of sales (and I won’t object about that) and she demanded that the manager has to be more ‘careful’ when it comes to such reviews. She stated that the reviewer has to deal with watching her because more and more famous because she knows that in the future she will keep writing best sellers. So in other words she asked that only positive reviews should be posted about her books and that negative reviews should be turned down.

In general I agree that the reviewer should be polite and definitely not offensive but nobody has the right to shut a reviewer down. We have every right to express our opinion about a book because that’s our freaking job. Authors should know that a book can’t be liked by everyone. It’s practically impossible. They should accept negative reviews more like advice and next time try harder.

We live in a free word and we’re supposed to be encouraged to express our opinion. Authors should be thankful that there are people out there who give their books a chance. They should be grateful for the time we spend on reading and they should accept reviews no matter how good or bad they are. That’s democracy and that’s the new world.

So Mrs. Dimoulidou, if you happen to see this post and get offended, I don’t give a damn because you’re rude and selfish. I will never ever give your books a chance but not because of your writing style but because of your awful personality. You don’t deserve my time.

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What do you really think about that? I know I get furious when something like that happens.

[Blogger Award] One Lovely Blog Award

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Ι was nominated by three amazing bloggers; Kat [Life and Other Disasters], Dimple [Enthralling Dimple] and Matt [Matt and his Cats]. Thank you all so much, you deserved this award and I am glad that you thought I deserve it as well.

THE RULES:

You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.

You must list the rules and display the award.

You must add 7 facts about yourself.

You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

THE FACTS:

I love road trips

Coffee makes me happy.

I love my country more than I should. It feels like a bad boyfriend that keeps hurting me but I don’t want to leave.

I want to buy more physical books and so I plan on finding a job and spending all my money on books

I wish I could be more popular in my real life. I am social but not enough.

I am currently participating on the ultimate Marvel marathon. I will watch all movies and series, with the right order. It takes a lot of time.

I plan on be happy, no matter what.

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I will nominate all of you who stood by my side when I needed it the most and you made me realize that I am not alone. You are all so lovely and you deserve this award from me. THANK YOU!

Aira [Aira Reads]

Analee [Book Snacks]

Aryan [Just Aryan]

Callum [Callum McLaghlin]

Charley [Books and Bakes]

Cristina [My Tiny Obsessions]

Giselle [Hard Work Boulevard]

Josie [Josie’s Book Corner]

Kelly [Dancing Through Pages]

Kimsiang [The Spines Breaker]

Morgan [The Secret Diary of a Computer Science Student]

Olivia [The Candid Cover]

Parneet [The Enchanted Book]

Raven [Dreamy Addictions]

Regina [The Bibliotheque]

Trisha [The Bookgasm]

VJ Duke [TPL]

[Blog Goals Wednesday] Progress and New Goals

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It’s been a hard week for me and I didn’t do anything. I didn’t read and I didn’t blog but I am back and ready to blow your minds!

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~ Work on my blog’s appearence. ~

Yup, I still need to fix and change a couple of things. 

I managed to make many changes but I am still working on some things.

~Review two books. ~ 

Since I don’t seem to be able to finish three books in a week, I’ll be back to two. 

I am trying to hard to read something but I am not in the right mood. 

~ Reach 30 likes in a post. ~

I am not sure about my record but I think it’s close to 25-26. I can make it to 30, right? 

Actually one of my post reached 35 likes and that’s amazing! Thank you all~

weekly goals

~Blog everyday for a week no matter what~

I need to be fully back.

~Review 2 books~

I struggle at the moment but I have to take my mind off of bad things.

~Do all the pending tags and awards~

I’ve lost my bookmarks because my laptop died but I’ve managed to find some of the tags I was in. So I will have to at least do the ones I’ve found.

[Top 5 Monday] I’ve Only Watched The Movie

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This top 5 was inspired by a list in GR. I thought that my come back should be with something easy but catchy.

Here it is~

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Both movies were absolutely adorable and I loved them. I’ve watched them many times and I don’t mind watching them again. I don’t know why I never got to read the books but I don’t even know if they worth it anyway.

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I’ve mentioned before that I am not really into dystopian books anyway but the movies are so much easier to watch. I’ve been told that the movie was much better than the book so I don’t know if I should read the series in general.

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[Bookland Special] Open Invitation for my online birthday party.

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I know it’s late but as many of you know I was a mess the past week because of my break up but… better late than never, right?

Tomorrow (September 15th) is my birthday but I will start celebrating at midnight. In Greece that’s in four hours. (UTC +2).

Anyway I am throwing this online party on twitter and you’re all invited. We can get to know each other other and ask questions and discuss stuff about books. I know it doesn’t sound so exciting but that’s the only thing I can do for now. I am not even in the mood to celebrate because of what happened but I promised all of you to try my best and be happy.

You can find me on twitter as @vivliohora and the hashtags we will be using are #booklandspecial #onlinebdayparty

I love you all and thanks in advance!

[VS Battle Saturday] Paperpack VS E-book #2

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Today I feel exhausted so I am brining back my first battle. I didn’t have any followerd back then so I didn’t get answers.

I am sure we all love paperpacks and I am also sure that we know how to appreciate an e-book. But which one is better and which one do you prefer?

Paperpacks are precious and irreplacable and we all know that paper can be everlasting in addition to e-books which is just data that can be lost anytime soon. Getting to hold a book in your hand and be able to smell it and feel it, can give happiness to many people. How can we compare that feeling to any other in the world, right?

Paperpacks can be so pretty and notable collectibles for your amazing bookshelf. I am so proud everytime I walk inside my room and I see my selves; especially the ones where I put my hardcovers.

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E-books on the other hand, are the solution to many problems and obviously they are the future. I know paperpacks will be here forever but e-books are just easier. You can have hundreds of book in your pocket and you can choose to read them whenever and wherever you want.

Of course, e-books are always easier to be bought because they’re cheaper and can be sent to your kindle immediatelly.

You can read in the dark by adjusting the brightness and you can keep track of your progress without worrying about missing the page. You can keep notes and highlight text without actually ruining the book and you can always delete them.

E-books can come in handy for everyone but wouldn’t you prefer a book? Maybe both? Maybe you’re a kindle fan and I don’t blame you.

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What do you think about both? Let me knooooow~

[Spotlight Saturday] #1

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Spotlight Saturday is a weekly feature, created by Josie [Josie’s Book Corner] dedicated to spotlighting and pinpointing some of the things over the week that have caught our attention more than usual, things we’ve particularly loved, etc.

Feel free to participate as well!

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The blogger that really caught my attention this week is Aentee [Read At Midnight]. I love her blog, I love her posts, I love her graphics. She is absolutely fabtastic! Visit her blog at first chance and you won’t regret it.

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Regina’s [The Bibliotheque] August Wrap Up was the post that I really liked the most this week. I loved most of the mentioned books and we had a great conversation. I also loved the style of the post. Really awesome!

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I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I haven’t read this book and so many people rushed to tell me how awesome they think this book is. I believe that I should give it a try!

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