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Neil Gaiman and Norse Mythology is A GOOD COMBO ⚡

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After a long break of not posting anything on this blog I’m back with a collection of short stories a friend of mine recommended to me saying “I read this in one sitting and absolutely loved it!”. Now, after having borrowed it from her and finally finished it, I really want to talk about it. Before getting into the review I want to add that this was a really special and funny reading experience for me because this copy was annotated by two friends beforehand. So, I got to read their comments and write my own down and it is definitely one of the most fun ways to read a book. And, the more comments and people having already read it, the better!


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published February 7th 2017
genre: fantasy, mythology, short stories
norse mythology on goodreads ( •⌄• ू )✧

my rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.


While I have seen the movie Coraline a long time ago and really want to read The Graveyard Book at some point, I had never read anything by Neil Gaiman before reading Norse MythologyBut with only having read this one I can already tell that he’s a true storyteller. It really feels as if Neil Gaiman is sitting in front of you, with his book in his hand, reading out loud the stories while you just listen, your eyes wide in wonder (lmao). The way he is re-telling these myths is just hilarious and very gripping. And, you’ll find yourself laughing very often, especially while laughing at the gods and some of them in particular.

“It is a long story, and it does no credit to anyone: there is murder in it, and trickery, lies and foolishness, seduction and pursuit. Listen.”

The book is written like a collection of short stories with an index at the beginning. So, you could technically start with whatever story you want to since they are all somehow connected but it’s not necessary to have read them in the given order (though I do recommend that). I personally think that this is the best concept the author could have chosen for this book: You can go back to stories you want to read again really easily and the stories themselves are like chapters. Those are not too long which makes the book even better to read and very fast-paced. It is definitely possible to read this in one sitting and the author’s writing style speeds the reading process even more up! Besides, there is a glossary at the back of the book you can always look into if new gods, goddesses and other new names are mentioned. It was really refreshing reading a book that does not have immensely long chapters (I’m looking at you school reads…) and is structured that way.

The characters themselves were really well-portrayed especially Thor and Loki! I caught myself always waiting for some Loki “screen time” and I definitely got that in this book but don’t worry there’s always Thor involved as well. And, Gaiman’s characterization of Loki was just 105% true. Another character I really loved was Freya because she was basically the only one who absolutely knew Loki and his character well enough to see through his tricks. The only thing that confused me a bit were the parts in which Gaiman repeated that certain characters are “wise” and “cunning” way too many times but that was probably done on purpose so…

“That was the thing about Loki. You resented him even when you were at your most grateful, and you were grateful to him even when you hated him the most.”

I’m a big fan of authors that are able to build certain atmospheres with their writing styles and I can guarantee you that Neil Gaiman is one of them, at least in this one I’ve read. The world-building, especially in the first story or chapter is amazing and leads to the following chapters and stories really well. I think this would be a really good winter-read (as you guys know; I really like to match books and seasons) while oneself is surrounded by blankets. But the stories themselves are not always that comfy nor do all of them lead to happy endings. After having read this book I feel as if I know a lot more about the Norse myths (I didn’t know many things before, ops.).

“The fun comes in telling them yourself—something I warmly encourage you to do, you person reading this. Read the stories in this book, then make them your own,”

Have you read Norse Mythology or anything else by Neil Gaiman yet? Do you like Mythology in general? If yes, what are your favorite myths?

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Mini Review: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus 🧢👱🏻‍♀️🏍️🔍

When I went to my local library one day and saw this book displayed on one of those round tables I had to pick it up because the sypnosis basically begged me to 1) add this to my tbr, 2) read it, 3) solve the case while either feeling a) challenged or b) like someone who is always right about their assumptions and is the one saying things like “I told you” and “I knew it”. This time it was option 3b) and here’s the mini review to it.


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published May 30th 2017
genre: ya, fiction, mystery, contemporary
one of us is lying on goodreads ( •⌄• ू )✧

my rating: ⭐⭐⭐

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.


I haven’t read a lot of books that belong into the “Ya mystery” category although I am a pretty big fan of everything that has to do with mystery as a genre. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about movies, tv shows, books, I think mystery is an amazing “combination genre” and I love it when readers can take part in the investigation of a murder, guess what’s really going on and who’s most likely to have done it. Firstly, I can tell that One of Us Is Lying had all this!!

“Things’ll get worse before they get better.”

The story is told through the POV’s of four students who coincidentally happen to all be suspects in this case. 4 People. Everyone has something to hide. No one wants their secret to be revealed. And they are all the incarnation of a stereotype that is a bit overused and which I wasn’t a big fan of. Nonetheless, every chapter is  from a different POV which turns the book into an interesting and fast-paced read.

“I stand and hold out my hand. She gives me a skeptical look, but takes it and lets me pull her to her feet. I put my other hand in the air. ‘Bronwyn Rojas, I solemnly swear not to murder you today or at any point in the future. Deal?’
‘You’re ridiculous,’ she mutters, going even redder.
‘It concerns me you’re avoiding a promise not to murder me.” 

I also did like the “unexpected romance” in this one since I think it made the story go forward in a good way but I have to admit that I didn’t feel attached to any of these characters though the author did her best to make them realistic while each of them struggled with their own problems. But all I could see were the stereotypes which was probably the reason why I didn’t share the thrill with them. At least, I can give a bonus point for diversity.  I rather felt like an all-knowing observer and in terms of who the murderer is (I won’t tell, hehe) that is a pretty good description of what my role was. You can solve this if you pay attention and I was thinking about it way before the actual end of the story. And, I don’t even want to brag, guys. I think it was kinda obvious.

Overall, it was a fast read which you can read and maybe even binge-read with great POV’s and a nice idea to it but to me One Of Us Is Lying was underwhelming and I missed something (was it tension, atmosphere,??, idk!). Regardless, I think that it was an “okay” read.


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Finally reviewing THE MOST HYPED YA BOOK I KNOW aka SoC by Leigh Bardugo

Well, well, well. Ladies and gentleman, I know that I am late, having missed the hype train a looooong time ago and probably even being the last bookworm on this planet reading and reviewing this well-known and well-loved (it has a 4.4 rating on goodreads if that’s not telling something i don’t know what does!!) fantasy novel. There wasn’t a place on social media I didn’t see pictures of this series pop up and  I learned the names of all six characters real quick. So, the time had come when I got the beautiful Collector’s Edition of SoC for Christmas.

Six of Crows is many people favs and while I had read a book by Leigh Bardugo (Book Review: Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo💥👊🏼) I hadn’t read any of her books set in the Grishaverse and I was rather disappointed by Wonder Woman Warbringer. But for this review I will act as if this never happend and through around all the fangirling, praise and FEELINGS. (*˘︶˘*).。.:*♡

I already apologize in advance for a book review that is way too long considering the 0,00001 complaints I have for it but I hope you enjoy me raving about it anyways. 


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published September 29th 2015
genre: young-adult, fantasy
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my rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


I LOVE SIX OF CROWS. 🖤 It accomplished to belong to my all time favourite books really quick and it’s a shame that I read it now after knowing about it for so long. Sorry, I definitely feel sorry for myself for not having picked this up earlier but better really, REALLY late than never. I don’t like the fact that this is my motto now as a reader but I am late with a lot of hyped books.

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“Six people, but a thousand ways this insane plan could go wrong.”

Plot-wise I do totally agree with Leigh Bardugo. In Six of Crows Ocean’s 11 meets an amazing fantasy world set in the Grishaverse and if you’re like me and have not read the Shadow and Bone trilogy before I can guarantee you that you don’t have to worry about anything. I wasn’t familiar with the Grishaverse and didn’t know what things like a “Squaller” means or what languages exist but you’ll get used to all of it really quick and while it may be nice to have read the trilogy before SoC I wouldn’t say that I missed out on things. Maybe I did on some easter eggs but that’s what re-reading your favs is for.

The less you know about these kind of books the better it gets and I can’t believe that I WAS NOT spoiled before reading this. It’s a miracle. Really. But if you still want to know some bits about it: A HEIST, KIDNAPPING & A LOT OF MONEY. 

So, let’s jump right into the aspect I loved most about this book. THE CHARACTERS:

  • Kaz Brekker

If there was a ranking about the most hyped ya characters  I’d be sure that Kaz “Dirtyhands” Brekker would be in the top 3, probably even number 1 on the list and now, that I have read SoC I really can’t blame anyone for it. Kaz is THE example for an antihero, a thief, a survivor, the leader, a boy who wears fancy clothes with a cane that has a crow-shaped head and black leather gloves and don’t forget the tattoos (I did know that before actually having read a sentence from the book), a conman, a demon, (as Matthias says) and 15452 more descriptions  which would fit to his personality just as perfectly.

Throughout the story it’s really easy to forget that this character is supposed to be 17 (is that right? idk for sure. if yes, hello fellow 17-year-old mess) considering that revenge and money (!!) seem to be his only meaning of life but as the story continues Bardugo put so much depth to not only this character but all of them. And, if you look closely you’ll even find some character development I didn’t think was possible.

I think it’s extremely difficult to not like Kaz as a reader and in his POV’s and I guess it’s just what the author intended. So, yes, I totally get why everyone loves Kaz now and I have to admit (and want to admit) that he’s my favourite character too.

  • Inej

Inej is a character I didn’t know I wanted to read about. She’s smart, strong, selfless but still wants herself to be happy in the first place and definitely is not like other female ya characters we’re used to. Does that make sense?? She’s a fighter and has her own tragic back story that makes her vulnerable and realistic.

  • Nina

I love Nina so much!! She’s a Grisha Heartrender, tall, loves food and is just such a caring and brave person in general. I don’t need to say more.

  • Matthias

I feel like a lot of people who read SoC hate/hated Matthias which I can kinda understand but I don’t really now what to think of him other than that he’s the most serious person in the group and yes, also prejudiced at times but I think that Leigh Bardugo made him go through a nice character development after all.

  • Jesper

Jesper is a sharpshooter and the joker of the group. He made me smile and laugh so much that I would award him the title as “one of the funniest characters I’ve ever read about” but that’s not the only aspect that makes Jesper what he is as a character; Jesper gambles a lot although he’s, let’s say, not that successful with it. He is aware of this weakness, tried and tries to stop it even but he’s into risky things and can’t help but do it.

  • Wylan

I feel like Wylan is a pretty underrated character or maybe I just wasn’t able to see the hype around him because I was blinded by everyone swooning over Kaz before I read the book. Wylan is really good at sketching and  playing the flute(??). He’s often teased by the others especially Jesper because he’s the youngest of the group. He should be protected at all costs because he’s a precious cinnamon roll.

SIDE NOTE: I love all the ships in Six of Crows but I don’t want to talk about them in detail since I think that would take me A LOOOT of time. The only thing I want to add here is that: Kaz x Inej is my fav ship and I WANT MORE. Every dialogue killed me.  But ships aren’t the only relationships I adored while reading. The friendship between Nina and Inej is equally a good example for it.

This book is full of action and humour and there were so many scenes that made me laugh and even (!!) giggle or just happy in general. ٩(。•́‿•̀。)۶ Without talking about any spoilers I want to present 3 favourite scenes/quotes of mine in no particular order:

  • “She’d laughed, and if he could have bottled up that sound and got drunk on it every night, he would have.”

  • the whole “my ghost, your ghost” scene in where you realize that these characters are kids and Matthias an old soul
  • “Please, my darling Inej, treasure of my heart, won’t you do me the honor of acquiring me a new hat?”

If I could I would probably just quote the whole book so, I’ll just leave it for now.

Before we end this review you may wonder if there was anything I did not like. Actually, no BUT apparently I do have 3 little-baby complaints that I need to share even when talking about a 5-star read:

  1. THE POV FROM JOOST

I have to say that I think that the first chapter of the book isn’t really catchy or at least it didn’t do its job and wasn’t that great of a introduction. Maybe that’s because it’s from the POV of someone that does not play any other role in the book. However, every other chapter was perfection. Really.

2. THE TYPOS

There were so many typos. Not just one or two. Once Kaz was even spelled as “KAT” and I think that should be discussed.

3. WHERE IS WYALN’S POV??

I was waiting for it the whole time but the author had other plans. I hope there’s one in the sequel!!


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the beautiful collector’s edition with art works by kevin wada

So, what’s the next step? I’d like to drop everything, go to the book store, get myself Crooked Kingdom and dive right into it but unfortunately, I think that’ll have to wait a bit. I promise to do it as soon as the stack of tbr books lowers itself magically a bit and trust me that’s not going to take long considering how curious I am and how desperately I need to meet these characters again.

I actually thought that this series is going to be a duology only but apparently Leigh Bardugo confirmed that there’s gonna be a third book “many years down the line”. Without even having read Crooked Kingdom I ‘m really excited and thankful for everything that will come out and be about these characters.


Have you read Six of Crows? Who is your favourite character and what is your favourite ship? Favourite POV?

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#YARC 2019 🏮🐯🥢 | Joining a Reading Challenge! + Updates

I somehow rarely participate in any reading challenges or book tags and to be honest, I don’t even have an excuse for it. So, today is going to be a different kind of post because I’m… *drum roll*… going to change that this year!!!

I already set up my own reading resolutions and goals for 2019 (Setting Up A Reading Challenge 101 🖊️) and talked about my most anticpated releases of the year on this blog and to round things up I am joining the YEAR OF THE ASIAN READING CHALLNGE aka YARC hosted by Shelea (@Shut Up Shelea), Lily (@Sprinkles of Dreams), Vicky (@Vicky Who Reads) and CW(@The Quiet Pond) in order to:

  1. Read more diversely
  2. Participate in a Reading Challenge

The Challenge is about reading as many books written by Asian authors as possible throughout the whole year and that shouldn’t be that difficult considering all these releases coming out this year!! The bloggers included different levels depending on the amount of books you would like to read represented through cute little badges. I’m aiming for the very first level which is the Philippine tarsier since I’ve put my general reading goal down to 20 books. Therefore, it would be nice if 1-10 of the books are by Asian authors.yo5iek1

If you want to join the YARC as well you can sign up here and read the guidelines on any of the bloggers posts. I am really excited for this Reading Challenge and all the amazing books by Asian authors that are coming out this year. I’ll keep track of my reads through this blog post, my goodreads page and my bookstagram.


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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Hi everyone! Today is the day I’m posting my first book review of 2019, start to work on my New Year’s resolutions which included ‘Writing more reviews on my blog’ and it features Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – a book I’ve seen very mixed reviews for. I actually did not “plan” on reading this book anytime soon BUT it was compared to Avatar The Last Airbender by several people I trust (Hannah (A Clockwork Reader) is one of them!!) since the author added some supernatural abilities to the characters that are also based on the four elements and it has a lot of magic in it so I couldn’t say no! 🧙‍♀️ So, let’s just start with the review;


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published January 5th 2016
genre: young-adult, fantasy, magic
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my rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.


Truthwitch was a book I struggled extremely with getting into and I do not know if it was due to the fact that I read a translated edition or if Susan Dennard’s way of introducing you to a new world is just a bit different from what I am used to. New places, languages, stories about the world itself and the magic systems are mentioned in every chapter you read and I was overwhelmed so many times with who is from which realm and how their magic functions. A short explanation would have been great at this point but instead I found myself being rushed through the plot and looking up the city names on the map that was fortunately included.

Nonetheless, I can’t and don’t want to deny that the world Susan Dennard created in this book is amazing!! It’s exactly the kind of fantasy world I enjoy reading about with different landscapes, an obviously well thought out magic system and the connections/problems between the different rulers and nations. A different aspect I really liked was the atmosphere and reading experience! While it was difficult to get into the book, as I mentioned earlier, it was very easy to be kind of soaked into the adventurous story line which was told from different POV’s, third-person each. And, at this point I should mention that the POV’s changed not only every chapter which was refreshing but also in between a chapter which was… well, a bit confusing sometimes.

Truthwitch has 416 pages, my own edition had about 500+ pages and that turns it into a book with a pretty good amount of pages. Surprisingly, there is not “a lot” happening throughout the story. Sure, there is this adventurous fleeing and going back and forth but at some points it got really slow-paced, in my opinion. Maybe that will change in the sequels…?

“I hate this. Both the storm and the plan. Why does it have to be ‘we’? Why not just me?”
“Because ‘just me’ isn’t who we are,” Iseult hollered back. “I’ll always follow you, Safi, and you’ll always follow me. Threadsisters to the end.”

Safiya fon Hasstrel aka Safi is a Truthwitch and of noble descent. Her magic is very rare and seems to be extremely important for all the nations and rulers so, they want nothing more but to be able to be in charge of her after they find out that she is indeed a Truthwitch. Safi is a really impulsive person with a hot temper and usually says what she thinks rightaway which is the exact opposite of Iseult det Midenzi‘s personality. Both of the girls are smart but Iseult is kind of the brain of the duo. She is a Threadwitch, able to actually see the emotions of others through the so called “Threads” and a Nomatsi (something liek outcasts that are hated by other nations because of their lifestyle and appearance). Iseult is a silent person and always thinks before she acts. Like the other characters in this book she has her own interesting back story and  secrets. I loved the relationship between these two, their coordinated teamwork and friendship.

✧ Merik Nihar is the Prince of Nubrevna, a Windwitch and the current admiral of the Nubrevnan Navy. His country has been devastated by war and he tries everythings to create trade connections with other nations. Unfortunately, there is a lot of trouble following him; his sister Vivia, a contract with Safiya’s uncle and a lot of more to deal with. I would describe him as a selfless, responsible and realistic person who can get very angry real quick. And, guess what; there is a romance…

So, let’s move on to my favourite character of the book:

✧ Aeduan – the feared Bloodwitch and Carawen Monk who follows Safiya and Iseult all around the continents by using his magic which allows him to basically trace blood. Aeduan is a mysterious character and as I believe the most complex and complicated one. Since he is Safiya and Iseult’s enemy he is the villain of the story but sooner or later you’ll realize that it is not THAT easy and that he is conflicting with many things  such as developing feelings for someone…??!!

All in all, Truthwitch was a nice and enjoyable fantasy-read which I cannot give an only “okay” 3-star-rating although I did have some problems with it the characters and their relationships as well as the world-building were the things that convinced me to give this book 4/5 stars. That being said, I definitely want to continue reading this on-going series especially now that everyone is excited about the third book coming out but first I’ll have to read Windwitch and find out what everyone’s up to.

“Sometimes justice was all about the small victories.”

Have you read any books by Susan Dennard yet? How did you like them? Have you read Truthwitch or do you plan on reading it? I’d like to know!

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An anticipated release I DIDN’T EXPECT. // Erin Morgenstern is back! 🐝🗡️🗝️

A couple of days ago I wrote a blog post called ‘My Most Anticipated Books of 2019! 🎇💙‘ and I really enjoyed researching things for it and writing it in general. But there is one book I am not just really looking forward to but thinking about every time an article about anticipated releases pops up on my feed. I am desperately waiting for it and it is probably THE BOOK I am most excited about in 2019. It is said to be released in November 2019 and I also read that it may have more than 500 pages!

Surprisingly, this book IS NOT part of that blog post. I didn’t even mention it. And, that’s not because I forgot about it the time I write the blog post but rather because I didn’t know that it is going to be published! I found out about it when I watched Hannah’s (A Clockwork Reader) YT video in where she talks about her own most anticipated book releases of 2019. I was just casually watching the video when Hannah started talking excitedly about a book by a familiar author I didn’t even know anything about let alone that it is going to exist. Okay, okay, I’ll put you out of your misery and tell what book I am actually talking about:


THE STARLESS SEA BY ERIN MORGENSTERN!!

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Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a strange book hidden in the library stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues — a bee, a key, and a sword — that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to a subterranean library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.

What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians — it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose — in both the mysterious book and in his own life.


You may know Erin Morgenstern from her amazing standalone which was published in 2011; The Night Circus. I read The Night Circus in January 2017, own a beautiful copy of it and plan on re-reading it this year now I can do it in anticipation of this release, hehe. It belongs to my all time favourite books, deserves a 5-star rating for sure and is a magical winter-read with an atmosphere I am looking for in books and a nice romance. I can recommend the book to every fantasy-fan and if you want to read some more thoughts about it you can find mine here. That being said, you can probably imagine that I have high expectations for Erin Morgenstern’s new book and I am sure that the author creates something beyond those. The sypnosis sounds fantastic and as someone who already knows Erin Morgenstern’s writing style I also know that readers just can’t get disappointed because of it. I hope we will find out more about it soon!

 “When I started working on my new novel, I thought I was writing a book about books, but as it turns out I was writing a book about stories. Stories and choices and change and also time and fate and video games. It took quite a while to get it all to fit in a single book, even down to the bees.”


What is your most anticipated release of 2019? Have you read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern? What do you think about the new novel and the sypnosis? Let me know!

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Setting Up A Reading Challenge 101 🖊️

Hi everyone and Happy New Year! 🎊🍾 Since the New Year has already started I thought it would be a good idea to write a blog post about what I want my New Reading Year of 2019 to look like including my goals and plans so that I can take a look at it every now and then to remind me of what I actually planned to do. Let’s do not talk about if all of the following plans are actually going to happen. Aside from sharing that with you I want to present 5 aspects that should help YOU set up a reading challenge of your own. Without further ado, let’s get started!


 

✧ The number of books you want to read aka The Goodreads Reading Challenge

12, 35, 66 or even 100? How many books do you want to read this year? If you are active on Goodreads you’ve probably already done the Goodreads Reading Challenge a couple of times. Some were successful, some weren’t but the main idea is to keep track of how many books you already read this year and how many you still have to read to reach your goal. My tip for the Challenge is to not overestimate the time you have to read next to school, work, …. If you set your Challenge to 55 books but you already know that you’ll not be able to read this amount in the first place than don’t do it. And, do not let fellow readers influence you. If they want to read 80+ books this year and you want to read 15; that’s fine. Keep in mind that neither Reading nor the Goodreads Reading Challenge are there to start a competition and please, do not start panicking at the end of the year just because you can’t finish the Challenge. It’s fine.

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I want to lower the amount of books compared to 2018 or 2017. My Challenge for 2019 should be reading 20 books! I don’t want to stress myself with reading this year since I’ve experienced that it was really difficult to find time for reading last year next to all the things that had to be done for school. So, I decided to only read those books I am REALLY interested in reading not the ones from the library I see and borrow just because the cover looks nice. The goal is to read “Less But More”.

✧ Any particular genres in mind?

There is always this one genre most of the books I read can be sorted in. It’s ya-fantasy in my case. Since it’s my favourite genre I tend to get a bit sceptical whenever I pick up a book that is not part of this genre but what I have experienced is that getting out of your comfort zone sometimes can be really rewarding and I want you to think about it for a while too. It’s also fun to try out some different genres or ones you have never tried out before. This year I want to read more books from the following genres:

Classics 

Thriller 

Contemporary 

✧ Re-reading favs 

So, I know that re-reading books is not for everyone and I have to admit that re-reading obviously does not create the same reading experience compared to when you read a book for the very first time. Yes, it’s different but that is what can make it special sometimes. Let’s admit that the best example here is Harry Potter. On Goodreads it seems as if almost everyone re-reads at least one of the books every year and I have not mentioned all the readathons about it yet. I do really like to re-read my favourites or a book which is about to get a sequel very soon so that I can help my memory a bit. Here are the three books I plan on re-reading this year:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Harry Potter and The Chambers of Secrets

SJTR, HPD and EFH by Kerri Manicalco in anticipation of the release of Capturing the Devil

✧ Your anticipated releases!

New Year = New Releases //  Anticipated Releases are books one is usually most looking forward to read when a new year is about to start. A new series is about to be published, a long-awaited sequel, a novella… From what I have experienced I can tell that I was never able to read ALL my anticipated releases but the ones I was excited about the most. Although it may be difficult to pick only 5 books; a Top 5 list might help you to concentrate on a few books you definitely want to read no matter what. When you can tick of all of them from your list you can pick up the others you had to let go when doing the list. If you need some recommendations this blog post might help you: My Most Anticipated Books of 2019! 🎇💙

✧ Books you should not forget

And, last but not least, books that you have always wanted to read (and still want to read!!) ever since you have heard about them but somehow could not get to – these are the books you should plan on reading as well this year!!  My list is actually much longer than only these 3 titles and include a lot of hyped and popular books but those are three books I don’t want to push off any longer:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Heartless by Marissa Meyer


What does your Goodreads Reading Challenge  for this year look like? Do you want to read any particular genres you have not tried out yet; which ones? Feel free to let me know!


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My Most Anticipated Books of 2019! 🎇💙

Another year is about to end which – in the language of bookworms – means that a new reading year with some amazing and desperately anticipated releases is fast approaching. This post might be out a bit early but… I am just so excited!! Just as last year I made a list with books I am most excited about next year (and if you want to see all of them you can click here). From my list of last year I unfortunately, only got to read 3/5 of the books I was writing about. Obviously, that did not work out that well but this post also has the purpose of motivating me even more than I already am to not only talk about these books but actually pick them up. I don’t know what makes me so confident this time about it but we can try, right…?

For this blog post I picked these promising 5 books including sequels that should be in my hands right now instead of their covers showing up on my social media feed over and over again. So, let’s get started!


1.) Enchantée by Gita Trelease

91gg3k713hLrelease date: February 5th 2019
genre: historical fiction, young-adult, fantasy
click here to find out more about this book!

So, as some of you may know I absolutely adore good historical fiction books and I wouldn’t know about this book if I had not seen one of Stephanie Garber’s (author of the Caraval series)  instagram post in where she raved about it. When I finally got to look it up on Goodreads I saw some really nice ARC reviews about it. A book about the French Revolution, “la magie” and being at the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette while mixing my two favorite genres historical fiction AND fantasy?! Well, I haven’t read Les Misérables nor seen the movie yet but I desperately want to get there. Now, I am very excited for this book and hope that I can soon add it to my favorites. And, if you already like this perfectly matching cover (it fits so well!!) then you should definitely take a look at the ones for the paperback copies as well! Already trying to choose between those two. 

2.) Finale by Stephanie Garber

Download.jpgrelease date: May 30th 2019
genre: fantasy, young-adult
click here to find out more about this book!

I already mentioned Stephanie Garber so, obviously I also have to mention the third and final book of her Caraval series which I am anticipating ever since I finished Legendary this year. Caraval is one of my all time favorite books and I re-read it this year when I was waiting for the sequel to come out. I don’t know what exactly to expect from this one though: Am I gonna love it or be disappointed? Is it Tella’s or Scarlet’s POV this time and what about LeGeNd?! This being the final book makes me kinda sad because I am such a big fan of the author’s world-building and writing style but I am sure there is more to come.

3.) The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Download (1)release date: January 15th 2019
genre: fantasy, young-adult
click here to find out more about this book!

Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

If you are not already convinced by this beautiful cover I should tell you that people compare this and especially the characters to the “Six of Crows- squad”. Not that I have read SOC myself I am gonna get the Collector’s edition for Xmas, Yeay! but that’s what people usually like to hear.  I am very excited for this because 1) I have not read anything by Roshani Chokshi before but I have only heard great things about her writing style, 2) it’s set in 1889, Paris and I have nothing against books with such interesting settings and 3) this is gonna be a whole series… I think? I don’t know how many books exactly this series is going to get but my guess is a trilogy. Btw I just realized that this is already the second book set in Paris and I just introduced 3/5 books. 

4.) Romanov by Nadine Brandes

51t3wv2M0cLrelease date: May 7th 2019
genre: historical fiction, fantasy, ya, retellings
click here to find out more about this book!

I got to know Nadine Brandes from her amazing bookstagram account where she posted pictures of her other ya historical fiction novel Fawkes. I do really want to read that as well. And, when I found out about her writing a book based on the very real story of Anastasia Romanowa I instantly opened a tab to goodreads and added it to my want-to-read list. As someone who is not only really into history but also loved and still loves the animated movie Anastasia from Fox I am particularly looking forward to this one which tells a version of Anastasia being alive and having to rescue her family. There is this spell and  a mission and hunting and ofc ya romance but if you want to know more about it just follow the goodreads link.

5.) Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

release date: : September 26th 2019
genre: historical fiction, young-adult, mystery
click here to find out more about this book!

So, the moment I am writing this blog post this book does not have a cover yet but what I can tell you is that its is either gonna make me anxious, excited, very happy, or feel relieved. Let’s be honest: It’s gonna be ALL the feels. Capturing the Devil is going to be the fourth and very unfortunately final book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. If you know me you probably know that this extremely entertaining mystery series belongs to my all time favs and its characters hold a special place on my list of not only likeable but loveable, smart, charming and sassy fictional beings. I have written reviews for all of the previous three books in the series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, Hunting Prince Dracula and Escaping from Houdini.  And, if you can’t get enough wit from a particular character then I highly recommend reading this. I am probably even going to re-read the books in anticipation of the upcoming one. That’s how excited I am. Kerri Maniscalco posting hints and snippets on her instagram does not make me very patient but it’s nice to know at least a bit on how SJTR4 is doing.


 

These were My Top 5 most anticipated books of 2019. 😊 Moving on to the honorable mentions: If you want to see the whole list take a look on my goodreads shelf of anticipated releases.

What are YOUR most anticipated books of 2019? Are any of these books on your lists? Which sequels are you most excited about and why?? Let me know!

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Alles so leicht von Meg Haston ☁️

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(Wondering where the English review is? You can find it here.)

Die 17-jährige Stevie leidet an der Essstörung Anoxerie und wird deswegen von ihrem Vater gegen ihren Willen in ein Therapiezentrum mitten im Nirgendwo geschickt. Dort angekommen muss sie sich vielen Hindernissen stellen, um ihren Plan in die Tat umzusetzen, denn immer wieder versuchen ihre Therapeutin und eine Mitbewohnerin sie davon abzubringen. Was sie aber nicht wissen ist, dass Stevie fest entschlossen ist ihr Ziel zu erreichen. Bald jährt sich nämlich der Tag an dem ihr Bruder starb und sich alles veränderte…

Wer jetzt glaubt, dass das Buch nicht dem eigenen Geschmack entspricht und deshalb dabei ist das Interesse zu verlieren; Ich kann versichern, dass im Prinzip jeder etwas mit diesem Buch anfangen kann auch wenn man mit dem eigentlichen Thema des Buches nichts am Hut hat, denn aus Stevies Geschichte kann man einige Lehren ziehen.

Neben Stevie spielt Anna, ihre persönliche Therapeutin, eine bedeutende Rolle in der Geschichte, obwohl Stevie diese in ihren Gedanken nur als “SK” bezeichnet, was eine Abkürzung für Seelenklempnerin sein soll. Anfangs fällt es Anna schwer sich mit ihr zu unterhalten, denn die Patientin denkt erst gar nicht an eine Zusammenarbeit mit ihrer Therapeutin. Schrittweise gewinnt Anna jedoch Stevies Vertrauen und bringt sie sogar dazu sich vollkommen zu öffnen. Das ist es was mein Interesse geweckt hatte: Wird Stevie sich Anna anvertrauen? Wie geht Anna als Therapeutin mit Stevie um und wie vielleicht als Freundin?

Für mich waren diese Beziehungen zwischen den Charakteren und die Art und Weise wie sie miteinander zurechtkommen interessanter, als die einzelnen Persönlichkeiten. Ich bewundere die Autorin wirklich dafür wie glaubwürdig und real ihre Charaktere wirken. Im Nachwort erklärt Meg Haston dann schließlich, dass alle Charaktere fiktiv sind, also ihrer Fantasie entspringen. Ihre eigenen Erfahrungen spielten bei deren Entwicklung jedoch eine große Rolle.

Der Schreibstil hat mir gut gefallen, denn das Buch war einfach und angenehm gelesen. Die Autorin macht es sich zu Nutze, dass die Geschichte aus Stevies Sicht geschrieben ist und spielt mit dem Leser. So kam auch die ein oder andere Überraschung oder Wende in der Handlung zu stande und man fühlt sich in Stevies Kopf gefangen, vermutlich in der Weise wie sie selbst in ihrem eigenen Körper gefangen zu sein scheint.

Vom Titel des Buches sollte man sich jedoch nicht in die Irre führen lassen, denn die schwierigen Themen, die hierbei angesprochen werden, sind alles andere als “leicht” und reichen über das der Essstörung hinaus. Ich denke, dass es deswegen nicht unbedingt für jede/n und für jede Altersgruppe geeignet ist. Genau aus diesem Grund dachte auch ich, dass “Alles so leicht” nichts für mich ist, da ich bisher noch nie mit diesen Themen in Berührung gekommen bin, aber ich war neugierig und dieses Buch hat mich davon überzeugt, dass man eben auch Charaktere und Geschichten mit denen man sich nicht direkt identifizieren kann eine Chance geben sollte.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Vielen lieben Dank an Anne vom Verlag Carlsen für dieses Rezensionsexemplar!

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I met Victoria Aveyard at the Frankfurt Book Fair aka my first ever Author Signing!! 🤗

I had never been to any author events, meet and greets, signings nor readings before. I had never said hello to an author. Never stood in a way-too-long signing line talking with a friend while carrying books around. Not to mention all these conventions like Bookexpo or Bookcon I have never been to because I am living on the other side of this huge amount of water.

BUT 

After having missed Jennifer L. Armentrout at the Book Fair last year when I had recently finished reading Obsidian I knew that this year I wanted to meet an author of books I binge-read and characters I loved no matter what. So, when Victoria Aveyard (author of the Red Queen series) announced that she is going to come to Germany for the Book Fair I immediately made plans.

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Although I am not the biggest dystopian fan as some of you may know I really liked reading the first three books in this series; Red Queen, Glass Sword and King’s Cage. The final book is the only one I haven’t read yet and that is mainly because I am scared of how it will end, who will be on the throne and Maven’s future. But I know that I’ll read it! I am just too curious about this conclusion.

I went with a friend whom I had recommended Red Queen and together we had to wait in line at 9pm for a ticket so that we could be part of the later, actual signing from 2-3.30pm. 150 tickets were available and when we finally saw the line for this we were about to lose our hope. The line was longer than I had thought it would be but we were extremely lucky to be one of the last people to get a ticket! After some joyful leaps and time of checking out parts of the Book Fair we finally went to the actual signing line which was even longer than the one in the morning. We waited a bit more than an hour in the pretty hot October sun which I think is pretty good for a signing…? to get to the signing box where Victoria Aveyard was diligently signing, chatting, taking pictures and smiling.

And, THEN IT WAS MY TURN:

As I said, I had never met an author of books I love before but I knew that I wanted to tell her how much 1) I aprreciate that she has come to this event and Germany in particular, 2) that I enjoyed reading her books very much and 3) that Maven is my favorite. Guess what. Only the first thing happend! The rest was totally spontaneous!

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Everything went fast but we did get to talk a little.

I annotated Red Queen when re-reading it this year and she really liked it and asked if the different colors have different functions and what they mean. I told her about them being for quotes I liked, plot twists, important scenes, romance… I wore a t-shirt with a triceratops that day and V. Aveyard seemed to like it. That’s how I found a fellow Jurassic Park fan!

I also have a picture with me, my friend and the author on it which I am really happy about but unfortunately, I look a bit awkward on it. 🙈 Definitely something I have to work on!


All in all, our arrival was a bit hectic but it was totally worth the experience!! Now, I want to do it again for any of my favorite authors and books. I definitely won’t forget meeting Victoria Aveyard especially because she was so kind to everyone and really did the most and best of the short time we had chatting. Thank you! The event was obviously my personal highlight on the Frankfurt Book Fair and my paperback copies now have so much emotional value to me that I’ll treasure them forever. 💗

And, a big thank you to the German publisher Carlsen and to all people who were involved in Frankfurt! Everything was so well organized and the actual wait in line was not as long as I have heard from other signings and events. I loved it!

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