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The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson “φʕ•ᴥ•oʔ

“Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.”

Hi everyone! Today I am going to review ‘The Kiss of Deception’ by Mary E. Pearson, the first book of the ‘Remnant Chronicles’. After seeing everyone on GoodReads reading the sequel I just had to give this book a try. One of my friends also really enjoyed reading it and recommended it afterwards. So, let’s go on! ( •ॢᴗ•ॢ⋈)


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The Sypnosis:

The book is about a young princess who flees from her kingdom after her father decided that she has to marry a prince she has never met. She settles in a village with her dear friend but one day two young men arrive there, one being the prince hisself, the other an assassin sent to kill her.


Let’s continue with the spoiler-free review! So, this book got me out of my reading slump and I am so thankful for that. (•́⌄•́๑)૭✧ School is keeping me busy but the ‘Kiss of Deception’ just had to be read.

What I really loved about this book was that there were chapters from the princess’, prince’ and assassin’s perspective so you knew all of the main characters thoughts. It was really interesting and a diversified idea. The chapters were not too long. It never got boring. I also really enjoyed reading those quotations from the different kingdoms before reading some of the chapters. They sounded like a song, a poem and a curse. All at once.

The world was medieval including three huge kingdoms with royal families, small towns and a very adventurous atmosphere. A map of the world is included!

Let’s get to the characters; I loved them so much (́◉◞౪◟◉‵) We have Princess Arabella or how she calls herself; Lia. She is not the typical princess who can’t deal with problematic situations and has to be rescued all the time. No, she is eloquent, brave and flexible. Lia is someone who does not want people to tell her what to do. She wants to be independent. Princess Lia does not like traditions and also does not seem to be very religious. She’s good with languages, speaking a bunch of dialects. How can you not like her?

“I see only reminders that nothing lasts forever, not even greatness.” 
“Some things last.” 
I faced him. “Really? And just what would that be?” 
“The things that matter.”

So, on the other hand we have Rafe and Kaden. They don’t get along that well. And that’s all I can tell you for now. Choose your favourite. Just a little warning for those who care:

Yes, we have a love triangle here.

I don’t know if you can count her in as a main character but there is also Pauline, Lia’s best friend since… forever? They are like sisters. Pauline is trying her best to take care of the princess.

At one special point in the book I was very confused. I would have never though that Mary E. Pearson would twist and turn the story so much. ლ(ಠ_ಠლ) But, it was fine.

The journey Lia goes through is bitter but she manages to deal with it earning a lot of experiences she would not have gained by staying at the court. The most important thing she realizes can be understood by reading the following quote;

“Maybe there was no one way to define it. Maybe there were as many shades of love as the blues of the sky”

I totally admired Lia for her strength throughout this book. She went to a lot of problematic and dangerous situations. ALONE. A lot of main female ya characters must have been rescued but she knows how to fight like a princess in a not so princess-like way. (๑و•̀ω•́)و

So, I really enjoyed ‘The Kiss of Deception’ and I was not expecting that I would like it so much as I do. Definitely one of the most suprising reads this year. I am looking forward to reading the sequel ‘Heart of Betrayal’ as soon as possible. This book receives 4/5 stars from my side. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ( •̀ o •́ )

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hey everyone! I am probably the last person on earth writing a review about ‘The Hate U Give’ but I finally managed to finish it. (*•̀ᴗ•́*)و ̑̑  I have been wanting to finish this book for a such a long time, but I always got distracted by other books. I’ll continue by adding a sypnosis;


The Sypnosis:

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life. (This sypnosis is from GoodReads)


I have been wanting to read ‘The Hate U Give’ for a very long time since it received so much praise from people all around the world. Most of the people in the book community gave it 4-5 stars, so besides its serious topic I had to pick this one up for several other reasons.

Believe it or not, but I started reading this book in July(!) and finished it yesterday. I got distracted by so many other books that I had to drop this one a few times until I decided to focus on it. That does not mean that this book was boring at the beginning! I just needed some time to get into the story.  I am so glad I did. ヽ(^◇^*)/

Unlike its title ‘The Hate U Give’ is not only about Hate. It’s about Love, Family and Friendship. The characters of this book were so complex and realistic. They all had their own unique personalities. I loved reading about Starr’s family because they really are a family that sticks together, especially in hard times.

Starr was such a great character to read about. Although she did not admit it she truly was brave. I liked that she always was honest when speaking. While reading you experience her struggles, real struggles. She is just 16, going through so much. I enjoyed reading about conversation among her and the Carter family. She had such a good relationship with her brothers, Sekani and Seven. I really had to laugh sometimes because of their funny, typically sibling-dialogues.

“Brave doesn’t mean you’re not scared, Starr,” she says.

“It means you can go on even though you’re scared.”

I also liked the fact how the media was presented in this book;

“It  seems like they always talk about what he may have said, what he may have done, what he may not have done. I didn’t know a dead person can be charged in his own murder, you know?”

Beside the story of Starr there are also other ‘little side-stories’ in this book, like her brother Seven dealing with having 2 families at the same time, or Starrs relationship with Chris, her boyfriend. I really enjoyed those because it shows once again that life does not let you focus on one situation or problem. Sometimes you have to deal with several at the same time.

There is also one scene I really liked. It was when Starr and her father had this conversation about ‘speaking out’;

“That’s why people are speaking out, huh? Because it won’t change if we don’t say something.”

“Exactly. We can’t be silent.”

“So I can’t be silent. 

My Silence isn’t helping US.”

‘The Hate U Give’ was the most important read I had this year. It is for sure one of my favourite contemporary novels as well as one of my favourite books of 2017. (๑˃̶͈̀◡˂̶͈́๑) I recommend this book to everyone because of its current topic. One of its genres is ‘Realistic Fiction’ which I totally can understand. ‘The Hate U Give’ enabled a reading experience I never had before.  I can’t give this book less than 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Yes, my copy of this book is full of bookmarks and quotes I have highlited, or written down. I am also very excited for the movie adaption which is supposed to be come out soon.

‘The Hate U Give’ means a lot to me, giving me insights into a world we all already live in.

He’d say with a snaggletooth grin, “See you later, alligator.”  Back then I’d giigle behind my own snaggletooth. Now I tear up. Goodbyes hurt the most whe the other person’s already gone. I imagine him standing at my window, and I smile for his sake.

“After a while, crocodile.”


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The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

hi everyone! Today’s review is going to be about the second book in the ‘Remnant Chronicles’ by Mary E. Pearson. I have already written a review for the first book on this blog. Go and check it out if you like. (◍’౪`◍)ノ゙


The Sypnosis:

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Both Lia and Rafe are trapped in Venda, the mysterious kingdom ruled by the Komizar.

The Komizar seems to be very interested in Lia since he knows that she has the gift. While Lia is living among the Vendans she realizes that they are not as barbaric as she expected them to be. Spending her time in Venda Lia reveals terrifying secrets and learns how to deal with her gift.

The Princess has to decide considered and take action to save her country and loved ones.


I was a bit worried before starting this sequel. (๑ó⌓ò๑) I thought that it would not be as good as ‘The Kiss of Deception’. But you really do not have to be because I will guarantee you that you are going to like ‘The Heart of Betrayal’ more than the first book. It was so suprising (in a positive way) and different than the first book this one actually had a villain! Let me introduce the Komizar:

The Komizar is the current ruler of the kingdom Venda. He’s really clever and eloquent as I remember 25 years old. And he is such a great villain. The Komizar is the important factor missing in the first book. What would a good story be without a villain who works against the hero or heroine? Very boring. There is only one way to conquer the Komizar; You have to kill him. Sounds easy, right? It isn’t.

This whole second book is set in Venda, the area of the enemy.

During her stay in Venda we get to experience a great character development from Lia. She was strong and brave from the beginning but even when talking to the Komizar she does not have fear. I really think that girl does not know what reluctance is but exactly that’s the thing I like about Lia.

“I beg your forgiveness, Your Eminence. I would not truly feed your face to the hogs. It might make them sick.”

Yep, that’s what I meant. (๑˃́ꇴ˂̀๑)

Anyways, let’s talk about the Romance since that is also a genre of the book. I have seen a few of my friends on GoodReads complaining about the Romance. To be honest; yes, there a more ‘Romance-Elements’ in this novel than in the first book. There is a thing I disliked in this novel which was Kaden falling suddenly for Lia. I thought Venda would always be in first place? He was so loyal to the Vendans. What happend with that? That was a bit too fast for me.

“I’m not the farmer I claimed to be, but I hope I can make you fall in love with me again, this time as a prince, one day at a time. We’ve had a terrible start—it doesn’t mean we can’t have a better ending.”

Yes, Rafe lied but Lia was not always honest as well. I already see them both as a couple. Kaden became a third-wheel. I do not know what to think about Rafe but since we got to know a lot about Kaden in this sequel I really think that he is an interesting character.

There were exactly 3 twists and turns I did not see coming. Mary E. Pearson manages to completely shock me again. (´⊙ω⊙`) I enjoyed ‘The Heart of Betrayal’ much more than ‘The Kiss of Deception’. I am pretty sure that I am going to devour ‘The Beauty of Darkness’. I’ll give this successful sequel 4.5 stars/5. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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Why you should read the following book this summer 🌞🍦😎🌊

Are you looking for a good cotemporary, ya book including trips, beautiful doodles and an easy -to-read-writing-style to read for summer? Then Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon may be the right choice. ⌒°(❛ᴗ❛)°⌒

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Everything,_EverythingEverything Everything is a contemporary book set in California by author Nicola Yoon. We follow the story of Madeline who is allergic to everything because of her disease. She can’t leave her house and her life is very structured and proposed. One day a moving truck arrives next door announcing a new family to live there. When looking out of the window Madeline sees a guy, wearing all black and staring at her. That’s the moment where the story of Maddy and Olly begins.

The doodles on the cover of the book were made by David Yoon the husband of this book’s author. They are so well-drawn. I can’t stop saying how great they fit into this season. Everything Everything also features notes and lists, messages, emails, schedules and related stuff, so it is an easy read and very enjoyable. It is Nicola Yoon’s debut novel, having 307 pages. I read that book in 2 days and was very caught by the story. I could not stop reading and thinking that this is a great first novel. It’s genres are also Fiction and Romance.

I a9e64df78c4b326a5ab6915355f58313cm not the biggest Contemporary fan but this book was Everything at once. (ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧

Thank you for reading and have fun enjoying summer while maybe reading this contemporary book…? You can add me on Goodreads if you like. 😉

 

 

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(つ◕౪◕)つ━☆゚.*・。゚Spoiler Free Review: Caraval

“Welcome, welcome to Caraval! The grandest show on land or by sea. Inside you’ll experience more wonders than most people see in a lifetime. You can sip magic from a cup and buy dreams in a bottle. But before you fully enter into our world, you must remember it’s all a game.”

Hi everyone and welcome to today’s review of Caraval by Stephanie Garber. ☆ミ(o*・ω・)ノ The book was published in January 2017 and includes 407 pages with a beautiful map of the world “Caraval”.  I got myself the UK-Edition this month and I am happy to say that I finally finished this book because it was a very long time on My TBR List.

 

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“Remember it’s only a game..”

We follow the story of the sisters Scarlett and Tella Dragna who have a cruel father and the wish to participate in Carval, a once-in-a-year performance, held on an island. With the arrangement of Scarlett’s marriage she thinks her dream of participating in Carval is over but  this year both sisters get an invitation from the mastermind of Caraval; Legend.  When Scarlett and a mysterious sailor arrive on the island of Caraval they get to know that Tella was kidnapped by Legend. The person who finds Tella first will win the game so Scarlett has to find her before the final day of Caraval, knowing that if she doesn’t her beloved sister will disappear forever.

⠀⠀⠀Now the review follows. 

  • Caraval is such a beautiful, magical and enigmatic fantasy book. It includes a lot of riddles to solve so you can imagine on your own how the story continues and what kind of decisions the characters make. (੭ˊ͈ ꒵ˋ͈)੭̸*✧⁺˚
  • The story of Caraval is a very mysterious one. I would say that Caraval is especially plot-based. The characters do play an important role but are not that detailed. It is necessary that you understand the relations between past, present and future.
  • You do not have a lot of choice to choose your favourite characters. Scarlett and her sister Tella are the main characters, following the sailor Julian and the mastermind organizer Legend.
  • The world of Caraval is a small but unique one. I can imagine that it is not everyones cup of tea but since it is a fantasy book the setting has to be different than contemporary books with diferent situations and incredible things you can do their. I loved the ideas of how the world of Caraval is an adventure for everyone.

Caraval was such an enjoyable and fantastic read. I read this book very slowly because it was so exciting to read with many plot twist and situations you might not have imagined while reading. My favourite character turned out to be Legend. I am very excited for the next book of this series, triology..? Highly recommended to all fantasy fans.

I have seen a lof of people comparing this book with the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The only thing these two books have in common are the fantasy aspects and the magical and fantastical atmosphere.

This book received 4.5 stars on GoodReads. Read my review there through following the link.  Thank you for reading this article! 。^‿^。 View my GoodReads account: here.

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TBR: 5 (Current) Standalones I have to read

Since  I am totally new to reading books which are currently very popular or new I have decided to make a list of some standalones I have to read as soon as possible. Please notice that not all the books on this list may be standalones “forever” because it is possible that those turn out to be series. ~ヾ(^∇^)

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber 

This book came out at the beginning of this year and since I reall enjoyed reading The 32930224._UY200_Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern I have decided to give this book a try. I am very excited to start this book because it really is highly recommended. I picked up my US edition of the book a few days ago and I have to say that the cover is gorgeous.

The book is about Carval, a once-in-a-year performance show where the audience participates in the show. Scarlett whose dream is visiting Caraval loses her sister Tella as soon as she arrives there. Tella was kidnapped and now it is up to Scarlett to find her sister back before she disappears forever.

 

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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Flame in the Mist is a very prevailing book. It came out this month and was featured  in a subscription box.

It follows the story of Mariko, the seventeen year old daughter of a prominent samurai who has to marry a man she did not choose. After a mysterious Clan attacks Mariko and her convoy she is the only survivor and escapes into the woods where she plots her revenge.

 

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor 

Laini Taylor is  the author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and released Strange sidebar strange 2the Dreamer this year. I have read a lot of reviews about this book and the opinions about it are very, very different so I am looking forward to reading it.

Strange the Dreamer is the story of:

the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep. (sypnosis from Goodreads)

 

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

18584855“Before she was the Queen of Hearts she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.”

I am a very big fan of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland as well as the Disney adaptions (both animation & live-action) so I am super excited to read Marissa Meyer’s version where we follow the story of the Queen of Hearts before she ended up being as who we know her today.  Let’s see if the Queen of Hearts could be on my list as one of my favourite Alice in Wonderland characters.

 

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly 

This book is the oldest on this list. It was firstly published in 2006 so it is a bit older than220px-Thebookoflostthings.png 10 years. For that reason a special cover edition of this book exist. It seems like to be a YA novel but for some reason it reminds me of an adult book. Because I actually do not know a lot about the plot here is the sypnosis from GoodReads:

High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own — populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

 

These were the 5 books I want to read as soon as possible. Feel free to tell me your own top 5 books you would like to read very soon. °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°

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