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Why the phrase ‘time is money’ is 100% true in the world of Everless ⏳

We all know that time is precious (especially when you’re a reader) but have you ever imagined a world where you really have to pay with the time of your lifespan? Reducing or Increasing your lifetime immensely? Without any mercy? Well, I haven’t neither but that’s exactly what happens in the world of Everless, Sara Holland’s fantasy debut novel which came out on January 2nd and one of My most anticipated books of 2018!🎆😊

I was so excited to start this ya fantasy since I have read many great things about it from other readers, including Wing-yee whom I highly trust(!). And, Stephanie Garber blurbed it and I couldn’t resist! sorrynotsorry

So, in this blog post I will try to convince you to add this gorgeous book on your wishlist within 6 reasons. But before that, here’s what Everless is about;


the sypnosis:

In the kingdom of Sempera time is currency, meaning that whenever you have to pay for something time is drained out of your blood and bound to iron. The powerful family of the Gerlings are very powerful and take the time of the poor. Jules Ember, a 17-year old servant girl, had to flee from Everless with her father a long time ago and swore herself to never come back. But when she discovers that her father is dying Jules has no other choice than to leave the town and go back to her childhood place to work and earn some money.

Jules quickly realizes that Everless is not the place of her childhood anymore and that dark secrets, danger and lies are the order of the day. What she didn’t know was the role she is about to play…


“I know better than to be afraid of stories.”

  • tired of all those usual female ya main characters? let me introduce you to miss jules ember!

Jules Ember is the teenage main character we follow around and everything is told from her POV. She is very different from many female ya characters and that is what I absolutely loved about this book! Jules is smart, brave and calm at the same time. Instead of rushing and deciding to do silly things, she considers her opportunities and thinks it out carefully. A likeable main character is really important to me and I am sure that Jules won’t disappoint you as well!

  • it’s beautifully written!

Sara Holland has a really elegant and kind of observing writing style. This book had so many good passages and is not does not spend time with describing places to much so you can imagine the rest yourself and be creative. It would have been even better with a few more dialogues between the characters as that is what I missed a bit. 🌇💛

  • the unique concept

I have never seen anything with this concept before and I was intrigued by it before I even opened the book. Besides, I really liked the world building and setting of it. The idea of using your lifetime with paying is amazing and though I was confused at time (especially in the beginning) it is explained step by step within the story and through different persons. I just want more!

  • you’re an expert at predicting plot twists and turns? it won’t be that easy this time!

This story had so many twists and turns I didn’t predict and would have never thought possible, so I was completely shocked sometimes and closed the book just to take a moment and recover myself from it because Sara Holland knows how to do it. And they won’t be revealed until the end. You will have to be patient and read fast if you want to reveal all those secrets and lies of Everless!

  • the Gerling brothers!!

“Cruel. Elegant. Just like the Gerlings.”

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  • magical atmosphere guaranteed

I adored the mysterious, dark and magical atmosphere of Everless and it reminded me of the one of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge 🐻. If you are fan of those books I can highly recommend reading Everless. You can describe Everless as A Skinful of Shadows with the time concept instead of the ghosts one and an older main character. You may also enjoy it if you are a fan of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.


Could I convince you to read Everless or have you already read it? What are your thoughts?


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Book Review: Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo💥👊🏼

hey everyone! Today I will be reviewing Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, the first book in the DC Icons ‘series’, and one of my most anticipated books of last year. So, yes, I actually planned to read it in August 2017 which is the date it was released but other books got in my way and here we are. For all of the seasonal readers out there: This is the perfect summer read because it is full of adventure, road trips and danger. 🏛💉💪🏼


The Sypnosis:

Princess Diana wants to prove herself as a true Amazon and when the opportunity finally comes, she takes the risk and saves a mortal girl. But Alia Keralis turns out to be no ordinary girl. She is a descendant of Helen of Troy and is destined to bring an age of war. She is a warbringer who has to be stopped before chaos begins to start. Together, Diana and Alia have to face a set of different enemies and if they fail both of their worlds won’t stay as they have been.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

First of all, you have to know that I had high expectations for this one because a) this was my first Leigh Bardugo book!! (believe it or not) b) Wonder Woman is one of my favourite of all superheroes and c) the hype was real.

So, I needed almost three months to finish this book. How is this even possible?! To be honest, I did push this book back and forth, not knowing if I should continue reading or try again later because the beginning of this was so slow to me! The first 200 pages were a real struggle because I somehow couldn’t click to the plot. But that was entirely forgotten when I got to the last third of the book because that part was WILD.

The cast of characters was probably the most diverse one I have ever seen. There are Alia and Jason, the African American siblings, Nim, an Indian girl and Alia’s best friend and also the smartphone obsessed Theo (from, was it, Brazil?). And, next to all those there’s also Diana, the princess Amazon. I LOVED the interactions between these characters, especially the friendship between Diana, Nim and Alia. I enjoyed reading about the bond between Diana and Alia because although they were totally different characters I felt like they had to struggle with the same problems.

So, yes this is a superhero story but this book has so many elements from Greek myths, as it takes an important role in the story. There is everything from mythical creatures to the appearance of goddesses.

And don’t forget the road trips and action packed fights!

Despite all that, I was a bit disappointed. I expected this book to be so much different. In my opinion, the focus of this book is clearly set on Alia, the warbringer and not on Diana, who is btw never mentioned to be Wonder Woman which is understandable since it’s her first journey in the mortal world.

Nonetheless, I can highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to take a break from long series or just wants to read a good superhero story. I can imagine this to be a good summer read as it is full of adventure, road trips fun scenes and fast paced! 🌞

“Sister in battle,” murmured Diana, 
“I am shield and blade to you.”
“And friend.”
“And always your friend.”

The second book in this series Batman: Knightwalker 🦇 by Marie Lu is already out and on my tbr list. I can’t tell now if I would enjoy that book more only looking at the superhero (cause Batman is cool too) but what I like about this series is that it is written by different authors. I am especially excited what Sarah J Maas is going to do with Catwoman


Do you like superhero stories?  If so, who is your favourite superhero/superheroine and why?


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How the first three months of the year have been 🌼 A Reading Update!

hi everyone, today’s blog post is about my recent and current reads (aka how the past 2 months have been). So, you could actually see this as a wrap up + current reads. And I also have some exciting news for all European fans of thd Lunar Chronicles!

January was such a good month for me because I read a total of 5 books! And yes, that’s a pretty good number for me because I usually read 2-3 books a month.

I feel like January was not only a good reading month for me but also for many others which is a great thing because what’s better than starting a new year with a high amount of read books? That’s right, nothing. 😊💙

These are the books I read in January. I added a mini sypnosis to each of them as well as a rating and a link to a review on my blog or on Goodreads;


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Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Being the sequel to ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ this book follows both Audrey Rose and Thomas investigating a new thrilling case.🍷🦇🖤 My first book of the year was a total success, guys! // 5/5 stars

Selection IV: The Heir by Kiera Cass

After reading the Selection series last year I picked this up from the library although I didn’t plan on reading it. It’s about Eadlyn- the daughter of America & Maxon- trying to deal with the responsibility of a princess. // 2/5 stars

Dreamin’ Sun Vol. 01 by Ichigo Takano

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The author of the manga series ‘Orange’ released this new and fun series about the student Shimana, a renter who casually wears a kimono and a house share different than we’re used to. // 4/5 stars

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

I don’t think I have to summarize this book since it’s so hyped and loved by so many people. The book addresses ocd and anxiety and it’s full of Star Wars references. 🐢 // 3.5/5 stars

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This is the first book by Rainbow Rowell I read and I am so sad that I didn’t read it earlier. Eleanor attends a new high school when she first meets Park. From there on, this contemporary novel focuses on family, tolerance and a first teen love. // 4/5 stars


Although I only read 2 books in February I am very satisfied with the result because a) they are both hyped books that I emjoyed very much b) they are huge (500+ pages) and c) they are part of a series that I started last year. // point c) is part of my reading resolutions so, it seems like i do care

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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This series is everywhere. Everyone is talking about it and yes, I do feel like the last person on earth reading it but better late than never, right? Anyways, I don’t know if I should say anything about the plot because I don’t want to spoil anyone but this is the second book of the Acotar series, following the events in the world of Fae. It’s mainly set at the Night Court (Can I visit this place, please?) 🌕🖤 and introduces a couple of amazing characters. // 4.5/5 stars

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Winter by Marissa Meyer

I read the first three books of the Lunar Chronicles series last year and really liked them but this book was on a whole other level. 🍎 This one’s a retelling of Snow White, told from different Pov’s and super intense. I am so sad that this series came to an end because it’s definitely one of my favourites. How am I supposed to say goodbye to all these lovely characters?! ‘Stars Above‘ wait for me. // 5/5 stars

😱 Have you heard that MARISSA MEYER IS COMING TO EUROPE?!?! She said that in a caption of her instagram post, saying that she’ll visit MUNICH, BOLOGNA AND AMSTERDAM. And there will be signings and meetings. I would love to go but don’t know if I’ll able to. 🙃


And now we are moving on to the month of March and the books I am currently reading!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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This year is the year I wanted to start reading classics and because Pride and Prejudice was the most popular one I had interest in reading I started with this one. I am on page 100 so far and really enjoying it! I also did watch the movie with Keira Knightley a week ago and liked it a lot. The scenery of the movie was amazing and I am more than motivated to finish this book now. This also the first book I am tabbing properly and underlining phrases!

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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I remember when this book came out and everyone read the book. Now it’s my turn, half a year after its releases. I am never on time with reading hyped book. I doubt this will ever change. I am going to write a review for this book as soon as I have finished it but I can already say that I love the mythology, girl power and superhero stuff in it!


That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this post and as always feel free to tell me your thoughts about the books mentioned. What are you currently reading? And what do you plan on reading next? I would love to know! 🙋🌼


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Mystery Blogger Award Tag 🔍

mysterybloggerhello everyone! // I was nominated by the wonderful Belle (@mybookcastle) to do the Mystery Blogger Award Tag. Thank you for tagging me! ✨ Definitely make sure to check out her blog! The creator of this tag is Okoto.

 


Put the award logo/image on your blog.
List the rules.
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
Share a link to your best post(s).


1.) Before buying a book or watching a movie at the cinema I do a lot of research about it (without spoiling!). I guess I do so because I wanna know if it’s actually worth it watching the movie or reading the book. When I am more than 80% sure that I am going to like the book or movie I will watch/read it.

2.) I don’t consider myself short but when being around other people I feel very short. Seems like everyone is pretty tall these days??

3.) I am a cat lover but unfortunately, do not have any pets. That’s destiny, right? 🐱


1. What’s the next book you’ll be reading?

I am not sure yet but when I finally manage to finish Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo and Pride and Prejudice I’ll have to decide between Everless by Sara Holland and The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. Both are January releases I have been really excited for. They are even on my list of most-anticipated releases of 2018!

2. What book character would you be if a given a choice?

Ugh. I don’t know!! This is so hard to answer! I would like to be a character with supernatural powers and I also have interest in being a witch. So why not being a character of the Harry Potter universe? Maybe Luna Lovegood?

3. A book that has been on your to-buy list forever?

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh! I want to read (+own) this book ever since I have found out about it but somehow I didn’t buy it. I have to change that this year and I think that it would make a good summer-read. ☀️ The book was released in 2015, I believe, and has amazing reviews.

4. Which song would best describe your favourite book?

I don’t have ‘a’ favourite book but a couple of all time favourite books and I think that the songs of Halsey at least her songs from her Badlands album would fit to them in some way.

5. Who would be your worst enemy in the books you have read?

Strangely enough, there aren’t a lot enemies I can think of at the moment. So, I’ll go with Maven from the Red Queen series. What I like about him is that although he’s (a bit) obsessed, Maven is a really tough to beat because he has a lot of allies and is prescient. I wouldn’t like to have him as an enemy but I can’t deny that he’s my fav in the series. 💙


1. The book you see most frequently on your GoodReads dashboard at the moment?

2. A setting you would like to see more often in books?

3. If you could join a squad from a book, which would it be and why?

4. A fictional world you would NOT like to live in?

5. The most strategic/intelligent antagonist you know?


  1. Double Review: SJTR and HPD by Kerri Maniscalco 💉🖤
  2. The Rapid Fire Book Tag! 🔥
  3. A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge 🐻

I am so glad that my review of Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula belongs to them. ♡


I am going to nominate the following lovely bloggers:

Eliana (High Lady’s Library); Alex (Comets and Comments) & Ella (Corrupt Pages)

I had so much fan doing this tag and I hope you enjoyed it as well.

Thank you for reading

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The Rapid Fire Book Tag! 🔥

hello everyone and welcome to my blog! // When I was scrolling through my blog a few days ago I found out that I had never done a Book Tag on here before. Never. How is this even possible? In order to change that I want to answer a few questions through the Rapid Fire Book Tag. This tag was originally created by GirlReading. Let’s get started; 🙋🏻


E-book or Physical Copy?

Physical Copies all the way! I am not a fan of e-books because I don’t like reading on electronical devices though I get that they are convenient. Being able to hold the book and switch the pages is somehow a very important aspect for me.

Paperback or Hardback?

Unfortunately, hardbacks tend to have a better cover than paperbacks and they are steady which means it is not easy to damage them. However, paperbacks are light, easy to transport and space-saving. I don’t think there is anything wrong with a floppy paperback.

Online or In-Store Shopping?

I do both Online and In-Store Shopping but I have to admit that I prefer Online Shopping a lot more. You can find books way cheaper than at the book store and yes, I can be pretty lazy. Almost every time I want to buy a book in English I have to order it in the first hand and then go and pick it up when I receive an Email, which is usually after 3-7 days. But, yes, book store visits are the best.

Trilogies or Series?

Trilogies. Because I feel like there are a lot of book series which are just too long! A Trilogy has a sequel but is not never-ending. A perfect compromise.

Heroes or Villains?

My opinion about both heroes and villains changed. At the moment I tend to like villains more because I feel like they are the more interesting and unique characters. I like characters who don’t fall into stereotypes. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like heroes but it really does depend a lot on the way the author is describing the characters and their personalities, habits, flaws etc.

A book you want everyone to read?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This book belongs to my list of all-time-favourites. It is a standalone, beautifully written and about magic, a traveling circus and did I mention that it is one of the best Fantasy books I have ever read?? I have a short GoodReads review for this book which you can find here. 💜🃏 🎠🔮🌂🎪

Recommend an underrated author.

Kerstin Gier is a German author who wrote two amazing series (The Ruby Red Trilogy and The Dream a Little Dream Trilogy). I read those books a long time ago but I remember that they were so gripping and funny. I think it’s time for a re-read.

Last book you finished?

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Yes, I know that this book is almost 5 years old now but somehow I never got to read it. It is also the first book I read by author Rainbow Rowell and I enjoyed it a lot. It’s different than the usual contemporary novels I know and definitely not full of stereotypes and cliche moments. I gave it a 4-star rating.

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Last book you bought?

Everless by Sara Holland. I haven’t read this book yet because I am busy with three others but I hope to get to it as soon as possible. Everless was one of my most anticipated releases of the year so I hope that it won’t disappoint me. At least I can say that the cover doesn’t.

Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

My cinema ticket of Star Wars 8.

Used books: Yes or No?

Yes! I do not mind used books at all although I like them being new.

Top Three Favourite Genres?

Fantasy is my all time favourite genre, followed by Historical Fiction and YA.

Borrow or Buy?

I tend to only buy books if I know that I am going to like them very much/love them. As an organized person I do not like owning things that I don’t use or like which includes books. So, I sometimes borrow the book before buying it.

Character or Plot?

This is a difficult one for me because I go for a good balance of both but if I had to choose I would go with entertaining, funny and realistic characters.

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Long or Short books?

I describe a long book as one with more than 500 pages because the books I usually read have about 400 pages. It depends on the book. I sometimes read long books which could have been much shorter and short books which could have been much longer, yeah…

Name the first three books you think of.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Books that make you cry or laugh?

Laugh. I love funny dialogues between the characters of a book.

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Our World or Fictional Words?

Fictional Worlds because they are fictional(?)

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

I have never tried audiobooks so I can’t really give an answer but I don’t think that I would like them a lot (just a feeling).

Do you judge a book by its cover?

Yes, I do but it seems like I really can’t do anything about it. If a book has an amazing cover I am more likely to take it.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adapations?

‘The book was better.’ is a sentence I often say after watching adaptions because both movies and tv adaptions tend to lack something important or the characters or just not what I imagined them to be. Book to Movie.

Series or Standalones?

Standalones. I love good standalones even if I hate it that there is no sequel to the story but duologies and trilogies are also nice.


That’s it! I know that this turned out to be a bit longer, so if you have read everything until the end; Thank you for Reading! I am tagging everyone who would like to do this Book Tag as well.

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Double Review: SJTR and HPD by Kerri Maniscalco 💉🖤

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hey everyone and happy new year! 🎆 I hope you had a good start into 2018 setting your reading resolutions for this year and deciding on what to read. I have already set my own Reading Challenge on GoodReads by reading 33 books which I think is realistic and manageable. If you want to know how My Reading Year of 2017 you can read my reflection here or take a look at all the books I have read on my ‘2017-reads’ shelf.

Today I’ll be reviewing the last book that I read in 2017 and the first one I read in 2018; Stalking Jack the Ripper (#SJTR1) and Hunting Prince Dracula (#SJTR2) by Kerri Maniscalco. (´•.̫ • ⋈) These books have been on my list of the most-anticipated books of 2017 and did not disappoint me: They made into favourite books of all time! Continue reading and find out why…


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Sypnosis:

This series follows the story of Audrey Rose Wadsworth, a young woman who lives in London and is keen to know everything about forensics. Unfortunately, Audrey Rose has to keep her interest in secret. She sneaks out at night to learn something at her Uncle’s laboratory so she can prevent her wealthy father from knowing about it. The story continues with the murders of Jack the Ripper and our protagonist is determined to solve the intriguing but horrible case along with her companian Thomas Cresswell.

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Hunting Prince Dracula continues right after the events of the first one. This time we get to travel with Audrey Rose and Thomas to Romania and the killer is none other than Vlad the Impaler whose thirst for blood became legend. Audrey Rose has to pull herself together in order to not get distracted by her terrible memories and experiences of the Ripper murders. Will she be able solve this cunning riddle?

 


 

“Roses have both petals and thorns, my dark flower. You needn’t believe something weak because it appears delicate.

Show the world your bravery.”

These books were even better than I expected them to be. I was sure that I am going to adore them but still I didn’t see that coming! I was truly sad when I finished them so quick but luckily, Kerri Maniscalco announced that there are at least going to be 4 books in the series. One of the two upcoming books will be published this year.

Because there is not anything left to say about the plot I am starting right away with other categories:

The settings are perfect in both books. In the first you get to visit London in the 1880s, a time where England developed really fast and effective. Stalking Jack the Ripper gives you an insight into that time and society. Next to that we have the kingdom of Romania as the main setting in book 2. I really like the describtions of the castle and the surrounding area. But maybe that’s because I just love old buildings in general.

You get a really dark and spooky vibe from both of the book so I highly recommend reading them in colder months. These are definitely great for fall!

The characters are exactly those you want to have in the story of such a series. I am going to decribe the two main characters more detailed. Let me introduce them to you: (⌒▽⌒ゞ

Miss Audrey Rose Wadsworth // 17 year old forensic student from London. Dark hair. Emerald-coloured eyes. Often wears gloves. Eloquent, smart, independent and very modern. The perfect exemplar of female ya characters I want to read about. Highborn but NOT vain. #1 Feminist. Can we be best friends please? material.  Has a weekness for beautiful dresses (who doesn’t?). Favourite Flower: Orchids. As curious as Alice. Develops feelings for Thomas but doesn’t want to make it THAT clear. The victim of his never-ending teasings. Doesn’t mind. Destroyer of their best moments.

Mister Thomas Cresswell// forensic student and #1 expert of how to tease and flirt with Audrey. Can be vain but you won’t mind. Know-all. Sherlock Holmes version 2.0. Highborn as well. Draws very well. Tall (yes, that’s a relevant point). Handsome (as he says so). Observer. Perfect guy for our female protagonist. Number 1 supporter. Cracks a lot of jokes that aren’t unconditionally funny but you’ll smile anyway.

To keep it short: I love both Audrey and Thomas and I can’t wait to read more about them. They both are very realistic characters, able to be brave and scared. They make such an adorable couple and they surely belong to my favourite characters of all time as well as to my otp’s. I’ll read everything that is about them. And if you’d ask me if I could choose a favourite between them I would say no because they are both unique and wonderful characters. However, I can’t deny that Thomas is already on my book boyfriend list. Shhh. Don’t tell the fangirls anything.

“Diamonds were everything I hoped to be; beautiful, yet containing unimaginable strength.”

The writing style. I am absolutely in love with Kerri Maniscalco’s writing style. It makes you read the book even faster and you can’t stop (but that’s maybe because the ends of the chapters are always very thrilling and you get into that ‘one more chapter’ situation). I enjoyed reading conversations between the characters and I loved the way they spoke as we are talking about an other time era where the language used to be a bit different but totally amusing and entertaining!

“Fear is a hungry beast. The more you feed it, the more it grows.”

This series is what I was looking for all the time but which I could never find. It is interesting, funny, thrilling and fast-paced. It includes exactly the genres I enjoy reading the most which are Ya, Historical Fiction, Mystery and Romance. I want more books like Kerri Maniscalco’s. That being said, I can’t wait to get my shaky hands on the third book of the Series (Escaping from Houdini). How am I supposed to wait until Fall to know how this story is going to continue?  I am happy to say that I have finally found a new all time favourite series! 5/5 STARS and a more than satisfied reader. 🤹‍♀️🔮🖤🎩🛳️

 

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A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge 🐻

35659955A Skinful of Shadows is a young-adult, fantasy novel I found out about right after its release in September. Before reading I didn’t know that this standalone is also a historical fiction book but yes, it is set in the 17th century in England, during the Civil War of 1642-1649. I am a big fan of historical fiction books, especially in this combination of ya and fantasy, so I was very excited to read this one. I have never read anything by Frances Hardinge before but I had heard many great things about the author’s other books like ‘The Lie Tree’ or the ‘Cuckoo Song’.

Sypnosis:

We follow the story of a 12-year old girl named Makepeace who is able to ‘see’ ghosts in her nightmares. The ghosts in this book intend to possess her body which Makepeace tries to defend desperately and exactly this is what happens; There is a spirit living inside of her. After an incident she has to move to the property of her deceased father’s  family. As the story continues the girl finds out that her father’s family keeps a secret almost nobody knows about and a secret nobody should know, influencing the events in London. Our main character plans her escape and has to decide something that will change her life completely.


“Before her escort could react, she sprinted from their little pool of lantern-light into the darkness, her feet pounding the soft, treacherous clods of the field. The guards called after her for a while, but did not pursue. In a lost city, how could they chase down every lost soul who became a little more lost?”

I want to start this review with praising Frances Hardinge’s writing style. The author has an amazing way of describing places, people and emotions. I can barely remember any other book I have read that had such a magical, lulling and mysterious style of writing. In contrast to Frances Hardinge’s beautiful way of writing the story of this book can be creepy, dark and incomprehensible but that’s exactly what you should feel while reading this book. I have annotated a lot of quotes in this book because I think of them as being very meaningful and important for the story and character development.

Speaking about that, I really liked the characters in this book. Makepeace, our 12-year old female main character has a really strong personality and although all the things that happen in this book should frighten her it does not. Well, maybe it does, but she is at least brave enough to deal with it and that at a young age. She is caring, helpful and kind which is a very big contrast to the fact that she lives in a time where brutal things happen and people are only caring for their own. Characters I was also excited to know more about where James, Sir Thomas and the Doctor. But as any good story we also have a fantastic villain in this book; but it is better if you go into the story without knowing anything about The Fellmottes.

“Lord Fellmotte was not a man. He was an ancient committee.  A parliament of deathly rooks in a dying tree.”

‘The gift’ plays a big role in the story line. It  is basically the ability to be possessed by a spirit. Makepeace has that ability or ‘curse’, how others call it and we follow her as she learns to deal with it, how she defends herself against lonely spirits and how she manages to reveal the dark family secret of the Fellmotte’s.

“It was as if History were walking at his heels like a vast, invisible hound.  It followed him, but he did not command it. Perhaps he would tame it. Or perhaps it would eat him.”

The world of this story was great and if you are a history-fan you are going to love this setting of 17th century London, Oxford and actually whole England. I learned a lot of things about the Civil War and the story made me even look things up!

Aside of all these amazing elements from this book, there was one thing I did disliked. This book was too long. A lot of things happened during these 415 pages and I am sure that the story could have been a bit less long. What kept me reading was this amazing writing style and the fact that I really wanted to know how this will end. Makepeace traveled a lot and was able to achieve those impossible things.

This book is about loyalty and friendship and the bond between siblings. It is about accepting the past but moving forward with new hopes and dreams.

To sum up, I really enjoyed ‘A Skinful of Shadows’ and Frances Hardinge’s writing. I will probably read more of her books soon. This book is a perfect fall read but I believe that it is not a book everybody would feel comfortable with, as it can be really dark and emotional. But if you do like this setting then don’t hesitate to read it! It is such a pity that this is such an underrated book, meaning that more people should read it. 4 sparkling stars/5 🍂🌿


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My most anticipated books of 2018!🎆😊

Hi everyone! It’s the end of November already which means that another great bookish year is about to end. Today I would like to share with you guys my top 5 most anticipated releases of 2018. I am already so excited for next year and all the amazing books coming out. All the books listed in this post and some more are featured in my GoodReads ‘anticipated-releases’ shelf. So, let’s get started!


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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert is a ya fantasy book which is going to come out in January next year.

This is the GooReads sypnosis of the book;

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong. 

I have seen a lot of people having ARC’s of this book, saying that it would be a great fall-read. It sounds like a creepy Alice in Wonderland retelling to me and I am so excited for this book since I already pre-ordered it. 🍁 That cover is one of the most gorgeous ones I have ever seen.


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Legendary is going to be the sequel of Stephanie Garber’s first novel Caraval and follows the journey of Tella, Scarlett’s younger sister. Release date is going to be in May. After that ending of Caraval I just have to know how this story is going to be continued. To be honest i am not a big fan of Tella but I am looking forward to maybe get to know Legend, the master of Caraval, a bit better.🃏

I gave Caraval 4/5 stars. It was such a fast read. I finished this book in only a few sittings. It was so gripping and it became one of my all-time-favourite books. Also, Stephanie Garber is such a kind and courteous author. I also have a spoiler-free review of Caraval on my blog. Click here to check it out.

I am going to re-read Caraval in May (to help my memory a bit) next year so I can read Legendary right after that.


war-stormWar Storm is the fourth book in Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series and is coming out in May as well. The book is following the events after the third book King’s Cage. ⚡️

In the epic conclusion to Victoria Aveyard’s stunning series, Mare must embrace her fate and summon all her power… for all will be tested, but not all will survive.

Yep, I am afraid.  I really enjoyed Red Queen and Glass Sword but King’s Cage was so huge and … kind of annoying to me. I was busy with that book for a very long time so yeah, I have high hopes in this one. I am wondering how the characters will develop, especially Maven. I really don’t know how this is going to end for all the 3 main characters, Mare, Cal and Maven. I mean, how is Victoria Aveyard going to end that weird love triangle…? I guess we’ll find out in May 2018.


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Everless is coming out on January 2nd and although I don’t even own this book yet I am pretty sure that I am gonna love it.

Here’s why: We follow our main character Jules who lives in a world where time is currency. Time as a currency, extracted from your blood. Isn’t that a great idea for book?! When Jules dicovers that her father is dying she does anything to buy him some time. In order to do so she has to go back to Everless, a place where her father and herself have been servants before. And there… a lot of things seem to happen; Love Triangle? Secrets? Villains?

I am looking forward to find out! By the way, this cover is one of the best I’ve ever seen.   ⏳


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Circe is going to come out in April and is written by the same author as ‘The Song of Achilles’. I have not read that book by Madeline Miller yet but I know that it is very, very hyped.

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

From what I understood this book is going to be retelling all about Greek Mythology. I am so excited for this one because I have not read a book based on Mythology in a while.


And that’s it. These are my most anticipated books of 2018. You can see my others when going on my GoodReads account and visiting my ‘anticipated-releases’ book shelf. Are some of these books also on your tbr list? Feel free to let me know! 💫

 

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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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Links to the books on GoodReads: The Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal, The Beauty of Darkness 


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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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Links to the book on Goodreads: The Hate U Give 


 

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