Book Review – The Darkest Minds Series by Alexandra Bracken

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‘When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.’ (Goodreads) (488 pages, 18th December 2012, Disney Hyperion)

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With the movie currently filming and on it’s way, I thought it was time to put out my review out there of the entire series by Alexandra Bracken. I love her writing style and the way she develops her stories and the twists and turns she puts in it. Following her on Instagram as well, she is really down to earth and so unlike any of her characters. She’s just such an interesting person and I’m so glad I got to read her books. And for me it all started with this series.

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The entire concept of this series appealed to me. I read these books for the first time when they just came out. I was in such a Dystopian period, that I devoured the first book in almost one sitting. I even had to wait until the third book came out before continuing, because I couldn’t wait another year between books. My mind was blown. And I needed to binge-read them. 

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We meet Ruby when she wakes up in this camp, trying to live with these crazy powers that she can’t control at all. Yes, I know, this seems really familiar, but her voice is new. She keeps hiding her real powers, because she is one of the dangerous ones and if she comes out with her powers, she might be locked up for good and she will have none of that.

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You could imagine that by hiding she’s not an interesting character to follow at all, but she is actually so strong. With a few flashbacks we get to know how she got there and how she turned out to be how she is now and why she makes these decisions. It’s quite a marvel to see how she can hide her powers from everybody. She off course tries to get out and from here I won’t continue, because you definitely need to pick this book up.

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The entire book we follow her and a few other characters trying to survive this hard, cruel world. Everyone is so unique and has a distinct voice. The more interesting characters to me were Liam, who has a weak spot for Ruby despite her attempts to keep him far away from her; Cole, that we only meet in book 2 or 3 (?, I’m not sure anymore); and Clancy, who is crazy as hell but so entertaining to read about. These are, yes, the characters Ruby is closest to, but also the more interesting one because they are what drives her and her actions.

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Needless to say that this series is full of twists and turns and most of the time you just don’t know where Alexandra will take you next. I just couldn’t put these books down and I marathoned the last two books one after the other. It’s really unique and even though sometimes you kind of feel what directions she’s heading to, but the way she writes just sucks you back into the story and never lets go.

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If you can definitely read the three books one after the other. By waiting until all the books were out, I forgot a tiny bit of the details after reading book one. This is a bingeread-worthy series and if you can top it down with the novellas, it is even better. But these are not really necessary in my opinion.

3.5-4 / 5 stars.

xoxo

BBL.

 

5 Fantasy Books I haven’t read… Yet (#1)

Fantasy is one of my favourite genres out there. Books, movies, games, graphic novels… everything set in a different world, filled with magic and special creatures and I’m totally sold. And the bigger the book, the better I find it. I can easily lose myself in such stories and it gives me an extra opportunity to escape the everyday world and feel like I’m part of a bigger world.

But there are a lot of great Fantasy books out there and not enough time in the world for me to read them all. This is a short list of 5 books or series I still want to read. These are books or series that are loved by some Booktubers I follow or that usually end up really high on lists like ‘the best fantasy books’. As I was doing research to find my 5 books, I saw that I came up with a lot more than just 5. So this post is the first in this series and the first specifically on the Fantasy genre. 

Let’s get to it

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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This is a classic I still haven’t read. It’s been on my TBR-list for ages, but I just haven’t been in the mood to pick it up. I did watch the movies and I do think that by having a small idea of the storyline and how it turns out, it stops me of picking up this book and seeing what it is all about.

The Chronicles of Narnia is a series loved by many and usually read at a younger age. This wasn’t really well known when I was little. I grew up with Harry Potter and at that time, everything was about Harry. But now I do feel it’s the time to start picking up this book. It’s not a really big mis in my life, but it being a classic and already being turned in a few movies, it’s time to pick it up.

Discworld by Terry Pratchett

5Fantasy_02This is a series that has been recommended to me for ages by one of my best friends. And it does sparkle some interest in me and this a series that is on all the ‘best fantasy’-lists out there, but what stops me here is the length of the series. As of today there are 41 novels, a lot of short stories, science books, documentaries, graphic novels and so many more. This is huge.

And this blocks me. Whenever I see these books, I feel overwhelmed and I don’t think I will ever be able to finish it or that I won’t ever be able to understand it fully and I don’t even know where I have to start reading it. This is a huge block on the road for me and one that I maybe, one day, will be able to overcome, as I do want to read at least one to see what it’s all about. Because, if I must be honest, I never read a book by Terry Pratchett.

The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss

5Fantasy_03These were recommended to me by a friend and I saw these a lot on Perusetopia’s Youtube channel and they are definitely on the top of my TBR-list. What I like about these is that the series isn’t that big yet. I can easily pick it up and read the two books, before the third one comes out. And as all the other series (yes, I’m talking about George R.R. Martin), there are always years between the books being published.

The combination of an epic fantasy tale with a coming of age story is really interesting. And I have read that Patrick Rothfuss is one to read. He spins stories as masterfully and has been named with other great names in the same sentence (think of Martin, Tolkien…). This shows that this is seriously a great book and that is also the reason why this is one my TBR-list.

The Cosmere Cycle by Brandon Sanderson

5Fantasy_04I have already talked of my love about these books on the blog and that I desperately want to read these. And I have recently (finally) bought the Mistborn trilogy, so this will soon disappear from this list. (I hope.) But it has long been one of those books that I would pass in the store and to which my hands would reach, to then notice that only the second book was lying in the store. With this series I want to binge-read it. Or at least trilogy by trilogy. The way the stories are constructed and intertwined with each other I will have to see in what direction I have to read it.

But not only my friends, but a lot of praise has come from the internet for this series and then especially the unique magic system that lives in this world. It is apparently so unique and really supports the story and makes this such an interesting read. With all of these elements and the gorgeous UK covers, who can not be excited to have these books. I’m ready to devour them.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

5Fantasy_05I recently read and loved The Ocean at the End of the Lane and I felt in love with Neil Gaiman’s writing style. It just so simple and lyrical. When I read he also wrote Fantasy novels and then especially when I read the synopsis of American Gods, I was sold and put it on my TBR-list. Amazon recently made it into a television series which also got rave reviews and this is one I also need to check out, but I first want to read this series.

I think the entire concept of this series is just so interesting and after seeing the trailer for the adaptation, I know this will be a fucked up, but interesting story. Putting this together with Gaiman’s writing style, it can be only perfection and a real treat to read. It’s not High Fantasy, but I thought that putting an ‘Urban’ Fantasy on the list would make it a bit more diverse.

This is a new series I came up with to write down in a short list 5 books or series in a specific genre that I still have to read. It’s a reminder for myself to be sure to read them at one point, but also to open a conversation. With this I want to know from you what you think I should read next and which books or genres are your favourites. Also, which fantasy books are still on your TBR-list and which one haven’t you read, yet. 

So what do you think? Which of these books should I read first? American Gods? Or do I finally start reading the Mistborn trilogy? Let me know in the comments below.

xoxo

BBL.

Book Haul #1 (April – June 2017)

This was a great period for books and I did have some difficulties to hold myself of buying books. These are the new and older releases I acquired in April, May and June.

Death Note Volume III (Black Edition) by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata (illustrator)  

BH_01After devouring Volumes I & II, I just couldn’t wait anymore to buy volume III. Although I haven’t had anytime yet to pick this one up, I’ll be soon coming to it as I can’t wait to see what else happens to Light Yagami and his gang. Volume II left on such a cliffhanger and the web of lies and deceit is getting bigger and bigger. I’m really amazed at how the story keeps evolving and getting bigger and bigger. Definitely one of my favourites mangas out there.

The Final Empire: Mistborn Book One (by Brandon Sanderson)

BH_02I finally bought this book. It’s been on my to read / to buy list for a few years now and I finally got around to buy it. Reading it will be another matter, because of all the other great May-releases I want to read first and this is a series I want to binge-read. That is why I immediately bought the second book in the series.

The Well of Ascension: Mistborn Book Two (by Brandon Sanderson)

BH_03And I have to say, these book are gorgeous. The combination of the white, the grey and the blue streaks on the covers (yes, I bought the UK-versions) make these beautiful additions on my shelves. I can’t wait to see what this story will give us. I did want to by the entire trilogy before starting to read this, as I heard from others that these end on a gigantic cliff hanger.  

A Court of Wings and Ruin (by Sarah J. Maas)

BH_04Finally, the third book is out. I’ve been waiting so long to get my hands on this book. A Court of Mist and Fury was my favourite book of 2016, so it took all my patience to wait until this third book came out. There was a problem with my delivery. Amazon wasn’t able to get this book to me the day it came out. I had to wait for about 3 weeks later to get my hands on it, which honestly is terrible for me, because I couldn’t concentrate on any other book. It was a long wait, but then I had it in my hands. You can already find my review for this book on this blog.

Thanks for the Feedback (by Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen)

BH_05This is a book that I didn’t buy myself, but I got it from work actually. They’re applying a whole new way of giving feedback (360°) and before starting with this, they wanted to give us a workshop about giving and receiving feedback. After a short 2 hours of just listening, we received this book to read and apply, not just in our work lives, but our personal lives as well.

I did feel that this little workshop wasn’t enough, and although I’m not usually a fan of non-fiction books, I do find myself rather looking forward picking this book up. It’s a subject that is important to me and that I think everyone can benefit from. So I hope to be able to get to it soon and maybe I’ll write a review about it.

The Hero of Ages: Mistborn Book Three (by Brandon Sanderson)

BH_06Off course I had to incorporate the third book. As told above, I wanted to have the entire trilogy before starting to read this book. This series is definitely for the summer, when I’m on holiday. I will definitely binge read this series to get all that I can possibly get out of it.

Lord of Shadows (by Cassandra Clare)

BH_07This is my second most anticipated book of this year. I fell in love with Lady Midnight and I’ve been in love with this series since the first book came out. I was afraid that it would become a bit boring and stretched, but Cassandra Clare keeps surprising me. So now I have this book in my hands and I’m currently reading it. (yes, I’m loving it so far).

Which of these books have you already read and with what book should I start? What did you buy these past few months? And which books did I totally forget to buy this month? Which book should be in my haul next time? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

BBL.

Graphic Novel Review – Paper Girls Vol. 1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang & Matthew Wilson

‘In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood. Collects Paper Girls #1-5.’ (GoodReads) (144 & 128 pages, April 5th & November 30th, by Image Comics)

I was so surprised by these graphic novels. I loved them so much. At first, I must be honest, I was a bit confused. It does take a while to get into the stories and to understand where they want to go with it. You are introduced to a lot of different characters in only a few pages, all of whom are important and who will have an impact on the rest of the story.

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You first get a small idea of the group and how they work together, but you’re rapidly thrown into a more sci-fi happening and there they lost me for a second. We got a lot of different creatures, a lot of strange things that were happening all over the place. Even more characters were introduced and I just couldn’t put them in place. I couldn’t see where they were headed with the story.

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That is, until the end of the first volume. At a certain point it just clicked and everything suddenly made sense and I reread the first volume, just to be sure I got all the information I needed for the rest of the story. The second volume just added more to the craziness and the story. And now that I grasped it and knew who was who and where they were headed with the story, I enjoyed it so much. Reading the second volume, I actually remembered I had the same experience reading Saga, Brian K. Vaughan’s other series, and one of my all-time favourites.

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I enjoyed the second volume even more and I like where they are taking the story. In the second volume you get even more information on the world and what is happening. But the bad guys suddenly became the good guys and then back to the bad guys. And at the end you just don’t know who to trust anymore and what you have to think about the whole situation. I was in a ‘WTF’-state for the entire volume. The girls are left in a rather difficult situation at the end and I can’t wait to read where they’re headed next.

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The drawings are beautiful as well. They’re so detailed, but not overwhelming so as not to take away from the story. They just blended so well and added to the texture of the story. I already knew Brian K. Vaughan, but it was the first time I saw the drawings and the art from Matthew Wilson and Cliff Chiang, but I’ll definitely check some of their other works, because I enjoyed this one a lot.

4 out of 5 stars for the first volume and 4.5 out of 5 for the second one. Now onto the third one, which is coming out in August if I’m not mistaken.

Cover Reveal – Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god. Yesterday ended for me so chill and relaxed, until I saw this post on Instagram from Sarah J. Maas:

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And I was suddenly wide awake. I couldn’t wait. I’ve been so eagerly anticipating the release of this book and the release of the cover, for me, is like a balm to ease the pain of the wait. So when I came home from work today and opened my Instagram I saw it. And it is beautiful.

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And I especially like the comments she posted with the picture:

therealsjmaasSo, so, so thrilled to finally reveal the US and UK/ANZ covers for Tower of Dawn!!! 🎉😄🎉😄🎉 A little backstory: in our many brainstorming sessions about this cover, we knew we wanted to capture and continue the look of the ToG covers, while also giving it a sense of being a different installment in the series (aka a book that doesn’t feature Aelin & co.). The result was this cover, which I am absolutely obsessed with, and is chock full of little secrets/hints (some of which I’ll talk about in my upcoming newsletter)! I basically consider Tower of Dawn to be Volume II of ToG5 (so not a direct sequel to EOS, but a parallel novel that takes place during the events of that book), and I am so ridiculously excited for you guys to read it this September!! 💖💖💖 #towerofdawn #chaolwestfall #nesrynfaliq#yrenetowers #throneofglass#empireofstorms #eeeeeeee”

I actually totally agree with her. The cover is beautiful, but so different from the other books. A bit like The Assassin’s Blade before. It still has the look and feel of a Throne of Glass cover, with the colours and the text, but it has his own peculiarities and there are apparently little nods and secrets hidden in the cover.

I can’t wait to read her newsletter to try to find the hints. And especially to read the book and then find it all back. I’m excited. I really am, but it will be strange I think to read a Throne of Glass novel without Aelin and the rest. And just to feast the eyes, the picture in big.

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What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below.

xoxo

BBL.

Book Review – A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

ACOWAR_01‘A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.’ (Goodreads) (699 pages, May 2nd 2017, Bloomsbury Children Books)

This book had honestly a slow start. I just couldn’t connect to Feyre and Tamlin being back together. After finishing A Court of Mist and Fury I was in such a high and I wanted to jump right in the new story. But after a few chapters I just stopped reading for a few days, because it didn’t have the same feel as the previous book. And knowing everything about Tamlin now and knowing and missing Rhysand, it was just hard for me to connect to the story. I missed their conversations, their connection. Don’t even talk to me about Lucien. Her so-called friend that wanted to protect her, but couldn’t. He did warm up to me a little bit, after a few chapters, especially after seeing everything Feyre put him and the others through to destroy their plans. But unfortunately, the damage was done. 

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That was the funnest part of the beginning. Seeing how she manipulated them all, seeing how she now really got into her powers and used them for her plans. But I must say that the first part wasn’t my favourite. I do understand why Sarah J. Maas wanted to start with this part and it does have a lot of repercussions on the following events, but still I didn’t like it that much unfortunately.

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I did find the entire book a tiny, tiny bit disappointing, because I didn’t find the Rhysand I felt in love with. He wasn’t as strong as we’re used from him. Always questioning himself and showing his ‘true’ nature to the other High Lords as well. Luckily, we had some other interesting new characters in this book that brought fun conversations and more spice to the story, Like Hellion and the other High Lords. Even Tamlin and Jurian, two of my least favourite characters did surprise me near the end of the book.

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Another one of my favourite pairings, that went even further in this book, is Cassian and Nesta. The entire book they were hot and cold, coming closer and pushing back. The entire time off course with Mor and Azriel in the back, which also had an impact on their connection. Here we also finally get to see why Mor chose Cassian and not Azriel and why she doesn’t want to go into Azriel’s advances. I’m not entirely convinced with her explanation, but I do get it in one way. But the reason why she doesn’t tell them, is a bit selfish and it breaks my heart for Azriel.

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There are other problems in this book. Sarah J. Maas left a lot of questions unanswered, so I’m glad to know that we’ll get another 3 books in this series. I do wonder from whose standpoint we’ll get to see the continuation of the story. My guess (and hope) is on Nesta. She became the most interesting character to me in this book.

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Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of negative points in this review, but I loved this book nontheless. Once I got throught the first (small) part of this book, I flew through it and devoured it. The action scenes were incredible and I could just picture them in my head. My heart broke over different parts in this story and the end was good. It wasn’t the perfect ending and a bit too romantic and well rounded to my taste. It ended a bit too perfectly for me. But all the stuff that happened in between was a rollercoaster, and even though with the many shortcomings and questions left unanswered, I liked it a lot. A court of Mist and Fury is still my favourite, but this one definitely comes second to my taste.

4,25 out of 5 stars, yes a rather high score despite my review, but it is an addictive read. Sarah J. Maas writes in such a way that I couldn’t and wouldn’t put down the book, and that is for me the most important part of reading a book. I want to be transported in another world and story, and this book did just that for me. 

Book Reread – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

ACOMAF_01‘Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.’ (GoodReads) (626 pages, May 3rd 2016, Bloomsbury USA Children)

This book just blows me away. I read it in such a quick pace, that I never saw the days past. Coming to the end of each chapter I just wanted to continue reading and continue until I dropped. Unfortunately, having a full time job, I have to think about my sleep and I did have to force myself to put the book down and wait until the next day/evening to continue reading it, because it just wasn’t letting me go.

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Storywise and character development-wise (is that even a word ^^) there were some things that can be discussed, but the way Sarah J. Maas crafts her story and writes it all down, is just so addictive, that you basically overlook all the little things that you would normally find irritating. The timeline doesn’t always fit and she always give priority to the characters and their development, not looking at how events would normally unfold in time. But, I appreciate the way she does it or else I wouldn’t devour every book she puts out there. 

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The most important part of this story is the relationship between Feyre and Rhysand, or lack thereof. The entire book they banter and fight, but always with respect and you slowly fall back in love with Feyre, who (thanks to Rhysand) gets strong again and confident. But you also fall in love with Rhysand, because he treats her with respect. The respect she fought so hard for, but never got of Tamlin. Always giving her the choice if she wanted to join him, Cassian, Azriel and Mor in their endeavours and adventures. Never locking her up or making her be the pretty wife. Letting her become the powerful character we fell in love with in the beginning and most importantly letting her become the woman she was always meant to be.

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Rhysand was patient. Pushing her when he needed to, but letting go when he saw he went to far. But the other way around was true as well. She was there for him, when he needed her, letting her in, bit by bit to show why he did what he did, why he became who he is now… And most importantly who he really is. It did come as no surprise when they slowly started to fall in love with each other. Something I wished for so hard and seeing (reading) it unfurl in this story was, I think, the most important reason why I stayed hooked to this story. And the moment the mate bond snapped in place for her was just perfect. The way she reacted was, lets just say, not. 

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But they’re not the only ones. We got to meet a lot of new characters, all really interesting and different from each other. All strong females and males, standing by their high lord, but with their own ideas and personalities. The times they clashed and fought were the more interesting ones to read about. As well as the ones where they all got together and just were a family going out for dinner. But the bound between them was so unique, so strong, that even though they were all different, you could feel the love they had for each other through all the things they went through together.

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I could keep talking about this book, because this is one of my favourites. Each time I read it again and again (yes, I’ve read it 5 times now, and still counting 😉 ), it devours me and spits me out at the end, feeling raw and real. Because it takes your heart, cuddles it, then throws it on the ground and jumps on it. It’s a rollercoaster of emotion, good and bad, of events and plot points that keep you guessing and gasping for days afterwards and just doesn’t let go. Never.

Sidenote: I’m currently reading the third book in this series, and this one, the second one, is still my favourite. My love for this book runs deep, so deep. 

5 out of 5 stars. I would definitely recommend this entire series, and especially this book.

xoxo

BBL.

Book Reread – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah. J. Maas

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A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beastwith faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!’ (Goodreads) (416 pages, May 5th 2015, Bloomsbury’s Children)

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I reread the first two books because of the next installment that will come out really soon. I just wanted to get back into the stories and return to this beautiful world before diving into the new book.

This book tore my heart out, again and again.

This review may contain some small spoilers.

This is the first time I reread this book. Last time, when A Court of Mist and Fury came out, I just couldn’t wait and immediately jumped into it. And I remember that the first time I read A Court of Thorns and Roses I loved it, truly loved it. I devoured it in a few days. But my thoughts changed while reading A Court of Mist and Fury. I remember thinking that this second book was so much better than the first one. A Court of Thorns and Roses felt flat and uneventful (except the end off course) and the entire relationship between Tamlin and Feyre felt strange and wrong and it didn’t compare to how I felt reading the second book.

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Now rereading this book I got so much more out of it. Knowing what will happen in the rest of the book and the second one, just made me notice so many details that I’m sure I didn’t understand or just skipped reading while I read it for the first time. It made my enjoyment reading this book again so much better. Picking up things that are important for future events and just knowing what will happen with them and where the story will go. That made some things that happen in this book easier for me to connect to, because I know that this will all have an impact on Feyre or change drastically in the second book.

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I still have the feeling that the second book is way better (I am currently rereading A Court of Mist and Fury), but my love for the first book came back strong. We see Feyre grow and evolve from a huntress with a closed, icy heart to a woman who dares to open her heart. You can see her strength in all her decisions and even when sometimes she settles in her role as the stupid human just there to enjoy her time and not thinking and seeing further than her own eyes, you feel the person she can become.

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But this book does take it time to get to the point and to the more interesting parts. The first ¾ of the book we see Tamlin and Feyre grow towards each other and getting to know each other and the most interesting parts here are the steaming little scenes here and there. The last part of the story is where we see Feyre break over and over again and where we get our first taste of Rhysand, the love of my life. Ok, I know, unfortunately he’s only a character from a book. From the first moment we get a taste of him in Tamlin’s manor, until the way he saves Feyre, he’s in my personal opinion the most interesting character in this entire book. I especially enjoyed their ‘discussions’ at the end of the story.

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Just read it. It’s not the most beautifully written book, but it’s Sarah J. Maas. It’s familiar, it’s moving, it grabs you and takes you through all the emotions and makes you forget everything around you. And that’s the most important part off course when reading a book. So I immediately picked up the second book and am now devouring this as well. All this to prepare myself for the third one, A Court of Wings and Ruin.

4,5 out of 5 stars… Definitely rereading this book, this entire series again some time.

xoxo

BBL.

Book Review – The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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by Morgan Matson

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?’ (Goodreads) (519 pages, May 3rd 2016, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

I read this book in a few days while I was waiting for my copy of A Court of Wings and Ruin to come in the mail. And though I did enjoy it, my mind was already with my next read.

The beginning was a bit hard for me to get into. I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy lately, so switching back to contemporary reads was a bit difficult. But once I got into the flow and into the story, I actually rather enjoyed it.

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We see Andie’s life going all crazy after her dad gets into this huge scandal. She’s not used to having him around the house. The struggle to find their relationship back was so fun to read about. And I do think that this was the most interesting storyline of the entire book for me. Just seeing how they both cope with this new situation, how they both find their way back to each other and decide to change it all up.

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And when Clark steps into the story, the cuteness rises even more. Andie is not used to having relationships more than two-three weeks(?), I forgot the exact number. But here she gives it a shot. With all the difficulties that come with it off course. Because the summer is just that, perfect for a summer fling, not thinking about the end and what will happen after. A cute relationship in a cute novel. Perfect for a summer day reading.

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What I also liked a lot in this book were the friendships. Andie has a gang of friends and they are inseparable. I especially liked the text-messages they sent to each other and that were incorporated in the book, with emoticons and all.

Overall I would say this is a perfect, light summer contemporary read for a very sunny day. 

3,5 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed it, but it did go a bit slow sometimes to me. I don’t know if it’s because I hadn’t read a contemporary read in awhile, or because of this book.

xoxo

BBL.

Cover Reveal – Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer keeps on coming out with amazing new books and after her graphic novel set in the world of the Lunar Chronicles, we now get an entire new world with superheroes and villains. So exciting! 

There’s even a short interview with Marissa Meyer on the LA Times, so definitely check that out to see her thoughts on this new book and what else she has in store for us. But first lets enjoy this beautiful cover.

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by Marissa Meyer

It really give me a Blade Runner and The Incredibles vibe. A futuristic world, divided, centered around technology and the city. The duality between the characters and the way the cover is divided in two, makes this cover really interesting and already gives us, next to the storyline off course, an idea of what the book will be about. The colours, the details of the drawing of the city gives us an idea of how important the setting will be as well. It gives me a feeling of those classic sci-fi cop movies. 

I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. Marissa Meyer is great at sketching a modern, sci-fi world (just read the Lunar Chronicles) and I can’t wait to see what she’ll do with superheroes and villains involved. Romeo & Juliet with superheroes. This can’t be anything but great.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. Will you be picking up this book?

xoxo

BBL.