Book review: ”A Court of Wings and Ruin”

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Book title: ”A Court of Wings and Ruin” (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publication year: 2017

Number of pages: 707

Format: ebook

Amount of stars I gave on Goodreads: 5☆

Blurb:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

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.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

Review:

Absolutely speechless. I waited a few days to write this and still I don’t think I have words to explain how amazing this book was.

“It is a new world, and we must decide how we are to end this old one and begin it anew.”   

Sarah J. Maas has done it again with the great characters and a gripping plot. I will try to keep this short and keep all the spoilers to myself.

This book made ma laugh, cry and smile and it made my heart stop and it made me angry. In the end the book ended on such a beautiful note and I couldn’t have been happier.

“It’s a rare person to face who they are and not run from it – not be broken by it.”

Feyre and Rhysand were a total power couple. The one thing I loved the most was the way Feyre took a stand for herself and sassed everyone. It was beautiful. Rhysand was a sweet murderous High Lord as always and of course the Inner Circle was absolutely wonderful.

“I see all of you, Rhys. And there is not one part that i do not love with everything I am.”   

This time Feyre’s sisters were also in the Circle and Lucien as well. They were all really great, well-rounded characters and I think Nesta is now my favourite out of all the characters. I just liked her so much.

“And death at Nesta’s hands … I wondered if they’d have to invent a new word for killing when she was done with Graysen.”

The plot was fast-paced and the twists just never ended. I loved the battle scenes and how well written they were. They were not too long or too descriptive which is something I don’t like about battle scenes, so these were really good. The scheming and plans were really exciting, the characters that came to aid…everything was perfect.

“My goal was bigger than revenge. My purpose greater than personal retribution.”   

Also, I  really enjoyed that we got to see the other High Lords in this book and get to know them a little bit as well, since in the first two they weren’t really around that much.

As I understand there will be more stories set in Prythian and I cannot wait to read them. These books have definitely slithered into my heart and will stay there until the end of time.

If you haven’t read this yet, you have a lot to look forward to!!!! An amazing novel and conclusion ❤

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Book review: ”Hole in the Middle”

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Book title: ”Hole in the Middle”

Author: Kendra Fortmeyer

Publication year: 2017 (July 6th 2017)

Number of pages: 368

Format: paperback, sent for review, proof copy

Amount of stars I gave on Goodreads: 4☆

Blurb:

How do you know who you are when part of you is missing?

Morgan, a Raleigh teen who’s spent her life concealing the eerie hole in her torso, confronts a world obsessed with body image, internet celebrity, and unlikely love stories.

Review:

This book was sent to me by Hachette UK. This is the very first proof copy of a book I have read and I was really excited to read something a few months before it is supposed to come out.

”Hole in the Middle” is a YA novel about a 17-year-old girl who has a hole in her body. Anyone could literally put a fist through her body…not that she would let that happen of course. Then one day she is told there is a way to help her, as well as a teenage boy. It was quite an original and quirky book.

I liked this book for the sassy characters and the fact that they very well depicted what friendships are like, including all the ups and downs. Morgan as a main character at times seemed annoying but did make up for it. Caro was such an amazing girl, she was very positive towards life and towards her and everyone else’s bodies. She was there for Morgan and Morgan was there for her.

This book, of course, has romance in it and I didn’t mind it at all. It was sweet. One thing that bothered me about the novel was the timeline. It was so confusing because it moved between two days and then suddenly weeks had passed and I sort of felt like maybe I was missing something.

Morgan had a very strange relationship with her mother and it seemed to me like it wasn’t really solved and I would have liked for that to have happened. There were also a few strange mistakes within the story regarding some details, but it could be my mistake for maybe not noticing some things.

It was fun and I do think readers have a lot to look forward to in July.

Check the book out on Goodreads here.

Book review: ”Passenger”

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Book title: ”Passenger” (Passenger #1)

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Publication year: 2016

Number of pages: 496

Format: paperback

Amount of stars I gave on Goodreads: 2☆

Blurb:

In one devastating night, Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has travelled not just miles but years from home.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods – a powerful family in the Colonies – and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, his passenger, can find.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveller who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to their target, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home forever.

Review:

The first book in a duology and a book with a promising premise. It was disappointing.

I had such high hopes for this book and sadly have to say that I was underwhelmed.

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The aspect of time travel seemed so great and since I haven’t really read any books that have time travel in them, I was intrigued. The book has great reviews on Goodreads, but there were a few that aren’t that happy about the book. Here I am now, one of those who has to say the book fell short of what it promised to be.

“It’s our choices that matter in the end. Not wishes, not words, not promises.”

First of all there was so much left unanswered or things that weren’t described and were left vague. I had so many questions at the end of the book. Also I hoped it would be a lot more action-packed and more circled around the time periods that were used in the book. I would have liked to see the history a bit more. As for the action it was all very soft and mild. The whole business with the one family trying to get control and conflicts between all the characters could have been so exciting.

The main character, Etta, was sassy and that is something I always respect. Other than that she wasn’t really that memorable. I did like that she walked into danger without overanalyzing everything.

“Good ideas had in the dark were generally best left there.”   

The book was told from two perspectives, one was Etta’s and the second Nicholas’. His one was rather boring. He wasn’t a well-rounded character and he wasn’t in my opinion very 18th century…which is where he was from. The romance between her and Etta was nonexistent in my opinion, no chemistry whatsoever and it was just too far-fetched. I think, they were good buds, definitely not more. There just wasn’t any real reason for them to be so head over heels in love with each other.

Things got interesting in the end when Etta’s mother appeared and teamed up with Nicholas. I am going to read the second book, mainly because I bought it with ”Passenger” and don’t want to let the money go to waste. But I also know that people liked ”Wayfarer” better. And I would like to see where everything and everyone ends up.

“There are rules, but rules may be rewritten if only one hand holds the ink.”   

I do hope the conclusion is better with the detailing and building of the world. The time travel aspect in this book was great, don’t get me wrong. A lot of things were well thought out and explained, but it did feel incomplete in a way.

Check the book out on Goodreads here.

Book review: ”Crooked Kingdom”

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Book title: ”Crooked Kingdom” (Six of Crows #2)

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publication year: 2016

Number of pages: 536

Format: paperback

Amount of stars I gave on Goodreads: 5☆

Blurb:

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn – and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.

As gripping, sweeping and memorable as the Grisha trilogy – SHADOW AND BONE, SIEGE AND STORM and RUIN AND RISING – this novel is perfect for fans of Laini Taylor, Kristin Cashore and GAME OF THRONES.

Review:

This book gave me a serious hangover. I just don’t think any book could be as good as this one…at least not right now. One thing that is certain is that I loved this book a lot more than the first one.

“Fear is a phoenix. You can watch it burn a thousand times and still it will return.”   

The plot just like in  ”Six of Crows” was absolutely amazing. It was intricate, interesting, fast-paced and it was really hard to put it down. I was again amazed by the logic behind all the plans and schemes, just when I thought I was catching onto something, it all changed.

Wylan and Jesper are probably one of my main OTPs and I freaked out when they finally had their moment. They are just too precious. Matthias and Nina were the same bickering couple and it was just really cute. The duology actually, I guess,  has three OTPs, even though the one that is Kaz and Inej wasn’t exactly the best…I feel like Inej deserved better. But I did like Kaz, he is a total anti-hero.

“I don’t hold a grudge. I cradle it. I coddle it. I feed it fine cuts of meat and send it to the best schools. I nurture my grudges, Rollins.”   

This book made me cry, which just shows how much I love the characters and the story. I don’t want to say too much, because maybe someone hasn’t read this, but just know that one character died and it broke me. I cried for like a solid half hour.

“I don’t like this.”
“To be fair, Matthias, you don’t like much.”   

It is so hard to review books that I love, because I never have the words to put my feelings out there for everyone to read. Leigh Bardugo has created the best world full of magic and political intrigue and deceit. I have to get around to reading the Grisha trilogy, which came before the ”Six of Crows”.

“Suffering is like anything else. Live with it long enough, you learn to like the taste.”   

I seriously have no idea what else to say. A cunning story that will make every reader hold their breath, waiting for the next twists and turns. Highly recommend reading this ❤

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Book review: ”Hot Toddy”

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Book title: ”Hot Toddy”

Author: T. C. Collins

Publication year: 2016

Number of pages: 330

Format: paperback

Amount of stars I gave on Goodreads: 2☆

Blurb:

Everyone is talking about Hot Toddy. Who is LJ? Does she even know? Growing up in the heartland of America, LJ didn’t learn what the world was really like outside the boundaries of her family farm until she left for college in Southern California. She immediately falls head over heels in love with a hot surfer and his sun-and-surf laid-back lifestyle. She picks up modeling and acting gigs to pay down her student loans.

After a few unbearable twists of fate, LJ abandons her Midwestern values for the temptations of Hollywood—and that’s only the beginning. Caught in the pressure of balancing a lie and reality, and with her seemingly new best friend, Sidney, becoming more viperous at every turn, LJ can no longer escape the fall down the rabbit hole into a dark world of money and power, where sex sells and everything is for sale.

Hot Toddy is for every young woman who’s ever let her foolishness consume her. Part naughty thrill ride, and part serious take on coming of age in a time when wealth and celebrity seem to be the only things that matter, Hot Toddy promises to be this year’s best read, with big belly laughs, engaging women characters, and an unexpected finale that will leave you wanting more.

Review:

I received a copy of the book from the author and this is my honest review. I am very thankful that I got the opportunity to read this book and review it. There were a few things that took down the rating.

The writing seemed a bit rushed, most of the dialogue seemed forced. And speaking of the dialogue, the author used a lot of slang and tried to make the text as ”fresh”, I guess, as possible. It definitely had a lot of the language that has formed thanks to the Internet.

Furthermore the main character made a lot of ill-advised decisions and gave all her actions the most childish excuses. She was also a character with very bad luck apparently. But she did in the end turn her life around and end up in a better place.

The novel did build up a nice picture of someone who doesn’t know how to let go of toxic people. LJ just kept going back and fell into the wrong crowd one too many times. Made some decisions just because everyone else was making them and wanted to believe that everything that was good for others, was good for her.

It was fast and did entertain me. This book is definitely one that is great for a certain audience but I am not a part of it. I do not often find myself liking New Adult fiction though, so it could mainly be because of that.

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Book review: “Caraval”

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Book title: ”Caraval”

Author: Stephanie Garber

Publication year: 2017

Number of pages: 407

Format: paperback

Amount of stars I gave on Goodreads: 4,25☆

Blurb:

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Review:

I was sent a copy of ”Caraval” by Hachette UK. And this review consists of my honest thoughts on the book.

First off this book was actually a lot better than I thought it would be. It was one of my most anticipated 2017 releases and it was really hyped, so I kind of lowered my expectations for this one. It managed to really impress me and left me needing the second book because the ending was such a great cliffhanger, if you can call it that.

“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find yourself magic in this world.” 

Scarlett as a main character was actually annoying. I felt like she whined too much and spent too much time analyzing everything. She did start to make more daring decisions in the end, but it was still rather late in the book. I think her love for her sister Donatella was really warming and well written.

Julian was a great character as well. I really liked how I could never be too sure of his motives while reading. The book itself actually doesn’t have that much of a character development happening in it, but it didn’t really bother me about this book.

The book was also not really fancy with the world-building. It was quite casual, let’s say, but I liked it still. I was really impressed with the book overall. It was not too hard to read and I guess I am so used to reading fantasy books that are really heavy on details, characters and everything that it was really liberating to read a book like ”Caraval”.

“Briefly, Scarlett let herself imagine what it would be like to go to Legend’s private isle, to play the game and win the wish. Freedom. Choices. Wonder. Magic.”

I am really excited to see what happens in the second book and figure out more about the game master Legend. From what I gathered while reading ”Caraval” , he is not the nicest fellow and I love a good villain with no redeeming qualities. And in light of that I seriously hope that Legend will not be made into a character who is actually good deep down and falls in love with Donatella.

“Some would probably call him a villain. Others would say his magic makes him closer to a god.”   

Caraval itself is said to be a game, but to be honest there was really nothing game-like about it. It seemed more of like an alternate reality where people just had to find someone. From the way it was written it seemed as if Scarlett and Julian were the only ones searching. I wish there would have been more competition and conflicts with the other players.

The romance in this book was fortunately not instant, but I still feel like it was a little bit too fast. Maybe it would have been better to drag it out a little and make things more serious in the second book.

“She imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out.”   

It was a really good book, it lacked a few things, but I did like it and cannot wait to read the sequel.

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Book review: “Raudrästiku aeg”

Book title: ”Raudrästiku aeg”

Author: Indrek Hargla

Publication year: 2016

Number of pages: 352

Format: paperback

Amount of stars I gave on Goodreads: 4☆

Blurb:

Menukate apteeker Melchiori lugude autori Indrek Hargla uue kriminaalromaani tegevus toimub alternatiivajaloolises muinasaja Eestis. Selle riigi nimi on Kuningavald ning muistses Viljandis, mida siis Veelindeks kutsuti, valitseb noor kuningas Uljas. Romaani peategelaseks on kuninga nõunik Koiola Aotõiv, kelle terav vaist ja nutikus aitavad tal lahendada mitu mõrvamõistatust. Aotõivi retked viivad teda ka Saaremaale Kaali linnusesse, kuhu on saabunud saladuslik rändur Kreekast, ning tänapäeva Tallinna asukohta, kus paiknevad muistse Rävala pealinn Iru ja sellega rivaalitsev Härjapää
linnus. See on tuhande aasta tagune aeg, mil kaugel Põhjalas usutakse olevat jumalate koda ja laevamehed käivad mööda jõgesid kauplemas lõunamaaturgudel; aeg, mil idast ja läänest ründavad Kuningavalda raevukad viikingid ning Euroopast saabuvad ristiusumisjonärid, kuulutades patuhimu hukatuslikkust ja lunastust läbi Jeesusjumala. Panused on kõrged ja intriigid surmavad. See on raudrästiku aeg.

Review:

The fact that I liked this book a lot is surprising because I didn’t really like the Apteeker Melchior (Apothecary Melchior) book we had to read for school (it was of course written by him as well).

While Apteeker Melchior seemed to drag on for a long time, this book was really well-paced and enjoyable. The amount of research Indrek Hargla puts into his books is amazing and I felt drawn to all the details.

It is an alternative historical novel that consists of four stories and all of them have their own mysteries. They are about murder and deceit. There is a lot of talk about religion and old traditions and I liked how the made up was mixed with what has been said to have been.

This book takes place a long long long way back in Estonia and one thing that I really loved about this book- more than anything- were the names of the characters. They were so funny! I couldn’t stop laughing at a lot of them.

I felt like Aotõiv was the male version of Miss Marple, solving crimes and sticking his nose everywhere. It made the reading even more entertaining. All of the characters were very interestingly written and original. I liked the fact that I got to think along with Aotõiv and try to solve the mysteries by myself as well.

This book also gave off a lot of Game of Thrones vibes. It is a really explicit book and I don’t think it would be a good idea to read it if one is faint-hearted. I, on the other hand am a really morbid person and absolutely loved everything. Especially the part where Death was portrayed as an old woman!

I truly wish this would be translated into English because I really do recommend this book. I think it shows the really strong and wonderful side of Estonian literature that appeals to a lot of people. It was a really enjoyable book and I have already told a lot of my friends about this.

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