ARC Review: Furyborn (Empirium #1), by Claire Legrand

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Furyborn reads like a classic fantasy story, with elemental magic as many fantasy books go. If you read lots of fantasy, you’ll see many common elements with other books. BUT. This one is so, so good!

Furyborn follows the story of two girls centuries apart. Rielle has the ability to control all seven elements and must go through trials to determine if she is the prophesized Sun Queen who will bring light to the Kingdom, or the Blood Queen, who will bring destruction. Eliana is a bounty hunter with a secret – her body heals itself almost instantly and her bones are stronger than a human’s. She works for the Empire, but the kidnapping of her mother forces her to join the rebels in the hope of rescuing her. Continue reading

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The Sunday Snuggle W22/2018 #TheSundaySnuggle

Hello readers!

So, May in Germany is basically a month where you don’t really go to work a lot. This week we had Thursday and Friday off at my workplace, and of course I took the time to read a little! I have 23 books from Netgalley and 15 from Edelweiss… plus the books I bought myself, that is, which I have lost count of. So I definitely needed the extra time to attempt to catch up.

I am still on a book ban, which failed this week. But those books look amazing, so no regrets:

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I read the Bernard Cornwell’s Winter King trilogy back when I was a teen and I loved it, but his books tend to be too similar to each other, so I haven’t quite read anything since. But this one is about William Shakespeare’s brother and sounds so cool and intriguing! Also, I love the title, Fools and Mortals.

Neverworld Wake is from the author of Night Film, so it was an auto-buy for me.

The Anne Frank book is the illustrated version, so I risked getting the German edition. I need to practice German anyway, plus it would be truer to the original.

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I was disappointed they didn’t have Exile (from The Extinction Trials), but my bookstore is very limited in its English books, so it wasn’t a surprise… BUT THEN. The next day it was there!

I also received this book for reviewing, and I am so excited to read it:

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Also, Riveted has a bunch of really cool books for free this month!! I’ll read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe! If there’s time I might read The Unexpected Everything… thoughts?

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AND LASTLY, BUT NOT LEAST…

Victoria @ Wanderer’s Pen has a “So Your Character Is…” series which aims to break stereotypes, and she invited Thai @ Read Breathe Repeat and me to write about Brazil!! The post turned out awesome and I’d love it if you guys read it! There are also many other posts from her series posted which are such a great read!

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Underrated YA Books Recommendations #1

Hello book lovers!

Today I am giving you guys a few recommendations on YA books I have read and really enjoyed, but I don’t see people talking about much! Some of these don’t even get to 1000 ratings on Goodreads (!!!), although they are so, so good. I love discovering hidden gems, so please leave in the comments recommendations of books (doesn’t have to be YA) that are underrated and you love.

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Airman by Eoin Colfer

Oh, this book is so awesome! I read it when I was a teen, and it quickly became my favorite book. It was so different from other YA and children’s books I had read, with a touch of steampunk that I now realize was what attracted it to me so much. It’s set in 1890, and Conor is a boy who loves the science of flight. One day, when he discovers a plot to murder the king, he is branded as the actual traitor and sent to the mines as punishment. His only way out of the mines is to find a way to fly and set things right… Continue reading

Review: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton

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Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Mystery

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So, it seems that this book is titled “The 7 1/2 Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle” in the US, and that was the version I had requested on Netgalley and got approved for. Then, because somehow I had convinced myself that 7 1/2 was a sequel, I bought The Seven Deaths myself as soon as it came out in my bookstore. By the time I realized my mistake, I had no regrets – the book is incredible and I’m glad I own a finished copy! Continue reading

The Sunday Snuggle W21/2018 #TheSundaySnuggle

Hello readers!

I’m in yet another book ban! (yes, I know they hardly ever work) I’m still planning on how long this one will be and whether I’ll include audiobooks as well. The ones I’ve gotten this time were with monthly credits, so it doesn’t count, but I go through them quite fast and read easily 4 per month… how will I survive??

But I really need to stop requesting books on Edelweiss and Netgalley. which is basically Mission Impossible. I definitely can’t read as fast as I acquire books. *sigh*

I got from Audible:

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From Netgalley:

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ARC Review: My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #1), by The Lady Janies

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult

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I have received this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

When I read My Lady Jane, I immediately wanted to pick up this book!! Since I hadn’t read Jane Eyre yet, I made it my goal to read first the classic novel, and then read this book. So, literally one day after finishing Jane Eyre, I immediately started it.

My Plain Jane tells the story of Jane Eyre, but with a few twists. For one, Jane can see ghosts and this ability has gotten her into much trouble in the past, so she hides it. But, when a society that gets rid of troublesome ghosts finds out about her powers, they’ll do anything to hire her. There’s just one problem… Jane is in love with Rochester and doesn’t want to leave him.

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10 Books in my Summer 2018 Reading List

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Hello readers!

Summer is almost there and, although it’s still technically late Spring, it very much feels like Summer here in Germany! As per usual, the hot weather tends to put me in the mood for lighter reads, not so much fantasy and thrillers, but more contemporaries and YA. I’ve selected 10 books I want to read until the end of August.

My list from last year: Summer 2017 Reading List

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Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

So, I’ve heard pretty amazing things about this books, and it does sound pretty cool!! Also I love the cover so much. And Summer is such a great time to read contemporaries.

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The Sunday Snuggle W20/2018 #TheSundaySnuggle

Hello readers!

This Sunday Snuggle has nothing at all to do with Kiss of Deception, but how nice is this Gif??? It’s been raining like crazy this week – great for reading, awful for getting out of bed early in the morning.

I got from Audible:

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From Netgalley:

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Aaaaand I went mildly crazy at the bookstore, because I hardly ever find a good variety of English books in German bookstores, so this happened:

Travolta is such a model, isn’t he?? 😀 And that edition of Neverwhere is illustrated, so it’s extra cool!!

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Spoiler Discussion on The Raven Cycle

I had added this on my review of The Raven Cycle, but that post ended up so giant that I decided to do a separate post on this!

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1. In book 2, after the whole mess with giant dream creatures battling and all, plus the death of Kavinsky, with plenty of witnesses, how come Ronan didn’t get in trouble? How exactly did the police think it was okay? Did the doctors find a “natural cause” for his death which could be associated with the drug abuse, maybe?

2. Why do electricity/engine gadgets still work after the death of their dreamers? If the animals and people stay in a kind of sleep state, shouldn’t those gadgets also stop working? Or does it only apply to living things?

3. Did anyone else feel that the Gray Man killing his brother in half a sentence was anticlimactic??

4. While of course I’m happy Gansey didn’t stay dead in the end, it felt so disappointing. Of course I wanted Blue and him to be together, but it’s just so… cliché. Also, he must have been dead for 1 minute only. His death was so sudden and he came back so quickly, it was kind of anticlimactic. His second death was such a big thing throughout the books, I expected lots of drama more. Also I didn’t understand exactly how Cabeswater revived him? From my understanding, he isn’t entirely human anymore, he’s part dream, if Cabeswater gave him life.

5. Do Blue and Gansey stay together?? Do Adam and Ronan??

6. The whole “three sleepers” thing must have been a mistake, then? 1 was not sleeping (Gwen), 1 was sleeping (Demon) and 1 was actually dead for hundreds of years. So, even if you suppose Adam’s “waking up” in book 3 counts, we’re still missing one.

7. Oh my god, all they had to do was ask Gwen about her father? They could literally have found him on the last book, in that case, and add 50 pages to it instead of having a full book.

8. I wish Blue had found out about being a ~tree sooner so she could’ve done that a few times throughout the series!

9. I expected so much more drama between Maura and Artemus!!! Where is my drama? Jealousy, explanations? Did he disappear all those years ago because he was called to take care of that entrance to the sleeping demon, or??

10. What majors did they go on to study? Did Blue go to college? Did Ronan get to be a farmer? Did Gansey become a politician? Did anyone go see a therapist??

11. So, with the demon gone, Cabeswater just 100% went back to normal? How was Ronan doing so fine after almost dying dramatically? Did he find a way to keep Matthew in the house, or will Matthew have to go to Cabeswater, too?

 

If you have any thoughts on any of those questions, please let me know in the comments!

 

eARC Mini-Review: Vanishing Girls (Detective Josie Quinn #1), by Lisa Regan

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Thriller

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I have received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve been on such a mood for thriller lately! I love reading those when I’m travelling or ill, they keep me focused and interested.

In Vanishing Girls, Detective Josie Quinn is suspended from the police force for misconduct. Now, with a girl missing and the Chief refusing to let her go back to work, she takes matters into her own hands – but the truth is much more complex and darker than she expected. Will she be able to save Isabelle and other girls who went missing?  Continue reading