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

23766634This review is long past due guys! I read ACOWAR in the week it was released but I only now got to write a review about it.

BowBowBowBow 4/5 Ribbons for the last installment in a trilogy full of unexpected twists and turns!

I was extremely excited to read ACOWAR and I was looking forward to this book since I read ACOMAF. I really loved the second book of Maas’ series but I tried not to expect too much because I didn’t want to not like the book because I expected too much. And I’m glad I did because ACOWAR was not fast-paced, which was fine by me, even though I did wonder sometimes why a certain scene/chapter was important for the overall plot. As usually, Maas did not disappoint.

There were many facets, twists and turns for us as readers but also for the characters as really nobody knew everything about what was happening at the time in the book. That was something that was not only refreshing but also gave the book a certain mystery nobody seemed to be able to untangle until the very last moment. And even the last chapters left many questions unanswered.

As I already said, I though that the plot was well-layered and there were many incidents where I though ‘Aw why didn’t I see this coming?’ Or this and that was a great move on this character’s part and the book described almost all scenes in great detail, except for the ending. This is actually why I ‘only’ gave 4 Ribbons. I won’t spoiler you guys, but I want to say this: as detailed as the rest of the book was, the ending felt EXTREMELY rushed and I was left me really unsatisfied and I only didn’t make me feel miserable because Maas already said she would write some spin-off stories and I really hope that there will be some of my favourite couples like Cassian and Nesta but also that she will answer some of the unanswered questions I had after reading ACOWAR.

Looking behind, I really liked the second part the best and I think there was a lot more potential in the third book. But I can really recommend ACOWAR, especially if you have read the rest of the series 😉

 

SPOILER PART

I really can’t understand why Rhys had to die only to be revived. He should have just gotten some ‘strength’ of the other High Fea and it the whole scene would have been a lot more elegant I think. And also, why did he have to ‘pull’ Amren back? I mean, it’s nice that she lived but, similarly to Ida, I feel like her moment of glory has been taken from her because she wasn’t “allowed ” to die. What do you think?

My experience: Opening up my own Business

rahmenToday I want to tell you what happened to Magic Chest. For those who didn’t know, this year in January, I started my own book subscription business 😀 I did it because I wanted to give European people the opportunity to get fantasy book boxes from their own region and make it more affordable for people to subscribe to a box. Usually, a box costs about 50€ ( about 56Dollars) with the shipping from the US and I knew many bloggers and friends who just couldn’t afford that. So I thought, Why don’t I change that?

That’S how Magic Chest was born. Since then, much has happened but today, I want to tell you a little bit about what changed for me personally since I started my own business. I want to give you some insight in how it is to start a business and also share my experience with you 🙂

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Bye bye free time. Well, the obvious thing is that until recently, you haven’t seen me around much because between my part-time job, my own business and uni, I didn’t have any time for anything. Especially in the first two months or so, I was really engrossed in and preoccupied with all the legal stuff I needed to remember, include, write and tell different departments. I also created my own logo and tried to come up with a decent and affordable marketing plan.

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Reading and researching basically became my job. As a blogger, reading ARCs is fun, even if it is stressful at times. It is something I really don’t want to miss, that’s why I started to dedicate more time to it again. When reading becomes your job though, you do look at books differently: will my customers like this book? Why? How expensive is the hardcover edition? Is the language easy to understand for people who don’t have an advanced knowledge of English? Is it a good book to create a theme based upon the content? There are many more things to consider than simply ‘Did I enjoy reading the book’ and in some way, I learned that the hard way. I might tell you more of that at some other point 😉

20170610_185035...Interacting, posting, photos and videos and What is a Hashtag?## When I first started out, I literally had to learn everything about social media, Newsletter Marketing, Tweets, Hashtags and how important interaction actually is. Of course I knew about Hashtags but there can be a BIG difference in your audience, depending on which ones you use. Also, I learned how to make high-quality pictures of my product and how to reach out to others to do the same. I am generally a really shy person so this was a huge deal for me in the beginning. You really wouldn’t believe how much time and effort it takes to create beautiful pictures and thoughtful content! 😀

Skill honing: I can plan ahead even better than before. I am in this ‘business’ now for about six months and even though I could organize my studies and work pretty decently before, I can do so even better now. The simple reason for that time has become something that is easily ‘sold out# so to speak. But I have a private life, friends, family, my boyfriend and sports and I want to keep a balance between work and my private life. In the beginning I utterly failed to do anything else than work (understandably, as I literally didn’t know anything about sh*t) but now it has become much easier to let work go even if I have a new idea or some info I desperately want to share right now. I plan months ahead. Not only the books, monthly themes and items, but also marketing strategies and my own social media posts are planned ahead so I can make sure I never forget anything, like important holidays. Which brings  me to my next point.

20170201_225746-mcBe patient! What I really learned, and needed to learn(!), was to be more patient. I am a really impulsive person, best example: I thought about opening up a business and the next day, I just did it 😀 I am just like that and privately, I think it is actually a great thing to be energetic and spontaneous ( but not before thinking things through at least a little bit 😉 ) BUT for a business, this can be a TOTAl killer! So I really needed to plan ahead instead of jumping straight to some new idea or spilling all the important stuff right at the beginning. Especially when it all started out, I think I acted a little too fast sometimes. Gladly, there were no  bad consequences that I could actually track down but I know I could have done better.

Be tough! In the beginning, I really only created Magic Chest so people could have better access to the book boxes they so desired but after spending over a thousand Euros, which is a lot for a student, I realized that I had to calculate better instead of ONLY trying to appease people and make their unboxing experience great. Now, I have learned to create a great product for my customers but also to  look after myself and my budget. And so, in the last two months I have actually made my first money with the boxes ❤ ❤

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What I can honestly say is that it was and is tough with my studies, a job and my own business, but at the end of each day, no matter if I am extremely tired of relaxed all day, I know that I did the right thing and I would do it again and again and again. I am actually thinking of creating another small business when the time is right 😉

Please let me know what you thought about this post and if you’d like to know more about me and my experiences as a business owner;)

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Blackwing (Raven’s Mark #1) by Ed McDonald | Review

Blackwing (Ravens' Mark #1)BowBowBowBowBow 5/5 Ribbons for this awesome & dark fantasy book!

Blackwing is a job not everybody is allowed to do- not everybody can manage. The Nameless choose them for different reasons. Why Crowfoot chose Galharrow, he doesn’t know himself. The Nameless have been fighting the Deep Kings for millenia and humans are just like bugs under their feet at worst, a means to fight each other at the best of times.

Once he had been something, someone else but now, he is Blackwing and when he is not, he rides through the war-born wasteland that is the Range. Magic seeps though its air and creeps into your skin, blinds you, deceives you, makes you sick. The creatures that live there are born of hate and the darkest magic imaginable. Galharrow is hunting in the Rage…

This book is gory, dark, critical and wonderful and it had me hooked from page one guys! In recent weeks, I haven’t had time to read a lot of books but this one was just so awesome, I just had to read it through within a week which is the equivalent of my usually 24 hours 😀

There is a major conspiracy in the book and I really don’t want to tell you more about the plot- which was awesome. it had the gore, it had the social criticism, it had the setting, the world and even some very fitting romance and self-reflection. What stood out for me above all was the amazing main character. That’s why i can really recommend this book to everybody who wants to try out something new.

I loved and hated Galharrow and it was amazing to unravel the mysteries that surround the biggest secret the Nameless have. I really urge you to all go and read this wonderful and gripping start of a new fantasy series that I’m sure will blow your mind! I am usually a little bit stingy,m but I WILL buy this one in August ❤

 

Klara, over and out 😉

 

I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am BACK <33

20161209_075758Hey guys this is just a quick update that I am back in the game, at least try to and I really want to post regularly again. I had a really tough time with two jobs, uni and what basically was a pathetic excuse for a life these past few weeks.

From today on, I will try my best to post regularly and engage with you guys more. I know I have been slow to respond to comments, which was partly due to the fact that my WordPress died xDD I want to be an active part of this community again and I hope you guys will stay around even if I have neglected my bookish friends and my followers for a while ❤

Anyway, I don’t want to bore you with the details, I just want to say that I am back and that there will be regular posts once more. YAY 😀

The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner |Reviwes

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I really loved the Hush. The main character searches for his father, surviving only by playing the fiddle. In a small town, he is confronted with his own abilities. Unfortunately for him, his abilities are considered blasphemy and so he is arrested. Through a series of events, he finds himself in the middle of the Hush, a mysterious un-world in which dangers loom at every corner. The Nightfall Gang has dragged him there, though what for? Soon, he will have the opportunity to get everything he ever wanted, but will it really be what he wants?

Even though the Hush is considered a YA novel, I would highly recommend it to readers of any age. The book is about family and looks critically at the society it plays in. Even though I didn’t feel like I couldn’t put the book down, I felt a strong pull towards this musical world whenever I read more than one sentence of this wonderfully written book. The only thing I really thought came short was the character development.

There was a little romance sprinkled on top of some of the chapters which was fine by me, but I would have wished to get a little more insight into the characters. I loved all of them and how they worked and lived together. But it was a shame we couldn’t hear more about them or their thoughts.

I would really recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an original book and wants to be sucked into a new world.

The Empire’s Ghost by Isabelle Steiger |Review

The Empire's GhostBowBowBowBow 4/5 Ribbons

The Empire’ Ghost is a book full of mysteries and dark secrets, fading magic and the plots of the cunning. There are a lot of characters involved which I came to love.Braddok for example is one of my favourite outlaws.

I loved how the story progressed slowly and every character had a back story, and depth that not many authors accomplish without being boring. I found that Steiger has mastered the art of not telling much, but having said everything that is needed. The hesitant stories and pieces provided by the characters left you wondering what would happen next and how the war for the continent would end.
Of course, the reader is left hanging because we don’t see what is going to happen next, at least not in this part of the series. This is actually the only reason I have 4 Stars. I would have liked there to be a little more plot, overall. Even though I enjoyed the book and its characters extremely, I cannot write this review without telling my readers that even though the plot is well-built and thought-through, it is progressing slow because the important thing for now are the characters and world-building.

But it is worth reading because the world building is at least just as awesome as character development! The history of the different kingdom is told through its intriguing and fierce characters who will try everything to stop their kingdom from being overrun by the Emperor. Every one of them has their own way to go about it, though. We visit lots of ruined and thriving places, learn their story and the story of all those involved.

It was fun reading about this new and intriguing world where magic has almost been forgotten. I would recommend this book to everyone who wants to read something new and exciting and doesn’t mind that’s it’s the first book of a surely awesome series and things have to be explained in this part first.

The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett | Review

Bildergebnis für the space between the starsBowBowBowBowBow 5/5 Ribbons

Imagine you’re the only person left on your planet. What would you do? Who would you try to contact? Where would you go?
Follow Jaime on her journey through space and the time after a virus has turned almost all humans to dust, at least that’s what the statistics say.
This story is a story of humanity, of coping with big changes. There is some romance in the story but I’d say it’s about 2% of the whole story, so there are a few mentions about people here and there but nothing major. I loved that it has a sci-fi touch wasn’t really too strong because I tend to find sci-fy books interesting but more often than not, the authors just don’t pull it off and at some point, things are not believable anymore. That really wasn’t the case here. Corlett did a great job building her world and especially the characters.

Especially Jaime is extremely deep, well-developed, strong and independent. I really liked her a lot and the other characters, too. Together they face all kinds of hardships. It was amazing how Corlett managed to show what humans truly are.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to try out something new without leaving their fantasy comfort-zone 😉

* I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.