The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | Review

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Totally loved the Cruel Prince! The only thing I was worried about was that I wasn’t sure I’d get into the story, as everything is written in the present tense, which is weird to read as I’m not used to that. But as the story progressed, that was no longer an issue. The premise was extremely intriguing and the cover did it for me. I’m so glad I got the opportunity to read this fascinating book!
The main character is a fierce human girl who has to find her way in the fearie world, by any means necessary. Her adventures are wicked and dangerous but her wits and strength guide her through everything.

I loved how bullying and race were part of this book as well. We don’t often get themes addressed which are important to the teens and YA of today in fantasy stories, at least not to this extent. That’s a BIG plus for this book. The historic/medievalist elements were well incorporated in the over-all story. That was really important to me as I study medieval literature and culture.
Can’t wait for the second part! ❤

*I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion of this book. This fact did in no way alter my decision in terms of rating or other.

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Jade City by Fonda Lee | Review

Jade City by Fonda LeeBowBowBowBowBowBow5/5 Ribbons
Jade City is the beginning of an interesting and ambitious trilogy. The first book, Jade City, will be released in only a few days ( Nov 4th). I want to make sure all of you get your hands on this wonderful inspiring, interesting and compelling first book.
I have to be honest with you guys, I have not been reading as much as I used to, and of the books I read I rarely felt this spark of excitement, empathy, and commitment towards the characters in the book as I did here. That’s why I took the time to actually sit down and write a review. Jade City is the kind of book that presents you with charismatic characters you wish you could meet in real life, a wondrously magical setting that keeps you on your toes and interested in the story of what happened before the actual story begins. It is a complex world in which the reader quickly notices that there is so much more you don’t know, not plot-wise, but when looking at the world this story takes place.
We only get a glimpse of what is happening and so, everything was a mystery ( in a positive way) and many things have been left unanswered after the first book, but I’m anxious and impatient for the next book to be released. But let’s hear a bit from Fonda Lee herself:
“I started envisioning a society where magical jade granted special abilities to warriors with the proper training and bloodline, and the idea merged with my longstanding enthusiasm for mafia stories to become this modern gangster family saga. It’s the most intense, ambitious thing I’ve ever written, and there’s more to come.”
This story is so rich on characters, their development, cultural information and world- building that I would recommend it to anyone who likes a complex world without having to read a thousand pages. Lee makes all this possible in her newest story and I can honestly say that even though I have already read Jade City, I will definitely buy the book. The only thing that I really didn’t like about the book is that it is not available as hardcover in Europe. I mean, it is but has to be shipped here and so it is extremely expensive and not good for our environment.

The Simple Soul of Susan by Noel Branham| Review

Bildergebnis für the simple soul of susanThe Simple soul of Susan is a book that is was a pleasant change for me since I recently only read fantasy books. Guys, I just couldn’t put down. The story is extremely sweet even though it deals with some deep issues at times. Susan lives in a small town in Texas and all she wants for her life is to settle down with the love of her life and stay in her home town. But.. her love interest is her best friend and as you might think, things start to get complicated pretty soon.

This book deals with so many issues probably most of us have experienced in some way or another: friends who have once been close drift apart, growing up, starting a career, mobbing and belonging of a community, poverty and inequality. All these themes are contained in this small book. Some of the issues are only scratched on, others are detailed and discussed in-depth.

I really loved Susan, even though I think she cries a lot, and I felt real empathy for her and her problems, as I have faced them at some point in my life. I have to admit that I did cry when I read some of the scenes. I liked some of the other charraters as well but the main focus is on her and her experiences.

And that actually gets me to my next point: you have to understand that this novel, at least in my eyes, is more of a story telling though episodes. You will find a gradually developing plot and characters, but do understand that a few weeks or even months lie between some of the events. AT the beginning, this really bugged me and it was hard to get into the book. When I got used to it though, I got fully absorbed in the story.

That being said, I still wish the book would have been longer and that we would have gotten to know the main character more. What does she do when she doesn’t interact with other characters? What were her first encounters with some of the characters ( the old ladies for example). I think there is a whole world still waiting to be explored here and I wish the book wasn’t over and I could read more about Susan and her adventures.

I am so torn when it comes to the rating of this book that I decided not to give a rating. Some stylistic and plot techniques were a bit too convenient for my taste and I didn’t like the ‘episode-like’ telling of the story, but I did enjoy the book, the characters and their development so much, I don’t want to not give 5 stars simply because the story is so emotional adn wonderful to read. The story frows extremely nicely and it’s extremely easy to read.

So go ahead and read this wonderful novel youself or if you have already, what was your imporessions? What did you rate The Simple Soul of Susan?

 

  • I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does in no way influence my opinion of their work.

Harry Potter Book Tag

 

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Harry Potter Book Tag

A book you found interesting but would like to rewrite

A first book in a series that got you hooked

A book you wish you could have right now

A killer book

A book you found confusing

Your spirit animal book

A dark, twisted book

A book that surprised you in a great way, reveals to be more than it is

What Are YOu Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW23

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This is a weekly meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. I think it’s a cool way to let you guys know what I am currently reading. Let the show begin…

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High Schol Book Tag 

Thanks to Ida for taging me! It was lots of fun to do this tag and I actually got to reminisce on my favorite books! ❤

The rules:
  • Thank the creators: Namitha @ Teen Memoir and Jasmine @ How Useful It IsTHANK YOU!
  • Answer the questions.
  • Add pictures! (If you want to)
  • Tag (about) 5 people.

 

A+ on the test
A book or character that makes you smile?

Gansey from The Raven CircleBildergebnis für gansey raven cycle

Sports team
A fictional family that you want to be a part of?

The Weasleys 🙂 Bildergebnis für WEASLEYS

Class President
A book that tries to make a difference?

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High School Sweetheart
A book character you have a crush on?

Jon SnowBildergebnis für jon snow

Prom Night
A book with a beautiful cover?

In Calabria by Peter S. BeagleBildergebnis für in calabria

Spring Break
A book you can always turn to when you need an escape?

The HObbitBildergebnis für the hobbit book

School Lunch
A book character(s) you want to have lunch with?

Boromir or Ned StarkBildergebnis für boromir

Halloween Party
A character you would like to be for one day?

Hermione GrangerBildergebnis für hermione granger

School Bully
A villain you don’t want to go to school with?

JOffrey BaratheonBildergebnis für joffrey

Graduation
A book with a bittersweet conclusion?

The Return of the KingBildergebnis für return of the king

 

Getting rid of the TBR Troubles

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Down the TBR hole…

Since last year, I haven’t bought many books, but most of what I bough has not been read, yet. I know it’s a shame and that’s why I want to start reducing my TBR pile bit by bit.

Melanie and I have come together and we want to read three books that have been sitting idly on our TBR this month.

For me, the first books will be:

The Thousandth Floor by Kathrine McGee

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The Waking Land by Callie BatesBildergebnis für the waking land

and Soul of the World by Roger Scrouton

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In my TBR, there are about 20-30 books, physical copies and ARCs that I want to read by the end of the year, along with some other great books.

Some of them are

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

Wait for it by M. Zapata

The Last Unicorn (Wishlist)

The Bear and the Nightingale

and Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Do you have some books on your TBR you want to get rid of? Let’s do this together! 

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