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?

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 😀

What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW 18

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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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A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge | Review

BowBowBow half-bow3.5/5 Ribbons

A Face Like GlassThis is the second book I read by Frances Hardinge. The first one was The Lie Tree which was awesome. You can read my review here. Hardinge has managed it again to create a world which I have never encountered before. I was intrigued and happy to start this new adventure with an author who can create not only words and sentences, but art.

The story is about young Neverfell one day appears in a cheese maker’s tunnel. Tunnel, you ask? Well, you see this cheese maker does not live in our world, but below ground, in Caverna, where babies can’t form facial expressions by themselves and nobody knows why, where wine can make you forget, anc cheese can kill you on the spot. In this strange and wonderful world, the Emperor and court are never to be crossed, and yet…

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Ringing in the New Year Tag- Better late than never

Hey guys! As you know I have been busy these weeks BUT I have finally started to tackle my Tags and Awards and all the awesome things I want to talk about, starting today. Even though this was not the first tag I should to, I felt like it was a good thing to summarize a few thing here. I was tagged by Debby @ AlwaysBoking, Ida @ A booklover’s Corner and the girls over at LilBookLovers. Thank you for tagging me and sorry I caught up so late 😀

Best book/series you’ve read in 2016?

I would say there are quite a few candidates, so I will name two.

Best series: A Song of Ice and Fire

Best book: Portal of a Thousand Worlds

There is also ACOTAR and ACOMAF to mention but I read the first book in 2016 and the second in 2017 so there you are.. haha what a loop hole 😀

Authors that you’ve recently found and would to read more of in the New Year

There are some that I would love to read more about. The obvious thing is probably Sara J. Maas, J.R.R Martin but also, and I recommend those to everyone: Frances Hardinge and Annette Marie. They’re not so widely known but their books are really great and I have a few books of those two on my TBR for 2017, too.

Most anticipated book turned TV/Movie show.

One Picture: Bildergebnis für beauty and the beast

Name a character that you wouldn’t mind sharing a kiss on midnight

The High Lord of the Court of Dreams ❤

What’s on my TBR for 2017?

Bildergebnis für a court of wings and ruin cover   Bildergebnis für a feast of crows   RedWinter3 (cover) - Annette Marie   Bildergebnis für aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe   Wait for It   Bildergebnis für the hedge knight

To only show you a few 🙂

Will you participate in the Goodreads reading challenge or any other?

I will only participate in the Goodreads reading challenge. I want to read 100 books in 2017 and I’m on a good way 😀 But I also don’t want to participate in any other challenge. I feel like that would just spoil the fun if I had to search for a specific book of a specific author or a theme that I actually don’t feel interested in. So I will stick to my random TBR 😀

Any New Year’s resolution (bookish, blogging, or otherwise)?

2017 didn’t start well for me. Too much stress, too much work, not enough time for blogging or sports. But I did start to work out more and I read a lot, and I drink lots of smoothies. Since I wanted to live a little healthier and start working out again, I’d say I’m on a good way but I wish I had more time for blogging..

 

Honestly, I am so late, I won’t tag anybody because I think everybody who wanted to do it did it already. But if you wanted to do the tag, feel TAGGED 😀

Have a nice day guys!

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Do you know any of the books I want to read? Are you excited about The Beauty and The Beast or don’t you like Disney? What is on your TBR this year? Let’s chat in the comments!

 

How to become a better (University) student.

I have been asked this question so many times, guys, you won’t believe me. I have seen many people struggle and fail and get up again.. It happens to all of us at some point. Some fall on their nose and scratch it and others fall and break their leg. It really doesn’t matter how hard you have struggled with school or uni or college, at some point you have to ask yourself how to improve. Fast.

Sometimes it is just the finals, sometimes it is your Bachelor thesis you’re struggling with. I wan to give some advice to all those who need it because I feel the need to share it with all of you. I know it’s not really a bookish topic, but here you go..

1. What are your goals?

Never underestimate this question. Do you want to just pass the test or do you want to improve your marks long-term? Usually, you’ll want to do both I guess. Write it down, stick it on your fridge, or re-name your alarm clock in the morning – whatever it takes not to forget your goals.

2.Write a list!

I know it sound like the most nerdy and unhelpful thing in the world but don’t be fooled by prejudice and hear-say about this! Lists can make your life much much much easier because you took your time doing this list. You can be sure there is (almost) nothing missing on your list and THEN you can start to get rid of the things there. This means your list shouldn’t be a list of your goals but a TO DO list. I do one for each day, each work works, too.

Important is this: YOUR LIST WILL BE TOO FULL in the beginning. I overestimate the time I need for things all the time. It happens to everyone but don’t feel discouraged. It’s part of learning what you can handle.

3. Organize your paperwork!

Otherwise, you’ll never find the notes you took three weeks ago in that one lecture where the teacher had that funny shirt on.

4.Get your arse on that chair! (Discipline)

I know, I know. But the thing is, the day will pass, all of its 24 hours, no matter what you have done with your time. So even though you sometimes don’t feel like doing it, or when you’d rather enjoy the sunny day- go and have some fun. But come back and get your butt on that chair and do some work. You will be so glad you did it when the sun has set!

This is of course the hardest part. So it’s important that you reward yourself in some way. Go out, eat some chocolate, cake, ice-cream, go for a walk or spend the erst of your day with friends or a book. No matter what you do, make sure you really reward yourself! Don’t go and do something you don’t like afterwards 😉

 

I hope my tips help you in the future. Try them out and tell me what you thought. You don’t have to try the all, but the fourth one is a must!

How do you study? What has worked best for you? Let’s chat in the comments!

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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo | Review

BowBowBowhalf-bow 3.5/5 Ribbons

20161214_080237Siege and Storm is the second installment of Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy. The review of the first book, Shadow and Bone, can be found here.

It took me ages to finish Siege and Storm, anc that is probably why I couldn’t give it a higher rating. I  was excited to read the second part of the series because the first book gave nearly gave me a hangover and I couldn’t resist. Siege and Storm was especially one thing: unexpected. 

The new characters which were introduced were just funny, entertaining and sometimes even a bit suspicious to me. Their appearance in general was like – BOOM- new character! With them came a major plot twist I enjoyed a lot. They stay with out main character Alina and her best friend turned boyfriend, Mal. From the start liked Mal least and I liked him even less this time around. First of all, because he is a douchebag in my opinion and secondly because I like it when the girl gets the bad boy haha. 😀

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