King of Scars Review

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King of Scars was a very anticipated release for me this year, so I have really mixed feelings about this review. I’ve been buddy reading King of Scars with a friend of mine and we both barely finished to read the book within a month or so. We started on a weekend and we’re halfway through but then we both got busy and the book was neglected. The question is, though:why?

Maybe I really was too busy to read at the time, but I honestly feel as though the book just wasn’t it for me.

At some point, I was more interested in the side characters than in the main plot and that rarely happens.

It was well-written and fun to read. There were a lot of funny or insightful moments I enjoyed a lot. As always with Leigh Bardugo, there’s a bit romance sprinkled into the plot and even though th ecouple wasn’t one I was expecting, I still enjoyed that aspect of King of Scars as well. However, the main plot wasn’t gripping enough for me, at least not enough to keep me reading. When I went to bed, instead of reading King of Scars I found excuses and read fan fiction instead.

I think it must have been the mix of a busy month and the fact that I liked the side story more than the main plot was probably the reason why it too me ages to finish this book.

I will probably read the second part regardless, because I love Ravka. It is like a constantly hungry child that needs feeding and I’m very much the same type of child. I’m not finished with the Grishaverse, yet. I would especially love to read a book about the Darkling, too!

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The Girl in the Tower – the MUST Read this year!

Bildergebnis für girl in tower ardenThe Girl in the Tower is the second installment of Katherine Arden’s Winternight Trilogy and this trilogy has ALL the feels guys!

I loved this book from start to finish. Sometimes, I really wasn’t sure who the girl in the tower was supposed to be, but overall, the story was phenomenal. As always Arden sucks you into her medieval world with vivid imagery and ghosts and fairy tales that will make you shudder and crave for more. I had so much fun reading this one, that I can’t wait for the third part of the trilogy to be published.
I truly recommend this series to everyone who loves fairy tales, strong female characters and fantastic scenery with a historic touch.

Katherine Arden has studied Russian and it really shows how familiar she is with the time and places she writes about in her books. It is a pleasure to read fantasy that has a touch of real history in it. As I’ve studied Russian at high school, I had no problems following some of the vocabulary. But even if you don’t know any slavic languages, the extensive glossary explains more words than I even though necessary.

The writing style was vivid and moved the story forward in a really nice manner. Even though this is a plot-driven book, none of the characters come short in my opinion. Though I would have liked to read even more about them at some point as I’m usually more interested in character than plot. Either way, the characters are so relatable and well-written that I’ve already fallen in love irrevocably with some of them *cough Morozko cough*. If you should ever find yourself wanting hot chocolate, don’t waste your time and chocolate on TV. Read The Girl in the Tower and your drink will be the best you ever had.

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.

Jade City by Fonda Lee | Review

Bildergebnis für jady city fonda leeJade City is the beginning of an interesting and ambitious trilogy. The first book, Jade City, was released three days ago and I want to make sure all of you get your hands on this wonderfully 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 . The story keeps you interested in 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, yet 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.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling | Review

BowBowBowBowBow 5/5 Ribbons

https://i0.wp.com/media.harrypotter.bloomsbury.com/rep/s/9781408855706_309035.jpegOh, what can I say? This book! I just love the Harry Potter series ❤ Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the 6th installment of the series, and it was even better than the previous ones!

This year in Hogwarts is shadowed by Voldemort’s growing army of Death Eaters. They do not only terrorize the wizarding population, but also the muggle world. Political changes are due, it seems and so, even Hogwarts has to prepare and take their defenses to a new level. But still, something is amiss with in the walls of our favourite school. There is somebody who does the Dark Lord’s bidding and Harry is intent to find out who it is and what their goal is. And then, there is also Professor Slughorn, the new Potions teacher who is wants to get as far away from Harry as possible, no matter the cost. He bears a dark secret that, as Dumbledore sais, will be essential to destroying He Who Must Not Be Named.

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