Ensnared by Rita Stradling | Review

BowBowBowhalf-bow  3.5/5 Ribbons

and five for the beautiful cover ❤

EnsnaredEnsnared is a really cool, futuristic fantasy/ romance novel that can be devoured within a few short hours. We travel with Alainn, who lives in world where robots have replaced the working class of her society and are a big part of life. They drive cars fo you, the have replaced the police and are maintaining buildings. Organs and food as well as microchips are printed instead of created or cooked. It’s a really interesting world.

Unfortunately, we don’t get to know much about its limitations, how it came to be this way or how most humans cope or work with this situation. Actually, we don’t even know whether there are just much less humans on Earth in general because the book doesn’t tell us anything about this aspect, except what Alainn’s role is in all this.

Her father is a gambling genius who had a big project but couldn’t deliver a robot in time. As it is, the AI robot (artificial intelligence) looks exactly like Alainn and so, through a few circumstances the robot arranged, Alainn is sent to the new owner of the AI robot rose instead, until she can be exchanged with a finished and fully functioning AI robot.

But things, as usual, don’t go as planned and secret plots are discovered, hearts are broken, traumatizing memories haunt the characters involved and there is even a love story going on.

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Immortal Fire by Annette Marie | Review

Immortal Fire by Annette Marie

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Oh, Immortal Fire… ❤ ❤ (Initial Rating: 4.5 Stars)

This is the third part of the Red Winter Series by Annette Marie. I am a huge fan and that’s why I am really sad that couldn’t give five stars 😦 You can find the first book Red Winter, following the link above. This is a link the review of the second book, Dark Tempest.

But first, I want to tell you why I love this epic ending of a fantastic series. First of all: the characters. I just love how Shiro, Yumei and Emi evolve in the last part of the series and what we get to know about them. Emi really grew up nad started taking on even more responsibility, and to believe in er own strength and ability instead of relying solely on the strength the two yokai provide.

We got to know new characters and old friends helped them in their fight against Izanami and Izanagi who wish to destroy humankind. It was intriguing to read about the past of Yumei and his life before he met Emi and Shiro. There were a few romantic scenes but not as many as in the last book, which I was fine with because I enjoyed the action, fighting ans scheming a lot 😉

Nonetheless, there were lots of sad or emotional scenes and some of them really made me cry (!) which doesn’t happen very often- big plus here! The writing style was, as always, awesome. The words just flew from the page directly into my heart and don’t want to leave the place. I loved the world building in the first two books and Immortal Fire certainly didn’t disappoint here either!

The only thing I really didn’t enjoy so much was that it felt like they had many little tasks to be solved, which is fine usually. But it was really hard to follow sometimes because they finished one task and then suddenly, the reader gets to know that there is some other object, spell or myth that might or might not help them save the world and it was just exhausting at some point. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book immensely, but I wish there would have been more hints at the beginning of the story instead of just different revelations popping up (almost randomly) after each accomplished task/fight.

This did not lessen my extremely positive reading experience but it didn’t sit well with me to just ignore it and give the book five ribbons.

A short note: If you don’t want spoilers, don’t read!

I really loved the ending and I was crying when I read the last page but I wish there would have been more interaction between Shiro and Emi and I also wish it wasn’t so sad because dang it! It wasn’t a bad ending even if I would have liked the book to end differently. I definitely want to read more about yokai! ❤

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

What Are You Reading Wednedays #WAYRW 17

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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 Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas | Review

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I wish I could give 6 or ten or 100 ribbons because this BOOK guys! It was that awesome, I want to say it will probably be the best read in 2017! And I’m anticipating quite a few extremely great books of series and authors I love. But THIS BOOK!

I honestly don’t know where to start. First of all, I liked A Court of Thorns and Roses but it was NOTHING compared to ACOMAF. If you have read the first book and weren’t sure about reading more of the series, I am almost tempted to command you to read the second part.

Thanks to Ida ( A book lover’s corner), I read this book. Ida, I’ll be forever grateful ❤ Check out her lovely blog guys! I’m sure you’ll find her blog as entertaining as I do 😉

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In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle | Review

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A living Myth- that is what Beagle’s In Calabria is about.

Claudio Bianchi is a solemn farmer who never wanted to be one in the first place. Even though he is not bitter, there is a sadness and mist around his little farm and around himself. It prevents him from having too much contact with anybody- except for the post man.

He seems as content as he can get when one day, she comes in his life. Not a woman, not a relative, but la Signora as he calls her. The white unicorn is searching around his farm, for what Claudio cannot say.

It is here our story begins as we see this world through Claudio’s eyes. The wonders of the unicorn, what happened to her and how Claudio finds somebody he can trust, somebody who he can love. Without fear without giving up himself.

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Dark Tempest by Annette Marie | Review

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Release date: January 6th 2017
Dark Temptest (cover) - Annette MarieDark Tempest is the second book of the Red Winter Trilogy by Annette Marie. The review of the first book can be read here.

What can I say? I fell in love with this book, from head to toe. My breath was caught, I got goose bumps and my heart raced while I read this fantastic book. This is fantasy/romance at its finest. The feelings and characters felt extremely real and I felt with them through they perilous journey through Japan.

I think I mentioned it in the first review of this trilogy already, but I can’t stress the point that some of the things in the book were extremely realistic. Japanese religions are a fascinating thing for me since I study Japanology. I have read a few books which included Japanese culture and people and I can honestly say that this is one of the best depictions I have found out there.

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Red Winter by Annette Marie | Review

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Red Winter was the first book of Annette Marie. It picked my interest because the blurb promised me yokai (earth-bound spirit) and that is something I can’t not read. The cover is also gorgeous!

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“In a few short months, Emi’s mortal life will end when she becomes the human host of an immortal goddess. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess—and not once has she doubted her chosen fate.

Shiro is a spirit of the earth and an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can’t match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command—whether she wants him or not.

On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate—but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope … and hope is all she has left.” (source: Goodreads)

I’m a big fan of amine and Inuyasha and I was instantly reminded of it when I read the blurb. It was not like Inuyasha at all, but it did not disappoint me. In fact, I think this is one of the best books I have read this year! I devoured this one in a couple of days.

The writing was great. It kept me interested, filled the main character Emi with life and ensured an exciting journey. I loved the characters, even those who were on the sidelines most of the time. They were all well-developed, served a purpose in the story and made me laugh, roll my eyes at their antics and felt their concern. Above all, I felt that all the characters were extremely realistic. Shiro and Emi are my favourite characters of course, but I also enjoyed another character which is introduced a little later.

Since I study Japanese culture and language at my university, I am also familiar with religions of Japan and I was really impressed how well everything was described. Not only the attitudes of younger people towards religions, but also internal procedures and mentalities. Many people don’t care for religion as much, but there are certain things in Japanese culture that probably won’t change for the decades to come. Honor and respect, contributing to greater good rather than looking for yourself and other major cultural differences compared to our “western world” were depicted very well.

The book actually included 10 full-page illustrations by artist Brittany Jackson. Her work is just amazing! The illustrations were beautiful and captured the atmosphere of those scenes like only a picture can. ❤

There were some plot twists and none of them were expected. Red Winter really kept me on my toes and I was honestly disappointed when I realized that I was already on the last page 😦 But the second part Dark Tempest will be released in the beginning of January so there ist still hope.

The only thing I think might me problematic for some readers are that Marie actually uses Japanese names for things. There is a glossary and a pronunciation guide which is really helpful if you’re not sure. So keep that in mind when reading the book. I didn’t have any problems with the Japanese words, but I know people who wouldn’t like to have to check everything. So make sure you keep that in mind.

If you want to read an exciting read with spirits of all kind, some adventure and romance and want to get a glimpse of Japan, then go ahead and start reading TODAY. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I did!