These Vicious Masks by T. Shanker and K. Zekas | Review

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This was a buddy read with the awesome Debby @alwaysbooking. Sorry for the late review Debby! Syntax got the better of me 😉 Check out here blog guys! Debby is one of the few people who can make reading a review as exciting as reading the book!  You should certainly read her review because we had very different opinions on the book! Here’s the link to her review.

Now to these Vicious Masks…I read about the book over at Kester’s blog which is pretty amazing! Go check out the LilBookLover’s corner out, too 😉 The premise really interested me and especially that Kester loved it so much and that is usually a pretty good indication that the book is great 😀

So I bought the book and asked Debby to read it together and while I loved the main character Evelin. She’s witty, strong, independent and extremely devoted to her sister Rose. When Rose goes missing, Evelyn risks everything to get her back. The mysterious Mr. Braddok wants to help her but can he be trusted? And what about Mr. Kent?

The story is fast paced, has strong and developed characters and the writing was just awesome. It was easy and fast to read and it was fun reading the story. There is a paranormal aspect which I don’t want to reveal because that WOULD be a huge spoiler. There is a tinge of romance, mystery, a strong woman and lots of secrets that keep you on your toes. The historical setting is intriguing and gives the story depth. It’s especially interesting because the characters face problems you just wouldn’t have in our time.

But why give three stars, then? Debby put it like this ” the story did have it’s moments of ‘why wasn’t that explained more?’ ” and that is definitely true. I had lots of moments that were not sufficiently explained but rather just thrown into like ‘hey! here’s a fact X, now deal with it!’ I don’t know, maybe I am a little too harsh here but there were really important scenes where VITAL information was thrown around like the persons were talking about the weather. Maybe this will be explained more in the second book. For me, that was a real no-go because the story seemed less and less believable at some point.

How did you like the book? Is These Vicious Masks on your TBR? How did you rate it? Let’s chat in the comments!

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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 Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge | Review

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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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The Waterfall Traveller by S.J.Lem | Review

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The Waterfall Traveler by S.J. LemThe Waterfall Traveller is a fun and entertaining read which brings you into a world where in every country, the weater is different. In the town where it all began for Samuel, Ri’s adoptive father, a horrible man reigns the por with an iron fist. But two guys stand there and smuggle healing weeds and medicine into the city. Rice, Mallory and Baxter are part of this unforgiving town and help Ri get back to Samuel, but what she discovers on her way back is not only amazing, but also confusing and dangerous…

I really enjoyed reading the Waterfall Traveller. It has a lot of action in it so the pase is fast but not overwhelmingly so. The writing style is easy and fast to read, funny and engaging. I loved how the characters grew together over time and how they interacted with each other. There was a great group development. In the beginning, everybody is distrustful and cares mostly for their own skin but after some time, even supposed enemies grow fond of each other as their try to survive.

The reasons why I have four stars was because there were some moments of confusing and irrational insta-love which really had me wonderung what was going on there. And also, I kind of rolled my eyes evertime some danger stood in the group’s way and everybody had an argument about who would be sacrificing themselves for the rest and then miraculously make it out alive. That string got old really fast.

 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Alire Saenz | Review

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Bildergebnis für Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universefor this wonderful book that I should have read sooner ❤

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a YA book that has all the right twist and turns. Unexpected friendships, love, family… Even though there are lots of light-hearted and insightful scenes, Aristotle and Dante’s story has also a few darker moments. Prejudice, gang life, poverty, racism and homophobia are addressed in this book on different levels. 

There is a variety of themes and so, there are also a variety of characters I met in this book. From doting parents, funny pets and amazing main characters and even some cowards and villains, you can find everything here.

Th writing style was imaginative and elaborate, without being overly explanatory or boring. It fit well in the story’s mood. The dialogues were extraordinarily well placed ( I think most authors use dialogues just because they don’t know how to go about a certain topic in the book). Saenz did a wonderful job of bringing this story to my home.

But I didn’t like Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe because of the character variety. I honestly cared almost only for the two main characters Ari and Dante. heir story is the main story and it touched my heart in ways I cannot or care not to analyze because it was just beautiful to listen to the awesome audiobook and enjoy the dialogues and the questions those two asked themselves: who am I? Where do I belong to? Which is the culture I want to be part of? What about my family, sexuality and education?

These are questions all us ask themselves to some degree at some point of their life and I just love their journey. The way is full of stones and rocks and hills and rivers, but also sunny days, and they make it through everything together as friends. I don’t feel embarrassed to say that I have started crying about four times while listening to the book in one day (!!).

There is nothing bad I can say about this book, I loved every minute of it and afterwards, I decided to immediately buy the hardcover edition because I just needed to have this book in m house ❤ I actually had such a bad hangover that only a week after I have finished it, I am ready to write this review. The story progresses slowly and naturally.

Maybe not all of you ( who haven’t read it) will be touched by the book as I was, but fr me, it is now one of my all-time-favourites. You should start reading really,soon!

The Nature of Gods: Awakening | Review

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The Awakening by D.J. TorresI don’t know why but it seems that I don’t pick lots of books that I like these days…

The Nature of Gods: Awakening seemed to be an interesting read after reading the blurb and the cover is also beautiful ❤
After I started reading, I was sucked into this world pretty quickly. Olivia, Nature and other characters are very emotional and I got to know them very fast. The writing was very imaginative and there was a great balance between dialoge and descriptions.

I can’t tell you more positive things, because that was about it. I honestly loved the writing style but it just couldn’t make up for a cliche plot. The bullied girl gets super powers, finds Mr. Right while fighting the evil guys and becomes popular. That was the whole book in one sentence. I wish there had been some plot twists that were actual twists(!). I though the love interest was kind of lame and a little unreasonable.
Olivia and her neighbour barely ever talked with each other and all of the sudden he makes her compliments and touches her in the face all the time. She doesn’t get his advances for a long time, either. That was pretty unrealistic in my opinion.

It might seem a bit harsh but it was hard to enjoy the book with such obviously not thought-through actions, characters and dialoges. Sometimes I felt that the dialoges were kind of just there to fill the page. I don’t know. Maybe I am just a little too old (20) but maybe younger readers can excuse such things. I had higher expactations that unfortunately, were not met, even though the premise captured me instantly.

* I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.