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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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K.Rowling | Review

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https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51mGusleBXL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThe grande finale of my beloved Harry Potter series was just that – grand. It was in many respects totally different than other six books of the series but I liked it anyway. I know a lot of people find that it is over-hyped. I can see why that is but I didn’t mind some repetitive scenes.

After the major even at the end of the sixth book, Harry, Hermione and Ron set out to find Tm Riddle’s Horcruxes instead of going back to their final year of school. They have to hide because by now Voldemort has infiltrated many facilities and scared lots of people away from work, their home and has started to “purge” the wizarding community of muggle born wizards and witches.

I loved how realistic it was. There were no ‘sudden strikes of light’ and suddenly our heroes know exactly wat to do. No. They had to fight for everything on every step of the way and I really liked that. Of course, due to the fact that they were on the run and Harry Potter was the “undesirable number one”, they ran into similar problems on a few occasions but it didn’t really lessen my enjoyment.

What did make me roll my yes a few times was just how stretched some scenes were. I don’t know if that is due to some page number Rowling had to make for the publishers of it was her own doing, but especially in the beginning I was thinking a few times: ‘what is this fuss about, anyway?’.

I loves the creativity of our trio and many of the things they did came as surprized. They escaped some pretty close calls and my heart beat faster with every minute that passed as I read the last installment of the series. And then, about two-thirds into the book, I was relieved to find the truth about certain happenings that had really disturbed me earlier and had me thinking for quite some time back then.

There were a lot of happy and a lot of sad, extremely sad moments in which I just didn’t know what to think really. They left me with an ache in my heart that was only explainable by accepting that by now, I am a true Potterhead.

And the end- it was a grande finale, and at some point, I felt like crying because it was so beautiful- terrible- unbelievable. I am speechless. The only thing that is left for me to say is this:

Read the series!

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

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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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Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J.K.Rowling | Review

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20161114_082627Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire is the fourth installment of J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter series. I just loved the third part, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. You can find the review here.

This series is getting better and better! I just loved the foreign students coming to Hogwarts for the Tri Wizard Tournament. Their accents and behaviour was sometimes not really understandable but it just showed why Dumbledore wanted to do it again after so many years. I could hardly believe that these people were actually all learning the same spells and charms as our favourite witches and wizards in England. I just loved the variety of characters and their interactions with Harry, Hermione and Ron.

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW 10

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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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Harry Pottter and the Philospher’s Stone | Review

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https://i0.wp.com/www.bookstation.hu/images/item_image/original/179173.jpgWhen I just started going to school, my aunt took me to the cinema to watch a movie. It was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I really liked the movie, especially since all the characters were about my age. And heroes your age are always the best. Back then, I hated reading and never touched one of the actual Harry Potter books. But I grew up watching the films and as the characters grew older, braver and bolder, I grew with them.’ Till this day, I haven’t read one of them. Last week, I finally changed my mind and started the first book of the series as audiobook.

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Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell | Review

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Melody’s Key is a romance bmelodys-key-coverook through and through. It is on the fluffy side of romance but there is also a darkness about the characters that will make you love them even more. The characters are deep and emotional, irrational and overall, very real. I liked both Tegan and Mason much even though sometimes things between them were awkward or unreasonable, or predictable. I loved the supportive system of family and friends around them and how well it fit into the story. The family bond is something very special.

The book is not only about romance but also about art, especially music and everybody who plays an instrument himself will find the songs those two write quite enjoyable. Everybody who can’t really imagine the thing, go check out Coryell’s YouTube channel. He’s a musician as well so you can actually hear all the songs that are written and played in the book. Just listen to one or two songs of his (use Melody’s Key to search) and you’ll get the vibes of the book. Better than any book I can assure you. Continue reading “Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell | Review”

What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW 4

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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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The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge | Review

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1472312851570The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge is about the clever girl Faith. When her father is found dead, she finds his notes and reads about a mysterious tree which reveals a truth if told a lie. Somehow, this tree is connected to her father’s sudden death and Faith is determined to find out the truth. But soon she shall realize that not only lies can leave your world in pieces like a shattered mirror…

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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins | Review

 

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The woman in whiteWoman in White begins with Walter Hartright and his unexpected chance meeting with a young woman, dressed in white. She seems to have fled an asylum and asks Walter to show her the way to town. From this moment on, Walters life will change. He will meet young Lady Fairlie and Ms. Halcombe and together, they must solve mysteries and bring crimes to justice as much as the Victorian age lets them. But Sir Percival Glyde and Count Fosco are on their heels to prevent them from seeing what is behind the mask of an eloquent, well-mannered Victorian gentleman and how dark his secrets can be.. Continue reading “The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins | Review”

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