Thursday, October 30, 2014 21:54

Review 297. Miriam Forster – City of a thousand dolls.

12084278Title: Miriam Forster.
Author: City of a thousand dolls.
Pages: 359.
Published: February 5th 2013 by Harper Teen.
Sort: Bhinian Empire #1.

Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a child. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. Nisha makes her way as Matron’s assistant, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city’s handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die.


It’s very important that you go into this book with the right expectations. After some reviews I found out that this book is pitched as ‘fantasy,’ but there are not many fantasy elements. This gave me the chance to read this book for what it is: an entertaining story that made me curious for more.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 19:32

MIM #3. Percy Jackson: The lightening thief.

Welcome to my new feature, where I will be combining books and movies! I bet you can guess how I came up in the name, but in case you aren’t; Alice in Wonderland. You can find my inspirations in this post Fairytale news: other content.

Information: Director: Chris Columbus.
Released: on February 11th 2010.
Length: 118 minutes.

Storyline (IMDB): A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods. Zeus's lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Even more troubling is the sudden disappearance of Percy's mother. As Percy finds himself caught between angry and battling gods, he and his friends embark on a cross-country adventure to catch the true lightning thief, save Percy's mom, and unravel a mystery more powerful than the gods themselves.


Sunday, October 26, 2014 10:43

Review 296. Ransom Riggs – Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children.

17162156Title: Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children.
Author: Ransom Riggs.
Pages: 352.
Published: June 4th 2013 by Quirk Books.
Sort: Part #1. Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children.
Source: I received a finished copy for review purpose from the publisher.

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

This book was perfect for this month, where I decided to pick up some books to get in the Halloween mood. It started out very creepy and those pictures completed the book. I'm really starting to fangirl about books where they include pictures, like In the shadow of blackbirds and The cure for dreaming.
Friday, October 24, 2014 13:36

Finding a balance.

You might have noticed something. Normally, I post something every other day, but lately I’ve been slacking and that’s all because of my internship. Before I got started I had a lot of free time. School was laid back with hardly any homework (or it was so easy it was done within a couple of hours) and I had short school days. I also had a long summer vacation + an extra free month. Now I’m working full time from 9 to 5 (and two weeks ago ‘til 6) and I need some time to adjust to this change.

To be honest, I have no idea why I post this.. It’s my blog after all and I don’t have to excuse myself for cutting back on my posts, but at the same time I want to let you know what’s going on. You guys are friends after all and I want to keep you up-to-date about changes on the blog. That being said, I’m still here and I will figure this out! I might have to do something I haven’t done before and that’s: making a schedule or point out one day as ‘blogging day.’

This also means that I won’t be commenting as often as I used to. I will still try to visit your blog as often as I can, but I won’t be able to sit behind my computer every day for hours. I’m sad that I have to cut down on this, but I have to be realistic and I know this isn’t achievable. I’m happy I worked my butt off a while ago, because now I have a lot of concept posts waiting to be published. At least I have enough to keep posting without stressing out.

So, bear with me while I’m trying to find a new balance between life, work + school and blogging! And if you don’t:

;) Just kidding.

If you have any tips about how you schedule (or if you have any useful links) I would love to hear about it in the comments! Thanks guys.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 06:00

Review 295. Natalie Parker – Beware the wild.

13639182Title: Beware the wild.
Author: Natalie C. Parker.
Pages: 336.
Published: October 21st 2014 by HarperTeen.
Sort: Stand-alone.
It's an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp -- the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn't return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed. Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp's done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance -- and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.

I’m not sure what to think about this book.  The beginning was great. I liked the set-up and the direction from the story, but it made a strange turn that came out of nowhere.. Which was interesting, but also a little disappointing.
Monday, October 20, 2014 20:15

Review 294. Sara Raasch – Snow like ashes.

17399160Title: Snow like ashes.
Author: Sara Raasch.
Pages: 432.
Published: October 14th 2014 by Balzer + Bray.
Sort: Snow like ashes #1.
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since. Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again. So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

I sort of liked it and disliked it at the same time. It’s hard to point out how I exactly feel about it. This book had crazy potential to be amazing, but instead it falls back into clichés and unoriginal storylines. I was mad after finishing it, but at the same time: I did finish it and it reads very quick.
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