Friday, November 30, 2012 12:31

Feature & Follow (16)

Gain New Blog Followers

Hosted by: Alison can read.

Q: Activity! Who is your to-die-for book crush? What do you think they look like? Add an image to make us all happy.

I'm not going to post an image, because I don't fangirl over pictures. (Although, I do like to imagine that a lot of my crushes look like Ryan Gosling.)

There are a lot of boys/men crushes, but I can't point one of them as my favorite. They all have their own personality and qualities. The sarcasm from Jace (Mortal instruments), the playfulness of Puck (Iron Fey) or the loyalty from Chaol (Throne of Glass). It also depends on their relationship with other people. So, instead of making a long list with names because I can't pick one, I will point out one that isn't going to be popular: Severus Snape.

Ha, bet you didn't see that coming! I can't help it. It has been this way from the first time I read about him. It's not a crush in terms of 'I want a relationship with him,' but more of an 'all time favorite character I can't stop talking about' Alan Rickman did a magnificent job (and he has one of the most gorgeous voices ever) It's the same with having a crush on a girl; that only happens in books for me, but sometimes they are so cool that I can't stop admiring them. Like Allie (Immortal rules)

Could you pick one? Let me know in the comments or leave a link.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 21:12

Review 100. Cassandra Clare – City of Bones.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)Title: City of Bones.
Author: Cassandra Clare.
Pages: 485.
Published: March 27th 2007.  
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books.
ISBN: 1416914285 (ISBN13: 9781416914280)
Sort: Part one of ‘The mortal instruments.’
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know.

Rating:

After seeing the amazing trailer I talked about in Fairytale News 3 I had to read the book. And I am so glad I did, because I liked it! There were some little things that bothered me, but it was a good story.

Summary.
Clary’s life is pretty normal until she sees something nobody else can see. She can look through the Glamour from Shadowhunters and their target; demons. When she encounters Jace and his friends, they are very surprised. How is it possible that a “Mundie” can see them?
Not long after their meeting, Clary is attacked in her home by a strange animal – and her mother Jocelyn is gone. Jace takes her to his mentor Hodge at the Institute and they tell her more about this whole new world. There are Downworlders, like faeries and vampires, and Shadowhunters, a line from the Angels. They fight against demons to keep the humans, or ‘Mundies’ safe.

It appears that Valentine has returned. A Shadowhunter who is supposed to be dead. He once made his own group called ‘The circle,’ because he wants to purify the world by killing everything that isn’t human. The Clave made rules about that and now he wants to build his own army with the Mortal Cup. One problem: he doesn’t know where it is and he suspects that Clary mother knows it’s location.

Nothing will ever be the same when Clary starts to find more information about her and her mother’s life. Can she save Jocelyn before it is too late?

Opinion.

“Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?'
Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself."
..."At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland."
"Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”

 
Let me start by saying that I fell in love with Jace and his strange sense of humour. He must be the most adorable jackass I have ever met. There is something about him I really liked. Behind his attractive smiles, there is a broken boy. Clary also surprised me. She stood up for herself and even when she doesn’t make the most clever decisions all the time, she does it with a good intention. I was glad to see that she wasn’t such a whiner and I liked her conversations with Jace.

The story was nice. I liked the idea of Shadowhunters in our world and the use of all the ‘creatures’ like werewolves and demons. There was a steady pace, action and a bit of romance. The plot was well-done and I was baffled by the ending. You could say that I did not see THAT coming. At all. I can honestly say that I wasn’t even happy with it and I hope that I’m right about my suspicion that it’s going to change. I definitely can’t wait to continue this series.
Mel1
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 17:35

Top 10 Tuesday (23). Released 2013.

Hosted by: The Broke and the Bookish.

Top 10 20 books I'm most pining for to be released in 2013.

Talking about a hard top 10.. There are so many awesome books in 2013, but I did my best and tried to find my most wanted, so I've added some extra books to the list. I think 2013 is going to be great, just like this year :)

Splintered1. Splintered by A.G Howard. I bet you saw that coming. January 1st.
2. Untitled, Divergent 3 by Veronica Roth. September 26th.
3. Scarlet Cinder 2 by Marissa Meyer. February 5th.
4. The eternity cure, Blood of Eden 2 by Julie Kagawa. April 23rd.
5. The archived by Victoria Swab. January 22nd.
6. My name is Rapunzel by K.C Hilton. X.
7. Untitled, Throne of glass 2 by Sarah J. Maas. X.
8. Poison by Bridget Zinn. March 12th.
9. Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza. March 12th.
City of a Thousand Dolls10. City of a thousand dolls by Miriam Forster. February 5th.

11. Prophesy of Oz by Meghan Shan. August 5th.
12. Unremembered by Jessica Brody. March 5th.
13. Dualed by Elsie Chapman. February 26th.
14. Nameless by Lilith Saintcrow. April 4th.
15. The winter king by C.L Wilson. January 29th.
16. Towering by Alex Flinn. May 14th.
17. Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce. X.
18. The murmerings by Carly Ann West. March 5th.
19. Inhuman by Kat Falls. May.
20. Six-gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente. January 31st.



I tried to find titles I haven't featured in my Wow picks before. If you like this list, you should definitely go through those picks :)

Reviews from those authors in the list:
Divergent & Insurgent by Veronica Roth.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer.
The immortal rules by Julie Kagawa.
The near witch by Victoria Schwab.
Throne of glass by Sarah J. Maas.
A kiss in time, beastly & bewitching by Alex Flinn.


Sunday, November 25, 2012 15:12

Review 99. Michelle Diener – The emperor’s conspiracy.

The Emperor's ConspiracyTitle: The emperor’s conspiracy.
Author: Michelle Diener.
Pages: 336.
Expected publication: November 27th 2012.
Publisher: Gallery Books.
Sort: Stand-alone.
Review:
In a treacherous court.
Review:
Keeper of the King’s secrets.
Source: I received an ARC from the author.

Chance led to Charlotte Raven’s transformation from chimney sweep to wealthy, educated noblewoman, but she still walks a delicate tightrope between two worlds, unable to turn her back on the ruthless crime lord who was once her childhood protector. When Lord Edward Durnham is tapped to solve the mystery of England’s rapidly disappearing gold, his search leads him to the stews of London, and Charlotte becomes his intriguing guide to the city’s dark, forbidding underworld. But as her involvement brings Charlotte to the attention of men who have no qualms about who they hurt, and as Edward forges a grudging alliance with the dangerous ghosts of Charlotte’s former life, she faces a choice: to continue living in limbo, or to close the door on the past and risk her heart and her happiness on an unpredictable future.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This was again a book from Diener I really enjoyed. 

Summary.
Charlotte grew up with Lady Howe after her employer left her in the chimney. She always disguised herself as a boy, but Lady Howe gave her a life as a woman. Otherwise, she would still live a hard life on the streets with her friend Luke. He is now a London Crime Lord and he always protects her. Not that Charlotte needs it. This girl is feisty, brave and intelligent enough to safe herself.


When Charlotte attends a ball, she overhears Emma conversation with another woman. She warns Emma about a dark plan and the woman flees with her three boys. Emma tries to get help from her brother Edward. He is a powerful man of the crown, but his behaviour pushes Emma away. Charlotte and Lady Howe are kind enough to let Emma and her boys stay with them as long as she likes.

Edward finds Charlotte and her story interesting. He is trying to gain more information about her and that’s when Luke enters the story. He sees Edward as the enemy and he wants to eliminate him, but Charlotte can interfere with this plan. It seems that Luke is part of a conspiracy. Huge amounts of money are leaving the country, but who is behind this? Edward is trying to find out what is going on and he needs Charlotte. Together, they are trying to save England before it is too late.


Opinion.
Charlotte is a wonderful girl. She grew up as the (bastard) daughter of a prostitute, but she managed to escape the same fate. Lady Howe saved her life by taking her in, but Luke protected her on the streets. Two separate lives combined in one and Luke is giving her a hard time. He loves in a way she can’t return and that is keeping her away from finding a husband.
Luckily, Edward isn’t planning to stay away from her. He is intrigued by Charlotte and they start to fall in love. Their conversations are fun and I loved to see how they grew to each other.


The only problem I had with this story is that it’s sometimes a bit slow. The conspiracy felt more like a background story. I had the idea that this book is more about Charlotte and her struggle with Luke and Edward. It’s very entertaining, don’t get me wrong, but I wished that the mystery played a bigger role. The plot was great though and the writing-style is pleasant. I can’t wait to read another book from Diener.
Mel1
Saturday, November 24, 2012 12:34

Fairytale News 4. Books-to-movies, part two.

This is a 'new' feature I came up with. I will be talking about everything that has to do with reading. From pretty new covers to discussions about books. I will post them randomly.

Today I want to feature two animation movies based on The wizard of Oz from L. Frank Baum. I like the musical/fantasy movie from 1939, but I’m a huge fan of animation movies, so this is great. Clicking on the titles will bring you to the website or youtube (where you can see the fantastic trailers!)

Dorothy of Oz.  
There are good voice actors, you can see the cast on IMDb.

Back in Kansas, Dorothy Gale decides to return to Oz in order to help her friends.

Summoned by Glinda, Dorothy and Toto return to the land of Oz. Joined by her old friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Lion, Dorothy sets out on a perilous journey to stop the Jester from using the power of the Wicked Witch of the West's wand to turn the people of Oz into puppets.

OZ, the great and powerful.
Also, I like the cast! Mila Kunis has a great voice. IMdB.


The movie is made by Disney and that says enough for me. I love all their work. The poster is gorgeous!
How the Wizard arrived in Oz and became the ruler. A prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
When small-time magician Oscar Diggs pulls one flimflam too many, he is hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz, where he must somehow transform himself into the great and powerful Wizard - and just maybe into a better man as well.
So, what do you think of them? Are you as excited as I am?
Mel1
Thursday, November 22, 2012 13:25

Review 98. Gennifer Albin – Crewel.

Crewel (Crewel World, #1)Title: Crewel.
Author: Gennifer Albin.
Pages: 368.
Published: October 16th 2012.
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN: 0374316414 (ISBN13: 9780374316419)
Sort: Part one of “Crewel World.”
Source: eARC from Netgalley & the publisher Faber & Faber.
Incapable. Awkward. Artless.
That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail. Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested. Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight. Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape. Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.
Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book has to be one of the most unique and different books I’ve read so far. There is really no other book I can think off that follows such a storyline. So if you are looking for something else, this is definitely the book you want to pick up.

“But someday my parents will explain what Spinsters really do - that no matter how good their intentions, with absolute power comes corruption.”

Summary.
Adelice lives in the world of Arros, ruled by The Guild, the Spinsters and the Creweller. Becoming a Spinsters is the dream of every girl, but not for Adelice. Her parents trained her so she would fail at the test, but she made a mistake and now they are coming for her. She is forced to leave everything she knows and loves, like her little sister Amie, to become a Spinster.

Her treatment is different from the other Spinsters and she finds out that there is something going on. Cormac – one of the most powerful man – has a certain interest in her and she even gets to meet the Creweller. Things are spinning out of control when she meets Eric and Josten/Jost. She is trying to come up with a plan to escape, but when she is faced with a horrible future, there is only one thing she can do..

Opinion.
The idea of a world build upon another world by the hand of The Guild is fascinating. The Creweller provides the raw material, so the Spinsters can weave. They are in total control. From the weather to the amount of babies every family can get; your entirely life is in their hands. They can take your thread out of the weave if it becomes fragile - and within seconds you disappear into nothing. This all happens in a loom; a special machine that shows the threads.

You can see that the world-building was phenomenal, but I became slightly bored towards the end. I wished that there was more story than explanations about the world and weaving. All I really got was Adelice and her love-triangle (yes, unfortunately) with Eric and Jost, combined with a little bit of plotting for an escape. She started as a great character, but slowly I noticed little irritation points. For example: Josten just told her about his tragic story and all she can think of is:

“I cry because I'm a stupid girl who can't curb the jealousy and inferiority I feel towards Rozenn for getting him first.”
 
Really? He revealed an important piece of his life and this is the first you think of? I also questioned the fact that everybody admired her and her courage, but when you think of it, there is nothing brave about her. Oh well, the story was entertaining enough and the end makes me curious about the next book. It was very surprising and I didn’t see it coming.

Have you read the book? What are your thoughts about it? And if you haven’t read it, are you going to?
Mel4
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 11:23

WoW 25. Beauty & The life beyond.

BeautyTitle: Beauty.
Author: Nancy Ohlin.
Pages: 208.
Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by Simon Pulse.
Looks to kill for... Ana is nothing like her glamorous mother, Queen Veda, whose hair is black as ravens and whose lips are red as roses. Alas, Queen Veda loathes anyone whose beauty dares to rival her own—including her daughter.  And despite Ana’s attempts to be plain to earn her mother’s affection, she’s sent away to the kingdom’s exclusive boarding school. At the Academy, Ana is devastated when her only friend abandons her for the popular girls. Isolated and alone, Ana resolves to look like a true princess to earn the acceptance she desires. But when she uncovers the dangerous secret that makes all of the girls at the Academy so gorgeous, just how far will Ana go to fit in?
Oh, yum, that sounds like a delicious book! A twist on Snow White is always good.

Title: The life beyond.The Life Beyond (The Other Life, #2)
Author: Susanne Winnacker.
Expected publication: March 1st 2013 by Usborne.
Sort: Part two of ‘The other life.’
My review of The other life/the weepers.
15, 323 hours since Sherry listened to one of her father's bedtime stories. 30, 657 minutes since she heard his laughter.
Sherry's father's life is hanging in the balance... And if he turns into a Weeper, Sherry and Joshua know that the only way to save him lies on the other side of the fence - the barrier cutting them off from the rest of the world.  With Tyler and Rachel, they set off into the unknown, driven by the promise of a cure, and the hope of reclaiming the life they once knew. But they find that there are more than just Weepers standing in their way...  There is no going back. There is only beyond
I liked the first book and I can’t wait to see how this story is going to develop.

What is your pick this week?
Mel1
Monday, November 19, 2012 13:08

Review 97. Suzanne Weyn – The night dance.

The Night Dance: A Retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" (Once Upon a Time)Title: The night dance.
Author: Suzanne Weyn.
Pages: 193.
Published: November 22nd 2005.
Publisher: Simon Pulse.
ISBN: 1416905790 (ISBN13: 9781416905790) 
Sort: Part of the “Once upon a time” series.
Under the stars, in a secret world… Rowena, the youngest of twelve sisters, loves to slip out of the castle at night and dance in a magical forest. Soon she convinces her sisters to join her. When Sir Ethan notices that his daughters' slippers look tattered every morning, he is certain they've been sneaking out. So he posts a challenge to all the suitors in the kingdom: The first man to discover where his daughters have been is free to marry the one he chooses. Meanwhile a handsome young knight named Bedivere is involved in a challenge of his own: to return the powerful sword, Excalibur, to a mysterious lake. While looking for the lake, Bedivere meets the beautiful Rowena and falls for her. Bedivere knows that accepting Sir Ethan's challenge is the only opportunity for him to be with Rowena forever. But this puts both Bedivere and Rowena in a dangerous situation…one in which they risk their lives for a chance at love.
Rating: 3 out of 5.

Again, a very sweet book in the “Once upon a time” series. This is a retelling of the twelve dancing princesses mixed with the tale of Arthur and the round table. This was an unique twist and it worked.

Summary.
Rowena lives with her father and eleven sisters in a house surrounded by a high wall. Their mother disappeared when they were young girls. Their father is very protective. He doesn’t want to lose his daughters, so they aren’t allowed to go past the wall. What he doesn’t know is that this wife is still very close, locked away by magic.

One day, Rowena found a hole in the wall and she slips outside. She meets the man she saw in her visions,  Bedivere, and they fall in love. When her father discovers that, he doubles the security. Luckily for the girls, there is a secret passage in their room. It leads to a tunnel complex under their house. Every night, they go dancing and their father is desperate;

The man who can find their secret, can marry a princess of his choice. The first man fails, but the second one is Bedivere. He is also on another quest. He was one of the knights from Arthur, but the King died in a fight; he gave him Excalibur. Bedivere must throw the sword into an enchanted lake.

Can he rescue the princesses from an evil magic and can he complete his quest?

Opinion.
There is not much character development and the love is the most instant-love you can get. Bedivere met Rowena in her visions, so I guess they had a special connection. It’s definitely a happily-ever-after-story.

Their mother has been captured and we also see how she is trying to break free from the spell. It must be frustrating to be so close to the people you love, without being able to tell them. I love how these two different stories came together in the end.

Mel1
Saturday, November 17, 2012 21:23

Fairytale News 3. Books-to-movies, part one.

This is a 'new' feature I came up with. I will be talking about everything that has to do with reading. From pretty new covers to discussions about books. I will post them randomly.

Today I want to talk about books-to-movies. If you click on the title, it will direct you to the IMDb website for more information.

When I found out that Jonathan Rhys Meyers is part of the cast from The mortal instruments: City of Bones, I did a happy dance. I haven’t read the books yet (I've started today), but he is a great actor (Tudor love <3) This movie will be released in the USA on 23 August 2013. Two days ago they released the trailer, definitely take a look!
When her mom is attacked and taken from their home in New York City by a demon, a seemingly ordinary teenage girl, Clary Fray, finds out truths about her past and bloodline on her quest to get her back, that changes her entire life.

I recently found out that they are going to film ‘The forest of hands and teeth’, how cool is that? I really think this could work, because the story has a lot of potential. The date is set on 2013. I can’t wait to see the cast, but I heard the awful rumour of ‘Mary’ and ‘Kristen Stewart’. Please, don’t do that to me. I’m sorry for the fans of Stewart, but she is definitely NOT a Mary figure. My review.
In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.
I can’t wait to see The Hobbit: an unexpected journey! 12 December 2012 is the date I can finally see it. The LOTR movies are amazing and I bet this is going to be a huge hit. There will be two other movies - Part 2: The desolation of Smaug, December 2013, and Part 3: There and back again, July 2014.

It’s so awesome that all the original actors are back into their roles and that the movie is directed by the same director as the LOTR movies. Changing the actors would give the same feeling as changing the covers from a book in the middle of a series (and don’t you just hate that when it happens?) 

A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug.
What do you think about the movies? Are you looking forward to them? Come and stop by next week to see more movie news!
Thursday, November 15, 2012 13:55

Review 96. Julie Kagawa – The lost prince.

The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)Title: The lost prince.
Author: Julie Kagawa.
Pages: 379.
Published: October 23rd 2012.
Publisher: Harlequin Teen.
ISBN: 0373210574 (ISBN13: 9780373210572)
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
Sort: Part one “Call of the Forgotten”
Part five “The iron Fey.”
Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them. That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for. Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It was pretty obvious that this book is the start of a new series – and that makes me very happy! It’s wonderful to return to the world of the iron Fey. Seeing Meghan, Puck, Grimalkin and Ash made me realize how much I missed them. I hope they will play a bigger role next time. You can't have too much Puck and Grimalkin!

Summary.
Ethan is not a normal teenager. His half-sister is queen of the iron Fey and he is cursed with “the Sight.” Which practically means that the faeries are ruining his life. In order to keep a low profile from the faeries, he tries to stay away from people. There is only one girl who isn’t scared by his bad temper: Mackenzie, also known as Kenzie.

When a half-breed named Todd asks for Ethan’s help, things are starting to get out of control. Especially when Todd disappears. Ethan keeps seeing faeries he never saw before – what are they and what are they doing here? When Ethan ignores a warning from one of them, the real trouble starts. He ends up in Nevernever together with Kenzie.

He finally meets Meghan again and when she doesn’t listen to him, Ethan decides that he must find Todd before it is too late. Together with Keirran, a half-elf, Razor, a gremlin and Kenzie, he embarks on a difficult journey to find out who these Forgotten are – and what they are doing to the disappearing exiles and half-breeds.

Opinion.
First of all: we all know that Kagawa knows how to write a good story. The world-building is great. It always felt like I was walking besides Ethan and his new made friends. She also knows how to create believable characters and a good male POV. I totally understood Ethan’s bitterness, even when he sometimes went too far in his hate. He is blinded by his anger for Meghan, but he slowly starts to open up for the world that is part of him.

"Now, before I start screaming, will someone – you or the talking cat or a freaking flying goat, I don’t care – please tell me what the hell is going on?”

Kenzie was great! She is brave and an equal match for Ethan. I did question her behaviour sometimes, but it became clear at the end. I love how their feelings got enough time to develop, so don’t be scared about instant-love (and thank you Kagawa, no love-triangle!)
I can’t write this review without mentioning Razor, the gremlin. What a cutie! You just have to love this little guy. The Forgotten are very creepy and unique. They made a great plot, even when the pace was a bit slow sometimes.

Conclusion: it was a good start from a new series, but definitely not the best book from the iron Fey so far. I’m looking forward to the next book.

Mel4
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 20:34

Review 95. Karalynn Lee – Heart of the dragon’s realm.

Heart of the Dragon's RealmTitle: Heart of the dragon’s realm.
Author: Karalynn Lee.
Pages: 142.
Published: October 29th 2012.
Publisher: Carina Press.
ISBN: 9781426894558
Sort: Stand-alone.
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
Princess Kimri is used to betrayal. Her brother sold her to a king in exchange for swords to defend his lands. King Tathan's reputation is as fierce as that of his mountain kingdom—where dragons are said to guard the castle walls—but the realms are unstable enough without angering the mountain-king, so Kimri reluctantly agrees to the union. When she arrives in Helsmont, the king promises her a year of courtship before marrying—or parting ways. Before long, Kimri thinks she may find comfort, and perhaps eventually love, with the stoic king. But the realms are more unsettled than Kimri realizes, and she soon finds herself caught in the middle of a war between the kingdoms. Can she count on her betrothed to take her side? Or will his loyalty to his kingdom come before his loyalty to her?
Rating: 3 out of 5.

If you want to read an incredibly sweet story with a good developed romance, this is the book for you.

“But to matter where in my realms my thoughts might dwell,” he said, “they return to you.” 

Kimri is a princess with a great spirit. She is not arrogant and lazy, but she is fierce and she knows how to fight. Dereth used her to get more weapons and men in the never-ending war with Kensgate. The mysterious King Tathan from the mountains asked for her hand in return for swords and army, so now she is shipped off to Helsmont.

Instead of finding a brutal and scary man, she meets an attractive, kind man. After a while, Kimri gets used to the people and she starts to love the place. Everybody is nice to her and she can do whatever she wants. Her meetings with the King are short, but they start to fall in love with each other. Until Kimri gets the message that Kensgate captured her brother and Tathan doesn’t want to pay the price. Kimri decides to safe her brother, but when things doesn’t go according to plan, Kimri is starting to wonder if she can return to the man she loves.

The only thing I found disappointing was the fact that there are hardly any dragons in this book. Yes, there are rumours that there are sleeping dragons in the realm. The mountains are supposed to be guarded by a dragon, but you have to wait ‘till the end before they make an appearance. When they made there entrance in the story, they surprised me. I never saw the plot coming, so that was well-done. The writing-style is also very pleasant. It reads extremely fast. I would say, just read this one between some other books. It’s cute for one read, but nothing too special.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012 13:19

Top 10 Tuesday (22). Deserted island.

Top 10 books I want on a deserted island.

Let’s hope that it will never get that far, but if I end up alone on a deserted island, these are the books I want to have:

The oldies, because I want something that feels like home.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)The Book Thief Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1)
      


 One of my favourites, so I can forget the world around me for some time.        
Tiger Lily

The kick-ass, to get some strength when things get tough.
IncarnationThe Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

The survivals, to remind me that the situation can be much worse.
Divergent (Divergent, #1)The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)



A cheesy book, because I need to remind myself why I want to survive.
I would take a photo album with me, so I can look at the pictures from my friends, my family and my amazing boyfriend. This will help me through the days; to keep hope that I will return to them.
Monday, November 12, 2012 00:58

Review 94. Alethea Kontis – Enchanted.

EnchantedTitle: Enchanted.
Author: Alethea Kontis.
Pages: 305.
Published: May 8th 2012.
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books.
Sort: Stand-alone.
It isn't easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true. When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.
The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past - and hers?
Rating:

“All of us heal in time. The strongest are born again. We only keep the scars we choose to keep.”

If your looking for a book that is made by kneading together various fairytales, then your search is over. This story was so much fun! We have the happy family consisting of four daughters (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday), a son called Peter and an adopted son Trix. There used to be seven daughters and a son called Jack, but you will have to find out about them yourself.

Sunday is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter: and therefore, she is doomed to live a happy life. Her talent is writing. Unfortunately, everything she writes down has the tendency to come true. One day, Sunday meets a frog. They become friends until she breaks the curse that was placed upon Rumbold, the prince. He returns to his palace and he announces a ball. Her family hates the Royal Family and Rumbold wants to make sure that Sunday falls in love with him as a person: not only as a frog.

Troubles are starting when the King lays his eyes on Wednesday. He reminds her of his true love, the fairy godmother Sorrow. The king and Sorrow have a gruesome plan in order to keep his youth and power. Rumbold must do anything to rescue Wednesday before it is too late.

Opinion.
“She needed him to keep her sane, to make her laugh, to feel complete.”

I love how every character got their own personality. Besides Sunday, I really appreciated Saturday. She is a woodsman like her father and she hates dancing and the fancy balls. At the end of the book, she is even trying to learn how to handle a sword! Sunday is a sweet girl and she will do anything to keep her family safe. It was nice to see how happy this family is, despite the losses they have suffered. They have their struggles, but they love each other anyway.

I didn’t really connect with Rumbold (therefore 4.5 instead of 5 hearts), but he was a good match to Sunday. Their love blossoms when they meet as a girl and a frog, isn’t that great?

The storyline is awesome and the plot is wonderful. It was so much fun to figure out all the fairytales! The use of those stories is perfectly executed. The writing-style is fast paced, the world-building is good and I couldn’t stop reading this book. I can’t wait to read more from this author.


Sunday, November 11, 2012 01:17

Fairytale news 2. Youtube clips.

This is a 'new' feature I came up with. I will be talking about everything that has to do with reading. From pretty new covers to discussions about books. I will post them randomly.

When I’m bored (or trying to escape homework) I like to go to youtube to watch silly videos. Two days ago I stumbled on “The hillywood show” and they are brilliant! They have several parodies on popular books, like the Twilight series, Vampire Diaries and The Hunger Games. But this is my favorite one;


Tell me what you think about it! And if you have watched them before, what is your favorite parody from them?

Thursday, November 08, 2012 22:59

Review 93. Carrie Ryan – Hare moon.

Hare Moon: An Original Forest of Hands and Teeth StoryTitle: Hare moon.
Author: Carrie Ryan.
Pages: 40.
Published: April 5th 2011 (first published March 23rd 2011)  
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0375979999 (ISBN13: 9780375979996)
Sort: Part 0,5 of ‘The forest of hands and teeth.’
Part 1: The forest of hands and teeth.
Part 2: The dead-tossed waves.
Part 3: The dark & hollow places.
Tabitha can’t shake the feeling that something exists beyond the fences of her village. And when she sneaks out, past the gates and down the path into the Forest of Hands and Teeth, she meets a boy who teaches her heart things she never knew. But love in a world surrounded by so much death doesn’t come without its sacrifices, and Tabitha gradually realizes just how much she’ll have to give up to live among the Unconsecrated.
Rating: 3 out of 5.

I absolutely love "The forest of hands and teeth" series, so I had to read this book about Tabitha. There is no time to connect with her and the story about her life is too short to get to know her. It’s all about her desire for answers; her hunger for more. She decides to sneak out on the path outside the gates, where she meets a boy called Patrick. Every Hare Moon they will meet again, but one day he doesn’t show up.

When Tabitha becomes part of the Sisters after their suspicion that she is up to something, she stumbles on a book. It tells the story of the Return and it suddenly becomes clear to Tabitha: the Sisters are right. But can she resist Patrick’s desperate question when he asks Tabitha to hide him and his brother in her city after an Unconsecrated attack?

The characters are plain. There is no real description about Tabitha or Patrick and I couldn’t feel the growing love between them. I could expect that, since it's a very short story. The ending was very unexpected and it actually made the whole story go from 2 princesses to 3.

Naamloos
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