The Penderwicks – Review

I have mentioned Jeanne Birdsall’s Penderwicks in so many blog posts of mine that I am wondering if some of you have had enough of them already. That may be the case for some of you. However, this will never be the case for me as my devotion and love for Jeanne Birdsall’s novels goes back so many years that I couldn’t, cannot and won’t picture my life without this family. Just now, let me explain why I love the Penderwicks.  Continue reading “The Penderwicks – Review”

The Cruel Prince – Review

With this being one of the most anticipated releases of 2018 and both Leigh Bardugo and Victoria Aveyard loving and praising it, I had pretty high expectations and Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince really did live up to my expectations. 

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Synopsis:

Jude and her two sisters see their parents murdered at a very young age. And nobody else than the coldblooded assassin takes them with him to the world of Faerie. Being mortal in the Faerie world, Jude must prove herself more often more intensely to be approved than any other faerie itself. She must be as dangerous, as dreaded and as smart as the Fey themselves to survive and to receive the thing she wants most: power.

She no longer wants to me mocked for being mortal, she no longer wants to threatened, she no longer wants to be belittled by the arrogant prince Cardan. But as she finds herself in the middle of the downfall of the world she so fiercely tries to prove herself to, she has to decide: her own desires or the future of her world.

My thoughts:

To be honest, the book startet a bit slow and I didn’t know what to think of Jude’s obsession with power, but it surprised me at the end. The end offers so much more than the cover text as the ladder only talks about Jude’s “stairway to power” other than political intrigues and the future of the world she grew up in.

I could really identify myself with Jude in most points, as she grows up to love her parents’ assassin but never quite forgives herself for the important role he plays in her life. And the struggle she goes through, her behaving more and more like a faerie and feeling like a faerie in her heart but never being treated equal.

I think talking more about the book’s development would give up too many secrets that one must unravel during reading, so I guess this is the end of the review! Although the book started slow, it turned out to be a fantastic plot with many turn points.

Caraval – Review

After what felt like forever and thousand great books in between, I finally finished Stephanie Garber’s Caraval

51NGaqZ3yVL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_The two sisters, Scarlett and Tella, live alone with their father, the cruel govenour of Trisda, on the island, far far away of Caraval’s magic – a performance once a year, hosted by the master Legend, where the audience can participate in a show and win a price. Scarlett has always dreamed of visiting Caraval one day and finally gets the chance – only one week before marrying an anonymous count to once and for all save her and her sister from her father’s clutches. When Scarlett and her sister arrive at Caraval with the help of the mysterious sailer Julian, her sister disappears. Scarlett can no longer enjoy the show but must find her sister before the game is over or her sister disappears forever.

To be honest, when I read the plot, I didn’t expect a story this intense, as my introduction to the story is really only a very small part of the whole intrigue. Not only must she find Tella, Scarlett must also find out the truth about Legend and his intentions. This book offers so much more than just the search of a lost sister as it slowly reveals the dark secrets of Caraval, its master and  the role the sisters play in it.

I was truly surprised by the fantastic ending as so many turns await for you on the next page. The quote “Welcome for Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems” therefore fits outrageously good to the whole book, as not one thing is quite what it seems.

I also loved the concept of the story, as often the boyfriends or men dissapear, but in this case, the sister disappears. Meaning, the book deals with sisterly love and the will to protect each other.

I also really enjoyed reading from Scarlett’s point of view as I could really empathize with her, willing to marry a stranger to protect her sister takes courage.

SPOILER ALERT. DO NOT READ THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH IF YOU HAVE THE INTENTION OF READING THE BOOK!!!

At the end, I first had to deal with the fact that Julian was Legend’s brother and therefore was like 80 years old – despite the fact of looking 20. That kind of thew me off. And I first hat to bear the thought that Legend wasn’t actually a psycho maniac holding Tella captive and trying to kill the sisters. But I guess we’ll see about his intentions in the sequel Legendary.

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So, all in all, this book really surprised me positively, with its turns and twists, it really is the definition of a page turner!

The Hate U Give – Review

I don’t know how to start. This book sadly is reality, but it is also so much more: an encouragement for oppressed people to stand up, to demonstrate they have a chance, for people to realize this world hasn’t found a resolution for racism and for young people to cherish life and opportunities. 

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Crooked Kingdom – Review

Kaz Brekker – oh no you didn’t. How can anyone ever live up to your standards, I ask myself . How can anyone ever write a book as brilliant as this ever again? Leigh Bardugo, you took your writing to a whole other level. The second novel of the Six of Crows Duology plays only days after the first novel ended, leaving Kaz Brekker’s gang with nothing but their anger about Jan Van Eck’s betrayal and the worries about Inej, who got captured by nobody else than Van Eck. Determined to get his Wraith and money back, Kaz comes up with a plan so brilliantly minded no one is safe – making them the most wanted people in the world.

I have nothing to say about the fact that these novels are the most fascinating ones I’ve ever read. Leigh Bardugo writes in a way I haven’t seen anybody write, yet this is only a small part of why these books are my favorites. The dialogues are vivacious, the characters are lovely and the plot is the most epic one ever. Also, how does Leigh Bardugo can come up with these masterplans of Kaz’, I wonder?!

I fell in love with all of Kaz Brekker’s gang – obviously Kaz himself, Inej, Nina and Matthias, Jesper and Wylan (and Kuwei if you can count him). Therefore, one can imagine that the ending is very emotional of somebody loving each member of the crew – but no spoilers!

As mentioned in my Six of Crows Blog Post, there have not been many books I read where I enjoyed multiple characters telling the story, but Leigh Bardugo couldn’t change my mind more. All of these characters have their own interesting story and I would love to read all of them, if they are ever written.

SPOILER ALERT!!! Don’t continue reading this paragraph if you intend to read this book (which I highly recommend).

Especially, I’m a huge fan of Kaz and Inez and therefore loved the ending where he bought her her own ship and found her parents. I strongly believe they are off sailing the seas hunting slavers together by now.

I cried when Matthias died because he and Nina where soulmates. There have never been two couples in a book I love that much, so these book really were the exception as I both love Kaz and Inej and Nina and Matthias. Also, I can’t stop thinking about Nina’s last words to Matthias (“May Djel watch over you until I can once more.”). That kind of stayed stuck in my head.

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I don’t know how to ever love a book as much as I loved Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom as these books are rare masterpieces, in my opinion.