I could write this entry over and over again and still find books I’m dying to read which aren’t on the market yet. But I’m just going to go with the one I waited for the longest: Continue reading “Waiting on Wednesday”
For today’s post of Top Five Tuesday, I decided it’s time for this blog to write more about Harry Potter due to the fact that I haven’t been writing about one of my favorite series of all time lately and thought this should change. So here are my Top Five Saddest Deaths in the Harry Potter Series! Continue reading “Top Five Tuesday – Weekday Memes”
The first day of school is officially over and yet I can’t bring myself to be happy. I’m sad the break is over so talking about the books I bought last week will hopefully catapult me into the holiday spirit. Continue reading “Mailbox Monday – Weekday Memes”
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.
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.
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.
Let’s first of all appreciate these incredibly beautiful book covers I spottet during my stay in London. But anyways, here’s a small insight to the covers I find the most beautiful. Continue reading “Shelf Candy Sunday – Weekday Memes”
This is a new category I’m starting – a blogpost for each week day! Stacking the Shelves Saturday is about the books I want to read next. Continue reading “Stacking the Shelves Saturday – Weekday Memes”
I’m not really psyched about going back to school in two days – I mean who is, it’s about to get serious?! – and therefore I thought maybe I’ll get in the spirit while writing my blog! So here’s a Back to School book tag with each subject!!!
After what felt like forever and thousand great books in between, I finally finished Stephanie Garber’s Caraval.
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.
SPOILER ALERT END
So, all in all, this book really surprised me positively, with its turns and twists, it really is the definition of a page turner!
A list of all the authors featured on my blog!
Acevedo, Elizabeth – The Poet X
Ashton, Brodi – My Lady Jane
Ashton, Brodi – My Plain Jane
Austen, Jane – Sense and Sensibility
Austen, Jane – Pride & Prejudice
Aveyard, Victoria – Red Queen Series
Aveyard, Victoria – WAR STORM
Bardugo, Leigh – Crooked Kingdom
Bardugo, Leigh – Ruin and Rising
Bardugo, Leigh – Shadow and Bone
Bardugo, Leigh – Siege and Storm
Bardugo, Leigh – Six of Crows
Birdsall, Jeanne – The Penderwicks (complete series)
Birdsall, Jeanne – The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
Birdsall, Jeanne – The Penderwicks at Last
Black, Holly – The Cruel Prince
Black, Holly – The Wicked King
Black, Holly – The Queen of Nothing
Black, Holly – The Queen of Nothing (spoiler review)
Brontë, Emily – Wuthering Heights
Brooks, Kevin – Black Rabbit Summer
Brooks, Kevin – iBoy
Cavallaro, Brittany – A Study in Charlotte
Cavallaro, Brittany – A Question of Holmes
Cavallaro, Brittany – The Case for Jamie
Christie, Agatha – The ABC Murders
Christie, Agatha – Hercule Poirot’s Christmas
Clare, Cassandra – The Shadowhunter Series
Clare, Cassandra – City of Lost Souls
Clare, Cassandra – Lady Midnight
Clare, Cassandra – Lord of Shadows
Clare, Cassandra – Queen of Air and Darkness
Cotugno, Katie – TOP 10
Cotugno, Katie – 99 Days
Davos, Christelle – A Winter’s Promise
Estep, Jennifer – Black Blade
Farrant, Natasha – After Iris – The Gadsby Siblings
Garber, Stephanie – Caraval
Gier, Kerstin – Silver
Gier, Kerstin – Dream a little Dream
Gordon, Noah – The Physician
Green, John – Paper Towns
Green, John – The Fault in Our Stars
Green, John – Turtles all the way down
Hand, Cynthia – My Lady Jane
Hand, Cynthia – My Plain Jane
Hawkins, Rachel – Royals (new: Prince Charming)
Hitchcook, Bonnie-Sue – The Smell of other People’s Houses
Hunter, Erin – Warriors
Johnson, Maureen – Truly Devious
Lindgren, Astrid – The Six Bullerby Children
Maas, Sarah J – Throne of Glass
Maniscalco, Kerri – Stalking Jack the Ripper
Martin, George R. R. – A Game of Thrones
McBride, Nicolas – Letters to a Law Student
Meadows, Jodi – My Lady Jane
Meadows, Jodi – My Plain Jane
Meyer, Marissa – Cinder
Meyer, Marissa – Cress
Meyer, Marissa – Scarlet
Meyer, Marissa – Winter
Miller, Madeline – Circe
Morgenstern, Erin – The Night Circus
Riggs, Ransom – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Rio, ML – If We Were Villains
Roth, Veronica – Divergent
Roth, Veronica – The Fates Divide
Roth, Joseph – The Emperor’s Tomb
Rowell, Rainbow – Fangirl
Rowling, JK – The Harry Potter Series
Rowling, JK – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Rowling, JK – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Rowling, JK – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Rowling, JK – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Schwab, Victoria – A Darker Shade of Magic
Sebastian, Lauren – Ash Princess
Stiefvater, Maggie – The Raven Cycle
Sug, Zoe – Girl Online
Tahir, Sabaa – An Ember in the Ashes
Thomas, Angie – The Hate U Give
Valentine, Jenny – Finding Violet Park