Mittwoch, 29. März 2017

"Six of Crows" by Leigh Bardugo

Hi there lovelies!
Everybody knows this book - you cannot not know it if you have ever seen a booktube video, a bookstagram or went to any YA book section. I feel very late on this train but I just jumped on and boy, let me tell you - it was a wild ride. But it was amazing.
Of course one always questions the hype around any book, if it's justified and why. That's the way it was with this book.


Summary:
As it is said on the cover: six dangerous outcasts in a city loosely similar to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. They don't have anything so of course they say yes to a seemingly impossible heist that promises a lot of money.

Facts: 

Pages: 465 pages 
Published in: 29th of September 2017



My Opinion:
There was so much hype around this book so I absolutely had to read it. The book moved to the top of my TBR and how I have finally read it. I decided to read this duology before reading the Grisha-trilogy. I heard this duology was supposed to be better so I wanted to enjoy it first. I'm now really determined to read the Grisha-trilogy as well because I fell in love with the Grishaverse.

There were a lot of things I loved:
  •  I loved the atmosphere: I live in Germany quite close to the border to the Netherlands and every word about Ketterdam reminded me so much of Amsterdam and it felt so right! I think it was mentioned in the acknowledgments that Leigh Bardugo used books about Amsterdam as a reference, so I'm pretty sure Ketterdam is based on Amsterdam. I recognized a lot of words as sounding either Dutch or Norwegian (I'm not sure if they actually are, but they did sound like that). The atmosphere was dark, grungy and just perfect for the characters. That gets us to the next point.


  • The characters were so well-developed and I fell in love with them so quickly. I loved how their group dynamic developed throughout the 450 pages. Each of them were so unique and so flawed, but lovable in every way. Their place of origin or upbringing played a big role for many of them and I loved how that was incorporated into their characters.

  • The plot was amazing and it somehow never got boring. I was always on the edge and so eager to know what is coming next. It was so gripping and the cliff hanger at the end... I'm so glad I bought both books at once! 


I have to admit it took me the first 30 pages to really get into it and understand the concept of the Grisha and how society works in this book, but after that I was flying through the pages. I'm ultra in love with this series so it's no wonder I'm giving this book 10 out of 10 hearts.


- xoxo Lisa

Donnerstag, 23. März 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: "Favorite Angsty Romances"

Hi there!

Top 5 Wednesday is a tag created by Lainey over at Goodreads. This weeks topic is "Favorite Angsty Romances" and since those are my favorite kind of romances, I have a strong opinion for this topic. Get yourself ready for some angsty romances, maybe you'll discover some you haven't heard of yet.



"Sempre" by J.M. Darhower

This one is my favorite romance and it is seriously amazing. It's about Carmine, born into a Mafia family and Haven, a young slave who was bought by Carmine's father.
That one sentence already shows how angsty this story gets and oh my god, it's just so good. If you have never heard of this or haven't read it yet, you should do it immediately. It'll break your heart and you will cry. Probably.








"Me before you" by Jojo Moyes

Everybody knows this book or it's movie. Will Traynor had an accident and is now bound to a wheelchair and is not able to move. Young Louise is in desperate need for a job and ends up working as Wills caretaker for a while.
The angst for me is in the way Will feels and the way I felt when reading it. I'm not sure if it's typically considered as an angsty romance, but I would consider it as one. Would you consider it as one or can somehow understand my reasoning?





"Rome" by Jay Crownover

Any of the "Marked Men"-books are good angsty romances but I like Rome's story the most. Both Rome and Cora have lived through a lot and finding to each other is not an easy way. It's angsty, it's sad but lovely as well.
You don't necessarily need to have read any other "Marked Men"-book but I would recommend, because the books which were released before would be spoiled then. I'd recommend reading them all!








*TRIGGER WARNING*
"Suicide Watch" by Kelly York

This book is really angsty, deep and sad. Vincent has been living in foster homes and has never felt at home until Maggie took him in. When Maggie dies, Vincent has nothing left. In a pro-suicide forum he meets other people who feel like him.
It's a lgbtq-love story as well which I thought is really neat, they are rare after all.



"Ten Tiny Breaths" by K.A. Tucker

It's the classic "He's broken and she is broken too"- kind of story but it was well executed and has just the right amount of angst. It also contains enough romance and also humor to make it absolutely enjoyable.
I remember feeling very much with the main protagonist Kacey and her life. The author was able to connect me to Kacey's emotions so it's a really good read.








That's all for this topic. See you next time, lovelies!


- xoxo Lisa






Samstag, 18. März 2017

"Empress of a Thousand Skies" by Rhoda Belleza

Hi there lovelies!
This book was in my FairyLoot subscription box and I was so excited for it. It looks pretty and the genre is something new (at least for me) since it's supposed to be some kind of space opera. The cover is gorgeous, right?



Summary:
Young Rihannon Ta'an is the crown princess of the galaxy and all she wants is revenge for the death of her family. On her 16th birthday she will ascent and become empress of the galaxy. Alyosha is a Wraetan star in a reality TV-Show.
Both need to go in hiding when Rhee is attacked and Aly is claimed to be her murderer. Both try to save their galaxy from the wrong people.

Facts:

Pages: 314 pages
Published in: February 7th 2017



My Opinion: 
There was quite some hype around this book after it was released. That got me excited as well and so I had some hopes for this. Sadly, it was incredibly hard for me to get into the story and even at 150 pages I couldn't really find myself caring for the characters or the plot. I forced myself to finish the book and only the last 100 pages were somewhat interesting.
I think my problem was that there was just plot but no characters: for me that means the characters had nothing to make them unique or interesting - the only thing they have is the plot. I don't really care for a plot when the I don't feel anything for the characters. 
Another problem I had were all the words that were invented for this universe and were used right from the beginning without any explanation inside of the story. It confused me so much and made the reading process so annoyingly hard. It didn't feel right somehow and I didn't like it.
I did think the plot in itself was interesting and was nicely thought out - I just couldn't find myself caring for it. 

I did like how the chapters were separated into the point of view of both Rhiannon and Alyosha and how they stories start to intertwine. It was well thought out but sadly not well executed, at least in my opinion. I won't be reading the next book. Based on my thoughts I give the book 3 out of 10 hearts. I just didn't like it and I'm sorry for that, because I was really hyped for it.



- xoxo Lisa

Dienstag, 14. März 2017

"99 Days" by Katie Cotugno

Hey there!
This book I picked up after I enjoyed "How to love" by Katie Cotugno so much. Afterwards I decided I wanted to read her other novel as well and it sounded interesting. It was one of the books sitting on my TBR for quite a while so I decided to finally pick it up, and boy I do not regret it.



Summary:
Molly has 99 days left to spend in her hometown before leaving for college. It may seem like nothing but, since most people her age hate her, it's not that easy. They hate her, because she broke Patrick's heart and they're on his side.

Facts
Published in: April 21st 2015
Pages: 384 pages




My Opinion
I really liked this contemporary novel and I think Miss Cotugno writes fantastic teen romances. Her writing style is so fluid, easy to read and enjoyable. It felt authentic as if I was inside the head of a teenager.
The characters were well developed, they had flaws and quirks and things that made them unique (like it is in real life) and I loved that. All of the teens were very round and dynamic, far away from perfect which made them so real and loveable. They developed in front of your eyes, made you feel things and be proud of their little achievements.
The novel allowed a lot of emotions to be felt, especially sadness about Molly's treatment and anger towards the other people who are so hateful. There are a lot of funny and cute moments as well, it has all of the emotions and aspects one needs in the perfect contemporary novels. It dealt with a certain problem many young girls have to deal with and I think it dealt with that quite well, at least at the end.
I also liked the division of chapters into the 99 days Molly lives through. It felt like I was with her everyday and it felt like I was living these 99 days. The feeling of summer came through so well and since it's winter here, it was such a nice change. Warm fuzzy feelings, camping, summer jobs, getting iced coffee with friends... summer ♥
Especially the ending felt realistic. It wasn't picture perfect and the happiest, but it also didn't make me feel frustrated and unhappy. It wrapped up so nicely, I'm really proud of Cotugno for not falling back into clichés.
There is only one thing I disliked was the fact that Molly kept on making the same damn mistake and after a while I became so frustrated with her. On the other hand I think that made her more realistic as well, but while reading it really was frustrating.

Anyway, based on all of these facts I give the book a rating of 9 from 10 hearts. I enjoyed it a lot and can only recommend it!



xoxo Lisa

Montag, 13. März 2017

February Wrap-Up and March TBR

Hey there!
Just a quick summary of what I read. And then the ones I would like to read in March. In March I have loads of time so I'm trying to be ambitious.


February Wrap Up:
"City of Lost Souls" by Cassandra Clare (started in January, finished in February)
"City of Heavenly Fire" by Cassandra Clare
"99 Days" by Katie Cotugno
"Das Paket" by Sebastian Fitzek (a German thriller)
"Everything, Everything" by Nicola Yoon

I'm impressed to have read five books even though I spent more than half the month with exams. Those are finished now and I have some time to read and relax now!

Now onto what I would like to be reading in March. I probably will chose others while going through the month because that's how I roll but anyway, I still want to make plans.



March TBR:
"Empress of a Thousand Skies" by Rhoda Belleza (already started, halfway through)
"Nevernight" by Jay Kristoff
"Six of Crows" by Leigh Bardugo
"On the Other Side" by Carrie Hope Fletcher
"This Savage Song" by V.E. Schwab
"All The Lights We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr

This seems ambitious to me because, even though I have no university going on in March, I am going to move out at the end of March and therefore have a lot of planning, buying and packing to do. And I have other hobbies I want to go after now that I finally have some time!

Anyway, that's a little summary for my reading months!

-xoxo Lisa

Sonntag, 5. März 2017

"Everything, Everything" by Nicola Yoon

Hi there!
After seeing the trailer for 'Everything, Everything' I immediately felt the need to see the movie or read the book. Since the movie will come out in May and that's a few months away, I had to get the book. I do not own it, I got it from the library because the need to read was just THAT urgent.
Anyway, I'll tell you a bit about the book and how I liked it.




Summary:

Maddie is sick and can't leave the house. She hasn't for the seventeen years she's been alive. Her sickness can be triggered from anything in the world so she has to stay in her home, where the air is filtered and no foreign bacteria can come in.
And she has been happy, until Ollie moves in next door and they both start to communicate. Suddenly Maddie knows there is more to the world than just being inside and staying healthy.

The Facts

Pages: 306
Published in: September 1st of 2015



My Opinion:
Since I had seen the trailer for the movie, I already knew quite a bit about the story and I was excited. I expected something different but I was not disappointed. It was a very, very quick and cute read. The quickness came because of the pages that were filled with pictures, diagrams, diary entries or just one sentence and so those 306 (that's not much!) pages were actually even less. I disliked that because I wanted more - it felt a bit too rushed and I wish there had been more little moments to enjoy and to find more love for the characters. So even though these different media used for presentation brought the story closer, they also took more plot/story from us and the book would only have benefited from that.
I feel like the characters were missing some depth and personal scenes portraying who they really are. I was missing some little quirks, flaws or personal habits. It was still very enjoyable and a cute and different twist on the Romeo/Juliet principle (forbidden love). And I still liked both Maddy and Ollie, they were cute characters.

The writing style was very enjoyable and it felt 'young' in the sense that it can be read from 12 years and up. The writing was fluent, easy to get into and just felt like a lot of fun, even though I think at many points the narrator told more than it showed. Showing is usually a preferred method because it brings in more depth - which I felt the book lacked.

Considering all of these points, I would give the book a solid rating of 7 of 10 hearts - it was just so cute and enjoyable, any hearts less would not be fair. Now I'll wait excitedly for the movie and I hope you do. Maybe it is enough to just wait for the movie, but we'll see when it comes out!




- xoxo Lisa

Mittwoch, 1. März 2017

"City of Heavenly Fire" by Cassandra Clare

 Hi there lovelies!
This is the end of an epic saga - not really though, since Cassandra Clare keeps on writing and showing us our favorite lil' babies ♥
Anyway, around all of the studying I had to do for my final exams at university, I managed to read this big baby. I'm able to say that I loved it (again) and that I really really love this series. I may have annoyed by bestie by talking about The Mortal instruments (a lot). So, let me tell you what I liked or maybe disliked about this book.

ONLY CONTINUE READING if you have read books one to five! Seriously, enjoy them first!



Quick summary:
The Shadowhunters are in a war against Sebastian and his Endarkened. The only safe place is Idris, but with all the Shadowhunters in hiding, there is no one to protect the world from demons. Clary and her friends are the only ones who can save the world and so they go after Sebastian.

The Facts

Pages: 725 pages
Published: 27th of May 2014



My Opinion:
This ending of an amazing series is full of heartbreak, action and humor - it is quite epic and with over 700 pages the longest as well. I think it's a good ending for this series. 
The plot is better than it was in "City of Lost Souls" and it was very interesting. It stretched well over the 700 pages and didn't feel too long. Of course it mirrors the first ending a bit (in "City of Glass") since both show the end of war, but that felt like a nice full circle.
The best part was, of course, the characters and how their relationships turned out. It's also where the heartbreak comes in. CoHF is the only one of the six books that made me cry, and not only a little. No spoilers to be told, but it's really sad. Of course Cassie doesn't let our hearts be broken, she gives us a little glimmer of hope which folds out in "Tales from Shadowhunter Academy"... maybe a trick to get us to buy more of her books? Doesn't she know that we would do so anyway? ^^

Anyway, I don't have to say much more than this being a well thought-out ending for the main series, which pulls together most of the strings and leaves some to be explored in further books (as she always does, our Cassie). Based on that I give it a solid rating of 9 out of 10 hearts!




- xoxo Lisa