Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Reading Quest TBR

Time to try something new. I'll be joining the reading quest this month, starting July 13th and ending September 10th.
You can find everything about this quest here: https://readatmidnight.com/2017/07/29/thereadingquest-sign-up/
I chose to start the Mage path. The books I'll try to read are these:
  • A book with a one word title: Vuur by Karel Verleyen
  • A book that contains magic: Air Awakens by Elise Kova
  • A book based on mythology: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • A book set in a different world: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The first book of a series: The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz
If I have time to continue with the knight path I'll read these books:
  • A book with a verb in its title: Wandering by C.E. Dimond
  • A book with a weapon on its cover: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • A book with a red cover: Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz
  • A book that has a tv/movie adaptation: Niets was alles wat hij zei by Nic Balthazar
I don't think I'll get further than this, but just in case I found a fitting book for some of the side quests as well:
  • A book concocted by 2+ authors: Because You Love to Hate Me by ... (A LOT of authors)
  • Buddy read a book: The Soddit by Adam Roberts (This will the the chosen book I'll read together with a group of friends in September)
  • Read whatever you want: I'll see what has my interests at that point.
  • Read a companion novel or short story: Non-Heir by Rachel E. Carter
If you're joining as well, let me know ;)

Much love,
Ellen

Sunday, July 2, 2017

June wrap-up

Last Stand by Rachel E. Carter
Rating: 4/5
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By Your Side by Kasie West
Rating: 5/5
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Vals Nest Beatrijs Peeters
Rating: 4/5
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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Rating: 5/5
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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Rating: 5/5
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas - A Court of Thorns and Roses #2

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world torn apart. 


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas - A Court of Thorns and Roses #1

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin-one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.



What I think:
I was never really drawn to this book. Didn't find the premise interesting and never really understood the hype. The reason I picked this book up is the last book in this series coming out. So why not give it a try? Boy was I wrong for letting this masterpiece almost slip me by.
This book is so beautifully written and after a couple of chapters you even forget it's a retelling. The main story of beauty and the beast is still there, but it has been manipulated in such a beautiful way. The characters are wonderful, the world is wonderful. I feel like I don't have the words to describe this book.
It's been a while since I've been so pleased by a book, not only by the story, but also by the author's writing.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

By Your SideBy Your Side by Kasie West
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis:


When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.
Only he doesn’t come. No one does.
Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Review: Last Stand by Rachel E. Carter - The Black Mage #4

Last Stand (The Black Mage, #4)Last Stand by Rachel E. Carter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

He’s the Black Mage and she’s the traitor to the Crown.

Ryiah’s world was shattered the night she discovered King Blayne’s nefarious plans. Now, she has to betray the one she loves most in order to save the realm from war. Torn between love and duty, Ry finds herself on a perilous mission to help the rebels and convince the kingdom of Pythus not to honor its pact with the corrupt king of Jerar—all the while deceiving the most powerful mage in the realm, the very man sworn to protect the Crown and hunt the rebels at all costs: her husband.
She’s one step ahead, but sooner or later the curtain will fall.
Sooner or later, she’ll have to fight.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Emojiathon June 2017

In June I'll be joining the Emojiathon, hosted on Twitter. Here are the challenges I decided to tackle.

download (4).jpgread a book that was gifted to you
I'll be reading White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout for this. I got this book from my sister for my birthday almost a year ago. She really loved it, so I think I should read it too.

read a book that makes you happy just thinking about it.
Last Stand by Rachel E. Carter. I got this book for review a while ago and I absolutely loved the previous three books of this series. So I have to finish it and it makes me happy thinking about the fact that I still have another book to fuel my love fot this series.

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By Your Side by Kasie West. I have this recent release just hanging around on my shelves so...

emoji.jpgread a book in under 24 hours.
I really have to read Vals Nest by Beatrijs Peeters. It's only 99 pages so I'll be able to easily finish it within 24 hours.