Friday Finds #28 – March 20th

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. This week’s finds are all 2015 releases that either have been published already or are still unpublished…

My finds this week:

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BOOK REVIEW: Heir Of Fire – by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Heir Of Fire
(Throne Of Glass #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
First published: September 2nd 2014
Finished reading: March 15th 2015
Pages: 562
Rating 4,5

“You do not have the right to wish she were not what she is. The only thing you have a right to do is decide whether you are her enemy or her friend.”

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Birthday review! 😀 When I finished the second book in the Throne Of Glass series, I just HAD to pick up the third book straight away. And now I’ve read it, I can say that Heir Of Fire is just as good as Crown Of Midnight, although the pace is a bit slower at some points. Sarah J. Maas introduces various new characters in the third book, and especially the subplot with the witch Manon Blackbeak was really entertaining. I quickly became a Manon fan even though she is belongs to the bad guys… Hopefully there will be more of her in the still unpublished Queen Of Shadows! The other important new character is Rowan Whitethorn; a character a lot of people seem to love and I can understand why. Fae, full of tattoos and a fierce warrior… Definitely an interesting character, although he does get a bit annoying at times. We see a lot of the new characters and less of the old ones as Celaena has to face new challenges. Heir Of Fire and the rest of the series are definitely recommended if you like the YA Fantasy genre!

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WARNING: Possible spoilers! Please don’t read this summary if you haven’t read Throne Of Glass and/or Crown Of Midnight yet. I’ll keep the summary short but it’s almost impossible to keep it completely spoiler-free…

Celaena is heartbroken after what happened to her best friend, and the only thought in her mind is revenge. She wants the King of Adarlan to pay for what he did, but that is not as easy as it sounds without hurting the ones she cares about…  Chaol sacrificed his future to have Celaena sent away on a mission to protect her, but Wendlyn has other things in store for Celaena as well. Soon she meets Rowan and has to face yet another challenge to finally get what she wants. This one being more difficult than ever, as she has to learn and embrace her own true destiny… And meanwhile the King is still continuing with his evil plans. Will Celaena be able to face her challenges on time and rescue everybody she cares about?

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This third book is called the Heir Of Fire for a reason, and when you read it you instantly understand why. New facts about Celaena’s past and inheritance are revealed that change everything. She now has to face new challenges, and together with the new characters they form an interesting, although slightly different read than the sequel. Heir Of Fire is more about discovering once’s true destiny and learning to control emotions than pure battle scenes (although there are a few of those as well), and that’s mostly why this is a worthy sequel of the Throne Of Glass series. I can’t wait for the fourth book Queen Of Shadows to be published! Supposedly this September; hopefully the publish date won’t be posponed!

WWW Wednesdays #31 – March 18th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

darkwitchI technically haven’t started this first novel of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy yet, but since I will be in a few hours I guess I can could it as my current read. 😉 I’m not sure when I will be able to finish Dark Witch though, because tomorrow is my birthday! Almost 27 already, when did that happen?! I will be celebrating both the fact that I’m getting old AND the fact that this weekend will be probably one of the last hot and sunny ones… So I probably won’t be having a lot of time to read in the next few days.  Nora Roberts will have to wait haha.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

17212231Iheiroffire finally finished Inferno by Dan Brown today between baking (lemon brownie!) and cleaning… Like I suspected, Brown has yet again used the same format as his previous books. It’s not like it’s a bad general, but it does get repetitive. More in a full review that will probably be published somewhere next week. I’ve also finished Heir Of Fire by Sarah J. Maas a few days ago, and I will be waiting for the publication of the fourth novel which is hopefully this September. Definitely a series worth checking out!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

harrypotterandthehalfbloodprinceataleoftwocitiesThe best remedy of feeling yet another year older is to revisit a classic from my childhood… I’m most likely going to reread the sixth Harry Potter book after finishing my current read. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince… I’m excited to revisit this one! 😀 Afterwards, I will most likely finally pick up my copy of A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

Teaser Tuesdays #34 – March 17th: Inferno

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I started reading Inferno, the fourth book in the Robert Langdon series, a few days ago and I’m currently about 250 pages into the story. I was not sure whether to pick up this title,  but my TBR cup decided for me. Plus, it’s part of my TBR pile challenge so no excuse not to read it… So far it’s entertaining, although the general idea of the book is easily to be called repetitive. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t like Dan Brown‘s books, it’s just that they share so many similarities that they can hardly be called ‘original’ anymore. Inferno so far shares the same similarities with the first two books in the series (I haven’t read The Lost Symbol yet), but I like the setting in Italy and the many references to Dante and his Divine Comedy are definitely interesting. It makes me want to reread Dante’s work!

inferno“As Langdon stared up at the horrific sight, he tried to imagine the effect the mosaic had on the youthful Dante, who had attended services at this church year after year, and seen Satan staring down at him each time he prayed. This morning however, Langdon had the uneasy feeling that the devil was staring directly at him.”

 

What are you reading right now?

Gift Guide Tag

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I was tagged by Katherine at Katherine’s Bookcase to do this Gift Guide Tag almost a month ago, and only just came around actually writing this post. Oops! Thanks for tagging, this looks like fun! 😀

This tag was originally created by Crazy For YA as a Christmas gift idea tag.

The rules are:

1) Pick at least one book/series for each category

2) Tag at least 3 bloggers

3) Add your link to the original post

Below I will pick one or two books and/or series for each category… Most will be YA novels, but in some categories I had a hard time finding YA titles I liked so I picked adult novels instead. Here we go!

  • FOR THE CONTEMPORARY LOVER:

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It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (YA)

This is a really strong story about depression and  teenage suicide that will definitely leave its mark. The serious moments are mixed with humor and make this novel a must-read.

 

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I think most people that read YA novels already know John Green; his books are extremely popular. Rather than recommending The Fault In Our Stars (which is obviously good as well), I decided to pick Paper Towns. The prose is interesting, the dialogue brilliant and while the characters are not exactly likeable, you want to continue reading anyway.

  • FOR THE FANTASY LOVER:

beautifulcreaturesBeautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia (YA)

I’ve only read the first book in this series so far, but I’m absolutely loving it. The historical facts, the male POV and the magical elements made Beautiful Creatures into one of my favorite reads this year and one of my favorite YA fantasy series in general.

 

throneofglassseriesThrone Of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas (YA)

I’m reading Heir Of Fire right now after finishing the second book, and I’m definitely enjoying this series! The first book wasn’t my absolute favorite, but I liked the second book way better and the third looks promising.

  • FOR THE ROMANCE LOVER:

Those who know me are already aware of the fact that the romance genre isn’t my thing… So it’s kind of hard to recommend romance novels. The one I’ve picked isn’t YA, but at least it’s something right? 😉

onedayOne Day by David Nicholls

Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY. Although the characters weren’t exactly to my liking, I did enjoy reading about the changes in perspective and friendship during the years, and Nicholls was able to put in some pretty big plot twists. It’s an interesting novel and recommended if you don’t mind a cliche situation or two.

 

  • FOR THE MUSIC LOVER:

 eleanorEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (YA)

I’ll have to repeat Katherine and pick Eleanor & Park for this one… There are not too many YA music novels out there that I know of. I cannot do anything but agree with just about everyone that this is an adorable little story. You cannot help feeling for the main characters, and crossing your fingers everything will work out in the end… And keep your tissues closeby if you are sensible to sadness.

  • FOR THE SCI-FI LOVER:

 fahrenheit451Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (YA)

This sci-fi/dystopian classic is definitely a must-read and SO good! I absolutely loved reading this novel  up to the point that I’m lost for words describing my feelings… Somehow this combination of an intriguing story and strong prose just works.

 

  • FOR THE THRILLER/MYSTERY LOVER:

 theshiningseriesThe Shining series by Stephen King

Both The Shining books are probably two of my all time favorite thriller novels. I read the first one last year and the sequel not so long ago, and I absolutely loved both. Strong characters, creepy story, fast pace and easy-to-read prose… These two novels are simply brilliant.

  • FOR THE DYSTOPIAN LOVER:

The Hunger Games seriesthehungergamestrilogy by Suzanne Collins (YA)

One of my first YA dystopian reads and still one of my favorites! Katniss is a female heroine who seriously kicks ass and the story itself is definitely interesting.

Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo (YA)shadowandboneee

I’ve only read the first book in The Grisha series so far, but I absolutely loved it. It somehow just clicked between me and this book, and I enjoyed every single moment of it. This book left me without words. Or maybe just with words like amazing, stunning, sad, beautiful, heartbreaking etc. I suggest you to read it now if you like YA dystopian novels!

  • FOR EVERYBODY:

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 The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (YA)

Set in the Second World War with themes as the Auschwitz concentration camp and other horrible facts, we see the facts through a nine-year-old boy’s eyes.This novel is amazingly moving and the point-of-view makes it such a special read. Make sure to keep a box of tissues close as you will probably need it during the last few chapters!

harrypotterseriesHarry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (YA)

I know most people will already have read the Harry Potter series, but I couldn’t leave this one out of my favorite YA books list. I’m one of the many people who have grown up with this series, and I still cannot get enough of it. I’m in the middle of a reread right now; only the last two are left!

~ TAG; YOU’RE IT! ~

And I’m going to tag… YOU! Anyone who’s interested in participating in this tag, feel free to join the fun! 😀

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Friday Finds #27 – March 13th

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. I’m still on a book buying ban, but I cannot help adding new titles to my virtual TBR list anyway… At least I’m slowly downsizing my physical TBR!

My finds this week:

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BOOK REVIEW: Crown Of Midnight – by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Crown Of Midnight
(Throne Of Glass #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
First published: August 27th 2013
Finished reading: March 10th 2015
Pages: 448
Rating 4,5

“Why are you crying?”
“Because,” she whispered, her voice shaking, “you remind me of what the world ought to be. What the world can be.”

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I read Throne Of Glass quite a few months ago and somehow I never came around continuing the series. The funny part is that a copy of book number two and three have been collecting dust on my TBR shelf for quite some time now… I guess that in a way I was afraid that the love triangle I didn’t particularly like in book one would become even more important in the sequels. Plus, sequels in other YA Fantasy series have let me down lately, so that could have held me back as well. I’m glad I finally did decide to start reading Crown Of Midnight, because I enjoyed the sequel way better than the first book. Sarah J. Maas was able to introduce a lot of new information about the past and Celaena has new difficult tasks to deal with. Not to mention the surprises the author has in store for her readers! I won’t be going into details to avoid spoilers, but Crown Of Midnight was good enough for me to pick up the third book straight away even though I had planned to read another book next. Definitely recommended for YA Fantasy fans who like a strong female heroine who seriously kicks ass!

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WARNING: Possible spoilers! Please don’t read this summary if you haven’t read Throne Of Glass yet. I’ll keep the summary short but it’s almost impossible to keep it completely spoiler-free…

Celaena is now officially the King’s Champion and has to do as he wishes in order to free herself, but the King is planning something evil and Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. Since he has treatened to kill the people close to her if she doesn’t do as he asks, Celaena has to hide the fact that she isn’t actually killing the men the King has ordered dead… And that secret becomes increasingly harder to hide from her best friend and foreign princess Nehemia and above all from the Captain of the Guard Chaol as their relationship grows more intense. Celaena isn’t the only one with secrets though, and those secrets have terrible consequences… Soon the King’s Champion doesn’t know who to trust anymore and she starts planning revenge. Is there really a rebel organization that is planning to fight against the King, and what is their role in the recent terrible events? And what about the Wyrd marks and secret passages showing up everywhere?

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Crown Of Midnight is one of those sequels that is actually better than the first book. Less romance, more action and intriguing new facts about the main characters and the world they live in… Things are about to get a lot more complicated, and Sarah J. Maas takes us on a very interesting ride. The pace is fast and the prose easy to read… Making this novel hard to put down before it’s finished. Not all characters are to my liking, but Celaena seriously kicks ass and her past is definitely interesting. This series is without doubt recommended for those who like YA Fantasy and a strong female main character! I myself couldn’t stop reading Crown Of Midnight and started the next book Heir Of Fire right after finishing this one. That says enough right?