WWW Wednesdays #34 – April 8th

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?

ataleoftwocities???????????I’ve put A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens temporarily on hold because I wasn’t in the mood to read classics and I didn’t want to end up hating the novel because of that. I’m currently reading Funereal by Giacomo Lee, an ARC provided by the publisher that I’m really enjoying so far.  Fingers crossed it stays that way!

  • What did you recently finish reading?

ruinandrisingwewereliarsI finished Ruin And Rising yesterday, and with that I have completed yet another trilogy! I love Leigh Bardugo‘s writing and I’m definitely looking forward to read more about Ketterdam in Six Of Crows. It will be a long wait until september… I’ve also read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart during the long weekend, although I didn’t end up enjoying it as much as I would have hoped. I guess it’s another case of a seriously overhyped novel… Full reviews of both titles are probably up before the weekend.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

thestorytellerredqueenMy TBR cup got me The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult last week, but I haven’t been in the mood so far for a historical fiction WWII novel. It sounds like a great read so I will probably read it next though! If not, I will most likely end up reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

BOOK REVIEW: Siege And Storm – by Leigh Bardugo

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Title: Siege And Storm
(The Grisha Series #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Dystopia
First published: June 4th 2013
Finished reading: March 27th 2015
Pages: 435
Rating 4,5

“You know the problem with heroes and saints, Nikolai?” I asked as I closed the book’s cover and headed for the door. “They always end up dead.”

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I know that it took me way too long to finally read the sequel to Shadow And Bone, especially since I loved this first book in The Grisha series. The biggest problem was probably that I only owned a Spanish copy of Siege And Storm, and I normally prefer reading books in their original language… So as soon as I gave in and bought myself a copy of both the sequels, I was ready to dive into the Grisha world Leigh Bardugo so beautifully has created again. And this second book definitely didn’t disappoint me. Sure, Alina did have one too many suitors for my taste, but the romance scenes didn’t distract from the rest of the story. Alina as the female heroine seriously kicks ass, and you cannot help put crossing your fingers everything will work out in the end. Leigh Bardugo‘s prose is easy to read and the face pace makes it hard to put Siege And Storm down before you finish it. A sequel that is definitely recommended to YA Fantasy fans!

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

After having escaped the Darkling, Alina and Mal have to start over again in a land unknown to them. The Darkling is trying to hunt them down, and Alina is still trying to figure out how to deal with all those lost lives on the Fold… And more importantly, how to keep her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. It turns out that neither of the two can escape there past for too long, and soon they are both in the Darklings hands again… Darkness never dies, and he has a terrifying new power. He was foolish though to trust a privateer to bring them all back to Ravka. The Stormhund switches sides and soon helps them turn back to the royal palace in Ravka… Revealing who he really is on the way. Will they be able to fight and destroy the Darkling and his power  together without destroying Alina herself?

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Although I’m pretty sure I enjoyed the first book even more, Siege And Storm is without doubt a worthy sequel. The world building in The Grisha series is pretty impressive, and I love the prose Leigh Bardugo uses to tell her story. The characters in general are definitely likeable as well, and with the fast pace and easy-to-read prose this sequel is definitely a pageturner. Without doubt recommended!

WWW Wednesdays #32 – March 25th

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?

siegeandstormI started reading Siege And Storm, the second book in The Grisha series, the other day and I’m absolutely loving it so far. I loved reading Shadow And Bone last year, and now I finally own a copy of both sequels I’m excited to be reading more of Leigh Bardugo‘s work. Hopefully it stays this good!

  • What did you recently finish reading?

harrypotterandthehalfbloodprinceellaenchantedI finished Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine the other day to complete the fairytale retelling square in my 2015 Bookish Bingo Challenge… I cannot say I was blown away with it; it was an ok read but there are a lot better fairytale stories out there. I’ve also managed to finish my Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince reread, so now I’m only one book away of completing my HP series reread! It’s always great to revisit the adventures of Harry Potter that J.K. Rowling has invented.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

ataleoftwocitiestheshockofthefallMy hubby got me a kindle for my birthday (yay! ❤ ), and I went a little e-book crazy! I have so many new reads I’m super excited about that it’s impossible to choose what to read next… I will probably start with The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer to take a break from the YA Fantasy genre. Afterwards, I will most likely finally pick up my copy of A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens as part of my TBR Pile Challenge.

Teaser Tuesdays #35 – March 24th: Siege And Storm

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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’m about to start Siege And Storm, the second book in The Grisha series… I absolutely loved reading Shadow And Bone last year, so when I got an English copy of both sequels as a birthday gift I decided to continue this series straight away. I’m so excited to be reading more of Leigh Bardugo‘s work! 😀

siegeandstorm“I threw up my hands and light burst through the hallway in a blinding cascade. Then rough hands seized me, yanking my arms behind my back. I was dragged inside the room, kicking and thrashing.”

 

 

What are you reading right now?

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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Top Ten Tuesday #7 – September 16th: Top Authors I NEED To Read More

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The Broke And The Bookish presents us every week a new top ten with a different theme. And this Tuesday’s theme is the Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED To Read More. There are quite a few authors I would like to read more books of… Some are authors of series I need to continue. Of others I’ve enjoyed my first experience with their work and would like to read more. They are listed below in no particular order:

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  • Leigh Bardugo: I´ve read Shadow And Bone of the The Grisha series and absolutely loved it. I really need to start reading the other two books soon… (I actually own a copy of Siege And Storm, but it is in Spanish and I prefer trying to get the English version first before I start reading… I prefer reading books in the original language they were written in.)
  • James Dashner: I’ve read The Maze Runner, and even though I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have thought before reading, I still want to read the first of the series. Plus, I already own a copy of book number two and three, so there is no holding back… Except for the fact that my copy of The Scorch Trials is in Spanish, and I prefer reading it in English as I explained above.
  • Sarah J. Maas: I’ve read Throne Of Glass en I enjoyed it. Since the last book just came out, I really need to read book number two and three soon… I have Crown Of Midnight already, but it is in Spanish… (This is getting repititive, I know.)

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  • Patrick Rothfuss: I’ve read and loved The Name Of The Wind, and now I want to get my hands on book number two as soon as possible… Although the wait for Rothfuss to finish the third book will probably become unbearable.
  • Ian McEwan: I’ve heard many great things about this author, but I’ve only read Atonement so far. I really need to buy more of his books (like Saturday and Sweet Tooth) soon…
  • Rainbow Rowell: I’ve finally read Eleanor & Park not so long ago, and I really have to check out more of her work! Landline, Fangirl, Attachments… They all sound interesting.

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  • Jonathan Safran Foer: I’ve read Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and liked his writing style… I’m looking forward to read more of his work. (Like Everything Is Illuminated.)
  • Jeannette Walls: I´ve read The Glass Castle and was truly impressed by it. Now I would like to read Half Broke Horses and The Silver Star to continue reading about Jeannette and her family…
  • Lee Childs: I’ve read Killing Floor and even though it’s a bit too Rambo/Die Hard for me, I would like to see how the main character develops.
  • Ismael Beah: I’ve read A Long Way Gone some time ago and it is really an impressive memoir… I would like to read Radiance Of Tomorrow as well.

 

BOOK REVIEW: Shadow And Bone – by Leigh Bardugo

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Title: Shadow And Bone
(The Grisha Series #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Dystopia
First published: May 2012
Finished reading: July 10th 2014
Pages: 372
Rating 5

This is the truth of him, I thought as I squinted in the dazzling light. Like calls to like. This was his soul made flesh, the truth of him laid in the blazing sun, shorn of mystery and shadow. This was the truth behind the handsome face and the miraculous powers, the truth that was the dead and empty space between the stars, a wasteland peopled by frightened monsters.”

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Wow. It’s been a long time since I’ve considered giving a book the full five stars. I do not like handing out five stars though, mostly because  I feel a book can never be completely perfect… But I felt Shadow And Bone deserved it. It somehow just clicked between me and this book, and I enjoyed every single moment of it. Some may say the Russian references were way off. Others may say it’s just yet another YA triology feeding on the success of The Hunger Games. But I cannot deny my feelings for this first part of The Grisha series: nothing but praise and love! I definitely and totally recommend it for those who enjoy dystopian YA books. Now excuse me while I go and try to find an English copy of Siege And Storm

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Alina and her best friend Mal are orphans and they grow up only having each other. They are still teenagers when they are both chosen to join the King’s army in the Border Wars. Mal is quite the popular tracker and most girls dream of being with him, but Alina the mapmaker is just a grey mouse and nobody notices her… And even her best friend sometimes forgets she’s there. But things soon change as their army regiment has to enter the Fold. The Fold is filled with unnatural darkness and creatures called volcra, and divides the country in two. When they try to cross it, they are attacked by those nasty creatures. When Mal is about to be killed by one of them, it is Alina who rescues him by revealing a power even she didn’t know she possessed…

So it turns out Alina is a Grisha. Together the Grishas form a magical elite and are led by a mysterious guy called the Darkling. Alina was brought before him when they arrived back at camp, and he decides to take her to the king. She has become the hope of the nation in ending the wars and destroying the Fold. And so Alina the Sun Summoner is born! Alina is taken to royal court against her will and then trained to be a member of the Grisha. She still believes they were wrong and that she is not special at all… And mostly she just wants to go back to Mal who she has a secret crush on. But with some help Alina is slowly able to master her power. When she realizes she was only suppressing it so she can go back to Mal (who she hadn’t heard of since she arrived at royal court), Alina is finally ready to release her gift. But people aren’t who they pretend they are, and Alina soon uncovers a terrible secret involving the Darkling… A secret that forces her to escape the walls of royal court in order to save the country. Alina then finds out she has an ally she didn’t count on when she ran…

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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! It’s a definite must read if you haven’t…

WWW Wednesdays #4 – July 9th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW Wednesdays is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

boneeeI’ve seen Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo around quite a lot during the last few weeks, and I’m glad to have chosen it as my last YA read for now (a break that probably won’t last long though). I’m not too far away in the story yet (still in the first half), but until now I’m definitely enjoying it. Hopefully I can find some time soon so I can try to finish it.

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

1984I finished 1984 a few days ago, but because of a messed up computer I didn’t have a chance to finish the review just yet. In short, I can say this novel by George Orwell was absolutely doubleplusgood (those who read it will understand 😉 ). A very interesting vision of the future with some disturbing similarities…

 

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

glassI’m not completely sure yet since I have a huge list of books waiting for me, but it is probably going to be The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. This one has been waiting on the shelf for quite some time now, and I’ve heard good things about it. It would also be a part of taking a break from YA for a little while… Although I like that genre, I want to read different genres too, like in this case a contemporary memoir involving Jeannette’s family.

Teaser Tuesdays #4 – July 8th: Shadow And Bone

teasertuesdays Yay, I’m back! 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!)

The book I’m currently reading is Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I’m trying to take a break from YA books, but I just had to read this one first. And until now Shadow And Bone is definitely living up to expectations!  Below a quote taken from one of its pages:

boneeeThe Darkling sighed and ran his hands through his dark hair in exasperation. When he looked at me, there was a rueful smile on his lips, and his hair was going every which way. “Baghra has her own way of doing things,” he said.

 

 

What are you reading right now?

WWW Wednesdays #3 – July 2nd

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW Wednesdays is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

1984I was planning on reading 1984 later this month, but after all the positive comments on my Top Ten Tuesday post, I decided to start reading this classic by George Orwell right away. I’m not too far into the story yet since I only started yesterday evening. But until now I’m glad I choose to read this one next.

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

graveyard2I just finished The Graveyard Book last night. I will probably write the review later today or tomorrow, but what I can say for now is that I enjoyed the way Neil Gaiman told this children fantasy story. The ghosts in the story aren’t scary, and for the main character Bod it’s the most normal thing in the world growing up living in a cemetery. Interesting indeed.

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

boneeeI’ve seen Shadow And Bone by Leigh Bardugo around quite a lot during the last few weeks. Apart from the various positive reviews I’ve read, the cover is really convincing me to read this one. I love simple covers with pretty calligraphy and a splash of color…

 

 

These are my answers; how about you?