The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2)

Started: June 5, 2017
Finished: June 20, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars


Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, so she destroyed them all.


Actual rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I’m definitely not as enamored with this series as I would like to be. I like it in general, but I do not love it. And I do not really understand why I feel like that.

Looking at the individual elements of this novel, I should have loved it. I should have been extatic about the twists and turns in the story, the characters – old and new – and the magic displayed. But somehow, combined, that didn’t happen. Throughout the majority of the story I found myself thinking “medium rating, this is medium rating, somewhere around 3 stars”. Some of the twists in the end – and the final revelations and cliffhanger for the next novel – where what pushed the rating to change into a 3.5 – rounded up to a 4.

I hope that, once I’ve read Midnight Star, my opinions of this series might change to the better. I do want to like this and I can’t see why I do not. Bear with me until then!

And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1)

Started: June 11, 2017
Finished: June 17, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 3/5 stars


Her spine was steel. Her heart was armor. Her eyes were fire.


I had planned to read this later this year, but then I received an ARC for the second book and pushed this up to read now in June.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

It reminded me a lot of a history book. Which, by the way, is not a bad thing in my eyes. I’m the kind of person who read through history books for school on the day we got them, while everyone else in class only read the bits and pieces they needed for the next lecture. History isn’t bad to read – but it has to be focused on something in order to be entertaining. I felt like this novel was far to unfocused to be entertaining. It covered everything, regardless of how unimportant one chapter turned out to be compared to the next. Sure, it gave you a lot of background information on the differences between Lada and Radu, and Mehmed, but I almost feel like that would have been better presented by being written as flashbacks and not in chronological order. It became too much.

I can honestly say that, if I hadn’t already received the ARC for the next novel, I would have DNF this after about 1/4. At that point I rated this novel 1, maybe 2 stars. The second half of the book was better and pushed my rating – and interest – up somewhat. It was paced better, had more intensity and the characters developed into something I could actually support. I found I liked Radu a lot – him being a Christian converting to Islam, and homosexual. It was something unique, something that I do feel Kiersten White should be praised for writing. We need more characters like Radu, set in modern as well as historical settings. Lada and Mehmed remained a bit boring/annoying to me, but Radu grew in my eyes. And he’s definitely a good reason for me to read the next novel, but probably not as soon as I would have liked.

Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles #4.5)

Started: June 1, 2017
Finished: June 7, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars


His smile was instinctive. A little bit apology, a little bit politeness. And a little bit of charm because, of all the things he’d expected to come from his trip to the market, meeting a cute girl with messy hair and dirty work gloves had definitely not been one of them.


Average rating: 4.1

The Keeper: 4/5
Deals with how Michelle Benoit came to be the one to shelter Princess Selene and how Scarlet came to live with her grandmother.
A good story and a good compliment to the rest of the series.

Glitches: 3/5
Deals with how Cinder comes to live with her foster family in New Beijing.
An alright story. Lots of what is written is already well known, nothing’s really new and interesting.

The Queen’s Army: 4/5
Deals with how Ze’ev and his brother become a part of the Queen’s mutant army.
I enjoyed this story a lot. I had almost forgotten about Wolf’s brother – was he ever mentioned beyond Scarlet?

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: 3/5
Deals with parts of Carswell Thorne’s childhood.
I was a bit disappointed in this story. I love Thorne, but this did not feel like how I had imagined him to be as a kid. A womanizer, certainly, but there was just something… off. Can’t quite put my finger on it.

After Sunshine Passes By: 4/5
Deals with how Cress ends up on the satellite.
Such a sweet and sad little story!

The Princess and the Guard: 5/5
Deals with Winter and Jacin’s childhood.
Oh my stars, this was such an amazing story! Absolutely loved it! Made me like Winter and Jacin even more!

The Little Android: 5/5
A retelling of The Little Mermaid.
This was brilliant! I love the original Little Mermaid story, which differs from Disney’s version, and this followed that storyline and I adored it to bits!

The Mechanic: 4/5
Kai’s visit to Cinder’s shop, from Kai’s POV.
This was so sweet! Oh my stars, I had forgotten how awkward bits of that first meeting were! It’s adorable!

Something Old, Something New: 5/5
An epilogue to the series.
I cannot give this less than 5 stars. Weddings, proposals, idiotic paparazzis… what is not to love?

Overall, I absolutely loved being back in this world! I’ve missed these characters, these locations and Marissa Meyer’s writing. And the stories were overall very good. Just a few that I didn’t care that much for. Definitely a plausible re-read at some point.

The Mandorian Chronicles (character teaser #12)

The Mandorian Chronicles is an upcoming series of 6 books written by me, classified as YA Fantasy. I am currently posting the first novel to a select few who have been asked to read and review it. If you are interested in reading this before I ever go into publishing it, let me know, either through the “review request” here on this blog or through my Goodreads account.

In order to give you all an idea of this book I am going to post teasers of the novel here.

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Setting myself a 3 day challenge (while sick)

Well, this might be the stupidest thing I’ve done so far this year when it comes to reading, but I will attempt (attempt) to read the three books displayed above before the month of June is over.

Which means I have three days to do it.

Well, more like 2½ days seeing as it’s already past noon on the 28th.

Normally this wouldn’t have been that much of a problem – I have done these things before – but I have been down with a fever since Monday. Yesterday was hellish, but I am feeling better today and I have been making quite a bit of progress with Lord of Shadows. So I will be able to finish that. My plan for Dark Breaks the Dawn is to listen to it while writing reviews and such, but Bloodrose I just have to power through.

I will try my best though. Fingers crossed!

The Mandorian Chronicles (nation teaser #4)

The Mandorian Chronicles is an upcoming series of 6 books written by me, classified as YA Fantasy. I am currently posting the first novel to a select few who have been asked to read and review it. If you are interested in reading this before I ever go into publishing it, let me know, either through the “review request” here on this blog or through my Goodreads account.

In order to give you all an idea of this book I am going to post teasers of the novel here.

Continue reading “The Mandorian Chronicles (nation teaser #4)”

Why no teasers?

So for the past few weeks I’ve had teasers for my novel scheduled every second day – either quotes, characters or nations. I had planned to schedule some more about two weeks ago, but then my computer broke down.

Well, not entirely. My WiFi adapter broke. Which was stressful as heck, since I have actually been out of a job for the past few months and have been living on state allowance. Which hasn’t been that bad since I’m good with economy and don’t buy things at random (other than books), but I was still reluctant to buy a new computer because it’s so much money. Plus the few demands I have of a computer are a rare combo nowadays, it seems, unless you’re willing to pay about twice of what I bought my old one for.

Anyway, I did manage to find a new computer and so far I’m really loving it. I still have my old one – the WiFi adapter is the only thing that’s not working, so I’m going to keep it as an editing computer for now until I get a new video editing software and new Photoshop.

But this stress – combined with the fact that I’ve been on holiday for the past six days – meant that I didn’t schedule any new teasers other than the ones already there. Meaning nation teasers, which show up every 6 days. Now that I’m back home again I’ll see to it and get more scheduled. This week there’ll also be quite a few reviews and a monthly report to look forward to 🙂