Once Upon a December (chapter 12)

Synopsis: While walking the Fade, Solas (aka the Dread Wolf) finds himself pulled from Thedas to Earth – and ends up teaching a human girl how to use her latent powers in the Fade. Four years later, Big Ben is blown up in an terrorist attack. By mages. When the human girl – Elena – saves her sister Jane by using magic, they become the main suspects – and Solas is too far away to help.
But there are others who are much closer…


Chapter 12 (summary)

        “Why the hell would I lie?” she asked. “You had that sword of yours pressed to my neck.”
“You wouldn’t believe how desperate people get when their life’s in danger”, he replied.
“Cheesy.”
The strange elf narrowed his eyes at her.
“Are you trying to annoy me further?” he asked.


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Once Upon a December (chapter 11)

Synopsis: While walking the Fade, Solas (aka the Dread Wolf) finds himself pulled from Thedas to Earth – and ends up teaching a human girl how to use her latent powers in the Fade. Four years later, Big Ben is blown up in an terrorist attack. By mages. When the human girl – Elena – saves her sister Jane by using magic, they become the main suspects – and Solas is too far away to help.
But there are others who are much closer…


Chapter 11 (summary)

        The elf by the broken window did not bat an eyelash.
“You think I find that threatening, harellan?” he asked. “Once, I did not know your tricks. I’ve had a lot of time to learn them.”
He pushed himself off of the wall and walked closer. Solas took a step back, closer to the couch.
“You’re that protective of a lowly shemlen?” the elven intruder asked. “How far you’ve fallen.”


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Demons Run When a Good Man Goes to War (chapter 29)

Synopsis: Kathleen “Lea” Crowley did not expect to find herself thrust into a new world on her first proper work day in six months. Or to wake up with a strange mark on her hand. Or to be handed a knife and asked to fight against monsters. But, at the moment, there’s not much else she can do.


Chapter 29 (summary)

        “Wonderful place, isn’t it?” he said after a while. That managed to make her smile, albeit briefly, and he must have realized she felt a bit better, because he slowly let go of her and held her at arm’s length, studying her with a frown. Silently asking if she was pretending or actually felt good enough to stand on her own. She gave him a nod and he let go.
        “We have to get moving”, Hawke said. “If the Nightmare’s been weakened, now’s the time for us to make a run for it.”
        “It’s not dead”, Cole mumbled. “It’s still here, waiting, lurking…”
        “We’ll move as fast as we can”, Lea said, giving Cole’s arm a quick pat in order to make him focus. “We’re all tired and weakened as well; pushing too hard won’t get us anywhere. Except for into the Nightmare’s grip once more.”


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Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1)

Started: December 13, 2017
Finished: December 17, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 3/5 stars


Bravery is a choice that is yours to make. Don’t let fear steal your will.


A few months before the start of the book, Britta’s father – the king’s bounty hunter – was assassinated. As her parents’ marriage was not viewed as legal in the eyes of her kingdom, Britta is not eligible as heir to his home – and in order to survive she has to poach. Only, one day, she is caught by the king’s men and is given a choice; execution, or help hunt down the man suspected for killing her father. Her childhood friend and crush, Cohen.

This book follows a very common YA Fantasy structure; an odd girl is sent out on a quest and ends up fighting evil and saving her kingdom. Done well, that is still an enjoyable way to present a story. But since it is so common nowadays it needs its own twists and turns – and, sadly, I felt that this book lacked some of those. The romance felt weak, the one who turned out to be the villain was not completely unexpected, and a lot of the things that occured throughout the novel felt very predictable.

The ending, however, was not. By that I mean the slight cliffhanger that leads into the next novel – as it hinted at things that I did not expect. Due to that I will probably read the next book as well, just to find out what those things actually meant. And because there were some characters that I found really interesting that I hope will be given more time in the next novel.

Princess of the Silver Woods (Princesses of Westfalin #3)

Started: December 12, 2017
Finished: December 14, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars


I abducted Princess Petunia last week. I didn’t harm her; I delivered her to the Grand Duchess Volenskaya, but now she is in terrible danger.


Many years have passed since Petunia, youngest of Westfalin’s twelve princesses, was forced to dance every night for the King Under Stone. But now those powers are stirring again. Every night Petunia dreams that the Prince she always danced with comes to take her away. To get away, she travels to the estate belonging to the Grand Duchess Volenskaya – but on the way there she is abducted by a band of outlaws. And soon a line of suspicious events are unravelled.
In short; the King Under Stone is not coming soon to take Petunia and her sisters away. His people are already there.

This book is the perfect ending to this trilogy. Petunia is the perfect image of a youngest sister; beloved and a bit spoiled by her father, and with a tendency to ignore the wise words of those who are older than her. The story leans on the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale as well as the legend of Robin Hood – and, of course, the tale of the 12 Dancing Princesses. It is an exciting, fun and easy read. Which is why I cannot give it a full 5 stars; there are several things that could have been developed and made more complicated, or explored further, in order to make this an even better story. But it is still a very, very good conclusion and I’m going to miss these tales. Wouldn’t mind a spin-off at all!

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1)

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Started: December 1, 2017
Finished: December 12, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars


You want to see people as extremes. Bad or good, trustworthy or not. I understand. It’s easier that way. But that isn’t how people work.


So this book received a lot of negative press just before it was released, because many said it puts a bad light on topics such as race and self harm. And I do admit I was a member of the group that, because of these negative posts about this novel, felt the need to push it away. To not read it and form my own opinion. Which is terribly, terribly wrong.
Believe me; listening to what others say can be a good thing, but when it comes to your opinion on matters, you should not have one unless you’ve read or studied what you’re being opinionated about. Meaning if you’re going to have an opinion about this book, you should read the book and form your opinion based on that and on discussions you have with people who have also read it.

So, yes, I read it and I’ve formed my own opinion. And I have to say that what I read about race and self-harm before reading it kind of makes sense, but I don’t feel like it’s portrayed quite as bad as people made it seem. However I am not the one who can say this for sure, as I have not been subjected to racism nor have I been in such a depression that I have resorted to self-harm. People who have might have a different opinion, one that I want to listen to and take in and understand. But, for now, this review is based on my own opinion.

The setting here reminded me a lot of the setting for Star Wars, which was quite incredible. I’m such a Star Wars geek (thanks, dad) and reading something that could very much be set in that universe was entertaining. Also, the idea of fates was intriguing. I really felt for both Akos and Cyra as they struggled with their fates and what they would mean for how they lived their lives. How it would affect the people around them – and one another.

Compared to Divergent, this story does not hold the same intensity. A lot of it feels quite slow – though that does make it so that you’re totally unprepared for when the action begins. And there was a lot of action – both political and bloody. I am intrigued enough to continue with this series – but I also want to hear the opinions of others who have read this book and felt differently about the controversies.

War of the Cards (Queen of Hearts Saga #3)

Started: November 25, 2017
Finished: November 30, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 3/5 stars


“I am your queen and you will listen to my command.”


Dinah, the exiled princess of Wonderland, is marching to war with her army of Spades and Yurkei warriors. En route to Wonderland Palace, she has to deal with and settle the tensions in camp, while also trying to ignore the dark fury inside of her – and her broken heart. All of this is observed by her real father, Cheshire, who seems all too pleased with her dark mood. And as the war begins, secret upon secret is unravelled, turning Dinah’s life upside-down once more.

I found this to be an interesting conclusion to this trilogy. I’m still not a fan of Alice in Wonderland and I have some serious trouble with Dinah as a character, but I do feel like she grew quite a bit during this story. And the little twists added to story made you interested in figuring out what was actually going on. Who the real bad guy was. So I give this an average rating. Out of the three books in this trilogy, I do believe this was my favourite, though.