The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2)

Started: July 25, 2017
Finished: July 28, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars


“The rules of reason build towers that reach past the treetops. The rules of trust build towers that reach past the stars.”


Actual rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Going into this, I was terrified. I loved the first book a lot more than I had expected and I was terrified that, now that I knew who the Prince and the Assassin were, some of the appeal would slide away. As would the idea of a love triangle that did not drive me mad.

I should not have been afraid.

The writing in this series is exceptional! The world building, the character development (for Lia and Kaden in particular) – amazing! And the love triangle – although there and a bit annoying at times – did not annoy me as much as I thought it would. Also I’m not sure which of the boys I’d root for. After the first book I would have said Rafe, but after getting to know Kaden a bit more in this book… yeah, I’m not sure. Although, I’m not sure Lia actually needs to end up with either of them. She’s a pretty strong, independent woman who could take on the world without any man – Prince or Assassin – as her husband.

As we follow Lia’s adventures in Venda – as a prized captive of the Komizar – we get to see the part of this world that no one else has. We get to see the poverty of Venda and how the Komizar has turned that into an argument as to why they should wage war on the other nations, along with a lot of religious and mythological arguments that work with the tribes of this nation. It’s politics and mind games – which I am actually a fan of. I am a Ravenclaw, after all; I love a good puzzle.

What brings my rating down? Actually the loose threads. At the end of the book Lia and Rafe get out of Venda, which I fear might make it more difficult to solve some of the puzzles left there. Especially since Kaden, still in Venda, is not in the best position to investigate – judging by the last scene – nor does he know everything that Lia figured out. Maybe this will be cleared up in the next book, but I would have liked to see more of those threads cleared in this, as I do fear there will be too much to settle and explain in the final installment of this trilogy.

However; that cliffhanger.
OH
MY
GOD!


I read this book for the BookTubeAThon 2017 (Challenge #1: Read a book with a person on the cover)

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Princess of Glass (Princesses of Westfalin #2)

Started: July 28, 2017
Finished: July 28, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars


“Dancing? You, Poppy? I never thought…”


I adore this series. It’s one of the sweeter retellings I’ve found so far – much more adapted to younger readers, but still enjoyable for those of us (like myself) who’s older. And I like how the author interpreted the end of the original story of the 12 Dancing Princesses – “They lived happily ever after and they never danced again.” – in order to explore what happily ever after and no more dancing meant.

In this story, we follow Poppy, one of the princesses made to dance every night for the King Under Stone. In an attempt to bring peace between the nations the royals have begun an exchange program – and Poppy has left her home country to stay in anot. Another exchange student is Prince Christian of Danelaw and the two become friends. One of the servants at the house Poppy is staying at, however, has a dark secret and wants to snatch Prince Christian for herself, and when a mysterious woman charms the court – wooing all the men and making all the women jealous – Poppy finds herself having to solve a magical mystery. Who is the woman with the glass slippers?

This retelling of Cinderella is much more in tune with the original story – not the Disney one – which I prefer. That some problems are solved far too easy, some of the characters feel a bit flat and the story progresses quite fast (which is most likely perfectly fine with a younger audience, but perhaps not with an older one) prevents me from giving it a 5 star rating. But definitely a good book and I am looking forward to reading the next one already!


I read this book for the BookTubeAThon 2017 (Challenge #3: Finish a book in one day)

Binge

Started: July 26, 2017
Finished: July 27, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars


“When life throws a wrench in your plans, catch it and build an IKEA bookshelf.”


Tyler seriously cannot disappoint me!

When this book was announced and, later, when it actually came out in print, I had my mind set on getting a physical copy of it. And then other things came between me and actually getting the damn book. So I decided to listen to it as an audio book instead.

I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED!

Tyler reads this book himself – and adds comments, questions and other things just for the listeners. Which does make this audio book feel like you’re sitting in the same room as him, just listening to him telling his stories. Because, comments and questions and other things are sweet and all, but they do not measure up to the stories.

I didn’t start actively following Tyler Oakley until about three years ago, around the time when I was doing my last semester at university. Sure, I knew who he was and had watched a few of his videos prior to that, but that was when I actually subscribed and started watching everything he uploaded.

However, videos lasting a few minutes can only tell so much. In this book, Tyler tells longer stories, more intricate ones, ones that he has sometimes only mentioned in passing but never delved into properly, or ones he has not touched at all. It’s pure and real, funny and sad, and it doesn’t take roundabout routes to point out the truth.

Two words; read it. Read this book. Right now!


I read this book for the BookTubeAThon 2017 (Challenge #3: Read about a character that is very different from you)

The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace #1)

Started: July 24, 2017
Finished: July 26, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 3/5 stars


You made tools of us. Have you never considered: the thing of a tool is that anyone may use it.


Actual rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

This book has an interesting premise, certainly, and even though I got it because of the cover I looked forward to reading it because of that. Unfortunately, it felt a bit “meh”. The characters felt flat and there was no real character development. It took some time for the story to actually get interesting – and once that reached its climax and I felt like things might actually turn out quite good, it went back to falling flat.

I still decided to give this story a 2.5 because of the LGBT representation and because of that the general premise of the novel, but I don’t think I’ll read the sequel.


I read this book for the BookTubeAThon 2017 (Challenge #6: Read a book you bought because of the cover)

Make Me Read It Readathon – TBR

First; thanks to everyone who voted on the poll! 726 votes in total, that’s amazing!

I’ve posted the results of the poll behind the cut below. I don’t know yet how many books I’ll try to read – last year I got through 6 or 7 but then I had a couple of audio books at the top to help me out. Which I don’t have this year X) But I will read the books in the order they have been listed behind the cut!

If you’re curious to find out more about the Make Me Read It Readathon, check my previous post about it and also visit our hosts – Ely and Val!

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Make Me Read It Readathon 2017 (time to vote!)

It’s readathon time! I’m so excited to see that this readathon is back this year as well – it’s definitely one of those that just makes me want to read as much as possible. Just as last year it is hosted by Ely @ Tea & Titles and Val @ The Innocent Smiley. Below you’ll find the official information (directly from their pages) as well as some information about where to find my poll and what books you can choose from this year.

What is the Make Me Read It Readathon?

Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.

Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers/bookstagrammers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.

When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.


This year the readathon takes place between the 6th and the 13th of August – which is perfect for me because that’s right before I start working again after the summer (I start on the 14th). It does mean that I won’t be able to use all of the last day for reading, as I will have to prep some stuff, but I will hopefully be able to read quite a lot.

Anyway; just like last year I’ve added quite a few books to the poll, just because I have quite a few to choose from. The poll is open from today (12th of July) to Monday (17th of July) and I’ll most likely add use the Top 10 as my TBR.

The poll is available here. You need to be a member of the group Polls for our Souls on Goodreads, but that is nothing but a quick click away 🙂

To read more about the books in the poll, check below the cut!

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BookTubeAThon 2017 – TBR

It’s time for the readathon that started my readathon addiction – the BookTubeAThon 2017!

I’m really excited about the challenges this year and timewise this readathon should work perfectly for me. Unlike last year, however, I won’t do a video TBR because I just got back from the IQA European Games (i.e European Quidditch Championships) and I got a pretty bad sunburn on my face. So instead I’ll just post my pile on Instagram and you can find it below.

So a couple of days ago the challenges for this year's #booktubeathon were announced. I'm stoked! 😀😀 These are the books I'm hoping to read during this weeklong readathon. Some of them do work for multiple challenges, but I'm hoping to get through all of these and possibly a 7th book – but leaving that open 😊 Which book's intended for which challenge is written on my blog – link in my description 🤗 . . #bookstagram #instabooks #booktography #bibliophile #booknerd #bookaholic #bookgram #bookphotography #booklove #booklover #bookaddict #bookworm #tbrpile #tbr #booktubeathon2017 #booktubeathonTBR #theheartofbetrayal #maryepearson #thewrathandthedawn #reneeahdieh #theblackkey #amyewing #traitortothethrone #alwynhamilton #princessofglass #jessicadaygeorge #thescorpionrules #erinbow

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Challenge match-up

#1 Read a book with a person on the cover

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E Pearson

#2 Read a hyped book

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

#3 Finish a book in one day

The Black Key by Amy Ewing

#4 Read about a character that is very different from you

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

#5 Finish a book completely outdoors

Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George

#6 Read a book you bought because of the cover

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

#7 Read seven books

Not pictured in the TBR-pile, but if I have time I’ll read one of the following books (which one will depend in part on how my TBR for the Make-Me-Read-It-Readathon):
Sentinel by Jennifer L Armentrout
Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George
The Swan Riders by Erin Bow