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)

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

Princess of Thorns

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Started: July 23, 2016
Finished: July 25, 2016

So last summer I read Of Beast and Beauty, which I absolutely loved and could not stop thinking about for so long – but prior to reading that I’d read the excerpt for this book and enjoyed this as well. Needless to say I had high hopes that I would like the full story as well. And I did, for the most part. The characters are really well written and the world’s intriguing and it feels like a gritty sequel to Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty, like something set in George RR Martin’s universe. Which I really enjoy – I’ve always liked having a lot of details and not leaving things out and not being afraid to describe things as they are.

However, the ending… no, not up to my standards. It was too fast and finished up too easily and, yeah, all of these complications were solved in 30-40 pages. I felt like this book needed a longer, more complicated ending in order to get the story to wrap up nicely. Still a cute ending, but yeah, too simple. Hence why I knocked a star from the rating.

Also, in case you’re wondering, there are other fairy tales referenced in this as well, such as HC Andersen’s The Wild Swans (heartbreaking story) and Grimm’s Rapunzel. So not just one fairy tale retelling; multiple ones, woven together! Very Once Upon a Time 😉

But yeah, in my opinion, Of Beast and Beauty was better than this one.


Read for the BookTubeAThon 2016, challenge #4: read a book by one of your favorite authors

The White Rose (The Lone City #2)

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Started: July 21, 2016
Finished: July 23, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Alright, so this was a bit of a letdown compared to book down. Definitely felt like the infamous “second book” in a trilogy that acts as a bridge between the first and the third – not much happened in my opinion, other than solving some stuff from book one and setting up stuff for book three. Yes, there were some important events, but it did not feel as intense as the first book.

I am, however, vey excited about the possibility of a Garnet/Raven ship sailing because they’re so cute together! Also, more Lucien, thank you!

Once again, however, there is a major cliffhanger at the end and I’m really excited to see what happens and how they solve this problem, aaand hoping that I won’t get disappointed in book three. By the looks of the cover (this edition series) it looks pretty cool.


Read for the BookTubeAThon 2016, challenge #1: read a book with yellow on the cover