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

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1)

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Started: July 20, 2016
Finished: July 21, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

First; I love this world! It’s such an interesting location with so many different cultures and ideals and people – and it’s all described in a very colorful way that draws you in. I haven’t read many books with djinni (yet; I have several on my TBR), but what I found interesting with this wasn’t that the writer started with an explanation of the djinni and their powers etc – she just mentioned them in passing, as if it was something anyone already knew, and then when it became necessary to add more information she did. It felt more real 🙂

So yes; world building in this book is very good and if I were to write a review based on just that it would be a 5/5 star novel. However, I also have to take other things into account. Such as characters and relationships – and that did not strike me as something as well developed as the world itself. The characters were interesting, certainly, but I didn’t feel invested in them. It was easy to predict what the main character would discover about themselves in the end. The main character’s romantic relationship felt rushed – I actually enjoyed the antagonistic relationships with her uncle’s family and with her half-brother on the djinni side a lot more than the romance, which is saying something. I do, however, have high hopes that there won’t be a love triangle here. At least not between characters already introduced. Mind you, I’m not opposed to love triangles, but if the original romance is badly written a love triangle might make me discard the book entirely.

Will I continue this series? I believe so, but I’m not sure if I’ll buy the next installment right after it’s published. Not until I’ve seen some reviews on it.


This book was read for the BookTubeAThon 2016, challenge #3: Read a book you discovered through BookTube

The Great Gatsby

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Started: July 18, 2016
Finished: July 19, 2o16

Language: English
Rating: 3/5 stars

It’s a classic, it’s got old-style writing, old style plot line, and yes I was expecting that it would be a bit slow to start with because that’s how I usually experience classics. Lots of details to go through and all of that. But I found this particularly slow considering the length of it – it took about a third of the book for the story to get started and that was a bit too long for me. Though I did enjoy the rest and, as I haven’t seen the movie (not even the trailer, tbh), I went into it completely unknowing of what may or may not happen. Which is what I like to do when it comes to classics – though it’s unusual that I’m able to actually do it.

But anyway, yes; enjoyed the story, but it took too long to get it going and thus it was a very, very slow read considering the length. And it is one of those novels that I think you should read even if it’s not your main genre.


Read for the BookTubeAThon 2016, challenge #2: read a book only after sunset

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1)

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Started: July 18, 2016
Finished: July 19, 2016

Language: Swedish
Rating: 5/5 stars

July 19, 2016: No, this was not the first time I read this novel. I’ve lost count of how many times I have, but I received my copy of the book when I turned 10 and it is falling apart. So yeah; I’ve read it quite a few times and I still love it just as much. I actually have trouble formulating a “proper” review for this just because of that it means so much to me, so here are a few other thoughts that popped into my head while I was reading this (again).

(Also, if you haven’t yet read this series, what have you been doing with your life?)

I’ve been thinking of going back and re-reading the whole series lately, but it’s turned out to be quite difficult since me and my sisters have shared copies of the novels. And we live in three different places… So I have some of the books and they have the others, some are in English and some in Swedish, and I just don’t know if I want my own books to be in one or the other language. So yes; I’ve been pushing this back, but after re-reading this for the BookTubeAThon I’m feeling in the mood to continue X)

Interestingly this was the first time that I discovered a translation mistake – as early as the first chapter. When did James and Lily die? Halloween. When does the news reporter claim that fireworks have been spotted? Walpurgis. In April. Yeah, that threw me off a bit X)

As you can see there’s no clear line through this review – if you can even call it a review. But I love this book; I love the world, I love the characters, I love the story – can’t be anything but a 5 star read, now can it?


Read for the BookTubeAThon 2016, challenge #6: read and watch a book-to-movie adaption

BookTubeAThon 2016 – TBR

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I’ve been monitoring the BookTubeAThon YouTube channel for quite a while now, eagerly anticipating the challenge announcements, and was so excited when they were finally announced! But good god, these challenges will be difficult to do!

If you’re unfamiliar with the BookTubeAThon it’s a readathon hosted by booktuber Ariel Bissett and takes place during one week every summer. There’s also a holiday readathon for Christmas, but it’s smaller and I rarely have time to be a part of it as Christmas is a busy time for me and the family. But the summer BookTubeAThon is the event of the year! There are 7 challenges that vary from year to year and you are allowed to read a book that matches one or more of these challenges, but the 7th and final challenge is always to read 7 books during the week.

This year the BookTubeAThon takes place between the 18th and 24th of July, and those dates might cause some trouble for me when it comes to reading as much as I want because it’s mine and my sister’s birthday week (our birthdays are the days after one another). So there’s going to be some party prep to do and we’re also travelling to my grandparents on my birthday (I don’t mind doing that), so my reading time will be quite minimal. But I’m going to try to complete as many challenges as possible anyway!

This year’s challenges and my TBR pile are as follows:

  1. Read a book with yellow on the cover – The White Rose
  2. Read a book at night/after sunset only – The Great Gatsby
  3. Read a book that you discovered through Booktube – Rebel of the Sands
  4. Read a book by one of your favorite authors – Princess of Thorns
  5. Read a book that’s older than you – Treasure Island
  6. Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  7. Read a total of 7 books – leaving this kind of open, but these are some of my options
    1. The Casual Vacancy (depends on if I manage to read this during the Make Me Read It Readathon)
    2. Sense and Sensibility (depends on if I manage to read this during the Make Me Read It Readathon)
    3. Prince’s Gambit (depends on if I manage to read this during the Make Me Read It Readathon)
    4. The Girl with the Windup Heart
    5. The Forever Song

Doctor Who: Summer Falls and Other Stories

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Started: August 6, 2015
Finished: August 8, 2015

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

Doctor Who-fan? Yes. Yes, yes, yes, YES!

This book contains three stories inspired by three Doctor Who-episodes from the 2005 revamp – The Bells of Saint John, The Angels Take Manhattan and The Snowmen. And while the first story – “Summer Falls” by Amelia Williams (yep, you know exactly who that is, don’t you?) – doesn’t reference actual Doctor Who things like the other two do it’s still just as brilliant.

“Summer Falls” is the story that’s inspired by The Bells of Saint John, but it could just as well be inspired by The Snowmen. And, like I said, there aren’t any Doctor Who things mentioned in this. At least not directly. I mean, there is a man who is sort of kind of (definitely) The Doctor; talks like him, has a “shed” that accidentally made his cat talk…

“The Angel’s Kiss” is The Angels Take Manhattan, but without the presence of Rory and Amy (unfortunately). So it’s not quite like the prop-version of the episode – and no, there’s no chapter called “The Roman in the Cellar” (sadly). But it’s still just as brilliant because, hey, we get to read things from the point of view of Melody Malone (*cough* River Song *cough*), there’s psychic lipstick featured and, yes, there are Weeping Angels to deal with.

After reading “The Angel’s Kiss”, I had no idea how the last story, “The Devil in the Smoke”, could top it. But one sentence in and it already had. Because guess what people we get to follow here? That’s right; everyone’s favorite PATERNOSTER GANG! Vastra, Strax and Jennie running about Victorian London! How brilliant is that?!

Anyway, gonna try and not fangirl too hard about this (which is difficult), but I would definitely recommend this to anyone who’s a fan of the show or who might be interested in watching it. And for those of you who are considering it, here’s what made me absolutely sure that I had to read it ASAP:


BookTubeAThon 2015: A book you really want to read