Rogue (Talon #2)

Started: January 25, 2018
Finished: January 31, 2018

Language: English
Rating: 3/5 stars

The hardest thing about waiting to die is being torn between wanting more time and wishing they would just get it over with already.

Basically me during this book. It definitely suffered a bit from “second book syndrome”.

It was a good sequel, in a way, but it did not feel like the story or the characters progressed much. It just felt like a lot of waiting for the next book. I did not like how naive Ember appeared, how much she seemed inclined to run from everything, how much she led both Riley and Garrett on – although I did start to form a theory as to why this last thing was happening towards the end of the book, which did make it a bit more bearable and also a bit inspiring for one of my own stories, so I’m not complaining that much about this situation.

I did, however, like the fact that we got more chapters from Dante’s POV. I liked finding out more about what it was like inside of Talon – because, hell, brainwashing much? And when things started to indicate that also St George might be corrupted, it got a bit more interesting. So I will give this particular book the benefit of the doubt and believe that the story will get more exciting in the following novels.


Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2)

Started: January 16, 2018
Finished: January 28, 2018

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

You’re dressed for sneaking about Dracula’s castle. Be still my thawing, dark heart. You certainly know how to make a young man feel alive, Wadsworth.

Still recovering from the Ripper-case, Audrey Rose finds herself onboard the Orient Express, en route to Romania and one of Europe’s best schools in forensic medicine. It should mean a way to restart her life. Instead it seems she has stepped into another mystery.

Perhaps the old stories of vampires are real.

I loved this book!
First of all, Audrey Rose is not portrayed as someone who simply moves on from the Ripper-case. <spoiler>Who would, if the most notorious murderer in London turned out to be your own brother, trying to revive your dead mother?</spoiler> No, Audrey Rose is shown struggling to appear strong, whole, perfectly alright, while her mind plays tricks on her, while she finds herself freezing up doing something she has done for years – practicing forensic medicine. Which is what I expect to happen – and it is written absolutely brilliantly!

Then there’s Thomas Cresswell…

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure what I thought of Mr Cresswell in the first book. I liked him a lot, certainly, but I wasn’t as head-over-heels as others reading the book seemed to be. Ironically, I went all Cresswell about it – analyzing why I wasn’t and all of that – when, in reality, I think I simply expected myself to like him and then when I didn’t immediately do that, I started to question it. I went into this book with a different mindset and – bam – there were the head-over-heels feelings.
You know what I liked most about him in this story, though? The fact that he awkwardly tried to help Audrey Rose recover the way a man should help a “traditional woman” of this time. Which Audrey Rose certainly is not. I think he learned a great deal through that – made him a bit less of an all-knowing show-off.
And, yes, every single romantic interaction between them made me smile like an idiot.

Third point of interest? The setting. Romania is a place of mystery, of wilderness and danger. Perfect for a deadly mystery – complete with old castles, corpses and creepy headmasters. And for people like Thomas Cresswell and Audrey Rose Wadsworth, what place could be better to deepen their relationship than among bodies drained of blood?

I am thoroughly looking forward to the next book in this series!

Revisionary (Magic Ex Libris #4)

Started: January 7, 2018
Finished: January 14, 2018

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

You don’t do what’s right because you know it will work out. You do it because you know it’s right.

Magic is real – and people are going crazy.

We saw the signs of what would happen to our world if magic was suddenly revealed to be an actual thing in the last book. Now it has become a reality. Governments crave control over magic and creatures born out of magic. There are laboratories set up – not all of them ethically correct – and Isaac Vaino finds himself juggling his ambition to integrate objects from science fiction into reality, to help his niece, going head to head with greedy politicians, and getting involved in a revolution.

A normal workday, right?

I loved the realism of this book. If magic was revealed to be real, I am certain this would be what happened. It’s a bit like <i>Civil War</i> in a way, where people who try to help and do the right thing but aren’t using normal tools are people that the government wishes to control and study. Isaac is just as awesome a character as in the previous books. Him having to juggle a lot of new tasks and a large amount of leadership gives him a lot of new challenges – and sometimes he does what I would have done, which is avoiding them completely. Which doesn’t always end up well.

The book is a perfect conclusion to this series – and I highly recommend people read it!

Everless (Everless #1)

Started: January 7, 2018
Finished: January 14, 2018

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

I know better than to be afraid of stories.

In Sempera, time is money. Literally. You pay your debts with blood, and as it is drained from you, so is the time you have left to live.
Jules’ father is reaching his last hour and, in a desperate attempt to save him, Jules takes a job at the Gerling estate. Which they fled from years before. The Gerlings are the wealthiest family in Sempera and as Jules wanders the corridors of her childhood, dark secrets begin to unravel.
It appears Jules is in more danger than she first expected.

The world building in this novel is absolutely incredible. Sempera and its blood iron currency felt as real and tangible as the world around me. Truly, at times it even replaced the real world – which, of course, is a good sign.

I loved Jules as a character other than the fact that she was a bit of a loner. Which – don’t get me wrong – isn’t generally a bad thing, but here that meant we do not see as much of the secondary characters as I would have liked. Because they were equally complex and multi-layered.
Take Liam Gerling, for example. The heir of the Gerling estate, Liam is described as cold-hearted and evil. Since Jules and her father fled the estate, Liam has been chasing them. Hunting them. And, when Jules goes back to the estate, she is terrified of him figuring out who she is. However, as the story progresses, Liam’s character is broadened, explored, and suddenly the first description is shattered in a million pieces. Brilliant!

All in all, this was a wonderful story to read. Not quite a five-star read – it can be developed even further – but really enjoyable. I would also like to see some more of the secondary characters in the next novel. But I am looking forward to it!

Book report: January 2017

Another very late monthly report, but anyhow; here it is! New year, new series, new authors – a world of possibilities!

Inspired by C.R.M Nilsson, link in the sidebar!

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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)


Started: January 20, 2017
Finished: January 22, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

Actual rating: 3.5

First of all; I listened to this as an audio book and the narrator of this book was not the best choice. I felt like the guy was possibly a bit too old to read the voices of teenagers… And this might have influenced how I felt about the novel because with an audio book the narrator affects your opinion of the story a lot. So once I’ve finished listening to this series I might possibly pick it up as a proper book and read it again and then my idea of it might change.

The basics of this story intrigued me. I’ve got an interest in Welsh and Celtic history – and ley lines – so a book that focuses on that is bound to intrigue me a lot. And, in general, I did like the characters. And the language was good. However, I didn’t quite bond with any of the characters and for me to properly love a story I need at least one character that I’m invested in and want to find out the story of. In general this would mean a lower rating for me, but the historical stuff did keep me from doing that.

Thanks to that I hope I’ll find the following books even better and get more invested in the story than I currently am. Fingers crossed!

Windwitch (The Witchlands #2)


Started: January 11, 2017
Finished: January 21, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

It is always easier to blame gods or legends than it is to face our own mistakes.

Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars

I was so glad and excited to dive back into this world. Susan Dennard’s writing and characters are amazing and I had missed all the sarcasm that the first novel contained. However, this book was definitely different. Darker.

Unlike in the first book this one has a ton of different story lines and POVs as all the main characters of the first book are split up having their own adventures. And without the support of the other characters, I actually found Merik to be kind of boring and depressing. Even though his chapters soon started to be filled with a hell of a lot of information and action, I almost wanted to skip them because I could not stand him. This got a lot better towards the end, though, when a lot of questions about Merik and his sister were answered. So to everyone else; don’t give up on Merik because I think he’s got a lot left in him for later books!

Safi and Iseult – off on their own adventures – where as wonderful as in the first book. Iseult is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters of all times; I think I’d be a lot like her if I was suddenly thrown into this world. Also my dream ship from Truthwitch almost seems to be sailing!
(scared that Susan Dennard will decide to sink it, though……)

Another great thing about this novel: HBTQ people that are now possibly in an actual relationship! I want that to happen so badly!

So, overall, loved this book but not as much as the first one and I’m already counting the days until the next one is published because oh my god it’s going to be Aeduan’s book!