Book report: January 2017

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

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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)

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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)

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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!

Deity (Covenant #3)

Started: December 29, 2016
Finished: January 13, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars


Gods, it was a messed up day when I was the voice of reason.


Actual rating: 3.5/5 stars

Alright, so, first half of the book: slow, a bit boring, not quite sure what was going on.

Second half of the book: what the hell? What? Shit! CRAP!

Final few pages:

Yes, this was a bloody roller coaster. I had a feeling it might – might – happen because it’s the third book in a five book series, aka the middle novel and thus where you kind of expect the twist to be. And it was there, only I didn’t expect it to be as big as it turned out to be.

Even now, while I’m already reading the next novel, I’m still in absolute shock because of the end of this book and still trying to get a grip on it. If the beginning had not been so slow and boring it would have been a 5 star novel in my mind. Now that pulled it down a bit.

ALSO, I’m so bloody excited about the gods actually appearing! I am addicted to Greek gods, people!

The Summer Palace (Captive Prince #3.1)

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Started: January 5, 2017
Finished: January 5, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars


He loved the way that Laurent kissed, as if Damen was the only person that he had ever kissed, or would ever want to.


HOLY FRICK GOD YES!

Do you know how obsessed I was with reading fanfictions that continued this story? That gave me more Damen/Laurent after <i>Kings Rising</i>? (hint: about as obsessed as I currently am with reading Victuuri fanfics – which means I read a lot)

AND THIS IS CANON MATERIAL BUT IT’S LIKE READING ONE OF THOSE FANFICS AND AAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!

You know why I couldn’t give this a full 5 stars? Because I want more. I want more! Another trilogy, preferably.

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper #1)

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Started: December 28, 2016
Finished: January 3, 2017

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars


I was determined to be both pretty and fierce, as Mother had said I could be. Just because I was interested in a man’s job didn’t mean I had to give up being girly. Who defined those roles anyhow?


It’s been a while since I read a murder mystery without immediately figuring out who the killer was.

I had no idea what to think of this story when I started listening to it. I’d heard that it was good, yes, but I tend not to rely solely on what others say. Or at least I try to.
This was good, just like people had said it was. I enjoyed listening to it – even though I sometimes had to pause the audio book just to gather my thoughts and get my head around what the hell I had just heard – and I liked the main character. Not sure what brought this around; a lot of the things about this girl are things that usually mean I’ll do the opposite and not like her.

However, I found that I didn’t enjoy Thomas Cresswell as much as I’d hoped. Not sure why either – I’m a Sherlock-fan after all and Cresswell is very much a Sherlock-character – but for some reason I just went “meh” at him. Not enough to pull the rating down, mind; he’s a good character but not the amazing man that makes me crave his presence on every page.

No, what made me lower the rating a bit was that the language at times felt too modern for the story’s setting. I don’t expect a novel like this to be written like one of the actual classics from the 1800s, mind, but there were phrases that showed up now and again that made me go “what? how? when?” – and since it’s written in first person those instances made the storytelling feel kind of… out of place.

But other than that; really good story and, yes, I’m already looking forward to the next one in the series!

Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)

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Started: January 18, 2016
Finished: January 27, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

Alright, er, how do I write this review without spoilers?

This is definitely my favorite book out of the three Lunar Chronicles books I’ve read so far. It was really easy to get into the story and I would have finished the book sooner if I hadn’t been in a really bad place (mentally) while I was starting this. Cress is my spirit animal. She’s literally me, except for the hacking. I might be good with computers in general but I’m in no way a hacker.

Can I write in spoilers now? Thank you!

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

HOW DO I EVEN BEGIN?! I mean, Cinder and Kai are back on the same team (AND THEY KISSED) and I’m definitely liking Cinder a lot more now than I did in the first book, Thorne/Cress is my new OTP, Scarlet’s on Luna (and I nearly threw the book away when Levana ordered her to lose a finger. YOU DON’T TOUCH MY PRECIOUS SCARLET YOU WITCH!!! And Winter showed up and I’m so intrigued to know more about her and Jacin.

And then there’s the mutating letumosis disease and the fact that it seems to be part of a biological warfare. Genius and scary! And were those hints for a possible plan to remove Lunar powers altogether? I mean, people keep saying that “no one should have those kinds of powers”. GAAAAAAAHHHHHH, so many questions and feels!!!!

Might write a longer review at some point, but right now I just can’t. I just want to read the next book – and luckily I’ve just ordered it!