Princess of Thorns


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)


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)


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


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)


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

Prince’s Gambit (Captive Prince #2)


Started: July 15, 2016
Finished: July 16, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 5/5 stars

All of my slight issues with the first novel were gone with this one and I’m very happy – plus the hotness of this is to die for!

I can hardly say anything more about this – I just loved it so much and it was a very addictive read and I’ll probably re-read this and the rest of the series soon.

Also; the little extra story (“Chapter 19.5”) that was included in this was swoonworthy as heck.

This book was read for the Make Me Read It Readathon 2016.

The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1)


Started: July 12, 2016
Finished: July 15, 2016

Language: English
Rating: 4/5 stars

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Kind of disappointed in this after liking the Percy Jackson series a lot. I still love the writing and the mythological aspects and overall story, and the fact that this series will delve a bit more into Roman mythology and divinities older than the gods intrigues me. However I’m not yet a fan of the three new mains – except for Leo – and I miss the first person POV and the quirky chapter titles featured in the Percy Jackson books. Never thought I’d say that, but yeah, that’s a thing.

I also felt like this book was really, really long and drawn out and not as intense and fun as the Percy Jackson books. Not sure if I’m a fan of that yet – I usually do enjoy longer books but for this series I almost felt like the shorter format was better. Might change my mind once I get into The Son of Neptune – and yes, I will read (listen to) it, but might take longer until I get around to it than it did between the Percy Jackson books.

This book was read for the Make Me Read It Readathon.