Waiting on Wednesday #14 – BACK WITH: “Da Vinci’s Tiger”


Title: “Da Vinci’s Tiger”
Author: Laura Malone Elliott
Pages: 304
Release date: November 10th 2015

What’s it about?

“Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties.
Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love.

When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty.
Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families.”

Picture and Summary taken from here.

Gif from here and here.

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Sea of Stars (Kricket #2)

A few months ago the sequel of Under Different Stars was released and I’ve read it as fast as possible but didn’t really feel like reviewing it at once.
But now the fans of the Kricket-Series need to know what awaits them.

Title: Sea of Stars (Kricket#2)
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Pages: 320
Released: March 31st 2015
Rating: 3.5/5 ★

 picture and Summary by Goodreads.

What’s coming?

“Eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell was looking for her place in the world when she discovered that the universe was bigger—and more dangerous—than she had ever dreamed. Now, whisked across space to the planet Ethar, Kricket learns that her genetic ability to see the future makes her a sought-after commodity…and the catalyst for war between her star-crossed parents’ clans. According to Alameedan prophecy, one house will rise to power and the other will be completely wiped out, and Kricket’s precognition is believed to be the weapon that will tip the scales.

A target of both the Rafe and the Alameeda houses, Kricket finds protection—and a home—in the arms of Trey, her Etharian bodyguard-turned-boyfriend. But her visions of what’s to come disturb her deeply, especially since she must discover whether the gift of foresight will allow her to rewrite the future, or if her fate is as immovable as the stars.”

Opinion

It’s true. This book suffers from the “sequel”-disease. Before you read any further, you have to keep in mind that this Opinion will be full of spoilers (sorry). Just let me say that you should totally read the second book if you are a true fan and can handle a few downs.

Here’s why:

– The book is clearly just a “transition” to the third book and to make up for that Amy Bartol filled the book with so many cheesy scenes between Trey and Kricket, I couldn’t really take it that much longer. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved that couple in the first book because the dosage of “Kricket-and-Trey-Moments” was perfect, but now it’s clearly an overdose. Sorry.

– Why is it an overdose? I mean, they are so cute and sweet and and and … because, they are running away from that psycho Kyon what feels like the whole book aaaand …. I’m not prude but seriously I don’t need 60 % of Trey and Kricket just making out while the world is being torn to shreds. In the beginning there was some confused fighting against them and then some others and … WHAT?! There was not much “story” in this book, it contained what felt like 2 days or so.

– BUT there was a great surprise (thank God, I would have been so disappointed if not!): Kricket’s little sister. Oh, yes. Kricket has a little sister who was taken away by Kyon (PSYCHO!). Yes, this was one huuuuuuge turn-around and I’m loving it! This adds a new spice to the mush, Amy Bartol … “created”. *sigh*

– … aaaand I still love the boys, Trey’s squad. Whatever happens, you need some funny lines from Jax. Or one of the others. Always.

Yeah, you can read it. I did. It wasn’t that bad. I just wished it would’ve been better.

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Why Beautiful Book Covers Are Dangerous

It starts with a glimpse. You didn’t intend to buy that book (in fact you didn’t intend to buy a book at all because you know you’re broke again) but you did. Why? I tell you, why.

After reading “Magonia” by Maria Dahvana Headley I was disappointed. If I’m honest it’s not because the story was bad (it wasn’t) but because it never had a chance to be this awesome as I want it to be.
We’ll take this book as an example (there are so many other beautiful-Cover-books out there but this one made me think about the difficulties of book covers). If you want to read the Review just click on the Cover (damn, it’s beautiful!)

There are the three stages of the “Beautiful-Book-Cover-Syndrom“.

1. You fall in love with the Cover  even though you haven’t really read the Synopsis on the back (yet).

This is where you can cure yourself quickly – if this book isn’t really your Genre or Type, in 80% of the cases you can convince yourself that you’ll be fine without it.
The remaining 20% are the dangerous ones because you assure yourself that experimenting with new kind of stories is always something good (is it? If you know you can’t read horror books without having sleeping problems and the Cover is dangerously beautiful… I wouldn’t pick the book. I’m stronger than that (or so I believe)).

2. You’ll open the first page at home (or “on the train”, “on your way to work” .. insert whatever you want) and start reading while your brain is singing “THIS WILL BE THE BEST BOOK (eveeeeeeeer)”


 You know … it’s not rational and not healthy for you or your expectations. You should’ve turned around and resisted that sweet temptation. …. You couldn’t. So you read and read and read and if this book is at least a good three out of five you won’t be THAT disappointed.

3. You start panicking because the “Awesome-Factor” hasn’t kicked in yet and you really want to love this book beyond anything.


It’ll be fine, you say to yourself, it’ll come. There will be something … something big and great and AWESOME that is going to make me love this book so hard! Nevertheless, your hopes will be shattered because you realise very quickly – at the end of the road there is just disappointment waiting for you.
I’m sorry.

4. Grieving or Denial. Or Anger. 

You reached the last page. You close the book. You stare at the wall with a blank expression. Yes. It’s true. This book wasn’t great. In fact, it was really bad.
Are you ready to admit that to yourself?

Come on.

… and after that you realise why beautiful book covers are dangerous. No one could’ve lived up to the irrational high expectations you were having after seeing the Cover, because your own imagination isn’t limited by words, number of pages or characters.
The next time you see a gorgeous book cover – you’ll have to resist.

… even though we both know, that won’t be the case.

Gifs are taken from here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

#QuickTip: “Cruel Beauty”

Because I’m currently sick and can’t really do anything without coughing and grabbing more tissues because of my runny nose, I’m doing this really enjoyable book in a #QuickTip.

“This house has many dangers. I cannot save you from most of them.”
I let go and forced a smile. “I wasn’t born to be saved.”


Title: Cruel Beauty
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Pages: 342
Rating: 5/5 ★

Summary

“Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.”

by Goodreads.

Opinion

I just wanted something light and sweet for my train ride to University and I was totally surprised what whas hidden behind this beautiful Cover.
While “Beauty and the Beast” was my favourite Disneymovie when I was younger, I’m still excited to read anything in that direction. Fairytale-Remakes are annoying half the world but I’m still in love with them (If they are as enchanted and twisted and beautifu as the originals, of course).
This one didn’t disappoint me – I was absorbed by the story (I just wanted to read few pages and put it aside for later but NO WAY.) and I was delighted that I couldn’t put all the pieces together after 100 pages (what is typical if you read a fairytale-remake because you already know the story)
Many readers won’t approve of what I’m saying right now – but I loved the female protagonist, Nyx. She was bitter, she was cruel and she was already a little bit cracked. She wasn’t the perfect heroine but she was the best she could be. Nyx showed me that there are always the two sides to every person – dark and light (I don’t like the terms “evil” and “good”).
… and yes, I’ll admit it. The male character was intriguing as well *sigh*