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800 Pages of near-death-experiences for the Reader: “Winter” (Lunar Chronicles #4)

Yes! YES YES YES YES! I’m sorry, but in my very unhappy phase this time of the year I’ve totally forgot that there were great books for me to read. How could I’ve possibly forgotten “Winter”? And “Firewalker”  which I finished on Friday. I’ve read three books over the past three days. I had literally no life besides putting my nose between those pages. And I’m so happy I did it – so I can tell you why you should get your nice little bum up and go to the next store to order you “Winter” – or “Cinder (#1)” if you haven’t started on the series, yet!
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One of my problems I’m facing: I can’t tell you much from the plot because so much action is happening, my brain is still overflowed with emotions. I can’t…even …
Okay, enough kidding. You want an epic showdown? You want to see that b*tch of a Queen (Levana) go down?  …. and you want to experience some very deep emotions from all ranges (from anger, hatred, shock to pure happiness (okay the last one just a little bit))? Get the frigging book! (I’ve read that word (“frigging”) in “The Woman Who Stole my Life” a week ago and I’m forcing myself to find it less funny because it actually isn’t that funny…)

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All the other book bloggers out there take notes (this is really intelligent) and structure their posts (which is even more intelligent) – but I’m guessing this blog is as messy as my brain (I promise I’ll improve myself). I’m truly sorry for that. I thought about re-starting this blog, with real structure, with discipline and with hard work – than I thought: Why now? You did this for fun, not to please anyone … really.
Here’s the deal. Over my free time until February (… give me some more time, okay?), I’ll deal with my blog. With my content. And with my ideas. I’m going to get some structure in here, some more discipline and basically a little less … of a mess.

Ops, I lost my focus. Again. See what happened? Okay, back to the book. Why should you read the final book (bad question – if you have read the three books before you are already a fan, so we’ll skip that part). Let me rephrase: Why should you start a series with four books, who are just “YA-Novels”.
Because their fun. So much frigging fun. (Ops, I did it again. .. I made you believe…. nananana.. No, wait. Sorry.)

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You want facts? I’ll give you facts – let’s count points. It has Cinder (+1), Kai (+1), Cress (+1), Scarlet (+1), Thorne (+1), Wolf (+1) .. [skip the characters and add +30 or so], it takes place (not only in) space (I MEAN SPACE! STARS! SHIPS! A FRIGGING PLANET CALLED LUNA!) [+100], it has character developments, hundreds of turn-around-moments and moments you want to strangle the b*tchy bad guys. It’s awesome.

+1 – I like Winter, the little insane princess. Sometimes she is so insane, everything makes sense. Wait. Did I just say that? That’s insane. Damn.

Surely, you’ve noticed that my neutral point of view on this book vanished as soon as I’ve read the last word. 800 pages guys – 800 pages of JOY!

GET UP AND GET IT (that frigging book (ok. last time. I swear)

Franzi is back.

Lots of love x

 

 

Why “After You” is basically “Me Before You” and why that’s a good thing.

Hello, fellow booklovers or just random visitors! It’s time to look into Jojo Moyes new book “After You” (The sequel to “Me Before You”). Ready?

Summary

Lou is depressed, but surely, she can’t admit that. She’s actually not depressed in the normal sense of the word, but she’s actually right there, where she started in the first book. She works at a place she doesn’t like, she lives in a flat, which she doesn’t love and she is lonelier than ever. The tide turns when she is falling of her … terrace? Yes, our sweet Lou was yelling angry at the dead man she loved after having a few drinks – and being distracted by a voice, while your balancing on the edge of the roof  isn’t the best way to deal with your anger. Because when you fall down and crash into your neighbours expensive antique, everyone thinks you wanted to kill yourself. Duh.
It’s alright, she survives. Her bones get broken a little and everyone thinks she had suicidal reasons, to “fall” off a rooftop.
Well, she get’s back to live with her parents and her awfully annoying sister to recover. Moving back into her flat something really, really … shocking happens. (If you don’t want to now, skip the rest of the summary). Will’s daughter is standing in her doorframe and this girl is a total mess.
Basically, Lou has to juggle a really, really messed up teenager with a stupid mother and some really BIG character flaws, with a shitty job, with the feeling of having disappointed Will’s last wishes, a support group and this really cute medic, who saved her life. Want to know more? Read the book.

For a more “professional” summary, click here.

Opinion

I was crying, I was laughing and I was (most of the time) really frustrated. I know, as someone who has no idea what to actually DO with the opportunities offered, how hard it is to choose a path. BUT DAMN – Lou is totally losing it, in every way possible. She is working in a terrible bar with a embarrassing and even more terrible outfit – and she doesn’t really care. But Lou is good. She’s one of those people who put the happiness of others (for example Will’s daughter Lily) before her own needs and that’s rare.

To skip the part where I totally go nuts with this girl is a favour (I was never this difficult as a teenager but my mum wasn’t even near that horrible person Lily calls “Mother”).
The writing and story are as good or as bad as the first book (Which worked perfectly fine for me). You dive back into the world and yes, you’re terribly sad that Will (that ass) is gone and Lou is left on her own.
I recommend this book to all of the readers and fans from “Me Before You” because it’s as heart wrenching and real as the first book. I hope you enjoyed this rambling and have great day.

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A fresh start to a fresh series? “The Hidden Princess”, a YA-book with more maturity than I’ve expected

Hello there! I’m back again with some books I’ve read recently and it’s up to you to decide which one is fitted best for you! The next post will be online next week 🙂

For the YA-Lovers, I’ve discovered “The Hidden Princess”. The story of the oldest princess Amelie with a special ability which she considers more curse than blessing. She can lure men into doing nearly everything she asks them to, but her control is limited. To secure everyone safety (even her own) she was not exactly locked away but kind of  … locked away (she lives with nuns). The King (her step-father with not so nice intensions towards her) sends her off on missions. Serving her country is literally all she can think about (and the problem that she has nearly no freedom at all). The kingdom borders with Draeden, the kingdom where magic (like hers) is forbidden – oh, I should probably mention that all the five kingdoms in this world forbade their citizens to cross borders (total isolation rocks…).
Well, she meets the Prince of Draeden (handsome and smart), gets captured by him (unfortunate circumstances) and then the “struggling with myself” and “Damn, I want to be finally free” starts (The good part!). But the story doesn’t evolve as happy and glittery and girlish as you might think. If you’re interested in a more eloquent Summary, you can read it on Goodreads.

Opinion
Okay, there were some cheesy moments (but please, who thought there wouldn’t be some?) and yes, the Prince and the Princess fall in love (who would’ve guessed that?), but I really, really liked the story and the way they got to know each other. Who can say, they fell in love with a woman during capturing her? Yeah, right, there is something called the Stockholm-Syndrom but’s a whole different story.
The style of writing is one of the main points I enjoyed this story so much. After a few pages you are so taken in by the events, the story and the characters, you can barely put the book away (once you’ve started).
Amelie (the Princess) is also a very intense character. She has dedicated her life to serving her country (more or less voluntarily) and is convinced she can’t trust anyone (leave alone a handsome prince). Fortunately, the characters in this book are older than 16 (I’m very bad with my memory but if I recall correctly she is about 19-21?) and so the way of treating problems is more mature (thank goodness!).
All in all I would give it four stars out of five. Its a really good read and I am anticipating the sequel, but it’s not compareable to “The Name of the Wind” (which is really hard to top.

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Title: The Hidden Princess
Author: Cara Coe
Pages: 228
Released: June 2nd 2015
Rating: 4/5 ★ – very enjoyable!

Waiting on Wednesday #21 – “The Girl from Everywhere”


Title: The Girl from Everywhere
Author: Heidi Heilig
Pages: 464
will be published on February 16th 2016

Expectations on a level of:

Summary

“Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.” by Goodreads.

Why?

… a freaking time-travel-ship? Come on, who can say no to that?

But I won’t get too excited, because I remember how disappointed I was after reading Magonia. The story sounded amazing but was rather … unmagical.
Well, I really hope this will turn out great, because timetravel never get’s old.
What is your WOW this week? 

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Waiting on Wednesday #20 – “After You”

 I haven’t read a book written by this author until “Me Before You” and it made me cry. Not in sobs, but more of a “silent crying”.
My best friend put this book into my hands while I was struggling with what to read next. Well, here I am, waiting for the sequel.


Title: After You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Pages: 368
will be released on September 29th 2015! (6 MORE DAYS!)

Summary

IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST ONE AND WANT TO AVOID SPOILERS, DON’T READ THE SUMMARY!

“How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

After You is quintessential Jojo Moyes—a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice at being back in the world she creates. Here she does what few novelists can do—revisits beloved characters and takes them to places neither they nor we ever expected.”

Why? or Why did Jojo Moyes write a sequel?

Dear Reader,

I wasn’t going to write a sequel to Me Before You. But for years, readers kept asking and I kept wondering what Lou did with her life.  In the end the idea came, as they sometimes do, at 5:30 in the morning, leaving me sitting bolt upright in my bed and scrambling for my pen.

It has been such a pleasure revisiting Lou and her family, and the Traynors, and confronting them with a whole new set of issues. As ever, they have made me laugh, and cry. I hope readers feel the same way at meeting them—especially Lou—again.  And I’m hoping that those who love Will will find plenty to enjoy.

—Jojo Moyes

As I said before: I loved the first book. While the story is really exceptional, the Cover isn’t. It’s way to girly and I really hope they change it last-minute. But that’s just me and I can live with a girly Cover if the story is great – so don’t disappoint me, Jojo Moyes!
What are you waiting for this Wednesday? Let me know! 🙂

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Similiar to “The Name of the Wind”? – They told me: “Read ‘Bloodsong'”. I did.

I’m sorry for disappearing for nearly a month. I’ve had exams and I couldn’t really get myself to write anything about .. anything, really.
Today, I’ll present you the book I’ve read after my “being-depressed-because-the-third-kingkiller-chronicle-book-isn’t-out-yet” – phase. … Okay, If I’m honest: It’s my latest obsession (K-POP) that drained all the energy from me (in a good way…I think.). But here you go.


Title: Blood Song
Author: Anthony Ryan
Pages: 591
Released: January 22nd 2012
Rating: 5/5 (Totally enjoyable)

Summary

The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm.”

Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order. [that’s the juicy “making someone a trained assassin”-Part]

Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the unified realm. Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds.[Not that true. He just wanted to with his father, really. Not that “honour and justice”-Crap.] He cherishes the memory of his mother, and what he will come to learn of her at the Order will confound him. His father, too, has motives that Vaelin will come to understand. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world. [Because he’s badass. BAM!]

Seriously? Another one? Why should I read the exact same story again?

That’s what you’re thinking. Another story of a hero, born out of abandonment and the will to strive to greatness … or at least something that sounds similar like that.


First of all – there is no glory or revenge that’s driving this main protagonist. It’s friendship, loyalty and the will to live. I’ve read this book after finishing “The Wise Man’s Fear” from Rothfuss, so I knew I shouldn’t be too disappointed if it sucked.
Guess what – It didn’t.
I really got into the story so quickly, I forgot the book I thought I would compare it to. It’s written very well, the characters are diverse and really, really interesting and there are always some mysteries which have to be uncovered.
Currently I’m on the third and final book on this series and I’m starting to confuse so many characters (the “Game-of-Thrones”-disease), because at one point you’ll pick your favourites and don’t really care about the others anymore. That’s a danger with creating a world with spotting every [damn] character, but I can live with it. The story makes up for it.
If you’re looking for someone as entertaining and shocking as “The Name of the Wind” but slightly less complex and more … rough, actually, than read this book!
… and yes, this is a gif of Assassins Creed. Deal with it.

See you soon.

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