Waiting on Wednesday #19 – “Darken the Stars”

We’ll only have to wait for a few more days…. FINALLY!


Title: Darken the Stars (Kricket #3)
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Pages: 302
will be published on September 8th 2015-

Expectation: DON’T RUIN IT!

What awaits us?

“Kyon Ensin finally has what he’s always wanted: possession of Kricket Hollowell, the priestess who foresees the future. Together, their combined power will be unrivaled. Kricket, however, doesn’t crave the crown of Ethar—she has an unbreakable desire to live life on her own terms, a life that she desperately wants to share with her love, Trey Allairis.

As conspiracies rage in the war for Ethar, Kricket’s so-called allies want to use her as a spy. Even those held closest cannot be trusted—including Astrid, her sister, and Giffen, a member of a mysterious order with a hidden agenda. But Kricket’s resolve will not allow her to be used as anyone’s pawn, even as the Brotherhood sharpens its plans to cut out her heart.

As the destiny prophesied by her mother approaches, Kricket will backtrack through her fiery future to reshape it. For she knows one thing above all else: the only person she can truly count on is herself.”

Why?

Have you read the Reviews on Goodreads? I’m really scared because Amy A. Bartol seems to have messed things up (in a good and a bad way). I don’t want to have everything in ruins (If I wanted that I could’ve just re-read the Hunger Games).
But still … I’m really eager to get all the answers to my questions.
My new mantra: … ignore the reviews on goodreads ignore the reviews on goodreads ignore the ….

What is your WoW-Pick this week? 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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Forget YA, I’m into Fantasy, again! – Patrick Rothfuss’ “Kingkiller Chronicles”

Before putting to much thought into the header, let me say: I love YA-Novels, I still do. But I’ve discovered the world of high-fantasy again, the world I’ve fallen in love with when I was 12.
I can’t thank Pat enough. I’ve tasted blood. His books are unique, beautiful and …and… AWESOME. (Yes, I’ll quote some very bad reviews later, but I’ll want to encourage you to read the books yourself)

                 

The Kingkiller Chronicle #1                                          The Kingkiller Chronicle #2
“The Name of the Wind”                                              “A Wise Man’s Fear”
Pages: 662                                                                   Pages: 1107
Released: March 27th 2007                                         Released: March 1st 2011
Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★                                        Rating: Still AWESOME!

THE STORY?

Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.
A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

as described on Goodreads

Should I read it?

YES! YES YES YES YES! For God’s sake, buy the book and read it!

Okay. Sorry. Overreacting. Everything’s fine.
You may have googled it already or you saw it in the store but you didn’t buy it because you were unsure. Let me take away all the doubts you ever head and tell you: Please, trust me.

I didn’t listen to a friend of mine who told me years ago that this book was a new one, a jewel, drowning in all that “okay-and-nearly-good”-fantasy stuff. I’m glad that I haven’t read it earlier, because the third book is not released (yet). (I guess it’ll be a third and a fourth book. A story this BIG can’t be put down in only one book with 1000 pages.)

THE STORY: … Read it. Just read it.

THE WRITING: Very illustrating but smooth and suspenseful at the same time.

THE CHARACTERS: Kvothe seems to be one hell of a character because either you love him or you despise him. (that’s just the impression I’ve got on the internet). Nevermind, there are enough other characters that’ll fascinate you as much as he does. His crazy teacher, for example (okay, Master Elodin is not really mad. He’s a genius. That’s what I’m thinking.)

But I’m also really fascinated by the variety of opinions out there. Someone on Goodreads wrote

“His world is about as strange and dangerous as a mashed potato sandwich. His protagonist is comically overblown wish fulfilment for people who weren’t popular in college. I’m absolutely mystified that this novel is so highly regarded by so many.”

(as you can read here)

I don’t know what sandwiches you’re eating but they have to be quite deadly if you’re really talking about “The Name of the Wind”. The Protagonist can be … strange, I’ll admit that but he was interesting. You already have problems finding interesting people in reallife and having a protagonist that is not so relatable but interesting is a big achievement.
It’s really a matter of taste, I guess. (Still, on goodreads it has nearly the TOTAL fifth star. Just sayin’.)

If I had to pick a book to make people fall in love with fantasy books, I would give them this. I would watch them, as they slowly fall for this world, this character, this fabulous writing and this AWESOME Story. These books are just the beginning of the story and outmatched the expectations I’ve ever had. How great and fantastic and frightening and suspenseful and fascinating will therefore the final day be?

… Yeah. We don’t know. But we don’t need to know. Pat takes his time writing the finale of the story and his already been working on it for years. I just HAS to be good.

You hopefully have the urge to go to your next bookshop and buy it.
Thank me later.

xx

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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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#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*

“Magonia” – You tricked me!

 Title: “Magonia
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Released: April 28th 2015
Pages: 309
Rating: 3 / 5 ★

Summary

“Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.
Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.
So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.
Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming (No, she doesn’t. I’m sorry, but this is the start of a misleading Summary!).
Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. (… no! You can’t say it like that because it arouses expectations which can’t be fulfilled!)
Where do her loyalties lie?”

Opinion

It’s so hard to give a book objectively nearly 5 stars while you feel like you’ve been betrayed by the Cover and the misleading Summary all along.
This story is truly beautiful and makes you long for more … BUT!
I knew I was going to be disappointed because I’ve got my hopes so high that even J.K. Rowling might’ve had trouble fulfilling them.
We’re going to make it very easy here – I can recommend this book without doubts, but you have to make yourself clear that there is no promised “war” and that “fate”-thing going on! This is misleading and a very wide interpretation of what’s really happening.

Aza is a great main character, she’s smart (usually) and sarcastic and her death seems to be unavoidable (because of that lung disease, remember?). Jason, her best friend, is also quirky and smart which makes them a perfect team.
Well, I was waiting nearly over 70 pages to finally get to the “Magonia”-Part and after Aza finally discovered that she was actually magonian – this is where the book is starting to fail (slowly). I loved reading about the world where sky ships are sailing the winds and clouds, accompanied by bats and whales and stormsharks doesn’t that sound amazing?!.

But there was no time for exploring, adventure or so as I’ve hoped for, Aza was told what to do and she did it and then she didn’t and the book was over. I’m trying not to spoil youthe story, okay? It was a bit too … thin. This book could’ve been made into a 400 pages opening of a beautiful series, surrounding Magonia, Aza and Jason and all the struggles they’re facing together. So many questions are unanswered and I’m not satisfied. This book had definately not enough pages!
I just sat there thinking nothing but “Really?! That’s it?”.
I was waiting for the “Awesome-Factor” to kick in but it didn’t because my expectations were to high, remember?.
BUT despite these little flaws I’ve enjoyed the way of writing, the characters and the wonderful world Maria Headley created.
I’m googleing right now if there’s going to be a sequel (I hope so!).


… THERE IS! Someone on Goodreads is saying that the sequel is coming out in April 2016. … I CAN’T WAIT!
There you have it – another bad Review unhelpfull and confusing for the reader.

Images via here, here and here.

 

“Der Kinderdieb” – BROM

Titel: “Der Kinderdieb”
Autor: BROM
Seiten:  648
Rating: 4.5/5 ★

Wenn dich Peter Pan vor den Alpträumen der Realität rettet und dir im gleichen Atemzug eine neue Welt voller Abenteuer verspricht… Es gibt mehr verlorene Kinder, als man glauben mag.

 Eine Nacherzählung? Nein, definitiv nicht.

“Leise wie ein Schatten streift ein merkwürdiger Junge durch die Straßen von New York. Er nennt sich Peter und ist auf der Suche nach Kindern und Teenagern, die dringend Hilfe brauchen. Peter rettet sie und bietet ihnen an, sie in sein magisches Reich zu führen, in dem niemand je erwachsen werden muss. Doch er verrät ihnen nicht, dass dieses Land im Sterben liegt und dort nicht nur magische Geschöpfe und das Abenteuer ihres Lebens auf sie warten, sondern auch größte Gefahr… ”

Meinung

Hier scheiden sich die Geister und ich kann das absolut nachvollziehen. Das Cover hält auf jeden Fall was es verspricht. Die Geschichte ist nicht süß, niedlich und voller Hoffnung, im Grunde ist sie zerstörerisch, spricht von Kampf, Verlust, Grausamkeit, Gewalt und wie viel man bereit ist für etwas das tief in einem verwurzelt ist zu riskieren.

Peter Pan – hier nur Peter, wurde schon als Kind von seiner menschlichen Mutter verstoßen, denn er hatte spitze Ohren und schien anders als die anderen Kinder. Doch statt im Wald zu sterben, überlebt er und kaum, dass er sechs Jahre alt geworden ist, scheint er schon Grausamkeit und Gewalt zur Genüge gesehen zu haben.
Auf Avalon findet er seine Bestimmung – der “Dame” zu dienen (unten rechts), die den kleinen Peter mit ihrem verlorenen Sohn vergleicht. Diese Welt ist geprägt von Magie, von Zauberei und von einer alten Regentschaft der Kinder der Götter gestützt auf Elfen, Trolle und was es noch alles gibt.
Warum also die verlorenen Kinder?

Das alles erfährt man erst im Laufe der Geschichte und bis zum Ende hin ist es erschreckend.
Nick, ein “verlorener Junge”, den Peter durch den Nebel geführt hat, scheint als Einziger nicht wirklich angetan von dem Jungen zu sein, der ihn auf die magische Insel geholt hat. Denn ihm wird schnell klar, das ist keinesfalls ein Traumland, nein, in Wirklichkeit kämpfen die “Teufel”, wie sie sich nennen, ums Überleben der Insel.

Das ganze Buch über war ich hin- und her gerissen. Es ist so schwer festzustellen was “richtig” und was “falsch” ist. Tatsächlich hat jede Seite Gründe, warum sie tut was sie tut und Nick ist der Einzige, der allem grundlegend misstraut. Hinter diesem Buch steckt so viel mehr als ein zauberhafter Ausflug in ein Land wo niemand altert, hier wird wirklich ein Krieg gefochten, aber an mehreren Fronten.

Das Nachwort des Autors hat mich zum Nachdenken angeregt. Er schrieb, dass die ungekürzte Fassung von “Peter Pan” tatsächlich schwarze Züge an sich hatte. Kinder, die scheinbar zu alt wurden, hätte Peter “ausgejätet.” Hier hat er Recht, was soll das bedeuten?! Diese Version hat ihren eigenen Peter und beschreibt tatsächlich, wie Kinder reagieren, die entführt und auf brutalste Weise kämpfen und sterben.
Ich kann es nur jedem ans Herz legen, auch wenn man sich am Ende fragt: “Wozu das alles?”

Peter kennt die Antwort. “Zeit für ein Spielchen”, flüsterte er und blinzelte [den Sternen] zu.

Bilder von hier, hier und hier.