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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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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Waiting on Wednesday #18 – “Revenge and the Wild”

I have really no idea how I manage to find these books, everytime I’m on Goodreads (which is not as often as I want to be. You know … unfortunately, there is a tiny piece of life outside of the World of Books and Bloggers.)


Title: Revenge and the Wild
Author: Michelle Modesto
Pages: 384
will be released on February 2nd 2016

Dark Magic, Monsters, Cannibals (?!) and seeking Revenge. Sounds good?

“The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.

Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.
But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There’s only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie’s kin. With the help of Nigel’s handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she’s not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now.”

from here.

WHY?

The better question: Why not? Yes, sure, the cannibals were something I didn’t really expect (and I’m not into cannibal-stories, really. Maybe Hannibal, but that’s a completely different type of story, isn’t it?)
Okay, the plot isn’t something totally new and mind-blowing, but I like books which deal with revenge and magic (or both).
I think it has potential to be great, but we all know how easily anticipated books can disappoint us, right?
Well, we’ll see.
Let me know what you think and leave your WoW-Pick in a comment.
If you’re new to WoW – click the link below.
Have a great week!

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Waiting on Wednesday #17 – Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)

Oh, yes. I want this book so badly even though so many people called it to cliché.
If you haven’t read The Red Queen you should definetively check it out.

Title: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Pages: 448
Will be released on February 9th 2016

Summary

“Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.
The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?”

by Goodreads

Why?

This is easy – I loved the first book and can’t wait to get my hands on the second one. (Even though she totally screw up and trusted the wrong people, but hey, I’m not known for making right decisions all the time either.)

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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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Waiting on Wednesday #16 – “The Shadow Queen”

I know, I know. Really? Another one? That’s what you’re thinking. I’m really not that excited about this book – I’m simply curious how it’ll turn out.

Title: The Shadow Queen
Author: C.J. Redwine
Pages: 400
Expected Publication:  February 23rd 2016

THE STORY

“Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.”

by Goodreads

WHY?
Just because!

Natalie (Never trust a duck) said: “I feel like the motto “I’d retell that” should be used by authors these days because literally, the amount of retellings? Not that I’m complaining, they’re quite good. But seriously, I’d retell that.” (see for yourself) – Good one.

True. But I’m still curious.

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