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!

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Waiting on Wednesday? -Released (old) WoW-Picks

Check out the books (old WoW’s of mine) which are now available!

Firewalker (Worldwalker #2) by Josephine Angelini. Since September 1st 2015 available. It’s the sequel to Trial by Fire. I have to catch up quickly – did you already read it?
Just a quick Summary to refresh your memory:

“You think I’m a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified.”

Lily is back in her own universe, and she’s ready to start a new life with Rowan by her side. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape from New Salem, and must hide her magic for the safety of everyone she cares about, but compared to fighting the Woven, the monstrous creatures inhabiting the alternate Salem, life is looking pretty good.

Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can’t persuade Lily to return to her world, she will force her to come back by doing away with the ones she loves.”

Darken the Stars (Kricket #3) by Amy A. Bartol. The sequel wasn’t as good as the first book. “Darken the Stars” is the final book (I believe) and I’m eager to finish the series. Can anybody recommend reading the final book?
What are we dealing with? 

“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.”

AND for all the Percy-Jackson-Lovers out there (me included) – “The Sword of Summer” by Rick Riordan was released yesterday (Excitement!!). Was anyone quick enough to read through the night
and can tell me how great it actually is? (I expect nothing less than GREAT.)

“Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . .”

… and my personal favourite, which I’m going to buy as quick as possible – “A Thousand Nights” by E. K. Johnston. I’m really excited for this 1001 Nights – Retelling. Are you?
Summary:

“Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time.But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.”

That’s it for today. The last few days have been terrible because I was really sick. It is getting better but I hope you forgive me, that I don’t have a WoW-Pick for you this week. But please – Let me know what you selected!

Have a great day! Tüdeldü!

xx

Waiting on Wednesday #12 – “Dreamstrider”

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“Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill (breakingthespine) that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.”

Title: “Dreamstrider
Author: Lindsay Smith
Pages: 320
Release date: October 6th 2015

What’s the story?

“A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject’s body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.

A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.”

Why did I choose this one?

It is difficult for me to take a book home  if there is an explicit mention of “politics” in it. I’m not a “political type”, I don’t like the way the world works and I think there are so many improvements to be made – but this is another story.
While this synopsis mentions Politics in a way I’ve not heard before, I’m intimidated if my language skills are enough to understand such a “richly conceived world full of political intrigue”.

Every time I watch the news I’m all like

and remember what everyone is saying.

Nevermind, I’ll definitely look into this book and I mean – DREAMS? They got me with this!

#Update – April 201

Hello there!
(My skills in the category “How to greet Readers nicely” haven’t really improved.)

I thought, it was time for an Update-post, because I seemed to have vanished.

Just finished: “I am Grimalkin (Spook #9)”

Well, a few weeks ago I wrote a German post, that I’ve ordered the 9 missing Spook-books (because they never got translated into German) … and I’m really sorry, but I couldn’t stop reading. I feel a little bit drugged but can’t help it. Currently, I’m reading Book No. 10 “Spook’s Blood”.

Don’t worry – for those of you who don’t know the “Spook-Series” (I won’t say shame on you, because I rediscovered them just a few weeks ago myself), a #QuickTip will be up soon 😉

Remember those?

                                           

Yes, I promised to read these two beauties, but the “Spook-Series” is like the new toy in town and all the other toys have to deal with a high amount of “I’m-currently-neglecting-every-damn-book-okay?-Deal-with-it!”. But I’ll catch up.

… but not after I’ve finished these precious ones.

           

Unfortunately, Uni (or as you call it “college”) is starting Monday and after taking a good look on my schedule I realised, that I have to get myself WiFi on the train or I’ll be damned. No, it’s not that bad, but I’ll post whenever I’m feeling like it (that might be 5 days a week or just one or two post’s. We’ll see, won’t we?)

Thank you so much for reading this and reading other posts (there are 61 clearly crazy people who decided to follow me. That’s so sweet! But, seriously, people, what is wrong with you? (I’m blushing right now)) If you feel like leaving a comment, I’d be glad to answer as quick as possible 😉

 Has anybody read the Spooks-Series or is going to? Whatever it is, feel free to share your thoughts!

See you soon and have a great day (I’m going to cook Noodles now, because Noodels are great. Did you know, that I used to spell Noodles NODDLES? … Well, now you know.)

 Sending you a big hug! (and lots of Spaghetti!) xx

Franzi

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Waiting on Wednesday #8 – “Firewalker” (Worldwalker #2)

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“Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill (breakingthespine) that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.”

Title: Firewalker (Worldwaker #2)
Author: Josephine Angelini
Expected Publication: September 1st 2015
Pages: 352

“You think I’m a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified.”
Lily is back in her own universe, and she’s ready to start a new life with Rowan by her side. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape from New Salem, and must hide her magic for the safety of everyone she cares about, but compared to fighting the Woven, the monstrous creatures inhabiting the alternate Salem, life is looking pretty good.
Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can’t persuade Lily to return to her world, she will force her to come back by doing away with the ones she loves.”

Picking up right where Trial By Fire left off, Firewalker is another sexy, fast-paced, heartbreaking thrill ride from internationally bestselling author Josephine Angelini!

Wait, what? Was this book seriously described as sexy? I nailed it with Arielle, I did.

If this Cover were a Gif

 

Yeah, stop showin’ off. We get it. You look great and will bring us all hope and then, everything will be shattered into tiny pieces. I know it. You wrote the Starcrossed-Trilogy and after the first amazing book you destroyed me. Shame on you. I love the new series but I’m damn afraid you’ll do it again.

Seriously, I’m looking forward to the second book. I loved the first one Trial By Fire, but I am afraid that my high expectations won’t be fulfilled. The second book is always the hardest, because it’s only a bridge for the grand finale. But it shouldn’t feel like this. I hope, Angelinie masters it. I really do.

What is your WoW-Pick for this week? Let me know!

Images via here and here. All Info’s by Goodreads

Versatile Blogger Award “….whaaaaat?”

Out of nowhere I got nominated by Daniel @thecouchpotatoesdigest . Thank you very much, I didn’t even knew, you were out there, reading some of my stuff. Thanks! (By the way, you should check out his blog! I did and now I’m following on bloglovin.. yeah, you know. That thing with wordpress and blogspot, I haven’t figured it out yet.)

Rules
1. Nominate 15 other bloggers relatively new to blogging (or have less than 50 followers)

Okay. Wait. I’m following that many people, I have to start looking through all of them, again. What does “relatively new to blogging” mean? 2 months? Half a year? One year? Whatever. These are just a few blogs I adore. (I really tried to list 15 but it’s so hard!)

1. Everyone Reading This!
2. Reading in Bed
3. Precarious Writer
4. Bücher und Mehr
5. Jessie Marie Reads
6. Mishi-Reads
7. The Brunette Bookworm

 

2. Let the bloggers know that you’ve nominated them
You are nominated! .. no, I’m kidding, I’ll post some comment, so they’ll know 😉

3. Share ten random facts about yourself

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★  I love food. Anything. (Maybe, someday my dream will come true and I’m going to marry my one true love: Pizza.)

★  I’m not a morning person. At all. Better, you hide yourself until I recover from my brutal awakening by my alarm clock.

★  I love to get to know new people. I might be the one, asking you a question on a book you’re reading if you’re sitting next to me on the train. (Ok. Rarely. But I do consider it, if it’s a good book. I don’t want to be a creep)

★  7 times out of 10 I’m more fascinated by the evil character than the “good” one

★  When I’m cleaning at home I’ll sing and dance to every music available on Spotify. (Even though I can’t sing or dance. Nevermind, the neighbours are having a good laugh, I guess.)

★ I love Gif’s. Obviously.

★ I’m lazy. I’m too lazy to fight with people and too lazy to stress myself about everything. … Oh, maybe that’s called balance. Not sure yet.

★  I’m as graceful as a swan when it comes to my behaviour. Never fell on my face. Or ran against a lamp post because I was waving goodbye at my friends. Never. …

★  I love the idea of hanging a world map on my wall and stick pins in it where I want to go (Needed: A LOT of Pins). A shame, that I never found one, that seemed lovely enough to take it home. Cliché, I know.

★  If someone makes me pick between two things it’ll be the hardest decision of my life because I’m undecisive as jelly. (Icecream or Pizza? ICECREAM OR PIZZA? …. Why can’t I have both at the same time?)

4. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog


Daniel @thecouchpotatoesdigest

5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your post

yup.

THANK YOU!

AT THIS POINT I should thank all the readers out there, following my blog or reading what I’m putting out here. Thank you so much, it really means a lot to me. I’m not great with thanking people properly, but I hope you can see that I’m saying this from the deepest (and darkest) place of my heart. Thank you. Thank you so, so much.  I hope you all will enjoy what I’m writing and always feel free to say what’s on your mind 😉

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“Der Thron der Welt” or “The Hawk Quest”

 (deutsche Version unten 😉 )
Do you know that feeling, when you had that much of a great meal that your tummy hurts?
That’s how I felt after reading the book. It was like a big sandwich, filled with meat, salad, tomatoes … nearly everything but after a few bites, I realised: It was too big to eat without getting stomacheache.

Title: “Hawk Quest
Author: Robert Lyndon
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 672
 2.5/5 ★

If you want to know the story click here.

Opinion

It started out very well and I had some high hopes. Yes, you know where this is heading. All right, if you want to skip the “why everything went wrong part”, read the conclusion further down.
For everyone else, I’m going to list it very quickly.

1. The Characters. There was one, maybe two characters I was interested in. The rest could’ve died away (what they actually did) but I wouldn’t care. I’m not a heartless person but I kind of disliked everyone, woman or man. No one was interesting enough to make me care about them. Sorry.

2. The Woman that is supposed to fulfill the “we-need-a-good-ending-for-our-lost-hero”-Part. She was stupid, unrealistic, acting silly and making me want to strangle her. The only one slightly interesting was the falconer and his girlfriend/future wife.

3. I’ve read the story in German, that’s why I had totally different expectations. The original title “The Hawk Quest” was translated into “The Throne of the World” what makes no sense at all. There is no throne, no story associated with a throne and just death, cruelty, annyoing women and only a single good-hearted person (NO! NOT THE MAIN CHARACTER. He killed his wife, okay?)
After seeing the original title on Goodreads, I knew what was going on. Finally.

4. The style of writing isn’t bad but it isn’t good either. I had to make a lot of pauses to get myself to finish the story. I have the second book here, too, but after reading through nearly  990 pages (German Translation seems to be longer) I’m not going to torture myself again.

It was interesting, I’m proud I’ve finished this book but I would only recommend it to people who are really into knights, killing, dying and really dark age thinking (Yes, it’s the dark age and they should act as historical accurate as possible. But not everyone has to be boring.) I would be happy, if they did something like this..

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Also, wenn ihr mich fragt, ist dieses Buch erstens falsch betitelt und zweitens auch noch wie ein viel zu langes Mittagessen, bei dem einem irgendwann Bauchgrimmen und Verdauungsprobleme erwartet.

Titel: “Der Thron der Welt
Autor: Robert Lyndon
Genre: Historisch
Seiten: 956
Bewertung: 2.5/5 ★

Die Geschichte (freie Zusammenfassung nach Franzi)

Da ist dieser Ritter und der ist immer depressiv, weil er im Grund weiß, er ist ein schlechter Mensch. Da trifft er den jungen Italiener, dessen Lehrmeister gerade verstorben ist und ihn irgendwie dazu bringt, eine Lösegeldforderung für einen anderen Ritter an dessen Familie zu vermitteln.
Gesagt getan, die Familie kann das Lösegeld (oder die “vier schneeweißen Falken”) für ihren Sohn Walter nicht aufbringen, und so geht die Expedition, bestehend aus Ritter 1 + jungen Italiener + einem jungen Falkner + mehr Männer nach Island, um dort diese Falken zu besorgen.
Problem: Bruder von Walter will nicht, dass dieser befreit wird also jagt er die Expedition um den halben Globus
Zutaten: Gewalt, Dummheit, noch mehr Gewalt, Mittelalter, Wikinger, sehr viele Schiffe, schlechte Menschen und größtenteils nervige Frauen

Meinung
Die Reise an sich ist eigentlich realistisch, leider konnte ich nichts mit den Charakteren (außer mit dem jungen Falkner und seiner Freundin) anfangen. Alles Langweiler, schlechte Menschen oder hohlköpfige Weiber. Die Geschichte scheint kein wirkliches Ende nehmen zu wollen, manches ist viel zu ausführlich beschrieben und teilweise unnötig. Die ganze Reise steht unter einem sehr schlechten Stern, aber irgendwie kriegt jeder sein verdrehtes Happy-End.
Entschuldigt, für diese knappe Ausführung, ich bin einfach nur erleichtert, dass ich das Buch mit Hero, Wayland und all den anderen bei Seite legen darf.


Wer ein Fan von Mittelalter und Rittern und wildem Herumschiffen ist, der kann sich das gerne antun. An sich, habe ich wirklich nur den “Wird-anstrengend”-Effekt zu bemängeln, sowie zuviel Ausführlichkeit und platte Charaktere. Der Rest schien mir in Ordnung, aber für mehr als 2.5 Sterne kann ich mich wirklich nicht aufraffen.