Waiting on Wednesday #6 – “Winter” (The Lunar Chronicles)

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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: Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 10th 2015
Expected: TO BE AWESOME. If not, you better explain yourself, Marissa Meyer!

I’m just staring. Seriously. Something about this cover is so hypnotic .. I can’t explain it. Staring. Oh God, I should better keep this under control. You can read the summary to give you a little taste of what’s coming, I’ll stare in the meantime.

What is going to happen?

“When Princess Winter was thirteen, the rumor around the Lunar court was that her glamour would soon be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. In a fit of jealousy, Levana disfigured Winter. Four years later, Winter has sworn off the use of her glamour altogether. Despite her scars, Winter’s natural beauty, her grace, and her gentleness are winning admiration from the Lunar people that no amount of mind-control could achieve.

Winter despises her stepmother, but has never dreamed of standing up to her. That is, until she realizes that she may be the only one with the power to confront the queen.”

“Can Cinder, Prince Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, Princess Winter, and the palace guard Jacin find their happily ever afters? Fans will LOVE this amazing conclusion to the series.” (Goodreads)

Why should you be as happy as I am?

All the ones who loved the Lunar Chronicles will understand. The others – well, you should probably catch up. I know, some people say they’re bad books and some people have different tastes or are a somehow insane (No. I’m serious. This books work just this way: You like them or you don’t. Fortunately, I do.)
I am SO going to love that book, because Cinder, Scarlet and all the others are gonna ***** the ***** out of that evil glamourous queen. Or, at least, I hope so.
… aand I love happy ends, okay, it shouldn’t be too “love, peace and harmony” but it would be nice, if the author finds the endings every character deserves.

I want it. Now.

That’s all I’ve got. So, what’s your opinion? What did you choose as Wow? Let me know!

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“A Wicked Thing (Sleeping Beauty)” by Rhiannon Thomas

As promised: I’m back and finished the book with the beautiful cover.

Title: “A Wicked Thing
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Released: February 24th 2015
Pages: 337
Rating: 3/5 ★


What’s the book about?

“One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.
Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.
As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.”

Opinion

I was really cautious with my expectations. It sounded and looked wonderful, but I wasn’t sure, if it could live up to the standards I’ve set the moment I saw the cover.
Never mind, this book is good. At least, it’s not bad. I’m really not sure, if I like it or not.
The Protagonist – Aurora – is always calm, thinking, dealing with this situation she’s trapped against her will. Apparently. She could walk away, the moment she wanted (she knows that) but she doesn’t.

We’re tossed into a kingdom, 100 years after Aurora went for her magical nap, were the throne is passed on (seemingly) every 20 years. Someone murders the old king and becomes the new king while the people are starving.
There are rebels, riots everywhere, cruelly punished by the King – Aurora’s future Dad-in-law.
The three “possible” interesting matches of Aurora are either a bitter rebel from the streets, the kind but rather clumsy Prince Rodric or the charming but smart Finnigan, Prince of a country behind the great ocean waves.
I couldn’t really connect to Aurora, because she was too calm. Yes, in the end she stood up (in her way) to the “bad guys”, but I expected rather a real spectacle not just hide and seek, if you know what I mean.
The problem is: I still haven’t figured out who is “good” or “bad”. Okay, I get it, who the bad guy is, but who can you trust?


One big flaw: Aurora does not know what she wants. She doesn’t really even try to find out. Someone who doesn’t know what he or she wants is basically someone who does not know who he is. Who is Aurora? (It’s okay to not know, what to do, but not know, what to want is really difficult for a character. She has no direction, no motivation and loses depth)
After finishing the book I asked myself just one question: What’s the point?

Despite these flaws, I enjoyed the book. I’m looking forward to the sequel.
“A Wicked Thing” should be recommended for those of you  who can bare a more silent, subtile book. .. Is it silly, to like Celeste, the Witch who cursed Aurora? Well, I do. Maybe you’ll do, too.
Read the book to find out.

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#Update – March 2015

(I’m not good with this “greeting people at the beginning”)
Hello out there
Hello, YOU!
Hi!
Whoever you are, feel hugged and warmly welcomed!
(As if some old, bad poet said this. Better not. But I am really happy for every new reader in this world wide web)

Hello, dear follower or soon-to-be Follower (maybe)!  *waving*
(I thought, this banana is that nuts … it suites this post)

I just wanted to let you know, I didn’t forgot my English-Book-Promise. I’m just killing all my German Books at the moment and probably next week, there will be a English Book Review online! (Can’t promise but I’ll do my very best 😉 )

I’ve started with these three precious books (Yes. You’re right. It’s because of the Cover. That’s why it is so hard to buy Classics. They just look … boring. Sorry, Dracula, Tom Saywer, Long John Silver and Elizabeth Benett. But I’ve read you all anyway.)

“Sometimes the best letters are the ones that go unansweredIt begins as an assignment for English class: write a letter to a dead person – any dead person.
Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain – he died young, and so did Laurel’s sister May – so maybe he’ll understand a bit of what Laurel is going through.
Soon Laurel is writing letters to lots of dead people – Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, River Phoenix, Amelia Earhart…it’s like she can’t stop… ” from here

“Seventeen-year-old Skylar has been haunted for as long as she can remember by fleeting yet powerful sensations that something is horribly wrong. But despite the panic attacks tormenting her, nothing ever happens, and Sky’s beginning to think she’s crazy. Then she meets a mysterious, otherworldly boy named Win and discovers the shocking truth…” from here

“A spinning wheel. A prick of a finger. A terrible curse.
One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairytale.” from here

So, please, be strong and hang on a little while longer. So that you don’t leave without a smile on your face – TAKE THIS!

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King of Ash and Bone (Shattered Realms #1) by Melissa Wright

2.5/5

First of all I want to thank Melissa Wright for giving me a free copy on amazon, so I could read and review this book 🙂 Thank you! 
Title: King of Ash and Bone
Author: Melissa Wright
Pages: 217
Released: 2015
Price: 8,20 €

Summary

“When flying monsters break through the veil into her world, Mackenzie Scott has nothing left to lose. Her brother has been taken, her future has vanished, and all that remains is a desperate need for revenge. After discovering the breach the creatures used as a gateway, Mackenzie devises a plan to stop them, whatever the cost.

When she finds an injured stranger in the street, he just might be the key she needs to succeed. What Mackenzie doesn’t know is that this stranger isn’t the helpless boy he appears to be. He’s one of the monsters. And he’s got plans of his own.

Thrown into a dying city in another realm, Mackenzie is powerless to get back. With the gateway closing, time is not on her side. But the stranger is, and if they can escape execution, this girl and her monster might be able to save both their worlds.”

Opinion

I finished this book an hour ago and I used this time to think about the whole story. I really wanted to like this book and I kind of did, but I think I missed the point where you connect with the main characters, because I didn’t. At all. That makes me wonder if it’s caused by the very confusing events or if it’s just me.

What I liked and hated the same time was the style of writing. I loved it, because it had its own way of describing things and emotions but I couldn’t get access to what’s happening.

Mackenzie is a real strong character, giving the fact that her whole world is threatened by monsters and she’s taken to another “realm” as her saviour (Hunter) is calling it. She wants to save her brother and develops some feelings for the secretive “Hunter”.  I liked her; she was reasonable and not drooling over Hunter for no reason as in every second romance book.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t get into this “Is-it-a-romance?”-thing these two are having. Attraction is developed, okay, I got that, but it made me feel nothing. I didn’t ship these two because there wasn’t something special, something that the author usually catches in words and makes the reader’s mind tingle (If you know what I mean).
I’m not disappointed because I had no idea what to expect, but I think that there could’ve been more to the story than events strung together. After finishing half the book I still had no idea what was actually going on. This might be the biggest flaw of this rather interesting book.

It’s not helpful if you have no idea what is going on and the information that is been given has no value at all. In this case it wasn’t the nice “I’ll-have-some-clues-and-I’ll-figure-out-what’s-happening”, no, I just didn’t understand … why. I’m sure it’s not the language barrier because I’ve read so many English books I think I can say, that I haven’t had this problem ever.

All in all: This book is an interesting read, but not my piece of cake, unfortunately. But I would recommend everyone to try it so you could make up your own mind.
I saw that Melissa Wright wrote some other novels, like the Freya-Saga, and I think I’ll look into them. Maybe they’re more suited for me.

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Altered #1 – by Jennifer Rush

3.5/5 ★

This book was a hard one. I’m so glad that Anna, the female protagonist, could turn the corner because I really wanted to like this book.

Summary

Anna lives with her Dad together (Mummy is dead) and works with him on scientific stuff. The creepy thing is that they nurture four boys, who are all living for about 5 years in their basement.
The mysterious Sam, Trev the calm one, the always hungry Cas (very high identification level!) and the grumpy Nick. While Anna gets along well with everyone, she is always scared by the furious Nick who obviously thinks that being held in a glass prison for 5 years isn’t that great, while Anna and her father are taking bloodsamples and testing their abilities.
(Anna always wonders why he hates her so much. Ehm, excuse me? Would you naturally become best buddies with your prison guard?)
Nevertheless she manages to be best friends with Trev and to bake herself into Cas’ heart (Chocolate Chip Cookies? Seriously?).
Of course, Anna is always asking herself what all these tests are for but her father won’t give her the answers and so she …. what? You thought she tries to find out the truth? No way, she’s just like “oh okay. Nevermind. Poor boys. Anna and her Dad are working for the “Branch” and sometimes this “Branch-guy” Connor visits. Or Riley. There are two guys but seem to me as one person being multiplied. Oh, and she’s in love with Sam, obviously.
After Sams managing a brilliant escape, Anna’s Dad begged them to take her with them because she would be punished as well for the outbreak.

Opinion

The first thing I have to say: Anna is freakin’ dumb sometimes. She can’t help it, I think.
Wait, I’ve saved the quote… Where is it? Ah, here:
(Situation: They have to steal a car to save their lives!) … and Anna is like:

“I just … I don’t know if I’m comfortable with all this.”
He gave me a look. “Now is not the time for your morality to make an appearance.” (Trev)

Her life is threatened by some Branch agents and all she can think about is …. I have no idea what she’s thinking. Maybe she wanted to run all the way to Lancaster (where they were headed) because she is totally working out every day in the lab?
That was the first time I rolled my eyes but nevermind, I still had hope. (This hope died soon enough but we’ll come to that later).
Okay, this story between Sam and Anna is interesting but I’m more interested in the question if Anna will become a bad ass in the near future, because this whiny and confused-acting girl isn’t made to be a main character in the story!
While Cas saves the story with his hilarious jokes and his steady hunger for any food, I hope, that something might accidentally kill Anna. No, just kidding.

In the beginning Anna mentioned that she had some combat lessons, so I had some hope she could defend herself. The funny thing is, while she totally failed the first few times … out of nowhere (the last 50 pages maybe) she was all hero-bad-ass-like. I haven’t seen that coming because it was really happening without a plausible reason!

However, I have complained enough. The story lives (thankfully) with the boys (she calls them “boys”. They are grown man with manipulated genes but nevermind. Boys fits just fine). The characters are authentic and funny (Cas, will you marry me?) and the style of writing is good as well.
There are enough suprising turns or new information introduced to the characters but while Anna is too dumb to figure at least something out on her own, Sam has to do all the work while she’s gaping at him to keep the reader interested.

Eventually, I’ll read the next two books, because Anna got herself together and I want to read some more about Cas, Nick and Trev. (Especially Cas … and the grumpy Nick. I might be the only one who like him … maybe because he’s is the only one giving everyone a hard time AND staying interesting. A very difficult combination if you think about it!)

Just, so that you have an example, here is how Cas works (constantly thinking of pizza and icecream. I love this guy!)

“We’re free!”
Nick sayin’ something grumpy!
“Awesome.” Cas rubbed his hands together. “Anyone have some marshmallows?”

Sure, I do.

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Scarlet (A Robin Hood story) – by A. C. Gaughen

4/5 ★

Scarlet is a book I wanted to read for a veeeery long time. So, here we go!

Yes, I’ll admit it … one of the “I-love-the-cover-let’s-grab-it!”-Books. I mean, look at it! Every girl who loves stories about girls disguising themselves as boys because they’re so much smarter than everyone else will take this book back home.

What happens?

Scarlet is a thief, a pretty good one. Working hand in hand with Robin Locksley or better none for Robin the Hood and his two fellows Much and John (John Little), they steal from the rich and give it to the poor – so that they can pay their horribly high taxes to the cruel and mean and very, very bad Sheriff of Nottingham.
We are leaving Scarlet’s obvious eating disorder out and will deal with the real problem here. Some douche bounty hunter was hired by the unforgivingly very bad Sheriff to get the “band”, as they call themselves, caught or killed (killed, I think).
While Scarlet is the “every-time-someone-asks-questions-about-my-past-I’ll-hide-somewhere”-type, Robin tries to figure out how to save the people of this poor little town and how to get Scarlet to unravel herself. Turns out, there are way more secrets that you would’ve guessed.

Opinion

I really had to get used to Scarlet’s slang. I don’t know if this was really regular for the commoners but she was (actually) the only one talking like this. That was quite annoying but never mind, you get used to it very quickly.
Scarlet is a very fascinating character, with fascinating I mean: Sometimes you want to slap her though in some other moments you are just surprised how badly she wants to survive anything. It was clear from the beginning that she was hiding everything about her, but you get to enjoy the journey when she is talking about her past and you are trying to piece everything together.
The interpretation of John little was a bit confusing. In “Scarlet” he’s a lady killer and creeping me out, I can’t really say why but he is!
Robin, by the way, is just perfect. Cute, good-looking, handsome, charismatic, brave etc. but sometimes he has his outtakes (as Scarlet does – that’s why they fit together perfectly!). For God’s sake, tell Scarlet if you like her and Scarlet, get yourself together and figure out what you want.
What struck me most were the brutality and the big amount of blood that was shed. (For a girl’s book, let it be understood) It’s not the lovely tale of Marian and Robin, where you can turn everything into a happy ending – it’s the story of starving, desperate people who need a hero like “Robin Hood.”
I liked it, but I was missing the spark. Sometimes everyone gets so whiny or the story is stagnating and last but not least: No kissing. … and I mean, no kissing of the people who should kiss! … I know, I know, that’s so girly.

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Book #1) – Leigh Bardugo

5/5 ★

Actually, I wanted to review “Alera – Zeit der Rache” but after I (finally) finished it I was so bored out of my mind, I couldn’t waste anymore time on that really below-average sequel. I’ve never skipped so many pages before, all I wanted to do was strangle everyone. EVERYONE. Thank God it’s over. There is nothing worse than a stupid main character. Nothing!
Now let me get to the good part.

         369 pages, 7,95 € Kindle

 What’s happening?
The story takes place in Ravka, a very icy country with slight russian touch, which is divided by the Fold (insert dramatic music), ” a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh”. Sounds jolly, doesn’t it?
Alina and Mal are two orphans who grew up together (and she has a serious crush on him ever since). They serve in the First Army of the King. But one day Alina discovers that she has some really awesome powers (when her ship was attacked and her best friend Mal was in deadly danger) – she is a sun sommoner.
The Grishas, another word for snobby and spoiled magicians, who can heal or summon fire or do some other crazy stuff, take her under their wings. Especially the Darkling, the most powerful Grisha of all time. He can summon pure darkness (If that’s not cool, I don’t know what it is).
Apart from Mal she learns to fight and to control her powers and grows more and more fond of that good-looking Darkling, who wants to destroy the mold with her powers, so that there can be peace and blablabla.
But as always there are some very dark secrets…

Opinion:

I loved it. Every single word of it. As I am an admirer of the russian language (I have no clue why, actually. My mom is from a slavic country, maybe that’s it?) I love to read about anything that only seems to be slightly russian.
Alina is an outsider, always was and that’s why I like her so much in the first place. She isn’t shallow as others or pretentious or dumb (sorry), she follows her heart and tries hard. The reader is Alina at some point, you get sucked in so badly that after finishing the book you finally remember that you are actually sitting at home and not fighting in the colds of Ravka.
You are also enchanted by this world of magic and rough reality at the same time (yes, it sounds like a contradiction but it’s not). I am eager to catch up witch the sequel. Tomorrow, another train ride is due. I’m already too excited to sleep.

ps: I hope my grammar isn’t that bad.

A Thousand Pieces Of You – Claudia Grey

 4.5/5 

Another great start for a trilogy. I started this right about five seconds after I finished Trial By Fire, because I was actually searching for a book which is not the beginning of the trilogy. Needless to mention, that I failed.
Why is this picture so big? Because I love it.
The story takes place in Russia, in London, in the US and some more places else, so I think this cover is more as beautiful and suiting.
Do you find yourself in a situation sometimes where you just look at the cover and think “I have to buy it because it looks good. No clue if it actually is good. But I’ll buy it!”?
Yah, that was me the moment I saw that cover. Normally I check first, what the description says but I’ve already gone wild. “Don’t care. Buy. BUY! BUYBUYBUY!! WHY IS MY INTERNET SO SLOW?!

I am proud to say that I am relieved because this book is amazing! (My vocabulary is still expanding so don’t be too hard on me. I am always this enthusiastic when I finish a book which thrills me that much…)

What happens?

Meg has some issues with her hate-and-anger-management.
Okay, If the guy I was wondering if I could fall in love with would kill my father, delete all the great research of my parents (who are intelligent as Einstein by the way) and take the Firebird (You can travel through dimensions with this sneeky invention!) to vanish – yes, I would explode.
How could Paul do this to her and her family – his family? Paul and Theo, both some real intimidating geniuses, worked over years hand in hand with her parents to develope this invention. Paul was like a brother to Meg (the brother you think is pretty hot, apparently). Theo has this brilliant idea to hunt Paul down – together with Meg. Theo is like a brother to Meg, too, but there is also some very sparky tention there. I will stop here but I can promise you this book contains a breath-taking adventure with many turns and very interesting characters you will be glad to meet.

Opinion

Seriously? You still need an opinion? If you search for a book, which you can’t put away and which carries you off into another dimension (haha. literally.) – READ IT!

There might be some few pages where you want the story to move ahead more quickly, but I think that’s tolerable. There is so much fun in figuring out who the “bad guy” is and to be frightened at the end because you don’t really know what is coming next!

Trial By Fire – Josephine Angelini (“Everflame”)

5/5 

Finished this yesterday while listening to my secret all-time favorites Mumford & Sons.
So, here I go again, trying to do some serious book recommendation while struggling with english grammar.
As I started reading this book, the knowledge that Josephini Angelini had written it, was always much more present that I wanted it to be. Everyone remembers “Starcrossed” and now you are frightened to discover, if this trilogy opening will leave you unsatisfied or relieved, because it might be good or even better than “Starcrossed”
 At this point I should admit that I didn’t like the last book. The spark was lost. But nevermind, we’re now talking about another great beginning of a story.

Price: 5,55 € on amazon.com
385 (wonderful) pages
Language: English

Summary:

Lily’s life sucks because Lily seems to be allergic to kind of … everything. After dealing with a crush on her (shitty) best friend Tristan and public humiliation (again), she is willing to be taken away, as that creepy little voice in her head asks her to (yeah, at that point she thought she was talking to herself. Guess what? She wasn’t).
Now, she’s in another dimension, with another Lily (Lillian) and another big sister … and furious. All she wants to do is go home, take care of her sick mom again and get away from that creepy witch, who looks just like her (because she is Lily. Kind of. Read the book).
In this world, there is a war between the 13 walled cities (because there are so many monsters running around, kiling people) and the outlanders.
After some chaos she is taken care of by Rowan, Tristan (looking as Tristan from Lily’s dimension but isn’t exactly her Tristan and is at the same time. Confusing, eh?) and Caleb and she discoveres that she’s a badass very powerful witch who can end the tyranny of Lilian (that other witch, that looks just like her).
Oh, and what I forgot to mention: Lilian kills every scientist or teacher, because science is baaaad. (Didn’t figure that out, but I made some assumptions. Read the book!)

Opinion:

I liked it! Mainly, because the characters where so authentic I started to believe they had to exist somewhere. Lily is a main character you can easily identify with but there is still so much to discover about her in her development from a little, weak girl to strong(-minded) woman,
And yes, I liked the guy. I know, I know, that’s so … girly, but he is really cool and he is smart and ohmygoshheissofreakinghot….

Sorry, got carried away. What was I saying?
There is not even a second you could be bored, every time you might get the idea that that the story is calming down and then BOOOM another (problem) thing is happening! You suffer with every character (who isn’t boring or bad or not relevant) and experience joy and confusion and anger and desperation and … pretty much everything.
 So, read this really, really good book!
Now I’m struggling to call this my new favorite, because it isn’t as dark and (at the end) depressing as “The Young Elites”. Oh, damn it!

An alle deutschen Buchliebhaber: Ich habe zwar nicht die deutsche Version gelesen, aber ich würde es trotzdem empfehlen. Wer nicht gerade dem englischen zugetan ist, kann sich ja auch mit der deutschen Version vergnügen, denn der Inhalt bleibt derselbe.
Amazing.

The Young Elite by Marie Lu – My new favorite

 4.5/5 

I cried out in anger. Literally. This ending …. and now I have to wait until October 6th?? Oh, please, dear lord, make it stop. I can’t suffer that long.
I’m serious. This book is … so much better than her Legend-cycle (well, I still have to read the last book but nevermind)! Like an addict I read everywhere: while I was walking, standing and of course on the train … and when I should listen to my lectures. I’m lost. I can’t say anything without going mad, because I can’t continue reading this marvelous book.
But I’ll try.

Summary:81JbgVO-5sL
This is the story of Adelina Amouteru, a marked girl who survived the blood fever and is now a so called “Malfettos”. Repressed by her cruel father who considers her as useless and an abomination. After facing execution she was saved by  the “Young Elites”, a group of remarkable Malfettos with special powers. She has a special power, too and they offer her to train her in exchange for her alliance with them.
But while she begins to like the Young Elites, her little sister Violetta is imprisoned by the leader of the inquisition and … so there are some very huuuge complications. 
That’s where my summary is getting worse. I can’t say more about what is going to happen, you just have to read this magnificent book!

Opinion:
As expected it is written so delightful that you can’t stop yourself from … inhaling this story as quick as possible. The main characters are lovable and three dimensinal. While you struggle at first to dive into the thoughts of Adeline you come to the conclusion that she is indeed as real as possible. Everything she decides or does is understandable and mainly reasonable.

This story really gets you. When I saw that there were just a few pages left I figuratively was … kind of heart broken.
There is only one thing that is troubling me. Adelina does not really … develope throughout the story. She is stuck and does not know which way to go. She never decides truly who she wants to be or become. And at the end I’ve lost her … I couldn’t relate anymore to such deeply rooted hatred, pain and agony. Somewhere I’ve read that she was originally ment as a minor character but then the author had a change of heart.

I didn’t realise this was originally a villain-story until I’ve noticed this in some of the other reviews. But after knowing I can understand now why Adeline is who she is, or at least will become. A bittersweet taste is left but I am really looking forward to the next part. I still hope, that there is a way to save some characters, most of all Adeline.
Hope dies last.

So, please! Go and read this book and make up your mind. If you love a dark, renaissance-influenced fantasy world which will pull you in deeper and deeper – then go for it!  … and if you don’t you are truly missing out on something!

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