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

 

 

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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 #15 – “Kingdom of Ashes” (A Wicked Thing SEQUEL)

I know, what you’re thinking. It’s the Cover. You can’t decide if it’s good or not. Nevermind, let’s keep this thing going!


Title: Kingdom of Ashes (Wicked #2)
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Pages: 368
Expected Publication:  February 23rd 2016

Why?

Again, this book is the sequel to “A Wicked Thing” which wasn’t really as “wicked” as expected, but okay. Still hoping the best, everyone deserves a second chance. Maybe this time she won’t be all “What am I doing?” and “What should I do” and “Oh, everyone seems nice but no one really is”. Hopefully.

Summary

“Asleep for a hundred years, awoken by a kiss, Aurora’s life was supposed to be a fairytale. But since discovering that loyalty to the crown and loyalty to her country are two very different things, Aurora knows she can only dream of happily ever after. Once the enchanted princess, savior of her people, she is now branded a traitor.

Aurora is determined to free her home from the king’s tyrannical rule, even if it means traveling across the sea to the kingdom of the handsome and devious Prince Finnegan—someone who seems to know far more about her magic than he should. However, Finnegan’s kingdom has perils of its own, and any help he gives Aurora will come at a price.

As Aurora and Finnegan work together to harness her power—something so fiery and dangerous that is as likely to destroy those close to Aurora as it is to save them—she begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding the curse that was placed on her over a century before…and uncover the truth about the destiny she was always meant to fulfill.”

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

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!

Waiting on Wednesday #10 – “Illusionarium”

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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: Illusionarium
Author: Heather Dixon
Expected Publication: May 19th 2015
Pages: 368

“From the author of Entwined, a brilliantly conceived adventure through an alternate London. This sweeping, cinematic tale of an apprentice scientist desperate to save his family—and his world—is The Night Circus meets Pixar.

Through richly developed parallel worlds, vivid action, a healthy dose of humor, and gorgeous writing, Heather Dixon spins a story that is breathtaking and wholly original.”

Why?

 … soooo, what’s the story?

First, I was fascinated by the opposing opinions concerning this upcoming book. Many people were disappointed, others said it’s far more than you would expect. … Then I started to stalk the author, Heather Dixon. Her blog is sooo cool and after I’ve read that she’s an storyboard artist for Disney – it was over. I just kept on stalking and stalking and I’m leaving every book I’m currently reading on my desk and want to start her first book “Entwined”.


I’ve really no real clue what’s going on in “Illusionarium” but the hints on Goodreads and her blog suggest it’s a real good kind-of fantasy-story with great atmosphere. But I can be mistaken.
However, I’m SO excited to read in. In May. … so, in one month. More than 31 days. Oh dear.

But until then – There is a self-made book trailer by the author! Enjoy! 😀

“The Book of Life” (All Souls #3) – Deborah Harkness

Title: “The Book of Life” (All Souls #3)
Author: Deborah Harkness
Released: July 15th 2014
Pages:  561

Rating: 4/5 ★

Description

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies.
At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches–with one significant exception.
But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences.
In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

from Goodreads


Opinion

It is a great finale, I can’t lie, but after having a few weeks distance from the state of finishing it and now (actually writing the review) I’m certain, that I won’t re-read it that quickly.
Yes, I am the “I-love-to-re-read-books-type” and a breathtaking book is always “re-readable”.
The Characters develope further (good), the storyline becomes more interesting (better) and new characters are introduced (not sure: Another villain Diana and Matthew have to fear? *hrmpf* Could have been done better).
If I’m honest, I didn’t really focus that much on the actual story and the problems, I just loved to read how friends and family bonded, fought together and guess what? They made it.

***  Warning! Spoiler!  ***

After the miscarriage in the past (remember? Timetravel – the second book) Diana is pregnant again and WOW, things are getting totally messed up. (In a good and a bad way). I was so excited for the babys to finally be born (I was having concerns, if I’m actually just reading the book because there’ll be babys in it?) Everything went as smoothly down as possible (no, I’m lying. There were troubles, but the birth wasn’t one of them. Pregnant women in labour are actually … funny.)

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The conclusion Diana and Matthew got from Ashmole (that sneeky book everyone wants to possess) was rather disappointing, but that’s just my opinion. I really didn’t care that much about that crazy-magic-power-book and maybe that’s why I just shrugged it off.

Nevermind, I’ve enjoyed it and would recommend it to everyone who started the series and also to those who are questioning themselves, if they should. Just try it out!

About the Author

Born in 1965, Harkness grew up near Philadepelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of an American-born father and a British-born mother
Harkness […] studied abroad at Oxford University She is a well-regarded historian of science and medicine, as well as having studied alchemy, magic and the occult.
In 2011, Harkness published her first work of fiction, “A Discovery of Witches”.
Harkness is also the author of the award-winning wine blog, Good Wine Under $20.

Information via here and Images via here, here, here and here.

“Shadow of Night” (All Souls #2) – Deborah Harkness

I’ve started this series days before my vacation in Rome and even exploring an ancient city couldn’t get me away from continuing with the second book.

Title: “Shadow of Night
Author: Deborah Harkness
ReleasedJuly 10th 2012
Pages: 584 (Thank you!)
Rating: 4/5 ★

What happens?

If you haven’t read the first book and want to avoid spoilers just read my Opinion (…or better not. I couldn’t prevent myself from SPOILiNG) or switch to “A Discovery Of Witches”.

“Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library,she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened.

Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realise that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot.

Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers…”


Opinion

Yes. Time travel? You got me!
No, seriously, the first book was an interesting journey through the dusty world of books (Diana Bishop is in love with her job) into the world of Witchcraft, Demons and hot Vampires (okay not hot HOT, but he’s kind of cute). The second book is now more focused on strengthening the plot & characters.
Veeeery good.

Diana and Matthew are now officially a couple and there isn’t anything worse than that (for the law keeping part). In order to get some time (ha.ha.) to think and to learn how to control a) her powers (Diana is some super-witch) b) Matthew (or Diana. Sometimes they don’t get that you can’t control everything!) and c) more enemies in the past (like the guy who wrote the first Faustus. He’s in love with Matthew. But Matthew is in love with Diana. Sooo…. yap. Problems, people!) they travel back to the Elizabethan Times. (Remember: No showers, no baths, no real teethbrushs and and and ….)
I liked the second book … I might’ve enjoyed it even more than the first one because I finally gave in and admitted to myself that I like it. Damn it. I thought my Vampire-phase was over.

You can see the characters grow and become bigger (or more bad) and surer in what they’re doing (I mean Diana.). In the first book she was stumbling more or less around, didn’t really know how to handle everything (but she did it quite well) and she is now facing more secrets, more magic and more totally crazy people who want her for her power or her connection to one of the mighty “Clairmonts” (Matthew in this case).

(You know what’s awesome? Time travel enables you to meet people who are long dead. Like Matthews father. Or his sister (not so good) or … Just Read it okay?)

There will be secrets (again) and occasionally you’ll be reminded of the twilight-series but I can say that proudly: It’s so much better!

Go and read the first (If you haven’t already) and second book and enjoy yourself.

Please, feel free to leave comments of any sort ! 😉

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