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

 

 

All good things must end: Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Book #3) – Leigh Bardugo

5/5 
It’s over. So sad. One of the books I want to continue reading until … until I’m nothing but dust. Okay, now I’m definitively exaggerating! But still, I’m so glad that I’ve read this trilogy. Let’s get to the review, shall we?

 There will be no summary this time because I think if you’ve read Shadow and Bone and the sequel Siege and Storm, there is no need for a summary. This book is the last one and a brilliant conclusion of the series.

I was really afraid how the author will entangle all these hints and I am relieved to admit, that Leigh Bardugo solved it perfectly.
Alina is more and more struggling with her power, with the burden on her shoulders and the dark thoughts that’ll come every night. They still need to find the third amplifier to defeat the Darkling, but while the story gets darker and darker and their path is covered with more and more loss, they don’t give up. Mal is the centre of this undaunted hope. There was a quote in the story, I can’t really piece it together but it was something like “hope is like water, it always sneaks through”. This describes perfectly their situation.
You get to like the characters even more, even Zoya, that spoiled powerful beast, who can be quite helpful when she wants to be.
The showdown is … I can’t say, that I’ve expected more because I didn’t really know, what I was expecting, but it was adequate. I won’t spoil the ending but I’m glad it ended this way.
His writing is as terrific as in all the books before. I know, I haven’t really mentioned his writing or the concept of his story because I was so distracted by the storyline. I’m sorry. But all I can say is that he knows how to touch the readers heart with his characters (I’ll admit that there was an incident when I wanted to flush the book down the toilet because I thought something really, really bad has happened. Anyway. He made up for it. Fortunately.) and make them as human as possible without losing their essential traits to make the story come alive. (And all the characters still manage to be funny. Kind of. Fascinating.)