“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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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.)

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.