WoW 8. Juliet Marillier - Shadowfell.

Since I'm in love with Juliet Marillier her books, I can't wait for this one.
This is hosted by Breaking the spine.

Shadowfell (Shadowfell Trilogy, #1)Juliet Marillier - Shadowfell.
Expected publication: September 11th 2012.
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers.
Serie: Part one of Shadowfell.
Sixteen-year-old Neryn is alone in the land of Alban, where the oppressive king has ordered anyone with magical strengths captured and brought before him. Eager to hide her own canny skill--a uniquely powerful ability to communicate with the fairy-like Good Folk--Neryn sets out for the legendary Shadowfell, a home and training ground for a secret rebel group determined to overthrow the evil King Keldec.
During her dangerous journey, she receives aid from the Good Folk, who tell her she must pass a series of tests in order to recognize her full potential. She also finds help from a handsome young man, Flint, who rescues her from certain death--but whose motives in doing so remain unclear. Neryn struggles to trust her only allies. They both hint that she alone may be the key to Alban's release from Keldec's rule. Homeless, unsure of who to trust, and trapped in an empire determined to crush her, Neryn must make it to Shadowfell not only to save herself, but to save Alban.
What I always like about Marilliers books, is that here writing style is so mysterious and it has a certain magical feeling. It always feels like a warm hug when I dive into her stories. Her characters have personalities with flaws and that makes them so real. And I love everything in this synopsis. This is a perfect book in my eyes. Dangerous journey, the Good Folk, Evil king, the legendary Shadowfell, handsome young man Flint. Ahhh, I wish I could right it right now!

I've read The Seven Waters so many times, that I can tell you almost word for word how the story goes. She's one of my favorites :)

What's your pick?


In my mailbox (1)

Okay, so normally, I would to the top 10 Tuesday. Unfortunately, I don't understand the theme of this week.. Playing hooky with. I tried to translate it on the internet, but they don't know the word 'hooky'. I believe it means that you only read that book without doing anything else? But I'm not sure, so, I'm going to skip the Top 10 tuesday. I'm almost done in Scarlet, so keep watching my blog for that review!

This is hosted by The story Siren.

Today, I would like to share you my IMM! Because I got my first book to review and I'm so thrilled about it!
Kill Me SoftlySarah Cross - Kill me softly.

Mira has never known her parents or much about her secrecy shrouded past. When she runs away to Beau Rivage, the town of her birth, on the cusp of her sixteenth birthday, she's hoping to find her parents' graves and not much more. But she's stumbled into -- or been drawn to -- the place where the Märchen, the marked, play out or try to resist their roles. Here, Grimm fairytales come to life, curses and gifts are awakened, and Mira is destined to meet her fate, whatever it is.

It was sent to me by the publisher: Egmont USA on NetGalley. This book will be published on april 10th. 171 pages and ISBN: 9781606843239.

Can't wait to get started! First Scarlet and then I'm going to dive right into this one.

What is your IMM this week?


Review 15. Suzanne Weyn - The crimson thread.

The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin"Suzanne Weyn - The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of "Rumpelstiltskin".
Pages: 256.
Published: October 27th 2009. (first published June 17th 2008)             
Publisher: Simon Pulse.

ISBN: 1416959432 (ISBN13: 9781416959434)
Serie: it's part of the 'Once upon a time' serie, written by several authors.
"Once upon a Time" Is Timeless.
The year is 1880, and Bertie, having just arrived in New York with her family, is grateful to be given work as a seamstress in the home of textile tycoon J. P. Wellington. When the Wellington family fortune is threatened, Bertie's father boasts that Bertie will save the business, that she is so skillful she can "practically spin straw into gold." Amazingly, in the course of one night, Bertie creates exquisite evening gowns — with the help of Ray Stalls, a man from her tenement who uses an old spinning wheel to create dresses that are woven with crimson thread and look as though they are spun with real gold. Indebted to Ray, Bertie asks how she can repay him. When Ray asks for her firstborn child, Bertie agrees, never dreaming that he is serious....

Bridget, an Irish immigrant, is a lovely girl. She gets the name 'Bertie' to blend in more, but her red curly hair shows her real roots. Her father is quite certain about her skills, so he gets her a fancy job; making clothes for a rich family. Eventually, Bridget is very good at making clothes, but she's not as skilled as the boy who calls himself 'Ray.' Her works provides a lot of money for the family, but it also brings her a lot of trouble. She ends up alone with her younger sister Eileen and she doesn't know what to do.

Then Ray, who always pops up when she's not expecting, is there. He saves her butt the whole time. (He's so cute. I like how weird and different he is!) During a strike, Bridget gets a blow on her head and she falls unconscious on the floor. When she wakes up, her sister is gone and the family who is taking care of her, doesn't know where Eileen is. After a couple of days, Bridget finds out that Ray has her sister and she is afraid that he has claimed the girl as his reward (for making a couple of dresses)

I like how she made a very original story about Rumpelstiltskin and how nice it ends. Happily ever afters are the best.

Review 14. Victoria Schwab - The near witch.

The Near WitchVictoria Schwab - The near witch.
Pages: 282.
Published: August 2nd 2011.
Publisher: Hyperion Books CH
ISBN: 1423137876 (ISBN13: 9781423137870).
Serie: stand alone.
Sixteen-year-old Lexi, who lives on an enchanted moor at the edge of the village of Near, must solve the mystery when, the day after a mysterious boy appears in town, children start disappearing.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

"My father hated those tales, told me they were made up by the Council to frighten people. 'Fear is a strange thing,' he used to say. 'It has the power to make people close their eyes, turn away. Nothing good grows out of fear.'"

Lexi lives with her mother, uncle and sister Wren in the Moor at the edge of the village of Near. It's a closed community where everybody knows each other. Strangers and witches are not welcome; that rule is stated by The Council. Lexi's father was different. He took her to the two witches who are living on the edge of the village and told her to respect them and the magic that surrounds them. He also taught her to be a hunter; a tracker and she is quite good at it. When her father died, her uncle became some sort of guardian. He is trying to protect her and her sister, but Lexi is too strong. I loved the fact that she always stood up against him. Heroins should be brave: they must not bow to the will of other men.

"Long, long ago, the Near witch lived in a small house on the farthest edge of the village, and she used to sing the hills to sleep."

That's what the children are told about the 'Near witch' as a bedtime story. When a stranger arrives, everybody is talking about it. Especially when a boy disappears and soon after him, more children. Lexi's uncle is the protector of the village and it's his task to find the missing children. He is blinded in his search and soon, the stranger is blamed for the missing children. Lexi knows where she can find him and she visit the witches, where he is hiding. He is a bit strange. Sometimes, it feels like he can vanish into the air, like he is some kind of ghost. He doesn't want to talk about himself, so Lexi gives him a name: Cole. She decides that she can trust him. He is going to help her to find the children, since her uncle has no clue.
Soon, Lexi discovers the truth. What if the Near Witch never really died? What if she came back to take revenge for her death? When Wren, her sister, is also one of the missing children, Lexi can think of only one thing. She must find out what happened to the Near Witch and better: what can she do to get her sister back?

Like is said, Lexi is a nice character. I liked to see the world through her eyes. Moor and Near sounded very magical. She is kick ass and I laughed couple of times. Her uncle tells her to stay inside: five minutes later, she is running in the forest to the Sisters. At first, I didn't like Cole. He was too distant, but when you get to know him better, he becomes a lovely character :) Wren is very cute! I just wanted to grab her and give her a hug.

There is certainly some action in this story, mainly at the end of the book. The story is a bit slow sometimes and it takes some time to really develop, but I enjoyed myself. If you like a book with a mystical feeling to it and told by a stubborn heroin, you should definitely read this one!
Have you already read this book? Let me know!



It's time! Do you plan to fiesta with us the weekend of March 30, 31 and April 1? Do you have things you'd like to do on your blog that you haven't managed to get to in forever? Do you want to do those things with lots of other bloggers from all over? Talk things over with them? Bounce ideas off them? Learn from them? Teach them too?

If so, you will not want to miss the latest installment of
Bloggiesta! Hosted at Sueys Books.
So, I came across this on another blog (Books, biscuits and tea.) It's completely new to me (obviously, I'm only blogging for two months) and I thought it sounded fun! I decided to participate in this event. Should be fun!

My aim is:
-Making new friends. Get to know other bloggers better. Exchange blog buttons.
-Make a new page where I put the links/blog buttons of blogs I follow.
-Adjust my review policy.
-Learning more codes and handy blog stuff, to make my reviews and blog look better.
-Get a book on NetGalley to review.
-Update the challenge list (books read in 2012)
-Clean up the sidebar.
-'Participate' in at least 10 old mini-challenges.
-'Participate' in at least 5 new mini-challenges.
-Clean up my list of blogs I follow.
-Make my 'review page' up to date.
-Look through old reviews and re-read them. Adjust mistakes.
-Set some new goals for my blog.
-Learn more about labels.

Old mini challenges:
-I know how to make a google form.
-I know more about organizing books. (I don't need it at the moment, but it's always nice to know more about such things.)
-I've made a goal I want to achieve on the long term: From now on, I'm going to include a link to Goodreads with every review I make.
-I know what I certainly MUST not do in order to get a popular blog.
-I made a back-up.
-I've signed up to Google Analytics so I can follow my stats much better.
-I made a FavIcon.
-I read more about tips on how to make your blog popular.
-I know more about using a 'cheat sheet'.
-I know more about labels and I decided to leave them. I don't want an endless list with labels on my blog. I link how the sidebar is right now. Perhaps I'll use it in the future, but for now, I don't want them.

New mini challenges:
-I've signed up for Mr Linky. I don't need it now, but you never know :)
-I now know more about HTML codes. The basics at least.
-I made two more pages, because they can be important for your blog. I was planning on making a page with all the blogs I follow, but now I also listed up all the blogs I made (except for the reviews. They already have a page.)
-I’ve found this very, very, very nice challenge about Windows Live Writer. I’m hooked and I’m never going to use something else than this. So much easier than uploading my blogs by blogspot. There are always mistakes and that makes it so frustrating to post. This <3 go and try it! It’s a program on your computer (or you can download it for free on internet).
-I signed up for my first Challenge (the 100 book challenge. You can see my new post :))

So I started to clean the list of all the blogs I follow. I'm halfway, but I don't think I can make it all the way. I will take it of the list, since I did most of the work! I also started a page to list up the blogs, but I must complete the first task before I can make that one. I will say that I completed half of it.

If you participate, let me know!

WoW 7. Anna Carey - Once.

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here at Breaking the spine., that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Once (Eve, #2)Anna Carey - Once.
Pages: 320.
Expected publication: July 3rd 2012.
Publisher: Harper Collins.
ISBN: 0062048546 (ISBN13: 9780062048547.Serie: part two in 'Eve'
Sixteen years have passed since a deadly virus wiped out most of the Earth’s population. After learning of the terrifying part she and her classmates were fated to play in the rebuilding of New America, eighteen-year-old Eve fled to the wilds and Califia, a haven for women determined to live outside the oppressive rule of the king of New America. However, her freedom came at a price: she was forced to leave Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. Eve quickly learns that Califia may not be as safe as it seems and soon finds herself in the City of Sand and the palace of the king. There she uncovers the real reason he was so intent on her capture, and the unbelievable role he intends her to fill. When she is finally reunited with Caleb, they will enact a plan as daring as it is dangerous. But will Eve once again risk everything—her freedom, her life—for love?
I really liked the first book 'Eve' and it ended with quite a cliff hanger. She left Caleb alone, while he was wounded, so she could flee to Califia. Before I read this summary, I didn't know if they would meet again (I expected it, but you never know.) Now, I really can't wait to find out what the real reason for her capture is. It sounds great to me.

So, what's your pick?


Top 10 Tuesday (5) Next month.

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by Broke and bookish.
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists!

This time, the theme is:

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List! The books I'm planning to read next month.

1. Lauren Hammond - Asphodel. I need to say one world: mythology.
2. Robin Bridges - The gathering storm. Not really a spring book, haha, but I want to read this one for some time! A girl who can raise the dead? Sounds great to me.
3. Alex Flinn - Bewitching. I've read A kiss in time and I loved it. As it turns out, Kendra has actually had a hand in "Hansel and Gretel," "The Princess and the Pea," and "The Little Mermaid"-but these are not the fairy tales you think you know!  For me, it can't get more awesome than this.
4. Janet Lee Carey - Dragonswood. 1. Look at that cover. I can't stop staring at it. Kingdom, dragons, fairies? Helloo, how much more do you want? :D
5. A.C Gaughen - Scarlet. Robin Hood, that's all I have to say.
6. Heather Matthews - The secret of the Emerald sea. Beneath the waves of the glittering Emerald Sea, there is another world, filled with magic, strange and wondrous creatures, and many mysteries. 
7. Brodi Ashton - Everneath. The cover. The summary. Count me in.
8. Jodi Meadows - Incarnate. Again: the cover, the summary, I'm in.
9. Lauren DeStefano - Fever. I loved Wither, so I have to read this one.
10. Alexandra Bracken - Brightly woven. The cover is pretty and the summary makes me want to read it right now.

What is your list this week?


Review 13. Leigh Fallon - Carrier of the mark.

Pages: 342.
Published: October 4th 2011.
Publisher: HarperTeen.
Series: Part one of 'Carrier of the mark.'
Their love was meant to be.
When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRís. But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

It was okay and I might try the next one, but there were a couple of things I didn't liked, because they were too unrealistic.. The way Megan and Adam are drawn to each other, the whole love-deep-love-at-first-sight-thing was weird. And how Megan just seemed to accept everything without hesitation and problems, like she expected her life to be that way. Nope, couldn't buy that. And I didn't get a real connection with Megan or any of the other characters in the book. They were a bit flat. he story takes place in Ireland, so I expected more about the surroundings.

The story. Beware, spoilers!

Megan has been traveling with her father. Since the death of her mother, her father is restless and she goes to a lot of different schools. She never made any friends, but now they've settled in a lovely place. Her father has a great job and he seems to be happy to settle down. Megan meets a couple of girls who she befriends with. But, from the first day she started at school, she is mesmerized by Adam. He and his sister have a strange reputation, but she's drawn to him and he apparently to her.

They begin to date with each other and she's sucked into his life. Then she finds out that her accident (her mother died and she got injured really bad, it left a scar in her neck) wasn't just an accident. And the scar isn't just a scar, it's a mark. The mark of a Carrier. It appears that she has been chosen to be one of the elements. She is air and she's very special, because most of the time, a Carrier must be born with it. They made her to be the Carrier (difficult to explain, but you've read the book, so you understand.)

There are a lot of people who want them to die, because they can restore the harmony, but they want them for their power. Thew want to take the power and use it to rule the world. And when the good guys wants Megan and Adam to be apart (there's some kind of prophecy about a fifth power and they don't know how their child will be) there's more trouble coming. Can their love for each other survive?

Have you read this book? What was your opinion?


Review 12. Michelle Zink - Circle of fire.

Circle of Fire (Prophecy of the Sisters, #3)Michelle Zink - Circle of fire.
Pages: 362.
Published: August 1st 2011.
Publisher: Little Brown.
Serie: third and last part in 'Prophecy of the sisters.'
Part one: Prophecy of the sisters.
Part two: Guardian of the gate. 
With time dwindling but her will to end the Prophecy stronger than ever, Lia sets out on a journey to find the remaining keys, locate the missing pages of the Prophecy, and convince her sister Alice to help--or risk her life trying. Lia has her beloved Dimitri by her side, but Alice has James, the man who once loved her sister--and maybe still does. James doesn't know the truth about either sister, or the prophecy that divides them. And Alice intends to keep it that way. There are some secrets sisters aren't meant to share. Because when they do, it destroys them. This stunning conclusion to Michelle Zink's Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy will make saying good-bye bittersweet for readers.
If you haven't read the other books, I must warn you. There are some slight spoilers.


"What, then?" I whisper. "What will I be?"
He speaks against my skin. "That is a simple question. You will be my love. My heart."
Damn, what a book! An awesome end to a wonderful trilogy. I really became friends with Lia, Dimitri and the keys. I must admit, Lia was very annoying sometimes. She kept bitching about the fact that Sonia betrayed her, but it was not that Sonia had a choice. I really wanted to smack Lia and tell her to shut up about it. She messed up the whole friendship with everybody. Brigid was lovely! And I fell in love with Gareth, haha. He sounds adorable. I sometimes felt bad for Alice.. I know, she's a villain, but one with a story. She's not just bad. I liked how Michelle made her a complex character.

About the story. This time, the game is on. Lia has decided that she can't longer wait to shut the gate for Samuel and his Souls. The call of the Souls becomes more tempted for her and she doesn't want them to enter the world. There's only one way to do it; end the Prophecy on the right time, with all the keys and the stone on the right place. They already know everything about the Rite, so they travel to Avebury. She even tried to persuade her sister Alice - because they need her power - but that failed. Lia wants to try it anyway, even if that means she will die attempting to resist Samuel. That took a lot of courageous and I respected her for that. Just when her relationship with Dimitri is developing in something more that a fling, she might lose it because of her stubborn sister.

The ending of the story is just.. amazing. I hoped for it, but I never expected it. Now I feel sad that I must part with these new made friends and I hope that this is just another 'happily ever after.'
I can say that I will keep an eye on this author. I can't wait for her next book 'A temptation of Angels'.

And you can find a great review about this book here at Vivian's place.

Top 10 Tuesday (4). Historical fiction.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish.

Top 10 historical fiction novels.
I really love this genre, so it won't be hard to find 10 books. This reminds me of the fact that I really need to read more books in this genre :) There are so many books I want to read.

I've used the 'popular historical fiction books' and 'historical fiction 2011' lists on Goodreads as a reference.

1. I'm repeating myself over and over again, but that has to be Markus Zusak - The book thief.
2. Philippa Gregory - The other Boleyn girl. I'm fascinated by The Tudor period. This book was fantastic! I really like Gregory's writing style.
3. Diana Gabaldon - Outlander. Unfortunately, I never read the whole serie. I stopped at the third book, but I'm definitely going to read the others. This is a story about a girl from our time, who get's sucked into the past. And there she falls in love with someone.. Drama? Yes, because right here, she's already married.
4. Philippa Gregory - The Boleyn inheritance.
5. Philippa Gregory - The queen's fool.
6. Ruta Sepetys - Between shades of Gray. Lina is transported to a cold work camp in Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions. It's such a beautiful story.
7. Diana Gabaldon - Dragonfly in Amber. Part 2 in The Outlander serie.
8. William Shakespeare - Romeo & Juliet. Ofcourse!
9. Alexandra Monir - Timeless.
10. Diana Gabaldon - Voyager. Part 3 in The Outlander serie.

So, tell me, what's your list? And if you don't make a list, what are some of your favorite historical fiction books?

Have a nice day!