Monday, August 17, 2015 11:32
Let it go | All the books I read in Spain part 1.
Let it go is my new feature, where I will spotlight all the books I DNF and the ones I read, but don’t want to review. And yes, the name is based on the wonderful song from the movie Frozen, hence the snowflake and the reindeer. This feature is based on several other DNF features.
I read quite some books in Spain and I was planning to review them all separately, but let’s be honest, I’m too lazy at this moment to do so. The only book I will spotlight on itself is The wrath and the dawn (because it is amazing) These reviews feature pictures I made to test my new camera.
Becky Wallace – The storyspinner. 4/5.
SHIP. Johanna’s family is expelled from their troupe when her father falls to death during his performance. They have a hard time earning money, especially with their alcoholic mother. One day she is beat up by Prince Rafi when he catches her hunting a dear on his property. His mother is appalled by her son’s behavior and he has to make an oath that he will make it up to Johanna. I loved the chemistry between Johanna and Rafi, who dislike each other from the moment they meet. Johanna is a strong, smart girl who doesn’t take crap from anyone. The romance was great, there are some shocking moments and I loved the plot, so give me more please! I didn't give it 5 stars, because the overall story isn't very unique.
Melissa de la Cruz – The ring and the crown. 3/5.
This book has a lot of different characters and it took me some time to get used to all of them. She used an interesting way to combine all these separate lines into one tale. It could be confusing at times, because there are so many names and characters that are suddenly connected to each other. I like how not every story has a happily-ever-after, but they have realistic twists and I look forward to the next book.
Kasie West – The distance between us. 3/5.
I was a bit underwhelmed by this book. West is one of the few authors that manage to write contemporary books I enjoy, but this wasn’t IT for me. Caymen and Alex meet when he picks up a doll for his grandmother. Two people who think they have nothing in common, turn out to be pretty good friends. I wasn’t blown away by their developing friendship and how abrupt the story ends. Some things felt too convenient for me and both characters failed to make a real impression on me.
A.C Gaughen – Lion Heart. 4/5.
I loved Scarlet, was torn apart by the emotional Lady Thief and I was scared something bad was going to happen. I am happy to say this book was almost everything I could have asked for. There are enough Scarlet/Robin shipping moments and I loved the fast-paced plot. The only thing that let me down was Scarlet. She is so kick-ass and strong in the first two books, but there was something whiny about her in Lion Heart. I love that we get to see her vulnerable side, but she cries often and has many break downs. It’s just not what I am used to.. It made her realistic, but also a bit annoying. I wanted to slap her ‘GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER GIRL.’
Elizabeth Wein – Code name Verity. 2/5.
So yeah. This happened. Everyone I know has been raving about this book. It was supposed to be emotional, but the only emotion I felt was boredom. Julia has been captured by the Gestapo and she tells her and Maddie’s story through letters. I can not believe how utterly boring that story is and I loathed the writing-style. The book only gets 1 extra star because I finished it, and the twist at the ending was good.
McCormick Templeman – The glass casket. 3.5/5.
This was a dark retelling and I really enjoyed it. Rowan lives in a quiet village with her best friend Tom, her father and brother Jude. Her father forbids her from making contact with her cousin Fiona, who arrived in their village about a week ago. Something weird is going on; a beast is roaming the woods and is claiming lives. Fiona is one of victims, but then she wakes up. The only thing I didn’t like was the insta-love between Fiona and Tom, who luckily weren’t the main characters, so I could oversee this problem. Not mind-blowing, but it’s enjoyable.
S.E Grove – The glass sentence. 4.5/5.
YES. Thanks to my friend Christina I finally picked this up. I was intrigued by the promise and charmed by the cover and maps (3!), but this book was even better than expected. The world-building is fantastic; during the Great Disruption, lands got scattered into different time periods. Sophia’s parents disappeared on one of their missions and she lives together with her uncle, a brilliant mapmaker, Shandrack. He is kidnapped and Sophia is the only one to find him back, with the clue he left for her. Sophia is such a clever, young girl and I was charmed by her. I loved the explanations behind different type of maps and the design of this book is beautiful. I highly recommend it.
Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.