Thursday, July 17, 2014

[Review] Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor


Title: Dreams of Gods & Monsters
Author: Laini Taylor
Pages: 624
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Date of Publication: April 8th, 2014
ISBN13: 9780316134071
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.
Common enemy, common cause.
When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.
And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.
But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.
What power can bruise the sky?
From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.
At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy
3. Dreams of Gods & Monsters

My Thoughts

So, what do I say about this book, this gem, really? I'm not quite sure I have the words to do it justice. You know I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone & Days of Blood and Starlight (who didn't?) and  I love Dreams of Gods and Monsters as well - but in a different way. I believe that all three books have a quite distinct tone from each other.

(Did anyone notice I added 'Fantasy' to my tags? Yeah, because this felt like fantasy. Haha. In both senses.)

But anyhow! I have to admit, when I started this book I wasn't really into it. I couldn't get into it, mainly because I had forgotten quite a bit of what had happened in Days of Blood and Starlight. I don't know why but this always happens to me and apparently it doesn't matter how much I enjoyed a book. I still forget what happened. Sigh. So that's why I was a tiny (or gigantic) bit confused when I started but once I got the hang of it - oh boy. Lucky that I had to stick around at uni for three hours, because that's when I read the bulk of this beauty.

I don't think we need to say much of Laini Taylor's writing because it is just divine. I would read safety measures with pleasure if she wrote them. She just has a way with words that I can't put into - you guessed it - words.

I don't want to say too much of the plot. Not because it'll ruin it but because you should just check it out yourself. Chances are, if you're reading this review you have probably read the first two books. Prepare for loooots and lots of sexual tension though. So much so that you might want to lock Karou and Akiva in a shower just so that they'll release some of that tension. Just sayin'.

Also, can we have a spin off? Or a collection of short stories? Please? Pretty please?


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Thursday, July 3, 2014

[Review] The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan


Title: The Magician's Apprentice
Author: Trudi Canavan
Pages: 591
Series: The Black Magician Trilogy #0.5
Publisher: Orbit
Date of Publication: February 23rd, 2009
ISBN13: 9780316037884
Source: Bought (German version)
Format: Hardcover
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Set hundreds of years before the events of The Magicians' Guild, THE MAGICIAN'S APPRENTICE is the new novel set in the world of Trudi Canavan's Black Magician Trilogy.
In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer. Her mother would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn.
When the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage get violent, Tessia unconsciously taps unknown reserves of magic to defend herself. Lord Dakon, the local magician, takes Tessia under his wing as an apprentice.
The long hours of study and self-discipline also offer more opportunities than she had ever hoped for, and an exciting new world opens up to her. There are fine clothes and servants - and, to Tessia's delight - regular trips to the great city of Imardin.
But along with the excitement and privilege, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. For great danger looms on the horizon for Tessia and her world.

The Black Magician Trilogy
0.5 The Magician's Apprentice
1.  The Magician's Guild
2. The Novice
3. The High Lord

My Thoughts
I bought this book years ago when I was waiting on a train. But for some reason I never read it. I can't exactly explain why because I'm a die-hard Trudi Canavan fan. I don't know, but she can't write things that I won't like, apparently.

I started this because I drew the little paper slip with this book's title on it out of my "To be read"-jar. It took me a little while, but I really got into it pretty quickly. Especially considering that this is such a massive book.

The book mainly follows Tessia and Hanara. Tessia is a young girl who discovers her magical abilities just a smidge before a war is started. Hanara is a slave of the person who started said war. The point of views shift around, with a few paragraphs from Stara's point of view thrown in the mix. Stara is a sachakan woman, who's lived most of her life in Elyne and has to adapt to the cultures differences when she returns to Sachaka.

I really liked the chemistry between Tessia and Jayan, but I do think that Canavan has written deeper characters (I'm thinking of you, Sonea). Still, it was enjoyable. I didn't even really hate the villain and I'm not quite sure if that's a good thing. If you haven't yet read anything by Trudi Canavan, I'd recommnend to read the books in the order that they were published (i.d. starting with The Magician's Guild) because I think the original trilogy is better than this prequel.

Recap: If you're a Trudi Canavan-fan: Read it. If not, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

[Review] Cress by Marissa Meyer


Title: Cress
Author: Marissa Meyer
Pages: 550
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Date of Publication: February 4th, 2014
ISBN13: 9780312642976
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

The Lunar Chronicles

1. Cinder
3. Cress
4. Winter

My Thoughts

Ah, I just couldn't wait to start this! (Luckily, I didn't have to because I'm stupid and always push great books to the side... sigh). But that didn't make me enjoy the book any less! I definitely can't wait for Winter now! Too bad that, even if Winter ends up on NetGalley, due to the new territorial restrictions, I won't get an ARC. I'll just have to wait until the official release... if I survive that long.

Anyway though, Cress starts with most of the characters we know (Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf, Thorne and Iko, that is) on the Rampion. After just a little while, they decide that rescuing Cress from her figurative tower (this being some sort of retelling of Rapunzel). They do end up freeing her, but for reasons I won't go into, the group is split up. At first, I hated this. I don't know why but I just dislike it when author's tear groups apart (mostly just because they want to implement multiple points of views). But it really grew on me here. I was able to concencrate on Cress who ends up stranded in a desert with the slightly incapacitated Thorne. She is able to shine despite her awkwardness and the understandable terror of being out in the open after seven years in a satellite. They treck through the desert.

Meanwhile, Cinder, Wolf, and Iko land on Earth ot meet up with Dr. Erland. They are under the impression that Thorne and Cress are dead. And from there the plot procedes. I really do not want to say too much more because the book was so intense and enjoyable to read, I feel like if I said any more, I would spoil it for you.

All I want to say is that I have extremely high hopes for Winter (especially since we actually got a sneak peak of said character)! I'm just so excited that it's a physical pain that I still have to wait so long. I'll manage... somehow. But Winter better live up to all the expectations Meyer has instilled now!


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