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12 September new releases and bloggers' book reviews

Reblogged from BookLikes:

Are you reading the right September books? Make sure the following titles find their way to your September reading schedule, and if you're in doubt check out the reviews from BookLikes bloggers below.

 

Happy reading!

 

 

Girls Made of Snow and Glass - Melissa Bashardoust Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust 

Out: September 5, 2017

Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale. At sixteen, Mina's mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone―has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother... more

 

Review: 

Pitched as a feminist retelling, "Girls Made of Snow and Glass", doesn't disappoint in the least. Told in the alternative pov's of Mina, the stepmother Queen and Lynet, the snow Princess, this is a story that most surely will stay with the reader long after its read... What if there was more to the "tale" of the "evil" stepmother and her "naive" stepdaughter? What if there was a story of trying to break with one's past and one's sorrow? What if you only wanted to be loved, but never quite achieved that? How would you turn out with people trying to make a puppet out of you? This is the story of two women both trying to find out their true natures in a grey world . A world of snow and cold. And of bitter family ties... continue reading on the Susana "Lost in Fantasy Land" blog

 

 

The Golden House: A Novel - Salman Rushdie The Golden House by Salman Rushdie

Out: September 5, 2017

A modern American epic set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture—a hurtling, page-turning mystery that is equal parts The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the Vanities.

On the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in the architectural jewel of “the Gardens,” a cloistered community in New York’s Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is a bubble within a bubble, and the residents are immediately intrigued by the eccentric newcomer and his family. Along with his improbable name, untraceable accent, and unmistakable whiff of danger, Nero Golden has brought along his three adult sons... more

 

Review:   

This is some serious, epic Greek tragedy. At its heart is the question of “Can a man be both good and evil?” and yet it is also about the role of the storyteller and the unmasking of America. As always, his wordplay is a twisty, tangled delight, filled with a myriad of literary and cinematic references that gladdened the heart of this lifelong reader girl and degree holder of a Masters in Film Theory.

This is a long book, over the top in many ways, but so so clever. I was totally caught up in the lives of the Golden family – Nero and his three sons all cloaked in mystery that the intrepid Réné is hellbent on unraveling for his own artistic pursuits. And so, the narrator becomes part of the story... read more on the author Tellulah Darling's blog ->

 

Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel - Jesmyn Ward Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward  

Out: September 5, 2017

Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie’s children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise... more

 

 

A Legacy of Spies: A Novel - John le Carré A Legacy of Spies: A Novel - John le Carré  

Out: September 5, 2017

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications... more

 

Review:

What surprised me most about the book was how beautiful the language is. Le Carré writes with clarity and precision, capturing nuances of speech, thought and culture with deft touches that are evocative without being obtrusive. He moves skillfully from past to present, from lie to truth, from regret to rage, in a way that fully engaged my mind and my emotions. The premise of the book is a present day investigation into British security operations during the Cold War. It is told through contemporary interrogations by a rather loathsome lawyer, extracts from official, secret but not necessarily truthful records and intensely intimate memories of the retired spy from whose point of view the story is told. This is a strong spy story, full of intrigue and deception and betrayal but those are really just the vehicle for the true heart of the novel... continue reading on the Audio Book Junkie blog ->

 

 

Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation - Teri Schnaubelt,John Freeman (Editor),Tantor Audio,Corey M. Snow Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation by Teri Schnaubelt, John Freeman...

Out: September 5, 2017

Thirty-six major contemporary writers examine life in a deeply divided America—including Anthony Doerr, Ann Patchett, Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, Hector Tobar, Joyce Carol Oates, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Russo, Eula Bliss, Karen Russell, and many more.
America is broken. You don’t need a fistful of statistics to know this. Visit any city, and evidence of our shattered social compact will present itself. From Appalachia to the Rust Belt and down to rural Texas, the gap between the wealthiest and the poorest stretches to unimaginable chasms. Whether the cause of this inequality is systemic injustice, the entrenchment of racism in our culture, the long war on drugs, or immigration policies, it endangers not only the American Dream but our very lives... more

 

 

Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Out: September 12, 2017

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community... more

 

Review:

Celeste Ng just raised the bar for everyone else. Litte Fires Everywhere upended my expectations - not with a plot twist or anything so flashy, but about halfway through the story she's writing suddenly becomes clear. In talking about books with friends, or with people at the store, I realize I can be overly critical about the things that I read. Even with a book I enjoyed I'll find a nagging fault, whether its overuse of certain words, a clunky character, convenient plot devices, a problem with pacing - something - to the extent that I wonder if I can even find a book that is simply a pleasure to read. Reading Little Fires Everywhere was like finally getting a good night's rest. The perfect read does exist, for me this was it.... continue reading on the Books Read, Not Necessarily Well blog ->

 

 

A Column of Fire (Kingsbridge) - Ken Follett A Column of Fire by Ken Follett  

Out: September 12, 2017

International bestselling author Ken Follett has enthralled millions of readers with The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, two stories of the Middle Ages set in the fictional city of Kingsbridge. The saga now continues with Follett’s magnificent new epic, A Column of Fire.
In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England...more

 

 

Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad) - Scott ReintgenNyxia by Scott Reintgen  

Out: September 12, 2017

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family. Forever. Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden... more

 

Review:

OHMYGOODNESS this book was 10/10 and I am so in love and I need the sequel now and you need to read it now. It's kind of like Divergent meets Ender's Game, and if anyone loved the Remnants series as much as I did, I have a feeling the sequels could have the same amount of philosophy.

And I could not put it down.

So nyxia is a substance found on another planet that can be manipulated in many ways, and that gives this book a fantastical element. But a realistically fantastical element. Like sci-fi with a bit of magical realism thrown in. It makes for a really unique plot that, though it incorporated elements of other books I've loved, was different to anything I've read before in many ways... continue reading on The Dilemma of Reading blog ->

 

 

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye - George Goulding,David Lagercrantz

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz 

Out: September 12, 2017

Lisbeth Salander is an unstoppable force: Sentenced to two months in Flodberga women's prison for saving a young boy's life by any means necessary, Salander refuses to say anything in her own defence. She has more important things on her mind.

Mikael Blomkvist makes the long trip to visit every week - and receives a lead to follow for his pains. For him, it looks to be an important expose for Millennium. For her, it could unlock the facts of her childhood.

Even from a corrupt prison system run largely by the inmates, Salander will stand up for what she believes in, whatever the cost. And she will seek the truth that is somehow connected with her childhood memory, of a woman with a blazing birthmark on her neck... more

 

 

Warcross - Marie Lu Warcross by Marie Lu  

Out: September 12, 2017

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy... more

 

Review:

A sci-fi book about a game that is part of everyday life AND written by Marie Lu, sign me in! I was way too excited about this book and I almost broke my phone when I get the e-mail saying I got the galley. Warcross is more than just a game, it is a way of live and is part of everyone's daily life. Emika Chen is an orphan with rainbow hair (that detail was too cool not to be mentioned) who is trying to earn some money by tracking down illegal players. But her life is about to change completely. The idea of Warcross is amazing, not that it has never been done before, but I liked how it was handled. I am almost sure that this kind of game will happen someday and we may be closer to it than we think... continue reading on the Line Bookaholic blog ->

 

 

Autonomous - Annalee Newitz Autonomous by Annalee Newitz  

Out: September 19, 2017

When anything can be owned, how can we be free. Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane. Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand... more

 

 

Release - Patrick Ness Release by Patrick Ness  

Out: September 19, 2017

Adam Thorn doesn’t know it yet, but today will change his life. Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam’s life is falling apart.  At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn’t he?) and his best friend, Angela. But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam’s life into chaos... more

 

Review:

Once upon a time I read a Patrick Ness book, and it pissed me off so much I threw it across the room. In the years that have followed he has since published numerous books that have sparked my interest, but I always ended up giving them a pass - first impressions matter. When I managed to get my hands on an advance copy of this book (Thank you, Harper!) I was dubious, but curious. I'm so glad my curiosity won out - this is one of my favorite reads so far this year... continue reading on the Folding Paper & Spilling Ink blog ->

 

 

And what are you September picks?

Reading progress update: I've read 584 out of 688 pages.

Empire of Storms - Sarah J. Maas

My favourite and least favourite part of this book at the same time. Am I ready for this? It's going to hurt...

 

 

 

 

#61 - The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

Another book by Nicola Yoon that made me cry (well, I did not really cry unlike in Everything Everything where I was almost sobbing!). I listened to it as an audiobook on my way to work every day and it was a great experience. 

 

This book is about (impossible) love, but for me, it was more about immigration. It made me think about it in a way I had never before. I think it is really positive, I love books that made me think and I love even more books that I had not suspected would make me think.  

 

My great-grandfather arrived from Italy 60 years ago to work in the mines. This is why today, I live in Belgium and I am a Belgian citizen. I never really thought that deeply about it, I'm born in Belgium so I am a Belgian citizen, it's something I've always taken for granted. Until I read about Natasha, a teenager living in the USA since her childhood until she is being deported to Jamaica because her family is undocumented (what does it even mean?!) As if someone could come to my door one day and tell me I have to go live in Italy. That seems totally unrealistic and impossible. And yet, it happens in some other countries, something I had never suspected before (well, I have never thought about it thoroughly) 

 

Belgium is my home and it has always been. Just as the USA is Natasha's home. Why does she have to move in a country she does not know? 

 

This was for me the most important part of the book. I did not really care about the romance because it felt too unrealistic for me, I find it unbelievable to fall in love so fast. Then again, the story was beautiful so I did not particularly care about the unrealistic part of it. It was enjoyable and also really funny. 

 

I loved the fact that there was no "happy ending". It's sad, but it's also what life is made of. The very end was the part that made me almost cry.  

 

Another thing I really enjoyed was that you got the stories of other people, the "extras" who are just there to fit a purpose for the MC. It was so great and so unique, I had never seen that in another book. 

 

If you are searching for a book about love that is also full of diversity, this one is for you. I will read anything this great author will write in the future, she is totally amazing.

#60 - Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

Lock and Key - Sarah Dessen

This book was really pleasant to read! It approaches many interesting subjects that could be helpful for a lot of teenagers (and not only teenagers). It is so simple yet so true and full of important lessons. I strongly recommend this book.

 

It's the story of Ruby, a teenager who lives on her own after her mom left, until her landlord discovers it and she has to go live with her sister. We then follow her journey, where she will meet new people and discover new things, especially about herself.

 

I particularly enjoy the romance which feels like a real life teenager relationship. It was authentic, like you do not really know if you are dating or not, it is a bit awkward etc. Real life experience! It was not cheesy at all.

 

I also really enjoyed seeing Ruby’s evolution throughout the book; it was well done and again, felt real.

 

The other characters were well developed as well. You do not get as much of them as you get of Ruby, but it was nice and refreshing to also get to know them through Ruby’s eyes.

 

In brief, I enjoyed reading this book. I gave it 3.5/5 and not 4 because I’m not sure I will re-read this book one day. I liked reading it, but not enough to feel the need to re-read it in the future.

 

Have you read it? What is your favorite Sarah Dessen book (I need recommendations)?

Reading challenge completed

 

 

I completed my reading challenge! Ok, so my number of books to read was low this year because I did not want to put too much pressure on reading, but I'm still happy I managed to complete it. 

 

However, I had other goals for 2017, let's see how it went.

 

Post more reviews: I would love to be able to write a review for each book I read (or each series). I completely failed at that last year and it's such a shame. I really hope I will be able to do that: COMPLETED! I posted a review for every single book I read! (except the last one which I finished yesterday, the review will be posted soon). And I will hopefully continue to do it for the rest of the year.

 

 

- Read books that have been sitting on my shelves (/Kindle) for ages and that I should really read: I almost read all of them. I still have to read Pride and Prejudice though (I know, I know!!)

 

 

- Finish some series: these are series that are already completed and that I should finish this year before starting new ones (already too late but hey...): I only managed two in this category... but the year is not over!

 

 - Start some series: these are series I've been wanting to read for ages! I only started the Mistborn trilogy. 

 

 

I'm quite glad at how I managed to respect what I had planned. But I'm also happy I was able to just read whatever the hell I wanted and also re-read some things I wanted to. It's a good reading year so far!

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

Reading progress update: I've read 274 out of 422 pages.

Lock and Key - Sarah Dessen

Going kind of slow with this one... But I LOVE IT! My first Sarah Dessen read (I know, I know) and I have to say I'm impress at how simple but how beautiful and true this book is.

 

I'm reading slowly because I have a million things to do these days (changes at work, planning my short trip to the States next week, starting to plan my wedding... I'm also secretary for a basket club and president of a youth club so with the return from the summer holidays I have a lot of my plate right now but I love it).

 

Anyway, I'm definitely going to read more Sarah Dessen books in the future.

#59 - Moonstroke by Blaine C Readler

Moonstroke - Blaine C. Readler

***Copy provided by Full Arc Pressand Netgalley in exchange of a honest review***

 

I requested this book a long time ago because I was really into space books and wanted to read more of them. I had not heard about this one but the synopsis seemed great so I requested it. I finally took the time to read it this month and I did not particularly enjoy it.

 

I was confused about the world the characters evolve in, I like it when books begin in a universe you know nothing about and you learn it bit by bit, but I did not understand anything of what was happening for the first half of the book. I think it was lacking world building. Maybe it was a bit too complex or I was not focused enough but I really was confused and I did not enjoy that.

 

The characters were not bad at all; I just feel they were not developed enough for me to recognize them. There were a couple of characters with different nicknames and I did not always notice they were the same person.

 

The idea behind the book was great, I love the fact that these people live on the Moon without knowing what happened on Earth, they have no contact with it and are alone up there. It was interesting to see how they managed to create a new society and how challenging it could be.

 

In the end, I enjoyed the concept of this book but it was too confusing for me. I think if it was handled differently I could have enjoyed it more. It was not a bad book, but just not really easy to follow.

August Wrap-Up

I just realized I totally forgot to post my August wrap-up. I came back from Spain yesterday, I had a really great week, it was really short and went way too fast but I had so much fun with my familly. Well, the only thing is, I did not spend a lot of time reading. 

 

In August, I read a total of 7 books (including two re-reads).

 

5 stars:

 

Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo  Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas  Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) - Laini Taylor  

 

4 stars:

 

The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh  Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas   The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan  Seven Ways We Lie - Riley Redgate  

 

 

Well, it seems like it was a good reading month!

 

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

 

#58 - Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas (re-read)

Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas

This series is definitely one of my favourite, ever. I am enjoying my re-read so much and I can’t wait to read Empire of Storms and then Tower of Dawn (which is to be released really soon!)

 

You can find my original review on Goodreads.

 

I don’t have anything to add to my review, this book is really good and probably my favourite in the series (so far).

 

I will read Empire of Storms really soon!

#57 - Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) - Laini Taylor

An epic conclusion to an epic series! I decided to give it a try after hearing so many great things about it and I am really glad I did.

 

This series is unlike any others series I’ve read before. It has great complex characters, a really unique world created y the author and the writing is so amazing. I can only recommend this series, it is really worth it.

 

I waited quite a long time to read the last book because I did not want this series to end. My favourite book is still the second one, but this one was a wonderful conclusion to this series.

 

I won’t go into too many details because I do not want to spoil the book for those who have not read the series yet, but the ending was really great. Unexpected, well, it was kind of easy to predict the course of events but after all the action ended, the book was not over. There were still some chapters about what happened after, which is really not that common in books. I am really happy about that ending!

 

Again, I definitely recommend this series!

Holiday (+ holiday TBR)!

 

Hi guys,

 

I finaly have some holidays and will spend one week in Spain. The weather has been awful all summer in Belgium and I can't wait to have some time to relax and read on the beach.

 

I won't post any reviews while I'm on holiday but I will still read your updates!

 

I still have to write my review of Dreams of Gods and Monsters (which was incredible!)

 

In my suitcase I packed Queen of Shadows, Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and my kindle on which I'm currently reading Moonstroke. I'm not sure I will have much time to read, we are going with my parents and some friends so I guess we will spend a lot of time together.

 

See you soon!

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

#56 - Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

I love books that surprise me and this one definitely did. 

 

If you do not know about this series, it is a duology that takes place in a fictional city called Ketterdam. This is the second book in the series and it was even better than the first one. It also takes place in the same world as The Grisha Trilogy. 

 

I do not know where to begin. I wanted to start my review with a quote, but there are so many amazing quotes in this book I just couldn't choose one. Everything was amazing; the characters, the atmosphere, the world created by the author, the writing, the plot, the pace, the cover, the... Everything. I was not disappointed by a single thing in this book. I just might add that some passages of the books were just a tiny bit too long and could have been shorter. But really, it is a teeny tiny detail!

 

The plot was great, easy to follow but full of unexpected developments. That is why the book surprised me, I could not predict what was going to happen and I loved that. Every time I thought I had figured out what Kaz was planning, something else happened. Such a mastermind! The other characters could not predict the events either and that was great to discover the plot at the same time that they did.

 

All the characters in this book are lovable. They are criminals, but good criminals I might say. All the people in the team have had an awful life and they deserve so much more. They did despicable things (to despicable people), but they also have a great heart and are always trying to help other people.  

 

Kaz is amazing, annoying as hell, but amazing. He sacrificed so much for his brother and his team, but I want to strangle him at how he behaves, man, just show your freaking feelings!! I understand why he doesn't, but hell it is frustrating. 

 

Inej is just one of my favorite character of all time. She is such a strong woman, or should I say young girl. It is difficult to imagine the fact that they are all so young. She knows she is good at what she does and she is not modest at all about it, and that is so great. Being proud of what you do should not be a bad thing and it is often pictures as so. I am glad there are characters like Inej who believe in themselves and are proud of what they can do without being pretentious (well, Inej is sometimes but in a funny way). 

 

Matthias is difficult to understand, he is conflicted about Nina because she is supposed to be his mortal enemy. But he loves her so much. Their relationship is amazing, it is so cute and they are hilarious together. Nina is also a badass fantastic female character! 

 

Wylan and Jesper well... Just the cutest as well! I love that we learned more about their background and their childhood. It was handled perfectly, discovering more about them helped discover more about the plot as well.

 

To conclude: what a ride! I definitely recommend this duology if you like YA fantasy, adventure and criminals who are actually the good people in the story.  

 

#55 - Seven Ways we Lie by Riley Redgate

Seven Ways We Lie - Riley Redgate

I bought this audiobook with my Audible credit of the month and I had not a lot of expectations because I had not heard too many things about this book. I just found the topic interesting and I assumed it would be a light contemporary read. It was not a light read. And I LOVED it.

 

All these characters have so many qualities about them, I was scared they would only be the embodiment of the sin they represent, but they were way more complex than that. Honestly, I'm not even sure I know which character was which sin, which is positive because it means they were not too clichés. Still, I think I managed to identify some of them.

 

Seven Ways We Lie is one of those books where the storyline is not the most important thing about the book. The plot has a purpose, but after reading it I forgot almost everything that happened. But I remember all the characters so vividly. It was just a typical high school setting with typical high school drama; but the characters were everything to me.

 

If you are searching for diverse characters, read this book (there was even a pansexual MC which is so rare in YA books). They all have with their own problems and flaws and you discover more about them bit by bit. It was confusing at first to understand who was who, but I think it is because I listened to it. Once I remembered all the names, it was easier to follow. The character building was nicely done.

 

I won't describe every character because I really think it is important to read about them without knowing anything but I just want to mention Olivia who is such a great female character: I love everything she represents. Olivia is not scared of who she is and she is not ashamed of what she likes, which is sex. I am so glad I read a book about a young girl not being okay with the fact that men can talk about sex and women cannot. It is not something new, but it is so damn rare to find it in YA. I love her passion and how she stands for herself, even if most guys are being total jerk (to stay polite) with her.

 

It was a great read and I really recommend this (edit; I think it is a debut novel which is even more impressive!!).

#54 - The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan

I got this book for my birthday in 2013 or 2014, I don't remember. I had read about it on the internet and it seems a really great book. But then I was intimated by it, it's big and not the kind of book I'm used to reading. I finally decided to give it a try. It took me more than one month to read it, I had to read other things in between, but I finally did it. And I was not disappointed at all. 

 

I don't often read historical fiction, I think it was even the first book I read in this genre.  Furthermore, it is about something I am not familiar with. Like at all. We learned about WWII at school, but about what happened in Europe, and a bit about what happened elsewhere, but really briefly. We are so focused about what happened to "us", nobody tells us about the fact that many more people were affected by it. The entire world actually. 

 

I cannot even say this book is about war and its atrocities, because it is not. It is so much more than that and I am sure I did not get all of it. I was sometimes confused, I did not remember character's names and kept mixing them up. I was really intimidated by this book! 

 

But in the end, I loved how true this book was, how the author writes about the reality of things, things that are not always pleasant to read about. This book is harsh, it made me gag multiple times; it was disgusting. But it was also disgusting how human can act towards other human. What men can think and do to other.  

 

Despite being harsh and disgusting, this book was also, truly beautiful. Men who have nothing left, who are dying, still manages to show kindness and forgiveness towards others, which is what I love about the human race. These men are struggling to survive and they will still sacrifice themselves for others. Love (and friendship) is a central topic in this book. 

 

I am really glad I finally found the courage to read this book and I really recommend it. 

#53 - Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas (re-read)

Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas

I have to say the 2nd read was so much better than the first one. I had forgotten so many little details and I'm glad I choose to re-read this series. Knowing what is to come, it's better to learn again what happened first. The only thing that was better the first time is that I was more emotional about some events; this time I knew such or such character was not going to die or was going to be saved and stuff so It was way less scarry. 

Aelin is growing on me; I hated her when I read Throne of Glass for the first time, then started to like her a little more with every book. Now, I love her. She is such an amazing and complex character. Rowan is still my fav... Nothing new here! 

Aedion and Chaol's storyline was not that interesting to me the first time I read the book, but I was paying way more attention to it this time. I wanted to learn more about them and what they were trying to accomplish. 

I had forgotten the reunion at the end between Aelin and Maeve.. How could I forget this?! IT WAS EPIC!!!!!! 

Manon Blackbeak, well, I love her, she is perfect. What can I say? She is flawless. 

I really can't wait to re-read Queen of Shadows because I know more epic things are coming...

#52 - The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh

Another really popular book that I had to read, I enjoyed this story and its characters and Shazi is really badass!

 

This is a retelling of A Thousands and one night where Shahrzad decides to volunteer to become the Caliph’s wife to avenge her best friend, killed by him on one dawn. But Shahrzad will discover that Khalid, the Caliph, is not exactly who he seems to be....

 

Like always with books from Middle Eastern inspiration, I struggled with the names. I cannot pronounce them in my head and I keep mixing them, because they are so different from what I know. But I love it: it makes me travel far away and makes me dream about beautiful exotic countries. It is a part of the world I’m not familiar with at all and it is such a shame. The descriptions in this book were just magnificent.

 

You don’t have any introduction or world building, you’re thrown into this world and it’s a really bold choice from the author, but it was also really well done. After all, it is a story that everybody is familiar with so it was not a problem. I just felt like the middle section of the book was too slow, but the ending was amazing.

 

The characters are so mysterious, even after one entire book, you still don’t really know Shahrzad, she makes decisions you really don’t expect. Khalid is even more mysterious and you can’t help but love him, even if he seems to be a monster.

 

This first book was so mysterious, I have many questions and many expectations for the second book (which is currently sitting on my shelf!), I can’t wait to read The Rose and The Dagger!

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Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas

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