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I’m still alive! + packing for vacation (books books books… maybe a shirt? and books)

Hello all!

I am actually still alive, which surprises me as much as you, I’m guessing. College is hard. And I’m working my ass off and now I’m so ready for a break. Which I’m getting because I am going on vacation for a week! yay ๐Ÿ˜€

Books I read since my last review (Tower of Dawn):

  • Radio Silence and I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
  • The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
  • The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • The Martian and Artemis by Andy Weir
  • 806 by Cynthia Weil
  • A Darker Shade Of Magic by V. E. Schwab
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I loved Radioย Silenceย and I Was Born For This very much and will definitely be reading Heartstopper and the fourth book she’s writing right now.

The Girl Who Drank The Moon,Wyrd Sisters and The Long Way, The Martian, Renegades and A Darker Shade Of Magicย were really awesome as well, and reviews for those will be up soon.

Artemis, 806ย andย Ready Player One were nice, but a bit disappointing. I liked them, and both Artemis and Ready Player One were audiobooks so I didn’t really waste any time on those. 806 was an Ebook from Netgalley.

Two Dark Reigns was a book I have been waiting for for quite a while, ever since I read One Dark Throne. I sped through it in a few days and now I neeeeeddd the 4th book.

Books I’ll read this month (hopefully):

For the next week, I’ll be in Zeeland for vacation with my dad and sisters. Halfway through, my boyfriend and sister’s bf will be joining us. The books I’m bringing with me:

Now, I know it’s only three but I hope it’s enough and I might actually bring another one last second tomorrow morning because it’s me ^^; If you’ve got any recs, let me know!

And of course, college

College is going… okay. Failed one test by 2/100 points which is a bit nasty xD And I completely failed my electronics exam but I expected that one. I’ll do some studying in the vacation and hope I’ll do better on the second chance I’ll get.

I hope to keep on blogging, so we’ll see how that goes. I have quite some reviews ready to be shared and I also made some other posts I hope you will like.

For now, I’m just gonna go on vacation and enjoy the hell out of it! I’ll be updating a few things on twitter and Instagram (links below) ๐Ÿ™‚

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-Luci


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Update! I’m taking a small break

Hey all! As this post says, I’m taking a small break from blogging. By the time this will get published, I’ll have had my first week of college (Update: IT IS HARD. CHRIST. I’ve been studying for hours every day and I’m SO TIRED.) – after 3 damn years of no school or brain activityย at all.

I also want a lot of things for my blog, pretty headers, awesome posts that are more than just the weekly reviews I’m posting now, and all of that can happen – if I don’t feel the pressure of having to have a post ready every week. It sounds like it’s nothing at all, but if you’ve been following me for a while, you know I amย always behind on my reviews, and I still am. I’ll still be writing them in the meantime, and maybe scheduling them, even, but I’ll just not be publishing.

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I’ll also still be reading your posts! I love to read about everything you guys write, comment and interact, so I’ll just be that creepy stalker who publishes nothing but still comments on your posts… hehehe.

I’ll also still be active on Twitter and Instagram – or so I hope. Links are listed on the bottom of the post!

Anyway, I hope that college won’t be too hard on me, and that I’ll be able to create some awesome content in the meantime! I hope to not be gone for longer than a few weeks ๐Ÿ™‚

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2018

Hi all! I’m here to do the Mid-Year tag, which I was not tagged for but I really liked the idea so here I am ๐Ÿ™‚ย This tag was originally created back in 2016 by booktubers Chami ofย IsThatChamiย and Ely ofย Earl Grey Books. I’m a bit too late because we’re already past 6 months but I don’t have a pretty header yet so I’m just gonna post it without header ^^;

So far, I have read 33 books, which should be enough choice for answers!

Best book you’ve read so far?ย 

SO DIFFICULT. I made an Instagram post for that with a stack of books because I simply couldn’t choose..

favorite books 2018 so far

Crown of Midnight – Sarah J Maas

One Dark Throne, Three Dark Crownsย – Kendare Blake

Solitaire – Alice Oseman (after a few weeks I can add Radio Silence and I Was Born For This! -reviews coming up later)

Night Watch, Hogfather – Terry Pratchett

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

 

Best sequel you’ve read so far?

One Dark Throne, I so so loved how the story unraveled further while still leaving me with so many questions!

 

New release you haven’t read yet but want to?

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I Was Born For This – Alice Oseman! I read Solitaire a few weeks ago, I want to start Radio Silence and I found out that I Was Born For This just came out, I just only have to buy it… when I’m not on a buying ban any more ๐Ÿ˜‰

(I actually have read it in the meantime and IT’S SO GOOD)

 

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Hmmm either Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake or Kingdom of Ash, the last book in the Throne of Glass series.

Biggest disappointment?

The Grishaverse for sure! I read the first two books, and put away book 3 after 30 pages or so because it was honestly putting me in a reading slump._. I tried to put my thoughts of the books as well as I could into a review of Shadow and Bone, and Siege and Storm ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Biggest surprise?

I don’t really have a specific book that surprised me.. what does surprise me is how many books I manage to read, even though I work(ed) quite a lot and had so many other things to do!

 

Favorite new author (either new debut or author new to you)?

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I have got to say Sarah J. Maas. I started the Throne of Glass series, and even though I didn’t like a few things, I loved the writing, the story, and most characters! When I finish Throne of Glass, I’ll probably wait a bit before starting A Court Of Thorns And Roses, since I have lots of other books to read and I heart that the series are quite similar. I don’t want to get my thoughts mixed up while waiting for Kingdom of Ash ^^;

Newest fictional crush?

Hmmm I don’t easily get fictional crushes..

 

Newest favorite character?

Chaol Westfall (Throne of Glass), of course, but also Jules Millone, from Three Dark Crowns ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Book that made you cry?

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None? Although The Assassin’s Blade did leave me in PAIN

 

Book that made you happy?
All of them, except the Grishaverse. But specifically the Discworld books, they always make me happy โค

 

Favorite book to film adaption you saw this year?

I don’t think I’ve seen a book to film adaption.. However, I’ll say I’m not planning on watching Everything, Everything since I really didn’t like the book that much last year, but I’m interested in Love, Simon but I want to read the book first xD

Favorite review written this year?

I think The Night Circus, since it was one of my favorite books. I think it’s also the longest review I’ve written ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year?

OOh dear are you asking me to go through everything I’ve bought this year? Because.. it’s A LOT. Okay I counted and it’s 39 books. But yeah, I have a lot of beautiful books (me? a cover-buyer? I wouldn’t dare…) I’ll list my two favorites here ๐Ÿ™‚

heartlesspaperback-max-280x420ย of course, Heartless, which I specifically bought for the cover. No shame.

geekerellaย This very shiny edition of Geekerella, in real life it’s even more shiny and beautiful!

(I was searching through my books for beautiful covers and I realized how many books I bought over a year ago aND STILL HAVE NOT READ. I am ashamed

What book do you need to read before the end of the year?

SO MANY MY TBR IS OVERWHELMING. But I’ll try to make a decent list

  • Kingdom of Ash (and Empire of Storms, which I’m currently reading, and Tower of Dawn)
  • Two Dark Reigns
  • Radio Silence and I Was Born For This
  • The Lunar Chronicles series
  • The Mechanical

I think that’s enough, since I know myself and probably can’t behave and keep it to this list

 

And that’s it already! What are your thoughts? Tag me in your posts, I’d love to read them!

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-Luci


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Book review: Tower of Dawn

Already at the last book of this series (so far)!ย  Time flies when you’re having fun huh ๐Ÿ˜‰ Okay, enough bad jokes. I looked forward to writing this review, but also not, because I know a lot of people who didn’t particularly liked Chaol and Tower of Dawn, so of course I was afraid that I’d get hate on my review. However, I really liked the book so I’ll just write down my opinions as usual ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Title: Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6)

Author: Sarah J Maas

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Summary:ย After getting a spine injury during the battle, Chaol takes Nesryn with him and leaves for the southern continent to see if someone can heal him. He is currently in a wheelchair, not being able to walk or move anything from his hips to his toes. They visit the Khagan and ask him and his family for help. His children are competing to be named heir, and are prepared to doing their worst for it. While Yrene Towers, a healer at the Tower, is busy healing Chaol, Nesryn has her own plans too. Sartaq, one of the Khagan’s children, takes Nesryn to visit the Rukhin, a cavalry of archers flying on giant birds, and his second hometown.

Ohhh I loved this book (I should count how many times I’ve said that about a book lmao)! I must admit, I was afraid to start reading because many people told me it was actually a shame to the series, and it wasn’t all that interesting, but I thought, well, I’ll read it anyway and I personally am a huge fan of Chaol, so I just dived in. And boy, it was good.

Chaol is presumably the main character, but in my opinion, they all are. He hates his injury, as we could expect. He meets Yrene, who is gonna try to heal him, but before any of that can even happen,ย  he has to deal with his own problems first. After everything that happened with Dorian, Celaena, Aelin, Nesryn and everything else, he feels so much self-hatred and guilt that he almost can’t live with it. He was so loyal to Dorian’s father, who was basically the Valg King, that he made faults he didn’t see until later on. I felt quite bad for him, because I really like his character and in the previous books, I did understand the things he did in loyalty; as long as you stay loyal, nothing can go wrong, right?

Yrene is an awesome character, in my opinion. After reading about her in The Assassin’s Blade, she went to the Torre Cesme, to be a healer. “the world needs more healers,” the note she still has says, the note from her unknown hero. It kinda frustrated me how much she knew about Aelin, about what Chaol was telling her, and she still didn’t know that she was her hero. I really hoped she’d find out one day. She is healing Chaol but the thought that he served the Adarlan soldiers who she hates is still there. She, too, must stand up for herself and deal with her personal emotions.

Before Yrene can even do anything about Chaol’s spine, she has to go through what the Valg left there, the thing that keeps trying to take Chaol back to everyone he lost and everyone he disappointed. It’s a difficult, and tiring journey they’ll have to take but I thought it was written really well. Sometimes, it was not as easily understood as other times, but I think that’s the whole point of the Valg stuff. It hurt me to read about everything painful all over again, but it was really good story-wise.

Nesryn was a character I didn’t really care for in Queen of Shadows. She was busy doing stuff with Chaol, and while Chaol and Aelin were constantly fighting, she didn’t help either. I didn’t really like her together with Chaol, and although in this book they are still together, they didn’t seem like it in the little interactions they had. Something I really loved were Nesryn’s visits to her family close-by. She has quite a big family, with nieces and nephews and it’s shown that she cares about them very much.

Sartaq, one of the Khagan’s children has a second homeland, the home of the Rukhin. The Ruk-riders fly around on enormous birds, and it reminded me of the witches on the Wyverns. Sartaq takes Nesryn with him one day, to show her his second home, and I expected them to fall in love immediately, but to my surprise, it didn’t go like that. Nesryn is well-respected among the Ruk-riders, since she apparently is quite famous. She goes along well with the people, and eventually she even sends word to Chaol that she;s staying longer because of trouble. I didn’t like how Chaol and Nesryn were handling their relationship, if you could still call it a relationship, but at least they both cared about each other.

Overall, I loved the story so much. I enjoyed all parts, and I sped through the book. I particularly liked how it ended (no spoilers), and how Chaol was dealing with his injury. He eventually learned to go with it, to not see it as a disability, but just a different way to do things. I found myself reading on and on, wanting to know more, to find out what would happen next.

โ€œAnd I am as much of a man in that chair, or with that cane, as I am standing on my feet.โ€ย 

It’s true that this took some time to get into, the first few chapters were a bit difficult to read, and the story has a lot of history about the Khagan and the history of the Southern Continent, but it helps later in the story, so I didn’t really mind it.

And, of course, let’s not forget Kingdom of Ash! It’s the very last book in this series, part 7, and I pre-ordered it as soon as I heard. I can’t wait to read it, and I hope it’ll be the best finale ever. But, given how much I loved this and how much I liked Empire of Storms and all the plot-twists happening in that book, I think it’ll be okay!

Did you read this book? What did you think? Are you excited for Kingdom of Ash?

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Book review: The Assassin’s Blade

Hey! Sorry for not posting earlier but I was away at a festival from Thursday the 2nd to Sunday the 5th, and last week I went on a day to visit some bookstores, and then I went on a 24hour trip to London and I visited some more bookstores (ooohh Waterstones how I love you), of which I’ll probably post a book haul soon since I bought WAY TOO MANY BOOKS. (there’s no such thing as too many books, never) and the kid’s been over a lot this vacation, so I couldn’t post._. BUT I am here now so yay!

THIS REVIEW IS ABSOLUTELY NOT SPOILER-FREE, FOR EITHER THIS BOOK, OR EMPIRE OF STORMS, OR TOWER OF DAWN

 

Title: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass #0.1 – #0.5)

Author: Sarah J Maas

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The Assassin and the Pirate Lord

I liked this story, I read about Celaena and Sam and I wondered how they ended up together, since they didn’t seem to like each other all that much. They meet up with Rolfe, the Pirate Lord, to seal a deal between Rolfe and Arobynn that Celaena and Sam don’t know about. After some investigating, she finds out it’s a deal about slave trade, which she’s absolutely against. Together with Sam, they make sure the deal doesn’t seal, free all the slaves, and Celaena makes Rolfe sign a contract to never trade slaves again. I loved this story, especially since it shows Celaena when she was just an assassin, which is a part I’ve wondered about while reading the other Throne of Glass books.

The Assassin and the Healer

As a punishment for what Celaena did in Skull’s Bay, she is sent to the Red Desert, to spend the summer training with the Mute Master. Before she arrives, she is stuck in a small town, waiting for her boat. There, she meets a barmaid, and teaches her to defend herself. I liked this story, not as much as the others, but I liked it nonetheless. It shows Celaena’s aggresive side, but also the part of her that cares so much about others. She has been through so many things and doesn’t want them to happen to anyone else.

The Assassin and the Desert

When Celaena arrives at the Red Desert, she has to train there, and get a letter from the Mute Master. Only then, she can return to the Guild. The thing is, to get that letter, she’ll have to train with the Mute Master, but getting his attention isn’t exactly that easy. In the meantime, she does make a new friend, Ansel, who helps her as best she can. Celaena also thinks about the punishment Sam must have gotten for what they did in Skull’s Bay, and realize she might haver more feelings for him that she thought.

The Assassin and the Underworld

Coming back from the Red Desert, Celaena tries to hide her feelings for Sam and get back to foing her work. In this story, everything just comes together so nicely and we get a good view of Celaena’s life before Throne of Glass. She and Sam do get together which is the cutest thing, but knowing he won’t make it, made it a bit sad, too.

The Assassin and the Empire

In this story, I finally found out what really happened with Sam and it hurt me, like.. A LOT. It’s quite graphic as well, and I didn’t have a problem with that but I understand if other people did. It ends where Throne of Glass begins,with Celaena being sent to Endovier, but the way it did was really well done. I hold a personal grudge against Arobynn since reading it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Overall I really liked reading the backstories, it was good to finally know what happened before the whole series. I was recommended to read The Assassin’s Blade before Queen of Shadows if I could but definitely before Empire of Storms. After having read the entire series, I get why. Many of Celaena’s allies came from those backstories and having read it helped me a lot to understand it all. Maybe I should’ve read it before Queen of Shadows because I probably would have understood Aelin’s actions better. But hey, for a reread next time I’ll be prepared at least ๐Ÿ™‚

What are your thoughts on it?ย 

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