29 July 2016

The girl who fell beneath fairyland and led the revels there - Catherynne M. Valente

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There
#2 in the Fairyland series
middle grade fantasy
read in the German version
some years ago I read the first book in this fantasy series
I thought that the story was fascinating
however the writing style made it very hard for me to enjoy the story
I wanted to give this beautiful and special series a second chance
unfortunately I once again struggled with the author's writing style
it's beautiful, I can see that
but I just don't enjoy it as a reader
if you are looking for a series
that is different from everything you have ever read before
and if you like special writing styles
then this series could be perfect for you
it isn't for me. 
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The year of the rat - Clare Furniss

when Pearl's mother dies suddenly and unexpectedly
everything chances
Pearl is angry and bitter
and struggles with moving on
especially because her newborn sister
"the rat"
constantly reminds her of her mother's death
I really enjoyed the first half of this book
Pearl's voice was special and full of anger
exactly what I would expect from a teen being in such a situation
in the second half go the story I wanted more interactions between Pearl and her family
the story no longer touched me as deeply as in the beginning
overall this was still a good book
however not the best YA novel dealing with loss and grief that I've read
great and very emotional YA books that deal with grief and loss are
Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Shadow Falls by Amy Kathleen Ryan.
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26 July 2016

Books on my wish list

To change the usual procedure of review after review I thought it would be nice to talk from time to time about books I have on my wish list. All books are already published, so you can buy them right away. I plan to do so soon through my local bookstore. 

I think I will do another post like that soon, because there are a lot of books on my wish list. Some more YA books, but also many contemporary romances and books from other genres that sound amazing. 

Imprudence (The Custard Protocol) - Gail Carriger

The second book in the Custard Protocol series was just released and this steampunk YA book is one I need in my life soon. I read and enjoyed book #1, Prudence, in the series a few month ago and I'm ready for more charming and hilarious adventures by Gail Carriger. 

All the birds in the skyCharlie Jane Anders

As soon as I saw the beautiful cover of this book, I needed to find out more about the story. Would the content sound as compelling as the book looks? It does! Witches and scientists are important characters in the story and then there is this secret organization. Plus the story is about being different, about friendship and more. This definitely sounds amazing and like a book I need in my life. 

Love, Lucy - April Lindner

The paperback version of this YA romance was just released and I have been waiting for this day for quiet some time now. I like YA romances without constant dramatic developments, YA romances that are light-hearted, charming and that focus on the characters and offer a great setting (Italy), I think that "Love, Lucy" could include all of that. 

A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent (Memoir By Lady Trent 1) - Marie Brennan

This is a fantasy book that looks and sounds unlike anything I have ever read. A story that should combine great characters, fantastical beings, charm and adventure. Our main character is a dragon naturalist and also a Lady. Need I say more?

A Veronica Speedwell Mystery - A Curious Beginning - Deanna Rayburn

This historical mystery, the first in a new series, comes highly recommended by some of my favourite book bloggers, so of course I looked at the book more closely. The story promises a thrilling adventure, the book is set in Victorian England and should also come with strong characters, all very good reasons to buy and read it. 

Which books do you plan to buy soon?
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