16 March 2018

Children of Blood and Bone - Tomi Adeyemi | I enjoyed the book, however also had some issues

fantasy, young adult
#1 in the Orisha Chronicles
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut Children of Blood and Bone.
warning: there will be some minor spoilers in this review

a few weeks ago I read an excerpt of the book and loved it
my preordered copy arrived some days ago
and I already read the story
my expectations were pretty high
because the book is praised everywhere for being amazing
and overall I also enjoyed the dark, fast-paced story
I was emotionally involved right from the first pages on
and the author made it easy for me to feel connected
to be part of the emotional rollercoaster "Children of Blood and Bone" delivers
however there were also some points I struggled with
I'm not the biggest fan of bloodthirsty fights
and knew before reading the book that that might be an issue
thankfully it was only a small one
I also couldn't understand
why not all descendants of the maji had been killed
as the emperor that's exactly what I would have ordered
everything else made no sense
I also didn't enjoy that a potential love story
was used as a catalyst for the development of certain story lines
but that the romance itself didn't seem to be important
and I wasn't a fan of how the love interest was introduced
the sentences used
An unknown force burns behind his amber gaze, a prison I can't escape. Something in his spirit seems to claw onto mine. 
seemed out of place
in a scene where death was imminent
overall I still enjoyed this story
especially the fascinating world-building
and plan to go on with reading the trilogy
if the synopsis of the second book will appeal to me.


14 March 2018

Preload series - Scarlett Cole | I enjoyed these crazy and over the top dramatic romances

Preload series, book 1-3
Rock Star romances
I recently discovered that Scarlett Cole
has released some new to me books
romances surrounding a Rock Band
I'm drawn to romances like this
so I decided to give the series a chance
and I'm happy to report 
that I enjoyed the books
but have to say that they only worked for me
because I didn't think about if the plots made any sense
they don't 
there is also a lot of drama going on (beginning to end)
more than I usually enjoy
but somehow it worked in this series
the Preload series doesn't belong to my favourite romance series ever
however the books gave me some nice entertainment
and helped me to relax
so I'm happy that I read the books
and plan to read the final book in the series
once it's out. 

13 March 2018

Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor | A magical tale set in Nigeria. Sometimes magical realism works for me.

#1 in the Akata duology
magical realism 
a few weeks ago I read an excerpt of the book and loved it
so of course I bought a copy in oder to read this magical story set in Nigeria
overall I had a good time with "Akata Witch"
however I also struggled with some aspects
I expected to love everything about the writing style
but some dialogues seemed to be a bit too constructed
not natural and effortless enough
the setting and magical world
were two big strengths
I enjoyed reading about Sunny's life in Nigeria
about the new friendships she formed
and enjoyed seeing
how she and her friends learned a lot and grew stronger
the magical realism of "Akata Witch" worked for me surprisingly well
the secret magical world
was fascinating
some minor parallels to other stories might exist
but that didn't bother me
the ending was a bit of a let down
I expected a thrilling fight
however was a bit bored by the showdown
especially because I wasn't that interested in the story line
surrounding the villain
all in all I still had a good time with this novel
and one day plan to read the second book
I also want to look into other books by the author
books like "Binti" and "Who fears death"



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