30 March 2018

Tempests and Slaughter - Tamora Pierce | When a story leaves you cold


Tempests and Slaughter
#1 in the Numair Chronicles
fantasy, middle grade
Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.
in the past I have read some other books by Tamora Pierce
one of them I loved (Terrier)
one of them I hated (Mastiff)
so far the books by the author have always made me feel a lot
so I expected to have a lot to say about her newest book
unfortunately I don't
"Tempests and Slaughter" is a well-written book
set in an interesting world
that is different compared to others I have read about in the past
unfortunately the characters didn't interest me
one of the three main ones even annoyed me a bit
I wasn't interested in their adventures
nothing they went through made my emotions get involved
so no, I didn't love or hate the book
it's unfortunately one that didn't leave a lasting impression in me. 
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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.

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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. 
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