31 December 2012

Reading next #14 - wrap up with mini reviews

I'm done with Reading pile #14 and here are my thoughts on the books.

Masque of the Red Death - Bethany Griffin
fantasy, #1 in the Red Death Saga
I loved the setting, the atmosphere and the writing style. Plus most of the characters were fascinating and I enjoyed reading about them. But the love triangle spoiled things a bit for me. It was absolutely unnecessary and at times seemed a bit ridiculous. Without the love triangle this would have been a great book.

Keeper of the Lost Cities - Shannon Messenger 
fantasy, middle grade, book #1 in a series
This is my favourite book of this reading pile. I loved the characters and their interactions in the book. I even loved the elves for once! I think the author created a great first book in this paranormal series, a book that makes me excited for more.

Firelight - Sophie Jordan 
paranormal, #1 in the Firelight series, YA
Right from the start on I had some issues with the love story, it was too fast and a bit to intense. In the end this was an ok book for me and I will not go on with the series

Baby it's cold outside - Addison Fox
contemporary romance, adult
This turned out to be exactly what I was hoping for. The romance was lovely, the characters likable and the little town, the book and the whole series are set in, was charming. I will definitely go on with the series and would recommend it to all fans of light contemporary romances.

The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson
fiction, adult, stand-alone
This is one special book, a book that you will either love or don't get at all. Unfortunately for me it was the second. At no time in the book did I feel as if I was in a good reading flow or did really understand what was going on.

This Dark Endeavor - Kenneth Oppel
gothic, #1 in the Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, YA
The setting and the mood of the book were both fantastic, plus all of the characters were pretty fascinating. I had some issues in the second half of the book with how obsessed the main character got and the love story, if you want to call it that way, did not work for me. But I think that I will still go on with the series.

Asche & Phönix - Kai Meyer 
fiction, stand-alone, German book
I enjoyed this book while I read it, it was entertaining and fascinating, even though the thing with the demons did not always work for me. When I think back at the book I realize that it is one of the books that will be easy to forget, but at least it was good while I read it.

Meant to be - Lauren Morrill
contemporary YA, stand-alone
The whole "meant to be" thing was a bit over the top for me. I also did not like the male main characters and was not convinced by the love story. This book was not as good as I expected it to be.

You had me at hello - Mhairi McFarlane
chick lit, adult, stand-alone
Everyone seems to love the book, but after reading it I honestly don't know why. I did not like the characters that much, there was not enough romance and in some scenes the characters acted pretty childish for 30 year olds. Plus the writing style did not appeal to me. If you want to read the book, make sure to check out an excerpt first. Should it work for you, then the whole book might be great for you. But for me it was not good.

Did you already read one of the books? Did you like it?


  1. I hope "Meant to be" will work for me...I have high hopes for the book...

    Happy new reading year!:)

    1. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

  2. Yes, finally! Someone else who doesn't like Firelight! I was persuaded by a wave of raving reviews to buy it and the second book, and I really did not like it. And I am sorry I had also bought the second book already.

    Not that I am glad you did not like it, because I want you to love whatever you read Sabrina.

    1. Don't worry, I understand exactly what you mean.
      I heard from other readers that this Firelight is not the typical paranormal YA story, but for me it was. But I gave it a try and that's what counts.

      Happy Reading!




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