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review 2019-02-04 18:43
The City Center
The City Center - Simone Pond

Who has been following my reviews knows I have a hard time resisting anything that slightly resembles a nice Dystopian story, so The City Centre obviously made its way to my shelves when it was a freebie on Amazon. On the one hand it is great that there is so much to choose from in the genre, but it also becomes increasingly clear just how difficult it is to stay even remotely original when writing these stories.

The main character is special, of course. Not only has she an important role in the City, as she is the leading candidate to become Queen for the next 18 years, she is also the only one who has the feeling that some things are off in the otherwise completely nice and 'beautified' City. So, it is not surprising that a rebel happens to meet her and teaches her how seriously the system is she has been living in. Subsequently, you've guessed it, it is her who has to take it down. Oh, and why do all these books have to 'retire'  people with promises of splendor while it is obvious from the start that they are going to be killed/mistreated?

The one thing that did stand out was that there were no pretentious that is was an Utopian community. It is clear from the beginning that everyone and everything surrounds and supports the Royal Court. It made me wonder why they even designed some of the lower classes at all. It was a quick read and it was also quite enjoyable, but it was also so predictable that I'm not sure I would pick up the next book.

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text 2017-07-02 12:40
My June 2017
The Sleeping Prince - Tödlicher Fluch - A. M. Grünewald,Melinda Salisbury
Der Näher: Thriller (Martin Abel 3) - Rainer Löffler
Girl on the Train: Der Roman zum Kinofilm - Paula Hawkins,Christoph Göhler
This Impossible Light - Lily Myers
Exodus of Magic (The Mysterium Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) - Simone Pond
Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1 (Alias (2001-2003)) - Michael Gaydos,David Mack,Brian Michael Bendis,Bill Sienkiewicz
Der Augenjäger - Sebastian Fitzek
Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More - Kelly Sue DeConnick,David López
The Sleeping Prince - Tödlicher Fluch - 5 stars
Der Näher - 4 stars
Girl on the Train - 5 stars
This Impossible Light - 5 stars
Exodus of Magic - 5 stars
Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1 - 4 stars
Der Augenjäger - 5 stars
Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More - 4 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: every single one of them

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Artificial Sweethearts, The Book of Whispers

 

This has been the greatest reading month I had so far. 8 books finished, and I love all of them. This rarely happens, so I'm gonna hold on to that amazing feeling for the rest of the year.

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review 2017-06-24 14:35
Exodus of Magic!!!
Exodus of Magic (The Mysterium Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) - Simone Pond

I'M IN LOVE. I seriously can't wait to read the rest of the series.

 

Summary: Magic is illegal in the city of Mysterium, so Jordan must keep her secret buried deep. If anyone discovers the truth about her powerful and extraordinary magic, it would destroy everyone she cares about.

When Jordan uses illegal magic to protect others from a terrorist attack, she becomes a person of interest for the diabolical Counselor Magnus. He’ll keep her secret as long as she does his dirty work. She soon discovers the disturbing truth about Magnus, Mysterium, and her supernatural past.

Forced to leave the city, she learns about her true ancestors and an ancient prophecy she’s supposed to fulfill. But with Magnus, a vengeful werewolf, and a bloodthirsty vampire hunting her down, Jordan doubts she’ll ever be able to save this ancient race of people.

 

This was one of the books, that I just couldn't put down. Right from the first page I was totally into the story and the world it was set in. The writing is amazing and really fast paced. From the beginning until the end, there is action and lots of things happening, also a lot of questions are already answered. I LOVE THAT SO MUCH.

 

I love Jordan, the main character, and her journey through this book, finding out who she really is and what she has to do. I loved all her different relationships with the rest of the characters so much. What I loved even more that so far, there isn't a love triangle. Romance seems to be far in the background of this story, it's more about what is currently going on in that world and how to change things. PRAISE THE LORD.

 

Also some twists and turns towards the end, that I TOTALLY LOVED.

Thank god, I purchased the series as a whole on amazon, cause I really want to see where things are going.

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text 2017-06-20 12:52
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
Exodus of Magic (The Mysterium Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) - Simone Pond

Jordan. Poor girl, she can't catch a break!!!
I also got Neon Jungle's "I don't look for trouble but trouble looks for me" stuck in my head.

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text 2017-06-18 12:45
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
Exodus of Magic (The Mysterium Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) - Simone Pond

This is starting really interesting, I love that I'm only on chapter 3 and there are already things happening. Also the world the book is set in, seems so interesting.

 

(Note to myself: Instead of starting a new series by Simone Pond, you should have continued the New Agends series by her before you forgot everything from the first book)

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