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text 2017-12-28 18:00
Favourite 10 books of 2017
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) by Taylor, Laini (2012) Paperback - Laini Taylor
Traitor to the Throne - Alwyn Hamilton
Horizons (Phobos #4) - Victor Dixen
The Final Empire. Mistborn Book One - Brandon Sanderson
A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas
The Crown's Game - Evelyn Skye
Warcross - Marie Lu
The Upside of Unrequited - Becky Albertalli
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed

Out of the 82 books I read (hopefully 83 if I manage to finish Outlander before the end of the year), those were my favourites (well, I took all my 5 stars read of 2017 and chose 10 out of those, it's not really a scientific rating):


1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: because this book was EVERYTHING. You need to read it if you haven't yet.


2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: and the whole trilogy. I totally enjoyed this unique universe with those amazing characters, a must read!


3. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton: just WOW! This series is just so important for me, I love this world.


4. Phobos4 by Victor Dixen: this is the last book in my favourite series of 2016. This conclusion was epic.


5. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson: I just can't understand how I had never read Sanderson before this year. He is such an amazing author and I can't wait to discover more of his work.


6. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas: well, this series is one of my favourite of all time and this book did not disappoint.


7. The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye: I love this series full of Russian magic. I fell in love with the author's universe.


8. Warcross by Marie Lu: because, Marie Lu + video game = perfection.


9. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: a beautiful book with a strong message. This book made me open my eyes.


10. Wild by Cheryl Strayed: I think it is the first time ever a non-fiction book is on my top 10. But this was such a great experience, I had to include it.


What were some of your favourite books this year?


Thanks for reading,



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review 2017-05-15 19:06
#34 - The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
The Final Empire. Mistborn Book One - Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire is the first book in the Mistborn trilogy (which is then followed by another trilogy taking place years after the original one).


I finally decided to read a Brandon Sanderson book and it was the best idea ever! I have heard nothing but great things about the Mistborn trilogy and I wanted to discover this famous world.


The magic system is certainly the most unique thing about this book. It is well developed and really complex, it took me some time to get familiar with it as it was not really easy to understand. The author really created something particular and put a lot of thoughts into it.


The characters are just great. Vin is not your typical YA heroin, she is still the chosen one, who seems to be unique, the only one of her kind and things like that, but she is not annoying as I think many young female characters can be. She experiences teenager trouble, but it is not such an important part of the book, while still being present. The author really managed to create a character that felt real (despite the fact that has magical powers, of course). I also really love her ideals; it takes her some time to understand what she wants, but once she does, she will do anything to get it. The other characters are also well developed, all having their own motives that you sometimes don’t get until the end of the book.


I also love the dynamics of the story. Sometimes months passed between events; which seems logical and makes the story more real. Most of the books I read are taking place in a few months time making the story a bit more unreal because it is going too fast. It was not the case in The Final Empire and I felt it refreshing.

The plot was full of twists. There were many things I did not see coming.


The writing was also refreshing. Brandon Sanderson really has his own way of writing and it was beautiful but still easy to follow.


It had been a long time since I had read such an amazing fantasy book. I definitely recommend this series to everyone who has not read it yet. It is massive, but it is so great you will just keep on reading.

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text 2017-05-09 21:19
Bout of Books Update
The Final Empire. Mistborn Book One - Brandon Sanderson
Savages: Chronicles of Warshard - Katherine Bogle

Day 1 - May 8th

Pages read: 168 pages

Books read: 0

Currently reading: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson


Not too bad. I was really tired from the weekend and fell asleep while reading... That's annoying.


Day 2 - May 9th

Pages read: 194 pages

Books read: 0

Currently reading: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (on page 362)


Day 3 - May 10th

Pages read: 154 pages

Book read: 0

Currently reading: The Final Empire


I totally fell asleep again. What is wrong with me? This book is amazing!


Day 4 - May 11th

Pages read: 127 pages

Book read: 1


I just finished The Final Empire. Wow, it was so good! I'm not sure I will read more tonight, or maybe I will but it is currently 11.39 so I guess it will be pas midnight by the time I start another book. We'll see :) 


Day 5 - May 12th

% read: 23% 

Book read: 1

Currently reading: Savages by Katherine Bogle


Day 6 - May 13th

% read: 31% 

Book read: 1

Currently reading: Savages by Katherine Bogle



643 pages

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review 2016-06-30 03:20
Mistborn: Re-read
Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson

I apparently hadn't read all of this book the first time round like i had originally thought, so the ending was a nice little surprise.....well mostly. Overall I still loved the book (how could I not love something created by Brandon Sanderson!?!) though I still have mixed feelings about Vin's character growth. Its wonderful to see characters changing over the period of a book, but Vin was just so fascinating to read when she was so mistrustful, plus she was super deviant which I loved. I think part of the reason I struggled to keep up with Vin's personal growth is because a lot of it happened behind the scene's (which is totally cheating btw!) Sure we saw the seedlings planted but then we jumped a big step! I know, I know Brandon couldn't spend the whole time at the beginning on Vins transformation (there was a lot going on!) but I just wanted to witness just a teeny-tiny bit more!

Anyways the rest of the book was awesome, loved the powers, characters and cultures. Though I'm hoping the next books spend more time on the other characters. Sure some had vague back stories and history but I wouldnt mind a little more! especially Breeze, was he always this smooth cultivated man? what about Ham? I'm also hoping to learn more about the grown-up mistwraith thing, such a unique creature and unlike anything I've come across before!

I miss Kell & is quirky ways, but I'm also looking forward to more of Marsh and Saze

(spoiler show)


4 Stars.

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text 2016-06-28 02:45
Starting "Reread": Mistborn The Final Empire
Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson,Michael Kramer

Mistborn  The Final Empire

by Brandon Sanderson
audio book narrated by Michael Kramer
Book 1 of Mistborn trilogy



I suppose we could call this a "reread," even though I'm listening to it via audio.

I'm interested in continuing with the rest of Sanderson's Mistborn series.  And now that I know what he had intended with the new setting for the new story arc after the original trilogy--something about three or four different story arcs set in different times in history--I'm more curious to see where he takes the rest of the Mistborn world.

I read the Mistborn trilogy about three years ago, and noted that Sanderson recently wrote a companion piece to the original Mistborn trilogy called Secret History.  Of course, it is also noted that it would be best to read this companion after Mistborn, Book #6, The Bands of Mourning, as there are some spoilers.

Anyway, it's not like I need to pump myself up to continue reading anything written by Brandon Sanderson, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to relive the original trilogy.  And also, I had some extra Audible credits that needed spending.  And so I'm going be listening to the audio book version of The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages.

The only comments I have so far (since I'm only about thirteen minutes into the audio book) is that Michael Kramer's voice is a little hard to listen to, as he does a lot of very low tones that are a bit distracting.  I assume it takes a bit of time to get used to since I've seen a lot of reviews praising his narration of Mistborn.  Secondly, I'm noticing little details in the book that I don't recall noticing before... then again, it HAS been three years since I read the books and I don't exactly have an excellently detailed, photographic memory or anything.



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