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text 2017-09-04 11:27
August Wrap-Up

I just realized I totally forgot to post my August wrap-up. I came back from Spain yesterday, I had a really great week, it was really short and went way too fast but I had so much fun with my familly. Well, the only thing is, I did not spend a lot of time reading. 

 

In August, I read a total of 7 books (including two re-reads).

 

5 stars:

 

Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo  Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas  Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) - Laini Taylor  

 

4 stars:

 

The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh  Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas   The Narrow Road to the Deep North - Richard Flanagan  Seven Ways We Lie - Riley Redgate  

 

 

Well, it seems like it was a good reading month!

 

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Line.

 

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review 2017-09-03 16:36
#58 - Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas (re-read)
Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas

This series is definitely one of my favourite, ever. I am enjoying my re-read so much and I can’t wait to read Empire of Storms and then Tower of Dawn (which is to be released really soon!)

 

You can find my original review on Goodreads.

 

I don’t have anything to add to my review, this book is really good and probably my favourite in the series (so far).

 

I will read Empire of Storms really soon!

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review 2017-09-02 22:29
#57 - Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) - Laini Taylor

An epic conclusion to an epic series! I decided to give it a try after hearing so many great things about it and I am really glad I did.

 

This series is unlike any others series I’ve read before. It has great complex characters, a really unique world created y the author and the writing is so amazing. I can only recommend this series, it is really worth it.

 

I waited quite a long time to read the last book because I did not want this series to end. My favourite book is still the second one, but this one was a wonderful conclusion to this series.

 

I won’t go into too many details because I do not want to spoil the book for those who have not read the series yet, but the ending was really great. Unexpected, well, it was kind of easy to predict the course of events but after all the action ended, the book was not over. There were still some chapters about what happened after, which is really not that common in books. I am really happy about that ending!

 

Again, I definitely recommend this series!

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review 2017-08-22 15:51
#56 - Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

I love books that surprise me and this one definitely did. 

 

If you do not know about this series, it is a duology that takes place in a fictional city called Ketterdam. This is the second book in the series and it was even better than the first one. It also takes place in the same world as The Grisha Trilogy. 

 

I do not know where to begin. I wanted to start my review with a quote, but there are so many amazing quotes in this book I just couldn't choose one. Everything was amazing; the characters, the atmosphere, the world created by the author, the writing, the plot, the pace, the cover, the... Everything. I was not disappointed by a single thing in this book. I just might add that some passages of the books were just a tiny bit too long and could have been shorter. But really, it is a teeny tiny detail!

 

The plot was great, easy to follow but full of unexpected developments. That is why the book surprised me, I could not predict what was going to happen and I loved that. Every time I thought I had figured out what Kaz was planning, something else happened. Such a mastermind! The other characters could not predict the events either and that was great to discover the plot at the same time that they did.

 

All the characters in this book are lovable. They are criminals, but good criminals I might say. All the people in the team have had an awful life and they deserve so much more. They did despicable things (to despicable people), but they also have a great heart and are always trying to help other people.  

 

Kaz is amazing, annoying as hell, but amazing. He sacrificed so much for his brother and his team, but I want to strangle him at how he behaves, man, just show your freaking feelings!! I understand why he doesn't, but hell it is frustrating. 

 

Inej is just one of my favorite character of all time. She is such a strong woman, or should I say young girl. It is difficult to imagine the fact that they are all so young. She knows she is good at what she does and she is not modest at all about it, and that is so great. Being proud of what you do should not be a bad thing and it is often pictures as so. I am glad there are characters like Inej who believe in themselves and are proud of what they can do without being pretentious (well, Inej is sometimes but in a funny way). 

 

Matthias is difficult to understand, he is conflicted about Nina because she is supposed to be his mortal enemy. But he loves her so much. Their relationship is amazing, it is so cute and they are hilarious together. Nina is also a badass fantastic female character! 

 

Wylan and Jesper well... Just the cutest as well! I love that we learned more about their background and their childhood. It was handled perfectly, discovering more about them helped discover more about the plot as well.

 

To conclude: what a ride! I definitely recommend this duology if you like YA fantasy, adventure and criminals who are actually the good people in the story.  

 

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review 2017-08-19 14:07
#55 - Seven Ways we Lie by Riley Redgate
Seven Ways We Lie - Riley Redgate

I bought this audiobook with my Audible credit of the month and I had not a lot of expectations because I had not heard too many things about this book. I just found the topic interesting and I assumed it would be a light contemporary read. It was not a light read. And I LOVED it.

 

All these characters have so many qualities about them, I was scared they would only be the embodiment of the sin they represent, but they were way more complex than that. Honestly, I'm not even sure I know which character was which sin, which is positive because it means they were not too clichés. Still, I think I managed to identify some of them.

 

Seven Ways We Lie is one of those books where the storyline is not the most important thing about the book. The plot has a purpose, but after reading it I forgot almost everything that happened. But I remember all the characters so vividly. It was just a typical high school setting with typical high school drama; but the characters were everything to me.

 

If you are searching for diverse characters, read this book (there was even a pansexual MC which is so rare in YA books). They all have with their own problems and flaws and you discover more about them bit by bit. It was confusing at first to understand who was who, but I think it is because I listened to it. Once I remembered all the names, it was easier to follow. The character building was nicely done.

 

I won't describe every character because I really think it is important to read about them without knowing anything but I just want to mention Olivia who is such a great female character: I love everything she represents. Olivia is not scared of who she is and she is not ashamed of what she likes, which is sex. I am so glad I read a book about a young girl not being okay with the fact that men can talk about sex and women cannot. It is not something new, but it is so damn rare to find it in YA. I love her passion and how she stands for herself, even if most guys are being total jerk (to stay polite) with her.

 

It was a great read and I really recommend this (edit; I think it is a debut novel which is even more impressive!!).

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