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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-10-31 00:00
The Sin Eater's Daughter
The Sin Eater's Daughter - Melinda Salisbury Rating of three stars because I was totally entertained by this. Not sure if I'll read the next one, though if the pacing and plot is as bananapants as this one, it may well be worth it. Plus the narrator was acting her little heart out. Bless her cotton socks.

Honestly this book was like YA Trope volleyball, where I was a spectator watching the probability math bounce back between sides of the love triangle, and between sides of the fantasy v. secondary world high middle ages setting with no magic. It started as a slow game, but descended into violence in the last set. Throwing the rest of this behind a spoiler cut. I seriously spoil the ending.

So at first the prince is leading because well, frankly he's the prince, and the girl in YA almost always picks the highest class available to her. Plus they're engaged and he's clearly on her side politically. So I assume the guard is a red herring, and am a little annoyed that the girl always picks the prince, but THEN she falls madly in love with the guard, who exposes the prince as a lying liar who lies, which the prince admits she is, so she sleeps with the guard. Now by YA logic she HAS to end up with the guard, because she can't do sexy things with a dude she doesn't marry (I don't make the rules). BUT THEN! The prince needs her for a political marriage to save the kingdom, AND it's revealed that the guard was hired to seduce her (which explains certain idiot ball moments of his), he makes a final plea that he came to love her (and was actually just an idiot about them getting caught), and our heroine does the first smart thing all book and says "A PLAGUE ON BOTH YOUR HOUSES!" and bails on both of them. Except it's a trilogy, so presumably she picks one by book three. I'm not sure if "Is highest available class" will outweigh "has seen her vagina" or what.

MEANWHILE, her entire religion is revealed to be lies, and she was just a pawn of the evil queen (there are not a lot of sympathetic non-dead women in this book) and doesn't have any magic powers at all, it was all lies lies and more lies. But hey, the fairy tale that got retold like sixty times so we'd know it's significant, THAT's real. Also we're all about to be murdered in our beds by what is essentially genderswapped Sleeping Beauty's Revenge. So that happened.


I assume we find out next book.

Also in the last chapter she has somehow learned to read fluently, so I'm really not sure how much time has passed.

Conclusion: the MC is a doormat, which is explained by her upbringing by a series of evil mothers, and didn't in and of itself put me off as it felt like a good exploration of abusive relationships, but I wish her claiming her power at the end had involved actually doing something, not just figuring out one small thing and letting the menz fix it for her.

However, the plot was silly enough to keep me entertained for nine hours or so.
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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 SPOILER ALERT! 2017-06-03 13:45
Tödlicher Fluch // The Sleeping Prince
The Sleeping Prince - Tödlicher Fluch - A. M. Grünewald,Melinda Salisbury

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

German and english review


Es ist das zweite Buch in der The Sin Eate's Daughter Trilogie, also wird es einige Spoiler geben, außerdem kann ich mich nicht zurück halten und muss einige Dinge direkt aussprechen die in dem Buch passiert sind. Weiterlesen auf eigene Gefahr.


Inhalt: Das Land ist in Aufruhr. Die Königin hat eine alte Legende entfesselt und den gefährlichen Schlafenden Prinzen nach vielen Jahrhunderten wieder zum Leben erweckt. Nun bringt er Krieg und Zerstörung zu den Menschen von Tregellian. Die junge Apothekerstochter Errin versucht verzweifelt, sich in diesen gefährlichen Zeiten über Wasser zu halten. Doch seit ihr Bruder Lief verschwunden ist, muss sie sich alleine um ihre kranke Mutter kümmern. Über die Runden kommt sie nur, weil sie verbotene Kräutertränke braut, die sie heimlich verkauft. Als Soldaten sie und ihre Mutter aus ihrem Dorf vertreiben, gibt es nur einen, an den sich Errin wenden kann: den mysteriösen Silas. Ein junger Mann, der tödliche Gifte bei ihr kauft, aber nie verrät, wozu er sie verwendet. Silas verspricht, Errin zu helfen. Doch als ihr vermeintlicher Retter spurlos verschwindet, muss Errin eine Entscheidung treffen, die das Schicksal des Reiches verändern wird ...


Ich habe die Inhaltsangabe vorher nicht gelesen, sondern habe mich gleich in das Abenteuer gestürzt und natürlich Twylla erwartet. Und sie nicht bekommen. Stattdessen wurde die Geschichte in diesem Buch von Errin erzählt. Ich habe eine Weile gebraucht um damit klar zu kommen, dass muss ich ganz ehrlich gestehen, allerdings ist Errin ein richtig klasse Hauptcharakter, dass sie mich wirklich schnell überzeugt hat.


Errin ist einer dieser Charaktere, die wirklich die ganze Last der Welt auf den Schultern trägt. Sie muss sich alleine um ihre kranke Mutter kümmern, muss sich mit einem alten, schmierigen Richter rumschlagen, der nicht nur hinter dem Geld für ihre Miete hinter her ist. Ich habe nicht gleich gewusst, dass Errin Lief's Schwester ist, sondern es wirklich erst begriffen als es im Buch klar und deutlich ausgesprochen wurde (ja, die Inhaltsangabe verrät es, vielleicht sollte ich es mir doch angewöhnen sie zu überfliegen).


Und wir hatten Silas, einen unbekannten Freund und Helfer, bei dem man sich allerdings nicht immer sicher sein kann ob man ihm vertrauen kann oder nicht. Ich war sofort von ihm begeistert. Offensichtlich.


Ich fand die Beziehung der Beiden einfach wirklich interessant und war wirklich froh, dass sie sich doch wirklich auf ihn verlassen konnte. Sie hat wirklich jemanden gebraucht, der ihr nicht viele Fragen stellt aber ihr trotzdem aushilft. Was mir besonders gefallen hat war die Freundschaften der verschiedenen Mädels in dem Buch, Errin, die auf ihrer Reise in ihrer alten Heimat landet und ihre Freundin Lirys wieder trifft. Außerdem das Gespräch das Errin mit Lirys' Mutter vor ihrer Abreise hatte. Ich fand diese Momente so unglaublich wichtig. (Ich hoffe wirklich das die Beiden okay sind und es ihnen gut geht.) Und dann natürlich Dimia/Twylla und Errin. Die Beiden haben wirklich so viel gemeinsam, deswegen bin ich unheimlich froh, dass sie sich gefunden haben. Ich hoffe, dass wir in dem letzten Buch noch viel mehr davon bekommen.


Lief. Statt dem freudigen Wiedersehen der Geschwister, haben wir DAS bekommen. Wieder Verrat von seiner Seite aus. Mann, ich hab den Kerl am Anfang des ersten Buches so sehr gemocht und dann ging alles den Bach runter und es gibt keine Aussicht auf Besserung.


Und das Ende. Okay, hier werde ich nichts verraten aber es war so gut. SO GUT.

Allgemein macht mich die Situation am Ende wirklich total nervös aber es gibt Hoffnung.

Ich kann es echt kaum abwarten das letzte Buch zu lesen. AAAAAAH!!!!!



It's the second book in the The Sin Eater's Daugher Trilogy, so there will be Spoilers, also because I can't keep my mouth shut and need to talk about things that happened in this book. So beware of Spoilers ahead.


Summary: Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater's Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin's life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won't reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.


I didn't read the summary before I started the book, because I just wanted to dive back into the world and the adventure, of course I expected Twylla. She wasn't there. This time we read the story from Errin. to be completely honest, it took me quite a bit to get used to it BUT Errin is such a great main character, that she got me on her side pretty fast.


Errin is one of those characters that carries the weight of the world on her shoulders. She has to take care of her sick mother all alone and has to deal with the old, sleazy judge, who is not just interested in the rent money she owes him. I didn't know right from the start, that she was Lief's sister, I only got it when it was clearly stated in the book (the summary clearly tells it, but yeah, maybe I should start to at least skim through the summaries)


And we got Silas, a friend and a helper, even though it took Errin a long time and an accident to finally see his face. You just never know if you could trust him or not. I loved him. Obviously.


I loved the relationship between the two, so interesting and I'm so glad that at the end of everything she really could count on him. She just really needed someone around her that didn't asked questions but helped her anyway. What I also really loved were the friendship between the ladies in the book, Errin, who on her journey, came to her old home and met her friend Lirys. Also the talk Errin had with Lirys's mother before she left. I thought these moments where so important. (I really hope that both of them are okay, that they are safe somewhere.) And then of course Dimia/Twylla and Errin. They have so much in common and I'm so happy they found each other. I hope we get more of that in the last book.


Lief. Instead of the happy reunion of the siblings, we got THAT. Betrayal from his side, again. Man, I loved the dude in the beginning of the first book but since then everything went to hell, seems like there is no turning back for him now.


And the end. I won't say anything about that but it was so good. SO GOOD.

Overall the situation at the end makes me super nervous but there is hope.

I can't wait to read the last book. AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!



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review 2017-04-19 04:22
Desperate girl fights to save her mother.
The Sleeping Prince - Melinda Salisbury



I'm really enjoying this series. The first book followed the story of Twylla, the sin-eater's daughter. This book follows a different character in the same world, Errin. She is strong-willed and independent and trusts no one. But you can't blame her, she lives in a border town full of criminals or people trying to hide from their past. She has one friend, Silas. But, she has never even seen his face, he never removes his hood. 


The story takes us to a world of fantasy and adventure. And nothing is as it seems. As in the first book, there are unexpected betrayals and twists and even people you think are bad turning out to be good.


I enjoyed this one and listened to it quickly. It's performed by Amy Shiels (as is book 1), and her voice is perfect for the story. She makes it easy to picture the characters and I could always tell who was speaking.


I wanted to plunge straight into book 3, but it won't be released until October... So, I will have to wait. But I have BLopoly to keep me busy and tons of reading for school, so I won't be lacking reading material. (as if that would ever happen - my tbr pile, is more like a mountain)

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review 2017-02-25 19:27
Fantasy novel with original ideas
The Sin Eater's Daughter - Melinda Salisbury



I'm not sure if this is aimed at the female YA readership or to the general fantasy-loving public but I found this tale interesting. It deals with a young girl, Twylla, living in court whose touch can kill and who is used as executioner. As the tile tells us, she is the daughter of a Sin-Eater whose job is to eat symbolically the sins of the recently-died so that they can pass on peacefully. However Twylla's life is about to change radically as she discovers many uncomfortable truths.


Well-written and quite engaging – and short – this novel is reasonably interesting and original with a few surprises along the way. Characters are well-defined and not too extreme. Fantasy lovers will find this worth a visit.

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