The Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan)

Honestly – I only picked this book up because it was two dollars and because I love the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series. I gave the Kane Chronicles a go and didn’t really enjoy it, so when I heard that Rick Riordan was starting yet another series, I was sceptical. But hey, you can’t say no to cheap books!

And oh my god. I enjoyed this book so much! It has everything the other books have – sass, humour, plot twists and all the feels. Riordan keeps referencing his other characters, too, in an incredibly funny way that had me literally snorting. Never did this book feel dragged out or boring; rather, it had me burning through the pages and finishing this book in about two days.

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Now I Rise (Kiersten White)


This is the second book in the Conqueror’s saga (I wrote a review for the first book, ‘And I Darken’, which you can find here). This review might include some spoilers for the first book.

In ‘And I Darken’, the siblings Lada and Radu Dracul are brought to the Ottoman court as hostages by their father, meeting Mehmed, the heir to the Ottoman throne. Quickly, their friendship grows, and over the course of the book fierce, vicious Lada and soft-spoken, intelligent Radu help Mehmed to secure his position. But her home, Wallachia, is always on Ladas mind, and when her father dies even her feelings for Mehmed can’t stop her from returning to her castle to reclaim her throne. Meanwhile, Radu stays at Mehmed’s side, tortured by his feelings for his friend that he thinks are wrong, and that he knows will never be returned.

In ‘Now I Rise’, the first book’s main characters are split up: Lada leads her loyal men to Wallachia, trying to secure alliances and fighting obstacles and throwbacks to finally claim her throne. Mehmed sends Radu to Constantinople as a spy, while he prepares the ultimate attack on the city. Accompanied by his wife, Nazira, and the Constantinian ambassador, Cyprian, Radu follows the order, but soon starts to second guess Mehmed’s reasons for sending him away.

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Our Dark Duet (V.E. Schwab)

“I didn’t stop fighting,” he said, the words so low he worried Kate wouldn’t hear them, but she did. “I just got tired of losing. It’s easier this way.”

“Of course it’s easier,” said Kate. “that doesn’t mean it’s right.”


V.E. Schwab is definitely one of my favourite authors – her ‘Darker Shade of Magic’-series is definitely in my top five – so I was really excited when I heard that she was writing a sequel to ‘This Savage Song’. I don’t love the world quite as much as ADSoM, but nonetheless I was absolutely ready to dive back into the world of Verity.

In a postapocalyptic world where horrible acts create monsters, the city of Verity used to be split into two parts; one ruled by the ruthless Harkers, and the other protected by Henry Flynn and his army. After the death of her father, Kate Harker escapes to Prosperity, where she starts hunting the monsters that haunt the city. Meanwhile, with the balance of power tipped, Verity is thrown into chaos, and August Flynn, Sunai and adoptive son of Henry Flynn must become the leader he never wanted to be and leave the last pretense of humanity behind. When a new kind of monster leads Kate back to Verity, she and August are thrown together again to fight a final battle against the monsters of Verity.

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Sad Girls (Lang Leav)

34023590I’ve been excited for this book to come out for about a year. Lang Leav’s poetry collections are among my favourite books; I love her language to pieces, and when she announced that she’s writing a novel I almost threw my laptop out of the window. But when I actually read the book… Well.

That said, I am someone who likes beautiful language. I don’t mind if an author uses ten words to say what one might, as long as they are gorgeous. However, I know that there are people out there who can’t stand that kind of writing, so I’ll say it in the beginning: if that’s you, this book is not for you. Lang Leav’s a poet first and an author second, and that’s very clearly reflected in this book. While I absolutely adored her writing, it’s probably not for everyone, and definitely something to expect coming into this book.

This book is about Audrey, a girl in the last year of high school, who tells a lie that ultimately leads to the death of a girl. Ridden with guilt, and at the same time unable to talk to anyone about it, she begins to suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. When she meets Rad, he seems to be the one to get her life back on track, but they both have secrets, and falling in love with him may do more harm than she expects.

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Wintersong (S. Jae-Jones)

tumblr_oqhfxz5ly41rr36jgo1_540In southern Germany, where stories about the Goblin King and his men lurking in the woods at night are still told by older people, 19-year-old Liesl grows up in the shadow of her beautiful sister and musically gifted brother. Having accepted her life, she tries to forget her dreams of dancing with the Goblin King in the woods in her childhood, and her ambition to become a great musician. But everything changes when her sister is kidnapped by the Goblin King, and the only way to save her from his realm is to offer her own hand in marriage to him.

I loved the atmosphere of this book so, so much! Wonderful and magical, but always with that underlying darkness and decay, the imagery S. Jae-Jones uses is incredible, painting the picture of the little snowed-in village, the dark woods and the Goblin Realm in vivid, beautiful colours. This is a book you can sink into, and for a moment you forget that reality exists around you. The mythological background of the story is revealed slowly, always keeping that bit of mystery that has you glued to the pages.

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Gilded Cage (Vic James)

U26168646gh, this book had so much POTENTIAL. I read the blurb, and I was so excited about starting this, because it sounded absolutely amazing. A magically gifted British Upper Class, a revolution, a smart female main character plotting with a royal’s son to overthrow the government…

I still think the plot of this book is great. The story is fast-paced and gripping, the world is amazing, and just reading the back of this book just now has me excited again. Sadly, though, the execution of those brilliant ideas didn’t really work for me, and there are a couple of reasons for that:

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Assassin’s Heart (Sarah Ahiers)

21421609First of all – I love assassins. I’ve played all the Assassin’s Creed games, I love Celaena Sardothien to bits (and miss her loads in the last couple of books), and don’t even get me started on “Assassin’s Apprentice” and the entire Farseer-Trilogy. So I basically picked this book up because it had the word “assassin” in the title. It starts with the main character crouching on a roof, cloaked and masked in the darkness, approaching her next target. And I was SOLD.

This book tells the story of Lea Saldana, a member of the most powerful assassin family. When her secret relationship with a member of a rivaling family, the Da Vias, leads to the slaughter of her family and leaves her crushed by guilt, she swears revenge. Hunted by not only the Da Vias, she seeks out her uncle who was exiled by her family before she was born, and who is now the only family she has left.

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