Book Wrap up and Mini reviews: January 2016

January was one of those months where i did read a good amount. But at the same time i did not read enough especially considering that i spend about 20 days of the 31 in bed. But you know, feeling horrible not necessary the best way to read apparently.

Anyways... I read 8 books in January. Which is not the actual goal i wanted to achieve or anywhere near it, but honestly i am so very happy with having managed that, you wouldn't believe!

the books i read where:
2 NetGalley ARCs
1 ebook
3 Library books
2 of my own books

I am a bit proud of myself for finishing two books that i have been trying to get done for about 6 months, and i finally bucked down and read them both this month. So i am very happy with that.

I am also happy that i managed to read 2 NetGalley books since i wanted to read at least that each month, and having started January of with actually doing just what i wanted? Pretty good feeling.

I gave 3 books 3 stars.
I have 4 books 4 stars
and 1 book 5 stars.

So all in all? Pretty great reading months. :)


1. Kookooland by Gloria Norris
Stars: 3  * * * 
Genres: True Crime, Non Fiction, Memoir, Autobiography
Pages: 355
Book received: NetGalley
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Summary:
"It's the 1960s in Manchester, new Hampshire, and little Gloria Norris is growing up in the projects. Her parents are Jimmy and Shirley, her sister is Virginia, and her cat is Sylvester. A photo might show a happy, young family, but only a dummkopf would believe that..."

Review: 
Lets start with it is incredibly hard for me to actually critically review a Memoir. 
Because that is someones life!
Someone wrote down their story, that is how it happened. So the review can't be the typical: i don't understand why the heck that happened or why the author wrote it like that, because that is just how life is and how that person's life happened. 
I don't have a real system for reviewing Memoirs. At least not yet. 
I am very much a reading and seeing of i feel while reading Memoirs kind of person. If i connect to the person, not necessary because there are similarities to my life and that person's life. But just in the why the story is told, or what is happening or i don't know. In some way i just connect to some stories -espceailly biographies like this one- more then others. 
Sadly this one was just not right for me personally. 

Mostly because the entire time i read the book i kept hearing the story being read to me by Matildas father or mother from the movie "Matilda". You all know the one i am talking about, if not i linked a side to the title. Anyways... i kept hearing the voice of Danny DeVito -who plays Matildas father in the movie if you live behind or on the moon or something and didn't know that- saying things like "We are smart, you are stupid, you are little, i am big, you are nothing, i am everything" in that really annoying way that DeVito did so fantastical in the movie. 
So really the entire time i read the book and the father or the mother said anything or did anything, i keep having those picture of the parents of Matilda pop up in my head without meaning to let that happen. I don't even know how my head made the connection because honestly the stories are not that similar, other then that a little girl grows up in a abusive household. 
But the writing style for some reason just... i read the first few pages and my head was there and never went back. 
And that kind just... yeah that just wasn't so good and made the entire ebook extremely hard for me to read. And not just because i really wanted to re-watch Matilda since it has been YEARS since i seen that movie.

I mean, please don't understand me wrong. This book is good. It is a story that is necessary and has to be told because i am sure that a huge amount of people -especailly in the US- grew up in a similar way during that time. So it is good to have that book be out there and have people read it and see that they were not alone -because sometimes that helps! To know that you were the only one that had such a childhood or life. That you just aren't alone. 

And overall this book is pretty well done!Norris manages to write in such a childish way for most of the book that it really did feel like a child wrote the book and since most of the story is during the childhood age that was done rather fantastic. And the story was interesting and very honest. How the father treats the rest of the family so horrible and at the same time doesn't really do that much, but that is actually mostly the problem. And how Norris tries so hard to be the perfect child he wants, but just.. can't fill that spot because who is able to do that?

All in all this book is good. And it is an important story and a nicely told story. But it just wants the right book for me. 
If you are someone that is searching for a Memoir about a difficult childhood, without horrible brutal physical abuse -towards the children, that is because there is rather horrible physical abuse in other ways in this book!-, but abuse in other ways, want to read a true crime story, where people get murdered and how others try to survive with the knowledge of having witnessed such a crime... try this book!


2. The Children's Home by Charles Lambert
Stars: 3.5  * * * 1/2
Genres: Fiction. Horror, Fantasy, Gothic, Adult, Suspense 
Pages: 210
Book received: NetGalley
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Summary:
"In a sprawling estate, willfully secluded, lives Morgan Fletcher, the disfigured heir to a fortune of mysterious origins. Morgan spends his days in quiet study, avoiding his reflection in mirrors and the lake at the end of his garden. One day, two children, Moria and David, appear. Morgan takes them in, giving them free reign of the mansion he shares with his housekeeper Engel. Then more children begin to show up...."

Review: 

This was such a difficult book to rate!
Because i saw the potential, i saw what it was. But I think most of this book just went over my head with its completely cryptic writing and never actually getting to the point plot. And at the end i had a huge amount of questions and no answers. So i had no idea how to rate it. Do i give it the rating of how confused i was afterwards, or do i rate in how i would rate it if i overlook the confusing parts?
Sometimes reviewing is so much harder then you think in the smilingly simplest moments!!

As i said most of this book seemed to have gone over my head. I mean i read the entire thing and still have no idea at all what this book was actually about. Did it have an actual point that i was trying to make? Or it is just one of those stories that are just told to fill pages or time and don't have an actual point or reason to exist? 
Does it have a direct story that was told, a start and an actual ending that i somehow just missed? 
Still for some strange reason after i finished the thing it was very enjoyable overall. So yeah... rating problems with this book and a slight readers crisis after, trying to figure out if i am just stupid or the book was written that way on purpose!

I mean don't get me wrong, this story is not horrible in any way. The guy and his big house where all of a sudden people literary appear out of thin air in his garden to basically fill this big empty house... it is okay. I mean it didn't really make much sense to me. But maybe that was the entire sense behind it? Or that it was really just as simple as showing that sometimes even the most lonely people get surprised by people? I have no idea. Like i said confused over here, table for one!

The writing is pretty good and actually reminds me quite a bit of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" in the cryptic -just say it already!- kind of way. Or maybe it just reminded me of that because i was similarly and completely and utterly lost in both stories? Or because i never got the point of the entire thing in both? No idea. 

still the writing keeps you reading and hoping that at some point, somewhere there is going to be an explanation, even when you are scratching your head and really not getting what is happening -at all!- or why the heck the stuff is happening and asking yourself why all those "psychological books" you are reading are making your questions our own senses more then be horrified by the book itself. Or maybe that is once again just me. 

Or maybe i actually do get the point and the entire point of the book is to actually question if you are sane for reading what you are reading even while not even slightly understanding what the heck you are actually currently reading. Because then, well done, book! I had no idea what was going on, i didn't even know where exactly i got lost during the story -or if i even ever knew what the heck was going on from the first sentence!- and kept questioning myself!

All in all for me this book was more of a short-story collection then a fully worked through and put together novel. But it was not bad. I mean if you view all the individual chapters as individual stories they make kind of more sense? 
And the writing is pretty great as i said. And if you don't try to make to much sense of what the heck is happening and just go with it, i think it is just a pretty creepy read. 

So if you want a strange book that is a bit freaky and creepy and will leave you confused if you think about it, and just honestly never even explains what the heck is happening? Your search is over. Pick this up and be confused! 
Or hey if you do read it and are not confused? Come back and explain it to me? Thanks. Appreciated!


3. Prodigy by Marie Lu
Stars: 4  * * * * 
Genres: Dystopian, YA, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Legend series #2
Pages: 371
Book received: free e-book
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Summary:
"Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic's most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots - a vigilante rebel group sown to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?"

Review: 
This second book in the Legend series is just as action packed as the first one was. 

I personally did enjoy the story overall but for some reason did not like this book as much as the first one. It felt a bit slower and a bit more forced to me. A bit like the typical second book where it is more the bridge between two points of the story that have to be reached instead of an actual part of the entire journey the entire book series is telling. 

I think that i would have enjoyed this book more if a few things would have been done differently -for example this rebel group stuff was just a bit... clique? i don't know. I honestly don't. 
I have no idea what exactly it was that bugged me throughout this book but i just know that there was something that i did not love, and that made me not love this book as much as i did the first one. Which is fine. But not fantastic. 
I will read the last book and see if the series rounds up in a nice why or not. 
Overall this book felt rather like the typical second book -as i said- and while it was good it did drag a bit in some places and the entire book just felt like its as treating on the same spots and points over and over again without actually getting somewhere. 

Still it was good, the writing was great and it did bring something to the series and i do want to see where the third and last book in this series is taking the story after reading this one. 


All in all it was okay and i would recommend it if you read Legend and enjoyed that book. 





4. The Cuckoo's calling by Robert Galbraith / J. K. Rowling
Stars: 3.5 to 4
Genres: Adult, Crime, Mystery, Fiction, Detective, Thriller, Strike series #1
Pages: 550
Book received: brought it myself
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Summary:
"When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case. A war veteran, wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike'S life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger."

Review: 
This book was a difficult one. 
It was one of those books that took me forever to read, but i finally finished it. And the ending was fantastic. It was really, if the rest of the book would have been like the ending? This entire ting would have been inhaled in one sitting without any breaks at all!

Sadly that was not the case. And overall this book could have been easily 200 pages shorter and been so much better and fast to get through the fantastically great parts!


Lets start at the beginning: 

I love Rowling. I really do. I love her extreme love for details and her very descriptive writing. It made Hogwarts come to life! It made millions and millions of people love her and her books and entire world come into existence that even now over a decade later, people still want to live in! So clearly that woman can write details!

This book however... it had to many. I mean honestly, it had to many details. And i am a person i live off of details. If i tell you there were to many, dear god then there were to many!

And it wasn't necessary that all extremely detailed moments were bad, she should have just focused more on what was really important instead of constantly given all the details of everything. 
I mean i never been to a London pub, but i can picture a bar and just imagine it myself. I don't need a detailed description down to the typical alcoholic basically hanging of the beer keg to get the picture that Strike was sitting in one. She could have skipped those details without problems and this tory would have been perfectly fine. Even better, it would have made the book so much better if those details would have been left out, because the story would have moved along so much faster and actually got to what should be important in this type of book: the crime itself!

I did like getting most of the details of how Strike got his information and how he worked through the case, and while even those sometimes where a bit to overdone and detailed, all in all those were okay and necessary because it actually gave you that feeling that you actually were in on it all, that you were part of the team and working through the case as well. So the crime details and the deceive work details? All fine and good. 

But the over 200 pages of the rest where just... not even overkill anymore they were already so dead and beaten they were just bloody stumps -sorry Strike was not a leg reference at all!

The writing itself is wonderful as we all know and love Rowling to write. 

And the actual crime moments are so interesting and how this book ends? Kind of mind blowing and surprising -without actually because we worked through the case so you know who did it at some point before it actually is laid open but still it is just... such a fantastic ending!

All in all this book is great! The crime parts a bloody fantastic and wonderful and so worth reading. If you could just skip all the detail babbling, i am sure everyone that loves crime/thriller/mysteries would love this book and want to become part of the Strike detective team!


If you are in search of a great crime novel?

Want a fantastic mystery that keeps you guessing who did it?
Don't mind very detailed but greatly written book that has a wonderfully fantastic ending? Yeah, give this a try -also p.s. spoiler to a book a little down in this wrap up the series get better and better the father it goes so definitely pick this up if you love a good crime book!


5. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Stars: 5  * * * * *
Genres: Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Magic, High Fantasy, Adventure, Adult, Magical world
Pages: 722
Book received: Library book
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Summary:
"My Name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You my have heard of me...."
Review: 
This book you guys! This book. 
I have gotten this at least three times out of my library now and i just... i love this book. 
The writing. The world. the characters. 

Rothfuss is one of the fantasy masters that manages to build and entire world and tell a really long story, and make you feel like you just read a book that was too short!

You don't even really notice that you just read a 700+ paged book, because you get so sucked into the story, into Kvothe's life and his story and what he lived through that you don't even notice how long you read. 

My very real advice? Don't start this book at night before you have to work. Or really during a work/school week. This is a Friday evening book that you will not put down again until you finished it sometime during the Weekend. 


I can't even really say what it is that i love so much about this book. 

I mean many of the characters are rather horrible. And Kvothe himself is not the most likable character. I mean he is fantastic. He is a real and honest genius that doesn't see it as anything special being one and in a way is more confused was why other people are not more similar to his intelligence level then about why he is as he is. 
I love that this is a fantasy story where the parents are great parents! They love their child, they care about him and want the best for him and do their best for him. And i just love that. And at the same time they are human. They are not completely selfless and only their for the child and have no own life. But they make sure that Kvothe knows he is important and can always come to them. 
And i do love that Rothfuss taken some cliques and worked with them. And while he kept them as the typical clique he worked around them to make them different. And i just... i loved that. 

I love how Kvothe evolves and how we get the story from two different points but both are told from and by Kvothe. We get the older Kvothe that lived through it all that actually tells his childhood to a chronicler and so we know he is going to survive because he is the one telling the story but still -some parts are written so fantastically that you aren't sure how the heck Kvothe will going to get out of the situation alive!


I love that the magic in this world is not without its flaws. and that even thought everything seems to come so easily to Kvothe, he has struggles and problems, especially concerning magic and learning it. 


This book is just... I could go on and on and on and tell you all my favorite moments and situations and writing/reading moments, but i won't because i gushed enough. 


I mean i finish my re-read of this book and picked this right back up for another re-read. This should tell you just how fantastic it is!


If you haven't read the book yet and like fantasy even in the smallest amounts... what the heck is wrong with you and why are you on a book blog?




6. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith / J. K. Rowling
Stars: 4  **** 
Genres: Mystery, Adult, Fiction, Crime, Thriller, Detective, Strike series #2
Pages: 456
Book received: Library 
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Summary:
"When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just things he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife releases..."

Review: 

This book is so much better then the first one!
This book was great!

It lacked -or at least minimized- most of the things that bothered me in the first book. Like the huge amounts of unnecessary and overly extremely detailed moments of everyday life or to descriptive moments and family situations that had nothing to do with the actual topic of this book and where really unnecessary!

So i loved that those were mostly kept to a minimum or just left out! Fantastic change and made this book so much better and more enjoyable!
I mean don't get me wrong, this book still has a huge amount of descriptive writing and details in it!
BUT it is kept more focused on what it should actually focus on, seeing that this is a crime/mystery novel and not a contemporary family drama!

I did like that the characters of Robin -Strikes assistance- and Strike where more developed in this book and seem to pick up where the first book left off and not really going back and describing what happened in the first book. And at the same time not making it necessary to have to read the first book to get an understanding of the characters in this. Does that make any sense at all? 


Anyways... i loved the relationship between Robin and Strike. 

How they worked on this relationship/friendship/working partnership that is mostly friendly, sometimes hostile and sometimes just downright stupid on both parts, where you just want to take them both and knock their heads together and tell them to get it together already!
But it was great and added a nice charm to the book, to have this rather unstable relationship that isn't really one into the mix. Because while both Robin and Strike a so unsure about where they stand with each other -without adding any sexual stuff to it all which i also greatly enjoyed to have a male/female relationship in a book that actually did not have anything romantic or sexual in it!- they still work together to solve the case because that is what they really want to do, no matter how their own feelings might want to behave. 

I just loved that they had issues and how both tried to ignore them at first and then decide that they are adults and should work on resolving them instead, especially if they want to continue to work together and actually do that. So yeah that was great. 


One character i really do hate is Matthew (robin's fiancĂ©). I just can't stand the guy, especially in this book since he played a slightly bigger role, and i just don't understand how a pretty smart girl like Robin can freely decide to be together with someone like that. Someone that is constantly putting Robin down and making what she does and loves to do seem unnecessary and stupid, and saying that Robin was less of an actual choice and more something that just happened because she was the only real option he had available as a girlfriend and so he took it and now what is he supposed to do? (I mean really? That guy deserves to be shoot. In the face!) But i also liked that such a relationship was added into a book, because it is real. There are sadly so many people in similar relationships like this one and i never saw it in a book before, where the man (or woman!) puts the partner down and nobody really does anything about it or tries to make the partner see what is going on and that being alone might be better then being in a verbally abusive relationship where you are not respected!


 I mean i hated it. And i really would have loved to read a very detailed description on how Strike took that guy apart, because we all know Strike could do that without even breaking a sweat! But i liked that instead of doing that Rowling decided to make it clear that Strike thought Matthew was a dick, and that without saying so to Robin, she clearly understood that Strike thought Matthew was not right for her, and that in a way because he didn't outright ask her what the heck she was thinking, she started to see those stupid moments of an din Matthew and rethink her Relationship. It was just nice to read about a not perfect happy ever after relationship in a book and have a couple that doesn't support every decision the other one makes and actually just have an asshole as one of the partners. Lets just say it how it is!


The actual crime in this book was done pretty great as well. There were moments that i felt Rowling was trying a bit too hard to keep the mystery going or make the book a bit longer, and she could have still saved at least 50 pages without  problems, but overall? Much better -so much better!- then the first book!


In a way this series reminds me more and more of Sherlock Holmes and his stories, the way it is written and told, in a way that the reader gets all the details and can try to clue it all together, and at the end it all gets solved and you can see if you are right. 


So really if you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes or crime mysteries in general?

Don't need a heart-racing, heart-stopping thriller with extreme overdone action sense and explosions to keep you going?
Don't mind a bit of a slower pace and many details and clues?
This is a fantastic book to pick up -even without reading the first one you will get it all anyways!



7. The Ice Twins by S. K. Tremayne

Stars: 3.5   * * * 1/2  
Genres: Mystery, Fiction, Horror, Suspense, Adult, Psychological Thriller
Pages: 373
Book received: Library
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Summary:
"A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcraft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives.
But when their surviving daughter, Kristie, claims they have mistaken her identity - that she, in fact, is Lydia - their world comes crashing down once again. 
As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kristie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, Sarah finds herself tortured by the past - what really happened on that fateful day one of her daughters died?"

Review: 
Before i start on this book, i think i gone into this book with the wrong expectations and because of that i spend a whole lot of time being not just slightly confused but really just not understanding what the heck this book is trying to do. 
I gone into this expecting a real thriller/crime novel thing. This was thriller in a way, but no crime. And so for half of the book i expected some kind of crime moments and they never came instead there were those horror/psychological/family drama moments that just... confused the heck out of me. 

I do still think -now that i have finished reading- this book is wrongly genred (which is not a word but go with me here, you all know what i mean!) because it is not really that much of a thriller, and more of a psychological horror mystery. No thrilling part included. 

Anyways... This book is something that only people that like shocking and completely "what the heck is happening here and what is actually real?" moments in their books. 
It has its horror and "paranormal" moments as well, when the reader is not sure if one daughter is dead or not, or just a ghost or not or just... yeah still not sure what the heck... see a trend here?
It really is just not clear if the child is dead or not, if the girl came back from the dead in a way or other, or if it is just all a completely psychotic break down for one of the characters in the book that is in a way supported by other characters in hoping that the person that sees the child or things they see the child or what ever, doesn't have a complete mental break down? I have no idea. Yet again. 

I have to say that at one point i was completely lost in what was actually happening and where the story was going -if that was not clear with my constant saying of "i have no idea!" in this mini review! 

I am still not sure that i really understood what the book was trying to tell me, or if it was trying to tell me something. Of if the story made any sense. 

Does that mean it was a good book? A bad one? I have no idea. Yet again. I honestly just... have no clue what the heck to think about this book in any way or form. 

In i way i think that this book asks the question in how well we really know the people around us and what we can see them doing and what they are actually capable of. And how far we actually trust those nearest to us. And really how much can trust your own mind after a horrible difficult situation and how far you can and should trust those around you after such a situation. 
Or maybe i just put all those "messages" together because i wanted to see a reason behind this story?

What i do know is that this is not for everyone. At all. 

If you are searching for a crime/action thriller? Yeah, no move on! Get!

If you love the older Stephen King horror/Suspense books? 
Love creepy books with moments that make you question the world and if this is all really happening?
Love a book where nothing is at it seems at the beginning and every few pages you get a bit creeped out by a child? 
Just overall creepy child vibes everywhere?
Give this a try!

Decide for yourself which type of reader you are and if you want to read this book. Because it is worth reading, just be prepared that it might be a really good kind of creepy you will not be forgetting anytime soon. 
And maybe be a bit creeped out by twins from now on. Just saying. 


8. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Stars: 3  * * *  
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Romance, Fiction, Adventure, Magic, Action
Pages: 444
Book received: bought myself
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Summary:


"Laia is a slave. Elisa is a solider. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the election of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire's impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They've seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia's brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire's greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school's finest solider - and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he's being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined - and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself."

Review: 

Okay I am not completely objective with this book. Because it took me FOREVER to read. 
I mean i started this in may 2015!!
And i finally finished it on January 31st because i sat down and forced myself to finish this book to finally have it done. 
And so i might not necessary have to say that i am not the biggest fan out there. Simply because it took me forever and ever and ever to get it read. And who doesn't hate that?

But that is not necessarily because it is bad, it was just not my style in more then one way. 

The writing was nice, the characters okay, the overall story pretty good -just nothing special or "suck you into this world" way and the plot idea was good in itself. 
The problem was that for me was mostly that all those just listed things -the writing, the characters and the actual story and plot- did not work together. 

I did not like Laia and could care less about Elias -and i mean that in the way that i sometimes maybe just wished that he was finally just killed to end that miserable existence of literature!
So really the people that told the story and their stories? I could have cared less if they would have fallen over dead and that would have been more then fine for me. So yeah... not necessary the best way to read a story or get invested in a story. 

And it is sad because i did like the idea behind this book. I love the roman empire, i would love to find a fantastically written fantasy version of that. But this book was just not it. So i loved the idea, so much more then the actual book. 

I also hated - HATED- the big "plot twist" (you can see that in a spoiler marked section in my goodreads review here and i will not be saying it here, because well duh! spoilers!) because this big twist was foreseeable right from the start when one of the characters are introduced that has something to do with this big twist. And that is just... really that is the big climax moment of this story that i struggled and bored myself through? And then the twist is something as stupid as that? I could have thrown the book against a wall, or let it go up in flames. If i wouldn't cry if a book would ever be treated that way around me. So yeah... not going to happen just because this book made those kind of feelings come up in me. 

I also just wanted to say that this book could have been about half the lengths and not need another book to get to the actual point of the story and still tell everything that was told. And i kind of hate when a book spends over 440 pages basically rounding around the point and never, ever going or even getting near it. 

Can i also say that I found the tasks/ trails extremely boring? And those where parts of the book that i either started to slump or skimp read more of it because it was just... yeah i am sorry but some people should not try to write action scenes or being someone that tries to write something that is supposed to be full of action and adventure and just overall extremely exiting.  Those moments where just not good for me. At all. 

I do have to say that the writing was nice. It was okay. And if the story itself would have been better for me I would have really enjoyed this book because the writing was nice enough to let me see that. So i can see why people love this book because of that. I just don't see how they can be as exited about the actual story because well yeah... 

I will say that i am going to read the second book. Because i want to see how this story is going to end and if the author manages to actually pull out an ending that is good. Or not. 
I do hope that it will actually be the last book in this series and not go even more overboard and go on even longer. 

As i said I already feel that this story could have been an actual standalone and could have been so much better if it would have actually done what the book was supposed to be about, instead of just having the story be stretched out for no reason what so ever. 

All in all this book was okay. 

Nothing world chancing at all and rather boring in big parts.
As this review shows there were many moments that i just didn't understand or see the reason why they were in the book, or just saw them as pushing pages that were completely unnecessary. But overall i can see why people enjoy parts of this book. 
I would have liked this more if what the book promised would have actually happened, such as with Laia's brother -not saying what happened or what didn't happened since spoiler and all that yet again- or the business with the emperor would have been finished. But that didn't happen. And so it was just an average book for me. 

I do hope that the other one will be better. Or at least actually be about what the summary says it will be about. Or hey even be about what this book summary promised the story to be about! Or maybe just have an actual plot -a start, a middle and an ENDING!- that would be awesome. 

If you are looking for a (boring) fight scene heavy and rather murderous fantasy story that has torture scenes that are rather graphic and is just overall brutal and don't mind if the book seems to be trampling on the same spot for seemingly forever? 
Try this. 

If you want an actual epic fantasy? Go back to my review of "The Name of the wind" or just trust me and pick that one up without reading that review. 





I also started quite a few books that i did not finish yet in January and still have a good amount of books going - that i started sometime in 2015- that i am not really reading at the moment but started and put aside again because they just weren't right!

And I started my next re-read of "The name of the Wind" with a buddy-reader because... reasons!





I would love to hear how your reading month went in January. If you have meet any of the goals you set yourself for the new year already -or if you set any goals at all.
Have you read any of those books?
Want to?
Recommend anything after hearing those book titles?
Let me know! Lets chat!



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