17 Aug 2015

Review: The Night Circus

The Night Circus The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was excpecting so much more. The story has a lot of unexplained angles, like the author thought it's enough to give some vage descriptions and wrap it all in fog and mystery to hide the flaws and decept the reader. Well it was not enough, i saw right trough it and i didn't like it.

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Review: Princess Academy

Princess Academy Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Way to cheezy and shallow for my taste. And don't you swirl the "childrens book" flag in front of me, there are a lot of childrens books out there with far better plots and charakterisations.So if it's for children it doesn't mean it has to be so ...ah well, never mind. I did read it through, so that's why it got 3 stars.Although i do think i wasted my time.

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11 Aug 2015

Review: Fool's Quest

Fool's Quest Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Close to the end of the book there was about 30% of boring and not really necessary stuff, but everything else is perfect and i can't w8 to have more of it ;)
Oh my..what should i read now...after enjoying this so much i doubt i will find something likely interesting . At least for the time i am still under the impressions of Fool's Quest..Het world building and deep characterizations are so profound that rarely someone can come close to it.
Any suggestions?

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Review: Watchers

Watchers Watchers by Dean Koontz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If this would be the only book i have with me on some vacation, i think i could enjoy reading it. but as i have so many more interesting titles in my to read list, i don't feel like going on with it.
So i actually finished only 20% of the book.

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Review: Fool's Quest

Fool's Quest Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Close to the end of the book there was about 30% of boring and not really necessary stuff, but everything else is perfect and i can't w8 to have more of it ;)

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24 Feb 2015

AlterWorld (Play to Live #1)

    
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Genre:
Fantasy/SF

AlterWorld
(Play to Live #1)
by D.Rus
Published July 18th 2014
 by Amazon Digital Services

I rarely decide to write a review before i finish a book, so this is one of those rare moments.
It usually happens when i am disappointed by the book, so after some time reading it, i just can't go on anymore. This however is not the case.
Quite opposite! I am very thrilled by this story, so much that i want to share it with all of you as soon as possible. And that "soon" is about 50% of the book, so far i have read till today. I am sure i will finish it in a day or two and i am sure that my opinion of the book won't change because i like it so much already.

You will be happy to know that this is a 5 books series (more books to enjoy, yay! ) and that all 5 are already written, we just have to wait for the last two to be translated in English as the books are written in Russian. And i must say the translation is done excellent - you will not even notice it's not the original.
The Books are MMO related and exceptionally well written.
If you never played a Multiplayer online game or any RPG game you might be kind of lost and confused in all the terminology and game psychology so to say.
 But if you did experience this kind of gaming, be prepared for a lot of fun!
The other so far published books are The Clan and The Duty.
Here is a bit more info about it from Amazon and if you read the book as well, please leave a comment how did you like it.


"D. Rus is a young Russian author whose books took the Russian literary market by storm in 2013. AlterWorld - the first novel of his Play to Live series - made him a bestselling author overnight as critics now credit him with single-handedly creating a new science fiction genre: LitRPG.

Set in the virtual reality of MMORPG - Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games - his books tell stories of real people who'd become stuck in the game and are forced to follow its rules while preserving their intergrity and fighting to make their new world a better place.

The five books of the series have created a huge following as more authors followed suit, making LitRPG the latest bestselling Russian genre that merges science fiction, fantasy and gaming conventions. D. Rus has been nominated for Start, one of Russia's prestigious literary prizes for the best debut science fiction novel.

The first three novels of the Play to Live series - have been translated into English, and talks are under way to have the rest of the series published on Amazon."



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23 Feb 2015

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3)

    
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Genre:
Fantasy

 Dreams of Gods & Monsters
(Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3)
by Laini Taylor
Published April 8th 2014
 by Little, Brown & Company

I wish writers would write a reminder about previous sequels on every next book in the series..
It happens to me often that i forget many things from the previous books and this fact lessens the amount of sequel-reading-enjoyment.

This third and probably last (or not?) sequel was excellent and the only thing i have to complain about
is that it has some amount of unnecessary words. I think the book could stay amazing and wouldn't loose any of it charm with even 1/3 less of content. But i just skipped reading them, so we are ok. And here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

"By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?
"



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22 Feb 2015

A Draw of Kings (The Staff and the Sword 3)

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Genre:
Fantasy

A Draw of Kings
Patrick W. Carr
Bethany House
Bethany House Publishers

A Draw of Kings is a great ending to an amazing Fantasy series that rests now on my favorite shelves. Like the two previous books this one didn't disappoint either.The world building,the characters, the story - everything is deep, thorough, full and rich even complicated at times.
It is full of action and it hardly ever or even never drags away.

The kingdom of Illustra is on the breeches of war.And the kingdom still hasn't find there king.The one who is supposed to fight for his kingdom and die saving it.But whenever they cast the lots, they get the same results-Errol and Liam.Both names.
    So who will be the next king?

Errol Stone's adventures continue with a lot of suspense action and plot twists that kept me on edge and guessing until the very end.
I gave it four instead of five stars just because at moments i felt a bit lost as things tended to get overcomplicated.

But i really enjoyed this series and  it's very much worth recommending!
Here is the summary from Goodreads:
""Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, much is changed on their return. In the wake of the king’s death, Duke Weir is ruling the country–and his intentions are to marry Adora to bring an heir.
With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war–and at growing risk from the armies of Merakh and Morgol.
A dangerous mission to free Errol succeeds, but the dangers facing the kingdom are mounting with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw near. Will the revelation of Illustra’s next true king come in time or will all be lost?




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21 Feb 2015

Thief's Magic

    


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Genre:
Fantasy

Thief's Magic
Book 1 of Millennium's Rule
Trudi Canavan
Little, Brown Book Group UK
Orbit




I was so happy when i found out about this new series, because herBlack Magician trilogy
is on the top of my favorite books.
So i am very thankful to the Orbit publisher for providing me the book.

In this story we actually follow to story's. One is about Tyen, the magic and archeology student
and the second is about Rielle the daughter of a good-standing dye-works family.

And this to stories are very different, and they never meet each other, never intercept. Ah well, maybe they will in the second book.

Anyway, the stories even happen in different countries and the only similarity is one big problem they have.
Namely, they are running out of magic.

In one country they use it as fuel for different kind of machines so they spend it a lot and fast and in the other country they don't spend as much but
that's because only priests are allowed to use it.

There is romance, there is action, there are secrets and gossip, there is friendship and betrayal, there are so many things happening!

The world building and the characterization is very advanced and thorough, i was completely engrossed  in this fantastic story
and couldn't let it go all the 500+ pages.

It all felt really true and believable- the dialog, the social interactions, the mean enemies and the not so flawless friends.
Trudi Canavan again proved us she is a seasoned and talented author and she definitely has an enormous imagination and knows very well what she is doing.
It is smart and very well written so i definitely recommend it to all the fantasy fans who like to have in a fantasy book a bit more beside just swords,battles dragon and spells:)


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19 Feb 2015

The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3)

    

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Genre:
Fantasy

The Magician's Land
Lev Grossman
PENGUIN GROUP Viking
Pub Date   Aug 5 2014 
Source: Advanced reading copy received from  publisher in exchange for an honest review.


        This is the third and last part in the trilogy, and i must say i relay liked it.The writing and the style is good and similar to the previous two books.Lev Grossman made yet again a fantastic, rich and colorful adventure for us to enjoy.I wonder sometimes where do writers like him get such a never-ending imagination.

Quentin Coldwater found out that the land in his favorite fantasy novels was actually real so he traveled (who wouldn't) there and had many quests and adventures with his friends.
It did remind me a bit of the serial.

He is a very complicated character - sometimes a bit spoiled,very often a great dreamer, definitely a sensitive soul, and a brave and unexpected hero.
Through all three books we can follow him growing from a  childish teenagers ( who got on my nerves more then one time)
to an adult, experienced magician who participated in many battles but still didn't loose his fate in wonders and fantasy.
The Magician's Land  wraps up most of the loose ends from previous books and still keeps you on edge and reading through the night.
A nice and fulfilling conclusion to a beautiful trilogy.


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17 Aug 2015

Review: The Night Circus

The Night Circus The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was excpecting so much more. The story has a lot of unexplained angles, like the author thought it's enough to give some vage descriptions and wrap it all in fog and mystery to hide the flaws and decept the reader. Well it was not enough, i saw right trough it and i didn't like it.

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Review: Princess Academy

Princess Academy Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Way to cheezy and shallow for my taste. And don't you swirl the "childrens book" flag in front of me, there are a lot of childrens books out there with far better plots and charakterisations.So if it's for children it doesn't mean it has to be so ...ah well, never mind. I did read it through, so that's why it got 3 stars.Although i do think i wasted my time.

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11 Aug 2015

Review: Fool's Quest

Fool's Quest Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Close to the end of the book there was about 30% of boring and not really necessary stuff, but everything else is perfect and i can't w8 to have more of it ;)
Oh my..what should i read now...after enjoying this so much i doubt i will find something likely interesting . At least for the time i am still under the impressions of Fool's Quest..Het world building and deep characterizations are so profound that rarely someone can come close to it.
Any suggestions?

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Review: Watchers

Watchers Watchers by Dean Koontz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If this would be the only book i have with me on some vacation, i think i could enjoy reading it. but as i have so many more interesting titles in my to read list, i don't feel like going on with it.
So i actually finished only 20% of the book.

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Review: Fool's Quest

Fool's Quest Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Close to the end of the book there was about 30% of boring and not really necessary stuff, but everything else is perfect and i can't w8 to have more of it ;)

View all my reviews

24 Feb 2015

AlterWorld (Play to Live #1)

    
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Genre:
Fantasy/SF

AlterWorld
(Play to Live #1)
by D.Rus
Published July 18th 2014
 by Amazon Digital Services

I rarely decide to write a review before i finish a book, so this is one of those rare moments.
It usually happens when i am disappointed by the book, so after some time reading it, i just can't go on anymore. This however is not the case.
Quite opposite! I am very thrilled by this story, so much that i want to share it with all of you as soon as possible. And that "soon" is about 50% of the book, so far i have read till today. I am sure i will finish it in a day or two and i am sure that my opinion of the book won't change because i like it so much already.

You will be happy to know that this is a 5 books series (more books to enjoy, yay! ) and that all 5 are already written, we just have to wait for the last two to be translated in English as the books are written in Russian. And i must say the translation is done excellent - you will not even notice it's not the original.
The Books are MMO related and exceptionally well written.
If you never played a Multiplayer online game or any RPG game you might be kind of lost and confused in all the terminology and game psychology so to say.
 But if you did experience this kind of gaming, be prepared for a lot of fun!
The other so far published books are The Clan and The Duty.
Here is a bit more info about it from Amazon and if you read the book as well, please leave a comment how did you like it.


"D. Rus is a young Russian author whose books took the Russian literary market by storm in 2013. AlterWorld - the first novel of his Play to Live series - made him a bestselling author overnight as critics now credit him with single-handedly creating a new science fiction genre: LitRPG.

Set in the virtual reality of MMORPG - Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games - his books tell stories of real people who'd become stuck in the game and are forced to follow its rules while preserving their intergrity and fighting to make their new world a better place.

The five books of the series have created a huge following as more authors followed suit, making LitRPG the latest bestselling Russian genre that merges science fiction, fantasy and gaming conventions. D. Rus has been nominated for Start, one of Russia's prestigious literary prizes for the best debut science fiction novel.

The first three novels of the Play to Live series - have been translated into English, and talks are under way to have the rest of the series published on Amazon."



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23 Feb 2015

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3)

    
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Genre:
Fantasy

 Dreams of Gods & Monsters
(Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3)
by Laini Taylor
Published April 8th 2014
 by Little, Brown & Company

I wish writers would write a reminder about previous sequels on every next book in the series..
It happens to me often that i forget many things from the previous books and this fact lessens the amount of sequel-reading-enjoyment.

This third and probably last (or not?) sequel was excellent and the only thing i have to complain about
is that it has some amount of unnecessary words. I think the book could stay amazing and wouldn't loose any of it charm with even 1/3 less of content. But i just skipped reading them, so we are ok. And here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

"By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?
"



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22 Feb 2015

A Draw of Kings (The Staff and the Sword 3)

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Genre:
Fantasy

A Draw of Kings
Patrick W. Carr
Bethany House
Bethany House Publishers

A Draw of Kings is a great ending to an amazing Fantasy series that rests now on my favorite shelves. Like the two previous books this one didn't disappoint either.The world building,the characters, the story - everything is deep, thorough, full and rich even complicated at times.
It is full of action and it hardly ever or even never drags away.

The kingdom of Illustra is on the breeches of war.And the kingdom still hasn't find there king.The one who is supposed to fight for his kingdom and die saving it.But whenever they cast the lots, they get the same results-Errol and Liam.Both names.
    So who will be the next king?

Errol Stone's adventures continue with a lot of suspense action and plot twists that kept me on edge and guessing until the very end.
I gave it four instead of five stars just because at moments i felt a bit lost as things tended to get overcomplicated.

But i really enjoyed this series and  it's very much worth recommending!
Here is the summary from Goodreads:
""Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, much is changed on their return. In the wake of the king’s death, Duke Weir is ruling the country–and his intentions are to marry Adora to bring an heir.
With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war–and at growing risk from the armies of Merakh and Morgol.
A dangerous mission to free Errol succeeds, but the dangers facing the kingdom are mounting with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw near. Will the revelation of Illustra’s next true king come in time or will all be lost?




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21 Feb 2015

Thief's Magic

    


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Genre:
Fantasy

Thief's Magic
Book 1 of Millennium's Rule
Trudi Canavan
Little, Brown Book Group UK
Orbit




I was so happy when i found out about this new series, because herBlack Magician trilogy
is on the top of my favorite books.
So i am very thankful to the Orbit publisher for providing me the book.

In this story we actually follow to story's. One is about Tyen, the magic and archeology student
and the second is about Rielle the daughter of a good-standing dye-works family.

And this to stories are very different, and they never meet each other, never intercept. Ah well, maybe they will in the second book.

Anyway, the stories even happen in different countries and the only similarity is one big problem they have.
Namely, they are running out of magic.

In one country they use it as fuel for different kind of machines so they spend it a lot and fast and in the other country they don't spend as much but
that's because only priests are allowed to use it.

There is romance, there is action, there are secrets and gossip, there is friendship and betrayal, there are so many things happening!

The world building and the characterization is very advanced and thorough, i was completely engrossed  in this fantastic story
and couldn't let it go all the 500+ pages.

It all felt really true and believable- the dialog, the social interactions, the mean enemies and the not so flawless friends.
Trudi Canavan again proved us she is a seasoned and talented author and she definitely has an enormous imagination and knows very well what she is doing.
It is smart and very well written so i definitely recommend it to all the fantasy fans who like to have in a fantasy book a bit more beside just swords,battles dragon and spells:)


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19 Feb 2015

The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3)

    

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Genre:
Fantasy

The Magician's Land
Lev Grossman
PENGUIN GROUP Viking
Pub Date   Aug 5 2014 
Source: Advanced reading copy received from  publisher in exchange for an honest review.


        This is the third and last part in the trilogy, and i must say i relay liked it.The writing and the style is good and similar to the previous two books.Lev Grossman made yet again a fantastic, rich and colorful adventure for us to enjoy.I wonder sometimes where do writers like him get such a never-ending imagination.

Quentin Coldwater found out that the land in his favorite fantasy novels was actually real so he traveled (who wouldn't) there and had many quests and adventures with his friends.
It did remind me a bit of the serial.

He is a very complicated character - sometimes a bit spoiled,very often a great dreamer, definitely a sensitive soul, and a brave and unexpected hero.
Through all three books we can follow him growing from a  childish teenagers ( who got on my nerves more then one time)
to an adult, experienced magician who participated in many battles but still didn't loose his fate in wonders and fantasy.
The Magician's Land  wraps up most of the loose ends from previous books and still keeps you on edge and reading through the night.
A nice and fulfilling conclusion to a beautiful trilogy.


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 Good reads | Amazon.com | Book Depository| Facebook