To fall in love with an angel – part 2

Hey you all! It’s time for another Dutch Venture Publishing blogtour 🙂 A little over a year ago on the first of September I reviewed Jennifer Murgia’s Angel Star (Ster van acht in Dutch) and today I will be reviewing the second and sadly last book of this duology: Lemniscate (Cirkel van oneindigheid in Dutch). Before I start my review, here’s a description and the cover of the book:

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For Teagan, these last few months have been heaven on earth – especially now that Garreth, her boyfriend and guardian angel, is earthbound. But perhaps Garreth is becoming a little more human than either of them expected.
Now, Teagan must realize that her world is once again about to shift, as she questions the faith she held in others against those once considered enemies.
In this continuation of Angel Star, Lemniscate will draw you even deeper into the world of dark and light as Teagan realizes the angel who could possibly save them all is the one angel she feared the most.

So, what did I think of this second book in the series?

I liked main character Teagan a lot more in this second book. In the first book I was a bit ambivalent about this character and sometimes missed a bit of a deeper connection with her, but in this book I was totally absorbed by Teagan’s feelings. Somehow, I really got pulled into Teagan’s world and emotions this time around. She seems much more mature and braver than in the first book, while at the same time she still has that nice and friendly personality which allows her to see the good in every one she meets/ knows. I also liked the fact that Teagan did a lot of things herself in this story without the help of her guardian angel Garreth.

The romance was more complex in this second book too. Teagan and Garreth find themselves in new, unexplored waters now that Garreth has decided to stay on earth. Slowly, but surely something seems to drive them apart. Garreth is changing in unexpected ways and neither one of them knows how to handle these changes. However, their feelings are so strong and pure that neither one of them seems to be able to walk away from each other. I really liked the fact that the love between these two characters developed in a realistic way with lots of obstacles along the way.

The changes in Garreth’s personality made him much more humanlike which I really liked since he wasn’t the pure celestial being of the first book anymore. The struggles he’s going through were really well written and perfectly hinted at. This definitely made Garreth even more realistic and made me love him that much more ❤

Hadrian is just as intriguing as in the first book and also changes quite a bit. I loved the fact that we got to see another side of him!!! I won’t betray too much to avoid spoilers, but this dark angel will surprise you in the end 😉

The tension in this book was well-developed and started slow. Don’t expect thriller-like tension, but a slowburning emotional suspense that will keep you turning pages to find out what is going on with the people around Teagan. The final battle was written really well and not like I thought it would. I was expecting an epic fightscene or something like that haha, but the ending is much more subtle and in a way thoughtprovoking. This story has a clear message and theme going on, just as the first book did and I liked that a lot. I don’t know how to explain it, but once you start reading you can’t stop, not because of the suspense, but more because of the emotions and drama (in a good way!).

Another thing that I loved was all the symbology in this duology. I like learning new things and have always been fascinated by symbols and symbolism, so, it was awesome that the author used them in her story and in the development of her plot!

If you like a sweet and romantic story with supernatural elements and some wise lessons than this is definitely the book for you ❤

Ps. Lastly, I would like to comment on something that really irritated me and this is something which has nothing to do with the author or her original story. The Dutch translation of this book is a mess. I don’t know what went wrong with the editing but the book is full of weird sentences, faulty grammar, miss-spelled words and so on. I will address some of them in Dutch to clarify my point (no sense in translating them to English as it is a problem with the Dutch translation so all you English readers can skip the following section)

Ik ergerde me echt heel erg aan alle fouten in dit verhaal. Er stonden echt in ieder hoofdstuk wel een aantal zinnen waarin woorden dubbel stonden (de de, en en, van van) of zinnen waarin woorden weggelaten waren waardoor de zin voor geen meter meer liep zoals deze bijvoorbeeld: Het antwoord kan niet domweg aan je gegeven worden, want het houdt zoveel veel meer van wie dan ook van ons zich realiseert. Ik snap nog steeds niet wat hier eigenlijk had moeten staan … Behalve dit soort kromme zinnen staan er ook ontzettend veel slordige foutjes in, zoals: borstkast in plaats van borstkas, basilicium in plaats van basilicum, orange in plaats van oranje, oneven in plaats van oneffen, haar moeder realiseerde haar in plaats van haar moeder realiseerde zich, meest belangrijkste in plaats van belangrijkste, ik besefte me en ik realiseer in plaats van ik besef en ik realiseer me en zo kan ik nog wel even doorgaan. Ook staan er uitdrukkingen in het boek die nergens op lijken te slaan, bijvoorbeeld: Een drenzende ongeduldigheid overviel me … Ik heb het woord drenzen opgezocht omdat ik het niet kende en het betekent ‘jengelen en zeuren zoals bij kinderen’ waardoor de zinsnede ‘Een drenzende ongeduldigheid’ nergens op lijkt te slaan. Bovendien worden woorden op meerdere plekken in het boek verkeerd afgebroken, staan er koppeltekens en apostrofs op verkeerde plekken, kwam ik meerdere keren dubbele spaties en overbodige tussen s-en tegen en lijkt er ook iets fout te zijn gegaan bij benadrukte woorden want de letters met de accenten erop zijn groter afgedrukt dan de andere letters. Daarnaast zijn bij alle schuingedrukte delen in het boek bepaalde letters en soms woorden over het hoofd gezien die dus ineens niet schuingedrukt staan terwijl dat wel had gemoeten. Ten slotte viel me ook nog op dat op sommige pagina’s waar een nieuw hoofdstuk begint nog één of meerdere zinnen uit voorgaande hoofdstukken boven de hoofdstuknummering terecht zijn gekomen. Al met al teveel slordigheden om over het hoofd te kunnen zien, wat ik totaal niet gewend ben van DVP. Hopelijk wordt dit nog aangepast voordat het boek in de winkels komt te liggen.

If you’d like to read some other opinions (only in Dutch) of this book check out the other stops in this blogtour! https://dutchventurepublishing.com/cirkel-van-oneindigheid-blogtour/

 

 

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All the shades of grey in between

Hey you all! I don’t know what it is this week, but every book I pull off my shelves seems to be a gem haha. When I found Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett in the Save the Kingdom Fairylootbox I was really intrigued by the description and I loved the cover ❤ At the time I was reading a couple of other books, so, I put it on my shelf. But the cover kept calling to me and I couldn’t resist its pull any longer 🙂 And luckily for me the inside of the book was just as beautiful as the cover and just as awesome as the description!

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They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

Tell me that description doesn’t intrigue you 😉

I loved main character Kate! She was such a strong heroine ❤ Ever since her father was accused of attempt of murder on the high king Kate’s life has been hard. People call her traitor Kate and go out of their way to torment, mock and attack her. Now, her old life of comfort and luxury is nothing but a distant memory and she has to work hard for everything. As part of the Relay, the mounted messengerservice, she gets to work with horses, everything she ever wanted, and she is as free as she can be. The work is hard and dangerous but at least she is alone most of the time and she can use her magical gift sparingly without the fear of being discovered and imprisoned by the Inquisition. A chance encounter with prince Corwin, the only boy she’s ever loved, turns her whole world upside down and throws her back into the dangers of the court and the hate that the people of Rime feel for her family. Kate was such a realistic character! She was brave, vulnerable, yet strong, loyal, headstrong and determined. I really admired the way in which she stayed strong despite all of the people who tried to break her and get her down.

Corwin was a really cool love interest. He was not just a handsome prince but had a personality too. In Rime the succession to the throne is not dictated by order of birth but through a series of trials that all the princes have to participate in. The winner of the trials gets to be the new high king of Rime. The start of the trials is marked by the appearance of a sign, an animal that is half black and half white. Usually this sign appears when all the princes have reached the age of sixteen or above. But when Corwin turned 16 nothing happened. The absence of the sign hits him particularly hard as everybody always told him how fit he was to rule. Eventually Corwin decides to leave Rime and experience the world as a common man. In his years away from Rime he learns what it truly means to lead people, to fight and take a stand and what real courage is. His experience in the ‘real’ world also makes him doubt his own capabilities to rule. I really loved this character! The love between Kate and Corwin was really beautiful too. Slow and realistic, and they were so cute together!

The side characters are really well-developed and I loved all of them. The kind and trustworthy Bonner, the mysterious, fun-loving and tough Signe, the roguish and funny Dal and a whole host more. The interaction between all of the characters is written so well and realistically!

The worldbuilding in this book was fantastic ❤ All the different countries and the way in which they are governed, the creatures and animals, the landscapes but above anything else the magic!!! I loved how the magic in this book worked in two different ways and how the two interacted and cancelled each other out. Especially the forbidden wilder magic intrigued me and the suspense created by the Inquisition and the persecution and purging of the wilders was totally awesome and gruesome.

This book is full of tension and kept me up all night. I couldn’t stop reading and had to find out who the antagonist was, who was behind the attempt of murder on the high king and all the other mysteries and questions raised within the story! It’s just packed with action and suspense!!! And then that antagonist! Can you say brutal and savage 😉

The only problem with this book is the fact that the second book hasn’t been published yet!!! Since this book just came out in the summer of 2018 the second book will probably not be coming anytime soon and I hate waiting when a book is this good and has such a promising ending haha.

If you’re looking for a fantasy book with a strong female lead, a dashing and courageous prince, a cast of fun characters, awesome intrigue and magic and a whole lot of suspense look no further cause Onyx & Ivory has it all!!!

Happy reading you all!

A reality stranger than a dream

Hey you all! You know what I like best about vacation? The spare time you have to read books that have been sitting on your shelves for quite some time 😉 A while ago I was kind of bored and decided to watch some booktubers on YouTube and I discovered the vlogs of Bookroast (if you don’t know her I really recommend her channel because it’s awesome!). In one of her videos she talked about Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. To be honest I had seen the cover and description of that book multiple times and it always kind of attracted me, yet at the same time didn’t really overwhelm me with the urge to read it, so, I never bought it. After watching the reviewvideo by Bookroast I decided to just go for it and buy the book. And, man, am I glad I did!!! This book is utter PERFECTION. It’s everything a fantasy novel should be and then some ❤ ❤ ❤

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If you’ve read my latest Fairyloot unboxing post you probably remember me saying I own a lot of bookflags and never really use them… Well, I found a use for them haha.

Here’s the description:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Let me try to put in words why this book was so amazing (without fangirling too much, no promises though)

Let’s start with the writingstyle. Laini Taylor has a totally unique way with words. Her sentences are lyrical, pure poetry in prose ❤ Her descriptions are vivid and lush and effortlessly transport you to a whole new world that’s stranger than anything you’ve ever seen, yet remarkably recognizable because of the way in which it is described. Whole cityscapes came to life before my eyes and characters and creatures leapt from the pages into my room. I have read a lot of books, a lot of beautiful books too, but Strange the Dreamer has to be one of the most extraordinary and gorgeous ones I’ve ever had the pleasure to read.

The unconscious mind is open terrain – no walls or barriers, for better or worse. Thoughts and feelings are free to wander, like characters leaving their books to taste life in other stories. Terrors roam, and so do yearnings. Secrets are turned out like pockets, and old memories meet new. They dance and leave their scents on each other, like perfume transferred between lovers. Thus is meaning made. The mind builds itself like a sirrah’s nest with whatever is at hand: silk threads and stolen hair and the feathers of dead kin. The only rule is that there are no rules. (…) The conscious mind was a different story. There was no mingling, no roaming. Secrets melted into the dark, and all the doors slammed shut.

As if a totally unique and gorgeous writingstyle isn’t enough Laini is a master worldbuilder too. The world within this story is as rich with detail as it is rich in magic ❤ Fantastic beasts, glorious cityscapes and landscapes, and one of a kind gods and humans make this world of myth and legend come to life. Every little detail of this world is written so beautifully and so meticulously that the reader never has to wonder where he or she is and what he or she is looking at. It’s as if you are watching a movie instead of reading words on a paper. Laini’s world resembles our own in the time of the early years of the Enlightenment where superstition and reason were warring with one another to gain the upper hand. Inventions, contraptions and pure science versus beliefs and magic, the unmeasurable and the unknowable ❤ A world that is as beautiful as it is cruel and unequal. A world that spares none, not the heroes, nor the villains, not the handsome prince nor the poor wretch, not the humans nor the gods.

Few will ever witness an act destined to become legend. How does it happen, that the events of a day, or a night -or a life- are translated into story? There is a gap in between, where awe has carved a space that words have yet to fill.

The characters were written just as well as all the other parts of the book. Lazlo Strange captured my heart from the very first page. He spends his days reading and dreaming, always seeing the good and wonder of everything and everyone around him despite all the hardships and unfairness he has to endure. He is kind, soft hearted and always willing to help others however bad they may treat him. His mind is totally unique and works in glorious, mysterious ways. As a reader you can’t help but fall in love with him and his adventures. His life has never been easy and nothing he owns and desires has ever come freely to him. And yet, he never gives up. I loved the way in which he found his own worth and courage. How he forged his own path and decided to follow his heart’s desires.

“Life doesn’t happen to you, boy,”he said. “You have to happen to it. (…)”

Sarai was also a beautifully written main character who stole my heart. Her life has been just as hard as Lazlo’s. Her days are filled with fear, frustration, and a yearning for something better. A longing for a life where the thirst for vengeance and wrath of one of her siblings doesn’t fill her days. She is part of the world but stands apart from it in such a defining way that it seems impossible that she will ever have a place amongst others. Her only friends are her three sisters and her brother who are just as strange and imprisoned as her. The only time when she feels some semblance of peace is when she uses her special gift and she can taste a little bit of what it means to be alive and human.

And that is how you go on. You lay laughter over the dark parts. The more dark parts, the more you have to laugh. With defiance, with abandon, with hysteria, any way you can.

The side characters are written just as well as the main characters and all added their own unique voice and personality to the story. I especially liked the Godslayer and his complex and heartbreaking story. But all the other side characters were just as complex and interesting. I loved how the writer managed to give them all so much depth and backstory without becoming boring or giving lengthy descriptions.

The function of hate, as Sarai saw it, was to stamp out compassion – to close a door in one’s own self and forget it was ever there. If you had hate, then you could see suffering – and cause it – and feel nothing except perhaps a sordid vindication.

This story is filled with tension from start to finish. It is 532 pages long but not a single page is boring or unnecessary. Every page is filled with perfect beauty and incredible tension. Once I started I couldn’t stop reading. All the hardships, all the mystery, all the twists and turns weave a truly adventurous and fantastic story. It all starts with the mystery of the sudden collective forgetting of the name of a city. Lazlo spends his entire childhood and teenage years searching for all the information he can get about this strange city that no one has seen for years. He believes he will never see the city but in his mind he has built the perfect picture of what it must have looked like. But then, one day, the opportunity arises for a selective few to visit the city (now called Weep) to help the inhabitants of Weep to solve a problem they themselves haven’t been able to solve the last 200 years. Although Lazlo has no exceptional skills, he doesn’t hesitate and convinces none other than the Godslayer to take him along on his mission to save Weep from the hauntings of its past. What Lazlo finds in the Unseen City (as Lazlo calls Weep) is stranger and more incredible and terrible than he ever imagined. But is the past as black and white as Lazlo is made to believe or are there two sides to this story? Can man be just as monstrous as gods? Can gods be just as human as us? Can the past be forgiven and forgotten or is vengeance the only path left?

It felt like … it felt like the turning of a page, and a story just beginning. There was the faintest glimmer of familiarity in it, as though he knew the story, but had forgotten it. And at that moment, for no reason he could put into words, the hourglass shattered. No more, the cool gray sift of days, the diligent waiting for the future to trickle forth. Lazlo’s dream was spilled out into the air, the color and storm of it no longer a future to be reached, but a cyclone here and now. He didn’t know what, but as surely as one feels the sting of shards when an hourglass tips off a shelf and smashes, he knew that something was happening. Right now.

The ending of this book left me totally speechless and broken and I can’t get this story out of my head. It is just so, so good!

If you are looking for a fantasy book that has gorgeous writing, unique and breathtaking worldbuilding and a cast of incredibly well-developed characters look no further! Strange the Dreamer has it all ❤ This is one of the best books I’ve read in my life! It is beautiful, mesmerizing and one of a kind ❤ I can’t wait to read the second book and see what happens next!!!

Happy reading you all!

Dutch Cover Reveal for Jennifer Murgia’s Lemniscate (Cirkel van Oneindigheid)

Hey you all! Last tuesday I received a nice personal message from author Jennifer Murgia asking if I would like to reveal the cover of the Dutch version of Lemniscate (Angel Star #2). It didn’t take me long to answer that I’d love to share a cover reveal with all you guys and girls 😉 So, here I am to show you a very pretty cover!

Let’s start with the cover of the first book Ster van Acht (Angel Star).

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I really liked this cover with the softness of the girl and that vulnerable look in her eyes set against the mysterious and tough look of the guy bading in lightrays. The background is calm and has a nice urban fantasy feel.

Now, what about the cover of the second book? Is it just as pretty?

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Well, I don’t know about you but I think the cover for Cirkel van Oneindigheid (Lemniscate) is just as pretty as the cover for the first book! I really love the green background color and the trees and stars. The girl seems kind of sad, and maybe even a little broken, which really intrigues me. The pose of the two is interesting too as they don’t look at each other suggesting that something has come between them in a way. The guy looks a bit more earthly on this cover, a little less mysterious and supernatural,  which piques my curiosity as to what has happened to this guardian angel … All in all I think this cover is really powerful and suggestive!

Of course, you can’t judge a book on its cover alone (I swear I would never do such a thing 😉 ) so here is the description:

For Teagan, these last few months have been heaven on earth – especially now that Garreth, her boyfriend and guardian angel, is earthbound. But perhaps Garreth is becoming a little more human than either of them expected.
Now, Teagan must realize that her world is once again about to shift, as she questions the faith she held in others against those once considered enemies.
In this continuation of Angel Star, Lemniscate will draw you even deeper into the world of dark and light as Teagan realizes the angel who could possibly save them all is the one angel she feared the most.

I can’t wait to read this one, but sadly I’ll have to wait ’till October haha.

Happy reading you all!

Bookhaul June 2018

Hey you all! Time for another bookhaul!!! In June I added ten new books to my collection ❤ Four of them are review copies and six I bought myself 🙂 Because the weather was so nice I decided to buy some contemporaries and some fantasy books ’cause they are perfect for reading in the garden. Since I’m not going on a holiday I thought a little bit of pampering with books was a good alternative haha.

So, let’s see which books I added to my ever growing collection. First up: the reviewing copies!

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Mus by Kristof Desmet (description in Dutch as this book hasn’t been translated to English)

Mus baalt als een stekker wanneer haar vader er met een jongere vrouw vandoor gaat. Als haar moeder, een lerares, een relatie met een collega begint, staat haar wereld helemaal op zijn kop. Vooral omdat De Kwal een van de meest vervelende leerkrachten van de school is. Samen met haar broer, Brix, probeert ze haar moeder op andere gedachten te brengen en de relatie te boycotten. Maar heiligt het doel alle middelen?

Bravelands #1 De Outcast (Broken Pride) by Erin Hunter

A lion cast out from his tribe.

An elephant who can read the bones of the dead.

A baboon rebelling against his destiny.

For generations, the animals of the African plains have followed a single rule: only kill to survive. But when an unthinkable act of betrayal shatters the peace, the fragile balance between predators and prey will rest in the paws of three unlikely heroes.

Drakendal (Dragon’s Green) and De Magiërs (The Chosen Ones) by Scarlett Thomas (description of book 1 Dragon’s Green)

Effie Truelove believes in magic, as does her grandfather Griffin (although he refuses to do any magic, let alone teach Effie how to use it). After a mysterious incident leaves Griffin close to death, Effie is given an unusual silver ring and told she must look after her grandfather’s library of rare and powerful books. But then the books fall into the hands of shady scholar Leonard Levar, and Effie is propelled into the most dangerous adventure of her life.

Now, Effie and her friends—nerdy Maximilian, rugby-mad Wolf, helpful Lexy, and eccentric Raven—must discover their true powers if they are to get the books back. And Effie alone will have to travel to the Otherworld, where she will uncover the true meaning of the strange old book called Dragon’s Green

And secondly: the books I bought!

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Schaduwkoningin by Garvin Pouw (description in Dutch as this book hasn’t been translated to English)

In de Valta, een enorm sprookjeswoud waar lang geleden een duistere macht is binnengevallen, proberen de riviernimfen Nîve en Nakisa wanhopig iets te maken van hun bedreigde bestaan. Wanneer het noodlot hun thuisdorp treft, lijkt de vergiftiging die de Valta teistert ook hen te raken. De duistere veldheer Isinger stuurt zijn beul Fellkra, een donkere nimf, op hen af. Nîve krijgt tijdens een schermutseling Fellkra’s zwaard in handen, waardoor het lot een vreemde wending neemt. Heeft Nîve het zwaard gestolen of is het Fellkra die ervoor zorgt dat haar zwaard bij Nîve in handen valt?

De dans van de drie nimfen om het zwaard staat centraal in hun tocht richting de “Licht-Val”, de enige nog staande vesting van de nimfen. Dat is de laatste plek waar misschien nog hulp te vinden is voor het redden van hun wereld. Of ligt die hoop bij Nîve in handen?

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you’re the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she’s only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there’s no such thing as a clean break from family.

Strange, the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson

Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter’s town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam’s girlfriend while he’s in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn’t at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what’s real and what’s fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds – her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?

When we Collided by Emery Lord

For fans of John Green and E. Lockhart, this is a story about how a girl meets a boy, and how love can help you find your way out of dark places. A pitch-perfect account of romance, elation and loss, this heart-changing love story is all embracing your life and accepting yourself.

Seventeen year old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he’s not. Now Jonah must numbly take care of his family as they reel from their tragedy. Cue next change: Vivi Alexander, new girl in town.

Vivi is in love with life. A gorgeous and unfiltered hurricane of thoughts and feelings. She seems like she’s from another planet as she transforms Jonah’s family and changes his life. But there are always consequences when worlds collide.

And lastly, I bought a special edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone ❤ ❤ ❤ The Ravenclaw 20th anniversary House Edition!!! I’m totally in love with this gorgeous edition ❤

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Yeah, with these books I totally don’t mind not going on a holiday 😉

Happy reading you all!

Holding on and letting go

Hey you all! It’s time for another Dutch Venture Publishing blogtour!!! This time in English as this book was originally written in English. Today I will be reviewing Push Me, Pull Me (Houd me vast, duw me weg in Dutch) by Vanessa Garden. Before I start my review can I just say that this book is a total rollercoaster that hit me in the guts several times ❤

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I love this cover ❤ !!! I’m so sad that I have this book in e-version instead of paperback haha because I would totally showcase this cover. But enough about that. What’s this book about?

Since Ruby Milton’s mother committed suicide, she’s forgotten what it’s like to be seventeen.
Saddled with taking care of her toddler brother and alcoholic father, Ruby has no time for fun. She also can’t shake the growing resentment she feels for her mother’s decision, which left her unable to grieve without anger and regret.
Then she meets blue-eyed musician Byron Black, who challenges everything she believes.
Byron refuses to let anyone control his life—or his death. When he left the city behind, he was in search of somewhere where nobody knew his secret. What he didn’t expect was to meet a beautiful redhead whose views conflict so completely with his own. But as their romance deepens, he begins to doubt his choices and decides to return to the city…for one last chance.
When Byron disappears, Ruby will stop at nothing to track him down.
Upon finding Byron, Ruby discovers his devastating secret, and a battle of wills begins. Byron doesn’t want her to know this part of him. He has to deal with it by himself, even though the idea of losing her tears him apart.
Will they be able to see each other through the darkness?
Or should they save their hearts and just let go?
 

So, what did I think about it?

I was expecting to find a nice summery read with a happy ending but I got a book full of feelings, heartbreak and a heroine that’s totally realistic and relatable ❤ And I’m not afraid to admit that I cried like a baby at the end haha. Let’s start with main character Ruby.

Ruby was one of those characters who crawled under my skin and pulled me into her story without effort. Her story begins when her mother’s ends. Her mother commited suicide and now Ruby has to deal with the fall out. She’s sad, but on top of that sadness is anger and bitterness because her mother had a choice, a choice to stay or leave, and in the end she didn’t want to stay. And that simple, yet oh so complicated, choice has Ruby all twisted up inside. Why didn’t her mother want to stay? Why was Ruby’s love, and the love from her brother and father, not enough for her mother? Why couldn’t Ruby have been more understanding, more sympathetic? Why couldn’t her mother just be happy with the life she had? All these questions, all these doubts and resentment are haunting Ruby and make it impossible for her to let her sadness take over. Her life gets complicated even further when her dad starts drinking. Ruby feels like she is the only one holding it together for her little brother Jay. So, she skips school and stays home to take care of Jay and make sure her dad doesn’t do something stupid. The only light left in her world are her best friend Martin and the mysterious Byron. But when Ruby starts to get feelings for Byron, who is determined to leave, and Martin confessess something that jeopardizes their friendship even that light seems to dim and Ruby is left alone with all the warring feelings inside her and the mess her life turned into.

I whole heartedly felt Ruby’s pain and struggle. It was just so real! I loved how the author managed to capture all these hard topics and the way someone reacts to them in such a beautiful way ❤ I especially liked the way the author wrote Ruby’s struggle with her anger and grief, which was so tragically realistic.

Byron was more mysterious and closed. He doesn’t like talking about himself and the things he is going through. He just wants to make music. Falling for a girl that’s struggling with her own demons and feelings wasn’t part of his plan, but Ruby just gets to him and pulls him towards her. However, Byron knows he can’t stay with her. That their feelings can’t stop the things he is struggling with and running away from. He knows it’s not fair to keep going back to Ruby and making her feel things for him, but he just can’t keep away from her. Because as much as he is a light to her, she is the same to him. A sun in a universe that’s dark and grim.

I read some reviews that said Byron was written a little flat and shallow, but I don’t agree with that. I think the author did a really good job writing a character that doesn’t like to open up. Just like Ruby the reader has to slowly discover what Byron is hiding and what is going on with him and what he is feeling. In my opinion this character isn’t flat or two-dimensional, but written really well, in a manner that suits his closed personality.

Something I liked a little less was the way in which the romance developed. Ruby meets Byron at the start of the book and likes him because of his good looks. Throughout the story this fact is emphasized again and again, until the two suddenly feel deeply for each other. This all went a little bit too fast for me and the emphasis on good looks was a bit annoying. This doesn’t mean that I didn’t feel the love between the two characters, especially towards the ending, but it just went too fast and I would have liked some more development in the romance.

Ruby’s friend Martin did feel a little flat to me. On the one hand you do feel the friendship between the two characters, but on the other hand you don’t really get to know Martin. At times he seems a bit nerdy and nice, but other times he came across as someone who will do anything to be popular and fit in. For the rest the reader doesn’t really get to know him that much which was kind of a pitty as the friendship between Ruby and Martin really intrigued me and I would have liked to get to know him better.

The relationship between Ruby and her brother and father was written so incredibly well! I loved how the writer managed to make me feel Ruby’s fear for and anger and resentment towards her dad. At certain points I really wanted to shake some sense into the man. As a reader you see the world through Ruby’s eyes and don’t doubt the truth and accuracy of what she sees. Not until the last parts of the book when you get to see Ruby’s world through her father’s eyes (or rather words) and realize that not everything Ruby feels is the absolute truth. It’s just her truth, her view. And maybe, just maybe, she doesn’t have to carry the whole weight of her world. Maybe she can let go of some responsibilities and feelings and hold on to the things and people that are important.

The ending of this book is so bittersweet and really made me cry! But it totally fit the story and if it ended differently I think it wouldn’t have been this realistic. So my heart is broken, but I wouldn’t have it any other way haha.

If you’re looking for a story with a lot of emotions, a realistic main character and a beautifully sad ending, this is the one for you!

 

 

The world is full of diversity

Hey you all! Today I’m posting a Dutch review again for Dutch Venture Publishing. This time for the short diversity story collection Brave New Love. This collection of stories isn’t translated to English (yet) so therefore I’m posting this review in Dutch but hopefully these stories will be translated to English as the world could always use more stories about characters who are not heterosexual, white or able-bodied. (As always for the English readers of my blog I have other reviews and posts waiting for you, so, don’t worry 😉 )

En dan nu de recensie! Ik mocht voor Dutch Venture Publishing weer meedoen aan een blogtour. Deze keer dus voor de diversity bundel Brave New Love. Voordat ik mijn recensie start wil ik echter wat gedachten met jullie delen over diversiteit. Voordat ik deze bundel ging lezen en me wat meer verdiepte in het onderwerp had ik er eigenlijk nooit zo bij stilgestaan hoeveel hoofdpersonen in de boeken die ik heb gelezen en in de kast heb staan eigenlijk van Westerse komaf, heteroseksueel en gezond/ zonder handicap zijn. Zelfs in fantasy boeken waar de personages in een geheel verzonnen wereld leven is het overgrote merendeel wit (mag ik zeggen dat ik dit woord haat want mensen met een lichte huidskleur zijn niet wit als een A4-tje uit je printer). Nu ben ik niet iemand die zich druk maakt over de afkomst van personages. Zolang het verhaal maar goed is, toch? Hmm, misschien toch niet … Ik kan me indenken dat niet iedereen daar zo over denkt en dat er veel mensen zijn die zich niet kunnen identificeren met al die personages die hetero, wit en gezond zijn. Bovendien is de wereld in zulk soort verhalen ook niet representatief voor de multiculturele smeltkroes die onze wereld is. Eigenlijk is het dus hoog tijd dat er meer diversiteit komt in personages. Maar ik wil daarbij wel benadrukken dat er helemaal niets mis is met verhalen waar wel hetero, witte en gezonde mensen in voorkomen want ook die bevolken de wereld (ik ben er zelf een van). Dus ja, diversiteit is goed en nodig, maar daarvoor hoeven we andere verhalen niet te boycotten of links te laten liggen. Ze moeten elkaar juist aanvullen. Gezellig zij-aan-zij staan totdat alle verhalen ongeacht hoofdpersonage en cultuurinvloeden etc. gewoon zijn. Het label diversiteit zou er niet eens meer aan te pas moeten komen om te moeten benadrukken dat het anders is. Nee, divers moet het nieuwe normaal worden. Een hoofdpersoon moet elke identiteit, geaardheid en beperking kunnen hebben die er maar bestaat zonder dat er iemand raar van opkijkt of dat het ongewoon is.

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Een begin voor dat nieuwe normaal is in Brave New Love gelegd, waar zeer diverse hoofdpersonen in voorkomen die allen een interessant verhaal hebben. Hieronder zal ik ze stuk voor stuk bij langsgaan en je vertellen wat ik ervan vond. En het criterium dat ik daar absoluut niet bij ga gebruiken, is of het verhaal het thema diversity goed gebruikt want dan leg je juist de nadruk op iets dat anders dan ‘normaal’ zou moeten zijn. Nee, ik beoordeel al die verhalen zoals ik gewoonlijk ook doe: op spanning, op emoties, op wereldbouw, op sfeer, op schrijfstijl en op romantiek 🙂

Vuurkoningin van Miranda Peters:

Dit verhaal gaat over Lexi, die na een traumatische gebeurtenis door haar pleegouders naar Taormina wordt gestuurd omdat er daar mensen zijn die haar kunnen helpen met haar woede uitbarstingen en de dingen die er gebeuren als ze kwaad is. In het vliegtuig ontmoet ze de mysterieuze Daan, of Daniela, die meer over haar en haar gaven lijkt te weten en gevoelens in haar losmaakt die ze nooit eerder heeft gevoeld. Maar kunnen de twee wel samen zijn?

In het begin had ik wat moeite met Lexi’s persoonlijkheid. Ze kwam ietwat onsympathiek en zeurderig over, maar toen ik de reden daarvoor te weten kwam, kon ik alleen maar met haar meevoelen. De romantiek in dit verhaal was erg lief en voelde realistisch aan ondanks het feit dat het wat insta-love was (maar dat blijf je een beetje houden bij korte verhalen). De spanning wordt goed opgebouwd en zuigt je goed het verhaal in. Ik vond de manier waarop Lexi haar krachten leerde beheersen alleen wel erg vlot gaan en de climax was wat mij betreft iets te snel voorbij waardoor aan het einde de spanning een beetje inzakte. Het verslaan van de slechterik ging mij namelijk iets te snel en gemakkelijk. Maar al met al vond ik dit een erg leuk verhaal.

Uit de diepte – Lysander Mazee

Dit verhaal gaat over Sigurd, die na zijn ontslag bij de marine op een booreiland bij Noorwegen in de buurt werkt. Op een dag ziet hij een mysterieuze jongen in het water die allerlei gevoelens, die hij begraven dacht te hebben, bij hem losmaakt. De jongen, die Reykr heet,  blijkt echter meer te zijn dan Sigurd dacht en hun ontluikende liefde moet de nodige obstakels overwinnen.

Ik weet nog steeds niet zo goed wat ik van dit verhaal moet vinden. De combinatie van een getormenteerde zeeman en een mythologisch verhaal kwam mooi uit de verf en was goed geschreven. De sfeer was ietwat melancholisch en donker en was echt goed neergezet. Maar op de een of andere manier vond ik de schrijfstijl ietwat technisch en afstandelijk waardoor ik de hoofdpersoon minder voelde. De liefde tussen Sigurd en Reykr werd wel mooi neergezet. Een ander dingetje waar ik me aan stoorde, was dat ik dit verhaal niet echt als YA kon plaatsen omdat de leeftijd van de hoofdpersoon voor mij nogal ‘vloeibaar’ aanvoelde, sommige momenten had ik echt het idee dat Sigurd meer van mijn leeftijd (in de dertig) was, terwijl hij op andere momenten erg jong (soms zelf een beetje kinderlijk) overkwam en meer richting de vijftien à zestien aanvoelde. Het was dus zeker geen slecht verhaal maar niet helemaal mijn ding en voor mij niet altijd even duidelijk.

Dag, dromer van Sophia Drenth

Aurore is vervloekt. Iedereen met wie ze omgaat, gaat op mysterieuze wijze dood. Als ze de knappe Leonis ontmoet, wil ze hem dan ook niet in gevaar brengen, maar op de een of andere manier wordt ze steeds weer naar hem toegetrokken. Zal het Leonis lukken om het meisje dat hij in zijn dromen heeft ontmoet te redden van de schimmige entiteit die haar achtervolgt?

Dit verhaal was echt heerlijk spannend! De schrijfstijl van Sophia is bovendien lekker vlot en een tikje mysterieus waardoor ik moest blijven lezen. De onverwachte plottwist op het einde was trouwens echt meesterlijk neergezet. Ik was vooral onder de indruk van de sfeer en de wereldbouw in dit verhaal. De sfeer is namelijk beklemmend wat voor spanning zorgt en de wereld is zowel herkenbaar als mysterieus waardoor ik me steeds bleef afvragen waar het verhaal zich afspeelde en in welk tijdperk. Ik heb echt genoten van dit verhaal.

Spiegelvrees van Natascha van Limpt

Erik houdt van alles wat Aziatisch is en brengt het grootste deel van zijn vrije tijd door in de winkel van de Thaise Oude Dara. Tot nu toe heeft hij nooit wat gekocht in haar winkel maar als hij een oude spiegel ziet, weet hij dat hij deze eigenlijk wel graag wil hebben. Vanaf het moment dat Erik de spiegel in huis heeft, gebeuren er echter vreemde dingen. Het allervreemdste is wel het meisje dat zich in de spiegel bevindt …

Ik vond dit echt een tof verhaal! Het is mooi geschreven en lekker spannend. De romance was mooi uitgewerkt en langzaam opgebouwd. Het hele gegeven van spiegels en gespleten zielen was echt gaaf uitgewerkt ❤ Dit verhaal was een van mijn drie favorieten.

Sanssouci van Isabel Peters

Thomas leeft in de jaren ’20 als hij met zijn zusje in het park Sanssouci is en haar kwijtraakt. Omdat Thomas zich schuldig voelt vanwege zijn onoplettendheid wil hij niet naar huis voordat hij zijn zusje terug heeft gevonden. Mel leeft in onze huidige tijd en is naar Berlijn gekomen voor een kunstzinnig project, maar op de een of andere manier is hij zichzelf en zijn inspiratie kwijtgeraakt. Een toevallige ontmoeting met een jongen in vreemde kleren zet zijn hele wereld op zijn kop en doet hem inzien wat hij wil met zijn leven.

Ken je die slogan van Rivella ‘een beetje vreemd maar wel lekker’? Die slogan vat dit verhaal goed samen voor mij haha. De korte passages met staccato zinnen waren nogal vreemd, maar lazen op de een of andere manier wel lekker en vlot. De opbouw van de romance was mooi en langzaam waardoor ze realistisch aanvoelde. De omschrijvingen van de omgeving waren erg mooi en schepten een mysterieuze, intrigerende sfeer. En het einde vond ik erg lief.

Stem van Sakura van Marijke F. Jansen

Thom is met zijn ouders op vakantie in Japan. Een vakantie die het gezin dichter bij elkaar moet brengen na een traumatische, alles veranderende gebeurtenis. Maar Thom en zijn vader en moeder lijken verder uit elkaar te staan dan ooit tevoren. Wanneer Thom het meisje Sakura ontmoet, schijnt voor het eerst sinds lange tijd de zon weer in zijn leven en vindt hij de moed om zijn vader te confronteren.

Oké, mag ik een verzoek doen? Marijke als je dit leest, wil je dan alsjeblieft zeer binnenkort een romantisch YA verhaal met bovennatuurlijk tintje schrijven want ik wil meer van je lezen!!! In de vorige bundel van DVP wist deze schrijfster me al helemaal voor zich te winnen, en deze keer deed ze dat net zo hard weer. Op de een of andere manier weet ze moeilijke en serieuze onderwerpen op een realistische maar niet te zware manier te behandelen en je helemaal mee te zuigen in de beleveniswereld van haar hoofdpersonen. Dit verhaal was fantastisch emotioneel en op een subtiele manier spannend. De romance was realistisch en lief. En het einde vond ik echt prachtig. Dit was zonder twijfel mijn absolute favoriet in de bundel ❤

Het bitterzoetste verhaal van Jen Minkman

Selma mist iets in haar leven. Ze voelt zich leeg en eenzaam. Alleen haar tripjes naar de soukh samen met Aisha, de lerares van haar twee jongere broertjes, die zich graag verkleed als jongen en dan verandert in Sayhan, schenken haar enige vreugde omdat ze op de markt Vertelsels kan kopen van de Djinn. Maar zelfs die vreugde is van korte duur want zodra ze wakker wordt uit een van de verhalen is ze weer gewoon zichzelf. Niets lijkt haar vreugde te kunnen schenken totdat een Djinn haar iets anders geeft dan een Vertelsel …

Dit verhaal was heerlijk mysterieus en intrigerend qua sfeer. Het begin was ietwat traag maar daarna liep de spanning snel op. Het bovennatuurlijke element vond ik erg origineel en mooi uitgewerkt. De romance was ook zeer goed neergezet. De plottwist vond ik alleen wat abrupt en vrij laat komen waardoor het einde ietwat gehaast aanvoelde voor mij. Maar desondanks vond ik het een erg mooi verhaal.

Over de grens van Debora Elisabeth

In een wereld die grotendeels onbewoonbaar is door radioactieve straling is de voortzetting van de soort belangrijker dan wat dan ook. Maar kan Fox zich over zijn gevoelens voor zijn beste vriend heenzetten en het grotere belang vooropstellen? En waarom lijkt hij de enige te zijn die geen last heeft van de straling?

Oké, ik ga gewoon nog een verzoek doen. Debora als je dit leest, zou je dan alsjeblieft een romantische YA dystopia willen schrijven? Net als bij Marijke F. Jansen heb ik al eerder een verhaal van Debora in een bundel van DVP mogen lezen en dat was toen ook een dystopia die me meteen intrigeerde. Dit verhaal had wederom een sterke wereldbouw die super goed neergezet was. De emoties waren ook hier erg mooi neergezet en zeer realistisch. De romance was echt zo prachtig!!! En dat einde toverde een grote, tevreden glimlach op mijn gezicht. Dit was na Stem van Sakura echt een van mijn favorieten uit deze bundel ❤

Phantom of the Opera van Tamara Haagmans

Iris is op zoek naar een vakantiebaantje en kan haar geluk niet op als ze hulp in de huishouding kan worden bij een vader en zoon die bereid zijn goed te betalen. De vader is echter nogal vreemd en de zoon laat zich nooit zien. Wat is hier allemaal aan de hand …

Ik vond dit een erg leuk verhaal. De overgang van de proloog naar het eerste hoofdstuk vond ik op de een of andere manier ietwat verwarrend maar daarna liep het verhaal lekker door. De sfeer was lekker mysterieus en spannend. De romance vond ik mooi maar op sommige momenten wat verwarrend omdat ik het gevoel had dat er stukjes misten (ik weet niet of ik dit goed uitleg maar soms leek het alsof er dingen gebeurd waren die je als lezer niet mee had gekregen). Het einde vond ik mooi bitterzoet.

Sympathy for the devil van Oli Veyn

Als de beschermengel Ilumani haar beschermeling Tristan redt, doorkruist ze het grotere plan, maar de gevoelens die ze heeft zijn gewoon te sterk. Kan een verboden liefde standhouden?

Ik weet niet waarom maar er is altijd één verhaal in bundels dat ik niet zo leuk vind haha. Echt altijd. Helaas was dit laatste verhaal dat. Ik weet niet zo goed wat ik van dit verhaal vind. Het had een aantal interessante elementen en ik ben dol op verhalen over engelen. Toch wist het me niet echt te grijpen. Het begin was wel goed neergezet, maar de rest van het verhaal vond ik verwarrend en het einde vond ik nogal anticlimactisch en ietwat over-the-top. De romance vond ik veel te snel ontwikkeld waardoor ik die niet echt voelde wat ervoor zorgde dat ik niet meegesleurd werd in het verhaal. De schrijfstijl was op zich wel fijn en las wel lekker weg. Dit verhaal was het voor mij persoonlijk gewoon niet helemaal, maar ongetwijfeld zullen er heel veel mensen zijn die het wel mooi vinden.

En dat waren alle verhalen 🙂 De verhalen van Marijke F. Jansen, Debora Elisabeth en Natascha van Limpt vond ik echt geweldig! Maar ook de andere verhalen in de bundel zijn zeker de moeite van het lezen waard. Als je houdt van korte verhalen vol romantiek en met een bovennatuurlijk tintje is dit zeker een bundel voor jou!

Happy reading you all ❤

The Person Behind The Blog Book Tag

Hey you all! I’ve got a free morning and afternoon today, so, I thought let’s write some blogposts haha. Some of you might know I’m part of a bloggers team for the Dutch publisher Dutch Venture Publishing. Our team consists of some 50 or more bloggers, but we don’t really know each other that well. So, I came up with a bloggish way to get to know my fellow bloggers and for them to get to know me: a book tag intended to get to know the person behind the blog. I made this tag up myself so if you’d like to do this tag too be my guest! (a reference towards my blog would be appreciated 😉 ) The more, the merrier 🙂 My tag will be in English as well as in Dutch but you can of course choose in which language you want to do this tag.

Let’s start!!!

1 Choose one character from a book you love to describe your personality / Kies een personage uit een boek waar je van houdt om je eigen persoonlijkheid te beschrijven.

I think my personality is a lot like Hermione’s from Harry Potter. I love reading (obviously haha) and learning new stuff. Just like her I have many informational books and I’m booksmart rather than streetsmart. I’m also a loyal friend like her. But, I think I’m a little bit more relaxed about exams and tests haha and I’m a little bit more mischievous and dorky (there’s some Loona in me too!).

Ik denk dat mijn persoonlijkheid het meest overeenkomt met Hermelien uit Harry Potter. Ik hou van lezen (duidelijk haha) en het leren van nieuwe dingen. Net als haar heb ik een hoop informatieve boeken en ben ik eerder slim dan gewiekst. En net als haar ben ik een loyale vriendin. In tegenstelling tot haar ben ik wel relaxter over cijfers van toetsen haha en ik haal wat meer geintjes uit en ben een beetje een nerd (er zit ook wat van Loena in me!)

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2 If your age would determine which character you are in a YA book, what kind of character would you be/ Als je leeftijd zou bepalen welk personage je was in een YA boek, wat voor soort personage zou je dan zijn?

Crap, I’m too old to be the main character haha. Since I’m thirty I guess I would either be the quirky aunt or maybe the weird mentor speaking in riddles! That’s not so bad actually, I can see myself testing the patience of the hero or heroine by speaking in vague, lengthy monologues which no one understands 😉

Shit, ik ben te oud om het hoofdpersonage te zijn haha. Aangezien ik dertig ben, denk ik dat ik de vreemde, eigenzinnige tante of de maffe mentor die in raadsels spreekt mag zijn! Nu ik erover nadenk is dat zo slecht nog niet, ik zie mezelf wel het geduld van de held of heldin op de proef stellen door in vage, lange monologen te spreken waar niemand wat van begrijpt 😉

3 You can choose to live in one fictional world for the rest of your life. Which world do you choose/ Je mag één fictieve wereld uitkiezen waar je voor de rest van je leven door mag brengen. Welke wereld kies je?

This one is hard! There are so many wonderful fictional worlds I would like to live in … Okay, if I really had to pick just one I think I would go for the world of Harry Potter, but then I don’t want to be a muggle!!! I would love to practice magic and be able to cast all kinds of charms and travel by broom or apparition (especially now because it’s pouring outside). And I would totally like to see all those magical beasts and creatures ❤

Deze is echt lastig! Er zijn zoveel gave fictieve werelden waar ik in zou willen leven  … Oké, als ik er echt maar één mag kiezen dan denk ik dat ik de wereld van Harry Potter kies, maar dan wil ik geen dreuzel meer zijn!!! Ik zou het echt geweldig vinden om magie te kunnen gebruiken en bezweringen te kunnen doen of te reizen met bezem of door middel van Verdwijnselen (vooral nu het buiten giet). En ik zou echt super graag alle magische beesten en wezens willen zien ❤

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4 You can only keep three books (standalones or complete series) and have to discard all your other books. Which three do you keep/ Je mag maar drie boeken (standalones of complete series) houden en moet de rest van je boeken wegdoen. Welke drie hou je?

Why did I come up with this question?! Sometimes my own meanness surprises me. Okay, if the world was ending and the house crumbling down around me and I had room for only three series or standalones in my suitcase I would take the Harry Potter series, The Six of Crows duology and The Spellslinger serie (the complete one of course because the world will not end before it is finished!) with me.

Waarom heb ik deze vraag bedacht?! Soms verbaas ik zelfs mezelf met mijn eigen gemeenheid. Oké, als de wereld ten einde kwam, mijn huis om me heen instortte en ik had maar plek voor drie boekenseries of standalones in mijn koffer dan zou ik de complete Harry Potter serie, de List en Leugens en Kraai en Koninkrijk duologie en de Spellslinger serie (de complete serie want de wereld vergaat niet voordat deze helemaal uitgegeven is!) met me meenemen.

5 You can have dinner with one fictional character. Which one do you choose and what do you eat/ Je mag met één fictief personage uit eten. Welk personage kies je en wat eten jullie samen?

First character coming to mind is: Nikolai Lantsov aka Sturmhond! You may not know this about me (keeping the crazy under the radar hehe), but I got a huge charactercrush on him haha. I did the whole crazy dance and everything when I found out he would get his own books!!! But, anyways, returning to the topic. I would probably go eat a pizza with him because who doesn’t love pizza and they are great for sharing 😉

Het eerste personage dat bij me opkomt is: Nikolai Lantsov beter bekend als Sturmhond! Je zult dit vast niet van me weten (ik hou mijn gekte goed verborgen), maar ik heb een gigantische charactercrush op hem haha. Ik heb zelfs een idioot dansje en dergelijke gedaan toen ik zag dat hij zijn eigen boeken kreeg!!! Maar ik dwaal af. Ik zou waarschijnlijk een pizza met hem gaan eten want wie lust nu geen pizza en ze zijn ook nog eens handig om te delen 😉

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6 Which animal character from a book would you like to have as a pet because you thought this character was awesome/ Welk dierlijk personage uit een boek zou jij als huisdier willen hebben omdat je dat personage geweldig vond?

This is a no-brainer! Reichis!!! I love that squirrelcat ❤ Every sarcastic, violent and mean inch of him 😉

Deze is een makkie! Reichis!!! Ik hou van die eekhoornkat <3. Elke sarcastische, gewelddadige en gemene centimeter van ‘m 😉

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7 Say you were written into a story and you could pick the genre of your story, what genre would it be? Stel je zou in een verhaal geschreven worden en je mocht het genre daarvan kiezen, welk genre zou dat dan zijn?

I think I would like to be written into a fantasy story. It would be awesome to be a part of a whole new world where magic is possible and fantastical beasts roam freely. Oh, and of course I would take part in an epic quest or I’m supposed to save the kingdom or something like that. No more reality for me 😉

Ik denk dat ik het liefst in een fantasy verhaal geschreven zou worden. Het zou echt gaaf zijn om deel uit te maken van een hele nieuwe wereld waar magie mogelijk is en allerlei fantastische beesten los rond zouden lopen. Oh, en natuurlijk zou ik dan deelnemen aan een epische queeste of ik zou een koninkrijk moeten redden of zoiets. Geen realiteit meer voor mij 😉

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8 You have to save the world and can choose six characters to help you. Which characters do you choose/ Je moet de wereld redden en kunt zes personages kiezen die je helpen. Welke personages kies je?

Obviously I would go for a well-trained team of characters who know how to work together, never argue and listen to commands: Kaz, Inej, Matthias, Nina, Wylan and Jesper! Okay, they would probably not listen to my commands, don’t always see eye-to-eye and working together sometimes is problematic but I wouldn’t want to save the world with another team because they are fantastic ❤

Natuurlijk ga ik voor een goed getraind team van personages die weten hoe ze samen moeten werken, nooit ruzie hebben en altijd naar bevelen luisteren: Kaz, Inej, Matthias, Nina, Wylan en Jesper! Oké, waarschijnlijk zouden ze niet naar mijn bevelen luisteren, zijn ze het niet altijd met elkaar eens en is de samenwerking soms problematisch maar ik zou geen ander team kunnen bedenken waarmee ik de wereld zou willen redden want ze zijn gewoon fantastisch ❤

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9 How did you organize your bookshelves and what do your shelves say about you/ Hoe heb jij je boekenkasten georganiseerd en wat zegt dit over jou?

Alright, are you ready for a neurotic organizer 😉 My shelves are organized according to genre and then within this category according to size (as much as possible) and writer. Oh, and to make sure that the rows of books are aesthetically pleasing I place them in a line where as few as possible stick out … Yeah, I told you to get ready for a neurotic organizer. I tried to arrange them according to color once and even though it looked pretty nice, it really annoyed me that series were broken up and put on different shelves etc. so that didn’t last long haha. So, I guess that tells you guys and girls that I like my bookcases to look tidy (but don’t worry when you see the rest of my room and my desk you will think I thrive in chaos).

Oké, zijn jullie klaar voor een neurotische opberger 😉 Mijn boekenkasten zijn georganiseerd op genre en dan binnen genre weer op grootte (zo veel mogelijk) en schrijver. Oh, en om ervoor te zorgen dat de rijen er netjes uitzien zet ik ze allemaal ongeveer even ver naar voren zodat er zo weinig mogelijk boeken uitsteken… Ik zei toch dat je klaar moest zijn voor een neurotische opberger. Ik heb ze ooit eens op kleur neergezet en hoewel dat er best mooi uitzag, ergerde ik me al snel dood aan het feit dat series niet meer bij elkaar en op verschillende planken stonden dus dat heeft niet lang geduurd haha. Dus, ik denk dat dit jullie zegt dat ik mijn boekenkasten graag netjes zie (maar maak je geen zorgen want als je de rest van mijn kamer en mijn bureau ziet dan denk je dat ik chaotisch ben).

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And that is the end of the “The Person Behind The Blog Book Tag”. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and feel like you know me a little bit better. I’m looking forward to seeing more people do this tag and hereby take the opportunity to tag all me fellow bloggers from the DVP-streetteam 😉

En dat is alweer het einde van de “The Person Behind The Blog Book Tag”. Ik hoop dat jullie het leuk vonden om deze post te lezen en dat jullie het gevoel hebben dat jullie me nu iets beter hebben leren kennen. Ik kijk ernaar uit om meer mensen deze tag te zien invullen en maak van de gelegenheid gebruik om al mijn medebloggers van het DVP-streetteam te taggen 😉

 

The wonderous magic of a cursed life

Hey you all! I promised you guys and girls some reviews of all the lovely books I read, so, here I am to share one of them. The book I will be reviewing today is called Morrigan Crow: The Trials of Morrigan Crow written by Jessica Townsend. And let me tell you this book is AWESOME!!! What’s it about?

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart – an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests – or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

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I love this cover ❤ ❤ ❤

What did I think of this book?

Let’s start with main character Morrigan. There are two things you need to know about her. First, she just turned eleven. Second, she’s cursed and because of this she will probably never get older than twelve. Everybody around her either treats her like she’s invisible or like she’s the cause of every single thing that goes wrong. Bad weather? Failed crops? A bad fall? Yeah, that has to be that cursed child Morrigan Crow. From the very first page you will empathize with Morrigan and hope her life will get better. This book is marketed as perfect for Harry Potter fans/ the next Harry Potter and I have to say that this once I can see the resemblance. Just like Harry Morrigan is a lonely, mistreated child who possesses magic. The ages of both characters are the same and both live in worlds that are more than they seem.

A glorious adventure starts when Morrigan is saved by Jupiter North and taken to Nevermoor. As reader you are completely swept of your feet by all the wondrous events and the suspenseful trials Morrigan has to face and overcome. Morrigan’s slightly gloomy character in combination with her sense of adventure, her knack for mischief and her delicious sarcasm turn Morrigan into a lovely and fun character who will steal your heart ❤ I absolutely loved the way in which she discovered friendship, love, courage and a sense of selfworth. And that plottwist at the end where Jupiter finally revealed what Morrigan’s ability was, is so cool and sad at the same time!

Aside from a wonderful main character this book is filled with a cast of fun and bizar side characters. Take Morrigan’s mentor Jupiter North who is like a funny combination of Hagrid and Dumbledore and on more than one occasion is so vague that you can’t help but try to solve the riddle of what the heck he is talking about along with Morrigan, or the head of housekeeping Fenestra who is a giant talking cat with a mean streak and a knack for violence, or the vampiredwarf Frank, the opera singer Dame Chanda, and the janitor Kedgeree. All these crazy characters are part of the staff of the amazing hotel Deucalion, Morrigan’s new home. Aside from the Deucalion staff you also have Hawthorn, a dragonrider who participates in the same trials as Morrigan and shows her the meaning of friendship and Jupiters’ nephew Jack who loves to argue with Morrigan which provides a lot of funny and snarky dialogues. Of course there are a few evil characters too. Like the arrogant and insufferable Noelle, the sneaky Carlijn (this name was changed to suit a Dutch public better and I can’t find her original name anywhere online so correct me if you know how she’s called in English) and the illustrous Wundersmith who seems to scare the crap out of everyone. In short a wonderfully whacky cast who will keep you entertained from start to finish.

I loved the worldbuilding in this book. It’s really well-developed and truly fantastical. The story takes place in a world divided into sections that are united under the rule of the Republic. What people don’t know, however, is that there is also a free sector for which Nevermoor is the capital. In the Republic everything is controlled and regulated strictly, even the magical beasts. In Nevermoor nothing and no one seems to follow rules, magical beasts roam freely, witches, vampires, zombies, and you name it live amongst ordinary people and there are even some people who possess a magical ability (or knack). The description of this world and everything in it is gorgously detailed and effertlessly transports you inside the story. The suspense is written just as masterfully and will have you turning pages well into the night. I just flew right through the story and couldn’t stop reading.

Jessica’s writing style is fast-paced, full of fantasy, humorous and descriptive in a way that’s not boring or longwinded but well-balanced and lively. I really fell in love with her writing and I’m putting her on my authors-to-follow list! I don’t know when the second book will be translated to Dutch, but I hope it won’t take too long because I need to know what happens next haha.

If you like middlegrade fantasy stories with a well-developed main character, a cast of whacky side characters that’s fast-paced and brimming with action and humor you should definitely put this one on your reading list!!! And if you’re a Harry Potter fan like me and have been hesitant to read this one because of all the talk about how much this reminds people of HP, don’t hesitate any longer because this is not a cheap knock-off or copy, but a lovely story that possesses all the wonderful qualities HP does.

Happy reading you all!

Bookhaul April & May 2018

Hey you all! Time for another bookhaul ❤ If you follow my blog you probably noticed I didn’t post a bookhaul for April, this was not because I didn’t receive or buy any books that month but because I forgot which books I received in April and which in May haha. Sometimes I’m such a dork. So, today you can enjoy a massive bookhaul with books I bought and got for reviewing purposes in the last two months 😉

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I added a whopping 21 books to my collection!!! And that is not including the ebooks I bought and received … I should probably make a section for ebooks on my blog too and tell you guys and girls which ebooks I add to my digital bookcollection (writing this down on my to-do-list!!!).

From left to right:

The Fandom by Anna Day

Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con.

They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands …

Moonrise (Nieuwe Maan) by Sarah Crossan

‘They think I hurt someone.
But I didn’t. You hear?
Coz people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.
I need you to know the truth.’

From one-time winner and two-time Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

In search of us (Op zoek naar) by Ava Delaira

This sweeping multi-generational love story introduces readers to mother-and-daughter pair Marilyn and Angie. To seventeen-year-old Angie, who is mixed-race, Marilyn is her hardworking, devoted white single mother. But Marilyn was once young, too. When Marilyn was seventeen, she fell in love with Angie’s father, James, who was African-American. But Angie’s never met him, and Marilyn has always told her he died before she was born. When Angie discovers evidence of an uncle she’s never met she starts to wonder: What if her dad is still alive, too? So she sets off on a journey to find him, hitching a ride to LA from her home in New Mexico with her ex-boyfriend, Sam. Along the way, she uncovers some hard truths about herself, her mother, and what truly happened to her father.

Nevermoor: The trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor: Morrigan Crow en het Wondergenootschap) by Jessica Townsend

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart – an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests – or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

Verstrengelde Vleugels (Entwined Wings) by Vanessa Gerrits (description in Dutch as this book hasn’t been translated to English)

Negentien jaar nadat Max Lucy’s vleugels stal, is er een nieuwe vleugeldief aan het werk in Nieuw-Anvers. Terwijl de Engel en de Kraai jacht maken op de mysterieuze dader balanceert hun levensgeluk meer dan ooit op de rand van een mes.

Want de vendetta van ‘de Krijger’? Die is persoonlijk.

In een race tegen de klok zullen Lucy en Max dingen moeten doen die ze nooit voor mogelijk hielden. Met een alliantie van nieuwe vrienden en oude vijanden proberen ze hun wereld te beschermen, maar ver weg van de Korf drijven onbekende volkeren en onzekere tijden hun tot het uiterste.

Wanneer vergiffenis verleden tijd is, is de toekomst misschien wel wankeler dan ooit …

Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

The Last Namsara (Iskari: de laatste Namsara) by Kristen Ciccarelli

In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

Children of Blood and Bone (Bloed en Beenderen) by Tomi Adeyemi

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

De Schaduwen van Radovar by Marloes Morshuis (description in Dutch as this book hasn’t been translated to English)

Jona woont met haar familie in Sterrenlicht: een van de enorme flats in Radovar. De inwoners van deze grijze stad zijn in de greep van ‘de familiescore’. Wie hard werkt, verdient veel punten en klimt snel op. Maar wie niet in het systeem past, kan diep vallen en Ondergronder worden – of zelfs in een Onderwijk eindigen.
Jona voelt zich gevangen in de stad. Ieder protest tegen de strenge regels levert minpunten op. Alleen in de uithoeken van Sterrenlicht kan ze even ontsnappen aan het systeem. Zalman, de vreemde klusjesman van het gebouw, lijkt de enige die haar begrijpt.
Alles verandert als Jona haar zieke oma wil helpen en ze de geheimzinnige Kilian tegenkomt. Hij laat haar de inktzwarte kanten van de stad zien. Jona kan niet langer zwijgen, ook al brengt ze daarmee zichzelf en haar familie in groot gevaar.

Brave New Love (Dutch diversity short story collection) by various authors (description in Dutch as this book hasn’t been translated to English)

Durf jij jezelf te zijn?

Wat als je de krachten van het vuur kunt beheersen, maar wordt gepest omdat je op hetzelfde geslacht valt? Wat als je juist door je handicap een bovennatuurlijke gave hebt? En wat als de enige manier om jezelf te zijn betekent dat je in opstand moet komen tegen alles wat je hebt geleerd?

In de bundel Brave New Love laten tien Nederlandse YA-auteurs met hun verhalen zien dat diversiteit belangrijk is. Dat je mag zijn wie je bent. Dat je daardoor een vleugje magie in je leven kunt toelaten.

Fataal Spel by Chinouk Thijssen (description in Dutch as this book hasn’t been translated to English)

Wat voor een ziek spelletje is dit? Nadat haar zusje Jessie is ontvoerd, stuurt de kidnapper allerlei opdrachten naar Carmen. Alleen als ze gewillig meespeelt en alle raadsels oplost, zien de twee meiden elkaar nog terug. Althans, dat is wat de dader beweert. Samen met haar vrienden voert Carmen de bevelen uit, maar de uitdagingen worden steeds extremer en gevaarlijker. Hoe ver zal ze gaan om haar zus te redden?

The Lifters (Tunnels) by Dave Eggers

When Gran and his family move to Carousel, he has no idea that the town is built atop a secret. Little does he suspect, as he walks his sister to school or casually eats a banana, that mysterious forces lurk mere inches beneath his feet, tearing up the earth like mini-hurricanes and causing the town to slowly but surely sink.

When Gran’s friend, the difficult-to-impress Catalina Catalan, presses a silver handle into a hillside and opens a doorway to underground, he knows that she is extraordinary and brave, and that he will have no choice but to follow wherever she leads. With luck on their side, and some discarded hockey sticks for good measure, Gran and Catalina might just find a way to lift their town–and the known world–out of danger.

They both die at the end (Op het einde gaan ze allebei dood) by Adam Silvera

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

Inferno (Talon #5) by Julie Kagawa

TODAY, WE STRIKE BACK.

WE SHOW TALON THAT WE WILL NEVER ACCEPT THEIR NEW WORLD.

Ember Hill has learned a shocking truth about herself: she is the blood of the Elder Wyrm, the ancient dragon who leads Talon and who is on the verge of world domination. With the Order of St. George destroyed, Ember, Riley and Garret journey to the Amazon jungle in search of one who might hold the key to take down the Elder Wyrm and Talon—if they can survive the encounter.

Meanwhile, Ember’s brother, Dante, will travel to China with a message for the last Eastern dragons: join Talon or die. With the stakes rising and the Elder Wyrm declaring war, time is running out for the rogues and any dragon not allied with Talon.

The final battle approaches. And if Talon is victorious, the world will burn.

The Pegasus series by Kate O’Hearn

A boxed set including all six books in the Pegasus series:

#1 The Flame of Olympus

#2 Olympus at War 

#3 The New Olympians

#4 Origins of Olympus

#5 Rise of the Titans

#6 The End of Olympus

Here’s a description for the first book:

When Pegasus crashes onto a Manhattan roof during a terrible storm, Emily’s life changes forever. Suddenly allied with a winged horse she’d always thought was mythical, Emily is thrust into the center of a fierce battle between the Roman gods and a terrifying race of multiarmed stone warriors called the Nirads. Emily must team up with a thief named Paelen, the goddess Diana, and a boy named Joel in order to return Pegasus to Olympus and rescue the gods from a certain death.

Along the way, Emily and her companions will fight monsters, run from a government agency that is prepared to dissect Pegasus, and even fly above the Manhattan skyline—all as part of a quest to save Olympus before time runs out.

I will share my reviews of these books with you guys throughout June (and probably July) so, stay tuned 😉

Happy reading you all!