The divinity in mortality

Hey you all! It’s about time I posted a review, because it has been a while. Somehow I didn’t read any books in January that I wanted to write a review about. I read some good books and some books I did really like, but nothing I had a strong opinion about or really strong feelings for. Luckily, February brought me a book that was AMAZING!!! Some of you might know that I love mythology, and especially Greek mythology. I also love ancient Greek history (that’s why I ended up studying history and becoming a historian). So, when I came across the book Circe by Madeline Miller I just had to buy it (not gonna lie that cover totally pulled me in too 😉 ). As with most books I buy I first put it on my shelves until the right time to read it came along. I don’t know about you guys and girls but I always have to find the right frame of mind to read certain books otherwise I just can’t read them and really struggle to keep reading. I’m very much an emotional reader: I read what fits my moods. This month I have been craving books with a little bit more body, with fantastical elements and great worldbuilding. So, I decided to pull Circe from the shelves and, boy, what a great decision that was! This book had everything I longed for: an interesting and well written main character, fantastic worldbuilding, adventure and emotion, and gorgeous writing. Let me try to put into words what I thought of this book. But first the description:

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe’s place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.

There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe’s independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.


One of the reasons why I loved this book was because of the main character. Circe appears in the Odyssey rather briefly. We know nothing more about her than the fact that she lives alone on a remote island, that she is a witch and that she helps Odysseus to overcome a number of perils at sea. However, as often with women in history, her story is but a footnote in the story of the actual hero. Miller takes this footnote and spins it into a marvellous story that’s both intensely emotional and heartwrenchingly human. Circe is one of the daughters of Helios. Her brothers and sisters are beautiful, brimming with their divinity and confident in their powers and gorgeous looks. Circe, however, doesn’t have godly good looks and her voice doesn’t brim with power. Instead she is plain and her voice is frail. Because of this she is ridiculed by her family and often forgotten and overlooked. Her loneliness fills the pages and really touched my heart. You simply cannot read this book without feeling what Circe feels. Her character is written so incredibly well ❤

Because Circe is often alone and has no friends she hasn’t become like her family. Her heart is tender and she feels, maybe more than she should. When she meets the human Glaucos and befriends him she has no shield against her feelings and can’t help but fall in love as he is the first person to truly see her. However as Glaucos is human Circe knows she has to let go of him far too soon. Once, she heard a story about an island with plants that can transform anyone into their true form and Circe decides to see if this is true. She picks the flowers and wishes with all her heart that Glaucos could be a god so they can stay together forever. Her wish comes true but not everything works out the way she wants it to, because Glaucos never felt for her what she felt for him and he is just like all the other gods: arrogant, selfish and cruel. Yet, Circe can’t stop loving him and will do anything to keep him, including turning her rival into a monster. And that’s where her life actually begins. With the discovery of her own godly powers and her banishment as a punishment for what she has done with these powers.

“Beneath the smooth, familiar face of things is another that waits to tear the world in two.”

We follow Circe on her journey of discovery. The discovery of her powers and of her own personality. She finds out how strong she really is, what hardships she can overcome, what she is willing to fight for and what lengths she will go to to protect the ones she loves. I absolutely loved Circe’s journey of self discovery and how she found love.

Another great thing about this book is the worldbuilding. Seemingly without effort Miller brings the world of ancient Greece to life. Familiar places, characters and events from mythology and history are woven into Circe’s story, making it seem more real and utterly believable. The descriptions are vivid and detailed and really made the scenes come to life before my eyes.

The dichotomy between divinity and humanity plays a pivotal role in this book and I really loved how Miller explored this theme and lets Circe balance between the two constantly. Eventually Circe has to choose in which world she belongs and the ending of her story is so beautiful and emotional ❤

“This was how mortals found fame, I thought. Through practise and diligence, tending their skills like gardens until they glowed beneath the sun. But gods are born of ichor and nectar, their excellences already bursting from their fingertips. So they find their fame by proving what they can mar: destroying cities, starting wars, breeding plagues and monsters. All that smoke and savour rising so delicately from our altars. It leaves only ash behind.” 

Although this book has a slow and steady pace, really focussing on Circe’s emotions and development, the story nonetheless remains suspensefull and adventurous. There wasn’t a single page in this book that seemed unnecessary or redundant. If you like fast-paced books this might not be the one for you, but if you like a slower pace and a story that is written and plotted perfectly this is most definitely the one for you!

The only thing I liked a little less about this book was the romance. The character and story development were fenomenal and I was expecting the same attention and detail in the romance area as this is such a great part of Circe’s story, but the romances were written with much less attention. On more than one occasion the romance felt too insta-love for me and I didn’t feel anything. I would have loved if the writer would have spent more attention to detail and development in the romances too. Now, they almost seemed to be page fillers instead of paramount events in the maturing and becoming of the main character.

Eventhough the romance was a bit of a let down (for me at least) the rest of the book was fantastic. If you love a bit more slow-paced stories with great worldbuilding, well-developed main characters and a combination of fantasy, history and mythology you should definitely put this one on your to be read list!!! Trust me you won’t regret it 😉

Happy reading you all!



Bookhaul December 2018

Hey you all! Time for my December 2018 bookhaul ❤ I didn’t add that many books to my collection in December, but the six that I added are all truly stunning and were books I have wanted to get for quite some time.


Let’s start with these four. If you have been following my blog you probably know that I fell in love with Strange, the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. When I saw that the second book in the series was out I wanted to get it straight away but I had to wait ’til December to get it. Of course I ordered the wrong version (what’s up with American (and UK) versions being published by two or more different publishers sometimes? I don’t get it …). Normally I would have sent the book back because it is way bigger than my version of Strange, the Dreamer and from the wrong publisher, but I don’t want to wait any longer before reading it, so, I’m keeping this and will probably buy the right version later and sell or gift this version to somebody else when the time comes.

I heard lots of different things about Cruel Prince by Holly Black and decided that I wanted to read it for myself and see what all the fuss was about. I saw The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron on a bookvlog (I think by Bookroast) and it really sounded intriguing, so, I just went ahead and bought it. A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge was for sale in a two for half the price together with Cruel Prince and looked so beautiful and the description was pretty awesome, so , I took a gamble and just added it to my cart.

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.

She believed she knew every horror and was beyond surprise.

She was wrong.

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the Muse of Nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . .

Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide. 
Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding. 

Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard. 

And now there’s a spirit inside her. 

The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father’s rich and powerful ancestors. There is talk of civil war, and they need people like her to protect their dark and terrible family secret. 

But as she plans her escape and heads out into a country torn apart by war, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death.”

And last, but not least: I got the scripts from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald for my birthday!!!


They are so beautiful ❤ ❤ ❤

I can’t wait to start reading all these books and see what I think of them.

Happy reading you all!

Another blogyear coming to an end

Hey you all! I can’t believe 2018 is coming to an end already. This past year really flew by. Some of you might have noticed that this blog has been a little bit quiet the last three months. This silent streak was due to me trying to become a primary school teacher. Aside from following courses, I’m also doing an internship (teaching two days a week) and I work five days a week (from 5 to half past 9 in the evening). So, it’s been extremely busy and I needed some adjustment time to get used to my rather crowded schedule. But no worries, this blog will remain active 😉


I will be making some changes though. Instead of sharing all my want-to-reads and have-reads in the monthly reading section, I’m only going to share my have-reads. I won’t be elaborating on all my have-reads, but I will pick two or three books that pleasantly surprised me or that were a let down and elaborate a little on those. The other books that I read per month I will only name the title and author and show a picture of. Starting tuesday the first of January I will share my bookhauls once a month again, and I will be including ebooks too (I’m thinking about sharing my bookhauls every first of the month, so I can show you all the books I collected the previous month). I’m going to try and share one or two reviews a month to keep the blog active (I think this will be manageable in my new schedule). I’m also thinking about adding a new section in which I can share my bookshelves with you guys and girls, some of my own bookish (fan)art and books I really want to add to my shelves.


I hope you all had a lovely 2018 and I wish you guys and girls an amazing and wonderfilled 2019 ❤

Happy reading you all!

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:

Lemniscate Dutch Cover

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!



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!


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 ❤ ❤ ❤


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).


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?

Lemniscate Dutch Cover

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!


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!


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 ❤


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 ❤


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.

brave new love

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 ❤