Coverlove Friday #2

It’s time for another beautiful cover reveal! The trilogy that I chose for today’s ‘coverlove friday’ is so pretty that they deserve a place on a seperate shelve where you can admire them all day ;).

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With a cover like that you can only hope that the story inside is just as great as the promise the outside makes. And boy, do these books deliver that promise! I will be posting reviews of these later on, so I won’t discuss the books here. But I will leave you with the tantalizing description ;).

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth – meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelren needs to win the war or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight… not to mention the trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Intriguing or not? Look for my reviews to come to see what I thought of these books ;).

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Wednesday – Quoteday #2

I can’t believe it’s wednesday already, sometimes the weeks just fly by. Especially when you’re studying, blegh. While I’m busy writing my bachelor thesis, two academic papers and two academic blogs, and in the meantime trying to learn my Social and Economic History exam, all I can think about is that I’m ready for summer break and a whole lot of reading (fun reading that is) ;).

The quote I chose for this wednesday is by Lena Dunham:

“Let’s be reasonable and add an eigth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.”

Can’t agree more with that statement haha. Especially during this busy time I could use an extra day totally devoted to reading and relaxing. What do you guys and girls say: is it time for a new calendar with eight days a week or what?

Ps. For all you readers out there that are busy with exams or other schoolstuff : good luck!!!

Futuristic spin on Frankenstein

I’m a big fan of Devon Monk’s writing ever since I read the first novel in the Allison Beckstrom series. Needless to say I was over the moon when I discovered that she wrote another Urban Fantasy series called House Immortal :).

The cover for this book was made by one of my favourite artists: Gene Mollica. His artwork is so beautiful and is a perfect fit for Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance books. Just look at it (#drools)!

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But enough about the cover, let’s talk about the story! What’s this book about?

One hundred years ago, eleven powerful ruling Houses consolidated all of the world’s resources and authority into their own grasping hands. Only one power wasn’t placed under the command of a single House: the control over the immortal galvanized…

Matilda Case isn’t like most folk. In fact, she’s unique in the world, the crowning achievement of her father’s experiments, a girl pieced together from bits. Or so she believes, until Abraham Seventh shows up at her door, stitched with life thread just like her and insisting that enemies are coming to kill them all.

Tilly is one of thirteen incredible creations known as the galvanized, stitched-together beings immortal and unfathomably strong. For a century, each House has fought for control over the galvanized. Now the Houses are tangled in a deadly struggle for dominion over death – and Tilly and her kind hold the key to unlocking eternity.

The secrets that Tilly must fight to protect are hidden within the very seams of her being. And to get the secrets, her enemies are willing to tear her apart piece by piece…

That description alone should be enough to make you want to read this novel, but if you’re not convinced yet, let me try to change your mind ;).

Devon Monk is a brilliant world-builder. This novel is set in the future (somewhere around the 2200’s) and the world has been divided amongst eleven Houses that all have power over a certain commodity or raw material. For example: House Yellow has dominion over electricity and technology, House Gray controls manpower, and House Green regulates farming and dispersal of food. All the separate nationstates of our world have disappeared making the Houses global rulers. Added to this is the mystery of the immortal galvanized. Twelve people that have survived an experiment with timetravel that has gone terribly wrong. These people may have immortality and super strength, but they are also stitched together with thread (otherwise their bodies would fall apart) and enslaved to the ruling Houses.

In this intriguing world Matilda tries to make a living on her parent’s farm. Tilly was born normal, but due to a childhood disease and a father and brother that are highly intelligent and accomplished scientists her soul was transferred out of her dying body and into the body of a forgotten galvanized that never woke up after the accident with the timemachine. But Tilly doesn’t know this last part, she just thinks that her father and brother made a new body for her. Tilly is one of those characters that creep under your skin and make you feel as if you’re part of the story. She is a tough, kind, hard-working, somewhat lonely, but loveable girl.

Then there is Abraham Seventh, one of the twelve original galvanized. An honorable, mysterious, and sexy man. One day he shows up at Tilly’s farm, wounded and with a warning that the Houses are coming to take Tilly away. This is the beginning of a dangerous series of adventures that will lead both Tilly and Abraham into a trap set by a ruthless leader of one of the Houses. Both will have to fight for their lives and everything they care about. Complicating matters further are the feelings that develop between Matilda and Abraham, the disappearance of Tilly’s brother and the fact that Matilda’s family has something to do with the failed timetravel experiment.

In short, this is a fast-paced novel with killing suspension, great characters and awesome worldbuilding! A definite must-read and must-buy :).

Coverlove Friday #1

Since wednesday is my quoteday I thought it would be nice to make friday a day to share beautiful covers with you. Luckily, there are a lot of amazing covers out there :). We YA-readers are especially spoiled with pretty books, which is very neat because now my bookshelves look like an art storehouse! Art that I like to display every once in a while ;).

Today I chose to show you the covers of The Last Year series by Trisha Leigh. These are already amazing on their own, but when you put them together you get this:

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How cool is that?

But, as readers we all know that you should never judge a book by it’s cover (although sometimes I do get tempted to do that haha) so here’s what the first book is about in short:

Aliens have taken over Earth and made humans compliant, happy folk. Nobody gets angry, sad or otherwise strongly emotional anymore. This also means that nobody loves or cares anymore. When somebody dies they are just forgotten.

But, some people are not so emotionless. Main character Althea does feel things. Even more strange, she travels through seasons. She spents Spring with one family, Autumn with another and Winter with yet another family. The only season that she never got to experience is Summer. Strangest of all is that she seems to be the only one noticing that she travels. Her three different set of parents certainly don’t seem to know she’s missing half of the time. And all her classmates seem to look straight through her. They seem to forget she exists right after they see her.

Needless, to say Althea is very lonely. Her only comfort is a strange note that she possesses that warns her not to share her secret of having emotions until she meets someone who is just like her. And, the new boy that showed up at her Autumn life seems to be the one she has waited for…

Now, if that doesn’t sound promising I don’t know what does ;). If you want to know what I thought about this series than hang on a little while because my review of the books will appear over the course of next week and the week after that :).

 

Wednesday – Quoteday #1

I thought it would be fun to pick a random day and make that my quote-posting-day. And guess what day it is ;p.

I don’t know about you guys (and girls) but I love to reread the stories that I fell in love with. My favourite rereading books are: the Harry Potter series (must’ve read those like fifty times, no kidding), the Mercy Thompson series (this one never disappoints), Koning van Katoren (a beautiful Dutch fantasy novel for kids), and I could go on and on haha, but this is my top three. These books have something extra special to me. The Harry Potter series got me through high school. When I was in my first year Harry went to Hogwarts for the first time and every year he and his friends were in the same class as me, which made it feel almost as if we were attending the same school :). Koning van Katoren I fell in love with, because of my mom. She read this book to me when I was little and made the story come to life with just her voice. I think that was also the time when I became infatuated with the fantastic genre. And the Mercy Thompson serie is just bookperfection for me. I love everything about those books.

Thinking about rereading, is what made me pick my quote of the day written by C.S. Lewis:

“I can’t imagine someone really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”

Well, mister Lewis neither can I ;).

So, which books did you read many times? And what makes those books special to you?

 

Romance and magic in the desert

Hey everybody,

So, for my first review I have decided to give you guys (and girls) a review of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. This book is an absolute must-read. It’s got everything you want in a ya novel: suspense, a little bit of romance, magic, bad guys and a whole of a lot of attitude ;).

Amani desperately wants to leave her hometown of Dustwalk, a dead-end deserttown where folks love to shoot things and drink a lot. Even more important Amani’s family is not what you would call loving. Her aunt abuses her and her uncle wants to marry her.

One night Amani decides to go to the pistol pit to earn enough money to get out of Dustwalk. Her foolproof plan of defeating all the shooters and winning the prize money seriously goes awry when the shooting contest turns out to be rigged and Amani, with a little help of a handsome foreigner, manages to cause a bar brawl. Instead of earning money she looses what she already saved.

Down on her luck Amani returns home. The very next day the foreigner turns up wounded in the store of Amani’s aunt where she is working and asks Amani for help. As if that wasn’t trouble enough the Sultan’s army rides into town looking for him and a magical horse makes an appearance. This is where the story of Jin, the handsome foreigner, and Amani begins. Leading them across the desert, into numerous troubles and wondrous and terrible adventures.

If this description doesn’t convince you to read the story than maybe this will. Amani is a very likeable character; she is tough, kind, funny, and knows how to handle any situation (especially when there’s shooting involved). Jin is handsome, amusing, nice and loves to tease. The connection between the two is perfect.

The worldbuilding in this series is awesome. Figures and beasts from Eastern fairytales are brought to live in a fantastic setting. The world in this book also resembles bits and pieces of pre-modern history with multiple empires and countries with different cultures and customs warring with eachother. In this first installment we see only little pieces of the larger story world but I’m certain that we will see more of this intriguing world in the books to come.

And then the magic <3. Some of the characters in this book have earthbound magic, inherited from Djinni or First Beings. They have powers like shapeshifting, fire throwing, illusions etc.

Besides likeable characters, great worldbuilding and awesome magic this book also has a lot of suspense. Gun and magic fights, chase scenes, torture and murder. There’s a little bit of everything for everybody. And there are multiple antagonists to keep the story interesting.

And last but not least, the cover of this book is gorgeous!!! This is definitely a must-buy and a must-read ;). 20160516_163712[1]