Bookhaul October 2017

Hey you all! Today I’m going to share my modest October bookhaul with you guys and girls. I bought two gorgeous hardcovers with a fairytale theme, I received one book filled with romantic YA christmas stories for reviewing purposes and I won a book in a giveaway on Facebook hosted by Chantal de Vries ❤


So, what are these books about?

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo:

For a review and description of this book see:

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden:

For a review and description of this book see:

Een zomer in Parijs (One Paris Summer) by Denise Grover Swank:

Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren’t betrayal enough, he’s about to remarry, and they’re expected to play nice with his soon-to-be wife and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter, Camille, agrees to show them around the city, but she makes it clear that she will do everything in her power to make Sophie miserable.

Sophie could deal with all the pain and humiliation if only she could practice piano. Her dream is to become a pianist, and she was supposed to spend the summer preparing for a scholarship competition. Even though her father moved to Paris to pursue his own dream, he clearly doesn’t support hers. His promise to provide her with a piano goes unfulfilled.

Still, no one is immune to Paris’s charm. After a few encounters with a gorgeous French boy, Sophie finds herself warming to the city, particularly when she discovers that he can help her practice piano. There’s just one hitch—he’s a friend of Camille’s, and Camille hates Sophie. While the summer Sophie dreaded promises to become best summer of her life, one person could ruin it all.

I’m really looking forward to reading this book! It sounds so awesome ❤

Wonderland by various authors:

For this book there is no official description, but it is a collection of short YA romantic Christmas stories written by ten popular Dutch YA authors. I’m still debating if I’m going to write this review in Dutch or if I’m going to make a bilingual review in Dutch and English (I’m leaning towards the latter). The review will be posted on 14 November so stay tuned for that one 😉

And that’s all for October I’m afraid. But, eventhough it’s just a small pile, two of the four books were absolutely amazing and I have high hopes for the other two, so, quality makes up for quantity 😉



Deep inside the woods ancient evil stirs

Hey you all! I don’t know what it is this month, but I’ve only read extraordinary books. Today I’m going to discuss Katherine Arden’s debut novel The Bear and the Nightingale, a truly mesmerizing and awesomely written book. I have to confess that I bought this one purely because of the cover and because the book was compared to Naomi Novik’s Uprooted. Since I absolutely fell in love with Uprooted I decided to just go ahead and buy this book and, boy, did I struck gold!!! The Bear and the Nightingale is a work of writing art ❤ Let me tell you what the book is about and why I fell in love with it.

the bear and the nightingale

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

For the first time I don’t really know where to start my review. This book was just all around awesome! I loved Katherine’s writing style. It’s lyrical, dark, and slow burning. The way in which she describes life in the cold stretches of the countryside in Russia in the 16th century is truly amazing. With her lush and elaborate descriptions she manages to transport her readers backwards in time towards an age full of superstition, inequality and hardships. Everything I loved in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Novik’s Uprooted is combined in this novel: a slow pace, descriptive writing, magic, small minded villagers, an unlikely hero who refuses to let circumstances and the way people perceive him or her get him or her down, an ancient evil, and a grumpy mentor.

Another thing I loved is the theme of religion versus folklore and the supernatural. It has always been a personal fascination of mine how Christianity managed to suppress peoples believe in supernatural beings as deities, house spirits etc. In this book Arden explores this theme majestically. When Father Konstantin comes to the village where Vasya/ Vasilisa and her family live much is changed. Konstantin doesn’t want people to honor the old gods and house spirits and forces them to put all their faith in God. Vasya, however, is one of the few people who possesses the second sight and she sees what the consequences of not honoring the ancient beings are. Because the less people believe in their house spirits, the more they weaken and the flimsier the barriers of protection against evil become. Worse, still, is the fact that with the weakening of the protective barriers comes the rising of an ancient evil that hungers for death and destruction. Another thing I loved was the fact that Arden portrays Konstantin as a man of many flaws, but with a strong conviction in the rightness of what he does and believes. Even though Konstantin is at times very unlikeable I was fascinated by this character.

And then Vasilisa herself … Vasya was such a realistic and cool main character. All her life she has been told that she is not as pretty as her sisters, that she is weird and that the only options she has in life are marriage or joining a convent. But, Vasya knows that those two options are not for her. She doesn’t want to be a slave to a man and she doesn’t want to be locked up in a cold building honoring a distant God. So, she plays in the woods, gets to know all the spirits and supernatural creatures no one else seems to see and is taught skills that no girl should possess, including riding bareback on a horse. When she gets older people start calling her witch and evil. And when darkness stirs and demons gather around the village Vasya becomes a scapegoat for all that befalls the villagers.

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Vasya’s struggles were so realistic and at times heartbreaking that I couldn’t help but root for her and hope that she would manage to get free of her circumstances. I loved the way in which Vasya refused to adhere to what she should do and how she should act as a woman and just forged her own path ❤

The pace of this book starts out slow. As a reader you get sucked into Vasya’s world and get to know her and her family. You begin to love her brothers Kolya, Sacha and Alyosha, and her sisters Olga and Irina. Her father Pyotr sometimes seems strong and a loveable man and other times he’s weak and you start to hate him a bit. Her stepmom Anna is a harder character to love because she can be cruel and mean, but other times you feel sorry for her. I loved how human all the characters were; just ordinary people with good and bad qualities. The supernatural characters were portrayed just as well. I loved how these ‘demons’ balanced between good and evil and how they interacted with Vasya. I really liked Morozko’s character and hope that he plays an even bigger role in the sequel. He’s wonderfully mysterious. Once you get to know all these characters and the world is set firmly in place the pace kicks up and races towards an incredible climax that was beautifully written and composed.

I don’t want to betray too much of what happens in the book, so, you can experience the epic writing and story all for yourself ❤ I will suffice with saying that this is an astonishing book with an awesome and realistic main character, elaborate and gorgeous worldbuilding based on historical research, which explores several interesting themes, is extremely suspenseful and is written in such a realistic and magical way that you will keep turning pages. This is definitely a must read!


Fairytales the Grisha way

Hey you all! Today I’m going to share a new kind of review with you. Instead of discussing the book and giving a summary, I’m going to share some pictures with you guys and girls to show you how awesome The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo is. If you would rather not see some of the stunningly beautiful art in this book and want to be surprised if you buy the book than don’t read and look any further!!!


Before I start showing you the pictures I’d like to comment in short on the whole novella thing. It seems as though making novella’s is a new and lasting hype in the YA world. Almost every popular YA series has at least one, but often two or more novella’s which are put between the full length novels as extra’s or expansions of the main story. On the one hand this can be really fun and exciting because the story gets prolonged that way and some aspects of the world or characters can be elaborated on. On the other hand sometimes it becomes a cheap trick to get readers to buy even more books; books that were not absolutely necessary to understand the story. Most of the time I don’t buy these novella’s because of  this. What annoys me most, though, are people who warn readers that they absolutely have to buy these novella’s because otherwise the series won’t make sense. That’s just a load of rubbish. Up until this day I haven’t come across a novella that needs to be bought and read because it is essential to the main story. The Language of Thorns is also a novella that doesn’t absolutely have to be read. In fact, nothing in this book is directly linked to the Grisha trilogy or the Six of Crows duology except the locations in these six short stories. So, you don’t have to buy this book to better understand the two main series, but it is an awesome collector’s item that contains six truly beautiful short stories, or rather short folktales, that the characters in the main stories no doubt grew up with ❤

So, let’s start this alternative review!

When you remove the stunning dust cover (or rather cloth cover) you see this stunning cover:


Those two covers are enough to get my fan heart beating a little faster, but wait until you see what’s inside!

First up:

20171023_122206[1] A gorgeous fairytale that reminded me a bit of the Minotaur-myth meshed with Beauty and the Beast elements ❤ On every page there are tiny drawings that expand further and further until it comes to a climax in the endpages of the story, where a full blown drawing is depicted.


This first story was one of my favorites!



This story was based on the Ugly Duckling and is written so well that I didn’t see that plottwist at the end coming! I loved the fox as a main character and the dark and twisted vibe was awesome. And the artwork at the end was again amazing. Sadly, with this story I can’t show you the artpiece because it contains a spoiler about the plottwist 😉




Again an amazingly twisted and dark story with a plottwist I didn’t see coming. This one has a little bit of Hansel and Gretel in it, but in a whole new way. The final pages were truly stunning again.


It’s so pretty ❤



I loved the feministic touch in this story. That twist at the end had me grinning like the Cheshire Cat and chuckling like an evil witch 😉 I’m still trying to come up with what fairytale this story was based upon, because I’m sure I’ve read a fairytale or story where the hero needs to fulfill a couple of tasks to win the hand of the pretty princess, but I can’t remember which story it is… Anyway this was another one of my favorites (come to think of it, I think all of them are my favorites haha).




This story was based on The Nutcracker, but has a dark vibe the original story doesn’t have. I loved the sinister feeling of this one and that ending was so cool! I liked the artwork of this story the least, but it still is very nicely done.




The last story is the longest one and a variation on The Little Mermaid. I loved how round the main character in this short story was and I liked how the story built towards an explosive climax. I still can’t decide which story I liked best of all, but this one is certainly a contender. And the drawings are so, so beautiful ❤

If you’re looking for a novella that is worth your money and deserves a place on your bookshelves this is certainly the one to buy. Not because the stories in it are necessary to understand the Grishaverse, but because the book is stunning and the stories in it are written really well and all have a unique take on classical fairytales.

Bookhaul August & September 2017

Hey you all! You may have noticed that my bookhauls for the months August and September were missing. I decided to wait with posting these hauls because they were kind of … pathetic haha. If it wasn’t for giveaways and review copies I probably wouldn’t have had any books to show you guys and girls. Luckily, Lady Luck favors the broke 😉

When I wanted to take a picture of the spines of the books in my bookhaul the pile of books promptly keeled over, which resulted in this picture that made me laugh really hard, because somehow it looks kind of cool.


Four of these books I got for free 🙂 I won Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus in a giveaway by the magazine Libelle, I won Bloedwetten: Verlossing (English translation: Bloodlaws: Redemption) by Sophia Drenth in a Facebook giveaway by the author and Nienke Pool, I won Een fijne neus voor liefde (The secret of a heartnote) by Stacey Lee in a giveaway by HarperCollins Young Adult and I got Ster van Acht (Angel Star) by Jennifer Murgia as a review copy for Dutch Venture Publishing. The remaining two books I bought for a project I’m working on and will tell you more about when I’m finished 😉

So, what are these books about? (note: I added two descriptions in Dutch because these books will probably not be translated to English any time soon)

Homo Deus: A brief history of tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari:

Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.

What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

Bloedwetten: Verlossing by Sophia Drenth (description in Dutch):

Neerlanders hebben hun angst verloren voor de bloeddrinkende Ath’vacii. Burgers gebruiken nu zelf gretig het pulver dat wordt vervaardigd uit Ath’vacii-bloed en bewonderen de machtige stem van een monsterlijke operazanger die eeuwen geleden onsterfelijk werd gemaakt.

Roan Storm is recent door de Ath’vacii tot het eeuwige leven veroordeeld. Hij verliest zijn grote liefde Maïa aan een sterfelijke mens. Samen met zijn staaljagers staat hij machteloos als zijn Bloedwet wordt misbruikt door zijn aartsrivaal.

Wanneer bloedhongerige mensen Ath’vacii beginnen aan te vallen en Maïa’s leven in gevaar komt, valt Storm dieper dan zijn resterende vrienden ooit hadden kunnen vrezen.

Structuring your novel: essential keys for writing an outstanding story by K.M. Weiland:

Is Structure the Hidden Foundation of All Successful Stories?

Why do some stories work and others don’t? The answer is structure. In this new guide from the author of the bestselling Outlining Your Novel, you will discover the universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs. An understanding of proper story and scene structure will help you to not only perfectly time your story’s major events, but will also provide you with an unerring standard to use in evaluating your novel’s pacing and progression.

Structuring Your Novel will show you:

• How to determine the best methods for unleashing your unique and personal vision for your story.
• How to identify common structural weaknesses and flip them around into stunning strengths.
• How to eliminate saggy middles by discovering your “centerpiece.”
• Why you should NEVER include conflict on every page.
• How to discover the questions you don’t want readers asking about your plot—and then how to get them to ask the right questions.

Story structure has empowered countless bestselling and classic authors. Now it’s your turn!

Ster van Acht (Angel Star) by Jennifer Murgia:

See for a description and review of the book.

Een fijne neus voor liefde (The secret of a heartnote) by Stacey Lee:

See for a description and review of the book.

Storytelling in 12 stappen (English translation: Storytelling in 12 steps) by Mieke Bouma (description in Dutch):

Storytelling in 12 stappen is gebaseerd op de monomythe van Joseph Campbell en The Writer’s Journey van Christopher Vogler, ook wel bekend als ‘De Reis van de Held’. Voor schrijvers en verhalenvertellers vormt deze mythische verhaalstructuur een onuitputtelijke inspiratiebron.
In deze praktische schrijfgids behandelt scenarioschrijver en schrijfdocent Mieke Bouma dit verhaalmodel stap voor stap. Storytelling in 12 stappen biedt schrijvers en verhalenvertellers richtlijnen voor het construeren van sterke plots en het creëren van universele en levensechte karakters. Oefeningen en praktische opdrachten helpen bij het oplossen van schrijfproblemen, zorgen voor inspiratie en prikkelen de verbeelding.
Dit boek is niet alleen een avontuur voor auteurs, scenaristen, toneelschrijvers en producenten, maar voor iedereen die van verhalen houdt en ze wil (leren) schrijven of vertellen.  




The road to revenge

Hey you all! You might have wondered why it took me so long to post a review of Crooked Kingdom as I posted my review of Six of Crows a week or two ago. It wasn’t because it took me so long to finish the second book … No, I’m still emotionally unstable haha. I don’t know how Bardugo does it, but she has me hooked to her stories with my heart and soul. This review will contain spoilers of the ending of Six of Crows so don’t continue reading if you don’t want to know how that book ends!


I made a fanart-card again and I discovered that I love this handlettering thing (even though my normal writing is a mess haha) Ps. No crows and ravens were harmed in the making of this photo, I collected these feathers through the years in parks and woods without attacking any birds, I swear 😉

So what’s this second book about:

Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope.

As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world. 

In Six of Crows we saw how Kaz and his crew pulled off the impossible: breaking into the Ice Court to retrieve a high-value-prisoner and delivering him to Ketterdam. But, Kaz never anticipated that their client, the presumed honorable merchant, Jan van Eck would double cross them and kidnap Inej. In Crooked Kingdom the reader sees what Kaz will do to get Inej back and take revenge on not only Van Eck but also his greatest enemy.

kaz and inej

Let’s start with Kaz. In this book you get to know him even better. He is reluctant to admit his feelings, but he can’t deny them any longer even though he knows that he will probably never be able to touch someone without breaking down and feeling horrified. I loved the way in which Kaz tried to fight his feelings, but ultimately embraced them. The discovery of his warmer feelings, however, doesn’t mean that Kaz isn’t cold and relentless any more. If anything the betrayal by Van Eck made him even more determined to take revenge and outsmart everyone. The plans and plots he comes up with are so cool and evil! I love how Kaz’ darkside and his goodness mash together in this book ❤

Inej was so incredibly well portrayed in this book!!! Her capture by Van Eck throws her back into her own past when she was helpless and couldn’t stop the things that were done to her. But, instead of breaking apart Inej learns that even though she’s scared she will never be helpless again. She would sooner die than let people use her again. I loved her vulnerability and her inner strength in this book and her determination to get what she deserves: be it love or revenge. She’s one kick-ass girl!


Inej and Kaz weren’t the only ones that went through hell in this book. In Six of Crows we learnt that it was Jesper’s fault that the mission at the Ice Court went incredibly wrong. He tries his best to make up for his faults, but Kaz doesn’t forgive easily, especially not now that Inej has been taken. Jesper’s struggle is so real and sad that my heart broke for him, but I loved how he tried to correct his wrongs and how he grew closer to Wylan. Best of all was the fact that his humor was still there despite everything that went wrong.

And then Wylan … I loved the fact that he had a much larger role in this book and that the reader gets to know him better. His struggle with his horrible father, Jan van Eck, was so realistic and sad. But, it was beautiful how he proved his dad wrong in the end and took revenge on him for all that he did to Wylan and his mom ❤ The feelings between Jesper and Wylan were so sweet and cute that it made me smile the whole time when they were together in the same scenes. ❤ ❤ ❤

Nina and Matthias also had some obstacles on the way. Matthias struggles with the fact that he betrayed his fellow soldiers, his commander and his country by protecting Nina and staying with Kaz and his crew. Even though he’s torn apart inside he can’t help but feel that he did the right thing even when it feels so wrong. He struggles with accepting his new world and the possibility that Grisha are not abominations and unnatural, yet, he can’t deny his feelings for Nina. I loved the fact that Matthias didn’t simply change his mind about his world, but that he had a hard time with accepting everything, which made the book and his character that much more realistic.

Last, but not least: Nina. To save the crew she had to take some of the drug Jurda Parem which is extremely addictive. Even though she wants to clean her system of the drug she can’t help but be overcome by craving it every time she tries to use her heartrender gifts. It’s as if everything that makes her her is stripped away from her. She’s weakened by the drug and has to learn how to fight the normal way. The only things keeping her sane are Matthias and her will to find and free Inej. Along the way she discovers that her old talents have transformed into something new and that love can cure you even from a drug as addictive as Jurda Parem.

This book was genius. The plot was written extremely well and I loved how some of Kaz’ plans failed, but how he nevertheless thought of ways to set things right again. The tension was really high and well dosed. And the emotions … let’s just say I was a wreck when I finished this book! It was so intense and I’m still mad and sad about that ending! because not all of the crew came back from this mission … (crying in handkerchief) This book was a rollercoaster of feelings and suspense ❤

Oh, and I absolutely loved the way in which Kaz took revenge on his enemies. I think I’m going to hire him when somebody crosses me, so you are forewarned 😉


I don’t think I have to mention that this is a definite must read 😉 It’s so, so good!!! Even though your heart will be blown to smithereens, you have to read this one. You won’t regret it.

The heist of a lifetime

Hey you all! I don’t know about you guys and girls, but I’ve got a lot of unread books in my bookcase waiting to be read. A couple of weeks ago I came across a blogpost by Melissa from in which she talked about duologies and series she hadn’t read yet. A lot of the books in that post were just sitting around in my bookcase too. Among them were Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Since I loved the Shadow and Bone trilogy I decided to finally read Six of Crows and I can only say that I wish I read this one sooner because it’s friggin’ AWESOME!!!! (this book needs capitals and multiple exclamation marks trust me 😉 ) I’m not really one of those über fangirls although I can get really excited about books, but this book awoke the fangirl in me. I want to collect candles, throw pillows, artwork, quotecards and who knows what else to express my love for this book ❤ As usual let me try to convince you why you should pick this one up asap.


This time I even made my own fanart haha

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

That description alone ❤ ❤ ❤

If the description is not enough to convince you then let me try to write a review in between my squealing 😉

Let me start with the main characters. This book has not one, but six of them. Six equally awesome characters. And I will tell you a little bit about each and every one of them, because I loved them all!

Kaz – the criminal genius: How do I describe Kaz… Let’s just say that he loves to be bad. It has been his life’s mission to become someone who is feared. His criminal name isn’t Dirtyhands for nothing: everybody knows that crossing Kaz Brekker means certain death. Even though he is only 17, he’s done quite well for himself. He’s driven by two things: 1. money, 2. the need for revenge. When someone offers him a job, an impossible heist, he knows one of those two things will never be a problem again, for if he can pull off this job he will have the money he has always wanted. Only problem: he has to break into the most secure prison of the world to rescue a hostage and deliver him safely to his client in Ketterdam. So, Kaz concocts a dangerous plan and assembles a crew that is capable of pulling off the impossible… Along the way Kaz is confronted with his own past, the traumatic experiences that made him Dirtyhands, and with some lessons about the most important things in life. And, last but not least, he learns that even the best laid plans sometimes…

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Inej – the acrobat: Inej is such a fun character. She has been through hell to get where she is now: Kaz’s right hand. Her skills as an acrobat come in quite handy on the streets and earned her the nickname The Wraith. She has a talent for sneaking and getting to places where no one else can get. However, she’s not like Kaz. She doesn’t long for wealth. She just wants to earn her freedom and find back the family that she lost when she was taken. She has a weak spot for Kaz, but she isn’t a pushover. I loved Inej’s inner strength and goodness.

Jesper – the sharpshooter: Jesper was so funny. He’s just as complicated as the other characters and certainly has some flaws, but you’ll forgive him anything because he’s the joker of the crew. The one that gets you laughing even when everything seems dark. I have a weak spot for trickster characters and Jesper is one of those. Lighthearted, flawed, sarcastic, but awsome. I loved how Bardugo used his character flaws to stir up some extra trouble.

Wylan – the runaway: In this book Wylan had only a minor role, but I’m hoping that we will see more of him in the next books. He’s the innocent, the one that hasn’t yet learned how dark everything can get sometimes. However, that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t experienced some hard times in his own life. I loved how Jesper teased Wylan and how they worked together. They are so cute together!

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Nina – the witch/ Grisha: Ah Nina. If I was a lesbian I would have fallen for her haha. She’s fantastic! She’s sarcastic, witty, loves to eat, loves her curves and isn’t afraid to use them and has a heart of gold. She joins the crew to right a wrong and get the boy she betrayed, but secretly loves, out of prison, even if he hates her. Her talent as a Heartrender, someone who can snatch the air from your lungs, slow your pulse until you drop into a coma, or literally crush your heart in your chest—all without ever laying a finger on you,  comes in quite handy on a mission that might require some muscle.

Matthias – the soldier: Matthias is one of those characters you would like to slap in one scene and hug in the next. His relationship with Nina is so complex, yet beautiful that I was rooting for them the whole time. Matthias is the perfect soldier: loyal, single minded, always wants to do the right thing, and hates to disappoint his superiors. He’s the reluctant one, the one that doesn’t want to join the crew but has no choice. However, somewhere along the way he will have to decide where and with whom his loyalties lie and what is more important: his heart or his training and orders…

The way in which all these characters get together and try to outsmart everything and everyone that comes at them is so brilliantly written! I loved the way in which everything went wrong multiple times. And that cliffhanger at the end…!!! Fantastic writing ❤

This book is full of feelings (sadness, happiness, hope, defeat, admiration) and tension and will keep you turning pages deep into the night. I love Bardugo’s writing, she’s a master storyteller who can keep you on the edge of your seat with every story she writes. Six of Crows is definitely one of my new favorites ❤

Okay, if you’re not convinced now, I don’t know what else to say except that this book is fantastic, awesome, brilliant, insanely good, etc, etc. Just pick up the book! You won’t regret it, I promise 😉

The poetrygarden #2: Christina Rossetti

Hey you all! Today I’m posting two poems because I couldn’t find the time last week to post the first poem for this new feature on my blog. The second poem I chose is Dream Land by Christina Rossetti. I’m a huge fan of the Pre_raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti and a couple years ago I found out that his sister wrote poetry, out of curiosity I bought a book of her poems and fell in love with her writing. Hopefully you will love it too 🙂


The poem continues on the other page:

Rest, rest, for evermore

Upon a mossy shore;

Rest, rest at the heart’s core 

Till time shall cease:

Sleep that no pain shall wake,

Night that no morn shall break

Till joy shall overtake 

Her perfect peace.


The poetrygarden #1: William Wordsworth

Hey you all! I don’t know what it is, but something about autumn puts me in a romantic and poetic mood. I love the poetry from the Romantics, all those beautiful descriptions of nature and the lyrical way they talk about feelings and moods just touches my heart and soul. My blog is mostly about YA, (paranormal) romance and (urban) fantasy, but since I love poetry also I decided to add another new feature to my blog: The poetrygarden. In this category I will place photo’s of poems I love combined with flowers from my garden. The first poem I’m going to share with you is called To the same flower by William Wordsworth ❤


Love is in the air

Hey you all! It’s time for a new review 🙂 Two weeks ago I came across a giveaway post by HarperCollins Young Adult, naturally I took a chance to try and win one of the books they were giving away as HarperCollins is one of my favorite publishers ❤ And Lady Luck was with me, because I won Een fijne neus voor liefde (The Secret of a Heart Note) by Stacey Lee. When I first came across a description of this book I put it on my wish list right away as I love romantic stories that have supernatural elements in them. I especially love stories where the main character has an ability that has to do with one of the five senses. So, the description of this book really made me curious and very excited and I wasn’t disappointed because this story was awesome! Let me first give you a description and then I will tell you why you have to read this book 😉


Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make. 

I loved everything about this story! Mim is one of those characters that crawls under your skin. She’s friendly, extremely loyal, quirky, funny and strong willed. In the beginning of the story the reader experiences how narrow Mim’s world is thanks to her talent and her overbearing mother. Eventhough Mim doesn’t like all the rules she has to abide she does it without much complaining or drama. She’s a good daughter who listens to her mother. Her mom rewards her for this by giving her even more tasks and responsibilities in the family business. So, when Mr. Frederics, Mim’s math teacher, comes to their house ordering a love elixir for the librarian Ms. DiCarlo it’s Mim’s job to ensure ms. DiCarlo gets the elixir. Mim does what she is told, but the cup of coffee she puts the elixir in turns out to belong to someone else than ms. DiCarlo and as a result Ms. Sawyer drinks the elixir. Mim is afraid of her mother’s reaction to her mistake and decides to keep it a secret. She has no choice to correct her mistake before Ms. Sawyer starts to get feelings for Mr. Frederics. Naturally, everything goes wrong after that. Mim has to tell someone her secret and decides to confess everything to Court, Ms. Sawyer’s son and the soccer star of Gaudalupe High. Together they go on a hunt for ingredients for a potion that will cure Ms. Sawyer of her feelings. But, some ingredients are hard to find. As a result Mim and Court spend so much time and experience so many adventures together that the unthinkable happens: Mim falls in love… The one thing she can never do according to the rules that are passed on from one aromateur to the next since the Middle Ages. However, Mim can’t help it, she can’t deny her feelings, although she tries her best to avoid skin contact with Court so she doesn’t loose her abilities. But, when Court is in danger and she’s the only one around to help him, can she turn her back on him and protect her abilities or will she risk everything to save him?

I really liked Court. He is sweet, nice, protective of the people he cares about and an all-around good guy. I loved how he saw Mim for who she really was and the way in which he kept her from harm. The love between Mim and Court moves slowly and is so sweet and cute that you can’t help but read this book with a big smile on your face.

The writer is really good at portraying emotions and the relationships between people. The bond between Mim and her mom was extremely realistic. Because of this realism you feel for Mim when her mom is hard on her and insensitive towards her feelings, but you never dislike her mother because you can see where she’s coming from. The relationship between Mim’s mom and her twinsister, Mim’s aunt, is also portrayed really well. Sisters don’t always get along and sometimes fights can result in distancing, but somehow, most of the time, these fights can be resolved and the sisterbond proves stronger than anything. That’s a powerful and beautiful message, I think ❤ The bond between Mim and her best friend Kali is written just as realistically. I loved how Kali and Mim tried to help each other, but eventually learned that sometimes you have to stand up for yourself and can’t rely on someone else’s help. I also really loved the fact that at the end of the book Mim learns that love has a way to happen all on its own and that sometimes magical abilities can’t change whom someone falls for. Sometimes love is meant to be 🙂

I loved the fact that this book revolved around smell and flowers, herbs and all living, growing things. In most books hearing and seeing are the most important senses, so, it was refreshing to read a story where smelling took centerstage. As a flowerlover myself I could smell most of the mentioned plants and flowers the whole time I was reading this book. Isn’t it amazing how written words have the power to do that?

The pace and tension in this book were really well dosed and I couldn’t stop reading once I started. The blending of magic (or Mim’s special ability) with a first love and a race against the clock worked perfectly. If you’re looking for a lighthearted love story with some magic in it and lots of obstacles along the way this is most definitely the book for you! This is without a doubt a must-read 🙂

Unboxing Fairylootbox: Otherworlds

Hey you all. The last couple of days I was hesitating and wondering if I wanted to post an unboxing of this Fairylootbox. You may wonder why. Well, I didn’t really like this box and I’ve seen loads of discussions on other blogs that escalated quite rapidly when someone shared a negative opinion of a lootbox. So, I was a bit ambivalent about posting my negative opinion of this box, but since this is my blog and I bought this box with my own hard earned money I feel like I have a right to share my thoughts about it. I love Fairyloot and will no doubt order another box there, so, I’m not going to bash on the company or anything. I’m just going to reveal what was in this box and tell you why I didn’t like it. I know companies can’t please everybody every single time, but I think it’s important to give feedback be it positive or negative.

This time I don’t have a photo of the closed box because my box was picked out by customs and let’s just say that they didn’t handle the package gently. The box was really dirty and had multiple dents and scrapes on it. The contents were handled just as harshly and were thrown back in without much care, so, when I opened the box it was one big mess.

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I bought this box because of the description. It was perfect for people who loved otherworlds in fantasy books and would appeal to fans of Peter Pan, Lord of the Rings, A Court of Thorns and Roses and Game of Thrones. It didn’t take me long to make up my mind to order this box as I love discovering new fantastical worlds in books. But, as I said above the box was a bit of a let down. Now, let me reveal what was in it.

  • The first item in my box was a candle from Book and Nook. I received the Anais Witchsoul candle which is red with glitters and smells like cocoa, cardamom and fig. This was one of the items I absolutely loved. The candle is pretty and smells heavenly. I like the fact that Fairyloot includes a candle in every box as I love to read and write by candlelight.
  • The second item I came across was a sleeping mask. I really don’t like this item. According to the description the mask is made of satin, but the fabric feels really weird and the seems are really sloppy and ugly. The quote (fictional worlds fuel my dreams) on it is really cool, but it isn’t legible due to how the front of the mask was sown. So, this was really not my thing.
  • The third item I saw was a tiny box with a beautiful quote from George R.R. Martin on it. When I opened the box a tiny, silicone sword fell out. I had no idea what this was supposed to be, but the description says it’s a tea strainer. I’m a huge fan of tea, but I like the elegance of an afternoon tea and this strainer is neither elegant nor pretty to look at. It’s clunky, gray and black and I have no idea how you’re supposed to put your tea leaves in it and put it in the pot as it doesn’t have a chain or something. And if you would put it in the pot as is it will surely fall over, which means you would have to put your fingers in scorching hot water to pull it back out…
  • The fourth item was a set of two magnetic bookmarks from LotR by Paperly and Co. I received Legolas and Thranduil and I love them!!! They are so cute. I’m definitely going to use this item ❤
  • The fifth item was a thin Neverland notebook painted by TJ Lubrano. It’s a really pretty notebook and I love the quotes on and in it. As I’m a bit of a hoarder of notebooks I’m really happy with this item 🙂
  • The sixth item was an artprint and for me a huge let down. The description says that this artprint was made by Melissa Nettleship and that it represents the Northern Lights. I don’t see the nothern lights in it and I’m wondering what this print has to do with the theme Otherworlds… If I’m being completely honest I think this artprint is kind of ugly and rather childish.
  • The seventh item is a pendant necklace with a quote from A Court of Mist and Fury made by Oh Panda Eyes. This could have been such a nice item. I love the A Court of series and I love Rhys and Velaris, but the quote on this pendant is executed really poorly. Rhys’ name is spelled wrong (Rhy’s) and half of the quote didn’t seem to fit on the pendant, so, instead of a quote you have a pendant with random words on it. I’ve made quote and picture pendants myself and it is not that hard to make them, so, this seems like a rush job that was done piss-poorly. If I had owned a company I would have never accepted something like this.



There were some free samplers in this box that I did like. I’m really curious about Ed McDonald’s Blackwing and I love the fairy artcard 🙂

And, now, the book that inspired this box:


Wicked like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic! I’ve never heard about this author or this book, so, I’m really curious about it and excited to read the story. The description sounds amazing, so, hopefully I won’t be disappointed 😉 Here’s the description for you guys and girls:

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. 

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?