Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

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The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan.

The Ship of the Dead –
Disney-Hyperion

You can’t hold on to hate forever. It won’t do a thing to the person you hate, but it’ll poison you, sure enough.
— Chapter 14

“Ah.” That awkward moment when you jump out a window because your friend jumped out a window, then you remember that your other friend can fly.
— Chapter 32





It is very likely that there isn’t any more I can say about Rick Riordan than I already have without transforming into an over-enthusiastic reader puddle. You’d think that at some point I might get bored by all those myths and save the world from certain doom scenarios. Nope, one of the biggest nopes that ever noped. There is still so much surprise and variety, so many unexplored possibilities. And while some characters share similarities (because they have to, there aren’t too many types of people who would sail off into certain death to claim that tiny chance of possibly winning against all odds), there are still enough differences to make them distinct, lovable, and that particular thing that will make me, now that this third book is over and the trilogy concluded, miss them like really good friends who moved halfway across the world. You still hear from them (thank the gods for cameos, hi Percy and Annabeth), but not as regularly or in person.
The chapter titles alone had me in stitches. I think the man next to me on the train was trying to figure out if I had seizures (I tried to keep the giggling under control, emphasis on tried). I couldn’t keep in that squee though … you know when that thing happened during the almost freezing to death part. Also general cuteness and snark. Publicly bookishly weird and mostly fine with it.
There was this short part at the very end that ties this series to – I suspect – the next Trials of Apollo book next May, which has me a little worried, but what else is new? Worried about beloved characters seems to be my default setting. It might be otherwise if I’d choose other authors to love. Which is not only a ridiculous idea but also utterly impossible.

I really hope that we will get to see Magnus, Alex, and the rest of Floor 19 again in a prominent capacity. Which characters from which series would you like to see (guest-)starring elsewhere? Share ideas and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

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Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness.

Shadow of Night – Viking Penguin

The family never puts ‘surely’ and ‘Philippe’ in the same sentence. It always ends badly.
— Chapter 12

“But it’s so …”
“Messy? So is life. Stop trying to be perfect. Try being real for a change.”
— Chapter 37





There is an annual real-time reading for the All Souls trilogy, which is a brilliant idea to revisit this wonderful, dense, and overall impressive series. Each time I start, I try to pace myself and only read the so to say assigned chapters for the days and weeks. That works for about six days and then I suddenly … magically? … find myself way ahead of the schedule. Because no matter how well I remember the plot, at some point I simply have to read on. Or in this case listen on, as I opted for the audio version this year, which is also really well done. I have finished by now and realised that I never had a teaser from the second book, so here you go.
In addition, there is now a television series in the works and from the posts by the author herself I have a very good feeling about this. It’s certainly a good idea to have the author involved in this as much as possible seeing that she put so much research into the series to make it this rich and engrossing. Seriously, I can almost certainly promise that you have never read a book so vivid in its descriptions that you actually smell what is described. Maybe aside from Perfume, but that’s really not the point. It will be so interesting to see how this experience is translated to the screen.

Do you have books that you re-read regularly or other examples of times read-alongs? I’d love to know if there are other events organised this way. Share recommendations and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Gilded Cage by Vic James

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Gilded Cage by Vic James.

Gilded Cage – Pan Books

Was that cowardly? Maybe. But it didn’t mean it wasn’t true.
— Chapter 11

Trust was what made everything possible. Trust lent you someone else’s eyes, someone else’s strong arms, or quick brain. Made you bigger than just yourself.
— Chapter 12





I was going to apologise for missing last week, but that would feel dishonest as the only thing I’d be sorry for would be that I didn’t have anything to share ... and that couldn’t be helped. Sometimes, a reading break is just as relaxing and let’s you return to your books with a new appreciation. Or at least I find that true for me.
This first book in a proposed trilogy is every historical reader’s dream, provided they also like a touch of fantasy, a good dose of political intrigue, and quite a bit of social commentary. The characters are all (and there are quite a few) very nuanced and I’m not sure of all of their motives yet. As is often the case, I find myself drawn to one of the more obscure and mysterious characters and have little patience for some of the others, who seem deliberately straightforward, but who I suspect will also turn out to have more up their sleeve than is apparent.
The setting is quite unique in an England reminiscent of the era past the industrial revolution, but within a class division and a master-slave-system still firmly in place. The worldbuilding is quite strong as it isn’t too unsettling to enter this in some cases familiar and in other aspects very alien environment. One of the most interesting aspects to me is that the ruling class is made up of those who would traditionally have been hunted down and executed for their powers, but here they are too strong and too feared. And how they treat those weaker than themselves is hauntingly familiar ... even if quite different in practice. I look forward to finding out how the plot will unfold further and I really hope for a more prominent role for a certain string pulling character.

Do you take reading-breaks? If so, do you plan on taking them or do you decide spontaneously? Share your thoughts and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Teaser Tuesday: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.

A Darker Shade of Magic –
Titan Books

“I said Rhy forgave them.” Kell pushed to his feet. “I never said I did.”
— Part X – II

“I apologize for anything I might have done. I was not myself.”
“I apologize for shooting you in the leg,” said Lila. “I was myself entirely.”
— Part XIV – III




Ever since I can remember, London has been one of my favourite places in the world even before I could explain why ... I still can’t quite pinpoint it. So whenever London is a central place in a story that’s certain to get me to pick up the book at some point. And here there are actually several Londons. The more the better! And also with magic, intrigue, mystery, a really interesting couple of leading characters, and an overall fascinating plot construct.
For various and mostly external reasons it took me a while to dive into this book. It is very accessible through its interesting characters and universe, but apparently I needed some time to acclimatise to these new surroundings. It really helped when one of the characters was also thrown into a new to her world and had to learn about its different and various rules. Maybe Lila was a little too accepting of all of it for my taste, but I could understand where it came from, because it fit well with her overall character. It will be really interesting to see how she adapts to her new reality in the following books. I really hope that this will play a role.

Which book setting is a guaranteed pick up reason for you? And have you been to that place in person or just as a reader? Share destinations and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Teaser Tuesday: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

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In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan.

In Other Lands – Big Mouth House


You will never find me in trouble. You will find me in the library. If you can remember where that is.
— Part 2

This immunity toward sarcasm must mean Dale had such a peaceful life. It also meant he and Elliot were basically speaking different languages.
— Part 4




Do I need to say that Sarah Rees Brennan is one of my instant-buy-no-questions-asked and also drop-everything-else-and-read-immediately (if my idiot self hadn’t accidentally ordered the book right to the city I was leaving for two weeks when it arrived) authors? If you didn’t know before, now you do. And this book is SO!WORTH!IT! ... if you are like me and one of your teachers reprimanded you early on that irony and sarcasm are (apparently) part of a language not spoken by everyone and please stop tormenting other pupils with it. Which I did immediately ... right along with becoming a star athlete and after I got rid of my pesky language nerdishness. If you’ve read only one page of this book (the first chapter is available here), you’ll see why Elliot is the sort of main character I fell for instantly
There is so much to love about this ingenious, wonderful book: Elves! Harpies! Mermaids! Oh, and totally likeable but still to be kept away to some extent humans, I suppose. Surprisingly no witches or other magical magic. A big adventure of (not) fighting wars with (swords, bow and arrow) pen, paper, words and wit. And during that also managing growing up, falling in love, finding friends, and making other big discoveries (some of which are really spoiler-y and I’m almost bursting with glee just thinking about them). One of the best things is the clever and humorous not really subtle but still not in your face running commentary on society and gender expectations. I’m so obscenely in love with the narrative style, it’s almost absurd. I had so many snort-giggle-laugh moments even if it really shouldn’t be funny but it is just because of that. Don’t get me wrong there are also really heart-wrenching and anxious sad parts ... wouldn’t be Sarah Rees Brennan without them.
Maybe you’ve read this story when it was free on the internet, but don’t be fooled this version is everything you didn’t think this story also needed and then some. Plus: if you get a physical copy you can hug it while sighing contentedly. It’s so pretty! And I totally plan on getting it signed ... no idea how I’ll manage that, as Germany is sort of off track in terms of English language author tours. But I will ... there, I said it and so I shall. In the meantime, I hope for many more books where this one came from. And I’ll keep pushing this book into the hands of anyone who knows and tolerates me.

Do you have authors that make you pause whatever else you’re reading and get their new releases? Share your loves and teasers in the comments.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn

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Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn.

Wesley James Ruined My Life –
Swoon Reads


“Yes, well, that was the plan.” The smile hasn’t slipped from his face, but he won’t meet my eyes.
— Chapter 13

“You’re blinded by his stupidly handsome face.”
“Ha! I knew you thought he was cute.”
— Chapter 17





Holding a grudge can be an art form. Or a bad habit. Or a really big misunderstanding. And sometimes it’s a safety blanket and a shield. The protagonist Quinn certainly has the art form part of this down and the other options didn’t just spring to mind out of nowhere either. This was a quick and entertaining read which also touched upon some heavier topics like trust and loss and other family issues. I liked how there wasn’t just the one big thing dominating the whole book but rather a number of things adding up around this one central issue. I forget who said it (and am too lazy to look it up right now) but books have it way harder than real life because they have to be realistic and make sense ... and when does life ever revolve around just one really big plot point? But in contrast to real life I somehow expect these issues to be somewhat resolved by the end of the book in a satisfying and not glossed over manner. So books really have to pass a higher bar than real life.
Of course the danger of such a multitude of issues is that in order to fit them into a manageable length something else has to fall by the wayside. In this case I have the feeling that the secondary characters had to carry the brunt of the cut. There are quite a few of them and they all have some really interesting aspects and backgrounds, but they felt a little flat to me. This doesn’t distract from the overall enjoyability of the book, but this is the rare case where I think another 50 or so pages would have done the book a big service in terms of depth and character development. But I also realise that this might not be the ambition and in that case, this really fits the bill of an entertaining, romantic, summery read.

Are you someone who holds grudges? I’ll admit that I have been known to do so on occasion (I’m still not over the fact that someone “lost” me in the middle of Alice’s Labyrinth in Disney Land when I was five ... just saying.) Share your teasers (and grudges if you like) in the comments.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

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The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson.

The Heart of Betrayal –
Henry Holt and Company

“As you command, Komizar. I will sleep well tonight if I must slit my own throat to do it.”
He smiled. “I think we’re beginning to understand each other at last.”
— Chapter 36

“The rules of reason build towers that reach past the treetops. The rules of trust build towers that reach past the stars.”
— Chapter 47



How little and how much can you say about the second book in an extremely close-knit trilogy with a staggering number of layers and secrets that on the one hand conveys the art of this kind of story telling while also preserving the secrets and twists? Because it makes a very big difference if you read the first book with too much knowledge. (I know this because I had to skim through Kiss of Deception before starting this one to jog my memory a bit and just knowing who is who in terms of two central characters changed my perspective quite a bit. It’s so much fun just to speculate about their identities.)
This second book opens up the world quite a bit to a whole new part of the continent and also further introduces political intrigues on top of personal ones. Add to that the history of this fictional world and the layers and possible ramifications go through the roof. If you’ve read the novella as well and realise the misunderstandings due to time, distance, and perspective, you gain another layer ... add the personal deceptions and lies and the times you want to throw these characters into a cell and only let them out when they’ve talked it out become immeasurable.
A wonderful second book that not only lives up to the first but also lays a great foundation for a high-heart-rate finale.

Sometimes the narrator of a book is unreliable, but sometimes it’s just the narration itself that adds to the mystery through its information management. Which book has stayed on your mind because of its narrative style recently? Share your thoughts and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Teaser Tuesday: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.

When Dimple Met Rishi –
Simon Pulse

“So what if your art’s not practical? If you love it, you should do it. What’s the point of anything otherwise?”
— Chapter 10

“I feel like I need to speak out, because if no one speaks out, if no one says, This is me, this is what I believe in, and this is why I’m different, and this is why that’s okay, then what’s the point? What’s the point of living in this beautiful, great melting pot where everyone can dare to be anything they want to be?”
— Chapter 21



There has been so much positive buzz about this book. Or it seems to me like that at least. Let me add to that a little. This is a cute girl meets boy, they connect, have some obstacles, but ultimately fall in love story. You can leave it at that and have a very pleasant read, just like hundreds of other books and movies. So why is this one of the books that gets talked about? Because, a little sad as it is, there is the added cultural background that is still enough of a novelty that it gets to be specifically addressed. At the same time for this books it is so intricately woven into the whole plot that there is at no point a moment to question it or to feel alienated. Because at the surface and all the way down these teenage characters have the same problems of finding themselves and their place in life and society as everyone else. And their path is riddled with hilarious and sometimes baffling detours.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and wll recommend it to anyone in search of a well-crafted romantic read with a little backbone.

Summer holidays are slowly winding down here although I feel that the weather at least has cheated me out of at least three weeks. At least my summer reads have mostly held up their end of the deal. How do you feel about seasonal reads that deliver on anything but their season relevance? Share thoughts and teasers in the comments.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey

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The Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey.

The Savage Dawn – Delacorte Press


But the words engraved in the marble columns betrayed the lie. Language knew. Language remembered.
— Chapter 14

Hate is a choice. And it’s not one I’m interested in making.
— Chapter 39




This is the final book in the Girl at Midnight trilogy – and I don’t want it to be over. Yes, it is totally in accordance with the previous books and I understand why it has to be this way, but that doesn’t mean that in my heart of hearts I wasn’t hoping for something else. Everyone always says that they appreciate a bitter sweet ending, myself included, yet if I’m completely honest I mostly like my chocolate to be that way and hope for my books for a sweeter solution. There is room for interpretation and maybe I’m just a little raw at the moment. Which actually says a lot about how much this series and its characters have come to mean to me. They sort of snuck up on me and now I’m sad to let them go when I was so unprepared for this amount of parting pain.
There were way too many quotes to choose from, which was also true for the previous books. Echo is the sort of main character that especially speaks to me with her love for language and literature, which is reflected in the wonderful writing. And then there are the twists and high stakes that will suck you right in and will make you want to hold on for dear life.
If Urban Fantasy is your thing and you haven’t read this series maybe now that it is complete give it a chance. I know that I will have to come back for a re-read in the not too distant future. And maybe, just maybe there is a chance that it isn’t completely over? I mean there are so many possibilities of stories yet to tell. One can hope, right?

Which bitter sweet ending has last left you satisfied and yet laid waste to you? Share them along with your teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock

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Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock.

Just Friends – Swoon Reads


“I’ll dust!” he cried, running to the supply closet. “You win, I’ll dust!”
— Chapter 5

Just like that Jenny Wessler lost it.
She closed her eyes and started chucking dictionaries.
— Chapter 31




“No, it’s not like that, we’re just friends.” Countless hearts have probably been battered and bruised by such an utterance. On the other hand, why is it “just” friends? Sure, you can be in love with multiple people, but acting on all those feelings at once is generally frowned upon whereas you can be friends with however many people you like. It helps if your partner is also a good friend, but they don’t have to be the best friend ... if the partnership and friendship can handle each other.
Which brings us to the premise of this book. It’s not a play on the trope that boys and girls can’t ever be friends without developing feelings for each other. It’s also not about one of them being n love with the other for a long time before the other suddenly realises their feelings as well. And not unrequited love either. Although that aspect is not completely absent in theory. And now that you know what it’s not, I’ll let you figure out what it’s actually about.
A very cute and quick read with a lot of miscommunication-face-palm-potential and a good portion of great humour. As I am a sucker for character development I would have loved to see a little more of that concerning the minor cast. The protagonists have a very steep arc in relation to the length or brevity of the plot, but it mostly fits with the overall pace. It’s not all fluff and butterflies, too. There is actually quite a lot of heavy stuff woven into this, almost in a when it rains it pours way. For this alone, I really would have liked the book to be a little longer to address the issues with more depth. It’s a very nice read, but I think there is a lot more potential that could have been explored ... overall quite an accomplishment for a contemporary debut and certainly an aspiring author to watch.

Are you a friends first and then fall in love or a love at first sight advocate ... speaking about reading habits for the most part here. Share preferences and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

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Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh.

Flame in the Mist –
G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Perhaps too clever, as her father always said. It had never been meant as a compliment, though she had always taken it as one.
— Chapter 7

“I am not a hero. Don’t forget it for a moment. I will not save you again.”
Mariko sat up abruptly, her features defiant. “I don’t want you to be a hero. And I don’t need anyone to save me.”
— Chapter 23



First of all: Apologies for the layout disaster last week. Big fun all around, but I hope things are back to working order now. Give me a shout if you encounter any image irregularities. And now on to the gushing and raving, which is not only more fun but for this book also absolutely necessary.
It’s probably no secret that I easily fall for books with densely crafted cultural backgrounds and while the author already did exceedingly well in her initial YA books with Arab culture, this is a completely different level. I felt transported into the story and the rich and vibrant world of this book. If it had been at all possible, I would have stayed in there a lot longer. But that wasn’t even an option because the plot commands a breakneck reading speed to get behind all the mystery and secrets as soon as possible.
Mariko was a little difficult to empathise with for me at first, but that, in my opinion, is quite intentional as it emphasises how she has been living a life that is so very removed from the average life of her culture. Granted, we’re probably not any closer to that as well, but this alienation and ignorance of her (and at the beginning almost nerve-wracking naiveté) makes her character’s growth even more admirable.
I won’t go into any more detail about the other characters for fear of spoiling any surprises because there are a lot. But should you happen to struggle with Mariko at the beginning, I urge you to take this as a vital part of her development and give her a chance to prove herself. Others in the book have to do the same so maybe you will feel closer to them and understand them better. And if you’re struggling with the end, I invite you to join me at Club Cliffhanger for a nice bottle of anticipation-sake or impatience-tea.

If you had the opportunity to drop into a foreign culture of a book, which book and which culture would you choose? Let me know about your choices and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

The Darkest Minds – Hyperion

She had every right to be terrified of the half-crazed girl chasing after her. I could waste time feeling bad about it later; but, for now, my mind had gotten a whiff of hope, and it wasn’t about to let it escape through a parking lot.
— Chapter 8

When a girl cries, few things are more worthless than a boy. Having two of them just meant that they stared at each other helplessly instead of at me.
— Chapter 19


Dear English language, you seriously lack an accurate word to convey the whole scope of “Vorfreude”, pleasant anticipation is nice and all, but really doesn’t cut it when it comes to what I feel towards the movie version of this series. (Yes, I know that this is dangerous business as there is always potential for disappointment, yet the cast and overall advance information feel very right.) Sometimes the movie rights have been optioned or sold for a while and you don’t actually think that it will amount to anything, because it’s been a while and let’s not talk about all those dormant rights ... looking at you, Looking for Alaska. But sometimes it actually just takes time and in a few cases good things come to those who wait and all that jazz.
There have been a number of dystopian series published in the years since, but I still think that this is one of the better crafted and sophisticated ones will always remain one of my benchmarks in terms of character building and development. Ruby is one of the most realistic protagonists when it comes to self-consciousness and self awareness. And I won’t even start on the swoony-ness of Liam or the adorableness of Chubs or cuteness of Suzume and so on. Seriously, if you are at all interested in dystopias and haven’t read this series, do so before the movie hits theatres next year. Or wait a little until the special editions with the bonus content are published ... in January 2018 ... how big is you TBR?

Are you waiting for the announcement of a movie for one of your favourite books? Do you have any frustrating optioned but not pursued cases? Share thoughts and your teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Legion by Julie Kagawa

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Legion by Julie Kagawa.

Legion – Harlequin TEEN

“If my plan was to lead you into a trap, it would be rather silly for me to open the prison cell, where you were already trapped, and let you out, wouldn’t it?”
— Chapter 25

“Even though they’re supposed to be mortal enemies who hate each other. Like the Montagues and Capulets.”
“If Romeo didn’t die from poison,” I finished. “And Juliet was a fire-breathing dragon.”
— Chapter 36


Looking at my reading log I came to realise that this is the 15th book I’ve read by Julie Kagawa. When did this happen? I don’t want to compare her series with each other because they each have different strengths and weaknesses, but overall you can clearly see her development as a writer as her stories are now much more plot driven (at least in my opinion, even though I really still miss Ash and Puck from her very first series).
I don’t often make remarks on my reading during the process of it. Usually because I am too busy reading and dont’t want to interrupt the flow ... along with several other overly involved reasons. I made an exception for this one as you may have seen on Twitter last week. At one point I really had to put down the book and take a breather. I’m not a squeamish reader (as opposed to viewer that’s totally different, go figure), or at least I wouldn’t think that I am, and graphic scenes of whatever calibre wouldn’t deter me from reading on. However, there I have so far discovered two things that are really difficult for me to get through: One of them relates to things that involve eyes and the other is anything that messes with a person’s brain/mind. Maybe some deep rooted fear because I’m such a head person, who knows. So yeah, that happened ... Nevertheless, this of course couldn’t keep me from the book for long as I simply had to read on.
The previous book ended on a Major Cliffhanger (note capitalisation, not a joke. I need to stop doing this to myself, otherwise medicine might soon have its first proven case of bookish cardiac arrhythmia, possibly flutter or rupture ...). and thankfully it’s resolved fairly quickly in this one. Not that this means the reader gets a break or that there is any slack in the tension. And then that twist where I had to take a short break because my brain rebelled at the thought of what was happening. I honestly don’t know if I could have read on if that had gone any longer than it did. Still gives me the shivers. And it might not even be that bad for other readers, but in my personal book this comes very close to my ultimate nightmare hell, don’t judge and I won’t hold your fear of moths against you (points if you know the book I’m referencing).
The end is not a cliffhanger of the capital letter variety, but it ramps up enough tension for the final book ...which of course is another year away. Story of my (reading) life. There better not be a funeral at the beginning of that one!

Now that we’ve talked about personal nightmare hells ... or at least I have, why not share some of your most beloved paradise dreams (or hells, if you really wish to do so) along with your teasers in the comments.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Teaser Tuesday: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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P.S. I Like You by Kasie West.

P.S.  Like You – Point

“When I was dating, my girlfriends and I used to say, ‘Don’t cry in front of him before date three.’”
“Cry?” I echoed, frowning.
“Yeah. Guys gets skittish when you cry.”
“I don’t think I have to worry about that one.”
“You don’t cry?”
“I don’t make it to date three.”
— Chapter 15

So had we called a truce or not? Sealing a truce with insults didn’t seem like a very promising start.
— Chapter 30


Show of hands: Who has ever doodled on their table during a boring lecture? I’m not going to rat you out, no worries. But now imagine that when you came back to that table someone else had replied to your thoughts to the void. As a minor queen of tragic passed notes romance (thanks for that random remembrance embarrassment) this idea of anonymous communication immediately appealed to me.
The endgame is maybe a little too obvious, but in my opinion for this kind of book it’s more of a journey rather than destiny kind of thing. And in this case the journey is quietly remarkable. Lily is at the same time the relatable heroine for the quiet, stuck in their own head book nerd, yet she can also be so frustratingly dense. I don’t know how often I wanted to shake her to get her act together and consider the wider picture ... but that’s also to beauty of it, because in reality who does that? Stepping back from our frog’s perspective on the situation that is our personal life. It’s possibly the hardest thing to do, if not quite impossible to accomplish completely. That’s what books are for and I enjoyed how this one explored and toyed with the experience.

This one firmly belongs on a Summer Reads list. Do you have any recent books to add? Share ideas and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

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Once and for All by Sarah Dessen.

Once and for All – Viking

He was like that upside-down exclamation point at the beginning of a sentence in Spanish, the mere appearance of which warned of something complicated ahead.
— Chapter 2

So many things we ask for, hope for, prayers put out into a world so wide: there was no way they could all be answered. But you had to keep asking. If you didn’t, nothing even had a chance of coming true.
— Chapter 23



Who doesn’t love a June wedding ... right? The wedding planner if you ask them to pull this off in less than a year. At least if you want a high production thing like apparently all the people in this book. But the nice thing about this is that we get to read all about the hassle and fun of planning said weddings in addition to witnessing two cute teenagers dance around and fall all over each other in the course of it.
If this is your first Sarah Dessen novel (what have you been reading these past years?!), don’t expect this to be a fluffy, glitzy beach read. Sarah Dessen has yet to let me down in delivering a lovable cast of characters and a sweet romance with a profound back story. The same goes for witty banter and amusing misconceptions. The narration is split into a present and a past timeline, which expertly feed into each other. Of course, Sarah Dessen never just has a simple background for her characters but this one? Let’s just say the flash backs alone had me swooning and then very nearly destroyed me. But there’s also the healing part, which I also appreciated for its thoughtful and realistically slow approach in combination with the growing relationship between the two main characters.
I know that the author was worried about this book after being in the business for so long, but this is definitely not her swan song. If anything it’s yet another step up that ladder. To end with another common collocation here: Sky’s the limit.

Contemporary YA isn’t always my brand, apart from a few trusted authors. Have you discovered new contemp authors you’d recommend? Share your findings and teasers in the comments.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Teaser Tuesday: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.

A Court of Wings and Ruin –
Bloomsbury Children’s Books

She complained that I was flying deliberately slow. So I went fast.
— Chapter 24

My knife clattered to the stones and snow. And I looked into the mirror.
— Chapter 68






Is there a limit on potentially soul-crushing books you can read in a row? Seeing that this is the third book in the series and somewhat of a break (although there are three more books to come) I was slightly optimistic that the end wouldn’t completely destroy me. However, before you get to that end there are 700 pages where you can convince yourself that everything is about to go to hell. Repeatedly. I loved the second book in this series so much and have re-read passages of it over and over, so the bar for this was incredibly high and I don’t blame the book that it doesn’t quite (in my opinion) live up to its precursor. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a great, amazing, breathtaking read, but that one final ingredient that would make it magical is somehow missing. And I couldn’t even tell you what would be needed to make it so. Maybe A Court of Mist and Fury just broke the mold.
Anyway, back to the everything is going to hell part: I’m in awe of the author who can set up a scenario where you care so much about the fate of a fictional world that you constantly worry about it when you can’t read about it (pesky real life again getting in the way of reading time). And the real art is giving glimpses of hope in this horror scenario that then turn out to be spinning everything even closer to total destruction.
It would always have been too early for me to let go of this cast of characters, but I hope that in the books to come they won’t be completely absent. I am wondering though about the significance of certain fighting characters because what happens when such ancient beings with arguably important roles suddenly cease to be able to participate in the running of the world? (Vague enough?)

We’re almost at the exact halfway point of the year, how is your reading pile shaping up? Do you tend to read more or less in the second half of the year? Share your observations and teasers in the comments.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare.

Lord of Shadows –
Margaret K. McElderry Books

We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them. We fear dying because we value being alive. Don’t wish you didn’t fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn’t feel anything.
— Chapter 7

I think you cannot root out love entirely. I think where there has been love, there will always be embers, as the remains of a bonfire outlast the flame.
— Chapter 20




Since this is a second book in a series I won’t say anything about the plot, because everything – and I mean everything – is a potential spoiler that’s how complex and intricately connected all of it is. Sort of blink and you miss a reference. But I will say this: If there was a possibility to safeguard my heart by keeping it outside my body while reading, I would do it. If Cassie Clare gets any better at what she does, she will obliterate me in one of her next books. And while we’re on the topic of obliteration: The word cliffhanger called and says it no longer wants to be associated with Shadowhunter books and will send its older brother suicidal free falling to take on the job. I know that things have to get worse before they get better in these books, but there is worse and there is traumatised-rocking-in-the-corner worse.
It’s been said before that you don’t need to have read all series to understand the others, but I’m completely in love with the glimpses and allusions to the other beloved characters and the glimpses into their lives. Yet at the same time that also means they are not safe. And that is one aspect that really has me worried. Yes, I want to know how they are faring, but at the same time I realise that also means in this world they will remain in danger. The same would be true if their book simply ended and I never heard of them again from a logical aspect yet this feels more immediate. Please, please, please let that one vision not be a literal one ...
And now it’s going to be an almost impossibly long wait for the final book, because Cassie is writing others before it. Perfect for coming up with ever more intricate doomsday scenarios fed by information added through the Queen of Suspense and Foreshadowing. So don’t mind me while I’m hurtling through empty space and try to come to terms with what happened. If there is one thing you need to be aware of with these books, it’s that you shouldn’t let your guard down (or let that treacherous hope off the leash) until the book is over. Seriously, this is at least the second time Cassie has done this to me on the last few pages.

What is the last book that has emotionally devastated you? Were you prepared for it or has it blindsided you? Share experiences and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

The Problem with Forever –
Harlequin Teen

“You have the power over that. People can say crap. They can think whatever they want, but you control how you feel about it”
— Chapter 17

Forever wasn’t real.
And I guessed, for me, that I was lucky it wasn’t. But for others, I wished it was real, that they had forever.
— Chapter 35




Didn’t we all have that one kid in our class, who could have been nicknamed mouse for all they ever said? Or maybe we were the ones on the silent side? Most quiet kids have their reasons for being like that. Sometimes it’s shyness and sometimes it’s for protection and sometimes it is something completely unfathomable. Whatever the reason it’s always worth it to listen when these people have something to say even if it’s not always easy to coax it out of them.
Jennifer L. Armentrout has a talent for writing very engaging romances and adventure types, but she’s also proven that she can construct compelling realistic stories as well. This book has quite a few elements from the problem-spectrum as I like to call it (like unhappy childhoods due to money struggles or abuse or alcohol problems ...), but it manages them quite well and in addition to that also creates a capturing scenario of character development and (because it wouldn’t be a Jennifer Armentrout book without it) a very sweet love story. Add to that her trademarked charm and witty dialogues and you have what I think is one of the author’s best books to date.

Are you a person to break the silence or more a silence is golden type? Share your thoughts and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Teaser Tuesday: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

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We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach.

We All Looked Up –
Simon & Schuster BFYR

“Believe what you want, man.”
“What I believe is that you shouldn’t waste your potential flipping burgers?”
— Page 30

“I mean, aren’t we supposed to care about stuff other than just dances and football? Could we maybe try to do one thing that actually matters in the real world?”
— Page 59




Books in general and YA in particular loves to play in extremes and what if scenarios. And which scenario could be more extreme and question-provoking as the possible end of the world combined with the total annihilation of humanity? If today you and everyone else received the message that in two months’ time an asteroid is likely going to hit the planet and possibly going to destroy it? And not in the sense that it will be really close and then pass by at a distance that seems vast to anyone who isn’t usually calculating in light years and suddenly has to think in something as puny as kilometres – a literal light blip.
What this book does splendidly is impress upon its reader this immediacy. You can’t avoid wondering if two months are enough to change, to rethink, to experience ... to live. Not if you like most people think that you have that much more time.
I haven’t read enough of it yet that I can weigh in on the discussion about this book’s overall quality, but I know that the author has a very distinct style of writing and some very interesting word choices. And yeah, the cover is pretty cool in making you look really closely for the title. What a pity that I found it spine out in the bookshop where the letters are infinitely bigger.

The obvious question would involve asking what you would do if the world was set to end in a blast in two months (as opposed to slowly fading away). And I think I’ll go for the obvious today. Share your thoughts and teasers in the comments.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.

Strange the Dreamer – Little,
Brown Books for Young Readers

It was impossible, of course.
But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming?
— Chapter 2

The end of wondering, he thought, but not of wonder. That was just beginning. He was certain of it.
— Chapter 15






This is not a one sitting book, at least not for me.Not because it is stale or hard to read or anything, but simply because it is filled with a language that demands to be appreciated, to be savoured, to be absorbed. This also doesn’t mean that one sitting reads aren’t beautifully written, just ... I can’t really explain it. Anyway, so far this hasn’t been the action laden adventure, but I’m only about a third into the story and there has already been enough drama and intrigue to more than make up for it. There is quite a bit of unfairness that is heartbreaking to read and to imagine.
As an avowed language-nerd I love the words Laini Taylor invents. There are words in foreign languages that express a complete complex concept or feeling and I always find them extremely fascinating. Like the Welsh word cynefin, which has no direct English translation. And the idea that there is for example a god so petty who if the offerings aren’t adequate grants your heart’s deepest wish to someone else, possibly your very nemesis. Wouldn’t that be horrible and awesome (in every sense of the word)?
Laini Taylor is a master wordsmith and I can’t wait to see where her magic will take me next. At the moment I’m in the middle of a hostile desert with fantastic, horrific beasts. And on the way to a fearsome, foreign city with a mythical problem and mysterious inhabitants. It’s a wonderfully exciting adventure.

Do you know a foreign word that has no known translation but which expresses a whole sentence in one word? Share loved words and teasers in the comments.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Teaser Tuesday: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

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The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan.

The Dark Prophecy –
Disney Hyperion

“I volunteer for death!” I shouted.
The entire mob turned to look at me. I silently cursed my choice of words.
— Chapter 3

Ever since, I had lived in terror, wondering when and how the spirit of the Styx would punish me. Perhaps, instead of a grand moment of retribution, it would be a slow death by a thousand insults. How often could a music god hear that he had a decent voice before he crumbled into a self-loathing pile of dust?
— Chapter 15


Remember how I said that I miss Percy Jackson? While that is still true I won’t deny and his  that a certain former god and his (not always happy about it) friends are also very dear to me. But then again, Rick Riordan could quite possibly write about the mating habits of sea cucumbers and make it an adventure ... as you may recall I’m a history and mythology nerd (gasp now I’m telling you) and easily amused by ouns and clever allusions. Case in point was my discovery of the software “Nero burning ROM” (about a hundred years ago) ... it took ages for my poor friend to decipher my giggle fit.
Anyway, what’s with the ostriches on that cover you might ask and rightfully so, but I must tell you that these combat ostriches are not to be trifled with. Nor is their ... master, I suppose. But then again whenever this historical figure is mentioned I picture Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator and suddenly think that maybe we was just misunderstood. For a while and then he went off the deep end so basically what is also told about him here. Might be some truth in that.
Special love, of course, for the haikus. And several other things that I can’t really get into unless I spoil the series and we really wouldn’t want that. I think there’s a little too much monster vaporising (very sensitive word for the fighting business), but I’m possibly also looking at this askepct a tad too much at the moment due to some other ongoing discussions.

How sensitive are you to descriptions of fights in books? Do you try to avoid them or would you say they don’t really affect you? Share your thoughts and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Royal Tour by Amy Alward

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Royal Tour by Amy Alward.

Royal Tour – Simon & Schuster

‘I don’t think it was that bad ...’
The tone of her voice doesn’t do anything to reassure me.
— Chapter 3

Finally, I hear the sound I’ve been waiting for. The flapping of wings in the sky.
‘Oh my god, what is that?’ asks Anita, her head tilted up to the sky.
‘You don’t want to know,’ I say.
— Chapter 52


This series is so cute! Fluff and sugar, a fun quick read with humour and witty dialogue. And not at all vapid or senseless. I was more than pleasantly surprised with the first book in this series, so I knew that I could expect an entertaining read with this added level of adventure and criminological puzzles. And the stakes are even higher in this second book. I especially love that we’re getting to see a little more of this fantastical world and I enjoyed the exploration aspect. While second books are in danger of suffering from a sort of bad patch within a series this one nicely managed to maintain the first book’s quality.
The first book had a slight cliffhanger, but this one? Let’s just say that there definitely needs to be a next book and I would very much like to have it sooner rather than later. And maybe, just maybe Sam and Zain will finally be able to go on their normal date?

Can you name a second book in a series that was exactly right and didn’t suffer sequel syndrome? Share well-made continuations of first books you enjoyed and your teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

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Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken.


Wayfarer –
Disney Hyperion

“It’s rather remarkable, you know, the resemblance between the two of you. Uncanny, even.”
“Yeah, I didn’t miss the folks in the hall who crossed themselves when they saw me.
— Chapter 7

“My mother met that woman and they both survived it?”
One corner of his mouth twitched, and the parts of her that were still raw, and awkward – and, worse – unsure, eased. “I never said they emerged unscathed.”
— Chapter 8



I was a little afraid of this book simply because its precursor casts such a huge shadow and immediately occupied a spot on my favourite books of 2016 list ... in the first week of January. For several reasons I wasn’t able to read this second and final book upon its publication, but now I feel that it was well worth to wait for uninterrupted reading time, because this is a one sitting read.
At the same time this story is everything I hoped it would be while also not being at all what I expected. Without spoiling the first book let’s just say that I was happy to find the same voices and humour and beloved characters (and also new ones) while I had to get over certain people not sharing much page time.
Time travel books often have the problem that at one point I find the paradox that would mean nothing of all that happens should be possible. Alexandra Bracken has (as far as I’m concerned) managed to construct a solid rule set for her time travellers. At least I’m not expecting the characters to implode at any given moment, which cannot be said for a lot of other books in this genre. And she has chosen places to visit that are not the typical destination when you are able to go back in time. A neat double of books. I’m happy for the characters but at the same time sad to have to let them go. Safe travels, everyone.

Can you think of a book that was at the same time everything you wanted and also not at all what you expected? Share your thoughts and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

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Percy Jackson's Greek Gods by Rick Riordan.


Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods –
Disney Hyperion

Now, in modern times, we have a word for this sort of behavior. We call it psycho.
Back then, the rules of behavior were a lot looser. Maybe you’ll feel better about your own relatives, knowing that the first family in creation was also the first dysfunctional family.
— Chapter 1

Sisyphus’s problem was that he didn’t want to die.
I can relate to that. I wake up every morning and think: You know what would be good today? Not dying.
— Chapter 9


Today is the publication date of the next Rick Riordan Demigod book featuring Apollo. Time, I thought to brush up on my knowledge of Greek mythology. And once again I realise how much I actually miss Percy and the gang. Yes, Rick Riordan captures the voices of all his protagonists in a unique and entertaining way and I enjoy them a lot, but Percy was the first and I reserve the right to miss him and Annabeth and hope for more than just glimpses of them.
Anyway, this is a perfectly fine overview of the major Olympian pantheon with the tongue in cheek tone that is to be expected when this author is involved. If you’re already well-versed in Greek mythology, this book will not provide you with anything new, but that should not deter you if Percy’s voice is your thing. A perfect companion to the series. And the illustrations are a perfect fit. Seriously, picking the right illustrator for a story can make or break a book and here it is definitely the former.
Can I just say that the voices of accusing Riordan of milking a cash cow here are decidedly fewer than with other authors with multiple books in the same universe ... could it be because he is not a woman? Which is sort of funny if you read the book and discover the underlying narrative of feminism throughout the book. If you like writing in the same universe and there are readers for it (or even if there are not) by all means go for it!

Do you pay attention to the criticisms of your favourite authors or do you (try to) ignore it? Share your habits and teasers in the comments.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Teaser Tuesday: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You

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I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter.


I'd Tell You I Love You,
But Then I'd Have to Kill You –
Disney Hyperion
Times like this are when it's no fun being the headmistress's daughter, because A) it's totally annoying when people think I'm in a loop I'm not in, and B) people always assume I'm in partnership with the staff, which really I'm not – Sure, I have private dinners with my mom on Sunday nights, and sometimes she leaves me alone in her office for five seconds, but that's it. Whenever school is in session, I'm just another Gallagher Girl (except for being the girl to whom the aforementioned A and B apply).
— Chapter 1

Crouched on the roof between Bex and Liz, I wasn't a girl who had just broken up with her boyfriend; I looked at my watch and checked my gear instead of crying. I had a mission objective and not a broken heart.
— Chapter 27


Did I spend my Easter vacation binge-reading the wonderful Gallagher Girls series? I’m not saying anything that could incriminate me. I will, however, say that if these books have not been on your radar, you’re missing out on a great, enjoyable and entertaining series. The humour hits all the right notes and had me in a constant good mood. I especially love the character development over the course of the series. What never changes is the level of girl power and friendship. Sure, there is the boy topic (since things would have taken a very different turn if ... well, isn’t that always the case?), but it never detracts from the overall awesomeness that is the group of girls around Cammie Morgan.
In many stories it would have been an major development arc of the girls discovering that they are capable of becoming world class spies, but that is not this book. On the contrary, that is never called into question because all of them have their special talents and abilities. It starts out harmlessly enough with Cammie being noticed by a boy while out on a school assignment. The problem? Cammie is the perfect chameleon, which means that she doesn’t get noticed unless she wants to be. And while this attention itself isn’t dangerous it does something to Cammie and her friends, who might be able to hack into high security networks, but are terribly sheltered when it comes to boys. Fun and hilarity ensue ... among other things.
The series has published its tenth anniversary edition (I love the new covers and will have to do something about all that bonus material in the new publications), but it all began with the plead skirts which adorn my bookshelf. I don’t want to call the series a classic my age can’t take that hit right now, but if I’m honest if a book is still in print after a decade that title is well deserved. Maybe let’s call it a modern classic? Ally Carter is unquestionably one of the defining authors of the YA category and I for one am very glad that she writes for this audience.

I moved part of my library this weekend (part because I don’t have enough shelf space yet) and the hardest part was deciding which books absolutely had to come and which will have to wait in storage for a while longer. Which books do you have to have on display or your place doesn’t feel like home? Share treasures and teasers in the comments!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Teaser Tuesday: United by Melissa Landers

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

United by Melissa Landers.


United – EverAfter

“It’s a new record,” Aelyx said. “Less than an hour on this planet, and already someone’s trying to kill me.”
— Chapter 5

“It’s all right. None of us died in the cold void of space. I call that a win.”
— Chapter 8





Despite the dreamy idea that publishing is a benevolent place (which is true most of the time) the industry is also a business that at the heart of the matter needs (and let’s be honest also wants) to make money. So when a book or series doesn’t match the expectations chances are that the publisher won’t commission a third book if they initially bought two. Second books are always hard, but they become a totally different beast when the author is asked to wrap up the story earlier than they originally planned and I somewhat suspected this in the second Alienated book when the end was anything but a conclusion. And seeing that this third book is self-published/published with a different publisher than the initial books ... well let’s just say it’s nice when instincts appear to be on point. (By the way, it also works the other way around that publishers sometimes ask a writer to expand a series beyond the initial books when they are performing better than expected. Both scenarios are not always beneficial to the story, but that’s a matter of opinion.)

Not-So-Short publishing excursus aside this is the end to the series as intended by the author and I’m glad that Melissa Landers was able to conclude her story in a way of her choosing. The loos ends from the second book are wrapped up and Cara and Aelyx are released into a future that will hopefully not include another attempt on their lives or their entire species. It may be a little over the top cheesy in some aspects but overall I’d say that the series is complete with this third book and better for it.

Do you have a series that you suspect or know has been cut short? I’m a little on the fence about let’s call them rogue sequel publications, but in some cases I’m happy to be positively surprised. Share your thoughts and teasers in the comments.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Windwitch by Susan Dennard.

Windwitch – Tor Teen


No more tiptoeing around a room because women oughtn’t to run. To shout. To rule.
And above all: no more blighted regrets.
— Chapter 4

For although the holiest might fall—and Merik had fallen far, indeed—they could also claw their way back up again.
— Chapter 6




Second title in this truly wonderful series of (again) four books. When did I pick up the habit of starting series that will keep me busy for so many years? Must be a childhood disease I never quite overcame ...
I loved the first book for plunging me into this rich, confusing, almost incomprehensible and yet clearly outlined and lovingly detailed world (and yes, the number of adjectives is necessary and I haven’t recently fallen into a Thesaurus/Lexicon). And this second book expands this world not by adding more places but by adding more levels and making it more understandable. It felt a little like learning new nuances of an acquired language. Instead of just grasping the bare bones of a conversation you suddenly also pick up on messages between the lines. Not yet at native speaker level, to stay in the metaphor, but possibly getting there.
I miss (really, really miss) the shared pages of Safi and Iseult as their inspiring friendship was one of my primary reasons to love the first book yet their separation and subsequent other page companions are an almost adequate compensation. As are the additional perspectives of other characters. After all just because you’re geographically apart and making new friends doesn’t mean that you’re no longer connected. (But can we please work on getting people back to other people? (Vague-McVagueness))

Speaking of bookish childhood infections: What is the first series where you remember waiting for the following book to publish? For me it is (I think) a toss up between the third His Dark Materials and the second Abhorsen book – both great choices because they definitely didn’t publish in an annual rhythm. My poor bookseller must have been near madness when I kept coming back every month asking where the next book was. (An impatient child? Me? What makes you think so?) Share your experiences and teasers in the comments!

ETA  04/11: I’m on holiday this week and won’t be adding a new entry. Happy Easter if you’re celebrating and have a wonderful week in any case.