unboxing: fairyloot may 2017

This is an unboxing of a subscription box containing spoilers concerning the featured book and items.

“What kind of warrior would you be? Would your name be written amongst the legends? Would there be tales told and songs sung of your adventures?”

This month I finally received my very first book box from the amazing FairyLoot company. I have eyed their boxes for quite some time now but weren’t able to purchase one due my financial situation. But for May I simply couldn’t resist the fantastical theme of Warriors and Legends. The announcement of the theme hooked me right from the start and before I could even think about it, one of those precious boxes was mine to receive.

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review: milk and honey by rupi kaur

“i am water

soft enough
to offer life
tough enough
to drown it away”

This is a spoiler-free review which can also be viewed HERE.

I’m simply not the type of person who reads poetry. I never liked it in school and certainly did not enjoy it when I tried to read it again at a later age. So the encounter with Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur was somehow ill-fated from the beginning. I picked this book up because there was such a rouse over it on the social medias and I thought to myself “why not give it a try?”. And this is how the love story between poetry and a strong-headed but sometimes too emotional girl started.

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review: and then there were none by agatha christie

“One little soldier boy left all alone; He went and hanged himself and then there were None.”

This is a spoiler-free review which can also be viewed HERE.

Praised as the Queen of Mystery I was intrigued at how Agatha Christie wrote her books. Lately I had a thrill for mystery crimes and after doing a bit of research – and the help of a friend – I got to read And Then There Were None (previously published as Ten Little Niggers after the British blackface song but then renamed because of the massively racist meaning). This book was a light read overall with only 300 pages that I would have managed to read in one sitting was it not for my way too busy work life.

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review: the woman in cabin 10 by ruth ware

“I knew what Nilsson wanted. He wanted me to forget what I’d heard, the scream, the stealthy slide of the screen door, and that horrible, huge slithering splash.”

This is a spoiler-free review which can also be viewed HERE.

When first learning about The Woman in Cabin 10, I was extremely thrilled. Though crime thrillers are normally not the books I read, I enjoy them from time to time. The Woman in Cabin 10 sounded promising enough – a boutique luxury cruise in the Norwegian fjords with a body thrown over board that no-one seems to miss? This was the perfect fast in-between read I was looking for. Since I enjoyed reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, I had high expectations on this one since these books got compared. I have never read something from Ruth Ware before so I was intrigued to dive right into the story.

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review: it ends with us by colleen hoover

“Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person. Fifteen.”

This is a spoiler-free review which can also be viewed HERE.

It Ends With Us was the first book by Colleen Hoover that made it onto my tbr-pile. Grabbing it, I knew nearly nothing about this book – not even the plot. I was intrigued by it because I read many great reviews about it and I could see how many people in the bookish community freaked out over it. Normally I read at least the synopsis of the book, but in this case I didn’t. In fact I read it the first time somewhere in the middle of the book. So all in all – I had real high expectations concerning this book.

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bookish maps

One of my absolute favourite genres is and will always be the fantasy genre. Most of the fantasy books I’ve read until now are set in a fictional world with its own rules and – mostly – every kind of magic. I love to see a good world building which gives me a place I want to escape to and explore in all its oddities. Together with a fictional world mostly comes a map of it. And that is what makes a book even more interesting for me. I love seeing maps in books and while I love a wonderful drawn one, I also love to take a look on it while reading. Maps are not only useful when giving a first impression but they are also perfect to comprehend the travels of the characters. Some maps I know better than my home country and this shows how much I love looking at maps of fictional places. So I thought about putting up a list with beautiful maps featured in books and why I love them so much. To see the maps, just click on the arrow behind each name.

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review: empire of storms by sarah j. maas

“The world will be saved and remade by the dreamers.”

This is a review containing major spoilers which can also be viewed HERE.

One can assume that because this series is one of my favourites it throughly gets 5 star ratings. But let me tell you – even though I absolutely adore this series I’m still treating it like any other book I review. I just can’t help the fact that it’s world and characters are simply amazing. After racing through the first four books I thought this book couldn’t hurt me more. In fact – it broke my very soul. Not because the story let me down but because Sarah J. Maas exactly knows how to hurt her readers. The book left me in tears and my sister had to hold my hand through the last 40 or so pages. Everytime I thought it was already bad, it got worse.

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review: queen of shadows by sarah j. maas

“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.”

This is a review containing major spoilers which can also be viewed HERE.

Queen of Shadows was a special book in this series for me. I had to deal with a major reading slump while going through it – without blaming the books for it. But since I definitely wanted to join Aelin on her journey, I plunged myself straight into Erilea and fought against the slump. And let me tell you – it was worth it. Every single page of it. I’m still not quite sure whether I am able to write this review – I finished the book a few days ago and I still cannot comprehend it. The world of Throne of Glass just got amplified and I desperately want to live there – even though I’d probably die there. But everything I learned from the first three books just got better and more intense – it was just like the tip of the iceberg.

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feeling guilty

This is going to be a personal post, but I believe that this theme is extremely important. So thank you for reading. As a child, I have always been an avid reader. I started reading at a very young age – my mom still loves to tell the story how we went shopping and I started reading the ads to her – at I just couldn’t get enough of books. I wanted to have more and more and when the book was too hard for me to read, someone else was needed. I loved to devour the words and my parents weren’t able to buy the amount of books in the time I wanted them. Then came school and over the years I somehow lost my interest in reading bit by bit over the time. The reason for this simply was the fact that I had to read books for school I wasn’t interested in. I found my interest once again when I started to explore English books. As a non-native speaker the beginning was hard for me but I found that I loved the English language more than my native one.

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review: heir of fire by sarah j. maas

“Fireheart – why do you cry?” “Because I am lost,” she whispered onto the earth. “And I do not know the way.”

This is a review containing minor spoilers which can also be viewed HERE.

Sarah J. Maas isn’t just an author – she is a weapon of mass destruction and knows exactly where to hit. This woman will always be my number one when it comes to fantasy authors. Because she knows exactly how to break her characters and how to make them suffer so that they come back stronger than before. This woman is glorious. So when I finished reading Crown of Midnight I knew that I wanted to dive into Heir of Fire right away. And it was the biggest emotional rollercoaster I ever jumped on (so far I haven’t read the fourth and fifth book in the series, so I cannot judge about those).

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