review: norse mythology by neil gaiman

“The Norse myths are the myths of a chilly place, with long, long winter nights and endless summer days, myths of a people who did not entirely trust or even like their gods, although they respected and feared them.”

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

Since I was little I loved to read everything related to mythology – mostly greek and egyptian, but norse mythology was also dearly loved. The daughter of friends of my parents taught me everything she knew – which was quite a lot – because she loved mythologies as well. So when I stumbled over Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman I couldn’t do anything else than buy and read it. It consists of various short stories that weave around the norse gods and goddesses and interlace with each other.

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review: flame in the mist by renee ahdieh

“Sometimes we must fall forward to keep moving. Remain motionless—remain unyielding—and you are as good as dead. Death follows indecision, like a twisted shadow. Fall forward. Keep moving. Even if you must pick yourself up first.”

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

A beloved Disney-tale fashioned into a whole new story by a wonderful, strong and well-known author? Set in feudal Japan, the original story of Mulan follows the way of young Mariko who desperately needs to find her own destiny in a world ruled by men. Raised with her only purpose to marry the son of the emperor, she finds herself between thieves and murderers after an ambush – just to discover dark secrets that force her to question everything she’s ever known.

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review: a court of wings and ruin by sarah j maas

“What we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength.”

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

After waiting months in agony for this book, I was so happy when I finally laid my hands on this. A Court of Wings and Ruin is he sequel to one of my favourite books ever and I was ridiculously insufferable until I got it. I was prepared to be destroyed by this work and still I dove right into it – not able to stop. I had so many expectations that needed to be fulfilled. So many questions that needed to be answered. After finishing it, there seem to be even more questions than before. And I’m still not over everything that occurred during these pages. No wonder I needed some weeks to gather my thoughts until I was able to put this review together.

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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”

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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.”

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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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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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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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