“Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”
A picture that wilts and ages instead of the man whom was painted. A wonderful basic for an interesting story, one can assume. I owned my copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray for quite some time now – considering I actually bought it because of the beautiful cover – but I never got myself into reading it. This month is was picked for me from another member of Goodreads and I simply loved the challenge that came with it. The older english language of this classic wasn’t easy for me as a not native speaker.
“She wouldn’t wish love on anyone. It was the guest you welcomed and then couldn’t be rid of.”
By the time I finished the Grisha trilogy by the wonderful Leigh Bardugo I had already heard a lot of the Six of Crows duology and the felt the hype around it. The books were already on my wishlist for some time and I just couldn’t resist buying them. I hoped to race through them but my life thought otherwise and put a lot of stones in my path. So I needed quite some time to read Six of Crows – but none of the reasons was because of the book itself.
“Na razrusha’ya. I am not ruined. E’ya razrushost. I am ruination.”
The story of these books – namely Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm as well as Ruin and Rising – and yours truly is one that needed quite some time to develop. I bought the first book back in 2014 on my second trip to London. I was quite intrigued by the cover and the synopsis sounded pretty good so it was one of the few that were allowed to travel back home in my luggage. Once arrived at home it found a nice and cosy place on one of my bookshelves and yeah. That was it. I didn’t care to take another look at it and lost myself in other books that fitted my preferences at this time more. But last year I finally took hold of it again and dove right into Ravka and the world of the Grisha. I raced through the first book and immediately ordered the second one to read it afterward and I was amazed. But since my concentration span is really short – not really, only when it comes to books, I swear! – I pushed in some other books and series before I finally started reading the third book and let me say – this trilogy is wonderful!
“Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.”
My dear gentlemen and fair ladies, welcome, welcome to Caraval – a fantastical and wondrous story about love and betrayal. This is the debut of author Stephanie Garber and it promises so much with its circus-like atmosphere. But for me it’s not easy to begin with this one. Waiting for this book felt like a torture since I heard so many great things from the people who had an ARC and I felt like doing a backflip or something artistic when I finally got my hands on the book. Let me say, both the US and the UK editions are mesmerizing. I do own both copies and they are perfect in their design. They do give me a feeling of magic and wishes and wonders. Attributes connected to Caraval.
“My name is Celeana Sardothien,” she whispered. “But it makes no difference if my name’s Celeana or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”
I’m not quite sure whether I can label this one as a full review or whether these are just some scattered thoughts put together. But nevertheless I have the urge to talk about this book even after I gave myself some days to think about it.
And yes, I am aware that I jumped on the TOG-train extremely late. But I do think that this easily will be one of my favourite books forever.
A deadly assassin? Well, that could be a lot of characters. But a deadly assassin with a love for beautiful dresses as well as fluffy pups and good books? A strong woman that just knows that she is attractive and has no shame in stating so? A strong woman that is only eighteen years old but had to endure way too much by now. That, my friends, is Celeana Sardothien. One of the most wonderful characters I’ve ever read. She is fierce and spirited and knows how to get what she wants. After being a prisoner for a year in the salt mines of Endovier, Celeana is offered a deal from the crown prince himself. She is to take part in a competition to become the kings champion and gain her freedom out of the slavery.
“Trust will get you killed – and trust will keep you alive.”
First things first – I tend to always start my reviews with something about myself. That’s fine because hey, this is my review. So everyone who knows my reading pattern knows that I’m a sucker for good dystopian books! I’ve read some that were very bad and after this I’m always a little bit cautious when it comes to this genre. A month ago I found a beautiful book through the instagram account of tildareads and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Article Three promised me so much when I only read the text on the back and let me tell you – I fell in love. Hard. The author Anna Jakobsson Lund originally published Article Three in swedish and is an indie-publisher, which made me love the whole thing even more.