April updates: Learning to fly and one book at a time.

I have not reviewed in a while. Nor have I finished the book I am currently reading. It is taking longer than expected as I enjoy my days. I travel to work and learn some dutch. I work and learn confidence in my capabilities. I travel home and though I try to read my eyes just refuse to do so. I am home and I love my home and my plants. And then I learn to run. I will be joining a 10K run this summer for the first time. So yes, the over 1000 pages book is becoming a challenge. Yet, I am still enjoying the book. I am still reading, just slower. And that is my update of April.

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

a book review

“Maven lies as easily as he breathes, 

and his mother holds his leash but not his heart.”

I was not planning to continue this series. As much as I loved the previous one, I am too familiar with such dystopian stories to figure out what is next.

I did found it, and compulsively bought it. I read it, though slow at first, it managed to hold my attention. I was not thrilled, but entertained. I was not sad, but upset with her. At first with her monologues. The, at her and her endless mean and selfish ways. At her and her selfish heart blinded to those around her, disguised in courage and pride.

I wished with every single page that Maven did cared about her in the end, just being manipulated by his evil mother. In the end my hopes crumbled. The void filled with uncertainty about whether or not I will read the final instalment. Wondering whether I should care or not whether she lives or not. At this point, I would not mind the last.
Read the review of the first book here.

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

a book review

“Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment.
And we must let them go on to light another sky.”

I purchased this book some time ago. Though I've been holding before reading it, I am glad for the wait. For the taste was that much sweeter and satisfying after the vanishing of the propaganda. I knew I would enjoy the premise. I did not know if I would enjoy a so called love triangle once more. As I often do not. But this story contained the one element of a love triangle I truly do enjoy, loyalty and honesty. Specially from the female counterpart.

Shahrzad is a strong character from the start. And the fact that she never hesitates, does not lie for her own sake, and is able to fight her battles with her gifted words is what made her a very likeable and admirable character. I often dread stories where the heroine is illogically strong and stubborn. As if the sole purpose of the book is to display acts of strength and stupidity with no plot in thought. In Shazi's case, she was just a very strong woman in a male dominated world and this stirred all the hearts. It reminded me of Pride and Prejudice in a way. Which, by the way, will always remain a favorite.

Khalid however, was the opposite. Heartbreakingly beautiful. Here I refer to his soul. Considered a monster who once was loved, but having known love, did not desist in his hope for it. I do not know of any soul good enough who would not fall for him and his disgrace. Wishing to do anything in their power to bring a smile upon his sun-kissed sleepless face.

Light was brought upon darkness. Regardless of all that is blood, I am glad our heroine stays true to her heart no matter the odds. This makes sense, as a strong character has to have high emotional intelligence. I dreaded to read about her confusion between loving Khalid and Tariq. I was rejoice to read she had no doubt that one love gave way to the other and she had no doubt in her mind that she would do anything to stop the suffering of this new love. This determination is what made me love this story so much.

Do go buy it. Enjoy it in one go. It is simple to read and you won't regret it. Love and light versus vengeance and darkness. Two equals found each other in order to bring balance to their kingdom. And I can absolutely say I am static in the waits of the upcoming sequel this May. Happy as well, it is only a story two books long, if written for adults, it would have been just one.

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Books I Read in 2015

In 2015 I read 24 books.
♥ My favorite book was Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.
♥ The most disappointing book was Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley.
♥ There is no goal for 2016. But I might read more during my train commute.

I find it funny to look at this list and see 2015 in my mind like a film. Music used to trigger my memories. Now books do that instead. Cheers to a new year with hopefully more books to read and more posts to share them with you.

I do not promise the beautiful pictures as before due to lack of proper camera at the moment. But I promise just as much love for the stories as always.

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Winter by Marissa Meyer

a book review
There are very few YA series which actually make me live their stories. Most of the time I feel they were done childishly and with the ultimate goal in mind of just selling more books with one story idea. The Lunar Chronicles however, being an admirer of SciFi stories, captured me. The books began with Cinder's story, later on Scarlet (Red Riding Hood) and then Cress (Sleeping Beauty). Winter (Snow White) is the last book of the series with a massive 800 pages (small fonts as well if you compare it to the other books and YA.)

This is an attempt to write a novel review on this book without spoiling the amazing storylines.
What I loved about this book is that it indeed felt like reading a typical series in TV with all the characters involved and all well developed. My favorite couple was and always would be Cress and Thorne. My least favorite, Scarlet and Wolf for some reason. I always looked forward to when Throne finally declared his love to Cress and I loved how each character did this in their own way fitting their personality, including stubborn Cinder, though I was never a fan of Kai and Cinder's romance plot.

The story was constantly moving forward, there was no pause, no resting page. They needed to move and needed to survive. Some of the event of course made me sad, but for most I was cheering on them the whole time. The end was very predictable as we all knew Marissa would give us a happy ending, dam her if she didn't, but she did and that was very satisfying. I was not interested in the ending, I knew how the ending would go, I was interested in the journey.

I read this book very slow, though I could have finished it in a couple of days, I decided to enjoy it and savour it without rushing in. Though I claim guilty for doing so at the end as I knew all that was coming and just wanted to see the resolution of my favorite couple. I am sad that I will not do a full series review, due to my lack of will in the matter, but I highly recommend it to all fairytale / SciFi fans. If you like the sort of anime which revolves around strong female characters and to die for male leads who are still real and imperfect, charming and funny, you will love this. It did kind of felt like reading a shoujo manga. I will miss them dearly, I do not re-read books so I doubt I will come back to them. Maybe in 10 years.

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