Thursday, March 05, 2015 17:48

Review 217. Zoë Marriott – Daughter of the flames.

13075856Title: Daughter of the flames.
Author: Zoë Marriott.
Pages: 361.
Published: July 2012 by Walker Books.
Sort: Part #1. Ruan (second book is a companion novel)
Source: This book was gifted to me by Kristen.
What if your deadliest enemy were the only one who could save you?
Inside an ancient temple in the mountains, fifteen-year-old Zira trains in the martial arts to become a warrior priestess who can defend the faith of the Ruan people. Bearing a scar on her face from the fire that killed her parents, the orphaned Zira is taught to distrust the occupying Sedornes. Terror strikes when the forces of the tyrannical Sedorne king destroy the only home she knows. To survive, Zira must unravel the secrets of her identity, decide her people’s fate — and accept her growing feelings for a man who should be her enemy.
Rating:

My first experience with Zoë Marriott was her lovely retelling The swan kingdom. From that moment I knew I had to read more from her and the sweet Kristen gave this copy to me. Thanks to her I’m now aware that I really like Marriott’s stories and I’m going to hunt down a copy from the companion novel called Frostfire. You can download the first chapter for free if you like to try it out: Zoë Marriott.
Monday, March 02, 2015 06:00

March link-up reading challenge.

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It is March already, can you believe it? How is your progress so far, are you on schedule? Here is the master sign-up post. At the end of this post you can put links to your challenge page/post and every review you post on your blog. Please make this easy to navigate by putting it like this:

UPDATE  @ your name/blog name.
REVIEW – book title @ your name/blog name.

Don't forget to check out Away to whimsical fairy tale land. In this event people will analyze fairy tales and their meaning & retellings. This sounds perfect to me! I also want to link back to a post I made a while back, you might be interested in it: a fairytale survey. Also, don't forget to use the hash tag #FairytaleRC so I can keep up with all your tweets.

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“The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril; both joy and sorrow as sharp as swords.” - Tolkien.

Today I want to start a discussion about the fact that a lot of people feel that fairytales have lost their magic or that they should be forbidden because of the wrong message they give to children.
UChicago scholar of Renaissance and contemporary culture and early-modern Italian literature Maggie believes that fairytales have lost their magic. He calls it an ‘exhausted art-form’ and now I quote from the Uchicago article: “The glass slippers and poison apples, the evil stepmothers and fairy godmothers and princes charming—and the kisses that lead to happily ever after—these things no longer exert much imaginative or intellectual force.” He feels it’s time for new stories, because “It’s just that the stories we’ve been using—mythic stories, fairy tales, legends—they’re not working anymore. We need something new. What we long for is a remythologization of reality.”

Saturday, February 28, 2015 01:00

Monthly recap. February.

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This post recaps my month, from personal life to books I’ve read & bought, movies and TV shows I’ve seen and links to posts that interest me.


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Real-life.
A lot happened, but here are the most memorable moments:
We went out to dinner (SUSHI) with a large group of 12 people. I love sushi and I loved the company, so we had a great time. They added baked banana’s to their menu and I couldn’t stop eating those; so tasty!

Valentine’s day was nice. We normally don’t celebrate it. I surprised my boyfriend however, by taking him out for a special Valentine’s dinner. The restaurant used to be an inn, so the inside looks fantastic and they had helium balloons bound to the candle holders and rose petals spread on the table. There was live music and the food was delicious with a lot of variety. We finished the date with a walk along the old city and watching TV shows on bed until late in the night.
      I also ate pannenkoeken at the beach with my parents, boyfriend, sister and her boyfriend. I had a pizza night with my boyfriend and sister after my thesis defense.  My sister and her boyfriend came over to my boyfriend's apartment for dinner and we had, of course, one of those 'nailed it' moments. We tried to make a meal from a delicious looking recipe, but it looked like shit, haha. Luckily, it was quite tasty and we had a nice evening.

And I ended this month with another great book club meeting where I ate Korean food for the first time.

Friday, February 27, 2015 06:00

Alethea Kontis - Dearest book tour.

Tressa from Wishful endings contacted me on Twitter to see if I could help her out with her blog tour. I don't participate in many blog tours, but I'm always willing to help another blogger and I like this series. Enchanted was a great read. Hero let me down a little, but I'm curious about Dearest and Tressa was kind enough to send me a link through Netgalley, so keep an eye on the blog for an upcoming review.

A themed tour with Prism Book Tours.

Dearest
(Woodcutter Sisters, #3)
by Alethea Kontis
YA Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 320 Pages
February 3rd 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Readers met the Woodcutter sisters (named after the days of the week) in Enchanted and Hero. In this delightful third book, Alethea Kontis weaves together some fine-feathered fairy tales to focus on Friday Woodcutter, the kind and loving seamstress. When Friday stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday’s palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he’s her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday’s unique magic somehow break the spell?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 11:52

Review 216. Mira Grant – Feed.

7094569Title: Feed.
Author: Mira Grant.
Pages: 599.
Published: May 1st 2010 by Orbit.
Sort: Feed #1.
The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives - the dark conspiracy behind the infected.
The truth will get out, even if it kills them.
Rating:

Nobody warned me about all the feelings in this book. I highly recommend that you DON’T read the blurb for the second book. I was warned by Wendy in time, because it contains a big spoiler for a twist that happens in this book. I must admit that it took me some time to get along with this story and characters. The beginning is awfully slow and I had to adjust to Mira’s writing-style. It’s a bit dense, but halfway I was completely sucked into the book and I couldn’t put it down. It’s admirable how she crafted the story.

This review is spoiler-free.

Sunday, February 22, 2015 22:10

Love-a-thon 2015. High Five.

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I thought this was the best opportunity to spread some love to show my appreciation for you guys. I gave my own twist on the 'High Five' challenge and I'm only going to talk about the 'blogger' question. If I don’t mention your name, that doesn’t mean I’m not happy to have you around. You all contribute something unique to the community and it’s amazing that you are part of it. The last time we had our fair share of drama, but I hope we can put this behind us to focus on more important things: we are here to talk about our shared passion for reading and books. We might not always agree and there might be bumps in the road, but it’s an amazing thing we have here. Let’s not spoil that with negativity and fights.

First, I need to address some things people seem to discuss about all the time. So many articles shame people for the books they read, how they read and why they read. To those judgmental people I have one thing to say:


You are entitled to have your opinion, but not if it’s that kind of bullshit where you ridicule others for the books they pick up. It’s not up to you to decide what someone can/can’t read.

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