Cast a Harry Potter spell (part 1.)

Jasmine from Flip that page made this awesome survey where we can cast Harry Potter spells on books. She made a list with spells and now I get to pick books I want to fix, destroy or love. This is part one 'Cast a spell.' Next time I'll be posting the second part 'Spells cast on you.'

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fixes damaged objects

A book that needs some serious fixing: Cameron Jace – Grimm Diaries prequel 1-6. The whole concept of this was great, but there were so many mistakes (even I could see them!) There were also some strange things, like the Death talking with ‘yo, told ya’ and ‘WTF’

Review 210. Eric Shanower – The wonderful wizard of Oz.

6662883Title: The wonderful wizard of Oz.
Author: Eric Shanower.
Pages: 216.
Published: September 16th 2009 by Marvel
Sort: Marvel’s Oz comic series part 1.
The premiere American fantasy adventure gets the Merry Marvel treatment! Eisner Award-winning writer/artist Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze) teams up with fan-favorite artist Skottie Young (New X-Men) to bring L. Frank Baum's beloved classic to life! When Kansas farm girl Dorothy flies away to the magical Land of Oz, she fatally flattens a Wicked Witch, liberates a living Scarecrow and is hailed by the Munchkin people as a great sorceress... but all she really wants to know is: how does she get home? Collects The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #1-8.

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I don’t read many comic books, but I used to read them when I was younger. I was browsing on Goodreads like I do all the time and I found this one. I thought it looked interesting and when I saw pictures on google I was hooked.

This book is wonderful! It stays so close to the original story and the illustrations are simply stunning. This is the type of drawing I love. It’s detailed and I couldn’t stop staring at every frame. I was captured by the story and it finished far too soon. I’m definitely going to take a look at the other books in this Oz comic series. This comic is highly recommended if you love the story from Oz. And how can you resist this?

If you don't know the story. It's about a girl named Dorothy who gets swept away in a storm to the land of Oz. On her way to the Great Wizard, she meets a scare crow, a tin man and a lion. They all want something from the wizard, but he might not be who they expected.

This is definitely one of the prettiest comics I’ve read so far.

Review 209. Robin Bridges – The gathering storm.

11164732Title: The gathering storm.
Author: Robin Bridges.
Pages: 386.
Published: January 10th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers.
Sort: Part one of ‘Katerina’.
St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888. As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. No one knows. Not her family. Not the girls at her finishing school. Not the tsar or anyone in her aristocratic circle. Katerina considers her talent a curse, not a gift. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue. An evil presence is growing within Europe's royal bloodlines—and those aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the tsar. Suddenly Katerina's strength as a necromancer attracts attention from unwelcome sources . . . including two young men—George Alexandrovich, the tsar's standoffish middle son, who needs Katerina's help to safeguard Russia, even if he's repelled by her secret, and the dashing Prince Danilo, heir to the throne of Montenegro, to whom Katerina feels inexplicably drawn. The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose—and to whom will she give her heart?

Rating:

The person who wrote the blurb did a great job in lying. It might sound like an interesting book, but believe me, it’s not. I’m still not sure how I managed to read this book. There were several moments where I wanted to DNF it, but I was hoping it would become better. So I continued and I must say, the ending made it a little bit better. In combination with a not too bad protagonist: 2 flowers instead of 1.

Would you rather? October edition

Fighting Dreamer came up with this list based on the Would you rather tag on I read and tell.

This is actually a hard question for me. I’m very easy to scare and I HATE amusement rides, so these two things are both a horror for me. The test subject will “challenge your fear tolerance and mental endurance with face top fear-inducing elements.” Oh yes, that definitely sounds like something anyone wants to sign up for.. I don’t mind horror houses, but this sounds a bit too unsettling.

On the other hand, THREE times in the Flight of Fear is also not something I look forward to.. I never go in amusement rides and when I do, I most of the times end up crying. I just don’t like the feeling. The darkness, the height, the speed: doesn’t matter, but that feeling in your stomach makes me sick.

I think you can have your box of horror books, because I need to pass for both of these ;) I don’t think I’d live to collect them anyway. I will go to the bookstore myself and buy one book from my own money. Perhaps Anna dressed in blood, because I’ve heard so many good things about it.
  • 2. For a plate of your favorite dessert... would you rather drink a candwich OR drink snake wine?
Candwich for sure! I don’t mind the snake, but I don’t drink wine and I’m very interested to see how a Candwich would taste. And afterwards I’ll take a nice chocolate chip cookie.
  • 3. For a trip to an amusement park of your choice... would you rather watch The Shining alone, in the dark, with a storm outside OR spend a night at a haunted campsite with your friends?
Damn. Like I said before, I’m very easy to scare and I don’t really like most horror movies (they give me nightmares) and watching one alone.. I also don’t really look forward to a haunted campsite, but at least I would have company. I like spending time with friends and I think we could have a great time, so I’ll go for that one. And if we’ve survived that day, I will take a private yet to take us to Disney Land.
  • 4. For a mythical creature of your choice  ... would you rather meet a zombie OR a vampire?
That depends on the vampire! If it’s one that immediately wants to drain me, I think I’d rather take my chance with a slow, stupid zombie. I’m not much of an athlete, but I think I can outrun him. I’m kind of attached to my brain. And I would love to have a Phoenix. They are pretty and I love the idea of being reborn from your ashes.
  • 5. For a chance to visit your favorite book world ... would you rather spend a day in a Stephen King book OR in a zombie infested world?
I think I have more chance to survive in a Stephen King book! I’m not sure my minimal survival skills are enough to save me from hordes of zombies. I’m also far too curious, so I’d probably end up in a miserable situation. Stephen King has some stories I’d be interested to peek into, like Eyes of the dragon. And I like to step into the wonderful world of Harry Potter of course! Preferably a book where my favorite character is still alive.

Now let me know what you would pick!

Review 208. Paula Guran – OUAT: New fairy tales.

17864396Title: Once upon a time, new fairy tales.
Author: Paula Guran.
Pages: 384.
Published: October 2nd 2013 by Prime Books.
Sort: Anthology.
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
Eighteen extraordinary authors devise all-new fairy tales: imaginative reinterpretations of the familiar, evocative new myths, speculations beyond the traditional realm of "once upon a time." Often dark, occasionally humorous, always enthralling, these stories find a certain Puss in a near-future New York, an empress bargaining with a dragon, a princess turned into a raven, a king's dancing daughters with powerful secrets, great heroism, terrible villainy, sparks of mischief, and a great deal more. Brilliant dreams and dazzling nightmares with meaning for today and tomorrow.
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I’m not a huge fan of anthologies, but this one features fairy tales and I thought: you can’t go wrong with that. Obviously, you can.. There were more stories I enjoyed than hated, but most of them were just enjoyable with the potential of being great. I’m going to point out the highlights and the ones I dislike, because reviewing them all would make this review too long.

Review 207. Sarah J. Maas – Crown of midnight.

17670709Title: Crown of midnight.
Author: Sarah J. Maas.
Pages: 432.
Published: August 15th 2013 by Bloomsbury Childrens
Sort: Part two of ‘Throne of glass.’
Review part 1: Throne of glass.

Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her.
Rating

You need this book in your life. If you haven’t read Throne of glass yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? I recently reviewed the novella's for this series and I recommend reading these first to get to know Celaena. Throne of glass rocks and this is by far one of my favorite sequels. This book blew me away. With all the unexpected twists, heart-breaking scenes and awesome characters, this book earns his place in my all time favorite list. I’m going to keep this review non-spoilery if you haven't read any book, because I want to persuade you to read this series. It’s perfection.

Fairytale News | A blogging confession.


'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.

Review 206. Sarah Maas - The assassin's blade.

Title: –0.1: The assassin and the pirate lord.
          -0.2: The assassin and the desert.
          -0.3: The assassin and the underworld.
          -0.4: The assassin and the empire.
Author: Sarah J. Maas.
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA.
Sort: Novella’s from ‘Throne of glass.’

Rating
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”She knew the world still passed by, unaffected by the death of a young man, unaware that he’d ever existed and breathed and loved her. She hated the world for continuing on.”

Review 205. Julie Kagawa – The iron traitor.

15811405Title: The iron traitor.
Author: Julie Kagawa.
Pages: 304.
Expected publication: October 29th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Sort: Part two of ‘Call of the forgotten.’ Spin off to the Iron fey series.
Part one: The lost prince.
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.

In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice. After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again. But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all.
Rating

Such a cruel way to end your book, Kagawa! But credits for not frustrating me, because I kind of liked it. It seems like Kagawa is someone who knows how to handle cliff-hangers with grace. I think I liked the first book, The lost prince, better. There was something off about this book. Whether it’s the rough beginning or the fact that I miss the charm from The Iron Fey, I didn’t fully love it. (And I hate the cover, he's creepy!)

Read-a-thon Wonderfully Wicked.

The Wonderfully Wicked Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of October 11-20 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun!

You can find all the read-a-thons I've done so far on my page: Read-a-thons 2013.

I hope to read at least 6 books, but more importantly: I'm just going to have fun :D Are you participating in this event? Leave a link to your post and I'll pay a visit!

Read:
1. Bree Despain - The shadow prince.
2. Leigh Bardugo - Witch of Duva.
3. Leigh Bardugo - The tailor.
4. Leigh Bardugo - The too-clever fox.
5. Anthology - Once upon a time, new fairy tales.
6. Marissa Meyer - Cress.
7. Marissa Meyer - The queen's army.
8. Robin Bridges - The gathering storm.

Review 204. Jessica Day George – Princess of the silver woods.

12873027Title: Princess of the silver woods.
Author: Jessica Day George.
Pages: 336.
Published: December 11th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books 
Sort: Part 3 of ‘Princess’
Part 1: Princess of the midnight ball.
Part 2: Princess of glass.

When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor's twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumoured to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it's not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse. The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.
Rating:

This was such an adorable series. I like how all the books can be read as stand-alones (although I highly suggest to read them in order to fully understand the story. Many things in this book refer to earlier situations in Princess of the midnight ball.) The original blend of Red riding hood and Robin Hood was entertaining.

Would you rather?


3p833I found this “Would you rather?” list on I read & Tell and I really liked reading her answers, so I decided to do it myself! The picture is also from her blog.

1.Would you rather choose a very well written book (I'm talking words of gold here), with a very dull plot, OR, a very interesting plot written in a way that threatens to make your eyes bleed?
Difficult! I appreciate a lovely prose, but I don’t think I could finish the book if there is a dull plot. It’s hard to pay attention to pretty words if they are used for nothing interesting. So I think I’d rather have crappy writing with a good story.

2.Would you rather meet your favorite author while making a complete fool out of yourself, or have your most hated book character be your roommate?
That’s easy. I would meet my favorite author! It’s a one time occasion and I think I can live with the fact that I looked like an idiot, haha. A horrible roommate is far worse.

3. Would you rather be Katniss Everdeen, and get thrown into THG, with no guarantee you'll win, or be Harry Potter, and get thrown into the Triwizard Tournament, with again no guarantee of winning?
I think I take my chance with Harry Potter. I can use magic and that’s much easier to learn than trying to survive in the bush bush with people trying to kill you. And hello. It's Harry Potter. DUH!

4. Would you rather have a pet dragon that accidentally sets things on fire, or a pet parrot that tells people what you really think of them?
Haha. I think I will keep the dragon far away from my stuff and train him, because the parrot is going to get me in trouble.

5. Would you rather be the super villain in a story, and get to survive, or the superhero and die midway?
Oh wow. Tough one! It depends on what kind of villain I am. Some of them have touching stories and I feel sorry for them – that’s not too bad. I really like staying alive and most of them have evil sidekicks, so I won’t be alone. Villain it is.

Review 203. Lauren Destefano – Fever.

11112619Title: Fever.
Author: Lauren DeStefano.
Pages: 341.
Published: February 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 
Sort: Part two ‘Chemical Garden’
Review part 1: Wither.
Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ring mistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness. The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion...by any means necessary.
Rating

It was not hard to like this book. Yes, there are definitely some flaws, but it was tense and fast-paced. I think it’s a great sequel to Wither and I’m looking forward to the next and last book.

Fairytale news | Retellings 2013.


This is a 'new' feature I came up with. I will be talking about everything that has to do with reading. From pretty new covers to discussions about books. I will post them randomly.

It's no surprise anymore that fairytales are my favorite thing to read about. I'm always on the hunt for new retellings and I've already listed many upcoming books (click here if you are interested so them: fairytale retellings 2013). Here are even more books that are published/will be published in 2013.

Review 202. Lauren Oliver – Requiem.

9593913Title: Requiem.
Author: Lauren Oliver.
Pages: 391.
Published: March 5th 2013 by HarperCollins Children's Books
Sort: Conclusion of ‘Delirium.’
Part 1: Delirium.
Part 2: Pandemonium.
They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past. But we are still here. And there are more of us every day. Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings. Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it. But we have chosen a different road. And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose. We are even free to choose the wrong thing.

Rating:

This book is so unsatisfying it makes me want to rip my hair out. It’s Rise all over again. What is up with all these horrible open endings? The first thing I thought, and I wrote this down on Goodreads: wait? What? Where the hell is the ending? :| Crap. That is still the best way to describe this book. Keep in mind that there are spoilers if you haven’t read the other two books.

Review 201. Mira Grant – Parasite.

13641105Title: Parasite.
Author: Mira Grant.
Pages: 512.
Expected publication: October 29th 2013.
Publisher: Orbit.
Sort: Part one of ‘Parasitology’
Source:
Netgalley & Publisher.
A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them. But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives...and will do anything to get them.
Rating:

First thoughts after finishing this book: WOAH, what an amazing book. This is definitely the best book I’ve read with a medical aspect. I loved it! Being a soon-to-be-microbiologist, I felt very happy when I saw the well-written information. It was realistic and I can see that Grant did a lot of research. This resulted in a creepy and believable story. There were some very intense scenes where my heart sped up and I’m looking forward to see where this story is going to lead me.