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The Language of Thorns – Leigh Bardugo [BOOK REVIEW]

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★★★★ (3.8 ★, to be exact)

Sometimes, we enter a library, not really knowing what we are looking for. One day, I entered the library, only to return a few books. Instead, I returned with two more. The first one didn’t impress me, but the second one was this book –The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. I only picked it up, because I liked the cover. And I know, we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I guess the magic worked on me this time around.

This book featured six stories, all six magical and beautiful in their own way. Some attracted me more, some a bit less, but I, overall, feel delighted to have read this book. I haven’t read Leigh’s previous books, so I didn’t know about this world before, but these are apparently the same woods featured in those books as well.

I will give a brief opinion on all stories, and the main rating will be the average from them all. Let’s go.

1. Ayama and the Thorn Wood – ★★★★

‘’Interesting things only happen to pretty girls.’’

A beautiful tale that will show you how beauty comes from within. The King and Queen have two sons – one is a beautiful man, the future king, and the other one is a monster. They are scared and ashamed of the monster-boy, and let him live his life in the labyrinth they made for him. In the village, in a poor family, there are two daughters, one as beautiful as the sun, and the other one ugly. When the monster escapes the labyrinth and starts ruining fields and make disasters, everyone is scared to go and talk to him and beg for forgiveness, so the ugly lady is sent to her woods – quite certain she will never return…

‘’This little prince was shaped a bit like a boy but more like a wolf, his body covered in slick black fur from crown to clawed foot. His eyes were red as blood, and the nubs of two budding horns protruded from his head.’’

2. The Too-Clever Fox – ★★★★

‘’Freedom is a burden, but you will learn to bear it.’’

I loved this story the most, out of all six of them. It reminded me of home, and of how we tell stories back there. The whole ‘’Once Upon a Time’’ is real, and I enjoyed every moment of it. The winter theme, the hunting, the girl and the fox. This is a story that will teach you to not be assured you can outsmart everyone. Foxes in stories have always been presented as the smart ones, outsmarting every animal in the woods. This reminds me of Aesop’s Tales, which I really loved as a little girl. But sometimes, you will get outsmarted, and it might cost you your life. The twist was definitely unexpected, but indeed satisfying.

3. The Witch of Duva – ★★★

A story where girls disappear, and one girl decides to go into the woods and try to figure out why. This story upset me, and I didn’t like it. But deep inside, it’s a good one. Very creepy though, and very horror-y, but worth reading. Turn the lights off, get under a blanket, turn your torch on, and only then you will be ready to know the deep secrets this story tells you.

4. Little Knife – ★★★★

The shortest story in the book, but by all means not the least intriguing. A story that features a woman that is too beautiful, that men lose their mind as soon as they see her. To get the chance to marry her, men will have to go through a various of tasks. The twist at the end is incredible, and I really liked it. It starts off as a usual story, but it goes wild.

5. The Soldier Prince – ★★

This was a story I enjoyed the least. It all screamed ‘’The Nutcracker’’ to me, and I couldn’t see it as original. It was a re-make, and it was very different that the story we know, but it just didn’t work for me. This is a story about a man who makes toys and gives them life. And when one toy sort of ‘’wakes up’’, interesting things start to happen. Quite a creepy story. I usually like those, but this one was not my cup of tea.

6. When Water Sand Fire – ★★★★

‘’ We were not made to please princes.’’

This one is the longest story in the book. It features a world of creatures living underwater, and Ulla, who can sing and create magic, but who, as the people believe, is not a true born, but a mix between the underwater world and the humans. She is asked to help the prince become a king, but when the magic price is too high to paid, it doesn’t seem like she has a choice. I truly enjoyed this story, as it’s a beautiful mix of emotions while you read it. It was a bit disappointing that it seems as a remake of the creation of the character of Ursula from The Little Mermaid, at least to me.

Have you read this book, or any of Leigh Bardugo’s books? Let me know in the comments, I love to chat with you!

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Down The TBR Hole #16

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Hello guys! Happy Saturday!

This time, I have an interesting collection of books, and I am excited to get going.

Credit for this tag goes to Lost in a Story.

How it works:

❤ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ Order on ascending date added.
❤ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ Decide: keep it or should it go

 

Here’s the next patch:

#16

The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley

I don’t remember adding this on my TBR, but reading the synopsis, I can understand why. It seems intriguing. It seems dark. But I don’t have the time right now to spare on books I didn’t plan on reading this year.

Verdict:  REMOVE ✖

The Gamble (Colorado Mountain, #1) by Kristen Ashley

It seems like a Nicholas Sparks sort of book. And on top of that, it’s 660 pages. I think I’ll pass that.

Verdict:  REMOVE ✖

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Okay, this book… This book has been on my wish list for over a year. On my ultimate bookish wish list. If I don’t read it this year, I will be so angry at myself.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Death Overdue (The Haunted Library Mysteries, #1) by Allison Brook

Ah, you see, I have read the second book of this series, but didn’t read the first. What do I do? There is no third book in plan, and I already know how it ends. I think this one should go…
Note to self: Check if titles on Netgalley are part of a series before you request them!

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Assassin’s Apprentice(Farseer Trilogy, #1) by Robin Hobb

I am a vivid video games player, and I love the Assassin’s Creed series, so I don’t know how I haven’t read this book already…

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Dearest Clementine (Dearest, #1) by Lex Martin

I would’ve probably loved this at 13, but right now, ahh well not so much.

Verdict:REMOVE ✖

Tatiana and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman, #2) by Paullina Simons

Okay, why on Earth do I put book 2 from a series on my To-Read list, if I haven’t even read the first one? Removing this one, but I will add the first book, as even though a love story, it seems quite intriguing to me.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Accidental Heroes by Danielle Steel

I usually try to avoid reading too many romances, especially Danielle Steel’s, as she can tear me apart and leave me there for a while, but I don’t think I can miss this one, as it seems too good!

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Morality for Beautiful Girls(No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #03) by Alexander McCall Smith

I found out about this series when I was on a vacation in South France, and one family introduced me to them, and borrowed me the first book to read. I loved it so much, and I will always love it. Not only will I keep this book on my list, but all of them too, and I should do a re-read as soon as possible!

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

A classic. One part of me says – remove it, you had so many opportunities to read it, and you haven’t bothered. But another part of me is like – it’s a classic for a reason, just pull it together and get this done with.

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantRemoving 5 books from my TBR this time. We’re making progress guys! 

Which books would you keep or remove? Please let me know in the comments – I love reading your comments and thoughts! 

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Curses of Scale by S.D. Reeves [BOOK REVIEW]

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★★★

Book Description:

Sixteen-year-old Niena wants nothing more than to attend an elite bardic college, but when the dragon that shattered the empire awakens again she finds herself on the run, through the fey realm of Fairhome, to the city where she was born. On her trail are her army veteran grandfather, thrown into a commander’s role he doesn’t want, the lord of the fairies, trying to steer her to his own ends, and the husband she won’t meet for fifteen years. If she kills the dragon, she’ll save everyone she holds dear. But if she kills the dragon, she’s cursed instead to become it.

”Dreams starve and die if not fed by imagination.”

My thoughts:

A uniquely designed plot, intriguing and different. I was so excited to read this book. The cover was mesmerising and the synopsis was promising. It made me eager to start the book and I couldn’t wait to dive into this fantasy world.

The first couple of chapters were very slow for me. I had to re-read chapters twice, and I didn’t quite understand what is happening. After a while, things became clearer, and I started to enjoy the story a bit more.

I loved Niena’s character. She was a typical being, where one part gasps with bravery, and the rest gasps with fear. I loved how realistic she was at moments, knowing to be scared when supposed to, and fierce when needed of her.

The story gasps with a lot of intense scenes, full of adventures, that I am sure you will all love and appreciate. From trying to fight a dragon, to running away, to the amazing plot twist right at the very end, this book made me restless, after I started enjoying it.

The only reason I am taking two stars away is because I had to read the first 60-ish pages two-three times, until I finally dived in and started enjoying the story.

”A fairy bargain can live no deeper than your lips, it always dies before reaching the heart.”

A beautiful tale, full of magic, adventure and time travel. And a cover that suits it so well.

If you seem to like these types of books – don’t wait and grab your copy now:

Thank you to the author, S.D. Reeves , for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Pretty in Punxsutawney – Laurie Boyle Crompton [BOOK REVIEW]

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★★★

What happens when you get stuck in time, re-living the first day in your new school?

Andie is a teenage girl, who loves movies. She is the type of person that knows exactly what to say… after it’s too late to say it. She is quirky, cutishly nerdy, and adorable in a silly way. And when she moves to Punxsutawney (I don’t think I’ll ever pronounce this town correctly), on the first day in her new school, she gets caught up in an endless loop of having to re-live those 24 hours again and again.

As in the movies, she is convinced that the curse can be broken with a true love’s kiss, she goes on a mission to get the boy. But is he the right one? And is true love what breaks the curse?

Not knowing how to end the loop, Andie tries to get first kiss with a guy she thinks is her true love, and when that doesn’t work, she suddenly tries to make the different types of people hang out together and realise that it doesn’t matter how you look like, to be a good person.

I really loved the idea of the loop in a high-school theme, and that was the main reason that I wanted to read this book really badly. I also loved that the main idea of this book was that looks don’t matter, and don’t judge a book by its cover, but I think that the author took this meaning way too far into the book, and it became too unrealistic, that it was laughable.

I enjoyed the layout of the different types of kids in the school, the jocks, the cheerleaders, the goths, the school-paper girls, the nerds. They were all described very realistically, and I enjoyed the times when we would realise that prejudice doesn’t matter. I can relate to a lot of this, because I was hanging out with both nerds and jocks in my high-school times, being a sports person and being a ‘’weirdo’’ that wants to read at the same time.

I also somehow managed to like the movie references, even though at moments, they are too overwhelming, and sometimes completely unrelated to the plot in place.

What I didn’t like, is how Andie kept changing in order to fit, how her behaviour changed, and her mindset during different days. I did not like this at all. I think that a person should always keep being themselves, no matter who they talk to. Doing the thinks she kept doing, only to be liked by one guy was miserable. Ladies – you are beautiful, no matter what you wear or how you do your hair. If that guy really likes you, he wouldn’t care about all these things and he would see within.

In retrospective, this was an enjoyable read. I am glad I read it, but somehow I think I might’ve been too old to read it now. But for you guys that are still in high-school, or love reading about high-school,  this one is definitely worth your time.

Thank you to Netgalley and Blink, for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Down The TBR Hole #15

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Hello guys! Happy Saturday!

For the 15th time today – let’s do the weekly Down The TBR Hole post!

Credit for this tag goes to Lost in a Story.

How it works:

❤ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
❤ Order on ascending date added.
❤ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
❤ Read the synopsis of the books.
❤ Decide: keep it or should it go

 

Here’s the next patch:

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Cherry Red Summer (Kirschroter Sommer #1) by Carina Bartsch

Hello, you cute cover. I don’t remember you. Sorry.

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

Pismo gospođe Vilme (The letter from Mrs Vilma) by Jelena Bačić Alimpić

Ah, a Serbian book – I am sure I would love it. I don’t think there is an English translation of this. Please correct me if I am wrong. At this moment, I don’t see how I can get a copy, but I would love to read it someday, so I will keep it.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Bridesmaids by Jane Costello

See, I would have loved this book a while ago. But not now, not today.

Verdict: ☑ REMOVE ✖

In Flight (Up in the Air, #1) byR.K. Lilley

This synopsis reminds me of, like, a Fifty Shades of Flight Attendant? But, I have never read a book about flight attendants, and might be interested to see what it reveals. (Even though, secretly, I kind of know it would be all romance and nothing flight-attendant related, but oh well…)

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

Getting Away with It by Julie Cohen

This one is a maybe? I am really not sure, guys… What do you think I should do? If you don’t convince me, I’ll remove it. 🙂 

Verdict: REMOVE ✖

From Notting Hill with Love… Actually (Actually, #1) by Ali McNamara

I actually own another book by Ali McNamara, and I will be reading that soon. It’s called Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van. I bough it for my birthday in November, as travelling with an RV and sending postcards/letters is something I would love to be able to do in my life someday.

Verdict:  REMOVE ✖

Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop

Book about postcards – I have to read it!!!

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

Noir by Christopher Moore

I have only read one noir book so far, and I liked the genre. I kept seeing this book being hyped everywhere, so I think it’s fair to give it a chance.

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

This book was one of the most-wanted books for me in 2018. Now we’re in 2019, and I still want it as bad!

Verdict: KEEP  ☑ 

One for the Money(Stephanie Plum, #1) by Janet Evanovich

I heard about this series recently, and I am always down for a brave heroine in a book. You go girl!

Verdict: KEEP ☑ 

flower-divider-flower-dividers-clip-art-flowers-line-divider-stock-vector-illustration-of-elegantRemoving 4 books from my TBR this time. We’re making progress guys! 

Which books would you keep or remove? Please let me know in the comments – I love reading your comments and thoughts! 

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