Sunday, May 28, 2017

Review: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Hello readers,

two weeks ago I brought you the review of The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson which I absolutely loved and that ended on such a cliffhanger that I immediately had to start the second book.
For those of you who haven't read the Kiss of Deception yet and who are planning on doing so please do not read this review it might spoil the most fun of the first book. And trust me when I say "YOU. DON'T. WANT. THAT."
So if you haven't read the first one yet please stop reading on and just head over to my Review of The Kiss of Deception, which you might find here.

Now onto The Heart of Betrayal.

Lia and Rafe are now both prisoners of Venda. The Barbarian land that doesn't takes prisoners. So far Rafes plan worked. He plays the Emissary well, but how long will he be able to hide his true identity?  What will happen to Lia, will she finally summon her gift? Will she be able to play the Komizars game? Will she be able to hide her true feelings? Will she make it out of Venda together with Rafe? What is really behind all that? The history to the story?

All those questions get answered in book two and they are developing even more questions, that hopefully the last book will answer, because I am dying to know.
I am as you may have guessed still in love with this trilogy. I love the characters, seeing how they grow and what they had to overcome, all those backstories that add up to the whole makes me want to read on and on.

I must admit that this second book is less of a developing lovestory and more of political tactics than the first, which makes it feel kind of slow in the beginning but for me it was intriguing nonetheless.
The action it was building up to, where you could actually feel the tension building up from chapter to chapter was a nice way to end this second one although again, that real ending...
(I need the final book now!)

Anyhow I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars, with a slighter tendency to the 4 than the 5 because of the political heaviness which was a bit too much. A little bit more balance with the characters developement would have surely gotten this one to another 5 stars.

How did you enjoy The Heart of Betrayal? Let me know in the comments below.

I see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Review: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Hello readers,

Today I have another review for you. A lucky review, in so many ways.
About a week ago I got a surprise in my mail. Penguin Random House was so kind to send me an advanced readers copy of Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith which I am extremely grateful for.

Now this book is all about luck. Good luck as well as bad luck.
Alice doesn't believe in good luck, but she buys a lottery ticket for her best friend,Teddy, for his 18th birthday anyway. And Teddy wins - big.
But Teddy is not just any friend for Alice, he is the boy she loves and as much as this big win seems like a dream come true, it also changes a lot and suddenly the new wealth starts to feel more like a curse than a windfall.

How will Teddy, a boy who never had much money, deal with such wealth?
Will Alice find her good luck? Love?

Windfall is an intriguing, fast read.
But it is also full of cliches which annoyed me at times. The poor buy wins the lottery. All this money turns everything upside down. People beg him for money. Long lost family members turn up again. Others get jealous.
But then again seeing how Teddy and Alice make it through those changes, how both their characters grow was unbelievable enjoyable. So just as much as the money becomes a curse while at the same time being so much good luck for so many people, the cliches in this book turned into something good.

If you haven't picked your summer reads yet I would definitely recommend Windfall and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
This is funny, sad, honest and full of love, friendships and family.

Let me know what you think about Windfall in the comments below.
Thanks again to Penguin Random House for providing me with an ARC.

See you again next Sunday!
Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Hello readers,

Today I got another review for you.
This has been on my shelf for a long while. I think I bought it last summer after I had seen a couple of great reviews on it at YouTube.
And although it had great reviews I somehow didn't expect much more than a modern fairytale from it.
Oh, my I was so wrong.
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson is so much more than a simple modern fairytale.

Lia is the princess of Morrighan who is supposed to carry the gift of the first daughter. She is also supposed to marry the Prince of Dalbreck but Lia runs away before the wedding clearly not wanting this arranged marriage.
Together with her friend Pauline she makes it to Terravin, where she works in a Tavern and tries to keep a low profile.
Meanwhile the Prince of Dalbreck searches himself for her.
But there is also an Assasin looking for Lia.
During her time in Terravin Lia meets Rafe and Kaden, but who is the Prince and who is the Assasin?
Which one will she fall for and will she make it out alive?

The concept of the book and the fact that for the most time we do not know who the Prince is and who the Assasin is really intrigued me and it didn't disappoint.
It just made me want to keep reading, because of course I had a feeling and I wanted to know wether I was right or not.

The character developement was amazing. Seeing Lia grow so much from that already strong Princess in such a strong independent woman who fights her fights, who never gives up, who is willing to learn...
But also seeing Kadens and Rafes characters with all their facets not just told through their own perspectives but also given from different angles of the story.

I know a lot people are annoyed by these love triangles in YA but I felt this book had so much more to offer than a simple love triangle. For the majority of the time you do not know wether Lia has fallen for a prince or an Assasin who got send to kill her. And how all this will play out in the end.

Beyond these points I must honestly say that I was totally captivated by the writing. The small verses or even songs in between some of the Chapters really told a story itself and helped so much creating this world and tying this whole story together in the end.

For me The Kiss of Deception which is the first book of the Remnant Chronicles (Trilogy) really stood out. It was a clear 5 out of 5 stars book for me and I already picked up the second book and I really hope it will answer some of the questions that turned up during this one.

Let me know if you have read it and what you thought about it in the comments below.

I see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Review: The Things They've Taken by Katie McElhenney

Hello readers,

today I am back with another review.

Thanks to Entangled Publishing I got a review galley of The Things They've Taken by Katie McElhenney in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a paranormal romance which I haven't read much off before. So this was somewhat new to me.

In this book Lo (Dolores) Campbell is searching for her mother, who up until now had been on the search of the unknown but instead got taken by it, or as we get to know a greater demon.
To get her mother back Lo sets out into this great adventure together with the tracker Shaw.

I honestly struggled so much with this book in the beginning until I was halfway through it (you may have guessed that by my two sentence description of it). I couldn't find my way into this world, although the descriptions given weren't bad, they just didn't make it imaginable for me.
The character developement was great, but then again I couldn't imagine how they all would look like except maybe for Shaw.
And although I struggled so much it became really enjoyable to read in the second half. I felt the action took up, the romance developed (which mainly saved it for me) and I slowly understood the world.
The twist at the end really came as a surprise the more it disappointed me that this has such an end.
You basically stand there with a bunch of loose ends that don't get tied together which makes me wonder if there actually might be a second book.

All in all is The Things They've Taken a really interesting read, with lots of fun dialogues and moments. You could see some social criticism in it, when it comes to "nobody does something for free" which really fits into a world of demons. It definitely has its problems though which is why I give it 3 stars out of 5.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

See you again next Sunday for another bookish post.
Take care,
📚 Nadja