REVIEW

Review: Erebos by Ursula Poznanski

EREBOS

Hi guys,

this is a review of a German book called Erebos. This book got translated into English for those who might be interested in it but don’t speak German. Enjoy!

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Book Information
Pages: 448
Published In: June 6th 2011
Publisher: Loewe
Price: € 9,95
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Plot

Erebos is a game that secretly makes its rounds at Nick’s school. The students who own it aren’t allowed to talk about it or give a copy to a person if it isn’t specifially ordered to. Also, these gamers run around tired, paranoid and secretive. They don’t show up to classes or after class, sports and dangerous situations occur. Nick wants to find out more about this game, but can’t until a classmate offers Erebos to him. Of course Nick starts to play it and gets sucked into the world of Erebos, a computer roll play game where players have to manage quests in game and in reality. The game is about leveling up the gamer’s character to get better gear, gold and higher levels to be in the chosen inner circle of Erebos and be part of destroying the fortress Ortolan. Little do the players of Erebos recognize of how dangerous this game is becoming and soon it’s not a game any longer.

Opinion

First of all, I pretty much ate this book up. If there hadn’t been work, I’m sure I would have read it in one sitting. The writing is so compelling and especially fitting to the storyline, since I basically was addicted to reading it. It’s not a fantasy or illogical storyline, there is some explanation to everything and that’s why I loved it even more. The characters were so nice and well written, I loved it.

For me, there have been two parts in this book: one part playing in real life, where Nick had to communicate with classmates, parents, friends or had to fulfill quests, no matter how weird and dangerous it seems. Do it for the Vine, it might have whispered else. I mean Erebos, of course.
The other part of the story happened in-game. Nick wasn’t Nick anymore but his alter ego Sarius, who had to fulfill quests in the medieval setting. He felt stronger there, the world of Erebos has become Nick’s better life. In his real life he only was thinking about Erebos anymore. He truly became addicting until a wake up call rang and ripped him out of the game.

Writing this, I could really feel with Nick. When there has been a dangerous situation, my heart started beating because damn, the writing. You can feel with him and that’s such a nice thing about the book, because you really get into it and be connected with the story.You could only hope he would choose for the better because you kind of became to know Nick and you knew he was good at heart. Oh this book with it’s good characters, because there have been some of Nick’s friends who you could only love.

The genre could be a young adult – fantasy – thriller mix, because all of these elements are included, merging into each other. The book is set in London, but you wouldn’t notice much for it in general. It could have played at any other school for example. Okay, wrongly written: you will know that is it set in London, but if I tell you why then the story is spoiled.

That said, you need to explore Erebos on your own to see what I mean with all my gibberish “Oh I love it so much!” talk. Close to the Erebos players telling other non players to go and play Erebos to see what they are loving so much about this book. IT’S TRULY EREBOS THROUGH AND THROUGH.

xo Annina

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A little Book-Tube-A-Thon Update

Hi guys, 

a little update here about my Book-Tube-A-Thon process, since day 4 is almost over there are only 3 days left! AAAAH.

So far, I have totally mixed up my plan. Basically turned it upside down. Okay, so I’ve started Frankenstein although I wanted to read Gossip Girl first. I turned that around because I would need to read Gossip Girl within a day for my Popsugar Reading Challenge.

I underestimated Frankenstein with its heavy english and it took me far too long to read it although it doesn’t have so many pages. Finished it on Tuesday. But I managed to read Zenith on day 1, just according to my plan.

Also I saw that I wouldn’t manage to read all my book due to work unless I would listen to the audiobook version of it at the office. So I started listening to Frankenstein and The 5th Wave – and I finished The 5th Wave today, at Thursday.

Three books down, four to go. Doesn’t sound that bad, right?

Tomorrow I try to read Gossip Girl or The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants to at least read/listen to as much as possible. I got something personal planned on Monday, so I don’t know yet if it’s humanly possible for me to complete this challenge (probably not) but I’ll try my best.

The Challenges:

Read a book only after sunset
Read a book you discovered through booktube

Read a book by one of your favorite authors

Read a book that is older than you

Read a book with yellow on the cover

Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation
Read seven books

Done: 5
To go: 2
Books: 3/7

Here is the complete list with my Book-Tube-A-Thon books if you are interested.

xo Annina

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I’m SO EXCITED for BOOK-TUBE-A-THON 2016!

Hi guys,

things that make me alive: Book-Tube-A-Thon! The end. I swear, I was so happy when I heard that it was time for that time of marathon again. My favorite kind of marathon, since real, sporty, running marathons are killing me. Almost did. Maybe I’m over exaggerating.

BUT NOT WITH BOOK-TUBE-A-THON!

 

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For those pure and stressfree people who don’t know what Book-Tube-A-Thon is, it is a challenge started by Book Tubers to read a certain amount of book/challenges within a certain time. This year it’s going to be from July 18th to July 24th, so mark your calendars and tell your friends and family members that you will be extra anti-social! Fun!

So down below I have made the list of challenges that need to be checked off, mixed with the books I’m going to read. I’m participating in Book-Tube-A-Thon since 2013 and managed all the challenges so far, so I know how things are rolling. I also know that I will be working full time during that time, so I can say goodbye to winning three times in a row (don’t underestimate my willpower of winning challenges that only will boost your ego).


 

Read a book with yellow on the cover
Read and watch a book-to-movie adaptation

THE 5TH WAVE by RICK YANCEY
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The 5th wave

Summary (by Goodreads)

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.


Read a book only after sunset

THE IRON TRIAL by HOLLY BLACK AND CASSANDRA CLARE
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The Iron Trial

Summary (by Goodreads)

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail. All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him. So he tries his best to do his worst – and fails at failing. Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future. The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come…


Read a book you discovered through booktube

ZENITH PART 1 by SASHA ALSBERG & LINDSAY CUMMINGS
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Summary (by Goodreads)

There is darkness sweeping across the stars. Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness: a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her fearsome glass starship the Maurader, she’s just Andi, their captain and protector.

When a routine mission goes awry, the all-girl crew’s resilience is tested as they find themselves in a most unfamiliar place: at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter connected to Andi’s past and a harrowing betrayal. Meanwhile, on the far side of the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The final pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship—or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles towards the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only thing certain is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.


Read a book by one of your favorite authors

SALEM’S LOT by STEPHEN KING
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Salem's Lot

Summary (by Goodreads)

Thousands of miles away from the small township of ‘Salem’s Lot, two terrified people, a man and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree-lined streets. They must return to ‘Salem’s Lot for a final confrontation with the unspeakable evil that lives on in the town.


Read a book that is older than you

FRANKENSTEIN by MARY SHELLEY
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Frankenstein

Summary (by Goodreads)

At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.


Read seven books

GOSSIP GIRL 5: I LIKE IT LIKE THAT by CECILY VON ZIEGESAR
THE SISTERHOOD OF TRAVELING PANTS by ANN BRASHARES
GG: Buy on Amazon
// TSoTP: Buy on Amazon

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Summary (by Goodreads)

Blair moves in with Serena and they’re back to being best friends. But will the love-fest last or will they end up tearing out one anothers newly highlighted hair? And speaking of new, Nate is on the straight and narrow, playing Nate-in-shining-armor to his crazy new girlfriend, Georgie. But he will definitely get more than he bargained for when he, Georgie, Blair, and Serena end up hanging out together in Sun Valley, Idaho. Back in Manhattan, Jenny is spending time with a mysteriously nice new boyfriend and Dan is spending time crying in the office of the Red Letter literary journal. And Vanessa, wait, is that Vanessa shopping at Barneys with a guy in a Lacoste shirt?

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Summary (by Goodreads)

Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they’re great. She’d love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.


Are you going to participate in Book-Tube-A-Thon 2016? I sure will! On Twitter I will be very active about it, if you want to follow me there.

Here’s the original Book-Tube-A-Thon video if you are interested:

xo Annina

Also visit me on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and Goodreads 🙂 !

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(i) The Amazon Links are affiliated Links. I guessed this was the easiest way to establish a store where you can go and buy a book if you are interested in it plus it makes me literally just some cents. Yes I got greedy and I’m gonna bath in my ten 5 cent pieces. You’re welcome.


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Read in June 2016

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Hi guys, 

yes I have been very inactive during June, but not with reading! I still need to figure out where I want to go with this blog, so it’s gonna stay for a while with this. I hope you enjoy my monthly reading lists though!

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1 The Dark Huntsman by Jessica Aspen
2 Cell by Stephen King
3 Märchenhaft erlöst by Maya Shepherd (Only available in German)

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The Dark Huntsman by Jessica Aspen
Pages: 350
Price: 11,91€ (Paperback)
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The Dark Huntsman was not my time of genre, I have simply chosen it because it has been on my reading list for a while (by now I don’t know why). It is a mixture of New Adult and Fantasy with a touch of fairytale (hello Snow White). Desperate to save the last of her family from the murderous Faery Queen, Trina Mac Elvy weaves a spell of entrapment. But instead of a common soldier, the queen has released the Dark Huntsman, a full blooded fae with lethal powers. Caged for treason, Logan Ni Brennan, is ready to do anything to win free of the manipulative queen, even if it includes running a last errand for her…murdering a witch. The sight of Trina, ready to fight despite the odds, gives him another option: use the witch as a chess piece, put the queen’s son on the throne, and bring down the queen forever. (After goodreads)

I didn’t like it because the plot and it’s characters have been too shallow for me and too unoriginal. Simple as that. And as mentioned before, the genre isn’t exactly my style, especially in this combination. Also I didn’t like the writing as it has been, it simply hasn’t been my style, it felt a little too edgy.

2 out of 5 stars


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Cell by Stephen King
Pages: 480
Price: 9,49€ (Paperback)
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Cell by Stephen King is about a apocalypse triggered by cell phones. The main character Clayton Riddell travels with his companions he met during the early and mid stages of the apocalypse to find his young son and maybe figure out how all this mess has started.

I enjoyed this book a lot, I m a huge Stephen King fan nevertheless. You got to love his weirdness with stories and his writing style (well it’s always this thing with authors). I so far have read a few works by him and by all means, I won’t stopp soon. I got a whole Stephen King shelf so far. Yes, this is how much I love his stories. And if you like post-apocalypse stories, there are a few by now, especially The Walking Dead, then you will enjoy this book. Also the main characters were very likeable, so it has been easy to root for them.

4 out of 5 stars


Märchenhaft erlöst

Märchenhaft erlöst by Maya Shepherd
Pages: 344
Price: 11,99€ (Paperback)
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Since this book is in German, there isn’t a proper english title, so I’m sorry. It is kind of translatable into “magically released”. This is the second book of a series and I haven’t reviewed the first one into English. Sorry about that. There is going to be a part 3 as well.

To quickly summarize what these books are about: a mix between The Selected and Fairytales! A girl from the common people and her sister participate in a selection to be the wife and future queen of a young and handsome prince. To be chosen to participate in the next round, the girls have to manage difficult tasks.

That has been roughly the summary of Book 1, without having mentioned that the main character Heera didn’t really want to be the next future queen but is in fact participating int his crazy ride to protect and push her sister. Unfortunately for Heera, she begins to fall for the Prince and her little sister starts to see her as serious competiton.

Book 2 starts with a round of Selection, as in who will stay in the castle to participate in more dangerous tasks. Suddenly the castle and all their people gets stolen, so Heera and her rescue team, eh competitors, have to travel over seven mountains and lands to find their handsome prince and defeat the evil queen.

I liked the first book because of its fairytale-y writing style and how fairytales have been woven into the story. The second book has been a little bit too much of that style. It has been partly far too naive for me and therefore too annoying (sorry that I’m easily annoyed). I really flew over the book because it has been too much for me. Maybe I could have liked it a bit more if I went in a bit more prepared of that style. Who knows.

3 out of 5 stars


So people, this has been my reading list of June! How has your June looked like? What did you read? Did you, by any chance, read the same books as I did, or at least one of them? Have you read those at all? Let me know! 🙂

xo Annina

Also visit me on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and Goodreads 🙂 !

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(i) The Amazon Links are affiliated Links. I guessed this was the easiest way to establish a store where you can go and buy a book if you are interested in it plus it makes me literally just some cents. Yes I got greedy and I’m gonna bath in my ten 5 cent pieces. You’re welcome.


The covers are from goodreads.com