BOOK TALKS

Read in February 2017

Hi guys,

I have finally managed one book I have put off for so long – The Bone Clocks! It is a very pretty looking but, but the content was heavy for me. Let’s see more about that later!

Books I have managed to read this February:

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  1. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  2. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (Full Review)
  3. Let it Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle
  4. Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern
  5. Dead Zone by Stephen King
  6. Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
3 out of 5 stars

The reason I only gave it three out of five stars is that the written english language has been more difficult for me and that there hasn’t been happening much. The story evolves around Holly Syke, starting at age 16 when she’s running away from home and her baby brother gets missing. Years are passing by and Holly slowly gets interwoven in strange events that explain what has happened to her little brother years ago. On the way, we get to meet two other characters that let us see their point of view and make the reader understand the world they are situated in. Large book with beautiful language, but not too much plot.


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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
3 out of 5 stars

A nice breezy story about the possibilities that can be done when having to relive the same day over and over. Which is happening to Samantha Kingston, sixteen years old, on Valentine’s Day. Reviving each day, she has to find out what makes her stay within the same day and realizes that live might not just be evolving around her own.
I’ve given this book three out of five stars because I didn’t quite like the characters that were in the story. Samantha, although getting better as the story evolves, seems like this super obnoxious and popular girl who would love to squish everything beneath her feet, same with her three best friends. It just felt a very stereotypical story, wouldn’t there have been the mysterious red line through the story asking how Samantha could get out of her loop.


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Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green and Lauren Myracle
3 out of 5 stars

This book follows three short stories, each written by one of the mentioned authors. They all are situated around christmas time and the characters of the different stories are somewhat connected. The first one follows Jubilee, a girl who had to leave her home at christmas eve to get to her grandparents in Florida by train since her parents got in jail over fancy christmas decoration. The second one follows a group of three teenagers, who leave their movie night in the middle of a snowstorm to have a party at a waffle house. The third story follows a girl who has to find herself (and a teacup pig) after a very horrible mistake and a bad break-up.

It seems all random but really is just connected when you never guessed it at first. They are very cute characters and stories altogether, but seemed all a too shallow and the same for me. Yes they are short stories, but personally I think there could have been more depth. It’s best read around Christmas or snowy days.

 


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Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern
4 out of 5 stars

A story told in letters and chats, Love, Rosie tells a life story about Rosie, a girl who gets to grow up with her best friend Alex. Within these letters, chats and e-mails we get to see Rosie from child to teenager, to adult and realize that maybe she has feelings for her best friend when it seems all too late.
It’s been a really lovely read, same with the letter and chat elements. Telling a story by simply letting the characters tell it seemed like such a nice and different idea. Also the characters have been sympathetic and genuine and I felt simply at home while reading it.


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Dead Zone by Stephen King
5 out of 5 stars

Because I’m biased like this. No, for real, Dead Zone has been one of my favorite books by Stephen King so far! Yes I give all of them five stars, but I’d say Stephen King books are within a whole other rating level for me.
It’s about a young man called Johnny Smith who has premonitions about events, mostly when he touches other people. Then one evening, he’s in a car accident and has to lie in a coma for five years. He wakes up, but has a really hard time coming back to his old live. By then, the premonitions barely had been there, but now are stronger than ever before. And with these premonitions comes a great power (and great responsibility), since he touches a candidate at an election campaign and foresees that this man will start World War 3 if someone isn’t planing to stop him.


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Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell
3 out of 5 stars

A short book which has been hard for me to read, thanks to the excessive language and very southern slang (it sounded southern to me although it is not). Also I didn’t quite like the pace of this book, which almost made me gave it 2 out of 5 stars. Other reviews talked me out of it, pointing at the language of the book and its metaphors.
It’s about a girl called Ree, living in a shed with her mentally ill mother, two brothers and a sister. Her father, a crystal meth cooker and dealer, went missing and has to show for a court date in a week. Since the father, Jessup, has signed over the shed to Ree, who isn’t of age yet, Jessup has to show up in court or else the family will lose the house. With that in mind, Ree starts her search for her father that seems more and more hopeless the longer the search continues.


I’m glad to see that I read more book than I actually think I am, so this is a good thing for me considering the amount of books I loaded myself with this year. Let’s see what March will bring!

Popsugar Reading Challenge: 6/30
Popsugar Reading Challenge Advanced: 2/12
Personal Challenge: 3/13
Goodreads Challenge: 10/60

xo Annina

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REVIEW

Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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Hi guys,

this book has been on my reading list for 4 years and since the movie adaptation is coming out in March I thought that reading it now would be the best time.

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Book Information
Title: Before I Fall
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 470 (Paperback)

Publisher: HarperCollins
Published In: October 25th 2010

Plot

The story follows Samantha Kingston, a sixteen – soon to be – seventeen year old popular teenager who repeatedly has to life through Valentine’s Day. Or rather, she only realizes that she has to do so after dying in a car accident after a party held by a classmate. After that realization she lives through every repeatedly Valentine’s Day a little bit different, once more loving, once a little bit more obnoxious. By that, she not only finds out a lot about her friends, classmates and family members but also a great deal of herself and what is really important in life.

My opinion

I guess that repeatedly waking up to the same day concept isn’t exactly new and can be executed equally in a good and in a bad way. Personally I am a bit torn with Before I Fall since I couldn’t stand the main character, Samantha. She was very obnoxious, self-centered and narrow-minded. I guess a typical sixteen year old popular teenager in the best stereotypical way. She has her four best friends who are equally as bad as her and a popular, handsome boyfriend who didn’t really care for her. That was soon very clear.

The good thing about Before I Fall was that there was change in the main character! She learned from herself and became a better, more caring person than at the beginning of the book. She wasn’t as narrow-minded as before and saw the more important things in life: being there for family and friends. Good for her! I really liked that she was going out of her comfort zone talking to people she normally wouldn’t and actually enjoyed doing so.

Also she tries to find out the reason why she was stuck in that time loop. And as we all know (more from ghost stories than from time loops), there is always unfinished business before one can rest. We just have to find out what it is. Therefore I can say that we learned a lot of the people in Samantha’s life. They weren’t just bystanders, but people with emotions and thoughts, not some kind of Extra Number 36 whose purpose only is to fill the empty place in the main character’s far too busy life.

The writing was decent, not too easy and not too hard, a nice Young Adult read. I have read Lauren Oliver before, the whole Delirium series actually, that’s how I discovered Before I Fall. Although I have no idea any longer how Delirium was written, for comparison reasons, but I guess it wasn’t too bad since I finished the whole series. Same with this one, the characters were annoying but the writing kept me going.

Conclusion

I give Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver 3 out of 5 stars because it was decent and a nice read, but that’s been it. I’m excited to see what the movie will make out of this material!

xo Annina

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BOOK TALKS

Read in January 2017 (+Reviews!)

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Hi guys,

and suddenly the first month of the new year is over. By a miracle I actually managed to read books (like I mentioned in my December 2016 post, I’ve been on vacation and sick, but not at the same time). Here are they:

  1. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick (Audiobook, though)
  2. The Walking Dead Vol. 27: The Whisperer War by Robert Kirkman
  3. A Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett
  4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them – Screenplay by J.K.Rowling

I’ve stayed true to myself and only read books so far that are relevant for my challenges. And yes, that’s a hard thing to do because Goodreads and Twitter exist and tempt you to buy books you don’t really need.

Here are my short reviews for them since it has been too long since I’ve read them:


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Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
5 out of 5 stars

I’ve started this audiobook on my flight to Miami, so this has been a great thing to do when you are tired and don’t want to actually read (with your eyes being already exhausted from watching too many movies, I know no limits). I liked it more than expected. Anna told her stories in a really quirky and relatable way, so you feel connected to her even if acting isn’t your profession. You still learn things and foremost, that people are more down to earth and normal than you’ll guess. She started with her childhood stories, going over chronology until her most current moment (aka currently writing her book). The red line has been obviously her acting career, so that’s been a nice thing as well, especially when she told her backstage story of being an Oscar nominee.


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The Walking Dead Vol.27: The Whisperer War by Robert Kirkman
4 out of 5 stars

Technically the volume isn’t out but the comics that are bound in this volume, so I counted it as reading it. There’s a war going on with a group at the moment that isn’t even mentioned yet in the TV series. There’s a lot going on and information revealed about Negan, so it has been a cool volume. I’m still pissed that they aren’t looking actively for a cure though.


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A Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett
4 out of 5 stars

I liked this book FAR MORE than expected! It had a touch of Game of Thrones with all the intrigues going on, yet that book had a touch of romance flair that kept me going and hoping for having an happy ending. Basically it’s about the uprise and fall of the Bank Pilaster, circling around Hugh Pilaster whose father committed suicide when his first bank went bankrupt. Hugh got the news after a tragic accident at his boarding school, in which a school mate, Peter Middleton, drowned in a swimming lake. It was forbidden to swim in that lake and the only witnesses to that tragedy were Hugh, Micky Miranda (another school mate) and Hugh’s cousin Edward Pilaster. But since Hugh knows that Peter couldn’t have been drowned since he has been a very good swimmer, there must have been someone killing him. This mystery goes through the years, up to when Hugh is grown up and one of the best bankers in his industry.


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Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them by J.K.Rowling
5 out of 5 stars

Yes, it is just the screenplay. I have read the actual short novel as well, which is basically an encyclopedia of beasts and creatures swarming the Harry Potter universe. Thinking of building a world around it AND covering the back story of Harry Potter at once, is a nice idea actually. I still hope that they make it that far to show some Marauder time as well.
So the script made me appreciate the movie far more and made me notice far more details. I wasn’t a great fan of the Fantastic Beasts movie, the whole film was just building for the second film and I hate it when that happens. It has been a super good thing to be back in my favorite fictional world, but yeah. The first movie could have been a bit more surprising. Personally I think it lacks a bit of magic (not the literal kind).
It’s about Newt Scamander, former Hufflepuff Hogwarts student traveling the world in search of beasts and how to save them. When arriving in New York, he stumbles upon a force of magic that needs to be contained before it destroys the city.


I hope you liked this post and the short summaries I gave of the books. Sorry for being so late with those this year 🙂

Popsugar Reading Challenge: 2/30
Popsugar Reading Challenge Advanced: 1/12
Personal Challenge: 1/13
Goodreads Challenge: 4/60

xo Annina

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BOOK TALKS

Read in December 2016

Hi guys,

and here’s to my last reading list of 2016! 🙂 I’ve been on vacation (and sick) in January, so here’s that excuse for posting this post just now.

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  1. Royal – Eine Liebe aus Samt by Valentina Fast (Full Review)
  2. A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

True, it haven’t been many books since I fell back into a movie/TV show habit and allowed myself to take a break from books for a while. Royal – Eine Liebe aus Samt got a full review, while I’m gonna write a short review here for A Court of Thrones and Roses since it was a little harder to grasp for me.


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Royal – Eine Liebe aus Samt by Valentina Fast
3 out of 5 stars

A book about a ordinary girl being forced on a The Bachelor like selection who ends up having to save the kingdom. The ending was disappointing, not enough got explained and the characters annoyed me by book 6, the last one of the series. Sorry to say this since it had a promising start but a very rough ending.


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A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
3 out of 5 stars

In a fairytale like world where fairies rule and suppress humans, Feyre kills an High Fae and is taken to the court of spring to pay for her mistakes by staying in the land of Fae for the rest of her life. There she falls in love with her captor and discovers that this magical land is more in danger than being let on from her human world point of view.
I got this book by having a totally different expectation than the book actually turned out to be. It had strong characters but turned out to be too romantic for my taste and weirdly over dramatic. The ending was a little cheesy and clichée like but had a promising start for the second book. Let’s see if I find time for A Court of Mist and Fury.


After all, I have read 75 books this year which is a pretty nice number for me! 🙂

This has been my last book reading list of 2016! Let’s see what 2017 will bring and how many books I will manage in this year.

xo Annina

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REVIEW

[DE/ENG] Review: Royal – Eine Liebe aus Samt by Valentina Fast

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Hallihallo,

und willkommen im neuen Jahr 2017. Obwohl ich dieses Buch schon vor einer Weile beendet habe, kommt erst jetzt eine Rezension, da WordPress mir das komplett Fertige gänzlich gelöscht hat. Toll 🙂

Meine Rezension zu Ein Leben aus Glas, Ein Königreich aus Seide, Ein Schloss aus Alabaster, Eine Krone aus Stahl und Eine Hochzeit aus Brokat könnt ihr hier lesen.

 

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Buchinformationen

Titel: Royal – Eine Liebe aus Samt
Autorin: Valentina Fast
Genre: Jugendbuch, Dystopie
Seiten: 274
Art: eBook

Verlag: Impress
Veröffentlicht in: Januar 2016

Handlung

Vertrieben aus der Kuppel bleiben Tatyana und Henry nicht anderes übrig als sich darauf vorzubereiten, ihre Freunde aus dem Schloss zu befreien. Währenddessen schwindet die Hoffnung im Schloss, je wieder von den Rebellen freizukommen, da nach wie vor die Ungewissheit besteht, Tatyana und Henry jemals wieder lebend zu sehen.

Meinung

Das war nun das große Finale der Royal-Serie. Dieses Mal ging es weit weniger um die Auswahl und brachte deswegen auch eine Menge mehr Action und neue Informationen auf den Tisch. Jedoch nicht genug, um sagen zu können, dass es sich hierbei um eine tiefgängige Serie handelt. Denn die Welt der Kuppel und dessen Außenwelt wurde gefühltermaßen nur angekratzt während sich das Drama um Phillip und Tatyana langsam begann im Kreis zu drehen. So wirkte es schlussendlich auch, dass ein schneller Abschluss gebraucht wurde und mehr oder weniger alle offenen Stränge in das letzte Buch gestopft wurden.

Die Sprache war in diesem Band auch viel einfacher, oder zumindest kam es mir so vor. Die Charaktere nervten einen nur noch mehr, wahrscheinlich weil das Drama in den letzten fünf Büchern schon so lang gezogen war, dass man es schlussendlich nicht mehr ertragen konnte. Kurz gesagt hätte Royal für mich einen besseren Eindruck hinterlassen, wenn es nicht so viele Bücher gegeben hätte. Ja, die sechs Bände waren einzeln nicht unendlich lang, jedoch lang genug um den sechsten Band schlecht dastehen zu lassen. Wären Band 2-4 gestrichen, gäbe es eine viel kompaktere Geschichte.

Tatyana, die Protagonistin der Serie, kam mir schlussendlich immer mehr wie eine Mary Sue vor, also wie eine Person, die alles perfekt kann – auch wenn sie von sich behauptet, es wäre nicht so. Alle vier Männer waren immer von ihr am meisten begeistert, kleine Macken hatte sie zwar, doch schlussendlich schaffte sie alles mit einem Fingerschnippen. Nervt auch auf Dauer, wenn die Protagonistin etwas zu perfekt und unrealistisch wirkt.

Das Ende des Buches war auch eher nach dem Motto: okay, wir brauchen jetzt noch etwas total schockierendes – jemand muss also sterben! Das scheint wohl ein sehr beliebter Trick von Autoren zu sein, um die Leser zu schocken. Irgendwann lässt das aber einen kalt, weil man es fast schon erwartet (und dann schockiert tut, damit es nicht zu sehr auffällt). War jetzt für mich nicht unbedingt das, was Royal gebraucht hätte, aber gut. Die Autorin darf entscheiden und es ist ihre Geschichte, in das ihr Herzblut geflossen ist. Lassen wir das mit der Kritik jetzt einfach.

Fazit

Ich gebe Royal – Eine Liebe aus Samt von Valentina Fast 3 von 5 Sternen, weil der Abschluss dieser Buchreihe kein Würdiger war und der Weltenaufbau sehr oberflächlich war. Die Reihe war keinesfalls schlecht und ich bin fest der Meinung, dass es jedem gefallen würde, der schon von The Selection begeistert war. Wer The Selection nicht kennt – gut, fangt mit Royal an!

xo Annina

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Hi guys,

And welcome to the new year of 2017. Although I have finished this book a while ago, the review gets posted now, since WordPress has completely deleted the completely finished first version. Great 🙂

You can read my reviews of the Royal series here: Ein Leben aus Glas, Ein Königreich aus Seide, Ein Schloss aus Alabaster, Eine Krone aus Stahl and Eine Hochzeit aus Brokat !

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Book Information

Title: Royal – Eine Liebe aus Samt
Author: Valentina Fast
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Pages: 274
Type: eBook

Publisher: Impress
Published in: January 2016

Plot

Expelled from the dome, Tatyana and Henry have no choice but to prepare themselves to free their friends from the castle. In the meantime, the hope in the castle disappears as escaping from the rebels becomes more and more impossible. Also there is still the uncertainty as to whether Tatyana and Henry are still alive or not.

Opinion

This was the grand finale of the Royal series. This time it was far less about the selection and therefore brought a lot more action and new information on the table. However, having finished the series and getting an overview, the story really has not been too deep. The world of the dome and its outer world only felt scorned, while the drama around Phillip and Tatyana slowly began to circle around. With that, a quick conclusion was needed at the end and more or less all open strings were stuffed into the last book.

The language was also much easier in this volume, or at least it seemed to me as it was this case. The characters only annoyed me more and more, probably because the drama in the last five books had already been so dragged that one could no longer bear it. In short, Royal would have made a better impression on me if there were not so many books. Yes, the six volumes were not indefinitely long, but long enough to make the sixth volume look bad. If book 2-4 were deleted, there would be a much more compact story.

Tatyana, the protagonist of the series, seemed to me more and more like a Mary Sue, like a person who could do everything perfectly – even if she said she can not. All four men were always the most enthusiastic about her, although she had small quirks, but in the end she managed everything with a snip of her fingers. Also my nerves died in the long run, since the protagonist is too perfect and unrealistic.

The end of the book was more like after the motto: okay, now we need something totally shocking – someone has to die! This seems to be a very popular trick by authors to shock the readers. At some point, however, this leaves you cold, because you are almost expecting it (and then act shocked, so that it is not too noticeable). Now in my opinion a death wasn’t necessary for the series, but oh well. The author can decide and it is her story, into which her heart flowed. Let’s be done with the critic.

Conclusion

I give Royal – Eine Liebe aus Samt by Valentina Fast 3 of 5 stars, because the conclusion of this book series was not worth the journey and the world building was very superficial. The series was by no means bad, and I am firmly of the opinion that it would appeal to everyone who was already enchanted by The Selection. If you do not know The Selection – well, start with Royal!

xo Annina

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REVIEW

[DE/ENG] Review: Royal – Eine Hochzeit aus Brokat by Valentina Fast

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Hallihallo,

und schon sind wir bei Band 5 von 6, yay!

Hier könnt ihr meine Rezensionen der Royal-Serie lesen: Royal – Ein Leben aus Glas, Royal – Ein Königreich aus Seide, Royal – Ein Schloss aus Alabaster und Royal – Eine Krone aus Stahl.

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Buchinformationen

Titel: Royal – Eine Hochzeit aus Brokat
Autorin: Valentina Fast
Genre: Jugendbuch, Dystopie
Seiten: 264
Art: eBook

Verlag: Impress
Veröffentlicht am: 3. Dezember 2015

Handlung

Die Auswahl ist vorbei und Tatyana erholt sich in ihrer Heimat mehr schlecht als recht von dem Schock der Entscheidung. Sie ignoriert Freunde und Familie, bis Henry bei ihr auftaucht und meint, dass es an der Zeit wäre, ihre Wächterausbildung anzufangen. Dies tut sie auch schließlich und scheint sich echt zu erholen und beginnt, das Geschehene langsam in Ruhe zu lassen und Abstand zu gewinnen. Doch auch die Hochzeit von ihrer besten Freundin Claire steht an und somit auch das Wiedersehen mit Phillip. Wird Tatyana standhaft sein und ihrem Versprechen treu bleiben?

Meinung

Zuerst einmal muss ich sagen, dass ich ein großer Verfechter des Phillip x Tatyana Ships bin. Deshalb war ich auch alles andere als froh, dass jetzt Henry größer denn je auf den Plan tritt und somit mehr oder weniger den Platz von Phillip einnimmt. Aber Tatyana weiß innerlich, dass es nicht möglich ist, Phillips Platz einzunehmen und ignoriert stattdessen alles geflissentlich.

Wäre ja nicht so schlimm, wenn sie sich wirklich in Henry verlieben würde, damit WIR ALLE über den Typen hinwegkommen und Tanyas Gejammere nicht mehr ertragen müssen. Aber nein, denn nach wie vor sieht Tatyana Henry nur als Freund obwohl dieser sehr schwere Anzeichen einer Verliebtheit hat. Und zwar so überdeutlich, dass der Leser (aka ich) zu glauben beginnt, dass das Mädchen strohdumm oder blind oder beides ist. Aber Tanya hat ja wichtigeres zu denken, denn immer wieder wenn mal Phillip zu lange nicht erwähnt wurde, schweifen ganz plötzlich ihre Gedanken wieder zu ihm. Ja wir wissen, dass du ihn noch liebst, danke. Wir vergessen das auch so nicht.

Wesentlich wurden in diesem Buch drei Abschnitte beschrieben: das Trainingscamp der Wächter, die Hochzeit und das, was danach passiert ist (ich aber aus Spoilergründen nicht erwähnen möchte). Grundsätzlich ein abwechslungsreiches Buch wenn man es mit seinen Vorgängern vergleicht, die eigentlich nur als Füller da waren. Es wird einiger klarer, was die Handlung betrifft.

Fazit

Ich gebe Royal – Eine Hochzeit aus Brokat von Valentina Fast 4 von 5 Sternen, einfach weil zu viel Henry und zu wenig Phillip vorhanden war.

xo Annina

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Hi guys,

and here were are with book 5 out of 6, yay!

Here you can read my reviews of the royal series: Royal – Ein Leben aus Glas, Royal – Ein Königreich aus Seide, Royal – Ein Schloss aus Alabaster and Royal – Eine Krone aus Stahl.

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Buchinformationen

Title: Royal – Eine Hochzeit aus Brokat
Author: Valentina Fast
Genre: Jugendbuch, Dystopie
Pages: 264
Type: eBook

Publisher: Impress
Published on: December 3rd 2015

Plot

The selection is over and Tatyana tries to recuperates in her home from the shock of the Prince’s decision, although it’s doing more bad than good to her. She ignores her friends and her family until Henry shows up on her doorstep and tells Tanya that it is time for to begin her education as a guardian of the kingdom. Tatyana listens to Henry and follows through with Henry’s consult, whereas she starts to recover from her shock and leaves everything in peace and distance. But also the wedding of her best friend Claire has a date and thus means that the reunion with Phillip is unevitable. Will Tatyana be firm and faithful to her promise?

Opinion

First of all, I must say that I am a great advocate of the Phillip x Tatyana Ships. That is why I was anything but happy that now Henry is now more than ever on the scene and thus takes more or less the place of Phillip. But Tatyana knows internally that it is not possible to take a place with Phillips, ignoring everything instead.

Would not it be so bad if she really fell in love with Henry, so that ALL of us would get over the guy and not have to endure Tanya’s grief. But no, because Tatyana still sees Henry as a friend even though this very heavy sign of infatuation has. And so clearly enough that the reader (aka I) starts to believe that the girl is straw-blind or blind or both. But Tanya has more important to think, because whenever Phillip is not mentioned for too long, all of a sudden, her thoughts wander back to him. Yes, we know you still love him, thank you. We do not forget this either.

Essentially this book described three sections: the training camp of the guardians, the wedding and what happened afterwards (but I would not mention spoilers). Basically a varied book if one compared it with its predecessors, which were actually only as a filler there. There will be some clearer about the action.

Conclusion

I give Royal – Eine Hochzeit aus Brokat 4 out of 5 stars just because there has been far too much Henry and not enough Phillip in the plot.

xo Annina

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BOOK TALKS

Here’s MY book reading challenge for YOU! :)

Hi guys,

First of all: HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017! I hope you all are doing great 🙂

A month ago or so I asked if you would be interested in a book reading challenge created by me. Since I got an answer (which impressed me, to be honest), I thought “why not”? and created one as basic as possible. Which means: digital and print readers won’t have a hard time to find books (at least I hope so).

So here’s a challenge sheet for you guys to print out! I will also tell you which books I chose for this challenge (I hope not to cross any or too many from the Popsugar Reading Challenge but let’s see). Similar challenges to other book challenges are not on purpose and totally unintentional.

It is not the longest list since I want as many people as possible to participate. I have a feeling that the more challenges are on a list, the less people participate because they don’t think they can complete as many books as challenges. And since reading is supposed to be fun and not stressful, I tried to make a less stressful and more fun list. 🙂

(Which doesn’t mean that I can not have 1.000 reading challenge lists. I just don’t recommend it. Too much stress.)

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I’m gonna do my challenge no matter what and maybe I inspired some of you to do the same challenge. If so, let me know in the comments! Or have you created a reading challenge on your own?

xo Annina

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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 gives 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 taken from goodreads.com |