Friday, August 21, 2015

Book review: Dark Magick

Title: Dark Magick
Series: Sweep (or Wicca) #4
Author: Cate Tiernan
Release date: June 2001
Genre: Young Adult, witches
Pages: 186

Previous books in this series:
1. Book of Shadows
2. The Coven
3. Blood Witch

Expectations


I've been trying to keep interested in this story, but somehow I've been putting this book down a lot. I don't know why, maybe it's because the story-line is a little dragging without something really happening. So far, the spells aren't that interesting. I hope the rest of the book is more action packed with a better plot development.

Review


So I will try to describe my feelings about this book. I tried reading it many times and each time I decided there was a more interesting book to read first. Each time I read about 30 % of the book before quitting. 

The strange thing is I did enjoy reading about Morgan and her journey. Obviously I got a little bored reading the first part of the book multiple times.

So this summer I decided, no matter what, I will read this book! It's not like it's a long book!

So after reading the first 30% (again) it got interesting. The story builds and builds and we get to see Morgan grow into a more powerful witch and she also becomes more confident. I really like Morgan, she's a great protagonist of this series. The relationship with Call is very nice until it gets complicated..

The last 20 pages were so suspenseful, with plot-twists and intrigue. While reading this I couldn't understand why I didn't read this earlier! It is very entertaining to read! After reading Dark Magick I am so motivated and excited to read the other books in this series!  

Rating


I'm so glad I finally finished this book! When I finished, I immediately started the next book, Awakening.



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Book review: City of Bones

Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Release date: March 2007
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 485

Synopsis
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? 


This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know... 


Expectations

I've heard so many good things about this series and I'm really curious to see what this is all about. Especially now that there's a TV-show coming up in 2016! I have tried to read this a couple of times before, but I never got very far. This time I will finish the first book of The Mortal Instruments series.


Review


Now I understand the popularity of this book, I really enjoyed reading this. 

The beginning was a little slow for me, but because I had read the first chapters before, the world-building made much more sense to me. The start of the story can be a little confusing because a lot of new elements are introduced. 

This book is an introduction into a new fantasy world. The story is adventurous and action-packed. I liked the set-up, the world and especially the characters. I think most of the characters, if not all, are very well described and are portrayed realistically within this fantasy world. The character development is just great. 

I loved reading the plot twists. I just love it when a book gets you thinking about the possibilities within the story. 

My favorite character at the moment is Jace, but I also really like Simon. He is so funny! I must say I prefer the boys to Clary. She's a nice character, but (for me) not as great as Jace. But this is only the first book, so I hope for more character development on her side in the next books! 

Once I was invested in the story I couldn't put the book down. Now that I'm finished I really want to start City of Ashes. 


Rating


I will start the next book VERY soon. 3.5 stars for City of Bones :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Book Review: Paper Towns

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Release date: October 2008
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 305

Synopsis
Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew... 


Expectations

I'm very excited to start reading Paper Towns, it will be my second book by John Green. The Fault In Our Stars was an exceptional read, so special. I liked the writing in TFIOS and I'm curious to see how John Green wrote this story. I'm planning on buying the entire box set of John Green, but first I wanted to try one more book to be sure. 

Review

So I was happy to discover I still like the writing style. It isn't very difficult to like the main character, Quentin. He's an average high school senior. He is described very realistically. Quentin has always admired Margo. She's such an awesome and interesting person to him. 

The book evolves around this mystery of Margo's disappearance and Quentin's journey to try to find her and also discover the real Margo. During the book Quentin is wondering if his view of Margo is accurate. Does he know the real Margo like he thought he did?

Quentin's has two great friends. Ben is absolutely hilarious, such a great character. I liked reading the developments around his friends.

It's interesting to see the story develop and witness Quentin's change in perspective. I don't wanna spoil anything, but I especially loved the ending. It made the book even more realistic. 

The book has portrayed a great message. Quentin realizes that everyone is also just a person. I love the following quote:

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”

And it is, treacherous to believe that. Great quote and great realization too.

I thought it was a very interesting book. Very different than TFIOS, but it still got me thinking, just like TFIOS did. This book stays with you for a while and you will think of this story now and then. I love when that happens, when a book really sticks with you. 

Rating

I liked it a lot, it was a fast and interesting read. 
After reading this I definitely wanna read the other John Green books. If you have a John Green book to recommend, let me know!


Have a great day,

 ~Myra~

Thursday, August 6, 2015

July Wrap up & August TBR !

Hi!
I've been absent for some time because I was enjoying my holiday in Italy, but now I'm back :) Let me give you an update:

July Wrap Up


I've read some great books this month!


Paper Towns
I really wanted to read this book by John Green because the movie just came out. It was an interesting read, I like reading the writingstyle of John Green. Review is coming soon!






 Dark Magick
I've been trying to read this book for quite some time now, but every     time a different book grabs my attention and I quit on this one. This is the fourth book in the Sweep (or Wicca) series by Cate Tiernan. This month I really wanted to finish it and I did! I will tell you my thoughts in a review soon!




Awakening
I just finished this at the end of the month, it is the fifth book in the Sweep series and it was interesting! I'm liking this series more and more. Review is coming up!






August TBR

So for August I'm planning on reading the following books:

Dubbel Feest by Madeleine Wickham

I've been trying to find the English title for this book, but somehow I can't find it. Please let me know if you know it! This book is written by Madeleine Wickham (which means Sophie Kinsella wrote it ;). I'm excited to read this one, it looks like a perfect summer read. Here's the synopsis if you're interested:

Synopsis: 
At eighteen, in that first golden Oxford summer, Milly's best friends were Rupert and his American lover Allan. When Rupert suggested that she and Allan should get married, just so that Allan could stay in the country, it all seemed just a bit of fun -- and to make it seem real she dressed up in cheap wedding finery and posed on the steps of the registry office for photographs.

Ten years later, Milly is a very different person. Engaged to Simon -- who is wealthy, serious, and believes her to be perfect - she is facing the biggest and most elaborate wedding imaginable. Her dreadful secret is locked away so securely she has almost persuaded herself that it doesn't exist -- until, with only four days to go, her past catches up with her.

Spellbound by Cate Tiernan

This is the 6th book in the Sweep series following Morgan on her journey to become a witch. I cannot tell you much about it because it's the 6th book, but if you're interested, you can check out my review of the previous books:






I'm not sure what I will read next once I've finished those books, it will depend om my mood. If you have any summer books suggestions, let me know :)

Upcoming posts:


- Book Reviews of Paper Towns, Dark Magick and Awakening.
- Book to Movie review of The Fault in Our Stars
- Many other things :D


Have a great day everyone!

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