11-20 – Journeyman
21-30 – Master
31-40 – Grand Master
40+ – Adept
5 - Amazing book & I loved it!
4.5 - Great book & I loved it!
4 - Good book & I loved it!
3.5 - I liked it a lot!
3 - I liked it!
2.5 - Ok book, but nothing special!
2 - Not a bad book, but not a good one!
1.5 - I didn't like it!
1 - I hated it or I couldn't finish it!
There are two motives for reading a book:
one, that you enjoyed it;
the other, that you can boast about it!Bertrand Russell
"Stories are like spiders, with all they long legs, and stories are like spiderwebs, which man gets himself all tangled up in but which look so pretty when you see them under a leaf in the morning dew, and in the elegant way that they connect to one another, each to each."
from Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys
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A good girl.
A bad boy.
A fairy tale that's true.
A truth that is no fairy tale.
It begins the day Anna finds the child's doll on the floor of the student lounge. When it's claimed by Abel, the school drug dealer, Anna becomes determined to learn more about this mysterious boy with the military haircut and deep blue eyes. She follows him after school and discovers a secret: Abel is caring for his six-year-old sister, Micha, alone. Anna listens in as he tells her a fairy tale, the story of a little orphan queen pursued by hunters across the oceans for the treasure she carries: her pure, diamond heart.
It's a story with parallels to reality. Social services and Micha's abusive father could take her from Abel if they discover the truth.
Despite friend's warnings, Anna is drawn to Abel and Micha, and falls under the spell of the story of the little queen and her desperate voyage.
But when people Abel has woven into his tale turns up dead, it's Anna whose heart is in danger. Is she in love with a killer? And has she set out on a journey from which there is no return?Antonia Michaelis has written a spellbinding tale of suspense, danger, and transformative love.
The Storyteller is one of those rare & beautifully captivating books, that will stay with you long after you've finished them. The last sentence in the description above is perfect - The Storyteller is definitely a spellbinding tale full of suspense, danger & love, but also mystery & heartbreak, and although it's a contemporary book, it's actually quite magical, too.How is that possible? Because of the writing style. It was magical, and beautiful, and captivating, and addicting, and the way Antonia Michaelis managed to bring the atmosphere of the book to life with her words was so, so perfect, and I loved every second of it. Also, I have to mention the translator, she definitely did a wonderful job. I know for a fact that a great book can be destroyed by a bad translation, but thankfully this wasn't the case, because none of the magic was lost by the translation from German to English (this is only a guess, I haven't actually read the original, my German is not that good).As for the story, to be honest, I don't really want to talk about it, because you have to experience it for yourself, but I loved it. I mean, sure, I predicted almost everything, (for one thing I was in total denial, because I didn't want that to be the case), but it wasn't that predictable, the mystery was actually executed in a wonderful way, as well as the way all the pieces of the puzzle were revealed, so it was actually a great mystery story & I definitely enjoyed the journey, and I loved the way the author interwove the fairy tale with the real life, it was amazingly done.As for the characters, I adored Micha, Abel & Anna. I don't think that anyone will be able to stop themselves from caring for them, so they carved themselves a special place in my heart.I can't recommend The Storyteller enough! It's actually the perfect read for the cold winter nights, and it's now one of my favorite reads, and I'm definitely looking forward to trying Antonia Michaelis's other books!
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Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.
Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.
With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.
As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.
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- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
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I absolutely love Daniel Mackenzie! He was such a sweety as a character in the previous books, so I already adored him & was really looking forward to his book, but now that he's all grown up now, he's even more amazing & so, so charming, so even though I've read only a 3rd of the book so far, I think I'm in love, and I don't want this book to end. This is a big deal when it comes to me, since I rarely crush on book characters, and even more rare is that I want to hug a character & never let him go.I just started These Broken Stars, and although I'm only at the beginning, I already like it a lot, and I think that this will be a sweet book.
After almost 2 years, I finally decided to return to the Lords of the Underworld series, and read Paris & Sienna's book The Darkest Seduction & it was absolutely amazing.After that I jumped right into Wicked Nights - the first book in the spin-off series Angels of the Dark, and although it was on the predictable side, so it wasn't as amazing as The Darkest Seduction, it was a great read & I loved the book, and I'm already hooked on the series.I also finished The Storyteller, a book that even though it was contemporary mystery, it was magical, and totally heartbreaking, and one of those rare books that will stay with me for a long time. Review to come soon.And I also finally finished re-reading City of Bones. It took me a month, but I made it, and even though I didn't like it, I am decided to read at least books 2 & 3, hopefully some time in 2014.
I want to start & read all of these right now, but I'll try to go one book at a time, which for me is almost impossible.I need to start Vicious for this month's read-along, and I also want to read the 2nd Angels of the Dark book Beauty Awakened, the 2nd White Rabbit Chronicles book Through the Zombie Glass & the 2nd Finishing School book Curtsies & Conspiracies. I'm a big fan of both Gena Showalter & Gail Carriger, and I loved all the 1st books in all 3 series (I rated them all 4.5 of 5).I'd also like to finally read Sandy Williams's The Shadow Reader & to re-read Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder, before I continue the rest of the Healer series.