Favourite Books of 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 is coming to an end. (How did this even happen? Did I even have a birthday? Time flies so fast, what even.) And every single social media is reminding me of my activities this year, Goodreads included. So I thought why not present you my favourite books of this year.

Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Series: Six of Crows
Genre: YA | Fantasy
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
My rating: 
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone... A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes. Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

Book Review: Shadowshaper by Daniel José Olde

Friday, December 25, 2015

Genre: YA | Fantasy
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
My rating: 
Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra's near-comatose abuelo begins to say "No importa" over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep.... Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on. Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order's secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick's supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family's past, present, and future.

Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Monday, November 23, 2015

Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Genre: YA | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
My rating: 
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long. Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hey guys, it's November! Can you believe it? Because I can't. Time is going so fast.
Anyways, November means so many different things for me, like exams! sweater weather! beautiful park walks with all the fallen leaves!
But most of all November 2016 for me means NaNoWriMo.

Book Review: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Friday, October 23, 2015

Series: Snow Like Ashes
Genre: YA | Fantasy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
My rating: 
It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell. Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves? Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats? As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

Book Review: The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Series: The Young Elites
Genre: YA | Fantasy
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
My rating: 
Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all. Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her. But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness?

Underrated Books Project: The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Friday, October 02, 2015

Do you ever finish a book and love it so much you can't wait to talk with people about it? But then you go through the tumblr tag and see that the fandom consists of like 4 people and a shoelace? 
This has happened to me way too often. It will probably happen again and again. So to share my love for some books and maybe expand the fandom, I decided to present you a couple of my favourite underrated books. Today on the menu: The Archived by Victoria Schwab. 

Book Review: Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Series: Unraveling
Genre: YA | Science Fiction | Fantasy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
My rating: 
Sixteen-year-old Janelle Tenner is used to having a lot of responsibility. She balances working as a lifeguard in San Diego with an intense academic schedule. Janelle's mother is bipolar, and her dad is a workaholic FBI agent, which means Janelle also has to look out for her younger brother, Jared. And that was before she died... and is brought back to life by Ben Michaels, a mysterious, alluring loner from her high school. When she discovers a strange clock that seems to be counting down to the earth's destruction, Janelle learns she has twenty-four days to figure out how to stop the clock and save the planet.

Loving Problematic Books

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Recently I got a message on tumblr, criticising me for liking Sarah J. Maas "problematic books". 
At first I was pretty confused. While reading the first books of the series I didn't notice any problematic stuff. So I decided to educate myself and after a quick search on tumblr and a bit of asking around I realized, that yes, the Throne of Glass, as well as A Court of Thorns and Roses are both indeed problematic.
And this made me wonder, aren't all books problematic? And can't I just enjoy them nevertheless?

Book Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Monday, September 07, 2015

Series: Throne of Glass
Genre: YA | Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
My rating: 
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . . She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return. Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.