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Review: The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

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I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA Be brave.

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.

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Unboxing

Unboxing: Fairyloot #2

Happy Sunday everyone!

I can’t believe this is already my fourth Fairyloot box and only the second one I’m posting about. Shame on me. Especially because they are all so pretty. But I’m not going to withhold this gem from you any longer!

The theme is Myths and Monsters and the March box is actually the first anniversary box. Therefore, it came in purple. A very nice shade of purple to be more specific. A shade that fits right into my room with it’s purple walls. Against all odds, purple is not my favorite colour, otherwise this blog would have been called purple pages. The more I write that word, the more it looks wrong, so let’s just continue with the important part: The Unboxing.

As soon as we got a few tips on which book is going to be inside, I had to check the new releases. I’m usually not a fan of spoiling myself but I had my suspicion and I had to see if I was right or wrong. For once I was indeed right and I couldn’t be happier about getting Laini Taylor’s Strange The Dreamer. It’s so pretty and even has a sketch by the author. If it’s anywhere near as good as her Daughter of Smoke and Bones series, I can die happily. It also came with one out of three possible postcard designs.

Look how pretty it is!

They added a scarf for the first time. While I appreciate the dragonscale design by GivArt, I’m just not a huge scarf wearer apart from hiding in them during Winter, so I’m probably giving it to a friend as present.

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Since I started subscribing to Fairyloot, my stack of bookmarks exponentially increased (as did the amount of book bags I’m hording and using whenever I’m lending books to other people). This month, there are these cute ones by Bonitismo I can add to the collection; and they’re even magnetic!

Another thing that I — and probably nobody — can get enough of are candles. Good thing, the amazing people at Fairyloot added one to box. This Shadowhunter inspired candle from GeekyClean is just what I need in my candle batch. It smells quite strongly like black cherry and lime and I can’t wait to actually light it instead of just sniffing it.

This unicorn and rainbow fairy lights arrived just in time. I’m not so sure about the design yet, since I’m not really that into unicorns (or horses in general to be honest), but as far as I have tested it, you don’t see the shapes that clearly when it’s switched on anyway. Well, I wanted to get myself fairy lights for a while now so I’m not complaining.

Last but not least, I want to tell you about my favorite item in this box: The mermaid pocket mirror. I’ve always been fascinated by mermaids and Book Otter’s design is simply magnificent. The mirror is handy and fits right into all my bags so I can finally stop using my phone whenever I have to check myself in a mirror.

I got so used to having a nice book box delivered to my doorstep every month and I’m sad to take a pause from it, but unfortunately the next two theme’s aren’t really my cup of tea. So I might just try another subscription box for now since I’m basically saving money this month and the next; And then I’m surely back in June with another Fairyloot Unboxing so you guys can look forward to that!

Wrap-Up

March Wrap Up

And another month comes to an end. I can’t believe it’s already April, time surely flies. To keep even better track of the books I’ve read, I decided to join the monthly wrap-up posts. Whenever I’m checking my goodreads challenge I feel like I missed some books, so I’m going to put my re-reads in here too. Let’s take a look at the books, shall we?

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#1  A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
Goodreads; My review
My rating: ★★★★★

Honestly, there’s nothing I didn’t like about this book. The perfect ending for this amazing trilogy. I can’t wait to read Schwab’s other stuff. I swear, I had more to say in the review.

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#2  Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
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My rating:★★

I wanted to like this book so much. I tried. I have never been able to relate to poems and while I agreed with the feminists ones, I just didn’t know what to do with the others. Bekka over at Stories and Sweets managed to catch most of what I felt while reading in her review. Go check it out!

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#3 To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han
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My rating: ★★★★★

While talking to my sister about everything that could happen in Always and Forever Lara Jean, I might have noticed that I didn’t quite remember what exactly happened in which book. So,naturally I had to start my re-read immediately and I even managed to finish this book in a day. I forgot how nice it is to just read an old favorite again and notice all those little things over and over again.

This month felt like way more books, but I’m probably confused by all the books I started (and have still not finished – oops) and all the fanfictions I read? Maybe I can up myself next month. What books have you guys read and enjoyed in March? 🙂

Reviews

Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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“Not a god’s chosen, but a god’s cursed. That’s what we all are.”

Welcome to another review! First things first: I would consider this full of spoilers. With using the conditional here I do mean to say that this is literally a huge spoiler bubble. Especially because I like to share my thoughts on certain important plot points that happen towards the end of the book. So be warned. I’ll be adding a read more for good measures. You’ll be on your own from here on; okay, no I’m kidding. I won’t leave your side.

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Review: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

29939230Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

Happy Saturday! 🙂

Spring is finally upon us and this weekend was nice enough that I just spent the last hours sitting outside with coffee and cake, and most importantly, my kindle (this would have been a really nice k-alliteration in German. Guess, I can’t have everything). And I finally, finally, finished A Conjuring of Light. I apologize in advance for how unorganized this review is, but I just had to write something the moment I’m done when most of my thoughts are still wrapped around the book.

That one was a wild ride. It feels like I read it for months and not just a little bit over a week. Oh boy. I can’t count the number of times I had to put down the book just to take a deep breath. Hint: It was almost all the time. As you might remember from this post here, I originally planned to binge it all. Didn’t really work that well due to the usual work related reasons and other books I squeezed in. I’m not sure if it would have been healthy anyway after that ending and the now looming reading slump.

But back to the book. This one is by far my favorite one out of the whole series. The moment I started the first chapter I was hooked again and it never stopped. I’m not sure if the Essen Tasch happened in this book or if it was part of the one before (or maybe part of both? Distinguishing between the both is kinda blurry at the moment) but I loved it. It was interesting to see another aspect of how magic is handled in Red London and I was just mesmerized by the tournament. Especially since everything was still okay.
Why couldn’t it just stay happy and simple. Instead it got so intense with people dying all the freaking time. Like, I really would have appreciated a break from time to time, so I didn’t have to take them myself.

Nevertheless, Victoria Schwab managed to create such a wonderful world with even more amazing diverse characters and I’m in love with all of them. Literally all of them. I can’t even decide who I love the most. If any of you are thinking of reading the Shades of Magic series, I can just repeat the list I tell my friends (while subtly forcing them to read it asap of course):

  • Badass Cross-Dressing Pirate Lady (and even more pirate ladies)
  • POC main characters
  • actual bisexual characters
  • Magic!!
  • The only thing better than London: four Londons

Honestly, at this point I’m still not ready to say goodbye to the story, and it’s been a few days already. Any tips on how to get over a reading slump? So far, I’m trying to reread old ones because I have no open mind for my tbr.

 

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Books I’m looking forward to in 2017

Hello lovelies !

I’m back again and don’t worry; There are actually a few reviews on my to do list and they should be up in the next few days. So look forward to that 🙂
Maybe, just maybe, they’ll be online even sooner, since I do actually have to come up with a plan for my future this weekend and I’m pretty sure I’m going to procrastinate on that with writing so I can feel like I accomplished at least something? Yup, my coping mechanism is a bit messed up.
Anyway, today I’d like to share some of the books I’m looking forward to this year. I probably forgot a lot/most of them. But these are the ones I instantly remembered.  Surprisingly, many are the last book in a series. Guess I need to find quite a few new ones to start this year then.

What books are you looking forward to read this year? I’d like to get your recs!


King’s Cage – Victoria Aveyard

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This one’s coming out in like three days on February 7th.  I really enjoyed Red Queen, and of course I liked and rooted for the wrong character. That’s why I didn’t enjoy the second book, I kept hoping for him to redeem himself, and well, I still hoping for it to happen in the finale.


A Conjuring of Light – V.E. Schwab

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Another February release! I just finished A Darker Shade of Magic and already started with the second book. It’s been quite some time since I had a good binge reading worthy series but there’s literally nothing you can do wrong with London(s) and magic. Also, I’m certain that I still have a few days to mentally prepare myself for the end.


The Bone Witch – Rin Chupeco

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I’m in love with this cover. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and after seeing all the pictures on bookstagram, I just had to buy it. Sadly, it’s not out until March and everyone already seems to have an ARC. Here’s to hoping that I can wait another month.


Always and Forever Lara Jean – Jenny Han

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This is probably my most anticipated read of the year. I’m glad to see that Jenny Han, too, can’t say goodbye to the Song sisters yet and decided to make it a trilogy. I don’t know how many times I’ve read these books, but they never fail to make me smile.


Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare

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The obligatory Shadowhunter book. Somehow, I can’t let go of this series even if I’m not as enthusiastic about it as before. I still feel the need to keep up with it and catch a glimpse of the original characters’ lives. That’s probably what happens when you get obsessed with certain books in your teenage years; God I feel old now.
Plus. the Netflix show doesn’t help either.


Throne of Glass 6 – Sarah J Maas

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Can anyone tell me why there’s no cover or title yet even though the book comes out in September? Well for aesthetic reasons I’m putting Empire of Storms as a place holder. I need some pretty continuity here. I can’t wait to see how it all ends and how the final battle will unfold and who ultimately ends up with.
Edit: I heard it’s moved to 2018 and we get a Chaol oneshot in September instead? Not sure if I will be content with this switch tbh.