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My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1)

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Or, alternatively, because it's a perfect opportunity to … well, you'll see:


My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Blurb:
At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England. 
Review:
Then he reached down and felt for the dagger at his hip.
Public poetry readings were known to be a rough business, especially when presenting new material. A man could lose a lot more than just his pride.

This book was such a delight! I did expect to enjoy this story but it put my expectations to shame – I couldn't help falling in love with everything My Lady Jane has to offer: The humor, the characters, the whole E∂ians-thing, and basically the entirety of the plot (except maybe for the ending a little bit but I'll come to that later).

G took another gulp,…

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1)

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The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman
Blurb:
Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jodan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle—a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armored bears. And as she hurtles toward danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle.
Review:
"That's the duty of the old," said the Librarian, "to be anxious on the behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old." They sat for a while longer, and then parted, for it was late, and they were old and anxious.
Having read The Golden Compass I like to think that I would have loved this story when I was younger (if only because of Lyra's character) but the fact is that I missed that period of …

Book Cake

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I recently baked a cake which reminded my of a book tag I've come across some time ago, namely the (quite obvious) book cake tag. Basically, the idea is that you go through the ingredients of a cake recipe and assign a book/trope to each of those. The original tag was created by Suddenlylorna but I did end up changing it quite a bit according to the recipe I used ( also I kinda wanted to try coming up with my own questions and see how that goes). I hope you'll enjoy and, without further ado, this is my version of the book cake tag.

A book that was slow at first but picked up as it went along.
Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick wasn't really a "slow" book, on the contrary, it was fast paced and engaging. Nevertheless, I'm choosing it because I didn't realize how deeply involved I was in this story until it ended and ripped my heart out. In that sense, it did creep rather slowly on me which warrants my choice. Hopefully.

A trope that can make a book (even) better…

The Edge of Everything

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The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
Blurb:
It's been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father's shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods—only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

Review:
"I'm trying to stroke your cheek sweetly," she said. "Is this your cheek? Am I stroking it sweetly?""No, that's my forehead," Zoe said. "And that is my nose.""Okay, well, picture me stroking your cheek," her mother said."I'm picturing it," Zoe said, and laughed despite herself as her mother's hand groped around blindly. "Now stop it, Helen Keller. Please. That's my ear."
After reading Crooked Kingdom I had a (by my own standards) terrible case of a book hango…

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2)

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Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo
Blurb:
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
Review:
"Where do you think the money went?" he repeated."Guns?" asked Jesper."Ships?" queried Inej."Bombs?" suggested Wylan."Political bribes?" offered Nina. They all looked at Matthias "This is where you tell us how …

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5)

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The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan
Blurb:
All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds are against them. Kronos is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, his power only grows.  
Review:
People don't just appear on the beach unless they're demigods or gods or really, really lost pizza delivery guys. (It's happened – but that's another story.)
Welp, this is it, huh? It's over, it's really over. What an awesome ride this story is, what a satisfying ending to a series this book is. I'm really happy I read these books. really sad that they're already done, and really glad that there are more books by Rick Riordan to read. 
I was seriously hoping Chiron would say something good, like No, that's our huge friend Leroy! He's going to help us! But no such luck. He simply nodded. "The most horrible monster of all, the biggest single threat the god…

Discord's Apple

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Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn
Blurb:
When Evie Walker goes home to spend time with her dying father, she discovers that his creaky old house in Hope's Fort, Colorado, is not the only legacy she will inherit. Hidden behind the basement door is a secret and magical storeroom, a place where wondrous treasures from myth and legend are kept safe until they are needed again.
Of course, this legacy is not without its costs: There are those who will give anything to find a way in.
With the help of her father, a mysterious stranger named Alex, and some unexpected heroes, Evie must guard the storeroom against ancient and malicious forces, and protect both the past and the future even as the present unravels. Old heroes and notorious villains alike rise to fight on her side or to do their best to bring about her defeat.
 At stake is the fate of the world and the prevention of nothing less than the apocalypse.
Review: 
Merlin grumbled under his breath for a moment. "A scouting mission…

Wo das Dunkel schläft (The Raven Cycle #4)

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Wo das Dunkel schläft (The Raven Cycle #4) von Maggie Stiefvater
Zusammenfassung:
Eine beängstigende Dunkelheit hat sich über die Ley-Linien gelegt und droht, den magischen Wald Cabeswater für immer zu zerstören. Für Blue und die Raven Boys beginnt damit ein Wettlauf gegen die Zeit auf der Suche nach dem Grab des sagenumwobenen Königs Glendower. Denn wenn sie es nicht finden, wird Blues Kuss für Gansey tödlich sein. Und dieser Kuss wird für beide immer unausweichlicher ...
Rezension:
Ronan Lynch liebte es, vom Licht zu träumen.
Fertig. Endlich. Keine Raven Boys mehr für mich, das ist eine Erleichterung.

Book to Movie Adaptations

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Everyone who's ever watched/talked about a book-to-movie adaptation knows this debate: How can a movie keep up with a book? A book has to be better because one can fit so much more story and narration and perspective into it. Doesn't it?
I don't think so. Frankly, it annoys me when people blatantly proclaim that books are always better than movies because that's just not true. Books and movies are two different mediums with very different potentials, means, and methods. For example: yes, it is true that movies usually have to omit some plot points but, conversely, it's easier for a movie to evoke emotions mostly because it has music and you can "see the characters feel".
Obviously, what I want to talk about today are some book to movie adaptations. Particularly, 10 book to movie adaptations with as great a discrepancy-variety as I can think of between book and movie. I'll start by looking at 5 movies I didn't like and then I'll conclude with 5 m…

Blaue Tulpen

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Blaue Tulpen von Devon Wolters
Zusammenfassung:
Der Krieg ist vorbei. Eine Wüste beherrscht Europa. Die Menschheit hat die Erde verlassen. Nur eine Familie kämpft noch um ihr überleben.
Rezension:
"Woher wissen wir, dass du im Krieg nicht einfach verrückt geworden bist? Ein verrückter, einsamer Mann, der gerade seine Familie tötet?"
Ich habe dieses Buch mit (sehr hohen) erfüllten Erwartungen geschlossen. Natürlich kenne ich Devons Geschichten schon seit einer Weile und doch war ich etwas nervös, wie er sich mit einem solch langen nicht-Hörbuch Format schlagen würde. Ich hätte mir keine Sorgen machen müssen.