A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was good, not at all as gripping as A Court of Mist and Fury (which I couldn’t put down), but good. I was however expecting more of the conclusion to Feyre’s story.

This story has changed a lot over the three books in which it has been told. Sometimes they don’t really feel like books of the same story and like Maas had an idea, wrote the first book and the decided to follow another idea. Despite this, the story wraps up nicely.

The strongest part of this book is the relationships between the main characters. I love how Maas writes them (even if there too is some “follow another idea” syndrome)! Rhys and Fayre are perfect for each other. Lucien and Elain I don’t know about but Azriel and Elain I definitely see. Liked what she did with Mor but somehow the execution just wasn’t the best. Cassian and Nesta should be given more story, filled with madness!

Maas didn’t sadly do her best job with the action in this book. Usually she does write good action but here I didn’t feel the pull I want to feel whilst reading and action scene. I’d liked to see more of the fighting at the end as well. Give me graphical writing!

This series has been very up and down. Decent first book, amazing second and a good third. But what I can say for sure is that I will continue reading the next book in the story of Prythian.


WARNING: MAJOR ENDING SPOILER

Light text: I cannot say how happy I was when not a single one of the main characters dies, but the ending lost some impact when all of the survived. At least Amren would have had an amazing and worthy ending, but no, she wasn’t given that. Rhys on the other hand I’m so glad made it.


A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places”

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Words of Radiance

words of radianceWords of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

THIS BLEW MY MIND! Mistborn is nothing compared to this masterpiece. I cannot wait for the next book!

Again, I cannot help but compare this (The Stormlight Archive) to The Wheel of Time. Both being large, epic, fantasy stories. This is so much better. The story grips you without letting you go. The characters are intriguing and you cannot help but feel for them. The chapters between action in WoT are dull, but here your interest isn’t lost. If that isn’t proof of great writing I don’t know what is.

So, this is the second book in the series and it picks up right where the first left off. You follow the same characters (Kaladin, Shallan and Highprince Dalinar) as well as being introduced to new perspectives. To be honest I don’t want to say too much about the story, because spoilers, but know this, you can feel the build up throughout this book.

I really want to read this series in book form as well, since I now just listened o it. Might pick them up during fall, before the next one comes out in November.


“In the first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war. Among those caught up in the conflict are Highprince Dalinar Kholin, who leads the human armies; his neice Jasnah, a renowned scholar; her student Shallan, a brilliant but troubled young woman; and Kaladin, a military slave who, by the book’s end, was beginning to become the first magically endowed Knight Radiant in centuries.

In Words of Radiance their intertwined stories will continue and, as Sanderson fans have come to expect, develop in unexpected, wonderfully surprising directions. The war with the Parshendi will move into a new, dangerous phase, as Dalinar leads the human armies deep into the heart of the Shattered Plains in a bold attempt to finally end it. Shallan will come along, hoping to find the legendary, perhaps mythical, city of Urithuru, which Jasnah believes holds a secret vital to mankind’s survival on Roshar. The Parshendi take a dangerous step to strengthen themselves for the human challenge, risking the return of the fearsome Voidbringers of old. To deal with it all, Kaladin must learn how to fulfill his new role, while mastering the powers of a Windrunner.”

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May 2017 Wrap Up

This has been a great month! A lot of stuff read, and thanks to my work, I can fly through audiobooks! I continued with my guilty pleasure read (The Academy), read two books for reviews and started Sanderson’s epic masterpiece – The Stormlight Archive. As I said, it has been an amazing month!

  • First Days by C.L. Stone (✮✮✮✮)
  • Meeting Sang: Kota by C.L. Stone (✮✮✮)
  • Meeting Sang: Victor by C.L. Stone (✮✮✮)

June 2017 TBR

Last month went so well! I hope the summer will continue like that 😀 I want to read even more! Please warmth, come to all of Finland and not just the south part!

Anyway, I am already a good way through many of the books I have on my already started part of this tbr, so might be that I will have a long wrap up by the end of June. Anyway, here are the books I want to read this upcoming month.


The books I’ve already started

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – I started, and oh how I love Maas’ writing style! Her characters and storytelling just sucks you in and they never let you go. Gonna fly through this one! Already a fifth of the way through.

Friends vs. Family by C.L. Stone – Guilty pleasure. This story seriously needs some editing, but I still cannot help loving it. It is adorable and silly. Perfect as a counter to all of the fantasy.

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson – 80 % done already. Listening to it. Loving it. I don’t know what I’ll do after this. The third book isn’t out yet! Might very well finish it tomorrow.

The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan – Oh… The Wheel of Time… I want to get through you, but this book just kills me. 400 pages in and my brain has gone to mush. It is just so boring! I’ll probably read a few pages this month and slowly get through this bastard.


Books I want to get to

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – I got this in the April Magic Chest and I really want to pick it up! Sounds like a perfect adventure when spending time at our summerhouse by the sea.

Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume – This one I got from the author in exchange for an honest review. It’s pitched as a perfect book for people “suffering from HARRY POTTER withdrawals”, so I had to say yes.

Icefall: Episodes 1-6 by Walt Stone and Mica Stone – Still haven’t gotten to this one. NetGalley, sorry for leaving you behind. Anyway, still love the cover, still want to read the story.

Salem’s Curse by Sydney Bristow – Another NetGalley pickup. I was thinking about this one as a “guilty pleasure read”, but then I got stuck with The Academy instead. Let’s see if I get to this one.


What do you have on your June tbr?

Nomadplaneten [eng.: The Nomad Planet]

NomadplanetenNomadplaneten by/av Emanuel Blume

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Recension på svenska, klicka här.

I got this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a sci-fi before, or at least not this -pure a sci-fi. This was exactly what I was anticipating – space ships, future setting and stuff going wrong. But what I didn’t anticipate was how much I would like it.

The story follows a group of scientists and their journey to a so called nomad planet – a planet that isn’t in orbit around a star, but travels through space alone. Earth is in chaos, climate change has seriously changed the conditions on our planet and the political climate is anything but good. That this mission is taking place is incredible in itself. It is try to get the world’s different countries to work together. After a shaky start with the realisation that one of the planned crew members is a terrorist they finally get going.

You get to see the whole journey unfold through the eyes of Jonathan Othiambo, a Swedish-Kenyan astrophysicist. He is thrown in as the replacement after the terrorist is exposed and even though he’s gone through some of the training he is new to the crew and the mission. Being quite a passive character he lets the reader see what happens at the same time as we read his thoughts.

The characters are a very mixed bunch, and you get to know all of them, both their strengths and their flaws. The dynamics in the group are understandable, especially as the situation gets tighter and the relationships more strained.

Over all the book was well written, there were a few mistakes that another read through could have prevented (repetition of words, words missing), but they were so minor I can ignore them. I liked how you felt the science behind everything concerning space travel, but the technical stuff was left out. This made it a very easy read and you don’t have to understand maths or physics to understand what was going on.

I also loved to read something in Swedish again! It’s been a while (few years…)


“Det är tidigt 2100-tal. Konflikter, global uppvärmning och ekonomiska kriser avlöser varandra, men när det ser som mörkast ut tänds en ny stjärna på himlen. Stjärnan visar sig vara en nomadplanet, en vandrande himlakropp på väg att korsa solsystemet. Kan en internationell rymdexpedition flytta fokus från eländet på jorden och ge nytt hopp till en splittrad mänsklighet?

När expeditionen ska lämna jorden visar sig en av besättningsmedlemmarna arbeta för en terrororganisation. Ersättare i sista stund blir Jonathan Othiambo, en svensk-kenyansk astrofysiker. Som ny i gruppen kastas han in i ett maktspel han inte förstår, där konflikter sjuder under ytan i den till synes välorganiserade besättningen.

Den nya planeten bjuder på vetenskapliga upptäckter som väcker förvirring, skräck och konspirationsteorier. När expeditionen tappar radiokontakten med jorden tvingas Jonathan välja sida.”

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