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”

– Goodreads

Goodreads | BookDepository

The Keeper of Portals

33009221The Keeper of Portals by V.S. Nelson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Release date: January 28th 2017

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

The first thing I want to say, and the one comment I couldn’t get out of my head, is that this is put as YA, but it reads like a Middle Grade. From the first page it felt like this, and I even questioned the choice to put it as a YA. However, after finishing it I can see why, there are some things that might not suit a Middle Grade novel.

The story follows Martin, a normal 15 year old, who just have been forced to move with his mum to a an old family house. There he meets a creature – The Keeper of Portals – and finds a door that hasn’t been opened in 400 years. But one night he wakes up to find the door ajar. And from there the story starts…

“he hadn’t managed to come up with a method that didn’t also include a certain amount of dying on his part”

The story changed a lot and I was never sure in which direction it was going. It felt like it got close to the ending so many times, and then something changed and the story continued. I am not sure what I think of this style, it felt a bit confusing, but at the same time it is wonderful, you have no idea where you’re about to go.

I really like the concept of Keepers, but it got a bit confusing and it felt like the author hadn’t it all figured out himself. I would have liked to get a bigger understanding about the keepers and especially how the Keeper of Portal’s power worked. Talking about Portal’s powers, during action scenes it could be difficult to follow or the portal jumping.

Loved time travel. Time travel might be dangerous to write about, but Nelson really got it to work. And the way he solved the problem time travel poses – e.g. paradoxes (example: What if I kill my father?) – was perfect.

I liked this book, but I’d have liked to get more information about the Keepers. The ending however, it was so beautiful. So if you want a quick time travel read with some fantasy this is perfect for you.


After the death of his dad, Martin and his mum move into an enormous stately home where they encounter a mysterious being called the Keeper of Portals, who claims to control every portal on the planet, except for the door at the end of Martin’s bedroom, which has been sealed for 400 years.

One morning, Martin wakes to discover the Keeper of Portals is missing and the door at the end of his bedroom has been opened. Martin steps through the door to find himself in the 17th century where he meets Isabel, the house’s maid. Martin and Isabel quickly learn that everything on earth, from time and causality, to pleasantries and buttons, is controlled by its own keeper. After discovering two imprisoned keepers, Martin and Isabel receive the ability to jump between doorways and change their time, but they soon become entangled in a battle against the master of the house, the Keeper of Questions.

The Keeper of Portals follows Martin and Isabel as they alternate between the present day and the 17th century, often returning to a time they have already been to and nearly running into past versions of themselves. They fight hordes of murderous villagers, escape from the Keeper of Questions by hiding in a sea cave for 400 years and confront the powerful Keeper of Causality. But there is something wrong with time itself as items from the present day begin to bleed into Isabel’s time. After driving an off-road 4×4 through the peaceful countryside of the 17th century, Martin and Isabel confront the Keeper of Questions in the city of London. But when they arrive they find it deserted – the Keeper of Questions has control of everyone in London and it won’t be long until Martin and Isabel are next.

The Keeper of Portals is a adventure story that explores the supernatural and is an ideal read for young adults. Inspired by authors such as Philip Pullman and Neil Gaiman, this book will be enjoyed by fans of time-slip fantasies, both children and adults alike.

Goodreads

Goodreads | Amazon | BookDepository

A Wizard’s Forge

A Wizard's ForgeA Wizard’s Forge by A.M. Justice

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book came out just a few days ago but I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from Netgalley. Now I’ve finally finished it!

After reading the synopsis I wasn’t a hundred percent sure if this book was up my alley, it sounded way too Sci-fi, but I thought I’d try something a little bit different. And I am so glad I did!

One of the strongest points in this novel is the procession of time. We follow the main character over many years, from her kidnapping and her being sold as a mistress, in her search for freedom. And since this journey takes many years (and still isn’t finished) you only read about the things most important. It is refreshing compared to many other books I’ve read, where jumps in time isn’t really happening.

I really enjoyed the main character, Vic. She’s strong without the “Hey! Look at me!”-attitude but she isn’t a wallflower either. She is easy to relate to, and even if I haven’t been through half the stuff she’s going through (thankfully) I do understand her behaviour and struggles.

So why did I only give it 3 stars (I liked it)?

The writing style sometimes couldn’t hold my interest and I drifted off, especially in the middle. Also, many of the secondary characters were very similarly written, which made me confuse who’s point of view I was reading from (especially at one point near the end with Ashel and Geram, I think you’ll know when I mean if you’ve read this book).

I don’t give half stars, but this book really made me consider it. However, it didn’t live up to 4 stars.

And those are the reasons I gave the book 3 stars.


“Scholar. Slave. Warrior. Wizard.

On a planet far from Earth, descendants of marooned space travelers fight a decades-long war. Shy scholar Victoria knows nothing of this conflict until pirates kidnap and sell her to the sadistic tyrant behind it. He keeps her naked and locked in a tower, subjecting her to months of psychological torture. After seizing an opportunity to escape, Vic joins the fight against her former captor and begins walking a bloody path toward revenge.

As the Blade, Vic gains glory raiding her enemy’s forces, but the ordeal in his tower haunts her. Bitter memories keep her from returning the love of the kindhearted Prince Ashel, whose family has fended off the tyrant’s invading army for a generation. When enemy soldiers capture Ashel, Vic embarks on a quest to rescue him and, on the journey, discovers a source of spectacular power. With wizardry, Vic can rescue the prince, end the war, and wreak the vengeance she craves, but she might also destroy her only chance for peace.”

– Goodreads

Goodreads | Amazon

The Eye of the World

The Eye of the WorldThe Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This took me way too long to finish. But now I’ve read it!

I didn’t know anything about this story (other than that there are 14 books in the series) before my boyfriend recommended it and I begun reading.

The story follows three young men who’s village is attacked by trollocs. They find out that the trollocs’ master, the Dark One – a primal force – is after them and they have to flee together with two strangers and an other villager. They weren’t prepared for the journey ahead.

I love that the story is very J.R.R. Tolkien – a huge world filled with different creatures and a lot of history – but the main characters, they didn’t deliver. Halfway through the book some of the characters finally became interesting (Perrin became my favourite). For others, the final chapters did something for them and a few I still don’t care about. But if you are a reader who loves epic story lines this is definitely up your alley. The story is huge! (As I sad, 14 books…) I just want more from-the-start-interesting characters.

So the reasons for the low rating are the characters (how boring they were in the beginning) and the fact that I had higher expectations. I honestly thought I’d love this book. But 3 stars, I liked it.


“The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.”

– Goodreads


BookDepository | Goodreads

Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport

I got an ARC of this book through NetGalley. Thank you Capstone!

31330941Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport by Emma Carlson Berne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Release date: February 2017

I didn’t know what to expect when I went into this book. It’s such a serious subject to be brought up for children aged 8-12. In school we didn’t cover World War II until I was about 12 or 13 years old. But I have to say this book does a great job in telling this story.

You got to see the reasons behind why the children had to flee, and in a very private manner. The usage of photographs, poems and the survivors’ own writing made it feel real. This has happened. It isn’t just a story.

On the last pages you get to know what happened to the children you’ve read about after they arrived in England. This left a feeling of hope even though the author made it clear how few they were. 10 000 children on the Kindertransport. 6 million Jews killed only in concentration camps.

If you want to read this as an adult, remember it is written for children. It doesn’t go deep but gives a easy look at what happened. If you’re interested in the children’s story, then don’t let the fact that this is a children’s book keep you from picking it up.


“You’re five years old. You’re on a train with a group of other children. You’ve said goodbye to your parents and are travelling to a new country. You may never see your parents, or your native land again. This was the experience of 10 000 children who escaped the Nazis on the Kindertransport. Memoir, poems, photographs, and other primary sources tell the tales of seven of these children. The experiences of these young refugees shed light on how it felt to lose one’s home and family in World War II, and how it might feel for today’s refugees.”


Goodreads