Thursday, 30 July 2015

So I am reading Laini Taylor at the moment...

...and oh boy is that cringeworthy!

So far it has the feel of a fanfiction written by the uncool person from high school who always wanted to belong with the popular kids. 

I love that it's set in Prague and the blurb sounded interesting as well. Also it got a ton of good reviews and the lady in the bookstore was drooling over it. Also the cover looks pretty awesome! 

But wow, I don't remember the last time I got annoyed that early into a story. The main character Karou is of course part of the problem. She is way too perfect. Beautiful, with cool hair, cool tattoos, very mysterious, powerful & talented and the center of attention. Yay... Booo...

Karou was, simply, lovely. Creamy and leggy, with long azure hair and the eyes of a silent-movie star. She moved like a poem and smiled like a sphinx. Beyond merely pretty, her face was vibrantly alive, her gaze always sparkling and luminous, and she had a birdlike way of cocking her head, her lips pressed together while her dark eyes danced, that hinted at secrets and mysteries. (page 18)
-.- No, seriously, that's a quote from the book, not a Mary Sue- fanfiction.. Also, too much telling, not enough showing.

And then of course we meet her ex-sweetheart Kazimir as well. And no surprise here - he's perfect as well. 

He was barefoot and wearing a robe, and his shoulder-length golden hair, which had minutes before been wind-teased and sparkling with snowflakes, was pulled back in a ponytail. His face was a perfect blend of Slavic angles and soft sensuality: cheekbones that might have been turned on a diamond cutter's lathe, lips you wanted to touch with your fingertips to see if they felt like velvet. (page 11)
Just writing that down made me cringe again! So over the top and ridiculous. Speaking of ridiculous... That moment when Kazimir invades Karou's life drawing class, gets naked and makes them draw him instead of an old dude? Just to get back at Karou? I double checked if this wasn't a parody. And of course everyone started salivating over him and envying Karou. 

I really, really hope that it is getting better very soon. I hope Kazimir is no major character in the story. I might not finish it then.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Reading in August

I got 2 really nice new books and plan to read both of them next month :) One of them is the conclusion of Margaret Atwoods MaddAddam Trilogy, also named MaddAddam that I got immediately after finishing The Year of the Flood. I liked the second part a lot more than the first and can't wait to see how it all goes down. That whole trilogy is definitely worth reading and I hope there really will be an HBO series of it in the future.

I also got an ebook version of The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker as it was on my wishlist for ages and my best friend decided to read it as well :)
I already started it but must say that it is not what I expected. I will continue with this book after my re-read of Gardens of the Moon.

Also I will read Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb as soon as it gets published in the middle of August as it is one of the books I have been looking forward to most this year. I hope it is as good as the first part of the trilogy. 

I don't plan to read more as I usually don't have the time for it anyways. But if I do I would like to continue with The Stand and maybe re-read Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett or Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Weekend Read-A-Thon: Sunday

Aaand back again! It's 8:32 and I have been up for a while & did some housework. We went to a concert yesterday evening in Melbourne and saw Seether. I am normally not a 'concert person' but I really enjoyed it and liked their music. It was probably not the last band I watched perform.. 

My partner went grocery shopping and when he is back we will have breakfast together and maybe watch something on TV. Then he is off golfing with his mates and I have time to continue reading The Year of the Flood :) 

Update #1 - 12:45

It was a good morning for reading! I managed to read 68 pages and will surely continue as soon as possible. The book really is gripping and a lot of things became clearer to me. The two main protagonists are or were both members of a sect called The Gardeners. Toby became a member when she was already a grown-up, having a hard time after her parents died very tragically and she had to give up her identity in order to avoid debts and disaster. Ren on the other hand joined the Gardeners together with her mother and her mother's partner when she was a kid and grew up there. 

At first I thought that both Ren and Toby worked as gardeners but it is actually a religious group that refrains from eating meat or having anything material. They are living on a rooftop and grow their own stuff, sew, build, make their own clothes etc. They are passing on their knowledge and expect the world to end soon.. which it will, kinda..as we already know. 

I love how Margaret Atwood depicts life within the group and how she presents the different characters. They all have a face, a story and truly come to life. Also, the world she creates is brilliant. I have known the setting from the first book, Oryx & Crake, but it attains more depth. 

While the first book dealt directly with the people who are responsible for the pandemic that killed almost all of humanity and depicted their more privileged lives, this second volume deals with the people from the so called Pleeblands, where everyone is in constant danger of their lives and the strongest rule.. 

Apart from reading I watched some Wrestling and Masterchef, so not much. It's a relaxed day :) I will maybe prepare dinner soon and then read on!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Weekend Read-A-Thon: Saturday

I was up early today, did some housework and am now ready to start reading :) 

Spicy Chai + Kindle <3

This time I really want to finish The Invasion of the Tearling and start something new :) 20% to go and seems like the final showdown already started.. 

Update #1
I just finished the book and looved it! The end almost made me cry as well. There is still no real conclusion to the whole but a part of the story ended in a very satisfying way! I couldn't be more excited for the third and last volume of the trilogy. I didn't find any information on it yet but am hoping for next year. GIVE IT TO ME NOW!!!! Will write a review of the book pretty soon.

I am not so sure about what  to read now. I might continue my re-read of Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson or try out Margaret Atwood's The Year of the Flood. Or something entirely different :D I see what I feel like! First, I'll have lunch now :)

What I read today on my Kindle: 20%
Books/Ebooks I read: The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Books/Ebooks I finished: The Invasion of the Tearling

Update #2

After lunch I picked up my Nintendo 3DS for a while and after that decided to read some Steven Erikson. It was easy to find my way into the story again as I already read the book twice xD I am at 51% now and am looking forward to reading about the Bridgeburners.. 

I also started The Year of the Flood but am only 15 pages in, so there's not much to say about that. 

Read: 3% and 15 pages
Books/Ebooks: The Year of the Flood, Gardens of the Moon

Update #3

Unfortunately I didn't get to read much more, but I think I will like the Atwood book. It is the second part of a dystopian trilogy but doesn't deal with the same characters. We get two know 2 women and follow there lives after the "flood". The structure so far is similar to the first book as we get glimpses at the women's lives before the outbreak and also learn about their situation now. Toby is a gardener and lives on a rooftop and Ren was a dancer/prostitute I think.. I didn't read so much about her yet but both of the characters know each other.. Should become interesting! I hope both women will meet up soon.

Read: 35 pages
Book: The Year of the Flood

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Read on Saturday: 23% and 35 pages
Books read: 3 (The Year of the Flood, The Invasion of the Tearling, Gardens of the Moon)
Books finished: 1 (The Invasion of the Tearling)

Friday, 3 July 2015

Weekend Read-A-Thon: Friday

Yayy I finally finished work and am off for 2 days! I decided to read The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen which is the second part of the Tearling series. I liked the first one so much that I pre-ordered the sequel last year and it was delivered to my kindle recently. I didn't expect it yet because I mixed up the publication dates :D But the sooner the better!

I was up to 71% already and managed to read another 3% on the train. Maybe I will finish it today - that would be great! 

I really like the story, especially the second perspective from the past became quite interesting and there are soo many secrets and things to wonder about. I also feel so much for the characters even the ones we just got introduced to :) 

I will definitely continue reading later but first I am off to save Hyrule once again.. Seriously, I was happy with my Nintendo DS but as they released soo many Zelda games for the Nintendo 3DS.. I had to get one. Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past were always my favourites and now that they made new versions I couldn't resist! Not using the 3D function though.. 

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Unfortunately I was way too tired to read and blog a lot on friday :( I managed to read 9% of my book and that's it :D