Book review: Blood Promise

Ahhhh I know, I know, I’m not on time, again, and yet again, I have no excuse except for having a busy weekend (weekends are a lot busier when you’ve got a happy energetic kid hanging around 😉 and being tired BUT that’s changed because I found out I needed glasses, and that’s what caused the lots of headaches and tiredness for the past months. Anyhow, I have a review ready 🙂

 

Title: Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4)

Author: Richelle Mead

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Summary: Now that Dimitri has turned Strigoi, Rose keeps up to their promise. They always said they’d “rather be dead than one of those”, and since there’s no cure, Rose heads for Russia to kill him. Lissa, of course, is devastated, more so angry that Rose left her. Luckily for her, Adrian is also still back at the Academy, and she’s gotten a new friend, Avery, to spend time with when she’s not being thrown around by Tatiana. However, the more time Lissa spends with Avery, the worse she seems to feel, leading to heavy discussions with Christian. In the meantime, Rose gets in touch with Abe Mazur, a Moroi, and Sydney, a human, but not by choice. She spends some time with the Belikov’s, Dimitri’s family, before moving on to find Dimitri himself. But when she does find him, will she have what it takes to do what she came for?

Okay, I’ll admit, this book was a bit slow, with the whole “finding Dimitri” thing, stalling and everything.

Rose does a lot of traveling in this book, and she meets a lot of new people. Syndey is another one of my favorite characters, and she too appears again in the Bloodlines series. Sydney is an Alchemist who know about the Moroi and Strigoi and mostly don’t wany anything to do with them. She does help Rose, and through Sydney, Rose meets Abe Mazur.

Abe is a Moroi with.. connections. He makes sure Rose gets help from some people, but he also makes sure she feels pressured to leave the Belikov’s  when she stays there too long.

The journey Rose makes to find Dimitri is long, and sometimes a bit dull. When she does find Dimitri, it’s not what I expected either. Dimitri as Strigoi is a cold, heartless, soulless… demon, it seems. Now, sure enough, that’s true, but Rose is absolutely convinced that he does feel something. It seems like that too, because he acts like he cares for her, and it takes her quite the time to figure out what’s real.

In the meantime, Lissa is still hanging out with Adrian and Avery, and only getting worse too. I personally thought it seemed a bit too coincidental that every time Rose sneaked into Lissa’s head, they were talking about her. I also thought it took Rose too long to figure that all out too, but she does have an acceptable excuse for it (no spoilers).

Overall I felt this book could’ve been better, a bit less dreading, but I did like it still. Of course, the plottwist at the end hurt my heart a lot and left me in shock because hey, it’s still Vampire Academy 😉

-Luci


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Book review: Shadow Kiss

I know, I know, I’m two weeks late with my review, and do I have a good excuse.. well, other than not feeling like writing a blog post, being tired and busy.. nope xD

But! I did it now! And I’m proud that I didn’t stop completely and abandon my blog for weeks again 😀 (to me, that’s quite a big thing ._.) so, here it is!

Title: Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3)

Author: Richelle Mead

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Summary: When everything is a bit settled after the events in Spokane, Rose and her classmates will be doing six weeks of field excercise. She is so sure she’ll get paired with Lissa (of course, she’ll be Lissa’s guardian when they graduate after all), she is surprised when she gets paired with Christian. They do grow towards each other, and even though Rose would never admit it, she starts to see him more as a friend. While the field excercize goes okay, Rose is suddenly seeing ghosts and has issues with her mood, which doesn’t affect the field test in a good way. And no one believes her about the ghosts, until it’s almost too late.

Of course I’m gonna say it, I loved Rose and Christian in this book. All the interactions, the snappy remarks, the comments, everything! Okay, on to the actual review xD

Rose is seeing ghosts, she’s having a bad mood, something is wrong and no one knows what it is. They don’t believe her (of course they don’t), and even Dimitri is in doubt. As Rose is finding out more about the early St. Vladimir and his shadow-kissed Anna, she is connecting the dots about her and Lissa.

Lissa is again not too “active” in this book, and neither will she in the next three book, in case you were reading them for Lissa. She does hang out with Christian, of course, so Rose does see her a lot still. Lissa was not there when all the things in Spokane happened, so that doesn’t help the both of them. Lissa wants to understand Rose and her moods so badly, while Rose doesn’t even get them herself.

Dimitri is a whole other story, he doesn’t believe Rose either, but still tries to help her. Eventually, they become closer and closer, but they still know they can’t love each other if they’re gonna be Lissa’s guardians.

Adrian has moved with them from Spokane to the academy, and now wanders around, not really doing anything. He still has an eye for Rose, but Rose doesn’t like him that much, of course.

Overall, this book was quite good, a bit predictable maybe. It bothered me a little that Rose found out so late about everything when I made the connection a while ago already. The ending did come as a surprise, and it left me wanting to read the next book the second I finished this one 🙂

-Luci


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Book review: Frostbite

Aaaand on with Vampire Academy! In the meantime, it should be Spring by now, but the past month has been… COLD COLD COLD a few warm days COLD, SNOW, AND SOME FROST. So, yay for spring in the Netherlands, I guess? It does match with the book I’m reviewing though, so there’s at least that.

 

Review of Vampire Academy here

Title: Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2)

Author: Richelle Mead

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Summary: A nearby Strigoi attack has got St. Vladimir’s Academy on its toes with extra guardians, including Rose’s mother… who Rose doesn’t have the best of relationships with. She is also still struggling with her feelings for Dimitri, who seems to have his eye on someone else (Tasha Ozera, Christian’s aunt). Meanwhile, Mason, Rose’s friend, would do anything to be with her, and Lissa and Christian aren’t making it any easier for Rose. With the danger of the Strigoi so close, this year’s holiday ski trip is mandatory. That is, until three of Rose’s friends run away to fight Strigoi on their own, and Rose has to team up with Christian to find them.

See? There’s the action that wasn’t there in book 1.. and did it make me happy? Nope. Well, in some way, it did of course. But in another way, no, absolutely not, which you’ll get if you read the book 😛

Rose is slowly making progress towards becoming Adult™, and while it may be difficult at times, she’s doing the best she can. When Dimitri and Tasha Ozera seem to get along really damn well, and Mason is pining after her, she decides to let go of Dimitri, and maybe give Mason a chance. Although she doesn’t really like him for more than a friend, he’s cute, and wants to be with her. Whether that’s a good choice or not, she’ll find out.

The ski trip itself is quite fun, and Rose meets Adrian, who is one of my favorite characters. He also seems to fancy Rose quite a bit, but Rose is not interested in him. He keeps trying though, the poor guy. He does get more page time in the next books, though.

Lissa is not really “active” in this book, which is not necessarily a bad thing. I do like her, but this book is mostly about Rose anyway. The most we see of her, is through Rose’s mind, when Lissa is together with Christian. At those moments, she’s extra emotional, which means Rose gets “sucked” into Lissa’s mind easier.

Rose teaming up with Christian to find their classmates in Spokane was one of my favorite things because, well, sassy Rose and snarky Christian, it doesn’t get better than that honestly. Too bad the reason for it is not as nice, and neither are the other events, but hey I won’t complain. There’s more Rose-Christian quality time in the other books to look forward to.

Overall, this book was really good, but the others are also so good. I (again) don’t remember much about what specifically happened in this book, since I read the entire series and I have to try to review without spoiling all the other books 😉 But, the events in this book are quite important for the others.

I could understand if you’d think this book is a bit.. boring, but what Richelle Mead does is building up to the end. The beginning is mostly pretty good, everything is well, then some things happen and at the end you suddenly find yourself in a bit of a trance of “what the heck I want to know how it ends, but I don’t want to know because I know it’ll end badly”. Or, at least that’s how I feel.

 

-Luci


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Book review: Vampire Academy

Ahhhh one of my all-time favorite series, cliche as it might be 😉 I read this series a few years ago, and then another time like a year ago, and I didn’t remember anything that happened in the last two or three books. Then, I started Bloodlines, the spin-off series, and found out that they didn’t get translated after book three (I read them all in Dutch, from the library here), tried to read them as an ebook on my phone, discovered that reading on my phone is horrible, and didn’t read anything of the series till last.. November, I think? Anyhow, long story short, I decided to reread them again, and since I bought both of the series, I should be able to finally read the whole Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series without stopping 😛  Which was a good thing too, because I got this huge book slump and didn’t read anything for months, but I found my love for reading again in both Vampire Academy and, of course, Discworld, which I did keep reading but at such a sloooowwww pace.

Enough with the rambling though, let’s get on with the review!

 

Title: Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)

Author: Richelle Mead

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Summary: Just like any other story, there are vampires and there are humans. Except here. There are three different kinds of vampires. There are the Moroi, they have the gift of harvesting the Earth’s power. Then, there are the Strigoi, the “evil” vampires. Where the Moroi take a tiny dose of human blood to feed, the Strigoi kill their “prey”. They can also turn Moroi into Strigoi. To protect the Moroi, there are Dhampirs. They’re half human, half vampire. The power from the vampire side helps them to protect the Moroi, and the human side makes them stronger, because they can easily walk in daylight and don’t need blood to survive. Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess, and she and her best friend (who she is also mentally bonded with) Rose Hathaway, a Dhampir, have run away from school, but after 2 years, they’re found and brought back. In order to catch up soon enough, Rose is being mentored with extra practice by Dimitri, a Dhampir. Between Lissa, lessons, extra practice, rose is busy enough. But the Strigoi are always close…

In this book, we meet Rose, who’s.. well, let’s just say she always has an answer ready before you even finish your sentence. I personally am a huge fan of Rose, although I do agree with the people saying she is too childish. She may be, a bit, but that’s part of her personality too. I love her sassyness and snarkiness so much, so her inner (and sometimes outer too) monologue is always a joy to read.

Rose and Lissa have run away from the academy two years ago, and this book starts with them being found and brought back. I remember reading it for the first time and thinking “huh, ironic, this is the first book that doesn’t start with two teenagers running away but being brought back.” They’re caught by Dimitri, who later helps Rose when she is being scoffed at for being so ridiculous and careless. Lissa is afterall the last Dragomir, and she should be protected at all times. Rose will get back to her classes at the academy, and although she did live out in the “real world”, she needs extra field practice, which Dimitri will give her.

Dimitri Belikov is mentioned as being “godly” quite a few times, leaving me with a nice imagination of him. He is strong, smart, and above all, the one who has to take care of Rose being able to keep up with her classmates. Soon enough, they have feelings for each other, but since he is her mentor, it cannot happen. They stay strong and deny any attraction between them, no matter how difficult it may be.

Lissa Dragomir is Rose’s best friend, and they’re bonded as well. Rose can feel Lissa’s feelings, hear her thoughts, and even “visit” her, which turns out to be very useful at times. Too bad, the bond is only one way, and Lissa can do none of those things. I thought Lissa was more childish than Rose in the first book, because were Rose has her training for guardian-being, Lissa is pretty helpless. She, of course, needs to be protected against Strigoi, but besides that, she can make some pretty stupid choices too.

Christian Ozera is another character we’ll see quite much of later. He is found spending time in the church’s attic, where Lissa used to be too, before they ran away. They become friends, even though Christian is hated a lot because of his parent’s choice to turn into Strigoi. His sassyness matches Rose’s, which makes them quite funny.

I can’t say a lot about the other characters, because I’ll spoil too much, but I’ll tell you that there are quite some plot twists I didn’t see coming. In the first book, there is also a bit of slut-shaming, seemingly as Rose looks good and knows how to get stuff done when guys are around. She is still a virgin though, so I just wrote it off as regular high school drama.

I’ve also seen quite some comments about the lengthy descriptions that Richelle Mead has in her book, and the disappointing amount of actual badass fighting, which I will assure you, that will come. As for the descriptions.. I personally don’t mind that. I read quite fast so I tend to miss one or two words sometimes, and this makes it really easy to still know what’s going on 😉 And, as I also said in my review of The Night Circus, if I like the book, I really like long descriptions.

As for the disapproval on Rose and Dimitri.. well, Rose is almost 18 in this book, if I remember it correctly and Dimitri is 24. Which is not that much of a difference, if you ask me. But hey, I’m 20 and my boyfriend is 34 so I guess I’m not one to judge here 😉 For real though, I don’t mind age difference (duh) and I saw how they were more on the same level than student-teacher most of the times. They are, however, right on one thing. If they both will be guarding Lissa, they can’t be in a relationship, since they will have to be willing to sacrifice themselves for her, not for each other.

Overall, this book is a great start of the series, it introduces the most important characters and the setting of the story.

Despite the idea of this being the “new Twilight”, I personally don’t see any resemblance with Twilight, besides from Vampires being in the story. There’s also a lot more action, and while that may not be all in the first book, the next ones will get more than enough, trust me on this 😉

Did you read Vampire Academy? What did you think? 

-Luci


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Book review: Monstrous Regiment

And, of course, another Discworld.. what else is there in life these days 😉

I borrowed Monstrous Regiment from my boyfriend way before I even read Hogfather, pretty much at the same time as The Fifth Elephant (which I read in November and didn’t review yet, if I’m remembering it correctly), but then I started the Vampire Academy series again, started Hogfather because of Christmas (which was amazing btw, review can be found here), and then.. I got back to Vampire Academy and The Night Circus (which was also amazing, review here) and then I finally started reading Monstrous Regiment. And man, did I regret not starting it earlier.. it was, again, AMAZING.

Okay, enough fangirling, let’s get on to the actual review!

The Discworld is a world, as you could probably predict, on a disc. The Disc is carried by 4 elephants who stand on the back of a giant turtle, the Great A’Tuin. It’s a world where everyone, from humans to trolls, dwarves, wizards, werewolves, vampires, and whatnot can live peacefully among each other. Although.. not as peacefully as one would hope at times. It’s a world where everything seems possible, and nothing is too odd. It’s a world to get lost in, to explore and to keep discovering.

Title: Monstrous Regiment (Discworld #31, Industrial Revolution #2)

Author: Terry Pratchett

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Summary: “Do you think it’s possible for an entire nation to be insane?” In search for her brother, Polly Perks cuts her hair short, puts on a pair of trousers, and joins the army as Oliver Perks, soon nicknamed Ozzer. She lives in the country of Borogravia, which is ruled by the old god Nuggan. As Nuggan says, everything is an Abomination, especially women doing non-womanlike things, like dressing up like men and joining the army. Polly has learned how to walk, talk and eat like a boy. She can fart and belch, but she’s not sure she’s convincing enough. That is, until some stranger passes her a pair of socks for ‘a certain sort of padding’ during the night, and she’s ready. Soon enough, she and the others (‘others’ as in, a few more soldiers, Strappi, Sergeant Jackrum, Lieutenant Blouse, and even a vampire with a coffee addiction, a troll and an Igor) are on their way, each one of them for a different reason. But they’re all marching into war. Will they all be ready for the surprises that war brings?

Ah, another great book. 2018 has brought me some of the most amazing books ever so far 😀 I honest to god don’t know what kept me from reading so long, but I’m so glad I read it now! Although this book does feature Vimes, Angua and some Ankh-Morpork grumbling, it is technically a “standalone” from the other subseries. It features a lot of new, and (as I’ve heard from very trustworthy resources aka my boyfriend the Ultimate Discworld FanboyTM) not reappearing characters.

Polly is a girl after my heart, I’ll be honest. She joins the army, just in search for her brother who she’s always taken care of. Besides of having the balls (not pun-intended) to even disguise as a man and join, she is a badass in general. Throughout the book, she’s definitely one of the smartest (although I must admit all the soldiers in her group are quite smart in their own way), and still so caring of everyone.

Sergeant Jackrum is definitely also one of my favorite characters. As he himself says “Upon my oath, I am not a violent man,” but will do anything to protect the squad.

Lieutenant Blouse is hilarious, he tries to do well, so an item of clothing or food will be named after him.

I sadly can’t say a lot about all the characters because that’ll spoil too much about them, but in short: Maladict the vampire is hilarious, as his coffee addiction helps him to stay away from blood. I joined t’see exciting forrin places and meet erotic people! as Carborundum, a rumbling troll in search of adventure who probably means exotic people. Besides that, there’s an Igor, which can come in quite handy (again, no pun intended) when you’ve lost a limb or such. The other soldiers are all amazing too, and together they make quite the squad.

This book, like many others, truly spikes with sarcasm and declaring the ridiculousness of things, like a women who can’t do man-like things, and the entire concept of religion. I love Sir Terry’s humor at that very much, since he just.. says it, but in a way you do laugh at how much it is related to our world here.

Overall, I loved it, no surprises there, and I’ll definitely reread this one (as I say with almost every Discworld book so far). This is a book you can technically read even if you’ve never even heard about the Discworld before, but I must say I think I’d have enjoyed it less if I hadn’t read other books first. There are a few “inside jokes” about the Igors, and of course, Vimes makes an appearance, which is always better if you know who he is.

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-Luci


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Book review: The Night Circus

Whoo! This review is one I’m actually so excited about (don’t get me wrong, I love telling you my thoughts at all times, but trying to find words can be.. very difficult sometimes). I read this book for the February readalong on Instagram (hosted by halflostbutterflyreadalong  -link), which was my first one. I always wanted to join a readalong, but I’m shy (yes, I really am even if it doesn’t seem like it), and most of the time they were reading books I didn’t have. Now, I came across this one, and I recently bought the Night Circus, and I thought “what better opportunity to start reading than this one?”. So, here I am!

Title: The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern

4.5 / 5 stars

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Summary: The circus arrives without warning. It’s open only at night, when the sun sets, and closes at dawn. While the black-and-white striped tents seem enchanting enough already, the main point of the circus is that it’s a venue. There’s a duel between Celia Bowen and Marco, two magicians. They;re raised separate from each other, Celia by her father, Prospero the Enchanter, and Marco by the man in the grey suit, Alexander. They don’t know who their opponent is, they don’t know the rules.. and their instructors won’t say anything, except that they’ll have to duel till the game is played out. And there’s Bailey, who, at first sight seems to be just a huge fan of the circus, but is so much more than that. While Marco and Celia play the game, the whole circus and everyone in it is involved, whether they realize it or not.

Ooohhhhh I know I say this with every book but I so loved reading this one! I heard about it a while ago and it sounded nice,but I’ll honestly say, I don’t precisely have a thing for circuses (and I’ll also admit that I do have Caraval on my shelves too 😉 ), but so many people were excited about it that I put it on my to-read list to try someday. Now, I’m so glad that “someday” has come so soon!

I loved the setting of the book, that’s for sure. Give me alllll the magical descriptions of beautiful tents, and the people performing, and everything. It made me want to step out of bed, right into Le Cirque des Rêves. Sadly, that wasn’t possible so I just stayed inside, reading on and on and on.

Marco and Celia were definitely interesting, from the way they were raised, how they played their turns, all the way till how they connected with each other and the other people in the circus. I’m a bit disappointed in how little there is about their instructors, but it did keep the magic alive. The only thing I didn’t exactly like was the instalove. Because, somehow, it’s different to find a book without it these days ._. I understand that it’s part of the story, specifically with the way the game should be played, but I didn’t exactly… get it. They haven’t been around each other that much, as far as I could read, and that makes it a little less enjoyable.

Isobel is someone I liked really much, she wasn’t mentioned a lot in the story, but she played her role nonetheless. I did feel sorry for her when Marco went to tell her about Celia, even though she could’ve seen it coming. Same goes for the original group of people who created the circus, like Chandresh, Lainie and Tara Burgress, Tante Pavda, Tsukiko.. I’d have loved to read more about them, the things they did, but the book is already 500 pages long and I can’t have everything I want huh 😉

Herr Thiessen is also quite the character. He seems.. unimportant at first, but becomes so much more during the story. I loved reading about his experiences with the circus, and the many people that felt the same way he did.

Bailey was so sweet to read about. A character that seemed not too important in the beginning, but as soon as he meets the twins Poppet and Widget, his life changes from the boy who lives on a farm and watches the sheep to the one of a regular circus visitor. The way he experiences the circus is amazing, and I always loved to read about his thoughts on the performers and the tents he kept discovering.

Herr Thiessen is also a regular circus visitor, another one that seemed unimportant at the start, but his story becomes so much more. He starts the Reveurs, a group of people who follow the circus as far as they can, traveling from place to place.

Poppet and Widget are part of the circus in a way no one else is. They’re born during the first opening night, which makes them quite special. They’re raised in the circus, and later become part of the performers too with their own act.

Of course there’s a lot more characters, plot lines, and everything (one Goodreads reviewer even counted them, there are 15 characters whose storylines you’ll want to follow!), but that’ll all get way too spoilery. The thing I really loved about this book is how, at the beginning you’d thing all those characters who you’ve read about once or twice, then disappeared, you’d forget about them. Maybe you’d think “hey what about those, why did they get mentioned?” and then forget them, because the story mainly focuses on Marco and Celia. But then, later on, those characters come back, and they bring an entire storyline with them. And all those storylines come together, and I found myself thinking oh wait are those connected? and most of the time, I was right. Unknowingly, I had passed another hundred pages, and more things were explaining themselves, and I just had to read on, I had to follow the story.

This is one of the few books where I almost didn’t care about how it’d end, I just wanted to read, read about all the characters with their own story, about the circus with the black-and-white striped tents, about all the performers and the acts, and I never wanted the story to end. I am quite a fast reader, and luckily also quite a big fan of books with lots of pages, so this was amazing for me. I started reading only around the 6th of February, at which point the readalong had been going on for a week already. I felt bad, and thought I’d have a hard time catching up since I am pretty busy right now (when am I not though ^^; ), but I read this book within 5 days, something that hasn’t happened to me for a looonngg time. And boy, did I love it. I even found a way to sneakily read at work, which could probably get me in trouble, but I’m way too happy with finally having time to read 🙂

I did rate this book with stars (something I actually never do) but only 4.5 because I want to say it’s perfect, but it’s… almost perfect. The only thing I disliked was actually how.. unreal the love between Marco and Celia seemed to be because they didn’t see each other for months at a time, or at least, not that we’ve read about.

Everything else, was amazing, I loved the story as a whole, I loved how everything was coming together, and I so loved how well everything was described. I have said it before, but to me, this was truly enchanting. I will most definitely recommend it to a lot of people, and read it again more often 🙂

Well, that’s about the longest review I’ve written so far haha. Excuse my fangirling, I tried to tone it down a little but I’m honestly just really enthusiastic about The Night Circus. Have you read it? Did you like it, or not at all? please tell me!

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Book review: Jingo

Back with another review! And, as expected, another Discworld book, yay 🙂 After this one, I’ll get on with some YA, promise.

The Discworld is a world, as you could probably predict, on a disc. The Disc is carried by 4 elephants who stand on the back of a giant turtle, the Great A’Tuin. It’s a world where everyone, from humans to trolls, dwarves, wizards, werewolves, vampires, and whatnot can live peacefully among each other. Although.. not as peacefully as one would hope at times. It’s a world where everything seems possible, and nothing is too odd. It’s a world to get lost in, to explore and to keep discovering.

Title: Jingo (Discworld #21, City Watch #4)

Author: Terry Pratchett

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Summary: When a chunk of rock suddenly appears betweek Ankh-Morkpork and Klatch, both of the nations claim it before the other, so the tension is heating up. It all gets worse when one of the Klatchian’s princes is shot in the foot during parade and suddenly, both nations go to war. There is only one problem… Ankh-Morkpork does not have an army. But letting Klatch have a piece of rock would mean losing their face, so the Watch has to solve it all. Suddenly, lord Vetinari and Vimes find themselves on boats, on their way to Klatch to launch a pre-emptive strike. In the meantime, Nobby finds out a bit about his feminine side, and even starts longing for a relationship. Carrot just does what he does best, and tries to keep peace between the nations while actively recruiting new Watch members.

I so loved this book. The Watch are, next to Death, my favorite subseries so far. And not only because I’m just a huge Sam Vimes fangirl 😉

This book is a perfect example of a serious meaning hidden in a humorous story. Most of the Pratchett books I’ve read so far are quite hilarious at times (most times, if I’m honest), but the meaning behind it is really done well too. It’s about going to war, and not just any war, but the war over the pride of a nation. I have no idea how Sir Pratchett does it, but this book came out in 1998 (which is 20 years ago… wow) and is still accurate to this day.

Vetinari of course finds a way to stay out of trouble, which honestly just shapes his character.

Carrot is also one of my favorite characters (I have quite a lot of favorites, but don’t tell them), and he’s just so honest with everyone, you can’t say no to him. In this book, he keeps recruiting new members for the Watch, and I’m just feeling a bit sorry for Vimes. He is also quite good at keeping peace, which is very positive here.

Nobby is amazing, especially when he really finds himself in the feminine side. He is hilarious and accurate at the same time, and I almost feel sorry for him. He starts longing for a relationship, but no one offers herself, and even after almost everyone resigns, he still doesn’t get his promotion in the Watch. Luckily, he is still Nobby so he’ll be fine.

We also get a glimpse of 71-Hour-Ahmed, whose name is a mystery till the very end of the book (sorry, spoilers), and DEATH, of course.

All in all, this was a great read, I really love the City Watch, and I’m very curious to see what the next problem in the Watch will be (because, let’s be honest… there’s always something happening 😉

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Book review: Thief of Time

And another Discworld book, yay! I can’t get enough of them, and I’m very enthusiastically buying them all (secondhand though, I don’t have that much money, and even if I did… I like the older published covers way better). So far, I have about 18 books, so there’s a lot more to buy. Good thing that my boyfriend does have all of them, making it quite easily to borrow and read them. Besides, he’s the one who got me into this series so he’ll have to suffer through having me constantly asking for them 😉

However, enough rambling, on with my review!

The Discworld is a world, as you could probably predict, on a disc. The Disc is carried by 4 elephants who stand on the back of a giant turtle, the Great A’Tuin. It’s a world where everyone, from humans to trolls, dwarves, wizards, werewolves, vampires, and whatnot can live peacefully among each other. Although.. not as peacefully as one would hope at times. It’s a world where everything seems possible, and nothing is too odd. It’s a world to get lost in, to explore and to keep discovering.

Title: Thief of Time (Discworld #26, Death #5)

Author: Terry Pratchett

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Summary: Time is a resource and it can be managed. It’s the job of the Monks of History, who pump it from unneeded places (like the bottom of the ocean) to the big cities, where it’s needed a lot. All is going well, until a certain Jeremy starts the construction of the world’s first every truly accurate clock. Ordered by one of the Auditors – except Jeremy doesn’t know that. He just builds a clock, and a damn accurate at it too. Accurate to the tiniest second. Lu-Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd are starting a race against time to prevent the clock from ticking the first tick, since that would stop time. And while all that seems bad enough already, it’ll only be the start of everyone’s problems. In the meantime, Death and Susan Sto-Helit are on their way too. Susan to prevent the worst from happening, and Death is just tagging along to deliver a message to the other three horsemen.

Okay, first things first, I love Death. I love his entire character and everything else. In this book he didn’t get a lot of page-time, but I loved it nonetheless. Susan is a very interesting character, and in every novel, she has another job, in this one being an elementary schoolteacher. It really only makes it more amazing to me.

A character I’d like to point out is Mrs. War. She didn’t appear a lot of times, but the times she did was absolutely hilarious, and I’ve laughed way too hard at her.

Now, as for the storyline, Lu-Tze and Lobsang are amazing too. I found it a bit difficult to follow their storyline in the beginning, but as with a lot of other novels in this series, I’ve found that it works that I shouldn’t think about the other subseries, and completely freeing the mental image I have of the world in those subseries. A lot of things are the same, since everything happens on the Discworld, but on the other hand, the Discworld has a huge variety of places and things happening so there’s that. I loved the way I found out what these two were going to do.

As for Jeremy, he is just a clock maker. You can’t blame him for anything, especially not when he doesn’t know the effect his clock will have. He might be a bit oblivious at times, but I’ll excuse him for that. He also understands clocks so well, he needs to take medication for it (which, of course, he doesn’t and that’s usually where things go wrong)

Another thing I’d like to point out is this conversation between Death and Susan, which is hilariously, but also sadly accurate:

“They’re going to do something to time? I thought they weren’t allowed to do things like that.”

NO. BUT HUMANS CAN. IT HAS BEEN DONE ONCE BEFORE.

“No one would be that stu—“

Susan stopped. Of course someone would be that stupid. Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying “End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH,” the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry.

So, on that note, I’ll stop. I look forward to reading a lot more in this universe!

-Luci


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Book review: All The Bright Places

Hey there! Back with another review for ya. I read this book during my vacation last October. (See, I’m catching up well! xD) It was quite heavy at some points -hence the trigger warnings, but I loved it.

Trigger warning: mental illnesses/suicide mention

Title: All The Bright Places

Author: Jennifer Niven

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Summary: The story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die. While Theodore Finch is constantly obsessed with ways to kill himself, Violet Markey is counting the days till she can escape from her hometown, escape the death of her sister. Theodore and Violet meet at the ledge of the bell tower at school, and in some way, they save each other. They pair up on a school project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, and together, they find themselves more and more, whether that’s a good thing or not.

I really loved this book, and it did make me a bit emotional. Of course, stories about suicidal people always get me a bit emotional at least because it’s.. well, close to home, so to say.

I thought the story was quite beautiful, I loved the way it was told. The way Theodore and Violet met was a bit cliche perhaps, but nonetheless very fitting. I heard a few people say that it was all a bit too much as they expected, and while I do agree, I didn’t hate it. I knew those two would end up together, whether it would be in one way or another.

Theodore Finch is very obsessed with his suicide mission, but every time, something stops him. Sometimes it’s something small, sometimes it’s something quite big, such as someone else standing next to him on the ledge. Strangely enough, I do like his view on the world. I like the way he thinks, how he.. lives. It sounds weird, but really, you’d have to read the book to understand. He is at the same time very energetic, wanting to go everywhere and do everything, but also quite depressed, which shows. I think those two sides of him are connected, but that might just be me.

Violet Markey is a whole other side of the spectrum (of course). She basically suffers from PTSD after losing her sister, and is now trying to find a way to live without her. Her parents are trying to help her, get her through these hard times, but it’s not exactly working as they hope it would. Violet’s life is different than before, as expected, and Finch is really helping her to explore the best of the world.

The good thing about this book is that it covers several mental illnesses really well. I won’t name all of them, but I thought that they were quite accurate. I, of course, am not an expert so I can’t know for sure but to me, it all felt very real. Both Theodore and Violet were hesitant to ask for help, like a lot of people are. The way they talked, they way they thought, I just wanted to help them. I think this book also really shows how difficult it is to live with such a mental illness.

This is a book I will reread sometime for sure. The writing was beautiful and it meant a lot to me. I really hope I will like Holding Up The Universe as much as this one 🙂

Have you read this book? Did you like it as much as I did? Or did you read Holding Up The Universe? Let me know your thoughts!

-Luci


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Book review: Hogfather

Another Discworld (of course), yay! I read this book around New Year’s, which is only a week after Christmas so that’s quite okay. There’s a big chance I’ll want to reread this next Christmas too, because this book is just.. jolly good (excuse the pun).

The Discworld is a world, as you could probably predict, on a disc. The Disc is carried by 4 elephants who stand on the back of a giant turtle, the Great A’Tuin. It’s a world where everyone, from humans to trolls, dwarves, wizards, werewolves, vampires, and whatnot can live peacefully among each other. Although.. not as peacefully as one would hope at times. It’s a world where everything seems possible, and nothing is too odd. It’s a world to get lost in, to explore and to keep discovering.

Title: Hogfather (Discworld #20, Death #4)

Author: Terry Pratchett

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Summary: The Auditors don’t like the way humans behave.. or rather, they don’t like humanity at all. They come up with a plan that involves removing humanity, and starts with removing the Hogfather from existence. They hire Mister Teatime (pronounced “Te-ah-tim-eh”, thank you very much), who’s got a brain bad enough for it. While Mr Teatime and his group of criminals break into the Tooth Fairy’s castle and try to “inhum” the Hogfather (which is impossible, since the Hogfather isn’t human), Death decides to take the duty of playing Hogfather. He puts on a false beard, a cushion under a shiny red robe and with Albert as pixie by his side, he spends his time delivering gifts to children, taking their wishes quite literal, and practicing his jolly HO. HO. HO. Susan Sto-Helit, the duchess-turned-governess and granddaughter of Death has taken on bringing kids to bed and watching over them. She’s found out that they can’t not believe in monsters, but on the other hand, they can firmly believe in a fireplace poker. She wants to know why the Hogfather is missing, why Death is suddenly turning jolly and handing out gifts, finds the god of hangovers exists, and in the meantime tries very hard to stay normal, which is quite difficult since she’s getting pulled into her grandfather’s job again. In the meantime, the wizards are suddenly believing in all kinds of things that suddenly exist (like the Eater of Socks), and the Hex, a thinking machine that does a better job at thinking than Archanchellor Ridcully does.

I know I say this with every Discworld review I write, but I so loved this book (it’s gotten me so far that I was almost done and just let my boyfriend fall asleep next to me while I finished reading because it just was so good). This will definitely be on my shelf with favorite books ever. We’ve got Death, who’s playing the Hogfather and doing quite a terrible job at it sometimes. But he’s trying. We’ve got Susan, who’s being her generally badass self as usually. We’ve got the wizards being idiots.. not too much has changed there too. We’ve got a bunch of creepy criminals, and Mister Teatime being the creepiest of all. We’ve even got a tiny part of Nobby Nobbs, which basically filled my heart with delight. And to top it all off, there’s a god of hangovers, which is actually pretty logical.

So, off to the details.. Death being the Hogfather is the most hilarious thing in existence of anything ever. There’s been a lot of times where I laughed too hard to continue reading, most of the times were Death not understanding humanity. He does try, let’s give him that. He needs to be reminded by Albert that sometimes, taking children’s wishes literally is not the thing he should do. And that he doesn’t have to say HO. HO. HO. at the end of every sentence. And that, maybe, the Hogswatch spirit is not exactly what Death thinks it is about.

Susan will always be a favorite of mine. She’s currently bringing kids to bed and beating up monsters with a fireplace poker, and tries to stay normal, for once. Which, of course, goes wrong since she automatically gets pulled on Death-duties as soon as Death decides to do something else (which is quite often). She travels to the castle of the Hogfather, only to find the god of hangovers there. He gets all the hangovers that everyone else doesn’t get after a night of heavy drinking, which makes him quite miserable.

After dropping off the god of hangovers at the Unseen University, where the wizards cure the biggest hangover of the world in a way only wizards could think of, they travel on to the Tooth Fairy’s castle, only to find Teatime there.

Teatime, being hired to remove the Hogfather from existence is the scariest of all, and he knows so too. His group of criminals are so scared of him, they’d do anything he tells them to, which makes things very easy. The only thing he’ll have to work around are the rules of Ma Lilywhite, who’s gone, but certainly not forgotten, and neither is her upbringing.

The wizards of the Unseen Academy do a lot of thinking, or rather, let the Hex machine do the thinking for them. Ridcully is sure of opening the very securely locked door revealing a bathroom designed by Bloody Stupid Johnson, and finds the answers to a lot of daily questions like where the socks would go if they’re getting washed, but gone as soon as the washing machine is done. Next to curing the biggest hangover ever, the wizards play stupid games to cheer up the Cheerful Fairy and try to keep the Hex machine working.

I could go on and on, but honestly, you should just read this book. It’s about belief, and the twisted way it works on the Discworld, and it’s amazing. It’s hilarious, as expected of Sir Terry Pratchett, and features a lot of awesome main characters. Generally, I get a bit confused with a lot of main characters, but in this series, I just feel like I know every one of them a bit better with each book and I’m loving it.

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-Luci


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