Only a brief side note, my dear readers… I’ve decided to write about the Luxen-series after reading Opal, but I’ve already got the fourth novel, the Origin, so I am going to leave over a bit this review. Others are coming as soon as possible.

xoxo,

Jane.

What about now

In the past weeks I’ve been reading a lot beside working. There are still some problems with my computer, but I come back slowly. Let’s see what I’ve done in these days I’ve been away.

I’ve read twelve books:

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  • Jennifer L. Armetrout: Opal
  • Cyn Balog: Fairy Tale
  • Jenny Downham: Before I die
  • Katie Fforde: A Perfect Proposal
  • Rebecca Hamilton: The Forever Girl
  • Coleen Hoover: Hopeless
  • Robin LaFevers: Grave Mercy
  • Melissa Moretti: Bella, drága Bella (Bella, dear Bella)
  • Kat Patrick: Forgotten
  • Jennifer E. Smith: The Statistical Probability of love at First Sight
  • Tamara Ireland Stone: Time Between Us
  • Delphine de Vigan: No et moi (No & me)

And I am still reading the following novels:

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  • Douglas Adams: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
  • Rebecca Donovan: Out of Breath
  • Marie Lu: Legend
  • Anne Rice: The Vampire Lestat
  • J. R. R. Tolkien: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Dan Wells: I am not a serial killer
  • Marie Wood: The Poison Diaries

I try to read and write more about books in the next weeks, I promise.

BROWN, Dan: Inferno

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Do you remember Robert Langdon, main character The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol or the Angels and Demons? In this mystery thriller our beloved Harward professor wakes up in an Italian hospital, in Florence with a head wound and no memory of the last days. He already has to run because of a female assassin, Vayentha and one of the doctors, Sienna tries to help him finding out what has happened in the past days. While searching for answers they find a lot of pieces in connection with Dante and his Inferno. Meanwhile on the Mendacium The Consortium tries to carry out the wishes of a crazy genius, and the woman with silver hair wants to stop this process. Who wins this battle?

A few weeks ago I’ve chosen it as the most gripping story of the week. It is an amazing story, full of tension, secrets and interesting facts mostly about Dante, his Inferno and the black death. I am still reading Dante’s Inferno, which appears as a specific research area of Langdon, and I also want to write a paper about it. Why not? It is such a vivid depiction of the medieval hell-conception. This Inferno somehow is built upon that writing, because a crazy genius wants to create another hell to make life livable on Earth. It is a crazy and in the same time a genial idea as well, and it cannot be stopped its realization. Somehow the initial idea and the further possibilities are more frightening than the real outcome (in my opinion, of course). I like it pretty much how Langdon and Sienna are working together for a while to find out where is every little piece of the puzzle and what they mean, and there  is also the Consortium, the WHO and the crazy villain too. It is fascinating from the first word until the last one. Ok, the characters are scary at a point, especially the villain but he is one of the best villains I’ve ever met. Sienna is another surprisingly good character, I like how she manages to be who she has to and to do what she has to. It’s hard not to like this story, it is so gripping, interesting, fascinating. I recommend it if you want to read something enjoyable and full of action.

My dear readers and followers, 

at the moment my computer isn’t working properly,  and without it I hardly have got any opportunity to write. The blog is going to be closed for a while, but I’ll be back as soon as possible. 

Read a lot.

xoxo,

Jane. 

Up to the moon and back again

I spent ten wonderful days with fantastic people and although I decided before the camp that I’d read as much as I could I spent my time with them instead of keeping my promise. It was worth. I put away the bookaholic in me for a while and I made some friends, but yeah, yeah, back to the books now. I’ve arrived home about a week ago and without my computer, my dear Zeno I’ve had also a few hours to read, so let see the summary for the past three weeks. I haven’t wrote any post during this period either, sorry, but maybe next week I am going to have finally the means for it too. I hope so.

In the last three weeks I’ve read ten books:

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  • Rebecca Donovan: Reason to breath (most touching story of the week)
  • Rebecca Donovan: Barely breathing
  • Katy Evans: Real (good music, interesting psychological references)
  • Richelle Mead: Vampire Academy (interesting villain)
  • Richelle Mead: Frostbite
  • Richelle Mead: Shadow Kiss
  • Richelle Mead: Blood Promise
  • Richelle Mead: Spirit Bound
  • Richelle Mead: Last Sacrifice
  • Tamara Webber: Easy (dream-guy of the week, motivational story)

And I am still reading four other novels:

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  • Jennifer L. Armentrout: Opal
  • Rebecca Donovan: Out of Breath
  • Anne Rice: The Vampire Lestat
  • J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

That’s all Folks. 

 

What about last week

Another crazy week is gone. I hardly had  any access to the internet, so I was reading like a fanatic beside housework. To be honest, somehow I like the life without internet and computer, it was like in my childhood. We bought our first computer when I was eleven years old, and first time I met internet in the high school, and I have to say life was fun without it too.

This week I’ve read eleven books :

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  • Libba Bray: Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle 2.) (most annoying character of the week)
  • Cassandra Clare: Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices 2.) (dream-guys, cover &  most fascinating story of the week)
  • Cassandra Clare: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices 3.) (dream-guys, cover  & most fascinating stroy of the week)
  • Eloisa James: When Beauty Tamed the Beast
  • Jamie McGuire: Beautiful Disaster
  • Jamie McGuire: Walking Disaster
  • Jamie McGuire: Beautiful Wedding
  • Heidi Mclaughlin: My Unexpected Forever (Beaumont 2.)
  • Heidi Mclaughlin: Finding My Forever (Beaumont 3.)
  • Terry Pratchett – Neil Gaiman: Good Omens (the funniest story of the week)
  • Markus Zusak: The Book Thief (most touching story & loveliest characters of the week)

and I’ve started and still reading three other ones:

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  • Jennifer L. Armentrout: Opal (Luxen 3.)
  • Libba Bray: The Sweet Far Thing
  • Anne Rice: The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles 2.)

I wrote posts about:

  • Libba Bray: Gemma Doyle
  • Cassandra Clare: The Infernal Devices (cover, series)
  • Cover-mania (The Infernal Devices)

 From now on I am going to be in a camp so I won’t have internet, not even computer for the next two weeks. But… I have the e-book reader and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, so I am reading during this period as well and when I arrive home I write as much as I can.

CLARE, Cassandra: The Infernal Devices

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I’ve just finished reading the third novel and I already miss this world full of shadowhunters, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other strange creatures placed in the Victorian era. The story has simply absorbed me and I cannot get rid of it. I don’t even want to. I think I am going to reread it because books are my escape.

The story is a spectacular one with excitement and amazing adventures, fight, love, intrigue, pain, death and everything you need for a good story, and it takes place in a fictional world of mythological creatures. I fell in love with the shadowhunters’s way to live  again. usually the first thing I want to see in a book is the last sentence of it, and when I started to read the Clockwork Princess I saw a genealogical tree of Lightwoods, Herondales and Carstairs. It was interesting. I loved it when I discovered already well-known names, but until then… it happens a lot of things. There’s William ‘Will’ Herondale who chooses to be a shadowhunter against his parents’s will and is hateful with almost everyone, the only exception is his dying parabatai, James ‘Jem’ Carstairs, who was poisoned by a demon and that’s why has to use a drug which slowly kills him. And there’s Theresa ‘Tessa’ Gray, a half walrock, half shadowhunter girl from New York, with an Eidolon demon as her father so she can change (shape-shift), and the Magister has plans with her. And the Lightwood brothers, Gabriel and Gideon, Sophie, Charlotte, the head of the London Institute and her husband, Henry and his experiments, Magnus Bane and some others too, and the villain of the week, Axel Mortmain. At the end of the first book you’ll understand that how intelligent and cruel can be a man who wants to get revenge. However my favorite character… characters are Will and Jem, who are parabatai and as important to each other that they can give up even love to see the other one being happy. No wonder that they easily became dream-guys too. I also liked Cecily for being so stubborn, passionate and lovely, and after playing a role to get back his brother her role becomes reality. My favorite couple is Sophie Collins and Gideon Lightwood, the wise mundane maiden who later underwent Ascension and the attractive and kind-hearted shadowhunter. It is kind of a tough love because of the differences between them, so I was glad when Gideon finally proposes to Sophie and she sais yes. Oh, and I knew that Alec has Cecy’s eyes and Izzy has her necklace, but back to this story.  My favorite book is the third, even if I liked every book, in this one every little piece of the story finds its place and that is so good. I found sort of peace while I was reading it, and here is my favorite scene too – when Cecily while hiding has a talk with Gabriel.

So, finally I can say that this trilogy is worth to be read as well as I’ve said it about The Mortal Instruments, whether you want to read some fantasy full of interesting characters, funny manifestations and exciting adventures or to escape reality entering a mysterious and gripping other world reading this beautiful story.

 

BRAY, Libba: Gemma Doyle

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Saturday I’ve said appetite comes with eating, but since then it has been already gone. Gemma Doyle, you are one of the silliest and most annoying girls I’ve ever met. Yes, I know that I am just one reader and I have no right to decide how she is, but she annoyed me.  Maybe I simply don’t understand that girl and her intentions, I don’t know, and perhaps it would be easier to understand things if I start the story at the beginning.

Gemma Doyle is sixteen years old, she grew up and lives in India with her parents and all the time complains about being not allowed to go to London as her brother, Tom. She wants to visit England, and even more to get introduced to the aristocracy. Everything has changed when her mother is killed in the middle of the street while trying to protect her, and another man, namely Amar dies as well. Her family returns in England and she has to learn in Spence, a school for young ladies. She meets Ann Bradshaw, her roommate, the poor orphaned girl with a scholarship, Felicity Worthington, the daughter of an admiral and Pippa Cross, an only child already engaged with an older man to ensure her parents money, among some other girls and teachers. Returning to Gemma… she has some disturbing visions, and some foolish decisions too which later she can regret. She often does what she has not to do, and the others are very annoying characters too. I understand that everything is seen from Gemma’s point of view and they are just sixteen years old girls without much knowledge about the real world, but… eh. Also they seemed to be real, annoying and so real. Maybe that’s why I have no favorite character and no favorite couple. I hardly can choose a favorite scene as well.

Finally I have to admit I didn’t finish The sweet far thing but at the moment I don’t really have the patience to read it, so maybe another time I’ll try it, or maybe not. I see.

Cover-mania

I am reading the second book of the trilogy, but I cannot resist to show you these beautiful covers of The Infernal Devices. I love perfectly the chosen images, which tell you something about the story, capture your attention and in the same time still remain mysterious, so you have to read the book to find out what hides behind that one image of the cover.

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There are the three main characters, William ‘Will’ Herondale, James ‘Jem’ Carstairs and Theresa ‘Tessa’ Gray. You may know their name from The Mortal Instruments as well, Jem and Tessa even are characters of those novels, but no spoilers. These covers have the same structure and scheme, and I love the way they make one big picture together, and it seems Tessa has to choose between the two boys. Details of the Victorian London also can be seen on these covers, and some very important things of the story too like the little clockwork angel. The colors of them are perfect too: dark and enigmatic with kind of a fog, like it would be the illusion put on this world of shadowhunters to hide it, and there are those shining, fiery components of the story which bring back life and freedom in that world full of demons and other evil creatures.

 

 

A retrospective glance

This week was crazy, but while I was travelling by train I had time to read at least, so instead of telling unnecessary details let’s see the statistics.

This week I’ve read five books:

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  • Libba Bray: A great and terrible beauty (Gemma Doyle 1.) (most annoying character of the week)
  • Dan Brown: Inferno (most gripping story & best character of the week)
  • Cassandra Clare: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices 1.) (dream-guys, villain, cover &  most fascinating story of the week)
  • Jenny Han: The summer I turned pretty (Summer 1.)
  • Heidi Mclaughlin: Forever my girl (Beaumont 1.)

and I’ve started and still reading six other ones:

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  • Jennifer L. Armentrout: Opal (Luxen 3.)
  • Libba Bray: Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle 2.)
  • Cassandra Clare: Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices 2.)
  • Terry Pratchett – Neil Gaiman: Good Omens
  • Anne Rice: The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles 2.)
  • Markus Zusak: The Book Thief

I wrote some posts about books and movies:

  • Simone Elkeles: Perfect Chemistry
  • John Green: The Fault in Our Stars
  • George R. R. Martin: A Song of Fire and Ice
  • Monica Murphy: Drew+Fable
  • J. A. Redmerski: The Edge of Never
  • Helena Silence: Engima

The moral of the week is, that don’t read funny dialogues, like the ones in the Clockwork Angel, when it hurts to smile, and appetite comes with eating, because I’ve started to like the Gemma Doyle trilogy. I hope I can read more during the upcoming week and I want to visit the library too. Oh, and here’s the end of July so I am writing about the best and worst stories, characters, covers etc. as well. Hope you’ll enjoy reading it.