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.

MURPHY, Monica: Drew+Fable

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I think it is nothing really special, just kind of regular story about love. Why I’ve read it? It still has some interesting parts, like the question of the sexual abuse in family, somehow that Lolita-phenomenon appears too, and I was curious how Drew can get through the consequences. Fable was the other person with problems like an alcoholic mother and a younger brother who tends to get in trouble more often. What happens when these two have to be together for a week pretending being a couple? It’s not hard to find the answer – they fall in love. It is pretty much calculable what happens next, even if it lasts more than a week to become happy. It is like a fairy tale with good getting her or his reward and bad receiving the punishment. In my opinion it was a story for one-night, with nothing really exciting, but… yes, that ‘but’ exists even here. Reading about the way how Drew wants to get away from all his problems and sleep until they resolve themselves, that was something familiar to me and helped to see that this isn’t a solution under any circumstances. So, it has a moral at least. There are two more volumes about Drew and Fable, I don’t know yet if I would read them or not. I see.

SILENCE, Helena: Enigma

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Lena is a special girl, when she touches something she can see clouded images or strange dreams about past, present or future. After her parents die in a crash she feels guilty because of dreaming about it but not saying anything to them, and she tries to avoid any contact with others. According to her father’s last will she moves to her never seen uncle, and learns that he has the same gift. It is interesting to read about how Victor trains her to prevail her skills. Love appears too, Lena meets the neighbor, Zoe Tree and her brother, Alex and falls in love with him while becoming a best friend of Zoe. The relationship of Lena and Alex is kind of complicated because of Cecilia ‘just call me Cilia’, the ex-girlfriend and because of Lena’s talent too. Meanwhile some secrets of the family are unveiled, and in the story appears a serial killer, who tries to take revenge on Lena since she saved one of his victims. So, the story isn’t something simple just about love, and what is Enigma? Enigma is the name of the house the Wall family lives in, but the explanation of the name… read the book, anyway, it’s worth to be read. My favorite character is Zoe Tree, the hyperactive girl from the neighborhood, who is brave, communicative, creative, a bit shy and so human. Alex is also a person easy to like because of being so strong and sensitive in the same time, but I suspect he is created by the imagination of the writer, he seems to be just perfect, too perfect for being real. Anyway, I like the story, I like the characters, and I am waiting for the next volume to find out what happens to Lena and Alex and the people who live there. And I don’t forget the favorite scene – Lena watching the memories of Alex and Zoe’s mother. Honestly, I’ve read books I loved more but last week this one was the best one I’ve met, and it also has the best cover of that week with that mystical reddish-purple color of the flag, touched by somebody. It is like that person absorbs the memories of that leaf, getting know how it has lost its green color, its life. It suggest also something strange, different, enigmatic, a secret which is still part of the past and now somehow is revealed.

MARTIN, George R. R.: A Song of Ice and Fire

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The whole thing started a bit weirdly with Game of Thrones. I was part of an online reader community beside Goodreads and I saw people posting about Targaryens mostly and I didn’t understand references. It seemed to be a very known but not very interesting story. Then my brother started to watch the series and recommended it saying that I like fantasy and Medieval Ages so much, I have to see it, or at least to read. If my brother says so… in the end I’ve read five novels in two weeks during exams. It’s strange to say but I liked a part of it. It is fantasy with dragons and all kind of magic what simply enchanted me. Dragons are my favorite mythical creatures and if they were real they would be my favorite animals too, and in these novel appear some of theme having an important role. I loved them. Beside this fact the story is a fantasy based on history, and it brought the water to my mouth when I found out that Martin’s inspiration were the Wars of Roses. I have to mention here that I am simply into history and even if I don’t like the bloody solutions, these wars resulted in the reign of the Tudors, and so on. I could talk about English history for hours, but these books aren’t about it, just inspired by it. The Song of Fire and Ice has an own history permeated by magic, full with intrigue, pain, death, fight for power, revenge and sometimes even love appears in it. Sometimes the cruelty is unnecessarily much, but the story itself still is exciting. It shows how humans can be if they want something so badly that the end sanctifies the means.

My favorite book was the fifth, A Dance with Dragons, not because of the dragons but because of Arya Stark and the events she goes through in Braavos. She became from the beginning one of my favorite characters because of being so brave and different in a world with its strict expectations. In comparison with her Sansa was the perfect young lady, but I somehow hated her for being so naïve and silly. Another favorite character was Danaerys Targaryen, the Unburnt, Mother of Dragons who grew up in front of me, and the little girl controlled by his brother became a real khaleesi, and later an independent and mighty queen. Favorite scene? Maybe the one when Jaqen H’ghar, the Faceless man from Lorath gives that one special coin to Arya and then he simply changes his face after saying that Jaqen no longer exists. Beside the interesting female characters who were brave enough to think different, to be different in a world like this, male characters were mostly concerned about power, pleasures or being a knight. At first I particularly hated the Lannisters, but I have to say that I liked the way how Jaime had changed while getting through that home journey with Brienne of Tarth. I loved that characters were regular people, who can love and hate and even make mistakes, and nothing special and perfect. For example I didn’t liked the fact that Robert Baratheon as a king was addicted to drinking and had so many lovers and even bastards, but that is something real, something that can be condemned but still human. And the Night Watch with the Crows reminded me of Hadrian’s Wall and King Arthur with his noble knights of the Round Table.

Finally some words about the series too. When I started it parallel with the first book, I liked it because of being very close to the written version of the story. But then… it became so… I don’t really have a word for it. Characters disappeared, events changed, just to realize something spectacular, but because of the many scenes full of sex, cruelty and blood it became something disgusting. It seemed to be just about these and nothing more. And some scenes? When did became the silly Sansa Stark a Sansa Dark? Even beside Petyr. Oh, I forgot, I loved the character of Petyr Baelish, and in the series he was one of the best choices, he just got the right face I imagined for him. Btw. faces and actors – when I saw Sean Bean as Eddard Stark, I felt like I was watching the Lord of the Rings. Boromir, remember? And even if I had my problems with the nearly new story, with the changes I watched every season until now. After the scene of the death of Oberyn I tought that was enough, but I still couldn’t resist to watch the last episode, and I am disappointed. There were so many amazing things and people left out, I don’t think it is bearable if I get back on the screen a totally different story I fell in love with in the books.

In the end, here is my favorite Game of Thrones theme-song:

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