Saturday, September 24, 2016

{REVIEW} Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski

Title: Sword of Destiny
Author: Andrzej Sapkowski
Series: The Witcher #2
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction
Publication: May 21st, 2015 (first 1992)
Rating: ★★★★☆

Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.
It's no secret that I'm into videogames and that The Witcher 3 is one of my favorite games of this year (and of alltime!), so as soon as the new DLC (downloadable content) Blood & Wine was released a a while ago I was hooked again. Finally I was in the mood to continue the book series as well, wohoo!

I started listening to the audiobook before I got the book and was a little bit overwhelmed at first. I mean, it's good! The narrator used different voices for different people so it was quite easy to tell them apart (I love that!) but he was simply too fast. Once I got the book though and read while listening to it, it was almost too slow for me ... very weird. Still one of the coolest audiobooks I've listened to!

As with The Last Wish this book contained short stories about Geralt and his life. I critizied that in the first book but didn't mind it as much in this one - it had loads of characters in it that I now knew, I was familiar with most of the monsters and different creatures and even knew a bit about the storyline itself. The characters were probably the best thing; to read all the background stories, how they met and how they became companions and friends was so interesting and great!

Have I mentioned that I'm such a huge fan of Dandelion? I mean, he's kinda silly at times but I just love him so, so much. He brings fun into every situation and with his comments and the ones he receives from others ... well, it made me grin and laugh more than once! Without him this would've been half as much fun and I'm so happy there was more about/with him in this book. Also, the story about Villentretenmerth was great! I knew this name from the game (mainly from Gwent) and always wondered who or what he/it is - well, now I know! And I love it! I didn't expect the outcome but looking back at it now ... I should've guessed it but actually I'm very pleased that I didn't because it wouldn't have been a surprise anymore, haha. And indeed ... "He is the most beautiful."

I'm also really excited to finally have met Ciri - I know her story from the videogame and would've expected her to be/act a little bit different but ... well, she's young so I can forgive her. I'm super curious to find out more about her in the next books.

So all in all, I enjoyed Sword of Destiny A LOT more than the first book. I knew many more characters, had a clue of what's going on and even didn't have as much trouble with the terminology anymore. There are so many different creatures and monsters which makes this book a fantastic adventure and I couldn't wait to discover EVERYTHING. I just love this universe. ♥

★★★★☆

Monday, September 12, 2016

Just a little update - and asking for help!

Hey you lovely, sweet people. I'm sure you've noticed - or not, that depends, I guess - that I've been a little absent these past few weeks/months and I'd like to apologize to you. I'm sorry, really. So what's going on, you might ask? Honestly, I have no clue. I haven't even touched a book in forever; I just keep looking at them and think: "Wow, you look pretty ... I guess I'd really enjoy you!", but then I turn away again and don't even bother picking it up. Right now I can't even say that I miss it ... sure, I would like to start loads of books because I own some really interesting ones that I was dying to read when I got them but then again ... well, I don't know.

As of blogging it's kind of the same - I want to but if I don't read anything what can I blog about? It's not like I have 100+ ideas in store till I'm over this "slump". Nope, because that's the next thing - I'm out of ideas. I've never been immensly creative when it came to blog posts but I (at least I think so) had a few interesting ones in the past. I see all these great posts on other blogs and think: "How the hell do you come up with these ideas? ON A REGULAR BASIS?!?". There are discussion posts - trust me, I've tried them but whenever I think of something I COULD talk about my mind goes blank and I don't know what I wanted to say anymore -, great tutorials, DIY's and so many more. LIKE HOW DOES YOUR BRAIN WORK?!

Seriously though - how do you come up with them? What's your inspiration? Do you have any ideas I could use in future blog posts - what do you want to see on my blog? Anything that might help me get inspired?

And don't even get me started on Instagram because - oh, surprise - IT'S THE SAME. I used to love taking pictures of beautiful books, FairyLoot boxes and other cool stuff but lately it's been a torture. Can you forget how to take good pictures?! I've been quite happy with my feed but the pictures I uploaded recently? I don't like them. Not much. I mean, they're okay but I want them to be better than just okay.

It's ... ugh, it exhausts me. Thinking about ideas and not coming up with anything is so frustrating and makes me back off and do other unimportant things - it's a loop and while I really want to break this cycle I just don't know how.

So what have I done in the meantime? I started watching series again. Stranger Things, Dexter and I even started Supernatural from the beginning - I'm currently on Season 2 so yay! - it's a good thing actually because I was so behind on my shows anyway ... although it's not like I'm catching up instead of starting new/old ones. I enjoy(ed) some videogames - mainly The Sims 4 and Dead by Daylight -, either alone or with my cousins and friends, which I always liked to do.

It's great and I'm having fun but reading/blogging/bookstagram has been such a huge part and I kinda want it back - maybe not in that extent but just a little. That would already be enough for me! Maybe it would help a lot if I'd just get one book done. Only one. Maybe that's the push I need to start it all again ...

So I'm asking you - is there a SHORT book you can recommend me? The people who know me probably also know my reading preferences but at this moment I'm open to almost everything ... if you've read a really good book and think I'd enjoy it as well: JUST TELL ME - I appreciate every recommendation! <3

If you've read till the end feel hugged and kissed and loved, I really appreciate you taking your time to read this all - and thank you in advance for helping me out, if you can. <3 I'm not giving up on reading/blogging! :D

Friday, September 9, 2016

Cover Reveal: Of Fang And Shadow

Today I want to share a beautiful cover reveal with you guys, ohhh yes! It's the third book in the Of Light And Darkness series by Shayne Leighton and even though I'm not even done listening to the first one* I just had to post it here - it's GORGEOUS! Without further ado, let's have a look at the cover of OF FANG AND SHADOW!

Synopsis

contains spoilers, be warned!
After narrowly surviving a near-death experience in an effort to save Valek from yet another showdown with Aiden, Charlotte awakens inside the forsaken, crumbling walls of the Regime Palace. Though she finds herself surrounded by her closest friends, she is conflicted by her feelings of the sudden absence of her Vampire guardian.

With Nikolai to console her, Charlotte cannot shake the undeniable chemistry she feels for this familiar stranger. But they are running out of time. Charlotte’s peculiar ailment will return, and she will die.

Charlotte, Nikolai, Sarah, and several others travel to the underbelly of Prague to search for Valek. But what they discover are the dark secrets the elder Vampires have been hiding for centuries. Charlotte must overcome her mortal limitations to win back the heart of the one she truly loves and escape the gates of Abelim with her throat intact in this enthralling, highly anticipated third installment of the Of Light and Darkness Series.


Of Light And Darkness
Book 1 of the Of Light And Darkness series
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires

Shayne Leighton's stunning New Adult debut is a fiercely imaginative, multilayered dark fantasy where Alice In Wonderland meets Anne Rice's Interview With The Vampire in a story about a girl caught between two societies . . . two magic sides . . . and two loves.

Charlotte is the only mortal in a society of beasts and nightmarish things. By night, she hunts other humans to satiate her Vampire guardian. By day, she struggles to find her place of belonging among the magic and monsters.
But when war conflicts her peaceful, however odd little life, she must fight for love and survival the only way she knows how...
...with her blood.


* I can REALLY recommend the audiobook, I love it!
 




Of Blood And Magic
Book 2 of the Of Light And Darkness series
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires

Contains spoilers for book 1!
Months after their brutal victory over Aiden and his hierarchy of Wizards, Charlotte and Valek have returned from Prague to their home in the Bohemian Occult City. However, this time, they are joined by their new band of misfit, magical friends. In the light of day, all seems to be at peace now that the Regime has been toppled, and the coven of rogue monsters has finally found their freedom. But Charlotte soon discovers that much like her adopted Vampire family, she has developed a strange addiction of her own. Her new disease is destroying her from the inside out, and Valek finds himself at a loss as he defies all odds to save her life. Danger continues to lurk around every corner and they realize that their happily-ever-after has not ended so happily after all, in this highly anticipated sequel of the Of Light and Darkness series.





About Shayne Leighton

LEIGHTON is a national recording artist signed to SPECTRA MUSIC GROUP, as well as an accomplished actress and the bestselling fantasy novelist of the Of Light and Darkness Series. Over the course of her career, LEIGHTON has amassed a community of highly dedicated fans and followers. Her debut album (produced at Power Station Studios) released worldwide April 7th, just two weeks before embarking on her national 'Rock It Like A Redhead' tour, hosted by How To Be A Redhead.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

FairyLoot: August Unboxing

Before the month ends, I thought I'd share with you what I got in my August FairyLoot box ... and guys? It's AMAZING.

What even is FairyLoot? It's a bookish subscription box from my awesome friend Anissa where you get "a monthly box of stolen treasure". Besides a recent release there are also some hand selected goodies inside. A single purchase box is around £26 with pretty decent shipping costs, so be sure to check it out!

This month's theme was Dark Deeds and I couldn't have been more excited for a box. I just screamed at me to buy it as soon as it was available. I'm in love with bad guys. I can't help it ... *sigh* 

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff *screeeeams*
Okay, so the first thing I wanna share with you is the book. OH MY GOD. We got an absolutely stunning edition of NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff! I was screaming when I saw this, ahhh! I've been wanting to get this book for so long and now that I own it I'm so excited to start it. I cannot wait to find out what it is about - so far I've only heard amazing things about it. ♥

candle, Malfoy quote coaster, Rhysand soap and nail decals
Oh, oh, oh? What do we have here? We got an exclusive candle from Geeky Clean that smells like Fruit Loops (very sweet!), a gorgeous Malfoy quote coaster from Bookotter - it says: "You must be a Weasley." -, assassin nail decals from House of Wonderland and a deliciously smelling Rhysand soap from Behind the Pages. THIS BOX IS FULL OF FREAKING AWESOME STUFF. I love it!

Animorphia coloring notebook
I'm also utterly fascinated by this animorphia coloring notebook by Michael O'Mara Books. First time flipping through the pages and I was already in love. It's so incredibly beautiful - almost too beautiful to use, actually! I don't know if I ever will, haha.

All items of the August box together, woohoo!
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I'd give the August box a 4.5/5 stars because I'm overall in love with it. The book is amazing and has been on my wishlist forever, the coloring notebook is one of my favorite items as well as the soap and the coaster. The candle smells almost too sweet for me and I'm not sure if I'll ever use the nail decals but other than that I'm very, very happy with the items we got!

What are your thoughts on this month's box? Have you got one yourself? Will you get a future box of FairyLoot? Which other subscription boxes are you interested in?

And on a little side note: Happy 2nd blogoversary to me - so sorry for being really inactive lately. I miss it but right now I also can't bring myself to actually read/blog ... thanks to everyone who's still sticking around and waits patiently. I love you. ♥ *hugs*