Book Review: The Immortal Circus: Final Act by A. R. Kahler (Cirque des Immortels #3)

Hello my lovely readers!
I just finished the final installment of A. R. Kahler’s Immortal Circus trilogy and I am beyond pissed. Want to why? Keep on reading…

The Immortal Circus: Final Act (Cover from Goodreads)

The Immortal Circus: Final Act (Cover from Goodreads)

The Plot:
Vivienne finally know what she’s been running from for so long. But instead of making her life easier, it all just got even more complicated. Especially since the demon Kassia is about the make hell break loose and war seems inevitable…

 

The Rating:
You know, I’ve had my problems with this series and mixed feelings about the whole thing.
However, the final novel seemed very promising. Despite a few confusing moments (and big gaping holes in the logic) the third part was very intriguing and I was very excited to see where Kahler would lead us.
Everything was good until the final two chapters and the epilogue. Just was just about the worst ending ever. You know who in highschool you just wrote “and then she woke up and realized everything was just a dream” when you couldn’t come up with a good end for a story? Continue reading

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Book Review: The Immortal Circus: Act Two by A. R. Kahler (Cirque des Immortels #2)

Hey Guys!
Remember my review on Act One of The Immortal Circus by A. R. Kahler? Well, I just finished Act Two. So without further ado, let’s get started!

The Immortal Circus: Act Two by A. R. Kahler (Cover from Goodreads)

The Immortal Circus: Act Two by A. R. Kahler (Cover from Goodreads)

 

The Plot:
No matter how hard Vivienne tried to run from her past, it seems to be catching up with her. Despite her new life with at the circus with her glittering boyfriend Kingston, visions keep plaguing her. Is she strong enough to find out what she tried to escape? And how does it tie in with the war to come?

 

The Rating:
Act Two is definitely better than Act One. However, I am still not happy.
The story get slightly more interesting and you keep reading out of fascination (not just out of pure obligation to finish the book). I have a hard time really caring for any of the characters, so my connection with the novel is shallow at best.
At least things get moving and the plot moves forward. That’s a thumbs up on this front. Kahler did good on that respect. But as I’ve mentioned in my last review, The Immortal Circus is his first series of books. And that shows. I’m not sure whether I can keep up with his style of writing for another novel. It just not as refined and he keeps repeating himself a lot. If it were just one book, I might be okay with it, but for three books straight this is rather annoying.  Continue reading

Book Review: The Immortal Circus: Act One by A. R. Kahler (Cirque des Immortels #1)

Hey guys!
There’s an interesting trilogy I want you to check out. Today I want to talk about the first installment of A. R. Kahler’s Cirque des Immortels series. So let’s find out about The Immortal Circus: Act One.

Immortal Circus: Act One (Cover from Goodreads)

Immortal Circus: Act One (Cover from Goodreads)

 

The Plot:
You know the expression “to run off and join the circus”? Well, that’s exactly what Vivienne did. The weird bit: she barely remembers a thing about her past. When a troupe member is killed, she realizes that it isn’t an ordinary circus. It’s run by Mab, Queen of the Faeries, who’s at the brink of war with Oberon…

 

The Rating:
I’ll tell you upfront: this is not the most amazing book out there. You can tell that Kahler hadn’t been a seasoned writer yet and this was one of his first attempts at a novel.
Nevertheless, I think he did a decent job.
The story is interesting enough and surprising at times. It wasn’t quite what I had expected from the title, but hey – let’s just go with the flow. Some characters have more depth than others, meaning that many of the side characters will feel like a bit of blur as some of them are rather similar.  Continue reading

Book Review: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3)

Hey Guys!
I just finished the latest part in Rick Riordan’s series about the Norse Gods. It’s called the Ship of the Dead, so let’s see what it is about!

The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan (Goodreads Cover)

The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan (Goodreads Cover)

 

The Plot:
Magnus and his friends have to save the world by preventing Ragnarok. That basically entails defeating Loki and stopping his ship of the dead from sailing.
Piece of cake, right? The have a nice handkerchief that unfolds into a violently yellow boat to send take them through the nine worlds…

 

The Rating:
I’m sure that by now you all know that I’m a huge Rick Riordan fan. After reading all his books dealing with Greek mythology I was excited about this new series about the Norse Gods.
So far, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard has been a fascinating insight. I already learned so much!
The first two books were impossible to put down, so I was very excited to finally pick up book #3. Continue reading

Book Review: Lean In – Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Hey Guys!
I recently did a review on The Good Girls Revolt, which deals with inequality at the workplace. After that book I was so intrigued by the topic, that I started searching for more. That’s when I stumbled upon Lean In, an impressive piece of writing that every woman (and man) should take to heart!

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg - Cover from Goodreads

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg – Cover from Goodreads

 

The Plot:
Sheryl Sandberg is one of the most successful women of our time. She worked for the US treasury department, for Google and has been COO of Facebook for about 10 years now. So when somebody like Sheryl speaks up about challenges women face at the workplace and on their way to success, you listen up!
Lean In features episodes from Sheryl’s life but also stories from some of her colleagues/friends. She points out where the biggest challenges lie and what needs to change. In society but also within ourselves. With this book, she gives each woman a tool for making her way to the top.

 

The Rating:
This book is a slap in the face – in the most positive way possible! For me it came as a wake-up call. Sheryl Sandberg points out many mistakes women (herself included) make in the professional world. I was kind of angry with myself when I realized how many of those I had already committed in the past without even noticing.
Many of the things Sandberg mentions happen unconsciously but it takes concious effort to change our little habits and to lean in.
What I love about this book is that it’s 100 % relatable. No matter how perfect you are, I bet you’ll find something in there that you did. But don’t get me wrong, Lean In isn’t just pages full of criticism. Continue reading

Book Review: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Hey guys!
Some time ago I did a book vs. show post on American Gods. However, I only did a mini-review on the novel, which didn’t cover all that I have to say. So let’s look into the book more deeply!

American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Cover)

American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Cover)

 

The Plot:
Shadow Moon’s life sucks. He just got out of jail – because his wife died. As if that wasn’t enough, turns out she had been screwing his best friend.
Where could you possibly go from here? Well, an opportunity comes up for Shadow, he meets a weird old guy named Mr. Wednesday who claims to be the God Odin, in need for an assistant…

 

The Rating:
I know, I’m a bit late with reading this novel as it was originally published in 2001. But once I started reading, I just couldn’t put it down.
What Neil Gaiman created here is first of all a cleverly drafted storyline. The plot is mysterious and you won’t be able to see through any of the twist that lie ahead. Gaiman surprised me numerous times throughout this book and I couldn’t tell which way things would go in the end.
Another major plus point of American Gods are the awesome characters. Of course, our protagonist Shadow Moon is a relatable guy who gains depth with every page, but let’s be honest, he’s not what we came for. Continue reading