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

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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

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Book vs. Movie: Divergent

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It’s book vs. movie time. This is the first of three posts dealing with Veronica Roth’s Divergent series and its adaptations. So let’s get down to business!

 

The Plot:
Living in a post apocalyptic Chicago, Tris is a member of the Abnegation, one of the five faction society compromises of. Well the Abnegation are selfless, Amity are peaceful, Candor honest, Dauntless brave and Erudite intellectual. However, Tris’ life is about to change drastically as on choosing day she will leave Abnegation to become Dauntless. But will she fit in there?

 

Book vs. Movie:
I’ll kick it off with some thoughts on the novel. The Divergent series was one of the big YA hits of the last years, but I didn’t enjoy it exactly as much as apparently everybody else.
To be honest, I didn’t like any of the characters. Most of the time Tris is an annoying brat – either complaining or whining. Four is quite stereotypical and the whole love-story between them is absolutely unnecessary.
You get the picture, it’s definitely not my favorite book. Continue reading

Book Review: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (Trials of Apollo #1)

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I’m currently catching up with Rick Riordan’s latest publications. After the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series Riordan created another story related to Greek mythology. The Trials of Apollo will also feature some of your favorite characters from the aforementioned books!

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (Cover from Goodreads)

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (Cover from Goodreads)

 

The Plot:
The God Apollo fucked up. Big Time. Zeus is pissed and decide to do what every parent would do: punish the kid and hope they’ll do better next time. Only, punishment isn’t that easy when all the involved parties are immortal. So, Zeus does the most extrem him he could come up with: Apollo is turned into a mortal teenager. As Lester Papadopoulos. While trying to adjust to his new life, Lester/Apollo runs into the rather irritating young demi-God Meg. Oh, and of course there is always a world to save!

 

The Rating:
As my regular reader will know, I love Rick Riordan’s novels. However, with this one I had my problems at first. The name of each chapter is a bad haiku, as Apollo loves to come up with those. Often. At times this is mildly annoying but mostly funny. Apollo himself turns out to be a self-centered prick who could spend the whole day going on about how super duper wonderful and good-looking he is. While reading the first couple of chapter, I kept thinking “I’ll throw this book out the window, if it goes on like that!” Well, the good news: very soon you’ll get used to Apollo and you will actually grow fond of him! I honestly hadn’t expected that but by the end of the book I liked Apollo/Lester and couldn’t wait for the next one to come out. Continue reading

Book Review: Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke (Inkheart #3)

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This is the final installment in my series of posts on Cornelia Funke’s wonderful Inkeart trilogy. Let’s dive right in and see whether I liked part 3!

German Goodreads Cover - Inkdeath

German Goodreads Cover – Inkdeath

 

The Plot:
Inkdeath picks up right after the heart wrenching cliffhanger we were left with in part 2. There are several problems at hand that need to be solved asap. The now immortal Adderhead has certainly not turned into a nice ago over the outlook of eternity. Orpheus who considers himself the best thing that ever happened to Ombra get more annoying by the minute. And then there is the little matter concerning Dustfinger…

 

The Rating:
I’ve mentioned it before but I can’t say it often enough. Cornelia Funke created a wonderful and magical world. The story is both every avid readers biggest dream and nightmare. To be able to get sucked into the story – literally – wouldn’t it be amazing? Maybe not according to Inkheart… Continue reading

Book Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1)

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I recently finished Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. So I’m ready to dive into a series. What better choice would there be than Rick Riordan’s latest take on the Norse Gods?

Goodreads Cover - The Sword of Summer

Goodreads Cover – The Sword of Summer

 

The Plot:
Magnus Chase is your regular teenager. Except for the fact that he is homeless. And the son of Frey, a God. Oh, and he’s dead.
Well, Magnus had no idea that his life was about to change completely but it turns out, being that isn’t that bad. At least not when you made it to Valhalla, a place where worthy warriors get to wait and train for Ragnarok.
But before Magnus can make himself comfortable he has to go on a quest to retrieve the Sword of Summer and prevent Ragnarok from happening, well, next week…

 

The Rating:
As you know, I completely devoured Rick Riordan’s book on the Greek Gods. So I was super excited to check out his latest series on the Norse Gods. Continue reading

Book Review: The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events #10)

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We’re getting closer and closer to the end. I just finished part 10 of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Only 3 more books to go! Let’s see how good The Slipper Slope was…

Goodreads Cover - The Slippery Slope

Goodreads Cover – The Slippery Slope

 

The Plot:
Things seems to be getting better for our three most beloved orphans. However, they are out of luck again. Violet and Klaus have to continue their journey up the mountain alone after Count Olaf almost killed them. Poor Sunny still remains in his clutches.
Is there a way out of this misery? And what awaits them on the peak?

 

The Rating:
We’ve reached a point in the books where you devour the novel in record speed as you desperately want to find out what’s behind the big mystery. The whole VFD thing is so fascinating and with each chapter a new layer is added. I am deeply impressed how intricate the story is. Continue reading