Review: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta


Finnikin of the Rock


Release Date: September 2008


Series: The Lumatere Chronicles #1


At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh to save his kingdom. He stands on the rock of the three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar’s cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood to safeguard Lumatere.

But all safety is shattered during the five days of the unspeakable, when the king and queen and their children are brutally murdered in the palace. An impostor seizes the throne, a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere’s walls, and those who escape are left to roam the land as exiles, dying by the thousands in fever camps.

Ten years later, Finnikin is summoned to another rock–to meet Evanjalin, a young novice with a startling claim: Balthazar, heir to the throne of Lumatere, is alive. This arrogant young woman claims she’ll lead Finnikin and his mentor, Sir Topher, to the prince. Instead, her leadership points them perilously toward home. Does Finnikin dare believe that Lumatere might one day rise united? Evanjalin is not what she seems, and the startling truth will test Finnikin’s faith not only in her but in all he knows to be true about himself and his destiny.

Top Ten All Time Favorite Books

(TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

OMG, THIS IS HARD! Limiting it to the last 3 years doesn’t help me much because the kind of books I read changed drastically in 2011/12. So I pretty much read all my favorite books within the last 3 years. I just have to cheat on this one and list series instead of just single books. I feel bad already for the ones I don’t mention.



Top Eight Favorite Heroines From Books

(TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

This week is actually pretty hard for me. I don’t have a lot of heroines that I absolutely love. I often even prefer reading about guys/from guys’ POV. There are a lot of great female leads out there but those really awesome ladies that I would call favorites are rather rare.



Vin from The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Reading all three Mistborn books was like seeing my little baby grow up and I still  can’t accept that she is all grown up now. How she turned from the girl, living on the street, trusting no one, to a woman who protects the ones she loves with all she’s got.

Art3mis from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I was always kind of sad about how little you actually get to know her because she so secretive but what we do know makes her a really awesome character. (I really hope we get to see a lot more in the upcoming sequel) It’s nice to see some female geeks in books who have kickass skills. I admired her for not giving up her dream and work just because a boy comes along. You go, girl!

Review: Half the World by Joe Abercrombie


Half the World


Release Date: February 2015


Series: Shattered Sea #2


Sometimes a girl is touched by Mother War.

Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named a murderer by the very man who trained her to kill.

Sometimes a woman becomes a warrior.

She finds herself caught up in the schemes of Father Yarvi, Gettland’s deeply cunning minister. Crossing half the world to find allies against the ruthless High King, she learns harsh lessons of blood and deceit.

Sometimes a warrior becomes a weapon.

Beside her on the journey is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill, a failure in his eyes and hers, but with one chance at redemption.

And weapons are made for one purpose.

Will Thorn forever be a pawn in the hands of the powerful, or can she carve her own path? (less)

The Month of the Silvers: Overview

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Even though the game of Catch the Silvers is still going, the Month of the Silvers is officially over. For those who missed all the fun or might want to reread our Silvers-related posts, here is an overview of all that happened during the past month.

The posts:
Read-along discussion posts:

We hope that during the past weeks we could bring some of you to take a closer look at „The Flight of the Silvers“ and made you put it on your wishlists or even straight on your bookshelves. Thanks a lot for participating and for making this so much fun!

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