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Flashback: 11/30/13 – 12/15/13

There were days this month when I thought there was a reading slump ahead. I didn’t feel like reading in the evening and watched movies instead. But I guess its only uni that’s taking its toll during the week because I managed to read a few books on the weekends.Flashback12-15-13

+ Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I really wanted to love this one as much as everyone else does but it looks like this just isn’t for me. I was struggling for a very long time until I at least didn’t feel like giving up on it anymore. I only really liked the last 150 pages but they couldn’t make up for the first part. A sure sign that this story couldn’t get to me was that there was not even one moment when I was near tears what I should have been with this kind of story.

+ Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire #1) by Mark Lawrence

After watching Regan’s Book Haul I suddenly felt the urge to read some epic fantasy and this was one of the very few I already had on my shelf. And it was SOO good! It was like reading from Geoffrey’s pov (Game of Thrones) and it was awesome!

+ Dime Store Magic (Women of the Otherworld #3) by Kelley Armstrong

I was a bit afraid of reading this because of the new pov. I didn’t like Paige that much in the second book but needn’t have worried. This book was just as good as the first two and I can’t wait to read another one from her pov.

+ Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

What do I say… It was awesome! I felt like this book was written for me with all its bookish programming stuff :D

+ Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore

This book wasn’t on my original TBR for this month but still being in the mood for some epic fantasy it was the only choice I had besides A Feast of Crows and buying new books. And I’m glad I finally picked it up. I loved it. I’m currently thinking that maybe I’ll love every epic fantasy book I will read these next few months just because the genre is pretty new to me but we’ll see :D

I plan on writing full reviews about all of them but Dime Store Magic. Probably a series review for the Graceling Realm because I’m going to read the second and third one soon too.

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  • Gracelin is amazing and so happy that you will read the other books of the serie as well. I loved Fire, even more than Graceling but still haven’t read the third in the series. I hope it’s as good as the the rest.

    • I’ll probably already start it tonight! I’m not sure yet if I like that it’s not about Katsa and Po. I’m gonna miss them.

  • Ich hab seit kurzem auch immer wieder mal Lust auf Fantasy, aber hab auch nicht mehr auf dem SuB als die Game of Thrones Reihe und eben Graceling. Hab dann mit Game of Thrones angefangen obwohl ich die Serie schon kenne und unglaublich das es mir so gut gefällt, obwohl ich immer dachte das mir Fantasy gar nicht liegt. Darf halt nicht zu viel des Guten sein. Prince of Thorns werde ich mir mal anschauen, suche nämlich nach so etwas

    • Ich dachte auch immer,dass bei mir GoT die Ausnahme wäre und mir das sonst eher weniger zusagen würde. Und GoT hat mir auch gar nicht so die Lust auf mehr gemacht (und das obwohl ich es total mag). Ich wurde da wirklich von Regan angefixt und jetzt könnt ich 100 Bücher kaufen weil ich ja nix da hab >.<

  • A pity you didn’t like Code Name Verity as much. (Though I didn’t love it as much as others did either – I still thought it was very good.) However, what I’m more concerned about: YOU DIDN’T LIKE PAIGE THAT MUCH. What the hell, Crini, are you all right? xD (Sorry, but I love her, her and Lucas both. v-v My babies. <3)

    If you're looking for other Epic Fantasy titles: Ever heard of Karen Miller? I liked her Kingmaker, Kingbreaker series, though more because of the characters. (The pace is a little slow sometimes.)

  • One of my friends read Code Name Verity and didn’t like it even though she’s not hard to please. I remember how much I wanted to read it before she mentioned it.

    Prince of Thorns sounds interesting. What’s up with ratings on GR? Most of the top reviews are either 5 stars or 1 star rated. Weird.

    Is it true Robin Sloan’s book glow in the dark? That would be so cool.

    • I think I can understand that Prince of Thorns is a hate or love book. You have to like to read from a bad guys pov and Jorge is REALLY bad :D

      YES!It glows!