Tuesday, 28 October 2014

New books in October

I'd like to show you the 5 new ebooks I purchased this month :) 5 is a lot to me!! :D I am happy!

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.
--> Already finished this one. I wanted something short, magical and easy to read with a bit of romance. And the book was exactly what I expected it to be - will definitely also read the second part.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Her throne awaits . . . if she can live long enough to take it.
It was on her nineteenth birthday that the soldiers came for Kelsea Glynn. They’d come to escort her back to the place of her birth – and to ensure she survives long enough to be able to take possession of what is rightfully hers.
But like many nineteen-year-olds, Kelsea is unruly, has high principles and believes she knows better than her elders. Unlike many nineteen-year-olds, she is about to inherit a kingdom that is on its knees – corrupt, debauched and dangerous.
Kelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the kingdom has ever known . . . or be dead within the week.

--> found it while browsing and the description made me curious. Also lots of people seem to like it. I started it and so far I love it!

Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey

The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassed beauty and grace. Phèdre no Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye and sold into indentured servitude as a child. Her bond was purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with a very special mission - and the first to recognise her for who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one. Phèdre has trained in the courtly arts and the talents of the bedchamber, but, above all, the ability to observe, remember, and analyse. Having stumbled upon a plot that threatened her homeland, she gave up almost everything she held dear to save it. Phèdre will meet old friends and new enemies…and discover a plot so dreadful as to make the earth tremble, masterminded by the one person she cannot turn away from.
--> I read the first part some years ago and liked it a lot. I thought about the book lately while I was looking for romantic Fantasy and felt like continuing. Looking forward to the beautiful language already! 

Bound. Bound Trilogy 1 by Kate Sparkes

Welcome to Darmid, where magic is a sin, fairy tales are contraband, and the people live in fear of the Sorcerers on the other side of the mountains. Rowan Greenwood has everything she's supposed to want from life—a good family, a bright future, and a proposal from a handsome and wealthy magic hunter. She knows she should be content with what she has. If only she could banish the idea that there's more to life than marriage and children, or let go of the fascination with magic she's been forced to suppress since childhood. When Rowan unknowingly saves the life of one of her people’s most feared enemies, that simple act of compassion rips her from her sheltered life and throws her into a world of magic that’s more beautiful, more seductive, and more dangerous than she ever could have imagined. Rowan might get everything she ever dreamed of—that is, if the one thing she's always wanted doesn't kill her first.
--> Never heard of it before but it was cheap :D And sounds like everything I was looking for. Magic - check. Female protagonist - check. Romantic - probably, check. Cover horrible, but I have it as an ebook anyways and don't have to look at it :D 

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

The University, a renowned bastion of knowledge, attracts the brightest minds to unravel the mysteries of enlightened sciences like artificing and alchemy. Yet deep below its bustling halls lies a complex and cavernous maze of abandoned rooms and ancient passageways - and in the heart of it all lives Auri.

Formerly a student at the University, now Auri spends her days tending the world around her. She has learned that some mysteries are best left settled and safe. No longer fooled by the sharp rationality so treasured by the University, Auri sees beyond the surface of things, into subtle dangers and hidden names.
---> preordered it and got it today. Yay yay yay, Auri! Rothfuss!! Can't wait for it! Maybe I will read it immediately - will decide after work later :D

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Herbstlesen im Oktober (3): Sonntag

And so the last day of reading starts.. I just had some eggs on toast and started watching Doctor Who, an episode from season 3 called The Shakespeare Code. I know that I am repeating myself, but it's just not the same without Rose :( 

After that I will go on with The Paper Magician - I read some more in bed last night and finished 25% already. The description of magic in the story is not very detailed. Ceony just uses it but how and why and where it comes from doesn't get explained. Maybe I am spoiled by Sanderson but I find it lacking in this area.. Also the author likes to repeat special words and phrases quite often. The style of writing isn't very elaborate. Still, It's an easy read and I find it entertaining, especially now that some unexpected things are happening. 

Update #1: 14:48

I just finished The Paper Magician and already preordered the second book. Although it was not very detailed and lacked explanations, it was a fun and easy read. But to be honest - It's mostly the cute lovestory that kept me reading :D and the cute paper dog ;-) 
Nice magical tale that doesn't have an open ending for a change.

I will continue with Steelheart now. Fortunately the weather today is great so I can read in the garden :)

Update #2: 16:38

Instead of reading Steelheart, I decided to have a look at my 3 remaining new books. And while all of them sound promising, The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen wouldn't let me go! I guess at the moment I am more into strong female protagonists and a bit of romance than dudes looking out for vengeance and surrounding themselves with annoying Mary Sue's (yes, I mean you, Megan!).

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Herbstlesen im Oktober (2): Samstag


And here we are again. As I had so much fun reading and blogging last time I decided that I would do the same again this weekend. It is already Saturday here but I don't think anyone would mind if I start a bit earlier ;-)

Unfortunately the weather is not that nice today. Still quite warm with around 20 degrees but very cloudy and it looks like it'll start raining soon. That means no reading outside today.. Weather in Victoria is weird in spring. Yesterday we had 31 degrees, today 20 and tomorrow 29 again.. This will be followed by 19 on Monday :D

I got up early today and went to a shopping centre close by because I wanted to buy some new books... Having only 2 unread books at home and not being interested in both of them at the moment is not very convenient when you want to spend the weekend reading :D

Unfortunately I didn't find anything that got my attention and the books I liked to buy were to expensive.. I will go on looking for some ebooks pretty soon :)

The book I am reading today is Steelheart by Mr. Awesome, Brandon Sanderson. I read 82 pages already on the train and while I was having breakfast (a giant banana bread and a chai latte). I am not too much into Superheroes but the book is an easy and interesting read so far and the mysteries and secrets surrounding the epics already got me hooked.

I don't mind the main character, David, so far but Megan is really annoying with her attitude and oh, she's sooo good looking and tough and yes, the author has to mention that she wears her jacket open every second page or so.

Update #1: 16:55

I didn't get to read at all! While I was browsing for new ebooks I found one I really wanted to have.. Buuut it wasn't available as an ebook and I couldn't get it anywhere else. Funny thing though.. In Germany I would be able to get it..hmpf.. Anyways, I spent 1-2 hours browsing some more and decided to get 4 new books. They are all or almost all fantasy romances as I feel like it at the moment xD Will introduce them to you later.

After that I started cooking dinner (meat loaf with halloumi filling & potato-pumpkin mash) and when I was just done my partner came home and decided to make ricotta cheese xD (btw, he is a chef/cook and doesn't get annoyed at cooking/baking at home). Right now we are watching a bit of wrestling and we are having dinner soon. Maybe I get to read a bit after that! 

Update #2: 20:26

Yayyy, I read some more! So far I read 102 pages of Steelheart and still like it, but I was curious about my new books and started reading The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg.
It is only short but sounds like a cute little story about a girl who learns how to create magic by using/shaping paper. I am not that far and don't know exactly how the magic works but it sounds promising. Ceony, the female protagonist just arrived at a magician's mansion and is about to start her apprenticeship with him. She's not too happy about it as she finds paper-magic boring and rather wants to learn other kinds of magic. But she has no other choice.. I read about 9% and will continue :)

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Herbstlesen im Oktober (1) Sonntag

I stumbled over this cool challenge - Seen on Ina's Blog and hosted by Winterkatze. And as I am always off at the weekends and plan to read quite a bit, I like to join in and show you what I am up to! Although it's spring here instead of autumn ;)

Right now I am still watching a bit of Doctor Who - an episode called "The Runaway Bride", which takes place between Season 2 and 3. Not convinced, I want Rose back.

When this is over I will go outside and continue reading The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson, which I enjoy a lot! I might also go on rereading Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson, if I feel like it. 

Update #1 - 12:04

I did the laundry, let the rabbits out and read about 13% of The Rithmatist, which I still enjoy a lot. The magic system is again new, interesting and seems so well thought through and logical. It's so much fun to read about. Also the characters are just loveable and I especially like old Professor Fitch. Joel, the main character, is cool as well, especially since he himself is not a Rithmatist. There's a mystery right now that has to be solved and the action takes place in a school which kinda reminds me of Harry Potter. Good story, I keep on reading and maybe I'll finish it today.
My place in the sun :)

Update #2 - 18:05
Yay, I just finished The Rithmatist, and wow, that was the start of something really awesome, will write a more detailed review the next days. I hope the second book gets published soon.
Apart from reading I watched football with my partner who unfortunately had to work today but got home earlier than expected. He is just now gone to get us some pizza - sunday is bad-food-day! Maybe I will start reading Steelheart after dinner!


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Hallowread 2014

A bit late, but here is my first post about this year's Halloween-themed read along!

I already started reading "Inferno Park" last weekend because I knew that I won't be having much time during the week.. Work is busy. I only read 15% so far but liked the beginning. The setting is perfect for a Horror-Story, Theme-Parks can be creepy as hell and I am surprised that this is really the first spooky Entertainment Park-Story I came along. I only just read what became of Carter 5 years after the destruction of the Park and don't know much about him so I can't say if he's an interesting or likeable character. As a kid he was cute though ;-) 
I will continue reading as soon as possible and hopefully finish the book at the weekend. 

As i have neither twitter, instagram, goodreads etc. i won't be able to join any discussions there so everything from my side will be posted on my blog and on blogs of the other participants :)