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CHILDREN OF ICARUS: HAD THE POTENTIAL TO BE GREAT

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THIS IS A SPOILER FREE REVIEW!


CnLSg23VIAAwaU5.jpg largeIt is Clara who is desperate to enter the labyrinth and it is Clara who is bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge.
It is no surprise when she is chosen.
But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow.
Together they enter.
Within minutes, they are torn apart forever.
Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a living nightmare, where one false turn with who to trust means a certain dead end.

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I have mixed feelings about this book and still now I haven’t decided if I loved it or not.I’m basically like:

Me: The plot was amazing!
Brain: But the main character was boring. She didn’t even have a name.
Me: Yes, but the ending was against all expectations and assumptions.
Brain: …
Me: RIGHT?
Brain: Okay, this book totally redeemed itself.

So, let’s make a list.

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THE PREMISE

The story is set on a mythical town, where every year children are chosen to enter a maze that surrounds the city. They are promised to be protected by angels and those who survive will have the chance to ascend to paradise. But, what they’re promised are lies. You could say that it’s 85% The Maze Runner and 10% mythology and 5% The Hunger Games, but Children of Icarus is totally its own story . I loved the setting and survival stories are my favorites, not to mention that the maze was one of the things I really liked. It’s dark and mysterious and terrifying.

 THE TWISTS AND TURNS

I can’t say that the pace is consistent; in the beginning it was extremely fast and before I realized it, I was already in the middle of the book and then things went a little slow, but I never lost my interest. Maybe that explains the fact that this book was so damn unpredictable! When things went steady, BUMP something happened and changed everything, EVERY SINGLE TIME!

THE CHARACTERS

(Exception made of the main protagonist, I will explain later) They’re all totally nuts! Some of them tend to become psychopaths and to be honest I liked it (no, don’t get me wrong I’m not a psychopath). I don’t usually find so troubled characters in YA books and I was positively surprised here. Their life in the maze changed them in a bad way, which seemed realistic to me since most of them they were there more than two years.

the ending

aHHHHHHH OKAY. CLIFFHANGER GOT ME.

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THE MAIN CHARACTER

Most of the time she was mute and scared and she was absolutely useless to the team. She annoyed me most of the times and she has no personality. At first, I find it very realistic to be so intimidated and terrified as the maze was new to her, but later I felt like she didn’t do anything and the plot happened to her instead of the other way around. The only time we see her do anything is the last scenes, when she was practically forced to. She didn’t even have a name. No, literally. We don’t get to know her name, even though it’s told from first perspective!

NEEDED MORE

The world building lacked depth. The setting is incredible and the myth it’s based on is really good, but we never get to learn more about it. There are so many questions unanswered and for me this book should be the second of a series or at least longer. I needed to learn more of the laws, the people and the city and the protagonists ( her name of course), her relationship with Clara and most importantly how this city was build.

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OVERALL, I really liked this book,  I’d definitely read the next book and I want it NOW. I cannot overlook the fact that I hated the main character  but despite its flaws I enjoyed Children of Icarus so, so much.  Just because the mc is dull doesn’t mean that the book isn’t interesting.

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I was kindly provided with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to the publisher Curious Fox for allowing me this opportunity. These circumstances have, in no way, affected my review.

July Recap | Fantasy, Nails and Writing

Hello everyone! I’m officially back and I’m so happy that I started blogging and reading again. I’ve been in a really bad reading slump for the longest time and it felt like forever.

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stolen songbird by danielle l. jensen  | 5 stars

I was lucky enough to be win this book on a giveaway that the author hosted or I’d never have discovered it, because it isn’t talked much in the booktube community and it’s unfair. I think it’s a great book and I’d definitely be reading the next one. I’m not saying it hasn’t its faults but they’re minor compared to everything else. I loved the world building and especially the trolls -something I haven’t read before- and the romance. It’s the book that helped me get out of my reading slump and I literally devoured it in a day. I didn’t stop reading until about 5 am and there is no need to tell you that I was a wreck the next morning, but I didn’t care because this book was totally worth it.


THE ORPHAN QUEEN BY JODI MEADOWS | 2 STARS

I was so excited for this book and I has so high hopes, because the magic system seemed complex and the world building wasn’t something I’d read before. Let me tell you that it was a complete disappointment, especially when it had the potential to be great. Overall, this book was irritating beyond my comprehension. It had so much potential to be so good and it failed. I’ll definitely not be reading the next book. I really liked the ending though , even though it was a cliffhanger but everything else doesn’t make sense. My review for this book is already up, if you want to read more.


THE INFERNAL DEVICES BY CASSANDRA CLARE

I haven’t read any of Clare’s books before and I’m so happy that the books reached my expectations. Everyone on the booktube community craved for this series and I was desperate to read it. The world that Clare created was fantastic and even though I haven’t read any TMI but have some knowledge, I feel like I could jump right in. Loved the characters and connected with every one of them -yes I know they’re many- but still I liked each one for different reasons. Ohh and I’m definitely Team Jem!


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IF I COULD CALL THAT!

I don’t usually do tbr, just because I don’t like to plan what I read. I want it to be spontaneous and pick something that I’m in the mood to read and not somehow be forced to. But, lately I’m in love with fantasy genre and trilogies (or series in general), two things I wasn’t too excited before.
I’ve ordered the books from BD, but for my bad luck they’re taking ages to come when I need them asap. Whyyyy? I literally wake up earlier every morning just in case the postman comes, but it’s taking so long -longer than usual. You know the feeling when you expect a book to arrive and hold it in your arms, smell the pages, stare the cover for hours and put it in your bookshelf like it’s your most precious possession.


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BOOKISH RELATED

  • The Shadow Hour was out on 12th and Atom Books made a nail art comp, so I couldn’t miss it. It took me about 1 hour to finish but I think it totally worth it. I spend the rest of the day admiring my work totally justified, I think.

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  • I want to REALLY dedicate some time in book photography, because it’s one of my favorite things. AND I want to make my bookstagram  look freaking awesome, but I still haven’t decided on a style.
  • ARCs have started coming again and I couldn’t be more excited, but I NEED to organize my reading schedule, because I don’t want to be drawn in them and end up reading sth I don’t want to. It happened to me couple of months before and it sucks. I didn’t have the time to read books that I chose for myself.
  • I’m thinking of starting NaNoWriMo. I haven’t tried before and wanted to do it for some time but lately I want to start writing again and I heard that it’s the best way.
  • I also want to finish my short story on Wattpad. It’s called His Name was Eliot and I started so good but I lost my inspiration along the way and I really want to finish a story. I always start sth and never finish it.
  • I started a Selection read along, which I’m going to review chapter by chapter. It’ll be so much fun.
  • Lastly, the most exciting of all is that I changed my blog. I think it’s really pretty and I’m very satisfied with how it turned out, because it literally took me hours. I put some graphics and changed the logo and I also plan to change the way I make my reviews. Tell me if you like it!

daaffIf you’ve read any of these books, tell me if your thoughts. Could you also recommend  me a great fantasy series (except Throne of Glass and Mistborn)Do you prefer Six of Crows or The Raven Boys?
How do you find my ‘updated’ blog?

6 Reasons I’d be the worst ya heroine

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#1
If I got a superpower, most of the time I’d use it for my own selfish reasons. I’ll help the others and stuff, but I’m saying it’d be pretty awesome to fly and visit other countries.
#2
If I was a princess
, I’d spend most of the day changing pretty gowns and flirting like I wouldn’t care. Not to mention that I’d keep my hair extremely long so I could flip it, self-consciously
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#3
If I had golden hair
, I’d want them to change into white blond or pastel blue whenever I’d use my power.
#4
If I was the chosen one,
I’d make sure everyone would know.
#5
If I had a weapon
, that would probably be the bow. Or Thor’s hummer.
#6
If I was in love
, I’d mostly think of him and not mission, which basically is the main reason why I’d suck as a heroine.

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If you were a YA heroine, how would you be?

the orphan queen review

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THE ORPHAN QUEEN BY JODI MEADOWS
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I was kindly provided with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me this opportunity. These circumstances have, in no way, affected my review.


When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.
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I really had high hopes for this book, because I found the summary to be very interest with a complex magic system and the plot sounded like something I hadn’t read before. I was totally wrong. It was a complete disappointment from start to finish.
First of all, the book starts and we don’t get introduced to the main character -who also is the narrative of the story- until the end of the first chapter. It was so hard for me to get into it and I felt like there was a prequel that I should have read in order to understand what was happening. I had just started reading and it felt like I was already in the middle.
The most exciting and interesting thing in the plot line are the least explored and that is the world building and the magic system. There’s zero world building and the only thing we can get close to that is half a page of Wil teaching to Ospreys what wraith is. I was so annoyed that I wanted to stop reading it, making me thinking ‘Why am I reading this?’. This is for sure the worst introduction to world building I’ve ever read.

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Now, let’s talk about the plot. Ohh God. Everything was unbelievably predictable. By the half of the book you already know who the Black Knife is, which ruins everything. The dialogs between the characters haven’t any real interest and I think they exist because it’d be boring to have only narration in a 300 pages book . I could easily skip pages and still not miss a thing.
The story is as simple as that:
Want to take back your kingdom? Just pretend you’re a princess from another land and go there as a guest. Want to know their secrets? They’ll tell you. “The Indigo Kingdom is so kind to us. Whatever we require for our reclaiming of Aecor will be provided.” Need their secret map? They’ll give it to you. “On my way out, I glanced again at the wall map, and the mysterious scribbles on the western border of Liadia. They read confidential and debated.” Like, seriously?
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And most importantly, what the fuck happened with Wil taking back her kingdom?

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It was so clear to me who the Black Knife was and I’d be surprised to discover that I was wrong. Even though he could easily have tried to kill her, he didn’t. Their whole relationship between the Black Knife and Wil made me cringle, because it wasn’t realistic. They both have feeling for each other or at least they have a connection from the beginning  even though they are strangers. But, the thing that annoyed me the most was that Wil didn’t realize who the BK was, when she talked to him. Seriously? How much can he alter his voice?
To be fair, the ending surprised me and probably it’s the only thing I liked in this book. I didn’t expect Tobiah to put his duty over ‘love’, because he could easily broke off the engagement. But I guess if he wasn’t, there wasn’t going to be another book.

13555517_1059922634092326_71961055_oOverall, this book was irritating beyond my comprehension. It had so much potential to be so good and it failed. I’ll definitely not be reading the next book. I really liked the ending though , even though it was a cliffhanger but everything else doesn’t make sense.

your bookish identity

It’s been a while since I first saw this tag on a blog and I found it very interesting. So, here I am doing it now and I’m so excited.

Here are the questions:

  1. What dystopian/fantastical world would you live in?
  2. Who would your partner be?
  3. Who would your godly mother/father be? [Percy Jackson]
  4. Would you be a downworlder or nephilim? [The Mortal Instruments]
  5. What house would you be in? [Harry Potter]
  6. What faction would you be in? [Divergent]
  7. What would be your daemon? [Golden Compass]

Let’s do this!

What dystopian/fantastical world would you live in?

This is definetely the easiest question anyone has evaaaa (haha) asked me. Harry Potter and Howgarts and I don’t think that I should explain why. Magic, wizards and witches..


Who would your partner be?

I guess it means a romantic partner and it’s really difficult to choose. But, I’m going with the easiest one.My immediate answer would be Mr. Darcy -people who know me will probably be laughing hard right now- but if I can’t think of anyone else right now if though there are so many options.

Who would be your godly mother/father? [Percy Jackson]

Either Poseidon or Athena. Since I was little I loved these two gods, not only because I find them the most useful ones, but also they represent something I love. Water and wisdom.

Would you be a downworlder or nephilim? [Shadowhunter world]

Oh, it was so long since I read these books, but I guess I would be a downworlder.

Which house would you be in? [Harry Potter]

I’d done the Pottermore test when it was first created and I was Ravenclaw and I’m sure if I do it now i’ll have the same result. I think it suits me, even though I have characteristics from all houses.

Which faction would you be in? [Divergent]

84584858_350x350Either Candor or Erudite. I’m definitely a divergent though.

What would be your daemon [Northern Lights]

I haven’t read the books, only saw the movie which I loved.But this one is an easy pick. My daemon would definitely be a snow leopard. They are beautiful, strong, and fierce.

People I tag: Thuong, Candy, Xandra and anyone else who wants to do it.
I’d love to see your answers!

The Dreaded Reading Slump

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I hadn’t read anything for two months and it was sad. I did have excuses though:
1. Finals were approaching
2. Lazy
3. My TBR didn’t look inviting

I wanted to read, but you know, I couldn’t find any books to read. I decided it’s time to read Station Eleven; it was good, I liked the first two chapters and the premise was amazing, but then it died. I don’t know what happened, I was in page 50-something and all of a sudden I wasn’t interested in this anymore. I tried to find something else and I picked up Glass Sword, but again I didn’t care about these people at all.

I had given up on book reviews so long ago that even now I can’t remember when it was the last time I wrote one. I had also stopped writing on my blog and didn’t watch booktube videos anymore. The passion for reading had abandoned me.

Until..a few days ago. I finished the last episode of Reign, I didn’t know what to do and I thought that I should try reading something and see how it goes. And it worked. I picked up Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen and before I knew it I was on page 100-something. I loved it and reminded me why I fell in love with books in the first place. I honestly couldn’t put it down, I had to find out the ending. I stayed awake until 6am just to finish it and reading 471 pages in one sitting felt like reading a novella.
Since then, I read every day. I watch booktube videos every now and then and I even decided to start this blog.

So, for those who have the same problem -I’m now addressing to you- don’t feel guilty or stressed about losing your passion for books, it’ll come back eventually.  Pick a book you loved before or you know that you’re going to like and start slowly. Everything will be as they were before.