August wrap up

It’s that time of the month again. The time for a wrap up. This month has been a great reading month for me. I have however been sick and busy whit work, which means I couldn’t read as much as I wanted and even though the books I read were great it was hard to get through them because you know I had a fever. That’s why I had to degrade this month from awesome to great. Anyways Lets move I read ten books this month and all of them were 5 or 4 star reads which I guess makes this an awesome reading month. On to the actual books, I read this month.


Pictures56And I Darken by Kiersten White

This book was amazing and I loved it. It is a retelling of Vlad the impailer, only its gender flipped so that Vlad is actually a girl named Lada. I gave it five stars and if you want to know more, I have a review.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

This book was just WOW. I loved the writing style, the characters and the story. It is about a girl named Mia who is an assassin. She wants to go to the red church, which trains assassins so that she can get revenge on the people that killed her family. The red church may be a school but this is nothing like Hogwarts, this is a school where the teachers give you tasks that may kill you, and all your classmates are all trained killers. It was awesome! There is also magic elements in this story and boy were they fantastic. I gave this 5 stars and it is definitely on my top 10 reads of this year list.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This was another amazing story. I loved how the whole monster thing worked and the characters were great. I also really enjoyed the lack of romance in this book. It was refreshing. I gave this one 5 stars as well.


Pictures59Ruined by Amy Tintera

This book was full of magic and intrigue and I loved it. It was about a girl who impersonates a princess in order to marry the prince of the family that killed her parents and is hunting her people. She is planning to kill this family to get revenge but she develops some feelings for her husband which making her question the plan. It was a captivating story and I gave it 5 stars.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows.

So this book is co-written by two of my favourite authors and a third one that I have been meaning to read a book by so I had to buy it. It was a fun book that used lot of humour and mixed magic into history. The way they did it made it fun but not totally farfetched. It was great and I gave it 5 stars. Are you noticing a theme yet?

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

This is the second book in the miss peregrine’s peculiar children trilogy, and it was just as good as the first book, maybe even better. It picks up right where the first book ended and from that point on it is a crazy ride full of adventure and peculiarity. Can you guess how many stars I gave it? That’s right 5!


Pictures60.jpgThe Fixer and The Long Game By Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I found myself being in the mood for a mystery type thing after all the fantasy I read and The fixer sounded perfect. It is a political series about Tess who has to move to D.C to live with her sister who happens to be the most famous Fixer there. What is a fixer you ask? It is a person that fixes things for important people, covers up scandals, makes problems go away etc. Tess does something for one of her classmates and before she knows it, the entire school is coming to her with their problems, because they think she is a fixer like her sister. Both books had lots of action and an intriguing mystery and I really enjoyed them both. I gave them 4.5 stars.

The Conspiracy of Us and Map of Fates by Maggie Hall

This series by Maggie Hall is also full of mystery and intrigue. It is about Avery that finds out that her family is part of an ancient society containing some of the most influential people of the world. Like that isn’t enough of a shock it turns out she is part of a prophecy that the circle believes is the key to defeating their enemies the Order and if they realise who she is they would all want to use her. Then it turns out that the order has kidnapped someone she cares about and in order to save him she has to follow a bunch of clues he left her around the world. So far, I am really enjoying the story and I will definitely be picking up book three when it is released. I gave both of these books 4 stars.


That concludes my wrap up for august. If any of you have a wrap up feel free to leave a link in the comments so I can check it out. 😀  What did you guys read this month? Any of the books I did? 😀

Luna.

 

 

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And the winner is…

 

So it’s time to reveal the winner of my giveaway! And the person that was lucky enough to get drawn out of the hat (there was no real hat btw) is Lois @My Midnight Musing! Congratulations Lois! 😀 To claim your price send an E-mail to lunireads@outlook.com containing your full name, address, zip code and country. OH and the two books you want of course. 😀Bilderesultat for you won pictures

To all the rest of you I’m sorry you didn’t win. I wish I could give you all books but sadly I don’t have that much money. 😦  All I can say is I appreciate all of you and may luck be with you in future giveaways!

Love Luna!

P.S Concrats again Lois! 😀

And I Darken Review

And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga #1)

And I Darken (the conquerors saga #1) by Kiersten White

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publication date: June 28th 2016

Genre: YA, Historical fiction

My Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

This book is the best historical fictions I have read in a while. It had great characters and amazing world building. Now if you like fast-paced books this might not be for you because this book was slow-paced and spent a lot of time on building the world and explaining the characters. I still think you should read it though because it was amazing and I feel like the next book in the series will have a lot more action.


Plot

This book is a gender flipped historical fiction about Vlad the impaler, who in this novel is known as Lada. The story follows Lada and her brother Radu as they grow up first in their homeland of Wallachia then in the ottoman courts where they are being kept to ensure Wallachia stays in line. We get to see them at different ages, from children to young adults, which I really enjoyed because it gave me such a deep understanding of who they are and the choices they make. Lada who has always been fierce and deeply loves her country becomes a warrior that is willing to do whatever it takes to get home, even if it means being cruel and vicious. Radu who has always been gentle and kind on the other hand never wants to go home, because he feels like he has finally found a place where he is safe and loved. There is also Mehmed the ottoman prince who both of them care about, that at first brings them closer together but later drives them apart.


What I liked

Lada. Lada was definitely my favourite character in this book. She was a princess fighting to have the same opportunities as men in a time where women were supposed to be pretty, delicate flowers. I also really enjoyed that she was so imperfect; she was often cruel and willing to do anything to get back to Wallachia

The character development and world building. I love how we get to follow Lada and Radu over such a long period and really learn about them and their empire. I mean if the book had started whit them living in the Ottoman Empire and you never got to see Wallachia or their father I probably wouldn’t like Lada as much as I did or understand her choices as well.

The relationship between Lada and Radu. These two have a complicated relationship. They really care about each other but because they are so different, they don’t understand each other and at times, they even despise the other person. they also want different things and sure normally this may not be a big deal but when one of you is hell bent on getting home and views the country you live in as enemy territory while the other one feels like he is finally home and never wants to go back to your homeland it becomes a problem. I think it will be very interesting to see how their relationship evolves in the second book and I really can’t wait.

Side characters. The side character in this book were really well fleshed out and I loved that. Even the characters I disliked I still appreciated because they were so real. Every single character in this story was complex, even the characters that we only see for a short amount of time somehow managed to be fleshed out so well that you got a real sense of who they were. I also appreciate how every single character in this story was neither good nor bad, but a bit of both. Sure, there were bad people and good people but the good ones were capable of evil and the bad ones capable of good.


What I disliked.

Radu. I really did not like Radu, mostly because I really didn’t get him. Sure, I understood his thought process and everything but I just did not agree with him. I know this might be a bad thing to say but honestly, I agree whit Lada’s opinion that he is a crybaby. I still enjoyed reading his chapter though and I like his storyline, just not him as a person.

Mehmed. Mehmed is the ottoman prince that both siblings love and I honestly just don’t get it. I feel like he really wasn’t really that special and some of the things he did made me go ugh. Sure, he was nice and kind and cared about Lada and Radu but I just did not like him that much.


In short.

In short this was an amazing historical fiction full of character development and world building that is a fantastic start to what will most likely be a beautiful and heart breaking series. I personally think everyone that like historical fiction or even fantasy (there is no fantasy in this book btw) should read this book but if you really hate slow books, you might not enjoy it.

Luna.

Giveaway!

I have decided to host a giveaway because I recently reached 200 followers and wanted a way to thank all of you, and figured a giveaway would be perfect! 😀

The winner of this giveaway gets to choose two books from the list below. In addition, you will also get a surprise item.


The Books Pictures55.jpgP.S I like you by kasie west.

Wanderlost by Jen Malone.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. Pictures56.jpgAnd I Darken by Kiersten White.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Pictures57.jpgThe Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman.

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.


How to enter:

To enter this giveaway all you have to do is follow my blog (If you don’t already follow me) and like this post. I will draw a winner at random on August the 30’th and announce it on my blog.


Guidelines:

  • I am hosting this giveaway to thank my followers so you need to follow my blog to enter.
  • You have to be 18 or have parental consent to give me your full name and address in order to enter.
  • This giveaway is international ass long as Bookdepository ships to your country.
  • If your country demands any additional taxes or fees you will have to pay that yourself.
  • After you get your confirmation E-mail from bookdepository they become responsible for getting your package to you safely and in case something happens you’ll have to contact them not me.

That was all the Info and I wish you all the best of luck! 😀

Luna.

 

 

I’m Back!

Hello everyone. I finally have my computer back and I’m feeling pumped about getting back to this blog. The past two months I have only posted twice mainly because of my reading and blogging slump, but being without my computer for weeks and unable to write anything has really reminded me of why I love this blog so much. I am excited to share my love for books with you guys again and figured that my first post after such a long absence should be about what I have been doing since my last post, which was my June wrap up.

Reading news:

I am happy to report that my reading slump ended early in July and that I have read about 25 books since then. I won’t go into all of them but I will mention the highlights.

First off, I finally finished the mortal instrument series by Casandra Clare, which I have been unable to get through for 6 years now. Once I finally made it through book four I enjoyed the last to so much that I read the Magnus bane chronicles and the tales from the shadowhunter academy novella bind up’s. I am so happy to have finally finished this series and proud of myself for making it through book four (which actually wasn’t that bad.)

Next, I read lady midnight by Casandra Clare and loved it. Personally, I enjoyed this book a lot more than the mortal instruments but not quite as much as the infernal devices, which is one of my favourite series. I did give this book 5 stars, which means it joins my favourite reads of 2016 list.

The last reading highlight since my last wrap up is that I read this lullaby by Sarah Dessen, which means I have officially read all her published books. On the one hand, I am proud of this since she has published many books, but on the other, I’m sad because there are no more Sarah Dessen books for me to read.

The Other 5 star books I have read since my last wrap up is:Pictures54.jpgI loved all of these and have planned rewiews for And I Darken, Salt to the Sea and Wanderlost.

Other news

I made a bookstagram. It’s called lunireads and I have only posted 5 pictures so I’m not that active but if you have a bookstagram account let me know the name bellow so I can follow you. 😀

I have watched a lot of TV shows, but the only one related to books is the shadowhunters from freeform. I thought the first couple of episodes were cringe worthy but once I got into it, I was hooked.

I have also been obsessively watching the Gilmore Girls a year in the life trailer and I watched all 7 seasons of the show for the fifth time. I know this has nothing to do with books but I just had to mention it because I love Gilmore Girls SOO much!!

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I love Harry Potter and may be wondering why I have not mentioned Harry Potter and the cursed child. The answer is simple, I have not read it because I am actually going to see the play in December and don’t want to be spoiled. In addition, I just mentioned it so yeah…

That is really everything even remotely interesting that has happened since my last post and therefor the end of this post. 🙂

I will be posting again soon, I promise!

Luna.

I’m not dead just missing my computer!

First of I just want to apollogise for the awful spelling this post will contain. I don’t have my computer right now and no spell check so yeah. Second I want to apollogise for my lack of blogging These past two months and thank all of you for sticking with me. 😊

I just reached 200 followers and just had to say thank you to all the amazing people that are following me! You rock😀

I wil hopefully get my computer back this weekend and begin posting regularly again. Also I will be hosting a giveaway for reaching 200 followers so Stay tuned for that. 😀

Luna.