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10 awesome side-characters I can’t get enough of

We all have our favorite series with our awesome heroines and heroes, but what about some of their side-kicks that are always around but are never in the spotlight? I don’t know about you but I usually tend to love some of them even more than the main characters. XD I know that might be unusual but I have a tendency to pull for the outsiders and underdogs so some series that are among my faves will still end up frustrating me big time if they don’t mention my lovelies often enough. *lol*

What about you? Do you also have a few favorite side-characters and think they should get more “air time”? If yes who are they? Tell me and give them the special mention they deserve! 😉 Here and now is your chance to declare your undying love and to shout their name loud and clear! ❤

P.S: There might be a few spoilers involved so if you haven’t read the books yet, you better don’t read this as well. *lol* Don’t say I didn’t warn you. ;-P

1.) The Fool from the “Farseer Trilogy” by Robin Hobb

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”Ah, Fitz,” he said quietly a moment later. “You do not know how much it means to me that I can still make you laugh. If I can stir you to laughter, I can laugh myself.”

I love and adore the Fool!!! He’s one of the best side-characters ever invented and I think part of his charm is that he’s a big mystery. I mean I read three books already and there are still so many questions that haven’t been answered yet. Aside from that he also has a great humor and a sharp tongue, two things I live and breathe for when it comes to book characters. And let’s not forget about his love for Fitz! ❤ He can be gentle and caring too if he wants to, plus I think he might be gender fluid and this is amazing!!! I mean Robin Hobb wrote that trilogy about 20 years ago so she gets all the kudos for writing the Fool! ❤

2.) George Cubbins from “Lockwood & Co.” by Jonathan Stroud

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”What, you want me to blow you a kiss? Who cares whether I like you or not? People are dying here. I might be able to do something with it, do us all a favour. If you want to read it yourself, fine. Otherwise give it here. Just don’t put it in the stupid bin.”

Ahhh George is so amazing! I know everyone loves either Lucy or Lockwood but I think the secret star of this show is George Cubbins! I really love him the most and I can relate to his enthusiasm and his undying love for books. *lol* And come to think of it he actually might be the most complex character of them all. I mean Lucy and Lockwood represent those typical characters you find in every series, self-confident, brash, super charismatic and strong-willed. George? He’s rather introvert, messy, socially awkward, has strange habits, is sarcastic AND snarky and this is exactly what I love about him! XD Give me more of George Cubbins, he’s the bomb!

3.) Lucien Vanserra from “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah. J. Maas

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”If I offer you the moon on a string, will you give me a kiss, too?“

Lucien is my precious baby and one of the most misunderstood characters of all time! I’ll fight for him tooth and nail!!! I don’t understand why so many people hate him! He did nothing wrong! In fact he seems to be Sarah’s personal punching bag! I mean of all the characters that are a part of the ACOTAR trilogy, he’s certainly one who suffered the most! He lost the love of his life, was chased away from his court, lost his family and eye, was whipped for showing kindness to a friend and was also sexually abused!!! So people back off of my boy!!! You can’t blame him for being loyal to the only friend he ever had, who took him in and gave him a home!!! No matter how much of an ass that said friend is. *lol* Also can Sarah please finally give him his happy ending?! He deserves so much better than what he got and I’m boiling with anger. I swear if he doesn’t get more room in those novellas and the next trilogy I’ll riot!!! Well, I guess you can all see how much I adore Lucien! *lol* I better stop now  before my computer goes up in flames! XD

4.) Kenji Kishimoto from “Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi

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“Yeah, bro.” Kenji puts his utensils down. “You are moody. It’s always ‘Shut up, Kenji.’ ‘Go to sleep, Kenji.’ No one wants to see you naked, Kenji.” When I know for a fact that there are thousands of people who would love to see me naked – “

Was there ever a better side-kick than Kenji Kishimoto?! I mean that man is awesomesauce on two legs! He can be funny and flirty, but he’s also serious when it’s necessary and people always listen to him. Kenji is one of those friends you’d like to have next to you when the world is going to end and even if all odds are against you, he’d still find a way to make you laugh! ❤ I really want to find out more about him and I was soo happy when I read about “Shadow Me” coming out next year! A story from Kenji’s POV? Take all my money Tahereh because I can’t wait to read about this golden boy! XD

5.) Raffaele Laurent Bessette from “The Young Elites” by Marie Lu

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”We were never meant to exist, Adelina,” he says. “And we will never exist again. But we cannot take the entire world with us.” He meets my gaze. “No matter how it has wronged us.”

I love, love, love and adore Raffaele! I once read that he was supposed to be the main character of Marie Lu’s series but that she decided against it because she thought that his story was too bland. My only question is WHY??!!! I would have spent good money to read more about him and his background story because the idea of a male courtesan will never be too plain in my eyes! I enjoyed to read the Young Elites and it really was one of the best series I read this year, but I won’t lie, I was always unsatisfied of how little I read about Raffaele! I just wanted MORE!! And my wish was never granted so I’m still a little bit grumpy about it. XD And I want to use this moment to say that I don’t think Raffaele is a bland character! Quite the contrary, he is amazing! <333

6.) Genya Safin from “The Grisha Trilogy” by Leigh Bardugo

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“Na razrusha’ya. I am not ruined. E’ya razrushost. I am ruination.”

I think I loved Genya from the very first moment she made an appearance. <33 I’m soo damn besotted with her I can’t even. That poor girl went through so much and the only person who ever took her under his wing was the Darkling. No wonder she was loyal to him and was on his side for so long. Still, what he did to her for helping Alina. *sobs* I can’t forgive the Darkling for that because Genya definitely deserved better than that! She was such an innocent girl and then the king happened and urgh!!! I hate the king so much for what he did, and hate the Darkling even more for using her gratitude for his own purposes. My poor girl! I just want her to be happy! >_<

7.) Lysandra from “Throne of Glass” by Sarah. J. Maas

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“You and I are nothing but wild beasts wearing human skins.”

Now that’s one fierce and feisty woman! I love Lysandra so much!! I know that she’s become one of the main characters over time but I still feel like there aren’t enough chapters from her POV. I want to know more of her thoughts and I want to know what moves her! She’s such a kick-ass woman that it’s hard to be left in the dark. She has a heart of gold and would do everything for the people she loves, yet at the same time she can be really nasty and obnoxious. *lol* Gotta love that about a woman! ;-P Well, I’m reading Kingdom of Ash right now so I really hope she’ll get her happily ever after! =))

8.) Henry Cheng from “The Raven Cycle” by Maggie Stiefvater

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“I want you to think about it. And then I hope you will choose to trust me. Because I’m overfull on secrets and underfed on friends.”

I adore Henry Cheng so much, he’s such a sweet bean! I was so sad that Maggie only introduced him in the last book of the series and I really wish I would have been able to read more about him. I know a lot of people don’t like him and I don’t get it. How could you not like Henry?! He’s fun, he’s wise and he’s a totally nice guy that only wanted to make real friends. Plus some of his quotes were so accurate that they hit me right in the feels! Oh and if we’re already at it, let’s not forget his awesome robobee!! XD

9.) Kieran of the Hunt from “The Dark Artifices” by Cassandra Clare

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“The stars will go out before I forget you, Mark Blackthorn.”

Gosh, how I love playful and cunning Kieran!! There aren’t enough words to describe my love for this faerie! Sure, he’s doing quite some awful things but he always does them out of love. He loves so deeply and strongly that he just can’t imagine a life without the people he cares about and he’d do everything possible in order to be close to them. You just gotta love his strong determination, even if it gets in his way most of the time. My poor broken faerie prince… I hope he’ll find love in the end. >_<

10.) Magnus Bane from “The Mortal Instruments” by Cassandra Clare

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“They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite”

I’ll never get tired of reading about Magnus Bane! ❤ He’s my favourite warlock and he deserves the world! I love how he’s such a constant part of the Shadowhunter universe and gosh I adore his glittery extravagance. *lol* He’s so full of life it’s amazing to read about him, plus he has some of the best quotes and isn’t just wise but also has an unerring and rather uncanny talent to run into generations of Shadowhunters making out! *lmao* Plus I love how he always claims that it’s none of his business but still ends up helping his friends in the end. Haha! XD He’s so such a precious cutie pie and his heart is in the right place. <333

 

Now it’s your turn! Tell me all about your favourite side-characters! ;-P

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Three Day Lyrical Challenge, Day 3

I was tagged by Caidyn @ BW Reviews and I’m so thankful and glad he tagged me for this. I had a lot of fun wondering which song to choose next and now that this tag is over and we already reached day 3 I’m actually a little bit sad. *lol* Well, it was fun and that’s the most important thing! ❤

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

 

Bury all your secrets in my skin
Come away with innocence and leave me with my sins
The air around me still feels like a cage
And love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again

So if you love me let me go
And run away before I know
My heart is just too dark to care
I can’t destroy what isn’t there

Deliver me into my fate
If I’m alone I cannot hate
I don’t deserve to have you
Ooh, my smile was taken long ago
If I can change I hope I never know

I still press your letters to my lips
And cherish them in parts of me that savor every kiss
I couldn’t face a life without your lights
But all of that was ripped apart when you refused to fight

So save your breath, I will not care
I think I made it very clear
You couldn’t hate enough to love
Is that supposed to be enough?

I only wish you weren’t my friend
Then I could hurt you in the end
I never claimed to be a saint
Ooh, my own was banished long ago
It took the death of hope to let you go

So break yourself against my stones
And spit your pity in my soul
You never needed any help
You sold me out to save yourself

And I won’t listen to your shame
You ran away, you’re all the same
Angels lie to keep control
Ooh, my love was punished long ago
If you still care don’t ever let me know
If you still care don’t ever let me know

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This song! I’m not really a Slipknot fan and never truly enjoyed their other songs but „Snuff“?! Gosh, this is such an awesome song I can’t help but love it. The music and the lyrics are everything. It’s like poetry with music. Corey Taylor is a really talented songwriter. =)

 

I tag: Camile @ This Chamber of Books, Lyn @ Nomadic Worlds, Sahi @ My World of Books

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Three Day Lyrical Challenge, Day 2

I was tagged by Caidyn @ BW Reviews and I can’t thank him enough for this tag! It’s so much fun but damn does it pose a challenge as well! *lol* I’ve about a thousand of favourite songs so this is really tough! >_< Anyway, my decision for today’s song is made. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

 

Smile, the worst is yet to come
We’ll be lucky if we ever see the sun
Got nowhere to go, we could be here for a while
But the future is forgiven, so smile

We’re trying so hard to get it all right
But only feel lonely at the end of the night
I wanna be somewhere away from this place
Yeah, somewhere just a little closer to grace

I’ll smile, the worst is yet to come
We’ll be lucky if we ever see the sun
Got nowhere to go, we could be here for a while
But the future is forgiven, so smile
Smile

Well, call me loser, call me thief
Tell me I’m special when you spit at me
‚Cause I don’t wanna be lonely, I wanna be loved
And I want you to hold me like I’m the only one

I’ll smile, the worst is yet to come
We’ll be lucky if we ever see the sun
Got nowhere to go, we could be here for a while
But the future is forgiven, so smile
Smile

And time will eventually knock on my door
And tell me I’m not needed around anymore
But he’ll hold me so close at the end of the day
When I’m quiet I can nearly hear him say

Smile, the worst is yet to come
We’ll be lucky if we ever see the sun
Got nowhere to turn, and we’ve got nothing but time
But the future is forever, the future is forever
So smile, so smile, so smile

Smile, the worst is yet to come
We’ll be lucky if we ever see the sun

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I really love this song because I adore the lyrics and the music that goes along with it. It’s somehow optimistic even though it isn’t? XD It suppose it’s kind of scarcastic but there is still so much hope swinging with it that I can’t help but love it for it. =)

 

I tag: Karen @ Karen Writes, Brianna @ Brianna the Bookworm, Miri @ The Book Dragonesse

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Three Day Lyrical Challenge, Day 1

I was tagged by Caidyn @ BW Reviews and I’m very excited to do this! XD I love music so much and I listen to it every single day. I think my i-tunes could play music for an entire week without ever repeating a song. *lol* Plus I played in a band and own a keyboard, guitar and e-bass. 😉 So yeah, I basically live and breathe for music. ❤ Thank you so much for tagging me Caidyn! I only wish this tag would be longer than three days because there are way too many songs to choose from. XD

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

 

You’re giving me a million reasons to let you go
You’re giving me a million reasons to quit the show
You’re givin‘ me a million reasons
Give me a million reasons
Givin‘ me a million reasons
About a million reasons

If I had a highway, I would run for the hills
If you could find a dry way, I’d forever be still
But you’re giving me a million reasons
Give me a million reasons
Givin‘ me a million reasons
About a million reasons

I bow down to pray
I try to make the worst seem better
Lord, show me the way
To cut through all his worn out leather
I’ve got a hundred million reasons to walk away
But baby, I just need one good one to stay

Head stuck in a cycle, I look off and I stare
It’s like that I’ve stopped breathing, but completely aware
‚Cause you’re…

Head stuck in a cycle, I look off and I stare
It’s like that I’ve stopped breathing, but completely aware
‚Cause you’re giving me a million reasons
Give me a million reasons
Givin‘ me a million reasons
About a million reasons

And if you say something that you might even mean
It’s hard to even fathom which parts I should believe
‚Cause you’re giving me a million reasons
Give me a million reasons
Givin‘ me a million reasons
About a million reasons

I bow down to pray
I try to make the worst seem better
Lord, show me the way
To cut through all his worn out leather
I’ve got a hundred million reasons to walk away
But baby, I just need one good one to stay

Baby I’m bleedin‘, bleedin‘
Stay
Can’t you give me what I’m needin‘, needin‘
Every heartbreak makes it hard to keep the faith
But baby, I just need one good one
Good one, good one, good one, good one, good one

When I bow down to pray
I try to make the worst seem better
Lord, show me the way
To cut through all his worn out leather
I’ve got a hundred million reasons to walk away
But baby, I just need one good one, good one
Tell me that you’ll be the good one, good one
Baby, I just need one good one to stay

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I don’t know why but I have a serious earworm from this song and it just won’t go away. I guess that’s Lady Gaga’s trademark and style though, she always manages to make me addicted to her songs. =)

And now to the fun part, the tagging!

I tag: Hamad @ The book prescription | Kacey @ Tales of a Bibliophile | Uzma @ Littlethoughtsfromtornpages

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The Book Addiction Tag

I kind of snatched this tag from Sahi @ My World of Books. *lol* She didn’t tag anyone so I decided that I feel tagged. ;-P Thank you for posting this tag, it was a really nice one and I’m sure every book addict enjoys to answer it.

What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

Not even a day? *lol* Seriously, I read every single day and if it’s just a few pages on my way to work. For me to read is a way to relax and to escape the world for a little bit so the only time I’m not reading is when I’m too ill to even lift a book. >_<

How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?

That hugely depends on where I’m going. If I’m on my way to work I have all the books on my kindle (which would be about 50 or so right now?!) and if I’m going to the library I’ve about 5 – 8 physical copies with me including the ones on my kindle of course! *lol* I never leave the house without my kindle. XD

Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?

I don’t have all too much room in my flat so the only books I keep are the ones I loved and want to reread again. The others usually end up at charity flea markets or go to the local library as a donation. I might never read those books again but that doesn’t mean that other people can’t enjoy them as well! =)

How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

That largely depends on my company. *lol* If I’m with my kid or hubby it are just a few minutes if I’m alone it can be an hour or more. ;-P

How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

Mhmm I’d say about 1 – 3 hours? I can only read when my little one is in bed and sleeping so my reading time is always rather limited. Yes, children can keep you busy. *lol*

Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?

I don’t really have a daily to-do list because every day is different if you have to care for a little life so yeah, if I had one it might at least be under the top 8. XD I guess once I’m a pensioner it will be in my top 3. 😉

How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?

Jeez! That’s a tough one but I’d say about 250? I’m a huge fan of fantasy and YA series so there are a lot of series with 3 to 7 books. *lol*

Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

It always depends on my company. I have a really close friend who always accompanies me when I go to the library. We talk about books a lot and she’s interested in my blog and supports me so much that I can’t help but gush about all my reading experiences. ❤ So with her I ALWAYS end up talking about books. *lol* (If you read this, THANK YOU so much for discussing books with me! You are amazing!!! <333) If said company is my family I barely make any mention of books though. My relatives don’t read all too much and if they do they only remain in one genre (romances or thrillers) so I’ve kind of given up to talk with them about books. About 90% of them don’t even know about my goodreads page, let alone my blog.

What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

Mhmm I remember reading a book with more than 1000 pages but I can’t recall the name. When I’m asked about the biggest book I usually mention Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series but I’m sure I read books that had more pages than those, I just can’t remember which ones it were. XD

Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (i.e. searching bookshops, online digging, etc)?

Oh yes, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”! We were on Interrail through Europe and at the time the book was released we were staying in Venice. *lol* I swear my bestie and I tried to find this book in every bookshop in Venice but damn all the copies were sold out. In the end we were so desperate that we called our parents and asked them to get us a copy at home! XD Plus a mean coincidence: When we were on our way back home there was a guy in our cabin who actually read THAT BOOK!!!! My bestie and I could only gape at the cover!!! It felt like starving in front of a full plate. *lol*

A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?

This rarely happens; I mean that I struggle with a book. I never dnf. The last book that had me considering to start with the habit of dnf-ing was “Carter Reed” by Tijan though. XD

What are 3 of your main book goals for 2019?

  • Reread some of my favourites
  • Make time for reading even if my life will be stressy as hell.
  • Continue to work on my blog and goodreads page!!! My little one starts with kindergarten and I’m going back to work so our lives will change once again. I just hope I’ll find time to read and to write reviews. >_<

Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?

Haha! Nope! I tried to convert my hubby for years but he’s resistant. *lol* Maybe I should make that a life goal: Convert at least one person into a reader. ;-P

Describe what books mean to you in five words.

Escapism. Regeneration. Happiness. Knowledge. Hope.

Just like Sahi I’m not tagging anyone but if you want to feel tagged (just like I did) consider yourself tagged now! ;-P

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Of sorting hats and anxiety! XD

Hey there my lovelies! =)

I know I’m very late with this (about umm almost 20 years too late? *lol*) but up until recently I was ignorant to the fact that there is actually a page named “Pottermore” on the internet on which you can get sorted and discover lots of fun things about the Harry Potter universe.

I know, I know!!! HOW COULD I BE SO OBLIVIOUS TO ALL THIS?!

Truth be told, I really dunno. *shrugs* Maybe I’ve been living under a rock?! Well, anyway, it’s not like I didn’t take about a thousand online tests already. I mean we all did them, right? We all wanted to know in which house we belong and for years I’ve been sorted into Gryffindor.

So yeah, once I heard about this site a few weeks ago I started to wonder. Am I a true Gryffindor? Were all those other tests valid? In which house would the Pottermore hat sort me? And even more importantly what if it wouldn’t be Gryffindor?!!! OH GOSH! Just imagine believing your entire life that you’re a Gryffindor and then this sorting hat says differently?! O_o

I admit it. I was curious but also very terrified. *lol* In fact so terrified that I didn’t dare to join Pottermore and was afraid to do the quiz. XD But oh well, this morning I thought: DAMN IT! I’ve been a Gryffindor my entire life and we’re brave and dare to take risks! Don’t be a sissy!!! JUST DO IT AND LIVE WITH THE CONSEQUENCES!!

Said and done. I finally joined Pottermore and did the sorting ceremony and you know what?!!?!

Can you already guess it?!

Yes?

I AM A GRYFFINDOR!!!! Haha!

Damn, even the Pottermore sorting hat placed me in there so it’s got to be true, right?! *lol* Especially because the questions aren’t ones you can easily manipulate. They are pretty random and all you can do is to give the answer that applies to you the most.

So it’s official now, I am a Gryffindor through and through (with an affinity for Slytherin if I trust some of the other tests I made) and I’m a happy camper indeed! *lol*

What about you?! Did you know about Pottermore or were you as oblivious as me? And if you knew about it, did you dare to take the test? In which house did you get sorted? Was it the house you always expected to be sorted in or was it another one? Were you disappointed?

Tell me and talk to me! I’m such a huge Harry Potter fan and I really want to know! =)

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Movie Review – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

I’m just 1 ½ weeks late with this movie review, but never mind! *lol* Seems like I’m already feeling the spirit of Christmas! Which is to say that I’m feeling the stress of the entire year packed into a four weeks countdown that reaches its height on the 31st of December.  I really don’t know about you ,but I’m still searching for that silent and contemplative time of the year, if I ever find it I’ll let you know! Scout’s honour! ;-P

Okay, moving on! XD Let’s get back to “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”! I really liked the movie, considering that I enjoyed all the other HP movies this probably doesn’t mean an awful lot though. Still, this second movie stepped it up a notch from the first one. Don’t get me wrong I loved the first movie and it was really awesome and sweet with all the fantastic beasts, but “The Crimes of Grindelwald” was so much darker and certainly even more intriguing.

For instance dear Nagini made an appearance and I wasn’t only surprised but also delighted to see her in this movie! I was always fascinated by Voldemort’s pet and boy, I’m probably even more fascinated now. I really wonder how old Voldy and she met and I hope to get an answer in one of the next movies. And don’t tell me there aren’t going to be even more, because I’m 99,9% sure that there will be at least a third “Fantastic Beasts” movie! 😉

Also can we take a second to appreciate Grindelwald’s manipulative and oh so very cunning nature?! That man knows how to work a crowd and damn did he make his point!! Whilst most of Voldemort’s Death Eaters are driven and motivated by fear Gindelwald’s talents lie in his eloquence and a rather uncanny talent to twist his opponents’ words. I swear, my inner faerie had a field day listening to his speech. *lol*

But enough of me and back to Grindelwald’s biggest adversary: Dumbledore! I think Jude Law played him really well and I liked that you got a glimpse of the Dumbledore he’s going to be when he’s older. I mean the defiance and cheekiness were still visible in the older Dumbledore and apparently those are traits he already had in his younger years. XD After THAT kind of ending I’m really curious about how things are going to play out in future though. I guess now all bets are off! *lol*

Anything else I want to add?

Oh yes, I love Newt Scamander because he is a PRECIOUS BEAN and needs to be protected at all costs!!! <333

What about you? Did you already see the movie and if yes what did you think?! Did you like it, hate it, wanted to eat Bertie Botts Beans and drink butter beer? Tell me! 😉

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Review: The Circle (Dave Eggers)

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Rating: 4 Pfoten

”Outside the walls of the Circle, all was noise and struggle, failure and filth. But here, all had been perfected. The best people had made the best systems and the best systems had reaped funds, unlimited funds, that made possible this, the best place to work.”

Did you ever want to live in a world where everything is perfect? Every step is fully automated, no wars, no crimes, no pollution, no problem that can’t be fixed? Well, you found it! Welcome to “The Circle” where they have the best jobs, the smartest brains and the necessary means to change the world. For Mae to work at her new job is heaven and if possible she never ever wants to leave the Circle again! And let’s face it, why should she if everything is going so well?

Maybe a little too well? What’s that little voice nagging at the back of her mind, where does this feeling of loneliness and pressure come from? Is she losing her mind? Is she just stressed? Who’s that mysterious guy she finds herself falling for? Is he an illusion or is he real? Is he against the world they are building? Against the ideas that seem to change people’s lives for the better? What’s wrong with their ideas? Why shouldn’t’ they try to improve the world?

”SECRETS ARE LIES
SHARING IS CARING
PRIVACY IS THEFT”

”There needs to be accountability. Tyrants can no longer hide. There needs to be, and will be, documentation and accountability, and we need to bear witness. And to this end, I insist that all that happens should be known.”

Say hello to SeeChange where you can watch every spot you want to see. All over the world there are little cameras that give you a live picture of the place you want to watch. The Maldives? The Grand Canyon? A riot in another country? Live footage of your grandpa on the toilet? No problem! 😉 You can see everything and be everywhere!

”Okay. But just know, from now on, that being social, and being a presence on your profile and all related accounts – this is part of why you’re here. We consider your online presence to be integral to your work here. It’s all connected.”

And there are so many connections that Mae needs 6(!!!) monitors to keep up to date with everything that happens on Campus! But who needs sleep when you can interact with every person around the world? Who needs to eat and drink when you can get likes for attending one of the countless activities on campus? Did I already mention that nice Portugal Brunch that’s hosted by a guy named Alistair you didn’t even meet yet? You don’t have to attend if you’re too busy, but we expect you to be an active part of the community, so please at least tell him you can’t go because you’re swamped with work. Oh, are you overstrained? We take the health of our employees very seriously!

”It’ll collect data on your heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart flux, caloric intake, sleep duration, sleep quality, digestive efficiency, on and on. A nice thing for the Circlers, especially those like you who might have occasionally stressful jobs, is that it measures galvanic skin response, which allows you to know when you’re amped or anxious.”

There! Problem solved! Now you can check your vitals and act accordingly! This nice tool will inform you when it’s time to eat the next banana so your blood pressure doesn’t fall. But you better don’t do any sport to improve your health, because we expect you to sit in front of your 6 monitors all of the time. Who needs sports with the right nutrition anyway? You’ll look like a supermodel in no time and oh did we forget to mention that all our employees look like models anyway? Sorry, our fault! I hope you’ll still give us the best rating.

”I have thought on this for years, and I have yet to conjure a scenario where a secret does more good than harm. Secrets are the enablers of antisocial, immoral and destructive behaviour.”

If you have any secrets just leave them at the door because inside of the Circle we don’t have anything to hide. We’re all equal; we all strive to improve the world. I mean who needs a hierarchy? Every one of us is an important member of our company! We, all of us, will make the world a better place. But oh, I just saw that you didn’t get as many likes as you got yesterday and you forgot to attend one of our 100 events because you visited your parents? I’m sorry Mae, but you better head to one of the top 40 so they can rap you on the knuckles. And if you did something really bad you’ll have to make an appearance in front of one of the three wise men! #SorryNotSorryWeDoHaveRulesAndAnImpeccableHierarchySystemAfterAll

”Just as within the Circle we know our Participation Rank, for example, soon we’ll be able to know at any given moment where our sons and daughters stand against the rest of American students, and then against the world’s students.”

AND this is one of our newest inventions! Now every student all over the world will know how good she/he is and it will be easy to improve your rank because now you finally know where you stand. No pressure! We swear! Cross our hearts and hope to die!! But well, you’re not doing so good right now, your current rank is pretty low and you’re just on 1.584.256. Might be wise to do something to improve this. What? You worry about all the students that will never be in the top 100? Sorry, but we can’t all be the best, there will always be people that are better than others. Oh, now that you mention it, well yeah what did you expect? There are millions of students all over the world and someone’s got to be the lowest rank. Hierarchy? Pressure to succeed? Nope, never. We just erased those words from the dictionary. ;-P See another problem efficiently solved! Aren’t we great? XD

”And then it occurred to her, in a brief and blasphemous flash: she didn’t want to know how they felt. The flash opened up into something larger, an even more blasphemous notion that her brain contained too much. That the volume of information, of data, of judgments, of measurements, was too much, and there were too many people, and too many desires of too many people, and too many options of too many people, and too much pain from too many people, and having all of it constantly collated, collected, added and aggregated, and presented to her as if that all made it tidier and more manageable – it was too much.”

WHAT? O_o You don’t want to know what everyone thinks of you all of the time? You don’t want to hear negative comments? But you need to hear them in order to improve! No one is perfect but we’ll get there soon, promise!! Just deal with the shit storm like a responsible and normal human being, it can’t ruin you. I mean seriously, we’re all just doing our best, right?! =)

”I expect this is some second great schism, where two humanities will live, apart but parallel. There will be those who live under the surveillance dome you’re helping to create, and those who live, or try to live, apart from it. I’m scared to death for us all.”

This comment wasn’t deleted in order to keep peace; it was only removed to our archive. We strive to be transparent but 1.435.201 of our very valuable members didn’t agree with this statement so we decided it would be best to isolate it on our hard drive. Hope you guys don’t mind! Send us a like! =)

We really hope you liked your trip into our company and we’re looking forward to welcome you as one of our employees soon! And even if your idea isn’t good enough to become one of us, you can still become a member of our network. The Circle is close to being complete; make sure to be a part of it! 😉

THE END!

P.S: Sorry, but the sarcasm was too strong to suppress it! *lol* This book and the ideas of the Circle… *shudders and shakes head*
P.P.S: Just in case you wondered: I really “liked” this book, but the ideas and solutions that were presented in it scared me so much, that I can’t help but feel like hiding under a rock would be a more than just good idea. XD If you feel the same way, come and visit me under my rock. There’s plenty of room and lots of cookies. ;-P

Allgemein, Book Tags

The New Disney Princess Book Tag

I was tagged for this by Melanie @ TBR and Beyond and since I love Disney I was very happy about being tagged. XD So thank you Melanie! I’m sure I’ll enjoy this! 😉

THE RULES

  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you because that’s
    always good fun
  • Tag Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews and Zuky @ BookBum so they can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

 

SNOW WHITE – this book (like the movie) started it all
Favourite debut book from an author

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The Young Elites – Marie Lu

Okay, I know this series came out a long time ago and isn’t new but I rarely read books in the year they come out and I’m more than just behind on debuts for 2018. *lol* Actually, that’s a huge understatement! So yeah, this series will have to do. I started it at the beginning of this year and I just finished the last book so you might as well say it was a favorite debut that started it all. 😉

CINDERELLA – a diamond in the rough
Just like Cinderella, you didn’t expect much out of this character in the
beginning, but they turned out to be a total gem

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Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

When I first read about Fitz I wasn’t all that impressed. I mean I knew the Farseer trilogy is a fantasy series and that people love it but I would have never expected to love Fitz so much. At first he was just a typical fantasy character but damn Robin Hobb wrote him so well. Three books and I’m loving him more and more! <33 Him and the Fool that is! Those two! I will never get enough of them! Thankfully Robin Hobb wrote plenty of books .*lol*

AURORA – sleeping beauty
A book that makes you sleepy or could not hold your attention

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Carter Reed by Tijan

Haha! I can imagine your reaction now! A mafia action romance and I fell asleep? Yes, I did. I expected this to be suspenseful and intriguing but then it turned out to be one of those books where 40% into the book everything revolves around the romance and nothing makes sense anymore. I just couldn’t bring myself to read this book but since I don’t DNF I fought through it. The simple fact it took me 1 month to read 125 pages should tell you enough. *lol* Well, maybe it’s one of those “it’s not the book but me” cases? >_<

ARIEL – under the sea
A book with a water/ocean setting

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Oh, boy! How much I loved to read this book! <33 It was so perfect. The water horses were damn amazing and the atmosphere was nothing but awesome! Maggie captured the life on an island more than just well and the capaill uisce were described in so much detail that I almost believed them to be real horses. If you haven’t read this book yet, you definitely should!!! I’m sure it will be worth your while! 😉

BELLE – beauty and the books
Name a book with the best bookworm/book lover

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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

You know, I probably could have chosen about a thousand of characters out of millions of books but I think this time I’ll go with “Clockwork Angel”. Will Herondale and Tessa Grey are so precious they know their favorite quotes by heart and since I can relate to this so much I had no other choice than to name those two! I lived for their conversations about books and I adore people who can speak in quotes! <333 So yes, Clockwork Angel it is.

JASMINE – the thief and the princess
Name a book with an unlikely love story (either in terms of romance or a book
you didn’t expect to love so much)

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I think I’ll go along with Melanie’s book choice. The “Shatter Me” series was a total surprise for me and I would have never expected to love it as much as I do now. And the romance? Well, after reading the first book I had no hopes for my ship to sail but damn, was I in for a surprise. Haha! Also WARNER & Kenji!!! <333 Enough said! *lol*

POCAHONTAS – the real life princess
Name a book that is based on a real life person you want to read/have read

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Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

I know there was a movie but I still want to read the book first. It sounds like a book that will make me angry though (I can’t stand injustice and I’m sure this will be full of it) so I’m still hesitant to pick it up. >_<

MULAN – the princess that saved her country
Name the fiercest heroine you know

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Haha! Considering I can’t wait to read “Kingdom of Ash” I’d have to go with Aelin Ashryver Galathynius here! She’s one of the fiercest heroines I ever read about and the best thing is that this series is full of awesome and strong women!! I love them ALL!!! Also the guys!!?? *swoons* Dorian my precious baby! <333

TIANA – the princess with the coolest and most diverse crew
Name a diverse book, whether it is a diverse set of characters or just diverse in general

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I only have to read the word “diversity” and the crew of “Six of Crows” immediately comes to mind! Those six characters are everything!!! I loved them so much and they are not only a diverse set of characters but also diverse in general!! They are basically the embodiment of diversity and I adore them to bits and pieces!!! They are my crew and I’d literally die for each and every single one of them! <333 Gosh, I have so much love for this series!

RAPUNZEL – let your long hair down
Name the longest book you’ve ever read

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Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

That was a really tough one but I think one of Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series should suffice. *lol* “Drums of Autumn”, the last book I read so far, had 880 pages so I guess it’s the winner? ;-P

MERIDA – I determine my own fate
A book where there is no love story/interest

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Do they even write books without a love story or a love interest? XD I can’t remember a single book that had no love story in it. Maybe I’m just a sucker for romance?! Haha! Mhmm… if I had to choose one though, I’d go with “The Raven Boys”. In the first book there is barely any romance and this is probably one of the slowest burns I ever had the pleasure to read. Still, I love all my Raven Boys and gosh this series is definitely one of my favourite series of all time!! I’ll never get tired of mentioning how amazing it is! ❤

ANNA & ELSA – frozen hearts
A book in a winter/cold setting

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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Another Maggie Stiefvater book and already the third in this short tag! *lol* I guess by now you can tell that I adore her and would even go as far as to read her grocery list! XD But hey, if “Shiver” doesn’t have a winter setting then I really don’t know! It’s about werewolves and the coldest time of the year and of course it’s also a book about love and friendship! If you haven’t read it already you definitely should give it a try. It’s Maggie’s first book though so her writing style wasn’t that established yet. For me as a fan it was quite intriguing to see how she developed and started to become the author she’s now! =)

MOANA – how far »I’ll go
A character that goes on a journey

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Codex Alera by Jim Butcher

This is one of the most underrated series I ever came across and I wouldn’t be surprised if you never heard of it up until now. (Aren’t you lucky that I’m mentioning it now? *lol*) I still remember standing in front of a library shelf and reading the synopsis for this book. Boy, was I oblivious back then! All I knew was that this was apparently some fantasy series and that it was written by the same author who wrote the Harry Dresden files. Needless to say I was intrigued and decided to take it with me. The rest is “reading history”. It didn’t even take me two months to page through the entire series and the simple fact that it consists of six books that all have more than 500 pages should tell you enough! ;-P Highly recommended!!!!

Are you ready for the tags? I tag:

Hamad @ The book prescription

Sahi @ My World of Books

Sarah @ Sarah’s Bookshelves

Destiny @ Howling Libraries

Uzma @ littlethoughtsfromtornpages

Surina @ Book Reviews by the Bloggisters (you sounded like you’d enjoy it. ;-P)

As always you don’t have to do the tag but it was a really fun one and I’m sure I’ll enjoy reading through your answers! 😉

Allgemein, P - T, Reviews, T

Review: The Song of Achilles (Madeline Miller)

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Rating: 5 Pfoten

”We were like gods, at the dawning of the world, and our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.”

This book!!!
Gosh I loved this book!!!

The moment I read the first page I was already certain of two things:
1.) This would become one of my all-time favourites and I’d gush about it like crazy.
2.) It wouldn’t only leave me devastated and heartbroken but also sobbing like a little child.

Well, both of those things came true, even way earlier than I had initially anticipated. I was about 37% percent in (yes I looked it up! ;-P) when I first started to cry and it didn’t get any better after that. This book was just so beautiful! So, so damn beautiful! Madeline Miller definitely has a way with words and I loved how this story was written: Poetical with a lot of mythological facts and with so many details that it succeeded to make this a more than just intriguing journey.

What I loved the most was how she managed to convey Achilles’ and Patroclus relationship though. Even though she never went into detail, never actually let them say that they loved each other; it was still palpable in every single moment they shared together. Those moments were so precious I couldn’t get enough of them and all I wanted was for them to be happy.

Unfortunately I’m a little geek and know a lot about Greek mythology so yeah, I already knew how it would end before it even ended. Still, the sense of foreboding in this book!!! Oh gosh, it killed me!! All those little hints, those infinitesimal innuendos, those tiny insinuations, they piled up and up and up until all I was able to feel was dread!!! By the end of the book I was reduced to a sobbing and crying nervous wreck and the final sentence was like a dagger in my heart.

In other words:
This was exceptionally painful and utterly devastating,
BUT
it was also so damn good and worth every second of pain!

The characters:

This is my spoiler section in which I’m going to speak about the individual characters and what I thought of them. So you better beware and don’t read it if you still want to read the book. Heed my warning or get lost in the underworld. It’s your choice, choose wisely! ;-P

Achilles:

’Ah.’ A sly smile spread across his face; he had always loved defiance. ‘Well, why should I kill him? He’s done nothing to me.’

This sentence killed me when I first read it! Achilles, my beautiful, innocent and naïve boy!!! Jeez! I loved him so much! He was every bit the hero people believed him to be and most of the time he actually did the right thing. Well, most of the time. At the end of the book there happened a lot of things I didn’t agree with and the longer his conflict with Agamemnon lasted the more I dreaded the end! It made me so sad to see how much Achilles changed over the years and when the thing with Briseis happened my reaction was the same as Patroclus’! I mean I knew what Achilles did (I’m a geek remember?) but reading it the way Madeline Miller wrote it? Boy it destroyed me! There was this wonderful, perfect, righteous, honourable, intelligent, innocent and honest golden boy and then the war over Troy tainted him, transformed him and made him an entirely different person. The true tragedy about this all is that he never even wanted to take part in the war, he was more or less forced into it and I think looking at it in retrospective a life as a normal person would have been preferable to the one of a hero. I guess in the end Achilles saw it the same way and would have done everything in order to change his path. Even if it would have meant that he would have been forgotten and would have never become a legend… it would have been worth it. Patroclus would have been worth it… *cries*

”I stopped watching for ridicule, the scorpion’s tail hidden in his words. He said what he meant; he was puzzled if you did not. Some people might have mistaken this for simplicity. But is it not a sort of genius to cut always to the heart?”

”Your honour could be darkened by it.”
“Then it is darkened.” His jaw shot forward, stubborn. “They are fools if they let my glory rise or fall on this.”
“But Odysseus –“
His eyes, green as spring leaves, met mine. “Patroclus. I have given enough to them. I will not give them this.”

”They grinned, loving every inch of their miraculous prince: his gleaming hair, his deadly hands, his nimble feet. They leaned towards him, like flowers to the sun, drinking in his lustre. It was as Odysseus had said: he had light enough to make heroes of them all.”

”It is not true. You left yourself today. And now you are returned.”
His shoulders rise and fall on a long breath. “Do not say that,” he says, “until you have heard the rest of what I have done.”

Patroclus:

”I went to Peleus. I knelt before him on a wool rug, woven bright with purple. He started to speak, but I was too quick for him. One of my hands went to clasp his knees, the other reached upward, to seize his chin with my hand. The pose of supplication. It was a gesture I had seen many times, but had never made myself. I was under his protection now; he was bound to treat me fairly, by the law of the gods.
‘Tell me where he is,’ I said.”

I adored Patroclus! He was the best! He was wonderful and beautiful in his own way and I loved how faithful he was. That boy was one of the kindest and sweetest people I ever read about (tough competition for Lazlo Strange *lol*) and I was so happy Achilles saw this too. He realized that Patroclus is special and he encouraged him to speak his mind. It felt like Patroclus was Achilles’ conscience, intervening whenever his divine heritage showed. Without Patroclus Achilles path would have been dark and bloody but with him at his side he became the glorious figure we all know about. Patroclus was so much more than just a companion. He was a friend, a lover, a teacher, a conscience, a reminder and Achilles past, present and future! This boy was literally the embodiment of Achilles life and actions and the people around them were fools for not seeing their strong connection. Patroclus was everything that was good about Achilles, he brought out the best in him. Taught him compassion and love, he was an anchor and someone he could come home to! Speak to! Confide in! Once Patroclus was gone the relentless godly part of Achilles showed though and the rest of it is (bloody) history. T_T

’Patroclus.’ It was the name my father had given me, hopefully but injudiciously, at my birth, and it tasted of bitterness on my tongue. ‘Honour of the father,’ it meant.

”Perhaps she thought I was mocking her, flourishing my triumph. Perhaps she thought I hated her. She did not know that I almost asked him, a hundred times, to be a little kinder to her. You do not have to humiliate her so thoroughly, I thought. But it was not kindness he lacked, it was interest. His gaze passed over her as if she were not here.”

’Willl you come with me?’ he asked.
The never-ending ache of love and sorrow. Perhaps in some other life I could have refused, could have torn my hair and screamed, and made him face his choice alone. But not in this one. He would sail to Troy and I would follow, even into death.
Yes, I whispered. Yes.

”I do not know this man, I think. He is no one I have ever seen before. My rage towards him is hot as blood. I will never forgive him. I imagine tearing down our tent, smashing the lyre, stabbing myself in the stomach and bleeding to death. I want to see his face broken with grief and regret. I want to shatter the cold mask of stone that has slipped down over the boy I knew. He has given her to Agamemnon knowing what will happen.”

Odysseus:

”May I give you some advice? If you are truly his friend you will help him leave his soft heart behind. He’s going to Troy to kill men, not rescue them.” His dark eyes held me like swift-running current. “He is a weapon, a killer. Do not forget it. You can use a spear as a walking stick, but that will not change its nature.”

Damn, how much I hated and liked that sneaky and cunning bastard!! I’m still very torn when it comes to him. On the one hand he gave sound advice and knew exactly what he did and on the other hand he forced Achilles on his destined path. If it wouldn’t have been for Odysseus he would have never gone to Troy and even though I agree with his sentiment that Achilles could save them all, I still disagree with the way he played him. Of all the countless men that manipulated young Achilles, Odysseus probably was the worst, hiding behind the mask of a friend but ultimately pursuing his own goals. Clever! Very clever indeed!

Agamemnon:

”Then you are a traitor to this army, and will be punished like one. Your war prizes are hostage, placed in my care until you offer your obedience and submission. Let us start with that girl. Briseis, is her name? She will do as a penance for the girl you have forced me to return.”

I HATE AGAMEMNON!!! Fiercely!!! Such an unfair and dishonourable numpty!!! I hate him and all his actions! I mean what kind of father would trade his daughter away and then kill her?! His own flesh and blood! Gosh, I CAN’T EVEN WITH HIM!! I’m still so angry! Those moments at the end and the tense situation between Achilles and him had me at the edge of my seat and all I wanted to do was to scream at the injustice that took place in front of me!!! Such a stubborn and self-righteous fool!! He should have listened to Achilles but he was too proud to. *shakes head in disbelief* I. HATE. HIM!!! Enough said!

Thetis:

Another person that landed on my shit list! *lol* I really, really disliked her too! I mean I understand that she was Achilles mother and only wanted the best for her son, but it was more than just obvious that the best was Patroclus and I hated her for always trying to drive a wedge between them! Without Thetis half of their troubles wouldn’t have even existed and even though she kind of redeemed herself in the end I still don’t like her! Sorry Thet, but you’ll never get a thumbs-up from me! #SorryNotSorrry

The relationship:

Achilles & Patroclus:

”This morning he had leaped on to my bed and pressed his nose against mine. ‘Good morning,’ he’d said. I remembered the heat of him against my skin.”

Ohh how sweet those two were! I loved their relationship! They were so gentle and adorable and no matter what happened and no matter how many obstacles were in their way they always managed to find back to each other! They had confidence in each other and they supported each other regardless of the consequences. Achilles and Patroclus had such an honest and beautiful relationship, I CAN’T EVEN!!!! THIS was the real deal!!! A connection so deep that no one could destroy it, a love so strong that it cast aside all obstacles, their trust so deep that they could talk about everything!!! Boy, I could gush about this relationship at eye level for eternity and still would never get tired of it! *lol* I just adore them so much! It was so sweet they couldn’t even be angry with each other and even though Patroclus wasn’t always happy with Achilles decisions, he still did his best to support him as best as he could, even if that meant that he had to go against his will. I think in the end their unconditional love for each other was the only thing that was able to break them and it eventually did. Jeez! How it did! *cries again* Achilles had no reason to kill Hector, no reason to fulfil the prophecy. Well, at least not until Hector took the only thing that mattered to him, the only thing he didn’t want to live without. Patroclus! *sobs* Hell! The way Achilles grieved!!! It broke my freaking heart!!! It was like a punch in the gut! I know first-hand how much this hurts, how painful it is to lose a person you love so much, and boy did it trigger my emotions. T_T I felt Achilles grief with him and it was so intense it left me crying and sobbing. They were so beautiful together… so, so, so damn beautiful. I can’t anymore… *weeps*

”I saw then how I had changed. I did not mind any more, that I lost when we raced and I lost when we swam out to the rocks and I lost when we tossed spears or skipped stones. For who can be ashamed to lose to such beauty? It was enough to watch him win, to see the soles of his feet flashing as they kicked up sand, or the rise and fall of his shoulders as he pulled through the salt. It was enough.”

”My pulse jumps, for no reason I can name. He has looked at me a thousand times, but there is something different in this gaze, an intensity I do not know. My mouth is dry, and I can hear the sound of my throat as I swallow.
He watches me. It seems that he is waiting.”

”His eyes were unwavering, green flecked with gold. A certainty rose in me, lodged in my throat. I will never leave him. It will be this, always, for as long as he will let me.”

”Had she really thought I would not know him? I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell, I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.”

”You can’t.” He was sitting up now, leaning forward.
“I can’t.”
“I know. They never let you be famous and happy.” He lifted an eyebrow. “I’ll tell you a secret.”
“Tell me.” I loved it when he was like this.
“I’m going to be the first.” He took my palm and held it to him. “Swear it.”
“Why me?”
“Because you’re the reason. Swear it.”
“I swear it,” I said, lost in the high colour of his cheeks, the flame in his eyes.
“I swear it,” he echoed.

”There was more to say, but for once we did not say it. There would be other times for speaking, tonight and tomorrow and all the days after that. He let go of my hand.”

All told this was one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. It caused me to cry, it made me angry, it made me smile and it touched me deeply. I’m a total mess after reading this and my emotions are still all over the place, to say I regret reading it would be one hell of a lie though.

I rarely write this into my reviews but: If you haven’t read this, do it now!!! You won’t regret it! =)

Last but not least I want to thank mo chara who dared to buddy read this book with me! Thank you for all the comments, messages and updates that made it bearable to read this book. I swear if you wouldn’t have discussed this with me I would have cried even more often than I already did. *lol* So yeah, thanks for that wonderful buddy read and for keeping my sanity intact. I really appreciate it! XD We definitely should go for another buddy read some time soon! I heard “Circe” is a nice book too! *lol* ;-P

In the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood, like a hundred golden urns pouring out the sun.”