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December Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

Who am I? And how did I manage to read 8 books in December? O_o They weren’t even short ones because most of them had between 280 and 480 pages! I guess the holidays might have given me time to finish some of the books I already started in November. Well, at least that’s the only explanation I can come up with. *lol*

December wasn’t just a great month when it came to books though. All those family gatherings left us with a full stomach and after some of them it would have been great if we could have just „rolled“ back home. XD My family is fun like that! Haha!

Last month might have been a busy one regarding work but since I was lucky enough to get two weeks off during the holidays I actually managed to recover from the stress. So there’s that! And now, without further ado, let’s head to my statistic! 😉

Books read: 8

Pages read:  2.680 (Woah, I was quite on a roll in December, wasn’t I? O_o I think I didn’t read that many pages in any of the other months.)

Average rating: 3,88 (So many 4 star reads! XD)

Books that were on my reading list:  4 (2 from 2018 andfrom 2019. And here I read so many books in December but still not even half of those that were on my lists… somethings gotta change in 2020! *lol*)

December Reads: 

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They Both Die at the End: 4 Pfoten

This book broke my heart! Rufus and Mateo were so perfect for each other but urgh Adam Silvera had no mercy with my poor soul! >_< I loved the promise of the book and the idea of a world in which everyone knows the day on which they die caused me to have some serious thoughts. Amazing read and highly recommended! Keep your tissues at hand though!

Flame in the Mist: 4 Pfoten

2019 officially turned out to be the year of retellings and I’m glad I read so many of them. „Flame in the Mist“ definitely was a great one and I enjoyed it immensely! I was so intrigued by Ranmaru and Okami that I couldn’t help but be totally engrossed in the story! Plus the ending! ARGH! I need to read book two soon!

Essenz der Götter: 3 Pfoten

Now that was a book from an unknown Austrian author that lives close to my town. *lol* I didn’t read a German book for ages so it took me quite a while to get into it and to be entirely honest I had issues with the genre. I expected a young adult fantasy book and in the end it turned out to be a romance. So if you read it as the romance it’s supposed to be this was actually a good read. Just don’t go into it thinking it’s fantasy! 😉

Circe:4 Pfoten

I absolutely adored this! I always was a huge fan of the Odyssey and Odysseus himself so I already knew about „Circe“ when I started to read the book. Still, this was an amazing read and Madeline Miller once again nailed it! I swear when it comes to Greek mythology she’s my go to person! (or author in that case! *lol*) If you want to read my full review you can do it here!

Death Masks: 4 Pfoten

Book five of the Harry Dresden Files and I’m still not tired of our awesome wizard! 😉 This time around our hero has to face not only a Red Court member but also his ex-gf and a handful of demons that want to get a grip on „The Shroud“. Yes, the one and only! So there’s a lot of trouble brewing in Chicago and of course Harry’s once again right smack in the middle of it! 😛

Into the Between: 4 Pfoten

Now this book was a total surprise! Anna Webb offered it to me as a review copy and since it’s been on my goodreads TBR for two years I couldn’t say „no“ to such an offer! When I started to read „Into the Between“ I never thought that I’d end up loving it so much, but the longer I read the more questions I had and the mystery of it all kept me reading until the very last page. I even bought a copy of the second book now because seriously, I NEED ANSWERS!!! Yep, that’s how much I loved it! ❤ If you’re interested you can read my goodreads review here!

Cinder: 4 Pfoten

Definitely one of the best books I read this month! ❤ I loved everything about it! The Star Wars vibes, the fairy tale atmosphere! It was just great and I couldn’t get enough of it! Prince Kai was an adorable love interest and Cinder one of the coolest, down-to-earth heroines ever! I still don’t get how she managed to keep her hands off of him because let’s face it, I would have been all over him in a heartbeat! *lol*

Glitches: 4 Pfoten

After finishing „Cinder“ I just wanted to know a little bit more about her time before she came to Adri and her family. So I decided to read this short story and it kind of helped me to understand her relationship with Peony and Garan. If you’re looking for a short addition to the main story this is a really nice and fast read. 🙂

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This said: How was your December? Did you get a lot of reading done? Were you busy with family gatherins as well? Did you eat too much and what’s your typical holiday meal? XD What was your favourite book in December?

Talk to me and let me know!

*hugs’n’kisses*

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Review: Cinder (Marissa Meyer)

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Rating:4 Pfoten

Book 2 on My Book List 2019

“Vanity is a factor, but it is more a question of control. It is easier to trick others into perceiving you as beautiful if you can convince yourself you are beautiful. But mirrors have an uncanny way of telling the truth.”

After finishing “Cinder” I was kind of curious what other reviewers wrote about it and I was pretty surprised when I found out that a lot of my friends gave it only two or three stars. As it seems the main reason for those low ratings were 1.) It’s just not my jam or 2.) I read too many retellings. Sometimes even a combination of both. XD

Well, I guess it’s kind of good then that I wasn’t all too big on retellings over the last few years because I definitely enjoyed this! I don’t know if I would have liked it less if I would have read more retellings, but as some sort of “newbie” to the scene I actually ended up loving it to bits and pieces!

This was just amazing! ❤ I mean a cyborg Cinderella who’s a mechanic and lives in a futuristic world?! Sign me f*** up! I loved the entire New Beijing vibe and I was so down for all those “Star Wars” moments! XD (And just in case you wondered, I’ve been a Warsie AND a Trekkie since my early childhood days! *lol* Being a fan of both is impossible? Hah! I’m your living and breathing proof it’s not! ;-P) Anyway! I relished the breath of fresh air this retelling gave me and after reading all those “normal” fairy tales with my kid this was balm for my soul. *lol*

Finally something different! Finally a break from “Cinderella” who lost her glass slipper on the stairs. This so wasn’t your ordinary fairy tale and Cinder certainly wasn’t your ordinary heroine either. Before I go into more detail, I’ll head into my characters section though. Wouldn’t want you to get spoiled, right?! (Is it even spoiling if we all know about Cinderella’s story? *lol*)

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Fair Warning: This is a spoiler well. If you lean forward you might tumble into the rabbit hole. I urge you to exercise caution. Proceed at your own risk. ;-P

Cinder:

“I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.”

Haha! I loved Cinder! She was such a cool character and totally down-to-earth! Funnily enough she didn’t seem to enjoy beautiful dresses (the real Cinderella would have been shocked!) and rather preferred to stay in her room working on androids instead of going out. Which in all honesty made her a very relatable character. XD I liked that she was so strong-willed and had her own opinion about everything, but I also felt very sorry for her. Aside from Prince Kai and Dr. Erland, Peony was probably the only person who ever showed her some kindness and to lose her must have been a more than just hard blow. >_< Especially because Peony was just lovely and kind! I don’t know how it came to be that Peony was the only one who accepted Cinder the way she was but I was really glad that she had at least one sister that cared. XD Still, no matter how sad her death made me I think Cinder would have never dared to be so bold if she would have been around to see it, so I guess there’s at least one positive thing that came out of it. Poor Cinder though! T_T

A flash of hurt crossed his face. “What? I can’t buy you a gift?” he asked, in a tone that nearly stopped the electric pulses of her wiring.
“No. Not after I’ve ignored six of your comms in the last week. Are you dense?”
“So you did get them!”

Prince Kai:

Kai stepped closer to Torin, ignoring a group of lab technicians that were forced to swarm around them. „I have a plan. My plan is to not marry her. Diplomacy be damned. There. End of discussion.”

WHAT. A. HOTTIE! *swoons* I adored him right from the moment he appeared in the book! GAH! Prince Kai was just awesome! I loved that he didn’t back down and fought Queen Levana with every breath he took. There was so much at stake for him but he stayed true to himself and this even though Levana and the other countries certainly didn’t make it easy for him. So much pressure! Poor boy! =(( Plus can we acknowledge how caring he was even though his own life turned upside down. I mean he lost his father to the plague and yet he still managed to keep Levana at bay, served his country, tried to persuade Cinder and wanted to find a cure. XD Not to mention his adorable humour and enticing defiance. *lol* The perfect prince for sure! 😉

”I will –“ He paused again, straightened, and focused his eyes on some distant, invisible point. “I will do whatever needs to be done to ensure the well-being of my country. I will do whatever needs to be done to keep you all safe. That is my promise.”

Iko:

Iko rolled to her side, clasping her metal grippers over her chest. “Prince Kai! Check my fan, I think I’m overheating.”

IKO!!! <333 She was one of the best sidekicks ever and she definitely asked the right questions. *LOL* The idea of an android with feelings might have been nothing new but the way it was executed in here was perfect! XD When you read about Iko you involuntarily see her as a normal person, well until some body parts of her are mentioned and you’re reminded that she’s actually a machine with a soul. 😉 I can’t believe Adri destroyed her and my poor heart bled when Cinder found her in her room. I really hope Cinder will find a new body for her and that this time around it will be a human looking one. Iko deserves it and she’d be so happy if she’d have curves to wear all those pretty dresses. *lol*

Cinder flinched. “Can we please not talk about the prince?”
“I don’t think that will be possible. You’re working on his android, after all. Just think about the things she knows, the things she’s seen and –“ Iko’s voice sputtered. “Do you think she’s seen him in the nude?”

Queen Levana:

”I want her found and brought to me.”
“Right,” said Kai, “that’ll be no problem in a city of two and a half million people. Let me just go dig out my special Lunar detector, and I’ll get right on that.”
Levana tilted her head back so she could peer down her nose at Kai, even though he was taller than she was. “You do not wish to try my patience with your sarcasm, young prince.”

Queen Levana is no fun! Seriously, that woman has a stick up her ass. >_< The way she treated Kai and all her machinations… I really despised her for it! How can anyone be so cruel and heartless? I mean that moment with the mirror on her plate? ARGH! If I’d have been Prince Kai I’d have flipped her the bird multiple times. *lol* I guess in his own way he actually kind of did it. Haha! Considering how Cinder reacted to her once she saw through her glamour she must be as ugly on the outside as she’s on the inside and I really hope she won’t get Kai.

Adri:

”I think it a fair solution. After all, you bought it with my money, therefore it is mine to do with as I please. In some cultures they would cut off your hand, Cinder. Consider yourself fortunate.
“But it’s my foot!”
“And you will have to do without it until you can find a cheaper replacement.” She glowered at Cinder’s feet. Her lip curled with disgust. “You are not human, Cinder. It’s about time you realized that.”

There were moments when I wasn’t sure which one of them is worse. Adri or Queen Levana? And honestly sometimes I was even inclined to give Adri first place. For some of the things she did, she would have deserved to stand on the pedestal. *shakes head* I really don’t know what’s eating her but after reading “Glitches” I’m fairly certain that it had nothing to do with Cinder. As it seems she was always that hostile and I have no idea why Garan married her. That woman is just horrible and I hope she never meets Queen Levana! I don’t even want to think about what would happen if those two would join forces. *shudders*

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Cinder & Prince Kai:

”I shouldn’t be telling you all this anyway. It isn’t your problem to worry about. It’s just … you’re easy to talk to.”
She shuffled her feet. “It is kind of my problem. I mean, we all have to live here.
“You could move to Europe.”
“You know, I’ve actually been considering that lately.”
Kai laughed again, the warmth returning to the sound. “If that’s not a vote of confidence, I don’t know what is.”

I’m totally on board of this ship! Those two were soo cute together and I loved their easy banter. ❤ Poor Prince Kai though! I have no idea how Cinder managed not to give into his advances. I mean there’s this amazing Prince who is determined to take her to the ball with him and she crushes his hopes again and again! WTH?? You might be a cyborg Cinder but I don’t think Prince Kai would have loved you any less if you would have told him the truth about yourself. I think if anything he might have loved you even more. If she would have just told him on her own terms. The way it was revealed was just too much for Kai and I can understand him, really. His words at the end of the book killed me but I get why he was so disappointed. There were plenty of opportunities to come clean with him, but Cinder never told him. =( Also I think that his last words were meant in the sense of it hurts him more to look at her than at Levana because he felt betrayed by her and at least Levana put her cards on the table. I’m really worried about him now because who knows what he might agree to now that Cinder is out of the picture. >_< He’s strong willed but the longer he stays in Queen Levana’s presence the harder it will get to resist her and I just don’t want him to give up on himself!! ARGH!!! I’m so afraid of what will happen to him in those next few books!

”It’s gone now,” she said. “I’m fine.”
“You’re not fine,” said Kai. “What causes it? What can we do to make it stop?”

Kai peeled his eyes away, finding some place of resignation off in the glistening garden. “You’re even more painful to look at than she is.”
Cinder’s heart shrivelled inside her until she was sure it would stop beating altogether.

Queen Levana & Prince Kai:

She was still battling Kai across the table, her eyes cold and calculating, and he unable to look away. “I have learned something valuable about you tonight, young prince. I hope you have learned something about me, as well.”
“That you prefer to rule through fear rather than justice? So sorry, Your Majesty, I’m afraid I already knew that about you.”
“No, indeed. I hope you noticed that I am capable of choosing my battles.” Her lips curved, her beauty returning full force. “If that’s what it takes to win the war.”

Those two were like cat and mouse! Unfortunately Kai was the mouse in this scenario and even though he held his own I’m afraid that Queen Levana might be able to persuade him to marry her. It’s not just her glamour but also the cure she offers. He always said that he only wants what’s best for his people and if it saves them he might even consider making a deal with the devil. =( Plus now that Dr. Erland vanished with Cinder he has no one that would continue his research for an antidote. To him it might look like there’s only one option left and I DON’T WANT HIM TO CHOOSE THAT FREAKIN OPTION! GOSH DARN IT!!! *dies*

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I LOVED this!!! “Cinder” read like a unique mixture of “Cinderella” featuring “Star Wars” and even though I didn’t know it when I started to read the book this was exactly what I needed! XD Give me more of this and I might overcome my growing aversion to ordinary fairy tales. *lol* Maybe one day my kid will read those books too! 😉 This said: I can’t wait to continue with “Scarlet”!!!
Happy reading and enjoy!