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October Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

I don’t know about your October but for me it was a strange month. On the one hand we all went for business as usual but on the other hand the Covid-19 numbers in my country were rising once again. By now it got so bad they initiated another lockdown, but considering the fact this already happened in other countries I suppose this is just another part of our „new normal“. Sometimes when I look at my child I wonder in which kind of world she was born in. I can only hope this won’t have all too many repercussions for her when she’s grown up. 

So what else is new? I got approved for another e-ARC via NetGalley but for some reason I couldn’t download it. It said the file is damaged and not even to send it to my kindle worked so I sent an e-mail to the publisher in the hope they’d answer it, because it would have been such a shame if I wouldn’t have been able to read and review the book. I never got an answer but for some reason it worked yesterday so YAY! *lol*  Did anything like that ever happen to you too or am I the only one?!

And last but not least, I kind of bingewatched a lot of movies on Netflix. I just need feel-good movies in my life right now and so I went for: DJ Cinderella, Love Guaranteed, Holidate, Falling Inn Love, The Half of It and a couple of other movies. Maybe I’ll rewatch my DVD of „Yuri on Ice!“ too. Nothing is more comforting than Victor and Yuri. *lol* I guess I just need this right now. Those last few days two of my relatives had to get tested for Covid-19 and that was my only way to cope with my growing anxiety. (I didn’t see them for over a week but I was still worried about their health) So yeah romantic movies on Netflix it was. >_< Both of them got tested negative btw, which was a huge relief! 

Anyway!! Let’s finally get to the nice things of life! Like for instance my actual Wrap-Up! 

Books read:(7 books & 0 webcomic, I can’t believe I managed to read 7 books. I really need to dive back into the webcomic world though. XD)

Pages read:  3.345 (My page amount seems to grow with every month. I read so many huge books in October.)

Average rating: 4,29 (All those 7 books were amazing so no wonder my rating is so high!)

Books that were on my reading list:  3 (from 2019 and 2 from 2020. YES! I finally managed to read some of the books from my lists!)

October Reads:

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: 5 Pfoten
 
This was another of my countless rereads but I enjoyed it immensely! GoF is still one of my favourite HP books and I think the rating for this will never change. There just happens so much in this book and it’s kind of the kick-start of all the other serious books that follow. The characters are growing up and have to deal with a completely different set of problems and it’s such a pleasure to watch their development! XD In short I loved this! 😉 If you want to read more about my thoughts you can do it here!
 
The Son of Neptune: 4 Pfoten
 
I really enjoyed this!! Percy was finally back and there’s no better narrator than Percy, right?! This boy is just great and even though I enjoyed „The Lost Hero“ I’ve to admit that I loved this way more! There’s just something about Percy that made the book way better than the first one. Also I kinda liked Hazel and Frank more than I liked Jason and Piper? I dunno, it’s just how I feel. Leo Valdez is still my precious bean though! ❤ Love him so much! So yes, „The Son of Neptune“ was awesome and I can’t wait to read the next book!
 
The Language of Thorns: 4 Pfoten
 
This was such a great collection of dark fairy tales and I lived and breathed for it! Every day I sat down with another fairy tale and every day I ended up feeling intrigued, mind-blown, surprised, creeped out, disgusted or revolted. *lol* So I can totally recommend this as a soft Halloween read! If you want to know more about my thoughts to the individual stories you can find my full review here!
 
Radio Silence: 5 Pfoten
 
I absolutely LOVED and ADORED „Radio Silence“! This book was just relatable af and Frances and Aled were truly amazing characters! ❤ I loved their friendship and their taste in clothes was amazing. Seriously, I want a wardrobe like theirs. *lol* Also I want Aled Last’s hair but that’s another story for another day! ;-P One of the best contemporary books I ever read and I can’t wait to dive into Alice Oseman’s other books! I hope they’re all as good as this one! 
 
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: 4 Pfoten
 
Now this was some sort of surprise! I didn’t expect to like „The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes“ so much but in the end I had to acknowledge that it was a great book. At least for me it was. If you want to know more about all those rebel symbols and Snow’s past this is definitely the right book for you. Also the Slytherin and dark faerie in me kind of appreciated all the backstabbing and machinations that happened in here. Can’t help it, you gotta admire a well crafted intrigue. *lol* 
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle: 4 Pfoten
 
„The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle“ blew my mind!!! For a debut this was AMAZING and I don’t even want to know how much time Turton spent working on this super intricate plotline. I loved to collect all those breadcrumbs and to connect the dots! And I almost, almost solved all of the mysteries!!! This was just great! ❤ I want more books like that! I love it when my brain has to work! Haha! Plus sometimes this was also slightly spine-chilling so it worked as a Halloween read for me. 😀 If you want to read my thoughts and how I solved the mystery you can do it here! Still don’t know how to write spoiler tags with the new editor. >_<
 
The School for Good and Evil: 4 Pfoten
 
Ever since I started to follow Sabrina’s blog she’s been raving about this series and the last time I was at my library I finally decided to take the book with me! And tell you what, this was really entertaining and good!! I loved Agatha and Sophie! They both grew so much in this book and their fairy tale was super interesting! ❤ I felt so much for both of them and even though Sophie sometimes went on my nerves I could still appreciate her character. As for Tedros? We’ll see. *lol* I definitely liked precious Hort though! ;-P
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How was your October? Did you read a lot of spooky books and if yes did you enjoy them? Do you have any recommendations for a scaredy fox like me? What’s happening in your country? Is Covid-19 closing in on you too? How are you getting rid of your anxiety and tension? Are you looking forward to new releases that will come out in November? And did you ever have an e-ARC problem like the one I mentioned above? 
 
Talk to me and let me know! 😉
 
*hugs’n’kisses*
 
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Review: The Language of Thorns (Leigh Bardugo)

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Rating: 4 Pfoten
 
 
Book 20 on My Book List 2020

”Bad fates do not always follow those who deserve them.”

I guess that’s a wisdom that sets the tone for this entire collection of dark fairy tales. If there is a recurrent theme that runs through all of those stories then it’s the fact that the bad guys don’t always get what they deserve. Which, quite honestly, made this even more intriguing for me. So what else did I love about Leigh’s stories? That they were as dark as the midnight hour. *lol* I mean if you’re familiar with fairy tales you know that all of them have a lesson you’re supposed to learn and that they are pretty cruel and wicked as well. So in that regard Leigh certainly delivered. XD Some of those stories gave me goose bumps and caused me to shake my head in disgust. And others made me wonder how different the story could have ended if the characters would have been a little bit more on guard. No matter the outcome of the stories they were all amazing though. As were the drawings around the pages! I loved them so much! There were so many little details and each and every single story turned out to be a flip book when you went through it fast enough. If you ask me a lot of thought went into this book and I really appreciated it.

This said let’s take a short look at the six stories themselves:

Ayama and the Thorn Wood: 4/5

”Then perhaps you might show mercy freely?“
“My father never taught me mercy.”
“And can you not learn?”

I really enjoyed that one even though it kind of reminded me of a combination of “The Beauty and the Beast” and “Arabian Nights”. Well, if the beauty would have been a plain girl instead of a beauty and if the stories wouldn’t have had an ending. *lol*

The Too-Clever Fox: 5/5

”If you like, you may have me as supper. I warn you, though, I am stringy and tough. Only my tongue holds savor. I make a bitter meal, but excellent company.”

Ahh I really loved that one!! Okay, I might be biased because I love foxes and cunning people/creatures but Koja was awesome! How he got out of the most delicate situations was great and that fox had all my respect! ❤ That ending though!!! I mean I kind of saw it coming but boy!!! O_o

The Witch of Duva: 5/5

”What is it you want?”
“I want to go home,” said Nadya.
“Well then,” said Magda. “You’d better start shoveling.”

This was a totally unique story and I never heard anything like it before. It plays with how people perceive others and it shows that you should never give into your prejudices. I really loved that one and the moral of the story was driven home with quite a punch. XD (That one actually cause me to feel a little sick. >_< )

Little Knife: 3/5

”Papa forgive me, but what way is this to find a husband? Soon I will have a fine mirror, but will I have good man?”

For some reason this was the story I enjoyed least. I don’t know why but maybe because it wasn’t all too shocking? I mean there is definitely a lesson to be learned and Semyon’s relationship as a tidemaker with the river was interesting, but the ending… I dunno. *shrugs* Maybe I didn’t like the fact that the beautiful girl always obeyed her father’s wishes. *lol*

The Soldier Prince: 4,5/5

”Are you mine?”

Okay! For me that one was super creepy because I’m kind of afraid of dolls and clowns. You might call it a mild coulrophobia and automatonophobia? >_< They just scare the bejesus out of me. (I know why I never read “It”.) So this story was kinda tough to read and gave me all sorts of anxiety. I somehow managed to get through it though and I’m glad I survived it. I have absolutely no idea how Clara and Frederik could play with the Soldier Prince, let alone love him, but oh well. Still, that ending…. *shudders and hides under a blanket*

When Water sang Fire: 3,5/5

”Magic doesn’t require beauty,” she said. “Easy magic is pretty. Great magic asks that you trouble the waters. It requires a disruption, something new.”

I think we can all agree that this was some sort of “The Little Mermaid” retelling and the longest story out of those six. The relationship between Ulla and Signy was really interesting but if you ask me it was only friendship. I know some people thought they might have a relationship but I doubt it. They both just loved to sing and were connected through their magic and their love for music. The ending didn’t really surprise me and Roffe’s character and his intentions were obvious right from the start. The most interesting piece here was probably the apprentice, which apparently was the Darkling?! I dunno. He was a too little part of this story to actually make assumptions. 

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This was the perfect Halloween read and if you love creepy and dark fairy tales this is definitely your kind of book! The cover, the illustrations and the flip book element only made this even more enjoyable and every time I picked up “The Language of Thorns” I had a smile on my face. I just loved to hold this in my hands! If you want to read those stories properly, I’d recommend going for a physical copy. You won’t regret it. 😉