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Review Serpent & Dove

Written by Shelby Mahurin
Published by Greenwillow Books

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned. As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation-marriage. Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.

I saw a lot of positive reactions on Serpent and Dove so I was looking forward to reading this book! I got the book for Christmas and I read it as soon as I could. And I immediately fell in love. I loved the setting of the story. Without even saying it exactly, you could really feel the French, historical style of the story. it was all subtly woven into the story, which I really enjoyed. The writing is great. I read this book in two days, even though I didn’t really have the time for it, but I just couldn’t lay it down.

Louise is definitely one of those characters I loved tremendously. Her feisty character is something I really enjoy. She is funny and foul-mouthed, but also sweet and caring. I adore her. It’s been a long while since I loved a character as much as I did her. I like characters that aren’t wholly good or bad. You really see her growing throughout the book, while maintaining her feistiness.

Reid was so adorable. His righteous, black and white character from the beginning was so enjoyable. A woman wearing pants?! Outrageous. His character was also so well-written, since I normally would have thrown a hissy fit after that situation, but you could really see he didn’t mean it badly and understands later on that he’s mostly in the wrong with his old-fashioned look on things. His character growth throughout the book is amazing. From someone who would do anything for his belief, to someone who would fight tooth to nail for others. Lóved him.

Throughout the whole book, you think you know what’s going to happen in the end, but in the last few chapters, there were quite a few surprises I did not expect. I’ve read too many books to really be suprised, but this one did it multiple times. It was so exciting and I was at the edge of my seat the whole time at the end. I kinda had to study, but I couldn’t put this book away.

This book is exciting, funny, romantic, passionate, thrilling and just fantastic. I got sucked into the story and it did not let me go until the absolute end. And when I finished it, the first thing I did was find out when book two is coming. I need more. Now. I cannot give this book anything else than full marks, which is something I do not do often, but this book had everything I loved and I cannot wait to read more!

10/10

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The Queen Of Nothing review

Written by Holly Black
Published by Little, Brown Books

After being pronounced Queen of Faerie and then abruptly exiled by the Wicked King Cardan, Jude finds herself unmoored, the Queen of Nothing. She spends her time with Vivi and Oak, watching reality television, and doing odd jobs, including trying to convince a cannibalistic faerie from hunting her own in the mortal world.
When her twin sister Taryn shows up asking a favour, Jude jumps at the chance to return to the Faerie world, even if it means facing Cardan, who she loves despite his betrayal. When a dark curse is unveiled, Jude must become the first mortal Queen of Faerie and break the curse, or risk upsetting the balance of the whole Faerie world.

I had been hyping about this book for months. I enjoyed The Cruel Prince, but I absolutely loved The Wicked King and after ‘that’ ending, I couldn’t wait to find out how this amazing series was gonna end. Would it be as good as The Wicked King or would it be a disappointment in the end?

At the beginning, I got thrown in the book right away. I hadn’t gotten the time to do a reread, but Holly Black makes you instantly remember the whole story again. And I loved getting to know more about the background of Cardan. He is one of those characters you just can’t figure out if you love or hate him. After the Wicked King I háted him, but he made me fall in love right back again in this book.

The whole story was really good and I really had such a good time going back to this gorgeous world. But the ending did disappoint me a bit. It felt a bit forced and easy. There were so many questions that I felt were still unanswered. One of those were the letters, luckily an amazing person on Instagram gave us a way to read these letters, even though they are only part of the B&N exclusive. You can read the letters here!

I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t the epic conclusion I hoped for. The ending of The Wicked King was so strong, that I was really looking forward to this one, but it felt rushed in my opinion. I love epic battles, but that wasn’t something that we got in this book, even though the situation could have given us just that.

But I have to say something about the hidden message in the cover and what happens to Cardan. I won’t spoil anything, but I loved that so much. Even though we always get small warnings with the cover, I really did not expect this to be the result. I enjoyed it a great deal. But again, the solution to that problem felt a bit too easy again.

I really enjoyed this book and I would have liked it more if it was just a book between. But as a conclusion to such an epic story, it felt a bit too weak. I would have enjoyed a bit more angsty scenes and epic battles. But I enjoyed it and especially the relationship between Cardan and Jude. I do hope there will indeed be another novella, something Holly Black mentioned in a conversation with fans. But otherwise, I am okay with this end, but not totally satisfied.

7,5/10

What is your opinion about this book?

Unboxing Illumicrate The Cruel Prince box

I was a bit scared about this box after my dissapointment with the Owlcrate box. But Illumicrate blew me away. I bought this box knowing that there would be three dustjackets in it, illustrated by one of my favorite illustrators: Rosiethorns88. But even without these, this box would have been amazing. I was already blown away when the box came in. It was so big!! And it was needed, because this box was so full!

The first, and biggest item in this box was the blanket. It’s so incredibly soft! I just want to snuggle under it and never come out. The design is simple, but still gorgeous! It’s made by Yoshi Yoshitani.

The next item, literally blew me away. These book-ends are incredibly useful and so. Freaking. Beautiful. I am still over the moon. I cleaned out half a shelf in my bookcase to show these off. It’s made by the amazing Noverantale.

I am a sucker for pins, so I love this beautiful one from Fable and Black. It’s probably the biggest pin I’ve ever seen. The design fits the last book perfectly. And it fits nicely on the next item!

Bags are often in book boxes and normally they get never used by me. But this one is a different case! First: the design is beautiful and I love the design by Alice Duke. But the best thing about this bag is probably that it has a zipper! I lose stuff pretty easily, so this is perfect for me. And the pin looks sooo good on it. Can’t wait to use it!

You can never have too much artwork. And Illumicrate proves that with this amazing bookmarkset made by the freaking amazing artist Merwild. All the important characters are given a beautiful face by this artist. Even though Locke and Tarquin don’t deserve it. If there’s one bad thing I can say about this, is that the bookmarks are on one side brandmarked with artwork © Holly Black, without the name of the illustrator. I really am against that. I understand that it’s Holly’s story, but don’t take the artist rights.

And now for the reason I bought this box: The dust jackets. I already expected them to be great, but I didn’t expect this. The quality is beautiful and I love the structure between shiny and not. And the design… Rosiethorns88 outdid herself. I love all three of them and I immediately have started using them!

And last, but definitely not least, the gorgeous edition from The Cruel Prince. It’s beautiful and the quality is great! I love the handsigned bookplate and the green sprayed edges fits the book perfectly.

This box is all I wanted and more. I love love LOOOOVE artwork, and this was the perfect box for that. All the items are great and the designs are a sight for sore eyes. I could not have asked for a better box. I love the dustjackets so much, but my favorite item is definitely the book-ends. I am blessed and so happy with this box. So, thank you Illumicrate!

Which item do you like the most?

Unboxing Owlcrate Queen Of Nothing

I’ve been hyping about this box for months! I’m a pretty big fan of The Folk of The Air series, so I could not wait to read the last book in the series. And, of course, I had to have book boxes of it. I bought two and the first one was from Owlcrate! I had pretty high expectations. Spoiler alert: they did not come out…

The first item I took out of the box were faerie lights. Which are adorable, but do not really have anything to do with the series. Also, why would you make something like this USB-based? That’s definitely not a good idea.

The second item was a tin enamel mug with artwork from Holly Dunn. Sadly, it was a bit banged up, which easily happens with these types of mugs. I liked the artwork and the subtle nod to the cover of Queen Of Nothing, but it did not immediately give me QON vibes.

The third item I LOVED though. It’s a small tapestry with artwork from Stella Bookish Art. I love her work and i cant wait to display this one! It fits the series perfectly and is so gorgeous!

The next item was also a big hit for me. I’m a sucker for enamel pins, so this beautiful beetle pin from Alchemy and Ink was perfect for me. I am really curious to find out what it refers to in the book!

But the next item was probably my biggest dissapointment. I love usable items, so when I saw the tea spoons, I was definitely hoping they were usable. But they aren’t! It seems they are for decoration only. And I also did not really like the design, it was a bit too much for me. And again, it is not something that really got anything to do with the series.

The coasters are pretty cute. They are all based on a quote from the book and I love that! So yes, I am a fan of the coasters. The design is made by the amazing KDP Letters.

The trinket dish was cute, but there was also a trinket dish in the september box from Owlcrate. I would have liked some original materials. It is pretty though! It’s made by Literary Lifestyle Company.

The serving tray was broken sadly. I’ve glued it together for this pic, but I can’t put something on it, or it will break again. The design is okay, but not that great, and I don’t really know if I can use this, but okay. The design is by Holly Dunn.

I really don’t understand the choice of one of the prints. The art of both of them is gorgeous, but why would you ever make a holographic like thing with an artprint? I understand if other people love it, but I don’t. It kinda hurts my head and I want to enjoy the art, without it being so shiny. It’s also hard to take a decent picture of. The artwork is made by Mélanie Bourgeois.

Last, but definitely not least, is the book itself. It’s so incredibly gorgeous! It also holds an author letter, a signature and even an additional enamel pin from the publisher Little, Brown! I will not keep it though. I bought the box for the goodies and I don’t have the other covers, so I would rather have someone have it, who wants to complete their collection!

I was pretty dissapointed to be honest. When I saw the quality of Owlcrate’s Finale box, I couldn’t wait to find out what they were planning for this one. But it felt like it was more a standard box around the subject Faerie, instead of it being a special box for Queen Of Nothing. I will keep a few of the items, but will also sell a few items. I hoped for more real artwork and special items, but it did not feel special at all.

What is your favorite item from this box?

I think ACOFAS is amazing, and this is why.

I often hear people talking about A Court Of Frost And Starlight as a useless part of the ACOTAR storyline. And everyone is of course entitled to their own opinion, but I want to express my opinion of why I don’t agree with that statement. 

Don’t continue if you haven’t read the book yet! There will be spoilers!

The original trilogy of ACOTAR is a high fantasy full of action. ACOFAS isn’t. ACOFAS is about dealing with the aftermath of war, of dealing with trauma and loss and rebuilding your life. It hasn’t got any action, but instead gives us a deeper look in the thoughts and morals of the main characters, but also the ones that haven’t gotten that much screenplay. If you only like excitement and action, then no, this isn’t a book for you. 

Something I love about this book is that we get to know way more about the thoughts and history of Cassian. He often only got portrayed as a funny brute, and here we read more about his mother and why it’s important for him that more female Illyrians train. I loved that look into his head that shows us that he is so much more than just a cute brute. 

Even though Nesta annoys the living crap out of me, I really did like her parts in this book. She is someone who really can’t deal with her losses and lost the ability to feel. I think Sarah wrote her chapters really well, we really feel her desperation and the void she is feeling inside herself. 

But the best part about this book was definitely Feyre and her dealing with her trauma. Many people who underwent a serious trauma need to find a way to deal with it. And I really loved how throughout the book you see the steps she takes to deal with it by painting and in the end, help children to deal with it by being creative. I think this is such a good message from Sarah, to show survivors of any kind of trauma that being creative and trying to find a way to cope in any kind of way can be so important in a healing process.

Yes, for me the sex scene was a bit useless and not fitting with the rest of the story, but well, it’s Sarah, and where Sarah goes, smutty scenes follow 😉

For anyone who was looking forward to more action and excitement, this might not be your book. But for the people who realistically want to see how it is for people after a traumatic experience, this book might seriously be of value to you. And well, if you just like sex scenes, there’s also a way too, over the top, scene, so enjoy! 

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Unboxing Owlcrate Dawn of a New World box

So, I had a subscription on Owlcrate, since I REALLY NEED that Queen Of Nothing box. So that’s why I got the last Fear The Night box. You can find my unboxing here. But I accidentally was too late with ending my subscription (since I don’t have money…) and now I also got this one. And boy, was I glad I got it. Since it has my favorite item EVER.

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Let’s start by the beginning. When the box arrived, I kinda cried. It was totally busted up and I was like, WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO MEEEE. But okay. Continue. The first item in the box was a book tin, inspired by the Illuminae files from Jay Kristoff. It’s made by Stella Bookish Art, a designer I absolutely love. The design is definitely gorgeous, but I haven’t read this series yet, but my boyfriend has it, so maybe I’ll shove it up on my endless TBR.

The second item, I didn’t love all that much. There was a set of three magnetic bookmarks by Craftedvan, inspired by the comic series Saga. Even though I am interested in the comics, I really don’t like the design of these bookmarks, so I was a bit disappointed.

But the next item, boy did I love it. I literally SQUEALED. I don’t do that often, but I’m definitely a sucker for necklaces and I LOVE The Lunar Chronicles, so I am so incredibly happy with this FREAKING GORGEOUS necklace by Iron And Ink Designs. I am still blown away by it. Did put another necklace on it, since I like my necklaces short.

Here was another item I was a bit unimpressed by. First, because it’s totally folded, but second, I really don’t like the design. It’s a bit too much. Would have loved to see a beautiful rainbow colored sticker and not this futuristic style, but I do admit that it fits the theme. Not the book though. It’s made by Blanca Montiel, which disappointed me even more, since her designs are normally beyond gorgeous.

And now for the books. I always like to be suprised by the books, so I did not know which books would be in there. But I gotta say, I wasn’t dissapointed at all! I really like that both books are indeed Sci-Fi, but one was more contemporary and the other more high fantasy. But both of them are queer! I really think there should be more queer books, so I love that.

The first book was ‘I hope you get this message’ by Farah Naz Rishi. Life as we know it may end in seven days, since the earth has been contacted by aliens from the planet Alma, and they might not be all that friendly. With only seven days to face their truths and right their wrongs, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem’s paths collide even as their worlds are pulled apart. This book has a really pretty cover and the cutest author note I’ve ever seen. BUT, that’s not it. This book has an awesome bookstyle hidden under the dustjacket. I loved this little detail, it makes the book look even better!

The second book is Crier’s War by Nina Varela. The Automae have enslaved the humans. Lady Crier, perfect daughter of the sovereign king and Automae, is prepped to take over, but she is terrified for the people to find out she isn’t all that perfect. Her handmaiden, the human Ayla, has been plotting to kill Crier, to take revenge on the king. But when the two spend more and more time together, their feelings take a whole other level. Can a human/android relationship survive in a time of war? This book…I. Love. It. I had not heard about it before, but it sounds so freaking good. I cannot wait to start reading this book. The cover is just stunning!

With the books, there were also two enamel pins. I love the fact that Owlcrate always has an enamel pin for each book in their boxes. One I liked more than the other. The heart was so pretty and so obviously befitting for Crier’s War. The second one did not really feel as an enamel pin, but just a standard pin. It didn’t really give the uniqueness enamel pins usually have, and the other pin did have. It could be also a pin that is being sold in your nearest music shop. They were made by The Enchanted Bookshop.

Officially, there would have been another item, inspired by Heart of Iron, written by Ashley Poston, who is one of my favorite authors. Was a bit disappointed that this item would not be in the box anymore, but oh well, the box was still great! I was definitely surprised about the quality of this box. Not everything was my taste, but that’s something you will always have. But the necklace. I literally am never gonna take it of. Expect for when I sleep, since I am the móst clumsy person, and I’m sure I will impale myself on this necklace then…

Book recommendations for Halloween

For everyone who would rather spend Halloween at home with a good book, here are a few recommendations that bring you into that Halloween vibe, without even going outside!

Nevernight is definitely one of my recommendations. It’s like Hogwarts on steroids and it had shadow’y cats. What else do you want? The story revolves around Mia Corvere, whose family got killed and wants to take revenge, but before she can do it, she has to learn all the best techniques at the Red Church. But entering isn’t the biggest issue, surviving the school is…

One of my all time favorite horror writers is Christina Henry. I’m an intense Alice in Wonderland fan, so when I found her horror version, I had to have it. And it’s so creepy and amazing. Just be prepared, after this Alice in Wonderland story, you will never be so hyped for a tea party ever again. And for the people who love it, there’s also a second book ánd a novella with 4 stories in the same world is coming out April 2020!

Another recommendation is A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. This amazing thriller follows Pippa, who decides to research a closed case of a murder that happened five years ago. This case was easily closed, since the police had evidence that her boyfriend killed her and then committed suicide. But what if that’s not really what happened…? This thrilling murder mystery sets you on a different path every page and keeps you thrilled until the last page!

For the people who also loved Alice, we have Dorothy Must Die. This retelling of the Wizard Of Oz, is about a girl from Kansas, but not thé girl from Kansas. Amy Gumm gets taken away from Kansas and ends up in Oz. But Oz looks different then she expected. Everything is upside down. And it’s all Dorothy’s fault. Amy has been recruited and has only one mission. Dorothy. Must. Die. This apocalyptic Oz story is totally different than you expect. It’s exciting, crazy and harsh. So walk over that yellow Brick Road and be amazed. And don’t forget: Wicked is Good and Good is Wicked…

And last, but not least, we have a spot-on horror novel that’s perfect for the fans of Pretty Little Liars. This story follows the identical twin Ava and Lexi. When they were younger, they made up a third twin, Alicia, who was always to be blamed when something went wrong. Now they are grown-up and a guy ended up dead, with Alicia as a suspect. Which of the twin did it, or might it be that Alicia is real…? This book keeps you on your toes and makes you even second guess yourself. Be careful with imaginary persons, before you know it, they might turn out to be real…

So get yourself a good book and settle down on the couch. But remind yourself to close the windows. You never know what might fly in on Halloween. And don’t ever, EVER start a tea party…

A year later: How to survive without Throne Of Glass…

Throne of Glass is probably one of the series I have the biggest connection to, next to Alice In Wonderland. I discovered the series when the third book came out and I immediately fell in love. The world, the characters, the storyline, I loved it, and I still do. For years I enjoyed seeing the next book come out, and the next, and the next. But since 23 October 2018 the series is officially over. Yes, the World of Throne Of Glass is still coming, but the storyline is done. So this is a blog for everyone who finishes this perfect series one day and thinks WHAT NOW?!? Here some tips:

Reread. Again and again. I think I’ve reread the whole series around the four times now, with QoS as a highlight, which I have probably read around the 10 times now. No joke. That reunion scene is my go to place whenever I need some love. But a reread is always effective. And also, there’s a scene from Heir Of Fire that isn’t in the standard books, definitely read that one! It’s absolutely amazing and answers questions I know you all have about the origin of the Fire-Breathing Bitch Queen name. You can read this here.

Merchandise. Merchandise is something you can hold while you cry. Like prints, bookmarks, and my personal favorite: Funko’s. I sadly only have one TOG funko, but hopefully I get more one day. Then I can literally hold on to something 3D while crying. Which I will. Often.

Read other books in the same style. I know, you feel like nothing can ever compare to TOG, I totally get it. But we still have the ACOTAR series, which isn’t officially finished. There are also other books that I can definitely recommend. To Kill A Kingdom from Alexandra Christo is one of those. Fierce female characters? Check. Good fantasy storyline? Check. Hardheaded men? Check! The Shatter Me is also a recommendation. Juliette isn’t as awesome as Aelin in my opinion (but really, who even is?), but the storyline is amazing and definitely has some veeeeery interesting men ;). And one that’s still very new, but also has all the points above, is A Curse So Dark And Lonely. Check it out if you love Beauty And The Beast in a way awesomer world.

And last, but not least, try to accept. Yes, it’s hard. Yes, I also still cry and eat ice-cream after Kingdom Of Ash. But what was it a good ending of an amazing series. Yes, it wasn’t perfect, but what even is? I couldn’t have asked for a better ending. Even though I’m still not over the deaths. Fans, you all know what I mean… *grabs tissue and ice-cream*

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Review Izombie season 4

Stop reading if you haven’t watched season 1, 2 and 3! Spoilers ahead!



The world has turned upside town, or better yet, Seatlle has. The people in the city finally know about zombies and a lot of them even got turned into one. It’s up to Fillmore Graves to keep order. But what if their actions go against everything Liv Moore stands for…?

I’ve been a fan of this series for quite a while now. I even own all the comics (which are only four but oh well). So when, after waiting for way too long, it finally arrived at Netflix, I couldn’t wait to start watching it. The last season ended on quite a big cliffhanger, so I was pretty curious to see what they would come up with in this season.

Overall, the season had a good combination of the humor and good storyline which makes me like this series so much. The main storyline is getting more gruesome and heavier, which makes the story really interesting. On the other side, the concept of ‘eating brains and solving murders is slowly getting pretty boring in my opinion. It’s starting to feel like a lot of repetition, especially since she has already played so many types of people, that there isn’t anything new about them anymore.

The last few episodes were really interesting though. The main storyline got more focus, which I like way more and at moments it was more serious than funny, which is way better, in my opinion. I am glad there’s only one season left. I really like this series, but I think the quality would go down hard if they went and made another season. I can’t wait to find out what the makers have planned for the ending! No spoilers please!

7/10

What did you all think about the fourth season?

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

When four students find an old videogame they’ve never heard of, called Jumaji, they get sucked in. When they wake up, they are in a jungle, transformed in the characters that belong to the game. They have to play the game and win, especially when they find out that Game Over is meant literally…

I often heard about this movie, but I hadn’t really given it much attention. I thought it be one of those cliche funny movies that’s nice once and you forget all about it the day after. Then it came on Netflix and Nerdygeekyfanboy and decided to give it a chance.

And I’m so happy we did! It’s been long since the last time I laughed this hard. The four students take over the bodies of the game characters that are their exact oppposite. Like the timid Spencer, who takes over the body of main character Dr. Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson), the chosen one to save the jungle. One of his power moves is his sultry look. Every time I almost pied my pants, it was just hilarious.

But the absolute best thing about this movie was definitely Jack Black. His body gets taken over by a typical white girl and SHE. CAN’T. DEAL. He plays the role with so much conviction that you just really believe the white girl is in his body. His performance in this movie is amazing.

For the people who don’t watch movies just for the comedy, is this movie still a recommendation. The storyline is well thought through and the serious parts are perfectly woven into the humor. At moments it was seriously tensive. It’s not often that humor and an interesting storyline go hand in hand.

I was pleasantly suprised with this movie. I can’t wait to find out if the next movie is going to be as brilliant as the first one, but I am excited to find out!

10/10

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