Review

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

Professional Reader

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?

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

The Grace Year

Written by Kim Liggett
Published by Wednesday Books

Girls have magical powers. The power to seduce men and other special traits. Before they turn sixteen, they get send to the woods to live there for a year and lose their magical powers. But before that happens, a few girls get chosen to marry men from the village. Tierney knows she will not be one of them and she is happy with that. She dreams about a world where women have a better life, in a worls where women aren’t allowed to dream. But when it’s time for her Grace Year, everything goes against what’s she had planned from the moment the girls get chosen for marriage. How can Tierney survive in the woods where she has to fear the poachers, who want to sell her skin on the black market, but also the other girls from the Grace Year…?

This book was…mindblowing. I was sold from the very first page. Before I started this book, I was worried that this would yet be another one of those feminist books where all men are evil, but this book wasn’t at all like that. The men from the village don’t know anything else from what they learned their whole life. Yes, there are quite a few evil men, but there also good men, with good intentions, which made this book way more realistic. This book has some major Hunger Games vibes, only this book is so much worse. There were literally scenes where I had to put the book down, because I felt nauseated.

Tierney is one of the best characters I’ve ever read about. A feminist woman in a male focused society is pretty terrible, but Tierney keeps on trying to do the right thing. Even when girls she considered her friends turn on her, she still helps them. She is caring, smart and just amazing. All of her actions were logical, even when you wish she did something else. I wish I could read more books about this girl!

What is a good book without a terrible villain? And boy (or girl), did Kim Liggett create a nasty villain. I haven’t despised a character for this much until Kiersten. Kiersten is a girl who is perfect and has it all, and makes it her live mission to ruin Tierney’s life and many others. Even though you get to know a bit more about her and it isn’t always her fault, you still hate her. I’ll be honest, I don’t wish it often, but throughout the book I seriously was hoping she would die. Whether that happens or not, I will not tell you all, of course 😉

The thing I liked most about this book were the revelations at the end. Throughout the whole book I often got mislead, which is something that doens’t happen to me often. At the end you get answers to questions you didn’t even know you asked. All loose ends are tied up nicely, which made me enjoy the book even more. I even thought about rereading this book, to find out if I could have seen some of the revelations coming, but my TBR didn’t let me, sadly…

What a terrible, heartbreaking, nauseating and gorgeous beauty this book was. I literally can’t wáit to see what Elizabeth Banks is going to do with the movie! I’m already looking forward seeing more of Tierney and have more hateful moments with Kiersten. Oh and the tissues are already waiting to be filled with tears, since there are quite a few cryworthy scenes in this book…

10/10

Review Stalking Jack The Ripper

Written by Kerri Maniscalco
Published by Little, Brown & Company

Audrey Rose Wadsworth is a curious lady. While other girls from her age and heritage are knitting and drinking thee, she’s dissecting corpses in secret. Normally no one would accept this, but her uncle has no choice. With a serial killer on the loose, all help is needed. Together with the smart, but arrogant Thomas Cresswell, they search for the killer. But what if he’s closer than you expected…

I was so hyped to finally start this series. So many people are fan and the blurb sounded amazing. It’s been a long time since I really read a good whodunnit. I’m a Sherlock fan, so it’s pretty hard to find a good one after that. And this one is definitely not it. 

There were definitely quite a few things good about this book. I loved the writing, it was gorgeous and really befitting of the story. Audrey was a character I really loved. Beautiful and feminine, but also curious and powerful. I really enjoyed her. Except for any interaction with Thomas Cresswell. 

I heard so many stories of people loving him, but he was anything but interesting. Such a typical self centered, arrogant and irritating guy. Even Sherlock himself has more charms than this guy has. And Audrey, powerful woman as she is, had many situations where she almost changed in one of those giggly girls around him. He had a few good scenes, but overall, I really did not like him. 

But the thing I was most dissatisfied with, was the culprit. I won’t spoil anything, but for me it was obvious who it was at 10% of the book. There was one culprit everyone was looking at, and it was so obviously that that wasn’t him, that I just wanted to skip all those parts. Which was like, half of the book. 

The reasoning of the deeds was pretty interesting, that I did not expect. But there were still so many loose ends. Like, you know why the culprit killed the women, but there was a terrible explanation about why it was so gruesome. It didn’t make any sense. 

The writing was so beautiful that I did like to read the book and Audrey is one of those characters I absolutely love. But Thomas? I don’t know at áll why people love him. But oh well, maybe it’s good we all got different tastes 😉. I don’t think I’ll read the second book anytime soon, but I did like the storyline. Let’s hope that the culprit keeps itself hidden a bit more this time.

5/10

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