The Crown by Kiera Cass (Book Review)

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Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count
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I was debating whether to write a review for this book or not, since I haven’t written one for the rest of the Selection series (which I read kind of before all of this turned into a book blog), but here I am. I think this will be rather short though, because it’s the finale and I don’t want to spoil anyone and I don’t think this will make all too much sense for people who haven’t read any of the books at all.

First things first, I hated Eadlyn in The Heir. I kid you not, she was selfish, arrogant and didn’t have an ounce of empathy in her little finger. How could such a cold person be the main character we were supposed to root for? I didn’t want any of those sweet suitors to win, simply because I didn’t want any of them to suffer living next to her side for the rest of their lives. And then The Crown came

I don’t know what happened … well, I guess I do know a little bit of what happened, but Eadlyn has changed so much. She is compassionate, considerate and truly listens to others, which I just didn’t expect of her. It felt like she was too good all of a sudden, which was entirely confusing at first. However, it did help with the whole me-wanting-her-to-find-the-right-partner-and-lead-a-happy-life. It’s been a while since I had read the prequel to this book, so it took me a little to remember all the guys and who’s who. What felt off the entire time was that Eadlyn, unlike her parents, had no clue who she should choose. She went on several dates with all those guys and there was no discernible feeling as to who she liked best. In the end, I am very glad she chose the guy I had already sort of rooted for in The Heir, but of course I am not going to tell you who that is, just that I think it was a brave choice.

All in all, Eadlyn made A LOT of good choices in this book. Up to a point where she was so selfless, she would have lead a miserable life herself just to do the best for her people, which is just too much. I think the political situation could have been addressed a little more, but it was handled decently. Ultimately, I just can’t give it a super high rating because I really just read this book to finish the series. It could have been so much worse though, which is a happy consolation!

Fazit: 3/5 stars. A nice conclusion for the series I suppose.

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Have you read the entire Selection series as well? What did you think of the finale?

The Siren by Kiera Cass (Book Review)

thesirenA girl with a secret. The boy of her dreams. An ocean between them.
Throughout the ages, the Ocean has occasionally rescued young women from drowning. To repay their debt, these young women must serve for 100 years as Sirens, remaining young and beautiful and using their deadly voices to lure strangers into watery graves. To keep their true nature secret, Sirens must never speak to humans, and must be careful never to stay in the same place for too long. But once her century of service is over, each Siren gets a chance to start over – a chance to live the mortal life that was almost stolen from her.
Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny… and Kahlen doesn’t want to.

Publisher: Harper Collins
Page Count:
 327

I don’t know why, but I had all the wrong ideas about this novel. First, I thought it would take place in any other time than the present tense and second I thought it was part of a series – oh, how wrong I’ve been! The Siren is a lovely modern day, mythological standalone romance and so far my favourite Kiera Cass book.

The life of a Siren is isolated with nothing but her Sisters to talk to – and I mean that. Sirens really cannot talk to anyone else or they would kill them. The Ocean is their mother, employer, friend and provider all at the same time. I loved how big of a part She was of the story and how beautiful, yet also cruel and almost godly She seemed, without me ever being able to fully understand everything that encompassed Her. She is definitely not human and it shows sometimes. The Sirens live to serve Her, but 100 years are a lot and everyone takes to the burdens differently. Yet, them having to share this duty, lead to them creating this very deep bond with each other. There are not many books with female friendships that are prominent and work, but here the individuals all had their part to play in forming their lovely little sisterhood. And they were truly all their own person, with different interests and characteristics, yet all strong in their own way.

I liked Khalen. Her style, her old-fashioned way of thinking – it just worked for me. I truly felt like she was the one who took her “job” serious, but who simultaneously was weighed down by it the most. She felt responsible for everyone and I could see how that dragged the others down but also made her necessary for the group. However, I am a little torn about the love. It wasn’t exactly insta-love, but she did fall for Akinli incredibly fast! I tried to justify it with her not being able to connect with other humans in forever, but it still was a rather otherworldly bond they had. Then again, that is exactly what made it so great, because sometimes it’s just nice to see people clicking with each other like that. My heart tore for Khalen, especially because I could see her pain so clearly in front of me.

One thing I kept wondering about was the language the Sirens spoke in. Was it English? Because how could that be possible with all of them coming from different parts of the world. There were little holes in that and also in the mythology itself, but I was willing to overlook it. The only thing that really bothered me was something I can’t say or you’ll be spoiled, but it had to do with a new Siren.

I feel like there is still a lot to say about this book, but I want you to experience it yourself. In the end, I really enjoyed the melancholy, the sadness as well as the cheesiness of it all. It is weird to think that it was Kiera Cass‘ first story and no one wanted to publish it back in the day and only the persistence of the fans made it possible. This is clearly a love story, but somehow it was also about guilt, duty, friendship, family and motherhood, sometimes even more so than romance. I am both sad and glad about the fact that this is only a standalone, because the ending was perfect. If it ever got turned into a movie, I think it would be very The Age of Adaline-ish and I’d love that, too.

Fazit: 4.2/5 stars! Despite minor flaws, this was a perfectly melancholic tale about love and the Ocean.

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What’s your take on the story? Would you pick it up? If you’ve read it already, do you like it better than the Selection series as well? 

The Crown (Selection Series #5) by Kiera Cass – Cover Release

I’ll admit to having had my problems with the Selection Series by Kiera Cass, but I still enjoyed reading the books. I especially had issues with Eadlyn during the Heir, because I somehow couldn’t muster up the strength to like her. However, it did end with somewhat of a huge cliffhanger and I am hooked on the series anyway, so I need to know how it ends. Now the cover for the final book, The Crown, has been revealed and I think it fits right in with the rest of them (even though it seems a lot sparklier)! What do you think of the cover?

I am still undecided as to who I want Eadlyn to end up with, mainly because I like the guys but her … not so much. I just hope she’ll step up her game and become a more emphatic Queen-to-be. The publishing date is set for May 3rd 2016, so still a little wait ahead of us, but that just means more time to speculate what’s going to happen! Are you excited to read the conclusion of the series? I know I definitely am!

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My Life in Books! Book Tag

I’ve seen the My Life in Books! Tag float around the bloggosphere lately and since both Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions as well as Ashley @Socially Awkward Bookworm tagged everyone, I decided to take them up on the offer and just do the tag! But just as I was working on this tag, it turned out I even got personally tagged by #lovebooks, so thank you!

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1. FIND A BOOK FOR EACH OF YOUR INITIALS.

Both my initials are K. Trying to find a book starting with K on my shelf was close to impossible. I had to ignore all the “A”s and”The”s and still only found one. So, I decided to go with another that I want to read at some point  but don’t own yet.

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2. COUNT YOUR AGE ALONG YOUR BOOKSHELF – WHICH BOOK IS IT?

I’m 22 and that landed us at: The One by Kiera Cass

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3. PICK A BOOK SET IN YOUR CITY/STATE/COUNTRY.

I live in Vienna and one my favourite books is Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer which is coincidentally set there.

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4. PICK A BOOK THAT REPRESENTS A DESTINATION YOU WOULD LOVE TO TRAVEL TO.

I’ve recently been obsessed with wanting to visit Chicago, so I’ll go with The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, because apparently it is set there. Also, I quite liked the book.

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5. PICK A BOOK THAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell! I like colours that aren’t all up in your face and I like shades of green and blue.

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6. WHICH BOOK DO YOU HAVE THE FONDEST MEMORIES OF?

This one is really hard. There are so many books that I love, but I think I’ll go with Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. That story was everything to me as a kid. It perfectly portrayed my love for books.

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7. WHICH BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE MOST DIFFICULTY READING?

There were a couple of books that were difficult for me to get through. I think one of the more difficult ones was Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. I watched the movie and while it was really cheesy, I loved it. The book just didn’t convey the same charm to me. I tried really hard but at some point I just put it aside. I am not sure I’ll ever finish it or that I even want to.

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8. WHICH BOOK IN YOUR TBR PILE WILL YOU GIVE THE BIGGEST SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT WHEN YOU FINISH IT?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon! I love the story and the show, but reading this is exhausting. I don’t get anywhere, which is really a shame. I’ll be really glad when I’m finally done with it.

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I’ve done a lot of tags and awards lately, so I am going to TAG EVERYONE! Yes, you right there! If you haven’t done it and want to, you can consider yourself officially tagged by me. Link back here and I’ll gladly take a look at your answers!

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Didn’t Click With

Okay, you know the drill by now. I am participating in the weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday created by The Broke and the BookishThis week’s theme is “Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With” so, let’s do this!

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(again I just want to remind you that this is not really a ranking, but more of a “numbering”)

1. Quentin from the Magicians Series by Lev Grossman

I’ve talked about this series in the past days because I am currently reading it and I mentioned that I just don’t like any of the characters very much. They are all pretty miserable and a drag, but since Quentin is the protagonist, I chose him.


2. Eadlyn from The Heir (Selection #4) by Kiera Cass

22918050I just do NOT like this girl. For the matter, I didn’t liker her mother much either, but seriously? Eadlyn is a spoiled brat with not a trace of empathy in her body. If the book hadn’t ended with a cliffhanger, I wouldn’t want to continue the series with her as main protagonist. But since I am too curious to stop now, I will have to.


3. Sutter Keely from The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

sutterI like that the book isn’t like every other teenage story out there. It is a lot more cynic than that, but I just did not click with Sutter (not even when he was portrayed by Miles Teller in the movie …). He drinks way too much, is an immensely selfish person and is not nearly as funny as he thinks. Maybe I was just really disappointed with the outcome of the story though …


4. Harriet from Geek Girl by Holly Smale

13621089What is that girl’s problem with being called a “Geek”? I would embrace the heck out of that, but she is just embarrassed about it and let’s it drag her down. Also, she’s too naive for my taste.


5. Greg from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

The book was fine, but I just really couldn’t connect with Greg. He was mopey and in complete denial. Why couldn’t he just say that the others are his friends? What on earth is so bad about caring?


6. Bianca from The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

As much as I like the message behind the story, snarky Bianca is not my kind of person. Her voice definitely wasn’t for me.


7. Teresa from the Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

Seriously? What was the point of that girl? She was supposed to be Thomas (to whom I also couldn’t really connect) soulmate or something but she was barely even there. In book one she was basically in a coma most of the time, in book two she has a couple appearances and in book three the end? Come on!!! If that was her sole purpose and I was supposed to be sad, you should actually have made her do something important during some point in the series before.


8. Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins

Everybody seems to love Lola or at least prefer her a lot over Isla, but I am not one of those people. As much as I love the series as a whole, Lola was way too eccentric, selfish and also a bit annoying. I clicked with her the least of all three girls.


9. Laurel  from Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

18140047Maybe it was the fact that her whole story was pretty much an identical female version of Charlie’s story from the Perks of Being a Wallflower or maybe it was something entirely different. But I did not really enjoy her as a protagonist. But for the record, I didn’t exactly bond with Charlie either …


10. June and Day from Legend by Marie Lu

I’m sorry, okay! I know how many people love this series, but I just can’t. It’s totally not for me and I did not like either of them very much which is probably the reason I never read farther than volume 1 in the series.

 

 

 

What are some of the characters you just didn’t click with? Leave a comment and let’s talk!

The Fandom Book Tag!

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Cristina from My Tiny Obsessions has once again done me the honour and tagged me for a Book Tag. I am especially happy that it is The Fandom Book Tag (originally created by Fangirlfashionista) because I am part of so many of those fandoms myself. I’m geeking out just thinking about it! Prepare for awesomeness because this is going to be a loooong post!

DOCTOR WHO: A BOOK WITH A (MOSTLY) BLUE COVER

It’s not TARDIS-blue but Sapphire Blue (Ruby Red Trilogy #2) by Kerstin Gier

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MARVEL: A BOOK WITH A (MOSTLY) RED COVER

The Elite (The Selection Series #2) by Kiera Cass.

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THE SIMPSONS: A BOOK WITH A (MOSTLY) YELLOW COVER

Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord (note to self: should finally watch the movie!)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the BookishI’ve never participated so far, but since this week’s motto is Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From, I thought it’d be the perfect time to join in the meme-craziness. Let’s do this!

There are actually a couple of authors of whom I have several books, just because I have a 3-strike-rule with authors. After reading one of their books and liking it, they have two more chances to prove to me that they are not just a one-hit-wonder. That way I end up knowing if their future books are an insta-buy or not. Still, 3 is not that big a number and we’ll see how many people actually made it on the list with more than that!

  1. Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler (16 books)
    I devoured the Series of Unfortunate Events books (13 books in total) when I was younger and couldn’t resist additionally buying a collection of poems called Horseradish, The Beatrice Letters and The Unauthorized Autobiography.
  2. Charlaine Harris (13 books)
    I don’t know how many books she’s written in total, but I barely made it through the entire Sookie Stackhouse Series, so I decided not to read another series of hers. It’s not that the Sookie Stackhouse books are bad, but they do tend to get repetitive after a while.
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  3. Cassandra Clare (9 books)
    I’ve read the entire Mortal Instruments Series as well as the Infernal Devices Series and I loved them. I intend to get to the companion novellas and short stories at some point as well!
  4. Nicholas Sparks (7 books)
    I like cheesy romance … SO WHAT? I read The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John and A Walk to Remember. This pretty much means that I read most of the movie adaptations. I also own a copy of the Notebook, Message in a Bottle and Three Weeks with my Brother, but I haven’t gotten to those yet.
  5. David Levithan (6 books)
    Okay, so three of the books were co-written with Rachel Cohn, but nonetheless, I really like his books. The co-written ones were more fun to be honest and consist of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. The books I’ve read that were written by Levithan alone were still good books, but didn’t excite me as much: Every Day, The Realm of Possibility and Wide Awake.
  6. Cornelia Funke (5 books)
    I adored her books! I will never get over the awesomeness that is the Thief Lord and the Inkheart Trilogy was basically a book series about fictional characters coming to life. (Dustfinger will always be my hero!) I also read Potilla, but that book was rather forgettable.
  7. Stephenie Meyer (5 books)
    Read the Twilight Series as well as The Host. I liked the books at the time, but I am not sure how I feel about them now. I remember that it took me forever to get into The Host, but I actually remember more about it than I do about the Twilight books. There are supposed to sequels to the Host, but I’m not sure I’d read them now. I think it’s been too long.
  8. Tahereh Mafi (4 books)
    I very much enjoyed the Shatter Me series, so I also read the companion novella Unite Me.
  9. John Green (4 books)
    I have read pretty much the standard books: The Fault In Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines.
  10. Eden Maguire (4 books)
    Eden Maguire’s series the Beautiful Dead is rather unknown as far as I know and I think the ratings aren’t that high from what I can remember. Still, I loved reading it at the time and like thinking back to it. Click here to read the Goodreads synopsis!

Turns out there are a lot more people of whom I’ve read 4 books, such as Georgia Byng, George R.R. Martin, Kiera Cass, L. J. Smith and many more. This list would go on for a while though if I continued like this. By clicking on the author’s pictures, you’ll be redirected to their Goodreads page where you’ll be able to see their entire bibliography. What are some of your most read authors? Any recommendations?