Favourite German Books (Part #1): Classics – E.T.A. Hoffmann

Or: Lena Fangirls About A Dead White Man

E.T.A. Hoffmann books 1Sorry this is late =__=” Choosing the month with all the term paper deadlines for extensive blogging projects might not have been the best idea. So SORRY! SPORADIC BLOGGING AHEAD IN MARCH! I will still try to get out as many posts as I can manage (although I should probably focus on my papers). Anyway, let me tell you about this dead white guy. Continue reading

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Mini Review: Seraphina – The Audition (#0.5) by Rachel Hartman

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Seraphina: The Audition
Lena’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: June 2012
Copy: Free on Scribd


In this prequel, Seraphina auditions for the position as music assistant and tutor at court that she holds in Seraphina (#1). You get to see how her relationship with Princess Glisselda, crucial to book #1, is formed and takes its first steps. You also get more uncle-niece interactions between Orma and Seraphina, this time without impending doom hanging over their heads, highlighting Orma’s odd behaviour in a quirky way. Continue reading

Book Review: Seraphina (#1) by Rachel Hartman

New cover. Image from Random House US.

New cover. Image from Random House US.


Seraphina

Lena’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: July 2012
Copy: Bought


“Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Continue reading

Book Review: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #0.5) by Marissa Meyer

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Image from Macmillan US.

Fairest
Lena’s rating: 3 of 5 stars
Published: January 2015
Copy: Bought


The Lunar Chronicles are fantasy with science-fiction elements fairytale retellings (the author lovingly calls them ‘space opera’ ;D), of which as of now, three books are out: Cinder (reimagining Cinderella’s story), Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood), and Cress (Rapunzel). Winter (Snow White), the forth and last book in this series, is expected to come out in November 2015. Fairest fits into this series as a kind of prequel, a story about the evil queen in Snow White, in this case called Levana.

Who is Levana, how did she become queen on Lunar and the horrible villain we know her as? This short novel answers all these questions. Fairest is a lot darker and more twisted than the three novels that went before it. And while it’s just as readable as Marissa Meyer’s other books, it is not at all cute or fun like the books before were. Continue reading

Book Review: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library cover

Image from panmacmillan.


The Invisible Library
Lena’s rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published: January 2015
Copy: Bought


The first installment of an adventure featuring stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies – think Doctor Who with librarian spies!

Irene must be at the top of her game or she’ll be off the case – permanently…

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.

Soon, she’s up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option – the nature of reality itself is at stake.”panmacmillan Continue reading

10 Series I Want To Finish in 2015

Anyone else have an unfinished series induced tbr legacy? I have been going through my unfinished series and sequels that are gathering dust on my tbr-mountain-of-doom recently. I picked out the ten series that I will attempt to finish this year, although I would love to finish an eleventh (the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu, to which I and the library unfortunately do not own any sequels). I feel like I am either miles behind in my reading (I mean, Delirium and Uglies for example are pretty old news) or right up to speed (or ahead muahaha, see the Silver trilogy by Kerstin Gier), no middle ground there. Oh well. MAY OUR TBRS SHRINK! Continue reading