Review: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch


Title: Ice Like Fire 
Author: Sara Raasch 
Series: Snow Like Ashes #2 
Genre: Fantasy, YA 
Publication date: October 13, 2015 
Rating: ★★★ 

It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell. Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves? Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant To Get To But Didn't

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature hosted by The Broke and the BookishEvery other week I will post a list of my ten favorites in a certain category.

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Despite all the great reads of 2015 there were still a lot of books I meant to get to but somehow didn't. Not because I'm not interested, definitely not because they don't seem worthy. It just kind of happened. Other novels got in the way. So I plan on finishing them this year, especially since some of these have been on my tbr (and my bookshelf) since forever. This is my top ten. There are more, but I'll start here. 


1. The 5th Wave by Rick Yansey
This book is definitely my priority right now. It went from 'definitely need to read it' to help-there's-a-movie-coming-out-should-read-it-soon to HOW CAN THE MOVIE RELEASE TOMORROW, GIMME THAT BOOK. Is it the best in this list? Probably not, but if I don't want to be spoiled (and want to accompany my friend to see the movie) I better start reading.


2. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
I can't believe I didn't get to this one in 2015. It was such an anticipated book and everyone seemed pretty wild about. I've read really great reviews and I can't wait to feel the magic for myself. So from now on, this one is top priority! I definitely want to read it before the sequel releases.



3. Shadow and Bone (The Grisha) by Leigh Bardugo
This one really has been on my shelf for ages. Everyone agrees: it's great. So why on earth I haven't read it yet is a mystery even to me. I even read Six Of Crows first. And since that one blew my mind, I'm now back to being totally excited about this and it's back on the radar. No matter how many great books I get my hands on this year, I solemnly swear I'll get to this one as well. 

4. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I was going to read it over christmas break, I swear I was! But then I started reading the Lunar Chronicles and I couldn't stop before I'd read the entire series. Not that it's an excuse. I should have gotten to this one way before. It seems great and it was chosen as goodreads best young adult fiction 2015 so I'm pretty confident I will love it. Place four. Need-to-read-asap.

5. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I got this book for Christmas from my aunt but it's been on my to-read list for a real long time. I put it on my wishlist because I hoped I'd start it sooner if it was on my shelf. So far it didn't happen, but I promised myself I'll read it soon. Especially since I'm pretty excited to watch the tv show and I forbade myself to start it without having read the book. 

6. The Song Of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Same here. I got it for Christmas in the hope that would make me start it sooner. And it just might. I've picked it up a couple of times since, there just really isn't enough time in a week to let me read what I want to read. And I have this policy to only read one book at a time. So soon, Achilles, very soon. Pinky swear.

7. Inferno by Dan Brown
I have never read a book by Dan Brown and not liked it. And with the single exception of The Da Vinci Code I've read them all. Well, and this one obviously. They were all great, yet each time it took me a while to get to them. Maybe it's being in this book community. It stimulates me to read ya and more ya and even more ya and.. everything else gets a bit forgotten. No longer! I will read this in 2016.

8. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
I've sworn to read everything J.K. Rowling ever writes. And I'm not entirely on track anymore, because I still need to throw myself into these pages. I loved the first book in this series, so this is promising. And not comparing it to HP works, because it's so very different. So no - this has never been and will never be - the hype her first series was, but I'm still excited to read on!

9. The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
Exactly. The hype of the past year is still on my tbr. The reviews are very mixed. But a book this huge always sparks my interest. So I'm going to read it, even if it may be overrated. Because I want to know what all the fuss is about. I want to be able to discuss along with everyone else. Sometimes I'm shallow like that. But hey - I'm also kind of excited! It's not like this is 50 shades or anything (which I didn't read, despite the hype).

10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
This is a classical case of The 5th Wave-syndrome. I was going to read it before the movie release, but other things came along and I didn't get to it in time. Meanwhile both the book and the movie are gathering dust on my shelf. So I better start this soon. I'm pretty excited, though! 



In general in can conclude that I have basically been neglecting everything non-young adult. Yet knowing myself I'll probably read the YA titles on this list first. I mean what I say here, though. I will definitely make an effort to cross these other books off my tbr. I used to read a lot of adult books and I really want to get back into that. Thoughts on any of these books? Suggestions on what to read first?

Friday Finds #7

Friday Finds is a meme that features the books you 'found' and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list.
Whether you found them online, in a bookstore, in the library - or wherever! 
Hosted by A Daily Rhythm.
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Hey guys! My review for Truthwitch is coming up this weekend. (It was great btw, you should all read it ASAP) In the meanwhile I'm sharing some of my new finds with you. Lots of red and black and queens and monarchies this week, but I'm pretty excited about all of them! Apparently kingdoms are quite the trend lately. But - I'm total trash. So gimme gimme gimme.

The R.I.P. it or SHIP it book tag

rip it or ship it book tag

I was tagged by the lovely Yvonne A World Between Folded Pages to do the RIP it or SHIP it tag. I can't even begin to explain how much fun this has been. I realized very early on in my fangirl life that I'm quite the sailor. I ship just about everything there is to ship. So - CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. I spent the entire afternoon on this (and procrastinated on everything else I should have been doing). Trying to find the right pictures to match the characters inside my head. Not easy but still a lot of fun. 

Basically the idea is to choose some of your favourite characters, throw them together and randomly pick pairs. Then you decide whether you'd RIP it or SHIP it.


1. Kaz Brekker from Six Of Crows and Aelin Ashryver Galathynius from Throne Of Glass. The first one was immediately a hard one. Both Kaz and Aelin are very strong characters. I think Kaz and Celaena might work, but I'm pretty sure Kaz and Aelin wouldn't. Aelin is a queen and even though she sees her friends as equals, Kaz would never be able to deal with the responsibilities that come with that title. He was born to live in the shadows. I think he needs someone more quiet, and calmer. And Aelin needs someone as fierce as she is. I love both these characters with all my heart, but I'm still going to RIP it.


2. June Iparis from Legend and Cole Stewart from The Darkest Minds. This is easy. They would work perfectly together. I might just write a letter to Marie Lu and Alexandra Bracken to propose some kind of  cross over. If only Cole.. you know. They're both incredibly loyal and June is exactly the kind of girl Cole would fall for. Strong, intelligent and ready to do what has to be done. She'd give him a sense of purpose and would bring out the best in him. It would take more time for June to warm to him, but in the end his easy nature would win her over. He'd loosen her up and show her that there's more to the world than responsibilities. GOD, CAN THIS BE CANON ALREADY? I most definitely SHIP it. #stewaris


3. Four from Divergent and Cath Avery from Fangirl. First of all I'm talking about Four. Mysterious, strong and vulnerable Four from Divergent. Not whatever the hell Tobias Eaton turned into later on. Pairing that guy with Cath would be disastrous. I can imagine them being in the same room, trying everything in their power to pretend the other person isn't there. Neither of them willing to open up and meanwhile just staring at the floor. Yes, it would be that bad. They are both insecure in their own particular ways and have huge trust issues. So, no. Not going to happen. This is without a doubt a RIP it.


4. Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter and Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. I actually jumped up and down my chair when those two came out together. So first, I'm a total Romione shipper. I love Ron and I think he and Hermione are perfect together. But.. this. It's the kind of forbidden romance you can't help but root for. Or at least I can't help it. Draco is problematic at best, but I think Hermione could heal him. Could show him another way of living. He would become a better man with her around and without the bad influence of his family. So yeah.    Sorry not sorry. I totally SHIP it. #dramione


5. Adelina Amouteru from The Young Elites and Rhysand from A Court Of Thorns And Roses. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to ship Adelina with anyone since she's such a dark character, but she would probably work with Rhysand. She's dark, but so is he. On an entirely different level, perhaps, but he would understand her. I think he might be able to bring back her humanity. He would balance her, steady her and maybe even temper her. Find the light inside of her. And she, on the other hand, would intrigue him. Her power would unsettle him and he would probably revel in her darkness. I like to think Rhysand would be strong enough for both of them. That he would be able to change her for the better. And if he can't - well, just imagine what an impossible power couple they'd be. Either way,  I  SHIP it. #Rhyselina


6. Gale Hawthorne from The Hunger Games and Arya from The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon). Arya is probably one of my oldest favorite characters. I started reading Eragon when I was pretty young and I was immediately taken by her. She's elvish, ancient and a true warrior. She's also a princess and the heir to the throne of Elesméra. I admire her for her sense of duty, her power and her undying loyalty. But she's also very introvert and her superiority to everyone else is both a strength and a weakness. I think Gale would fall for her. He would greatly admire her strength and willingness to save her country. But I don't think she would return his feelings. It's just not in her nature. He's too human and she will always put her people first. So even though it pains me, I need to RIP it. 


7. Manon Blackbeak from Throne Of Glass and Sam Cortland from Throne Of Glass. It pains me to picture Sam with anyone other than Celaena and I will never ever get over his death. But then again if he'd never fallen for Celaena, he would probably still be alive. So would he and Manon work? Honestly, I think they would. If Manon got over her superiority complex and her trust issues, that is. Sam is strong enough to call her bullshit and she needs someone steady, kind and loyal to balance her. They're opposites, but opposites attract. He'd give her the love she deserves and she'd give him her strongly protected heart in return. Yes, I sure as hell SHIP it. #blackland


8. Ronan Lynch from The Raven Cycle and Iseult from Truthwitch. I love Ronan and hell, I probably love Iseult even more. But they would not work together. Ronan's destructive nature would drag Iseult down with him. She needs someone confident, someone strong to keep her above the ground. He can't do that for her. And she can't do that for him. Meanwhile Ronan needs someone to believe in him, to help him through the bad times. Iseult is not ready to do that. She's struggling too much on her own to stay in the light to get someone else out of the dark. Instead of saving each other, they'd only push each other deeper. And neither of them deserves that. So  I RIP it. 


9. Rowan Whitethorn from Throne Of Glass and Inej Ghafa from Six Of Crows. This is one of the most interesting couples, I think. Rowan and Inej are both real steady, trustworthy warriors. But they also both have difficulties opening up to other people. Their relationship would be built on mutual respect and admiration and that would lead to trust eventually. And once they would start trusting each other, it would be forever. Because they are the kind of people that would die for their loved ones. Their love would run deep. It would conquer anything. That's the kind of people they are. They don't give their heart lightly, but once they do it's forever. I most definitely SHIP it. #rowinej


10. Day from Legend and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. I'm not entirely sure about this one. They might work, but I'm a little concerned Day might be too pure-hearted for Katniss. Especially after Mockingjay, Katniss is a broken, distrusting, cynical person and although I completely understand why she is, it might be a deal breaker. But then again, Day is very caring. And maybe he would be able to heal her. Sort of. Maybe she would benefit from being around someone like him. They're both badass, that's not an issue. They'd definitely complete each other in that department. I'm a little doubtful, but I still SHIP it. #Daynis

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Wow. This was so much fun! Everyone should do this. And I can't believe how strongly I ship some of these couples now. MY FEELS. What are your thoughts on these ships?



Friday Finds #6

Friday Finds is a meme that features the books you 'found' and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list.
Whether you found them online, in a bookstore, in the library - or wherever! 
Hosted by A Daily Rhythm.
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I haven't done this meme for a while now, but I've discovered so many great books lately that I just have to share them with you. 2016 will once again be an astonishing bookish year. And a good time for some New Year's (blogish) resolutions. I hereby promise to try to make this a monthly post. I don't add enough books to do it every week, but once a month should (probably) work. I'm also thinking about making some changes here. I want a new name and url - but I'm still undecided. If you have a great idea, feel free to tell me. ;)

I'm excited about all of these. The Inquisition and Summer Days & Summer Nights won't be released for a while, but I can't wait to get my hands on them anyway. I should have added Cruel Crown ages ago, since I was pretty much in love with Red Queen. I only realized yesterday that I hadn't actually added it to my TBR list. But I'll make up for it by starting to read the moment it gets delivered in my mailbox. ;)

Cover Reveal: A Court Of Mist And Fury

Behold! A Court Of Mist And Fury finally has a cover. The long awaited sequel to A Court Of Thorns And Roses is now ready for publication. May 3rd 2016 can't come soon enough. Crazy excited to finally read this!

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.
I'm still not very fond of the cover design for this series, but I like this one a lot more than the first one. Feyre looks regal and badass and the color palette is more my thing. I also thought the first one looked a little cheap. 

What are your thoughts on the new cover?

Review: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


Title: Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland 
Author: Lewis Caroll 
Series: Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland #1 
Genre: Classic, Fantasy, Children 
Publication date: January 1, 1898 
Rating: ★★★★ 

Synopsis: When Alice follows the White Rabbit down a rabbit hole, she finds herself in an enchanted world, filled with creatures like the Mad Hatter, the disappearing Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of Hearts. Alice quickly finds out that nothing is as it seems in the wild world of Wonderland.







Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every other week I will post a list of my ten favorites in a certain category.

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My most anticipated releases include mostly next installments in series I love. It makes sense, really. Because I'm already in love with the world and characters and I'm a naturally impatient person, I just can't wait to get my hands on those next books. Then again, ask me my most anticipated releases in six months time and the list might be entirely different. I might come across some other really great releases later on. What are the books you're looking forward to? Any I should know about?


1. The Winds Of Winter (asoaif #6) by George R.R. Martin
I'm going to be real optimistic here. I know Martin didn't make his deadline. He didn't succeed in finishing the book before the end of 2015. The Winds Of Winter won't be out before the start of Game Of Thrones season 6. But I'm still hoping 2016 will be the year. And if it is, this is by far my most anticipated release. Please, please, please... *fingers crossed*



2. Throne Of Glass #5 (tba) by Sarah J. Maas
I don't know what to say. My obsession with this series is probably not healthy anymore. I'm so in love with everything involving this series I just had to put it in second place. (First, if you consider the possibility of WoW actually releasing..) The title has yet to be announced, there is no cover... and yet I'm already overly excited and eager to get my hands on what will without a doubt be another masterpiece.

3. Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
It has been almost a year since I read Red Queen, which means I have been waiting almost a year for the release of Glass Sword. I know this probably won't be the number #1 of the year, but at this moment it's the #1 book I'm most impatient for. I am so ready to learn what will become of Cal and Maven.. SO JUST GET ME MY COPY ALREADY. Thankyouverymuch.



4. A Court Of Mist And Fury (acotar #2) by Sarah J. Maas
This release isn't so far off anymore, which means my excitement is flaring up as well. If ACOTAR is anything like TOG, the second book will be better than the first and I can't wait for that the happen. With Rhysand the main reason for my impatience and excitement. And Lucien. And yes, of course Tamlin and Feyre as well. But mainly Rhysand though. Sarah J. Maas is a real torturer.



5. The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater
There's something really compelling about this series. It's mainly the characters. I'm in love with all my raven boys. Or - well - Blue's raven boys. (I really like to call them mine) Ronan Lynch is my absolute fave and I'm anxious to find out what this final piece will have in store for him. The cover is gorgeous. Let's hope they won't push the release date even further back. I'm ready. 

6. Crooked Kingdom (Six Of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo
The release of this book seems so incredibly far off. September 2016. It feels almost wrong to put it here, but ever since I read SOC last september I haven't been fully able to get it out of my head. It was so very, very good. If the sequel is anything like the original story, it'll blow my mind. So yes, this definitely makes the top 10 of most anticipated releases. Even if there are still months to go.


7. The Young Elites #3 (tba) by Marie Lu
I guess sometimes I need some darkness in my life. I'm so insanely curious to find out what will become of Adelina and if she will ever manage to find herself again. I was a mess after finishing The Rose Society and Marie Lu better make it up to me here. Again, the wait is long. But I'm confident she will make it worth it. The third book will be the final one, so bring it on!



8. Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard
This book has been on my TBR since the moment it was announced. I don't even remember how it originally got there, because I have never read anything by Susan Dennard before. I think some other (loved) author mentioned it in some kind of interview and it's gotten me excited ever since. I'm hopeful the book will deliver. The synopsis sounds great!



9. The Inquisition (Summoner #2) by Taran Matharu
I feel like the first book is underappreciated. It deservers more attention. I loved it and in people seem to generally agree with this. The world was interesting and I liked Fletcher. The book also ended in a huge cliffhanger - so yeah, give me the damn book already!



10. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
I promised myself I wasn't going to get excited by a book by Cassandra Clare ever again. I mean, she writes them faster then I can read and that's never a good sign. But other people have gotten me hyped up, and I have to admit that I quite liked fierce Emma Carstairs in City Of Heavenly Fire. So here I am. A little excited after all. Let's hope I won't regret it. 
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