|I received a free copy of this book. This did not affect my review, all opinions are my own.
The Russian Sasha Nikolayeva is a talented ballerina, plagued by nightmares that seem so real it’s like she’s living them. Just as she lands a famous role in The Swan Lake, Sasha’s nightmares become more common and she starts hallucinating. One day, she’s fully sucked into her nightmare, a new fantasy world where she’s a thrall without her memory. Can Sasha remember who she was and come back to reality?
Okay, I’ll admit, I hadn’t read the complete blurb before I started the book. I read ‘ballet’s crown princess’ and ‘neurological symptoms’, and I requested a copy. I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started reading. It felt like I was reading a contemporary novel, with some random dream passages in between. As the story progressed and the dreams came more often, I started noticing a coherence in the dreams, and suddenly Sasha was in her parallel dream world.
I have never ever read a book with this layout. The subtle changes in the layout of The Chalice and the Crown (I’m not going to spoil what those changes are!), had real impact on me. The story shows how friends help each other, while still being independent. It’s sad but hopeful and filled with important choices that define Sasha’s future. Sasha grew as a person and her priorities changed. I already respected Sasha at the start of the book, but even more when I finished it.
The Chalice and the Crown is a beautiful dark fantasy that contains racism, pain and sadness, but also friendship, love and hope. It sends a message of finding the good in the bad. It contains morally grey characters and a surprising ending. As I’m writing this review, I don’t even know why I gave this book only 3 stars. I’m going to give it 4 stars, because the author created something incredibly dark, despite being beautiful. It’s not a long book, so I highly recommend you read it.
Hey guys! It’s time for my second WWW wednesday. I’m starting to read more and more these days, and I feel like I should definitely enjoy it before I start working 36 hours a week next week! How do you combine work and reading without neglecting your other duties? Please let me know!
What I’ve read:
Wiving by Caitlin Myer is a beautifully written memoir. I will definitely be thinking about this book for a while. A review will be posted here soon!
I listened to the Audiobook of Beauty and the Beast by Vivienne Savage. The retelling is enjoyable and fine. I did however love the fact that the Beast is a dragon here!
The Chalice and the Crown by Kassandra Flamouri has an incredibly unique way of storytelling. A review will be posted tomorrow!
What I’m currently reading:
I’m currently busy with my third reread of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah. J. Maas. Just like during my first read, I can’t put it down. I just love this series too much.
The Cousins by Karen M. McManus is the first of her books I’m reading. It’s hard to put down and if the book stays this interesting, I’ll definitely read her other books!
Why oh why didn’t I read this sooner. I’m listening to the audiobook of Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa and IT’S AMAZING. The narrator is talented as well and I can just hear the sassiness in her voice. It reminds me so much of the ACOTAR series that I wish I read this in my ACOTAR hangover.
After finishing The Skylark’s Song, I couldn’t wait to start The Skylark’s Sacrifice by J. M. Frey. I’m currently a few chapters in but I don’t know what to think of it just yet.
Just like 2 weeks ago, I’ve only read the first chapter. I may have to reread that first chapter before I go on with the rest of the book.
What I’ll be reading next:
I can’t wait to start the following books!
What are your WWW Wednesday books?
Hey guys! From now on, I’ll be posting a WWW Wednesday post every 2 weeks, so you’ll know what I’m up to when it comes to reading. I don’t know who created WWW Wednesday, so if you do, please let me know so I can give them credits in my following WWW Wednesday posts!
What I’ve finished reading:
I’m currently doing a re-readalong for the ACOTAR series, organized by the SJM Collectors Community on Facebook! We’re all preparing for the release of A Court of Silver Flames by rereading the whole series, and started A Court of Thorns and Roses in Oktober. It was actually my third reread of the series and now that I noticed the foreshadowing, I loved it even more. ❤
The Skylark’s Song and Subversive were both books I read to review, so you’ll see the reviews soon enough on my blog! In short: I enjoyed both books tremendously and I can’t wait to start their sequels. I’ll leave the rest of the info for my review posts. 😉
What I’m currently reading:
I’m reading Midnight Sun together with a group of friends, but I haven’t picked it up in a while unfortunately. I’m definitely enjoying it, but I feel like I would have enjoyed it even more if I’d done a reread of the Twilight series before I started it.
Wiving is definitely not my usual genre. The author approached me and I was willing to give it a try. It’s different but I think it’s good for me to read something different for once. Unfortunately, it’s also the reason that I’ve been much slower in reading this book. It’s worth it though, so I’m taking my time to read it thoroughly.
I’ve actually only read the first chapter of How to Break an Evil Curse. I’m not sure if I’m going to keep on reading it now, or give priority to some other books I’ve been dying to read.
Beauty and the Beast is a retelling of, well, Beauty and the Beast. I bought it impulsively for my Kindle as it was on sale and The Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale. I’m enjoying the audiobook, but as I started reading the reviews, I noticed that someone classified it under erotica and that the author emphasized that it was an adult retelling. I guess I won’t be listening to it in public.😂
I’ve been reading The Purple Haze for FOREVER, but I had to put it down due to exams. I’m excited to pick it up again this week, because I did really enjoy it. It’s YA fantasy, but incredibly different from other books. It’s funny and witty, whilst still being filled with adventure and mystery.
What I’ll be reading next:
For the Ultimate Blog Tour organized by The Write Reads, I’ll be reading The Cousins! It’s my first book of Karen McManus, despite seeing her books in all book stores nearby.
The Chalice and the Crown has been sitting on my Netgalley shelf for waaaaayy too long. I completely forgot about it, and I might give it priority over How to Break an Evil Curse right now.
A Court of Mist and Fury is the next book for the ACOTAR re-readalong. I’ll be reading it in November, but as it’s in my top 5 of favorite books (to be honest, I don’t even know what the order of my top 5 is), I’ll probably be finishing it before the end of November.
Have you read any books on this list? What did you think of it? What are your WWW Wednesday books? Let me know in the comments!
I received a copy of Crystal Shadows in exchange for an honest review. This didn’t affect my review.
Sarah’s father has always been secretive about her dead grandfather, even though Sarah and her father share a close bond. However, her fathers behavior hasn’t stopped Sarah from asking questions. And when Sarah and her friends start investigating the strange noises from the attic, they come to the shocking discovery that Sarah’s ‘grandfather’ had actually been living in the attic! And they also discover that her grandfather needs them to save the world…
I wanted to like it, I really did. I don’t often read middle grade books, but the premise was incredibly interesting so I took a chance. Unfortunately, as soon as I started reading it, I was lost. The dialogue between the characters wasn’t logical and incredibly hard to follow. I also couldn’t imagine the characters at all because the ways all the characters talked and acted weren’t realistic. First there was a huge revelation, and suddenly Carly Rae Jepsen (I truly don’t know if I spelled her name correctly) was doing a performance during a basketball game? Why is there a performance in the last few pages of the book when there’s so much that still has to be solved?
Furthermore, I missed a lot of world building. Descriptions of the house, of Sarah’s friends, her father, anything that would make it easier to imagine the story. Instead, too many words were used for (I’m so sorry) useless dialogue. It had a negative influence on the flow of the story.
And lastly, the plot. I’m actually not sure if there’s going to be a sequel or not. If there is, this book was building up to it, and in that case this book and the sequel should have been one book. If not, I’m afraid the only real plot that the book thoroughly executed was Sarah finding her grandfather in the attic, which was already spoiled in the blurb of the book. Nothing happened with the amulet that was supposed to help Sarah fight the darkness and there’s too much that still needs to be solved.
The story has real promise, it really does. The book just needs lots of editing. Make the dialogue more realistic and create a better flow in the book. That will give Crystal Shadows a better chance to go to its full potential.
Hey guys, today I’m doing something different! I read the book Catalyst as part of the blog tour organized by The Write Reads. I’m very grateful to be a part of the tour! Catalyst is the sequel of The Field and can be read as a standalone (in fact, I haven’t read The Field and I had no problems following the story).
Catalyst follows Marcie as she, her brother Eric and his girlfriend Renee join an archaeological dig overseen by Marcies parents. It starts when Marcie and the others arrive at the dig site. There, she meets the other students she will be working with, including Leo and Scott. Marcie also meets the senior graduate assistants Zeke and Lorraine. But Marcie has an odd feeling about Zeke and Lorraine that she can’t place as they work on the dig site…
When one day Marcie, Eric, Renee and Leo follow Zeke and Lorraine on a hike, Marcies feeling is confirmed as Zeke demonstrates how he moves a large rock. With his mind. If that isn’t enough, Zeke and Lorraine ask Marcie and the rest to help them save the world. But can they take on such a big task?
Marcie is a strong lead who stands up for what she believes in and I really respect that. She says what she thinks but she’s also fair to others. Those are characteristics I often miss in books, so I was glad to follow Marcie on her journey!
I did feel however that Marcies love interest fell a little flat. It started off cute and realistic, but I liked him less and less throughout the book. At a certain point in the book, I just wasn’t rooting for them anymore, which was a big let-down for me as I’m a huge romance lover.
I really enjoyed the first three quarters of the book. It was very clear that the author was sending a message to the readers and I appreciate that. But the last quarter of the book was incredibly confusing as it was a lot of information in not enough pages. It think the subject of the last part would have been great for a sequel, but it was too much to fit into this book and make it work.
Catalyst is a fun young adult book with a strong lead. I recommend it to readers who are invested in making the world a better place and to very patient sci-fi lovers, as the sci-fi part comes up later in the book. I enjoyed Catalyst and I really hope you do too!
Here’s the official blurb of the book:
Marcie is spending her summer working on the archeological dig that her mother runs: Angel Mounds, a site of an ancient indigenous civilization. Soon after she arrives, she meet some intriguing individuals, and becomes wrapped up in a supernaturally-charged mission to save the planet from the destruction man has brought upon itself.
Marcie Horton has a sixth sense. Not in the “I see dead people” way, but . . . well, maybe a little. She feels a sort of knowing about certain things that can’t be explained-an intuition that goes beyond the normal. Then there was that one summer four years ago, when she connected with a long-departed spirit . . . But nothing that incredible has happened to Marcie since.
This summer, Marcie is spending time working at Angel Mounds, the archeological dig her mother heads, along with her brother, Eric, and his girlfriend, Renee. The dig is the site of an ancient indigenous civilization, and things immediately shift into the paranormal when Marcie and her teammates meet Lorraine and Zeke. The two mysterious dig assistants reveal their abilities to access the Universal Energy Field with their minds-something Marcie knows only vaguely that her brother has also had experience with. Marcie learns how our planet will disintegrate if action is not taken, and she and her team must decide if they are brave enough to help Lorraine and Zeke in their plan to save Mother Earth, her resources, and her history. It looks like the summer just got a lot more interesting.
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