Book review: The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

Published March 3rd 2020 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux


Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences.

Nirrim keeps her head down and a dangerous secret close to her chest.

But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away who whispers rumors that the High Caste possesses magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.

Set in the world of the New York Times–bestselling Winner’s Trilogy, beloved author Marie Rutkoski returns with an epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us—and the lies we tell ourselves.

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The Hand on the Wall (Truly Devious #3) by Maureen Johnson

Published January 21st 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books


Ellingham Academy must be cursed. Three people are now dead. One, a victim of either a prank gone wrong or a murder. Another, dead by misadventure. And now, an accident in Burlington has claimed another life. All three in the wrong place at the wrong time. All at the exact moment of Stevie’s greatest triumph . . .

She knows who Truly Devious is. She’s solved it. The greatest case of the century.

At least, she thinks she has. With this latest tragedy, it’s hard to concentrate on the past. Not only has someone died in town, but David disappeared of his own free will and is up to something. Stevie is sure that somehow—somehow—all these things connect. The three deaths in the present. The deaths in the past. The missing Alice Ellingham and the missing David Eastman. Somewhere in this place of riddles and puzzles there must be answers.

Then another accident occurs as a massive storm heads toward Vermont. This is too much for the parents and administrators. Ellingham Academy is evacuated. Obviously, it’s time for Stevie to do something stupid. It’s time to stay on the mountain and face the storm—and a murderer.

In the tantalizing finale to the Truly Devious trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson expertly tangles her dual narrative threads and ignites an explosive end for all who’ve walked through Ellingham Academy.

New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson delivers the witty and pulse-pounding conclusion to the Truly Devious series as Stevie Bell solves the mystery that has haunted Ellingham Academy for over 75 years.

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Book review: The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

Published October 8th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers


In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.

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My 2019 Year in Books!

I would like to start by saying that 2019 was a turbulent year. I feel extremely tired and exhausted. Every day was like playing a roulette ruled by unpredictable random numbers that may or may not be in your favor. I couldn’t foretell the end game but i hope that despite the cold climate of the 2019, the next year – 2020 – would bring warm spring air and more lucky numbers to my life.But as always, no matter the circumstances, i still would like to thank 2019 for everything.

Bookwise it was not a bad year, I added more variety to my reading list. I read some thrillers and some classics. I discovered I enjoy mixing genres and i would like to continue doing so. I finally started reading in German and now feel more confident with my second foreign language. My next year resolution is to write more reviews and blogposts, which I highly enjoyed doing in the first half of the year but couldn’t due to life circumstances in the last few months. I find it highly rewarding when one can overcome the circumstances that prevent a person form perusing their passions, and find a minute or even a second to devote to something they love doing. I would like to be that person in 2020.

The books that were highly enjoyable for me in 2019:

Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1) by Maureen Johnson
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3) by Susan Dennard
Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard
I, Robot (Robot, #0.1) by Isaac Asimov
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Goldfinch By Donna Tartt
Vengeful (Villains, #2) by V.E. Schwab
Vengeful by V. E. Schwab
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
Ruthless Gods (Something Dark and Holy, #2) by Emily A. Duncan
Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

I don’t want to write about the books that disappointed because i want to concentrate on positive aspects of my reading life and hope to continue the trend in the next year. But now that I have less time to read I choose my books more carefully, though i miss all the snarky reviews i used to write, and discussions with my friends that usually followed. Maybe I also need to make a resolutions to write more snarky reviews in the future.

All in all, I wish to all of you, my friends, A Very Happy New Year! May it bring you joy and happiness and more opportunities to find yourself, whether it is a book you are looking inside of or real life…

Book review: The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Published November 19th 2019 by Little, Brown


He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne. 

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power. 

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics. 

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity… 

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy. 

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ARC review: The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2) by Roshani Chokshi

Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Wednesday Books


Returning to the dark and glamorous world of her New York Times instant bestseller, The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with another riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever.

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost ― one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

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