The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

This book was one of those that I’ve been wanting to read since I was a little kid. I just never got around to it, until last year (yeah this review is well late). I did enjoy it a lot, but it was a lot weirder than I expected. However, it was still a fantastic book and I can understand how it is seen as a classic. It was such a special read that I hardly wanted to put it away after finishing it.

If you have ever thought about reading it but just not picked it up yet, then I totally recommend that you do. It is very short (my version was 93 pages) and is a quick read. However, it is a huge story and it will stay with you for quite some time.

I gave this beauty of a book 5 stars.

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Love Me or Leave Me by Claudia Carroll

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Original Title: Love Me or Leave Me

Year Published: 2014

Published by:  Harper

Number of Pages: 400

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Plot:

‘Welcome to the Hope Street Hotel – where you check in married, and check out single.’

Two years ago Chloe Townsend was dumped at the altar and had to leave behind everything that mattered to her. Even now she’s finding it hard to move forward. That is until she lands an incredible job, running a brand new boutique hotel. Suddenly she’s starting to put her life back together, and, apart from the fact that her hard-to-please new boss is breathing down her neck, things are looking good.

But what goes on in the Hope Street Hotel is a far cry from anything she’s ever dealt with before. This is a pioneering ‘divorce hotel’ designed to make every aspect of breaking up efficient and pain-free. In one single weekend, Chloe’s team promises to take care of everything – legal, technical, emotional – and guests check out carefree and single.

No one is better qualified than Chloe to understand what couples need when their relationship is at breaking point, but she soon finds herself having to tackle the heartbreak she’s tried to bury. In particular three couples need her help – Jo and Dave, Lucy and Andrew, and Kirk and Dawn – and the opening weekend is full of revelation, trouble, memories happy and sad, facts that need facing, and some very big surprises.

It’s time to move on. And it soon becomes clear that some endings are, in fact, very exciting new beginnings …

My thoughts:

Claudia Caroll is one of my favourite chick-lit authors and this book definitely did not disappoint. This was a really fun book to read. It had such a fun and interesting plot and I pretty much enjoyed every single page of it. The idea of being able to check into a hotel married and then check out as single, having gone through the whole divorce process during your stay, was a plot I’ve never come across before and it was an interesting one.

I absolutely adored Chloe and would have rooted for her no matter what. She starts of being burnt by love, but instead of becoming bitter and angry, she remakes herself and chooses to help people. You might say that the fact that she now runs a divorce hotel is proof that she is bitter and angry, but instead of lording the looming divorce over the heads of the couples at the hotel, she does her best to make the experience as pleasant as it can be, no matter if the couples end up divorced or not.

The different couples we get to meet are so interesting as well. We have couples of all ages and with all different problems. Some have had chaotic relationship and hate each other, but others are still good friends and have arrived at the conclusion that a divorce is best for them by communicating with each other and being honest with each other. Their stories were so interesting and I really enjoyed reading about them.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do.

Banished by Liz De Jager

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Original Title: Banished

Year Published: 2014

Published by:  Tor UK

Number of Pages: 400

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Plot:

Sworn to protect, honour and slay. Because chaos won’t banish itself…

Kit is proud to be a Blackhart, now she’s encountered her unorthodox cousins and their strange lives. And her home-schooling now includes spells, fighting enemy fae and using ancient weapons. But it’s not until she rescues a rather handsome fae prince, fighting for his life on the edge of Blackhart Manor, that her training really kicks in. With her family away on various missions, Kit must protect Prince Thorn, rely on new friends and use her own unfamiliar magic to stay ahead of Thorn’s enemies. As things go from bad to apocalyptic, fae battle fae in a war that threatens to spill into the human world. Then Kit pits herself against the Elder Gods themselves – it’s that or lose everyone she’s learnt to love.

My thoughts:

This book started off slow for me. It took me a chapter or two before I really got into it. It did also have some bits that weren’t keeping the same quality as the rest of the book which lowered the overall reading experience a bit. It is still a great book to read and I definitely enjoyed it.

Kit is a pretty cool character. She has some typical whiny teenage moments but overall she is an interesting and fun character to read about.

I would have loved to learn more about the Blackhart family and their history. It felt like there was so much left hanging, things that could have easily been fixed or addressed within the book.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

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Original Title: The Queen of the Tearling

Year Published: 2014

Published by:  Harper

Number of Pages: 448

First Sentence: Kelsey Glynn sat very still, watching the troop approach her homestead. 

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Plot:

Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.

My thoughts:

This was a  good book and enjoyed it very much. It felt pretty original and it was easy to read. It had plotlines that were absolutely unexpected and that had you on the edge of your seat. It was gritty at times though and went pretty dark in places. However, it was never too much and nothing too worrying.

I loved how Kelsey wasn’t immediately put on a pedestal by the people around her. Instead, the opposite happened and she had to fight tooth and nail to get people to listen to her. I did want to hit some of the people she was surrounded by though because they had just decided that she was worthless and didn’t even want to give her a chance to prove them wrong.

I did ruin the trilogy for myself though as I scrolled through the reviews of the other two books. I did not like what I read (especially about the ending of the third and final book) and will therefore not bother reading the rest of the books.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (Ember Quartet #2)

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Original Title: A Torch Against the Night

Year Published: 2016

Published by:  Razorbill

Number of Pages: 452

Goodreads Rating: 5/5

Plot: 

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

My thoughts:

This was a fantastic sequel to An Ember in the Ashes. I absolutely adored the first book and this was just as good, if not better. Sequels can be pretty bad but this definitely lived up to the hype.

Laia is amazing and I love the fact that she doesn´t magically become a superhero like some other heroines have a tendency to do. Instead, she tries her best and she is scared at times but the wish to help the people around her and her family give her the motivation to keep on fighting when the going gets though.

I never thought that I would care for Helene, but I was totally wrong. She is much more complex than you might think and she absolutely won me over in this book. I can´t wait to read more about her in the third book (which arrived just yesterday!).

Elias is one of my favourite male characters of all time and he did not disappoint in this one. Just like both Laia and Helene, he is a complex character with both good and bad sides. Seeing him interact with both these ladies was fun and it was nice to get to know him better as well.

The plot you might ask? Well, it was pretty awesome. Road trip medieval style, Prison Break, magic, a tournament, side-characters that will break your heart and a cliffhanger that has you tearing your hair out in desperation. Yeah, it´s pretty awesome.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I really do.

Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher

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Original Title: Dream a Little Dream

Year Published: 2015

Published by:  Penguin

Number of Pages: 419

First Sentence: I’m by the canal.

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Plot:

Sarah is doing just fine. Sure she’s been single for the last five years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex-boyfriend, his perfect new girlfriend and all their mutual friends. And yes, her job as a PA to one of the most disgusting men in London is mind-numbingly tedious and her career is a constant disappointment to her mother. But it’s really okay. She’s happy (ish).

But it’s not surprising that when Sarah starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she begins to look forward to falling asleep every night. Reality isn’t nearly as exciting. That is until her dream-stranger makes an unexpected real-life appearance, leaving Sarah questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Because no one ever really finds the person of their dreams… do they?

My thoughts:

This was a really fun and entertaining book to read. I enjoyed it from the get-go and pretty much all the way through. It was definitely a feel-good book that had me laughing out loud several times. As any chick-lit books, it did have some moments where you wanted to cover your eyes in embarrassment.

Sarah was a lovely character and I could definitely relate to her and her struggles with adulting. I loved to see her grow throughout this book and get more comfortable with herself and start to challenge herself in love and life. It was fun to see her relationships with her friends and seeing the romance play out and develop.

I will say that I was a bit worried in the beginning when Sarah was irrationally mad at the new perfect girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend. Sure, having a seven-year-long relationship end because the man you believed was your soulmate must be extremely heartbreaking, especially if he immediately moves on to another girl that appears perfect. In this instance, I’d rather see the blame go to the man, who cheated and couldn’t be honest with his partner, instead of the woman that is perceived as the reason for the relationship falling apart.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do.

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

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Original Title: Adulthood Is a Myth: A “Sarah’s Scribbles” Collection

Year Published: 2016

Published by:  Andrews McMeel Publishing

Number of Pages: 109

First Sentence: N/A

Goodreads Rating: 5/5

Plot:

Are you a special snowflake?

Do you enjoy networking to advance your career?

Is adulthood an exciting new challenge for which you feel fully prepared?

Ugh. Please go away.

This book is for the rest of us. These comics document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, dreaming all day of getting home and back into pajamas, and wondering when, exactly, this adulthood thing begins. In other words, the horrors and awkwardnesses of young modern life.

My thoughts:

I absolutely loved this graphic novel. It was absolutely hilarious and discussed several topics and situations that I definitely related too. There were many times where I laughed out loud and then went “yeah, that is exactly what it’s like”.

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This is just one example of the relatable situations Andersen illustrates for us in this novel. Becoming an adult doesn’t automatically mean that life becomes structured, you become confident and that you are absolutely sure about what you are doing with your life. It’s a brilliant little collection of real-life situations presented in a humoristic way.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do!