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PaulaNovotna

PaulaNovotna

Joined November 2018

Can't live without a good book ❤
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Kingdom of Ash | Sarah J. Maas
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I finally have enough time to read this 1000 page long beast. Hope to finish before I have to go back home!

TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 3d
PaulaNovotna @TrishB Thank you 😊 3d
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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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One opportunity leads directly to another, just as risk leads to more risk, life to more life, and death to more death.

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The Waking Fire | Anthony Ryan
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World War I. meets Indiana Jones in a world where dragon blood is the most valued commodity. The world is so perfectly built it makes you crave more, find out all the subtly delivered secrets it contains. There are so many questions, notions and discoveries leading to a mind blowing finale. This gem quickly found its way into my top three books I've read this year.

Nute Intrigued by your review! Stacking!! 1w
PaulaNovotna @Nute Thank you! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did 😉 1w
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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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People observe the colours of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it's quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations, with each passing moment.

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Kingdom of Ash | Sarah J. Maas
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Please help me pick two books I should take with me on holiday! I just can't decide 🤔

TrishB Kingdom of Ash was a great read 👍🏻 2w
PaulaNovotna @TrishB I think I will pack it, thanks 😊 2w
LauraWeasley Haven't read any of these (yet) but Children of Blood and Bone is high on my list! 2w
PaulaNovotna @LauraWeasley Thank you, I am also looking forward to this one 😊 2w
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Castle of Wizardry | David Eddings
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I enjoyed this book the most in the whole series. The story picked up the pace and was fun to read. It is a good old fantasy and I would recommend it to any fans of Lord of the Rings / Hobbit books.

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Castle of Wizardry | David Eddings
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It's always best in the long run to be what you are. It isn't proper to behave as if you were more, but it isn't good to behave as if you were less, either.

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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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BOOKS I READ IN JUNE

Finally a month where I was really happy with my choices. I loved The Wicked King the most but all the books I read were pretty amazing!

You can also check my individual reviews for each book 😊

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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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I loved the second book possibly even more than the first one. What I loved the most was how the story flowed and didn't feel forced. It was well thought through and beautifully written. I love how there are no "good" or "bad" characters, just like in real life. All of them have their motives and reasons why they are who they are and reading the book you never know what's going to happen next. I can't wait for the next one!

BooknerdsLife Love your review! 🥰💚 I love this one so much & Cannot wait for the next one!!! 😭 3w
PaulaNovotna @BooknerdsLife Thank you so much 😊 Me too, I am obsessed and need the next one now 😂 3w
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I loved returning to Grim Batol. The story is quick paced, there is always lots happening and it never gets dull or boring. The new characters were great, fun and heroic, just what I came to expect from the writer. I love WoW in general and this is a great addition to the collection for all the fans out there.

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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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This week's little haul, can't wait to start The Wicked King!

BooknerdsLife Awww I hope you‘d enjoy Wicked King too! 😍🙌🏼 1mo
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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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Recently I learnt my lesson with ordering all the books from a series at once. If I don't like the first book I feel like I've wasted my money. With this book I should have bought the second book though. I finished it and immediately crave more. The story twists are surprising and half of the time I had no idea which way the book will go which doesn't happen very often. I thought all the characters well well written. Totally recommend this!

BooknerdsLife It‘s my first Holly Black (solo) book & I love it! 1mo
PaulaNovotna @BooknerdsLife Thank you, I loved it too! I started The Wicked King today, looking forward to dive into it! 1mo
BooknerdsLife @PaulaNovotna Yah! Happy reading to you 🤗📚 1mo
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This book got me out of my reading slump. I fell in love with the different dimensions the story jumps through and each time looked forward to what the new world brings. I liked the main characters and can't wait to see what's next for them. It is a quick fun read even though sometimes the science behind the travelling among the dimensions does not exactly make sense.

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Clockwork Princess | Cassandra Clare
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BOOKS I READ IN MAY

Favourite: The Clockwork Princess - I felt it was the perfect end to a fun and thrilling story.

Least favourite: A Discovery of Witches - I don't even know how I managed to get through and didn't bail!

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Warcraft: Day of the Dragon | Richard A. Knaak
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I loved the book from start to end. It is a must-read for those who love the world of Warcraft. Even though anyone can enjoy the book without knowing much about the story of WoW.
I liked the writing sty and how easy to read it was, thw words flowed effortlesly and the story progress was fast paced and never dragged. I was never bored or wanted to skip a part of the book which sometimes happens to me. I will definitely read more from the author!

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Mehso-so

I have to say I have quite mixed feelings about this book. I loved the first half but at the end it got too Twiglight-y for me. The potential of what the book started as was not fulfilled for me and the story came out very mediocre. There were also some inconsistencies and the time travel aspect that did not seem right. I don't have any desire to start the second book to see how the story continues.

megzlynn I felt the same! I tried starting the second book and didn‘t even read a whole chapter before I gave up. 2mo
PaulaNovotna @megzlynn Thanks for letting me know! I don't think I will even try... 2mo
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Every chapter in this book made me cry. It is so beautifully written and being a huge animal lover, the stories touched me deeply.

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A Discovery of Witches | Deborah E. Harkness
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As far as I can tell, there are only two emotions that keep the world spinning, year after year. One is fear. The other is desire.

Brewychock48 That was an awesome story 3mo
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Clockwork Princess | Cassandra Clare
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I loved the book from the first till the last word. It gave me all I hoped for and more. The Will & Tessa & Jem love triangle was beautiful and the way their feelings for each other developed was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. The ending though! It felt like a cherry on top or my favourite ice cream.

CactiCake I really enjoyed reading this series too! 3mo
Nicole961 Me too...One of the best books of Clare 2mo
PaulaNovotna @Nicole961 I agree!! 2mo
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Clockwork Princess | Cassandra Clare
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Every meeting lead to a parting, and so it would, as long as life was mortal. In every meeting there was some of the sorrow of parting, but in every parting there was some of the joy of meeting as well.

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Clockwork Angel | Cassandra Clare
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BOOKS I READ IN APRIL

I didn't have much time to read this month, therefore there are only three books on the list. But I loved all of them the same (the Infernal Devices a tad more).

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Clockwork Princess | Cassandra Clare
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You asked me how I, being immortal, survive so many deaths. There is no great secret. You endure what is unbearable, and you bear it. That is all.

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Magician's Gambit | David Eddings
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A great continuation to a great story. I enjoyed seeing how the main character Garion evolves, grows up and becomes less stubborn and more the person he's destined to be. Even though all the books from this series are basically full of walking, strolling, hiking and riding across the Kingdoms of the West, the story is very enjoyable and thirlling.

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Clockwork Prince | Cassandra Clare
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I really enjoyed reading more from the 19th century shadowhunter world. The plot was good and I enjoyed the love triangle of Will, Tessa and Jem. In most books I always ship a certain couple but in this book I just could not decide who I want Tessa to end up with. I love both Will and Jem as they are special in their own way.

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Clockwork Angel | Cassandra Clare
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I love the setting of the book in 19th century London. It was fast paced and fun to read, it reminded me a bit of the steampunk genre dressed in the Shadowhunter disguise. Honestly speaking, I enjoyed it more than Mortal Instruments.

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Clockwork Angel | Cassandra Clare
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"So you're a shadowhunter," Nate said. "De Quincey told me that you lot were monsters."
"Was that before or after he tried to eat you?" Will inquired.

Gotta love Will ?

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BOOKS READ IN MARCH

Favourite: Obsidio. I just loved the conclusion to the Illumimae Files and the whole series became a favourite of mine. I know I will re-read it over amd over again.

Least favourite: The Fork, the Witch and the Worm. It's still a nice book but I expected much more from it. Not much happens.

Honourable mention: Unravel Me and Ignite Me. I just freaking love this!!

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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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I liked the writing style and the two intertwining time lines but ("there is always a but") it didn't do enough for me. I was expecting it to be more thrilling, more dramatic and gripping. I didn't appreciate how a mention of an event was dropped almost carelessly, spoiling the story for me, only to return to it a hundred pages later. The ending was good and made up for the issues I had with the book.

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Queen of Sorcery | David Eddings
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A solid continuation od The Belgariad. I enjoyed reading it as it makes me feel cozy and remember playing Dungeons and Dragons when I was a kid. The whole book is mostly about walking, hiking, strolling and transporting of the characters from one place to another but still the read is enjoyable. I would welcome a deeper character development which is the one thing that always makes or breaks the book for me.

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Ignite Me | Tahereh Mafi
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I totally adore the Shatter Me series and this book was an amazing culmination of the story. I can't even express how much I loved Juliette's evolution as a person and enjoyed uncovering who Warner truly is on the inside.

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Ignite Me | Tahereh Mafi
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No gun, no sword, no army and no king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh.

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Unite Me | Tahereh Mafi
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An edition of Destroy Me (told from Warner's perspective) and Fracture Me (Adam's take on the events) is a great addition to the Shatter Me series. I deffinitely recommend to read it in the order it was meant to. It offers an isight into their thoughts and helps you understand why they behave the way they do. I have to admit it made me fall in love with Warner.

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God, I just loved this so much! Loved the characters, the setting, how the story turned and twisted... but I loved the most the way the whole book is written, the inner thoughts of Juliette and Warner (who I love so much together). The development of the characters is so well written, so believable and relatable. And the ending is just heartbreaking and exciting at the same time.

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It's so much harder now. So much harder to resign myself to an existence of ice and emptiness now that I've known heat, urgency, tenderness and passion; the extraordinary comfort of being able to touch another being.
It's humiliating.

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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I was excited to read King of Scars and I very much enjoyed returning to the Grishaverse. First of all, the cover is beautiful and fits the story well. Following up on Nikolai and Zoya was fun but my favourite chapters were Nina's. Her storyline was amazing and I cannot wait to see what happens next.

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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He'd found his way to her, despite the fatal wound, despite the pain he was in. For one last kiss, for a final goodbye.

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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The ache of his absence felt like a hook lodged inside her heart. The hurt was always there, but in moments like these, it was as if someone had seized hold of the line and pulled.

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Mehso-so

It is a solid follow up of what happened to Eragon and his friends after the Inheritance cycle took place. I would recommend reading it while the series is still somewhat fresh in your mind, otherwise you might get lost in the names of people and places mentioned in this book. Overall it is a nice and quick read.

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Obsidio | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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An amazing end to an amazing ride! This has become possibly my favourite trilogy I've ever read. It definitely deserves all the hype it gets.
I loved all the characters and quickly fell in love with the new additions to the Illuminae group. What I loved most about the whole series is how all the small pieces fall into place and create a cruel but intriguing story. I already know this will be one of the books I will re-read over and over again.

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Strive for wisdom! Or at least a decrease in idiocy.

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Pawn of Prophecy | David Eddings
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I enjoyed the book thoroughly, it reminds me of the kind of fantasy I used to read when I was a child. It made me happy and content and the whole book feels like a fantasy road trip with friends and family. I will definitely read the whole series!

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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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BOOKS I'VE READ IN FEBRUARY

Favourite: Illuminae and Gemina. It wasn't just a book but a whole universe of experience packed in hundreds of visually stunning pages.

Least favourite: The Court of Frost and Starlight. Literally nothing happened in this book. At all.

Honourable mention: Shatter me. Fell in love with the characters and writing style immediately.

#Februaryreads

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All the Crooked Saints | Maggie Stiefvater
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I loved Maggie's Raven Cycle and therefore was really looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunatelly I felt like nothing was happening at all. I have to admit it frustrated me at times and I contemplated putting the book away and not finishing it. In the end I did and I felt like the second half was better. Still, I would not recommend this book to anyone, there are better options to go for (such as the aforementioned Raven Cycle).

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Gemina | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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Wow! Just wow! I can't think of any better way to describe this book. I was compelled by the story since the first page. It was as good as Illuminae, maybe even better! The ending blew my mind though and I can't wait to see how the characters cope with the new challenge that awaits them.

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All the Crooked Saints | Maggie Stiefvater
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We all have darkness inside us. It is just a question of how much of us is light as well.

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Gemina | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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A tiny little February haul... Gemina and Obsidio are the ones I am most excited for!

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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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A masterpiece! Loved the writing, the unique design and format of the book. There are no loose ends, the story falls into place like jigsaw puzzle pieces. I think this is the best book I've read in a long time!

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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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My kitty cat loves this book as much as I do!

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Shatter Me | Tahereh Mafi
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I am so so so happy I picked this book up. I was hooked since page one and could not put it down. The narrating style is beautiful and the choice of words is just perfection. Having read Furthermore and Witchwood, I knew I was in for a treat but this thrilling story captivated me immensely. Loved the main characters more and more with every page I read. Their interactions warmed my heart, left me breathless and wanting more.

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The Raven King | Maggie Stiefvater
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A great ending to a great series. There were some unexpected twists and turns in this book but the end was all I hoped for. I loved how the characters changed and evolved throughout the whole series, how they discovered thuths about themselves they felt deep down but didn't want to acknowledge for a long time. Can't wait to re-read this in the future!