September 29, 2011

Book Review: Reckless by Cornelia Funke

Reckless by Cornelia Funke
Released : September 6th 2010
Publisher: Chicken House
Format : Hardcover
Pages: 345
Source : Library
Buy : Amazon UK / Book Depository


For years, Jacob Reckless has been secretly disappearing to another world, a world behind a mirror, a world for which his father abandoned his family. The mirror world is Jacob's escape from reality. It's a place for treasure hunts and magnificent quests. A world where witches haunt the forests and giants and dwarfs roam. A world locked in a deadly war.

Jacob's secret seems safe, until one day his younger brother Will follows him, with disastrous consequence. Faced with a curse that is quickly turning Will to stone, the Reckless brothers are thrust into a race against time to find a cure before Will is lost forever.

Inspired by the Brothers Grimm, master storyteller Cornelia Funke introduces a lush, enchanting world where fantasy meets reality. Reckless is a thrilling adventure, a tale of heroism and loyalty, filled with danger, mystery, and magic--with fairy tales and legends re-imagined as never before.


Remember how I earlier mentioned, that I have some serious issues with German translated to Finnish? Guess the problem isn't with translation, it's the German style of writing. I actually discussed about this with one of my co-workers. It's admirable that someone can describe every little detail and still keep up with the plot. But it's really annoying when someone goes on and on and on and on about every freaking detail there is in the story-world. Just.. come on!

And this book is no exception. There sure is details. Details about the world Jacob is in. A lot. But the important details are missing, details about these people I'm reading about. There's no depth in the characters. That would've saved so much! There's not really much about their history, so they're really hard to connect with.

My favorite times were when they actually felt something! Like when Clara and Jacob ended up kissing, I was just so happy. I know it was wrong, but hey, I can't help it! At that point I was ready to say bye-bye to Will and hoped happily ever after for Clara and Jacob. That would've been so nice.

The end was just.. I don't even know. A little mix of hope and sandness and some other stuff, maybe? I'm always sad, when they're trying to kill off the main character. I felt little hope, since there will be Reckless #2 too. I was sad, since the first book left so many things just hanging. Seriously, I don't know whether to hate or love this book. Okay, it didn't raise that strong feelings, just occasional joy and/or annoyance. The book did get better after the first half of the book, but it took me like a month to get to that point!

So. Not sure if I'll read the part two when it's published. But still, I didn't really hate this and there was some parts I liked. So that's good, right?


Book Review: Old Magic by Marianne Curley

Old Magic by Marianne Curley
Released : February 26th 2002
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format : Paperback
Pages: 317
Source : Library
Buy : Amazon UK / Book Depository


The moment the new guy walks into the room, Kate senses something strange and intense about him. Something supernatural. Her instincts are proven correct a few minutes later when, bullied by his classmates, Jarrod unknowingly conjures up a freak thunderstorm inside their classroom.

Jarrod doesn't believe in the paranormal. When Kate tries to convince him that he has extraordinary powers that need to be harnessed, he only puts up with her "hocus pocus" notions because he finds her captivating. However, the dangerous, uncontrolled strengthening of his gift finally convinces Jarrod that he must take Kate's theories seriously. Together, they embark on a remarkable journey—one which will unravel the mystery that has haunted Jarrod's family for generations and pit the teens against immense forces in a battle to undo the past and reshape the future.


I don't really know what to say about this one. Some parts I liked, some I didn't, in the end I wasn't really craving for more, like usually.

The story was written both Kate's and Jarrod's point of view, which was refreshing. But maybe because of this, I really didn't get deep enough with the characters. I like to know the main character(s) inside out, but that's not what I got. Some times they just lacked of emotions. Most of the time this was fun and easy to read, though. There was action, and occasionally some romantic scenes, which I'm a big fan of, even though I don't like to admit that..

Okay, so this book wasn't so thrilling all the time, but I did like the time they were in the past and most of the time enjoyed reading this. So it's a nice read, and if you need a book that doesn't require much thinking, this is a good choice.


+ ½

Fall Book Exchange

Found my first exchange in Ruby's Reads!

I love exchanges overall, so of course I had to participate in this one! I even made myself a wishlist-shelf in Goodreads, since it's so much more easier to update than my Wishlist-page..

September 23, 2011

The Time Will Come #5

This post is late, but yesterday went with jobcrap, my boss was only torturing me and my co-worker for the whole week. After that she announced that there will be no continuation to our contracts. Three days left, and I got all the time in the world to read! But let's get to the business.

The Time Will Come is a meme hosted by Books for Company!

The Rules
* Pick a book from your bookshelf that you've had for a while and really can't wait to read, but haven't managed to get to yet.
* Put the details on your blog and head back over to Jodie's blog to fill in the Mr Linky.
* Go and visit some other bloggers who are joining in.

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

She doesn't see dead people, but…
She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next…

I bought this little while ago, can't wait to get my hands on this, but first I need to read Halo, Hades and Siren. Then I can read this. Just couldn't wait!

September 22, 2011

Cover Crazy #4

Yet another Cover Crazy, Hosted by The Book Worms.

Burn Bright by Marianne de Pierres

Into a world of wild secrets and deadly pleasures comes a girl whose innocence may be her greatest strength.

In Ixion music and party are our only beliefs. Darkness is our comfort. We have few rules but they are absolute . . .

Retra doesn’t want to go to Ixion, the island of ever-night, ever-youth and never-sleep. Retra is a Seal – sealed minds, sealed community. She doesn’t crave parties and pleasure, experience and freedom.

But her brother Joel left for Ixion two years ago, and Retra is determined to find him. Braving the intense pain of her obedience strip to escape the only home she’s ever known, Retra stows away on the barge that will take her to her brother.

When she can’t find Joel, Retra finds herself drawn deeper into the intoxicating world of Ixion. Come to me, whispers a voice in her head. Who are the Ripers, the mysterious guardians of Ixion? What are the Night Creatures Retra can see in the shadows? And what happens to those who grow too old for Ixion?

Retra will find that Ixion has its pleasures, but its secrets are deadly. Will friendship, and the creation of an eternal bond with a Riper, be enough to save her from the darkness?

Listen well, baby bats. Burn bright, but do not stray from the paths. Remember, when you live in a place of darkness you also live with creatures of the dark.

I love, love, LOVE this cover! It's sort of creepy, but definitely makes me to want to buy this one!

I love this cover because :
* Just LOVE!!!! the harlequin-thingy
* Extremely simple cover, but is still unique. I've seen millions of covers that has women in it, and usually I just skip them thinking "uu, another gothic chick on the cover, how original.....", but this really is different.

* The title of the book is disturbing. Yeah, it pops out, but too much. And I love pink, usually, but not in this situation.

September 21, 2011

In My Mailbox #2

Got these last week, so I'm kind of late, but what can you do.. IMM (In My Mailbox) is a meme hosted by The Story Siren!

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
Hades by Alexandra Adornetto
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Yet another order from Amazon, at the moment reading Vampire Academy! Luckily, I got extra day off, so I'll be able to read at least couple of hours. Happy day!

September 18, 2011


Soon there will be In My Mailbox #2, Cover Crazy and reviews for Reckless and Hex Hall! Unfortunately this week went without posts, since I've been running in job interviews, been ill, cleaning like mad.. But soon, I promise!

September 11, 2011

In My Mailbox #1

Finally got some new books! So it's time for my first IMM (In My Mailbox), hosted by The Story Siren!

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Siren by Tricia Rayburn
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Bought these from Amazon, three books will be delivered later, so there will be another IMM probably next week! I also bought four books for my husband, Serpentwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist, haven't arrived yet, hopefully they didn't get lost in the mail, since he has birthday in two weeks!

September 07, 2011

Paperback or Hardback? #1

Found this meme through Books for Company, again!

dark parties by sara grant



This is a tough one. I have a thing with covers that are black, and has a thingy in it (Twilight, Lucian..), so obviously hardback would win. But, for some weird reason I like the cover with girl, too. I like the snow and the dress. So let's say, it's a tie.

extraordinary by nancy werlin



I adore the paperbackcover. She's so pretty and not just one bad cartoon! So, paperback is the winner!

switched by amanda hocking

Paperback vol. 1

Paperback vol. 2

I like the font in both versions. But that's pretty much all. But, against all my rules, the font is enough in this case. I love the font and swirls in paperback vol. 1. So paperback vol. 1 is the winner.

September 06, 2011

Cover Crazy #3

My third Cover Crazy! Hosted by The Book Worms.

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Three angels – Gabriel, the warrior ; Ivy, the healer ; and Bethany, the youngest and most human – are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They must work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments.
Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong.
The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?

Soon this book will be mine! Ordered from Amazon and just-can't-wait! I've seen the reviews, and they are really.. different. Some says this book just sucks, and other that this is the greatest book ever! Luckily, I judge by the cover, so this went on my to-buy-list.

I love this cover because :
* It's so yellow!
* Love the wings and the sun and girl's hair

* Girls face. She has no chin! Or lips! Somebody give her some surgery!

September 02, 2011

The Time Will Come #4

via Books for Company!

The Rules
* Pick a book from your bookshelf that you've had for a while and really can't wait to read, but haven't managed to get to yet.
* Put the details on your blog and head back over to Jodie's blog to fill in the Mr Linky.
* Go and visit some other bloggers who are joining in.

Angelology by Danielle Trussoni

A thrilling epic about an ancient clash reignited in our time- between a hidden society and heaven's darkest creatures

There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them.
Genesis 6:5

Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in upstate New York. Now, at twenty-three, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.

For the secrets these letters guard are desperately coveted by the once-powerful Nephilim, who aim to perpetuate war, subvert the good in humanity, and dominate mankind. Generations of angelologists have devoted their lives to stopping them, and their shared mission, which Evangeline has long been destined to join, reaches from her bucolic abbey on the Hudson to the apex of insular wealth in New York, to the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris and the mountains of Bulgaria.

Rich in history, full of mesmerizing characters, and wondrously conceived, Angelology blends biblical lore, the myth of Orpheus and the Miltonic visions of Paradise Lost into a riveting tale of ordinary people engaged in a battle that will determine the fate of the world.

Yet another book from library. I once saw this in my near store, and got so excited to read it. I read the first page once, but, again, I stopped reading. Apparently I have that kind of annoying habit.. But I will read this, promise!

It's been quiet.

Sorry for the silence, had some busy week! I've been working, sent some job applications, ordered few (14) new books, but only 9 of these are for me, so that's okay, right?

I just started Reckless by Cornelia Funke, been on my TBR list for a while now. My reading has suffered a little, since the fall is coming, and I need to do some serious knitting and soon! Need to get some gloves, hats and mittens. And socks. So there's a lot going on now, maybe I should buy some audiobooks, so I could both read AND knit at the same time :) That would be lovely.

I just noticed some interesting post in Nocturnal book reviews, I got a thing for the angels right now, so at least Angelfall, Angel's Blood, The Last Archangel and The Fallen 1 goes to my TBR list!

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