“We all know we should not judge people by their appearance, just as we also know that this is what we generally do.”

The Beating of His Wings by Paul Hoffman

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“(…)he had been responsible for the deaths of ten thousand men killed in a single day, so it was only a question of how many thousands and how many days.”

The Beating of His Wings by Paul Hoffman

The Left hand of God (2)

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I just finished reading, World War Z, for what I think was the third or fourth time, and it left me feeling in the mood for something filled with a complex plot that can keep my brain more engaged than my emotions.

What do you think? Is The Beating of his Wings be a good choice?  If I remember correctly, everything was starting to go badly for my favorite psychotic murdering kid. He was sick, I think. Was it the lack of war opportunities? The monks were looking for him, right? He’s meant to end the world if I’m not mistaken.

I’ll finally get to the conclusion of this story.

Collecting words

Have I mentioned how I love words?

There are always new words out there to learn and be amazed at. One of the many reasons I wish I could speak an innumerable amount of languages is to learn and collect all these words.
This is also one of the reasons I really enjoyed Melissa Grey‘s writing in The Savage Dawn, she freely and openly gave out the words and their meaning.

I love this about this book. I might have to go through all my books marking all my favorite word, from now on.

Do you also gather up your favorite words?

Maybe even label them with post-its?

The Savage Dawn

by Melissa Grey

4/5
I can certainly say that I am now a fan of Melissa Gre’s writing. I loved the references and the dialogs and even the characters, but I cannot say that I absolutely loved this book.

The individual parts were awesome. Bird people with feathers for hair? Loved it! Dragon people with scales on their faces? Loved it! The lonely human stuck in the middle of an ancient war only to have ended up uniting them all to fight a common stronger enemy? Absolutely amazing! But still… somehow, I feel there was something missing. Something that is not there and keeps me from loving it all as a whole.

First, let me tell you about all the things I adored. OK, it is mostly to things that I adored in this book, and why it is my favorite in the whole series… Jasper and Dorian.

That was just simply one of the cutest couples I’ve ever read about. I was hanging from every page waiting to know what was to be of them. From the whole “I cannot be happy without my prince” thing at the beginning, through the whole “you cannot have him” bit, and all the way to the new Dragon Prince and his Avicen consort. That was simply the wildest love story! Absolutely one of my all-time favorites. I would totally read this whole trilogy over and over, just to experience them time and time again.

And maybe that’s one of the reasons I was left a tad unsatisfied. For a moment there I was biting my nails out of my fingers thinking that my favorite couple will be split apart irrevocably and how totally depressing that would be.. and then, no! They both survived the war and can live happily ever after. Except… that they come from two very different societies that have been at war with each other for centuries and they are both needed at their respective homes for the reparation and rebuiling… but we wouldn’t know anything about it, becuse the book ends without letting us hear from them. At all.

I understand that the main story there was about the Firebird and all this magic that she supposedly had (that she ended up not knowing how to use and not needing to save the world), and her ill-fated romance with this prince whose throne was stolen, whose sister went homicidal, who has been tortured and still jusmps into battle with her…

But I needed more Jasper & Dorian!

And even a little bit more Ivy or Rowan… or even some more of The Ala. I feel like a lot was going on behind scenes that we missed and would’ve been awesome to read about.

On the other hand… I think Echo and Cauis’s ending was great. That huge sacrifice and pain, and that tiny and slim ray of hope barely out of reach. Genious! I really like that.

What did you think?

Who id you prefer, Caius and Echo or Jasper and Dorian?

“This was her life now. An endless parade of fear and uncertainty, marked by moments of blinding terror”.

The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey

Friendship

“Thank you for being the Ron to my Harry. The Samwise to my Frodo. The Tom to my Huck. (…)The Watson to my Holmes(…)The Horatio to my Hamlet(…) The Sancho Panza to my Don Quixote(…) The Piglet to my Pooh”.

Best compliment one could ever hope to get. This little part made the whole trilogy worth reading to me.

The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey

Blink, and you miss it!

The first week of the year is over, and I barely noticed.

That’s exactly how the whole of 2017 felt to me. And terribly exhausting, at the same time. Between extra work hours that have only multiplied since winter arrived, getting a little library up and going, and multiple visits to the doctor… the end of the year snuck up on me, and my goal is nowhere near achieved.

The goal for 2017 was to clear my TBR list from all sequels and series that have been nagging at me and being able to focus on all the new stories and authors that I also want to be reading. But I only manage to read a grand total of 8 books. That’s just sad.

And not just because it makes me feel like I failed spectacularly (and after actually surpassing my goal the year before!) but because it illustrates quite clearly the reading withdrawal that I have been in for quite a while.

I usually use my reading time to decompress, to let my mind travel to wonderful and magical new places. It helps me manage the crazy hours and keeps me always calm and stress-free. But with as little reading, as I was able to do last year, I feel like my reservoir of goodwill and patience is about dried up.

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I don’t like this not-reading persona I have been wearing lately. I can almost feel my brain drying up. Like a long drought, where the soil cracks and splits. I’m sure that’s what my brain looks like now.

But I refuse to accept defeat! Mostly because these challenges I impose on myself are for my own motivation, so, I will still continue with the one I have left unfinished and hopefully I will be able to get on with a second one later on the year.

DNDThe goal remains the same, to complete all series I’ve already have started and those that have been waiting for far too long on the list. Hopefully, things will start to look better if I mark off time in my day dedicated to reading. I’m confident no one will dare ignore the “DO NOT DISTURB” sign and risk my ire.

I did manage to sneak in some reading time during the family-packed holidays and I have made some progress with Savage Dawn, I expect I will be trough with it soon.

Fairest, on the other hand, has become too depressive. I might have to put it down an away. I haven’t decided yet. In the meantime, let’s get some sleep.

(yes, that was code for moving my reading to the bed…)

The Girl at Midnight (2)

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It has been over six months since I read the Shadow Hour, but if I remember right Echo now has rad powers. Something to do with black fire she can’t actually control and her new love interest’s sister is trying to harness the power of complete darkness that came as a balance point to Echo‘s in an attempt at mad power-grabbing.

And, didn’t the crazy power-hungry sister actually kidnap her own brother to drain him of all his magic so she can get more powerful? All for the sake of winning a war whose outcome she’s not even interested in anymore…

Did I miss anything?

Oh, yes! Echo‘s only mentor and mother-figure, the Ala, barely just survived an attack by this aforementioned dark force and has not been able to provide any meaningful advice or guidance. She has barely even made an appearance during the first two books and even so continues to be my favorite character.

The good thing I’m looking forward to is some closure. It drives me crazy when I’m looking forward to the ending of a story and then it turns out there’s another one. At least this one will have no surprises of that kind (it better not). I mean, it says so in the cover: “The Final Book“!