Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (ARC)

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This wasn’t a book that made me feel highly excitable, where I was left feeling like the story was almost going too fast for me to keep up. This was a steady influx of tense adrenaline in the pit of my stomach. You know the feeling, the feeling of wondering when the other shoe will drop and there’s bound to be trouble afoot. Don’t mistake my description for a dull read, because believe me when I say that there’s plenty of action in this story. It’s the way it’s told that make you feel all anticipatory. There’s a sense of danger through the whole thing and the characters are well cemented to further strengthen it all. They are well thought through and oh so clever. I loved the whole thing from start to finish, though I do warn you of the prologue. It can seem a little dry, but you’ll need that backdrop to get familiar with the world of the Great Library. It’s worth every word of academic style dryness, as it gives you an overall perspective for when you meet the main character Jess and the other players in this story.

This is a different setting than Caine’s other books but her storytelling is as good as her Weather Warden series. It pulls you in and stays with you during the day when not reading. You’ll not be sorry to pick this up!

Jess Brightwell is the son of a black market dealer who specializes in acquiring and selling books in a world where books have been outlawed for the safety of both the humankind and the books themselves.

It’s about a world obsessed with words, with books, with knowledge. It’s a world where these things are strictly controlled by an organization named the Library who believes that the wrong kind of information can corrupt the denizens of the world and that humans thus need to be protected against themselves. Though no one may own a real book, it’s thought of as a sin to deprive the masses of the wisdom of the written word and so when the discovery of alchemy produced the mirrored tablet, the Library enabled everyone, even the lowest of the low, to have access to all the great (approved) works that’s ever been written. It’s a time of enlightenment where everyone can read and write, and to be chosen by the Library to preserve and protect the written word is an honor and a privilege.

For Jess, this means a life of constant danger. As his father’s son he’s meant to spy for the family business of black market dealings and no things are as valuable as original books in a world where they are the rarest item out there. And the best and worst place to acquire these rare books? The Library’s HQ of course, in Alexandria.

I’m really looking forward to read about how Jess and his friends fare in the next installment of the Great Library series, Paper and Fire. 🙂

I received this copy from the publisher (Berkley Publishing Group) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. To see the beautiful cover for this book, check it out on Goodreads or Amazon. It’s amazing!

April Wrap Up

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It’s unbelievable how fast time flies, it’s already the end of April. Or rather the beginning of May. And I’m not sure if I’ve come to terms with that just yet… Oh well, this month I actually manage to (mostly) stick to my TBR. I haven’t read Winter yet, but I think I’ll save that special nugget until my vacation week this summer. Plus, it’s a little on the heavy side (which makes me one extremely happy camper), so the more time I have the better I’ll be able to savor it.

I’ve read 5 and a half books this month. I still haven’t figured out how to count the one that I started reading one month and finish the next. How do you, my fellow bookworms, count that one? Is it one half in either month or does it counts as one in the month that I finish it? Take for example this month, have I read 5,5 or 6 books? I know, I know, it’s a problem that’s not really a problem, but I can’t decide and it annoys me. 😉

  1. Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 4/5 stars
  2. Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 4/5 stars
  3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – 5/5 stars
  4. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – 4/5 stars
  5. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – 5/5 stars
  6. Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill – 4/5 stars

Monthly summary: it’s been a good month. Reviews will be up soon. 🙂

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I’m pretty forgiving about literature and movies, I can pretty much read any book or see any movie without having hardly any reservations about it. Gladly wanting to read or see the next installment. As long as it’s within my preferred genres, of course. My reviews are mostly 4 or 5 star reviews (out of five), and it’s not that I don’t have an opinion, I do, but most of the time I actually see the entertainment value be they bad B-movies or books with a bad storyline, and haven’t heart to credit them less.
My hang-ups are more centered around inconsistencies in the stories, mostly on a factual basis, like a name or age suddenly changing. Or worse, the actual background being different. That will get my hackles raised straight away. Facts are what keeps me anchored in the story, making me connect with the characters even though we’re basically different or have different values.

Though, if I’m being honest, even my hackles couldn’t keep me from a good book, or an entertaining movie.

Shatter Me however set me on a completely different mindset. Here I was, faced with no factual incongruity but with the onslaught of metaphors and visuals that made it hard for me to see past the language and enjoy the story. Though I like the story, the characters and the relation between them, I found it really hard to be bombarded with these images all the time. One scene that could have been riveting in one or two pages required twice as much with this kind of storytelling. And if I’m being frank, many of these metaphors were really poorly done and not helping the story at all. I mean, by their lonesome, scattered throughout the book… maybe, but clustered together like this? No thanks. And some of them doesn’t even make sense, and it took me extra focus to try to understand what I was reading. If I were to guess, the story took up about 30 % of the book, the rest is just fluff. This felt to me like a classic case of the “kill your darlings” pointer you get at writing school.

All the darlings survived in this book.

3/5 stars