Buchrezension: Gold & Schatten ( Buch der Götter #1 ) – Kira Licht

  • Buchtitel:  Gold & Schatten ( Buch der Götter #1 )
  • Autorin:  Kira Licht
  • Genre:  YA, Fantasy
  • Buchseiten:  541

 

Teil 1 einer spannenden Dilogie rund um die griechische Götterwelt mitten in Paris

Seit Livias 16. Geburtstag gehen seltsame Dinge mit ihr vor. Plötzlich kann sie die Stimmen von Pflanzen hören und mit ihnen reden. Auch der Umzug nach Paris vor ein paar Wochen hat nichts daran geändert. Zum Glück kann Livia sich ablenken, als sie den draufgängerischen und geheimnisvollen Maél kennenlernt und sich Hals über Kopf in ihn verliebt. Er verbringt seine Zeit am liebsten in den verbotenen Katakomben der Stadt. Was Livia noch nicht weiß: Er ist niemand geringeres als der Hadessohn – und sie eine Nymphe, deren Hilfe er dringend braucht …


 

Leider, leider ein DNF Buch für mich. Es war nicht so als ob ich es nicht versucht hätte. Abend für Abend hatte ich mich gezwungen ein paar Seiten von Gold & Schatten ( Buch der Götter #1 ) zu lesen. Und Abend für Abend konnte ich keine Bindung zur Geschichte aufbauen.

Die Geschichte ist gut geschrieben. Sehr detailreich. Sehr YA mit ein hauch von Mystery. Allerdings mochte ich die vielen Details nicht. Und die Chemie zwischen den Hauptcharaktären war kaum vorhanden. Ich hatte, nachdem ich die Buchbeschreibung gelesen habe mehr erwartet.

Das Problem ist– Wenn ich schon über 200 Seiten gelesen habe und es passiert so gut wie nichts dann verliere ich schnell die Interesse. Sehr schade weil das Buch vielversprechend aussah.

Nichtsdestotrotz würde ich das Buch weiterempfehlen. Ich bin mir sicher es gibt einige Leser die dieses Buch schätzen werden.

Why I DNF´d`Eighty-One Nights` by Georgia Cates

What a beautiful cover, right? I love the color theme. I love the simplicity of the whole. And after having read the synopsis and a few Goodreads reviews I decided to buy this romance stunner.

Eighty One Nights

book description

Beautiful, penniless American girl meets handsome, wealthy Scotsman.
Sounds like the beginning of a fairy-tale romance?
It’s not.

This story begins with a contract.
And an exchange of money.
A lot of money.

An angel perches nervously on one shoulder.
A devil lounges smugly on my other.
And even that dark little bastard is leery of what I’m doing.

Maxwell Hutcheson wants the girlfriend experience.
All of it.
And I’m going to give it to him.

I’m not supposed to enjoy being his whore.
I’m also not supposed to fall in love with him.
But I do. Both.

When our contract expires, I will walk away.
Because I have to.
But he’ll always have a piece of me.

I’ll mask my sorrow with a smile.
I’ll hide my love with indifference
… all while it’s killing me softly.

A fairy-tale romance.
It isn’t mine to have.
And this man I’ve come to love so dearly isn’t my happily ever after.

 

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There´s also a little info notice under the online book description over at Goodreads.

About Eighty-One Nights:
While the characters from Eighty-One Nights are entirely new, their storyline is a combination of fresh material and carefully selected themes, scenes, and settings from The Beauty Series, The Sin Trilogy, Dear Agony, and Indulge. This is intentional. I chose some of my favorite elements from previous releases and interjected them into Hutch and Lou’s story. Let’s call it a “story fusion” between our old favorites and new material.

(This title was very briefly released as The Girlfriend Experience under a pen name. This edition contains new and updated material different from that of the original release.)

 

 

Oookay. I´m not sure if I needed to know all this since I had never read any previous works from the author. I´m totally clueless. But hey, it´s there. Might as well take notice.

 

I went into this book with an eager mindset, thinking I´d get my average romance fix. Something romantic. Something heartbreaking. It was what I was looking for. The title indicates that something will happen within 81 nights. That´s a little over 2,5 months. A lot can happen in that time frame. I had a slight feeling this book would also be some sort of escort/client romance. I wasn´t wrong. I was looking forward to reading an escort love story. It´s been a hot minute since I read the last one.

I started reading and ended after chapter 4. Why?

 

  • The writing. It wasn´t for me. I know many readers who love this type of style but I just couldn´t.

 

  • The dialogue was another thing that was off-putting for me. There was too much of it and it was also a tad choppy. I missed a nice flow of conversation between characters.

 

  • The beginning wasn´t strong enough to hold my attention. Which is a shame because I was really looking forward to reading about the struggles of an escort´s romantic life.

 

  • The beginning also has an info overflow. I´m one of those readers who likes bits and pieces thrown at me throughout the entire story instead of getting a full character description within the first few pages. 

 

  • When the Heroine referred to herself as a “dumbass American”. Two things: Either the author wanted to emphasize how little the Heroine thinks of herself or there was a wish to point out how Europeans perceive Americans. Either way… this was a turn off for me. What´s next? Frog leg eating French? Cheese-head Dutch? 

 

With that being said- I´m a little gutted `Eighty-One Nights` didn´t meet my reading expectations.

 

Even if I wasn´t into what this book had to offer I can still see why others would go absolutely ape-shit over this read.

 

If you´re interested in reading Eighty-One Nights by Georgia Cates then be sure to get your copy now!

Eighty One Nights

 

 

The Reason Why I DNF´d `Throne Of Glass`- Sarah J. Maas

As a book blogger I feel it´s important to talk about what I´m passionate about- Books. And with my self-proclaimed responsibilities as a book blogger I actually want to discuss every aspect of book blogging. The good, the bad, and everything else in between.

It´s actually important for me to share my thoughts ( or else why blog, right?) Totally misses the point if I don´t at least give my readers insight on my opinions.

Opinions. Yes. Those pesky things that get people in to trouble sometimes. With all the social do´s and don´t´s it´s hard to keep up on what etiquette demands / allows these days.

 

 

I read somewhere that it´s frowned upon to upload a review for a book that´s been DNF´d. The reason for that was / is simple. Didn´t finish the book? Then you can´t fully judge it. Makes sense, right? Sure it does. But what if someone DNF´d a book and still wants to talk about it? To give a deeper explanation on the why´s? Is that frowned upon, as well?

Technically, if a post isn´t stamped as a book review then it´s safe to share ones thoughts. At least that´s how I see it.

Not too long ago I decided to give some hyped books a go. Books I´ve successfully avoided for a very long time. One of those extremely hyped books is `Throne Of Glass` Throne of GLassby Sarah J. Maas. And there were a few reasons aside from the hyped issue for me to not go near this read.

 

  • I dislike the cover image ( yes, I´m petty like that )
  • It´s  a Young Adult fantasy romance ( an interesting combo )
  • The author has a certain story telling style I wasn´t able to warm up to

 

But I kept reading the praises and listening to a few of my friends rave in the highest notes about this book. With that in mind and knowing full well that different books from an author can be better ( or worse ) I finally caved. I´m a sucker for romance, so… why the hell not?

I was prepared for everything. What I wasn´t prepared for was my fast growing disinterest.

 

 

I get bored really fast. This isn´t the best basis for reading, I admit. Yet, I do have a reading system that works well for me. If the first 100 pages don´t grab my attention enough then it´s time to move on.

With `Throne Of Glass` I did just that- moved on. As much as I wanted to give this book a fair shot I just couldn´t continue the story. I´m not saying the first 100 pages were total shit… All I´m saying is:

  • It´s a story that´s made its rounds before. For me, this means I´ve already read close versions of this story. Some of these versions were better, some worse. I dislike sitting here thinking “Oh, not this again.” while reading. I´m aware that no one can reinvent the wheel but I would have liked a little more spark in this one or anything that would have separated this read from others in a positive way.

 

  • Celaena, the assassin. Yes, I know. She´s a fantasy figure. Trust me when I say I really tried to see the beauty of her character. I don´t think I can consider myself open minded enough to accept the awesomeness of her annoying attitude. I´m all for being bad ass and going against the mainstream but Celaena? The ungrateful slave / assassin / slave? Nope. I don´t have the energy to appreciate her. I saw so many comments on how mind blowing her character is. Celaena is powerful, awesome, etc etc. Yupp, nope. I hope this isn´t the new YA fantasy Heroine standard.

 

  • Tongue clicking. I´ve mentioned this before in my review for Sarah J. Mass´s `A Court Of Thorns And Roses` and now I´m convinced the author´s whole imaginary universe has tongue clicking characters. I really should have counted the tongue clickings from page 1 – 100 because there were more than enough. “He clicked his tounge”

Being repetitive isn´t a good thing.

 

  • The boring bits. Okay, so here´s the thing- Sometimes parts we consider to be boring often add value to a story later on. By giving up early a reader´s probably missing out on something great. The key word is: Probably. There´s no guarantee my expectations will be met and I won´t stick around to find out it that happens. For me, the boring bits felt like one big boring word salad.

 

As I´ve said, I tried. I truly did. And I failed. Or, the story failed me. Either way, I don´t believe I´ll give another Sarah J. Maas book a try. Her books aren´t for me.

Throne of GLass

 

That wasn´t so bad now, was it? A pseudo review for a hyped book.

And because I chose not to continue `Throne Of Glass` I will also not rate it or publish this anywhere else as a book review.

 

 


 

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed. ❤

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Skimming Pages and Not Finishing A Book

Have you ever heard of book skimming?

Well, if you´re a book blogger, author or even an avid reader then you´re probably well acquainted with the term.

Book skimming is nothing other than letting your eyes fly through words on pages in a book. Over – looking parts that feel insignificant for a reader. Or, dare I say… the boring bits of a story?

 

And what about not finishing a book? Have you ever done that? Save yourself from answering that one because I know you have at least one book in your bookshelf  you haven´t finished. Book people call that DNF ( Did Not Finish ). It´s when a book isn´t one´s cup of tea and a reader cannot be bothered to waste their hours to finish it.

 

But why do we do either?

Let me answer that one for you, too.

“D´uh. I skimmed through chapters because they were boring.”

“D´uh. I DNFed the book because it was awful.”

That´s usually the case.

The inability to grab a reader’s attention. The lack of excitement. Of course, there are many other reasons as to why a reader would skim story bits or DNF the whole thing right on the spot.

Personally, I don´t DNF a book but I do skim. I´ve done it, maybe, twice in my whole reading career. My reasons for both aren´t that confusing.

I don´t like to DNF books. No matter how awful I think the story is I will push myself and finish those suckers even if it pains me. The reason for that is because I buy print books. And printed books are expensive ( if you buy a few a month, that is). To DNF a book that cost me 10 – 15 Euros would look like I have money to throw away. I don´t. So, I grind my teeth together and finish reading. I´ll feel bad if I don´t ( and I don´t want the hassle with returning the book).

If you´re wondering why I don´t just go to the library and get my books there… Well, I would if there was a library near me. And I don´t consider Kindle Unlimited a library. Enough talk about Kindle Unlimited.

Others seem to have less difficulty DNF – ing a book. Which is perfectly fine. I understand when readers become aggravated with the story or when they can´t feel the characters or dislike the writing style.  I can easily understand a reader when they read a book that has more errors than not and decides to DNF. I feel everyone´s pain.

 

As for skimming a book – I do it and feel perfectly fine skimming a few pages here and there. Yes. It´s kind of like cheating. In a way, I´m skipping information that might be significant for the story. Keyword: Might. (I´m pretty sure when I´m reading a romance that the 10th sex scene will not be a game changer)

Sadly, the term is treated as a dirty little secret in the book world. No one likes to admit they skimmed or skipped pages of a book. That would be uncalled for.  A no – go. Just as an author wouldn´t like to hear about someone skimming parts of their book. And because of that, skimming through chapters becomes a secret sport done by all.

 

Skimming is normal, though. Any reader who skims isn´t commiting a social crime. They´re just not interested in stuff they probably already know /have already figured out on their own.

The main killer, the #1 cause that leads to book skimming are too many details. In depth descriptions that go on and on and on, without an end in sight. Story details.

But details are important, right? Yeah. They are. Without details in a story we´d be reading 200+ pages of dialogue. Readers need an author to help paint a picture. BUT (!!!) what readers don´t need it to know is how many stitches were required to make that fluffy, lavender, goose feather filled pillow. They don´t need 4 pages with a full  description of a pillow.

“We know what a pillow is. Some of us have pillows. Please, continue with the story.”

Many authors overstep the fine line between adding informative details and  including unnecessary page fillers.

But who decides what details are significant or not? A reader does. Always. Book details are a matter of taste. Some readers enjoy details. Some don´t.

It´s also not unheard of to skim through pages of a book you absolutely love.

Are there stories you haven´t skimmed through?

In my case, yes. There are quite a lot of books that had my full attention from start to finish. Only a few had unnecessary details that did not interest me in the slightest ( e.g. the 20th sex scene in a 250 page book ) Anything that receives more than a 1 page dedication is an overkill for me and will be skimmed through.

Then there´s that nasty book cheating issue. A book cheater is a person who reads enough reviews and claims to have read said story.

A very popular tactic among book bloggers. But that´s a different bedtime story for another night.

 

So, what did we learn today? That skimming through a book isn´t as terrible as it´s painted out to be. DNF-  – ing a book isn´t the end of the world. Book details can be buzz – kill.

It´s okay to do both or either, or none at all. It´s up to a reader.

 

Thank you for taking your time to read my post on Skimming Pages and Not Finishing A Book. If you enjoyed this post then do feel free to show it by liking or commenting.

Much Love,

Morgana xoxo