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Book review: Assassin’s Apprentice

Title: Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1)

Author: Robin Hobb219562191

The old man brings his six-year-old grandson to the entrance of Buckkeep Castle, where he leaves him, saying, that from now on, his father should take care of him. Nobody can’t deny that little boy is the bastard son of Prince Chivalry. Burrich, Chivalry’s stableman, takes care of him and learns him how to take care of animals. And boy soon discovers that he has the ability to connect with them – it’s a talent called The Wit.

When he came to the Buckkeep, he didn’t have a name but soon everyone calls him Fitz. He learns how to write, read and teach royal behavior. One day,  his grandfather King Shrewd sends him to his skilled assassin Chade – he will be his teacher because Fitz will become King’s man and will be trained as an assassin. Someday he will succeed Chade.

But Fitz is lonely in the castle, he doesn’t have any friends and most people despise him because he’s a bastard. In addition to his own problems, he is also faced with kingdom’s problems. From the outside, a kingdom is under attack by Outislanders and within the kingdom is a lot of intrigues, lies, and conflicts.


It’s been a while since I read such a good fantasy novel. The first half of the book was a little bit slow because a reader is getting know Fitz and his life on the court, but the other half is really tensed.

I liked Fitz from beginning and this sympathy has grown through the book. He is so likable, from beginning when he’s only a young boy who found himself in an environment where people are unfriendly. Due to similarities with his father, no one doubts that Prince Chivalry is his father, but still people are refusing and despise him and he becomes an object of derision. He finds his comfort in a friendship with animals, particularly with dogs and he even discovers that he has the ability to connect with animals – it’s an old gift which is hated by people and it’s called the Wit. I especially liked his process of growing up, where a reader can clearly see the process how an ignorant and shy boy slowly matures into an independent guy who can also use his brains.

Other characters are presented one-sided. Those who are good, have a positive impact on Fitz’s life, and those who are bad, are making his life miserable. But despite this fact, all characters are well presented and I must say, that the bad ones were presented so well that I really hated them.

I really loved and it seemed excellent to me that every chapter begins with a short presentation or “introduction” – about the world (Six Duchies), customs and tradition, politics, … That helped me to understand a story, written by Fitz himself, easier. And yes, this book is written as a memoir and Fritz himself is writing it.

About the fantasy world, we don’t get to know much. In the beginning of the book, is printed a map of Six Duchies and surroundings, so that the reader can get a feeling about it and can look what happens where. But the reader doesn’t learn much about other places. The story is taking place in two or three parts, the rest is shrouded in mystery. Probably other places emerge in next books. Like many other things. Because even when I finished a book, I still had a lot of questions, whose answers I will probably get when I’ll read sequels. And in a way, this is quite annoying because some reader can’t understand some specific connections and certain events remain unexplained.

But still I had so much fun while reading this book and I really enjoyed it. Especially in the second half of the book, where I got sucked into the story and I can’t wait to read next book.

Rating: 4/5 stars

What did you think about this book? Or the whole trilogy? Did you read any other Robin Hobb books?

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I DNF

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and here is official group site: Top 5 Wednesday. You can read all about the group and challenges there.

Today’s topic is: Books you DNF (did not finish)

First, I want to say, that there are not many books I didn’t finish. I felt bad if I started reading a book and just gave up. So I always forced myself to finish it. Everything changed with a third book in Fifty Shades trilogy. It was just so bad that I stopped and thought for a moment – is it truly worth reading a book that you don’t like and don’t enjoy while reading it? I mean, there are so many books that I want to read, why waste my time with the one I don’t like? Since then, I don’t have problems with not finishing a book.

But, I do have two categories of books I didn’t finish:

  1. books I didn’t like and I don’t intend to read them again (currently I have 10 books on this list)
  2. books I didn’t finish but I still liked them in some way – maybe I was just not in the mood for reading a particular genre or I started with another book and forgot what previous was about. And maybe I will read them someday but of course, I’ll have to start from beginning (I have 6 books on this list)

Today I’ll talk about books from the first category and here is my list:

On the Road by Jack Kerouac2552

I thought this book will be good, after all, it is a classic. But for me, it was horrible. I struggled with every page because it was so monotonous. I didn’t like characters, the plot was boring and nothing happened. I read half of it and I couldn’t continue.

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Jonas Jonasson’s books: The Hundred-Year-Old Man who climbed out of the window and disappeared and The Girl who saved the King of Sweden

Because of the humor and because everyone was talking about them, I thought I would enjoy in books a lot. But I just couldn’t get into the story, too much was going on and everything was exaggerated. I read more than a half of a first book and later, when the second book was translated I decided to give it a try and quit after the second chapter. Because it was the same as a first one.

Now I know, that I just don’t like Jonasson’s style and no way, that I’ll read any of his books again.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion16181775

Omg. I hated it! I had such a huge expectations about this book and I disliked everything about it. I thought that story was stupid and I disliked both main characters. I tried hard but every time I took this book in my hands and read more than a page I become annoyed and irritated about stupidities in a book.

18693763Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng

So slow. So complicated. So much drama. And still nothing happened. It was just not my cup of tea. Still I read so many good reviews about this book and how worthy of reading it is, that I’m actually considering to read it again some day. But not so soon, haha.

Little Bee by Chris Cleave 6948436

I really wanted to like this book. After all, it’s about Nigerian refugee in a foreign country where she’s struggling to survive and accept the new culture. But characters didn’t convince me and my eyes were closing while reading constantly, haha.

 

Did you read any book from my list and loved it/didn’t like it also? What are your thoughts about not finishing books? 

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Currently reading

It’s been a while since I published a review of a book here – as a matter of fact, it’s been a while since I published anything at all, so I decided to post this brief explain about I was “away”.

The first reason is, that somehow I can’t find time to read or better, I don’t read as much as I would like to. And second, all the books I’m currently reading have more than 400 pages. Because I’m reading huge books at the same time, I haven’t finished any of them. Logical. I should learn by now that it’s not smart to read just massive books and that I should add at least one shorter book between my currently reading books :)

I’m currently reading:

The Passage by Justin Cronin6690798

I’m reading this book for a third time now. In May, the third book in this trilogy will be published and of course, I have to reread first two. I’m reading it really slowly and taking notes because I will also participate in The Passage trilogy readalong on Goodreads.

10964Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I started with reading a while ago and I just can’t get into it. I had such high hopes for this book because of all the hype around it but I’m really struggling with reading.

I borrowed a book from a library and later discovered that Slovenian edition of this book is actually divided into two parts. Ugh!

Assasin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb21956219

I’m glad that I finally started reading this book. Currently, I’m halfway through and must admit that I’m impressed. I will not write about the plot here because I will definitely write a review of this book when I finish it – I hope this will happen soon.

That would be all, like I said, just a quick update about what I’m currently reading. I really hope that I will finish at least one book until the end of this week.

Do you read multiple books at once or do you prefer reading just one?

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Book review: City of Fallen Angels

Title: City of Fallen Angels

Author: Cassandra Clare6752378

Two months after the bloody battle, life is back on the track. Clary is in New York, where she’s training to become Shadowhunter and helping her mother with planning a wedding. She’s happy that she can finally enjoy with Jace, with whom they’re finally a couple now.

However, soon the first body of killed Shadowhunter appears and then another. It’s obvious that somebody is intentionally killing Shadowhunters, just to spoil a peace between them and Downworlders, which could lead to another war. Of course, vampires are the first suspect, which doesn’t surprise Simon. But he has already enough of his own problems. His mother just found out that he’s a vampire and kicked him out, he has no place to stay and besides that he has love problems. He doesn’t have time for Clary and her problems with Jace, who is drifting away from her.


If I enjoyed reading first three books from the series, I couldn’t say the same for this book. This book is completely average and nothing special. On the contrary, I thought it was dull. There was just a lot of whining from all characters.

The only thing I liked was Simon being in the foreground (in previous books it was Clary). I liked Simon a lot from previous books because he’s such a likable character, so when I started reading this book I thought it would be awesome because it is written from his perspective. It’s true, that reader can find out more about him, his life and life of vampires, but Simon is not funny or likable anymore. He’s a coward who is dating two girls at a time, just because he can’t decide which one he likes more. Ok, he even doesn’t know if he’s in a relationship with any of them. Because he’s too afraid to talk about that.

Instead of enjoying in their fresh love and chance of being a couple, Clary and Jace are distancing from each other. Jace is being stubborn and depressed most of the time and Clary doesn’t know what’s going on. Of course, none of them would sit down and talk about their problems. It’s better to ignore things.

Alec and Magnus are more in the background in this book – I think they actually appear in second half of the book because they were in vacations. When they finally return, they also fight all the time and blaming each other for things from the past and the ones from future that actually didn’t even happened yet. Again, they won’t discuss their problems, it’s so much more fun to not talk with each other.

You can probably see already what was mostly going on in this book. And what lacked in this book – an honest talk or just honesty in general. It’s amazing how things could be easier if these people would just talk to each other (but probably it would not be good for a book).

The plot would be so much more interesting if people would act mature. But because of the drama, I couldn’t focus on anything else. And even that little action and tension that was part of the plot was completely lost amongst constant whining. All those relationship problems, depression and darkness, instead of happiness and joy, which I expected after the third book.

I will continue with the series, I already borrowed next book from a library and I hope it will be better. Because I was really disappointed after finishing this one.

Rating: 2/5 stars

What did you think about this book? Do we have similar thoughts or you don’t agree with me? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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Book review: The Girl in 6E

Title: The Girl in 6E

Author: A. R. Torre

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Deanna hasn’t left her apartment for three years. That was her decision because she doesn’t trust herself. She has terrible desire to kill and the only way to control herself is being locked and isolated from other people.
Everything she needs, she gets on The Internet. Moreover, she’s working as a cam girl – via online cameras, she offers sexual services to her clients. And she’s successful at what she does. Deanna aka Jessica has different types of customers but each of them is looking for a pleasure and sometimes even for fulfilling their fantasies and fetishes.
But a man can’t be isolated from people forever and at first, Deanna’s peace is disturbed by UPS delivery guy, who regularly carries her packages she orders online. And later she discovers, that one of her customers has strange desires and that his fetish crossed the line and he may actually be a madman who will hurt someone.


I must admit that I was very surprised by the book. I thought it would be just another crime story and I definitely haven’t expected so much sexual content. But to be clear, that doesn’t bother me at all. But maybe some readers could be disturbed by that.

I didn’t know much about cam sex. Ha, I didn’t know anything at all, to be honest. And I loved reading about it! It was really fascinating and while reading I could see that author did a research about the topic and everything was presented and explained well.
The story emerges slowly because, in the first half of the book, a reader gets to know Deanna and her clients. However, it was so interesting to read about all the different characters who are really unique.
First, there is Deana aka Jessica. I can’t even imagine, that somebody has such a desire to kill and he’s aware of it, so he’s willingly isolated from others. I thought that Deanna was an inventive person and in spite of her character, very pleasant girl.

At the same time, I was fascinated by a variety of Deanna’s clients characters. I can easily imagine that cam girls who are offering sexual services online can meet some “strange” clients and this little insight into their lives was fantastic. How many different fetishes I never heard about before! And I liked that through Deanna chatting with clients I was able to get to know her character.

I must admit that I liked the first half of the book more than the second. In the second part, Deanna is trying to discover who could be the secret client and how could she resolve the situation. And if the first half of the book seemed truly credible to me, I was not impressed with the second part. According to Deanna’s complexes and problems, it just seemed unbelievable. And I felt same with learning about Deanna’s past and reasons for hers desire to kill.

I would probably give this book fewer stars if the first part of the book wouldn’t be so enjoyable and I also liked a really unusual idea of a story.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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Top 5 Wednesday: Biggest Book Hangovers

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and here is official group site: Top 5 Wednesday. You can read all about the group and challenges there.

Today’s topic is: Biggest Book Hangovers

Oh yes, I know exactly how it is if you have a book hangover. But, usually, I get it from good books. It never happened to me, that I would read such a bad book that I couldn’t pick up another. Nope. But it happened that I read books which impressed me so much that I just couldn’t read any other after that (for a while). And here are few of them:

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan6567017

I have absolutely loved this book! It’s one of my all time favourites and definitely, favourite by John Green.

It made me happy and sad and I laughed – ok, I didn’t cry but I never cry when I read a book. But it’s simply amazing book. And I wanna reread it so badly right now.

77203The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

A heartbreaking story about unusual friendship in Afghanistan. Hosseini knows how to write wonderful stories about love, friendship and my heart is broken every time when I read his book.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy6288

A post-apocalyptic novel about destroyed America where father and son are walking around, trying to survive. They have nothing and nothing is left. They don’t know if they will survive but still, they have each other.

Another one that I just have to reread. Amazing story and I can’t believe that despite the fact I read this book many times, I always feel such emptiness when I finish it.

6690798The Passage by Justin Cronin

I know I’m repeating myself with always adding this book to my lists but I can’t help myself. I was in shock when I finished it – I wanted more, I wanted to know everything and it was amazing and scary and I didn’t want to read any other book after that for a while.

Blindness by Jose Saramago2526

I read this book more than 10 years ago and I still remember all the feelings I had when finishing it. Simply amazing. It’s about unusual epidemy of white blindness when all people become blind. People are afraid and lost, they forget about moral and ethics which leads to chaos.

 

Do you usually have a book hangover after good or bad book? And of course, I would love to hear about your biggest book hangovers. You can write about them in comments or just paste a link to your blog and I will check them out!