The Book Courtship Tag

For a start I’d like to wish everyone who’s celebrating Happy Easter! I hope you’ll be able to eat as many chocolate eggs as your stomach can handle :D.

Colorful easter eggs

I was tagged for this ages ago by Raven @ Dreamy addictions. Thank you! 😀

The Book Courtship TagRaven’s got a fantastic blog, so you should definitely visit!

I received this tag from two other people, but one blog ceased to exist and I can’t seem to find the other… If you were the person who tagged me – let me know!

I’ve started choosing the books for this tag and I realized I will repeat myself. I did mention most of these books on few occasions already, but I simply can’t make a different choice!

Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?

GravityThere’s plenty of these on my shelf :D. On on my e-reader. and on my TBR list… But I think I’ll choose “Gravity” by Melissa West.

The cover was one reason I picked it up, the title was the other. I had a moment when I read few books with the word “gravity” in title. When I started reading this one I did not suspect I’ll like it so much. After all it was yet another dystopian young-adult novel. I’m glad I read it, it was great!

Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary?

Blue Moon RisingBlue Moon Rising” by Simon R. Green

The English summary isn’t so interesting, so don’t even bother checking :P. The one they wrote for Polish edition is what caught my attention. Instead of a standard description of what might happen in the story, you see dictionary-like entries. Here’s what’s on the first book (because for some strange reason they split this book into two for Polish edition):

  • PRINCE male being, equipped with a sword and a magic horse, used to kill dragons and rescuing princesses.
  • PRINCESS female being, is used to marrying the prince (see kingdom, alliance).
  • DRAGON – large, scaly animal, known collectible tendencies. The most frequent cause of death impaled on a sharp object held by the prince.
  • UNICORN a horse with a horn, mounting it requires special qualifications (virginity).
  • DESTRUCTION OF THE KINGDOM caused by external factors[demons] or internal [conspiracies]. Difficult to avoid, unless you have a prince at hand (see the death in battle).

 

Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?

Korona śniegu i krwiCrown of snow and blood” by Elżbieta Cherezińska

Fantastic historical novel with some fantasy elements. This book is magical and it brings a fresh look into Polish history. I loved reading this book. I’m not much of a history enthusiast, but this was amazing.

Phase 4 – First Date: The first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?

The SummonerThe Summoner” by Gail Z. Martin

Yet another fantasy book that should be a must-read for every fantasy fan out there. You’ve got all you need there – magic, adventure , fight for survival. And the rare thing – he needs to learn to use his magic. He doesn’t just figure it all at once. It was a nice change from all the books when someone finds out they have some kind of powers and they know how to use it already.

Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night?

Harry Potter box setI don’t think it’s going to be much of a surprise if I’ll say “Harry Potter” by J.K. Rowling.

It’s a fantastic series and the first three kept me aways till late night hours. The first one I read in one day, finished it already late at nigh, but I couldn’t resist and started the next book right away. Lucky I had it :D.

Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book you could not stop thinking about?

Loneliness on the NetLoneliness on the Net” by Janusz Leon Wiśniewski

It made me cry so much! I admit, it might not be the best book out there and there might be many that will make you feel so much, but I liked it and I had a hard time picking up anything else after I was done reading this one.

Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?

Opowieści z wilżyńskiej dolinyTales From Wilżyńska Valley” by Anna Brzezińska.

I love this cover! I love how certain elements have their own structure. Plus it looks great and I could as well put this book in Phase 1, but let’s no overdo it :D.

Phase 8 – Meeting the parents: A book which you would recommend to your family and friends?

MartianPretty much any I’ve mentioned before and after :P. But since I’ve just finished The Martian and loved it – here it is!

The Martian” by Andy Weir (btw, have you read the short-story prequel? It’s also fantastic)

That’s all I have to say about it. It’s great! Go read it. Now!

Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re-read many times in the future?

Guards GuardsDiscworld” series by Terry Pratchett

I actually made it a goal to gather all the books from Discworld series in English for my home library. I’ve got 8 books now… still many to go, but it’s worth it! Anyway, I read them in Polish (not all yet), some of them I listened to in English and I listened to every BBC adaptation I found.

Phase 10 – Share the love: Who do you tag?

Whoever wants to be tagged. In other words – You’re it!

Magic and fantastic love triangle

You’re probably thinking “not another love triangle”, but bare with me, you won’t regret it. After reading this let me know your thoughts, I’m curious to know what you think of this kind of triangle :D.

Ash and Echoes (Blessed Epoch #1)
by Augusta Li

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Goodreads | Amazon

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Since the Goodreads summary is rather long I’m simply going to tell you few words about the story.

Yarrow – a powerful young mage with quite a history and an unfortunate, permanent companion is made to accompany his cousin, the prince, on his journey. He has no idea what fate has in mind for him.
Duncan – a warrior faithful to his king and his training will do anything to protect the prince. He doesn’t need some cursed wizard to help him. Until the moment, Yarrow saves their lives.
And what about the prince? After the party is broken with only the last three members left alive, how will they find a common language. Seemingly three very different people, it there something that will help them join forces and bring their quest to an end?

Oh my, I got a bit inspired 😛 I hope it was fine. Was it fine?
Anyway, let’s continue.

There were many things I like in this book and few that weren’t perfect. Let’s start with some goodies to pick up the mood. Continue reading “Magic and fantastic love triangle”

Letting the past go

Kaminishi Four SeasonsKaminishi: Four Seasons
by Jan Suzukawa

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Goodreads | Amazon US

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Oh yes, here’s the second part of the Kaminishi stories. And yet again the Goodreads description pretty much says it all, so I’m not going to quote it here.

You might’ve wondered what happened with the couple that went through time and space to find each other. Here they are, living in Tokyo together. It all seems to be working out between them at first, but Michael keeps getting back to the past with his thoughts. Shintaro is busy at work and his family wants him back in Yakuza.

This story might’ve been a little better than the first one as this time there was actually some plot that you could follow. Yes, the romance still comes first, but at least, it is about a romance and not just sex. The couple seemed to drift apart lately and Michael wants to fix this. Sometimes you just have to give your partner some space, think about what’s happening, what each of you can do to improve your relationship. Or maybe it’s time to end it? Continue reading “Letting the past go”

Arrow through her heart

At the beginning I’d like to mention that I was tempted to read this book because it is about Robin Hood :). Yes, even though it’s pure romance, I just had to try it. As it happened I was lucky enough to win the giveaway on Goodreads and I’ve started reading this book as soon as I got my hands on it.

24696785Everything I Do (Rosa Fitzwalter, #1) by M.C. Frank

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You can find this book at Goodreads and Amazon.

Book starts with a boy, who’s not really a boy. Rosa, because that’s “his” name, found her way to Robin Hoods’ camp. She goes there to warn him about planned attack at a nearby village.

Her disguise is fine, but very soon all the important people see through it.

At first Robin behaves like he doesn’t believe in Rosa’s warnings, but still he’s ready to check if it’s truth rather than a trap.  Since everything checks out, Robin starts believing all the other information Rosa brings him. And she has a great source. Rosa tells Robin she works at Sheriff’s castle, but actually she’s sheriff’s daughter. She actually risks her life to help Robin. Continue reading “Arrow through her heart”