Book review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and BoneDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Based on the reviews at Goodreads I was expecting this book to be nothing short of perfect. Imagine my surprise when I was 20% into this and still not liking it. Usually I tend to agree on opinions and ratings but this was an exception. I’m still baffled as to why it received such high ratings. For me, it was a complete mess.

I guess the main contributing factor to my disliking this book was the writing style. I know it has been praised but it just left me disconnected to the characters and the overall story. I found myself nearly skipping over paragraphs and rolling my eyes at depictions time and time again. Speaking of the story, again, having read many young adult books, “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” follows the same formula. There was nothing new to be found in between the pages. Not even the “twist” towards the end came as a surprise.

Let’s get back to the characters – again, I didn’t feel any kind of connection to any of them. The most interesting and enjoyable character was Karou’s ex-boyfriend Kazimir and he wasn’t really featured that much. Karou’s and Akiva’s “romance” felt too contrived. Even after the big reveal towards the end the relationship seemed very much off. Not to mention that these chapters after the reveal were pretty much the most uninteresting and boring ones.

You know you’re not enjoying a book when you start your Kindle and think “OK, I have to get this book finished, so that I can start something new”. It’s sad, but Goodreads, I guess this is one where we don’t agree on. But it doesn’t matter, since I seem to be in the minority with my low rating and I’m sure many people will devour this book and its sequel(s). I just know I won’t be one of them.

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Photography: Seasons change

We’ve been blessed with beautiful weather here in Munich, but that all comes to an end tomorrow, so I decided to grab my camera and try and capture some early fall impressions. You can see the result below.

Memories remain

No one ever really dies as long as they took the time to leave us with fond memories.
~ Chris Sorensen

This past night my grandpa died. He was 87.
I’ve never experienced the loss of a close family member before, we’ve been really blessed this far.
Luckily my grandpa didn’t suffer. It was quick. Within 7 hours he was gone. He didn’t feel pain and was surrounded by loved ones when he took his final breath.

He was a wonderful and inspiring person. At the age of 21 he lost his left arm in the Second World War. He could have died then and there, but the grenade splinters claimed the life of his friend instead. He met my grandma shortly after the war and they’ve been married for over 64 years.
Right to this day they’ve been in love with each other. Deeply. Holding hands, supporting each other during many health setbacks – a poster book marriage.

We grandchildren never questioned why our grandpa only had one arm, and he never let that drag him down either.
My grandpa’s life was his garden. He always had a project, hauling stones, planting patches, taking care of his roses.
I’m not a religious person, far from it, but I believe that there is something out there – my grandpa must have known that his time would come to an end.
In the morning on the day he died, he went out to his garden, sat in his chair and took it all in. He had never done that before.
In the afternoon he told my sister “I have to finish my work in the garden”.
Late afternoon he collapsed there and was taken to the hospital. He died there 6 hours later, peacefully falling asleep.
My mom and I were at home while the rest of my family was there with him. The last time I saw him was on Sunday, family dinner, where he ordered a double grappa.
This is my last memory that I have of him. I’m glad to have it, him, full of life, laughing and joking.

I’ll miss you grandpa. I hope wherever you are that there’s a beautiful garden and a grappa waiting for you.

It’s a small world…

I recently went on a short holiday to Disneyland, Paris. Naturally I took some photos. I’ve uploaded some of my faves to my photography portfolio. The Haunted Mansion is one of my favorite places there. Love the spookiness!

Additionally I took some experimental photos in my hometown Munich during the spring festival that took place a couple of months ago.

Book review: The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1)

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1)The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spoilerish Review

I’m a sucker when it comes to Greek mythology, so when I read the summary for “The Goddess Test”, it immediately piqued my interest. Aimee Carter draws bits and pieces from Greek mythology and intertwines them with a fresh take on them.
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