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Review
5 Stars
City Of Miracles
City of Miracles - Robert Jackson Bennett

With City of Miracles one, if not the best, fantasy series of the last couple of years comes to an end. I cannot start to express just how much I loved reading them. The world is so complex, as are the characters, and these series is so emancipated that I really couldn't tell if they male of female based on their position (but without making a show of it, which means it felt all the more real). Before I just keep rambling about the series, let me tell you one thing: it comes highly recommended! (But start with City of Stairs, the first one)

City of Miracles follows Sigrud, some fifteen years after the previous books, as he learns of Shara's dead. I was shocked at this at first, since she was the main character from the first book, but it really works. As Sigurd tries to protect her daughter, he learns about something that is bigger than them all.

I enjoyed it so much I don't know how to put it best into words. I recommend taking some proper time to really immerse yourself into the world because it will be worth it. It is not often that I'm so saddened by a book, but the ending was right in the feels. I also felt some pain because it meant this adventure is over. Did Robert Jackson Bennett write other books besides The Divine Cities? If so, I must get them NOW.

Thanks to Blogging for Books and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review
3.5 Stars
Machinations
Machinations - Hayley Stone

Machinations follows Rhonda, recently returned from the dead (she's a clone of her previous self) because her job, as a hallmark of the rebellion against the machines isn't over.

In this robot-apocalypse, where the bots have decided to fight 'the war to end all wars' by exterminating people, what drew me most was the struggles Rhonda had with coming to terms with one) dying and second) coming back.

It made a nice and interesting read and I certainly plan to read the sequel as well.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review
2.5 Stars
How To Survive A Robot Uprising
How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion - Daniel H. Wilson

I was expecting something slightly more funny and less serious, but How to Survive a Robot Uprising tackles the upcoming robot-apocalypse describing different types of robots that will bring our demise. It is easily portable and fits in a pocket, gives tips about escaping a smart house and if anything, made me aware of all the possible thing that can kill me.

Quick read, not as funny as I expected it to be though, and I'm afraid that in the event of a robot-apocalypse most of the information might be out-dated.

Review
3 Stars
Pixar Manga: Finding Nemo
Disney Pixar Finding Nemo Manga--Special Collector's Edition (Pixar Manga Collection) - Ryuichi Hoshino

The Finding Nemo Manga, as others in the PopTokyo series, follows the story of the movie quite strict, so it is more of a re-watch than an addition to the movie. For me, it was a nice way to brush up Finding Nemo in time for Finding Dory, the sequel.

At the start there is some extra information on the different characters, but otherwise, expect the movie is manga-form, the art style also resembles that of the movie.

Nice for fans of Finding Nemo and Pixar!

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review
4 Stars
Laser Moose And Rabbit Boy
Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy - Doug Savage

Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy may seem an unlikely duo, but they make a very cute one. Together they protect their forest from threats, all the while Laser Moose shoots, ehm, lasers from his eyes.

While aimed at children, this comic book is also very nice for adults. There are some nice mysteries in it, I was pleasantly surprised.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review
1 Stars
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  - J.K. Rowling

The review below was based on my first read of the Harry Potter books, ages ago and in Dutch. Updated reviews will follow after a reread (in English) I plan to do.

 

I was particularly disappointed when I just finished reading it, see review below. I'm very curious what I will think of it when I reread it for the first time. I think I will be less harsh this time.

 

I thought this to be the worst book of the series. Most important reason 

the end. I thought that was horrible. Harry Potter should have died to end the series properly. This dying and not really dying, I didn't like it. It seemed to me that Rowling was so attached to Harry Potter that she couldn't let him die. Even though it had been better for the books.

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There were other things I didn't like either in this book. You could see a change in how they react on the death of people. First, there is a lot to do about everyone who dies. But in the end it is like she is rushing through this part and they see all those death people and only think 'whatever?'. (At least it gave me that impression). I do like that part when Harry, Ron and Hermoine live in Sirius' old home with that house-elf (I don't know how he's called in English).
This was my least favorite of the Harry Potter books, I had hoped for it to have a better ending...

Review
4 Stars
Yea Though I Walk
Yea Though I Walk - J. P. Sloan

I had previously read some books from JP Sloan (The Curse Merchant) but they were quite different from Yea Though I Walk, which I can only describe as a gritty Paranormal Western Horror. Talk about blending some genres together.

I'm normally not really someone for the Western genre, but the grittiness of it really added to the story. Add to that the Wendigo and vampires and it made a surprisingly entertaining read. I think the main character, Odell, could have been fleshed out a bit more (no pun intended) but otherwise a really nice read.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review
4.5 Stars
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

The review below was based on my first read of the Harry Potter books, ages ago and in Dutch. Updated reviews will follow after a reread (in English) I plan to do.

 

After the first time I read the series, this has remained one of my favourites, even though the ending must have been spoilt to me at least a hundred times, so that part didn't come as a surprise. However, I really liked this book and I think it contains some of the most compelling scenes from the series.

Certainly recommended!

Review
3 Stars
Woman Much Missed
Woman Much Missed (Little Black Classics #14) - Thomas Hardy

I'm not very experienced in reading poetry. I can say I like it, but always is small portions. Woman Much Missed collects poems Thomas Hardy wrote after losing his wife in 1912. Therefore, they are all dark in sadness, but beautifully so as Hardy struggles with his loss. There was a lot of symbolism there that I quite liked, but after awhile it was rather heavy and I am wondering if it really is a representative sample of his writing (as it was all inspired by one tragic event).

Little Black Classics ~ #14

Review
4.5 Stars
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  - J.K. Rowling

The review below was based on my first read of the Harry Potter books, ages ago and in Dutch. Updated reviews will follow after a reread (in English) I plan to do.

 

My gosh, this is quite the long story for a child to read. But I really liked it. Some called it too political, some a little bit boring, but for me this is one of three Potter books I like best (after HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban & HP and the Half blood prince). I liked the Order of the Phoenix and Dumbledores Army, but I couldn´t stand Umbridge (for understandable reasons).

 

Of course I believe everyone should at least have read this series once, so I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. But start at the beginning!

Review
4 Stars
Ik Hou Van Artis
Ik hou van Artis het park, de dieren, de mensen - Jan Paul Schutten, Nienke Denekamp

Een aantal jaar had ik een abbonement op Artis, de oudste dierentuin van Nederland, en omdat ik dat altijd erg leuk vond was ik ook nieuwsgierig naar Ik Hou Van Artis. Het staat vol met verhalen van medewerkers en bezoekers en veel mooie foto's. Heel leuk om eens te bekijken.

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Some years ago I used to visit Natura Artis Magistra (Artis for short) quite a lot and I always enjoyed visiting The Netherlands' oldest zoo (1837) so I was interested in this book. It's filled with nice stories from visitors and workers alike and contains also a lot of nice (old) pictures. I really enjoyed going through it.

Review
4 Stars
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

The review below was based on my first read of the Harry Potter books, ages ago and in Dutch. Updated reviews will follow after a reread (in English) I plan to do.

 

The Prisoner of Azkaban was my favorite book of the series, so it's obvious I didn't like this one as much as I did the third. In my opinion it took too long before Harry and his friends are actually going to school again. And I always liked the schoolparts of the stories best. I liked the end of this book...


I thought you can really feel that Rowling is willing to make her books 'darker' and more sinister in comparison with the first books.

Review
3.5 Stars
Hell's Teeth
Hell's Teeth - James Fahy

Dr. Harkness is thrown into a lot of mess in the dystopian world of New Oxford as her supervisor goes missing and the only thing that is left of her is, surprisingly, her teeth. Harkness turns out to be a great main character as she guides us through her world with a lot of wit, which made this book so nice to read.

The world is filled with Genetic Others, Vampires and the like, which has of course been done a lot recently in the genre, but it still somehow feels fresh in Hell's Teeth. I should really pick up the second book in the series soon!

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review
5 Stars
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  - J.K. Rowling

The review below was based on my first read of the Harry Potter books, ages ago and in Dutch. Updated reviews will follow after a reread (in English) I plan to do.

 

And this is where I became a fan of Harry Potter. I really liked it! It's often been said that it is the best of the Potter books, and currently, I have to agree. I liked the story, the characters, everything really. Finished this one really quick.

The only thing that sort of scares me is: will the book live up to my expectations on re-read? (*fingers crossed 'cause I sure hope it does*)

Review
2 Stars
Kokoro
Kokoro - Keith Yatsuhashi

For the biggest part of Kokoro I felt like I was missing a lot of it. It is of course my own fault for not realizing it was a sequel before getting the book, but still this is one of these books I would certainly not recommend reading as a stand-alone as you will probably feel as lost as I did.

It's presented as a combination of Japanese folklore and science-fiction, and at times it felt like I was reading a manga (without the pictures), but the story moved incredibly fast and was at times a bit overwhelming. Due to this, I never really got invested with the characters, either on Higo or on Earth. If I had liked Kokoro better, I would have certainly checked out Kojiki too, as I would have like to see how it all started, but as it stands, I'm rather hesitant and think I'm going to pass.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Review
3.5 Stars
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

The review below was based on my first read of the Harry Potter books, ages ago and in Dutch. Updated reviews will follow after a reread (in English) I plan to do.

 

When I first read the Harry Potter series, almost ten years ago now, I was mostly looking for what made people think it was a great series. I never read a lot of fantasy as a child, and was only slowly starting to appreciate the genre.

I think this is what I was still a bit feeling when I read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I remember it as quite nice but also still quite slow and quite childish. It's already listed for reread (and very few books are) because I would like to get a better view of the book, also more in perspective. Hope to do it somewhere in 2017!

But what I've always liked best about the Harry Potter universe is everything surrounding it. That a whole generation grew up with it and will get your references, some of things fans have created around it. I think that is great.

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