Anthony Doerr – All the Light We Cannot See | Review

Marie.Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie- Laure’s converge.

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World War II always intrigued me, so I was really excited about this book, since I heard so many amazing things about it. However, I didn’t expect it would completely blow my mind. Dual POV was done perfectly and I really enjoyed reading about both of our main characters. Their childhoods and all the stuff that happened to them before the War wrapped up nicely into the later plot and I can definitely see all the hard work that was required in order for this book to exist. A lot of research had to be done, and I admire Anthony Doerr for not giving up and spending ten years writing this book.
Another thing about this book that I really liked was that we got to follow our characters at different ages throughout the book so we could get the whole picture of who they are and why they do what they do. Even though this book is quite long and the topic is not the happiest and lightest, it was still a quick read, since chapters are super short nad we keep changing POVs so I never really got bored. I have to say, this was a really smart move.

Now, onto the characters.
Marie-Laure (whose name I just can’t pronounce) was really beautiful character. I loved reading about her. She is such a strong femalce character, no one can deny that. The fact that she was blind didn’t make her weak, it made her seem even stronger, because she managed to deal with everything that happened to her and she didn’t want to give up. She wanted to live, and she did.
Werner is another amazing character. I loved reading about him as well, but for completely different reasons. I liked him a lot as a person and I found him to be very interesting. His interest in radios and basically physics in any form, was pretty unique, since I have never read about a character like him before. His childhood was not the happiest, but it was not terrible either. However, what followed that childhood was not nice at all. What happened to him at the end was realistic, that’s all I can say.
I’m not going to talk about other characters because they are important, but I don’t have much to say, so I won’t even start. I’m just going to say that all of the characters were really realistic and very well done and every single one of them added something to the whole story.

Throughout the whole book I was waiting for the two main characters, Marie-Laure and Werner to meet. I have to admit, I was expecting a romanc. When I got close to the ending (was it 100 pages left? 150? I don’t remember), I was afraid that they won’t meet at all, but then they did and the book immediately got even better. However, there was no romance, because that would be completely unnecessary and not realistic at all, since they were in the middle of the war.

I read one review on this book and there was a sentence which I found so true and which describes perfectly why I loved this book so much. Unfortunately, I can’t find that review again so I can link it here, but this is how sentence went: Anthony Doerr’s writing made me fall in love with words again.” Yeah, this summs it all up. All the Light We Cannot See is probably the most beautifully written book I’ve ever read and it’s definitely a masterpiece of literature. If you haven’t, you should definitely read it.

All in all, what I liked the most about this book was that it was so REALISTIC and just beautifully written. This is how you write a book. This is what I think of when people say literature. Definitely recommend to everyone.

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Cassandra Clare – Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) | Review

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.

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I’m so glad I finally picked this book up! I absolutely loved The Mortal Instruments and I knew I had to read this trilogy, too. I went into this book without any expectations becuase I didn’t want to be disappointed. However, I did compare it to The Mortal Instruments while reading, a lot. But, I didin’t disappoint me in any way. A lot of people like The Infernal Devices more than The Mortal Instruments but that didn’t happen to me. The Mortal instruments are my favourite series of all time and even though I liked this book so much, it didn’t change my mind. I have to say, these two series have a lot of simmilarities and even some characters reminded me of characters from The Mortal Instruments but these two series are also so different and I enjoyed them both.

Tessa was okay, but quite annoying at times. It may be result of the time she lives in and some things she says and thinks are riddiculous to me and I found that annoying but all in all I liked her character. I didn’t love her, but I kind of liked her. That’s all she gets. My favourite character was definitely Will. What can I say, I love Herondale boys and I can’t help it, Yeah, he can be a total yerk sometimes but I’m pretty sure there is a reason for his behaviour. I’m dying to find out his story! However, I totally love him and I also adore his and Tessa’s relationship, how they love each other one second and hate the other. They are so cute and I ship them so much. I also like Will’s relationships with Jem and Jessamine. I like his friendship with Jem, how he is the only one who can stand him and his behaviour. Also, his relationship with Jessamine is hilarious! I liked Jem, but not as much as Will. I totally picked my team. I felt quite sorry for him because of all that happened to him, his story is so sad and terrible. Also, I was pretty surprised that he’s half Chinese, but it’s kind of cool. I didn’t find very atrractive, though, his sick look and helplessness but he was attractive (in my head at least) when he was in battle. Actually, every time he took his ‘medicine’. However, I like his relationship with Tessa, their talks and all the advices he gives to her… But I can’t see them as a couple. Just no. She has to be with Will! Jessamine was annoying and bitchy at the beginning and I hated her but when I found out her story, I realized I liked her and she reminded me of Isabelle (from The Mortal Instruments) a bit but Izzy was much more badass and awesome. Charlotte was okay and I liked how strong and independent she was, especially because of the time she lived in. Also, Henry was a very loveable character and I felt so sorry because everyone looked down on him and his inventions. I never liked Nathaniel and I never trusted him completely. That bastard! They should have let vampires eat him! Urgh. Magnus was awesome as always even though there was not much of his character in this book. I especially loved (and totally fangirled) when he said: Black hair and blue eyes are my favourite combination. Oh, my God. Alec! I was so fangirling at the moment. It’s perfection. Camille quite surprised me because she was a total bitch and I hated her in The Mortal Instruments but here I even liked her. Sophie was really loveable character, too, and I’m so sorry for her because she lost two people she really cared about. Thomas was very nice, too, and I’m so sorry SPOILER ALERT that he died. Not fair!

SPOILER ALERT The ending was unexpectable and I absolitely loved all the twists. When we found out that De Quincey is not The Magister, I knew it it was Mortmain and that bad things will happen. I really liked how Tessa tricked him at the end, it was so cool. Also, I adored all the cute momenrs between Tessa and Will, fangirling all the way. I liked the idea of clockwork automatons, it was really awesome but also very terrifiing. It was interesting to read about different time period, especially because I’m not really into historical fiction but this was so good and it was so convincing and just awesome.
I loved Clockwork Angel so much, it was intense, mysterious and intriguing. So good. It was interesting to read about my favourote world in different time period, in different place and with new characters. Cassie did fantastic job again, her writting style is absolutely amazing and I love all her books so much. Plot twists are again unexpectable and intense, characters loveable and I could easily connect with them. I can praise this book for hours but I won’t. Just read it, it’s really good!

Sara Poole – Poison (The Poisoner Mysteries #1) | Review

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All about Poison you can find on Goodreads.

Amazingly boring book. I took me half of the year to finish it, but now I did and I’m so proud on myself. I’m not really a type for historical fiction and I found this book really boring because mostly nothing happened, there was only a bit of action. And I really don’t care about all that Church things and all these Pope games. BORING! But, as I said, fans of historical fiction would  probably love this book and this is just my opinion. I’m really proud on myself that I managed to finish this book even though I hated it. That just proves how stubborn I can be.

Francesca is a weird character but I didn’t like her. She is too scared for her soul and she exaggerates everything. Maybe that’s just influence of a time period she lives in and maybe it’s not. I just didn’t like her. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters in the book but Rodrigo Borgia fascinated me with his machinations and brilliant moves. At the end of the book I realized I like Cesare because then we actually get to know him and he is a very interesting character so he is probably my favourite character in Poison. I liked Vittoro too, even though I don’t have some special reason for that. I liked Lucrezia but she didn’t appear in the book so much so I can’t have some real opinion about her.

Ending was so obvious so that is maybe one of the reasons why this book was so boring. I really didn’t care what will happen at the end but when it did happen I was like: Oh, yeah, I thought that was going to happen. SPOILER ALERT! It was so predictable that Borgia was going to be the next Pope. I don’t know what else to say about this book. I thought it will be much better and I expected more but I think my dissapointment is visible. Still, I’m glad I finished Poison because I hate leave books unfinished. I will not recommend this book to you, but if you like historical fiction, go ahead, you may enjoy it.