Review – Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

51VCKYAlgxL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Published by Razorbill in December 2012
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 412
Average Rating: 3.85
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In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword….

I don’t even know where to begin. I had really high expectations about the book since I’ve heard nothing but great things from BookTube and I really wanted to like it, but I was more than a little disappointed.

It felt like it took months to finish it even though it “only” took a week (I usually read a book in 2-4 days). To be totally honest, it was boring and really, really predictable. I don’t have anything against slow-paced fantasy books if it has something to tell and every part of it leads somewhere important, that’s where this story lacked big time. Most parts of the book didn’t need to be there at all in my opinion, don’t know if they’re going to lead somewhere in later books but it was one of the main things that made this book boring.

I just expected more from this story. It just wasn’t enough.

I didn’t really care about the characters, at all. The only one that I cared even a little bit about was Cleo and it wasn’t until the end I knew that I wanted to know what would happen to her. She was kind of annoying and really childish for the first 2/3 parts of the book, but it was mixed with something that I can’t put my finger on. But anyways, she grew quite a bit in my eyes in the last few chapters and I want to read more about her in the future.

Before reading the last few chapters I didn’t think I was going to read more books from Morgan Rhodes, in this series anyways. But after finishing it I was intrigued enough to at least give the second book a shot, but it won’t be a priority.

My rating before finishing the book was 2,5 at most, but by the end it got up to a 3.



2016 Reading Challenge

A new year means a new reading challenge. Last year I did the Popsugar Reading Challenge and did quite well but didn’t finish it, you can read kind of a wrap-up in the blog post before this one. This year I’m doing a reading challenge from a Goodreads group called Around The Year In 52 Books (because, to be totally honest, the Popsugar 2016 Reading Challenge wasn’t something I was excited to do and seemed kind of boring really, when reading the challenges so I wanted to try something different).

In this blog post I’ll be sharing the challenges and also which books I think I’m going to read (on most of them anyway). And this year I’m trying to focus mainly on books I already own since my owned TBR list is quite long at the moment, way to long to be okay in any way, but some of the challenges required books I don’t own yet (did someone say Book Haul? ;)). Books with a * are books I already own.

Anyways, I’m just going to list the challenges here and the book I’m thinking about reading under it. Lets get started.

1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn’t
* Don’t tell Mummy by Toni Maguire
2. A book set in a different continent
* The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated)
* The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name
* Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (thinking about listening to the audiobook for this one)
6. The highest rated on your TBR
Beginnings: Obsidian & Onyx by Jennifer L Armentrout
7. A book about books
* The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
8. A classic book with less than 200 pages
* The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson OR * The Time Machine by H G Wells
9. A book that was mentioned in another book
Peter Pan by J M Barrie (Mentioned in Perks of Being a Wallflower)
10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now
* The Fellowship of the Ring by J R R Tolkien
11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge
* The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
12. A childhood classic
Matilda by Roald Dahl
13. Reader’s Choice
I have no idea about this one yet, I might just go with it and decide later
14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How)
* Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago)
Little Women by Louise May Alcott
16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels
* And then there were none by Agatha Christie
17. A book with a beautiful cover
A thousand pieces of you by Claudia Gray
18. A book on a summer/beach reading list
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
19. A non-fiction book
* Från vaggan till deadline by Robert Gustavsson (finished this already)
20. A book with a first name in the title
Britt-Marie var här by Fredrick Backman
21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page
Bitterfittan by Maria Sveland
22. The first book in a new to you series

* The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (in Swedish)
23. The next book in a series you are reading
* Golden Son by Pierce Brown
24. A ”between the numbers” book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.)
Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken
25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you
Dirty Little Secrets by Lilian Hart
26. A book everyone is talking about
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion)
* The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir
Gösta Ekman: Farbrorn som inte ville va’ stor by Klas Gustafson
29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name
* The Long Walk by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman)
30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own
Either something Chinese or Russian
31. A work of young adult fiction

* Cinder by Marissa Meyer (already read this)
32. A historical fiction book
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
33. The 16th book on your TBR
* Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
34. A book about mental illness
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
35. An award winning book
All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr
36. An identity book – a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation

* The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
37. A book that you’ve seen the movie of but haven’t read
Atonement by Ian McEwan
38. A book about an anti hero
Macbeth/Othello/Hamlet by Shakespeare
39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list: A book that has more than one author (2 or more)
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
40. A novella from your favorite genre

* Probably gonna end up reading one from The Assassin’s blade by Sarah J Maas
41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction)
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
42. A top 100 fantasy novel

Hobbit by J R R Tolkien
43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night
* Collected Horror Stories (Poe, H P Lovecraft, etc.)
44. A book you’re embarrassed to read in public – I changed this because I don’t get embarrassed by any book I read in public, ever – the Challenge I chose instead is: A Book By a Celebrity
* Seven Deadly Sins by Corey Taylor (borrowed this from my brother)
45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have
Hooked on Murder by Betty Hechtman
46. A crime story
You by Caroline Kepnes
47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  Roald Dahl
48. A dystopia

Under the never sky by Veronica Rossi
49. A book with a great opening line
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson
50. A book originally written in a language other than English
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
51. A short story from a well-known author

* One from My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins. Don’t know which one yet though
52. A book published in 2016
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (maybe, not sure about this one yet since I want the paperback version and it probably won’t be out until next year)

I’m quite happy with how this list turned out and which books I found that I want to read for the challenges. This list might still change during year, I think I might post an update in the summer sometime and then a wrap-up by the end of the year. My Birthday is coming up (in February) and all I have asked for is books from this list or money so I can buy them myself, and some other ones too of course 😉

I hope you liked this post, and I’ll see you later. Take care! 🙂

Favorite Books of 2015

During the year I read 91 books in total, which is much more than I’ve ever read in a year. And I picked up so many books I might never had if I hadn’t found BookTube. There are so many great books out there and I want to read them all, but at the moment I’m just happy I got to read the books I read during last year. In this blogpost (as the title says) I’m going to talk a little bit about my favorite books from last year. I thought at first that I would do the 15 best books of 2015 (and what other titles there are for these). I have a top 5 though, but it’s in no particular order, they simple are my favorite books of the year and at least one of them is a favorite of all times! 🙂

So, here are the books I rated with 5 stars during the year (and really all other books that has become favorites during the year no matter rating).

* Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
* The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
* Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
* Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (re-read)
* Under vintergatans Alla stjärnor by Camilla Davidsson
* Anna and the French Kiss by Stephenie Perkins
* Isla and the Happily Ever after by Stephenie Perkins
* Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
* Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
* Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
* The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
* Angelfall & World after by Susan Ee
* The whole Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
and of course
* All books (out) in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
* All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Out of these my Top 8 favorites are:
* Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
* Under vintergatans Alla stjärnor by Camilla Davidsson
* Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (my favorite of ALL time!)
* Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
* Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
* Amy & Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
* Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
* Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
* Seriously all the Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead (no chance I could choose just one book)

2015 Popsugar Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

During 2015 I participated in the Popsugar annual reading challenge. I didn’t finish it, but I got quite a few of the challenges done for sure. In this post I thought I’d share what the challenges were and what books I read for that specific challenge. Better get this going as it’s kind of a long list.

✔︎ A book with more than 500 pages – Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
✔︎ A classic romance – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
✔︎ A book that became a movie – If I Stay by Gayle Forman
✔︎ A book published this year – A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
✔︎ A book with a number in the title – You’re the One that I Want by Giovanna Fletcher
✔︎ A book written by someone under 30 – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
✔︎ A book with non-human characters – The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
✔︎ A funny book – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
✔︎ A book by a female author – Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
✔︎ A mystery or thriller – Mord och Mandeldoft by Camilla Läckberg
✔︎ A book with a one-word title – Forbidden by Syrie & Ryan M. James
✔︎ A book of short stories – The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J K Rowling
✔︎ A book set in a different country – Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
✔︎ A nonfiction book – Drunkna inte i dina känslor by Maggan Hägglund & Doris Dahlin
✔︎ A popular author’s first book – Looking for Alaska by John Green
✔︎ A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet – Last sacrifice by Richelle Mead
A book a friend recommended – Don’t tell Mommy by Toni Maguire
✔︎ A Pulitzer prize-winning book – The Color Purple by Alice Walker
✔︎ A book based on a true story – Under Vintergatans Alla Stjärnor by Camilla Davidsson
A book at the bottom of your tbr-list – Bared to you by Sylvia Day
✔︎ A book my mom loves – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
✔︎ A book that scares you – The Walking Dead Vol. 4 by Robert Kirkman
✔︎ A book more than 100 years old – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
✔︎ A book based entirely on its cover – Every Day by David Levithan
✔︎ A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t (since I live in Sweden we never had specific books to read during school so instead I chose a book most people in the US were supposed to read during school) – The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
✔︎ A memoire – White Line Fever by Lemmy Kilmister
✔︎ A book you can finish in a day – Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
A book with antonyms in the title –
✔︎ A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit – Daughter of smoke and bone by Laini Taylor
A book that came out the year you were born – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A book with bad reviews – Above by Leah Bobet (lowest rating on my tbr)
✔︎ A trilogy – Legend by Marie Lu
A book from your childhood – Pippi Longstocking
✔︎ A book with a love triangle – Lola and the boy next door by Stephanie Perkins
✔︎ A book set in the future – Delirium by Lauren Oliver
✔︎ A book set in high school – Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
✔︎ A book with a color in the title – The Color Purple by Alice Walker
✔︎ A book that made you cry – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
✔︎ A book with magic – Shadow and bone by Leigh Bardugo
✔︎ A graphic novel – Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
✔︎ A book by an author you’ve never read before – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
✔︎ A book you own but have never read – The Fallen by Thomas E. Sniegoski
✔︎ A book that takes place in your hometown (nearest big town town/country) – Askungar by Kristina Ohlsson
✔︎ A book that was originally written in a different language – Blod er Liv by Benni Bodker
✔︎ A book set during christmas – Carry on by Rainbow Rowell
A book written by an author with your same initials – The Long Walk by Richard Bachman (or Stephen King)
✔︎ A play – Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
✔︎ A banned book – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
✔︎ A book based on or was turned into a TV show – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
✔︎ A book you started but never finished – Red Rising by Pierce Brown

So, to conclude this post I finished 42 of 50 challenges, which isn’t bad since this was my first year doing one of these challenges. In one or two I decided to use one book for two challenges because I got into a reading slump that lasted about three months or so in the end of the year. I’m happy I did this and for next year I will do a reading challenge again, not the Popsugar one but the Around the Year in 52 books one, it seemed so much more fun than the 2016 Popsugar Challenge.

During this challenge I found some really great books, I even read my now all time favorite book, and in this list there’s also one or two that really was disappointing but books that other seemed to really love. It was a cool experience and I hope that 2016 will bring me just as great experiences as last year.

This is it for now. Talk to you soon. Bye! 🙂

16 in 2016

Hi there!

So, 2015 is over and a new year has started, well, about two weeks ago any. What better way to get started the new year than knowing which 16 books I need to read during the year (except deciding what reading challenge to participate in and which books to read for it)? I know I’m really looking forward to reading all of these and have been for some time but just haven’t gotten to it yet, I think it’s time to take them on this upcoming year.

These are the books I know I need to get to during this year:

  1. A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin
  2. Forbidden by Tamara Suzuma
  3. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  4. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  5. Stolen: A letter to my Captor by Lucy Christopher
  6. The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien
  7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  8. The Martian by Andy Wier
  9. The Cellar by Natasha Preston
  10. Fight Club by Chuck Palaniuk
  11. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  12. Pensionatet vid världens ände by Camilla Davidsson
  13. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  14. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling
  15. Peter Pan by J M Barrie
  16. Storm Front by Jim Butcher

I own 7 of these already (or three of them are on their way at this very moment), I have no idea which one to start with, I think I might make a TBR jar for this one and draw one every now and again just to have something to go by. I even have a shelf on my Goodreads page if you want to check it out.

In a couple of weeks I might be able to add pictures to my blog posts, haven’t been able to since I haven’t really had any kind of light source until now and my camera on my phone sucks just a little bit.. and I’m just learning how wordpress works, but it’s coming.

This is all for now, I hope you enjoy this post and I see you next time. Bye!

2015 Wrap-Up & 2016 Reading Goals

A New Year and Many New Adventures!

Last year was quite a ride to say the least, but it all ended up great and something I can be grateful for. But well, let’s talk about books, my original reading goal for last year was 52 books, and I reached that in June or July which I didn’t expect at all. I ended up reading and finishing 91 books at the end of the year! I’ve never read this much in my entire life before, during a whole year, not even as much as I had set as my original reading goal for the year.

Last year I had kind of loose ”goals”, they were more like guidelines, for myself because I was just getting back into reading but I thought I’d share them with you all and check of which I managed to finish. Some of the goals are just ”Reading one book by a specific author” or ”read a book series/trilogy” or something like that, this was before I really knew what goals I really wanted to have, but it worked out okay anyway.

* Read 52 books ✔︎
* Participate in the Popsugar Reading Challenge ✔︎
* Read the Great Gatsby ✔︎
* Read Jane Eyre ✔︎
* Read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children ✔︎
* Read the last three books in the House of Night Series (I didn’t get to this one)
* Read Game of Thrones (I tried but I think I wasn’t up for reading Fantasy when I did so I put it down again)
* Read 2 Neil Gaiman books ✔︎ (Stardust and The Graveyard Book)
* Read the Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu ✔︎
* Read 3 books from the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge ✔︎
* Read the Percy Jackson series ✔︎
* Read a Rainbow Rowell book ✔︎ (ended up reading 3 of her books)
* Read Anna and the French Kiss Companion Trilogy by Stephanie Perkins ✔︎
* Read the three first books in the Outlander series ✔︎
* Read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy (DNF’d the second book and don’t intend to finish these)

I finished 12 challenges out of 15 so I think I did really well.

For this year I have some more specific goals and some are kind of like challenges in themselves, this is going to be interesting.

* Read a total of 60 books
* Finish 6 series/trilogy’s
– Delirium (2 books left)
– The Darkest Minds (1 book left)
– House of Night series (3 books left)
– The Grisha Trilogy (2 books left)
– Penryn & the End of Days (1 book left)
– Red Rising (2 books left)
* Read at least 1 book written in verse
* Finish my 16 books in 2016 (separate post on this will be coming later this week)
* Finish a 2016 reading challenge – 52 books. I’m going to post a separate blog post about this later this week as well.
* Start 4 new series/trilogy’s
– Snow like Ashes by Sara Raash
– Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (I already read this)
– Falling Kingdom by Morgan Rhodes
– The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
* Read a book, buy a book – I can’t buy one book until I’ve read a book! This because I bought way to many books during 2015 that I haven’t read yet and I really need to just buy books I know I will read soon or during the year.
* Read at least 5 books in Swedish.

I really hope I can get to all of these and finish most them. I won’t be too hard on myself though, but I hope anyways.

I hope you liked this post and I’ll be posting at least tree more posts this week. Take care! 🙂