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Sunday, 14 January 2018

6 Reasons to Read the Greatcoats by Sebastien de Castell

  This picture turned out to be way too small but I'm no master PhotoShopper so I'll make do with it.
  As you could probably guess from the title, today I'm going to tell you why I highly recommend you the Greatcoats series by Sebastien de Castell.
  I recently found out about this series when I saw Traitor's Blade on Book Depository for like 5 euros and at the time I was living in my home country and this seemed to be a very cheap price for a book in English and I got it of course. This is the best decision I've made last year because this first book introduced me to the Greatcoats and it is now amongst my favourite fantasy series of all time even though I haven't read the last book yet. 
  I didn't have this blog when I started reading it so I didn't see the point in writing a review from the second book on so I decided to share with you, fellas, 6 reasons to read the Greatcoats.

1. Characters

 I love the characters! They are very well-developed, sassy, smart, strong and very funny! I don't really want to go into too many details because this post would get too long.
  Falcio is the bravest man I've ever read about! Brasti is one of the funniest character's I've read about and Kest is the best swordsman in Tristia and a very mysterious character to me. He is the quiet one. In my opinion, you can't just choose one of the three to be your favourite, you love them all equally or at least I do.
  I am a sucker for some strong characters. No matter the odds, no matter what they go through, they always find a way out even when everything and everybody believes they are doomed! 
  There are also some jokes at the wrong times that are hilarious! 
  But it isn't just the main characters that are developed, there are also the side ones which are just as amazing. I love Valiana, Aline, and some others who grow with every book. 

2. Writing

  The writing is just excellent! I love de Castell's style. It's fast-paced and detailed but it isn't boring. It's beautiful and fascinating at times; I love it. 
  I also like it when authors describe different fighting techniques, so this is a big plus for me. I love how he's written everything and I definitely saw some good development in his writing from the first book and the one in the third one. 

3. Humour

  Well, I already wrote several times how funny the books are and I love how amongst the seriousness of them all de Castell always finds a way to lighten the mood just a little bit, to make them more real and a little lighter to read than they are. In my opinion, this makes his books even better than they already are but I warn you, I've been biased ever since I read the first one!

4. Covers

Well, for those of us who sometimes buy books because of the covers- they are amazing!
Just look at the details on this one! They get even better with every book!

5. World-Building

  Most high fantasy books get a little boring when it comes to describing their world because it's so complex and authors usually include some weird and hard words for a thing you would never really remember. The Greatcoats' world is described just well enough for the reader to understand why thing are the way they are and de Castell doesn't shower you with too much useless information at once, In fact, he reveals just the things you need to know in order to understand what you are reading about and the more you read, the more you discover about the world.

6. Plot/ Storyline

  As it is usual for books in a series by the same author, the plot becomes predictable, meaning that you know approximately how the book will go and when events will unfold, however (!), you never know with Sebastien de Castell's books how exactly this is going to happen, you just know that Falcio will have an epiphany at some point and then there are going to be plans and strategies and unexpected twists. 
  I love the books for the unique stories they tell in their light, funny and beautiful, yet scary way. I swear that I was more excited while reading these books that I've been in months! Usually, only books by Brandon Sanderson or Laurell K. Hamilton can move me so much. I love them!

Have you read the Greatcoats? Do you like high fantasy books?

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Top 5 Wednesday - Books You Didn't Get to in 2017

(Top 5 Wednesday is a book meme that was started by Laini from GingerreadsLaini and is now hosted by Sam over at Thoughts on Tomes.)
 Hello, fellas! Today I'm doing my first Top 5 Wednesday post!
I am very bad at following my own rules and schedules so I may or may not post anything tomorrow since my goal right now is to post two times a week. However, I love doing some lists!
  I'll stop wasting your time now and proceed to the post.

Books You Didn't Get to in 2017

 1. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

  Since I loved Outlander, I was excited about this book very much, however, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this series may not be for me. First of all, it may include some time-travel but the books are mainly drama- a genre I don't like very much. Second of all, I spoiled myself about the series and realized that it included things that I don't agree with and I couldn't be able to stand them if I continued with the book. I realize that the purpose of this post wasn't entirely about decided not to read a book but this is my reason why I didn't get to it.

 2. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

 It's time for something positive! I love Eragon and I actually want to read the last book of the series very much! And I will. At some point. It's been several years since I started reading Christopher Paolini's books and I just think that reading them slowly works more for me than anything else.

 3. It by Stephen King


 I totally wanted to read this last year, however, I didn't have the time to fully dive into it. I'm very curious about this book, I've never read a Stephen King novel before (yes, you read that right) and I actually want to try and see what happens and if I like them.

 4. Hunted by Meagan Spooner


  I've no idea why I didn't manage to get to this one. Hunted was the book I was very excited about and I still am. The idea of the Beauty and the Beast retelling that actually is kinda close to the original appeals to me very much. Maybe the reason I didn't read it last year is that I really want to buy it, haha.

 5. Now I Rise by Kiersten White

  After reading And I Darken, I wanted to read the sequel so badly! I was actually pretty excited about it but the more I waited, the less I wanted to read it. Don't get me wrong, I still would like to find out what happens next, just not...so much. I really can't explain it but I do plan on getting to it. At some point.

So, these are just some of the books I didn't get to last year. Their titles lead to Amazon. (If you're not situated in the UK, you could change the .co.uk to .com or whatever works for your country.)

Which are some of the books you didn't get to in 2017?

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Monday, 1 January 2018

My Year 2017 in Books

Happy New Year, fellas! For my first post for 2018 I decided to share with you all of the books I read in 2017 because I created this blog too late to do a Wrap Up. 

  Since I am not new to blogging I need to let you know that I'm trying to get used to blogging again because I took a 3-month break from my Bulgarian blog and now I'm kinda lazy. However, I won't let my laziness or my lack of readers come between me and my blog, hahahaha. 
  What I want to specify is that a lot of my future posts would be taken from my first blog because I'm not going to read any new-ish books for the next several months maybe because right now I have this obsession with some old high fantasy and just books I like and prefer in general. Since YA is the genre that is read the most and I really despise it, I don't know what will become of this blog but I am determined to make it work.

  Anyway. Oathbringer is my last read for 2017 and I totally ADORE it.
  Don't forget to follow me please and maybe comment? I love reading comments and I do respond to them (maybe because I almost never get them anyway). 

  How many books did you read last year? 

Sunday, 24 December 2017

And I Darken by Kiersten White

I expected something a little more different but And I Darken is everything I could have ever wanted in a book even though there is no magic! (I thought it was fantasy.) I can't believe what an amazing book Kiersten White has written and I expect for the whole trilogy to ruin me emotionally and I will enjoy every second of my misery. This is the effect And I Darken had on me.

Kiersten White writes in a beautiful and captivating way and I was immediately caught up in it. Her style is really good and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I couldn't be more satisfied with it than I already am.

And I Darken is like nothing I've read before! It's something completely new to me, I didn't expect to enjoy it so much! It's a historical fiction about the female version of Vlad The Impaler a.k.a. Vlad Dracul- Lada Dragwlya later Lada Dracul. The book appeals even more to me because the story takes part in the time of the Ottoman Empire and there are mentioned Bulgarians and even Varna- my city! I totally loved everything about it and I will just comment the characters as usual.

Lada is a strong, ruthless heroine who I loved from the second she was born, literally. She is one of the strongest characters I've ever read about and she earned my respect when she was very young and then she kept proving that I respect her for a reason. She is frighteningly aware of the things that make her weak and easily manipulated and she does everything in her power to eliminate them even if it costs her her heart and happiness. Despite being distant to her brother and to their shared friend- Mehmed, she cares very much about them and protects them with everything she has. She is loyal and a very good friend and I couldn't like her more!

Radu is weird. He is Lada's far more gentle brother who is beautiful and more intelligent and clever than people realise. He is impressive but not as much as his sister and his role in the empire gets bigger and bigger with every chapter of the book. He isn't strong, not by my standards anyway but he is a cutie who I couldn't help but like. In the beginning of And I Darken he cries a lot but their story begins with them being born so it is understandable. He grows in the shadow of his sister and therefore learns how to use this to his advantage. Radu is amazing in his own way and I enjoyed his chapters almost as much as Lada's.

Throughout the book the development of the Draculesti siblings is obvious and there is a big change in them. I expected Lada and Radu to work a little more together but the way things turned out to be is even better. They work very hard to protect Mehmed and Lada is maybe the best bodyguard someone will ever have. I also enjoyed pretty much the way their relationship with Mehmed was described and developed. I saw the feelings coming of course but I still loved it very much!

Nicolae is Lada's sidekick who is a very good and loyal friend to her. I was immediately impressed by him when he was first introduced to us. He is Wallachian and that's why Lada befriended him at first. He is one of the characters that I liked the best.

I love everything about And I Darken and I am even more fussy about Now I Rise! The first book is so amazing and overwhelming that I just cannot wait for the next one!
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You can find And I Darken on Amazon!
It can be found for cheaper on eBay as well!

Thursday, 21 December 2017

20 bookish facts about me

Hello, fellas! My name is Yuli Atta and welcome to my first blog in English- Damaged Pages. For my first blog post, I decided to do the 20 bookish facts about me post!

The facts aren't in a specific order.

1. I read about 100 books a year.
2. My favourite genre is fantasy.
3. Six years ago I had an obsession with vampires. Now, they are my guilty pleasure.
4. So is the occasional romance novel.
5. English isn't my first language but I prefer reading in English. (And have been for the last 5 years.)
6. My favourite authors of all time are Brandon Sanderson and Laurell K. Hamilton. I also love Rick Riordan, Darynda Jones, Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo.
7. I love Harry Potter but I don't like J. K. Rowling's writing style.
8. I've read all of Twilight because I was curious about it. I'm not a fan anymore.
9. I've read 50 shades of Gray (just the first one), failed to see the romance.
10. The longest book I've read is Oathbringer (1243 pages ) by Brandon Sanderson, but the longest I own is It (1400+ pages) by Stephen King.
11. I really dislike YA fantasy but every time I decide to completely give up on it, I find a book like The Diabolic that can return my belief in the genre for just a little longer.
12. I haven't read Lord of the Rings and nor have I seen the films. But I plan to. #guilty
13. I love strong characters, no matter if they are main or side characters.
14. I am a beta reader.
15. I'd like to publish a book in the future.
16. I'm currently studying Journalism and Creative Writing at Falmouth University.
17. I have a Bookstragram and a Goodreads profile.
18. I rarely read something that isn't fantasy because I find such books lacking something. #sorry That's why I don't read thrillers. They aren't thrilling enough for me.
19. I love short chapters and absolutely hate long ones. Especially the ones above 30 pages.
20. I prefer paperbacks to hardcovers!

I'd be happy if you let me know about some of your bookish facts in the comments!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Disclaimer! This review was first published on my Bulgarian blog HERE so that's why I am writing about an ARC of a book that's already come out.

An ARC has been kindly provided by Faber and Faber Ltd via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion. (It was actually a wish come true. Literally.)

I didn't expect this to be as good as it was. It still had its flaws as the first book but it was even more enjoyable.

Traitor to the Throne is an amazing book full of action from the beginning to the very end and Amani is even better than before. This sequel to Rebel of the Sands was a pleasant surprise and a very enjoyable read. 

From the beginning, we are thrown in on a mission of Amani's where things go down as expected and she has to fight her way out, freeing the area she is in. The action and descriptions caught me in the book and after that, I couldn't put it down. I am so impressed with the development of this novel that I am struggling really hard to review it right now. (Besides, I read it yesterday.) The plot was still predictable to me but there were a couple of twists I didn't see coming. It is very well-developed and it is worth reading. As I said, the difference in her writing is visible (or it could be the fact that I read it in original this time).

I am not good at giving comments on the plot so I will just move on to the characters who are one of the most important things in books for me.

I don't remember anything from Rebel of the Sands. Nothing. Nada. When I started reading this sequel it was like I was reading a separate book and I am really impressed with Amani. By the time I've read around 50% of it, I've already remembered most of the first book so I was able to see Amani's development. I love her. She is strong and I liked the way she talked about always getting into danger. I am really fond of her fighting skills and the way she picks up bits and pieces of everything she isn't familiar with and becomes almost an expert in these areas (I am exaggerating of course). There are some obvious things she is oblivious to but I cannot really blame her because it is easy to observe and a whole lot different to actually participate in all of this. Anyway, Amani is a character I love and she didn't even once anger me like some heroines do. (There were some expressions that weren't appropriate but I highly doubt somebody else would pay them any attention at all.)

Tamid was utterly useless here as was he in the first book. But whereas he was the reason for a little twist in Amani then, here he just got in the way of the Rebellion. I didn't like him then, I don't like him still. He is too weak to be worth even a word. 

Rahim is an interesting character I didn't get to know really well and I really hope that I will meet him again in the next book and get to know him because I am impressed with him. I will say nothing further in order to avoid spoilers.

I really like Shazad, her strength, her loyalty to Amani and how she always watches her back. I couldn't like a side character more even if I wanted to.

There is a lesson in surviving that everyone in the Rebellion needed in my opinion. It is a little harsh but I think that this will help them win unless Alwyn Hamilton hasn't got something else on her mind. 

I really liked the Sultan which might be surprising but I love a well-written villain and he has potential in him for being one. I love the way the author has captured his personality, he is very clever and I just couldn't help myself but grow fond of him. 

Traitor to the Throne is even better than Rebel of the Sands, there is action, battles, love, betrayal, some unexpected twists and more! I totally enjoyed it and I can't wait for the next one because this ending was just epic!
Have you read Rebel of Sands? What do you think?

You can get Rebel of Sands
                    Traitor to the Throne and
                    Hero at the Fall  on Amazon
You can get them on EBAY as well.

Bookhangover and How I Deal With It

Hello, fellas! In today's post I'm talking about book hangovers and my way to deal with them! 

๐Ÿ“– What is a book hangover?

You can see what the first picture says: Inability to start a new book because you’re still living in the last book’s world; but I did my research this time and decided to share some more definitions of it (they are copied from the websites I looked into).

1. When you've finished a book and you suddenly return to the real world, but the real world feels incomplete or surreal because you're still living in the world of the book.

2. The headache you get after staying up into the wee hours of the morning staring at teeny tiny print.

3. The inability to start a new book because you are still living in the old book's world 

4. The inability to function at work/school because you were up all night binge-reading

5. When you stay up all night reading and go to bed at 2 am and when you wake up you realize you are back to reality and you are faced with the fact that you are a) not in the book world b)you finished the book and you don’t know what to do with your life c) you are overly exhausted and still have to cope with daily things or d) you have to get back to your boring life after you have lived an exciting one.

๐Ÿ“– The way I understand it:

I prefer the very first definition I gave, the one in the picture on the top (Inability to start a new book because you’re still living in the last book’s world) but when I have a book hangover I literally get obsessed with the book so much that I actually dream about it which results in my lack of sleep. As an easily distracted person, this is a really bad condition for my concentration because the only thing I can think of is the book. Nothing else.

๐Ÿ“– My book hangover books

The first book that came to my mind is The Fault in Our Stars. This is the first book that obsessed me but I was only 15 and nearly an inexperienced reader. John Green writes in a captivating and in a very touching way but I highly doubt his book will have the same effect on me now. I started reading it out of curiosity and liked it so much that I couldn’t sleep that night. I finished it the next day.

The second book is the one I thought of the very first time I intended to write this post. It is The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. To me, The Way of Kings is a synonym to a book hangover. My history with it begins a week before I got my hands on it. I knew it had been ordered and I knew that my grandparents are supposed to give it to me the following week but I couldn’t wait, I couldn’t read anything else. I was craving for it so hard that I couldn’t get into the books I started at the time- at least five books I picked up and put down and some of them I haven’t touched since. To say I was obsessed in advance is one way to put it.

Then, as I started reading it, I was immediately engrossed in it, despite the typical slow start but when I got to the real deal…Well, let’s just say that I dreamt of Kaladin, Dalinar and Adolin all night long. I couldn’t believe how much I loved it and for a time I spoke and thought only of The Way of Kings and its companion Words of Radiance that I read a week later. This is one of the reasons Brandon Sanderson is my favourite author of all time.

I remember that I dreamt of a book a while back but I cannot recall which one it was. I strongly believe that it was Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor but I am dubious.

๐Ÿ“– My cure: The way I deal with it

My cure couldn’t be more unimpressive. I’ve been using it for far more things than I realised like getting something out of my mind and concentrating. You may find it odd but it really is what helps me the most. What is it?

Writing. I write down everything that bothers me.

It works, it really works and I’ve done it three times with The Way of Kings because the book is too long for me to write it a decent review. I made separate posts on what impressed me.

I don’t need to share whatever I’ve written with anybody in order to get it out of my mind or to come out of my book hangover although I’ve done it. This way I take the burden, so to speak, off my shoulders and I am able to think more clearly. I even wrote a very angry post about the TV show Shadowhunters because it is so unprofessional… It’s like a fanfiction TV series- entertaining but not the real deal and I decided to accept it for what it is. I’ve written many other things that I have or have not posted on different topics. It works for me and I don’t have a problem with sharing my opinion.

That’s why it is not hard for me to begin a new book right away when I’ve had a book hangover. I get over it quite easily and the only exceptions are books like The Way of Kings, The Final Empire and Empire of Storms. In this case, I tend to think about certain actions or the feelings I had while reading it.

This post turned out to be way longer than I expected. As I said in the beginning, I wish my Creative muse was as active as my Blogger one which made me take notes on my future post at the time, instead of studying for my finals.

One last question I hope you do not ignore: How do you deal with you book hangover?