Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What's your favorite?

The most frequently asked, but difficult to answer, question about books is: "What's your favorite?"
I never really like this question, because I never have a real answer to it and I don't like to say: "there so many great books, so I can't choose". So my answer changes almost every day. But there are some books/series which I think are spectacular:

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
There are some books everybody should've read and this is one of them. I haven't met a person yet who could honestly say about this book that they didn't like it. And for me it's impossible to imagine. You have to like this book. First of all, because it can be read by everyone from every age. The story has so many layers, so not everyone will read the same story. And that's what I love most about this book.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
This is the book I'm still most impressed by. I can't say exactly why, but it just amazes me. Audrey Niffenegger made a complex work about time traveling. For me, it has all the facets I could want in a book: it makes me cry and laugh. It has romance and suspense. It's my personal favorite, but I don't think everyone will like it.

Stravaganza #1
Stravaganza by Mary Hoffman
Of all the series I'm currently reading this is the best. This is already a beautiful year, because the next book will be published, City of Swords. And I can't wait. Every two years there's a new book and every time the same things happens: I run (almost literary) to the bookstore, buy it, read it, love it and then I have to wait another two years for the next book to come out. The books can be read separately, because in every book there is another principal character. In the Netherlands it's a series that isn't really popular, but it should be!

So, what's your favorite?

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

First review: Stealing Phoenix

Title: Stealing Phoenix
Author: Joss Stirling
Published: August 18th, 2011(Oxford University Press Country
Pages: 264
Source: bought
Series: Benedict #2
Rating: 4 / 5
Synopsis from Goodreads: Yves' story. This is about getting you out...I'm stealing you.

Phoenix belongs to the Community - a gang of thieves with paranormal powers. Yves Benedict - an American student visiting London - is her mark. But Yves turns out to be more than just a target. He is her destiny. Her soulmate. But the Community owns Phoenix's past and it wants her future too.

The second installment of the Benedict-series and I thought it even better than the first one!
Phoenix is a Savant and lives in a group called the Community. Here she uses her gift, the ability to freeze time in the head of other people and savants, to steal from people. But with her new target something strange happens. He resists her power and tells her about the - for her -  fairy-tail story of finding your soulfinder. Yves Benedict, the sixth brother, is her soulfinder and he will do everything to get her away from the Community. Even endangering his own family.

I thought the first installment in this series was really good, but I found this one even better because I could relate more to Phee than I could to Sky. Although it was nice to have Sky back in this story. Here she was more a girl I can relate with.
As I read the first book you have more information as a reader and I liked that. I think the books can be read separately, but they're nicer together.

The story is placed in London and since I been there only a couple of weeks ago, I could get a mental picture of most of the places Phoenix went. I loved the scene on the Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern. That's one of my favorite places in London.

And then off course Yves. I just love him. He's such a nice guy. The way he doesn't notice all the girls around him falling for him, but he only has eyes for Phee. Being really rich, but not caring about it. He's smart, kind and really hansom. What could a girl want more?

I like the writing style of Joss Stirling. It keeps you at the edge of your seat and you want to keep reading. Even after you finished the book. I can't wait for the next installment in this series, but we have to wait for a while, since it will be only published in 2013.