Labyrinth Lost Review

Hi everyone,

It’s been quite a while since my last review, hasn’t it? Let me just step slowly back into it. How am I supposed to write reviews again? Oh right, this one is going to be a little different; I’ll give you bullet points to what I liked and didn’t like about LL, but just read on to see what I mean! I couldn’t decide which cover to include, so I went with these two, both absolutely unique and beautiful in their own way.

*ARC provided via NetGalley*

Goodreads blurb: I was chosen by the Deos. Even gods make mistakes.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family.

Why I was interested:

  1. Witches. Or how they’re called in the book, Brujas. It was actually my first book about witches, very enjoyable to read.
  2. Diverse characters and author! I’ve been trying to read more books from and about diverse characters/authors, so this was perfect.
  3. The plot overall sounded amazing and everyone who read it until before I got around to it was excited and happy with it.

What I liked:

  1. The characters!
  2. The diversity!
  3. LGBT being included!
  4. The plot!
  5. There were very few moments I felt like the story was rushed. I like taking my time with the characters instead of being thrown from one scene into the other.

What I didn’t like:

  1. The fight scenes… weren’t built up enough. They seemed to be over too fast and easy. There was no real struggle. As if the enemy wasn’t strong enough.
  2. (The fact that I don’t have any other thing to complain about. I really, really, really enjoyed this book.)

Recommended for:

  1. Readers of The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa.
  2. Any- and everyone who is interested in witches.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Songs: Future – Paramore

 

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Life update: Where I’ve been

Hi everyone,

it’s been more than seven months since I uploaded a Blog post. I’m sorry for just disappearing without warning and not having read/commented any of your posts. My wifi at home was suddenly off, so I was left with only the internet connection on my phone. Anyway, now the wifi is (finally) fixed and I can’t wait to get back into blogging! There’s been so many songs that I listened to and wanted to talk about, even a few books; but couldn’t. Prepare yourselves for a load of posts in the next few days/weeks, because these posts have been piling up and I really need to get all these thoughts out into the world! Haha.

What have you guys been up to? I’ll go through as many of your posts as soon as I can. Feel free to link me to one of your favorite newly written (so, a post from Feb to now)
blog posts if you’d like and I’ll check it out!

Have a good day,
Yasaman (Btw you can also call me Jasmine if you want, it’s the english translation 😉 )

A song to get you through

Hi guys!

It’s been two weeks since my last post and I thought after all the news that keep hitting people in the face every day, I’d share a song that deals with exactly these issues and the thoughts you might have.

My life has become more turbulent again and I didn’t feel like Blogging, therefore I’m likely going to keep writing short posts like this one in between to have at least a little bit of content.

This isn’t a review, simply a recommendation. I hope you like this track. Let me know what you think of it!

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine. It spotlights highly anticipated, upcoming releases.


dreamExpected publication: May 2nd 2017

Goodreads blurb: Cata Cordova suffers from such debilitating insomnia that she agreed to take part in an experimental new procedure. She thought things couldn’t get any worse…but she was terribly wrong.

Soon after the experiment begins, there’s a malfunction with the lab equipment, and Cata and six other teen patients are plunged into a shared dreamworld with no memory of how they got there. Even worse, they come to the chilling realization that they are trapped in a place where their worst nightmares have come to life. Hunted by creatures from their darkest imaginations and tormented by secrets they’d rather keep buried, Cata and the others will be forced to band together to face their biggest fears. And if they can’t find a way to defeat their dreams, they will never wake up.


A lab, insomnia and nighmares instead of peaceful sleep? Sign me up!

Link me to your WoW if you’d like and have a great day!


PS: does anybody know where Jill went? There hasn’t been a new post up since August…

 

One Year Anniversary and Announcement / January 9th 2017

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Hi! Yes, you read that right, it’s been one year since I’ve started this Blog. Exciting and also weird, because it sure didn’t feel like a full 12 months. At all.

Here’s how it all started, this was my first post on this Blog. Click on the link if you’re interested in looking back at it.


Here’s some statistics of 2016:

The most popular post of 2016 was the single review of Knock Me Off My Feet by Dan Talevski. Read it here, if you haven’t already.

Moving on to the announcement! I currently can’t afford the giveaway I want to do, which consists of a combination of things… so I thought it would be a good idea to share what has been in the works for some weeks now (months, actually) – you can request a customized playlist! You’ll get between 8 to 15 tracks per playlist. Read more about how to request one here. (The page is still in the works, but will be finished by Wednesday, so don’t forget to check back!)

A few ideas for specific playlists you can request:

  • workout
  • wedding
  • inspirational
  • based on emotion (sad, angry, happy, in love, … you get the idea)
  • car drives
  • discover new genres
  • anything you come up with

If you need the playlist until a certain date, tell me in the subject so I can get back to you and let you know if I can fit your request in my schedule. Always consider that I’ll need at least a week to put one playlist together. If I only have one week, there won’t be as many songs, so it’s best to request two weeks in advance. (I might change the amount of time I need to create a playlist along the way, depending on my schedule apart from the blog, so always check this link, since I’ll update the page, not this post) If you want more than one playlist, you’ll logically have to wait longer. I’m asking you to not request more than one (absolute max. is two) playlists at once and only once every month, so that I can provide as many of you with a list as I can. Requesting playlists is, of course, free! I’m not doing this as a professional, therefore please bear with me.

Send your requests to this email: followingmuses@yahoo.com

Disclaimer: You’re only getting the playlist, not the songs, so I recommend you use a streaming service, YouTube or SoundCloud. Personally, I’ve been using Deezer (the free plan, it’s with ads, read here why I – currently – don’t pay for a streaming service. I’ll probably write a new post as to why I’m considering to start using the paid Deezer Plan – which I used for 3 months as they offered it for 99 Cents. Let me know if you’re interested in reading that.)

Last year I focused on 70% (?) books and 30% (? I didn’t calculate this, just guessing here) music, this year I want to spread my content more evenly on books, music, tv series/movies and articles and discussions. Hopefully you’ll enjoy most of what’s coming!

There will also be a new meme that I’m working on, hopefully I’ll introduce you all to it in spring, once I got the hang of my schedule with the playlist making, blogging in general and life.


I hope all of you had a great day! Here’s to another year of Following Muses.

Note: it was one minute before January 10th when this went up, in Germany anyway.

Update: The book(s) that broke my reading slump

You may or may not know this, but I’ve been in a bad reading slump for months and it seems like the reason was picking up books with chapters – so, novels – when I needed to read poems. Short, sweet, lyrical texts. Pure magic wrapped in words, visualized by ink on paper. I’m not completely sure if the reading slump is gone for good or just took a break, but as of right now it seems to be gone.

Here’s the two books that pulled me out of the reading slump!


All The Words Left Unsaid: From My Heart To Yours by Ryan Drake

a1Goodreads blurb:

[…] A poetry book to describe the times of hurting, the times of searching, the times of finding and the times of loving another human being – in all their beauty. Scars, flaws and all. 

Short review / my thoughts right after finishing the book: Lovely book with heartfelt poems to read through when you’re feeling down or you need an escape from the world. I realized a few things while reading these words. Open your heart and you will too. Highly recommend! 4 / 5 stars

Some favorites:


The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace

a2Goodreads blurb:

[…] A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.

My thoughts right after finishing the book: In tears. So beautiful. 5 / 5 stars

Note: There really wasn’t more to say.

Here are some of my favorites:


Have you read one or even both of these? What did you think about them/the excerpts above?

If you have any recommendations based on these two, I’d love to hear!

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine. It spotlights highly anticipated, upcoming releases.


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Waste of Space is set to be released on 12th July 2017.

Synopsis from goodreads:

Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that’s the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama—and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. Hidden in a desert warehouse, their spaceship replica is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects dreamed up by the scientists partnering with the shady cable network airing the show. And it’s a hit! Millions of viewers are transfixed. But then, suddenly, all communication is severed. Trapped and paranoid, the kids must figure out what to do when this reality show loses its grip on reality.


I’m about 20 minutes late to post this (in my timezone) – so just going to sum up why I’m waiting real quick! 1. the title. It caught my attention because the day I discovered it on NetGalley was when I had just read a Tumblr post (is this too old school blogging?) about “wasting space” as in literally taking up too much room. 2. the cover. It’s different, I liked that a lot, even though it’s not a “pretty” cover per se. The font is a little off, but it doesn’t bother me at all. 3. the blurb. It simply sounds like an amazing mash-up of things I don’t read too much of, but would like to read. Spaceship (uh, yes please!), reality show (in this context? You bet!), FAKE production (I’m intrigued), communication cuts off (I need to know what they are going to do.)

This was longer than I expected it to be. Now it’s almost half past midnight… that’s it now!


Let me know what you think about this book and if you plan on reading it. s always, leave a link to your WoW if you’d like to. I hope you all have an amazing day!

 

Book Sacrifice TAG

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag so it’s definitely time to finally do the Book Sacrifice tag. Lauren over at Wonderless Reviews tagged me – in April. I’m sooo behind on tags it’s actually kind of funny. Check her post out here. I’m sorry it took me so long to write this, time flies incredibly fast this year. Thank you again for tagging me Lauren!


An over-hyped book

Situation: You’re in a store when the zombie apocalypse hits. The military informs everyone that over-hyped books are the zombies only weakness. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you disliked do you start chucking at the Zombies?

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I didn’t hate this book, but it wasn’t nearly as good as I expected it to be. 3 stars.


A sequel

Situation: Torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

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No further explanation needed. I just mentioned this series in a post two weeks ago, you can read it here if you’re interested. Continue reading

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine. It spotlights highly anticipated, upcoming releases.


My last WoW was in September – it’s time to post another one.

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies is set to be released on Jan 3rd 2017.

Synopsis from goodreads:

Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.

Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up.


A book that deals with OCD and Agoraphobia? Just give it to me already! I’m very excited to see how this is portrayed and executed. The cover has beautiful watercolor on it as well, which is always a plus.

Have you heard of Under Rose-Tainted Skies and do you want to read it as well? Leave a link to your Waiting On post if you want, so I can check it out!