Naondel – Maria Turtschaninoff

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Naondel. Book 2 in the Red Abbey Chronicles
By: Maria Turtschaninoff
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Read time: 12h 40m with Bookout app
Number of dodo’s: dodododododododododo/5 !

In the opulent palace of Ohaddin, women have one purpose – to obey. Some where brought here as girls, captured and enslaved; some as servants; some as wives. All of them must do what the Master tells them, for he wields a deadly and secret power. But the women have powers too. One is a healer. One can control dreams. One is a warrior. One can see everything that is coming. In their golden prison, the women wait. They plan. They write down their stories. They dream of a refuge, a sage place where girls can be free. And, finally, when the moon glows red, they will have their revenge.

Okay, HOLD THE FRIGGIN PHONE. You know, when I read book 1 in the Red Abbey Chronicles I thought I read the best book ever in this genre. But no! Maria Turtschaninoff is actually able to pull it off and TOP it off with book 2! Naondel is breathtaking, heart-wrenching and so, so beautiful.
 In book 2 we don’t directly follow where we left off with book 1, we don’t follow Maresi at all actually. In this one we thoroughly get to know the original sisters who founded the Abbey. Each woman gets their space in the story and each woman is unique, amazing, flawed and necessary. Turtschaninoff is brilliant in her storytelling, the way she’s able to tie all these different characters together in to a story that makes perfect sense is something truly rare. She nails it. NAILS IT!
This book is not only full of much needed origin stories, but also full of love, magic, female cunning, hateful battles and bloody deaths. It’s not just a story, it’s a journey of self worth, enlightenment and faith.
Thoughts while reading: Small spoiler alert! (highlight to read) I honestly wanted to rip Iskan’s eyes right out of his skull and feed them to his mother. Who, funnily enough, is completely BLIND to her son’s sickening persona!!
If you loved Maresi you will love Naondel. I say that with fierceness! You will love every – single – woman in this story and you will understand Maresi so much better. You might cry, because the love you’ll harbor for these women will be overpowering.
I might have to read Maresi again!

Read this! Read Maresi! READ. Book 3 is expected to come in 2019. I hate every minute I have to wait. 😀

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The Plantagenets by Derek Wilson

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The Plantagenets. The kings that made Britain. (The picture is from the hardcover I believe)
Derek Wilson
Paperback
Publisher: Quercus Editions Ltd.
Number of dodos: dodododododododododo/5

This was an absolutely fascinating read. I have always been fascinated with the royal house and especially that of the English house. Lately it has also been extremely fascinating for me because my genealogy show I am a direct descendent, first and foremost of Robert de Bruce of Scotland, but also Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville (direct ancestor, 18 generations) ! Which means my blood is British AND Scottish royalty. 😉

This book starts with the “Plantagenet father” Henry II and follows the line all the way up to the last Plantagenet, Richard III. It’s an easy and entertaining read with great facts and a very clear line of events, making it easy to follow.

I accompanied it with watching “The hollow crown”, the filmed Shakespeare plays about Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V, starring Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear (my hero), Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston. I absolutely recommend watching this, especially Richard II. Ben Whishaw is a GIFT and it’s an absolutely amazing story.

I think that you can never learn or read enough about Englands royal history, so I truly recommend this book to everyone who wants to get a good read AND learn more about the colourful royalties, the battles and murders, plots and treasons that makes history so much more fun. 😉

Enjoy!

Kitty-series by Carrie Vaughn

So I’ve been slacking in the blogging department, haven’t I.
Well, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, so I can’t excuse it in any other way! Not reading = not reviewing.

But, I’m slowly getting back in to it and I have (again) decided to start from the very top of my first bookshelf (of…I dunno…10?) and I have just finished reading “Kitty and the midnight hour” by Carrie Vaughn.

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I’ve read this one before, a long time ago, but it was the first one on my shelf, so… 😀 And I kinda needed to reread it, since I need to read the rest of the series!
It’s a great urban fantasy, with all the stuff, vampires and werewolves and whatnot. I’ll give it: dodododododododo/5

I’m currently reading the follow-up “Kitty goes to Washington”. I’m not sure what it is, but this happened the first time I tried reading it too, but I just get so distracted. Is it just not catching? Is it repetitive? I don’t know. I’m just having a hard time getting in to the story. None of the characters are really sticking out or sticking to my BRAIN in any way. Not yet at least. I’m really not getting a sense of anyone. Not Alette (was that her name?) or Leo the were…something. Or was Leo the other guy. SEE??
But I’m not giving up. I love Kitty and I love Carrie Vaughn. 🙂 It could just as easily be just this one book and the rest is great, like the first one! I’m sticking it out!! 😀