Books I loved Hex series #1

Everyone has books that are dear to them for various reasons. This one of my all-time favourite books. I’ve read the german edition when I was around twelve or thirteen but I since I’m blogging in English I’ll refer to the english edition. I still put the cover of the german edition in this post, because this time I think the german cover looks much better than the English. Do you ever wonder why they change the cover of the books in foreign editions? I do.

I decided to do this post, because today I ordered the other two books of this series. Several years I had no clue that there were more books than just one. Only the first one was translated in german, the rest wasn’t. Probably because they didn’t sell too well. Whatever, later I forgot about the books. I discovered romance novels and other genres. But now. Finally. I get to know the end. Please Amazon. Hurry.

             Title: Hex (Hex series #1)

             Author: Rhiannon Lassiter

             Publisher: Simon Pulse

             ISBN:0743422112

 

 

From Goodreads:

Meet Raven, The Most Dangerous Teenager In The World….

London. The 24th century. The CPS, a secret government agency, is on a mission to seek and destroy the Hex, human mutants with supercomputer minds. They are young. They look like you or me. They must never be allowed to grow up….

But the CPS hasn’t discovered Raven. Soon they will feel her power, know her rage as she and her brother, Wraith, set out to discover what happened to their long-lost sister, Rachel. Is she dead or alive? Or has she met a fate worse than extinction? There is only one way to find out. Raven must use her Hex powers to crack the top-secret security of the CPS. Then she must enter the place that promises certain death…. Continue reading

Memorable Monday #2

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I chose another quote from Daughter of Smoke and Bone for today.

“So, if it’s all chemical and you have no say in the matter, does that mean Jackass still makes your butterflies dance?”
Karou looked up. “God no. I think he makes my butterflies barf.

The thought of barfing butterflies in one’s stomach still makes me smile.

Have a nice Monday everyone!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone ( Daughter of Smoke and Bone series book #1)

  

  Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  Author: Laini Taylor
  Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
  ISBN:0316134023
 

 From Goodreads:

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

 And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her   in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

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Memorable Monday #1

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It’s about sharing a memorable quote. I’m currently reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone by  Laini Taylor. This is my quote of the week:

“I don’t know many rules to live by”, he’d said. “But here’s one. It’s simple. Don’t put anything unnecessary into yourself. No poisons or chemicals, no fumes or smoke or alcohol, no sharp objects, no inessential needles […] and…no inessential penises either.”

I really need to remember that quote, in case I’ll have a daughter someday. Worldly wisdom par excellance.

random ranting

I’m such a noob with any kind of computer language. Why does it never look like I want it to?
And why the heck does that Goodreads widget doesn’t look like shown on Goodreads? I don’t mean the flash one, I know that doesn’t work on wordpress.com, but the other one, where it says it fits in anywhere. And fitting in it does, but it looks stupid. There’s too much space between the bookcovers. And I have no idea why it looks like it should on Goodreads but not on my blog. Argh, I think I will sign up for HTML and CSS classes at the local  adult education center.
And here I thought blogging was easy.

Eve (Eve series book #1)

 Title: Eve     
Author: Anna Carey   
Publisher: Harper Collins  
ISBN:0062048503

From Goodreads:

  “Where do you go when nowhere is safe?

 Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose–and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

 Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.”

  My rating: didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing  


 My opinion: Even though the book has its weaknesses I liked it. At first I felt uncomfortable with the role allocation: The women act passive and seem to be nothing more than birth machines and the men…probably never heard of feminist movement. Joke aside, after I thought about it, the start situation is shown as a situation that’s not right and not the way it should be. After I got over that, I also got over my problems with the heroine, Eve.
At first Eve is an obedient schoolgirl which has no reason to doubt the things that are taught at her school. She doesn’t know anything else. When she runs away from her certain fate as birth machine for the King, she has absolute no knowledge of how to survive in the wilderness. She doesn’t know how to hunt, to fish etc. Given that, she doesn’t do so bad, even when she’s on her own.
Eve is an absolutely non-badass heroine, at least in this first book.
That’s okay for me, because it fitted the inner logic of the plot. If the heroine is a schoolgirl brought up far away from the world outside, how can I possibly expect her to be a kick-ass take no shit girl? After her escape, she develops. She has to accept that almost everything she was thought to believe was a lie and has to accustom herself to the world outside.
I heard some people compare Eve to Twilight but I wasn’t able to see why. Her relationship to Caleb seems to be a far more “normal”, healthier one. Eve is even able to travel on her own and save Caleb when he’s injured.

 
The world-building and character development was okay, but could have been done more in-depth. I know there will be two more books where we hopefully will learn more about the virus, the City of Sand the King and why Eve’s mother never mentioned her father.
Despite its weaknesses the book was a captivating, entertaining but also thought-provoking read that makes me want to know the rest of the story. Eve is a heroine with potential I would love to see her grow some more in the following books. I also would like to get more insights about Caleb, I liked his character, but he stayed rather plain. A little more insight would be appreciated.
I know it’s always hard for an author to balance how much background information to reveal in the first installment of a series and the opinions on this matter vary, but I would’ve wanted more background/world information in Eve. For me, the lack of it was the biggest minus point.