“heir of fire” – buddy read discussion – part I (spoilers ahead)

happy sunday my lovelies ❤ it’s time for our first discussion for “heir of fire” by sarah j. maas. as you guys might know, i am doing a readalong with the wonderful adrienne from @darque dreamer reads and kathy over @books and munches. we’re in the middle of book three in the “throne of glass” series now and it’s time for another q&a. our final discussion will be next sunday, so watch out for the post. 🙂 there will also be a q&a on adrienne’s blog, so go over and check it out! 🙂

 

hieroffire

 

here’s a short synopsis of “throne of glass”, if you haven’t read the book or don’t know what the book series is about:

throne of glass” is about 18 year old celaena, who was trained to be an assassin and ends up as a slave. she is freed by crown prince dorian to participate in a competition, where the winner becomes the new assassin of the royal family. celaena doesn’t think twice, because she wants her freedom. but with her being in that competition, things start to happen, that make her life complicated: friendships, feelings, killings, magic & mystery.

 

1.) What do you like/dislike most about part one?

adrienne: “I like the addition of the witches because their part seems quite interesting, and I want to know more about the wyverns. I dislike the “relationship” beginning between Dorian and Sorscha because I had hoped he would pine after Celaena for a while as a changed man.”

me: “i dislike that it doesn’t have the same feeling than the first two books had. it’s not that funny at all. i have maybe one section marked with my green tab. thinking about book one and two, there were way more. i am also not a big fan of the three different settings. celaena in wendlyn, dorian and chaol back in the glass castle and then manon. it just feels not right. the thing i like so far is, that we still have dorian and chaol’s perspective. i was afraid they wouldn’t be in this book, but i am so happy that they are. “

2.) Do you like Dorian’s plot so far?

adrienne: “I am not liking things going on with Dorian at the moment. His role is feeling kind of forced and awkward.”

me: “i actually do. i like that he met sorscha and that something is happening between them. this makes my heart beat faster for celaena and chaol. but i also have a feeling, that something bad is going to happen to sorscha. we’ll see. so far i enjoy this story.”

3.) What do you think about Chaol teaming up with Aedion?

adrienne: “I think it is quite interesting for Chaol to be teaming up with Aedion and it seems like such a Chaol thing to do because he knows he screwed up with Celaena over Nehemia.”

me: “i was really surprised, when chaol started to talk to aedion and told him the truth about celaena. i didn’t expect that at all, considering chaol probably knows the consequences. but he also loves her and wants to protect her, so i am very happy, that he doesn’t stand on the king’s side, but does things against that.”

 

4.) Who’s your favorite new character and why?

adrienne: “I don’t really have a favorite new character yet. I am still liking Celaena and Chaol.”

me: “i don’t like manon, because i can’t connect with her so far, maybe because i have no idea where this is going. aedion is still a mystery to me and i am not sure if he is good or bad. i have a feeling that i need to know more about sorscha to like her. and rowan, well, that guy made me angry a lot of time. but i am slowly getting used to him and i think i will like him at some point. right now, there is not really a favorite.”

 

5.) What do you think will happen with Manon and the wyverns?

adrienne: “I have no clue what to expect from the witches because I don’t know how they will find out who killed Baba Yellowlegs, and I find it really hard to believe the king will keep his bargain with them.”

me: “right now, i have no idea. i am pretty sure, that manon will find out about who killed baba yellowlegs and that her path will cross with celaena at some point. but i have no idea where this is going at all.”

 

6.) How do you feel about Celaena’s and Rowan’s story, especially the ending of part one?

adrienne: “I am not a big fan of the interaction between Celaena and Rowan. It just doesn’t feel like it fits, and if they are supposed to be cousins, there shouldn’t be any romance going on, but the ending kind of felt like it was leading to that.”

me: “as i mentioned before, i was mad at rowan so many times. i was also afraid, that something between him and celaena would happen, but i don’t think that anymore. i am glad, that he made her break down. that she showed her true feelings and all his training is showing progress and i like that. i like seeing what happens with celaena. but somehow his grumpiness turned too fast into an alliance with celaena. something is wrong about that and i am not sure what. we’ll see.”

 

7.) What do you expect from part two?

adrienne: “I am expecting Celaena to prove herself to Maeve. I am expecting Chaol’s plans to return to his father to get ruined somehow, and I expect Dorian to get in to some sort of trouble with Sorscha.”

me: “i expect that at least manon’s and celaena’s path crosses at some point, because i don’t like these two separate stories, since i can’t connect with manon at all right now. i also expect that something between dorian and chaol will happen. that they talk or that dorian will be a part of chaol’s team. i hope for more action, because this book is too slow for my taste right now. there needs to be more action. maybe celaena will meet maeve again and something will happen. i also want more fun. i want the old feeling back.”

 

that was our q&a for the first part of “heir of fire”. what do you think? did you feel the same way? what was your favorite thing happening in the first part?

i really hope, that this book picks up and brings things together. i don’t like that it’s split that way. maybe that’s the reason why it feels so slow and that nothing much exciting is happening. i am disappointed so far and i hope, that it will be better in part two. give me back the old feeling! 😀

 

as i said, adrienne will also post a q&a on her blog, so go check it out. on december 17th our final discussion and review will be up, so you can see how our feelings developed for this book. have a great sunday everyone! 🙂 ❤

WWW wednesday #19

let’s update you guys on my reading! 🙂

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www wednesday is hosted by sam on Taking on a World of Words. everyone can participate in answering the three questions below and posting a link on sams website or just answer the questions on her post, if you do not have a blog.

the three questions are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?
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wwwwednesday 

What are you currently reading?

hieroffire

title: heir of fire
author: sarah j. maas
progress: 167/565 pages
status: weeeell, i am a little disappointed. in the first 100 pages nothing special happened and i missed the feeling of “throne of glass” and “crown of midnight”. last night i read 50 more pages and it’s slowly getting exciting. but nothing i really hoped for. we’ll see, there is still some pages to go.

 

olivertwist

title: oliver twist
author: charles dickens
progress: 107/531 pages
status: i am really, really enjoying this so far. i love oliver and the writing is so good. i really get lost to hear about oliver’s story. it’s easy to read and i am so happy, i picked this up.

 

Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon

title: dragonfly in amber
author: diana gabaldon
progress: 6%
status: sooo, i didn’t plan on this to happen, but i am really determined to finish this book this time. i go it with my audioble credit and listening to it as an audiobook. i hope i will enjoy it more than at the beginning of the year. currently i am still relistening to the part i have already read but i acutally enjoy it so far. 🙂

 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

mazerunner

title: the maze runner
author:
james dashner
rating: ⭐⭐⭐

thoughts: i picked this up, because i needed a new audiobook and it was available at my library. i have seen the movie many times by now, because let’s be honest, i love dylan o’brien. 😀 but the book was very different. there were so many things changed in the movie adaptation, i was surprised. all in all it was an ok book for me, but nothing special.

 

kissmeinnewyork

title: kiss me in new york
author: catherine rider
rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
thoughts: this was a cute christmas book set in one of the best cities on earth. my review will be up this friday 🙂

 

oceanattheend

title: the ocean at the end of the lane
author:
neil gaiman
rating: ⭐⭐⭐.5

thoughts: this was my second neil gaiman book. and i have to say, it was weird. but good weird. and a lot of WTF moments. but it was also weird. hmm…

 

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

mrpenumbra

title: mr. penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore
author: robin sloan
edition: paperback
thoughts: this came as a traveling book to me and i want to read it this month so it can travel to the next one.

 

ifyoudare

title: if you dare
author: a.r. torre
edition: paperback
thoughts: this also came as a traveling book to me and i want to read it in december, so i can cross of another book series i fully read in 2017. yay!

 


what are your three www? let me know in the comments! 🙂

let’s do this – “heir of fire” by sarah j. maas

hello my lovely bookoholics! ❤ i hope, you have a wonderful first december weekend!! 🙂 today is a very, very exciting day!!

my girl adrienne from @darque dreamer reads and i started a readalong for “throne of glass” back in august and we made a blog event out of it. we sent each other questions before we started reading and then also during our reading to discuss the book. it was so much fun, that we decided to continue with “crown of midnight” in october. we were then joined by my girl kathy from books & munches and had such a good time with book two in the series. so, now it’s december and it’s definitely time to continue. starting today we will read book three in the series, “heir of fire”.

 

hieroffire

 

here’s a short synopsis of “throne of glass”, if you haven’t read the book, just to get a feeling, what this series is about:

throne of glass” is about 18 year old celaena, who was trained to be an assassin and ends up as a slave. she is freed by crown prince dorian to participate in a competition, where the winner becomes the new assassin of the royal family. celaena doesn’t think twice, because she wants her freedom. but with her being in that competition, things start to happen, that make her life complicated: friendships, feelings, killings, magic & mystery.

 

 

adrienne and i will again do two posts to discuss our feelings for the book. this time we’re taking two weeks to read it, because “heir of fire” is huge and with my schedule i probably won’t be able to read it in one week. so we’ll discuss part one of the book on sunday, december 10th and our final discussion will be posted on december 17th. so watch out for the posts. if you want to read along and discuss with us, please join us in the comments 🙂

now it’s time for our first q&a. i have sent adrienne three questions before reading “heir of fire” and here are both of our answers. please be aware, that these will contain spoilers (!!!!!!!!), if you haven’t read the first two books in the series.

1.) After “Throne of Glass” and “Crown of Midnight”, which rating do you think you’ll give “Heir of Fire”?

adrienne: “I think I will be giving it a 4-5 star rating. I am hoping anyway. I think there is going to be some new developments, and more magic, so I am hoping for at least a 4.5!”

alex: “of course i hope, that this one will blow me away and i will give it five stars. but i also thought that about “crown of midnight” and i couldn’t do it because part one of that book felt too slow. and i also think, that “heir of fire” will be the same, since there is some change in the story. i think, i will enjoy it a lot and in the end give it 4.5 stars.”

2.) Since Celaena is going on a journey in this book, are you ready for new characters?

adrienne: “I don’t know if I am ready for new characters. I wanted things resolved with her and Chaol. I guess we will have to be. I expect new characters since she is traveling somewhere new and facing new problems. I just hope the new characters fit.”

alex: “honestly, i don’t know if i am. i am really invested in the lives of celaena, dorian and chaol. obviously. i don’t know if i am ready to let that go and go on a complete different path. it could work out, but it also could go very, very wrong.”

3.) What do you expect from Chaol and Dorian in “Heir of Fire”?

adrienne: “I am almost wondering if Chaol and Dorian will be put on hold in this book. With Celaena traveling somewhere new, we may not get any story with them. I think there will be tension between them if they do show up, though. There is no way Dorian’s feelings are completely gone.”

alex:i expect, that they will interact more with each other. i think it’s going to be weird between them, but i think they will talk a lot, especially about celaena. and even though it’s breaking my heart, i have a feeling that we will see a lot less from them.”

 

 

adrienne will also have up a post with her questions for me, so don’t miss that one! i hope some people are joining us in the discussion! have a great reading week 🙂

WWW wednesday #18

whoooop whoooop, it’s time for some updates on my reading!! 🙂

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www wednesday is hosted by sam on Taking on a World of Words. everyone can participate in answering the three questions below and posting a link on sams website or just answer the questions on her post, if you do not have a blog.

the three questions are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?
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wwwwednesday 

What are you currently reading?

 

oceanattheend

title: the ocean at the end of the lane
author: neil gaiman
progress: 38%
status: i am on a neil gaiman kick, haha. my library has some of his audiobooks, so i picked this one up, because i own a physical copy of it. so far it’s strange, but i like it 😀

 

kissmeinnewyork

title: kiss me in new york
author: catherine rider
progress: 28%
status: i saw my girl kathy over @books & munches talk about it, so i also requested it, because i wanted a nice christmas story. so far i really enjoy it. the layout of this arc is a little weird, but the story is cute and christmasy 🙂 ❤

 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

 

emma

title: emma
author: jane austen
rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
status: not surprising, that i really enjoyed this book. i am often a person who likes the unlikeable characters haha. with this book i finished my jane-austen-project this year and i am soooo proud of myself! 😀

 

180seconds

title: 180 seconds
author:
jessica park
rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

thoughts: this book was phenomenal. i loved everything about it. it was an emotional rollercoaster. read my full review here

 

artemis2.jpg

title: artemis
author: andy weir
rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

thoughts: i enjoyed this very, very much. it surprised me a lot. my review for this will be up soon.

 

aspoolofbluethread.jpg

title: a spool of blue thread
author: anne tyler
rating: ⭐⭐⭐
thoughts: this was a family story, that was ok, but nothing special. i somehow expected more. there was definitely something missing here.

 

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

 

hieroffire

title: heir of fire
author: sarah j. maas
edition: hardback
thoughts: it’s happening! our readalong of the “throne of glass” series will finally continue. we’ll be starting with “heir of fire” this sunday – whoop whooop! i can’t wait!!!!

 


what are your three www? let me know in the comments! 🙂

WWW wednesday #17

whoooop whoooop, it’s time for some updates on my reading!! 🙂

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www wednesday is hosted by sam on Taking on a World of Words. everyone can participate in answering the three questions below and posting a link on sams website or just answer the questions on her post, if you do not have a blog.

the three questions are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?
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wwwwednesday 

What are you currently reading?

artemis2.jpg

title: artemis
author: andy weir
page: 32
status: my sci-fi mood is back so yeah, it’s the perfect time for this book.

 

emma

title: emma
author: jane austen
page: 337
status: i’m still doing this – two chapters a day. and i really enjoy it! 🙂

 

aspoolofbluethread.jpg

title: a spool of blue thread
author: anne tyler
progress: 88%
status: i am enjoying this audiobook although it is nothing special so far. and right now something very weird happened, that i am not sure what to think of…

 

What did you recently finish reading?

nyxia

title: nyxia
author: scott reintgen
rating: ⭐⭐⭐.75
thoughts: yay, i did it! i finally picked it up again. yesterday i was totally in a sci-fi mood again and i finished “nyxia”. it really sucks, that i had this break and didn’t enjoy it back then, because the last third was amazing and full of action. it was so good. but i can’t give it more stars unfortunately. review will be up for this soon.

 

memoirsofateenageamnesiac

title: memoirs of a teenage amnesiac
author: gabrielle zevin
rating: ⭐⭐⭐
thoughts: this was a book i read through the traveling book project germany and although i love stories about memory loss, i didn’t enjoy this one that much. i really struggled with the main character, because she was so annoying and out of place at some points. i think i will write a review for this, but i am not sure yet.

 

fahrenheit

title: fahrenheit 451
author:
ray bradbury
rating: ⭐⭐⭐.5
thoughts: 
i don’t know what i expected from this book, but it wasn’t this. i enjoyed listening to it and shocked and surprised many times but i am not sure if this is an audiobook book. i think i would have enjoyed it more, if i had read it physically.

 

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

i have absolutely no idea! 😀 it will be a surprise for me and for you haha 😀

 


what are your three www? let me know in the comments! 🙂

 

WWW wednesday #17

happy wednesday my lovelies! it’s time to update you on my reading, which isn’t going the way i want it to! 😀

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www wednesday is hosted by sam on Taking on a World of Words. everyone can participate in answering the three questions below and posting a link on sams website or just answer the questions on her post, if you do not have a blog.

the three questions are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?


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wwwwednesday 

What are you currently reading?

whendimplemetrishi

title: when dimple met rishi
author: sandhya menon
progress: 89%
status: i was looking for a new audiobook and my library had this available. this has been on my ebook tbr for a while and i guess it was the right time for it.

 

emma

title: emma
author: jane austen
page: 192
status: my project is still going strong. i like this novel a lot, but of course i like the character, that almost everybody dislikes. typical me 😀

 

 

What did you recently finish reading?

starfish

title: starfish
author: akemi dawn bowman
rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
thoughts: i picked this up, because i was in the mood for and read it in one sitting. i loved it. such a heartbreaking story with so many emotions. read my review here

 

uncommon tyoe

title: uncommon type: some stories
author:
tom hanks
rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
thoughts:
i loved listening to this audiobook! tom hanks is one of my favorite actors and i really enjoyed it, having him read his stories. my review can be read here

 

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

memoirsofateenageamnesiac

title: memoirs of a teenage amnesiac
author: gabrielle zevin
thoughts: this is a traveling book and is next on my list. i am really looking forward to it.

 

artemis2.jpg

title: artemis
author: andy weir
thoughts: haven’t read further in this one. somehow i am not in a sci-fi mood right now. but when i get back, this one will be next.



what are your three www? let me know in the comments! 🙂

currently reading tag

happy thursday my lovelies ❤ how are you all doing? honestly, i can’t wait until this week is over haha! just two more days of work, yay! 🙂

since i haven’t done a tag in a while (i think, my brain is just not working right now), i thought it’s time to catch up on some tags 🙂 and i decided to do the “currently reading tag”. the wonderful and amazing destiny over @howling libraries tagged me to do it and yepp, i am doing it! please go check out her blog, because she is aaaawesome!! ❤

 

tags

 

1.) how many books do you usually read at once?

definitely three or more books. i always have an audiobook, a classic, a novel and sometimes an ebook.

 

2.) if you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?

i listen to my audiobook when i am walking or cleaning the apartment, which is way more fun that way. i mostly read one classic per month. so i divide the chapters and then do my daily reading of it, so i will be done in one month. then i have my main novel, that i pick up, when i have done my daily reading of the classic. and sometimes i also read an ebook on my kindle, because i love reading in bed before going to sleep. all lights out and just the ebook and me. after that i can sleep so well. 🙂

 

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3.) do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?

no, i don’t. and i often don’t use booksmarks at all. the thing is, my booksmarks are all over the place and when i am reading a book and need to stop, i pick up the next thing laying next to me. if it’s a bookmark, i use that. if it’s my sticky notes, i use that. if it’s a piece of paper or a postcard i use that. and that stays with me throughout the whole book.

 

4.) where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

always next to my bed. i love reading in my bed but the last weeks i rediscovered my couch and i am reading there as well. but i always take the books with me to my bedroom and place them on my drawer. so i have them always close 🙂 my ebook is mostly under my pillow 😀

 

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5.) what time of day do you spend the most time reading?

depends on my day. currently i am very busy at work and before work i have to sit cats for a friend. so i take a walk there every morning and listen to my audiobook. depending on my workload and plans in the evening, i read after work at home. on the weekends i can basically read all day. i love waking up and reading in bed for a while, which isn’t possible right now, but then i read in the afternoon after all my chores are done. in a “normal” week, i read in the evenings after work.

 

6.) how long do you typically read in one sitting?

this also depends on my day. if i have stuff to do, i won’t read long in one sitting. but on the weekends, after i have done all there is to do, i can read for hours in one sitting. it’s the best thing ever!

 

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7.) do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

i disovered hardbacks this year for me. i was always a paperback person, but somehow i had many hardbacks to read and i fell in love with them. they are so pretty! ❤ but i always take the dust jacket off and place it in my drawer, because otherwise my cats would destroy it 😀

 

8.) what position do you mainly use to read?

half laying 😀 i have a reading pillow which is very good for my back so i use this. but while reading i am slowly sliding down that pillow, so i end up reading laying down 😀

 

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9.) do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

no i don’t. but it depends. if it’s a normal work day, i leave it at home, because i know, that i won’t be able to read, so i don’t take it with me. if i have an appointment, i always bring my book with me, because you never know, when you’ll have time. the only thing, that’s always with me is my audiobook.

 

10.) how often do you update your goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading?

ha, very good question. i try to update it as much as possible. but mostly i end up doing it before i do my www wednesday post. and also after i have finished a book, because i forget to mark it as currently reading. i am lazy. i am a very lazy person 😀 😀 😀

 

 

that was my currently reading tag. i won’t tag anybody, because i am busy and lazy. 😀 if you want to do the tag, then please feel free! 🙂