Bookish Delights

Welcome to my blog!

I have huge passion for books. My favorite genres are Young Adult and Fantasy, but I also enjoy good dystopian novels, historical fiction and European classics.
I've been reading since the age of four and books are big and important part of my life. 

 

 

»You're never fully dressed without a smile :)
Reblogged from Andrea Tomić:
And it sounds so easy in the stories, even when it’s not. Even when there are millions of obstacles, heroes know exactly what to do. There is always a way out. But the problem with real life is, there is not. And storytellers, you know what their problem is? There are millions of worlds in their heads. They know magic, and love, and hatred, and they have a metaphor for every feeling you can imagine. As tellers, they are fantastic. But when they become characters, it changes completely.

The Storyteller by Andrea Tomić

Quick update and plans

Hey guys. I know I have't been active much in the past few weeks, but I simply had too much work to do. I'm working on my first book, beta-reading someone else's, and don't get me started on the amount of school work I have to do since the end of the year is just month and a half away. 

I have neglected learning Dutch and Italian, read only three books in the past month and a half and I don't have time to dedicate to my blog posts.

But here is what I'm planning to do here once I have time:


-Books as form of art vs books as a form on entertainment

 

-Ten European classics that I think everbody should read

 

-Ten Croatian classics that I think should be available in English and other languages

 

-Interview and/or guest post with/by author of The Storyteller, Andrea Tomić

 

-a blog post about Marija Jurić Zagorka - one of the most influential women in Croatian literature and among the strongest in our history

 

-at least one book review

 

 

How is everybody doing? 

Hoping I will have more time for this blog in near future :D

Books by contemporary Croatian authors that I recommend to you

 

 

1. The Storyteller - Andrea Tomić

 

 

 

Terrible things can happen when a storyteller falls in love.


There are thousands of stories of forbidden loves, many of them including a princess and a slave. When you live in a world of nine kingdoms and each has its own rulers and legends, the chances of not hearing a story like that are minimal.

Ever since her father, the king of the Third kingdom, passed away, princess Rachelle has been entertained by her servant Daniel. He would tell her his own stories or the ones she had already heard. None of this would be a problem if he hadn't fallen in love in with her over the years.
Now not only does he need to spend every day near his loved one knowing she could never love him back, but he has to hide every glimpse of his feelings. Because if he doesn't, he might get killed.
But when the princess starts feeling the same way, their fairy tale begins.
However, unlike every other story he had ever told, this one might not have a happy ending. This time the Storyteller became a character and lost his possibility of creating happy ending.

 

Some of you might have noticed that I reviewed this book not a long time ago, but one thing that I forgot to mention is that I absolutely loved every single word of it. (Oh, and just to mention that all three of these books are among my favorites.)

I loved the simplicity of it, the beautiful and flowing writing style. What I noticed is the difference between "home" reviews and foreign ones. I am going to tell you now that this story isn't filled with drama, action or anything similar so don't expect that. It's not a revolutionary tale, it's a simple. gentle, kind and very good cliche that tells a story of two people who loved each other. 

 

You can buy the paperback edition of the book on CreateSpace, on Barnes & Noble and on Amazon. Kindle version is also available on Amazon, as it can be read in Kindle Unlimited. 

This is the book's Goodreads pageFacebook pageInstagram page and author's Instagram page.

 

Soon the author will hold a big giveaway in which can participate everybody who buys the paperback copy of the book!




2. Republic of Stone - Tanja Radman( Lex Legis #1, free for your Kindle April 21st and 22nd)

 

 

 

 

After decades of dictatorship of the tyrant Rector, a resistance awakens alongside the truth withheld from the young heroes, who suddenly face tasks beyond their understanding. Learning about their magical origin, as well as the powers they gained in a rather bloody way, five young sorcerers are preparing for another war - one which might change everything, or even worse, nothing at all.

'Republic of Stone' is a historical fantasy novel situated in the medieval times of the Republic of Ragusa (today Dubrovnik, Croatia). It is the first of the Lex Legis series, which was translated into English after the Croatian paperback version sold out in two editions. Combining real historical places, events and characters with elements of Slavic mythology and pure epic fantasy, this book will take you on a journey you will never forget. If you decide to be adventurous and visit Dubrovnik, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, you will be able to carry this book around real locations you can still visit today and relive the amazing magic battles from the story, bow before the evil Rector’s statue and defiantly whisper the forbidden sentence only the members of the Lunarian secret society know, learn about the hidden magical life of one of the most famous Croatian medieval scientists – Marin Ghetaldus, and walk the streets where the young heroes of this book learned about their destiny…

DISCLAIMER: This is not a historical book! While many elements of the story come from the actual history of Dubrovnik, the story itself is fantasy. The goal of the book was to give the readers a chance to get acquainted with the history of the Republic of Ragusa through an interesting and innovative scope of epic fantasy literature. The appendix of the book, appropriately titled ‘What is real and what is not?’, will give the reader a good review of actual historical elements of the story.

 

Oh, I just can't describe how much I loved this book! It has everything I ever loved: magic, history, love and Dubrovnik(for those of you who don't know, it's where they filmed scenes in King's Landing.) It's epic, it's well-written, has likeable characters and just makes you want more and more and more! Big recommendation from me.(Note: I read Croatian edition of this book, I heard that this one even has a list of explanations who some people were in real life and similar things).

You can get your Kindle edition here, paperback edition will be available next month. Also, here is Goodreads page and author's  webpage.

Also, check out this beautiful trailer!


 

3. Everwind - Barbara Mišković

 

 

Deep in the dark and dreary Scandinavian forest there lies an ancient fortress of Stormgard. It is an orphanage for talented children who posses the priceless gift of magic. Unfortunately, after the dreadful war that nearly devastated Stormgard it became difficult for the Archmage to find new teachers for his apprentices. A beautiful, fire-haired woman from Great Britain applies for the job of an enchantress but Torval is unsure if she's really cut out for the job. Little does he know that their new enchantress has a secret. A secret so great that it could change everything!

 

This isn't author's first book, but chronologically it is the first one in order and currently her only one in English. Everything about this book is magical. It is your YA fantasy story that is well-told, fun, easy and enjoyable read. If you're lover of the genre, what are you waiting for?

You can get book from Amazon and Barnes & Noble!



I really hope you guys enjoyed this post. In my next one, I will talk about my favourite European classics!

Lots of love!

Please Read - Signal Boost for Fellow Reviewer Frank Errington

Reblogged from MerissaArchaeolibrarian:

Hello peeps. If you spend any time in the horror community, you might have run across a reviewer by the name of Frank Errington. He’s simply an all-around good dude in an all-around crappy situation. He needs a kidney. Currently he’s looking for a live donor. I asked him if I could boost the signal with my blog and he said sure, so below you will find an image of Frank and a phone number. You can call Frank direct and he’ll give you info on how to find out if you’d be a suitable donor. I tried, but the transplant people told me my prediabetes automatically disqualified me. Maybe you can help.

 

Take care of each other,

 

E.

 

It was just ok

Blues Harp Green - Nicole Schubert

I recieved a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Big thanks to author Nicole Schubert.

This was an okay read. I have to admit - it did take me a while to get myself into the story and I had my doubts about rating this book, but I decided to give it 2*

There are two things I really liked about this book. First of all, our MC had a goal she wanted to achieve and realistic obstacle she had to overcome, something many people can relate to. Francie wants to be a tennis player, but the problem is that she's injured her knee.

Another topic that this book touches is alcoholism. Francie's dad's alcoholism in this particular story. I think it added some depth to the plot and another perspective to our MC.


This in a way leads us to my main problem with this book: Francie and Chet. Maybe it's just me, but their relationship seemed very forced and I didn't really like them as characters. They were both annoying in different ways and, even though they were bearable, I had to put the book down couple of times.

What really slowed the book down and made book difficult to read was the writing style. Sentences were really short, breaking the natural flow of the text and making it hard to put yourself in the story. This would have been less of the problem had the story been told in first person, but third person point of view just made it stand out more.

 

On a side note: it made me smile when author mentioned one band in her Acknowledgements called Plavi orkestar. I grew up on some of their songs and to see them mentioned in a book that is in a different language was such a nice detail.

Terrible things happen when a storyteller falls in love

The Storyteller - Andrea Tomić

read in January 2017

 

 

I recieved a digital ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Big thanks to author Andrea Tomić!


"This story is for all of you who sometimes feel like lost souls, sitting in sofa next to the window, covered in the warm blanket while you are reading familiar, and yet unknown words.(...) And you will learn soon enough that terrible things can happen when a storyteller falls in love."

This is a story many of you had already heard before. Two people who can't be together fall in love. As the author heself said, this story is a cliche. Oh boy, but what a beautiful one. What makes this one stand out is not only a little bit different take on a usual story, as Daniel and Rachelle are both very aware of their situation. What Tomić does here is take the essence of your average cliche romance and mocks it while putting our main characters in the same situation.
This is beautiful story about two people who really loved eachother. It is filled with a rollercoaster of emotions, characters you will love and hate and, most important of all, good story. Or stories, as we get to read those Daniel tells Rachelle.

This book is not for those who look for something new and revolutionary, because it isn't and it isn't even trying to be. This is for "dreamers, lovers and lunatics." This is for all of you who are looking for an enjoyable, emotional read and for those who are still looking for love that can be found in fairy tales.

YA books that took my breath away


I love reading, it's my escape from reality. Out of all genres, I mostly read Young Adult books. They are fun, most of the time easy to read and have some very relatable characters. They may not be masterpieces, but there are some that are worth reading.

And re-reading. Over and over again.

So, here is my list of my favorite Young Adult books/book series

 

1. Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand

 

 

 

This without a doubt is my favorite YA book series. Something that makes these books stand out is this series main character, Clara. She is smart, funny and an angel(pardon, part angel), but she is also very human. She has her flaws and insecurities.

What also makes me love Unearthly are relationships in it. It doesn't matter if it's amazing mother-daughter relationship, love interests or friendship, they feel very real and healthy in these books. Something that rarely happens in YA paranormal novels.

Cynthia Hand really knows how to handle her characters and situations they are in and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of her work.

 

2. Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins

 



Fun, interesting, magical. Those are three words I would use to describe this series. 
Sophie is your typical teenager thrown into mess called magical world. 
 Keeping their world secret is number one priority and all children who fail at that are sent to Hex Hall, where they will be safe from the outside world. It's like Harry Potter meets modern world, only difference is that Hogwarts isn't some kind of prison for young people.
 Something that makes these book stand out, at least to me, is that there weren't many moments where I would roll my eyes because the characters made stupid decisions.

There is a spin-off about Izzy, a character that appears in final book, but I haven't got a chance to read it yet. Maybe one day. 

 

3. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

 

 

 

I bought this one when it was on sale. It cost around 2$ and I heard a lot of good things about this book, so I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did.
The writing style is really special. It's easy to read, flows very nice and still has just enough descriptions that really feel like flowers. 

To be honest, it took me some time to care about Victoria as a character - there was something about her that kept pushing me away, but somewhere around the middle of the book she stole my heart.
True, she made choices I didn't agree with, but keep in mind that we are talking about an 18-year-old lost in the world she doesn't trust. 

4. Slip(Slip, #1) by David Estes

 

 

 

Another in the ocean of dystopian books which seem to be widely popular now and after that crazy success of The Hunger games(which I loved so much) it's easy to understand why.  The idea is a mix of something new and something that was done before and that's what makes it very enjoyable.

Characters are beautifully done and they range from the ones you love to the ones you love to hate. My personal favorite was Janice, and The Destroyer has his own spot on my most hated villains, just behind Joffrey (Lannister) Baratheon and Dolores Umbridge.

That would be my list. What books took your breath away?