Bookshelf Tour #36 // The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

the poppy war

When Rin aced the Keju, the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies, it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard, the most elite military school in Nikan, was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.


A few months ago my bookclub was supposed to be reading this book but unfortunately it was out of print and we ended up reading another book.

Buuuut it is now again available and I had to get myself a copy of it because it sounds to be soooo good.

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Have you read An absolutely remarkable thing? What were your thoughts? Are you planning to read it?

Hello everyone!

I hope you are doing well!

For a while I haven’t really been active very much. Work has been stressful AF and things are only slowly falling into place. The only time I actually can do something is on the weekend and then I’m mostly tired from the week and training.

Anyway there are going to be some changes next year. Not only for me personally but also on this blog. As I will be moving back home I’ll be able to make time and bringing some new life into this blog. I also want to try out a new series I have been meaning to start this year but can’t really put my focus on.

To cut a long story short.. I need your help.

I want to kindly ask everyone who reads this for feedback. What do you like about this blog? But most likely what you don’t like? Any comment at all would be much appreciated.

And now I let you continue with blogging and reading!

I wish you all a great day!

Jasmin xoxo

Bookshelf Tour #35 // An absolutely remarkable thing by Hank Green

an absolutely remarkable thing

The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship–like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor–April and her friend Andy make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world–everywhere from Beijing to Buenos Aires–and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.

Now April has to deal with the pressure on her relationships, her identity, and her safety that this new position brings, all while being on the front lines of the quest to find out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.


Despite following the Vlogbrothers on Youtube I wasn’t aware of this book until Hank Green announced the release date way back. Having loved most of John Green’s book I was intrigued what kind of book his brother would put out.

And after checking it out on Goodreads I’m really excited to read it. I can’t wait to find out who The Carls are and what their plans are.

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Ordering books from my “Want to read” list

A while ago I thought it would be a fun idea to go through my Wishlist on Goodreads and order a few books to read them. Now, I’ve got close to 200 books on my wishlist. Some of those books I put on that list in 2015.

From this list I chose 6 books. No easy task, but I managed to pick a few lucky winners and placed my order.

Today I wanted to tell you a bit about the books I chose and how I liked or maybe not liked them. Let me know if you’ve read them and how you liked them.

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Bookshelf Tour #34 // When the curtain falls by Carrie Hope Fletcher

when the curtains falls

In 1952 two young lovers meet, in secret, at the beautiful Southern C ross theatre in the very heart of London’s West End. Their relationship is made up of clandestine meetings and stolen moments because there is someone who will make them suffer if he discovers she is no longer ‘his’. But life in the theatre doesn’t always go according to plan and tragedy and heartache are waiting in the wings for all the players . . .

Almost seventy years later, a new production of When the Curtain Falls arrives at the theatre, bringing with it Oscar Bright and Olive Green and their budding romance. Very soon, though, strange things begin to happen and they learn about the ghost that’s haunted the theatre since 1952, a ghost who can only be seen on one night of the year. Except the ghost is appearing more often and seems hell bent on sabotaging Oscar and Olive. The young couple realise they need to right that wrong from years gone by, but can they save themselves before history repeats itself and tragedy strikes once more?

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Before this book came out I owned only one book by Carrie Hope Fletcher. That book is “On the other side” and I have not read it yet. Awks. Well I did start it but had to put it down for some reason and now it’s waiting on my bookshelves to be read.

Anyway. Ever since Carrie announced this book I was looking forward to its release. I used to be a huge fan of theatre so reading about theatre people would be fun, right?

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Bookshelf Tour #33 // The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

The Last Namsara

In the beginning, there was the Namsara: the child of sky and spirit, who carried love and laughter wherever he went. But where there is light, there must be darkness—and so there was also the Iskari. The child of blood and moonlight. The destroyer. The death-bringer.

These are the legends that Asha, daughter of the king of Firgaard, has grown up learning in hushed whispers, drawn to the forbidden figures of the past. But it isn’t until she becomes the fiercest, most feared dragon slayer in the land that she takes on the role of the next Iskari—a lonely destiny that leaves her feeling more like a weapon than a girl.

Asha conquers each dragon and brings its head to the king, but no kill can free her from the shackles that await at home: her betrothal to the cruel commandant, a man who holds the truth about her nature in his palm. When she’s offered the chance to gain her freedom in exchange for the life of the most powerful dragon in Firgaard, she finds that there may be more truth to the ancient stories than she ever could have expected. With the help of a secret friend—a slave boy from her betrothed’s household—Asha must shed the layers of her Iskari bondage and open her heart to love, light, and a truth that has been kept from her.

So a while ago I watched a video on Youtube where this book was recommended. I really liked the sound of it and just had to put it on my lists of books I want to read. It spent a few months there until I decided to order a few books of those list.

I’m currently reading it and what can I say. It got dragons, a badass female main character and a wonderful setting. So far I’m loving every single second of it.

Have you read The Last Namsara yet? Or are you planning to?

“Even a small voice is still a voice” // All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater // Mini-Review


About the story: Bicho Raro is a place for miracles. Many people visit this magical place to find their personal miracle. At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who are all able to perform miracles.

We meet Beatriz, the girl without feelings. Daniel, Bicho Raro’s saint. Joaquin, a soon-to-be radio host. All of the three cousins are looking for their very own miracle. But miracles are never what you expect.

My thoughts: This book.. How do you even start to describe this book? After reading The Raven Cycles I kind of knew – or at least hoped – what kind of writing style I would get. And gosh how beautiful Maggie Stiefvater’s writing style is. All the Crooked Saints was so poetric I loved it.

Also can we talk about how well the characters were written. How Beatriz discovered that she isn’t the girl without feelings everyone believes her to be. How the adult Sorias overcame their own fears and terrors. How the Pilgrims have found the power in themselves to challenge their own darkness.

My Rating: ★★★★★

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