Recensie: The shadow queen

23299513Auteur: C.J. Redwine
Titel: The Shadow Queen
Serie: Ravenspire #1
Genre: YA hervertelling, fantasy
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2016
ISBN: 9780062360243
Aantal pagina’s: 387
Gelezen: Juli 2017

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.
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Recensie: Red Queen

22328546Auteur: Victoria Aveyard
Titel: Red Queen
Serie: Red Queen #1
Genre: YA Fantasy, dystopie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2015
ISBN: 9780062310637
Aantal pagina’s: 383
Gelezen: Augustus 2017

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

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Recensie: Caraval

27883214Auteur: Stephanie Garber
Titel: Caraval
Genre: YA Fantasy
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2017
ISBN:  9781250095251
Aantal pagina’s: 
Gelezen: mei 2017

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.
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Recensie: Levensbloed

36203004Auteur: Gena Showalter
Titel: Levensbloed
Serie: Everlife #2
Genre: YA, fantasy
Taal: Nederlands
Jaar: 2017
ISBN: 9789402724707
Aantal pagina’s:
: September 2017

Ik wil uitgeverij HarperCollins Holland bedanken voor dit recensie exemplaar!

Lees hier ook de recensie van deel één: Eerste Leven.

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Recensie: Three dark crowns

28374007Auteur: Kendare Blake
Titel: Three dark crowns (#1)
Genre: YA fantasy
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2016
ISBN: 9780062385437
Aantal pagina’s: 398
Gelezen: Januari 2017

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.
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Recensie: Shiver

6068551Auteur: Maggie Stiefvater
Titel: Shiver
Serie: The wolves of Mercy Falls #1
Genre:  YA fantasy, romance
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2009
ISBN: 9780545123266
Aantal bladzijden:
Gelezen: Februari 2017

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
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Harland Awards

foto van Harland Awards.Hoi allemaal! Ik realiseerde me net dat ik jullie nog helemaal niks over de Harland Awards heb verteld. En dat is op het moment toch wel een van de dingen waar ik druk mee bezig ben.

Afgelopen halfjaar liep ik stage bij de Stichting ter Bevordering van het Fantastische Genre. Ik deed daar onderzoek naar fantasy en hoe het komt dat Nederlandstalige fantasy niet in de boekhandel te vinden is. Erg interessant allemaal en mogelijk zelfs leuk voor als ik ooit nog een doctoraat wil gaan halen. Anyway, een van de dingen waar de stichting mee bezig is, is de Harland Awards Verhalenwedstrijd. Ze zochten nieuwe organisatoren, ik solliciteerde en… nu ben ik een van de organisatoren van de verhalenwedstrijd en romanprijs van dit jaar. De wedstrijd richt zich op korte verhalen binnen de genres fantasy, science-fiction en horror en iedereen kan meedoen. Ik vind het zelf heel erg leuk om in de organisatie te zitten 🙂

Ik weet niet of er onder jullie lezers zijn met schrijversambities, maar als dat zo is, zou ik zeker meedoen. Het kost 10 euro, maar daarvoor krijg je wel een uitgebreid feedback rapport terug en dat is altijd handig. En daarnaast zou ik het wel leuk vinden als mijn lezers mee deden 🙂