Friday, 14 July 2017

Book Highlight: Xenosaber: Fury of the Stars by Jedaiah Ramnarine

Xenosaber: Fury of the Starsby Jedaiah Ramnarine

Xenosaber: Fury of the Stars (A Fantasy Adventure Novel) by [Ramnarine, Jedaiah]

Fantasy, Epic, Sword and Sorcery, Science Fiction

One will awaken it. One will destroy it.
After his home is destroyed, a mysterious drifter finds himself on a journey to unite heroes and stop an exiled prince and a zealous cult from unleashing a weapon that can destroy worlds.
When exiled prince Baldr and the Order of the Void ride into the mystical lands of Star World, they bring with them a fate that can shake nations to their foundations. Jaival, a young drifter with a head full of wanderlust and a past shrouded in darkness, might just be Star World's only hope.
What happens next, sets Jaival on a journey for the exceptionally brave, or the exceptionally desperate, leading him to seek the assistance of an ancient hero, Mikael, in Eira - a whole kingdom built on secrets, under the guidance of an outlawed sorceress, Sorata. Within the bustling city, Jaival runs into Danzul - the Last Guardian, Cyrus - Paladin of the North, and discovers a mystical connection to Princess Arya - a young, wise oracle with an inquisitive spirit who has foreseen the approaching storm.
But this is only the beginning of their adventure. Something else is stirring in the land, something more ominous than the mounting threat of total war. Whispers of a lingering presence call to the heroes, compelling them to find and unite the pieces of the Xenosaber - a weapon of unimaginable power, capable of razing entire planets and freeing a vengeful evil from its ancient prison.
Discover Xenosaber, a timeless elven fantasy epic, where sword, magic, ancient technology and adventure awaits.

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Monday, 10 July 2017

The 2017 RITA Best First Book Finalists


Today I am sharing an incredible giveaway hosted by the 2017 'Best First Book' RITA Nominated Authors! They are giving away 2 prize packs! The grand prize winner will receive a paperback copy of each of the 6 nominated books. A second winner will receive an ebook copy of each of the titles. Be sure to sign up below and check out the authors who are participating and their incredible novels!


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Alterations by Stephanie Scott

Book Blurb: If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they'd think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn't know that all the plans she's made for them are just dreams, and that she's the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family. When Amelia's abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can't imagine leaving Miami--and Ethan--for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan's awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app. As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The "new and improved" Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and choice she never dreamed she'd have to make.


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The Distance From A To Z by Natalie Blitt

Book Blurb: This full-length novel by debut author Natalie Blitt is a pitch-perfect blend of Stephanie Perkins and Miranda Kenneally that proves the age-old adage: opposites attract. Seventeen-year-old Abby has only one goal for her summer: to make sure she is fluent in French—well, that, and to get as far away from baseball and her Cubs-obsessed family as possible. A summer of culture and language, with no sports in sight. That turns out to be impossible, though, because her French partner is the exact kind of boy she was hoping to avoid. Eight weeks. 120 hours of class. 80 hours of conversation practice with someone who seems to wear baseball caps and jerseys every day. But Zeke in French is a different person than Zeke in English. And Abby can’t help but fall for him, hard. As Abby begins to suspect that Zeke is hiding something, she has to decide if bridging the gap between who she is and who he is is worth the risk. Epic Reads Impulse is a digital imprint with new releases each month.  


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Before Goodbye by Mimi Cross

Book Blurb: Music means more than anything to high school student Cate Reese; it’s also what unites her with Cal Woods. Devoted classical guitar players, Cate and Cal are childhood friends newly smitten by love—until a devastating car accident rips Cal out of Cate’s life forever. Blaming herself for the horrific tragedy and struggling to surface from her despair, Cate spirals downhill in a desperate attempt to ease her pain. Fellow student David Bennet might look like the school’s golden boy, but underneath the surface the popular athlete battles demons of his own. Racked with survivor’s guilt after his brother’s suicide, things get worse when tragedy darkens his world again—but connecting with Cate, his sister’s longtime babysitter, starts bringing the light back in. As Cate and David grow closer, the two shattered teenagers learn to examine the pieces of their lives…and, together, find a way to be whole again.
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Once And For All: An American Valor Novel by Cheryl Etchison

Book Blurb: The Rangers of the 1st/75th fight hard, train hard and play hard. They are physically strong and mentally tough, disciplined and courageous. But all their military training hasn't prepared them for falling in love. Rule #1: Military and matrimony don't mix. But if there's one person Staff Sergeant Danny MacGregor would break all his rules for, it's Bree--his first friend, first love, first everything. Maybe he likes playing the hero. Maybe he's trying to ease ten years of guilt. Either way, he'll do whatever he can to help her. Wish #1: A little bit of normal. Bree Dunbar has battled cancer, twice. What she wants most is a fresh start in a place where she can find a new job, and where people aren't constantly treating her like she's sick. By some miracle her wish is granted, but it comes with one major string attached-- the man who broke her heart ten years before. The rules for this marriage of convenience are simple: when she's ready to stand on her own two feet, she'll walk away and he'll let her go. Only, as they both know all too well, things don't always go according to plan...


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Close To You by Kara Isaac

Book Blurb: A disgraced scholar running from her past and an entrepreneur chasing his future find themselves thrown together—and fall in love—on a Tolkien tour of New Zealand. Allison Shire (yes, like where the Hobbits live) is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in “happily ever after” ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. By living life on the road and traveling New Zealand as a luxury tour guide, Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can’t face. Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then suddenly his girlfriend left him—for his biggest business competitor—and took his most guarded commercial secrets with her. To make matters worse, the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing foreclosure. Determined to save his parents from financial ruin, he’ll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan, even though he knows nothing about the stories. The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a know-it-all tour guide who can’t stand him and pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the plane. When Allison leads the group through the famous sites of the Tolkien movies, she and Jackson start to see each other differently, and as they keep getting thrown together on the tour, they find themselves drawn to each other. Neither expected to fall in love again, but can they find a way beyond their regrets to take a chance on the one thing they’re not looking for?


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Summer Of Supernovas by Darcy Woods

Book Blurb: Fans of Jennifer E. Smith and Jenny Han will fall in love with this heartfelt and humor-laced debut following one zodiac-obsessed teen as she struggles to find the guy of her cosmic dreams. As the daughter of an expert astrologer, Wilamena Carlisle knows that truth lies within the stars. So when she discovers a planetary alignment that won’t repeat for a decade, she’s forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House—relationships and love. But Wil must decide whether to trust her heart or her chart when she falls for a sensitive guitar player whose zodiac sign points to cosmic disaster. If Wil’s fate is truly written in the stars, then this summer is about to go supernova. . . .


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Friday, 7 July 2017

Review: The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco

30095464Author: Rin Chupeco
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Source: ebook (bought)


The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.
Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

Tea is not like other witches. Others have powers over the elements, gifts of the light but her powers are over the Dark and Death, she is a Bone Witch. Bone Witches are feared and hated all over the kingdoms, they're powers are considered dangerous and unnatural, they are the freaks of freaks. Being a Bone Witch was the last thing Tea was expecting to be but, she wasn't also expecting to find that out by raising her brother from the dead.
Bone Witches are very powerful but that also means that they have to be very responsible and conscious of what they do. Tea has to leave her homeland with an elder Bone Witch in order to learn the ways of the asha - the elite witches - and rise to her full potential.
Along the way, Tea makes new friends and learns new skills. She will face danger and uncertainty. Will she be able to keep the ones she loves safe? Will she strive and succeed being an asha or will she fail? Will she be able to stop the war that is brewing in the eight kingdoms?
The first noticeable thing that made me like this book was the way that it is written. You have the mix of the present and learn about Thea's life trough a sort of "flashback" main sequences. Usually, you have present Tea talking with a person followed by a large sequence of storytelling by a first person narrator - Tea herself.
The mix of cultures inherent to this story is quite obvious, you have eight kingdoms with distinct cultures and defining features, ones have lighter skin, others darker, they have different ways of dressing and varied ways of talking. That is an aspect that enhances the quality of the story itself.
Even if I have to admit to having a weak spot for dark details mixed with magic and struggle filled with not so obvious and a bit of ill-fated love interests.
Overall all the characters were very interesting and dynamic and made the story better. I have to admit that this is not a book for everyone and that it can be a trigger for people who have trouble dealing with death and loss. You have lost someone recently I would wait a little to read this book, it talks a lot about death and resurrecting the dead which can be uncomfortable. Another flaw this book has is to be very slow paced at times, if you can push trough it I bet you will like it much more by the end.
Lastly, I have to mention the amazing cliff-hanger at the end! Now I really need to read the next book - that only comes out in March 2018 - because that last scene torn my heart into two.
If you are willing then take a chance on this book. It will make you feel all kinds of things, you will cry and you will laugh so be prepared.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Books On My Wishlist

Hello my lovely readers! Today I bring you a part of my hectic and huge book wishlist. Some of these books are for leisure, others to try and expand my reading and others for research. 
Being in a university environment I have been noticing that I read a lot but I read a lot of the same things and that my reading experience is lacking some kinds of books. I also learned from a very young age that for me reading is my major tool in order to learn a new language. That is why I am slowly trying to read the Harry Potter series in Italian.
I always wanted a reader's journal since I read a lot and I would like to have something physical for me to write on and track my readings. Personally, the feeling of filling a book and seeing the blank pages diminish is amazing and motivating.
So here is a part of my book wishes! Maybe you will find something you also want.

Venus and Adonis by William Shakespeare
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Venus and Adonis is Shakespeare's narrative poem about the love of the goddess Venus for the mortal youth Adonis, dedicated partly to his patron, the Earl of Southampton (thought by some to be the beautiful youth to which many of the Sonnets are addressed). The poem recounts Venus' attempts to woo Adonis, their passionate coupling, and Adonis' rejection of the goddess, to which she responds with jealousy, with tragic results.

Well-Read Women : A Reader's Journal
Well-read women keep their books close to their heart. Here they can record what they've read, reflect on their favorite characters and notable quotations, and list books to devour next. With a satin ribbon bookmark and gorgeous watercolor portraits of literature's most beloved female characters—plus a comprehensive list of prize-winning fiction to inspire new selections—this go-to reading companion is as elegant as it is practical

Art in Renaissance Italy by Evelyn Welch
A richly illustrated, up-to-date presentation of the early Renaissance period in Italian art, which looks not only at Florence, the traditional focus of such studies, but at several other Italian cities significant in their own right. The social, cultural and political context and significance of works of art are given their proper prominence, and many insights provided into issues such as patronage and production. A vivid and exciting recreation of one of the most important periods in the development of Western art, at an extremely reasonable price.

The Secret History by Procopius
A trusted member of the Byzantine establishment, Procopius was the Empire's official chronicler, and his History of the Wars of Justinian proclaimed the strength and wisdom of the Emperor's reign. Yet all the while the dutiful scribe was working on a very different—and dangerous—history to be published only once its author was safely in his grave. The Secret History portrays the 'great lawgiver' Justinian as a rampant king of corruption and tyranny, the Empress Theodora as a sorceress and whore, and the brilliant general Belisarius as the pliable dupe of his scheming wife Antonina. Magnificently hyperbolic and highly opinionated, The Secret History is a work of explosive energy, depicting holy Byzantium as a hell of murder and misrule.

A Brief History of the Celts by Peter Berresford Ellis
For centuries, the Celts held sway in Europe. Even after their conquest by the Romans, their culture remained vigorous, ensuring that much of it endured to feed an endless fascination with Celtic history and myths, artwork and treasures. This book presents an overview of their world. It discusses the Celts' mysterious origins and early history.

1984 by George Orwell
Winston Smith works for the Ministry of truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party; they are drawn towards conspiracy. Yet Big Brother will not tolerate dissent - even in the mind. For those with original thoughts they invented Room 101 . . .

The Tale of Cupid and Psyche by Apuleius
Is Cupid and Psyche a romance, a folktale, a Platonic allegory of the nature of the soul, a Jungian tale of individuation, or an archetypal dream? This volume provides Joel Relihan's lively translation of this best known section of Apuleius' Golden Ass, some useful and illustrative parallels, and an engaging discussion of what to make of this classic story.

An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean (Illustrator)
Featuring characters from Cassandra Clare's international best-selling novels from the Shadowhunters world including The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices, this anthology showcases beautifully illustrated portraits from Cassandra Jean – creator of The Shadowhunter Tarot – alongside never-before-known details from Cassandra Clare about all your favourite characters.

The Chronicles of Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia #1-7) by C.S. Lewis
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NARNIA...the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy...the place where the adventure begins.
Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever.

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman
Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it.
So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whoever this new Simon might be.
But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. And that differences—like being a former vampire—are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.
Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices.

City of Bones : 10th Anniversary Edition
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Discover the world of the Shadowhunters in this gorgeous anniversary edition of the first installment of the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and prepare to be hooked. (Entertainment Weekly)!
Celebrate the tenth anniversary of Cassandra Clare's phenomenal City of Bones with this luxe new edition! A beautifully crafted collector's item for every fantasy fan in your life, the anniversary edition of City of Bones contains exclusive bonus content that will provide eager readers with a deeper look into the world of the Shadowhunters. This is the book where Clary Fray first discovered the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. The book where she first met Jace Wayland, the best Shadowhunter of his generation. The book that started it all.

Harry Potter e la Camera dei Segreti (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling
The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone, or something, starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects: Harry Potter himself?

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The Reader Diaries #13 : When Life Gets in the Way of Reading (and Blogging)

Hello my fellow book lovers! If you are a frequent reader of this blog then you must have noticed that lately, things have been a little hectic... One week I have the time to post lots of content and the next one I only post one thing (or even nothing at all). Today I am here to talk about why that keeps happening (even though I am supposed to be on vacation and have lots of time).
The first reason that comes to mind is my driving licence... well, my future driving licence. I am currently studying in order to try and pass the theory test and I have roughly about one week to show my instructor that I am ready to take it (which I am not). I have to take it as soon as possible because at the end of the month I have a one week national camping week with my scouts group (and those of the rest of Portugal) followed by vacation with my parents. 
I don not know the steps to acquire a driver's licence in the rest of the world but in Portugal you have to phases: the theory and the practical. You are obligated to pass the first in order to be able to even qualify for the second. The theory consists of a 30 questions test in which you are only allowed to fail 3, fail more and you are failed and have to pay in order to repeat it. 
The second reason why I am not posting as much is that I am also studying to take an exam in order to try and raise a final evaluation in a subject at uni. I think you have already guessed that that subject is something I am not particularly good at. So I am studying a lot of hours a day and really not enjoying it.
With all of this, I am not reading as much as I would like to... I would really love to sit down and read through the night but I cannot. When it's night time my eyes are so tired that reading hurts. So I am making really slow progress on the three books I am currently reading. One of those books is particularly challenging because it is in Italian and I have some trouble reading it. I believe my efforts will pay off next semester in Italian class.
The other two are a book I received for review, Enchanters by K.F. Bradshaw and the second one is Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. I really hope I am able to review both of these books with the next few weeks and move on to other new reads in order to post reviews and advice for you.
I believe you can assume that I am really really tired. Tiredness is something I hate but I've been having to sacrifice some of the things I want to do in order to rest. Resting is essential to keep your mind intact and your thoughts in order.
Please forgive me if I am not as consistent as I should be but I hope that by the end of the next month things will be better and I'll be able to deliver what you deserve.
With Love, Ana

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Book News: John Green has a new book!

John Green is one of the best known and more loved authors of our times and he is coming out with a new book! He announced this amazing piece of information at Vidcon. 
The book is coming out this fall, October 10th,  and is called "Turtles All The Way Down". Besides this we only know the synopsis (see bellow) and that the internet relishing in this piece of information.

Release date: October 10th 2017

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. 

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

22544764Author: Naomi Novik
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: May 19th, 2015
Source: ebook (bought)


Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

Agnieszka lives in a valley that has a border with the Wood, a mysterious evil entity that shows itself through trees, darkness and corruption. Each day the Wood tries to spread its borders and it does that by corrupting people or by simply making them disappear.
Every once in awhile there is a choosing ceremony in Agnieszka's village in which their protector, the Dragon, a very powerful wizard, chooses a girl to take with him to his tower. The girls always come back alive and healthy, with an education and money but it is scary nonetheless. The choosing ceremony approaches and Agnieszka will be presented to the Dragon but she knows, as everyone in the village knows, that he will take her friend Kasia. He always chooses the most virtuous and good-looking girls and Agnieszka is none of that.
They all wait and see what is going to happen, for they rely on the wizard to keep the Wood away.
This book is utterly amazing! It is not perfect and has some flaws but it still amazes you every step of the way. In the beginning, you know that it is a retelling of the "The Beauty and the Beast" story but it is still able to surprise you with its twists and turns.
Agniezska and the Dragon are two amazing characters with very different qualities and personalities. It may not be a very diverse book, which is a shame, but it still presents you with a somewhat diverse cast of characters that you will enjoy and learn to love - and mourn some too.
The love interest - not telling you who it is - was very good. I liked the fact that it wasn't an "instant love" kind of relationship, it took many pages to build and embellish. It also had its ups and downs, just like in everyone's real life.
Agniezska is very different from the "typical" Belle, she is always dirty, she is independent and self-reliant. She is also strong minded and does not mind putting herself in danger in order to help others.
Overall this is a very big book and it is at times slow paced, which can disturb your reading and could clarify some things (that it leaves unclarified). Either way, it still has an amazingly complex magic system and an awesome set of characters. If you want to have a good time definitely check out this book!