Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

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This was a very refreshing book I must say. Jonathan, the main character lives in the kingdom of Arthurise and when a mysterious illness, the Venen,  takes hold and spreads to most women (including his mother and sister) he gets tangled up in a world of illusions in search for the cure. Jonathan travels to the parallel world and kingdom of Nod’ol where he is promised the antitoxin to the Venen if he only participated in a illusionarium contest…
Illusionarium

This book was great. First off we have a male lead character in a steam punk/historical setting. The story takes a lot of twists and turns and it’s really a good adventure book. I liked the fact that it was an adventure book and not a romance, at least not for the main character. I really liked his friend but not friend, Lockwood  for his comic relief and his brave actions. I also liked Queen Honoria in all her craziness. Heather Dixon does not lack fantasy and ideas that’s for sure. This is a fun read!

 

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One of the reasons I bought the book was because of the cover. The pretty clothing, the city standing in the mist, and the nicely done border with a steam punk feel, made me have no hesitation on buying this book. It’s a nice cover that appeals to me. The cover for this book really could have looked a lot different depending on which way you want to go with it (the book really has so many cool things and scenes in it). But I like this as it doesn’t reveal all too much about the book.

 

Vacation reading

I’m going on vacation for a week, hooray! To a warm and sunny island where I’ll be spending lots of time laying on the beach reading books. So, I have of course stacked up books to read for this vacation. I have four e-books and three physical books. Out of these seven books I realized that five of them are the first book in a series!

The books I’m going to read on my vacation

mannersandmutinyManners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger
The fourth and last book of the Finishing School series. I love Gail Carrigers books, they never disappoint! I might re-read the last chapters of Waistcoats and Weaponry before I start this one. Just to freshen up.

prudencePrudence by Gail Carriger
First book in the new Custard Protocol series. This book has me so excited! I have been waiting for it ever since finishing the Parasol Protectorate series years ago (2012) and I’m so excited to read it. I’ve been saving it for the vacation because I know I’ll enjoy it. It’s better to travel with safe bets!

RedqueenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I’ve wanted to rad this one ever since I saw the cover design last year. Really, this cover is amazing! I never thought I’d find it in our local book store, but I did and I bought it. They even had a Swedish translation of it too.

Snow Like Ashes book cover  Defiance book cover   Wuthering Heights book cover  Illusionarium

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
I read a sample of this book earlier this year and when I found it on a amazon daily deal I decided to buy it. I’m quite excited to see how this world fans out from the sample I read (from chapter one). It’s promising!

Defiance by C. J Redwine
I’ve also read a sample from this book and I liked it very much. It’s going to be very fun to read it and I hope it’ll live up to the expectations I have. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this series.

Wuthering heights by Emliy Brontë
I haven’t read this classic before and I downloaded it for free thinking I would like to read it. We do have it in our book shelf since my boyfriend had to read it when he studied English at the university. Weirdly enough it wasn’t in my curriculum when I studied English the year after him. Anyway, I want to read it so it might just happen!

llusionarium by Heather Dixon
This one caught me because of the pretty cover I must admit. This seems to be a quite magical book with illusions and parallel worlds and I’m looking forward to reading it.