Sunday, March 19, 2017

Review: Gizelles Bucket List by Lauren Fern Watt

Hello readers,

today I am back with a beautiful review.
A couple of months ago Simon and Schuster offered me a free copy of Gizelle's Bucket List - My life with a very large dog by Lauren Fern Watt. As a dog owner I had to read this. It sounded so intriguing and although it had been on my TBR for a while before I managed to pick it up it was so worth it.

This book should actually come with at least two other recommendations.

1. Grab some tissues.
2. Snuggle up with your puppy.

Lauren picks up this big English Mastiff puppy who she instantly names Gizelle, they grow together, grow this beautiful relationship between a dog and the dogs person (in this case Lauren) and soon Lauren finds herself on an incredible journey also called life with her trusty friend Gizelle.
Now as we all know dogs rarely live longer than we do and when Gizelles time is come Lauren makes her a bucket list, which a big part of this book is about.

As an Australien Shepherd owner (which is a medium sized breed) I can relate to some of the typical comments you get when your dog doesn't fit into a handbag and at times Lauren's descriptions of people's reactions mad me laugh so hard, that I experience our walks now from a totally different point of view.
I also felt I could absolutely relate to the love between her and Gizelle because I see and experience this everyday with my dog (Jerry). He loves to sleep on my legs, he always need to touch me in someway, he follows me like a shadow everywhere I go and he always has my back.
So no wonder I teared up and cried like a baby when Gizelles time had come because that made me realize my dog won't be there forever (although I always try to push that thought always as far away as I can).
This book is full of beautiful moments, it is honest, funny as well as sad. It is life and I just felt it was such a great read that I actually run around recommending it to everyone I know. In addition to that it reads so fluently and easily that I could have read it in one sitting.
So no wonder that this got 5 out of 5 stars.

Since just thinking about how sad the ending was I am actually about to snuggle up with my big puppy and we are wishing you all a great week.

See you again next Sunday for another bookish post.
Take care,
📚 Nadja and today Jerry as well

Sunday, March 12, 2017

And yet another Review! The Ice Child by Camilla Läckberg

Hello readers,

I am back with yet another review.
Believe it or not I am actually very happy to have a review up this week because that reading slump I was in was driving me crazy.
I love reading. I love to dive into the worlds books present me. But eventually after a tough semester and some books that just weren't wowing me I hit a slump. I knew I wanted to read but eventually after two pages I put the book away feeling like I can't read anymore.
I have been there before and there is one genre or let's better say one author that is save to get me out of the slump.
Happy as I was there was already her newest book on my shelf. Unread.

So I picked up The Ice Child by Camilla Läckberg. Camilla Läckberg is known to be the Queen of swedish crime books. And as you may know I love her series about police officer Patrik Hedström and his wife Erika Falck.
The Ice Child is the 9th book of the series in which Erika Falck, who writes about "real" crimes interferes into her husbands cases.

In The Ice Child Erika works on a book about a horrible case of domestic violence. Meanwhile her husband, Patrik, has a mysterious case of a missing girl, Victoria, who disappeared on her way home a couple of months ago. But Victoria isn't the only girl that went missing. There are several other girls missing from other police districts.
Martha is riding outside on her horse when she sees a girl barely dressed walking over the street in the cold winter weather, she yells and waves but the girls doesn't seem to hear her. When a car comes out of nowhere and can't stop, the girl gets hit.
The police soon finds out it is Victoria, but they also find out about her more than disgusting injuries that didn't come from the car accident.
How are today's cases related to the old case Erika is working on?
What is the relation between the victims?
And more over who is able to do such things?

As always this was intriguing from the first page to the last page.
These books are always so fast paced, mainly because you get to see so many different perspectives, that change it up all the time. The change in perspectives is something I loved from the first book on.
You get to know all the characters in a very special way no matter if they are good or evil or the victim it just makes me feel like being part of the story.
Besides the seriousness of the cases itself there are always comedic elements that lighten it up.
I really enjoyed to see how the personal relationships evolve throughout the series, which really makes it a crime series for me and tying it all together. Whereas other series often just provide you with one case after another. I do not want to go too much into detail on these things, in case you haven't read the other books yet, but to sum it up, I love the character developement of the main and constant characters in series. Seeing how everyday life works for Erika and Patrik, as well as seeing Erikas sister fighting out of a crisis.
Seeing that mother and daughter in law relationship take another turn and all the other small details this book packs.
I must admit though that I had a feeling early on, which through twists and turns got let to another direction, but then back again to my first feeling, but none the less was the ending a total surprise.

This was by far the cruelest one of the series I think but it was also by far one of the best ones.
So 5 out of 5 stars for the Ice Child.

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See you again next Sunday with another bookish post.
Take care,
📚 Nadja