Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hello readers, 
today's post is in honor of the release of Jessica Kochs' new novel So near the Horizon. Jessica is a german author and reached out to me a couple of weeks ago and today I am happy to bring you a little synopsis of her book as well as more information on Jessica. So see for yourself. To me this novel sounds intriguing and I hope to bring you a review soon.

From the moment she crosses paths with Danny, Jessica is fascinated. The dashing, confident twenty-year-old has everything she dreams of—looks, success, independence, money—and his kind, infinitely cheerful nature is spellbinding.

Yet Jessica sees something else lingering underneath Danny’s perfect facade. Bit by bit, she manages to pick it apart, unveiling harrowing truths about a deeply traumatic childhood that has left more than just emotional scars. Now, far away from his home and family, he is fighting to build a normal life for himself—even though he may be destined for a future as dark as his past.

Despite all adversity and against all reason, a deep and intimate love develops between Danny and Jessica. But soon they find themselves confronting the harsh realities of a superficial world, battling against prejudice and exclusion at every turn… and, worst of all, racing against time…

Jessica Koch was born in Ludwigsburg, Germany, in 
1982 and began writing short stories when she was still in 
high school - but never submitted her work to publishers. 
In late 1999, shortly after finishing school, she met 
Danny, a German-American dual citizen. Her experiences 
with him eventually formed the basis for So Near the 
Horizon, though it was nearly thirteen years before she 
felt ready to bring the manuscript to the public.
The author describes a life lived somewhere between 
hope and fear, between optimism and despair. She reflects on events from her own 
past with raw honesty, confronting more than one difficult subject along the way.
Jessica Koch lives near the city of Stuttgart with her husband, their son, and two 
dogs. The second and third books in the trilogy, So Near the Abyss and So Near 

the Ocean, are already best-sellers in Germany as well.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review: The Expansion by Christoph Martin

Hello readers,

today I have a review for you on The Expansion by Christoph Martin which I requested a while ago on Netgalley.
Thank you for the chance to review this novel.

We start off in the winter mountains of Switzerland, make it to the suburbs of London and end up in tropical Panama where the protagonist Max Burns is working on the expansion of the Panama Canal. Where we also meet the strong female characters of Karis Deen and Sophia.
This novel includes the political aspect of such a project, intrigues, lies, romance, friendship...

There is a lot going on here.

The whole story sounded very intriguing to me and when I first picked it up I was impressed how fast it moved. However at some points I would have wished for it to slow down a bit, focus a bit more on character developement and explaining the complex progresses. This made me feel so left out of the story. I couldn't identify with one single character, I didn't know who to like and who not to like. And sometimes I felt I completely didn't understand the processes they talked about.
The ending felt completely rushed to me. It was like one minute something happened and the next you already had it solved.

I did however enjoy this book. It was quick and intriguing read and I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Have you picked up The Extension yet? - Let me know in the comments below.

I see you again on Wednesday for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja