Sunday, June 25, 2017

Review: Letting go by Maria Thompson Corley

Hello readers,

A couple of weeks ago Maria Thompson Corley  contacted me and asked me to review her book Letting go.

Letting go is a coming of age story told from two perspectives.

We have Cecile a young Afro Canadian woman (if I got that right?) who wants to become a pianist and we got Langston and Afro Canadian (sorry again if I got that wrong) young man who doesn't really know what he wants from life.
Cecile  moves to the US to study at Juilliard.
With her strictly religious parents she has troubles giving into her womanhood and feels guilty for giving into her sexuality. We shortly also discover that black female pianists are rare and that it might be tough on the jobmarked for her later on.
Along the way Cecile meets Teddy and sooner or later finds herself in an unhealthy relationship with him. Where will that lead?

Langston grew up at his grandmother with his other siblings. While everyone seems to have a love life Langston is single. However his family wants him to be happy they also want him to find a wife. Langston becomes a teacher, but is that really what he wants?

Along the way both Cecile and Langston meet. What will happen with them?

Now with this book I honestly had my ups and downs.
At first it looked promising to me regarding women's rights and maybe diving into the racial discrimination topic. As much potential I saw there it didn't happen at all. It was roughly mentioned but we didn't really saw it becoming a topic in this book which I personally found disappointing.

The whole Teddy and Cecile storyline was not really enjoyable to read for me. It moved so slow and right from the start I knew how it would end. Through that part I also lost my liking of Cecile's character, which thankfully came back a little towards the end of the novel, but overall that part wasn't really my thing.

Langstons storyline on the other hand was very enjoyable to read. He was very sarcastic which even mad sad moments light. Overall his part didn't seem as dark and depressing as Ceciles'

I really enjoyed to read the interaction between Cecile and Teddy where Cecile suddenly became a whole other person, which I actually liked a lot.

So if this novel would have had a little bit less of Cecile's and Teddys storyline and a little bit more Langston and Cecile I Oulu have appreciated that a lot. However if this would have been two separate books I would have definitely picked Langstons story over Ceciles'.
Cecile seems overall to be mostly stuck and her character needed a long time to show some developement, whereas Langston really tried to find himself and follow his interests.

It is definitely an interesting read, but since I struggled so much with major parts of it I gave it 3 out of 5 stars (so right in the middle).

If you have read Letting Go by Maria Thompson please share your thoughts with me in the comments below.

Thank you very much to Maria Thompson Corley for providing me with a review galley of this book. I really appreciate it.

From July on there will be Wednesday posts added to my blog. So stay tuned for some really interesting guest posts, cover reveals, giveaways, blog tours, and my Top 5 Wednesday recommendations.

I see you again soon for another bookish post.

Take care,

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review: Morrighan by Mary E. Pearson

Hello readers,

today I am back with another  quick review.
Morrighan by Mary E. Pearson is the novella to the Remnant Chronicles trilogy which I have read during the past month, so make sure you check out those reviews too.

Now with this novella I would say it doesn't matter wether you read it before or after you read the trilogy, you don't spoil yourself but you also do not necessarily need it to understand the trilogy itself. But what it does is to add to the history of the kingdoms that are in the trilogy, so it is definitely nice to have. I read it afterwards.

So Morrighan is one of the major Kingdoms in the trilogy, it is Lia's home and known as the chosen Remnant.
This novella tells you how this Kingdom was "born". It tells the story of Morrighan a young girl living in a clan with her grandmother Ama. Morrighan has the gift of knowing. The clans are usually able to grow food and have animals and therefor they get raided by Scavengers. One day Morrighan meets Jafir, a scavenger boy she has met a long time ago and they developed a friendship, that turns into love, but that is under no good star, because Harik another scavenger wants Morrighan back.
Now what will happen? And how will the kingdom of Morrighan be born?

This novella is short, easy and quick to read and yet as beautifully written as the main trilogy. I feel it is the perfect add on.
Because of it shortness I didn't feel as drawn into it as with the trilogy which is why I can't rate it as high, but it is nonetheless 4 out of 5 stars.
The character developement which I loved so much in the trilogy and the world building was missing a bit for me which explains why I wasn't as drawn into it. It is an enjoyable quick evening read anyway so 4 out of 5 stars.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and I will see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Review: The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

Hello readers,

if you have followed me through the last month you know I got obsessed with the Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson. And this week I was so lucky that I had the time to read the third and final book of this trilogy. Now there is actually also a novella to this trilogy called Morrighan which read yeasterday evening in one sitting, that review will be up next Sunday so watch out for that one.

As per usual reviews of a third book might spoil you the first which is The Kiss of Deception (find my review here) and the second book which is The Heart of Betrayal (find my review here) so please, please, please check out those reviews if you haven't read them yet and don't read this one. I do not want to spoil you anything of this series.

Now to make sure your eyes do not accidentally land on something you do not want to see yet I just want to let you that from July on there will be regular Wednesday posts added back in. My Sunday posts will stay for reviews (if you are only here for those, no worries, I got you covered), whereas Wednesday's will be for special "occasions" like guest posts, author interviews, monthly recommendations, etc..
For the monthly recommendations I would be happy to hear from you what you want me to show you, so please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments below.

Now finally onto today's review.

Lia, Rafe and his comrades made it out of Venda. Now from there the big question is will they make it to Dalbreck? What adventures will they face on their way?
On Lia's mind is another question, can she make it to Morrighan to warn her kingdom of an attack by the Vendan Komizar? Will she be able to expose the traitors in her own kingdom?
How will Rafe be welcomed back home after his long absence?
What will happen between Lia and Rafe? And what is with Kaden?

Now this book is again full of politics, just like the second one, but this time I felt it was a lot more balanced with the history of the kingdoms, the friendships and romance which although it was longer it read a lot faster.
I literally went through all the emotions with this book. I was at times so close to fighting my tears, because omg I would have shipped her with both and the romance struggle was real in this one.  Besides the romance the loyalty in these friendships and the losses touched me so incredible. (If you haven't noticed by now, I was totally living it, it read as if I was a part of the story).
The death of Aster in The Heart of Betrayal still kept hurting me in this book just as much as it hurt Lia, which honestly says it all.
The character developement in this book was even better as in the first two books. I was so much more into this whole world and the history behind it and when everything started to unfold and all my questions finally got answered it really felt as if I was living this story. I was completely in another world.
The writing is so amazing. Mary E. Pearson managed to create a world that immediately drew me in, she developed characters so incredible strong and to me honestly reading it felt like this story became alive around me.

Absolutely 5 out of 5 stars. This whole series is probably one that stays on my favorite list forever, that is going to be re-read several times.

Now at some point I will have to stop telling you how much I loved it, which I will do now.
If you have read this book let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

I will be book with the review of Morrighan next Sunday, so stay tuned.
See you soon.

Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Review: Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

Hello readers,

today I am bringing you the review of Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka.
I requested this book a couple of weeks ago via Netgalley. Thanks to Simon and Schuster for providing me with a galley and giving me the opportunity to review this book.

Now lets get into it.
From what I have gethered before I requested this book I knew it took place in Colorado, where a beloved high schooler named Lucinda Hayes was found murdered.
No one in this sleepy suburb is untouched. Not the stalkery boy who loved her too much. Not the girl who wanted her perfect life and not the officer assigned to investigate her murder. These three characters: Cameron, Jade and Russ confront their darkest secrets to find the truth.

Well to me that sounded like an intresting crime novel.
And yet so wrong I was. The crime itself is so far in the background as it can get. Eventually you keep reading on through the depressing thoughts of three very psychotic characters, just because you want to know who really murdered Lucinda Hayes.

It started weird, yet promising. Eventually the characters thoughts just kept getting weirder and weirder. As the case itself is not really worked in this book you are just left with those weird thoughts, that made me feel that it overall started to move slow.
In the end all the throwbacks and thoughts get eventually tied together which saved the whole reading experience in the end.

Overall this wasn't really my thing. The idea itself is surely well developed, I just felt so annoyed by the characters themselves.
So 3 out of 5 stars are the most I can give for this book.

Let me know what you thought about it in the comments below.

I will see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.

Take care,

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Review: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Hello readers,

two weeks ago I brought you the review of The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson which I absolutely loved and that ended on such a cliffhanger that I immediately had to start the second book.
For those of you who haven't read the Kiss of Deception yet and who are planning on doing so please do not read this review it might spoil the most fun of the first book. And trust me when I say "YOU. DON'T. WANT. THAT."
So if you haven't read the first one yet please stop reading on and just head over to my Review of The Kiss of Deception, which you might find here.

Now onto The Heart of Betrayal.

Lia and Rafe are now both prisoners of Venda. The Barbarian land that doesn't takes prisoners. So far Rafes plan worked. He plays the Emissary well, but how long will he be able to hide his true identity?  What will happen to Lia, will she finally summon her gift? Will she be able to play the Komizars game? Will she be able to hide her true feelings? Will she make it out of Venda together with Rafe? What is really behind all that? The history to the story?

All those questions get answered in book two and they are developing even more questions, that hopefully the last book will answer, because I am dying to know.
I am as you may have guessed still in love with this trilogy. I love the characters, seeing how they grow and what they had to overcome, all those backstories that add up to the whole makes me want to read on and on.

I must admit that this second book is less of a developing lovestory and more of political tactics than the first, which makes it feel kind of slow in the beginning but for me it was intriguing nonetheless.
The action it was building up to, where you could actually feel the tension building up from chapter to chapter was a nice way to end this second one although again, that real ending...
(I need the final book now!)

Anyhow I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars, with a slighter tendency to the 4 than the 5 because of the political heaviness which was a bit too much. A little bit more balance with the characters developement would have surely gotten this one to another 5 stars.

How did you enjoy The Heart of Betrayal? Let me know in the comments below.

I see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Review: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Hello readers,

Today I have another review for you. A lucky review, in so many ways.
About a week ago I got a surprise in my mail. Penguin Random House was so kind to send me an advanced readers copy of Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith which I am extremely grateful for.

Now this book is all about luck. Good luck as well as bad luck.
Alice doesn't believe in good luck, but she buys a lottery ticket for her best friend,Teddy, for his 18th birthday anyway. And Teddy wins - big.
But Teddy is not just any friend for Alice, he is the boy she loves and as much as this big win seems like a dream come true, it also changes a lot and suddenly the new wealth starts to feel more like a curse than a windfall.

How will Teddy, a boy who never had much money, deal with such wealth?
Will Alice find her good luck? Love?

Windfall is an intriguing, fast read.
But it is also full of cliches which annoyed me at times. The poor buy wins the lottery. All this money turns everything upside down. People beg him for money. Long lost family members turn up again. Others get jealous.
But then again seeing how Teddy and Alice make it through those changes, how both their characters grow was unbelievable enjoyable. So just as much as the money becomes a curse while at the same time being so much good luck for so many people, the cliches in this book turned into something good.

If you haven't picked your summer reads yet I would definitely recommend Windfall and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
This is funny, sad, honest and full of love, friendships and family.

Let me know what you think about Windfall in the comments below.
Thanks again to Penguin Random House for providing me with an ARC.

See you again next Sunday!
Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Hello readers,

Today I got another review for you.
This has been on my shelf for a long while. I think I bought it last summer after I had seen a couple of great reviews on it at YouTube.
And although it had great reviews I somehow didn't expect much more than a modern fairytale from it.
Oh, my I was so wrong.
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson is so much more than a simple modern fairytale.

Lia is the princess of Morrighan who is supposed to carry the gift of the first daughter. She is also supposed to marry the Prince of Dalbreck but Lia runs away before the wedding clearly not wanting this arranged marriage.
Together with her friend Pauline she makes it to Terravin, where she works in a Tavern and tries to keep a low profile.
Meanwhile the Prince of Dalbreck searches himself for her.
But there is also an Assasin looking for Lia.
During her time in Terravin Lia meets Rafe and Kaden, but who is the Prince and who is the Assasin?
Which one will she fall for and will she make it out alive?

The concept of the book and the fact that for the most time we do not know who the Prince is and who the Assasin is really intrigued me and it didn't disappoint.
It just made me want to keep reading, because of course I had a feeling and I wanted to know wether I was right or not.

The character developement was amazing. Seeing Lia grow so much from that already strong Princess in such a strong independent woman who fights her fights, who never gives up, who is willing to learn...
But also seeing Kadens and Rafes characters with all their facets not just told through their own perspectives but also given from different angles of the story.

I know a lot people are annoyed by these love triangles in YA but I felt this book had so much more to offer than a simple love triangle. For the majority of the time you do not know wether Lia has fallen for a prince or an Assasin who got send to kill her. And how all this will play out in the end.

Beyond these points I must honestly say that I was totally captivated by the writing. The small verses or even songs in between some of the Chapters really told a story itself and helped so much creating this world and tying this whole story together in the end.

For me The Kiss of Deception which is the first book of the Remnant Chronicles (Trilogy) really stood out. It was a clear 5 out of 5 stars book for me and I already picked up the second book and I really hope it will answer some of the questions that turned up during this one.

Let me know if you have read it and what you thought about it in the comments below.

I see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Review: The Things They've Taken by Katie McElhenney

Hello readers,

today I am back with another review.

Thanks to Entangled Publishing I got a review galley of The Things They've Taken by Katie McElhenney in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a paranormal romance which I haven't read much off before. So this was somewhat new to me.

In this book Lo (Dolores) Campbell is searching for her mother, who up until now had been on the search of the unknown but instead got taken by it, or as we get to know a greater demon.
To get her mother back Lo sets out into this great adventure together with the tracker Shaw.

I honestly struggled so much with this book in the beginning until I was halfway through it (you may have guessed that by my two sentence description of it). I couldn't find my way into this world, although the descriptions given weren't bad, they just didn't make it imaginable for me.
The character developement was great, but then again I couldn't imagine how they all would look like except maybe for Shaw.
And although I struggled so much it became really enjoyable to read in the second half. I felt the action took up, the romance developed (which mainly saved it for me) and I slowly understood the world.
The twist at the end really came as a surprise the more it disappointed me that this has such an end.
You basically stand there with a bunch of loose ends that don't get tied together which makes me wonder if there actually might be a second book.

All in all is The Things They've Taken a really interesting read, with lots of fun dialogues and moments. You could see some social criticism in it, when it comes to "nobody does something for free" which really fits into a world of demons. It definitely has its problems though which is why I give it 3 stars out of 5.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Solo by Lauren E. Rico

Hello readers,

I am a day late, or as I call it by now fashionable late thanks to having so much to read.
Anyways today I am having a review to you that is dear to my heart.
I have previously worked with Lauren E. Rico and was lucky to get to know her as a wonderful friend.
I can't thank her enough for the many opportunities she has given me and for the trust when it came to Solo that I saw taking an amazing journey from first draft to the final book which I will review today.

Compared to Lauren's previous three books this one is straight Romance no sociopaths and heavy violence included but it plays again in the world of classical music.

Lauren introduces the two protagonists Katherine "Kate" Brenner and Dr. Drew Markham by letting the story be told by their perspectives.
Kate is a conducting student while Drew is her professor, good looking but not one of the nice ones, well at least at first.
Kate is popular as her father is a politician, but she is not popular in the "students and teachers like me way" which is mostly thanks to her fathers political actions and his wish to defund the Arts.
She broke with him years ago managing her life on her own, working hard while suffering the cruel comments of her students and her teachers. On top of all of that creepy journalists are trying to pick up dirt on her and especially on her dad.
When a snowstorm comes and Kate needs to deliver her assignement to Dr. Markham. While doing so she gets stuck in front of his door. Which takes a surprising turn in hers and Drews relationship.
But what is in Drews past that makes him hate Kate? Does he really hate her? What obstacles will they face? And will Kate forgive her father?

Lauren tells the stories of two people struggling in their life's and how those too can help each other and find each other. She shows the ups and downs without sugar coating them as they usually would have been in most New Adult books.
And although I struggled a bit with certain parts of Drews  character developement, especially his not so smart and professional moments, the story really dragged me into it and I was secretly on the "give me the romance stuff" site.
No need to say that Lauren's descriptions of music are making me feel and hear it which is exceptional.

This is a romantic, fast paced read that actually tells a story beside the romance but since I struggled a bit with Drew at certain points I give it a 4.25 stars out of five.

Thanks again to Lauren and Entangled Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book.

If you want to find out more about Lauren's other books please search for those on the blog.

Thanks everyone for reading and let me know what you think in the comments below.

I hope you enjoyed this review and found it to be helpful.
See you again next week for another bookish post.
Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Hello readers,

today I finally have a review of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton for you. If you have been following me for a while you know that this one has been sitting on my shelf for a long time.  But it was first at the beginning of last month that I found the time to pick this one up.

Rebel of the sands tells the story of a young girl named Amani who is living in Dustwalk, a desert town that  is not the place to be poor or orphaned or female.  Amani wants to escape and see the world she's heard about. While she does everything to gather the money for her escape to Izman a young man with no name turns up and with him she has the chance to run.
 But the desert is full of dangerous magic.  While the sultans army is on the rise Amani finds herself caught in the heart of a fearless rebellion. What will happen in this magical desert?

This book plays in a magical desert with creatures and dangers we have never heared of before.
It is a whole new world you are diving in and it took me a while to get a picture of it which left me with that awkward "I think I somehow like it but I also really do not know what is going on"- feeling. But half way through the book I could picture the world created and the magical creatures a lot better, still not perfectly though.

When it comes to the characters in this book I really loved the friendships and romance aspects and the overall developement.
The last couple of chapters were really the most intense with an amazing "finale" that makes me want to read the second book.

Overall I am giving this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. It really felt like a long introduction to something great, I just wished that the description of the world/desert would have been more detailed so that I could imagine it better and dive into it faster, but as the second half of the book really offered something more intriguing and made me really eager to read the second book I think a 3.5 is a good rating because it was good but didn't really knock me off my feet.

It wasn't as good for me as I expected it to be from what I heared and read from others. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

I hope you enjoyed this review and I hope to see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, April 9, 2017

What books inspire us to do!

Hello readers,

You might have wondered why there was no post last Sunday and I have to apologize for that.
I have recently read Gizelles Bucket List by Lauren Fern Watt (find an in-depth review here) which is an autobiographical book where Lauren describes her life with her very large English Mastiff Gizelle.
Gizelles time on earth is sadly not as long as Lauren's and when Lauren finds out Gizelles time is running out she makes a Bucket List for her dog.

Now I myself have a wonderful Australien Shepherd and although he has several more years to live I wanted him to experience some things to the fullest and enjoy them while he still can.

One thing on Lauren's Bucket List was to sea the ocean, get the dog to the beach and so it went on mine too.

Last Sunday we packed up for our road trip to the beach and while doing so I got lost in time, which is why I forgot to post and I honestly feel sorry for letting my dear readers down, but I also wanted you all to know that we spend an amazing day walking down the beach, playing...

I experienced a total different side of my dog and it was such a great experience.

I couldn't read that day sadly and on our way back home the road was closed due to an accident so we had to stay over so that I wasn't back at reading the book I wanted to show you today before Wednesday but no worries I finished it on time and you can find my review here.

So to show you how much Gizelles Bucket List inspired us and what a great day we had thanks to that book I will share some pictures with you.

I hope you enjoyed today's random post and I will see you again soon.

Take care,

Review: 'Round Midnight by Laura McBride

Hello readers,

a couple of weeks I requested 'Round Midnight by Laura McBride for review. So thank you to Simon & Schuster and Laura McBride for providing me with an e-galley and giving me the chance to review this book in advance.

 This book is set in Las Vegas and is telling the story of for women through six decades.  Early on we start with the story of June Stein who opens the casino El Capitan with her husband in the 1950s. They come to success by hiring the black singer Eddie who is singing in the  casinos nightclub.
 We also meet Honorata who leaves the Philippines as a mail order bride to a businessman from Chicago. Honorata then hits the Jackpot at a casino on a trip to Las Vegas.
Engracia is a Mexican immigrant who once worked at the El Capitan. Her story gets told when she after cleaning at Honoratas opens her employers door to a man with a gun.
And then there is Coral, an African-American teacher who struggles with her own past.
All these women have their own story but how does those come together? How are this women connected?

I honestly rarely have a book I have nothing to complain about, but this one is one of those.

Those characters are so well developed, it is so enjoyable to read their stories, see their lives unfold and how they deal with the ups and downs of life. How conflicts are presented. How real history is build into it and how all this is presented in this setting.

The fact that this describes life without sugar coating anything and being so realistic makes this so real and you feel so much for each of these women. Seeing how criticism to the society is so subtle packed into this story lightened the reading of more serious topics presented a lot up.

I felt it was perfectly balanced when it came to dialogues and thoughts and text and I am overall just impressed by this book.
It is for me a fast enjoyable and also socially educational read and I would lie if I would say I didn't know half way through it that this is a 5 star read for me.

This book will probably make it into this years top ten for me and I couldn't be more thankful to got the chance to read this in advance.

So let me know what you think about 'Round Midnight.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that I will see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Review: The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo

Hello readers,

So happy to have wrapped up my winter TBR before spring started and the sun came out and everything starts over fresh. Isn`t that what spring is about? A fresh start?
Now todays review is about the Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo, which I was lucky to get an egalley from. So thank you very much to Simon and Schuster and Susan Perabo for reading this book.

Which indeed is about fresh start for me, which might be contrary to what you would read in the synopsis or other reviews.

Meredith Oliver a totally normal girl, who is more on the smart then the cool site (not implying that you can`t be both) finds herself in a robbery with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow. Thankfully Meredith makes it out alive, but Lisa gets taken by the robber. After this traumatic incident everyone tries to figure out how to deal with this. Nobody knows where Lisa is, she stays missing, and nobody can imagine what exactly happened to Lisa. One mother has to deal with the loss of her child, while Merediths mother has to deal with how her daughter deals with this trauma.

Now everybody has their own way on dealing with something like this, which can be hard to face for the people around, but it is also traumatic for Merediths family, especially her mother, which we thankfully get to know, as this book is told from different perspectives. But also Meredith has different ways of dealing with this and we get to see those to the full extent, which were confusing at times (for me as a reader), but it isn`t bad because that just showed how good Merediths confusion was portrait in that book.

Now while you can think of this book as totally just dealing with trauma, I also saw how Meredith and her family faced a whole new start, how they all approached their situations differently, which made it the perfect book before spring started. (Don`t get me wrong, you can read that at any time of the year, and you totally should because it is good).

This book has so much character development and so many details and yet it was such a fast and intriguing read. At times I was confused yes, but as explained earlier it just shows how well it is written. The topic is heavy and at times I felt although it was fast to read it also dragged me a bit down (which again can be positive considering the topic is well approached, but it also stopped me from going all out on the 5 stars).

The Fall of Lisa Bellow made me think and I honestly needed some days of processing before being able to write a review, but over all it is an absolutely amazing and unique read, therefore I am giving this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

I hope you enjoyed this review and that you can also enjoy these first days of spring.

I will be back next Sunday with another bookish post, so I hope to see you soon.

If you enjoyed this review feel free to like, share or comment it or let me know what posts you would like to see in the future.

Take care,

📚 Nadja

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.

If you liked this review make sure to give it a thumbs up and share it. Let me know in the comments what you think and what you are currently reading.

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

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Review: The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

Hello readers,

Today I am finally back with a review.
All the exam reading and me being sick the whole exam period got me into a reading slump, so me taking ages to read this book had nothing to do with the book itself.
I got The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak offered from Simon and Schuster already last year. The synopsis sounded great so I got my galley via Netgalley.
Eventually my required reading and my personal TBR is just piling up and I need some time to actually get to this one. So apologies from my site to Simon and Schuster for my late review.

So let's jump right into it.

This book takes place in the 80s. To be more accurate in the year 1987.
Billy Marvin and his friends Alf and Clarke want the new Playboy with the Vanna White photos in it (who is Vanna White? Did she really exist? If you know that let me know). Eventually they are too young to get them legally. They try different ways all failing in the end.
One day they decide to break into the store, get the Playboy and leave the money. To do so they need the alarm code.
Billy offers to get the code from the shop owners daughter, Mary Zielinsky, who as well as Billy loves computer games and coding. So Billy starts coding a game together with Mary and by that tries (or not) to get the alarm code from Mary.
Everything else I would tell you from there would be a spoiler so you got to see for yourself how the story and the plan unfolds.

Every chapter of this book starts with some computer code, which I seriously just overread because I do not know a thing about it.
Story wise this intrigued me at first because it was playing in the 80s and I still know the trouble of those old computers, as I am born in the late 80s.
Second, don't we all want to know what boys come up with just to get a playboy? I wanted to, although I must admit at some point I stopped caring about that plan and just wanted Billy to ditch that plan and see the friendship between him and Mary develope to something.
The characters were at some points to flat for me. They were well developed but pretty predictable.
I must though say the ending had a nice turn and surprised me at some points.

It definitely is a funny and quick read (unless you are in a reading slump) and I rated it with 3.5 stars out of 5, mainly because the middle part started to bore me a bit and the actions the characters took were so predictable. I really liked the end and it absolutely saved the story for me.

Thanks again to Simon and Schuster for providing me with a free copy.

Have you read The Impossible Fortress? Let me know what you thought!

I see you again for another bookish post next week.
Happy reading and take care,

📚 Nadja

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Books I want to read this year

Hello readers,

today I want to show you some of the books I want to read this year.
Some of them have been on my shelf for years, some are recently bought.
I do not know wether I manage to read all of them because I of course want to bring you reviews of newer books as well, but I also want to finish the books sitting on my shelf.
And of course next semester holds another list of required reads as I am taking another class on modern Scandinavian literature focusing on August Strindberg and Henrik Ibsen. Besides those ...I have a lot of unread classics on my shelf, if you wish a post about those, please let me know in the comments below or on my instagram or twitter.

Some of the books I will mention today were mentioned in previous posts, so I will link you to those as per usual.

Most of the books today are Scandinavian crimes, as you may know besides dystopian Scandinavian crimes are my favorites.

So the one I am dying to read is The Ice Child by Camilla Läckberg. She is one of my favorites and this is the ninth book of the Patrick Hedström series.
You can read my thoughts on this series here.
So in this ninth book a girl nearly naked wanders through the woods in freezing cold weather. When she finally reaches the road a car comes out of nowhere and doesn't manage to stop. The girl had gone missing four month ago and has been subjected to unimaginably brutal treatment.
Patrick Hedström suspects that this is just the start and soon discovers that there are three other girls missing from towns nearby. They can't find any fresh leads, so when his wife Erika Falck, the famous author, discovers a link to an old murder case, Patrick is forced to see the whole case in a new light.

This synopsis just intrigues me so much. And with Camilla Läckberg I know I won't be disappointed in the end. So I can't wait to pick this up. And hopefully I can soon.

After this all books will be read in no particular order.

I have three books by Jo Nesbø on my list for this year although I must say I think one of those is later in the series. Jo Nesbø is often on sale so I buy those whenever I can not really watching the order they are in, but I read them in order.
The series I am reading here is the Harry Hole series. Harry is one of those lonely cops who from time to time has an alcohol problem. The cases I have read so far have been so critical towards society and politics. They were full of twists and turns and always had an unexpected ending. They kept me guessing until the end. I haven't dived into the synopsis with these because they sometimes contain topics that I would avoid reading about but once I am in the book I know I will enjoy them. So I hope you found the overall descriptions helpful.
The books I am planning to read are:
The Devil's Star
and The Redeemer (which I still need to get my hands on).

Next I have a two in one book by Karin Wahlberg (I love those for traveling as it is two books in one, so less to take with me).
This book has been on my shelf for several years now, and I really think I neglected it because I kept to the authors I already new. Karin Wahlberg is new to me. I really can't find an English title for this book. But they are both from the Clas Claesson series.
In the first one nurse in training Malin gets killed. Malin was a quiet young woman that had just started her education as a nurse at the hospital. She had just found a new love, so jealousy could be a motiv. The investigation leads Detective Claesson back into Malins childhood.
The second one deals with the murder of a old lady who is found dead in the laundry home of her apartment building. The only victim gets abducted shortly after the murder. The investigation leads the Detective to believe that the old lady wasn't as nice as thought.
Sounds intriguing to me. If anybody knows the English title please please please let me know in the comments below.

Next is the first book by Lars Pettersson.
It is as far as I know the first book of the Anna Magnusson Series and plays in northern Sweden.
Anna Magnusson is a Lawzer in Stockholm and goes back home far in the north to help her cousin who is accused of being a rapist.
Once the victim is found dead in the wilderness a few days after Anna arrived she doubts what she has geared so far and starts to search for the story behind the story. While doing so she gets nearly killed herself.
To me Lars Pettersson is obviously new but I really feel intrigued. I really hope it is as dark as I think it will be.

So last on my list of the Scandinavian authors in this post is Håkan Nesser. Now these books have been on my shelfs for years and I seriously doubt that I will actually pick them up but I hope  saying it out loud and putting it out here will motivate me to at least pick up one of those.
So the first one is an Inspector Barbarotti case. As far as I am concerned are they still not translated to english so I will just leave the swedish (En helt annan historia)  and german ( Eine ganz andere Geschichte) title here.
Summer 2016 sic swedish tourist are standing their vacation in France. Two couples and two single men. All of them somehow have a relationship to the fictional west swedish city of Kymlinge. Five years later someone starts to kill them one by one. Inspector Gunnar Barbarotti gets anonymous threats that contain hints on the case. He is standing in front of a mystery he has to solve.

The next one by Håkan Nesser is a more philosophical crime book. It contains a heritage and an old crime. The famous philosopher Tomas Borgman allows his former university friend Maertens to spend a week in his exquisite library after his death. After Maertens had spend a long time in jail he has become a loner, but the more time he spends in the library he finds out that has just bin a puppet in the cruel game of his passed friend Borgman.

And finally the last Scandinavian book is a literary thriller. The german title is Die Schatten und der Regen (again I couldn't find an english title for this one). A cruel homicide that happened a long time ago. The shadows of a youth. Two peoples who's paths are crossing again.
It sounds so good and I already started this one once but found the translation or the writing style very annoying, but I want to give it another chance.

So now onto the rest.

As previously mentioned I want to read the Selection series by Kiera Cass and I also started a bit with the first one. To me it seems like the Bachelor in book form. I know this shall be a dystopian but I am not sure I see that element just yet. But it seems like an easy read  so I hope I will like it for the romance or that there actually comes more of the dystopian throughout the series.

Next I have Walk on Earth the Stranger by Rae Carson. This is the first book of the Gold Seer Trilogy.
Lee can sense gold in the world around her. She has kept her family safe even through the harshest winters.
But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? Someone might actually murder for it
Lee flees away to California, where she hopes to be able to be herself.

And finally the last book on this list is The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold. This is a book I bought ten years ago right after I read The lovely bones by her.
So this book explores the complex ties between mothers and daughters, wives and lovers, the meaning of devotion, and the line between love and hate (at least that is what goodreads says and my mother, who actually managed to read a book I bought before me).

So here we go. This is my TBR for this year, or at least a part of it. There will probably some other books pop up. I know that Lauren E. Rico comes out with a new one in May that I want to read, and there are so many other books I will be reading thanks to Uni and also thanks to new releases.

What is on your TBR this year? Which books can you recommend me? Let me know in the comments below.

See you again next week with another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Review: Requiem by Lauren E. Rico

Hi readers,

Late night review is calling on me.
But it is a good one.
When Lauren E. Rico offered me her first book for review back in September 2016 (it was also my first ever review request) I didn't know where this would lead me.
I didn't actually know that it was a trilogy, I didn't know what the story actually was about, but no more than that didn't I know what I would learn from all of this and that Lauren would become such a great friend (who I never actually met).
All this doesn't make me less critical towards her work but even more so.

Now if you haven't read the first two books of this series head over to my reviews here for Reverie and here for Rhapsody.

Lets face it I usually hate for series to end so I always take ages until I pick up the conclusions but this one just had such an amazing conclusion and I actually wanted to know how it ends.

Julia and Matthew are living their lives, happy with little David. They are living up their careers fullfilling their dreams as musicians.
Brett and Maggie are ready to get married, when Brett gets notified about his fathers death...
Now where is Jeremy and what has he got to do with all this?
He manages to destroy his own career even more and blames Julia and Matthew for it. Revenge is right around the corner.
Who makes it out alive?

It was so fast paced, so extremly ugly detailed at parts that the thriller aspect left me on the edge of my seat.

What I loved even more about this book is how Lauren especially in the beginning managed to let the music speak for the feelings of the characters.

In this book I also finally started to like Matthew who always was the only character I had my troubles with.

Amazing read and 5 out of 5 stars for this conclusion.

Huge thank you again to Lauren for providing me with a free copy!

Requiem is up for sale on the 13th February. Let me know how you enjoyed it and what your favorite scenes were.

I see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.
Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Review: Finding Jade by Mary Jennifer Payne

Hello readers,

today I finally have the review of Finding Jade by Mary Jennifer Payne. I requested this book a while ago via Netgalley but never really found the time to read it, although I kept looking into it constantly reading a couple of pages.
So I guess I have to double thank Dundurn here and apologize for my delayed reviews to all my readers and goodreads followers who have seen this on my shelf for at least 3 months now.

So finding Jade is for me difficult to place in a genre, it has a bit of distopian elements but also fantasy, yet again certain elements are so real. One thing I can say for sure is that it is a YA novel.

So we are having the year 2030, climate change has made it difficult to live on our beautiful planet. Teenage girl Jasmine Guzman is living with her mother who suffers from Lupus. But there is more to the story, because a couple of years back Jasmines sister, Jade, got abducted. While no one in Jasmines surroundings believed in Jade being still alive, Jasmine didn't want to give up on her sister.
After Jasmine was send to another school she suddenly noticed all those strange things happening and at some point she finds herself in the place in-between. She gets to know that she is a seer and how powerful she and Jade are together. She learns that she can save her sister and the adventure starts.
There are angels and demons and can I say it again a place in-between.

So this book is a really fast read, at the beginning I wasn't sure what to think about it and I still wasn't at the end. I really enjoyed the aspect of climate change and criticism. I also enjoyed the part where they try to rescue Jade (not gonna tell you how that ended) but I definitely needed some more explanation to all that Seer, Demon and Angel part and where all that is supposed to go. But thankfully this is a series and I might find out in the next book.

As this book is one of those that I somehow like but somehow also do not know what to say about I rate it with 3/3.25 stars out of 5 stars.

Thanks again to Dundurn and Mary Jennifer Payne for providing me with an egalley of this book.

To my readers who have read this book... please let me know your thoughts on this book, so maybe I can change my mind on some of the points that confused me.

I will be back with another bookish post next Sunday, so see you soon and take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Review: Psalm at Journey`s End by Erik Fosnes Hansen

Hello readers,

Finally I am back with a review. Today's book was a read for my norwegian literature class, so I actually read it in norwegian which is why I can't speak for the english translation.
As some of you may have read in my last post this book got drained in tea about a week ago which is also why this review is up one week later than planned because I had to wait for it to dry before I could complete reading it.
But enough of that lets jump into the review.

Psalm at Journeys End by Erik Fosnes Hansen tells the story of the orchestra who played on the Titanic, (no worries here now) they are fictional characters and story's. We all know how this story ended so it is no spoiler when I tell the ship sinks with the orchestra playing one last time.

The story started with the character Jason who we later know is the leader of the orchestra. He dreams about his childhood and all the beautiful things he learned from his father about science.
After several usual orchestra members have become sick and he is in need of a new viola player and finds very young Austrian Jew David.
Throughout the book Erik Fosnes Hansen tells the story of several characters, how and why they are the way they are and their journey to become a ships musician.

This book is just beautifully written and honestly if I wouldn't have had other university related things to do I would have read in two or three days and not nearly 3 weeks. The descriptions are so beautifully, I normally highly dislike descriptions of ships, but here it was like he was painting it with his words.
Beside sad stories there is a love story. All the story's fit into the time they are told in. And I felt this book was just magical.
I was into it right from the beginning. I never rolled my eyes or frowned about something.
I had moments where I was in aw, but also moments that brought my tears up, both because it was sad but sometimes also because it was funny.

I rated this book 4.75 or even 5 stars out of 5. The writing is just beautiful and I can really recommend it for everyone who likes historical fiction.

If you have already read this book let me know in the comments below what your thoughts are.
Otherwise I hope you enjoyed this review and maybe found a new book to add to your TBR.

I hope to see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Bookish Bookin Book Tag

Hello readers!

Yes there is a book tag today. Sad story. I put my tea mug into my bag on Friday and forgot to close it. Now guess which book was in the bag? Yes, the one I needed to finish to read. As it wasn't dried before yesterday evening I wasn't able to finish an review it.
Trust me I was close to crying Friday that this beautiful book looks now about 20 years older, because of course it was black tea and a white book cover.
Needless to say I have to rewrite all my notes and homeworks for next week.
So to provide you with another bookish post I went on Tag search and found this one over at A Book Lovers Playlist, so make sure to check her answers out too.

1. What is a well loved book that you hated?
All the Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey lovers please do not hate me.
I read Twilight (yes all the books) as an AuPair in Norway to practice my norwegian, it was easy to read but vampire romance isn't my thing.
Well and 50 Shades of Grey...

2. What is a guilty pleasure book?
Anything Nicholas Sparks.

3. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?
If so, which one?
I spoiled basically every book of the Erika Falck series by Camilla Läckberg for my mom.

4. What book made you ugly cry?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak was one, but there are more...

5. What is your latest DNF?
Easy Money by Jens Lapidus.

6. Which book have you read due to controversy?
Wetlands by Charlotte Roche. 

7. Have you read a book where you questioned the authors sanity?
Yes, at the end of My sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult.

8What is the most cringeworthy book you have read? 
Make that Wetlands by Charlotte Roche, too.

9. What book have you read solely due to its cover?
I really don't know, I usually turn them around at once and read what they are about.

10. Name a book you're embarrassed to admit you have read.
Here we go again: Wetlands, Twilight, 50 Shades of Grey...

11. Name an unknown book you wish more people would know of.
I still think The Surrendered by Case Maynard didn't got enough attention. (Find my review here)

12. Name a favorite villain.
I don't know...guess I am more on the heroes side.

13. Name a book you enjoyed that you read that is outside the norm of genre you usually read.
The city of the Dreaming Books by Walter Moers.
Those illustrations to the story made it a real experience.

14. Name tropes you actually enjoy reading.
I do not know how to answer that one...give me time to think about it a bit more.

15. What/ who inspired you to join booktube?
As I a blog let's change it two what or who inspired me to blog about books.
I really loved reading as long as I can remember. And then I came across booktube and some book bloggers and loved this community, so I switched from beauty and lifestyle to books.

So this are all my answer for today. If you have done this tag yourself leave me a comment with the link to your blog down below, so that I can check out your answers too.
Next Sunday I promise to have a review for you!!!
And then I have two weeks of final exams (so there might be a tag again) but after that there is lots of time for reading and new reviews.

Hope to see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.
Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Fifty Bookish Questions Book Tag

Hello readers,

Yes today I am greeting you differently! I am still working a bit on my style here and I was really bored by my "Hi everyone".

So today's post is the Fifty Bookish Questions Tag to get to know me and my reading a bit better. I found this tag at mylittlebookblog.

(And yes I admit it...- I didn't manage to read that nearly 400 something pages chunk of a book I wanted to review today. But hopefully next Sunday!)

So onto the questions.
 1. What was the last book you read?
Pigeon Blood Red by Ed Duncan, see my review here.

2. Was it a good one?
Yes and no. I liked it but I also had my problems with it.

3. What made it a good one?
The story and that it was fast paced and full of action.

4. Would you recommend it to other people?
I would recommend it to people who like a classical crime story.

5. How often do you read?
Unless I am in a reading slump I read daily.

6. Do you like to read?
Isn't that obvious? - Yes I do like to read.

7. What was the last bad book you read?
Bad book? I just didn't enjoy Easy Money by Jens Lapidus which doesn't necessarily mean it was a bad book, just not my thing.

8. What made you dislike it?
Too much information and the lack of morality.

9. Do you wish to be a writer?
Yes and no. I wish I would be good at it, but I doubt I am. I had this blog book going on for a while (you can check the first chapters out here.). I think 99,0% that I would be a better editor than writer.

10. Has any book ever influenced you greatly?
There are so many, but to name some
  • Unbearable Lightness by Portia DeRossi
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers
  • The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
11. Do you read fan fiction?
Sometimes, but not frequently.

12. Do you write fan fiction?
I wish I had the time. Sometimes I watch a TV show and wish I could continue the episode the way I want it. But no, no time for that.

13. What's your favorite book?
Since my childhood The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. I still have the old edition my mother already had.

14. What's your least favorite book?
I think 50 Shades of Grey...

15. Do you prefer physical books or reading on a device?
Physical books.
Although reading on a device can have its advantages, you can carry more books with less weight in your bag.

16. When did you learn to read?
1st Grade, so with 6.

17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury in school and at university Psalm at Journey`s End by Erik Föhnes Hansen (I am currently reading that one).

18. What is your favorite book series?
The Erika Falck crime books by Camilla Läckberg or The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. Or the Hunger Games or... You see that is a difficult one to answer.

19. Who is your favorite author?
How shall I answer that one?

20. What is your favorite genre?
Crime/Thriller and Dystopian. I recently also discovered that I like historical fiction.

21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?
Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games. Do I need to explain why?

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?
Yes, I think that is was books are supposed to do. Books that were great at that are The City of the Dreaming Books by Walter Moers and the Snow like Ashes Trilogy by Sara Raasch (reviews to the first two books are here and here).

23. Which book do you wish had a sequel?
The Surrendered by Case Maynard (find my review here). I just didn't want it to end.

24.Which book do you wish didn't had a sequel?
Probably 50 Shades of Grey. One of that was enough for me...

25. How long does it take you to read a book?
Sometimes days, sometimes weeks. It depends on the book and of course how much time I have to read.

26. Do you like when books become movies?
Sometimes yes. Sometimes no. If a book has information that are important to fully understand the story and you can't transport it into the movie I prefer that the book stays a book.

27. Which movie was ruined by its movie adaption?
It wasn't exactly ruined it just got a more funny touch as certain information was missing - Headhunters by Jo Nesbø.

28. Which Movie has dine a bok justice?
The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson the swedish movies. I was a bit scared at first that they wouldn't manage to transport every information and detail but they did.

29. Do you read newspapers?
Online sometimes.

30. Do you read magazines?

31. Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?
I care about both equally.

32. Do you read while in bed?
Yes. All. The. Time.

33. Do you read while on the toilet?

34. Do you read while in the car?
I usually drive, so no. But I think anyways as I get sick when I read while driving.

35. Do you read while in the bath?
Yes. All. The. Time.
I light candles and put on music and dim the light.

36. Are you a fast reader?
People say yes. I say it depends.

37. Are you a slow reader?
I think question 36 might answer that.

38. Where is your favorite place to read?
Lying down on the couch or in bed.

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?
That depends on the distraction. I can read with the TV on but not with people talking to me.

40. Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

41. Who gave you your love for reading?
My mom.

42. What book is next to read on your list?
Once I have finished the two books I am currently reading is Gizelles Bucket List - My life with a very large Dog by Lauren Fern Watt.

43. When did you start to read Chapter books?
Right after I learned to read, so with 6 or 7.

44. Who's your favorite children's book author?
Astrid Lindgren!!!

45. Which author would you most like to interview?
Ah...there are so many...Stieg Larsson is already dead, so Suzanne Collins.

46. Which author do you think you'd be friends with?
Lauren Rico...she knows why.

47. What book have you reread the most?
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. I think 9 to 10 times.

48. Which books do you consider classics?
Books that had an impact on society. Wether it was language or story wise. Wether it changes a style or a genre.

49. Which books do you think should be taught in school?
Dystopian. You read so many classics, that are often so far away from reality. They teach about the past. I think dystopians often have a lot of criticism on today's world and society in them. They generally make me think and intrigue, and I think there is much to learn from them.

50. Which books should be banned from school?
I don+t think books should be banned from schools. I just think the books you rad in class should vary a lot more. After reading the play by the same author you know it! You know the style and what is special about it, you do not need a third or fourth or fifth play. So I would rather prefer more variation.

There you go 50 Questions and a really really long post. I hope you enjoyed it and got to know me better especially book wise.
I see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Review: Pigeon Blood Red by Ed Duncan

Hi everyone!

I wish you all a (late) happy new year!
I used the holiday time to relax a bit and take a little time out. I hope you all head great holidays.
None the less did I manage to read so that I can start this year with a review.

Today's review is on Ed Duncan's Pigeon Blood Red.
A couple of weeks ago I was offered a free copy of this book for an honest review and I thanked yes.
So as usual I am as honest and as critical as with every other book that I do not get for free.

So let's jump right into it!

Pigeon Blood Red by Ed Duncan tells the story of a chase after a stolen Pigeon Blood Red Ruby necklace.
Rico works together with Jerry for a loan shark called Litvak. One day Litvak hands both of them a necklace to transport it. While transporting the necklace they are also transporting one of Litvaks clients who sees a chance to get out of his depth.
He escapes with the necklace to Hawaii and the chase begins.

This first book of a trilogy is a classical crime thriller.
I was intrigued by it considering I read my last thriller in 2015.
I must admit that I found the synopsis a bit confusing and this issue also reoccurred throughout the story.

I enjoyed the story a lot. It was fast paced and interesting and I am looking forward to the next two books of this trilogy.
But I hope (and now I come to my problems) that certain things would be fixed.
I personally needed a long time to get into the book. I found the writing approach at some points confusing and didn't really know who did what at what time so that I had to re-read some pages for several times, which disappointed me a bit as it slowed my whole reading down in a story that moves so quick.
And again I needed time to get into it with every part of it as it jumped from here to there from that perspective to that in just a second without introduction.
In addition to that I had some problems to relate to the characters. I was nearly through the whole book when I first noticed I could picture them, so a better descriptions of those is something I wish for in the next book.

Overall I was impressed by the story and the darkness of it. And I rated the book with 3.75 of 5 stars. I definitely feel I would read the second one, but I also hope for improvement. I can't complain about the story, it is solid, it is intriguing, it is fast paced and very unique in most of the points.

Thanks again to Ed Duncan for providing me with a copy of this book.

So now I want to know: What do you think? Did you read it? What were your thoughts?

I see you again next week for another bookish post.
Take care,