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,
📚Nadja

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,
📚Nadja