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Goodbye 2016 – Welcome New Year 2017

Saturday, December 31, 2016
This time, since the year has only a few hours left before 2017 starts, I will do a bit of a different wrap-up. The year is nearly over, and I will reflect on what moved me, the blog and all the things that came along with it and how I am planning on starting the New Year 2017.



2017 New Release Challenge – Sign- Up

I am soooo excited! After the 2016 New Release Challenge was such fun and I reached not one but all possible goals, I decided to go on another round with this challenge.

So I am signing- up for it again (which I am doing with this post now) and hope that it´ll be as much fun to do as the last was. The challenge will be hosted again by Lexxie at (un)Conventional Bookviews and Stormi at Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!

I am planning on reading books like I do every year so the next year won´t be any different from this current one.


Stacking The Shelves #37 - Bought, Borrowed & Bagged #21


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga´s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!





I am also connecting with Bought Borrowed & Bagged in homage of Barron´s Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning´s smash hit series, Fever, hosted by Braine at Talk Supe.

Sternenwald by Julie Heiland

Friday, December 30, 2016
This novel is the last installment in a trilogy; a trilogy that actually got no name. The first time I heard of the author was in 2014 when I got asked if I would be interested in reading and reviewing some books the publisher had planned to release the following year.

Sternenwald by Julie Heiland
Wald Trilogy #3
Published by Fischer FJB on May 25, 2016
ISBN 978-3-8414-2241-5
Pages 383
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher


“You need a plan. You need someone who helps you. Only that way you have a chance!” Their escape has failed. Emilian is missing. Everything is full of blood. Robin wants to go back, wants to free him from the force of the Tauren. But as she runs through the forest, suddenly someone jumps on her. A stranger. And he does not want to kill her, he wants to protect her. Robin realizes that she can only break the power of the Tauren and help Emilian and the Leonen with the help of the other star nations. But she is running out of time. Her powers wane visibly …
“Give up, Robin. You will not escape me.” Still Robin can hear Birkaras´ whisper and Emilian´s screams. But even if Robin wants nothing else than to liberate Emilian immediately from the violence of her father, she knows, that she can´t make it on her own and that she needs help. Who will be at her side?

My Review

I don´t know anymore if it was the cover that made me pick it or the synopsis on the publisher´s website.

The Silent Dead by Tetsuya Honda

The summary sounded very intriguing and the cover was not like what I usually see when it comes to a book of the crime or thriller genre. And the fact, that the author is one of Japan´s bestselling authors made me even more curious. So I read it and here is my review.

The Silent Dead* by Tetsuya Honda
Reiko Himekawa Series #1
Published by Macmillan Publishers on May 17, 2016
ISBN 978-1-2500-6159-1
Pages 304
Format Hardcover 
Source Publisher


When a body wrapped in a blue plastic tarp and tied up with twine is discovered near the bushes near a quiet suburban Tokyo neighborhood, Lt. Reiko Himekawa and her squad take the case. The victim was slaughtered brutally – his wounds are bizarre, and no one can figure out the “what” or the “why” of this crime. At age twenty-nine, Reiko Himekawa of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police´s Homicide Division is young to have been made lieutenant, particularly because she lacks any kind of political or family connections. Despite barriers created by age, gender, and lack of connections, she is mentally tough, oblivious to danger, and has an impressive ability to solve crimes. Reiko makes a discovery that leads the police to uncover eleven other bodies, all wrapped in the same sort of plastic. Few of the bodies are identifiable, but the ones that are have no connection to each other. The only possible clue is a long shot lead to a website spoken only in whispers on the Internet, something on the dark web known as “Strawberry Night”. But while she is hunting the killer, the killer is hunting her … and she may very well have been marked as the next victim. 

Thoughts

This book is the first I´ve read by the author. And to be honest I am not sure if I will continue with this series. 

Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 24, 2016
Christmas time is a special time. And I don´t mean the Christmas shopping or that we do a lot of baking and decorating.

No, I mean the special spirit that comes along during those weeks and days.
When you go upstairs to the attic or downstairs to the basement to get all those boxes filled with decoration stuff, window pictures, and Christmas lights and all the memories come up. When you go out to get your tree and the whole house starts to smell after gingerbread, cinnamon, apples, marzipan and pine.

During those weeks I like to revel in the memories I have from that time when I lived in the US. I still have the pictures and when I see all the snow, and how the kids have grown into grown-ups since then it is always a mix of emotions I go through. Oh yes, that was one very special Christmas time.

Stacking The Shelves #36 - Bought, Borrowed & Bagged #20


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga´s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!





I am also connecting with Bought Borrowed & Bagged in homage of Barron´s Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning´s smash hit series, Fever, hosted by Braine at Talk Supe.

Happy Blog Birthday!

Friday, December 23, 2016
I can´t believe that one year is already over and my blog is celebrating its FIRST BIRTHDAY! Wooohooo!
And what exciting, exhausting and stress full months those were!

Today, one year ago, on December 23, 2015; I hit the publish button and launched Gone With The Books.
Born out of the need to give my international friends a place where they would be able to read my reviews and where I was pretty much in control about everything.




Now, one year later, I can hardly believe that twelve months have gone by and that this blog has become my little success.

Upcoming New Releases December

Thursday, December 22, 2016
Okay, I am a bit late with this list this month, but like every month there are some book new releases for December too. I am looking very much forward to their release date and some of them are already pre-ordered or on my wishlist or already at my shelves.



My list contains book new releases for Germany, the US and the UK which I am very interested in. It can be that you will see some titles in my list that are already being published abroad but will hit the German bookstores only by now.




To my utter surprise, I have this month way more original US/UK titles than German new releases - and my tbr is growing, and growing, and, yes you guessed it right: growing!

Waiting On Wednesday #30 – Crown Of Three-A Kingdom Rises by J. D. Rinehart

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy.







Yes, I admit it I like to read books that are written especially for children. No matter what age they are.

Stacking The Shelves #35 - Bought, Borrowed & Bagged #19

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga´s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!





I am also connecting with Bought Borrowed & Bagged in homage of Barron´s Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning´s smash hit series, Fever, hosted by Braine at Talk Supe.

Saving Grace-Bis Dein Tod Uns Scheidet by B. A. Paris

The cover was the first thing that caught my attention. The color combination, the different prints the cover shows and of course the back text made me very interested in reading this thriller. And it was so worth it.

Saving Grace-Bis Dein Tod Uns Scheidet by B. A. Paris
Original Title Behind Closed Doors
Published by Blanvalet on November 21, 2016
ISBN 978-3-7341-0263-9
Pages 349
Format Softcover
Source Publisher


Grace and Jack Angel are the perfect couple. The 33-year-old is warm-hearted, caring, and beautiful. Jack looks good, is charming and fights as a well-respected lawyer for the rights of mistreated women. But should one ever trust perfection? Why, for example, can Grace eat so much at dinner parties and never puts on any weight? And why surrounds a high fence the beautiful house of the two? But if you want to ask Grace about that, you realize that she is never alone. Because Jack is always – really always – at her side …


My Review

I wrote for this title not only an English review but a guest review in the German language as well. So, if you want to see what my German guest review looks like, go over to FiktiveWelten. If you don´t, I am more than happy to see you staying and keep reading. 

Stacking The Shelves #34 - Bought, Borrowed & Bagged #18

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga´s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!





I am also connecting with Bought Borrowed & Bagged in homage of Barron´s Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning´s smash hit series, Fever, hosted by Braine at Talk Supe.

The Sprite Sisters A Wisdom Of Owls by Sheridan Winn

A couple of years ago I found the first four books of this beautiful series at my library and fell in love with their covers. Since then I waited every year for the author to publish a new story about The Sprite Sisters and their magical life at Cantrip Towers.

The Sprite Sisters. A Wisdom Of Owls* by Sheridan Winn
The Sprite Sisters #9
Published by Fischer KJB on August 25, 2016
ISBN 978-3-7373-4020-5
Pages 302
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher


Four sisters against a dark menace. The magical secret of Flame, Marina, Flora and Sky is in danger! Sarah Stringer, the new school secretary tries with every means to make life difficult for the girls and to get behind how their magic works. Sarah receives support from her nephews, the mysterious twins Oliver and Simon. But why do they care about the sisters? Despite the help of unexpected side, Flame, Marina, Flora and Sky get into a mean ambush.

My Review

This series is a huge success in Germany and for me, as a grown-up, it is still a pleasure to read them.

It ´s Release Day – Hunt The Dawn by Abbie Roads

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Guys, I present you THE PERFECT Nikolaus gift besides chocolate and all the other stuff you might want to put in the boots or stockings of your loved ones. With Hunt The Dawn you give a passionate reader everything his heart desires.

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Action, tension, passion, romance and so much more;  all bundled in a novel you can´t put down. Believe me, I´ve had already the great pleasure to read this fantastic book and speak from experience.

Stacking The Shelves #33 - Bought, Borrowed & Bagged #17

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga´s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!





I am also connecting with Bought Borrowed & Bagged in homage of Barron´s Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning´s smash hit series, Fever, hosted by Braine at Talk Supe.

Follow Friday #9 – Nikolaus

Friday, December 02, 2016

This is a Friday meme now hosted by Patricia of FiktiveWelten. Every week she asks a question that you can answer. Everyone who would like to participate, just answer her question, link to her blog and write a comment under her post to let the others know that you are participating. The entire rules you can find here.

This week the topic is all about December 6 - also called Nikolaus day.





November Wrap Up

The past month has been one hell of a crazy one. Emotionally and otherwise; not only that the Advent season has begun and I haven´t decorated one single Christmas item so far (everyone except me seems to be in the crazy mode already – is something wrong with me?), I also started realizing that I am running my own blog for nearly a year now.

In December will be the first blog birthday and I have no clue how and if I will celebrate that day.







Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

The author is usually a guarantor for a great thriller, a really fantastic plot and even more intriguing characters. This time, I couldn´t find any of it the way I am used to when it comes to a Karin Slaughter book.

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Published by HarperCollins on September 29, 2015
ISBN 978-0-0624-2905-6
Pages 416
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher



Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.
More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia´s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more difficult. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss – a devastating wound that´s cruelly ripped open when Claire´s husband is killed. The disappearance of a t teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago … and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

My Review

But, at least in my eyes, an author may have from time to time a book that doesn´t really fit my expectations. 

Crown Of Three - The Lost Realm by J. D. Rinehart

Thursday, December 01, 2016
Well, the cover is not really my thing. But for a children´s book, I guess it is ok. The story is, what matters more to me. Good, I was not that impressed with the first book of this trilogy, but of course, I wanted to know if this would be better.

Crown Of Three - The Lost Realm* by J. D. Rinehart
Crown Of Three Trilogy #2
Published by Aladdin on May 31, 2016
ISBN 978-1-4814-2446-2
Pages 496
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher


The kingdom of Toronia is being torn apart by civil war. The kingdom´s only hope comes in the form of illegitimate triplets, who are prophesied to kill the king and rule together in peace. Separated at birth and scattered throughout the realms, the triplets face a desperate fight to secure their destiny. Will they survive long enough to rule? The resurrected Kind Brutan and his army of the dead control the city of Idilliam. Outside, Eloide and Tarlan are trying to hold their own army together and find a way to rescue their brother Gulph who is trapped inside the city. Or is he? Gulph has found a passageway to the lost realm of Celestis, which lies beneath Idilliam. There he is reunited with the mother he has never known – but she can´t remember him. If Gulph stays in the city, will he also forget those above ground whom he loves? Meanwhile, Tarlan and the wizard Melchior set out on a quest to restore the wizard´s powers, leaving Eloide and her army to keep watch. But Eloide is betrayed, her troops slaughtered, and she is taken captive by Lord Vicerin, her former guardian, who is determined to use her to get to the throne. Seemingly further from the throne than ever, the triplets will need to use all of their strength and abilities if they are to survive – let alone rule.

My Review

I am not sure why I wanted to read this book. Maybe because I like to finish what I´ve started. 
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