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Follow Friday #29 – Highlight September 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017
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This week the FF is all about our book highlight for September. Good, the month is long gone and we are already in the middle of October, with golden leaves in the garden, horse chestnut laying all around and a few very sunny (hopefully) days ahead. At least that´s what the weather forecast is pronouncing.

Die Wellington Saga – Verlangen by Nacho Figueras & Jessica Whitman

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Ride Free, it´s original title, is published with a smooth, silk-like feeling when you touch it and in a very elegant optic style. Feels great. And with the knowledge in mind, that this is a novel you can just enjoy without having to think that much, this third and last book promises nothing but some reading pleasure.

Die Wellington Saga – Verlangen* by Nacho Figueras & Jessica Whitman
Die Wellington Saga #3
Original Title Ride Free (The Polo Season)
Published by Blanvalet on September 18, 2017
ISBN 978-3-7341-0374-2
Pages 319
Format Softcover
Source RC by Publisher

Antonia Black has always known her place with the Del Campo family – a bastard daughter. And it will take a lot more than her skill with horses to truly belong within the wealthy polo dynasty. In fact, she´s been shuttled around so much in her life, she doesn´t even know what “home” means. Until one man shows her exactly how it feels to be safe, to be free, to be loved. Enzo Rivas knows Noni is way out of his league. After all, he´s the stablemaster and she´s the boss´s sister. But he can´t see the hurt in her eyes and not want to protect her. And he can no longer deny the electric tension jumping between them. Yet just when he´s ready to risk it all and change their relationship forever, a secret from her past makes him question everything he thought he knew about her …

Thoughts

Good, I am not that enthusiastic about it, as I was when I read the other two books. 

Herz Aus Glas by Kathrin Lange

Saturday, October 07, 2017
I got hooked by the cover. The mixture of red, black and the various pink tones fascinated me and together with the summary, my interest was aroused. Though I am no pink fan. The English title could be Heart Of Glass.

Herz Aus Glas* by Kathrin Lange
Herz Trilogy #1
Published by Arena Verlag on January 7, 2014
ISBN 978-3-401-06978-4
Pages 413
Format Hardcover
Source RC by Publisher
Goodreads

Julie is little enthusiastic when her father suggests spending the winter holidays on Martha´s Vineyard. On the island, she meets David, whose girlfriend recently died in a fall from the cliffs. Although he meets her with repellent coldness, Julie immediately feels drawn to the good-looking boy. But then she learns of a centuries-old curse, which is to be responsible for the death of more girls. A ghostly voice begins to whisper to her warnings and soon Julie no longer knows what is reality and what is dream. When she finally falls in love with David, she is in deadly danger. (personal translation Cover ©Arena Verlag)

Thoughts

Usually, I am not that much into mystery. But after reading the summary of this book, I somehow got curious.

40 Stunden by Kathrin Lange

Friday, October 06, 2017
I knew the author from her YA books. How she was as a thriller writer I wanted to find out, so I asked for this book. And what a unique thriller it turned out to be!

40 Stunden* by Kathrin Lange
Faris Iskander Series #1
Published by Blanvalet on January 1, 2014
ISBN 978-3-442-38129-6
Pages 414
Format Softcover
Source RC by Publisher

When the investigator Faris Iskander receives a video, in which a man is beaten to a cross, he does not suspect that this is the beginning of a true nightmare. For only 40 hours remain for him to find the victim. If he fails, the perpetrator will fire bombs everywhere in the city. A race against time begins. Faris suddenly finds a link to a previous case – and realizes that the perpetrator is closer to him than he ever thought possible… (personal translation) 

Thoughts

This thriller is about extreme religiousness, called “evangelical” by experts. 

Waiting On Wednesday #48 – The Speaker by Traci Chee

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
is a weekly event originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy.
For whatever reason Jill is not blogging since August 2016 but her meme is still going on. Hope everything is ok and she will be back soon!

Until then, I am joining Tressa at Wishful Endings and her meme Can´t-Wait Wednesday!


Waiting On Wednesday #47 – Die Gabe Der Auserwählten by Mary E. Pearson

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
is a weekly event originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy.
For whatever reason Jill is not blogging since August 2016 but her meme is still going on. Hope everything is ok and she will be back soon!

Until then, I am joining Tressa at Wishful Endings and her meme Can´t-Wait Wednesday!

This week my WoW is about The Beauty Of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

A book that isn´t only well designed when it comes to its cover: the inside is a real beauty as well. There is only one thing I didn´t like about this edition: what that is you can read in my review below *smile*

Nevernight* by Jay Kristoff
The Nevernight Chronicle #1
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on September 08, 2016
ISBN 978-1-2500-7302-0
Pages 448
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher

In a land where suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against powers who destroyed her family. Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father´s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father´s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined. Now, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic -  the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church´s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires. Revenge.

Thoughts

OMG – that cover rocks! Dark, mysterious, bloody and with colors that fit completely. And the fact that you get a hint of how Mia looks, is a plus as well.

Waiting on Wednesday #46 – Illuminae. The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
is a weekly event originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy.
For whatever reason Jill is not blogging since August 2016 but her meme is still going on. Hope everything is ok and she will be back soon!

Until then, I am joining Tressa at Wishful Endings and her meme Can´t-Wait Wednesday!

Nachtmahr – Das Vermächtnis Der Königin by Ulrike Schweikert

Sometimes you just need to stick to a series and wait. This third and final book of this trilogy came with many things I didn´t expect and THE COVER - WOW!

Nachtmahr Das Vermächtnis Der Königin* by Ulrike Schweikert
Nachtmahr Trilogy #3
Published by Penhaligon on July 24, 2017
ISBN 978-3-7645-3086-0
Pages 414
Format Softcover
Source Publisher

Lorena is a Nachtmahr, a wonderful but dangerous being of the night. And she´s on the run. To save herself, Lorena must find an ancient book in which the prophecy of the Nachtmahre is to be revealed. But William, the son of her greatest adversary, comes before her. Lorena must face her worst enemy to save the prophecy. On Williams´ father´s estate, however, she does not expect death, but a passionate encounter. Everything that Lorena has ever considered true is questioned. (personal translation)

Thoughts

After book one and two I was really curious how this third and final novel would be. 

Tausend Kleine Lügen by Liane Moriarty

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Why haven´t I read this novel sooner? Big Little Lies was pure excitement and so hilarious! And huge fun. You will laugh out loud, shake your head and smile while reading it.

Tausend Kleine Lügen* by Liane Moriarty
Original Title Big Little Lies
Published by Bastei Lübbe on August 25, 2017
ISBN 978-3-404-17543-7
Pages 495
Format Paperback
Source ARC by Publisher

 
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She´s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline´s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline´s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline´s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?). Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn´t be, with those rambunctious twin boys?  Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.  

Thoughts

The German edition isn´t as pretty and gorgeous looking as the original one, but after reading the novel I can say that I can ignore that easily. You´ll find the original cover at the end of this review, so keep reading ...

Nachtmahr – Die Schwester Der Königin by Ulrike Schweikert

Monday, September 11, 2017
I had high hopes for this second book in the authors Nachtmahr-trilogy. And the cover with all its blue, silver and white in combination with the motive gave me a really good reason to read this book.

Nachtmahr Die Schwester Der Königin* by Ulrike Schweikert
Nachtmahr Trilogy #2
Published by Penhaligon on June 29, 2015
ISBN 978-3-7645-3085-3
Pages 415
Format Softcover
Source Publisher

Lorena is a Nachtmahr – and a danger to all who love her. In order to protect her fellow men from her dark side, she goes to the house of the mighty Lady to begin her education. But then Lorena learns that the Nachtmahre have detected her sister. Lucy was kidnapped as a child because she was held for the Eclipse mentioned in the prophecy. Now Lorena goes to San Francisco to free her sister from Alcatraz. But she does not suspect that a dark conspiracy is under way, in which no one reveals his true motives … (personal translation)

Thoughts

Oh yes, me and a wonderful to look at cover. How can someone resist a wonderfully designed and balanced cover motive when it is created with my favorite colors? 

Auf Ewig Dein by Eva Völler

Saturday, September 09, 2017
OMG – the cover is a real beauty! I can´t stop looking at it *swoon*. This book got me from the first moment I saw it. It´s so GORGEOUS. And after I had read the novella to this new series by the author, I was literally hooked. In English, you could call it Forever Yours ...

Auf Ewig Dein* by Eva Völler
Time School Series #1
Published by One on July 21, 2017
ISBN 978-3-8466-0048-0
Pages 376
Format Hardcover
Source ARC by Publisher
Goodreads

Time travel can be quite dangerous. Anna knows this only too closely because since she lost her heart to the good-looking Venetian Sebastiano on her first time-travel, she had to cope with many a difficult situation. She had actually promised herself a somewhat quieter life by starting her own watchman's school. But her newly recruited pupils are quite self-centered, and even at the first major assignment at the court of Henry the Eight, everything goes wrong. And then a sudden unexpected visit from Anna´s future appears, who turns her entire life upside down ... (personal translation)

Thoughts

And this novel continued to keep me hooked. The story is diversified, entertaining, fun to read and with characters, you can nothing but like.

Nachtmahr - Das Erwachen Der Königin by Ulrike Schweikert

Friday, September 08, 2017
This was the very first book by the author, I´ve ever read. Ulrike Schweikert is famous for her historical novels and her profound language. At least here in Germany. So, with the third book of this trilogy now in my hands, I guess it is time to start publishing how I thought about this first one.

Nachtmahr Das Erwachen Der Königin* by Ulrike Schweikert
Nachtmahr Trilogy #1
Published by Penhaligon on January 13, 2014
ISBN 978-3-7645-3084-6
Pages 415
Format Softcover
Source Publisher

During the day, Lorena is an inconspicuous young woman – but every night she turns into a beautiful being: she is a Nachtmahr. No man can resist her, and whoever once succumbed to her charms will forfeit her forever. But then Lorena meets Jason, her great love. For her sake, she desperately tries to curb the destructive Nachtmahr. Lorena, however, does not know that she can not deny her true nature. For she is the chosen one who will decide the destiny of the Nachtmahre. (personal translation)


Thoughts

The cover got me first. The colors, the dress, the silver letters of the book title and the way how it was designed in general. 

Der Anfang by Eva Völler

Thursday, September 07, 2017
I had the first novel of this new series by the author already on my desk when I saw this and thought, why not read this first before I start with the printed book. So, this became my first book I ever read by Eva Völler – and it was very entertaining. In English, it could be called The Beginning ….

Der Anfang* by Eva Völler
Time School Series #0,5
Published by Bastei Entertainment on June 23, 2017
ISBN 978-3-7325-5251-1
ASIN B071X4L536
Pages ca.72 
Format eBook
Source Purchased

Anna and Sebastiano are back! The perfect couple of the Zeitenzauber-Trilogy has a bold plan: its own Time Travel Academy in Venice, the place where the adventure of their love began. But the recruitment of new students presents itself as unexpectedly dangerous. Their first novice is Ole, and he is a born-and-bred and ruthless Viking who pursues completely different plans than Anna and Sebastiano. Before the two know it, they are to the neck in trouble and must not only fight for Ole´s life, but also for their own. (personal translation) 

Thoughts

This short novella tells a bit rough story of Ole and how he and Anna and Sebastiano meet for the first time. 

Nacht Ohne Ende by Sandra Brown

Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Standoff (its original title) is not new, but with this cover, I simply had to have it. A fast-paced thriller with a great main figure and a plot so twisted that you never know what´ll happen next.

Nacht Ohne Ende* by Sandra Brown
Original Title Standoff
Published by Blanvalet on July 17, 2017
ISBN 978-3-7341-0464-0
Pages 284
Format Paperback
Source Publisher



An ambitious female television reporter is driving through New Mexico when she hears that a Texas millionaire’s teenage daughter has been kidnapped. Knowing the girl´s father lives nearby, she quickly lines up an interview. The situation quickly spins out of control, however, and the reporter finds herself at the center of a tense situation that could have devastating consequences for all involved.

I am a Sandra Brown fan since many years. Mostly when it comes to her thrillers I love to read her work and see how she combines tension with the thrill of a haunting plot.

Waiting On Wednesday #45 – True North Du Bist Alles Für Immer by Sarina Bowen


is a weekly event originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy. For whatever reason Jill is not blogging since August 2016 but her meme is still going on. Hope everything is ok and she will be back soon! Until then, I am joining Tressa at Wishful Endings and her meme Can´t-Wait Wednesday!


Follow Friday #28 – Rating System

Friday, September 01, 2017

Launched by Sonja of A Bookshelf Full Of Sunshine, continued by FiktiveWelten with a new logo.

The blog action is for lively communication between bloggers, a good network and should be fun. Duration of the question: Friday to Thursday. Rules. No registration required.

This week the FF is all about using a rating system. How we feel about it if it is really necessary and why some of us bloggers might not like it at all.

You want to know how I think about it? Then keep reading *smile*

Waiting On Wednesday #44 – Tower Of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

is a weekly event originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy. For whatever reason Jill is not blogging since August 2016 but her meme is still going on. Hope everything is ok and she will be back soon! Until then, I am joining Tressa at Wishful Endings and her meme Can´t-Wait Wednesday!


Roar by Cora Carmack

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
I am thrilled – Cora Carmack you´ve done a terrific job! Holy moly this novel has it all: Emotions, great pictures, beautiful language and a heroine who rocks.

Roar* by Cora Carmack
Stormheart Series #1
Published by Tor Teen on June 13, 2017
ISBN 9780765386311
Pages 384
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies within those who control them. Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world´s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora´s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She´s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she´s yet to show any trace of the magic she´ll need to protect her people. To keep her secret and save her crown, Auroa´s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He´ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks – storm magic. And the people selling it? They´re not Stormling. They´re storm hunters. Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there´s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage. She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she´s brave enough. Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

My Review

I fell in love with the US cover the moment I saw it. And the cover of the German edition is as beautiful as the original one. You will see it, if you keep reading *smile*

Sag Kein Wort by Raphael Montes

Saturday, August 26, 2017
Perfect Days, as the English edition is called, has a cover that fits totally. You can see it at the bottom of my review. But it was the cover of the German edition, that got me. Dark, fascinating, and with a hint of danger.

Sag Kein Wort* by Raphael Montes
Original Title Dias Perfeitos / Perfect Days
Published by Limes on June 26, 2017
ISBN 978-3-8090-2678-5
Pages 317
Format ARC
Source Publisher
Goodreads

Téo is a loner. He lives with his paraplegic mother and her dog in Rio de Janeiro, he doesn´t have many friends, and the only time he feels honest human emotion is in the presence of his medical school cadaver – that is, until he meets Clarice. She´s almost his exact opposite: exotic, spontaneous, unafraid to speak her mind. An aspiring screenwriter, she´s working on a screenplay called Perfect Days about three friends who go on a road trip across Brazil in search of romance. Téo is obsessed. He begins to stalk her, first following her to her university, then to her home, and when she ultimately rejects him, he kidnaps her and they embark upon their very own twisted odyssey across Brazil, tracing the same route outlines in her screenplay. Through it all, Téo is certain that time is all he needs to prove to Clarice that they are made for each other. That time is all he needs to make her fall in love with him. But as the journey progresses, he digs himself deeper and deeper into a pit that he can´t get out of, stopping at nothing to ensure that no one gets in the way of their life together. 

My Review

A psychological thriller is exactly what you will get. A twisted, dark, dusky and very bloody piece of work with some unexpected turns and two main figures where I am still not sure which of them was more psychic.

Follow Friday #27 – Highlight August 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Launched by Sonja of A Bookshelf Full Of Sunshine, continued by FiktiveWelten with a new logo.

The blog action is for lively communication between bloggers, a good network and should be fun. Duration of the question: Friday to Thursday. Rules. No registration required.

This week the FF is all about our book highlight for August. I had it before and I have it again. Two books I can´t decide which one I want to highlight, so I give both the honor. Different genres though, but each very good in their own way.

Leave Me by Gayle Forman

After I had enjoyed her Young Adult novels so much, I was eager to see how an adult novel written by the author would be.

Leave Me* by Gayle Forman
Published by Algonquin Books on September 6, 2016
ISBN 978-1-6162-0617-8
Pages 352
Format Hardcover 
Source Publisher



Surprised to discover that her recuperation seems to be an imposition on those who rely on her, Maribeth does the unthinkable: she packs a bag and leaves. But, as is often the case, once we get where we´re going we see our lives from a different perspective. Far from the demands of family and career and with the help of liberating new friendships, Maribeth is able to own up to secrets she has been keeping from herself and those she loves. 

My Review

I don´t know what I´ve expected of this novel, but I am sure that it wasn´t what I got in the end.

Die Goldene Stadt by Sabrina Janesch

Thursday, August 24, 2017
Guess you could translate the title The Golden Town. A book about Peru, the Inca and their legendary gold and a man who never got his historic fame for discovering Machu Picchu first. Sounds confusing and interesting altogether?

Die Goldene Stadt* by Sabrina Janesch
Published by Rowohlt Berlin on August 18, 2017
ISBN 978-3-87134-838-9
Pages 539
Format Hardcover
Source ARC by Publisher




“How do you know it´s El Dorado when you find it?”, Singer asked abruptly. Berns let his papaya sink. Pepe looked now. Amusement rose in Berns. This question had never occurred to him; He was more than certain that the lost city of the Inca would tell him immediately and unequivocally. “I´ll see it”, Berns answered. El Dorado was built by people like me. That´s why people like me will find it.” (personal translation)

My Review

Right, it does. And exactly that was the reason for me, why I wanted to read this book. 

Die Wellington Saga - Verführung by Nacho Figueras & Jessica Whitman

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Wild One, its original title, is again full of emotions, wonderful scenes and heart. I liked it even better than the first one, and that tells you something.

Die Wellington Saga - Verführung* by Nacho Figueras & Jessica Whitman
Die Wellington Saga #2
Original Title Wild One (The Polo Season)
Published by Blanvalet on July 17, 2017
ISBN 978-3-7341-0373-5
Pages 366
Format Softcover
Source RC by Publisher

Kat Parker thought she´d finally escaped being known as the housekeeper´s daughter in the class-obsessed polo town of Wellington, FL. With her first blockbuster screenplay, she´d become the Hollywood It girl – until with one flop suddenly she wasn´t. Heading home is her only option.
For Sebastian, everything in life has always come easily – wealth, sports, women. But the perennial party life is starting to feel a bit stale. Especially after meeting Kat. Her easy laughter and candid attitude make him aspire something more meaningful for the first time in his life. As Sebastian tells Kat stories of his grandmother Victoria, a woman who could be dripping in diamonds one moment and tearing up the polo field the next, Kat´s inspiration fires and soon the pair are back in Hollywood, working on a film together that could make or break both of their careers. And though the chemistry between the two is building, the film´s irresistible star has other ideas …

My Review

My joy was immense when I saw that this novel was on its way to my place. 

Waiting On Wednesday #43 – Licht In Tiefer Nacht (Come Sundown) by Nora Roberts


is a weekly event originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy. For whatever reason Jill is not blogging since August 2016 but her meme is still going on. Hope everything is ok and she will be back soon! Until then, I am joining Tressa at Wishful Endings and her meme Can´t-Wait Wednesday!


The Heart Of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Not as good as the first book, but worth your time anyway. And a well written sequel. There is drama in it, blood, cruelty and you´ll find friendship, loyalty, romance and what it means when an entire nation likes you. Wanna know more? Then keep reading *smile*

The Heart Of Betrayal* by Mary E. Pearson
The Remnant Chronicles #2
Published by Henry Holt and Co on July 7, 2015
ISBN 978-0-8050-9924-9
Pages 480
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia´s erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar´s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen. Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: There´s Rafe, who lied to Lia but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives among them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country … and her own destiny.

My Review

When I saw that the second book´s cover would be the same as the original edition shows, I was quite relieved. 

Kopf Aus, Herz An by Jo Watson

Saturday, August 19, 2017
A nice cover that caught my attention in the literally last minute. When I placed my application for it, I never thought that I would get lucky.

Kopf Aus, Herz An* by Jo Watson
Destination Love Series #1
Original Title Burning Moon
Published by LYX on June 28, 2017
ISBN 978-3-7363-0421-5
Pages 314
Format Softcover
Source RC by Publisher

Lilly's worst nightmare becomes true when her fiancé leaves her in front of the wedding ceremony. But instead of putting her head in the sand, she decides to pursue the honeymoon to Thailand anyway - alone. Still in the plane, she meets the attractive Damien, who with his tattoos and the spontaneous nature is actually exactly the kind man, around Lilly would otherwise make a large bow. But now that there's nothing she holds back, she lets her take her on a journey - a journey that shows her what it means to listen to his heart and not to his head.

My Review

As much as I like the cover of the German edition, but the novel itself turned out to be a nice story with an annoying main character.

Follow Friday #26 – ARC And Reviewer ´ s Copy

Friday, August 18, 2017

Launched by Sonja of A Bookshelf Full Of Sunshine, continued by FiktiveWelten with a new logo.

The blog action is for lively communication between bloggers, a good network and should be fun. Duration of the question: Friday to Thursday. Rules. No registration required.

This week the FF is all about ARC´s or reviewer´s copies and how I feel about them.  

If you want to know my thoughts about that question: keep reading *smile*

Silver Linings by Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber simply knows how to entertain her readers. This novel is beautiful, emotional and still not kitschy or in any way too much.

Silver Linings* by Debbie Macomber
Rose Harbor Series #4
Published by Ballantine Books on August 11, 2015
ISBN 978-0-5533-9179-4
Pages 352
Format Hardcover
Source Library

Since opening the Rose Harbor Inn, Jo Marie Rose has grown closer to her handyman, Mark Taylor. Jo Marie and Mark are good friends – and are becoming something more – yet he still won´t reveal anything about his past. When Mark tells her that he´s moving out of town, Jo Marie is baffled. Just when she is starting to open herself up again to love, she feels once more that she is losing the man she cares about. And as she discovers the secret behind Mark´s decision to leave, she welcomes two visitors also seeking their own answers.
Best friends Kellie Crenshaw and Katie Gilroy have returned to Cedar Cove for their ten-year high school reunion, looking to face down old hurts and find a sense of closure. Kellie, known as Coco, wants to finally confront the boy who callously broke her heart. Katie, however, wishes to reconnect with her old boyfriend, James – the man she still loves and the one who got away. As Katie hopes for a second chance, Coco discovers that people can change – and both look to the exciting possibilities ahead.

My Review

I am still in some sort of shock. There is so much heart, drama, and love in this novel and you can find on every page something you haven´t discovered yet.

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

Thursday, August 17, 2017
This was the first book I read by the author. And it was worth every second I spend with it! Never had so much fun while reading an old story about love. Now, while waiting for the third one to come out (later this year) I am posting my review for the first Bad Romeo book *smile*

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven
Starcrossed Series #1
Published by St. Martin´s Griffin on December 23, 2014
ISBN 9781250063274
Pages 416
Format Softcover
Source Publisher

While performing the greatest love story of all time, they discover one of their own… Cassie Taylor was just another acting student with big dreams at her prestigious performing arts college... then she met Ethan Holt. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy on campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing on stage, Cassie and Ethan´s epic romance seemed destined. Until it ended in tragedy when he shattered her heart. Now they´ve made it to Broadway where they´re reunited as romantic leads once again – and their passionate scenes force them to confront the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their intense college affair. For Ethan, losing Cassie was his biggest regret – and he´s determined to redeem himself. But for Cassie, even though Ethan was her first and only great love, he hurt her too much to ever be trusted again. The trouble is, working with him again reminds her that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks. And when it comes to love, sometimes it´s the things that aren´t good for us that are the most irresistible. 

My Review

Allowedly I read this book some time ago. Some looong time ago. But my enthusiasm hasn´t changed.

Waiting On Wednesday #42 – One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

is a weekly event originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy. For whatever reason Jill is not blogging since August 2016 but her meme is still going on. Hope everything is ok and she will be back soon! Until then, I am joining Tressa at Wishful Endings and her meme Can´t-Wait Wednesday!


Sting by Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown is a guarantor for great thrillers. At least that´s the genre where I love her writing the most. Sting is no exception. From the start, you are in a game where you´ll can only guess who´s the good guy and who´s the bad.

Sting by Sandra Brown
Published by Hachette Audio on August 16, 2016
ASIN B01G91QJ8U
Length 11 hours and 40 minutes
Narrator Stephen Lang
Format Audiobook
Source audible

When Jordie Bennet and Shaw Kinnard lock eyes across a disreputable backwater bar, something definitely sparks. Shaw gives off a dangerous vibe that makes men wary and inspires women to sit up and take notice. None feel that undercurrent more strongly than savvy businesswoman Jordie, who doesn´t belong in a seedy dive on the banks of a bayou. But here she is … and Shaw Kinnard is here to kill her. As Shaw and his partner take aim, Jordie is certain her time has come. But Shaw has other plans and abducts Jordie, hoping to get his hands on the $ 30 million her brother has stolen and, presumably, hidden. However, Shaw is not the only one looking for the fortune. Her brother´s ruthless boss and the FBI are after it as well. Now on the run from the feds and a notorious criminal, Jordie and Shaw must rely on their wits – and each other – to stay alive. Miles away from civilization and surrounded by swampland, the two play each other against their common enemies. Jordie´s only chance of survival is to outwit Shaw, but it soon becomes clear to Shaw that Jordie isn´t entirely trustworthy, either. Was she in on her brother´s scam, or is she an innocent pawn in a deadly vendetta? And just how valuable is her life to Shaw, her remorseless and manipulative captor? Burning for answers – and for each other – this unlikely pair ultimately makes a desperate move that could be their last.

My Review

This thriller I enjoyed as an audio book. And the narrator did a (mostly) great job.

Ein Sommergarten In Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Another wonderful book by the author. This time the tone is a bit different, the theme another and yet you will find a lot of love, passion, desire and that it is worth to risk it all if true love is what you will get out of it on the other end.

Ein Sommergarten in Manhattan* by Sarah Morgan
From Manhattan With Love Series #2
Original Title Sunset in Central Park
Published by Mira TB on June 12, 2017
ISBN 978-3-95649-670-7
Pages 411
Format Paperback
Source RC by Publisher
Goodreads

Love has never been a priority for garden designer Frankie Cole. After witnessing the fallout of her parents´ divorce, she´s seen the devastation an overload of emotion can cause. The only man she feels comfortable with is her friend Matt – but that´s strictly platonic. If only she found it easier to ignore the way he makes her heart race … Matt Walker has loved Frankie for years but, sensing how fragile she is beneath her feisty exterior, has always played it cool. But then he uncovers new depths to the girl he´s known forever and doesn´t want to wait a moment longer. He knows Frankie has secrets and has buried them deep, but can Matt persuade her to trust him with her heart and kiss him under the Manhattan sunset?

My Review

A disastrous divorce, a mother who is embarrassing her daughter every time they meet and a man who is patient as hell, what more do you want as basis for a beautiful novel?

Follow Friday #25 – Blog Posts Per Week

Friday, August 11, 2017

Launched by Sonja of A Bookshelf Full Of Sunshine, continued by FiktiveWelten with a new logo.

The blog action is for lively communication between bloggers, a good network and should be fun. Duration of the question: Friday to Thursday. Rules. No registration required.

This week the FF is all about how often per week a blogger should post something and the always remaining question how many posts I read while visiting other blogs and how often I post on my own blog.

Waiting On Wednesday #41 – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

is a weekly event originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy. For whatever reason Jill is not blogging since August 2016 but her meme is still going on. Hope everything is ok and she will be back soon! Until then, I am joining Tressa at Wishful Endings and her meme Can´t-Wait Wednesday!


Water & Air by Laura Kneidl

I got fascinated by the cover. All the blue, the gold and the decent trimming – looks gorgeous. On the photo and live. This is a novel about hope, change, love and the fight for the better.

Water & Air* by Laura Kneidl
Published by Carlsen on March 3, 2017
ISBN 978-3-551-31544-1
Pages 474
Format Softcover
Source Publisher


Since the rise of sea levels, people live in domes under the water or in the air. With her eighteen years, Kenzie has never seen the sun and her life in the water colony is subject to strict standards. After all, she cannot stand it anymore and flees into an air colony to make a new start. But then she becomes the main suspect in a mysterious murder series and only Callum with the mysterious smile holds to her. But not only the two-threatened danger, even the fate of the entire colony is at stake. (personal translation by the reviewer) 

My Review

My first book by Laure Kneidl turned out to be something I didn´t expect at all. I expected a futuristic novel playing in a faraway future and where technique is part of the daily life – for everyone. 

True North – Schon Immer Nur Wir by Sarina Bowen

Wednesday, August 02, 2017
I discovered the True North series a couple of months ago when I won the first book for a reading challenge.

True North – Schon Immer Nur Wir* by Sarina Bowen
True North Series #2
Original Title Steadfast
Published by LYX July 21, 2017
ISBN 978-3-7363-0600-4
Pages 397
Format Softcover
Source RC by Publisher
Goodreads

She´s the only one who ever loved him – and the only one he can never have. Just lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there´s no way he can ever right that wrong. He´d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can´t find a job just anywhere. For Sophie Haines, coming face to face with the man who broke her heart is gut-wrenching. Suddenly, he´s everywhere she turns. It´s hard not to stare at how much he´s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn´t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he´d never turn up volunteer in the church kitchen. She knows it´s foolish to yearn for the man who returned all the heartsick letters she wrote him in prison. But the looks he sends her now speak volumes. No one wants to Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie´s police chief father. But it´s a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.

My Review

Now with Steadfast, its English title, the great ride went on and I am again thrilled. Though this book was different from the first, the style darker and nothing sugar coated, it was a fantastic read I absolutely enjoyed.

Love Letters by Debbie Macomber

Monday, July 31, 2017
What is it about love letters and that some of us keep them for a lifetime while others don´t? One love letter shows a woman what she had and what she wants back but she isn´t sure if she and her husband will be able to repair their marriage let alone their trust in each other.

Love Letters by Debbie Macomber
Rose Harbor Series #3
Published by Ballantine Books on June 28, 2016
ISBN 978-0-5533-9178-7
Pages 352
Format Softcover
Source Library

Summer is a busy season at the inn, so proprietor Jo Marie Rose and handyman Mark Taylor have spent a lot of time together keeping the property running. Despite some folks´ good-natured claims to the contrary, Jo Marie insists that Mark is only a friend. However, she seems to be thinking about this particular friend a great deal lately. Jo Marie knows surprisingly little about Mark´s life, due in no small part to his refusal to discuss it. She´s determined to learn more about his past, but first, she must face her own – and welcome three visitors who, like her, are setting out on new paths. Twenty-three-year-old Ellie Reynolds is taking a leap of faith. She´s come to Cedar Cove to meet Tom, a man she´s been corresponding with for months, and with whom she might even be falling in love. Ellie´s overprotective mother disapproves of her trip, but Ellie is determined to spread her wings. Maggie and Roy Porter are next to arrive at the inn. They are taking their first vacation alone since their children were born. In the wake of past mistakes, they hope to rekindle the spark in their marriage – and to win back each other´s trust. But Maggie must make one last confession that could forever tear them apart. For each of these characters, it will ultimately be a moment when someone wore their heart on their sleeve – and took pen to paper – that makes all the difference.

My Review

This time the author comes up with some heavy stuff in her story as well as in her characters. 

Schlaflos In Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

Saturday, July 29, 2017
I know the author from one of her Puffin Island books. And since I have enjoyed that one very much, I took my chance when I got this one offered. And what a great ride it was. Holy smokes!

Schlaflos in Manhattan* by Sarah Morgan
From Manhattan With Love Series #1
Original Title Sleepless in Manhattan
Published by Mira TB on February 6, 2017
ISBN 978-3-95649-607-3
Pages 442
Format Paperback
Source RC by Publisher

Cool, calm and competent, events planner Paige Walker loves a challenge. After a childhood spent in and out of hospitals, she´s now determined to prove herself – and where better to take the world by storm than in the exhilarating bustle of Manhattan? But when Paige is let go from the job she loves, she must face her biggest challenge of all – going it alone. Except launching her own events company is nothing compared to hiding her outrageous crush on Jake Romano – her brother´s best friend, New York´s most in-demand date, and the only man to break her heart. When Jake offers Paige´s fledgling company a big chance, their still-sizzling chemistry starts giving her sleepless nights. But can she convince the man who trusts no one to take a chance on forever?

My Review

If you are looking for deep emotions, a female main figure who loves life, wants to be independent, loves what she does for a living and is still as female as you can imagine, then this is a book you should definitely read. 

Follow Friday #24 – Highlight July 2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

Launched by Sonja of A Bookshelf Full Of Sunshine, continued by FiktiveWelten with a new logo.

The blog action is for lively communication between bloggers, a good network and should be fun. Duration of the question: Friday to Thursday. Rules. No registration required.

This week the FF is all about our book highlight for July. I actually have two books this month (couldn´t decide which one, so I took both) that I want to highlight.


Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Thursday, July 27, 2017
In this case, I cannot decide which of the covers I like more. Each of them looks in its own way stunning and is a real pleasure to the eye. Both show that the novel is about something dark, haunting and promises a book that could catch you easily for hours without getting bored.

Three Dark Crowns* by Kendare Blake
Three Dark Crowns Series #1
Published by Harper Teen on September 20, 2016
ISBN 978-0-0623-8543-7
Pages 416
Format Softcover
Source RC by German Publisher

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn´t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it´s not just a game of win or lose … it´s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

My Review

And yes, I read this book with growing pleasure and though this was my very first Kendare Blake book and I am not reading that often a high fantasy novel, this one really took me in.

The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
You wouldn´t believe it, but this beautiful cover is the nicest part of this book. It´s content is brutal and cruel, about love, war and that not always a happy ending means that everyone is happy or that everything is all sunshine and butterflies. You don´t believe me? Read this book, and you know what I am talking about.

The Last Ever After* by Soman Chainani
The School For Good And Evil #3
Published by Harper Collins on July 21, 2015
ISBN 978-0-0621-0495-3
Pages 672
Format Hardcover
Source RC German Publisher


Former best friends Sophie and Agatha thought their ending was sealed when they went their separate ways, but their story book is about to be rewritten – and this time theirs isn´t the only one. With the girls apart, Evil has taken over and the forces of Good are in deathly peril. Will Agatha and Sophie be able to work together to save them? Will they find their way to being friends again? And will their new ending be the last Ever After they´ve been searching for?

My Review

Maybe I am grown out of this kind of books or this series in general, I don´t know. All I know is that I didn´t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the first book. 

Rosen, Tee Und Kandiszucker by Caroline Roberts

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
The original book is called The Cosy Teashop in the Castle and its nice cover you can see at the end of this review.

Rosen, Tee und Kandiszucker* by Caroline Roberts
The Cosy Teashop #1
Original Title The Cosy Teashop In The Castle
Published by Mira TB on February 25, 2017
ISBN 978-3-95649-662-2
Pages 366
Format Paperback
Source Publisher
Goodreads

When Ellie Hall lands her dream job running the little teashop in the beautiful but crumbling Claverham Castle, it´s the perfect escape from her humdrum job in the city. Life is definitely on the rise as Ellie replaces spreadsheets for scones, and continues her Nanna´s brilliant baking legacy. When Lord Henry, the stick-in-the-mud owner, threatens to burst her baking bubble with his old-fashioned ways, Ellie wonders if she might have bitten off more than she can chew. But cupcake by cupcake she wins the locals over, including teashop stalwart, Doris, and Ellie´s showstopping bakes look set to go down in castle history. Now all that´s missing in Ellie´s life is a slice of romance. Can Joe, the brooding estate manager, be the one to put the cherry on the top of Ellie´s dream?

My Review

Sometimes I am really wondering why a beautiful original cover can´t be used for its translated version as well.

Rose Harbor In Bloom by Debbie Macomber

Monday, July 24, 2017
If you are looking for a novel filled with emotions, happy ends and a bit tension, then this is definitely your book. I never thought that the author could come up with such an intense and at the same time soft novel and that without being kitschy at all. For every fan of Debbie Macomber.

Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber
Rose Harbor Series #2
Published by Ballantine Books on June 23, 2015
ISBN 978-1-1018-8286-3 
Pages 384
Format Paperback
Source Library

Since moving to Cedar Cove, Jo Marie Rose has truly started to feel at home, and her neighbors have become her closest friends. Now it´s springtime, and Jo Marie is eager to finish the most recent addition to her inn. In memory of her late husband, Paul, she has designed a beautiful rose garden for the property and enlisted handyman Mark Taylor to help realize it. She and Mark don´t always see eye-to-eye – and at times he seems far removed – yet deep down, Jo Marie finds great comfort in his company. And while she still seeks a sense of closure, she welcomes her latest guests, who are on their own healing journeys. Annie Newton arrives in town to orchestrate anniversary celebration. While Annie is excited for the festivities, she´s struggling to move on from her broken engagement, and her grandparents themselves seem to be having trouble getting along. Worse, Annie is forced to see Oliver Sutton, with whom she grew up and who has always mercilessly teased her. But the best parties end with a surprise, and Annie is in for the biggest one of all. High-powered businessman Mary Smith, another Rose Harbor Inn guest, has achieved incredible success in her field, yet serious illness has led her to face her sole, lingering regret. Almost nineteen years ago, she ended her relationship with her true love, George Hudson, and now she´s returned to Cedar Cove to make amends. 

My Review

Again, a sweet to read novel about the people of Cedar Cove. Jo Marie goes into another round with her bed & breakfast and some turmoil and drama, as well as romance, is brought to the reader´s eye.

Kingdom Of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
The cover isn´t as beautiful as the other one, though it looks quite nice. It looks more grown-up, more severe and though the German edition has the same cover motive than the original edition, the picture shown is a bit different. And it fits the design of book one of this duology very well.

Kingdom Of Ashes* by Rhiannon Thomas 
A Wicked Thing #2
Published by Harper Teen on February 23, 2016
ISBN 978-0-0623-0356-1
Pages 368
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher

Aurora was supposed to be her kingdom´s savior. But when she was forced to decide between being loyal to the crown and loyal to her country, she set events in motion that branded her a traitor. Now, hunted by the king´s soldiers, Aurora´s only chance of freeing her kingdom from the king´s tyrannical rules is by learning to control her magic. But Aurora´s powers come at a price – one that forces her to leave the only home she´s ever known, one that demands she choose between the man she loves and the people she seeks to protect, and one that will cause her to unravel the mysteries surrounding the curse that was placed on her over a century before … and uncover the truth about her destiny.

My Review

Of course, I had to read and see how the story between Aurora and Finnegan would continue and how everything would unfold. 

The Inn At Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber

Monday, July 17, 2017
Since I´ve seen the Cedar Cove series, based on the authors Cedar Cove books, I am a huge fan of her. And when I discovered this book I couldn´t resist. Sometimes you just need a little something that isn´t the usual stuff to get another perspective.

The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
Rose Harbor Series #1
Published by Ballantine Books on March 25, 2014
ISBN 978-0-5533-9365-1
Pages 384
Format Paperback
Source Library
Goodreads

Jo Marie Rose first arrives in Cedar Cove seeking a sense of peace and a fresh start. Coping with the death of her husband, she purchases a local bed-and-breakfast - the newly christened Rose Harbor Inn – ready to begin her life anew. Yet the inn holds more surprises than Jo Marie can imagine. Her first guest is Joshua Weaver, who has come home to care for his ailing stepfather. The two have never seen eye to eye, and Joshua has little hope that they can reconcile their differences. But a long-lost acquaintance from Joshua´s high school days proves him that forgiveness is never out of reach and love can bloom even where it´s least expected. The other guest is Abby Kincaid, who has returned to Cedar Cove to attend her brother´s wedding. Back for the first time in twenty years, she almost wishes she hadn´t come, the picturesque town harboring painful memories from her past. And while Abby reconnects with family and old friends, she realizes she can only move on if she truly allows herself to let go.

My Review

And how perfect this novel was for me. A nice and sweet read without being kitschy and with a setting I could literally see before my own eyes.

Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren

Saturday, July 15, 2017
My excitement after the first book in mind, I simply had to have this second book of Christina Lauren´s Beautiful series. The cover is not really as great as the one the first book has, but who care´s in this case anyway?

Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren
Beautiful Series #2
Published by Gallery Books on May 28, 2013
ISBN 978- 1-4767-3153-7 
Pages 352
Format Paperback
Source RC by German Publisher

Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon´s moved to New York City and is looking for excitement and passion without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night´s fun. But the manner – and speed – with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup and into her Beautiful Stranger. The whole city knows that Max Stella loves women, not that he´s ever found one he particularly wants to keep around. Despite pulling in plenty with his Wall Street bad boy charm, it´s not until Sara – and the wild photos she lets him take of her – that he starts wondering if there´s someone for him outside of the bedroom. Hooking in places where anybody could catch them, the only thing scarier for Sara than getting caught in public is having Max get too close in private.

My Review

Not me, for sure. I was eager to read the novel between the covers and after doing so I have to admit, that I am not as much thrilled about it, as I was after finishing the Beautiful Bastard. 

Follow Friday #23 – Social Media In The Blogger Community

Friday, July 14, 2017

Launched by Sonja of A Bookshelf Full Of Sunshine, continued by FiktiveWelten with a new logo.

The blog action is for lively communication between bloggers, a good network and should be fun. Duration of the question: Friday to Thursday. Rules. No registration required.

This week the FF´s question is: How do you feel about social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, and Co.)? 

What an interesting question this time. To be honest, I am not sure whether to laugh or cry about the social media at the moment.

The Sprite Sisters: How It All Began – Flame And The Power Of Fire by Sheridan Winn

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
This is the prequel series to the Sprite Sister Series in which the siblings defend Cantrip-Towers with their magical powers from harm. How It All Began shows what happens to Flame and how she deals with her awakening power to control fire.

The Sprite Sisters -Flame And The Power Of Fire* by Sheridan Winn
The Sprite Sisters: How It All Began Series #1
Vignette by Franziska Harvey
Published by Fischer KJB on April 27, 2017
ISBN 978-3-7373-4055-7
Pages 217
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher
Goodreads

When Flame wakes up on her ninth birthday, she immediately senses: Something is different! Her fingers are tingling, and all day funny things happen to her. Soon Flame becomes clear: She can conjure! She can light flames with her bare hands as she concentrates. But that is a secret that must be strictly guarded! It´s not that easy if you have three curious little sisters who follow Flame at every step (personal translation by the reviewer).

My Review

Of course, I wanted to know how the story of the Cantrip-sisters began. I read all the books of the original Sprite Sisters Series and yes, those books are for grown-ups as charming and nice to read as they are for children.

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

Friday, July 07, 2017
The first Jennifer Niven book I´ve ever read. Okay, the cover of the German edition isn´t really mine - way too much pink and too naïve in its sketch – but during reading, I am not really seeing all that. But, to be honest, if I wouldn´t have won it, I probably wouldn´t have bought it.

Holding Up The Universe* by Jennifer Niven
Published by Penguin on October 4, 2016
ISBN 978-0-3857-5593-1
Pages 400
Format Softcover 
Source Lovelybooks 


Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America´s Fattest Teen.” But no one´s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom´s death, she´s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby´s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.
Everyone things they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he´s got swagger, but he´s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can´t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He´s the guy who can reengineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can´t understand what´s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don´t get too close to anyone. Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game – which lands them in group counseling and community service – Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel … Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

My Review

And to be honest, I am not sure if I will read her books again. You want to know why? Then keep reading *smile*
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