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Blutzeuge by Tess Gerritsen

Sunday, December 10, 2017
Since many years I am a huge fan of the author. And her Rizzoli & Isles series is one of the most loved series I have in my shelves. So, of course, I wanted to read this new book about Jane and Maura and see how their new case would turn out. 

Blutzeuge* by Tess Gerritsen
Rizzoli & Isles Series #12
Original Title I Know A Secret
Published by Limes on November 20, 2017
ISBN 978-3-8090-2638-9
Pages 409
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher
Goodreads

In Boston, the body of a young woman is found – in the open palms her eyeballs. The mutilation happened post mortem, as is clearly stated in the autopsy. But the exact cause of death remains unclear. A short time later, the body of a man appears – arrows stick out of his chest, which were also placed there only after his death. Both were victims of the same perpetrator, otherwise there seems to be no connection between them. Boston Police Detective Jane Rizzoli is puzzled until a trail leads her to a decades-old case of mistreatment in a Catholic nursery. (personal translation)

Thoughts

And that end …. I can´t remember a book in this series, that had ended the way this one does. 

It´s Only Love by Marie Force

Saturday, December 09, 2017
For some reasons, I keep reading this series, although the past three books weren´t really mine. Maybe it is because I hope that the author will go back to her fun and charming style she used to have in the first few books of the Green Mountain series.

It´s Only Love* by Marie Force
Green Mountain Series #5
Published by Berkley on November 3, 2015
ISBN 978-0-4252-7550-4
Pages 320
Format Paperback
Source Publisher*
Goodreads

Ella Abbott has long been secretly in love with Gavin Guthrie. A few recent encounters have only added to her infatuation, especially the kiss they shared at her sister´s wedding. It doesn´t matter to Ella that Gavin is in a bad place. He says there´s no hope for a future with him, that he has nothing to offer her. But all Ella cares about it the love she feels. It´s been seven long years since Gavin lost his brother. He´d kept himself under control and moving forward until his brother´s beloved dog died and his brother´s widow re-married. Since then, he´s been drinking, fighting, and even getting arrested. It seems the only time his demons leave him alone is when Ella is around. Gavin knows it wouldn´t be fair to drag Ella into his darkness, but when she inserts herself into his life, what choice does he have but to allow her to soothe his aching heart?

Thoughts

This fifth book was again, not as good as the start of this series has been. But nevertheless, I read it.

Follow Friday #31 – Highlight November 2017

Friday, December 08, 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 I am doing a little exception from the usual FF. No, not the Highlight itself. That goes as usual. But I totally missed posting my choice of book for this at the end of November – life has gotten crazy lately – and thought I am presenting it now. 


A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber

In this series, the author obviously remains true to her pattern of three women and their knitting teacher while going through some rough times in their lives. 

A Good Yarn* by Debbie Macomber
Blossom Street Series #2
Published by Mira on April 29, 2014
ISBN 978-0-7783-1623-7
Pages 379
Format Paperback
Source Library

Lydia owns a knitting shop on Seattle´s Blossom Street. In the year since it opened, A Good Yarn has thrived – and so has Lydia. A lot of that is due to Brad Goetz. But when Brad´s ex-wife reappears, Lydia is suddenly afraid to trust her newfound happiness. Three women join Lydia´s newest class. Elise Beaumont, retired and bitterly divorced, learns that her onetime husband is reentering her life. Bethanne Hamlin is facing the fallout from a much more recent divorce. And Courtney Pulanski is a depressed and overweight teenager, whose grandmother´s idea of helping her is to drag her to senior´s swim sessions – and to the knitting class at A Good Yarn. 

Thoughts

That is, in one novel, wonderful to read about, no doubt about that.

And I Love Her by Marie Force

Thursday, December 07, 2017
A family with ten kids. Well, those kids aren´t kids anymore. At least not all of them. But I have to say, that the author has changed her way of writing about the Abbott´s. And with that, I mean the tone and how the plot is presented. But see for yourself.

And I Love Her* by Marie Force
Green Mountain Series #4
Published by Berkley on March 3, 2017
ISBN 978-0-4252-7549-8
Pages 336
Format Paperback
Source Publisher*


As the chief financial officer, Hunter Abbott manages the family´s various business interests while “fixing” things for the people he loves. But the one thing he can´t fix is his undeniable attraction to Megan Kane. Instead, Hunter is prepared to do whatever it takes to show Megan that he´s the man for her. Megan´s sister rocks her with the news that she and her husband are moving overseas, leaving Megan truly alone. With her sister – and her job at the diner- going away, Megan finds herself leaning on the sexy, button-down accountant who isn´t afraid to lay it all on the line for her. But Megan has watched too many people she loves leave her. Can she risk her heart on Hunter?

Thoughts

I am a huge fan of the Green Mountain series, and the first books were one thrilling read. 

Waiting On Wednesday #54 – Irgendwas Von Dir by Gayle Forman

Wednesday, December 06, 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.


Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Tuesday, December 05, 2017
That cover got me from the moment I saw it. Holy hell, what a color-and-motive-combination. But I am not so sure if I would have read it anyways, if I´d known what it was with all the birds. Still getting goosebumps when I think of all those scenes where they are playing a key role in it.

Magonia* by Maria Dahvana Headley
Magonia Series #1
Published by HarperCollins on April 28, 2015
ISBN 978-0-0623-2052-0
Pages 320
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher
Goodreads

Aza Ray Boyle is drowning in thin air. Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak – to live. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn´t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name. Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who´s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terrible wrong. Aza is lost to our world – and found, by another. Magonia. Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships. Aza is not the weak and dying thing, she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power – but ahs she navigates her new life, she discovers that war between Magonia and Earth is coming. In Aza´s hands lies fate of the whole of humanity – including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

Thoughts

I don´t know what I was expecting, but surely not what I was getting. 

The Shop On Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

Sunday, December 03, 2017
The author is a guarantor for nicely written novels set in a beautiful setting and with some well-created characters. I like her books because I can read them almost overnight.

The Shop on Blossom Street* by Debbie Macomber
Blossom Street Series #1
Published by Mira on April 30, 2013
ISBN 978-0-7783-1567-4
Pages 400
Format Paperback
Source Library
Goodreads

Lydia teaches knitting to beginners, and the first class is How to Make a Baby Blanket. Three women join. Jacqueline Donovan disapproves of the woman married to her only son, but knitting a baby blanket would be a gesture of reconciliation. For Carol Girard, the baby blanket brings a message of hope and she and her husband make a final attempt to conceive. A tough-looking Alix Townsend is learning to knit her blanket for a court-ordered community service project. These four very different women, brought together by the age-old craft of knitting, make unexpected discoveries – about themselves and each other. Discoveries that lead to friendship and acceptance, to laughter and dreams. Discoveries only women can share …

Thoughts


Yes, and this book was no exception.

Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren

Friday, December 01, 2017
After I had read the first two books of this series about three years ago, I couldn´t wait for the third book being published in Germany and bought this as soon as the original edition was available. The cover somehow reminded me of that, the first had and though I am not much of a fan the green color concerned, this one kind of looks good.

Beautiful Player* by Christina Lauren
Beautiful Series #3
Published by Gallery Books on October 29, 2013
ISBN 978-1-4767-5140-5
Pages 402
Format Paperback
Source Purchased

When Hanna Bergstrom receives a lecture from her overprotective brother about neglecting her social life and burying herself in grad school, she´s determined to tackle his implied assignment: get out, make friends, start dating. And who better to turn her into the sultry siren every man wants than her brother´s gorgeous best friend Will Sumner, venture capitalist and unapologetic playboy? Will takes risks for a living, but he´s skeptical about this challenge of Hanna´s … until the wild night his innocently seductive pupil tempts him into bed – and teaches him a thing or two about being with a woman he can´t forget. Now that Hanna´s discovered the power of her own sex appeal, it´s up to Will to prove he´s the only man she´ll ever need.

Thoughts

I have to admit it, that for me, the best book of this series, so far, is still the Beautiful Bastard

Waiting On Wednesday #53 – Ewig Wir-Deathline by Janet Clark

Wednesday, November 29, 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.


Stahlblaue Nacht by Tetsuya Honda

One of the many beautiful surprises, that showed up in my mailbox this year. Tetsuya Honda is a bestselling author in Japan and his series about Reiko Himekawa (this is the book Soul Cage) is about the life and work of a female Homicide Detective.

Stahlblaue Nacht* by Tetsuya Honda
Reiko Himekawa Series #2
Original Title Soul Cage
Published by Fischer TB on November 23, 2017
ISBN 978-3-596-03667-7
Pages 432
Format Paperback
Source Publisher
Goodreads


A severed hand, but no body. But a big pool of blood. For Reiko Himekawa and her team, the investigation into the case of the architect Takaoka is extremely difficult. Where is the corpse? When Reiko shows the missing person´s picture to an old friend, it gets even more complicated. Because he claims that the man in the photo is not Takaoka at all. But who is it then? And where is Takaoka? (personal translation) 

Thoughts

Originally, I wasn´t sure if I wanted to continue with this series. But when it was in my mailbox and I had it at home, I thought why not give it another try.

Lord Of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Maybe my expectations were way too high after the thrilling first book of the The Dark Artifices Trilogy. Or I´d expected something different. I don´t know. All I know is, that this second book couldn´t live up to it. 

Lord of Shadows* by Cassandra Clare
The Dark Artifices #2
Published by Goldmann on October 9, 2017
ISBN 978-3-442-31425-6
Pages 828
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher


The young shadow hunter Emma Carstairs has avenged her parents, but she finds no peace. Because the friendship with her parabatai Julian has become love – a relationship that has brutal consequences according to the laws of shadow hunters. In order to protect Julian and herself, Emma, therefore, takes up Julian´s brother Mark. Mark, who lived with the fairies for five years and whose loyalty is not really clear. Especially as unrest prevails in the underworld. The fairies had to bow to harsh conditions after the Dark War and covet. Emma, Julian, and Mark must fight for what they love – before it´s too late and a new war breaks out … (personal translation)

Thoughts

I am glad that the cover of the German edition looks the same as the original edition does. 

Ohne Ausweg by Kathrin Lange

Saturday, November 25, 2017
To be honest, after reading the second book of this series, I wasn´t sure if I wanted to continue reading this series. But now that I have, I am very glad I did. Want to know why? Keep reading *smile*

Ohne Ausweg* by Kathrin Lange
Faris Iskander Series #3
Published by Blanvalet on December 19, 2016
ISBN 978-3-7341-0265-3
Pages 443
Format Paperback
Source Publisher
Goodreads


The Muslim special investigator Faris Iskander has become an undercover agent: Because an Islamist organization plans poison gas attacks on Berlin, Faris is put in jail. Because terrorist leader al-Sadiq is in custody there – if Faris succeeds in pretending to be an Islamist and gaining Sadiq´s trust, he can provide much-needed information to the LKA. But while Faris is forced behind bars to credibly prove his terrorist intentions, his team is desperately chasing Sadiq´s assassin outside. Then the first poison gas attack happens. And as more and more people die in the capital, Faris discovers that a far-right organization is also planning an assassination. A hopeless fight on two fronts begins … (personal translation)

Thoughts

Kathrin Lange YOU ROCK! This thriller is breathtaking, heartbreaking and haunting from the first to the last page.

Vier Zauberhafte Schwestern Und Die Unsichtbare Gefahr by Sheridan Winn

Friday, November 24, 2017
A wonderful book for children age 9 and up. A few years ago, I stumbled across this beautiful series, with magically created covers at my library. There are silver stars sparkling all over the cover motive and the painting is so sweet and adorable *sigh*

Vier zauberhafte Schwestern und die unsichtbare Gefahr* by Sheridan Winn
The Sprite Sisters Series #10
Original Title The Sprite Sisters The Power Of Four
Illustration by Franziska Harvey
Published by Fischer KJB on November 23, 2017
ISBN 978-3-7373-4021-2
Pages 333
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher

It is spring, and the four sisters Flame, Marina, Flora, and Sky should prepare for their exams. But in Cantrip Towers, weird things happen: An invisible intruder sneaks through the corridors trying to steal the magical powers of the family. How should the sisters fight an enemy they do not see? They make a risky plan and go into great danger. Only with combined magic powers can they survive this adventure. (personal translation)

Thoughts

If you are looking for a series where love, loyalty and the values of a caring family are held high, then this series is what you are looking for. 

Bird And Sword by Amy Harmon

Thursday, November 23, 2017
I am not sure which cover I like most. The one the German edition is showing or the one, the English edition has. Both are so unique and beautiful in their very own way. One thing I DO know. The Bird and The Sword (its original title) is a novel that will polarize its readers.

Bird And Sword* by Amy Harmon
The Bird And The Sword Chronicles #1
Original Title The Bird And The Sword
Published by LYX on October 26, 2017
ISBN 978-3-7363-0548-9
Pages 396
Format Softcover
Source Publisher


At age five, Lark had to watch her mother being executed. With the last breath, she took her daughter´s voice and power of words. Because magic is a mortal sin in Jeru. Thirteen years later, the young King Tiras appears at the court of Lark´s father to remind him of his fidelity to the war. He takes the voiceless young woman hostage with him. At first, Lark fears the king, but she quickly realizes that Tiras is just as free as she is, and that love may be the only weapon that can break their chains.

Thoughts

And with polarizing its readers I mean that some of us will be swooning over the moon over this story while others will probably ask what is so special about this novel? Keep reading and you´ll find out how I think about it.

Waiting On Wednesday #52 – Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Wednesday, November 22, 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.


Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg

A nice book that is written in the typically Zoe Sugg way. For me a wonderful closing of this trilogy.

Girl Online Going Solo* by Zoe Sugg
Girl Online Series #3
Published by Atria Keywords on November 22, 2016
ISBN 978-1-5011-6211-4
Pages 336
Format Softcover
Source Publisher

As Penny starts the school year she´s ready to face the world – alone. Noah has gone off the radar after ending his world tour early, and no one, including Penny, knows where he is. So, when she accepts Megan´s invitation to visit her performing arts school, it seems like an opportunity to make some new friends. Helping everyone else seems to be the right remedy – Elliot needs her friendship more than ever, and she meets Posey, who she can really help with her stage fright. But is charming Scottish boy Callum the right kind of distraction? And can Penny truly move on when Noah´s shadow seems to haunt her around every corner? 

Thoughts

If you are in for an easy to read a novel with some beautiful scenes and nice created figures who aren´t that profound, then this is definitely your book. 

King´ s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
One of the very few books I know where the title is actually saying what the book is all about. But again, I like the cover of the English edition way more than the ones the German editions are showing.

King´s Cage* by Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen #3
Published by Harper Teen on February 7, 2017
ISBN 978-0-0623-1069-9
Pages 528
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother´s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country – and his prisoner. As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare´s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back. When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire – leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

Thoughts

I love the blue, silver, white and red of this cover. A bleeding crown, how fitting.

Gotteslüge by Kathrin Lange

Monday, November 20, 2017
This thriller was a bit disappointing. Or maybe my expectations after the fantastic first book of this series were just way too high.

Gotteslüge* by Kathrin Lange
Faris Iskander Series #2
Published by Blanvalet on March 16, 2015
ISBN 978-3-442-38346-7
Pages 413
Format Paperback
Source Publisher
Goodreads

What at first looks like a hostage-taking turns out to be a case of far-fetched personal dimensions for Faris: A man armed with an explosive belt delivers a message to him. It reads: “Next time you will press the trigger.” Faris can save his own life as the bomb explodes. But he does not know that an old enemy devised a devilish plan for him. And this adversary does not shy away from abduction or cold-blooded murder. After all, he wants to witness how Faris himself becomes an assassin … (personal translation)

Thoughts

I expected the main figure who had - again - to fight his personal demons. And there is a lot of that in this book.

Einsam Bist Du Und Allein by Mary Higgins Clark

Friday, November 17, 2017
This is the German edition of All By Myself, Alone. And despite the fact, that I am obviously not reading this series in its chronological order, I enjoyed this novel with Alvirah and Willy. A nice and easy to read thriller. 

Einsam bist du und allein* by Mary Higgins Clark
Alvirah And Willy Series #11
Original Title All By Myself, Alone 
Published by Heyne on September 25, 2017
ISBN 978-3-453-27109-8
Pages 347
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher


After a private drama gemstone expert, Celia urgently needs a break. Relieved, she accepts the invitation to lecture on a cruise ship. There she befriends Lady Em, a rich old lady with an invaluable emerald necklace. Three days later, in the middle of the high sea, Lady Em is found murdered – and the chain has disappeared. Celia is determined to clarify the facts. Even if the list of suspects is getting longer. And even if she can no longer be sure of her own life aboard. (personal translation)

Thoughts

Until a few weeks ago, I wasn´t even aware that this series exists. Well, that sounds now a bit awkward. As a huge MHC fan, I probably should have known it. 

Carlotta-Internat Auf Klassenfahrt by Dagmar Hoßfeld

Monday, November 13, 2017
A nice to read book about Carlotta and what she experienced with her classmates on her trip to Mallorca. An English title could sound like this: Boarding school on a school trip. But don´t count on it *smile* 

Carlotta-Internat Auf Klassenfahrt* by Dagmar Hoßfeld
Carlotta Series #7
Published by Carlsen on July 28, 2017
ISBN 978-3-551-65097-9
Pages 249
Format Hardcover


In the eleventh grade, traditionally Castle Prinzensee does a course trip. Carlotta flies to Mallorca with her Spanish course. She is looking forward to the free time with her friends and to many new photographs of the Mediterranean. Summer, sun, palm trees, friends – and lots of time to waste! Isn´t that totally awesome? Jonas is less enthusiastic …(personal translation)


Thoughts

I am not sure how many books this series will have, but from my point of view, there shouldn´t be much more. Why I say that? Keep reading, and you´ll know *smile*

Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

Saturday, November 11, 2017
The right image is everything in the world the Royals live in. Even when that means that you have to pay people money to solve the bad things you´ve done.

Twisted Palace* by Erin Watt
The Royals Series #3
Published by Everafter Romance on October 17, 2016
ISBN 978-1-6823-0506-5
Pages 370
Format Softcover
Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She´s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome. Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he´ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation. No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all. They might be right.

Thoughts 

But when it comes to a murder, no money in the world can save your butt. 

AMANI - Verräterin Des Throns by Alwyn Hamilton

Friday, November 10, 2017
The cover of Traitor to the Throne (its original title – you can see the cover at the end of this review) isn´t as warm and beautiful as the one the first book has. At least when it comes to the German edition. But with all the dark blue, black and sparkling gold, it kind of looks nice.

AMANI – Verräterin des Throns* by Alwyn Hamilton
Rebel of the Sands Series #2
Original Title Traitor to the Throne 
Published by cbt on September 11, 2017
ISBN 978-3-570-16437-2
Pages 535 
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher

Amani, rebel, and daughter of a Djinni, has been fighting alongside the rebel prince for months when she is being betrayed to her worst enemy – the Sultan of Miraji. Although Amani is deprived of her magical powers, she risks her life smuggling crucial information to the insurgents outside the palace – because the rebellion must win at all cost. But the more time Amani spends as the prisoner of the Sultan, the greater her doubts become. Is she really on the right side? Or is she just a traitor? (personal translation)

Thoughts

Yes, after reading Rebel of the Sands, I had to read this second one as well. 

Broken Prince by Erin Watt

Thursday, November 09, 2017
After the end of book one, I had to know how the story would continue. Thankfully I had this second book already at home and could start this right away. And wow, the story became better and better …

Broken Prince* by Erin Watt
The Royals Series #2
Published by Everafter Romance on July 25, 2016
ISBN 978-1-6823-0503-4
Pages 370
Format Softcover


Reed Royal has it all – looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life. What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father´s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely – keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed´s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed´s entire world begins to fall apart around him. Ella doesn´t want him anymore. She says they´ll only destroy each other. She might be right.

Thoughts 

This time, the book starts from Reeds point of view and with a scene that left me shocked at the end of the first part of this series.

Waiting On Wednesday #51 – Queen & Blood by Amy Harmon

Wednesday, November 08, 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.


Ivory And Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

A novel that shows the story from a male perspective. Very interesting and different, though I wasn´t convinced in the end.

Ivory And Bone* by Julie Eshbaugh
Ivory And Bone Series #1
Published by Harper Teen on June 7, 2016
ISBN 978-0-0623-9925-0
Pages 384
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe – that´s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to trust him, but hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless – and nearly grave – mistake. What Kol doesn´t know is that underneath Mya´s cool disdain is a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya´s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives. As Kol grows closer to Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he´s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo – Kol doesn’t know which – had been planning all along.

Thoughts

Somehow the thought, that people living in the Stone Age were actually talking and thinking like we are doing it today, was giving me the creeps. 

Cell 7 by Kerry Drewery

Tuesday, November 07, 2017
I don´t know what I´ve expected from this book. The cover looks great, shows the main figure and the back promises a haunting story that gives us a glimpse into the future.

Cell 7* by Kerry Drewery
Cell 7 Trilogy #1
Published by Hot Key Books on September 22, 2016
ISBN 978-1-4714-0559-4
Pages 384
Format Paperback
Source Publisher
Goodreads

A world where justice and the fate of those accused of murder is decided by the public, but has moved on from the Roman Gladiator “thumbs up or thumbs down” public vote, to a public vote by telephone. If you are voted innocent you are set free; if you are voted guilt you are committed to death by electric chair. Those awaiting their sentence reside in ever decreasing cells, getting smaller each day, until Day 7 and Cell 7, where they hear their fate.
Sixteen-year-old Martha has confessed to killing a famous celebrity. But has she done it? And if not, why has she claimed the murder? Perhaps she wants to show up the flawed and brutal system by sacrificing herself in the hope of a better world … Or perhaps she is protecting somebody else …

Thoughts

Guess my expectations were a little too high. This book, as wonderful as the cover looks like, couldn´t live up to them.

Follow Friday #30 – Highlight October 2017

Friday, November 03, 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 October. I have two highlights I want to share with you. 

If you want to know which one I chose, keep reading *smile*



Paper Princess by Erin Watt

I had this series since many weeks on my reading list, but never took the time to actually get them. Not to mention reading. Until recently. And despite the fact, that I don´t understand what the hysteria about this first part is all about, I read the first three books in one single swoop. 

Paper Princess* by Erin Watt
The Royals Series #1
Published by Everafter Romance on April 4, 2016
ISBN 978-1-6823-0456-3
Pages 364
Format Softcover


Ella Harper is a survivor – a pragmatic optimist. She´s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she´ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother´s death, Ella is truly alone. Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from. Reed doesn´t watch her. He says she doesn´t belong with the Royals. He might be right.

Thoughts 

Don´t let yourself get fooled by the looks of the covers. There isn´t one cheesy line in here. Okay, you might want to argue about the main characters and how they are created, but that´s about it.

Die Legende Von Shikanoko by Lian Hearn

Thursday, November 02, 2017
This book got me the second I saw the cover. As you can see, the German edition is very Asian looking and the red, gold, black and white in combination with the cover motive kind of fascinated me.

Herrscher Der Acht Inseln* by Lian Hearn
Die Legende Von Shikanoko Series #1
Original Title The Tale Of Shikanoko – Emperor Of The Eight Islands
Published by Fischer Sauerländer on August 24, 2017
ISBN 978-3-7373-5466-0
Pages 578
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher


“Now is your name Shikanoko – child of the deer.” He put the mask on his face and felt the strength of the deer and the ancient wisdom of the woods penetrate him, and knew that he would never assume a different name.(personal translation) 


Thoughts

It has been a while, some years to be honest, that I´ve read the authors Tale of Otori saga. 

Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
I was not sure if this book would be one that fits my taste when it comes to Cecelia Ahern. Yes, the cover is nice and the color combination of the German edition, I actually kind of like. But the novel itself left me with a weird and awkwardly silent feeling.

Lyrebird* by Cecelia Ahern
Published by Harper Collins UK on March 11, 2016
ISBN 978-0-0075--0186-1
Pages 432
Format Hardcover 
Source Publisher

In the south-west of Ireland, rugged mountains meet bright blue lakes and thick forests. Deep in the woods, a young woman lives alone, forever secluded from the world, her life a well-kept secret. She possesses an extraordinary talent, the likes of which no-one has seen before: a gift that will earn her the nickname Lyrebird. When Solomon stumbles into Laura´s solitary existence, her life is turned on its head. Pulled from her peaceful landscape to the cacophony of Dublin, she is confronted by a world desperate to understand her. But while Solomon knows the world will embrace Laura, will it free her to spread her wings or will it trap her in a gilded cage? Like all wild birds, she needs to fly. 

Thoughts

One thing is for sure. This novel is either one you´ll love right from the start or you don´t. There´s nothing in-between.

Waiting On Wednesday #50 – Everlife by Gena Showalter

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!


Die Mächtige by Trudi Canavan

Saturday, October 21, 2017
This book, it´s original title is Millennium´s Rule-Successor´s Promise, came to me by surprise. After finishing the second book of this series, I wasn´t sure if I wanted to read this one, too. But then my curiousness won.

Die Magie Der Tausend Welten: Die Mächtige* by Trudi Canavan
Millennium´s Rule Series #3
Original Title Millennium´s Rule-Successor´s Promise*
Published by Penhaligon on June 26, 2017
ISBN 978-3-7645-3107-2
Pages 704
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher

For a thousand years, Valhan, the most powerful of all magicians, dominated the destinies of a thousand worlds. But now he is dead, and chaos reaches around. His natural successor is the young magician Rielle, but she is reluctant to take that responsibility. Without regard to her wishes, her supporters and her opponents fight in the background. And no one knows that Valhan´s plans go beyond his death. He wants to be born again to dominate the worlds for another thousand years – and for this, he and his followers will remove every obstacle.(personal translation)

Thoughts

Being nosy isn´t always a good thing *smile*. And despite the fact, that the cover of the German edition (you can see the original one at the end of this review) is kind of nice to look at, my favorite one is still the cover of the first book. 

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Friday, October 20, 2017
The cover is one piece of beauty. Showing a lot and yet nothing. And the story between the two bookcases is one great piece of work. Karin Slaughter, you simply rock!

The Good Daughter* by Karin Slaughter
The Good Daughter #1
Published by Harper Collins UK on July 13, 2017
ISBN 978-0-0081-5076-1
Pages 512
Format Hardcover
Source Library
Goodreads

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind. Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn´s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father Pikeville´s notorious defence attorney devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night. Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father´s footsteps to become a lawyer herself the archetypal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it´s a case which can´t help triggering the terrible memories she´s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime which destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won´t stay buried forever.

Thoughts

I´ve read almost every book the author has written so far. And for me, it was very clear that I wanted to read this new one as well.

The Forever Court by Dave Rudden

Thursday, October 19, 2017
A beautiful and a bit darker second part of this trilogy. Denizen has started his new life and to learn how to deal with his newfound mother.

The Forever Court* by Dave Rudden
Knights Of The Borrowed Dark Trilogy #2
Published by Puffin on April 6, 2017
ISBN 978-01413-5661-7
Pages 416
Format Paperback
Source Publisher

Life is returning to normal for Denizen Hardwick. Well, the new normal, where he has to battle monsters in quiet Dublin bookshops and constantly struggle to contain the new powers he has been given by Venia, the daughter of the Endless King. But Denizen may need those powers sooner than he thinks – not only are the Tenebrous stirring again but the Order of the Borrowed Dark face a new threat from much closer to home …

Thoughts

With this second book, the author gives another insight in his great and unique fantasy. 

Last Breath by Karin Slaughter

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
This is a thriller novella that rounds up the actual thriller The Good Daughter.  My review of that book will be up on the blog soon.

Last Breath* by Karin Slaughter
The Good Daughter #0.5
Published by Witness Impulse on July 11, 2017
ISBN 978-0-0627-4215-5
Pages 176
Format eBook
Source Purchased
Goodreads

At the age of thirteen, Charlie Quinn´s childhood came to an abrupt and devastating end. Two men, with a grudge against her lawyer father, broke into her home – and after that shocking night, Charlie´s world was never the same. Now a lawyer herself, Charlie has made it her mission to defend those with no one else to turn to. So when Flora Faulkner, a motherless teen, begs for help, Charlie is reminded of her own past and is powerless to say no. But honor-student Flora is far deeper trouble than Charlie could ever have anticipated. Soon she must ask herself: How far should she go to protect her client? And can she truly believe in everything she is being told? 

Thoughts

I suggest that you read this novella first before you start to enjoy the main thriller. That is if you are able to read this eBook on a device at all.

Waiting On Wednesday #49 – Friction by Sandra Brown

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 #29 – Highlight September 2017

Saturday, October 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 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 on January 7, 2014
ISBN 978-3-401-06978-4
Pages 413
Format Hardcover
Source 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. 
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