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Follow Friday #22 – Highlight June 2017

Friday, June 30, 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 June. I actually have two books this month (couldn´t decide which one) that I want to highlight.

So keep reading if you want to know which two I picked *smile*

Alles Oder Nichts by Simona Ahrnstedt

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
I say it right at the beginning of my review: The first book of this trilogy was the best. Yes, the cover of this German edition is a nice to look at cover but something is missing. And the novel it contains was a nice read, but not as haunting and thrilling as the first one was.

Alles Oder Nichts* by Simona Ahrnstedt
High Stakes #3
Published by LYX on March 16, 2017
ISBN 978-3-8025-9947-7
Pages 697
Format Softcover
Source Publisher

Ambra is a successful journalist in search of a hot story. Tom a former elite soldier, whom terrible is befallen. Ambra has to return to the place where she never wanted to be again. Tom is trying here, to go back to life. In Kiruna, in the north of Sweden, where the coldness and the eternal darkness prevail, two people meet trying to escape their own past. Two people who wear deep wounds. And do not trust anyone. Two people who are overwhelmed by the attraction that reigns between them. They are wrong. And yet so scary right. But can they really cure each other? Or will their love destroy them once and for all? (personal translation by the reviewer)

My Review

This book wasn´t bad, not at all. Only darker and with a completely different story than the other two books had. 

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Monday, June 26, 2017
The cover captured my eyes the very first moment. And the fact, that the German edition uses the same as the English edition, was also a plus. And I was very curious if this book would turn out to be as bad as all the critiques were saying.

Into The Water* by Paula Hawkins
Published by Blanvalet on May 24, 2017
ISBN 978-3-7645-0523-3
Pages 473
Format Softcover
Source Publisher



In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn´t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she´s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool …

My Review

When I placed my request for this book I never thought that I would get it. 

Follow Friday #21 – Reading Slack Or Time-Out?

Saturday, June 24, 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 question is: Do you sometimes have a reading slack or do you consciously take a break from reading?

Since I came up with this question, I guess I should say something about it. So keep reading if you´re interested in what I think about this question ...

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Friday, June 23, 2017
What a fantastic second book! I expected a lot of things, but not this gorgeous and beautiful story full of emotions and characters who complement each other in such a perfect way.

This Shattered World* by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Starbound #2
Published by Disney Hyperion on December 23, 2014
ISBN 978-1-4231-7103-4
Pages 400
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher
Goodreads

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met. Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet´s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents. Rebellion is in Flynn´s blood. His sister died in the original uprising against the powerful corporate conglomerate that rules Avon with an iron fist. These corporations make their fortune by terraforming uninhabitable planets across the universe and recruiting colonists to make the planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion. Desperate for any advantage against the military occupying his home, Flynn does not only things that make sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape base together, caught between two sides in a senseless war. 

My Review

Yes, the story is different from the first book and yes, the two main characters are not to compare with the ones from book one.

Die Geister Vom Rainy Pass by Christopher Ross

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Those ice blue husky eyes – wow! Since I started enjoying this series, I am kind of hooked by its covers. Each one of them is beautiful and shows a gorgeous looking husky. And the story here is so beautiful that even adults can read it.

Die Geister Vom Rainy Pass* by Christopher Ross
Alaska Wilderness Series #5
Published by Ueberreuter on September 12, 2016
ISBN 978-3-7641-7065-3
Pages 240
Format Hardcover
Source Library
Goodreads


For months Julie has prepared herself and trained with her beloved Huskies: She will participate in the Iditarod, the longest and toughest dogsled race in the world. No one can keep her from her plan. Not the anonymous troublemakers sneaking into the camp at night, nor her friend Steve, who is very worried. But the route over the Rainy Pass is itself feared by experienced mushers and there the disaster really starts. Will Julie pass the race despite everything? 

My Review

I was waiting very long for this book to come out, and the second I noticed its release date, I knew that I wanted to read it.

In Einer Winternacht by Mary Higgins Clark

When I got this book I wasn´t really aware of the fact, that it was actually a Christmas story. But despite that, it is a wonderful, heartwarming novel with a little cutie called Stellina and her story is just beautiful. I had a few nice hours with her and this short story.

In Einer Winternacht* by Mary Higgins Clark
Alvirah And Willy Series #3
Original Title All Through The Night
Published by Heyne on October 11, 2016
ISBN 978-3-453-43885-9
Pages 192
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher
Goodreads

All of Alvirah´s deductive powers and Willy´s world-class common sense are called upon as the two stumble into a Christmas mystery. A woman abandons her newborn at a Manhattan church. Simultaneously, a thief is absconding with a treasured artifact, a chalice adorned with a star-shaped diamond. The elude police, he grabs the stroller and disappears. Seven years later, the mother returns to the scene and finds Alvirah and Willy helping neighborhood kids prepare for a Christmas pageant at an after-school shelter. Soon the savvy sleuths set out to solve the puzzle of the missing child and chalice – and to unmask scam artists threatening to shut down the shelter.

Thoughts

It is not really known around here, that Alvirah and Willy have their own series, written by the author. At least those books are not specifically called by their names.

Follow Friday #20 – Book Tours: Top Or Flop?

Friday, June 16, 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 question is: How do you feel about book tours? Are you actively involved, you persecute them passively, or are they not your thing at all?


The Secret City by C.J. Daugherty

The end of book one made it sure, that I had to read the second book as well. And what a great finish of this duology it was.

The Secret City by C. J. Daugherty
The Alchemist Chronicles #2
Published by Atom on September 1, 2016
ISBN 978-0-3490-0221-7
Pages 368
Format Paperback
Source Publisher
Goodreads


Locked away inside the fortified walls of Oxford´s St. Wilfred´s College, surrounded by alchemists sworn to protect them, Taylor and Sacha are safe from the Darkness. For now. But time is short. In seven days Sacha will turn 18 and the ancient curse that once made him invincible will kill him, unleashing unimaginable demonic horror upon the world. There is one way to stop it. Taylor and Sacha must go to where the curse was first cast – the medieval French city of Carcassonne – and face the demons. The journey will be dangerous. And monsters are waiting for them. But as Darkness descends on Oxford, their choice is stark. They must face everything that scares them or lose everything they have.

My Review

This book was big entertainment. I absolutely enjoyed reading it. And that end? – Perfect!

I Saw Her Standing There by Marie Force

Guess it is no secret, that Marie Force knows how to connect romance with the beautiful landscape of Vermont´s Mountains and the city that never sleeps. She does it with this novel again, though the tone is slightly different.

I Saw Her Standing There* by Marie Force
Green Mountain Series #3
Published by Berkley on November 04, 2014
ISBN 978-0-4252-7531-0
Pages 400
Format Paperback
Source Publisher


Colton Abbott and Lucy Mulvaney have a secret. Colton´s nosy siblings have begun to put the pieces together, but it´s not like Lucy to keep things from those closest to her – especially her best friend, Cameron, who recently moved to Vermont to live with her true love, Will. But Lucy isn´t about to tell Cam she´s having a fling … with Will´s brother. Flitting between New York and Vermont is exhausting, so Lucy is looking forward to a long weekend with Colton at the Abbott family lake house in Burlington. Too bad Will and Cameron have the same idea, and once Colton and Lucy are caught red-handed (and red-faced), will their clandestine romance lose its appeal or will their secret beginnings be the start of something lasting?

My Review

Oh, there is no doubt that you will find yourself in the warm embrace of the Abbott-family again.

Island Of Glass by Nora Roberts

Thursday, June 15, 2017
A good closure for this trilogy. Magic is all over the place, the figures are very thoughtful and it fits in nicely how the author solved some things. If you are a Nora Roberts fan and fan of this trilogy, you should definitely read it.

Island Of Glass by Nora Roberts
The Guardians Trilogy #3
Published by Berkley on December 6, 2016
ISBN 978-0-425-28012-6
Pages 315
Format Paperback
Source Purchased

Three stars – of fire, water, and ice – have fallen from the skies, and now three women and three men have come together to find them. But on the quest for the final star, they´ll discover that possessing it won´t be enough to stop the destruction of themselves – and of their world … As the hunt for the Ice Star leads the six guardians to Ireland, Doyle, the immortal, must face his tragic past. Three centuries ago, he closed off his heart, yet his warrior spirit is still drawn to the wild. And there´s no one more familiar with the wild than Riley – and the wolf within her. An archaeologist, Riley is no stranger to the coast of Clare, but now she finds herself on unsure footing, targeted by the dark goddess who wants more than the stars, more than the blood of the guardians. While searching through Irish history for clues that will lead them to the final star and the mysterious Island of Glass, Riley must fight her practical nature and admit that her sudden attraction to Doyle is more than just a fling. For it is his strength that will sustain her and give her the power to run toward love – and save them all …

My Review

Good, this might not be the best book the author has ever written, but for my taste it was a nice and solid written novel about love, magic and fulfilling your destiny. 

As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins Clark

I saw the US cover and got curious. Sure, it looks totally different than the cover of the German edition (you will see it at the end of my review), but the summary sounded so interesting, that I actually didn´t care about the cover or covers in this case. And I was really happy when I finally got the book.

As Time Goes By* by Mary Higgins Clark
Alvirah And Willy Series #10
Published by
Simon & Schuster on April 5, 2016
ISBN 978-1-5011-3044-1
Pages 288
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher*


Television journalist Delaney Wright is on the brink of stardom after she begins covering a sensational murder trial for the six-p.m. news. She should be thrilled, yet her growing desire to locate her birth mother consumes her thoughts. When Delaney´s friends Alvirah Meehan and her husband Willy offer to look into the mystery surrounding her birth, they uncover a shocking secret they do not want to reveal. On trial for murder is Betsy Grant, widow of a wealthy doctor who has been an Alzheimer´s victim for eight years. When her once-upon-a-time celebrity lawyer urges her to accept a plea bargain, Betsy refuses: she will go to trial to prove her innocence. Betsy´s stepson, Alan Grant, bides his time nervously as the trial begins. His substantial inheritance hangs in the balance – his only means of making good on payments he owes his ex-wife, his children, and increasingly angry creditors. As the trial unfolds, and the damning evidence against Betsy piles up, Delaney is convinced, that Betsy is not guilty and frantically tries to prove her innocence. 

Thoughts

I consider myself a huge Mary Higgins Clark fan. Good, I haven´t read all her books, but those I´ve read, were mostly fascinating me. 

The Kiss Of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
One of the first things I noticed about this book was its cover. The soft colors, the dark clouds, and the summary caught my attention. Sooo promising …

The Kiss Of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
The Remnant Chronicles #1
Published by Henry Holt and Co on July 8, 2014
ISBN 978-0-8050-9923-2
Pages 489
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher

She flees on her wedding day. She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor´s secret collection. She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father. She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan. The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can´t abide. Like having to marry someone she´s never met to secure a political alliance. Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia escapes to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive – and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets – secrets that may unravel her world – even as she feels herself falling in love. 

My Review

… and what a great book it was. Everything that the blurb promised, action, intrigues, emotions, and romance – all that was given.

Sword And Verse by Kathy MacMillan

A beautiful cover that lives from the color varieties. Red and orange bring a strength and danger into it although the motive is delicate and fine.

Sword And Verse by Kathy MacMillan
Sword And Verse Series #1
Published by Harper Teen on January 19, 2016
ISBN 978-0062324610
Pages 384
Format Hardcover
Source Giveaway 

Raisa was just a child when she was sold into slavery in the kingdom of Qilara. Before she was taken away, her father had been adamant that she learn to read and write. But where she now lives, literacy is a capital offense for all but the nobility. The written language is closely protected, and only the King, Prince, Tutor, and Tutor-in-training are allowed to learn its very highest form. So, when she is plucked from her menial labor and selected to replace the last Tutor-in-training, who was executed, Raisa knows that betraying any hint of her past could mean death. Keeping her secret guarded is head enough, but the romance that´s been blossoming between her and Prince Mati isn´t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance – an underground rebel army - to help liberate the city´s slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries – one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.

My Review

I was kind of thrilled, when I found out, that I had won this novel when I didn´t expect it at all. 

Ein Hauch Von Skandal by Sandra Brown

Sunday, June 11, 2017
This book was originally published under the title Breath of Scandal and though the German cover isn´t quite that good, the fact alone, that Sandra Brown has written it, made me want it. So, when it got reissued, I went for it.

Ein Hauch Von Skandal* by Sandra Brown
Original Title Breath Of Scandal
Published by Blanvalet on April 17, 2017
ISBN 978-6-7341-0456-5
Pages 603
Format Paperback
Source Publisher

On a rainy Southern night, Jade Sperry endured a young woman´s worst nightmare at the hands of three local hell-raisers. Robbed of her youthful ideals and at the center of scandal and tragedy, Jade ran as far and as fast as she could. But she never forgot the sleepy “company town” where every man, woman, and child was dependent on one wealthy family. And she never forgot their spoiled son, who, with his two friends, changed her life forever. Someday, somehow, she´d return, exact a just revenge – and free herself from fear, and the powerful family that could destroy her.

My Review

I wrote for this title not only an English review but a guest review in the German language as well. 

Good As Gone by Amy Gentry

Saturday, June 10, 2017
I love thrillers with a great psychological finesse and where you never know what´ll happen on the next page. Good as Gone is such a thriller and turned out to be a real page turner. And the answer to all the misery that one decision and one thought brought over an entire family was as simple as heartbreaking. Read!

Good As Gone* by Amy Gentry
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on July 26, 2016
ISBN 978-05449-2095-8
Pages 288
Format Hardcover
Source Library


Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, witnessed only by her young sister. Her family was shattered but managed to stick together, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night: the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie, is finally, miraculously, home safe. The family is ecstatic – but Anna, Julie´s mother, has whispers of doubts. She hates to face them. She cannot avoid them. When she is contacted by a former detective turned private eye, she begins a torturous search for the truth about the woman she desperately hopes is her daughter.

My Review

It seems that with Amy Gentry and her book I discovered a new thriller author that knows how to catch my attention.

Deathline – Ewig Dein by Janet Clark

Friday, June 09, 2017
My first book written by the author and it was stunning. The perfect combination of mystery, romance, and traditions in a youth book. And the cover – wow!

Deathline – Ewig Dein* by Janet Clark
Deathline Series #1
Published by cbj on March 20, 2017
ISBN 978-570-17366-4
Pages 393
Format Hardcover
Source Library


Josie has always wanted her life to have great feelings, dramatic passions and exciting twists for her. When she falls into the long holidays in the year after her 16th birthday, Josie does not know that that summer in front of her, is that who will determine her destiny. Nobody would eventually suspect that the idyllic horse ranch of her family could become the scene of mysterious events. But Josie has to learn that this illusion is deceptive when she gets to know the fascinating Ray. For her great love carries with her a mystery that could put Josie´s world at great risk. And so, Josie must decide. Even if the price for it is perhaps their love …(personal translation of the reviewer)

Thoughts

Guess I will never see butterflies and red poppy the same way. This book was wonderful, magical and with a beautiful love story. And the end …

Die Bestimmung Des Bösen by Julia Corbin

Monday, June 05, 2017
This book is the debut thriller by the author, whom some of us might know as Kerstin Pflieger as well. For some reasons, the cover made me curious – and I am still trying to figure out why or what the motive shows, except for the drops of blood.

Die Bestimmung Des Bösen* by Julia Corbin
Hall & Hellstern Series #1
Published by Diana Verlag on May 9, 2017
ISBN 978-3-453-35934-5
Pages 416
Format Softcover
Source Publisher 



“Close your eyes, and count to hundred.” These are the last words Alexis heard from her father. Shortly thereafter her parents are dead, and the little girl remains as an orphan, traced by traumatic memories. (personal translation of the reviewer)


My Review

I never thought that I would be among those happy few, who could read this debut thriller during a reading challenge. 

Die Wellington Saga - Versuchung by Nacho Figueras & Jessica Whitman

Sunday, June 04, 2017
This book turned out to be a real surprise. A nice to look at cover with a decent motive and where the paper feels like pure silk. Good, the pink isn´t my thing, but the story inside the two bookcases is astonishing entertaining.

Die Wellington Saga - Versuchung* by Nacho Figueras & Jessica Whitman
Die Wellington Saga #1
Original Title High Season (The Polo Season)
Published by Blanvalet on May 15, 2017
ISBN 978-3-7341-0372-8
Pages 382
Format Softcover
Source Publisher

Georgia never wanted to be a jetsetter. A plain old country vet was fine for her. But one distress call from her best friend and the next thing she knows she´s neck deep in the world of polo´s most elite international players – complete with designer dresses, fine champagne and some of the most gorgeous thoroughbreds she´s ever seen. Some of the most gorgeous men too … Alejandro Del Campo needs his team to win the season´s biggest polo tournament or else he´s not sure how much longer they´re going to be in business. What he doesn´t need is some sassy new vet telling him how to run his business – and distracting him at every turn. But as they come closer and closer to the championship match, it soon becomes clear that Alejandro wants to win Georgia just as much as the tourney trophy. But can he ever convince her his world is where she truly belongs?

My Review

And the warmth between the lines, when you read all that polo information told either by Alejandro or someone else, that was another thing I didn´t quite expect. 

Follow Friday #19 – Highlight May 2017

Friday, June 02, 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 May. It took me one look and I had it. I guess I can say that I was dancing a happy dance when it arrived and couldn´t wait to start reading it. You want to know which book I got so excited about? Keep reading *smirk*


Erinnerung Des Herzens by Nora Roberts

Genuine Lies is a wonderful novel that I now can call my own *YAY*. Secrets, lies, beautiful women and dangerous men are among the material the author used to write a thrilling story about the glittering world of Hollywood.

Erinnerung Des Herzens* by Nora Roberts
Original Title Genuine Lies
Published by Heyne on March 13, 2017
ISBN 978-3-453-42144-8
Pages 575
Format Softcover
Source Publisher


Eve Benedict is the last of the movie goddesses, a smoky-voiced sex symbol with two Oscars, four ex-husbands, and a legion of lovers to name. There is no secret, no scandals she doesn´t know. Now Eve has decided to write her memories – no holds barred. All Hollywood begs her not to. But Eve has her reasons … Julia Summers is the biographer Eve has handpicked to tell her story. Transported from her quiet life in Connecticut to glitzy Beverly Hills, Julia hates the limelight but loves her work – and the home it built for the ten-year-old son she´s raising alone. How can she refuse this chance of a lifetime? But Eve´s elegantly sexy stepson, Paul Winthrop, will challenge Eve´s determination to tell her story – and Julia´s resolve to guard her heart. And as Julia learns just how far Eve´s enemies will go to keep her book from publication, she also discovers that Eva has one last, dark secret to share. It is one that will change Julia´s life – and could cut it brutally short.

My Review

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

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