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Für Immer Zuckerfrei-Meine Glücksrezepte by Anastasia Zampounidis

Saturday, October 20, 2018
I haven’t read the other book, where she talks about the “how and why” she cut sugar out of her life. But this one was an offering from the publisher, and the cover alone made me want it. Which is exactly what a cover should achieve, right? That a reader wants the book…

Für Immer Zuckerfrei-Meine Glücksrezepte*
Author Anastasia Zampounidis
Publisher Bastei Lübbe on September 28, 2018
Genre Nonfiction
Pages 206
Format Hardcover
Source Bastei Lübbe
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Our diet significantly influences how we feel. Anastasia Zampounidis has personally experienced that sugar causes extreme mood swings – since she has renounced the sweet poison, she is much more balanced and free of hunger attacks. But food can do much more! Negative emotions are often based on the undersupply of individual organs, and if we give our body what it needs, the good mood returns. Inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and the Mediterranean cuisine, Anastasia Zampounidis has developed dishes for every mood that has helped her to live sugar-free for twelve years now. From relaxing millet and cinnamon porridge to comforting quinoa sushi to encouraging mango ice cream, everyone will find something that is good and tastes good. (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

Sure, you will find a page in here as well, where she talks a bit about her reasons why she wanted to cut off the sweet poison – as she calls it – from her life.

Carlotta-Internat und Kuss und Schluss? by Dagmar Hoßfeld

Friday, October 19, 2018
This series comes now to an end. Though the author announces on her Carlotta-page that there will be a special edition about the plans Carlotta made while learning for her exams.

Carlotta-Internat und Kuss und Schluss
Author Dagmar Hoßfeld
Carlotta Series #8
Illustration Edda Skibbe
Publisher Carlsen on September 28, 2018
Genre Children 10+
Pages 248
Format Hardcover
Source Library 

The final year is on and for the twelfth class of Castle Prinzensee this means one thing above all: Abitur exams! Carlotta thinks things up. She has registered in the driving school, plans her own photo exhibition and would like to do a year abroad after leaving school. And as if there were not enough vertebrae: A quarrel with Jonas bothers her too. (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

Well, not sure about that one, but this final book of her Carlotta series was an absolutely good one. 

Waiting On Wednesday #73 – Frozen Reign by Kathryn Purdie

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
is a weekly event that was 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.

There are a lot of new books coming out each year and some of them catch my attention and will get a spotlight in my Waiting on Wednesday post. While some of them will finally end up here at my place, others won´t.


Für Gefühle Ist Es Nie Zu Spät by Robyn Carr

Thursday, October 04, 2018
For the first time in my life, I read a Robyn Carr novel. And Never Too Late was a very good read. Romance, all kind of family troubles, totally different characters and a writing style that made me laugh and smile very often while reading.

Für Gefühle ist es nie zu spät
Author Robyn Carr
Translation Gisela Schmitt
Original Title Never Too Late
Publisher Mira TB on September 03, 2018
Genre Novel
Pages 363
Format Paperback
Source German Publisher 

Three sisters, love and life. Three sisters, three times relationship chaos. Clare can not save herself from men after her separation. For Maggie, after many years of marriage, the passion has fallen by the wayside, which she desperately wants to change. Finally, with baby Sarah, Mr. Right is still a long way off – and the right candidate to get her knees weak seems to have only eyes for Clare … But the sisters are determined to stand by each other. Because they are convinced: for the great luck, it is never too late! (personal translation by ©Vi Ebner at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

Sometimes you just enjoy a novel for the pleasure of reading. 

Schattenmond by Nora Roberts

Monday, September 24, 2018
This cover is from the German edition of Year One. The novel is no typical Nora Roberts novel. It is more in the style of a dystopian story and unlike any other book, I´ve read so far from her. 

Schattenmond*
Author Nora Roberts
Chronicles of The One #1
Translation Heinz Tophinke
Original Title Year One
Publisher Heyne on August 13, 2018
Genre Dystopia
Pages 526
Format Softcover
Source German Publisher
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It began on New Year´s Eve. The sickness came on suddenly and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered, law and government collapsed – and more than half of the world´s population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magick rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river – or in the ones you know and love the most. As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west, too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism, that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive. In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain. The end has come. The beginning comes next. (blurb from the US edition hardcover Year One).

Thoughts

It reminded me very much of her Sign of Seven trilogy, with all the magic going on, except that I was missing the Irish touch, that trilogy had.

Shelter In Place by Nora Roberts

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
This might not have been one of her best books, but a solid read anyway. And I enjoyed it while reading. Nora Roberts simply knows how to combine romance with a tense topic without losing the level in her style.

Shelter in Place 
Author Nora Roberts
Publisher St. Martin´s Press on May 29, 2018
Genre Novel
Pages 438
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased 

It was a typical summer evening at the mall in Rockpoint, not far from Portland. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses at a kiosk. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tended to his customers. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a Ladies´ room, helplessly clutching her cell phone – until she finally found a way to pour the emotions of that night into her art. Some people would devour the details of the tragedy obsessively, while others avoided anything that might trigger flashbacks. Some would strive to exploit the event for fame or profit. But for one person, the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall wasn´t high enough, the incalculable sorrow inflicted not enough to satisfy. And as the survivors´ lives play out and intertwine in surprising ways, as they heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator has been lying in wait ever since that terrible night – and this time there might be nowhere safe to hide.

Thoughts

At first, I was wondering, what the cover motive might have to do with the novel itself, and the blurb wasn´t giving me any hint. 

Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Friday, September 14, 2018
The cover caught my eyes first. In combination with the summary and the short excerpt I could read, it sounded very promising. And when I got the news, that I was among those lucky few who could read the German edition upfront before the books actual publishing day, I was happy.

Luckiest Girl Alive
Author Jessica Knoll
Translation Kristiana Dorn-Ruhl
Publisher LYX on August 31, 2018
Genre Novel
Pages 411
Format Paperback
Source German Publisher 

As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she´s this close to living the perfect life she´s worked so hard to achieve. But Ani has a secret. There´s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.  

Thoughts

But not every bestseller from the New York Times bestseller list is made for me. Unfortunately, it turned out, that Luckiest Girl Alive couldn´t make me happy. 

Beyond The Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning

Saturday, August 25, 2018
One of the very few series´ I bought and read within no time. The summary intrigued me right from the start and reading this time-travel-fantasy series turned out to be one hell of a great ride.

Beyond the Highland Mist 
Author Karen Marie Moning
Highlander Series #1
Publisher Dell on May 29, 2007
Genre Paranormal-Fantasy 
Pages 375
Format Paperback
Source Purchased 

He would sell his warrior soul to possess her … An alluring laird … He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart – until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland. Captive in a century not her own, entirely too bold, too outspoken, she was an irresistible challenge to the sixteenth-century rogue. Coerced into a marriage with Hawk, Adrienne vowed to keep him at arm´s length – but his sweet seduction played havoc with her resolve. A prisoner in time … She had a perfect “no” on her perfect lips for the notorious laird, but Hawk swore she would whisper his name with desire, begging for the passion he longed to ignite within her. Not even the barriers of time and space would keep him from winning her love. Despite her uncertainty about following the promptings of her own passionate heart, Adrienne´s reservations were no match for Hawk´s determination to keep her by his side …

Thoughts

I don´t know exactly what made me pay attention, for sure not the cover of the German edition. 

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