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Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Friday, November 09, 2018
One of the ladies from our town library brought this novel to my attention. The cover didn´t talk to me very much, but the text on the back did. And after reading a bit into it, I thought, why don´t give it a try?

Manhattan Beach
Author Jennifer Egan
Publisher Scribner on October 30, 2017
Genre Novel
Pages 448
Format Hardcover
Source Library 

Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to visit Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. She is mesmerized by the sea beyond the house and by some charged mystery between the two men. Years later, her father has disappeared, and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Naval Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that once belonged to men, now soldiers abroad. She becomes the first female diver, the most dangerous and exclusive of occupations, repairing the ships that will help America win the war. One evening at a nightclub, she meets Dexter Styles again and begins to understand the complexity of her father´s life, the reasons he might have vanished. 

Thoughts

Good, I have to admit, that I am not sure if I will read another book written by the author in the near or far future. 

Waiting On Wednesday #76 – Blackwood-Briefe An Mich by Britta Sabbag

Wednesday, November 07, 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. 



I am joining Tressa at Wishful Endings and her meme Can´t-Wait Wednesday.


It´s Release Day – Never Let Me Fall by Abbie Roads

Tuesday, November 06, 2018




Can you believe it?! Today we are celebrating the release of NEVER LET ME FALL by Abbie Roads. The third book of her FATAL DREAMS series!

WOOHOO!

But before we start the fun, I need to tell you, that this post does not contain any affiliate links, though you will find some to certain bookshops at the end of this post.

Now, let´s have some fun here.

Verliebt Für Eine Weihnachtsnacht by Sarah Morgan

Saturday, November 03, 2018
It took me a while to finish this novel. The tone was different from the other books. Not in a bad way, but yet different. And Madi turned out to be a star in Moonlight over Manhattan. I could literally see her running through the apartment and cause one heck of a mass.

Verliebt für eine Weihnachtsnacht
Author Sarah Morgan
From Manhattan With Love Series #6
Translation Ivonne Senn
Original Title Moonlight over Manhattan
Publisher Mira TB on October 8, 2018
Genre Novel
Pages 393
Format Paperback
Source Publisher 

Harriet Knight wants to face a challenge every day. But when the dog sitter meets her newest client, she gets a powerful stutter: Although the attractive doctor Ethan Black triggers a fever boost in many women, he fails miserably at the education of the irrepressible spaniel Madi. To help the dog, Harriet has no choice but to move into Ethan´s apartment in wintery Manhattan – where she falls head over heels in love with Ethan. But when her job is done, Harriet has to ask one thing: did she give Ethan her heart just for a Christmas night? Or for a lifetime? (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

No doubt, the romance factor is there. With all the snow, emotions and feelings you won´t find a page where you get bored. 

Waiting On Wednesday #75 – Never Let Me Fall by Abbie Roads

Wednesday, October 31, 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.



I am joining Tressa at Wishful Endings and her meme Can´t-Wait Wednesday.

Destined For An Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Monday, October 29, 2018
At first, I was a bit irritated. Some things in the ongoing story confused me and I couldn´t see where the novel was going. But the way how Cat was shown was amazing. One of the best books of this series, I´d say.

Destined for an early Grave*
Author Jeaniene Frost
Night Huntress Series #4
Publisher Avon Books on July 28, 2009
Genre Vampire
Pages 355
Format Paperback
Source Purchased 

Her deadly dreams leave her in grave danger. Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they´ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it´s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She´s having visions of a vampire named Gregor who´s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn´t know about. Gregor believes that Cat is his and he won´t stop until he has her. As the battle begins between the vamp who haunts her nightmares and the one who holds her heart, only Cat can break Gregor´s hold over her. She´ll need all the power she can summon in order to bring down the baddest bloodsucker she´s ever faced … even if getting that power will result in an early grave.

Thoughts

In the end, it all made perfect sense and showed me, that the way how the story was written, was the only way to keep the door open for other books in this series.  

Das Mädchen Aus Feuer & Sturm by Renée Ahdieh

Saturday, October 27, 2018
Can someone please tell me why I haven´t read this sooner? The setting in Japan, a heroine who isn´t a storybook beauty but beautiful enough to turn a man´s head around and a war between two women and two families who turn out to be as deadly as poison?! Flame in the Mist has all a reader could ask for. If you like premodern Japan in all its glory, that is.

Das Mädchen aus Feuer & Sturm
Author Renée Ahdieh
Flame in the Mist #1
Translation Martina M. Oepping
Original Title Flame In The Mist
Publisher One on September 28, 2018
Genre Young Adult
Pages 406
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher 

Mariko is the daughter of a powerful samurai and knows her place in life. As clever and inventive she may be, others decide on her future. When she learns that she is to marry the Emperor´s son, she takes her fate. But on the way to her wedding, she barely escapes an attack on her life. Her entire entourage will be destroyed. Suddenly on her own, she uses her chance to taste the freedom and find out for herself why one wants to see her dead. In her search for the truth, she not only discovers that many things are different from what she thought until now, but she also loses her heart … to the enemy of all people. (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary) 

Thoughts

I fell in love with the US cover first. The combination of the orange bird, the brown background, silver letters, purple flowers, and the bright rose made me want it without a doubt.

Auf Ewig Uns by Eva Völler

Friday, October 26, 2018
Time School has come to an end. And I am struggling with my rating. Not that I hated this novel, no. Not at all. It was a wonderful feeling to walk with Anna through Venice, remembering some places I´ve been there myself many years ago. So, what was then my problem with this last book?

Auf Ewig Uns
Author Eva Völler
Time School Trilogy #3
Publisher One on October 26, 2018
Genre Fantasy
Pages 381
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher 

There was always something in between, but now it had finally worked out: Anna and Sebastiano have taken the vows! But when they celebrate a party with their guests after their civil wedding, the unbelievable happens: A time portal opens, and Sebastiano is abducted by her archenemy Mr. Fitzjohn! Anna is terrified. How is she ever going to find Sebastiano again? Fortunately, she gets the crucial clue from an unexpected direction, and she draws hope. But she knows only too well what Mr. Fitzjohn is after – a treasure that Anna wants to protect at all costs: her unborn child … (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

To be honest, I can´t quite name it. I was happy when I got the news, that I would be among those few who could read it way before its actual release date.
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