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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. 

Cracked Kingdom by Erin Watt

Friday, August 24, 2018
I was so eager to find out how that terrible accident had ended, that I couldn´t wait to get my hands on this last book of the series.

Cracked Kingdom
Author Erin Watt
The Royals Series #5
Publisher Everafter Romance on May 8, 2018
Genre Novel
Pages 366
Format Softcover
Source Library 

Ever since Hartley Wright met Easton Royal, her life hasn´t been the same. There are enemies behind every corner and dangers beyond each door. When tragedy strikes and steals her memories, she can´t trust anyone, not even the blue-eyed boy who promises her that everything will be all right. Because while Hartley´s memory is full of gaps, her instincts tell her Easton is dangerous. She doesn´t know if he´s the snake in the garden or her chance at salvation. The chaos he brings wherever he goes is too much to handle, the intense feelings he evokes are too confusing to unravel. Easton wants her to remember. Hartley think´s it´s is better to forget. She might be right. 

Thoughts

But to be honest, it couldn´t live up to my expectations. Sad to say it, but it is the truth.

Undying-Das Vermächtnis by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
I still don´t know what made me want this. The cover isn´t my choice, and the critics I´ve heard from others were not very thrilling either. But I like to find out for myself if a book is good and meets my taste. Well …

Undying-Das Vermächtnis
Author Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Unearthed Series #1
Translation Karin Will
Original Title Unearthed
Publisher Fischer Sauerländer on July 25, 2018
Genre Children 14+
Pages 488
Format Hardcover
Source German Publisher 

On Earth, Jules and Amelia would have hated each other: he was a spoiled Oxford genius, she a plunder from the underworld of Chicago. Two like fire and water – but when they meet on the planet Gaia, it is immediately clear that they will need each other. A pragmatic community of purpose for a breakneck mission, nothing more. Or is there more than that? (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

I liked the author duo´s These Broken Stars books (Starbound trilogy), at least the first one. And with that in mind I thought, why not try this and see myself why others weren´t so happy with it.

Irgendwas Von Dir by Gayle Forman

Saturday, August 11, 2018
I Was Here is a wonderfully written novel about depression. Gayle Forman shows what this illness does to people. How families are torn apart and that love can give you some answers. 

Irgendwas von Dir*
Author Gayle Forman
Translation Stefanie Schäfer
Original Title I Was Here
Publisher Fischer FJB on April 26, 2018
Genre Novel
Pages 339
Format Softcover
Source German Publisher
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Cody and Meg were inseparable – best friends forever. They knew everything about each other. Anyway, Cody thought that. Until she gets the e-mail and suddenly nothing is the same as before. Who was Meg really? Cody goes in search of answers and finds what she does not expect-friendship and love. (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

I would have never guessed, according to the German cover, that this is a novel about such a painful topic. But reading it was worth every minute I spent with Cody and Meg´s family.

Nevernight-Das Spiel by Jay Kristoff

Tuesday, August 07, 2018
I am still in a weird emotional state. This wasn´t what I was expecting. Not at all. With Godsgrave the author throws you into a world where the sun burns mercilessly down on everything, where Mia has to prove to herself that she is more than an ordinary assassin and where blood means nothing to some of the folks.

Nevernight-Das Spiel
Author Jay Kristoff
The Nevernight Chronicle #2
Translation Kirsten Borchardt
Original Title Godsgrave
Publisher Fischer Tor on April 25, 2018
Genre Fantasy
Pages 697
Format Hardcover
Source German Publisher 

Mia returns to Godsgrave, the city of bridges and bones. As a contract killer of the Red Church, she follows their orders to the word and kills without asking questions. Her real goal, however, are the men who have her family on their conscience: Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo. When Mia finds out that the Assassin Order is protecting Scaeva, she turns her back on him and commits her greatest stupidity to date: she sells herself into slavery to become a gladiator in the Big Games. For the winner, it is said, is granted a private audience with the consul … (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

Good, I had some trouble getting into the novel, for quite some chapters, but that wasn´t because of the novel, but because of me. 

A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena

Saturday, July 28, 2018
My first Shari Lapena thriller. It is not the first I´ve got, but the first I´ve read. And with THAT cover you really have no excuse to not want it, do you?!

A Stranger in the House
Author Shari Lapena
Translation Rainer Schumacher
Publisher Lübbe on July 27, 2018
Genre Thriller
Pages 332
Format Paperback
Source German Publisher 

You are an angel to your husband, a murderer to the police. You´re preparing dinner for you and your husband when the phone rings – it´s the call you´ve been fearing for years. Shortly afterward you wake up in the hospital. You had an accident – and you can not remember it. When a body is found near the accident site, the police believe in a connection between the two events. Your husband is stunned by this assumption. But you know more than your husband. And suddenly you´re not sure how devious the suspicion of the police really is … (personal translation by © Vi at Inkvotary). 

Thoughts

One of my blogging friends was absolutely thrilled about this book and so I thought this could be something I´d like too.
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