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Byebye 2018 – Hello 2019

Monday, December 31, 2018
2018 has been a cruel one, personally spoken. We lost someone to the extreme heat we had during the very long summer. The old heat record is history. And we got to know the evil face of a long-lasting drought and that we cannot take everything for granted.

Keep reading to see what else happened or is planned in 2019.

2018 New Release Challenge – Wrap-Up


My wrap-up post for the New Release Challenge in 2018 hosted at (un)ConventionalBookworms will give you a bit of an insight into my goal and if I reached it or even went beyond it.

My goal this time was to become a New Release Newbie and maybe gain the next level as long as the year is still going on. 

To be clear. I only counted and used the reviews I posted here on my blog for this challenge. I did it the past years and see no reason why I should change that. Though Lexxie is giving us the possibility to use our Goodreads account, too.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Sunday, December 30, 2018
I never thought that I would read another Holly Black book. Not after my reading experience with a title I had read and disliked in 2017. But this one? Holy smokes! Forget about fairy being nice. In this book they are cruel, full of hatred, they lust for punishment, the fear of others and rather kill each other than see the crown on someone else´s head.

The Cruel Prince 
Author Holly Black
The Folk Of The Air #1
Publisher Little Brown Books For Young Readers on January 2, 2018
Genre Fantasy
Pages 370
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased 

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered, and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of the Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him – and face the consequences. As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Thoughts

Why haven´t I read this any sooner? Can you believe it – it was on my TBR since early January 2018, but it took me almost a year, A YEAR, to read it!

2019 Audiobook Challenge Sign-Up

Saturday, December 29, 2018
The audiobook challenge is hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer and Hot Listens. This time it will be the 7th year in a row that they are doing the challenge.

And since I can use titles, I haven´t heard yet, but on my audiobook TBR for what feels like ages now, I thought why not join in and see how far I´ll come?

Me and audiobooks, well, that´s a story that IS actually NO story. Or better said, it is an on/off kinda thing that I have going on for years now.


Precious Thing by Colette McBeth

Friday, December 28, 2018
The cover caught my attention first. The cold blue, the plants, the water bubbles I couldn´t imagine what they had to do with the thriller content. And the summary sounded very haunting.

Precious Thing
Author Colette McBeth
Publisher Headline Review on August 1, 2013
Genre Thriller  
Pages 352
Format Paperback
Source Publisher

Remember the person you sat next to on your first day at school? Still your best friend? Or disappeared from your life for good? Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last forever. They met when Rachel was the new girl in class and Clara was the friend everyone wanted.  Now in their late twenties, Rachel has everything while Clara´s life is spiraling further out of control. Then Clara vanishes. Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you´ve shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.

Thoughts

Despite the fact, that the author was new to me, I was going into this read with curiosity, and no expectations at all. 

River´s End by Nora Roberts

Thursday, December 27, 2018
Since a few months, I have my own copy of this novel and am very happy about it. I read it years ago, but its plot is timeless and though you can tell that it was written in the ´90s it is still a wonderful read.

River´s End*
Autor Nora Roberts
Publisher Berkley on September 6, 2011
Genre Novel
Pages 433
Format Paperback
Source Purchased 
Goodreads


Olivia´s parents were among Hollywood´s golden couples – until the night a monster came and took her mother away forever. A monster with the face of her father …
Sheltered from the truth, an older Olivia only dimly recalls her night of terror – but her recurring nightmares make her realize she must piece together the real story. Now, assisted by Noah Brady, the son of the police detective who found her cowering in her closet so many years before, she may have her chance. Noah wants to reconstruct the night that has become an infamous part of Hollywood history. He also wants to help Olivia and heal the longing in her lonely heart. But once the door to the past is opened, there´s no telling what´s waiting on the other side. For somewhere, not too far away, the monster walks again …

Thoughts

The cover of the German edition, a beautiful picture showing a blue sky, some clouds, trees, and a river caught my eyes years ago.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Monday, December 24, 2018
The Christmas holidays are the perfect time to gather the family, enjoy the cookies we made over the past few weeks and eat special food like a dug, or other things we like to cook and enjoy over the holidays.

Decorating the Christmas tree is one of our beloved traditions along with wrapping up little sweets in silk paper which find their place in the decorated Christmas tree.

For most of us, those days mean being together with our loved ones, thinking of those we lost and enjoying new arrivals.



Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike

Saturday, December 22, 2018
Okay, this time the original cover looks way better and secretive than its counterpart. Nonetheless, I got curious while reading the blurb and asked the publisher for it.

Sleep No More
Author Aprilynne Pike
Charlotte Westing Chronicles #1
Publisher Harper Teen on April 29, 2014
Genre Children 13+
Pages 352
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher

Charlotte Westing has a gift. She is an Oracle and has the ability to tell the future. But it doesn´t do her much good. Instead of using their miraculous power, modern-day Oracles are told to fight their visions – to refrain from interfering. And Charlotte knows the price of breaking the rules. She sees it every day in her wheelchair-bound mother and the absence of her father. But when a premonition of a classmate´s death is too strong for her to ignore, Charlotte is forced to make an impossible decision: continue following the rules or risk everything – even her sanity – to stop the serial killer who is stalking her town.

Thoughts

And what a great read it was! Holy smokes. The mixture of paranormal fantasy, thriller, and mystery gave me the chills – but in a good way.

Chill Factor by Sandra Brown

Friday, December 21, 2018
The cover design of the German edition was giving me the chills already just by looking at it. So, no question, I had to have and read it. You can see the cover at the end of my review.

Chill Factor*
Author Sandra Brown
Publisher Simon & Schuster on August 1, 2006
Genre Thriller
Pages 360
Format Paperback
Source Publisher*
Goodreads

Five women are missing from the sleepy mountain town of Cleary, North Carolina, and a blue ribbon has been left near where each woman was last seen. Lilly Martin has returned to Cleary to close the sale of her cabin. But when her car skids and strikes a stranger, Ben Tierney, as he emerges from the woods, they´ve no choice but to wait out a brutal blizzard in the cabin. And as the hours of their confinement mount, Lilly wonders if the great threat to her safety isn´t the storm, but the stranger beside her …

Thoughts

I don´t know exactly when I became a fan of the author, but with her style being different from those other thriller authors have (each of them is great in their own way) she has been a guarantor for great stories over the years.

The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid

Thursday, December 20, 2018
For whatever reason, I am not reading this series in its chronological order. Usually, not my style, but this fantastic crime novel was absolutely worth it breaking with my habits.

The Skeleton Road 
Author Val McDermid
Inspector Karen Pirie #3
Publisher Little Brown on September 11, 2014
Genre Crime
Pages 406
Format Hardcover 

When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a crumbling, gothic building in Edinburgh, Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie is faced with the unenviable task of identifying the bones. As Karen´s investigation gathers momentum, she is drawn deeper into a dark world of intrigue and betrayal. Meanwhile, someone is taking the law into their own hands in the name of justice and revenge – but when present resentment collides with secrets of the past, the truth is more shocking than anyone could have imagined …  

Thoughts

The fascination Val McDermid brings with her writing style and her crime novels are fascinating. 

Waiting On Wednesday #82 – Der Schwarze Thron Die Kriegerin by Kendare Blake

Wednesday, December 19, 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.

Echo Killer by Christi Daugherty

Tuesday, December 18, 2018
At first, I wasn´t sure what to think of this thriller. The book is different from her other books I know so far, which means mainly her Night School books, and yet the style is undoubtedly C. J. Daugherty.

Echo Killer
Author Christi Daugherty
Harper McClain Series #1
Translation Inka Marter
Original Title The Echo Killing
Publisher rororo on October 23, 2018
Genre Thriller
Pages 442
Format Paperback
Source Publisher 

A woman in her mid-thirties, naked and stabbed on the kitchen floor – found by her 12-year-old daughter. When police reporter Harper McClain sees the scene, she has only one thought: The cruel scenario is identical to another murder. The one on her mother. For fifteen years she has been tormented by the idea that the killer is still at liberty. Now he seems to have struck again. There are no fingerprints, no DNA, no traces. Harper is determined to finally bring the truth to light. But that has its price. (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

Good, it takes you some pages to get into everything the author provides you. No matter if it is the main figure itself, the plot or the story. 

2019 The Backlist Reader Challenge – Sign-Up

Monday, December 17, 2018

This reading challenge is focused on knocking off titles that have been on your TBR for a while. The Backlist Reader Challenge (#BacklistReader) wants to encourage you to read all those older books that you have been stacking up for a long time.

2019 Library Love Challenge – Sign-Up

Saturday, December 15, 2018
I don´t know how long I am now having my library card, over ten years I guess, but one thing I do know: I am there as often as I can.
The library was part of my life since my early childhood. Gosh, when I think of the years where everything was noticed on paper and the old Lady (don´t remember her name anymore) was sitting behind her desk and I was standing there with a huge pile of books to return or borrow new. Fond memories, that´s for sure.

This challenge was brought to my attention by another blogger I know from Goodreads and is hosted by Angela at Angel´s Guilty Pleasures.


Quests For Glory by Soman Chainani

Friday, December 14, 2018
It started so well and I was close to the thought that the fun was back with this series. Well, well, what you think and what you get are two different things sometimes.

Quests For Glory
Author Soman Chainani
The School For Good And Evil #4
Publisher Harper Collins on September 19, 2017
Genre Children 12+
Pages 576
Format Hardcover
Source Library 

The students at the School for Good and Evil thought they had found their final Ever After when they vanquished the malevolent School Master. Now, on their required fourth-year quests, the students face obstacles both dangerous and unpredictable, and the stakes are high: success brings eternal adoration, and failure means obscurity forever. For their quests, Agatha and Tedros are trying to return Camelot to its former splendor as queen and king. For her quest, Dean Sophie seeks to mold Evil in her own image. But soon they all feel themselves growing more isolated and alone. When their classmates´ quests plunge into chaos, however, someone must lead the charge to save them …

Thoughts

I sort this novel as the publisher does it. This is the fourth installment of the School for Good and Evil series. 

Waiting On Wednesday #81 – Zusammen Wie Schwestern by Gayle Forman

Wednesday, December 12, 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.

Ich Vernichte Dich by Brad Parks

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Don´t ask me why I wanted this thriller. The author is completely new to me, and the cover, as fitting as it is for the story, didn´t speak to me at all. Guess it was the summary which sounded very intriguing, that made me ask for it.

Ich Vernichte Dich 
Author Brad Parks
Translation Irene Eisenhut
Original Title Closer Than You Know*
Publisher Fischer TB on November 28, 2018
Genre Thriller
Pages 473
Format Softcover
Source Publisher 

Melanie is a good mother. She loves her child and her husband. But now they have taken her son. Her apartment was searched. She is said to have hidden cocaine in the nursery and offered her child for sale on the Internet. Stupid reproaches, but how can she get rid of it? Someone wants to destroy her. Someone who has the power to do it. Does she even have a chance? (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

Good, it wasn´t as nerve-wracking as I was told it would be. And the story didn´t get me from the start, but then ….

2019 New Release Challenge – Sign-Up

Friday, December 07, 2018

It is kind of fun. I haven´t even wrapped-up the ongoing challenge as the year still has some weeks left and some new releases are still waiting for me to be read. But I am already signing- up for this challenge and hope that it´ll be as much fun to do as it has been the last three years.
The challenge will be hosted by Lexxie & Brandee at (un)Conventional Bookworms.

I am planning on reading books like I do every year so the next year won´t be any different when it comes to me, books and reading. The only difference might be, that I probably won´t be reading as many new releases as I have during the past years.

Eternal Kiss Of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost

Thursday, December 06, 2018
The vampire world the author has created is one you can´t forget once started. And the design of the German editions was what made me want to read her books. Over the years I dug deep into the world of Cat and her - more or less friends - and discovered a fascinating beauty when it comes to the Cat and Bones universe.

Eternal Kiss Of Darkness
Author Jeaniene Frost
Night Huntress World #2
Publisher Avon Books on July 27, 2010
Genre Vampire 
Pages 361
Format Paperback

Chicago private investigator Kira Graceling should have just kept on walking. But her sense of duty refused to let her ignore the moans of pain coming from inside a warehouse just before dawn. Suddenly she finds herself in a world she´s only imagined in her worst nightmares.
At the center is Mencheres, a breathtaking Master vampire who thought he´d seen it all. Then Kira appears, this fearless beautiful … human who braved death to rescue him. Though he burns for her, keeping Kira in his world means risking her life. Yet sending her away is unthinkable. But with danger closing in, Mencheres must choose either the woman he craves, or embracing the darkest magic to defeat an enemy bent on his eternal destruction.

Thoughts

I might not agree with some of the things that happen in this novel, but the writing style and language the author uses give you a wonderful reading pleasure.

Waiting On Wednesday #80 – Prinzessin Undercover-Enthüllungen by Connie Glynn

Wednesday, December 05, 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.

Submarin by Andreas Eschbach

Tuesday, December 04, 2018
After reading the first book, Aquamarin, I had to read this too. The cover is similar to the first one and fits in perfectly. And for all those, who don´t know the author´s name yet, Andreas Eschbach is a German writer, who is also responsible for the great Out-Trilogy. Among other wonderful novels.

Submarin*
Author Andreas Eschbach
Aquamarin Series #2
Publisher Arena on June 19, 2017
Genre Children 14+
Pages 451
Format Hardcover
Source Library
Goodreads

Since Saha has learned of her true origins, everything is different: She is a sea girl, half human, half submarine. Together with her flock of underwater people, she sets off to get acquainted with life in the ocean. The sea is mysterious and beautiful – and when Saha encounters the mysterious prince of the Gray Riders, she is enchanted. Should she ever return to land? But the king of the Shoal has terrible plans for the submarines, and he has thrown his eye on Saha, the mediator between the worlds. When a terrible hunt sets in, it´s suddenly up to her to protect the swarm and make a momentous decision. A decision that could mean the end of all submarines … (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

Almost two years ago I had read the first book and was thrilled. There was action, a struggling main figure and a secret that gave the story the special something.

First Drop Of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost

Monday, December 03, 2018
It was love at first sight between me and the cover of the German edition. The original cover, to be honest, is not really my taste. But it is the story between the two book cover that matters, right? And that is one, you don´t want to miss. Not when you are a true Cat & Bones fan.

First Drop Of Crimson
Author Jeaniene Frost
Night Huntress World #1
Publisher Avon Books on February 9, 2010
Genre Vampire
Pages 371
Format Paperback

The night is not safe for mortals. Denise MacGregor knows all too well what lurks in the shadows – her best friend is half-vampire Cat Crawfield – and she has already lost more than the average human could bear. But her family´s dark past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness – and a demon shapeshifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who craves a taste of her.
He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human – even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the demon nightmare together …

Thoughts

This story is brilliant as a single novel and set, if you like, after the fourth volume of the Night Huntress series. 

2018 Beat The Backlist – Close-Up

Saturday, December 01, 2018
This reading challenge was focused on knocking off titles that have been on my TBR for a while, or even ones that got pushed aside for new releases.


Fireblood by Elly Blake

Friday, November 30, 2018
It took a bit to get this book, but the waiting was absolutely worth it. This second part of the Frostblood saga was even better than the first one. And with that end, I am eager to get my hands on the third volume as soon as possible.

Fireblood*
Author Elly Blake
Frostblood Saga #2
Publisher Hodder Paperbacks on September 7, 2017
Genre Fantasy
Pages 304
Format Paperback
Source Library
Goodreads

Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise my lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby´s powers and past … Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fireblood queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax – which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, how can Ruby decide whom to trust? The fate of both kingdoms is now in her hands.

Thoughts

Well, not sure if I will get Nightblood as UK edition or wait until the German edition comes out next April, but one thing is for sure: I will read it!

Still Broken by April Dawson

Thursday, November 29, 2018
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL COVER – holy smokes! The minute I saw it I was hooked and praying that I would be among the lucky few who could get a copy from the publisher. The colors, the different fonts, the light and the raindrop you see falling *sigh*

Still Broken
Author April Dawson
Original Title Still Broken
Publisher LYX on October 26, 2018
Genre Novel
Pages 304
Format Softcover
Source Publisher 

A love that is worth everything …
When Nora falls in love with unapproachable Max at college, the most exciting time of her life begins. The feelings between them are passionate, real and so different from anything she´s experienced before – even if everyone warned her about Max. However, as they get closer, Norah feels more strongly that Max hides something from her – but also that her love is worth every fight, even if Max´ secret could turn her life forever upside down … (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

And combined with the very intriguing sounding blurb, it promises you a romantic love story with a dramatic twist. 

Waiting On Wednesday #79 – The Cows by Dawn O´Porter

Wednesday, November 28, 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.

Zuckerküsse Und Lamettaglitzern by Candis Terry

Friday, November 23, 2018
Tangled up in Tinsel was so much fun! I was cracking up while reading. Hot, steamy and with hilarious dialogues and scenes. If you love a good romance novel, with a bit Christmas spirit in it – this is your book.

Zuckerküsse Und Lamettaglitzern
Author Candis Terry
Sunshine Creek Vineyard Series #3
Translation Gabriele Ramm
Original Title Tangled Up In Tinsel
Publisher MIRA Taschenbuch on October 1, 2018
Genre Novel
Pages 363
Format Paperback
Source Publisher 


As if the holidays weren´t stressful enough, Parker has his hands full with the opening of his new restaurant. It has to be finished before Christmas because his big brother wants to celebrate his winter wedding in the rebuilt barn on the winery. And although Parker has not looked for a cook, Gabriella suddenly stands in front of him and applies as a chef. The beautiful half-Italian woman does not give up. She suggests a rehearsal for him. If it does not taste good, she promises, she will leave him alone. Parker knows he should not agree, but he can not resist … (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

I usually don´t like starting a series in the middle. It always gives me the feeling that something is missing – mostly the stories of the other characters who are showing up in the book I am holding in my hands.

Du Bist In Meiner Hand by Mary Higgins Clark

Thursday, November 22, 2018
Sad to say it, but this book was one big disappointment for me. I missed the authors usually brilliant psychological finesse among other things that normally work best for me when presented by MHC.

Du Bist In Meiner Hand
Author Mary Higgins Clark
Translation Karl-Heinz Ebnet
Original Title I´ve Got My Eyes On You
Publisher Heyne on October 1, 2018
Genre Thriller
Pages 318
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher 

The party ended at the bottom of the pool…
18-year-old Kerry takes advantage of her parents´ absence to celebrate a big pool party. The next morning, she is found dead at the bottom of the family pool. Kerry´s older sister Aline wants to find out what happened. Not only is Kerry´s friend suspicious, he argued loudly the day before. Even a neighbor boy behaves strangely. The deeper Aline researches in her sister´s environment, the closer she gets to the killer. And he will stop at nothing to stop her. (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary)


Thoughts

For many years, I am a huge Mary Higgins Clark fan and still read her books within no time. 

Waiting On Wednesday #78 – Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers

Wednesday, November 21, 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.

Nur In Der Dunkelheit Leuchten Die Sterne by Marieke Nijkamp

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
The cover of the German edition of Before I Let Go looks beautiful and cold. But its real meaning became only visible to me while reading. There is one scene that tells you the entire novel in only a few sentences. Shocking sentences.

Nur In Der Dunkelheit Leuchten Die Sterne*
Author Marieke Nijkamp
Translation Mo Zuber
Original Title Before I Let Go
Publisher Fischer FJB on October 24, 2018
Genre Novel
Pages 345
Format Softcover
Source Publisher
Goodreads

A small town in Alaska: Corey and Kyra have always been inseparable in their hometown of Lost Creek. As Corey moves away, she promises Kyra to stay in touch and visit her for the next vacation. But Kyra is dead. And Corey has to figure out what happened to her friend. (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

The author shows a story about two girls, who have to realize, that no matter what they do, one of them will never be a part of the village.

Pieces Of Her by Karin Slaughter

Friday, November 16, 2018
Not sure how to put it, but I can´t share the excitement, all the other readers have. In fact, this book was a disappointment for me. Or my expectations were way too high. Oh yes, the psychological finesse was there, but the figures? The plot? The author can do way better than what she presented here.

Pieces Of Her
Author Karin Slaughter
Publisher William Morrow on August 21, 2018
Genre Thriller
Pages 480
Format Hardcover

What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all …? Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she´s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she´s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she´s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don´t we? But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she´s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she´s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again. The police want answers and Laura´s innocence is on the line, but she won´t speak to anyone, including her own daughter. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother´s past. And if she can´t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them …

Thoughts

It took me weeks to get this book into my hands. And I was so eager to find out what all the critics were so delighted about. 

Frostblood by Elly Blake

Thursday, November 15, 2018
My first Elly Blake novel, but for sure not my last. Though I am not sure which edition I like the most, they all look wonderful in their very own way. But reading the novel was a pleasure and I am now looking forward to the next book. 

Frostblood
Author Elly Blake
Frostblood Saga #1
Publisher Hodder Paperbacks on May 4, 2017
Genre Fantasy
Pages 384
Format Paperback
Source Library 

Ruby is a Fireblood. In a land ruled by frost, her very existence is a crime. She´s spent her whole life in hiding. Until the day Frostblood soldiers raid her village and kill her mother. The day she swears to avenge her people. She must travel deep into the heart of the enemy, to the court of the Frost King, with only the mysterious warrior Arcus – a Frostblood rebel – by her side. But with alliances between flame and ice strictly forbidden, is Arcus friend of foe? Ruby will only have one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who took everything from her. But she has no idea just how hot her fire will burn …

Thoughts

I don´t know how many times I was holding this book at the library in my hands only to put it back on the shelf after a few seconds. 

Waiting On Wednesday #77 – Der Klang Der Täuschung by Mary E. Pearson

Wednesday, November 14, 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.

Blog Tour: Never Let Me Fall by Abbie Roads

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Today is my turn in the blog tour for NEVER LET ME FALL by Abbie Roads. The third book of her Fatal Dreams Series and available for purchase on all retail outlets! Please note: This post DOES NOT CONTAIN any affiliate links, though you will find some links to certain bookshops at the end of this post. 

If you don´t know the author or her work yet, I suggest you go and get her books ASAP. Especially if you are a fan of the dark contemporary romance genre with a hint of the paranormal. Abbie Roads doesn´t write in the way other authors do. But more to that a bit later. 

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.

Eisrot by Mads Peder Nordbo

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Holy smokes, that was brilliant! My first thriller by the author and one that kept me up all night. I just wasn´t able to put it aside – it was THAT haunting.

Eisrot
Author Mads Peder Nordbo
Grønland - Greenland #1
Translation Marieke Heimburger, Kerstin Schöps
Original Title Pigen Uden Hud
English Title The Girl Without Skin
Publisher Fischer TB on October 24, 2018
Genre Thriller
Pages 408
Format Paperback
Source Publisher 

“Matthew craned his neck out of the helicopter. They were near the edge of the glacier. Below them the sea full of pack ice. In front of them, the endless white as far as the eye could reach. Dazzling white. Millions of white crystals. Except for one place. One spot. Exactly where yesterday the mummy had lain and Aqqalu had kept watch. There the ice was glossy red.” (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

If you are looking for a thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat, shows you the beauty of nature and the danger a long-time kept a secret can bring, then this is definitely your book.

Waiting On Wednesday #74 – Waffenschwestern by Mark Lawrence

Wednesday, October 24, 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.

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 Publisher
Goodreads

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.



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

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 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 Publisher
Goodreads

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. 
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