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Children Of Blood And Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Tomi Adeyemi, your book is EPIC! I am still trying to find words, to tell how I feel about it. This novel is one of those, you can´t just read and then go back to your normal business. Even after finishing it, I can feel the aftermath of its impact on me.

Children of Blood and Bone
Author Tomi Adeyemi
Legacy of Orisha Trilogy #1
Publisher Henry Holt and Co. on March 6, 2018
Genre Children 14+Young Adult
Pages 525
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased 

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orisha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie´s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed once magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, the maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess. Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orisha, where snow leopanaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest threat may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers – and her growing feelings for an enemy. 

Thoughts

Children of Blood and Bone is without a doubt one of the book sensations, if not THE sensation, of the year. 

At Grave´s End by Jeaniene Frost

Friday, June 29, 2018
One of the best books of this series. A thrilling read, written in a brilliant way and with figures that make you yearn for more. If you don´t know the author and this series yet, this is the best way to get started. 

At Grave´s End
Author Jeaniene Frost
Night Huntress Series #3
Publisher Avon Books on December 30, 2008
Genre Vampire
Pages 352
Format Paperback
Source German Publisher

Some things won´t stay buried – at grave´s end. It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield´s life. With her undead love Bones at her side, she´s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat´s worn disguise after disguise keeps her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover´s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger. As if that wasn´t enough, a woman from Bones´ past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat´s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she´s learned as a special agent won´t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself – and Bones – from a fate worse than the grave. 

Thoughts

This is one of the books I literally inhaled while reading. A thrilling plot, a haunting story and two main figures who blow your mind. 

Top Ten Tuesday

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
This is my first Top Ten Tuesday I am doing here at Inkvotary. I´ve done a few of its German version a few years ago, but never the English variety of it.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl and came back to my attention while reading a blog post at another book bloggers blog.
I am not sure if I can participate every week, but whenever there is a topic that catches my interest, I will write my share of it.

The question this time is all about Serie´s I´ve Given Up on / Don´t Plan to Finish or Serie´s I´d like to Finish Someday.

Verliebt Bis In Die Fingerspitzen by Sarah Morgan

Monday, June 25, 2018
I actually wasn´t sure if I really wanted to read Holiday in the Hamptons, after the last book in this series hadn´t been that good. And the cover did ad to it. For me, it is too abstract. I like the ones the UK editions show a whole lot more. But tastes are different, and that is good.

Verliebt bis in die Fingerspitzen
Author Sarah Morgan
From Manhattan With Love Series #5
Translation Ivonne Senn
Original Title Holiday In The Hamptons*
Publisher Mira TB on June 4, 2018
Genre Novel
Pages 396
Format Paperback 
Source German Publisher 

Dog sitter Fliss learned something as a child: do not show anyone how vulnerable you are. Do not show your feelings to anyone. When she learns that her Ex Seth begins as a doctor in the local veterinary clinic, memories burn like the sun on her skin: the tender hours on the beach, the smell of the sea. Promptly she flees from New York to the Hamptons. But there she meets Seth, of all people. Confused, she slips into the role of her twin sister to avoid the painful encounter: the encounter with the biggest mistake of her life … (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

And besides, the novel between the book cover is, what matters, right? 

Weekly Book Wrap-Up #66 – It´s Raining Books!

Saturday, June 23, 2018
With the Weekly Book Wrap-Up, I give you a bit of an insight into all the new books that have arrived at my place.

No matter if I won a giveaway, got approved for a reviewer´s copy, an ARC or just bought one myself. Everything that I add to my shelves, in what way ever and read during the past week or am still reading, I will write about it. And maybe I tell you a bit about the upcoming things on Inkvotary, that is if I don´t forget it and have something to share with you *smile*

Ein Ungezähmtes Mädchen by Simona Ahrnstedt

Friday, June 22, 2018
It was the cover, that drew me in right away. The combination of the red hair, the blue dress and the green of the trees in the background – wonderful. And the fact, that I wanted to see how the author writes in her history books. Because so far, I only knew her modern novels.

Ein ungezähmtes Mädchen
Author Simona Ahrnstedt
Slottet Wadenstierna #1
Original Title Överenskommelser
Publisher LYX on July 21, 2017
Genre Historical Novel
Pages 511
Format Softcover 
Source Purchased 

Beatrice Löwenstrom is young, intelligent and unwilling to be just a mindless ornament for a man. When she meets the extremely charming Seth Hammerstaal, it immediately crackles between them. With Seth, Beatrice can be all to herself, he is the first man who loves her wisdom and rebellious character and does not desire her solely for her appearance or status. But her uncle has long promised her to the unscrupulous Count Rosenschöld. A man who wants nothing more but to break the will of the red-haired beauty. (personal translation ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

A novel that plays in a setting of a Stockholm where women are not as self-destined as we are today.

Palace Of Silk – Die Verräterin by C. E. Bernard

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Holy Christ – this was FANTASTIC! Not only that the cover design fits in perfectly in the entire makeup of this trilogy, the plot as well is created in a great and very haunting way. Wow, wow, wow!

Palace of Silk – Die Verräterin
Author C. E. Bernard
Palace Saga #2
Translation Charlotte Lungstrass-Kapfer
Original Title Light That Flame
Publisher Penhaligon on May 29, 2018
Genre Fantasy
Pages 441
Format Softcover
Source German Publisher 

Rea was first the bodyguard of Crown Prince Robin, then his secret lover. After the dramatic events at the English royal court, she had to flee. In Paris, she hopes for a new life in freedom, because in France, people may touch – even the in England feared Magdalene must not hide. But when Ninon, Rea´s closest confidante and sister of the French King, calls her friend to the court, Rea brings in the curse of her past: Nobody less than Prince Robin awaits her – but not because he wants to win Rea back, but because he stops for Ninon´s hand. (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary) 

Thoughts

Good, I admit it, at first, I wasn´t very sure if I had made the right choice to ask for this second book. 

Schlafe Für Immer by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke

Friday, June 15, 2018
What a fast-paced and thrilling read The Sleeping Beauty Killer is. From the very first moment, you are in the middle of a drama that contains many twists and turns, surprises and a main character who knows how to do what she does best.

Schlafe für Immer
Author Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
Under Suspicion Series #4
Translation Karl-Heinz Ebnet
Original Title The Sleeping Beauty Killer
Publisher Heyne on May 14, 2018
Genre Thriller
Pages 382
Format Hardcover
Source German Publisher 

It´s been fifteen years since Casey Carter´s fiancé was murdered. Casey was behind bars for fifteen years. Innocent, as she always claimed. Only that did not even believe her own mother. Now, after her release, she finally wants to cleanse her name. In desperation, she turns to Laurie Moran, who treats uncleared criminal cases in her TV show Under Suspicion. Laurie hesitates initially because the evidence clearly speaks against Casey. But then she takes on the case – unaware of the misfortune she conjures up with it. (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary). 

Thoughts

I literally read The Sleeping Beauty Killer overnight. There was no chance to put it aside, even for one minute. 

Mädchen In Scherben by Kathleen Glasgow

Thursday, June 14, 2018
I don´t know what exactly made me want to read Girl in Pieces. No matter how I put it, the cover – not the original one or the one from the German edition – is really speaking to me or nice to look at. In fact, when I got the offer from the publisher, I was irritated. A feeling that didn´t change, even after I started reading this book.

Mädchen in Scherben
Author Kathleen Glasgow
Translation Yvonne Hargane
Original Title Girl In Pieces
Publisher Fischer TB on March 22, 2018
Genre Children 14+
Pages 445
Format Softcover
Source German Publisher 

“I remember the stars that night. Like salt crystals, they sparkled in the sky. As if someone had spilled the caster on a very dark fabric. Finally, I thought they were the last thing I would see before I die.” (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary) 


Thoughts

It turned out to be a novel that I wouldn´t consider a YA book or a book for children 14+. This novel is brutal, blunt, depressing, dark and took me the longest time to read it. 

Weekly Book Wrap-Up #65 – Warm, warmer - HOT!

Sunday, June 03, 2018
With the Weekly Book Wrap-Up, I give you a bit of an insight into all the new books that have arrived at my place.
No matter if I won a giveaway, got approved for a reviewer´s copy, an ARC or just bought one myself. Everything that I add to my shelves, in what way ever and read during the past week or am still reading, I will write about it. And maybe I tell you a bit about the upcoming things on Inkvotary, that is if I don´t forget it and have something to share with you *smile*

Victorian Rebels-Mein Schwarzes Herz by Kerrigan Byrne

Thursday, May 31, 2018
I like the black and gold contrast with the barely to see flowers and ranks the cover shows. Is in stark contrast to the romantic cover, the English edition has. Which is titled "The Highwayman".

Victorian Rebels-Mein Schwarzes Herz*
Author Kerrigan Byrne
Victorian Rebels Series #1
Translation Inka Marter
Original Title The Highwayman
Publisher LYX on May 25, 2018
Genre Novel
Pages 406
Format Paperback
Source German Publisher 
Goodreads

When a love goes through the deepest darkness ... Farah Mackenzie never wants to tie herself to a man again. Too painful is the memory of her first love, Dougan. However, when she encounters the notorious criminal Dorian Blackwell, her life gets out of hand again. Blackwell, who worries her, but also touches something deeply in her heart, kidnaps Farah to Scotland - allegedly for her protection. But every moment she spends with the seemingly ice-cold man leads her to a truth that threatens to break her heart again ... (personal translation ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

I still don´t know why I hit the request button – but this novel came with so many surprises, that I stopped asking myself that question.

Waiting On Wednesday #72 – The Wicked King by Holly Black

Wednesday, May 30, 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.


Iron Flowers-Die Rebellinnen by Tracy Banghart

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
At first, I wasn´t sure if I really wanted to read this novel. Sure, I was kind of intrigued by its cover and back text, but also not jumping to get it. And yet something kept me coming back to it again and again. Oh, and by the way, the original title is "Grace and Fury".

Iron Flowers-Die Rebellinnen
Author Tracy Banghart
Iron Flowers Series #1
Translation Anna Julia Strüh
Original Title Grace and Fury
Publisher Fischer Sauerländer on April 26, 2018
Genre Children 14+
Pages 377
Format Hardcover
Source German Publisher 

They are sisters, could not be more different and yet are inseparable. Nomi is wild and fearless, Serina is beautiful and graceful. And she is determined to be chosen by the heir to the throne as Grace, freeing her family from poverty and oppression. But on the day of the selection, everything is different: the sisters are torn apart - and forced into a life on which nobody has prepared them. (personal translation ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

Maybe this novel will remind you of another trilogy where some girls try to catch the princes attention and heart to become the one and only for him. 

Follow-By-Email, RSS-Feed And Follower-Gadget

Monday, May 28, 2018
Due to the law changes, DSGVO/GDPR, my blog got a little makeover on the outside, and a huge one on the inside.

As you might have noticed, my blog was offline over the past few days. I was busy to read myself into the new law stuff, to understand what I was reading and what it literally meant for me and my blog Inkvotary.

At times it was nerve-racking to deal with and it took me some days to adjust to it as best as I could. I had to make some decisions, concerning Inkvotary and its appearance as well as to work my way to all the technical things to make Inkvotary as DSGVO/GDPR compliant as possible.

At least from my side.

Some of those things I had to change will probably apply to you too. If you follow Inkvotary e.g by eMail keep reading.

Deathline – Ewig Wir by Janet Clark

Thursday, May 24, 2018
The cover is gorgeous! The design is mysterious and beautiful. I am kind of swooning only by looking at it *sigh* And it fits perfectly in the design the first book had.

Deathline – Ewig Wir
Author Janet Clark
Deathline Series #2
Publisher cbj on April 10, 2018
Genre Children 13+
Pages 392
Format Hardcover
Source German Publisher 

After 16-year-old Josie spent a fateful summer finding her great love in the fascinating young Yowama Ray, she now wonders if her love really is stronger than death. Because Ray has gone over the Deathline to save his tribe and Josies´ world from ruin. But the mysterious events in Josie´s hometown do not stop, and she desperately tries to send Ray a message. If she fails to do so, not only is her home dedicated to the underworld but her love for Ray as well … (Cover ©cbj, Summary personal translation by ©Vi Inkvotary)

Thoughts

Over months I wasn´t sure if I would get the opportunity to read and review this novel. 

Waiting On Wednesday #71 – Of Blood And Bone by Nora Roberts

Wednesday, May 23, 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.


Weekly Book Wrap-Up #64 – DSGVO: Panic Or No Panic?

Saturday, May 12, 2018
With the Weekly Book Wrap-Up, I give you a bit of an insight into all the new books that have arrived at my place.
No matter if I won a giveaway, got approved for a reviewer´s copy, an ARC or just bought one myself. Everything that I add to my shelves, in what way ever and read during the past week or am still reading, I will write about it. And maybe I tell you a bit about the upcoming things on Inkvotary, that is if I don´t forget it and have something to share with you *smile*


Waiting On Wednesday #70 – AMANI Heldin Des Morgenrots by Alwyn Hamilton

Wednesday, May 09, 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.


Dämonenglut by Jeaniene Frost

Friday, May 04, 2018
Is this really over? A different Jeaniene Frost but as great as ever. The Brightest Embers was a well worthy end to this trilogy and prove that nothing is carved in stone.

Dämonenglut*
Author Jeaniene Frost
Broken Destiny #3
Translation Ira Panic
Original Title The Brightest Embers**
Publisher Mira TB on April 3, 2018
Genre Fantasy
Pages 378
Format Paperback
Source German Publisher
Goodreads

The life of all people is in the hands of the young Ivy. In the war between the angels and demons, she is destined to destroy the kingdom of darkness forever. But her own life is in danger when she uses the holy weapon against the demons of darkness. Adrian, Ivy´s great love, wants to help her in the final fight. Only his demonic side seems strong enough to save Ivy – but the evil in him could forever destroy their love. In the fight for their lives, Ivy and Adrian have to face their fate … (personal translation)

Thoughts

It took me some hours to get my head clear again, after finishing this book. The end was full of shocking moments and I wasn´t prepared for them at all.

Palace Of Glass – Die Wächterin by C.E. Bernard

Wednesday, May 02, 2018
The book is the debut novel of a German author who writes under a pseudonym. I stumbled across it while searching through the publisher’s new program for another book. Somehow the cover made me curious - who could resist such a fantastic cover? For sure not me. And the summary sounded so intriguing too, so why not ask for it?

Palace of Glass – Die Wächterin
Author C.E. Bernard 
Palace Saga #1
Translation Charlotte Lungstrass-Kapfer
Original Title Touch That Fire
Publisher Penhaligon on March 19, 2018
Genre Fantasy
Pages 410
Format Softcover
Source German Publisher 

Rea Emris sins. When she thinks, when she feels, when she touches someone. That´s what they tried to tell her. Because Rea grew up in a society where touch is illegal. Only at night Rea strips off her gloves to get into the ring. There, the petite woman defeats one overpowering opponent after the other in the fistfight. Her talent, however, does not go undetected: When the British secret service detects Rea, she is abducted to the one place from which she wants to fell at any cost, but cannot: to the king´s court in the glassy Buckingham Palace. There the inconspicuous fighter receives a dangerous assignment: As a bodyguard, she must protect the life of the heir to the throne. Prince Robin, however, is aloof, arrogant and has his own secrets. But what he suspects least: Rea himself is Robin´s biggest enemy … (personal translation)

Thoughts

Before we go into some details, I guess it is only fair that I tell you, that almost everyone in the German book blogosphere is thrilled over the moon about this novel. 

Weekly Book Wrap-Up #63 – It Feels Like Summer!

Saturday, April 21, 2018
With the Weekly Book Wrap-Up, I give you a bit of an insight into all the new books that have arrived at my place.

No matter if I won a giveaway, got approved for a reviewer´s copy, an ARC or just bought one myself. Everything that I add to my shelves, in what way ever and read during the past week or am still reading, I will write about it.  And maybe I tell you a bit about the upcoming things on Inkvotary, that is if I don´t forget it and have something to share with you *smile*

One Foot In The Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Friday, April 20, 2018
Sometimes I wonder if I would have read this series at all when I look at the original covers and compare them to those, the German editions have. Not that the English covers aren´t good looking, but to be honest, they aren´t really my taste. On the other hand, I would have missed some great books, if I would have gone after that.

One Foot in the Grave
Author Jeaniene Frost
Night Huntress Series #2
Publisher Avon Books on April 29, 2008
Genre Vampire 
Pages 357
Format Paperback
Source German Publisher 


I hunt on behalf of the government Undead. I have not seen my ex-boyfriend Bones for a long time, after all, he is a vampire and therefore actually my prey. But now I need his help – Bones, however, has very own plans for me … (personal translation)

Thoughts

It was a fascinating read, to be honest, and one I don´t want to miss. 

Ich Beobachte Dich by Chevy Stevens

Thursday, April 19, 2018
I was waiting for Never Let You Go to come out in Germany for many months. And it was worth the wait. The cover was one of the first things I´ve noticed. It kind of got me right away and it fits so well. Oh boy …

Ich beobachte dich*
Author Chevy Stevens
Translation Maria Poets
Original Title Never Let You Go
Publisher Fischer Scherz on April 25, 2018
Genre Thriller
Pages 474
Format Softcover
Source LB Reading Challenge
Goodreads

Deep and cold is the ocean on the Canadian west coast, wide and rough the land. Here Lindsey lives with her 17-year-old daughter Sophie. Eleven years ago, she escaped a nightmare, living with her controlling, violent husband Andrew. He had to go to jail. Lindsey has blurred all traces and built a new life for herself and Sophie. But now Andrew is free … (personal translation)

Thoughts

Right from the beginning, this thriller gives you an oppressive feeling. And the more pages I´ve read, the stronger it became.

Waiting On Wednesday #69 – Shades Of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost

Wednesday, April 18, 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.

The Sweetest Burn by Jeaniene Frost

For whatever reason, I wasn´t really interested in reading this second book, or the rest of this trilogy, for a long time. Don´t ask me why I can´t really explain it. As a huge fan of the authors Night Huntress series, this one is slightly different and maybe I needed the right time to get into it again.

The Sweetest Burn
Author Jeaniene Frost
Broken Destiny #2
Publisher HQN Books on June 27, 2017
Genre Fantasy
Pages 346
Format Paperback 
Source Purchased 

Conquering a supernatural realm turned out to be easier than getting over a broken heart. But her initial victory has made Ivy a target for revenge, forcing her to reunite with the dangerous – and dangerously sexy – Adrian. Ivy isn´t sure which will be harder: finding the hallowed weapon that will repair the crumbling walls between the demon and human realms, or resisting Adrian, who´s decided that come hell or high water, he will make Ivy his.

Thoughts

A few weeks back, I thought, I´d give it another try and asked for the third book of this trilogy, the second was too old to require – and was VERY surprised when I got it.

Verliebt Bis Über Beide Herzen by Sarah Morgan

Saturday, April 14, 2018
New York, Actually is a novel that continues the wonderful style the author has. Some things are a bit changed though, but in a good way.

Verliebt bis über beide Herzen
Author Sarah Morgan
From Manhattan With Love Series #4
Translation Ivonne Senn
Original Title New York, Actually**
Publisher Mira TB on March 12, 2018
Genre Novel
Pages 378
Format Paperback
Source German Publisher 

All New York adores Molly as a counselor in love affairs. Only she never sticks to what she recommends to others. For what? She has already found her great love. He is loyal, athletic, and his dark eyes are of beguiling beauty: her Dalmatian dog Valentine. But when she meets cynical divorce lawyer Daniel in Central Park, he confuses her expertise quite a bit. Because Daniel has his own seductive views of love …(personal translation)

Thoughts

In case you are wondering, why the title of this review sounds different, it is the title, the German edition has.

Weekly Book Wrap-Up #62 – Going Crazy Here!

With the Weekly Book Wrap-Up, I give you a bit of an insight into all the new books that have arrived at my place.

No matter if I won a giveaway, got approved for a reviewer´s copy, an ARC or just bought one myself. Everything that I add to my shelves, in what way ever and read during the past week or am still reading, I will write about it.  And maybe I tell you a bit about the upcoming things on Inkvotary, that is if I don´t forget it and have something to share with you *smile*

Halfway To The Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Friday, April 13, 2018
Now, years after reading this book, I am thinking why I wanted this novel in the first place. Was it the German cover edition (you can see it at the review end) or the summary, or both together? Can´t say for sure, but it was a pure reading pleasure, that´s for sure.

Halfway To The Grave
Author Jeaniene Frost 
Night Huntress Series #1
Publisher Avon Books on October 30, 2007
Genre Vampire 
Pages 415
Format Paperback
Source German Publisher 

There he was, the pact with the devil. The vampire looked at me seductively and threateningly at the same time. If I refused his offer, it would be happy hour for him and I the drink. If I agreed, however, I would make an alliance with the absolute evil … (personal translation) 

Thoughts

Good, some parts of this book were a bit too much, at least that´s how I see it. But in the end, I was well entertained, and that´s what counts.

Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

Thursday, April 12, 2018
This is one of the very few series, that fascinated me though it wasn´t the kind of genre I used to read back then.

Faefever
Author Karen Marie Moning
Fever Series #3
Publisher Bantam Dell on September 16, 2008
Genre Fantasy-Mystery
Pages 409
Format Paperback
Source German Publisher 

When MacKayla Lane receives a page torn from her dead sister´s journal, she is stunned by Alina´s desperate words. And now MacKayla knows that her sister´s killer is close. But evil is closer. And suddenly the sidhe-seer is on the hunt: For answers. For revenge. And for an ancient book of dark magic so evil that it corrupts anyone who touches it. Mac´s quest for the Sinsar Dubh takes her into the mean, shapeshifting streets of Dublin, with a suspicious cop on her tail. Forced into a dangerous triangle of alliance with V´lane, a lethal Fae prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man of deadly secrets, Mac is soon locked in a battle for her body, mind, and soul.  

Thoughts

But sometimes the Fantasy and Mystery genre has exceptions that you just need to read and get involved with.

Waiting On Wednesday #68 – Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

Wednesday, April 11, 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.


The Rose And The Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
My hope with this book was, that it would draw me into the luxuriousness of the Orient. No doubt, this novel is written in a wonderful flowery style and shows a world of secrets, danger, and power.

The Rose And The Dagger
Author Renée Ahdieh
The Wrath And The Dawn #2
Publisher G.P. Putnam´s Sons on April 26, 2016
Genre Novel
Pages 432
Format Hardcover
Source German Publisher 

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust. In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse – one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid´s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan. While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn´t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Thoughts

After reading the first book, it was somehow clear to me, that I wanted to read this second book too. 
My hope was, that it might change my feelings for the author´s writing style.

Blog Ahead Mini March 2018 – Close-Up

Sunday, April 08, 2018
This challenge is hosted by Anna over at Herding Cats & Burning Soup and is all about getting some posts done and scheduled in advance.

Well, there wasn´t much of blogging ahead for me during this challenge. I underestimated life completely. Sure, I wrote some reviews, and some of them went live during the challenge – which means I can´t count them. But anything else than that? No chance. And because of that, this post will be short and only there to close up this challenge properly.
No good feeling that I couldn´t reach my goal. And to be honest, I am seriously asking myself why I am so bad at blogging ahead. No matter if I do the challenge or not, blogging in advance seems a not doable task for me.

Weekly Book Wrap-Up #61 – Oh, Hello Sunshine!

Saturday, April 07, 2018
With the Weekly Book Wrap-Up, I give you a bit of an insight into all the new books that have arrived at my place.

No matter if I won a giveaway, got approved for a reviewer´s copy, an ARC or just bought one myself. Everything that I add to my shelves, in what way ever and read during the past week or am still reading, I will write about it. And maybe I tell you a bit about the upcoming things on Inkvotary, that is if I don´t forget it and have something to share with you *smile*

Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

Friday, April 06, 2018
After reading the first book of the authors´ Fever series, you are kind of forced to read the second book and all the others as well *smile* It is THAT GREAT! You get everything: fun, excitement, thrill, tension and above all the great mystery about Jericho Barrons. 

Bloodfever*
Author Karen Marie Moning
Fever Series #2
Publisher Bantam Dell on August 26, 2008
Genre Fantasy-Mystery
Pages 367
Format Paperback
Source German Publisher
Goodreads

In her fight to stay alive, MacKayla must find the Sinsar Dubh – a million-year-old book of the blackest magic imaginable, which holds the key to power over the worlds of both the Fae and Man. Pursued by assassins, surrounded by mysterious figures she knows she can´t trust, Mac finds herself torn between two deadly and powerful men: V´lane, the immortal Fae Prince, and Jericho Barrons, a man as irresistible as he is dangerous. For centuries the shadowy realm of the Fae has coexisted with that of humans, Now the walls between the two are coming down, and Mac is the only thing that stands between them. 

Thoughts

What more can a girl or woman wish for? And besides, the chemistry between Mac and Jericho is really one of a kind.

The Ivy Years-Bevor Wir Fallen by Sarina Bowen

Thursday, April 05, 2018
This novel (Orig. The Year We Fell Down) has left me back with mixed feelings. And I didn´t know for quite some time what to write about it or how to express what I thought and felt.

The Ivy Years-Bevor Wir Fallen*
Author Sarina Bowen
The Ivy Years Series #1
Translation Ralf Schmitz
Original Title The Year We Fell Down
Publisher LYX on March 29, 2018
Genre Novel
Pages 311
Format Paperback
Source German Publisher
Goodreads

Corey Callahan has been wheelchair dependent since a sports accident, but she does not want to give up her place at the prestigious Harkness College! In the dorm, she meets Adam Hartley – from the room directly across the floor. Corey knows right away she´s going to get in trouble: Even though Corey does not feel better understood by anyone than Adam and she´s sure he´s the same – there´s no chance for them both …(personal translation)

Thoughts

Well, I am still not sure, if this review will turn out the way I feel about this book.

Waiting On Wednesday #67 – Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

Wednesday, April 04, 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.

Take Control TBR Challenge March 2018 – Close Up

Sunday, April 01, 2018
The Take Control of Your TBR challenge is a monthlong challenge, hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer.

The goal was to read as many books from our TBR pile as possible. No matter if we read eBooks, physical books or audiobooks. Every book counts that was published before March 1st, 2018.

With April arriving at our doorsteps, the challenge has ended, and I am presenting my achievements for that challenge – and am not happy about that.


Weekly Book Wrap-Up #60 – Hello April - Wait, What?!

Saturday, March 31, 2018
With the Weekly Book Wrap-Up, I give you a bit of an insight into all the new books that have arrived at my place.

No matter if I won a giveaway, got approved for a reviewer´s copy, an ARC or just bought one myself. Everything that I add to my shelves, in what way ever and read during the past week or am still reading, I will write about it. And maybe I tell you a bit about the upcoming things on Inkvotary, that is if I don´t forget it and have something to share with you *smile*

Paper Party by Erin Watt

Friday, March 30, 2018
I wanted to read this novel since the moment I got aware of that there was one about Gideon. But to be honest, the platform this novel was originally published, isn´t really my thing.

Paper Party Die Leidenschaft* 
Author Erin Watt
The Royals Series #3.5
Original Title Tarnished Crown
Publisher Piper on March 1, 2018
Genre Novel
Pages 205
Format Softcover
Source Library 

As the oldest of the Royal brothers, Gideon has always been the rational one. He lovingly cared for his younger siblings and his mother until she died. He goes to college and trains hard for his sports scholarship. But even Gideon has a dark side and a secret that he has been guarding for a long time. Why did the relationship between him and his great love Savannah break? And will he be able to recapture her heart? (personal translation)

Thoughts

Don´t know why, but I rather read a book in a physical form, or I wait until it comes out as such. 

Miracle On 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Usually, I´d say isn´t it a bit weird to read a Christmas novel at the begin of Spring? And normally I´d say yes, it is. But reading a Sarah Morgan novel makes you forget what time of year it is in real life. And with the cold and snowflakes swirling around outside my window, who cares anyway.

Miracle On 5th Avenue 
Author Sarah Morgan
From Manhattan With Love Series #3
Publisher HQN Books on November 29, 2016
Genre Novel
Pages 365
Format Paperback
Source Purchased 

Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she´s given an opportunity to house-sit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan? What she didn´t expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous – and mysterious – owner. Bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade is having the nightmare before Christmas. With a deadline and the anniversary of his wife´s death looming, he´s isolated himself in his penthouse with only his grief for company. He wants no interruptions, no decorations and he certainly doesn´t appreciate being distracted by his beautiful, bubbly new housekeeper. But when the blizzard of the century leaves Eva snowbound in his apartment, Lucas starts to open up to the magic she brings … 

Thoughts

And with the fact in mind, that I like to read a series in chronological order, that is if I KNOW that it is a series, I had to read this book now. 

Waiting On Wednesday #66 – Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Wednesday, March 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.

Weekly Book Wrap-Up #59 – A Good Week?

Saturday, March 24, 2018
With the Weekly Book Wrap-Up, I give you a bit of an insight into all the new books that have arrived at my place.

No matter if I won a giveaway, got approved for a reviewer´s copy, an ARC or just bought one myself. Everything that I add to my shelves, in what way ever and read during the past week or am still reading, I will write about it. And maybe I tell you a bit about the upcoming things on Inkvotary, that is if I don´t forget it and have something to share with you *smile*

Die Legende Von Shikanoko II by Lian Hearn

Friday, March 23, 2018
It is always a special read when reading a Lian Hearn book. The poetry in her language, the way she describes things, how she brings the different lifestyle of Asia alive and makes you a part of it.

Fürst Des Schwarzen Waldes
Author Lian Hearn
Translation Sibylle Schmidt  
Original Title The Tale Of Shikanoko Lord Of The Darkwood
Publisher Fischer Sauerländer on February 22, 2018
Genre Young Adult
Pages 512
Format Hardcover
Source German Publisher 

“Once upon a time, I swore”, Shikanoko said. “I swore to find Yoshimori – and make him ruler over the land.” The merciless fight for the throne reaches its climax. And none other than Shikanoko can save the country from its downfall. (personal translation)

Thoughts

Her writing-style maybe not for everyone – but for me always a good choice to spend some hours reading.  

Waiting On Wednesday #65 – Jar Of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

Wednesday, March 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.

Auf Ewig Mein by Eva Völler

I was soooo happy when I found this beauty in my mailbox! After reading the first part of this trilogy I was eager to see how things would go on with the Time School. And Anna and her friends, of course, too. If this book would have an English edition, the title could be Forever my.

Auf Ewig Mein
Author Eva Völler
Time School Series #2
Publisher One on February 23, 2018
Genre Fantasy
Pages 366
Format Hardcover
Source German Publisher 

A stranger stole the time machine and created new portals in 1873 around the world. People from the future threaten to be stranded forever in colonial times. The stranger entangles Anna against her whims in a devilish game in which she and her Time School friends make a historic journey around the world and have to close the portals – in eighty days! If they win, they get the time machine back. If they fail, not only is the game lost. Because then Sebastiano also expects a terrible fate… (personal translation)

Thoughts

I am so glad that this trilogy is keeping its dust jacket style. The design is just beautiful and the connection to the novel itself is done in a great way. 

Blog Ahead Mini March 2018 – Sign-Up

Monday, March 19, 2018
This challenge is hosted by Anna over at Herding Cats & Burning Soup and is all about getting some posts done and scheduled in advance, about getting a bit of a buffer for your blog and yourself, ´cause sometimes blogging can become a bit overwhelming and stressful.

So having some posts already done can give you the space you probably need for things that come up out of the blue. And with the support of other bloggers, it promises some fun along the way.





Mystery Blogger Award

Sunday, March 18, 2018
Last November I´ve got nominated by Eram @Literary Tea With ER for The Mystery Blogger Award. Some weeks before that, we met over on Twitter, and for some unknown reasons, Eram decided to nominate me.

Thank you Eram for thinking of me, and sorry for the long wait. But I guess it isn´t too bad for you since you are taking a time out from blogging due to your exams. Wish you all the best for them.

And no, I don´t have an explanation why it took me so long to write my post about this award.


Weekly Book Wrap-Up #58 – Me And The Library

Saturday, March 17, 2018
With the Weekly Book Wrap-Up, I give you a bit of an insight into all the new books that have arrived at my place.

No matter if I won a giveaway, got approved for a reviewer´s copy, an ARC or just bought one myself. Everything that I add to my shelves, in what way ever and read during the past week or am still reading, I will write about it. And maybe I tell you a bit about the upcoming things on Inkvotary, that is if I don´t forget it and have something to share with you *smile*

Buns by Alice Clayton

Friday, March 16, 2018
First, I have to admit, that I am not as excited about the cover, as I was when I saw the one Nuts had. Sure, those visible buns are quite nice to look at. But I am missing that little dreamlike flair, the two first covers were showing, and the kind of mischievous feeling I always get when I look at those two *grin*

Buns 
Author Alice Clayton
Hudson Valley #3
Publisher Gallery Books on May 23, 2017
Genre Love-Women-Erotica
Pages 320
Format Paperback
Source Purchased 

Clara Morgan is living the dream if you call rebranding hotels desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she´s never established traditions of her own, which may be why she´s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She´s especially interested in Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can´t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns …
Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He´s determined to save his family´s legacy from the wrecking-ball the old-fashioned way - by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There´s no way Archie will be influenced by the hotel-branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when Clara´s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can´t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open. 

Thoughts

The last book of the Hudson Valley trilogy. A well-written novel, but not as great as the other two have been. Wanna know why?

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The cover of the German edition caught my interest about ten years ago. Oh yes, it´s that long that I´ve read this series *smile* It was dark, mysterious, promising and arcane - all at once. You can see it at the end of my review.

Darkfever*
Author Karen Marie Moning
Fever Series #1
Publisher Bantam Dell on August 26, 2008
Genre Fantasy-Mystery
Pages 347
Format Paperback
Source German Publisher
Goodreads

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death – a cryptic message on Mac´s cell phone – Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister´s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed – a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae. As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister´s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane – an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women – closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac´s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book – because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands.

Thoughts

With her Fever series, the author brings you close to a world in which elements are the most important thing.

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