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 in 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.


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.


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 

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 …


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.


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*

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 …


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 …  


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)


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.

No matter if you already own them or simply have them on your to-read list. Every older book counts. Even the ones you are hoarding since years.

The challenge is hosted by The Bookwyrm´s Hoard.

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 …


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)


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.


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.

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

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)


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 …


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.

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