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Der Schwarze Thron-Die Kriegerin by Kendare Blake

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Two Dark Reigns is a very cruel and bloody novel about sisters who fight for what they want and believe in. But only one of them is the one and only Queen.

Der Schwarze Thron-Die Kriegerin 
Author Kendare Blake
Three Dark Crowns Series #3
Translation Charlotte Lungstrass-Kapfer
Original Title Two Dark Reigns**
Publisher Penhaligon* on March 25, 2019
Genre Fantasy
Pages 509
Format Softcover
Source Publisher 

Throughout her life, poisoner queen Katharine has been waiting for this: She wears the crown of the island kingdom of Fennbirn. But her reign is cruel and challenged – rumors are coming to her that her sisters are still alive and wanting to overthrow Katharine. In fact, Mirabella and Arsinoe have survived and are hiding on the mainland. But they are not safe: Arsinoe is haunted by terrible dreams. The Blue Queen, a figure from Fennbirn´s legends, urges her to return to the island. Because it is not Katharine, through which the empire threatens to sink – it is the eerie fog off its coast, which brings them all in danger … (personally translated blurb by © Vi at Inkvotary). 

Thoughts

This was no book you expect after the things happening in part two. Yes, it was a reading pleasure, and yes, I had a wonderful time with it. 

Weekly Book Wrap-Up #73 – A Very Quiet Week

Saturday, May 18, 2019
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*

The Search by Nora Roberts

Friday, May 17, 2019
I consider this novel one of Nora Roberts´ best work. The fact that I´ve read the printed edition while listening to the audiobook countless times guess says it all.

The Search 
Author Nora Roberts
Publisher G.P. Putnam´s Sons on July 6, 2010
Genre Novel
Pages 488
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased 

To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life – a quaint house on an island off Seattle´s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare. Several years ago, she was the only survivor of a serial-killer – a madman who stalked and abducted young women strangled them, and left them buried with a red scarf on their bodies. As authorities were closing in on the Red Scarf Killer, he shot and killed Fiona´s cop fiancé and his K-9 partner. On Orcas Island, Fiona has found the peace and solitude she needed to rebuild her life. Yet all that changes on the day Simon Doyle barrels up her drive, desperate for her help. He´s the reluctant owner of an out-of-control puppy, foisted upon him by his mother. Jaws has eaten through Simon´s house, and he´s at his wit´s end. To Fiona, Jaws is nothing she can´t handle. Simon is another matter. A newcomer to Orcas, he´s a rugged and intensely private artist, known for creating exquisite furniture. Simon never wanted a puppy, and he most definitely doesn´t want a woman. Besides, the lanky redhead is not his type. But tell that to the laws of attraction. As Fiona embarks on training, Jaws and as Simon begins to appreciate both dog and trainer, the past tears back into Fiona´s life. A copycat killer has emerged out of the shadows, a man whose bloodlust has been channeled by a master with one motive: to reclaim the woman who slipped out of his hands …

Thoughts

The US edition is one hell of an entertaining mix between a romance novel, contemporary romance, and thriller. 

Waiting On Wednesday #95 – Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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.

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
As always, the cover caught my attention first. And the idea with dragons and shapeshifters sounded also very intriguing. So why not give it a try?

Firelight 
Author Sophie Jordan
Firelight Trilogy #1
Publisher Harper Teen on September 7, 2010
Genre Fantasy
Pages 336
Format Hardcover

With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the drake – the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda´s rebelliousness forces her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her drake spirit fades. The one thing that revives is the gorgeous, elusive Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can´t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she´s risking not only her life but the draki´s most closely guarded secret. 


Thoughts

It might not have thrilled me, as expected, but this book left me thinking about some things. 

Weekly Book Wrap-Up #72 – Bittersweet Mother´s Day

Saturday, May 11, 2019
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*


The Pagan Stone by Nora Roberts

It was one great pleasure reading this final book in the Sign-of-Seven-trilogy. I seldom enjoyed reading a book that is so obviously set in the horror genre but without being a plain horror novel at all. 

The Pagan Stone
Author Nora Roberts
Sign of Seven Trilogy #3
Publisher Jove Books on November 25, 2008
Genre Novel
Pages 336
Format Paperback

Years ago, after their blood brother ritual, Gage, Fox, and Caleb each emerged from the woods with a piece of bloodstone. Now, it will become their weapon in the final fight against the demon they awakened. Winner takes all … Shared nightmares, visions of blood and fire, and random violence begin to plague the longtime friends and the women bound to them by fate. None of them can ignore the fact that this year, the demon has grown stronger – feeding off of the terror it creates. But now, the three pieces of the bloodstone have been fused back together. If only they could figure out how to use it. A gambling man like Gage has no trouble betting on his crew to find a way. And though he and Cibyl share the gift of seeing the future, that´s all they share. But Gage knows that a woman like Cibyl – with her brains and strength and devastating beauty – can only bring him luck. Good or bad has yet to be determined – and could mean the difference between absolute destruction or an end to Hawkins Hollow´s nightmare …

Thoughts

Yes, that does sound weird, but when you know the author´s style, and how she uses to bring things together, then you understand and know what I mean.

Waiting On Wednesday #94 – Heaven´s End-Wen Die Geister Lieben by Kim Kestner

Wednesday, May 08, 2019
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 #71 – Strawberry Time

Saturday, May 04, 2019
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*


GIER by Marc Elsberg

Friday, May 03, 2019
I know the author as a novelist who likes to write about current topics that concern humanity. No matter if it is about the pro and cons of social media, how humanity treats the planet or what we are willing or not willing to do when it comes to genetic engineering.

GIER
Author Marc Elsberg
Publisher Blanvalet February 25, 2019
Genre Novel
Pages 443
Format Hardcover
Source Library 

“Stop the greed!” call and “more justice!”. People around the world are in turmoil. They are demonstrating against impending austerity packages, mass unemployment and hunger - the consequences of a new economic crisis that is bankrupting banks, corporations, and states. National and international conflicts escalate. Only a few empires are the winners. At a special summit in Berlin, one wants to find solutions. The renowned Nobel laureate Herbert Thompson is to give a speech that could change the world because allegedly he has found the formula, with the prosperity for all, is possible. But it will not come to that. In a car accident, Thompson and his assistant die – but there is a witness who knows that it was murder, and who gets sucked into an endangered game. Jan Wutte wants to know what´s behind the formula, but the killers are hot on his tail … (translated by © Vi at Inkvotary).

Thoughts

This novel is not about that, but about something else, that is almost every single time the reason why some of us do what they do: Voracity

Mit Deinem Letzten Atemzug by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Let me be straight with you. Every Breath You Take was disappointing. At least for me. This is not the MHC I know and love. It hurts to say it, but this is one of the few books written by her, I can´t give anything but an average rating.

Mit Deinem Letzten Atemzug 
Author Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke
Under Suspicion Series #5
Translation Karl-Heinz Ebnet
Original Title Every Breath You Take*
Publisher Heyne on April 8, 2019
Genre Thriller
Pages 366
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher 

A bombastic gala evening in Manhattan ends in disaster. Virginia Wakeling an extremely wealthy widow and a generous patron of the arts falls to the death from the roof of the Metropolitan Museum. Was it murder? Urgently suspicious: her over twenty years younger lover Ivan. But as the police turn it around, they find no evidence against him. Therefore, Laurie Moran is using her TV program “Under Suspicion” to clear the case. She begins to research in the circle of the super-rich family - and soon encounters dark secrets. (a personal translation of the blurb on the dust cover/German edition by ©Vi at Inkvotary).

Thoughts

Sad, but this was almost a boring read. And after a few chapters, I couldn´t get rid of the feeling that I´ve read that story already.

Weekly Book Wrap-Up #70 – Searching For Answers

Saturday, April 27, 2019
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*

Elias & Laia-In Den Fängen Der Finsternis by Sabaa Tahir

Monday, April 15, 2019
A Reaper at the Gates is written gently as silk and yet so powerful. Good, in this case, I prefer the German cover over the original one, but what matters the most is the story itself. And that one was WOW!

Elias & Laia In Den Fängen Der Finsternis
Author Sabaa Tahir
An Ember In The Ashes #3
Translation Barbara Imgrund
Original Title A Reaper At The Gates
Publisher One on February 28, 2019
Genre Children 14+
Pages 523
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher 

The world will burn. But she will rise from the ashes. The martial empire is on the brink: Emperor Marcus covers the land with the blood of the innocent, while Blood Shrike Helena tries to protect them. Far to the east, Laia knows she has to stop the Nightbringer, and that without Elias. He is bound as a Soul Catcher to the land between the living and the dead. The spiritual realm. Damned to serve unconditionally – even if it means abandoning the woman he loves. Their fate is linked. And they all fight against an ancient power whose destructive power they all underestimate … (personal translation by ©Vi at Inkvotary).

Thoughts

Good, it took me a while to get into the story, to understand all the back and forth during the first few chapters, but then … holy moly!

Zusammen Wie Schwestern by Gayle Forman

Friday, April 12, 2019
This novel, Sisters in Sanity, surprised me. I expected everything, but not what I got. Emotions, passion, strength and the strong will of a teenager who fights for who she is and how she became what she is.

Zusammen wie Schwestern
Author Gayle Forman
Translation Stefanie Schäfer
Original Title Sisters in Sanity**
Publisher Fischer FJB on March 27, 2019
Genre Novel
Pages 281
Format Softcover
Source Publisher 

The 16-year-old Brit Hemphill doesn´t know who she can trust. Convinced that she can not be tamed otherwise, her father has deported her to Red Rock – a so-called treatment facility for troubled girls. Where the therapy consists of insulting and punishing and favoring those girls who talk badly about the others. But then Brit meets V, Bebe, Martha, and Cassie – four girls who keep her from going over the edge. And together they have the chance to stand up to the grim reality of Red Rock and bravely go their own way. 

Thoughts

You shouldn´t judge this novel by its cover. 

Waiting On Wednesday #93 – Children Of Virtue And Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
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 #69 – Tons Of Dead Fish!

Saturday, April 06, 2019
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*

Weekly Book Wrap-Up #68 – It´s Springtime!

Saturday, March 30, 2019
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*

The Hollow by Nora Roberts

Friday, March 29, 2019
It was quite refreshing and a real adventure to read this trilogy. Until those books, I was used to reading only pure romance novels the author had written. This here is different, and yet so incredibly familiar to her other work.

The Hollow
Author Nora Roberts
Sign of Seven Trilogy #2
Publisher Jove Books on May 6, 2008
Genre Novel
Pages 336
Format Paperback

For Fox, Caleb, Gage and the other residents of Hawkins Hollow, the number seven portends doom-ever since, as boys, they freed a demon trapped for centuries when their blood spilled upon The Pagan Stone … Now, as the dreaded seventh month looms before them, the men can feel the storm brewing. Already they are plagued by visions of death and destruction. But this year, they are better prepared, joined in their battle by three women who have come to The Hollow. Layla, Quinn, and Cybil are somehow connected to the demon, just as the men are connected to the force that trapped it. Since that day at The Pagan Stone, town lawyer Fox has been able to see into others´ minds, a talent he shares with Layla. He must earn her trust because their link will help fight the darkness that threatens to engulf the town. But Layla is having trouble coming to terms with her newfound ability – and this intimate connection to Fox. She knows that once she opens her mind, she´ll have no defenses against the desire that threatens to consume them both … 

Thoughts

The mixture of paranormal fiction with the real life we all know, that made me curious.

Waiting On Wednesday #92 – The Queen Of Nothing by Holly Black

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
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.

Prinzessin Undercover-Enthüllungen by Connie Glynn

Saturday, March 23, 2019
We go into the second round with this series. This time without a dust jacket, but not less girly like. Be assured, the novel itself isn´t all sweet, pink and blue. A lot of action is happening, some romance too and in the end, you will say: wait, what?!

Prinzessin Undercover-Enthüllungen
Author Connie Glynn
The Rosewood Chronicles #2
Translation Maren Illinger; Achim Stanislawski
Original Title The Rosewood Chronicles Princess in Practice
Publisher Fischer KJB on February 27, 2019
Genre Children 12+
Pages 412
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher 

Ellie is a real princess, who wants nothing more than to lead a normal life. Lottie is a normal girl who wants nothing more than to be a princess. So they secretly swap the roles … As they return to Rosewood after the dramatic events of their first year, Lottie and Ellie are hoping for a peaceful term. But strange things are happening at Rosewood. Pupils are being poisoned. Is the threat of secret organization Leviathan grown closer? Lottie and Ellie are determined to find the culprit, but danger could be closer than they think … 

Thoughts

Yap, it might seem a bit strange, that an adult reads this series. But why not? We all are having children around us, or most of us do, so why not know what they want to read? 

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Friday, March 15, 2019
This autobiography is one of the very few, you can´t walk by. Michelle Obama was an outstanding First Lady who didn´t ask for that position but filled it with grace, dignity and her very own way of thinking. She is an icon and probably belongs to the pool of women who are the most watched and photographed of our time. Respected and loved not only by many Americans but most of the rest of the world as well. And she showed us and still does, that you can be in a powerful position and still act and speak with laureateship and respect for others.

Becoming*
Author Michelle Obama
Publisher Crown on November 13, 2018
Genre Autobiography
Pages 448
Format Hardcover, Audiobook
Source Library, Purchased
Goodreads

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America – the first African-American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world´s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it – in her own words and her own terms. 

Thoughts

I´ve heard so many great things about this book, that I couldn´t wait to get my hands on it.

Weekly Book Wrap-Up #67 – It Is Stormy Outside And Inside

Saturday, March 09, 2019
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*

International Women´s Day

Friday, March 08, 2019
Today is the International Women´s Day and I can clearly say, that I am proud to be a woman.


But being a woman isn´t always easy in the times we´re living in. It seems that we still need to prove that we are worth equal pay, that we are worth getting jobs we often do way better than any male human could.

Ein Traum Für Uns by Marie Force

Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Some years ago, I discovered the Green Mountain books by Marie Force. Cameron, the daughter of one of the main figures in this new novel, was the main figure back then and I had a great time reading it.

Ein Traum Für Uns
Author Marie Force
Lost In Love-Die Green Mountain Serie #8
The Butler, Vermont Series #2
Translation Lena Kraus
Original Title Can´t Buy Me Love
Publisher Fischer TB on January 23, 2019
Genre Novel
Pages 277
Format Paperback
Source Publisher 

Mary Larkin loves her job at the Abbott Green Mountain Country Store and her quiet, well-ordered life. However, it is over when the worldly Patrick Murphy appears on the scene. The attractive billionaire takes Mary´s heart by storm, and the two spend happy days full of emotion and passion. But can Mary trust Patrick´s vows of love? After all, he is known as a bon vivant who has never again had a real relationship since the death of his first wife … (personal translation of the German back text by ©Vi at Inkvotary).

Thoughts

Well, this time I wasn´t as thrilled with this series, as I used to be. Something has changed. 

Waiting On Wednesday #91 – Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
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.

Cows-Folge Nicht Der Herde by Dawn O´Porter

I didn´t know anything about the author or this novel when I first got aware of it. But the cover was literally calling my name and with that summary, I simply had to have and read it. Although I was not sure what to expect.

Cows-Folge Nicht Der Herde
Author Dawn O´Porter
Translation Christine Strüh
Original Title The Cows-Don´t Follow The Herd
Publisher S. Fischer on February 27, 2019
Genre Novel
Pages 459
Format Paperback
Source Publisher 

What to do when the whole world laughs at you? Full speed ahead! And do not apologize. Tara is 42, working and single parent. She has the three oversized egos of her colleagues under control, and the disparaging looks of the mothers at the school gate do not prepare her sleepless nights. As a hair-raising misstep by Tara makes the self-confident single-mum the laughing stock of the nation, unexpectedly two accomplices jump to her side. (personal translation of the German back text by ©Vi at Inkvotary) 

Thoughts

Some parts of this novel made me shake my head. While others made me laugh. 

Valhalla by Thomas Thiemeyer

Saturday, February 23, 2019
This thriller was freaking fantastic! The combination of technical as well as medical facts in the eternal ice of the Arctic, holy smokes!

Valhalla
Author Thomas Thiemeyer
Hannah Peters #3
Publisher Knaur on March 1, 2016
Genre Thriller
Pages 512
Format Softcover
Source Purchased 

The curse that came from the cold. 2015. Spitzbergen – the northernmost settlement point of humanity. A world of ice and snow overshadowed by four months of polar night. There, archaeologist Hannah Peters investigates mysterious structures under the Arctic ice. The melting of the glaciers is said to have revealed the foundations of a mythical northern kingdom. But Hannah is not the first to explore these ruins … 1944. In annexed Norway, far away from any settlement, a project is maturing that is more gruesome than anything humans ever devised. A biological time bomb, hidden under the eternal ice. Her code name: VALHALLA. (personal translation back text German edition by ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

Valhalla is a great mixture of technical facts, history knowledge and a wonderful love story – without ever being boring. 

Waiting On Wednesday #90 – The Oracle Queen by Kendare Blake

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
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.

This Side Of The Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Guess, one could say that I am a big fan of the author. It started with the beautiful to look at a cover, the German edition of book one had. Since then, the cover became even more beautiful. Not to mention the story inside *smile*

This Side of the Grave
Author Jeaniene Frost
Night Huntress Series #5
Publisher Avon Books on February 22, 2011
Genre Vampire
Pages 357
Format Paperback
Source Purchased 

Danger waits on both sides of the grave. Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they´ve triumphed over the latest battle, Cat´s new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance … With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous “ally” – the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war … to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.

Thoughts

To watch Cat and Bones act with each other and others are simply said fantastic. 

Waiting On Wednesday #89 – Chain Of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
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.

Rest In Peace Rosamunde Pilcher

Friday, February 08, 2019
Rosamunde Pilcher ©Isolde Ohlbaum
Yesterday afternoon I heard the sad news, that Rosamunde Pilcher had died.

I was shocked, couldn´t believe it at first and felt sad. For over twenty years she had been a solid rock on TV in the genre romance. Her novels and other writing material have been filmed in numerous ways; ZDF (a German TV station) has been making more than 100 films since 1989 and they were watched by a broad audience on Sunday evenings.

It wasn´t necessary to sit in front of the TV (though we sat there of course) to know, that it was Pilcher-time when certain music was to hear, and the light and romantic tone sounded through our living room.

The wonderful landscapes, the buildings that were shown and the small towns where every novel was set. Her style was unmistakable.


Wenn Das Glück Erwacht by Robyn Carr

Thursday, February 07, 2019
We don´t need to start a discussion about the look of the German edition. No doubt, the cover of the English edition, is way better. It is its content, that counts. Though this one is a bit shallow despite its often very serious tone and story.

Wenn das Glück erwacht
Author Robyn Carr
Translation Gisela Schmitt
Original Title The Life She Wants
Publisher Mira TB on January 4, 2019
Genre Novel
Pages 402
Format Paperback
Source Publisher 

Emma´s life is in shards: Before her husband is arrested, he commits suicide. Although Emma has nothing to do with his criminal business, she is shunned by all. She hopes to find a safe haven in her old home. But here too, not only beautiful memories are waiting for her. In particular, before a meeting with her former best friend Riley, she is afraid. All the more surprised is Emma that Riley´s brother Adam receives her with open arms – and is always on hand when she needs a strong shoulder to lean on … (a personal translation of the German edition´s backtext by ©Vi at Inkvotary).

Thoughts

Robyn Carr shows the side of life, that isn´t as happy and easy, as one would wish for. 

Waiting On Wednesday #88 – The Rise Of Magicks by Nora Roberts

Wednesday, February 06, 2019
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.

Familie Ist, Wenn Man Trotzdem Liebt by Susan Mallery

Saturday, February 02, 2019
Writing this review wasn´t easy. Somehow, I was searching for words to describe the mood I was in while reading and always waiting for the moment that the story will make me feel touched. Well, what can I say?

Familie ist, wenn man trotzdem liebt
Author Susan Mallery
Happily Inc Series #3
Translation Ivonne Senn
Original Title Why Not Tonight
Publisher Mira TB on January 4, 2019
Genre Novel
Pages 331
Format Paperback
Source Publisher 

Dragon hearts do not break. He is called the dragon, but Natalie Kaleta dares to enter his cave. The young gallery assistant was supposed to pick up only a few artworks from Ronan Mitchell. Now, however, she spends the weekend at the well-known, attractive artist, as her car slips down a slope. In fact, a blessing for both, because they spend very enjoyable nights … But Natalie dreams of a husband and own children. Ronan, on the other hand, recoils at the word “family”. Will Natalie be able to tame the dragon? (personal translation ©Vi at Inkvotary)

Thoughts

Either this one wasn´t meant for me or it just wasn´t the right time. But compared to other books I´ve read by the author, Happily Inc couldn´t catch me the way her other work has managed it.  

Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts

Thursday, January 31, 2019
If you are looking for another kind of romance novel and love the touch of mysterious things compared with a great writing style, then this could be worth your time.

Blood Brothers
Author Nora Roberts
Sign Of Seven Trilogy #1
Publisher Jove Books on November 27, 2007
Genre Novel
Pages 336
Format Paperback

In the town of Hawkins Hollow, it´s called The Seven. Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys – Caleb, Fox, and Gage – went on a camping trip to The Pagan Stone … It is only February, but Caleb Hawkins – a descendant of the town founders – has already seen and felt the stirrings of evil. Though he can never forget the beginning of the terror in the woods twenty-one-years ago, the signs have never been this strong before. Cal will need the help of his best friends Fox and Gage, but surprisingly he must rely on a stranger as well. Reporter Quinn Black came to Hawkins Hollow hoping to make its eerie happenings the subject of her new book. She too can see the evil the locals cannot, somehow connecting her to the town -and to Cal. As winter turns to spring, they will shed their inhibitions, surrendering to a desire that will grow and form the cornerstone of a group of men and women bound by the fight against what is to come from out of the darkness …

Thoughts

This book kind of surprised me. It was totally different from every book I knew so far from the author. 

Waiting On Wednesday #87 – Under Currents by Nora Roberts

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
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.

Waiting On Wednesday #86 – Nightblood by Elly Blake

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
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 Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth

Monday, January 21, 2019
The cover of the German edition somehow got me. I like the combined colors, with the roots and waterdrops and dark background. Totally different from the English edition.

The Life I Left Behind*
Author Colette McBeth
Publisher Headline Review on August 13, 2015
Genre Thriller
Pages 352
Format Paperback
Source Publisher 
Goodreads

Six years ago, Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead. Only a chance encounter with a dog walker saved her life. Melody´s neighbor and close friend David Alden was found guilty of the crime and imprisoned, and the attack and David´s betrayal of her friendship left Melody a different person. She no longer trusts her own judgment, she no longer trusts her friends. In fact, she no longer really has any friends. She´s built a life behind walls and gates and security codes; she´s cloistered herself away from the world almost entirely. And then, soon after David is released from prison, Eve Elliot is murdered in an attack almost identical to Melody´s. With the start of a new police investigation, Melody is suddenly pulled from her ordered, secluded life and back into the messy world around her. But as she learns more about Eve´s murder, Melody starts to wonder if perhaps David hadn´t betrayed her after all … if perhaps the killer is someone else entirely, someone who´s still out there, preparing to strike again.

Thoughts

I was thrilled after I´ve had read the authors book Precious Thing and was curious to find out if this one would be as thrilling as the other one.

Treasures Lost, Treasures Found by Nora Roberts

Friday, January 18, 2019
I read this novel in a phase of my life where I literally devoured books written by Nora Roberts. Her way of writing about romance was, back then, totally new to me and it was fascinating to dive into new worlds with her figures and stories.

Treasures Lost, Treasures Found
Author Nora Roberts
Publisher Silhouette Special Releases on August 14, 2017
Genre Novel
Pages 256
Format eBook
Source Purchased**

Kate Hardesty had inherited a dream: a pile of mysterious charts and notebooks, mapping the way to sunken treasure. Determined to complete her late father´s explorations, she returned to the island where she grew up, and hired deep-sea diver Dominic Silver – the man she left behind four years ago. But working with Dominic meant more than searching for gold … it meant finding the priceless treasure Kate hadn´t been looking for.

Thoughts

But you can tell that there is a change of style, tone, and voice in her work. 

Waiting On Wednesday #85 – Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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 Heist by Daniel Silva

Monday, January 14, 2019
One of the few books it took me several attempts before I finally started reading it. And after I was thrilled with The Messenger, this one turned out to be average for me. Sad to say it, but I want to be honest with you.

The Heist
Author Daniel Silva
Gabriel Allon Series #14
Publisher Harper Collins on July 15, 2014
Genre Thriller
Pages 467
Format Hardcover
Source Library 
Goodreads

Sometimes the best way to find a stolen masterpiece is to steal another one … Gabriel Allon, art restorer, and legendary spy is in Venice when he receives an urgent call from the Italian police. The art dealer Justin Isherwood has stumbled upon a chilling murder scene and is being held as a suspect. The dead man is a fallen spy with a secret – a trafficker in stolen artwork, sold to a mysterious collector. To save his friend, Gabriel must track down the world´s most iconic missing painting: Caravaggio´s Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence. Gabriel´s mission takes him on an exhilarating hunt from Marseilles and Corsica to Paris and Geneva, and, finally, to a private bank in Austria, where a dangerous man stands guard over the ill-gotten wealth of one of the world’s most brutal dictators …


Thoughts

Sure, the way how Gabriel Allon did his work as a spy was fascinating, logical and very well thought through, but the rest?

Every Little Thing by Marie Force

Friday, January 11, 2019
After reading all its predecessors, I, of course, wanted to know how the story will continue. Good, this novel wasn´t about one of the Abbot children, but many of them were present.

Every Little Thing
Author Marie Force
The Butler, Vermont Series #1
Green Mountain Series #7
Publisher HTJB Inc on January 26, 2017
Genre Novel
Pages 338
Format Paperback
Source Purchased 

Grayson Coleman has just moved home to Butler, Vermont after spending years working for a high-powered law firm in Boston. He´s looking for a simpler, less stressful existence in the sleepy little mountain town where he grew up with his siblings and Abbott cousins. Once the holidays are over, he plans to hang out a shingle and open a new general law practice. After helping to raise his seven younger siblings, the last thing on Grayson´s mind is a family of his own. Emma Mulvaney is enjoying a break from her reality as a busy single mother in New York City while she and her adorable daughter, Simone, spend the holidays in Vermont with Emma´s sister, Lucy, and Lucy´s future in-laws, the Abbotts. After meeting Abbott cousin Grayson Coleman and talking to him for hours, Emma is nervous and excited to have dinner alone with him after sharing her deepest, most personal secrets with him. Will that first night be the start of something new for the jaded lawyer and the selfless single mom or will a holiday week flirtation turn into something much bigger than either of them ever expected?

Thoughts

No question, the cover of the German edition is a soft and very feminine one – with all the rose tones in the motive. 

Waiting On Wednesday #84 – Queen Of Ruin by Tracy Banghart

Wednesday, January 09, 2019
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.

Best Authors Of 2018

Sunday, January 06, 2019
During 2018 I discovered some new-to-me-authors like Mads Peder Nordbo, Brad Parks or Megan Miranda.

I read many more authors but narrowed them down to a list of ten. You might miss the one or the other authors name, but I chose them after the books I´ve read and who impressed me the most.

Reading Holly Black´s The Cruel Prince made me become her fan. It wasn´t my first book written by her, but the one, that convinced me to keep reading her books. At least those that are about The Folk of the Air.


Best Books Of 2018

Saturday, January 05, 2019
Not sure if I am quite late with my list of the best books I´ve read in 2018 or if I am quite right doing it now.

But for some reasons, I didn´t see a point in creating my list while we still had December and I was still reading books until New Year´s Eve. You never know if the last book you´ve read during the last days of the year is a candidate for the best-books-list or not.

My Best Books of 2018 contains new releases, older books, some I read in English, some in German.



Waiting On Wednesday #83 – Soul Of The Sword by Julie Kagawa

Wednesday, January 02, 2019
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.


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