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Waiting On Wednesday #103 – The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter

Wednesday, July 17, 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.

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
As much as I am fascinated by the gorgeous cover, I am not much fascinated by the story behind it. What in the world was that?!

War Storm 
Author Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen Series #4
Publisher Harper Teen on May 15, 2018
Genre Fantasy
Pages 657
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased 

Victory comes at a price. Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal´s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart – and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her – Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all … starting with the crown on Maven´s head. But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal´s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolish everything – and everyone – in his path. War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will little lightning girl be forever silenced?

Thoughts

What a pleasure reading Red Queen has been. But this here?

Weekly Book Wrap-Up #76 – New Books And New Plans

Sunday, July 14, 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*

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

Saturday, July 13, 2019
I LOVE Nora Roberts. She is the Queen of Romance and reading her books is one heck of a pleasure. Sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less. This one is definitely the a-bit-more category. Whiskey Beach was a pure reading pleasure.

Whiskey Beach
Author Nora Roberts
Publisher G.P. Putnam´s Sons on April 16, 2013
Genre Contemporary Romance
Pages 484
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased 
Goodreads

For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore – and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it´s home. A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigation after being accused of – but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be ex-wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach´s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents – including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries – one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all. 

Thoughts

It started with the gorgeous cover design.

Waiting On Wednesday #102 – Bone Crier´s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

Wednesday, July 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 #75 – Book Surprise

Sunday, July 07, 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*


2019 Library Love Challenge Mid-Year Update

Thursday, July 04, 2019
I had to link up a review for a book from the library at Angel´s Guilty Pleasures when I stumbled across her mid-year post which reminded me that I should post one too. How time flies!

My goal for this challenge was to achieve at least the Dewey Decimal. Meaning that I must lend and read twelve books from my library. But I guess that I will go beyond that since I´ve spent more time at the library lately than I thought I would this year.

To see how many books I´ve read for this challenge to date, keep reading *smile*



Waiting On Wednesday #101 – The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

Wednesday, July 03, 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 Chosen by Kristina Ohlsson

Tuesday, July 02, 2019
I don´t know what made me take this book home with me. The cover for sure was not the reason. And at home, I discovered after reading a few pages, that I was somehow familiar with it. And still, there were things to discover.

The Chosen
Author Kristina Ohlsson
Fredrika Bergman & Alex Recht Series #5
Original Title Davidsstjärnor
Publisher Simon & Schuster Ltd. on December 31, 2015
Genre Thriller
Pages 584
Format Paperback
Source Library 

On a cold winter´s day, a pre-school teacher is shot to death in front of parents and children at the Jewish Congregation in Stockholm. Just a few hours later two Jewish boys go missing on their way to tennis practice. A heavy snowstorm hits Stockholm and the traces of the perpetrator are few and far between. Fredrika Bergman and Alex Recht are faced with one of their toughest challenges every as they hunt for a killer that seems as merciless and he is effective. The leads in the investigation are many and diverse but in the end, they all point to the same place: Israel. Someone or something called the Paper Boy keeps popping up in the police investigation. But who was he really? And could he possibly have resurfaced in Stockholm, now claiming new victims?

Thoughts

It was a bit odd to read this book. Maybe it was because some things seemed quite familiar while others were completely new to me. 

Herz Zu Asche by Kathrin Lange

Thursday, June 27, 2019
It was quite clear to me, that I had to read this final book in the author´s heart trilogy to find out how everything would end. And what an end it was!

Herz Zu Asche
Author Kathrin Lange
Herz Trilogy #3
Publisher Arena on August 1, 2015
Genre Mystery thriller
Pages 381
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher 

In the end, you too believe in the curse. Juli can hardly believe it: Charlie is alive! At last, David does not need to torture himself any longer. Finally, Juli can be happy with him. But Charlie does her utmost to recapture David. And the spirit of Madeleine Bower drives Juli more and more into despair. David sees only one way to protect his girlfriend: he has to leave her. But Juli´s visions are getting darker and so she decides to put an end to the curse forever – even if she has to sacrifice what she loves most …

Thoughts

This book and this trilogy are the perfect combinations of a true story, love, and that not everything golden is really golden and perfect.

Waiting On Wednesday #100 – Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Wednesday, June 26, 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.

Arlo Finch In The Valley Of Fire by John August

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Sometimes, I like to discover new to me authors and read a story that is a bit out of my usual habits. This book was a bit of a surprise to me with the very special magic in it.

Arlo Finch In The Valley Of Fire 
Author John August
Arlo Finch Trilogy #1
Publisher Roaring Book Press on February 6, 2018
Genre Fantasy
Pages 336
Format Hardcover
Source Library 

Arlo Finch is a newcomer to Pine Mountain, Colorado, a tiny town of mystery and magic, but he´s already attracted the attention of dark and ancient forces. At first, he thinks these increasingly strange and frightening occurrences are just part of being Rangers, the mountain scouting troop where he learns how to harness the wild magic seeping in from the mysterious Long Woods. But soon Arlo finds himself at the center of a dangerous adventure, where he faces obstacles that test the foundations of the Ranger´s Vow: Loyalty, Bravery, Kindness, and Truth.

Thoughts

Though I believe that this book is for boys AND girls, with the ghostly touch inside I guess that boys will be more attracted by it. 

Hidden by Sophie Jordan

Monday, June 24, 2019
This novel is a mix of great scenes, dialogues you wonder how they were created and figures that show that there is more to life than only the wishes of the elder.

Hidden 
Author Sophie Jordan
Firelight Trilogy #3
Publisher Harper Teen on September 11, 2012
Genre Fantasy
Pages 272
Format Hardcover

If Jacinda were to follow the wishes of her community, she´d happily settle down with Cassian, the prince of the pride. But she just can´t. She´s in love with Will, a human boy who comes from a family of hunters. Their relationship breaks the most sacred rule and endangers everyone she cares about. Now Jacinda, Will, and Cassian fight back against the hunters and their shadowy allies who would destroy them all … 


Thoughts

But on the other hand, this book shows things that are very close to the edge of being a bit too detailed for a book in that genre.

Weekly Book Wrap-Up #74 – We Have Summer!

Sunday, June 23, 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*


A Court Of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Friday, June 21, 2019
After finishing this one, I was a bit lost. That one scene towards the end was a shock! Still, don´t know what to think of it, but with the next book in line already on my shelf, I am sure I will soon find out.

A Court Of Wings And Ruin 
Author Sarah J. Maas
A Court Of Thorns And Roses Series #3
Publisher Bloomsbury on May 2, 2017
Genre Fantasy
Pages 699
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased 

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin´s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip my spell doom not only for Feyre but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

Thoughts

A Court of Wings and Ruin might not be the bright and romantic novel the other two books had been (at least not in a certain way), but its story wasn´t less written in the typical Sarah J. Maas style. 

Wem Kann Cara Trauen? by Annika Harper

Thursday, June 20, 2019
This book was great. And unlike the first one, I had fun reading it. And I like the color combination way more. Sadly, it is currently only available in the German language.

Wem Kann Cara Trauen?
Author Annika Harper
Cornwall College Series #2
Publisher Carlsen on November 25, 2016
Genre Children 10+
Pages 312
Format Hardcover
Source Library 

Cara Winter has settled in at the boarding school. Does Moritz know what she´s hiding? Can she trust him? For Cara exciting times begin: between spoiled glamor girls, sugary flirts and math lessons she has to learn to go her own way – and gets a dark family secret on the track … (personally translated blurb by ©Vi at Inkvotary).


Thoughts

I do hope that the author keeps her tone, style and the way how she has plotted this story. 

Waiting On Wednesday #99 – Eisgrab by Mads Peder Nordbo

Wednesday, June 19, 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.

Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Good, I wasn´t very happy when I saw the cover the German edition has (see the end of review), for the first time. But hey, it is the story that counts, right? And this story is one heck of a great show. A feast for the eye and imagination.

Vanish
Author Sophie Jordan
Firelight Trilogy #2
Publisher Harper Teen on September 6, 2011
Genre Fantasy
Pages 294
Format Hardcover

After revealing herself as a drake to hunters to save Will, the boy she loves, Jacinda and her family must return to the safety of the pride. But her fellow drake no longer trust Jacinda, so her sister, Tamra and their prince, Cassian, are among the few who will even talk to her. Jacinda longs for Will to keep his promise and come find her, even though she knows it is not only unlikely, it is dangerous. When, against all odds, he does track her down, Will´s reappearance sets in motion a deadly chain of events that nobody can stop. 

Thoughts

And I am absolutely thrilled that I could convince myself to read it.

2019 Midyear Audiobook Challenge Update

Saturday, June 15, 2019
The audiobook challenge is hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer and Hot Listens. When I´ve signed up for this challenge, I had the goal to listen to at least 5 titles. And I was absolutely convinced that I would have reached that before I was typing my midyear post for this challenge.

Well, so far, I´ve barely listened to one audiobook. Or better said, the first chapter of it. I started listening to it somewhen in January/February. Now, June is halfway through and I haven´t made any progress with that audiobook since then.



A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Friday, June 14, 2019
Brilliant. Brilliant. BRILLIANT! Holy smokes, I am thrilled. Even as a huge ToG fan, I think that this is the best book I´ve ever read by the author.

A Court Of Mist And Fury
Author Sarah J. Maas
A Court Of Thorns And Roses Series #2
Publisher Bloomsbury on May 3, 2016
Genre Fantasy
Pages 624
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased 
Goodreads

Feyre survived Amarantha´s clutches to return to the Spring Court – but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can´t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin´s people. Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms – and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shaper her future – and the future of a world torn apart.

Thoughts

And I am asking myself why in gods name I´ve waited so long to read it.

Anne Frank - Today She Would Be Ninety Years Old

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Last night, while watching the news, I realized, that today is the birthday of one of the most famous Teenagers, the world has ever known.

Her diary is one of the most read books in the world and her face and name are ineffaceably connected with the Holocaust and the inhumanness of National Socialism.

Today, Anne Frank would have been ninety-years old. And with her story in mind and the picture of her in my head, I write this post.


Waiting On Wednesday #98 – A Very Large Expanse Of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

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.

Was Verbirgt Cara Winter? by Annika Harper

Friday, June 07, 2019
When I saw that book at the library I thought that could be something nice. Well, it turned out different.

Was Verbirgt Cara Winter?*
Author Annika Harper
Cornwall College Series #1
Publisher Carlsen on July 30, 2015
Genre Children 10+
Pages 268
Format Hardcover
Source Library
Goodreads

The boarding school “Cornwall College” in England. Here they are all, the children of the rich and famous: swanky princes and glitter girls, real stars and drama queens. And Cara Winter. She has just arrived from Germany. Almost you could overlook the inconspicuous girl. But Cara has a secret … (personally translated by © Vi at Inkvotary).

Thoughts

The cover is the most exciting when it comes to this book and though I am no fan of the color pink, it somehow fits.

Liebe Und Andere Notlügen by Mary Kay Andrews

Thursday, June 06, 2019
Little Bitty Lies is a novel you can definitely tell that it was written over ten years ago. The way how Mary Bliss is thinking and acting, her moral and how she lives, tell you everything. And still, she is a gorgeous character.

Liebe Und Andere Notlügen
Author Mary Kay Andrews
Translation Susanne Goga-Klinkenberg
Original Title Little Bitty Lies
Publisher Fischer TB on May 22, 2019
Genre Novel
Pages 489
Format Paperback
Source Publisher 

Mary Bliss is stunned when she finds a message from her husband Parker: He does not just want to leave her and her daughter Erin, he has also cleared the accounts. To save her face, Mary gets carried away to a tiny white lie: she tells the neighbors that Parker is just on a business trip. But Mary does not want to let her unfaithful husband get away with it. She decides to clear his life insurance. The small obstacle that Parke is alive and kicking should be overcome. But suddenly the attractive private detective Matt appears, who is supposed to find Parker … (personally translated by © Vi at Inkvotary).

Thoughts

Sometimes I had the feeling that this is more a crime novel than a normal novel. 

Waiting On Wednesday #97 – Crescent City House Of Earth And Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Wednesday, June 05, 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.

Blackwood Briefe An Mich by Britta Sabbag

Friday, May 31, 2019
This was my first novel written by the author. And every minute worth I´ve spent reading it. And after a little while, I could see why the dust jacket shows a dragonfly. Absolutely thought through.

Blackwood-Briefe An Mich
Author Britta Sabbag
Publisher Fischer FJB on March 27, 2019
Genre Novel
Pages 442
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher 

Would one want to read a letter from his future self? That´s not a question for Gesine. Of course, she would. Because after the death of her mother she has to move alone to a relative in Ireland. In the small, sleepy village of Blackwood, she has no one to talk to about her grief. Nor about Arian Mary, the outrageously handsome son of the local butter dynasty. In addition, the villagers make her crazy with stories about all sorts of supernatural stuff. All nonsense thinks Gesine. Until she finds in a mysterious old desk a letter from her future self, which confuses her world … (personally translated blurb by ©Vi at Inkvotary).

Thoughts

If you love novels about Ireland and how people feel and think about the mythological side of this part of the world, then this is your book. 

Waiting On Wednesday #96 – Outfox by Sandra Brown

Wednesday, May 22, 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.

Ricochet by Sandra Brown

The design of the cover is a feast for the eye. Simple, a few colors dominate everything and behind the dust jacket a picture that shows a real beauty. Pure but very eye-catching.

Ricochet
Author Sandra Brown
Publisher Simon & Schuster on August 15, 2006
Genre Thriller
Pages 385
Format Hardcover
Goodreads

When Savannah detective Duncan Hatcher is summoned to an unusual crime scene, he knows discretion is key. Influential Judge Cato Laird´s beloved trophy wife, Elise, has fatally shot a burglar. She claims self-defense, but Duncan suspects she´s lying and puts his career in jeopardy by investigating further. Then, in secret, Elise makes an incredible allegation, which he dismisses as the lie of a cunning woman trying to exploit his intense attraction to her. But when Elise goes missing, Duncan finds that trusting the wrong person could mean the difference between life and death for both of them. 

Thoughts

But that what lays between the two book-cover is a story of its own.

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*

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