Bookish thoughts!!!

My name is Nicole. I'm 29 years old and live in germany. This is going to be my little space where I share all my thoughts on books that I have read. English books will get a english review. German books get an english and german review if the book is available in english.

 

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Blutzeuge // I Know a Secret!!!

Blutzeuge - Tess Gerritsen

German and english review
First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

 Am 20.11.17 ist das Buch bei uns in Deutschland erhältlich.

 

Ach, wie ich diese Bücherserie liebe. Ich war so froh, als ich gesehen hatte, dass es einen weiteren Band geben würde obwohl der Band davor als letzter Teil der Serie angekündigt wurde. Und jetzt wo ich das Buch gelesen habe, freu ich mich um so mehr, dass es den Teil gegeben hat, denn er war einfach wieder großartig.

 

Inhalt: Sie haben das Böse gesehen – und er lässt sie mit ihrem Blut zahlen.

In Boston wird die Leiche einer jungen Frau gefunden – in der offenen Handfläche liegen ihre Augäpfel. Die Verstümmelung geschah post mortem, wie bei der Obduktion eindeutig festgestellt wird. Doch die genaue Todesursache bleibt unklar. Kurze Zeit später taucht die Leiche eines Mannes auf – Pfeile ragen aus seinem Brustkorb, die ebenfalls erst nach seinem Tod dort platziert wurden. Beide wurden Opfer desselben Täters, ansonsten scheint es keine Verbindung zwischen ihnen zu geben. Detective Jane Rizzoli von der Bostoner Polizei steht vor einem Rätsel, bis eine Spur sie zu einem Jahrzehnte zurückliegenden Fall von Misshandlungen in einem katholischen Kinderhort führt ...

 

Ich liebe die Art wie Tess Gerritsen die Welt von Jane Rizzoli und Maura Isles beschreibt. Sie schafft es jedes Mal genau die richtige Balance zu finden, zwischen dem aktuellem Fall an dem gearbeitet wird und dem Privatleben der Charaktere. Deswegen war es auch schon nach den ersten paar Kapiteln richtig einfach wieder in die Welt einzutauchen.

 

Der Fall. Ich werde nicht viel darüber sagen, außer, dass was in der Inhaltsangabe eh schon steht. Aber WOW. Der Fall war wirklich richtig gut erzählt und so unheimlich spannend. Und die Wendungen. All die Wendungen. So verdammt gut.

 

Das Privatleben der Charaktere. Hier werde ich spoilern, ohne Ende. Sorry.
Ach Mensch, hab ich gelitten als ich gelesen habe, dass Angela zurück zu Frank ist. Frank und Frankie. Ich kann die Beiden einfach mal so garnicht ab und hätte am Liebsten ihre Momente übersprungen, einfach weil sie die Art von Männern sind, mit denen ich garnichts anfangen kann und ihre Aussagen einfach nur schrecklich finde. Um so froher war ich, als Angela am Ende ihre Koffer gepackt hat. Richtig so. Und Korsak hat sie auch nur zu gerne wieder mit offenen Armen empfangen. Ich mag die Beiden einfach total gerne zusammen.
Und dann natürlich Maura und Daniel. Die Beiden. Ich weiß, ich sollte es nicht aber ich liebe die Beiden einfach zusammen. Da steht so viel zwischen ihnen aber ich war sooo glücklich, dass sie in dem Teil endlich wieder Kontakt zu einander hatten und alles was später zwischen den Beiden passiert ist, dagegen hatte ich auch absolut nichts einzuwenden. Ich hoffe ja immer noch, dass sie es irgendwie auf die Reihe kriegen und es ein richtiges Happy End für die Beiden geben wird.

 

Also ich kann den Teil wirklich nur sehr empfehlen. Selbst, wenn man nur an dem Fall interessiert ist und einem das drum herum so nicht interessiert. Für den Fall lohnt es sich auf jeden fall.

 

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Oh how I love this book series. I was so happy when I found out, that there was going to be another book, even though they pretty much said, that the book before was going to be the last one. And now that I read the book, I'm even happier, cause everything about this book was pretty much amazing.

 

Summary: The crime scene is unlike any that Detective Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles have ever before encountered. The woman lies in apparently peaceful repose on her bed, and Maura finds no apparent cause of death, but there is no doubt the woman is indeed dead. The victim’s eyes have been removed and placed in the palm of her hand, a gesture that echoes the terrifying films she produces. Is a crazed movie fan reenacting scenes from those disturbing films?

When another victim is found, again with no apparent cause of death, again with a grotesquely staged crime scene, Jane and Maura realize the killer has widened his circle of targets. He’s chosen one particular woman for his next victim, and she knows he’s coming for her next. She’s the only one who can help Jane and Maura catch the killer.

But she knows a secret. And it’s a secret she’ll never tell.

 

I love the way how Tess Gerritsen writes the world around Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles. She somehow always finds the right balance between the case the are working on and the private life of the characters. That's why, after a few chapters, I'm always completely sucked in.

 

The case. I won't say much about it, other than what's been said in the summary. But WOW. The case was so thrilling told and super super suspenseful. The twists and turns. All of them. So damn good.

 

The private life of the characters. Here is were spoilers will happen. Sorry.
Oh boy, how much I suffered when I read that Angela actually went back to Frank. Frank and Frankie. I just hate these two with a burning passion and was super close to just skipping the few parts they were in. Both are just the type of men, that I can't deal with. Pretty much every word they say offends me. All the happier I was, when Angela packed her bags. YOU GO, GIRL. And Korsak, just welcoming her back with open arms. I love these two a lot.
And of course Maura and Daniel. These two. I know I shouldn't but I love these two together so so much. There is so much standing in their way but I'm sooo happy that they are actually in contact again and I have nothing against everything that happened from there on. I'm still clinging to every bit of hope that they will actually work things out and that they somehow get a real happy end.

 

I really recommend this book. Even if you are just interested in the case and couldn't care less about everything around it. The case is totally worth it.

Miraculous - Der dunkle Doppelgänger!!!

Miraculous - Der dunkle Doppelgänger - Barbara Neeb, Katharina Schmidt

Erstens: Ich habe durch NetGalley einen ARC erhalten. (I couldn't find a english version of the book that's why my review will only be in german)

 

Ich war super happy, als ich das Buch bei Netgalley gesehen habe, kurz nachdem ich das andere Buch dort bekommen und gelesen habe. Noch mehr gefreut habe ich mich, als ich dann gesehen habe, dass ich auch dieses Buch hier lesen konnte.

 

Es war wieder ein sehr kurzes Vergnügen, für das ich nicht mal eine Stunde gebraucht hatte. Aber es war so schön. Die Geschichte ist eine meiner Lieblingsgeschichten in der Serie. Ich bin immer für eine Doppelgänger Geschichte zu haben.

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Approximately Yours!!!

Approximately Yours (North Pole, Minnesota) - Julie Hammerle

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

This is the third book in the North Pole, Minnesota series, but can be read on it's own. Same town, different characters. But mentions of some of the characters in the earlier books.

 

In my mind, I'm actually packing my bags and moving to North Pole, Minnesota. This town just seems so damn magical and beautiful, with wonderful people in it and a christmas vibe all year long, something that doesn't sound bad to me at all. I'm writing this review while listening to christmas music (in october, gasp!!!)

 

This review is going to contain spoilers, cause I can't contain my feels!!!

 

Summary: Danny Garland is so out of Holly’s league. And her family is only back in North Pole, Minnesota, long enough to sell Grandma’s house and say “Merry Christmas.” So telling her basketball-star, too-hot-to-be-real long-time crush that she’d like to kiss him under the mistletoe just isn’t going to happen.

And now he’s asked out her cousin, Elda. Elda is a mess at flirting, so when she begs Holly to intervene, she does. Holly helps her flirt with him over text. And then again. And again. Now she’s stuck texting him as her cousin, and Elda is the one going on the date. Holly thought she could settle for just conversation with Danny, but talking with him is some kind of magic. He’s got the perfect comebacks, she makes him laugh, they text until everyone is asleep.

She just can’t ever tell him it’s her he’s really texting.

 

I still haven't read the first book in the series but I LOVED the second one. And now the third one sucked me in right away. This series is just greatly written and so easy and fun to read.

 

The characters.
The two main characters are Holly and Danny.
I loved them both right from the start. Holly broke my heart so many times in this story, just her being super selfconsious and always thinking that she will never be good enough. And Danny, breaking his leg and having to give up on basketball for a while, finding out his girlfriend is cheating on him. Give these two a break. And then they met, and because Holly is Holly and she's thinking that he will never be interested in her, she's trying her best to set him up with her cousin, Elda. On the topic of Elda, I love that girl, she's weird, she talks about gross things. She's wonderful.

 

So this story is basically about Holly trying to set up Elda with Danny, doing everything in her power to avoid her own feelings and making things happen between these two. She's writing him texts, pretending to be Elda (who knows about it), they pretty much make him believe that Elda is the one their grandma tried to set him up with. When Elda and Danny actually have to talk to each other face to face, it's just painful and awkward. But because Holly is trying to keep her distance, he actually things that she strongly dislikes him.

 

I love this story. I love the whole thing. Yes, some lies are being told, some feelings get hurt along the way. But I was living for every little moment between Holly and Danny. These two are just such beautiful idiots that I was really rooting for. LOVE THEM.
I also really loved Elda and Dinesh. I mean things between them happened really fast, but these two weirdos work so well together that it was just so THEM to jump right into the relationship. Wedding bells and all.

 

I also very much LOVED the whole gingerbread competition. This is coming from someone who loathes gingerbread. But this element to the story was just so cute. And I loved the little moments of Tinka (from book 2) that we got through this. Girl was not happy about her placing in the competition. Haha, loved it.

 

I HIGHLY recommend this book for everyone who is in need of a little bit of christmas-y cuteness!!!

 

Reading progress update: I've read 14%.

Elias & Laia - Die Herrschaft der Masken - Sabaa Tahir, Barbara Imgrund

Actually listening to it. And loving it so far.

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

Approximately Yours (North Pole, Minnesota) - Julie Hammerle

I just love this North Pole series. Super super cute!!! And such a fast read. I barely started and I'm already at 20%!!!

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Just One of the Boys!!!

Just One of the Boys - Leah and Kate Rooper

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

This book was everything I wanted it to be!!!!

Summary: Alice Bell has one goal: to play for the elite junior hockey team the Chicago Falcons.But when she’s passed over at tryouts for being a girl, she’ll do anything to make her dream a reality...even disguising herself as her twin brother. With her amazing skills on the ice, Alice is sure she’ll fit in easily. That is, until she starts falling for one of her teammates...

Hayden Tremblay, star of the Falcons, can’t keep himself out of the penalty box. Constantly living in the shadow of his older brother, Hayden’s losing his passion for hockey. But when he gets shown up on the ice by the Falcons’ new rookie, Hayden’s determined to teach the kid a thing or two. Little does he guess that “Al’s” surprises on the ice are just the beginning...

 

 

The book sucked me in right from the stars. A kick ass girl, who outplays lots of dude on the ice during tryouts and makes the team. Only, that she takes of her helmet and people realize that she's a girl and not a dude. GASP!!!! SCANDAL!!!! A GIRL. ON THE ICE. PLAYING HOCKEY. WHAT?????? So, of course. The only logical thing to do as a coach that just welcomend her on the team, is to make her understand he made a mistake and actually meant her twin brother. Who, well...sucked during the tryouts. SHOCKING, a dude who played mediocre got the place instead of a girl who played amazing. I could go on and on about this but I will stop right here...
Back to the story. Xander, Alice's twin brother actually breaks his leg. And Alice is ready to take his place on the team, acting like she's him. YES PLEASE!!!!!
Twin story: check.
Giving me She's The Man feels: CHECK!!!!

 

I loved the main characters.

Alice, I loved Alice so much. I loved her as Alice, I loved her as Al. She was amazing.
Hayden. Let's be real about him for a second here, I didn't like this dude at all in the beginning. He was just a mean jerk, who I couldn't care less about. Towards the middle it changed. He got more backstory and NO, the tragic things in his past didn't excuse anything, but towards the middle, he became a actual human being for me that I cared for. He was still a jerk from time to time.
Loved the minor characters.
Xander. Man, I loved him in the beginning, hated him in the middle and loved him again in the end. There is a lot going on for him in the story, once again that's no excuse for how he handles some of the things, but still, towards the end he really stole my heart again.
Madison. She showed up and I loved her. She was super supportive, she was just such a great friend to Alice. Ugh. She was amazing.

 

I got annoyed with the characters a lot of times, they made terrible decisions, the said a lot of awful things to each other. BUT I LOVED THEM.
I loved the story. I loved the writing.
I highly recommend this book.

 

 

 

Miraculous - Die geheime Superheldin!!!

Miraculous - Die geheime Superheldin - Barbara Neeb, Katharina Schmidt

Erstens: Ich habe durch NetGalley einen ARC erhalten. (I couldn't find a english version of the book that's why my review will only be in german)

 

Ich finde ja die Serie schon super süß gemacht und gucke sie unglaublich gerne. Auch mehrere Male, weil es ja bis jetzt nur eine Staffel gibt und die wird wieder und wieder wiederholt.

 

Als ich von den Büchern gehört hatte, hatte ich gehofft, dass es vollkommen andere und neue Geschichten sind. Sind es aber nicht. Was es für mich ein bisschen schwer gemacht hat, weil ich die Geschichten einfach schon so oft gehört habe.

 

Allerdings war es trotzdem schön so eine Geschichte zu lesen und ist für Kinder wirklich super geeignet und auch für erwachsene Kinder, die nicht alt werden wollen und die einen kleinen Lesesnack für zwischen durch brauchen.

My September 2017

Marlena: A Novel - Julie Buntin Daredevil, Vol. 1 - Paolo Rivera, Marcos Martin, Mark Waid A Messy, Beautiful Life - Sara Jade Alan Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Vol. 1: Hooked On A Feline (Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! (2015-2017)) - Brittney Williams, Kate Leth The Book of Whispers - Kimberley Starr
Marlena - 4.5 stars
Daredevil, Vol. 1 - 4 stars
A Messy, Beautiful Life - 5 stars
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Vol. 1: Hooked On A Feline - 5 stars
The Book of Whispers - 3 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: A Messy, Beautiful Life

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Süßer Ruf des Todes, Blutzeuge, Miraculous - Die geheime Superheldin, Just One of the Boys

 

This month has been okay-ish. But I'm okay with it, cause September just wasn't my month at all. I'm glad it's over. But this month brought me A Messy, Beautiful Life. A book that is going to be on my favorites list for a long time now. I LOVE IT. I'm also super close to finishing my Reading Challenge for this year. Thank god!!! (or well, thank me, cause I'm the one doing the reading)

Reading progress update: I've read 12%.

Just One of the Boys - Leah and Kate Rooper

YESSS, they are going THERE!!!! (the joy when you don't read the summary of a book, where it's said that they are going to go there!!!)

Reading progress update: I've read 50 out of 96 pages.

Miraculous - Die geheime Superheldin - Barbara Neeb, Katharina Schmidt

This is just super cute!!!

I mean I know the story from the show, but still. CUTE!!!

The Book of Whispers!!!

The Book of Whispers - Kimberley Starr

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

I have such a lov/hate relationship with this book, it's not even funny. The cover was the thing that made me give this book a second look, cause it's gorgeous. The story sounded super interesting. It just didn't work for me at all.

 

Summary: Tuscany, 1096 AD. Luca, young heir to the title of Conte de Falconi, sees demons. Since no one else can see them, Luca must keep quiet about what he sees, or risk another exorcism by the nefarious priest Ramberti.

Luca also has dreams—dreams that sometimes predict the future. Night after night Luca sees his father murdered, and vows to stop it coming true. Even if he has to go against his father's wishes and follow him on the great pilgrimage to capture the Holy Lands.

Far away in Cappadocia, Suzan has dreams too. Consigned with her mute mother to a life in an underground convent, she has a vision of a brown-haired boy riding through the desert. A boy with an ancient book that holds some inscrutable power. A boy who will take her on an adventure that will lead to places beyond both their understanding.

Together, Luca and Suzan will realise their true quest: to defeat the forces of man and demon that wish to destroy the world.

 

I had the hardest time getting into this book, it wasn't the writing. It was the character. Luca. I just didn't care about him at all. Because of that, I only got into the story as soon as Suzan showed up. We get POV's from the both of them. As soon as the two of them met and the journey was told from the two of them, this is when things started to get really interesting for me. I still didn't care for Luca, tho. I'm so sorry. It hurts my soul to actually write it.

 

The world itself was super interesting. To have these historical events combined with the magical world of demons. But it kinda fell flat for me. Towards the end of the book, I just got bored (even though lots of things happened), I just didn't care enough about it anymore and had the hardest time picking this book up to read a few pages. Giving this a three star raiting, cause there were some parts that I really enjoyed and that I loved reading. Mostly when it came to Suzan. And later Serafina. Loved these two.

 

Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, Vol 1: Hooked On A Feline !!!

Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Vol. 1: Hooked On A Feline (Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! (2015-2017)) - Brittney Williams, Kate Leth

I don't know why but I probably never would have picked this up, if I hadn't seen it while browsing through the comics on Prime Reading. Now, I just wanna spend all my money on things Hellcat.

 

I seriously loved this. The artwork was super great. I loved the characters. I loved the stories. It's just super fun to read and I had such a great time with this. It's also kinda adorable. I LOVE IT.

Reading progress update: I've read 7%.

Blutzeuge - Tess Gerritsen

I'm just so happy and so excited for this book. And forever grateful that I actually got an ARC through Netgalley. AAAAH!!!

A Messy, Beautiful Life!!!

A Messy, Beautiful Life - Sara Jade Alan

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

The book comes out october 2nd!!!

 

Look at me, reviewing an ARC before it's getting published. I think I'm starting to get my crap together. WHOOT!!! I wanna say right at the beginning, that I highly recommend this book to everyone, except if you want to stay away from cancer stories (something I totally understand).

 

Summary: Life is funny sometimes.

And not always the ha, ha kind. Like that one time where a hot guy tried to kiss me and I fell. Down. Hard. And then found out I had cancer.

I’m trying to be strong for my friends and my mom.

And I’m trying so hard to be “just friends” with that hot guy, even though he seems to want so much more. But I won’t do that to him. He’s been through this before with his family, and I’m not going to let him watch me die.

So, I tell myself: Smile Ellie. Be funny Ellie. Don’t cry Ellie, because once I start, I might not stop.

 

THIS BOOK. The cover is gorgeous, even though it took me way too long, to figure out there is a bone between all the flowers. Something that makes total sense. Also the titel is perfect for the book. PERFECT!!!

 

I kinda wanna dump all my feels for the book all at once in this review. But let's have some order. Maybe. Hopefully.

 

The writing is amazing. Seriously. I have some problems with books at the moment and taking forever to really get into them. But this one. The author had me right from the beginning. The writing was just so beautiful.

 

I also loved the characters right from the start.
Ellie is the perfect main character. Seriously. She is funny, she is loving, caring, she is freaking strong. That girl stole my heart.
And Jason, what a great guy. DANG. I really loved him the moment he showed up and could totally understand why Ellie was falling for him super fast. These two were the greatest, through all the mess, they were beautiful.
I also loved all the side characters. Craig, Ellie's stepbrother. He was amazing, seriously. In the beginning I wasn't sure cause Ellie descriped him as the most annoying person and then he showed up, and I just loved him. And he cared so much about her and ahhhh, he is great.
And Ellie's mom, I LOVED her. Moms are the greatest. I wasn't sure about Ellie's father in the beginning. I was super unimpressed by him not being there. Thankfully that turned around and he got much more involved.
I also loved Ellie's friends, Hana and Quinn. THEIR FRIENDSHIP.
The greatest thing about all these characters and their relationship was, that this group felt like a huge family that went through all the ups and downs in life together and that was just so damn beautiful.

 

This book has the perfect mixture of lighthearted, fun moments and moments that will shatter your heart. But it's beautiful and gives you all the feels. And ugh, I truly love this whole story, the characters, just everything. I will stop now before I slip even more into fangirl mode and no one will understand a word I'm saying. So bye. Read this book!!!

Reading progress update: I've read 18%.

Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Vol. 1: Hooked On A Feline (Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! (2015-2017)) - Brittney Williams, Kate Leth

I only just now finished the first story but damn, I love this way too much already!!!

Daredevil, Vol. 1!!!

Daredevil, Vol. 1 - Paolo Rivera, Marcos Martin, Mark Waid

This is another one of my Amazon Prime Reading reads.

 

I liked this one a lot. I didn't LOVE it, but I really liked it. It was entertaining as hell and just fun to read. I only know the Netflix version of Daredevil, so I was really excited to read this version and I sure as heck wanna continue reading this.

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