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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Jessica Jones: Alias, Vol. 1 !!!

Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1 (Alias (2001-2003)) - Michael Gaydos, David Mack, Brian Michael Bendis, Bill Sienkiewicz

Thank god Prime Reading is a thing now and I could actually read this volume for free. YOU GO, AMAZON!!!

 

I loved this A LOT.

Since I watched the show Jessica Jones is like one of my favorite people, so I was really excited to read more stuff about her and I'm so glad that I finally got the chance.

 

I loved all the stories.

The artwork wasn't my thing from time to time, but that was totally okay. Cause I got more Jessica Jones in my life and that's all that I wanted and needed.

Reading progress update: I've read 14%.

Artificial Sweethearts (North Pole, Minnesota) - Julie Hammerle

This is such a fun and easy read. Just what I needed right now.

Reading progress update: I've read 13%.

The Book of Whispers - Kimberley Starr

Oh here we go, Suzan's POV is kinda more intersting than Luca's. Ooops!!! Maybe I won't give up just yet.

Reading progress update: I've read 206 out of 428 pages.

Der Augenjäger - Sebastian Fitzek

Oh book, what are you doing to me?!?!?!

I love it, tho!!!!

Exodus of Magic!!!

Exodus of Magic (The Mysterium Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) - Simone Pond

I'M IN LOVE. I seriously can't wait to read the rest of the series.

 

Summary: Magic is illegal in the city of Mysterium, so Jordan must keep her secret buried deep. If anyone discovers the truth about her powerful and extraordinary magic, it would destroy everyone she cares about.

When Jordan uses illegal magic to protect others from a terrorist attack, she becomes a person of interest for the diabolical Counselor Magnus. He’ll keep her secret as long as she does his dirty work. She soon discovers the disturbing truth about Magnus, Mysterium, and her supernatural past.

Forced to leave the city, she learns about her true ancestors and an ancient prophecy she’s supposed to fulfill. But with Magnus, a vengeful werewolf, and a bloodthirsty vampire hunting her down, Jordan doubts she’ll ever be able to save this ancient race of people.

 

This was one of the books, that I just couldn't put down. Right from the first page I was totally into the story and the world it was set in. The writing is amazing and really fast paced. From the beginning until the end, there is action and lots of things happening, also a lot of questions are already answered. I LOVE THAT SO MUCH.

 

I love Jordan, the main character, and her journey through this book, finding out who she really is and what she has to do. I loved all her different relationships with the rest of the characters so much. What I loved even more that so far, there isn't a love triangle. Romance seems to be far in the background of this story, it's more about what is currently going on in that world and how to change things. PRAISE THE LORD.

 

Also some twists and turns towards the end, that I TOTALLY LOVED.

Thank god, I purchased the series as a whole on amazon, cause I really want to see where things are going.

Reading progress update: I've read 7%.

The Book of Whispers - Kimberley Starr

I'm having a hard time really getting into this.

Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

Exodus of Magic (The Mysterium Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) - Simone Pond

Jordan. Poor girl, she can't catch a break!!!
I also got Neon Jungle's "I don't look for trouble but trouble looks for me" stuck in my head.

This Impossible Light!!!

This Impossible Light - Lily Myers

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

Trigger warning: eating disorder.

 

Summary: Fifteen-year-old Ivy's world is in flux. Her dad has moved out, her mother is withdrawn, her brother is off at college, and her best friend, Anna, has grown distant. Worst of all, Ivy's body won’t stop expanding. She's getting taller and curvier, with no end in sight. Even her beloved math class offers no clear solution to the imbalanced equation that has become Ivy’s life.
 
Everything feels off-kilter until a skipped meal leads to a boost in confidence and reminds Ivy that her life is her own. If Ivy can just limit what she eats—the way her mother seems to—she can stop herself from growing, focus on the upcoming math competition, and reclaim control of her life. But when her disordered eating leads to missed opportunities and a devastating health scare, Ivy realizes that she must weigh her mother's issues against her own, and discover what it means to be a part of—and apart from—her family.

 

This book. THIS BOOK!!!
This book totally caught me off guard. Once again it's one of those books that I got from Netgalley, forgot about it and then started reading it without reading the summary again and didn't know what to expect.

 

The book deals with some tough topics but I think, they are handled really sensitive and respectful. The writing was so damn beautiful. Seriously, some of these moments in Ivy's life were so painful but they were written in the most beautiful way.

 

Poetry is my new favorite thing but I only ever read books with lots of different poetry, this time it was a whole book, a whole story. And it was beautiful.
It was super easy to get into, I started the book and pretty soon was half way through it. The characters were wonderful and so fleshed out.

 

Aaaah, I just love this book so much, it made me feel all the things and I highly recommend it.

Reading progress update: I've read 10%.

Exodus of Magic (The Mysterium Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) - Simone Pond

This is starting really interesting, I love that I'm only on chapter 3 and there are already things happening. Also the world the book is set in, seems so interesting.

 

(Note to myself: Instead of starting a new series by Simone Pond, you should have continued the New Agends series by her before you forgot everything from the first book)

Reading progress update: I've read 28%.

This Impossible Light - Lily Myers

The story. The writing. The poetry. The words.

I feel lots and lots of things.

Girl On The Train!!!

Girl on the Train: Der Roman zum Kinofilm - Paula Hawkins, Christoph Göhler

German and english review

 

Ich hab das Buch gerade fertig gelesen und ich bin mir noch nicht sicher, wie ich das Buch bewerten soll, ohne irgendwas zu verraten. Aber fangen wir erst mal ganz von Vorne an.

 

Inhalt: Jeden Morgen pendelt Rachel mit dem Zug in die Stadt, und jeden Morgen hält der Zug an der gleichen Stelle auf der Strecke an. Rachel blickt in die Gärten der umliegenden Häuser, sieht ihre Bewohner. Und eines Tages beobachtet sie etwas Schockierendes ...

 

Ich gestehe, dass ich am Anfang echt meine Schwierigkeiten hatte in das Buch reinzufinden. Es ist richtig gut geschrieben und ich liebe es, dass wir die Geschichte aus der Perspekive von drei Frauen lesen konnten, Rachel, Megan und Anna. Trotzallem hatte es eine Weile gedauert bis ich wirklich in dem Buch angekommen bin aber dann hatte es mich gepackt und gar nicht mehr los gelassen.

 

Rachel ist eine totale Katastrophe, die ich aber ziemlich schnell ins Herz geschlossen habe. Je weiter ein Charakter davon entfernt ist perfekt zu sein, um so lieber habe ich sie. Außerdem hat sie schließlich im Laufe des Buches an sich gearbeitet und ohne sie wäre das Buch einfach nicht das gewesen was es letzendlich war. Megan mochte ich auch total gerne, obwohl sie ebenfalls eine Katastrophe war. Wenn es um Anna geht, bin ich mir immer noch nicht sicher, was ich von ihr halten soll. Außerdem gab es Cathy, ein neben Charakter, den ich wirklich gleich ins Herz geschlossen habe. Sie war unglaublich toll.

 

Und das war es auch schon. Mehr will ich eigentlich garnicht sagen, denn ich finde je weniger man weiß um so besser ist es. Mich hat das Buch jeden fall komplett überzeugt. Die Geschichte war super umgesetzt und richtig gut erzählt. Es gab viele gute Wendungen und es war bis zum Ende absolut spannend. Ich kann es echt nur empfehlen.

 

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I just finished the book and I'm not sure how to actually review this book without giving anything away. But let's start at the beginning.

 

Summary: EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

 

I have to confess, that I had some problems getting into the story in the beginning. The writing is really amazing and I loved that we got to read the story from the point of view from three woman, Rachel, Megan and Anna. Still, it took me quite a bit to really get into it but when I did, it REALLY got me.

 

Rachel is a total mess, who I've taken in my heart right away. The farthest away a character is from being perfect, the more I love them. I also think that she worked a lot on herself throughout the whole book and without her the book wouldn't be what it is. Megan, I really liked her as well. She was a mess, too. When it comes to Anna, I'm not sure, I really don't know what to think of her. And there was also Cathy, a minor charater, that I really enjoyed reading about. She was just wonderful.

 

And that's about it. I don't really wanna say more, cause I think the less you know when getting into the book, the better it is. Anyway, the book really REALLY worked for me. The story is so well done and told in an amazing way. There were so many twists and turns and the story was thrilling until the very end. I really recommend it.

Der Näher!!!

Der Näher: Thriller (Martin Abel 3) - Rainer Löffler

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

(just a german review cause there is no english version but I really loved the book, not as much as the ones before but still a lot.)

 

 

Inhalt: In der Nähe von Köln verschwinden zwei schwangere Frauen. Martin Abel, Fallanalytiker des Stuttgarter LKA, übernimmt die Ermittlungen. Kurz darauf werden die Leichen einer Mutter und ihres Kindes in einem unterirdischen Hohlraum entdeckt. Es handelt sich um eine Frau, die vor Jahren verschwunden ist. Dann taucht eine der beiden vermissten Frauen wieder auf und gibt erste Hinweise auf den Täter. Martin Abel muss sich in eine Welt zerstörerischer Fantasien hineindenken. Denn der Mörder tötet nicht nur, sondern platziert etwas im Körper der Toten ...

 

Ich bin nun endlich auf den neuesten Stand was die Arbeit und das Leben von Martin Abel angeht. Ich habe das dringende Bedürfnis dem Kerl einen Urlaub zu spendieren.

 

Der Schreibstil war wirklich wie immer gut und wie immer hat mich der Autor mit den Gedanken des Täters und mit dessen Taten, an der Menschheit zweifelt lassen. Grund Gütiger, da war eine Menge heftiges Zeug dabei, dass mich dazu gebracht hat, Bilder von Einhörnern zu Googlen, damit ich wieder Okay war.

 

Die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Polizeirevier hat sich diesmal für Abel ziemlich schwierig herrausgestellt. Mit Doris Stange hatte er aber schnell eine Verbündete gefunden. Ich mochte sie ja total und auch ihr Treffen mit Hannah am Ende, war einfach zu gut.

 

Wie immer war das Buch super spannend und hat viele Wendungen bereit gehalten. Den Täter hab ich nicht kommen sehen. Absolut nicht. Ich hatte komplett jemand anderen im Verdacht aber ich werde nicht weiter darauf eingehen, soll ja eine Überraschung bleiben, für alle die das hier lesen und das Buch selbst lesen wollen.

 

Das Buch ist zwar das dritte Buch in einer Reihe, allerdings kann man die Bücher unabhängig voneinander lesen, da die Fälle immer am Ende abgeschlossen werden.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 141 out of 448 pages.

Girl on the Train: Der Roman zum Kinofilm - Paula Hawkins, Christoph Göhler

It took me a bit but now I'm really into this book. Rachel is such a mess, I love her.

Reading progress update: I've read 19%.

Der Näher: Thriller (Martin Abel 3) - Rainer Löffler

Slowly but surely getting into this.

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Tödlicher Fluch // The Sleeping Prince

The Sleeping Prince - Tödlicher Fluch - A. M. Grünewald, Melinda Salisbury

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

German and english review

 

Es ist das zweite Buch in der The Sin Eate's Daughter Trilogie, also wird es einige Spoiler geben, außerdem kann ich mich nicht zurück halten und muss einige Dinge direkt aussprechen die in dem Buch passiert sind. Weiterlesen auf eigene Gefahr.

 

Inhalt: Das Land ist in Aufruhr. Die Königin hat eine alte Legende entfesselt und den gefährlichen Schlafenden Prinzen nach vielen Jahrhunderten wieder zum Leben erweckt. Nun bringt er Krieg und Zerstörung zu den Menschen von Tregellian. Die junge Apothekerstochter Errin versucht verzweifelt, sich in diesen gefährlichen Zeiten über Wasser zu halten. Doch seit ihr Bruder Lief verschwunden ist, muss sie sich alleine um ihre kranke Mutter kümmern. Über die Runden kommt sie nur, weil sie verbotene Kräutertränke braut, die sie heimlich verkauft. Als Soldaten sie und ihre Mutter aus ihrem Dorf vertreiben, gibt es nur einen, an den sich Errin wenden kann: den mysteriösen Silas. Ein junger Mann, der tödliche Gifte bei ihr kauft, aber nie verrät, wozu er sie verwendet. Silas verspricht, Errin zu helfen. Doch als ihr vermeintlicher Retter spurlos verschwindet, muss Errin eine Entscheidung treffen, die das Schicksal des Reiches verändern wird ...

 

Ich habe die Inhaltsangabe vorher nicht gelesen, sondern habe mich gleich in das Abenteuer gestürzt und natürlich Twylla erwartet. Und sie nicht bekommen. Stattdessen wurde die Geschichte in diesem Buch von Errin erzählt. Ich habe eine Weile gebraucht um damit klar zu kommen, dass muss ich ganz ehrlich gestehen, allerdings ist Errin ein richtig klasse Hauptcharakter, dass sie mich wirklich schnell überzeugt hat.

 

Errin ist einer dieser Charaktere, die wirklich die ganze Last der Welt auf den Schultern trägt. Sie muss sich alleine um ihre kranke Mutter kümmern, muss sich mit einem alten, schmierigen Richter rumschlagen, der nicht nur hinter dem Geld für ihre Miete hinter her ist. Ich habe nicht gleich gewusst, dass Errin Lief's Schwester ist, sondern es wirklich erst begriffen als es im Buch klar und deutlich ausgesprochen wurde (ja, die Inhaltsangabe verrät es, vielleicht sollte ich es mir doch angewöhnen sie zu überfliegen).

 

Und wir hatten Silas, einen unbekannten Freund und Helfer, bei dem man sich allerdings nicht immer sicher sein kann ob man ihm vertrauen kann oder nicht. Ich war sofort von ihm begeistert. Offensichtlich.

 

Ich fand die Beziehung der Beiden einfach wirklich interessant und war wirklich froh, dass sie sich doch wirklich auf ihn verlassen konnte. Sie hat wirklich jemanden gebraucht, der ihr nicht viele Fragen stellt aber ihr trotzdem aushilft. Was mir besonders gefallen hat war die Freundschaften der verschiedenen Mädels in dem Buch, Errin, die auf ihrer Reise in ihrer alten Heimat landet und ihre Freundin Lirys wieder trifft. Außerdem das Gespräch das Errin mit Lirys' Mutter vor ihrer Abreise hatte. Ich fand diese Momente so unglaublich wichtig. (Ich hoffe wirklich das die Beiden okay sind und es ihnen gut geht.) Und dann natürlich Dimia/Twylla und Errin. Die Beiden haben wirklich so viel gemeinsam, deswegen bin ich unheimlich froh, dass sie sich gefunden haben. Ich hoffe, dass wir in dem letzten Buch noch viel mehr davon bekommen.

 

Lief. Statt dem freudigen Wiedersehen der Geschwister, haben wir DAS bekommen. Wieder Verrat von seiner Seite aus. Mann, ich hab den Kerl am Anfang des ersten Buches so sehr gemocht und dann ging alles den Bach runter und es gibt keine Aussicht auf Besserung.

 

Und das Ende. Okay, hier werde ich nichts verraten aber es war so gut. SO GUT.

Allgemein macht mich die Situation am Ende wirklich total nervös aber es gibt Hoffnung.

Ich kann es echt kaum abwarten das letzte Buch zu lesen. AAAAAAH!!!!!

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It's the second book in the The Sin Eater's Daugher Trilogy, so there will be Spoilers, also because I can't keep my mouth shut and need to talk about things that happened in this book. So beware of Spoilers ahead.

 

Summary: Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater's Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin's life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won't reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

 

I didn't read the summary before I started the book, because I just wanted to dive back into the world and the adventure, of course I expected Twylla. She wasn't there. This time we read the story from Errin. to be completely honest, it took me quite a bit to get used to it BUT Errin is such a great main character, that she got me on her side pretty fast.

 

Errin is one of those characters that carries the weight of the world on her shoulders. She has to take care of her sick mother all alone and has to deal with the old, sleazy judge, who is not just interested in the rent money she owes him. I didn't know right from the start, that she was Lief's sister, I only got it when it was clearly stated in the book (the summary clearly tells it, but yeah, maybe I should start to at least skim through the summaries)

 

And we got Silas, a friend and a helper, even though it took Errin a long time and an accident to finally see his face. You just never know if you could trust him or not. I loved him. Obviously.

 

I loved the relationship between the two, so interesting and I'm so glad that at the end of everything she really could count on him. She just really needed someone around her that didn't asked questions but helped her anyway. What I also really loved were the friendship between the ladies in the book, Errin, who on her journey, came to her old home and met her friend Lirys. Also the talk Errin had with Lirys's mother before she left. I thought these moments where so important. (I really hope that both of them are okay, that they are safe somewhere.) And then of course Dimia/Twylla and Errin. They have so much in common and I'm so happy they found each other. I hope we get more of that in the last book.

 

Lief. Instead of the happy reunion of the siblings, we got THAT. Betrayal from his side, again. Man, I loved the dude in the beginning of the first book but since then everything went to hell, seems like there is no turning back for him now.

 

And the end. I won't say anything about that but it was so good. SO GOOD.

Overall the situation at the end makes me super nervous but there is hope.

I can't wait to read the last book. AAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!

 

 

My May 2017

Immortal Writers (Immortal Writers Series Book 1) - Jill M. Bowers Coraline - Neil Gaiman, Cornelia Krutz-Arnold The Castaways - Jessika Fleck Secrets of a Reluctant Princess - Casey Griffin Blutdämmerung - Rainer Löffler Welcome Back, Vol. 1: Help, I'm Alive  - Christopher Sebela, Jonathan Brandon Sawyer Joyride Vol. 1 - Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, Marcus To Die Auserwählten - In der Todeszone: Maze Runner 3 (Die Auserwählten – Maze Runner) - Katharina Hinderer, James Dashner, Anke Caroline Burger Maze Runner - Die Geheimakten: Alles über Die Auserwählten (Die Auserwählten - Maze Runner 0) - James Dashner, Anke Caroline Burger
Immortal Writers - 4 stars
Coraline - 5 stars
The Castaways - 5 stars
Secrets of a Reluctant Princess - 2 stars
Blutdämmerung - 5 stars
Welcome Back, Vol. 1: Help, I'm Alive - 4 stars
Joyride Vol. 1 - 4 stars
Die Auserwählten - In der Todeszone - 2.5 stars
Maze Runner - Die Geheimakten: Alles über Die Auserwählten - 5 stars

 

I mean there are two comics and one really short book in there but I'm surprised that I finished 9 books. Two of the books were a major let down BUT most of the books were just pretty amazing. So success.

Ich lese gerade

Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue DeConnick, David López
Artificial Sweethearts (North Pole, Minnesota) by Julie Hammerle
Bereits gelesen: 14%
The Book of Whispers by Kimberley Starr
Bereits gelesen: 13%
Der Augenjäger by Sebastian Fitzek
Bereits gelesen: 206/428pages