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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Blutdämmerung!!!

Blutdämmerung - Rainer Löffler

(just a german review cause there is no english version but I truly loved the book, great characters, insane case and lots of twists and turns)

 

Inhalt: Martin Abel ist Fallanalytiker beim Stuttgarter LKA. Seine Gabe: Niemand kann sich in die Gedankenwelt von Serienmördern hineinversetzen wie er. Ausgerechnet die Kölner Mordkommission fordert Abel an. Der letzte Fall dort brachte ihn an seine Grenzen. Und auch dieser verspricht Schlimmstes: Zwei Wochen zuvor wurde von Badenden die erste Leiche im nahegelegenen See gesichtet – eine junge Frau, gekleidet wie für eine Hochzeit. Mit verstörenden Details, die niemals publik werden dürfen. Und nun sind es schon fünf tote Bräute...

 

Ich hab den zweiten Teil der Martin Abel Reihe endlich gelesen, ich mochte den ersten Teil schon richtig sehr und hab mir den zweiten Band ziemlich schnell gekauf, bin aber nie dazu gekommen, ihn auch zu lesen. Dann habe ich entdeckt, dass es schon einen dritten teil gibt, hab ihn bei NetGalley angefordert und auch das ebook geschickt bekommen. Also keine Ausreden mehr. Gott sei Dank.

 

Denn wie schon das erste Buch ist auch dieser Band in der Reihe, super gut gelungen und hat auf jeden Fall wieder 5 Sterne verdient. Übrigens, selbst wenn man den ersten Band nicht gelesen hat, kann man auch gut den zweiten Band lesen, ohne total verloren zu sein. Denn sind wir mal ehrlich, ich konnte mich auch nicht mehr an jedes Detail des ersten Buches erinnern und habe trotzdem wieder super schnell reingefunden.

 

Ich werde meine Gedanken und Worte so vage wie möglich halten, weil das bei solchen Büchern einfach nicht so schön ist, wenn man die Hälfte schon vor dem Lesen erfährt.

 

Der Fall an sich war richtig klasse, total verstörend. Ich habe mich einen Tag garnicht an das Buch getraut, nachdem eine Schlange erwähnt wurde und ich mich erstmal darauf vorbereitet musste. Wenn es etwas gbit, dass mich abschreckt, dann sind das Schlangen und Spinnen.

Die Wendungen waren wirklich wunderbar gemacht, so dass man wirklich auch zum Ende hin noch total überrascht wurde.

 

Die Mischung vom Privatleben der Charaktere und der Fallarbeit, fand ich auch sehr ausgewogen. Gerade bei Abel stand ja einiges an. War da aber froh, dass da nicht alles so war wie es am Anfang schien. Bin da aber gespannt ob wir im nächsten Buch noch etwas dazu hören.

 

Also um die Sache abzuschließen, ich kann das Buch und im Allgemeinen den Autoren wirklich sehr gut empfehlen.

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Secrets of a Reluctant Princess!!!

Secrets of a Reluctant Princess - Casey Griffin

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

Summary: At Beverly Hills High, you have to be ruthless to survive…

Adrianna Bottom always wanted to be liked. But this wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Now, she’s in the spotlight…and out of her geeky comfort zone. She’ll do whatever it takes to turn the rumor mill in her favor—even if it means keeping secrets. So far, it’s working.

Wear the right clothes. Say the right things. Be seen with the right people.

Kevin, the adorable sketch artist who shares her love of all things nerd, isn’t exactly the right people. But that doesn’t stop Adrianna from crushing on him. The only way she can spend time with him is in disguise, as Princess Andy, the masked girl he’s been LARPing with. If he found out who she really was, though, he’d hate her.

The rules have been set. The teams have their players. Game on

 

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Oh boy, I actually had a hard time rating this. But I think a 2 is the best way to rate this. I LOVED the beginning of the story, the middle part lost me a bit, there were only a few moments that I really enjoyed, the end of the story brought me back a bit.

 

Let's talk about the things that I loved.

I loved Andy as a main character. Boy, she was frustrating at time and she made terrible decisions. But she learned, she grew. And I was really rooting for her to get back on track, remember what's important and stop hiding behind all the characters that she was playing in her daily life.

 

I loved the other characters, like Harper, I was unsure of her in the beginning, or rather about her role in the book. But she was amazing and I really loved her friendship with Andy, even though it got rocky but they made it. I loved Kevin. And his sister. And his uncle. They just did their thing. They were themselved no matter what other people thought.

 

I also loved the larping (live action role playing) parts. I have never heard of that before in my life. But that was such an amazing part to the story, that I just really thought was interesting and so greatly done.

 

Things that I didn't like.

Things were getting overdramatic at times. I get it. Not only was this a story mainly set in a highschool but there was also the element of a reality tv show. The combination of the two calls for lots of drama. But it was just too much for me at times.

 

Corbin. The director of the show. I just. I can't put into words how I hate people like him. Bringing me straight to the next person that I hate with a burning passion. Lennox. The brainless jock. Harper's ex boyfriend. The guy that does everything to get screentime on the reality show, forcing a relationship on Andy, that she doesn't want. But all is forgiven at the end, because Corbin told him, that it was part of the show and Andy just acted like she didn't want it. WHAT?! This is making me mad for so many reasons that this whole thing just made me rate the book so low. Cause that was wrong. That was wrong on so many levels. And it's especially wrong to have Harper end up with him again. IT'S WRONG.

 

I thought this would be a fun and cute read, but except for a few moments, I just really struggled and parts of it, mainly the parts with Lennox, made me really REALLY uncomfortable.

Reading progress update: I've read 76%.

Secrets of a Reluctant Princess - Casey Griffin

68% update: At this point I really want to skip all the parts with Corbin or Lennox (even worst when they are both in the same chapter). These two are just repulsive.

 

71% update: "In trying to be too many people, I've completely lost myself"...
I have too many feels about Andy right now. Good god, give that girl a break.

Reading progress update: I've read 57 out of 112 pages.

Welcome Back, Vol. 1: Help, I'm Alive  - Christopher Sebela, Jonathan Brandon Sawyer

Taking my sweet time with this and loving it.

Reading progress update: I've read 44%.

Secrets of a Reluctant Princess - Casey Griffin

Mini update since I just have to say how much I hate Lennox. This isn't just being annoyed by him, this is fierce hatred at everything he stands for, everything he does. 

Reading progress update: I've read 40%.

Secrets of a Reluctant Princess - Casey Griffin

I have so many feels about Andy and Kevin. GOOD GOD!!!

Reading progress update: I've read 13%.

Secrets of a Reluctant Princess - Casey Griffin

I'm really loving this so far. Andy/Adrianna is an amazing main character. And I already fell in love with Kevin. And just, these two are such adorable nerds, I love it!!!!

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The Castaways!!!

The Castaways - Jessika Fleck

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

Summary: The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous.


Renowned for its infamous corn maze… and the kids who go missing in it.


When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing.


Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader—steals hers.


Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home.

 

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Holy mother of everything, I loved this book so much. I didn't expect that at all.

There will probably be some vage spoilers cause I need to write about this book and some things that happened.

 

The story is seriously amazing and really creative. The writing is so great and really transported me in the middle of this world.

 

I loved Olive, the main character, right from the start. She got bullied REALLY bad. Like, the trio of girls that bullied her, took things to an insane level.

Later on the island we get many more characters. Characters that I loved from the first moment they showed up, Bug, Tilly (I didn't pick up the book for a day after THE THING happened) and Charlie. The rest of them were all just there and I didn't care that much.

 

I also didn't care much about Will and Olive as a couple. Cause I cared much more about the family dynamics. Before the island I loved the relationship between Olive and her little brother Lucky. On the island I loved Olive and Bug and Charlie, cause it reminded me so much of her moments with her brother. Also the whole family feel of the group, that just found there way on the island and who had to figure out how to life there.

 

I loved the character growth in the story, cause that was what I really cared about in the book. They all had their history, they all went through something terrible. They all grew so much on the island. I just. I'm getting the feels just talking about it. Especially Olive, cause we got the story from her point of view, so we could really see her growth. (The thing she did at the end of the book, back in school. I just. I felt like a proud mama)

 

To make things really short, I loved the book and I highly recommend it.

Reading progress update: I've read 71%.

The Castaways - Jessika Fleck

I'm NOT OKAY with things right now.

Coraline!!!

Coraline - Neil Gaiman, Cornelia Krutz-Arnold

German and english review

 

Inhalt: Coraline ist mit ihren Eltern in ein düsteres altes Haus gezogen. Die Nachbarn sind reichlich merkwürdig: Der verrückte Herr mit Schnurrbart erzählt von seinem Mäusezirkus, die schrulligen Schauspielerinnen warnen sie vor dem tiefen Brunnen im Garten. Noch merkwürdiger findet Coraline die zugemauerte Tür in ihrer Wohnung. Was verbirgt sich hinter dieser Tür?

 

Das Buch hat mich von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite total überzeugt. Ein richtig schönes aber auch teilweise echt gruseliges Abenteuer, dass wir zusammen mit Coraline erleben dürfen. Es hat sich super schnell lesen lassen, nicht nur weil es ein kurzes Buch war, sondern auch weil es wirklich so unheimlich schön geschrieben war, dass man das Buch kaum aus der Hand legen konnte.

 

Ich kann das Buch wirklich nur total empfehlen, obwohl ich fast annehme, dass es eigentlich schon jeder gelesen hat??? Für mich wird es auf jeden Fall eines der Bücher sein, die ich immer wieder mal in die Hand nehme um es zu lesen.

 

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Summary: Coraline's often wondered what's behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her "other" parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.

 

From the first until the last page, this book really REALLY gripped me. Such a wonderful but also very creepy adventure that we got to go on with Coraline. Such a fast read, not just because it's a pretty short book but it's just so wonderfully written that I never wanted to put it down for long.

 

I highly recomment this book, even though I'm pretty sure that everyone has already read it??? For me, this will be one of the books, that I will pick up from time to time, to reread it.

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Immortal Writers!!!

Immortal Writers (Immortal Writers Series Book 1) - Jill M. Bowers

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

That is totally one of those books that surprised me a lot. I'm not sure what I expected but wow, this book was really amazing.

 

Summary: Young up-and-coming author Liz McKinnen has no idea that her life is about to change forever when she comes home from her first book tour. When she's kidnapped and told by her captors that she has to kill her fantasy book's antagonist, she thinks that she's fallen into the hands of crazy, dangerous fans... until her antagonist sends a real, fire-breathing dragon after her. Liz is quickly initiated into the Immortal Writers, a group of authors from throughout time whose words have given them eternal life, and whose prose is so powerful that it's brought stories over from the Imagination Field into the Reality Field. As Liz meets authors such as William Shakespeare, JRR Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jane Austen, she has to learn how to control magic, fight dragons, and face her own troubled past before her power-hungry villain takes over the world. Will she survive the ultimate battle against the dragon lord whom she created?

 

The idea is just so freaking amazing and so creative, I truly love it. Also I didn't know this was going to be a series and that just makes me so excited, cause I seriously can't wait to read about other writers and their journey. 

 

All this excitment aside. It actually took me a while to really get into the story and it took me even longer to actually connect with the characters. Except for Healer, she is just that character that shows up and that you fall in love with right from the start. The main character, Liz, really grew on me, she went through so much stuff in her past, she went through an incredible journey once she came to the castle. It was wonderful to see her grow into her power. Curtis, the hero of her books, didn't do it for me. I don't know what it is, but this is the second book in a short time, where I really don't care about the love interest or the romance at all. So yeah, that didn't work for me at all. I loved the relationship between Liz and Healer so much more and found it much more interesting.

 

The writing was amazing, though. Especially in the fighting scenes. Sometimes when there is lots of action, the writing can be all over the place and just really chaotic, but in this book, it was written so good. I also love that we got to see the training of Liz, that they didn't just throw a sword at her and told her she had magical powers and she could just use it perfectly.

 

So overall, I can really recommend it. It's a great and fun read. You will meet lots of famous writers and their characters, which was a really fun part of the book.

The book also has LOTS of dragons. DRAGONS!!!!

Reading progress update: I've read 55 out of 176 pages.

Coraline - Neil Gaiman, Cornelia Krutz-Arnold

Watched the movie for the very first time a few months ago. Loved it. So I got this book really cheap on amazon and so far I'm really loving it. The writing, the story. Just everything.

My April 2017

Tote Augen: Thriller - Karin Slaughter The Lying Planet - Carol Riggs We Should All Be Feminists -  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Jungle Book: Manga Classics - cr Crystal S. Chan, Rudyard Kipling, julien choy Der Augensammler - Sebastian Fitzek True North - L.E. Sterling
Tote Augen - 4 stars
The Lying Planet - 5 stars
We Should All Be Feminists - 5 stars
The Jungle Book: Manga Classics - 5 stars
Der Augensammler - 5 stars
True North - 2 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: We Should All Be Feminists, The Lying Planet, Der Augensammler

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Immortal Writers, The Castaways

 

6 books, I'm actually really happy with that result. I'm still far ahead of my reading challenge, so that's also very very good. I read lots of really good books this month, three of them that really impacted me in some way and that I still think about lots.

Reading progress update: I've read 55%.

Immortal Writers (Immortal Writers Series Book 1) - Jill M. Bowers

And another book where I don't feel the romance at all. But the rest of the story is still super interesting.

True North!!!

True North - L.E. Sterling

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

 

There isn't going to be a summary because this is the second book in a trilogy.

 

Raiting this book actually hurt my soul. Finishing this book was even more painful.

I didn't totally love the first book, but I actually still enjoyed it. I also saw lots of potential for the second book. Sadly, all the good things I wanted to happen to the book and the story, didn't happen at all.

 

I still love the story itself, the idea behind the world this story is set in. It's terrifying but I really love it. The pace just isn't really working for me, cause I still feel we have no answer to any of the questions. I still feel as clueless as I did in the first book. And the characters. They don't work for me. Lucy makes terrible choices and just, I really didn't care about her much this time around. Jared, is just. NO. His behavior and just no. NO. Margot, the only one I actually still care about, wasn't in the book until the very end (the only reason I kept going and didn't dnf the book, because I wanted to see her again and read the reunion between her and Margot. Cause let's be real the relationship between the sisters is my favorite thing about the books and the only thing I still care about).

 

The last quarter of the book actually picked up it's pace and got much more interesting. But yeah. I'm going to finish the trilogy cause I really hope that the third book will answer all the questions and I feel like I invested to much time reading the two first books, that I wanna finish the series.

Reading progress update: I've read 56%.

True North - L.E. Sterling

Really close to giving up on this. I just can't deal with Lucy's decision making and with Jared's behavior. Currently just interested in finding Margot, otherwise I'm just really meh about this.

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