Bookish thoughts!!!

My name is Nicole. I'm 30 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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Super Famous!!!

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous - Nico Leon, G. Willow Wilson, Cliff Chiang, Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphona

More like Super Overwhelmed, or Super Overworked!!!

 

Most of the time in the Volume, I just wanted to take Kamala out of the story and just hug her, give her a nice cup of tea and wrap her up in a blanket, cause there was just so much going on for her.

 

She's just my favorite. I love her whole story so darn much. She's amazing, she's real. She's everything.

 

Aside from Kamala, I seriously loved Mike in this Volume. She kinda came out of the blue (look what I did there, cause she has blue hair and...it's not funny, if you have to explain it, Nicole.) I need more Kamala and Mike scenes in coming Volumes. I also loved the weird little friendship between Zoe and Nakia that we saw a little bit from in the background.

 

 

My August 2018

The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena Romeo and Juliet - Crystel S Chan, William Shakespeare Wilde About The Girl - Louise Pentland
The Couple Next Door - 3.5 stars
Romeo and Juliet - dnf
Wilde About The Girl - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Wilde About The Girl

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Harry Potter, Moxie

 

Apparently the less books I read, the more time I need to actually post my wrap up. When it comes to reading this year, I just feel off. I love reading, I read all the time, but I don't finish any books and it's driving me up the wall. I mean I'm still one/two books ahead on my reading challenge, so I'm not THAT bad, but it still bothers me a lot.

 
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Bonfire!!!

Bonfire – Sie gehörte nie dazu: Thriller - Krysten Ritter, Norbert Möllemann, Charlotte Breuer

German and english review (spoilerfree)
First things first: I received this book through booklikes.

 

Inhalt: Die schrecklichen Ereignisse ihrer Jugend haben Abby Williams zehn Jahre lang verfolgt. Als Anwältin muss sie nun noch einmal in ihre Heimat zurückkehren, um in einem Umweltskandal zu ermitteln. Kaum hat Abby die Provinzstadt in Indiana betreten, wird sie von der Clique empfangen, die sie damals tyrannisiert hat. Der Einfluss der drei Frauen scheint mit den Jahren noch größer geworden zu sein. Aber Abby lässt sich heute nicht mehr einschüchtern. Bald erkennt sie, dass das verstörende Ritual der Clique namens Das Spiel noch immer existiert. Laufen die Fäden tatsächlich in einem Netzwerk der Grausamkeit und Korruption zusammen? Und wird Abby ihre Angst überwinden, um dem perfiden Spiel ein Ende zu setzen?

 

Das Buch war schwierig. Hier habe ich gemerkt, was es für einen Unterschied macht, wenn es sich um eine Fernsehserie handelt oder um ein Buch. Bei Serien liebe ich es, wenn sie sich langsam entwickeln und langsam voran kommen, vor allem dann wenn man mehrere Folgen an einem Stück sehen kann. Bei Büchern, macht es mich fast schon wahnsinnig, wenn sich die Geschichte nur langsam entwickelt und die Handlung erst ab einem gewissen Punkt, der viel zu spät kommt, so richtig in Schwung kommt. Genau das hatten wir hier bei dem Buch. Trotzdem muss ich sagen, dass es mir zum Ende hin, doch viel besser gefallen hat, als ich es am Anfang noch gedacht hätte.

 

Ich hab bei Bewertungen oft gelesen, dass Leute das Buch abgebrochen haben, was ich absolut verstehen kann, denn wirklich erst ab der Hälfte des Buches habe ich so richtig in die Geschichte reingefunden, bin ich wärmer mit unserem Hauptcharakter Abby geworden und erst ab der Hälfte, kam so richtig Schwung ins Buch und die Handlung wurde wirklich vorwärts getrieben.

 

Obwohl es ein eher langsames Buch war, fand ich den Schreibstil wirklich gut. Die Story war wirklich gut durchdacht und ich mochte es wie am Ende alles zusammen gekommen ist und alles gut mit einer Schleife verpackt wurde.

 

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Summary: Should you ever go back?

It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.

But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town's most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.

Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.

With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question: can you ever outrun your past?

 

This book was difficult. With this I really came to realize what a difference it makes if it's a tv show or a book. While I love tv shows that are more of a slowburn, were you feel like nothing is ever happening until it does. Especially tv shows that you marathon. On the other hand, books. Books that don't seem to go anywhere come pretty close to actually driving me insane. When the story is moving so very slow and nothing seems to happen, until that point (that most of the time comes too late). That's the problem I had with the beginning of the book. But now that I finished it, I have to admit that I like it now, more than I thought in the beginning.

 

Most of the reviews I read were from people that actually didn't finish the book, something that I can totally understand now. Cause let's be real, the book really gets going in the second half. That's when I really got into the story and when Abby finally grew on me. And the second half of the book is when this book comes to alive and the storyline really gets going.

 

Even though it was a really slow book, I thought the writing was really well done. The story was well thought through and I loved how everything came together and the end and how everything was wrapped up with a nice little bow.

 
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Wilde About the Girl!!!

Wilde About The Girl - Louise Pentland

The first book 'Wilde Like Me' was one of my favorite books last year. Yes, it even got a spot on y end of year wrap up. So I was excited when the second book was announced and even more excited when we could preorder it and i was OVER THE MOON when I finally had it in my hands and pushed all the other books back, just so I could read it right away.

 

Summary: Robin Wilde is acing life.

After the year from hell, she's pulled herself up and out of the Emptiness, her love life is ticking along nicely, single motherhood is actually quite fun and she is ready for whatever life throws at her. When a thrilling opportunity at work arises, Robin is more than excited to step up and show everyone, including herself, what she's made of.

But her best friend Lacey is increasingly broken-hearted about struggling to conceive, and her daughter Lyla is starting to come out with some horrible attitudes she's learning from someone at school. Is Auntie Kath hiding loneliness under her bubbly, loving veneer? And can Robin definitely trust the people she must depend on in her fab new role?

But Robin has her girls. And her girls have got her. Together they can handle any crisis. Can't they?

Life is about to throw quite the curve ball at Robin Wilde, and she'll need to make some pretty brave choices if she's going to stop everything she cares about falling apart . . .

 

I love Robin Wilde so damn much. She has become my everything. I love her strength, I love her world views, I love everything about her. I love her little one Lyla. I love all the girls around her. Seriously, something that I loved in the first book and that I enjoyed even more in this book, was the girl power in the story. There are so many amazing and strong women in this story. So many different ladies who all have their backs. Of course there are moments they don't get along, I had some serious pain in my heart through some of the Robin and Lacey moments but at the end, everyone is supporting each other and I love it so DAMN MUCH.

 

Robin went through some serious ups and downs in this story, and I felt every emotion with her. I laughed with her, I cried with her and I felt my heart breaking with her, but I also felt every happy emotion with her. Have I mentioned that Robin Wilde is my everything at this point? I seriously feel like she is one of my best friends and I want all the good things happen to her.

 

Something that I loved in the first book aswell, that got even better in this book, was Louise's writing. While reading I could hear her voice telling me the story of Robin. She tackled some serious topics in this second book and she did it amazingly, she broke my heart and fixed it again.

 

There has to be a third book. I think the book ended in a good way to end the whole thing but I'm not ready to say goodbye to all these characters yet. I need to have more Robin in my life. And I seriously wanna see her and Edward as a couple. I just love these two so much.

 
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Reading progress update: I've read 17%.

Moxie. Zeit, zurückzuschlagen - Jennifer Mathieu, Alice Jakubeit

I'm listening to this right now. Damn, I love the story.

 
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Manga Classics: Romeo & Juliet!!!

Romeo and Juliet - Crystel S Chan, William Shakespeare

The artwork is so beautiful, I just hate the story with a burning passion. I thought I could make it, since it's in Manga form but I get terrible flashbacks from highschool and nervous twitching in my eye. So dnf!!!

 
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The Couple Next Door!!!

The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena

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

 

Inhalt: Jedes Paar hat seine Geheimnisse. Manche sind tödlich ...

Deine Nachbarin möchte nicht, dass du dein Baby zur Dinnerparty mitbringst. Dein Ehemann sagt, das sei schon in Ordnung. Ihr wohnt ja gleich nebenan. Außerdem habt ihr ein Babyfon und könnt abwechselnd nach der Kleinen sehen. Deine Tochter schläft, als du das letzte Mal nach ihr siehst. Doch jetzt herrscht Totenstille im Haus. Du rennst ins Kinderzimmer - und dein schlimmster Alptraum wird wahr: Die Wiege ist leer.

Es bleibt nur eins: die Polizei zu rufen - doch wer weiß, was sie finden wird ...

 

Fangen wir mal mit dem Positiven an. Ich mochte den Schreibstil total, es war spannend und es war wirklich sehr unterhaltsam. Vor allem ließ sich das Buch wirklich unheimlich schnell lesen, man ist nur so von einem Kapitel zum Nächsten geflogen. Gerade ich als Fan von kurzen Kapiteln, war super zufrieden. Ich fand das sich die Spannung bis zum Ende hin gehalten hat, es gab so viele Wendungen, die man zwar teilweise hat kommen sehen, die aber trotzdem schockierend waren, dass sich die Story wirklich in die Richtung bewegt.

 

Für mich persönlich ist es ein Buch, dass ich von der Story her total klasse fand und das mich wirklich begeistert hat. In dem Buch geht es für mich nicht um die Charaktere, denn die waren einfach sowas von unnahbar. Ich mochte keinen von ihnen. Die Entscheidungen die getroffen wurden, die Geheimnisse, die offenbart wurden, und die Dinge, die getan wurden. Nope.

 

Trotzdem werde ich auf jeden fall weitere Bücher der Autorin lesen. 'A Stranger In The House' ist schon auf meinem Tablet. Ich finde den Schreibstil einfach wirklich gut.

 

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Summary: It all started at a dinner party. . .

A domestic suspense debut about a young couple and their apparently friendly neighbors--a twisty, rollercoaster ride of lies, betrayal, and the secrets between husbands and wives. . .

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all--a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family--a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

 

Let's start with the positive. I really liked the writing a lot, it was suspenseful and just really entertaining. This book was such a fast read, I just flew from one chapter to the next. I'm such a big fan of short chapters and this book delivered. I think the suspense was there until the very end, there were so many twists and turns, most of them I saw coming, I still think it was shocking that the story developed like that and went there.

 

For me personally, this is a book that I loved for it's story and that really intrigued me. It wasn't about the characters, cause they were just unapproachable. I didn't like a single one of them. The decisions that were being made, the secrets that got out, and the things that were done. NOPE.

 

Still, I totally wanna read more books from the author. 'A Stranger In The House' is already on my tablet. I just really like her writing.

 
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Reading progress update: I've read 41 out of 400 pages.

Wilde About The Girl - Louise Pentland

Good god, I love being back with Robin and Lyla!!!

 
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Help!!!

This isn't really book related but I need your help, guys.

 

My tablet died and I need some recommendations for a new one, that fits into the budget of a broke person (It should be way under 200bucks). I only really need it for the Kindle App and the occasional youtube video or tvshow/movie on Amazon Prime Video. So nothing fancy but still something good.

Reading progress update: I've read 50%.

The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena

DAMN!!!

My July 2018

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Miraculous - Das verwunschene Parfüm - Barbara Neeb, Katharina Schmidt Always Never Yours - Austin Siegemund-Broka, Emily Wibberley Children of Blood and Bone: Goldener Zorn - Tomi Adeyemi, Andrea Fischer Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz  - J.K. Rowling
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions - 5 stars
Miraculous - Das verwunschene Parfüm - 5 stars
Always Never Yours - 5 stars
Children of Blood and Bone: Goldener Zorn - 4 stars
Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Dear Ijeawele, Always Never Yours, Harry Potter (duh!)

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Manga Classics: Romeo And Juliet

 

Look at me, finally posting my wrap up. I don't know why it's taking me so freaking long, it's not like I have tons of books to talk about. But 5 are not that bad, I'm actually super happy about it, especially since they all got a really good raiting from me, and were seriously soooo good. I'm still mad about me, for not finishing Romeo and Julie yet. I hate this play since highschool, I never read it there, and I have so many problems with it, still, even when it's in Manga format and way easier to read. I just don't like the story. Here we go, now I put a freaking mini review in this wrap up LOL

 
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Reading progress update: I've read 33%.

The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena

Has anyone read this book???
Will these characters EVER get likeable?!

Der Halbblutprinz // The Half-Blood Prince!!!

Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz  - J.K. Rowling

German and english review

 

Ich habe das Buch jetzt zum ersten Mal gelesen. Damals als die Bücher rausgekommen sind hab ich nach dem vierten Band aufgehört zu lesen, weil mir alles zu düster geworden ist. Jetzt bin ich bereit für den Schmerz und das viele Leiden.

 

Und gelitten habe ich mit dem Buch mehr als genug, vor allem zum Ende hin. Es war ja nichts Neues, die Filme habe ich ja oft genug gesehen, deswegen hat mich am Ende des Buches nichts wirklich überrascht, aber es war trotzdem ein mächtiger Schlag in die Magengrube.

 

Trotzdem hat mir das Buch unheimlich gut gefallen. Ich mochte die Rückblicke, in das Leben von Voldemort, seine Vergangenheit und all das. Ich fand es vor allem spannend wie es erzählt oder eher gezeigt wurde. Am Liebsten hätte ich es ja gehabt, wenn wir alles gleich am Anfang erfahren hätten und Dumbledore gleich alle Karten auf den Tisch gelegt hätte, aber wo wäre denn da die Spannung geblieben. Also hat es schon so gepasst.

 

Die Kids werden älter und so fängt neben all dem Drama, mit dem sie erst schon zutun haben, jetzt auch das Liebesdrama an. Bräuchte ich es? Nein! ABER, es war unterhaltsam und hat die ganze Sache ein bisschen mehr aufgelockert.

 

Ich will auf jeden fall noch dieses Jahr das letzte Buch lesen, damit ich es geschafft habe, alle Bücher der Serie zu lesen und dann irgendwann mit der Illustrierten Version weiter zu machen LOL

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I read this book for the first time ever, back in the day when the books wwere first released, I stopped reading after the 4th book because everything just got to dark for me. Now, these days, I'm in it to (not to win it but to) suffer.

 

And, oh boy, how much did I suffer throught this book, especially towards the end. Nothing new happened, cause I watched the movies more than once and I knew what was going to happen but the end still was a suckerpunch in the gut.

 

Still, I truly loved this book. I loved the flashbacks into the life of Voldemort, his whole backstory and everything. I especially loved how it was told and 'showed'. Of course, I would have loved if Dumbledore would've just told everything in the beginning and be done with it BUT that wouldn't have been suspenseful at all. So it totally worked for me.

 

Other than that, the kids are getting older, so with all the usual drama they deal with, now they also deal with relationship drama. Is it necessary? No! But, I still think it was entertaining and it kinda lightened things up a bit.

 

I really want to read the last book this year, cause I want to finally be done with the series, just so I can reread it in the illustrated version LOL

 
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Goldener Zorn // Children of Blood and Bone!!!

Children of Blood and Bone: Goldener Zorn - Tomi Adeyemi, Andrea Fischer

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

 

 

Inhalt: Sie töteten meine Mutter.
Sie raubten uns die Magie.
Sie zwangen uns in den Staub.

Jetzt erheben wir uns.


Zélies Welt war einst voller Magie. Flammentänzer spielten mit dem Feuer, Geistwandler schufen schillernde Träume, und Seelenfänger wie Zélies Mutter wachten über Leben und Tod. Bis zu der Nacht, als ihre Kräfte versiegten und der machthungrige König von Orïsha jeden einzelnen Magier töten ließ. Die Blutnacht beraubte Zélie ihrer Mutter und nahm einem ganzen Volk die Hoffnung.

Jetzt hat Zélie eine einzige Chance, die Magie nach Orïsha zurückzuholen. Ihre Mission führt sie über dunkle Pfade, wo rachedurstige Geister lauern, und durch glühende Wüsten, die ihr und ihrer treuen Löwenesse alles abverlangen. Dabei muss sie ihren Feinden immer einen Schritt voraus sein. Besonders dem Kronprinzen, der mit allen Mitteln verhindern will, dass die Magie je wieder zurückkehrt …

 

Ich wollte das Buch so viel mehr lieben als ich es letzendlich tat. Aber ich mochte es, das ist ja schließlich auch was.

 

Ich mochte den Schreibstil der Autorin unheimlich gerne, ich finde sie hat es toll gemacht uns die Welt näher zu bringen und alles zu erklären aber auch noch genug Raum für die eigene Fantasie gelassen. Ich mochte die Welt, die sie erschaffen hat und die Atmosphäre.

 

Ich mochte, dass wir die Geschichte aus drei verschiedenen Sichten erzählt bekommen haben. Zélie, Amari, und Inan. Obwohl ich sagen muss, dass ich ab einem gewissen Zeitpunkt keine Lust mehr auf Inans Sicht der Dinge hatte und liebendgerne seine Kapitel übersprungen hätte. Dafür mochte ich die anderen Beiden um so mehr.

 

Was mich gleich zu dem Thema Charakter bringt. Wir haben Zélie, die ich einfach sofort mag. Sie ist mir gleich ans Herz gewachsen und durch das Buch hinweg, ist sie mir immer wichtiger geworden. Alles an ihrer Kindheit hat mir das Herz gebrochen, alles im Hier und Jetzt hat mich zum Verzweifeln gebracht, weil Dinge passiert sind, die sie nicht beeinflussen konnte aber auch weil sie für sich eigenartige Entscheidungen getroffen hat, die ich absolut nicht nachvollziehen konnte und es immer noch nicht kann. Doch ich mochte sie einfach unheimlich gerne.
Das Gleiche gilt für Amari, ich muss allerdings ehrlich gestehen, dass ich sie doch ein bisschen mehr mag. Sie hat eindeutig die größte Verwandlung in dem Buch durchgemacht. Sie hat wirklich auch so viel durchmachen müssen aber ist dadurch um einiges stärker geworden.
Zu Inan sage ich nichts, weil ich seine Rolle in dem Buch einfach nur eine riesengroße Zeitverschwendung finde. Ich fand es am Anfang interessant, dass er ebenfalls magische Kräfte hatte, das war aber auch das einzig interessante an ihm. In jedem seiner Kapitel hat er seine Meinung zu Dingen und die Seiten gewechselt, manchmal sogar innerhalb eines Kapitels. Das hat mich einfach nur genervt.

 

Da kommen wir gleich zum nächsten Thema das mich mächtig gestört hat. Die Beziehung zwischen Zélie und Inan. Was war das denn? War das nötig? Vor allem kann ich immer noch nicht nachvollziehen, wie das Ganze entstanden ist, geschweige denn wie sich die ganze Sache entwickelt hat. Wenn ich vor allem bedenke, wie lange Zélie gebraucht hat um Amari als etwas anderes zu sehen als ihren Vater, der ihre Mutter und so viele andere hat töten lassen. Nach allem was Inan selbst getan hat, fand ich diesen Wandel einfach nur furchtbar.
Die Beziehung/Freundschaft zwischen Zélie und Amari fand ich dabei um einiges interessanter, wie es sich im Laufe des Buches entwickelt hat und wie Zélie in Amari mit der Zeit eine echte Freundin und Vertraute gesehen hat, anstatt ihre Feindin. (Abgesehen von den familiären Beziehung wie Zélie und ihr Vater, oder Zélie und Tzain, ihrem Bruder, fand ich die Beziehung zwischen Zélie und Amari eigentlich am allerwichtigsten).

 

Alles in allem mochte ich das Buch total, allerdings wurde es mir durch einige Kleinigkeiten kaputt gemacht. Ich bin allerdings total auf das nächste Buch gespannt.

 

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Summary: They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

 

I wanted to love this book so much more than I actually did. But I liked it, so this is something, I guess.

 

I loved the writing and how the author brought this world to live and explained enough to get me there, but left me enough room to get my own imagination going. I loved the world she build and the setting, and just the whole atmosphere.

 

I really liked that the story was told from three different points of view. Zélie, Amari, and Inan. Although I have to say that after a certain time, I was so done with Inan's point of view and would've loved to just skip his parts. I loved the other two way more.

 

This brings me right to the characters. We have Zélie, who I loved from the first page. She had a place in my heart right away and throughout the book, she became more and more important to me. Everything about her childhood, her whole past, broke my heart. Everything in the here and now, frustrated me to no end, cause things happend that she couldn't control but she also made decisions herself that I couldn't understand at the time, and still can't. I still loved her very much.
The same goes for Amari, I have to admit, though, that I love her a bit more. She grew the most throughout this story. She went through quite a lot in her life but she came out so much stronger at the end.
I don't actually want to say anything about Inan, cause I thought his role in the book was just a big waste of time. In the beginning, I thought it was really interesting that he had magic, but that was and still is the only interesting thing about him. He changed his opinion and sides every chapter, sometimes even in the same chapter. He just annoyed me to know end.

 

So let's talk about the next thing that annoyed me a lot. The relationship between Zélie and Inan. What even was that? Was that in anyway necessary? I still can't understand or even begin to understand how this even happened and how things developed between them. Especially thinking about the fact that Zélie took forever to see Amari as anything else than her father, who killed her mother and so many other people. After everything Inan done himself, I just thought that change was just terrible.
The relationship between Zélie and Amari was so much more interesting, how this developed and how Zélie started to see Amari as a real friend and someone she could trust, instead of her enemy.
(Apart from the familial relationships, Zélie and her dad, or Zélie and Tzain, her brother, I tought the relationship between Zélie and Amari was the most important one).
 

Overall, I liked the book a lot, there were just small parts that didn't make me love it. But I'm very interested and excited for the next book.

 
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Always Never Yours!!!

Always Never Yours - Austin Siegemund-Broka, Emily Wibberley

I'm just such a big fan of Emily Wibberley's The Last Oracle series, that I had to read her newest book, even though the genre was the complete opposite and she had a co author for this one.

 

And I loved it. I truly loved this book and Megan's story.

 

Summary: Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are, and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theatre, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible.

But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. No–a disaster. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script.

Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to play the lead in her own love story?

 

 

I loved Megan the main character. Most of the times, when it comes to contemporary, you always have the main character who is supposed to be that perfect little butterfly. Megan wasn't. And I loved that. It also made me love her even more. She was flawed, she made mistakes. But she grew. She seriously grew so much throughout the whole book.
We also had some really great side characters that I absolutely loved. Anthony, who is one of Megan's best friends. And Madeleine, her other best friend. And of course Owen. Owen, be still my heart. He was amazing and wonderful and just overall very dreamy.

 

I loved the relationships in this book. The friendships. Megan and Anthony. Megan and Madeleine. They also weren't perfect. They had quite some flaws. But I loved that. I loved to see characters in friendships that weren't perfect but that were worth fighting for.
The same goes for the family dynamics. Megan's family, with her parents being divorced, Megan living with her father and his pregnant wife and her little sister. Her mother living in a different state, having also a new man in her life. The struggles Megan had with that, with feeling out of place and feeling like she doesn't belong. And how all of this just grew throughout the story, how it developed. I loved it.
Romantic realionships. We had quite a few of those. I hated them all, except for Megan and Owen. And Anthony and Eric. I had all the feels about these idiots, who were so perfect for each other but had a tough time actually getting together.

 

The setting of this story was also amazing. It wasn't just centered around Highschool students, but there was also the theatre element, them working on a play and all the struggles with that.

 

Overall, I loved it. I loved the characters, the setting, the writing!!!

 
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My June 2018

Ms. Marvel Vol. 4: Last Days - Marvel Comics If I Tell You - Alicia Tuckerman Das fünfte Zeichen - Jo Nesbø Miraculous - Alya in Gefahr - Barbara Neeb, Katharina Schmidt
Ms. Marvel Vol. 4: Last Days - 5 stars
If I Tell You - 2.5 stars
Das fünfte Zeichen - 4 stars
Miraculous - Alya in Gefahr - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Ms. Marvel Vol. 4

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Manga Classics: Romeo And Juliet, Always Never Yours, Goldener Zorn (Children of Blood and Bone)

 

Well, well well, last month was the month of me starting to read all the books but rarely finishing them LOL It's not the fault of the books, it's all mine. I'm terrible.

 
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