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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Verrat aus Leidenschaft // Treachery in Death!!!

Verrat aus Leidenschaft - J.D. Robb

german and english review

 

Das Buch gehört jetzt eindeutig zu meinen Lieblingsbänden in der Serie, ich hab es von Anfang an einfach nur so verschlungen und wollte es garnicht aus der Hand legen, was ich stellenweise auch garnicht getan habe und das Buch um einiges schneller fertig gelesen habe als ich es sonst von Büchern aus der Reihe gewöhnt bin.

 

Im Allgemeinen liebe ich die Serie einfach, sie ist eine meiner Lieblingsserien, ich glaube ich habe bis fast alle Bücher mit 5 Sternen bewertet, nur einmal eine 3 Sterne Bewertung. Ich finde die Serie noch immer unterhaltsam und interessant, obwohl das jetzt auch schon Band 32 ist. Ich liebe die Charaktere und liebe es zu sehen wie sie sich entwickeln und was das Leben so für sie bereit hält.

 

Jetzt zu dem Band.

 

Peabody. Peabody hat eine entscheidende Rolle in dem Buch. Nicht nur darf sie ihren ersten Fall leiten (klar, es war nur ein kleiner Fall und er war schnell gelöst, aber es war ihr allererster Fall bei dem sie die Leitung führen konnte), aber vor allem auch, weil sie durch Zufall auf Informationen gestoßen ist, der einen großen Fall ins Rollen gebracht hat, der wirklich heftig und auch ziemlich frustrierend war. Korruption bei Polizisten ist eins meiner Lieblingsthemen, weil ich es um sehr mehr genieße, wenn ihnen durch anständige Polizisten das Handwerk gelegt wird.

 

Die Mädels in dem Buch haben mir wie immer das größte Vergnügen bereitet. Ich mochte den kleinen Moment als Mavis Dallas ausgeholfen hat und wieder mal für einen kleinen Moment als Trickbetrügerin auftreten konnte. Eve's Moment mit Bella. Ich brauch davon mehr, einfach weil es Eve so unheimlich schwer fällt und sie sich richtig windet sobald sie den Wurm in die Arme gedrückt bekommt. Es war auch schön Louise wieder zu sehen, obwohl der Grund nicht wirklich schön war. Damit kommen wir auch gleich zu Lilah Sloan. Oh Gott, ich hab ehrlich mit ihr mitgezittert und meinen Nerven wurden wirklich auch viel zu sehr in Mitleidenschaft gezogen. Ich hoffe wirklich das wir von ihr noch viel mehr in zukünftigen Bänden sehen werden. Genauso wie Janburry und Delfino, die zwei als Partner waren einfach nur super unterhaltsam.

 

Außerdem ist eine meiner absoluten Lieblingsstorylines zurück. Der Schokoladen Dieb. Eve war sich zu sicher mit ihrem neuen Versteck, sie wurde nachlässig. Der Schokoladen Dieb ist zurück. Ich liebe diese Storyline einfach!!!!!!!

 

Ohne zu viel zu verraten, war der Fall wirklich super spannend und interessant gemacht. Und krank. Ganz ehrlich, wie manche Dinge gerechtfertig worden. Wie Kollegen und Untergebene benutzt und aus dem Weg geräumt wurden. Schrecklich. Um so mehr hab ich die letzten zwei/drei Kapitel genossen.

 

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This book is totally one of my favorites in this series, right from the beginning I just devoured this story and didn't want to put the book down, and I actually didn't put it down that often, cause I'm usually taking much longer to actually finish these books.

 

Overall, I love this series, it's absolutely one of my favorite series, I think I rated nearly all the books with 5 stars, just one time, there was a 3 star raiting. I still think that the series is very entertaining and interesting, even though this one was already the 32nd book. I love the characters and love to see how they develope and what live has in store for them.

 

Now to this one...

 

Peabody. Peabody has a major role in this book. Not only does she get to lead her first case (granted, it was a small one and it was very quickly solved, it was still her first case that she got to lead), but also, by accident she stumbled over some informations that lead to a huge ass case, that was intense and really frustrating. I love the theme of corruption within the police, cause I just enjoy it so much more when actual good cops stop them

 

The ladies in this book, like always, totally made my day. I loved that little moment when Mavis helped Eve out with the case and got to go back to her grifter days for a little bit. Eve's little moment with Bella. I want more of that, purely because I enjoy how uncomfortable Eve is as soon as she has the little cutie in her arms. It was also great to have a little bit of Louise, even though I didn't enjoy the reason at all. Which brings my right to Lilah Sloan. Good god, I was honestly shaking and my nerves, MY NERVES. I really hope that we will get to see more of her in future books. Just like Janburry and Delfino, their partnership was truly entertaining.

 

Also, my favorite storyline came back. The candy/chocolate thief. Eve just was too sure with her new hidding spot and got really sloppy. Now he or she is back. I just love this storyline so much!!!!!!!!!!

 

Withough saying too much, the case was super intense and very interesting. Also sickening. Seriously, how they justified some things. How colleagues and subordinates were used and gotten rid off. Insane. The more I enjoyed the last two/three chapters of the book, though.

Mörderische Hingabe // Indulgence in Death!!!

Mörderische Hingabe - 33.Fall für Lieutenant Eve Dallas - J.D. Robb

german and english review

 

Ich hab doch tatsächlich schon wieder ein Buch fertig gelesen. Es wurde echt Zeit.

 

Mann, war was Buch gut aber auch wirklich stellenweise richtig verstörend. Reiche Leute sind einfach die Schlimmsten.

 

Ich mag es, das wir in dem Buch mit dem Urlaub von Eve und Roarke anfangen. Dass wir die Beiden abseits von New York erleben, ohne berufliche Verpflichtungen und dann auch noch mit Roarke's Familie (Ich liebe die ganze Bande einfach). Ein kleiner, schnell aufgeklärter Mordfall zwischen durch und dann kann der Urlaub weiter gehen. Eve Dallas auf dem Land ist übrigens eins meiner absoluten Highlights. Ugh, diese Stadtmenschen, LOL

 

Eve hat den Urlaub vor dem großen Fall zurück in New York auch wirklich gebraucht, denn ich hatte beim Lesen das Gefühl, dass die Charaktere in dem ganzen Buch, dass ungefähr eine Woche umfasst hat, wirklich nur drei Stunden geschlafen haben und ansonsten unermüdlich mit Hilfe von Koffein und anderen (legalen) Muntermachern durchgearbeitet haben.

 

Der Fall. Der Fall war wirklich heftig aber von der Autorin unglaublich klasse durchdacht. Man wusste eigentlich ziemlich schnell wer für die Taten verantwortlich ist, trotzdem war es durchweg bis zum Schluss spannend. Für mich hatte das Buch einfach alles was ich an den Büchern so sehr liebe. Ich bin begeistert.

 

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I finally finished another book. About time.

 

Damn, that book was great but sometimes a bit disturbing. Rich people are the worst.

 

I loved that we started the book in the middle of Eve's and Roarke's vacation. That we got to see them outside of New York, without any work commitments and then of course, Roarke's family (I just love these people). A little, really fast and easy solved case and then they could go back to vacation mode. Eve Dallas in the countryside is my favorite thing ever. Ugh, these city people LOL

 

I think Eve really needed that vacation before she got the new big case back in New York, cause while reading, I got the feeling that all the characters throughout the book, which was about a week of a timeline, only got about three hours of sleep and worked their butts of the rest of the time, while running on caffeine and other (legal) eye-opener.

 

The case. The case was seriously crazy but so well thought out by the author. We knew pretty soon who was behind the murders but it was still suspenseful until the very end. For me, the book had everything that I love about this series. I'm psyched.

Reading progress update: I've read 19%.

She Felt Like Feeling Nothing - R.H. Sin

I already love this A LOT!!!!

Manga Classics: Count of Monte Cristo!!!

Count Of Monte Cristo Manga Classics - Alexandre Dumas

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

It took me quite a long time to finish this Manga, it wasn't really the stories fault, more my own. First I had a bit of a reading slump, then I forgot to pick it up again. But I finished it today. And I truly enjoyed the story.

 

I LOVE a good revenge story, not going to lie. Granted, sometimes the revenger can go a little bit too far, people react differently and really bad things happen that he or she didn't want to happen. As was the case in this story.

 

I never read the original, I think it has tons of pages, so I probably never will read it, so I can't say if it was true to the original and if all the important things are mentioned. But I can tell you, that I felt like I really got to know the story very well and that for me, everything that was important was mentioned.

 

Once again, the artwork was just so damn stunning.

My February 2018

So klingt dein Herz: Roman - Cecelia Ahern, Christine Strüh Renegade Red: Book Two of The Light Trilogy - Lauren Bird Horowitz
So klingt dein Herz - 4 stars
Renegade Red - 4.5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: So klingt dein Herz

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Mörderische Hingabe, Count of Monte Cristo, Ein Moment fürs Leben, Assassin of Truths

 

Let's not talk about february. Seriously. LET'S NOT!!!!

 

Renegade Red!!!

Renegade Red: Book Two of The Light Trilogy - Lauren Bird Horowitz

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

I actually got this book over a year ago and I feel so bad, that I'm so far behind on this. I suck. I'm sorry.

 

This is the second book in the The Light trilogy, so I won't be posting a summary, cause I don't want to spoil anything. I'm also going to try to keep my review pretty spoiler free. I'm trying.

 

The beginning of the book took me a little bit, I read the first book two years ago and didn't have the time to reread it, so that partly why and also the beginning was just super confusing and threw me for a loop there, but all gets explained, everything made sense and made me love the beginning of the book even more. Feel confused about how my mind work? Welcome to my world.

 

One thing before I get more into the story a bit, I love LOVE the author's writing. It's seriously so damn beautiful and poetic and I just love it. Speaking of poetic. The thing that I truly loved about the first book were the poems, so when we got the first poem in this book, I was so happy and just grateful, that we were getting poems in this book, too.

 

So now about the story. As spoiler free as I can.

The world building was amazing. To be in this world, that we only heard about in the first book, to actually go there and experience things. I loved it. It wasn't as magical and peaceful as I thought it would be, it actually was pretty brutal.

 

We also got to meet new characters. Hilo. HILO. I'm so so so so torn. This hurts my soul to write down. I loved her, I hated her, I LOVED her and then I just got confused and frustrated and just WHY???? We got a lot of Noa teaming up with Hilo, being on their mission together, working their way through challenge after challenge. ALL THE GIRL POWER. And then everything towards the end had to happen. I'm mad.

While I'm being mad, LET'S TALK ABOUT MARENA. Cause I'm livid when it comes to her. That little sneak found her way into my heart right away. There was no escaping her. Then I thought we lost her, BUT WE DIDN'T. Just so we could actually lose her. I'm mad. She was the greatest, seriously. I loved her scenes with Noa. I just loved everything about this girl. Man, she deserved better.

 

But let's talk about Noa. One of my favorite main characters.

 

I love her so much. She is seriously one of the strongest characters I have ever read. She cries, she's in pain. She wants to give up. BUT SHE KEEPS MOVING FORWARDS. And she doesn't take crap from anyone. I seriously love how she focuses on the important things, two brothers fighting over her, who loves her more, who did what bad thing and who did it for the better reason and she's just, Shut the eff up and help me save my sister. YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!

The brothers. This book brought me firmly on Team Judah. But then things towards the end happened and things were being said and now I'm on Team Those faes better leave my girl alone. I still like Judah a lot more than Callum. I don't know. So many things were revealed in this book, that I don't know how to feel about just yet.

 

What I can tell you, is that I'm super super excited about the last book in this trilogy. Excited and super nervous. As soon as it comes out, I wanna read it. I'm not gonna wait a year after the release. I will and I can do it.

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

Ein Moment fürs Leben [Audiobook] - Cecelia Ahern, Luise Helm, Christine Strüh

This is a re-read...or well, a re-listen. I love this whole story, it's magical and funny and adorable!!!

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So klingt dein Herz // Lyrebird!!!

So klingt dein Herz: Roman - Cecelia Ahern, Christine Strüh

german and english review

 

 

Mein letztes Cecelia Ahern Buch ist schon eine Weile her und nachdem ich es einfach nicht fertig gebracht habe, eins meiner aktuellen Bücher fertig zu lesen, hab ich mir einfach mal eine Pause gegönnt und habe mich in Richtung Hörbücher umgesehen. Auf Spotify hab ich dann das hier gefunden, von dem ich vorher noch garnichts gehört hatte, dass ich dementsprechend auch garnicht auf meiner Liste hatte.

 

Inhalt: Die junge Laura lebt im Verborgenen im Westen Irlands. Niemand weiß, dass sie eine ganz besondere Fähigkeit besitzt: Sie kann jede menschliche Stimme, alle Tiere und jedes Geräusch der Welt nachahmen. Als der Toningenieur Solomon im Wald auf Laura trifft, fühlt er sich sofort magisch von ihr angezogen. Doch auch Solomons Lebensgefährtin, die Regisseurin Bo, ist fasziniert: Sie möchte einen Film über die geheimnisvolle Laura drehen. Über Nacht findet sich Laura in unserer lauten, modernen Welt wieder. Kann ihre Gabe ihr dabei helfen, das Glück zu finden – und die Liebe?

 

 

Als allererstes vorweg, die Leserin war wirklich klasse und hatte eine richtig schöne angenehme Stimme, die mir zu keiner Zeit zu viel wurde, das war ein großer Vorteil, denn ich hab das Buch hauptsächlich an einem Tag gehört, an dem ich mit fürchterlichen Kopfschmerzen im Bett gelegen hatte und einfach garnichts ging.

 

Von dem letzten Cecelia Ahern Buch das ich gelesen hatte, war ich ja nicht so sehr begeistert, deswegen bin ich froh, dass ich das hier so viel mehr mochte. Es hatte wieder das bisschen Magie, das ich an ihren Büchern einfach so besonders gerne mag. Der Schreibstil war einfach wunderschön und magisch und hach, einfach ganz besonders.

 

Die Charaktere haben mir außerdem sehr gut gefallen. Ich mochte Laura sofort. Stellenweise hat es mir wirklich das Herz gebrochen wie naiv sie war und wie überfordert sie mit der realen Welt da draussen war, als sie zum allerersten Mal ihr zu Hause verlassen hat und wirklich von so vielen fremden Erfahrungen überfallen wurde und dann alles noch im Blitzlicht stattgefunden hat. Bo mochte ich auch total. Hier kommt der Teil, weshalb das Buch nur 4 Sterne statt 5 Sterne von mir bekommen hat. Ich mochte es absolut nicht wie Bo im Buch behandelt worden ist. Sie wurde schon gleich zum Anfang in die Schablone des 'egoistischen Miststücks' gesteckt, wahrscheinlich nur, damit Solomon sich später von ihr trennen kann um mit Laura zusammen zu sein. Das hat mir absolut nicht gefallen, im Gegensatz hat es mir eher Solomon verdorben, denn ihn konnte ich überhaupt nicht leiden. Ich mochte absolut nicht, wie er Bo behandelt hat und einfach seine ganze Art, ich mochte ihn einfach wirklich nicht. Wahrscheinlich der einzige Moment in dem ich ihn mochte, war der kleine Moment als er sich Rory vorgeknöpft hat. Ansonsten, nein danke.

 

Deswegen, dass Buch war für mich nicht wirklich eine Liebesgeschichte. Jedenfalls ging es mir darum überhaupt nicht, erstens weil ich mit Solomon und Laura absolut als Paar nicht warm geworden bin und zweitens, weil für mich Laura viel mehr im Vordergrund gestanden hat. Ihr Leben. Wie ist es ihr bis jetzt gegangen, was ist alles in ihrer Vergangenheit passiert, wie geht es ihr jetzt und vor allem, wie wird es mit ihr weitergehen. Mir ging es in dem Buch wirklich nur um Laura's Entwicklung.

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My last Cecelia Ahern book has been a long time ago and after I couldn't seem to finish a book these last couple of days, I decided to take a little break and turn my attention to audiobooks. On Spotify I have found this one, I never heard of it before and didn't have it on my list at all, obviously.

 

Summary: Life is in two parts: who you were before you met her, and who you are after.
A documentary crew discover a mysterious young woman living alone in the mountains of West Cork. Strikingly beautiful she has an extraordinary talent for mimicry, like the famous Australian Lyrebird. The crew, fascinated, make her the subject of her story, and bestow the nickname upon her.
When they leave, they take Lyrebird with them back to the city. But as she leaves behind her peaceful life to learn about a new world, is she also leaving behind a part of herself? For her new friend Solomon the answer isn’t clear. When you find a rare and precious thing, should you share it – or protect it…

 

First thing first, I love the girl who read the book, she was great and had such agreeable voice, that never got too much, especially on the day I listened to the biggest part of the book, when I was in bed with a terrible headache and couldn't do anything.

 

The last book I read by Cecelia Ahern wasn't my favorite, well, let's actually come out and say it, I didn't like it at all, it was probably my least favorite book by her. So I'm actually relived that I loved this one. It had that magical feeling that I just love so much in her books. The writing was so beautiful and just magical and just something really special.

 

I also really liked the characters. I loved Laura right away. There were some parts it really broke my heart how naive she was and how overwhelmed she was with the real, harsh world as soon as she left her home and had to deal with all these unfamiliar situations and also all of this happening to her in the spotlight. I also really loved Bo. And here we get to the part that I hated and why the book got a 4 star rating instead of a 5 star one. I really didn't like how Bo was treated in the book. Right from the beginning, she was forced into the role of the selfish bitch, probably only because then Solomon could break up with her and get together with Laura. I didn't like that at all, on the contrary, it made me really dislike Solomon, couldn't stand him at all. I didn't like how he treated Bo and overall, eeverything about him irked me. I think the only moment I kinda liked him, was when he confronted Rory. Other than that, no thanks.

 

This book really wasn't about the love story. At least for me, it didn't work at all, firstly I didn't really feel it, I didn't see Solomon and Laura as a couple and secondly, Laura was the only thing that stood out to me in the story. Her life. How her life went for her until this point, what happened to her in the past, how is she doing and most of all, how things will be for her from here on out. The book, for me, was about Laura's journey.

 

My January 2018

Elias & Laia - Eine Fackel im Dunkel der Nacht: Teil 2. - Sabaa Tahir, Barbara Imgrund, Felder Rushing, Gabrielle Pietermann Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo The Demon in the Wood - Leigh Bardugo Where I found You - Heidi R. Kling The Punisher Vol. 1: Black and White - Mitchell Thomas Gerads, Nathan Edmondson Die Fährte: Harry Holes vierter Fall - Jo Nesbø
Elias & Laia - Eine Fackel im Dunkel der Nacht - 5 stars
Ruin and Rising - 4 stars
The Demon in the Wood - 4 stars
Where I found You - 4.5 stars
The Punisher Vol. 1: Black and White - 4 stars
Die Fährte - 4 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Where I Found You

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Mörderische Hingabe, Renegade Red

 

How is january already over? How does time work?
No but seriously, I had so many appointments this last month and if you know me, I'm not one for leaving the house, having appointments always throws me off and my mind makes everything a bigger deal than it has to be. But anyways, I'm actually surprised how many books I have read this month. I mean there is a short story in there and a comic, also an audio book but still...I'm happy with myself!!! I'm also very happy with the quality of the books I have read, I wanted to put them all as my favorite books but there is actually only one book, that I'm still thinking about a lot, so I just wrote that one down.

Die Fährte // Nemesis!!!

Die Fährte: Harry Holes vierter Fall - Jo Nesbø

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

 

Inhalt: Der Osloer Kriminalbeamte Harry Hole jagt einen Bankräuber, der während eines Überfalls scheinbar grundlos eine junge Angestellte erschoss. Da wird er selbst in einen Mordfall verwickelt: seine ehemalige Geliebte wird tot aufgefunden, und Harry ist der Letzte, der sie leben sah. Er gerät nun selbst unter Mordverdacht und muss untertauchen, um auf eigenen Faust weiterermitteln zu können. Eine heiße Fährte führt in bis nach Südamerika.

 

Ich fand es ein bisschen schwieriger als sonst, in das Buch reinzufinden, vorallem weil ich es gleich nach dem letzten Buch angefangen hatte und einfach noch so wütend wegen Ellen war und einfach nicht darüber hinwegkommen wollte, was im Band davor passiert ist. Vor allem war ich jedes Mal wütend wenn Tom Waaler in dem Buch aufgetaucht ist, alles was er im Band vorher gemacht hat und alels was er in diesem Fall getan hat, ich war einfach zu wütend.

 

Dann die Tatsache, dass wir zwei Fälle hatten. Den Bankraub und Anna.
Ich war stellenweise dann wirklich total verwirrt, welcher Zeuge wegen welchem Fall befragt wurde. Es war mir manchmal einfach ein bisschen zu viel los. Allerdings waren beide Fälle wirklich spannend gemacht und hatten auch genug Wendungen, so dass ich absolut nicht wusste, was gerade was ist und wer was angestellt haben könnte. Es war bis zum Ende einfach sehr spannend.

 

Und dann mein absolutes Highlight, Beate. Und sie lebt noch. Sie hat das Buch überlebt. Was nicht so selbstverständlich ist, wenn man an andere weibliche Charaktere in den Büchern vorher denkt. Beate!!! ich hoffe, dass wir sie auch noch in weiteren Büchern sehen werden, denn sie ist mir ehrlich ans Herz gewachsen.

 

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Summary: How do you catch a killer when you're the number one suspect? A man is caught on CCTV, shooting dead a cashier at a bank. Detective Harry Hole begins his investigation, but after dinner with an old flame wakes up with no memory of the past 12 hours. Then the girl is found dead in mysterious circumstances and he begins to receive threatening emails: is someone trying to frame him for her death? As Harry fights to clear his name, the bank robberies continue with unparalleled savagery...

 

I had a bit of trouble getting really into the book, mostly because I started it right after I finished the book before and I was still so angry about Ellen and I couldn't and didn't wanna get over what happened to her. Everytime I read Tom Waaler's name in the book, I got angry all over again, angry about what he had done in the book before and everything he did in this book.

 

Then we had two cases. The bank case and Anna.
To be completely honest, I got super confused sometimes and couldn't remember which witness got questioned for what case. Sometimes it just got a bit too much. BUT, both cases where super well done and had enough twists and turns, that I could never figure out what really happened and who did what. It was suspenseful until the end.

 

And then, my absolute highlight, Beate. And she is still alive. She survived the book. That is not a sure thing, when I think about all the female characters before her. Beate!!! I really hope we get to see her in the other books two, cause I love her and I want her around.

Reading progress update: I've read 70%.

Die Fährte: Harry Holes vierter Fall - Jo Nesbø

NO NO NO NO NO.
Currently only having two emotions while reading this part of the story: anger and annoyance. NONE of this CAN be happening right now. NONE OF THIS. This isn't about Harry's situation at all, this is all about Waaler being Waaler. I mean, he is seriously the worst human being there ever was. UGH.

 

Has anyone read the series and can tell me that Waaler will get what he deserves???

The Punisher Vol. 1: Black and White !!!

The Punisher Vol. 1: Black and White - Mitchell Thomas Gerads, Nathan Edmondson

Another one of my Amazon Prime Reads. (btw I'm super behind on those, so I need to read some comics in the net couple of days)

 

After finishing the first season of the tv show, I was just in need of some more Punisher in my life. And with this Volume, I got exactly what I wanted. It wasn't much about the story (even though, I really liked the story in the comic), it was just about the dude himself. I love him. Not gonna lie. He's brutal and all that but still, I love him. He's just a very different kind of hero.

Where I Found You!!!

Where I found You - Heidi R. Kling

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

Where, oh where, do I start. I wasn't prepared for all the emotions that I would go through while reading this story. But I loved it. I truly loved the story and I loved that I got to feel all the feels.

 

Summary: After her mother's plane went missing over the Indian Ocean, seventeen-year-old Sienna Jones gave up everything she loved about living in California. No more surfing. No more swimming. No more ocean, period. Playing it safe, hiding from the world, is the best call.

Until her dad throws down the challenge of a lifetime: spend the summer with his humanitarian team in Indonesia, working with orphans who lost everything in a massive tsunami.

The day they arrive, Sienna meets a mysterious boy named Deni, whose dark, intense eyes make her heart race. Their stolen nights force her to open up and live in a way she thought she couldn't anymore. When she’s with Deni, she remembers the girl she used to be… and starts to feel like the woman he sees in her.

A woman he wants for his own.

Gulp.

But when Deni’s past comes looking for him, Sienna’s faced with losing another person she loves. She can’t do it. Not again.

Fortunately, this time, she has a plan.

 

I mean, the summary of the book pretty much tells you, that this won't be a cute read full of rainbows and unicorns. So I should have known. I didn't.

 

First of all, I loved the setting. This is the first time I ever read a story that is st around the work of a humanitarian team and the work they do for a country after a natural disaster hit. I loved the writing, it was real and didn't sugar coat anything, whilst also really bringing us (well, at least me) closer to a different culture. I loved that element of the book so much.

 

I loved the characters. Sienna, the main character. She's one of those characters, that I read a few lines about and that I love right away. Not saying, I was okay with all her decisions and okay with everything she was doing. Her backstory with her mother, the effects all of this still had on her, gave me all the feels right away. I pretty much loved everyone in this book, there wasn't one character that I just felt meh about whenever they showed up. I even really liked Vera, who maybe didn't seem as likeable from Sienna's point of view.
But let me tell you, the other character besides Sienna, that I loved the most, was Elli. Little Elli stole my heart in a matter of a few seconds. I loved her relationship with Sienna. I just loved that little girl so much. She deserves the world and all the happiness in it.

 

Of course there was this whole thing with Deni and Sienna and their relationship. I didn't care much for that and at the same time, I loved it. I love the non romantic part of their relationship, them talking to each other and getting to say things that they can't tell anyone else. Them, helping each other out, getting over things and moving on, even if it's tough as hell. I liked that part. I'm a bitter old lady at this point in my life, I don't get excited anymore about people getting together and being head over heels in love in the span of such a short period of time. I'm not saying it's not possible but you know, I don't feel it. I don't connect with that.

 

But I loved, LOVED, the story and would totally read it again, which is a feeling that I love. There is also going to be a second book coming out this year and I'm really excited for that.

The Demon in the Wood!!!

The Demon in the Wood - Leigh Bardugo

Right now I'm trying to read everything Grisha related. I just love the world.

 

Summary: Before he became the Darkling, he was just a lonely boy of extraordinary power. Get a look into the past that forged a brutal and brilliant leader.

 

I really loved this short story. In the first book, I was super interested in the Darkling. But well, things happened and in the rest of the trilogy he became that person I loved to hate. He wasn't my favorite. Still this was a really interesting glimpse into his life.

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Ruin and Rising!!!

Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo

THIS BOOK.

I don't know how to write a review for it (I keep putting it off and doing everything else instead of writing my thoughts down.)

 

I'm just gonna start at the beginning and work my way to end of the story, the part I don't know how to feel about yet. No summary, cause spoilers. Also, this is the third and final book in the trilogy so, spoiler warning, maybe?! Probably. Yes!!! Also this review could possibly be all over the place, cause I can't seem to concentrate enough today, but I wanna get the review out, cause I finished this trilogy (my misson for this year is to finally finish all the series that I have started. Well, not all of them. Some of them.)

 

First, I had problems getting into the story cause it was the first book in the trilogy that I read in english and I felt like I had to get used to the writing all over again. But once I got into it, I enjoyed the writing much more than the previous books in german. I still need to wrap my head around this one, still. It feels weird.

 

I just love Alina and it was great being back in her world again. I just love her journey, from book one to this book. She grew so much and I just love her more and more.

It was also great seeing Genya again and she had such a bigger part this time around, no matter what she has done, I LOVE HER. She's my everything in this trilogy, not gonna lie. When she and the King came face to face in this book, I WAS LIVING FOR EVERY WORD SHE SLAMMED HIS WAY. (Also, I love her relationship with David, these two are just the cutest)

And Baghra. BAGHRA. I have too many feels about her, she's so bitter and sarcastic and everything I want to be in life. Kidding. Kinda.

Also living for the Tamar and Nadia relationship. Everything about this two, apart from each other and together. LOVE THEM.

And Zoya, she's the worst, but I truly TRULY loved her in this book.

 

So after all the love for all these women above.

Last but not least, I have to finally mention Nikolai. Swoon. I love him. I LOVE HIM, SO SO SO MUCH. (I really care for the other two dudes, Mal and the Darkling, at least the Darkling was a bit more interesting but Mal, NO!!!) Nikolai. When THE THING happened, I actually threw the book away from me, cause I was just too overwhelmed with everything that was happening. Especially so close after THE THING that happened with Baghra. At least he came out of this thing, scared but okay and charming as ever.

 

In the middle of all the things that were happening, there were also LOTS of twists and turns. None of which I saw coming, cause I'm mostly blind when it comes to things like this.

 

The end. THE END.
I'm not sure what to make of it. I'm really not sure. I didn't expect it to end like this. I didn't want it to end like it did. It made sense and I'm not saying it's bad, it just wasn't going in the direction I wanted it to go.

Reading progress update: I've read 339 out of 464 pages.

Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo

So many things are happening. SO MANY!!!

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