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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My September 2017

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Reading progress update: I've read 12%.

Just One of the Boys - Leah and Kate Rooper

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

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

Miraculous - Die geheime Superheldin - Barbara Neeb, Katharina Schmidt

This is just super cute!!!

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

The Book of Whispers!!!

The Book of Whispers - Kimberley Starr

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

Reading progress update: I've read 7%.

Blutzeuge - Tess Gerritsen

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

A Messy, Beautiful Life!!!

A Messy, Beautiful Life - Sara Jade Alan

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

The book comes out october 2nd!!!

 

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

 

Summary: Life is funny sometimes.

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Reading progress update: I've read 18%.

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

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

Daredevil, Vol. 1!!!

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

This is another one of my Amazon Prime Reading reads.

 

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

Reading progress update: I've read 29%.

A Messy, Beautiful Life - Sara Jade Alan

Trying really hard not to judge her dad right now, for not being at the hospital and kinda not giving a crap about her. I'm trying. And failing. Jerk.

Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

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

Starting all the books. Doing all the reading!!!

Reading progress update: I've read 56%.

The Book of Whispers - Kimberley Starr

So glad I continued this, instead of dnf'ing it. IT'S SOOOO GOOD!!!

Reading progress update: I've read 10%.

A Messy, Beautiful Life - Sara Jade Alan

I started another book. Someone stop me.

Marlena!!!

Marlena: A Novel - Julie Buntin

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

 

Das ist eins der Bücher, dass ich wirklich unglaublich toll finde und ab jetzt auch irgendwie zu meinen Favoriten gehört und das obwohl ich mit den Charakteren absolut nicht warm geworden bin.

 

Inhalt: Die fünfzehnjährige Cat ist neu in der Stadt, einsam und unglücklich - bis sie ihre Nachbarin kennenlernt, die wunderschöne und unberechenbare Marlena. Eine Freundschaft beginnt, voller Versprechungen, intensiv und gefährlich wie die Jugend selbst: erste Drinks, erste Zigaretten, erste Küsse. Marlena aber wird immer riskanter - und Cat wird ein Versprechen brechen, das sie jetzt, Jahrzehnte später, einholen wird.

Die atemberaubende Geschichte zweier Mädchen und einem Jahr im ländlichen Michigan, das die eine ihr Leben kosten wird und die andere für immer verändern.

 

Ich liebe diese Art von Geschichten. Sie sind meist frustrierend und richtig heftig. Wie sehr dein Leben beeinflusst wird, dadurch wo und wie du aufwächst, wer sich um dich kümmert oder eben nicht. Das Buch war unheimlich realistisch beschrieben und obwohl es herzzerreißend war, war es trotz allem wunderschön.

 

Ich muss ganz ehrlich gestehen, dass ich am Anfang des Buches ewig gebraucht hatte wirklich reinzufinden und dass ich mich mit den Charakteren wirklich schwer getan habe. Es wurde mit der Zeit um einiges besser und obwohl die Charaktere nicht zu meinem Lieblingscharakteren gehören, hat mich ihre Geschichte wirklich richtig sehr interessiert und hat mich auch mitfühlen lassen, wenn ihnen schlimme Dinge passiert sind und von schlimmen Dingen gab es in dem Buch ja wirklich genug.

 

Ich finde, es ist garnicht so wichtig ob man die Charaktere in dem Buch mag oder nicht, sondern geht es eher um die Geschichte die über sie erzählt wird, deswegen hat es mich garnicht so gestört ob ich sie nun mochte oder nicht.

 

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This is one of the books, that I truly enjoyed and that I'm gonna count as one of my favorites, even though I never really felt the characters.

 

Summary: Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, inexperienced and desperate for connection, is quickly lured into Marlena’s orbit by little more than an arched eyebrow and a shake of white-blond hair. As the two girls turn the untamed landscape of their desolate small town into a kind of playground, Cat catalogues a litany of firsts—first drink, first cigarette, first kiss—while Marlena’s habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead, drowned in six inches of icy water in the woods nearby. Now, decades later, when a ghost from that pivotal year surfaces unexpectedly, Cat must try to forgive herself and move on, even as the memory of Marlena keeps her tangled in the past.

 

I love this type of story. Most of the time it's really frustrating and really intense. It's insane how much your life is influenced by how and where you grow up, who takes care of you or well, doesn't. The book is so realistic and even though it's heartbreaking, it's so beautifully written.

 

To be completely honest, it took me a long time to get really into the book and I really had a hard time with the characters. It got better with time, and even though the characters will never be my favorites, their story was really interesting and made me feel really bad for them whenever something bad happens to them, and there is a lot of bad things happening.

 

I just really think, that it doesn't matter if you like the characters or not, for me, it was more about the story that was told about them, so I didn't really care that much if I loved them or not.

 

Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

The Book of Whispers - Kimberley Starr

Yess, I really think I can stick with this book the second time around. I'm really getting into it.

My August 2017

Ich, Eleanor Oliphant: Roman - Gail Honeyman, Alexandra Kranefeld Vampire Academy - Blutsschwestern: Jubiläumsausgabe mit 4 brandneuen Bonus-Storys (Vampire-Academy-Reihe) - Richelle Mead, Michaela Link I Wrote This For You - Iain S. Thomas, Jon Ellis Breaking the Chains - Ioana Visan The Night between Heaven and Hell (The Devil You Know Book 2) - Ioana Visan Harry Potter und der Orden des Phönix  - J.K. Rowling
Ich, Eleanor Oliphant - 5 stars
Vampire Academy - Blutsschwestern - 5 stars
I Wrote This For You - 5 stars
Breaking the Chains - 4 stars (review from the first time I read it)
The Night between Heaven and Hell - 4 stars
Harry Potter und der Orden des Phönix - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: everything, I can't decide

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Marlena, The Book of Whispers

 

It wasn't my best month. It started pretty good but towards the middle of the month I had a lot of issues with my mental health. I'm also starting something next week, that I should have started two weeks ago but couldn't because anxiety and stuff like that, but monday is the day. It's some type of retraining with internships and stuff like that, so my social anxiety is off the charts. Reading isn't happening that much at the moment.

Ich lese gerade

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