Haskell Himself by Gary Seigel |Cover Reveal

Haskell Himself
Gary Seigel
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: January 19th 2020
Genres: Historical, LGBTQ+, Young Adult

Meet Haskell Hodge. At sixteen he’s already garnered some fame as a former child actor and star of a popular cereal commercial. But that doesn’t do much for him when he’s dumped at his aunt’s house in the suburbs of Los Angeles to face an assortment of neighborhood bullies.

He thinks he might be gay. In fact, he could be the only gay person in the valley, maybe on the entire planet. Even if he does manage to find a boyfriend, their relationship would have to be secret and invisible.

After all it’s 1966. And though Time Magazine claims the sexual revolution is in full swing, the freedoms straight people are enjoying don’t seem to apply to everyone. And as much as Haskell attempts to hide his true self, carefully navigating the tricky and risky terrain of being queer, he’s still taunted and teased relentlessly.

Rather than give in to the irrationality of this hate, Haskell fights back, eventually finding an unlikely outlet to vent his frustration and angst—playing a bully in a screen test for a major motion picture. If he plays his cards right, it could catapult him into Hollywood stardom.

Of course, like most things in life, it comes with a heavy price Haskell’s not certain he’s willing to pay.

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Author Bio:

Gary Seigel was raised in Encino, California where his debut novel, Haskell Himself, takes place. After completing a PhD in English at Rutgers University, Gary taught at several colleges and universities, but his most memorable experience was a brief 12 week stint at the same high school he (and Haskell) graduated from, teaching side by side with some of the same teachers he once endured. Currently, Gary gives grammar and proofreading classes to business professionals eager to write error-free emails. He also has spent the past two decades helping employees control their inner jerk when texting or holding conversations with an impossible boss. His book The Mouth Trap: Strategies, Tips and Secrets for Keeping Your Feet out of Your Mouth, published in 2008, has been translated into over a dozen languages. He is the father of three sons and currently lives in South Pasadena.

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Primal Mate by Tabitha Black |Blitz + Giveaway

Primal Mate
Tabitha Black
(Alphas of Sandor, #2)
Published by: Blushing Books Publications
Publication date: October 15th 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction

It happened at the worst possible time…

Nobody knows my terrible secret – not my friends, not my colleagues, not even my powerful father. All this time, I’ve been living and working amongst them as a respected, high-powered Alpha woman.

The only thing saving me from certain ruin and the destruction of my dreams are the suppressants I take daily, the medication I’ve been using to hide in plain sight. Because, in truth, I’m an Omega.

And then the unthinkable happens. The suppressants stop working in a crowded room full of Alpha men, one of whom decides we’re fated to be together.

He will pursue me until I surrender but while my body craves him, I refuse to give up my life to become nothing more than an Alpha’s mate…

Publisher’s Note: This dark MF Omegaverse romance contains elements of power exchange and explicit scenes which may trigger some readers.

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It had started with a slight tingle so faint, Evander had wondered whether he was imagining it. After years of fruitless hunting for his mate, it was logical that he might mistake even the slightest unusual sensation as a sign he was finally going into rut.

But while he had been talking to Clara, the tingle had morphed into a ball of lust which had slammed through his lower belly so violently, he felt winded. Simultaneously, a divine, musky scent had filled his nostrils, intensifying a deep ache in his groin and putting all his senses on high alert.

After all this time, after all these years of waiting, it was finally happening.

Evander was going into rut.

Barely able to contain his excitement, he had immediately excused himself from the attractive, brunette Clara and examined every single Omega female in the immediate vicinity. Oddly, instead of intensifying, the scent had grown fainter.

Clouded as his mind was with the sudden onslaught of pheromones flooding his system and sending his primal instinct into overdrive, it had taken a moment for him to put two and two together.

But it couldn’t be. Clara was an Alpha, like him.

Author Bio:

USA Today bestselling author Tabitha Black has been writing erotic romance for well over a decade, mostly in the age-play and historical genres. More recently, she’s discovered the joys of writing more contemporary books with a greater emphasis on BDSM, as well as darker, edgier fiction.

Having lived in four countries on three different continents, she likes to “write to discover what she knows.”

She has a weakness for great coffee, strong, kind but dominant men, and tattoos. At the time of writing, she lives in Germany with her very own dominant, sadistic and loyal romantic hero, and a lilac cat who likes to sneeze in her face.

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Winter‘s Captive by Robin D.Mahle and Elle Madison |Blitz + Giveaway

Winter’s Captive
Elle Madison & Robin D. Mahle
(The Lochlann Treaty #1)
Publication date: December 21st 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

The black X of the Aramach Rebels marks the spot Princess Charlotte’s life was destroyed.

Her fiance taken and her kingdom on the brink of war because of it, Charlie refuses to be the damsel in distress and takes matters into her own hands. She can only trust a handful of people as hints of a conspiracy are uncovered.

Leaving her castle and everything she’s ever known behind, Charlie ventures into a place she only thought she knew — her own kingdom. In the face of traitors and thieves and ruthless rebels, Charlie won’t be stopped on her mission to set things right and find her prince.

The only question is: Will she find him before it’s too late?

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“Someone has to warn them, but there isn’t anyone we can trust.” My nausea began to fade as the plan took shape in my mind.

“Then how?” Isla stopped pacing.

How, indeed. Logan and Finn could be danger. Oli was in actual danger. What would become of our makeshift family by the time this was all over?

Can I truly do this? Fifteen years of training to lead at Oliver’s side told me the answer was no. That I should stay in the castle where I was safe, helping to ease the tensions of our people with my mere presence. That I had no business gallivanting off to do a man’s work.

But there was another part of me, smaller, buried — but no less real — saying, If not me, then who?

“I know that face.” Hope shone from Isla’s eyes. “I haven’t seen that look in years, but I know that face. Tell me what you’re plotting.”

“I’m not sure yet. Maybe nothing. My father would kill me.”

Isla’s lips tightened in determination. She got to her knees and took both of my hands in hers, piercing me with an unwavering gaze.

“Charlie, I know as well as anyone what’s expected of you. But just this once, I’m going to ask you. What do you think we should do?”

I paused before answering, working out the last of the details in my mind until I was certain there was no other option. A hesitant smile crept onto my lips as I returned her look.

“I have a plan.”

Excerpt three:

“Blasted woman. I told her to stay put.”

I narrowed my eyes, though he couldn’t see me. “Blasted woman did stay put, and requires a towel at your convenience.”

There was a lengthy pause before something came sailing over the screen. I caught it before it hit the water.

“Thanks ever so much.” I stood up, wrapping the small cloth around myself and trying not to shiver. My hair was piled on my head and still mostly dry. I opened my mouth to ask for my clothes when a bundle of fabric was delivered in the same manner as the towel. I bit back a sharp response.

“These aren’t mine,” I told him, though that should have been obvious. My filthy trousers bore no resemblance to the rustic woolen dress I was holding.

“We don’t have time for yer whining, Highness. Just put it on and let’s be on our way.”

Anger chased away the little bit of relaxation the bath had lent me. I had only been stating the obvious, but he had been damned and determined for years to think the very worst of me.

“There was a time when you were kind, Logan.” Last night’s memories simmered at the forefront of my mind.

There was a beat of silence, and I wondered if he had even heard me. Then, his voice came clearly through the screen.

“And there was a time when you aspired to more than mediocrity. So, I suppose we’ve both changed.”

Author Bio:

The name Robin D. Mahle represents a dynamic husband and wife storytelling team. They’ve travelled the world for both love and war, and a tale began to form between the two of them that just had to be told. One’s love of anime and comics collided with the other’s love of fiction novels to produce a story with action, captivating dialogue, and riveting prose.

The female piece to the puzzle that is Robin spends her days as a captioner for the deaf and hard of hearing. She loves to read, write, and loves all things Doctor Who. A Marine Corps veteran, her husband homeschools their offspring, lovingly nicknamed Thing 1 and Thing 2. He loves to write and spend time in his garden.They also have two fur babies: a standard full-sized poodle and a persian cat. Their family lives in Colorado after a lifetime of being way too hot in Texas.

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Elle Madison has a lifelong love affair with escaping into the world of books. Trying her hand at creating a world for others to dive into has been a dream come true. Elle spends her days wrestling and snuggling her two little boys and being a giant nerd with her husband. You can frequently find them at Renaissance Festivals as well as Comic Con’s, a.k.a the only places she can dress up as a faerie and it not be weird. Existing on chocolate, pasta, and boxed wine, Elle loves to venture outdoors, explore new places, and volunteer for her community. After a lifetime of searching, she’s found her own happily ever after in Colorado with her little family.

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To Kill a Fae by C.S. Wilde |Blitz + Giveaway

To Kill a Fae
C.S. Wilde
(Hollowcliff Detectives, #1)
Publication date: October 10th 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Fae enjoy playing dangerous games…

In detective Mera Maurea’s experience, three things motivate a murder: secrets, convenience, or passion. But none of the three can explain why the Summer King is dead.

With a tight deadline hanging over her head, Mera has to figure out who’s the culprit before the frail balance that holds the nation of Tagrad together crumbles into dust.

To aid her—or turn her life into a living hell, hard to tell which—is her fae partner Sebastian Dhay, a snarky detective with a penchant for the illegal. He’s a volatile wild card who will do anything to solve the murder, even if it means his doom.

The clock is ticking. And Mera is hiding a deadly secret of her own.

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Bast began unbuttoning his vest and nodded to a door close to the kitchen. “You can sleep in my bedroom.”

Mera barely recorded what he’d said. She couldn’t take her eyes off him.

He threw the vest on the sofa and proceeded to unbutton his shirt, a burning dare in his eyes.

Mera took in his strong, defined abs, and a delirious warmth went down her spine.

He tossed the shirt atop the sofa too, showcasing his perfect chiseled torso and strong biceps, meant to wrap around a woman as she rode his…

“Enjoying the show, are we?” He began undoing his belt, his deceiving, sharp eyes burning with lust.

Mera’s throat was so dry it might be made of sand. “I…”

Noticing the massive bulge underneath his black boxer briefs, she stepped forward. She wanted, needed, to touch that part of him; lick it, hold it, shove it inside her until…


This was wrong. He was her partner, at least for the time being.

“Stop being a dick, Detective Dhay.” Grasping her bag, she hurried into the bedroom, slamming the door closed behind her.

::: Can she resist his darkness? Find out in TO KILL A FAE :::

Author Bio:

C.S. Wilde wrote her first Fantasy novel when she was eight. That book was absolutely terrible, but her mother told her it was awesome, so she kept writing.
Now a grown-up (though many will beg to differ), C. S. Wilde writes about fantastic worlds, love stories larger than life and epic battles.
She also, quite obviously, sucks at writing an author bio. She finds it awkward that she must write this in the third person, and hopes you won’t notice.

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To Best the Boys by Mary Weber |Book Review

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! How are you all today? I hope you’re good!

Today I’m back with a review for you guys. And oh boy did I love this book!

And now without further ado, let’s start with this post!

Synopsis (Goodreads)

The task is simple: don a disguise. Survive the Labyrinth. Best the boys.

In a thrilling new fantasy from the bestselling author of the Storm Siren Trilogy, one girl makes a stand against society and enters a world made exclusively for boys.

Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port have received a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. The poorer residents look to see if their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.

In the province of Caldon, where women train in wifely duties and men pursue collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.

With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone is ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the deadly maze.

Welcome to the Labyrinth

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Title – To Best the Boys
Author – Mary Weber
Publisher – Thomas Nelson
Genre – Fantasy/Young Adult
Release date – March 19th, 2019

Trigger Warning – dead bodies, violence
Edition – Hardcover (Fairyloot)
Pages – 314
Language – English

What I liked

Where to start? Well as it’s usual for me I will start with the writing style. This was such a great one to be honest. I loved every single word of this book and I didn’t have any problems understanding whatsoever. Weber did such an amazing job with this book and I’m so glad that it was in one of the Fairyloot Boxes!

To Best the Boys had a female badass of a main character. Rhen was one of my favorite characters and I can‘t get over her. She‘s amazing, she‘s smart, she doesn‘t care what others think of her (especially men) and she wants to become a scientist which is probably not a normal career trait for a woman in that period of time or in the province where Rhen lives. She is also a great friend and would do everything to protect them. Well sometimes she comes up with stupid ideas but nobody‘s perfect right?

Another thing I liked was the concept of this book. I‘ve never read anything comparable to To best the boys and the only thing I have to add is that it was such a great story!

What I didn’t like


Favourite Character


Overall, I’d recommend this book to beginners in the fantasy genre. It isn‘t difficult to understand the main worldbuilding. I haven’t read the Maze Runner series but I suppose that this was kind of similar. If you enjoyed that one you will probably also enjoy To Best the boys.

And this is everything for this review! How about you? Have you read To Best the Boys or are you planning on reading it soon? Please let me know in the comments below!

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Alfheim Academy by S.T. Bende |Blitz + Giveaway

Alfheim Academy
S.T. Bende
(Alfheim Academy, #1)
Publication date: October 14th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

A new series from internationally bestselling author S.T. Bende.

Aura Nilssen has spent most of her sixteen years in hiding. As crown princess of Alfheim, her life depends on avoiding the assassins who killed her parents and want to destroy her realm. When hunters corner Aura on Midgard (Earth), she’s immediately evacuated and enrolled at Alfheim Academy—a training ground where telepathic teenagers, daily combat lessons, and communication from beyond is the norm. She attends classes that enhance her energetic abilities, labs that fine tune her mental acuity, and workouts with a supernaturally good looking—and suspiciously evasive—training partner. But it’s what she learns outside the classroom that proves most difficult: as Queen of Alfheim, Aura’s grandmother played a heartbreaking role in the death of Aura’s parents . . . and her iron fisted monarchy is pushing the realm to the brink of extinction. If Aura doesn’t take her grandmother’s crown, the home she’s only just begun to love may be lost forever.

When an unprecedented attack threatens the very heart of Alfheim, Aura has to decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to protect her new home. Her choice may mean the difference between survival and annihilation—not only for Aura, but for the world she’s always been destined to rule.

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I leaned forward, trying to see who Viggo was talking to, but my balance shifted unexpectedly. As I sidestepped to avoid a fall, a branch cracked loudly beneath my feet. I quickly scooted behind a tree and held very still as Viggo called out in a threatening voice, “Show yourself.”

I could take him if it came to it. I’d pinned him in five out of nine sparring matches that week. Or was it three? I couldn’t remember.

“I know you’re behind that tree.” Leaves crunched as Viggo stormed closer.

I inched around the trunk as my training partner’s footsteps grew louder.

“Last chance,” Viggo growled. He was unnervingly close. My eyes locked in on the thickest part of the tree line, and I rose onto the balls of my feet, preparing for escape.

Before I could make my move, a thick hand whipped around the tree to clutch my neck. Viggo yanked me from my hiding spot, wrenching my body into view. He held his arm perpendicular to his six-plus-foot frame, so I dangled in his grasp. In his other hand, he gripped a thick dagger. Crêpes. My hands flew to Viggo’s wrist and I dug in my fingernails, intending to break his hold before my air supply ran out. But as I clawed against his grip our eyes locked, and Viggo opened his palm. I fell to the ground in a heap, then leapt to my feet, brushing broken branches off my pants as I stood.

“You.” Viggo’s normally charming tone had an edge. “What did you hear?”

“I heard enough.” I widened my stance in case I needed to deliver a roundhouse. Or worse. “You broke into Alfheim? What are you doing here?”

“You don’t know what you heard.” Viggo took a step to his right. I mirrored him.

“Fine.” We continued our dance, two animals squaring off for a fight. “Then why don’t you tell me. Because it sounded an awful lot like you broke into the realm, and you’re planning something dangerous.”

“Is that so?” Amusement danced across Viggo’s eyes as anger percolated beneath my skin. I took deep breaths until the emotion stilled.

“What would you call what you’re doing?” I pressed.

Viggo’s features hardened as he took another step. “How was your meeting with the queen? Lots to catch up on, I’m sure.”

My eyes narrowed. “What do you care?”

“I care when someone strips my realm of its freedoms. Not that you’d understand anything about that.”

The anger bubbled again, fiercer. Hotter. “I’ll ask you one more time. What were you doing just now?”

“If I thought you’d understand, I’d tell you.” Viggo’s hand flexed, and his dagger glinted under the filtered light of the forest. My hands balled into fists and I took a step forward. I didn’t have a weapon, but if that jerk thought he could silence me, he had another thing coming.

Viggo stepped into my space, his chest inches from mine. I ignored the piney scent wafting off his training clothes and focused on perfecting my glare.

“Go home, Glitre,” Viggo spoke softly into my ear. “Keep your perfekt little life in order.”

Laughter tickled my throat. “Perfekt. Right.”

Viggo leaned back just enough to meet my eyes. “Someone looked out for you from the minute you were born. From where I’m standing, that’s a pretty good deal.”

“You don’t know the first thing about me.”

Viggo shifted so our foreheads practically touched. Butterflies burst into flight in my stomach and at my shoulder blades. What the hell is wrong with me?

“I know you’re the heir to the throne,” he growled. “I know you met with the queen. And I know you haven’t stepped up to challenge her. I can connect the dots as to which side you’re on.”

A low whistle pierced the forest as I sucked air through my teeth. Viggo Sörensson had no freaking clue. “You know I’m going to tell Signy about this.”

Viggo shrugged. “Go ahead. But for the record, I’m warning you to stay out of it. If anything happens, it’s on you.”

“Noted.” I took another breath as Viggo leaned forward again. His shoulder brushed against mine as he walked by, and the nudging at my back became so adamant, I was positive something was about to crawl right out of my skin. But the jabbing ebbed as Viggo marched forward. He didn’t turn around until he reached the thicker tapestry of trees.

Even at this distance, I caught the pop of his dimple. “See you around, Glitre.”

Then he turned and disappeared into the forest, leaving me with a litany of questions.

What was Viggo Sorenssön up to?

Author Bio:

Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, S.T. Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (where she became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of McVitie’s cookies. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired her YA Norse fantasy series’ (Viking Academy, Elsker Saga, Ære Saga, and Night War Saga). And her love of a galaxy far, far away inspired her to write children’s books for Star Wars. She hopes her characters make you smile, and she dreams of skiing on Jotunheim and Hoth.

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I should have read that book |Tag

Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog. Today I‘m back with a tag which is long overdue! The I should have read that book tag. I‘ve seen this tag here a while ago on Adrianna‘s blog and thought why not!

And now without further ado, let‘s start!

#1 – A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

Well, there are a lot of books I should read then. But I think the most prominent one is The Handmaid‘s Tale. But I‘m so scared to start that one! What should I do?

#2 – A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up

There are also a few of these. I would say The Hobbit. I‘ve picked it up a few times but never managed to get past page 1. Please don‘t tell me that I‘m the only one with the struggle? There have to be others? I took it with me to Strasbourg as I‘m doing my exchange semester there. But now it still looks at me desperately. I don‘t know what to do!

#3 – A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing yet

That‘s actually an easy one! Nevernight! I‘m still not done with that book and I have absolutely no clue why? Because the book is amazing. But I can‘t manage to finish the goddamn book!

#4 – A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read

All of them?

#5 – A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read

I guess that I have a lot of these on my TBR. I‘m always late to the party. ALWAYS! But I‘d say On the Come Up. I bought it immediately when it came out but I‘ve never got the chance to read it. I hope however, that I will be able to read it soon!

#6 – A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet

That‘s a difficult question because I think that I‘ve read the books before the adaptation? So I honestly can‘t think of one.

#7 – A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet

It‘s not one book but my feed is always full of Shadowhunter books for the moment. And if it‘s not Shadowhunters it‘s the Harry Potter series.

And that‘s everything for this post. Consider yourself tagged if you want to do this one. I promise it was a lot of fun!

OMG, diese Aisling! von Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen| Rezensionsexemplar (German only)

Hallo alle zusammen! Dies ist mein allererster deutscher Blogeintrag wo ich meine Rezension nicht noch auf Englisch übersetze. Ich finde es einfach schwerer noch mal genau das gleiche auf Englisch zu tippen weshalb ich auch die Entscheidung genommen habe, das Buch immer in der gleichen Sprache zu rezensieren in der ich das Buch gelesen habe. Und hier ist es eben Deutsch.

Jetzt werde ich aber nicht lange drum rum reden und los gehts!

Inhaltsangabe (Lovelybooks.de)

Auf den ersten Blick führt Aisling ein beschauliches Leben. Mit 28 wohnt sie noch bei ihren Eltern in ihrem Heimatort Ballygobbard und träumt, wovon man in dieser verschlafenen Kleinstadt so träumen kann: einem Ring am Finger und der ganz großen Liebe. Doch selbst ein gefangener Brautstrauß und ein romantischer Trip nach Teneriffa bewirken bei ihrem Freund nichts. Kurzerhand nimmt Aisling ihr Glück selbst in die Hand. Sie macht Schluss mit John und zieht nach Dublin zu ihrer hippen Kollegin Sadhbh. Die Folgen: neue, glamouröse Freundinnen (mit durchaus unglamourösen Problemen), ein Finanzskandal (mit dem sie hoffentlich nichts zu tun hat) und ein turbulentes Liebesdreieck (das in einem Viereck zu münden droht). Klingt nach Chaos? Klingt ganz nach Aisling!

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Titel – OMG, diese Aisling! (OT: Oh my God, What a complete Aisling)
Autoren – Sarah Breen und Emer McLysaght
Verlag – dtv
Genre – Contemporary/Roman
Erscheinungsdatum – 23.08.2019

Trigger Warnung – Trennung, Abtreibung, Krebs, Krankheit, Tod, erhöhter Alkoholkonsum
Version – Paperback (Taschenbuch)*
Sprache – Deutsch (Original Sprache: Englisch)
Seiten – 336

Als ich die Inhaltsangabe dieses Buches gelesen habe wusste ich einfach, dass ich mich für diese Leserunde bei Lovelybooks.de bewerben musste. Die Inhaltsangabe und das Cover haben mich einfach in den Bann gezogen und ich musste dieses Buch haben. Egal wie! Da war die Freude natürlich gleich umso größer als ich die Mail in meinem Postfach sah. Und wie schnell der Versand geht. Da hat man ja schon quasi noch in der gleichen Woche das Buch im Briefkasten. So schnell bin ich das natürlich nicht gewohnt. Aber beschweren kann ich mich natürlich nicht. Ich meine es ist immer genial ein Buch in den Händen zu halten und es sofort lesen zu können. Vor allem als Buchblogger kann man einfach nicht genug von diesen Büchern bekommen. Man ist einfach süchtig und so süchtig war ich noch nicht mal vor 2 Jahren als ich mit meinem Blog angefangen habe. Aber genug von meiner Sucht! Wir sind ja schließlich hier um über OMG, diese Aisling! zu reden.

Fangen wir also mit der eigentlichen Rezension an!

Ich muss zugeben, dass ich falsch an das Buch rangegangen bin. Ich habe gar nicht auf den Titel acht gegeben und bei diesem Titel muss man das tun! Ansonsten wird man den Geschmack, den Humor und das ganze Buch nicht so wirklich zu schätzen wissen. Und das war mein Problem. Der Grund weshalb ich OMG, diese Aisling! nur 3 Sterne gegeben habe. Ich bin einfach komplett falsch eingestiegen.

Aisling ging mir ständig auf den Keks. Ohne Scherz! Andauernd musste ich die Augen verdrehen und nach einer Weile tut das dann doch doll weh. Sie hat mich so genervt, vor allem ihr Gedränge mit der Hochzeit. Hochzeit hier, Hochzeit da,… Es gab in ihrem Leben nichts wichtigeres wie das heiraten. Was ich ehrlich gesagt voll übertrieben fand. Und sie benahm sich ständig wie ein motzendes Kleinkind. Mit 28 hat man das glaube ich nicht mehr nötig, aber gut, jeder benimmt sich anders!

Ein anderes Thema: erhöhter Alkoholkonsum in den über 300 Seiten. Aisling und ihre Freundinnen waren dauernd am trinken. Ich dachte schon ich würde 50 Shades of Grey lesen halt eben mit Alkohol anstatt dem Sex. Ist vielleicht ein krasser Vergleicht aber Fakt. Andere sehen das vielleicht nicht so streng, aber mich hat es dann doch gestört, weil es mir andauernd aufgefallen war.

Trotzdem hatte das Buch auch gute Sachen anzubieten. Es war interessant zu lesen, wie Aisling sich verändert hat. Sie wollte nicht mehr das kleine Dorfmädchen sein und hat ihr Leben komplett auf den Kopf gestellt. War schon lustig zu lesen, wie sie manchmal Sachen falsch verstand oder wie naiv sie sich manchmal verhielt, weil sie einfach nie was anderes im Dorf gesehen hat.

OMG, diese Aisling, war witzig und traurig zu gleich. Einige Passagen brachten einen einfach zum Lachen, andere zum weinen. Und ich bin nun wirklich keine Heulsuse, aber manchmal musste sogar ich einige Tränchen vergiessen. Das Buch sprach auch über einige seriöse Themen, was ich ganz wichtig finde. Im Leben läuft nicht immer alles super. Die rosarote Brille existiert nicht und nicht jeder hat Glück im Leben und muss schwierige Entscheidungen treffen. Die Autorinnen haben hier gute Arbeit geleistet!

Ich bin leider erst im letzten Leseabschnitt mit dem Buch so richtig warm geworden, aber ich werde OMG, diese Aisling! definitiv noch eine zweite Chance geben und dieses Mal werde ich daran denken, das Buch nicht so ernst zu nehmen. Denn dann bin ich mir auch sicher, dass ich ihm mehr als nur 3 Sterne geben werde!

Habt ihr OMG, diese Aisling! schon gelesen? Wenn ja, auf deutsch oder englisch? Wenn nein, wollt ihr dieses Buch denn lesen? Bitte lasst es mich in den Kommentaren wissen!

*Ich habe bei Lovelybooks.de ein Leseexemplar gewonnen und habe somit auch in der Leserunde teilgenommen. Vielen Dank an den Verlag für das Exemplar. Alle Meinungen sind meine eigenen.

Dark Faerie by S.T. Bende |Cover Reveal

Dark Faerie
S.T. Bende
(Alfheim Academy, #2)
Publication date: February 24th 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Ruling a realm was never going to be easy. After stepping into her royal role, sixteen-year-old Aura Nilssen quickly discovers the dark side of ruling the light realm. Although she’s determined to steer Alfheim off its course of self-destruction, an unyielding tyrant remains equally resolved to stop her. When Aura uncovers the depth of Alfheim’s corruption, she sets out to recover the allies she needs to protect her home. But when she meets a girl whose background mirrors her own, Aura learns she has powers she never knew existed. She’ll need Viggo’s help to master her abilities . . . but is their new relationship strong enough to survive the reality of who she is?

In the face of dark magic, powerful enemies, and the unlikeliest of allies, Aura discovers the true nature of her own duality. It turns out that she’s more than just the crown princess of Alfheim. She’s a dark faerie.

And she’s just met her match.

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Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, S.T. Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (where she became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of McVitie’s cookies. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired her YA Norse fantasy series’ (Viking Academy, Elsker Saga, Ære Saga, and Night War Saga). And her love of a galaxy far, far away inspired her to write children’s books for Star Wars. She hopes her characters make you smile, and she dreams of skiing on Jotunheim and Hoth.

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The Ghost on Firefly Lane by Pamela McCord |Cover Reveal

The Ghost on Firefly Lane
Pamela McCord
(Pekin Dewlap Mystery #2)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: November 28th 2019
Genres: Middle-Grade, Mystery

A heartbroken ghost searches in vain for her baby. Pekin Dewlap and her best friends Scout and Amber are hired to help her spirit go into the light by the kindhearted homeowners who’ve grown fond of the crying ghost. The teens move into the house while their clients are on a cruise, and their first order of business is to find out the ghost’s identity. A neighbor is able to provide the name of the house’s last owner, and the story of how his wife died in childbirth. Now, armed with the ghost’s name, along with those of her husband and baby daughter, it’s time to set the ghost free.

However, it isn’t as easy as the kids expect. First, Lily the ghost doesn’t seem to be aware of their presence, and when she finally “sees” them, she becomes angry and destructive. The Ghosties track down Lily’s husband and daughter to ask for their help, but, much to their surprise, their invitation is met with hostility. The father has secrets of his own that he must protect.

If Pekin and her friends can’t convince the father to help them, they may never be able to set Lily free, and send her into the light.

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Born in Arkansas and raised in Southern California, Pamela McCord started writing later in life when she was challenged by a friend to create a book out of his story idea. Since then, she’s become an internationally published author. Pam has spent over 40 years working as a legal secretary at a law firm in Orange County, California. Aside from writing, she follows the stock market, buying, selling and trading stocks and options. In contrast to that, she loves trips to Las Vegas where she can spend many happy hours at the Pai Gow tables. She shares a condo with her very own My Cat From Hell TV star, Allie, who manages to exude just enough affection to make her scary feral ways tolerable.

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