Top 5 Wednesdays – Books from before I’d join the Bookblogging Community

Hello, everyone!

Today I’m going to show you my Top 5 books I’ve read before joining the blogging Community.


#1 – Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

#2 – Under the Dome by Stephen King

#3 – The Troop by Nick Cutter

#4 – Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

#5 – Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan


Have you read any of these books yet? And what are your Top 5 books before joining Bookube, blogging, twitter, etc.? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Wives of war – Mini Book Review

Goodreads Summary:

London, 1944. Two young nurses meet at a train station with a common purpose: to join the war effort. Scarlet longs for the chance to find her missing fiancé, Thomas, and to prove to her family—and to herself—that she’s stronger than everybody thinks. Nursing is in Ellie’s blood, but her humble background is vastly different from Scarlet’s privileged upbringing. Though Ellie puts on a brave face, she’s just as nervous as Scarlet about what awaits them in France.

In Normandy, the two friends soon encounter the seemingly unflappable Lucy. Scarlet and Ellie are in awe of her courage and competence, but the experienced nurse is well aware of the dangers of the job they’ve chosen—and even she is terrified they won’t make it home alive.

Pushed to their limits by the brutality of a world at war, Scarlet, Ellie and Lucy will need to rely on each other—and the power of their friendship—to survive.

About the book:

Author – Soraya M.Lane

Title – Wives of war

Publisher – Lake Union Publishing

Publication date – July 1st, 2017

Pages – 350

Special features – /

Price – 4,98 € (e-book) & 8,51 € (You can buy the PB on Book Depository)*

ISBN – 9781503942769 (Paperback)

Series – No

Version – e-book

Genre – Historical Fiction/WW2/Romance

Trigger Warning – War/death/violence

Language – English

My Rating📖📖📖📖


In this story, we follow three young women – Ellie, Lucy & Scarlet – on their journey as nurses in World War II.

This book was such a great read. I have to say that I don’t enjoy reading romance books. However, during summer time I sometimes like to read books in that genre. Did I enjoy this novel so much because of summer? I don’t know but I’m glad that I picked this one up.

The characters and their friendship were well-written and I did not want to stop reading it. The Romance, however, was sometimes really cringeworthy. At least for me. I mean love at first sight for every girl? I don’t know how it was in the 40’s but honestly, love at first sight during the time of war? I know that they had to have at least one happy thought that kept them from becoming mad but falling in love with the first guy that smiles at you? I don’t find it realistic but I believe that everyone has another opinion on that matter.

What I found perfect though was the description of the determination of these nurses to do what they wanted to do. Especially Scarlet. As she lived a more privileged life at home than Ellie and Lucy, her parents did not want her to do her military service as a nurse in the battlefield. Because of obvious reasons back in the 40’s.  Scarlet, however, doesn’t give a **** what her family thinks. She wants to show them that she can do it and she wants to find her fiancé. I think that this was the thought that helped her to survive all the hell she had to go through as a nurse on the field.  And their friendship was honestly so great and perfect. If I have to choose my favourite character it’s probably going to be Lucy. She’s such a sweet girl with a tough character for that period.

The story is written in the P.O.V. of the three ladies. Which is not disturbing at all, it kind of makes sense. Even though I found the romance a bit too much I was really satisfied with the ending for Lucy, Ellie and Scarlet. It was simply perfect! And all three of these girls deserved to be happy at the end of the story.


Have you read Wives of War? And what did you think of it? Please let me know in the comments below 🙂


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Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

The How I choose my Books Tag

Hello, everyone!

I saw this tag on Linda’s blog. a while ago. Please go and check her blog out if you are not already following her!


#1 – Find a book on your bookshelves with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

Morning Star by Pierce Brown. Well, I frickin loved the first two books in this trilogy so I just had to pick the third one up. And now I’m so excited that Iron Gold is coming out in a few months! I can’t wait to continue reading this series.


#2 – Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

The Shining by Stephen King. I have kind of a hate-love relationship with King’s books. Sometimes I like them and at other times I just can’t get through them without having to take a lot of breaks. So I have to admit that I was surprised that I enjoyed this one so much when I finished the story. Because I remember that I had problems to get through the middle of the novel.


#3 – Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. I discovered this book through book tube. I heard that it was an amazing time travel novel and being a big Doctor Who fan I just had to get a book about time travel. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it that much than others.


#4 – Pick a book that somebody personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

The Lake House by James Patterson. I have to admit that I did not read the first book of this series because I did not know that it was the second book. The person that recommended it to me didn’t know either but I had no problems catching up. Unfortunately, I had my issues with this book and I read this one in French. So maybe it is because of the translation. I’m not saying that it is bad I liked it enough to give it 3 stars on GR but it was just not my thing.


#5 – Pick a book up that you discovered through book tube/bookstagram/book blogs. did it live up to the hype?

Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It definitely lived up to the hype! I loved this book so so much that I’m kind of annoyed that I don’t own the second book.

You can find my review here.


#6 – Find a book on your shelves with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I heard a lot about it on book tube and the synopsis kinda got me hooked. So when I started my Audible trial I give it a try and I absolutely loved it.


#7 – What book did you discover through a film/tv adaptation?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I watched the movie before reading the trilogy and I have to say that I prefer the books. I did not really like the adaptation and I never watched the third movie so yeah. But the books happen to be in my all-time favourites.


#8 – Think of your all time favourite book(s). When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

At first, I did not want to choose the HP series but I couldn’t think of any other series/book that I liked more than HP. I read these as a kid (at 10) after watching Movie #1 and #4. I picked them up after the Goblet of fire movie because, even though I had nightmares for several nights after watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone (I was six when the movie came out), the wizarding world fascinated me. I can’t even explain why I decided to read these but I’m just glad that I did. I also have to admit that I haven’t read them in the right order.


That’s all for the tag. I’m not going to tag anybody. However, if you want to participate in the “How I choose my books tag” feel free to do so! 🙂

Illuminae – Spoiler-free Review

Hello!

Today’s post is going to be a review about my last read paperback: Illuminae.


Goodreads Summary:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

About the book:

Authors – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Title – Illuminae, The Illuminae Files _01

Publisher – One World Publication

Publication date – October 20th, 2015

Pages – 599

Special features – The whole book is a special feature

Price – 8,56 € (You can buy the PB on Book Depository)* & 13,62 € (You can buy the HB on Book Depository) *

ISBN9781780748375

Series – Yes, the 1st one in a trilogy

Version – Paperback

Genre – Sci-Fi/YA

Trigger Warning – Death/War/Loss/

Language – English

My Rating📖📖📖📖📖


We are in the year 2575 and Kady lives a pretty normal teenage life in her hometown Kerenza. Until she decides to end her relationship with Ezra and then *boom* a war is being started between two corporations. As per usual, the poor citizens are the victims of this dispute. Kady and Ezra both make it out alive but are separated into different fleets. But that’s not all the ships are being followed by the enemy.  And to make things worse a disease is spreading in the third evacuating fleet. I don’t have to mention that all hell is breaking loose at that moment. Nothing is working as planned. Soon both teenagers are in contact again because they may be the only ones that could do something to make their situation better. Needless to say that no adult is taking them seriously and that they are going to be on their own.

I fricking loved this book! I think that I loved it even more than Sleeping Giants. The files, the reports, the emails, the map, the illustrations and so on were simply awesome. It’s difficult to explain when you can’t show the pages to somebody else. But it’s simply an amazing reading experience and such a fast paced read because of the dossier. I really like those sci-fi novels that are not written like other books we know but that they are told through documents. I think that it is the best way to write a sci-fi novel. And you learn so much about the world in the story without having to read a whole paragraph of description. I don’t like romance books or books where the romance is like overwhelming. When you read the description you have the feeling that this novel will only (or like 80%) talk about Kady x Ezra. Believe me, it is definitely not the case!

I seriously wanted to cuddle all of the characters, even the mean Artificial Intelligence. You just can’t hate people that fight for their survival. You just can’t. Or at least I can’t. And the AI was simply adorable in some parts of the book. (Yep I’m strange) So I don’t really have a favourite character I liked them all and I can’t/won’t choose.

I don’t even know how to explain to you why I adored this beauty. You have to read it for yourself. Honestly, if you did not pick it up until now, well what are you waiting for? Pick it up! You won’t be disappointed. This book was holy moly AMAZING! I want the second book now on my shelf!


Other books in this trilogy:


What did you think of Illuminae? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Mini Spoiler-free Review

Hello, everyone! Today I’m going to talk about a thriller. A genre I haven’t read for a while.


Goodreads Summary:

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

About the book:

Author – Gillian Flynn

Title – Gone Girl

Publisher – Crown (Mass Market Paperback)

Publication date – May 24th, 2012 – May 24th, 2012

Pages – 555

Special Features – none

Price – 8,76 € (Book Depository)

ISBN9780385347778

Series – /

Version – Paperback

Genre – Mystery/Crime/Thriller

Trigger Warning – Murder/Manipulation/Self-Harm/Violence/Swearing

Language – English

My Rating📖📖 1/2


Unfortunately I didn’t like this book as much as I wanted to. And this kind of disappoints me because I love a good Thriller book but this was not what I was hoping for.

This book talks about Nick and Amy Dunne. Both have been writers but they lost their job. At the beginning of Gone Girl it is their fifth year anniversary but suddenly Amy disappears in a mysterious way. Who did it? Everyone is focused on the husband.Was it Nick, the not so perfect husband, who abducted his wife? Or worse who killed her?

I honestly did not like this book. I despised every character. Maybe not everyone. Go (Nick’s sister) seemed to be the only normal living person in this whole novel. What I didn’t like was the whiny character of Nick, the whole investigation about the missing wife. I also did not like how the story ended. For those that read the book and loved it, what did you think of the ending because I was like: What the Hell is going on? It was so disappointing.

What I did like, however, was the second part of the book. The WTF moment. I was not prepared for it. I had problems to get into this mystery novel and then came part 2 and *boom* I couldn’t stop reading it until part 3. The second part was fast-paced there were no moments where I just wanted to quit. All the other parts were boring, it was always the same thing happening and poor Nick *sarcasm*.

I am glad that I’m finally over with this book. I will, however, re-read this one in the future. Maybe I just did not like it because I had a lot of stress in the past few weeks. I’ve also read mostly Sci-Fi and Fantasy in the past months so I’ll possibly have to wait until I’m in a Thriller mood again. Perhaps I will like Gone Girl a bit better.

Again, I did not like it but that doesn’t mean that you won’t like this novel. This is only my opinion.

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What did you think of Gone Girl? Please let me know in the comments below!


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The Writer’s Bloom by Neha Katyal – Spoiler-free Review

Hello, everyone! Today I’m going to talk about a book called “The Writer’s Bloom” written by Neha Katyal. If I’m correct it is her first work and it is a mix of sci-fi and reality.


Goodreads Summary:

Ever pondered, what will happen if your life starts all over again from a random point and you have no idea what was happening in it before that?
Well, this is exactly what happened with the members of ‘The Writer’s Bloom’, as they enter their parallel world to explore the hitherto unknown.

“Isn’t it tough to face life, I mean living with such innocence.”, he asked
“Isn’t it tough to FACE life when you just need to LIVE it.”, she replied.
This is Saanvi, a 27 year old, passionate and endearing ingenue, who was living a simple life until she enters ‘The Writer’s Bloom’.

‘The Writer’s Bloom’ is a talent extravaganza showcasing a writing reality competition for the first time in New York. But, the extravaganza ain’t any normal reality competition.
Dr. Rodger Anderson, an eminent scientist and writer launches the show to solve the biggest question on earth- ‘How to live?’ And the hunt ain’t a normal one too, but a hunt in parallel worlds, through a mechanism invented by him.

Saanvi along with fifteen other participants sets out on an audacious hunt to the unknown and what she discovers besides how she discovers is amazingly unimaginable.
Through mind-boggling hints to solve the hunt to unpredictable events in the replica world, through unavoidable indignation amongst a few participants to soul connections between a few, the story will take you within; to explore the hidden treasures, waiting to come out, waiting to live.

Combining adventure, love and mystery, this is a magical piece of self-discovery, of how far you can go to find the meaning of your life.
So, fill up your coffee mugs and be ready for a roller coaster ride of emotions, adventure, mystery and most importantly wisdom and an inspiration to follow your dreams.

About the book:

Author – Neha Katyal

Title – The Writer’s Bloom

Publisher – Self-published

Publication date – 31st July 2017

Pages – 194

Special Features – none

Price – 1.17 $ (Amazon.com)

ISBN – /

Series – /

Version – e-book

Genre – Sci-Fi/Reality

Trigger Warning –  /

Language – English

My Rating – 📖📖 1/2


This book is going to be difficult to review. Because I skipped the last 10 %. The beginning was not bad. I liked it a lot but in the middle of the story, I had the feeling that Miss Katyal wanted to do everything the right way but ended to not stick to her story. Do you know what I mean? Through the whole reading experience, I didn’t get attached to any of the characters. There is too much dialogue in this book and literally no descriptions (for me!).  But everyone has their preferences and I don’t like books that have a lot of dialogue.

I also didn’t like the writing style. Sometimes I had problems to understand in which POV I was reading. Nevertheless, it is the first novel by a self-published author. And it was good but just not enough for me to like it as much as I wanted to like it. Because I loved the summary and therefore I agreed immediately to read a copy of Katyal’s book after she’d contacted me. Unfortunately, it wasn’t my thing. But I do think that everyone should give it a try and judge by themselves. We all have different tastes so maybe this book is for you. And I recommend it to everyone who wants to read a book with the following message: Find yourself!

What I did like however, and yes I did like some parts of this book or I wouldn’t have given it a 2.5 📖 review. So what I liked was that the story was kind of unique. At some times it reminded me a bit of Hunger Games where everyone is competing against the other but it was still unique. A story about fifteen writers competing against one another in their parallel worlds is indeed unique. At least I did not read anything similar. And as I don’t like to review books that weren’t really my thing because I always feel bad I will stop here.

I recommend it to everyone who wants to read a book with the following message: Find yourself! And what is important in your life. I will mention it again: Everyone should read it once. Because I think that the author really did her best.


Did you read it? What did you think about The Writer’s bloom?

-This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Neha Katyal!

 

August TBR + News

Hello, everyone!

I know it’s not a day where I normally post but I have an announcement to make. First of all, I want to share with you some important news. I’m now a Book Depository Affiliate. This means that whenever I write a review, or when I’m talking about books in general (like this post), I’m going to put my affiliate link (for example: You can buy this book on TBD * and the Asterix means that this is an affiliate link) at the end of my blog posts. When you click on it I’m going to get a 5% commission. (ONLY when you buy) However, if you don’t want to click on my link you don’t have to! I’m definitely not forcing you to use my TBD affiliate link. But don’t worry I will always tell you when my links are affiliate ones or not.

And now let’s move on to the books I want to read this month.


 

These are the books I’m currently reading:

#1 – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I’m nearly done with this one and honestly, I don’t know what to think about it. I’m not that convinced and apart from the WTF moment I didn’t like anything in this book. For now, I’m hesitating between a 2.5 and 3 📖 rating.

#2 – Wives of War by Soraya M. Lane

This is an e-book that got provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So far I like it a lot. And I suppose that I’m going to give it a 4 📖 rating when I’m done.

#3 – Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes by Stephen Fry (The Definitive Audio Collection)

I started this ages ago and I feel like I’m never going to finish this one. 75 fricking hours. And I have still 2 parts left to listen to + 7 remaining hours from another part. So far I like it a lot. Especially Fry’s narrating which is great. However, I’m not going to review this one after finishing it.

#4 – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

This is a re-read and I started the re-read last month. The only reason it takes me so long to get through it is because it’s my “When I’m in the mood read” and I have so many books to read at the moment that I’m not really in the mood for a re-read. And after finishing it I will not review it!


Now we move to the other books I want to read this month:

So in total, I want to read 10 books + some e-books on my iPad but for now, I don’t know which ones.


What are the books you want to read in August?

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July Wrap-Up

Hello, everyone!

I read in total 7 books this month. So far this is my best reading month for this year. I’ve read 3 e-books & 4 Paperbacks. One Bark and Stormy Prom Night was provided by NetGalley.


#1 – Song of Princes by Janell Rhiannon (Homeric Chronicles Book 1)

Homeric Chronicles
 The Iliad and the Odyssey and a canon of Greek mythology meet in this epic retelling of the Trojan War.

Song of Princes, Book One

Sing Muse. Sing of the shining citadel of Troy rising from the hot sands of Asia. Sing of the Greek palaces ascending from their rocky hilltops. Sing of one woman’s dream heralding the madness of men and the murder of innocents. From bull dancing rings and wild meadows, the Forgotten Prince must choose between love and a golden crown. From seclusion and safety, the Golden Warrior must choose between his honor and his life. From behind the Great Wall, the Golden Prince must choose between his family and his city. And from a rugged realm on the far side of Greece, the Warrior King must choose between his son’s life and certain exile. Here shepherds and princes, warriors and kings, and seers and lovers seek to conquer their passions, outwit destiny or surrender to it.

Paris, the Forgotten Prince. Abandoned at birth and raised as a shepherd, Paris believes he is destined for a simple life. His heart belongs to the nymph, Oenone, until the beautiful Helen forces him to choose.

Achilles, the Golden Warrior. Destined to live a short life, Achilles becomes the young lover of a princess who he abandons for the passions of war. He discovers that love is his only weakness.

Hektor, the Golden Prince. As guardian of the citadel, Hektor must balance his heart’s desire between the beautiful Andromache and the people he’s sworn to protect.

Odysseus, the Warrior King. Forced into a war against his will, Odysseus leaves his young wife, Penelope, behind. Their love must stand the test of time and temptation.

The Homeric Chronicles tell the stories of Paris, Achilles, Hektor, and Odysseus in one chronological tale, beginning before the Iliad and ending long after the Odyssey. Blending both history and myth, this series will satisfy your love of Greek mythology, while paying homage to the original storyteller, Homer.

The Homeric Chronicles is an epic mythological trilogy about the Trojan War meant for grown-ups who like to mix a little warfare with their romance.

Song of Princes is for readers who love:
*warfare and (steamy) romance
*epic historical fiction
*epic retellings
*Game of Thrones style plot lines
*Greek gods and goddesses
*the Trojan War
*warriors and battle

Fall in love with Greek mythology for the first time or all over again. Let the journey of princes begin…

My rating: 📖📖📖📖📖


#2 – A darker shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic Book 1)

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

My Rating: 📖📖📖📖 1/2

My Review: A darker shade of magic by V.E. Schwab – Spoiler-free Review


#3 – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

My Rating: 📖📖📖📖

My Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – Spoiler-free Review


#4 – Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (Themis Files Book 1)

The Themis Files is a deeply human story about a world-changing alien discovery.

17 years ago, a young girl named Rose fell through the ground in the Black Hills and found herself in an underground chamber filled with gleaming symbols, lying in the palm of a giant metal hand. Now a physicist, Rose leads a research team struggling to determine the hand’s origins. When another giant limb is discovered, she quickly devises a method for unearthing the hidden pieces, convinced there is an entire body out there waiting to be found.

Halfway around the globe, Kara watches helplessly as her helicopter shuts down over a pistachio field in Turkey. That’ll leave a mark, but she’s about to crash her way into what might be the greatest endeavor in human history.

This is a hunt for truth, power, and giant body parts. Written as a series of interview transcripts, journal entries and mission logs, The Themis Files tells the tale of a handful of people whose lives are inexorably linked by the discovery of an alien device and the commotion that follows.

My Rating: 📖📖📖📖📖

My Review: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel – Spoiler-free Review


#5 – Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (Passenger Book 2)

All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected – Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realises that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognisable … and might just run out on both of them.

My Rating: 📖📖 1/2

My Review: Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken – Review


#6 – Ash of Scorpio: Prequel of Bloodstone Trilogy by D.N. Leo

When hope turns into ashes, hero rises
Imagine a time when the Arctic ice sinks.

In the snow, Scorpio brings you the battle of the last mage tribe in Greenland and a Silver Blood soldier on his first mission.

Power. Intelligence. Determination. Caedmon has it all. But there is one critical quality he doesn’t have: experience.

Ash of Scorpio is the prequel of Bloodstone – a supernatural thriller trilogy that will take you to the climax of your imagination.


My Rating: 📖📖📖


#7 – One Bark and Stormy Prom Night by Stella St.Claire (Happy Tails Dog Walking Mysteries Book 3)

Proms, pups and deadly rumors…

In the wake of her relationship’s break, Olivia is beginning to fear that she might grow old with only Goodwin and a pack of dogs by her side. But even the unconditional love of puppies can’t shield Olivia from the single most important event in Lexingburg’s social calendar: Prom. The roses, romance, and ridiculously priced restaurants seem to be rubbing salt in Olivia’s romantic wounds–reminding her at every turn that Andrew is leaving her.

While trying to shut the door on the mess of her relationship, Olivia accidentally opens the door to a murder investigation. Olivia’s friend, and the owner of a boutique dog food brand has been killed at her warehouse—bludgeoned with a side of beef. Olivia tries to run off her emotions but only stumbles upon the main murder suspect acting suspicious. She sees this as a sign. If she can’t solve her romantic problems she can solve the murder of her good friend.

Now, Olivia finds herself in an ever more tangled web of lies, secrets, and jealousy both recent and decades old. Who knew that dog food could cause as much drama as a high school dance? But the further Olivia wades into the crime the more she realizes that Prom isn’t just the main event of the season—it’s motivation for murder.

Book Three in the Happy Tail Dog Walking Mysteries Series.

My Rating: 📖📖📖 1/2

My Review: One Bark and Stormy Prom Night by Stella St.Claire – Spoiler-free Review


And what am I currently reading/listening?

Wives of War has been provided by NetGalley.


That was everything for today’s blog post. What did you read or listened to in July?

*Book Covers and Summaries come from GoodReads

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken – Review

Wayfarer (Alexandra Bracken) – Review

Hello, everyone!

Today I’m going to share my thoughts on Wayfarer with you.


Goodreads Summary:

All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.

About the book:

Author – Alexandra Bracken

Title – Wayfarer

Publisher – Quercus Children’s Books

Publication date – January 12th, 2017 (first published January 3rd, 2017)

Pages – 534

Special features – none

Price – 8,04 € (Book Depository)

ISBN9781786540027

Series – Yes, the second installment in the Passenger Duology

Version – Paperback

Genre – Fantasy/YA/Science Fiction/Historical

Trigger Warning – /

Language – English

My Rating📖📖 1/2


This book continues where Passenger ended. Etta and Nicholas are separated and they try to get back to each other. Etta also tries to find the astrolable in order to destroy it.  I really did not like this book. As for the first one, I had my difficulties to get into the story. I wanted to love the book or at least to like it because the time travelling theme is something I’m fangirling over. Alas, here it wasn’t the case. The story had it’s potential but it wasn’t enough. This book could have been so much smaller. Again like the first one. There have been so many wasted chapters that could just have been deleted because they don’t give any new clues or information to the storyline. And worst of all I can’t even remember the ending (info: I finished this book July 13th). That never happened before!

I’m really disappointed by this one. And I don’t even know why because I already didn’t like the first one that much. But still, I thought that if everyone liked it then I should too. It’s definitely not working like that. I’m not saying that this book was bad. It’s just me that didn’t like it. The last few hundred pages were very interesting and I liked those but it’s not enough to love the whole book. I didn’t enjoy my reading time and I nearly fell in a reading slump.

The thing that stressed me the most in the Passenger Duology was that there were way too many descriptions in both of these books. For Passenger I thought that it was normal but the exact same thing happened in the sequel.  It was just too long! I couldn’t attach myself to the characters. The MC’s were annoying. The only likeable character was Henry Hemlock. I wasn’t feeling the romance as much as I did on Passenger. Would I have enjoyed this one if there were lesser descriptions? Maybe.

Brackens’ writing style is probably not my thing.

This is my first under three-star rating. I don’t even know how to write bad reviews because I kind of feel bad by writing them. So this is going to be a shorter blog post as I don’t know what to say more about Wayfarer.

What did you think of it?


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Books in this Duology:

Birthday Haul

Birthday Book Haul

Hello, everyone! Today’s post is going to be my belated Birthday Haul.

There are two things missing on this picture: Fantastic Beasts Mug and my Harry Potter Funko (I put the one of Ron instead of Harry).

I’ll start with the bookish related things.

#1 – Harry Potter Funko Pop! (32)

I’m starting a Harry Potter Funko collection and this one is my second of HP. And honestly, I can’t decide with all of the available vinyl figures. It’s so difficult to choose!


#2 – Fred Weasley Funko (33)

The other Funko I’ve bought was Fred Weasley. #fictionalboyfriend


#3 – Fantastic Beasts and where to find them Mug
My third bookish related (or Harry Potter related) thing is my Fantastic beasts mug. I don’t have anything from the Fantastic Beasts franchise and the mug was so perfect I simply had to buy it.


#4 – Hogwarts Crest Lamp

The last thing of the bookish Haul but certainly not the last thing in this Haul is this wonderful Crest Lamp. It is so beautiful and for the official HP Merchandise it is really not expensive at all!


#5 – Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS – and his massive fortune – will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation. For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle. Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions – and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.

I’ve wanted to get my hands on this book for a while now and I finally bought myself a paperback version of this one.


#6 – The perks of being a wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

“I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they’re here. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It’s like looking at all the students and wondering who’s had their heart broken that day…or wondering who did the heart breaking and wondering why.”

Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

As I’ve never read this book. I finally decided to buy it and yes I’ve only bought it because of the cover. I’m a sucker for beautiful covers. I think that I already mentioned it. ^^


#7 – The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

The Upside of Unrequited is the book I’m most excited to read. I loved Becky Albertalli’s previous work with Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda and I’m so thrilled that I bought another of her books.


The next books are by the French Author Franck Thilliez.

#8 #9 & #10 – Puzzle – Train d’enfer pour ange rouge – Vertige – Franck Thilliez

Unfortunately I couldn’t find the English Translation for these. I know that some of his books have been translated into English because they are sold in the US but I don’t know if these have yet to be translated.

And that was everything for this post! See you on Monday 🙂