Sunday, November 19, 2017

Review: Madam Tulip by David Ahern


Hello readers,

Today I bring you the review on Madam Tulip by David Ahern. Madam Tulip is the first in a series of mystery novels.

Derry aka Madam Tulip is an unemployed Irish actress. No auditions coming up. She is also the daughter of a seventh son of a seventh son and by that has the gift of a fortune teller, which is how Madam Tulip came to life, fortune teller of the rich and famous. Eventually she has a dark vision when telling the fortune of one of her clients and ends up in this huge murder mystery with the mysterious death of a famous rap artist.
It is a world full of millionaires, horses and cocaine in which Derry needs to race to save her best friend from jail and her client from getting murdered.

Now this a very light mystery novel, at least I feel this way. It has a lot of humor and it read really fast. The plot was intriguing and it had some unexpected twists and turns towards the end. I however struggled a bit with the characters, which doesn’t necessarily makes a mystery novel bad for me. I just felt that as hilarious some of their actions were they could have been more serious at times but that is just a sense of humor this entire book has and it however fits well, it was just sometimes too much stupidity for me. For the writing, I overall liked it I just felt it had a tendency to have a lot of telling instead of showing and then again a lot of showing instead of telling at times which could have been more balanced, but that is a personal preference and didn’t make it less enjoyable to read.
I overall rated this book 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed it and it was a solid really hilarious mystery novel and an incredible light read and I am looking forward to picking up the second book sometime soon.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks review and I see you again soon for another bookish post.

Take care,
Nadja

Friday, November 10, 2017

Oktober Wrap up and November TBR

Hello readers,

I am a bit late with that October Wrap up bit I couldn’t decide earlier what to read in November, now that my new TBR is ready let’s dive into it.

I read a total of 6 books in October and I think they were all on last month TBR.
Starting with the classic I read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, which was a quick, really philosophical, dark read. It was perfect for October and I will have a more in-depth review of this one up soon.

As for my other reads I will go in the order I read them and provide you as per usual with the links to their in-depths reviews so that you can check them out.

First book I finished was Perfection by Merphy Napier, which is a Dystopian playing in a seemingly Utopian world. I really enjoyed this one. It has likeable characters and a really unique world, which I hope will be explained a little bit more in the conclusion. Find my review here.

The next book I picked up was The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, which was a really weird read and I still do not know what to make it of it. It tells the story of a man who after years comes back to his child home and visits a pond that makes him remember pretty creepy things from his childhood. I couldn’t make out what was real and what was pure childish fears and fantasies which is also a reason why my review isn’t up yet. It had definitely moments that I liked but for the majority of time I just wondered what to make of it.

The third book I picked up was Storm of Attraction by Lily Black which is a romantic suspense novel dealing with the story’s of a young female Martial Artist who gets stalked and then ends up being protected by her rival and exboyfriend. Now this has a lot of cliches and it’s pretty predictable, but the characters are likeable and it is a really fast and intriguing read. If you want to know more you can’t find my review here.

Next I read the Collar and the Cavvarach by Annie Douglass Lima, where a young slave, called Bensin needs to win the the Empires most prestigious Martial Arts Tournament to free his young sister from a life in danger and slavery. This was really intriguing and had really likeable characters. The tournament descriptions were really a highlight but to me it really lacked the world building. Definitely check out my review here.

And my last read and probably favorite novel of the year was Something like Happy by Eva Woods. I honestly would say it is a save read to dive in blind. But for a short description we have Annie our main and really depressed and negative character who drowns in self pity meets Polly an overly joyful woman who makes it her goal to make Annie live her life to the fullest,because you never know when it ends. This book made me go through all my emotions and if you want to get more detailed insights into my thoughts on it please check out my review here.

Now onto my TBR for November. This month TBR holds some more classics as I have several required reads for University on it.
I am not going to say much to those as I honestly do not know much about them unless that they are all Swedish World War II and postwar novels, essays, poems.
The first one is a dystopian novel by Karin Boye called Kallocain. I am also reading two Essays and a poem from this author.
The second novel is German Autumn by Stig Dagerman.

The classic I chose for myself this month (and probably next month) is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, which will be the only book I read in german this month and which I already started and enjoy so far.

The book I am currently reading is Madam Tulip by David Ahern. I do not know how to describe this one yet and I kind of dove into it blindly (well I forgot what I knew about it) but it is really intriguing and funny.

The other two books are actually books I had already started in August but then needed a break from.
One is a really funny roadtrip with cats called Dining and Driving with Cats by Pat Patterson.
And the other one is a different take on the story of Jesus called the Transmigrant by Julie Klein.
I want to give those one last try and hope to finish them.

So this is all for today. I hope you enjoyed this post and I will see you again soon with another bookish post.
Let me know what you are reading in the comments below.

Take care,
đź“šNadja