Sunday, May 21, 2017

Review: Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Hello readers,

Today I have another review for you. A lucky review, in so many ways.
About a week ago I got a surprise in my mail. Penguin Random House was so kind to send me an advanced readers copy of Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith which I am extremely grateful for.

Now this book is all about luck. Good luck as well as bad luck.
Alice doesn't believe in good luck, but she buys a lottery ticket for her best friend,Teddy, for his 18th birthday anyway. And Teddy wins - big.
But Teddy is not just any friend for Alice, he is the boy she loves and as much as this big win seems like a dream come true, it also changes a lot and suddenly the new wealth starts to feel more like a curse than a windfall.

How will Teddy, a boy who never had much money, deal with such wealth?
Will Alice find her good luck? Love?

Windfall is an intriguing, fast read.
But it is also full of cliches which annoyed me at times. The poor buy wins the lottery. All this money turns everything upside down. People beg him for money. Long lost family members turn up again. Others get jealous.
But then again seeing how Teddy and Alice make it through those changes, how both their characters grow was unbelievable enjoyable. So just as much as the money becomes a curse while at the same time being so much good luck for so many people, the cliches in this book turned into something good.

If you haven't picked your summer reads yet I would definitely recommend Windfall and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
This is funny, sad, honest and full of love, friendships and family.

Let me know what you think about Windfall in the comments below.
Thanks again to Penguin Random House for providing me with an ARC.

See you again next Sunday!
Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Hello readers,

Today I got another review for you.
This has been on my shelf for a long while. I think I bought it last summer after I had seen a couple of great reviews on it at YouTube.
And although it had great reviews I somehow didn't expect much more than a modern fairytale from it.
Oh, my I was so wrong.
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson is so much more than a simple modern fairytale.

Lia is the princess of Morrighan who is supposed to carry the gift of the first daughter. She is also supposed to marry the Prince of Dalbreck but Lia runs away before the wedding clearly not wanting this arranged marriage.
Together with her friend Pauline she makes it to Terravin, where she works in a Tavern and tries to keep a low profile.
Meanwhile the Prince of Dalbreck searches himself for her.
But there is also an Assasin looking for Lia.
During her time in Terravin Lia meets Rafe and Kaden, but who is the Prince and who is the Assasin?
Which one will she fall for and will she make it out alive?

The concept of the book and the fact that for the most time we do not know who the Prince is and who the Assasin is really intrigued me and it didn't disappoint.
It just made me want to keep reading, because of course I had a feeling and I wanted to know wether I was right or not.

The character developement was amazing. Seeing Lia grow so much from that already strong Princess in such a strong independent woman who fights her fights, who never gives up, who is willing to learn...
But also seeing Kadens and Rafes characters with all their facets not just told through their own perspectives but also given from different angles of the story.

I know a lot people are annoyed by these love triangles in YA but I felt this book had so much more to offer than a simple love triangle. For the majority of the time you do not know wether Lia has fallen for a prince or an Assasin who got send to kill her. And how all this will play out in the end.

Beyond these points I must honestly say that I was totally captivated by the writing. The small verses or even songs in between some of the Chapters really told a story itself and helped so much creating this world and tying this whole story together in the end.

For me The Kiss of Deception which is the first book of the Remnant Chronicles (Trilogy) really stood out. It was a clear 5 out of 5 stars book for me and I already picked up the second book and I really hope it will answer some of the questions that turned up during this one.

Let me know if you have read it and what you thought about it in the comments below.

I see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja