Sunday, December 18, 2016

My Best of 2016


Hi everyone!

We are already at the end of 2016. I am probably reading my last book of this year, so it is time for my best of 2016.
I read a total of 35 (37) books this year and I enjoyed most of them (some of them I can't name yet as they do not have a release date yet) which makes narrowing it down to 6 not as easy as I thought.

#6 I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai which I liked so much for the things it teached me about life.
As per usual I will link my in depth review for you here.



#5 Yes Please by Amy Poehler. A book full of life and such a light read. (Find my review here)

  


#4 Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch captured me right away. Her descriptions are so visual that I felt she painted the scenes with her words. (Read my review here)



The next three are hard to place. I enjoyed all three of them the same way but for different reasons. I know I didn't gave all of them 5 stars but they were all pretty close. They could all be my number one but there was one who stuck out more to me, mainly because of personal preferences.
So here we go number 3 to 1.

#3 Reverie by Lauren Rico. This one is special. The way Lauren Rico presents the darkness of the story through music is amazing. It makes reading this book a special experience. More on that in my in depth review here.



#2 The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff is a recent read. I am still processing this World War II historical fiction about a unique beautiful friendship. Read the review here.



And now drumroll please for my number 1!!!
You may have guessed it or not.
This is a book I wish wouldn't have ended. I could have kept reading on just this one book.
Hint number two would be it is a dystopian and I love dystopians as you may know.

Now did you guess it?

Well my #1 is The Surrendered by Case Maynard.


This Dystopian plays in future America after a financial breakdown, when The System has taken over and parents have to start to pay The Tax. Those who can't afford The Tax for their children after age 8 have to surrender their children to The Tax where they are sent to work camps, only one child per family is free. The camps are watched by Regulators and have an Overseer all controlled by the Master.
In this system we find young Vera "Vee" Delancourt who hates this System and wants nothing more than to fight it.
One incident leads to another one and soon a revolution forms.
For a more in depth review click here.

Now that you all know my Top 6 of 2016 let me know yours in the comments below!
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Years Eve and I hope to see you again in 2017 (yes I am taking a little blogging break, but I am back with new bookish content in 2017).

Take care,
🎄Nadja


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Review: The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff


Hi everyone,

todays post is late again ( I know!), but I just wanted this review for this weeks post (and I was sure I was going to finish the book by sunday, but...you know what I mean...life happened).
So yesterday I finished this beautiful book "The Orphan's Tale" by Pam Jenoff which I was lucky to get an ARC of (thanks Harlequin for providing me with a copy).
This review is as usual as honest as it can be so lets jump right into it.

Young Noa gets pregnant by a German Nazi soldier. When her parents find out about the pregnancy they kick her out. She has to give up her baby and from now on take care of herself. When cleaning at a trainstation (where she is also living) she one day finds this boxcar full of jewish infants and babys on their way to concentration camp. Reminded of her own child and the pain of her loss she rescues one of the babys and flees with him into the cold winter night. When a circus finds both of them and rescues them from the cold they immediately offer her shelter, but in exchange for that Noa has to become their new aerialist. Here she gets to know Astrid who keeps a secret as dangerous as her own.
From there on a friendship forms. A friendship that is tested several times, but a friendship that is also so beautiful that it made me tear up in the end.
This story is about love, trust, friendship and hope in times without hope.
Noa as young as she is is just so brave in her actions.
Astrid is also such a strong character and so brave in her own way.
I really enjoyed this book.
At some points I wasn't too happy with the character developement when it came to the male characters. I had wished for a more depth.
Otherwise I have nothing to complain about. I am still reflecting on it, but I am sure that this is in my top 5 of this year and definetly a book I will re-read.
Never ever did I think I would enjoy another World War II fiction but the element of the circus and the friendship...
It was just amazing.
4.75 stars out of 5.

Still happy I got to read this before it is up for sale in February, so thanks again for providing me with an ARC.

Now my dear readers: is this on your TBR? Or did you already read it? Let me know.

Take care and happy holidays,

💜Nadja

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Review: Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie

Hi everyone,
it is review time again.
Now this may not be the average book review you might expect. We all know Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie in some way. Wether we watched the movie, the TV series, some other adaptions such as in Once Upon A Time or if we read the book. We all know somehow what this magical story and children's classic is about. We either love it or we just do not know what to think about it. I belong more to the latter group as you will see in a bit.

Now I read this in the Puffin Chalk Edition which by the way is a great gift idea for Christmas or any other occasion (I apologize for the shaky picture). It is a cute little "made old" edition.
But that just on the site note.

Peter Pan has to me always been a story I have had mixed feelings toward.
First I thought he is mean because he's kidnapping all these children. Not wanting them to see their families ever again. For me he was selfish and jealous in so many ways.
Then again he took them to that place called Neverland where all the adventures happen and I somehow loved them, but then again there was this mean thing with Hook and the crocodile. So every time I started to like this story something I highly disliked came up again. Which as a kid put Peter Pan on a no watch and no read list.

So when I picked up the book now I hoped to be able to solve some of the issues I had with it as a kid, seeing it from a different point of view now. But ohhh was I wrong.
I loved the language and actually reading it, but I still had the same up and downs with it that I had as a kid.
I guess this is just not made for me but for the way it is written and the things I love about it 3.5 to 3.75 stars out of 5.

Let me know what you think about it, maybe it will actually change my mind.

Take care all my lovely Readers
💜Nadja

Monday, November 28, 2016

Review: The Sharks by Jens Bjørneboe

Hi everyone!

Finally I am back with a review.
I apologize for the late post, this was supposed to go up yesterday but eventually my internet didn't work, at all.
So The Sharks by Jens Bjørneboe is a book I had to read for my norwegian literature class.
I obviously read it in norwegian which is why I language wise can't talk for the translation.

This books takes place in the years 1899 and 1900. It marks of a century shift which you also notice throughout the story. Talking about the unknown, the scary but also about leaving something behind at some points.
Fall 1899 the ship Neptun starts its sailtour from Manila to Marseille.
Middle of 1900 it is official known as missing.
Peder Jensen who has the second position on the boat tells what happened on their tour.
From fist fights, knive fights to mutiny.
From alcoholics to religious fanatics. This book has it all.
It has humor at some points it is disgusting at others.
All in all Bjørneboe created an amazing allegory of the society back when he wrote the back put is still applying for todays society.

I really enjoyed this book, it was fast-paced although it times he got a little bit lost in his romantic thoughts of the boat.
As the fights were described detailed as well as the shark hunt I really felt disgusted at those points which is why I can't give this book 5 stars.
But for me that is the only reason, so 4.75 out of 5 stars.

I hope you enjoyed todays review.
Leave me a comment below if you have any questions, suggestions, or if you have read the book.

Take care
💜Nadja

Sunday, November 20, 2016

New on my shelf!


Hi everyone,

I am back after another stressful week. But I am hopeful that I will get more time to read from next week on.
Today's post is about new books on my shelf and my new eBooks.
I already mentioned some of them in previous TBRs but these are all unread (shame on me).

Opposed to my usual posts these will be in a particular order. To make me stick to my TBR I want to present them in the order I am planning on reading them.

So the first book is an eBook which I purchased for my norwegian literature class. I already mentioned it in some of my previous posts and am already 125 pages in, so more than half way through. Haiene (Sharks) by Jens Bjørneboe tells the story of the ship Neptun who goes missing on its tour from Manila to Marseille. Even though I am more than half way through it I don't want to tell yet how I like it, but I promise to put a more in depth review up once I am through it.

Next on my list is Peter Pan. I am about half way through it which you know if you follow me on Goodreads. So Peter Pan is special to me. I wanted to start reading children classics as I disliked most of them as a child. I got this one in the Puffin Chalk Edition which is a little bonus, but I still have mixed feelings about Peter Pan, more to that in my review once I am through.

So completely new on my shelf is The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff. I was lucky and got an ARC which surprised me in the mail on Tuesday. This one is a World War II historical fiction. From what I could gather from the synopsis this deals with a story of a young girl who gets pregnant from a Nazi soldier during the occupation of Holland. She gets cast out and has to give her baby up for adoption. She finds her new home above a German rail station where she one day discovers a boxcar containing Jewish infants who are on their way to a concentration camp. Reminded of her own child she steals one of the babies and flees. She is rescued by a German circus where she has to blend in to stay undetected. For me the whole story sounds so intriguing. I don't want to think of The Nightingale or Water for the Elephants I just want to dive into it neutral and see where the story takes me.

Next on my list is Gizelles Bucket List: My life with a very large dog by Lauren Watt.
This was offered me as an eBook via Netgalley. Who knows me knows I have a dog and a pretty smart one who makes me smile every day. So the synopsis of this book as Marley and me for the next generation totally catches my eye. I am very much looking forward to reading this book.

Rebel of the sands byAlwyn Hamilton is a book I bought end of August. I actually bought it as a fall read. It made me so much think of the Snow like Ashes series just in the desert. I was just intrigued by the thought of it and am much looking forward to reading it.

Next I got offered another book via Netgalley. The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo. This one is about a two girls being in a sandwich store when a masked man with a gun enters. The two girls know each other from school but don't like each other much.
One of the girls gets taken by the man, the other girl is left behind.
From what I gathered from the synopsis this book tells the story from the girl left behind.
I didn't really gather a lot from the synopsis and to be honest as much as I was intrigued by it as much was I confused, but this can be a good sign too. No matter what I am looking forward to get into it.

Finding Jade by Mary Jennifer Payne is one I got from Dundurn via Netgalley.
The synopsis of this book got me so intrigued.
Jasmine Guzman is a teenage girl whos twin sister got abducted years ago. Climate change makes living on earth difficult in the year 2030 and Jasmin struggles more and more with her mothers illness. While all that happens she seem to discover her powers as a seer and hope of finding her abducted twin sister arises.
This sounds to me just amazing.

Next is another book I got via Netgalley (yes lets all assume my percentage is very low right now as they are all not reviewed yet but I will do my best to get to them as soon as possible).
The impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak is a teenage lovestory kinda thing. A fourteen year old boy seduces a girl to steal a copy of Playboy and finds her to be his computer soulmate. This isn`t what I usually read and I don`t have any expectations at all but I am looking forward to it as it is a bit different from what I usually read.

Walk on Eart a Stranger by Rae Carson is a book I have previously mentioned on my Fall TBR. Sadly I didn`t manage to read it in fall.
This is telling the story of a girl who can sense gold during the time of the Goldrush. I am much intrigued by it and I can`t wait to finally pick it up.

Next we have The Selection Series by Kiera Cass. This box set is actually on my shelf since summer, but I still count it as new as I haven`t picked it up yet although it has been on numerous of my TBRs.
This is a dystopian although I am pretty sure I will like the romance part of it more from what I have heared of it so far. It basically sounds like the Bachelor in book form and I can`t wait to see who gets the last rose, well the prince.

So on to the rest of the norwegian books I got new. And these are not really in any particular order.
I am still waiting for one (for my literature class) to arrive and this will also be the first one I will have to get into.
I will just quickly mention their original titles and authors because for most of them (except one) I absolutely do not know what they are about.
The first one is Doppler by Erlend Loe. I have read various books of this author before and most of them have this very weird norwegian humor, but I just find them very entertaining and usually easy to read.
Next I got Like Østenfor Regnet by Levi Henriksen. I never read anything of Levi Henriksen before nor do I know what this book is about. There is something weird about me and norwegian books that aren`t thrillers or crimes. I do not want to know what they are about before I actually read them. I like to dive into them totally blind.
Then I got Salme ved reisens slutt by Erik Fosnes Hansen. This is the one I am still waiting for. As it is for my norwegian literature class I know a tiny bit about it. So far I think it is about the Titanic which would fit perfectly into our classes topic which is again the ocean.
And finally we got Brødre i blodet by Ingvar Ambjørnsen. This is the one I actually know more about as I have watched the movie. This is about a weird guy called Elling who always finds himself in this awkward situations. It has again this weird norwegian humor and I am sure I will like it.

Now let us all just wonder when I am going to read all this.
I put it out there. It is in an order and hopefully it will make me stick to my plan.

Let me know what you are reading or if you are reading any of the books mentioned above.


Have a nice day,
take care
💜Nadja


Sunday, November 13, 2016

My very late October Wrap up


Hi everyone,

I recently went through my posts and realized I haven't done a October Wrap up and since I am very certain that I won't manage to finish any book in November (shame on me) I thought I will do that now.

I know I promised you a "New on my shelf post" but this will have to wait until next weekend as I am still awaiting one order.

So in October I read a total of four books.

The first one I finished was Heart of Stone by Debbra Lynn this is the second book of the Hollywood Lies Series/ Trilogy and it focuses on the crime from a different perspective.
I have a more in depths review on it here.

The second book I finished was I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. This book obviously led to some discussions which made me not post a review on Goodreads, but you can find my thoughts on it here.

Next I read The Secrets we keep by Deb Loughead. I was lucky and got a copy of it via Netgalley.
This book deals with the loss of a loved teenage boy after a tragic accident. How his friends are dealing with their grief, how his family is dealing with it. It is also taking up the topic of guilt as well as the fact of how social media controls our life. For a more in depth review click here.

And the last book I read was The promise of life by Danielle Bane, Monica Bane and Jonathan Parker. This book is a non fiction. Telling the story of Danielle who's giving up her baby for adoption. This is an amazing book although I have had my problems with it at times.
Find my review here.

So these are all the books for this month.
I am currently still trying to finish Haiene (Sharks) and Peter Pan this month but due to my schedule and my assignments I am not too positive about this.

What are you reading? Let me know in the comments below.

See you soon.
Take care
💜Nadja

Monday, November 7, 2016

My current reading and an Update


Hi everyone,

I am so sorry for the lack of posts last week.
I did catch a very bad infection and my main activity was sleeping.
Since I wasn't feeling all well I decided to not post because my posts are usually very depressing then.
I first want to give you a short Update which is necessary due to University and my health.
Some of you may know that I suffer from several chronic diseases (if you want to know more check out the About tag) which flare up under constant stress. Stress is something we all feel different about for me getting up in the middle of the night to be on time at Uni is stressful (and this semester 3 of 5 days require that) as well as learning two new languages while improving one already well known one, as well as several new situations. All in all I am three weeks into this semester and feel completely overwhelmed.
It is not all negative though I decided on taking on that many classes and I will manage them but to do so I need to step a bit back from blogging.
So far I had posts Monday, Wednesday and Friday but I have seen the last three weeks that I can't do that this semester. I can't read as much as I would usually do so I can' give you as much quality content.
So my idea now would be to keep it to the Friday posts and if I have more content I will post it during the weekend. What do you think about it? (Let me know in the comments)

So onto my current reading.

I am currently actively reading 2 (maybe 3) books.

The first one is Haiene (Sharks) by Jens Bjørneboe. This is a required reading for my norwegian literature class. I am so far 50 pages in and really like it. As we have the ocean as a topic again for this class this book is so perfect. It is about a ship that disappeared on its way from Manila to Marseille. You get that impression of the dangerous ocean and how hard it was/is to work on a ship but at the same time how they love what they do. I am really looking forward to see where it goes and I hope to have a review up on this one by the end of the month.

The second one is Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.
So we all know the story of Peter Pan and to be honest as a kid I hated it. I had this thought of a Boy who flew around and would kidnap me from my mom and I just found him cruel (call me a weird kid if you want to).
Once upon a time didn't change that but I thought reading the actual story myself would help me see a different site of the story.
So far I am 50 pages in and I still dislike Peter but I will see how it develops.

The third one is one I am reading whenever I have time and can't grab Peter Pan. Yes I am still not through Fall of Giants by Ken Follett. I am still getting used to historical Fiction. I like the story but it is not my favorite read. It is easy to read language wise but story wise it is not really my thing. But I hope it changes throughout the rest of the story.

Let me know what you are currently reading.

I hope to see you soon and to get some opinions. I am always happy to hear your thoughts as I learn so much from them.

See you soon.
Take care,
💜Nadja

Friday, October 28, 2016

Spooktecular Reads


Hi everyone,

since Halloween is right around the corner I thought I present you some of the as I find spookiest, creepiest and most disgusting books from my shelf. As I just recently discovered YA for me I can't present you much from that genre, but all of these books I read after I turned 16 years.

So first of all I got a really disgusting trilogy on that list that comes from the Swedish author duo Erik Axl Sund.
If I remember right it is called the Victoria Bergman trilogy by Erik Axl Sund.
This is a psychological thriller series who follows up on several murder series that all seem connected to each other but also to Victoria Bergman.
These books are highly disgusting and every time I thought it couldn't get worse it did get worse.
These books are intriguing and very fast to read, but can also make your stomach flip.
The first one is  The Crow Girl as of for the other two I am not sure about the English titles.

Next I have something less scary but also very intriguing especially for younger teens. And those are The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony Ditterlizzi and Holly Black.
This one is just so incredible and I don't know how to describe it without giving away too much.
Jared moves with his mother and his siblings into his aunts old creepy house. Soon enough they discover strange things happening and find themselves in this magical world.
It is just amazing.

Now onto a book I used to read incredible often for Halloween when I was a teen.
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.
This is just such a classic for Halloween and we used to read the book before Halloween just to top it with the movie on Halloween.
The title mainly says what this book is about so I don't want to say much about it.

Another classic is Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin.
Well this is both as a book and as a movie a weird one.
Rosemary moves with her husband into a new apartment. Soon enough she finds herself pregnant. But something is weird about that pregnancy. Soon enough she finds herself in this circles of witches who want to take away her baby who seems to be a child of the devil.

Next there is Argus by Jillian Hoffmann.
This can be in my opinion read on its own but it is so much better in combination with Cupido and Morpheus.
This Thriller is just amazing.
We have a very disgusting case and I honestly read that book in one day, just because I wanted to know for sure the murder or ring of murders gets caught. If they did get caught see for yourself.

Finally I have Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Which can be read by teens I think.
It is a very short and intriguing read.
Following Caroline who ends up in this weird world.
It is scary at times it is weird at times but for me it definitely belonged on my spooktecular reads list.

What are your favorite reads for Halloween?

Hope to see you again soon.

Take care
💜Nadja

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Review: The Promise of Life by Danielle Bane

Hi everyone!

First of all I want to apologize for not posting on Monday, there are good reasons for that so I hope you excuse me.
So today I am back with the review of The Promise of Life by Danielle Bane, Monica Bane and Jonathan Parker.

I requested this book via Netgalley although I was a bit conflicted about it to be honest. I will get a bit deeper into this conflict in the actual review.

So first to the question: What is it about?

We start with Danielle's perspective.
Danielle is living with her boyfriend after she moved out from her parents age 18. Over the time she finds herself in an abusive relationship, something she doesn't want to see at first but something her family had been seeing all a long.
As it wasn't already bad enough Danielle gets pregnant.
In her desperation she turns back to her family asking for their help and support.
During her journey she is faced by the question of whether to keep the baby or to give it up for adoption.

This book doesn't just gives us Danielle's perspective but also her mothers who has been by her side all along and who tells how she experienced all this.

This wasn't it. Last but not least the adoptive father tells the story of the adoptive parents, Danielle has chosen for her baby.

This story is incredible honest, not sugar coating anything.
Especially Danielle's perspective was captivating. Seeing her making her choice and how she prepared herself and later on lived with it...I can't find words for it.

So now we are at my conflict. I am by no means religious but I also don't judge people for their beliefs. I wanted to read this book for the adoptional aspect of it.
This book is highly Christian, for me personally it was a bit too much, but I knew that before I requested it, so I decided to focus on the adoption and the process and feelings they all went through. And for that I am giving 5 out of 5 stars, because it couldn't have been more honest.

I think this book is such a great read and teaches so much. I really liked it and am thankful that I got an ARC.

So for this month this will be my last review.
Friday I will have a special spooktecular book post for you so stay tuned.

Take care,
💜Nadja

Friday, October 21, 2016

Review: The Secrets we keep by Deb Loughead

Hi everyone,

I am back with another review. Thanks to Netgalley and Dundurn I got an ARC of The Secrets we keep by Deb Loughead in exchange for an honest review. I requested this book at the beginning of the month as I thought this might be a great read. Besides that I really liked the cover. Now that I read it I can only say it is perfect.

So let's jump into the actual review.

We are having four teenagers who each are dealing with the loss and the guilt of their friends Kits death. Kit went missing after a party and was later found dead. All four teenagers are having their own stories of that night and their own way of dealing with it.
This novel is mysterious and very well thought through.
It doesn't just focus on one problem but points at several.
How social are we today? - Bound to our phones, always on call for everyone while not really communicating after all.
How do we deal with people who are different?
How do we deal with guilt? And how do we deal with grief?
All this is what this book executes in a very well manner.

The fact that I felt intrigued by the story at all times throughout the story was impressive considering it a novel for younger readers.
It is a fast read and I really enjoyed it and would recommend it not just for teens, but for everyone who enjoys a fast read which is dealing with more critical topics.

So 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Thanks again to Dundurn and Netgalley for providing me with a copy.

Let me now if this is going onto your TBR in the comments below.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I will be back on Monday with another bookish post for you.

Take care
💜Nadja

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai



Hi everyone,

today I got another review for you. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.
Now this review isn't up on my Goodreads site for a reason. While reading this book I posted updates about my reading progress as per usual, but this time it started a discussion. Now usually I don't mind discussions as long as they are overall respectful and I don't just mean towards me but also towards the author of the book.
Criticism is fine and needed but if done it should be constructive and not destroying.
With that said I want to give you my honest and neutral review of this autobiography.

So for those who do not know who Malala Yousafzai is, she is a Pakistani girl who stood up for education (not just girls education, but for education in general) and got shot by the Taliban.
In this book she tells her story, but not just that. She also tells a lot about her roots, the country and region she grew up in and of course how she experienced life under the Taliban.

I say how she experiences it on purpose. Because as this is an autobiography she speaks for herself and this is something I would people like to acknowledge when criticizing the book.

As of for me I really liked this book. It was informative while also teaching some life lessons. I was captivated by the writing, but also by a lot of other things in this book.
Who knows me knows I strongly believe the world can only become a better place when every person gets an education. So for me this was without a question a moving and well written autobiography which I gave 5 out of 5 stars.

Have you read it? If so what were your thoughts?

I hope you enjoyed this post. Stay tuned for another review on Friday.

Take care
💜Nadja

Monday, October 17, 2016

My Updated October TBR


Hi everyone,

today I got a quick update to my October TBR.
Today was my first day back at University and I realized I had to change that TBR up.

So I finished I am Malala as the first book of the month a review will hopefully be up on Wednesday.

I am currently reading The Secrets we keep by Deb Loughead which is not up for sale yet, but I was lucky to get an Arc more on that one hopefully on Friday.

I am still reading Fall of Giants by Ken Follett this one turns more and more into a squeeze in between breaks read.

I started Peter Pan as my good night read so this one is new on my TBR. And I am hopeful about starting Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson this month.

This first two weeks of University are going to be tough, but I will do my best to provide you with new posts and reviews 3 times a week.
As some of you may know I am dealing with autoimmunity and always need some time to adjust to new schedules.

What are you reading? Let me know in the comments below.

See you soon.

Take care
💜 Nadja

Friday, October 14, 2016

Review: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs


Hi everyone,
I am back with the review of Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs.
This is the conclusion to the Miss Peregrines home for peculiar children trilogy.

So this is a very short review as I want editor completely spoiler free. You may find the reviews to the first one here and for the second one here.

So this took off where Hollow City ended. Fast paced and still interesting it slowed down after a while. Then took up the speed again.
This series actually has everything I am wishing for, but in this book it was a little bit too much of the good stuff. It got confusing and all the twists and turns got really annoying at times. I still feel I would have liked it better at an earlier age but I still liked the action parts although it didn't scare me.
I would give it a
3.75 Stars out of 5 as I liked it less than the second.

For the whole Series I would go with 3.75 stars as well. It was just a bit too much at the end. And everytime I felt the action it moved back to getting slow.

So overall this wasn't really my thing and therefor I haven't seen the movie yet.
What are your thoughts? Let me knowin the comments below.

On a note I am starting University again and might not be able to read as much as during my holidays, but I will of course try to provide you with bookish posts Monday,Wednesday and Friday.

So see you soon again.

Take care
💜Nadja

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs


Hi everyone,

today I have another review. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs is the second book of the Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children Trilogy.

To keep this spoiler free I don't want to say anything to the plot unlesbar that Jacob did find the abandoned orphanage and with that a peculiar world and the peculiar children. If you want to read my more indepth review on the first book you will find it here.

So on to my thoughts on Hollow City.

This book takes off where the last ended. Which was great. The first book moved a bit too slow for my taste and it didn't really seem to start before I was 260 pages in.
Whereas part two now was fastpaced, full of action. It went a bit slowet again in the middle but still I didn't lost interest and didn't want to put it away.

I still struggle a bit with the series. I like the main parts of it but some other parts I find really annoying at times.
I still think I would have liked it bettet at the age of 13.
The twist at the end wasn't really my thing but needed to be done for a third part.
Looking forward to reading it now and see how that will be and maybe change my mind.

4 stars are my rating. It is definetly better than part 1.

How did you like it? Let me know in the comments below.

I see you again on Friday for another bookish post.

Take care,
💜Nadja

Monday, October 10, 2016

Review: Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Hi everyone,

as you can see I am holding the whole Miss Pregrines Trilogy Box Set by Ransom Riggs in my hand.
It is a while ago since I read it and my feelings are really mixed, that is why I didn't put a review up earlier.
Today though I want to start with the first one which is Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar children.

With these books I can't actually guarantee you a spoiler free review but I will do my best to keep it to a minimum.
So in this book we are meeting young Jacob who works in one of the stores that belongs to his families supermarket or drugstore chain. He dislikes his job very much as well as that his future is already planned out in the family business.
One day he gets a weird and worrying call from his grandfather.
When he drives to check on his grandfather he finds him in the woods behind the house dead. Jacob claims afterwards he had seen something weird which nobody believes him everyone things he has turned crazy and to help him solve his trauma his father travels with him the Island in Wales where his grandfather had grown up in Miss Peregrines Orphanage.
And this is where the actual story of Miss Peregrines Home of Peculiar Children takes off.


When I picked up this first book of Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children I was sure this is a quick and scary read.
It only has 348 pages and I was sure even with the little time I have to read I am done with it in 4 days maximum.
But when I started to read I absolutely disliked it. The story moved so slow and for the first 200 pages nothing really exciting is happening. For these 200 pages I already needed five days as I felt reading took me ages due to nothing really happening. If I hadn't already had the whole trilogy I wouldn't have finished.
But then again thankfully I did.
Once things finally started I also started to like the book, the story, the time travel aspect, the peculiar children, etc. and the last 140 pages only took me two days (due to the lack of time otherwise I would have read the rest in one sitting).
I would still say though that I don't really got scared (if I would have read this the age of 13 and not the age 27 I probably would have though). The pictures in the book were really nice especially if you can't really imagine the things descriped it is nice to have a picture to it.
So all in all the start was not the best but the end made up for the start. So my rating is 3 stars and I really hope part 2 is a bit more fast paced than this one and thinks start happening a bit early and not 75% through the book.

I haven't seen the movie yet, as I had that many troubles with the books, but maybe you guys can let me know your thoughts.

Take care,
💜Nadja




Friday, October 7, 2016

Review: Heart of Stone by Debbra Lynn





Hi everyone,

a few weeks ago I was very lucky and got approached by Debbra Lynn who offered me a copy of her books in exchange for honest reviews.
So today I have the review of the second book of the Hollywood Lies series for you, Heart of Stone.

So this review is spoiler free as long as you have read Beyond the Red Carpet. I will link my review to that one here.

So first of, as with the last one the plot itself is really spoilery (is this actually a word?- anyways), it jumps between the past and the present.
You get to know Caleb Stones past. We already met Caleb Stone in the first book and he surprisingly turned out to be not the Detective we expected him to be.
You see the whole backstory of Marcus Donavan's murder unfold from Calebs perspective and how it came to the point that he switched sides.
So as it is simply the first book from another perspective it is really predictable a at times but it never made it boring or slow.

I loved to see how the story developed from his perspective and to get a better understanding of him. It was great to see how became the person he is and the whole "why" behind him.

I got a bit disappointed that it didn't took off where part one ended but that wasn't a huge problem because this way I got to know a lot more about Calebs past.

This is again a solid second part and I gave this 4 out of 5 stars.
As I was a bit disappointed that this one didn't took off where the first one ended I am much looking forward to the third part from the perspective of Detective Jill Keller.

I am back with another bookish post on Monday.

Take care,
💜Nadja

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Review: Beyond the Red Carpet by Debbra Lynn



Hi everyone,

a few weeks ago I was very lucky and got approached by Debbra Lynn who offered me a copy of her books in exchange for honest reviews.
So today I have the first book of the Hollywood Lies Series, Beyond the Red Carpet.

To keep this as spoiler free as possible  the only thing I am going to say to the plot is a Hollywood Lovestory and a murder.

This books begins with technically with a spoiler followed by backstory and some twists and turns. We jump right into the murder situation and get to know the murderer right away, the question I was left with was why and this is where the backstory kicks in. The chapters jump between present and past.

The amazing thing was that the first turn in the story was completely unexpected for me so I was excited to keep reading on.
From the middle of the book I started to get a feeling where this was actually going so that the last major twist wasn't a surprise to me, but it was still well developed and a great turn.

This book is such a quick and enjoyable read and I can already tell that the second book wasn't disappointing either.

It is a solid crime story and the look behind the walls of Hollywood adds great to it.

4 out of 5 stars and a huge thank you to Debbra Lynn for providing me with a copy.

Stay tuned for the Friday's review of the second part.

Take care,
💜Nadja

Monday, October 3, 2016

My October TBR


Hi everyone,

today I am going to show you my October TBR. It is going to be a short one as I am starting back at University in the middle of the month and I don't know yet what my required reading for this semester will be.

So this list includes 5 books.
The first one being Heart of Stone by Debbra Lynn. This is the second book of the Hollywood Lies Series and tells the whole story from another perspective than the one you get in the first book.

The second book I want to finish is I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. This is obviously an autobiography which so far has teached me a lot and I really love it.

Third book on my list is Fall of Giants by Ken Follett. This is the first part of the Century Trilogy and I am about 400 pages in already and hope to finish it this month.

Next on my list is The Selection by Kiera Cass. This is the first one from the Selection Series. From what I have gathered from the synopsis this is a dystopian but to me it sounds more like the Bachelor in book format. Which somehow makes it sound like a light quick read to me.

And last on my list is Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson. This seems to be the perfect fall read for me. The cover is just so beautiful and since I never read anything about the gold rush I thought this might be a good start.

So these are all the books I am planning on reading this month.
Let me know what you are reading.

I see you soon,
Take care
💜Nadja

Friday, September 30, 2016

My September Wrap Up




Hi everyone,

today I got a quick post about what I managed to read this month and some thoughts to the books.
The books I am mentioning are in no particular order.

So lets jump into it.

#1 Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch which I already started at the end of August. I got a review up on this one here. This is the second part of the Snow Like Ashes Trilogy and I can't wait to read the conclusion soon, but I scheduled it for September as I have still so many unread books plus my required reading for University from October on.

#2 Rhapsody by Lauren E. Rico which I had looked forward to after I read the first one and it was absolutely amazing.
If you want to know more about these two check out my review for Reverie here and for Rhapsody here.

#3 Next I got send a free pre-review copy of The Troubles Keeper by Susan May which completely surprised me.
It is a completely new genre for me and it really surprised me.
And again I am leaving a link to my review here.

#4 Next I got sent two short stories by Calvin Demmer one being Hungry Ghost and the other one Labor Day Hunt.
I don't have reviews up on the blog yet, but hopefully I will soon. Both stories are horror stories and both of them creeped me out so they fulfill their use. I am just an incredible chicken.

#5 Being Beyond the Red Carpet by Debbra Lynn. This is the first book of the Hollywood Lies Series (I am currently reading the second one, but I am not sure if I managed to finish it today).
The Hollywood Lies Series is a crime series following up on a crime in the world of Hollywood. I have so far really enjoyed this series and a review will be up during the next week.

#6 Songs from the Violet Cafe by Fiona Kidman is a book I got provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review which you find here.
This one is not up for sale yet, but you should be looking forward to it, when it gets released on n Februrary 2017.
This one is story about troubled women finding themselves, but as you may find out in my review there is more to this book then just this.

#7 The last book I finished is The Surrendered by Case Maynard.
A dystopian I fell immediately in love with.
More on this one in my review here.

There are still three books I am currently reading.

The first one being Fall of Giants by Ken Follett.
The second on is I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (yes I finally started it and I love it
And the third as previously mentioned Heart of stone by Debbra Lynn.

Let me know which books you read this month in the comments below.

I hope to see you again on Monday for my October TBR.

Take care,
💜 Nadja

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Review: The Surrendered by Case Maynard


Hi everyone,

today I am back with maybe the last review of this month. I requested The Surrendered by  Case Maynard and I was lucky again and got this book provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

So let's jump right into it.

This Dystopian plays in future America after a financial breakdown, when The System has taken over and parents have to start to pay The Tax. Those who can't afford The Tax for their children after age 8 have to surrender their children to The Tax where they are sent to work camps, only one child per family is free. The camps are watched by Regulators and have an Overseer all controlled by the Master.
In this system we find young Vera "Vee" Delancourt who hates this System and wants nothing more than to fight it.
One incident leads to another one and soon a revolution forms.

This book is full of action, a fast read and really hard to put away.
Its many twists and turns lead to unexpected and surprising happenings and ending.

Case Maynard describes every scene as if she is painting it with her words so that I had them right in front of my eye, imagining seeing it actually happen.

I love Dystopian as a genre in general, as it is critical to todays world and this one has a special approach to some of now a days problems.

I loved this one so much that I was actually a bit sad when it ended, because I could have gone on reading it forever.
When I first started it the System reminded me so much of the Hunger Games and the Lovestory so much of the one in the Host, so having the two favorite things of two of my favorite books combined made me love this one from the start.

The characters are well developed, the plot is so captivating so 4.75/5 out of 5 stars. For me closer to 5 stars than 4.

I hope this one inspires you to read and I see you again on Friday with my monthly Wrap up.

Take care,
💜Nadja

Monday, September 26, 2016

Review: Songs from the Violet Cafe by Fiona Kidman


Hi everyone,

I am back with another review, but not the last of this month.
I requested a copy of this book Songs from the Violet Cafe by Fiona Kidman via Netgalley and got lucky.

This book spoke to me because of it's Synopsis (although I will present it a bit differently) and its cover.
So let's jump into it.

A boat is burned in a ceremony of letting go of memories.

Years ago a woman named Violet rows with a little boy over a lake. She leaves without the boy letting him stay with her old friend Hugo.

Different family stories unfold and at least one of the woman in those families is working at the Violet Cafe. They are all called troubled women.

1963 Jessie Sadler leaves her home and her path leads her to the Violet Cafe. From there on it all becomes one story. A story of love, friendship, betrayal and sacrifices.

I never read a book by Fiona Kidman before and at first I wasn't sure what to think about it.
The start was rocky, switching between characters and times.
When the 1963 storyline started I felt completely lost at first. The many new characters and the time jumps in their stories were so confusing.

But once I found myself into it and accepted that this would be an overall problem for me throughout the book I managed to focus on the storyline of the beautiful developed characters.

It is a beautiful story of troubled women who are finding their way and themselves in the work at the Violet Cafe.
Besides cultural, religious, generational and gender conflicts this book just shows how life can be.

Because of my issues with this book I am between 3.75 and 4 stars out of 5.
For the story definitely more a 4 stars, for the writing approach more the 3.75.

This beautiful book will be available in 2017.

I really hope you enjoyed this review and maybe found some inspiration.
Let's connect and discuss books in the comments below.

Take care and I see you soon with another bookish post,
💜Nadja

Friday, September 23, 2016

Review: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch



Hi everyone!

Today I am back with YA!
To be more precise with Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch which is the second book of the Snow Like Ashes Trilogy and as per usual this is only spoiler free when you have read the first book, so I leave the link for my spoiler free review on Snow like Ashes here.
So unless you want spoilers for the first one you better head over to another post now because I will start with a short summary of the plot.

So Meira has managed to save Winter from Spring with the help of Cordell and has become Queen of Winter.
In Ice Like Fire we switch between the perspectives of Mather who struggles a lot with his new role and his dreams for winter and his anger towards Cordell, as well as Meiras perspective who is trying to balance being Queen as well as herself.
To repay Cordell for its help Winter had to open up its mines again where they find the magic chasm. Whereas Meira isn't sure if it is a great idea to open it up she is send on a mission throughout Primoria to find a way to open the chasm as Noam demands.

I must admit I had my ups and downs with this one. I loved the first one but this one was very confusing at times. I was really annoyed by Meiras insecurities and doubts, but I guess that just shows how much language can express such confusion when I myself get confused by reading it.
But besides that I must say that the many twists and turns lead to a very surprising ending which I didn't suspected.

The language and descriptions in this book are so beautiful. I often think Sara Raasch is painting the scene with her words for me. I just love this world.

I gave this one a 4 out of 5 stars and really hope the last one will knock me off my feet.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and I will see you soon.

Take care,
💜Nadja

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review: The Troubles Keeper by Susan May

Hi everyone,

guess what?- It is time for another review.
Susan May was so nice to provide me with a copy of her upcoming paranormal thriller The Troubles Keeper in exchange for an honest review.

The Troubles Keeper is available for sale 14th October.

So onto my review:

I never read a paranormal thriller. I have read thrillers before but never with a paranormal element.
So when Susan was so kind to approach me and sensed me the synopsis I was a bit skeptical, not knowing what to expect of The Troubles Keeper.
But I instantly liked the idea of someone being able to take Troubles from people and keep them.

So here we have Rory Fine, a busdriver with a special gift called Trouble keeping. One day he offers his passengers to take their troubles and by doing so Rory discovers darkness that brings himself into trouble.

What that darkness is? You need to see for yourself.

I simply loved that concept, although I had huge problems finding my way with this book as first.
Susan Mays writing is so beautiful but for me so hard to read with this concept that I needed to get used to it first, but once I got the hang of it I didn't want to stop reading.

Beautifully written, great concept so 4 out of 5 stars as I had a bit trouble at the beginning.

Thank you again for providing me with a copy it was a unique read that dragged me into something completely new.

Are you considering on reading The Troubles Keeper or want to share or discuss your thoughts on this book with me?- Leave me a comment below.

See you soon,

💜 Nadja

Monday, September 19, 2016

Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Hi everyone,

today I am back with another review.

This is actually an unusual read for me but as I promised myself when I went back into reading I want to discover new genres and read less Thriller and crimes.
So today's review is on The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

We are in Nazi Germany in the year 1939 and the Death tells us the story of Liesel Memminger who picks up a book on her brothers graveside and by that her habit of stealing books was born.
What is really special about this story is that it is told by death.

I must say WOW.
I still can't find the right words although I already finished it a month ago.
I never expected to like a World War II fiction as I usually avoid this part of history (had too much for it in school) but I loved this one.
The characters and the friendships are just so beautiful.
The story of course has its sad moments but then again they reminded me of all the things my grandma told me about World War II which made this book extremely special to me (just that you know I am not neutral in that point) as I finally understood and could imagine them.

Although it is really special to have the death as the narrator I needed some time to get used to it but by page 25 (or so) I was fine with that fact. From page 330 I again had a problem with it as I sometimes forgot that the story is told by death but that is the only problem I could mention with this novel.

It is a very unique World War II novel and with 5 out of 5 stars I would obviously recommend it.
But I would always add to it that the story is told by death.

Have you read or you planning on reading The Book Thief?- Let me know in the comments below.

See you soon and take care,

💜Nadia

Friday, September 16, 2016

Review: Rhapsody by Lauren E.Rico


Hi everyone!

I am back with another review for you.
Lauren E. Rico was so nice to send me a pre release copy of Rhapsody which is the second part to Reverie (if you want to read my review on Reverie, I will link to it here), in exchange for an honest review.

This review is spoiler free as long as you have read Reverie.

Rhapsody follows up on the happening of Reverie, where we only had Julias and Jeremys perspective. Rhapsody offers us the perspective of some more characters. We are getting insight into Matthews and Bretts thoughts, as well as Maggie who is new to the storyline.

Rhapsody is in my opinion different from Reverie when it comes to darkness but also very similar.
Lauren Rico manages it so well to describe the suffering of the people around Jeremy.
How hard it was for Brett to grow up with a brother who is a Sociopath and how hard it was for their parents.
How hard it is to not play along with the rules of Jeremy.

It is amazing to see how the relationships between the characters change and grow and how each individual character evolves.

And of course we are getting insight into Jeremys thoughts as well and of course I got creeped out again, but this time there were also moments when I had to smile and cheer on some other characters that met him along the way.

What I misse a bit in this book was the effect of classical music. It was still there and every time it was there the descriptions were as well and as thoughtful as in Reverie, but there wasn`t nearly as much of it in this one.
The music was a powerful tool in Reverie to make the atmosphere darker. In Rhapsody it is more of a companion for the characters.
I definetly could have had more of it as it was such a great description of the characters feelings, but that is really the only thing I can criticize at that point.

I still love Laurens writing style although it had evolved a bit throughout this trilogy. The text is a bit more dense than in Reverie, but it was definetly necessary to show how the characters evolve.

Laurens characters are so thought through and well developed. The only character I struggled a bit with is Matthew, but I think that is just a personal preference.

So, yes Rhapsody is different, especially when it comes to darkness and action, but it is as amazingly written as Reverie.

So my rating is between 4.75 and 5 stars of 5.

Rhapsody is going to be released 1st October, so make sure to let me know in the comments below when you check it out,

I hope to see you soon again for another book related post.

Take care

💜Nadja

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

My September TBR


Hi everyone,

lets take a look at my September TBR today.
I know we are nearly halfway through the month so this is up late again.
You know the struggle: roadtrips, housewarmings and keeping up with the pile of books, but now I am here letting you know what is on my list for this month.

Starting with two books I started end of August and took with me into September.
We have Ice Like Fire which is the second book of the Snow Like Ashes Trilogy by Sara Raasch.
(Find my review on Snow Like Ashes here)
In this second book Meira is send on a mission through Primoria to find a way to open the magic chasm.
A more in depth review on this one is coming soon and I will insert a link to the post in this one as soon as it is up so you can find it easier.

Second book would be Fall of Giants by Ken Follet which I will probably still be reading in October. It is a huge chunk of a book and I am happy I decided on an ebook.
This is the first one of a Trilogy and follows different families from different countries throughout the first quarter/half of the 20th century. They eventually cross paths and their stories add up to one big one.
I am 400 pages in so just 620 to go.

So as I read all of the books on my August TBR except of I am Malala by Malala Youssafzai I am transferring this one to my September TBR. If you want to know more about this book check out last months TBR/Wrap up here.

Next on my list are several books I got send for review.

The first one would be Rhapsody by Lauren E. Rico which is the second book of the Reverie Trilogy and it basically continues where Reverie ended. For a more in depth review check back in on Friday this week and I will link a review here.
Rhapsody is available for sale from the 1st of October or you preorder it already now in case you want to read it.

Second book and the one I am currently reading is The Troubles Keeper by Susan May. 
This is also a book which isn`t released yet.
It is different from what I usually read and I am still not sure what to think of. It tells the story of Rory, a busdriver who has this gift of taking troubles from people. One day he takes a trouble that eventually gets himself into trouble as he can`t keep it in the box where he usually stores them.
It is such an interesting concept and I really hope I am finding my way with this one.

Next I got send two short stories by Calvin Demmer one being Hungry Ghosts and second being Labour Day Hunt.
The first one is about a couple who travels to China during the Hungry Ghosts Festival. They finally feel their relationship improving, but this year the ghosts have found a way to prolong their stay in this realm.
In the second one a guy takes a job on Labour Day and gets called to an abandoned warehouse, where some kind of hunt begins.

The last book of the ones I got send that I want to read this month is Beyond the Red Carpet by Debbra Lynn. This is some crime story taking place in the world of Hollywood. I am much looking forward to reading this one as I already got the second one provided by Deb.

So this is my TBR for this month.
Let me know what you are reading in the comments below.

Take care

💜Nadja

Monday, September 12, 2016

Something special for you! Chapter 65


I had just come back from a walk with Lexie in the woods when he arrived.
"Lexie, would you go inside the house and play a bit with Balu? And don`t forget to wash your hands." I said to her.

What does he want here? Did he search for me? Or did Liz talk? If Liz had talked I would definetly kill her. But what did he want here? Did he turned his mind around and rather wanted me than the Barbie? Did he thought he could jump back and forth as he wanted to?

"What do you want here?" I asked him once he had left the car.

"Apologize and explain this misunderstanding." This wouldn`t be easy, that was clear to me once I saw her face.
"Emma I was just there to talk to her about something that was meant for you." She looked even more sceptical.
"And to do so you needed to hold her hand and look lovestruck?" Okay this would be harder than I thought.
"Give me five minutes and then you can decide wether you want me to leave or stay."

I contemplated for a moment. Maybe there was a real explanation to it. I mean I did let him in the dark about who I really was for several weeks.

"Okay, five minutes from now. You better start." He exhaled relieved.

"When we planned this trip you said you didn`t know any longer who you are and that you had lost yourself in all this you know what. And I had the same problem. On our roadtrip I noticed that you are the only person I know who exactly knows who she is. Who loves life and who passes this love on to everyone around her. Who spreads joy just by being there. I knew you were special the very first time I saw you. I just didn`t knew how special you are." She still looked sceptical but at least she was listening.
"Emma don`t you get that I want to be with you?" I sounded desperate I could it here it myself. When I pulled out the ring she immediately pulled back.
"I was at her to figure out how I should do this," I said pointing at the ring.
"I wanted some inspiration from a woman. I wanted to know how I could make this special, that was it. I want to be with you Emma. I love you, Emma." There it was out. The decision was hers now. She still seemed still unfazed, nearly uncaring. I saw how she was thinking. How she wanted to start talking several times but then again didn`t do it.

"I started the adoptionprocess for Lexie." Even though it was a message it implied a question addressed towards me. That she was so careful and cautious for that reason.

"Okay" was my answer. I was in on it. Lexie did deserve a family as much as Emma did. If we would do it, we would do it together, I she said I could stay.

"Okay" was my answer too. With tears in my eyes. I was relieved that he was back. Now I could cross the last point of my list. And in the moment I thought this Scott pulled a page out of his pocket and crossed of the last point on his list. The point on our lists that we both kept a secret. It was the same.

The End

So this is the last chapter of this project. Let me know how you liked it and if I should do something like this again.
I hope you enjoyed it.
And see you soon.

💜Nadja

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Something Special for you! Chapter 64


"Emma did went back to your first stop. She is probably at the childrens home," more wasn`t the voicemail Liz left on my mailbox saying when I came back from surfing. I did immediately pack my things and went over to Alf and asked him to borrow me his car.

I did leave the same evening.
I knew I would have to stop at a motel somewhere half way to sleep, but tomorrow morning would I arrive, search for her and explain her everything.

I did pack the ring because if she would give me another chance I didn`t want to waste any more time.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Review: Reverie by Lauren E. Rico


Hi everyone!

Today I am having another review for you. Today I am talking about a special Thriller.

The author of this book, Lauren E. Rico, was so kind to provide me with a copy of her first book of this series, Reverie, in exchange for an honest review.

So here we go.

Reverie takes place in the world of classical music. It is told from two perspectives, Julias` who is a Cellist and Jeremys` who is a hornplayer.
They both are auditioning for one of the most prestigeful music competitions while as well playing in the same orchestra.
Besides this aspect of being in a competition there is also love, death and obsession.

When I first picked up Reverie I was all about wanting to know what one would do to win a competition of that category (I mean after all I knew from the Synopsis it has elements of a Thriller and there is death involved), but when I then started to read this question turned into the back of my head as I instantly fell in love with Lauren Ricos writing.
Reverie is so fast-paced that it is unbelievable how Lauren still managed to choose her words in such an observant manner.
She combined the beauty and darkness of classical music with passion and obsession.
So I first of all was completely focus on the beautiful descriptions of how playing classical music changes the musician and how the musician changes the music.

The passionate part kicked in and for a minute I thought we are really going down the road of 50 Shades of Grey which would have been disastrous (who knows me, knows I don`t like 50 Shades of Grey), but Lauren Rico didn`t do that. She did something that I had a feeling about right from the start but what I also wasn`t quiet expecting.
So once the turn came my first intuition was that this is it. This is 50 Shades of Grey, just without the Millionaire, so more an episode of Criminal Minds.
And this effect couldn`t have been made any better than Lauren Rico did it.

I had moments where I just had to keep reading because I was so freaked out. And I wish I would have had the time to read it in one sitting.

I have read many good Thriller, but none was like that and I really think the element of the classical music contributed that extra wow-effect and helped making it even darker and more psychological.
The characters were so developed and having both perspectives really gave you that turn from light to dark.

So for me this is honestly a 5 out of 5 stars.

I can really recommend this book if you enjoy psychological thrillers (of course you shouldn`t be under age for this read as it as sexual and violent content).

Let me know if you want to read it and what you think of it in the comments below.

Take care,

💜Nadja