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

Friday, September 2, 2016

Something Special for you! Chapter 63


Lexie visited me nearly daily and with every more day with her it became harder to let her go back to Martha.
My book had taken a form faster than thought. I would be ready soon and then I would need someone to testread it. The first person I thought of was Scott but he wasn`t in the picture any longer. He didn`t belong to my life any longer. Lexie was too young. The only person left was Liz.
I took the phone and called her. She sounded worried when she picked up.
"Where are you? I was worried sick."
"I ended in the smalltown where we stopped first."
I explained her that I was fine, that I wasn`t alone. I told her about Lexie. How she spent the days with me. And that I finally felt that I had found my place in this world. Then I asked her if she would like to read my script. I knew how critical she could be and that made her the right candidate for it. Liz agreed and then we continued to talk about Lexie.

Liz had asked why I didn`t become a foster parent for Lexie and with that she got the ball rolling.
But I didn`t just want to foster her for some time. I wanted to become Lexies family and that was exactly what Martha and I had to talk about.
I brought it up the next day. I wanted to adopt Lexie. Martha explained me the process, helped me fill in the papers and promised to to endorse the adoption.
We did talk to Lexie about it together. She was thrilled about it and refused to leave my site.

I had my life and I was happy. Although the last point on my list was still not crossed off I had everything I needed.