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

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,

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

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

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

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,

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,

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,

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,

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