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