Sunday, March 26, 2017

Review: The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo

Hello readers,

So happy to have wrapped up my winter TBR before spring started and the sun came out and everything starts over fresh. Isn`t that what spring is about? A fresh start?
Now todays review is about the Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo, which I was lucky to get an egalley from. So thank you very much to Simon and Schuster and Susan Perabo for reading this book.

Which indeed is about fresh start for me, which might be contrary to what you would read in the synopsis or other reviews.

Meredith Oliver a totally normal girl, who is more on the smart then the cool site (not implying that you can`t be both) finds herself in a robbery with her nemesis, Lisa Bellow. Thankfully Meredith makes it out alive, but Lisa gets taken by the robber. After this traumatic incident everyone tries to figure out how to deal with this. Nobody knows where Lisa is, she stays missing, and nobody can imagine what exactly happened to Lisa. One mother has to deal with the loss of her child, while Merediths mother has to deal with how her daughter deals with this trauma.

Now everybody has their own way on dealing with something like this, which can be hard to face for the people around, but it is also traumatic for Merediths family, especially her mother, which we thankfully get to know, as this book is told from different perspectives. But also Meredith has different ways of dealing with this and we get to see those to the full extent, which were confusing at times (for me as a reader), but it isn`t bad because that just showed how good Merediths confusion was portrait in that book.

Now while you can think of this book as totally just dealing with trauma, I also saw how Meredith and her family faced a whole new start, how they all approached their situations differently, which made it the perfect book before spring started. (Don`t get me wrong, you can read that at any time of the year, and you totally should because it is good).

This book has so much character development and so many details and yet it was such a fast and intriguing read. At times I was confused yes, but as explained earlier it just shows how well it is written. The topic is heavy and at times I felt although it was fast to read it also dragged me a bit down (which again can be positive considering the topic is well approached, but it also stopped me from going all out on the 5 stars).

The Fall of Lisa Bellow made me think and I honestly needed some days of processing before being able to write a review, but over all it is an absolutely amazing and unique read, therefore I am giving this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

I hope you enjoyed this review and that you can also enjoy these first days of spring.

I will be back next Sunday with another bookish post, so I hope to see you soon.

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Take care,

📚 Nadja

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Review: Gizelles Bucket List by Lauren Fern Watt

Hello readers,

today I am back with a beautiful review.
A couple of months ago Simon and Schuster offered me a free copy of Gizelle's Bucket List - My life with a very large dog by Lauren Fern Watt. As a dog owner I had to read this. It sounded so intriguing and although it had been on my TBR for a while before I managed to pick it up it was so worth it.

This book should actually come with at least two other recommendations.

1. Grab some tissues.
2. Snuggle up with your puppy.

Lauren picks up this big English Mastiff puppy who she instantly names Gizelle, they grow together, grow this beautiful relationship between a dog and the dogs person (in this case Lauren) and soon Lauren finds herself on an incredible journey also called life with her trusty friend Gizelle.
Now as we all know dogs rarely live longer than we do and when Gizelles time is come Lauren makes her a bucket list, which a big part of this book is about.

As an Australien Shepherd owner (which is a medium sized breed) I can relate to some of the typical comments you get when your dog doesn't fit into a handbag and at times Lauren's descriptions of people's reactions mad me laugh so hard, that I experience our walks now from a totally different point of view.
I also felt I could absolutely relate to the love between her and Gizelle because I see and experience this everyday with my dog (Jerry). He loves to sleep on my legs, he always need to touch me in someway, he follows me like a shadow everywhere I go and he always has my back.
So no wonder I teared up and cried like a baby when Gizelles time had come because that made me realize my dog won't be there forever (although I always try to push that thought always as far away as I can).
This book is full of beautiful moments, it is honest, funny as well as sad. It is life and I just felt it was such a great read that I actually run around recommending it to everyone I know. In addition to that it reads so fluently and easily that I could have read it in one sitting.
So no wonder that this got 5 out of 5 stars.

Since just thinking about how sad the ending was I am actually about to snuggle up with my big puppy and we are wishing you all a great week.

See you again next Sunday for another bookish post.
Take care,
📚 Nadja and today Jerry as well

Sunday, March 12, 2017

And yet another Review! The Ice Child by Camilla Läckberg

Hello readers,

I am back with yet another review.
Believe it or not I am actually very happy to have a review up this week because that reading slump I was in was driving me crazy.
I love reading. I love to dive into the worlds books present me. But eventually after a tough semester and some books that just weren't wowing me I hit a slump. I knew I wanted to read but eventually after two pages I put the book away feeling like I can't read anymore.
I have been there before and there is one genre or let's better say one author that is save to get me out of the slump.
Happy as I was there was already her newest book on my shelf. Unread.

So I picked up The Ice Child by Camilla Läckberg. Camilla Läckberg is known to be the Queen of swedish crime books. And as you may know I love her series about police officer Patrik Hedström and his wife Erika Falck.
The Ice Child is the 9th book of the series in which Erika Falck, who writes about "real" crimes interferes into her husbands cases.

In The Ice Child Erika works on a book about a horrible case of domestic violence. Meanwhile her husband, Patrik, has a mysterious case of a missing girl, Victoria, who disappeared on her way home a couple of months ago. But Victoria isn't the only girl that went missing. There are several other girls missing from other police districts.
Martha is riding outside on her horse when she sees a girl barely dressed walking over the street in the cold winter weather, she yells and waves but the girls doesn't seem to hear her. When a car comes out of nowhere and can't stop, the girl gets hit.
The police soon finds out it is Victoria, but they also find out about her more than disgusting injuries that didn't come from the car accident.
How are today's cases related to the old case Erika is working on?
What is the relation between the victims?
And more over who is able to do such things?

As always this was intriguing from the first page to the last page.
These books are always so fast paced, mainly because you get to see so many different perspectives, that change it up all the time. The change in perspectives is something I loved from the first book on.
You get to know all the characters in a very special way no matter if they are good or evil or the victim it just makes me feel like being part of the story.
Besides the seriousness of the cases itself there are always comedic elements that lighten it up.
I really enjoyed to see how the personal relationships evolve throughout the series, which really makes it a crime series for me and tying it all together. Whereas other series often just provide you with one case after another. I do not want to go too much into detail on these things, in case you haven't read the other books yet, but to sum it up, I love the character developement of the main and constant characters in series. Seeing how everyday life works for Erika and Patrik, as well as seeing Erikas sister fighting out of a crisis.
Seeing that mother and daughter in law relationship take another turn and all the other small details this book packs.
I must admit though that I had a feeling early on, which through twists and turns got let to another direction, but then back again to my first feeling, but none the less was the ending a total surprise.

This was by far the cruelest one of the series I think but it was also by far one of the best ones.
So 5 out of 5 stars for the Ice Child.

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See you again next Sunday with another bookish post.
Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Review: The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak

Hello readers,

Today I am finally back with a review.
All the exam reading and me being sick the whole exam period got me into a reading slump, so me taking ages to read this book had nothing to do with the book itself.
I got The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak offered from Simon and Schuster already last year. The synopsis sounded great so I got my galley via Netgalley.
Eventually my required reading and my personal TBR is just piling up and I need some time to actually get to this one. So apologies from my site to Simon and Schuster for my late review.

So let's jump right into it.

This book takes place in the 80s. To be more accurate in the year 1987.
Billy Marvin and his friends Alf and Clarke want the new Playboy with the Vanna White photos in it (who is Vanna White? Did she really exist? If you know that let me know). Eventually they are too young to get them legally. They try different ways all failing in the end.
One day they decide to break into the store, get the Playboy and leave the money. To do so they need the alarm code.
Billy offers to get the code from the shop owners daughter, Mary Zielinsky, who as well as Billy loves computer games and coding. So Billy starts coding a game together with Mary and by that tries (or not) to get the alarm code from Mary.
Everything else I would tell you from there would be a spoiler so you got to see for yourself how the story and the plan unfolds.

Every chapter of this book starts with some computer code, which I seriously just overread because I do not know a thing about it.
Story wise this intrigued me at first because it was playing in the 80s and I still know the trouble of those old computers, as I am born in the late 80s.
Second, don't we all want to know what boys come up with just to get a playboy? I wanted to, although I must admit at some point I stopped caring about that plan and just wanted Billy to ditch that plan and see the friendship between him and Mary develope to something.
The characters were at some points to flat for me. They were well developed but pretty predictable.
I must though say the ending had a nice turn and surprised me at some points.

It definitely is a funny and quick read (unless you are in a reading slump) and I rated it with 3.5 stars out of 5, mainly because the middle part started to bore me a bit and the actions the characters took were so predictable. I really liked the end and it absolutely saved the story for me.

Thanks again to Simon and Schuster for providing me with a free copy.

Have you read The Impossible Fortress? Let me know what you thought!

I see you again for another bookish post next week.
Happy reading and take care,

📚 Nadja