Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Solo by Lauren E. Rico

Hello readers,

I am a day late, or as I call it by now fashionable late thanks to having so much to read.
Anyways today I am having a review to you that is dear to my heart.
I have previously worked with Lauren E. Rico and was lucky to get to know her as a wonderful friend.
I can't thank her enough for the many opportunities she has given me and for the trust when it came to Solo that I saw taking an amazing journey from first draft to the final book which I will review today.

Compared to Lauren's previous three books this one is straight Romance no sociopaths and heavy violence included but it plays again in the world of classical music.

Lauren introduces the two protagonists Katherine "Kate" Brenner and Dr. Drew Markham by letting the story be told by their perspectives.
Kate is a conducting student while Drew is her professor, good looking but not one of the nice ones, well at least at first.
Kate is popular as her father is a politician, but she is not popular in the "students and teachers like me way" which is mostly thanks to her fathers political actions and his wish to defund the Arts.
She broke with him years ago managing her life on her own, working hard while suffering the cruel comments of her students and her teachers. On top of all of that creepy journalists are trying to pick up dirt on her and especially on her dad.
When a snowstorm comes and Kate needs to deliver her assignement to Dr. Markham. While doing so she gets stuck in front of his door. Which takes a surprising turn in hers and Drews relationship.
But what is in Drews past that makes him hate Kate? Does he really hate her? What obstacles will they face? And will Kate forgive her father?

Lauren tells the stories of two people struggling in their life's and how those too can help each other and find each other. She shows the ups and downs without sugar coating them as they usually would have been in most New Adult books.
And although I struggled a bit with certain parts of Drews  character developement, especially his not so smart and professional moments, the story really dragged me into it and I was secretly on the "give me the romance stuff" site.
No need to say that Lauren's descriptions of music are making me feel and hear it which is exceptional.

This is a romantic, fast paced read that actually tells a story beside the romance but since I struggled a bit with Drew at certain points I give it a 4.25 stars out of five.

Thanks again to Lauren and Entangled Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book.

If you want to find out more about Lauren's other books please search for those on the blog.

Thanks everyone for reading and let me know what you think in the comments below.

I hope you enjoyed this review and found it to be helpful.
See you again next week for another bookish post.
Take care,
πŸ“š Nadja

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Review: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Hello readers,

today I finally have a review of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton for you. If you have been following me for a while you know that this one has been sitting on my shelf for a long time.  But it was first at the beginning of last month that I found the time to pick this one up.

Rebel of the sands tells the story of a young girl named Amani who is living in Dustwalk, a desert town that  is not the place to be poor or orphaned or female.  Amani wants to escape and see the world she's heard about. While she does everything to gather the money for her escape to Izman a young man with no name turns up and with him she has the chance to run.
 But the desert is full of dangerous magic.  While the sultans army is on the rise Amani finds herself caught in the heart of a fearless rebellion. What will happen in this magical desert?

This book plays in a magical desert with creatures and dangers we have never heared of before.
It is a whole new world you are diving in and it took me a while to get a picture of it which left me with that awkward "I think I somehow like it but I also really do not know what is going on"- feeling. But half way through the book I could picture the world created and the magical creatures a lot better, still not perfectly though.

When it comes to the characters in this book I really loved the friendships and romance aspects and the overall developement.
The last couple of chapters were really the most intense with an amazing "finale" that makes me want to read the second book.

Overall I am giving this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. It really felt like a long introduction to something great, I just wished that the description of the world/desert would have been more detailed so that I could imagine it better and dive into it faster, but as the second half of the book really offered something more intriguing and made me really eager to read the second book I think a 3.5 is a good rating because it was good but didn't really knock me off my feet.

It wasn't as good for me as I expected it to be from what I heared and read from others. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

I hope you enjoyed this review and I hope to see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.

Take care,
πŸ“š Nadja

Sunday, April 9, 2017

What books inspire us to do!

Hello readers,

You might have wondered why there was no post last Sunday and I have to apologize for that.
I have recently read Gizelles Bucket List by Lauren Fern Watt (find an in-depth review here) which is an autobiographical book where Lauren describes her life with her very large English Mastiff Gizelle.
Gizelles time on earth is sadly not as long as Lauren's and when Lauren finds out Gizelles time is running out she makes a Bucket List for her dog.

Now I myself have a wonderful Australien Shepherd and although he has several more years to live I wanted him to experience some things to the fullest and enjoy them while he still can.

One thing on Lauren's Bucket List was to sea the ocean, get the dog to the beach and so it went on mine too.

Last Sunday we packed up for our road trip to the beach and while doing so I got lost in time, which is why I forgot to post and I honestly feel sorry for letting my dear readers down, but I also wanted you all to know that we spend an amazing day walking down the beach, playing...

I experienced a total different side of my dog and it was such a great experience.

I couldn't read that day sadly and on our way back home the road was closed due to an accident so we had to stay over so that I wasn't back at reading the book I wanted to show you today before Wednesday but no worries I finished it on time and you can find my review here.

So to show you how much Gizelles Bucket List inspired us and what a great day we had thanks to that book I will share some pictures with you.

I hope you enjoyed today's random post and I will see you again soon.

Take care,

Review: 'Round Midnight by Laura McBride

Hello readers,

a couple of weeks ago I requested 'Round Midnight by Laura McBride for review. So thank you to Simon & Schuster and Laura McBride for providing me with an e-galley and giving me the chance to review this book in advance.

 This book is set in Las Vegas and is telling the story of four women through six decades.  Early on we start with the story of June Stein who opens the casino El Capitan with her husband in the 1950s. They come to success by hiring the black singer Eddie who is singing in the  casinos nightclub.
 We also meet Honorata who leaves the Philippines as a mail order bride to a businessman from Chicago. Honorata then hits the Jackpot at a casino on a trip to Las Vegas.
Engracia is a Mexican immigrant who once worked at the El Capitan. Her story gets told when she after cleaning at Honoratas opens her employers door to a man with a gun.
And then there is Coral, an African-American teacher who struggles with her own past.
All these women have their own story but how does those come together? How are these women connected?

I honestly rarely have a book I have nothing to complain about, but this one is one of those.

Those characters are so well developed, it is so enjoyable to read their stories, see their lives unfold and how they deal with the ups and downs of life. How conflicts are presented. How real history is build into it and how all this is presented in this setting.

The fact that this describes life without sugar coating anything and being so realistic makes this so real and you feel so much for each of these women. Seeing how criticism to the society is so subtle packed into this story lightened the reading of more serious topics presented a lot up.

I felt it was perfectly balanced when it came to dialogues and thoughts and text and I am overall just impressed by this book.
It is for me a fast enjoyable and also socially educational read and I would lie if I would say I didn't know half way through it that this is a 5 star read for me.

This book will probably make it into this years top ten for me and I couldn't be more thankful to got the chance to read this in advance.

So let me know what you think about 'Round Midnight.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that I will see you again next Sunday for another bookish post.

Take care,
πŸ“š Nadja