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Stacking The Shelves #15

Saturday, July 30, 2016



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After many, many weeks of waiting and looking forward to this moment, I finally hold this beautiful book in my hands: The Angels´ Share by J. R. Ward.

Enchanted August by Brenda Bowen

I´ve never heard of Brenda Bowen and never read any of her books for certain. This one is the very first and I have to admit, that though it was a nice read it didn´t have that much of an impact on me.

Enchanted August* by Brenda Bowen
Published by Viking Penguin on June 2, 2015
ISBN 978-0-525-42905-0
Pages 320
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher
Goodreads

Hopewell Cottage; Little Lost Island; Maine; Old, pretty cottage to rent on a small island; Springwater; blueberries; sea glass. August.
So reads and ad on Lottie Wilkes´ and Rose Arbuthnot´s children´s preschool bulletin board.
When the mothers arrive on the island, they are transformed by the salt air; the breathtaking views; the long, lazy days; and the happy routine of lobster, corn, and cocktails on the wraparound porch. By the time of the late-August blue moon, real life and its complications have finally fallen far, far away. For on his idyllic island they gradually begin to open up: to one another and to the possibilities of lives quite different from the ones they´ve been leading. Change can´t be that hard, can it?

My Review

And here I have to say, that, although the cover is created in a very simple and naïve way, the German edition looks much better than the original cover does. So advantage here for that.

News – Twitter and Instagram

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I just got my very first Tweet published *yay*
and Instagram is in preparation to follow!




This is a big step for me, since I never ever thought of setting up a Twitter account not to mention one at Instagram!
Sure, I noticed my friends activities there when they shared it on one of those social media sites where I am, too. Saw and still see other bloggers show off what they Tweet every day right on their blog homepage; but it never felt important to me to be there myself nor did I feel the need to set up those accounts.

Command Me by Geneva Lee

When I heard for the very first time of this new saga, I wasn´t very interested. The German cover doesn´t look good (too boring in my eyes) and I saw no reason to read it. But then I got a review request from the publisher and decided why not?

Command Me* by Geneva Lee
Royal Saga #1
Published by Westminster Press on May 13, 2014
ISBN 978-0-0996-43980-0
Pages 364
Format Paperback
Source Publisher
Goodreads

When he kissed me, I was shocked. He was a stranger and still so familiar. It wasn´t until I woke up to my picture splashed on the cover of tabloids that I realized I knew who he was. Prince Alexander of Cambridge. Royal bad boy. Exiled heir to the throne. He isn´t Prince Charming. He´s controlling. He´s demanding. He´s dangerous. And I can´t say no to him. We both have secrets - secrets that could tear us apart or drive us closer together - and as the paparazzi exposes each one. I have to decide just how far I´m willing to go for King and Country.

My Review

So I read it and to my utter surprise it was actually kind of entertaining. Okay, I have to admit, that on some pages I was wincing a bit about the kitschy parts. But then there were so hot scenes, so deep going dark things the characters had to face and live with, that it became more and more interesting to read.

Stacking The Shelves #14

Saturday, July 23, 2016



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I haven´t even read the first book, but for some reasons I got hocked by The Conspiracy of Us´ cover and when the price was right, I bought them both. The second part arrived, a couple of days ago, and I am really eager to get to read them.

Anima by Kim Kestner

This is the first book by the German author that I´ve ever had the pleasure to read. A compelling story, some gorgeous characters and a wonderful plot give you a real reading pleasure.


Anima* by Kim Kestner
Published by Arena on February 1, 2016
ISBN 978-3-401-60252-3
Pages 473
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher
Goodreads

For Abby it´s the best time of the year: Every summer she spends the holidays with her family at the National Park Acadia. But this time the idyll is overshadowed. Engaged for entertainment magician Juspinn fascinated holiday guests not only with his show – he seems to manipulate them. With horror Abby discovers how her Family and friends change more and more for the worse. Virginia is at once madly. Abby itself feels not only the attraction of the stranger, but also the danger that emanates from him. Juspinn seems to be looking – for something that only she can give him.

My Review

The cover was the first thing, that I fell in love with and I have to say that when I took it out of the delivery box, I discovered that it looks live and in my hands much better than the cover picture does on the publisher´s website.

Waiting On Wednesday #13 – Beautiful by Christina Lauren

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy.






I was so thrilled when I heard, that there will be one more book coming out in the fantastic Beautiful Series by Christina Lauren.

Nuts by Alice Clayton

At first I was a bit suspicious about this new series. I didn´t know neither what to think of the title nor what to expect from its content.

Nuts by Alice Clayton
Hudson Valley #1
Published by Gallery Books on October 10, 2015
ISBN  978-1-5011-1813-5
Pages 308
Format: Paperback
Source Purchased
Goodreads

Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood´s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. Then a dairy disaster implodes her carrer in one fell ploop, and she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.
When local organic farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of walnuts, Roxie wonders if a summer back home might not be so bad after all. Because Leo´s heavily involved in the sustainable, slow-food movement, and he likes to take his time. In all things. Roxie´s determined to head back to the West Coast as soon as the summer is over – but can the pull of lazy fireflies and her very own Almanzo be enough to keep her back home for good? 

My Review

But after I finally read it, I have to say: no matter what title her next books will have, the author is always a guarantor for fantastic stories with the perfect style and language. Oh yes, I am serious about that.

The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman

Saturday, July 16, 2016
When I got a first glimpse at the German edition and went on to see how the original cover was looking, I was not very much impressed.

The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman
Published by Thomas Dunne Books on March 22, 2016
ISBN 978-1-2500-7132-3
Pages 304
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher
Goodreads

On her birthday each year, Lolly´s mother gave her a charm, along with the advice that there is nothing more important than keeping family memories alive, and so Lolly´s charm bracelet would be a constant reminder of that love.
Now seventy and starting to forget things, Lolly knows time is running out to reconnect with a daughter and granddaughter whose lives have become too busy for Lolly or her family stories.
But when Arden, Lolly´s daughter, receives an unexpexted phone call about her mother, she and granddaughter Laura rush home. Over the course of their visit, Lolly reveals the story behind each charm on her bracelet, and one by one the family stories help Lolly, Arden and Lauren reconnect in a way that brings each woman closer to finding joy, love, and faith.

My Review

Why have the German editions sometimes such awful covers? The original looks so charming and so beautiful, why not just do something like it for the German readers? Thanks to the authors first name and the interesting sounding content I was convinced enough to give it at least a try.

Stacking The Shelves #13



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I don´t know since how long I´ve been wanting Maggie Hall´s The Conspiracy of Us. I kind of fell in love with the cover a long time ago & now I am holding it in my hands *happy dance*

Waiting On Wednesday #12 – Hunt The Dawn by Abbie Roads

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy.







So this time my WoW is - as I mentioned in my post last week -, again about Abbie Roads.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

This duology caught my attention; when I got asked if there were any books I wanted to read from a certain publisher.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Just One Day Duology #1
Published by Speak on August 20, 2013
ISBN 978-0-1424-2295-3
Pages 416
Format Paperback
Source Publisher
Goodreads

Allyson Healey´s life is exactley like her suitcase - packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she´s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson´s life.



My Review

I went to the new (at that time) program and found this title where I knew, I had it on my wish-to-read-list since a few months. So I took my chance and when it arrived I was eager to see, if all those critics I´ve read about it were true.

Stacking The Shelves #12

Saturday, July 09, 2016

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Since the last time I posted an STS I had one hell of a great week. Not only that I got the fantastic news that I will receive some pre-ordered books sooner than scheduled, I also won a few giveaways during a book launch party on Facebook.

Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott

With her Fire & Flood duology Victoria Scott brings the reader into a world where nothing is as expected. Very different people fight for very different reasons to be the one who will win the race for the cure.

Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott
Fire & Flood #2
Published by Scholastic Press on February 24, 2015
ISBN 978-0-5455-3748-3
Pages 320
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher
Goodreads

In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and a terrifying march across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can´t stop - and in Salt & Stone, Tella will have to face the unseen dangers of the ocean, the breathless cold of a mountain, and twisted new rules in the race.
But what if the daner is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone´s keeping secrest? What do you do when the person you´d relied on most suddenly isn´t there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?
The race is coming to an end, and Telly is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the beginning of the race there were one hundred-twenty-two COntenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the fourth and final part of the race, just forty-one are left ... and only one can win.

My Review

But sometimes life isn´t fair or nice and so it happens that death comes without warning and way too soon and gives some of the participants a really hard time. Again Victoria Scott created a novel in which you won´t miss anything. Action, bloody scenes and a cruelty in which life provides the best lessons that can be learned.

Waiting On Wednesday #11 – Race The Darkness by Abbie Roads

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy.






Some weeks ago I received a friends request at my personal Facebook account from an author I hadn´t heard or “known” until then. Well, I know her now as much as you can know a person when it comes to that social media thing and see more or less wonderful stuff that gets posted.

Stacking The Shelves #11

Saturday, July 02, 2016

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I was looking forward to this book for many weeks, and since a few days I have it here in my hands – and can´t wait to read it. And I Darken has a cover I saw on another blog I am friends with and fell right in love with it.
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