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Waiting On Wednesday #17 – Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens

Wednesday, August 31, 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 discovered Chevy Stevens kind of by accident. The cover of her book That Night caught my eye when I went through the new program of a German publisher.

Conquer Me by Geneva Lee

This is in my eyes the best part of this saga. Very intense, very dark and with so much erotic between the lines and pages – you won´t want to miss this.

Conquer Me by Geneva Lee
Royal Saga #2
Published by Westminster Press on November 11, 2014
ISBN 978-0-9964-3982-4
Pages 312 
Format Paperback
Source Publisher


Love doesn´t always conquer all, but it can conquer me. Alexander had the world at his feet and me on my knees until secrets tore us apart. I should stay away from him. I should run. But I´m addicted to him … to the pleasure and the pain. He warned me about his dark side … about his past. But I have a dark side, too. Together we´ll conquer our demons … if we don´t destroy each other first. 

My Review

Good, the German cover (I read that edition) looks way to cute and doesn´t fit at all the content of this novel, but okay, I can live with that.

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
After the first book turned out to be soooooo nice, I wanted to know how the story continues and went straight to the next one.

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
Ruby Red Trilogy #2
Published by Macmillan on October 30, 2012
ISBN 978-0-8050-9266-0
Pages 368
Format Hardcover
Source Library


Gwen´s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!) she´s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean. At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he´s very warm indeed; the next he´s freezing cold. Gwen´s not sure what´s going on there, but she´s pretty much destined to find out.

My Review

Sure, during reading I discovered that there are some differences between the book and the movie that brought me to read the trilogy in the first place. 

Deadline by Sandra Brown

Monday, August 29, 2016
With this thriller, Sandra Brown picked up a very actual topic. Not only that there are countless men and women who are suffering from battle fatigue all around the world, but the fact, that we have today people living among us, who are anything but peaceful, who are on the Most Wanted list and who seem to be totally normal to those who live around them, that has never been more prevailing than today.

Deadline* by Sandra Brown
Published by Hachette Book on September 24, 2013
ISBN 978-1-4555-0151-9
Pages 640
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher


Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he´s privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the BIG story of Dawson´s career one in which he has a vested interest. Soon, Dawson is covering the disappearance and presumed murder of former Marine Jeremy Wesson, the biological son of the pair of terrorists who remain on the FBI´s Most Wanted list. As Dawson delves into the story, he finds himself developing feelings for Wesson´s ex-wife, Amelia, and her two young sons. But when Amelia´s nanny turns up dead, the case takes a stunning new turn, with Dawson himself becoming a suspect. Haunted by his own demons, Dawson takes up the chase for the notorious outlaws … and the secret, startling truth about himself.

My Review

Sandra Brown is when it comes to her thrillers, well known – if not to say famous for -  that she uses not only a sharp intelligence within her figures but also a tone that is blunt, direct and where you can´t misunderstand things.

Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton

Sunday, August 28, 2016
At first, when I saw the commercial for Wallbanger, the first book in this series, I wasn´t very much impressed. The cover wasn´t really my thing and the text on the backside of the book sounded kind of oh-another-book-in-which-a-woman-is-looking-for-the-one-true-love. But I became curious and started reading it – and was so great entertained, that I couldn´t wait to get my hands on the other books of that series.

Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton
Cocktail Series #3
Published by Gallery Books on September 2, 2014
ISBN 978-1-4767-6672-0
Pages 256
Format Paperback
Source Library
Goodreads


By day Viv Franklin is a tough-as-nails software engineer who designs programs and loves hospital corners. By night, Vivian´s a secret romance-novel junkie who longs for a knight in shining armor, or a cowboy on a wild stallion, or a strapping firefighter to sweep her off her feet. And she gets to wear the bodice – don´t forget the bodice.
When a phone-call brings news that she´s inherited a beautiful old home in Mendocino, California from a long-forgotten aunt, she moves her entire life across the country to embark on what she sees as a great, romance-novel-worthy adventure. But romance novels always have a twist, don´t they?
There´s a cowboy, one that ignites her loins. Because Cowboy Hank is totally loin-ignition worthy. But there´s also a librarian, Clark Barrow. And he calls her Vivian. Can tweed jackets and elbow patches compete with chaps and spurs? You bet your sweet cow pie. 

My Reviews

So here we go, Screwdrivered is the third book of Alice Clayton´s famous Cocktail Series and as the other two just for fun.

Stacking The Shelves #19 - Bought, Borrowed & Bagged #3

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga´s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I am also connecting with Bought Borrowed & Bagged in homage of Barron´s Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning´s smash hit series, Fever, hosted by Braine at Talk Supe.

This week was one crazy hell of a busy and hot week. I bought some books, but not all of them will be shown in this post since some of them are still on their way to me, but anyway.

Knights Of The Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden

From time to time, it is really worth your time to discover a new author. In my case, it was Dave Rudden. With his first book, I went into a completely different way of fantasy story and got a wonderful chance to see how the Irish develop their fantasy.

Knights Of The Borrowed Dark* by Dave Rudden
Knights Of The Borrowed Dark Trilogy #1
Published by Puffin on April 7, 2016
ISBN 978-0-1413-5660-0
Pages 368
Format Paperback
Source Publisher


Denizen Hardwick doesn´t believe in magic – until he´s ambushed by a monster created from shadows and sees it destroyed by a word made of sunlight. That kind of thing can really change your perspective. Now Denizen is about to discover that there´s a world beyond the one he knows. A world of living darkness where an unseen enemy awaits.
Fortunately for humanity, between us and the shadows stand the Knights of the Borrowed Dark. Unfortunately for Denizen, he´s one of them …

My Review

Yes, I know it is said that people from Ireland and Island have a fantastic fantasy and know how to use it. 

Follow Friday #3 – Author Autographs

Friday, August 26, 2016

is a Friday meme hosted by Sonia at A Bookshelf Full Of Sunshine. Every week Sonia asks a question (or two) that you can answer. Everyone who would like to participate can do so if he has told her so by Thursday 3 pm European time the same week in a comment on her blog. The rules you can find here.




This week she wants to know if I am collecting signed books and in case I do which one I have in my shelves.

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

A father who wants revenge for his daughter. Another who wants to protect his son. A wife who wants to keep her secrets secret. And a daughter who wants to know the truth. All Is Not Forgotten is one brilliant piece of words, drama and the idyllic life of an American small town where things are sometimes all kippers and curtains.

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
Published by St. Martin´s Press on July 12, 2016
ISBN 978-1-2500-9791-0
Pages 320
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher


It begins in the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut, where everything seems picture perfect. Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles wither raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, struggles to pretend this horrific event did not touch her carefully constructed world. As Tom and Charlotte seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town – or perhaps lives among them – drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.

My Review

Good, I am not very impressed by the German cover, but I got curious about after I´ve read the back text. 

Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Of course, I had to read this book after I´ve had so much fun reading Wallbanger! And it turned out to be a pleasant read, too. Okay, not as the first book of this series was, but I felt great entertained and had my fun during reading.

Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton
Cocktail Series #2
Published by Gallery Books on June 24, 2014
ISBN 978-1-4767-6666-9
Pages 320
Format Paperback
Source Publisher
Goodreads


Playing house was never so much fun – or so confusing. With her boss on her honeymoon, Caroline´s working crazy long hours to keep the interior design company running – especially since she´s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel on Sausalito. So wither hotshot photographer boyfriend gallivanting all over the world for his job, she and Simon are heavy-duty into “absence makes the heart grow fonder” mode. Neither has any complaints about the great reunion sex, though! Then Simon decides he´s tired of so much travelling, and he´s suddenly home more. A lot more. And wanting Caroline home more, too. Though their friends´ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort their relationship out. Neither wants “out of sight, out of mind, “ but can they create their own happy mid-ground cliché?

My Review

Rusty Nailed is about Caroline and Simon again and shows how they deal with daily life, their jobs and what a relationship brings along with.

Waiting On Wednesday #16 – Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead

Wednesday, August 24, 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.







After I enjoyed the first book with growing pleasure, I have to know how this story will continue and therefore I can´t wait to get my hands on this one.

Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

The first thing I noticed was; that in the German edition the names were changed. For me it is completely incomprehensible and not at all acceptable. Quinn became a Mia, Trent got the name Jacob and Colton turned into a Noah but was still called by his nickname Colt on a few pages. So it was a bit confusing.
I will use in this review the names from the German edition, because that was, what I´ve read.

Things We Know By Heart* by Jessi Kirby
Published by Harper Teen on April 21, 2015 
ISBN 978-0-0622-9943-7
Pages 304
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher


Quinn Sullivan lost the love of her life when her boyfriend, Trent, died in an accident their junior year. In an attempt to get closure, she reached out to the recipients of his donated organs. Though some answered her letters, the one Quinn feels matters most – the person who received Trent´s heart – has been silent.
Nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas has spent the last several years in and out of hospitals waiting for a heart transplant. Now that he´s finally received a new heart, Colton is regaining strength, and he´s walking away from his bedridden past with no intention of looking back. He doesn´t want to know about the person who had to die so that he could live. He only wants to move forward.
But Quinn can´t let it go. Venturing outside the system to find Colton, Quinn takes a risk in hopes of finally laying her memories to rest. But what begins as an innocent conversation quickly becomes an attraction – and to make matters worse, Colton has no idea how they´re connected. His zest for life pulls Quinn from her months of sorrow but leaves her torn between honesty and utter betrayal. Because, not matter how hard she´s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she´s lost.

My Review

A novel full of emotions some wonderful characters and an intriguing plot. 

Narbenkind by Erik Axl Sund

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Actually I had planned on reading this trilogy in one single swoop – but after the first book The Crow Girl it became quite clear to me, that I had to put some time between each of those books.

Narbenkind* by Erik Axl Sund
Victoria Bergman Trilogy #2
Published by Goldmann on September 9, 2014
ISBN 978-3-442-48118-7
Pages 512
Format Paperback
Source Library
Goodreads


A business man gets killed. Jeanette Kihlberg investigates with the help of psychologist Sofia. But who is Sofia really?
Jeanette Kihlberg´s investigation in a murder series on small boys in Stockholm is temporarily put on hold, as a senior business man is assassinated in a bestial fashion. They think it is an act of revenge – but revenge for what? Psychologist Sofia Zetterlund is asked to create an offender profile but then further assassinations happen. And they seem to be connected with Victoria Bergman. And during the investigations lead to Denmark, Sofia suffers more frequently impaired consciousness …

My Review

After the first one I was in a very strange mood and it took me a few days to get my head clear again.

The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

Monday, August 22, 2016
Jeaniene Frost is going into another world, with her Broken Destiny series. She´s still working with creatures and brings a modern touch of the present to the story. So this time it isn´t the vampires she is working with, but a young woman who has a special skill and can´t live a normal life.

The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost 
Broken Destiny #1
Published by Harlequin on September 1, 2014
ISBN 978-0-3737-7905-5
Pages 298
Format Paperback
Source Purchased


In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.
Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse – her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who´s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn´t mean he can change his fate …  no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn´t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between …

My Review

I know Jeaniene Frost from her Night Huntress/Night Prince/Night Huntress World books and the tone there is again to find in this first part of her Broken Destiny trilogy. 

Cream Of The Crop by Alice Clayton

Sunday, August 21, 2016
I pre-ordered it the second I saw it was available and then I had to wait some weeks until its arrival. But after I had so much fun with the first book of this new series, I couldn´t wait to get my hands on it.

Cream Of The Crop by Alice Clayton
Hudson Valley #2
Published by Gallery Books on July 12, 2016
ISBN 978-1-5011-1815-9
Pages 320
Format Paperback
Source Purchased


Manhattan´s It Girl, Natalie Grayson, has it all: she´s a hot exec at a leading advertising firm, known industry-wide for her challenging and edgy campaigns. She´s got a large circle of friends, a family that loves her dearly, and her dance card is always full with handsome, eligible bachelors. What else could a modern gal-about-town wish for? The answer, of course, is … cheese. Natalie´s favorite part of the week is spending Saturday morning at the Union Square Farmer´s Market, where she indulges her love of all things triple cream. Her favorite booth also indulges her love of all things handsome. Oscar Mendoza, owner of Bailey Falls Creamery and purveyor of the finest artisanal cheeses the Hudson Valley has to offer, is tall, dark, mysterious, and a bit oblivious. Or so she thinks. But that doesn´t stop Natalie from fantasizing about the size of his, ahem, milk can. Romance is churning, passion is burning, and something incredible is rising to the top. Could it be … love?

My Review

What can I say, it was a beautiful novel in its own ways; but not as much fun as Nuts has been. 

Stacking The Shelves #18 - Bought, Borrowed & Bagged #2

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga´s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I am also connecting with Bought Borrowed & Bagged in an homage of Barron´s Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning´s smash hit series, Fever, hosted by Braine at Talk Supe.

The Longest Holiday by Paige Toon

Honestly, if I wouldn´t have gotten this novel unintentional, I would not have put it on my reading schedule. Yes, I have one.

The Longest Holiday by Paige Toon
Published by Simon & Schuster UK on April 25, 2013
ISBN 978-1-4711-1339-0
Pages 416
Format Paperback
Source Publisher


Laura has been married to the man of her dreams for seven months. But, she now discovers, a week before the wedding Matthew made a terrible mistake…
Escaping the heartache and humiliation, Laura is whisked off to Florida´s Key West by her best friend Marty. A carefree holiday full of cocktails and fun, surrounded by gorgeous, tanned men, is exactly what the doctor ordered. Distraction comes in form of sexy Cuba scuba diver Leo. As the end of the holiday approaches, Laura doesn´t want to go home. Is it time to face the music? Or is there more to Key West than a holiday romance?

My Review

When you review books and work together with a lot of publishers, you have to keep track on all the new releases and books you want to read. The publisher, who is responsible for the German edition of this one, was just sending me the book without any up-front notice for me. 

Follow Friday #2 – Using Quotes And Outstanding Quote

Friday, August 19, 2016

is a Friday meme hosted by Sonia at A Bookshelf Full Of Sunshine. Every week Sonia asks a question (or two) that you can answer. Everyone who would like to participate can do so if he has told her so by Thursday 3 pm European time the same week in a comment on her blog. The rules you can find here.



This week her question is, if I use quotes in my reviews, and if yes, if I have an outstanding one. That question is answered short and quickly: No, I don´t.

Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

A thriller I was curious to see if the very interesting back text would keep what it promised. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls is the first book I´ve read by the author.

Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls* by Lynn Weingarten
Published by Simon Pulse on July 7, 2015
ISBN 978-1-4814-1853-9
Pages 336
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher


They say Delia burned herself to death in her stepfather´s shed. They say it was suicide.
But June doesn´t believe it. June and Delia used to be closer than anything. Best friends in that way that comes before everyone else – before guys, before family. It was like being in love, but more. They had a billion secrets, tying them together like thin silk cords. But one night a year ago, everything changed. June, Delia and June´s boyfriend Ryan were just having a little fun. Their good time got out of hand. And in the cold blue light of morning, June knew only this – things would never be the same again. And now, a year later, Delia is dead. June is certain she was murdered. And she owes it to her to find out the truth … which is far more complicated than she ever could have imagined.

My Review

But to be honest, it couldn´t live up to my expectations and with reaching the second half of it and the sudden change of the authors style I can say, that I probably won´t read another book by her.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Thursday, August 18, 2016
I was so excited when I heard for the very first time that there would be another book of Cassandra Clare´s wonderful Shadowhunters´ series, that I literally couldn´t await to get my hands on it. And it was worth the waiting.

Lady Midnight* by Cassandra Clare
The Dark Artifices #1
Published by Simon & Schuster on March 8, 2016
ISBN 978-1-4424-6835-1
Pages 720
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher


It´s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses. Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn´t lead her in treacherous directions …
Making things even more complicated, Julian´s brother Mark – who was captured by the faeries five years ago – has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind – and they need the Shadowhunters´ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn´t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

My Review

Reading this book was like coming home to a family I already know. To characters that are so familiar and yet strange. 

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Can it get even more emotional and agitating than it was with the authors Slammed trilogy? Before I read Maybe Someday I would have said clearly no. But I was wrong – sooooo wrong.

Maybe Someday* by Colleen Hoover
Maybe #1
Published by Atria Books on March 18, 2014
ISBN 978-1-4767-5316-4
Pages 367
Format Paperback
Source Library


At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She´s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter´s cheating on her – and she is left trying to decide what to do next.
Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can´t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there´s something about Sydney that Ridge can´t ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one …

My Review

I don´t know how she does it, where she gets all her ideas, the characters but once again Colleen Hoover managed to write a story where feelings run high and where the plot does the rest to catch the reader.

Medusa by Thomas Thiemeyer

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Thomas Thiemeyer is a German author, who brings with his Hannah Peters series an archaeologist into incredible haunting adventures. Hannah is very passionate about her job, a bit clumsy when it comes to daily life and sees things others don´t.

Medusa* by Thomas Thiemeyer
Hannah Peters #1
Published by Knaur on November 1, 2005
ISBN 978-3-426-63230-7
Pages 363
Format Paperback
Source Purchased


A deathly stone sculpture in the middle of the Sahara. A riddle anterior than humankind. A research Unit missing in a cave labyrinth. And a woman as the only one who can interpret the cryptic text … Thomas Thiemeyer takes his  readers to one of the most mysterious places on Earth, the Aïr –Mountains of the Niger, where deep in the earth the stony eye of Medusa rests and waiting to be explored.

My Review

This is one of the series I started by accident with its fourth part. During reading I realized that there had to be others, and so I went to its first book Medusa to see how everything had begun.

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

Monday, August 15, 2016
This new thriller by the author was one, I was very eager to read. I know her from her former work and the back text was one big promise. Well, okay, the cover of the German edition isn´t that appealing and fitting as the original one, but that happens and you can´t really do something about it.

Those Girls* by Chevy Stevens
Published by St. Martin´s Press on July 7, 2015
ISBN 978-1-2500-3458-8
Pages 384
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher
Goodreads


Life has never been easy for the three Campbell sisters. Jess, Courtney, and Dani live on a remote ranch in Western Canada where they work hard and try to stay out of the way of their father´s temper. One night, a fight gets out of hand and the sisters are forced to go on the run, only to get caught in an even worse nightmare when their truck breaks down in a small town. As events spiral out of control they find themselves in a horrifying situation and are left with no choice but to change their names and create new lives.
Eighteen years late, they are still trying to forget what happened that summer. But when one of the sisters goes missing, followed closely by her niece, they are pulled back into the past. And this time there´s nowhere left to run.

My Review

Those Girls didn´t make that much of an impression on me, as That Night did, but it was very entertaining anyways.

Goodreads Book Tag

Sunday, August 14, 2016
I saw this a few days ago on Lexxie @ (un)conventional Bookviews and found it such a lovely idea that I wanted to join in.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

This is the first part of a saga and the very first book I´ve read by the author. I remember, that about two years ago, when I saw the cover of the German hardcover edition for the first time, I wasn´t impressed nor did the back text convince me to read it.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Red Rising Trilogy #1
Published by Random House on January 28, 2014
ISBN 978-0-3455-3978-6
Pages 382
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher


“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.
“I live for you,” I say sadly. Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”
Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vas cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow – and Reds like him – are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity´s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society´s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies … even if that means he has to become one of them to do so.

My Review

Since then some things have changed. Some friends were totally thrilled by it, and when I noticed that the German paperback edition is with the original cover, I had to give it a try.

Stacking The Shelves #17 - Bought, Borrowed & Bagged #1

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga´s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!





With today´s post, I will also join in Bought, Borrowed & Bagged in an homage of Barron´s Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning´s smash hit series, Fever, hosted by Braine at Talk Supe and combine those two memes from now on.

Stars Of Fortune by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is well known for her romance novels. That was, where she started and where she gained fame in the first place. Sometimes she goes under that name in the direction of the fantasy genre and that´s what she did with her new trilogy too. Stars of Fortune is the first book in her new The Guardians Trilogy and contains some characters which you usually don´t expect from the author to be part of the story.

Stars Of Fortune by Nora Roberts
The Guardians Trilogy #1
Published by Berkley on November 3, 2015
ISBN 978-0-425-28010-2
Pages 336
Format Paperback
Source Purchased


To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars: one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces.
Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist, haunted by dreams and nightmares that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where five others have been lured to seek the fire star. Sasha recognizes them, because she has drawn them: a magician, an archaeologist, a wanderer, a fighter, a loner. All on a quest. All with secrets. Sasha is the one who holds them together – the seer. And in the magician, Bran Killian, she sees a man of immense power and compassion. As Sasha struggles with her rare ability, Bran is there to support her, challenge her, and believe in her. But Sasha and Bran are just two of the six. And they all must work together as a team to find the fire star in a cradle of land beneath the sea. Over their every attempt at trust, unity, and love, a dark threat looms. And it seeks to corrupt everything that stands in its way of possessing the stars …

My Review

I can say from myself, that I love Nora Roberts´ writing style and her books very much. I have read many of them over the past 25 years. 

Follow Friday #1 - Most Beautiful Cover In My Tbr

Friday, August 12, 2016

is a Friday meme hosted by Sonia at A Bookshelf Full Of Sunshine and for me a premier.

Every week Sonia asks a question (or two) that you can answer. Everyone who would like to participate can do so if he/she has told her so by Thursday 3 pm European time the same week in a comment on her blog. The rules you can find here.


This week she asks to say something about the most beautiful cover I have in my tbr.

The Bourbon Kings by J. R. Ward

Before I read the Bourbon Kings, I only knew J. R. Ward through her Black Dagger Series, where I only read the first two books Darklover and Lover Eternal Part 1+2 – and they couldn´t convince me to keep going with this series.

The Bourbon Kings by J. R. Ward
Bourbon Kings #1
Published by NAL on July 28, 2015
ISBN 978-0-4514-7526-8
Pages 432
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased


For generations, the Bradforsd family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege – as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford façade. And never twain shall meet.
For Lizzie King, Easterly´s head gardener, crossing the divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted – and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after  two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane´s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets. As family tensions – professional and intimately private – ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.

My Review

This new saga caught my eye not only because of its warm cover colors but also of the very promising summary. 

Map Of Fates by Maggie Hall

Thursday, August 11, 2016
I am shocked! And not happy at all what Maggie Hall did to that one figure. But I fear it had to be done – the plot required something like that to happen, otherwise it wouldn´t been logic at all.

Map Of Fates by Maggie Hall
The Conspiracy Of Us #2
Published by G.P. Putnam´s Sons Books for Young Readers on March 8, 2016
ISBN 978-0-399-16651-8
Pages 320
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased


Two weeks. That´s how long it took for Avery West´s ordinary life to change forever. In two weeks, she discovered she was heiress to a powerful secret society known as the Circle, learned her mother was taken hostage by the Circle´s enemies, and fell for a boy she´s not allowed to love – just as she found out another was her unwelcome destiny.
Now Avery crosses oceans in private jets to hunt for clues that will uncover the truth about the Circle, setting her mom and herself free before it´s too late. By her side are both boys: Jack – steady, loyal, and determined to help her even at the expense of his own duty – and Stellan, whose connection to Avery grows stronger by the day despite her best intentions, making her question what she believes at every turn.
But at the end of a desperate hunt from the islands of Greece to the red carpet at Cannes comes a discovery that not only changes everything, but could bring the whole world to its knees. And now Avery is forced to face the truth: In the world of the Circle, no one is who they seem.

My Review

I am in love; in love with that cover. Yes, any shade of pink or rose isn´t my thing, but this one looks really beautiful. 

Waiting On Wednesday #15 – The Reader by Traci Chee

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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I first discovered this book when I was searching through the preview section of a German publisher.

Just One Year by Gayle Forman

After the first book Just One Day it was kind of certain to me, that I had to know how the story about Alysson and Willem would continue. And to see it through his eyes and discover how that year had been for him was actually a perspective I was curious to discover.

Just One Year* by Gayle Forman
Just One Day Duology #2
Published by Speak on September 30, 2014
ISBN 978-0-1424-2296-0
Pages 352
Format Paperback
Source Publisher
Goodreads


When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn´t know where in the world he is – Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day – that girl – makes Willem wonder if they aren´t fated to be together. He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question if the hand of fate is as strong as he´d thought …

My Review

No doubt, this is a beautiful novel and Gayle Forman lets her story sound very harmonic with that language smooth as silk and that hint of melancholy in it.

Stacking The Shelves #16

Saturday, August 06, 2016

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The past week was one hell of a week – at least when it comes to books.

Rogue by Julie Kagawa

How comes it, that sometimes the original cover is better than that of the German edition and sometimes it is quite the opposite? Okay, I am not really a fan of the color pink, but in the combination with the other colors the German cover looks way better than the original one.

Rogue by Julie Kagawa
Talon Saga #2
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 1, 2015
ISBN 978-0-373-21146-3
Pages 444
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher


Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can´t forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her – Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he´d signed his own death warrant. Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order´s headquarters- With assassins after them and Ember´s own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George. A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day … or start an all-out war? 

My Review

And if I would´ve had to chose that books from the looks by their original cover, I guess I would´ve missed a wonderful read. 

Waiting On Wednesday #14 – Lifeblood by Gena Showalter

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

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I haven´t had the time to read the first one of this series yet, but I guess, until the release date of this second book, I will be able to read it.

The Conspiracy Of Us by Maggie Hall

I fell in love with the cover a long time ago; and had it on my wish list for months, before I finally got it. At some point during reading I knew that I had to read the second one right after, so Map of Fates is already at home.

The Conspiracy Of Us by Maggie Hall
The Conspiracy Of Us #1
Published by G.P. Putnam´s Sons Books for Young Readers on January 13, 2015
ISBN 978-0-399-16650-1  
Pages 324
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased


Sixteen-year-old Avery West´s newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily start a war. They are part of a secret society known as the Circle of Twelve, and they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead. To unravel the mystery threatening her life, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle: beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But both boys are hiding secrets of their own, and when the clues expose stunning new information, Avery realizes the conspiracy could destroy her life – if it doesn´t destroy the world first.

My Review

This book is a wonderful way to not only travel around the world through the eyes of Maggie Hall, but also contains a haunting and very entertaining riddle that needs to be solved.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Monday, August 01, 2016
I had to watch the movie on TV to get so curious that I wanted to read the book and see how the writing style of this author was. And what can I say?

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Ruby Red Trilogy #1
Published by Macmillan on May 10, 2011
ISBN 978-0-8050-9252-3
Pages 336
Format Hardcover
Source Library
Goodreads


Gwen Sheperd´s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for travelling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwen who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!
Gwen must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon – the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwen and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

My Review

I had my fun during reading, found a lot of things I didn´t see in the movie and after I finished Ruby Red, I had to get the others as well to see how things will continue. So yes, the movie was well done, and the books are even more fun. 

Feature – Trailer Reveal – Race The Darkness by Abbie Roads

Today is the BIG Trailer Reveal of Abbie Roads first printed novel Race The Darkness – and I can´t tell how excited, thrilled and happy I am about this reveal.



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