LONG NEEDED UPDATE

Hey Bookworms,

I know I’ve been absent for soooo long.

SO sorry about that. I promise to be more active.

I have so many reviews for you, so many books I’ve read. They will all be coming, soon. I am so glad you stayed with me. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter. You’ll get all the updates there, too. 🙂

Have a lovely night and

HAPPY READING!!!

Review “Blood Games” by Chloe Neill

Hello Bookworms,

a few days ago I finished Blood Games by Chloe Neill. This is the 10th book in the Chicagoland Vampires series.

A serial killer is stalking chicago, making his victims look like supernaturals killed them. Merit has to find the killer and stop the murdering, before someone she loves is going to be next.                                                                                                      At the same time someone is threatening Ethan and he is locking out Merit, not wanting to talk about the secrets the blackmailers seems to know.

As always I really enjoyed this book. Chloe Neill has a great style and I love Merit with her sarcasm.

This book was a little like the first books to me. We had a lot of Merit and Ethan fighting and lots of tension. But this also gave us sooo many Methan moments which I really appreciated.

Even though I really love these books, I think it was a little too much going on this time. There was the blackmailer that caused all the problems between Merit and Ethan, the murderer, problems with Darius and Ethans plans to become head of the Greenwich Presidium.

And a fact that really bothered me was that (except Jeff) there were absolutely no shapeshifters to be seen in this book. None. I like the shifters and to my mind they are a really important part of Merits life. At least one conversation with Gabriel or Bertha would have been enough, I think.

To me it would have been better to take at least one issue out of this book and put it in the next.

Overall I still loved the book and read it through in only 2 days.

Because I love you. Because love, to some, is a weakness. A pressure point. Because I would give up anything for you, including the GP. And because I don’t mean to give up either.


Recently Chloe Neill confirmed that there are going to be 13 books in this series and I have to say that I really, really hoped for more. But I am pretty sure that she will make it a very good ending and maybe someday she will write another book. We can hope at least.

Happy reading!

Anni

Review “To Nowhere” by C. E. Wilson

Hello Bookworms,

I recently finished “To Nowhere” which was sent to me by the author. This won’t of course affect my opinion on this book. I am supposed to give an honest review and that’s exactly what I am going to do.

Lyris is a normal 17-year old girl who just recently moved into a whole new town. In a coffee shop she meets a very handsome stranger that seems to be honestly interested in her. That is something she is not used to, at all. But everything about Wyatt seems to be a mystery. One second he is eager to show her something in an abandoned house, and in the next moment he makes her promise to never ever go to that place again. Driven by curiosity Lyris breaks her promise, because she has to find out what is so special about this room. Suddenly she finds herself in a world full of people ten times taller than her and humans are nothing more than pets to play with.

At first I was not sure about this book at all. I expected it to be something like Narnia, but instead of kings and queens people are worthless.

What I didn’t expect was a beautiful story about friendship that is stronger than habits, preconceptions and a humongous difference in height. This book shows perfectly that not our race or our appearance define who we are, but our actions. The guy who seems to be the good one, the protector at first turns out to be a person with a huge lack of humanity. Whereas the big monster is a very decent and caring person and a great friend.

In this book you will be thrown into a world not that much different than ours, except for the fact that everything is enormous. The story will most definitely make you rethink the relationship to your pet. It made me do it at least.

What disturbed me a little though was the hint of a romance between the two main characters. To me that was not really appropriate.

But all in all I can really recommend it to everyone, who doesn’t like the usual YA-books with their love triangles and partly transparent plots. Even though I knew some parts of the book where going to happen before, I didn’t think they would happen like they did, at the point of time they did.

The cliffhanger in the end makes me believe that this is going to be the prelude of a series, but maybe the author just wanted it to be an open end and leave it to our imagination to finish the story.

“You’re playing with the most dangerous concept of all.”

“And what’s that?”

“Hope.”

Happy reading!

Anni

Review “Crown of Midnight” by Sarah J. Maas

Hello Bookworms,

I’m finally back with another review. It took me 4 weeks to read this book, but not because it isn’t good or I didn’t like it, but because I was in quite a reading slump, then on vacation and after that TV series kept me from reading.

Well, in the end I finished the book in 5 or 6 days of actual reading.

Crown of Midnight is the second book in the Throne of Glass series and is set shortly after the first book ended.

Celaena Sardothien is now the king’s champion and has to do all the dirty work for him – mostly getting rid of people that could become a problem.

At the same time the king is getting more and more powerful and the situation in the labor camps are getting even worse. Celaena (of course) faces a lot of secrets again: where the king’s power comes from, what Nehemia is actually doing in Rifthold and her own secrets are about to be revealed as well.

Then the king gives the order to kill the leader of a group that might be plotting against him and when Celaena finds out that this man is an old friend she tries everything to buy him time and get him out of the city.

Meanwhile she learns more about the Wyrdmarks and everything that comes along with them and Elena, the ancient queen has more riddles for her to solve.

This book made me laugh, cry (a lot), love and hate. It has so many twists and turns and so much going on that it is really hard to put the book down, because you need to know what is going to happen next. A lot of secrets are being revealed and some of them are so huge that you have to take a breath before you can go on reading. Lots of things start to make sense, things you didn’t even expect to be important.

I really loved the book. I think it was even better than the first one and I am really excited to start Heir of Fire. But there are so many losses for Celaena in this book as well and I really hope that is going to change now. I didn’t like seeing her completely broken and all alone.

It was upon them all. Let them tremble in fear at what they had awoken.

Happy reading!

Anni

Review “Ruby Red”

Hey Bookworms!

I’m finally back. I have my semester break now, so I will have plenty of time to read and blog! Thank you for staying with me even though I wasn’t active.

So I finished Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier a while ago and can finally let you know how I liked the book.

The book is about a girl called Gwendolyn (original [German])/Gwyneth (translated [English]). She thinks she is just a normal 16-year old (as far as someone that age can be normal) with a family that is not quite normal and has a lot of secrets. That is because some persons in her family have a certain gene that allows time travelling. Her cousin Charlotte is supposed to be one of them and she prides herself on that. A lot.

One day Gwen starts to feel weird and sick and suddenly she finds herself in a London that seems familiar and strange at the same time: Lots of old-timer and people in clothes she only knows from history class. She travelled in time. But how is that even possible when Charlotte has the gene?

I think Kerstin Gier wrote a beautiful and very original story with this book. There is a lot of action, romance and most of all secrets and mysteries.                                                           The main character is really easy to relate to, because we all felt like her at least once in our lifetime: out-of-place, left behind, ignored and very overwhelmed. Gwen is a brave and honest girl who stands up for what she believes in.                                                                                                                                                                                            The male main character Gideon is her perfect counterpart. He is arrogant and actually even mean to Gwen in the beginning. But the more the two of them are together, the more one can see what a good man is hidden inside. Their relationship is pretty perfect. Nothing happens too fast or too slow. They are fighting and laughing and saving each other. I really like their romance.

Overall I enjoyed this book a lot. Suspense, action and romance were perfectly balanced and the characters are written amazingly. I can recommend this to each and everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re 13 or 30 years old. You will enjoy this book.

“Ready?”

“Ready when you are.”

P.S.: There is a film of this book as well. It is originally German, just like the book, but there is an English dubbed version, too.

Ruby Red movie trailer

Review “Love is Blind”

Hey my lovely bookworms!

I recently finished Love is Blind by Lynsay Sands and it is as always a good book. I’ve read so many books of the Argenau-series, but never one of the others. Until this one that is.

The story is set in the 19th century and follows Clarissa and Adrian. Both have their little problems: Clarissa is nearly blind without her glasses, but her stepmother doesn’t allow her to wear them. She is afraid that Clarissa wont get a husband like that, because it just looks ugly. Adrian has a scar on his cheek that he got in war and he is super insecure about it. He thinks everyone finds it disgusting.

They meet at a ball and like each other on the instant. But not everyone wants the two of them to be happy.

The story is really cute, but I didn’t really like Clarissa in the beginning. She seems to be so helpless which I can’t stand. I like strong characters. But her developement during the book is amazing. She is becoming a strong and independent person while she stays kind.

The only thing I didn’t like at all is that I knew who the villain was on page 50 or so. It was really obvious to me. But I wont go into any detail to not reveal too much.

The book is a nice one to get out of a reading slump and as usual I finished it in one day, like every Lynsay Sands book.

April Book Haul & Wrap Up

Hey Bookworms!

April is over and I want to share my reading-month with you.

I’m going to start with the book haul. I got five new books in April.

1. The Giver by Lois Lowry. I haven’t seen the film, but the story sounds so interesting that I just had to buy the book.

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I won this book at a giveaway and I am super excited to read it, because this is the first Jane Austen book I own and going to read. Shame on me, I know.

3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. If you follow my blog you know that I already read the book and loved it.

4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I’ve heard so many great things about this series that I had to start it. I got this book for easter and now I am in love with the series.

5. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. I finally bought the second book of the series. I liked the first one, but kind of never went on with the series. Hope that’s going to change now.

These are the 5 books I got in April and now let’s move on to what I read, which is probably more exciting.

The first book I read in April was Throne of Glass. The book is about young assassin Celaena Sardothien, who has been in a labor camp for a year and is now offered freedom by the Crown Prince Dorian. Therefor she has to take part in a competition to become the Kings champion. Strange things are happening during her time in the castle and other potential champions are being killed. Celaena has to find out who the murderer is while trying to win the competition.

I really loved this book and I am so excited to read the next books in the series. I gave it 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

The next book in April was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Anna is send to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year and hates it. She doesn’t want to leave Atlanta, because her best friend and nearly boyfriend are there. But her father is not giving her any choice and now she is in Paris, not speaking a word French. Luckily the really handsome Étienne and her new friends are helping her. Sadly Étienne has a girlfriend and Anna is falling in love with him.

This is a really sweet story about finding true love and growing because of adversities. And the best thing about this book is probably how the author captured Paris. She describes it so well and conveys the feeling of this beautiful city perfectly. I also gave this 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

The third book in the month of April was City of Alphas 2 by Jasmine White. This is the second part of a trilogy of short stories about shape shifter Alex and the human woman Tara. After helping Sebastian drive his evil brother out of NYC Sebastian is now trying to kill the two of them. The only reason being the fear that Alex is stronger than him and might try to take the leadership of New Yorks pack.

The story is actually pretty interesting, but it is not that well written and I think that a complete book of 200 or more pages would have made this a way more interesting read. Nevertheless it is an action-packed short-story with enough romance. I gave it 3,5/5 stars on Goodreads, not meaning that this book isn’t good, but that it can be improved a lot.

The last book I read in April (actually finished it in May) was Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. At 14 years old Ismae is sold to a farmer to marry him by her own father. But as soon as the farmer sees the scar on her back, the only sign of the abortion-attempt by her mother, he is disgusted, beats her up and locks her in the cellar. Luckily she is found and brought to St. Mortains, a convent serving the holy Mortain, god of death. She learns that she is one of his daughters and is tought to fight and kill people her god marked. The convent also protects the Duchess of Brittany and Ismae is send to the court to kill all the Duchess’ enemies.

It took me about 100 pages to get into the story and the characters. At first I was shocked, because the book starts when Ismae is 14 and I thought “Oh no. Please don’t let her be 14 for the rest of the book.” But just a few chapters later we are making a 3-year hop. The story is really interesting and suspenseful, but drags a bit every now and then. I love the relationship between Ismae and Duval, half-brother of the Duchess and the description of the court life. I gave it 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

That was it for April. If you’re interested in full reviews, you can find them here on my blog.

Have you read any of the books and what did you think of them? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading!