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I finally read PRIDE AND PREJUDICE! 🌾 // (๑•̀ㅂ•́)و✧ and how I managed it…

Pride and Prejudice – one of the most popular classics out there, a well loved book and most famous work of Jane Austen. Where should I even begin?

I think I should tell you firstly that this is NOT a book I had to read for school or any classes. I read it because I wanted to know what it is about, what makes it such a popular classic and because one of my 2018 reading goals was to start reading classics and annotating them! I first wanted to add this goal into my reading challenge after watching some of Lucy’s  (@lucythereader) Youtube videos about reading classics and where to start. And then I found this British lit recommendation video from Sanne (@booksandquills) and I was all about adding some interesting classics into my want to read list. I highly recommend watching their videos if you need motivation or just a little push to get out of your comfort zone.

It took me HALF A YEAR TO FINISH this book!! Although it only had 300+ pages which is the amount of pages the books I read usually have. I needed some time to get into the story and the language(!!). And there were so many characters to remember of whom a lot played a minor role but still, I wanted to have an overview about it. Once this was all done I really enjoyed reading Jane Austen’s novel and had a lot of fun annotating my favourite scenes and quotes.


If you don’t know what Pride and Prejudice is about here’s a super short summary;

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” 

Set in the 1800s, the Bennet’s are a family of five daughters who comfortably live in the fictional town of Merton. There is one problem the Bennet’s have to face though; They have no son and therefore no heir who can inherit the house. Mrs Bennet, the mother of the five daughters is ridiculously obsessed with marrying her daughters off so she is more than excited when it is announced that a wealthy and unmarried Mr Bingley is moving to their neighborhood. And so the story continues with Jane the oldest of the daughters falling in love with this Mr Bingley, Elizabeth- the witty protagonist and father’s favourite being prejudiced, a proud but somehow not so proud Mr Darcy and A LOT of family drama and misunderstandings.


“Your defect is a propensity to hate everybody.”

“And yours,” he replied with a smile, “is willfully to misunderstand them.”

What made this story interesting for me wasn’t the setting nor Mrs Bennet’s annoying gossip but the two main characters Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy. I thought that especially Elizabeth as the protagonist of the novel was such a headstrong, witty, clever and likeable character. Therefore she really stands out as different compared to the other females in the book. But what I liked the most about her was that she realized her mistakes she made because of her hasty judgements though it made her feel so awkward and embarrassed.

The story was a bit slow and not always easy to follow. The estates were all the same to me and it wasn’t always easy to imagine them but that was not a big deal at all. I liked how you learn so much about society of the 19th century. Austen also addresses gender roles, marriage for love (which wasn’t the case in that time period but Austen seems to believe in it. She shows this perfectly through her characters and their relationships.) and family relations.

“For what do we live but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?”

giphyWhen I was in the middle of the book I couldn’t wait any longer to watch the 2005 movie version of this book. It helped me a lot to get through the rest of the book and I loved the scenery of the movie very much. I believe that it is a fun adaption and definitely worth to watch!

Now, after having finished Pride and Prejudice I can totally see myself picking up another one of Jane Austen’s novels in the future. Maybe Emma or Sense and Sensibility? This book taught me that reading classics does not always has to do anything with school and of course picking one up outside from any classes is a lot more fun. You can take your time with it and even though it may take A LOT OF TIME to finally finish it, it may be worth your time and a new reading experience especially if you usually read ya all the time like me.  (´๑•_•๑)

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”


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Mister Thomas Cresswell took over Kerri Maniscalco’s Twitter Account?! 📱🎩 | Another sort of Q&A

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if one of your favorite fictional characters used a social media platform to interact with readers of their book?

Well, I had not before Kerri Maniscalco, the author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, announced on her Instagram account that Mr Cresswell is going to answer questions on her Twitter Account. And as you may have already guessed I was suprised and excited by that amazing idea since I am such a big fan of both the book series and Audrey Rose’s partner in crime Thomas Cresswell.

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Picture Credit: This amazing fanart of Thomas is from Phantomrin. Definitely check out other bookish fanarts illustrated by Phantomrin. I love them all!

So, NO, I wasn’t able to ask Thomas a single question but many other readers did!! I spent some time going through the comments and read Cresswell’s hilarious and sassy answers. It was so entertaining and lead to a few attacks of fangirling.

The questions varied from trying to find out more about Thomas’s and Audrey Rose’s relationship to asking about his fashion tastes and other personal stuff. You won’t get disappointed from reading his answers because they are exactly what you imagine him to say.

Here are some of my favourite questions and answers from the authors #MTMC18 event starring the extremly charming Mr Thomas Cresswell 👏🏼:


Twitter must be pretty weird for someone from the 19th century. I wonder if Kerri Maniscalco helped him typing. 🤔🤭

Agh! He already confessed it, right but I am still not over it since confessing feelings in ya is something that comes at the end of the story and usually is not that obvious. And people don’t brag about it like Thomas does.

And this is why I love Thomas so much. He is supporting Audrey Rose so much even if she doesn’t always know it.

Is this a sign?! Because that either means 1) we will not be able to read about it aka never or 2) SJTR4?! 🧐

Audrey Rose wouldn’t comment on that, I guess. Or roll her eyes.

I think it can’t get any sassier.

Now I wanna know who this “Andreas” is…

Thank you Thomas for making me want EFH more than I already do. As if I am not 101% excited already. Tsk.

I want this so bad! Though I really love the POV of Audrey Rose and the current writing style reading of the story things told from Thomas’s perspective would be just as interesting.

And last but not least a quote I would definitely want on a t-shirt. This is epic:

And that’s it for now! Thomas also answered a bunch of other questions but these ones were the ones I was most excited about. If you want to read more feel free to visit the authors Twitter account: THERE’S MORE! Maybe Audrey Rose is taking over Twitter next time…? For now, I can’t wait until meeting these wonderful characters again and finally finding out what the Carnival is about. I am positive that Thomas’s confidence has grown extremely after the chat but this is already impossible right?


Allgemein · Book Tags · Other

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2018!

Hello everyone! Since it’s already June I decided to answer these 15 questions of this Book Tag created by Read Like Wildfire and Earl Grey Books. I think that it is a good way of reflecting how My Reading Year has been so far and what has to be done until the year is over so, let’s get started!

1. Best book you have read so far

33784373I have already read many amazing books this year but the one that stands out to me the most is definitely Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco!! Suprisingly, this one was my VERY FIRST READ of this year which makes me even more happier. There isn’t anything better than starting the new year with a 5 star read.

2. Best sequel you have read so far

A_Court_of_Mist_and_Fury_-_CoverNow, I could tell you how amazing the book mentioned before is but I’ll pick up another one to not repeat myself; A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas! While thinking that the first book in this series is a bit overrated Acomaf really deserves the hype. There’s a new setting and new characters I really enjoyed reading about. Winter by Marissa Meyer was also an equally amazing read I gave a rating of 4 stars+ .

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – I have heard mixed things about this but I want to try it out for myself and see who this cruel prince is.

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody – Emma from Emmmabooks has raved about this so much and the whole concept of this story just sounds exactly what I would want to read

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard – The final book of the Red Queen series is out and I have not read it yet!! I want to know what happens to Mare, Cal and especially Maven. I am already imagining the worst. Help.

4. Most anticipated book for the second half of 201830375937

If there’s one book I want in my hands right now, then it’s this one. I miss Audrey Rose and Thomas so much that I am already considering  a re-read for both of the first books in September. I am so excited for Escaping from Houdini, I know I am gonna love it and I can’t wait to see how they are going to solve this case and how their relationship is going to develop. This series is one one of my all time favourites and thinking about the last book coming out next year makes me emo. (。•́︿•̀。)

5. Biggest Disappointment

Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. As someone who really likes everything that has to do with Wonder Woman I was really disappointed by this book. It was a weaker 4 star read for me and I expected a lot more from it. Here’s the spoiler free-review.

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6. Biggest Suprise

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir!! I am so glad that I picked this one up after seeing it at my local library. I had heard about the book before but had not been sure about whether this was something for me or not but it turned out that all the worries were for nothing. I tend to not enjoy books with dystopian elements to them but this one’s different!  Elias and Laia are part of my all time favourite bookish couples and the story was so interesting and well thought out that I finished reading it in a few days.

7. Favourite new author

Probably Sabaa Tahir! I am following her on Instagram and I feel like she really does like roleplaying…

8. Newest fictional Crush

So technically the first on the list isn’t really new since I read the first book last year but I am gonna mention him anyway; It’s Mister Thomas Cresswell, the sassy male main character and forensic student of the SJTR books. The second is Elias Veturius- one I have also already mentioned before.

9. Newest favourite character

Stevie Bell from Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. Stevie is a student at Ellingham School who is determined to solve a case from the 1960’s nobody else could. And although this seems impossible and dangerous she keeps looking for evidence and makes her way step by step through Ellingham Academy where murder happens again. Also RHYSAND’S INNER CIRCLE:

10. Book that made you happy 

Wolkenschloss by Kerstin Gier is a book I read recently and really enjoyed. It’s so funny, fast-paced and follows a female trainee called Fanny who works at a luxurious in the mountains of Switzerland. There she has to deal with an about 9 year old boy who can be as devious as the devil himself, a British hotel thief who first meets her when opening a wardrobe and many other things. It’s a cute standalone perfect for the winter season!

11. Book that made you cry

None yet! (๑•̀ㅂ•́)و✧

12. Favourite movie adapion

P-swingI am still reading Pride and Prejudice at the moment and when I was in the middle of the book I watched the 2005 movie adaption with Keira Knightley which I did very much enjoy but the romance is shown very differently than in Austen’s original work. It makes you want to read the book! The scenery was so beautiful and it is definitely a nice interpretation of the classic.

13. Favourite review you’ve written so far

I really like the following review of which I wrote a couple of weeks ago : Why the phrase ‚time is money‘ is 100% true in the world of Everless ⏳

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far

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I am in love with this cover!! The gold and silver motives fit perfectly to the black background. It’s too bad the book couldn’t convince me 100%.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I don’t have a specific list of books I NEED to finish but I already have plans for re-reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Gryffindor Edition) and The Night Circus in Winter. Maybe I should try and read the books from 3. as well…


I am happy that I was finally able to do a Book Tag again! Especially this Tag is really good if you want to see how far you’ve already come with your Reading Challenge and books you actually planned on reading this year. I am tagging AlexHelena and CristinaBelle and Ally. I would like to see your answers to these questions but I also tag all of you guys who want to do the Tag! See ya-

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Allgemein · Book Reviews

Is Legendary as legendary as Legend? 🍏🌠🖤

“Tella wondered if Legend’s games ever ended, or if his world was an endless maze of fantasy and reality that left those caught inside it forever suspended somewhere in between the two.”

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Welcome, welcome to my review of Legendary by Stephanie Garber!

This book is the sequel to Caraval which was one of my favourite reads of last year. I remember giving Caraval five stars because this ya-fantasy really bewitched me with its magical story and beautiful writing style. And, yes, I would really like to meet Stephanie Garber in person one day because I believe that she is such a nice and positive person always eager to interact with readers on her social media platforms. I waited a year to have this book in my hands and I was so excited when finally starting it that I literally told everyone about it. It was totally worth it and I will have to go through the wait again if I wanna read the third (and final?) book which comes out in 2019!

Want to know more about Caraval? Here’s my full spoiler free review!: Welcome, welcome to ‚Caraval‘ by Stephanie Garber! 🌹🌟🎩

What is Legendary about? (SPOILER FREE)

As Legendary is the sequel, it follows all the characters of the first book traveling to the city of Valenda where the second Caraval (a usually once in a year magic performance, a bit like a fair but SO different) is taking place. Unlike the first book this one’s story is told from the POV of Tella Dragna; Scarlett’s sister. While Tella may seem like an innocent girl she actually is pretty reckless, careless, independent and bound to a bargain she has to fulfil if she wants to rescue herself, her sister and Caraval itself.

Why Legendary was not a 5 star read for me 

  • Tella was the main character in this book and to be honest I didn’t like the idea at first because she was pictured as a very rashly person but it turned out differently. I liked Tella though I think that she’s a very typical ya heroine. She already knows a lot about Caraval, she takes the risks and she really seems fearless the whole time which makes her a really badass female main character. And though Tella and Scarlett are sisters they have really different ways of dealing with this magical but very real performance. So there are many aspects I liked better in this book. There was more action and more curiosity but I missed the deals at Caraval Scarlett had to unwillingly do and the ‘planned’ things. Of course Tella didn’t embark on a lot of things Scarlett would have done. Tella already knows how deceitful Caraval can be unlike her sister who couldn’t help herself from doing what Legend wanted from her.
  • Another thing I want to mention is the world building in this one which was on the one hand a really interesting aspect because it shows how the world outside of Caraval is working but it is Caraval itself what I am here for. I think that the whole magic was more like a background story in Legendary and I hope that this is changing in the Finale. I want more potions to buy in a bottle in exchange for a secret or the last lie you told someone changing rooms and dresses.
  • What led me to the decision of giving this book 4 stars instead of 5 is the fact that WE KNOW TOO MUCH. While I didn’t know what the heck was going on in Caraval this sequel was predictable at times and the mystery was gone (more about this in the spoiler section). I missed the atmosphere of not knowing a thing and I think that is because of Tella’s POV since she is more experienced with the tricks of this magic performance.
  • The Romance was… okay…? Because of Julian and Scarlett playing minor roles in Legendary there was another romance developing and I am not sure if I am a fan of it. And there is a love triangle. Just in case you’re wondering. I don’t know why and I don’t know what to think of it but I do know that we are going to come back to it next year.

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“Every good story needs a villain.

But the best villains are the ones you secretly like.”

 

As I already mentioned I was more than excited about reading Legendary because as the title is already revealing this book gives us more information about Caraval’s master mind Legend who is said to be ‘nowhere and everywhere’. I have to agree with that statement because while reading Caraval everyone had their own theories and assumptions about this character. It was impossible not to imagine Legend with a black top hat in mind and I was more than suprised when it was revealed that he actually doesn’t wear one and well, that he has a couple of tattoos and that WE ALREADY KNOW HIM!!

emma-watson-gifSo, Dante is Legend and Legend is Dante. Thinking about it now it was pretty obvious… I mean there were so many hints given but it just wasn’t predictable and I am still shocked because I would have never thought about it being true. It was an option of course and even our main character Tella considered it but she also was sceptical thinking things like: But why would  Legend spend his precious time during Caraval with me? He surely has better things to do during this time! And that was my point not believing in Dante being Legend. I was almost entirely sure that we haven’t even met the real Legend yet!! I didn’t believe the reveal. I thought it was an act until I read the very last sentence of the book. So, even I as a reader don’t know what’s real and what’s not anymore. I am still not over it. But what a plot twist Stephanie! Well played. 👏🏼 Though I don’t know what to think about that. It changes my whole view on Caraval because I have to accept that every single time Dante appeared in Caraval as well as in Legendary it was Legend himself. Oh my goodness.

Now after having revealed the mystery of Legend’s identity I can never read about Dante the same way before which means I am gonna read Caraval a third time and Legendary a second time at one time or another. This makes re-reading even more fun!

So we know that Legend is Elantine’s true heir. And since Elantine was an empress that would make Legend a prince or even an emperor after her death!! or something, right? And when Legend is a royal Julian is too since they are brothers which means our lovely sisters Scarlett and Tella fell in love with the royal family. WAHHHH. Scarlett loves the reckless sailor and Tella loves the hero of her sister’s childhood. This is so well thought-out. ʸ(ᴖ́◡ु⚈᷉)♡⃛ But can we please have interactions between Julian and Legend?? I am dying for this and I wanna see some bromance please. Same goes for Scarlett and Tella.

But why the hell did Scarlett have a problem with Julian?! I am glad that they are a couple again but I missed them a lot and I want switching POV’s of all the characters please.

Let’s talk about the Fates an the Deck of Destiny which were in my opinion fantastical elements to this story!! But who would have thought about Paloma being a criminal and inside a paper prison?? I am really excited for the reunion of the mother and their daughters.

The moment Jacks appeared at the ball and the Prince of Hearts role was already mentioned in the story I knew that the rude boy from the sky carriage was Elantine’s murderous heir. What I didn’t know was that he was the Prince of Hearts and it was even more confusing that he eats apples in all kinds of colours! What I thinks about Tella being his one true love?? That should have been a bigger part of the story! I somehow wanna see that in the final book.

tumblr_mjh4uxNAkb1s14h9co1_500So, what about Scarlett’s REAL fiancée? I bet that we are going to meet him in the final book. Is he going to be someone we already know? I don’t think so since we already had that but I don’t see why Scarlett is so interested in finding out who he is. I mean, it’s over. She has Julian. Why not stick to him? I don’t buy this “I-wanna-have-a-choice-between-men” stuff because I think she has already found her perfect match. What is it then? Wanting Julian to be jelaous? I don’t know, guys but maybe we’ll find out next year.


 

My rating for this book: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

I feel like there was more magic and beautiful writing in Caraval while Legendary was more about making choices and taking risks. I know that the majority of people enjoyed Legendary more than Caraval but I like it the other way around. This was a wonderful read for sure but there were a few things missing for me I wish to see in the next book again. I really adore this whole series and can’t wait for the next and final book of it.

 

“Not everyone gets a true ending. There are two types of endings because most people give up at the part of the story where things are the worst, where the situation feels hopeless. But that’s when hope is needed most. only those who persevere can find their true ending.”

 

 

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Allgemein · Book Reviews · Fall

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert 💛

hello fellow readers! Today I am going to present you one of My most anticipated books of 2018!🎆😊 and a book I have been really excited about since I heard about it. I was told that The Hazel Wood is going to be some creepy Alice in Wonderland retelling but I can tell you that a) it is messier, crazier and more confusing than that while b) the main character really is named Alice!! But don’t worry, if you are still all for that you are gonna like this ya fantasy as much as I did. I also read that there is going to be a sequel to this book? I don’t know how to feel about that. I think that it could have made a really good standalone. And, btw Stephanie Garber blurbed this so…here’s the review:


sypnosis:

We follow the story of Alice, a seventeen-year-old, easy to madden girl who has lived her entire life with her mother Ella driving from one highway to another, fleeing from the bad luck they always seem to have. Alice’s grandmother is Althea Proserpine, the author of dark fairy tales who lives on her estate: the Hazel Wood. When Ella gets kidnapped from people who claim to be from the Hinterland, the world of Althea’s fairy tales, Alice is determined to do everything to get her back even if it means going to the Hazel Wood. Along with her classmate Ellery Finch she sets off to find out what happened to her mother and the bad luck of herself.


“And while they’re being told, stories create the energy that makes this world go. They keep our stars in place. They make our grass grow.”

I would like to divide the story into three different parts before saying anything abou the plot because there is part 1.) which is the first third of the book and focuses more or less on the relationship between Alice and her mother, giving a bit of background info etc and ther was part 2.) which was (my favourite) about Alice and Ellery Finch getting into some real crazy but fascinating fairy tale business where creepy things happen and you don’t know if you are living in some kind of fantasy book or not. The last part (part 3.) is the so called ‘creepy Alice in Wonderland retelling’ part but to be honest it was just so confusing and distracting to me. I didn’t really know what happened and ended up thinking a lot about the story development and who the Briar King is because I obviously forget or didn’t get that. 。(*^▽^*)ゞ The first part was good, okay, not that catchy to me but the second part which was all about Ellery and Alice THAT was the part I expected Tumblr_inline_nit2awRqYD1qgl6qfthe whole book to be!! But unfortunately that wasn’t it. I am a bit disappointed now because I really looked forward to it, but well. This part was thrilling and full of nonsense but still so good and entertaining. I loved it and it was exactly what I hoped for. But as I said it wasn’t all as I imagined it to be but let’s summarize that Ellery Finch was an amazing character who should have had more screen time and credit because just look of one of his wisdoms;

“When in doubt, the answer is always Death. With a capital D.”

Coming back to the third ‘Alice in Wonderland’ part I have to say that this disappointed me the most which is of course not the authors fault because I have been tricked by people but if there are not characters that represent the Mad Hatter, the Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat please do not call a book an Alice in Wonderland retelling. Thanks. Talking about characters, I think that these were the elements lacking. I couldn’t click to them. Not to Alice but also not to Ella. Ellery Finch was the only one I really enjoyed reading about and I wished he would have been present for the last third of the book.

The plot twist were kinda predictable but I really liked the idea of them as well as the world building. I would have liked more explanations though and I am still not getting a lot of things and I have question but maybe next time?

However, I loved the fairy tales!! They were dark, creepy and gave me chills because they weren’t about justice and things. No, they were all about revenge, anger and jealousy. I wish there would have been a collection of the fairy tales at the back of the tumblr_oaeqcxw1tJ1r6wsp9o1_500book or something because I remember them being 13 in total but only 2 or 3 were fully told in the book. I want more from those! And the mystery of Althea was great too! I enjoyed not knowing anything about her at the beginning and at the end because although I finished this book I feel like there wasn’t much written in there about Alice’s legendary grandmother. I adored the atmosphere in this one. It’s the one I look for in books and luckily find from time to time. It’s comparable to the one’s in Everless and Caraval. (*’∀’人)♥

The writing style was very likeable and there were so many beautiful passages/quotes I liked but here are only a few of them. Have we already talked about the stunning cover?? It’s probably one of the most beautiful ones I’ve ever seen (I know I say that a lot but it’s true).  ⭐⭐⭐⭐ // 4 fairy tale-like stars

 

“Life was a big thing to live without a map.”

Book Reviews · Fall · Seasonal Recommendations

Why the phrase ‘time is money’ is 100% true in the world of Everless ⏳

We all know that time is precious (especially when you’re a reader) but have you ever imagined a world where you really have to pay with the time of your lifespan? Reducing or Increasing your lifetime immensely? Without any mercy? Well, I haven’t neither but that’s exactly what happens in the world of Everless, Sara Holland’s fantasy debut novel which came out on January 2nd and one of My most anticipated books of 2018!🎆😊

I was so excited to start this ya fantasy since I have read many great things about it from other readers, including Wing-yee whom I highly trust(!). And, Stephanie Garber blurbed it and I couldn’t resist! sorrynotsorry

So, in this blog post I will try to convince you to add this gorgeous book on your wishlist within 6 reasons. But before that, here’s what Everless is about;


the sypnosis:

In the kingdom of Sempera time is currency, meaning that whenever you have to pay for something time is drained out of your blood and bound to iron. The powerful family of the Gerlings are very powerful and take the time of the poor. Jules Ember, a 17-year old servant girl, had to flee from Everless with her father a long time ago and swore herself to never come back. But when she discovers that her father is dying Jules has no other choice than to leave the town and go back to her childhood place to work and earn some money.

Jules quickly realizes that Everless is not the place of her childhood anymore and that dark secrets, danger and lies are the order of the day. What she didn’t know was the role she is about to play…


“I know better than to be afraid of stories.”

  • tired of all those usual female ya main characters? let me introduce you to miss jules ember!

Jules Ember is the teenage main character we follow around and everything is told from her POV. She is very different from many female ya characters and that is what I absolutely loved about this book! Jules is smart, brave and calm at the same time. Instead of rushing and deciding to do silly things, she considers her opportunities and thinks it out carefully. A likeable main character is really important to me and I am sure that Jules won’t disappoint you as well!

  • it’s beautifully written!

Sara Holland has a really elegant and kind of observing writing style. This book had so many good passages and is not does not spend time with describing places to much so you can imagine the rest yourself and be creative. It would have been even better with a few more dialogues between the characters as that is what I missed a bit. 🌇💛

  • the unique concept

I have never seen anything with this concept before and I was intrigued by it before I even opened the book. Besides, I really liked the world building and setting of it. The idea of using your lifetime with paying is amazing and though I was confused at time (especially in the beginning) it is explained step by step within the story and through different persons. I just want more!

  • you’re an expert at predicting plot twists and turns? it won’t be that easy this time!

This story had so many twists and turns I didn’t predict and would have never thought possible, so I was completely shocked sometimes and closed the book just to take a moment and recover myself from it because Sara Holland knows how to do it. And they won’t be revealed until the end. You will have to be patient and read fast if you want to reveal all those secrets and lies of Everless!

  • the Gerling brothers!!

“Cruel. Elegant. Just like the Gerlings.”

tumblr_n6mhbmcPBk1tptr8ro1_500Want to know more about the characters? Well, while we have some other side characters in this book, the Gerling family is the richest and well-known for living at Everless, including the two brothers Roan and Liam. Suprisingly, the brothers are very different from each other; while Roan is an actuall cinnamon roll, always smiling and happy, Liam is the more reserved one, spending a lot of time in the library. It’s all up to you to pick your favourite! (Mine is Liam though I had struggles with deciding at first but-). I was a bit looking for more romance but it didn’t really hit my expectations. Maybe Evermore will…?

  • magical atmosphere guaranteed

I adored the mysterious, dark and magical atmosphere of Everless and it reminded me of the one of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge 🐻. If you are fan of those books I can highly recommend reading Everless. You can describe Everless as A Skinful of Shadows with the time concept instead of the ghosts one and an older main character. You may also enjoy it if you are a fan of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.


Could I convince you to read Everless or have you already read it? What are your thoughts?


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Book Review: Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo💥👊🏼

hey everyone! Today I will be reviewing Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, the first book in the DC Icons ‘series’, and one of my most anticipated books of last year. So, yes, I actually planned to read it in August 2017 which is the date it was released but other books got in my way and here we are. For all of the seasonal readers out there: This is the perfect summer read because it is full of adventure, road trips and danger. 🏛💉💪🏼


The Sypnosis:

Princess Diana wants to prove herself as a true Amazon and when the opportunity finally comes, she takes the risk and saves a mortal girl. But Alia Keralis turns out to be no ordinary girl. She is a descendant of Helen of Troy and is destined to bring an age of war. She is a warbringer who has to be stopped before chaos begins to start. Together, Diana and Alia have to face a set of different enemies and if they fail both of their worlds won’t stay as they have been.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

First of all, you have to know that I had high expectations for this one because a) this was my first Leigh Bardugo book!! (believe it or not) b) Wonder Woman is one of my favourite of all superheroes and c) the hype was real.

So, I needed almost three months to finish this book. How is this even possible?! To be honest, I did push this book back and forth, not knowing if I should continue reading or try again later because the beginning of this was so slow to me! The first 200 pages were a real struggle because I somehow couldn’t click to the plot. But that was entirely forgotten when I got to the last third of the book because that part was WILD.

The cast of characters was probably the most diverse one I have ever seen. There are Alia and Jason, the African American siblings, Nim, an Indian girl and Alia’s best friend and also the smartphone obsessed Theo (from, was it, Brazil?). And, next to all those there’s also Diana, the princess Amazon. I LOVED the interactions between these characters, especially the friendship between Diana, Nim and Alia. I enjoyed reading about the bond between Diana and Alia because although they were totally different characters I felt like they had to struggle with the same problems.

So, yes this is a superhero story but this book has so many elements from Greek myths, as it takes an important role in the story. There is everything from mythical creatures to the appearance of goddesses.

And don’t forget the road trips and action packed fights!

Despite all that, I was a bit disappointed. I expected this book to be so much different. In my opinion, the focus of this book is clearly set on Alia, the warbringer and not on Diana, who is btw never mentioned to be Wonder Woman which is understandable since it’s her first journey in the mortal world.

Nonetheless, I can highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to take a break from long series or just wants to read a good superhero story. I can imagine this to be a good summer read as it is full of adventure, road trips fun scenes and fast paced! 🌞

“Sister in battle,” murmured Diana, 
“I am shield and blade to you.”
“And friend.”
“And always your friend.”

The second book in this series Batman: Knightwalker 🦇 by Marie Lu is already out and on my tbr list. I can’t tell now if I would enjoy that book more only looking at the superhero (cause Batman is cool too) but what I like about this series is that it is written by different authors. I am especially excited what Sarah J Maas is going to do with Catwoman


Do you like superhero stories?  If so, who is your favourite superhero/superheroine and why?


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How the first three months of the year have been 🌼 A Reading Update!

hi everyone, today’s blog post is about my recent and current reads (aka how the past 2 months have been). So, you could actually see this as a wrap up + current reads. And I also have some exciting news for all European fans of thd Lunar Chronicles!

January was such a good month for me because I read a total of 5 books! And yes, that’s a pretty good number for me because I usually read 2-3 books a month.

I feel like January was not only a good reading month for me but also for many others which is a great thing because what’s better than starting a new year with a high amount of read books? That’s right, nothing. 😊💙

These are the books I read in January. I added a mini sypnosis to each of them as well as a rating and a link to a review on my blog or on Goodreads;


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Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Being the sequel to ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ this book follows both Audrey Rose and Thomas investigating a new thrilling case.🍷🦇🖤 My first book of the year was a total success, guys! // 5/5 stars

Selection IV: The Heir by Kiera Cass

After reading the Selection series last year I picked this up from the library although I didn’t plan on reading it. It’s about Eadlyn- the daughter of America & Maxon- trying to deal with the responsibility of a princess. // 2/5 stars

Dreamin’ Sun Vol. 01 by Ichigo Takano

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The author of the manga series ‘Orange’ released this new and fun series about the student Shimana, a renter who casually wears a kimono and a house share different than we’re used to. // 4/5 stars

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

I don’t think I have to summarize this book since it’s so hyped and loved by so many people. The book addresses ocd and anxiety and it’s full of Star Wars references. 🐢 // 3.5/5 stars

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This is the first book by Rainbow Rowell I read and I am so sad that I didn’t read it earlier. Eleanor attends a new high school when she first meets Park. From there on, this contemporary novel focuses on family, tolerance and a first teen love. // 4/5 stars


Although I only read 2 books in February I am very satisfied with the result because a) they are both hyped books that I emjoyed very much b) they are huge (500+ pages) and c) they are part of a series that I started last year. // point c) is part of my reading resolutions so, it seems like i do care

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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This series is everywhere. Everyone is talking about it and yes, I do feel like the last person on earth reading it but better late than never, right? Anyways, I don’t know if I should say anything about the plot because I don’t want to spoil anyone but this is the second book of the Acotar series, following the events in the world of Fae. It’s mainly set at the Night Court (Can I visit this place, please?) 🌕🖤 and introduces a couple of amazing characters. // 4.5/5 stars

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Winter by Marissa Meyer

I read the first three books of the Lunar Chronicles series last year and really liked them but this book was on a whole other level. 🍎 This one’s a retelling of Snow White, told from different Pov’s and super intense. I am so sad that this series came to an end because it’s definitely one of my favourites. How am I supposed to say goodbye to all these lovely characters?! ‘Stars Above‘ wait for me. // 5/5 stars

😱 Have you heard that MARISSA MEYER IS COMING TO EUROPE?!?! She said that in a caption of her instagram post, saying that she’ll visit MUNICH, BOLOGNA AND AMSTERDAM. And there will be signings and meetings. I would love to go but don’t know if I’ll able to. 🙃


And now we are moving on to the month of March and the books I am currently reading!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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This year is the year I wanted to start reading classics and because Pride and Prejudice was the most popular one I had interest in reading I started with this one. I am on page 100 so far and really enjoying it! I also did watch the movie with Keira Knightley a week ago and liked it a lot. The scenery of the movie was amazing and I am more than motivated to finish this book now. This also the first book I am tabbing properly and underlining phrases!

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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I remember when this book came out and everyone read the book. Now it’s my turn, half a year after its releases. I am never on time with reading hyped book. I doubt this will ever change. I am going to write a review for this book as soon as I have finished it but I can already say that I love the mythology, girl power and superhero stuff in it!


That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this post and as always feel free to tell me your thoughts about the books mentioned. What are you currently reading? And what do you plan on reading next? I would love to know! 🙋🌼


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Mystery Blogger Award Tag 🔍

mysterybloggerhello everyone! // I was nominated by the wonderful Belle (@mybookcastle) to do the Mystery Blogger Award Tag. Thank you for tagging me! ✨ Definitely make sure to check out her blog! The creator of this tag is Okoto.

 


Put the award logo/image on your blog.
List the rules.
Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
Share a link to your best post(s).


1.) Before buying a book or watching a movie at the cinema I do a lot of research about it (without spoiling!). I guess I do so because I wanna know if it’s actually worth it watching the movie or reading the book. When I am more than 80% sure that I am going to like the book or movie I will watch/read it.

2.) I don’t consider myself short but when being around other people I feel very short. Seems like everyone is pretty tall these days??

3.) I am a cat lover but unfortunately, do not have any pets. That’s destiny, right? 🐱


1. What’s the next book you’ll be reading?

I am not sure yet but when I finally manage to finish Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo and Pride and Prejudice I’ll have to decide between Everless by Sara Holland and The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. Both are January releases I have been really excited for. They are even on my list of most-anticipated releases of 2018!

2. What book character would you be if a given a choice?

Ugh. I don’t know!! This is so hard to answer! I would like to be a character with supernatural powers and I also have interest in being a witch. So why not being a character of the Harry Potter universe? Maybe Luna Lovegood?

3. A book that has been on your to-buy list forever?

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh! I want to read (+own) this book ever since I have found out about it but somehow I didn’t buy it. I have to change that this year and I think that it would make a good summer-read. ☀️ The book was released in 2015, I believe, and has amazing reviews.

4. Which song would best describe your favourite book?

I don’t have ‘a’ favourite book but a couple of all time favourite books and I think that the songs of Halsey at least her songs from her Badlands album would fit to them in some way.

5. Who would be your worst enemy in the books you have read?

Strangely enough, there aren’t a lot enemies I can think of at the moment. So, I’ll go with Maven from the Red Queen series. What I like about him is that although he’s (a bit) obsessed, Maven is a really tough to beat because he has a lot of allies and is prescient. I wouldn’t like to have him as an enemy but I can’t deny that he’s my fav in the series. 💙


1. The book you see most frequently on your GoodReads dashboard at the moment?

2. A setting you would like to see more often in books?

3. If you could join a squad from a book, which would it be and why?

4. A fictional world you would NOT like to live in?

5. The most strategic/intelligent antagonist you know?


  1. Double Review: SJTR and HPD by Kerri Maniscalco 💉🖤
  2. The Rapid Fire Book Tag! 🔥
  3. A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge 🐻

I am so glad that my review of Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula belongs to them. ♡


I am going to nominate the following lovely bloggers:

Eliana (High Lady’s Library); Alex (Comets and Comments) & Ella (Corrupt Pages)

I had so much fan doing this tag and I hope you enjoyed it as well.

Thank you for reading

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The Rapid Fire Book Tag! 🔥

hello everyone and welcome to my blog! // When I was scrolling through my blog a few days ago I found out that I had never done a Book Tag on here before. Never. How is this even possible? In order to change that I want to answer a few questions through the Rapid Fire Book Tag. This tag was originally created by GirlReading. Let’s get started; 🙋🏻


E-book or Physical Copy?

Physical Copies all the way! I am not a fan of e-books because I don’t like reading on electronical devices though I get that they are convenient. Being able to hold the book and switch the pages is somehow a very important aspect for me.

Paperback or Hardback?

Unfortunately, hardbacks tend to have a better cover than paperbacks and they are steady which means it is not easy to damage them. However, paperbacks are light, easy to transport and space-saving. I don’t think there is anything wrong with a floppy paperback.

Online or In-Store Shopping?

I do both Online and In-Store Shopping but I have to admit that I prefer Online Shopping a lot more. You can find books way cheaper than at the book store and yes, I can be pretty lazy. Almost every time I want to buy a book in English I have to order it in the first hand and then go and pick it up when I receive an Email, which is usually after 3-7 days. But, yes, book store visits are the best.

Trilogies or Series?

Trilogies. Because I feel like there are a lot of book series which are just too long! A Trilogy has a sequel but is not never-ending. A perfect compromise.

Heroes or Villains?

My opinion about both heroes and villains changed. At the moment I tend to like villains more because I feel like they are the more interesting and unique characters. I like characters who don’t fall into stereotypes. That doesn’t mean that I don’t like heroes but it really does depend a lot on the way the author is describing the characters and their personalities, habits, flaws etc.

A book you want everyone to read?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This book belongs to my list of all-time-favourites. It is a standalone, beautifully written and about magic, a traveling circus and did I mention that it is one of the best Fantasy books I have ever read?? I have a short GoodReads review for this book which you can find here. 💜🃏 🎠🔮🌂🎪

Recommend an underrated author.

Kerstin Gier is a German author who wrote two amazing series (The Ruby Red Trilogy and The Dream a Little Dream Trilogy). I read those books a long time ago but I remember that they were so gripping and funny. I think it’s time for a re-read.

Last book you finished?

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Yes, I know that this book is almost 5 years old now but somehow I never got to read it. It is also the first book I read by author Rainbow Rowell and I enjoyed it a lot. It’s different than the usual contemporary novels I know and definitely not full of stereotypes and cliche moments. I gave it a 4-star rating.

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Last book you bought?

Everless by Sara Holland. I haven’t read this book yet because I am busy with three others but I hope to get to it as soon as possible. Everless was one of my most anticipated releases of the year so I hope that it won’t disappoint me. At least I can say that the cover doesn’t.

Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

My cinema ticket of Star Wars 8.

Used books: Yes or No?

Yes! I do not mind used books at all although I like them being new.

Top Three Favourite Genres?

Fantasy is my all time favourite genre, followed by Historical Fiction and YA.

Borrow or Buy?

I tend to only buy books if I know that I am going to like them very much/love them. As an organized person I do not like owning things that I don’t use or like which includes books. So, I sometimes borrow the book before buying it.

Character or Plot?

This is a difficult one for me because I go for a good balance of both but if I had to choose I would go with entertaining, funny and realistic characters.

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Long or Short books?

I describe a long book as one with more than 500 pages because the books I usually read have about 400 pages. It depends on the book. I sometimes read long books which could have been much shorter and short books which could have been much longer, yeah…

Name the first three books you think of.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Books that make you cry or laugh?

Laugh. I love funny dialogues between the characters of a book.

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Our World or Fictional Words?

Fictional Worlds because they are fictional(?)

Audiobooks: Yes or No?

I have never tried audiobooks so I can’t really give an answer but I don’t think that I would like them a lot (just a feeling).

Do you judge a book by its cover?

Yes, I do but it seems like I really can’t do anything about it. If a book has an amazing cover I am more likely to take it.

Book to Movie or Book to TV Adapations?

‘The book was better.’ is a sentence I often say after watching adaptions because both movies and tv adaptions tend to lack something important or the characters or just not what I imagined them to be. Book to Movie.

Series or Standalones?

Standalones. I love good standalones even if I hate it that there is no sequel to the story but duologies and trilogies are also nice.


That’s it! I know that this turned out to be a bit longer, so if you have read everything until the end; Thank you for Reading! I am tagging everyone who would like to do this Book Tag as well.

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