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My Most Anticipated Books of 2019! 🎇💙

Another year is about to end which – in the language of bookworms – means that a new reading year with some amazing and desperately anticipated releases is fast approaching. This post might be out a bit early but… I am just so excited!! Just as last year I made a list with books I am most excited about next year (and if you want to see all of them you can click here). From my list of last year I unfortunately, only got to read 3/5 of the books I was writing about. Obviously, that did not work out that well but this post also has the purpose of motivating me even more than I already am to not only talk about these books but actually pick them up. I don’t know what makes me so confident this time about it but we can try, right…?

For this blog post I picked these promising 5 books including sequels that should be in my hands right now instead of their covers showing up on my social media feed over and over again. So, let’s get started!


1.) Enchantée by Gita Trelease

91gg3k713hLrelease date: February 5th 2019
genre: historical fiction, young-adult, fantasy
click here to find out more about this book!

So, as some of you may know I absolutely adore good historical fiction books and I wouldn’t know about this book if I had not seen one of Stephanie Garber’s (author of the Caraval series)  instagram post in where she raved about it. When I finally got to look it up on Goodreads I saw some really nice ARC reviews about it. A book about the French Revolution, “la magie” and being at the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette while mixing my two favorite genres historical fiction AND fantasy?! Well, I haven’t read Les Misérables nor seen the movie yet but I desperately want to get there. Now, I am very excited for this book and hope that I can soon add it to my favorites. And, if you already like this perfectly matching cover (it fits so well!!) then you should definitely take a look at the ones for the paperback copies as well! Already trying to choose between those two. 

2.) Finale by Stephanie Garber

Download.jpgrelease date: May 30th 2019
genre: fantasy, young-adult
click here to find out more about this book!

I already mentioned Stephanie Garber so, obviously I also have to mention the third and final book of her Caraval series which I am anticipating ever since I finished Legendary this year. Caraval is one of my all time favorite books and I re-read it this year when I was waiting for the sequel to come out. I don’t know what exactly to expect from this one though: Am I gonna love it or be disappointed? Is it Tella’s or Scarlet’s POV this time and what about LeGeNd?! This being the final book makes me kinda sad because I am such a big fan of the author’s world-building and writing style but I am sure there is more to come.

3.) The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Download (1)release date: January 15th 2019
genre: fantasy, young-adult
click here to find out more about this book!

Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

If you are not already convinced by this beautiful cover I should tell you that people compare this and especially the characters to the “Six of Crows- squad”. Not that I have read SOC myself I am gonna get the Collector’s edition for Xmas, Yeay! but that’s what people usually like to hear.  I am very excited for this because 1) I have not read anything by Roshani Chokshi before but I have only heard great things about her writing style, 2) it’s set in 1889, Paris and I have nothing against books with such interesting settings and 3) this is gonna be a whole series… I think? I don’t know how many books exactly this series is going to get but my guess is a trilogy. Btw I just realized that this is already the second book set in Paris and I just introduced 3/5 books. 

4.) Romanov by Nadine Brandes

51t3wv2M0cLrelease date: May 7th 2019
genre: historical fiction, fantasy, ya, retellings
click here to find out more about this book!

I got to know Nadine Brandes from her amazing bookstagram account where she posted pictures of her other ya historical fiction novel Fawkes. I do really want to read that as well. And, when I found out about her writing a book based on the very real story of Anastasia Romanowa I instantly opened a tab to goodreads and added it to my want-to-read list. As someone who is not only really into history but also loved and still loves the animated movie Anastasia from Fox I am particularly looking forward to this one which tells a version of Anastasia being alive and having to rescue her family. There is this spell and  a mission and hunting and ofc ya romance but if you want to know more about it just follow the goodreads link.

5.) Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

release date: : September 26th 2019
genre: historical fiction, young-adult, mystery
click here to find out more about this book!

So, the moment I am writing this blog post this book does not have a cover yet but what I can tell you is that its is either gonna make me anxious, excited, very happy, or feel relieved. Let’s be honest: It’s gonna be ALL the feels. Capturing the Devil is going to be the fourth and very unfortunately final book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. If you know me you probably know that this extremely entertaining mystery series belongs to my all time favs and its characters hold a special place on my list of not only likeable but loveable, smart, charming and sassy fictional beings. I have written reviews for all of the previous three books in the series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, Hunting Prince Dracula and Escaping from Houdini.  And, if you can’t get enough wit from a particular character then I highly recommend reading this. I am probably even going to re-read the books in anticipation of the upcoming one. That’s how excited I am. Kerri Maniscalco posting hints and snippets on her instagram does not make me very patient but it’s nice to know at least a bit on how SJTR4 is doing.


 

These were My Top 5 most anticipated books of 2019. 😊 Moving on to the honorable mentions: If you want to see the whole list take a look on my goodreads shelf of anticipated releases.

What are YOUR most anticipated books of 2019? Are any of these books on your lists? Which sequels are you most excited about and why?? Let me know!

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Alles so leicht von Meg Haston ☁️

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(Wondering where the English review is? You can find it here.)

Die 17-jährige Stevie leidet an der Essstörung Anoxerie und wird deswegen von ihrem Vater gegen ihren Willen in ein Therapiezentrum mitten im Nirgendwo geschickt. Dort angekommen muss sie sich vielen Hindernissen stellen, um ihren Plan in die Tat umzusetzen, denn immer wieder versuchen ihre Therapeutin und eine Mitbewohnerin sie davon abzubringen. Was sie aber nicht wissen ist, dass Stevie fest entschlossen ist ihr Ziel zu erreichen. Bald jährt sich nämlich der Tag an dem ihr Bruder starb und sich alles veränderte…

Wer jetzt glaubt, dass das Buch nicht dem eigenen Geschmack entspricht und deshalb dabei ist das Interesse zu verlieren; Ich kann versichern, dass im Prinzip jeder etwas mit diesem Buch anfangen kann auch wenn man mit dem eigentlichen Thema des Buches nichts am Hut hat, denn aus Stevies Geschichte kann man einige Lehren ziehen.

Neben Stevie spielt Anna, ihre persönliche Therapeutin, eine bedeutende Rolle in der Geschichte, obwohl Stevie diese in ihren Gedanken nur als “SK” bezeichnet, was eine Abkürzung für Seelenklempnerin sein soll. Anfangs fällt es Anna schwer sich mit ihr zu unterhalten, denn die Patientin denkt erst gar nicht an eine Zusammenarbeit mit ihrer Therapeutin. Schrittweise gewinnt Anna jedoch Stevies Vertrauen und bringt sie sogar dazu sich vollkommen zu öffnen. Das ist es was mein Interesse geweckt hatte: Wird Stevie sich Anna anvertrauen? Wie geht Anna als Therapeutin mit Stevie um und wie vielleicht als Freundin?

Für mich waren diese Beziehungen zwischen den Charakteren und die Art und Weise wie sie miteinander zurechtkommen interessanter, als die einzelnen Persönlichkeiten. Ich bewundere die Autorin wirklich dafür wie glaubwürdig und real ihre Charaktere wirken. Im Nachwort erklärt Meg Haston dann schließlich, dass alle Charaktere fiktiv sind, also ihrer Fantasie entspringen. Ihre eigenen Erfahrungen spielten bei deren Entwicklung jedoch eine große Rolle.

Der Schreibstil hat mir gut gefallen, denn das Buch war einfach und angenehm gelesen. Die Autorin macht es sich zu Nutze, dass die Geschichte aus Stevies Sicht geschrieben ist und spielt mit dem Leser. So kam auch die ein oder andere Überraschung oder Wende in der Handlung zu stande und man fühlt sich in Stevies Kopf gefangen, vermutlich in der Weise wie sie selbst in ihrem eigenen Körper gefangen zu sein scheint.

Vom Titel des Buches sollte man sich jedoch nicht in die Irre führen lassen, denn die schwierigen Themen, die hierbei angesprochen werden, sind alles andere als “leicht” und reichen über das der Essstörung hinaus. Ich denke, dass es deswegen nicht unbedingt für jede/n und für jede Altersgruppe geeignet ist. Genau aus diesem Grund dachte auch ich, dass “Alles so leicht” nichts für mich ist, da ich bisher noch nie mit diesen Themen in Berührung gekommen bin, aber ich war neugierig und dieses Buch hat mich davon überzeugt, dass man eben auch Charaktere und Geschichten mit denen man sich nicht direkt identifizieren kann eine Chance geben sollte.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Vielen lieben Dank an Anne vom Verlag Carlsen für dieses Rezensionsexemplar!

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I met Victoria Aveyard at the Frankfurt Book Fair aka my first ever Author Signing!! 🤗

I had never been to any author events, meet and greets, signings nor readings before. I had never said hello to an author. Never stood in a way-too-long signing line talking with a friend while carrying books around. Not to mention all these conventions like Bookexpo or Bookcon I have never been to because I am living on the other side of this huge amount of water.

BUT 

After having missed Jennifer L. Armentrout at the Book Fair last year when I had recently finished reading Obsidian I knew that this year I wanted to meet an author of books I binge-read and characters I loved no matter what. So, when Victoria Aveyard (author of the Red Queen series) announced that she is going to come to Germany for the Book Fair I immediately made plans.

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Although I am not the biggest dystopian fan as some of you may know I really liked reading the first three books in this series; Red Queen, Glass Sword and King’s Cage. The final book is the only one I haven’t read yet and that is mainly because I am scared of how it will end, who will be on the throne and Maven’s future. But I know that I’ll read it! I am just too curious about this conclusion.

I went with a friend whom I had recommended Red Queen and together we had to wait in line at 9pm for a ticket so that we could be part of the later, actual signing from 2-3.30pm. 150 tickets were available and when we finally saw the line for this we were about to lose our hope. The line was longer than I had thought it would be but we were extremely lucky to be one of the last people to get a ticket! After some joyful leaps and time of checking out parts of the Book Fair we finally went to the actual signing line which was even longer than the one in the morning. We waited a bit more than an hour in the pretty hot October sun which I think is pretty good for a signing…? to get to the signing box where Victoria Aveyard was diligently signing, chatting, taking pictures and smiling.

And, THEN IT WAS MY TURN:

As I said, I had never met an author of books I love before but I knew that I wanted to tell her how much 1) I aprreciate that she has come to this event and Germany in particular, 2) that I enjoyed reading her books very much and 3) that Maven is my favorite. Guess what. Only the first thing happend! The rest was totally spontaneous!

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Everything went fast but we did get to talk a little.

I annotated Red Queen when re-reading it this year and she really liked it and asked if the different colors have different functions and what they mean. I told her about them being for quotes I liked, plot twists, important scenes, romance… I wore a t-shirt with a triceratops that day and V. Aveyard seemed to like it. That’s how I found a fellow Jurassic Park fan!

I also have a picture with me, my friend and the author on it which I am really happy about but unfortunately, I look a bit awkward on it. 🙈 Definitely something I have to work on!


All in all, our arrival was a bit hectic but it was totally worth the experience!! Now, I want to do it again for any of my favorite authors and books. I definitely won’t forget meeting Victoria Aveyard especially because she was so kind to everyone and really did the most and best of the short time we had chatting. Thank you! The event was obviously my personal highlight on the Frankfurt Book Fair and my paperback copies now have so much emotional value to me that I’ll treasure them forever. 💗

And, a big thank you to the German publisher Carlsen and to all people who were involved in Frankfurt! Everything was so well organized and the actual wait in line was not as long as I have heard from other signings and events. I loved it!

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Houdini, The Moonlight Carnival and Murders. 🛳️🃏🌙 | a spoiler-free review.

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Firstly, I want to say that I was more than excited to read Escaping from Houdini after having read the first two books in the series earlier this year. This series and especially because of its characters Audrey Rose and Thomas became one of my all time favourites so quickly so, it should not be a big suprise to tell you that the third book was an anticipated release for me and I was waiting and waiting to get my hands on it until I finally got to pick up my paperback edition at the bookstore. Unfortunately, I was not able to get the beautiful tarot cards designed by Phantomrin as a pre-order gift since I am not living in the US but you should definitely take a look at Kerri Maniscalco’s Instagram account if you want to see how they look like! It’s too bad I don’t have them. They would have been nice to display next to my copies.

There’s also a Double Review I have here on my blog for the first two books in the series if you want to check that out and assure yourself that I have been waiting these couple of months for only this sequel to come out : Double Review: SJTR and HPD by Kerri Maniscalco 💉🖤 and definitely read about this hilarious idea Kerri Maniscalco had on Twitter if you missed it!


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The Sypnosis:

After having solved the murder cases of Jack the Ripper and Prince Dracula, forensic student Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation Thomas Cresswell are on their way to America while being on board the RMS Etruria, a passenger ship with a mysterious magical performance show called the Moonlight Carnival. But what seems like a dream-like show at first evolves into a terrible nightmare and it appears as if death has been following the two apprentices because young women begin missing and horrifying murders happen on board. So, it is up to both Audrey Rose and Thomas  to solve the case, find out who the murderer is and stop the slayings before more passengers become victims without having reached their destination. The RMS Etruria becomes a prison with no chance to escape and nowhere to flee…


“So, I inquire you once more. which will you lose before the week is through? Your heart? Your head? Perhaps,” he drawled, face cast in shadows as the chandeliers dimmed slowly before winking out, “you will lose your life, your very soul, to this magical traveling show.”

After having walked through the streets of Victorian London and attending a forensic class in Romania, this time the setting of the book is a passenger ship en route to America. To be more precise the setting includes the first class deck, its promenade, several cabins and of course the main deck with the enchanting carnival show every evening. While I did REALLY enjoy this new setting with the sea always close by and the performance show, it is the foggy streets of London and the paths of the castle in the first two books I prefer reading about. However, deciding which of the three settings I really liked more was difficult to say and I believe that I am not the only one having struggled with the thought.

The performances of the Moonlight Carnival are amazing!! I am sure everyone who likes circus-themed books will enjoy this books same goes to fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval series. There are also A LOT OF NEW CHARACTERS introduced. Most of them are members of the carnival, each having their own magical ability. Fire-breather, Fortune-teller, Trapeze artists. Just to name a few talents. I would have liked to get to know them a bit better but since the Moonlight Carnival was such a big troupe with many backstories (most of them tragic and sad) I think that the author already did a very good job. Without going into any spoilers, Houdini is introduced as well as the King of Cuffs and it was really enjoyable to read about this character who is not “just fictional”. Kerri’s author note at the end of the book was really interesting to read as well since it’s giving more information and I caught myself doing some research about Houdini as well.

“Truth is often compared to a blade,” I said. “‘I question those who marvel when it pricks.”

Audrey Rose Wadsworth– Talking about characters, it was such a pleasure to read everything from Audrey Rose’s POV again. I have been liking her since the very first time she is introduced in Stalking Jack the Ripper and I only can repeat myself with saying that she is such a brave, smart and extremely likeable main character. Probably one of my favourite female characters ever. However, there was something about her behaviour in this book that made me question EVERYTHING and I was not that fond of it. She was insecure and had many doubts at times but I think that is totally fine!

“Removing intestines before luncheon is all right, but clowns are where your limits ends?’ he asked. “You never cease to amaze me, Wadsworth. What if I dressed up like one and knocked at your door later? Do you think you’d faint into my ruffle-sleeved arms? Reviving you might be worth the makeup and silly costume.'”

✷ Thomas Cresswell – I think that with every book he does get sassier and sassier but maybe that’s just a feeling. In Escaping from Houdini you really got to see how he went through his character development. He’s definitely not the arrogant student we know from the first book but developed into a kind and understanding partner when it comes to solving crime. Thomas did an excellent job of letting Audrey Rose choose her own path and freedom. It was too bad he didn’t get all the “screen time” but  it was something different to the series and it wasn’t as bad as I got told by various of people on Goodreads.

“I politely disagree, Miss Wadsworth. There are many ways to assist people. Laughter and distraction are sometimes things people need in conjuction with medical diagnoses and treatments.”

Mephistopheles – also called “Mephisto” or “the Devil” is the ringmaster and boss of the performance crew. (It’s obviously not his real name.) He is a new character introduced in this third book of the series and the first things that you’ll notice are that 1) he’s self-regarding, 2) obsessed with the big show and his outfits and 3) incredibly dramatic. And, in my opinion he’s also the reason why Audrey Rose does a lot of things she normally would have never done. It’s the ringmaster who firstly created a love triangle in this series (I think we all agree that Blackburn does not count). I was about to feel really anxious when I found out about the love triangle but I see that it was necessary in a way for both Audrey Rose and Thomas to understand their feelings for each other. And, to be honest, I didn’t mind this love triangle though I am a big Cressworth fan. You won’t get disappointed

Fun fact:  The name “Mephistopheles” fits very well since there are also some midnight bargains going on. It’s well thought-out indeed.

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✧ SJTR, HPD or EFH? Which one was better and why? 

To be honest, SJTR and HPD I prefer but don’t get me wrong! EFH was an equally fast paced and enjoyable read. But there were a few aspects in the first two books in the series that were just better to me. The setting for example. Or how the cases were solved and explained at the end. Likewise, EFH had great elements to it such as the acts, Mrs Harvey correcting Thomas and offering her traveling tonic (I love that chaperone!!) and more of Audrey Rose, her uncle and Thomas inspecting the incidents.

Without any spoilers (!!), please but was it obvious who the murderer/murderess was?

While I think that it was pretty obvious and predictable who the murderers in SJTR and HPD are, I believe that it won’t be that easy for you this time. I had many assumptions and struggled at time so, it was not suprising to me that the reveal of who had done all these murders was a bit of a shock…? Of course this may differ from person to person. Maybe you’re a better detective than I am. Probably.

Rating? Is EFH a new all time favorite?

SJTR and HPD were 5-star reads for me. My rating system only includes those books to “all time favorites” that have a 5-star rating. Considering all this, I am going to put EFH into a 4-star, maybe even a 4.5-star rating (though I usually try to not give 1/2 stars) because I enjoyed the first two books a bit more.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Expectations for the fourth and (unfortunately) final book in the series?

I know that I have just finished reading the third book but I am already looking forward to the release of SJTR4 because I have still so many questions about EFH. There are some things that remained unsolved and I am dying to know what these things are really about. On the other hand from what I have understood, the book coming out next year is the final one for this series?! That makes me extremely sad. Who would have thought this series could come to end?  I could read a ton of books about Audrey Rose and Thomas and I probably still wouldn’t be tired of their wit and sarcasm. And, I am sure I wouldn’t be the only one. There has to be some bonus content/novellas!!!

I have no ideas for the title or the person it could include in it. Equally, I have no assumptions where the story could be set. America? England, again? A new country? France would be funny, I believe! The cover is not out yet as well but I think that Kerri has something good for the ending planned, at least I hope so!

 

“Magic is science. It’s simply a fancier term for showing people the impossible is attainable.”

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

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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?


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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!!

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So, 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.

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So, 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.”

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  • 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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