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How to Fall in Love
How to Fall in Love
von Cecelia Ahern
Preis: EUR 17,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen How to Fall in Love - Cecelia Ahern, 5. Oktober 2014
Rezension bezieht sich auf: How to Fall in Love (Taschenbuch)
I do enjoy the writing of Cecelia Ahern and devoured quite a few of her books by now. When I heard about 'How to Fall in Love' the storyline instantly reminded me of 'Me before You' by Jojo Moyes, which kind of made me cringe and any enthusiasm to read this new novel fell over board. I passed the book in a shop time and time again, I considered purchasing it on one of my trips, but didn't....and the thought sat at the back of my mind the whole time, so when I was at the train station to get back after a few days I hoped and prayed that the shop would be open on a Sunday. It was and so my journey with 'How to Fall in Love' began. First off, the cover is simply gorgeous – stunningly cute yet deep and somehow melancholy.

The storyline itself turned out to be nothing like 'Me before You' at all. It might have the same keywords ”planned suicide - trying to save - beauty of life - falling in love” but everything around it, the whole structure built around it is just unique. I loved the story of Adam and Christine; I was caught up in their story right from the start and felt with them. They are both lovable characters with some edges, while their story tackles various issues. The way this novel deals with a sensitive topic such as depression and suicide is wonderful. Despite the respectful approach the story will not leave you feeling down and heavy-hearted yourself.
Adam and Christine develop a special bond which helps them to find themselves again while the reader explores both of their stories and backgrounds.

'How to Fall in Love' bears the hallmarks Cecelia Ahern's characteristic writing style that you could tell apart from anyone else. It's magical in its own way by turning the most mundane things into something special and bewitching.

I thoroughly can recommend 'How to Fall in Love'. It will make you jump through a variety of emotions – happiness, sadness, curiosity. It will make you laugh, cry and get you thinking about your own life.

Trial By Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy Book 1) (English Edition)
Trial By Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy Book 1) (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 5,59

5.0 von 5 Sternen Trial by Fire - Josephine Angelini, 21. September 2014
By tradition I always go to the bookshop at the airport and choose one book to accompany me on my travels. The same holds try for the train station and a long trip by train. It’s no real voyage without a new book to get me into the travel mood. So it happened that I chose ‘Trial by Fire’, written by Josephine Angelini. Nothing really appealed to me until the shimmery red letters on a white background caught my attention. The cover is gorgeous with shimmery red highlights in the picture (UK edition) and has a soft cover that you won’t want to put down for that reason already. The catch-line “Worlds collide. Magic reigns. Love burns” sums up the book perfectly and I just needed to find out more.

Despite Josephine Angelini’s successful Starcrossed-trilogy, this was my first book from her and it most certainly won’t be the last! She spins a haunting tale of love and loss. Lily Proctor just wants to get away from the world that makes her sick after an embarrassing incident at a party…and she gets her way in every way the saying “Be careful what you wish for – you just might get it” intended. She gets kidnapped into another world where she finds love in the most complicated way and a fight with herself – literally.

I once read that an author asks the “What if..” questions and doesn’t stop at the impossible. Josephine Angelini does just that in a brilliant way. What if there are really more versions of a person than just one? What if there’s more than one universe? What happens if I meet myself in another universe? All those questions open up the storyline for ‘Trial by Fire’. The characters are built in a complex, multi-layered way. You will love them from the very first second onwards. Lily’s body might be weak in her world, but her mind is not. She is determined and grows to be a real fighter who still has to resist darker urges. Rowan’s inner fight makes him love you right away, even if you can’t figure out why you do at the beginning. Let’s not forget Caleb, Juliet, Tristan and even Lilian. She might be the antagonist but somehow you can’t hate her. She’s so complex that one keeps thinking, there might be some good left in her after all. Why did she do all this out of love to Rowan? What’s her endgame?

Josephine Angelini’s writing style is inviting you to plunge into the story and you won’t regret it. It starts as an okay and interesting read but after a few pages you get more and more addicted. ‘Trial by Fire’ definitely earned the titel of a ‘can’t be put down’ book.

‘Trial by Fire’ is one of the best books I read this year and I definitely add it to the list of my favourite books. It ends on a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to see how the journey continues! If you like to dive into another world and experience a witch wind of emotions, this is the book for you! And in the end, who doesn’t need a bit of Rowan in her life? ;-)

Time Will Tell (English Edition)
Time Will Tell (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 6,94

3.0 von 5 Sternen Time Will Tell - Yemi Elegunde, 19. Mai 2014
I was looking forward to reading Time Will Tell by Yemi Elegunde, because I do like to read the occasional biography and haven't read a book about parental child abduction yet.

That said, I have to admit that it took me a while to get really involved into this book and its storyline. For once that was due to the writing style which felt more matter-of-factly to me but also because of the characters. There are happenings, decisions, actions that felt weird to me and that I couldn't comprehend at all.

In any case, unfortunately it seems hard to say anything about this novel. I just couldn't get any connection to the book or story as a reader, which leaves my mind pretty empty. It was an okay read but the feeling of being moved I was waiting for just didn't happen. It is a personal account and a true, personal story but to me it felt like watching a documentary play out in my mind.

*I was provided with a copy of Time Will Tell by Yemi Elegunde for an honest review.*

Ein unmoralisches Sonderangebot: Roman (Allgemeine Reihe. Bastei Lübbe Taschenbücher)
Ein unmoralisches Sonderangebot: Roman (Allgemeine Reihe. Bastei Lübbe Taschenbücher)
Preis: EUR 3,49

5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein unmoralisches Sonderangebot - Kerstin Gier, 19. Mai 2014
'Ein unmoralisches Sonderangebot' was an Easter present and just the right book after finishing 'Shadow of Night'. The cover is cute and already promises an easy read with a lovely story. And:

It turned out to be just what it promised. It was a nice story, perfect for a day in the park or at the beach, relaxing and plunging into the life of someone else. Olivia as the narrator was lovable and so was Oliver. Stephan was just the right character to dislike. I couldn't put the book down once I started and finished it rather fast. Kerstin Gier's writing style is easy to follow and just like the book, she writes like a summer breeze, if you know what I mean. ;) Easy to follow, funny, lovable, nice, relaxing.

The only thing that irritated me is the blurb. According to it, Oliver is called Bastian and I didn't have the impression that Fritz wanted this to show his sons how much of a soulmate their own wives are but rather the opposite.

The story might be predictable, but come on! If you go to the movies, watching a new chick flick you expect the girl to end up with the guy. You do know what will happen in the end and still it makes you happy to watch. Plus: it is the way there that counts! The same holds true for 'Ein unmoralisches Sonderangebot'. You do know what is going to happen in the end despite probably sneaking a tiny look at the last chapter - which is I have to admit, a temptation I can hardly resist - anyway but still you are glued to this book and the whole journey makes you feel happy.

I definitely recommend 'Ein unmoralisches Sonderangebot'. Get the book, grab your bag and spend a nice and relaxing day in the sun at a park bench! Who knows, maybe your Oliver will come along! ;-)

A Shade of Vampire (New & Lengthened 2015 Edition) (English Edition)
A Shade of Vampire (New & Lengthened 2015 Edition) (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 0,00

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Shade of Vampire - Bella Forrest, 19. Mai 2014
I was intrigued by the cover of A Shade of Vampire, not in particular by the motif but by the font style and the really nice red and black logo. That got me interested in the first place. They might say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but what can you say? It IS what you see first, especially with humans being visual creatures.

Back to the book though, at first the sentences seemed to be a bit long and just long-drawn-out but after a couple of pages that changed and it was a pleasant read. Reading the POV from both Sofia and Derek worked really well and made me feel like I could connect better with the characters. Sofia is a pretty straight-forward character but the complexity of Derek gets you to like him right away. His inner struggle made him believable and added depth to him. However, Ben is a different topic. The best friend Sofia thought she is in love with. At the beginning of the book that worked, right until the point he showed up at The Shade. There was something utterly dislikable about him. The way he treated Sofia and the kind of effect he had on her simply bugged me. Her reactions suddenly made her feelings seem unreal and like there's no depth in them. The ending made up for that nevertheless.
The storyline itself was quite unique and different from other YA vampire stories around. The idea of The Shade itself was brilliant and transported your mind into a different world.

Overall it was a great read I throroughly enjoyed and finished in just a couple of hours reading time.

* I was provided with an ebook copy of A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest for an honest review. *

If I Should Die (Die for Me)
If I Should Die (Die for Me)
Preis: EUR 6,65

5.0 von 5 Sternen If I Should Die - Amy Plum, 19. Mai 2014
Rezension bezieht sich auf: If I Should Die (Die for Me) (Kindle Edition)
With the last book ending on a cliffhanger I was truly excited to read how the story of Vincent and Kate will continue. I even pre-ordered the book, although I seldomly do so and then the unspeakable happened. The post sent back my package without delivering it. So after waiting for months to know what's going to happen, I had to order the book a second time. You can't imagine how thrilled I was once I held the third book of the Die for me trilogy in my hands. :)

The book itself was wonderful. A beautiful cover once again; it's simply gorgeous. Kudos to the artist! Amy Plum has a way with words that makes it easy to follow along and read the whole book in one session.
I did enjoy the storyline. However, I have to say that the moment they announced that Vincent is not the champion, it was obvious that Kate's going to turn out to be the Victor. There was nothing surprising in it, as it was the obvious choice for the plot choice. The only question in my mind was: How will Amy Plum pull it off??? And she did it brilliantly. All story pieces fitted together perfectly.

The feelings between Vincent and Kate were deep and it was nice to follow their relationship develop. Unfortunately I felt that Jules' feelings were a bit left out. They never were on the center stage, obviously, but it didn't seem believable - or let's say, the depth of his feelings wasn't palpable. So if you're looking for more of that, I definitely recommend Die For Her.

Apart from those minor things, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read! Amy Plum's revenant trilogy carries you off into another world! You might even catch yourself dreaming about those characters! I wasn't a big Paris fan before, but it is the perfect place for the Die for me series. The city and the author's descriptions of it add a mythical and almost melancholic touch to the story. I even found myself longing to be walking along the Seine or reading in a little French café. So beware when reading If I should die, you might end up buying a plane ticket to Paris in the very near future! ;)

Darkness Falls (Immortal Beloved)
Darkness Falls (Immortal Beloved)
von Cate Tiernan
Preis: EUR 9,21

4.0 von 5 Sternen Darkness Falls - Cate Tiernan, 19. Mai 2014
Darkness Falls is the first book by Cate Tiernan that I read, so I skipped the first book in the trilogy and started right with the second book... not on purpose of course. ;-) I came across Darkness Falls at the bookstore and the gorgeous cover just screamed, 'Take me with you!' and who could say no to such a charming plea? I for sure couldn't.

In any case I didn't have any problems getting right into the book even though I didn't know Nastasya or what happened during Immortal Beloved. All in all it could be a stand-alone book as well. It's easy to settle into the story and the ending ties up all loose ends nicely. It is most definitely an easy read with lovely and likable characters. One can fall in love with them straight away. The humour of the book is hilarious and makes you want to read on and on.

Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan doesn't read like a book. It feels like you're dropped into Nastasya's mind and are taking one amazing rollercoaster ride.

The Girl You Left Behind
The Girl You Left Behind
Preis: EUR 6,99

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3.0 von 5 Sternen The Girl You Left Behind - Jojo Moyes, 19. Mai 2014
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Girl You Left Behind (Kindle Edition)
I was looking forward to reading 'The Girl You Left Behind', as the blurb sounded really promising and I was not disappointed in any major way. The story of Sophie Lefevre was compelling and it ultimately put you in her shoes. It was gripping from the first page onwards. Jojo Moyes created a character that is both believable and complex, being put in a difficult position and having to make a decision, Sophie surprises you more than once.

The thing that really bugged me were the mistakes in the German language, which is not Jojo Moyes' fault but the publisher's. Things like 'der Krankenhaus', 'Sie können nicht berühren die Frauen', 'Wie heist?' and 'Diese Tur. Obergeschosse. Grune Tur auf der rechten Seite.' among others simply shouldn't happen. It takes away credibility. I'm not talking about typos but major errors. It made me think that the Google Translate results would probably have a better outcome.

However, the first part of the book was brilliant. Once 'The Girl You Left Behind' moved on to the second part, namely Liv's story, the novel lost its edge a bit. The switch from a narration in the first person to narration in the third person wasn't quite homogenous. It was harder to empathize with Liv than with Sophie. After a while you got into it though and it became easier.
The writing style was flowing and good to follow. However especially at the beginning of Liv's story there were a couple of pages and paragraphs featuring relatively short and clipped sentences that made me resent reading on a little.

Another thing I want to mention is the fact that there was only praise for 'Me Before You' on the cover. Okay, that would probably still be understandable as it is THE bestseller of Jojo Moyes. However, 8 pages of praise for 'Me Before You' inside the book right at the beginning? Are you kidding me? Am I going to read 'Me Before You' or 'The Girl You Left Behind'?! There is not a word or one statement of appraisal for the book you hold in your hands in it. That put me off quite a bit. Again not Jojo Moyes' fault but the publisher's.

All in all it was a nice read! The Epilogue solved all open questions and added a nice end to the tragic story of Sophie Lefevre. For me it was the first book I read that addresses a painting as more than just a painting. The people behind it and the story connected to it. The quote that got stuck in my mind is 'Sometimes the history of a painting is not just about a painting. It's also the history of a family, with all its secrets and transgressions.' I hope that there will be some people who, after reading this book, will see paintings in a different light and maybe wonder who the human being in an ancient painting was and how her or his life might have looked like.

Challenging Zed
Challenging Zed
Preis: EUR 0,00

4.0 von 5 Sternen Challenging Zed - Joss Stirling, 19. Mai 2014
Verifizierter Kauf(Was ist das?)
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Challenging Zed (Kindle Edition)
I got a copy of Challenging Zed right after finishing Finding Sky, as my mind was still so occupied with the two main characters. For me that's always a sign of a really good book or series. That also means I had really high hopes for this feature and they were not disappointed. I admit, Challenging Zed is written in an easy way and rather unconventional. It transmitted the feeling of reading the story a friend wrote and for an add-on like this, that was perfect.

Challenging Zed gives you a more in-depth look into Zed's character and his thoughts. The novella has the perfect length. If it would be any longer, there'd be a risk of repeating the same story all over again but like this it keeps you wanting more.

A really nice read that you can finish in a short amount of time!

Glimpse (Zellie Wells Book 1) (English Edition)
Glimpse (Zellie Wells Book 1) (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 0,99

2.0 von 5 Sternen Glimpse - Stacey Wallace Benefiel, 19. Mai 2014
Verifizierter Kauf(Was ist das?)
I came across Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel in the Kindle Store and thought I might give it a try. The plot sounded promising and the cover got me interested.

The story itself turned out to be interesting and I liked the idea behind it. Unfortunately the execution is less appealing. In fact while reading this novel it was the first time that I actually thought I might just be too old for the YA genre which is an awful thought. The characters seem flat and one-dimensional. One kiss and you are a couple, one kiss and you are so deeply in love. From 0 to 100 percent in ten seconds. I couldn't feel any depth in the story, characters or feelings. Plus, the diction made me cringe rather often.

However, the storyline itself has a lot of potential which unfortunately wasn't uncovered.

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