Sunday, September 13, 2015

Review: Run Away Charlotte by H. M. Shander

My rating: 1/5 stars
Original language: English
Series: -
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Abuse
Published: December 2014 by Createspace
Pages: 324 (Paperback)
Source: Received from author

Links: Goodreads 

Summary (from Goodreads)
Trusting and depending on others has never suited nineteen-year-old Charlotte Cooper, who believes she’s unworthy of a happily ever after. She’s fiercely loyal to one - her BFF Joe. Afterall, Joe’s the only one who knows everything about Charlotte and he’s sworn to protect her heart, and her deep dark secrets. 

Until Andrew Wagner walks into her life. 

Despite his attempts to court Charlotte, she pushes him away, believing he can’t handle her past shadows. After a horrible accident, she slowly learns to trust and depend on him. As she shares her darkest secrets, he falls in love with her. Several incidents thrust the young lovers together, and Charlotte falls hard, giving her whole being to Andrew. While trying to be everything he can for Charlotte, he struggles to find the balance between family, school, love and commitment.

However, their different definitions of love and what it means to love unconditionally come to a head after Andrew spends a summer abroad and Charlotte crosses a line. His reaction sends a devastated Charlotte into the arms of Jack, an older man who can successfully balance what Andrew failed to do. He puts Charlotte first, treating her like a princess while capitalizing on her vulnerability. He gives her everything her heart desires… except Andrew.

When it comes to matters of the heart and mind, which direction do you follow? Love or Logic?

My Thoughts


I’m not a writer myself, but a lot of people told me that if I ever wanted to write a book I should try to stay away from adjectives as much as possible. Most of these people were writers, so to be honest I remembered that sentence pretty fast and made it one of my golden rules. You know, in case I ever write something myself.

Therefore, when I started reading “Run Away Charlotte” I was not only a bit irritated. There are adjectives everywhere. Sometimes one in a sentence and in the very next sentence there is another one and sometimes even two or three in a row. For the first time I understood why these people told me to stay away from them (although I do tend to use not only a few adjectives in an essay myself): I got bored really easily and it took me ages to even get into the book and still, after I got interested in the story the slow pace and the writing scared me off well enough to decide not to finish this at 60%. Another thing was that everything felt really far away and even though the characters’ decisions may have been realistic they did not feel realistic. They felt as if I already knew them, had already seen them a thousand times. It was the same with some of their situations and problems.

 There were too many difficulties. Maybe that’s just what I think and everyone else doesn’t see that as a problem or as weird but it’s just so much to deal with. I can’t imagine one person who has to suffer through so many things. At the same time the characters keep talking about her bad phases - so how come that during these phases where she has a bad time and is sad etc. the story is never from her point of view? It was only how the other people (mainly Andrew, who was called “Drew” all of a sudden) felt about those times. And the next scene – boom- everything was okay again and the biggest worry was whether he talked to her all the time or not.

Some of the chapters were mainly dialogue with little else and others were just descriptions and thoughts that tended to be a little random and slowed the story down. Oh and talking of the dialogues: So many times when she talked to Joe somewhere in the dialogue she either looked or thought about the green deepness of his eyes. And he’s her best friend. The funny thing was that there weren’t nearly as much descriptions of Andrew as of Joe

Although the point of view was from the third person singular it always felt like the first somehow, perhaps because of the many thoughts and feelings, but I’m not sure. And then all of a sudden the point of view would change in the middle of a dialogue without any kind of marking or switching the chapter (which obviously would have been impossible in the middle of a dialogue as well.) and that usually left me blinking at the page blankly.


All in all I do not recommend this book to anyone, even though I did notice that quite a lot of people gave it four or five stars. Sorry, but to me it was just not convincing enough to get me to give it more than one or two stars.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Mini Reviews: Ethereal by Addison Moore, Those Girls by Lauren Saft

1. Ethereal by Addison Moore, downloaded for free on Kobo.com: 1 star 

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This book just kind of bored me. Not that it didn’t have an actual plot or some action, the writing just seemed hollow to me. It didn’t make me care about the story or the characters at all and to be honest it also felt too familiar. Like it was a story I had already read a gazillion times. And I do not mean this as a compliment in the “I found THE ONE”-way, it just didn’t interest me and I felt like everything was just way too predictable.

Just another thought: The idea of moving to a lonely island, which turns out to be very “mysterious” didn’t exactly strike me as super-original as well. And how is it possible that apparently so many people move to lonely islands? If there actually were that many people they would not be lonely at all…

Anyway, I hope other people enjoyed this book more than I did.

PS: In case you didn’t already guess it: this is a DNF-review.

2. Those Girls by Lauren Saft, ARC from Netgalley: 1 star

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This book was really not what I expected, unfortunately more in a bad way. First of all the cover is nice to look at and practically screams ‘high-school gossiping’, which is very entertaining sometimes (No, Gossip Girl is still not my thing) but not in most cases and sadly this is one of most cases.

The characters just seemed too well known and even though the book was written in three view-points they seemed quite a lot like the same person: annoying and way to focused on a good reputation and on seeming cool.

And even though the writing style was very fluent to read and actually sort of nice it was not interesting enough to continue reading or to make up for the characters.

So, well, I would not recommend this book.


Wow, those were some negative reviews. But I do think I'll have some positive ones soon, so stay tuned!
And to all the regular readers of you: I sincerely apologize for going MIA for three months. I am very, very sorry. But I hope that I'll manage to get back in the game fast and write even better reviews (wish me luck!)

Friday, May 15, 2015

Review: Half Bad by Sally Green

My rating: 4/5 stars
Original language: English
Series: The Half Life Trilogy #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy (Urban Fantasy), Paranormal, Witches, Romance
Published: March 4th 2014 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Pages: 394 pages (Hardcover)
Source: Received via Netgalley

Links: Goodreads 

Summary (from Goodreads)
Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.


Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan's only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it's too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

My Thoughts

I’ve been meaning to read Half Bad for ages now but every time I was ready to buy it it was either
a) not there or
b) I was on the book buying ban (Thank God that’s over)
But then, one day, I saw Half Bad on Netgalley and decided that I was finally going to read it. I am quite happy I did. Sure, it had some flaws, the main one being the very lengthy mid of the story but other than that it was definitely pretty interesting (And I also suspect this is one of the cases where the story gets better with each book).

The reason for that is, like I said, the book being very slow at times. Actually, the only scene which actually felt like a convincing action scene was one of the last ones. But, hell: That scene was freaking great! But the rest of the story… Well, the first 150 pages or something like that were his complete backstory and the story of how he ended up in the cage. Kind of interesting, but not enough for 150 pages.

The very beginning of the book though is still in the present and there is no other way of describing it but unique. The book starts when the protagonist is already in the cage but you don’t know his name because it is all told in the second person singular. And then the backstory starts, you get to know Nathan and his family better and of course how he got into the cage.

As I already mentioned, the writing is obviously unique and really fascinating: The character somehow shines through all the words, giving you a feeling of who he is before he is properly introduced.
Just one little thing: There was one time that they spoke of Marcus, the big-bad witch, as “you-know-who”. Am I wrong or does this sound weirdly like Voldemort? Maybe it’s just one of these jokes I don’t get…

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Review: Wayward Volume One: String Theory by Jim Zub

My rating: 4/5 stars
Original language: English
Series: Wayward #1-4
Genre: Comics, Graphic Novels, Fantasy (Urban Fantasy), Paranormal, Cultural (Japan)
Published: March 25th 2015 by Image Comics
Pages: 144 pages
Source: Received via Netgalley

Links: Goodreads 

Summary (from Goodreads)
Rori Lane is trying to start a new life when she reunites with her mother in Japan, but ancient creatures lurking in the shadows of Tokyo sense something hidden deep within her, threatening everything she holds dear. Can Rori unlock the secrets of her power before it's too late?





My Thoughts

Wayward is a nice breath of fresh air in the big group of Japan-themed comics and Graphic Novels (Not even mentioning manga, but they are usually Japan-themed). The drawing was a mixture of comic and manga which suited the setting and the main character, who was half Irish perfectly.

The story starts when Rori moves to Tokyo to her mother after living with her dad alone for more than a year. She gets kind of lost but when she wants to ask someone where she has to go there is some kind of pull to follow a red line in the air and she just knows it’s the right way. (Actually it was pretty weird seeing these red lines, it reminded me of the Avatar – The Last Airbender where there was this killer-mole who could see everything with his nose and always saw Aang as a red line. What I want to say with this is that my theory was that she did not see these lines but rather smelled them, like a cat or something).

The pace is quite good –Too fast at times so it became a bit confusing and there could have been more focus on the characters in some scenes instead of the big fights. But, well I guess when the book actually is about fighting you should expect to find some.

Anyway, I am really anticipating the next book in the series because the ending was just… I can’t actually tell you anything, so you will have to read it but it was pretty incredible!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

ARC Review: From the Ashes by Shelby K. Morrison

My rating: 5/5 stars
Original language: English
Series: Legend of the Liberator #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy (High Fantasy), Magic
Published: May 3rd 2015 by Shelby K. Morrison
Pages: 274 pages (ebook)
Source: Received from author

Links: Goodreads - author website 

Summary (from Goodreads)
For eighteen years Aia Wynnald has lived a lie. Raised as a highborn in the Kingdom of Tharien, she’s filled her days with tutors and archery lessons. But simmering beneath her polite surface is a dangerous gift, one which she must keep a secret. Aia is a Bender. And in Tharien, Benders are feared and hunted.
When her unruly power breaks free with dire repercussions, Aia’s lifelong goal of independence shatters. As she scrambles to piece her life back together while evading capture, she disturbs a vengeful force intent on destroying the kingdom.
Now, with the help of an unlikely ally, Aia will decide the fate of Tharien. To rescue those she cares about will require accepting what she is. But can she risk becoming the monster she’s dreaded to save the very citizens baying for her blood?


My Thoughts

Basically this is about bending – sadly, not really like in Avatar, with the four elements etc. but umm. Different. They can bend what is around them, for example trees or even buildings.

From the Ashes is compelling from the very first page on and it does not lessen throughout the whole book, so that led to me saying “’Kay, at the beginning of chapter three I will stop reading and go to sleep. Wait: This is already the beginning of chapter seven? Noo, that can’t be. I just started the book!”

It was a bit like watching a movie: You didn’t feel like reading or actually doing something - At least, not in this world. The City was so realistic, the hate and mistrust tangible and still it was comprehensible. People had their reasons and it actually wasn’t completely their fault, since they were raised this way. It just meant that they probably weren’t brave enough to question what they were taught.

My favorite things about this book are the characters: Almost every time when I thought: “And now she’s going to do something.” She did not. And then I assumed she would do it later and she did not. She did something completely different. It surprised me every time.

And the characters all had reasons for their actions. No one did anything out of sheer spite, but rather out of loss, shock or self-protection. I think it’s very important; to teach that there is no good and bad in the world.

I love this cover! Yes, I am one of those people: I judge books by their covers. In this case I chose to read it before it even had a cover (Yeah, I’m proud.) and I must say: This cover is clearly living up to the book. Okay, maybe not clearly: The book is still a little more awesome.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Review: Etta and Otto and Russel and James by Emma Hooper

My rating: 1.5*/5 stars
Original language: English
Series: -
Genre: Adult, Historical, Contemporary
Published: January 29th 2015 by Penguin
Pages: 281 pages (paperback)
Source: Received from Blogg Dein Buch and Penguin Random House
*-Please remember that this does not equal the Goodreads or the Amazon five-star.
Links: Goodreads

Summary (from Goodreads)
'I've gone. I've never seen the water, so I've gone there. I will try to remember to come back.'

Etta's greatest unfulfilled wish, living in the rolling farmland of Saskatchewan, is to see the sea. And so, at the age of eighty-two, she gets up very early one morning, takes a rifle, some chocolate and her best boots, and begins walking the 2,000 miles to the water. 

But Etta is starting to forget things. Her husband, Otto, remembers everything, and he loves her: surely they can balance things out?

Their neighbour Russell remembers too, but differently - and he still loves Etta as much as he did more than fifty years ago, before she married Otto.

Rocking back and forth with the pull of the waves, Etta and Otto and Russell and James moves from the present of a too-quiet-for-too-long Canadian farm to a dusty past of hunger, war, passion and hope, from trying to remember to trying to forget as, from prairie to forest to mountain to sand, Etta walks


My Thoughts

I really wanted to like Etta and Otto and Russel and James - Partly because of its gorgeous cover, and of course because of the premise. I mean, an 80-year-old who travels across the country by foot, wanting to see the sea for the first time in her life just shouts ‘unique kind of adventure’. And it could have been. But to me, it was not.

It was told a bit like a fairy tale. Very slow, very calm. There is no action at all, or to put it correct: The action that is there is very well concealed and not exactly compelling. In general, I think, the writing style was just not my kind. For example, the unhighlighted speech (Well, okay, my mother told me that this is actually not uncommon or anything and apparently quite intellectual seeming but… uuuuh… In that case I’d rather read the non-intellectual books.) gets pretty confusing.

And the characters felt so familiar. I did not once have the feeling of getting to know someone I don’t already know. They did not feel unique or even interesting. I just did not care at all.

There were some things about the storyline that bothered me as well: When Otto goes to the army (I think this is WWII? I’m not quite sure though), away from his home, his friends and his family no one acts like it’s something big. Like he may not return after all. And he started writing letters to Etta, his teacher and somewhere down the way they developed a romantic relationship – I just didn’t get where that happened. To me they just seemed like good friends.

But since it was on more than a few bestseller charts I assume a lot of people don’t have any problems with the speech not being highlighted or with slow paced stories. So for those of you: Read it, you might enjoy it. It just wasn’t my type.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Review: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

source: Goodreads
My rating: 5/5 stars
Original language: English
Series: (It's part of the Hamilton High, but it's not really a series)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, High School
Published: September 7th 2010 by Poppy
Pages: 320


Source: Received via Netgalley/purchased (It happened at kind of the same time)


Summary (from Goodreads)
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. 

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.
My Thoughts
When I first saw The Duff in a bookstore when we were in the UK I did not like it. I really did not. I mean, the reason I wanted it is pretty obvious: Every booktuber has it. Most book bloggers have it. If so many people have it, it has to be pretty good. But I did not like it, so I did not buy it.
But then I read that it’s going to be a movie and I thought about reading it. Then came the trailers: The trailers were pretty amazing. So I was super-hyped for The DUFF as a movie and when I saw it in a bookstore – guess what happened.

Well, I fell in love with this book. I love the writing, it’s so teen-like. Since Kody Keplinger wrote this at the age of 17. By the way: You have my full respect, Miss Keplinger. Writing a book with only 17 years is amazing. And, okay, the language is pretty explicit in some scenes, but honestly: No one talks like they’re giving a speech all the time.

All of the characters are cool: Bianca, Wesley, Bianca’s friends. But some characters, like Toby were just a bit... flat. He was supposed to be the nice guy, patient and understanding. But that somehow made him seem a bit soulless. There was not much more to him than patient and understanding.
But concerning other characters: Can someone please give me a hint, who the “mean girl” from the movie is supposed to be? I couldn’t really find someone actually mean. A lot of them were stupid, that’s true. But mean? Nahh.

I loved the ending, but I have to admit: It was too quick. Everything changed so fast and then it was just over. It’s just not fair! But luckily we have Lying Out Loud, where we hopefully can expect a bit more information on how everything went on, since Amy is Wesley’s sister.

PS: I hope there will finally be a movie release date for Germany! The DUFF is kind of unknown here. Not good. Not at all. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #1

I think I haven't done this post in ages, but that does not mean I haven't been buying books. Or receiving them. Anyway, one after the other.

Oh, and by the way: You can just get to the Goodreads pages of the books simply by clicking on the title.

Physical books:
Upper row (received from my father): Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, The DUFF by Kody Keplinger, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time by Mark Haddon
Lower row (purchased): The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Prattchett, The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis, This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki (My review)

From the library: 
Held by Flix, Aufzeichnungen aus Birma by Guy Delisle, Ich wär so gerne Ethnologin by Margaux Motin

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Da war mal was... by Flix, Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

And I also received a few digital copies:

Netgalley:
Cold Faith by Shaune Laferty Webb, Half Bad by Sally Green, Bomb by Sarah Mussi

Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert, The Truth about Jack by Jody Gehrmann, Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella, Perfect Timing by Robin Mellom

Other:
Received from author: Run Away Charlotte by H.M. Shander, The Tears of the Unicorns by Stephanie Rose
Via ebooksforreview: Numbers Game by Rebecca Rode
ARC via Janeal & Sarah: May Contain Spies by J. A. Cipriano

Thanks a lot to everyone, especially the two authors!
I know... It's quite a lot.. But I've already read four of these books... Four out of 23... Wish me luck! 
What books have you recently got? Tell me in the comments below.

Have a nice Easter everyone!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Review: Oddly Normal by Otis Frampton

source: Goodreads
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
Original language: English
Series: Oddly Normal #1
Genre: Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Magic
Published: March 24th 2015 by Image Comics
Pages: 128 pages (paperback)
Source: Received via Netgalley

Links: Image Comics - Goodreads

Summary (from Goodreads)
Meet Oddly Normal, a ten-year-old girl with pointed ears and green hair -- a half-witch who will be the first to tell you that having a mother from a magical land called Fignation and a father from Earth doesn't make it easy to make friends at school! On her tenth birthday, she blows out her cake's candles and makes a disastrous wish. Now, Oddly must travel to Fignation to uncover the mystery of her parents' disappearance. Join Oddly as she navigates a strange new school, monstrous bullies, and Evil itself on an unforgettable fantasy adventure through the vibrant world of Fignation in ODDLY NORMAL.
Collects ODDLY NORMAL #1-5


My Thoughts

‘Oddly Normal‘ starts out really funny. Oddly, a nearly ten-year-old girl is on her way home from school, sitting in the school bus. It’s raining outside, Oddly’s least favorite weather, since she is a half-witch. And we all know what happened to the witch in “The Wizard of Oz” whose shoes were taken away by the greedy Dorothy.

You have to say: Oddly’s life is not easy. Not easy at all. The people in her school dislike her because she has green hair and is not normal at all. But cursing her parents gone just because they still hope she will find friends someday? A bit much, don’t you think? And also, the idea of a witch wishing her parents were gone without actually meaning it is kind of chewed through.

But hey- at least the artwork is wonderful! When Oddly is in the human world everybody else is in a gray-brown-ish tone except for her, with her green hair.

Originally ‘Oddly Normal’ was a web comic with four mini volumes, 25 pages each, illustrated not by Otis Frampton, but always by someone else. Now he draws everything himself and I think the drawings are incredibly good, so maybe we can be happy that the web comic didn’t work out.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Preview: April 2015

I figured, I had so many novels I was excited about that you would hate to miss out on all the excitement. Look at it! There are so many great books coming out in April!

When You Leave by Monica Ropal: My review
Summary (from Goodreads)
Cass is positive that the people she cares about most will eventually leave her. Her father is gone, her mother doesn’t notice Cass exists, and her best friend’s battle with cancer was too close of a call. So when she begins her year at a wealthy new private school, Cass’s plan is to suffer through it in anonymity.

However, when her cute locker neighbor, Cooper, shows an undeniable attraction toward Cass, keeping him at a safe distance isn’t easy. Even though her Frogtown skater world and his do-gooder preppy one are so different, Cass and Cooper somehow mesh. And once Cass lets her guard down, Cooper is mysteriously murdered—thus proving her original theory.

When Cass’s close friend is suspected as the killer, she isn’t sure who she can trust anymore. Between investigating Cooper’s murder and trying to understand what she really meant to him, will Cass even find what she is looking for?



Summary (from Goodreads)
Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…
Look at this cover: It's so so so pretty!


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 
Summary (from Goodreads)
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

I have only heard good things about this book and I have heard many things about this book.


 Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
Summary (from Goodreads)

Kody Keplinger returns to the world of The DUFF in this brand-new companion novel!

Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend's house every night because she has nowhere else to go.
Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with -- secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.
Ryder's the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can't stand -- a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.
But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually like him. Only there's one small catch: he thinks he's been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she's the girl he's really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?

I just finished the DUFF and it's so short! I want more of Wesley and Bianca, and hopefully I'm going to get that. Even if it's just a teeny-tiny-bit, it'd make me happy.

 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Summary (from Goodreads)
Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.


Dream A Little Dream (a.k.a. Silber: Das erste Buch der Träume) by Kerstin Gier
Summary (from Goodreads)
Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yep, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially this one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys perform dark magic rituals. The really weird thing is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where’s she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But they seem to know things about her in real life that they couldn’t possibly know, which is mystifying. Then again, Liv could never resist a good mystery. . . 

I'm really glad that this got translated, because it would have been so sad for all the non-Germans to miss out on this!



Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Summary (from Goodreads)
Maria Dahvana Headley's soaring YA debut is a fiercely intelligent, multilayered fantasy where Neil Gaiman's Stardust meets John Green's The Fault in Our Stars in a story about a girl caught between two worlds . . . two races . . . and two destinies.

Aza Ray Boyle is drowning in thin air. Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak--to live. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn't think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who's always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world--and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power--but as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war between Magonia and Earth is coming. In Aza's hands lies fate of the whole of humanity--including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

This cover! This cover! I love metamorphoses where birds fly out of something...


April chit-chat
April is going to be so busy! I'm already in for 8 buddy reads on Goodreads (Meaning that some people select a book they want to read and then select a date they want to start reading and chat about it - in classic language: virtual book club. Kind of)
Also I have got 14 books to read and review - FOURTEEN! At least I've got more than one month on a few of these and one of them is a buddy read, so it's not 22 but 21 in total. I think I'm going to die.
Oh, and I've also got quite a lot of books from the library, but they are mostly graphic novels, not that much stress. And, hey, I can just give them back without reading them. But I'm probably not going to do that anyway.

Did I mention? I'm quite into graphic novels at the moment, although I'm still not friends with Manga. Which means, I am going to go to the ComicCon Berlin on the 26th of April. It's definitely not big, but you've got to start somewhere.

Have you read any of these books and what do you think of them?

Waiting On Wednesday #4 Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa


source: Goodreads

Publication date: September 8th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, GLBT, Romance

Summary (from Goodreads)
This is the story of a girl, her gay best friend, and the boy in love with both of them.

Ten months after her recurring depression landed her in the hospital, Mira is starting over as a new student at Saint Francis Prep. She promised her parents she would at least try to act like a normal, functioning human this time around, not a girl who sometimes can’t get out of bed for days on end, who only feels awake when she’s with Sebby. 

Jeremy is the painfully shy art nerd at Saint Francis who’s been in self-imposed isolation after an incident that ruined his last year of school. When he sees Sebby for the first time across the school lawn it’s as if he’s been expecting this blond, lanky boy with a mischievous glint in his eye. 

Sebby, Mira’s gay best friend, is a boy who seems to carry sunlight around with him like a backlit halo. Even as life in his foster home starts to take its toll, Sebby and Mira together craft a world of magic rituals and secret road trips, designed to fix the broken parts of their lives. 

As Jeremy finds himself drawn into Sebby and Mira’s world, he begins to understand the secrets that they hide in order to protect themselves, to keep each other safe from those who don’t understand their quest to live for the impossible.

A captivating and profound debut novel, "Fans of the Impossible Life" is a story about complicated love and the friendships that change you forever.

(source: Goodreads)

Why I'm interested in this? Duh. It says "complicated love"! I don't need any other reasons! (So to be honest, I have only read the first line and the last two lines, I don't care that much for the rest.)
What do you think of Fans of the Impossible Life? Which books are you anticipating? Let me know in the comments below.