Book Traveling Thursdays #1 | January 5th 2017

Hi you guys! Happy New Year! I hope y’all had a good 2016 and good luck for 2017!

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Today it’s time for a Book Traveling Thursday! This week’s topic is A book you’d like to read again for the first time and I am really excited for this one! Book Traveling Thursday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Danielle and Catia, so go and check out their blogs and their Book Traveling Thursdays! If you want to participate in this wonderful meme as well just check out the Goodreads group where everything about the meme is explained. I hope you’ll try this meme and have fun with it! 👍🏼

For this topic I chose the first book in the Shadow Falls Camp series: Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter. This series is one of my favorite book series ever! It really is amazing and since it has ended recently I just wish I could relive all the wonderful moments in this series! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love rereading the series and do it all the time but I think we can all agree that it’s not the same 😅

Original Cover:

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I really like the original cover of this story a lot. I like that it seems kinda mysterious with the fog and trees and I think it’s good that they basically immediately introduce the main character on the cover. I don’t like the color of the title too much, but all in all I quite like this cover.

(Paperback by St. Martin’s Griffin, 398 pages)

Cover from my country (Germany):

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FINALLY GERMANY DIDN’T MESS UP A BOOK COVER!! Seriously guys, in almost every Book Traveling Thursday I see Germany amongst the worst covers and, sadly, I have to agree! But this time I actually like the German cover even more than the original. It just seems more refined and the color scheme is a tad bit lighter, which I like a lot!

(Paperback by Fischer FJB, 512 pages)

Least Favorite Covers:

Russian                              Hungarian                               Czech

I really dislike these covers. I think they either don’t match the theme of the book or have a wrong color scheme. The Czech one I like the least as it makes it seem as if the book is all about vampires, which it’s not…. Compared to those I guess I’m lucky with our German versions of book covers 😅

(Hardcover by Эксмо, 416 pages)

(Paperback by Könyvmolyképző, 440 pages)

(Hardcover by Baronet, 400 pages)

I hope y’all enjoyed this post and I hope I’ll be able to post more from now on! I sure enjoyed writing this post as I missed having this blog so so much!! Thank y’all for your support and I can’t wait to see how everything’s gonna go from now on! ❤

What did y’all think of these covers? Do you know this book and if yes, did you like it?

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Midnight Hour (Shadow Falls After Dark #4) by C.C. Hunter

Short Description:

Being a dyslexic witch is a curse in itself, but Miranda Kane’s time at Shadow Falls has helped her harness her magical powers. Now, just as she’s finally mastered them and is preparing to graduate with her friends, a near-death experience threatens to ruin it all.

Miranda awakens in the hospital with a mysterious tattoo that no one can explain. As she struggles to make sense of it – and questions her feelings for a certain irresistible shape-shifter and a hot new guy – the strange markings begin to spread all over her body, leaving her desperate to find answers. But before she can solve that problem, a new one arises: her sister is missing.

Has her sister been kidnapped? Miranda will risk her life to find out. Will she live to share the day she’s worked so hard for with her friends? When the clock strikes midnight, will Miranda make it to her graduation at Shadow Falls?

C.C. Hunter brings The Shadow Falls saga to a spectacular conclusion in this thrilling finale: Midnight Hour!

(Synopsis from Goodreads)

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What’s it about?

First off some main info:midnight-hour-cover

Author: C.C. Hunter

Title: Midnight Hour

Published: October 25th, 2016

Series: Shadow Falls After Dark #4

Version: St. Martin’s Griffin (416 pages)

Would I recommend it: I can very much recommend both book series she has written and advise any fan of supernatural things to read them!

Rating: 5+ Stars

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This book is the final installment in the Shadow Falls After Dark series, the Shadow Falls series and at the same time a Standalone novel – at least in my opinion. The female protagonist in this novel is Miranda, a dyslexic witch who is a loyal companion to the protagonists of the earlier mentioned series. Now it is here time to find out who she really is and what’s important in life! As this is the last part of two series (basically) you should have read the series before reading this book!

My Opinion:

Just let me tell y’all I loved this book and I hated it at the same time! I loved it for what it was – amazing – but hated that it was the last installment in one of my favorite series – I think y’all know that feeling 😉 The book was everything I could have wished for to end this series and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! It has funny scenes, really emotional ones and it makes you get mad at people – Perfect mix!! 😉Luckily I have another AMAZING book lined up otherwise I’d have a major book hangover!!

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One majorly appealing factor about this book is the author’s writing style! Some authors might have a good writing style but keep that one throughout the whole book even in scenes where a different one would be suitable. C. C. Hunter doesn’t do this though, she can adapt her writing to several situations and therefore she can give her books scenes where you have to hold your breath, ones that make you snort and laugh out loud, but also romantic ones without using graphic language. These changes between styles keep you very interested and make the book a quite fast read that stays in your mind after finishing it! The distribution of POVs is quite nice as well, as I like to know a little more than either one of the protagonists and C.C. Hunter placed them really effectively! I love it! Also the author often creates “inside jokes” between characters, which you can find multiple times within her books and those are another aspect that causes A LOT of funny and memorable moments in the novel! Just saying:

“She had boob sweat. She hated boob sweat.”

Of course one of the most important elements in this/a book is the story. This one is really well thought through and the steps it takes make sense, I also never had the feeling that anything was cut short or unnecessarily prolonged, which, if it does happen, is one of my biggest pet peeves in books!!!! I absolutely hate it when I feel like the author takes away quality time with my characters from me! I love the way this book introduces a new “kind” of supernatural, as all the other books did as well,  and makes this side story fit perfectly in with the rest. The author has a great way of combining all the different aspects of the protagonists’ lives without it being awkward or anything like that, contrary the author even combines every single story, or even story element (like a person for example), into one organic plot – again without awkwardness 👍🏼 Good job C. C. Hunter… Good job. What I, personally, liked very much was that the love story, which was essential for the whole story, didn’t seem like it was made out to be too important – it was just really low key, but not too low key. Does anybody get me?? I hope y’all do! The storyline also had many different facets that were all done very well, like romance, suspense, friendship, bravery and all that jazz, which I already mentioned when talking about the writing style!

Now let’s get to the essence of the book – the characters! I just have to say again how happy I am that Miranda finally gets her own book! She is a wonderful person with amazing abilities and a matching character! Sadly she often doesn’t think too highly of herself and questions her abilities without having a reason to and I can connect with her on that level, so to me she is a really relateable! She is also extremely loyal and mostly very honest, and she always treats people the best she can, which uses A LOT of patience! We see her loyalty and characteristics like that in her relationship to her best friends, who still play a big role in this book even though there aren’t really any new facets of their characters introduced! One thing that I admire a lot about Miranda is how she finds her strength in hard situations and how she can make great choices under pressure even though she might hurt people by doing so, which is one of her biggest fears because of how deeply she loves/cares for others!

Of course there are many interesting side characters that add a lot to the story but lastly let’s focus on the male protagonist! I have loved Perry since he was first introduced as a minor character in the first series by this author, and my love has grown ever since! He really is a perfect match for Miranda as he shares a lot of her traits and values, like love, friendship, honesty, but he has a horrible self-perception! He thinks so horribly low of himself that it makes me sad to read about. He doesn’t feel like he deserves Miranda which causes him to hurt her a lot on  his quest to become “worthy” *cough* Which he already is *cough, cough* One aspect that I love about his character in this book is how we get to explore his deep relationship to Burnett some more – which I honestly forgot ab out until I started reading this book… 😅 I’m thoroughly ashamed of myself!   I also like his sense of responsibility and justice, and that he stays fair even though he is emotionally involved in the matter!

Overall I want to say once again how much I love these book series by C.C. Hunter and that I can definitely recommend them to any YA Fantasy fan …. or just YA fan, who doesn’t hate Fantasy 😉, in general!!

A Book That Got Me Into Reading | #1, October 13th 2016

Today it’s Book Traveling Thursday and it’s my first time participating!! I was really excited to participate in this meme and I’m happy that I finally get to do so! Book Traveling Thursday is a weekly meme hosted and created by Catia and Danielle and you can find more information about how to participate (Spoiler: It’s easy 😉) in their Goodreads group! The weekly topics are posted there each month as well! If you’re interested definitely check out that group!

This week’s topic is: We all have to start out of somewhere. Choose a book that got you into reading. I think this is a great topic to start with, as everyone has one of those books and it’s not too hard to find a good one 🙂 I chose Inkheart by Cornelia Funke! Cornelia Funke is a really famous author in Germany, since she’s a German author who is also quite successful internationally.I believe that almost every German kid my age has read one of her books in elementary school, and so have I – obviously! Let’s go!!

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Cover from my country (Germany):

and Original Cover

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I really love these original book covers a lot! They match the topic of the book perfectly and even show some scenes from the book. I also find it really great that the cover displays some letters the way they are also printed inside the book, at the beginning of each chapter!

(Hardcover by Cecilie Dressler Verlag, 564 pages)

Favorite Cover(s):

As I said before I love the German edition A LOT! But I also found this gift edition on Goodreads and while it doesn’t really have all that much to do with the story it’s still really pretty and I’m in love with the gold and red! Also I quite like how detailed all that golden drawing stuff is 😍

(Gift Edition Paperback by Chicken House, 544 pages)

Least Favorite Cover(s):

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I just do not like this Italian cover at all! I feel like it is way too dark for this story, it’s main characters, and the age group the book was originally aimed at. I don’t like the color scheme and also whatever has that thing coming out of the book to do with the actual story?? It’s just not my thing, I guess 😅

(Paperback by Mondadori, 498 pages)

Oblivion (Lux series #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Short description:

Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

(This is a Synopsis from Goodreads)

You can find the book on Amazon)

What’s it about?

First off some main info:25209521

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Oblivion

Published: December 1st, 2015

Series: The Lux series #1.5 (I guess)

Version: Amazon Kindle Version  (352 pages)

This is actually a bundle of books. Both, the second and third book, were in the Amazon version as well! So amazing!

Would I recommend it:  Yes

Rating: 5 Stars

5 Stars Rating

 

This book has the same basic storyline  as Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout, but this time it is told from the point of view of Daemon, and therefore presents a lot more facades of the story. If you haven’t read the first book in this series you should check out Sasha’s review of this book!

 

My Opinion:

I am a HUGE fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books (she is currently my favorite author) and this one was no exception! I loved Obsidian a lot, but due to the POV there are inevitably things that you don’t really understand *cough* Daemon’s behaviour *cough* and that give you a wrong image of a character’s personality. Since this book is written from Daemon’s POV it opens up some new story elements, it also uncovers all those mysteries of his behavior and this is an element that I enjoyed very much because I just love to know what’s going on in all the character’s heads! I also love this book (and the entire series) because of its genre! I am a sucker for all things paranormal and alien!

This brings me to my first point, which is Daemon as a character. I already loved Daemon in the “original” Lux series and my love for him only grew – enormously – in this book. Through his POV in this book it becomes even clearer what a loving person Daemon is. He cares so incredibly much about his little sister that you just HAVE to forgive him for being a complete dickhead towards Katie! And this is so understandable as well! Come on, his brother “died” because of a human and they’re a huge liability to the Luxen – Also, we all know that humans suck, just look at the news… But through this POV you start to understand Daemon’s struggles and why exactly he is so hot and cold towards Katie. He believes it is necessary, and with any other person it probably would be. Also Daemon is just as sarcastic as Katie, and who doesn’t like sarcasm? Furthermore you also realize on several occasions how much Daemon cares about Katie, even though he doesn’t want to and how this tears him apart!

Another thing that I liked a lot was how Daemon always commented conversations! The things he said were hilarious due to his sarcasm and I had to laugh so much while reading this book! Also: BATTLE SCENES! When reading the story from Katie’s perspective you only read about the fighting in an observant way. But when reading as Daemon you are actually part of the battle and get more out of the fighting scenes with the Arum! Fighting scenes were actually some of my favorite parts in this book.

I don’t really have to say much about the writing style of this book. Except letting Daemon’s character be part of the writing style it is just Armentrout’s typical writing style and that is awesome! I love her writing style because it has a good flow and is just over all great! I love it!

 

I am sorry that this is such a short review but I hope you enjoyed it anyways! I am on an american time schedule for the next five weeks so my posts are going to be posted later, since I always post them in the evenings. That plus the time difference could result in T5W on Thursday 😀 Well, hopefully not!! Have a great time you guys and thankyou so, so much for reading! 🙂

A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole

 

Short description:

One kiss lasts a moment.
But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.

One boy.
One girl.
A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.
A bond that neither time nor distance can break.
A bond that will last forever.
Or so they believe.

When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?

Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.

(Source: Amazon…again)

You can find a sample there as well!

Kind-of Review:

First off some main info:

Author: Tillie Cole  (I put the link to her website here for you)

Title: A thousand boy kisses

Published: March 13th 2016

Series: Standalone Novel

Version: Amazon Kindle Version (353 pages)

Time it took: 1 day and about 90% of my body’s water storage in tears

So as the the title above says this is just a kind-of review because I just don’t want to call it a legit review and not be able to really write a more or less good review. But it’s important to me to mention this on my blog. This book is one of my favorite books, by my favorite author – I just think it’s perfect  and that’s why I’ll give it 5+ StarsI can just say that everyone interested in a tragic story of love and friendship should definitely read it. Heck, even if you don’t like that kind of story you’ll love this book. It is beautifully written and the characters are described in great detail. All their flaws and imperfections and how Tillie Cole brings them to life makes you feel as if you’ve known them for your whole life. When I learned about  Poppies disease I was completely heartbroken, so that I cried for half an hour straight. There were a lot of these ugly crying moments in the book and I enjoyed every single one of them. They were just those kinds of scenes, the ones were you’re happy about crying because it’s just too beautiful not to cry! Another detail that made the read even better was that you knew Rune and Poppy  from the very first time they met and their whole story from then on and this not just through flashbacks but as a regular part of the book in the right order. I love things like that because it makes you feel more connected to the characters I know that I wouldn’t be able to write a good review about A Thousand Boy Kisses, so I’m just gonna leave it at that.

If you enjoy reading a good (dark) romance with depth, important topics and amazing characters you should definitely check out some of Tillie Cole’s other books. You can just click on the link to her website I posted at the beginning of this post or look her up on Amazon or social media sites. I have to say though that this is (as far as I know) her only Young adult book. Her others are more in the genres of New Adult, Contemporary Romance and Dark Romance. Just go and take a look, I recommend every single book of hers except “Eternally North” which I haven’t read yet… Shame on me!