Friday, November 15, 2019

GIVEAWAY: Riyria Chronicles & Riyria Revelation (US & Canada)

Hi there, welcome to the blog!

Today I'm featuring an AWESOME Giveaway on my Blog.
I'm kinda sad that I'm not in the US or Canada, because this is a giveaway for 7 signed copies of the Riyria Chronicles & Riyria Revelation!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Sunday Post #11

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Blog Tour / Review: Things That Art

Author: Lochlann Jain
Pages: 128
Genres: Graphic Novel, Art
Published: October 3rd 2019
Source: Physical copy from publisher

Lochlann Jain's debut non-fiction graphic novel, Things That Art, playfully interrogates the order of things. Toying with the relationship between words and images, Jain's whimsical compositions may seem straightforward. Upon closer inspection, however, the drawings reveal profound and startling paradoxes at the heart of how we make sense of the world.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Author: Ken Kesey
Started reading: October 13th 2019
Finished the book: November 3rd 2019
Pages: 325
Genres: Fiction, Classic
Published: February 1st 1963
Source: Kindle Copy
Goodreads score: 4.19
My score:
Tyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her ward in an Oregon State mental hospital with a strict and unbending routine, unopposed by her patients, who remain cowed by mind-numbing medication and the threat of electric shock therapy.
But her regime is disrupted by the arrival of McMurphy – the swaggering, fun-loving trickster with a devilish grin who resolves to oppose her rules on behalf of his fellow inmates. His struggle is seen through the eyes of Chief Bromden, a seemingly mute half-Indian patient who understands McMurphy's heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them imprisoned.
Ken Kesey's extraordinary first novel is an exuberant, ribald and devastatingly honest portrayal of the boundaries between sanity and madness.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Review: Friend or Fiction

Author: Abby Cooper
Started reading: October 21st 2019
Finished the book: October 27th 2019
Pages: 272
Genres: Middle Grace, Magical Realism
Published: October 8th 2019
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 4.21
My score:
Jade's life hasn't exactly been normal lately, especially since her dad's cancer diagnosis. Jade wishes her family could leave their no-name town in Colorado already--everybody else does sooner rather than later, including every best friend Jade's ever had. So she makes one up. In the pages of her notebook, she writes all about Zoe--the most amazing best friend anyone could dream of.

But when pretend Zoe appears in real life thanks to a magical experiment gone right, Jade isn't so sure if she likes sharing her imaginary friend with the real world. To keep her best friend (and even make some new ones), Jade learns how to cope with jealousy, that friends should let friends be true to themselves, and that maybe the perfect best friend doesn't exist after all..

Thursday, October 31, 2019

October Wrap up - Book Haul & What to Expect Next Month

Welcome, welcome my dear readers.
Welcome to the blog!

October is over and I've loved his month SO MUCH.
I lit the first candles and had my first Autumn walk. The nature is beautiful and the temperatures are low. I just love the cold when going outside. I had a week vacation and that was nice too. I was able to meet a lot of friends and do loads of fun stuff like going to the cinema and have dinner and lunch dates.
This also gives me that Christmas feeling, which is less than two months away!

This was a good month on the blog. I did two Sunday Posts, a Short Story post and another Get To Know Me Tag! I've read a lot of books and wrote a good amount of reviews.
I also made a new banner with a little hedgehog next to my own logo, to stay in the Autumn theme. I'm so happy with it! I hope y'all like it too.

I do hope everything is well with you. 
I wish you a great November, with maybe some Christmas shopping?

And see you later on the blog! 🍂

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Review: Wildcat (The Caledon Saga #1)

Author: J.P. Harker
Started reading: October 11th 2019
Finished the book: October 27th 2019
Pages: 552
Genres: Historical, Fantasy
Published: September 4th 2016
Source: Physical copy from author
Goodreads score: 4.24
My score:
Rhianwyn of the Caderyn is conflicted about giving up a warrior’s life to become a wife and mother, but her love for her new husband is enough to at least make her consider it. However, with the conquering Gaians moving ever closer to her homeland a peaceful life may no longer be an option, for Rhia or for any of her people. With rival tribes, old suitors, and the dangerous General Lepidus to contend with, Rhia soon finds her new family in unprecedented danger, and her choices now must be about more than just herself...

Wildcat takes place in a fantasy land inspired by Iron Age Britain and follows Rhianwyn's story as she encounters a civilisation unlike any she could imagine, and is constantly forced to learn and adapt through trial after deadly trial.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Get To Know Me Tag #5

Hi there!

It's been five months since I did a Get To Know Me Tag. Waaay too long!
I'd like for my readers to know the person behind the blog, so in this blogpost I'll be answering some questions and you'll get to know me a little better!

Thanks for reading, and have a nice day! 💖

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Review: 100 Word Horrors 3

Author: Kevin J. Kennedy and others
Started reading: October 11th 2019
Finished the book: October 13th 2019
Pages: 110
Genres: Horror, Short Stories
Published: September 4th 2019
Source: Digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.75
My score:
Book 3 of the 100 Word Horrors Series

Over 100 drabbles by some of the finest horror authors writing today.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Sunday Post #10

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Review: Twilight (Twilight #1)

Author: Stephenie Meyer
Started reading: September 18th 2019
Finished the book: October 11th 2019
Pages: 501
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
Published: October 5th 2005
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 3.59
My score: 
Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger.

Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Review: A Pack of Vows and Tears (The Boulder Wolves #2)

Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Started reading: October 3rd 2019
Finished the book: October 9th 2019
Pages: 418
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Published: May 28th 2019
Source: Digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: 4.30
My score:
Ness Clark's place amongst the Boulders and at Liam’s side is compromised. First, when her cousin claims Ness helped him elude his death sentence. And then, when August Watt, Ness’s childhood friend, comes home to Boulder.

Although August’s plan was to pledge himself and return to active duty, he finds himself incapable of leaving. This becomes problematic for Liam and Ness, because a mating link has clicked into place between Ness and the ex-marine. If not consummated, the link will fade, but that’ll take months. How long and hard can two people fight a physical attraction that renders their bodies unreceptive to anyone’s but their mates?

Friday, October 11, 2019

Review: Love Me Not (Helen Grace #7)

Author: M.J. Arlidge
Started reading: September 18th 2019
Finished the book: October 2nd 2019
Pages: 368
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Published: May 18th 2017
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.15
My score:
She Loves Me
A woman's body lies in the road. At first it looks like a tragic accident. But when Helen Grace arrives on the scene it's clear she's looking at a coldblooded killing. But why would anyone target a much-loved wife and mother?

She Loves Me Not
Across town, a shopkeeper is killed while his customers are left unharmed. But what lies behind the killer's choices?

She Loves Me
Who lives? Who dies? Who's next? The clock is ticking.

She Loves Me Not
If Helen can't solve this deadly puzzle then more blood will be shed. But any mistake and it might be her own ...

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Review: Fractured

Author: Dani Atkins
Started reading: September 3rd 2019
Finished the book: September 18th 2019
Pages: 289
Genres: Romance, Fiction
Published: July 1st 2013
Source: Kindle Copy
Goodreads score: 3.77
My score:
Rachel’s life is perfect. A handsome boyfriend, great friends and the prospect of starting at university in a few weeks means she’s never been happier. But in a single heartbeat her world falls apart forever.
Five years later, Rachel is still struggling to come to terms with the tragedy that changed everything. Returning to her hometown for the first time in years, she finds herself consumed by thoughts of the life that could have been. But when a sudden fall lands her in hospital, Rachel awakes to discover that the life she had dreamed about just might be real after all.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Sunday Post #9

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Two Short Stories #6

Today I will be highlighting two short stories.
One of them is a prequel to a longer series and the other one is a graphic novel.
Let's dive right in!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

September Wrap up - Book Haul & What to Expect Next Month

Welcome, welcome my dear readers.
Welcome to the blog!

September is almost over and this year is just FLYING by. 
This month was my birthday, but I didn't ask for any books, because my shelves are seriously full. So I asked for gift cards and fun things to do instead! I also had a fun day of baking all the nice goodies for my birthday. It's been ages since I had a day full of baking. I made an apple pie, cheesecake and vanilla cake, yum!

I did read a lot of books and I'm sure I'm going to reach my Goodreads Challenge goal of 75 books.

I love that it's almost October. I just love fall. I love the colours and the weather, the rain and the storm. It's just so cozy outside and I can light some candles and curl up with a book. 

I'm an all-season lover. I always love when a new season is just beginning.
What's your favorite season?

Have a great October. I wish you loads of cozy reading nights and fun Halloween celebrations. 🍁

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Review: Spinning Silver

Author: Naomi Novik
Started reading: August 13th 2019
Finished the book: September 14th 2019
Pages: 466
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling
Published: July 12th 2018
Source: Received as a gift
Goodreads score: 4.25
My score:
Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn't a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife's dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers' pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed--and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it's worth--especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Review: The Humiliations of Pipi McGee

Author: Beth Vrabel
Started reading: September 14th 2019
Finished the book: September 24th 2019
Pages: 384
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Published: September 16th 2019
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads score: 4.17
My score:
From her kindergarten self-portrait as a bacon with boobs, to fourth grade when she peed her pants in the library thanks to a stuck zipper to seventh grade where...well, she doesn't talk about seventh grade. Ever.
After hearing the guidance counselor lecturing them on how high school will be a clean slate for everyone, Pipi--fearing that her eight humiliations will follow her into the halls of Northbrook High School--decides to use her last year in middle school to right the wrongs of her early education and save other innocents from the same picked-on, laughed-at fate. Pipi McGee is seeking redemption, but she'll take revenge, too.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Review: Horrorstör

Author: Grady Hendrix
Started reading: September 7th 2019
Finished the book: September 13th 2019
Pages: 248
Genres: Horror, Humor
Published: September 23rd 2014
Source: Birthday present
Goodreads score: 3.62
My score:
Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.

To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Booktag: Unhaul #2

A while ago I did an unhaul. Since I keep adding books to my TBR, but never remove any, I decided to do another unhaul.

My TBR is so big, that it sometimes scares me. I decided to visit my own Goodreads shelves and to unhaul 10 books.

Please feel free to participate and unhaul some of your books. I'd love to know what books you decided to unhaul!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Review (re-read): Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)

Author: Suzanne Collins
Started reading: August 25th 2019
Finished the book: September 13th 2019
Pages: 391
Genres: YA, Dystopian
Published: September 1st 2009
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.29
My score:
After winning the brutal Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta return to their district, hoping for a peaceful future. But their victory has caused rebellion to break out ... and the capitol has decided that someone must pay. As Katniss and Peeta are forced to visit the districts on the Capitol's Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. Unless they can convince the world that they are still lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. Then comes the cruellest twist: the contestants for the next Hunger Games are announced, and Katniss and Peeta are forced into the arena once more.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday Post #8

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Review: Heart of Mist (The Oremere Chronicles #1)

Author: Helen Scheuerer
Started reading: August 13th 2019
Finished the book: August 24th 2019
Pages: 487
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Published: August 31st 2017
Source: Digital copy from author
Goodreads score: 4.07
My score:
In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.

Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.

But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers.

The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Two Short Stories #5

Today I will be highlighting two short stories.
Both of them are picture books and both of them have beautiful illustrations!
Let's dive right in.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Review: Second Coming: Elvis. Extraterrestrials. Dogs.

Author: D.B. Borton
Started reading: August 2nd 2019
Finished the book: August 6th 2019
Pages: 274
Genres: Adult, Science-Fiction
Published: June 6th 2017
Source: Physical copy from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:
Hank Jones isn’t your typical alien abductee. There were no tractor beams, probes, or government conspiracies involved—no, Hank met his kidnappers at a bar. They weren’t exactly hard to miss—Elvis, a seven-foot tall Elvis clone, and Lawrence, a grounded European gent, were the only UCLA supporters in a bar full of Hoosiers.

Still, Hank has nothing better to do. It’s spring break, there’s a pile of freshman essays on his desk, and his thesis is going nowhere. Worse, his ex is sleeping with his dissertation director. He needs a friend, and these aliens will do.

Besides, Elvis and Lawrence could really use a hand—they haven’t visited Earth since the 1950s, and now they’re lost in Indiana, not realizing that things have changed. They need to get to Washington: if they don’t warn the president about a coming nuclear arms race, the planet will be destroyed.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Review: The Skin Room

Author: Morgan Fleetwood
Started reading: August 10th 2019
Finished the book: August 10th 2019
Pages: 300
Genres: Thriller, Horror
Published: June 29th 2017
Source: Physical copy from publisher
Goodreads score: Not enough ratings
My score:
The Skin Room is an unnerving suspense thriller narrated by Alex Melville – multi-lingual translator and multiple murderer. The blood-stained document that comprises the narrative of the novel is his claustrophobic, unreliable account of the murder of Valentina, and the incarceration and death of his drug-addicted sister, Sonia. This is no ordinary confession, however. In a unique and distinctive style, Alex gradually reveals his secret: this story has only one reader, the police inspector he holds responsible for his beloved sister’s death, and that while he writes in the flickering candlelight, he has one last grotesque secret to share that is his ultimate revenge.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Review: The Rosie Result (Don Tillman #3)

Author: Graeme Simsion
Started reading: August 6th 2019
Finished the book: August 9th 2019
Pages: 376
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary
Published: February 5th 2019
Source: Kindle Copy
Goodreads score: 4.07
My score:
Don and Rosie are back in Melbourne after a decade in New York, and they’re about to face their most important project.

Their son, Hudson, is having trouble at school: his teachers say he isn’t fitting in with the other kids. Meanwhile, Rosie is battling Judas at work, and Don is in hot water after the Genetics Lecture Outrage. The life-contentment graph, recently at its highest point, is curving downwards.For Don Tillman, geneticist and World’s Best Problem-Solver, learning to be a good parent as well as a good partner will require the help of friends old and new.

It will mean letting Hudson make his way in the world, and grappling with awkward truths about his own identity.

And opening a cocktail bar.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

August Wrap up - Book Haul & What to Expect Next Month

Welcome, welcome my dear readers.
Welcome to the blog!

August is almost over, and so is my summer break.
I started working two weeks ago and the kids started school this Monday.
This year I'm teaching 5th/6th grade and I had SO MUCH FUN during the first week.
I'm also taking an extra day off this school year, because last year I had some trouble with my energy levels. So now I have a 3-day weekend, yay!

I've been reading a lot this summer, and I've not posted all reviews yet. Much more reviews are to come! So stay tuned.

Have a splendid September! The month of my birthday ♡

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Review: Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles 0.5, 0.6, 3.1, 4.5)

Author: Marissa Meyer
Started reading: August 8th 2019
Finished the book: August 8th 2019
Pages: 369
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Retelling
Published: February 2nd 2016
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.23
My score:
The enchantment continues....

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.