Friday, September 30, 2022

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

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

September was a great month! The most fun and important thing was me starting at my new job. I've had a great first month. I'm working in libraries and schools with teachers and children. The main goal is to improve reading pleasure and reading motivation. I've been spending most of my workdays in between reading shelves, picking out books, promoting books and doing all kinds of fun things in schools!

It's so much fun to read more Children's Books, since I've been reading YA and all ages above the last few years. I feel like I really want to be able to tell the children in the schools more about the books I'm bringing, so I'm also trying to read a lot of those books. I will definitely make a segment about it on my blog! I have tons of inspiration and have already read so many good books.

This was also the month that the season of my favorite sport is starting again. I've been playing handball for 19 years and it feels great to be back on the field!

September is the month of my birthday. Chapter 31, is what they say nowadays? I got loads of books, because I made a Wishlist and I'm very happy about that. I will, of course, show of my new books in this post.

Thanks for sticking with my blog and for reading!
Have a great month where the first fall leaves peep out.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Review: House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City #2)

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Started reading: July 31st 2022
Finished the book: September 21st 2022
Pages: 805
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Published: February 15th 2022
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.52
My score:
Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar are trying to get back to normal―they may have saved Crescent City, but with so much upheaval in their lives lately, they mostly want a chance to relax. Slow down. Figure out what the future holds.

The Asteri have kept their word so far, leaving Bryce and Hunt alone. But with the rebels chipping away at the Asteri’s power, the threat the rulers pose is growing. As Bryce, Hunt, and their friends get pulled into the rebels’ plans, the choice becomes clear: stay silent while others are oppressed, or fight for what’s right. And they’ve never been very good at staying silent.

In this sexy, action-packed sequel to the #1 bestseller House of Earth and Blood, Sarah J. Maas weaves a captivating story of a world about to explode―and the people who will do anything to save it.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Review: Savage Row

Author: Britney King
Started reading: September 18th 2022
Finished the book: September 20th 2022
Pages: 258 / 5h 13m
Genres: Thriller
Published: November 19th 2020
Source: Netgalley / Storytel 
Goodreads score: 3.65
My score:
Jack Mooney, a career criminal, has been in prison for nearly a decade, quietly nursing his hatred for the jurors who put him there. One in particular gets him through the endless days—the alluring Amy Stone.

When Mooney is granted early release, he makes Amy his first priority. To his delight, she’s even more enticing than before, and better still, she has a lot more to lose than he’d imagined.
As Mooney’s campaign of terror mounts, the police seem powerless to protect the Stone family, who must rely on their wits to survive a psychopath hell-bent on revenge.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Review: Owl and the Japanese Circus (The Adventures of Owl #1)

Author: Kristi Charish
Started reading: August 16th 2022
Finished the book: September 17th 2022
Pages: 416 / 14h 55m
Genres: Fantasy, Vampires
Published: January 13th 2015
Source: Audible
Goodreads score: 3.63
My score:
Ex-archaeology grad student turned international antiquities thief, Alix—better known now as Owl—has one rule. No supernatural jobs. Ever. Until she crosses paths with Mr. Kurosawa, a red dragon who owns and runs the Japanese Circus Casino in Las Vegas. He insists Owl retrieve an artifact stolen three thousand years ago, and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: he’ll get rid of a pack of vampires that want her dead. A dragon is about the only entity on the planet that can deliver on Owl’s vampire problem – and let’s face it, dragons are known to eat the odd thief.

Owl retraces the steps of Mr. Kurosawa’s ancient thief from Japan to Bali with the help of her best friend, Nadya, and an attractive mercenary. As it turns out though, finding the scroll is the least of her worries. When she figures out one of Mr. Kurosawa’s trusted advisors is orchestrating a plan to use a weapon powerful enough to wipe out a city, things go to hell in a hand basket fast…and Owl has to pick sides.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Sunday Post #43

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, September 9, 2022

ABC Book Challenge Letter P

Today I'm going to continue the ABC Book Challenge. I'm on my way to the end of the alphabet! 

I've seen this Challenge on various blogs in all kinds of different ways. I hope you'll like the way I'm approaching this!

Feel free to join in.

Let's dive right in!

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Review: Bad Signs

Author: R.J. Ellory
Started reading: July 30th 2022
Finished the book: August 25th 2022
Pages: 436
Genres: Thriller
Published: October 27th 2011
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 3.92
My score:
Orphaned by an act of senseless violence that took their mother from them, half-brothers Clarence Luckman and Elliott Danziger have been raised in state institutions, unaware of any world outside. But their lives take a sudden turn when they are seized as hostages by a convicted killer en route to death row.

Earl Sheridan is a psychopath of the worst kind, but he has the potential to change the boys' lives for ever. As the trio set off on a frenetic escape from the law through California and Texas, the two brothers must come to terms with the ever-growing tide of violence that follows in their wake - something that forces them to make a choice about their lives, and their relationship to one another.

Will the boys manage to elude the dark star that has hung over them since their mother's death or will they succumb to the pull of Earl Sheridan's terrifying but exhilarating vision of the world?

Friday, September 2, 2022

Review: The Apple Tart of Hope

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Started reading: August 22nd 2022
Finished the book: August 23rd 2022
Pages: 201
Genres: YA, Fiction
Published: June 5th 2014
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 3.88
My score:
Fourteen-year-old Oscar Dunleavy is missing, presumed dead. His bike was found at sea, out past the end of the pier, and everyone in town seems to have accepted this as a teenage tragedy. But Oscar's best friend Meg knows he isn't dead. Oscar is an optimistic and kind boy who bakes the world's best apple tarts; he would never kill himself, and Meg is going to prove it.

Through interwoven narratives, the reader learns what really happened to Oscar. His sweet life had turned sour after Meg's family moved away. Though Meg didn't know it, Oscar had a manipulative bully plaguing him with toxic humiliation. Meg must confront the painful truth of Oscar's past six months—and the possibility that he might really be gone. Surrounded by grief and confusion, she starts to put the pieces back together. With a poignant ending and memorable characters, this story of love and friendship reminds us to keep hope in our hearts.