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text 2017-07-02 12:40
My June 2017
The Sleeping Prince - Tödlicher Fluch - A. M. Grünewald,Melinda Salisbury
Der Näher: Thriller (Martin Abel 3) - Rainer Löffler
Girl on the Train: Der Roman zum Kinofilm - Paula Hawkins,Christoph Göhler
This Impossible Light - Lily Myers
Exodus of Magic (The Mysterium Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) - Simone Pond
Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1 (Alias (2001-2003)) - Michael Gaydos,David Mack,Brian Michael Bendis,Bill Sienkiewicz
Der Augenjäger - Sebastian Fitzek
Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More - Kelly Sue DeConnick,David López
The Sleeping Prince - Tödlicher Fluch - 5 stars
Der Näher - 4 stars
Girl on the Train - 5 stars
This Impossible Light - 5 stars
Exodus of Magic - 5 stars
Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1 - 4 stars
Der Augenjäger - 5 stars
Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More - 4 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: every single one of them

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Artificial Sweethearts, The Book of Whispers

 

This has been the greatest reading month I had so far. 8 books finished, and I love all of them. This rarely happens, so I'm gonna hold on to that amazing feeling for the rest of the year.

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review 2017-06-30 04:25
The Girl On The Train
The Girl on the Train: A Novel - Paula Hawkins

 

 
Title: The Girl On The Train: A Novel
Author: Paula Hawkins
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Review:

"The Girl On The Train: A Novel" by Paula Hawkins

My Thoughts.....

This novel was quite some read that will have so many twist and turns where you will have to keep up to fully understand what in the world is going on. "The Girl On The Train" was one psychological thriller mystery suspenseful read that will keep your attention as you are turning the pages to get to the end to see who was this killer. I found the characters well developed, portrayed and so very interesting that will make one wonder about people you meet and their lives. Wow, what a read that after all is said and done all of this stemming from a train ride and how a lie can really go haywire.

 

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review 2017-06-17 13:35
Girl On The Train!!!
Girl on the Train: Der Roman zum Kinofilm - Paula Hawkins,Christoph Göhler

German and english review

 

Ich hab das Buch gerade fertig gelesen und ich bin mir noch nicht sicher, wie ich das Buch bewerten soll, ohne irgendwas zu verraten. Aber fangen wir erst mal ganz von Vorne an.

 

Inhalt: Jeden Morgen pendelt Rachel mit dem Zug in die Stadt, und jeden Morgen hält der Zug an der gleichen Stelle auf der Strecke an. Rachel blickt in die Gärten der umliegenden Häuser, sieht ihre Bewohner. Und eines Tages beobachtet sie etwas Schockierendes ...

 

Ich gestehe, dass ich am Anfang echt meine Schwierigkeiten hatte in das Buch reinzufinden. Es ist richtig gut geschrieben und ich liebe es, dass wir die Geschichte aus der Perspekive von drei Frauen lesen konnten, Rachel, Megan und Anna. Trotzallem hatte es eine Weile gedauert bis ich wirklich in dem Buch angekommen bin aber dann hatte es mich gepackt und gar nicht mehr los gelassen.

 

Rachel ist eine totale Katastrophe, die ich aber ziemlich schnell ins Herz geschlossen habe. Je weiter ein Charakter davon entfernt ist perfekt zu sein, um so lieber habe ich sie. Außerdem hat sie schließlich im Laufe des Buches an sich gearbeitet und ohne sie wäre das Buch einfach nicht das gewesen was es letzendlich war. Megan mochte ich auch total gerne, obwohl sie ebenfalls eine Katastrophe war. Wenn es um Anna geht, bin ich mir immer noch nicht sicher, was ich von ihr halten soll. Außerdem gab es Cathy, ein neben Charakter, den ich wirklich gleich ins Herz geschlossen habe. Sie war unglaublich toll.

 

Und das war es auch schon. Mehr will ich eigentlich garnicht sagen, denn ich finde je weniger man weiß um so besser ist es. Mich hat das Buch jeden fall komplett überzeugt. Die Geschichte war super umgesetzt und richtig gut erzählt. Es gab viele gute Wendungen und es war bis zum Ende absolut spannend. Ich kann es echt nur empfehlen.

 

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I just finished the book and I'm not sure how to actually review this book without giving anything away. But let's start at the beginning.

 

Summary: EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

 

I have to confess, that I had some problems getting into the story in the beginning. The writing is really amazing and I loved that we got to read the story from the point of view from three woman, Rachel, Megan and Anna. Still, it took me quite a bit to really get into it but when I did, it REALLY got me.

 

Rachel is a total mess, who I've taken in my heart right away. The farthest away a character is from being perfect, the more I love them. I also think that she worked a lot on herself throughout the whole book and without her the book wouldn't be what it is. Megan, I really liked her as well. She was a mess, too. When it comes to Anna, I'm not sure, I really don't know what to think of her. And there was also Cathy, a minor charater, that I really enjoyed reading about. She was just wonderful.

 

And that's about it. I don't really wanna say more, cause I think the less you know when getting into the book, the better it is. Anyway, the book really REALLY worked for me. The story is so well done and told in an amazing way. There were so many twists and turns and the story was thrilling until the very end. I really recommend it.

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text 2017-06-07 13:24
Reading progress update: I've read 141 out of 448 pages.
Girl on the Train: Der Roman zum Kinofilm - Paula Hawkins,Christoph Göhler

It took me a bit but now I'm really into this book. Rachel is such a mess, I love her.

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review 2017-01-24 21:05
The Girl On the Train
The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins

I listened to this novel on CD and almost gave up on it after the first CD. I kept asking individuals that I knew if they had read it and I was getting mixed reviews about it. All I knew about this novel as I was inquiring about it, was that Rachel didn’t sleep a lot but she loved her alcohol. She rode the train, analyzing the people who were a part of this mass transit system. These individuals didn’t have to ride it, they just needed to be around it, to be a part of it. Rachel was a loner. I thought the poor girl needed an intervention, her life was a mess, she needed someone to reach out to her. She needed someone to tell her that they cared about her, she needed someone she could rely and do something with besides just hanging out amongst the trains. I wondered how long Rachel had been this way and as she talked about her past, I wasn’t sure if it was the alcohol speaking or Rachel’s real memories that were coming back to her. Then to find out that Rachel was a liar, she had picked up this skill from being around one of the best liars around. What am I supposed to believe now? When the other character’s lives begin to emerge into Rachel’s life, I didn’t want to stop the CD’s as I played them everywhere I went. The story had now become mysterious and disturbing, how were all these characters connected to one another and why is this story taking forever to finish?

 

Perhaps if Rachel could just stay sober for a bit, she might get the stories straight and unwind this mystery for me but then a clear head is something that Rachel hasn’t deal with lately so perhaps this might not be a good idea. As Megan and Anna were introduced, I adored each of these women for they were strong and determined characters. Rachel, I thought of her, as this weak bird, fumbling around trying to stand up and get her bearing and as issues begin to surface in the story, she grabs onto them and tries to resolve them, still scuffling around but now drawing others into her battle. Rachel is ringing the bell. The men in these women’s lives angered me. I felt a push from each of them, a push for power. As I heard their voices on the audio, I was ready for them, my defenses were up and trust was becoming an issue as I listened to them. I loved the difference voices on this audio, the power and the emotion behind each voice, gave each character individualism and weight. I’m glad that I didn’t give up on this audio, I wonder how I would have felt had I read it on my own as I loved the voices that accompanied this audio yet I wondered if I would have disliked the beginning. 3.5 stars

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