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text 2018-12-01 20:49
My November 2018
Harry Potter und die Heiligtümer des Todes - J.K. Rowling,Klaus Fritz
Power Women - Geniale Ideen mutiger Frauen: Was würden sie dir raten? - Andreas Jäger
Paheli: Spiel um alles oder nichts - Karuna Riazi,Maximilian Meinzold,Cornelia Panzacchi
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender - Leslye Walton
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
milk and honey - rupi kaur
Harry Potter und die Heiligtümer des Todes - 5 stars
Power Women - Geniale Ideen mutiger Frauen: Was würden sie dir raten? - 5 stars
Paheli: Spiel um alles oder nichts - 3.5 stars
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender - 5 stars
The Hate U Give - 5 stars
milk and honey - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Harry Potter (duh!), The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, The Hate U Give

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Ohne Spur, Die Rote Königin, Wahrheit gegen Wahrheit, In Rache entflammt

 

This month has been my favorite reading month. I'm super happy with the amount of books I have read and I'm even happier with the quality of the books. I loved every single one I have read, not all of them are going to stick with me forever but there were some really beautiful reads in there.

 
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-11-27 14:28
The Hate U Give!!!
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

HOT DAMN THIS BOOK.

T H I S   B O O K.

 

Summary: "What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?"

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

 

This is one of those hyped books that IS SO WORTH THE HYPE. Not going to lie, I was a bit intimitated by the hype, cause this could have gone into a terrible direction. But it didn't. I truly loved this book.

 

The writing is amazing. I seriously love how this story is written, the setting, everything. It deals with a very hot topic and it dealt with it the right way. I loved how exhausting this book was, I loved that I went all the emotions. One minute I was crying my eyes out, the next I couldn't stop laughing.

 

The characters were amazing, the felt so real. They were flawed and just amazing. I loved Starr's growth throughout the whole book. I just love this girl so damn much. And the whole family dynamic?! Yes please. Seriously, I loved everyone in that family, I loved how they fought, how they got on each others nerves, and how they always had each others backs. I JUST LOVE THEM ALL SO DAMN MUCH.

 

I just now finished this a bit ago and I already want to reread it. The story itself is frustrating, cause once, JUST ONCE, I want and need justice. But the way the story is told, the characters (of course there are a few people that I hate with a burning passion, but still), the family dynamic, the friendships, the community. It's perfect.

 
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review 2018-10-31 21:44
An Anti-Heroine that shines in her darkness...
Give the Dark My Love - Beth Revis

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~BOOK BLURB~

Give the Dark My Love

Beth Revis

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When seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy, she has only one goal in mind: learn the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island's wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn't quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen, who all look down on her. 

 

All, except for Greggori "Grey" Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that's for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the North, and it's making its way toward the cities. With her family's life--and the lives of all of Lunar Island's citizens--on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague. 

 

Grey and Nedra continue to grow closer, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy's most dangerous corners--and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Give The Dark My Love is the kind of book that is not easily defined.  For me, it was part Dark Fantasy, part Alternate History and also part Supernatural with a splash of romance.  The romance in no way interferes with the storyline or dominates it either…just enhances it. 

 

In the beginning, I had an overwhelming feeling of depression… the disease or plaque that does dominate the story, just left me saddened.  But around the half-way point, this takes a decidedly dark turn and that's when this story evolves into something most compelling…the darkness and the necromancy sucked me right into the story.  Despite the slow start to the book and my not having read too much about necromancy, to say yay or nay on it…I still feel like this is executed smoothly and poignantly.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.2STARS - GRADE=B+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.8/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 3.8/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.3/5  Cliffhanger~ Not really, but there is a second book.

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Book Cover~ So gorgeous…

Narration~5 for Mhairi Morrison, she reminded me of the girl in the Disney Movie Brave…I quite loved her accent. 4 for Bruce Mann…meh, he was all right.

Series~ Give The Dark My Love #1

Setting~ Lunar Island

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-09-29 00:33
Give Up the Ghost ★★★★☆
Give Up the Ghost - Juliet Blackwell

I was worried that this series was headed toward a death spiral after finishing the prior book, but other readers encouraged me to keep on, and I’m glad I did. This may be the best one yet. Mel is back to her usual acerbic self, she’s 

shaking off that boring romance with Mr. Too-Perfect-To-Be-Plausible, 

(spoiler show)

and she’s back in San Francisco reveling in historic, but not ancient, architecture. The ghosts are a lot more fun, too. I’m glad, because this has so far been the only cozy mystery series that I’ve enjoyed enough to keep forging ahead with. It’s even been worth spending Audible credits on.   

 

Audiobook, via Audible. The performance by Xe Sands is as enjoyable as ever. I read this for the 2018 Halloween Bingo square Cozy Mystery: a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community.

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text 2018-09-27 16:01
Give Up the Ghost - 49%
Give Up the Ghost - Juliet Blackwell

This seems to be a more complex plot than usual for this series, but I'm enjoying it much more. 

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