Versatile Blogger Award “….whaaaaat?”

Out of nowhere I got nominated by Daniel @thecouchpotatoesdigest . Thank you very much, I didn’t even knew, you were out there, reading some of my stuff. Thanks! (By the way, you should check out his blog! I did and now I’m following on bloglovin.. yeah, you know. That thing with wordpress and blogspot, I haven’t figured it out yet.)

Rules
1. Nominate 15 other bloggers relatively new to blogging (or have less than 50 followers)

Okay. Wait. I’m following that many people, I have to start looking through all of them, again. What does “relatively new to blogging” mean? 2 months? Half a year? One year? Whatever. These are just a few blogs I adore. (I really tried to list 15 but it’s so hard!)

1. Everyone Reading This!
2. Reading in Bed
3. Precarious Writer
4. Bücher und Mehr
5. Jessie Marie Reads
6. Mishi-Reads
7. The Brunette Bookworm

 

2. Let the bloggers know that you’ve nominated them
You are nominated! .. no, I’m kidding, I’ll post some comment, so they’ll know 😉

3. Share ten random facts about yourself

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★  I love food. Anything. (Maybe, someday my dream will come true and I’m going to marry my one true love: Pizza.)

★  I’m not a morning person. At all. Better, you hide yourself until I recover from my brutal awakening by my alarm clock.

★  I love to get to know new people. I might be the one, asking you a question on a book you’re reading if you’re sitting next to me on the train. (Ok. Rarely. But I do consider it, if it’s a good book. I don’t want to be a creep)

★  7 times out of 10 I’m more fascinated by the evil character than the “good” one

★  When I’m cleaning at home I’ll sing and dance to every music available on Spotify. (Even though I can’t sing or dance. Nevermind, the neighbours are having a good laugh, I guess.)

★ I love Gif’s. Obviously.

★ I’m lazy. I’m too lazy to fight with people and too lazy to stress myself about everything. … Oh, maybe that’s called balance. Not sure yet.

★  I’m as graceful as a swan when it comes to my behaviour. Never fell on my face. Or ran against a lamp post because I was waving goodbye at my friends. Never. …

★  I love the idea of hanging a world map on my wall and stick pins in it where I want to go (Needed: A LOT of Pins). A shame, that I never found one, that seemed lovely enough to take it home. Cliché, I know.

★  If someone makes me pick between two things it’ll be the hardest decision of my life because I’m undecisive as jelly. (Icecream or Pizza? ICECREAM OR PIZZA? …. Why can’t I have both at the same time?)

4. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog


Daniel @thecouchpotatoesdigest

5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your post

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THANK YOU!

AT THIS POINT I should thank all the readers out there, following my blog or reading what I’m putting out here. Thank you so much, it really means a lot to me. I’m not great with thanking people properly, but I hope you can see that I’m saying this from the deepest (and darkest) place of my heart. Thank you. Thank you so, so much.  I hope you all will enjoy what I’m writing and always feel free to say what’s on your mind 😉

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Waiting on Wednesday #7 – “Magonia”

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“Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill (breakingthespine) that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.”

Title: Magonia
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Expected Publication: April 28th 2015
Pages: 320

First thought

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Clicked on “Want To Read”! 
Wait a minute …. What is the book even about?

… I hope it’s worth the Cover.

Reading the summary and feeling like

“Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.

Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.

So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.

Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia.

Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?”

Neil Gaiman’s Stardust meets John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars in this fantasy about a girl caught between two worlds…two races…and two destinies.

I haven’t read “Stardust” but I’ve read “The Fault In Our Stars” and damn, that book made me cry like a baby. If this book is even near to John Green’s masterpiece or the movie “Stardust” (which I love very much, so you better be good “Magonia”!)  – I’ll be so happy to discover a new story about destiny, love and some otherwordly stuff.
It reminds me of Trial By Fire. The main character suffers from a disease too and struggles to have a normal life – but then, she magically gets sucked in another world, where her “weakness” is actually Power.
We’ll see. But the Cover is still magnificent…

What is your opinion? Overrated? Underrated? What did you pick for your WoW?

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Travel + Family = Chaos

My family is driving me nuts. Seriously.

I’m leaving tomorrow for Rome. Everything seemed perfectly normal, I packed my things, printed my board card … my aunt and my uncle arrived to say goodbye and that’s where the chaos started.

In my previous German post I’ve written about how happy I am to finally leave (also called “anticipation”). Okay, not exactly in these words but similar. I’ve mentioned too that I have no clue what actually to do when I arrive at the airport because my last flight was about five years ago (more or less)

My aunt asked me if it’s written down how much baggage I can bring with me. Then everyone panicked because on my board card is stated that I can bring hand luggage only up to 8 kg.
 So everyone in my family thought I could ONLY bring hand luggage up to 8 kg with me.

If you have a Croatian Mum and her side of the family is coming with their kids – it’s insane. Because the Family needs to know everything, has to approve of everything and if something might be wrong – everyone should be panicking. That’s the way it works. My Dad’s family is much more rational. They would just check the internet rather than creating one horror scenario after the other.

Unfortunately, I’ve started to believe them, calling hotlines in Frankfurt which do not work on Sundays. I really panicked as well, removed clothes from my bag and weight it until I was down to 8,1 kg.

… After I spamed my best friend with message over message on whatsapp, she said of course it’s okay to take another bag up to 20 kg for your check-in baggage. Google said that too.

You could imagine my reaction. Yeah, right, I wasn’t pleased at all for making me go crazy about two hours.
Now, I’m just ready for bed. Don’t you dare make me go crazy again. 

What I’ve learned? Don’t listen to your family in travel affairs. Ever. Again.

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“Der Thron der Welt” or “The Hawk Quest”

 (deutsche Version unten 😉 )
Do you know that feeling, when you had that much of a great meal that your tummy hurts?
That’s how I felt after reading the book. It was like a big sandwich, filled with meat, salad, tomatoes … nearly everything but after a few bites, I realised: It was too big to eat without getting stomacheache.

Title: “Hawk Quest
Author: Robert Lyndon
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 672
 2.5/5 ★

If you want to know the story click here.

Opinion

It started out very well and I had some high hopes. Yes, you know where this is heading. All right, if you want to skip the “why everything went wrong part”, read the conclusion further down.
For everyone else, I’m going to list it very quickly.

1. The Characters. There was one, maybe two characters I was interested in. The rest could’ve died away (what they actually did) but I wouldn’t care. I’m not a heartless person but I kind of disliked everyone, woman or man. No one was interesting enough to make me care about them. Sorry.

2. The Woman that is supposed to fulfill the “we-need-a-good-ending-for-our-lost-hero”-Part. She was stupid, unrealistic, acting silly and making me want to strangle her. The only one slightly interesting was the falconer and his girlfriend/future wife.

3. I’ve read the story in German, that’s why I had totally different expectations. The original title “The Hawk Quest” was translated into “The Throne of the World” what makes no sense at all. There is no throne, no story associated with a throne and just death, cruelty, annyoing women and only a single good-hearted person (NO! NOT THE MAIN CHARACTER. He killed his wife, okay?)
After seeing the original title on Goodreads, I knew what was going on. Finally.

4. The style of writing isn’t bad but it isn’t good either. I had to make a lot of pauses to get myself to finish the story. I have the second book here, too, but after reading through nearly  990 pages (German Translation seems to be longer) I’m not going to torture myself again.

It was interesting, I’m proud I’ve finished this book but I would only recommend it to people who are really into knights, killing, dying and really dark age thinking (Yes, it’s the dark age and they should act as historical accurate as possible. But not everyone has to be boring.) I would be happy, if they did something like this..

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Also, wenn ihr mich fragt, ist dieses Buch erstens falsch betitelt und zweitens auch noch wie ein viel zu langes Mittagessen, bei dem einem irgendwann Bauchgrimmen und Verdauungsprobleme erwartet.

Titel: “Der Thron der Welt
Autor: Robert Lyndon
Genre: Historisch
Seiten: 956
Bewertung: 2.5/5 ★

Die Geschichte (freie Zusammenfassung nach Franzi)

Da ist dieser Ritter und der ist immer depressiv, weil er im Grund weiß, er ist ein schlechter Mensch. Da trifft er den jungen Italiener, dessen Lehrmeister gerade verstorben ist und ihn irgendwie dazu bringt, eine Lösegeldforderung für einen anderen Ritter an dessen Familie zu vermitteln.
Gesagt getan, die Familie kann das Lösegeld (oder die “vier schneeweißen Falken”) für ihren Sohn Walter nicht aufbringen, und so geht die Expedition, bestehend aus Ritter 1 + jungen Italiener + einem jungen Falkner + mehr Männer nach Island, um dort diese Falken zu besorgen.
Problem: Bruder von Walter will nicht, dass dieser befreit wird also jagt er die Expedition um den halben Globus
Zutaten: Gewalt, Dummheit, noch mehr Gewalt, Mittelalter, Wikinger, sehr viele Schiffe, schlechte Menschen und größtenteils nervige Frauen

Meinung
Die Reise an sich ist eigentlich realistisch, leider konnte ich nichts mit den Charakteren (außer mit dem jungen Falkner und seiner Freundin) anfangen. Alles Langweiler, schlechte Menschen oder hohlköpfige Weiber. Die Geschichte scheint kein wirkliches Ende nehmen zu wollen, manches ist viel zu ausführlich beschrieben und teilweise unnötig. Die ganze Reise steht unter einem sehr schlechten Stern, aber irgendwie kriegt jeder sein verdrehtes Happy-End.
Entschuldigt, für diese knappe Ausführung, ich bin einfach nur erleichtert, dass ich das Buch mit Hero, Wayland und all den anderen bei Seite legen darf.


Wer ein Fan von Mittelalter und Rittern und wildem Herumschiffen ist, der kann sich das gerne antun. An sich, habe ich wirklich nur den “Wird-anstrengend”-Effekt zu bemängeln, sowie zuviel Ausführlichkeit und platte Charaktere. Der Rest schien mir in Ordnung, aber für mehr als 2.5 Sterne kann ich mich wirklich nicht aufraffen.

#QuickTip #6 – “Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Trilogy” (Laini Taylor)

 English Version below
Wieder einmal ist es Zeit, euch eine Reihe ans Herz zu legen (auch schon abgeschlossen. (zumindest im englischsprachigem Raum! YES!), die mir wirklich die Kinnlade runterklappen ließ. (Okay, das erst ab dem zweiten Buch, im ersten Buch muss man erstmal mit allem klarkommen. Irgendwie 😉 )

Titel: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Autor: Laini Taylor
Erscheinungsjahr: 2012
Seiten: 496

Was würdest du dir wünschen, wenn du nur eine Perle deiner Kette opfern musst, damit dein Wunsch in Erfüllung geht?
Wo würdest du hinreisen, wenn du bloß durch eine Tür gehen musst, um nahezu alle Orte der Welt zu erreichen?
Wie würdest du dich fühlen, wenn du den falschen Mann liebst, er aber die Antwort auf alle deine Fragen ist? Karou dachte, sie wüsste, wer sie ist. Doch dann kommt es zu einer Begegnung, die alles verändert … Eine Liebe, die älter ist als die Zeit. Und ein Kampf, bei dem ALLES auf dem Spiel steht. Der erste Band der Serie, die die Welt erobert.” (von hier)

Okay, da dieser Klappentext wirklich nur nichtssagende Anspielungen macht, packe ich hier ein wenig mehr aus.

Es geht um Karou, eine Kunststudentin mit blauem Haar, die in den Gassen Prags immer wieder in das Versteck von Grimstone, ihrem Eigentlich-Ziehvater findet.
Grimstone hat einen außergewöhnlichen Laden – er handelt mit Zähnen. Und Wunschsteinen. (Keine Ahnung, wie die deutsche Übersetzung dafür ist, im Englischen hießen sie jedenfalls “Wishstones”).
Karou bereist durch magische Wege die ganze Welt, um aufzutreiben, was Grimstone von ihr verlangt.
Tja und dann geht so einiges schief (Sie verpatzt nichts), aber da taucht plötzlich dieser gruselige Kerl auf – Akiva. Nachdem da erstmal Zeter und Mordio abgeht und der Leser nicht genau weiß, was das eigentlich soll, kommt man den Geheimnissen langsam auf die Schliche.

Der erste Band ist wie ein Aufwärmtraining, denn im zweiten und im dritten Band kommt dann der Kram, bei dem einem die Kinnlade runterfällt. Es mag schwer sein, in die ersten 50 Seiten des Buches reinzukommen, aber erstmal geschafft, wird man dafür auch schön belohnt. Glaubt mir!

Leider gibt es in Deutschland scheinbar nur die ersten beiden Bücher übersetzt. Aber ich glaube, wer sich reinliest, kann die Serie auch mit dem letzten Band auf englisch abschließen 😉

   

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You’ve heard correct – more Smoke, more Bones, more EXCITEMENT.
This is one of my favourite series (Yes, I seem to have a lot of favourites but I said it in some post earlier – there is no “only favourite” for me. I’m a really undecisive person :D) and I want to provoke some curiosity.
… and yes, there are so many more books to come 😉

Titel: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Year of Publication: 2011
Pages: 418

“Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?”

Make yourself ready to battle through the first 50 pages (or so) and to be rewarded for hanging on with an epic story of a Fantasy World, different from any other one you’ve come to know. You will get to know Grimstone, Karous “father”, “Master” or whatever you want to call him, her closest thing she is getting to a mother (some very special women. I don’t want to spoiler anything :D) and her really fascinating live, surrounded by secrets, whishstones and some more secrets, she has to deal with.
Secrets are the best! Thank you, Laini Taylor!739260

Part I: “Daughter of Smoke and Bone”
Part II: “Days of Blood and Starlight”
Part III: “Dreams of Gods and Monsters”

           

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Waiting on Wednesday #6 – “Winter” (The Lunar Chronicles)

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“Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill (breakingthespine) that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.”

Title: Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 10th 2015
Expected: TO BE AWESOME. If not, you better explain yourself, Marissa Meyer!

I’m just staring. Seriously. Something about this cover is so hypnotic .. I can’t explain it. Staring. Oh God, I should better keep this under control. You can read the summary to give you a little taste of what’s coming, I’ll stare in the meantime.

What is going to happen?

“When Princess Winter was thirteen, the rumor around the Lunar court was that her glamour would soon be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. In a fit of jealousy, Levana disfigured Winter. Four years later, Winter has sworn off the use of her glamour altogether. Despite her scars, Winter’s natural beauty, her grace, and her gentleness are winning admiration from the Lunar people that no amount of mind-control could achieve.

Winter despises her stepmother, but has never dreamed of standing up to her. That is, until she realizes that she may be the only one with the power to confront the queen.”

“Can Cinder, Prince Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, Princess Winter, and the palace guard Jacin find their happily ever afters? Fans will LOVE this amazing conclusion to the series.” (Goodreads)

Why should you be as happy as I am?

All the ones who loved the Lunar Chronicles will understand. The others – well, you should probably catch up. I know, some people say they’re bad books and some people have different tastes or are a somehow insane (No. I’m serious. This books work just this way: You like them or you don’t. Fortunately, I do.)
I am SO going to love that book, because Cinder, Scarlet and all the others are gonna ***** the ***** out of that evil glamourous queen. Or, at least, I hope so.
… aand I love happy ends, okay, it shouldn’t be too “love, peace and harmony” but it would be nice, if the author finds the endings every character deserves.

I want it. Now.

That’s all I’ve got. So, what’s your opinion? What did you choose as Wow? Let me know!

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“A Wicked Thing (Sleeping Beauty)” by Rhiannon Thomas

As promised: I’m back and finished the book with the beautiful cover.

Title: “A Wicked Thing
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Released: February 24th 2015
Pages: 337
Rating: 3/5 ★


What’s the book about?

“One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.
Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.
As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.”

Opinion

I was really cautious with my expectations. It sounded and looked wonderful, but I wasn’t sure, if it could live up to the standards I’ve set the moment I saw the cover.
Never mind, this book is good. At least, it’s not bad. I’m really not sure, if I like it or not.
The Protagonist – Aurora – is always calm, thinking, dealing with this situation she’s trapped against her will. Apparently. She could walk away, the moment she wanted (she knows that) but she doesn’t.

We’re tossed into a kingdom, 100 years after Aurora went for her magical nap, were the throne is passed on (seemingly) every 20 years. Someone murders the old king and becomes the new king while the people are starving.
There are rebels, riots everywhere, cruelly punished by the King – Aurora’s future Dad-in-law.
The three “possible” interesting matches of Aurora are either a bitter rebel from the streets, the kind but rather clumsy Prince Rodric or the charming but smart Finnigan, Prince of a country behind the great ocean waves.
I couldn’t really connect to Aurora, because she was too calm. Yes, in the end she stood up (in her way) to the “bad guys”, but I expected rather a real spectacle not just hide and seek, if you know what I mean.
The problem is: I still haven’t figured out who is “good” or “bad”. Okay, I get it, who the bad guy is, but who can you trust?


One big flaw: Aurora does not know what she wants. She doesn’t really even try to find out. Someone who doesn’t know what he or she wants is basically someone who does not know who he is. Who is Aurora? (It’s okay to not know, what to do, but not know, what to want is really difficult for a character. She has no direction, no motivation and loses depth)
After finishing the book I asked myself just one question: What’s the point?

Despite these flaws, I enjoyed the book. I’m looking forward to the sequel.
“A Wicked Thing” should be recommended for those of you  who can bare a more silent, subtile book. .. Is it silly, to like Celeste, the Witch who cursed Aurora? Well, I do. Maybe you’ll do, too.
Read the book to find out.

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