Waiting on Wednesday #20 – “After You”

 I haven’t read a book written by this author until “Me Before You” and it made me cry. Not in sobs, but more of a “silent crying”.
My best friend put this book into my hands while I was struggling with what to read next. Well, here I am, waiting for the sequel.


Title: After You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Pages: 368
will be released on September 29th 2015! (6 MORE DAYS!)

Summary

IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST ONE AND WANT TO AVOID SPOILERS, DON’T READ THE SUMMARY!

“How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?

Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.

Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .

For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

After You is quintessential Jojo Moyes—a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice at being back in the world she creates. Here she does what few novelists can do—revisits beloved characters and takes them to places neither they nor we ever expected.”

Why? or Why did Jojo Moyes write a sequel?

Dear Reader,

I wasn’t going to write a sequel to Me Before You. But for years, readers kept asking and I kept wondering what Lou did with her life.  In the end the idea came, as they sometimes do, at 5:30 in the morning, leaving me sitting bolt upright in my bed and scrambling for my pen.

It has been such a pleasure revisiting Lou and her family, and the Traynors, and confronting them with a whole new set of issues. As ever, they have made me laugh, and cry. I hope readers feel the same way at meeting them—especially Lou—again.  And I’m hoping that those who love Will will find plenty to enjoy.

—Jojo Moyes

As I said before: I loved the first book. While the story is really exceptional, the Cover isn’t. It’s way to girly and I really hope they change it last-minute. But that’s just me and I can live with a girly Cover if the story is great – so don’t disappoint me, Jojo Moyes!
What are you waiting for this Wednesday? Let me know! 🙂

Gif from here.

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

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Love Letters To The Dead

Title: Love Letters to the Dead
Author: Ava Dellaira
Released:  April 1st 2014
Pages: 327
Rating: 5/5 ★

Summary

“It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person.

Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to the dead—to people like Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse—though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. […]

It’s not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself that she can finally accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was—lovely and amazing and deeply flawed—can she truly start to discover her own path.”
from Goodreads.

Opinion

I should probably admit that it didn’t got me from the first page. I was warily and unconvinced because the main character – Laurel – was so young and I didn’t believe that I could connect with a 14-year old girl.
But I was wrong. This has nothing to do with age itself, more with “coming of age”  and the problem nearly everybody faces: to find yourself while you’re losing yourself in other people.
My english isn’t developed enough to describe the beauty of language, music and story in this book but I’ll try.
There are three things I really liked: The way Laurel spoke about music and art (the Letters she wrote to Kurt Cobain and Amy Whinehouse), the way she made me understand that music and biography of the artists aren’t two different things and how everything that’s broken can be fixed – not perfect & neat, but glued together and beautiful.

There are a few lines I’d like to quote:

” […] He plays the guitar so well, you wouldn’t believe it. But he doesn’t have a band. And he doesn’t try really hard to get one. He mostly plays alone in his room instead. That’s what Kristen says.
I think he does this for the same reason Hannah doesn’t turn in her work when the teachers say she is smart.
I think a lot of people want to be someone, but we are scared that if we try, we won’t be as good as everyone imagines we could be.”

Bam. There you have it. One of my biggest fears and it seems that everyone else is afraid, too.

This is just a tiny piece of what I was touched by and I really recommend you to look into this beatiful book.
Also, I’ve started to listen to Nirvana and Amy Whinehouse again, because I feel … connected.

However, the lesson I’ll remember from this book is simple: Don’t think about what life is supposed to be like and look at what it could become. Life is not perfect that’s what makes it so real.

“The Book of Life” (All Souls #3) – Deborah Harkness

Title: “The Book of Life” (All Souls #3)
Author: Deborah Harkness
Released: July 15th 2014
Pages:  561

Rating: 4/5 ★

Description

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies.
At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches–with one significant exception.
But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences.
In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

from Goodreads


Opinion

It is a great finale, I can’t lie, but after having a few weeks distance from the state of finishing it and now (actually writing the review) I’m certain, that I won’t re-read it that quickly.
Yes, I am the “I-love-to-re-read-books-type” and a breathtaking book is always “re-readable”.
The Characters develope further (good), the storyline becomes more interesting (better) and new characters are introduced (not sure: Another villain Diana and Matthew have to fear? *hrmpf* Could have been done better).
If I’m honest, I didn’t really focus that much on the actual story and the problems, I just loved to read how friends and family bonded, fought together and guess what? They made it.

***  Warning! Spoiler!  ***

After the miscarriage in the past (remember? Timetravel – the second book) Diana is pregnant again and WOW, things are getting totally messed up. (In a good and a bad way). I was so excited for the babys to finally be born (I was having concerns, if I’m actually just reading the book because there’ll be babys in it?) Everything went as smoothly down as possible (no, I’m lying. There were troubles, but the birth wasn’t one of them. Pregnant women in labour are actually … funny.)

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The conclusion Diana and Matthew got from Ashmole (that sneeky book everyone wants to possess) was rather disappointing, but that’s just my opinion. I really didn’t care that much about that crazy-magic-power-book and maybe that’s why I just shrugged it off.

Nevermind, I’ve enjoyed it and would recommend it to everyone who started the series and also to those who are questioning themselves, if they should. Just try it out!

About the Author

Born in 1965, Harkness grew up near Philadepelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of an American-born father and a British-born mother
Harkness […] studied abroad at Oxford University She is a well-regarded historian of science and medicine, as well as having studied alchemy, magic and the occult.
In 2011, Harkness published her first work of fiction, “A Discovery of Witches”.
Harkness is also the author of the award-winning wine blog, Good Wine Under $20.

Information via here and Images via here, here, here and here.

“Shadow of Night” (All Souls #2) – Deborah Harkness

I’ve started this series days before my vacation in Rome and even exploring an ancient city couldn’t get me away from continuing with the second book.

Title: “Shadow of Night
Author: Deborah Harkness
ReleasedJuly 10th 2012
Pages: 584 (Thank you!)
Rating: 4/5 ★

What happens?

If you haven’t read the first book and want to avoid spoilers just read my Opinion (…or better not. I couldn’t prevent myself from SPOILiNG) or switch to “A Discovery Of Witches”.

“Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library,she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened.

Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590. But they soon realise that the past may not provide a haven. Reclaiming his former identity as poet and spy for Queen Elizabeth, the vampire falls back in with a group of radicals known as the School of Night. Many are unruly daemons, the creative minds of the age, including playwright Christopher Marlowe and mathematician Thomas Harriot.

Together Matthew and Diana scour Tudor London for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782, and search for the witch who will teach Diana how to control her remarkable powers…”


Opinion

Yes. Time travel? You got me!
No, seriously, the first book was an interesting journey through the dusty world of books (Diana Bishop is in love with her job) into the world of Witchcraft, Demons and hot Vampires (okay not hot HOT, but he’s kind of cute). The second book is now more focused on strengthening the plot & characters.
Veeeery good.

Diana and Matthew are now officially a couple and there isn’t anything worse than that (for the law keeping part). In order to get some time (ha.ha.) to think and to learn how to control a) her powers (Diana is some super-witch) b) Matthew (or Diana. Sometimes they don’t get that you can’t control everything!) and c) more enemies in the past (like the guy who wrote the first Faustus. He’s in love with Matthew. But Matthew is in love with Diana. Sooo…. yap. Problems, people!) they travel back to the Elizabethan Times. (Remember: No showers, no baths, no real teethbrushs and and and ….)
I liked the second book … I might’ve enjoyed it even more than the first one because I finally gave in and admitted to myself that I like it. Damn it. I thought my Vampire-phase was over.

You can see the characters grow and become bigger (or more bad) and surer in what they’re doing (I mean Diana.). In the first book she was stumbling more or less around, didn’t really know how to handle everything (but she did it quite well) and she is now facing more secrets, more magic and more totally crazy people who want her for her power or her connection to one of the mighty “Clairmonts” (Matthew in this case).

(You know what’s awesome? Time travel enables you to meet people who are long dead. Like Matthews father. Or his sister (not so good) or … Just Read it okay?)

There will be secrets (again) and occasionally you’ll be reminded of the twilight-series but I can say that proudly: It’s so much better!

Go and read the first (If you haven’t already) and second book and enjoy yourself.

Please, feel free to leave comments of any sort ! 😉

Images via here and here and here.

Waiting on Wednesday #8 – “Firewalker” (Worldwalker #2)

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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: Firewalker (Worldwaker #2)
Author: Josephine Angelini
Expected Publication: September 1st 2015
Pages: 352

“You think I’m a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified.”
Lily is back in her own universe, and she’s ready to start a new life with Rowan by her side. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape from New Salem, and must hide her magic for the safety of everyone she cares about, but compared to fighting the Woven, the monstrous creatures inhabiting the alternate Salem, life is looking pretty good.
Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can’t persuade Lily to return to her world, she will force her to come back by doing away with the ones she loves.”

Picking up right where Trial By Fire left off, Firewalker is another sexy, fast-paced, heartbreaking thrill ride from internationally bestselling author Josephine Angelini!

Wait, what? Was this book seriously described as sexy? I nailed it with Arielle, I did.

If this Cover were a Gif

 

Yeah, stop showin’ off. We get it. You look great and will bring us all hope and then, everything will be shattered into tiny pieces. I know it. You wrote the Starcrossed-Trilogy and after the first amazing book you destroyed me. Shame on you. I love the new series but I’m damn afraid you’ll do it again.

Seriously, I’m looking forward to the second book. I loved the first one Trial By Fire, but I am afraid that my high expectations won’t be fulfilled. The second book is always the hardest, because it’s only a bridge for the grand finale. But it shouldn’t feel like this. I hope, Angelinie masters it. I really do.

What is your WoW-Pick for this week? Let me know!

Images via here and here. All Info’s by Goodreads

Waiting on Wednesday – “Sea of Stars” (Kricket-Series #2)

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

 

Hello, out there!

This is my first “WoW”-entry,  so please don’t be too hard on me. (I think I screwed up with this registration-thing on Jill’s blog. I’m sorry. I am not only bad at math I’m also very bad with technology.)

The book that’s on my “I-want-to-read-this-so-badly!”-List is called “Sea of Stars” and is the sequel to the first book “Under Different Stars“.

Spoiler-free Summary

“Eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell was looking for her place in the world when she discovered that the universe was bigger—and more dangerous—than she had ever dreamed. Now, whisked across space to the planet Ethar, Kricket learns that her genetic ability […] makes her a sought-after commodity…and the catalyst for war between her star-crossed parents’ clans. According to Alameedan prophecy, one house will rise to power and the other will be completely wiped out, and Kricket’s precognition is believed to be the weapon that will tip the scales.

A target of both the Rafe and the Alameeda houses, Kricket finds protection—and a home […] But her visions of what’s to come disturb her deeply, especially since she must discover whether the gift[…] will allow her to rewrite the future, or if her fate is as immovable as the stars.”

by Amy A. Bartols blog

Coming Out: March 31st 2015 by 47North
Pages: 291 pages
Price: 11,99 € (Europe), Kindle 4,99 €

*the first picture is designed by me, If you want to use it please just add the source (this blog)

“Under Different Stars” (Kricket Series #1) by Amy A. Bartol

4/5 ★

Arrrghhh!! This is one of my all-time-favourites! I’ve read this book last year in May or so and I was just blown away by it. (And yes, I’m sure it’s a fantastic book because even my critical best friend said it was awesome)
Because I’ll try to participate in the “Waiting on Wednesday”-event (hosted by Jill on her blog breakingthespine) and I wanted to present the upcoming sequel: I thought I should first show everyone this fabulous beginning of a very, very, very good story!

Title: Under Different Stars
Author: Amy A. Bartol
Pages: 317
Price: 11,99 € (3,49€ Kindle)
Published: 19th 2013

 

Story

 (this Summary is taken from A. Bartol’s homepage/blog)

Kricket Hollowell never wished upon stars. She was too busy hiding in plain sight, eluding Chicago’s foster care system. As her eighteenth birthday approaches, she now eagerly anticipates the day she’ll stop running and finally find her place in the world.

That day comes when she meets a young Etharian soldier named Trey Allairis, who has been charged with coming to Earth to find Kricket and transport her to her true home. As danger draws close, he must protect her until she can wield the powers she cannot use on Earth…and he soon realizes that counting a galaxy of stars would be easier than losing this extraordinary girl.

Kyon knows the powerful depths of Kricket’s gifts—gifts he’ll control when he takes her for his tribe and leads the forces that will claim Ethar and destroy his enemies, starting with Trey Allairis. Now, Kricket faces the most difficult choice of her life: whether to wage a battle for survival or a fight for love.

 Opinion

Kricket is one of my most favourite main characters because she is neither boring nor slow on the uptake and knows, how to protect herself (sneeky one). While she tries to adapt very quickly to the really unusual situation, she’s still funny and speaks her mind (and thank God, she is actually someone who hasn’t got any thoughts like “I am getting attacked. Oh. Maybe I should wait ’til someone rescues me”)
Yes, okay, there is some romance going on and yes, she is still a teenie and has feeling as one. But please, if I read a YA-novel I expect a little romance and some interesting male characters. I’ll admit it.
This book is a real page-turner and I couldn’t wait to get to the end of it. (Imagine my desperation as I found out that the sequel was coming out in 2015.)

At first, it was really hard for me to figure out which of the really funny guys I like best and if that’s the only thing I struggle with, this book has to be good!
One minor point that really annoyed me is the fact that Kricket seem to be the ideal girl and every guy in the area would love to tear her clothes apart at once. Okay, it’s cool if there are some guys who like her but … kind of everyone?? What is it? Has she some magic “Hey-I’m-sexy-please-drool-over-me”-perfume? She handles the situation(s) but this ongoing “You’re-the-hottest-chick-I’ve-ever-seen” is … a little bit sexist… aaaand there is this point in the story where I wonder why she can’t use her legs but has to be carried everywhere (I think that should’ve been romantic but it was more confusing. She wasn’t harmed or anything, so why should she be carried?)

So, go on and read this book so you can be ready for the upcoming sequel!