23 May 2013

Reading next #22 - it's a wrap

I finally read all the books on this massive reading pile. I loved three of the books (Scarlet, Nadia knows best and Deadly Sting), but also struggled with some of the books. Still it was overall a good reading pile

Sisters of Glass - Stephanie Hemphill

historical YA, free verse, stand-alone

I don't know exactly why, but this book did not manage to fascinate me or to grab my interest. The book did not leave a lasting impression on me and I didn't care that much about what happened to the characters. 

The girls guide to (man)-hunting - Jessica Clare

contemporary romance, adult, #1 in the Bluebonnet series

This was an enjoyable start into a new contemporary romance series. The characters were likable and the love story nice. But the book didn't leave a lasting impression on me, right now I'm not sure if I will go on with the series or not. 

Angelfall - Susan Ee

post-apocalyptic, YA, #1 in the Penryn & the End of Days series

I know that a lot of readers praise this book as special and fantastic, unfortunately in my opinion it was a mix of a boring writing style, illogical events and overall it was not that entertaining. I could not see the fineness others have experienced when reading the book. I struggled with all of the characters and the ending was for me way too over the top weird and too many things in the book did not make any sense. This book was clearly not for me.

Harbinger - Sara Wilson Etienne

mystery/fantasy, YA, stand-alone

This was another weird book, especially the ending of the story is special and you will either love the explanation to what was going on or not. Unfortunately the ending did not work for me, I could not completely believe in what was going on. But still this book was thrilling and interesting, but definitely not perfect for me. 

A deadly yarn - Maggie Sefton

cozy msytery, adult, #3 in the Knitting Mystery series

This was another nice book in the series, I once again enjoyed reading about all the characters and the little town the series is set in. However I wish that another crime than a murder would have been chosen for this story, it's not that believable that somebody is murdered in every book. I also wish that the main romantic relationship of the series would move on a bit faster. I will go on with reading book #4 in the series and hope that there will be some new developments. 

Jenseits des Karussels - Ju Honisch

steampunk, YA, German

I thought that the worlbuilding and most of the characters were fascinating, but unfortunately the writing style was not perfect for me. It made it hard to get into a good reading flow and I did not manage to get used to it. I still plan to give another book, maybe the upcoming one, by the author a try. 

Me and Mr. Darcy - Alexandra Potter

contemporary romance, adult, stand-alone

I didn't like the two main characters and also struggled with the writing style. This book was definitely not for me. 

Deadly Sting - Jennifer Estep

Urban Fantasy, adult, #8 in the Elemental Assassin series, first book in the series: Spider's Bite

Fast-paced, full of action and very enjoyable, that's how I would subscribe this book in a few words. Once again I loved Jennifer Estep's writing style and her way to tell stories. It was once again very easy to reconnect with all of the characters. The plot in "Deadly Sting" was a very entertaining and in the end deadly one. Gin had once again to fight hard to make sure that her loved ones stay safe and to survive. There was some progress in the Gin/Owen situation and I hope that they will be able to solve their issues in the next book.

This series is still going very strong for me and if you are a fan of Urban Fantasy series that are not too dark, then please check out "Spider's Bite", the first book in the series. 

The Elite - Kiera Cass

dystopian, YA, #2 in The Selection trilogy

This was one of those middle books in trilogies that seem a bit unnecessary. The story itself did not offer that many new developments and I did not enjoy the ones that were about Prince Maxon. He behaved in a way that I not always enjoyed. The way he was handling the selection in this book did not work for me and it made me like him a bit less. The whole love triangle situations (yes, there's the possibility of two) is not one I enjoy in general and I don't think that they are necessary to make this series interesting. Instead I would have liked to learn more about the world and especially the rebels.
Still I enjoyed reading most parts of the story, I enjoyed once again meeting America and loved how she tried to help one of her friends. She is a good person and her doubts about her future felt real to me. I think this might end up to be one of these trilogies that would have worked better as a duology.

Even though "The Elite" was not a perfect book for me and I struggled with parts of the story, I still enjoyed the book overall and I'm very excited to find out what will happen in the final book of the trilogy.

Nadia knows best - Jill Mansell

chick-lit, adult, stand-alone

This is one of my favourite books from this reading pile. The story was fresh, full of interesting characters, some drama, several romances and a lot of feeling. Plus the book made me smile and love a lot. "Nadia knows best" felt a bit tamer than some of the other books by Jill Mansell I read and that's something I liked a lot. The main romance developed rather slowly, it was nice to see how Nadia and her man fell in love and how they in the end managed to get together. There was only one character in the book that annoyed me and that was Nadia's ex. I wanted him to have to pay for what he did, but I can live with the fact that Nadia did get in the end her HEA.

This book made me very excited to read Jill Mansell's newest book "Don't want to miss a thing". If you enjoy mostly light-hearted, lovely chick lit romances with a lot of fascinating characters, then "Nadia knows best" might be a great book for you. 

Skylark - Meagan Spooner

dystopian, YA, #1 in the Skylark series

This YA book sounded fascinating, but unfortunately the story itself did not manage to grab my interest. When reading the book I didn't feel a lot and even though parts of the book were enjoyable, overall the story and the characters did not impress me. I would still recommend this book to readers who like dystopian novels, maybe the world Meagan Spooner created will work better for you than it did for me. 

Scarlet - Marissa Meyer

SciFi fairytale retelling, #2 in the Lunar Chronicles quartet, first book in the quartet: Cinder

I loved reading this book, beginning to end the story managed to capture my whole attention. Once I started reading the book I couldn't stop because I loved every new development that had to do with Cinder, and I also loved reading about Scarlet and her life. When I read "Cinder", the first book in the series, I enjoyed the book but was not as amazed by it as other readers were. But now I can understand all the praise and the love for the series. "Scarlet" made me want to go back to rereading Cinder and to rediscover the book. "Scarlet" made me super excited to read the next two books in the series, waiting for them in 2014 and 2014 will be painful. ;)

"Scarlet" is a modern fairy tale retelling that is set in a world that is fascinating and daunting at the same time. A world with SciFi elements and with special beings. The book is full of emotion, action, betrayal, power plays, deadly attacks, love and hope. The mix was perfect for me and everything in the story made me excited for more and entertained me. I could go on with praising the book but I think you have to discover its fineness yourself. So if you haven't read "Cinder" and/or "Scarlet", buy yourself copies and enjoy reading them!

Shadows Cast by Stars - Catherine Knutson

dystopian, YA, stand-alone

This is another book that sounded great, but that left me a bit unimpressed and unsure about what to feel. I had some minor issues with the world-building, the romance seemed rushed and one minor plot surrounding a girl from the village the book is set in made me feel uncomfortable. Something in the book made it hard for me to get into a good reading flow and the whole spirit world thing is something I struggled with. Even though the book was not for me, I still think that it's interesting and could be a great book for other readers. 

I also read and loved the following ebook

Babycakes - Donna Kaufmann

contemporary romance, adult, #3 in the Cupcake Club series, first book in the series: Sugar Rush

This was exactly the kind of nice and cozy contemporary romance I love to read. The book and the whole series is set in a lovely, small town and there are a lot of likable and a bit eccentric characters living in that place. The two main characters of "Babycakes" are the kind of people you would like to have as friends, they are the kind of people you root for and want to see happy. The story was heart-warming, lovely and made me smile a lot. Turtles played an important role in the book and adding this little extra worked perfectly for me. And of course cupcakes and baking played once again an important role, needless to say that I loved this aspect of the story. :)

You can read this book as a stand-alone, however the other books in the series are also great, so I would recommend to start with the first book which is called "Sugar Rush". If you are in the mood for a cozy contemporary romance, then "Babycakes" and "Sugar Rush" are great books for you.

I will show you my new reading pile tomorrow, so stay tuned And Happy Reading!


  1. Awh, I'm sad that Ju's style did'nt work for you. Maybe it'll change after another try? I would recommend Obsidianherz because the characters you meet in every book are changing a lot (especially Asco [whom I wanted to shake a lot of times with his strange code of honour] and also one of my favourites Graf Apard:). If you want to give it a try I would borrow you my copy (so you don't waiste any money).
    But I'm happy The Elite could entertain you.
    Angelfall is very special and I understand everyone who didn't get a connection to this strange world. I liked it hence it was so weird and radiated such a horrific vibe.
    I think I'll give Spider's Bite a try soon. Sounds really entertaining.
    Everyone loves Cinder - it's on my wishlist for a while. Maybe I should buy it for our upcoming holidays in June...?
    Thanks for sharing and happy reading.

    1. I think I will give the upcoming book by Ju a chance, maybe a new setting and a new cast of characters will work better for you. And you really have to get Cinder and give it a chance, the world in the story is so special and especially Scarlet was IMO brilliant.

  2. The only books from this pile that I recognize are Scarlet and The Elite. I can't wait to see what you think of them!

  3. The only books from this pile that I recognize are Scarlet and The Elite. I can't wait to see what you think of them!

  4. It sounds like this pile had a healthy balance of books you really enjoyed and books that just weren't your type.

    I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed Scarlet. I really need to start that series.




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