Review: Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell

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“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”

Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.

My review: 

(I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!)

“It’s the way your touch is my safe-haven when I feel lost, the way you challenge me and inspire me to be better and how I feel like I was never really living until I found you.”

Melody’s Key tells the story of Tegan Lockwood who is living on her family’s estate in Southern England. She is a very creative person but had to turn down a scholarship she received from Columbia University in New York City to continue helping her family run their inn since they’re only inches away from bankruptcy. The story begins at the beginning of summer while the Lockwoods are preparing for their first guests of the year and shortly before Mason Keane, a famous singer, arrives to spent his summer at Lockwood Manor to get some distance from the public.

Tegan and Mason are great and well developed main character and I loved their chemistry. Another big plus for me was the fact that their relationship evolved slowly throughout the book and that there was no insta-love. Since Coryell is not only an author but also a musician, he wrote several songs for this book which you can actually find on his YouTube channel. I’ve already read a lot of books that featured pop stars as one of the main characters but in my opinion, you can really see that Coryell has an actual idea about music and knows a lot about it which made Melody’s Key much more enjoyable and realistic.

Dallas Coryell wrote a lovely novel but I personally think that his writing style is hands down the best thing about this book. I already fell in love with it half-way through the first chapter. He is also the first person that managed to stop me from putting down a book and refusing to read it, even though the first scene of the book started with an alarm clock ringing. Usually that is something I absolutely hate and I feel like it’s usually the result of not knowing how to start a book and also not giving a damn about it. But this time, the ringing alarm clock actually made sense and there were a story and a proper explanation behind it. I always thought alarm clocks could never provide a proper start for a good novel but Coryell just proved me wrong.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading Melody’s Key and I especially loved how creative the main characters were. I’m going to deduct a star because the plot was a little predictable at some points and because there were still some typos in this book (which really don’t interrupt your reading though). But Melody’s Key still gets 4 out of 5 stars.

Have you already read Melody’s Key and did you like it? 🙂

 

2016 Wrap-Up

2016 is over and I must say, reading-wise it was a very successful year for me! I managed to read a total of 46 books with a total of 16051 pages. The shortest book I read last year was Zenith (64 pages) and the longest book was Lady Midnight (698 pages) which was also my favorite read of the year *-* On average I gave 4.1 stars to the books I read and I just love goodreads because they’re the reason I even know all these things! 😀


January 2016

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (★★★★☆)
    • I read it for the 2nd

 

March 2016

  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller (★★★★☆)

 

April 2016

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (★★★★☆)
  • Im Krebsgang by Günter Grass (★★★★☆)
    • I read it for the 2nd

 

May 2016

  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (★★★★★)

 

June 2016

  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (★★★★★)
  • Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (★★★★★)
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (★★★★★)

 

July 2016

  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (★★★☆☆)
  • Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings (★★★★☆)
  • The Boyfriend Thief by Shana Norris (★★★★☆)
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (★★★★★)
  • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (★★★★☆)
  • Sei schlau, stell dich dumm by Daniela Katzenberger (★★★☆☆)

 

August 2016

  • Liebesfluch by Beatrix Gurian (★★★☆☆)
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover (★★★★★)
  • Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (★★★☆☆)
  • Lucy in the Sky by Paige Toon (★★★★☆)
  • Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger (★★★☆☆)
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (★★★★★)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling (★★★★☆)
  • Küsse & Café au Lait by Susanne Fülscher (★☆☆☆☆)
  • New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson (★★★★★)
  • After You by Jojo Moyes (★★★★★)

 

September 2016

  • The Selection by Kiera Cass (★★★★★)
    • I read it for the 2nd
  • The Elite by Kiera Cass (★★★★☆)
    • I read it for the 2nd
  • The One by Kiera Cass (★★★★★)
    • I read it for the 2nd
  • The Heir by Kiera Cass (★★★★☆)
  • The Crown by Kiera Cass (★★★☆☆)
  • Too Late by Colleen Hoover (★★★★★)
  • Smut by Karina Halle (★★★★★)
  • Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (★★★☆☆)
  • Girl Online on Tour by Zoe Sugg (★★★★☆)
  • Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (★★★★★)
  • It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (★★★★★)

 

October 2016

  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (★★★★★)
  • Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (★★★☆☆)
  • Walking Disaster (★★★★☆)

 

November 2016

  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (★★★★★)
  • Confess by Colleen Hoover (★★★★★)
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (★★★★☆)

 

December 2016

  • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (★★★★☆)
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn (★★☆☆☆)
  • Let It Snow by John Green (★★★☆☆)
  • The DUFF by Kody Keplinger (★★★★☆)
  • Paper Towns by John Green (★★★☆☆)

 

How many books did you read in 2016 and which one was your favorite? ♥

Nina

September & October Wrap-Up

Hello everybody,

I’m sorry about having to combine my September and my October wrap-up but I just didn’t find time to do it at the end of September. I started college in late September and from one day to the other I didn’t have any free time anymore. College is definitely a lot more stressful than I expected it to be and while I still managed to read 11 books in September, in the future my wrap-ups are probably gonna look a little more like the October part of this post (3 books). At the beginning of my time at college, I was struggling a lot with the new situation and with the fact that college is so different from school. But I’m feeling a lot better now and I’ve gotten used to college and I’m definitely more positive about everything and will hopefully be able to plan my day a little better in the next couple of weeks so that I’ll be able to post on here a little more often again!

xoxo, Nina ♥

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The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

Back in 2013 I read the first three books in the series (The Selection, The Elite and The One) for the first time and I absolutely loved them. But I didn’t actually buy a copy of the fourth and the fifth book in the series until July or August 2016 meaning some time had already passed since reading the first books and I had already forgotten most of the details. And so I decided to read all five books at the beginning of September and I honestly don’t regret it at all. I managed to read the entire series in only five days which means that I read one book per day and you honestly just forget time while reading these books. Suddenly you’re on the last page and it’s all over.  I’m just going to quickly tell you which of the books I liked best and which part I didn’t like that much because you can find longer reviews on my Goodreads account.

The first book in the series, The Selection, is an awesome novel and I loved it just as much as I have loved it the first time I read it. The Elite is also a very good book but I only gave it four out of five stars because the main character, America, was starting to become really, really annoying. The One is definitely my favorite out of the five books even though America was still very annoying. Before Kiera Cass wrote the fourth book in the series, this was the ending of the trilogy and I loved the ending and still love it. In my opinion she could’ve also ended the entire series after this book and if I ever should reread the books again, I’ll only reread the first three books. The fourth and the fifth book weren’t horrible but they just weren’t as good as the first books. The Heir was still a good book. I actually got used to the new main character quite quickly but she was also very annoying and literally just a spoiled little brat. But the whole story around her was still great and so I gave it 4 out of 5 stars anyway. My least favorite part of the series though was definitely the fifth book, The Crown. I just absolutely hated the ending of it and in my opinion it just didn’t make sense at all. The ending was full of what I would call insta-love and some other things that absolutely annoyed me. It was an okay book but I only gave it 3 stars.

Longer reviews:

The Selection / The Elite / The One / The Heir / The Crown

 

Too Late by Colleen Hoover – 5 out of 5 stars

Back when I read my first Colleen Hoover book, November 9, I immediately fell in love with her writing style and put all of her books on my TBR. In September though, I was scrolling through her Instagram and saw that she has a Wattpad account with a free story on it. And so I checked it out and it’s actually true, she has an entire book up on Wattpad. FOR FREE! I was literally in heaven and immediately began reading it. To be honest, the book is quite heavy. It has a really dark topic (sexual assault and violence) and should only be read by a mature audience. Also, you really shouldn’t have a problem with detailed sex scenes if you want to read this book. Anyway, this book was brilliant and I loved it even though it had such a dark topic. It was interesting and gripping and I’m so glad I found it!

Click here to read my long review of “Too Late”.

 

Smut by Karina Halle – 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads is an awesome place to find new books to read and this is one of the many books I found while scrolling through my friends’ updates. I’ve never read anything by Karina Halle before but I really liked the synopsis of this novel and so I thought I’d give it a try. Even though the book is called “Smut”, it’s not one of these really smutty SM books even though there are a couple of explicit sex scenes in it. Primarily, this book is about two writers who have to write a book together and that’s what made me read it. I love writing myself and have already written a book before and I just loved reading a book about the relationship of two writers. It was well written and a lovely story. I really liked the characters and I think I’ll definitely reread it one day and have also already gotten myself another one of Karina Halle’s novels. I just had to give this beauty 5 out of 5 stars.

Click here to read my entire review of “Smut”.

 

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles – 3.5 out of 5 stars

I found this book at the second-hand book store and really liked the synopsis, so I thought I’d just give it a go. Perfect Chemistry was a cliché love story and quite unrealistic but it was still a cute and quick read. It wasn’t anything I’d never read before but I still enjoyed it. I really liked the author’s writing style and since the male character was Mexican, this book also showed me that I have not (yet) forgotten all the Spanish I learned in school which was quite comforting 😀 But it took me a long time to get into the book and the first 100 pages were a little boring. Also, most of the things that happened in the book were quite predictable and nothing that happened surprised me at all. That’s why I only gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Click here to read my long review of “Perfect Chemistry”.

 

Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg – 4 out of 5 stars

Many of you might already know that I am not too fond of the first book in the Girl Online series. It was just way too cliché and childish. But a lot of people told me that the second book is already a lot better than the first one and so I decided to still give it a go. Just like the first book, Girl Online On Tour was a very quick read but it wasn’t very gripping and it also didn’t include any surprising plot twists. The female protagonist was still very clumsy (unrealistically clumsy in my opinion) and even though she was a year older than she had been in the first book, she was still extremely childish which, once again, annoyed the heck out of me. It may sound like this book was worse than the first one but it actually wasn’t. The male protagonist was finally acting a little more like an 18 or 19-year-old guy and Zoe’s writing style has also improved (There weren’t as many OKs as there were in the first book. I literally almost leaped for joy when I saw that!!!).  All in all it was a quick and cute read which was a lot better than Girl Online and since I gave GO 3 stars, I just had to give 4 stars to this book.

Click here for my entire review of “Girl Online On Tour”.

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Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – 5 out of 5 stars

I’ve already talked about my newfound obsession with Colleen Hoover’s writing and so I naturally had to read another one of her books in September. So I ordered Ugly Love (along with It Ends With Us) and I really don’t regret having spent my money on it. It was awesome. At some points it made me grin like an idiot and then it managed to break my heart a little. Ugly Love is an incredibly gripping book and I just couldn’t put it down anymore, I would’ve literally read it in one setting if I hadn’t had to take care of other things as well. I just had to give 5 out of 5 stars to Ugly Love and I can’t wait for the movie!!!

Click here for my entire review of “Ugly Love”.

 

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover – 5 out of 5 stars

It Ends With Us was the last book I read in September and it was probably the one that stunned me the most. This book hurt me so much; it broke my heart … several times.
‘It ends with us’ made me feel everything. It made me grin like an idiot and it made me cry both because I was happy and because I was sad. Colleen Hoover created such an intense book and the topic is a very important one but it also makes you feel so many things you don’t expect to feel!
I had to put this book down several times because it was just too much for me. I didn’t want things to go the way they went and it hurt me so much, I never thought I could feel such things because of the plot of a book!!

The ending of this book broke my heart over and over again because I just didn’t want it to end that way. I wanted it to go differently, I wanted Colleen to just change the plot because she could’ve easily done that, but if it had ended differently, it wouldn’t have been as realistic as it is now. I don’t know if this book hurt me so much because it was just such a sad story or because I know that the things that happened to Lily could easily happen to all of us and no one is safe from it!

Anyway, ‘it ends with us’ has such an important message and I would recommend it to everyone. Just know that it will give you all the feels and that it’s quite a heavy book. You can try to prepare for what you’re going to feel, but in the end it will hit you when you don’t expect it. This book is a little masterpiece and it definitely deserves 5 out of 5 stars!!!

 

October Wrap-Up

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – 5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love Cassandra Clare and all the novels she has written so far. I’m always looking forward to reading a little more about the shadowhunter world and so I just had to immediately get Lady Midnight when I saw it at the bookstore even though I probably paid a little more for it than I would’ve paid online. But I literally don’t regret it because this book was amazing! It took me a month to finish it but definitely not because it was boring or too slow-paced, I just didn’t have time next to college and it drove me crazy because I just wanted to find out what was gonna happen next. Lady Midnight was a very gripping read and I absolutely loved the two protagonists Emma and Julian. In my opinion Cassandra Clare is still one of the queens of plot twists and she once again showed it in this novel. I don’t even know what else to say about it except that I just had to give it 5 out of 5 stars and I can’t wait for the next part in the series!

 

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire – 3 out of 5 stars

This book was just what I needed to read in October. I was (and still am) extremely stressed because of college and just wanted to read something I didn’t have to think too much about. In that regard, Beautiful Disaster was the perfect book. It’s a nice and quick read and I definitely enjoyed it but I just didn’t fall in love with it. Beautiful Disaster is full of clichés and definitely nothing new I’ve never read before. It was very predictable and none of the things that happened actually surprised me. At the beginning of the book I could’ve probably already told you what would happen in the end and I would’ve been right about it. That’s why I only gave the book 3 out of 5 stars.

 

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire – 4 out of 5 stars

Walking Disaster is the sequel of Beautiful Disaster and it’s basically just the same story from a different point of view. I was a little reluctant to start this book and if I hadn’t already bought both books together, I would’ve probably not read it at all. But Walking Disaster was actually a lot better than I’d expected it to be. Travis’ POV was honestly a lot more interesting than Abby’s and the few new scenes and the new epilogue that were included in this book were actually quite interesting. Except for some minor spelling mistakes and the fact that the story still is full of clichés, there’s actually nothing bad to say about Walking Disaster and so I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

And that’s it for my September and October Wrap-Up. I had actually hoped I would have more time to read some books next to college but I guess that’s not gonna be the case. So the next months my wrap-ups will probably look a little more like the October part of this post than the September part of it :/

How many books did you manage to read in October and which one of them was your favorite?

 

Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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Synopsis:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with a new heart-wrenching love story.

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

 

My review:

“When life gives you lemons, make sure you know whose eyes you need to squeeze them in.” 

Colleen Hoover did it again, she made me completely fall in love with one of her books. She now is officially one of my favorite authors ever and I just love her writing style so much! She could probably write about diarrhea and I would still read it and love it. (I know that’s the worst example ever but I just couldn’t think of anything better.)

Ugly Love was heartbreakingly beautiful. I was grinning like an idiot at so many points of this book and then there were the sad parts of the book that kinda broke my heart and almost made me cry. It was a rollercoaster of emotions. I felt so connected to the lovely protagonists Tate and Miles and even though I wanted to know how their story would end, I also didn’t want the book to end and wanted their story to go on forever.

Without creating a new world, inventing new creatures or starting World War 3, Colleen managed to write a book that was so incredibly gripping that I read it within a few hours and just couldn’t put it down anymore. Like I’ve said before. her writing style is awesome and she’s also the queen of changing POVs. I kind of hate it when authors change the POV but Colleen has done it in all three of her novels I’ve read so far and she just always makes it work so perfectly. She always manages to give you a great and interesting insight into both characters’ lives and no one else manages to change POVs as well as she does.

I actually don’t have anything else to say about this book. This review isn’t very long but I just realized that there’s usually so much more to write about a book if I have something to criticize. But there’s nothing negative to say about Ugly Love and so I don’t have anything else to add to this review. This book was perfect and I would recommend it to everyone who likes romance and contemporary.

I just have to give Ugly Love 5 out of 5 stars and I can’t wait to read another one of Collen Hoover’s books!

Have you already read ‘Ugly Love’ and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg

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Synopsis:

Penny’s bags are packed.

When Noah invites Penny on his European music tour, she can’t wait to spend time with her rock-god-tastic boyfriend.

But, between Noah’s jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming bandmates and threatening messages from jealous fans, Penny wonders whether she’s really cut out for life on tour. She can’t help but miss her family, her best friend Elliot . . . and her blog, Girl Online.

Can Penny learn to balance life and love on the road, or will she lose everything in pursuit of the perfect summer?

 

My review:

“Sometimes the hero of the fairy tale isn’t a handsome prince. Sometimes it’s you.” 

After having read Girl Online, I already knew that I’d definitely have to read Girl Online On Tour. Not because I absolutely fell in love with the first book in this series but because many people said that the second book is a lot better than its predecessor. Girl Online had many flaws and some of them were still present in this book but it was definitely a lot better than the first book.

Just like the first book, GOOT was a very quick read and I managed to finish the book within a few hours. But it wasn’t very gripping and I didn’t feel like I just had to know what was going to happen next. It was just one of these books that are very easy to read and make you feel like you don’t have to think about anything at all and can forget about your real life for a second. You just read the book and suddenly you’re on the last page. There also weren’t any proper plot twists in this book and nothing that happened really surprised me.

Even though the female protagonist Penny was a year older in this book, she was still very childish and extremely naïve at some points of the novel. She literally just trusted everyone and any normal person would’ve realized that some of the people were just pretending to be nice and didn’t actually mean what they said. But Penny didn’t realize that and had to learn it the hard way. She also still was very clumsy, unrealistically clumsy in my eyes, but I have already criticized that in my review of Girl Online and I’m not going to talk about it again now.

But one positive thing when it comes to the characters was that Noah wasn’t as childish as he was in the first book. Finally, he acted a little more like an 18-year-old and I was honestly very glad about that.

I also really liked the writing style and I almost leaped for joy when I saw that there weren’t that many “OK”s in this book. Yes, there still were some of them and I would’ve preferred it if they had been changed to okay, but it was a lot better than it was in the first book and it didn’t drive me crazy anymore.

All in all, this was a nice and quick read that still had some flaws. But GOOT was a lot better than GO and so I just have to give it 4 out of 5 stars because I gave GO 3 stars. The Girl Online Series will probably never be one of my favorite book series in the world but I think I’m still gonna read the third book, Girl Online Going Solo. Even though Penny is quite an annoying main character, almost as annoying as America and Eadlyn in the Selection series, I’ve still grown fond of characters like Elliot, Noah or Alex, so I definitely won’t give up on this series and I’m hoping that GOGS will be even better than this book.

Have you already read Girl Online On Tour and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

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Synopsis:

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created ‘perfect’ life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

 

My review:

 “We’re actors in our lives, pretendin’ to be who we want people to think we are.”

Perfect Chemistry was a cliché love story and quite unrealistic but it was still a cute and quick read. You have the golden high school couple. She doesn’t feel ready for sex even though they’ve been together for 2 years and then there’s her boyfriend who just wants to finally get into her pants. But then there’s the bad boy whom the girl feels so much more attracted to and whom she could even imagine sleeping with (no those weren’t spoilers, you basically already know that after having read the synopsis).

But even though it wasn’t anything I’d not read before, I still enjoyed reading the book. I really liked the author’s writing style and I also liked how the male protagonist was Mexican and not white like most protagonists in other books. I also thought that I’d already forgotten all the Spanish I’d learned at school but this novel showed me that I was wrong about that. I’ve definitely not forgotten everything … yet.

It took me some time to get into this book and the first few chapters were a little boring. But after about 100 pages it actually started to be really interesting and I was hooked. Still, a lot of things were very predictable and none of the things that happened actually surprised me that much.

The book featured some interesting characters, but the one I liked the most was definitely the female protagonist, Brittany. At first sight she was the typical blonde high school Barbie that only cared about other peoples’ opinion. But a few chapters into the book you get to know her better and there’s actually a lot she hides behind her perfect façade which I was really glad about.

All in all this was a cute book and I enjoyed it even though it wasn’t anything special. I’m giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars and if you’re looking for a well written cliché love story, you should definitely read this book!

Have you already read Perfect Chemistry and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Smut by Karina Halle

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Synopsis:

What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

 

My review:

“Writing is hard…It gets harder when it becomes your career, your job, because it’s no longer a hobby, it’s no longer a manuscript hidden in your desk drawer. It becomes a platform from which the world can judge you. Your soul becomes target practice, and the critics hold the arrows.”

Yes I admit it; I sometimes like reading a little smut, as many would call it. But even though I like doing that, I don’t like the erotica books that only consist of sex and don’t really have a proper plot and an interesting story around all the sex. So when I found “Smut”, which is described as a romantic comedy with some heat between the sheets, I just knew that I had to read this book. It was just what I expected it to be and just what I needed.

Smut is one of those books you can read in one sitting if you have enough time (which I unfortunately didn’t have). As you might have already guessed from the synopsis, a big part of this book is about writing. I’ve been looking for a book about some writers for a long time and now I finally found a great one. I love writing and I’ve already written a book myself and am currently working on the next one which is why I could relate to so many things the author described in this novel.

Smut is the first one of Karina Halle’s novels I’ve read and I think I’ll read some of her others in the future. I really liked her writing style and she made me laugh out loud or grin like an idiot quite a few times while I was reading this book.

I loved the two main characters Amanda and Blake. At first sight they seemed to be complete opposites, but as you get to know them better, you can see how well they actually fit together which I really liked. Another thing I really liked about their relationship is the way it evolved. I absolutely hate insta-love and it drives me crazy every time I read about it. When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was scared that things might be rushed and that the author might want to “get to business” as quickly as possible. Thankfully, I was wrong about that and their relationship evolved slowly at a really good pace, so if you were scared about this being insta-love, I can tell you that you don’t have to worry about this any longer.

Like any other book, this one ended with “Acknowledgements” and even though I always try reading them, I’m usually not that interested in what the author has to say about the people that helped them. But Karina Halle used that one sentence in her author’s note that got stuck in my head and is a sentence many people should read and take to heart.

“No one should be judged for what they read, nor should authors by what they write.”

I really liked this sentence and there are many people out there who should realize this. I know that many people still think that reading erotica is horrible and everyone who reads it will rot in hell. But we’re living in the 21st century and it’s time for that to stop. Everyone is allowed to choose what they want to read and it’s literally nobody’s business. If I want to read some smut I do it and when I’m in the mood to read some classics I’ll read them. Just because I sometimes like reading smut, doesn’t mean it’s the only thing I ever read and it’s the only thing I can think about all day long, but some are really good at writing it and it’s nice to read it.

The same applies to writing erotica. If an author wants to write it, let them do so. Just because they write erotica, or smut as you can also call it, doesn’t mean they’re bad writers or just in it for the money. Of course there are also authors who can’t write and only want to make some easy money because so many people are buying these books at the moment, but you just can’t color everyone with the same brush.

Anyway, all in all this was a great book and a very enjoyable read which is why I’m giving Smut 5 out of 5 stars!

Have you already read “Smut” and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Too Late by Colleen Hoover

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Synopsis:

Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.

Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.

Nothing will get in her way.

Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn’t approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan’s disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.

Nothing will get in his way.

Nothing except Carter.

 

My review:

“He hugs me. That’s all he does. He hugs me tightly without a word, yet I can feel everything he’s saying.” 

The first one of Colleen Hoover’s books I read was November 9. I read it a few months ago and I immediately fell in love with her writing style. That’s why I just had to put all of her novels on my TBR which is how I stumbled upon “Too Late” which is available on Wattpad. And guess what you have to pay for it? Nothing.

I couldn’t even believe what I was seeing there. An entire Colleen Hoover novel for free, I had to be in heaven and so I immediately started reading it.

First off I have to say that Too Late is a book you shouldn’t read if you have a problem with detailed sex scenes or violence. It’s clearly a book for a mature audience and I want to make sure you know that before you consider reading it.

The book is dealing with sexual assault and domestic violence. I actually had goosebumps at some points of this book and even had to cry (a little) once. Thankfully I’ve never been sexually abused and have also never had a violent boyfriend. But this book showed me how easily something like this can happen to everyone and how ignorant others can be even when they know about the things you’re dealing with.

Even though the topics of this book are very sad, I think it’s great how it raises awareness for sexual assault and violence in relationships and may encourage victims of both to speak up and seek help.

Due to the topics of this novel, it was necessary to use explicit language and Colleen certainly did that. I have read books before that also dealt with violence and sexual assault but the authors didn’t use any explicit language and no swear words at all. It just wasn’t real because if things like this happen in real life, I’m completely sure explicit language and swear words are used a lot. Colleen didn’t sugarcoat anything in this book and I have to admit that even I was shocked about some of the insults and the potty mouth of some of the characters even though I tend to swear quite a lot myself.

Since I felt sorry for the female protagonist Sloan, I immediately felt connected to her. But even if she hadn’t gone through all of that, I would’ve probably still felt connected to her because she was a great character and sometimes even reminded me a little of myself. I loved her and I also loved Carter/Luke, one of the male protagonists.

Asa, the other male protagonist, was the character I probably hated the most, mainly because of all the things he did to Sloan. But even though I hated him, I have to admit that he was a perfect character. He was a complete psychopath but his background story, his actions and everything about him just fit perfectly into the story and just made him the person he was supposed to be.

The story was written from the POVs of those three main characters and Colleen changed the POV after each chapter. I usually hate it when authors do that but when she’s doing it, it’s completely different. Once again it worked perfectly with the story because you got a perfect image of all the protagonists. It was especially interesting and “entertaining” to see what Sloan thought about the things Asa did to her and then see what Asa thought about those things and her reactions and how he turned everything around so that there was no way it could ever seem as if she would think badly of him.

All in all this was a perfect book with a topic that made me think a lot and showed me that everyone could be in Sloan’s position. It’s scary but that’s how it is and it’s important that people are talking about it and don’t just ignore it. I just have to give this book 5 out of 5 stars and can’t wait to read the next one of Colleen Hoover’s books.

Have you already read this book and did you like it? 🙂

If you haven’t read it yet, you can read it herer for free! ♥

 

August Wrap-Up

Hello fellow bookworms,

August is over and I feel like it’s only just been the 1st of August yesterday. Time is just going by way too fast and I’m actually going to start college this month. I still can’t believe it. Anyway, it’s time for my monthly Wrap-Up and I have to say that August has been a pretty amazing month because I managed to read a total of ten books. It brought me a lot closer to reaching this year’s reading goal (I have now read 24 out of 35 books.) and I also read two books that are now on the list of my all-time-favorite books because they’re just the definition of awesomeness. But now I’m just going to start with the first book I read this month.

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*The first book I read this month is a book that’s only available in German, so all of my English readers can immediately skip to the second book I read this month!*

Liebesfluch von Beatrix Gurian – 3 von 5 Sternen

Das Buch Liebesfluch stand schon seit einigen Jahren in meinem Bücherregal, doch ich muss zugeben, dass ich bisher nie wirklich Lust hatte es zu lesen. Doch da ich momentan keinen Platz mehr für all meine Bücher habe und ein paar aussortieren muss, habe ich mich entschieden nun auch mal ein paar Bücher zu lesen, die ich sonst nicht anrühren würde, sodass ich sie aussortieren kann falls ich sie wie befürchtet wirklich nicht mag. Liebesfluch war eines dieser Bücher und obwohl ich es nicht schrecklich fand, war ich auch nicht davon begeistert. Es war schnell gelesen und auch recht interessant, nur fand ich, dass vieles schon von Anfang an zu erwarten war und es eigentlich nichts gab was mich wirklich überrascht hat oder Spannung erzeugt hat. Auch die Bezeichnung als Thriller hat es meiner Meinung nach nicht wirklich verdient, da es alles andere als Thriller war. Trotzdem hat das Buch von mir drei Sterne bekommen und muss nun aber trotzdem weichen, da mein Herz nicht an ihm hängt und ich es wohl auch nicht nochmal lesen würde.

*And that’s been it for the German part, back to English.*

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November 9 by Colleen Hoover – 5 out of 5 stars

November 9 was definitely one of the best books I’ve read this month. It was a great story and if I hadn’t been on vacation to Sweden I would’ve probably managed to read the entire thing in one go without any breaks. I loved the plot of the book and Colleen’s writing style is amazing. I immediately put all of her books on my TBR list.

You can find my detailed review of this book here.

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Girl Online by Zoe Sugg – 3 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love Zoe’s YouTube channel and have been subscribed to her for quite a few years now. When I first heard that she had published a book, I immediately knew that I’d have to read it and now I finally found time to do so. I liked the book and it was a nice and quick read. I basically felt like it was kind of describing her life, but that’s what they always say: only write about the things you know. So she definitely knew what she was talking about but it wasn’t really something I would’ve usually enjoyed reading about. It’s more of a book for people between the ages of 12 and 15. There were lots of things that bothered me but I talked about them in a detailed review here on my blog. Still, I’m definitely gonna read the second book because many have said that it’s a lot better than the first one. I really hope that’s true; I’ve already bought a copy of the book and now I just have to find time to read it.

Click here for my detailed review of Girl Online.

Lucy in the Sky by Paige Toon – 4 out of 5 stars

Lucy in the Sky was the first Paige Toon book I’d ever read and I’d never heard anything about it before, I only bought it because I liked the synopsis. But the book didn’t disappoint and it was great. I really liked it and at some points I couldn’t even put it down because it was so gripping. It was the perfect summer read with the perfect amount of romance and drama. The only thing I didn’t really like about it was the end because it was quite abrupt but I still gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger – 3 out of 5 stars

This book had been standing on my bookshelf for quite some time and the only reason I ever bought it was because I loved “The Devil wears Prada” (which was written by the same author). This book was nice and it was interesting to see that life in Hollywood isn’t as great as everyone thinks it is. I enjoyed reading LNACM but I probably wouldn’t reread it. I didn’t really feel connected to the characters and it also wasn’t one of those books you can’t put down because they’re so gripping. I’m still giving this book 3 out of 5 stars because it’s nice and well written but I probably won’t reread it.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – 5 out of 5 stars

Next to November 9, this was the best book I read this month. I mainly picked it up because I love watching Sasha (@abookutopia) on YouTube and Outlander is her favorite book. I’ve heard her talk about it so often that I finally had to read it and it definitely didn’t disappoint me. This book is awesome and I just want to have my own Jamie like right now! I’m not really fond of history but this book finally made me enjoy reading about historical stuff. I absolutely loved this book and just had to immediately watch the TV series. I can’t wait to read the second part of this series and I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Click here to read my longer review of Outlander.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling – 4 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love Harry Potter!! I grew up with these books and it’s my all-time favorite series. I was so happy when I heard that there would be an eighth book and I loved how it was the script of the play because I don’t know if I’ll go back to London any time soon (not because I don’t want to but because I don’t really have time at the moment). I managed to read this book within a few hours because it was a script and I must say that I really liked it. It certainly wasn’t as good as the first seven books that included all our favorite characters but it was still great. I really liked the new characters except for Albus Potter who annoyed the hell out of me. What I loved about it the most though was how you got to learn more about what happened to the characters after they had finished school. It was great to read a little about their future and reading this book made me want to reread the entire HP series which I’m probably gonna do soon. 4 out of 5 stars for this book.

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New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson – 5 out of 5 stars

I was sent a copy of this book by the author and I couldn’t have been happier about that. This book was great and really gripping. I love Jennifer Wilson’s writing style and the world she created in these books. I can’t wait to read the next part of this series and just had to give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Click here to read a detailed review of New World Rising.

*Now it’s time for another book that’s only available in German.*

Küsse und Café au Lait von Susanne Fülscher – 1 von 5 Sternen

Dies ist auch ein Buch was seit Jahren in meinem Regal stand und nun weiß ich warum. Ich hab’s leider nur geschafft die ersten 20 Seiten zu lesen bevor ich einfach aufgeben musste. Das Buch war nicht wirklich schön geschrieben und der Inhalt hat mich auch wirklich null interessiert. Ich muss sagen, dass es etwas wie „Herzklopfen auf Französisch“ von Stephanie Perkins war, nur dass das Mädchen diesmal auf Deutschland kam, Etienne haben wir aber auch in diesem Buch finden können. Ich konnte das Buch also einfach nicht weiterlesen und das ich es nicht mochte kann vielleicht auch daran liegen, dass ich mit 19 einfach zu alt dafür war. Trotzdem kam ich nicht umher dem Buch nur 1 von 5 Sternen zu geben.

*From German back to English.*

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After You by Jojo Moyes – 5 out of 5 stars

I finally felt ready to read the sequel to Me Before You and this book was awesome. It was very different from how I thought it would be but really interesting and gripping. I just love Jojo Moyes’s writing style and I loved how connected I felt to the characters. It’s an excellent book and I just had to give it 5 out of 5 stars.

You can find my detailed review of After You here.

 

And those were all the books I read this month. 10 in total and I’m really happy about that. I’m sure I’ll not manage to read that many books next month since I’m starting college but my September TBR consists of the Selection series. I have not yet read the fourth and the fifth book in the series and so I decided to reread the first three books to make sure that I haven’t forgotten any of the things that have happened.

How many books have you read this month and which of those were your favorites?

xoxo, Nina

 

 

Review: After You by Jojo Moyes

 

cover-jpg-rendition-460-707Book: After You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Pages: 352

Genre: Fiction, Romance

Series: Book 2

Published by: Pamela Dorman Books

Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

Synopsis:

Lou Clark has lots of questions.

Like how it is she’s ended up working in an airport bar, spending every shift watching other people jet off to new places.

Or why the flat she’s owned for a year still doesn’t feel like home.

Whether her close-knit family can forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago.

And will she ever get over the love of her life.

What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change.

Then, one night, it does.

But does the stranger on her doorstep hold the answers Lou is searching for – or just more questions?

Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe.

Open it and she risks everything.

But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she’s going to keep it, she has to invite them in . . .

 

My review:

**DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVE NOT YET READ “ME BEFORE YOU”**

 

“You never know what will happen when you fall from a great height.”

I never even thought it was possible to write a good sequel to a book with an ending like “Me Before You” but Jojo Moyes managed to write an excellent one.

After having finished MBY, I was devastated. I rarely ever cry, especially not when reading books. It’s not like I’m never affected by the events, it’s just that I don’t weep easily. But MBY made me sit on my couch at three in the morning, bawling my eyes out because life is so unfair.

That’s why I was reluctant to start “After You” at first. I had been such an emotional wreck after MBY that I didn’t think I would be capable of reading about everyone’s life without Will in it. I just thought it would be too much for me and so it took me two months to pick up this book. But let me just tell you that I definitely don’t regret having picked it up.

“After You” is an awesome book and completely different from how I expected it to be. I had read the synopsis before starting AY and already had an idea of what it might be like. But then I actually started reading it and after Chapter 1 I already knew that it wouldn’t be how I had imagined it to be.

There were quite a few plot twists in this book but close to the beginning of AY there already was a major plot twist that shocked me so much, it could have been part of Pretty Little Liars. And that’s when Jojo Moyes had once again proven that she’s an awesome writer.

I still felt really connected to the characters, especially to Louisa. Whenever she was feeling sad, I was sad as well. And whenever she was angry, I was angry as well. Whenever I read other books, I usually feel connected to the protagonist but never enough to actually always feel the way they’re feeling. Especially not when they’re angry.

When a character is angry I usually just read the scene and am like: “Yeah that sucks.” But when Louisa was angry I was literally like: “WTF! HOW COULD THEY HAVE DONE THAT? TELL ME I’M DREAMING. THIS IS A NIGHTMARE, IT CAN’T BE REAL.”

It’s crazy how connected I felt to some characters but I loved it! And since I felt so connected to them (especially to Louisa and Will), AY also managed to bring tears to my eyes quite a few times. It didn’t make me cry the way MBY did, but I reckon there’s never gonna be a book that will manage to make me cry as much as MBY.

 

All in all, I loved this book and I’m definitely giving it 5 out of 5 stars. Jojo Moyes is an awesome writer and I love how both books from the series teach you something. MBY shows you that life isn’t fair and that it can end faster that you expect it to be over. You have to make the most of it and if you wanna do something, you should go for it. We have to stop thinking so much about everything and have to just start living our lives. And AY teaches you that even after having lost someone important, life goes on and things get better. You shouldn’t give up on yourself but you have to give yourself some time. Because losing someone you’ve been close to is an incisive experience and you won’t be able to get over that overnight.

Have you read After You and did you like it?