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Hi, I'm a book blogger from Germany, I heart romances and happy books.


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#22 In 2016: Heller Brothers Hockey - Kelly Jamieson

Heller Brothers Hockey - A Five Book Hockey Romance Collection - Kelly Jamieson

Heller Brothers Hockey
five books in one
contemporary sports romances
the focus is on ice hockey players
on four brothers
and the women they fall in love with
the romances were engaging
but something was missing to make them great
I liked most of the main characters
the stories felt at times a bit too constructed
but overall I had a good time
for fans of sports romances
this could be something good.

#20 In 2016: Dissonance - Erica O'Rourke

Dissonance - Erica O'Rourke


young adult, first in a duology
a world in which
every choice leads to a parallel reality
our main character Delancey is a so called walker
she makes sure that everything is like it should be
that everything is in harmony
in all of these other realities
but then things change
love and other complications enter her world
so many secrets, so many hard decisions
I thought that the plot sounded fascinating
that the world building would amaze me
but it bored me a bit
the characters were ok
I didn't feel a lot when reading about them
I wasn't interested in the romance
an ok book
I don't plan to read the second book in the duology.

#19 In 2016: Nuts - Alice Clayton

Nuts (The Hudson Valley Series) - Alice Clayton


the first book in a new contemporary adult romance series
I loved the Redhead and Wallbanger series by the author
they are the perfect mix of funny, romantic and sexy
this book is about
a private chef and a local farmer
she is only in town for a few weeks
the chemistry between them is there from the first second
they start a relationship
but will it be really over within a few weeks
or might there be a future for them?
I loved the setting
enjoyed reading about the local farmers
liked the main characters
her more than him
the romance was nice
but I wanted something a bit more sizzling
more hilarious
a bit more crazy
compared to other books by Alice Clayton "Nuts" was a bit too tame for my taste
I'm not sure if I will be going on with the second book in the series. 

#18 In 2016: Neverseen - Shannon Messenger

Neverseen (Keeper of the Lost Cities) - Shannon Messenger


#4 in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series
five books are planned
paranormal middle grade
I loved the first three books
amazing adventures
so many likable, fascinating characters
an awesome paranormal world with elves
special creatures
a protagonist who doesn't know why she was created
so many secrets
dangerous times
now the adventure continues
for the first time in the series I was bored
not always, but sometimes
100 pages less wouldn't have hurt the story
too many scenes seemed unnecessary
I'm still excited for the final book in the series
I need to get some answers
I want the bad guys to get what they deserve
I'm sure that the final book will be fascinating
so I can live with this book being just ok.

This Time I Really Needed The Hardcover

— feeling happy
Carry On - Rainbow Rowell


A few months ago I bought the paperback version of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell and at first I was very happy with the edition. But then a few weeks ago I saw how amazing the hardcover version by Pan Macmillan looks, inside and outside. Compared to the paperback version there is a map in the book, plus underneath the dust jacket the real magic is going on. The motive from the cover is continued and moved to the next level, I love it. And yes, what is underneath the dust jacket was in this case enough for me to get a second copy of the book.


I'm not sure if I will keep the paperback or give it to someone else, we will see. For now I'm just happy to have this fantastic version of "Carry on" in my life.



#17 In 2016: Pucked Up - Helena Hunting

Pucked Up - Helena Hunting

Pucked up
second book in a sports contemporary romance
read as an ebook
he never did relationships in the past
until Sunny came into his life
now he is trying hard to make their relationship work
but misunderstandings make things hard
the story is at times over the top crazy
I was constantly smiling and laughing
the humour and some of the characters might not work for everyone
I loved both
before reading the book I wasn't sure about the main character
but I liked him a lot
more than I expected
book #3 in the series is already out
I plan to buy it soon.

#16 In 2016: Fall Out Girl - L. Duarte

Fall Out Girl - L. Duarte

Fall out girl
a ya contemporary romance
read as an ebook
two teens who doesn't fit together at first glance
but there is something between them
something special
but not everyone wants them to be happy
will their relationship survive?
I didn't know what to expect from the book
I heard some mixed things about it
for my taste there was too much drama
the characters weren't ones I liked reading about
I didn't like how some serious things were handled
I wasn't that interested in the romance
an ok book.

#15 In 2016: Sleeping With Her Enemy - Jenny Holiday

Sleeping with Her Enemy (Entangled Indulgence) - Jenny Holiday

Sleeping with her enemy
an adult contemporary romance
read as an ebook
she was left on her wedding day
he is a guy she loves to hate
they work in the same building
he could be her rebound guy
or something more
something they didn't expect
the story sounded exciting
unfortunately I didn't like the two main characters that much
I also didn't feel any chemistry between them
their romance was only ok for me
not a bad book, not a good one.

#14 In 2016: The Distance From A To Z - Natalie Blitt

The Distance from A to Z - Natalie Blitt

The Distance from A to Z
a contemporary YA romances
recommended to fans of books by Stephanie Perkins
that's why I bought the book
the focus is on the romance
she is from a family crazy about baseball
she wants to get away from that
then she meets him
they spend a lot of time together during a French summer camp
but he has secrets
secrets that could destroy their relationship
I wasn't that interested in the characters
their romance bored me
I missed being emotionally involved
I missed characters that felt like real people
an ok book
nothing more

#13 In 2016: Brotherhood In Death - JD Robb

Brotherhood in Death - J.D. Robb

Brotherhood in Death
a new book in my favourite romantic suspense series
a very emotional case
Dr. Mira's husband needs Eve's help
she would do everything for him
his cousin was abducted
nobody knows where he his
time is running
a case in which the victims did something horrible
and now it's time for revenge
Eve will need Roarke and her team to solve the case
to stay strong when the nightmares visit her
one of the best books in the series in the last years
I flew through it
enjoyed every page
felt a lot, had to cry
such sweet scenes between Eve and Roarke
Eve and Dennis Mira
such a great book
I'm already excited for the next book in the series


#12 In 2016: The Dark Days Club - Alison Goodman

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club - Alison Goodman

The Dark Days Club
first book in a new paranormal historical YA trilogy
set in England in 1812
our main character is expected to find a good husband
but soon she has demons on her mind
I had high expectations
because I loved Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman
the start into this new series was a bit slow
the first half of "The Dark Days Club" couldn't capture my interest
the characters were interesting
and still I was bored at times
once the paranormal elements entered the story
things started to get more fascinating
my emotions finally got involved
in the end it turned out to be a good book
one with flaws in the first half
I plan to go on with the series and hope
that #2 will be a bit more fast-paced


New Books: When Preorders Arrive Early ...

Brotherhood in Death - J.D. Robb Every Word - Ellie Marney STARS ABOVE: A Lunar Chronicles Collection (The Lunar Chronicles) - Marissa Meyer My Kind of Wonderful - Jill Shalvis Ice Like Fire - Sara Raasch Magonia - Maria Dahvana Headley The Distance from A to Z - Natalie Blitt Pucked Up - Helena Hunting Sleeping with Her Enemy (Entangled Indulgence) - Jenny Holiday

Six new print books and some new ebooks have found their way into my home in the last weeks. I'm especially excited about the print books, because three are preorders I'm extremely excited about (Brotherhood in Death, Stars above and My Kind of wonderful), others are part in series I have enjoyed so far (Every Word and Ice like fire) and one, Magonia, is the hardcover version of a book I really enjoyed.


Two of my preorders arrived a few days early and yes, I love when that happens. I already read two of the short stories in "Stars above" and they were great, today I started reading the new In Death novel and so far it's an amazing one.


The books
Brotherhood in death - JD Robb
Stars Above - Marissa Meyer
Every word - Ellie Marney
My kind of wonderful - Jill Shalvis
Ice like fire - Sara Raasch
Magonia - Maria Dahvana Headley


Ebooks I recently bought:
The Baller - Vi Keeland
The Distance from A to Z - Natalie Blitt
Sleeping with her enemy - Jenny Holiday
Pucked Up - Hunting and Oaken


Happy Reading!


#11 In 2016: The Baller - Vi Keeland

The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel - Vi Keeland

The Baller is a contemporary sports romance
a stand-alone novel
read as an ebook
hot and fast-paced
strong characters
with tragedy in their pasts
there are serious sparks from the first moment they met
he plays professional football
she is a sports journalist
they are attracted to each other
the question is
if their relationship will have a future
or will doubts destroy their feelings
I liked the romance and relationship
I cared about what happened with the characters
the mix between light-hearted, sexy and sad scenes was a good one
towards the end not everything worked for me
some new developments felt a bit too constructed
but I liked the epilogue
I'm interested in reading more by the author
wouldn't say no to more books set in the world of "The Baller"

#10 In 2016: The Glass Sentence - S.E. Grove

The Glass Sentence - S.E. Grove

The Glass Sentence is the first book in a middle grade trilogy
it's a historical adventure story
set in a world in which different continents are set in different time periods
some are well documented, others not at all
our main characters are (around) 13 years old
Sophia's parents have been missing for years
she's part of a family of famous explorers and cartologers
she has no sense of time in a world where time is crucial
her uncle goes missing
she and a Theo, a boy her age, are trying to rescue him
the story is one big adventure
all kinds of maps play an important role
I wasn't as fascinated by the maps as I wanted to be
in the middle of the book a few pages less wouldn't have hurt
I'm not sure if I will go on with the series
I liked the characters, the world building was good
I would like to know what happened to the parents
a good book, not a great one
might be a great adventure for children around 13 years old
but also for adults with a fascination for time and maps.

#9 In 2016: Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

First in a trilogy
young adult fantasy
eight kingdoms
four are the seasons, four are the rhythms
Winter was conquered 16 years ago
since then a small group has fought hard
to win back their home
to free the slaves
there is magic
only a select few can use it
having magic means having power
Winter lost their magic
they need it back to have a chance to succeed
fascinating concept, good world-building
great characters, many surprising developments
finally a YA fantasy I enjoyed beginning to end
no cliffhanger (yeah!)
I already bought book #2 in the series
I need to know what will happen next.



Book Series I Want To Finish In 2016

In 2016 I finally want to finish some series I enjoyed in the past, series I started reading before 2015, series in which all books are already published (at least I think so). I wanted to finish the series in 2015, but for some weird reasons didn't.


The series
Silver trilogy - Kerstin Gier: young adult, dreams,
Thirteenth Child trilogy - Patricia C. Wrede: historical, Frontier, magic, adventure
Lightbringer duology (I think) - K.D. McEntire: paranormal, ghosts, young adult, a bit creepy
The Agency quartet - Y.S. Lee: mystery, young adult, historical, dangerous London, investigations
The Fairie Ring quartet - Kiki Hamilton: fairies, royals, orphans, intrigues, young adult, urban fantasy
Cat De Luca mysteries quartet (so far) - K.J. Larson: mystery, light-hearted, funny

Which series do you want to finish in 2016?