The Siren – Review

IMG_9791editedThere were actually two reasons I bought this book last year in England: the first one was the cover. I know, “Don’t judge a book by its cover!” but I couldn’t leave Waterstones without buying this book. The second and much smaller reason was Kiera Cass, the author of this book. You probably all know her from The Selection series. I read book one in that series and wasn’t too impressed to be perfectly honest. I know that a lot of you guys loved The Selection series but it wasn’t for me. I wanted to give Kiera another chance and the blurb sounded interesting enough.

Kahlen has been a Siren for almost a century. She and her sisters live as much of a secluded life as possible and barely interact with humans. But then one day Kahlen meets the guy of her dreams and everything changes in both their lives. Continue reading “The Siren – Review”

Bookstagram meet up in Hamburg, Germany

About six weeks ago I found out about a bookstagram meet up in Hamburg, Germany in May and since I only live 2 hours from Hamburg I signed up. I couldn’t wait to meet bookstagrammers from Germany and the girls behind the accounts. And finally it was May 13th and I was on my way to Hamburg.

I met the girls in the early afternoon in front of Hamburg’s train station and I was one of the last girls to show up. As an introvert I was a little overwhelmed and slightly anxious to meet so many new people: What if they are not nice to me? What if they don’t like me? What if I say something totally weird? But my initial concerns were unfounded because all the girls were super sweet and kind. I’m not sure, but I still might have said something weird but the girls didn’t tell me, so who knows! 😀 Continue reading “Bookstagram meet up in Hamburg, Germany”

My History of Reading – Ashley

I remember the very first book I read by myself as a kid. I don’t recall the title, but I can still see the illustrations in my mind’s eye – clocks and animals with simple words. I read that book nothing short of a thousand times, feeling so proud of myself each time because I was able to read the book on my own. From the moment I could read by myself, I was hooked. Little did I know how much reading would mean to me as I aged. As an independent person, my ability to read is paramount to me learning new things about cooking, building objects, or simply to satisfy my curiosity on a certain subject.

Before I was able to read to myself, the best days were when teachers would read the Amelia Bedelia books, because they were hilarious to me. I loved seeing how Amelia would confuse things. The Frog and Toad books also filled me with much excitement. I enjoy reading them to my own children now.

Some of my favorite novels to read as a kid were those in a series, such as The Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, Goosebumps, and The Baby-Sitters Club. I was always rushing off to the town or school libraries to check out the next book in the series, and read countless numbers of these books.

My favorite standalone book from childhood was a book I read in third grade, called Letters From Rifka by Karen Hesse, about a Jewish girl who had to leave Russia in 1919, but becomes separated from her family at Ellis Island. In the book Rifka writes journal entries about what is happening in her life and on her journey. This book opened up the world for me; I remember for the first time feeling empathy for a character’s struggles, interest in history, and the cultures of people who were different from me. I would love to buy a copy of this book to read again as an adult and give to my kids to read someday!

Then came Harry Potter and Hogwarts. Like every 90’s kid, I was drawn into the Sorcerer’s Stone in my fourth grade year. The characters were the same age as I was at the time, making the story all that much more compelling and relatable. As a lonely child who was the new kid in school for the second time in a year, I was drawn into Harry’s story and felt myself wishing for my own letter of acceptance to Hogwarts and great friends like Ron and Hermione. Each year I anxiously looked forward to the release of the next book in the series and would spend the day (sometimes two) locked in my room reading, annoyed by any interruption, even the interruption of meal-time. The final book came out the summer before my senior year of high school. Like many of my fellow Potterheads, I rushed to my local store at midnight with my little brother in tow to buy a copy of The Deathly Hallows. The series and characters grew with me, and will always hold such a special place in my heart.  And, I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter to come – hint, hint.  Continue reading “My History of Reading – Ashley”

Happy Cover Reveal Day, Laura!

💜💚💙LAURA BARNARD COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY!💜💚💙

How beautiful is this cover of Laura’s latest romantic comedy, Excess Baggage?  It’s out on the 23rd and you can pre-order now myBook.to/ExcessBaggageLB

Details of giveaway below. Continue reading “Happy Cover Reveal Day, Laura!”

February Recap

Hey there book lovers!
Another month, another recap and even more awesome books. In case you’ve missed a few of our reviews, here is your chance to catch up:

February was an important month for us as we hit two milestones! February was officially our 7th month in the blogging world. Plus, we released our 100th blog post this month! Yay!
We both want to thank all you for reading, liking and commenting on our reviews. The interactions with you means a lot to us. Thank you for your support on either the blog, on our Instagram or on our Facebook site. THANK YOU!

And here is a list of our March TBR:
Tempting Rowan by Micalea Smeltzer,  Infinity + One by Amy Harmon, Saving Tatum by Micalea Smeltzer, Re-read of Marrow by Tarryn Fisher,  The Allure of Julian Lefray by RS Grey, The Allure of Dean Harper by RS Grey.

Lots of bookish love,
♥ Ashley & Sabrina ♥

Chasing Olivia – Review

chasing-oliviaWhat do you do when there is a sequel to one of your favorite books with the same main characters? Of course you read it. That’s what I did back in August 2015 as well as this month with Chasing Olivia.
Trace and Olivia are still together and happier than ever. The obstacles that were thrown at them in the past, made their bond even stronger. But after two years, the fearless adventurers are replaced with an “old married couple”. To get their spark back, Trace and Olivia are headed on a roadtrip of a lifetime. But is it just a roadtrip to get their spark back or does Trace have some hidden agenda? Nevertheless, Olivia can’t wait to escape her “soap opera life” for a few weeks, but unfortunately one can only run away from reality for so long.

I love roadtrips. Period. I have been on a few myself in the past and the next will begin in just a few days actually. Yay! Roadtrips make me think of freedom: it’s just your car, your friend(s) (or boy/girlfriend), the road and some great music. Continue reading “Chasing Olivia – Review”

Release Day of A Thousand Letters!

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“Lyrical, heartbreaking, and emotionally intense, A THOUSAND LETTERS is a beautiful portrait of an undying love that deserves a second chance.”

Melanie Harlow, USA Today Bestselling Author

A Thousand Letters, an all-new emotional standalone by Staci Hart is LIVE!!!

Continue reading “Release Day of A Thousand Letters!”