Thirteen Reasons Why – Review

IMG_9700.editedThirteen Reasons Why is definitely not your typical young adult novel. When I heard it was adapted for a tv show and would release soon, I saw this is as an opportunity to finally read the novel.
Clay Jensen comes home from school to find a strange package waiting for him. It only has his address but not the return address written on it. Inside he finds a bunch of recorded cassette tapes from Hannah Baker – the Hannah Baker who committed suicide only two weeks earlier. On the cassette tapes Hannah explains there are thirteens reasons why she killed herself – Clay is one of them.

It is really difficult for me to find the right words to express my feelings. On the one hand, the story didn’t completely blow away my mind as I hoped it would, but on the other hand it is still a great book with such a strong and important message for all of us. Continue reading “Thirteen Reasons Why – Review”

Edge of Brotherhood – Shared Review

The “Love on the Edge” series by Molly E. Lee is full of adventure, thrill and lots of adrenaline. Molly took us storm chasing twice in Oklahoma, treasure hunting in Israel and deep sea diving in the Bahamas. This time, she takes us on an even bigger adventure: we are about to discover the Amazon rainforest. And not only Easton will be there. Dash, Connell and the girls are on board too! Yes! You read correctly! All the guys in one novel! How cool is that? But it gets even better: Molly introduces us to a new man on the edge. Wade is a stuntman and this adventure will be his and the guys’ biggest yet.

Easton is certain that he found the lost city of Paititi in the Amazon rainforest. The production company of his TV show takes this as an opportunity to air a special series of the discovery. For the next leg of his expedition, Easton now needs experienced and skilled crew members to help him uncover the treasures hidden in the half submerged temple. For that, the production company hired storm chaser Dash, deep sea diver Connell and stuntman Wade. All four men need to work together and combine their individual skills in order to survive in the jungle. But this is easier said than done since the jungle has its own rules of survival. But is the Amazon jungle really their biggest threat on this mission? Continue reading “Edge of Brotherhood – Shared Review”

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”

Finding Olivia – Review

oliviaWhen I picked up Finding Olivia for the very first time in August 2015, I had never heard of that book, that series or even that author before. The blurb, however, sounded interesting enough and why not give another indie author like Micalea Smeltzer a chance? And believe it or not, but this book here made me fall in love with Micalea, her characters and her books. Up until now I have read every single novel she has ever published (apart from her fantasy series, since I’m not really keen on that genre) and I personally think that she gets better with each new release. Some readers may find her stories and characters too lovey-dovey, too silly or too cheesy but I really love them and you might fall in love with her books as well. You might as well start with this novel, which is the first in the “Trace + Olivia” series.
While growing up with a strict preacher father, Olivia  was never able to fully live her life. She hopes to accomplish as many things as possible from her Live List during her four years at college. Unfortunately, she was only able to cross off four things up until now. Then she meets Trace and things begin to change in the best possible way. When Olivia tells him about her list, Trace is more than happy to help her out. Plus, he gets to spend more time with the girl he can’t seem stop thinking about. But neither of them expected what was waiting for them along the way. Continue reading “Finding Olivia – Review”

A Thousand Letters – Review

cover-ebook-atlStaci Hart‘s newest novel, A Thousand Letters, is unlike her previous releases. Whereas the “Bad Habits” series and the standalone “Wasted Words” have been on the fun side, A Thousand Letters was more angsty and emotional.
During one fateful night seven years ago, Elliott made the hardest decision of her life and changed not only hers but also Wade’s life forever. Without having talked or seen the other in all those years, sad cicumstances force Wade and Elliot back together. Having to deal with each other again is  not easy and neither of them knows how to act around the other anymore. He clearly has changed and Elliot is not the same she was seven years ago either. Can they start all over? Can they forgive the other for all the pain they have caused each other?

All Staci Hart books I’ve read so far are set in the most amzing city of the world: New York City and I freaking love it! Continue reading “A Thousand Letters – Review”

Anything You Can Do – Review

coverTo me, RS Grey is a genius. She can write about absolutely anything and it’s certainly going to be a success. Her previous works range from soccer and olympic romances, romantic holiday getaways in Italy and an epic roadtrip through Texas. With Anything You Can Do, Grey created another great novel that definitely will join her other successful ones. This book is not her first romantic comedy but the first one for me.
The story features Daisy and Lucas, nemeses ever since they were born. Now, at 28, they are both successful doctors and seize a chance in taking over a private practice in their hometown of Hamilton, Texas. As far as Daisy is concerned, Lucas is not part of the plan. She wants to take over the practice all by herself and is willing to do everything to make Lucas leave the practice and Hamilton for good. And Lucas? Well, he has his own little devious plan. Continue reading “Anything You Can Do – Review”

My Name is Memory – Review

my-name-is-memoryDo you know what may be the best thing in modern society?  Logging off Facebook and using every moment you would pick up your phone, to pick up a book instead.  Not an e-reader, a real book.  The solitude and quiet resetting of myself has been much-needed and so welcomed.  Let’s be honest, I already know what is going on in the world.  I don’t need Facebook to tell me, with a dash of hostility and a pinch of bickering.

With my newfound free-time, I decided to check out a copy of My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares from the library in town, based on the recommendation of author Faith Andrews.  Ann Brashares is the author of The Traveling Pants series, as many of you may already know.  I grew through my early teenage years with the “Pants” books, so I already trusted Brashares to bring me a story I would love. Continue reading “My Name is Memory – Review”