My History of Reading – Sabrina

I was maybe 8 or 9 and I still remember getting a book from my mom’s best friend. I hated the book and didn’t want to read it. There were so many words, so many pages and less pictures. In elementary school I always had an A in reading, so my not wanting to read was not about my ability to read but rather about my lack of enthusiam. Crazy, I know, especially because I love reading these days and can’t picture my life without it. I guess it was just a phase or the wrong book and/or the wrong genre for me.
However, during 5th/6th grade I discovered reading books for me. IIMG_9115edited was totally obsessed with the Freche Mädchen – Freche Bücher books (~”Sassy Girls – Sassy Books”). The books were aimed at girls in their tweens or early teens. The stories were about a bunch of girlfriends who had to deal with school, parents, clothes, boys, first love and the following first heartbreak. The great thing was that the books were not written from one author alone but from many. The “Freche Mädchen – Freche Bücher” theme was only the name of the series in general. Every author then wrote their own sub-series with their own characters and stories. My goal was to own every single one of the books, there was even a tick-list at the end of each book. And since I’ve always been someone who loved lists and tick things off a list, I did just that: I ticked off the books I already had and marked the ones I wanted next. Continue reading “My History of Reading – Sabrina”

March Recap

Hey book lovers,
It’s time for our monthly recap. Since we have been fairly busy in March (high-five for being responsible adults!), our list of reviews is shorter than usual. We’ll try to get back on track in April. Here is our list for you to catch up:

We have some special blog posts for you in the coming month, so keep an eye on your blog news feed.

And here is our TBR and possible review list for April:
Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre, The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine, Paper Princess by Erin Watt, Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger, Confess by Colleen Hoover, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and The Letter to your Last Lover by Jojo Moyes.

Lots of bookish love,
Ashley & Sabrina

Saving Tatum – Review

Tatum CoverAs I mentioned in my previous review, Tempting Rowan and Saving Tatum are my favorite books in the “Trace + Olivia” series by Micalea Smeltzer. Although completely different regarding the plot, they still have some similarities. As the other books in this series, I read Saving Tatum about 2 years ago but I didn’t know how much I missed both Jude and Tatum until I picked up the book again.
Tatum and Jude have a past – but not the one you’re thinking of. Jude is the reason for Tatum’s sadness and her reservation toward people. He is also the reason her parents don’t care for her anymore. So why would she give him the time of day when he clearly ruined her life? She is determined to stay away from Jude and his advances at all costs. But Jude has other plans. He wants to get to the bottom of her hatred toward him and wants to make her like him and see the real Jude. Continue reading “Saving Tatum – Review”

Tempting Rowan – Review

rowanThis book is probably my favorite in this series. Well, I guess it is a tie between Tempting Rowan and Saving Tatum (look out for the next review). If you haven’t read the two previous books in this series yet, don’t worry. Tempting Rowan is a total standalone and follows different characters.
Rowan and Trent know each other since high school but then all of a sudden Rowan stopped talking to Trent. Although living in the same town, she managed to avoid him for years – until now. Trent is done being ignored by Rowan. He wants to find out what happened all those years ago but more importantly he wants to win her back. He is determined to make the pain in her eyes disappear and to give her the love she deserves. But Rowan does not want to get caught up in Trent again. He means distraction and she can’t be distracted under no circumstances. Her priority are her younger siblings she has to look after since her alcoholic mother and sleazy step-dad don’t take on responsibility for them. On top of that she has a job to go to and classes to attend. Will Trent be convincing enough to change Rowan’s mind? Continue reading “Tempting Rowan – 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”