My most anticipated releases in 2020 – Book Edition

Good evening from Germany! So, it’s been quite some time since my last post and I did promise you guys to make the follow up post for the book edition of my most anticipated releases. It’s a bit late, but at least I’m writing it now.

(Disclaimer: all descriptions and cover pictures are taken from goodreads.)

Anyway, I’ll keep this short, these are the books that I’m most interested in this year:

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (January 30th, 2020)

hazel

Description:

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu (March 3rd, 2020)

kingdom

Description: 

Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish–to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age–her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true–but his help may cost her everything.

In her first work of historical fiction, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu spins a lush, lyrically-told story of music, magic, and the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore (January 14th, 2020)

red

Description:

Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

With McLemore’s signature lush prose, Dark and Deepest Red pairs the forbidding magic of a fairy tale with a modern story of passion and betrayal.

Loveless by Alice Oseman (July 9th, 2020)

loveless

Desciption:

The fourth novel from the phenomenally talented Alice Oseman – one of the most authentic and talked-about voices in contemporary YA.

Georgia feels loveless – in the romantic sense, anyway. She’s eighteen, never been in a relationship, or even had a crush on a single person in her whole life. She thinks she’s an anomaly, people call her weird, and she feels a little broken. But she still adores romance – weddings, fan fiction, and happily ever afters. She knows she’ll find her person one day … right?

After a disastrous summer, Georgia is now at university, hundreds of miles from home. She is more determined than ever to find love – and her annoying roommate, Rooney, is a bit of a love expert, so perhaps she can help.

But maybe Georgia just doesn’t feel that way about guys. Or girls. Or anyone at all. Maybe that’s okay. Maybe she can find happiness without falling in love. And maybe Rooney is a little more loveless than she first appears.

LOVELESS is a journey of identity, self-acceptance, and finding out how many different types of love there really are. And that no one is really loveless after all.


As you can see, two of the four books have already been released (and I haven’t bought them yet. Shame on me.) Are you interested in these books, or even already read one?

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Sims-a-thon #2 Wrap-Up

Helloooo!

Halloween is over, November started and we’re slowly inching towards winter. This means that the Sims-a-thon Number 2 has ended and I’m here to quickly share the books I read!

As you can see I read 4 Mangas! Which is the first time my eyes ever locked onto the pages of a Manga without losing interest within seconds. Without the readathon, I probably wouldn’t have started reading Mangas anytime soon, even though I’ve been wanting to pick up Citrus ever since my boyfriend told me the story was really good and I saw that I actually liked the artwork. Anyway. Here’s my stats and which book helped me complete which challange!

Create a sim: 5 points. Citrus #1

Build a house: 2 of 3 points, since I had already read 1/3 before the readathon. MacBest

Perfect the layout: 2 points. Citrus #2

Interior design: 2 points. Citrus #3

Fall in love: 3 points. After Hours #1


Total Books: 4.75

Total Pages: 947

Total Points: 14!

That’s it from me for today, I just finished my homework and will get back to reading! See you all in the next post. Be happy and healthy, everyone. Bye!

Sims-a-thon #2 (but my first)

Hey there everyone!

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me but my life has been crashing in at a lot of edges and I was busy holding it together, while fixing what had to be fixed. I’m actually still debating whether or not I should make a blogpost about the last year (yeah, that’s how long it took, just to make plans for getting my sh*t together). Tell me your thoughts about if I should or not, if you’d like! If you want more private info before “voting”, just let me know as well. You can simply comment or message me on Twitter/Instagram (both @jasmine_lexa). Ps: I deleted my previous private Twitter and changed it over to my second one; if anyone was wondering about the name change.

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Anyway, let’s get into the actual post. As none of you would know, I’m not really a gamer, but I’ve always loved playing Sims as a kid, so when I saw that there was a readathon being created just around exactly that game – I freaked out. It got me back into wanting to blog, actually. Besides having more brain capacity for everything that wasn’t fixing my messy life. The readathon has been created by a bunch of lovely bookish people, but I stumbled upon this over at Lauren’s blog. Continue reading “Sims-a-thon #2 (but my first)”

Mystery Blogger Award

It’s been way too long since my last blog post but university, exams and organisatory problems got in the way, which had me feeling unmotivated and uninspired to read, let alone sit down and write a blog post. However, I’m missing you guys and writing all my thoughts about books and music down! (Peek my Travel the World page here, I’ve been traveling around Germany a little. If anyone wants to see pictures, leave a comment below!)

Alright, enough rambling, onto the Award which I’ve been nominated for (two?) years ago. (I’m terrible at keeping up with awards and tags, please have mercy *hides*.)

A gigantic thank you to Lauren over at Wonderless Reviews for awarding me with the Mystery Blogger Award. I’m sorry about how long it took me to write this. You’re the best! The Tag was created by Okoto Enigma. (Check her out if you want to read about fashion, lifestyle, travel and beauty.)

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WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma

The rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10-20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

3 things about myself:

  1. I dislike (well, hate) using emojis in blog posts. When I’m commenting under other people’s posts or replying to comments on my own post I love using them and will not stop for the life of me (sorry not sorry), but when it comes to actual blog posts, I feel like they don’t fit so I don’t use them – unless I feel like I have to.
  2. As mentioned in the first part of this blog, I’m a university student – which I think I haven’t officially mentioned before. My major is Computer Science and I chose chemistry as my minor.
  3. I lift. Quite sure that’s another thing I haven’t mentioned on here, but anyway, I love going to the gym and becoming stronger. I also add some cardio once a week or every other week to really power myself out and relax.

 Since it took me this long to actually write the post I’m leaving the nominations open instead of nominating. I hope that’s okay. Anyway, here’s to better months in the future in terms of blog posts!

Have a good day.

Review: More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

More than we can tellSeries Letters To The Lost (can be read as a standalone)

Genre YA, Contemporary, Romance

Expected Publication March 6th 2018

Edition eARC

ISBN 1681190141

Goodreads:

From the author of Letters to the Lost comes a heart-wrenching story of two teens with big secrets and a love that could set them free.

Rev Fletcher is battling the demons of his past. But with loving adoptive parents by his side, he’s managed to keep them at bay…until he gets a letter from his abusive father and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma Blue spends her time perfecting the computer game she built from scratch, rather than facing her parents’ crumbling marriage. She can solve any problem with the right code, but when an online troll’s harassment escalates, she’s truly afraid.

When Rev and Emma meet, they both long to lift the burden of their secrets and bond instantly over their shared turmoil. But when their situations turn dangerous, their trust in each other will be tested in ways they never expected. This must-read story will once again have readers falling for Brigid Kemmerer’s emotional storytelling.


Big thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review!

Note: I have not read Letters To The Lost before picking this one up. Extra note: I plan on catching up with LTTL, because I *need* to know Declan’s story as well.

It’s always hard to think about where to start writing the review of a book, especially when you’ve read it over a long period of time. It might have taken me Dec ’17 all through to Feb ’18 to finish MTWCT, but that’s all due to university and exam season swallowing all of my free time. Even a night owl like me needs a bit of sleep, alongside squeezing in the gym and time with friends, reading came a bit short. Anywayyy, let’s get into the review, shall we?

PS: have your favorite payment method ready, because I bet you’ll pre-order this novel after finishing this review.

The first chapter throws you right into what Emma has to deal with; online harassment. Starting off this way, immediately picking up one of the issues that will wind themselves through the book, is a great way to grab my attention and make me keep reading. If you’re in a reading slump, MTWCT is a great way to pull you out of it! Continue reading “Review: More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer”

2 year anniversary giveaway! [Closed]

Hey everyone! January 9th 2018 will be my Blog’s two year anniversary and I’m finally doing a giveaway! I know you’re squealing in excitement so read on for your chance to win books worth up to 20€. You have to follow this Blog to enter (new followers welcome).

Rules:

  1. You’re only allowed to enter the giveaway if you’re of legal age (18 or 21 depending on where you live) or have the permission of your parents to enter this giveaway.
  2. Furthermore, make sure that the Book Depository ships to you. You can check this here.
  3. I will need to ask for your address to send you the book/s so please only enter if you’re okay with telling me your address. I won’t use it for anything else than sending you the book/s and will delete the info after you have received the book/s; it would be great if you could let me know once the book/s has/have arrived safely 😉
  4. You can have any amount of books you can fit into the budget of 20€. One or four, it doesn’t matter. Just let me know which ones you’d like to receive after I contact you about your win!
  5. The winner is picked randomly by Rafflecopter. Recourse to courts of law is prohibited.
  6. “Please note you are responsible for any local taxes and shipping. Any applicable local sales tax, VAT and similar taxes will depend on the tax that applies to your delivery location and any changes will be displayed in the checkout. ” -Book Depository

Enter the giveaway below. Good luck!

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Waiting On Wednesday

HELLO. Why the all caps you’re wondering? Well,… I’m writing a WoW and it features this book:
RESTORE ME OMG

Goodreads blurb:
Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

Restore Me is going to be released on March 6th 2018 and I am so excited we finally get to see what is going to happen after the end of the third book. I was heartbroken when the end was suddenly just 20 pages away and nothing felt like I could just go on about my life without knowing what happens afterwards? And now we get answers! Plus there is another two books planned after this one! How exciting is that?!

Are you guys looking forward to Restore Me as well or do you want to keep the Shatter Me series as a trilogy and accept the ending of Ignite Me as the final book? Let me know, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen

While browsing through NetGalley yesterday evening (or should I say past midnight today? What has happened to my sleep schedule?!), I saw that Herding Cats was available as a Read Now and if you follow any of my social media (Twitter, Instagram) then you know I love Sarah Andersen’s comic strips and had to start reading it right away! They never fail to cheer me up. A big thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this to everyone who wants to read it!

Herding catsHerding Cats will be published on March 27th 2018. 

Goodreads | Book Depository

“. . . author Sarah Andersen uses hilarious (and adorable) comics to illustrate the very specific growing pains that occur on your way to becoming a mature, put-together grownup. Andersen’s spot-on illustrations also show how to navigate this newfound adulthood once you arrive, since maturity is equally as hard to maintain as it is to find … ” –The Huffington Post Sarah valiantly struggles with waking up in the morning, being productive, and dealing with social situations. Sarah’s Scribbles is the comic strip that follows her life, finding humor in living as an adulting introvert that is at times weird, awkward, and embarrassing.

The first half of this squishy-adorable collection of comic strips is stuffed with funny, dog and cat loving, feminist, political, daily-life-struggles humor and I flew through the pages soaking up all the goodness. The second half is advice for upcoming and struggling artists plus more comics that are connected to the advice. Here are two excerpts of the first half:

 I’ve read some critique about the second half of this collection being “useless” for “regular readers” because it only applies to artists, but I believe it was a nice addition and considering that there’s still comics included in it so that the “regular” reader can skip through the text and simply enjoy the comics instead (which you can definitely enjoy without context of what and why they are included), makes it even better. And for everyone else, that same advice can be applied to your daily internet usage as well, therefore it’s still a nice little addition for all non-artists!

Conclusion: if you read and enjoyed even just one of Andersen’s comics, you won’t want to miss this book in your collection!

Rating: 4/5 stars.

Into The Mystic Review

into mysticGoodreads blurb:

Ten lesbian/bisexual paranormal short stories…

Green Love – Have you heard about the aspen clone in the heart of Blackwood forest? Some say it’s enchanted, while others…

Dead Letter – Signed, sealed, delivered…or was it?

Seaside Escape – Just because it’s been done for generations doesn’t mean it should be.

Dressed in Wolf Skin – She was never particularly fond of werewolves, but she hated skinwalkers.

Unraveled – Summer can hack their magic, but she can’t hack her own heart.

The Holy Company – On an ancient holy path, they will come face to face with one of the local legends.

Vampire Hours – One’s a vampire. The other is human. One wants forever. The other wants everything to end.

To the Sea – Sometimes you just have to hold your breath and dive in.

Holy Water – She might be the most dangerous being in the world, but Clara is still in love with her.

Lighthouse Five – Is it possible for a mermaid and a human to build a relationship?

Note: This ARC has been provided by Laura Bailo, in exchange for an honest review.

A couple weeks ago I saw Laura Bailo’s tweet announcing e-ARCs for this anthology and after finding out that it was a collection of lesbian/bisexual paranormal short stories… I could not say no. And oh boy let me tell you guys this collection of stories is steamy! I was not prepared whatsoever.

I’m not going to give much away because I don’t want to spoil anything, so here are my thoughts on my favorites and my one DNF:

There was only one story that I absolutely couldn’t get into and ended up skipping – Vampire Hours by Jacqueline Rohrbach. This was mainly due to the repetitions of “bleep”s, “hiss” “groan” and “har har”s. I can’t deal with those words or noises for the life of me. The characters seemed flat and childish as well so I had no way of turning a blind eye on the language.

On to my favorites of this anthology!

My highlight was Dressed in Wolf Skin by Sita Bethel. A witch and a werewolf and they start off fighting each other? Both strong characters? I loved their dynamic. (4.5/5 stars)

Dead Letter by Valentine Wheeler: this story. I just ugh. It’s incredibly sweet. If you love literature (you obviously do, or you wouldn’t be reading books, let alone my review) and if you feel close to the idea of falling in love through words and presence, this is for you! (4/5 stars)

The Holy Company by Laura Bailo: this is a perfect Story for a lovely Halloween you guys! I read it at night and got spooooked. Especially the spanish aspect was amazing to me as I don’t get to read a lot of books set there. (4/5 stars)

Have you read this anthology or heard of it? Are you interested in reading it? Let me know!

Rating: 4/5 stars

Labyrinth Lost Review

Hi everyone,

It’s been quite a while since my last review, hasn’t it? Let me just step slowly back into it. How am I supposed to write reviews again? Oh right, this one is going to be a little different; I’ll give you bullet points to what I liked and didn’t like about LL, but just read on to see what I mean! I couldn’t decide which cover to include, so I went with these two, both absolutely unique and beautiful in their own way.

*ARC provided via NetGalley*

Goodreads blurb: I was chosen by the Deos. Even gods make mistakes.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family.

Why I was interested:

  1. Witches. Or how they’re called in the book, Brujas. It was actually my first book about witches, very enjoyable to read.
  2. Diverse characters and author! I’ve been trying to read more books from and about diverse characters/authors, so this was perfect.
  3. The plot overall sounded amazing and everyone who read it until before I got around to it was excited and happy with it.

What I liked:

  1. The characters!
  2. The diversity!
  3. LGBT being included!
  4. The plot!
  5. There were very few moments I felt like the story was rushed. I like taking my time with the characters instead of being thrown from one scene into the other.

What I didn’t like:

  1. The fight scenes… weren’t built up enough. They seemed to be over too fast and easy. There was no real struggle. As if the enemy wasn’t strong enough.
  2. (The fact that I don’t have any other thing to complain about. I really, really, really enjoyed this book.)

Recommended for:

  1. Readers of The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa.
  2. Any- and everyone who is interested in witches.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Songs: Future – Paramore