Monthly Archives: July 2012

Wrap up: July 2012

So this month I finally picked up the pace a little after the end of Uni. Now I can allow myself again to read more without having a bad feeling about it (or at least not THAT bad of a feeling).

These are the books I read in July (underlined Ratings are Links to Reviews):

The Journeys of John and Julia in Chapter One - Genesis by Aurelia  Unbreak my Heart by Melissa C. Walker   I'm here to help by S.F. Chapman

    2,5 Chocolate Hearts             5 Chocolate Hearts               2 Chocolate Hearts

 

Pretty (Uglies #2) by Scott Westerfeld   Die Rebellion der Maddie Freeman   Pale by Chris Wooding

    5 Chocolate Hearts                 4,5 Chocolate Hearts           3 Chocolate Hearts

So this was a pretty good month for me even tho some of the books were pretty or very short but I am still proud of myself. I nearly reached last years total amount of books read and it’s only July! Woho! Also I finally managed to read a few Netgalley Books.

So what did you read that month? Have you had a good or a bad month in Reading?

IMM #14 – In my Mailbox July, 29th 2012

This week was a rather quiet week in regards of books. I didn’t have to go to the Library (even tho I was for about ten minutes or so to show a friend around) so I didn’t get any books from there. Also on netGalley there wasn’t a lot of excitement or at least I wasn’t aproved for a lot of books. Only for two to be precise. But it could have been a lot more because I realised that we have a Shakespeare & Company in town and went there with friends on Friday but stayed strong and didn’t buy any books. I am really proud of myself.

Books I got at NetGalley:

Will write Release Date next to Titles.

Zombie by J. R. Angelella   One Breath away by Heather Gudenkauf

Zombie by J. R. Angelella (June 5, 2012)
One Breath away by Heather Gudenkauf (July 6, 2010)

So that’s it already for this week. That was the shortest IMM I ever did. I hope you still enjoyed it and got some great books for yourself. See you next time and happy Reading!

IMM #13 – In my Mailbox July, 24th 2012

Again a long time has passed since I did my last IMM Post. One part of it being me MIA and one part trying to not get too many books at the library as I have way to many NetGalley books left to read (And they are constantly coming in too). Still I was a bad girl this week. It started off pretty innocent as I “just” wanted to return some books that were due… and ended up getting 6 new books *sigh*. Yeah, whatever. So here they are. (All of them exciting enough to not being able to leave them at the Library)

Books I got at the Library:

Pretty (Uglies #2) by Scott Westerfeld   A House of Night #5: Hunted by P.C and Kristin Cast   A House of Night #6: Tempted by P.C and Kristin Cast

Uglies #2: Pretty – Erkenne dein Gesicht (Pretties) by Scott Westerfeld
A House of Night #5: Hunted by P.C. and Kristen Cast
A House of Night #6: Tempted  by P.C. and Kristen Cast

Riley #4: Der erste Kuss   Die Rebellion der Maddie Freeman   Der Nachtzirkus by Erin Morgenstern

Riley #4: Der erste Kuss (Riley Bloom #4:Whisper) by Alyson Noel
Awaken #1: Die Rebellion der Maddie Freeman (Awaken #1) by Katie Kacvinsky
Der Nachtzirkus (The Night Circus) by Erin Morgenstern

(aren’t these Covers amazing? The Riley Bloom book even has sparkle on it! I am a sucker for sparkling things!)


And now for the NetGalley books. Did I already mention that I have some kind of Obsession or NetGalley addiction or something like that?

Books I got at NetGalley:

Will write Release Date next to Titles. (Only the ones I got last week. Got way too many since my last IMM which was way too long ago)

Inbetween by Tara Fuller   The Intruders by Olive Peart   Life in Parts by Vicki Bennington and Daniel Brannan

Inbetween (Kissed by Death #1) by Tara Fuller (August 28, 2012)
The Intruders by Olive Peart (February 28, 2010)
A Life in Parts by Vicki Bennington & Daniel Brannan (October 8, 2012)

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire   Pushing Upwards by Andrea Adler   Frozen by Mary Casanova

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (August 14, 2012)
Pushing Upwards by Andrea Adler (September 17, 2012)
Frozen by Mary Casanova (September 1, 2012)

The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer   Pale by Chris Wooding

The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer (August 28, 2012)
Pale by Chris Wooding (September 10, 2012)

The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice by Nathan Leslie   The Enchanted Truth by Kym Petrie

The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice by Nathan Leslie (October 30, 2012) (Couldn’t find a better Cover Picture for that one)
The Enchanted Truth by Kym Petrie (March 9, 2012)

Woho I’m done! What did you get last Week? See you next time and Happy Reading!

Review: Unbreak my Heart by Melissa C. Walker

Unbreak my Heart by Melissa C. Walker

Title: Unbreak my Heart
Author: Melissa C. Walker
Pages: 240
Source: NetGalley
Language: English
Published: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
ISBN: 9781599905280

Goodreads Summary :

Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life.

Enter her parents’ plan to spend the summer on their sailboat. Normally the idea of being stuck on a tiny boat with her parents and little sister would make Clem break out in hives, but floating away sounds pretty good right now.

Then she meets James at one of their first stops along the river. He and his dad are sailing for the summer and he’s just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem’s walls and heal her broken heart?

Told in alternating chapters that chronicle the year that broke Clem’s heart and the summer that healed it, Unbreak My Heart is a wonderful dual love story that fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Susane Colasanti will flock to.

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My Thoughts:

If you are looking for a light quick summer read then this is for you! But be warned! You might – just as I did – desperately want to go on holiday (preferably on a boat) after you’ve read this. Don’t blame me for it in the end, I told you :).

What I like about the book that it is two stories in one. So one story is Clem going on a sailing trip over the summer with her family and the second story is the past year at school and how all the mess she got into started. So you slowly get to know Clem and her story over time.

This isn’t a book with a lot of stuff going on or twists or thrilling moments but it doesn’t have to. It’s a quiet little story more about feelings and relationships than about a big plot. I for myself liked it.

Also it wasn’t like all happiness and everything more about how to get it back. This made me think a little and also left a cosy feeling within me when I finished reading it.

Cover: I adore this cover. It is simple but I liked it the second I saw it and made me want to read the book. And it didn’t let me down.

Rating: 5 Chocolate Hearts

Rating 5

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Review: The Journeys of John and Julia in Chapter One – Genesis

The Journeys of John and Julia in Chapter One - Genesis by Aurelia

Title: The Journeys of John and Julia in Chapter One: Genesis
Author: Aurelia
Pages: 264
Source: NetGalley
Language: English
Published: June 29, 2012
Publisher: Gerber Rigler
ISBN: 9780984001965

Goodreads Summary :

The Journeys of John and Julia begin.
The Twenty-Two are watching.
Reality is about to change.

It all starts when Julia’s parents totally mess with her summer. First Julia’s dad takes off to start a whole new family. Then Julia’s mom yanks Julia from cheerleader camp to spend the summer with her grandmother in the land of no signal, no mall, no best friend Kellie. Julia’s only hope for human contact is geeky John Freeman, who is six months younger than she and about a million years behind her idea of cool.

If only Julia knew that her mom plans to dump her at Grandma’s not just for the summer, but for a whole year. If only Julia knew that a collective of wondrous beings called The Twenty- Two are watching over her and trying to make contact. If only Julia knew that they could tell Julia every thought she never knew she had and bend her reality in any way they choose. And that she’d be with John Freeman when it happened. He’d think that was way cool.

And that is just the beginning. For this seemingly mismatched pair have cracked open the door to another reality. And their enemy-to-be, the beyond evil Niem Vidalgo Oten, is about to enter the picture.

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My Thoughts:

To be honest I’m not totally sure what to say about this book. I finished it pretty quickly and it was nice to read but…

I think I missed the connection to the main Characters. I couldn’t really connect  and feel with them. In one way they just didn’t bother me enough? Also some events or dialogues just confused me. A few times I was like “what? why did that happen now?” or  “Why did he do that?”

I mean I am aware that there is supposed to be something mystical or magical or however you want to call it in the book but sometimes I just didn’t see the reasons or connections. Probably I would have needed some more explanation and in depth description or the book was just not for me.

However I still finished it which means that it’s not totally lame and boring 🙂 otherwise I  would have stopped at some point.

Cover: I am not very fond of this Cover. It’s not bad but also nothing spectacular.

Rating: 2,5 Chocolate Hearts

Rating 2,5

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Review: Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame by L.L. Samson

Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame by L.L. Samson

Title: Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame (The Enchanted Attic #1)
Author: L.L. Samson
Pages: 144
Source: NetGalley
Language: English
Published: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 9780310727958

Goodreads Summary :

A hidden attic. A classic story. A very unexpected twist. Twin twelve-year-old bookworms Ophelia and Linus Easterday discover a hidden attic that once belonged to a mad scientist. While relaxing in the attic and enjoying her latest book, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Ophelia dozes off, and within moments finds herself facing a fully alive and completely bewildered Quasimodo. Ophelia and Linus team up with a clever neighbor, a hippy priest, and a college custodian, learning Quasimodo’s story while searching for some way to get him back home—if he can survive long enough in the modern world.

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My Thoughts:

I just finished the Book and wanted to do the Review as long as it is still “fresh” in my mind. First of all I have to say I had a bit of a hard time getting into the book. It might have to do with the language that is used in the Book. English is not my first language so a lot of words weren’t really familiar to me and it through me a little out of the Story sometimes. But I got used to it.

Funnily a lot of the words I didn’t know where explained in the book. There happens to be a Storyteller who is telling the story to us and as he is proud of his use of the English Language he likes to use “nice” words but is at the same time kind enough to explain the complicated ones. This is especially important as this is a Middle Grade Book for Ages 9-12.

It was a nice short read but still took me ages as I kept putting it down. I am not entirely sure why. Another thing I liked about the book was that you get to know a Classic at the same time. So this is the perfect start for a younger reader who doesn’t quite dare to read “the real stuff” yet but is interested about what else there is in Book World.

Cover: It’s a well made Cover which is Age Apropriate and matches the Story.

Rating: 3,5 Chocolate Hearts

Rating 5

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