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Well, hello you brave new world of Bookstagram.
Last Sunday I decided to become a bookblogger. I thought: I like books. Bookstagrams are nice. Plus: the community seems so so lovely. I want to be part of this colourful world filled with such passionate people that put enormous amounts of time and care into their accounts to spread some bookish love. And after one week in a dizzy haze in which I was supposed to be writing my term paper (about travelling in Harry Potter - my whole life prepared me for this moment - years of academic training in Hogwarts) but instead spent photographing, writing and planing this account, we come to this point: the first post and my warmest hello to you. If you feel like you have some room in your heart and some time to spare - say hi below in the comments and take me with you into this adventure of bookstagram. I can´t wait to get to know you. ➵ So, what is your first impression so far? ☼
Hallo, schöne neue Bookstagram-Welt.
Letzten Sonntag habe ich mich dazu entschieden Buchbloggerin zu werden. Ich dachte mir: Ich mag Bücher. Bookstagrams sind hübsch. Plus: Die Community scheint so toll zu sein. Ich will Teil dieser bunten Welt sein, welche angefüllt ist mit leidenschaftlichen Menschen, die so viel Zeit und Aufwand in ihre Accounts stecken.
Nachdem ich eine Woche damit verbracht habe „Wolkenwellen“ zu planen, obwohl ich eigentlich meine Hausarbeit hätte schreiben solllen (über Reisen in Harry Potter - mein gesamtes Leben hat mich auf diesen Moment vorbereitet - Jahre an akademischen Training in Hogwarts). Und jetzt sind wir hier: der erste Post und das allerwärmste „Willkommen“ an dich. Wenn du noch etwas Platz in deinem Herzen und ein bisschen Zeit übrig hast - sag „Hallo“ in den Kommentaren und nimm mich mit in dieses Abenteuer, das Bookstagram ist. Ich kann es nicht abwarten, euch kennenzulernen! ➵ Also, schreibt mir, wie euer erster Eindruck ist! ☼
The Breed: Memphis' Faith, an all-new paranormal romance by Alice K. Wayne is releasing April 4th!
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Memphis had waited his entire immortal life for his mate. The one woman he could love and cherish, unrestrained by time or regulation. What he got, however, was a mate who did not wish for love. She scorned the thought of it, burning his hopes with her cold disdain for all that life had handed her. Faith Dunaway wished only for death.
For Faith, being taken away to the Breed was not a rescue mission. She had simply been moved from one prison to another. After years of torture and abuse, there was nothing left of her; She was too broken to be saved. She didn't care about the war around her, didn't want to know what the Hunters' experiments had truly done to her- And above all else, she refused to belong to another man.
The greatest challenge Memphis would ever face, would be to keep his faith, and convince his mate to love not only him, but more importantly, to love herself.
Kristin Hannah is one of my favourite authors. Undoubtedly, her brillance creates expectations when it comes to her books. And it was the same with 'The Great Alone'. The book:
It is the story of the Allbright family, Ernst, Cora, and their daughter, thirteen-year-old Leni who move to one of the remotest corners of Alaska somewhere in the 1970s to start a new life away from everything that happened to Ernst in Vietnam.
Hannah takes her time to set up the story in this one, moving the family to Alaska and showing glimpses of Ernst's troubles that plague the small close-knit family. It slowly builds up as she makes us familiar with life in the remote Alaskan settlement, the neighbours and the way of life which is all about surviving the extreme weather. And just when you start thinking that what's going to happen next, it hits you. The Great Alone is the story of a mother-daughter duo and how they survive for each other and with each other.
This book brings out the story of struggles and survival of two women, Cora and Leni. Whether it is Cora's tumultuous marriage with Ernst filled with abuse yet driven by love or Leni's tiptoeing around her volatile father, Hannah subtly yet brilliantly shows the grit of women. I think that is her best trait as a writer, she weaves stories around women and sheds light on their strengths in the most difficult of circumstances. Of course, it's also about heartbreaking yet moving love stories.
So, my verdict, do read this book but give it time. This books needs some patience and thought to be devoured the way it is meant to be.
“Many of us learn to construct a clear and precise vision of what we want, but we’re never taught how to enjoy what we actually have. There will always be more victories to strive for, more strangers to charm, more images to collect and pin to our vision boards. It’s hard to want what we have; it’s far easier to want everything in the world.” ― Heather Havrilesky, What If This Were Enough?
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Happy Book Birthday to To Best the Boys by @maryweberauthor!!! I was planning to write a full review of this book today but I’ve been all out of sorts, so I’m gonna do a quick one here with a full review later this week.
To Best the Boys is the kind of book that I want to give to every young girl I see. The themes of empowerment woven through this story are wonderfully timed and thoughtfully executed. We follow Rhen Tellur, a scientifically minded young woman, who lives in a town where girls are expected to learn only to be good wives and boys are the only ones allowed to attend college. After her concerns about the deadly crippling disease that is plaguing the poor parts of her town are once again dismissed by the rich elitist men of parliament, Rhen decides to take matters into her own hands. She disguises herself as a boy and enters the yearly competition thrown by a mysterious Mr. Holm for a full-ride scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University.
This story was oddly fast and slow paced, but it is intriguing enough that I finished it in less than a day. The build up to the competition took a little over half the book, but it was necessary for setting up the tension and stakes. Even though the world building was a little light for my usual tastes, I LOVED what I did learn of the town and its inhabitants. There was some solid characterization and growth for the main and secondary characters, especially considering the book is only 311 pages. I think my favorite character was actually Seleni. She really shines and she says some truly empowering things about being a strong woman AND a strong wife. Another thing I really liked about this story was it wasn’t the traditional “put a sword in a girl’s hand to make her strong”. I love strong sword wielding women, but I also like women who win the day with their minds.
If you are looking for a fast, empowering fantasy read, look no further than To Best the Boys
This ARC was provided to me by the publisher at my request. All opinions are completely my own and are in no way influenced. Thank you to the publisher, @thomasnelson