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TotenfrauTotenfrau by Bernhard Aichner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well I was kinda disappointed in the beginning. I heard a lot about this book and the author. Only positive things.
I decided to read this book because the author is from Austria, just like me.
So I gave it a try though I have never read an austrian author before…….
Well first and foremost I have to say the more I got used to his very weird writing style and to the characters the more I enjoyed it.
Still it wasn’t as good as I imagined it and I think it is an overrated book and an overrated author.
Since i feel the same way about Stephen King and his books, I know my opinion seems to be different to the common opinion.
However, in this book we meet Blum, a woman, who is very interesting. She is a loving mother and wife, all is fine until the day her husband dies……..
After that she changes….
She finds out that her husband had met a young woman called Dunja and what she told him was awful……and it seems Marks death wasn’t an accident.
Blum does her best to get her revenge.
And though it is hard to understand how a woman who has children can do such cruel things, i think those men deserve it.
And the question I ask myself is: “If that would happen to me, could I be like her and do what she did?”
So even though I am not totally satisfied with this book, I did like it in a way and I appreciate the violent scenes in it, the author isn’t afraid of going into detail…….I will read the other books in this trilogy so I guess he did everything right.
And let me add, because I forgot to mention it, I don’t think what she did when she was younger was right, she let her parents drown in the sea………because of her childhood where she always had to help her father, a mortician…….I just don’t think it was right, if she would have had a childhood full of violence, emotional abuse etc. I probably would like her more.

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Review of The Fault in our stars by John Green

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The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Like many others I was surprised to read that this is a YA book.
However I planned to read it months ago and just a few days ago I bought it.
I started it on the same day, and just 3 days later I finished it.
I couldn’t stop reading.
I love books and I love to read but not every book does the same to me, this is one of the books that made me feel like I am actually part of it.
I lived it, I breathed the same air as Hazel and Augustus, Isaac and Peter.
I traveled to Amsterdam, I feel for Augustus and I lost him.
I cried and asked myself if I could ever handle such a pain, to lose someone you love to death.
I know sooner or later I will experience it and my answer is “I have no idea how to survive it”
I lost the love of my life because he lied and cheated. And for the first time since my relationship with him is over I thought how thankful I have to be that I didn’t lose him to death.
Almost everyone who died in my family had cancer.
So as soon as I read there is no chance for Hazel to survive I was sad, I swallowed hard and kept on reading, knowing sooner or later I’ll cry.
But then there is the twist I didn’t expect..Augustus dies……
I was shocked and I was angry(like they would be actual people) that he had to die although the chances were 80 % in his favor.
I loved the book and I hated it.no seriously I love it.
It gave me so many emotions and made me write the longest Book Review I have written so far in my whole life.
Thank you John Green for this.
And thank you as well for your own words in the book, saying that this isn’t based on any true events and that asking if it is would undermine the fact that fictional books can touch as well.

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Review of Criminal by Karin Slaughter

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Criminal (Will Trent, #6)Criminal by Karin Slaughter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First I need to say that this book didn’t captivate me as much as her others, I don’t know why.
It could be my fault. It took me long to read it because of various reasons.
I couldn’t focus very good on it, as I can’t focus on anything at the moment.
BUT what made it worse was the back and forth, which I am usually used to but somehow this time it didn’t work for me.
I think it is good though that we now know what happened to Will Trent and his mother.
It could have been more detailed about them though.
All in all I didn’t really like the book and almost gave it only 2 stars but I gave 3 because as I said my own personal problems may have affected my reading experience and well I love Slaughter.

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Review of Damaged by Alex Kava

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Damaged (Maggie O'Dell, #8)Damaged by Alex Kava

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I am still not sure if it is a personal thing but I had the same struggle with this O’Dell book as I had with the last Slaughter that I have read.
As I explained my life is very upside down at the moment.
Somehow though I think I wouldn’t have liked the books anyway.
I am disappointed, I love the O’Dell series and enjoyed every book, so far.
This one just bored me.
There was no violence, not many details, not really anything bad.
The killer is not even a real killer.
Well he is a killer but not the kind of killer I want to read about.
The military aspect of this book didn’t help.

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Nominations for Bloggers Bash Awards Are Now OPEN!

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What about nominating me for the Newcomer Award? That would be more than awesome 🙂

Sacha Black

Who Nominate?

We are finally on the count down to the bash, peeps.

I am so excited I really ought to be wearing a sports bra what with all the bouncing up and down.

So far we have announced the totally-off-the-chart-gorgeous venue here. Then we announced our blogger extraordinaire and guest speaker Luca here.

But now, now after months of waiting I can officially say, that nominations for the bloggers bash awards are

NOW OPEN

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Bloggers Bash 2016 – Venue Announcement

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Sacha Black

ABBA 2016The Bloggers Bash Committee said this year would be bigger and better – and trust me, it will be. We, the committee, have plans afoot to make it a cracking day.

If you don’t know what the bash is, it’s an annual get together for bloggers everywhere. The bash is open to everyone, whether you blog about writing, cooking, parenthood, beauty, fishing or anything in between, this is the event for you. AND irrespective of blogging platform – so if you have friends from other platforms please let them know.

The event is open to any blogger from any blogging platform – and please, if you aren’t a wordpress blogger – share this post.

This is the chance for you to meet (in real life) all those firm friends you have made through blogging. This year, the bash is on Saturday the 11th June, in London, England.

I said we had plans…

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Review of “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte

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Wuthering HeightsWuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the first time of my Life that I read a book like this. And with that I mean a brainy book, that’s how I call them.
It was hard for me to get into it, so hard I wanted to stop, but since I never do that I kept on reading.
After I could see all the people in my head it was an easier read and the last chapters I read in a rush, because I so wanted to know how it’s gonna end.
I guess I don’t really have to add any detail here because most of you will probably know the book.
Well most of the people who appear in this book, are kinda insane in my eyes so I couldn’t really favor one.
It was a new writing style as well for me to read.
At the end I am glad I read it and did enjoy it.

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