taking a break

hey my lovely bookoholics ❤ ❤ ❤

i need to do something that i really don’t want to do. 😦 i am taking a break from blogging and maybe reading, i am not sure.

i’ve been struggling with my health a little bit the last few months. maybe you read about it here and there. but yesterday i went to the doctor and something popped up, that shouldn’t have. i am ok guys, do not worry. but of course i worry after the last months and i need to let go of all the stress. blogging is fun, but it can also be stressful. always posting, commenting, reading other blogs. and i think that i need a break, to focus on myself a little bit more. relax. meditate or whatever. 😀

so, yes, i am going on a hiatus. i may come back for a post if i feel like it, but don’t be mad, if i won’t read all your posts or comment on your blogs. i guess i just need some time for myself and sort this thing out.

i love you guys, you are amazing and i wish all this wouldn’t happen. but sometimes you have to do what you have to do! many hugs to all of you! i will talk to you soon! 🙂

“heir of fire” – buddy read discussion – part I (spoilers ahead)

happy sunday my lovelies ❤ it’s time for our first discussion for “heir of fire” by sarah j. maas. as you guys might know, i am doing a readalong with the wonderful adrienne from @darque dreamer reads and kathy over @books and munches. we’re in the middle of book three in the “throne of glass” series now and it’s time for another q&a. our final discussion will be next sunday, so watch out for the post. 🙂 there will also be a q&a on adrienne’s blog, so go over and check it out! 🙂

 

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here’s a short synopsis of “throne of glass”, if you haven’t read the book or don’t know what the book series is about:

throne of glass” is about 18 year old celaena, who was trained to be an assassin and ends up as a slave. she is freed by crown prince dorian to participate in a competition, where the winner becomes the new assassin of the royal family. celaena doesn’t think twice, because she wants her freedom. but with her being in that competition, things start to happen, that make her life complicated: friendships, feelings, killings, magic & mystery.

 

1.) What do you like/dislike most about part one?

adrienne: “I like the addition of the witches because their part seems quite interesting, and I want to know more about the wyverns. I dislike the “relationship” beginning between Dorian and Sorscha because I had hoped he would pine after Celaena for a while as a changed man.”

me: “i dislike that it doesn’t have the same feeling than the first two books had. it’s not that funny at all. i have maybe one section marked with my green tab. thinking about book one and two, there were way more. i am also not a big fan of the three different settings. celaena in wendlyn, dorian and chaol back in the glass castle and then manon. it just feels not right. the thing i like so far is, that we still have dorian and chaol’s perspective. i was afraid they wouldn’t be in this book, but i am so happy that they are. “

2.) Do you like Dorian’s plot so far?

adrienne: “I am not liking things going on with Dorian at the moment. His role is feeling kind of forced and awkward.”

me: “i actually do. i like that he met sorscha and that something is happening between them. this makes my heart beat faster for celaena and chaol. but i also have a feeling, that something bad is going to happen to sorscha. we’ll see. so far i enjoy this story.”

3.) What do you think about Chaol teaming up with Aedion?

adrienne: “I think it is quite interesting for Chaol to be teaming up with Aedion and it seems like such a Chaol thing to do because he knows he screwed up with Celaena over Nehemia.”

me: “i was really surprised, when chaol started to talk to aedion and told him the truth about celaena. i didn’t expect that at all, considering chaol probably knows the consequences. but he also loves her and wants to protect her, so i am very happy, that he doesn’t stand on the king’s side, but does things against that.”

 

4.) Who’s your favorite new character and why?

adrienne: “I don’t really have a favorite new character yet. I am still liking Celaena and Chaol.”

me: “i don’t like manon, because i can’t connect with her so far, maybe because i have no idea where this is going. aedion is still a mystery to me and i am not sure if he is good or bad. i have a feeling that i need to know more about sorscha to like her. and rowan, well, that guy made me angry a lot of time. but i am slowly getting used to him and i think i will like him at some point. right now, there is not really a favorite.”

 

5.) What do you think will happen with Manon and the wyverns?

adrienne: “I have no clue what to expect from the witches because I don’t know how they will find out who killed Baba Yellowlegs, and I find it really hard to believe the king will keep his bargain with them.”

me: “right now, i have no idea. i am pretty sure, that manon will find out about who killed baba yellowlegs and that her path will cross with celaena at some point. but i have no idea where this is going at all.”

 

6.) How do you feel about Celaena’s and Rowan’s story, especially the ending of part one?

adrienne: “I am not a big fan of the interaction between Celaena and Rowan. It just doesn’t feel like it fits, and if they are supposed to be cousins, there shouldn’t be any romance going on, but the ending kind of felt like it was leading to that.”

me: “as i mentioned before, i was mad at rowan so many times. i was also afraid, that something between him and celaena would happen, but i don’t think that anymore. i am glad, that he made her break down. that she showed her true feelings and all his training is showing progress and i like that. i like seeing what happens with celaena. but somehow his grumpiness turned too fast into an alliance with celaena. something is wrong about that and i am not sure what. we’ll see.”

 

7.) What do you expect from part two?

adrienne: “I am expecting Celaena to prove herself to Maeve. I am expecting Chaol’s plans to return to his father to get ruined somehow, and I expect Dorian to get in to some sort of trouble with Sorscha.”

me: “i expect that at least manon’s and celaena’s path crosses at some point, because i don’t like these two separate stories, since i can’t connect with manon at all right now. i also expect that something between dorian and chaol will happen. that they talk or that dorian will be a part of chaol’s team. i hope for more action, because this book is too slow for my taste right now. there needs to be more action. maybe celaena will meet maeve again and something will happen. i also want more fun. i want the old feeling back.”

 

that was our q&a for the first part of “heir of fire”. what do you think? did you feel the same way? what was your favorite thing happening in the first part?

i really hope, that this book picks up and brings things together. i don’t like that it’s split that way. maybe that’s the reason why it feels so slow and that nothing much exciting is happening. i am disappointed so far and i hope, that it will be better in part two. give me back the old feeling! 😀

 

as i said, adrienne will also post a q&a on her blog, so go check it out. on december 17th our final discussion and review will be up, so you can see how our feelings developed for this book. have a great sunday everyone! 🙂 ❤

“watching glass shatter” by james j. cudney – poll results

happy thursday my lovely bookoholics ❤ ❤ ❤ i hope you are all doing very well? 🙂

today, i have something very exciting for you guys! a couple of weeks ago, jay and i posted an exciting poll during the blog tour of “watching glass shatter”. you all know, how much i love jay’s book and i was so happy, that i could to the poll on my blog. we asked you guys, which actors or actresses should play the different characters, if “watching glass shatter” becomes a tv series or movie. i always love picturing different actors while reading a book, so this was very exciting for me. we chose three actors/actresses for each characters, whom you could vote for but you also had the option to put in your own choice.

and now, since the poll is closed, we want you to know, who won. yay!! so without further ado, here are the winners!

 

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Who would play Benjamin?

Frank Langella – 33,3 %
Sam Neill – 33,3%
Martin Sheen – 25%
Liam Neeson – 8,3%

Who would play Olivia?

Meryl Streep – 58,3%
Jessica Lange – 25%
Sigourney Weaver – 8,3%
Joan Allen – 8,3%

Who would play Diane?

Diane Keaton – 75%
Stockard Channing – 16,7%
Lily Tomlyn – 8,3%

Who would play Rowena?

Jennifer Connolly – 41,7%
Amy Adams – 25%
Elizabeth McGovern – 25%
Daniela Nardini – 8,3%

Who would play Teddy?

Matthew Bomer – 58,3%
Ben McKenzie – 33,3%
Allan Leech – 8,3%

Who would play Matt?

Sam Claflin – 50%
Nick Jonas – 25%
Zachary Levi – 16,7%
Paul Rudd – 8,3%

Who would play Caleb?

James McAvoy – 41,7%
Drew Van Acker – 33,3%
Jonathan Groff – 25%

Who would play Zach?

Kit Harrington – 41,7%
Jesse Metcalfe – 41,7%
Zachary Quinto -16,7%

Who would play Ethan?

Eddie Redmayne – 66,7%
Ben Platt – 16,7%
Taron Egerton – 8,3%
Dax Shepard – 8,3%

 

as you can see, the votes are pretty mixed. the most obvious ones are diane keaton as diane, eddie redmayne as ethan, meryl streep as oliva, matt bomer as teddy and sam claflin as matt. as for me, i am very happy with these results. 🙂

what about you? did you think, the results would come out this way? or did you picture someone completely different?

 

 

thanks again to jay, for letting me be part of the blog tour and hosting this exciting poll! i can’t wait for the short stories to come out and read more about the glass family! and to everybody who hasn’t read the book yet – please do so! it’s an amazing family drama with wonderful characters, that will save themselves a spot in your heart. there is mystery and suspense, the writing is beautiful and you won’t be able to put it down.

 

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book title: watching glass shatter
author: james j. cudney
pages: 278
publishing date: october 8th, 2017
publisher: creativia

Synopsis: 

The wealthy Glass family lost its patriarch, Benjamin Glass, sooner than expected. Benjamin’s widow, Olivia, and her 5 sons each react to his death in their own way while preparing for the reading of his will. Olivia receives a very unexpected confession from her late husband about one of their sons that could shatter the whole family.

Prior to revealing the secret to her children, Olivia must figure out which boy Ben refers to in the confession he left her in his will. While the family attorney searches for the mysterious Rowena Hector whom Ben says holds the answers, Olivia asks her sons to each spend a week with her as she isn’t ready to let go of the past. When Olivia visits her sons, she quickly learns that each one has been keeping his own secret from her. Olivia never expected her remaining years would be so complex and life-altering, but she will not rest until her family is reunited after Ben’s untimely death.

We all need family. We all want to fit in. We’re all a mix of quirky personalities. Will Olivia be able to fix them or will the whole family implode? What will she do when she discovers the son behind Ben’s secret? Check out this ensemble cast where each family member’s perspective is center stage, discovering along the way who might feel the biggest impact from all the secrets. Welcome to being an honorary member of the Glass family.

let’s do this – “heir of fire” by sarah j. maas

hello my lovely bookoholics! ❤ i hope, you have a wonderful first december weekend!! 🙂 today is a very, very exciting day!!

my girl adrienne from @darque dreamer reads and i started a readalong for “throne of glass” back in august and we made a blog event out of it. we sent each other questions before we started reading and then also during our reading to discuss the book. it was so much fun, that we decided to continue with “crown of midnight” in october. we were then joined by my girl kathy from books & munches and had such a good time with book two in the series. so, now it’s december and it’s definitely time to continue. starting today we will read book three in the series, “heir of fire”.

 

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here’s a short synopsis of “throne of glass”, if you haven’t read the book, just to get a feeling, what this series is about:

throne of glass” is about 18 year old celaena, who was trained to be an assassin and ends up as a slave. she is freed by crown prince dorian to participate in a competition, where the winner becomes the new assassin of the royal family. celaena doesn’t think twice, because she wants her freedom. but with her being in that competition, things start to happen, that make her life complicated: friendships, feelings, killings, magic & mystery.

 

 

adrienne and i will again do two posts to discuss our feelings for the book. this time we’re taking two weeks to read it, because “heir of fire” is huge and with my schedule i probably won’t be able to read it in one week. so we’ll discuss part one of the book on sunday, december 10th and our final discussion will be posted on december 17th. so watch out for the posts. if you want to read along and discuss with us, please join us in the comments 🙂

now it’s time for our first q&a. i have sent adrienne three questions before reading “heir of fire” and here are both of our answers. please be aware, that these will contain spoilers (!!!!!!!!), if you haven’t read the first two books in the series.

1.) After “Throne of Glass” and “Crown of Midnight”, which rating do you think you’ll give “Heir of Fire”?

adrienne: “I think I will be giving it a 4-5 star rating. I am hoping anyway. I think there is going to be some new developments, and more magic, so I am hoping for at least a 4.5!”

alex: “of course i hope, that this one will blow me away and i will give it five stars. but i also thought that about “crown of midnight” and i couldn’t do it because part one of that book felt too slow. and i also think, that “heir of fire” will be the same, since there is some change in the story. i think, i will enjoy it a lot and in the end give it 4.5 stars.”

2.) Since Celaena is going on a journey in this book, are you ready for new characters?

adrienne: “I don’t know if I am ready for new characters. I wanted things resolved with her and Chaol. I guess we will have to be. I expect new characters since she is traveling somewhere new and facing new problems. I just hope the new characters fit.”

alex: “honestly, i don’t know if i am. i am really invested in the lives of celaena, dorian and chaol. obviously. i don’t know if i am ready to let that go and go on a complete different path. it could work out, but it also could go very, very wrong.”

3.) What do you expect from Chaol and Dorian in “Heir of Fire”?

adrienne: “I am almost wondering if Chaol and Dorian will be put on hold in this book. With Celaena traveling somewhere new, we may not get any story with them. I think there will be tension between them if they do show up, though. There is no way Dorian’s feelings are completely gone.”

alex:i expect, that they will interact more with each other. i think it’s going to be weird between them, but i think they will talk a lot, especially about celaena. and even though it’s breaking my heart, i have a feeling that we will see a lot less from them.”

 

 

adrienne will also have up a post with her questions for me, so don’t miss that one! i hope some people are joining us in the discussion! have a great reading week 🙂

Thank you!

hello my lovely bookoholics! ❤

this will just be short post, because today is thanksgiving and i wanted to thank you! i recently reached 500 followers and you have no idea, how happy i am about that. when i started this blog earlier this year, i had no idea, that anyone would read it. i just wanted a place for myself and then i met all of you! ❤

 

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you all make my day every day. the people i met here changed my life. i am so very grateful for each and everyone of you! i met friends, that i do not want to miss anymore. i made so many new experiences and i am so happy about that. all your comments and likes, all the buddy reads, all the love and the kindness from you is just amazing! so, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!

 

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everybody who is celebrating thanksgiving today, have a wonderful time with your loved ones. have a great meal, great converstations and just a wonderful time in general. everybody else, please have a wonderful day as well. i am sending all of you much love! ❤ ❤ ❤

“crown of midnight” review & buddy read discussion – part II (spoilers ahead)

hello wonderful bookoholics ❤ i am sorry, that i haven’t been that active lately, but i have such a crazy schedule, that i am not able to keep up with my blog stuff. i guess that’s life! but what happened, is that i finished “crown of midnight” by sarah j. maas – whooop whooop!!!

i’ve read “throne of glass”, the first book in the series, with my girl adrienne over  @darque dreamer reads and it was so much fun! we made a blog event out of it and did a q&a for each part of the book. and since we had so much fun, we decided to do it again for “crown of midnight”. this time my girl kathy @books & munches joined us in the readalong and will discuss the book with us in the comments. and of course there will be another q&a on adrienne’s blog, so don’t miss that one!

 

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here’s a short synopsis of “throne of glass”, if you haven’t read the book:

“throne of glass” is about 18 year old celaena, who was trained to be an assassin and ends up as a slave. she is freed by crown prince dorian to participate in a competition, where the winner becomes the new assassin of the royal family. celaena doesn’t think twice, because she wants her freedom. but with her being in that competition, things start to happen, that make her life complicated: friendships, feelings, killings, magic & mystery.

 

 

“crown of midnight” is the second book in the series. here are some of my stats:

title: crown of midnight
author: sarah j. maas
genre: ya fantasy
type: hardback
pages: 418 pages
start: 22.10.2017
finish: 26.10.2017
rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.25

 

 

before i get into my review, i want to share our q&a with you. again, be warned, that THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!! 😀

1.) 1hat was your first thought, when you found out, that celaena is aelin?

adrienne: “My first thought was that I was not surprised and that I hoped she kicked the king’s butt! I think we all knew this was coming.”

alex: “NO F***ING WAY!!!!” my mind was blown. i totally couldn’t take it all in and i had to go back the last pages and read them again. i had no idea and it was like: WHAAAAT???!!! but i am really, really happy about the revelation and so excited what sarah j. maas is going to do.”

2.) any thoughts on celaena’s last words to chaol?

adrienne: “I am assuming the date she gave him is what lead him to discover her true identity.”

alex: “my heart. my pooooooor heart. i cried. honestly. of course i thought about what she said and what it would mean. but in the back of my head i just had ‘i’ll always pick you.’ my heart. OMG, i love those two!!!!! she needs to get back together with him!!!!”

3.) what did you think of celaena’s behavior after everything that happened with nehemias?

adrienne: “I think Celaena was justified in her behavior after Nehemia’s death. I am so glad that she went full assassin mode and kicked some ass!”

alex: “to some extent, i could understand her feelings and everything she did. i mean, nehemia was her best female friend and she had some secrets and celaena wanted to keep her safe. but it was all taken from her. so i could understand, that she had no feelings left to feel. but on the other hand, there was chaol. and i love chaol and he didn’t deserve that behavior, because it was not his fault. HE DID NOT DESERVE THIS!!!! and my heart broke. really. i was devastated! but i was also happy, that the action picked up and celaena became the assassin everybody knew she was.”

4.) what did you like about this book? what didn’t you like?

adrienne: “I liked the twists and turns in this book. I think I disliked the predictability a little bit though. There were a lot of nice unpredictable moments, but a few moments that I saw coming that I wished had been twisted.”

alex: “best thing: chaol and celaena. the whole action in part two was amazing, because i was constantly on edge. i had all the feels and i loved that about the second part. the first part on the other hand was just because of chaol and celaena. but not much happened. it was to slow for me. i think the end of part one should have come way sooner.”

5.) what do you think will happen in “heir of fire”?

darque dreamer: “I hope Celaena will meet up with her family and learn how to use her powers. i am also hoping we find out more about Dorian and his magic.

coffeeloving_bookoholic: “i have no idea. the events in this book are totally not predictable to me. so i will just take it in. but i hope, that we don’t just get celaena’s point of view. i want to be on this adventure with her and learn more about her, but i also want to know, how chaol will react and also what will happen with dorian. this could be exciting!”

 

 

soooo, that was our q&a! how did you like being part of our journey? did you have the same feelings while reading this book? what did you think? let us know in the comments.

from my rating you might get the feeling, that i didn’t like “crown of midnight” as much as “throne of glass”. here’s the thing. i really, really like this series and i will definitely continue with it. i am totally becoming part of the fandom. yes, give me more. but i really had the feeling, that the first part was too slow. i wanted more to happen. of course you know, that i love chaol and celaena but there should have been more. all the feelings, everything that i felt during the second part, all those emotions, should have been throughout the whole book. i know, that there is more possible, the second part showed it and therefore i was a little disappointed with part one. i know, that there will probably come a book, where i have all the feels all the time, but “crown of midnight” wasn’t it.

all in all, i loved all the developments. i was sad about nehemia, but i also think, that it fit very well into the story. that was good. celaena needed to feel that to become who she is now. and now new adventures are waiting for her, which i am really looking forward to! dorians development was also great. i never thought, that this would happen, but i really like it. i want to see more magic from him and of course i want to see, how this will influence his relationship to his father. i want a lot of conflicts here. and then there is chaol. my chaol. you may know by now, that i love that guy. i hope it stays that way and nothing happens to him.

i definitely like this series and i can’t wait to read “heir of fire” very soon. 🙂

“crown of midnight” – buddy read discussion – part I (spoilers ahead)

happy wednesday lovely bookoholics ❤ it’s the middle of the week and time to update you on our reading of “crown of midnight” by sarah j. maas. as you may know, my girls darque dreamer @darque dreamer reads and kathy @books & munches are doing a readalong for the second book in the “throne of glass” series. we made it through part one and of course we have a q&a for you prepared. discuss with us in the comments. but be aware, if you haven’t read the book! there will be spoilers!

 

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here’s a short synopsis of “throne of glass”, if you haven’t read the book:

throne of glass” is about 18 year old celaena, who was trained to be an assassin and ends up as a slave. she is freed by crown prince dorian to participate in a competition, where the winner becomes the new assassin of the royal family. celaena doesn’t think twice, because she wants her freedom. but with her being in that competition, things start to happen, that make her life complicated: friendships, feelings, killings, magic & mystery.

 

1.) what do you think of celaena and chaol so far and what will nehemia’s fate mean for them?

darque dreamer: “I am actually loving Celaena and Chaol’s interaction for all of part 1!! I was getting super suspicious of Nehemia and I am afraid her fate is going to tear them apart!”

coffeeloving_bookoholic: “i love celaena and chaol. i really do. chaol definitely became my favorite and i want him instead of dorian next to celaena. sarah j. maas just did it the way, that i couldn’t help falling in love with those two. i need them to be together. but it’s too good to be true. it’s too early that this is happening and i know, that my heart will break. especially after what happened with nehemia. this means bad trouble. and i hate it. i will suffer, so bad.”

2.) what do you think is up with dorian and magic?

darque dreamer: “I am assuming that Dorian has suppressed magic somehow. I have a theory that it may be possible he and Celaena are related…”

coffeeloving_bookoholic: “i am definitely thinking the same thing. i always had a feeling in book one, that celaena and dorian were related. actually i somehow wanted them to be. but we’ll see. i definitely think, that magic is involved in dorian’s life and this will also mean something bad, since his dad banned all magic. this will be a mess. and i am excited for it. :D”

3.) what did you like most about part 1 and what did you like least?

darque dreamer: “I love the turn of events with Chaol and Celaena so far and I am so upset about the ending of part 1!!”

coffeeloving_bookoholic: “celaena and chaol are definitely my highlight of part 1. i just love them together. but i also liked, that celaena couldn’t get through with the assassinations. i knew she couldn’t. i knew there was more to it and i am so happy, that i was right. the one thing i did not like is, that i had the feeling, this first part dragged a bit. somehow not that much happened and i was a little disappointed about that. of course a lot happened between celaena and chaol, but i missed some other things.”

 

that was our q&a for the first part of “crown of midnight”. what do you think? do you agree with our answers? anything you want to add? NO SPOILERS PLEASE! 😀

as for my expectations for part two in the book. i definitely think, that it will get dark. very dark. after part one, all the feelings will change, i am sure of it. and it already breaks my heart. but i am happy too, because i think it will definitely pick up the pace and i kind of want a lot of action and revalations now. oh my, i have a feeling, that part two will be sooooo good. and i hope, i will make it through without my heart breaking.

 

 

there will be a q&a on darque dreamer’s blog, so head over there to discuss more with us! the next post will be our final q&a and review for the whole book on sunday! don’t miss it 🙂