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ARC Review: The Snow Angel by Lauren St. John


Lauren St John's stunning Christmas classic is about forgotten children, the power of nature to heal us and a girl who will climb mountains in search for a place to call home.

Growing up in vibrant, crowded Nairobi, Makena has only one dream: to climb Mount Kenya like her hero, her mountain guide father. But when her beautiful world is shattered, she finds that in the city's dark places there are a thousand ways to fall, each more deadly than any crevasse. In a world of strangers, does she dare trust Snow, whose ballet dreams are haunted by a past she's still running from? And is the sparkling fox friend or foe?

After a fresh start in the Scottish Highlands turns bad, Makena flees to the mountains. But will they betray her or be the making of her?

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book was not at all what I expected from the summary. Especially the fact that this is advertised as a Christmas book and since I'm one of those people that can only start listening to Christmas songs on December 1st, so reading that topic in summer felt kind of weird. Fortunately, Christmas only played a bigger part towards the end of the book, where it made more or less sense to add it. This book, in my opinion, is much more than a Christmas tale.

The first couple of chapters were kind of slow but then I found my way into Makena's story and was so enraptured by it that I couldn't put down the book. St. John manages to beautifully depict the landscapes, cities and people in Kenya, as well as Scotland. Reading them I could imagine scaling up those mountains myself.

While the first chapters felt too slow, the later chapters were too fast paced for my taste. This, I think, is quite the shame, because I would have loved to learn so much more about the circumstances and life in Kenya. Instead it was like rushing through those important plot points, which all seemed to end in some kind of new drama. To sum it up, there was too much happening for only two hundred pages and it showed.

Another thing that irked me were the characters. We learned a lot about Makena, but I got the impression that every other character was just there so she could get more character development. They were introduced and were important, as well as actually interesting for a while, just to be mentioned in passing later on.

I liked this book, don't get me wrong. I just think it could have been so much better.

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Release date: October 5th, 2017
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: eBook
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Summer TBR

Hello lovelies!

It’s my favourite time of the year and I finally have two weeks of vacation which can only mean one thing; I now have enough time to read, relax and flee from the hideous rainy weather we are having here and enjoy the sun on Gran Canaria. Such a trip would be nothing without books so I got some (i.e. too many) to devour over the course of this summer. Let’s face it, I can’t read fast enough to finish them all in a week.

So, before I continue to rant any further, these are the books I bought:

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That’s quite a list and these are only the latests additions to my tbr pile.. Did you guys read any of these or plan to do so? Also, let me know what’s on your summer tbr! I’d love to hear about it 🙂


June Wrap Up

Hello and welcome to another month! This wrap up is brought to you by the five-hour train ride and after a wonderful weekend with my friends I feel relaxed, motivated, and inspired enough to write a lot. I really missed that feeling, to be honest. So much happened in June: Germany legalized gay marriage just last Friday and I’m really happy that we finally reached that step. Some of you might have gotten that from my twitter. Oh, and both Leigh Bardugo and Victoria Schwab liked a tweet of mine recently and well, I think I died? Okay, back to the books. Sadly, the last two books I’ve read where quite disappointing. I had high hopes and they were not even reached half-way. Continue reading “June Wrap Up”