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ARC Review: The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

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Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.

I’ve wanted to read Julia Ember’s books for a while now.( I still haven’t found the time for The Seafarer’s Kiss ) and then I got accepted for The Tiger’s Watch on NetGalley. I guess it was fate. The book had the perfect length for my flight home from Gran Canaria and I wouldn’t have been able to stop anyway. Continue reading “ARC Review: The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember”

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Blogger Recognition Award

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Good evening, everybody!

I haven’t been tagged in quite some time and now I have even been tagged twice for this one! Thanks so much to Phanny over at Phannie the Ginger Bookworm and Rebecca at Rebecca Reads. Go and check out their amazing blogs!
I actually planned to post this last week, but thanks to wordpress and a wobbly internet connection the post got lost somewhere in the deep dark net. I have no idea how I found this one again so let’s just say it was fate.

The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show of your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

The Story of how my blog started

I always loved the idea of book blogging, but never started because I felt like I wasn’t any good at writing reviews. When I was writing my Bachelor thesis last July, I really wanted to start a blog, but knew that I couldn’t just leap into it. Otherwise, I would have definitely used it as means to procrastinate (and I already did that way too much without the distraction of blogging). So instead I decided to start as soon as I was finished with it and I managed to publish my first post in October I think? It was even easier to launch into this project since my dear friend Bekka joined as well and we keep motivating each other to write.

My Advice to new bloggers

Don’t feel pressured to write. It’s supposed to be fun and you’re doing it because you want to. Everyone has off days, a writer’s block, or just not enough time. I know it looks nicer if you post quite regularly, but it’s not always possible, so don’t beat yourself up too much about it. For me, organising my posts and binge writing a whole evening helps me staying (more or less) on track. This way I have some stuff stored away for later. Plus, I can use all my cute stationery for it.

Social Media is a great way to get your blog out there and also to get to know a lot of very nice people!

My tagged bloggers

I hope I didn’t tag anyone who already did this 🤓

  1. literaryleaves
  2. sincerelykarenjo
  3. bookishdiana
  4. ashleighbekkah
  5. onceuponabookshelf
  6. rattlethestars

 

Wrap-Up

July Wrap Up

Happy Monday everyone!

This month sure went by fast! I met so many nice people and I can’t wait to be more active on here. Good thing, I’m finally going on a trip to Gran Canaria. Which basically means I’ll be lying on the beach, enjoying the sun and reading the whole day. I stocked up on eBooks – sadly, I can’t take all the physical books with me. You can check out the books I want to read on my vacation (and for the rest of August) here. Let’s see how many I’ll manage.

If you follow me on Social media, you might have seen this post here.
Thalia Ludwigshafen featured my book recs and my blog in their store. Thalia is one of Germany’s largest book chain stores and I’m really thankful that they asked me and gave me the opportunity to be a part of this awesome project. The display is simply beautiful! The books I’ve recommended were Vier Farben der Magie (A Darker Shade of Magic), The Raven Boys, Six of Crows and Always and Forever Lara Jean.

Okay, enough shitchat y’all. It’s time for the actual wrap up!

#1 Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones6294
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My rating: ★★★★

I finally read the book the Ghibli movie is based on! Whenever I watched a movie before reading the book version, I’m scared that I will always remember the movie in my mind. Fortunately, this was not the case. A lot of things were projected quite differently, but just as magical. Also wow, I knew Howl was kinda a crybaby in the movie, but he was a lot worse in the book. Can I just quote Howl while he was having a cold? “I’m dying of neglect here.” Even though everyone was catering to his every need. What intrigued me were Howl’s origins and how he became a wizard, but sadly this topic was only breeched quickly.

35556631#2 Vier Farben der Magie by V.E. Schwab
Goodreads
My rating: ★★★★★

Yes, this was totally a cover buy. As soon as I saw the German version of A Darker Shade of Magic, I just had to buy it. Look how pretty it is! It’s one of the little books I read in German in quite some time and this time I got to say that I was content with the translation. This was actually also me trying to buddy read with a dear friend, but ended up with me binging the whole thing again in a few days.

35557889#3 The Snow Angel by Lauren St. John
Goodreads; My review
My rating: ★★★

I didn’t think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. After a sloppy start, this book captured me and I didn’t want to put it down. It’s quite the fast read with only 200 pages, which is nice in itself, but I feel like there were so many interesting plot points that were just touched superficially. This could of course be due to the fact that this book is aimed at children. I just feel like it had so much more potential. Another thing that confused me was that it was advertised as a Christmas book. Why did I ever think it wouldn’t be weird to read a Christmas book in summer, you asked? To be honest I didn’t think about it until I received the arc. Thankfully, Christmas wasn’t the focus of this book at all.