Despite a whole lot of chaos, my reading month was quite good. 4 books were just really slim, but nevertheless I also managed to read some thicker books. All in all, I am happy with what I read.
Melanie Welsh – Felicity Gallant und das Auge des Sturms
This wonderful and exiting adventure story was my first read this month. With the predominantly dark and gloomy weather outside, a book about pirates, secrets, supernatural elements and friendship was the right start into the month. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the next installment.
Alan Bennett – The Uncommon Reader
This was a lovely and short read. The Queen becomes a reader and the people are annoyed by that and somehow perceive it as a waste of time. I enjoyed the story and imagined Elizabeth II having a book in her purse. It is a great idea and beautifully written.
Kirsten John – Dornröschen, der Märchenprinz und meine total verrückte Tante
All three books in this series are really short and sweet. Mia has to stay with her aunt when her parents go on a business trip. Although she doesn’t like the idea at first, she is intrigued by her aunt’s strange behavior and her whispering book of fairy tales. When she opens the book, she is drawn into the story of Sleeping Beauty. Her arrival causes some problems and Mia soon discovers that the prince is no help at all. So it is up to her to stop the 13th fairy. It is a wonderful series with a lovely and strong main character and a great adventure.
Kirsten John – Schneewittchen, der Nervzwerg und die verflixte Schokotorte AND Kirsten John – Aschenputtel, der goldene Schuh und der Prinz mit der Beule
In the two sequels Mia returns to the world of fairy tales and has to save more princesses from evil. The books are beautifully illustrated and very funny. The idea that the appearance of Mia disturbs the narrative and she has to fix it, is great.
Alison Goodman – Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye
Eon is a wonderful book. I enjoyed the story, the world building, and the characters. It was a proper adventure story focusing on the main character Eon, who was actually a girl pretending to be a boy. Girls are not allowed to have dragon magic, so in order to become a Dragoneye, she disguises as a boy. Something she has done for so many years that she struggles with her femininity. I loved the focus on her and her struggles, I absolutely loved the world building, and I was pleasantly surprised that transgender and transsexual issue were part of a fantasy novel. A great read.
Alyson Noel – Fated
I have heard mixed reviews about this book. Some liked it, some hated it. I am somewhere in between. I enjoyed the Native Americanesque aspect of the story and the idea of the world building. Daire’s quest to find herself and discover her powers is not to rushed, yet it also slowed the book down. The love story – well haven’t we all fallen in love with a stranger because we saw him in a dream. I am interested in the world construction of Lowerworld, Middleworld, and Upperworld – if I can stand the love thing.