Frankfurter Buchmesse / Frankfurt Book Fair II

I wanted to write this post on thursday, friday at the latest. Oh well.

Being at the frankfurt book fair as an exhibitor was a great experience and I can’t wait for next year’s book fair. It takes a lot of energy out of you though.

I had a list with all the events I wanted to take part in, but somehow I only managed to get to two… at least I got to see Sebastian Fitzek. I didn’t had enough time to get an autograph, but that’s fine.

Way more important was meeting my girlfriend. Only Sunday was planned, but somehow she managed to come visit me saturday as well! I’m still a happy little ball of sunshine because of this. One day you’ll get to see a picture of us. Maybe.

I even met another wordpress blogger there (okay, that itself is not that surprising, but I usually don’t mention my blog to others, plus he was at the stand next to ours). If you speak german, do check out his blog (come on, I had to link to your book-page! Hopefully that list will grow sometime *hint hint*).

A short meeting with Astrid Ohletz from Ylva-Verlag/Ylva Publishing was possible as well. I fangirled a little but hopefully not too much.  And then she told me that Emily O’Beirne knows who I am, who is only one of my favourite authors, so absolutely no big deal at all…

There were no reviews on my blog this week. I don’t like this. I will get better. So next week you’ll get at least two (so, the norm tbh) and a TTT as well. I only need to find my review notebook… Currently there are books everywhere in my room (book fair, you know what happens at those). It has to be under one of those…


Frankfurter Buch Messe / Frankfurt Book Fair

Thanks to my boss I am able to visit the frankfurt book fair! I’ll be there friday to sunday and I’m very excited.

My home base will be in Halle 3.1 D70 – Libellen-Verlag. I’m sure I’ll be able to listen to lots of presentations (I’ve got my eye on the presentation by Sebastian Fitzek for private reasons). Of course I will be working there as well, but I love my job, so no problems there.

I’ll probably tweet a lot, so if you like to ‘visit’ the fair as well, follow me.

But there is something even more amazing! I’m going to meet my girlfriend there! I’m so fucking excited, you wouldn’t believe it. We’re in a long distance relationship so we can’t see each other very often.

Review: Here’s the thing by Emily O’Beirne

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (f/f), NA

Rating: 5/5 stars

Cover: A nice touch of color for your bookshelf. Fitting, too.

Links: goodreads,* /*

Trigger warnings: none

Description: It’s only for a year. That’s what sixteen-year-old Zel keeps telling herself after moving to Sydney for her dad’s work. She’ll just wait it out until she gets back to New York and Prim, her epic crush/best friend, and the unfinished subway project. Even if Prim hasn’t spoken to her since that day on Coney Island.

But Zel soon finds life in Sydney won’t let her hide. There’s her art teacher, who keeps forcing her to dig deeper. There’s the band of sweet, strange misfits her cousin has forced her to join for a Drama project. And then there’s the curiosity that is the always-late Stella.

As she waits for Prim to explain her radio silence and she begins to forge new friendships, Zel feels strung between two worlds. Finally, she must figure out how to move on while leaving no one behind.

Review: Can I marry a book?

If you know me, you know I love Emily O’Beirne. So it’s no surprise that I love her newest book as well.

Here’s the thing why I love this book (I couldn’t help myself, bear with me):

  • The MC’s name is Zelda! I grew up with Legend of Zelda. And I really like the sound of this name
  • Zel’s parents are existing. And not just on the sidelines, they really have a role in this novel (what is it with YA and NA and absent parents???)
  • It’s funny. I had so much fun reading it and I smirked more than once
  • There is no evil girl!
  • I love O’Beirne’s take on home and refugees in this book
  • There is a possible aro character in this. At least I thought so (I need to learn to make more detailed notes, I can’t tell you who. Well, reason to reread it – like I needed an excuse for a reread)

I read Here’s the thing in one day. No surprise here, huh?
Disclaimer: I received a free copy through the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.



Review: Altered Reality; A Lesbian Love Story by Darcy Campbell

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (f/f), Romance, SciFi

Rating: 2/5 stars

Cover: The cover makes me think of a thriller somehow

Links: goodreads

Trigger warnings: mention of miscarriage

Description: Jodi thought she had it all: a successful husband, a beautiful house, and a job teaching kindergartener’s how to color in the lines. But when Jodi’s fate is twisted by a terrible car accident and she wakes up married to the girl next door she starts to wonder if she really did have it all.

Will Jodi be able to put her past behind her and be able to fall into bed and her new life with Christine? Or will she wake up from her dream to find herself longing for something she’s never before possessed?

Review: I expected more.

Amazon tells me this book has 212 pages. Somehow it felt more. I don’t know.

The first 20% are about Jodi’s life before the accident. It wasn’t really interesting and I didn’T get why she suddenly had sexual tension with every fucking person? It was like she was suddenly in heat.

This trend continues in some kind after her accident. Her lust concentrates on one person, but there was so much sex. So, so much sex. I think, maybe half of this book is sex. Now don’t get me wrong, I like (well written) sex scenes in books. BUT I like them with plot. And not sex after sex after sex.

There were good parts, though. I enjoyed her interactions with ‘the girl next door’ and I liked how her job had a part in this story as well.

Somehow it was too much and not enough at the same time. Less sex and more in detail development would have been nice. There is a lot happening in those 212 pages (really only 212?), but it felt very rushed at parts and the ending plain sucked. It was very anti-climatic.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Review: The Truth Factory/Die Stille vor dem Tod by Cody McFadyen

Series: Smoky Barrett (book 5)

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Cover: I like the german one way more than the american.

Links: goodreads, publisher (german)

Trigger warnings: Nothing unusal for a psychothriller.


Description: (german) An einem kalten Oktobertag werden Smoky Barrett und ihr Team nach Denver, Colorado, gerufen. Im Haus der Familie Wilton ist Schreckliches geschehen: Die gesamte fünfköpfige Familie wurde ermordet, und der Täter hat durch eine mit Blut geschriebene Botschaft Smoky mit der Lösung des Falles beauftragt. Doch das Unheil ist weit größer, denn die Wiltons sind nicht die einzigen Opfer. Insgesamt drei Familien wurden in der gleichen Nacht und in unmittelbarer Nähe voneinander getötet. „Komm und lerne“, lautet die Botschaft an Smoky. Es wird ein grausamer Lernprozess, das Böse in seiner reinsten Form, in seiner tiefsten Abgründigkeit zu spüren. Smoky gelangt an die Grenzen ihrer Belastbarkeit. Und weit darüber hinaus.

(english) As THE TRUTH FACTORY opens, Smoky is pregnant and happily remarried. She and her team have just been summoned to a baffling scene in Denver: In a suburban cul de sac, two seemingly happy families have been slaughtered and carefully displayed. This leads Smoky into an enormous underground bunker and a plot that threads through the entire community. And then…well, this is a crime that will grip the world.

Review: I’ve got mixed feelings about this one.

I have waited years for the next Smoky Barrett. During this time there was talk about it never getting published because of Cody McFadyen’s illness (which is totally understandable and I really hoped for his health coming back. But then came the news of it getting published and I was so very, very happy. After reading it, I’m not that happy anymore. But let me explain.

The first third is so fucking good! McFadyen at his best. So gruesome and shocking and so very believable. Seriously, I wouldn’t be surprised if something like that would be real somewhere.

But then came the second third and… gosh, was I bored. The villain laments on and on and on (you get the picture). There is nothing really happening.

The third third finally shows the investigation. But this time it was rather boring as well. Everything came together too smoothly and it was no surprise who they were hunting. Nearly the same thing has happened in a different Smoky Barrett novel.

So much to the story. I could have worked with that and it’s not a bad book. If it were not by McFadyen I would have been happy with it. But comparing it to his other works I find it lacking.

The thing I didn’t really understand was Smoky herself. She was such a tough agent but here she is rather a damsel in distress. Which would be okay if there were a reason for this or a development to this. But she starts this way out right from the beginning of the fifth book. I was a little bit sad about this.

I’m still waiting patiently for the sixth novel, because this ends with a small cliffhanger and I’m really curious about what’s happening next and why it’s happening. I’m still seeing Cody McFadyen as one of my favourite thriller authors, but I’m really hoping his next works will be like the first four Smoky Barrett novels.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Blog Changes 2

It’s been a little over a month since my last blog changes post.

With each day passing I felt more uncomfortable with my decision, so I’m revoking it. I will still mostly focus on LGBTQIA+ literature (which I have done from day one on this blog, so no surprise there) but I will review non LGBTQIA+ books as well on here.

There are two reasons for this.

First, I do read other books than my main genre and while that was no problem while I was a student, I don’t have enough free time now to read both ‘genres’ separately. Meaning, if I only review my main genre, there will be too few reviews a month on here and I don’t like this at all.

Second, there are so many good books out there (and so many bad books as well) and I wanna be able to talk about those as well.

So, basically the first blog changes post hasn’t happened.

Review: Hell & High Water by Charlie Cochet

 Series: THIRDS (book 1)

Genre: LGBT (m/m), Romance, Paranormal, Mystery

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Cover: I love how non-sexualized it is and how dangerous it looks.

Links: goodreads, publisher

Trigger warnings: mention of suicide attempt, mention of torture

Description: When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.

Review: This is a great book, but it didn’t show its full potential.

May I start with saying how well thought-through this world is? There weren’t any things where I went like “But wait, how does this…?” Perfect world-building. The reader learns about history without it sounding boring or like fact dropping. There are politics and different opinions. Plus there are no magical grow-with-you-while-shifting-clothes.

It was refreshing how there was no big talk about Dex being not straight – it was simply accepted. Speaking of Dex: He made me laugh so much. Such a smart mouth. And he really were. Great case of show don’t tell.

I enjoyed the team dynamics (and there were dynamics even between side characters, who often get forgotten in stories) and the romance as well. Again, I had fun reading about them.

Special points for no assholish boyfriend. Of course what he did wasn’t great, but it was realistic, so…

Sounds perfect, right? It nearly was, but only nearly. The mystery part was… well. Seriously, it was very obvious what was happening and that’s sad, because the other things were so great. Plus Hell & high water ends with a cliffhanger – and if you know me, you know I feel like that’s kinda blackmailing the reader to buy the next. I know a lot of authors do that (maybe even have orders to end a book like that), but still. No big deal, but it still annoys me a little.



Review: That potent alchemy by Tess Bowery

 Series: Treading the boards (book 3, standalone)

Genre: LGBT (genderfluid character), Romance, Historical

Rating: 3/5 stars

Cover: POC characters being shown as POC characters – hell yes!

Links: goodreads, author

Trigger warnings: none

Description: Is his love her safe place to land…or just smoke and mirrors?

Grace Owens danced her feet bloody to become the finest en pointe prodigy of her generation, but the only accolade she longed for—her father’s approval—never came. Finally, broken and defeated, she cut ties and fled to London to live life on her own terms.

Now, after four years as an actress in London’s smaller theatres, a last-minute production change lands her right where she never wanted to be again. Front and center in the ballet—and back in toe shoes.

From his perch on the catwalks, machinist and stagecraft illusionist Isaac Caird can’t take his eyes off Grace. A woman who wears men’s clothing, but not as a disguise. An exquisite beauty who doesn’t keep a lover. A skilled dancer who clearly hates every pirouette.

The perfect lines of her delicate body inspire him to create a new illusion—with her as the centerpiece—that will guarantee sold-out shows. Maybe even attract a royal’s patronage. But first he has to get her to look at him. And convince her the danger is minimal—especially within the circle of his arms.

Featuring a gender-fluid ballet dancer, an amateur chemist who only occasionally starts fires, and an old rivalry that could tear them apart.

Review: I had such high expectations, but they weren’t fullfilled.

Grace is supposed to be genderfluid and is not wearing men’s clothes as a disguise. But most of the time it felt exactly that way. There were some passages of her seeing her face as more masculine on some days, but it wasn’t what I hoped for. Although her being sometimes male had a role in her sexlife.

Speaking of sex life – oh my. Very sexy. I really enjoyed those.

Overall I would have enjoyed the whole book if not for some things. First, Grace didn’t really read as genderfluid. And I was bothered how female (oh sooo female) she felt in Isaac’s male presence. That really got on my nerves, let me tell you. Maybe that’s way I didn’t feel their romance. At all.

Isaac has a brother, who is named Nicolas. Or is his name Colin? One will never know. To be honest, I have forgotten what his actual name is (the other is the one he wants to be called by?), but both are used through this book and it’s very confusing. Stick with one name. It’s okay if a character wants to change their name (but maybe explain why?) but then stick with that name. I don’t even know why that was part of this book. It’s Grace and Isaac’s story…

I think lovers of historical romances will really like That potent alchemy. It’s been too kitschy for me and those points above weren’t helping. I did enjoy the theatre details, though. The setting was very important in this book and interesting.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.