“Do not stare at the frog” // Jackaby by William Ritter // Mini-Review


About the story: It’s the year of 1982 and Abigail Rook just arrived in New Fiddleham, New England. In need of a job and place to stay she meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained. With her eyes for detail, Abigail is the perfect assistant and soon joins Jackaby’s investigation agency.

Abigail’s investigation career starts with a more than thrilling case. A serial killer is on the loose, terrifying everyone in New Fiddleham. While everyone is convinced the killer is an ordinary human, Jackaby knows better. And soon Abigail will now that there is a lot more to our world than she thought.

My thoughts: Ever since I saw this book I knew I had to read it. This cover is just so beautiful and it suits the book so well. With Abigail and Jackaby we have two very lovable characters. Jackaby is so extra you just have to love him.

The only problem I had with it was that it was too fast paced. The main plot happens in one or two days. I would have loved to see it take place over a week or even longer so we could have learned more about supernatural creatures and could have developed the case a little further.

My Rating: ★★★★


Bookshelf Tour #19 // Godsgrave – Jay Kristoff


Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she’s told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow.

When it’s announced that Scaeva will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end him. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between love and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

When I finished Nevernight earlier this year I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue with Mia’s story. A part of me thought about leaving it at the first book and not touching the series again. But another part was curious and wanted to know where Mia’s story is heading.

Thank god my curious side won.

Thanks to NetGalley I got a copy of this book and am currently reading it. And so far I’m really liking it.

100 Days of London // My London Diary

As you may know I started a new chapter of my life on June 1st. If you do not know – or missed me talking about it numerous times – let me tell you what happened.

On June 1st I moved out of my family’s home. But I didn’t move into my own space in the same city. Or a city nearby. Actually I didn’t even stay in Germany. On the morning of June 1st I boarded a plane to the UK. It was the day I would be moving to greatest city I’ve ever seen, London.

And today it’s been exactly 100 days since I arrived.

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Bookshelf Tour #18 // Ninefox Gambit – Yoon Ha Lee

Ninefox Gambit

Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Kel Command gives her the opportunity to redeem herself by retaking the Fortress of Scattered Needles, a star fortress that has recently been captured by heretics. Cheris’s career isn’t the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next.

Cheris’s best hope is to ally with the undead tactician Shuos Jedao. The good news is that Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one who can figure out how to successfully besiege the fortress.

The bad news is that Jedao went mad in his first life and massacred two armies, one of them his own. As the siege wears on, Cheris must decide how far she can trust Jedao–because she might be his next victim.

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Quick Update (and some sort of Announcement)

Hey everyone!

I hope you all are well.

As you may or may not know I’ve moved to London. Yep, pretty exciting. I’ve been here for two and a half months already and I still can’t believe this actually happened.

So while I’m here I thought I would share my experiences with you. I was thinking about writing posts about the Do’s and Don’t’s of London, things to see/do here and my experiences of living here in general.

Would you be interested in that? Leave me your opinions in the comments 🙂

xoxo Jasmin

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood // Mini-Review


About the story: America doesn’t exist anymore. Instead there is the Republic of Gilead. Women don’t have it very easy in this new world order.

Offred is one of the women in the Republic. She is a Handmaid. She isn’t allowed to leave the house unless she is going to the food markets with another Handmaid. She isn’t allowed to read. And once a month she has to go to bed with the Commander.

She still remembers how life was before the Republic of Gilead overtook America. She remembers her daughter and her partner. She remembers how it was to have a job and money for your won. She remembers all of it. And all of it is long gone.

My thoughts: This book was absolutely brilliant and I’d recommend it to everyone if you haven’t read it yet. This book will stay with you for a very long time.

My Rating: ★★★★★

Bookshelf Tour #17 // Northern Lights – Philip Pullman

Northern Lights

“Without this child, we shall all die.”

Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world…

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