Thursday, June 30, 2011

Guest Post: Around the World Book Tips featuring Indonesia

We all love to read, enjoy numerous different genres and characters that enrich our life every day. What makes our literary world so special is that each country contributes with its own masterpieces to it. Let’s travel around and experience what makes each country’s literature so special, meet new authors and novels and get to know which, for us foreign, books fellow bloggers enjoy.

I hope you enjoy my guest post series "Around the World Book Tips"!
Today Aleetha shares her favourite book(s) from her home country, Indonesia, with us. She reads MG, YA and sometimes Adult books. You can find her reviews in English and Indonesian @ It's all about books !

Which is your favorite Indonesian book and why?

 There are tons of  YA book that are published in Indonesia. Most of them are contemporary. But I just enjoy some. I will only read the books which are written by my favorite authors. Let’s say Poppy D. Chusfani or Primadonna Angela.  Both of them wrote different genre. Fantasy or Science fiction are the genre that chosen by Poppy. For YA book, Donna writes many contemporary books.

But talking about Indonesian book in general,  I would prefer the Adultone. 

What makes Indonesian literature so special?

In Poppy’s books, I can always find two cultures combined. Like what I read in Mirror, Mirron on The Wall, I found Javanese and Dutch. It’s always nice to find some foreign words each chapter. Not only her, I found same thing in many books. Even the adult one.

If you got the chance to write an Indonesian themed novel, what would it be about?

I’d love to write contemporary one. The touching book which will break your heart and make your eyes teary.   I am always looking forward for such book. Unfortunately I never find any. Since Indonesia consist of many island, there are lots of different legends. One of  Jaka Tarub and Seven Angels. I would love to modify them and bring them into modern world.

Which other country's book tip are you looking forward to?

I think I’d love to read book tip from Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines. I have never found or heard any book from those countries. I am sure they also have a great book.

Thank you Aleetha for being a part of my guest post series. The books you are talking about sound so foreign, but really good. I should try them!

Want to be part of the post series and featured with your own international book tip? Shoot me an email at goldie-mail(AT)web(DOT)de! 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Coveresque feat. Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer (US vs. UK vs. German)

Tell me, which  cover do you like best?  US on the left, we've got the UK cover in the middle and the German one on the right side. A few months ago the US cover got a makeover and became a lot sexier. The German WOLFSBANE cover features the flowers so you can recognise it as part of the NIGHTSHADE series. I like the UK cover, but the warm color irriates me. What do you think?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #31

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading and it asks us to...

"A slim-jim? How intriguing," I said, grinning at him. "I like a man with hidden depths."

~ p. 141

Monday, June 27, 2011

Book Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Title: Forbidden
Author: Tabitha Suzuma
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publishing Date: June 28th 2011
Length: 464 pages
Genre: YA, romance, familydrama
Source: Simon & Schuster Galley Grab

She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But ...They are brother and sister.

Summary by Goodreads





people might label a book about incest, a book like FORBIDDEN. I would have done the same, if I hadn't read it myself. I expected the worst and got the best and heartfelt book I could imagine when thinking of books that deal with taboo topics like incest. This book IS shocking, but in an intense and good way.

Being different...

In FORBIDDEN we meet the Whitley family, consiting of the children Lochan, Maya, Kit, Tiffin and Willa. Lochan is the troubled, but brilliant big brother, Maya, the brave and strong older sister.  Abandoned by their mother they care for their siblings Kit, gang member, always angry and aggressive, Tiffin, the hyperactive and Willa, the youngest and most in need of care and affection. Every single character highly contributes to this novel's uniqueness.

What shouldn't be said: "I love you"

When I first read the summary of FORBIDDEN I imagined the two protagonists wouldn't know each other. I thought of their first meeting, them falling in love only to discover that they are brother and sister. I was shocked when I realised that they knew about being brother and sister when they fell in love!

But their love is so not about being rebellious or provocative, it's all about the circumstances their love develops in. They both care for three siblings and a constantly drunk mother (I could strangle that woman! A monther abandoning their family made me sad and so angry.How can a mother be that careless about her beautiful children?) so they are kind of forced into threir role as parents- mother and father, husband and wife- lovers. Maya and Lochan give each other the feelings of affection und support that are constantly missing in their lives.

Something wrong feels so right...

I am always a fan of love stories and reading romantic and steamy scenes. But I shouldn't be a fan of brother and sister falling in love, right? They are supposed to stay away from each other and I couldn't help but hope for them to get together, for their love to have a chance, a future. The whole time I knew I shouldn't cheer on their love, I shouldn't want them to touch, kiss or be together, but I DID.

If you decide to read FORBIDDEN you have to expect many love and sexual interactions. Suzuma gives us a lot of delicate details without degrading their love or turning their feelings into something disgusting or dirty. Their feelings are natural and therefore they deserve to be written about in detail. Again I craved for more, although I shouldn't!

"You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see,but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.”~Anonymous

Every tiny detail makes this novel perfect, what really touched me and connected me even further with the story was its initial quote.

The dual point of view, alternating between Lochan and Maya is the best Suzuma could have applied to tell their love story. Their voices are so unique and touching, fitting perfectly together to tell one of the most tragic love stories of all time.

This story is supported by a rich, complex and vivid language that adjusts to each situation like a chameleon, always highlighting each scene's highest potential. Suzuma has a talent for catching a mood and describing an atmosphere. Her language and writing is the rope that's tying you to the swaying boat of FORBIDDEN's story during a storm of emotions and impressions.

Tabitha Suzuma shows there's much more behind a term like incest, such labels created by society. There are humans, individuals with feelings like love, passion, shame and fear.

What I consider brave is that Suzuma also included a part of herself, of her past in the story of FORBIDDEN and so made it an even more personal and touching read.  In an interview with Absolute Vanilla Suzuma tells us that Lochan and Maya's abusive and destructive mother was “in part [influenced] by [her] late father, who was physically absusive towards [her] when [she] was a child and rarely showed affection.“

A constant named fear...

Fear is a constant in FORBIDDEN, the individual fear of social interaction, the shared of being discovered and the overall fear of being rejected as social outcast.

The fear of interacting with or meeting new people has always been a part of Lochan. But as much his life is ruled by the fear of being confronted by society, I see that he makes a confronting move  himself.  By starting the illegal relationship with his sister he only increases the potential of being involved in social conflicts. So his love with Maya might be his only way to get in contact with society. And the character that appeared so troubled and afraid might be stronger than anybody thought.

Beside the incestuous relationship between Lochan and Maya, we have to face other domestic problems and conflicts. Be prepared for various social and individual issues since this novel is highly about the difficulties of being a part of a family or society.

„These violent delights have violent ends.“ ~Shakespeare

Now that I finished FORBIDDEN( after two sleepless nights, crowded with thoughts) I will miss the characters so much. I know that words are not enough to desccribe what deep impact FORBIDDEN had on me and my feelings towards certain topics and opinions. Tabitha Suzuma made me realise that nobody should be judged by their feelings.

I couldn't stand the end, it killed me and made me sob badly. I cried a lot in the end, because this novel touched me so deeply it made my heart ache and left my thoughts constantly spiraling around this utterly sad love story. It's a tragedy! FORBIDDEN twisted my insides, wrenched them out only to dry my steady flowing tears with them! I never thought I'd like a story about incest, a taboo topic, that much. And I am in love with it, although I shouldn't!

Of course I can understand that some readers don't want to read a story about incest, but I think it's really important to take the FORBIDDEN adventure and learn that feelings do not always equal society's expectations and that there is more than labels like right or wrong to loving a person. I highly encourage everyone to give Tabitha Suzuma's fantastic work a chance!

5/5 ***** FORBIDDEN- A story so real, cruel and heartfelt and all about being absolute it hurts. I have never read a novel that touched me and that left me so shattered and shaken like FORBIDDEN !
One of the best books I've read so far! The setting, shockingly realistic characters and the glue-like atmosphere held me in a tight grip and didn't release me till the last page was turned.  I never expected to be that touched. FORBIDDEN might not be an easy novel, but it should definitely find a reader in you!

* You can read an excerpt of FORBIDDEN here

*Watch a (fan-made I think) book trailer of FORBIDDEN here!

* Make sure to visit

* Thanks to the Simon & Schuster Galley Grab programme for offering FORBIDDEN for review!

New Releases June 27th– July 3rd

June 28th

Fins Are Forever (Fins #2) by Tera Lynn Childs (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

Withering Tights (Misadventures of Tallulah Casey #1) by Louise Rennison (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

Eternity (Fallen Angel #2) by Heather Terrell (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

Legacy  (Legacy #1) by Cayla Kluver (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

Sharks & Boys  by Kristen Tracy (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

June 30th 

Luminous by Dawn Metcalf (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

July 1st

Pretty Bad Things by C. J. Skuse (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

From Willa, With Love by Coleen Murtagh Paratore (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

This is a pretty good week for new releases. I've got LUMINOUS and LEGACY on my wishlist and already read THE DAY BEFORE and FORBIDDEN. You all need to read FORBIDDEN, it's one of the best books I've read so far!!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

In My Mailbox #29

The idea of In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren and is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs.

Red Glove by Holly Black

* Thanks to the awesome ladies @ Bewitched Bookworms for sending me THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES and to Aly @ Kid Lit Frenzy for sending me RED GLOVE! 
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

* Thanks to Lisa @ Baffled Books for picking up an extra copy at BEA and to Danny @ Bewitched Bookworms for bringing it to Germany! xoxo
Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Now don't forget to enter my current GIVEAWAY. You can win a copy of SPELLBOUND by Cara Lynn Shultz. Enter HERE!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Spellbound Tour: Review + Giveaway

Title: Spellbound
Author: Cara Lynn Shultz
Publisher: Harlequin
Publishing Date: June 28th 2011
Length: 352 pages
Genre: YA, fantasy, romance
Source: Netgalley

What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?

Life hasn't been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she's irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can't stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma's been having the oddest dreams: visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.

Summary by Goodreads

If it wasn't for Kismet Book Touring, I would have never read SPELLBOUND in the first place. Thank you so much Danny and Heather for organising the tour with all its fantastic features and stops and making me read one of my favourite YA romances in 2011!

The story of SPELLBOUND follows Emma Conner who just moved to New York city to live with her aunt. With several secrets in tow she has to face a new school and new enemies but she also gets the chance to meet many new exciting people.

One of them is Brendan Salinger, he is good-looking, smart and destined to fall in love with Emma. And their love feels just perfectly natural and sweet. Although they are destined to be together, their developing relationship didn't feel forced or constructed for one second.

Interesting about Emma is that she's the girl who has two pasts with secrets that start affecting her new life in New York. On the one hand she's got a in her small hometown. On the other hand something inside of Emma has once lived in the Middle Ages. Now both pasts circling around personal and familiar conflicts and strokes of fate seem to affect Emma and Brendan's love in a very dangerous way that could not only tear them apart but mean death.

I immediately felt attached to Emma and Brendan and it's not only that the couple has some really cute scenes, but other characters like her loyal friends or relatives contribute to a great storyline and extremely entertaining dialogues aswell. One of my favourite secondary characters is Emma's cousin, Ashley, who is such a sweet and supportive person.

Conflicts in SPELLBOUND result from fate and a curse laid on the lovers many centuries ago that still seems to affect them in some way. But it wouldn't be a YA novel if there weren't  also the prep school antagonists who can be pretty mean.

Shultz supports her fantastic debut novel with an exciting character cast, a great writing and the striking mixture of a fancy prep school, fashion and paranormalcy. I sense a few more mysteries and secrets being burried in the past that are only waiting to be reanimated in SPELLBOUND's sequel! 

1) of a cute note keeper
2) New York  combines style with spells
3) of loyal and supportive friends
4) of funny scenes that make you laugh out loud
5) of the best picnic spot ever

5/5 ***** SPELLBOUND- A bewitchingly hip romance set in modern NYC, that has been set into motion many centuries ago. You shouldn't miss that! 

Gossip Girl watch out, with SPELLBOUND a strong rival is on its way. The story around Emma and Brendan not only convinces with the realistic and all-day meanings of being a teenager and fashionista in New York City, but is also well-supported by engaging paranormal elements! I consider myself totally spellbound, xoxo Miss Page-Turner


Grand I Pod Nano Giveaway

  • In order to enter to win a iPod nano including the Spellbound Playlist and covered in a GelaSkin of Spellbound's cover art, you must collect the pink highlighted words the text messages between Brendan and Emma that are provided each day at the individual tour stops. The daily words can be joined together in sequential order to create the winning secret message. Once you've constructed the winning secret message, you will need to enter that message on Spellbound's tour home page .
  • No purchase, affiliation, status as follower to a certain blog or any other association is required to enter.
  • Full rules for the contest can be found at the Spellbound tour home page
  • Winner of the iPod give-away will be announced on Cara's homepage on Tuesday, July 5th.

Today's text message

To Win a copy of SPELLBOUND by Cara Lynn Shultz

  • Fill out the >> FORM <<
  • Extra entry for leaving a comment on my SPELLBOUND review and for tweeting about it!
  • US/Can only
  • Ends June 30th

Please don't forgot to visit the other awesome tour stops!

June, 13th - The Page Turners / Character Interview , Brendan
June 14th - Candace's Book Blog / Guest Post
June 15th - Baffled Books
June 16th - Hooked To Books /Guest Post, Playlist
June 17th - Truly Bookish

June, 20th - Paranormal Opinion
June 21st  - Mission to Read /Interview with Cara
June 22nd - Reading Angel / Character Interview, Emma
June 23rd -  Miss Page Turners
June 24th -  Books At Midnight

June, 27th - Pure Imagination
June 28th - (Spellbound Book Birthday!)The Unread Reader special Guest post
June 29th - Bookish Delights
June 30th - Mimosa Stimulus / Guest post
July 1st - writers write, right? /special Guest post

Tuesday, July 5th: Announcement of the big prize winner on Cara's Site!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #30

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading and it asks us to...

"I smile and tilt my face to look up at him. " How much?" He doesn't answer, but I hear his breathing quicken: he lowers his mouth over mine and a strange hum fills the air. We kiss for a long time, sliding our hands in between layers of clothing and absorbing each other's heat until I am warm, hot even, my heart thumping hard, a sparkling, tingling feeling rushing through my veins."*

~p. 300

*This quote was extracted from the Simon & Schuster Galley Grab E-ARC and is subject to change before publication

I finished FORBIDDEN last night, but I still want to share a teaser, because I think you should all read that wonderful shocking, moving, beautiful and tragic novel!

New Releases June 20th– June 26th

June 21st

A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

Dead Rules by Randy Russell (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

I read SPELLBOUND and really liked it! You can download it on netgalley. I am participating in the Kismet Book Tour of SPELLBOUND, so watch out for my review;) 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Book Review: Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut

Title: Griffin Rising
Author: Darby Karchut
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Publishing Date: June 28th 2011
Length: 176 pages
Genre:YA, fantasy
Source: Received from author

Griffin Rising is an urban fantasy about an apprentice angel and his coming of age under the tutelage of a father-like mentor. As one of the mysterious Terrae Angeli, Griffin secretly navigates life among humans while preparing for the trial-by-combat every apprentice must pass or become mortal.

Summary by Goodreads

Despite its horribly plain cover, the story around Tiro and aspiring angel Griffin and his mentor is surprisingly good. Karchut invented an interesting angel story. Her concept of guardian angels is integrated into our human world. It circles around the character Griffin and follows his way of training and becoming a Terrae Angeli.Griffin is a friendly and casual character so that it was very easy to like him. His mentor Basel has the status of a father figure, he is protective of his student and is just as likeable as Griffin.

We got passages that are told from an omniscient narrator with reocurring excerpts of diary entries by Griffin, Basil and the femal protagonist Katie. And because these are supplemented by the actual  date, the reader gets a deeper knowledge of time and space and the possibility of following the course of actions and get a better feeling for the training process.

Karchut doesn't involve many characters. As the title suggests, this novel is about our main character Griffin and his training to become a successful part of the angel community. In this case it's in the story's character- with the journal, a very personal aspect and the concentration on our main charater Griffin- to only feature very few characters, so I can somehow accept that.

GRIFFIN RISING is a rather short and quick read.Scenes can be divided in the daily training of a future Terrae Angeli and the blooming relationship between Griffin and the new girl who moved in across the street. War and love are balanced equally.

What I really like about this novel is that Karchut offers bonus material in form of the ancient myths around angels and the information how she developed the plot and which elements show connections to believes and religious, historical or cultural influences.

I enjoyed GRIFFIN RISING and will definitely read its sequel after this unexpected ending!  

1) of an awesome mentor that couldn't care more
2) of a tiro that deserves more than one chance
3) we get to read not parts of one, but three journals
4) we enjoy following the training of an aspiring angel
5) of  its elemental power 

3,5/5 ***/* GRIFFIN RISING- An angelic apprenticeship, combined with fights, kisses and a ton of elemental awesomeness. Give that Tiro a try! 

With her debut novel, GRIFFIN RISING,  debut author Darby Karchut shows that books published by smaller publishers should get an equal chance to find a place on your bookshelves. Include it in your Debut Author Challenge 2011! 

* You can read the first chapter of  GRIFFIN RISING here!

*Watch several book trailers here!

* Make sure to visit

* Thanks to Darby Karchut for sending me GRIFFIN RISING for review!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Coveresque feat. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma (US vs. UK vs. German)

Tell me, which  cover do you like best?  US on the left, we've got the UK cover in the middle and the German one on the right side. Each cover has a clock in it, they are (coincidentally) getting bigger from the left to the right cover. I like the US cover best, because it is mysterious and adventurous and has books in it!

Ruby Red Giveaway Winner!

We've got a RUBY RED winner! And it's Lucia @ iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books. Congratulations!

* A huge thanks to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Zeitghost Media for organising this giveaway and providing a copy of RUBY RED!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Feature: Fashion & Literature

In my new feature "Fashionable Literature" I want to show you funny and fashionable items that can be bought or made to decorate yourselves or your homes with.

Reading a lot lately? Are you always tired because the bright summer sun woke you way too early? Then try the Night Owl Sleep Eye Mask to sleep with bookish style! 
"These eye masks are made with durable soft cotton twill/denim fabric for its front, cotton twill ribbing and sewn on appliqué details, cushion padding, and lined with black-colored water-resistant synthetic nylon at the back to block out light. It comes with 2 covered elastic straps for extra comfort and keeps it comfortably secured in position to your head. One size will fit most!"
You can buy the cute sleep mask here @littleoddforest !

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Teaser Tuesday #29

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading and it asks us to...

"It's amazing that eyes can do that, that they can transform light into heat. I've never felt that way with Rob."

~ p. 143

Monday, June 13, 2011

Book Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope #1) by Maureen Johnson

Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope #1)
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Collins Children's Books
Publishing Date: August 2009
Length: 320 pages
Genre: YA, contemporary romance
Source: Gifted

When Ginny receives thirteen little blue envelopes and instructions to buy a plane ticket to London, she knows something exciting is going to happen. What Ginny doesn't know is that she will have the adventure of her life and it will change her in more ways than one. Life and love are waiting for her across the Atlantic, and the thirteen little blue envelopes are the key to finding them in this funny, romantic, heartbreaking novel.

Summary by Goodreads 

Imagine you go on a trip to Europe, no money, no camera, no contacts, just a bunch of letters in your bag.13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES makes me wish I could go on a trip through Europe right now!

This novel combines two of my favourite things: travelling and letters (writing and receiving them). I never read a novel with so many miles being travelled over such a short time. Protagonist Ginny travels through Europe and visits many fantastic European cities like Rome or Paris.
Great about 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES is that Maureen Johnson does not just send her heroine on a sightseeing trip through European capitals, but lets her experience crazy and fun adventures off the tourist path.

While reading these adventures seemed crazy and  random but in the end they miraculously completed to a whole.Ginny gains insight into the unconventional life of her aunt, meets many new people and finds the time to think about her own life, situation and maybe find love aswell.

The letters themselves aren't that witty and funny, the ideas of aunt Maddy often appear random. Unrealistic is that parents let her 17-year-old daughter travel to Europe on her own not knowing where she'll be staying or travelling. Maureen Johnson solved this conflict by simply stating that after a few discussions the parents agree.

13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES is the first novel I read by Maureen Johnson, everyone always kept saying I couldn't ignore her novels and I am glad I didn't. Johnson is an ironic and crazy author girl with a cool style.

1) of an artistic dog café in Paris
2) of ancient ruins in Rome
3) of sun and fun in Greece
4) of a museum tour in Amsterdam
5) of finding a friend in London  

3/5 *** The envelopes show the way to a funny and colorful read, a trip through Europe and life itself!

This novel is all about life,  seeing a bit of the world, finding love and friends and somehow managing not to loose your passport.

* Don't forget to check out THE LAST LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPE, the sequel to 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES.

* You can read an excerpt of 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES here

* Make sure to visit

* You can find Maureen's 13 Little Travel Tips here.

* Thanks to Petra @ Safari Poet for sending me an e-copy of 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES!

New Releases June 13th– June 19th

June 14th 

From Bad to Cursed (Bad Girls Don't Die #2) by Katie Alender (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

The Revenant by Sonia Gensler (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

Passion (Fallen #3) by Lauren Kate (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

Trial by Fire (Raised by Wolves #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

The Demon’s Surrender (The Demon's Lexicon #3) by Sarah Rees Brennan (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard (Goodreads ~ Amazon)

Hourglass by Myra McEntire (Goodreads ~ Amazon)