Review: No and me (ENG and GER)

Title / Titel: No and me / No & ich
Author / Autor: Delphine de Vigan
Publishing house / Verlag: Bloomsbury 2010 (first published in / Erstveröffentlichung: Editions JC Lattès 2007)
Original language / Originalsprache: French / Französisch
Read in / Gelesen auf: English as paperback / Englisch als Taschenbuch
Length / Länge: 246 pages / 246 Seiten

Blurb: Lou Bertignac has an IQ of 160, a mother who barely speaks and hasn’t left the house in years, and a father who is desperately struggling to keep his family together. But then she meets No, a homeless girl a few years older than her. As the two become friends, Lou resolves to help No get her life back on track, unaware of the impact that her new friend’s sudden presence will have on all their lives.

Review: I picked this book up without real purpose. I think it was one of those “Buy this for £2.99 if you spend more than £10” offers in Waterstones and the cover looked pretty and the title confused me, so I thought I’d take it with me.

I didn’t expect anything from this book, but found myself thoroughly enjoying it and would put this down as the perfect easy guilt free pleasure read; despite the somewhat “heavy” topic. Which mainly has to do with the fact that the 13-year-old Lou narrates the book, and whilst she delivers a few well observed home truths, Continue reading

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Read-a-Thon

Things have been quiet lately. That is mostly because I’m in this weird mood where I don’t want to read. I’ve never really had that before and it worries me. I really like my book but I can’t bring myself to read it. I don’t know. So, that is why you haven’t read anything by me in a while. It doesn’t help that I don’t know how to review the last three books I’ve read.
The reason for this post is (aside from Anna nagging me) is Dewey’s 24-hour Read-A-Thon on the 9th of April, which both of us will be participating in. It’s pretty self-explanatory, really. You pick a couple of books and snacks and read for 24 hours. You’re not expected to read the whole time and you get hourly challenges you can blog about and you get the chance to win stuff, so this should be interesting. Neither of us have done this yet, even though I wanted to and then it fell through for a couple of reasons. We’re quite excited.

Ruhig war’s in letzter Zeit. Das liegt hauptsächlich daran, dass ich nicht wirklich Lust habe, zu lesen. Das ist mir noch nie passiert und macht mir Sorgen. Ich mag mein Buch eigentlich sehr, aber ich kann mich nicht zum lesen aufraffen. Ich weiß auch nicht. Jedenfalls ist das der Grund, warum ihr länger nichts mehr von mir gelesen habt. Dass ich nicht weiß, wie ich die letzten drei Bücher, die ich gelesen habe, rezensieren soll, hilft auch nicht.
Der Grund für diesen Post ist (abgesehen davon, dass Anna genölt hat) ist Dewey’s 24stündiger Lesemarathon am neunten April, an dem wir beide teilnehmen wollen. Das ganze erklärt sich eigentlich von selbst. Du suchst dir ein paar Bücher und Snacks zusammen und liest für 24 Stunden. Es wird nicht erwartet, dass die ganze Zeit gelesen wird und man bekommt stündliche Aufgaben, über die man bloggen kann und man kann Sachen gewinnen, also sollte es interessant werden. Keine von uns beiden hat schon mal bei sowas mitgemacht, auch wenn ich mal wollte, es dann aber aus mehreren Gründen nicht geklappt hat. Wir sind jedenfalls ziemlich aufgeregt.

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Review: The Demon’s Covenant (ENG and GER)

Title / Titel: The Demon’s Covenant / Der Zirkel des Dämons: Band 2
Author / Autor: Sarah Rees Brennan
Publishing house / Verlag: Simon and Schuster, 2010 (first published in / Erstveröffentlichung: Simon and Schuster, 2010)
Original language / Originalsprache: English / Englisch
Read in / Gelesen auf: English as paperback / Englisch als Taschenbuch
Length / Länge: 440 pages / 440 Seiten

Blurb: Mae’s life has spun out of control.

She’s just learned that her brother Jamie is a magician and Nick, the boy she’d set her heart on, has an even darker secret.

Jamie has been meeting with the new leader of the Obsidian Circle, who is hell-bent on persuading Jamie to join the magicians. When Mae calls on Nick and Alan to save her brother, the Circle sets in motion a plot to bring Nick down – by convincing his own brother to spring a deadly trap.

With brother set against brother and everyone’s loyalties divided, Mae sees a chance to save them all – but it means approaching the mysterious and dangerous Goblin Market alone …

Review: I remember how nitpicky my review of the first book in this trilogy was, and I have to confess, everything I wasn’t happy about has been fixed in this book.

The characters have been developed greatly, Continue reading

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Popeye-Would-Be-Proud spinach soup (ENG and GER)

This is one of the soups out of my epic soup cookbook. The one that lists the properties of most ingredients and why they are good for you.
It makes me want to eat all of them immediately and become slim, well rested, awake, brainy and beautiful immediately, but apparently I have to work my way through them one at a time.
So I made the spinach soup the other day. I love spinach, but usually only as a side or well, as part of a meal, not as the main ingredient, but this was so so fresh and tasty! (And it also makes my muscles stronger, because of the iron, chlorophyll and plant hormones in the spinach, now ain’t that dandy?) Continue reading

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Awesomely gooey brownies (ENG and GER)

I just realized that I have done very few dessert/baking posts. Which I guess is to do with the fact that I haven’t got much of a sweet tooth.
But the brownies I made last week get me every single time. Perfectly chocolately and gooey and soft on the inside. Of course they taste the best when they’re still hot, so they never ever last long. I’m quite impressed with myself I managed to take a few good pictures of them before it was too late. Continue reading

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Vegetable bake for meateaters (ENG and GER)

Now look at that, I cooked something again.
I actually did a few days ago, I had some friends over for a study meeting and to prepare a presentation we had to do together. I decided to make this bake, because it looked filling and had loooooads of different veggies in it that I love so much. (Because all my lovely friends are crazed meateaters, and because I didn’t think the bake would actually fill everyone’s tummy up nicely, I also made some meatballs, but we won’t talk about that). Continue reading

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Review: The Demon’s Lexicon (ENG and GER)

Title / Titel: The Demon’s Lexicon / Der Zirkel des Dämons: Band 1
Author / Autor: Sarah Rees Brennan
Publishing house / Verlag: Simon and Schuster, 2009 (first published in / Erstveröffentlichung: Simon and Schuster, 2009)
Original language / Originalsprache: English / Englisch
Read in / Gelesen auf: English as paperback / Englisch als Taschenbuch
Length / Länge: 322 pages / 322 Seiten

Blurb: Sixteen-year-old Nick knows that demons are real. Magicians call up demons in exchange for their power. The demons can appear in any shape, show you marvels, promise you anything – until you invite them in and receive their mark.
What happens next?
First you get possessed.
Then you die.
Nick’s been on the run his whole life, ever since his mother stole a charm from the most feared magician of them all, and the only person he trusts is his brother Alan. Alan’s just been marked by a demon. Only Nick can save him, but to do so he must face the magicians – and kill them.
The hunt is on, and Nick’s going to discover things he never dreamed were out there.

Review: I am somewhat on the fence about reviewing this book. This isn’t the sort of genre that I would usually pick to read, but Ally recommended it to me and she is usually very spot on with her recommendations for me. She seems to know what I like and what I don’t, no matter if she enjoys it herself or not.
And I did enjoy this book, but not as much as I was expecting. Continue reading

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