„The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called „Le Cirque des Reves,“ and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway–a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per-formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.“
I had to borrow this synopsis from Goodreads because I think I could not do this book justice. It is so magical and unique that I feel it is not my place to write a synopsis. This was just one of this books that stays with you for a long time. It is haunting and beautifully written. I could not put it down. Well exactly I could not stop listening because I listened to the audio book and it was amazing. This is a book about a magical circus with all kinds of unthinkable surprises. This mysterious circus bears a lot of secrets and the real story unwraps slowly. Only at the end of the book is clear what really happened. Every time I thought I knew what was going on Erin Morgenstern twisted her story even more and the whole plot changed. We meet a lot of characters, all connected somehow with this peculiar circus. All the little stories were woven so well into each other that a pure magical ambient was created. This book is not so much about characters or plot. It is about the circus and we are the audience.
This book is a slow read and you need to take your time with it. If you are in a reading slump or want to finish a book soon, do not pick this one up. You will not like it. But if you want to emerge yourself in this magical world of the late 18000’s you have to give it a go. It was wonderfully creepy and I enjoyed every second of it. But I also had some minor problems. At times the book gets really confusing and there are some time jumps that were not necessary all the time. There were a lot of details and sometimes I felt like there were too many detailed descriptions. And there is not a lot of plot but somehow this was no problem. Unfortunately I was not attached to the characters because there were so many and with some the book only scratches on the surface. But I think The Night Circus is the kind of book that you can read over and over again and always find something new and amazing about the book. This is a book for everyone who loves a weird and completely unique kind of book that gives you an amazing reading experience and throws you into a foreign and magical world.
All the Bright Places is a new Young Adult book that was released in January 2015 by Jennifer Niven. It is about two teenagers that meet under unusual circumstances. Violet and Finch meet, standing at the edge of the school bell tower. Both are thinking about jumping. At this exact moment they embark on a journey together, a journey through loss and hardship. Violet’s sister died in tragic car accident. Finch has a troubling home life and is suffering from mental illness.
This book was such a surprise hit for me. It got praised a lot so I was a little bit worried because most times I don’t like hyped books as much as others would. But this book was amazing. The writing was poetic and beautiful. I read some passages over and over again because I loved the writing style so much. I’m also not a fan of dual perspectives but here it worked perfectly. The voices of Violet and Finch were so different and you could immediately tell whose chapter it was. For this story it helped a lot to have two perspectives because it is not just Violets journey and it is not only Finch journey. They evolve in different paces in and I loved it. It was an amazing reading experience and as you can tell I’m really in love with this one. What a perfect contemporary stand alone.
This book is about so much more than just a story of teenagers. If you ever felt lost in this world and could not see through all the grey clouds on the horizon, this book will remind you that you can find bright places in every dark time in your life. Bright Places crept up to me and caught me totally off guard. I heard amazing things about this book but at the end of it I was so surprised about what I just read. I rarely cried so much when reading a book than with this one. Similar to Eleanor and Park and The Fault in Our Stars I was in tears and had to put the book down several times because I got so emotional towards the end of it. But I think people should judge the book on its own. It is not Eleanor & Park and it is not The Fault in Our Stars. It is something completely unique and beautiful. Bright Places will make my list of Top Ten Books of 2015 and the year is only just beginning. So this is saying something. I would recommend it to everyone who loves YA or thinks YA is stupid. Read this one and maybe you see that there deeper things hidden in young adult shelves than you thought.
I love to read book series because you have more time to get to know the characters and the story can really developed. I do also love stand alones but series have a special place in my heat. Here are some of the book series, I’ve read so far:
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
This will always be my favourite series ever. I love these books and it was an amazing experience to grow up with Harry. These books will forever be something very special for me and I re-read them all the time.
Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
I have never read another book saga that was so rich in details and story than The Lord of The Rings. J. R. R. Tolkien created not only a world but a complete history for this world as well as languages. I can never forget this amazing story and I still want to life in the Shire with the Hobbits.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
I loved this series and am obsessed about Warner. This is my favourite dystopian series, not because there is action or great world building. In Shatter Me you will find the most distinct character development ever and the most realistic version of a love triangle I have ever seen.
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
This was the first series by Cassandra Clare I’ve ever read. First I was a bit reluctant because I did not get why everyone loved this series so much. It was so for me. But after the first few books I got into it and suddenly I could not stop reading. I know I will read everything that is set in the Shadowhunter World because Clare is a master in world building and dialog. Especially great world building is very seldom in YA.
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
Like The Mortal Instruments, I also loved The Infernal Devices. I’m not a fan of love triangles but the one in this books was more than that, it was such a strong bond between three people that got to me and had me in tears at the end. I cried so much while reading the last book, I became really emotional. So if you like The Mortal Instruments or you just love Urban Fantasy check out this series.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I’ve read the whole Maze Runner series in a short amount of time. The books are fast paced and a quick read. But there is NO world building, really none. Also there are no explanations only in the last book of the trilogy. And even then we don’t get all the answers we are waiting for because there is a prequel coming out. So for me it is not a trilogy but a series containing four books. I would not recommend these books because the plot is just ridicules.
Unwind Dystology by Neal Schusterman
I loved the Unwind books. They were one of the first YA series I’ve started and kept me on the edge of my seat until the end of the last book. The plot is so complex and interesting it completely drew me in. There is a lot of world building which I loved and even if Unwind draws a horrifying picture of our future, it is extremely realistic. If you want to read a YA series with depth and social commentary check these four books out.
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
I wanted to read this trilogy so bad and liked the first book very much but did not love it. As the series progressed my interest in it wore off. I did not like the writing style and found it very confusing. Also the ending didn’t resolve a lot so I was very disappointed with this series. But the first book is still good so maybe you want to make up your mind by yourself and try out these books.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
I really liked this series. The first book is amazing and even if the last book is kind of a stretch I still liked it. The ending was terrible though. I loved that you don’t know what is real and I also really liked the flashbacks in the books. The whole theme and plot was intriguing to me. There was inst-love which I’m not a fan of but Mara is a great character nevertheless. If you like mystery you should definitely check this one out.
Ich liebe John Green und seine Bücher. Jedes seiner sechs Bücher war für mich eine ganz besondere Reise in das Leben seiner Protagonisten. Liest man ein John Green Buch, so kann man es nicht mehr aus der Hand legen, die reale Welt verschwindet. Doch da mich schon einige Leute nach einer Reihung gefragt haben, ist hier meine Reihung aller John Green Bücher.
Let it snow ist definitiv mein liebstes Buch für die Weihnachtszeit. Da es eben ein Weihnachtsbuch ist, finde ich, dass man dieses Buch nicht wirklich mit den anderen vergleichen kann. Falls ihr ein Buch für die Weihnachtszeit sucht, das hier wird euch bestimmt nicht enttäuschen. Let it snow besteht aus 3 Kurzgeschichten, die letztendlich alle in irgendeiner Art miteinander zu tun haben. Alle drei Geschichten spielen sich in derselben Kleinstadt ab.
In diesem Buch, versucht Colin auf einem Roadtrip ohne wirkliches Ziel, seine Ex-Freundin zu vergessen. Diese Ex heißt Katherine und ist die 19. Katherine, die Colin verlässt. Die Story des Buches ist etwas schwer zu erklären und ganz hat sie mich nicht gepackt. Aber wie immer bei John Green, waren die Charaktere so unkonventionell, dass man sie einfach lieben muss.
Looking for Alaska ist John Greens erstes Buch. Der Hauptcharakter Miles besucht das erste Jahr ein Internat in Florida. Dort freundet er sich mit der undurchsichtigen Alaska und deren Freunden an. Er erlebt einige Abenteuer mit dieser Clique und hat zum ersten Mal in seinem Leben echte Freunde. Looking for Alaska ist auf jeden Fall emotional, zumindest gegen Ende des Buches. Ich würde dieses Buch allen empfehlen, die gerne mal ein Buch von John Green lesen wollen, beginnt mit Looking for Alaska.
In Paper Towns macht sich Quentin auf die Suche nach seiner Nachbarin Margo, die er schon seit Jahren heimlich anschmachtet. Nun ist sie verschwunden und er ist derjenige, dem sie Hinweise auf ihren Aufenthaltsort hinterlassen hat. Wie jedes John Green Buch, ist auch hier eine Zusammenfassung schwierig. Das Besondere dieser Bücher liegt in den Details, Green schafft eine magische Geschichte, rund um Teenager, die realistisch sind und auch in dem eigenen Nachbarhaus leben könnten.
In Chicago kreuzen sich die Wege zweier Teens, die beide Will Grayson heißen. Dieses Ereignis ist ausschlaggeben für viele weitere Ereignisse, die darauf folgen. Doch eigentlich ist Will Grayson Will Grayson die Geschichte von Tiny Cooper, der so gar nicht klein ist, dafür aber eine schillernde Figur im Leben beider Wills. Von diesem Buch war ich berührt, habe aber auch laut auflachen müssen. Es ist witzig, hat viel Herz und trifft einen ganz unerwartet.
Mittlerweile kennt ihr es wohl alle, John Greens berühmtester Roman, The Fault in our Stars, der dieses Jahr mit Shailene Woodley und Ansel Elgort im Kino zu sehen war. Hazel und Gus muss man einfach lieben. Die Tatsache, dass beide gegen Krebs kämpfen macht das Buch natürlich traurig. Aber trotz all dem, ist The Fault in our Stars ein Buch über Hoffnung und darüber, die Freude am Leben stets zu bewahren.