Mannheim, Nalini Singh & Lara Adrian Signing

Nalini Singh (left), Lara Adrian (right)

I’ve been planning my trip to Mannheim for a few weeks now, ever since I’ve heard that the amazing Nalini Singh and Lara Adrian are coming to Germany! Together, a very good friend of mine and I, woke up early yesterday and drove around 250 km to meet these lovely ladies.

My friend and I, we’re both massive fans, so we were naturally pretty excited to meet them. We arrived in Mannheim around noon and the signing wasn’t until 6 p.m., so what should two girls do when in a new city and with lots of time to spare? Go shopping & exploring, of course!

Mannheim is an impressive city with a surprising amount of shoe stores – yes, we’ve been in every single one we could find 🙂 – and a few designer clothes stores. We walked around till our feet hurt, and I’m still in pain today, then sat down to have some lunch. Spaghetti Carbonara was on the menu for me, and it was delicious. Yeah, yeah, I know, but who cares about fitness when you’re in a new city and you’re exhausted? I don’t!

Anyways, afterwards we went to visit the famous university to scout the place as a possible option for the postgraduate degree. Yep, it sure was something! Have a look below:

Mannheim University

I think the picture says it all, doesn’t it? And that’s not all of it. The university used to be a castle and trust me, you can get lost in that place really easily! That done, we then returned to our exploring for another two hours, then went on to join the queue an hour before the actual signing even started. And we were not the first ones there! The line was so long, I couldn’t even see the end of it, but we were luckily among the first ones to get our books signed.

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REVIEW: ‘Hush, Hush’ by Becca Fitzpatrick

Paperback: 391 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Release Date: May 27, 2010

Series: Hush, Hush #1


Falling for the fallen…

For Nora Grey, romance was never part of the plan. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgement.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora isn’t sure if she can trust him. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and know more about her than her closest friends. And when she tries to seek answers, she discovers she is right in the middle of a centuries-old battle between the immortal and the fallen…and it’s time to take sides.

My thoughts

When I first bought this book, I was mainly attracted to the cover. The story sounded interesting enough and I love myself some angel novels so I gave it a shot! First impression: creepy!

It was a sort of dark supernatural story, and Nora, the main character, was constantly afraid, and for good reason might I add. I was never sure if Patch was the good guy or the baddie. It made him hard to like, if I’m honest. The setting also gave me a sense of deja vu, and all you Twilight fans will know what I mean when I say biology class. Yep, it was pretty similar for me.

I’ve heard that this was the kind of book that you either love or hate, and except for the extremely funny quips from Vee, Nora’s best friend, I found myself getting pretty bored with the story. The plot was lacking the “je ne sais quoi” and except for a few potential interesting facts, there was not much to go on.

I stopped reading the series after the second installment, which I have to say annoyed the hell out of me. Becca Fitzpatrick ruined my favorite character out of the whole series! Well anyways, as I said, you might completely disagree with my point of view, or maybe even think worse of it, but yeah, I’m sure I won’t be reading any other books coming from this author.

Rating: ★★ – 3 stars!

REVIEW: ‘City of Bones’ by Cassandra Clare

Hardcover: 496 pages

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Release Date: March 27, 2007

Series: The Mortal Instruments

“Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistibly drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City – and the dangers of forbidden love.”

‘The Mortal Instruments series is a story world I would love to live in. Beautiful.’ – Stephenie Meyer, author of Twilight

‘Cassie’s writing makes my toes curl with envy. She is the rare writer who can write fast-paced dramatic fantasy with gorgeous language and memorable characters that you grow to love and worry about, as well as really funny bits that will make you honestly laugh…It is rare to find someone who can do any one of those things well; to find someone who can do them all us just dangerous.’ – Holly Black, author of Tithe

‘Hold on tight for a smart, sexy thrill ride.’ – Libba Bray, author of A Great and Terrible Beauty

‘Dagger-sharp, funky, and cool.’ – Christopher Golden, author of the Myth Hunters

‘Clare’s atmospheric setting is spot-on, informed equally by neo-gothic horror films and the modern fantasy leanings of Neil Gaiman. Werewolves, vampires, angels and fairies all fit in this ambitious milieu. At the core, though, this is a compelling story about family secrets and coming-of-age identity crises. Fans of the smart/chic horror typified by Buffy the Vampire Slayer will instantly fall for this series.’ – Publishers Weekly

‘The story’s sensual flavor comes from the wealth of detail: demons with facial piercings, diners serving locusts and honey, pretty gay warlocks, and cameo appearances from other urban fantasies’ characters…Lush and fun.’ – Kirkus Reviews

My Thoughts
I loved City of Bones. There is just no other way to say this. Cassandra Clare treats us with all our favorite supernatural creatures all in one book, well series. You like vampires? Check. Maybe werewolves? Check. Or maybe fairies? Check. Hmm, how about angels and nephilim? Check and check. Wow, what about demons? Still check. If you love fantasy novels then you’ll love The Mortal Instruments. There is just no way around it.

I first stumbled upon Cassandra Clare when I bought ‘The Clockwork Angel’. Everybody was telling me how amazing the Mortal Instruments series was, but I did some research and found out that TCA is the prequel to the whole series, so I said, why not? The story world is really mind-blowing! Clare’s writing is exquisite and I was so happy to see how many things remained intact in City of Bones.
I was blown away by The Clockwork Angel and didn’t expect the sequel series to be as good as the prequel! Well I don’t know if I was right or wrong, but Cassie did not disappoint. She delivered times ten and then some.
Clary and Jace are really, really sweet and I found myself going through all their troubles. This book is fast-paced, sexy, sweet, emotional, and funny. I found myself laughing at some scenes and fell in love with lots of characters from the series, not just Clary and Jace.
My favorite character clearly has to be Magnus Bane! I didn’t like him as much in the Clockwork Angel, but LOVED LOVED LOVED him in the Mortal Instruments.
I can’t even say for sure where one book began and the other one ended cause I remember them as a movie. Everything that happens is so action packed and brilliant, that you cannot bare to part ways with any of the characters.
I am so happy that this book is being turned into a movie and I hope the others in the series will follow cause they are all amazing!!!

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ – 5 hearts!