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Tuesday | Interesting Ten – Books to Films 2019

This Tuesday the ‘Interesting Ten’ list of books that are adapted to films anno 2019.

If you have read one of those books, maybe you want to compare it to the film that will be in theatres this year. Or if you are a big fan of an actor or actress that is starring in the film. Or maybe a fan of the director or the producer… and ten more reasons why you are probably in a way interested in one of these films.

So in short this list a a list of ten books that will be adapted this year to the screen, their status in filming and their film trailers. These ten books to films are the ones I am most interested in so hereby my question and a list ordered alphabetically:

In which books to films are you interested?

A Dog’s Journey

Written by: W. Bruce Cameron
About: Through the life of the humans he meets, a dogs finds the meaning of its own existence.

The book on Amazon: AUS | CA | DE | ES | FRUK | USA
The book on Bol.com: NL

Film status: Completed
Release date: 16th May 2019
Starring: Dennis Quaid / Abby Ryder Fortson / Daniela Barbosa / Kevin Claydon / Kenneth Liu

Trailer:

After

Written by: Anna Todd
About: The book ‘After’ is the first one the same named series written by Anna Todd. Tessa enters the student life as a dedicated and ambitious girl. Until she meets Hardin, a boy with dark secrets, a troubled past and an on and off rude attitude. A good girl bad boy story.

The book on Amazon: AUS | CA | DE | ES | FR | ITUK | USA
The book on Bol.com: NL

Film status: Completed
Genre: Drama / Romance
Release date: 18 April 2019
Starring: Josephine Langford / Hero Fiennes Tiffin / Meadow Williams / Peter Gallagher and Jennifer Beals.

Trailer:

The Aftermath

Written by: Rhidian Brook
About: A post-war story about a British couple, Colonel Lewis Morgan and his wife Rachael Morgan, who start a life after the war in Hamburg. In 1946 they move to this British Occupied Zone. The house they move into, will be shared by two families. The rightful owners and the Morgan family. How will this develop?

The book on Amazon: AUS | CA | DEUK | USA
The book on Bol.com: NL

Film status: Completed
Genre: Drama / Romance / War
Release date: 28th March 2019
Starring: Keira Knightley / Alexander Skarsgård / Jason Clarke / Kate Philips / Fionn O’Shea
Fun fact: the film is accompanied by music from Claude Debussy

Trailer:

Artemis Fowl

Written by: Eoin Colfer
About: Artemis Fowl is a series about an incredible smart boy and the film will be about the first two sequels of the series. Artemis is a bit of the unimaginable boy. A millionaire who never worries about money, a genius mastermind and a criminal in hacking stuff.

The book on Amazon: AUS | CA | DE | ES | FR | ITUK | USA
The book on Bol.com: NL

Film status: Post production
Release date: 7th August 2019
Starring: Ferdia Shaw / Miranda Raison / Judi Dench / Nonso Anozie / Lara McDonnell

Trailer:

Avengers | Endgame

Written by – based on the comics created by: Stan Lee / Jack Kirby
About: This is a sequel to ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ when the universe is left in ruins. The Avengers come together again to restore order in the universe and reverse the actions of Thanos.

Film status: Completed
Release date: 24th April 2019
Starring: Bradley Cooper / Evangeline Lily / Josh Brolin / Scarlet Johansson / Brie Larson

Trailer:

Dark Phoenix

Written by – based on the comics created by: Stan Lee / Jack Kirby

Film status: Completed
Release date: 6th June 2019
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence / James McAvoy / Nicholas Hoult / Sophie Turner / Michael Fassbender

Trailer:

Dumbo

Written by: Helen Aberson
About: A young elephant has oversized ears and suddenly at a normal day he discovers he can fly because of those ears. It is a classic Disney story and this new remake will be in cinemas this year.

The official film special book on Amazon: AUS | CA | UK | USA

Film status: Completed
Release date: 27th March 2019
Starring: Eva Green / Colin Farrell / Danny DeVito / Michael Keaton / Nico Parker

Trailer:

Five Feet Apart

Written by: Rachael Lippincott / Mikki Daughtry / Tobias Iaconis
About: Stella Grunt is a teenager with a severe long disease. In an out of hospital most of her life. Six feet apart, thats the closest someone is allowed to come near her. She lives an organised life until she meets another teenager named Will Newman, who desperately wants to get out of the hospital forever.

The book on Amazon: AUS | CA | DE | ES | IT | UK | USA

Film status: Completed
Release date: 14th March 2019
Starring: Haley Lu Richardson / Cole Sprouse / Claire Forlani / Parminder Nagra / Emily Baldoni

Trailer:

The Informer

Written by: Anders Roslund

Film status: Post-production
Release date: 16th August 2019
Starring: Rosamund Pike / Ana de Armas / Joel Kinnaman / Clive Owen / Ruth Bradley

Trailer:

The Sun is also a Star

Written by: Nicola Yoon

The book on Amazon: AUS | CA | DE | FR | UK | USA
The book on Bol.com: NL

Film status: Post production
Release date: 16th May 2019
Starring: Yara Shahidi / Charles Melton / Faith Logan / Gbenga Akinnagbe / Jake Choi

Trailer:

Summary motivation

I am very curious for ‘A Dogs Journey’ and ‘The Aftermath’ to read beside watching the film one day. The book ‘Artemis Fowl’ I have read a long time ago. The first sequel of this series I read in English. But at that time I did not understand everything so I think if I like the film, I should reread it and give the series another try. I am also curious for the books ‘Five Feet Apart’ and ‘The Sun is also a Star’. And I love to compare later on these books with the films.

Do you like it to compare a book with a film?

Greetings by Sophie

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Life of an IT student | Media and Entertainment Management Books I

In my series of Life as an IT student I write monthly about my experience as a student in IT, studying ‘Informatica’ at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. This is not my first nor the only study I studied. Before I started with this study in IT, I have studied for three years ‘Media & Entertainment Management’ at Inholland University of Applied Sciences and a year of ‘Law’ in part-time at the same university as well. And inbetween the Inholland University of Applied Sciences and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, I have studied ‘International Bachelor Arts & Culture Studies’ at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

It’s a lot …

For the courses I follow, the project we undertake and extra curriculum stuff, I need and read a lot of study books and documents. Many books are written about specific subjects, some books are more general. This weekend I made a list of books I use(d) for study and/or are related to study… over 50 books!

Hereby the first list of required books I use(d) during my study ‘Media & Entertainment Management’.

  • ‘Auteursrecht in hoofdlijnen’ written by N. van Lingen
    (only 2nd hand available)

  • ‘Basisboek Communiceren’ written by Olav Severijnen / Mart Bakker / Nicole Pas
    Publisher: ThiemeMeulenhoff bv
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Basisboek Crossmedia Concepting’ written by Indira Reynaert / Daphne Dijkerman
    Publisher: Boom Lemma Uitgevers
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Communicatie Handboek’ written by Wil Michels
    Publisher: Noordhoff Uitgevers
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘De Muzikantengids’ written by J. van der Plas
    Publisher: Django Music & Publishing
    Bol.com: NL

 

  • Flow’ written by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly


Publisher: Harper Perennial
Amazon: US |
Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Grondslagen van de Marketing’ written by Bronis Verhage
    Publisher: Noordhoff Uitgevers
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Marketing Communication Strategy’ written by Ko Floor / Fred van Raaij
    Publisher: Noordhoff Uitgevers
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Marketing Strategie’ written by Ruud T. Frambach / Edwin J. Nijssen
    Publisher: Noordhoff Uitgevers
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Organisatie en Management’ written by N. van Dam / Jos Marcus
    Publisher: Noordhoff Uitgevers
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Projectmatig werken’ written by Stijn Schenk / Jan Verhaar
    Publisher: Boom Lemma Uitgevers
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Statistiek om mee te werken’ written by Arie Buijs
    Publisher: Noordhoff Uitgevers
    Bol.com: NL

 

  • ‘The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide’ written by Anthony Q. Artis 
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Amazon: US
    Bol.com: NL

 

  • ‘Trends’ written by Fons Maenhoudt
    Publisher: Fons Maenhoudt
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Vlekkeloos Nederlands’ written by D. Pak
    Publisher: Uitgeverij Pak
    Bol.com: NL

  • ‘Wat is onderzoek’ written by Nel Verhoeven
    Publisher: Boom Lemma Uitgevers
    Bol.com: NL

Do or did you have to buy many books for study?

And do or did you like them?

Greetings by Sophie

 

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Politieserie | Violence in Middelwatering – Ben de Raaf

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My book review of “Violence in Middelwatering” written by Ben de Raaf

In my view…

This is already the 18th sequel of the Politieseries about police officer Roel Westland. I do not know the neighbourhood of Middelwatering in the Rotterdam area, so I was wondering: where would the story be about? This is a story based on real experience of the writer as a police officer and events that happened years ago in this neighbourhood in Capelle aan den IJssel.

This story has two sides: a violent side of several crimes that will be committed throughout the book and it also has a soft side. Not the violent crimes of course – and those crimes are not too much detailed so it is still a book that can be read by children or the youth. The soft part is about a group of people that live together because they are death or their hearing is limited. They use sign language to communicate. Through the story of the book you became more aware of this little different communicating in life. Life itself is – supposed to be – not that different. Everybody can live the same life, only being a bit more aware of your surroundings and communicating through sign language or lip reading.

Writing style / spelling

The story is nicely written: a good pace, a good variety between the thriller parts where the tension increases and the parts where normal life goes on. I had just found one grammar mistake in this print but that’s all.

Main characters

The main character of the series is of course Roel Westland. The detective who works in this sequel as a police officer, special team, not the uniform team anymore and so on. His wife Ingrid and their son of approximately six years old, Sander, and their younger daughter Anneloes, are getting a more important role too. The colleague Vargas and his new dog Biko are getting an important stage in the story as well as two police students and their mentor.

I gave it a score as 4 / 5 stars because I am wondering about the description of the crimes and crime scenes. The age for reading is set tot 12+ but in my opinion it could also be 9+, though it is the max then. If it really was 12+ it could have been a little bit more detailed, which is just once at the end of the book.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Books to films in 2018

Not only YA books, áll books!

The book becomes a film anno 2018

The new year is already for two months on its way, so it is time for a new list of books that are / will be filmed to become films in 2018! This post is a listed overview of which books will be seen as film in theatres this year.

Also I have seen along the internet several lists, and I have put everything together and checked with IMDb. The dates mentioned are those looked up today (March, 5th, 2018).

The list sorted by release date

The release date is the date expected to be released in theatres in The Netherlands unless otherwise mentioned.

January 2018

  • 4th, You Were Never Really Here
  • 25th, The Maze Runner | The Death Cure – James Dashner

February

  • 1st, 12 Strong – Dough Stanton
  • 8th, Fifty Shades Freed – E.L. James
  • 22nd, Every Day – David Levithan
  • 23rd, War with Grandpa – Robert Kimmel Smith

March

  • 1st, Red Sparrow – Jason Matthews
  • 12th, Annihilation – Jeff VanderMeer
  • 28th, Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
  • 29th, Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

April

  • 4th, A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
  • 16th, The Guernsy Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

May

  • 31st, Lean on Pete – Willy Vlautin

June

  • 14th, Love, Simon – Becky Albertalli
  • 14th, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot – John Callahan

July

  • Unknown yet…

August

  • 3rd (USA), The Darkest Minds – Alexandra Bracken
  • 9th, The Meg – Steve Alten
  • 16th, Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan
  • 17th (USA), Three Seconds – Börge Hellström and Anders Roslund

September

  • 21st (USA), The House with a Clock in its Walls – John Bellairs
  • 27th, The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
  • 28th (USA), Little Women – May Alcott

October

  • 4th, Boy Erased – Garrard Conley
  • 11th, First Man – James R. Hansen
  • 11th, I Still See You – Daniel Waters
  • 19th (USA), Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple

November

  • 8th, Book Club – book related
  • 15th, Fantastic Beasts | The Crimes of Grindelwald – J.K. Rowling
  • 28th, The Grinch – Dr. Seuss
  • 29th, The Girl in the Spider’s Web – David Lagercrantz

December

  • 13th, Mortal Engines – Philip Reeve
  • 20th, Mary Poppins Returns – P.L. Travers

To be announced in 2018:

  • Angels Four – David Nott
  • Ashes in the Snow – Ruta Sepetys
  • Beautiful Boy – David Sheff, Nic Sheff
  • Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
  • Down a Dark Hall – Lois Duncan
  • Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  • Mary, Queen of Scots – John Guy
  • Monster – Walter Dean Myers
  • Ophelia – Lisa Klein
  • The Aftermath – Rhidian Brook
  • The Aspern Papers – Henry James
  • The Bell Har – Sylvia Plath
  • The Black Hand – Stephan Talty
  • The Long Home – William Gay
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han
  • We the Animals – Justin Torres
  • Zeroville – Steve Erickson

 

Anno 2019 – All new to the list!
Some books are already coming next year!
Total =  films

  • January 25th (USA), The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
  • March 1st (USA), Chaos Walking – Patrick Ness
  • October 11th (USA), The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

Unknown exactly, but announced – Total = 

I have previously written about films in 2016 and 2017 and unknown coming ups in the blog post: Books to Films in 2016. This list underneath here is an addition to the unknown list.

  • A Book of Common Prayer
  • A Confederacy of Dunces
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • All the Bright Places
  • American Tabloid
  • An Ember in the Ashes
  • Angelfall
  • Arclight
  • Artemis Fowl
  • Battle Royale
  • Beautiful Disaster
  • Beautiful Ruins
  • Birdsong
  • Blonde
  • Blood of Eden
  • Blood Red Road
  • Born to Run
  • Brilliance
  • Climb to Conquer
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • Depth of Field
  • Earthseed
  • East of Eden
  • Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
  • Facing the Wind
  • Firelight
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
  • Forgotten
  • Gone
  • Graceling
  • Heist Society
  • Hourglass
  • I Would Tell You, But Then I Would Have to Kill You
  • Illuminae
  • In the Garden of Beasts
  • Incarceron
  • Infinity
  • It’s What I Do
  • King of Heists
  • Legend
  • Let It Snow – John Green e.o.
  • Lie Down in Darkness
  • Looking for Alaska – John Green
  • Love May Fail
  • Matched
  • Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
  • Men of Granite
  • Monument 14
  • Obsidian
  • One Last Thing Before I Go
  • Origin
  • Paranormalcy
  • Pure
  • Queen of the Tearling
  • Red Queen
  • Shadow and Bone
  • Shiver
  • Significance
  • Sister
  • Six Years
  • Sorta Like a Rock Star
  • Soul Seekers
  • Splinter Cell
  • Struck by Genius
  • The Age of Miracles
  • The Alchemist | Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
  • The Bell Jar
  • The Billionaire’s Vinegar
  • The Bone Season
  • The Chronicles of Narnia | The Silver Chair – C.S. Lewis
  • The Crowded Room
  • The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  • The Divergent Series | Ascendant – Veronica Roth
  • The Diviners
  • The Emperor’s Children
  • The Engagements
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth
  • The Giant Under the Snow
  • The Good Lord Bird
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Graveyard Book
  • The Infernal Devices | Clockwork Angel
  • The Invisible Man
  • The Iron Trial
  • The Looking Glass Wars
  • The Merciless
  • The Night Circus
  • The Psychopath Test
  • The Raven Cycle
  • The Rules of Inheritance
  • The Scorpio Races
  • The Secret Life of Houdini
  • The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll
  • The Silent Wife
  • The Sky is Everywhere
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
  • The Testing
  • The Thicket
  • The Thin Man
  • The True American
  • These Broken Stars
  • Three Little Words
  • Three to Kill
  • Tiger’s Curse
  • Tunnels
  • Van Cliburn
  • Violet Town
  • Wake
  • Wicked
  • Wicked Lovely
  • Why We Broke Up
  • Wings
  • You Shall Know Our Velocity

 

Which film are you looking forward to, to see in theatres this year?

Greetings by Sophie

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Year 2017 in Book Statistics

The year 2018 is already for a month on it’s way and this is my book statistics overview of 2017. Not as many pages and books as in the previous two years but that’s because I’m in the middle of my study programme and achieved a Propedeuse in Software Engineering. I think I have even read more pages in total in articles, tutorials, written code and so on…than all the book pages of the read books of 2017.

The list of 2017
  • Books total: 32 books
  • Pages total: 5241 pages
  • Shortest book: 36 pages ‘The Hedge Knight | Issue 6′ [EN]  written by George R.R. Martin
  • Longest book: 569 pages ‘The Definitive Guide to Yii‘ written by Qian Xue
  • Average length: 164
  • Most popular:Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ written by J.K. Rowling
  • Least popular:The School Investigation – Maarten Brand‘ [NL] written by Maarten Brand
  • My average rating: 3,8 / 5 stars

Goodreads link to my 2017 overview: My Year 2017 in Books

The list of 2017 and reviewed are the linked:

Chronological from first of 2017 to last of 2017

  • The Journeys of Alex | The Olympic Games (#4) – C. Hervan
  • The Hedge Knight | #4 – George R.R. Martin
  • The Hedge Knight | #6 – George R.R. Martin
  • Gestrand – Mariëtte Middelbeek [NL]
  • Hobson & Choi | The Girl Who Tweeted Wolf (#1) – Nick Bryan
  • Midnight Blue – Simone van der Vlugt
  • Advent – Gunnar Gunnarsson
  • Beauty and the Beast | Zielenrijger (#1) – Maxe L’Hermenier
  • Beauty and the Beast | Evenbeeld (#2) – Maxe L’Hermenier
  • Between Title and Position – Marja Visscher
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | Part One and Part Two – J.K. Rowling | John Tiffany | Jack Thorne
  • Kuifje en de Picaro’s – Hergé
  • Ladies of Harper’s Station | Worth The Wait (#1.5) – Karen Witemeyer
  • Citylights – Margreet Maljers
  • The School Investigation – Maarten Brand
  • Wanhopig Verliefd | Verboden Liefde (#1) – Lizzie van den Ham
  • Loïs Elzinga | Aan niemand vertellen (#1) – Simone van der Vlugt
  • A Deadly Run-Off – Max Rippe
  • Tom Dumoulin – Léon Kort
  • Ginevra | an Italian Love Story – Simone van der Vlugt
  • Saïdjah en Adinda – Multatuli
  • Wanhopig Verliefd | Verboden Kus (#2) – Lizzie van den Ham
  • Chris Froome – Léon Kort
  • Beroofde bejaarde in Oostgaarde – Ben de Raaf
  • Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures – Roy Thomas Fielding
  • phpMyAdmin Documentation | Release 4.7.5-dev – The phpMyAdmin devel team
  • #GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso
  • Web Application Development with Yii and PHP – Jeff Winesett
  • The Definitive Guide to Yii 2.0 – Qian Xue
  • Yii 2.0 Cookbook – Alexander Makarov
  • The Crimson Spell – Cameron Dokey | F. Goldsborough
  • The Priest – Connie Palmen
Did the 2017 challenge beat the 2016 challenge?

So here we are…time for the comparison of years 2017 versus 2016 in a summary:

Comparison:
  • Books total: In terms of completed books…2016 wins. In terms of most read study related stuff beside books…2017 wins.
  • Pages total: 2016 wins
  • Shortest book: 2016 wins, but 2015 has the shortest read book ever so far.
  • Longest book: 2017 has beaten 2016!
  • Average length: 2016 wins, a difference of 25 pages
  • My average rating: 2017 has beaten 2016 and 2015 (draw), with 0.1 in average rating!
Review Overview of previous years
Book reviews I have written in 2016:

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Do not ask Why – Simone van der Vlugt

Simone van der Vlugt - Vraag niet waarom - bookcover
Copyright photo Wim van der Vlugt

My book review of “Do not ask Why” [EN]  / “Vraag niet waarom” [NL] written by Simone van der Vlugt

In my view…

This book is a sequel and the last one – but can also be read as a standalone – of the Loïs Elzenga trilogy. Loïs is a police officer in Alkmaar and has had a tough youth with her family, but she is strong. She finished high school and went to the police academy. Now a few years after the academy she is working as a police officer. Different kind of crimes, locations and suspects come along. She loves her job and let her life be the way it is. Spontaneous, adventure and also moments of ease. Life as in “It is as it is”. What I find so beautiful about this main character is the self-awareness she has about her situation, her position in the society as a resident of Alkmaar and her position as a police officer.

The book reads easily and has a few sudden little twists. Different locations, points of perspective from one of the characters and so on. And also a change from main character in a few chapters. Then the angle of storytelling turns from Loïs to a different character with a new situation. These little twists are interesting and you will question yourself again the ‘who-dunnit’ question. But the plot twist, wow, that really stands out!

Writing style / spelling

I have found at this first read, not a single grammar or spelling mistake. But a funny fact is that it is – for now – the book with the most character names I have ever read in a story written in less than 300 pages.

Main characters

As mentioned above, this book contains the most characters I have ever read mentioned in a story that is written in less than 300 pages. In total I discovered 50 individuals that ‘passer le revu‘. Yes seriously it says: 50, fifty!

This series started with around 12 characters in the first book and a bit more than 20 in the second. Of course most of the main characters of the first book come back in the second and third and suspects and witnesses are added and added. But it is incredible that it is not too much. The amount of characters does not distract you from the story and everything stays pretty clear. I have to say I was halfly wrong about the plot, it had such a wonderful twist I did not expect and turned my main suspect into….well discover yourself haha.

Besides Loïs Elzenga and her married sister Tessa van Sevenhuysen – who plays a major role in this sequel – are also a few close acquaintances such as Onno & Guido van Sevenhuysen, the colleagues Claudien, Nick, Ramon, Linda, Jessica, Silvan, Susan, Huib and Fred with his wife Nanda. These are already fourteen names. The other characters are suspects, witnesses, victims or other acquaintances, but I leave those names up to you because I will not reveal which character is in which position in the story.

It would be so nice if this trilogy would be filmed as a small series! Like a little 6-sequel BBC Series, three times part I and part II.

I hope you like the book too. It is definitely worth to read it! The whole series! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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The Crimson Spell – Cameron Dokey and F. Goldsborough

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My book review of “The Crimson Spell” written by Cameron Dokey and F. Goldsborough

In my view…

The book is a nice sequel in the original Charmed series created by Constance M. Burge. The book can be read as a standalone because it repeats a bit about the previous two novels. The series is about three sisters who discover that each of them has a special power and the three of them together makes them the Magical Three. Three witches who can be really powerful when they act together. In this sequel they discover another kind of enemy. And they learn new things in life. What to expect and what not to expect? In such a situation, when you are a person with a special gift, is it oke to trust and discuss your gut or should you be alert and a bit suspicious towards new people in your life? This book does not answer that but it shows you through the characters the different perspectives and feelings accompanied by it.

Writing style / spelling

The writing style was good. From halfway towards the end the pace of the storytelling quickens up. I have read the book in a few days when I was traveling.

Main characters

The main characters in the first few books are: Prue – the eldest sister, Piper – the middle one and Phoebe – the youngest and the one who is trying to settle down in her new city San Francisco. The other characters in this sequel are: Adrienne / Kenji Yamada / Jordy / Craig / Sensei Towers / Morgan / Celeste Bailey and Daria. They all play minor roles and some are slightly bigger than the other but it is quite evenly.

Have you read my review ‘Charmed | The Power of Three – Eliza Willard‘ , about the first book in this series too?

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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Ginevra | An Italian Love Story – Simone van der Vlugt

Cover image from Goodreads.com

My book review of “Ginevra | An Italian Love Story” written by Simone van der Vlugt

In my view…

The story of this book is an Italian legend. This book is shaped by a fictional story written around a real existed person named Ginevra degli Almieri. She was a young adult living in Florence ca. ~1396. She was ready to grow up, fall in love with a man and marry him. But the habits and behaviors in a noble family that was common in that era, did not make it easy to marry the one you love. This is an Italian historical love story and it mostly written like you would expect a love story to be written. But a certain, true historical, event takes place and you can imagine what happens to all the characters and the citizens of Florence. It is just a particular part during that event that starts shaping the Italian legend of Ginevra degli Almieri It is not a story really comparable to other stories I have read so far. How would I imagine how the characters are dressed, how they behave, how the streets of the city looks like…. and so on. There is a map included in the book just before the start of the first chapter. But I did not understand the drawn footsteps on the map. Now I do understand that it has everything to do with the particular part during the true historical event. And how I imagine the characters? I think of The Vampire Diaries dresses and carriages, the Downton Abbey noble behaviors and the streets of Florence, the Duomo and The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and some churches I have seen myself during a summer holiday in Florence back in 2014. The story with the legend of Ginevra is one everyone should read if you (have) visit(ed) Florence.

Writing style / spelling

In the book I have not found any spelling or grammar mistakes so it was a nice to read. Also the pace of the story quickens up towards the end and this turns the story from a historical novel into a thriller part. And it ends as a historic novel so it is not a spliced book. But really wow that thriller part because I did not expect at all such a situation nor have ever read it anywhere else. Cleverly written!

Main characters

The main character is Ginevra degli Almieri who is the daughter of the noble family of Bernardo degli Almieri. There are two famous Florence families alongside this noble family. This is the Alberti family consisting of Guiscardo, Fiametta – Ginevra’s good friend, Luigi, Emilia, Matteo, Ludovico and Massimo. The other important family is the Rondinelli family existing of Pietro, Chiaria, Catarina and Antonio Rondinelli. Also the noble man who owns quite a palace with several entrances – reminded me of the Medici palaces -, Francesco Agolanti, plays an important role.

There are several side characters but if I would reveal them all I would give away how they are all related to the story.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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A Deadly Run-Off – Max Rippe

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My book review of “A deadly run-off” written by Max Rippe

In my view…

This book is a sequel in the series of detective Maik Hof. This book can be read as a sequel and as a standalone. Maik Hof is a detective living in Delft and he is just settled into his new home – explained in the previous sequel. Then, something personal happens that changes Maik Hof’s life for a while in an unexpected way. Maik receives a call about his dad, a person he has not seen nor heard from for decades. Maik is his last by law relative and therefore is asked to take care of the situation. He finds it a bit boring as a – what must be done must be done situation. He gets triggered and is getting eager to know more about his father’s life. This is all caused by an unsuspected discovery.

The book reads as a really good case story. And it is a nice twist in the series that this sequel is more personal about the detective himself and his history. This should not come forward this broad in every sequel of course because than the series tendency will be more towards the psychological genre than the crime / detective genre. What I like about the story and plot of this sequel too is the history part. With this book you can imagine how life would have been or could be maybe a couple of decades ago in time when Germany was divided into east and west and the after WWII life in events and arrangements.

The book reads in a nice average quick pace. Now and then it pauses a bit so you can grab a drink before reading on, and now and then it quickens. This is a nice alternation for reading a book. I have read it in a couple of days during the evening and you can pick it up and lay it down when the speed of the story changes a little bit. I did not want to lay it down for a while because the story keeps you busy…it lets you think about what you know and can imagine about the history that happens in the book. This makes you eager to read on quickly. It only took me a couple of evenings because I was a bit tired of my year of study and wanted to read it with my full fit and relaxed attention. That was mostly at the end of the day.

If you have read – or not yet – the previous two sequels of this series, this is definitely the one you would never skip! This book reminds me as well of ‘Numero Zero – Umberto Eco . A bit of conspiracy in history, current events of today or another time than the WWII, the effect in normal lives and certain situations. Clever and dared written with action, investigation, conspiracy and a bit of normal life. Love it!

Writing style / spelling

It was very pleasant to find no spelling or writing errors and the words to make sentences longer or shorter for the pace of the story are carefully chosen. Now and then there are some details and some references to details that are not mentioned a second time – luckily for my taste. That, let’s you think of the whole story. A small kind of interaction method.

Main characters

Beside detective Maik Hof and his team, explained in the previous sequel review ‘The Accomplice – Max Rippe‘, are several new characters. International now even. There are quite a lot of names and if I mention them together with their functions I would give some spoilers away. Therefore I just mention the names and you can use this as a general name-overview of the book beside the main characters.

The names are: Rosemarie Hausmann / Constance van Leiden / Janine Koning / Paul Hof / Ewald Hof / Karin Schipper / J.S. Schultz / Dietz / Caroline Buitendijk / Johan Munsters  / Erika Waldner / Hans Slieker / DI. Müller / DI. Obermann / Jacek / Nico van Zinnen  and Miranda.

I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

This book is announced, and mentioned to me, by the author and the publisher and I chose to read it because I like and have reviewed the previous book too.  Really nice sequel is this one.

There is a clear difference between when someone mentions or advices something that can catch my interest to blog about – no guarantee for a blog post. And when someone asks me to review something – guarantee for a blog post. More info about this policy can be found in my Blog Policy‘.

Clever and dared written with action, investigation, conspiracy and a bit of normal life. Love it!

Greetings by Sophie

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