Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My Life...

Monthly Rewind


My Pic of April
Dancing with my favorite boy

April in One Word
Weather-wise anything can happen in April but this time my life was a bit upside down too during this month. From traveling to being sick for a week to attending a beautiful wedding .... it just included everything. I had some great times this month but also some rubbish days. Overall a typical April, especially weather-wise.
5 Things that Happened in April
  1. I took a short trip to Prague (which is only about 3 hours away from Vienna) and enjoyed a nice and relaxing weekend in this beautiful city. If you want to see some pictures, click here.
  2. I got sick over the Easter holidays and felt so rubbish that I wasn't even in the mood to read. 
  3. One of my best friends got married last weekend and had such a perfect wedding. On our way there we had some heavy rain but the minute we arrived the sun came out and it was a warm and sunny day. I had a great time and cannot tell you how amazing Judith looked. 
  4. I went to Robbie Williams' "Swings Both Ways" show in Vienna on Monday night. I am a huge Robbie fan and after missing out on buying tickets for his last concert I decided to never ever again think about the ticket prices but just go because seeing him live is worth every penny. 
  5. I flew to Amsterdam (this morning) to FINALLY meet many of my favorite book bloggers. I cannot wait to tell you about my trip and share pictures and memories with you all.

 5 Songs that Were Popular on My I-Pod

  Let Me Go by Gary Barlow

Downtown by Lady Antebellum

Go Gentle by Robbie Williams

Cotton Eyed Joe by Elektroshock (a band I discovered in Prague)

We Used to Be Friends by The Dandy Warhols

Books I Read this Month

  • Robin Benway - Also Known As 
  • Laini Taylor - Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • Janet Evanovich - Lean Mean Thirteen
  • Rick Riordan - Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
  • Darynda Jones - First Grave on the Right 
  • Shannon Stacey - Yours to Keep

6 books

1934 pages

a TV series I liked this month 
Since I was sick for a week and didn't feel like speding my time reading I watched quite a bit of TV. One show I just recently discovered was Without a Trace. Don't ask me why it took me so long to finally watch it. As you may know, I watch a lot of crime and mystery series so it was just a matter of time till I stumbled upon this one. Oh, and I love Poppy Montgomery!

  3 Random Things I (Re-)Discovered/Liked this Month
  1. Dancing - I never was one of those people who went to clubs every weekend and danced till the morning. I always prefered sitting at a pub, chatting to friends - often till the morning but still. At my friend's wedding we danced all night long and it was so much fun. 
  2. Pretzel sticks - when I wasn't feeling well my mum always got me coke and pretzel sticks when I was younger and this time she got some too. It instantly made me feel better. 
  3. I knew for a long long time that I wanted to start a book club and when I did in Feburary it felt great but in April I discovered just how awesome talking to my two book BFFs Kat and Jana can be. Having those two around makes my life better!

Things I'm Looking Forward to in May
  • My trip to Amsterdam and finally meeting my book BFF Kat. 
  • I have a really difficult exam in May and I've been delaying taking it for some time now but I'm really looking forward to the feeling when I'm handing it in.
  • Warm and sunny days! We had quite a bit of rain in April. 
  • Our next book club meeting!

Felix in April
Felix spent a lot of time sleeping under my desk which rarely happens.

Friday, April 25, 2014 pictures

Czech Republic

Prague is only a four hour bus or train journey away from Vienna and so I hopped on a bus at the beginning of April and explored the city for some days.

Basilica of St. Vitus on the Prague Castle
The city is a strange but beautiful mixture of old and new, dark and light - you see old renovated houses next to shopping arcades and a lot of well known sights are built in dark stone. It is a city of contrast and it works really well.

The river Vltava runs through the city and seperates the old historic center but also is where one of the best known sights - Charles Bridge - is.

River Vltava
on Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge is lined with stautes of saints

On the other side of Charles Bridge is the Prague Castle with the Basilica of St. Vitus, which you can see on the first photo, and the famous Golden Lane where the alchemists lived in the past.
view from Prague Castle
Golden Lane
Old Town is also incredible to wander through. When you're at Old Town Square you can see the Tower of City Hall with the famous Astronomical Clock and Church of Our Lady before Týn. When I was there, the Easter market on Old Town Square had just opened and added a lovely splash of color to the square.

I can highly recommend visiting Prague. It is a beautiful city with a special feel to it and lots of little lanes and cute stores. The food is really good too and if you need to convince the guy in your life to take this trip with you - the beer is not only amazing but cheap too ;)

I will definitely visit again!

Thursday, April 24, 2014 books

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne
by Kady Cross

First sentence:
London, The Age of Invention, late April 1897
“You're the very spawn of Satan and I'll not have you darken this door ever again.”

Finley Jayne knows she's not 'normal'. Normal girls don't lose time, or have something inside them that makes them capable of remarkably violent things. Her behavior has already cost her one job, so when she's offered the lofty position of companion to Phoebe, a debutante recently engaged to Lord Vincent, she accepts, despite having no experience. Lord Vincent is a man of science with his automatons and inventions, but Finley is suspicious of his motives where Phoebe is concerned. She will do anything to protect her new friend, but what she discovers is even more monstrous than anything she could have imagined...
source: Goodreads
My opinion:
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne is the prequel to the Steampunk Chronicles and tells the story of Finely’s life before she joins the group of Griffin King.

Finley is not quite normal and this gets her into trouble. She already lost a job due to her darker side but when she is offered the job as a companion of Phoebe, a girl her age soon to be married to Lord Vincent and Phoebe’s mum asks Finley to protect her daughter, Finley’s dark side proofs as a true blessing.

Finley is a wonderful main character. She stands up for what she believes in and even though she tries to fit in she knows that she will never be a part of society and deals with this knowledge the best she can. She soon befriends Phoebe and even though Finley is working for Phoebe’s family she has some sort of friend for the first time in her life. Not only does she have a friend in Phoebe but also her dark side turns out to be quite useful in the end.

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne is a prequel to the Steampunk Chronicles and I would highly recommend reading it before The Girl in the Steel Corset.

The Books in the Steampunk Chronicles are:
·      The Strange Case of Finley Jayne (Steampunk Chronicles, #0.5)
·      The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, #1) – read my review here
·      The Girl in the Clockwork Collar (Steampunk Chronicles, #2)
·      The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy (Steampunk Chronicles, #2,5)
·      The Girl with the Iron Touch (Steampunk Chronicles, #3)
·      The Wild Adventure of Jasper Renn (Steampunk Chronicles, #3,5)
·      The Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles, #4) expected publication: May 20th, 2014

For more information about Kady Cross visit her Homepage, her Blog, her Facebook or Twitter page.