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‚Wie die Luft zum Atmen‘
von Brittainy C. Cherry

Elements # 1

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Als Elizabeth nach einem schweren Schicksalsschlag in ihr kleines Häuschen in ihrem Heimatort zurückkehrt, zieht ihr neuer Nachbar Tristan ihre ganze Aufmerksamkeit auf sich. Er ist geheimnisvoll, sonderbar und scheint mit niemandem etwas zu tun haben zu wollen.
Alle halten sich von ihm fern, und wilde Gerüchte kursieren im Ort, doch auf Elizabeth übt der Fremde eine ungekannte Anziehungskraft aus. Und so sehr Tristan versucht, Elizabeth aus dem Weg zu gehen, kann auch er die tiefe Verbundenheit zu ihr nicht leugnen – schließlich sieht er in ihren Augen einen Schmerz, den er selbst nur zu gut kennt! (Source: Goodreads.com)

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Ich war sehr gespannt auf das Buch, da ich schon im Vorfeld von einigen Freunden und Lesebekannten gehört habe, dass es sehr traurig, emotional und einfach zum Heulen sein soll, was ich ja manchmal echt gerne mag. Ich sage nur: Grey’s Anatomy. 😉
Und ich darf sagen, dass es mir hier am Anfang auch echt so ging, dass ich ein, zwei oder drei Tränchen verdrückt habe, als die Erinnerungen an das, was sie verloren haben, erzählt wurde, oder wenn Elizabeth, eine der Hauptfiguren mit ihrer kleinen Tochter über ihren verstorbenen Dad reden. Oder die Sache mit den Federn… *heul*

Aber Elizabeth ist nicht die einzige, die verloren und gelitten hat, noch immer nicht sie selbst ist. Auch Tristan Cole, das grimmige Arschloch der Stadt, der vor einiger Zeit in das alte Haus von Elisabeth eingezogen ist, in das sie nun nach einem Jahr Trauer, die sie bei ihrer Mutter verbracht hat, wieder zurückkehrt. Doch für Elizabeth Tristan nicht dieses Monstrum, das alle in der Stadt in ihm sehen wollen, da sie etwas in seinen Augen erkennt, etwas, das sie selbst jede Stunde, jede Minute, jede Sekunde begleitet – der Schmerz, die Zerrissenheit. Er ist genauso zerbrochen wie Elizabeth. Für den Leser ist schon viel früher klar, dass ein Schicksalsschlag aus Tristan den Mann gemacht hat, den er nun nach außen zeigt, da wir von beiden Sichtweisen lesen dürfen, was ich persönlich bei Contemporary Büchern immer sehr toll finde, um beiden näher zu sein, besser mit ihnen mitfühlen zu können. Und Tristans Verlust und in meinen Augen noch viel, viel schlimmer. Ich glaube, daran zerbricht jeder und dennoch kämpft er weiter, auch wenn er glaubt, nur noch eine leere Hülle zu sein.

Eigentlich haben mir die Charaktere ganz gut gefallen, was ich aber nicht ganz verstanden habe, war Elizabeths gleich von Anfang an Besessenheit von Tristan, obwohl er ja wirklich ein Arsch ihr gegenüber war. Seine andere Seite, die, die berührt, kannten ja nur wir Leser wegen seiner Sichtweisen. Genauso habe ich jetzt nicht soo die Punkte gefunden, wie sich auch Tristan relativ rasch in sie verlieben konnte und sobald das passierte, war plötzlich sie diejenige, die sich eher zurückgehalten hat und er war ein richtiger Loveboy, fast schon zu soft und ist zu leicht mit dem Wort Liebe umgegangen. Auch fand ich es befremdlich wie sie sich einige Zeit lang sexuell ‚geholfen‘ haben, um sich an ihre verstorbenen Liebsten zu erinnern. Das kann ich mir beim besten Wille nicht vorstellen. Ein Mensch fühlt sich anders an, riecht und schmeckt anders… da kann ich mir so viel vorstellen und mir vormachen wie ich will und ich würde nicht glauben, dass irgendein anderer Typ mein Mann ist. Sorry, aber das war für mich leider total daneben und auch hier bekommt man dann keine prickelnde Erotik, sondern einfach nur die Tatsache vorgeworfen, dass sie eben jetzt miteinander pennen. Von einer Seite auf die nächste. Das fand ich total lieblos gemacht, wie auch den weiteren Verlauf. Leider. Eigentlich dachte ich hier, dass es zwar am Anfang eine traurige Geschichte ist, man aber dennoch gegen Mitte oder Ende heiße Szenen bekommen – New Adult /Adult eben. Aber die Erotikszenen fand ich nicht besonders prickelnd gemacht und ich konnte auch den Funken nicht spüren.

Tja, so gut, wie emotional die Geschichte auch stark begonnen hat, wurde sie ab der Hälfte leider immer schwächer und schon da war sie nur mehr auf einen 3-4 Sternekurs. Aber dann ist etwas total Irrsinniges mit einem Freund von Elisabeth passiert, was auf ein Drama gefolgt ist, was ich auch schon unnötig fand, besonders nach Tristans ständigem Gerede von Liebe. Aber dann noch das mit Tanner und die Sache dahinter… das war einfach nur total unnötig und hat mir auch den Rest der Geschichte sehr, sehr vermiest. Schade. Manche würden das vielleicht als gewagt gut finden, bei mir ist diese ‚Enthüllung‘ und das Drama darum leider nach hinten losgegangen. Daher auch nur die 2,5 Punkte und deshalb werde ich auch nicht mehr weiterlesen in der Reihe.

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Gefällt mit richtig gut mit dem Bild von Tristan, das perfekt passt. Außerdem steh ich auf Bärte, daher perfekt. 😀 Ich liebe das Cover! ^^

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Das Buch hat sehr stark, emotional und gefühlvoll begonnen und mochte es zeitweise auch echt gerne, aber dann wurde ab der Mitte leider immer schwächer und ich konnte auch keine Funken oder das gewisse Etwas zwischen dem Pärchen fühlen. Das Ende mit dem übertriebenen Drama rund um Tanner war mir dann zusätzlich viel zu oooover the top, was mir das ganze Buch madiggemacht hat. Sehr, sehr schade und daher nur eine bedingte Empfehlung von meiner Seite.

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2,5 of 5 points – (It was okay)

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Liebste Grüße


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#1: Wie die Luft zum Atmen
#2: Wie das Feuer zwischen uns
#3: The Silent Waters (dt. Titel unbekann)
#4: The Gravity of Us (dt. Titel unbekannt)
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Brittainy C. Cherry:
Brittainy C. Cherrys erste große Liebe war die Literatur. Sie hat einen Abschluss der Carroll Universität in Schauspiel und Creative Writing und schreibt hauptberuflich Theaterstücke und Romane. Sie lebt mit ihrer Familie in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
(Source: Goodreads.com)

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[Review] Air

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‚Air‚ by
Terra Harmony

The Akasha Serie # 2

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Synopsis:
She carries more than just elemental powers. In ‘Air’, the sequel to ‘Water’ of the Akasha Series, Kaitlyn has a secret. One she won’t be able to hide much longer. As the strongest Gaia the planet has ever seen, she must face mankind’s greatest enemy as he campaigns for ‘One Less: Depopulation’. Everything depends on Kaitlyn fully embracing her role as Gaia. Her family. The Seven. The Earth. Something has to give, and it won’t be Kaitlyn.
(Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
After the great first part which could persuades and inspire me completely, I just had to read the next part. And I’ve been glad about the continuation, because there was a little cliffhanger at the end of the book ‘Water’. When I finally get my hands on ‘Air’ to start reading the book, I was a little disappointed, because it was different than I had expected.

To one side the plot starts some time after the events from part 1, but without much of important thing happened in the world or with the characters. What I find extremely odd, if one remember which relation Kaitlyn and Micah had almost at the end, before the thing with Shawn happened, and that Micah has saved her afterwards.
After that you think that they would talk about it afterwards, or not? But Kaitlyn didn’t and she still couldn’t tell him or the others, that she is pregnant. And funnily enough she holds particularly to Micah an emotional, as well as a physical distance, which was never so big, as in this time.

Also Micah reveals only too little about him or he didn’t makes obvious steps toward Kaitlyn, what I found a great pity. And then suddenly there came the big revelation and from one second to the other, there also came the big, inexplicable turn in their love relationship; when the action all around Shawn and his bad underground organization tapers to a point and the quick and above all complete turnabout of the relationship of Micah and Kaitlyn takes place, which was for me too quickly and also a little illogical.
For weeks there was no real conversation between the two main characters and suddenly Micah is a completely other person and devote all love to Kaitlyn, with all consequences and relations. And what is Kaitlyn doing? Of course not the right thing! And this happens not only in this situation, but also throughout the whole book and particularly at the end, I wanted to punch or shake her so long till she comes to her senses again. Unfortunately a reader can’t intervene in the events of books and thus I was left watching her decisions silently and despairing.

Of course in this part there aren’t only bad things between Micah and Kaitlyn, but there were also really some good, very romantic and crackling scenes of them, which could also score with eroticism. But nevertheless, I’ve not liked the end at all. I almost wanted to start crying or scream or smash something – which on the other side, however show here, that I was completely taken by the characters and that I’ve felt and suffered with them. And that characters not always act like we readers wishes for, is natural, because people also often don’t act like they should. Therefore you could say that the characters and the plot course were realistic and authentic; with people, which make mistakes, act illogically or aren’t perfect and learn from it – hopefully! 😉

What has disturbed me also, beside these points, was the fact that the middle section was to be read a little tenaciously. For me the part with Alex was too extended and drown-out, and in overall the second part couldn’t hold the same tension and speed, like ‘Water’.

As I’ve already mentioned, I’m not happy with the end of the second book at all, and the only bright spot is, that I hope and know, that the author will give us a positive and reasonable end after the fourth part – so, at least we still have two more books, for which we can looking forward to and I really hope sooo much, that after all the up and downs, we’ll get our deserved happy-ending!

Cover:
The cover is again just beautiful and is limited on what is important in the book and what it is about – the element and the ability of handling it.

All in all:
A must-read for all fans of fantasy books which deal with the strength of the elements and which have already read book 1 – it goes on interesting and we still can be glad about two more parts, which will bring us more tension and sizzle.

Rating:
3 of 5 points (I liked it)

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Succession:

# 1: Terra Harmony – Water »»
# 2: Terra Harmony – Air »»
# 3: Terra Harmony – Fire
# 4: Terra Harmony – Earth

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(© goodreads)

About the author – Terra Harmony:
Terra is a debut author, and currently has her first full length novel, ‚Water‘, published. Water is a contemporary eco-fantasy and the first book of a four book series called ‚The Akasha Series‘. The next book, ‚Air‘ will be released mid-February in 2012.
Terra also has a vampire short story anthology. The first two books of ‚The Kindred Curse Anthology‘, ‚Gleaming White‘ and ‚Streaks of Red‘ are self-published as e-books. Three more short stories will follow to complete the anthology. Terra was born and raised in Colorado but has since lived in California, Texas, Utah, North Carolina and Virginia. Terra has served a 5½ year enlistment in the Marine Corp, has earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree and presently runs the language services division of a small business.
Terra currently lives in a suburb of Washington, DC with her husband of 13 years and three children. (Source: Goodreads.com)

Visit her Website »»

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Review: Water

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‚Water‚ by
Terra Harmony

The Akasha Series # 1

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Synopsis:
All of the elemental powers are in the palm of her hand…and it won’t be enough to save her. When Kaitlyn Alder is involuntarily introduced to a life of magic, she becomes part of an organization hell-bent on saving the Earth. Just as her new-found life holds promises of purpose, romance, and friendship, the organization divides and a rogue member holds Kaitlyn hostage. Now one of the most terrifying men the human race has to offer stands between her and Earth’s survival. (Quelle: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
This book was a quite roller coaster of my feelings, as well of my enthusiasm for it. I have won it at a Giveaway on a Blog and I started to read it without any informing what it is about exactly. At first it was very difficult to come into the story, because it begins right in the middle and I had no clue who the protagonist was, where she was and in which world the whole story played. I got the information presented only in little pieces, and after the first confusion vanished and some essential questions were answered, I started to like the plot better and better.

It also took some time for me to get into the writing style of the author because she prefers to use short, concise sentences which are equipped with traits to describe the scenery and also the feelings. Because I have read the book in English, it was sometimes hard to follow, especially at the beginning when everything was explained with the earth, the organization and her power. But then with the help of the translation of my Sony reader it was also no problem. 😉 And later I’ve even liked this style of writing because thereby the action was driven and a rapid history was presented.

Furthermore a thing I liked in this book very much, and which is the reason I think the book should earn 5 points, is the fact that the author also addressed to the environmental topic and cared for things like clean water and topics alike. Not only that this problem was brought up, but I also caught myself thinking about these things and I believe this is a very good and wonderful fact which lets me wish that many others will read this book as well.

Now I want to go on to the characters and I can say that I’ve found once more a book in which almost every character persuades me or where they appeared real and likeable and weren’t constantly whiny like characters in other books … here they managed to face their destinies and to stand up against.
The main character Kaitlyn is really quite tough and scalded by which she perhaps could come out a little too hard or too unapproachable, but with her humor and inner attitude she compensates that. Not only that she had already to bear the death of her parents, now she finds out what her true nature is and masters all obstacles and tests which are put in her way just courageously and with a sympathetically sarcasm, which win everybody over.
Also the male part in the story has a quite attractive and sexy representative called Micah who scores with his determination and callousness, thereby he sometimes also goes too far and shocks the readers, but which makes this complex character only more interesting. And also his green, to enchanting-eyes, are another ‘dot-on-the-i’, which nobody can defend oneself and which makes me wish that Kaitlyn and Micah find to each other in the end.

This all would have been the positive things, but I would also like to come briefly to the facts which didn’t work completely for me. The first point is that I would have wished for more interpersonal dialogues of Kaitlyn and Micah. Even if they were physically very intimate with each other, I’ve missed the scenes in which they were speaking about it or in which I could also sense Micah’s feelings towards Kaitlyn. Sometimes he simply was too cold for me in dealing with Kaitlyn and I would also have wished for the end that he suffers with her that he despaired and that he desperately searched for her or that afterwards he got furious and wounded because of the behavior and doings of his‚ supposed’ friend.
On top of that some things in the book went on pretty fast and although I am a fan of rapid actions, I have not liked it here that sometimes several days or weeks passed without I got to know exactly what had happened with the characters in the meantime. For my taste there were too many gaps which I would have liked to see filled with interactions of the characters. I have missed all that somehow and moreover, the end didn’t left me with a contented sigh, but with open questions for which I crave and hope to get them answered satisfyingly in the second part.

Nevertheless, this book has more than excelled my prospects because the characters have convinced me and were likeable and attractive and the book was an absolutely ‘page-turner’ which I couldn’t put aside any which I read incredibly fast. Keep it up … I want more! Oh yes, a few more precise and more ‚special‘ scenes wouldn’t be bad as well! 😉

Cover:
A wonderful cover which couldn’t fit the title and the contents of the book any better. However, I’m usually a fan of water or water-drop pictures and here it is especially beautiful.

All in all:
Water is definitively a book I like to recommend and which made me want to read more books from the author and also in this series.

Rating:
3,5 of 5 points (I really liked it)

Quotes:

Micah: „You can’t imagine how much I regret what happened. For some reason, because
of the type of relationship we had, I thought it was an acceptable training exercise; albeit a little extreme. But I’m not going to ask your forgiveness, I don’t want it. I mean to always remember my mistake, so I will never make it again.“

He stepped forward and took the butterfly hanging around my neck between his two fingers: „This will remind me, both of my mistake and how much I care for you.“ He took another step closer so we were only inches apart, and his hand moved to the back of my shoulder where Shawn’s mark still scarred my skin. „And I hope this will never heal. It will remind me to never take anything for granted; other people’s intentions, your safety, or . . . you.“

Micah: „Come, on. Let’s get you out of here.” He began putting his arms under me and lifted me off my bed of rocks.
Kaitlyn: “Oh, no. You can’t just come trotting in here like some hero. I’m saving myself this time. Go away!”
Micah: “And let me just say you were doing a fine job lying there on your back.”

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Succession:

# 1: Terra Harmony – Water »»
# 2: Terra Harmony – Air »»
# 3: Terra Harmony – Fire
# 4: Terra Harmony – Earth
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(© goodreads)

About the author – Terra Harmony:

Terra is a debut author, and currently has her first full length novel, ‚Water‘, published. Water is a contemporary eco-fantasy and the first book of a four book series called ‚The Akasha Series‘. The next book, ‚Air‘ will be released mid-February in 2012.
Terra also has a vampire short story anthology. The first two books of ‚The Kindred Curse Anthology‘, ‚Gleaming White‘ and ‚Streaks of Red‘ are self-published as e-books. Three more short stories will follow to complete the anthology. Terra was born and raised in Colorado but has since lived in California, Texas, Utah, North Carolina and Virginia. Terra has served a 5½ year enlistment in the Marine Corp, has earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree and presently runs the language services division of a small business.
Terra currently lives in a suburb of Washington, DC with her husband of 13 years and three children. (Source: Goodreads.com)

Visit her Website »»

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