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[Rezension] Seelenträume

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‚Seelenträume‘
by Ilona Andrews
(Steel’s Eddge)

Land der Schatten # 4 .

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Inhaltsangabe:
Charlotte de Ney ist eine Heilerin, die schon viel Leid erfahren musste. Als der Schwertkämpfer Richard Mar verletzt zu ihr gebracht wird, wird ihr Leben erneut auf den Kopf gestellt. Richard will einem gefährlichen Menschenhändlerring das Handwerk legen, und Charlotte erklärt sich bereit, ihm zu helfen. (Source: Goodreads.com)

Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Das Buch von Andrews war wie immer ein Hochgenus, den ich innerhalb zwei Tage durchgelesen und mit Wehmut beendet habe. Was nicht nur daran liegt, dass man sich von den Charakteren in diesem Band verabschieden musste, sondern gleich von allen anderen und der gesamten Welt, die sie hier mit dem Edge und dem Weird geschaffen hat.
Aber zurück zum Anfang: Dieses Buch handelt von Kaldars Bruder Richard, der mir zwar in den vorherigen zwei Bänden nicht so positiv in Erinnerung gewesen ist, mich dafür aber mit seiner respektvollen, gut erzogenen und mutigen Art komplett begeistern konnte. Besonders da er auch jetzt seine sexy, männlichen Seiten zeigt, die er bisher geschickt verstecken konnte, aber nun vollends aus ihm ausbrechen. *hehe*

Aber auch Charlotte war ein liebenswerter Charakter. Sie ist eine Heilerin und wurde von ihrem Mann einfach fallengelassen, weil sie keine Kinder bekommen kann. Klar, dass man da einen Knacks bekommt und mit Vorsicht auf neue Männer zugeht. Wie auch Richard, denn auch er wurde von seiner Frau sitzen gelassen. Wäre das nicht schon Schicksal genug, dass sie zusammenpassen, so gibt es bei den beiden Hauptfiguren noch mehrere Ähnlichkeiten und Schicksalsschläge, die sie immer weiter miteinander verstricken und zusammenführen. *hach schön*

In diesem Teil geht es vor allem um die Rache an den Sklavenhändlern, mit denen Richard eine offene Rechnung hat, da seine Nichte Sophie (Lark) damals von ihnen entführt und gefoltert wurde, bevor Richard sie retten konnte. Trotzdem hat sie das für immer verändert, auch wenn seitdem schon Jahre vergangen sind. Und auch Charlotte muss Tragisches im Edge durch die Sklavenhändler erleben und ich sage hier nur so viel, dass die Ereignisse hier Charlotte und Richard wieder mit den Charakteren aus den vorigen Bänden zusammenbringt. Was ein weiterer, toller Pluspunkt an dieser Reihe ist, weil immer wieder liebgewonnene Charaktere auftauchen, die in den vorigen Teilen ihre Geschichte hatten.

Aber am besten gefällt es mir, dass Jack und George ein Fixpunkt in den Geschichten sind, sie immer wieder darin auftauchen und dabei jedes Mal ein wenig älter sind. Wie sehr würde ich mir wünschen, dass Andrews bei dieser Reihe weiterschreibt und auch die Geschichten von George, Jack und Sophie mit uns teilt, aber das wird laut meiner Recherche leider nicht passieren.

Mir gefällt es bei Andrews außerdem sehr, wie auch bei Ward (Abstecher zu meinen Lieblingen, den Black Daggern ^^), dass egal was gerade passiert oder wie schlimm es um die Figuren steht, man weiß, dass es am Ende gut ausgehen wird und wir ein Happy End bekommen. Viele mögen das ja nicht so sehr, weil es dann langweilig für sie ist – aber ich brauche diese Gewissheit, um solche actionreichen Geschichten beim Lesen erst richtig zu genießen. Und deshalb – ja, das Buch geht gut aus und konnte auch einige prickelnde Szenen bieten, wobei ich trotzdem noch Teil eins als meinen Lieblingsband der Reihe wählen würde.

German Cover:
Dieser Teil hat wieder einmal ein richtig schönes Cover und mir gefallen hier besonders gut die grün, blauen Farben.

All in all:
Ein würdiger letzter Teil in einer tollen Reihe, die ich mit Wehmut beende und große Hoffnung darin hege, dass es vielleicht doch noch weitergeht mit der jüngeren Generation. Ich mag die Fantasy, Action- und Liebesszenen, sowie den altertümlichen Touch, den Andrews hier präsentiert und von dem man fast nicht genug bekommen kann. Eine glatte Empfehlung von mir für dieses Buch, wie die gesamte, grandiose Reihe für alle Fans von erwachsener Fantasy. Bitte lesen, sonst verpasst ihr was!

Rating:
4 of 5 points – (Great, great, great)

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Quotes: (© Andrews)

Charlotte: ‚Élénore tippte gegen ein Etikett: „Es ist hoffnungslos mit dir.“
Sie ließ sich auf einen Hocker sinken. „Hast du schon mal nur so zum Spaß etwas durcheinandergebracht?“
Charlotte verbarg ein Llächeln und schüttelte den Kopf. „Ich liebe klare Strukturen. So fühle ich mich geerdet.“
„So geerdet, wie du bist, schlägst du bald Wurzeln.“

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Charlotte: „Er ist drinnen und kocht.“
„Kocht? Er hasst kochen.“ Damit trat Kaldar über die Schwelle und huschte nach links. Wo noch vor einem Augenblick sein Kopf gewesen war, steckte jetzt ein Messer im Türrahmen. Kaldar schnippte mit dem Finger gegen die Klinge. „Sehen Sie? Völlig humorlos.“
„Was soll das heißen?“ Richard hob die Brauen. „Ich fand deinen Gesichtsausdruck gerade saukomisch.“
„Wer bist du, und was hast du mit meinem Bruder gemacht?“

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Charlotte: „Das ist euch so sehr in Fleisch und Blut übergegangen, dass Richard sich bei unserer ersten Begegnung nicht setzen wollte, bevor ich mich hingesetzt hatte, und das, obwohl er zu dem Zeitpunkt halb tot war.“
Richard räusperte sich: „Das ist eine wüste Übertreibung. Ich war höchstens zu einem Viertel tot.“
Kaldar schwenkte zu ihm herum und betrachtete das Gesicht seines Bruders aus der Nähe. „Zwei Scherze in weniger als einer Stunde. Geht’s dir gut?“, fragte er leise. „Fieberst du?“
„Alles gut. Aber geh mir aus dem Gesicht.“
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Serienreihenfolge:

# 1: Ilona Andrews – Magische Begegnung »»
# 2: Ilona Andrews – Spiegeljagd »»
# 3: Ilona Andrews – Schicksalsrad »»
# 4: Ilona Andrews – Seelenträume »»

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(© goodreads)

About the author – Ilona Andrews:
Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade.  (Source: goodreads.com)

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Vielen Dank für die Bereitstellung des Rezensionsexemplares an:

© Egmont Lyx

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[Review] Hopeless

Hopeless

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‚Hopeless‘

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Synopsis:
Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies… That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.
Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever….. (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
I’ve read the book in buddy read, although I actually had no time for it. Do I regret now that I’ve inter-pushed the book? Oh God – no – no way! The book was just so great and I‘ve no words for how thrilled I’m about it. *sigh*

However, I would like to start at first with the things, which have disturbed me and which are the reason, why it ‘only’ got 4.5 points, instead of the full five points. It is due to the fact that on the one hand some things in it were very foreseeable and most of my forebodings has turned out almost exactly like I’ve imagined it (the thing with Dean Holder, Karen, her father, … ). But nevertheless I’ve read it with great pleasure and have loved every chapter.
Moreover the book has dealt with a subject that I never really like to read and I also didn’t like it to read here about that, but now I won’t say too much about it, because I don’t want to spoil something. But it was tough stuff and not easy to swallow. But therefore I thing, Hoover made a good job and have treated the subject sensitively and in a way, that it was still okay for me.

In general Hoover has a great way to describe feelings and emotions and to express them, so you can really understand how you feel, when everything is just and on the other side, when everything falls apart and shatters you, as if you would life through it by yourself. All that was really awesome and I like her writing style and dialogues – now she is my new idol! 🙂
Particularly her dialogues were just perfect and well suited – maybe sometimes too perfect and beautiful, but I can ignore that fact. *lol*

And now to the characters, who I BOTH LOVE, which is very rarely the case, because I often fall for the boys, but then I’ve problems with the girl. But here I’ve also loved Sky and I found it so refreshing and exciting, that she simply always has babbled off about what she really thinks – without whining along and thinking everything till to the end… she was authentic and after some little difficulties at the beginning, she was through the whole book very likeable.

Now to Dean/ Holder – I just love HOLDER *sigh*
Again a guy, who goes straight on my Book-Boyfriend-List … slowly, it gets really crowded there, but I’ve to put him there as well. Holder hast just everything: From the appearance, sportiness, character, charm, humor, assertiveness, directness, strength, sensitivity … I could still babble on about what he has and how great he is, but I don’t want to take away everything from you, but I advise you to read the book and discover him for yourselves. I love Holder, although sometimes he is just too perfect and also always does the perfect things or says the perfect words, but that’s okay for me – sigh, if there were really guys like him. *sigh²* 😉

Moreover, I found great that the drama was not really between the two main characters, but because of other things and that they have always held together and got through it as a couple, as a unit. They have each other mutual strength and could hold on each other! I found this great and their chemistry together was simply unbeatable!
I also found even the sex scenes suitable, although I didn’t have thought about them in these exact moments in which they sometimes happened, but then, it was just right and I could understand it. *great*

Though the end was a little slower and unspectacular to the rest of the book, I still liked the last chapter because it was sweet and for me – this was the PERFECT last sentence. *beautiful*

Cover:
Wonderful cover and for me, this is the perfect Sky.

All in all:
An amazing book which I’ll definitely read again sometime and I can recommend it to everybody, who likes Contemporary Romances. It’s not a YA book, but New Adult and therefore also a little more steamy – which I liked very much. A Must-Read for all fans of this genre and this was certainty not the last book of Colleen Hoover – I want more books by her! 🙂

Rating:
4,5 of 5 points – (soo awesome!)
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Thanks to netgalley.com for the reviewer’s copy!

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Quotes (© Colleen Hoover):

Karen: „Dammit,” she says, “I could have sworn I heard boys in here.”
Sky: “And you seem disappointed because…”
Karen: “You turn eighteen in a month. I’m running out of time to ground you for the first time ever. You need to start screwing up a little more, kid.“
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Breckin: “I’m new here. And if you haven’t deducted from my impeccable fashion sense, I think it’s safe to say that I’m…  Mormon.”
Six: “And here I was thinking you were about to say gay.”
Breckin: “That too.  In all seriousness, Sky. I noticed you in class today and it’s obvious you’re new here, too. And after seeing the stripper money fall out of your locker before fourth period, then witnessing your non-reaction to it, I knew we were meant to be. Also, I figured if we teamed up, we might prevent at least two unnecessary teenage suicides this year. So, what do you say? Want to be my very bestest friend ever in the whole wide world?
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Holder: „Let me inform you of something. The moment my lips touch yours, it will be your first kiss. Because if you’ve never felt anything when someone’s kissed you, then no one’s ever really kissed you. Not the way I plan on kissing you.“
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Holder: “I told myself to just stay away from you and let you be mad at me, because I do have so many issues that I’m not ready to share with you yet. And I tried so hard to stay away, but I can’t. I’m not strong enough to keep denying whatever this is we could have. And yesterday in the lunchroom when you were hugging Breckin and laughing with him? It felt so good to see you happy, Sky. But I wanted so bad to be the one who was making you laugh like that. It was tearing me up inside that you were thinking that I didn’t care about us, or that spending that weekend with you wasn’t the best weekend I’ve ever had in my life. Because I do care and it was the best. It was the best fucking weekend in the history of all weekends.”
My heart is beating wildly, almost as fast as the words are pouring out of him. He releases his firm hold on my face and strokes his hands over my hair, dropping them to the nape of my neck.
He keeps them there and calms himself with a deep breath, then continues. “It’s killing me, baby,” he says, his voice much more calm and quiet. “It’s killing me because I don’t want you to go another day without knowing how I feel about you. And I’m not ready to tell you I’m in love with you, because I’m not. Not yet. But whatever this is I’m feeling—it’s so much more than just like. It’s so much more. And for the past few weeks I’ve been trying to figure it out. I’ve been trying to figure out why there isn’t some other word to describe it. I want to tell you exactly how I feel but there isn’t a single goddamned word in the entire dictionary that can describe this point between liking you and loving you, but I need that word. I need it because I need you to hear me say it.”
He pulls my face to his and he kisses me. They’re short kisses, mostly pecks, but he kisses me over and over, pulling back between each kiss, waiting for me to respond.

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Succession:

#1: Colleen Hoover – Hopeless »»
#2: Colleen Hoover – Losing Hope (Holder’s POV) »»
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About the author – Colleen Hoover:
She is addicted to diet pepsi and could tell you in a taste-test which restaurant it came from.
She gets stoked whenever she gets a message from goodreads saying I have a new friend request.
If you want to know when she have new books out or just want to be inundated by random, pointless blog posts, follow her at www.colleenhoover.com.
(Source: Goodreads.com)

Visit her Website »».

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[Review] The Sea of Tranquility

( ©Atria Books)

(© Antisocialite Press LLC)

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‚The Sea of Tranquility‘
by Katja Millay...

Synopsis:
Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.
Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.
Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to. (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
Holly crap-that, book brought me to heaven, then hell and back again.
But let us start slowly and from the beginning. The story was written in the present – what I like much in English books – and it switches the POV between the two central characters Nastya and Josh. I liked that and it has also fitted very well to the story and gave me the feeling that I’m in the heads of the characters and that I really could get to know them. Furthermore I also find Millay’s writing manner very suitable and pleasant, although she also let her characters curse out loudly if it fits – and it does. These are teenagers anyway and therefore it feels real and it’s great to read and it was fantastic. Oh, I repeat myself, but yes, it was really good 😉

This book is at the beginning very similar to the book ‘Speak’ by Anderson, but it was written much better – in my opinion. And the most amusing part was for me that Millay has made it possible that I’ve not noticed at all in the first chapters, that Nastya isn’t speaking; not a single word. But she communicates with the reader in a manner that this goes by completely unnoticed. Only when it was explicitly pointed out that she isn’t speaking, I’ve noted it and had to turn back and read parts of it once again to convince myself that she really has spoken no word so far. Really awesome and it shows the great writing manner of Millay. *brillant*

Now to the story: Both characters, Nastya and Josh, have massive problems with themselves and the world in general, which results from painful strokes of fate, which I wouldn’t even wish my biggest enemy. But both don‘t surrender, but fight further in their life and at some point and somehow these two ‘damaged’ characters meet each other. And both know that the other one is just as broken as they are. Cut a long story short– they become friends, become more familiar and it happens even more between them, what I don’t want to tell you right now. Only thus much – that the whole time I was with my heart with them and every page I worried so much about them. They both put me under their spell, especially Josh and now he is also my ‘book boyfriend’ of the month!

You can see now that not only the story could convince me and their way and their fights from their personal hells, no – also the characters themselves. Nastya wasn’t likeable to me immediately; I had to get to know her to get a better picture of her. However, also had my problems with it because she tells a lot and thinks about much, but she reveals only fragments of herself and together with Josh, I tried to solve her jigsaw puzzle and to discover her secret. And Josh – oh ♥ Josh ♥ – he is just amazing and I can’t catch it in words, how much I have suffered with him. Not only because of his past but also in between the story because of his problems with Nastya. Beside my darling Josh, I was also a fan of Clay and Drew. Drew is the sunny-boy of the story who makes everything a little lighter, and who you have to get to know a little better to look behind his narcissistic facade. And sometimes for me he was like a Golden Retriever – I just had to love him. 😉
And his parents, particularly the mother of Drew, are also absolutely great and here it has amused me to read also about other characters.

Now to the points which I haven’t liked so much and which are the reason, why I can’t rate the book with 5 points. The first reason is Nastya. Of course I could understand why Nastya doesn’t speak so long and it was okay for me, but after three quarters of the book, it was more and more illogical for me, why she is speaking with others, but not yet with her parents – or also why she didn’t tell Josh everything. I know, everybody processes traumas differently, longer or shorter. But personally I found Josh’s strokes of fate worse and emotional more difficult to endure, but still he has opened himself for her, has trusted her, but Nastya kept him in suspense, and there were times, where I just wanted to strangle her. Then I wanted to hug her and take her pain way and there were even parts, where I wanted both of it at the same time.
Beside my problems with Nastya’s behavior, I also have to admit that sometimes it dragged a little. Everything was described very long and precisely and the story developed very slowly. Which wouldn’t have disturbed me – because I like it when relationships grow slowly– BUT the romantic scenes were also totally short and were written only like ‘by the way’ alongside the story, without getting into details or taking some time for it, for what I’ve wished for after all the struggle.
Moreover to that I didn’t liked it that sometimes in the middle of a scene, in which they have discussed something important, the chapter just ended and the scene was over, and then it was a jump to the next chapter, several hours or days later – without going in more detail on what has happened exactly in the previous scene. Gosh, I think this was the point which has frustrated me the most! And this point is probably also responsible for the rating. 😉

Cover (Atria Books):
Extremely nice cover and I must admit that I wanted the book in the first place because of the beautiful cover. 🙂

All in all:
I have no words for all feelings which this book has triggered in me and I don’t know whether I should be pleased with the sad, depressive parts or saddened. But they have moved me all together, as well as everything else in this story broke my heart and joined together again.
After the end of the book I feel like after a long run in which were are strenuous and lighter phases and now I’m just exhausted, but in good way. It is even in such a way that I won’t read another book in the next two days … because I just can’t. I simply need a break to come to terms with it. Weird – that’s a first.

Rating:
4,5 of 5 points – (so awesome)

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Thanks to netgalley.com for the reviewer’s copy!

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Quotes:

Nastya: ‚People like to say love is unconditional, but it’s not, and even if it was unconditional, it’s still never free. There’s always an expectation attached. They always want something in return. Like they want you to be happy or whatever and that makes you automatically responsible for their happiness because they won’t be happy unless you are … I just don’t want that responsibility.‘

Josh: ‚First you count it in minutes, then in hours. You count in days, then in weeks, then months. Then one day you realize that you aren’t counting anymore, and you don’t even know when you’ve stopped. That’s the moment they’re gone.‘

Josh: „I wished my mother was here tonight, which is stupid, because it’s an impossible wish.“ He shrugs and turns to me, drowning the smile that cracks me every time.
It’s not stupid to want to see her again.
It wasn’t so much that I wanted to see her again,” he says, looking at me with the depth of more than seventeen years in his eyes. “I wanted her to see you.
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About the author – Katja Millay:
She grew up in Florida where she spent her time hiding from the sun. Then she moved to NYC where she attended film school at NYU and spent her time hiding from the rats. She was a high school film production/screenwriting teacher in a former life and now she sits at her kitchen table writing stories and ignoring the frightening mountain of laundry threatening to overtake her home. The Sea of Tranquility is her first novel. (Source: goodreads.com)

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[Rezension] Schwarzer Kuss

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‚Schwarzer Kuss‘ by Gena Showalter

(Darkest Kiss)

Lords of the Underworld # 2

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Inhaltsangabe:
Er ist ein Verfluchter, der den Dämon des Todes in sich trägt: Lucien, Herr der Unterwelt, der sich vor Zeiten gegen die Götter aufgelehnt hat, die ihn nun knechten. Sich ihm zu nähern heißt, sein Leben aufs Spiel zu setzen. Doch Anya, Göttin der Anarchie, kann den Reizen des äußerlich so kühlen Kriegers nicht widerstehen. Gemeinsam erkämpfen sie sich eines der vier göttlichen Artefakte, den Käfig des Zwangs, und kommen sich dabei näher, als Lucien lieb sein kann. Die Liaison entgeht auch den Herrschern über die Dämonen nicht: Die Titanen befehlen Lucien, Anya zu töten.
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Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Der zweite Teil dieser Herren der Unterwelt-Saga hat mir leider um einiges weniger gefallen als der Vorgänger. Zu einem liegt es daran, dass in der Handlung der Hauptgeschichte sehr wenig passiert ist. Die erste Hälfte des Buches waren einige Lord nur in Griechenland auf einer Insel, um einen Tempel zu untersuchen. Dabei habe ich mindestens drei Mal gelesen wie Lucien den Sand durch seine Finger laufen ließ (by the way: natürlich oberkörperfrei)
Und dann wurde die Such nach einem der Artfakte in der Arktis fortgesetzt. Neben der  unspektakularen Handlung, konnte man auch nicht viel neues über die restlichen Lords erfahren, was ich schade fand.

Im Mittelpunkt standen nämlich zu 97% nur Lucien und Anya und dabei haben sie sich gegenseitig immer wieder angeschmatet und durften trotzdem nicht zusammen sein. Oh ja… das kennen wir. Wieder waren vor allem die äußerlichen Attribute im Vordergrund, wenn sie dem anderen nach gesabbert haben, und erst später haben sie auch den Charakter und die Eigenschaften des anderen lieben gelernt.
Maddox und Ashlyn haben mir um einiges besser gefallen als hier Lucien und Anya. Was ich bei solchen Büchern auch nie verstehe ist, warum die Frauen meistens Jungfrauen sein müssen? Kann mir das jemand erklären?

Auf alle Fälle war Lucien für mich ein sehr widerspruchlicher Charakter, der einerseits sich selbst verstümmelt hat, um auf Frauen unattraktive zu wirken und andererseits ist er dann deswegen total unsicher und so fasziniert von Anya, weil sie trotz seiner Narben auf ihn steht. Finde nur ich das schizophren oder kann mich in diesem Punkt jemand verstehen?
Anya war ganz okay. Sie war zwar noch nicht nervig, aber doch ziemlich an der Grenze, da sie beim Verhalten eindeutig zuuu viel und zu wild rüber kommt.

Momentan bin ich am Überdenken, ob ich die Reihe fortsetzen soll oder nicht, da mir Showalter doch zu sehr ubertreibt und ihre Gescichten nur so von feuriger/ heißer/ sinnlicher Männlichkeit und Lust/ Leidenschaft usw usf trieft, dass ich schon fast weiter blättern wollte und mich gefragt habe… ‚okay, wo ist die Handlung?

Wäre Paris bald an der Reihe, dann wurde ich mich noch zu seinem Buch weiter hanteln, aber er kommt erst im Band 10 dran und daher werde ich nun einmal länger pausieren und der Reihe zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt wieder eine Chance geben.

German Cover:
Wie immer passendes Cover zu solchen Büchern und auch sehr ähnlich zu Teil ein dieser Reihe.

All in all:
Ein schlechterer Teil, der mich grübbeln lässt, ob ich die Reihe bald fortsetzten werde oder nicht. Leider hat so einiges nicht ganz funktioniert und mir war zu wenig Handlung vorhanden.

Rating:
3 of 5 points – (I liked it)
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Vielen Dank für die Bereitstellung des Rezensionsexemplares an:

© Mira Taschenbuch

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Serienreihenfolge:
#0,5: Gena Showalter – The Darkest Fire (Short Story)
# 1:     Gena Showalter – Schwarze Nacht »»
# 2:     Gena Showalter – Schwarzer Kuss »»
# 3:     Gena Showalter – Schwarze Lust
# 3,5: Gena Showalter – The Darkest Prison
# 4:     Gena Showalter – Schwarzes Flüstern
# 4,5: Gena Showalter – Heart of Darkness
# 5:     Gena Showalter – Schwarze Leidenschaft
# 6:     Gena Showalter – Schwarze Lügen
# 7:     Gena Showalter – Schwarzes Geheimnis
# 8:     Gena Showalter – Schwarze Niederlage
# 9:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Seduction
#10:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Craving

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About the author – Gena Showalter:
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels.
Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books „sizzling page-turners“ and „utterly spellbinding stories“, while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”. (Source: goodreads.com)

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[Review] Obsidian

Obsidian

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‚Obsidian‘
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Lux #1

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Synopsis:
Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.
(Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
Who the fuck is Superman!? If I would choose an alien, then it has to be a Luxen! 😉
Seldom a book has gripped me so much right from the beginning and has presented so many different facets, like this here. I am a critical reader and although, I‘ve found here also two tiny critic points; I can say that the rest of it is simply fantastic and I would love to read on immediately.

The writing manner of the author fits perfectly to this New Adult version (a little ‘more‘ than YA) which plays with teenagers in their last Highschool year. Armentrout used pleasant formulation, but also short, crisp sentences and dialogues, which just fitted to modern teenagers at this age – but not exaggerated, like other authors like to do – but it has felt authentic and very real.
But the best for me were the dialogues and here mainly the bickering/ arguments between Katy and Daemon. With them you never know whether they immediately fall into each other’s arms or start to hit the other… … and here Katy was really a witty, perky antagonist, who never shrank away from the good-looker Daemon. But not only with her stubborn manner, but also with her cheeky answers, which made me smirk more than once. *great*

Also the other characters – beside the courageous, determined, cheeky Katy – were for me a highlight and here I liked mostly Dee, who is the neighbor and soon also the best friend of her. I really liked Dee’s cheerful, open behavior and therefore everyone can use someone like her as a friend. And of course I was also a fan of Daemon – bad if it wouldn’t be like that. But he also irritated me at the end with his moody behavior, so that he sometimes was really sweet to Katy and then again gave her the cold shoulder. This was more than just a little ‘slithery drive’ of emotions, but a huge rollercoaster²! 😉

The plot was okay for me, although a lot has already been spoiled in the synopsis of the book, which has decreased the reading pleasure a little. It would have been more exciting and thrilling if everything would have come unexpected and when it wouldn’t have been clear right from the start, that there are aliens in the story. Hence I’m in excited about the book, because it still could captive me and I didn’t could stop reading and I was through it within only one day. Well, I think, from now on I’m a fan of Armentrout! 😉

What I also found brilliant, were Kats references to her Blog and how she got excited about her new books and her blogging. Oh yeah, babe – I know how it is! *lol*
With that I totally felt connected to her and I think every other blogger, who will read this book, will feel the same.

I liked the idea with the aliens and the light very much and I want to read on with the next book as soon as I can, to find out how it will go on between them. I think in the next part there will be something about his brother Dawson, or at least I hope it and I also wish that are less arguments between Kat and Daemon, because otherwise it would become grueling, because we already know that they actually like each other – much. 😉

Cover:
I can hardly decide which version I like more. I find the older one with background with the flashes great and it’s also good, that you can’t see the girl from the front, because that leaves some space for your own imagination. But in the second cover I love the beaming green eyes of Daemon.

All in all:
Up to now Alien and I were no good combination, but here this book has disabused me and now I’m a fan of it. Actually for me it is rather an Urban Fantasy book than a Sci-Fi – but the separation makes no difference – because the book is just awesome and I recommend it gladly to everyone, although it’s a hyped book (usually they don’t work for me ^^)

Rating:
4,5 of 5 points – (soo aswesome)

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Quotes:

Katy: ‚Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.‘

Daemon: „You look like you got more of a bath than the car. I never
thought washing a car would be so hard, but after watching you for the last fifteen minutes, I’m convinced it should be an Olympic sport.“

Daemon: „I checked out your blog.“
Katy: „Stalking me again, I see. Do I need to get a restraining order?“
D.: In your dreams, Kitten. Oh wait, I’m already starring in those, aren’t I?
K.: „Nightmares, Daemon. Nightmares.“

Katy: ‚Because this was absolutely insane – the craziest thing I’ve ever done. Worse than giving a one-star review, scarier than asking for an interview with an author I’d give my firstborn to eat lunch with.‘ (*lol*).

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Succession:

0,5:   Jennifer L. Armentrout – Shadows (Short Story)
#1:     Jennifer L. Armentrout – Obsidian »»
#2:     Jennifer L. Armentrout – Onyx »»
#3:     Jennifer L. Armentrout – Opal
#4:     Jennifer L. Armentrout – Origin
#5:     Jennifer L. Armentrout – Untitled

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(© goodreads.com)

About the author – Jennifer L. Armentrout:
USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.
She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion)
(Source: Goodreads.com)

Visit her Website »»

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[Snapshot] Bonds of Trust (eng.)

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‚Bonds of Trust‘  by Lynda Aicher

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(© goodreads)

My opinion:
I’ve started this book without any expectations and to be honest, I also have delayed reading the book, but without any reason. I’ve no idea why it took me so long to read this, but maybe I wasn’t in the right mood. But when I finally started it, the book has really fitted perfect.

The entrance was in the middle of the events when the main character Cali wants to be accepted in the most exclusive BDSM club of the town. – After a failed 22-year-old marriage, two adult children and many years of frustration in the bed with her ex-husband, because of unspoken desires, fear and shame.

There she meets Jake, one of three club owners, and in further result she also falls in love. What begins with initial sex turns out to big feelings, of which they both haven’t dared to dream about any more. Of course it is more complicated during the story than this short summary and it includes some interesting twist and up-and downs, but they didn’t appear exaggerated and unrealistically, but they could be totally from the real life, which I’ve liked very much. For example the problems with her children, who though are already grown-ups and out of the house, but can’t concede their mother a new relationship.

What has thrilled me here very much, were not only the erotic scenes – which I found really great and the reader were gently brought close to the subject of BDSM; always just a little more – but I also loved the rest. The figures were well worked out and seamed authentic to me, also real and charming with their pro- and also disadvantages, like everyone of us.. And Jake was simply a dreamlike lover – although he has long, black hair – which I usually don’t really like. 😉

But he was so empathetic and knew exactly what he had to do and where it was important, but he made himself worse than he was – the typical guy whom a woman has to save, so that he can find his true happiness. *sigh*

The only thing I would like to criticize is that it was almost too short for me and I would have liked more background information, and also the end came too fast. Here it would have been better if it had developed more slowly can develop and don’t run out so fast. But at least it goes on with the second part already this year and I’m already very happy about it!

I can recommend this book to everybody, who would like to make a first insight into erotic books with BDSM parts in it, or who loves adult ‘Contemporary Romance’ with erotic scenes. You won‘t regret it!

Succession:
#1: Lynda Aicher – Bonds of Trust »»
#2: Lynda Aicher – Bonds of Need »»
#3: Lynda Aicher – Bonds of Desire »»
#4: Lynda Aicher – Bonds of Hope

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Thanks for the reviewer’s copy to:

© netgalley.com

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[Review] Anna dressed in Blood

Anna im blutroten Kleid

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Anna dressed in Blood

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‚Anna dressed in Blood‘
by Kendare Blake

Anna #1...

Synopsis:
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life. (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
I’ve not even read the first two chapters and I‘ve immediately known – YES, this is a book, which I’ll like and in the end it has turned out, that I was right. From the first pages on, I felt the same atmosphere, I’ve while watching the TV-series ‘Supernatural‘ and also the language was similar to this show. What is fantastic for me, because I’m a huge fan of the series! Unfortunately, here there is missing the sexy brother, but I can live with that, because Cas is also not ugly, but exactly the contrary. 😉 Moreover, he is funny, charming, though a little bullheaded, but nevertheless he acts with caution, is cheeky and just refreshing!

Cas is in general a very likeable character, who though sometimes is a little bit arrogant about himself, when it comes to his specialty ->  killing ghosts, but the reader thereby also recognize a little his insecurity behind the cool facade.
Also Anna was an interesting character, who sometimes was also cruel and had a bad side in her, but she also has a good and disarming one, so that the read can’t divide her in ‘black and white’, but in grey shades.
It was like this also with almost every character in the book, that every figure showed their good and also weaker sides as well. As for example one of the characters later played the hero in the second row and he was a guy, who showed little courage at the beginning or Carmel, the blond beauty of the school, who later presents more than only her appearance.

In spite of the subject about ghosts and the creepy background, it is also really funny and is written very refreshing. The narrative view is from Cas, and I like it that once a guy is telling the story instead of a girl – and I’ve liked this much. Add to that the story was written in the present, which has fitted well to the plot and the tempo.
I find particularly the writing manner of Blake very easy, loosey-goosey and fast to read. It’s not overloaded, but contains nice approaches and descriptions of Cas’ feelings. Moreover, I think that the author writes the dialogues just great. I find some authors write them easier and other have more problems with dialogues. But Blake’s dialogues sounded absolutely natural and they always fits perfectly in the story. *great*

Up to now it sounds really great and now you probably ask yourselves, why the book hasn’t got five stars. This is due to the fact that the book has become weaker in the last third section. Not only by the plot, but unfortunately also by the characters. Anyhow Cas lost some of his spirit and also his connection with Anna wasn’t right. Though it was nice, but it was also too quick and also illogical.
The same happens with the famous ‚final battle‘, which got heightened till the end and then was solved too easily. Here for me the end was also over too quickly and too short. I would have wished for more information, because at the end, there were still some questions open.

Luckily there is still a second part, which I’ll read for sure and I hope that this will be published soon in German. In English you can already get the second part, so hopefully it won’t last long with the translation.

Cover:
It’s an absolutely brilliant cover, which has made me curious right from my first look. I think it doesn’t only looks great and special, but it also fits perfectly to the plot of the book! *top*

All in all:
I found this book really very entertaining, exciting and every now and then also creepy, but still within the scope for a YA book. The dialogues, characters and writing style were great and I like to recommend this book gladly, especially for fans of ‘Supernatural’

Rating:
4 of 5 points – (Great, Great, Great)
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A huge Thanks for the reviewer’s copy to:

© Random House

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Succession:

#1: Kendare Blake – Anna dressed in Blood »»
#2: Kendare Blake – Girl of Nightmares

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About the author – Kendare Blake:
Kendare Blake is an import from South Korea who was raised in the United States by caucasian parents. You know, that old chestnut. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in Writing from Middlesex University in London. She brakes for animals, the largest of which was a deer, which sadly didn’t make it, and the smallest of which was a mouse, which did, but it took forever. Amongst her likes are Greek Mythology, rare red meat and veganism. She also enjoys girls who can think with the boys like Ayn Rand, and boys who scare the morality into people, like Bret Easton Ellis.
(Source: http://kendareblake.com/bio.php)

Visit her Website »»

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[Review] The Darkest Night

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‚The Darkest Night‘ by Gena Showalter

Lords of the Underworld # 1

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Synopsis:
His powers — Inhuman…
His passion — Beyond immortal . . .
All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she’ll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member — a man trapp ed in a hell of his own.
Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments . . . and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction — and a soul-shattering test of love . . .
Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive — and unimaginably powerful…
(Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
Oh yes, this was a good book! 🙂
It had love; it had heart, a lot of action, an interesting new plot and hot-blooded characters, to take them completely to my heart, without bat an eyelash.

But let’s start us at first at the beginning:
The action begins in the middle of the usual, but at the same time, supernatural everyday life of the men of the underworld. However, then everything goes quickly and hit on hit, without boring the readers before with too many explanations or pre-story of these men; this happens over and over again during the whole book, although the action runs here fast and full of tension. What I found all together really splendid and awesome!

The high tension level keeps almost throughout the whole book and the idioms, as well as the courses of action were very great and were partially also often surprising and well made. Of course the end and above all also the erotic scenes, could also convince me completely and as soon as the book is finished, I just wanted even more of it – more scenes, more pages, more of Showalter’s ‘Lord of the Underworld’.
The only thing that I’ve to criticize, is that parts of it seemed familiar to me, especially concerning the figures in the book – these have reminded me a little of the characters of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
Moreover, for comparison to the BDB here in addition it lacked a little of fun and humor, and I think that some more jokes between the action and the erotic passages would have been great. Though it’s petty from me, because I still rate the book with 4,5 points, but I wanted to mention it, nevertheless.

To the characters I can’t say more than that I find them really amazing! Maddox and Ashlyn have quickly won my heart for them and I find them together especially as a couple just great. Though there could have been to a little bit more bickering, more heartache, because the relationship has gone on maybe a little too fast for me, but otherwise, everything has fitted well with the love-development.
To the other figures I can’t say so much, because though there were a few information about them, but in too less time and hardly enough, because there are just too many new characters, which were presented. But surely this becomes easier and better in the next book.

For me Danika and Reyes were, beside the central figures, my two darlings up to now, but I also think that Paris or Torin are interesting characters. I couldn’t really figure out Lucien or Aeron till now, but I hope this change in the following books. I would like to give especially Lucien a chance, because his story is the next in the row. And because I can hardly wait to read more of this series and about this world, therefore I just accept Lucien, although I would have preferred Reyes books.

Cover:
It’s the typical cover for such stories, where I like the picture very much as well as the black-blue color, because it gets the reader into the right mood.

All in all:
A wonderful anacrusis of a for me new sensuous series full of fantasy and action, which I would like to continue very soon, soon, soon and which I can recommend to everybody, who loves the Black Daggers, the books of Kresley Cole or book of that kind.

Rating:
4,5 of 5 points – (soo awesome!)
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Quotes:

Torin: „I tried to tell you. You said you didn’t care, remember?“
Maddox:  „You should have told me anyway.“
Torin: „While you had barbells within your reach? Please. I’m Disease, not Stupid.“
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Maddox: „You are mine, woman, and I am yours. Until you, my life was desolate. I existed, but I didn’t truly live. Now I live, even in my death.“

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A huge Thanks for the reviewer’s copy to:

© Mira Taschenbuch

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Succession:
#0,5: Gena Showalter – The Darkest Fire (Short Story)
# 1:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Night »»
# 2:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Kiss
# 3:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Pleasure
# 3,5: Gena Showalter – The Darkest Prison
# 4:     Gena Showalter -The Darkest Whisper
# 4,5: Gena Showalter – Heart of Darkness
# 5:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Passion
# 6:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Lie
# 7:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Secret
# 8:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Surrender
# 9:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Seduction
#10:     Gena Showalter – The Darkest Craving

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© Goodreads.com

About the author – Gena Showalter:
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels.
Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books „sizzling page-turners“ and „utterly spellbinding stories“, while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”. (Source: goodreads.com)

Visit her Website: »».

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