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[News] Kindle-Deal des Monats + Gewinnspiel


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Hallo ihr Lieben,

es gibt wieder etwas zu feiern! Ihr fragt euch was? Ganz einfach -> mein 30-igster Geburtstag steht vor der Tür und ich finde, das muss man doch gebührend gefeiert werden. 😉

Da mir nichts Besseres einfällt, als meinen Geburtstag mit euch gemeinsam mit Büchern zu feiern, ist passend dazu genau jetzt im Februar „Glasgow Rain“ beim ‚Kindle-Deal des Monats‘ dabei, was bedeutet, dass man das Ebook schon um 1,75 € kaufen kann!
(Um direkt zum Buch zu gelangen, klicke: *hier*)

Wäre das noch nicht genug, gibt es auch ein kleines Gewinnspiel dazu: Jeder, der den Banner mit der Info über den Aktionspreis auf Amazon im Februar teilt und mir dazu den Link mit dem Blogpost oder Facebook-Post hier als Kommentar hinterlässt, hat die Chance ein signiertes Taschenbuch von „Glasgow Rain“ zu gewinnen! Und weil ich momentan gut gelaunt bin, lege ich als Dankeschön auch noch ein signiertes Lesezeichen von „Glasgow Rain“, sowie „Essenz der Götter I“ dazu. 😀

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Zur Erinnerung noch einmal das Cover und die Inhaltsangabe:.

Endlich bricht für Vic das letzte Highschool Jahr an und sie kann es kaum erwarten, die lästige Schuluniform einzumotten. Doch es beginnt anders als gedacht: Sie trifft immer wieder auf Rafael, einen mysteriösen Schüler, der plötzlich überall auftaucht. Trotzdem schafft er es, sich nicht nur in ihr Leben zu schleichen, sondern auch in ihr Herz.
Wäre da nicht ein großes Problem: Seit sie ihn besser kennengelernt hat, bekommt sie das beklemmende Gefühl nicht los, ständig beobachtet zu werden. Zusätzlich jagen ihr die Frauenmorde, die in den letzten Wochen Glasgow überschatten, eine große Angst ein, bis sich Vic nicht mehr sicher ist, ob sie verrückt wird oder ob tatsächlich etwas vor sich geht. Bald verliert sich Vic in dem Gefühl der Verfolgung und der Liebe zu Rafael. Aber ist er wirklich der, für den sie ihn hält? Sie weiß nicht mehr, wem sie trauen kann oder wer ein falsches Spiel mit ihr treibt.
Kann die Liebe bestehen, wenn die Angst einem die Luft abschnürt?

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Ich hoffe, das alles ist Ansporn genug und ihr habt Lust, euch am Gewinnspiel zu beteiligen und die Info weiter zu posten, damit ganz viele auf die Aktion aufmerksam werden. Ich würde mich sehr darüber freuen und wenn nicht, könnt ihr auch gerne beim Ebook-Kauf zuschlagen oder einfach an Freunde weiterleiten, wenn ihr glaubt, das Buch könnte ihr/ ihm gefallen. 🙂

Dankeschön! Und alles Liebe :-* ♥
LG Martina

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[News] Glasgow RAIN – Gewinnspiel+Aktion auf Amazon


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Hallo ihr Lieben,

es ist wieder einmal an der Zeit, etwas anderes zu posten als Rezensionen und da „Glasgow Rain“ nun schon fast 3 Monate ‚auf der Welt‘ ist, dachte ich, wäre das ein guter Zeitpunkt, um eine kleine Aktion für euch zu starten.
Besonders da morgen Fronchleichnam ist – und wer weiß, vielleicht verlängert und versüßt euch diese Aktion sogar das gesamte Wochenende, wenn ihr womöglich auch am Freitag frei habt und somit in der Sonne entspannen und lesen könnt. ♥

Dazu gibt es ab sofort „Glasgow Rain“ für die nächsten Tage um 0,99 € auf Amazon. Lasst euch diese Aktion zum Mini-Jubiläum nicht entgehen!! 🙂

 Für alle, die darauf gewartet haben – hier ist der Link:   *klick*
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GEWINNSPIEL – für ALLE Blogger / Facebook/ Twitter User:
Wenn ihr diese Aktion auf euren Blogs oder über Facebook/ Twitter oder Co teilt und mir den Link dazu per Kommentar hier oder Mail sendet, habt ihr die Chance ein signiertes Taschenbuch + Lesezeichen von „Glasgow Rain“ zu gewinnen. Also fleißig teilen, posten und an mich senden. 😉

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Zur Erinnerung noch einmal das  Cover und die Inhaltsangabe:
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Endlich bricht für Vic das letzte Highschool Jahr an und sie kann es kaum erwarten, die lästige Schuluniform einzumotten. Doch es beginnt anders als gedacht: Sie trifft immer wieder auf Rafael, einen mysteriösen Schüler, der plötzlich überall auftaucht. Trotzdem schafft er es, sich nicht nur in ihr Leben zu schleichen, sondern auch in ihr Herz.
Wäre da nicht ein großes Problem: Seit sie ihn besser kennengelernt hat, bekommt sie das beklemmende Gefühl nicht los, ständig beobachtet zu werden. Zusätzlich jagen ihr die Frauenmorde, die in den letzten Wochen Glasgow überschatten, eine große Angst ein, bis sich Vic nicht mehr sicher ist, ob sie verrückt wird oder ob tatsächlich etwas vor sich geht. Bald verliert sich Vic in dem Gefühl der Verfolgung und der Liebe zu Rafael. Aber ist er wirklich der, für den sie ihn hält? Sie weiß nicht mehr, wem sie trauen kann oder wer ein falsches Spiel mit ihr treibt.
Kann die Liebe bestehen, wenn die Angst einem die Luft abschnürt?

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Hört sich das nicht toll an? Und nun hoffe ich, dass ihr euch über diese Aktion genauso freut, wie der liebe Carlton. *yeah*^^
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Ich wünsche euch ganz, ganz viel Spaß mit der Geschichte von Vic und Rafael und, dass ihr sie genauso ins Herz schließen werdet, wie ich. ♥

Liebe Grüße,
Eure Martina

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[Review] Lover at Last

English Hardcover

English Paperback

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‚Lover at Last‘ by J. R. Ward

Black Dagger Brotherhood #11/
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Synopsis:
Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….
Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young- just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand.
Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one.  (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
I’m so glad that Ward has got her will and has written this great book. We had to wait so long for it and now finally we also have the story of Qhuinn and Blay. Though I still think that Blay is quite okay, but Qhuinn is just one of my favorites in the series (beside some other characters^^). And he has broken my heart over and over again with his past, his family and also now, when he had to watch almost a whole Blay with Saxton. Particularly because he now finally knows what he wants and what he feels – of course it is still a process also in this book, but finally he confesses his feelings to himself, instead of ignoring them.
Already only for Wards courage and balls, which she has proved by writing this book, she got an extra point from me because this wasn’t as easy as you would like to think. I’ve read in a book-forum that Ward even has to swicht her agency to fulfill her wish to write this homosexual love, because it’s not quite a conservative subject and some people still have a problem with that – which I personally find really sad in nowadays. But Ward hasn’t scared away of it and I find this great! Hats off.

The writing manner of Ward was again typical ‚wardic‘ with her own expressions and many swearwords, curses and the famous f*** word. But here this language doesn’t disturb me because it simply fits to the brothers of the Black Dagger. They are hard men and also express themselves in such a way, which makes them only more real and authentic. For me the characters just feel so alive because of that and I can’t explain it, but for me they are kind of feel real… not like some novel figures, but almost like friends, who are really living somewhere. And I like this thought.

In contrast to ‘Lover Reborn’, in which the plot played over a whole year, here everything happens within some days, namely in the time frame sometime in the winter. Unfortunately I’m not quite sure, when it plays ecaxtly or whether it plays after ‘Lover Reborn’ or in between. Actually at first it also was intended that Qhuinn and Blay only get a short story, as well as Bella’s and Z’s baby story, but then we have got a whole book. For which I’m really glad, but it doesn’t happen much in the background story. As said, the period is quite short and also the Lessers remain in the background, as well as the Band of Bastards. The point, that it doesn’t happen a lot – except the love story of the two main characters, which work off their past and clear it, finally get together and solve their misunderstandings and really start talking – would have disturbed me. But again I’ve read in a book forum, that this was made on purpose (to write only a little about the background story) so that people, who have a problem with homosexual couples, can simply let this book out, and start reading the series right with book # 12, so they won’t miss something important in the main story of the Brotherhood. If this should be right, I can’t reduce the rating by one point and secondly, I would find it really sad and bad in the enlightened time, in which we live – or at least supposed to live. Apparently not everybody is yet as tolerant as I’ve thought. It’s a shame.

So instead of the plot, new characters are gotten embedded or other characters, which before always were shown briefly, got more space and the opportunity to tell also their story – for example Assail, Trez or Xcor. Unfortunately I found this not so great, because thereby a lot of it plays outside the basic formation of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, but because of a special twist at the end of this book, I hope that the next part deals again more with the old characters (with JM, V, Z…).
And also the turn with Qhuinn’s brother Luchas was just awesome and I’m really very curious how this will turn out and I hope there will be more about him.

For me all in all it was really a very great book and I couldn’t put it aside. What surprises even me is, although I have no problems with homosexual love, were that I really liked the scenes with Qhuinn and Blay, which again were described very visual and they could persuade me completely. *really hot hot* 😉

And the end was of course again completely for my taste. Maybe some found it too kitschy and, yes, something so soppy even for Ward is very rare at the end, but I was happy nevertheless with it and glad that it has come so. Isn’t it about the fact that you want to finish a book with a smile on your face? I think so and Ward has fulfilled this again totally perfect! Thanks! 🙂

Cover:
Great cover and I don’t know at all which one I like more – the hardcover or the paperback. I’ve got the paperback format of Pitakus at home and find it as great and suitable as like the hardcover version, which also shows Qhuinn perfectly.

All in all:
Almost all expectations were totally fulfilled and it was again a great trip into the world of the Black Dagger, which I love to visit over and over again and leave it again only with a sad heart. Still it is one of my favorite series and I hope it still will go on for a long time.

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

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Quotes:

Qhuinn: „I think that’s Justin Bieber.“
Standing in front of a line up of Lay’s potato chips, Qhuinn looked overhead to the speaker inset into the ceiling tiles. „Yup, I’m right, and I hate that I know that.“
Next to him John Matthew signed „How do you know?“
Qhuinn: „The little shit is everywhere. I swear, that kid is proof the Antichrist is coming.“
John: „Maybe it’s already here.“
Qhuinn: „Would explain Miley Cyrus.“ (*haha* 😀 )

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Vishous: „I’m sorry? I didn’t catch that.“
Qhuinn: „I left the keys in it.“
V: „That was a dumb-ass move, son.“
No. Fucking. Kidding.
V: „Listen, I gotta go. I need both hands to hold my gut as I laugh my ass off attcha. Later.“

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„You good?“ Rhage prompted.
Qhuinn: „Yeah. Yeah. I’m okay.“
Rhage: „Fritz hates dead bodies in the front hall.“
„But there’s not a lot of blood with strangulation,“ somebody pointed out. „Clean-up would have been easy.“
„Just a floor polish afterward,“ another guy chimed in.
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Qhuinn: ‚As he washed himself, the soap wasn’t half as soft as Blay’s skin, and didn’t smell a quarter as good. The water wasn’t as hot as the fighter’s blood had been, and the shampoo wasn’t as soothing. Nothing came close. Nothing ever would.‘
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Layla: „If any harm shall befall him, I will come after you, and find you where you sleep. I do not care where you lay your head or who with, my vengeance shall rain upon you until you drown.”
That last word was drawn out, until its syllable was lost in more growling. Dead silence.
Until Doc Jane said dryly, “Annnnd this is why they say the female of the species is more dangerous than the male.“

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Blay: ‚In the silence that followed, Blay knew he had something he was supposed to say. Yeah…it was right on his tongue. It was… Shit. With Qhuinn looking at him like that, he couldn’t remember his own name. Blaysox? Blacklock? Blabberfox? Who the fuck knew…‘

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Qhuinn to Blay: „You guys were what got me through it,” Qhuinn heard himself say. “I lived for the night, because I could go over to your house. It was the only thing that kept me going. You were the only thing, actually. It was…you.“.

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Succession:
# 1: J. R. Ward – Dark Lover »»
# 2: J. R. Ward – Lover Eternal »»
# 3: J. R. Ward – Lover Awakened »»
# 4: J. R. Ward – Lover Revealed »»
# 5: J. R. Ward – Lover Unbound »»
# 6: J. R. Ward – Lover Enshrined »»
# 6.5: J.R.Ward – BDB: An Insider’s Guide »»
# 7: J. R. Ward – Lover Avagened »»
# 8: J. R. Ward – Lover Mine »»
# 9: J. R. Ward – Lover Unleashed »»
# 10: J. R. Ward – Lover Reborn »»
# 11: J. R. Ward – Lover at Last »»
# 12: J. R. Ward – The King
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copyright: jrward.com

About the author – J. R. Ward:
J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot. (Source: jrward.com)

Visit her Website »»

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Review: My Soul to Take

English Cover

German Cover

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‚My Soul To Take
by Rachel Vincent

Soul Screamers # 1
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Synopsis:
She doesn’t see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.
Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next. (Source: Goodreads.com).

My thoughts about the book:
The book delivers a direct entrance in the story of Kaylee who has the morbid ability to feel the coming death of other people. She doesn’t know it with certainty though, but always when she sees somebody wrapped in shades, the menacing death is omnipresent and she must struggle with all her strength against an ear-deafening scream from her own throat. Up to now she was never sure if the people really died or if she was just crazy. Up to that evening in a disco when she gets this frightening feeling again and can just barely disappear, before the scream leaves her throat. The next day she finds out in the news that her foreboding has become true and the girl has really passed away; without evident reason. Kaylee is despaired and turns to her best friend Emma, and also to the attractive Nash, because of several different circumstances. Both of them stand aside Kaylee to solve her mystery.
From the story and the plot this book was really exciting and a real page-turner but parts of it didn’t work for me, nevertheless. In fact the writing style of the author is okay, but then she writes single words in her sentences over and over again, like Kaylee is thinking them. For example: ‘damned!’ or ‘Oh no!’ which is too sloppy for me and doesn’t fit to the rest of her writing.
Here, moreover, I have AGAIN the same problem, like with many other YA books, that especially the best friend is constantly lifted up and in the foreground, above all because of her extraordinary attractiveness. Emma is blond, brown-eyed, incredibly pretty, has a great body with the right curves and every guy at school would do everything to be together with her. In contrast Kaylee looks with her blue eyes, her slight build and brunette hair totally average and these facts are mentioned in the book every few pages.

If this wasn’t already enough, that it sounded very similar to other books, then there are also some other facts which seemed to me very copied. Namely one of the hottest guys of the whole school falls in love with Kaylee and although he is, actually, a womanizer, he means it serious with the average Kaylee… Okay? To whom this seems familiar and who can’t read it anymore – please, just raise your hand! Thanks – you can take your hand down again. 🙂
What I liked in this book was, that it was written thrilling and was an absolutely a fast read, although I could foresee some things in it and they particularly didn’t surprised me. But well, it is just a YA book and hence, I probably must throttle my expectations a little. Unfortunately, the anticipation for the book was once again higher than the actual reading pleasure and in the future I’ll have to pay less attention and better not to listen too much to other opinions and reviews.

Cover:
A great cover which has immediately made me to buy it. Nice and interesting at the same time, and above all once also something different. I really like it very much.

All in all:
An interesting book with an exciting plot but which also possesses a few weaknesses.

Rating:
3 of 5 points

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Succession:

#0,5: Rachel Vincent – My Soul to Lose
# 1:     Rachel Vincent – My Soul to Take »
# 2:     Rachel Vincent – My Soul to Save
# 3:     Rachel Vincent – My Soul to Keep
# 3,5: Rachel Vincent – Reaper
# 4:     Rachel Vincent – My Soul to Steal
# 5:     Rachel Vincent – If I Die
# 5,5: Rachel Vincent – Never to Sleep
# 6:     Rachel Vincent – Before I Wake

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(© goodreads)

About the author – Rachel Vincent:

A resident of San Antonio, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.
(Source: goodreads.com)

Visit her Website »»

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