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[Review] The Iron Traitor

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‚The Iron Traitor‘ by Julie Kagawa

The Call of the Forgotten # 2
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Synopsis:
After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as „normal“ as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he’s forbidden to see her again.
But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, „normal“ simply isn’t to be. For Ethan’s nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan’s and Keirran’s fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan’s next choice may decide the fate of them all. (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
It was a long Odyssey and I thought it would never end – it felt like I’ve needed an eternity to finish the book and this usually never happen with books from Kagawa. But with part here the important spark has been absent for me, and I‘ve to try hard to read on and find my motivation.

The story begins after the events of the first book and almost immediately we come back again to the Nevernever, but before they still have to find a way to hold Annywl longer in this world, before she disappears forever. For this we hurry at first to New Orleans to find Keirran, who has disappeared. Then everybody hurries together back to a guru to make them an amulet, only to hurry further to the summer court and so on and on – you see what I want to say with that. It was an endless loop and during the whole plot they only have hurried from a place to the next to find weird creatures, which they had to fight or kill. Hence, this was the next negative point, which I must criticize, because for me there were too much and too long fight scenes in the book, so that I after some time they didn’t entertain me any longer.

But therefore I really love the other descriptions, the surroundings and the whole world-building, which Kagawa has created here and like always I really like her characters. First of all I’m a fan of Kenzie with her headstrong, self-confident character – for me she’s a female figure, from whom you only want to read more about and liked throughout the book. But also Ethan is in my heart, although sometimes he could be a little softer, but he’s the tough guy in the books – so what should we do? 😉 Kerrain on the other hand hasn’t convinced me till now and his changing in the second book, didn’t make it better.

In any case for me it was a highlight that we briefly have bumped into Ash! Even if this reunion was only for a short duration – nevertheless, I have been glad to meet the dark prince or king again.

Even if the general plot course was a little tougher to read in the second book, and long-winded – but the end could again persuade me and leave me behind in amazement. Although this end-scene was already indicated from the beginning, I didn’t think that it happened like this. Hence, we really got a nasty cliffhanger, which let us wait magnetized for the third and also last part of this series.

Englisches Cover:
I like the cover very much and you can also recognize Keirran on it perfectly, with his hair and eyes. Even if he doesn’t count to my favorites – the cover looks amazing!

All in all:
I’m so sorry to say that, but for me the book was the worst book, which I’ve read from Kagawa up till now. Now I know, that sounds dreadful – but if you consider how much Kagawa’s books usually always inspire me, it is clear that a 3-point-book is simply the worst one of them, what is in general still a good-average-book.

Rating:
3 of 5 points – (I liked it)
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Quotes: (© Kagawa)

 Ethan: ‚I won’t lie. Annwyl was beautiful. Bbig green eyes, shining brown hair, her body soft and graceful beneath her dress. I was a guy, after all, and I wasn’t blind. But seeing her didn’t make my stomach twist with nerves or the corners of my mouth want to turn up in a smile like they did with Kenzie.‘

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„Humans.“ Grimalkin’s furry head poked out of the grass, tail twiching in annoyance. „Are you coming? Or are you going to stand there and talk until the guardians return and crush your bones to powder? And as the expense of repeating myself – do not touch any of the apples as we are making our way through the orchard. Do not even look at them. Please attempt to have some semblance of self-control, as small as ist might be.“ ^^

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Succession:
# 1: Julie Kagawa – The Lost Prince »»
# 2: Julie Kagawa – The Iron Traitor »»
# 3: Julie Kagawa – Untitled

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(© goodreads.com)

About the author – Julie Kagawa:
She was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel. (Source: goodreads.com)

Visit her Website »»

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[Rezension] Walking Disaster

Beautiful Disaster

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Beautiful Disaster

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‚Walking Disaster‘
by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful # 2

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Inhaltsangabe:

How much is too much to love?
Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.
In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.
Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire’s New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes. (Source: Goodreads.com)

Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Gleich vorab möchte ich hier erwähnen, dass ich ‚Beautiful Disaster‘ geliebt habe und das Buch fast die gesamte Punkteanzahl bekommen hat. Der Grund warum es bei Teil 1 nur vier Punkte, anstatt der gesamten fünf wurden, war ganz klar -> Abby.

Und das ist auch der Hauptgrund, warum dieser Teil nur 3 Punkte bekommen hat. Abby kommt hier nämlich noch schlechter weg als im ersten Teil, jetzt wo wir Travis Sichtweise erfahren. Nicht nur, dass ich nicht verstehen kann, warum er sich so derart in sie verguckt, verhält sie sich aus seiner Sicht aus wirklich sehr gemein und zickig, besonders in den Phasen in den sie Probleme haben oder wieder auseinander brechen. Und die Zeiten, die eigentlich schön wären und die guten Aspekte aus Band eins waren, kamen hier nur kurz vor, beziehungsweise wurden diese eher ausgelassen, weil sie ja in Band eins schon zu lesen waren.

Daher war in diesem Buch viel weniger Zeit mit dem beiden Figuren gemeinsam, sondern viel mehr die Zeit beschrieben, als Travis alleine war, was er zwischen den Zeiten getan hat, als er nicht bei ihr war oder wie er gelitten hat, als sie ihn zweimal oder öfter stehen lassen hat.
Dadurch war es auch keine lineare, gleichmäßige Erzählung, sondern es wirkte bruchstückhaft und holprig, da die guten Szenen nicht mehr beschrieben wurden. Oft gab es dadurch Sprünge in der Zeit von einem Geschehnis zum nächsten und es war alles sehr abgehackt.

Auch fehlten mir die schönen Emotionen und die großen GUTEN Gefühle beim Lesen. Oft war ich nur traurig und habe mit Travis mitgelitten und hätte Abby strangulieren können, anstatt mich nach ihr zu verzerren.

Das einzig Gute an dem Buch war, dass es danach noch etwas länger weiterging und es nicht mit der Hochzeit geendet hat. Hier fand ich den Epilog gelungen, obwohl ich weiß, dass dieser für einige wohl zu kitschig werden könnte. Aber für die Strapazen und das ständige Leiden im Buch, war der Kitsch am Ende, genau das was ich gebraucht habe, um das Buch versöhnlich zu schließen.

Aber für einen richtigen Fan ist es natürlich trotzdem irgendwie ein Muss, auch wenn nicht viel Neues geboten wird … wer Travis liebt, der liest. 😉

Cover:
Ich finde das Cover mit dem Bizeps ganz gut, aber es würde mir noch besser gefallen, wenn die Proportionen passen würden. ^^Dafür ist das zweite Cover gut gemacht und passt von der Aufmachung her auch besser zu Teil eins.

All in all:
Obwohl ich große Probleme mit dem Buch, hier vor allem mit der Handlung hatte, die sehr zerrissen und holprig aufgebaut war, gebe ich trotzdem noch 3 Punkte, weil ich Travis verfallen bin und er mein Held ist, der sein Happy-End schwer verdient hat. Abby kann mir gestohlen bleiben, aber solange er glücklich ist, nehme ich auch sie in Kauf. 😉

Rating:
3 of 5 points – (I liked it)
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Travis and his mother: She was looking down at me, her lids two slits, just enough to let me know she knew I was there. That’s what I loved about her. When she looked at me, she really saw me. She didn’t look past me to the other dozen things she needed to do with her day, or tune out my stupid stories. She listened, and it made her really happy. Everyone else seemed to nod without listening, but not her. Never her.
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His mother to Travis: „One of these days you’re going to fall in love, son. Don’t settle for just anyone. Choose the gilr that doesn’t come easy; the one you have to fight for, and then never stop fighting.“
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Travis: „There’s a girl, Dad.“
He smiled. „A girl.“
„She kinda hates me, and I kinda…“
„Love her?“
„I don’t know. I don’t think so. I mean .. how do you know?“
His smile grew wider. „When you’re talking about her with your old dad because you don’t know what else to do.“
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Travis: „You know why I want you? I didn’t know I was lost until you found me. I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You’re the one thing I’ve got right. You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.“
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Travis: Even though we’d put each other through hell, we’d found heaven.

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Serienreihenfolge:
#  1:    Jamie McGuire – Beautiful Disaster »»
#  2:    Jamie McGuire – Walking Disaster »»

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(© goodreads)

About the author – Jamie McGuire:
Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa. She was raised by her mother Brenda. Jamie attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.
Jamie now lives in Enid, with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with four horses, four dogs, and Rooster the cat.
Books published by Jamie include the Providence trilogy, and The New York Times best seller Beautiful Disaster, a contemporary romance.
(Source: goodreads.com)

Visit her Website »».

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

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[Review] Walking Disaster

Beautiful Disaster

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Beautiful Disaster

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‚Walking Disaster‘
by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful # 2

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Synopsis:

How much is too much to love?
Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.
In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.
Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire’s New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes. (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
Immediately at the begin I would like to mention that I loved/ adored ‚Beautiful Disaster‘ and the book has got almost the whole rating numbers. The only reason why the first part got only four points, instead of the whole five, was quite easy to say -> Abby.

And this is also the main reason why this book has also gotten only 3 points. Abby was here even worse, now when we see everything out of Travis’ point of view. Not only, that I can’t understand why he falls so hard for Abby, from his POV she also behaves really very mean and bitchy, particularly in the phases in which they have problems or break apart again. And the times/ parts, which would have been actually nice and were the good aspects from book one were supposed to be, they were describe only briefly/ short, or were rather let out completely because they were already to be read in first book.

Hence in there were much less time with both figures together this book, but it was mostly the time described when Travis was alone, what he did between the times when he wasn’t with her or how he has suffered when she dumped him twice or left him alone.
Thereby it was also not a linear, steady story, but it looked fragmentary and bumpy, because the good scenes weren’t described. Thus there were often jumps in the time of an event to the next and it made everything very choppy.

Also I missed the great emotions and the big GOOD feelings while reading. Often I was only sad and have suffered with Travis and could have strangled Abby, instead of drool over Abby and miss her constantly.

The only good thing in the book was that it went on a little further and didn’t ended right after the wedding. Here I found the epilogue good, although I know that this could be too much and too kitschy for some readers. But after the exertion and the constant suffering in the book, the big kitsch at the end, was exactly what I’ve needed to close the book happy.

But nevertheless, for a real fan it’s of course a must to read it, even if it didn’t offered a lot new … – who loves Travis, will read it. 🙂

Cover:
I find the cover with the biceps quite good, but I would like it even better if the proportions would fit. ^^ Therefore the second cover is made well and fits also better to the cover of part one.

All in all:
Although I had big problems with this book, here above especially with the plot which was torn and was built up rugged, I nonetheless give another 3 points, because I completely fell for Travis and he’s my kinky hero, who has hard earned his happy end. But Abby – I couldn’t care less about her, but as long as Travis is happy, I’ll go along with her. 😉

Rating:
3 of 5 points – (I liked it)
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Travis and his mother: She was looking down at me, her lids two slits, just enough to let me know she knew I was there. That’s what I loved about her. When she looked at me, she really saw me. She didn’t look past me to the other dozen things she needed to do with her day, or tune out my stupid stories. She listened, and it made her really happy. Everyone else seemed to nod without listening, but not her. Never her.
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His mother to Travis: „One of these days you’re going to fall in love, son. Don’t settle for just anyone. Choose the gilr that doesn’t come easy; the one you have to fight for, and then never stop fighting.“
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Travis: „There’s a girl, Dad.“
He smiled. „A girl.“
„She kinda hates me, and I kinda…“
„Love her?“
„I don’t know. I don’t think so. I mean .. how do you know?“
His smile grew wider. „When you’re talking about her with your old dad because you don’t know what else to do.“
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Travis: „You know why I want you? I didn’t know I was lost until you found me. I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed. You’re the one thing I’ve got right. You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.“
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Travis: Even though we’d put each other through hell, we’d found heaven.

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Succession:
#  1:    Jamie McGuire – Beautiful Disaster »»
#  2:   Jamie McGuire – Walking Disaster »»

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(© goodreads)

About the author – Jamie McGuire:
Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa. She was raised by her mother Brenda. Jamie attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.
Jamie now lives in Enid, with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with four horses, four dogs, and Rooster the cat.
Books published by Jamie include the Providence trilogy, and The New York Times best seller Beautiful Disaster, a contemporary romance.
(Source: goodreads.com)

Visit her Website »».

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

© netgalley

Review: Rules of Attraction

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‚Rules of Attraction
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When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for a year, he doesn’t want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him at a high school in Colorado . Carlos likes living his life on the edge and wants to carve his own path—just like Alex did. Then he meets Kiara Westford. She doesn’t talk much and is completely intimidated by Carlos’ wild ways. As they get to know one another, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she’s too good for him, and refuses to admit that she might be getting to him. But he soon realizes that being himself is exactly what Kiara needs right now.  (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
Surprisingly I’ve liked the book really very much again, although Elkeles presents again very penetratingly the clichéd stereotypes and it also was very much alike as the first book in this series. For example with all the drugs and the same problems, with which Carlos has to battle and on which he puts the blame for the fact, that he can’t live a ’normal‘ life like other teenagers.

But, nevertheless, there are a few good differences, so that the reading never becomes boring and again it was that I read constantly very fast, just to get to know what happens next. The reason for that is primarily that the story is full of likeable characters, and secondly because of the nice liquid and also great and easy writing style of Elkeles.

However, I must confess that although I’ve take the characters to my heart, I liked in this book Carlos less, than in comparison to the first book his brother Alex. Though this is a little pity, I already know that this would happen before I even started the book, because I was just so crazy for Alex in the first book.

For me Carlos seemed too enforced and it was to prominent how he appeared as a ‘bad-boy’, and for that, he couldn’t put me on his side for a longer time. His brother Alex is just my darling and I like his character and hence I’m also extremely glad, that in the second book I could also read a little about him and Brittany. *very great* 🙂

In return I liked the female main character – here she is called Kiara – a lot more than Brittany in the first book. Kiara is really great, though, brainy and has a great rotted to the soil-attitude, although she also has to fight with a few things in her life and clear them for herself. At some times she appears a little bit too perfect, so that I’ve had a hard time to imagine such a girl also in real life, but she is sweet and so I can overlook that. 🙂

Moreover the other characters are also very likeable and I find Kiara’s family just extremely great with their tolerant attitude and their candid treatment of sexuality or drugs. In general I’m of the opinion that such an education for children can only be good and welcome that parents speak openly with them and to clarify that they understand and know, that they can come to their parents with every problem.

Finally just two short points which I would like to state. At first the book was entertaining, but couldn’t keep up with the great first part. Also I hadn’t had to laugh at any parts like in the first book, but there were still a few nice scenes, which made me smile but not more and I like humor and I like it in books.

Secondly the end was similar but not as spectacular as in the first part, and also not with so much feelings and heartache. Here I would have wished for a little more action and a longer preparatory phase. It all happened very fast in the end and therefore I got the feeling that the author just wanted to finish the book.

Cover:
Actually I like it very much and it also fits greatly to the story of the book. The English cover is a little colorless and hence I prefer the German cover with the pink written letters.

All in all:
A nice YA book with pleasant, though partial trivial entertainment, which is perfectly suitable as a summer reading and kidnaps the readers again in their youth and in the first ‘falling-in-love‘.

Rating:
3,5 of 5 points

Quotes:

Carlos: „You’re dangerous.“
Kiara: „Why?“
Carlos: „Because you make me believe in the impossible.“
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Carlos: „This is a team of gay dudes, isn’t it?“
Tuck: „What gave it away? The pink shirts, or half our team drooling over you?“

Carlos: „I’m in deep shit Alex, ‚cause I think I’d like nothin‘ better than to wake up with her every mornin‘.“

Succession:

# 1: Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry  »»
# 2: Simone Elkeles – Rules of Attraction »»
# 3: Simone Elkeles – Chain Reaction
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About the author – Simone Elkeles:

Simone Elkeles is the NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of over seven teen romance novels. She has won various awards and recognition for her books, including the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of America for her book Perfect Chemistry and being named Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago.
(Source:  http://www.simoneelkeles.net)

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B*Trailer: Clockwork Prince #2

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‚Clockwork Prince‘
by Cassandra Clare

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B*Trailer: Wolfsbane #2

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by Andrea Cremer

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From the book series: Nightshade # 2

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Here are some different Covers:

Oh, it’s so hard to choose one of this fabulous book covers. But I prefer the American Hardcover or the Cover of the Kindle Edition, because of the picture on it. The British one is boring and I just don’t like the German Cover. 🙂

Oh Mann, es ist wirklich hart hier eines von diesen fabelhaften Covers auszuwählen! Aber ich bevorzuge dann doch das amerikanische Hardcover oder die Kindle Edition, aufgrund der schöneren Bilder. Das britische ist mir zu langweilig und das deutsche Cover gefählt mir ganz einfach nicht. 🙂

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