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[Gast-Rezension] – Plötzlich Prinz: Die Rache der Feen [Nadine]

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‚Plötzlich Prinz: Die Rache der Feen‘
von Julie Kagawa

Plötzlich Prinz #3

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Knapp dem Tode entronnen, muss Ethan Chase, der Bruder der Feenkönigin Meghan, feststellen, dass Nimmernie und die Welt der Menschen bedroht sind. Nachdem die Barrieren zwischen den beiden Welten durchlässiger geworden sind, gewinnt die Herrscherin der Vergessenen, beflügelt durch die Furcht der Menschen, zunehmend an Macht. An der Spitze ihrer Armee: Keirran, Ethans Neffe und Meghans abtrünniger Sohn! Die Vergessenen wollen die Herrschaft über ganz Nimmernie an sich reißen, und der Einzige, der sie jetzt noch stoppen kann, ist Ethan. Doch er muss dafür alles riskieren: das Vertrauen seiner Schwester, seine Liebe zu seiner Freundin Kenzie und sein Leben … (Source: randomhouse.de)

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Da sind wir nun also – angekommen im letzten Teil der Plötzlich-Fee-/ Plötzlich Prinz-Reihe und ich kann euch sagen, es war eine harte, anstrengende und aufregende Reise für alle Beteiligten.

Ethan hat den üblen Verrat durch Keirran überlebt und muss sich nun gemeinsam mit den Feenherrschern der Situation um den Kampf des Nimmernie stellen. Eine weitere Feenkönigin, der es Einhalt zu gebieten, eine Armee von Vergessenen, die es zu bezwingen gilt…Die Schauplätze, die Kagawa wieder aufleben lassen und auch neu erschaffen hat, waren wie immer fantastisch, aufregend und toll beschrieben. Es war ein bisschen wie Nach-Hause-kommen, als ich an alten Orten Meghan, Ash, Puck, Grim… ja selbst Titania und Mab wiederbegegnet bin. Aber auch die neuen Schauplätze haben mir sehr gefallen und ich frage mich immer wieder wie man so kreativ tolle Orte erschaffen kann! Das Nimmernie hat seinen Charme also auch dieses Mal keinesfalls verloren – ich kann euch sagen, ich werde die Feenwelt und seine Bewohner sehr vermissen.

Obwohl ich dem letzten Teil insofern entgegengefiebert habe, dass ich endlich wissen wollte, wie es denn nun letzten Endes ausgeht, war ich enttäuscht von einigen Charakteren.

Es ist mir schwer gefallen, Meghan so distanziert und nur nebenbei gesehen zu haben. Durch ihre Seitenrolle erschien sie mir fast etwas fremd. Es ist mir klar, dass es nicht ihre Geschichte war, um die es ging, aber dennoch hätte ich mir mehr Miteinander für Ethan und sie gewünscht.
Ganz besonders deshalb, weil ich finde, dass Ethan’s Entwicklung im Verlauf eher bedauerlich war. Von Teil I –III  konnte ich einfach nicht diesen, durchaus als sehr maskulin-attraktiv beschriebenen, jungen Schwertkämpfer mit dem immer noch kleinen, jammernden Kind, das er stellenweise war, in Einklang bringen. Da pfeffert er in der einen Minute noch sämtlichen Vergessenen seine Schwerter um die Ohren, um u.a. das gesamte Nimmernie zu retten (das er so hasst), und im nächsten Moment hat er (WIEDER) Trotzanwandlungen und ist immer noch sauer, dass überhaupt Feen in seinem Leben sind und, noch wichtiger, seine Schwester ihn verlassen hat wegen einer „blöden“ Fee (seine Gedanken, nicht meine). Und diese ganze Sache diskutiert er keinesfalls mit Meghan aus, sondern gibt (weiterhin) Ash die Schuld daran. Wo ist der Junge denn dann bitte gereift?! Mit Klar ist es einfacher auf den „emotional-Fremden“ sauer zu sein, aber wenigstens jetzt  hätte ich mir eher gewünscht, dass er diesen Reifegrad erreicht und es mit Meghan ausmacht, nicht (nur) mit Ash. Es wird besonders am Anfang dieses Buches eine dermaßen enge und innige Bindung zu seiner Schwester beschrieben, sodass ich einfach nicht verstehe, dass er den „Vertrauensbruch“ ihrerseits nicht auch mit ihr ausmacht, sondern abwälzt.
Was es mir weiterhin schwer gemacht hat, auch wenn ich jetzt vielleicht Rüge bekomme, waren seine gelegentlich doch recht derben „Ich hau jetzt drauf und bin der coole Kerl“-Sprüche im Vergleich zum totalen Softie (Stichwort Kenzie) und Jammertyp (siehe oben). Das waren mit etwas zu viele Gegensätze. Sicherlich ist es nicht einfach alle Emotioinen, die Ethan (sogar absolut verständlicherweise hat) unter einen Hut zu  bringen, aber für mich war es nicht in sich abgerundet geschrieben. Und nachdem mich also diese ganzen Dinge schon leicht auf die Palme gebracht haben, kam mir Razor mit seinem „böse Mieze“doch „einmal“ zu oft vor. Emotional hat es Kagawa also dieses Mal nicht geschafft mich mit ihren Figuren positiv zu berauschen und von deren Gefühlen mitreißen zu lassen.

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Das deutsche Cover ist wie im Stil der Vorgänger dieser Reihe gehalten. Man sieht immer noch die Verbindung zur „1.Generation“, aber es wurde auf die Schnörkel verzichtet, was meiner Meinung nach auch besser zum männlichen Protagonisten passt. Durch die Schlichtheit verliert es damit aber leider ein bisschen Glamour und ist weniger ein Eyecatcher.

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Der letzte Teil einer langen Reise und obwohl ich die Bewohner und Schauplätze des Nimmernie sehr vermissen werde, bin ich auch froh, dass dieser Teil der Geschichte zu Ende ist. Das große emotionale Feeling wie in der ersten Reihe ist leider ausgeblieben und obgleich die fantastische Welt mich gefangen hielt, konnten die (neuen) Charaktere nicht so fesseln. Es bleiben ein wehmütiges und ein erleichtertes Auge zurück. Ich hoffe, eines Tages nochmal ins Nimmernie eintauchen zu können, aber dann entweder von der  ersten Generation zu lesen oder aber ein detaillierteres „Crossover“ der beiden Generationen zu erleben.

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3 of 5 points – (I liked it)

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Liebste Grüße.

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#1: Kagawa, Julie – Plötzlich Prinz: Das Erbe der Feen
#2: Kagawa, Julie – Plötzlich Prinz: Das Schicksal der Feen
#3: Kagawa, Julie – Plötzlich Prinz: Die Rache der Feen

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Julie Kagawa:https://i1.wp.com/juliekagawa.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/JuliePic_650.jpg
She was born in Sacramento, California. To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. Then she worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon puppy.
(Source: juliekagawa.com)

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Vielen Dank für das Rezensionsexemplar an:

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[Review] Teardrop

Teardrop

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‚Teardrop‘
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Lauren Kate

Teardrop # 1
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Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Eureka won’t let anyone close enough to feel her pain. After her mother was killed in a freak accident, the things she used to love hold no meaning. She wants to escape, but one thing holds her back: Ander, the boy who is everywhere she goes, whose turquoise eyes are like the ocean.
And then Eureka uncovers an ancient tale of romance and heartbreak, about a girl who cried an entire continent into the sea. Suddenly her mother’s death and Ander’s appearance seem connected, and her life takes on dark undercurrents that don’t make sense. Can everything you love be washed away? (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
I really wanted to love the book, at least so far that I may be able to recommend it – I mean, have a look at this wonderful cover and also the synopsis sounded very promising – particularly, because it sounded like a fresh and new story. And also the beginning was really good, has carried me away immediately and I found the writing style nice, even if it was sometimes a little bit too poetic and then at the next moment it was too uncouth again.

At first I could still sympathize with the central character Eureka, understand her thoughts and actions. We accompanied her through the first chapters as she handles the death of her mother and the funereal processing afterwards, with her class-mates, whom now look differently at her or when Eureka visits her psychiatrist. All along her best and cheeky friend Cat is on her side or also her best and the joke-making friend Brooks.
Soon I liked Brooks very much and also up to the end he’s my explained favorite of the story. But unfortunately the author has another love hero in her mind for Eureka and therefore, the mysterious Ander has appeared over and over again. With Ander, only the readers know who he really is, what he wants or why he appears at Eurekas side over and over again. And therefore Eureka asks herself all the time whether he wants to harm her or if he wants to help and besides, she constantly feels drawn to him in a romantic way. Furthermore it also happened, that she kissed Brooks – her best friend – but, actually she thought of Ander at the same time. But no problem in the love-triangle, because Brooks will be turned to the bad person of the story, so then Eureka can snug with Ander without feeling guilty. *jipie*-> YES, this was sarcastic, if you ask yourselves.

Everything was so ridiculously, also the contained love story and how it has developed, or as well the story of the book, which went in a direction I liked less and less. At first old legends were dug out, myths were indicated of the city Atlantis – which I really liked, but then the power of Eureka were for me too much fantasy and also a little absurd. No, maybe that is the wrong saying. It wasn’t due to the fact that there was too much fantasy, but rather how it was described and how Eureka has handled the whole exposures around her person. It was really gross, what she has found out, but she has just swallowed it and has simply used her strength without freaking out. Thereby for me it was, combined with the plot, simply too much and an overkill. So at the end I only could incredulous shake my head. Hence I was disappointed by the initial good book and I will also not continue this series and I’ll also stop my experiment with Lauren Kate. Unfortunately, the book wasn’t meant for me.

Cover:
A wonderful cover, which shows also perfectly the plot of the book and it’s simply charming. *great*

All in all:
Unfortunately, the magnificent cover, which has animated me to read the story, is already the only wonderful thing about the book. The plot, as well as the characters, weren’t understandable for me and everything was too detached for my taste and this, although I usually have no problems with a good fantasy story – but here, everything was too much and too unbelievable.

Rating:
2,5 of 5 points – (it was okay)

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Quotes: (© Kate)

„Love was a dance floor where everyone you loved left a mark behind.
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„Wisdom holds a candle to experience, but you’ve got to take the candle and walk alone.“.

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Succession:
# 1:  Lauren Kate – Teardrop »»
# 2:  Lauren Kate – Untitled
# 3:  Lauren Kate – Untitled

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(© goodreads)

About the author – Lauren Kate:
Lauren Kate grew up in Dallas, went to school in Atlanta, and started writing in New York.
She is the author of Fallen and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. She lives in Laurel Canyon with her husband and hopes to work in a restaurant kitchen, get a dog, and learn how to surf.
She is currently at work on the sequel to Fallen.
(Source: goodreads.com)

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A huge Thanks for the reviewer’s copty to:

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[Review] Obsidian

Obsidian

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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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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)

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[Snapshot] Bonds of Trust (eng.)

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‚Bonds of Trust‘  by Lynda Aicher

Wicked Play #1.

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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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[Snapshot] Dearly Beloved (eng.)

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‚Dearly, Beloved‘  by Lia Habel.

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My opinion:
I‘ve really tried to like this book, more than part one, with which I already had my problems, but again it hasn‘t worked. If I had to use two words to describe it, I can only say ‚too long‘ or ‚boring’. Honestly, you just have to read the synopsis of the book to recognize that here is somebody, who has immense problems to be brief – and it’s like this in the whole book. I‘ve read more than 500!! pages, with a slow, tough course, which could also be written in 250-300 pages, and everybody would have been happier with it.

The plot ran incredibly slow without building up a great tension and it was a too much unnecessary gossip in between. As annoying was also the fact, that again with every chapter the narrator view changed from one character to the other. Of course this happened primarily between Nora and Bram, the main characters of the story, but nevertheless, many others figures also got a chance to speak, like the best friend Pamela, or also they ‚bad persons’ in the story, what I found absolutely unnecessary, because it didn’t interested me what they thought or felt. For me it’s enough to get a summary at the end, where I can read why they have done this or that.
Furthermore at the beginning were too many info and characters, so that it was hard to picture every character or to classify them properly.

In the second part, it was positive, that I’ve better got along with Pamela, because she appeared more realistic and authentic and also in spite of her big problems to handle all the things with the zombies, she didn’t duck her head, but instead admitted her weakness. But not in an annoying way, but it felt real, as one could imagine react, in such a situation. Hence her chapters were almost my favorite ones and I found her development with this Lord very interesting and this is also the reason, that I wanted to read on – and that I’ve got the second book on netgalley 😉
Here I was also more thrilled by Nora than in the first book, though I found her sometimes a little too outstanding and too fearless, but then I also liked her cheeky, independent behavior. Whether her character fits in this described background of the story or not, because on the other side everything in the story is presented very strict and prude.

Moreover, I find it – sorry to all fans – disgusting, how Nora could make out with Bram. I mean, this guy is a zombie! Okay, sure – he is one of the zombies, who haven’t rotted yet in a strong way, like the others, and he also still looks rather nice …, however, but he’s still a zombie, damn! He has scars, his body is already patched up several times and he virtually rots away during the story … and Nora smooches with him! *gag*  – Here for example an extract from the story – this just doesn’t work for me at all!:

His lips found my brow, the sensation instantly identifiable due to the bit of thread that stitched his broken lower lip together. I loved his every scar.

After the second part I’ve decided to break up this series. But because I’m still a little curious what will become of the zombies (–I count on a healing, so that Bram don’t has to die), and I would like to know how the relationship of Pamela and this Lord develops in the next book. Therefore I simply plan to read the reviews from the last book. But not more, that’s really enough. 🙂.

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Thanks for the reviewer’s copy to:

© netgalley.com

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[Snapshot] Speak/ Sprich

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‚Speak‘ / ‚Sprich‘
by Laurie Halse Anderson.

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(The German review is further down/
Die Deutsche Rezension ist weiter unten)

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I don’t know exactly how I should rate this book, because it has moved me very much from the topic and partly has also caught very well the emotions. But unfortunately, I couldn’t get along with Anderson’s writing style, which has seemed to me in English even much bumpier than the German translation of her books. I can say that, because I’ve read already read ‚Wintergirls‘ by Anderson, which also deals with a very serious subject. But like there, also here the writing is too unbalanced, chopped off and also with the dialogues I had to get used to – especially here in this case where Mel not really talks, but only has internal monologues or communicates with others by nods or very short sentences.

For me these are also the main reasons, why the book has only got 2.5 points. Besides I also haven’t liked it, that then the end came too suddenly, after the read has trembled so long with Mel and was worried about her. It would have interested me, how it goes on afterwards, and don’t want only to see a small highlight at the end and then after half a page later the book just ends – this was way too quick.

Moreover, I have relatively soon figured out what the big mystery and her secret was. Unfortunately I was right with my guess and it let me feel sick, like it did to Mel.
And yeah, here partly it has also fitted like Anderson has wrote the book, but nevertheless I would have liked it to read it in a more liquid form, without the constantly disturbing of my reading fluency, because of the short, clunky sentences.

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Ich weiß nicht genau, wie ich dieses Buch bewerten soll, da es mich vom Thema her sehr bewegt hat und auch teilweise gut die Emotionen eingefangen hat. Aber leider kam ich überhaupt nicht zu Recht mit Andersons Schreibweise, die mir auf Englisch noch viel holpriger vorgekommen ist, als eine deutsche Übersetzung ihrer Bücher. Ich habe nämlich bereits ‚Wintermädchen‘ von Anderson gelesen, welches sich ebenfalls mit einem sehr ernsten Thema beschäftigt. Aber wie dort, so auch hier, ist der Text zu unausgeglichen, abgehackt und auch die Dialoge sind sehr gewöhnungsbedürftig – besonders hier in diesem Fall, wo Mel nicht wirklich redet, sondern die ganze Zeit nur innere Monologe führt oder mit den anderen durch nicken oder ganz kurzen Sätzen kommuniziert.

Das sind für mich auch die Hauptgründe, warum das Buch nur 2,5 Punkte bekommen hat. Nebenbei hat es mir auch nicht gefallen, dass das Ende dann zu abrupt kam, nachdem man so lange mit Mel gezittert und sich um sie gesorgt hat. Mich hätte es einfach interessiert, wie es dann weiter geht und nicht nur ein kleines Highlight am Ende und dann noch eine halbe Seite, bevor das Buch zu Ende ist – das war mir viel zu rasch.

Außerdem habe ich relativ bald geahnt, was das große Mysterium und ihr Geheimnis war. Leider bin ich damit richtig gelegen und es hat mir selber die Übelkeit aufsteigen lassen.
Und ja, zum Teil hat es hier auch gepasst wie Anderson das Buch angelegt hat, trotzdem hätte ich es in einer flüssigeren Form lieber gelesen, ohne dass ständig mein Lesefluss durch die kurzen, hölzernen Sätze gestört wird.

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Mel: ‚How could she know this? I don’t know what I’m doing in the next five minutes and she has the next ten years figured out. I’ll worry about making it out of ninth grade alive. Then I’ll think about a career path.‘

Mel: ‚It’s easier not to say anything. Shut your trap, button your lip, can it. All that crap you hear on TV about communication and expressing feelings is a lie. Nobody really wants to hear what you have to say.‘

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I’ve read this book for the ‚Book2Movie – Challenge 2012
Ich habe dieses Buch für die ‘Book2Movie – Challenge’ 2012 gelesen!

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(Source: FBTrailers)

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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:

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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)

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[Review] Air

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‚Air‚ by
Terra Harmony

The Akasha Serie # 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rating:
3 of 5 points (I liked it)

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Succession:

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

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(© goodreads)

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

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