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[Review] White Horse

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‚White Horse‘ by Alex Adams

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Synopsis:
Thirty-year-old Zoe leads an ordinary life until the end of the world arrives. She is cleaning cages and floors at Pope Pharmaceuticals when the President of the United States announces that human beings are no longer a viable species. When Zoe realizes that everyone she loves is disappearing, she starts running. Scared and alone in a shockingly changed world, she embarks on a remarkable journey of survival and redemption. Along the way, Zoe comes to see that humans are not defined by their genetic code, but rather by their actions and choices. White Horse offers hope for a broken world, where love can lead to the most unexpected places.
(Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
The world is at the end and the people who are still alive, have either changed into monstrous beasts, or have lost all morality to save their own skin and to put off the fight against the omnipresent death. In the middle of this scenario the book begins and we follow the course of the tragic story with the help of the central character Zoey, who doesn’t only describe in the present how the world is destroyed, but also looks back to the time before the epidemic, before the war and before the downfall of humanity.
This happens mostly within the different chapters and thus is marked with a small heading (Then/ Now), so that the read don’t lose the orientation between the varying times, although the flashbacks into the past are also not written in a chronologically order and this got me confused sometimes. I don‘t know, whether others had also this problem or not, but at the beginning I had a hard time to follow the plot and I would have found it better, if at least a date would have been written at the flashbacks, to get a better overview of the events.

At the beginning of the book is an absolute chaos, not only in the destroyed world, but also for me as a reader and a big question mark stood here first of all. To be honest, I needed some time and chapters to understand the first relations, to form connection and to recognize a red thread. Although this is the case, nevertheless it was a great reading, full of tensions and ‘guessing game’ and I couldn’t stay away from book, because I just had to know how it goes on what happens next to Zoey on her way.

As you can see, Zoey is a character with whom I felt and for whom I worried throughout the book, because though Zoey is strong, grimly and aim-oriented to protect herself and the people in her surroundings and to get her to her goal, BUT still she tries to remain human, not to kill other if it can be avoided, and in spite of all cruel circumstances, tries to offer friendliness and helpfulness.
Which was amazing for me, because often I would have already giving up or have crept away in a cave, only by reading about the scenery and cruelty of some other people, because everything is simply so hopeless, desperate and somber. Moreover there are some scenes, which are really creepy and depressing and sad, so that sometimes I’ve just waited for some positive things, some small glimmers of hope.

Beside the plot and the great central figure, the writing manner of Adam was just wonderful and for me also like an own poetry. She has described everything very visually, put imagines in the reader’s head to grab Zoe’s feelings and to empathize, to feel and to see everything, as if the reader is a part of the story.
In my opinion this is partly good, but on the other side the book got too thick and the action thereby becomes also a little too slow, because of the detailed descriptions surroundings or the graphic representation and poetry of the sentences.
I think that is a personal preference and some will find it great and others won’t like it at all. I can’t choice between one of these two fractions, because I’m right in the middle, because I’ve loved her writing but also would have liked a little bit more actions and events and less descriptions.

Luckily for me, after all the sad things and strain, the end could again completely satisfy me and I was able to finish the book also with a good feeling. Otherwise I would have been – to tell the truth – a little bit mad. Because for what else we do everything in life and risk all, endure all adversities and hang on – just for love – and I think that is one of the basic messages of this book. And that in spite of everything, each of us is still able to decide how we care about others and whether we show humanity and cooperativeness, even if we receive none anymore ourselves.

German Cover:
For me the cover is succeeded brilliantly and it’s also one of the reasons, why the book has struck me. It tragically catches the plot and reflects perfectly the somber atmosphere.

All in all:
A book that leaves nobody cold and which pulls you into it from the first pages on, without a chance to escape. For me this one book would have been enough and hence, I’m really curious what the author has planned for the next installment. We’ll see what the future brings – I’m looking forward to it! 🙂

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

Zoe: „When I awake, the world is still gone.“
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Zoe: „He reels me in, cups my face with both hands, and becomes my whole world. This is a kiss–maybe the last one we’ll ever know, so we stay there forever, warm and safe. When he pulls away, something is lost. I think it’s my heart.“
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Succession:

#  1:    Alex Adams – White Horse »»
#  2:    Alex Adams – Red Horse
#  3:    Alex Adams  – Untitled
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About the author – Alex Adams:
Alex Adams was born in New Zealand, raised in Greece and Australia, and currently lives in Oregon–which is a whole lot like New Zealand, minus those freaky-looking wetas. Her debut novel, White Horse (Emily Bestler Books/Atria) hits shelves April 17, 2012. Her fingers are crossed that the world won’t end before then. (Source: goodreads.com)

Visit her Website »»
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.A huge Thanks for the reviewer’s copy to:

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[Review] Legend

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‚Legend‘ by Marie Lu

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Synopsis:
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets. (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thougts about the book:
I’ve finished the book ‘Legend’ within two days and usually this is always a good sign, but here, I partially had my problems with it.
In any case positively is to be mentioned, that the writing style is very easy to read and it goes on quick and casual, with a special easiness. This is probably due to the fact to that the story is written in the present and on the other hand that it is used a very simply language, without a lot of frills, descriptions or kitsch, what also fits to the whole elitist system, which is described in the book.

However, to tell the truth, the plot and also the characters here didn’t completely knocked my socks off, but it was also at the same time no disappointment, but rather just quite average.
The plot is thrilling and also dramatically written, so that I wanted to read on fast. But it seemed to me in between that as if I’ve waited for something certain to happen, but unfortunately it never really came. Particularly with the first third of the book I had this feeling, when also the action got on just slowly. But then the last pages have virtually overturned with action and more action and everything happened here too quickly for me till to the end.

What also stroked me considering the plot was, that for me it wasn’t a real dystopia, but it rather appeared like a book about war, like a story, which has happened during the second world war with the Nazis and the totalitarian, pitiless system – only that here some modern elements were inserted, to be able to let it play in the future and to be able to declare it as a dystopia for the right marketing. Also this selection of the children and these researches, sounded very much like something that already happened in those times and hence, I found these points not very original. But only terrifyingly; like it probably also should be appear.

Now to the central figures in the story: Day and June.
The male protagonist Day is quite okay, but I don’t always understand completely his actions or the reason for his past doings, which always were mentioned only briefly or I don’t understand, why he is the most searched criminal of this republic. For me it looks a little too exaggerated, that he should be the ‘#1 enemy of the state’, only because he has committed little things like little raids or smaller sabotages, but up to now he has never made really big damages or killed somebody. So why should this big, strong regime, like this republic here, care for such a prowler and places so much value for his arrest?
Otherwise Day was a nice and also attractive character, of whom I liked to get to know more about and I hope, that we still get more from in the next parts.

Also June was likeable to me, but I couldn’t understand, how she should be one of the best agents, the most intelligent person and already got her degree – at the age of just 15 years? Again it seemed to me too exaggerated and phony.

Moreover I unfortunately couldn’t build up a strong connection to Day or June and for my taste they have fallen in love with each other too fast. I mean – these two were drilled their whole life to hate each other and already after two days they’ve spend time together on the street, they have to kiss each other, because they can’t stop themselves? Ohm, hello – have I missed there something?
Okay, they were sweet and everything and have also suffered and must endure many pains, but nevertheless, I missed the special spark for them.

German Cover:
Concerning the contents the cover fits perfectly to the story and the military construction. But I’m rather a fan of flourishes, charming lines and luminous colors; hence this cover looks a little dumpy for me.

All in all:
But in spite of the hard criticism, the book gets 3 points for the exhilarating action and the liquid, quick writing style. This book appeared like a longer pre-story, but I think, there is still place up and that the second part can inspire my enthusiasm more.

Rating:
3 of 5 points – (I liked it)

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A huge Thanks for the reviewer’s copy to:

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Succession:

# 1: Marie Lu – Legend »»
# 2: Marie Lu – Prodigy
# 3: Marie Lu – Untitled

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About the author – Marie Lu:
She writes young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, she was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, she was an Art Director at a video game company. Now she shuffles around at home and talk to herself a lot. 🙂
She graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where she spend her time stuck on the freeways.  (Source: goodreads.com)

Visit her Website »».

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Review: Iron Queen

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‚The Iron Queen
by Julie Kagawa

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Synopsis:

Meghan and Ash are on their way to Meghan’s family, after they were banned from the Never never because of their love for each other. But there they get attacked by some iron feys, because the false Iron King wants to kidnap Meghan and then to kill her. Therefore Meghan has to realize that she can’t have a ‘normal’ life before she hasn’t got rid of the false Iron King and killed him – again. Ash stay’s the whole time at her side and shortly after they all, to say Meghan, Ash, Puck and Grimalkin find themselves in a hidden house of Leandsidhe, where they plan their next moves. But then one day the summer and the winter courts come to them to ask Meghan to kill the false Iron King for them, and in exchange the exile will be lifted and they will be free to go back to the fairyland…

First Sentence:
Eleven years ago, on my sixth birthday, my father disappeared.

My thoughts about the book:
This book has more than fulfilled my expectation and I don’t know where to begin my review… there were so many beautiful moments, which I will re-read again in the future, but there were also sad and desperate ones, which made my heart ache and which made me cry till I was sitting on my couch sobbing and the tears just flowed over my cheeks *it was great*.
The story began when Meghan and Ash were together, and this time they were totally alone, in the mortal world and there they wandered around to accomplish one by one some ‘tasks’ to draw near their goal to end the false Iron King’s life. To be hones Meghan didn’t want to have to do something with all this fairy stuff anymore and we all were hoping for some break or some special time for Meghan and Ash, where they could enjoy being together. Should be too much to ask for after Meghan killed the first Iron King, then fighted for Ash and their love and saved her little brother and thousand of feys by the way. But I guess it would become boring if there wouldn’t happen something interesting and if Meghan and Ash wouldn’t go back to Never never to fight there against many more dangers and threats. NO! So they went back and fighted like crazy and it all made it more thrilling and exciting and for me the whole book was an emotional rollercoaster and at some points I even got a little heart attack. What I want to say with this is, that even though there were some moments they were going slower, that the book all in all was more rapid and thrilling than any other book of this series so far. The fights were more blood lusting and also the input from Meghan were definitely higher, so that she fought with her own sword and didn’t stand on the side like it the other books and were thinking “Oh, what should I do?” – So I really liked that change. And also her whining, about everything that concerns Ash, was less annoying and often than in the books before. (If you ask me, it was no wonder- because of all Ash did for her and what he all said to her *so sweet*) und now she also finally knows where to put her feelings for Puck and that they should just be friends *surprise*. I really like Puck and he can make you smile and lift your spirit, but he’s just not the right one for a romance, because he’s too hyped and flippancy. And let us be straight, but who doesn’t really want hard muscles, a great six-pack, sexy messy hairs and a hard shell, which we have to break up to get to the sweet and delicious soft heart – like it is with Ash. Kagawa has made a great job with him and it was great how she build his character: at first an arrogant and unreachable Prince of the unseelie court who appears that he doesn’t care of anything but of himself. And then from book to book this wall breaks and shows us his history and his feelings – and we loved it (or I did). And Kagawa did it so well, that he doesn’t become too soft or sensitive, no, he is still a fighter and an ice-cold killer – he is still or beloved ‘ice-boy’! 🙂
All in all I’m really happy how everything turns out in the end, even though I cried like a baby at the end. But I guess it just has to be this way or otherwise we wouldn’t get a next and the ultimate last book (Iron Knight #4). And so I’m sure everything will be fine and that Kagawa will make a great and breathe taking final we all will love.

English Cover:
Like all the other covers in this series, this one is great as well and just beautiful and adorable and with great details. Also the German cover which is also great, especially the leaves on the eyelashes are great.

All in all:
This book has ALL what a book can have – love, jealousy, drama, heartaches, humor, strong characters and funny dialogs and passionate love scenes (though there could have been more and they could have been more intense *lol*). Please read it!!

Rating:
4,5 of 5 points

Quotes:
Meghan: “We could die tomorrow,“ I whispered back. „I want to be with you tonight. I don’t want to have any regrets, when it comes to us. So, yes, I’m sure. I love you, Ash.”

Ash: „If I’d thought I would regret it,“ he said calmly, „I never would have made that oath. I knew what becoming a knight would mean. And if you asked me again, the answer would still be the same.“ He sighed, framing my face with his hands. „My life… everything I am… belongs to you.“..
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Succession:

# 1: Julie Kagawa – The Iron King
# 1,5: Julie Kagawa – Winter’s Passage
# 2: Julie Kagawa – The Iron Daughter
# 3: Julie Kagawa – The Iron Queen
# 3,5: Julie Kagawa – Summer’s Crossing
# 4 : Julie Kagawa – The Iron Knight

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