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Rezension: Nacht des Begehrens

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‚Nacht des Begehrens‘
by Kresley Cole

Immortals After Dark # 1
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Inhaltsangabe:
Die Halbvampirin Emmaline begegnet auf ihrer Reise durch Europa in Paris dem gut aussehenden, wenn auch ungehobelten Lachlain, dem Anführer des schottischen Clans der Lykae. Nach vielen Jahren der Einsamkeit ist er davon überzeugt, dass Eammaline seine Seelengefährtin ist, obwohl er Vampire zutiefst verabscheut. Er entführt sie auf seine Burg nach Schottland. Eammaline fühlt sich von Lachlains Leidenschaft abgestoßen und verfällt doch seiner dunklen Verführungskunst…   (Source: Goodreads.com)

Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Es ist wirklich schwierig für mich eine Rezension zu diesem Buch und generell zu dieser Reihe von Cole zu schreiben. Zu einem habe ich das erste Buch regelrecht verschlungen, aber zum anderen gibt es trotzdem viele Kritikpunkte, die mich sehr stören.
Zum Beispiel habe ich das Buch nicht so schnell gelesen, weil die Handlung so derart spannend war, sondern vor allem weil die Erotikpassagen ganz okay waren und das auch das Beste am Buch war und ich mich quasi von einer Erotikszene zur nächsten gehangelt habe und den Text dazwischen einfach nur schnell gelesen habe, um weiter zu kommen. Und das, obwohl ich diese Szenen auch nicht (im Vergleich zu anderen guten Erwachsenenbüchern) so überaus grandios gefunden habe, sondern nur weil ich vermutlich einfach gerade in der Stimmung für das Buch war. Aber ich habe kein Interesse daran das Buch ein weiteres Mal zu lesen, wie es zb. bei den Black Dagger (J. R. Ward) oder Fever (Karen Marie Moning) -Büchern der Fall ist.
Im Vergleich zu diesen Büchern hat mir hier auch die Tatsache nicht gefallen, dass jedes Wesen seinen ultimativen Gegenpart hat, also entweder eine Gefährtin, Frau, Braut… usw. die für ihn alleine geschaffen ist und in der sich das männliche Wesen ohne Gegenwehr vollkommen verliert. Es ist sogar nicht einmal wichtig, ob sie diese ‚Frau‘ dann leiden können, ob sie ihnen gefällt oder ob sie der ‚richtigen‘ Rasse angehört – es ist quasi vorgegeben, wer für sie bestimmt ist und sie können nicht einmal mitentscheiden oder müssen auch nicht wirklich viel tun, um sie zu bekommen. Hallo – was soll das denn? Ich fand das alles sehr unsinnig und es geht dadurch sehr viel an Spannung verloren und obwohl es ein Fantasiebuch ist, hätte ich mir in dieser Sache etwas mehr ‚Realität‘ gewünscht.

Noch dazu war die ganze Welt viel zu konstruiert und Cole hatte Schwierigkeiten diese ganze Welt, mit den verschiedenen Wesen wie Lykaen, Vampiren, Walküren und dem Mythos, verständlich und glaubwürdig zu erklären. Sogar ich hatte – besonders im ersten Teil – meine Probleme damit, obwohl ich fast ausschließlich Fantasiebücher lese und ich generell sehr aufgeschlossen bin, aber das Buch war auch für mich zu verwirrend und zu viel des Guten.

Außerdem hat mir auch die Schreibweise nicht sonderlich zugesagt und ich habe vor allem die Dialoge oftmals als sehr störend und nicht passend gefunden, was den Lesefluss massiv gehemmt hat.
Nichtsdestotrotz war es ein nette Zeitvertreib beim Lesen und wer nicht viel Wert auf die Handlung legt, sondern sich nur auf die gut beschriebenen Erotikpassagen konzentriert, hat trotzdem seinen Spaß bei diesem Buch. Band zwei werde ich trotzdem noch lesen, schon alleine aus dem Grund, weil ich es als Geschenk bekommen habe und es gelesen werden muss. 😉

Cover:
Ist okay und auch schön gestaltet und man weiß sofort auf was man sich einlässt. Schade nur dass das Paar auf dem Cover absolut nicht zu den beschriebenen Figuren im Buch passt.

All in all:
Durchschnittliches Buch, das einige Verbesserungen bei der Charakterausarbeitung und Handlungsverlauf gebrauchen könnte, aber auch vereinzelt ein paar Highlights enthält.

Rating:
3 of 5 points (I liked it)

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Serienreihenfolge:

#0,5:Kresley Cole – The Warlord Wants Forever
# 1:  Kresley Cole – Nacht des Begehrens »»
# 2:  Kresley Cole – Kuss der Finsternis »»
# 3:  Kresley Cole – Versuchung des Blutes
# 4:  Kresley Cole – Tanz des Verlangens
# 5:  Kresley Cole – Verführung der Schatten
# 6:  Kresley Cole – Zauber der Leidenschaft
# 7:  Kresley Cole – Eiskahlte Berührung
# 8:  Kresley Cole – Flammen der Begierde
# 9:  Kresley Cole – Demon from the Dark
# 10: Kresley Cole – Dreams of a Dark Warrior
# 11:  Kresley Cole – Lothaire
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About the author – Kresely Cole:
Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, as well as five award-winning historical romances.
Before becoming a writer, Cole was a world-ranked athlete, coach, and graduate student. She has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Two of her favorite places to visit include the rain forests of Central America and the Far North Queensland area of Australia.
Her IAD books have been translated into seventeen foreign languages, garnered two RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.
Cole lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals.” She spends any free time traveling and enjoys all things related to boats and water. 
(Source: goodreads.com)

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[Review] Bayou Moon

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‚Bayou Moon‘ by Ilona Andrews

The Edge # 2
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Synopsis:
Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.
But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge—and Cerise’s life . William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.
When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly—but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive. (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
Maybe some of you can remember how much I liked and how much enthusiastic I was about the first book of Andrews’ series ‘The Edge’ and therefore I hardly couldn’t wait to read the second part, particularly because I also was already a fan of William in the first book, and secondly because I read it together with a blogger-friend in a reading-circle, which meant more fun for me or both of us. 🙂
But here in spite of all that, this book has disappointed me a little, although it’s not recognizable at the first sight, because of the average rating.

All in all it’s also not bad, and also better than other books I’ve already read so far, but if I compare it to part one, here it lacked at some places.
First of all I’ve only got very haltingly in the story and it was at first also a little bit too long-breathed to me. The surrounding area was described too detailed, many new characters were introduced and to be honest, I’ve only waited for the time, when the two central characters William and Cerise meet each other. And when they finally did it, then I even haven’t really recognized it immediately, but I don’t want to say much about it, otherwise I would spoil a lot. 😉

And although also here these two characters have fitted greatly together, I just couldn‘t feel with them, as I did with Declan and Rose in the first book. This is probably due to the fact, that both characters are very determined, stubborn and like to look out for others and rather do something to defeat the ‘bad guys’, instead of take care for their own feelings, or just identify them. Unfortunately, hence it’s also clear, that here aren’t many romantic scenes and even in the second book there is even less fun and humor in it, than in the predecessor. What I found both a great pity, particularly the abstinence of the big feelings and the pleasant prickle in the belly, when the characters fall in love with each other. Okay, yes, it was also quite nice every now and then, but the big feelings were missing.

The second point, which has led to less joy of reading, was that Andrews were very often changed between the narrative perspective, which wouldn’t have disturbed me so much, if it had been only between William and Cerise, but unfortunately many other characters also got a chance to speak. Here not only from the good figures, but also every now and then from the enemies of the story, which was for me extremely unnecessary, because these chapters revealed no important revelations, but only made the book thicker. Here it would have been better to shorten the book by some chapter and to write it exclusively from the point of the main characters – I really would have liked that more. Furthermore also the certain spark has been absent anyhow all the time and as already said, some pages in it were unnecessary and described too detailed.
Also the plot couldn’t grab me like in the first part and often the pages got filled with too many details. Added to that comes that also the description of this surrounding area in the middle of the marsh brought an unwell feeling to me and the portrayal and the world in the first part of the ‘Edge-series’ were for me much better and more pleasant.

And now we are already at the end, which has allowed me to finish this book happy and peacefully. If you haven’t read the book yet, then please stop reading now, because – SPOILER ALERT –

I namely found absolutely great, that at the end it has worked with these two, although they are both stubborn as hell, and hence it was also really sweet, as her father has helped them a little. Moreover it was very nice that I could read how the life goes on now for them in the Weird, now that they’ve settled down there. And it was even better to hear that they live close to Rose and Declan and that also the children Jack, George, Gaston and Lake spend time together. Everything sounds very peaceful and like a nice, lovely family-life with friends and exactly that, the figures have earned, after all the strains. Hence this end was perfect for me and I found it absolutely cute! 🙂

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Also here the cover is again a feast for the eyes and I like the picture very much, although it has little relation to the plot.

All in all:
Unfortunately part two is a little weaker than the great first book, but I’m sure, that this series still has to offer a lot and that the next book will fulfill my full expectation again. Andrews simply knows how to write exciting, amorous books and therefore I remain loyal to her. 🙂

Rating:
3 of 5 points – (I liked it)

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A huge Thanks for the reviewer’s copy to:

Egmont Lyx

 

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Succession:
# 1: Ilona Andrews – On the Edge »»
# 2: Ilona Andrews – Bayou Moon »»
# 3: Ilona Andrews – Fate’s Edge
# 4: Ilona Andrews – Steel’s Edge

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(© goodreads)

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

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[Review] On the Edge

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‚One the Edge‘
by Ilona Andrews

The Edge # 1
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Synopsis:
Rose Drayton lives on the Edge, between the world of the Broken (where people drive cars, shop at Wal-Mart, and magic is a fairy tale) and the Weird (where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny). Only Edgers like Rose can easily travel from one world to the next, but they never truly belong in either.
Rose thought if she practiced her magic, she could build a better life for herself. But things didn’t turn out how she planned, and now she works a minimum wage, off the books job in the Broken just to survive. Then Declan Camarine, a blueblood noble straight out of the deepest part of the Weird, comes into her life, determined to have her (and her power)…
(Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
To be honest at the beginning I had a few problems with this book. Particularly the writing style was not mine and was for me a little bit too rough and intricate. In addition all the things, with the whole magic and the different worlds like the Edge or the Weird, were complicated explained at first and too much for me to comprehend all at once, so that I’ve already dreaded the worst. The fear, that the book wouldn’t be something for me, luckily changed fast and as soon as also William and Declan appeared in the story, there was no more hold for me and I just had to read on as quickly as possible, because I was so motivated!
I have read till late hours in the night and was finished with the book after 1 ½ days, because I couldn’t put it aside! *lol* And I think this fact already shows how much I’ve liked it later on and how moving and exciting it got throughout the course.

Beside the fascinating action I‘ve especially liked the matchless characters. Most of all Rose; independent and good-heart, she takes care self-sacrificing of her two younger brothers, who are rascally and ‘a sly old dog’. But Rose is also headstrong, can dish out, as well can take it and represents fiercely her opinion. To it fits perfectly the male character, called Declan, who drives her nuts over and over again and quarrels playfully with her. I’ve found them both together with each other delightful and they fit together magnificently, although they fight over and over again. Especially THIS was the right charm and has brought me often to smile.
Also the love scenes were great and suited the story and maybe I’m a little tainted, because I would have wished for more of it or for longer erotic scenes. But maybe in the next book! 😉

Moreover the plot wasn’t foreseeable for me, like it is often for me with other books, and what has pleased me very much and has increased my reading pleasure. Also the whole points with the magic were clearly explained after the time, so that I could always follow and the plot curve grow on and on up to the end, up to the final highlight. I liked the book, the action and the characters. It was first-class and, hence it gets 4.5 points. The 0.5 point deductions are on account of the writing manner and because of the sometimes rough explanation, particularly at the beginning.

!! Little SPOILER!!

Relating to William, another important character in the story, I was glad like it has developed with him in the end. I liked it that I did not know exactly what he’ up to and on which side he stands and whether he plays on the good or the bad side. Very, very thrilling!
I found him really great and hence I’m already very glad that I know that the second part is about him and I hope that there he also gets his happy end. 🙂

Cover:
The English cover doesn’t appeal to me at all and I would also never have read it on account of that. While in comparison the German cover is really nice, but it rather looks like a YA book cover, which it’s definitely not! 😉

All in all:
This is an exciting, magic story, which kidnapped me into a completely other world full of wonders and miracles, but also dangers. For fans of supernatural things, fantasy-lovers and for those, who appreciate a well built man’s body! 😉

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

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A huge Thanks for the reviewer’s copy to:

Egmont Lyx

.Quotes:

Rose: „Give me a few minutes.”
Declan: “You have time.” He sat in the grass.
“Are you just going to sit there and watch me?”
“Yes. Watching pretty peasant girls is what we poor little rich boys do best.”
“Peasant?”
He shrugged. “You started the name calling.“
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„She handed him a glass of water and two Aleve gelcaps. “They’re anti-inflammatories. They will dull the pain a little bit and keep down swelling and redness. Swallow the pills, don’t chew.”
“Well, I thought I’d stick them into my nose and impersonate a walrus, but if you insist, I’ll swallow them.“
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Declan: „You’re a prickly, stubborn, spirited woman.”
Rose: “Don’t forget crude, rude, and vulgar.”
“Only when it suits you. You’re sly when occasion calls for it, direct to the point of forgetting tact even exists, sarcastic, fierce, I did mention stubborn, didn’t I?”
“Yes,” she said dryly.
“You’re also smart, kind, gentle, beautiful, and always cling to your personal integrity, even when it’s in your best interests to abandon it.“

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Succession:

# 1: Ilona Andrews – On The Edge »»
# 2: Ilona Andrews – Bayou Moon »»
# 3: Ilona Andrews – Fate’s Edge
# 4: Ilona Andrews – Steel’s Edge

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(© goodreads)

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

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Review: City of Lost Souls

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‚City of Lost Souls‘
by Cassandra Clare
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The Mortal Instruments # 5.

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Synopsis:
The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?…
(Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
I‘ve waited long for the fifth book in the Mortal Instruments series and I’ve pre-ordered the book already months before the release date on the internet. Was it worth it? I would say YES!
Of course there were, like in every other book, a few points I didn’t like so much, because an author (almost) can’t catch the taste of the reader to 100 percent. However, the advantage with the books of Clare is that she is able to write incredibly great and her writing style is just to be read nicely and liquidly and well, what could I say except -> ‚the woman can write’ and already because of that I like to read her books with pleasure, even if I don’t go along completely with every twist in the plot of the book.

In the fifth part the story focuses more and turns around Jace and Clary again, instead on Simon, like in the fourth book. But nevertheless the other figures don’t get too short and Clare often changes the character’s POV to the next one in which also Simon, Izzy, Alec, Maia, etc. gets a chance to speak. If I’ve noted it correctly, almost all main characters are allowed this time to tell a part of the story, but unfortunately only Jace didn’t get in the row which I found sad and was a pity. Moreover, for me it was partially that there were too many changes in the perspectives and character, although it has just kept in check.

Furthermore I’ve liked in this book exceptionally well the dynamism between the couples like Jordan & Maia, Izzy & Simon, Alec & Magnus or also the sibling-relationship of Clary and Sebastian. In this book partnership, love and big feelings or also sex were capitalized, even more than in the other books before. Although I have no problem with that, I still think that it is doubtful that the age recommendation (for example on Amazon) is only 12-15 years. It seems to me that this is a little bit too young for the contents of the book. Or what do you think and which opinion do you have on this topic?

But nevertheless I found it fabulous how Clare has made it to introduce some of the new characters of the new series like for example Jules, which will be published after MI and ID.  But she was also able to let some hints of the other characters form the ID series flow into this book. Even if these were only little things or only short cross-references which a non-fan wouldn’t recognize at all, but I as a MI and ID fan loved it and it was so nice to read and has brought me often to the smile.

From here on is a SPOILER for those who haven’t read this book:

Clare has made fantastic job to present Sebastian and also to show the relation between him and Jace, but at the same time also between him and Clary. I must admit, shortly before the end before the big ‘closure’ came, Sebastian has persuaded even me and actually I’ve really liked him as a character. Certainly he was a little eccentric but by the explanation of his childhood / his past it was coherent and it has also persuaded me and I’ve also felt sorry for him. Hence, I would have liked to see that he was purified and that he would play for ‘Team Good’ how…, but unfortunately Clare has other intentions with him and therefore we still have him as our villain in the book *too bad*

What has irritated me very much at the end of the book was that Jace has now this heavenly fire in him and thereby he always has to pay attention whenever he touches somebody. I think this whole sex theme between Clary and Jace and ‚the first time’ of them is too much capitalized here and to be honest, it gets a litter annoying now after 5 books. With the other characters Clare also doesn’t make such a big theatre around it, but with these two main characters it already takes almost unnatural traits. This thing here reminds me very much of the book series ‘The Immortals’ by Alyson Noel and there it was dreadful and also here this fact disturbs me very much that they are now not able to touch each other properly. Why can’t they be happy together for at least one book and fight as a pair together against the bad ones? Is it so much more thrilling to read the book if they must work out their relationship besides the action fights? I don’t think so. But Clare does and she is already searching for problems between them since the first book over and over again and to find reasons why they can’t be together. Although I know that there will be a happy end after the sixth book (I count on it), nevertheless I find it unnecessary that Jace and Clary kept away from each other ‘come hell or high water’.

Cover:
Unfortunately I don’t like is as much as the other covers because I like it more if you can’t see the whole face. Especially here where the shown Jace doesn’t look like the described Jace in the books. 😉

All in all:
Another good book in this fabulous great series which I’ve devoured once again, although the books become thicker and thicker. I had a big reading pleasure, in spite of some small critic points.

Rating:
4 of 5 points

My Recommendation:
to BUY!

For Fans of:
YA, Urban Fantasy, Lovestory, Vampire & Werwolves
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Jace: „You may have the worst timing since Napoleon decided the dead of winter was the right moment to invade Russia.“

Magnus: „Speaking of hope, did you see that shot Alec got off with his bow? That’s my boyfriend.“

Jace: „I never cared,” he said. “I wanted you anyway. I always wanted you.“

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Succession:

# 1: Cassandra Clare – City of Bones
# 2: Cassandra Clare – City of Ashes
# 3: Cassandra Clare – City of Glass
# 4: Cassandra Clare – City of Fallen Angels
# 5: Cassandra Clare – City of Lost Souls »»
# 6: Cassandra Clare – City of Heavenly Fire

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About the author – Cassandra Clare:

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.
(Source: Goodreads.com)

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Review: Wolfsbane (en.)

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‚Wolfsbane
by Andrea Cremer

Nightshade # 2

Synopsis:
When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she’s certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer, one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack and the man she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.(Quelle: goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
It’s really hard for me to write a fitting review of Wolfsbane by from Andrea Cremer. The reason isn’t because I didn’t like this book, because it was great. But nevertheless, I can’t quite describe why I liked it so much, because this book contained again some facts and twists in it I usually don’t like or which annoys me, but they haven’t. At first I’ll start with the negative things:

For me this book is clearly a in-between book in a trilogy, not only because of the story but also because of the thickness and length of the book. I have both books standing side by side in my bookshelf and it is recognizable from far away that the second part is not as thick as the first one. Which I don’t like because this is really a story I enjoy and I just don’t want it to be finished so quickly. Hence, my disappointment was also already big before the beginning of the reading because I knew that it will be shorter than I would have liked it.

Now to the content things which I have tripped over during the reading and which have lessened my enthusiasm: Most intolerable in the whole story was Calla and her boy problems (again!!). I am really not a fan of love triangles and I’ve no idea how often I’ve already said this?!
I found it not at all understandable how Calla has behaved or how she has felt concerning the boys in her life. The whole first book while she was promised to Ren my law and though she also has made out with him, she actually was in love with Shay and has thought always about him. By the end of the first book she has fled with Shay, not only to preserve to him from the death, but also to release the guards from the keepers at the end, and therefore she was free of her destiny and could be together with whom she wanted. Now in the second part of this trilogy she can be together with Shay, and she also is ‘together’ with him, but this time she thinks constantly of Ren and nevertheless, not only because of her feelings of guilt, but also because she feels more for him and also would like to save him and bring him to the seekers. All this seesaw has drastically reduced my review of this book, but this was in my opinion already almost everything that I’m able to criticize. Maybe also the shortness of the book or that I also would have liked to read more of Ren. But otherwise this book was again top. No matter whether from the writing style, the phrasing or the dialogues – it simple was first-class. While reading I always had the scenery and surroundings clearly before my eyes and I also could feel the emotions, and even though I got a quick reading. *awesome*

On top of that I always had the feeling to be connected with the characters and I think Cremer has done an amazing job to breathe a life into the characters in this book. It was like in the first book where the wolf herd was in the central spot and now here in ‚Wolfsbane‘, where it primarily was about the seekers, one could feel the group dynamism and I was thrilled and sympathized with every single destiny. I can recommend this book to everyone, even if it was not as good as the first one, because in sum the whole series is simply magnificent and has packed me from the beginning up to the end. It has touched and enamored me. Now I just can wait impatiently for the last part and hope that I get it as fast as possible in my hands!

 And for all of you who can’t wait just a little longer for the next part, like me, then here is a Teaser of the first chapter from‚ Bloodrose‘! Aaaaaaah!! *enjoy it*:D Love it, love it, love it – or should I say: love Ren, love Ren, love Ren!! :p
http://img2-2.timeinc.net/ew/static/pdf/2011/07/Bloodrose_teaser.pdf

German Cover:
Unfortunately it’s not as appealing as the first book but still one of the more attractive book cover which I have bought lately. Highlight is here again the fluorescent eye and the blood-drop on the upraised letter.

All in all:
An extraordinary reading pleasure, which I would like to recommend warmly to everybody.

Rating:
3,5 of 5 points

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Shay: “Yeah, she is great. I spent the whole week with her.
„Doing what?“ I asked, catching a growl before it left my throat.
Shay: „Aw, you’re cute when you’re jealous.”

Calla: I stared at him. „Did you just call me an abomination?“
Silas looked me up and down. „Yes. Yes, I did.”

Succession:

# 1: Andrea Cremer – Nightshade »
# 2: Andrea Cremer – Wolfsbane »
# 3: Andrea Cremer – Bloodrose

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copyright: Gina Monroe

About the author – Andrea Cremer:

Andrea Cremer spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Minnesota, but she thinks of her homeland as the “Canadian Shield” rather than the Midwest.
Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. When she’s not writing, Andrea is a professor of history at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.”
Her debut novel is NIGHTSHADE, her first book of a YA fantasy series.
(Source: http://www.andreacremer.com/index.html )

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Review: Nightshade (en.)

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‚Nightshade
by Andrea Cremer

Nightshade # 1

Synopsis:
Calla is the alpha female of a shape-shifting wolf pack. She is destined to marry Ren Laroche, the pack’s alpha male. Together, they would rule their pack together, guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But then, Calla saves a beautiful human boy, who captures her heart. Calla begins to question everything – her fate, her existence, and her world and the orders the Keepers have asked her to follow. She will have to make a choice. But will she follow her heart if it means losing everything, including her own life? (Source: goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
One cannot explain love; it simply happens and also often contradicts the general laws and rules which one usually obeys. The same happened for me with this book! Some things should have disturbed me or should have stopped my enthusiasm for this book, but this didn’t happen. I love this book, I adore it, and I’m also too amazed about that fact, that I can’t explain it properly.
The story about the guards and about Calla begins in the middle of the action when she saves the life of a stranger whom, we learn to know and to love in the further plot as Shay.

The fact that Calla is a guard, which means in this book that she can change into a wolf, should have deterred me immediately, because I am rather the vampire’s type and usually not a fan of werewolves. Actually, I was a little troubled when the conscious hit me that the book is about werewolves, but to my surprise I found the plot and the background story of the wolves herd in this book extremely interesting and absolute differently told. Moreover I love the wonderful writing style of Cremer. With her writing style one notice that she has studied history and, hence, she puts in also some old knowledge and partially also lovely phrases. But on the other hand she also adds shorter sentences in between which provides a lighthearted and quick read.

And also the characters in this book have completely convinced me and I could immediately build up a connection with them, particularly to the central figures, which are called Calla, Shay, Ansel and in the later also to Renier, in short Ren. In spite of a great number of characters, which are important for the action, Cremer has managed it magnificently to press unique stamps to every character and to show them all different in their personalities, abilities and also quirks. Awesome!
Even if Calla, untouched in sexual regards on account of a strict law because she is the female alpha, reacts sometimes a little bit too much to the touches or to the secret kisses of the two guys and thereby it was irritating at times, but Calla is still likeable and most of the time just great. Here it only disturbed me that there was once again a love triangle, which seems to happen unfortunately now all the time in YA books. Though, in the defense of this book I have to admit that I was also torn between the boys Ren and Shay by myself and, therefore, it wasn’t so annoying like in other books. As I said, at the moment I also don’t know which of this two guys I would choose and I just can’t decide, which only shows the quality of Cremer’s character building.

Shay is good-natured, intelligent, but also a very humorous guy with whom a lighthearted time is conceivable; easily like a spring breeze. By contrast Ren is the passionate, explosive, but not less intelligent male alpha, who hides his insecurity towards Calla behind his macho’s affected behavior. His appearance is more subtle in regard to his feelings for Calla and one note only by the end of the book how important Calla really is for him, while Shay looks at her already from the beginning with lovesick eyes.

Therefore, I am very curious about the next book and I just want to get my hands on the second book as fast as I can to continue my reading in this fabulous new series, which I just LOVE! In my opinion the book has almost nothing that disturbed me but was continuously thrilling, tingling and it was an absolutely addicted-making reading pleasure and it is a book which I will read over and over again with high satisfaction.

Cover:
One of the most beautiful covers I’ve seen for a long time. I like the picture on it which is absolute adorable. And it looks like Calla and how I imagine here, and I also love the highlight of the eye and the letters with the blood drop.

All in all:
An absolutely reading recommendation for all YA and fantasy lovers and also for those who usually don’t like werewolves. It is worth to risk a glance in the book, because the plot and the characters will bewitch everyone.

Rating:
5 of 5 points

Quotes:

Ren: “Tell me you’ll come back for the pack. For me.” His eyes were bright with tears. “I don’t want to lose you.”

Calla: “Ansel, I’m not the sun, stop orbiting and get in here.”

Shay: “You do realize you just mixed Disney metaphors, right? Disney metaphors. Wow, Calla, now I’m just sad for you.”

Shay: “Are you going to apologize for slapping me?‘ 
Calla:
‚No.‘  Shay: „I didn’t think so,‘ he said.”..

Succession:

# 1: Andrea Cremer – Nightshade »
# 2: Andrea Cremer – Wolfsbane »
# 3: Andrea Cremer – Bloodrose

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copyright: Gina Monroe

About the author – Andrea Cremer:

Andrea Cremer spent her childhood daydreaming while roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. She now lives in Minnesota, but she thinks of her homeland as the “Canadian Shield” rather than the Midwest.
Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. When she’s not writing, Andrea is a professor of history at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.”
Her debut novel is NIGHTSHADE, her first book of a YA fantasy series.
(Source: http://www.andreacremer.com/index.html )

Visit her Website »»

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Review: Nach dem Sommer

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‚Nach dem Sommer‘
von Maggie Stiefvater
(Shiver)

The Wolves of Mercy Fall # 1.
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Inhaltsangabe:
Grace wohnt zusammen mit ihren Eltern in einem Haus, das direkt neben dem Wald liegt, in welchem ein Wolfsrudel lebt. Grace ist von je her von den Wölfen begeistert und freut sich jedes Jahr auf dem Winter wenn die Wölfe nach Mercy Falls zurück kehren. Ein Fable der nicht ganz widersprüchlich ist, da Grace als kleines Kind von den Wölfen angefallen und in den Wald verschleppt wurde und man bis heute nicht weiß, warum sie schlussendlich doch verschont wurde.
Dieses Jahre, Ende des Sommers passiert plötzlich etwas sehr merkwürdiges – ein Junge, nackt und verletzt liegt auf der Veranda von Graces Haus, und als sie ihm hilft, bemerkt sie dass seine Augen ihrem Lieblingswolfes im Rudel sehr ähnlich sehen, zu ähnlich…

Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Die Geschichte war nett und auch die Charaktere und die Schreibweise war okay. Aber das war es auch für mich schon – es war eben einfach nur nett und nicht atemberaubend oder außergewöhnlich und für mich eine Geschichte die zum Einmallesen nett ist, aber über die ich mir danach keine Gedanken mehr gemacht habe.
Der Anfang war sehr schleppend und es hat lange gedauert, bis endlich irgendetwas Interessantes passiert ist. Außerdem fand ich Graces Liebe bzw. ihre Besessenheit gegenüber den Wölfen schon etwas komisch, besonders wenn man bedenkt, dass sie als Kind von ihnen attackiert wurde. Für mich erschien das Buch außerdem sehr kurz, es wirkte eher wie eine Kurzgeschichte als wie ein eigenständiges, ganzes Buch. Das Ende war dafür aber okay und man bekam das ersehnte Happy End, zumindest vorläufig. Ich werde zwar sicherlich das zweite Buch in dieser Serie auch lesen, aber nicht sehr bald, da meine Prioritäten bei anderen Büchern liegen….
Ich weiß zwar, dass ich mit meiner Meinung zu diesem Buch ziemlich alleine da stehe, da ich runder herum oft nur positives höre. Aber ich fand es eben nicht prickelnd, wahnsinnig toll oder sooo romantisch und berührend wie andere, sondern eher schleppend und lang und zäh zum lesen. Doch das hier ist nur mein persönliches Empfinden und soll kein Angriff auf Autorin oder Fans sein.

Englisches Cover:
Spricht mich nicht besonders an und ist auch sehr unspektakulär – kein Eye-Catcher und man bekommt auch keinen Einblick auf die Story des Buches.

Fazit:
Nettes, seichtes Buch mit freundlichen Charakteren, in dem die Geschichte langsam dahin plätschert.

Bewertung:
2,5 von 5 Punkten

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Serienreihenfolge:

# 1: Maggie Stiefvater – Nach dem Sommer (Shiver) –>
# 2: Maggie Stiefvater – Ruht das Licht (Linger)
# 3: Maggie Stiefvater – (Forever)

Review: Breaking Dawn

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‚Breaking Dawn‘
von Stephenie Meyer

(Bis zum Ende der Nacht)

Twilight # 4.
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Inhaltsangabe:
Bella und Edward heiraten und verbringen die Hochzeitsreise auf einer einsamen Insel, in der sie ihre Hochzeitsnacht auch richtig ausleben, obwohl Bella nach wie vor ein Mensch ist. Sie wird schwanger und durch die Vampir-Gene von Edward wächst das Kind viel zu schnell im Bauch Bellas heran und zerrt sie aus… bis sie erkennen, dass Bella Blut trinken muss um sich und das Kind zu versorgen. Nachdem Bella das Kind auf die Welt kriegt und sie selber zum Vampir wird kündigen sich schon die nächsten unausweichlichen Problem an: Die Volturie sind auf dem Weg nach Forks und ein finaler Kampf meldet sich an, der über den Fortbestand und das Überleben des Cullen- Clans entscheidet….

Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Ich bin immer noch ein Fan von Meyer Schreibweise und von ihrer Fähigkeit Gefühle und Emotionen in ihren Texten so unbeschreiblich gut rüber zu bekommen. Zu diesem Buch muss ich sagen, dass ich die Grundidee gut gefunden habe und dass ich auch sehr von den neuen Charakteren angetan war und es interessant gefunden habe, welche Fähigkeiten sie besitzen…. Aber Teile davon haben mir leider nicht ganz so zugesagt und andere fand ich sehr gut. Der Anfang war schön beschrieben mit der Hochzeit und ihrer Reise sowie der Hochzeitsnacht, auf die wir alle schon laaange gewartet haben. Weiters fand ich es zum Teil witzig, wie auch interessant, dass Bella so ‚schnell‘ schwanger wurde und das Kind in ihrem Bauch schnell heran wuchs. Den zweiten Teil fand ich fand ich eher ermüdend, weil ein langer Teil aus Jacobs Perspektive geschrieben wurde… nicht nur weil ich kein Fan von ihm bin, sondern weil es sich hin besonders gezogen hat und ich die Geschehnisse, welche in dieser Zeit passiert sind, lieber aus der Sicht von Edward oder Bella gesehen hätte. Begeistert hat mich die Beschreibung von Bellas Umwandlung zum Vampir und wie sie alles für sich neu entdeckt hat und auch die weiteren Geschehnisse waren kreativ verarbeitet und spannend zu lesen. Was mir nicht so gefiel, war wie Bella sich nur mehr auf das Kind konzentriert hat und wie sie sich auch vom Verhalten verändert hat… sie ist mir irgendwie zu schnell ‚erwachsen‘ geworden und hat sich von einem Tag auf den anderen nur mehr um ihr Kind gekümmert und war wie ausgetauscht. Was ja Ansicht nicht schlecht wäre, hätte sie nicht alles (ihr eigenes Leben mit eingeschlossen) für dieses Kind aufgegeben und hätte komplett ihre Liebe zu Edward damit vergessen, die ihr vorher wichtiger war wie alles andere… das ging mir einfach zu ruckartig. Auch Edward hat mich ein wenig im zweiten Teil dieser Geschichte enttäuscht, weil er noch immer nicht seinen Charme und Witz zurück bekommen hat, sondern nur mehr nachdenklich und verantwortungsbewusst war und von einem Minute auf die andere ein liebender Vater, anstatt eines anziehenden, humorvollen Lovers. Dieser Wechsel der Rollen ging mir zu schnell und ohne Vorbereitung, daher konnte man es meines Erachtens weniger nachempfinden. Das Ende war ok aber hat mich nicht so berauscht wie ich erwartet hätte und nicht ganz das finale, große Ende gebracht wie andere fantastische Bücherreihen (wie zb. bei Harry Potter). Auch fand ich es schade, dass kein Ausblick gegeben wurde, kein Epilog wo man sehen konnte, was mit den Charakteren in der Zukunft passiert. Was machen Bella und Edward nun? Geht Bella nun arbeiten oder wird sie studieren? Was ist mit Jacob und Renesmee? Und was ist mit Bellas Eltern oder ihren Freunden? Was ist mit den Volturies, kommen sie nochmal zurück oder geben sie sich geschlagen? Es waren meiner Meinung nach noch zu viele Fragen offen.

Englisches Cover:
Das Bild hat mich dieses mal sehr überzeugt, weil es genau den Kern des Buches trifft und auf den Punkt gebracht die Taktik am Ende zeigt.

Fazit:
Ein nettes Ende, ein nettes Buch, das aber meiner Meinung nach ein spektakuläreres Ende vertragen hätte können.

Bewertung:
4 von 5 Punkten.
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Serienreihenfolge:

# 1: Stephenie Meyer – Twilight »
# 2: Stephenie Meyer – New Moon »
# 3: Stephenie Meyer –  Eclipse »
# 4: Stephenie Meyer – Breaking Down »

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