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Review: Totenbraut

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‚Totenbraut‘
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Synopsis:
Serbia in the 18th century: The 14-year-old Jasna is sold by her father to the travelling horse breeder Jovan Vucovic who owns a manor on the border to the Ottoman Empire. There she should marry his son Danilo and give him an heir. After the fast wedding Jasna notices soon that something is not right with her husband and his family. On the one hand Danilo refuses to go along with her and doesn’t speak with her, especially not of the mysterious death of his mother. On the other hand the family is banished from the village: She isn’t allowed to participate in the church service and there are many contradictory and dreadful rumors; even from a curse and vampire. In her great fear and desperation Jasna only the young lumberjack Dusan gives her hold and she falls in love with him.
While the mysterious incidents pile up – strange deaths, slain sheep and strange bloody holes in the horse necks, and the villagers become more and more hysterical. In the meantime Jasna slowly gets into the dark secrets of her new family. (Source: goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
Totenbraut (‘bride of the dead’ in English) was a book which gave me mixed feelings and unfortunately my enthusiasm for it has developed quite late. At the beginning it dragged very much and the plot could only offer little tension. Or maybe the reason for it was that there were too many open questions which made the reading not more interesting, but rather confused me. Especially because I didn’t know who of the people in the book belonged to the good or to the bad side and I found that out only quite late. Also the fact that the story plays in a former time and the characters were very god-fearing, for me that was a point with which I couldn’t get go along very well.

Nevertheless throughout the story I could overlook that and it became clear, why the religion was important for the plot and therefore has becalmed me again.
Usually I like the writing style of Blazon very much because she is able to insert nice descriptions of feelings and the surroundings without exaggerating it, so that it doesn’t disturb the reading fluency, but sounds nice. But here it has irritated me a little because the book was told in the present tense and to be honest I’m no real fan of that. Additionally I didn’t like the dialogues in this book, they were sometimes too outmoded. In exchange I had no problem to read the book in the ‘first-person’, like others often have.

What I’ve liked the most in this book, were the characters. Here particularly Jasna, because she is a very bullheaded, stubborn person with a loose tongue and she always says what she’s thinking. A fact which is to be lifted up high, because the story plays in Serbia in the 18th century (1731) and there it was rather unusual that a woman said what she was thinking. Although Jasna was sold by her father and wasn’t able to decide by herself which man she wants to marry, she remains strong and presents her inwardly tightened and also smart.
She has amazed me, has sometimes brought me to laughter and if I now think back to Jasna, she reminds me a little of the comic figure‚ Heidi‘. The cheeky small brat was also always ill-behaved and had a heavenly stubborn attitude which makes me smile over and over again and made me fond of the character. Like with Heidi, it was for me just like that here with Jasna.

Also Danilo was able to change himself to the positive and I was anyway from the first time on a fan of Dusan! 🙂 He’s a typical light-headed guy who I had to take in my heart soon. He’s joking all the time, is always good for a repartee and only after some time he let us behind his facade and we also recognize his seriousness.
Hence, to tell the truth, I also was a little disappointed at the end because the end happened too fast and too abrupt. I would have like to read more of the characters and their story and I was also eager to get a more exact view of their future life.

Cover:
Once again I choose this book because of the cover. Therefore it’s clear that I like the cover on account of the coloring and the nice picture as well..

All in all:
A book for everyone who likes to read stories from former times and is interested in the historical background of the vampirism or who wants to get frightened. But only a little bit. :).

Rating:
3 of 5 points

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(This book is also available in French and in Spanish.)

Buy French book: »click here«

Buy Spanish book: »click here«

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About the author – Nina Blazon:

Born 1969, studies Slavic and German Language. After some career side trips (Assistant lecturer at different Universities and lyricist for an advertising agency) she is now working as a journalist and (since 2003) as an author of young adult books.
Genres: Fantasy, Thriller and historian novel.
(Source: http://www.ninablazon.de/)

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Rezension: Totenbraut

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‚Totenbraut‘
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First Sentence:
„Der Fremde klopfte mitten in der Nacht an unsere Tür.“

Last Sentence:
„Er lauscht eine Weile, dann fällt er vorsichtig ein, sucht den Takt und findet die Melodie. Und bald singen wir es gemeinsam.“

Inhaltsangabe:
Serbien im 18. Jahrhundert: Die vierzehnjährige Jasna wird von ihrem Vater an den reisenden Pferdezüchter Jovan Vucovic verkauft, der einen Gutshof an der Grenze zum Osmanischen Reich besitzt. Dort soll sie seinen Sohn Danilo heiraten und ihm einen Erben schenken. Doch nach der hastig abgehaltenen Hochzeit merkt Jasna schnell, dass mit ihrem Ehemann und dessen Familie etwas nicht stimmt. Zum einen verweigert Danilo sich ihr und spricht nicht mit ihr, schon gar nicht über den geheimnisvollen Tod seiner Mutter. Zum anderen ist die Familie aus dem Dorf verbannt: Sie darf nicht am Gottesdienst teilhaben und es gibt viele widersprüchliche und schaurige Gerüchte; sogar von einem Fluch und Vampir ist die Rede. In ihrer großen Angst und Verzweiflung gibt Jasna nur der junge Holzfäller Duschan Halt und sie verliebt sich in ihn. Während sich die mysteriösen Vorkommnisse häufen — seltsame Todesfälle, gerissene Schafe und blutige Male an Pferdehälsen — und die Dorfbewohner immer hysterischer werden, kommt Jasna langsam den dunklen Geheimnissen ihrer neuen Familie auf die Spur. (Source: goodreads.com)

Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Totenbraut war für mich ein Buch mit gemischten Gefühlen und meine Begeisterung dafür hat sich leider erst ziemlich spät entwickelt. Es hat sich zu Beginn sehr gezogen und die Handlung konnte nur wenig Spannung bieten, beziehungsweise waren zu viele offene Fragen, welche das Lesen nicht interessanter gemacht haben, sondern mich eher verwirrten. Besonders weil man nicht weiß wer von den Personen im Buch zu den Guten oder zu den Bösen gehört und man erst ziemlich spät darauf gekommen ist.
Auch die Tatsache, dass es in einer früheren Zeit spielt und die Charaktere deswegen sehr gottesfürchtig sind, war für mich ein Punkt, mit dem ich weniger anfangen konnte. Trotzdem konnte ich aber im Verlauf der Geschichte darüber hinweg sehen und es wurde klar, warum gerade der Glaube wichtig für die Handlung ist und hat mich somit wieder besänftigt.

Die Schreibweise von Blazon gefällt mir normalerweise sehr gut, da sie es schafft schöne Beschreibungen der Gefühle und der Umgebung einzubauen ohne damit zu übertreiben, sodass es nicht den Lesefluss stört. Aber hier hat es mich etwas irritiert. Und hinzu kam noch, dass mir in diesem Buch die Dialoge nicht sonderlich gefallen haben, da sie teilweise zu altbacken klangen. Dafür war es für mich aber kein Problem, es aus der Ich-Perspektive zu lesen, so wie für manch andere.

Was mir in diesem Buch am besten gefallen hat, waren die Charaktere. Hier besonders Jasna, da sie eine sehr sture, dickköpfige Person mit einem losen Mundwerk ist und immer sagt was sie sich denkt. Etwas, das sehr hervor zu heben ist, weil die Geschichte in Serbien im 18. Jahrhundert (1731) spielt, und es dort eher ungewöhnlich ist, dass eine Frau sagt was Sache ist. Obwohl sich Jasna von ihrem Vater verkaufen lassen musste und nicht über ihren eigenen Gatten entscheiden durfte, bleibt sie stark und präsentiert sich innerlich als gefestigt und auch schlau. Sie hat mich verblüfft, manchmal zum Lachen gebracht und wenn ich jetzt an Jasna zurück denke, erinnert sie mich eine Spur an die Zeichentrickfigur ‚Heidi‘. Das freche kleine Gör war auch stets ungezogen und hatte einen himmlischen Dickkopf, der mich aber immer wieder zum schmunzeln und mich dazu gebracht hat, den Charakter lieb zu gewinnen. Genauso erging es mir hier bei Jasna.
Auch Danilo konnte sich zum positiven wenden und ich war sowieso von der ersten Begegnung an, ein Fan von Dusan! 🙂 Er ist ein typischer leichtköpfiger Typ, den man bald ins Herz schließen muss. Er macht Späße, hat immer einen lockeren Spruch auf den Lippen und erst nach einiger Zeit lässt er einem hintere die Fassade blicken und man erkennt auch seine Ernsthaftigkeit. Daher war ich ehrlich gesagt am Ende auch etwas enttäuscht als es dann doch schon so schnell zu Ende war. Ich hätte gerne noch mehr von den Figuren in der Geschichte gelesen und auch einen genaueren Ausblick auf deren zukünftiges Leben bekommen.

Cover:
Dieses Buch war wieder eine Coverauswahl. Das heißt, ich habe das Buch nur aufgrund des Covers mitgenommen und daher ist es klar, dass mir das Cover aufgrund der Farbgebung und dem schönem Bild sehr gut gefällt.

All in all:
Ein Buch für alle, die gerne Geschichten aus früheren Zeiten lesen und sich für den geschichtlichen Hintergrund des Vampirismus interessieren, oder sich auch gruseln wollen. Aber nur ganz wenig 🙂

Rating:
3 of 5 points

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About the author – Nina Blazon:

Jahrgang 1969, Studium der Slavistik und Germanistik. Nach einigen beruflichen Abstechern (Lehrbeauftragte an verschiedenen Universitäten und Texterin in einer Werbeagentur) arbeitet sie heute als Journalistin und (seit 2003) als Jugendbuchautorin.
Genres: Fantasy, Krimi und Historischer Roman.

(Source: http://www.ninablazon.de/)

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Review: Delirium

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‚Delirium
by Lauren Oliver

Delirium # 1
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First Sentence:
„It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.“

Last Sentence:
„I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.“

Synopsis:
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy. But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love. (Source: goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
There are many readers who love this book and others who don’t like it so much. Because of the huge positive resonance of the other readers, I was eager to read it but unfortunately this book couldn’t fulfill my expectations.
To be honest I couldn’t really get along with the writing style of Oliver. What surprised me as well because I had no problem with that in her other book ‘Before I Fall’. I think her style was too melodic, which fit rather poetry or poem books than dystopian novels and therefore the language blocked the suspense and the reading speed in the book. In fact thereby the events falter and in my opinion Oliver has described more the feelings, the thoughts of the main protagonist and the surroundings, than to make the plot varied and exciting.

What I really liked in this book was Oliver’s idea that in this future love is considered as a mean illness and is responsible for heart attacks, strokes or even for death. There has been a whole new entrée to the entire dystopian genre and because of that I was very curious. But in my opinion the author could have made more out of this great and interesting idea.
Already from the beginning the story with the totalitarian supervision society appeared very alike other books I’ve already read on this subject (for example: ‘Uglies’‚ ‘Matched’ …). In where the main protagonist, here Lena, is also persuaded of this system and recognize only step by step that it’s not right. As so often in such books an attractive boy gives the impulse for the mind- changing, in this case he is called Alex, who falls in love with Lena from one meeting to the other. Now together they are forced to work in secret against this tyrannical system, otherwise they would risk to get in prison or even to be killed.

Particularly Lena seems to me in the whole book, especially at the beginning, very naively and blue-eyed and denies herself. Also the fact that over and over again it is described that Lena isn’t the most attractive girl and her best friend Hana looks like a model, but though in the end Lena is the‚ special’ one, let me roll with the eyes more often than once. How often do I’ve to read something like that again? But especially here it sometimes has forced me to feel ashamed for her. (At least I’ve been spared to read another love-triangle, like other YA books like to have in it.)

Like I’ve already mention further up, the basic idea that love is a sickness and that we would be happier and healthier without the along going feelings, also like pain, was great. And besides that Alex is one of the rare positive things in the book. Alongside the writing style I also didn’t like the story which I saw coming like this from the first pages on. There was little tension or astonishing idioms which surprised me. Either Oliver has given too clear hints in the plot of the book, or the action was just too straight that everyone could come to the same conclusion.

SPOILER ALERT! Stop reading if you haven’t read the book yet!

To summarize the story in a few words: Clueless girl and intelligent, attractive boy fall in love with each other, in a world where love is forbidden and is considered as an illness. What happens then? They must conceal it! Besides that, they also figured out a few more unpleasant details in this kinky society and afterwards they try to break out and flee. Please, put up your hands – for whom of you wasn’t it clear that one of them didn’t make it? That was no surprise! And like I already considered the right end, it was for me like this almost the whole book. Actually I didn’t need to read the entire book to know what happens. I just would have missed the poetic description which wouldn’t have disturbed me a lot.

If I now take a look at my review again and consider, how much I’ve been annoyed while writing it, I must admit that I was more disappointed with this book than I wanted to admit to myself. Therefore I revise my rating from 2.5 to only 2 points. At the moment I don’t know if I’ll read the second book in this series, thought it’s rather unlikely, but I’ll see what the future brings. It just wasn’t my book and now I’m curious how you liked it and what you have to say about it. I’m looking forward to your comments regarding your opinions about ‚Delirium‘.

Cover:
The English cover is definitely an eye-catcher and makes everybody absolutely curious for the book. But unfortunately I didn’t like the German one and it doesn’t look very appealing..

All in all:
I can’t quite understand the hype for this book and I probably won’t read the second part in this series..

Rating:
2 of 5 points

Quotes:

Lena: „And now I know why they invented words for love, why they had to: It’s the only thing that can come close to describing what I feel in that moment, the baffling mixture of pain and pleasure and fear and joy, all running sharply through me at once.“

Alex: “ ‚Everyone is asleep. They’ve all been asleep for years. You seemed … awake.‘ Alex is whispering now. He closes his eyes, opens them again. ‚I’m tired of sleeping.‘ „

Lena: „I’d rather die my way than live yours.“

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Succession:

# 1: Lauren Oliver – Delirium »
# 2: Lauren Oliver – Pandemonium
# 3: Lauren Oliver – Requiem

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copyright: Jonathan Alpeyrie

About the author – Lauren Oliver:

BORN: 1982 in New York, New York

RAISED: Primarily Westchester, New York, with brief forays to Paris and a short stay in Queens

EDUCATED: Graduated from the University of Chicago in 2004 and from NYU’s MFA program in 2008

WORKED: As an editorial assistant and then assistant editor at Razorbill, a division of Penguin Books; currently, co-owns the literary development company Paper Lantern Lit.
(Source: http://www.laurenoliverbooks.com/)

Visit her Website »»

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Rezension: Delirium

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‚Delirium
by Lauren Oliver

Delirium # 1
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First Sentence:
„It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.“

Last Sentence:
„I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.“

Inhaltsangabe:
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy. But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love. (Source: goodreads.com)

Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Es gibt viele, welche dieses Buch lieben und andere, die damit weniger anfangen können. Ich hatte durch die große positive Resonanz hohe Erwartungen, die mir dieses Buch leider nicht erfüllen konnte. Zu einem konnte ich leider überhaupt nichts mit dem Schreibstil von Oliver anfangen. Was mich selber verwundert hat, da ich ihn in ihrem anderen Buch ‚Before I Fall‘ in Ordnung fand. Doch hier hat ihr Stil durch die viel zu melodische Sprache, die eher zur Poesie und Gedichtbänden, als zu einem Roman passt, es schwer gemacht die Handlung voran zu treiben. Für mich kam dadurch das eigentlich Geschehen ins stocken und Oliver hat meiner Meinung nach mehr die Gefühle, die Gedanken der Hauptprotagonistin und die Umgebung beschrieben, als den Plot abwechslungsreich oder spannend zu gestalten.

Zu gute halten möchte ich ihr aber, dass die Idee, dass in dieser Zukunft die Liebe als Krankheit angesehen wird und für Herzerkrankungen, Schlaganfälle oder sogar den Tod verantwortlich ist, sehr gut war. Es hat einen neuen Zugang zu den ganzen Dystopien gegeben und schon alleine deswegen war ich neugierig auf den weiteren Verlauf. Aber ich finde, dass die Autorin aus dieser interessanten Idee viel zu wenig heraus geholt hat.

Schon von Beginn an wirkte die Geschichte mit der totalitären Überwachungs- Gesellschaft sehr abgekupfert von anderen Büchern wie ‚Uglies‘, ‚Matched‘,… in der die Hauptprotagonistin, hier Lena, selbst von diesem System überzeugt ist und erst nach und nach bemerkt, dass es nicht richtig ist. Wie so oft in solchen Büchern gibt den Anstoß dazu ein attraktiver Junge, in diesem Fall heißt er Alex, der sich von einem Treffen auf das andere in Lena verliebt. Zusammen sind sie nun dazu gezwungen sich heimlich gegen das System zu stellen, ansonsten droht ihnen das Gefängnis oder sogar der Tod.

Besonders Lena kommt mir im ganzen Buch, vor allem am Anfang, sehr naiv und blauäugig vor und verleugnet sich selbst. Auch die Tatsache, dass immer wieder angesprochen wird, dass Lena nicht das attraktivste Mädchen ist, aber ihre beste Freundin aussieht wie ein Model, aber trotzdem im Endeffekt Lena die ‚besondere’ ist, hat mich öfter mit den Augen rollen lassen. Wie oft muss man sowas noch lesen? Aber gerade hier hat es mich des Öfteren zum ‚fremd- schämen‘ veranlasst. (Wenigstens ist mir in diesem Buch ein weiteres Liebestriangel erspart geblieben, welche nur allzu gerne in Jugendbüchern verwendet werden)
In meinen Augen war Alex das einzige positive in dem Buch und, wie schon oben erwähnt, auch die Grundidee, dass Liebe eine Krankheit ist und wir ohne sie und den einhergehenden Gefühlen, wie auch den verbundenen Schmerzen, glücklicher und gesünder wären.

Was mir neben dem Schreibstil ebenfalls nicht gefallen hat, war die Handlung, welche ich ehrlich gesagt von den ersten Seiten an fast genauso kommen sah. Es war wenig Spannung oder überraschende Wendungen enthalten, die mich stocken ließen. Entweder hat Oliver zu eindeutige Hinweise im Verlauf des Buches gegeben oder die Handlung war zu geradlinig, dass man auch ohne viel Überlegungen auf diese Schlussfolgerungen kommen konnte.

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 ! SPOILER WARNUNG !
Hier stoppen, wenn ihr das Buch noch nicht gelesen habt!

Um die Story kurz zusammen zu fassen: Ahnungsloses Mädchen und intelligenter, attraktiver Junge verlieben sich ineinander, in einer Welt wo Liebe verboten und als Krankheit angesehen wird. Was passiert dann?
Sie müssen es verheimlichen! Und klären nebenbei noch ein paar weitere unschöne Details in dieser verkorksten Gesellschaft auf und versuchen anschließend abzuhauen und zu fliehen. Bitte hebt die Hand – für wen war es nicht klar, dass einer von den beiden es nicht schafft? Und so wie beim Ende, ging es mir fast das ganze Buch! Ich hätte es eigentlich gar nicht komplett lesen müssen, um zu wissen was passiert. Es hätte nur die Ausmalung mit der poetischen Schreibweise gefehlt, was mich nicht gestört hätte.

Wenn ich mir jetzt meine Rezension nochmal ansehe und in Betracht ziehe, wie sehr ich mich beim Schreiben der Rezension geärgert habe, muss ich zugeben, dass ich doch mehr von diesem Buch enttäuscht war, als ich mir eingestehen wollte. Daher revidiere ich meine Bewertung von 2,5 auf nur mehr 2 Punkte. Ob ich das zweite Buch in dieser Serie auch noch lesen werde, steht in den Sternen. Es wird aber eher unwahrscheinlich sein. Es ist nicht mein Buch gewesen und nun bin ich neugierig wie ihr dazu steht. Ich freue mich auf Kommentare bezüglich eurer Meinung zu ‚Delirium‘.

Cover:
Das englisches Cover ist ein ‚Hingucker‘ und macht sicherlich neugierig auf das Buch. Das Deutsche finde ich leider einfach furchtbar und kann mir keine Sympathien abringen.

All in all:
Den Hype für dieses Buch kann ich nicht ganz nachvollziehen und ich weiß noch nicht ob ich den  zweiten Teil lesen werde.

Rating:
2 of 5 points

Quotes:

Lena: „And now I know why they invented words for love, why they had to: It’s the only thing that can come close to describing what I feel in that moment, the baffling mixture of pain and pleasure and fear and joy, all running sharply through me at once.“

Alex: “ ‚Everyone is asleep. They’ve all been asleep for years. You seemed … awake.‘ Alex is whispering now. He closes his eyes, opens them again. ‚I’m tired of sleeping.‘ „

Lena: „I’d rather die my way than live yours.“

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Serienreihenfolge:

# 1: Lauren Oliver – Delirium »
# 2: Lauren Oliver – Pandemonium
# 3: Lauren Oliver – Requiem

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copyright: Jonathan Alpeyrie

About the author – Lauren Oliver:

BORN: 1982 in New York, New York

RAISED: Primarily Westchester, New York, with brief forays to Paris and a short stay in Queens

EDUCATED: Graduated from the University of Chicago in 2004 and from NYU’s MFA program in 2008

WORKED: As an editorial assistant and then assistant editor at Razorbill, a division of Penguin Books; currently, co-owns the literary development company Paper Lantern Lit.
(Source: http://www.laurenoliverbooks.com/)

Visit her Website »»

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Review: Perfect Chemistry

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‚Perfect Chemistry
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Simone Elkeles

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Synopsis:
When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.  In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.
(Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
The story tells us how the two main characters got to know each other and afterward how the fall in love. They are called Brittany and Alejandro, or briefly just called Brit and Alex, and at this point I must say that their names are terrible. *sorry* 🙂
At first it began a little slowly and the book gave an insight into the lives of both main characters and indicated which burdens they already have to carry in their short life to explain why they restrained the way they did as the story did go on.

Elkeles has a very casual writing style which is to be read fast especially because of the short sentences. Everybody must decide for themselves, whether one is a fan of such writing styles or not. Though for me it was an exceptionally quick reading, I missed some nice descriptions or beautiful, poetic phrases. Moreover, I also didn’t like it that the story was written in the present because it all appeared a little clunky and choppy.
But in exchange the plot and in particular the characters persuade and with their sad and difficult history they immediately build up a connection with the reader and appeal to sympathy. On top of that Elkeles can juggle well with the feelings and has presented us a story which is full of ‚up and downs‘ and which was loaded with feelings, emotions, passion, love and heartache.
The only deficiency which occurred to me concerning this was how Elkeles described the character because she used much of the stereotype box and exaggerated the current clichés. But if I ignore that than I’ve to say that I’ve liked the book very much and it was a plot which has moved me, but however, which hasn’t forced me to let me brood about the book afterwards.
In short: a nice, emotional story for nice hours in the evening on the couch without strullge my head with grandiose problems or difficult questions *nice amusement*

Hence, three quarters of the story has been convincing me really to 100% and the reactions as well as the feelings of the protagonists were understandable and were authentically to the stereotypes of the different social ranks.
A little irritating was at the beginning that in Alex’s dialogs were used Spanish words, particularly because I didn’t understand them often and it only became clear what they should mean by the context. However, I also get used to it soon. After the first pages I just wanted to give this book 5 points with pleasure, because I could not put it aside and also the characters have won me over soon. I felt myself put back in time when I was 16 years old myself and for the first time in love, and therefore it was really nice and sweet.

!! From now on ->  SPOILER !!

Unfortunately, I didn’t like the end so much, which was the reason for the lower rating, beside of writing style. It simply was too fast over after the long, thick book and moreover, I didn’t like that at the end several months passed without precise explanation. Furthermore it was unrealistic that Brittany forgave Alex so easily and fast after everything he did to her and what happened in the past. And in my opinion it was also rubbish that she bemoaned him and that she still wanted him back, although she thought, he had only used her. I’m sorry but these facts have ruined the end a little for me and it has scratched on the plausibility and has cost the book some points.

Cover:
To say the truth, the cover is one of the ugliest one which I’ve seen for a long time. But therefore the content is better. Better thus than the other way around.  🙂

All in all:
A nice and emotional reading pleasure which gave me some nice dreamy hours, without thinking a lot. A typical, light YA book to allow you to get bewitched.

Rating:
4 of 5 points

Quotes:

Alex: „I want to know how to make this girl laugh. I want to know what makes her cry. I want to know what it feels like to have her look at me as if I’m her knight in shinning armor.“

Brittany: „I never stopped loving you. Even when I tried desperately to forget you. I couldn’t.“

Alex: „I want to know how to make this girl laugh. I want to know what makes her cry. I want to know what it feels like to have her look at me as if I’m her knight in shinning armor.“

Succession:

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


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About the author – Simone Elkeles:

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

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