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review 2018-10-16 15:35
Sie waren nie für einander bestimmt
The Killing Dance - Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell K. Hamiltons Urban Fantasy – Reihe „Anita Blake“ war stets als Mehrteiler konzipiert. Nach dem College las sie viele Krimis und fand, dass Frauen dort grundsätzlich weniger taff als Männer auftraten. Sie wünschte sich eine Heldin, die in allen Bereichen mindestens ebenso gut wie Männer war. Sie entschied, in der Welt dieser Heldin parallel ihre Vorliebe für Folklore und Mythologie auszuleben. Die Idee zu „Anita Blake“ war geboren. Sobald dieser Ansatz gefestigt war, wusste sie, dass sie keinen Einzelband schreiben würde. Ihr war damals hingegen nicht klar, wie stark Romantik die Geschichte beeinflussen würde. Erst mit dem vierten Band „The Lunatic Cafe“ gestand sie sich ein, wie wichtig diese Ebene für „Anita Blake“ ist. Diese Erkenntnis war meiner Meinung nach die Voraussetzung für den sechsten Band „The Killing Dance“.

 

Es gibt schlimmere Schicksale als den Tod. Als der Vampir Sabin Anita Blakes Büro betritt, muss sie sich sehr zusammenreißen, um ihren Ekel zu verbergen: Sabin verfault bei lebendigem Leib. Er bittet um ihre Hilfe als mächtige Nekromantin. Anita ist nicht sicher, wie und ob sie seine Erkrankung heilen kann, ist jedoch bereit, es zu versuchen. Wären da nur nicht all die anderen Probleme, die ihre Aufmerksamkeit erfordern. Irgendjemand hat ein Kopfgeld auf sie ausgesetzt. Mit Edwards Unterstützung bemüht sie sich redlich, allen Auftragskillern aus dem Weg zu gehen und zu ermitteln, wer sie diesmal tot sehen will, aber sie kann sich nicht völlig aus der Schusslinie heraushalten. Eine zeremoniell hingerichtete Vampirleiche, Ärger in Richards Werwolfsrudel und ihr eigenes, chaotisches Liebesleben halten sie fleißig auf Trab. Anita ist so beschäftigt, dass sie nicht bemerkt, dass ihr die Gefahr bereits näher ist, als sie glaubt…

 

„The Killing Dance“ erwischte mich kalt. Ich habe das Buch schon einmal auf Deutsch als „Tanz der Toten“ gelesen, ordnete meine Erinnerungen an die Handlung allerdings späteren Bänden zu. Ich war nicht darauf vorbereitet, bereits so früh im Rahmen meines Rereads mit einem der traurigsten, tragischsten Bände der Reihe konfrontiert zu werden. Mein Herz blutet. Es war unglaublich schmerzhaft, Anita und Richard dabei zu beobachten, wie sie sich permanent gegenseitig verletzen. Dennoch mochte ich „The Killing Dance“ sehr, weil ich den akuten Fall trotz mehrerer Komponenten im Vergleich zu „Bloody Bones“ erfreulich klar strukturiert, rund und in sich geschlossen fand und er bezüglich der übergreifenden Geschichte sehr aufschlussreich ist. Laurell K. Hamilton etabliert einige der Hauptkonflikte der Reihe, gewährt tiefe Einblicke in die von Dominanz geprägte Hierarchie eines Werwolfsrudels und erklärt Anitas belastete Beziehungen zu verschiedenen Figuren, darunter sie selbst, Jean-Claude, Dolph, Edward (von jeher mein liebster Nebencharakter) und eben auch Richard. Ihr betrübliches Drama trägt entscheidend zum Verständnis von Anitas Persönlichkeit bei und bot mir reichlich Gelegenheit zur Analyse. Die Anziehungskraft und die Gefühle, die Richard und Anita füreinander empfinden, stehen außer Frage, doch sie harmonieren einfach nicht. Liebe allein reicht eben nicht aus. Ich glaube, sie sind hauptsächlich in die Idee voneinander verliebt, die mit der Realität ihrer Beziehung katastrophal kollidiert. Zwischen Anita und Richard geht es stets darum, wer das furchteinflößendere Monster ist. Sie können einander nicht so akzeptieren, wie sie sind, weil sie sich selbst nicht akzeptieren können. Sie lehnen die inhumane Brutalität, die in ihnen beiden schlummert, sowohl in sich selbst als auch im jeweils anderen ab. Richards Wolf erzeugt eine Resonanz mit Anitas Düsternis; Anitas Bereitwilligkeit, zu töten, die sie sogar dominant in sein Rudel integriert, erinnert ihn an die kompromisslose Skrupellosigkeit seiner animalischen Seite. Er verlangt von ihr, sein Tier zu umarmen, kann es aber selbst nicht. In „The Killing Dance“ entscheidet er, ihr seinen Wolf in voller Pracht zu präsentieren und wählt dafür den krassesten Augenblick, der überhaupt möglich war. Extremer konnte er den Kontrast zwischen Wolf und Mensch gar nicht betonen. Das riecht nach Sabotage, denn er hätte Anitas ersten Kontakt mit seinem tierischen Ich durchaus schonender gestalten können. Ich werfe Anita nicht vor, dass sie Schwierigkeiten hat, diese traumatische Situation zu verarbeiten und kann nachvollziehen, dass ihr Jean-Claude, mit dem sie die Illusion, er wäre ein Mensch, deutlich leichter aufrechtzuerhalten vermag und der weder seine noch ihre Natur verleugnet, automatisch attraktiver erscheint. Ich denke mittlerweile, dass Richard und Anita nie füreinander bestimmt waren. Sie sind nicht fähig, die Wunschvorstellungen voneinander zu erfüllen und hadern mit den daraus resultierenden Implikationen: einen weißen Gartenzaun kann es für sie niemals geben.

 

Ich weiß, dass meine Rezension den Eindruck vermitteln könnte, „The Killing Dance“ hätte außer Herz-Schmerz-Drama wenig zu bieten. Das stimmt nicht. Es ist ein wirklich aufregender, spannender und atemloser Band, der mich auch neben meiner Lieblingsbeschäftigung, Anita zu analysieren, sehr gut unterhalten und einige Male überrascht hat. Für andere Leser_innen sind Elemente wie das Kopfgeld oder der abstoßende Vampir Sabin vielleicht präsenter, aber ich konzentriere mich gern auf Anitas Liebesleben, weil die Entwicklung ihres Charakters, die sich darin spiegelt, für mich der interessanteste Aspekt der Reihe ist. Sie ist der Grund, warum ich diesen Mehrteiler sogar im Rahmen der von Stereotypen geplagten Urban Fantasy als einzigartig ansehe. Vampire, Werwölfe, Nekromanten – alles schon da gewesen, doch Anita ist ein echtes Original. Nehmt es mir also nicht übel, dass es mir so viel Spaß bereitet, ihre Persönlichkeit zu entschlüsseln und mich lang und breit darüber auszulassen. Irgendwo muss ein Fangirl ihren Gedanken ja freien Lauf lassen können. ;-)

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/16/laurell-k-hamilton-the-killing-dance
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review 2018-10-16 14:54
Review: Etched in Bone(The Others #5) by Anne Bishop
Etched in Bone - Anne Bishop

 

 

After the Elders cleansed and reclaimed many human towns, Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, though Simon Wolfgard, its wolf-shifter leader, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn must work with the human pack to maintain the fragile peace. But all their efforts are threatened when Lieutenant Montgomery's shady brother arrives, looking for a free ride and easy pickings.

With the humans on guard against one of their own, tensions rise, drawing the attention of the Elders, who are curious about the effect such an insignificant predator can have on a pack. But Meg knows the dangers, for she has seen in the cards how it will all end: with her standing beside a grave. . . .

 

 

 

 

3 ½ ★

 

I finished this book last week but I really wasn’t sure what to think of the ending for a while and had to think about it.

Plus this book is hard to review for me for some reason.

I really liked the book but I don’t think it was as great or strong as the previous books.

Once we got to the end I thought a lot of this book could have been spent more towards wrapping things up more for other residents of and around the courtyard.  While things get wrapped up nicely for the most part for Simon and Meg , some of the Others were a bit open ended and not only that but also some of the commutes.

I must admit the whole Elder part.  I was still not a huge fan of the Elders and the whole Jimmy thing. It just seemed weird and way to drawn out. The final battle was once again pretty anti climatic for me like in the last book. Not only that but o teas pretty much off page, which kind off was a letdown ,since  do actual get their POV once a while .

But overall it was a great book, We get to see some of our favorite people/or others prep and fear a common threat of the elders. We also meet some new people, some I liked a lot and hope to see in future spin-off books.

The ending I think was the best outcome we could have hoped for, for Simon and Meg….. it was always clear they never be a regular couple. I just could have gotten this earlier and maybe a bit more and maybe an idea what that will look like.

I also would have liked to see how other things turn out … like Sam and Skippy…. Vlad and Tess. We never really get a conclusion and all is a bit open ended, even some of the humans and other communities around the courtyard, they end was just a tad too focused on Meg and Simon and we not even get a full thing there.

What I liked about the series best, was that all the way to the end the Others always stayed a threat to humans. While some were accepted most stayed clever meat throughout the series.

Overall, while I has some issues and wished for more but I was satisfied with the end. And I will most defiantly read the books that follow.

 

 

I rate it 3 ½ ★

 

 

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2018/10/16/review-etched-in-bonethe-others-5-by-anne-bishop
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review 2018-10-16 14:33
Review: Marked in Flesh (The Others #4) by Anne Bishop
Marked In Flesh - Anne Bishop

In the fourth novel in Anne Bishop's New York Times bestselling series, the Others will need to decide how much humanity they're willing to tolerate--both within themselves and their community...

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the dynamic between humans and Others has changed. Some, such as Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn see the closer companionship as beneficial.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don't realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land--and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to safeguard what is theirs...

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 ½ ★

 

I think this was my favorite in the series so far….. There are so many things happening in the book I don’t even know where to start. This book like previous books is pretty fast paced and pretty much gripes you from page one.

Well the humans are still stupid and think they can take…. The others….. and they are moving forward with  their plan to take over for them and ruling the planet . The Others on the other hand know things will come to blow. But over the course of several books they almost became friends with some humans and they would feel bad if they would not survive. So now they are trying to save their friends. All the while they are still helping the cassandra sangue to settle and learn to live a normal life. Of course nothing is ever that easy. Meg and some others also trying to find a way to help them without having to cut. Meg really came through in this book. I thought. In this book more than any others she really learned and she really tried to stand on her own two feet. More than that she stood up for herself. There were a few time in the beginning where I rolled my eyes at her for taking the easy route but overall she really came out of it on top and with more confidence. Simon also grew so much not only in this book but throughout. It is amazing how much the “clever meat” grew on him and how far he is willing to go to safe some of his friends or as he calls them the human pack. But it is clear that he cares for them. Just as it is still crystal clear how he feels about Meg. Tess, is Tess and I still love her , more than ever now that most of everyone know what and who she is. Vlad  is still busy helping with the humans but also with some other Vampires that are coming in and around town and other to. I’m curious to see how that that plays out Most of the book the others and other settlement are busy prepping for a big “storm” that is about to hit.  I have to say that was my least favorite part of the book, I thought it be bigger and actually thought it was a bit anti climatic and went by way to fast. The Aftermath was still pretty big and we shall see how it continues, but just the part of the ‘Storm” itself was a bit of letdown. I thought there were other ‘battles’ in the book that were much bigger and better in a cruel way.

Overall, I really loved this book and can’t wait to start the next. The end with Simon and Meg gave me hope for their relationship…… it’s only taking four books lol.

I own the paperback but I listened to this on audio from the library and I must say the narration was fantastic.

 

I rate it 4 ½ ★

 

 

 

 

 

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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2018/10/16/review-marked-in-flesh-the-others-4-by-anne-bishop
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REVIEW BY DEBBIE - The Proposition (Nights Series #6) by A.M. Salinger
The Proposition (Nights Series #6) - A.M. Salinger

They call me the Charmer. My best friend Wade tells me it’s because I’m suave and mysterious. But he doesn’t know my secret. The one I’ve kept hidden from him for twelve years. The one I will never reveal to him — Rhys

They call me The Brute. Probably because of my physique. And, let’s face it, because I’m a total dick at times. So Rhys likes to tell me anyway. Thing is, there’s something Rhys isn’t telling me. Something I’m dying to hear from his lips. His sinful confession. You see, I know Rhys’s secret — Wade

 

Rhys Damon has spent most of his adult life watching Wade Tucker bed woman after woman, his dark desire for his best friend and business partner a secret he is determined to take to his grave, since he knows it will never be reciprocated. With their design firm thriving across two continents, Rhys finds himself content burying his heartache in a string of meaningless, casual sex arrangements. Until the night everything changes.

 

When Wade Tucker stumbles upon his best friend calling out his name as he pleasures himself, he knows his relationship with Rhys will never be the same again. A year later, the memory of what Wade saw is still branded in his mind and his feelings for Rhys have evolved into something he never anticipated. As tension mounts and the relationship between the two business partners becomes increasingly strained, things finally come to a head the night Wade follows Rhys and discovers him with another man.

 

After an explosive confrontation, Wade makes Rhys a proposition he can’t refuse: that they try things out for six weeks. Six weeks of exploring a side of each other they never knew before. Six weeks of torrid kisses and sultry touches. Six weeks of screamingly good, scorching hot sex. Six weeks of utterly losing themselves to one another.

 

But as the end of their proposition looms in sight, can Wade persuade Rhys that he wants more? Or will Rhys’s deep-seated fears stop him from fully surrendering his heart and soul to the one man he thought he could never have?

 

Discover Rhys and Wade’s wickedly intoxicating story in this sixth novella in the hot, contemporary romance series Nights by A.M. Salinger. 

 

Note from the author: although each book in Nights can be read as a standalone, you will enjoy this series even more if you read the books in order!

 

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/08/17/The-Proposition-Nights-Series-6-by-AM-Salinger
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REVIEW BY DEBBIE - Sweet Possession (Nights Series #5) by A.M. Salinger
Sweet Possession (Nights Series #5) - A.M. Salinger

I don’t want to ruin his future. I don’t want him to miss out on having a family. I should let him go — Luke

I love him. And I know he loves me. So why is he pulling away from me? — Ash

 

Settled in his new life in Singapore with the man he has loved his entire life finally at his side, Ash Colby has never been happier. Not only does Luke fulfill him body and soul, their future together could not be any brighter.

 

Luke still cannot believe that Ash is finally his. But although he loves Ash more than life itself and has finally found a partner who can satisfy his carnal needs, Luke doesn’t want to get in the way of the young Colby heir's future. When he decides to give their relationship some breathing space, Luke cannot foresee the despicable act he will commit the night Ash finally challenges him about his cool behavior. 

With their love and their future at stake, can Ash force Luke to face his fears and admit they truly do belong together? Or will Luke’s stubbornness and remorse tear their burgeoning relationship apart?

 

Find out if Ash and Luke find their happy ever after in this fifth novella in the hot, contemporary romance series Nights by A.M. Salinger. Note from the author: Although each book in Nights can be read as a standalone, you will enjoy this series even more if you read the books in order!

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/08/07/Sweet-Possession-Nights-Series-5-by-AM-Salinger
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