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review 2018-05-03 17:26
Growth
A Different Blue - Amy Harmon

I read this book I think at least three times and every time it wakes something different inside my brain and my heart. 

This is a story of growth, a story about a girl that becomes a woman, a story about kindness, family and love. This is a story about life and how it is not always what we would like it to be but it shows us that we can make something amazing out of it nonetheless.

That's not an easy book to read, some parts are harder to go through than others but it is worth it, I promise;

at the end you will feel like you have been part of a journey and that you had the chance to grow together with the protagonists of this book. 

Blue, the main protagonist, is always a complete surprise to me, she makes brave and smart choices despite the first impression one can have of her.

 

My suggestion is do not let the hard parts of the book discourage you but keep reading this beautiful book, it will turn out to be one of the best stories you will read. 

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review 2018-04-27 15:07
4.3 Out Of 5 "musically inspired" STARS
Running Barefoot - Amy Harmon

 

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~ABOUT THE BOOK~

Running Barefoot

Amy Harmon

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When Josie Jensen, an awkward 13-year-old musical prodigy crashes headlong into new-comer Samuel Yazzie, an 18-year-old Navajo boy full of anger and confusion, an unlikely friendship blooms. Josie teaches Samuel about words, music and friendship, and along the way finds a kindred spirit. Upon graduation, Samuel abandons the sleepy, small town in search of a future and a life, leaving his young friend behind. Many years go by and Samuel returns, finding Josie in need of the very things she offered him years before. Their roles reversed, Samuel teaches Josie about life, love, and letting go. Deeply romantic and poignant, Running Barefoot is the story of a small town girl and a Native American boy, the ties that bind them to their homes and families, and the love that gives them wings.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Beautiful writing mixed with beautiful characters, Amy Harmon pulls both these off with such a tender thoroughness.  Running Barefoot is no exception, despite my not loving quite as much as I did Making Faces.  If you are an old soul, you will readily connect with Samuel, Josie and their story. While I don't really consider myself an old soul, I still found this an uplifting story that inevitably pulled at the heartstrings.  Amy Harmon...you rock at storytelling.

 

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~MY RATING~

4.3STARS - GRADE=A-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.3/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.2/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's okay

Narration~4  -Tavia Gilbert…you know, I've realized, after listening to several of the books she narrates that all her male voices sound exactly the same.

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-03-26 12:29
Der Vogel mit den magischen Worten
The Bird and the Sword - Amy Harmon

Lark, benannt nach dem Vogel Lerche, hat eine ungewöhnliche Gabe: Sie kann magische Worte aussprechen. Doch als sie fünf Jahre alt ist, muss sie ansehen, wie ihre Mutter, Lady Meshara, vor ihren Augen getötet wird. Um ihrem Kind ein ähnliches Schicksal zu ersparen, nimmt sie im Sterben ihrer Tochter die Stimme und die Macht der Worte. Denn Magie ist eine Todsünde in den Landen von Jeru. Zudem belegt Meshara ihren Mann, Lord Corveyn, mit dem Fluch, dass er auch sterben muss, wenn ihre Tochter stirbt. 13 Jahre später erscheint der junge König Tiras an seinem Hof, um Larks Vater an seine Treuepflicht im Krieg zu erinnern. Er nimmt die stumme junge Frau als Geisel mit. Zunächst fürchtet Lark den König, doch auch Tiras hat ein Geheimnis. Ist die Liebe die einzige Waffe, die ihrer beider Ketten sprengen kann?

„Bird and Sword“ ist der erste Band der gleichnamigen Reihe von Amy Harmon.

Meine Meinung:
Der Roman besteht aus 35 Kapiteln. Darüber hinaus gibt es einen Pro- und einen Epilog, die die Haupthandlung wunderbar umschließen. Erzählt wird aus der Ich-Perspektive aus der Sicht von Lark. Dieser Aufbau hat mir gut gefallen.

Der Erzählstil ist liebevoll, sehr lebendig und zum Teil sogar poetisch. Ich konnte gut in die Geschichte einfinden, obwohl diese Welt sich doch ziemlich von unserer unterscheidet.

Die Grundidee des Romans sagt mir sehr zu. Sie ist kreativ und fantasievoll. Auch die Umsetzung konnte mich überzeugen, denn eine solche Geschichte habe ich bisher noch nicht gelesen.

Mit Lark gibt es eine stumme Hauptprotagonistin. Dieser Aspekt macht sie zu einem interessanten Charakter. Obwohl sie nicht spricht, lernt man sie als Leser gut kennen, weil ihre Gedanken sehr deutlich werden. Sie war mir ebenso sympathisch wie einige der Nebenfiguren – zum Beispiel Boohjoni.

Eine Stärke der Geschichte ist es, dass es nicht nur berührende Passagen gibt, sondern auch spannende Szenen. Die schlüssige Handlung hat mehrere Wendungen und Überraschungen parat. Die Lektüre ist dadurch kurzweilig und unterhaltsam.

Pluspunkte sind für mich auch die Landkarte, die für Orientierung in der fremden Welt sorgt, und eine Liste, die die Aussprache der Namen erklärt.

Das Cover ist sehr hübsch und hat mich sofort angesprochen. Der deutsche Titel entspricht dem Original und passt inhaltlich gut.

Mein Fazit:
„Bird and Sword“ von Amy Harmon ist eine bezaubernde Geschichte, die mir vergnügliche Lesestunden bereitet hat. Ich bin neugierig auf die Fortsetzung.

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review 2018-03-19 21:35
Wow!
Captain of My Heart - Danelle Harmon

Captain Of My Heart by Danelle Harmon is an extraordinary historical romance.  Ms. Harmon has given us a book that is not only well-written but is packed with phenomenal characters.  Brendan is a Flag Captain for the King's Navy, he's shot by a jealous captain of another ship and falls overboard.  He resurfaces after a time as a privateer captain...working with America.  Mira runs a horsemanship school, when she's not sneaking away on her brother's ship.  Their story is action-packed and loaded with drama, humor and sizzle.  This is a serious historical romance but the actions and antics of Mira turn it into a totally fun book to read.  I enjoyed this book from start to finish and look forward to reading more from Danelle Harmon in the future.  Captain Of My Heart is book 2 of the Heroes of the Sea Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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review 2018-02-12 00:00
P.S. I Spook You
P.S. I Spook You - S.E. Harmon This was a fun story that is equal parts mystery and relationship story. Rain is an FBI Agent who sees ghosts, and now everyone on the job, including his boss, thinks he’s crazy. Just back from leave, he is given a chance to redeem himself with a choice of cold cases, one of which brings him back to his hometown and Danny, the man he left for his job. Working with Danny brings out plenty of tension, and plenty of old feelings. Also along for the ride is teenage ghost Ethan and his commentary on Rain’s life, as well as his hope Rain will help him.

As Rain and Danny negotiate being close again while dancing around what happened, the cold case becomes hot, as does their relationship. Told from Rain’s POV you can’t help but feel for the guy. He just doesn’t know what to do about the ghosts that are always there – both literally and figuratively. There is snark, dirty talk, hot sex, danger and lots of unresolved issues. All that and a mystery that will keep you wondering up until an unfortunate TSTL moment near the end, but it’s still worth the read of what’s otherwise a very enjoyable romantic paranormal mystery.
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