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review 2019-02-22 08:20
A decade after a friend’s suicide, memories and the past are dissected to get to the truth behind ‘The Lost Night’
The Lost Night - Andrea Bartz

When Lindsay lost her best friend Edie to suicide in 2009, she was amidst a haze of partying, hanging out in a hipster community in Brooklyn, living it up with drugs, alcohol, and forgotten nights. A decade later brings a reunion with an old friend from that whiskey-and-Molly-soaked era, Sarah, and memories and questions about their friend’s death surface.

Lindsay begins a fully-fledged investigation into her own past as well as of many friends who shared those wild days and wilder nights. Delving into the past by muddling through barriers to obsolete technology, getting access to police case files, and often awkwardly questioning people she’d soon forget, Lindsay becomes completely obsessed with Edie’s death and the night she can’t remember. Her memories play tricks on her and some have vanished; a testament to how many years were wasted in what seemed like the ‘best of times’ when they were happening. Her research become all-absorbing, intense and obsessive.

 

This novel explores more than just a death that left countless questions behind and friends and family grieving. It explores the complexities of memory, the psyche, the fragile frivolous relationships that are borne out of a life fueled by chemicals. The excellent writing by Andrea Bartz pulls you along Lindsay’s painful trail through the past, unraveling a mystery that proves to be as compulsive and gripping as it is disturbing and twisted. Bartz writes every word with absolute intent, creating a different atmosphere and tonality with each situation that arises and with other key players’ perspectives.

 

It even brought up emotions in me that were often difficult to juggle while reading, as I recalled questions I still have surrounding a sudden death of someone close to me, as well as the discomfort of my own fair share of stupid drunken nights in my twenties.

It highlights the recklessness and stupidity of the kinds of choices made when you’re young and you feel like you have the whole world at your feet. And this blast from the past, the window into New York at that time, even though it’s just a microcosm, comes across as both vivid and surreal at the same time.

 

This is the perfect read for anyone who loves a good psychological thriller or mystery that pokes around in the recesses of the mind, while questioning the past. The past behaviors and self-absorbed nature of the characters may be jarring to some people, but I found it to be eye-opening and thus made for riveting reading. Getting to the truth and having Lindsay get some closure to her friend’s death had me hooked entirely.

One of my fastest reads in weeks, this was an all-absorbing and exciting read; thank you to Crown Publishing for sending me this advance reader’s copy.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/35955191-the-lost-night
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review 2018-11-21 21:58
A Sweet and Sassy Country Music Story that's sure to please...
You'd Be Mine: A Novel - Erin Hahn

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Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.


Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.

 

 

 

 

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I really thought this was going to come off as overly heavy with the Young of Young Adult, but it surprised me, it deals with some heavy issues and does it surprisingly well.  With a feel that reminds me of Open Road Summer, this story did not disappoint and I think I liked this even more than that book.  The romance has all the feels, even for YA...and I loved every one of the characters so much.  I was also blown away by the songwriting, especially "you'd be mine" and how it embodies the whole story. I would love to hear it put to music.  Since I'm from Michigan, I loved that Annie and even the Author is too.  There was even a shout-out to Grand Rapids, which I live only a little north of.


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4.8STARS - GRADE=A

 

 

 

 

 Breakdown of Ratings  

 

Plot⇝ 4.5/5

Main Characters⇝ 5/5

Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5

The Feels⇝ 5/5

Pacing⇝ 4.5/5

Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5

Originality⇝ 5/5

Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.

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Book Cover⇝ It's okay...

Setting⇝ Michigan/Indiana and all over the United States

Source⇝ I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review 

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review 2018-10-23 02:08
Check, Please!: #Hockey - Ngozi Ukazu 
Check, Please!: #Hockey - Ngozi Ukazu

So not a Halloween Bingo book.  The vlogged and tweeted adventures of a Georgia boy on the hockey team of a New England college team. There are hijinks, there is bonding, there is a truly astonishing numbers of pies. And almost entirely angst-free. I'll be enjoying Bittle's further adventures in real time: checkpleasecomic.com

 

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review 2018-09-24 14:52
Rezension zu Der Sternenmann von Max von Thun // Illustrationen von Marta Balmaseda
Der Sternenmann - Max von Thun,Marta Balmaseda

Beschreibung:

Das Autorendebüt von Max von Thun – eine herzerwärmende Gutenachtgeschichte!

 

Auf einem winzig kleinen Planeten, in einer weit entfernten Galaxie lebt der Sternenmann. Seine Aufgabe ist es, die Sterne zum Leuchten zu bringen und am Himmel zu verteilen. Doch eines Tages geht ihm sein kleinster Stern verloren!

So beginnt eine magische Reise durch die Nacht, bei der schließlich der kleine Stern wiedergefunden wird und wir erfahren, warum er für jemanden etwas ganz Besonderes ist ...

 

Details:

Gebundene Ausgabe: 32 Seiten

Verlag: arsEdition (16. Juli 2018)

Sprache: Deutsch

ISBN-10: 3845825243

ISBN-13: 978-3845825243

Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 36 Monate - 6 Jahre

Größe: 22,2 x 1 x 28,7 cm

 

Eigene Meinung:

Das Cover ist schon wirklich schön gestaltet und wie auch die andereren Illsutrationen im Buch, sehr detailreich und liebevoll, dabei wirkt es aber nie zu kindlich. Es macht einfach Freude, die Bilder zu bestaunen und die Illustrationen von Marta Balmaseda sprechen nicht nur die Kinder sondern auch die Erwachsenen an.

Der Sternenmann ist wirklich eine sehr süsse Figur, er hängt Nacht für Nacht die Sterne an den Himmel, was ihn so schafft, dass er den ganzen Tag danach schläft. Doch eines Abends fehlt der kleinste der Sterne und der Sternenmann macht sich auf die Suche nach ihm.

Max von Thun widmet das Buch seinen Sohn Leo, eine schöne Geschichte, die er auf Basis der Kinderlieder, die er für Leo geschrieben hat, aufgebaut. Er bindet neben dem Sternenmann auch den Sandmann, den Mondmann, eine Atronaturin und die Sonne mit in die Geschichte ein. Besonders süss ist, dass die Illsturationen immer wieder die Sterne und den Himmel und alle handelenden Personen zeigen.

Eine tolle Geschichte zum Vorlesen und verschenken, sie ist einfach so süss und warmherzig und die Kinder haben auf den Bildern viel zu sehen. Zudem vemittelt er die wichtige Botschaft, dass es egal ist, wie gross oder klein man ist, weil jeder etwas Besonderes sein kann.

Zum Abschluss des Buches wird noch der Text des Liedes vom Sternenmann abgedruckt, was man sich in Internet (gesungen von Max von Thun) anhören oder auch selber singen kann, das rundet das Gesamtbild der schöne Geschichte noch ab.

 

Fazit:

Mit dem Buch „Der Sternenmann“ ist Max von Thun mit Hilfe von Marta Balmaseda ein sehr schönes Kinderbuch gelungen, dass Gross und Klein anspricht. Die Geschichte ist nicht lang, aber sehr niedlich und die Figuren sprechen die Kinder einfach an. Zudem findet man auch noch das Lied vom Sternenmann, was man nachsingen oder anhören kann und so zu der Geschichte noch ein anderen Eindruck zum Buch hinzukommt. Ein rundherum gelungenes Kinderbuch zum Vorlesen und Einschlafen.

 

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review 2018-08-22 17:49
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman

“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn't spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.”

 

*** ABOUT THE BOOK ***

 

Title:  Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Author: Gail Honeyman

Genre: Contemporary

 

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*** BOOK BLURB ***
 
No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .

The only way to survive is to open your heart.
 
 
*** REVIEW ***
 
Oh my... This is the kind of book that makes my heart soar. Eleanor Olephant is more than fine, she's amazing!
 
It is such a rich, awkward but interesting and twisty book. It just phenomenal. One of the best examples of character building I've read in years. Quirky characters with a soul.
 
From the very beginning it intrigued me. It felt like I was observing a behavior of some newly found specimen previously unknown to me. And all that observation paid off. I was totally invested in Eleanor's life just after a few chapters.

It might be strange, but even during the hard times I felt no pity for her, only sympathy, because of her admirable courage. Eleanor isn't conventional character, she's a true oddball. But that is her charm.
 
This book took me on a real emotional roller coaster: I laughed out loud, I had to stop more than once to think about my own life and actions, I even shed a tear.
 
Unquestionably the best book I read this year.
 
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