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review 2018-09-23 17:05
5 STARS for this story that lives up to its amazing cover...
Contagion - Erin Bowman

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~BOOK BLURB~

Contagion

Erin Bowman

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IT GOT IN US

 

After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.

 

MOST ARE DEAD

 

But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.

 

DON’T SET FOOT HERE AGAIN

 

As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I wasn't sure what to expect with this…the only other books by Erin Bowman that I've read have been YA Westerns.  This is way different than those books.  I'll admit, early on, I thought she was jumping on the bandwagon, so to speak, with this deep space horror/thriller based on a crazy virus.  It felt an awful lot like Illuminae.  Within no time though, that thought was out of my head, because I was hooked on this compelling story.  With zombie-like symptoms, this mysterious virus is seriously frightening.  It does end on a total cliffhanger, but I'm not even upset about that because I cannot wait to listen to the second book which is set to come out in July of 2019.

 

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~MY RATING~

5STARS - GRADE=A+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 5/5

Main Characters~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 4.8/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.8/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 4.8/5

Ending~ 5/5  Cliffhanger~ Yeah…you could say that.

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Book Cover~ Love it…especially the colors in it.

Narration~ Amy McFadden

Series~ Contagion #1

Setting~  The Planet Achlys

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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I used this for Dead Lands Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

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review 2018-09-21 05:13
Taking It Easy (Boys of the Big Easy, #2) by Erin Nicholas
Taking It Easy - Erin Nicholas

 

 

They lost their heads in the heat of the moment and found their hearts along the way. One night of passion could mean a lifetime of responsibility for the carefree playboy and the ever logical widow. Nicholas serves up a deliciously spicy treat . Taking it Easy is the story of how to heal a broken heart. Logan is the guy that nobody takes too seriously, but the life of the party has a sensitive side. Beneath his shallow facade lies the heart of a deeply romantic man searching for his chance at forever. Dana is the challenge that he never saw coming. She's fire and ice. Hidden within her logical mind lies a bruised heart. Just when she thinks she's ready to move on from the pain of loss, fate has a surprise waiting. Erin Nicholas proves that laughter can be found in some of life's hardest moments.

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review 2018-09-03 04:15
Review: The Night Circus
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

This book was a big ball of confusion for me.  I'm not really sure that I was ever certain what was going on.  For a good bit I thought two separate characters were one character pretending to be two different people.  It was kind of a mess in that respect, for me at least.

 

That being said, while I was confused throughout most of the story, I was also fascinated by it.  I'm not sure what drew me in, but even in my perplexed state, I was eager to read more, to see what what happen next.

 

I enjoyed the protagonists Celia and Marco, hated the antagonists Alexander and Hector, and pretty much all of the side characters endeared themselves to me.  I loved the circus.  It was magical--literally and figuratively-- and romantic.  As one character stated it was basically love letters from Marco and Celia to one another.  It was so sweet and utterly sad at the same time.  They were thrown together in a complicated competition without their consent, which started when they were children (so they wouldn't have been able to make an informed choice anyway) and lasted well into adulthood.  So many other innocent bystanders were dragged into this twisted game concocted by ridiculous men who clearly thought much too highly of themselves, but were too cowardly to fight it out on their own.  They did this with no thought or care as to how it would effect the participants or the non-participates that were swept up in the game.  And the sacrifices that had to be made in order to end the game were just heart-wrenching, if a little romantic.

 

The author is clearly a mad genius for concocting and bringing the tale to life--even if I was completely befuddled.  But in the end, I can't really decide whether I loved or hated it.  I think a future re-read may tip the scales one way or the other.  I think the fact that I want to reread this in the future is telling (I probably really love it.)  For now I will just say, the story was definitely captivating.

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text 2018-08-31 11:42
August Reading Wrap Up
The Johnstown Flood - David McCullough
Nimona - Noelle Stevenson
A Match Made in Spell: Lexi Balefire, Matchmaking Witch - Regina Welling,Erin Lynn
The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage - Bill Miles,Walter Dean Myers

Awful month for reading. My participation in COYER and Bob23 was bare minimum at best. I am hoping Halloween Bingo helps me pull through this slump and gets me to the magic number of 100 so I can be done with the last of reading obligations. Here's what I did read:

 

1. The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough - 4 stars

2. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson - 4 stars

3. A Match Made in Spell by Regina Welling and Erin Lynn - 3.5 stars

4. The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage by Walter Dean Myers and Bill Miles - 2.5 stars

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review 2018-08-28 18:44
Aussage gegen Aussage
Vier.Zwei.Eins.: 4 Menschen, 2 Wahrheite... Vier.Zwei.Eins.: 4 Menschen, 2 Wahrheiten, 1 Lüge - Erin Kelly,Susanne Goga-Klinkenberg

Cornwall im Sommer 1999: Kit und Laura sind noch jung, als sie eine totale Sonnenfinsternis erleben. Auf dem Weg zurück  glaubt Laura eine brutale Vergewaltigung gesehen zu haben. Doch der Mann, Jamie, bestreitet alles. Elizabeth Taylor, kurz Beth, die Frau, schweigt. Monate nach der Gerichtsverhandlung, bei der der Mann verurteilt wird, steht die Frau plötzlich vor Lauras und Kits Tür und schleicht sich in deren Leben. 15 Jahre später leben Laura und Kit unter falschem Namen und haben Angst vor Beth. Was ist damals wirklich passiert? Und ist Beth eine Bedrohung?

„Vier. Zwei. Eins“ ist ein ungewöhnlicher Psychothriller von Erin Kelly.

Meine Meinung:
Der Roman besteht aus fünf Teilen, die nach den einzelnen Phasen einer Sonnenfinsternis benannt sind – eine schöne Idee. Zudem gibt es insgesamt 66 Kapitel mit einer angenehmen Länge, die einheitlich und übersichtlich beschriftet sind. Vorangestellt ist ein Prolog. Erzählt wird abwechselnd aus der Sicht von Laura und Kit – jeweils aus der Ich-Perspektive. Die Handlung spielt einerseits im Jahr 2015 und andererseits im Jahr 2000. Dieser sorgfältig durchdachte Aufbau kommt gut bei mir an.

Der Schreibstil ist flüssig, anschaulich und detailliert. Von Anfang an herrscht eine bedrohliche, etwas düstere Atmosphäre, die mich schnell gefesselt hat. Obwohl die ersten Seiten ziemlich verwirrend sind und die Geschichte nur allmählich an Fahrt aufnimmt, habe ich das Buch wegen dieser unterschwelligen Spannung nur ungern zur Seite gelegt.

Die Personen des Romans bleiben lange Zeit schwer durchschaubar. Das gilt auch für die beiden Hauptprotagonisten Laura und Kit, deren Gedankenwelt man teils gut nachvollziehen kann, teils jedoch auch nicht, weil man immer wieder rätselt, worum es genau geht. Lange Zeit bleibt unklar, wer gut und wer böse ist. Die Charaktere werden realitätsnah dargestellt.

Inhaltlich hat der Roman einige Überraschungen zu bieten. Die Handlung kann mehrere  kreative Wendungen bieten, mit denen ich nicht gerechnet hatte. Trotz der eher hohen Seitenzahl kommt beim Lesen keine Langeweile auf. Die Geschichte bleibt spannend und unterhaltsam. Die Auflösung erscheint mir absolut schlüssig.

Das Cover gefällt mir optisch und inhaltlich sehr gut. Der deutsche Titel macht neugierig. Allerdings finde ich die Formulierung im englischen Original („He said – she said“) etwas treffender.

Mein Fazit:
„Vier. Zwei. Eins“ von Erin Kelly ist ein clever konstruierter Psychothriller, der mich überraschen und überzeugen konnte. Eine empfehlenswerte Lektüre für Fans von Spannungsliteratur.

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