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review 2018-09-18 16:59
When Elephants Fly
When Elephants Fly - Nancy Richardson Fischer
Tiger Lilly Decker is hoping to make it through the next twelve years.  Her genetics have predicted her future and it doesn't look good.  Lilly's mom had schizophrenia and attempted to kill Lilly and herself by jumping off the top of a building when Lilly was seven years old.  Now, as a senior in high school, the danger zone for the onset of schizophrenia is approaching.  Lilly follows a strict regiment to ensure that she will not trigger any of the symptoms including reducing stress, getting plenty of sleep and avoiding certain foods.  Lilly's handsome, rich, popular and not yet out of the closet, best friend, Sawyer supports her through.  With Lilly's internship at the local paper, she has been reporting on the birth of an Asian Elephant Calf, Swifty.  After the calf is born however, the mom rejects Swifty and Lilly is triggered to run in front of the charging elephant mother to protect Swifty.  With a strong bond to the calf, Lilly is invited to follow Swifty as she is sent to the circus to be with the father that sired her.  Lilly continues to report on Swifty and the circus conditions and digs until she uncovers the cruelty that happens there.  With Swifty slowly dying, Lilly decides to break all of her rules and the law to get Swifty to safety.
 
When Elephants Fly is a powerful story of one person's journey with schizophrenia. If that weren't enough, the story also focuses on animal rights and sexuality.  Lilly's story is an important one, putting into focus that people with a mental illness are people first and should not be characterized by their illness.  Lilly is careful, guarded, and has an amazing heart.  Her fear of inheriting schizophrenia is understandable, but rules her life.  Lilly's journey to accept that she can not change her genetics is very meaningful especially when it is tied into the story of saving the life of Swifty.  With Swifty's story Lilly learns that there are bigger things in life than herself.  Swifty brings to light the plight that all elephants are facing now in the wild and the role of zoos in animal conservation along with the difficult decisions that people make on the elephant's behalf.  Along with that, Lilly learns that some people aren't what they seem as she uncovers that hidden animal abuse at the zoo.  The writing does a wonderful job of showing the complex emotions that elephants have as well as the complicated nature of a mental illness. As Swifty's life is endangered, Lilly's symptoms also begin to show, although it doesn't seem like anything that Lilly can't deal with.  Inspiring and hopeful, When Elephants Fly beautifully takes difficult subjects and weaves them into an intricate and enjoyable story. 
 
This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 
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review 2018-09-14 15:29
"High Crimes", by Libby Fischer-Hellmann
High Crimes - Libby Fischer Hellmann
5th book in the Chicago PI Georgia Davis Thriller Series

With the US establishment in mind Ms. Hellmann penned an exciting fiction that brings her protagonist to hunt down those who were responsible for the assassination of the Resistance leader at a demonstration.

In alternate chapters and with a progressive time frame this suspenseful story tells us how step by step Georgia plunged into the case and how the perpetrator was recruited and managed to pull this terrible act. Lurking behind the scene and between the lines we see the disturbing situation the US faces at the moment where democracy is being chip away by a flimflam leader. The author uses soft words to melt into her novel the present situation. News to me: there is actually a Resistance Group. In this story 42000 members and some have fake profiles in order to infiltrate the group for their own agenda. 

This story is suspenseful and well written to provide all the intrigue one wishes for. Georgia is a wonderful PI, she is not afraid of danger, treats and bruises are part of the job. We do have secondary characters in the right-wing wealthy elites, gunman, tough guys and Georgia’s family members who all play their role to a tee. Georgia’s family life is atypical and the story tells us how she manages to share both her professional and private life in a meaningful way. The plot is solid and realistic with no silly or graphic action. The drama moves at a steady pace and held me captive from the moment I opened the first page. 

Once again Ms. Hellmann has provided us with a page-turner that flows nicely.
 
 

 

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text 2018-08-08 21:58
My July 2018
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Miraculous - Das verwunschene Parfüm - Barbara Neeb,Katharina Schmidt
Always Never Yours - Austin Siegemund-Broka,Emily Wibberley
Children of Blood and Bone: Goldener Zorn - Tomi Adeyemi,Andrea Fischer
Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz - J.K. Rowling
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions - 5 stars
Miraculous - Das verwunschene Parfüm - 5 stars
Always Never Yours - 5 stars
Children of Blood and Bone: Goldener Zorn - 4 stars
Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: Dear Ijeawele, Always Never Yours, Harry Potter (duh!)

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Manga Classics: Romeo And Juliet

 

Look at me, finally posting my wrap up. I don't know why it's taking me so freaking long, it's not like I have tons of books to talk about. But 5 are not that bad, I'm actually super happy about it, especially since they all got a really good raiting from me, and were seriously soooo good. I'm still mad about me, for not finishing Romeo and Julie yet. I hate this play since highschool, I never read it there, and I have so many problems with it, still, even when it's in Manga format and way easier to read. I just don't like the story. Here we go, now I put a freaking mini review in this wrap up LOL

 
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-07-28 15:27
Goldener Zorn // Children of Blood and Bone!!!
Children of Blood and Bone: Goldener Zorn - Tomi Adeyemi,Andrea Fischer

German and english review
First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

 

 

Inhalt: Sie töteten meine Mutter.
Sie raubten uns die Magie.
Sie zwangen uns in den Staub.

Jetzt erheben wir uns.


Zélies Welt war einst voller Magie. Flammentänzer spielten mit dem Feuer, Geistwandler schufen schillernde Träume, und Seelenfänger wie Zélies Mutter wachten über Leben und Tod. Bis zu der Nacht, als ihre Kräfte versiegten und der machthungrige König von Orïsha jeden einzelnen Magier töten ließ. Die Blutnacht beraubte Zélie ihrer Mutter und nahm einem ganzen Volk die Hoffnung.

Jetzt hat Zélie eine einzige Chance, die Magie nach Orïsha zurückzuholen. Ihre Mission führt sie über dunkle Pfade, wo rachedurstige Geister lauern, und durch glühende Wüsten, die ihr und ihrer treuen Löwenesse alles abverlangen. Dabei muss sie ihren Feinden immer einen Schritt voraus sein. Besonders dem Kronprinzen, der mit allen Mitteln verhindern will, dass die Magie je wieder zurückkehrt …

 

Ich wollte das Buch so viel mehr lieben als ich es letzendlich tat. Aber ich mochte es, das ist ja schließlich auch was.

 

Ich mochte den Schreibstil der Autorin unheimlich gerne, ich finde sie hat es toll gemacht uns die Welt näher zu bringen und alles zu erklären aber auch noch genug Raum für die eigene Fantasie gelassen. Ich mochte die Welt, die sie erschaffen hat und die Atmosphäre.

 

Ich mochte, dass wir die Geschichte aus drei verschiedenen Sichten erzählt bekommen haben. Zélie, Amari, und Inan. Obwohl ich sagen muss, dass ich ab einem gewissen Zeitpunkt keine Lust mehr auf Inans Sicht der Dinge hatte und liebendgerne seine Kapitel übersprungen hätte. Dafür mochte ich die anderen Beiden um so mehr.

 

Was mich gleich zu dem Thema Charakter bringt. Wir haben Zélie, die ich einfach sofort mag. Sie ist mir gleich ans Herz gewachsen und durch das Buch hinweg, ist sie mir immer wichtiger geworden. Alles an ihrer Kindheit hat mir das Herz gebrochen, alles im Hier und Jetzt hat mich zum Verzweifeln gebracht, weil Dinge passiert sind, die sie nicht beeinflussen konnte aber auch weil sie für sich eigenartige Entscheidungen getroffen hat, die ich absolut nicht nachvollziehen konnte und es immer noch nicht kann. Doch ich mochte sie einfach unheimlich gerne.
Das Gleiche gilt für Amari, ich muss allerdings ehrlich gestehen, dass ich sie doch ein bisschen mehr mag. Sie hat eindeutig die größte Verwandlung in dem Buch durchgemacht. Sie hat wirklich auch so viel durchmachen müssen aber ist dadurch um einiges stärker geworden.
Zu Inan sage ich nichts, weil ich seine Rolle in dem Buch einfach nur eine riesengroße Zeitverschwendung finde. Ich fand es am Anfang interessant, dass er ebenfalls magische Kräfte hatte, das war aber auch das einzig interessante an ihm. In jedem seiner Kapitel hat er seine Meinung zu Dingen und die Seiten gewechselt, manchmal sogar innerhalb eines Kapitels. Das hat mich einfach nur genervt.

 

Da kommen wir gleich zum nächsten Thema das mich mächtig gestört hat. Die Beziehung zwischen Zélie und Inan. Was war das denn? War das nötig? Vor allem kann ich immer noch nicht nachvollziehen, wie das Ganze entstanden ist, geschweige denn wie sich die ganze Sache entwickelt hat. Wenn ich vor allem bedenke, wie lange Zélie gebraucht hat um Amari als etwas anderes zu sehen als ihren Vater, der ihre Mutter und so viele andere hat töten lassen. Nach allem was Inan selbst getan hat, fand ich diesen Wandel einfach nur furchtbar.
Die Beziehung/Freundschaft zwischen Zélie und Amari fand ich dabei um einiges interessanter, wie es sich im Laufe des Buches entwickelt hat und wie Zélie in Amari mit der Zeit eine echte Freundin und Vertraute gesehen hat, anstatt ihre Feindin. (Abgesehen von den familiären Beziehung wie Zélie und ihr Vater, oder Zélie und Tzain, ihrem Bruder, fand ich die Beziehung zwischen Zélie und Amari eigentlich am allerwichtigsten).

 

Alles in allem mochte ich das Buch total, allerdings wurde es mir durch einige Kleinigkeiten kaputt gemacht. Ich bin allerdings total auf das nächste Buch gespannt.

 

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Summary: They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

 

I wanted to love this book so much more than I actually did. But I liked it, so this is something, I guess.

 

I loved the writing and how the author brought this world to live and explained enough to get me there, but left me enough room to get my own imagination going. I loved the world she build and the setting, and just the whole atmosphere.

 

I really liked that the story was told from three different points of view. Zélie, Amari, and Inan. Although I have to say that after a certain time, I was so done with Inan's point of view and would've loved to just skip his parts. I loved the other two way more.

 

This brings me right to the characters. We have Zélie, who I loved from the first page. She had a place in my heart right away and throughout the book, she became more and more important to me. Everything about her childhood, her whole past, broke my heart. Everything in the here and now, frustrated me to no end, cause things happend that she couldn't control but she also made decisions herself that I couldn't understand at the time, and still can't. I still loved her very much.
The same goes for Amari, I have to admit, though, that I love her a bit more. She grew the most throughout this story. She went through quite a lot in her life but she came out so much stronger at the end.
I don't actually want to say anything about Inan, cause I thought his role in the book was just a big waste of time. In the beginning, I thought it was really interesting that he had magic, but that was and still is the only interesting thing about him. He changed his opinion and sides every chapter, sometimes even in the same chapter. He just annoyed me to know end.

 

So let's talk about the next thing that annoyed me a lot. The relationship between Zélie and Inan. What even was that? Was that in anyway necessary? I still can't understand or even begin to understand how this even happened and how things developed between them. Especially thinking about the fact that Zélie took forever to see Amari as anything else than her father, who killed her mother and so many other people. After everything Inan done himself, I just thought that change was just terrible.
The relationship between Zélie and Amari was so much more interesting, how this developed and how Zélie started to see Amari as a real friend and someone she could trust, instead of her enemy.
(Apart from the familial relationships, Zélie and her dad, or Zélie and Tzain, her brother, I tought the relationship between Zélie and Amari was the most important one).
 

Overall, I liked the book a lot, there were just small parts that didn't make me love it. But I'm very interested and excited for the next book.

 
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review 2018-07-27 14:57
"An Eye for Murder", by Libby Fischer Hellmann
An Eye for Murder: An Ellie Foreman Mystery - Libby Fischer Hellmann

Book #1, in the Ellie Foreman mystery

This mystery is a blend of politics, history and suspense. It begins with an exchange between two men in Prague in 1944 and the story proceeds with the ramification to contemporary Chicago.

The main character is Ellie Foreman, a documentary filmmaker, who becomes an amateur sleuth when an old Jewish man she did not know dies and her address was found among his belongings. A string of murders and attempted murder follow and inquisitive Ellie pokes her nose into the mystery that will lead to links between Nazi war crimes and a present day politician running for office.

This debut story is very entertaining, a clever mystery puzzle that is somewhat funny. Both the multi-generational historical mystery and the political one are well- done. The author is good at putting clues and red herrings to intrigue us and to keep us on the edge of our seat, guessing and of course turning pages. The action is interesting and not overly-done: no shoot out and no graphic murders…smooth sailing….The narration and dialogue are in the everyday language. The romance needed a stronger push to get going and finally the rare sex scenes lacked enthusiasm….quite vanilla….maybe with time things will get hot… I like Ellie, she is likeable, a single mother with a deadbeat ex-husband, doing her best and she is surely entertaining….This cozy mystery is a fast read that nicely wraps up at the end.

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