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review 2018-02-16 11:03
In Fell und Krallen angekommen
The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf - Andrew Buckley

Meine Zusammenarbeit mit dem kanadischen Autor Andrew Buckley begann im April 2016, als er mich bat, seinen Young Adult – Roman „Hair in All the Wrong Places“ zu rezensieren. Ich war Feuer und Flamme für den kleinen Nerd Colin, der sich unverhofft und voller Begeisterung in einen Werwolf verwandelt. Der Austausch mit Andrew war ebenso fabelhaft und ich äußerte sofort mein Interesse an der Fortsetzung, die damals für August 2017 geplant war. Letztendlich brauchten Andrew und sein Verlag Month9Books zwei Monate länger, um „The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf“ zu veröffentlichen, aber er hielt sein Versprechen und sandte mir ein Rezensionsexemplar zu. Zuversichtlich, erneut eine witzige und herzliche Geschichte vorzufinden, stürzte mich freudig in mein zweites Abenteuer mit Colin.

 

Das Leben ist unfair, sogar für einen Werwolf. Über zwei Jahre arbeitete der mittlerweile 15-jährige Colin darauf hin, an Außeneinsätzen der Night Watch teilnehmen zu dürfen. Er trainierte und lernte, seine animalische Seite zu kontrollieren. Doch seine heiß ersehnte erste Mission endet in einem Desaster und alle geben Colin die Schuld daran. Niemand glaubt ihm, dass er tatsächlich einen schwebenden Mann mit rotglühenden Augen gesehen hat und sich nur deshalb auf offener Straße verwandelte, weil seine hypersensiblen Sinne manipuliert wurden. Nicht einmal Silas, sein Mentor und Rudelführer. Wieder sitzt Colin in Elkwood fest. Während das Team nach Europa reist, muss er zu Hause bleiben und sich zum ersten Mal allein dem aufziehenden Vollmond stellen. Er ahnt nicht, dass die Verteidigung Elkwoods schon bald in seinen Pranken liegen wird. Denn der schwebende Mann war keine Einbildung. Colin hat genug Comics gelesen. Er weiß, dass niemand, dessen Augen rot leuchten, jemals etwas Gutes im Sinn hatte.

 

Am Ende meiner Lektüre von „The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf“ zog sich ein fettes Grinsen über mein Gesicht. Die Geschichten um den jungen Werwolf Colin machen mich einfach glücklich. Das Lesen bereitet mir so viel Spaß, dass mich eventuelle Mängel nicht die Bohne interessieren. Es ist, als würde sich mein analytisches Ich stumm und respektvoll zurückziehen, sobald ich die ersten Sätze lese und erst wieder hervorkriechen, wenn ich das neuste Abenteuer mit Colin überstanden habe. Offenbar schlägt Andrew Buckley eine Saite in meinem Inneren an, die es mir ermöglicht, seine Bücher so zu genießen, wie ich es vor meiner Zeit als Buchbloggerin konnte. Obwohl ich die reflektierte Auseinandersetzung mit Literatur nicht missen möchte, bedauere ich es manchmal, dass ich die nörgelnde kleine Stimme in meinem Kopf nur noch selten zum Schweigen bringen kann. An Colins Seite gelingt mir das und dafür bin ich Andrew sehr dankbar. Mit der Reihe „Hair in All the Wrong Places“ kann ich Urlaub von mir selbst nehmen, was unglaublich erleichternd und entspannend ist. Folglich erfüllte „The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf“ all meine Erwartungen. Es ist ein lustiger, rasanter und actiongeladener zweiter Band, der sich hinter dem Auftakt nicht verstecken muss. Andrew zieht seine Leser_innen mit simplen, aber effektiven Strategien in die packende Handlung hinein. Er bringt sie in eine dem Protagonisten überlegene Position, wodurch sich für mich das intensive Bedürfnis entwickelte, einzugreifen, um Colin vor drohenden Gefahren zu warnen. Colin selbst ist nun zwei Jahre älter und erfreulich stabil in seine Identität als Werwolf hineingewachsen. Er haderte zwar nie mit seinem Schicksal, doch jetzt ist er wirklich in Fell und Krallen angekommen. Er verkörpert exakt die seinem Alter angemessene Balance zwischen reifem und kindischem Verhalten. Er handelt intuitiv erwachsen, indem er seinem untrüglichen Gespür für Richtig und Falsch folgt und ist deshalb in der Lage, Elkwood spektakulär zu verteidigen. Dank seines Mentors Silas kennt er seine Stärken und Schwächen genau und erreicht bereits in jungen Jahren ein beeindruckendes Maß an Kontrolle, das sich vor allem während des Vollmonds zeigt. Ich frage mich, ob Colin vielleicht das Zeug zum Alpha hat, da mir seine Fähigkeit, selbst in Wolfsgestalt klar zu denken, außerordentlich stark ausgeprägt erscheint. Möglicherweise ist Silas aber auch nur ein außergewöhnlich guter Lehrer. Die Beziehung zwischen den beiden wärmte mir das Herz. Silas ist für Colin zu einer richtigen Vaterfigur geworden. Damit füllt er das Loch in Colins Leben aus, das seine Eltern hinterließen und übernimmt eine Rolle, die seine Oma, zu der er mittlerweile ein viel besseres Verhältnis hat, nicht einnehmen konnte. Durch Silas‘ Präsenz fällt kaum auf, dass seine Eltern abwesend sind, was allerdings nicht bedeutet, dass ich nicht neugierig auf sie wäre. Das wäre doch mal eine interessante Entwicklung für den nächsten Band.

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/14/andrew-buckley-the-perils-of-growing-up-werewolf
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review 2018-01-29 14:58
Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up
Sorry Not Sorry : Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up - Naya Rivera

I Picked Up This Book Because: Curiosity… I guess.


The Story:

Naya has lived an interesting life. Not as wild and crazy as some Hollywood child stars but definitely different than your traditional upbringing. Going into this book I only knew Naya from her role as Santana Lopez on Glee. While listening to this book I discovered she’s been acting all her life. Turns out one of her first big rolls was a character I loved on the TV sitcom Family Matters. (Little Richie’s friend/girlfriend Gwendolyn)

Naya takes us through her memories as a young actress, a huge bout of teen angst including her struggles with anorexia, racial identity, an abortion and her ever evolving relationship with her mother. She also speaks briefly about two significant romantic relationships the most importantly her husband. Some of Naya memories are crushingly honest and I felt for her struggles.


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The Score Card:

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3.5 Stars

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review 2018-01-11 00:38
Suckered in for a book about books.
Morningstar: Growing Up with Books - Kar... Morningstar: Growing Up with Books - Karen Jean Matsko Hood

I'm not very familiar with author Hood but I was immediately drawn to a premise of reading about Hood growing up with books. Sold!

 

It's a memoir of Hood and the role books have played in her life. From the individual books listed at the beginning of each chapter to her voracious reading habits and how books helped her in life, Hood talks about books, reading and more. Unfortunately, this slim volume was quite boring. Initially her childhood and early years seemed interesting and it was fascinating to see how she came from a background of limited access to books to becoming a widely published author. But it just falls flat.

 

The problem is that she tries too hard to frame it around particular books (which all get spoiled, so be warned if you planned to read any of them). It didn't particularly compel me to want to read any of the titles she discussed and her selection of the chapter headers as the titles were just not that interesting to me. I had not heard of some of the titles but they seemed pretty boring. Mostly men, I think mostly US-based, etc.

 

Will certainly concede that she came from a background where books were not readily available and so that might have affected what she sought out, what was accessible, etc. As another review on Goodreads notes, the book might be very much for people who are of Hood's generation. As a sidenote, she's also married to Michael Ruhlman, author of a couple of food/cooking-related books. I also found his titles rather boring.

 

It's a pity because I had initially liked Hood's 'The Book That Matters Most' only to find it rather hokey at the end. I guess she's not an author for me.

 

Library borrow but I suppose it could be a good gift for someone who's a fan hers or is a reader and is in the same age range as Hood (to better relate).

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text 2017-12-28 20:16
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 9 - Mōdraniht

Tasks for Mōdraniht: Tell us your favourite memory about your mom, grandma, or the woman who had the greatest impact on your childhood. –OR– Post a picture of you and your mom, or if comfortable, you and your kids.

Bonus task: Post 3 things you love about your mother-in-law (if you have one), otherwise your grandma.

 

Since I've already sung my mom's praises and posted pictures of her and me here (and another picture here), I'm going to make this one all about my maternal grandma, as well as my "third grandma" (my uncle's mother, who actually had a much greater role in my life than my paternal grandmother), without both of whom my childhood just wouldn't have been what it was.

 

My maternal grandma (left) and my "third grandma" (right), ca. mid-1980s

 

Since my mom was working full time even when I was in elementary school, after school I didn't go home but spent the afternoons at my grandparents' home some 5 minutes from our own home, where I got my lunch, did my homework (or read, or painted pictures) while my grandma was having her afternoon nap, had afternoon tea and biscuits (or, well, tea for the grown-ups, juice for me), and played with the neighborhood children, most of whom were my classmates.  Sometimes when my grandparents were travelling they would take me along, but whenever they didn't (or whenever my grandma was in hospital), it fell to my "third grandma" to take over taking care of me while my mom was at work.

 

age 3 or 4: on the beach in Holland with my grandma

 

So, many of the values I grew up with were my two caretaking grandmas' values, either conveyed to me directly by them or indirectly (via my mom).  More than anything, though, I remember both of their sense of humor, kindness and infinite patience -- and as I grew up, I also learned to appreciate their enormous broad-mindedness which allowed them to accept the change of social perceptions, and to distinguish changeable perceptions of morality and core personal values.

 

My maternal grandparents and my uncle's parents had known each other for decades before my generation came along in our family -- they were living in small neighboring towns in Thuringia until the end of WWII, and my uncle and aunt (my mom's elder sister) were high school sweethearts there -- but I think my two grandmas (real and "substituted in") became even closer friends after their respective families had moved to West Germany after the war, even though my "third grandma" lived in Essen (some 100 kms [60 miles] from Bonn) for the longest time and only moved here when my aunt and uncle did, too.  In many ways, looking back, nothing says "end of youth" (or "end of innocence") to me quite as much as their deaths, witihin a few years of each other, when I was in my early thirties.

 

 

Left: my grandma and my mom shortly after my mom's birth; right: my grandma with her three children (my mom's the youngest, leaning against her mother), mid- / late 1940s

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review 2017-11-06 03:03
I'll Give You the Sun - review
I'll Give You the Sun - Jandy Nelson

 

Noah and Jude are twins, and both very artistically inclined. This book follows the twins through some difficult times. It jumps back and forth between years and alternates between Noah and Jude's viewpoints.

 

This book deals with a lot of issues that teens might face, including questioning their sexuality, sex, death, divorce, mental health, and more. I didn't love the book, maybe because I don't usually enjoy realistic fiction. I read it for my Young Adult Literature class, and I probably wouldn't have picked it myself. But I am trying to branch out a bit.

 

Anyway, the book is well written and I can see the appeal it has for young adults. They can easily identify with the characters even if their own situation is a bit different. What bothers me about some of these stories is the romantic relationships. Books like this promote unrealistic expectations about love and relationships. Most of us don't find our "soulmate" (if one even exists), and we don't often experience a love that was "meant to be." Sad I know, but it seems worse to make teens think that this is how love works. 

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