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review 2017-02-09 08:57
Habe leider mehr erwartet, der Film gefiel mir besser
Sixteen Moons - Eine unsterbliche Liebe - Petra Koob-Pawis,Margaret Stohl,Kami Garcia

Ich habe den Film schon mehrmals gesehen und fand ihn immer wieder toll. Während ich das Buch gelesen habe, sah ich ihn nochmal und war zum Teil verwirrt.

Es kommt wirklich selten vor, dass mir eine Verfilmung besser gefällt, vor allem, da diese im Gegensatz zu dem Buch ja sehr gekürzt zu sein scheint. In der Geschichte lesen wir teilweise unheimlich viele Szenen, die meiner Meinung nach weggelassen hätten können. Teilweise waren sie uninteressant und auch langatmig. Außerdem hat es mich gestört, dass einfach vieles anders war und wenn es nur die Beschreibungen waren. Zudem hatte ich das Gefühl, dass hier vieles verdreht war. Als wären die Szenen verwechselt sein. Dass sich Ethan und Lena in Gedanken unterhielten war mir auch neu, aber auch das verwirrte, denn manchmal musste ich deswegen Stellen 3x lesen und wusste immer noch nicht, wer das was gesagt hat.
 
Aber gut. Das Buch wird aus Ethans Sicht erzählt. Für mich ist das ziemlich ungewöhnlich, dass es aus einer männlichen Perspektive kommt.
Was mich aber am meisten stört. Eigentlich habe ich mich auf einen Fantasy Roman mit Liebesgeschichte gefreut. Aber das hier scheint dann eher Liebesgeschichte mit Fantasy Einheiten zu sein. Als Leser habe ich mich überhaupt nicht angesprochen gefühlt. Es wird alles irgendwie so hingenommen und sich weiterhin um Lena gesorgt.  Sprich: Als wäre es ganz normal, dass im Dorf Hexen rumlaufen.
Ich kann nicht genau sagen warum, aber ich wurde mit keine der Figuren richtig warm. Das fand ich sehr schade, vor allem habe ich mich auf das Buch gefreut.
 
Das Cover hingegen gefällt mir sehr. Ich liebe solche Cover und hätte es zigmal anfassen können. Außerdem ist es sehr schön gestaltet und passt zur Geschichte.
Der Schreibstil ist gut und flüssig, aber halt auch sehr einfach.
Ich werde die nächsten Teile wohl nicht lesen.
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text 2016-04-30 16:00
April 2016 Reads

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April was a so-so month. 

I read two ARCs and the rest of my TBR pile so that was a great. One ARC was really great and I really loved, the other made me mad beyond believe.  Because it had such a high rating everywhere but it really was an utter disappointment.

That just proves that I should not trust the rating system on Goodreads or Amazon. You think maybe it was me but no, if you look through the reviews the 'honest" reviewers all felt the same way. The rest were the reviewers that give 5 star reviews to everyone, new members and or friends of the author.It is pretty easy to tell who is who . 

I learned my lesson and in the future more go my "my trusted" reviewer friends. 

Other than that is was a okay month and enjoyed the rest of the books. 

A reminder, if you have not already don't forget to enter in the big multi author giveaway that is still happening here, there are some awesome prizes to win besides the grand prize of $180 Cash . And some option you can do everyday ;)

My plans for May are a still open, even though I still have  few review copies that need to be done soon. I will see where the wind blows me lol . And with summer break starting mid month, who know how much I get done with the kids home. 

Anyways here is my April round-up, the buy links are added in the reviews I link. 

Have a great month and thank you so much for all your support. 

 


 

Touched by Elisa S. Amore

 

Touched

 

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Based on a Norwegian legend

A Sealed Fate

An Angel of Death

A Forbidden Love

“As seductive as Meet Joe Black. As mysterious as City of Angels. As powerful as Twilight.”

What are you willing to sacrifice when the only person who can save you is the same one who has to kill you?

After vampires and werewolves, after wizards and fallen angels, a new breed of Angels is here to usher you into their dark world. An ancient, deadly, inescapable race.

No one can see them. They’re shadows of destiny. They’re knights of death. They’re the Subterraneans and they’re here to claim our lives.

Commanded by a mysterious congregation called the Màsala, the Angels of Death ensure that each man’s destiny takes its due course on Earth.

But what happens when love intervenes?

Can an Angel of Death deny his own nature and challenge destiny?

Can love rebel against fate?

When Gemma’s eyes first meet the dark, piercing gaze of Evan James, an ominous shadow creeps into her life, ultimately leading her to face her destiny. She doesn’t realize Evan is one of Death’s soldiers and that Death is summoning her.

Her time is up: Gemma must die . . . and Evan has been sent to kill her.

But what if she’s the only one who can truly see him?

Against every rule. Against fate itself. Against everything and everyone. A story of forbidden love and star-crossed destinies.

Dark. Romantic. Dangerous.

Touched combines devastating passion and unconfessable secrets, heartrending decisions and deep emotions, giving life to a love story as intense as the feelings that unite Evan and Gemma, as inescapable as the destiny that looms over them . . .

 

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1 ½ ★ 

 

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day 

 

You're Never Weird on the Internet

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From online entertainment mogul, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet-stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

The Internet isn’t all cat videos. There’s also Felicia Day—violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world… or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet Geeks and Goodreads book clubs.

After growing up in the south where she was “home-schooled for hippie reasons”, Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and was immediately typecast as a crazy cat-lady secretary. But Felicia’s misadventures in Hollywood led her to produce her own web series, own her own production company, and become an Internet star.

Felicia’s short-ish life and her rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media. Now, Felicia’s strange world is filled with thoughts on creativity, video games, and a dash of mild feminist activism—just like her memoir.

Hilarious and inspirational, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.

 

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5 ★

 

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Music Notes by Lacey Black

 

Music Notes

 

Sing.

That’s what I came to do.

I was prepared to do just that until I walked into my audition and saw him. Tall, mysterious, and gorgeous to boot, he was sitting at the coaches’ table with three others, ready to judge my performance, and decide my future. Yet, since I’d walked onto the stage, he continued to look at anything but me. So, I did the one thing I was there to do: sing. When I opened my mouth and let those words spill from my lips, he finally looked up. Those startling, dark eyes collided with mine with such intensity that I knew one thing for certain: I would never be the same.

I am Layne Carter, newest contestant on Rising Star, the biggest singing competition on reality television. Nothing can stop me from giving this show my all. Not my horrible diva roommate. Not the fact that I’m terribly homesick and miss my family. And certainly not my uncontrollable growing attraction to my coach, Beau Tanner, award winning country superstar. Nothing will stand in my way.

And I’m wrong.

 

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5 ★

 

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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

 

Beautiful Creatures

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Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

 

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4★

 

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Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

 

Skinwalker

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First in a brand new series from the author of the rogue mage novels

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she’s been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie’s Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who’s killing other vamps…

 

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3 ½★

 

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review 2016-04-22 16:48
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia,Margaret Stohl

  

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Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything

 

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I been meaning to read this book for a while now, but never got it until now. Overall I really enjoyed this book, I liked that it is a bit darker than most YA book. It is very compelling and keeps you clued to the book from page one. The world and building was very well written, both the present and the flashback episodes that occur in the book. Though, sometime it was a bit confusing going back and forth at least the first few chapters. I enjoyed both Ethan and Lena characters, that were well build and rather likeable. I liked how the friendship formed and how that he stuck up for her and being there for her when no one else was. There were lots of twists in the story, which I enjoyed a lot. But also on the other hand there was a lot going on in this book and sometimes even a bit too much. But yet not overwhelming. Overall, I really liked the book and looking forward to getting to the next book. I rate it 4★

 

Some of my favorite quotes

 

“I'm just the librarian. I can only give you the books. I can't give you the answers.”

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“What is the opposite of two? A lonely me and a lonely you.”

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“Are you insinuatin' that my daughter is a liar?" "Oh, no, not at all. I'm saying your daughter is a liar. Surely you can appreciate the difference.

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text 2016-04-01 23:00
Femme Friday - Your Next Favorite YA Series
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Cinder - Marissa Meyer
Shatter Me Complete Collection: Shatter Me, Destroy Me, Unravel Me, Fracture Me, Ignite Me - Tahereh Mafi
Etiquette and Espionage: Number 1 in series (Finishing School) by Gail Carriger (2013-02-05) - Gail Carriger;
Beautiful Creatures - Margaret Stohl,Kami Garcia
Atlantis Rising - Gloria Craw
Divergent - Veronica Roth
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

I don't know what your next favorite YA series may be, but it stands to reason that it could be written by a woman. I'm not saying that it will be, but the "Big 3" of YA are all written by women (and are featured in this post). We definitely can't be ruled out or sidelined anymore in this area. That being said, there are some great series out there, here are some contenders: 

 

That I've read: 

  1. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins   - I mean, it is one of the Big 3 mentioned above and really doesn't need an introduction or explanation anymore. If you haven't read it or seen the movies yet and are reading this post, you've probably already been told to do so. 
  2. Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles - Marissa Meyer - This is a one of my new favorites! I love a good fairy tale reimagining, it's my kryptonite. The whole series was fun and left me with an awful book hangover. I've been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get ahold of the next book set in this world, Stars Above and the first of Meyer's new series, Heartless
  3. Shatter Me Complete Collection - Tahereh Mafi - Okay, I had it bad after the Lunar Chronicles, but this one was the actual worst book hangover of my life. I reread some of it way too many times. It played with my emotions, it was written with a whole new style that was mesmerizing, it broke my heart too many times. I'm a sucker for broken characters and this series let me wallow in them until my fingers were all pruney. 
  4. Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger - my first steampunk! I didn't quite know what to expect, but I was intrigued by the concept. This turned out to be a great introduction because it does have some of my favorite elements of fiction. I can't always get behind historical fiction but this combined it with science fiction and paranormal creatures and seriously, what's not to love when you do all that! I'm waiting on the last book to finish off the series and so looking forward to it! 
  5. Beautiful Creatures - Margaret Stohl,Kami Garcia - I had read the first book well before I heard of the movie but hadn't finished the series yet. I was pleased with the movie, though. It brought all the visual parts in and didn't really lose much. I had a great time reading this series. The magical world that it takes place in was new and a lot of fun. Sometimes books in the same subgenre feel like they blur together, but this definitely stands out among the books about magical beings and worlds. 
  6. Atlantis Rising - Gloria Craw - I read this one last year before I knew that more would be coming out. It felt like there could be more but the first one ended on such a note that I wasn't sure if it was just wishful thinking. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one

 

 

Heard good things about: 

  1. Divergent - Veronica Roth - I only saw the movie. I'm not a fan of the way people say that if you love "this" then you'll love "that" so this one struck me wrong. Everyone says that if you loved The Hunger Games, you'll love this series. To me, it sounded like they were far too similar to make it worth reading. But I did watch the movies and they are dissimilar enough that I understood what people were talking about. All the same, I never made my way to that series. I do plan on reading it, but I'm not in rush. Everyone that I know who's read it, loved it! And I remember once reading a blog post from someone who applauded the way Tris is specifically not pretty, that it's mentioned in a way that reminds you that it shouldn't be important for a revolutionary to be pretty. 
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling - I know, it's a problem. It's a Big 3 YA and I haven't read it, but I did crack it open once or twice.... I was just a little too old when these books came out to be interested in them, and then too busy and now I might as well wait to read them with my son. He's very close to the right age to start the first one. I have seen all the movies and completely understand how wonderful the books are, I just haven't read them yet. 

 

 

Problematic - this is a blog about feminism in books, so while these are huge, they do present some problems in this department that need addressing

Twilight - Stephanie Meyer - it's been said, at length, that this series presents problems in the abusive relationship department. The main love interest is controlling and that is definitely a problem. What makes the problem worse is the HUGE following that came after this series that made everyone sound like they want to be in an abusive relationship such as this. No hitting takes places, but there is a lot of controlling behaviors that no one should tolerate. I get that Edward wasn't a bad guy, but he was a bad boyfriend. Bella wasn't exactly a role model either. At the same time she wasn't much worse than Matt Donovan in the next series I'm going to talk about. It's hard to be the only human among supernaturals, I'm sure, but she never once got to make a decision that he didn't have to approve and she was always usurped when he didn't approve. 

The Vampire Diaries - LJ Smith - just skip the books and binge watch the CW series on Netflix. The show is one of my favorites and cleans up a lot of the problems in the books. Elena is very similar to Bella in her passionate love for her love interest. It made me gag a lot. Her friends are easily duped into doing whatever vapid thing she is interested in. Okay, so that sounds harsh and I'm not trying to shame the characters. The problem is that they were hollow characters. What should have been intersections in their problems never seemed to bother them, so we mostly gloss over the fact that Elena is an orphan in the books. The show makes up for this by allowing her to be melancholy and react to this life-changing event as if her life has changed. I've said before that maybe it's my own problem for having watched the show first. The characters in the show have depth and complexity. No one is a perpetual damsel in distress or rescuer. Even the villains are layered. These books features lots of characters and it would be great if they didn't fit so well into those old, worn stereotypes. Also, the show may still be on television, but the books are from the 1990's. I don't remember if these stereotypes had quite hit trope level, but it's just a pass. Don't even bother, not in this day and age. You'll just be disappointed. 

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review 2016-03-28 00:00
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys
Slasher Girls & Monster Boys - Kami Garc... Slasher Girls & Monster Boys - Kami Garcia,Carrie Ryan,Nova Ren Suma,Marie Lu,Kendare Blake,Leigh Bardugo,Megan Shepherd,A.G. Howard,April Genevieve Tucholke,Cat Winters,Stefan Bachmann,McCormick Templeton,Jay Kristoff Such a good compilation of stories and great writing (okay with the exception of a couple of stories which almost made me ditch the book and which I believe greatly diminished the overall quality of the anthology)

Here are my ratings for each story:

"The Birds of Azalea Street" 4 stars This story was a great start to the anthology. I loved the writing and how it depicted a very real issue. Also, I love me some divine (or not so divine) justice.

"In the Forest Dark and Deep" 4.5 stars Alice's adventures in Wonderland with a twist! God, I loved this MC so much and her relationship with the Hare. It was so twisted and perfect.

"Emmeline" 5 stars The writing, the romance, the paranormal elements and the historical background. I loved it to bits. I'm definitely checking out this author.

"Verse Chorus Verse" 2.5 stars I didn't quite get this story? Sure it was slightly creepy but in the end I was like... huh? Maybe I'll re-read it once again but I'm not sure there's anything else to it and it left me feeling quite disappointed.

"Hide and Seek" 5 stars This story! This freaking story. It was easily my favorite from the entire anthology. I don't know what it was about it, probably the characters: Annie, Crow Cullom, Suze! I fell in love with them instantly, and the unique situation and plot. I loved how it was executed and I hope I could keep reading about them, or at least about Crow, I want to know so much about him. Oh God. I loved it.

"The Dark, Scary Parts and All" 1 stars This is when the anthology took a dive. Annoying, special snowflake MC and her not so perfect crush. This story could have been told in one or two pages and saved me the drawn out disappointment brough on by that ending. Not creepy or scary at all.

"The Flicker, the Fingers, the Beat, the Sigh" 1 star or -5 stars, rather. I watched the movie? What's so original about this story? I felt like this story has been told a thousand times. They should've taken it out of the anthology. Nothing new to be read here. Waste of space and time.

"Fat Girl with a Knife" 1 star Pointless. Another annoying MC. Kind of a decent ending. Again, this could have been told maybe in 3 or 4 pages. No more. Zombie fans, do yourselves a favor and skip this one because it gives you nothing new.

"Sleepless" 3 stars Finally something worth my time after those last three stories, I was about to give up on the rest of the book thinking the stories were only getting worse. This story reminded me of another movie, of course, it was very obvious, but at least I enjoyed seeing it unfold. The writing was nothing exceptional but I liked the MC well enough and was pretty satisfied with the ending.

"M" 2 stars Eh... The story was going pretty okay until that ending. I expected more. The children were creepy though.

"The Girl Without a Face" 1 star Another crap story. Honestly? I won't even bother going into why I disliked it. Predictable. No twist. I felt nothing.

"A Girl Who Dreamed of Snow" 2.5 stars This wasn't a great story either. I didn't find it creepy whatsoever. It felt out of place in this anthology. BUT the writing was good, and it felt way more original than at least three or four of the other stories in this book.

"Stitches" 4 stars Finally some gory goodness. This story was delicious. The writing, the plot, the execution. Another one of the stories in this anthology which had to do some heavy lifting after reading the previous ones. I definitely recommend this one (if you want to skip the crappy ones).

"On the I-5" 4.5 stars I'm glad this was the last story as it didn't leave me disappointed or unsatisfied in the least. Kendare Blake knows her creepy girls with a sad background. I want more.

Even though the book had several stories that were a disservice to the authors who actually seemed to put some effort into their work and tried hard to make them spooky enough for the reader, I decided to give it 4 stars and take only the good of this anthology. In fact, I'll pretend those 1 star stories never existed. So consider that a 4.5.
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