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review 2017-04-02 22:38
Spannender Anfang, schwacher Ausklang
Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood ist bis Dato mein einziger Titelkauf. Diese vielsagende Zeile klang so verheißungsvoll, versprach Nervenkitzel vielleicht sogar Grusel, so dass ich nicht widerstehen konnte. Es klang nach Geheimnissen, Rache, Mordlust! Nun, teilweise hält das Buch was der Titel verspricht.

Der Roman startet genau so, wie es mir erhofft hatte. Ein junger Geisterjäger kommt in eine kleine Stadt in der ein verwunschenes Haus steht. Vor Jahrzehnten war dort ein Mädchen gestorben und ihr rachsüchtiger Geist spukt nun in dem alten Zuhause herum. Wer das Haus betritt überlebt es in der Regel nicht. Als Cas also ebendies tut, wird er von einem arg wütenden Geist im Empfang genommen.


Anna ist Anfangs einfach nur »der Geist«, von dem man erwartet, dass er da ist um die Lebenden zu ermorden. Im Laufe der Handlung lernt man jedoch nach und nach ihre ganze Geschichte kennen und die ist, bis hin zu ihrer letztlich Ermordung, ziemlich bitter. Da muss man doch erstmal schwer schlucken. Man kann gut nachvollziehen, wie ihre Erlebnisse diesen wütenden Geist aus ihr gemacht haben. Obwohl es sich bei Kendare Blakes Debütroman um ein Jugendbuch handelt, sind manche Beschreibung darin überraschend blutig und schonungslos. Zartbesaiteten wird das vielleicht nicht ganz so sehr gefallen, aber es ist immerhin eine Horrorgeschichte, da darf man nicht nur rosa Blümchen erwarten.

 

Leider verliert sich der starke Anfang ab der Mitte etwas, denn die Geschichte endet, wie in so vielen Jugendbüchern, in einer Liebesgeschichte und macht aus Anna wieder eine eher zarte Erscheinung. Immer noch nett, aber leider alles andere als spannend oder gar gruselig. Immerhin gibt es keine Dreiecksbeziehung mit boyfriend-issues, das hält den Nerv-Faktor erfreulicherweise in Grenzen. Der anfängliche Geisterspuk geht dabei dennoch fast vollständig verloren, weil Anna eben nicht mehr spukt und plötzlich wieder sehr menschlich und lebendig wirkt. Dafür taucht eine andere Gruselgestalt auf, so richtig überzeugen kann diese recht abstrakte Kreatur aber nicht mehr.

 

Anna Dressed in Blood ist ein Buch mit starkem Anfang und schwächelndem Ausgang. Bei dem genialen Titel hatte ich auf eine stärkere Wirkung gehofft, die sich zu Beginn des Romans auch andeutete, dann aber leider zugunsten der Romanze verebbte. Das Buch ist durchaus mal etwas anderes und wagt einen neuen Ansatz in der Jugendbuchsektion, der fade ausklang motiviert mich aber leider nicht die Nachfolger lesen zu wollen.

Source: moyasbuchgewimmel.de/rezensionen/titel/a/anna-dressed-in-blood
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text 2016-12-12 20:54
Three Dark Crowns - Kendare Blake

So strong on plotting and premise–three queens are always born as triplets, each with their own deadly gifts, but only one can rule–and yet oddly flat for me on characterization. The ending also felt less like an ending and more like a hook for the next book. However, that twist is interesting enough that I’ll probably try to read the next one when it comes out!

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review 2016-12-02 14:27

“Three Black Witches are born in a glen,
Sweet little triplets Will never be friends.

Three Black Witches, all fair to be seen.
Two to devour, And one to be queen."

Three Dark Crowns - Kendare Blake


I have been looking forward to this book SO very much. I was terrified that it would severely disappoint but after reading some rave reviews from GR friends I trust, I couldn't wait any longer. I am relieved that I gave it a shot because not only did this book not let me down, it succeeded in ways I couldn't have predicted. Some people have complained about the pacing at places and of some info dumping at the beginning but for me, I did not find those to be true.


I have unfortunately (and annoyingly) been chapter checking lately, wishing the ending would arrive quicker. This was the case even when I was completely invested BUT this experience was completely the opposite. I absolutely devoured this in one sitting and time flew by so quickly I was confused when the acknowledgements popped up. There are some major twists and the final one threw me a bit but BEWARE: the ending is a cliffhanger (which I ferociously loathe). My main gripes are that the book isn't long enough and that cliffhanger at the end left me frustratingly anxious for book #2. The writing was seamless/effortless. The characters were rich, intricately complex, gloriously Human, understandably damaged and endearingly realistic.

 

Which sister was my favorite? The queens, and most of the characters, were beautifully/tragically flawed. All three had very interesting back stories, strengths, weaknesses, relationship (of all kinds) woes, and compelling aspects so picking a definitive side was difficult. If I had to pick one to get behind and root for it would most likely be Mirabella. Mirabella is an Elemental and is believed to be the strongest of the three sisters yet she is the most reluctant to kill her siblings. She is beautiful, which is not a reason in and of itself to pick her but that coupled with her tragic love situation (both romantic and filial), I couldn't help but feel for her.

 

This was such a delight, I can not recommended it highly enough for fantasy lovers and lovers of Royal intrigue. The romances were tastefully done and not rammed down the reader's throat...so if that's not your thing don't worry, it's not a raging love fest of yuck.

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text 2016-11-13 21:22
deliberately not rating this
Three Dark Crowns - Kendare Blake

This book wasn't bad, but it wasn't really for me.

 

What I can say about it is that if you are within this book's target demographic, you will probably love this one.

 

Dark high fantasy with lots of political backstabbing and set up for triplets have to murder each other until only one remains.

 

Of course... the opening ceremony is called the Quickening... which leads me to think of Highlander.

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video 2016-11-13 21:19

It’s quite frightening to think it’s now November, which means before you know it it’ll be Christmas!!

 

It’s safe to say I was rather determined to finish more books after last month. At the start of the month I had read 21 out of the 30 books I wanted to read this month.

 

In this post I wanted to share with you some of my favourite books not only perfect for Halloween, but perfect for the winter months drawing closer. There are the classics like Frankenstein and Dracula, or you could go for a short story such as The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton. This is such a quickly little book filled with illustrations just as wonderfuly bizarre.

 

Or for something to really sink your teeth into try Anna Dressed in Bloodby Kendare Blake (review) and the sequel Girl of Nightmares (review). I won’t lie I was a tad nervous about reading these as I don’t do “scary” books, but I really loved these. But let’s not talk about what happened in the basement or the forest.

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