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review 2017-12-28 22:24
Toller vierter Teil der Reihe
Die 100 - Rebellion: Roman (Die 100-Serie, Band 4) - Kass Morgan,Lars Zwickies,Michael Pfingstl


Auf dem Cover sehen wir den Hauptcast von ‚The 100‘ wie wir ihn aus der Serie kennen. Passend zum Thema Rebellion haben wir eine raue Umgebung im Hintergrund.

Meine Zusammenfassung und Meinung:

Zunächst einmal hatte ich nicht damit gerechnet, dass noch ein Band erscheint. Die Bücher unterscheiden sich außerdem stark von der Serie. Wer also erhofft, hier Details zur nächsten Staffel zu bekommen, liegt falsch. Im Buch leben auch noch einige Charaktere, die in der Serie bereits gestorben sind.

Gerade als alle denken, dass langsam Ruhe einkehrt und die Arkadia in Frieden leben können, nachdem sie sich endlich auf dem Planeten behaupten konnten, passiert das Undenkbare: Eine Art Sekte formt sich in ihrer Mitte. Jugendliche, die auf Streit aus sind und jeden auf ihrem Weg erbarmungslos bekämpfen, rotten sich zusammen. Plötzlich werden einige der 100 entführt und es gibt einige Leichen zu beerdigen. Eine aufregende Jagd beginnt, in der sich unsere Hauptcharaktere nicht immer einig sind, wie sie vorgehen sollen. Besonders Bellamy schlägt mal wieder andere Wege ein und es gibt Streit.

Es war wieder sehr spannend, ‚Die 100‘ zu lesen. Ich bin großer Fan der Serie und auch wenn die Bücher in eine ganz andere Richtung führen, macht es mir trotzdem Spaß, das ganze zu lesen. Bei jedem der Charaktere gibt es mal wieder eine stark Entwicklung. Frau Kass versteht sich darin, die Bücher flüssig und spannend zu gestalten, auch wenn dieser Band etwas kürzer ist als die vorherigen. Dieses Mal mache ich nicht den Fehler zu denken, dass es der letzte Band ist und freue mich auf den nächsten Teil, der, denke ich, irgendwann nächstes Jahr erscheinen wird.


Für mich eine sehr spannende Fortsetzung abseits der Serie. 4 Sterne.

Source: heart-books.org
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review 2017-12-20 19:32
Classic fantasy for fans of Medieval-ish settings, royalty romances
Ever the Brave - Erin Summerill

Disclaimer: reviewing an uncorrected proof via NetGalley, so there may be differences from the final version.


Those of you who follow my reviews may remember I was disappointed in Ever the Hunted, the first book in this duology. While I was in love with the cover art, I felt like the story was underwhelming and the language use was odd. But I also like to give debut authors another shot to see how they grow, and since I'd already asked for Ever the Brave on NetGalley, I went ahead and zipped through this draft as well.


I'm happy to say that Ever the Brave does show growth and improvements over Ever the Hunted. In a way, Ever the Brave suffers from being a lot of set up for the series, and Ever the Hunted delivers on more magic and more interesting handling of characters. Maybe I'm acclimating to the unusual language choices or something, but I also felt it read more smoothly. Some nuanced, insightful handlings of the MC, love interest and, in particular, the young king, with regards to relationships with power, politics, belonging and identity. As before, the romance subplot overshadows the greater story to the extent that there's just not the sense of tension I'd like to see. But the romance also felt better developed and more natural than in book 1. Also, the action/fight scenes are some of the book's best writing, with both clarity and tension.


I'd recommend this duology for fans of classic fantasy (Medievalish kingdom setting, elements-based powers, politics/coups and royalty romances) who want to have that itch scratched. The books don't do much that's new, but for a certain audience, they don't need to. It wasn't a right-fit for me, but I'm reading on the upper end of YA, and I think this would do better with younger/newer readers in the genre, maybe teens just graduating from MG fantasy. Only about a 2.5 personally, but I'm bumping the score because it's a pretty well-produced product that may suit other readers much more.

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review 2017-10-30 18:06
All Good Children - Catherine Austen

Interesting, detailed and well-developed dystopian exploration of the future of education and corporate trends by way of a smart, artistic and angry teen. While the narrative perspective was well maintained and it didn't get preachy, there's a clear message of vigilance against current trends, and like a lot of dystopian fiction, it extrapolates current trends to an alarming place. Not an overt rebellion story a la Hunger Games or Divergent, but more of a growing awareness and opting out/escaping adverse situations. The use of art as a sort of silent protest and rallying force against oppression was interesting. Overall a fast read that leaned more toward the disturbing and realistic portrayal of intelligent science fiction than the more exciting and thriller-paced tone of some dystopian fiction.

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review 2017-07-13 11:54
Review: Blood Rose Rebellion
Blood Rose Rebellion - Rosalyn C. Eves

I received a copy from Netgalley.


I had pre ordered a finished hardcover, I put in a request on Netgalley, and 90% of my Random House requests are declined, so I was completely gobsmacked when I was actually approved for this one. So I wound up with a pretty white cover finished copy and a pretty blue cover copy for my kindle.


Though I don’t really know what to say on the actual story itself. It’s an interesting idea. In this alternative historical society the upper class wealthy people are magical users, Luminates. Various families have different magical traits. When they reach a certain age society children go through a test to see what magical affinity they are suited to. Only the elite class can become Luminates. There are rare instances where children like our heroine Anna, are barren with seemingly no magical talent whatsoever.


Anna’s best hope in society is marrying of equal wealth. Her older sister Catherine outshines her in every respect, magically and looks. Catherine is a snob. She has a younger brother who I got the impression was quite weak and sickly. Her mother is much of a snob as her sister, and her father seems quite passive. Debutant balls in this society require a display of magic. The novel starts with Catherine’s debutant ball and magical display. Anna is supposed to be out of the way with the younger brother but it doesn’t happen. She’s been seeing a wealthy boy, Freddy, whom she has a big crush on. She winds up crashing her sister’s ball and something goes drastically wrong when the magic collapses when Anna arrives in the ballroom.  Anna apparently has the ability to break magic apart.


Scandalised, her mother sends her off to Hungary with Anna’s grandmother to Grandmother’s home estate. Where Anna gets a lesson in Hungarian magic and politics. She inadvertently finds herself on the land of Hungarian Romani’s. Which sparks a love-hate relationship with a boy she meets. There’s also a rebellion going on she finds herself entwined with, a group of people who (understandably) hate the fact that only the aristocrats of society can use magic. They’ve spelled it to be so. Anna has the capability of bringing this to a collapse.


The biggest problem I had with this novel was that I found it quite repetitive. The magic and the rebellion were quite fascinating, Anna was a likeable enough heroine. But she finds herself in situations that are quite often morally ambiguous. She’s faced with some really tough choices in following her heart or following her own mind. Most of the situations she’s faced with are the sort where there is no clear right or wrong answer. Whatever decision she makes, someone will be hurt. And she goes back and forth over this in various situations throughout the novel.


Definitely a worthwhile read and after that ending I’m looking forward to the next instalment.


Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Children's for approving my request to view the title.

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review 2017-06-21 16:16
Twell and the Rebellion (Como Chronicles #2) by Kate O'Leary
Twell and the Rebellion - Kate O'leary
Twell and the Rebellion starts from where book 1 left off - thank goodness!!! I had guessed who her genetic match was with the description of the silver eyes, but I did enjoy the feeling of knowing that I had guessed correctly. The action is pretty much non-stop in this book as Twell's training ups a gear and she meets others with the same powers as her. Unfortunately, because they're training in power groups, it means that she doesn't see as much of Jonaz, or the others. Add Avin into the mix and it's not surprising that Twell feels confused, and easy pickings for Shanna. Now, I need to say something that might not go down too well, but I didn't like Shanna as a character. I started off with the same feelings for Mira, but she grew on me (like fungus!), until I loved every scene with her in it because of her acerbic tone. Shanna though... nah, she doesn't do it for me. I will also say that I really, REALLY, dislike love triangles. And yet you will notice that I gave this book 5-stars. Simply put, it is because there is no 'nonsense' in this book. Everything that Twell feels and goes through, I could understand perfectly how she felt. She wasn't just being indecisive for the fun of it, which seems to happen all too often.
This book is absolutely chock-full of character development, with new characters to behold too. I don't think there were any editing or grammatical errors in it, but I was too engrossed to notice if there were! With a gripping story, cliffhanger ending, full of emotions, and smoothly paced - what more could you ask for? Highly recommended by me.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
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