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review 2018-08-05 03:40
The Wrath of Satan - Rhonda Eudaly,Julia S. Mandala,Linda L. Donahue,Dusty Rainbolt

In the immortal words of Satan herself:


"A bunch of lab rats hopped up on drugs could do a better job than you four. Instead of spreading famine, war, plague and death, you spread moodiness, fashion-tips, sequins and coffee stains."


I've always found The Four Redheads books to be fun reads and this latest instalment was certainly that.

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review 2018-03-18 20:11
An epic-story, which will make you reconsider what you thought you knew about angels, demons, and everything in between.
The Fall of Lilith (Fantasy Angels Series) 1 - Vashti Quiroz-Vega

I have seen this book described as “epic” and I agree, not only for its length (it is two books in one) but also for its topic. It does talk about all things in Heaven and Earth, near enough, from the creation of the angels and the battle of good and evil to the fall of the angels and their revenge plans once on Earth (that don’t bode well for humanity).

The author’s writing style in this book is reminiscent of the Bible, although the story is told from quite a different point of view, and it deviates from the narrative most Christians are familiar with (I am intrigued to know how the story will resonate with readers not familiar with the Christian tradition, although the world building is detailed enough for anybody to be able to follow the events). I am not a bit Fantasy reader, mostly because I am not that fond of lengthy descriptions (I admire authors who do it well), although this story has the added interest of providing a major variation on a story many of us are familiar with. As typical of the genre, there is plenty of telling (in fact, all the characters are storytellers, and we get to hear the angels’ voices often, narrating their own adventures, or even fictional ones, like a fascinating story Lilith narrates in book 1), and beautiful descriptions of Floraison, the part of Heaven inhabited by the angels, of the angels, and also of the creation of Earth, and of Earth itself in book 2. We follow the story in a chronological order, from the time when the angels are quite young, growing up and learning about their powers (this part reminded me of YA books set up in special schools for young people with special abilities, and also of parts of The Hunger Games, when the characters had to train for the battle ahead), through to the battle between good and evil and their fall to Earth. Although the story is narrated in the third person, we follow the points of views of a variety of angels, mainly Lilith, the main character, but also most of the others at some point.

These angels reminded me of the Greek gods. They are not the celestial beings many of us imagine, but more human than human. They have their personalities, their peculiar characters, their flaws, their desires, and they are far from goodie-goodie-two-shoes. Even the good angels have faults… (Oh Gabriel…). We get to know Lilith’s cunning and devious nature better than that of others (she is rebellious, proud, has a superiority complex, and does not seem to feel true affection for anybody, even her supposed friends), but we see that Lucifer is proud and is not a good looser from early on (when he is following the rules), and some of the other angels are weak, easily manipulated, and only worried about their own well-being and interests. The God of this story does not tolerate rebellion or deceit, and he severely punishes his children for their misdeeds. The author excels at writing the punishments and tortures the angels are subject to, and these parts of the book are not for the faint-hearted. I know she writes horror too, and this is quite evident in her penchant for devising monstrous characters and pretty cruel and sadistic tortures.

As is often the case, the bad characters are more interesting than the good ones (that we mostly lose sight of in book 2, apart from some brief appearances). I would not say any of the characters are very sympathetic. Lilith is put to the test and punished for being what she is (and considering angels are given free-will, that seems quite cruel), but she displays psychopathic traits from the beginning and it is difficult to blame her nasty personality on her experiences. She is strong and determined, but she abandons her friends, is manipulative, and goes to extremes that make her exceedingly unlikeable. I have no problem with having a truly horrible character as the main voice of a book, although I missed something that helped me connect with her (there are moments when she hints at a weakness or hurt, but I did not feel they were particularly convincing. Perhaps a sense of humour, no matter how dark, would have helped, but other than some instances of silly behaviour very early on, there are moments of wonder but not many laughs). Gadreel is perhaps the easiest character to empathise with, and she grows and develops during book 2 (to begin with she is constantly complaining and moaning, but she gets more confident, although she is not traditionally good either). Satan does horrible things, especially to Lilith (who is not blameless by a long stretch, not that such abuse could be ever justified in real life), but he is an interesting character and quite loyal to his friends. And he also does much of what he does out of love, however misguided. I don’t know what that says about me, but I really like Dracul, Satan and Lilith’s child. He is described as quite an ugly thing, but I find him cute. There you have it.

For me, book 2 is more dynamic and moves faster than book 1. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the adventures of the fallen angels on Earth allow us to read about their first impressions of the world as it would appear to somebody who had never been here, a totally brand new place. Such estrangement and sense of wonder are fascinating and the writing captures it well. The fact that the fallen angels find themselves in a hostile environment and have to learn to work together to survive adds to the interest. Of course, Lilith has her own plans, and she makes sure she convinces others to follow.

The character of Lilith reminded me of the typical figure of the femme fatale in film noir (or the spider woman, or… well, I’m sure you can think of many epithets such females have received over the years), who is powerful but her power consists in manipulating and deceiving males, convincing them that they are in charge, while she pulls the invisible strings. I do admire such characters, especially when the circumstances are dire and that seems to be the only option to get ahead. There is always a difficult balance to maintain between creating a strong negative female character that can hold her own and ensuring it does not reinforce the usual story tropes that blame women for all of world’s ills from the beginning of times.

This book made me wonder once more about the well-known narrative (and let me tell you, there are some twists that will keep readers on their toes) of events, which amounts to a civil war in Heaven, where there is no reconciliation and no possible redress or forgiveness for those who rebelled against the established order and lost. I also had to wonder about the rules imposed in Floraison and what seems to be a bias against LGBT (sex is bad, but same-sex sex is worse and is more severely punished), which has always been an issue that has caused much religious debate.

This book is a tour-de-force that I’d recommend to readers who love to be challenged by narratives that push the limits of well-known stories and make us rethink and reconsider the stories we have been told. And one for those who love strong and wicked female characters. And baby demons…

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review 2018-01-09 19:48
Satan's Harvest
Satan's Harvest (Ed & Lorraine Warren Book 6) - Mark Merenda,Michael Lasalandra,Lorraine Warren,Ed Warren

I've been curious about this book since the first Conjuring movie. Satan's Harvest covers the possession of Maurice Theriault, a French-Canadian farmer. His possession is considered one of the most publicized and one of the few exorcisms actually recorded. 


Now, just to get this out of the way, I do believe Theriault was possessed due to the footage of the exorcism that I have seen. It's an interesting video and due to the time period I'm skeptical it was faked. Not impossible, just not convinced. That said, if I had to use this book to make that decision, I'd say both Theriault and the Warrens are major frauds. 


Despite claims of photographic and video evidence, there were very few photos taken in the book. Most were just of Ed and Lorraine, actually, which I felt contrasted very differently from the other books of theirs that I had read. I hate when paranormal books do that, saying they have evidence but never showing it. I'm reading this book to learn and be convinced. The author is the one making the claims so they better do all they can to convince me. 


The Warrens themselves, who I've always considered a decent enough couple, came across very differently in this book, especially Ed. He seemed arrogant, pretentious, and close minded. I was especially chuffed during the chapter on the psychiatrist's interview with Maurice. This is a man who went through incredible abuse throughout his life and I was genuinely interested in what those findings would be. But Ed basically shot down everything the man said if it contradicted the theory of possession. This portrayal of the Warrens is very in line with criticisms skeptics pose about them. If this book were my first exposure to them, I'd be fully convinced they were frauds as well.


The book also glossed over some pretty major factors of Maurice's life, namely his criminal charges. During the times where his possession was most blatant, Maurice was accused of arson and sexually assaulting a child. You would think the book might want to explore that a bit more, given that it's awfully convenient that he's possessed and therefore wasn't in control of his actions (/sarcasm). Additionally, his treatment of his first wife sounded rather awful and I didn't appreciate how sympathetic the book portrayed him. You can be possessed and still also just be an asshole. 


Like I said, I do believe something paranormal was happening with Maurice. I also think he is fully responsible for at least the sexual assault and probably the fires. The Warrens say so themselves, usually someone has to either invite the spirit in or be doing something incredibly amoral to open themselves to demonic possession. At the very least it's a Chicken or the Egg kind of question about his possession and I really wish the book had explored it more. 


Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars. A lot of fun spooky stuff to read but oddly narrow minded compared to the other books I've read by the Warrens. 

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review 2017-06-25 03:48
Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things - Martina McAtee

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best friends



This book was AMAZING! I rarely give a first book in a series 5 stars, but if I could give this book a million stars I would!



all the stars



The world building was TOP NOTCH. I kept telling my friend this was Ilona Andrews level world building. For those that don't know, that is like the be all end all of world building, in my book at least. It was so vast I kept thinking I could stay in this world forever. I can see where there would be no shortage of stories to be told in this world that McAtee has created. There was a supernatural POWERHOUSE in this book, with plenty of beings that are familiar, shifters, witches, demons, necromancers etc. and some new and fascinating beings I haven't read about before! I enjoyed the fact that Ember was new to this supernatural world too so you got to learn everything about this new mesmerizing place and all its colorful inhabitants side by side with her.




The characters were so diverse and plentiful. There were a lot of people in this story, and there wasn't one that didn't have me completely engrossed in their life. I could not get enough of them! We get a few different POVs in this story, and they are perfectly executed. I am so particular about multiple POVs. If they aren't clearly recognized each time, rather by each voice being distinguishable and unique enough to stand on their own obviously, or by marking it at the chapter changes, I tend to be disappointed. I had no problem with that here. I was honestly kind of blown away how seamlessly the shift was made each time, and even more impressively, how loveable each person was! I was always happy to spend time seeing things through any of their eyes and that is no easy task!



I love YOU!



It also needs to be said that this cover is stunning as well! I really can't even do this book enough justice with a review. I loved everything about it, plain and simple. And if any of this sounds even remotely like something you may enjoy, pick this book up because I have a feeling you are going to fall in love with it too.

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review 2017-06-14 09:41
Fantasielos, berechenbar und oberflächlich
Damian: Die Stadt der gefallenen Engel - Rainer Wekwerth

Der deutsche Autor Rainer Wekwerth ist den meisten von euch sicher durch die populäre „Labyrinth“-Trilogie bekannt. Der erste Band erschien 2013, doch Wekwerth schreibt bereits seit Mitte der 90er Jahre Kinder- und Jugendbücher, später kamen Thriller hinzu. Bis 2004 erschienen alle seine Werke unter verschiedenen Pseudonymen. Ich habe entschieden, „Damian: Die Stadt der gefallenen Engel“ vor der „Labyrinth“-Trilogie zu lesen, weil es einfach länger auf meiner Wunschliste stand. Außerdem wollte ich erst antesten, ob mir sein Stil zusagt, bevor ich mich auf einen Dreiteiler einließ.


Ferien in Berlin – welcher Ort könnte besser geeignet sein, um sich von einem gebrochenen Herzen abzulenken? Die 17-jährige Lara freut sich darauf, Zeit mit ihren Großeltern zu verbringen und die Stadt auf eigene Faust zu erkunden. Als sie den gutaussehenden Damian kennenlernt, ist ihr Liebeskummer wie weggeblasen. Sie verliebt sich Hals über Kopf in ihn und ahnt nicht, dass ihre Begegnung kein Zufall ist. Hinter der Fassade erhabener Altbauten und hipper Neubaugebiete ist Berlin das Schlachtfeld des ewigen Krieges zwischen Himmel und Hölle. Unbemerkt von menschlichen Augen bekämpfen sich Engel und Dämonen ohne Gnade, doch nun droht eine alte Prophezeiung alles zu verändern. Lara ist der Schlüssel. Seit Jahrzehnten hütet ihre Familie ein düsteres Geheimnis, das sie in große Gefahr bringt und schon bald muss sie um ihr Leben fürchten. Werden Damian und Lara eine Möglichkeit finden, ihrer Bestimmung zu entgehen, um zusammen sein zu können?


Bücher, die in meiner Heimat spielen, üben immer einen speziellen Reiz auf mich aus. Berlin ist eine fabelhafte, aufregende Stadt und es interessiert mich grundsätzlich, wie sie auf andere Menschen wirkt, vor allem auf Menschen, die nicht hier leben. Ich kann nachvollziehen, dass Rainer Wekwerth Berlin als Setting für seinen UF-YA-Roman „Damian: Die Stadt der gefallenen Engel“ wählte, weil ich es absolut vorstellbar finde, dass hier im Verborgenen ein Krieg zwischen Engeln und Dämonen wütet. Berlin ist ein Ort vieler Geheimnisse, Rätsel und ja, auch Konflikte. Wieso sollte es nicht als Schauplatz des Kampfes zwischen Gut und Böse dienen? Ich habe mit dieser Idee überhaupt keine Schwierigkeiten. Wekwerths Beschreibungen meiner Heimatstadt fand ich in erster Linie amüsant, da sich meine persönliche Wahrnehmung stark von Laras Eindrücken unterscheidet. Ich mochte die jugendliche Protagonistin überraschend gern, obwohl sie nun keine starke Persönlichkeit/Heldin und – typisch Teenager – etwas theatralisch ist. Jede Kleinigkeit mutiert sofort zum nächsten potentiellen Weltuntergang. Lara erlebt die Berliner_innen als nett und freundlich – ich kenne sie als rotzig, gehetzt und unhöflich. Den Hauptbahnhof lässt Wekwerth in schillerndsten Farben erscheinen – ich halte ihn für eine hässliche, megalomane Monstrosität aus Glas und Stahl, die den falschen Namen trägt. Leider bleibt der Autor im weiteren Verlauf der Geschichte recht vage, was Laras Aufenthaltsorte betrifft. Ich hätte mir konkretere Stadtteilbeschreibungen gewünscht, um besser einschätzen zu können, wo genau sie sich aktuell befindet. Es ist gut möglich, dass dieses Bedürfnis rein subjektiv ist, weil ich selbst Berlinerin bin, daher möchte ich diesen Punkt nicht bemängeln. Ich muss hingegen kritisieren, dass „Damian: Die Stadt der gefallenen Engel“ zwar ganz nett ist, aber mehr auch nicht. Die Geschichte ist dramatisch und einigermaßen spannend, zeichnet sich meiner Meinung nach jedoch durch eine fantasielose, berechenbare Oberflächlichkeit aus, die vermutlich durch die binäre Behandlung von Himmel und Hölle zustande kommt. Während der Lektüre wehte mir ein Lüftchen christlich-religiösen Einflusses um die Nase, das stark nach Traditionalismus roch. Mir war die strikte Einteilung in Gut und Böse, in Schwarz und Weiß, nicht aufgeschlossen genug. Ich sehe Satan am liebsten in Milton-Manier; als ambivalenten, kultivierten, charmanten Verführer, nicht als Bestie und war stets überzeugt, dass es selbst im fundamentalen Krieg zwischen Himmel und Hölle zahlreiche Graustufen gibt. Bedauerlicherweise beabsichtigte Rainer Wekwerth meiner Ansicht nach durchaus, diese steife Kategorisierung mit Damian aufzubrechen. Damian war sein Ass im Ärmel, er sollte alle Erwartungen kippen und der Geschichte Originalität verleihen. Es hat nicht funktioniert. Jedenfalls nicht für mich, weil der Autor den haarsträubenden Wendepunkt der Handlung, Damians großen Moment, in wenigen Sätzen runterratterte, statt dieser Sensation den nötigen Raum zuzugestehen. Vielleicht hat er sich für ein Jugendbuch zu viel vorgenommen. Schließlich handelt es sich um eine theoretisch unmögliche Entwicklung, deren Tragweite und Bedeutung gewaltig sind und diese den Rahmen des Genres eindeutig sprengen.


Während der Lektüre von „Damian: Die Stadt der gefallenen Engel“ von Rainer Wekwerth verbrachte ich zwangsläufig viel Zeit in ärztlichen Wartezimmern, weil ich gerade mit einem frisch operierten, gebrochenen rechten Handgelenk aus dem Krankenhaus entlassen worden war. Für diese spezielle Situation war das Buch definitiv passend, denn es las sich leicht, schnell und flüssig. Ich musste mich kaum konzentrieren und spontane Unterbrechungen waren unproblematisch. Daher möchte ich großzügig sein und vergebe zwei einhalb Sterne, obwohl mir bewusst ist, dass es meinen Ansprüchen unter normalen Umständen nicht gerecht geworden wäre. Es war nett, anders kann ich es nicht ausdrücken. Leider reicht „nett“ nicht. Ich werde die Fortsetzung „Damian: Die Wiederkehr des gefallenen Engels“ nicht lesen, weil ich nicht glaube, dass dieses Unterfangen von Erfolg gekrönt wäre. Tatsächlich hadere ich sogar mit mir, ob ich es mit der „Labyrinth“-Trilogie versuchen soll. Mein Interesse ist geschrumpft. Vielleicht irgendwann einmal. Falls es mir günstig hinterhergeworfen wird.

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