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review 2019-01-16 16:21
Kindle Review
Bella's Band - Alina K. Field

Book source ~ Kindle Lending Library

 

Major Steven Beauverde’s older brother was murdered and now he has to take the mantle of Earl of Hackwell. However, he hears rumors of a bastard son, so he starts a dual investigation: find out the real circumstances surrounding his brother’s death and find the child, if there is one. Because there is no way he wants to be saddled with the title if he can help it. Along the way he stumbles across Annabelle Harris and her wards, two-year-old Robby and nine-year-old Thomas. He suspects she’s deeply involved with the subjects he’s investigating, but he’s not sure how. Finding out will be a pleasurable pastime since he’s got the hots for her. And if he’s not mistaken, she for him.

 

He’s not mistaken. She lusts after him even though he’s dangerous to her way of life and her secrets. But there’s not much time for hanky panky because there’s a murderer on the loose and everyone is in danger. I’m not a big fan of Steven myself, but I’m not going to be the one leg shackled to him, so whatever floats Annabelle’s boat. I do love Annabelle for most of the book. She’s strong, independent, courageous, quick thinking, and not afraid to do what she wants. Being wealthy helps even if she doesn’t have a title. She does do a couple of very stupid things that make me want to slap her, but for the most part I really like her. Steven is just meh to me. I’m not sure why. It’s as if I couldn’t really get to know him or connect with the character or something. Side characters are interesting and worthy additions to the tapestry. And I do love a bit of danger. What brought this book down for me was the beginning is very confusing. For quite some time I couldn’t figure out who was who or what the hell was going on, but then it settles down into a more stable story telling. All-in-all an entertaining read once you get past the confusing beginning.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/01/bellas-band.html
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review 2019-01-12 16:19
The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 4: 1957-1958
The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 4: 1957-1958 - Charles M. Schulz,Jonathan Franzen

After a long hiatus, I've resolved to start reading these again. Whenever I feel like I need a boost I'll go ahead and buy another volume. I mean, I'm never going to retire anyway so what's the point of having a savings account?

 

Edit: Also, sorry folks you have to click through to the blog to see the whole comic strip. 

 

These were good years for the strip, with Schulz continuing to refine his technique, there are long sequences here - notably Linus' pledge to go without his blanket for two weeks and Charlie Brown's epic baseball gaff - and thee are jokes with almost identical panels repeated many times. This repetition wasn't detrimental, it seemed more like Schulz working out a joke in his mind until it reached maximum absurdity. Violet's hi-fi parasol inevitably becomes Lucy's hi-fi jump rope.

 

 

 

Much of the humor appears timeless, but the Peanuts gang were children of the 1950s, young baby boomers as observed by the previous generation. Their are many gags that deal with no outmoded technology, branding, or early television, but those dealing with child psychology were some of my favorites. This was the beginning of parenting being serious business:

 

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Snoopy's impressions took off in the last volume, but he adds many more to his repertoire in these years and in general is just delightful.

 

 

There were no additions to the cast, the last two comics have everyone in them (the very last even with names)  but Schulz has a lot on his hands figuring out the group dynamics, good and bad. Schroeder and Charlie Brown compete for who's better at despairing over contemporary pop culture:

 

 

It was truly difficult picking a Sunday for this review, but this one touches on a lot of things I love about the series. Poor Charlie Brown, he suffers all the pangs of childhood and rarely catches a break:

 

 

Maybe it gets better for him next year, but I doubt it!

 

 

Complete Peanuts

 

Next: 'Volume Five: 1959-1960'

 

Previous: 'Volume Three: 1955-1956'

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text 2018-09-03 19:39
Monster Porn Monday

3 Reviews ~ Erotica ~ Mature 18+

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2018/09/monster-porn-monday.html
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review 2018-08-20 21:17
Wie Lügen eine Familie ins Unglück stürzen können
All die Jahre - J. Courtney Sullivan,Sve... All die Jahre - J. Courtney Sullivan,Svenja Pages

Patrick ist erst 50 Jahre alt, als er bei einem Autounfall stirbt. Für seine Familie ist es ein großer Schock, der alle dazu bringt, über die eigene Lebenssituation nachzudenken. Da ist vor allem Nora Rafferty (73), die gemeinsam mit ihrem bereits verstorbenen Mann Charlie nicht nur Patrick, sondern auch ihre übrigen Kinder John, Bridget und Brian großgezogen hat. Und da ist ihre jüngere Schwester Theresa Flynn, die im Jahr 1957 mit ihr aus Irland per Schiff in die USA gekommen ist und die jetzt als Mutter Cecilia in einem Kloster lebt. Sie alle haben eine Gemeinsamkeit: Sie leiden unter Geheimnissen – unter ihren eigenen und unter denen der anderen.

„All die Jahre“ von J. Courtney Sullivan ist eine berührende Familiengeschichte.

Meine Meinung:
Der Roman besteht aus acht Teilen, einem Vor- und einem Abspann. Die Handlung spielt abwechselnd im Jahr 2009 sowie in der weiter zurückliegenden Vergangenheit, und zwar zwischen 1957 und 1976. Erzählt wird vorwiegend im Wechsel aus den Perspektiven von Nora und Theresa, zwischendurch jedoch auch aus denen von John, Bridget und Brian. Dieser Aufbau funktioniert recht gut.

Der Schreibstil ist angenehm, flüssig, anschaulich und eindringlich. Der Einstieg ist ein wenig verwirrend, doch dann habe ich gut in die Geschichte gefunden.

Mit Nora und Theresa stehen zwei ziemlich unterschiedliche Schwestern im Mittelpunkt. Mit beiden kann ich mich nicht stark identifizieren, da sie für mich keine typischen Sympathieträgerinnen sind. Dennoch ist ihr Verhalten konsistent und gut nachvollziehbar, denn die Gedanken- und Gefühlswelt der zwei Frauen nimmt viel Raum ein. Die beiden Hauptcharaktere werden vielschichtig und realitätsnah dargestellt. Letzteres trifft auch auf John, Bridget und Brian zu, die ich ebenfalls als interessante und facettenreiche Figuren empfinde.

Gut gefallen hat mir auch, dass im Roman viele verschiedene Themen angesprochen wurden. Der rote Faden sind dabei die Konflikte, die die Folge von Lügen und Heimlichtuerei sind. Die Handlung wird durch das stückweise Aufdecken mehrerer Geheimnisse abwechslungsreich und unterhaltsam. Gleichzeitig regt der Roman zum Nachdenken an.

Die Geschichte hat einige Wendungen zu bieten, die teils mehr, teils weniger vorhersehbar sind. Vor allem in der Mitte kommt es aber zu einigen Längen, die besonders durch unnötige Wiederholungen entstehen.

Ich habe den Roman als ungekürzte Hörbuchversion gehört. Sprecherin Svenja Pages hat mit ihrer angenehmen Stimme dabei einen guten Job gemacht.

Das Cover ist nicht nur ansprechend gestaltet, sondern passt auch thematisch gut zum Roman. Der deutsche Titel ist nicht so kreativ wie das amerikanische Original („Saints for all Occasions“), jedoch ebenfalls treffend gewählt.

Mein Fazit:
„All die Jahre“ von J. Courtney Sullivan ist ein komplexer und authentischer Familienroman, der viel Tiefgang zu bieten hat und für unterhaltsame Stunden sorgt.

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review 2018-08-05 13:30
Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire
Every Heart a Doorway - Seanan McGuire

“We went down, and at the bottom there was a door, and on the door there was a sign. Two words. ‘Be Sure.’ Sure of what? We were twelve, we weren’t sure of anything. So we went through."

 

*** ABOUT THE BOOK ***

 

Title: Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1)

Author: Seanan McGuire

Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult

 

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*** BOOK BLURB ***

 

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

 

*** REVIEW ***

 

 I ended up going into this book with low expectations because of all the hype around it and because it didn't seem like my kind of read. I'm honestly so glad I did, I ended up absolutely loving it!

 

To every kid who crossed a portal and is kicked back comes the moment of what-happens-next and what-do-I-do-now. There are those who never want to go back, who just want to move on and forget. They find a way. But what happens to those who have been inexorably changed and want to go back? Who are just bidding their time hoping that their door will reopen one day? They go to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

 

And this is what I though the book will be about - children readjusting to their lives. But... Then, a couple of gruesome murders throw everything up in the air!

 

It's short, and while I wish it were longer so that I could have extended my reading enjoyment, it was really just the right length for what it was.

 

Every Heart a Doorway is the story of fantasy I never knew I needed.

 

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