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review 2018-11-13 16:38
Gelungene Biographie
Queen Victoria: Das kühne Leben einer au... Queen Victoria: Das kühne Leben einer außergewöhnlichen Frau - Julia Baird

Wer kennt nicht Queen Victoria? Die Königin, nach der ein gesamtes Zeitalter benannt wurde.

Ich wusste Pi mal Daumen wer diese Frau war, bevor ich das Buch aufgeschlagen habe und mein bisher oberflächliches Wissen vertiefen konnte.
Das Buch ist in fünf Teile gegliedert und betrachtet die verschiedenen Abschnitte ihres Lebens. Von der Kindheit bis zum Ende.
Sie war eine sehr interessante und auch widersprüchliche Person. Zitate und Tagebucheinträge im Verlauf des Buches, lassen den Leser einen tiefen Eindruck von Victoria erlangen. Sie wird zu einer sehr facettenreichen Frau.
Victoria hat im Laufe ihrer Regentschaft vieles verändert.

Was mir an dieser Biographie besonders gefallen hat, waren die ganzen Bilder und das der Text nicht langweilig wurde.
Der Schreibstil lässt sich sehr angenehm lesen und häufig ist auch ein Hauch Humor in den Sätzen zu finden. Wenn sich Biographien wie ein Roman lesen lassen, bin ich begeistert.

Eine gelungene Biographie über eine unglaubliche Frau, welche über 60 Jahre lang, ein Weltreich regiert hat.

Leseempfehlung.

Ich habe das Buch von vorablesen bereitgestellt bekommen und bedanke mich herzlich dafür.

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review 2018-11-13 12:39
There Are Monsters... and There Are Monsters!
This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity) - Victoria Schwab

I am pretty much torn on this. There are things I like about This Savage Song, and there are some I don't. For instance, the world building isn't much impressive and although it has its own uniqueness, its not the kind that pulls the readers into the universe of Verity. There are other good points in this that I will point out.

 

Kate Harker is a Harker - a human living in a city filled with monsters. But a Harker is to be feared. A Harker controls one side of Verity with a shaky truce signed. August Flynn is a monster. He is the third Sunai of the Flynn that controls the other part of Verity. In the city of Verity, there are other monsters that lurks when the sun goes down. And the truce is about to be broken and war is imminent.

 

The beginning chapters feels like a Romeo and Juliet tale. A small introduction of Kate, why she is the way she is to prove herself to her father that she is a Harker and August, trying to fit in with the humans. When they meet, there is some thing exchange between them... until a Malchai attacks Kate that reveals some thing sinister is going on. The first act is slow and there are things I do not like how slow it can get. But after the third act itself, this is where it picks up well. It was towards the end that I thought this book ends as just one book but gave a reason why Our Dark Duet exist as the finale of the duology.

 

To me, this is probably the least like of the series. I actually didn't wanted to start reading Monsters of Verity for some months now but it did took me some time to finally pick this up and read... and took me one of the longest time to finish it. Its a different kind of approach from Victoria Schwab, one I felt she is trying some thing different. Although the creation of monsters is nothing unique, why I gave a four star rating is actually the second part of the book. It is how Victoria Schwab delivers the way she always does.

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text 2018-11-10 19:27
Reading progress update: I've read 3%.
Die Farben des Blutes, Band 1: Die rote Königin - Victoria Aveyard,Birgit Schmitz

I only just started this, but I got this from Netgalley AGES ago, seriously!!! IT'S TIME!!!!

 
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review 2018-11-07 01:57
Highlander Romance
Kilts and Kisses - Victoria Roberts

Kilts And Kisses is an entertaining Highlander romance by Victoria Roberts.  This is a fairly quick read, perfect for those with limited reading time.  Ms. Roberts has given readers a book that is well-written and loaded with outstanding characters.  Ceana still mourns the death of her parents and hates the way her uncle has taken over.  Luthais is from a neighboring clan and has been informed by his father that he must wed.  Luthais and Ceana's story is filled with drama, misunderstandings, backstabbing and sizzle.  I enjoyed reading Kilts And Kisses and look forward to reading more from Victoria Roberts in the future.  Kilts And Kisses is book 1 of the Kilts and Kisses Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2018-10-29 20:14
Lukewarm Rebecca
Bride of Pendorric - Victoria Holt

I think that some of you Gothic lovers out there will love this one. I did not love this or even like it much. This took me ages to get through. It had so many characters and just a lot of information dumps here and there that didn't work for me. Also the main character, Favel (yes that's her name) was uber frustrating since she just tra la las during most of this book though she believes someone is out to kill her.

 

"Bride of Pendorric" is about a young woman who marries a random guy (Roc Pendorric) that shows up to her father's studio to buy some paintings. Favel and her father live somewhere off the coast of Italy getting by with him selling his art after the death of her mother.

 

The beginning of this book reminded me a bit of the beginning of "Rebecca". You don't really get why the main character is so obsessed with the man she comes to contact with (Roc in this case instead of Max de Winter). Roc is painted as a gambler, just like Favel's father, and so I was puzzled why she would even consent to marry this guy. He doesn't seem charming at all just tall and dark. This being a Gothic book though, Favel and Roc do marry and then her father mysteriously dies while swimming (after going off with Roc). Favel and Roc eventually return to England to live specifically in Cornwall, where Pendorric stands. 

 

The subject of twins comes up a lot in this one. Roc is a twin, his sister Morwenna still lives at Pendorric with her husband Charles and their twin daughters Hyson and Lowella. And of course Roc's dead mother was a twin. We find out through other characters about Roc's father and what a philander he was (man cheated with everyone it seemed that lived nearby) and Favel starts to worry that the man she knew for like a month may be similar to his father. Good job caring about these things now. There are mysterious neighbors, relatives, a governess and a nurse. I can't say much about these characters besides to say that they were all just a bit too bland and underdeveloped. I still didn't like Roc through the majority of this book. 

 

There are way too many twists in this book to even make sense of most of them. The flow was awful too.


I usually like the Cornwall setting, but besides hearing about the moor here and there, no place stood out. I think Holt hoped that Pendorric would be up there as much a famous house like Manderley or even Shirley Jackson's Hill House. It just didn't live up to that for me.


The ending gives you an information dump via a diary that just happened to be there for Favel to read and know all. I just laughed. Reminded me of Holt's "The Secret Woman" where all is revealed via a letter. 

 

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