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review 2018-08-13 19:30
In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
In the Midst of Winter: A Novel - Isabel Allende

A special thank you to NetGalley, Atria, and Simon & Schuster Canada for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 


Three different people are brought together in an interesting premise that travels from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to Chile and Brazil in the 1970s.


The story opens with a minor car accident which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected relationship between two people who thought they were living in the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster is a 60-year-old American human rights scholar that had lived for a time in Brazil.  During a snowstorm, Richard hits the car that Evelyn Ortega is driving.  She is a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala working as a nanny in the city.  At first it seems like a just a minor fender bender, but when Evelyn turns up at the professor’s house needing help, the situation becomes serious.  Richard doesn't know what to do with the young woman so he calls on his tenant, Lucia Maraz for her advice.  Lucia is a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile who is attracted to Richard but has given up any hope of a more intimate relationship.  


These three very different people are brought together in a captivating story.  Allende's narrative moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil and sparks the beginning of a long overdue love story between the two older characters, Richard and Lucia.


Allende explores the timely issues of human rights and the plight of immigrants and refugees.  It is a much needed novel in these regards.  However, having the story unfold the way it does is a disservice to the weighty topics that she depicts.  The structure is disjointed—the life stories are much more interesting than the modern day storyline that binds the characters together and I felt that Allende should have used another narrative style.  The backstories are beautifully written and incredibly moving in their harsh realities but again, the present day plot takes away from this.  Perhaps this was done on purpose, to juxtapose a love story against the darkness.  

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text 2018-08-12 12:08
Reading progress update: I've read 32%.
Asylum - Robert Winter

He talked about things his father had said in their few conversations over the years so that he knew he’d never be able to come out to his parents.
And finally…
Finally he was ready. He reached out blindly to grab Colin’s hand, and he talked about being a little boy alone in his uncle’s store.



No, no, no - I don't think I need to read this in detail...

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review 2018-08-06 10:00
Recent Release Review! Winter Kiss (DragonFire #4) Deborah Cooke!
Winter Kiss - Deborah Cooke



One kiss can melt his frozen heart…


The mysterious Dragon’s Blood Elixir gives immortality to Magnus, the Pyr’s greatest enemy, and his minions. The Pyr must destroy this source of power, and outcast Delaney vows to complete the quest himself. Delaney was exiled because of his dangerous impulses, and success in eliminating the Elixir will either redeem him or end his suffering.


But his plans don’t take into account his sudden firestorm – or fiery Ginger Sinclair. The firestorm revitalizes Delaney, restoring him to his old self. And when Ginger learns about Delaney’s mission, she realizes she cannot resist a strong man with a noble agenda.



Delaney is determined to eliminate the mysterious Dragon’s Blood Elixir in the hopes of redeeming himself or ending his suffering. But the Great Wyvern has other plans for Delaney in the form of Ginger Sinclair and a firestorm.


The “Dragonfire” series just keeps getting better and better and the fourth book in this exhilarating series – “Winter Kiss” is a showstopper of a story. Delaney and Ginger are strong characters that readers can’t help but love as they demand attention and send hearts racing with one eventful romance. The sizzling chemistry burns hot enough to melt a frozen tundra but the relationship is full of hardships and turmoil, especially Delaney who is determined to carry one dangerous task alone in order to protect his fellow Pyr, unfortunately for him, no one else is on board with that plan, especially the bad guys as they plan to take advantage of his firestorm.


Magnus is one persistent and diabolical enemy, one that has hidden depths and plans that endanger the world which keeps readers glued to the pages and coming back for more as the suspense builds and the intrigue thrills in this fast paced plot full of excitement and danger. The author’s creative writing brings all of this to vivid life and sparks imaginations with epic and stunning dragon battles and heartfelt and searing emotional turmoil that makes readers feel as if they are part of each and every scene and that they understand the motivations of each of the characters.


The “Dragonfire” series is fascinating and exhilarating world of dragon shifters with unique elements that make it enjoyable, believable and undeniably awesome. I don’t think I will ever get enough of these extremely hot Pyr and their firestorms, and while love them all, I must confess that Delaney’s firestorm just may be my favorite.



Winter Kiss

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39341204-winter-kiss


Author - https://dragonfirenovels.com/dragonfire/winter-kiss/


BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/winter-kiss-by-deborah-cooke-2018-07-12


Winter Kiss is the 4th book in the Dragonfire series


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/45034-dragonfire


Author - https://deborahcooke.com/dragons/dragonfire/


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F42NMYF?ref=series_rw_dp_labf


The Dragonfire novels now have their own website at http://dragonfirenovels.com


which includes
Kiss of Fire #1 (re-release June 26, 2018)
Kiss of Fury #2 (re-release June 26, 2018)
Kiss of Fate #3 (re-release June 26, 2018)
Winter's Kiss #4 (re-release July 10, 2018)
Harmonia's Kiss #4.5
Whisper Kiss #5 (re-release July 24, 2018)
Darkfire Kiss #6 (re-release Aug 14, 2018)
Flashfire #7 (re-release Aug 28, 2018)
Ember's Kiss #8 (re-release Sept 11, 2018)
Kiss of Danger #9
Kiss of Darkness #11
Kiss of Destiny #12
Serpent's Kiss #13
Firestorm Forever #14

Here Be Dragons: A Dragonfire Companion (re-release Oct 23, 2018)


The story of the Pyr continues with the DragonFate series.


.5 An Elegy for Melusine

1 Hot Blooded (coming Feb 19, 2019)


There is also a spin off series The Dragon Diaries


& is available in ebook at:


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C3TPJ8Z/?tag=authdebocook-20


iBooks - https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/book/winter-kiss/id1335774881?mt=11&at=11lqeS


B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1100315544?ean=2940155573418


Kobo - https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/winter-kiss-1


GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Deborah_Cooke_Winter_Kiss?id=4H9jDwAAQBAJ


Please see the authors Winter Kiss page (link above) for print options.



Deborah Cooke also writes under the names Claire Delacroix and Claire Cross.


Bestselling and award-winning author Deborah Cooke has published over fifty novels and novellas, including historical romances, fantasy romances, fantasy novels with romantic elements, paranormal romances, contemporary romances, urban fantasy romances, time travel romances and paranormal young adult novels. She writes as herself, Deborah Cooke, as Claire Delacroix, and has written as Claire Cross. She is nationally bestselling, #1 Kindle Bestselling, KOBO Bestselling, as well as a USA Today and New York Times’ Bestselling Author. Her Claire Delacroix medieval romance, The Beauty, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books.


Deborah was the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library in 2009, the first time TPL hosted a residency focused on the romance genre, and she was honored to receive the Romance Writers of America PRO Mentor of the Year Award in 2012.

She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and of Novelists Inc.


Currently, she’s writing paranormal romances as Deborah Cooke, and medieval romances as Claire Delacroix.


Be sure and visit Deborah Cooke at the following locations:


Website - http://deborahcooke.com/


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1005984.Deborah_Cooke


Blog - https://deborahcooke.com/blog/


Pintrest - https://www.pinterest.com/Cooke_Delacroix/


Twitter - https://twitter.com/Cooke_Delacroix


SoundCloud - https://soundcloud.com/debclaire


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDeborahCookeFanPage


G+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DeborahCooke_writer


BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/deborah-cooke


BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/deborah-cooke/author,391126


Claire Delacroix -

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12694.Claire_Delacroix


Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorClaireDelacroix/


Claire Cross -

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/74485.Claire_Cross




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review 2018-08-06 04:18
Winter's Heart, The Wheel of Time #9
Winter's Heart - Robert Jordan

As part of the series as a whole, the book is a definite upswing. 'The Path of Daggers' had left most of the main cast at a standstill and triggered my least favorite plot-line of all time - or Plotline of Doom as fandom has it - wherein Faile, Morgase, Two Aiel and some others are taken captive by the Shaido, necessitating a distraught Perrin to hunt them down. THis slows down the 'meh' plot-line of getting Masema to Rand.


But the good! 'Winter's Heart' brings Mat back into the narrative, at some distance behind the rest of the characters so there's a good deal of time spent with him in an Ebou Dar occupied by the Seanchan. Thom and Juilin appear.


Perrin, as can be guessed, is trudging forward on a never-ending quest to save his wife and dealing with some sigh-worthy conduct of Berlaine and other characters in the camp who believe Berlaine.


Elayne is doing Succession things with Aviendha and Birgitte, which is on the dull side, and again, takes forever, but it is refreshing as it is tedious that complicated problems in 'The Wheel of Time' require complicated solutions. Nynaeve has less marital bliss reported and more frustrations with the Seafolk and the Kin, who are all still cooped up in the Royal Palace in Caemlyn.


Egwene continues to ratchet up her influence as Amyrlin. Siuan and Bryne hang out in the background.


Rand, I would say of course but his story-line has been sputtering since 'Lord of Chaos', elevates 'Winter's Heart' more than any other plot. It is one of the most epic parts of the series and I remember it blowing me away when I first read it. Now, it is still pretty awesome.


'Winter's Heart' had a lot more forward momentum to it - unfortunately, its about to come to a screeching halt.


The Wheel of Time:


Next: 'The Crossroads of Twilight'


Previous: 'The Path of Daggers'

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review 2018-08-05 16:55
Sehr viele Charaktere , es war ├╝berladen
Die Wolkenfischerin: Roman - Claudia Winter
Erstmal geht mein Dank an den Goldmann Verlag für das kostenlose Rezensionexemplar :)
Leider hat das Buch nur Drei Viren geschafft, aber ich erkläre auch warum. 
Das Buch war mir zu überladen mit den Charakteren, ich kam sehr oft durcheinander. Es gab starke Figuren die sehr Dominant waren im Buch mit ihrer Erscheinung , andere Verblichen fast schon. Claire war mir eine zu künstliche Frohnatur es war für mich leider zu übertrieben, auch nervte sie mich öfters.
Zum Buch selber, eine Geschichte für nebenbei, sie lies sich dennoch flüssig lesen und auch die Geschichte selber war nicht schlecht. Die Figuren waren öfters oberflächig ,möchte ich sagen, ich konnte sie nicht greifen. Wenn ich lese stelle ich mir die Geschichte vor , aber hier hatte ich echt Schwierigkeiten.
Hier lernt man Claire kennen die ganz oben auf ihrer Karriereleiter geklettert ist, mit nicht ganz der Wahrheit über sich selber. 
Dann erhält sie die Nachricht das sie szu ihrer Mutter reisen muss, nach Hause, das was so keiner Kennt, den ihre Mutter muß ins Krankenhaus und jemand muß auf ihrer Schwester aufpassen die auch noch Gehörlos ist.Dort angekommen läuft sie ihren Ex über dem Weg und Claire verwickelt sich immer mehr in Lügen als der Chef  von ihr Auftaucht.
Ein heilloses Durcheinander mit Claire , ihr Leben ist so nur eine Lüge  und sie muß selber zu sich zurück finden.
Das Cover ist wieder genial es passt einfach zu dem Buch.
Ich habe von der Autorin schon was gelesen daher ist das halt für mich nicht so packend . Sie hat mich mit ihren Buch Aprikosenküsse überzeugt gehabt . Daher wird sie mich als Leserin nicht los. 
Lest es selber, macht euch ein Bild darüber und entscheidet bitte selber
Und vergesst nie, jeder Geschmack ist anders 
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